April 24, 2019

*SCARY! – Starbucks is Installing Needle-Disposal Boxes in Locations Across America Following OSHA Penalties and Worker Concerns about Drug Use in Bathrooms:

•    Starbucks has installed needle-disposal boxes in its locations’ bathrooms in at least 25 US markets as the chain works to address workers’ safety concerns in recent months.

•    By summer 2019, the coffee giant plans to have installed sharps boxes in bathrooms in all regions where such action was deemed necessary.

•    The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigated Starbucks’ safety policies and practices in 2018 after two employees at a store in Eugene, Oregon, were stuck with hypodermic needles within a month of each other, according to documents obtained by Business Insider through a Freedom of Information Actrequest.

•    Starbucks was fined $3,100 as a result of the investigation.

•    Thousands of workers have called for Starbucks to install sharps boxes in its bathrooms as employees report finding blood and needles and being pricked by improperly discarded sharps, risking exposure to HIV and hepatitis.

Starbucks’ efforts to address opioid use and improperly disposed needles in its bathrooms are expanding.  Starbucks stores in at least 25 US markets have installed needle-disposal boxes in bathrooms in recent months. By this summer, the chain aims to have installed sharps boxes in bathrooms in all regions where such action has been deemed necessary.  The coffee giant also allows local district managers or store managers to put in requests to have sharps-disposal boxes installed in their locations’ bathrooms.

“We are always working and listening to our partners on ways we can better support them when it comes to issues like these,” Reggie Borges, a Starbucks representative, said in an email to Business Insider. Starbucks has been testing solutions in recent months as workers’ safety concerns have mounted, with thousands of employees signing a petition calling for Starbucks to place needle-disposal boxes in high-risk bathrooms.

 *Texas Lt.-Gov. Says 1,671 Bodies Recovered at SW Border Since 2011:

Dan Patrick, the Republican lieutenant governor of Texas, says President Trump was stunned to learn this week that more than a thousand bodies have been recovered in Texas since 2011, at and near the border with Mexico. “You want to cover a story?” Patrick asked Fox News’s Laura IngrahamThursday night. “This is the story.” Patrick, who accompanied President Trump on his Wednesday visit to Texas, said a person in San Antonio told the president, we need to build the border barrier.

“And one rancher after the other rancher after the next property owner talked about finding dead bodies on their properties — seven last week, three last month,” Patrick said: And I said to the president, Mr. President, we have recovered over 1,000 dead bodies in Texas since 2011 just out in nowhere, in the middle of nowhere. And let me tell you what the exact numbers are. We did the checking today, Laura. 1,671 dead bodies who have been recovered in Texas near or along the border. That’s women, that’s children, that’s old people. These are the most vulnerable people.

And the Democrats say they care about people? These are the most vulnerable people that the drug cartels and the human smugglers have taken across the border, given them a little bit of water and left them to die. And that 1,671, Laura? That’s the skeletal remains that we find. There are thousands and thousands of people.And so he called in the media. And we said, this is the story. You want to cover a story? Go down — I’ll take them through the no-man’s land. And we’ll find some skeletons and we’ll show them the photographs. Thousands of people have died coming to this country. And it really impacted the president.

 *New Map Shows It’s Not Safe To Wear New Shoes Anywhere In San Francisco:

For those thinking of visiting San Francisco there is one item that is vital to take along, according to an interactive map of the city: a pair of old boots. The interactive map from the data company Open The Books shows every place in the city where human waste has been reported since 2011, placing brown pins to mark the spots, and the result is a steaming mess: the brown pins virtually cover every spot of the city.

Over the last eight years, 118,352 places with poop have been reported. As Forbes notes: There were 118 city neighborhoods affected. However, 72-percent of all cases since 2008 were reported in just ten neighborhoods: 1. Tenderloin (30,863); 2.South of Market (23,599); 3. Mission (19,150); 4. Civic Center (6,232); 5. Mission Dolores (4,096); 6. Lower Nob Hill(3,654); 7. Potrero Hill (2,489); 8. Showplace Square (2,022); 9. North Beach (1,826); and 10. Financial District (1,810).

Forbes described one area that featured the San Francisco Maritime National ParkGreat American Music HallThe Regency Ballroom, and the Liholiho Yacht Club, and noted the area had suffered 11,287 instances of human waste. Forbes added, “Neighborhoods affected include Tenderloin, Cathedral Hill, Lower Nob Hill, Polk GulchRussian Hill, and Pacific Heights.” In 2018, 28,000 places were cited; in 2017, roughly 20,000. In 2011, that number was 5,547. In 2016, according to Fox News, one area of the city reported a 140% rise in feces. As Jay Caruso of RedState noted at the time, “Public urination is so widespread it has damaged subway elevators and escalators, building walls and power poles.”

