Forty-two percent of physicians reported feeling burned out last year, according to Medscape’s 2021 Physician Burnout Report published Jan. 25.
For the report, Medscape surveyed 12,339 physicians in more than 29 specialties from Aug. 30 to Nov. 5, 2020.
Five report findings:
1. Sixty-nine percent of physicians said they were somewhat or very happy in 2020 before the pandemic started. This figure fell to 49 percent during the pandemic.
2. While female physicians have historically reported higher rates of burnout than their male peers, this gap grew in 2020. Fifty-one percent of women said they were burned out, compared to 36 percent of men.
3. Critical care physicians had the highest rates of burnout among all specialties, at 51 percent. In 2019, urologists reported the highest burnout rates.
4. Seventy-nine percent of physicians said their burnout began before the COVID-19 pandemic.
5. The three most common contributing factors to burnout that physicians cited were too many bureaucratic tasks (58 percent); spending too many hours at work (37 percent); and lack of response from leaders or colleagues (37 percent).
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has been selected the 2020 Porker of the Year by Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) for politicizing and delaying the distribution of new COVID-19 vaccines that will save lives.
In November, Gov. Cuomo claimed that America’s speedy vaccine approval process was driven by “the money and ego” of pharmaceutical companies and President Trump, respectively.
He announced that New York would set up its own analysis and review of the vaccine, further delaying its release even though it had already undergone the most rigorous review process in the world for quality, safety, and efficacy.
His failure to move quickly in December and January once the vaccine was received has now led to significant delays in vaccinations throughout New York State. And this was all before it was revealed this week that Gov. Cuomo’s office understated by 50 percent the number of deaths in nursing homes caused by his policies last year.
Porker of the Month: California Governor Gavin Newsom
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) has named Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) January Porker of the month for hurting Californians with his hypocritical and ineffective COVID-19 policies.
Gov. Newsom drew outrage in November when he was spotted at dinner at the exclusive and expensive French Laundry restaurant with dozens of mask-less attendees, soon after he reiterated the need for Californians to both stay home and mask up.
He shut down both indoor and outdoor dining but allowed TV production to continue and gyms and ski resorts to remain open.
Gov Newsom’s unfair and inequitable actions have caused more than 50 business owners to sue the state and led to a recall petition that has drawn more than one million signatures. For betraying California citizens and businesses, Gov. Newsom is the January Porker of the Month
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What do Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Sen. Rand Paul, Ben Carson, Sarah Palin, Sen. Jim DeMint, Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sean Hannity, Steve Hilton, Ben Shapiro, Charlie Kirk, Mark Levin, Louie Gohmert, and Allen West have in common (besides being censored by Big Tech websites)?
They all endorse using Article V of the United States Constitution to reign in Deep State operatives and the abuses of power by federal government.
The Convention of States Project is a national effort to call a convention under Article V of the United States Constitution.
The intent is to propose amendments that will impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit its power and jurisdiction, and impose term limits on its officials and members of Congress.
Americans want to bring power back to the states and the people, where it belongs. Unelected bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. shouldn’t be allowed to make sweeping decisions that impact millions of Americans. But right now, they do. So it all boils down to one question: Who do you think should decide what’s best for you and your family? You, or the feds?
WHAT’S A CONVENTION OF STATES ANYWAY?
Article V of the U.S. Constitution gives states the power to call a Convention of States to propose amendments. It takes 34 states to call the convention and 38 to ratify any amendments that are proposed. The convention would only allow the states to discuss amendments that, “limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, impose fiscal restraints, and place term limits on federal officials.”
Once 34 states apply for a convention to propose amendments on the same issue (i.e., limiting the power and jurisdiction of the federal government), Article V requires Congress to name the place and the time for the convention. If it fails to exercise this power reasonably, either the courts or the states themselves can override Congressional inaction.
States are free to develop their own selection process for choosing their delegates—properly called “commissioners.” Historically, the most common method used was an election by a joint session of both houses of the state legislature.
Delegates discuss and propose amendment proposals that fit the topic framed by the 34 state resolutions that triggered the convention. All amendment proposals the convention passes by a simple majority of the states will be sent back to the states for ratification.
