February 24, 2023 3-5PM ET
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School districts can’t require COVID vaccines, California Supreme Court affirms The state Supreme Court rejected a challenge Wednesday to a ruling that said school districts in California cannot require their students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 because only the state government can issue such a mandate. While public health agencies have recommended the vaccinations for children as young as six months old, legislation calling for vaccine mandates in schools has stalled in Sacramento. Gov. Gavin Newsom initially proposed requiring students to be vaccinated as of last July but has put his order on hold. And courts have stopped local school districts from acting on their own. Wednesday’s case involved the San Diego Unified School District, the state’s second-largest with more than 121,000 students. The district first proposed in September 2021 to require students 16 and older to be vaccinated against the coronavirus to attend classes, sports and other in-person events. Its order would have allowed exemptions for medical reasons but not for religious or personal objections. The district later said it would postpone its order until July 2023, but by then it was already being challenged in court. And in November the state’s Fourth District Court of Appeal, the first appellate court to rule on the issue, said school districts had no authority to order vaccinations on their own. The school district cited a state law that allows schools to “administer an immunizing agent to a pupil.” But the court said the law applies only to vaccines already authorized by the state.
Cancer Patient Faces ‘Horrific’ Choice: Keep Taking $50,000-a-Week Drug and Bankrupt His Family — or End Lifesaving Treatment After several rounds of treatment for a rare eye cancer — weekly drug infusions that could cost nearly $50,000 each — Paul Davis learned Medicare had abruptly stopped paying the bills. That left Davis, a retired physician in Findlay, Ohio, contemplating a horrific choice: risk saddling his family with huge medical debt, if he had to pay those bills from the hospital out-of-pocket, or halt treatments that help keep him alive. “Is it worth bankrupting my family for me to hang around for a couple of years?” Davis pondered. “I don’t want to make that choice.” How much Davis will end up owing for his care remains unclear. One of the hospitals that has administered the costly drug is appealing Medicare’s initial payment denials. And the family might not even know their total balance until Medicare rejects all the appeals. But the uncertainty has compounded the stress of living with an aggressive cancer. Davis, 71, was diagnosed in November 2019 with uveal melanoma, which afflicts eye tissue and is “one of the rarest tumors on the planet,” he said.
Celebrities may have helped shape anti-vaccine opinions during Covid-19 pandemic, study finds Covid-19 vaccines are known to be safe and effective, and they’re available for free, but many Americans in the US refuse to get them – and a recent study suggests that celebrities may share some of the blame for people’s mistrust. Celebrities have long tried to positively influence public health, studies show, but during the Covid-19 pandemic, they also seemed to have a large influence on spreading misinformation. Decades ago, in the 1950s, people could see stars like Elvis Presley, Dick Van Dyke and Ella Fitzgerald in TV ads that encouraged polio vaccination. This celebrity influence boosted the country’s general vaccination efforts, and vaccination nearly eliminated the deadly disease. In 2021, US officials used celebrities in TV ads to encourage more people to get vaccinated against Covid-19. Big names like lifestyle guru Martha Stewart, singer Charlie Puth and even Senate Minority Leader Mitchell McConnell showed up in spots that had billions of ad impressions. The world isn’t restricted to only three TV networks any more, so celebrities like actress Hilary Duff, actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, singer Dolly Parton and even Big Bird also used their enormous presence on Instagram and Twitter to promote a pro Covid-19 vaccine message.
Tony Blair and William Hague call for digital ID cards for all In a report, the former Labour prime minister and Conservative leader argue that government records “are still based in a different era”. The idea of introducing ID cards has been controversial. As PM, Sir Tony tried to introduce an ID card scheme but it was scrapped by the coalition government. Opponents of identity cards have raised concerns about civil liberties and what they see as unnecessary data collection and intrusion by the state. However, in their report, Sir Tony and Lord Hague, who faced each other at the dispatch box as party leaders, argue digital ID cards would make it easier and more secure for people to access services and for the government to understand their needs and better target support. “In a world in which everything from vaccine status to aeroplane tickets and banking details are available on our personal devices, it is illogical that the same is not true of our individual public records,” they write. They suggest such a scheme could allow people to prove their identity, age, driving licence, right to live and work in the UK and even their educational qualifications. But Silkie Carlo, director of campaign group Big Brother Watch, said the “sprawling digital identity system” proposed by the pair “would be one of the biggest assaults on privacy ever seen in the UK”.
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Florida Seeks to Ban Vaccine Discrimination Florida legislators are considering House and Senate civil rights bills that protect residents from discrimination based on their vaccine or immunity status. The protection would extend to people concerning all vaccines, not just the increasingly controversial COVID shots. Senate Bill 222, sponsored by Sen. Joe Gruters (R-Fla.), and House Bill 305, sponsored by Rep. Webster Barnaby (R-Fla.), are identical. This simplifies their becoming law if both pass, Mo van Hoek of Health Freedom Florida, the group pushing the bill’s adoption, told The Epoch Times. Van Hoek said the bills would also protect Floridians’ vaccine or immunity status from being shared with the federal government’s tracking database. The state created a database to that effect in 2019, before the pandemic, and later had to share it with the federal government to receive its allotment of COVID vaccines, she said. The bill would extend and make permanent protections begun in 2021 when the legislature, in a special session, passed temporary protections. Van Hoek said the law will sunset on June 30, 2023, necessitating new protections. The 2021 law wasn’t tough enough, she said. It had originally been more comprehensive and didn’t pass in March 2021. She said the ban on vaccine passports was taken from it and attached to another bill that passed a couple of months later. “It had a good impact. It put Governor [Ron] DeSantis on the global map of creating that type of protection for people,” she said. “This isn’t a good bill, it’s a great bill,” van Hoek said.
