Which states are the five most prone to lightning strikes in America?
Lightning is a leading cause of injury and death from weather-related hazards. Although most lightning victims survive, people struck by lightning often report a variety of long-term, debilitating symptoms.
The top six most prone states (in this order) are Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, South Carolina and Oklahoma.
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Hours before he was found dead, Bob Saget released this last selfie:
When Saget arrived back in front of the Ritz-Carlton hotel, he handed his rental car keys over and posed for a selfie with valet worker Orlando Nunez, 21.
Orange County, Florida police investigators don’t believe the late comedian’s head injuries were caused by slipping in the shower of his $800 a night hotel room that night.
On Tuesday, March 22, 2022 photos from a forensic investigation at Saget’s Ritz-Carlton suite #962 were released. Police were looking for evidence of a blow from a hard surface or corner that would have likely broken the skin and left a more distinctive injury.
Although no such tissue or matter was found, the final police report suggests Saget, 65, died from a strike on the head on the floor, bed headboard or some other hard surface in the early hours of January 9.
“Our purpose was to locate specific places or items in the room that could have caused the trauma found on autopsy,” the final investigation report stated. “The countertops, tables, nightstands, and other hard furniture in the room all had sharply defined edges and corners and were thought to be unlikely due to the fact that they would have lacerated the skin.”
Saget’s night stand showing his iPhone, iPad, glasses, AirPods, Chapstick and more are shown.
Only one cup appears to have been used in the barely touched mini-bar.
Saget had driven himself back from a stand-up performance two hours away in Jacksonville before handing over the keys to his Chevrolet Impala and walking into the Ritz-Carlton at 2:13am.
“The counters in the bathroom and the shower stall were ruled out for the same reason,” the investigation report continued. “Most of the chairs and couches were thickly upholstered and were too soft to have caused the type and extent of injury Mr. Saget suffered. As mentioned earlier, most of the suite was carpeted. The headboard of the bed was lightly padded and set slightly out from the wall.”
Shower inside Bob Saget’s Florida hotel suite is pictured in crime scene photos taken immediately after his death.
The door to room 962 was latched from the inside and there was no sign of struggle, nothing was damaged and no trace of blood on his sheets or bedding, the report indicated.
“These are listed here as possible mechanisms of injury, but nothing was located in the room that allows for a definitive conclusion,” the report said.
Police saw, via CCTV security camera, Saget walking “purposely across the lobby” before entering his room at 2:17am. When he failed to check out later that day security entered his suite at 3:53pm and found Saget slumped dead in his bed with swelling and small bruises in the corner of his left eye.
The internal door to the adjoining room, 961, was found unlocked but staff established that nobody had been inside it while Saget was there.
The hotel parking valet said he “didn’t see any injuries, he didn’t seem hurt, he wasn’t slurring his words – he was exactly as I remembered while watching him on the TV as a child. I was in awe.’
Nunez and Saget chatted warmly for several minutes about the pandemic, their families and their home state of California before they huddled for a photo on his cell phone.
“He said he’d just driven back from Jacksonville but he didn’t seem tired at all, it was like he had just stepped off stage,” Nunez recalled.
“We talked about Covid and he made a joke about how there are so many strains now they are giving them sorority names,” he continued. “If anything I was very cautious about the picture as I wanted to be polite and respectful. But he said get in here, c’mon.”
“I’ve met a few celebrities who barely say a word but Bob was the most genuine, approachable guy. When I heard what had happened the next day I was devastated.”
Saget’s death stunned his fans and concerned his distraught wife Kelly Rizzo who indicated her husband was the happiest he had ever been and was in great health.
Experts also ruled out drugs or alcohol as the cause, attributing the beloved funnyman’s death to ‘blunt force injuries to the head’ including various abrasions to the scalp and fractures to the base of the skull.
Saget was on the road for his ‘I Don’t Do Negative Comedy Tour’ tour when he died.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis told the enthusiastic Orlando crowd on the opening day of the 2022 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) America must put on a “full armor of God” as he focused on making 2022 “the year that America fought back” against the “woke” Left.
Here are highlighted parts of his 20 minute speech at the largest and oldest gathering of American conservatives.
“Florida led when it counted. We led early on when the weight of the world was bearing down on our shoulders. We understand what it means to be a leader. Not just be a politician that twists in the wind but be willing to make tough decisions.”
