Emord’s Sacred Fire of Liberty, Hemp Farm Bill, FDA CBD interstate, Trump border battles, GoFundMe wall campaign, US Syria withdrawal, Dementia doubles globally, CBD for Alzheimer’s, Oxymoron – Ethical journalists, Corvelva Vaccinegate, Aussie vaccine monsters, Emotional support fried chicken and MORE!

Dec 20, 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:

Trump announces farm bill signing with ‘Green Acres’ parody video President Trump announced the signing of the farm bill Thursday — with a “Green Acres” parody. The former reality-TV star took to Twitter to announce that “Farm Bill signing in 15 minutes!” and linked a video he and Megan Mullally had made at the 2005 Emmys. In the clip, Mr. Trump is dressed in dungaree overalls over a white T-shirt and in a straw hat while Ms. Mullally is decked out in high-fashion. They then sing the theme song to “Green Acres,” a surrealist late-1960s sitcom about two Manhattan socialites who head out to Hooterville to live the farm life — to usually disastrous results. In the clip, Mr. Trump gets big laughs from the Emmy audience with his off-key singing, while Ms. Mullally imitates the gassy voice of Eva Gabor in the original but changes a reference about the great things in Manhattan to include “Trump Towers.” In less than 20 minutes, it had gathered almost 7,000 retweets, more than 20,000 likes and not a few comments wondering whether this was an appropriate way to announce signing the Farm Bill.

FDA weighs legalizing interstate sales of cannabis-based CBD in food and drinks The Food and DrugAdministration is looking for “pathways” to legalize the sale of CBD oil and other cannabis-based compounds in food and beverages in a move that could remove one of the last remaining legal hurdles for companies hoping to sell such products across state lines. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb outlined steps the agency is considering in regulating cannabis products after President Donald Trump signed the farm bill into law on Thursday. The legislation — an $867 billion, five-year spending bill that funds agricultural, nutrition and other federal programs — also loosened some federal restrictions on cannabis. It legalized hemp by removing it from the Controlled Substances Act while preserving the FDA’s authority to regulate the products. “I think it’s really a game-changer,” said Joshua Horn, a cannabis industry lawyer and partner at Fox Rothschild. “The significance is now you have some aspect of the cannabis world legalized on a federal basis.”

Conservatives warn Trump not to retreat on border wall Under intense political pressure from his conservative base, President Donald Trump is trying to find a way to fulfill a central promise from his 2016 campaign, constructing a border wall with Mexico, as the specter of a holiday shutdown looms. In a dramatic showdown, Trump told House Republican leaders Thursday that he will not back a Senate-passed spending measure to avert a partial federal shutdown because it lacks the money he is demanding for the wall. Without a deal, the government will partially shut down Friday at midnight.  Trump’s declaration came amid growing outrage from conservative allies who are urging the president to veto any plan that doesn’t meet his terms. They said Trump would have even less leverage when Democrats take control of the House on Jan. 3 and they worry that Trump’s failure to make good on his signature campaign pledge could hamper his re-election campaign in 2020.

As Trump holds out for border wall funding from Congress, GoFundMe raises nearly $5 million in 3 days A fundraiser to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border has raised nearly $5 million in three days on the online platform GoFundMe. The fundraiser, titled “We The People Will Fund The Wall,” was started by Brian Kolfage, an Iraq war veteran and triple amputee. Kolfage’s personal website describes him as a motivational speaker. “It’s time we uphold our laws, and get this wall BUILT!,” Kolfage wrote on the fundraiser page. “It’s up to Americans to help out and pitch in to get this project rolling.” The fundraiser comes as the White House and Capitol Hill remain deadlocked over President Donald Trump‘s threat to shut down the government if Congress does not approve $5 billion in funding for a border wall. As of Thursday afternoon, more than 78,000 people had donated roughly $4.8 million to the GoFundMe campaign, which is still far shy of the $25 billion Trump himself has said is needed for the border wall. “If we can fund a large portion of this wall, it will jumpstart things and will be less money Trump has to secure from our politicians,” Kolfage wrote.

Defending Syria Withdrawal, Trump Says U.S. Should Not Be ‘Policeman of the Middle East’ President Trump on Thursday defended his plan to withdraw American troops from Syria against mounting criticism from Republicans and Democrats and concerns from his military and diplomatic advisers who were caught off guard by his abrupt announcement a day earlier. “Getting out of Syria was no surprise,” Mr. Trump wrote in one of a series of Twitter posts on Thursday morning. He presented a string of justifications for his decision, including supportive quotes from a few who applauded his agenda. The president also pushed back against reports — which he derided as “Fake News” — that the American military exit from Syria would advance Russian and Iranian foreign policy objectives. In Moscow, President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia said he supported the plan and called it “the right decision.”

