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South Australia revoke lockdown following admission that person lied to contact tracers about having coronavirus

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FILE PHOTOS: (L) The Woodville Pizza Bar in Woodville South, Australia Twitter screenshot; (R) Workers at a contact tracing facility track down coronavirus infections
A new lockdown over South Australia is set to be lifted after officials revealed the restrictions were brought on the basis of a deliberate "lie" told to contact tracers, prompting a "fuming" rebuke from the state executive.

South Australia Premier Steven Marshall announced the explosive finding during a Friday press conference, saying that the individual in question purposely misled contact tracers. Though he told them he had visited a pizza bar linked to a local outbreak only once, he in fact worked at the establishment and had spent several shifts there during the period in question.

"To say I am fuming about the actions of this individual is an absolute understatement," Marshall said, adding "The selfish actions of this individual have put our whole state in a very difficult situation" and are "completely and utterly unacceptable."

Comment: What's probably most shocking is that the state actually admitted it and partially reversed the lockdown, particularly in Australia which has become notorious for brutally enforcing its totalitarian lockdown restrictions:


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Reports of 'active shooter' situation at Wauwatosa, Wisconsin shopping mall, police and ambulances on the scene

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Dozens of police vehicles and several ambulances have been dispatched to the Mayfair Mall in Wauwatosa, just west of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Officers were responding to "a very active" situation on Friday afternoon, police told the media without offering additional details. Local outlets spoke of several people injured, citing police scanner traffic, but there has been no official confirmation.

The Milwaukee County medical examiner denied they were summoned to the scene, saying they were responding to a murder elsewhere instead.


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Wisconsin to extend mask mandate as lawsuit seeks to strike down of COVID orders in state Supreme Court

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Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers said he will extend the state's mask mandate amid a surge in its coronavirus outbreak. Republicans filed a lawsuit in the state Supreme Court aiming to scrap the current order.

With the state's last emergency declaration set to expire later this week, Evers said he would soon renew the mandate until early 2021, including a rule requiring face coverings while indoors in public. Evers said at a Wednesday press briefing:
"It's clear based on where we're headed we can not afford to stop or have a gap in some of the only mitigation efforts we have in place. So today I'm announcing that I'll be declaring a new state of emergency this week and extending our public health emergency until January of next year."
The Democratic governor pointed to a steep spike in coronavirus infections and deaths, saying that, as of Tuesday, the state had tripled its seven-day average for new cases, which now stands at some 6,400 per day. Wednesday, moreover, set a new daily case record with just shy of 8,000 infections. Deaths are also on the rise, with weekly fatality averages jumping nearly fivefold since October, according to data compiled by the Associated Press.

Comment: Not to be outdone, New York is closing its schools, perhaps indefinitely:
Schools will suspend all in-person instruction on Thursday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed via tweet on Wednesday. The mayor's announcement came after schools chancellor Richard Carranza sent an email to principals warning them that New York had "reached [the three percent] threshold of test positivity citywide."

In-person classes are not expected to begin again anytime soon - de Blasio has said he doesn't want to "disrupt" the lives of children, parents and teachers by switching back and forth between open and closed every few days as the seven-day positivity average fluctuates.

"We know now that schools aren't super spreaders," one mother told the New York Times, begging de Blasio to "re-look at the data, and re-look at what contributes to the pandemic and prioritize accordingly." Even de Blasio has acknowledged that public schools are not spreading the coronavirus. However, he has championed the three-percent closure rate as a "symbolic" gesture intended to reassure parents - who don't seem to agree.

The closure is all but guaranteed to be another point of contention between de Blasio and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who set a nine-percent threshold for school closures - three times de Blasio's figure.
Then there is the Gov of California who broke his own rules along with health officials (more than 3 households worth!) and ignited outrage:
After issuing a statement warning Californians about letting their "guards down" when it comes to the pandemic, he announced that his family "followed the restaurant's health protocols and safety precautions." Pictures from the event reveal it was only partially outdoors and included people skirting mask-wearing, including Newsom, as well as a new report that California Medical Association officials were also in attendance.




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Michigan Republicans introduce articles of impeachment against Democratic Governor Whitmer

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Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer • Capitol dome in Lansing, MI
Republican members of Michigan's GOP-controlled House of Representatives have chosen to "rise up" against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and her controversial lockdown restrictions by plotting her impeachment.