Each state has one vote at the Convention. If North Carolina sends seven delegates and Nebraska sends nine, each state must caucus on each vote. North Carolina’s one vote would be cast when at least four of its delegates agreed. Nebraska’s vote would be cast by the agreement of at least five of its delegates.
The ratification process ensures no amendments will be passed that do not reflect the desires of the American people. In addition to this, there are numerous other safeguards against a “runaway convention.”
Citizens for Self-Governance (CSG) is the parent organization of the Convention of States Project. CSG provides the resources and experience necessary to make this project a success. The CSG mission is as follows: “Self-governance must be restored across America. Citizens for Self-Governance will elevate awareness and provide resources, advocacy, and education to grassroots organizations and individuals exercising their rights to govern themselves.” CSG sees the COS Project as a means to accomplish this mission.
South Carolina officials have confirmed two cases of the coronavirus variant first identified in South Africa, the first known cases in the U.S.
Seven things to know:
1. The infected individuals live in different counties, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control said Jan. 28. Neither individual had a recent history of travel, suggesting community spread of the variant, known as B.1.351.
2. The variant is believed to be highly transmissible and shares some mutations with the U.K. variant, B.1.1.7.
3. “At this time, we have no evidence that infections by this variant cause more severe disease. Like the U.K. and Brazilian variants, preliminary data suggests this variant may spread more easily and quickly than other variants,” the CDC said Jan. 28, according to The Washington Post.
Miami obstetrician Dr. Gregory Michael suffered from a hemorrhagic stroke after receiving Pfizer/BioNtech’s COVID vaccine. He died two weeks later. Pfizer stated that it didn’t think there was any direct connection to the vaccine.
The New York Times quoted Dr. Jerry Spivak, a blood disorder expert at Johns Hopkins University, saying “I think it’s a medical certainty that the vaccine was related.”
Norway launched an investigation into the vaccines after reports of 33 suspected adverse drug reactions with fatal outcomes after administration of the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine were received by the Norwegian Medicines Agency. Pharma and Federal agencies are attributing the majority of these cases to “coincidence.”
“Coincidence is turning out to be quite lethal to COVID vaccine recipients,” said Children’s Health Defense (CHD) board chairman Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. “If the clinical trials are good predictors, the rate of coincidence is likely to increase dramatically after the second shot.”
A critic familiar with VAERS’ shortcomings bluntly condemns VAERS in the British Medical Journal as “nothing more than window dressing, and a part of US authorities’ systematic effort to reassure/deceive us about vaccine safety.”
Last week,California health officials temporarily paused a large batch of Moderna vaccines due to a high number of allergic reactions, but reversed that decision a few days later.
CHD calls for complete transparency, asking Dr. Kessler and the federal government to release ALL of the data from the clinical trials and suspend COVID-19 vaccine use in any group not adequately represented in the clinical trials, i.e. elderly, frail, comorbid conditions, etc.
CHD also asks for full transparency in post-marketing data that reports all health outcomes (including new diagnoses of autoimmune disorders), adverse events and deaths from COVID-19 vaccine.
On the morning of January 27, 1967, three astronauts – Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee were killed in a fire in the Apollo Command Module during pre-flight simulation test at Cape Canaveral.
To simulate outer-space conditions the command module was pressurized and filled with pure oxygen. At 6:31 AM Roger Chaffee radios that there is a fire in the cockpit. Just 13 seconds later the cockpit exploded, killing all three astronauts.
Two of the astronauts were already famous national heroes. Two years earlier Americans watched Col. Ed White become the first American to conduct a space-walk, during the Gemini-4 mission, viewed by an amazed television audience.
Virgil “Gus” Grissom was famous for being just the second American in space (Alan Shepard was the first), and who was one of the leading candidates for an eventual moon landing mission.
Roger Chaffee had worked as a capsule communicator for the Gemini 3 and Gemini 4 projects. Apollo 1 was to be his first spaceflight mission.
After the disaster an investigation was done to determine exactly what went wrong: What was found was an exposed wire underneath Grissom’s seat, and leaky plumbing carrying a flammable and corrosive coolant caused a spark, which in a pressurized cabin filled with pure oxygen is a bad mixture.
Because of the extreme pressure inside the cabin, the astronauts inside, as well as people outside, were unable to open the hatch, which was essentially fused shut. The men were trapped inside a ticking time bomb with no possible escape.