“Florida has defeated Faucism. Freedom has prevailed in the Sunshine State.”
People are coming to live or visit Florida “not just because we have lower taxes, because we’ve always had lower taxes. These are people who are fleeing leftist governments in this country.”
“And why do even these biggest critics and lockdowners come to Florida? Well, I think it’s simple. From the very beginning, we refused to let this state descend into some kind of Faucian dystopia where people’s freedoms are curtailed and their livelihoods are destroyed.”
“They criticized Florida, and the first chance they get, what do they do? They escape to freedom in the state of Florida.”
These are “politicians who lock down their own people.”
Let’s Go Brandon
“There is no substitute for the courage to stand in the way of the Brandon administration. The inflation is because of his policies, and we’re not going to let him forget that.”
“Yes we’re against CRT but what are we for? I’m for the Constitution, I’m for the Bill of Rights, we need to have our young people understand what that means.”
If the Woke Left “had just elected a couple more U.S. Senators…They were going to pack the U.S. Supreme Court. They were going to make D.C. a state so they would have two radical, left-wing Democrat senators for life.”
“They were going to abolish the electoral college so California could … elect the president, and they wanted to federalize fraudulent ballot practices.”
DeSantis argued that Democrats’ congressional ambitions attempt to “marginalize the conservative half of the country” so they would become “powerless” to fight back against their “ideological aims.”
The Left’s Woke Religion
“The woke is the new religion of the Left, and this is what they have in mind. That’s why they want CRT [critical race theory] because they want to divide the country. That’s why they remove statues of Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt, take George Washington’s name off schools. Because they want to erase that history.”
“They want to delegitimize our founding institutions and they want to replace that with their left-wing ideology as the foundational principles of our modern-day society.”
“No, in Florida you’re not getting a slap on the wrist you’re getting the inside of a jail cell. We are a law and order state in the state of Florida. We reject weak-on-crime policies. We reject Soros prosecutors.”
“We’re not going to let our young girls, women athletes have opportunities denied to them because of ideology and political correctness.”
“We are in the process of getting money from the legislature so that if Biden is dumping illegal aliens in Florida from the southern border, I’m rerouting them to Delaware. We’ll do some in DC and Hollywood as well.”
“The job of the statesman is not to subcontract out your policy to help bureaucrats. … The job of the statesman is to lead, to take all the interest in society, and make sure you’re doing what’s in the public good. So many governors over the last two years would simply defer to help bureaucrats because it was a safe thing to do politically.”
“My job is to stand up and protect the freedoms and the jobs of the people I represent and if that puts me in political jeopardy then so be it,”
“Had Florida not led the way, this country could look like Canada or Australia. We sometimes take freedom for granted, you should not do that after the last two years.”
Biden is “…always criticizing us, always trying to take pot shots at Florida…He doesn’t like Florida, and he doesn’t like me because we stand up to him.”
“Woke is the new religion of the left… a form of Marxism…Legacy media is not in the business of telling the truth… Big Tech is now the No. 1 institution of censorship.”
Woke Biden His Time
“We stand up against the weak-on-crime policies that are ravaging cities across the country…this is not going to be like Portland. … In Florida, you are not getting a slap on the wrist, you are getting the inside of a jail cell.”
“Because we will not spend taxpayer money to teach our kids to hate America or to hate each other, we have banned CRT in K through 12 education.”
“But I can tell you there’s one fella that just hates Florida. His name is Joe Biden…He’s always criticizing us. Always trying to take potshots at Florida. He does things like take our medication. He stiffs storm victims of relief because he doesn’t like the governor. He doesn’t like Florida. And he doesn’t like me because we stand up to him…He’s had the worst first year of any president since the 1800s.”
“We protected people’s rights, we protected people’s jobs, and made sure every kid in the state of Florida had an opportunity to go to school in person five days a week. Freedom has prevailed in the Sunshine State.”
“The left does not want to honor our freedoms. We have the responsibility to fight back on all fronts.”
As a “princess of the people,” Princess Diana was a globally-beloved woman. When she died in a car crash on August 31, 1997, the world was shocked. Paparazzi chased the car that she was in into Pont de l’Alma tunnel in Paris, France. Her partner, Dodi Fayed, and the driver of the Mercedes-Benz W140 S-Class, Henri Paul, were pronounced dead at the scene. Their bodyguard, Trevor Rees-Jones, was seriously injured, but survived the crash.
