While other states are dealing with increases of COVID-19 cases and deaths, Governor Ron DeSantis appears to have steered Florida through difficult times of COVID cases and deaths. With a 7-day average of 1,500 recent cases among Florida’s 21.5 million population, the state has 95 deaths over a 7-day average.
Palm Beach County had no deaths yesterday and has had a 7-day average of 5 deaths for its 1.5 million population. The county has had 103 new cases over a 7-day average.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has issued a proclamation announcing that the Special Session to provide protections for Floridians who have lost their jobs or are having their employment threatened because of vaccine mandates will begin on November 15, 2021, and go no later than November 19, 2021.
“Your right to earn a living should not be contingent upon COVID shots,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “We have somehow gone from 15 days to slow the spread to 3 jabs to keep your job. In Florida, we believe that the decision whether or not to get a COVID shot is a choice based on individual circumstances, so we are litigating against the Biden Administration and will be passing legislation in this Special Session to protect Florida jobs and protect parents’ rights when it comes to masking and quarantines. The health, education, and wellbeing of our children are primarily the responsibility of parents. As long as I am Governor, parents in Florida will play a strong role in determining what their kids are learning and how they’re treated in school.”
Last week, Governor Ron DeSantis called for this Special Session of the Florida Legislature at a press conference where he was joined by first responders, healthcare workers, airline employees, and Floridians from various other industries who have faced or are facing consequences as a result of vaccine mandates.
Governor DeSantis and Attorney General Ashley Moody have also announced a lawsuit against the Biden Administration’s unconstitutional vaccine mandates, making Florida the first state to bring a comprehensive legal action against the federal contractor vaccine mandate. “Governor DeSantis has called this Special Session because we must stand up for the rights and liberties of Floridians not only through litigation but also through legislation,” said Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez. “We are looking forward to collaborating with Senate President Simpson and House Speaker Sprowls to provide protections for Floridians of all ages, in the workforce and in the classroom.”
Governor DeSantis is calling on the Legislature to consider legislation that will:
Protect current and prospective employees against unfair discrimination because of COVID-19 vaccination status and ensure robust enforcement for this protection;
Ensure that educational institutions and government entities are prohibited from unfairly discriminating against current and prospective employees, students, and residents based on COVID-19 vaccination status;
Ensure that employees improperly denied employment based on COVID-19 vaccination status can be eligible for reemployment benefits and, if needed, ensure that employees injured by a COVID-19 vaccination taken under a company policy are covered by workers’ compensation;
Appropriate a sufficient amount of funds to investigate complaints regarding COVID-19 vaccination mandates and to take legal action against such mandates, including mandates imposed by the Federal Government;
Clarify that the Parents’ Bill of Rights, Chapter 1014, Florida Statutes, vests the decision on masking with parents, not government entities, and that schools must comply with Department of Health rules that govern student health, including rules that ensure healthy students can remain in school;
Limit mandates by school districts on students or employees regarding COVID-19 and related mitigation measures;
Provide adequate enforcement mechanisms to ensure that Florida law is followed and the rights of parents are honored;
Direct the State to evaluate whether it should assert jurisdiction over occupational safety and health issues for government and private employees;
Repeal the authority for the State Health Officer to order forced injections or vaccinations under Section 381.00315, Florida Statutes, originally enacted in 2002; and
Create as necessary public records exemptions related to complaints and investigations described herein.
To hear testimonials of employees affected by vaccine mandates, the video of Governor DeSantis’ press conference from Thursday, October 21st, where he called for the Special Session is available for use here, and the video of Governor DeSantis’ press conference from Thursday, October 28th, where he announced a lawsuit against the Biden Administration is available for use here, both courtesy of the Governor’s Press Office.
COVID-19 has devastated the economies of many states in the union and most countries across the globe. Yet, COVID has not had a larger death rate to the population than other diseases. While any death is tragic no matter the cause, the number of Floridians who have passed away because of COVID remains relatively small. Florida is arguably one of the most vulnerable states in the nation because of its large number of elderly who are more susceptible to death from COVID-19 than younger populations. The following numbers are only those we can get from government sources and those have been called into question as often being inflated causes of death because of COVID.
