April 17, 2019

*Ecuador Spent Nearly $1 million Each Year to Host Julian Assange:

Ecuador blew through nearly a million dollars a year hosting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at its embassy in London, officials revealed Saturday. The country shelled out a total of $6.5 million on behalf of Assange, who went into hiding there in August 2012 but was dragged out and arrested on Thursday. The 47-year-old asylum seeker was reportedly abusive toward the embassy staff, ate with his fingers, infrequently bathed or did laundry — and even smeared feces on the walls.

Most of that $6.5 million was spent on security, according to the Daily Mail. The rest was used for medical expenses, food and washing his clothing. After getting the boot, Assange was taken to a London court where he was found guilty of failing to surrender.

 *50,219,667 Tax Return Filers Paid $0 or Less in Income Taxes:

Of the 150,272,157 tax returns filed for the 2016 tax year, 50,219,667—or 33.4 percent–were classified by the Internal Revenue Service as “nontaxable returns,” meaning the people who filed them paid $0 or less in income taxes, according to data published by the Statistics of Income Division of the IRS. At the same time, 80 percent of all income taxes paid that year were paid by tax return filers who had adjusted gross incomes of $100,000 or more.

Table 2.3 in the Statistics of Income data released by the IRS lists the total number of all returns the IRS estimates it received in a tax year. It also breaks that number down by the number “taxable returns” and the number of “nontaxable returns.” “A taxable return,” the IRS says, “is a return that has total income tax greater than $0.” “A nontaxable return, on the other hand, could either have a zero or negative tax liability after accounting for all credits (including refundable credits),” says the IRS.

 *Israeli Scientists Print World’s First 3D Heart With Human Tissue:

It once would have been dismissed as science fiction—but Israeli scientists claim they’ve made the extraordinary breakthrough of printing the first 3D heart using “ink” made of human tissue. The Tel Aviv University researchers revealed the heart Monday which they say was personalized by using a patient’s own cells and biological material. Up until now, scientists have only successfully printed simple tissues without blood vessels.

“This is the first time anyone anywhere has successfully engineered and printed an entire heart replete with cells, blood vessels, ventricles and chambers,” said Prof. Tal Dvir of TAU, according to the Jerusalem Post. The heart isn’t big enough for humans yet—it’s roughly the size of a rabbit’s heart. But scientists are confident they will be able to go on to print working human hearts and eventually replace the need for organ donations. “Maybe, in ten years, there will be organ printers in the finest hospitals around the world, and these procedures will be conducted routinely,” Dvir added.

 *Jeff Bezos Helped Kill Woody Allen’s Amazon Movie Deal: Lawyer:

Amazon‘s decision to cancel their four-movie deal with director Woody Allen went all the way up to Jeff Bezos, Allen’s lawyer reportedly claimed in court Friday. According to the New York Daily News, attorney Julia Beskin said “rather senior Amazon executives” who were “all the way up the ladder” were “very much involved” in the decision to make the deal with Allen and to terminate it. Beskin reportedly said the director’s legal team may “seek to depose Bezos” if the contract dispute is not settled through private mediation.

The $73-million deal was reportedly cancelled in June 2018 after allegations resurfaced that Allen had sexually abusedDylan Farrow, his adoptive daughter, as a child. Beskin reportedly argued that Amazon was well aware of Farrow’s years-old allegations against Allen when the deal was made. An attorney for Amazon defended the company’s decision to terminate the deal, claiming Allen’s more recent remarks about the #MeToo movement—he warned of a “witch hunt”—made the deal unsustainable. Allen already completed one of the four movies in the deal, titled A Rainy Day in New York, and it now seeks a new distributor.

 *Cher: ‘If My State Can’t Take Care of Its Own, How Can It Take Care of More’ Immigrants?:

California and her hometown of Los Angeles, in particular, should focus on taking care of its current population of homeless, poor and hungry, instead of taking on the burden of more immigrants, Singer/Entertainer Cher tweeted Sunday: “I Understand Helping struggling Immigrants, but MY CITY (Los Angeles) ISNT TAKING CARE OF ITS OWN. WHAT ABOUT THE 50,000 plus Citizens WHO LIVE ON THE STREETS. PPL WHO LIVE BELOW POVERTY LINE, & HUNGRY? If My State Can’t Take Care of Its Own (Many Are VETS) How Can it Take Care Of More”

Cher’s tweet comes after President Donald Trump reportedly threatened to release illegal immigrants into the nation’s “sanctuary cities,” like Los Angeles, which offer safe harbor for those who illegally live in the U.S.