The condition of the drivers, the ruthlessness of the paparazzi, and potential motives from the royal family have all been called into question since her death.
2. Natalie Wood
The death of Natalie Wood is among the most famous cold cases of Hollywood. Wood fell off a boat near Santa Catalina Islsnd and drowned while onboard with her husband, Robert Wagner and actor Christopher Walken on November 29, 1981.
Her death was originally ruled an accident; however, the case was reopened after new testimony and mysterious bruises on her body were identified.
Nominated for three Academy Awards and starred in “West Side Story” and “Rebel Without a Cause,” Wood, with Wagner, Walken and the boat captain were celebrating Thanksgiving weekend. After a night of drinking, her body was found floating in the waters off Southern California’s Catalina Island. She was 43.
Years later, CBS News aired an interview with Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. John Corina, who said he doesn’t believe Wagner has told the whole story about what happened.
In 2013, investigators said Wagner had not been interviewed since their probe was reopened. They had tried at least 10 times to interview him but he refused.
3. Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe died of an overdose on Saturday, August 4, 1962, at her 12305 Fifth Helena Drive home in Los Angeles, California. Her body was discovered before dawn on Sunday, August 5.
Immediately the media reported she died of barbiturates overdose, but over the years her death is believed by many to have been a murder. The most popular conspiracy theory is that she was killed by the government due to her rumored affairs with John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy.
4. George Reeves
Star of The Adventures of Superman George Reeves was found dead with a gunshot wound in his head. Though his death was ruled a suicide, a few suspects were identified including an ex-lover. Read more about his death here.
5. Bob Crane
Bob Crane, the TV star known to millions as the wise-cracking title character on the 1960s sitcom Hogan’s Heroes, was found bludgeoned in his Scottsdale, AZ apartment at age 49 on June 29, 1978. The case has been cold since then.
All roads of the murder investigation led to John Henry Carpenter, a video-equipment salesperson from Sony—and a friend of Hogan’s Heroes cast member (and future Family Feud host) Richard Dawson. Carpenter helped Crane obtain gadgetry to watch and make erotic videos long before they were available to the public (Carpenter also sold similar equipment to President Lyndon B. Johnson and Elvis Presley).
“At the scene, there was blood everywhere,” former Scottsdale detective Vassall recalled. “There were some traces of blood on the back of the exit door, the front door, the doorknob. There was a red stain on the curtain. We found blood in [Carpenter’s] rental car and on the passenger door. It was Crane’s blood type. Nobody else who handled that car had the same blood type as Crane. It was type B blood, all of it.”
DNA testing wasn’t available in 1978, but other clues and evidence were presented to the local district attorney who rejected the case. Scottsdale detective Jim Raines uncovered a previously unseen crime-scene photo that showed a speck of brain tissue in Carpenter’s car. The actual tissue sample was long gone, but the image was ruled admissible by a judge, and Carpenter was eventually charged with Crane’s murder in 1992. Again the information was rejected by the county attorney’s office. He was acquitted in 1994 and died four years later.
6. Brian Jones
Rolling Stones founding member Brian Jones was found dead at the bottom of his pool on July 3, 1969, at the age of 27.
The coroner’s termed Jones death as a “misadventure” with traces of pep pills, sleeping pills, and alcohol in his system, as well as evidence of significant liver damage from drugs and alcohol.
At the time and over the years investigators speculated that he may have been the victim of a crime. Jones’s daughter, Barbara Marion, believed so as late as 2019.
7. Gianni Versace
Fashion icon Gianni Versace was returning home from his morning walk from the News Cafe in 1997 when Andrew Cunanan, 27, fatally shot him in the back of the head.
After shooting him on the steps of Versace’s home, eight days later, Cunanan, suspected of killing four other people in three states, killed himself on a houseboat in North Miami Beach.
The mansion was built in 1930, and Versace bought it in 1992. After his death, it was sold and became a hotel and event space. The day before the 24 year anniversary of Versace’s death, housekeeping staff at The Villa Casa Casuarina called police around 1:20 p.m. after discovering the bodies of two men, 30 and 31 years old, who were from Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Police said it was a double suicide.