Hour 2

The global burden of dementia has doubled since 1990 The number of people living with dementia globally more than doubled between 1990 and 2016 from 20.2 million to 43.8 million, prompting researchers to call for more preventative action. A new paper published in The Lancet Neurology also found that 22.3 per cent of healthy years lost due to  in 2016 were due to modifiable . Prepared by academics across multiple institutions and led by the University of Melbourne and the University of Washington, the paper looked at the global, regional and national burden of Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias from 1990-2016. The systematic analysis of the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016 found dementia was more common at older ages, with the prevalence doubling every five years over age 50. There was also significant potential for prevention. “In our study, 22.3 per cent (11.8 – 35.1 per cent) of the total global disability-adjusted life years lost due to dementia in 2016 could be attributed to the four  – being overweight, , consuming a lot of sugar sweetened beverages and smoking,” the authors said.

Using CBD (Cannabidiol) to Treat the Symptoms of Alzheimer’s & Other Dementias The dementia related conditions that can be helped by CBD include: Alzheimer’s disease, Vascular Dementia, Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), Parkinson’s disease, Frontotemporal dementia and Huntington’s disease. According to researchers at California’s Salk Institute, their 2017 study has found evidence that cannabinoids such as CBD could help remove dementia from brain cells. While the US Food and Drug Administration has yet to approve a CBD drug for the purposes of treating dementia, it has approved a CBD based drug for treating epilepsy. There are three ways which CBD can work to improve health outcomes for persons with dementia; by reducing inflammation, by reducing oxygen build up and by working as a brain stimulant and neuroprotectant. From a user’s perspective, CBD may reduce stress and anxiety in the individual with dementia as well as reduce the decline of memory and other brain functions. It should be noted that much controversy surrounds CBD and the claims companies have made as to it’s positive effects.

Lowest ethics: Journalists, telemarketers, politicians, all worse than Catholic priests Politicians, lawyers, telemarketers, and journalists sit at the low end of a new survey asking which profession has the highest ethics and honesty. Nurses are on top of the latest Gallup survey, with 84 percent viewing their profession as one with “very high” ethics. Last sit members of Congress. Just 8 percent view them as highly ethical and 58 percent view as having “very low” ethics, the biggest percentage in the annual poll taken since 1976. Below average are journalists – even lower than scandal-plagued Catholic priests. Some 33 percent of those polled said reporters are honest and have high ethics and 34 percent said the industry’s ethics and honesty are low.

Associazione Corvelva – Vaccingate: Initial results on Infanrix Hexa chemical composition When we started these analysis, from the metagenomics to the chemical ones, we had a lot of questions and we were only looking for answers… After these first results, more questions have arisen and so did the concerns! The quali-quantitative analysis of organic compound is of great importance in the pharmacological field, as potential safety problems arise from the new production processes of biological drugs and from the complex structural and biological characteristics of these products.In Infanrix Hexa we found

  • chemical contamination from the manufacturing process or cross-contamination with other manufacturing lines;
  • chemical toxins;
  • bacterial peptide toxins;
  • insoluble and indigestible macromolecule that reacts to the protein assay, but cannot be recognized by any protein databases.

We have not found:

  • Protein antigens of diphtheria toxoids, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B, haemophylus influenzae B, Poliomyelitis 1-2-3;
  • Formaldehyde and glutaraldehyde, phenoxyethanol, antibiotic residues indicated in the composition;

Australian Vaccine Laws Cause Drastic Reduction In Pre-School Enrollments Australian government officials enforce vaccinations for school children by way of removing government funds from those parents who don’t comply with mandates. The law, termed “no jab, no pay,” is considered one of the most stringent laws in the world. But the law maybe having unintended consequences in an area that no one saw coming. The strict vaccination laws are prompting dramatically lower enrollments in areas where higher rates of families declined some or all vaccines prior to the law being enacted. And that has many pre-school concerned for the future of their schools. Australia’s ABC affiliate reporter, Peter McCutheon, interviewed an educator named Pauline Hurcombe. Hurcombe is an educator at Mt. Warning Community Pre-School. During the interview, Hurcombe voices concerns over the drastic reduction in enrollments and what effects that’s having on educational systems. The assumption is that more and more parents are learning how to homeschool.

PETA: Popeyes ‘Mocking Mental Illness’ By ‘Selling Boxes Of Dead Emotional Support Chickens For Holidays’ According to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Popeyes is responsible for the slaughter of millions of chicken each year. PETA took aim at the popular food chain after they released an “Emotional Support Chicken” Tuesday to “provide a good-hearted laugh most need to get through stressful holiday air travel.” Travelers at Philadelphia International Airport can purchase their meal with the special “Emotional Support Chicken” carrier in Terminal C. “We know holiday travel can be frustrating, and there’s no better way to ease stress than with a box of delicious Popeyes fried chicken and a good laugh,” said Hope Diaz, CMO of Popeyes. “We appreciate how comforting emotional support animals are and wanted to create our own version. The good news is that our emotional support chicken is permitted to fly without any restrictions – one less worry for busy travelers!” But PETA isn’t laughing. “#Popeyes is selling boxes of dead ’emotional support chickens’ for the holidays, proving they’re not above mocking mental illness AND animals who died gruesome deaths. This is what the box would look like if it told the truth about what goes into their food,” the organization tweeted on Wednesday.

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