October 17th, 2021 1-3PM ET
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New Navy Guidance Will Discharge Sailors Refusing COVID-19 Vaccination Without Exemption All active-duty Navy personnel must be vaccinated by Nov. 28 or face separation, according to a Navy administrative message released Wednesday. Any active-duty Navy service members who do not get fully vaccinated or do not have an approved or pending exemption will be processed for an honorable separation without involuntary separation, according to NAVADMIN 225/21, released by Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. William Lescher and Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. John Nowell. Service members in the Ready Reserve Navy will need to be fully vaccinated by Dec. 28. In order to meet the deadline, active duty members must receive their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, if receiving the two-shot Pfizer or Moderna version, by Nov. 14, according to a Thursday Navy news release. A person is not fully vaccinated until 14 days after receiving the second shot. For members in the reserve, the deadline to receive the second shot is Dec. 14. Those who are separated for refusing the vaccine will be discharged with no lower than a general discharge under honorable conditions, according to the Navy release. Those refusing the vaccine cannot be promoted, advance, reenlist or execute orders outside of ones involving separation. Any officer who refuses to be vaccinated will have any promotions delayed. Since the vaccination is mandatory, service members who refuse the vaccine can be temporarily reassigned depending on operational readiness or requirements of the mission, according to NAVADMIN 225/21. Navy personnel can request an exemption for medical or religious reasons. Having COVID-19 in the past or having a positive serology test for the disease will not exempt a service member, the Navy said in an August administrative message.
Up to half of Chicago police officers could be put on unpaid leave over vaccine dispute Up to half of Chicago’s rank-and-file police officers could be placed on unpaid leave because of a dispute between their union and Mayor Lori Lightfoot over a city requirement for officers to disclose their vaccine status. The dispute in Chicago is emblematic of tension across the country between unions and employers as cities and businesses seek to enforce vaccine mandates. At least 228 officers have died of Covid-19 this year, compared to 245 last year, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page. Covid is the leading cause of death for officers despite them being among the first groups having access to the vaccine at the end of last year. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Friday said police union president John Catanzara was trying to “induce an insurrection” by telling officers to ignore a deadline to report vaccine status. The mayor said the law department filed a complaint against the union, saying that Catanzara was “encouraging a work stoppage or strike.” On Friday evening, a Cook County Circuit judge ruled Catanzara should not make public statements that encourage members to reject or refuse to comply with the city’s vaccination policy.
Victoria the first Australian state to bar unvaccinated MPs from its parliament Victoria has become the first Australian state to require all MPs to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or be barred from parliament. The Victorian parliament’s Upper House last night voted to pass a bill requiring MPs and their staff to show proof of their vaccination status or be excluded from the building. That move came as the deadline for Victoria’s essential workers to receive at least one COVID-19 dose passed last night. About a million workers from dozens of industries will now have to show proof they have had one dose of vaccine or have an appointment booked before October 22, unless they have a medical exemption. The bill was introduced in the Upper House by Emergency Services Minister Jaclyn Symes. “It fundamentally is about ensuring that members of parliament are treated no differently to other Victorian authorised workers,” Ms Symes said.Four members voted against the bill, including Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party MP Jeff Bourman, Liberal Democrat MPs David Limbrick and Tim Quilty, and independent MP Catherine Cumming.
Supermarkets in German state of Hesse can now block entry to the unvaccinated Supermarkets in Frankfurt and the surrounding region can now implement rules that only allow vaccinated and Covid-recovered people onto their premises. The new Covid health pass entry rules announced by the central state of Hesse have upped the pressure on the unvaccinated by allowing all shops to implement the so-called 2G rule at their doors. The 2G rule refers to public places being given the option to allow entry only to vaccinated (geimpft in German) or people who’ve recovered from Covid (genesen). and has so far been allowed in half of Germany’s states for certain public places like bars, restaurants, nightclubs and cinemas. The government in Hesse said that it had taken the decision to go a step further and allow shops to bar entry to the unvaccinated “at the request of the sector”. Implementing 2G rules allows shops to drop mask-wearing and social distancing rules. “We expect that this option will only be used on some days and that businesses which cater to everyday needs will not make use of it,” state leader Volker Bouffier said on Tuesday.
