LBN Examiner 6/6/2021

*ABE FOXMAN CANCELS NEW YORK TIMES SUBSCRIPTION OVER FRONT-PAGE ‘BLOOD LIBEL’, ANTI-ISREAL BIAS:

The national director emeritus of the Anti-Defamation League, Abraham Foxman, has publicly canceled his subscription to the New York Times, explaining in a tweet: “Today’s blood libel of Israel and the Jewish people on the front page is enough.” Foxman verified the authenticity of the tweet — and the cancellation — in an email to The Algemeiner. He said the phone operator who accepted his call asked his reason for cancelling, and he replied that the reason was the paper’s bias against Israel and the Friday front-page package, which displayed photographs of mostly Arab children that the newspaper said had been killed primarily by Israel in the recent Israel-Gaza war.

Accusing Jews of killing gentile children is a classical antisemitic trope. Even the Times’ own columnist, Bret Stephens, wrote in a recent piece, “The accusations made against Israel — stealing Palestinian land (despite the fact that Israel vacated the territory from which it was subsequently attacked) and wanton violence against Palestinian civilians, particularly children (despite the fact that Israel regularly warned its targets to vacate buildings before targeting them) — can’t help but make me think of ancient libels about Jewish greed and bloodlust.” Foxman’s announcement caused a sensation on Twitter, where it generated thousands of interactions barely hours after it was posted on the Friday afternoon before a holiday weekend.

*FOUNDER OF BLACK LIVES MATTER IN ST. PAUL: ‘I RESIGNED’ AFTER ‘I LEARNED THE UGLY TRUTH’ AS INSIDER:

Rashard Turner, the founder of a Black Lives Matter chapter in St. Paul, Minnesota, revealed in a video published last week that he quit the organization after he “learned the ugly truth” while being an insider in the far-left group. Turner made the remarks in a video published by TakeCharge, a black-led organization that rejects critical race theory and woke culture. In the video, Turner says in part:

I was born in Minneapolis in 1985. We called the north side home at that time, 18th and Queen. When I was two years old, my father was shot and killed. My mother wasn’t able to take care of me. So I was raised by my grandparents. They told me that if I was going to change my life for the better, education was the answer. So I worked hard in school, I got into Hamlin University and earned a college degree, first in my family. Then I went on to earn a master’s in education from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. I am living proof that no matter your start life, quality education is a pathway to success. I want the same success for our children in our communities. That’s why in 2015, I was a founder of Black Lives Matter in St. Paul. I believed the organization stood for exactly what the name implies, black lives do matter.

However, after a year on the inside, I learned they had little concern for rebuilding black families, and they cared even less about improving the quality of education for students in Minneapolis. That was made clear when they publicly denounced charter schools alongside the teachers union. I was an insider in Black Lives Matter. And I learned the ugly truth. The moratorium on charter schools does not support rebuilding the black family. But it does create barriers to a better education for black children. I resigned from Black Lives Matter after a year and a half. But I didn’t quit working to improve black lives and access to a great education.

*MEXICAN NIGHTMARE – IN MEXICO, CARTELS ARE HUNTING DOWN POLICE AT THEIR HOMES:

The notoriously violent Jalisco cartel has responded to Mexico’s “hugs, not bullets” policy with a policy of its own: The cartel kidnapped several members of an elite police force in the state of Guanajuato, tortured them to obtain names and addresses of fellow officers and is now hunting down and killing police at their homes, on their days off, in front of their families. It is a type of direct attack on officers seldom seen outside of the most gang-plagued nations of Central America and poses the most direct challenge yet to President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s policy of avoiding violence and rejecting any war on the cartels. But the cartel has already declared war on the government, aiming to eradicate an elite state force known as the Tactical Group which the gang accuses of treating its members unfairly. “If you want war, you’ll get a war. We have already shown that we know where you are. We are coming for all of you,” reads a professionally printed banner signed by the cartel and hung on a building in Guanajuato in May.

