August 4th, 2020 3-5PM ET
Tuesday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:
Immunizations Still Required for Virtual Learning The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it is seeing a decrease in students getting immunizations across the country. “I think people feel like if you’re not going to the brick and mortar school, then you don’t need to have the immunizations, but that’s incorrect,” said Shauna Severo of the Fairfax County Health Department. In Virginia, students must be vaccinated just to register for school, but the Fairfax County Health Department says many students haven’t gotten their shots. “We were seeing a significant decrease in the number of individuals who were coming for their immunizations, which was alarming to us,” Severo said. Loudoun County’s health director said families admit they haven’t gotten their shots because they’re worried about exposure to COVID in a hospital or clinic.”What we don’t want is for kids to be kept from the ability to get an education because of the pandemic,” Loudoun County Health Director Dr. David Goodfriend said.
CDC director acknowledges hospitals have a monetary incentive to overcount coronavirus deaths U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield agreed that some hospitals have a monetary incentive to overcount coronavirus deaths as they do deaths for other diseases.“I think you’re correct in that we’ve seen this in other disease processes, too. Really, in the HIV epidemic, somebody may have a heart attack but also have HIV — the hospital would prefer the [classification] for HIV because there’s greater reimbursement,” Redfield said during a House panel hearing Friday when asked by Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer about potential “perverse incentives.” Redfield continued: “So, I do think there’s some reality to that. When it comes to death reporting, though, ultimately, it’s how the physician defines it in the death certificate, and … we review all of those death certificates. So I think, probably it is less operable in the cause of death, although I won’t say there are not some cases. I do think though [that] when it comes to hospital reimbursement issues or individuals that get discharged, there could be some play in that for sure.” Questions have been raised about coronavirus counting in hospitals across the country, and conflicting conclusions have been raised about whether or not deaths are being accurately counted.
The land with no face masks: Holland’s top scientists say there’s no solid evidence coverings work and warn they could even damage the fight against Covid-19 As I walked around the sun-dappled streets of Amsterdam, something felt strange in this world swept by fear and pandemic. There was laughter coming from barges sliding along the famous canals, clusters of cyclists clogged the streets, shoppers dipped into chic boutiques, the barber shops seemed busy and cafes served couples chatting over coffee. I heard many voices of tourists in bars and restaurants, while even the seedier sides of this celebrated Dutch city had people strolling through them. It took me a moment to realise what was so weird. Then it struck me. It felt like I had stepped back in time, returning to the pre-pandemic normality of a bustling city filled with human beings whose faces were not covered by cloth. For while 120 countries in the world, including much of Europe, have ordered citizens to wear masks in public places to prevent the spread of Covid-19, the Dutch are doing things differently. The nation’s top scientists, having examined key data and research, have declared there is no firm evidence to back the use of face coverings. Indeed, they argue that wearing the wretched things may actually hamper the fight against disease.
DECKED OUT Las Vegas gambler REMOVED from famous 4 Queens casino in handcuffs after he went in without wearing a mask A LAS Vegas gambler was removed from the famous 4 Queens casino in handcuffs after he went in without wearing a mask. The man was bundled out of the building and handed over to cops for flouting public safety rules on Saturday night. The photographer reported that the man was yelling for help when he was taken outside by five security guards. The bouncers were wearing face masks, however bystanders had their coverings pulled down around their chin. It is currently mandatory for all residents and tourists to wear face coverings in public and inside private businesses across Nevada. Nevada has now passed the 50,000 mark in positive COVID-19 cases. State health officials on Sunday reported 1,131 new coronavirus cases, pushing the total to 50,205 since the pandemic began. There were no additional deaths reported, keeping the total at 832 known deaths. According to the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, the average number of new confirmed cases daily over the past two weeks has remained fairly constant. The number of infections is thought to be far higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected with the virus without feeling sick.
Harvard researchers want more ‘crappy’ tests for COVID-19 The aphorism “perfect is the enemy of good enough” has been played out to tragic effect in the US’s inadequate testing for the coronavirus, according to researchers calling for quick tests that cost only about a dollar each, and which may not be as accurate but can be carried out several times a week by the whole population. Michael Mina, assistant professor of epidemiology at Harvard University, has for weeks been pushing for what he calls “crappy” tests. His idea is to move away from the current high-precision molecular tests, known as PCR tests, which are still scarce in large swathes of the country and which people often have to wait hours to get done, and then have to wait days—or up to a week—for the results. He has called for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to authorize the sale of rapid tests which can be done out at home using a strip of paper that changes color in a quarter of an hour to give a result, similar to a pregnancy test. These tests have a low sensitivity, which means they miss a lot of positive results, and hence give a lot of “false positives,” But for Mina and other experts, such a strategy would be more effective in terms of public health because across the whole population, the number of cases identified would be higher than under the current system.
Hour 2 – Special Guest Zach Vorhies
Zach Vorhies was a Senior Software Engineer at YouTube/Google for 8.5 years. While working at YouTube in his final years, Zach Vorhies learned that Google was censoring “fake news” and investigated further into the company. Only to find that indeed not only had Google defined fake news to mean actual events that had happened, but also had created an artificial intelligence system to classify all available data to Google Search. The reason Google wanted to classify all the data was so that this could be used by this artificial intelligence system to re-rank the ENTIRE INTERNET according to Google’s corporate cultural values.