Americans Revert to Favoring Reduced Government Role Americans have shifted back to favoring a more hands-off approach for government in addressing the nation’s problems after a rare endorsement of a more active role last year. Currently, 52% say the government is doing too many things that should be left to individuals and businesses, while 43% want the government to do more to solve the country’s problems. In contrast, a record-high 54% of U.S. adults last year said the government should do more to solve problems. Gallup’s question on the proper government role is asked as part of its annual Governance survey, conducted Sept. 1-17 this year. The shift toward favoring a more active government role in 2020 was seen among Democrats and independents but not Republicans — likely a response to the coronavirus pandemic and in particular to then-President Donald Trump’s approach to handling it. Trump generally opposed government efforts designed to slow the spread of the virus, such as face mask requirements and business and school closures. Last year marked only the second time in Gallup’s 29-year trend that at least half of Americans endorsed an active role for the government on this item. The other pro-government response came in the weeks after the 9/11 terror attacks amid heightened concern about terrorism and a surge in trust in government.
Hour 2 ENCORE
Special Guest Meryl Dorey
Back in 1994 we were feeling that the government and the medical community, in general, tended to exaggerate the safety and benefit profiles of vaccinations whilst downplaying their risks and true effectiveness.
For that reason, our group was formed with the express purpose of:
- promoting discussion about medically-referenced information on vaccine safety and effectiveness;
- lobbying to ensure that vaccinations are never made compulsory for Australian children; and
- supporting those who have chosen not to vaccinate or to vaccinate selectively.
From the beginning, we have operated as a volunteer-run community organisation. We used to be a membership and donation driven group whose only sources of funding were provided by our membership and sales of books, videos and DVDs in our web shop.
In 2009 however, an organisation was set up with the goal of forcing our organisation to close down. This group has filed dozens of complaints against us with various government departments and media outlets. They do not believe that freedom of speech or communication should be protected in Australia and want to close down the debate on this issue.
As a result of one of these complaints, the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC) issued a public warning against the AVN. We fought against this warning and won our case in the NSW Supreme Court on the 24th of February, 2012. The HCCC were ordered to pay our costs and removed the warning. The Supreme Court stated that both the investigation and the warning were Ultra Vires (beyond their power) and their conduct of this investigation was illegal.
You can read more about both the complaints and the HCCC investigation here.
Australia has Fallen – NT to introduce $5k fines for Unvaccinated workers despite having ZERO local Covid-19 cases The Northern Territory Chief Minister, Michael Gunner has announced that tens of thousands of Northern Territory workers could be fined or blocked from their workplaces unless they get vaccinated against COVID-19. Chief Health Officer Hugh Heggie will introduce new rules that make it mandatory for many workers who interact with the public to have their first jab by November 12th. Second doses will need to be complete by December 24th, Chief Minister Michael Gunner told reporters on Wednesday 13th October. If they’re not, workers won’t be permitted to go to their workplace and could be fined $5,000 for failing to comply with a mandated health directive. Employees who must be vaccinated under NT law include those who come into contact with the general public. Chief Minister Gunner said that’s almost every worker in the NT. “If your job involves interacting with members of public you need to get the jab,” he said. “This is a very broad vaccination policy.” Workers involved in essential infrastructure, food and goods supply, and security and logistics roles are among those required to get fully vaccinated by Christmas Eve.
Massive change to vaccine rollout could be on the horizon for children aged 5 to 11 Australia’s medicines regulator has invited Pfizer to apply to have its coronavirus vaccine approved for use in five to 11-year-olds. The Therapeutic Goods Administration had already provisionally approved this vaccine for use in individuals aged 12 and over. The TGA on Tuesday issued a “provisional determination”, which means Pfizer is now eligible to apply to vary the provisional approval, for the vaccine to include children aged 5 to 11 years. Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said on Wednesday he had been speaking with the head of Pfizer Australia about expediting their application. Mr Hunt said Australia had the capacity to begin rolling out vaccines to under 12s pending approval from the TGA and a recommendation from the national expert immunisation group, ATAGI. “We’ve got the supply. We’ve got the distribution mechanism. Now, we’re very hopeful …” he told 4BC Drive. He would not give an exact date of when he expects the rollout to begin.
COVID vaccine deadline day arrives for around a million of Victoria’s essential workers The deadline for Victoria’s essential workers to receive at least one COVID-19 vaccination to work on site has ended, requiring employers to turn unvaccinated staff away. About a million workers from dozens of industries in the state will now have to show proof they’ve had at least one vaccine or an appointment booked before October 22 to be allowed to continue to work on-site, unless they have a medical exemption. The same group of workers must have received two doses by November 26. The Victorian government announced the mandate for workers both in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria earlier this month. It is a similar ruling to those in New South Wales and the Northern Territory. The Victorian head of peak employer association, Ai Group, Tim Piper said the deadline had created huge issues, especially for small businesses that only relied on one or two workers.
