September 16, 2018

Sunday-EXTRA
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*Dalai Lama-
‘Europe Belongs to Europeans,’ Refugees ‘Should Rebuild Their Own Country’
The Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of the Tibetan Buddhists, told an audience in Sweden that while Europeans should help refugees who are fleeing war or facing death, the refugees ultimately need to “rebuild their own country” because “Europe belongs to the Europeans.”

The Dalai Lama made his remarks on Sept. 12 in Malmo, Sweden, which has a large immigrant population, reported the AFP. Malmo also has a major crime problem, largely due to the massive influx of immigrants from Middle Eastern and African countries.  Malmo has been called the “rape capital of Europe.”

Speaking to the crowd, the Dalai Lama said of refugees, “Receive them, help them, educate them … but ultimately they should develop their own country.”

“I think Europe belongs to the Europeans,” he said, reported the AFP.

*Report- ‘Nearly All’ Computers Vulnerable to New Data-Theft Bug:
Almost all modern computers—even those with disk encryption—are possible targets of a new firmware bug that can steal all kinds of sensitive data within minutes, experts warn. Cybersecurity company F-Secure published finding that show no existing security measures are tough enough to prevent data being stolen.

“We are convinced that anybody tasked with stealing data off laptops would have already come to the same conclusions as us,” said security consultant Olle Segerdahl.

He warned that a successful attacker can steal “anything that happens to be in memory,” such as passwords and corporate network credentials. The flaw is a development of what is known as a “cold boot attack,” which hackers use to steal data from a shut-down computer, TechCrunch reports.

*U.S. Has Highest Share of Foreign-
Born Since 1910, With More
Coming From Asia:
The foreign-born population in the United States has reached its highest share since 1910, according to government data released Thursday, and the new arrivals are more likely to come from Asia and to have college degrees than those who arrived in past decades.

The Census Bureau’s figures for 2017 confirm a major shift in who is coming to the United States. For years newcomers tended to be from Latin America, but a Brookings Institutionanalysis of that data shows that 41 percent of the people who said they arrived since 2010 came from Asia. Just 39 percent were from Latin America. About 45 percent were college educated, the analysis found, compared with about 30 percent of those who came between 2000 and 2009.

“This is quite different from what we had thought,” said William H. Frey, the senior demographer at the Brookings Institution who conducted the analysis. “We think of immigrants as being low-skilled workers from Latin America, but for recent arrivals that’s much less the case. People from Asia have overtaken people from Latin America.”

*RACIST?
Taco Bell employee refuses to help client who doesn’t speak Spanish:

Taco Bell employee refuses to help client who doesn’t speak Spanish. The incident happened on Wednesday night, whenAlexandria Montgomery was trying to place an order — in English — at a Taco Bell drive thru window. The employee refused to take her order because she wasn’t speaking Spanish.

In the video, which was posted Thursday night, Montgomery asked the annoyed woman, “Do you have a manager here?”

“She is in her house sleeping,” the employee replied in Spanish in a dismissive tone. There was no one else to take the order, the employee claimed.

“Honey, I have a car behind you,” the employee says in Spanish and closes the window.

“Can you move please? I have an order behind you. There is no one who speaks English,” the woman tells Montgomery in the video and threatens to call the police.

“This is Hialeah, I’m sorry,” she said in Spanish.

Two other Taco Bell workers approached the drive thru window when they heard the altercation, but apparently they did not try to help the client.

A video of an argument with a Taco Bell employee in Hialeah, Florida has unleashed a wave of indignation on social media.-

VIDEO LINK – https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/article218394605.html

*29.2% of U.S. Households Had Incomes of $100,000+ in 2017:

The percentage of U.S. households with annual incomes of at least $100,000 hit 29.2 percent in 2017, according to data published today by the Census Bureau.

That is up from 25.7 percent in 2013, which is the earliest year for which the Census Bureau has consistent data for household incomes.

In 2017, according to the Census Bureau’s Income Table A-1, there were 127,586,000 households in the United States. In the table, the bureau divided these households into nine different income brackets and published the percentage of the total households that fell into each bracket.

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Nobel Prize winner Elizabeth Blackburn found that a vegan diet changed more than 500 genes in just 3 months. It activated genes that prevented disease and deactivated genes that caused various cancers and other illnesses.