Things got political in June 2017 when Google deleted “covfefe” out of it’s arabic translation dictionary in order to make a Trump tweet become nonsense. This would have been benign if it weren’t for the coincidence of the main stream media attempting to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from the presidency, a week later. At this point Zach Vorhies became suspicious that Google might be engaging in a seditious conspiracy to remove the President of the United States. Zach decided that the document cache had to be provided to the appropriate law enforcement agencies (Department of Justice) to disclose the seditious activity, and to the public in order to let them know the full extent of Google’s information control abilities. In June 2019, Zach Vorhies Resigned from Google. He took with him 950+ pages of Google internal documents and delivered them to the Department of Justice and through Project Veritas to inform the public about Google’s extensive censorship system. Zach Vorhies has since been fighting against censorship and will continue to do so through November 2020.
We believe in Freedom of Speech While we might not agree with WHAT you are saying, we believe you have the RIGHT to say it. We believe silencing opinions deemed unfavorable is a slippery slope to tyranny. We believe Big Tech and Fake News corporate media engage in Orwellian attempts to silence opinions they deem unfavorable. We believe PEOPLE DESERVE TO KNOW THE TRUTH (About everything). We believe silencing independent voices via censorship is a danger to ALL freedoms that we cherish. Stand with us – Stop Digital Censorship.
Gaetz: ‘Congress Will Not Do Anything on Big Tech Because Congress Is Bought Off by Big Tech’ During an appearance on Wednesday’s “Hannity” on Fox News Channel, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) spoke out against Big Tech, describing Google as “the most dangerous election interference organization in the world.” However, he acknowledged lawmakers on Capitol Hill would be reluctant to take on Big Tech given they were “bought off” by those companies. “Here’s the message to the president: Congress will not do anything on big tech because Congress is bought off by big tech,” he said. “But we’ve proved today that many of American’s largest technology platforms are not acting in the best interest of our country. They’ve pulled out of deals as Google has with our own military to keep our service members safe. But then Google has no problem going and partnering with the Chinese military of all folks. Even General Dunford, the chairman of the joint chief of staff, said that Google is directly benefiting the Chinese military. But it’s not that they are just working with China, they are trying to turn our country into China. Google, in particular, is the most dangerous election interference organization in the world.”
‘Sobering’ report shows hardening attitudes against media The distrust many Americans feel toward the news media, caught up like much of the nation’s problems in the partisan divide, only seems to be getting worse. That was the conclusion of a “sobering” study of attitudes toward the press conducted by Knight Foundation and Gallup and released Tuesday. Nearly half of all Americans describe the news media as “very biased,” the survey found. “That’s a bad thing for democracy,” said John Sands, director of learning and impact at the Knight Foundation. “Our concern is that when half of Americans have some sort of doubt about the veracity of the news they consume, it’s going to be impossible for our democracy to function.” The study was conducted before the coronavirus lockdown and nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd. Eight percent of respondents — the preponderance of them politically conservative — think that news media that they distrust are trying to ruin the country.
MSNBC Producer Quits: ‘This Cancer Stokes National Division,’ Facts ‘Too Cumbersome’ For Audience A former MSNBC producer wrote an open letter on Monday explaining why she left the far-left network a little over a week ago, saying that they are a “cancer” that is “stoking national division” by amplifying “fringe voices” and forcing “journalists to make bad decisions on a daily basis.” The letter was written by Ariana Pekary, who Fox News noted described herself as an “integral member” of MSNBC’s “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell.” Pekary begins her letter by sharing quotes of what people said to her over the last couple of years as she pondered leaving the network due to the detrimental effect that it is having on society. “July 24th was my last day at MSNBC. I don’t know what I’m going to do next exactly but I simply couldn’t stay there anymore,” Pekary wrote. “My colleagues are very smart people with good intentions. The problem is the job itself. It forces skilled journalists to make bad decisions on a daily basis.” Pekary said that at MSNBC it was “practically baked in to the editorial process” that decisions on what and who give coverage to were based on what would generate the most ratings for the network. She said that behind closed doors “industry leaders will admit the damage that’s being done.”
A Hospital Forgot to Bill Her Coronavirus Test. It Cost Her $1,980 The New York Times is investigating the costs associated with testing and treatment for the coronavirus and how the pandemic is changing health care in America. You can read more about the project and submit your medical bills here.When Debbie Krebs got the bill for a March emergency room visit, she immediately noticed something was missing: her coronavirus test.Ms. Krebs, a lawyer who focuses on insurance issues, had gone to the Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, N.J., with lung pain and a cough. A doctor ran tests and scans to rule out other diseases before swabbing her nose. A week later, the medical laboratory called, telling her it was negative.Ms. Krebs had a clear memory of the experience, particularly the doctor saying the coronavirus test would make her feel as if she had to sneeze. She wondered whether the doctor could have lied about performing the test, or if her swab could have gone missing. (But if so, why had the laboratory called her with results?)