Emord’s Sacred Fire of Liberty, Election violence, Biden debate theme, Socialism vs individualism, Media trust, Supreme court pick, AstraZeneca vax safety, COVID nightmares, Childhood cancer causes, Antipsychotics mortality, Defend CBD and MORE!

October 1st, 2020 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:

Americans Increasingly Believe Violence is Justified if the Other Side Wins At the presidential debate this week, the Republican candidate voiced his concern about political violence—left-wing political violence. And the Democratic candidate likewise voiced concern about political violence—right-wing political violence. They were both right. Like a growing number of prominent American leaders and scholars, we are increasingly anxious that this country is headed toward the worst post-election crisis in a century and a half. Our biggest concern is that a disputed presidential election—especially if there are close contests in a few swing states, or if one candidate denounces the legitimacy of the process—could generate violence and bloodshed. Unfortunately, we’re not being alarmist about the potential for violence; trends in public opinion that we’ve been tracking provide strong grounds for concern. Our research, which we’re reporting here for the first time, shows an upswing in the past few months in the number of Americans—both Democrats and Republicans—who said they think violence would be justified if their side loses the upcoming presidential election.

Joe Biden’s big debate theme: Trump’s a liar, liar, pants on fire Joe Biden got off his rocker and entered the first presidential debate with a rocking, rolling line of logic to nab votes that went like this: Donald Trump’s a liar, liar, pants on fire. And his mother wears Army boots, too? “Wishful thinking,” Biden said, about Trump, in answer to something-something host Chris Wallace said. “He’s been promising a health care plan since he got elected. He has no plan. … And the fact is, this man doesn’t know what he’s talking about.” And a few moments later, its sister saying: “The president has no plan.” Another great debate moment: Dear Donald, from Joe — an obviously frustrated Joe: “Will you shut up, man.” Yes. That’s the quote. “Will you shut up, man.” Go, Joe. And a few moments later, its sister saying: “Would you tell him to shush for a minute.” Repetition, thy name is Democrat.  Maybe it’s all Biden could remember? It would have been a dog fight — but for the wide-eyed puppy looks cast by Biden every time Trump scored another point. Policy? The economy? Education? China? Nah. It’s prime time. Liar, liar pants on fire is so much more exciting.

Report: Moderators at Future Debates May Be Allowed to Cut Off Mics The Commission on Presidential Debates may allow moderators for the next two debates to cut off the microphones of President Trump or Joe Biden if they break the rules, according to sources who spoke to CBS News. This followed the first of the Presidential debates, hosted by Fox News’s Chris Wallace. The second debate will be hosted by Steve Scully of C-SPAN, and the third debate will be hosted by Kristen Welker of NBC News. According to CBS, the Commission on Presidential debates is considering a raft of changes to the debates, including the ability to cut off mics. Via CBS: The commission that oversees the general election presidential debates said Wednesday it will be making changes to the format of the remaining two debates. One key change it plans to implement: Cutting off the microphones of President Trump and Joe Biden if they break the rules, according to a source familiar with the commission’s deliberations. The plans have not been finalized and the commission is still considering how it would carry out the plan. In a statement following the presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio, the first of three scheduled in the run-up to the general election, the commission said the event “made clear that additional structure should be added to the format of the remaining debates to ensure a more orderly discussion of the issues.” An informed source told CBS News’ Norah O’Donnell the commission will spend the next 48 hours determining new guidelines and rules for the second debate. The organization is working on all possible solutions, but the source said that “we are going to be making changes.”

America’s November decision: Socialism or individualism President Donald Trump said in a campaign rally from Florida — a state with a large population of people who fled dictatorial Cuba — that this election, this November, is about keeping America free of the “socialists and communists” the prior Barack Obama administration oh-so-blithely embraced. It’s a showdown, alrighty. To the left stand Black Lives Matter and Antifa brick throwers, angry Democrats making angry demands, globalists with their collectivist designs and far leftist radicals bent on destroying everything on which America was founded — including Judeo-Christian principles. To the right: Freedom. Individualism. Self-sufficiency and rugged independence. Breathing room to create and produce at will. Capitalism, the Constitution and the country’s core greatest asset, the one that tells, nay commands, government to step aside — that here in America, rights are granted by God at birth. That we don’t need no stinkin’ government, save for the very limited, very minimal causes and concerns set forth in the few, oh-so-few and easily readable pages of the Constitution. “My opponent,” Trump said from Florida, of Joe Biden, “stands with socialists and communists. I stand with the proud people of Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela in their righteous struggle for freedom.” And it’s not for nothing Trump’s making that stand. People are noticing. People in the know about the evils of socialism and communism and collectivism are definitely noticing.

Nolte: Number of Americans with Zero Confidence in Media Hits Record High Gallup’s annual poll measuring the public trust in mass media found a record high number of those who have no trust at all. Six in ten of those polled have  have “not very much” trust (27 percent)  in the media, while those who have “none at all” hit a record 33 percent. Only four in ten say they have “a great deal” (nine percent) or “fair amount” (31 percent) of trust in mass media. The 40 percent number who do — for some dumb reason — trust the media is higher than the 32 percent record low achieved during the 2016 presidential election, but it is also down five points since 2018. The 33 percent with no trust whatsoever is a record high. One-third of the country has written the national media off entirely. The national media’s sharp turn to the far-left does appear to have helped its standing with Democrats, who apparently enjoyed being serially lied to, so long as the lies hit their sweet spot. A full 73 percent of Democrats say they trust the media a “great deal or fair amount.” This is just three points below 2018’s record high of 76 percent.