*UNFRIENDLY SKIES – AMERICAN AIRLINES EXTENDS BOOZE DUE TO ROWDY PASSENGERS:

American Airlines will not be serving alcohol onboard domestic flights until at least September, which coincides with the expiration of the federal mask mandate for airline passengers. Southwest Airlines previously banned booze after several altercations between passengers and crew—mostly over face mask requirements—and American Airlines followed suit, banning alcohol in May. “Flight attendants are on the front lines every day not only ensuring our customers’ safety, but are also calming fears, answering questions, and enforcing policies like federally-required face masks,” Brady Byrnes, managing director of flight service at American, told CNN. “Over the past week we’ve seen some of these stressors create deeply disturbing situations on board aircraft.”

*DALTON PARENTS ENRAGED OVER ‘MASTURBATION’ VIDEOS FOR FIRST GRADERS:

Last fall, parents at the posh $55,000-per-year Dalton School got wind of their first-graders being taught sex-education lessons that included masturbation. They complained to school administrators, but were told they had simply “misinterpreted” what Dalton’s now-notorious “health and wellness” educator Justine Ang Fonte — who last month led a controversial and explicit “porn literacy” workshop at another elite prep school — was teaching. Dalton parents “bombarded” the school with more complaints about Fonte’s curriculum, sources said. The N.Y Post viewed video of a cartoon Fonte used in one of her sex-ed classes for 6-year-olds showing little kids talking about “touching themselves” for pleasure. “Hey, how come sometimes my penis gets big sometimes and points in the air?” asks the little boy in the cartoon, leading to an explanation of what an “erection” is. The boy nods and says, “Sometimes I touch my penis because it feels good.”

*WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK IN NEW YORK CITY ‘DRUG DEN’ HORRIFIES GREENWHICH VILLAGE NEIGHBORS:

A lawless, drug-infested Washington Square Park is horrifying even famously free-spirited Greenwich Village residents. “We may be liberal but this has gone too far,” lamented Steven Hill, who has called the neighborhood home since 1980. “There have always been drugs in the park, mostly pot, but what’s emerged this spring is like nothing we’ve ever seen before.” Washington Square Park’s northwest corner was overtaken in recent months by a crack-and-heroin-filled “drug den,” while boisterous, booze-soaked raves around the central fountain have kept neighbors up until the wee hours and left the historic green space trashed each morning.

The city responded to more than a month of complaints by erecting barriers on Tuesday, closing off the northwest corner to both legal and illegal uses, while cops in recent nights have boosted their presence. But neighbors are still incensed by the condition of the park and what they believe are token efforts by the city to return it to lawfulness. “The zombies are now near the fountain, as well as next to the chess [southwest] corner. They’ve simply moved up about 200 meters from the now shuttered end of the park,” one angry neighbor emailed The Post on Wednesday. “I think all hell is going to break loose.”

*WHAT’S UP? BY SARAH GARCIA


  ***Obviously most people don’t know but the following two examples of the types of things happening inside America’s public education system currently:


***Earlier this year an Iowa Public School District, Iowa, taught transgenderism and homosexuality to students at all grade levels, including preschool as part of the Black Lives Matter at school week of action program. The school district distributed children’s coloring book that teaches on a page, I saw it, it says, everyone gets to choose if they are a girl, or a boy, or both, or neither, or someone else, and no one else gets to choose for them. Now, one thing we know, this is not established science, it is a moral, psychological, and metaphysical dogma of the new progressive orthodoxy. In fact, until recently, virtually no one in America had heard of these radical notions. Yet now they are thoroughly institutionalized in many public schools, and in some states, students are permitted to select new genders without the consent of their parents.


***In the absence of a statewide mandate, curriculum are frequently adopted in particular school districts. These new laws often prohibit opt outs for parents. In Orange County, California, for example, the Board of Education issued an opinion that, quote, ‘parents who disagree with the instructional materials related to gender, gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation, may not excuse their children from this instruction.’ But this only really scratches the surface. This gender and sexuality agenda only scratches the surface of the kinds of things being taught in public school these days.  

*EXAMINER – INVESTIGATES:

  Twenty-one percent of the Japanese population is elderly (over the age of 65), the highest proportion in the world. There are more elderly than there are children in Japan today.

*EXAMINER – LENS:

“If you don’t allow yourself to be a work in progress, you’ll always be stuck on stupid,” Wendy Williams says.

*EXAMINER – CARTOON:

 

“Now, would you consider yourself more of a girlboss, a She-E-O, or a mompreneur?

