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LBN Examiner 3/8/2020

*” I’M HATIN’ IT ” – YOU’LL NEVER GUESS WHAT THEY FOUND ON McDONALD’S TOUCHSCREENS IN ENGLAND:


According to a new investigation, they swabbed the new self-order machines in six different England locations—six in London and two in Birmingham, England. The breadth of different and concerning bacteria on each one worried Senior Lecturer in Microbiology at London Metropolitan University Dr. Paul Matawele, who told the Metro: “We were all surprised how much gut and [fecal] bacteria there was on the touchscreen machines. These cause the kind of infections that people pick up in hospitals.”

Among those bacteria was staphylococcus, which has been linked to Toxic Shock Syndrome. Matawele called the bacteria “so contagious.” He was also concerned about the listeria, klebsiella, and proteus strains found, each of which contributes to a different serious illness. When contacted by the paper, a McDonald‘s rep commented “our self-order screens are cleaned frequently throughout the day. All of our restaurants also provide facilities for customers to wash their hands before eating.”

*AMAZON PULLS 1M FAKE CURES, PREVENTION FOR CORONAVIRUS:

Amazon has reportedly removed more than 1 million products from its digital store that are fraudulently branded as coronavirus cures or safeguards, the Mercury News reports. The online giant in recent weeks has cracked down on thousands of users charging unreasonably high prices for protective gear as the virus spreads—the company referred to the problem as “price gouging.” “Amazon has always required sellers to provide accurate information on product detail pages and we remove those that violate our policies,” a company spokesperson said in a statement. As of Friday, the virus has infected more than 80,000 people globally and has killed almost 3,000 people.

*HEADS UP- U.S. PEDESTRIAN DEATHS SPIKE TO HIGHEST LEVEL IN 30 YEARS:

U.S. pedestrian deaths have hit their highest level in 30 years with an estimated 6,590 pedestrians being killed in motor-vehicle crashes last year, according to a new report. That’s a nearly 5 percent increase from 2018, according to the figures released Thursday by the nonprofit Governors Highway Safety Association. The rise in pedestrian deaths comes as overall fatalities from road crashes keep declining.

Safety researcher Richard Retting explained: “Cars are much safer today… That doesn’t help pedestrians a whole lot.” Experts offered a number of reasons for the spike, including drivers and pedestrians becoming more and more distracted by smartphones, more SUVs on the roads, and alcohol or other drug impairment. The report states that the number of annual pedestrian fatalities has risen by more than 50 percent since 2009.

*SOUTH PHILLY SAFE INJECTION SITE NIXED:


Recently, a federal judge approved a plan to set up the U.S.’ first-ever sanctioned safe injection site in South Philadelphia. But the very next day, Safehouse, the nonprofit behind the effort, announced that plans are on hold.  Safehouse VP Ronda Goldfein said the intended landlord, a health center called Constitution Health Plaza, retracted Safehouse’s lease.  The backstory: The U.S. opioid crisis devastated Philadelphia. Drug overdoses have killed about 3,400 people in Philly in the past three years, per the DEA. Safehouse organizers said about one person dies of an overdose in South Philadelphia every week. So authorities are doing whatever they can to end the suffering. Advocates say safe injection sites can prevent overdoses and provide a bridge to treatment. But some law enforcement officials and others are fiercely opposed. They argue safe injection sites 1) sanction illegal drug use and 2) enable addicts to fall deeper into their conditions.  That’s why U.S. Attorney William McSwain sued Safehouse last year, citing a 1980s-era “crackhouse statute.”  The court ruled in Safehouse’s favor, but McSwain appealed the decision. Zoom out: Safe injection sites fall into an approach to drug use called “harm reduction.” Other examples include needle exchanges used to reduce HIV risk and distributing the overdose-reversal drug naloxone. One final, mysterious element of this story: A research paper published in 2018 said there is already a safe injection site in the U.S. But it’s a closely kept secret, operating in an undisclosed, urban location.

*GENERATION HELPLESS? MANY MILLENNIALS CAN’T CHANGE A LIGHTBULB BY THEMSELVES, SURVEY FINDS:

Has the quintessential handyman become a thing of the past? Homeowners used to take pride in repairing and maintaining their homes all by themselves, but a recent survey of 2,000 young adults finds that many still need assistance with the simplest of tasks — like changing a light bulb! Unbelievably, some respondents even admitted to simply leaving a dead light bulb in place for more than three weeks before finally mustering up the courage to ask for some help. Other simple fixes that respondents said they can’t accomplish alone included putting up wallpaper, draining a radiator, painting, tightening up a loose cabinet door, and fixing a loose screw. Less than 25% of survey participants would call themselves “good” at DIY skills, and 13% (about 1 in 8) flat out said their skills are “poor.”