Biden deflects yet again on court packing questions: ‘I’m not going to play Trump’s game’ Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden once again avoided giving a straight answer on whether he would support packing the Supreme Court if elected, after making clear during Tuesday’s debate that he would not address the issue. In a local news interview with Pittsburgh’s WTAE on Wednesday, anchor Shannon Perrine pressed Biden on the issue, noting that viewers wanted her to follow up on the question that went unanswered the night before. Biden gave a similar response. “You know, that’s exactly what they want me to talk about so we don’t talk about how they’re violating the Constitution now,” Biden said. “I’m not going to play Trump’s game. Right now, my entire focus is seeing to it that the American people get a chance – the election has already started – to have their say on who the next Supreme Court justice is. And that’s what I’m focused on.” Biden was then asked how Republicans are violating the Constitution. “The Constitution says that the American people – I taught constitutional law for over 20 years – says the American people get an opportunity to choose who they want on the Supreme Court by who they pick as their senator and their president,” said Biden, who began teaching classes at Widener University Delaware Law School in 1991.

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Exclusive: FDA widens U.S. safety inquiry into AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine – sources The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has broadened its investigation of a serious illness in AstraZeneca Plc’s COVID-19 vaccine study and will look at data from earlier trials of similar vaccines developed by the same scientists, three sources familiar with the details told Reuters. AstraZeneca’s large, late-stage U.S. trial has remained on hold since Sept. 6, after a study participant in Britain fell ill with what was believed to be a rare spinal inflammatory disorder called transverse myelitis. The widened scope of the FDA probe raises the likelihood of additional delays for what has been one of the most advanced COVID-19 vaccine candidates in development. The requested data was expected to arrive this week, after which the FDA would need time to analyze it, two of the sources said. Effective vaccines are seen as essential to help end a pandemic that has killed more than one million people worldwide.

Coronavirus infecting majority of bad dreams: Many having social distancing nightmares Many people will likely tell you the coronavirus pandemic has turned 2020 into a nightmare. A new study finds that statement is more accurate than you might think. Researchers in Finland say a majority of the bad dreams people are having this year are now related to COVID-19. A team led by researchers from the University of Helsinki reveals the virus is overtaking all other themes when it comes to a person’s nightmares. Study authors say this may even suggest the global pandemic is causing people to share their anxiety with others. “The results allowed us to speculate that dreaming in extreme circumstances reveal shared visual imagery and memory traces, and in this way, dreams can indicate some form of shared mindscape across individuals,” says lead author Dr. Anu-Katriina Pesonen in a media release. “The idea of a shared imagery reflected in dreams is intriguing.”

Childhood Cancer Caused Largely by Environmental Factors, Report Finds For children in the U.S., cancer is the leading cause of death from disease. Worldwide, cancer has become so prevalent and devastating that some may use the phrase “like curing cancer” when describing something unfeasible or highly complicated. Yet in September, a team of more than 60 stakeholders and leaders in the health, science, business, policy and advocacy sectors collaborated to take a different, perhaps less flashy approach — preventing cancer, specifically by ending the use of toxic chemicals. Under the umbrella of the Childhood Cancer Prevention Initiative (CCPI), this collection of organizations published a report examining the impact of different cancer-causing chemicals and calling for a “national plan” to address the rising incidence of childhood cancer. In 2020, an estimated 1,806,590 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. and 606,520 people will die from the disease, including an estimated 16,850 children and adolescents ages 0 to 19 being diagnosed and 1,730 children will die of the disease. Researchers estimate that only 10% of all childhood cancers come from hereditary factors, meaning the lion’s share of childhood cancers come from environmental factors. To CCPI, this means 90% of all childhood cancer is preventable.

Antipsychotics for treating adult depression linked with higher mortality Rutgers researchers, together with colleagues at Columbia University, have reported an increased mortality risk in adults with depression who initiated augmentation with newer antipsychotic medications compared to a control group that initiated augmentation with a second antidepressant. The study was published in the journal PLOS ONE. Although antidepressants are the first-line pharmacological treatment for , many people do not respond to the first course of treatment. Subsequent treatment options include switching to another antidepressant followed by various augmentation strategies, including augmentation with a second antidepressant and augmentation with newer , such as aripiprazole, quetiapine and olanzapine. “Antipsychotics have well-recognized and often serious adverse effects, including a more than 50 percent increased mortality risk in with dementia,” said lead author Tobias Gerhard, an associate professor at Rutgers Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy. “It had been previously unknown whether this mortality risk applies to non-elderly adults using newer antipsychotics as augmentation treatment for depression. The that led to the approval of various newer antipsychotics for depression were just too small and too short to be informative for this question.”

Defend CBD! A bill that would protect hemp-derived CBD from the FDA needs our support. Action Alert! For a while now, we’ve been telling you about the FDA’s attack on CBD oil, a natural, safe, and non-addictive alternative to dangerous opioid drugs. The agency is on the verge of completing its enforcement policies for CBD. We must support a bill that would protect hemp-derived CBD supplements from the federal government. The bill is simple. It amends the law to provide an exemption for hemp-derived CBD from rules that apply to dietary supplements when there is an approved drug with that ingredient or if that ingredient is being investigated as a new drug. Note that the other provisions of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 still apply to CBD. Given that the FDA’s position seems to be that CBD is a “new supplement” (in FDA lingo, a new dietary ingredient, or NDI), this means that before companies sell CBD they will need to submit information to the FDA demonstrating that the CBD supplement can be reasonably expected to be safe.

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