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February 17, 2019

*Nearly 1,200 U.S. Kids Dead From Guns Since Parkland Massacre: Report:

In the year following the Parkland School Massacre that left 14 students and three adults dead, nearly 1,200 U.S. children have died from gun violence, according to a joint Tuesday report from The TraceMiami Herald, and McClatchy Newsoutlets. Because there’s no comprehensive federal data registry for gun deaths, and not all go reported, it’s difficult to determine the true number—but even the nearly 1,200 recorded in the online database the Gun Violence Archiveamounts to a Parkland-level shooting toll (17 deaths) every five days.

The most common victims were older teens, McClatchy reports, followed by toddlers. The deaths came from drive-by shootings, domestic violence, and accidental gunfire—including one 2-year-old, Jace Alexander, who was killed while playing with a pistol left on a bed. The Trace commissioned student reporters to catalogue each of the nearly 1,200 deaths, and published an anniversary report documenting the stories behind the lives that were cut short. 

*Avalanche of Never-Ending Debt! $1,665,484,000,000:

The federal government collected a record $1,665,484,000,000 in individual income taxes in calendar year 2018, according to the Monthly Treasury Statements for the year, which the Treasury finished publishing today with the belated release of the December statement. Calendar year 2018 was the first full tax year after President Donald Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on Dec. 22, 2017.

The previous calendar year record for federal individual income tax revenues was in 2017, when the Treasury collected $1,656,171,550,000 in individual income taxes (in constant December 2018 dollars).The real federal individual income tax revenues collected in calendar 2018 were $9,312,450,000 more than the real individual income tax revenues collected in calendar year 2017.

 *Ariana Grande Has 12 of
Spotify’s Top 20 Songs:

In the past week, pop icon Ariana Grande has dropped a new album and won her first Grammy. Now, she has something new to brag about: Every single track from that album, Thank U Next, is on Spotify’s United States top 20 list—and she has all five of the highest spots. The top track is “break up with your girlfriend, I’m bored,” followed by “7 rings” and “NASA.” None of the hits from her Grammy-winning album Sweetener, like “God is a woman” and “no tears left to cry,” made the cut—but all in all, it wasn’t a bad week.

 *BIG SURPRISE (NOT) – Local Emergency Rooms are Treating Broken Bones and Head Trauma Due to Crashes:

Broken bones and head trauma, with only 5% of patients wearing helmets, are among the serious injuries documented by a UCLA Medical Center study of electric scooter riders seeking emergency room treatment in Westwood and Santa Monica — findings that support anecdotal reports by local doctors and lawyers that scooter injuries have become an ongoing problem. The UCLA study published Jan. 25 in the peer-reviewed medical research journal JAMA Network Openaccounts for 249 patients treated for scooter-related injuries at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center between Sept. 1, 2017, and Aug. 31, 2018. The vast majority of patients had been riding scooters, but 11 were pedestrians hit by a scooter, five had tripped over a parked scooter, and five had been attempting to lift or carry a scooter not in use.

The average age of the patients was 33, 10.8% were younger than 18, and 4.8% had a blood alcohol level higher than 0.05 or were “perceived to be intoxicated by a physician,” according to the study. “Injuries associated with standing electric scooter use are a new phenomenon and vary in severity. In this study, helmet use was low, and a significant subset of injuries occurred in patients younger than 18 years old, the minimum age permitted by private scooter company regulations. These findings inform public policy regarding standing electric scooter use,” concludes a team of researchers led by UCLA’s Dr. Tarak Trivedi.

These findings mirror the kinds of scooter-related injuries personally witnessed by Dr. Wally Ghurabi, medical director of the emergency department at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica.

*South Korea to pay $920 million for U.S. Military Presence in 2019, Up 8.2% from 2018:

Following nearly a year of negotiation, the United States and South Korea finally inked a new defense cost-sharing agreement on February 10. Under the deal, Seoul pledged to raise its spending on U.S. military personnel deployed in South Korea to $920 million, up from $830 million in 2018. A State Department spokesperson described the deal  “a one-year agreement for 1.0389 trillion Korean won (approximately 920 million U.S. dollars) in support of U.S. military requirements in labor, logistics, and construction.”

This figure represents an 8.2 percent increase from last year, when South Korea spent $830 million to help cover the cost of maintaining a presence of 28,500 U.S. troops in the country.

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Only about 5 percent of Americans 16 or older hunt, half of the number who did 50 years ago.

