November 4, 2022 3-5PM ET
Friday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:
Groundbreaking: Study Details How Media, Big Tech Censored Doctors and Scientists Who Challenged COVID Narrative A groundbreaking new scientific paper published Tuesday exposes the suppression and censorship of doctors and medical experts who opposed and challenged the official COVID-19 narrative. Published in the sociological journal Minerva, “Censorship and Suppression of Covid-19 Heterodoxy: Tactics and Counter-Tactics,” details the experiences of medical professionals who spoke out against public health directives, and how they responded to efforts to suppress them. The paper was co-authored by a team of Israeli and Australian scholars, including Yaffa Shir-Raz of the University of Haifa in Israel, Ety Elisha of The Max Stern Yezreel Valley College in Israel, Brian Martin of the University of Wollongong in Australia, Natti Ronel of Bar Ilan University in Israel, and Josh Guetzkow of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel. As noted by Dr. Robert Malone, himself an outspoken critic of COVID-19 “orthodoxy,” the publication of this article is particularly significant as Minerva is released by “mainstream academic publisher” Springer, a “Q1 journal in its subfield” of sociology with a “decent” research impact factor in the social sciences — meaning that it enjoys a strong reputation within its academic field. Malone said the article also is notable because one of its authors, Yaffa Shir-Raz, “broke the story with video from the internal meeting at the Israeli ministry of health” on “how they hid many of the key findings regarding the Pfizer mRNA vaccine adverse effects.”
Leaked Documents Reveal Homeland Security’s ‘Expansive’ Influence Over Social Media Censorship Leaked government documents reveal that U.S. government officials have access to a special portal through which they can directly flag Facebook and Instagram posts and request that the posts be “throttled or suppressed,” The Intercept reported Monday. Internal U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) memos, emails and public documents outline “an expansive effort” by DHS to influence tech platforms, despite the Biden administration’s failure earlier this year to launch a Disinformation Governance Board. As of Oct. 31, the “content request system” at facebook.com/xtakedowns/login was still live despite the public uproar earlier this year when attorneys general in 20 states threatened legal action unless the Biden administration immediately disbanded the “Orwellian” Disinformation Governance Board. Mark Crispin Miller, Ph.D., professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, told The Defender that collusion between the U.S. government and media companies to censor U.S. citizens is nothing new — but it’s become a “catastrophic trend.” Michael Rectenwald, Ph.D., author of “Google Archipelago: The Digital Gulag and the Simulation of Freedom,” told The Defender: “The Intercept’s reporting validates what many knew was being undertaken by the Department of Homeland Security, despite the scrapping of its Disinformation Governance Board.” Rectenwald said the coordination between government and media companies validates his claim that social media companies are not merely “private companies” but are “state and uni-party apparatuses” — what he has called “governmentalities” — that “augment the state by adding precision, scope, and penetration to state power.”
CVS, Walgreens And Walmart Agree To Pay More Than $10 Billion To Settle Opioid Claims The settlements—which follow months of negotiations between the pharmaceutical companies and a group of six state attorneys general, according to Bloomberg—mark one of the biggest payouts from pharmaceutical companies over opioid allegations. The deals won’t be final until states, counties and cities agree to them. The state and local governments have said the funding will be used to curb the opioid crisis. Some of the lawsuits brought against the companies argue the drugstores did not take enough actions to halt the distribution of pills into communities, while the pharmacies have claimed they followed proper protocols and tried to ensure the pills were not misused. The deals come three months after the three pharmaceutical companies agreed to pay $650 million in total to multiple Ohio counties over opioid-related claims. The opioid crisis has claimed more than half a million lives due to overdose in the last two decades, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Sackler family—the owners of Purdue Pharma who reaped major profits from sales of their opioid painkiller OxyContin—agreed to pay up to $6 billion in March to settle lawsuits for their involvement in the opioid crisis, though the family has never admitted any wrongdoing.
US agency softens opioid prescribing guidelines for doctors The nation’s top public health agency on Thursday softened its guidelines for U.S. doctors prescribing oxycodone and other opioid painkillers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention new recommendations are an update to 2016 guidelines that added momentum to a decline in opioid painkiller prescriptions. Opioids painkillers can be addictive — even when used under doctors’ orders — and were identified as a big reason for a rise in U.S. drug overdoses that began more than two decades ago. Other drugs have overtaken them in overdose statistics, and illicit fentanyl is now the biggest driver of deaths. The previous guidance succeeded in reducing inappropriate and dangerous prescribing, some experts say. But they also were seen as a barrier to care, with some pharmacists refusing to fill prescriptions as doctors wrote them. The new guidelines are designed to ensure that patients get compassionate and safe pain care, CDC officials said. A draft released in February received 5,500 public comments. Some modifications were made, but several main changes stayed in place, including: —The CDC no longer suggests trying to limit opioid treatment for acute pain to three days. —The agency is dropping the specific recommendation that doctors avoid increasing dosage to a level equivalent to 90 milligrams of morphine per day. —For patients receiving higher doses of opioids, the CDC is urging doctors to not abruptly halt treatment unless there are indications of a life-threatening danger. The agency offers suggestions on tapering patients off the drugs.
