May 28th, 2020 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 executive order Trump could use to take on Twitter and Facebook A draft of an executive order that President Donald Trump may sign as soon as Thursday could dramatically expand the government’s ability to punish social media platforms, marking the Trump administration’s most aggressive salvo yet in its battle against alleged anti-conservative bias on platforms including Twitter and Facebook.A draft of the expansive executive order, circulated to stakeholders and obtained by Protocol late Wednesday night, would pull multiple levers of governmental power — including federal agencies, the U.S. attorney general and the White House — in order to blast the tech giants over allegations that their platforms censor conservative voices. The executive order comes on the heels of a bitter, days-long fight over Twitter’s decision to fact-check one of Trump’s recent tweets — and five months before the presidential election, signaling that Trump believes it could be a galvanizing issue for his base amid a pandemic that has killed more than 100,000 people in the U.S.
Trump crafts executive order on social media, weighs commission to probe bias amid Twitter fight President Trump is crafting an executive order on social media that could seek to curb legal protections for the industry, a broadside that comes amid his escalating fight this week with Twitter over the company’s decision to fact-check his claims for the first time.Fox News is told that, separately, the administration is working on a commission to look at alleged anti-conservative bias among big social media platforms.The president teased an announcement Thursday morning, saying: “This will be a Big Day for Social Media and FAIRNESS!”Fox News has confirmed that drafts of the executive order on social media would seek to curtail legal protections that shield social media companies from liability regarding what people post on their sites — though the language is still in the works.According to the drafts, the executive order would apply, at least in part, to section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, which states that: “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.”
This will be a Big Day for Social Media and FAIRNESS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 28, 2020
Democrats Fear Economic Resurgence Post-Coronavirus May Boost Trump America’s economy has consistently taken a hit ever since the coronavirus pandemic began and Democrats around the country have made it clear that they do not want to see President Donald Trump revive it. A newly published piece from Politico, titled The general election scenario that Democrats are dreading, provided insight and reports by former top Obama administration economist Jason Furman. In his calculations, Furman concluded, “We are about to see the best economic data we’ve seen in the history of this country.”Upon making his remarks during a Zoom call, Furman said the former Cabinet secretaries and Federal Reserve chairs looked “puzzled.”“Everyone looked puzzled and thought I had misspoken,” Furman stated.According to Politico, “Furman’s counterintuitive pitch has caused some Democrats, especially Obama alumni, around Washington to panic.”“This is my big worry,” said a former Obama White House official, who added that concern among top party officials is “high, high, high, high.”An informal adviser to Joe Biden said his campaign is “very much aware” that a roaring economy could soon be on its way before the November presidential election.
Texas court: Virus fear alone not enough for mail balloting Texas officials fighting to block widespread mail-in voting during the pandemic claimed victory after the state’s highest court ruled Wednesday that a lack of immunity to the coronavirus doesn’t qualify someone to cast a ballot by mail.The decision was unanimous by the Texas Supreme Court, which is stocked with nine Republican justices, including one who revealed last week that she had tested positive for COVID-19. Texas generally limits mail balloting only to voters who are over 65 years old or have a disability.Justice Eva Guzman wrote the court was unified in the conclusion that “fear of contracting a disease is not a physical condition.”The Texas Democratic Party blasted the decision, and moved its hopes to a similar challenge playing out in federal court. But not all saw the decision as a total loss: the top elections lawyer in Houston, Harris County attorney Douglas Ray, said he believed the ruling leaves room for each voter to decide themselves whether they qualify, and gives clerks basically no ability to second-guess the reasoning.In Texas, voters do not have to describe their disability when requesting a mail-in ballot.Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who earlier this month lost lower court decisions that would have expanded mail-in ballots to all of the state’s 16 million registered voters, has argued that fear of getting the virus alone doesn’t qualify as a disability. He applauded the court for keeping the status quo with just weeks until the state is set to hold primary runoff elections in July.
Pelosi pulls vote on FISA bill after Trump veto threat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) yanked a vote scheduled for Wednesday night on a bill reauthorizing lapsed surveillance programs after opposition from Republicans and progressives made it unclear if it could pass. “Members are advised that votes are no longer expected in the House tonight,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer’s (D-Md.) office announced shortly after 9:30 p.m.A Democratic aide confirmed that there would be “no further votes” in the House on Wednesday. The decision to pull the vote comes after House Democratic leadership vowed on Wednesday to give the legislation a vote and worked furiously behind the scenes to try to shore up support for the bill. But the fate of the bill remained in doubt going into Wednesday evening. House Democratic leadership delayed starting debate over the bill, instead bringing up unrelated, noncontroversial bills. The chamber then went into three 15-minute breaks as discussions continued off the floor. A decision on the vote was delayed multiple times as House leadership held heated discussions over putting up the bill that could very well fail. While Pelosi advocated for pulling the bill to regroup, Hoyer pushed for the vote to be conducted Wednesday night, a source with knowledge of the situation told The Hill.