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***The Super Bowl drew 103.4 million viewers last year—the fewest in nine years.  

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Lena Headey says f*** a lot. She is covered in tattoos—over a dozen—and possessed of an insouciance and flair for badinage that comes with being the Yorkshire-bred tomboy daughter of a mustachioed cop who could seriously take the piss out of himself. The British actress is, in short, mega cool, so it’s little surprise she’s brought a character like Cersei Lannister, one of the most deliciously sinister to ever grace the screen, to thrilling life.

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Intercepted conversations revealed evidence that the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, considered killing Jamal Khashoggi long before his death in Istanbul.

*EXAMINER-SPOTLIGHT: THE 4TH ANNUAL ROGER NEAL OSCAR VIEWING DINNER & AFTER PARTY

Roger and Lynn Neal, Founder and Chairman of the annual Oscar night event, announces along with their partners Maryanne and Thomas Lai, the 4th Annual ROGER NEAL OSCAR VIEWING DINNER, SUITE AND AFTER PARTYwhich will take place on Oscar Sunday Feb 24th, 2019.

For the past three years this event was held at the Hollywood Museum, however the party has grown beyond the museum’s capacity.  Neal and his associates are moving into their new home THE HOLLYWOOD PALLADIUM, operated by Live Nationhttp://www.rogernealsh.net/ 

The Roger Neal Oscar Viewing Dinner will once again honor stars with the ICON AWARD during the pre-show to the Academy Awards. This year’s honorees include: For Television, award winning actress Loretta Swit (presented by Jamie Farr…) Oscar nominees Robert ForsterMargaret Avery (Oscar Nominee) and Lainie Kazan for Motion pictures.  Ernie Hudson for Motion Pictures, Bernie Kopell for TV and Walton’s star Ms. Michael Learned, for TV. The Music Icon Award will go to Grammy and Golden Globe nominee Frank StalloneWoman in Philanthropy Icon Award goes to actress/philanthropist/ 2 time Daytime Emmy Award Winner Kira Reed Lorsch.  Also George PopodoupolousTrump‘s former foreign policy advisor

The  Academy Awards viewing dinner will be a sit down, black tie white glove service experience for the stars, their guests, sponsors and ticket buyers. Over 100 Stars are expected. 600 Guests in total are expected for dinner. The RN Oscar Viewing Dinner and After Party is by invitation only. Public may purchase limited available dinner seats for $1,000. For After Party call 323-366-2796.

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*EXAMINER–COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman:
Around the end of each year major dictionaries declare their “word of the year.” Last year, for instance, the most looked-up word at Merriam-Webster.com was “justice.” Well, even though it’s early, I’m ready to declare the word of the year for 2019.

The word is “deep.”

Why? Because recent advances in the speed and scope of digitization, connectivity, big data and artificial intelligence are now taking us “deep” into places and into powers that we’ve never experienced before — and that governments have never had to regulate before. I’m talking about deep learning, deep insights, deep surveillance, deep facial recognition, deep voice recognition, deep automation and deep artificial minds.

Some of these technologies offer unprecedented promise and some unprecedented peril — but they’re all now part of our lives. Everything is going deep.

*EXAMINER–COMMENTARY by Srini Pillay, M.D.
Gone are the days where learning was simply a matter of attending and remembering to someone speaking at you. Facts that are simply heard or read have limited half-lives in our memory circuits, while those that are felt or experienced often last longer. Modern technology like virtual reality (VR) can offer learners the capacity to experience information. And when they do, this can help them understand situations more deeply and remember them too.

Take for example, a 2018 study conducted by computational social scientist David Markowitz and his colleagues. These investigators explored whether immersive virtual reality was effective at teaching people the consequences of climate change. They found that after experiencing immersive VR, people acquired new knowledge or inquisitiveness about climate science and in some cases, displayed more positive attitudes toward the environment after the VR exposure. The analyses also revealed that the more time people spent in this environment, the more they learned.

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In a move that may clear the way for the first new treatment in years for depression, an expert panel recommended on Tuesday that federal regulators approve a nasal spray that delivers the active ingredients of ketamine, a popular club drug in the 1980s and 1990s. The new drug, called Esketamine and developed by Johnson & Johnson, is aimed at people with severe depression, particularly those with suicidal thinking. The panel, with 17 voting members, including psychiatrists and consumer representatives, was nearly unanimous in deciding that the drug’s benefits outweighed its risks. The Food and Drug Administration typically follows the recommendations of its expert panels.