8. Brittany Murphy
Actress Brittany Murphy was found dead at age 32. Her official cause of death was a combination of pneumonia, iron deficiency, and drug overdose. As if her death wasn’t strange enough, her husband Simon Monjack died the same way five months later. Her father has called for investigations to see if his daughter and son-in-law were poisoned.
Director Cynthia Hill claimed Brittany was one of Simon’s “last victims.”
“He was a disturbed individual who was used to conning people and Brittany was one of his last victims,” Hill, who made a documentary for HBO, claimed. “There was a pattern of behavior that became very obvious the more research that we did.”
9. Brandon Lee
Brandon Lee, actor, and son of Bruce Lee died while filming The Crow. His gun was supposed to be filled with blanks, but the studio tried to make their own to save money. The homemade blank misfired and fatally wounded Brandon. This accident seemed to be a mistake, but conspirators are not so sure as his father also died mysteriously and there is said to be a curse of the family.
10. Tupac Shakur
In the midst of the East Coast vs. West Coast rap battle of the 1990s, Tupac Shakur was shot at a boxing event and died in the hospital a few days later. No suspects or even eyewitnesses have been identified
Here are five latest developments and things to know about masking in the U.S. as Democrats, RINOS and Big Pharma face stern opposition in upcoming midterm elections.
1. Six more states have introduced changes to their mask rules: California, Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Oregon.
2. The governors in California, Delaware and Oregon have all set expiration dates for statewide indoor mask mandates.
3. In New York, a rule requiring businesses to ask customers for proof of vaccination or require masks expired Feb. 9. A separate mandate requiring masks be worn in New York schools is set to expire in a few weeks, though it’s not yet clear whether that will be dropped or extended.
Connecticut, Delaware and New Jersey have also set dates for when school-based mask mandates will expire.
4. The six states proposing changes are led by Democratic governors, which adds another acknowledgment that the CDC, FDA, Dr. Anthony Fauci and the Biden Administration’s provided inconsistent and questionable approaches to masking guidance throughout the pandemic.
The political party control of states has come to be an inconsistent framework of variations in masking rules. Many Democratic governors enforced the strictest masking mandates, while their Republican counterparts lifted mandates, did not issue them or in some instances, such as Texas and Florida, banned them successfully.
5. Mask mandates have been following political party lines. With the clout lobbyists, Big Pharma, Big Tech, and mainstream media has with Democrats and RINOs, there continues the likelihood to mandates will be reintroduced during future or seasonal surges.
Many officials and medical experts are providing mixed messages regarding the relaxation of public health restrictions, including mask mandates and indoor gathering restrictions. To the dismay of Big Pharma stakeholders and stockholders, the “omicron surge” is receding.
According to Ashish Jha, MD, dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health in Providence, R.I., “Why not leave them on? Because mask mandates are costly and should be used sparingly, and because during future surges, we may need to ask people to pull back or mask up again.”
Positive News For Mandate Haters: Canada, UK, Colorado, New York, Floridaand More
By Tuesday night Freedom March Canadian Truckers raised right at $10 million for food, fuel and provisions . According to several news sources, they have accumulated more funds from donations than the major federal political parties of Canada raised during the last quarter of 2021.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s reigning Liberal Party of Canada received in $3.7 million during the last quarter of 2021, according to public records with Elections Canada.
On Monday, Trudeau gave a video speech from his secret exile location to indicate:
🔹After being triple-jabbed, he has tested positive for Covid, so he needs to quarantine. He’s not afraid, but doing it for the safety of others.
🔹He said that although citizens have a “right to make their voice heard,” they are not allowed to “shut down our democracy or annoy their fellow citizens.”
🔹He indicated he will not succumb to racists or anyone who disrespect veterans. We could not find anyone who understands the veteran point, because many of the truckers are veterans.
Trudeau’s stance is inconsistent with his stance and treatment of previous protesters such as Black Lives Matter.
The truckers, parked around the Parliament capitol for six days, intend to remain awhile.
Media Heavy on Propaganda
Media, especially the Canadian Broadcasting Company, are issuing propaganda reports that the trucker’s convoy and protest are part of a Russian misinformation campaign. Americans know all too well about media and their “Russia-Russia-Russia” tactics.