 *Record High 70% of Russians Call Impact of Stalin’s Rule ‘Positive,’ 46% Say Deaths ‘Justified’:

According to a recent survey from the Levada Center,Russia’s foremost independent polling agency, 70 percent of Russians favorably regard the rule of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. Moreover, the survey found that 46 percent believe that the loss of human life that occurred under Stalin was justifiable. The Levada Center asked 1,638 Russians, “What role do you think Stalin played in the history of our country?” Among the respondents, 70 percent stated that the Soviet strongman played an “entirely positive” or “rather positive” role. The represents a 16-point increase from three years ago, when 54 percent gave the same answer.

Asked about their personal feelings towards Stalin, 51 percent of Russians said that they either admired, respected, or sympathized with him. Russians now rate Stalin’s performance higher than that of current Russian President Vladimir Putin. A different Levada Center poll conducted during the same time period found that 64 percent of Russians approve of Putin’s job as president, a five-year low for the long-time Russian leader.

 *P.C. TO THE MAX! Kate Smith’s ‘God Bless America’ out at Yankee Stadium over Racist Songs:

The New York Yankees have decided to no longer run Kate Smith’s version of “God Bless America” during their seventh-inning stretch because of Smith’s affiliation with songs that carried racist lyrics. Most famously, Smith sang a 1931 song, “That’s Why Darkies Were Born,” which opened: “Someone had to pick the cotton, Someone had to pick the corn, Someone had to slave and be able to sing, That’s why darkies were born.”

The song, which has been called a satirical take on racism, was a big hit for Smith, and also was recorded by Paul Robeson. When the Yankees last month became aware of Smith’s history, they switched to a keyboard version of “God Bless America.”

 *FDA Warns That Washington State Church Miracle Cure Is Just Bleach:

Washington state church called the Genesis II Church of Health and Healing plans to hold a ceremony on Saturday using MMS, or “miracle mineral solution or supplement” they claim cures 95 percent of all illnesses. The group’s Facebook page advertises the event, claiming that “Bishop Mark Grenon will be leading the seminar and introducing attendees to Chlorine Dioxide Therapy, otherwise known as MMS.” The post asks participants for “donations” of $450 per person; $800 for couples; and $400 for returning seminar students.

The FDA has warned participants not to attend. “Consumers who have MMS should stop using it immediately and throw it away,” a spokesman for the FDA told the Guardian. “The FDA continues to advise consumers about the dangers of Miracle Mineral Solution and the agency has issued warnings to consumers over the past decade.” The FDA did not confirm whether they would alert law enforcement to stop the ceremony.

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Muhammad Ali talks down a man trying to commit suicide.

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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. 

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Bailey Hefley, Sensational New Country Artist, Debuts Single, “Dust on a Diamond”

Bailey Hefley is a hopeful romantic, but you can’t blame her for believing in happy endings. She’s living proof that they exist. The 27-year-old native of Little Rock, Arkansas, suffered debilitating seizures as a small child. The medication that saved her life also robbed her of her innocent enthusiasm for eight years and left her in a state of perpetual lethargy.

As a teenager, she overcame the condition and felt “awake” for the first time. Bailey was ready to tackle life as an active participant, not just an observer. That meant making up for lost time by developing real friendships, discovering boys, and riding horses, a passion that led to competitive barrel racing. Nothing, however, has made more of an impression on her than music. In 2016, Bailey developed a friendship/mentorship with Jamie O’Neal, who scored a number of hits on the country charts in the early 2000s, including “There Is No Arizona,” “When I Think About Angels” and “Somebody’s Hero.”

Bailey will release her new EP, Hopeful Romantic, later this year. The six-song offering, all of which Bailey co-penned, is about finding love—and all the ups and downs that come with it. The EP’s lead single, “Dust on a Diamond,” produced by O’Neal, will be released on April 19. The single tackles a failed relationship that Bailey hopes can comfort other young women who have found themselves in similar circumstances.

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April 21, 2019

*OH, CRAP! – People are Pooping More Than Ever on the Streets of San Francisco:

One of America‘s wealthiest cities has a huge problem with public poop. Between 2011 and 2018, San Franciscoexperienced a massive increase in reported incidents of human feces found on public streets.

In 2011, just over 5,500 reports were logged by the San Francisco Department of Public Works; in 2018, the number increased to more than 28,000. The government watchdog Open the Books documented the sharp increase over time in a stunning chart, first spotted by the BuzzFeed editor John Paczkowski.

