June 10th, 2021 3-5PM ET
Thursday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:
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! Jonathan Emord is back to help us dissect the latest political news that’s fit to print:
Yet Another Media Tale — Trump Tear-Gassed Protesters For a Church Photo Op — Collapses For more than a year, it has been consecrated media fact that former President Donald Trump and his White House, on June 1 of last year, directed the U.S. Park Police to use tear gas against peaceful Lafayette Park protesters, all to enable a Trump photo-op in front of St. John’s Church. That this happened was never presented as a possibility or likelihood but as indisputable truth. And it provoked weeks of unmitigated media outrage, presented as one of the most egregious assaults on the democratic order in decades. This tale was so pervasive in the media landscape that it would be impossible for any one article to compile all the examples. “Peaceful Protesters Tear-Gassed To Clear Way For Trump Church Photo-Op,” read the NPR headline on June 1. The New York Times ran with: “Protesters Dispersed With Tear Gas So Trump Could Pose at Church.” CNN devoted multiple segments to venting indignation while the on-screen graphic declared: “Peaceful Protesters Near White House Tear-Gassed, Shot With Rubber Bullets So Trump Can Have Church Photo Op.” ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos “reported” that “the administration asked police to clear peaceful protesters from the park across the White House so that the President could stage a photo op.” The Intercept published an article stating that “federal police used tear gas and rubber bullets to clear protesters from Lafayette Square in front of the White House,” all to feature a video where the first interviewee said: “to me, the way our military and police have behaved toward the protesters at the instruction of President Trump has almost been Nazi-like.”Nazi-like.
Inflation Nation: Consumer Prices Jump 5%, Fastest Pace Since 2008 Consumer prices surged higher in May. The Consumer Price Index rose five percent compared with a year ago, the Department of Labor said Thursday. On a monthly basis, the CPI rose a hotter than expected 0.6 percent. Economists had expected the Labor Department to report that consumer prices rose 0.5 percent in May compared with April. The consensus forecast was for a 4.7 percent gain when measured against May of 2020, which would have been the hottest reading since skyrocketing energy prices pushed up the index in the fall of 2008. The reading for core inflation, which strips out volatile food and energy prices, was expected to rise 3.5 percent compared with a year ago. That would have been the strongest annual increase in 28 years. On a monthly basis, economists were expecting a 0.5 percent gain. In Thursday’s release, the government said core inflation rose 0.7 percent. On an annual basis, core inflation jumped 3.8 percent. This was the hottest reading since June 1992. The index for used cars and trucks continued to rise sharply, jumping 7.3 percent in May. Compared with a year ago, used car prices are up 29.7 percent.
Joe Biden: ‘Not A Joke’ — Global Warming the ‘Greatest Threat’ Facing America President Joe Biden claimed Wednesday that the greatest threat to America was global warming in a speech to American troops in the United Kingdom. Biden asked the nations of the world to commit to “ambitious climate action” to stop climate change and stop the world from warming no more than 1.5 degrees celsius. Biden claimed that when he was elected as vice president with President Barack Obama, the Joint Chiefs of Staff told them that global warming was the greatest threat to the United States. “The military sat us down and let us know what the greatest threats facing America were, the greatest physical threats,” Biden recalled. “This is not a joke. You know what the joint chiefs told us the greatest threat facing America was? Global warming.” The president spoke to American troops stationed at the Royal Air Force Mildenhall base prior to his meeting with world leaders at the G7 summit of world leaders in Cornwall. Biden warned of “significant population movement” because of global warming, including “fights over land, millions of people leaving places because they’re literally sinking below the sea like in Indonesia because of the fights over land that is not there anymore.” The idea of global warming presenting a significant threat to world stability was prioritized by Pentagon officials during the Obama administration in 2009.
Virginia mom who survived Maoist China eviscerates school board’s critical race theory push A Virginia mom who endured Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution before immigrating to the U.S. ripped a Virginia school board at a public meeting Tuesday over its stubborn support of the controversial critical race theory. “I’ve been very alarmed by what’s going on in our schools,” Xi Van Fleet told the Loudoun County School Board members. “You are now teaching, training our children to be social justice warriors and to loathe our country and our history.” She likened CRT, which critics deride as a form of “neo-racism,” to China’s Cultural Revolution, a Mao-led purge that left between 500,000 and 20 million people dead from 1966 to 1976. The estimates vary greatly and many details have been shrouded in secrecy for decades. Van Fleet, whose son graduated from Loudoun High School in 2015, shared some of her experience growing up in China’s Sichuan province with Fox News exclusively Wednesday evening. The Cultural Revolution began when she was 6 years old, she said, and immediately pitted students and teachers and against one another by hanging “Big Posters” in hallways and the cafeteria where students could write criticisms against anyone deemed ideologically impure.