Reuters former CEO James Smith–now the current Chairman of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the corporate arm of the company–also sits as a board member at Pfizer. Rueter actually published a story Monday headlined, “Ivermectin shows ‘antiviral effect’ against COVID, Japanese company says.”
According to Reuters, a publicly-traded Kowa, a Japanese pharmaceutical company, reported have they have been working with Tokyo’s Kitasato University to test the Ivermectin anti-parasite drug against common Covid variants, and were seeing positive results in their clinical study.
The question in mind for intelligent patriots around the world who already know, is why Reuters is just now publishing an article when for months numerous testing confirmed Ivermectin works globally?
UK Cancels Mandate
The United Kingdom announced Monday that, as scores of other countries have, is canceling its vaccine mandate for healthcare workers. UK’s mandates on nurses and medical staff has caused serious work shortages.
Britain’s Health Secretary Sajid Javid said they were canceling the mandate for safety and Omicron reasons. Javid announced he is troubled that the vaccine mandate will “endanger patients” because of the loss of key healthcare personnel from an already understaffed health service.
Prior to Javid’s announcement, healthcare workers had until February 3 to get their first vaccination or be terminated.
“While vaccination remains our very best line of defence, I believe it is no longer proportionate to require vaccination as a condition of employment by statute,” Javid said in an address to Parliament. “I will launch a consultation on ending vaccination as condition of employment in health and all social care settings. Subject to the response and the will of this house, the government will revoke these regulations.”
Fewer States Have Mandates
When the New York Supreme Court striked down the state’s COVID-19 mask mandate last week the writing was on the wall. As of today, there are only 11 states left across the United States with widespread masking requirements.
🔹Eight states—California, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington—require most people to wear masks in indoor settings regardless of their COVID-19 vaccination status.
🔹Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico also have similar orders in place.
🔹Connecticut has an indoor mask mandate that applies only to those who have not been vaccinated.
🔹Rhode Island requires masking for everyone at indoor venues with a capacity of 250 people or more. Masking is also required in smaller venues unless those venues implement a vaccine requirement.
Is Colorado COVID Cancelled?
Last week, the Colorado State Health Department said its vaccination requirement for large, indoor events will end.
Liberal Denver announced the retirement of its mask mandate and vaccine passport rules for local businesses, beginning Friday. The Mile-High city will maintain mask mandates at schools and day cares.
The Tri-County Health Department on Monday went a step further than Denver by ending mask requirements for schools in Adams and Arapahoe county as well.
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock called it a “pivot point in this battle” against COVID-19, but said the virus will just be something “we’re going to have to manage and learn to live with.”
“Beginning Friday, people will no longer be required under the public health order to wear a mask or show proof of vaccination for entry into a place of business in Denver,” Hancock said.
Florida Senate Sanity
The Florida Senate passed SB 620, the “Local Business Protection Act” last week and most Floridians are counting on the state House to do the same.
If enacted, local businesses can sue local governments if they pass any regulations reducing business profits by more than 15%.
It offers various protections to local governments, such as limiting the recovery of lost profits to only 7 years, and giving local governments a three-month window to “undo” the regulation after being notified of a claim.
The University of Florida issued a campus wide letter last week announcing that “as the COVID-19 pandemic transitions to an endemic and the omicron surge rapidly declines,” they will begin “treating COVID as we do other contagious illnesses such as the flu.”
American Patriots in the Orlando, Florida area are calling to action a protest at 3 pm on Monday, January 31, 2022 against Joe Biden’s unlawful relocation of illegal aliens into their communities.
“Local News Wont Cover the Dumping of Illegals Into Central Florida!,” a social media post headlined.
“For those unfamiliar, Maitland, Florida is a nearby suburb of Orlando. To date and despite widespread disgust over illegals being dumped at the Extended Stay Motel in Maitland, the local news refuses to cover this.”
According to Laura Loomer, all three floors of the hotel are occupied to maximum capacity with no vacancies, “apparently due to the illegals staying there on our tax dollars. Almost all are adult males.”
Organizers are spreading the news on social media and considering a boycott of the hotel chain which has near 650 locations.
“We are more than just the leader in extended stay hotels,” says Bruce Haase, President and CEO, Extended Stay America on their website. “At the end of the day, we believe it’s our fundamental responsibility to support the communities where we live and work. Therefore, everyone at Extended Stay America is committed to our core values.”