 *Photographer David LaChapelle Defends Michael Jackson:

Famed fashion photographer David LaChapelle is the latest celebrity to defend Michael Jackson.

LaChapelle, 56, shared his photograph of the disgraced pop star three times on Instagram on Thursday depicting Jackson as a weeping angel with his foot atop a red devil.

The photographer’s defense of the musician comes as an apparent (and belated) response to the HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland,” in which James Safechuck and Wade Robson claim they were sexually abused by Jackson when they were children.

LaChapelle isn’t the first star to stand by the “Bad” singer. Last month, Diana Ross tweeted, “I believe and trust that Michael Jackson was and is A magnificent incredible force to me and to many others.”

Barbra Streisand also said that while she believes Safechuck and Robson’s accounts of what transpired, “I blame, I guess, the parents, who would allow their children to sleep with him.” She told the Times of London, “His sexual needs were his sexual needs, coming from whatever childhood he has or whatever DNA he has. You can say ‘molested,’ but those children, as you heard say, they were thrilled to be there.”

She later clarified her comments after receiving backlash, stating, “To be crystal clear, there is no situation or circumstance where it is OK for the innocence of children to be taken advantage of by anyone,” her statement read. “The stories these two young men shared were painful to hear, and I feel nothing but sympathy for them. The single most important role of being a parent is to protect their children. It’s clear that the parents of the two young men were also victimized and seduced by fame and fantasy.”

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The largest department in the IRS is the Small Business/Self-Employed division, with about 47,000 employees.

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16-Year-Old Jessica Biel And 14-Year-Old Scarlett Johansson, 1998.

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Welcome to Episode # 2 of the revealing TV show “Without Notes” with Eliad Moreh-Rosenberg, curator of the Holocaust Museum in Israel – Episode 2: The Art of the Holocaust: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22kagOZxQ4o

 *EXAMINER–SPOTLIGHT:

Jeff Maxwell and Ryan Patrick cut deep into the bowels of the iconic CBS Mega-hit, M*A*S*H. Nine years in the role of Private Igor, the beleaguered cook at the 4077, Maxwell provides behind-the-scenes tidbits as only a cast member can. Patrick, an Illinois radio personality and marketing genius, offers the squishy, emotional component available only from a life-long, devoted fan. Along with the hosts’ perspectives, M*A*S*H writers, producers, cast members, and even listeners drop in as featured guests to share their unique experiences and opinions. 

Enlist today and explore with Jeff and Ryan why M*A*S*H did, does, and continues to matter in 2019. That’s an order!

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Love the podcast! Jeff is funny and not the Ninny I expected, and Ryan is a lot like me in our M*A*S*H fandom!  —Scott Parsons

Insightful, entertaining, and inspirational. —Wes Henson

These guys are funny, smart, funny and also funny. Great podcast even if you’re not a fan of MASH. —Travis Cook 

I have listened to each episode, and find myself looking forward to the next one more and more! —Missy Smith

I love this pod cast so much! Please keep it up guys – you are amazing! —Kelly Tennyson-Seng

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Fagun Thakrar, British Actress, Writer, Director, and Activist, Becomes Global Ambassador for The International Forum Advocating for Women’s Brain and Health

Fagun Thakrar is a critically acclaimed British actress, writer, director and activist who has appeared in a number of films and starred alongside Academy Award winner Brie Larson, Donald Sutherland and Martin Sheen. Fagun studied Medicine at the University College London, where she developed a specialized interest in neuroscience. In the last 5 years she has continued her research on the positive effects of meditation on the human brain and is currently directing a first-of-its-kind documentary film on the intersection between meditation and neuroscience. As an filmmaker, Fagun is particularly drawn to cinematic roles with strong intellectual content that communicate a broader social message and projects which both educate and engage audiences.

Dr. Antonella Santuccione co-founder and CEO of the organisation said: “We are thrilled that Fagun has agreed to take on the role of global ambassador for The International Forum on Women’s Brain and Mental Health as the gateway to precision medicine. We believe that her voice and expertise will be essential in allowing the organisation to achieve one of its main goals: to have mental health personalized solutions as a priority on the global agenda. She is uniquely placed as a director and artist with a background in medicine, to bring more exposure to our wonderful annual forum that is taking place in Switzerland in June. Fagun will be giving a keynote speech among many other prominent speakers including Sophia the advanced humanoid robot.”