Notably, this is a chart of only documented reports — the actual amount of feces on San Francisco’s streets is likely even higher than these statistics suggest. “I will say there is more feces on the sidewalks than I’ve ever seen growing up here,” San Francisco Mayor London Breed told NBC in a 2018 interview. “That is a huge problem, and we are not just talking about from dogs — we’re talking about from humans.” San Francisco has struggled with a feces problem for years. The city even employs a “Poop Patrol” that attempts to keep the streets clean and focuses on the Tenderloin neighborhood.

But the problem is bigger than just keeping the streets clean — the issue appears to be related to the city’s struggle to accommodate its homeless population amid skyrocketing rent prices and a decreasing supply of affordable housing. A 2017 survey of San Francisco’s homeless population counted nearly 7,500 people living on the street. That population faces limited public resources, and public bathrooms are no exception. Whether the Poop Patrol is able to reverse the trend on San Francisco’s streets remains to be seen, but there’s an indication that the crew is a bandage on a problem much bigger than dirty streets.

 *Hispanics to Outpace Black Americans as Largest Voting Minority in 2020:

Hispanic Americans are set to outpace Black Americans as the largest voting minority group in the 2020 election for the first time ever, new research finds. Pew Research Centerprojections predict that Hispanic American voters will now be the largest voting minority in the 2020 presidential election, passing black American voters for the first time in United States history. Hispanics have been the largest minority group in the U.S. since 2003. In total, Pew predicts that the number of eligible Hispanic voters in 2020 will tick up to a record 13.3 percent of the entire American electorate, while eligible black American voters will make up about 12.5 percent of the electorate.

 *Report: Nearly Half Of California Sheriff Departments Are Resisting The State’s Sanctuary Cities Law:

According to a new study from the Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus and the University of Oxford Centre for Criminology-Border Criminologies, California‘s implementation of its “California Values Act” sanctuary cities law is not going particularly well. In fact, sheriffs in roughly half the state’s jurisdictions are actively resisting enforcement of the measure. Nearly half of California sheriff departments are protesting a new California law that bars them from helping federal immigration officials find criminal illegal immigrants, according to a new report.

What’s more, several of the 169 law enforcement agencies in California are challenging former Gov. Jerry Brown’s bid to hide criminal illegals by letting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to seize the wanted prisoners for deportation and not telling the state…

The report from the University of Oxford Centre for Criminology-Border Criminologies reveals what many law enforcement agencies are doing to get around the law. The report is critical of those moves and calls on the state to crack down on agencies that help ICE to find and remove criminal illegals.

Specifically, according to Bedard, 68 out of 169 sheriff departments considered by the study — about 40% — were not in compliance. Nonetheless, despite nearly half of all sheriff departments not fully complying, the Oxford study still reports that, “In its first five months from January 2018 to May 2018, [California Values Act] implementation led to a 41% decrease in ICE arrests at local jails compared to the immediately preceding five months from August 2017 to December 2017.”

*Geoffrey Rush Wins Defamation Case Against Sydney Newspaper Publisher:

Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush has won his defamation case against a Sydney newspaper publisher and journalist over reports he had been accused of inappropriate behavior toward an actress. The 67-year-old Australian had sued The Daily Telegraph’s publisher and journalist Jonathon Moranover two stories and a poster published in late 2017.

Federal Court Judge Michael Wigney ruled on Thursday that Rush had been defamed. The judge has yet to announce damages. The reports alleged inappropriate behavior by Rush while he was starring in the Sydney Theatre Company’s production of “King Lear” in 2015 and 2016.

 *George Zimmerman Booted from Tinder for Fake Profile:

George Zimmerman is once again looking for love online – but the disgraced neighborhood watchman will need to keep searching elsewhere after his fake Tinder profile was removed from the dating app. Screengrabs obtained by alt-weekly Creative Loafing Tampa Bay show that Zimmerman, 35, was trying to snag dates by billing himself as a self-employed consultant and a graduate of Virginia’s Liberty University named Carter just looking for “carefree fun” some six years after being acquitted of all charges in the slaying of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

“I love the outdoors, fishing, camping and hiking,” according to the profile, which has since been removed. “I love adventure [but] not into huge crowds. I’m also down for a quiet night with Longhorn [Steakhouse] take out.” Tampa Bay Zimmerman appeared in one photo smiling wide and was shown in a cap and gown in another picture. He’s also seen topless in another shot while holding a phone, exposing a tattoo near his heart, according to the screengrabs. A Tinder spokesperson confirmed  that the bogus profile had been removed.