Led by state Rep. Beau M. LaFave, on Wednesday the trio introduced four Articles of Impeachment against Whitmer for
"failing to respect the separation of powers by exercising power granted to the legislative branch, violating the constitutional rights of the people of Michigan, issuing executive orders against the interests of the people and state, and using state resources to reward political allies."

Attention

Leftists suggest 're-education camps', 'firing squads' and banning talk radio to deprogram 75M Trump supporters

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'Re-education' gulag
Leftists responded to a Twitter thread asking "how do you deprogram 75 million people?" by suggesting Trump supporters should be interned in "re-education camps" and that all conservative talk radio should be banned.

"No seriously...how *do* you deprogram 75 million people? Where do you start? Fox? Facebook?" asked David Atkins (pronouns in bio), a regional director for California Democrats. "We have to start thinking in terms of post-WWII Germany or Japan. Or the failures of Reconstruction in the South," he added.

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California judge rules strip clubs have First Amendment right to reopen, even as churches remain shuttered

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Religious liberty advocates in California are hopeful after a San Diego judge has ruled in favor of allowing strip clubs to reopen even as churches remain shuttered.

Superior Court Judge Joel R. Wohlfeil ruled that the state could no longer enact policies that forbid strip clubs from "being allowed to provide live adult entertainment." Wohlfeil said that such businesses engage in legally protected speech under the First Amendment.

While the case will still be given a full hearing at the end of November, the judge's ruling is binding until that time. That means even as other institutions like churches have to remain closed to indoor services, strip clubs will be permitted to reopen.

Rather than express frustration with the decision, however, Paul Jonna, special counsel for the Thomas More Society, which represents churches in California, said the judge's order is good news for his clients. He reasoned:
"If you're going to accept that argument that dancing nude is protected speech that's so significant that it overcomes the government's interest in regulating its citizens with COVID-19 orders, then obviously the divine worship of God, which is expressly mentioned in the First Amendment, should be held to a higher standard."

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In sworn statement, prominent mathematician flags up to 100,000 Pennsylvania ballots

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A screenshot of Matt Braynard speaking on a YouTube video on Nov. 8, 2020.
In a sworn declaration, a respected mathematician says his analysis of election data and phone interviews with Pennsylvania voters raises questions about as many as 100,000 absentee ballots requested in the key battleground state where President Trump and Joe Biden are separated by just about 82,000 votes.

Williams College Professor Steven Miller, a Yale and Princeton trained math expert, said he analyzed Pennsylvania ballot data collected by former Trump campaign data chief Matt Braynard as well as 2,684 voter interviews conducted by a phone bank and found two concerning patterns. One involved possible votes that were not counted, the other ballots that appeared to be requested by someone other than a registered voter.

"I estimate that the number of ballots that were either requested by someone other than the registered Republican or requested and returned but not counted range from 89,397 to 98,801," Miller said in the sworn statement provided to Just the News.

According to Pennsylvania state data for early and absentee ballot requests, there are roughly 165,000 ballots requested in the names of registered GOP voters that had not been counted as of Nov. 16.

Federal Election Commission Chairman Trey Trainor told Just the News that Miller's analysis provides fresh evidence of potential voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election.

Comment: The latest data from Braynard's team:


Here's Jack Murphy's summary of some of the results released so far (full report coming Monday):




Here's the interview:


More on Braynard and his team's efforts:


Health

Over 500 Senegalese fishermen hit by mysterious skin disease

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Senegalese fisherman head out
Some 500 fishermen in Senegal have developed a mysterious skin disease of unknown origin in recent days, prompting a major investigation as authorities rush to identify the source.

All the infected men come from fishing towns along the outskirts of the capital Dakar and have been placed in quarantine, according to Ousmane Gueye, national director of health information and education.

"It's a dermatitis associated with an infectious disease," Gueye said. "We are checking further and hope to find out soon what it is."

Bad Guys

YouTube censors lockdown-sceptical interview with renowned immunologist Dr Mike Yeadon for 'violating terms of service'

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Dr. Mike Yeadon
Dr Mike Yeadon has argued that the British government is using "lethally incompetent" scientific advice in its Covid-19 response. YouTube has mysteriously taken down a video in which the immunologist explains his point.

The UK government's Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) has got many things about the Covid-19 pandemic wrong, says Dr Mike Yeadon. He is an expert in allergy, immunology, and respiratory diseases, with over three decades of experience, including working as Pfizer's vice president and chief scientific officer. Apparently his credentials amounted to nothing, though, when digital 'censors' at YouTube noticed that he was criticizing the prevailing narrative on the necessity of lockdowns.

