June 12, 2023 3-5PM ET
Monday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:
We tried to improve COVID vaccine labeling — the FDA said ‘no thanks’ Health care providers rely on product labeling for accurate, unbiased and up-to-date information on medical products. But current Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved labels for the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are obsolete, misleading and out of touch with regulators elsewhere. Whatever one thought of the initial shots, people are now getting boosted indefinitely with little reliable information about scientific developments. Take the ongoing uncertainty over whether vaccines reduce viral transmission. We asked the FDA to clarify in labeling that there isn’t substantial evidence that mRNA vaccines reduce viral transmission. This was an easy ask — the FDA has repeatedly stated that effectiveness against transmission remains unproven. The agency said so in December 2020, when vaccines were first authorized, and again in August 2021, when it fully approved Pfizer’s vaccine. The agency still states on its website today: “While it is hoped this will be the case, the scientific community does not yet know if Comirnaty will reduce such transmission.” Viral transmission is just one of multiple vaccine-related issues for which the FDA has not updated product labeling.
White House sends guidance mandating face masks, social distancing for unvaccinated at ‘College Athlete Day’ The White House says it inadvertently sent out guidance requiring guests who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to wear face masks and practice social distancing, despite the federal government already terminating the national emergency declaration for the pandemic. President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden are inviting dozens of NCAA men’s and women’s national championship teams from Divisions I, II, and III to “College Athlete Day” to celebrate their victories at the White House on Monday. Earlier this week, the White House Office of Legislative Affairs sent out an email invitation to members of Congress obtained by Fox News Digital requesting their attendance at the event. The email included additional logistical details as well as COVID protocols. According to the White House email, while lawmakers are not required to receive a COVID test in advance of this event, they will need to wear a mask and socially distance if they’re unvaccinated. “Masking Guidance: Fully vaccinated guests are not required to wear a mask on the White House grounds,” the email states [bold font in original email]. “Guests who are not fully vaccinated must wear a mask at all times and maintain at least 6 feet distance from others while on the White House grounds.” After publication, the White House told Fox News Digital that the COVID-related guidance in the email was out of date and inadvertently included. According to a spokesperson, the White House may be planning to send out the most up-to-date guidance in another email just before Monday’s event. It’s unclear whether recipients of the original message received any kind of follow-up note saying the COVID guidance was out of date.
The Essential Guide to Tinnitus: Symptoms, Causes, Treatments, and Natural Approaches Tinnitus—pronounced tih-NITE-us or TIN-uh-tus—is a condition in which you hear a ringing sound or other noises in one or both ears that no one else hears. The condition is considered common, with the American Tinnitus Association estimating it affects 25 million Americans or about 15 to 20 percent of the population. According to the American Tinnitus Association, tinnitus is not a disease as much as the brain’s sensorineural response to auditory system damage caused by some other underlying condition. “It is a symptom that something is wrong in the auditory system, which includes the ear, the auditory nerve that connects the inner ear to the brain, and the parts of the brain that process sound,” according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). This is the most common form of tinnitus. The symptoms can only be heard by the patient (hence, “subjective”) and are often the result of exposure to loud or excessive noise. Subjective tinnitus can come and go suddenly and may last months or years. In some severe cases, it continues indefinitely. Most people who suffer hearing loss also experience tinnitus, as the brain’s auditory system compensates for the loss of external auditory stimuli.
1 in 5 children have levels of ‘forever chemicals’ above safety limits, finds study Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of synthetic chemicals found in everyday consumer products, including clothes, cosmetics, paint and non-stick kitchenwear. Due to their high resistance to degradation, several PFAS accumulate in nature and in humans. Contaminated food and drinking water are the main sources of PFAS exposure in humans. Several negative health effects have been associated with PFAS exposure, including reduced vaccine response in children, reduced birth weight, and certain types of cancers. Reduced vaccine response in children was the basis for the safety limit set by the European Food and Safety Authority (EFSA) in 2020. Several European countries are now working together to restrict the production and use of all PFAS in Europe. As part of “the Bergen Growth Study 2” from 2016, researchers at the University of Bergen collected blood samples from children aged 6-16 years for PFAS analyzes. Four PFAS were present in all children. In addition, 22% of the children had PFAS levels above the safety limits set by EFSA, indicating a potential risk of negative health effects. This is in line with findings in other European and Norwegian studies.
