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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issues executive order banning 'vaccine passports'

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order Friday banning businesses from requiring customers to show proof they have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to get service.

The Republican governor had previously announced his intent to issue an order banning so-called "vaccine passports." His action also barred any government agency in Florida from issuing such documentation for the purpose of providing proof of vaccinations.

In his executive order, DeSantis asserts that "vaccination passports reduce individual freedom and will harm patient privacy."

Effective immediately, Florida businesses are barred from requiring patrons to provide documentation certifying COVID-19 vaccination to enter a business or to get served. But the order does not preclude businesses such as restaurants and retail stores from screening protocols and other measures recommended by state and federal health officials.

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Policymakers use panic to shift blame for Covid-19 onto us, the people, leaving society scarred forever

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Poster seen at Leicester Square Station.
Since the start of the pandemic, the UK government has attempted to turn the public's fear off and on like a tap. It has used extreme and often deceitful tactics to expand risks and quell dissent.

Through visceral campaigns, policymakers have deflected attention from themselves by emphasising the risks we pose to each other. Not only is this undemocratic, it has damaged society by turning people against each other.

This is by design. For decades, governments have turned to behavioural psychology to manipulate public emotion to achieve their objectives. But this has consequences. Those in power have worn down the population and created a heightened level of anxiety with negative effects that will be long-lasting. We must understand how this happened to ensure it does not happen again.

Government messaging first scaled up its fear tactics at the end of March 2020 when communications shifted from an expressionless Chris Whitty telling us, 'To help save lives, stay at home' to a more 'hard-hitting' (read: fear-inducing) approach. A video released in April [see below] opens with a shot of an ambulance and sirens wailing. Shaky shots of emergency rooms and the sound of panicked medical staff are interspersed with quiet, sombre music. Voice actor Mark Strong's deep, grave voice warns us that the coronavirus is 'life-threatening for people of all ages' as a cropped-headed patient is wheeled by.

Comment: Manipulation via targeted messaging is a sales ploy to which Western nations have become all too accustomed - so accustomed we hardly take note, especially when directed towards ourselves.

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Border crossings reached highest level in 15 years last month

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Border Patrol Brownsville Texas • March 15, 2021
Apprehensions at the U.S.-Mexico border reached a 15-year high in March, with Border Patrol agents taking more than 171,000 migrants into custody, according to a new report.

The figure represents a sharp increase from the 78,442 migrants apprehended in January, according to preliminary U.S. Customs and Border Protection data published by the Washington Post, as the Biden administration struggles to get a handle on the influx of migrants — especially unaccompanied minors — attempting to enter the country.

Customs and Border Patrol took in more than 18,800 unaccompanied minors in March, a 99 percent increase from the month prior. The previous one-month high, recorded in May 2019, was 11,861.

The number of migrants arriving as part of family groups surged to more than 53,000 last month from 19,246 in February and 7,294 in January, the report shows.

Though President Biden said last month's increases were similar to historic seasonal patterns as well as trends seen during the previous administration, the report notes that the "the precipitous influx during the first two months of his term has a more vertical growth curve than any comparable span over the past two decades." While the largest two-month increase in 2019 was roughly 45,000 in raw numbers, the period of the past two months has seen a rise of more than 90,000.

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Russian economy reviving faster than expected as Moscow opts against another Covid lockdown

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A crucial decision by Moscow not to impose further anti-Covid restrictions has reportedly helped Russia's economy to continue rebounding from the recession it saw in the fourth quarter of last year.

Lighter Covid-19 restrictions following the initial total lockdown secured the necessary support for the economy of the world's biggest energy exporter, which managed to decline less than many of its peers did in 2020.

The nation's gross domestic product (GDP) contracted 1.8% from October through December against the same period in the previous year, the Federal Statistics Service reported Thursday. That decline beat the median forecast of Bloomberg economists, who expected the economy to drop by 2.2%. At the same time, the full-year contraction was revised to 3% from 3.1%.

"After a surprisingly small contraction in 2020, the recovery is broadening, fueled by slowing outbreaks, progress in vaccinations and higher oil prices," Scott Johnson, an analyst for Bloomberg Economics, said.

The decline seen in the fourth quarter of 2020 was triggered by inflation provoked by rising global food prices and a relative weakness of the national currency.


Programming complete? Poll claims nearly HALF of Americans think 'vaccine passports' are a 'good idea'

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Biden admin coordinating with Big Tech for pass apps

As the White House works with tech corporations to develop a flurry of coronavirus vaccine passport apps, almost half of US voters believe the scheme is the right way "back to normal," according to a recent poll.

