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  1. Hey mate, thanks for originally posting about the failure of this vaccine trial, I'm not sure I would have heard about it otherwise. I definitely know what you're trying to convey here, but I think it warrants additional context because there is a difference between not expecting a positive HIV result (which later turns out to be a false) and knowing there's a possibility of false positives, but not expecting them to occur. In this case, it's the latter. From the NY Times: Science is fascinating!
  2. These two things have been instrumental in navigating an otherwise terrible year. For me though, these two things have come with age, I don't think I would have been as resilient to a year like this if it had struck in my 20's 1. Power of positive thinking 2. Control what you can and let go of what you can't
  3. Whether or not Hydroxycholoquine is used, or is cleared for use, wasn't the claim you originally made - its effective use was. You've provided a source which makes extraordinary claims about the effective use of Hydroxycholoquine and I very clearly laid out why that source should be viewed with skepticism. If Hydroxycholoquine is an effective treatment for Covid-19, I would expect to see it outlined in an overwhelming number of treatment protocals for Covid-19 put forth by the health agencies associated with the countries you listed. I'm only familiar with the United States and you can find theirs here. Spoiler alert: Hydroxycholoquine is not included and they recommend against it here. Canada recommends against it too.
  4. The reference to "164 studies and 15 countries" metric that keeps appearing in your posts seems to stem from information posted here: which as the site states is simply a "meta analysis of 164 studies". The authors, which aren't named, fail to include the criteria used to select the studies that appear in their analysis. Please take note of this claim: How do you achieve 100% when there are numerous studies that do not conclude that Hydroxycholoquine is an effective treatment? It would seem they've purposely been omitted from this analysis. The authors of this article have narrowed their scope of studies for inclusion to those that only fit their narrative. Unnamed authors, a complete lack of methodology that could be used to understand how they analyzed each of the 164 studies, and no criteria for inclusion in the analysis - I'd hardly call this a credible source.
  5. I'll take the vaccine as soon as it becomes available to me! Your claim is presented without evidence. The official reason given for retraction can be found here and seems to be widely accepted as accurate. Genuine question: is the link provided with your last statement offered as evidence to support the claim? If so, it fails to meet that bar: 1. The focus of the article is Italy. A single country doesn't represent the world. 2. The article mentions nothing about the effectiveness of Hydroxychloroquine, only that it can now be used for off-label treatment, which was previously prohibited. If we're defining success as: can Hydroxychloroquine be used as a treatment for Covid-19 in Italy? Then yes, but again, Italy is not the world and I think that falls outside the definition most people would associate with success in this situation: is Hydroxychloroquine an effective treatment for Covid-19.
  6. Nice! I haven't put anything in a carboy in a while, but feeling the itch.
  7. Excellent read! I'm very curious to try a sparkling red. I'm at the north end of the Willamette Valley which produces excellent Pinot Noir. I haven't seen any sparking reds from local producers, but maybe I'm not looking in the right places or talking to the right people...
  8. I keep forgetting about this thread! I lit up one of my go to cheap and cheerfuls yesterday, a Quintero Panetela. Usually, I find these to be sweet with flavors of tobacco and baking spice, but this one was all cardboard and "thin". Sometime they're like that, but when they're on, they're really good. Lit up another and it was plugged. Tried to do some work with a toothpick, but it wasn't salvageable . My perfec draw arrives tomorrow!

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