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Graydon Carter is making his return to journalism — and it’s something of a defection. The former Vanity Fair editor’s latest piece, his first since leaving Condé Nast, will be published by rival house Hearst.

We’re told that Carter — who edited Condé’s Vanity Fair from 1992 until early 2018 — has filed a six-page article forEsquire’s 85th anniversary October issue, due on stands Sept. 18.

Insiders tell us that Carter was recruited for the gig by his sonAsh, a senior associate editor at the storied Hearst men’s title.

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Dreams

1. Egyptian pharaohs were considered children of Ra (Egyptian sun god) and, thus, their dreams were seen as being divine.

2. In the Chinese province of Fu-Kein, people called on their ancestors for dream revelation by sleeping on graves.

3. Scientists suggest that the dreams of fetuses are mostly composed of sound and touch sensations, given the lack of visual stimuli in the womb.

4. Among the six dreams reported in the New Testament are the dreams that communicate divine knowledge, instruction, and warning to Joseph, husband of Mary, mother of Jesus.

5. About 80% of neonatal and newborn sleep time is REM sleep, suggesting a tremendous amount of time dreaming.

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On Feb. 1, 1987, Steve Perry performed his final show withJourney. In October, he’s returning with a solo album, “Traces,” that breaks 20 years of radio silence.

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Women are more likely to be right-handed than men by about 4 percentage points.

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Since I am a slow reader, a book is a big commitment of time. I try to pick something packed with human lessons that will not tempt me to skim in detail. I hope Jason Matthews, who was aC.I.A. covert operations officer for 33 years, will follow his “Red Sparrow” series of spy novels with another brilliant study in espionage tradecraft.
*EXAMINER–COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman:
More and more, I wonder if the disgruntled senior Trumpadministration official who wrote the anonymous Op-Ed in The Times was actually representing a group — like a “Murder on the Orient Express” plotline where every senior Trump adviser was in on it.

Why? Because the article so perfectly captured the devil’s bargain they’ve all struck with this president: Donald Trump is amoral, dishonest and disturbed, a man totally unfit to be president, but, as the anonymous author self-servingly wrote, “There are bright spots that the near-ceaseless negative coverage of the administration fails to capture: effective deregulation, historic tax reform, a more robust military and more.”

That’s the anonymous-G.O.P. credo today: We know Trump is a jerk, but you’ve gotta love the good stuff — you’ve got to admit that his tax cuts, deregulation, destruction of Obamacare and military buildup have fueled so much growth, defense spending and record stock market highs that we’re wealthier and more secure as a country, even if Trump is nuts. So our consciences are clear.

This view is not without foundation. Economic growth and employment have clearly been on a tear since Trump took office. I’m glad about that.

But what if Trump is actually heating up our economy by burning all the furniture in the house? It’s going to be nice and toasty for us — at least for a while — but where will our kids sleep?

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September 12, 2018

*WEEK ONE- FBS College Football Attendance Nearly 4 Times NFL’s:
The number of fans who attended games featuring NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams this weekend was nearly 4 times the number attending NFL games.

The total number of attending FBS college games, according to attendance numbers published by ESPN, was 3,513,235. The total number attending NFL games was 931,721.

That means there were 3.77 times as many fans–in the stands–personally watching FBS college games this weekend than there were fans in the stands watching NFL games.

*Illegal immigrants cited in theft of 39 million Social Security numbers:
Nearly 40 million Social Security numbers have been stolen and used by illegal immigrants and others to get work, according to agency records obtained by an immigration reform group.

The Immigration Reform Law Institute said that from 2012 to 2016 there were “39 million instances where names and Social Security numbers on W-2 tax forms did not match the corresponding Social Security records.”

The group said that there is a “thriving black market” used by illegal immigrants to get Social Security numbers needed to get a job.

Their report draws attention to a move by former President Barack Obama to stop sending so-called “no match” letters to employers notifying them that numbers used by employees on the wage forms do not match their identity.

*Catholic Business Group to Withhold $820,000 Annual Tithe to Vatican:
A prominent Catholic business organization, Legatus, has announced that it is withholding its annual tithe to the Vatican — estimated at $820,000 — because of the recent revelations about sexual abuse (and cover-up) by some Catholic bishops and because of concerns about how the funds donated to theHoly See are being allocated.