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U.S. retailers have announced more store closures so far this year (5,994) than they did in the entirety of 2018 (5,864), Coresight Research reports. We’ll save you a calendar check: It’s April 13. Two mall mainstays have accounted for more than half of the yellow tape: Payless ShoeSource said it will close all 2,500 of its U.S. stores when it filed for bankruptcy in February. Gymboree announced closings of 800 stores when it, too, filed for bankruptcy in January.

Curious about the record? It was set in 2017, when nearly 8,000 retail store closures were announced. In a report this week, UBS estimated that 75,000 stores selling furniture, electronics, and clothing will close by 2026—nearly 11,000/year. The projection doesn’t account for a recession or a dramatic surge in nudist living: It’s a result of growth in consumer spending online. Online shopping is expected to comprise 25% of total U.S. retail sales in 2026, up from 16% of overall sales currently. For every 1% increase in online penetration, 8,000-8,500 stores will be forced to close.

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April 14, 2019

*Only 17 Percent of Americans Think They’re Benefiting From Trump’s
2017 Tax Cut:

Despite the fact that about 80 percent of Americans are expected to receive tax cuts this year under Trump’s 2017 tax bill, only 17 percent believe they’re benefitting financially, according to a new poll cited Monday by CNBC. The poll, conducted by NBC and The Wall Street Journal, found that 28 percent expect to pay more taxes, 27 percent think they’ll pay the same, and 28 percent aren’t sure.

For most Americans, the tax cuts will be relatively minor, CNBC reports—the lowest-earning 60 percent of households, for example, will receive less than $1,000. The poll could in part explain why the plan is still unpopular: Another poll found that only 36 percent approve of the plan, while 49 percent disapprove. Expected tax cuts largely fell along partisan lines: While 33 percent of Republicans thought they’d pay fewer taxes, only 7 percent of Democrats felt the same.

*Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Eats Only One Meal Per Day:

Jack Dorsey must have missed the “everything in moderation” memo. The Twitter and Square CEO recently opened up on Ben Greenfield’s “Fitness: Diet, Fat Loss and Performance” podcast about how he does it all and revealed it comes down to his extremely limited diet. It’s so limited, in fact, that Dorsey barely consumes any food at all.

Dorsey, 42, explained that he eats just one meal every day at dinnertime between the hours of 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Experts typically recommended three solid meals per day or six smaller meals throughout the day. Dorsey’s dishes usually consist of a protein (chicken, steak or fish) with vegetables (salad, spinach, asparagus, or brussels sprouts). When the executive treats himself to dessert, it’s only mixed berries or dark chocolate. He’ll dabble with a glass of red wine, too.

“During the day, I feel so much more focused,” Dorsey shared. “You have this very focused point of mind in terms of this drive…” The weekends, however, are a different story. Dorsey completely fasts from Friday evening to Sunday and only drinks water throughout these days.“The first time I did it, like day three, I felt like I was hallucinating. It was a weird state to be in,” he recalled to Greenfield. “But as I did it the next two times, it just became so apparent to me how much of our days are centered around meals and how — the experience I had was when I was fasting for much longer, how time really slowed down.”

Dorsey’s extreme lifestyle doesn’t stop at food; he also uses a hydrotherapy routine that involves sitting in a sauna for 15 minutes at 220 degrees before jumping into a 37-degree ice bath for three minutes. He does this cycle three times in a row.

*Animal ‘Culture’ Rejects Unique Status Humans Have as Created
in God’s Image:

A recent article in the national magazine of the Sierra Clubasked the question, “Does a Bear Think in the Woods?” Beyond the clever play on the old rhetorical question, the article made the remarkable claim that the intelligence of bears, chimpanzees, and other great apes shares “many properties with our own.” What prompted the article was a study of black bears in the northeast. A researcher, who has spent twenty-two years observing these animals in New Hampshire, told the author that bears are “like us. They judge. They punish. They have gratitude and friendship.”

The article also cited the example of a black bear in Upstate New York who figured out how to open the “latest in bear-proof canisters.” Soon afterwards, “other local bears soon followed suit,” which prompted the question; “Did she teach them?” Of course, no one who has owned a dog would find any of this all that surprising. That animals have what might be called feelings is undeniable, and animals are often smarter than we expect them to be. One of my friends successfully trained his Portuguese water dog to open a refrigerator and bring him a beverage. And many nature documentaries teach us that most animals spend the first part of their lives learning by emulating their mothers. All of this can be amazing to watch, but it still leaves us a long way from saying that animals think like humans in any meaningful way. It certainly doesn’t warrant calling the woods a “neighborhood” instead of a “habitat.”

