LBN Examiner 12/05/2021

RETAILERS HAVE A (BIG) SHOPLIFTING PROBLEM:

In Best Buy’s earnings call yesterday, C.E.O. Corie Barry blamed stagnant sales in part on an uptick in theft, pointing to California as a particularly sticky-fingered state. Retailers in California have experienced a string of “smash-and-grabs.” Last month, Walgreens announced plans to shut down five stores in San Francisco, claiming that rates of theft in the city had risen to 5x the national average.

What’s going on? Here are a few theories:

  • Facebook Marketplace and eBay have made it easier to resell stolen goods anonymously.
  • Home Depot connected the dots between the opioid crisis and an increase in thefts at its stores two years ago. Since then, fentanyl, a drug that’s 50x stronger than heroin, has pervaded California.
  • Rates of unemployment and homelessness rose sharply last year, and California is home to the largest population of unsheltered persons.

Some argue that Proposition 47, which raised the felony threshold for stolen goods, has increased rates of theft. Organized crime costs retailers 0.07% of sales, according to the National Retail Federation, but the emotional toll it takes on retail workers who experience thefts is downright “traumatizing,” Best Buy’s C.E.O. said.

Waukesha D.A. Admitted Progressive Reforms Would Mean Someone Would Get Killed: ‘It’s Guaranteed’:

The district attorney facing criticism after the alleged Waukesha Christmas parade crash killer was freed on bond two days before the carnage previously admitted his progressive reforms “guaranteed” killers could be put back on the street. Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm, who was elected to the position in 2007, has spent his career supporting cash-bail system reform because he argues it criminalizes poverty. In an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel the year he was elected, Chisholm said: “Is there going to be an individual I divert, or I put into treatment program, who’s going to go out and kill somebody? You bet. Guaranteed. It’s guaranteed to happen.”

Oklahoma Senator Files ‘Kyle’s Law’ to Hold ‘Malicious’ Prosecutors Accountable, Compensate Victims:

A state senator from Oklahoma has filed legislation named after Kyle Rittenhouse that seeks to compensate defendants of “malicious prosecution” if they are charged with murder but later found to be not guilty due to justifiable homicide. Sen. Nathan Dahm (R-Broken Arrow), who is running for the U.S. Senate, filed Senate Bill 1120, called Kyle’s Law, on Tuesday. Rittenhouse was found not guilty of murder last week after fatally shooting two men and injuring a third during riots last year in Kenosha, Wisconsin. In a press release, Dahm’s office explained the bill: Under Dahm’s legislation, if a person is charged with murder but is found not guilty due to justifiable homicide, the state would have to reimburse the defendant for all reasonable costs, including loss of wages, legal fees incurred, and other expenses involved in their defense. When a homicide is determined to be justified and the accused establishes that they had sustained injury due to malicious prosecution, then that person will be awarded “fair and just compensation.” SB 1120 further states that in order to support a claim of malicious prosecution, the claimant must establish that the prosecution was instituted or instigated by the prosecutor and was without probable cause; that the prosecution had legally and finally been terminated in favor of the claimant; and that as a result of the criminal prosecution, the claimant sustained injury. Malice may be established if the motive for the prosecution was something other than a desire to bring an offender to justice, or that it was one with ill will or hatred, or willfully done in a wanton or oppressive manner and in conscious disregard of the claimant’s rights. Under the legislation, a prosecutor may be held personally liable to a claimant if malicious prosecution is established.

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Intermittent Fasting Reduces Inflammation, Helps the Body Like a Diabetes Medication:

Intermittent fasting, characterized by cyclic periods of fasting and eating, has emerged as a popular weight loss approach in recent years. Interestingly, however, a new study reports intermittent fasting can benefit the body in yet another way: reducing inflammation. Scientists from the Intermountain Healthcare Heart Institute conclude intermittent fasting can increase levels of galectin-3, a protein linked to bodily inflammatory responses. “Inflammation is associated with higher risk of developing multiple chronic diseases, including diabetes and heart disease. We’re encouraged to see evidence that intermittent fasting is prompting the body to fight inflammation and lowering those risks,” says Benjamin Horne, Ph.D., principal investigator of the study and director of cardiovascular and genetic epidemiology at the Intermountain Healthcare Heart Institute, in a media release. These findings are actually only a portion of Intermountain’s WONDERFUL Trial, which found that intermittent fasting can also help reduce both metabolic syndrome score (MSS) and insulin resistance. This inflammation-specific portion of the trial included 67 patients (ages 21-70) dealing with at least one metabolic syndrome feature or type 2 diabetes. All participants had elevated LDL cholesterol levels and weren’t taking any anti-diabetic or statin medications.

