Lockdown failures, Tom Woods, Libertarianism, Let Doctors Speak Freely, Entrepreneurship, COVID Charts CNN Forgot, Ty Bollinger Outside The Box, Joe Rogan support, Graham Nash gone, Whoopsie Goldberg, Cancel culture, Are Jews a Race? Austria cracks down, COVID tax scrapped, Punxsutawney Phil and MORE!

February 2nd, 2022 3-5PM ET

Wednesday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:

Lockdowns had little or no impact on COVID-19 deaths, new study shows Lockdowns in the U.S. and Europe had little or no impact in reducing deaths from COVID-19, according to a new analysis by researchers at Johns Hopkins University. The lockdowns during the early phase of the pandemic in 2020 reduced COVID-19 mortality by about 0.2%, said the broad review of multiple scientific studies. “We find no evidence that lockdowns, school closures, border closures, and limiting gatherings have had a noticeable effect on COVID-19 mortality,” the researchers wrote. But the research paper said lockdowns did have “devastating effects” on the economy and contributed to numerous social ills. “They have contributed to reducing economic activity, raising unemployment, reducing schooling, causing political unrest, contributing to domestic violence, and undermining liberal democracy,” the report said. “Such a standard benefit-cost calculation leads to a strong conclusion: lockdowns should be rejected out of hand as a pandemic policy instrument,” the paper concluded. Early on, many states and 186 countries imposed bans on work, socialization, in-person schooling, travel and other restrictions to limit the spread of the disease, citing recommendations by top health care experts. Researchers at the Imperial College London, for example, predicted that such steps could reduce death rates by up to 98%. That never happened, according to the new study by researchers Steve Hanke, Jonas Herby, and Lars Jonung at Johns Hopkins.

Special Guest Tom Woods

Thomas E. Woods, Jr., is the 2019 winner of the Hayek Lifetime Achievement Award from the Austrian Economics Center in Vienna. He is a senior fellow of the Mises Institute and host of The Tom Woods Show, which releases a new episode every weekday. Tom holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard and his master’s, M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Columbia University. He has appeared on CNBC, MSNBC, FOX News Channel, FOX Business Network, C-SPAN, and Bloomberg Television, among other outlets, and has been a guest on hundreds of radio programs, including National Public Radio, the Dennis Miller Show, the Michael Reagan Show, the Dennis Prager Show, and the Michael Medved Show.

He is the author of twelve books, most recently Real Dissent: A Libertarian Sets Fire to the Index Card of Allowable OpinionRollback: Repealing Big Government Before the Coming Fiscal Collapse and Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century. His other books include the New York Times bestsellers Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse (read Ron Paul’s foreword) and The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History, as well as Who Killed the Constitution? The Fate of American Liberty from World War I to Barack Obama (with Kevin R.C. Gutzman), Sacred Then and Sacred Now: The Return of the Old Latin Mass33 Questions About American History You’re Not Supposed to AskHow the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization, and The Church and the Market: A Catholic Defense of the Free Economy. His critically acclaimed book The Church Confronts Modernity was released in paperback by Columbia University Press in 2007. A collection of Tom’s essays, called W obronie zdrowego rozsadku, was released exclusively in Polish in 2007.

My video “The COVID Cult,” viewed nearly 1.5 million times, has been removed from @YouTube for violating its terms of service. Apparently its terms of service include requiring people to cheer for lockdowns, which are a brilliant idea and have no side effects – Tom Woods

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?