Comment: It's absolutely vital to the elites that any information lessening the fear over the "pandemic be shut down. Otherwise how would they be able to impose their beloved Great Reset?


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Wannabe dictator Newsom imposes month-long curfew for most of California but personally flouts Covid-19 rules

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California governor caught ignoring his own mask and social distancing rules at private restaurant dinner with two high-level members of the California Medical Association
California Governor Gavin Newsom has issued a limited stay at home order and a curfew for the counties in the 'purple risk status tier' due to Covid-19, making up the majority of the state. The restrictions will last for a month.

"Non-essential work and gatherings must stop from 10pm-5am in counties in the purple tier. This will take effect at 10pm on Saturday and remain for 1 month," Newsom tweeted on Thursday.

"Together - we can flatten the curve again," he added.

Comment: In the meantime, Biden backtracks on his proposed covid strategies:
"I would shut it down," Biden had told ABC in August, adding "I would listen to the scientists." Dr. Michael Osterholm, one of his coronavirus advisers, said last week that a 4-6 week lockdown "could drive the numbers down."

Appearing at a brief press conference on Thursday, however, Biden berated reporters for continuing to bring the issue up and said his original statement was a "hypothetical."
Heedless of the economic carnage, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is in lockstep with CA.
Nevertheless, he refused to budge on the decision to close schools, even as outraged parents pointed to bars, restaurants, and gyms as the source of the spread. That reaction likely contributed to de Blasio's threat to close those venues too. Bars, restaurants that serve alcohol, and gyms have already been slapped with a 10pm curfew.

Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of businesses in New York have closed, thanks to months of economic shutdowns. By May, 100,000 of the state's small businesses had closed permanently, and the number has no doubt skyrocketed since then. The problem is nationwide - 60 percent of all businesses listed on review site Yelp that closed for the pandemic had shut their doors permanently by September, while 7.5 million were already deemed at risk of going under for good in April.
Ocasio-Cortez thinks bribery would work to get covid compliance. Nikki Haley begged to differ.
"To get the virus under control, we need to pay people to stay home," tweeted Ocasio-Cortez, also known by her initials AOC, on Thursday.

"Are you suggesting you want to pay people to stay home from the money you take by defunding the police?" replied Nikki Haley, former Republican governor of South Carolina and the Trump administration's first US envoy to the UN. "Or was that for the student debts you wanted to pay off, the Green New Deal or Medicare for All?" Haley added, referring to AOC's other proposals.

Ocasio-Cortez quickly shot back that she wanted Republicans to "find the spine to stand up to their corporate donors" and vote for the Democrats' HEROES Act, which supposedly doesn't include a "Wall Street bailout" this time.

Republicans have criticized the HEROES Act over what they say are billions in bailouts for Democrat-run states that would reward their governors for harsh lockdowns instead of helping people and businesses financially ruined by them.
And the rebellion grows. From Michigan:
Kelly Stafford took to Instagram on Thursday with a video railing against the new lockdown order - imposed last week amid an uptick in the state's Covid-19 outbreak - arguing that small businesses "will not make it" through another round of harsh restrictions.

"I'm going to be very blunt: I'm so over it. I'm over living in a dictatorship that we call Michigan," she said. "I understand there's a pandemic, and I understand it's very scary. I'm scared of it, too. If you're at risk, do not leave your house until there's a vaccine."
Once we are able to leave our house, once this dictatorship decides to let us have some freedom, there will be nothing left.
Stafford suggested that many would disagree with her take - and she was right. Before long, the brief Instagram tirade rippled rage across the internet, with commenters lambasting the athlete's wife for "white privilege," some insisting that she, and everybody else, must "sacrifice personal freedom to get this pandemic under control."
Law enforcement is coming more and more into agreement, even in Newsom's own backyard:
The Orange County and Sacramento sheriff's offices issued separate statements on Thursday night saying they would not respond to calls related to compliance with the new health mandate imposed by Newsom earlier in the day.

"The Sacramento County Sheriff's Office will not be determining - including entering any home or business - compliance with, or enforcing compliance of, any health or emergency orders related to curfews, staying at home, Thanksgiving or other social gatherings inside or outside the home, maximum occupancy, or mask mandates," Sacramento Sheriff Scott Jones said in a lengthy Facebook post.

Those calling to report violations of the order would be referred to a non-emergency line and "routed" to the county health department, Jones went on, but added that "Of course, if there is potential criminal behavior or the potential for impacts to public or personal safety we will continue to respond appropriately."