Examiner – Lens:

After 20 years, actor Don Johnson is reprising the title role in a “Nash Bridges” revival. “I liked his nimbleness, how he could be funny one moment and dead cold serious the next,” he said of the character.

Iranian Government Hackers Want In on the Ransomware Hacking Sprees, F.B.I. Warns:

Ransomware gangs that hack into companies, lock up their computers, then demand ransoms to free them up, have frequently been tied back to Russian-speaking hackers – but Iranian government-linked hackers are getting in on the action, too, the F.B.I. and the Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity agency C.I.S.A. warned in an alert Wednesday. The government-linked hackers, which have gone by the alias “Elie” on victim systems at times, have targeted a U.S.-based children’s hospital and a municipal government so far. The hackers are also eyeing brazen attacks in the transportation sector and against other public health organizations, the alert said. Australia’s government warned it has seen suspected Iranian government-linked hackers running ransomware ops as well. It’s a reminder that Russian hacking gangs don’t hold a monopoly on ransomware attacks that could cause disruption, akin to the hacks against Colonial Pipeline or JBS earlier this year. In some cases, the Iranian hacking gangs have been reaching out to targets with fake “interview requests,” only to try stealing their passwords to later run the ransomware attacks, according to a report published this week by cybersecurity researchers at Microsoft. Six Iranian hacking groups in all, some of which use the alias “@badguy,” have been running ransomware attacks in waves of every six to eight weeks since September 2020, the researchers said.

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Supermarkets Alter Layouts, Use Decoys to Fill Gaps Left by Shortages:

While chaos reigns in supply chains, grocery stores are trying to present an appealing and seemingly organized front for customers. To do so, some are turning to age-old tricks of the trade, and developing new ones, to cover up gaps on the shelves. That includes moving products to unlikely places in stores. Shoppers in the U.K. said they have spotted bulky crates of beer piled into aisles reserved for prepackaged meals and boxes of chocolate filling crates usually stocked with fresh vegetables. One branch of Co-operative Group Ltd., which operates stores under Co-op, stocked refrigerated displays with shelf-stable HP Sauce and Heinz Salad Cream condiments so that shoppers wouldn’t see empty racks. “We’ve been impacted by some patchy disruption to our deliveries,” a spokesperson for Co-op said. “Our teams are always trying to make sure our stores look as attractive as possible and sometimes managers come up with creative ways of making sure shelves are full.” Businesses the world over are experiencing product shortages as demand for goods has rebounded faster than supply following the worst of the pandemic, which also disrupted labor availability at food suppliers. In the U.K., 17% of consumers said they couldn’t buy essential food items because they were unavailable between September 22 and October 3, according to figures from the Office of National Statistics. Retailers say they need to maintain their customer experience as best they can to remain competitive. Some 58% of consumers said supply-chain disruptions, product shortages and shipping delays have made shopping more stressful, and 41% said product shortages and significant shipping and delivery delays would cause them to abandon a brand, according to results from an October survey by New York-based trade association I.C.S.C., which represents retail businesses.

Examiner – Site Of The Day:

Forebears

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Examiner – Lens:

Gas prices in San Francisco last week.

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Wants to be the Next James Bond:

The Rock wants to be 007. Pro-wrestling star turned actor Dwayne Johnson has an interest in succeeding Daniel Craig as James Bond, he recently revealed. “I would like to follow in his footsteps and be the next Bond,” Johnson, 49, said. Johnson whose grandfather Peter Maivia played a Bond villain in 1967’s “You Only Live Twice” – isn’t content with just appearing in a movie in the movie franchise. “I don’t want to be a villain,” The Rock added with a wide smile. “You gotta be Bond.”