One of the things that’s behind the tendency to anthropomorphize bears, dogs, and other animals is the belief that animals and people are locked in a kind of “zero sum” game, as if the only way to assure the continued survival of animals is to deny and/or diminish how distinctly different they are from humans. In the process, man’s unique role as God’s image bearer and steward in the created order is also denied.

These denials are especially obvious in all the talk about animal “culture.” In humans, “culture” includes the “customs, arts, social institutions, and achievements of a particular nation, people, or other social group.”

*Vitamin and Mineral Supplements Won’t Help You Live Longer, Could Cause Harm, Study Says:

Getting the right amount of vitamins and minerals can lower your risk of an early death, but they should come from food instead of supplements, a new study published suggests. Researchers from Tufts University say they found no association between the use of dietary supplements and a lower risk of death.

The study analyzed data from a larger health and nutrition survey conducted from 1999 to 2010. More than 30,000 participants ages 20 and older answered questions about dietary supplement use. Results showed people who got adequate amounts of vitamin K and magnesium lowered their risk of early death, and those who got enough vitamin A, vitamin K and zinc had a lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease. Those benefits were earned only when those nutrients came from food, not supplements.

“While supplement use contributes to an increased level of total nutrient intake, there are beneficial associations with nutrients from foods that aren’t seen with supplements,” said Fang Fang Zhang, an author on the study and associate professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, in a statement.

 *BEWARE – 10 Babies Have Died in Fisher-Price Rock ’n Play Sleeper:

Federal regulators warned parents on Friday that a popular infant seat can be deadly. At least 10 infants have died since 2015 when they rolled from their back to their stomach or side while unrestrained in the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

As a result, the agency is recommending that the sleeper not be used as soon as a baby can roll over or after 3 months of age. Parents have already been told not to use the seat without the three-point harness, but the CPSC said the deaths show that not everyone is heeding the advice. Fisher-Price joined in the warning but noted that the Rock ‘n Play meets safety standards.

 *Mulvaney: Mexico Has Done More in the Last Week to Combat Illegal Immigration Than Pelosi, Dems:

Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told “Fox News Sunday” that Mexico has done more to crack down on the illegal immigration crisis during the past week than House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Democrats. “The president gave Mexico a one-year warning this past week, he also calls a crisis. Why wait a year?” Fox News’s Bill Hemmerasked.

“Keep in mind, I think that word about waiting a year dealt with drugs. There’s a couple of different things he said this week, which is we need help right away on the migrant crisis, on illegal immigration, folks coming across the Mexican border. We also have another longer-term issue with Mexico on drugs that I think if you go back and look at his statement, he said we need help within the next year on drugs,” Mulvaney said. “The good news there is that in the last week, Mexico really has stepped it up for the very first time. They are preventing people from coming in on their own southern border down towards Guatemala and Honduras, and they are also accepting more of the folks that cross into the United States back into Mexico,” he said.

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Men and women tend to gravitate toward different stocks. For example, men favor stocks such as Tesla, Coca-Cola, Ford, Microsoft, Wal-Mart, and Gilead. Women tend to like less trendy stocks, such as Frontier Communication, JP Morgan, Pfizer, Kraft, Boeing, AbbVie, Merck, Amazon, and Google.

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The average American eats approximately 222 pounds of meat per year. This does not include seafood.

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Bob Dylan is ignored by John Lennon, 1965.

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Bill Clinton at age 4, 1950.

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Welcome to Episode #2 of the revealing TV show “Without Notes” with Eliad Moreh-Rosenberg, curator of the Holocaust Museum in Israel – Episode 2: The Art of the Holocaust: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22kagOZxQ4o

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Clay Clark, Host of the Popular Thrivetime Podcast, Speaks to CEO Superstar Carly Fiorina on How to “Find Your Way”

Clay Clark, founder of Thrive15 and creator of the “Thrivetime Show – Business School Without the BS,” has been welcoming a fair number of popular guests to his podcast in the recent months, recently speaking to influencers such as Jason Khalipa, “The Fittest Man in the World,” and John C. Maxwell, an acclaimed author and speaker. Now, he’s had the chance to say that Carly Fiorina has spoken on his podcast.

“I am both honored and privileged to interview the woman who ran for President after completely obliterating the “glass ceiling” for women in business when she became CEO of the FORTUNE 20 Company, Hewlett Packard,” explains Clark, “She’s a best-selling author. She’s a great American. She’s a big deal.”