Legatus, which boasts a membership of more than 5,000 Catholic business leaders, was founded by Tom Monaghan, the founder of Domino’s Pizza.

In a Sept. 6 letter to Legatus members, Legatus Chairman and CEO Tom Monaghan says, “Events over the past few weeks have prompted many members to contact the national office and members of the Board of Governors regarding the current crisis in the Church.”

*Most Doctors Are Ill-Equipped to Deal With the Opioid Epidemic. Few Medical Schools Teach Addiction:
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, addiction — whether to tobacco, alcohol or other drugs — is a disease that contributes to 632,000 deaths in the United States annually.

But comprehensive addiction training is rare in American medical education. A report by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University called out “the failure of the medical profession at every level — in medical school, residency training, continuing education and in practice” to adequately address addiction.

Dr. Timothy Brennan, who directs an addiction medicine fellowship at Mount Sinai Health System, said that combating the crisis with this provider work force is “like trying to fight World War II with only the Coast Guard.”

Now, a decade-long push by doctors, medical students and patients to legitimize addiction medicine is resulting in blips of change around the country. A handful of students has begun to specialize in the nascent field, which concentrates on prevention and treatment of addictions and the effect of addictive substances on other medical conditions.

In June, the House of Representatives authorized a bill to reimburse education costs for providers who work in areas particularly afflicted by addiction.

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Heroin is one of the most potent and deadly illicit substances in the world. As the opioid epidemic wages on, we see more people succumb to heroin’s wrath every day. It seems that all eyes have been on this powerful drug lately. Despite all of the attention it may be getting, there still may be more about this drug that you may not know.

1. HEROIN USED TO BE LEGAL
In the late 1800s and early 1900s, heroin was legal!

2. HEROIN ONCE WAS USED AS MEDICATION
Heroin was legal and also sold over the counter! There was once a time that heroin was sold as a “safe, alternative pain relieving” medication. It was marketed as a “less addictive” alternative to morphine.

3. IT COMES FROM THE POPPY PLANT
As the poppy petals fall away, an egg-shaped seedpod in the middle of the flower is exposed. It is from here a thick sap is excreted, which is opium in the purest form.

4. WHILE WITHDRAWALS ARE UNCOMFORTABLE, THEY’RE NOT DEADLY
The addict may begin to feel withdrawal symptoms as soon as six hours after the last dose is administered. While these withdrawal symptoms can be intense, heroin withdrawals, themselves, are actually not life-threatening.

5. HEROIN COMES IN THREE DIFFERENT COLORS
Heroin has several different faces. Heroin is almost always in powder form, but the hue of this powder comes in a variety of colors. White and brown heroin powder is the most common types of heroin. Heroin also comes in a sticky form that is black in color known as “black tar heroin.” The color of the drug is usually a telltale sign from which region it has originated. White heroin powder typically comes from Asia, Colombian and Afghan heroin is usually brown in color, and black tar is usually sourced from Mexico.

6. MANY DIFFERENT PHRASES COME FROM HEROIN WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS
The phrase “kicking the habit” is derived as a result of the twitching legs heroin users experience during withdrawal. Also, the phrase “going cold turkey” comes from heroin users experiencing goosebumps from the severe cold flashes they may experience from heroin withdrawal.

7. MOST OF THE HEROIN SUPPLY ORIGINATES FROM AFGHANISTAN
It was estimated that approximately 93 percent of the world’s opium supply originated from Afghanistan in the mid-2000s.

8. 9.2 MILLION PEOPLE ABUSE HEROIN WORLDWIDE
Heroin remains a severe issue for the United States thanks to the current opioid epidemic. It is also a worldwide issue affecting approximately 9.2 million people total.

9. THE CREATOR OF HEROIN DIED A HEROIN ADDICT
The German chemist responsible for the creation of heroin was named Heinrich Dreser. Working for the Bayer Company, Dreser was determined to create a product that would be highly marketable and make him a fortune. Ultimately, Heinrich Dreser would ironically die at the age of 64 as a heroin addict, himself.

10. HEROIN HAS BEEN BANNED IN THE UNITED STATES SINCE 1924
In 1924, The Heroin Act was signed into legislation, which declared heroin a dangerous substance and made the act of owning or manufacturing the drug illegal, which it has remained for nearly 100 years.