*EXAMINER – A LOOK BACK:

Singer Jewel from 1996 to 2021.

*(NOTABLE) REMARKS:

I am writing to you from the waiting room of my fertility clinic. Getting pregnant when you are gay is not so romantic, so we try to do little things to make it nice. Last night I took a bath. We watched “Mare of Easttown.” Nellie opened a bottle of red. Then she grabbed my stomach and gave me a shot to trigger ovulation. I planned to take the morning off. The doctor says that stress is not good for baby-making. But sitting here, scrolling through my phone, looking at the tsunami of lies — lies that have permeated every Instagram story and every viral meme and every TikTok video and every popular Twitter account  — I am weeping.

It appears that standing up for the right of innocent people to protect themselves from a genocidal terrorist organization has become extremely risky to one’s “brand.” And so lies have replaced truth. Memes have replaced morality. Hashtags have replaced history. I’m speaking, of course, about Israel. —– Bari Weiss.

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*EXAMINER – HEALTH: GOOD MOODS OFTEN LEAD TO BAD JUDGMENTS


We’ve all noticed that our own judgments can depend on how we feel—and we are certainly aware that the judgments of others vary with their moods, too. A judge might impose a severe sentence on a criminal defendant in part because the weather is miserable outside. A doctor might decide to send a patient home rather than to order a battery of tests, in part because it is late in the afternoon and she is a bit tired. A corporate executive might decide to go forward with a risky project, in part because she had a wonderful weekend with her family. The effect of moods on judgment has been the subject of a vast amount of psychological research. It is remarkably easy to make people temporarily happy or sad and to measure the variability of their judgments and decisions after these moods have been induced. Researchers use a variety of techniques to do this. For example, participants are sometimes asked to write a paragraph recalling either a happy memory or a sad one. Sometimes they simply view a video segment taken from a funny movie or a tear-jerker.

People who are in a good mood are more approving of people, they are more generous and helpful, and their judgments are more upbeat. Being in a good or bad mood can have a major effect on people’s judgments. The Australian psychologist Joseph Forgas has published around a hundred scientific papers on the subject of mood. Some of Dr. Forgas’s research confirms what you already think: People who are in a good mood are more approving of people, they are more generous and helpful, and their judgments are more upbeat. Negative mood has the opposite effects. As Dr. Forgas writes, “The same smile that is seen as friendly by a person in a good mood may be judged as awkward when the observer is in a negative mood; discussing the weather could be seen as ‘poised’ when the person is in a good mood but ‘boring’ when that person is in a bad mood. “In other words, mood has a measurable influence on what you think: what you notice in your environment, what you retrieve from your memory, how you make sense of these signals.

*BOBCAT CARPET & FABRIC CARE, ACCLAIMED CARPET COMPANY, DEBUTS ITS FAMOUS “ALL GONE” CARPET AND FABRIC SPOTTER ONLINE:

After 42 years of caring for some of the finest Carpet, rugs and textiles in homes around Southern California, Al and Vickie Casas, owners of Bobcat Carpet & Fabric Care, have chosen to bring their unrivaled “All Gone” Carpet and Fabric Spotter to the internet. This is the same phenomenal spot cleaner Bobcat’s expert cleaning crews use to remove spots and stains from client’s textiles and each client is given a small bottle with every job to assist with spot treatment in between professional cleanings.

“With the COVID 19 shutdown, clients have been eager to perform small spot cleaning on their own more frequently without the cost and intrusion of workmen in their homes. We wanted to make it easier for clients to shop online,” states Al Casas. ” ‘All-Gone’ was developed many years ago in response to our clients’ needs for a safe and effective carpet & fabric spotter. We understand professional textile cleaning is a luxury service so it was important to us for our clients to have a product that could be used to treat and remove stains on their own.”

“At the time, there was nothing on the market that we could recommend to our clients that was safe for all materials, was an effective spot remover, and didn’t cause re-soiling in the areas it was used. In turn ‘All Gone’ was created,” concludes Al Casas. “All Gone” Carpet & Fabric Spotter is now available on the web here: https://buyallgone.com/.