Two members of FDA panel resign in protest over Alzheimer’s drug approval Two members of a panel of outside advisors to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have resigned in protest at the agency’s decision to approve Biogen Inc’s Aduhelm for treatment of Alzheimer’s disease despite the committee’s recommendation against doing so. Mayo Clinic neurologist Dr. David Knopman, a panel member who had been recused from the advisors’ November meeting to review the drug because he was an investigator in clinical trials of Biogen’s drug, said he resigned on Wednesday. “I was very disappointed at how the advisory committee input was treated by the FDA,” Dr. Knopman told Reuters. “I don’t wish to be put in a position like this again.” The 11-member committee voted nearly unanimously in November that Biogen’s drug should not be approved, citing inconclusive evidence that the drug was effective. Due to his recusal, Knopman did not participate in the vote. The FDA on Monday gave the drug “accelerated approval,” based on evidence that it can reduce a likely contributor to Alzheimer’s, rather than proof of a clear benefit against the disease.
Dr. Fauci Absolutely Unleashes on His Critics: When You Attack ‘Dr. Anthony Fauci, You Are Attacking Science’ Dr. Anthony Fauci has evidently had enough of the increasing criticism being pointed his way — particularly from the political right. In what became a fiery rant on MSNBC’s MTP: Daily Wednesday, Fauci — speaking with host Chuck Todd — blasted those attacking him on a variety of subjects ranging from his mask advocacy to the question of whether the National Institute of Health (NIH) funded gain-of-function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology. The impetus for Fauci’s screed on Wednesday was a video from Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), who floated a conspiracy theory that the infectious disease expert was colluding with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on a narrative about Covid-19. “Dr. Fauci was emailing with Mark Zuckerberg from Facebook, trying to create that narrative,” Blackburn said. “Cherrypicking information so that you would only know what they wanted you to know, and there would be a narrative that would fit with this cherrypicked information.” “I don’t have a clue what she just said,” Fauci said, curtly. “I don’t have a clue of what she’s talking about. … And I’m sorry, I don’t want to be pejorative against a united States senator but I have no idea what she’s talking about. And you know Chuck, if you go through each and every one of the points which are so ridiculous, just painfully ridiculous, if you go through each and every one of them, you can explain and debunk it immediately.”
Rand Paul: Fauci’s ‘One-Size-Fits-All’ Approach on Vaccine Based on ‘Regular People Aren’t Smart Enough’ to Make Decisions Wednesday, during an interview that aired on Newsmax TV, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) attacked National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci’s approach to promoting universal vaccinations, which he deemed “one-size-fits-all.” Paul told Newsmax TV’s Emerald Robinson that Fauci views “regular people” as not smart enough to make their own decisions and was rooted in elitism. “I really don’t think it’s him making money personally,” he said. “I think it’s this — it’s one-size-fits-all and his idea that the regular people aren’t smart enough to make these regular decisions. So he just wants to treat everybody the same. The one-size-fits-all strategy that everybody must get vaccinated ignores the science. It’s mostly that he’s not telling the truth once again because he is an elitist, and he thinks we can’t handle the truth. In private, he said in emails last spring that most of the masks you can get over the counter don’t work because the virus particles are too small and go right through them. That’s still true. They don’t work. There’s no value. Yet, we’re mandating them by law because — and this is where I really have a disagreement with Fauci, one he’s not telling the truth, and promulgating bad science, pseudoscience.”
Comment of The Day!
I enjoyed your show yesterday. About 15 minutes in you started saying some of the lyrics from “Every Breath you Take” by “The Police” which goes-“Every Breath You Take, Every Move You Make, Every Bond You Brake, Every Step You Take, I’ll be Watching You”, which is very appropriate as it kind of describes Robert evaluating Fauci’s actions.
Common Cold Making A Comeback As More People Venture Beyond Their Bubbles As more people venture out of their bubble and take off their masks, some are catching what they call “the reemergence cold.” CBS2’s Meg Baker spoke to some people sneezing it out. “I had body aches. I was exhausted, fully congested,” said New York City resident Maggie McSpedon. McSpedon says a terrible cold took her out for days. She hasn’t been sick in more than a year. She blames socializing without masks for the reemergence cold. Baker’s whole family got sick after venturing out of their bubble, so she’s sticking to conducting interviews by Zoom. “We’ve been isolated for so long, our immune systems getting used to just working again,” said John Maggiacomo. He is suffering the same symptoms and was nervous, even though he is fully vaccinated. “I was self conscious. I was coughing around people,” he said. “I did a rapid test and a PCR so I could tell everyone I was seeing if I coughed, God forbid, that I was double negative.” Dr. Perry Halkitis with Rutgers says it’s going around, and you may catch it no matter how healthy or strong your immunity is.
