January 6th, 2022 3-5PM ET
Thursday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:
Special Guest Jason Rink
Health first, freedom second? How Covid is changing democracies From a litany of lockdowns to mandatory mask-wearing and Covid passes to access entertainment and sporting venues, the pandemic has led to sweeping restrictions on civil liberties in some of the world’s oldest democracies. Among Western countries, European nations particularly have been quick to crimp basic freedoms in the name of fighting the virus. French President Emmanuel Macron caused a furore this week by saying he wanted to “piss off” those who refuse to get vaccinated by “limiting as much as possible their access to activities in social life”. The remarks from the leader of a country that sees itself as a global beacon of liberty underscore the extent to which the pandemic has changed national priorities. The United States has also taken aggressive steps, including closing its borders to most of the world for 20 months and making vaccinations mandatory for all federal employees and staff of big companies. The Berlin-based rights watchdog Civil Liberties Union for Europe warned in a report last year that measures targeting the unvaccinated could “exacerbate existing inequalities”. “(They) may create a two-tier society where some people may enjoy an extensive set of freedoms and rights while others are excluded,” the report said.
Biden, in Shift, Prepares Americans to See Covid-19 as Part of Life As Covid-19 cases climb across the U.S., President Biden and his administration are preparing Americans to accept the virus as a part of daily life, in a break from a year ago when he took office with a pledge to rein in the pandemic and months later said the nation was “closer than ever to declaring our independence from a deadly virus.” The recalibration of Mr. Biden’s message comes as the country braces for another round of disruptions wrought by the pandemic. A growing number of schools temporarily have returned to virtual instruction and many businesses are strained by staffing shortages, in both cases due to infections triggered by the highly transmissible Omicron variant. Nearly 1,700 U.S. flights were canceled Wednesday, the 11th straight day of more than 1,000 cancellations, and many states warned that ongoing testing shortages will make it harder to return people to work and school. Mr. Biden and his top aides have sought to cut through the disorder, even as the surge in cases has left many Americans confused by evolving state and local requirements for masks and for schools. White House officials have dismissed the need for lockdowns and urged schools to remain open.
CDC signs off on Pfizer Covid vaccine boosters for adolescents A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory panel on Wednesday voted to recommend Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 booster shot for kids ages 12 to 15, a critical step in distributing additional shots to adolescents this week. The panel, called the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, voted 13-1 in favor of giving 12- to 15-year-olds the boosters at least five months after their second dose. That’s in line with newly released guidance from the CDC for people age 16 and older who were initially immunized with the Pfizer vaccine. Hours later, CDC Director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, signed off on the recommendation. “We now recommend that all adolescents aged 12-17 years should receive a booster shot 5 months after their primary series,” Walensky said Wednesday night. “This booster dose will provide optimized protection against Coviid-19 and the Omicron variant. I encourage all parents to keep their children up to date with CDC’s COVID-19 vaccine recommendations.”
COVID Treatment Suppression Is Killing Americans Since its start, the Biden Administration has insisted the way to end the pandemic is vaccination alone, has censored communication about COVID treatments, and has used Biden’s bully pulpit and regulatory coercion to dissuade states, localities, physicians and pharmacists from making treatments available to those in need. That is a state sponsored policy of medical neglect which predictably and invariably leads to avoidable death. State and local governments and physicians have received an unmistakable message from this Administration that they must encourage and administer COVID-19 vaccines and not dilute the vaccinate message with discussion of therapeutics. The choice to propagandize science in this way by granting an official imprimatur in favor of vaccination only and employing censorship against treatment messaging is costing lives every hour of every day. It is horrific maladministration, eerily similar to Ex-Governor Andrew Cuomo’s order to place infected patients back into nursing homes. It cannot be justified scientifically or morally.
Whitlock: Aaron ‘The Jerk’ Rodgers and COVID-19 might save America COVID-19 isn’t all bad. It appears that one of its side effects is turning Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers into a combination of Muhammad Ali and Navin R. Johnson. Of course, you remember Ali, the greatest boxer of all time. Ali fell under the spell of Elijah Muhammad and Malcolm X and risked prison and invited national scorn by refusing induction into the military and participation in the Vietnam War. But do you remember Navin Johnson, the jerk? He was the lead character in the 1979 movie classic “The Jerk.” Comedian Steve Martin played the role of Navin, the white adopted son of black Southern sharecroppers. Navin hilariously has no idea that his black parents adopted him.
Special Guest Stephanie Locricchio
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CNN medical guest and ethics ‘expert’ declares America must do more to punish the unvaccinated: ‘Here’s the stick. Get on board.’ The head of the Division of Medical Ethics at NYU Grossman School of Medicine and bioethics professor Dr. Arthur Caplan, has a plan on how to deal with the tens of millions of Americans who have not yet received their COVID vaccines. Shame them and blame them. And then punish them. Those are the ethics of the guy in charge of all the medical ethics goings on at NYU’s medical school. Dr. Caplan made his feelings clear during an interview Wednesday morning with CNN’s sympathetic “New Day” host, John Berman. Berman told Caplan that he gets the “idea of creating a moral standard here” and “being willing to judge” people who don’t get shots. Then Berman, who has repeatedly made the logical case against going out of one’s way to protect the unvaccinated, asked, “Why should anyone who is boosted bother, at this point, to do anything that makes the unvaccinated more safe.”
Northern Territory placed into lockout until noon on Monday, unvaccinated residents to enter lockdown Northern Territory residents have been plunged into a four-day territory-wide lockout from 1pm on Thursday in a desperate effort to control the spread of COVID-19. The lockout will be in place until noon on Monday when the territory will transition to a vaccine pass system. “COVID is often an exponential problem. One positive case in the community usually sees more than one person affected,” Chief Minister Michael Gunner told the COVID press conference on Thursday. Only NT residents and essential workers will be allowed to enter excluded communities in the territory and must receive a negative rapid antigen test result on the day of entry. The changes come as the territory recorded 256 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday. Unvaccinated Territorians will also be subject to lockdown restrictions from 1pm and will only be allowed to leave home for three reasons, including for medical treatment – which includes COVID testing and vaccination – for essential services and goods and to provide care and support to person who cannot support themselves. “Work is not a reason to leave the home for the unvaccinated,” Mr Gunner said.
KFC to launch Beyond Meat fried ‘chicken’ across United States Yum Brands Inc’s KFC restaurants will start selling plant-based fried “chicken” from Beyond Meat Inc across the United States on Jan. 10 for a limited time, KFC said on Tuesday. Beyond shares rose more than 7% in after-market trading. KFC, Yum’s biggest brand, had nearly 4,000 restaurants in the United States at the end of 2020, according to a regulatory filing. KFC started testing Beyond’s plant-based chicken in August 2019 in Atlanta and expanded to more areas the following year. In February 2021, Yum and Beyond announced a global partnership to create plant-based menu items for Yum’s KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut over “the next several years.” Major fast-food chains have been vying for partnerships with faux meat makers as they add vegan and vegetarian menu options. Beyond rival Impossible Foods Inc is working with Burger King, a unit of Restaurant Brands International Inc.