Examiner – (Notable) Remarks:

** There is yawning chasm between the press narrative about what happened that night in Wisconsin – what the conventional, proper-thinking wisdom was – and what actually seems to have happened. The smart set insisted that Kyle Rittenhouse was a MAGA-loving vigilante who went to Kenosha to kill BLM supporters. Remember that the President of the United States seemed to imply Rittenhouse was a “white supremacist” in a campaign video. The divide between the coverage and the reality – Rittenhouse appears to have a solid self-defense case – is stark. —- Nellie Bowles

** “If someone is willing to pay for sex or a kidney, and a consulting adult is willing to sell, the only question the economist asks is: ‘How much?’” —- Michael J. Sandel, “What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets”

** When the sources of news keep getting things wrong, and all the errors lie in the exact same direction, and they are reluctant to acknowledge error, we have a problem. If you look back at the last few years, the record of errors, small and large, about major stories, is hard to deny. It’s as if the more Donald Trump accused the MSM of being “fake news” the more assiduously they tried to prove him right. —- Andrew Sullivan

** In 2018, the NPR correspondent Sam Sanders made this modest proposal: “It’s time to put woke to sleep” – arguing that the term had passed its sell-by date. But “woke,” which has a longer etymological history, has only become increasingly common in recent years. What was once a popular adjective among left-leaning social media cognoscenti as part of the colloquial admonition to “stay woke” to various forms of systemic racism first morphed into a general shorthand denoting today’s left-leaning orthodoxy and then a slur that underscored the overweening, obsessive nature of said orthodoxy. Last week, the Times columnist Bret Stephens argued that wokeness has been “clobbered” politically. That came on the heels of the Times columnist Maureen Dowd arguing that wokeness “derails” the Democratic Party. In the aftermath of Democrats’ loss in the recent Virginia governor’s race, the veteran Democratic consultant James Carville identified “stupid wokeness” as the proximate cause. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, herself an avatar of wokeness, tweet-dismissed that assessment by saying “the average audience for people seriously using the word ‘woke’ in a 2021 political discussion are James Carville and Fox News pundits so that should tell you all you need to know.” A couple of days later, she tweeted: “‘Woke’ is a term pundits are now using as a derogatory euphemism for civil rights & justice.” —- John McWhorter, N.Y. Times

** “Crooks and civilians need to congregate every once in a while to reinforce their life decisions.” —- Colson Whitehead, “Harlem Shuffle” (2021)

Examiner – Investigates:

** Scientists demonstrate ultrashort laser pulses can kill multidrug-resistant superbugs without damaging human cells; the approach may be used to sterilize wounds.

** A death-defying motorcycle stunt. WATCH

Examiner – See It:

Taylor Swift’s rereleases seem designed to punish her transgressors and fortify her legacy.

Leading Tech Entrepreneur, Ed Kushins, Examines Inflation Soaring in Vast Industries

Inflation is soaring and the media is covering it endlessly from countless angles. What will soaring inflation do to your industry over the next year?

A poll last week indicated that 53% of American voters said they were extremely concerned about inflation and higher prices. No other issue topped 50%. Not COVID, immigration, education or foreign policy.

While aware and empathetic that inflation has been painful for many, it has offered opportunities for some industries and companies, and not because they are price gouging. “Many in my industry (vacation home real estate) have benefited from rapidly rising prices and my own company (Vacation Property Partners) has not only benefited, but is helping our users deal with unexpected rapid inflation.”

The vacation home real estate market has been on fire, with prices and demand soaring in the midst of limited inventory. That’s resulted in faster sales at higher prices for sellers, they’ve certainly benefited. Many real estate brokers get multiple offers at higher prices (and higher commissions). And while there has been some recent softening in some markets, it has been more of a flattening of the trajectory due more to lack of inventory than lack of demand.

  • In 2020, vacation-home sales rose 16.4%, outpacing the growth in total existing-home sales of 5.6% and the median existing vacation-home sales price typically rose by 14.2% Jonathan Spears, a real estate agent and founder of Spears Group, based in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, said he believes market gains will continue across the U.S. in 2022. Specifically, as people continue to become more comfortable returning to big cities, he expects to see the largest surges in metropolitan markets in the Northeast, Southeast and the West Coast.
  • “Despite some market prognosticators forecasting increases in market values upwards of 15%, because the market experienced an increase of over 30% in the previous year, it may actually seem as though real estate markets have slowed,” he said. “Because of low inventory, we won’t see as high of rates of absorption simply because the inventory is not there.”

“My website, VacationPropertyPartners.com is actually poised to benefit from the current inflation and inventory situation and the FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) being fomented. We facilitate two families to partner to buy a single vacation home, thus essentially cutting their costs in half and allowing them to buy a vacation home they might otherwise not be able to afford in a market with rising prices and limited supply. That lack of inventory allows two Vacation Property Partners to take advantage of one available vacation home, allowing it to satisfy the needs of two families. It’s actually an inflation workaround. Pacaso.com is offering somewhat the same service, but with a different business model where owners do not own a property directly, but own shares in an LLC that owns the property, and usually have ⅛ usage of a property rather than ½ usage. Inflation can certainly have uncomfortable to devastating effects on individuals and companies, but a savvy response can often offer mitigation and even opportunity.”

