March 30th, 2023 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:
‘Patriot Act on Steroids:’ Conservatives Slam RESTRICT Act on Social Media The outrage over the draconian RESTRICT Act, marketed to the public as a “TikTok ban,” is rapidly rising. The bill has been revealed as something far more expansive that a mere TikTok ban. It grants sweeping powers to the federal government to restrict the online activities of Americans, imposing heavy penalties on any citizen who circumvents it, including criminal fines of up to $1 million, jail sentences of up to 20 years, and the seizure and search of hardware and online accounts, including cryptocurrency accounts. Fox News host Tucker Carlson eviscerated the bill in a segment this week, saying: “This bill isn’t about banning TikTok. It’s never about what they say it is. Instead, this bill would give enormous and terrifying new powers to the federal government to punish American citizens and regulate how they communicate with one another.” “So you would be allowing the executive branch — the Biden administration — to regulate speech on the internet. And if you are somehow involved with, quote, a foreign adversary — let’s say you oppose the war against Russia — you go to prison for 20 years.” “So, this isn’t about banning TikTok. This is about introducing flat-out totalitarianism into our system. Now, just because TikTok is so unappealing… that does not mean that the people trying to ban TikTok have your interests in mind.” Donald Trump Jr., also slammed the bill.
Courts Follow Culture — and the Culture Is Shifting Mary Holland, Children’s Health Defense president and chief legal counsel, delivered the remarks below on March 25, 2023, at the COVID Litigation Conference in Atlanta. I became involved in this world of health freedom more than 20 years ago in the late 1990s when my son was severely injured by his routine “safe and effective” childhood vaccines. It took me some time to figure out that vaccines were the only plausible cause — and of course, I looked at things first as a mother, but then I also looked as a lawyer — and WOW! Everything I thought should work did not — there was no transparency, no informed consent, no compensation for civil wrongs, no malpractice for administering knowingly dangerous substances, no accountability — and even no access to the courts, let alone justice. And then, we, the parents of injured children, experienced what many of you have experienced during the last three years — gaslighting, ostracism, stigmatization and more. I’m profoundly grateful to Steve Kirsch, Warner Mendenhall, Louisa Clary and the other organizers of this conference for bringing us together to address these problems. If you’ve come to the health freedom movement since COVID-19, it’s important for you to understand that these issues, while more intense now, are not new.
The Decline in Patriotism The Wall Street Journal has conducted a poll with the most interesting results. From 1998 to the present, the percentage of Americans who say that patriotism is an important value has crashed from 70 percent to 38 percent. The bulk of the fall has happened since 2019. More results will be discussed in a bit but let’s first focus on this issue of patriotism. The poll doesn’t define for the respondents what patriotism is but reflect on the word. It can mean love of country and homeland. It’s perhaps true that this has fallen. That’s believable since the US in three years ceased to place freedom as a first principle. Indeed, there is a growing cultural movement, extending from academia to the mainstream, that encourages loathing of American history and its achievements. No “founding father” is safe from being called the worst-possible names. Hatred of this country has risen to be an expected norm. But the problem goes deeper even. When you are locked in your home, your business is closed, your church is shut, your neighbors are screaming at you to mask up, then the doctors come at you with shots you don’t want, and you are further prevented from leaving the country to anywhere but Mexico, and the president calls the unvaccinated enemies of the people, sure, one can imagine that affections for the homeland decline.
Senate Votes to End COVID National Emergency, Sending Bill to Biden’s Desk The Senate passed a resolution, 68-23, on March 29 to end the COVID-19 national emergency sooner than scheduled. The measure, which was introduced by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) and passed the House on Feb. 1, now heads to President Joe Biden, who is expected to sign it, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) told Democrats, according to media reports. The White House planned to end both the COVID national emergency—which then-President Donald Trump enacted on March 13, 2020—on May 11. However, this bill will terminate the national emergency a month earlier than scheduled. The administration is also set to end the COVID public health emergency—which Trump’s Department of Health and Human Services enacted on Jan. 31, 2020—on May 11. A separate measure to end that, called the Pandemic is Over Act, passed the House on Jan. 31. The Senate has yet to take it up. Biden’s reported about-face on the resolution comes after the White House initially objected to the GOP-led resolution. “At present, the Administration’s plan is to extend the emergency declarations to May 11, and then end both emergencies on that date. This wind-down would align with the Administration’s previous commitments to give at least 60 days’ notice prior to termination of the PHE,” said the Office of Management and Budget in a Jan. 30 statement.