An important point when reading articles or watching the news is we are often given the total numbers of COVID cases and deaths, which have happened over the course of about 22 months (almost two years). So, for this article and the numbers below, I have broken them down to being based on yearly averages. We count all diseases on a yearly basis and it is unclear why our government officials and much in the media choose to use total numbers when talking about COVID-19. Breaking the numbers down by year or even by month and season has been the traditional and more rational way to keep track of the severity of diseases affecting us humans.
For instance, according to USAFacts.org, Florida’s total deaths from COVID-19 have been .15% annually of the state’s 21,570,527 person population. Florida has had 58,933 deaths because of COVID and broken down by 22 months comes to about 2,678 deaths per month. Multiply that by 12 months in a year, the average number of annual deaths in Florida because of COVID is 32,145. This would be our third leading cause of death in Florida, distantly behind heart disease and cancer. While heart disease and cancer are not communicable diseases, the bulk of deaths for these diseases are preventable, as with COVID-19. Yet we have not shut down the economy because of heart disease or cancer, and in fact, the government has been complicit in approving of and promoting things that cause heart disease and cancer in Floridians.
Until we get a handle on the best ways to combat the virus, it may be a good idea to protect yourself with a boost to your immune system with healthy eating, supplementation, and exercise.
Several European elected officials have urged the United States President Joe Biden to de-escalate the tensions with China, fearing that the trade war between China and the US might damage global economies and have broad national security implications. One of the many major tensions for a Biden administration will be whether some attending the summit will counter China’s rise.
Developing countries with growing financial ties to China fear having to choose between the two superpowers. The number of nations with growing monetary ties to the world’s second-largest economy, fear having to choose between the United States and China. Over nine months into the Biden administration, President Biden has already lifted some tariffs from the prior presidential administration. This month, the Biden administration announced it may allow some Chinese imports to be exempt from a range of tariffs.
Besides the COVID pandemic and its consequences, we expect ministers to discuss efforts to speed up the global economic recovery following the outbreak of the coronavirus and to address the rising energy prices and supply chain bottlenecks affecting several key industries.
We also expected leaders to endorse a plan to synthetically vaccinate 70% of the world’s population against COVID-19 by mid-2022 and to start a working group to combat future pandemics. G20 leaders will also agree on a global minimum tax rate of 15% for the largest companies – a move that would be a first for the global financial system.
The Group of 20 leading industrialized nations (G20) will begin a two-day climate change summit in Rome today, with the COVID-19 pandemic dominating the talks. The G20 bloc, which includes Brazil, China, India, Germany, and the United States, accounts for over 80% of global GDP, 60% of the world population, and about 80% of the CO2 emissions.
Two years after several East Asian countries were hit by a severe economic crisis in 1997, the Group of 7 (G7) finance ministers formed the G-20 to involve other countries in discussions on global economics and finance. President Joe Biden will represent the United States at this year’s summit in Rome today. He began his trip on Friday with meetings with Pope Francis, the French President Emmanuel Macron, and other world leaders.
Leaders from the world’s largest economies attended the two-day Group of 20 summit today, the first face-to-face meeting of leaders of the world’s 20 largest economies since the start of the COVID 19 pandemic. Prime Minister Mario Draghi welcomed the leaders to Rome’s Nuvola, a cloud-like convention center in a fascist neighborhood cut off from the rest of the city. The summit is the first face-to-face meeting of G20 leaders since the onset of the coronavirus outbreak.
President Joe Biden met with a number of world leaders Saturday morning as the G-20 debated how best to address the global economic problems from climate change to rising energy prices. White House advisers said Biden will spend his time at the Group of 20 Summit this weekend attempting to fix supply chains, securing a global corporate tax deal, and will press to explore debt relief and emergency funding for poor countries whose economies have been battered by the current pandemic.
Prince Charles has urged G20 leaders in his speech to the Rome summit to turn their “fine words on climate into action.” It is unknown what, if anything, humans can affect the direction of climate change in any meaningful direction.
