March 4th, 2021 3-5PM ET
Thursday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:
Sacred Fire of Liberty!
It’s that time of the week where we get to explore the political healing that this country needs so desperately! Jonathan Emord is back to help us dissect the latest political news that’s fit to print:
‘The last thing we need is the Neanderthal thinking’: Biden responds to decision to end mask mandate in Texas President Joe Biden called the decision of state officials in Texas and Mississippi to lift mask mandates and lift restrictions on businesses a “big mistake.” On Tuesday, Gov. Greg Abbott announced that effective March 10, state orders for mask use and restricting businesses would be lifted. Biden, who has spoken strongly in favor of masks prior to and since taking office, had strong words for Texas leaders. “And the last thing, the last thing we need is the Neanderthal thinking that in the meantime everything’s fine, take off your mask, forget it,” said Biden. “It still matters…It’s critical, critical, critical, critical that they follow the science.” During his announcement Tuesday, Abbott acknowledged that COVID-19 has not disappeared, but said that based on recoveries, vaccinations, reduced hospitalizations, and safe practices, state mandates aren’t needed.”The fact is, Texas now has the tools and knowledge to combat COVID while also allowing Texans and small businesses to make their own decisions,” said Abbott’s Press Secretary Renae Eze. “It is clear from the recoveries, the vaccinations, the reduced hospitalizations, and the safe practices that Texans are using, that state mandates are no longer needed. We must now do more to restore livelihoods and normalcy for Texans.”
Michael Moore and Keith Olbermann Call for Texas to Go Un-Vaccinated It started Tuesday night when former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann responded to the news that Republican Gov. Gregg Abbott was ending his state’s mask mandate and reopening businesses “100%” with a tweet that asked, “Why are we wasting vaccinations on Texas if Texas has decided to join the side of the virus?” Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore echoed that sentiment on Wednesday, tweeting, “Texas – we hear you. You didn’t want to be part of our electrical grid. And now you’ve removed your mask mandate & are allowing large crowds to gather. We hear you! COVID is a hoax! So u don’t need our precious vaccine. We’ll send it to ppl who are saving lives by wearing masks.” After the inevitable blowback from those who pointed out that the millions of Texans who might disagree with their governor’s actions should not be punished with what could constitute a death sentence for the most vulnerable, Moore walked back his sarcastic tweet—somewhat. “Yes, we must and will find a way to vaccinate the poor and people of color in Texas,” he added. “To Texans who say, hey, it’s not me – it’s the Governor! Well, then, impeach and remove him. We’re tired of this.” Given that Texas is “no longer majority white,” Moore said, “let’s do everything we can to help that majority remove the bigots and ignoramuses from office. It’s killing them, and it’s killing us.”
The most engaging political news on Facebook? Far-right misinformation In the months before and after the 2020 election, far-right pages that are known to spread misinformation consistently garnered more engagement on Facebook than any other partisan news, according to a New York University study published Wednesday. The study looked at Facebook engagement for news sources across the political spectrum between Aug. 10, 2020 and Jan. 11, 2021, and found that on average, far-right pages that regularly trade in misinformation raked in 65% more engagement per follower than other far-right pages that aren’t known for spreading misinformation. That finding was specific to the far right. In every other category — including far left, slightly left, center and slightly right — misinformation pages saw significantly less engagement than non-misinformation pages of the same political slant. The research casts doubt on Facebook’s efforts to limit the spread of election misinformation leading up to Election Day in November and in the aftermath of the January attack on the U.S. Capitol. Far from a barrier to engagement, the researchers wrote, “Being a consistent spreader of far-right misinformation appears to confer a significant advantage.”
Pentagon’s ‘anti-extremism’ cull risks converting U.S. military ‘into a left-wing Praetorian The Pentagon is trying to root out political “extremism” in the ranks, but its definition is so broad and blurry that some retired officers and military analysts fear it could inadvertently sweep up traditional Catholics, Republicans and others who aren’t racist or violent but simply embrace conservative, pro-life politics. The potential unintended consequences of the Defense Department’s anti-extremism push, critics say, could be far-reaching and in a worst-case scenario could hurt military recruiting in the long run if religious Americans or those on the political right feel unwelcome in the ranks. The Biden administration has been doing a full court press to root out extremists in the security forces, spurred largely by the number of active-service members, veteran soldiers and members of law enforcement in the clashes at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and leaders across each service have repeatedly stressed that the initiative is aimed at identifying those who participate in potentially violent groups such as anti-government militias or White supremacist organizations, and especially those who may be willing to put their beliefs and skills into practice as happened at the Capitol.