The research, which was commissioned by Plusnet, also noted that a full third of millennials seek out help on the easiest of household chores mostly because they’re sure they’ll mess things up if they attempt it themselves. Another 25% don’t even try such tasks alone because they know someone else would be far better suited for the job, 10% don’t have the patience for home improvement, and 14% just don’t have the time apparently. So, who do most young adults look to for help? You guessed it, dear old dad (40%). Meanwhile, 16% usually ask their mother or brother for help first. Besides actual people, though, there’s “someone” else that the vast majority (87%) of millennials flock to in the event of house trouble: Google. Meanwhile, 41% usually just call up a professional repairman.

If one thing is clear from this survey it’s this: modern young adults just don’t feel the need to learn these skills. A full 25%  would much rather just pay someone to perform a maintenance job than get their hands dirty themselves. As such, the average millennial spends $409.76 annually on home repairs. On that note, respondents were asked what plays into their decision when choosing a tradesman; 15% go for the best price, but 25% seek out the best online reviews. Another third won’t hire a handyman if their website looks cheap and 40% will avoid a repair business if their website is non-functional. Many (30%) even turn to social media for repair help, with most looking over Facebook before other platforms. Electricians are the most commonly called repair services used (42%), followed by plumbers (37%). Also, 17% regularly call an interior decorator, and 11% call a blinds fitter frequently.

*AMERICANS CONTINUE TO VOTE WITH THEIR FEET TOWARDS LOW-TAX STATES:

With the 2020 census just around the corner, elected officials and demographers eagerly await the results from this once in a decade process of counting the U.S. population. The new count will not affect electoral votes for the 2020 presidential election. But its implications for the 2022 congressional midterms, state political clout and future presidential elections are significant. Before we get the official count from the 2020 census, the best clues we have come from the 2019 estimates released by the United States Census Bureau in its annual state-by-state population estimates. Beyond the political, the results tell us a great deal about the relative economic health of the 50 states. Americans continue to move, or “vote with their feet,” toward states that have lower tax burdens and value economic competitiveness. For more than a decade, our work in Rich States, Poor States has revealed that states with lower taxes, especially those that avoid personal income taxes, have seen significantly better rates of in-migration than states with high-income tax rates. 

For example, the two biggest winners from the 2019 population estimates are Texas, which gained 367,215 new residents on net, and Florida, which gained 233,420. Neither the Lone Star State nor the Sunshine State have a personal income tax. The two states with the largest population losses in 2019 were New York, with a net loss of 76,790 residents and Illinois, which lost 51,250. New York and Illinois have some of the highest tax burdens in America, and their policy mistakes are costing them dearly. Moving away from the large states, a quartet of low tax states – Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, and Utah – led the way this past year in terms of overall population growth as a percentage of their population.

*ELIZABETH STANTON, TRAVEL GURU EXTRAORDINAIRE, EXAMINES POOR CUSTOMER SERVICE NOT AFFECTING PROFITS FOR MAJOR AIRLINES:

A new study by University of Nevada, Reno, found that there is no correlation between customer satisfaction and performance of the airline. Airline management, away from the financial incentive to invest in CS, is more concerned with filling as many seats as possible-and increasing the number of seats per flight by reducing seat width and legroom to take on a few extra rows in economy class. Well, it seems travel guru extraordinaire, Elizabeth Stanton, has a lot to say on the subject and insists that the sadly poor customer service doesn’t affect income.

“This besieged consumer lives in an alternative reality where businesses can discriminate at will between their high-value and low-value clientele, at the same time as they marginalize bargain hunters and coupon cutters,” states Elizabeth Stanton. “Most companies couldn’t get away with treating their customers this way. But some already do: airlines.”Stanton continues, “Airlines will figure out just how much every client is worth and treat them accordingly. They have this overarching sense of who their valued customers are, regardless of any individual fare, and what their lifetime value is. And because of the system structure, they will take advantage of it to the degree that they are cruel to people.”

When it comes to poor customer service, airlines seem to be beyond reproach and the average air traveler knows that. It’s self-evident in the soaring profits of United, which forcibly dragged a passenger off an overbooked flight 2 years ago, and in budget carriers offering increasingly spartan flying experiences while insinuating add-on fees for amenities that were once included, like carry-on baggage and inflight entertainment. The big U.S. airlines have a near-monopoly on air travel from many (although not all) major American airports, leaving little options for price-sensitive passengers when they fly. On Tuesday February 18, 2020, the U.S. Department of Transportation released its annual report on air travel for 2019. This report shows travel data related to the consumer and you can see how on average airlines have been giving poor service as cancellations increase and long tarmac delays being displayed. Check out the statistics below:

On-time arrival rate: 79%, down from 79.2% in 2018. Despite operating on island time, Hawaiian Airlines was the most punctual carrier. Frontier was the least.

Cancellations: Airlines canceled 1.9% of scheduled domestic flights last year, all of which interrupted an important family gathering. In 2016, the cancellation rate was 1.2%.