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*HERE WE GO AGAIN – RIOT ERUPTS IN PORTLAND ON ANNIVERSARY OF GEORGE FLOYD’S MURDER:

Militant protesters marked the anniversary of George Floyd’s murder with yet another riot in Portland, Oregon — smashing up local businesses and trying to burn down the city’s Justice Center, according to police. More than 200 rioters — most fully clad in black and many wearing gas masks — trashed the troubled City of Roses soon after a peaceful march ended late Tuesday, according to the Portland Police Bureau (PPB). Some of the mob tried to torch the Multnomah County Justice Center by pushing flaming dumpsters against the building as at least two people tried to pry open the doors and get inside, the force said. “People chanted to burn the building down,” the force said, noting how many used umbrellas to hide their illegal activities.

*NEARLY HALF OF COVID-19 PATIENTS LEAVE HOSPITALS IN ‘WORSE CONDITION’ THAN THEY ARRIVED:

It’s safe to say most people can agree hospitals are places where people go to feel better. During the coronavirus pandemic, however, a new study reveals about half of all COVID patients are actually leaving hospitals in worse shape than when they entered. In another case of COVID “long-hauler” side-effects, a team from Michigan Medicine says around 45 percent of patients who survive the virus exit the hospital with significantly less physical function. “Rehabilitation needs were really, really common for these patients,” says pediatric physiatrist Alecia K. Daunter, M.D., in a university release. “They survived, but these people left the hospital in worse physical condition than they started. If they needed outpatient therapy or are now walking with a cane, something happened that impacted their discharge plan.”

Researchers reviewed the health data of almost 300 adults hospitalized with COVID-19 between March and April 2020. This information included discharge data, each patient’s therapy needs, and whether they needed special medical equipment or services after leaving the hospital.The findings reveal doctors prescribed additional therapy for a staggering 80 percent of COVID-19 patients. Concerningly, nearly one in five patients lost so much of their physical ability they could no longer live independently after leaving the hospital. “These patients may have needed to move to a subacute facility, or they might have needed to move in with a family member, but they were not able to go home,” Daunter adds. “This has a massive impact on patients and their families – emotionally and physically.”

*TEACH THEM A LESSON: SON OF HAMAS CO-FOUNDER WHO BECAME A CHRISTIAN URGES ISRAEL TO KILL THE TERROR GROUP’S LEADER: 

Hassan Yousef, the son of a Hamas group co-founder, urged Israel to assassinate leaders of the terror group after the Friday ceasefire to “teach them a lesson,” it was reported Saturday. “Assassinating Hamas leadership will not destroy Hamas, but it will teach them a lesson,” Yousef told the Post. “Next time, before you get civilians on both sides involved in a bloodbath, you need to think 1,000 times. This is my personal suggestion.”

Mosab Hassan Yousef was raised to be a leader in the Palestinian terrorist organization but converted to Christianity and sought asylum in the United States after witnessing Hamas operatives torture and murder Israelis. “Hundreds of children have paid the price. These type of people cannot get away with what they did. They should not feel safe for a day,” he continued in the interview. “Hamas hates Israel more than they love their own children.”

*DOZENS OF MEXICAN CANDIDATES HAVE BEEN KILLED IN BLOODY ELECTION SEASON:

From February to April, 46 elected Mexican, members of political parties and candidates for office were killed, a 44% jump compared with the 2018 elections, according to Integralia, a Mexican political consulting firm. Since September, when the electoral process began, 82 politicians have been killed, most of them gunned down. More than 60 candidates for mayor withdrew from the campaign across the country amid the spiral of violence and insecurity, according to party officials. One candidate, a former Olympic athlete, was kidnapped for several hours last week by members of a local gang in Valle de Bravo, a high-end weekend retreat for Mexico City residents. The gangsters threatened to kill her if she didn’t quit the race. She hasn’t campaigned since.

Some 150 candidates have received protection from the government after receiving death threats since campaigning formally began in early April. Most of the threats are believed to come from organized crime, Mexican officials say. The June 6 contest will elect a new lower house of congress, 15 of 32 state governors, and thousands of mayors and local legislators across the country, more than 20,000 positions in all. According to party officials, several days before Mr. Murrieta was killed, two gunmen fired some 30 rounds into the campaign van of Guillermo Valencia, a mayoral candidate in the western colonial city of Morelia. Mr. Valencia, who had just stepped out of the van, was unharmed. Two aides were wounded.