The United States’ Secretary of State and the Secretary of the Treasury, in coordination with the President’s Special Representative for Climate Change, will lead a process to develop such a plan involving the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Chief Executive Officer of the United States International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), the Chief Executive Officer of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the Director of the United States Trade and Development Agency, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and the heads of other agencies that may provide foreign aid and development finance. The Secretary of State and the Secretary of the Treasury shall provide the plan to President within 90 days of this order to the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and the Assistant to the President for Economic Policy.
Most heads of state and government in Rome travel to Glasgow for the G-20 summit. On Saturday, US President Joe Biden, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will meet on the sidelines of the opening session to discuss the next steps in the Iran nuclear program. Photo President Biden, second from left, poses for a family photo with other world leaders and officials at the Group of 20 summit in Rome on Saturday.
According to the most recent Centers for Disease Control (CDC) data, 49.6 percent of Palm Beach County, Florida residents have been fully vaccinated for the COVID-19 virus. And at least 56.8 percent of county residents have received at least one dose. And those with natural immunity, those who have contracted COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2, are 16 percent of the county population. Unfortunately, we are not able to have access to data on how many of those who had COVID-19 also got one of the three methods of manufactured vaccines.
Deaths from COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2 in Florida continue to decline with four reported on May 17, 2022 while one month ago the state was averaging 55 deaths per day. Recent cases of the virus also continue to drop from approximately 5,500 per day to now 2,800. A similar situation is playing out in Palm Beach County where deaths and fresh cases are on the decline.
In Palm Beach County, there have been 2,832 deaths from COVID-19 and with a population of approximately 1.5 million people, this equates to .18 percent of the county population dying of the virus and below cancer and death rates in the county. Similarly, in the state of Florida, there have been 36,271 deaths from COVID-19 and with a population of approximately 22 million people, this equates to .16 percent of the state population dying of the virus and well below other causes of death in Florida such as cancer and heart disease. Globally, according to Johns Hopkins University, 3,418,084 have died of COVID-19, or .04 percent of the 7.9 billion people on Earth.
There have been 2,256,645 Floridians (10 percent of the population) who have contracted COVID-19 as have 144,456 Palm Beach County residents (just under 10 percent of county residents). The situation continues to improve for the county and the State of Florida. For example, yesterday in Palm Beach County, 4,945 residents were tested and 4,772 were negative.
The number of Floridians dying from COVID-19/SAR-CoV-2 have been on the decline since March 2021 and are now well below 20 per day. This number is much less than the number of Floridians dying of cancer and heart disease, to put it in perspective. While 2,155,319 have contracted the virus, a total of 34,759 Florida residents have died from COVID-19 and 684 non-residents have passed because of the virus. Florida’s population is now at 21,944,600 so .15 percent of the state’s population has died due to COVID-19 over the course of 1.5 years. One is more likely to die because of heart disease or cancer.
Here in Palm Beach County, Florida there have been 2,740 deaths from SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 out of a population of about 1.5 million, so .18 percent of the county’s population have passed because of the virus. The median age of those who have contracted the virus is 40 years old, with nine percent of the county population contracting SARS-CoV-2.
Yesterday, April 2, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued the next phase of technical guidance under the Framework for Conditional Sailing Order (CSO) requiring cruise lines to establish agreements at ports where they intend to operate, implement routine testing of crew, and develop plans incorporating vaccination strategies to reduce the risk of introduction and spread of COVID-19 by crew and passengers.
Decreasing the time needed for a “red” ship to become “green” from 28 to 14 days based on the availability of onboard testing, routine screening testing protocols, and daily reporting.
Creating planning materials for agreements that port authorities and local health authorities must approve to ensure cruise lines have the infrastructure in place to manage an outbreak of COVID-19 on their ships to include healthcare capacity and housing to isolate infected people and quarantine those who are exposed.
Establishing a plan and timeline for vaccination of crew and port personnel.
The next phase of the CSO will include simulated (trial) voyages that will allow crew and port personnel to practice new COVID-19 operational procedures with volunteers before sailing with passengers.