 *Man Sues Parents for Throwing Away his $26K Porn Collection:

He’s got no shame. A Michigan man is suing his parents for $86,000 for allegedly throwing out his massive porn collection, according to a report. The family feud began in October 2016, when, following a divorce, the man moved back in with his parents in Grand Rapids Mich., — bringing with him his $29,000 smut stockpile, according to federal civil court documents obtained by local outlet WXMI.

About 10 months later, the man, whose identity was withheld by the outlet, moved to a new home in Indiana and his parents sent him his belongings. That’s when he noticed his pornography pile — which consisted of over 12 moving boxes full of movies and two boxes of sex toys — was gone, according to Fox 13. The man tried calling the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office, sending one officer 44 emails listing movies he says were destroyed — but authorities declined to press charges. Many of the porn flicks are valuable and out-of-print, according to the suit.

The man emailed his parents, writing: “If you had a problem with my belongings, you should have stated that at the time and I would have gone elsewhere. Instead, you choose to keep quiet and behave vindictively.” According to the suit, his father responded: “Believe it or not, one reason for why I destroyed your porn was for your own mental and emotional health.” “I would have done the same if I had found a kilo of crack cocaine,” his father added. “Someday, I hope you will understand.”

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Who Is a Free Thinker? – A person who forms opinions on the basis of reason, independent of authority or tradition, especially a person whose religious opinions differ from established belief.

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Eighty-six percent of Progressive Activists say life’s outcomes are outside people’s control; only 2 percent of Devoted Conservatives agree.  Progressive Activists are nearly three times as likely to say they are ashamed to be American as the average voter. 

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About 70% of the 364 convictions overturned with DNA evidence in the United States since 1992 involved witnesses who identified the wrong assailant.

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Carrie Fisher, 1980

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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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Dr. Srini Pillay, Best-Selling Author, Examines Social Media and the Dangers of Groupthink

Dr. Srini Pillay, a best-selling author, neuroscientist, tech entrepreneur and an assistant professor at Harvard University, has spent a large chunk of his career subverting ideas on creativity and the processes behind human thinking. He recently wrote on the topic of Millennial suicide and depression, and now he’s ready to share his thoughts on social media and the suppression of the human voice.

Pillay states that he considered writing on the topic after coming across many different viewpoints on Michael Jackson’s character after the release of the “Finding Neverland” documentary. Although many people were in support of the documentary’s findings, others, such as Macaulay Culkin, rushed to defend Michael Jackson’s legacy. These differing opinions caused Pillay to reconsider prior thoughts on groupthink and one-sided viewpoints.

What are the risks of groupthink? Pillay believes the first of these is false confidence and dangerous authority. In 2009, political psychologist Jerrold Post and his colleagues explained that groups can sanction dangerous behaviors when large numbers falsely inspire confidence and authority. In fact, the end results are often dehumanizing. Throughout history, there are significant examples of crimes of obedience. “Living in Massachusetts, I am very aware of the Salem witch trials in 1692,” explains Pillay, “as a result of this bizarre groupthink, 20 innocent Puritans were killed.”

Groupthink can be a dangerous stronghold that people can be blind to. Unfortunately, the Internet is a breeding ground for history repeating itself unless people can open themselves to opinion-diversity again, which didn’t happen with the recent Michael Jackson case.

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There’s a push to change laws to permit both criminals serving time and ex-criminals the right to vote. Guess which party is pushing the most for these legal changes. If you guessed that it was the Democrats, go to the head of the class. Bernie Sanders says states should allow felons to vote from behind bars. Elizabeth Warren doesn’t go that far but believes felons should have the right to vote. Democrats want the criminal class to have voting rights restored because they could become a significant part of the Democratic base.

These are America‘s murderers, rapists, burglars, child molesters and drug dealers. Over two million of these people are in prison. If we add in the number of people on probation and parole, there are 6.7 million people currently under correctional control. If cons and ex-cons get the right to vote, it’s almost a guarantee that most of these people will cast their vote for a Democratic candidate. Democrats don’t stop with wanting cons and ex-cons to vote. It turns out that more than 50 percent of Democrats surveyed want illegal immigrants to have the right to vote, as they already do in some Democratic-controlled cities.

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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!

www.mashmatterspodcast.com

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

 *EXAMINER–SPOTLIGHT:

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.”

 *WHO READS LBN EXAMINER:

Author Robert Caro along with 12 members of the White House staff, 3 Nobel Prize winners, over 100 Academy Award winners, 6 U.S. Senators, and over 300 Grammy Award winners.

*EXAMINER–BUSINESS INSIDER:
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.

 *EXAMINER–A DIFFERENT VIEW:….