Dwayne Johnson, Kevin James, and More Support Joe Rogan as Criticism Mounts The post Dwayne Johnson, Kevin James, and More Support Joe Rogan as Criticism Mounts appeared first on Consequence. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and veteran comedian Kevin James are among the many entertainers lending support to Joe Rogan as his podcast comes under fire for spreading COVID-19 misinformation. Hundreds of scientists and health care professionals signed an open letter in January accusing The Joe Rogan Experience of being “mass-misinformation events,” and last week Neil Young asked Spotify to remove his music if it planned to continue platforming Rogan. Rogan responded on Sunday, sharing a video defending his podcast while promising to “balance things out” and “research topics.” Many celebrities applauded this statement in the comments. “Great stuff here brother,” The Rock wrote. “Perfectly articulated. Look forward to coming on one day and breaking out the tequila with you.” James, star of King of Queens and the Paul Blart: Mall Cop franchise, added, “Joe – we go way back and all these years I’ve known you to be nothing but objective and seeking truth. Thank you. Love you brother.” “You’re doing a great job,” singer Jewel wrote, “Keep it up.” The electronic artist Kaskade said, “Nailed it.” Comedian Andrew Dice Clay wrote, “SO WELL SAID. AND IAM SO PROUD OF HOW YOU HAVE HANDLED IT All . STAY STRONG MY FRIEND !!!”

Spotify Problems Grow as Neil Young’s Band Partner, Graham Nash, Asks for Removal of Songs Graham Nash wants Spotify to Teach our children facts, not lies. The Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young singer has joined Neil Young in asking Spotify to remove his songs from their service. Nash is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, famous and influential for his work with CSNY and with the Hollies. He is a staunch advocate of truth telling, and one of rock’s steady voices for truth. By the way, David Crosby has sided with Young as well. He has said on Twitter that if he controlled his catalog he’d remove it from Spotify, as well. But Crosby sold the rights last year and has no say about his Spotify participation. Stephen Stills, we’re waiting. Jackson Browne, too. Again, all of this is over Joe Rogan’s anti-vax and anti-science rantings on his Spotify podcast. Here’s Nash’s statement:“Having heard the Covid disinformation spread by Joe Rogan on Spotify, I completely agree with and support my friend, Neil Young and I am requesting that my solo recordings be removed from the service.

The View: Whoopi Goldberg Suspended for Two Weeks for Holocaust Remarks Whoopi Goldberg has been suspended from ABC’s The View for two weeks in light of her controversial comments about the Holocaust. ABC News president Kim Godwin confirmed the suspension on Tuesday and released a statement: “Effective immediately, I am suspending Whoopi Goldberg for two weeks for her wrong and hurtful comments. While Whoopi has apologized, I’ve asked her to take time to reflect and learn about the impact of her comments. The entire ABC News organization stands in solidarity with our Jewish colleagues, friends, family and communities.” Tomorrow’s episode of The View will air with just four co-hosts: Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin, Sara Haines and guest co-host Tara Setmayer. The uproar began on Monday’s episode of the ABC daytime talk show, during a discussion about a Tennessee school board’s banning of the graphic novel Maus, when Goldberg said that “the Holocaust isn’t about race… it’s about man’s inhumanity to man.” Her comments sparked immediate backlash from the Jewish community and beyond, and The View welcomed several prominent representatives of the Jewish community the following day to explain why Goldberg’s comments were hurtful.

Are Jews a Race? Yesterday, celebrated actor and TV host Whoopi Goldberg caused a minor meltdown on ABC’s The View when she asserted that the Holocaust “isn’t about race.” Later that day, she joined The Late Show With Stephen Colbert and expanded on these remarks in an uncomfortable exchange, insisting that “the Nazis were white people, and most of the people they were attacking were white people.” As countless commentators pointed out, this line of thinking is profoundly mistaken. The Nazis were obsessed with race and defined the Jews as their racial inferiors, which is how they justified exterminating them. This is why the Nazis targeted anyone with a Jewish grandparent, regardless of whether the person identified as Jewish or not. Nazism was a blood-based doctrine of racial supremacy, and its consequence was the genocide of the Jews. The very term anti-Semitism, which casts Jews in racial terms, was popularized by a German anti-Jewish activist who wanted to give his hatred a scientific sheen. Race is a social construct, and this is how it was constructed in Nazi Germany and much of Europe.

Comment of The Day!