Animals: Carriers reported 11 animal deaths and eight injuries.

Tarmac delays: The longest tarmac delay was a United flight that spent 5 hours and 32 minutes on the Newark tarmac before taking off for Milan, Italy.

*EXAMINER – SEE IT:

On March 6, Mandy Moore will release her first album since 2009. “I’m a firm believer in things happening for a reason, and it took the last 10 years of my life to get to this point, and I really feel like it was worth it,” she said.

*EXAMINER–INVESTIGATES:

Want to improve your chance of staying healthy? Stop touching your face! One of the more difficult challenges in public health has been to teach people to wash their hands frequently and to stop touching the facial mucous membranes — the eyes, nose and mouth, all entry portals for the new coronavirus and many other germs. “Scratching the nose, rubbing your eyes, leaning on your chin and your fingers go next to your mouth — there’s multiple ways we do it,” said Dr. Nancy C. Elder, a professor of family medicine at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland who has studied face touching among doctors and clinic staff members. “Everybody touches their face, and it’s a difficult habit to break.”

– WITHOUT NOTES-

An in-depth interview with the Rabbi and the Rascal. Rabbi Asher Gottsman “The Rabbi” and Robert Sanchez “The Rascal” make up this fascinating real-life Odd Couple story. A reformed gang member and his spiritual mentor a Jewish Rabbi and how they have affected each other for the better. Part 1 we hear about the Rascal’s background and how he got into the gang.
 

“Without Notes” –The Rabbi and the Rascal -Part 1:The Rascal

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LBN Examiner 3/1/2020

‘BDS THIS’: ISRAEL MAKES ‘EXCITING BREAKTHROUGH’ IN RACE FOR CORONA VIRUS VACCINE:

Israeli scientists are reportedly only a few weeks away from having developed the first vaccine to combat the coronavirus, which originated in China, and could have the vaccine available 90 days after that. “Congratulations to MIGAL [The Galilee Research Institute] on this exciting breakthrough,” Science and Technology Minister Ofir Akunis said, according to The Jerusalem Post. “I am confident there will be further rapid progress, enabling us to provide a needed response to the grave global COVID-19 threat,” Akunis said, referring to the disease caused by the novel corona virus. A team of scientists at MIGAL had been working for years on a vaccine against an infectious bronchitis virus (IBV).   “Our basic concept was to develop the technology and not specifically a vaccine for this kind or that kind of virus,” said Dr. Chen Katz, MIGAL’s biotechnology group leader. “The scientific framework for the vaccine is based on a new protein expression vector, which forms and secretes a chimeric soluble protein that delivers the viral antigen into mucosal tissues by self-activated endocytosis, causing the body to form antibodies against the virus. Let’s call it pure luck,” Katz said. “We decided to choose coronavirus as a model for our system just as a proof of concept for our technology.”

*BEWARE OF WOKE POLICE—80% OF PEOPLE IN ARTS FEAR ‘CONTROVERSIAL OPINIONS’ RISK PROFESSIONAL OSTRACISM:

More than eight in ten people working in culture and the arts feel those with “controversial opinions” risk professional ostracism. The Freedom of Expression survey commissioned by ArtsProfessional magazine found in its research of 500 professionals that more than 80 per cent thought that “workers in the arts and cultural sector who share controversial opinions risk being professionally ostracised”. This has resulted in arts sector workers self-censoring around colleagues or bosses if their views are considered “politically incorrect” or express support for Brexit, even thought a majority of the voting public backed it.

Non-liberal-progressive views on sex, religion, and sexuality were also considered forbidden. Responses were anonymous. One said in the survey: “Our arts, culture, and indeed education sectors are supposed to be fearlessly free-thinking and open to a wide range of challenging views. However, they are now dominated by a monolithic politically correct class (mostly of privileged white middle-class people, by the way), who impose their intolerant views across those sectors. “This is driving people who disagree away, risks increasing support for the very things this culturally dominant class professes to stand against, and is slowly destroying our society and culture from the inside.”

*AUSTIN BUSINESSES SOUND ALARM OVER HOMELESSNESS HITTING ‘BOILING POINT’:

The homelessness problem is getting out of hand and increasing the risk of danger, a steakhouse owner in Austin, Texas, said recently. “Our biggest thing is this isn’t safe for anybody, and that includes the homeless population,” Vince Young Steakhouse’s Executive Chef Phillip Brown told KXAN. On Twitter Wednesday, Brown shared photos he took of a large cardboard box behind his restaurant where people had set up camp: While there are now more police in the area, Brown said, “They can’t be everywhere all the time.” On January 25, Austin police arrested a homeless woman who reportedly confessed to stabbing five women in the famous Sixth Street area of the city, according to Breitbart News. Austin police Chief Brian Manley said when an officer approached one of the women, she was “lying on the ground in a pool of blood.” “The witnesses described seeing the suspect, after passing their group take a swing, hitting at the victim, hitting the victim and the victim falling to the ground,” he stated. For Brown, problems regarding the homeless issue escalated a year and a half ago when an alleged homeless man began knocking tables over on the restaurant’s patio, then hit him in the head. At the hospital, the chef received 13 stitches.