While the CDC recommends that all eligible port personnel and travelers (passengers and crew) get a COVID-19 vaccine when one is available to them, it is not requiring vaccines in their guidelines released yesterday. Though that does not inhibit the cruise industry itself from requiring passengers be vaccinated if they so choose.
While cruising will always pose some risk of COVID-19 transmission, following the phases of the CSO will ensure cruise ship passenger operations are conducted in a way that protects crew members, passengers, and port personnel, particularly with emerging COVID-19 variants of concern.
Libertarians are coming out strongly against mask mandates and being pro active against the idea of vaccine passports to travel. Yesterday, the Libertarian Party of Palm Beach County came out strongly encouraging its county government to end its mask mandate, not because the State of Florida does not have a mask mandate, but because of the many legitimate scientific studies published at the CDC and NIH, noting their relative ineffectiveness in the real world. Now the national Libertarian Party and the Libertarian Party of Florida are pre-empting any notion of the federal or state governments imposing a “vaccine passport.” Most of the controversy seems to be centered on domestic travel via commercial means and not international travel, as many countries have long required various vaccines for entry.
We have noted vaccine passports as a way for the public to feel more comfortable traveling commercial domestically, as they would know who has been vaccinated against COVID-19 and who has not. But there is still much not known about the FDA authorized for emergency use vaccines (not have been approved), most notably how long the protection will last against COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2. Some studies show only six months, while other studies show protection past eight months. One’s DNA and other health factors come into play as to the protection level one will receive and how long they continue to receive the protection against the virus. Meanwhile, requiring proof of one’s vaccine has not been under discussion for other seasonal viruses, like influenza or other respiratory illnesses, which can spread through the air or by touch.
The Libertarian Party of Florida stands steadfastly AGAINST efforts by the Federal government and any efforts by the State and Local governments to institute a Covid vaccine passport or any other state involvement in documenting or restricting one’s freedom of movement. This past year, we had the Federal government declare masks did not work, only so they could horde masks, and then declare face coverings adequate. We had Pfizer and other companies develop a vaccine within 72hrs of receiving the DNA sequence for Sars-Cov-2, yet, the FDA and CDC went against their own memorandum by restricting the expedited rollouts of vaccine development and testing. We had the FDA, CDC, and CMS, work in tandem to shutdown laboratories testing for Covid19, including the University of Washington lab, which was shutdown twice, while the CDC continued to provide botched test kits. We had businesses shutdown, commerce halted, rights degraded, and law abiding citizens stripped of their livelihood as well as their lives at the hands of a small oligarch of hypocritical legislators. We were the only political party to stand up for your rights during this entire proceeding, we are the only ones willing to stick our necks out for what is right even when it is unpopular, and we will remain the only ones who continue to fight for what is right even with our backs against the wall and with a thousand voices shouting us down. Imagine what outcome would have been without these petty dictators in positions of power, with Libertarians ingrained at the local, state, and Federal levels to lead the charge against government intrusion? The United States would be a better place. It takes your help to get us there. That is what the Libertarian Party is all about, we are protectors of what is righteous, which is not always what is popular. We are guided by principle, while others are guided by fear. WE, the Party of Principle, dedicate ourselves to you, in service to Floridians who fight for Liberty to have a political home, and a political body which serves as the centrifugal force of our movement. And we are not stopping.