For 40 Years, Dupont and 3M Hid Studies Showing PFAS Chemicals Cause Serious Harm to Human Health For 40 years, Dupont and 3M knew PFAS chemicals posed a danger to human health — but they hid the evidence from regulators, employees and the public so they could continue selling their toxic products. According to the authors of the new study in the Annals of Global Health, “the chemical industry used the tactics of the tobacco industry to delay public awareness of the toxicity of PFAS and, in turn, delayed regulations governing their use.” During the decades the two companies hid their own scientists’ research on the health risks of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances’ (PFAS), the so-called “forever chemicals” — which take hundreds of years to break down in the environment — became ubiquitous in the water, air, soil and human bodies. PFAS chemicals were introduced into a wide variety of consumer goods, such as nonstick cookware, food packaging and fabrics in the 1950s. They are harmful even in tiny concentrations and are associated with serious health conditions including cancers, thyroid disease, liver damage and harm to pregnant women and babies.
How the Nobel Prize Summit sold out on real science The Nobel Prize Summit held between 24th and 26th May 2023 in Washington DC showcased how the war against the ‘viral infection’ of misinformation and disinformation is to be fought by academic institutions, the mainstream media, social media companies, and governments. The summit’s title, ‘Truth, Trust and Hope’ is a reflection of a view held by the organisers and their backers. They uphold that unless this war is won, public trust in science is done for. You may not be surprised to learn that cancel culture and artificial intelligence (AI) are expected to play key roles in the battle strategy against ‘scientific misinformation’. “The great thing is not having a mind”, writes Nobel Laureate Louise Glück, in her poem “The Red Poppy”. And what a great thing indeed, for having a mind is perhaps one of the biggest obstacles in the way of authoritarianism and the hunger of a few for extreme power. People’s minds can be either a tool to further an agenda, or a hindrance to achieving it. It depends from what perspective you choose to look at it. We’ll explore the idea of perspectives throughout the article.The Nobel Prize Summit began by putting the assembled in-person and virtual audience into an almost trance-like state with a performance piece about mis- and dis-information by film producer Smriti Keshari. Warning: don’t be put off by the performer’s disembodied mouth, the words which emanate from it are too insightful to be ignored – this is art, for corporate science protectionism’s sake!
Special Guest Darren Post
Ladies and Gentlemen, I want you to gather around, for today we’re graced by a man who doesn’t merely fill a seat on the Gloucester County School Board but dominates it with unwavering dedication and unyielding principles. He is a champion for our conservative cause, a fervent warrior in the realm of education, and a beacon of hope in our fight for our children’s futures. I present to you, Darren Post.
From the bustling world of business as the esteemed owner of The Pool Store, Inc., Darren has navigated the challenging trenches of public service with the same tenacity, resilience, and commitment. His journey on the Gloucester County School Board is not one of silent acquiescence. It is a booming narrative of transformation, of taking the bull by the horns, of conservative principles applied for the common good.
Think public education is an impossible battleground? Not for Darren. He took an archaic inventory management system — a cesspool of inaccuracies and potential embezzlement — and turned it into a model of efficiency and accountability. With specialized software, he delivered a crushing blow to misconduct, ensuring every penny, every item, every resource was accounted for in our schools.
But his victories are not only on paper. Darren understands that our fight is one for hearts and minds. When he saw citizens sidelined, he put them back in the game. Darren spearheaded a town hall meeting that saw an unprecedented turnout. His call for citizen involvement resonated with the community, breaking attendance records and proving that when we stand together, our conservative voice echoes powerfully and cannot be ignored.
In the face of the divisive Critical Race Theory, Darren did not falter. He said, “No more!” to ideologies that split us into oppressors and oppressed, challenging the narrative with a strong anti-CRT policy. And when the Board attempted to push controversial transgender policies, Darren was the sole voice of reason, affirming that our children should not be indoctrinated but rather encouraged to take pride in who they are, as God made them.