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The average human produces 25,000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime, enough to fill two swimming pools.
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John Lennon was dyslexic and legally blind.
*EXAMINER–COMMENTARY by Andrew Ross Sorkin
This week is the 10th anniversary of the inflection point of the financial crisis: the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the biggest bankruptcy in history. To some, it feels like a long time ago.

Yet, its effects still echo in the way we live today — in the attitudes that pervade our economy, our culture and our politics. It is hardly a stretch to suggest that President Trump’s election was a direct result of the financial crisis.

The crisis was a moment that cleaved our country. It broke a social contract between the plutocrats and everyone else. But it also broke a sense of trust, not just in financial institutions and the government that oversaw them, but in the very idea of experts and expertise. The past 10 years have seen an open revolt against the intelligentsia.

Mistrust led to new political movements: the Tea Party for those who didn’t trust the government and Occupy Wall Streetfor those who didn’t trust big business. These moved Democrats and Republicans away from each other in fundamental ways, and populist attitudes on both ends of the spectrum found champions in the 2016 presidential race in Senator Bernie Sanders and Donald J. Trump.

*EXAMINER–COMMENTARY by Bret Stephens:
My pitch is simple: The next time you meet a candidate asking for your money, start the conversation with two questions.

First: “When did you last change your mind on a significant political, economic or social issue, and why?”

Second (if the candidate is already in politics): “When did you vote with the other side?”

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September 9, 2018

Sunday-EXTRA
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*Federal Bureaucrats Are Overpaid-
Shrinking Size of Gov’t Is the Answer Says Administration:

President Trump has proposed a one-year pay freeze for federal bureaucrats, which has reinvigorated the debate over whether compensation levels for the civil service are too lavish.

The Washington Post opines this is nothing but “government bashing,” but this chart from my former colleague Chris Edwards should be more than enough evidence to show that federal bureaucrats have a big advantage over workers in the economy’s productive sector.

And there is plenty of additional evidence that federal employment is very attractive. For instance, it’s just about impossible to get fired from a bureaucracy.

Though defenders of the civil service sometimes make the preposterous claim that nobody gets fired because bureaucrats are such good employees.

“Maybe we should ask veterans whether they think all federal bureaucrats do a good job? Or we can ask non-profit groups whether they think IRS bureaucrats are top-quality workers? Or ask anyone who has ever tried to navigate the federal government? asks writer Daniel Mitchell.

We also know that the counties where most federal bureaucrats reside are now the richest region of the entire nation. Coincidence?

*Bombshell Report-  
See How Many Google Employees Donated to Democrats:
Americans are rightly concerned that Big Tech companies in Silicon Valley have an outsized influence over the news and opinions we see on social media platforms and in Googlesearches. The fact that most of these platforms originate in some of the most liberal strongholds in the country — Mountain View, San Francisco, and Menlo Park, California —  raises questions about whether they’re either intentionally or subconsciously putting their oversized thumbs on the scales to promote points of view they agree with and hide views they find odious or dangerous.

A study released today from GovPredict shows that more than 90 percent of political donations by Alphabet employees went to Democrats. This news will only amplify fears that everything we read, see, and hear is being controlled by tech industry employees with a left-wing political bent.

*Assaults on ICE, Border Patrol surge as
illegal immigrants get more violent:
Assaults on ICE agents reached a decade high in 2017, and assaults on Border Patrol agents have also surged in recent years, according to new government numbers that seem to back up agents’ claims that illegal immigrants are increasingly looking to fight rather than flee.

The new numbers, reported by Homeland Security’s inspector general, could even be underselling the problem, investigators said, because the government doesn’t do a good job of tracking incidents, and agents and officers don’t always report them properly.

But the report does signal renewed danger particularly on the southwest border, where agents say a surge in illegal immigration in recent years generally correlates with growing violence.

Prosecutors, meanwhile, often refuse to bring charges or win cases against the perpetrators, the audit found.

*Spanish-language sample ballots now required in 32 more Florida counties:
A federal judge has ordered 32 counties statewide to provide sample ballots in Spanish to accommodate thousands of Puerto Ricans who moved to Florida after Hurricane Maria.

