Gov. Tom Wolf’s pandemic restrictions that required people to stay at home, placed size limits on gatherings and ordered “non-life-sustaining” businesses to shut down are unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled Monday.
The Wolf administration said it will appeal.
U.S. District Judge William Stickman IV, who was appointed by President Donald Trump, sided with plaintiffs that included hair salons, drive-in movie theaters, a farmer’s market vendor, a horse trainer and several Republican officeholders in their lawsuit against Wolf, a Democrat, and his health secretary.
The Wolf administration’s pandemic policies have been overreaching and arbitrary and violated citizens’ constitutional rights, Stickman wrote in his ruling.
The governor’s efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus “were undertaken with the good intention of addressing a public health emergency. But even in an emergency, the authority of government is not unfettered,” Stickman wrote. “The Constitution cannot accept the concept of a ‘new normal’ where the basic liberties of the people can be subordinated to open-ended emergency mitigation measures.”
The ruling means that current restrictions, including ones that limit the size of indoor and outdoor gatherings, can’t be enforced, according to attorney Thomas W. King III, who represented the plaintiffs. The state has been enforcing a gathering limit of more than 25 people for events held indoors and more than 250 people for those held outside…. more at NBC Philadelphia
Justin Trudeau Forcibly Removes Alleged COVID-Positive People From Homes to “Secret” Location, Ignores Flu-Like Survival Rate of Bug
Like many other governments, six months after requesting two weeks of business restrictions to “flatten the curve” of the spread of a then-little-understood virus, the government of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has begun taking “uncooperative” people by force from their homes, and placing them “where we want them to be,” in the words of a health minister. The forced removals take place if the government believes they should be under quarantine for COVID.
The plea to the public to help governments “flatten the curve” has now been taken by governments as a blank check to extend powers, based on “new cases.”
Last week the Canadian news outlet Phoenixwolfj.com reported:
Authorities in Quebec City, Canada have announced they will isolate “uncooperative” citizens in a coronavirus facility, the location of which remains a secret.
In a press conference, Quebec Health Minister Dr. Jacques Girard said that a bar had been raided and its patrons all tested for COVID. Of the customers who tested positive, two apparently decided they would not cooperate by staying in their homes as commanded.
Girard said during the press conference:
“We may isolate someone for 14 days…And it is what we did this morning…forced a person to cooperate with the investigation…and police cooperation was exceptional.”
“Because we have had people isolated at home. And then, we saw the person was not at home. So, we went to their home, and then told them, we are isolating you where we want you to be.”
The actions ignore six months of new insights, understanding, and experience with the novel coronavirus. The coronavirus is not novel in that it has never been seen before, but in that this is a new strain. Although governments proclaim that decisions are driven by data, that data is now confined solely to “new cases,” not more fundamental data such as survival rate.
The evolution of knowledge about the COVID virus and its effects and behaviors includes:
— The CDC revised survival rate of 99.8%. Common flu is 99.9%. This is up from the 94% survival rate of all infections which was cited in press briefings by Dr. Anthony Fauci in March, which drove the US and other governments’ declarations of emergency powers.
Tellingly, news sites which seem concerned with “debunking” information which would reveal the COVID virus to be less serious than it is have been unable to “debunk” the revised survival rate. USA Today makes an attempted “debunk” in “Fact Check: CDC’s estimates COVID-19 death rate around 0.26%, doesn’t confirm it.”
But even the “Fact Check” must acknowledge that the CDC has reported as low as a .2% infection fatality rate, which would make the survival rate 99.8%. USA Today weakly posits that the rate has not been “confirmed,” a word which is never used in reporting the revised death rate. The “Fact Check” concludes with the weasel paragraph:
“It is true that the CDC has reported the possibility of a 0.2% death rate for the coronavirus…But that number lies within a range of estimates. Saying the CDC has “confirmed” that as the death rate paints a misleading picture because the CDC has clearly stated the number is subject to change. For those reasons, we rate this claim PARTLY FALSE.”
— The fact that Sweden, a country which which never “locked down,” now has a lower death rate than the US and other countries with even harsher lockdowns, such as Belgium, Spain, UK, Brazil, and Italy. Sweden never closed schools, bars, restaurants, spectator sports, or theaters.
— The large numbers of false positives in every test developed for the virus thus far, a recurring problem. In one lab in Boston last week, coronavirus testing was suspended after 400 false positives. Of course the most famous example of false positives was the President of Tanzania revealing that he covertly sent samples from a goat, a sheep, and a pawpaw fruitto a testing lab, and they all came back positive for COVID.
— The far lower death rates, according to the most comprehensive survey yet attempted of thousands of doctors around the world, in countries which actively include the well-established malaria drug hydroxychloroquine (HCQ,) as an ingredient in treatment protocols with other supplements. The data show about 1/5 of the deaths in countries allowing HCQ.
A Yale epidemiologist, Dr. Harvey Risch, argues that 75,000 to 100,000 lives in the US might be saved by releasing US stores of HCQ. Among the countries showing positive results from the inclusion of HCQ in the treatment arsenal are Cuba, and Israel.
Deaths rates of countries using HCQ versus countries banning or greatly limiting HCQ
Serious Questions Over True Death Toll
Two other factors loom over the official reported number of COVID deaths in the US. One is the early consequences of transferring COVID patients into nursing homes in some states, most of all New York, which recorded the highest COVID death rate per capita in the world. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration, which ordered the transfers, is now under investigation by the US Department of Justice.
The other factor, recently released by the CDC, is the very high rate of comorbidities in patients who are reported as having died of COVID. Many doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel stand on record accusing the higher echelons of the medical establishment of encouraging deaths to be tagged as COVID whenever possible.
Despite the enormously different landscape of knowledge from six months ago, widespread closure, masking, and social distancing policies are enforced across the US and across the world, based on nothing more than the discovery of “new cases” of the 99.8% survival rate disease.
State Legislatures Remain Mostly Silent
With the exception of state representatives and state senators in some states, the legislative branches n most states, which are charged with acting as a check on governors in the three-branch system, have largely remained silent as governors continue lockdown, business closure, mask, and social distancing policies.
However, in Pennsylvania and Ohio, the governors are facing credible impeachment initiatives. And in a growing numbers of states, including Massachusetts and Ohio, citizens are applying to the courts for relief from onerous mandates.
However, it is state representatives, assemblymen, and state senators who have yet to be heard from in the growing dissatisfaction with governors. As a Massachusetts news outlet reported in its coverage of a lawsuit against Governor Charlie Baker:
“nothing is preventing the Legislature from acting to reverse any of the governor’s orders, from the forced closure of certain businesses to social distancing guidelines and travel restrictions.”
Many fear that, left unchecked, the power now seen being deployed in Quebec could quickly become precedents for other executive branch government officials to follow.
Press Conference, Quebec City Health Minister Dr. Jacques Girard
BREAKING – In Pennsylvania, where activists from ReOpen Pennsylvania have spearheaded a legislative effort to impeach Gov. Tom Wolf, a federal judge in a lawsuit brought by citizens has struck down all aspects of the governor’s lockdown and social distancing orders as unconstitutional. The ReOpen movement has organized around the “ReOpen” moniker followed by the name of the state, ReOpenNH, ReOpen Massachusetts, etc. so that the organizations can easily be found online.
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