Man arrested in Riverland and three others at Adelaide hotel after alleged COVID-19 border breach Three people arrested at an Adelaide medi-hotel this afternoon were among four stopped after allegedly trying to get into South Australia from NSW and Victoria, police have said. Their car was stopped on a dirt road near Loxton, in the Riverland, about 5:30pm on Wednesday. South Australia’s borders are closed to NSW and Victoria because of COVID-19 outbreaks in those states. Police say one man in the vehicle — a 34-year-old from NSW — admitted having been in a “restricted area” and was arrested. He appeared in court today. Police said the other three occupants of the vehicle gave conflicting accounts of where they had been in the previous 24 hours and were taken to the Pullman Adelaide hotel while their movements were investigated. The trio was arrested at the hotel about 3:30pm today and charged with breaching the Emergency Management Act. A 50-year-old Victorian woman, a 31-year-old NSW woman and a 32-year-old NSW man were refused police bail and were expected to appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on Friday.
Epidiolex Plus THC May Lower Seizures in Pediatric Epilepsy Children and young adults with epilepsy had fewer seizures after combination treatment with the drug Epidiolex, which contains the cannabidiol (CBD), and various doses of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the component of cannabis that makes people high in larger quantities, researchers reported. “THC can contribute to seizure control and mitigation some of the side effects of CBD,” said study coauthor and Austin, Tex., child neurologist Karen Keough, MD, in an interview. Keough and colleagues presented their findings at the 50th annual meeting of the Child Neurology Society. In a landmark move, the Food and Drug Administration approved Epidiolex in 2018 for the treatment of seizures in two rare forms of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome. The agency had never before approved a drug with a purified ingredient derived from marijuana. CBD, the active ingredient in Epidiolex, is nonpsychoactive. The use in medicine of THC, the main driver of marijuana’s ability to make people stoned, is much more controversial. Keough said she had treated 60-70 children with CBD, at the same strength as in Epidiolex (100 mg), and 5 mg of THC before the drug was approved. “I was seeing some very impressive results, and some became seizure free who’d always been refractory,” she said.
Prehistoric Oktoberfest? Ancient poop reveals Austrians drank beer, ate blue cheese 2,700 years ago Ancient poop fossils are helping researchers uncover some surprising details about the lives of Europeans thousands of years ago. The new study has discovered that miners in what is now present-day Austria had a diet that many people might recognize today — 2,700 years later. An international team found two fungal species in these fossils which humans use to make beer and blue cheese. The human feces fossils come from the prehistoric salt mines of the Austrian UNESCO World Heritage area Hallstatt-Dachstein/Salzkammergut. “Genome-wide analysis indicates that both fungi were involved in food fermentation and provide the first molecular evidence for blue cheese and beer consumption during Iron Age Europe,” says Frank Maixner of the Eurac Research Institute for Mummy Studies in a media release. “These results shed substantial new light on the life of the prehistoric salt miners in Hallstatt and allow an understanding of ancient culinary practices in general on a whole new level,” adds Kerstin Kowarik of the Museum of Natural History Vienna. “It is becoming increasingly clear that not only were prehistoric culinary practices sophisticated, but also that complex processed foodstuffs as well as the technique of fermentation have held a prominent role in our early food history.”
1 in 3 men would give up watching football to get rid of their belly fat Watching college football every Saturday and NFL games every Sunday afternoon is an absolute must for millions of men across the country. And while throwing back some cold ones to wash down a plate of spicy chicken wings goes hand in hand with football, many fans are keenly aware that this simply isn’t good for their bellies. In a new poll of 2,000 American men over the age of 30, more than one-third (37%) would give up football games or other sporting events for two months if it meant they could sport a six-pack or a flat stomach. In all, 39 percent say their belly is the top physical attribute they’d change about themselves. Of course, football season makes it quite hard for gridiron-loving dudes to get rid of the stomach flab. Thirty-seven percent say they usually gain weight from September to January, with 53 percent claiming they gain 10 pounds or more. Football isn’t the only thing men would give up either. The poll, conducted by OnePoll and commissioned by Nutrisystem, also revealed that a quarter of men would give up their love life for two months for a flatter belly.