July 6, 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:
And Soon They Will Control Everything Digital technology, from cryptocurrency to artificial intelligence, promises to transform every aspect of our lives. Will that transformation promote liberty or tyranny? Those who seek centralized government control, from President Biden to President Xi Jinping, intend to exploit digital technology to divest Americans of freedom in favor of government planning. The survival of individual liberty is very much at stake. Legal barriers against domestic and global governmental interference with the digital marketplace are urgently needed. Consistent with the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, the emerging digital marketplace must be free, private, and protected against government political influence and control. The bellwether of economic liberty, free enterprise, must reign in the digital world as it has in the analog world. The Founding Fathers understood the Constitution’s very purpose to be protection of individual liberty whether in the realm of economics or politics (“That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men . . .” Declaration of Independence, para. 2). President Roosevelt’s First and Second New Deals reneged on that core constitutional purpose by ordering government to devour private ownership and control to serve political ends.
Citing ‘Orwellian’ Tactics, Federal Judge Orders White House to Stop Censoring Americans’ Social Media Posts In a landmark ruling Tuesday, a federal judge temporarily barred several Biden administration officials and federal agencies from communicating with social media platforms. In his 155-page ruling, Judge Terry Doughty of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana Monroe Division said there is “substantial evidence” the government violated the First Amendment by engaging in a large-scale censorship campaign targeting content that questioned or countered establishment narratives on COVID-19. Doughty said the “evidence produced thus far depicts an almost dystopian scenario.” He added: “If the allegations made by Plaintiffs are true, the present case arguably involves the most massive attack against free speech in United States’ history. In their attempts to suppress alleged disinformation, the Federal Government, and particularly the Defendants named here, are alleged to have blatantly ignored the First Amendment’s right to free speech. … “During the COVID-19 pandemic, a period perhaps best characterized by widespread doubt and uncertainty, the United States Government seems to have assumed a role similar to an Orwellian ‘Ministry of Truth.’” Doughty granted the injunction as part of a lawsuit filed in May 2022 by the attorneys general of Missouri and Louisiana along with several medical experts and journalists who claimed social media platforms censored their views, which ran counter to the official government narrative.
Big Tech Is Ramping Up Censorship of the Climate ‘Solutions’ Debate In May, LinkedIn suspended the account of Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy after he posted several climate-related campaign messages. In one message, Ramaswamy asserted that “fossil fuels are a requirement for human prosperity,” and in another, he wrote that if adherents of the “climate religion” really cared about the climate “they’d be worried about, say, shifting oil production to places like the U.S. and China.” “Big Tech election interference has begun,” Ramaswamy said. LinkedIn (owned by Microsoft) backtracked under pressure and reinstated his account. But the episode highlighted the ways in which social media companies are expanding their “content moderation” of “climate misinformation” — with potentially far-reaching consequences across the political spectrum. In another incursion into the presidential race, YouTube attached a “Context” note to a June 5 interview of Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. in which he discussed his views about climate change with Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson. YouTube’s “Context” note included a definition of climate change from the United Nations (U.N.) and linked to a page on the U.N. website. The video is no longer available and now leads to a “Community Guidelines” warning.
Vax Mandate Suits Get Lift From New Religious Accommodation Test Workers with religious objections to vaccine mandates have stronger legal claims now that the US Supreme Court has developed a new standard strengthening protections for workplace religious accommodations. The court unanimously ruled June 29 that an employer cannot deny a religious accommodation under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act unless it can show that the burden of granting that accommodation “would result in substantial increased costs” to the business. This change will impact faith-related discrimination cases currently winding their way through the administrative and judicial system, including those concerning Covid-19 vaccine mandates, lawyers told Bloomberg Law. The facts in each case may vary, but the new standard nonetheless provides plaintiffs with stronger arguments that seeking an exemption from vaccine policies on religious grounds is a reasonable accommodation, said Matt Durham of Dorsey & Whitney LLP. “At least going forward, it’s going to put on employers a higher burden to show what the actual cost to their business is when granting an accommodation,” Durham said. “It will embolden the plaintiff’s bar and employees who are seeking religious accommodation to be more aggressive with their claims.” Many lower courts previously interpreted the decades-old Supreme Court precedent governing religious accommodations to mean that employers can reject a worker’s request if it would impose a minimal, “undue” burden or cost. Those courts got it wrong because they “latched” on to the minimal language as the governing standard, Justice Samuel Alito wrote for the high court.
Cocaine found at White House was in area for visitors Cocaine discovered at the White House was left in an area frequently used by visitors on tours — and not while President Joe Biden and his family were on the premises, officials said Wednesday. The White House sought to get the highly unusual story under control as details emerged of the drug’s discovery Sunday in one of the most carefully guarded buildings in the world. Initial reports were of a white powder, sparking fears of the kind of episode regularly occurring in official Washington buildings where unidentified powders found during searches or received in the mail are treated as potential chemical attacks. This prompted a brief evacuation. But an entirely new set of alarms went off when preliminary analysis by technicians from the city’s fire department determined the substance was actually cocaine. On Wednesday, the US Secret Service, which protects the presidential mansion, announced it “just confirmed that substance found was cocaine and our investigation is ongoing.” Biden has made a priority of restoring traditional decorum to the White House after the Donald Trump years, which included reports that the Republican president had a habit of flushing documents down toilets. However, the 80-year-old Democrat has been dogged by salacious reporting over his son Hunter’s troubled private life, not least the trained lawyer’s well-documented battle with severe drug addiction. The cocaine revelation immediately sparked unsubstantiated speculation in right-wing circles that the recovering drug user was somehow responsible.