This disaster was a huge setback for NASA and America in the “race to the moon” against Russia. All manned Apollo flights would be banned for 20 months.
With its moon program in jeopardy, NASA completely overhauled the Apollo spacecraft.
The redesigned capsule — with a quick-release hatch — carried 24 men to the moon; 12 of them landed and walked on its surface.
The hatch of the capsule went on display at NASA Kennedy Space Center for the first time in 50 years in 2017.
“Texas is a pro-energy state, and we will not sit idly by and allow the Biden administration or local governments to destroy jobs and raise energy costs for Texas families,” proclaimed Governor Greg Abbott as he signed an Executive Order to protect energy in the Lone Star State on Wednesday, January 28, 2021.
Governor Abbott held a roundtable discussion in Odessa with energy workers, leaders, and advocates on how Texas can continue to support the energy industry and its workers and ensure a more prosperous future for the state of Texas.
Following the roundtable, the Governor held a press conference where he issued an Executive Order to protect Texas’ energy industry from federal overreach.
The Governor also announced his support for legislation that will prohibit cities from banning natural gas appliances.
During the roundtable, Governor Abbott and the participants also discussed enhancing workforce development in Texas, cutting costly red tape, and expanding broadband access in rural communities.
The Governor’s Executive Order directs every state agency to use all lawful powers and tools to challenge any federal action that threatens the continued strength, vitality, and independence of the energy industry.
Each state agency should work to identify potential litigation, notice-and-comment opportunities, and any other means of preventing federal overreach within the law.
“The men and women who work in the energy industry produce the affordable energy that powers our lives and they are vital to the Texas economy,” said Governor Abbott.
“My Executive Order will help ensure that the federal government cannot take away the livelihoods of Texans who work so hard to provide our state and our nation with the energy we need.”
Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) was inundated with correspondence and emails concerning his lack of supporting President Donald J. Trump in his fight to stop the election fraud of November 2020 and the Electoral College certification of January 2021.
One of my favorite political moments in 2020 was when Cornyn eloquently asked Amy Coney Barrett about her note pad during her Senate confirmation hearing
But while Texas Senator Ted Cruz remained a steadfast and loyal supporter of Trump throughout the political battle, Cornyn backed off.
When Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York tweeted, “Sen. Cruz, you must accept responsibility for how your craven, self-serving actions contributed to the deaths of four people yesterday,” when the U.S. Capitol was stormed on January 6.
While Cornyn joined his Democratic and some of his Republican colleagues in rushing to judgement without evidence that people who breached the Capitol were provoked by Trump, Cruz was in line with truth and wisdom.
“You are a liar,” Cruz tweeted back. “Leading a debate in the Senate on ensuring election integrity is doing our jobs, and it’s in no way responsible for the despicable terrorists who attacked the Capitol yesterday. And sorry, I ain’t going anywhere.”
Here is Cornyn’s response to me on January 27, after I emailed him my concerns about his lack of support for Trump in December.
Thank you for contacting me regarding the certification of the Electoral College vote on January 6, 2021. I appreciate having the benefit of your comments on this important matter.
On January 6, 2021, the quadrennial joint session of Congress to count the Electoral College votes of the 50 states and Washington, D.C. was disrupted when demonstrators stormed the Capitol, fought with law enforcement, and attempted to disrupt our democracy. This stunning display of disrespect for the law is un-American, and those that attacked the Capitol should face the full extent of the law. I applaud the U.S. Capitol Police officers who stood bravely in harm’s way, and am deeply grateful to all of the law enforcement professionals and first responders who deployed to help restore order. This assault did not succeed in deterring or intimidating Congress, and we ultimately reconvened and certified the vote of the Electoral College. The violence we saw only underscores the importance of our duty as lawmakers to support and defend the Constitution. Americans deserve better than the disturbing and avoidable episode that played out at our nation’s Capitol. It is incumbent upon us to demand better from each other.
The Constitution affords all Americans the right to vote, and integrity of our elections is fundamental to preserving this right. Many Americans are concerned about the integrity of the election, and I share the belief that allegations of irregularities and fraud need to be investigated to their fullest extent. At a time when trust in our institutions is near an all-time-low, we must remain vigilant and continue to work together to preserve the right to vote and improve our election procedures. To that end, I believe that establishing an independent, bipartisan commission – much like was done following the 2000 and 2004 elections – to examine election irregularities and establish best practices is an important response.
