November 3rd, 2020 3-5PM ET
Tuesday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:
Five Indicators of the Trump-Biden Outcome A few people have asked for my analysis of the 2020 presidential race, particularly because I was one of the few national journalists who consistently predicted (see the 2:42 mark in this clip) that Donald Trump would win the Republican nomination, and then the presidency, starting in 2015. I’m not an elections analyst, and so my read of the situation is worth about what you’re paying for it. My correct pick of Trump for 2016 could be chalked up to nothing more than a lucky guess. I also want to point out that my “pick” this year should not discourage anybody, no matter where they stand. To state the obvious: As much as many observers pretend to already know the outcome, Election Day hasn’t yet taken place. Anything can happen. Either candidate can win. Most people who will vote haven’t yet done so. These are simply five key signals I’m looking at for my own analysis. While Trump supporters and opponents may disagree on this point, the fact is that many of the catastrophic predictions made four years ago by the supposedly best pundits, and political and economic experts, didn’t come true. The stock market didn’t crash upon Trump’s election. He didn’t ban Muslims. He didn’t put illegal immigrants on trains and send them back to Mexico. He didn’t start a nuclear war. In fact, a number of Trump’s policies and approaches largely worked as he promised. Some of those who didn’t support him in 2016 because they believed the dire forecasts have now come aboard the Trump train.
Coronavirus updates: CDC says people who test positive for the virus can still vote in person Voters who have not yet submitted ballots by mail are headed to the polls Tuesday amid what one top health official called “the most concerning and most deadly phase” of the coronavirus pandemic. The virus has claimed at least 231,000 lives in the United States, and record numbers of coronavirus-related hospitalizations are forcing doctors in rural states to get creative. Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said people who are in isolation after testing positive can still cast ballots in person. As the presidential election collides with a global pandemic, the CDC said people who are sick with the coronavirus can still vote in person Tuesday. In updated guidance published Sunday, the agency said voters who have tested positive or may have been exposed to the coronavirus should follow the standard advice to wear a mask, stay at least six feet away from others, and sanitize their hands before and after voting. “You should also let poll workers know that you are sick or in quarantine when you arrive at the polling location,” the CDC’s website states.
Get your flu shot: It might shield you from severe COVID The coronavirus and the flu are two entirely different viruses. But a new study suggests those who get a flu vaccine face a considerably lower risk for being hospitalized if and when they get COVID-19. And the flu vaccine also appears to significantly reduce a COVID-19 patient’s risk for ending up in an intensive care unit (ICU), researchers say. The findings are based on an analysis of electronic health records for 2,000 COVID-19 patients. All had tested positive for the virus at some point between this past March and August. And just over 10% of the patients had previously been vaccinated for the flu. “The flu and COVID-19 are indeed different disease processes caused by different viruses,” stressed study author Dr. Ming-Jim Yang. “Although some of the symptoms may overlap between the two diseases, they potentially have different short-term and long-term consequences.” It’s also the case that “COVID-19 still has a much higher mortality [rate] than the flu,” Yang noted. And long-term lung, heart and brain problems seen among surviving COVID-19 patients “do not seem to happen with the flu,” he added.
Question of The Day!
I heard a Mr. Robert Redfern talk about how he puts a small amount of baking soda a (1/4 teaspoon) in every glass of water he drinks-what say you!!
I am going to start intermittent fasting–Is it o.k. to have liquids such as bone broth or tea– how about soft foods such a yogurt or a very ripe avocado ?
Thank you Bill
Comment of The Day!
Imagine how much money testing companies will make now if everybody who travels to New York has to do Covid test before arrival and then after arrival??? Our small country (Latvia) has spent already millions of euros paying for the tests and the test capacity is being increased, government debt is growing more and more…. And who will have to pay for that – our kids and grandkids!!! This is sad as it seems that a large part of today’s society is not able to see behind the Covid masks!!! I so agree with Robert about the idea of socialism. I think people should remember that there is no such thing as free lunch. Those who would like to have free guaranteed healthcare, schools, guaranteed living space and etc. should remember – it will all come at a cost. Are you ready to pay that cost? Are you ready to give up your freedom?