Rare link between coronavirus vaccines and Long Covid–like illness starts to gain acceptance COVID-19 vaccines have saved millions of lives, and the world is gearing up for a new round of boosters. But like all vaccines, those targeting the coronavirus can cause side effects in some people, including rare cases of abnormal blood clotting and heart inflammation. Another apparent complication, a debilitating suite of symptoms that resembles Long Covid, has been more elusive, its link to vaccination unclear and its diagnostic features ill-defined. But in recent months, what some call Long Vax has gained wider acceptance among doctors and scientists, and some are now working to better understand and treat its symptoms. “You see one or two patients and you wonder if it’s a coincidence,” says Anne Louise Oaklander, a neurologist and researcher at Harvard Medical School. “But by the time you’ve seen 10, 20,” she continues, trailing off. “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.” Cases seem very rare—far less common than Long Covid after infection. Symptoms can include persistent headaches, severe fatigue, and abnormal heart rate and blood pressure. They appear hours, days, or weeks after vaccination and are difficult to study. But researchers and clinicians are increasingly finding some alignment with known medical conditions. One is small fiber neuropathy, a condition Oaklander studies, in which nerve damage can cause tingling or electric shock–like sensations, burning pain, and blood circulation problems. The second is a more nebulous syndrome, with symptoms sometimes triggered by small fiber neuropathy, called postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS). It can involve muscle weakness, swings in heart rate and blood pressure, fatigue, and brain fog.
Woman Files $10.5 Million Lawsuit Against Federal Government and CBC for Vaccine Harms A Canadian mother of three who says she suffered “permanent, significant physical, psychological, and emotional harms, and other damages” after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine has filed a $10.5 million lawsuit against the federal government, CBC News, and others. According to a July 3 media release by the groups Empowered Canadians and the Institute for Freedom and Justice, the lawsuit was filed in the Court of King’s Bench in Lethbridge, Alberta, against the federal minister of health, the chief public health officer of Canada, Health Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada, Alberta Health Services, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, among others. “The Defendants held themselves out as public health experts, or as reporting on behalf of health experts, or as public health broadcasters. They intentionally set out to build a relationship of trust between themselves and the public during COVID at a time when they knew the public was vulnerable and afraid,” lawyer Eva Chipiuk, who is representing Carrie Sakamoto, said in the release. “They knew or ought to have known that the public would be relying on their information for their health, safety and protection. Ms. Sakamoto relied, to her detriment, on the representations made by the government and the CBC and this resulted in serious permanent harm to Ms. Sakamoto.”
Study says drinking water from nearly half of US faucets contains potentially harmful chemicals Drinking water from nearly half of U.S. faucets likely contains “forever chemicals” that may cause cancer and other health problems, according to a government study released Wednesday. The synthetic compounds known collectively as PFAS are contaminating drinking water to varying extents in large cities and small towns — and in private wells and public systems, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Researchers described the study as the first nationwide effort to test for PFAS in tap water from private sources in addition to regulated ones. It builds on previous scientific findings that the chemicals are widespread, showing up in consumer products as diverse as nonstick pans, food packaging and water-resistant clothing and making their way into water supplies. Because the USGS is a scientific research agency, the report makes no policy recommendations. But the information “can be used to evaluate risk of exposure and inform decisions about whether or not you want to treat your drinking water, get it tested or get more information from your state” about the situation locally, said lead author Kelly Smalling, a research hydrologist. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in March proposed the first federal drinking water limits on six forms of PFAS, or per- and polyfluorinated substances, which remain in the human body for years and don’t degrade in the environment. A final decision is expected later this year or in 2024.
Obesity should be renamed to improve treatment and prevention, says study We must change the way we talk about obesity to improve public understanding of the disease, according to a new study. Researchers at University College Cork (UCC) and University of Galway are calling for “obesity” to be renamed in order to help the public and policymakers to better understand the disease of obesity, and drive advances to treat and prevent it. Published in Obesity Reviews, the study highlights ongoing confusion about the term “obesity,” which currently can refer to the disease of obesity or to a BMI range, or a combination of the two. Dr. Margaret Steele, a postdoctoral researcher in UCC’s School of Public Health, and Professor Francis Finucane, Consultant Endocrinologist and Professor of Medicine in the University of Galway, explored different or conflicting understandings of the term “obesity.” The researchers suggest it is time to reconsider whether the term conveys the reality of this complex disease that centers on environmental, genetic, physiological, behavioral and developmental factors, not on body weight or on BMI. New appetite-control medications are generating phenomenal demand worldwide, but patients with obesity may be sent to the back of the queue on the mistaken assumption that they do not need the medication as much as patients with diabetes. The researchers suggest that clearer terminology could play a role in addressing this inequity.
Question of The Day!
Can you please let me know where I can download the PDF for the gut healing protocol. I do not see an area for this information on your website. 🙂