AOC: Moderates are lucky we’re only demanding a $15 minimum wage — it should be $24 an hour Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez argued on Sunday that opponents of a minimum wage hike ought to be thankful progressives are only demanding a raise to $15 an hour, since the actual minimum wage should be $24, in her estimation. During an interview with MSNBC’s Mehdi Hasan, the progressive lawmaker blasted fellow Democratic lawmakers, including West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, who have come out against the measure, saying, “any person who thinks that a $15 minimum wage is the ‘crazy socialist agenda’ is living in a dystopian capitalist nightmare.” “We should not prop that up. We should not continue that. People are sleeping in their cars, they can’t afford baby formula, there are basic goods that people can’t afford” under the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, she continued. “It is deeply deeply shameful that we are even having this conversation,” she added. “Because when you take the minimum wage from several decades ago and you actually account for inflation and productivity gains to today, it should really be $24 an hour.
Dr. Seuss censorship sets impossible standard If Dr. Seuss is the standard by which all authors are to be judged, make way for the book burnings. And bring lots of firewood. Because if Dr. Seuss and his cartoonish characters can’t pass the anti-racism muster of the faces of the left, how can Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” or Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little House on the Prairie” series, or J.M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan,” each with their own set of perceived and real stereotypes and slurs? Even Roald Dahl’s original “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” has inspired criticism over the depiction of the Oompa Loompas as jungle-dwellers. Let’s not forget Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone With the Wind,” in all its slavery glory, or Charles Dickens’ “Oliver Twist,” in all its anti-Semitic glory, or Lynne Reid Banks’ “The Indian in the Cupboard,” in all its — well, the title speaks volumes on that one, yes? The list is endless. The list can be endless. Even the Bible speaks to the enslavement of various peoples. Are we to turn off all the offensive to our ears, in some sort of — futile — attempt to whitewash, er, erase, not just history, but fancy and fiction and flights of imaginations?
Hour 2 – Special Guest – Shai from Israel
Israel adopts law allowing names of unvaccinated to be shared Israel’s parliament passed a law Wednesday allowing the government to share the identities of people not vaccinated against the coronavirus with other authorities, raising privacy concerns for those opting out of inoculation. The measure, which passed with 30 votes for and 13 against, gives local governments, the director general of the education ministry and some in the welfare ministry the right to receive the names, addresses and phone numbers of unvaccinated citizens. The objective of the measure — valid for three months or until the Covid-19 pandemic is declared over — is “to enable these bodies to encourage people to vaccinate by personally addressing them”, a parliament statement said. Israel, a country of nine million people, has administered the two recommended jabs of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine against the coronavirus to roughly a third of its population. As it emerges from lockdown, the country is restricting certain services, including access to gyms and indoor dining, to the vaccinated only, giving a so-called green pass to the fully inoculated.
Lawyers to sue WHO for ‘misleading world over COVID-19 outbreak’ A group of lawyers is preparing to sue the World Health Organization and some of its partners for allegedly misleading the world over the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak and the measures taken to control it, which they say have damaged livelihoods and caused tremendous harm to economies. The move was announced by Dr. Reiner Fuellmich, one of four members of the German Coronavirus Investigative Committee that has been hearing international scientists’ and experts’ testimonies since July 10, 2020. In a video released to his YouTube channel, Fuellmich accuses WHO Director Tedros Adhanom, Dr Christan Drosten, the head of virology at Berlin’s Charité Hospital, and Dr Lothar Wieler, the head of the RKI, the German counterpart of the U.S. Center for Disease Control, whom he claims knowingly misled governments across the world. “This corona crisis, according to all we know today, must be renamed a corona scandal, and those responsible for it must be criminally prosecuted, and sued for civil damages,” he said. “On a political level, everything must be done to make sure that no one will ever again, be in a position of such power as to be able to defraud humanity, or to attempt to manipulate us with their corrupt agendas.” Fuellmich plans on filing a class-action suit in the United States.
Comment of The Day!
Dr. Pam Popper was such a great guest. A terrific interview and discussion. Please have her on as a regular guest. These excellent people need to be seen and heard as often as possible. Dr. Pam’s message prompts action.
Question of The Day!
Hi Rsb I first off wanted to wish you a belated happy birthday , hope your doing well too super D.
Before my question a while ago you had, Not A Doc on, I asked about why the selenium I tried which was only one tablet 50 mcg, made me feel like I was having an anxiety attack, which I did try more than once to make sure, you suggested to him that I was a hypersensitive.
I recently just had a check up, so some blood work, an ECG, etc.., it’s because of my Breast bone cracks and been hurting for some time now, I was diagnosed with tietze syndrome, which I believe a good chiropractor can help me with. Any other suggestions would be great too?
This is my question, some of my blood work I want to address, my GP also checked my blood glucose level and it’s 5.8 so I guess you’d say I’m close to being or am a pre-diabetic. I want to take the GTF Chromium but am worried about it reacting like the selenium did? I do take the missing link and seem to be fine with that chromium in it I don’t know if it’s because it’s the amount thats in the missing link which could make the difference? How the Innate makes it with all different types of foods, like the selenium, or what? Basically would appreciate some guidance, help and your thoughts of what actions I can consider?
Thanks again Super D and Rsb, you truly Rock it good.