Judge rules against Gov. Newsom in lawsuit challenging executive order A State Superior Court judge ruled against Governor Gavin Newsom in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of his executive orders. Judge Sarah Heckman ruled that Newsom’s executive No. N-67-20 was indeed unconstitutional. The order required that all California residents registered to vote in the Nov. elections receive vote-by-mail ballots. The order also required one voting place per 10,000 residents be available from Oct 31 to Nov 2 for at least 8 hours. As part of Heckman’s ruling, she also issued a permanent injunction preventing Newsom from making further unconstitutional orders. The lawsuit was brought about by California Assemblymembers James Gallagher (R-Yuba City) and Kevin Kiley (R-Rocklin). “We’ve been arguing that the California Emergency Services Act does not provide for one-man rule. Today, the court agreed with us,” Gallagher and Kiley said. “This is a victory for separation of powers. The Governor has continued to create and change state law without public input and without the deliberate process provided by the legislature. Today, the judicial branch again gave him the chack that was needed and the Constitution requires.”
Doc Who Used Hydroxychloroquine Met Standard of Care, Says Med Board; More A complaint against a Texas doctor who was reported for malpractice to the state medical board for apparently prescribing hydroxychloroquine to treat several coronavirus patients has been dismissed, says a story in The Texan, a subscription-based news organization. The doctor, Richard Urso, MD, a Houston ophthalmologist, has been an outspoken proponent of hydroxychloroquine and is a member of America’s Frontline Doctors, a group that gained attention this summer for airing what some in the more mainstream medical community regarded as “outrageous claims” about the virus and its treatment. In the complaint against him, Urso was accused of violating the state’s Medical Practice Act, which sets out the rules for practicing doctors and other healthcare professionals. In an October 16 letter to Urso, though, the Texas Medical Board (TMB) said it was dismissing the complaint against him because it had “determined there was insufficient evidence to prove that a violation of the Medical Practice Act [had] occurred.” Although the board didn’t specifically mention hydroxychloroquine, it noted that Urso’s care of three patients was “appropriate” and that his use of social media to “discuss treatments for COVID-19” met the standard of care.
Maine kids given flu shots in school without parental consent Three students at a Maine school were recently given flu shots without consent from their parents, according to media reports. A spokesperson for Northern Light Health, the health group that administered the vaccinations, said the children were given the shots “without fully executed, or completely documented consent.” USA Today reported. In a statement, the Sanford School Department said Northern Light personnel didn’t notice that forms for the vaccine had not been signed by the parents of the three students. In one situation, the form was signed but was crossed out and that student was given the shot anyway. “The situation has caused us to re-assess and re-examine our flu shot process going forward,” Superintendent of Schools Mark Nelson said. In a social media post, one parent said their child had received the shot twice. “I was upset. I was more than upset,” George Kimball, the father of a seventh-grade girl, told WCSH-TV. “[My daughter] had the paper in her hand she asked me if I signed her up for a flu shot and I said no and she says I got one.”
Follow your gut: How farms protect from childhood asthma Asthma impacts millions of children at a young age, but children growing up on a farm have a lower risk of developing asthma than children not living on a farm. The mechanisms behind this protective farm effect on childhood asthma are largely unknown. A group of researchers from Helmholtz Zentrum München and the Dr. von Hauner Children’s Hospital of Ludwig Maximilians University Munich (LMU) clarified how the children’s gut microbiome is involved in the protection process. We are born into an environment full of small organisms called microbiota. Within the first minutes and hours of our lives, they start challenging, but also educating, our immune system. The largest immune organ is our gut, where maturation of the immune system and maturation of the colonizing bacteria, the gut microbiome, go hand in hand. After profound perturbations in the first year of life, the maturation process, the composition of the gut microbiome gradually stabilizes and accompanies us for our lives. Previous research of the Munich scientists showed an asthma-protective effect by a diverse environmental microbiome, which was particularly pronounced in farm children. The question now was whether this effect could be attributed to the maturation process of the early gut microbiome.
What uncertainty can mean for your mind and body “In these uncertain times” might be the catchphrase right now. From the macro level of the pandemic, climate change, social and political unrest to the personal level of job uncertainty, illnesses within families and various levels of social isolation—any and all of these contribute to a sense of uncertainty. But what is uncertainty? What’s going on in the brain when we feel uncertain? And how might long-term uncertainty experienced by an entire population affect community health? “Uncertainty means ambiguity, which means that we have to expend effort in trying to predict what will happen in addition to preparing to deal with all of the different outcomes,” said Aoife O’Donovan, Ph.D., an associate professor of psychiatry at the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences who studies the ways psychological stress can lead to mental disorders like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The stress of uncertainty, especially when prolonged, is among the most insidious stressors we experience as human beings, said O’Donovan. But, when faced with these feelings, it can help to recognize that gnawing uncertainty is the amplification of a cognitive mechanism that’s essential for our survival.