Emord’s Sacred Fire of Liberty, Kavanaugh confirmation continues, Orchestrated smear campaign, Christine Ford questions, Trump UN speech, Globalism vs Patriotism, Cannabis update, UN drug treaties, DEA snubs CBD, Bone density explored, Junk food depression, McDonalds cleans up, Millenial’s saving marriage and MORE!

Sep 27, 2018 7-9PM ET

Thursday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:

Hour 1 – 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:

Christine Blasey Ford, Kavanaugh accuser, ‘100 percent’ certain he assaulted her Christine Blasey Ford said Thursday she’s “100 percent” certain that Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh is the person who sexually assaulted her at a high school party, rejecting suggestions of mistaken identity or faulty memory 36 years later. Her voice cracked with emotion during her opening statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee, when she described the social circuit in Montgomery County, Maryland, where she “met Brett Kavanaugh, the boy who sexually assaulted me.” While adding few details to the account she told to reporters earlier this month, she did attempt to explain why she came forward the way she did, first anonymously and later publicly. She recalled specific details about the night of the assault, including Judge Kavanaugh and his friend, Mark Judge, “drunkenly laughing during the attack.” After she escaped their clutches, she said, she heard them “laughing and loudly walk down the narrow stairs, pin-balling off the walls on the way down.” But she apologized for not remember when, where, or exactly who was at the party where she says the assault took place.

Christine Blasey Ford testimony still leaves questions Christine Blasey Ford has spoken — and first impressions? Her voice is like a little girl’s. Her professional credentials are extensive. She’s scared to death at the can of worms that’s been opened. And her testimony still leaves question marks in Brett Kavanaugh supporters’ minds. “I am terrified,” she said, in her opening statement. Terrified — and still dealing with the same issues about facts. Under oath, she described Brett Kavanaugh as the “boy who sexually assaulted me.” She then described a summertime party. “I drank one beer,” she said. “Brett and Mark were visibly drunk. … Brett and Mark came from behind and pushed me into a bedroom.” What followed was an emotional description of Kavanaugh’s alleged groping and attempts to remove her one-piece bathing suit. “I believed he was going to rape me,” she said. “I tried to yell for help. When I did, Brett put his hand over my mouth.” She also described how she was “able to get up and run out of the room,” and escape the party. “Brett’s assault on me drastically altered my life,” she said. “I did not want to tell my parents … I convinced myself that because Brett did not rape me, I should just move on and pretend it did not happen. Over the years, I told very, very few friends that this had happened.” And therein lies the problem — still.

Trump campaigns to save Kavanaugh: ‘This is a very big moment for our country’ President Trump on Wednesday tried to carry embattled Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh over the finish line to confirmation, ramping up his defense of the jurist ahead of a high-stakes hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee in which the nominee and one of his female accusers will testify. Campaigning to save Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination in between meetings with world leaders at the United Nations, and at his first solo press conference in the U.S. since February 2017, Mr. Trump called his nominee “an absolute gem” who is being smeared by Democrats playing “a con game.” “This is a very big moment for our country,” Mr. Trump said of Thursday’s showdown in the Senate Judiciary Committee. “When you are guilty until proven innocent, it’s not supposed to be that way. I think it’s going to be a very, very important day in the history of our country.” While the president stood firmly behind his nominee, he also was careful to say he believes that Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Judge Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct when they were teens, has a right to be heard.

Trump calls on world to isolate Iran, attacks ‘globalism’ in U.N. speech President Trump called on world leaders Tuesday to isolate and sanction Iran until the Islamic Republic stops spreading terrorism and working to build a nuclear arsenal. “We cannot allow the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism to possess the planet’s most dangerous weapons,” Mr. Trump told the annual United Nations General Assembly in New York. “We ask all nations to isolate Iran’s regime as long as its aggression continues.” The president, who said he won’t meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, withdrew the U.S. from the Obama-era nuclear deal with Iran in May, saying the agreement rewarded Tehran for its bad behavior by lifting economic sanctions. “Iran’s leaders sow chaos, death and destruction,” Mr. Trump said. “Iran’s leaders plunder the nation’s resources to enrich themselves and to spread mayhem across the Middle East and far beyond.The dictatorship used the funds to build nuclear-capable missiles … [and to] finance havoc and slaughter in Syria and Yemen.” In his second dress to the world body, Mr. Trump struck a more somber tone than last year, when he had warned the U.S. would “destroy” North Korea if it persisted in threatening America.

Hour 2 – Cannabis Update!

Activists Bash Trump’s ‘Global Call’ to Renew Drug War at U.N. On the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York City on Sept. 24, U.S. President Donald Trump unveiled a “Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem,” which was adopted by 130 nations. The document states that signing nations “reaffirm our commitment” to implement the relevant U.N. treaties — most prominently, the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, which created a unified system for enforcement of restrictions and prohibitions on controlled substances. This of course includes cannabis, although much of the event’s media coverage emphasized the opioid crisis. “Illicit drugs are linked to organized crime, illegal financial flows, corruption and terrorism,” Trump said in his remarks at the unveiling. “It’s vital for public health and national security that we fight drug addiction and stop all forms of trafficking and smuggling that provide the financial lifeblood for vicious transnational cartels. In the United States, we’re taking aggressive action — securing our borders, supporting law enforcement, devoting record funding to the opioid crisis, and promoting treatment and recovery.”