Organizers offered these additional action items:
“Here are the local news station contacts: please flood then with phone calls and emails and demand they cover this utter disgrace:
“All our spacious suites are exceptionally priced and equipped with amenities that combine the best aspects of apartment living and a hotel stay,” the website indicates.
“Amenities include a fully equipped kitchen with refrigerator, stove top, microwave and coffee maker, free wi-fi, on-site guest laundry and housekeeping service options. And remember—the longer you stay, the more you save.”
The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration announced this week they will follow Florida’s law that prohibits private employers from enforcing COVID-19 vaccination mandates, except if broad exemptions are allowed.
Florida law bans private employers from enforcing “a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for any full-time, part-time, or contract employee without providing individual exemptions that allow an employee to opt out of such requirement on the basis of medical reasons, including, but not limited to, pregnancy or anticipated pregnancy; religious reasons; COVID-19 immunity; periodic testing; and the use of employer-provided personal protective equipment.”
CMS unveiled a memorandum Dec. 2 that said the enforcement of the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for healthcare employees would be suspended while court-ordered injunctions are in place. CMS then changed that rule through a Dec. 28 memorandum by enforcing the vaccine mandate in 25 states, including Florida.
🔹The agency will not survey compliance with CMS’ vaccine mandate law, according to a recent alert from the organization.
🔹If a healthcare worker is terminated for not following a private employer’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement violating Florida’s rule, then that employee can file a complaint with the Attorney General’s Office.
Employers with fewer than 100 employees are subject to fines of up to $10,000 per violation of Florida’s law, while employers with 100 employees or more are subject to fines of up to $50,000 per violation.
British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, the predatory enabler for Jeffrey Epstein, was found guilty on five of six counts related to her participation in sexual assaults of minors in a New York court on Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021.
Four women testified that Maxwell was the facilitator of their sexual abuse who groomed them to be raped by Epstein.
Maxwell was found guilty of:
🔹conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts
🔹conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity
🔹transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity
🔹sex trafficking conspiracy
🔹sex trafficking of a minor
She was acquitted on the charge of enticing a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts and applied only to one “Jane Doe” victim.
Epstein, who made international news as an incarcerated registered sex offender, was found dead in a high security cell at New York’s Metropolitan Correctional Center on August 10, 2019.
Names of the prominent elite in his social circle included former President Bill Clinton, Supreme Court Justice John Roberts, Prince Andrew, Woody Allen, Harvey Weinstein, Alec Baldwin and more.
Epstein installed concealed cameras at strategic locations on his properties to allegedly record sexual activity with underage girls by prominent politicans, entertainers, business people, and others for blackmail and persuasion purposes.
Maxwell told friends that Epstein’s private island in the Virgin Islands was completely wired for video. One friend believed that Maxwell and Epstein were videotaping everyone on the island as an insurance policy.
When police raided his Palm Beach residence in 2006, two hidden pinhole cameras were discovered in his home.
On March 29, prosecutors unsealed a new indictment against Maxwell charging her with two more counts of sex trafficking related to a new accuser.
The new charges claim Maxwell groomed and sex-trafficked a 14-year-old girl for Epstein to abuse between 2001 and 2004 at his Palm Beach estate in Florida.
The original trial was to begin on July 12, but moved to December as set by federal U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan. The Manhattan judge originally deemed it a “short” postponement and appropriate because federal prosecutors added new charges to the case, and COVID-19 protocols made trial preparation harder.
Last spring, one of Maxwell’s attorneys, Bobbi Sternheim, wrote to Judge Nathan about his client’s sleep deprivation. She also included a photo of Maxwell with a bruise under her left eye as an exhibit.
“While Ms. Maxwell is unaware of the cause of the bruise, as reported to medical and psych staff, she has grown increasingly reluctant to report information to the guards for fear of retaliation, discipline, and punitive chores,” Sternheim wrote. “However, there is concern that the bruise may be related to the need for Ms. Maxwell to shield her eyes from the lights projected into her cell throughout the night.”
Social Media Commentary
Social media has been blowing up with speculation, memes and photos regarding the trial throughout December. Here are samplings.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is calling for employers to be held liable if their employees suffer injuries from mandated vaccines — even if the mandates were a result of federal edicts.
