Joe Biden’s mask order meets Florida

The Florida Free State ends at the border with federally-owned land, e.g., Everglades National Park. See “Biden’s first executive order will require masks on federal property” (CNN). The order isn’t quite as stringent as what we have in Maskachusetts. It is legal to be in the middle of federally-owned woods without a mask on, for example, but you’re supposed to wear one if you can’t maintain a 6′ social distance.

How much difference in individual behavior occurs when there is effective leadership in Washington, D.C.? Last month both Floridians and out-of-towners mingled on the Anhinga Trail boardwalk, politely sharing information regarding alligator and bird sightings. Although a few folks sported chin diapers, nobody actually wore a mask, despite this being the most crowded part of the park, even when coming close to another person (every few minutes).

The #Science-informed Federales want you to stay healthy by drinking nothing but Coke. At the trailhead:

(#Science says protect yourself against an airborne virus by washing your soda can, a behavior that would previously have earned you a diagnosis of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. See also Does disinfectant theater contribute to coronaplague?)

Government experts remind us that immigrants from Africa, Central America, and South America are “unwelcome” and “crowd out their native neighbors”:

7 thoughts on “Joe Biden’s mask order meets Florida

  1. Meanwhile, according to ourworldindata, on March 8 US excess mortality finally got to 0, surely due to success of vaccinations and masks. Let’s see if it will get below 0.

    Friend reports that vacation at Hawaii was abysmal: crowds, high prices, no cars to rent, lazy service. Basically, people don’t care about virus anymore. Surely smart politicians will see this chance in public opinion and change policies accordingly? 😂

  2. Somewhat off-topic, but maybe relevant:

    Today I took a long drive through (at least) three of our big Northeastern states and as I am still a fan of FM radio, I got a good sampling of different stations along the way. In CT, one of the NPR stations had a long discussion about incentivizing vaccine shots with freebies, lotteries, free donuts, $50 rewards, etc. In NJ, one of the Black radio stations was running almost continuous ads. about the “safety of the vaccines” and how to persuade people to be vaccinated, because there were so many ways to get the vaccine and it was free, and all you had to do was change people’s minds and have them go and get the shot.

    On the NPR station, it was all about what incentives and cash offers and so forth we need to supply to Black communities because they have been vicitimized by the pandemic and don’t have the resources to vaccinate people in their community and spread the word.

    The dichotomy couldn’t have been more stark. First of all, on the Black radio station, the message was: “the vaccine is available if you just go and get it.” But on the NPR station, it was all about the need to supply more resources because Blacks have been neglected and hit harder by the pandemic.

    • It made me wonder: are any of the professorial commentators on NPR aware of the radio advertisements on Black radio stations, or do they just not listen to them, because they’re listening to NPR? And secondly, why isn’t anyone reporting the apparent level of *resistance* to being vaccinated among Blacks? If the radio station needs to continually broadcast these persuasive messages, it sounds to me like a lot of Blacks don’t want the shot, for lots of reasons of their own. But there was nothing about that on the NPR station.

    • Seems highly unlikely that a substantial number of people today are either knowledgeable about or making decisions regarding the Covid vaccine based on misguided syphilis research in 1932.

    • @Jack Nice try. The Tuskegee experiment started in 1932 and ran until 1972. Forty years of grad students and doctors being OK with poisoning black people and keeping their mouths shut about it.
      PS Only half, at best, of the CDC have taken the V.

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