In recent years, scores of clinics have opened around the country, offering to administer intravenous ketamine for depression, on a schedule similar to that of electroshock therapy: as a series of treatments, over a period of days or weeks, and sometimes including follow-up or “booster” visits months later. These treatments, at an average cost of $3,000, are officially “off-label,” and usually are not covered by insurance. Their effectiveness is not well studied, although people who have received the course of treatment have reported rapid, if not always lasting, relief.

February 13, 2019

*Insects Are Dying En Masse, Risking ‘Catastrophic’ Collapse Of
Earth’s Ecosystems:

There have been warning signs for years about plummeting insect populations worldwide, but the extent of the potentially “catastrophic” crisis had not been well-understood — until now. The first global scientific review of insect population decline was published this week in the journal Biological Conservation and the findings are “shocking,” its authors said.

More than 40 percent of insect species are dwindling globally and a third of species are endangered, concluded the peer-reviewed study, which analyzed 73 historical reports on insect population declines. Chillingly, the total mass of insects is falling by 2.5 percent annually, the review’s authors said. If the decline continues at this rate, insects could be wiped off the face of the Earth within a century.

“It is very rapid. In 10 years you will have a quarter less, in 50 years only half left and in 100 years you will have none,” study co-author Francisco Sánchez-Bayo, an environmental biologist at the University of Sydney, Australia, told The Guardian. “If insect species losses cannot be halted, this will have catastrophic consequences for both the planet’s ecosystems and for the survival of mankind,” Sánchez-Bayo added.

 *Dr. Fauci: ‘Migrants Coming Over the Border…That’s Not How You Get Diseases Into the Country’:

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said “migrants coming over the border” are not bringing diseases into the United States. Fauci told a C-SPAN caller:

“You know, if you are talking about migrants coming over the border and all that kind of story about that, that’s not how you get diseases into the country. Most of the time, you get diseases like tuberculosis where someone would come in, usually in a very legal, above-the-board way, coming into the country from an area of the world where they have tuberculosis, because many of the cases of tuberculosis that we have in this country are from people who come from outside the country, usually legally.

And even measles, we often get people who have measles in countries in which the vaccination programs are not as they are here in the United States who might bring in measles. Your typical example, relatively recently, is the Hasidic Jewishcommunity in New York, in the Brooklyn area were very low in their vaccinations. Someone, a visitor, came in quite legally from Israel, with measles, brought it into the community and that’s how you have the outbreak among the Hasidic community in Brooklyn. So certainly, diseases can come in from the outside, but that is something that happens all the time, and it is less of a problem than the diseases that are already within our country.”

 *DISAPPOINTMENT – Average Tax Refund Down Eight Percent:

Early tax filers are seeing smaller average refunds this tax season, with the average refund down about eight percent from last year. The slow start marks the first full year of the Republican-led overhauled tax code. According to data released by the IRS on Friday, refunds averaged about $1,865 compared to $2,035 for tax year 2017. This tax season is being watched closely to gauge the impact of the tax overhaul in 2017 that brought in the most sweeping changes to the tax code in 30 years.

The legislation lowered most individual rates and nearly doubled the standard deduction, but also included sweeping tax cuts for companies, lowering the corporate rate to 21 percent from the previous 35. Experts have said people could see their tax burden increase because the revised code eliminated some popular deductions.

 *Ayatollah Khamenei Tweets: We Want ‘Death to the American Politicians Currently in Power’:

As the regime in Tehran marks the 40th anniversary of the Islamic revolution, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei wants Americans to know that “Death to America” doesn’t apply to everyone, just to leaders like President Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor John Bolton.

“‘Down with USA’ means down with @realDonaldTrump,@AmbJohnBolton and @SecPompeo,” the ailing 79-year-old said in a posting on his official Twitter account, khamenei.ir.

“It means death to the American politicians currently in power,” the posting continued. “It means death to the few people running that country; we have nothing against the American nation.”

 *NYC is the Most Financially
Distressed City in the Nation:

New York City is officially the most financially distressed metropolis in America, according to local debt counselors and financial analysts. The city’s credit card delinquency rates and level of bad personal debt are the highest in the nation, which saw household debt and credit soar by $219 billion, or 1.6 percent, to $13.51 trillion, in the third quarter of 2018 — a record $837 billion more than its previous peak in 2008.