This City Created the Largest Free Food Forest in the Country, Where Anyone Can Pick Fruits and Veggies There’s a seven-acre farm in Atlanta where residents can walk into a forest, take a deep breath, and begin pulling crops right off the land for dinner. A one-time pecan farm, the Food Forest at Browns Mill project contains 2,500 edible and medicinal plants available to anyone in need. It’s one of a growing number of free-food forests cropping up in cities around the country, as citizens and organizations both public and private attempt to grapple with problems of hunger and food deserts. In Atlanta, this problem is acute, with the USDA’s Food Access Research Atlas estimating that at least one in every four Atlantans, or around 125,000 people, live in areas defined as food deserts based on their geographical distance from grocery stores. Having created the nation’s largest free-food forest, The Conservation Fund, with the assistance of the city of Atlanta and the U.S. Forest Service, is ensuring this former pecan-farm continues its tradition of feeding the community.
New Jersey Plumber Drives 22 Hours With Equipment to Help the Overwhelmed Texans Whose Pipes Burst When a crippling ice storm hit Texas, leaving a bonanza of burst waterlines, homeowners found themselves scrambling to find help. With local supplies and plumbers exhausted by demand, crucial repairs seemed out of reach—until an unlikely hero rode to the rescue. After loading up his truck with about $2,000 of materials, New Jersey plumber Andrew Mitchell, along with his wife, Kisha Pinnock, the couple’s 2-year-old son, Blake, and his newly apprenticed brother-in-law, Isiah Pinnock, made the 22-hour trek from Morristown to Houston—and got to work putting things right. “A lot of the people we’ve helped were telling us they either can’t get a plumber on the phone or—if they do get one on the phone—the wait to be serviced is three to four weeks out, so they can’t have water during that entire time,” Kisha told the BBC. Mitchell’s first stop was his sister-in-law’s home in Humble. Throughout the storm, Kisha and Andrew had been keeping tabs on her sister in Texas and learned from her situation just how dire circumstances in the Lone Star State truly were. Facebook posts from harried local plumbers pleading for help cemented the couple’s resolve to take action. “This is your time,” Kisha told Andrew in a conversation she recounted in an interview with the CBS News program Uplift. “Everybody has their time to shine. You have the skills; you have the credentials…You should just go.”
Good Samaritans Save Struggling Single Mother’s Home With Life-Changing Repairs Jane Cunningham and her three children live in Sudbury, Massachusetts. But her home was in rough shape. The entire roof was shot. There was mold everywhere and a big problem with the family room. “We basically had to board that off and couldn’t use it because a piece of the ceiling had fallen down and in with that came a giant squirrels’ nest, nuts and all,” she told WBZ-TV. Jane knew she and her children weren’t safe in the house, but she couldn’t afford to fix it. She thought she was out of options, until her friend started a GoFundMe page. “Friends have asked how we can help a single mom of 3 and long-time Sudbury resident who is in desperate need of a new roof and repair of extensive wood rot/resulting water damage,” wrote Melinda Johnson. “She has been struggling with ongoing health issues in the family, and this would really take some of the stress away for all of them. Not only have they been dealing with water in the house, but also critters getting into the house too.” The fundraiser caught the attention of Sudbury resident Dave Fenton, who also happens to be the Chief Operating Officer of Suffolk Construction Boston. “It kind of just moved me. So I dug into it a little more and figured out that we should be helping,” he told WBZ. Using business contacts and trade partners, he found roofers but that’s not all. “I knew there was more to do so I reached out to some other folks and some interior people, some demolition folks that we work with so we got inside and took care of the mold issue, took care of the drywall, a little bit of the electrical work and kind of got the place secured up for the winter time,” Fenton said.
Local third grader surprised by homeless woman’s generosity tries to pay it forward A Waco third grader is paying it forward by helping feed the homeless after a homeless woman she encountered on her birthday surprised her with $20. Jada Holmes, a student at Waco’s Mountainview Elementary, and her mother Christa DeBose-Holmes were walking out of the Richland Mall on Jada’s ninth birthday on Dec. 9 when a homeless woman who sitting on the ground outside noticed Jada’s birthday crown. “We were coming out of the mall on her birthday and a lady stopped her and gave her money. The lady gave her $20 and I tried to tell her we couldn’t possibly take it and she said ‘no, no, no.’ She was so happy and told Jada that someone had just given her $100,” Christa said. By the time Jada made it to her car, she was already asking her mom how to help those struggling like the thoughtful woman she’d just encountered. “Shortly after my daughter said ‘we should feed the hungry, like the lady who gave me money for my birthday. She didn’t have much, but she still gave me something.’” The mom and daughter began to fundraise from friends and family with the goal of passing out pizza and drinks to the homeless. On Feb. 25 they used the $150 they raised to purchase pizza, apples and oranges, and water to pass out to the homeless across the street from the Meyer Center in Waco, where they set up tables. They fed 40 people in an event they appropriately named “Pizza My Heart.”