“We need to take action to protect Florida jobs and we have a situation now, unfortunately, in our country where we have a federal government that is very much trying to use the heavy hand of government to force a lot of these injections,” DeSantis said.
Saying he and his constituents believe in “basic medical freedom and individual choice,” and that “your right to earn a living should not be contingent upon COVID shots,” DeSantis said
If OSHA ends up coming out with the mandate dictated by President Biden, he plans to contest it, DeSantis added. He also plans to contest federal mandates on contractors that work with the federal government, but also work on the state level.
He also plans to contest the mandate that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services are talking about handing down on hospitals and health care providers that accept Medicare and Medicaid.
“So what we’re going to be doing in addition to mounting aggressive legal challenges to federal mandates [is to] be taking legislative action to add protections for people,” he noted.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis recently spoke out about the Joe Biden Administration’s handling of the pandemic and how his state differs.
“The ‘experts’… think if you tell people recovery from COVID provides strong protection, some people will say, ‘Oh, I might as well just go and get infected’… and I don’t think most people would do it,” DeSantis observed.
“But even if someone does, you have to say the truth to people.” he continued. “You can’t tell noble lies to try to get them to behave in a way that you think you want them to behave in.”
“Clearly, if this wasn’t something that was durable, you’d see massive reinfections by now,” he noted. “No noble lies. You tell the truth on what the data is saying, and the same thing with the treatment, the antibodies.”
“When you’re in the midst of a wave, you can vaccinate, it doesn’t kick in for probably six weeks after that, so what are you going to do to help people in the meantime?” the Governor commented. “And we were seeing people who were vaccinated getting infected.”
“The role that vaccinated people play in spreading it,” DeSantis said. “I don’t know, but I can tell you, I think every state in the country had higher cases this summer than they did last summer, when no one was vaccinated, so it’s hard for me to think it’s only occurring among a small slice.”
“I do think that one of the reasons why [monoclonal antibody treatment] was not something that was put out there very publicly by the experts and by the powers that be in D.C. is because they feared that if you tell people there’s an effective treatment, you tell people COVID’s a treatable illness, they feared some people would say, ‘Well, you know, maybe I won’t get vaccinated, I’ll just get the treatment,’ and so they didn’t want that message out because they feared how people would behave.” – Governor DeSantis
“Many physicians, as of last month, were still telling people, ‘Ok, go home, hope you don’t get deathly ill. If you get deathly ill, go to the hospital.’ There was never any belief that this should be treated or even could be treated—I don’t know why” he said. “But I do think that one of the reasons why [monoclonal antibody treatment] was not something that was put out there very publicly by the experts and by the powers that be in D.C. is because they feared that if you tell people there’s an effective treatment, you tell people COVID’s a treatable illness, they feared some people would say, ‘Well, you know, maybe I won’t get vaccinated, I’ll just get the treatment,’ and so they didn’t want that message out because they feared how people would behave.”
“In my view, it complements,” he told reporters. “When we started doing our push… we raised awareness.. and then we expanded access… Now you have other states where they’re now following Florida’s lead.”
“You gotta tell people the truth, and you gotta let them make decisions,” he emphasized. “They may not always make the decision that you want them to make, but I think that’s much better than pulling the wool over their eyes.”
“And why are they targeting Florida? Biden, he loves talking about Florida. He hates Florida more than anything, and this is absolutely going to hurt people… There’s a time for politics, I get that, but to be so obsessed with trying to kneecap Florida any way you can that you would take away life-saving treatments—I’m sorry, some things should be beyond politics.” – Governor DeSantis
DeSantis then said that despite the success of monoclonal antibody treatments in Florida, “the Biden administration has dramatically cut the share of monoclonal—first of all, they seized control of the supply nationwide, and now they’re dramatically cutting what’s coming to the state of Florida. That’s wrong. That is dead wrong.”
“And why are they targeting Florida? Biden, he loves talking about Florida. He hates Florida more than anything, and this is absolutely going to hurt people,” DeSantis announced. “We’re going to work like hell to make sure that anyone who needs it… I hope to have an announcement on that soon… If they don’t have enough of it, that’s mismanagement on their part…”
“There’s a time for politics, I get that, but to be so obsessed with trying to kneecap Florida any way you can that you would take away life-saving treatments—I’m sorry, some things should be beyond politics.”