October 14th, 2020 3-5PM ET
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Facebook bans anti-vaccination ads but not antivax posts Facebook says it will ban ads on its platform that discourage vaccinations — with an exception carved out for advocacy ads about government vaccine policies. The company already bans ads about vaccine “hoaxes,” such as the false idea that vaccinations cause autism. The latest policy expands the ban to ads that discourage vaccines for any reason. But Facebook also said Tuesday that ads that “advocate for or against legislation or government policies around vaccines” — including a COVID-19 vaccine — will still be allowed. These ads will still have to be approved by the company as political advertisements and include a “paid for by” label on who is funding them. And unpaid posts by people or groups that discourage vaccinations will also still be allowed — the new policy only includes paid advertisements. The social network said it will also run an information campaign encouraging people to get their flu shots this year. Facebook has taken other steps to try to stop the spread of vaccine and coronavirus-related misinformation on its platform. Last year, it said it would begin hiding groups and pages that spread misinformation about vaccinations from the search function of its site. Since the pandemic began, the company has tightened its rules around COVID-related misinformation. For instance, it promotes articles that debunk COVID-19 misinformation, of which there are thousands, on a new information center called “Get The Facts.” It also bans what it deems “dangerous” misinformation about the virus and has removed posts by President Donald Trump under this policy.
Airlines Test ‘Proof-of-Immunity’ Technology, Privacy Watchdogs Call It ‘Troubling’ At least two airlines are testing CommonPass, a new technology designed to let passengers prove they’ve tested negative for COVID-19 before they fly. Proponents tout the CommonPass technology as a panacea for global travel in a pandemic world. They hope that a public weary of COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions — but still fearful of the virus — will embrace it. But civil rights and privacy groups warn against any technology that monitors individuals’ movements and activities. That includes any digital health pass, like CommonPass, that can be adapted to provide proof of vaccination. Here’s how CommonPass works. An individual takes a COVID-19 test at an approved lab, then uploads the results to a smartphone. At the airport, airline staff and border officials scan a QR code from the phone, which certifies that the passenger is COVID-19 free. The groups behind CommonPass — Common Project Foundation and the World Economic Forum — say the technology has the potential to create a universal digital platform for COVID-19 testing that, if adopted across all governments, could hasten the reopening of international borders. As it stands now, each government determines its own rules and procedures for quarantines and border entry. That’s unacceptable, according to the World Economic Forum’s head of mobility, Christoph Wolff. In a statement, Wolff said: “Individual national responses will not be sufficient to address this global crisis.”
Question of The Day!
RSB, What is your opinion on Water Extracted Fulvic Acid as a Health supplement for a 61 year old male ? Thank You, James
Comment of The Day!
I teach History in a public middle school. A few weeks ago some of our students returned to campus – to sit in a classroom (their “learning pod”) with masks on facing the wall, doing their work on a computer. My job is to babysit them while also teaching my own classes online. I have 6 students in my room, but when I have them for class I have to teach them through the computer – even though they’re in the same room as me.
They eat lunch in the Cafeteria with two students to a table that normally seats 10, with a plastic divider between them. They stay in the same classroom all day, only getting to go outside for 15 minutes in the afternoon, and their masks have to stay on and they have to stay 6 ft apart at all times.
Starting next week, students will be allowed to physically go to their electives, such as band and P.E. During a faculty meeting yesterday, we discussed procedures for students transitioning from their learning pod to their electives, and a teacher asked how we would do contact tracing if a student “got COVID.” The principal responded that the security cameras that are all around campus and in every hallway would be used to trace the “infected” student’s movements and who they came in contact with.
If anyone in the RSB audience has their children in public school…if there was ever a time to get them out, now is that time, if you possibly can.
Mask requirement begins Thursday for 17 more Utah counties More than a million more Utahns will soon have a mask requirement. The four counties that have one — Grand, Salt Lake, Summit and Utah County — will expand to 21 counties on Thursday. It will remain in place for at least two weeks in the counties that have a moderate level of transmission. Masks will be required inside public places like stores and outdoors when physical distancing is not feasible. Health officials reiterated the benefits of wearing a mask in any county as a science-based way to slow the spread of the virus. “I don’t know of anybody that’s been cited, arrested or fined in any of the places where we have a mandate already in place by the local government,” Gov. Gary Herbert said, “so we’re doing a similar thing. I don’t expect there’s going to be a lot of police out looking for violators.” The state’s coronavirus website has a list of counties and the new guidelines and restrictions, including a statewide mask requirement at places like live events, movie theaters and weddings. State leaders made the announcement as part of Utah’s switch from the color-coded risk levels to data-based transmission levels.
