July 10, 2018 7-9PM ET
Tuesday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:
The YouTube Censorship Circle Is Now Complete
YouTube Debuts Plan to Promote and Fund ‘Authoritative’ News FOLLOWING A YEAR in which YouTube has repeatedly promoted conspiracy-theory videos during breaking news events like the shootings in Parkland, Florida, and Las Vegas, the company announced on Monday a slew of new features it hopes will make news on the platform more reliable and less susceptible to manipulation. The company is also investing $25 million in grants to news organizations looking to expand their video operations, as part of a larger, $300 million program sponsored by YouTube’s sister company, Google. According to YouTube executives, the goal is to identify authoritative news sources, bring those videos to the top of users’ feeds, and support quality journalism with tools and funding that will help news organizations more effectively reach their audiences. The challenge is deciding what constitutes authority when the public seems more divided than ever on which news sources to trust—or whether to trust the traditional news industry at all.
Here’s How “Authoritative News” Reports Vaccine Injury
Samoa pulls MMR vaccine after two babies die Vaccines prevent almost 6 million deaths worldwide every year, according to the World Health Organization. In countries that widely use vaccines, diseases such as measles have been nearly eradicated, with a 99% reduction in cases. Typically given in two doses in early childhood, the MMR vaccine protects against three diseases: measles, mumps, and rubella. One dose is about 93% effective at preventing measles if the person is exposed to the virus, while two doses are about 97% effective, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “Most children in the world receive this vaccine or similar vaccines to this,” Helen Petousis-Harris, a vaccinologist at the University of Auckland, told CNN. “We have safety data on the vaccine, we understand the effects really well. This type of case is exceedingly rare.” Furthermore, she said, child mortality has gone down in many countries that use these vaccines.
Special Guest – Pete Santilli
Pete Santilli is the longest held journalist (political prisoner for 619 days) in American history. A pioneer in live streaming and social media broadcasting, Pete was the first journalist to cover a major international news story for an entire month. In January 2016, Pete Santilli & Deb Jordan broadcast the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge protest in Burns, Oregon. Pete was falsely accused of “Conspiracy to impede the BLM and Fish & Wildlife Service” and on the eve of trial after 7 months of imprisonment, his case was dismissed. Pete was also charged as a result of his coverage of the Bundy Ranch protest in April 2014 in Southern Nevada and faced life in prison. After 619 days time served, he pleaded guilty for a lesser charge and was finally released on October 6, 2017.
Trump pardons Oregon ranchers who sparked occupation of wildlife refuge President Trump on Tuesday granted clemency to Oregon ranchers Dwight Hammond Jr. and his son Steven — whose case spurred armed militants led by Ammon Bundy to occupy the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge for 41 days in 2016. “The Hammonds are multi-generation cattle ranchers in Oregon imprisoned in connection with a fire that leaked onto a small portion of neighboring public grazing land,” the White House said in a statement. “The evidence at trial regarding the Hammonds’ responsibility for the fire was conflicting, and the jury acquitted them on most of the charges.“ The statement went on to accuse the Obama administration of overzealous prosecution of the father and son. “At the Hammonds’ original sentencing, the judge noted that they are respected in the community and that imposing the mandatory minimum, 5-year prison sentence would ‘shock the conscience’ and be ‘grossly disproportionate to the severity’ of their conduct. As a result, the judge imposed significantly lesser sentences,” the statement continued. “The previous administration, however, filed an overzealous appeal that resulted in the Hammonds being sentenced to five years in prison. This was unjust.”
Were YOU A Toys ‘R’ Us Kid?
Anonymous shopper buys $1M of toys from N.C. Toys ‘R’ Us location An anonymous person bought $1 million worth of toys at a Raleigh, N.C. Toys “R” Us last week and reportedly donated them to children. Employees at the store said that they spent all of Friday — the last day the toy store chain was in business — boxing up toys for the anonymous buyer and had to get toys from other locations to fill the order. “It didn’t happen all at this location. We don’t have that much inventory. It happened at various stores. They likely went through the Raleigh liquidator,” one employee told WTVD. It’s not clear where the toys were sent. Packing all those toys required the store to be closed one day early and shoppers hoping to get discounted toys before the store closed were turned away. But when WNCN-TV told them about the donation, would-be customers weren’t disappointed. “Oh, that’s so nice. I’m happy to hear that,” said customer Erin Sampson.
Hour 2 – Embrace The Fear – OR ELSE
Suppressing negative emotions during health scare may whip up spiral of fear Trying to suppress worries during a health scare, like the recent Zika outbreak, may lead to an ever-intensifying cycle of emotional suppression and fear, according to a team of researchers. In a study of pregnant women in areas of the United States vulnerable to the Zika virus, the researchers found that women who tried to suppress their fears reported higher levels of fear later, which, in turn, prompted more emotional suppression. Pregnant women were particularly concerned about Zika because media sources at the time reported that the virus, spread mainly by mosquitoes, could cause birth defects, including brain damage. “It turns out that not only is suppression ineffective at handling fear, but it’s counter-productive,” said James Dillard, Distinguished Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences. “It creates a cycle of fear—and it’s a vicious cycle.” According to the researchers, suppression—actively trying to tamp down fear—is one strategy people use to manage their fears. Among other strategies, people may also try to avoid bad news, reappraise the situation, or contest the information with counter-arguments. While the researchers found that none of these strategies helped to manage fear during the Zika scare, suppression was the only strategy that they studied that actually increased the fear, said Dillard.
Eat Popcorn With Chopsticks? Study Reveals How To Make A Dull Experience More Enjoyable Thrill-seeking has gotten a bad rap in clinical circles, perhaps for legitimate reasons. Still, it’s fair to ask: are all thrills harmful? A new study suggests not. Doing common activities in novel ways can actually produce positive outcomes beyond just a mild adrenaline rush and turn a typically mundane experience into one that’s more enjoyable. Researchers at Ohio State University recently conducted four related experiments with a group of adults, hoping to see whether doing conventional tasks in unconventional ways could help enhance a participant’s experience. The study’s first experiment involved 68 participants who were recruited under the pretext that the research was focused on mindful eating. Participants were then assigned to one of two groups: one that ate 10 popcorn kernels out of the palm of their hand, or one that ate the kernels using chopsticks.
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More upcoming RSB events:
- Immune System Gut lecture July 20, Whitaker’s Farm Market, 7427 State Route 13, Bellville, OH 44813
- MAHO-Columbus Ohio July 21-22, 2018
- Cancer Prevention Convention Sun Aug 19, 2018
- The Trinity Conference, September 22-23, 2018, Schaumberg, Illinois!
Stay tuned as the calendar is updated for more exciting events and opportunities to meet RSB!