Nov 14, 2019 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:
Game of telephone: Dems’ star witness reveals another instance of hearsay The star witness at the first public hearing on impeachment Wednesday said a State Department aide overheard President Trump say he cared more about investigating the Bidens than about Ukraine, providing Democrats the hottest revelation in an otherwise lukewarm kick-off to their impeachment quest. For Republicans, it was more hearsay testimony and far short of evidence of a high crime or misdemeanor that warrants impeachment. “I can’t believe and you’re their star witness,” said Rep. Jim Jordan, Ohio Republican. “I have seen church prayer chains that are easier to understand than this.” The new revelation from William B. Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat to Ukraine, went to the heart of the Democrats’ case that Mr. Trump’s actions in Ukraine were all for his political benefit and not advancing U.S. interests. Mr. Taylor said a staff member recently told him that he was at a restaurant with U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland and overheard him on the phone with Mr. Trump.
Trump crows after hearing, says diplomats stumped by ‘impeachable’ offense question President Trump highlighted a key moment during Wednesday’s impeachment hearing to suggest the case against him was decidedly undercut by the witnesses, despite claims to the contrary by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and fellow Democrats. After reviewing the circumstances of Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, asked the witnesses to state what impeachable offense Trump committed with the call. He did not get an answer. “.@RepRatcliffe asked the two ‘star’ witnesses, ‘where is the impeachable event in that call?’ Both stared straight ahead with a blank look on their face, remained silent, & were unable to answer the question,” Trump tweeted Thursday morning. “That would be the end of a case run by normal people! – but not Shifty!” The case hinges on Trump’s effort to convince Ukraine to launch politically advantageous investigations, and the question of whether he withheld U.S. aid to get what he wanted.
Fed’s Powell Tells Congress Federal Debt Is ‘Unsustainable Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell likes to avoid any hint of politics in his public statements, but in a seemingly non-controversial response to a question about U.S. government borrowing on Wednesday, he weighed in on one of the core issues in the political debate over how to manage the economy. Over the past year in particular, many mainstream economists have concluded that the current U.S. government debt level, north of $20 trillion and rising by $1 trillion a year, could grow much larger without crimping the economy – especially when the interest rate paid by the government is less than the economy’s growth rate on an inflation-adjusted basis, as it is now. In answer to a question at a congressional hearing, Powell said that in his view, as long as debt grows faster than the economy, it is by definition unsustainable, leaving “our kids and grandkids … servicing debt,” instead of funding good schools and hospitals. That conclusion, however, is not considered as clear-cut as it might have been when Powell worked on debt and deficit issues for the Bipartisan Policy Center think tank, before joining the U.S. central bank in 2012.
Many Anti-Vaxxers Don’t Trust Big Pharma. There’s a Reason for That Recently, an acquaintance – the mother of a young child – popped up in a Facebook thread discussing a Newsweek story about Russian internet trolls spreading anti-vaccine propaganda. She described the decision to vaccinate as a “very hard choice for parents to make these days.” But personally, she wrote, she was staunchly against conventional vaccines due to concerns over underreported side effects and “zero accountability” on the part of the pharmaceutical companies. “We don’t need Russia trolls to destroy our confidence in the Big Pharma,” she wrote. “The facts did that on their own.” This sort of “vaccine hesitancy” is on the rise. The World Health Organisation identified it as one of the top ten threats to global health in 2019. On April 15, WHO reported preliminary data showing that cases of measles, which claimed the lives of close to an estimated 110,000 people globally in 2017, “rose by 300 percent in the first three months of 2019,” compared to the same time period last year. The US is on track for a record-breaking year. As of April 19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 626 confirmed cases of measles so far in 2019 – the second-highest yearly total since the disease was considered eliminated in the US in 2000.
Every 15 minutes, someone in the US dies of a drug-resistant superbug Every 15 minutes, someone in the United States dies of a superbug that has learned to outsmart even our most sophisticated antibiotics, according to a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s about 35,000 deaths each year from drug-resistant infections, according to the landmark report. The report places five drug-resistant superbugs on the CDC’s “urgent threat” list — two more germs than were on the CDC’s list in 2013, the last time the agency issued a report on antibiotic resistance. Genetic research shows germs have become especially adept at teaching each other how to outwit antibiotics. “Some miracle drugs no longer perform miracles,” according to the report. The report also notes that while superbug infections in hospitals are down, some infections caught elsewhere — anywhere in the community — have increased. “This is a problem that ultimately affects all of us,” said Michael Craig, a CDC senior adviser on antibiotic resistance. “It literally has the potential to affect every person on the planet.”
Comment of The Day!
I thought you would like to know……HB615 will be coming back up in Georgia’s legislature in 2019. It gives 16 and 17 year old minors, state permission, to get many vaccines, including HPV, without parental knowledge or consent. It reads: “As used in this Code section the term ‘vaccination’ means the administration of a vaccine to an individual to produce immunity to tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis, meningococcal disease, measles, mumps, measles/mumps/rubella, polio, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis A, chicken pox, or human papilloma virus. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a minor who is 16 or 17 years of age shall be authorized to receive a vaccination without parental consent.”
Study suggests weight-loss surgery may release toxic compounds from fat into bloodstream Toxic man-made chemicals—such as polychlorinated biphenyls and organochlorine pesticides—that are absorbed into the body and stored in fat may be released into the bloodstream during the rapid fat loss that follows bariatric surgery, according to a study from researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The finding points to the need for further research to understand the health effects of this potential toxicant exposure. For the study, published online November 5 in Obesity, the researchers examined 26 people undergoing bariatric weight-loss surgery, and found evidence of post-surgery rises in the bloodstream levels of environmental toxicants that are known to be stored long term in fat, including PCBs, organochlorine pesticides, and PCB-like polybrominated diphenyl ethers. The study also revealed that participants born before 1976—when most of these chemical compounds were still widely used—tended to have much higher bloodstream levels of the chemicals, compared to younger participants.
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