Some 44% of likely voters said that requiring proof of vaccination to return to their daily lives is a "good idea," though another large segment, 41%, were outright opposed to it, a Rasmussen survey published on Thursday shows, noting that 15% remain on the fence.


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Spain passes law mandating face masks even while swimming in the sea

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Backlash from holidaymakers who say they won't visit.

Spain has passed a new law forcing people to wear face masks everywhere outside and even while swimming in the sea.

Yes, really.

The legislation, which came into effect on Wednesday, mandates face coverings for children as young as six, with refusniks facing fines of €100 euros.

Comment: The stunning stupidity of it all...


Pundits weigh in on CNN's trainwreck Wen interview tying basic freedoms to vaccination

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CNN medical analyst Leana Wen sounded the totalitarian alarm, warning that Americans may take back their pre-pandemic freedoms without being vaccinated if the Biden administration doesn't quickly make the jabs a precondition.

"We need to make it clear to them that the vaccine is the ticket back to pre-pandemic life," said Wen, who was previously president of Planned Parenthood, the largest US abortion provider.

Wen lamented to CNN host Chris Cuomo that many states have begun to fully reopen their economies and remove Covid-19 restrictions, leaving a "very narrow window" to tie normalization of everyday life to vaccination status.

Comment: Others on social media was not impressed either:

CNN 'expert' goes there: Proposes withholding Americans' basic freedoms if they don't get vaccine


Capitol attack suspect was apparent Farrakhan follower - left's 'white supremacist' narrative crumbles

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The suspect in the attack at the Capitol on Friday was an apparent follower of Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam.

Noah Green, a 25-year-old Indiana man, was reported by multiple media outlets as the suspect in Friday's attack, which killed one Capitol Police officer and wounded another.

Police said the suspect rammed a car into two Capitol Police officers before hitting a barricade on the north side of the Capitol. He then exited the vehicle and allegedly lunged at officers before being shot and killed by police.

Screenshots from Green's now-deleted Facebook page showed that he promoted speeches from Farrakhan and Elijah Muhammad, the previous leader of the Nation of Islam, according to multiple reports.

His Facebook posts were reported by The New York Times and NBC News, and Facebook confirmed that the page had been taken down.

Comment: Ilhan Omar felt the need to point out that if Green had used an AR-15, the death toll would have been worse. She wasn't the only one to take up this line of "reasoning":

"Imagine something that didn't happen. Then make policies based on these things that didn't happen, because I planted them in your imagination."

Speaking of imagination:

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'New world order?' Creepy video of celebs promoting 'health seal' worth thousands of dollars raises eyebrows

Lady Gaga, Robert De Niro
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Lady Gaga, Robert De Niro, and other high-profile celebrities have teamed up for a vague commercial promoting the so-called 'WELL Health-Safety Seal,' an expensive endorsement for business owners that many are panning as useless.
"If you want to get back to your favorite places and feel confident they have put your health and safety first," Jennifer Lopez says as the video opens, followed by numerous other celebs chiming in to inform viewers: "look for the WELL Health-Safety Seal."

"Everything may look the same, but the WELL Health-Safety Seal means that your health and safety are top of mind," De Niro later says, as generic corporate-style music plays in the background.

Comment: Just a few years ago De Niro helped promote the excellent documentary called "VAXXED - From Cover-Up to Catastrophe" (despite being compelled/coerced into pulling it from his theater). The film exposed many of the lies about vaccines that De Niro felt important to share because of his own vaccine-injured autistic son. How and why did he change his mind despite all his efforts in the past to expose the dangers of vaccines?

Comment: The PTB are using brainwashed Hollywood and TV celebrities to program the masses in the hopes of having a population that will accept a totalitarian and fascistic society - with two major categories of people:

1. The obedient vaccinated sheeple who will have some privileges, and

2. The unvaccinated dirty rebels who will be excluded from much of society - as well as hated and perceived by the "upper" vaccinated class as irresponsible savages who are killing innocent people by spreading the virus.

No, this is not a sci-fi movie scenario. This is what they want their "new normal" to look like. And they have a good chance to make it real.

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Ukraine to regain 'occupied territory' in Crimea and Sevastopol

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Three Ukrainian soldiers head to their positions in Luhansk, April 23, 2019.
In 2014, the Russian-speaking population living in the Donbas region set the Donetsk and Luhansk republics. Ukraine does not recognize that decision to date.

Over the last week, Ukraine has been moving military vehicles and troops to the front lines, a measure that increases its military tensions with Russia.

On March 24, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky signed the Decree 117/2021 approving the "strategy of disoccupation and reintegration of the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the Sevastopol city."

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