Call to Action: Health Freedom Florida & Ending Vaccine Discrimination The list of those injured after being injected with the experimental COVID-19 gene therapy vaccines and boosters is rapidly growing. Those injured include infants, children, brothers, sisters, mothers, and fathers. Importantly, long before the dangerous and powerful mRNA COVID-19 jabs, vaccine injury has existed and has been silenced and ignored for years. Health Freedom Florida, a grassroots group representing those living in the sunshine state, wants to stop the vaccine injury madness in its tracks. Armed with the truth and receipts to back it up, these relentless warriors are on a mission to protect bodily freedoms and educate the masses. And they need your help. More About Health Freedom Florida & SB222 / HB305 To end discrimination based on vaccination status, on January 18, 2023, Health Freedom Florida filed SB222 / HB305. Aptly called “The Protection of Medical Freedom Act,” the historic civil rights bill aims to protect the future of America’s children by defending those who have been bullied, discriminated against, coerced, segregated, profiled, terminated, denied an exemption, injured, or died after an injection. Without hesitation, common sense dictates that it is unconstitutional for a government entity or corporation to demand a person be subjected to known damaging medical services such as vaccines in exchange for access to employment or to participate in society. Once passed, these critically historic bills will: Deliver Civil Rights Protections for All Floridians (by adding Vaccination and Immunity Status) to the Civil Rights Statute Prohibit Vaccine Mandates Protect our Medical Data from being sent and tracked by the Federal Government (yes, Florida has a state vaccine tracking database) Cement into Law our Human Rights to Body Sovereignty Reaffirms the Ban on Vaccine Passports Protects Businesses from the Federal Government and weaponization of Gov Agencies, such as the CDC, NIH, and OSHA
‘Dangerous Surveillance’: Republican Lawmaker Wants to Ban Federal Reserve From Issuing Digital Currency House Majority Whip Tom Emmer (R-Minn.) has introduced legislation that seeks to prevent the Federal Reserve from issuing a central bank digital currency (CBDC), while insisting that a digital equivalent to the dollar must uphold privacy and sovereignty. The “CBDC Anti-Surveillance State Act” prohibits the Federal Reserve from issuing a CBDC directly to an individual. “The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal Open Market Committee may not use any central bank digital currency to implement monetary policy,” the bill states. It also requires that the Fed’s CBDC projects be transparent to lawmakers and the American people by insisting that quarterly reports on such initiatives be submitted to Congress. “Any digital version of the dollar must uphold our American values of privacy, individual sovereignty, and free market competitiveness. Anything less opens the door to the development of a dangerous surveillance tool,” Emmer stated in a tweet on Feb. 22. “After all, America remains a technological leader not because we force innovations to adopt our values under regulatory duress but because we allow technology that holds these values at their core to flourish.” Rep. Ralph Norman (R-S.C.) extended his support for the bill, saying that he is “proud to co-sponsor” the CBDC Anti-Surveillance State Act.
Ozempic is a ‘Band-Aid’ on the root of childhood obesity: toxic food, former pharma consultant says A former Coca-Cola and pharmaceutical consultant said the push to put kids on weight-loss drugs ignores what he calls the root issue behind obesity — added sugars and processed food — and will fail to prevent more people from developing the disease. The American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) released guidelines last month encouraging pediatricians to be more proactive in fighting childhood obesity, with treatments including rigorous lifestyle changes or even weight loss drugs, or in some cases, surgery for children as young as 12. Calley Means, who co-founded a company that promotes food as medicine, blamed added sugar that food manufacturers put in products to increase flavor or extend shelf life for the rise in obesity along with other chronic diseases. “The only thing that will make us healthier, more fertile, less depressed, less obese, is attacking the root cause,” the TrueMed co-founder told Fox News. “There are public policy measures that can take the poison out of our children’s food supply and stop subsidizing it.” Added sugar intake has long been connected with a variety of health issues. Effects include “higher blood pressure, inflammation, weight gain, diabetes and fatty liver disease,” which are “all linked to an increased risk for heart attack and stroke,” according to Dr. Frank Hu, a Harvard University nutrition professor. Obesity affected around 20% of children between the ages of 2 and 19 between 2027 and 2020, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. When left untreated, obesity can lead to heart disease, diabetes, depression and other chronic conditions. Ozempic, one of the Food and Drug Administration-approved diabetes medications that doctors prescribe for weight loss, acts as an appetite suppressant. But an April 2022 peer-reviewed study published in Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism found that patients who went off the drug regained two-thirds of the lost weight within a year.