Michael Boldin Sacred Fire of Liberty, RIP Burt Reynolds, Thomas Jefferson, Louisiana Purchase, Marco Rubio censorship, Schumer Kavanaugh tantrum, Probiotics under fire, Pro-Vaccine hypocrisy, JFK Flu bug, Flu shot still sucks, Report card genetics and MORE!

Sep 6, 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! Michael Boldin Fills in for Jonathan Emord tonight to help us dissect the latest political news that’s fit to print:

Thomas Jefferson and the Louisiana Purchase When we discuss the evolution of presidential power in early American history, it is sometimes alleged that the Louisiana Purchase was a particularly unconstitutional act and an example of presidential malfeasance. According to this line of reasoning, President Thomas Jefferson expanded the bounds of the presidency and betrayed his republican inclinations by favoring desired outcomes over executive restraint. Those that express this viewpoint often bolster their claim by pointing to Jefferson’s own outlook, which held that the Louisiana Purchase was impermissible short of a constitutional amendment. But was the Louisiana Purchase truly unconstitutional? It all began in early 1803 when Jefferson sent James Monroe and Robert Livingston – two extremely prominent figures in their own right – to France to negotiate the purchase of New Orleans. Possession of the city was desired because it would allow for easy navigation of the Mississippi River, then seen as a crucial element for western expansion. Perceiving this mission to be of the utmost importance, Jefferson wrote to Monroe: “All eyes, all hopes, are now fixed on you…for on the event of this mission depends the future destinies of this republic.

Trump rips searing Times op-ed from unnamed senior official In a striking anonymous broadside, a senior Trump administration official wrote an opinion piece in The New York Times on Wednesday claiming to be part of a group of people “working diligently from within” to impede President Donald Trump’s “worst inclinations” and ill-conceived parts of his agenda. Trump said it was a “gutless editorial” and “really a disgrace,” and his press secretary called on the official to resign. Trump later tweeted, “TREASON?” and in an extraordinary move demanded that if “the GUTLESS anonymous person does indeed exist, the Times must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once!” The writer, claiming to be part of the “resistance” to Trump but not from the left, said, “Many Trump appointees have vowed to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump’s more misguided impulses until he is out of office.” The newspaper described the author of the column only as a senior official in the Trump administration.

The New York Times’s History of Exaggerating Seniority of Anonymous Officials President Trump should probably call off the hunt for the “senior official in the…administration” who the New York Times is claiming wrote a damning op-ed for the newspaper. Apparently the “senior official” claims to be part of a group of White House staff trying to thwart the president’s agenda from within. He also claims they seriously considered trying to depose the president using the 25th amendment of the Constitution. Serious stuff. But President Trump should relax and remember it is the New York Times after all. The paper has a scandalous history of lying about the seniority of officials it quotes anonymously – especially when that source parrots their agenda. A few years back they were caught red-handed deceiving their readers in such a way.

Marco Rubio: Policing of ‘Hate Speech’ on Social Media a ‘Positive’ Failed presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio said it was a “positive” that social media companies block content that western societies consider to be “hate speech,” while simultaneously expressing concern that social media comply with speech-policing demands from non-western governments. Speaking at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on the topic of foreign influence on social media, Rubio challenged Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg on combating “bad actors” on their platforms. “We’ve learned the hard way that social media, which was largely seen as a tool for incredible good … can be manipulated by bad actors to do harm.” Sen. Rubio went on to list some of the ways in which social media could cause “harm,” including the use of “hate speech” to “sow discord.” He also said Senators are “asking” social media companies to crack down on certain users. “What we’re asking you to do, and I think what you’ve agreed to do, is to use the powers that you have within your platforms to crack down on certain users who are hostile actors, or using disinformation or misinformation or hate speech for the purposes of sowing discord or interfering in our internal affairs.”

Chuck Todd: It’s Time for the Press to Fight Back I’ve devoted much of my professional life to the study of political campaigns, not as a historian or an academic but as a reporter and an analyst. I thought I’d seen it all, from the bizarre upset that handed a professional wrestler the governorship of Minnesota to the California recall that gave us the Governator to candidates who die but stay on the ballot and win. But there’s a new kind of campaign underway, one that most of my colleagues and I have never publicly reported on, never fully analyzed, and never fully acknowledged: the campaign to destroy the legitimacy of the American news media. Bashing the media for political gain isn’t new, and neither is manipulating the media to support or oppose a cause. These practices are at least as old as the Gutenberg press. But antipathy toward the media right now has risen to a level I’ve never personally experienced before. The closest parallel in recent American history is the hostility to reporters in the segregated South in the 1950s and ’60s. Then, as now, that hatred was artificially stoked by people who found that it could deliver them some combination of fame, wealth, and power.