Cara Carleton “Carly” Fiorina is an American businesswoman and political figure, known primarily for her tenure as CEO of Hewlett-Packard (HP). She subsequently served as Chair of the philanthropic organization Good360. As Chief Executive Officer of HP from 1999 to 2005, Fiorina was the first woman to lead a Top-20 company as ranked by Fortune Magazine.

In 2002, Fiorina oversaw what was then the largest technology sector merger in history, in which HP acquired rival personal computer manufacturer, Compaq. The transaction made HP the world’s largest seller of personal computers.

Fiorina was also an adviser to Republican Senator John McCain‘s 2008 presidential campaign. In 2010, she won the Republican nomination for the United States Senate inCalifornia, but lost the general election to incumbent Democrat Barbara Boxer. Fiorina was a candidate in the 2016 Republican presidential primary, and was for seven days the vice-presidential running mate of Ted Cruz until he suspended his campaign.

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April 10, 2019

*Dog Owners are Much Happier than Cat Owners, Survey Finds:

The well-respected survey that’s been a barometer of American politics, culture and behavior for more than four decades finally got around to the question that has bedeviled many a household. Dog or cat? In 2018, the General Social Survey for the first time included a battery of questions on pet ownership. The findings not only quantified the nation’s pet population – nearly 6 in 10 households have at least one -they made it possible to see how pet ownership overlaps with all sorts of factors of interest to social scientists.

Like happiness. For starters, there is little difference between pet owners and non-owners when it comes to happiness, the survey shows. The two groups are statistically indistinguishable on the likelihood of identifying as “very happy” (a little over 30 percent) or “not too happy” (in the mid-teens). But when you break the data down by pet type – cats, dogs or both – a stunning divide emerges: Dog owners are about twice as likely as cat owners to say they’re very happy, with people owning both falling somewhere in between.

 *Charlize Theron Is ‘Shockingly Available,’ Begs Men To ‘Grow A Pair And Step Up’:

It sounds unreal, but indeed, Academy Award-winning actress Charlize Theron, whose beauty rivals that of Grace Kelly, has been single for 10 years and she wants a man to “grow a pair and step up.”

The 43-year-old Charlize Theron opened up about the woeful state of her dating life in an interview with “Entertainment Tonight,” during which she lamented about being “shockingly available.” “I’ve been single for 10 years, it’s not a long shot,” Theron said. “Somebody just needs to grow a pair and step up. I’m shockingly available.”

 *Tucker Carlson Beats CNN’s Entire Prime Time Line Up Combined:

Fox News’ Tucker Carlson absolutely dominated CNN last week, beating their entire prime time line up combined in total viewers by over 1,000,000 viewers. CNN’s entire prime time line up garnered 2,474,000 total viewers compared to Carlson’s 3,475,000 total viewers. Ratings from Nielsen Media Research for 03/25-03/29:

•    FOX News Tucker Carlson: 3,475,000 total viewers; 625,000 viewers in the 25-54 age demographic

•    CNN Cooper: 810,000 total viewers; 203,000 viewers in the 25-54 age demographic

•    CNN Cuomo: 875,000 total viewers; 217,000 viewers in the 25-54 age demographic

•    CNN Lemon: 789,000 total viewers; 228,000 viewers in the 25-54 age demographic

Fox News’ ratings exploded last week after Attorney General William Barr sent his letter to Congress saying that Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s investigation found no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

 *Saudi Political Prisoners Are Starved, Cut Up and Burned: Report:

Political prisoners in Saudi Arabia are regularly starved and tortured, according to an exclusive report by the Guardian. Leaked medical reports said to be prepared for Saudi ruler King Salman seen by the paper show evidence of torture, including burns, cuts and starvation. The medical reports were prepared as part of a plan to give at least some of the political prisoners suffering the most severe health issues political pardons, according to the paper. The Saudi kingdom has long denied torturing its prisoners, despite recent reports that some of its female prisoners were subject to electric shock and lashings while in custody.

The comments on the leaked reports seen by the Guardian include: “The patient suffers from severe weight loss with continuous bloody vomiting. There are also a number of wounds and bruises scattered in several areas of the body.” Another comment states: “The patient cannot move at all due to wounds in both legs as well as severe weakness in the body due to malnutrition and lack of fluids.”