COVID-19 immunity clause sets dangerous stage for citizens There’s a too-little talked about outcome of all this rush to develop anti-COVID-19 measures in the health world, and in both government and private sectors, and it’s one that goes like this: If a self-described coronavirus mitigation product or action fails to do as promised, or worse, actually causes harm to a citizen or group of citizens, there’s no mechanism for accountability.There’s no means of suing.The government has exempted itself and all its willing COVID-19 product-developing partners from any sort of liability for mistakes, misconceptions, misunderstandings about proper usage — from anything that could come back to bite. How so? The Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act, or PREP Act, that’s how.That’s the measure that gives the Health and Human Services secretary the authority to declare certain entities off-limits to legal liabilities during times of national crises — like COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.“The Secretary’s March 17, 2020 Declaration (‘COVID-19 Declaration’) provides certain individuals and entities (‘Covered Persons’) with immunity from suit and liability under federal and state law against ‘all claims for loss caused by, arising out of, relating to, or resulting form the administration to or the use by an individual of a covered countermeasure’ … except for willful misconduct,” according to a post from JD Supra.
Some businesses pledge to keep out customers who cover their faces For 64 days, Kevin Smith had shut down the Liberty Tree Tavern to comply with government orders. Now he was cleaning and disinfecting and removing stools to cut seating by three-quarters as he prepared to reopen the bar.Plexiglass screens had gone up at the supermarket checkout. His neighbors in Elgin, Texas, were still wearing masks outside, even after it was no longer mandated by the county. He did not think such a response was necessary, he said, and he wanted to push back.”Sorry, no mask allowed,” read the poster taped to the front door of his bar Friday. “Please bare with us thru the ridiculous fearful times.”As statewide coronavirus orders are easing, many stores and restaurants nationwide have taken the opposite route: They have made face coverings a requirement, kicking out those who fail to comply and even going to court to enforce their directives.Yet in the emergent culture war over masks, a handful of businesses – the Liberty Tree Tavern among them – are fashioning themselves as fortresses for the resistance.”If we’re only allowed to be at 25 percent capacity, I want them to be 25 percent of people that aren’t p—–, that aren’t sheep,” Smith told The Washington Post. “Being scared all the time isn’t good for your health. It suppresses your immune system.”At one Kentucky gas station, no one is allowed inside the adjacent convenience store if they are wearing a mask. Near Los Angeles, a flooring store encourages hugs and handshakes while prohibiting face coverings. The owner of a campground in rural Wisconsin vowed to treat clients sporting them inside facilities as she would “a robbery in progress.”
Hour 2 : John Hewlett – Cardio Miracle
The discovery of the function of nitric oxide which won the Nobel Prize in medicine gave humanity hope to conquer the deadliest disease on the planet. Scientist would soon learn nitric oxide not only regulates blood pressure and increases blood flow, but plays a vital role on the whole body system. The goal to change lives one person at a time became Cardio Miracle’s clarion call. To do this the founder, John Hewlett, embarked on a five year journey to produce the world’s finest nitric oxide supplement. Cardio Miracle’s commitment to excellence resulted in the formulation of the most effective defense against heart disease and to provide the best natural pathway to produce nitric oxide in the body. Cardio Miracle was designed to give the body an instant jolt of nitric oxide and then sustain the nitric oxide boosting effects for a 12 hour period. The highest quality ingredients were selected before this formula was put through rigorous laboratory testing to ensure efficacy, quality and sustained delivery. The end result is the most synergistic blend of mostly organic, bioavailable active ingredients.
Want COVID-19 herd immunity? Get 40% of population vaccinated, says ex-FDA chief Gottlieb Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb has a rough estimate for the number of vaccinated people to reach herd immunity for COVID-19.Because about 20% of people may have already been infected by the time a COVID-19 vaccine is launched, “we’d need to get perhaps 40% utilization to achieve herd immunity,” he tweeted Tuesday.How does that stand up to adoption of vaccines we’re all familiar with? It’s about on par with seasonal flu shots, which are administered to around 45.4% of the eligible U.S. population each year. Shingles vaccine, though, has around 34.9% utilization in the U.S.Gottlieb’s herd immunity total of 60% comes roughly close to the 70% overall immunity suggested by two epidemiologists at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.For herd immunity to work, a large number of people need to be immune to an infectious disease, ideally through vaccination, thereby providing indirect protection to those not immune.But as one person commented under Gottlieb’s tweet, convincing people to be immunized “[m]ust address genuine concerns re a vaccine rapidly developed which has not gone through customary trials. You’ll see many people refuse to be vaccinated.”Governments around the world are rooting for early adoption of a vaccine. And as Gottlieb himself recently wrote in a Wall Street Journal article titled “America Needs to Win the Coronavirus Vaccine Race,” “The first country to the finish line will be first to restore its economy and global influence.”But a 2009 study conducted during the H1N1 pandemic found only 8% of surveyed people were definitely willing take a theoretical H1N1 vaccine the FDA authorized for emergency use but didn’t formally approve.
Remember Friends, The Power to Heal is Yours!
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