Facing an environment of mounting personal bankruptcies and financial meltdowns, unprecedented numbers of local residents are just one paycheck away from total monetary disaster. The latest surge in toxic debt is blowing a huge hole in New Yorkers’ personal finances, these experts say. Forty percent of Americans recently said they could not cover a $400 emergency — and that proportion may be even higher in New York City, analysts say.

 *Saudi Women Will Now Get Text Messages Confirming Divorces So Their Husbands Don’t Leave in Secret:

Women in Saudi Arabia will now get text messages on court decisions that confirm their divorces under a new regulation, according to the BBC. The regulation, which requires courts to advise these women on divorce-related rulings, may prevent Saudi women from being divorced by their husbands without their knowledge. Female lawyers in the Kingdom believe that if women are made aware of their marital status, they can protect their right to alimony, for example.

While Saudi women are still subject to male guardianship statutes, one lawyer reportedly told Bloomberg that the measure “It also ensures that any powers of attorney issued before the divorce are not misused.” The initiative comes as part of controversial Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s push for social and economic reforms, such as permitting women to attend soccer games and work in fields traditionally dominated by men, per the BBC.

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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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Researchers have hypothesized at least 118 causes of death for Mozart, including rheumatic fever, influenza, trichinosis, mercury poisoning, kidney ailment, and streptococcal infection.

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Studies have proven that Coca-Cola, especially Diet Coke, is an effective spermicide. However, neither is recommended as a form of birth control.

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Benedetta Barzini, a former Italian supermodel, in a scene from “The Disappearance of My Mother,” a documentary directed by her son Beniamino Barrese.

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***Chipotle surged around 10% after hours following an earnings beat. Investors are loving new CEO Brian Niccol’s turnaround strategy.

***U.S. farmers are filing for chapter 12 bankruptcy protection at the highest levels in at least a decade, per the WSJ.  

***The New York Times (+10.33%) has quite the comeback for those forecasting the death of legacy media: its Q4 earnings topped expectations thanks to a surge in digital subscribers.    

***J.C. Penney (-2.22%) will stop selling major appliances at the end of this month, a big change in strategy from CEO Jill Soltau.

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Paul Harvey Prophecy- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Brmpv2D-xk

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*EXAMINER–COMMENTARY by Dan Schnur:
 As Trump states in his book, good publicity is preferable to bad, but from a bottom line perspective, bad publicity is sometimes better than no publicity at all. Controversy, in short, sells. Trump’s default reaction to almost any public or media opportunity is to look for opportunities to cause even more outrage.

Trump knows that most voters dislike him. He knows he can’t change their disgust. But he understands that his path to victory relies on his ability to make his opponents just as unlikable. So he baits his foes into not just reacting to him, but overreacting…

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*EXAMINER–COMMENTARY by David Brooks:
I went into journalism to cover politics, but now I find myself in national marriage therapy. Covering American life is like covering one of those traumatizing Eugene O’Neill plays about a family where everyone screams at each other all night and then when dawn breaks you get to leave the theater.

But don’t despair, I’m here to help. I’ve been searching for practical tips on how we can be less beastly to one another, especially when we’re negotiating disagreements. I’ve found some excellent guides — like “Negotiating the Nonnegotiable” by Daniel Shapiro, “The Rough Patch” byDaphne de Marneffe and “The Art of Gathering” by Priya Parker.

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February 10, 2019

*Michael Jackson’s Estate Urges Probe into ‘Digraceful’ Doc’s Accusers:

Michael Jackson’s estate is calling HBO’s decision to air a documentary that includes allegations from two men that the superstar molested them “disgraceful” and is urging the cable network to further investigate their backgrounds.

The 10-page letter released Friday offers a meeting with HBO executives to try to discredit the stories of the two men featured in the documentary “Leaving Neverland,” Wade Robson and James Safechuck. The estate contends the men are lying and court filings and story inconsistencies prove that.

The letter, written by estate attorney Howard Weitzman, assails the documentary for focusing solely on Robson and Safechuck’s stories and not interviewing anyone from Jackson’s family, his estate or others who knew him. It states Robson had sought work on a Jackson-themed Cirque du Soleil show and raised the molestation allegations only after he wasn’t hired.

 *Victims of Socialism in Venezuela Warn U.S.: ‘Don’t Fall for It,’ ‘People are Eating from Trash Bags’:

Victims of Venezuelan socialism who have come to Americarecently attended a Venezuela Freedom Rally in Washington, D.C., where Campus Reform asked them for their message to Americans who support socialism. “Bernie Sanders is your enemy. Do not ever, ever get involved with this individual or any of the other socialists,” one man who escaped Venezuelan socialism warned. “People are eating from trash bags in the streets,” one woman said. “In Venezuela, there is no food, no medicine, education. No, nothing, nothing,” another woman added.