 *Alleged Fraudster Elizabeth Holmes is Engaged to Hotel Heir:

She’s in trouble, but she’s also in love: Elizabeth Holmes, the indicted founder of the bogus blood-testing company Theranos, has gotten engaged to William “Billy’’ Evans, the heir to a hotel chain, according to multiple reports. Holmes, 35, is facing up to 20 years prison on accusations that she swindled investors out of hundreds of million of dollars. Her 27-year-old fiancé is the former manager of special projects for Luminar Technologies, which develops sensors for driverless cars. He had also worked at LinkedIn. Theranos went belly up after its claims of having developed a device that could quickly diagnose multiple illnesses based on a tiny amount of blood were proven to be phony.

 *U.S. Issues Warning As Brunei Implements Islamic Code; Stoning, Amputation:

Facing criticism and boycott calls, the small Southeast Asian Sultanate of Brunei on Sunday defended its sovereign right to introduce a penal code providing for stoning to death, limb amputation, flogging and lengthy prison terms for actions that contravene Islamic law. The U.S. Embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan issued a security alert, warning citizens about the implementation, beginning Wednesday, of the controversial Syariah Penal Code (SPC), some of which applies not just to Muslims or Brunei citizens, but to individuals of any religious or nationality.

“The full SPC introduces new judicial procedures and punishments, including, for certain offenses and under certain evidentiary circumstances, amputation of hands or feet and death by stoning,” the embassy said. “The SPC applies regardless of an individual’s religion or nationality, although some sections of the law have specific applicability to Muslims.” The shari’a-based punishments, first agreed upon five years ago but only to be fully implemented now, include death by stoning for adultery and sodomy, applicable to Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Apostasy-related offenses also carry the death penalty. 

*Burning Man Attendees RAGE After Bureau Of Land Management Blasts Festival’s Environmental Impact:

Career “Burners” or Burning Man attendees are raging over a Bureau of Land Management environmental impact report that accuses Burning Man of being a major environmental nuisance, and requests the week-long festival in the Nevada desert take major measures to control trash, drug use, and crowds before expanding to accommodate more attendees. The report, released late last week, is more than 400 pages long and comes in response to a request from festival organizers to grow the event to 100,000 attendees by 2022.

In it, BLM accuses Burning Man of becoming lax in enforcing certain rules during the festival, and demands that Burning Man hire a security force to check vehicles entering and exiting the temporary “Black Rock City” where the festival is held for weapons, controlled substances, and other terror threats. It also demands that the “free spirits” of Burning Man pay for maintenance to a county road only they use, and that they bring in dumpsters so that attendees can dispose of trash in an environmentally safe way. The report also says Burning Man will need to put a temporary barrier around the festival city to prevent objects from blowing off into the desert.

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The U.K.’s top forensic pathologist has said that Princess Diana died due to a tiny tear in a vein in one of her lungs, and would almost certainly have survived the 1997 Paris car crash that killed her had she been wearing a seat belt or had the car been traveling at a slightly slower speed. Dr Richard Shepherd, who has performed over 23,000 post-mortems, examined the evidence as part of a British police inquiry into her death called Operation Paget.

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An eerie photo of the Golden Gate Bridge mid-construction, 1935.

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Welcome to Episode # 2 of the revealing TV show “Without Notes” with Eliad Moreh-Rosenberg, curator of the Holocaust Museum in Israel – Episode 2: The Art of the Holocaust:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22kagOZxQ4o

 *EXAMINER–SPOTLIGHT:

An Interview with Zack Norman, Actor and Producer of “Chief Zabu”

Q: You have created this extraordinary political satire with an even more extraordinary back story. Where did the idea for “Chief Zabu” begin?

A: Well, it unfortunately began when I was a young man, because I grew up in power, and I used to worship the people around me talking about the various things they were going to do with their political power. Many of those people happened to come out of the real estate business.

Q: So now we find ourselves in this surreal moment in human history in which a man, who just so happens to come out of the real estate industry, becomes president of the United States. Let’s talk about the similarities between real life and what you created thirty years ago.

A: Of course, we never thought it would happen. Not in a million years.

Q: Wow. What do you think is going to become of this film once it’s released?

A: The concept we have currently is going to every major market and doing a live show preceding the opening of the picture. That way, the people get to know the name of the movie’s Chief Zabu. My belief is that the biggest thing in the world today is streaming in terms of independent film and economics. I think this picture, as it travels around the United States, is going to be passed around and it’s going to grow. I believe that this picture could become a staple of comedy, in all of its ironic glory.

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