*HEIGHT ADVANTAGE-TALLER YOUNG MEN HAVE LOWER RISK OF DEVELOPING DEMENTIA:

Having some extra height at a young age may do more than just help out on the basketball court. A new study finds that men who are taller than average in early adulthood also enjoy a lowered risk of developing dementia later in life. Previous research has shown that height may be a risk factor for dementia, but the studies weren’t able to account for genetic, environmental, and other early-life factors that may influence one’s height and or risk of developing dementia. These latest findings shed new light on the subject thanks to researchers from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, in association with the non-profit science organization eLife.

“We wanted to see if body height in young men is associated with diagnosis of dementia, while exploring whether intelligence test scores, educational level, and underlying environmental and genetic factors shared by brothers explain the relationship,” says lead author Terese Sara Høj Jørgensen, an assistant professor in the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Public Health, in a media release. Jørgensen and her team analyzed data from 666,333 Danish men born between 1939 and 1959. This cohort included 70,608 brothers and 7,388 twins. They found that 10,599 men from the sample developed dementia as they aged.

*1 IN 5 EUROPEANS SAY SECRET JEWISH CABAL RUNS THE WORLD:

A secret network of Jews influences global political and economic affairs.

That’s the feeling among a fifth of the 16,000 respondents to a survey among Europeans from 16 countries. The same number also agreed with the statement that “Jews exploit Holocaustvictim-hood for their own needs.”

The survey was presented Monday at a conference about antisemitism organized in Parisby the European Jewish Association. It was conducted in December and January in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Poland, among other countries.

Other findings:

  • A quarter of respondents agreed with the statement that Israel’s policies make them understand why some people hate Jews.
  • More than a quarter concurred with the statement that “Israel is engaged in legitimate self defense against its enemies.” A quarter of respondents disagreed and 46% did not express a position.
  •  More than a third agreed with the assertion that “During World War II, people from our nation suffered as much as Jews.”

*HARVEY WEINSTEIN’S EX-WIFE GEORGINA CHAPMAN HAS MOVED ON WITH ADRIEN BRODY:

While Harvey Weinstein is headed to jail, his ex-wife Georgina Chapman is finding solace in the arms of Oscar winner Adrien Brody. Rumors popped up last fall that Chapman, 43, and Brody, 46, were dating, and a source close to Chapman confirmed they’re still together. While the designer and the movie star had met and socialized previously, sparks apparently flew when they were both invited to Puerto Rico for the launch of model Helena Christensen’s swimwear line last April, held at the swanky Dorado Beach Ritz-Carlton Reserve, joining guests including Brooke Shields and Chris Henchy, Malin Akerman and Jack Donnelly.

*EXAMINER – INVESTIGATES:

Studies show that those who eat hummus tend to weigh less and have better-regulated blood sugar than those who don’t.

Hummus eaters also have lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and reduced risk of diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers.

*EXAMINER – CARTOON:

“As long as you don’t sign anything in blood you should be O.K.”

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  *EXAMINER – BUSINESS INSIDER:

  • John Stumpf, the former Wells Fargo CEO, was fined $17.5 million by regulators over the bank’s fake account scandal. He’s also banned from working in the bank industry. 
  • 23andMe is laying off 14% of its staff (about 100 people) because of declining sales of its DNA tests.
  • The New York City Council voted to require stores and restaurants to accept cash in addition to credit and debit cards.

*EXAMINER – INVESTIGATES:

Google did an experiment with M&Ms at their headquarters. and found that when they put the candy in containers instead of out in the open, people ate 3 million fewer pieces within one month’s time.

LEARN TO PLAY BRIDGE LIKE A BOSS by H. Anthony Medley

THE ONLY BRIDGE BOOK YOU WILL EVER NEED

 This first of a kind how to play bridge book takes you from learning the basic game in the first several chapters to teaching how to bid and play many of the advanced conventions and techniques used by experts (like Weak Twos, Two Over One, Jacoby Two No Trump, and many more). Better, this explains complex systems that are often the subject of complete books by themselves by reading just a few pages and looking at a few of the hands. Just as an example, it has the most detailed explanation of negative doubles found anywhere. Most of the hands are hands that the author has actually played. There is so much more to this book that can’t be mentioned here due to limited space. It is truly an “all in one” book, one for rank beginners, but one also for normal players who want to learn advanced techniques. Says reader       T Sanders, “It is one of the best instructional and game advice books I have read in a long time.”

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