The DEA Reschedules Cannabis-Derived Epidiolex, Not CBD On Sept. 27, the Drug Enforcement Administration rescheduled Epidiolex, a cannabis-derived medication to treat seizures, so that it now is listed under Schedule V of the 1970 Controlled Substances Act. This rescheduling means that the DEA is acknowledging the drug has a low potential for abuse and has an accepted medical use for treatment. But the CBD cannabinoid itself that is the active ingredient in Epidiolex has not been rescheduled and remains in Schedule I — which means that the DEA considers cannabis-derived CBD to have a high potential for abuse and no current accepted medical use. The annoucement came in Thursday’s Federal Register and was affirmed by a press release from Epidiolex’s manufacturer, GW Pharmaceuticals. However, the Federal Register will remain in an unpublished form until Friday, Sept. 28, which means the specific language of the DEA has not been finalized but the message that Epidiolex and not CBD will be rescheduled remains clear.

One Thing Leads To Another….

Breaking a bone reduces bone density throughout body A research was conducted with an aim to find out why even one can lead to others. According to two new studies from UC Davis show, breaking a bone causes bone density losses throughout the body, not just close to the site of the fracture, and primarily around the time of the  The studies are among the first to associate fractures with systemic bone loss. They also begin the path to find treatments that preserve long-term skeletal and reduce susceptibility to additional fractures and, potentially, osteoporosis, which is diagnosed when bone-density losses are severe. “We know one seems to lead to others, but we haven’t known why,” said Blaine Christiansen, of at UC Davis. “Our work is the first step on the path to identifying the cellular mechanisms of systemic bone loss.”

You Are What You Eat

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Does An Unhealthy Diet Increase Your Risk Of Depression? A New Study Has Found A Link There’s no definitive cause for depression, most experts agree, but a new study suggests that a diet heavily reliant on less healthy food might increase your risk of developing it. As the Guardian reports, a study published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry concludes that a diet high in fat, sugar, and processed foods can directly impact your susceptibility to the mental illness. So let’s take a closer look at the research: does junk food increase your risk of depression, and how? Researchers from the UK, France, Australia, and Spain analysed the findings of 41 prior studies on diet and depression, and concluded that a “pro-inflammatory diet” — which includes those high in fat, sugar, and processed foods — directly elevates the risk of developing depression. “A pro-inflammatory diet can induce systemic inflammation,” said Dr Camille Lassale, the study lead author from University College London (UCL)’s department of epidemiology and public health. She told the Guardian, “Chronic inflammation can affect mental health by transporting pro-inflammatory molecules into the brain; it can also affect the molecules — neurotransmitters — responsible for mood regulation.”

Healthy dietary indices and risk of depressive outcomes: a systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies With depression being the psychiatric disorder incurring the largest societal costs in developed countries, there is a need to gather evidence on the role of nutrition in depression, to help develop recommendations and guide future psychiatric health care. The aim of this systematic review was to synthesize the link between diet quality, measured using a range of predefined indices, and depressive outcomes. Medline, Embase and PsychInfo were searched up to 31st May 2018 for studies that examined adherence to a healthy diet in relation to depressive symptoms or clinical depression. Where possible, estimates were pooled using random effect meta-analysis with stratification by observational study design and dietary score. A total of 20 longitudinal and 21 cross-sectional studies were included. These studies utilized an array of dietary measures, including: different measures of adherence to the Mediterranean diet, the Healthy Eating Index (HEI) and Alternative HEI (AHEI), the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, and the Dietary Inflammatory Index. The most compelling evidence was found for the Mediterranean diet and incident depression, with a combined relative risk estimate of highest vs. lowest adherence category from four longitudinal studies of 0.67 (95% CI 0.55–0.82). A lower Dietary Inflammatory Index was also associated with lower depression incidence in four longitudinal studies (relative risk 0.76; 95% CI: 0.63–0.92).

McDonald’s says classic burgers no longer have artificial ingredients McDonald’s USA on Wednesday announced that its iconic burgers, including the Big Mac and the Quarter Pounder with Cheese, no longer have artificial preservatives, artificial flavors or added colors from artificial sources. Only the pickle slices still contain an artificial preservative, the American fast food giant said, noting that “customers are able to skip it if they prefer.” The changes are going into effect in all 14,000 US restaurants, the company’s statement said. It’s a big attempt for McDonald’s—oft vilified as a champion of junk food—to attract or retain customers concerned about their diets. “From switching to 100 percent fresh beef in our quarter-pound burgers, cooked right when ordered, to removing  in our Chicken McNuggets, and committing to cage-free eggs by 2025, we have made significant strides in evolving the quality of our ,” said Chris Kempczinski, the company’s USA president. As of now, almost two-thirds of the company’s burgers and sandwiches are free of artificial products, which were removed from the company’s cheese slices, Big Mac special sauce and several types of buns.

Way To Go Millenials!

Millennials Are Causing the U.S. Divorce Rate to Decline Americans under the age of 45 have found a novel way to rebel against their elders: They’re staying married. New data show younger couples are approaching relationships very differently from baby boomers, who married young, divorced, remarried and so on. Generation X and especially millennials are being pickier about who they marry, tying the knot at older ages when education, careers and finances are on track. The result is a U.S. divorce rate that dropped 18 percent from 2008 to 2016, according to an analysis by University of Maryland sociology professor Philip Cohen. Demographers already knew the divorce rate was falling, even if the average American didn’t. Their question, however, was why? And what do current trends mean for the marital prospects of today’s newlyweds?

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