Federal Judge Mark Walker issued an order Friday, calling English-language ballots a detriment to voters who only speak Spanish.

*Paul Simon went to Brazilian
healer to decode his dreams:
Paul Simon is on a path of self-exploration. In a revealing interview about his retirement with NPR, the musical icon revealed that he recently visited a healer to learn why he has such wild dreams.

“I have a long history, really going back to like when I’m four, of violence dreams,” the 73-year-old songwriter shared. “Those dreams, they got so intense a few years ago that I took a trip down to Brazil to see this healer, John of God.”

Simon, who is retiring from music, says he went to Brazil at the behest of friends.

As it turns out, John of God didn’t quite deliver. Simon said his healing comes from Christian teachings, but it was not a religious event.

“He didn’t really have anything that fixed it, if that’s the right word,” Simon said. “But I’ve been thinking about it more and more. Lately, and like in the last year or so, my dreams they are getting longer and more … they’re sort of explosions of anger sometimes come out.”

Simon feels he can sometimes gain control of his dreams, adding that the trip to South America didn’t have a dramatic effect on him, but allowed him to think in a more spiritual way.

*Chicago Priests Arrested For Performing Oral Sex in Car
in Broad Daylight:
Two priests who serve in the Archdiocese of Chicago headed by Cardinal Blase Cupich, a close ally of Pope Francis, were arrested on Monday in Miami Beach and charged with Lewd and Lascivious behavior after pedestrians and the police observed the two priests performing oral sex in a parked car.

The sexual activity took place at around 3:00PM “in full view of the public passing by on Ocean Drive and the sidewalk,” said the police, as reported by 4 CBS Miami. The police further noted that there is a children’s playground near the intersection of 13th Street and Ocean Drive.

The two priests arrested and charged are Fr. Diego Berrio, 39, and Fr. Edwin Giraldo Cortez, 30.  Both priests reportedly are assigned to the Mission San Juan Diego parish in Arlington Heights, Illinois, which is under the jurisdiction of Cardinal Cupich. Also, Fr. Berrio  is listed as a tribunal judge with the Archdiocese.

*Melania refused to go on TV with Trump after ‘Access Hollywood’ tape-Woodward:
Melania Trump refused to appear alongside her husband on TV as part of his damage-control efforts after he was heard uttering crude comments about women in the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape, according to Bob Woodward’s new tell-all about the president.

“‘Not doing that,’ Melania said in her Slovenian accent, dismissively waving her hand,” Woodward wrote in “Fear,” according to an excerpt published by The Guardian.

“‘No way. No, no, no,’” she added during Trump’s campaign.

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IS THIS THE BEGINNING OF THE END FOR ELON MUSK?

Two top Tesla executives just jumped ship, the company’s share price is down 9 percent, and the CEO is busying himself smoking weed, doing podcasts and tossing accusations of pedophilia around.

You could say things aren’t going so great for Tesla and Elon Musk these past few weeks. Is this the beginning of the end for Elon Musk?-

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In the new Showtime series “Kidding,” Jim Carrey plays aMister Rogers-like children’s-TV host in the midst of a personal breakdown.
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Patrick Kilpatrick, Acclaimed Writer & Action Movie Star, Gears Up for October Release- Volume 1 of his 2-Part Memoir

Writer & Hollywood Cinema Bad Guy, Patrick Kilpatrick, will release brazen 2-volume memoir of his volatile, privileged upbringing, and 3 decades of working with Hollywood elite.

One of the finest screen and television character actors of his generation, Patrick Kilpatrick has played against a spectrum of Hollywood’s leading action heroes including, Tom CruiseYun-Fat ChowArnold SchwarzeneggerJames CaanBruce WillisSteven SegalSean Connery, and Jean-Claude Van Damme, to name a few. He even waged war with the largest mammal on earth in FREE WILLY: THE RESCUE.

Continuing his strong foothold as a multifaceted Hollywood mainstay, Kilpatrick is set to release Book One – Upbringing of his two-volume memoir, DYING FOR LIVING: Sins & Confessions of a Hollywood Villain and Libertine Patriot onOct. 1, 2018.

It will be published worldwide on all platforms and top retail outlets by Boulevard Books.