COVID-19 vaccine linked to low platelet count, nationwide study suggests A condition that affects the blood, known as idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), may be associated the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in rare cases, research suggests. The very small increased risk of the condition—which is characterized by low platelet counts—is estimated to be 11 per million doses, similar to figures seen in vaccines for flu and MMR. A low number of platelets—blood cells that help prevent blood loss when vessels are damaged—can result in no symptoms or can lead to an increased risk of bleeding or, in some cases, clotting. Researchers say that the increased chance of developing ITP after receiving the vaccine remains smaller than the risk of developing it because of Covid-19 and should not deter the roll out of the vaccine program. The same risk was not found for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Other vaccines were not included in the study. Experts recommend that recipients of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine should be made aware of the slight increased risks of ITP, but also stress that the risk of developing these disorders from Covid-19 is potentially much higher. The Medical and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) had previous reported low platelet counts in combination with blood clots following vaccination with the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, estimated to occur at a rate of approximately 13 per million first doses.
CDC says heart inflammation was higher than expected in 16- to 24-year-olds after second Covid vaccine shot, but still rare There have been a higher-than-expected number of cases of heart inflammation in 16- to 24-year-olds after receiving their second dose of Pfizer’s or Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccines, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday, citing preliminary data from its vaccine safety monitor system. The CDC has received reports of 275 cases in that age group as of May 31, the agency said in a presentation prepared for a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel meeting Thursday. Scientists expected between 10 and 102 cases of myocarditis or pericarditis — where the heart muscle or the lining surrounding it become inflamed, according to the CDC. “We clearly have an imbalance there,” Dr. Tom Shimabukuro of the CDC’s Immunization Safety Office said Thursday at the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee to discuss safety issues surrounding the use of Covid-19 vaccines in children as young as 6 months old. Though rare, there have been a total of 475 reported cases of myocarditis or pericarditis in people age 30 and younger, according to the CDC. Most patients who were hospitalized, or 81% of them, had full recovery from their symptoms, the agency said. As of May 31, 15 people remain hospitalized, with three in intensive care.
Cleveland Clinic: Already Had COVID? Vaccine Provides No Added Benefit A new preprint study by the Cleveland Clinic found people previously infected with SARS-CoV-2 were less likely to be reinfected than fully vaccinated individuals who never had the virus — suggesting the vaccine is of no benefit to people who already had COVID. The Cleveland Clinic recently studied the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccination among people with a history of previous SARS-CoV-2 infection and those without. The purpose of the study was to evaluate the necessity of COVID vaccination in persons previously infected with SARS-CoV-2. The study, available on medRxiv, provides insight into how the immune system protects the body once a COVID infection is confirmed, the Cleveland Clinic said. The clinic studied 52,238 employees. Of those, 49,659 never had the virus and 2,579 had COVID and recovered. Of the 2,579 who previously were infected, 1,359, or 53%, remained unvaccinated, compared with 41%, or 22,777 who were vaccinated. The cumulative incidence of SARS-CoV-2 infection remained almost zero among three groups — those previously infected who remained unvaccinated; those previously infected who were vaccinated; and those previously uninfected who were vaccinated — compared with a steady increase in cumulative incidence among previously uninfected subjects who remained unvaccinated. Of all infections during the study period, 99.3% occurred in participants who were not infected previously and remained unvaccinated. In contrast, 0.7% of infections occurred in participants who were not previously infected but were currently vaccinated.
Question of The Day!
Hi Dr. Bell,
In The Truth About Cancer videos you mention the benefits of canabis but that certain plants are better for certain types of cancers.
What resources can you give on using it for thyroid cancer? Also just before you in that video, Amazon John mentions eating it raw, like in a salad or juicing it. What information regarding that might you have? I didn’t see him listed on TTAC website.
Thank you so much!
New research shows link between politics, boredom and breaking public-health rules People who are more prone to boredom and who are socially conservative are more likely to break public-health rules, according to new psychology research. While previous research demonstrated a connection between being highly prone to boredom and breaking social-distancing rules, this study demonstrated the association was more prominent as participants’ social conservatism increased. “Many public-health measures such as wearing a mask or getting a vaccine have become highly politicized,” said James Danckert, professor of psychology at the University of Waterloo. “People who find these measures a threat to their identity, and who suffer from boredom a lot, find breaking the rules helps them re-establish a sense of meaning and identity. Boredom threatens our need to make meaning out of life and some things such as politics can strengthen our sense of identity and meaning.” For the study, researchers asked more than 900 people to respond to questions about boredom, political ideology and adhering to public-health measures such as wearing a mask or not socializing outside one’s household. They then applied a variety of statistical analysis techniques to explore the relations that underly these elements.