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Bonus Edition LBN Examiner 12/01/2021

EXAMINER – LENS:

Genetic genealogists like CeCe Moore are cracking cold cases and transforming policing. As DNA analysis redefines ancestry and anonymity, what knowledge should we be permitted to unlock? After Moore helped police identify an elusive criminal, one officer said, “It seemed like magic what she was able to do.”

EXAMINER – LENS:

“Every woman I know – doesn’t matter what they look like, or if they’ve commodified their image or not – knows what it feels like to be looked at, to be rejected, to get attention for how they look,” Emily Ratajkowski said.

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Actress Rebecca Ferguson.

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Actor Jeremy Renner.

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Writer Ann Patchett.

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Davone Tines speaks with an unguardedness rarely heard in the corridors of classical music.

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Migrants take part in a caravan heading to Mexico City, in Arriaga, Mexico, November 6.

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LBN Examiner 11/28/2021

GROWING SHARE OF CHILDLESS ADULTS IN U.S. DON’T EXPECT TO EVER HAVE CHILDREN:

Birth rates in the United States dropped during the COVID-19 pandemic amid the twin public health and economic crises, lending evidence to predictions from early on in the outbreak that economic uncertainty might trigger a baby bust. This continued the downward trend in U.S. fertility rates, which were already at a record low before the pandemic began. A new Pew Research Center survey finds that a rising share of U.S. adults who are not already parents say they are unlikely to ever have children, and their reasons range from just not wanting to have kids to concerns about climate change and the environment. Some 44% of non-parents ages 18 to 49 say it is not too or not at all likely that they will have children someday, an increase of 7 percentage points from the 37% who said the same in a 2018 survey. Meanwhile, 74% of adults younger than 50 who are already parents say they are unlikely to have more kids, virtually unchanged since 2018.

Cancer Mortality Falls:

Deaths from all types of cancer in the U.S. fell by an estimated 27% over the past 50 years, according to a new analysis. The timeframe reaches back to the passage of the 1971 National Cancer Act, now responsible for more than $6B in annual cancer research. Progress was attributed to improved preventative screenings, advanced treatments, better healthcare access, and drops in smoking-related lung and oral cancers.

Rates did not drop continuously throughout the timeframe. Cancer mortality continued to rise until the early 1990s, after which it began to rapidly decline. Deaths per 100,000 people in the U.S. have fallen by 44% since its peak. Lung and bronchus cancer remains the deadliest form of the disease, representing more than one in five U.S. cancer deaths each year. Cancer still claims the lives of more than 600,000 Americans annually.

North Korea’s Nuclear Bomb Capability Far Higher Than Previously Known, Satellite Image Analysis Suggests:

A new report out Thursday appears to show that North Korea has a far stronger nuclear-bomb-making capability than previously thought, The Wall Street Journal reports. An analysis by Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation suggests that Kim Jong Un has the potential to enrich more uranium and other base ingredients for deadly weapons than was previously known. The research group based its findings on satellite imagery analysis of a uranium mining complex in Pyongsan county. Researchers also analyzed deforestation levels to ascertain mining activity. Previous estimates of North Korea’s annual uranium ore output came in at around 30,000 metric tons; the new analysis shows it could actually be as much as 360,000 metric tons.

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In Taliban-Ruled Afghanistan, Infant Girls Offered for Future Marriage Amid Economic Crisis:

The last time the Taliban ruled most of Afghanistan, rates of child marriages were among the world’s highest, and amid a deepening economic crisis, the United Nations’ children’s agency is concerned that the numbers are likely to rise once again. “We have received credible reports of families offering daughters as young as 20 days old up for future marriage in return for a dowry,” UNICEF executive director Henrietta Fore said. “The extremely dire economic situation in Afghanistan is pushing more families deeper into poverty and forcing them to make desperate choices, such as putting children to work and marrying girls off at a young age,” she said. The UN has warned that Afghanistan is on the brink of the world’s most serious humanitarian crisis, with 23 million of its 38 million people unlikely to have sufficient food through the coming winter without assistance.

Examiner – Lens:

“Sex, Love & goop,” is a Netflix documentary series in which the onetime Academy Award-winning actor and now entrepreneur Gwyneth Paltrow helps couples improve the quality of their erotic lives.