“These are explosive memoirs that any Hollywood or movie aficionado must read,” Kilpatrick offers. “Proceeds of sales go toward the continued care of veterans, America’s true action A-list heroes.”

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The Brent Shapiro Foundation’s Summer Spectacular

On Friday, September 7, 2018, the annual Brent Shapiro Foundation for Drug Prevention Summer Spectacular was held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA.

Robert and Linell Shapiro created the Brent Shapiro Foundation following their son Brent’s death to honor his life and promote prevention and awareness of chemical dependence. The foundation’s mission is to save lives through awareness and effective programs that incentivize kids to abstain from drugs and alcohol.

The inspired gala was hosted by Robert Shapiro (attorney) andMario Lopez (Extra!). The event featured a musical performance by David Lee Roth (Van Halen) and Cleto and the Cletones (house band from Jimmy Kimmel Live!). ActorJoe Manganiello, honored with the Spirit of Sobriety Award, was joined by his lovely wife Sofia Vergara.

Other guests included Kelly Dodd (The Real Housewives of Orange County), Maureen McCormick (The Brady Bunch),Courtney Mazza (Actress), Rick Hilton (businessman), Kathy Hilton (socialite), Khandi Alexander (Scandal), Ed Begley Jr.(Better Call Saul), Larry King (TV/radio host), Adrienne Maloof (The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills), Gloria Allred(attorney), Paul Nassif (Botched), Brooke Mueller (actress),John Savage (The Deer Hunter), Blanca Blanco (actress),Donna Mills (General Hospital), and many more.

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NFL ratings are facing yet another brutal blitz this fall — and few pundits are betting that they won’t get sacked. With ratings having plunged 8 percent in 2016 and nearly 10 percent last year, experts say this season’s ratings could fall even faster as the league continues to grapple with a slew of ugly controversies that have turned off viewers.

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Christopher Kennedy Lawford, the actor born into political and Hollywood nobility who turned his recovery from drug addiction into a career as a public health advocate and best-selling author, died on Tuesday in Vancouver, British Columbia. He was 63 and had homes in Los Angeles and Hawaii.

The cause was a heart attack, his family said. Mr. Lawford, whose mother was Patricia Kennedy, a sister of John F. Kennedy, and whose father was Peter Lawford, the British-born actor and member of the Rat Pack, began acting in the late 1980s and had parts in television programs like “Frasier” and “The O.C.,” as well as in films including “Terminator 3.”

*EXAMINER–COMMENTARY by Erin Biba:
Hurricanes are a lot less understood then you might think. While they occur everywhere around the globe, and though they happen with some regularity every year, scientists still aren’t totally sure what drives them—our observational satellite records of these storms only go back to around the 1970s.

Understanding hurricanes, how they work, and what makes them go is still a very active area of research. They seem to be caused by a complex interaction between the ocean and the atmosphere. In order to form, they require a delicate balance of moisture, temperature, pressure and weather systems across almost an entire ocean. “They really are one of the more complicated phenomena because they bring together a lot of different process at once and they’re all important,” saysAllison Wing, a professor of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science at the University of Florida.

*EXAMINER–COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman:
I greatly enjoyed the movie “Crazy Rich Asians” because, beyond the many laugh lines, it reminded me of an important point: Rich Asia has gotten really rich — not because it doesn’t have political, tribal, ethnic and religious differences like other regions, but because in more places on more days it learned to set those differences aside and focus on building the real foundations of sustainable wealth: education, trade, infrastructure, human capital and, in the most successful places, the rule of law. Most of Asia became prosperous not by discovering natural resources but by tapping its human resources — men and women — and giving them the tools to realize their potential.

It got me thinking that if someone were to do a similar movie about the Middle East it could be called “Crazy Poor Middle Easterners.” Because, with a few exceptions, this region has never been a bigger mess, had more people fighting over who owns which olive tree, had more cities turned to rubble by rival sects and missed its potential so vastly.

The region of the world that should be naturally rich has made itself poor by repeatedly letting the past bury the future and the region that is naturally poor has made itself rich by letting the future bury the past.

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After nearly 13 years of marriage, CNN commentator Van Jones and his wife, Jana Carter, are splitting up. Carter filed for divorce Friday in LA County Court, and the couple have been separated since May. The couple got married in 2005, the website reports. Jones, 49, and Carter share two young sons together.

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