*PEOPLE WITH OCD OVER 3 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO HAVE A STROKE:

There’s little doubt the pandemic is making a lot of people a little obsessive-compulsive about cleanliness. However, OCD is a real mental health disorder that’s about more than just washing hands. For adults dealing with a clinical case of obsessive-compulsive disorder, a new study finds troubling news about their brain health later in life. Researchers say OCD patients are over three times more likely to suffer an ischemic stroke than those without the condition. An ischemic stroke occurs when a blood clot interrupts the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain. This is the more common version of a stroke, in comparison to hemorrhagic strokes which involve a burst blood vessel causing bleeding in the brain. Overall, strokes are the second-leading cause of death worldwide, trailing only heart disease.

*FRANCE BANS USE OF WOKE GENDER-NEUTRAL LANGUAGE IN SCHOOLS: ‘IS A DANGER FOR OUR COUNTRY’:

France is continuing to crackdown on far-left attempts to make the country woke by banning the use of gender-neutral language in schools, saying that the push was a threat to the French language altogether and could push people to learn English instead. “The country’s education ministry issued the ruling last week after a push to include full stops in the middle of written words – dubbed ‘midpoints’ – which allow both male and female forms to be represented simultaneously,” the Daily Mail reported. “In French grammar, nouns take on the gender of the subject to which they refer, with male preferred over female in mixed settings. “The Académie Française, a nearly 400-year-old institution that guards the French language, pushed back on the attempt to make the language woke, saying that it is “harmful to the practice and understanding of [French.]”

Nathalie Elimas, the State Secretary for Priority Education, said on Thursday that the attempts to make the language woke were “a danger for our country” and “the death knell for the use of French in the world.”Elimas said that the move would not make the language more popular and instead would drive people to learn English instead. “With the spread of inclusive writing, the English language – already quasi-hegemonic across the world – would certainly and perhaps forever defeat the French language,” she said.

*EXAMINER – LENS:

Actress Jennifer Aniston

*EXAMINER – INVESTIGATES:

The famous tree from which the legendary Newton apple fell is still growing at Woolsthorpe Manor today. It is over 350 years old.

*EXAMINER – READER QUIZ: RACE IN AMERICA:


1. Many universities now have all-black dormitories, and some have all-black graduation exercises. Do you support these developments?

2. The University of California has declared this statement racist: “There is only one race—the human race.” Do you agree with the University of California, or do you agree with the statement?

3. Is the goal of being “colorblind”—doing one’s best to ignore a person’s color and concentrating only on the person’s character and personality—a noble goal or a racist one?

4. Do you believe the color of a person’s skin tells you anything of importance about that person?

5. Do you agree that all white Americans are racist?

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*EXAMINER – A LOOK BACK:

John and Michelle Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas, circa 1967.

*HARVARD READER SURVEY FINDS LBN EXAMINER “FEARLESSLY INDEPENDENT” AND “UNBIASED”:

A survey of approximately 300 Harvard professors and students, who are regular readers of the LBN Examiner found that 79% felt the LBN Examiner was “fearlessly independent” and “unbiased”. This is slightly less than the 84% of general Examiner readers in all 50 of the United States and 26 foreign countries.

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*EXAMINER – HEALTH: NUMBER OF SMOKERS HAS REACHED ALL-TIME HIGH OF 1.1BILLION:

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Smoking killed almost 8 million people in 2019 and the number of smokers rose as the habit was picked up by young people around the world, according to new research. A study published in the Lancet on Thursday said efforts to curb the habit had been outstripped by population growth with 150 million more people smoking in the nine years from 1990, reaching an all-time high of 1.1 billion. The study’s authors said governments need to focus on reducing the uptake of smoking among young people, as 89% of new smokers were addicted by the age of 25 but beyond that age were unlikely to start.

“Young people are particularly vulnerable to addiction, and with high rates of cessation remaining elusive worldwide, the tobacco epidemic will continue for years to come unless countries can dramatically reduce the number of new smokers starting each year,” said the study’s lead author Marissa Reitsma, a researcher at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

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*EXAMINER READERS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD EXPLODE TO READER QUESTION – 93% SAY TODAY’S VERSION OF AMERICA WOULD BE UNABLE TO WIN WORLD WAR II:

Could today’s version of America have been able to win World War II? Not according to 93% of over 5,000 LBN Examiner readers in all 50 of the United States and 26 foreign countries.