Texas School Board Meeting Erupts After Pro-CRT Speaker Warns Parents He’s Got 1,000 Soldiers ‘Locked And Loaded’:

A pro-Critical Race Theory parent told attendees at a Texas school board meeting that he has 1,000 soldiers “locked and loaded” for those who “dare” question the need for race-based curricula. Malikk Austin turned to address parents who had expressed their discontent over Critical Race Theory (CRT) pedagogy being taught in the Fort Worth Independent School District (FWISD) during the public comment portion of the meeting, according to video footage of the incident. “For those who got an issue with this critical race theory, equity it’s something I fought for for my children,” Austin said to meeting attendees. “How dare you come out from here and talk about the things that my daddy and my grandparents went through, the lynching, the oppression, Jim Crow. My kids are still being afflicted by this. How dare you come off in here and challenge me on critical race theory.” CRT holds that America is fundamentally racist, yet it teaches people to view every social interaction and person in terms of race. Its adherents pursue “antiracism” through the end of merit, objective truth and the adoption of race-based policies.

Stress Over Vaccination Seen as Main Cause of Side Effects:

Anxiety over the vaccination itself is believed to be the cause of the vast majority of side effects experienced among those vaccinated against the novel coronavirus at a mass vaccination site in Tokyo, an analysis by the Self-Defense Forces Central Hospital has found. About 90% of the acute-phase side effects experienced by 2,930 people after receiving the vaccine at the Defense Ministry-administered vaccination site were believed to stem from stress accompanying anxiety over the vaccination. Those in younger age group made up the largest share of those affected.

Examiner – Video Spotlight:


** A cool animation demonstrating how mRNA vaccines work. WATCH

** Just a fox, listening to a banjo. WATCH

** Tat Granny goes viral on TikTok. WATCH

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Examiner – A Look Back:

Hitler declares war on the United States, Dec. 11, 1941.

Man, 83, Acquitted of Wife’s Murder – After Serving 45 Years:

When Isiah Andrews was first tried for the 1974 stabbing murder of his wife, a Cleveland jury was not told that police had originally arrested another man for the crime. Andrews was convicted and served 45 years in prison, always maintaining his innocence, until an appeals court last year ordered him retried because of prosecutors’ failure to disclose key details. A jury that had all the facts acquitted Andrews, News5 Cleveland reported. “Today the jury got it right,” his lawyer, Marcus Sidoti, said. “He is finally vindicated. Isiah will never get these decades of his life back, but he can now live the remainder of his life a free man.”

Examiner – (Notable) Remarks:

•• In a recent essay on great-power competition and climate change, Rob Litwak, an arms control expert at the Wilson Center, recalled a question that President Ronald Reagan posed to Mikhail Gorbachev, the Soviet leader, after they took a walk during their 1985 Lake Geneva summit. As Gorbachev put it later: “President Reagan suddenly said to me, ‘What would you do if the United States were suddenly attacked by someone from outer space? Would you help us?’ I said, ‘No doubt about it.’ He said, ‘We too.’ So that’s interesting,” Gorbachev concluded. —- Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times Op-Ed columnist

** “Russia’s and China’s positions in the world economy have been reversed since they implemented different modes of marketization. Russia’s share of world G.D.P. almost halved, from 3.7% in 1990 to about 2% in 2017, while China’s share increased close to sixfold, from a mere 2.2% to about one-eighth of global output. Russia underwent dramatic deindustrialization, while China became the proverbial workshop of world capitalism.” —- Isabella M. Weber, “How China Escaped Shock Therapy: The Market Reform Debate” (2021)

** So much is broken in America. But higher education might be the most fractured institution of all. There is a gaping chasm between the promise and the reality of higher education. Yale’s motto is Lux et Veritas, light and truth. Harvard proclaims: Veritas. Young men and women of Stanford are told Die Luft der Freiheit weht: The wind of freedom blows. These are soaring words. But in these top schools, and in so many others, can we actually claim that the pursuit of truth – once the central purpose of a university – remains the highest virtue? Do we honestly believe that the crucial means to that end – freedom of inquiry and civil discourse – prevail when illiberalism has become a pervasive feature of campus life? The numbers tell the story as well as any anecdote you’ve read in the headlines or heard within your own circles. Nearly a quarter of American academics in the social sciences or humanities endorse ousting a colleague for having a wrong opinion about hot-button issues such as immigration or gender differences. Over a third of conservative academics and PhD students say they had been threatened with disciplinary action for their views. Four out of five American PhD students are willing to discriminate against right-leaning scholars, according to a report by the Center for the Study of Partisanship and Ideology. The picture among undergraduates is even bleaker. In Heterodox Academy’s 2020 Campus Expression Survey, 62% of sampled college students agreed that the climate on their campus prevented students from saying things they believe. Nearly 70% of students favor reporting professors if the professor says something students find offensive, according to a Challey Institute for Global Innovation survey. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education reports at least 491 disinvitation campaigns since 2000. Roughly half were successful. —- Pano Kanelos, President of the University of Austin. Former President of St. John’s College. Shakespeare scholar. Liberal Arts advocate. Old soul