Others warned Americans not to fall for socialism’s false promises, and to beware its gradual usurpation of citizens’ freedoms:

•    “It is not a game, it is not the route to go, it is not possible, it is not feasible, don’t fall for it.”

•    “It doesn’t work the way the book says… socialism is too good to be true.”

•    “It’s a gradual process, over time, little by little, power is taken away from the people.”

•    “People always talk about the Nazis and stuff like that, but nobody talks about socialism and communism.”

•    “For me, it’s kind of an insult to the Venezuelan people, who have been protesting for years.”

One former Venezuelan summed up their comments, declaring that America became the best country on Earth by rejecting all things socialist:

“This is a beautiful country, it’s the best in the world, it’s the most powerful – and we didn’t get there with socialism or anything close to that.”

 *Woody Allen: Amazon Screwed Me Over Molestation Allegations …I’m Suing for $68 Million!:

Woody Allen says Amazon Studios got cold feet, and backed out of a movie deal … all over the old molestation allegations about him and his stepdaughter — and now he wants MAJOR payback. Woody filed a lawsuit Thursday against the studio for at least $68 million! In the suit, he says Amazon was all in, as of Aug. 2017, to distribute his movie, “A Rainy Day in New York” … starring Selena Gomez and Timothee Chalamet.

The movie was shot, edited and ready for release — but according to the suit, Amazon backed out in June 2018. Woody says he demanded an explanation, and the studio would only say it was due “renewed allegations” and Woody’s “controversial comments.” He says Amazon never spelled it out for him, but Woody thinks it’s related to a “25 year old, baseless allegation” he had molested he and Mia Farrow‘s adopted daughter, Dylan. Woody’s suing Amazon for breach of contract and damages.

 *Drag Queen Story Time for Kids at Philadelphia-Area Library
Sparks Protest:

A story time event at a Lansdale, PA., library that was organized by drag queens was the target of protests on Saturday. Counter-protesters also turned out in support of the story hour.

The event, called “Drag Queen Story Fun Time with Annie,” featured a drag queen named Annie Christ – which can be interpreted to mean the anti-Christ, a local Fox affiliate reported. 

She read from the book, “Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed” by Mo Willems. The Pennsylvania Pastors Network protested the event, saying Annie Christ is “clearly attacking Christianity by wearing satanic symbols. They pointed out the drag queen also performs lewd sexually charged nightclub shows and shouldn’t have been allowed to present a story time for children,” CBN News reported.

 *OH COME ON – Gucci Apologizes for ‘Blackface’ Turtleneck:

Gucci has apologized for selling a sweater after people pointed out that its design looked like blackface. The top, which has now been pulled from the fashion house’s online and physical stores, is a black turtleneck that can be pulled up over the bottom half of the face to reveal oversize red lips. In a tweet sent late Tuesday, the company said it “deeply apologizes for the offense caused by the wool balaclava jumper,” and added: “We are fully committed to increasing diversity throughout our organization and turning this incident into a powerful learning moment for the Gucci team and beyond.”

Film producer and media personality Tariq Nasheed said the apology wasn’t good enough, writing: “So Gucci puts out a sweater that looks like blackface… On Black History Month… And then issues an apology because they didn’t know that blackface images are racist.”

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Pet ownership is higher than it has ever been, with almost 60% of American households having at least one.

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New babies prefer looking at a drawing of a face rather than a random pattern, and they prefer smiling faces to grumpy ones.

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Look out RihannaEmily Ratajkowski has her eyes on the underwear industry. On Wednesday, the model, 27, announced the expansion of her swimwear line Inamorata into lingerie. “A little over a year of @inamoratawoman and I’m so thrilled to finally share what I’ve been working on for you guys,” Ratajkowski wrote on Instagram. “Introducing BODY, a category that is so much more than lingerie. I hope you guys love it as much as I do.”

The initial offerings include eighteen styles of lacy bralettes, ribbed bodysuits and seamless thongs in a range of colors and prices from $18 to $55.

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The biggest mystery in Washington—second only to how the Mueller probe will end—is how President Donald Trump manages to maintain his bright fluorescent orange glow regardless of the season. Officially, the White House line is that Trump gets his glow from “good genes”.