Monsanto to Pay $275 Million for Children’s Brain Damage Monsanto, now owned by Bayer, is best known for its flagship product Roundup,1 the active ingredient in which is glyphosate. Monsanto-Bayer has been the defendant in thousands of cases alleging Roundup caused the plaintiffs’ cancers. However, the most recent personal injury lawsuit verdict addressed the release of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from fluorescent light ballasts produced by the company.2 According to the National Ocean Service,3 production of these chemicals began in the 1920s with an estimated 1.5 billion pounds used in products such as television sets, refrigerators or other electrical appliances until 1977, when Monsanto voluntarily stopped using them in the U.S. after the chemical had been studied and the consequences understood. Before then it was also used to spray dirt on the road to reduce dust. Chemically, some PCBs can degrade in the environment, but the speed of the breakdown depends on each product’s chemical makeup and the conditions where it’s found. Typically, PCBs require sunlight or soil microorganisms to break down. According to the CDC,4 the chemicals are known to cause harmful effects. However, the CDC lists health conditions such as acne and rashes, and suggests it could trigger gastrointestinal discomfort, depression, fatigue or irritation to the nose and lungs. According to a paper in Environmental Health Perspectives,5 studies began emerging in the 1960s that confirmed PCBs contaminated the environment and had a negative impact on human health. In addition to skin conditions listed by the CDC, exposure has also been linked to diabetes, liver toxicity, cancer, and deficits in neurological and immune system function.
Hedge fund giant Elliott warns looming hyperinflation could lead to ‘global societal collapse’ That was from executives at leading hedge fund Elliott Management, who warned that the world is heading towards the worst financial crisis since World War II. In a letter sent to investors, and seen by the Financial Times, the Florida-headquartered firm told clients that they believe the global economy is in an “extremely challenging” situation which could lead to hyperinflation. Elliott did not respond to MarketWatch’s request for comment. The firm, led by billionaire Paul Singer and Jonathan Pollock, told its clients that “investors should not assume they have ‘seen everything’” because they have been through the peaks and troughs of the 1987 crash, the dot-com boom and the 2008 global financial crisis and previous bear and bull markets. They added that the “extraordinary” period of cheap money is coming to an end and has “made possible a set of outcomes that would be at or beyond the boundaries of the entire post-WWII period.” The letter said the world is “on the path to hyperinflation”, which could lead to “global societal collapse and civil or international strife.” They estimated that markets have not fallen enough yet and equity markets could drop more than 50% would be “normal,” adding that they couldn’t predict when that would happen. The S&P 500 SPX, +0.41% has dropped 19% from its peak at the beginning of the year.
Study Finds That Regular Physical Activity Enhances Vaccine Effectiveness Against Covid-19 A recent case-controlled study in South Africa finds that regular physical activity enhances vaccine effectiveness against Covid-19. While the positive impact of regular physical activity against severe Covid-19 outcomes is well understood, the association between regular physical activity and vaccine effectiveness is underexplored. The study predominantly used physical activity data from 196,444 participants and concluded that increased levels of regular physical activity improved the protective effects of vaccination against Covid-19 hospitalization and exhibited a dose response. Researchers conducted a negative case-control study and a retrospective analysis from data collected by Discovery Health and Vitality. A negative case-control is commonly used to assess the effectiveness of the annual influenza vaccine; studies would calculate the odds ratio of testing positive when vaccinated against specific pathogens and testing negative when vaccinated against a specific pathogen. In this case, researchers were interested in estimating the hospitalization admission for Covid-19 among those who are vaccinated and unvaccinated based on their “regular” physical activity levels.
Censorship and Defamation: Weapons of Control In a stunning article published in the academic journal “Minerva,” the mainstream academic publisher Springer has allowed truth to be spoken. Minerva may not be known to many of you, but by no means is it “obscure.” It has a decent 5-year impact factor of 2.7. (That is decent for the social sciences, anyway.). And it’s a Q1 journal in its subfield. And by the way, the first author on the paper is Yaffa Shir-Raz, who broke the story with video from the internal meeting at the Israeli ministry of health and how they hid many of the key findings regarding the Pfizer mRNA vaccine adverse effects. Censorship and Suppression of Covid‑19 Heterodoxy: Tactics and Counter‑Tactics, Yaffa Shir‑Raz, Ety Elisha. Brian Martin. Natti Ronel, Josh Guetzkow, Accepted: 28 September 2022, Published online: 01 November 2022 Having personally lived through what may be among the most intensive slander, defamation and derision campaigns of the COVID crisis, none of what was described in this article surprised me. I think that I can probably guess the names of some of the interviewed physicians and medical scientists discussed in the article, as so many have shared their own experiences with me. But seeing it written out in a dry academic style and published like a case series study of global corporate, organizational and governmental psychopathology and greed is another thing altogether. I expected the article to bring a tear of relief at being heard and validated, but instead it just left me numb.
Author reminds Americans that Samuel Adams was a revolutionary before he was a beer Maybe it’s the company I keep. Over the past few weeks, when I’ve told friends and neighbors that I’ve been reading a superb new biography of Samuel Adams, almost everyone has responded by saying something to the effect of, “Oh, the beer guy!” Well, yes, Adams was a brewer, but he was also a patriot — maybe the most crucial patriot. That’s the argument of Stacy Schiff’s charged new biography of Samuel Adams, The Revolutionary. Schiff illuminates how well in advance of Washington, Jefferson, Franklin or John Adams (his more prominent cousin) Samuel Adams strategized, wrote and wrangled the American Revolution into inevitability. Schiff is in good company in thinking so: Thomas Hutchinson, the royal governor of the province of Massachusetts Bay, damned Samuel Adams as “the chief incendiary” of the revolutionary passions that ignited in Boston; contemporaries credited Samuel Adams with being the “prime mover” of the Boston Tea Party. Thomas Jefferson called Adams “the patriarch of liberty.” Samuel Adams not only was the earliest advocate for independence from Great Britain, but he also argued against slavery and for universal free public education.