President Trump’s legal team filed numerous lawsuits across multiple states challenging the election outcome. I fully supported President Trump’s right to challenge those results and pursue legal remedies provided under the Constitution, as well as federal and state law. However, none of the legal arguments or evidence presented by the President’s legal team convinced the more than 50 state and federal courts that sat in judgment. Every single lawsuit was ultimately rejected, some on the merits, some on procedural grounds, but both equally dispositive. These lawsuits were heard by well-respected jurists – many of whom were nominated by President Trump himself.
As a former judge, I approached the certification of the Electoral College vote with the same impartial, evidence-based decision-making as I did my job on the bench. But as I said before January 6th, I do not view my job under the Constitution and laws of the United States as a court of last resort. I followed the election recounts and court cases brought by the President’s legal team very closely, and determined the evidence and arguments presented did not warrant overturning the election results.
I appreciate having the opportunity to represent Texas in the United States Senate. Thank you for your comments on this important issue.
Christian and a conservative Texas State Representative Kyle Biedermann (R), serves the district covering Fredericksburg, New Braunfels and Boerne in Gillespie, Comal and Kendall counties.
Re-elected in Nov. 2020 by an astonishing 74.8% of votes in his race, Biedermann has been promoting the popular idea of Texas returning to its status as an independent republic.
On January 26, 2021, Biedermann filed House Bill 1359, also known as the Texas Independence Referendum Act, which would allow the citizens of Texas to vote on whether the Texas Legislature should create a joint interim committee to develop a plan for achieving Texas independence.
Below are questions and answers he and other legislature representatives have posted.
Should TIRA be passed by the Texas Legislature and approved by voters in the November 2021 Election, an interim joint committee will be established to study and make recommendations regarding the most effective method for Texas to return to its status as an independent republic.
The committee will be composed of four State Senators and four State Representatives appointed by the Lt. Gov and House Speaker, who will also respectively serve as co-chairs for the committee.
Not later than December 31st, 2022, the committee shall report any findings and recommendations to the Texas Legislature and the citizens of Texas.
Is this un-American and un-patriotic?
Supporters for Texas Independence love America, our flag and our Constitution. Our grievances are not with America but with an out-of-control Federal Government.
It would be un-American and unpatriotic to not make our voices heard and fail to preserve the liberty our Founding Fathers established with their lives, fortunes and sacred honor.
Can we use Article V Convention of States instead of leaving?
It will be the job of the interim joint committee to pursue all potential avenues that would return power back to the states and to the people, including Article V Convention of States.
How can we become citizens of the Republic of Texas?
Obtaining citizenship will be determined by the Texas Legislature’s joint interim committee as the plan for independence is formulated.
What would happen to Social Security dollars Texans have paid into the system?
Any Texan who has paid into the Social Security system and is currently receiving benefits should continue to receive them. This is an obligation of the federal government to those who paid into the system and should, therefore, be met without question, hesitation, or reservation.
The federal government allows Social Security recipients to move to a foreign country and still collect their benefits. Additionally, those who have paid in should be able to preserve their accrued benefits for exactly the same reason. This will be included as a topic of discussion for the joint interim committee.
What would happen to veteran benefits?
If you are a Veteran who lives abroad, you remain entitled to the benefits and services you earned through your military service. Most VA benefits are payable regardless of your place of residence or nationality.
Source: Veterans Administration
What would Texas do for national defense?
Using the NATO target average of 2 percent of GDP for military and defense spending would provide approximately $37.74 billion annually, making Texas 11th in the world in defense spending. Funding at this level would cover the costs of recruiting, training, equipping, and maintaining an active duty enlistment in excess of 125,000 troops. This would be in line with the number of Texans currently serving in the United States military in all branches.
For more FAQs on the Texas Independence Referendum Act, please visit TNM.me.
Disclaimer: These sentiments on forming the Independent Republic of Texas have been discussed and researched by experts on the subject, however, there is no guaranteed outcome to negotiations that would take place between Texas and the U.S. government.