“America is far too woke to win a pillow fight currently,” said retired marine Harvey K. of Detroit Michigan.

*PORTLAND POLICE RIOT BILL TOPS $12 MILLION AFTER YEAR OF UNREST:

Over the last year, the Portland Police Bureau spent at least $12.4 million in taxpayer money responding to mass demonstrations and violent riots in the Oregon city, according to police officials and a National Review analysis of police bureau records. More than half of that total, or at least $6.9 million, was incurred in the first month of mass gatherings and riots. Since July 1, 2020, the beginning of the fiscal year, police have spent an additional $5.5 million responding to various demonstrations, according to a police spokesman. The bulk of the spending has been for overtime pay for officers, but it also includes things like office supplies, gas, equipment rentals and food.

The tab started growing on May 29, 2020, when demonstrators took to the streets in response to the in-custody killing of George Floyd more than 1,700 miles away in Minnesota. Around 11 p.m. that night, that initial gathering turned violent, with protesters smashing windows and starting fires inside the city’s Justice Center, breaking into and looting retail stores and a downtown mall, setting trash bins on fire, and tagging buildings with graffiti, according to local news reports. Less than an hour later, Portland police declared it a riot, the first of at least 35 riots in the city over the past year, according to police bureau timelines from 2020 and 2021. There have been at least 145 demonstrations and mass gatherings in that time, and at least 1,007 arrests, though the charges in most cases were not prosecuted.

*TODAY’S YOUTH: PARENTS THINK THEIR KIDS WILL GET BORED OUTSIDE
AFTER JUST 30 MIN!

Are the great outdoors just one giant bore to kids today? The average parent thinks their child could only keep themselves occupied outside for just 32 minutes before boredom sets in. Results of a survey of 2,000 parents with children between five and 13 years-old reveals that less than half of moms and dads (48%) believe their child could entertain themselves in the outdoors for a half-hour. One in two parents worry their kids don’t have the same level of imagination that they did during their own youth and think technology might be to blame. The survey, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Claritin, also finds two in three respondents think technology makes growing up harder than ever.

Parents in the poll reminisced over their own childhoods, with about three in four claiming it was much easier to make friends in their day – just by going outside and playing in their neighborhoods. That’s in comparison to kids today who have to contend with the lure of browsing social media all day. Over seven in 10 parents surveyed (72%) believe their family doesn’t spend enough time outside. Also, when their kids do go outside, 49 percent of parents report that youngsters find the outdoors boring. One in two respondents (48%) say they barter TV or computer time with their kids in an effort to make them explore the outdoors.

*43% OF MILLENNIALS ‘DON’T KNOW, CARE, OR BELIEVE GOD EXISTS:

Younger Americans are reshaping the country with a philosophy of life that rejects faith in God and organized worship at the same time defining success and morality in terms of personal happiness and economic social justice, a survey from the Cultural Research Center (CRC) at Arizona Christian University found. The American Worldview Inventory (AWVI) 2021, an annual survey that examines the perspectives of adults aged 18 and over in the United States, found that while 57 percent of Millennials (born 1984-2002) consider themselves to be Christian, 43 percent “don’t know, care, or believe that God exists.”

Comparatively, 70 percent of Generation X (Gen X) Americans (born 1965-1983), 79 percent of Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964), and 83 percent of the Builder Generation (born 1927-1945) consider themselves to be Christian, while 31, 28, and 27 percent, respectively, “don’t know, care, or believe that God exists.” According to the survey, only 48 percent of Millennials say one should “treat others as you want them to treat you,” compared to 53 percent of Gen Xers, 81 percent of Boomers, and 90 percent of Builders. At the same time, 38 percent of Millennials agree with the statement “you try to get even with people who have wronged you,” while 33 percent of Gen Xers, 12 percent of Boomers, and 10 percent of Builders say the same.