IRS visited Twitter Files journalist Matt Taibbi’s home same day as congressional testimony An IRS agent stopped by the home of Twitter Files journalist Matt Taibbi the same day of his congressional testimony on the weaponization of the government, according to House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan, who’s demanding an explanation over the oddly timed visit. Jordan sent a letter to IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel and the Department of Treasury on Monday in hopes of getting to the bottom of why the federal agent appeared at Taibbi’s New Jersey home on March 9 and left a note, according to an editorial in The Wall Street Journal that cited the letter. The note reportedly instructed Taibbi to call the IRS four days later. When he did, an agent told him his 2018 and 2021 tax returns had both been rejected due to identity theft concerns. Taibbi has been deeply involved in researching and reporting the Twitter Files — based off a trove of internal documents at the social media giant meant to expose unfair bias in the company’s past content moderation and the social media giant’s previous contact with government officials.
Groundbreaking Analysis: COVID Vaccines Caused 300,000 Excess Deaths, $147 Billion in Damage to Economy in 2022 Alone In the U.S., COVID-19 vaccines injured 6.6 million people, disabled 1.36 million people, caused more than 300,000 excess deaths and cost the economy an estimated $147 billion in damage — in 2022 alone — according to a new analysis by Humanity Projects, a wing of Portugal-based research firm Phinance Technologies. The researchers behind “The Vaccine Damage Project,” released this month, said they sought to “estimate the human cost,” including “deaths caused or hastened by the vaccines,” as well as “the impact on the overall economy of each aspect of the vaccine damage.” Phinance Technologies was founded by former BlackRock portfolio manager Edward Dowd, along with Yuri Nunes, Ph.D., and Carlos Alegria, Ph.D. Dowd, who came out as a whistleblower against the COVID-19 shots and Big Pharma corruption, is the author of “‘Cause Unknown’: The Epidemic of Sudden Deaths in 2021 and 2022.” According to the project’s authors: “Each aspect of the vaccine damage investigation will have economic agents that will benefit and others that will suffer. For instance, it seems obvious that mortuary companies would benefit from excess mortality and life insurers will be harmed. This will lead to a reallocation of resources and re-pricing of risk by the different economic agents. “A broader approach is to estimate the impact on the overall economy of each aspect of the vaccine damage. A drop in the number of working-age individuals would lead to a drop in GDP. We believe this impact is negligible for now.
Does Direct-to-Consumer Advertising Directly Harm Patients? Researchers from Johns Hopkins University recently published an article in JAMA that highlights rising concern around the effects of direct-to-consumer advertising (DTC) on health care. Their work shows that DTC advertising might have direct harm on patients. They studied drug characteristics and total advertising expenditures for the 150 top-selling branded prescription drugs in the United States, finding that total promotional spending by the manufacturer was associated with a significantly lower added clinical benefit for the drug. In fact, companies spent nearly 15% more on DTC advertising for drugs that had demonstrated lower added benefit. Even more troubling, each 1.5% increase in spending was associated with a 10% increase in sales. Simply put, pharmaceutical companies spent more money on DTC advertising when medical research found that the drug was less effective, and this spending directly led to more sales for those inferior drugs.As the U.S. is one of only two countries in the world that still allows direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertising, it is important to understand the implications of DTC on patients and society at large. Aside from the fact that millions of dollars are annually spent on DTC prescription drug advertising, numerous previous studies have demonstrated that this practice has tangible impacts on prescription rates and patient requests for particular drugs. Pharmaceutical companies appear to be allocating a larger portion of their marketing budget towards those drugs which have demonstrated lower clinical benefit, hoping that patients will request prescriptions for these drugs, since providers who know the evidence are less likely to prescribe them. Conversely, companies do not need to spend marketing dollars on proven, effective drugs that providers will prescribe anyway.
Exclusive: WHO to consider adding obesity drugs to ‘essential’ medicines list Drugs that combat obesity are under consideration for the first time for the World Health Organization’s “essential medicines list,” used to guide government purchasing decisions in low- and middle-income countries, the U.N. agency told Reuters. A panel of advisers to the WHO will review new requests for drugs to be included next month, with an updated essential medicines list due in September. The request to consider obesity drugs was submitted by three doctors and a researcher in the United States. It covers the active ingredient liraglutide in Novo Nordisk’s (NOVOb.CO) obesity drug Saxenda, which will come off patent soon, allowing for cheaper generic versions. The panel could reject the request or wait for more evidence. A decision by the WHO to include Saxenda and eventual generics on the list for adults would mark a new approach to global obesity by the health agency. It could also pave the way for a newer, more powerful treatment from Novo Nordisk called Wegovy to be recommended for low- and middle-income countries in future. However, some public health experts warn against introducing such medicines too broadly as a solution to a complex condition that is still not completely understood. “We believe it is a work in progress,” said Francesco Branca, WHO director of nutrition, at a press briefing on Wednesday, referring to the use of drugs as obesity treatments.
Question of The Day!
My wife is taking a ‘D3’ VITAMIN-3000 I.U. ALONG WITH THIS VITAMIN IS MAGNESIUM OXIDE-50MG—I told her that oxide is harmful; however a nutritionist told her that magnesium oxide although not harmful it is not all that helpful-was I correct in telling her that magnesium oxide was harmful?
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