Mobile Cannabis Dispensaries are Coming:

Californians who enjoy cannabis may no longer have to go to the dispensary. Instead, the dispensary will come to them. Once-illegal cannabis sure has come a long way. In 2020, weed sales were worth $4.4B in California alone, an increase of 57% from 2019. And it’s never been easier to get. Instead of covert cash sales, many patients and recreational consumers can now get it delivered straight to their door – which 60% of them did in 2021, per WeedMaps.

But can it get even easier than that? Typically, ordering cannabis would mean choosing items from a local dispensary’s online shop, then waiting for someone to drop it off. But this can take a while, especially if the nearest dispensary isn’t close by. Bay Area startup Meadow provides POS systems specifically for cannabis retailers, processing $1B+ in sales since 2014. Its “dynamic delivery” offers the tools for faster on-demand, mobile delivery, per TechCrunch. It can:

  • Dispatch drivers
  • Manage real-time inventory
  • Process payments
  • Help ensure compliance with local laws

Delivery vans can carry up to $3K in merchandise, per California law, or $5K if preorders are included. Meadow can also set up specific zones to vend near (e.g., near events or neighborhoods without dispensaries), and send notifications and discounts to customers within those zones. Stuff like this may be fun for recreational consumers, but will be greatly appreciated by medical cannabis patients who can’t easily leave their homes or travel far. Meadow is starting with California, but may also expand to Michigan, Massachusetts, and New York.

Examiner – Investigates:

** In a rapidly aging Japan, older adults now use more diapers than babies do.

** The price of a gallon of milk is up 26% – an average of $3.59 – since bottoming out at $2.84 in July 2018.

** California consumers ordered 12% more weed on Election Night 2020.

** Not everything about “King of Cool” Dean Martin was what it seemed. The dashing playboy and heartthrob was actually a devoted family man to eight children. The legendary drinker – who always had a tumbler in hand – secretly filled his glass with apple cider. And that gleaming grin masked pain.

** Visualizing the size of the solar system’s biggest asteroids and comets. WATCH

** Mapping the geographic center of the U.S. population since 1790. WATCH

** Stunning high-definition time-lapse footage of the sun. WATCH

Examiner – Lens:

Actress Kristen Stewart used to learn her lines right before filming, so that it would seem, on camera, as if they had just occurred to her.

“Minnesota! The Modern Day Selma is the most important film of our era.” – Faizon Love

Minnesota! The Modern Day Selma, winner of 13 Film Festival Awards is now live in the Academy Screening Room for Oscar® consideration. Said film director, Michael Douglas Carlin, “we were in Minnesota when buildings were burning in a dangerous situation capturing the essence of the George Floyd Murder protests. Our Film sheds light on the issue of police violence as several families tell heartfelt stories detailing their loss of a family member.”

Academy members can view the film online and beginning December 5 can vote to get the film on the short list of 15 documentaries. So far, Minnesota has won 13 film festival awards including Best Feature Documentary at the Marina del Rey and Silver State Film Festivals as well as Best Director at the Silicon Beach Film Festival. MVD Entertainment releases the film in January.

The Academy Qualifying Theatrical release was in October in a time, post COVID, when almost anything can happen. Minnesota racked up an impressive weekend per screen average of $1,420 on a single screen at the Laemmle Monica Film Complex in Santa Monica. Minnesota beat out big screen films including Disney’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Jungle Cruise, 20th Century Studios’ The Last Duel, Free Guy, Bleeker Street’s Mass, I’m Your Man, A24’s Lamb, National Geographic’s Becoming Cousteau, Universal’s Candyman, Dear Evan Hansen and Searchlight’s The Eyes of Tammy Faye: In most cases by nearly double.

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