WHEREAS; the Federal, State, and Local governments of the United States have been inept in the handling of the SARS-CoV-2 virus pandemic and have not been forthright, righteous, nor consistent in their advice and legislation. WHEREAS; pharmaceutical companies had the vaccine developed for COVID19 disease as early as 72hrs after the DNA sequence was released from Chinese researchers, however the FDA disregarded their own memorandum on the expedited handling of vaccine research and deployment stifling lifesaving technology. WHEREAS; the Federal government has lied about the usefulness of masks, only to hoard the effective N95 masks for themselves, and then later reversed the position after masks were bought off the market by the public sector. WHEREAS; by March 2020, the CDC had tested 10,000 people in the United States for COVID19, where South Korea was testing 10,000 per day by forming an open public-private partnership. The CDC, FDA, and CMS worked in tandem to shutdown private laboratories, such as the private University of Washington lab twice, for privately testing positive COVID19 cases. The CDC botched their tests which were rendered scientifically inaccurate while private sector kits were being shipped overseas for use elsewhere. WHEREAS; the Federal, State, and Local governments across the United States degraded civil liberties, levied steep fines against peaceful people, and took away livelihood and lives through the closure of transportation, businesses, and lockdown orders while hypocritical oligarchs defied those same orders. WHEREAS; governments stifled the response to the SARS-CoV-2 virus pandemic every step of the way, while the private sector researchers, doctors, nurses, non-profits, and businesses lifted the entire load of relief in spite of governments interference. WHEREAS; these same government officials now wish to implement a COVID19 vaccination passport for the purpose of restricting travel and maximizing obedience, further perpetuating the technocratic surveillance state. THEREFORE; be it resolved that the Libertarian National Committee stands in stark defiance of all attempts by government to interfere with the private sector response to COVID19 as well as the degradation of civil liberties and livelihood at the hands of legislators. We oppose vaccine passports and any government mandated documentation, surveillance, restrictions, mandates, or laws which tread on the rights of the people. We stand in service of those seeking freedom in the United States as the centrifugal force of liberty. FURTHERMORE; the Libertarian National Committee recognizes Dr. Li Wenliang, who was arrested by Chinese police in Wuhan, China for blowing the whistle on the discovery of SARS-CoV-2 virus at the Wuhan General Hospital. Dr. Wenliang was released after signing an affidavit stating he committed “spreading rumors” and was later acquitted after public outrage. Dr. Wenliang died at the age of thirty-three due to encountering the virus by treating patients with COVID-19. Dr. Wenilang was the first casualty by the government in the war against our rights and deserves our unwavering respect.
The Libertarian Party of Palm Beach County (LP Palm Beach) is encouraging the Board of Palm Beach County Commissioners to end the county’s mandate on forcing residents and tourists to wear masks in public. The mandate was imposed last year in response to COVID-19 and has been continually renewed and ends on April 18, 2021. There is a growing number of states which do not have mask mandates which now stands at 18, including Florida. Even though Florida does not have a mask mandate, the Board of County Commissioners have taken it upon themselves to keep one in place for the past year.
We have vaccinated over 30 percent of Palm Beach County residents against the COVID-19 virus, which has been responsible for the deaths of .15 percent of the state’s population according to government numbers. The threat is further diluted, as the synthetic vaccination numbers do not include those who have natural immunity due to carrying the antibodies from a prior infection because of the virus. LP Palm Beach is urging county leaders to follow the science which can be found here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.
Chairperson of LP Palm Beach, Karl Dickey said, “COVID-19 is a serious virus which our nation has taken seriously and taken unprecedented measures to combat. While any death to Floridians or visitors to the state is tragic, it is time to end the mask mandate in our county and let our residents breathe. We ask the county elected officials to follow the science and lift the mask mandate. Last year the federal government told us repeatedly that if we comply with mask mandates and wash our hands, we could ‘flatten the curve’ in 15 days and get back to our normal lives. It is now over one year later, the curve was flattened, now give us our freedom back.”
Libertarians believe individuals own their bodies and have rights over them that other individuals, groups, and governments may not violate. Individuals have the freedom and responsibility to decide what they knowingly and voluntarily consume, and what risks they accept to their own health, finances, safety, or life.
Unintended consequences are par for the course with expanded government action. While we have continued to track the effects of COVID-19, what is harder to track is the effects of lockdowns for Americans. Recent studies have shown at least a 30% increase in depression and anxiety in adults, and over 1 of 2 young adults now show symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder. We have found children who were under the strictest quarantines to be four times more likely to experience PTSD. Long after the vaccine has brought us much closer to herd immunity, we will still feel the devastating mental effects from mostly honest attempts to solve a problem that could never have been solved.