Hold your applause, because Darren’s not done yet. Armed with a “Parents’ Bill of Rights,” he aims to revolutionize the parental role in education, reaffirming parents’ rights and setting a new standard for schools nationwide. He acknowledges parents as vital contributors to their children’s education, insisting that they must have a say in what their children learn and how they learn it.
But our man Darren isn’t just about words — he’s about action. He’s stared down the gavel in the courtroom, demanding transparency and accountability from a board that believed it was above the law. The outcome? A landmark case that saw the first-ever fine handed down to a public body in Virginia for falsely certifying a closed meeting. Now, that’s what I call making history!
This November, Darren is up for re-election. He’s on a mission to flip the School Board’s balance of power and bring in a conservative majority that can reshape our failing education system from the ground up. Armed with unwavering determination and fearlessness, he’s going to lead a new offensive in the battle for our schools.
Ladies and gentlemen, today we stand with a true man of courage, a man of conviction, a man of action. A steadfast Christian, an esteemed community member, a formidable business owner, and above all, our conservative champion, Darren Post. Let’s raise our voices and give a thunderous welcome to this tenacious guardian of conservative values, our very own gladiator in the arena of education!
Judge orders Gloucester School Board to release audio of improper closed session The Gloucester County School Board violated transparency laws when it held a closed meeting in 2021 to discuss “personnel matters” but instead talked about conflicts between board members, according to a local judge who ordered the county to pay $4,000 in legal fees and took the rare step of fining the board $250. School Board member Darren Post, who has been criticized by some of his colleagues as a troublemaker and pot-stirrer, says he recorded the closed meeting on his phone after getting tired of being berated by fellow board members in private. That recording — made at the last School Board meeting of 2021 after two incumbents had lost reelection bids and felt Post was partially to blame — captured other board members accusing Post of spreading “lies,” questioning his education and calling him a “coward” and “pathetic human being.” “You are sitting there with a shit-eating grin on your face, not even answering any questions,” someone said to Post, a comment he publicly attributed to current School Board member Robin Rice. Rice did not respond to requests for comment. The audio, which the Virginia Mercury obtained through a public records request after the court ordered its release, offers an unusual glimpse into what went on in one closed meeting in one county. But many government watchers throughout Virginia suspect closed-meeting discussions often veer into topics that should be handled in the open. “This happens all the time. And you can never prove it,” said former state Del. Tim Anderson, a Republican attorney who handled the lawsuit against the Gloucester officials. “The only way he could prove it was he had the wherewithal to pull out his phone and record what happened.” Anderson resigned from his seat in the House of Delegates earlier this year to seek the GOP nomination for a Hampton Roads-area seat in the Virginia Senate. An attorney who represented the Gloucester School Board in the case didn’t respond to requests for comment. At another point in the recording, a colleague warned Post she intended to end his political career.
Price vs. health: Food shoppers choose price, says study A new study of food consumer shopping behaviors has found that when faced with a choice—lower prices or healthier foods—they will likely choose lower prices. The study found that when you give food consumers temporary incentives to buy healthier foods, they will likely to choose those healthier foods. But when you take away the discounts, consumers are more likely to return to old behaviors of buying the less healthy/less expensive options. The study, “The Persistence of Healthy Behaviors in Food Purchasing,” was conducted by Marit Hinnosaar of the University of Nottingham and Centre for Economic Policy Research in London. Hinnosaar conducted in-depth research into the U.S. Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). WIC gives vouchers for specific foods to mothers and their children age 5 and younger. In 2009, WIC policy reform changed the composition of food vouchers, introducing vouchers to encourage purchase of healthier products. To conduct her research, Hinnosaar used NielsenIQ household-level scanner data of grocery purchases. “I conducted what you might call ‘difference-in-differences’ analysis to assess the immediate and long-term impacts of the healthier choice incentive program,” says Hinnosaar. “The product categories most targeted by the program were bread and milk.”