Hi Robert,
I’m just listening to your 1/30/22 show now. Regarding Joni Mitchell…as a 59 year-old female singer/songwriter Joni has always been my hero. I know much about her and her history, including the fact that she has been a chain smoker since she was 9 years-old, and she had a catastrophic brain aneurysm in 2015 that she was lucky to survive. So, as much as I love her, I can’t imagine that she should be any arbiter of what constitutes health and health information. And we won’t even get into Neil Young’s decades-long addictions to drugs and alcohol. So here are people who willingly poison their bodies with substances for which there are DECADES of actual scientific evidence showing how bad they are. But by all means, let’s not ask any questions about the untested, experimental, never-before-used-in humans “safe and effective” hokey pokey that you should all take. Whatever happened to the principle of “question authority” that these aging musicians used to live by?

Austria Starts Criminalizing Vaccine Holdouts in Divisive Gamble Austria is embarking on a dramatic public health experiment from Tuesday, with a controversial new law that makes Covid-19 vaccines mandatory for everyone. Multiple European countries have stigmatized people who refuse a vaccine, but Chancellor Karl Nehammer’s government is going further and will start criminalizing holdouts. Police will begin checking the vaccination status of people on the street and during traffic stops. Beginning in mid-March, offenders who haven’t had a shot will face fines rising to as much as 3,600 euros ($4,050). The law, which received a record number of public comments before being passed, runs through 2024 and has catalyzed a broad sweep of protesters. Political and public-health analysts suggest the policy is replete with risk. With opposition lawmakers rebelling and tens of thousands of protesters regularly thronging Vienna’s streets, Nehammer — less than two months in the job — is facing a huge test. But for European governments, which are starting to rapidly roll back Covid restrictions, getting as many people vaccinated as possible is seen as key to returning life to normal. Denmark, which has one of the highest vaccine rates in the world, last week reclassified Covid as no longer a threat to society. Austria’s initial announcement of the mandate, along with the rollout of vaccines for children, led to a bump in shots in November, but the pace has since slowed again. About 76% of the population is fully vaccinated, according to a Bloomberg tracker, ahead of the EU average but behind leaders such as Portugal, Spain and France.

Canadian province scraps tax on Covid unvaccinated Canada’s Quebec province announced Tuesday it was scrapping plans for a health tax on those who are not vaccinated against Covid-19, following a public backlash over the proposal. Francois Legault, the premier of the French-speaking province, told a news conference the controversial measure has deeply divided Quebecers. “To move Quebec forward in a calm social climate, I am announcing that the government will not introduce this bill on the health contribution,” he said. The idea for the tax had been unveiled on January 11, and was intended to incentivize 10 percent of the local population who have not received a Covid jab to get vaccinated. Legault had lamented that half of all Covid patients in hospital intensive care wards in the province were unvaccinated and that it was straining health care resources. The announcement Monday marked the second time the Quebec government has walked back public health measures meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus. It also nixed compulsory inoculations for all health care workers last year fearing it would lead to thousands of nurses quitting their jobs, worsening an already severe worker shortage in the sector.

Groundhog Day: Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow — and 3 in 5 Americans trust his prediction! Winter lovers can rejoice as the legendary Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on this Groundhog Day, which means spring won’t be arriving early in 2022. And while it may seem silly to take Phil’s word for it, it turns out the majority of Americans are more likely to trust a rodent than their local meteorologist. That’s according to a new OnePoll survey of 2,000 U.S. adults, which reveals that 58 percent agree that whether or not Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow on Groundhog Day actually determines if there will be six more weeks of winter. Moreover, more than one in four Americans “strongly agree” with this statement. Punxsutawney Phil’s predictions date back to 1887. Of course, since the average lifespan of a groundhog is about six years, the name is really attached to a monolithic organization of different groundhogs who trot out once a year in Gobbler’s Knob, Pennsylvania to perform their duty. So, as the legend goes, if Phil sees his shadow and gets spooked, there will be six more weeks of winter.

James S. Turner, who wrote the blueprint for the national campaign for mercury-free dentistry, died last week; Jim was 81.

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