Chuck Schumer shuts down Senate over Kavanaugh hearings Senate Democrats closed down the chamber floor Wednesday to protest the confirmation hearings of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh. The hearings were able to continue, but only after the GOP agreed to quit floor business for the rest of the day. Under Senate rules, committees need consent from both sides of the aisle to meet into the afternoon when the floor is also in session. Consent is almost always granted — but on Wednesday, Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer refused, saying he was fed up with the push to confirm the judge to the vacant seat on the Supreme Court. “We will not consent to business as usual on the Senate floor today,” he said. His move comes after liberal groups protested that he and fellow Democrats weren’t doing enough to block Judge Kavanaugh’s elevation to the high court. Yet Democrats have little structural power, having curtailed the filibuster with their own “nuclear option” maneuver in 2013.

Hour 2 – Are Probiotics BAD?

Do You Buy Probiotics? New Study Says They May Not Work For You And May Even Be Harmful Almost 4million adults in the U.S. consume probiotics in yogurts, smoothies, supplements and a variety of other foodstuffs, but new research suggests that they might do nothing for up to 50% of people who take them, a worrying development for a growing, global market worth $45 billion in 2017. The new research featured in two papers, both published today in the journal Cell by scientists at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Tel Aviv, suggests that probiotics might not be quite as good for us as commonly thought and says they could even be harmful if taken after antibiotics. The first major finding was that many people were essentially resistant to any effect from probiotics and their gut microbiome did not change after taking them.  Of 19 people in the study taking probiotics consisting of 11 of the most commonly found strains, only 8 had any notable colonization of their gut with the bacteria in the probiotics, with 3 people considered to have significant colonization and 5 people with “mild” colonization.

Just A Little Hypocritical?

The Ultimate Hypocrisy: Pro-Vaccine and Pro-Life It is an extremely cognitively dissonant fact that at least half of Americans polledconsider themselves to be against abortion (i.e. “pro-life”), yet the vast majority of Americans support a vaccine schedule that requires the induced abortion of a fetus (and the subsequent harvesting of aborted fetal cells) for the production of vaccines injected into their loved ones.  Induced abortion-derived fetal cells are used in the production of a range of medical products, but primarily biologicals like vaccines. Their use was first innovated by Dr. Leonard Hayflick, in the 1960’s, working at the Wistar Institute located in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Hayflick found them an ideal substrate for the growth of viruses to be used in live vaccines.  It has been estimated that, “One aborted baby can be the source of a cell strain with a potential yield of about 20 million metric tons of cells, which can be stored frozen for many years.”1 Clearly their utility for the mass production of vaccines is one reason why they were chosen despite the moral controversy.

JFK Scare – More YUCKY Than Scary….

‘Vomit’ plane held at JFK teeming with Saudi Arabia flu bug? Vanilla Ice posts video from jumbo jet A flu outbreak in Mecca was being eyed as the possible source of what sickened dozens of passengers Wednesday on a flight from Dubai to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, an official said. Passengers and crew on Emirates Airlines 203 reported a range of symptoms, including cough, fever and vomiting. In response, authorities quarantined the aircraft after it landed at Kennedy airport around 9:15 a.m Wednesday, officials said. At least 19 people aboard the flight were confirmed as sick, according to Eric Phillips, press secretary for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Health officials are processing tests now to determine the cause. Symptoms still pointing to the flu,” Phillips wrote on Twitter.

I Guess It’s Better Than 13 Percent..

Study predicts 2018 flu vaccine will likely have 20 percent efficacy: Rice U. study finds egg adaptations willlimit efficacy of new flu vaccine A Rice University study predicts that this fall’s flu vaccine — a new H3N2 formulation for the first time since 2015 — will likely have the same reduced efficacy against the dominant circulating strain of influenza A as the vaccine given in 2016 and 2017 due to viral mutations related to vaccine production in eggs. The Rice method, known as pEpitope (pronounced PEE-epih-tope), was invented more than 10 years ago as a fast, inexpensive way of gauging the effectiveness of proposed flu vaccine formulations. The latest pEpitope study, which is available online this week in Clinical Infectious Diseases, suggests pEpitope is a more accurate predictor of vaccine efficacy than long-relied-upon ferret tests, particularly for data gathered in the past decade. The pEpitope method accounts for 77 percent of what impacts efficacy of the vaccine in humans.

Hide This From Your Kids…

Poor grades? Blame your genes, scientists say Children’s ability to score better grades may be encoded in their DNA, say scientists who found that around two-thirds of individual differences in academic achievement can be explained by comparing genes. For many years, research has linked educational achievement to life trajectories, such as occupational status, health or happiness. However, researchers from the University of Texas in the US and King’s College London in the UK showed that genes have a substantial influence on academic success, from the start of elementary school to the last day of high school. The study, published in the journal npj Science of Learning, analysed test scores from primary through the end of compulsory education of more than 6,000 pairs of twins. Researchers found educational achievement to be highly stable throughout schooling, meaning that most students who started off well in primary school continued to do well until graduation.

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