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*EXAMINER-SPOTLIGHT: THE 4TH ANNUAL ROGER NEAL OSCAR VIEWING DINNER & AFTER PARTY

Roger and Lynn Neal, Founder and Chairman of the annual Oscar night event, announces along with their partners Maryanne and Thomas Lai, the 4th Annual ROGER NEAL OSCAR VIEWING DINNER, SUITE AND AFTER PARTYwhich will take place on Oscar Sunday Feb 24th, 2019.

For the past three years this event was held at the Hollywood Museum, however the party has grown beyond the museum’s capacity.  Neal and his associates are moving into their new home THE HOLLYWOOD PALLADIUM, operated by Live Nationhttp://www.rogernealsh.net/ 

The Roger Neal Oscar Viewing Dinner will once again honor stars with the ICON AWARD during the pre-show to the Academy Awards. This year’s honorees include: For Television, award winning actress Loretta Swit star of Mash(presented by Jamie Farr…) Oscar nominees Robert Forster,Margaret Avery (Oscar Nominee) and Lainie Kazan for Motion pictures.  Ernie Hudson for Motion Pictures, Bernie Kopell (Love Boat), for TV and Walton’s star Ms. Michael Learned, for TV. The Music Icon Award will go to Grammyand Golden Globe nominee Frank StalloneWoman in Philanthropy Icon Award goes to actress/philanthropist/ 2-time Daytime Emmy Award Winner Kira Reed Lorsch (The Bay).  Also George PopodoupolousTrump‘s former foreign policy advisor.

The  Academy Awards viewing dinner will be a sit down, black tie white glove service experience for the stars, their guests, sponsors and ticket buyers. Over 100 Stars are expected. 600 Guests in total are expected for dinner. The RN Oscar Viewing Dinner and After Party is by invitation only. Public may purchase limited available dinner seats for $1,000. For After Party call 323-366-2796.

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Choreographer Miguel Gutierrez 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–COMMENTARY by David Brooks:
In 1900, there were two great philosophers working side by side at HarvardWilliam James and Josiah Royce. James was from an eminent Boston family and had all the grace, brilliance and sophistication that his class aspired to. Royce, as the historian Allen Guelzopoints out, was the first major American philosopher born west of the Mississippi. His parents were Forty-Niners who moved to California but failed to find gold. He grew up in squalor, was stocky, lonely and probably knew more about despair and the brooding shadows that can come in life.

James and Royce admired and learned from each other, but their philosophies were different, too. James was pragmatic and tough-minded, looking for empirical truth. Royce was more idealistic and tender-minded, more spiritual and abstract.

They differed on the individual’s role in society. As David Lamberth of Harvard notes, James’s emphasis was on tolerance. We live in a pluralistic society and we each know only a fragment of the truth. People should give one another enough social space so they can be themselves. For Royce the good life meant tightly binding yourself to others — giving yourself away with others for the sake of a noble cause. Tolerance is not enough.

James’s influence is now enormous — deservedly so. Royce is almost entirely forgotten. And yet I would say that Royce is the philosopher we need today. In an age of division, fragmentation and isolation, Royce is the philosopher we don’t know we have. He is the philosopher of binding and connection.

*EXAMINER–COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd:
The tribal tensions in America made Roger Stone’s favorite tricks easier than ever; he didn’t have to operate in the shadows. He wore a T-shirt with Bill Clinton and the word “Rape” at 2016 campaign rallies. As Stone boasted in the documentary, his “slash-and-burn” tactics “are now in vogue.”Trump has had periods of estrangement with Stone. In 2008, in an interview with The New Yorker, he called the strategist “a stone-cold loser,” a state Trump himself has been relegated to this past week, courtesy of Nancy Pelosi.

Stone will not go gently. When he is asked about the tattoo of Nixon, he says he got it to remind himself, “A man is not finished when he is defeated; he is only finished when he quits.” At the moment, though, dogged by Mueller, Stone and Manafort are the dog’s breakfast. The pair has given practicing the dark arts a bad name.

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Ricki Lake has fallen in love nearly two years after losing her ex-husband, Christian Evans, to suicide. “I found love again,“ Lake shared at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour on Wednesday, according to People. “My husband, who passed from mental illness and suicide, it’ll be two years ago on February 11. And I just recently found a brilliant new love.” Lake has been dating Jeff Scult, who founded the fashion brand One Golden Thread. They’ve even shared a few snaps together on social media. Last week, she posted a selfie with her new beau gentleman saying, “This is what happy looks like.”

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