We grew up getting vaccines required to do sports and go to school. 99% of parents had no issue with required vaccines. But now it's suddenly dystopian to require vaccines?

What changed? Vaccine data, or new internet disinformation and faux conservatism? Hint: not the former.
I'm shocked at reasonable people arguing that businesses should not require vaccine passports. There is a difference (a big philosophical one) between government mandating your vaccination and a private business saying "We have to limit attendance to people willing to vaccinate."
1. Private businesses are private, and not the government.

2. Private businesses must protect their own employees and bottom line.

3. While businesses shouldn't discriminate, the Supreme Court held a century ago that marketplaces could require vaccinations for public health.
There have always been people who, for a variety of reasons, did not wish to vaccinate. But sensible elected officials never called schools dystopian for requiring vaccines, or suggested private businesses couldn't require health precautions. This is a dramatic (and silly) shift.

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7 Apr
CBS: Feds looking into a Bahamas trip Matt Gaetz allegedly took with a marijuana entrepreneur who allegedly paid for female escorts. Gaetz's spokesperson calls this a "fishing expedition" about vacations between consenting adults.
cbsnews.com/news/matt-gaet…
CBS aptly notes that Roger Stone attended conferences and fundraisers with Gaetz and the entrepreneur, which were promoted by his associate and far-right blogger Jacob Engels. Take a look at Engels' piece on one event, citing Joel Greenberg as another attendee. Image
Stone has publicly insisted links between him, Engels, Gaetz and Greenberg are speculative and tantamount to guilt by association.
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7 Apr
NEW: Joel Greenberg pleads not guilty to new charges of embezzlement, wire fraud, waives his right to appear at his arraignment this week.
He has so far pleaded not guilty to 33 charges including stalking, harassment, aggravated identity theft, human trafficking, wire fraud, conspiracy to defraud the US, and bribery.
A status conference is scheduled in Greenberg’s case for tomorrow, and arraignment on new charges scheduled for Friday.

Given the entry of a not guilty plea, seems unlikely anything big will come out of either event—but you never know.
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31 Mar
BREAKING: Florida prosecutors have filed a second superseding indictment against Joel Greenberg, the Florida politician associated with the investigation into Matt Gaetz. He is now also charged with embezzling $400k to purchase cryptocurrency for himself, wire fraud, and bribery.
According to prosecutors, Greenberg set up a crypto business for himself while serving as Seminole County Tax Collector and falsified transactions between the county and his business to funnel money to himself. They also allege he bribed an SBA official for a CARES Act loan.
Initial indictment: harassment and stalking of a political opponent
First superseding indictment: one charge of human trafficking, several charges of aggravated identity theft and misuse of driver license info
Second superseding indictment: bribery, wire fraud

Total charges: 33
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Gaetz’s lone “No” vote was worse than you think. The bill was the Combatting Human Trafficking in Commercial Vehicles Act. Parts of it regulated driver licenses to prevent trafficking.

His pal Greenberg is charged with falsifying a driver license to facilitate trafficking.
One provision directed a new committee to “develop recommended best practices for State and local transportation stakeholders to follow in combating human trafficking,” which involved updating technology and collection of documents from State agencies that issue driver licenses.
The issuance of driver licenses is a State power, so the federal government cannot directly regulate driver licenses in most instances. The goal was to develop best practices for State transportation agencies to prevent trafficking, then submit them to States.

Gaetz voted No.
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29 Mar
New indictment of Ghislaine Maxwell adds charges of sex trafficking conspiracy and sex trafficking of a minor between 2001-2004, based on alleged conduct in Palm Beach. Prosecutors say Maxwell and Epstein asked victim, just 14, to recruit other minors who were paid for sex acts.
Significant aspects of new indictment:

1. previous charges only covered conduct thru 1997

2. first time sex trafficking conspiracy, sex trafficking have been specifically charged

3. Prosecutors say Maxwell & Epstein offered to help victim get passport for international travel
Prosecutors' tie to SDNY: phone calls and planning of events related to the conspiracy by Epstein, Maxwell and others while they were in New York.
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WSJ: Brazil on the brink of becoming a global health hazard because of so-called P.1 strain, identified in New York last week. It’s up to 2.2 times more contagious and as much as 61% more able to reinfect people than previous versions of the coronavirus.
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“The virus is claiming parents and their children”: in Porto Alegre, where at least 60% of new Covid-19 infections are caused by P.1, the number of patients between 40 and 69 years old dying in the city has risen 125.5% since December, while total fatalities rose only 102.7%.
Don’t bury our heads in the sand for the second year in a row! We ignored the warning signs coming from Wuhan because we didn’t want to get scared; we ignored masks because we didn’t want to wear them.

We—the entire world—have to get Brazil under control to beat Covid.
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