Michigan Supreme Court denies Gov. Whitmer’s request for ‘pandemic executive orders’ extensions The Michigan Supreme Court on Monday denied Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s request to extend emergency powers that she invoked to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The conservative-majority court rejected the Democratic governor’s request to delay the effect of its decision striking down a law she had used to keep intact sweeping orders amid the pandemic. The justices voted 6-1 against halting the precedential effect of its Oct. 2 opinion until Oct. 30. They reaffirmed their initial 4-3 ruling that declared unconstitutional her use of the 1945 emergency powers law. Executive orders issued under the law “are of no continuing legal effect. This order is effective upon entry,” the court wrote. Whitmer had asked the justices to give her administration, lawmakers and local health departments 28 days to transition in the wake of the major decision. Last week, her administration quickly reinstituted mask requirements, gathering limits and other restrictions with orders issued by the state health department under a different law.
Lawsuits about state actions and policies in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, 2020 The following is a partial list of relevant lawsuits about state actions and policies in response to the coronavirus pandemic. It does not include lawsuits related to election date and procedure changes. That information is available here. Where available, case names and numbers, states of origin, courts of origin, and links to complaints and docket reports are provided. If you are aware of a relevant lawsuit that should be listed here, please email us. N/A in the chart below means that we have not found that information. If you can provide that for us, please email us.
Hour 2 – Outside The Box With Ty Bollinger!
It’s time to go Outside The Box again with Ty Bollinger! What will we be talking about today?
CDC Admits 85% of COVID-Infected People ‘Often’ or ‘Always’ Wore Masks Data collected in July from the CDC showed 85% of people who “always” or “often” wear face masks showed symptoms of the coronavirus more than people who “never” or “rarely” wear masks. The study, published in September, confirms many reports released over the past few months showing wearing a face mask is ineffective at preventing COVID-19 infection and could even increase one’s chances of contracting the illness. US Surgeon General Jerome Adams, the CDC, the World Health Organization and Anthony Fauci all said that that wearing masks was ineffective, and then they flip-flopped and urged people to wear the face coverings as masks became mandatory in most of the US.
Conspiracy Theories Find Audience in Democrats, Republicans Democrats and Republicans alike are falling prey to misinformation as conspiracy theories thrive across the U.S. in the weeks leading up to the presidential election, a new survey found. A majority of Americans believe unproven or debunked claims and viral conspiracies, according to a joint survey by the liberal think tank, the Center for American Progress, and the Survey Center on American Life, a project of the right-leaning American Enterprise Institute. The survey tested different conspiracy theories — on politics, science and public health — to gauge whether demographic or partisan backgrounds are correlated to a higher likelihood of accepting or rejecting certain claims. Misinformation about Covid-19 is most pronounced among Republicans, with 48% believing that the disease is no more dangerous than the flu and 42% saying that hydroxychloroquine — an anti-malaria drug championed by President Donald Trump despite scientific misgivings — is a safe and effective treatment for the virus, survey data shows.
World Bank, UN, Harvard Warn COVID-19 Lockdowns Leading To Global Starvation COVID-19 has caused global economic disruptions that threaten global food supplies from Africa to Latin America to the United States As government restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19 have now been largely in place globally for most of 2020, international organizations are sounding the alarm that global starvation may be on the horizon due to food shortages and economic disruptions. In Africa, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development warns that the continent suffers a new threat to food security: COVID-19. The continent, which imported 85% of its food in 2018, is facing a crisis as the costs of food skyrocket worldwide due to economic disruptions from the pandemic.
More than half of cancer patients willing to enroll in clinical trials More than half of patients offered participation in cancer clinical trials are willing to participate, according to a study published online Oct. 6 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute to coincide with the ASCO Quality Care Symposium, held virtually from Oct. 9 to 10. Joseph M. Unger, Ph.D., from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, and colleagues conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to examine clinical trial participation among cancer patients. A total of 35 studies were identified including 30 treatment trials and five cancer control trials; 9,759 patients were offered trial participation. The researchers found that 55 percent of patients agreed to enroll in trials. There was no difference in participation rates between the treatment and cancer control trials (55.0 versus 55.3 percent; P = 0.98). The rates of participation were similar for Black and White patients (58.4 versus 55.1 percent; P = 0.88). Treatment choice or lack of interest were the main reasons for nonparticipation.
INSANE: You have to elect Joe Biden to find out what he stands for, just like Pelosi said you have to pass Obamacare to find out what’s in it A decade ago, then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said something so politically stupid she should have been run out of politics altogether. But she wasn’t because then, like now, the garbage ‘mainstream media’ was in the tank for her Democrat Party, and so enamored with the god-king president, Barack Obama. In a March speech to the 2010 Legislative Conference for the National Association of Counties, Pelosi was promoting the Affordable Care Act — the law that would become known as “Obamacare.” “It’s going to be very, very exciting,” she gushed, adding, “But we have to pass the bill so you can find out what’s in it, away from the fog of controversy.” Translation: ‘Trust us Democrats with the details. You’ll see how it all plays out after the fact, when there isn’t anything you can do about it.’ Again, Pelosi should have been run out of D.C. and back to her multi-million dollar mansion in San Fran, but she wasn’t because, as usual, the media let her get away with making such an outrageous statement.
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