Pandemic preparedness billions, Federal censorship ban, Pet health options, Fed vax mandate update, Spring garden tips, Hour 2 ENCORE – Dr. Paul Alexander, COVID science, COVID scandals, Fauci worship and MORE!
March 12th, 2022 3-5PM ET
Sunday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:
Biden Asks For Millions To Go Toward ‘Pandemic Preparedness,’ ‘Global Health Security,’ As COVID Origin Questions Remain President Joe Biden has asked for millions in taxpayer dollars to go toward “pandemic preparedness” and “global health security,” even as the origins of COVID have come under scrutiny from lawmakers in recent days. In his proposed budget for fiscal year 2024, Biden asks for $10.9 billion to go toward “global health and health security challenges.” “This includes over $1.2 billion to prepare for, prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease outbreaks — including by expanding U.S. bilateral partnerships with countries to improve health security capacity,” Biden’s proposed budget reads. Included in this $1.2 billion is $500 million for “the Pandemic Fund” with the purpose of increasing preparation for a pandemic on a global scale. The Pandemic Fund is an international fund run by the World Bank, with funding from across the globe. The U.S. provides more money for the fund, which was launched in November 2022, than any other country. Last year Biden also proposed billions in funding for “pandemic preparedness,” saying that the money was needed to prepare for future threats. “While combating the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the United States must catalyze advances in science, technology, and core capabilities to prepare the Nation for the next biological threat and strengthen U.S. and global health security,” Biden’s budget said. The proposed money for future pandemics comes as some have claimed that the U.S. funded the gain of function research that created COVID and leaked from a lab in Wuhan, China.
House Republicans pass bill to ban federal officials from pressuring tech platforms on content House Republicans passed a bill on Thursday that seeks to ban federal officials from promoting censorship, a measure Republicans brought to the floor in response to what they say are efforts by the Biden administration to persuade social media companies to suppress certain information. The measure, titled the Protecting Speech from Government Interference Act, passed in a party-line 219-206 vote. The legislation specifically calls for prohibiting “federal employees from advocating for censorship of viewpoints in their official capacity,” which includes recommending that a third party should “take any action to censor speech.” According to Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.), the lead sponsor of the measure, the bill would expand limitations under the Hatch Act to prohibit federal employees from encouraging censorship on private sector internet platforms. Republicans accuse Democrats of pressuring social media companies to suppress content — including about Hunter Biden and the origins of COVID-19. They also point to platforms limiting the reach of or adding fact checks to posts containing misinformation about the 2020 election and the coronavirus pandemic. When introducing the measure in January, the bill’s sponsors — Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Comer — cited what they said were instances when federal officials in the Biden administration “used their positions, influence, and resources to police and censor ordinary Americans’ speech expressed on social media platforms.”
Question of The Day!
Greetings RSB and Super Don. Thank you for answering my question last week on Hep C. Over the years my husband has overheard your program playing and acts like he doesn’t pay attention but he perks up sometimes depending on subject. But since he listened to your answer, he asked me to pin your site on his toolbar! lol Now he’s saying.. what does Robert think about this or that. LOL Love it. I was wondering if you will, in the future, have an hour or so a week devoted to holistic pet health which, of course, would be open to questions. I believe you have a cat. I would love to know, since i have two cats, what you feed yours and what kitty litter you use. How about is your cat an indoor vs outdoor cat or both? Anyway, just wanted to thank you guys and let you know about my husband. God bless you both. – Lori
Biden’s Federal Employee Vaccine Mandate Faces a New Religious Discrimination Challenge A group consisting of nearly 10,000 federal employees has launched a new lawsuit against the Biden administration for its COVID-19 vaccine mandate, saying the currently paused requirement violates multiple laws that protect religious freedom. Feds for Medical Freedom brought the complaint against the State Department in the U.S. District Court for Eastern Virginia, with more than a dozen employees there signed on as plaintiffs. State has violated Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act by delaying religious accommodations and allowing discrimination to take place, the group said. It also argued the mandate violated the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which places significant restrictions on when the federal government can infringe on individuals’ religious beliefs. While the Biden administration has allowed for religious and medical exemptions to its mandate, the plaintiffs said the implementation of that policy has led to hostile work environments and negative career impacts. The group previously filed a lawsuit challenging the mandate that focused primarily on the president’s constitutional authority and the Administrative Procedures Act. That effort led to a nationwide injunction on the mandate last year, with enforcement remaining paused as an appeals court is reviewing the case.
Home gardening: How to start your spring garden Gardening takes a lot of planning, but it is worth it if you want to grow fresh, organic fruits, veggies and herbs right in your backyard. If you’re a gardening beginner, it’s never too early to start planning your spring garden. Spring crops are great for beginners because they are some of the easiest, most resilient and quickest growing veggies. Benefits of starting a spring garden If you have doubts about planning a garden, these benefits might help change your mind: Gardening is considered a form of exercise. It requires movements digging, raking, planting and weeding, which can help build muscle strength. It’s also a great low-impact and leisurely exercise for people with limitations for vigorous exercise. Use hand tools for a great natural workout as you tend to your crops. Gardening can help reduce stress and improve your mood. Gardening allows you to grow your own vegetables without any harmful pesticides. Spending time in your garden allows you to enjoy nature and relax. Seasonal food is more environmentally friendly. Also, locally grown foods require less energy to transport and arrive fresher on your plate. It’s one big step in your journey to self-sustainability. Make sure your garden is eco-friendly by composting instead of using store-bought fertilizers. Keep pests down to a minimum by rotating crops to different parts of your garden every year. You can also keep pests out by planting flowers among your vegetables. These flowers will then attract beneficial bugs that will help pollinate your plants or target pests. Once you have flowers among your crops, you can also enhance the beauty of your home. Plants will also help reduce air pollution and decrease chemical exposure, especially if you opt to cultivate your crops organically. Growing your own food endures that you can eat fresh produce and that you know how your food was handled, from the ground to your table.
Hour 2 ENCORE!
Special Guest Dr. Paul Alexander
Dr. Paul E. Alexander, PhD, has expertise in teaching of epidemiology (clinical epidemiology), evidence-based medicine, and research methodology. He is a former Assistant Professor at McMaster University in evidence-based medicine, a former COVID Pandemic evidence-synthesis advisor to WHO-PAHO, Washington, DC (2020), and former Senior Advisor to COVID Pandemic policy in the US government, Health and Human Services (HHS), Washington, DC. He worked/was appointed in 2008 at WHO as a Regional Specialist/Epidemiologist in Europe’s Regional Office in Denmark (nations involved in assigned WHO’s project were Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, Poland).
He was employed from 2017 to 2019 at the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), in Virginia, as the evidence synthesis meta-analysis systematic review guideline development lead/trainer.
Dr. Alexander worked for the government of Canada as an epidemiologist for 12 years, appointed as the Canadian in-field epidemiologist (2002-2004) as part of an international CIDA funded, Health Canada executed project on TB/HIV co-infection and MDR-TB control (involving India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangldesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Afghanistan, posted to Kathmandu).
Dr. Alexander is currently an independent academic scientist and COVID-19 consultant researcher. He is also informally providing support to some members of the US Congress.