*ALEX RODRIGUEZ LAUNCHES MAKEUP FOR MEN:

Following his breakup with Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez is going for a glow up. The former baseball pro, 45, teamed up with Hims & Hers — the beauty and wellness company in which he and Lopez, 51, became investors together last year — to develop the brand’s first makeup for men. “I wanted to create a product that solved an issue I faced every day. I realized as I was jumping from meeting to meeting, I needed something quick and easy in my routine to conceal blemishes or razor bumps,” Rodriguez shared on Instagram Thursday.

Enter The Blur Stick, “a convenient concealer specifically designed for men that can be used for skin imperfections,” per the star, who added, “Check it out, I think you’ll be surprised how often it comes in handy.” Priced at $17 and available in eight shades, the “sleek, discreet” product is made with ingredients including aloe extract and jojoba seed oil to help soothe and moisturize the skin.

*CHICAGO MAYOR LORI LIGHTFOOT CHOOSES ONLY REPORTERS OF COLOR FOR INTERVIEWS AHEAD OF 2-YEAR-ANNIVERSARY, SPARKING DEBATE OVER MEDIA DIVERSITY AND ACCESS:

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot defended her decision to grant interviews on her two-year anniversary in office only to journalists of color, saying it was intended as an effort to confront the issue of what she described as a mostly white and male City Hall press corps. But the move, revealed Tuesday by her office, was greeted skeptically by some in the Chicago media and beyond, with questions about whether excluding white reporters is a discriminatory act from a mayor who has had an often contentious relationship with reporters of all backgrounds.

*EXAMINER – SEE IT:

Sinead O’Connor’s memoir, “Rememberings,” recasts the story of her career from her perspective.

*EXAMINER – INVESTIGATES:

Vatican City is the only nation in the world that can lock its own gates at night. It has its own phone company, radio, T.V. stations, money, and stamps. It even has its army, the historic Swiss Guard.

*EXAMINER – A LOOK BACK:

A contemplative Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan in 1995. “The central conservative truth is that it is culture, not politics, that determines the success of a society,” Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan of New York said during a lecture at Harvard in 1986.

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SELFIES, SURGERIES, AND SELF-LOATHING – INSIDE THE FACETUNE EPIDEMIC:



Sky Lane scrolled through the pictures from an impromptu photo shoot she’d done with her friend and picked her favorite. It was cute — she was showing off her side profile in a black crop top, tight blue jeans, big silver hoops and smoky bronze eyeshadow. But the 21-year-old wouldn’t dare post it to Instagram for the world to see just yet. She opened Facetune, a photo-retouching app on her iPhone, and got to work. Using the “Reshape” tool, she started pushing her tummy inward, little by little. She had to be careful not to noticeably warp the background in the process; the trick was to edit the photo without making it look like it had been edited. Skewed lines, blurry edges and inconsistencies in shadows and reflections were easy giveaways that Lane had learned how to avoid through years of practice — she’d been Facetuning since she was a teenager. She used the same tool to give herself a breast lift, slim her arm, cinch her waist and make her butt rounder, like the bodies flooding her Instagram feed.

Next she moved onto her face. Her friend had taken the photo using a Snapchat filter that had already plumped her lips, slimmed her nose and smoothed her skin so much her pores were no longer visible, but Lane applied Facetune’s complexion retouching effect for good measure. Her jawline was an easy fix with the jaw-slimming tool. Usually she’d whiten her teeth, but they were hardly showing. The more technical tweaks, like individually repositioning her eyebrows and narrowing the tip of her nose, required tools only available on the paid version of the app, which she’d upgraded to long ago. She was done in under 20 minutes. The final product still looked like her, Lane decided, just a better, more acceptable version. She sent it to her mom, who didn’t seem to notice that anything had been altered, giving Lane the reassurance she needed that it was pretty and believable — polished but not overdone. She wouldn’t want her followers to accuse her of being a “catfish,” a term that has evolved in the Facetune era to describe someone who enhances their pictures beyond recognition.

Lane was finally ready to post the photo. It got 179 “likes,” which she thought was pretty good; without Facetune, she figured, she’d be lucky to get 40. Like the myriad other women who’ve been conditioned to pick apart their appearances, Lane has countless insecurities — including many that are invisible to everyone except her. The app makes them go away with a few simple finger strokes and ushers in the social validation she craves, which is at once addictively thrilling and utterly depressing. Facetune makes it harder for her to love herself, but at least she can love her selfie.

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