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LBN Examiner 03/22/2020

*PUTIN’S PLAN-RUSSIA IS PUMPING OUT CORONAVIRUS DISINFORMATION TO CREATE PANIC:

Russia is carrying out a “significant disinformation campaign” in an attempt to create more panic and distrust in Western countries as they deal with the novel coronavirus pandemic, according to a document created by European Union officials. “A significant disinformation campaign by Russian state media and pro-Kremlin outlets regarding COVID-19 is ongoing,” said the document, which was sent to European lawmakers Monday and has been seen by Reuters news agency. “The overarching aim of Kremlin disinformation is to aggravate the public-health crisis in Western countries… in line with the Kremlin’s broader strategy of attempting to subvert European societies.” The document was created by the EU’s foreign-policy arm, the European External Action Service. Russia’s official statistics seem to show that the country has virtually no coronavirus cases within its borders—but medical experts have said those numbers are probably very misleading, as Vladimir Putin seeks another term as president.

*EXAMINER – READER POLL:
99% OF EXAMINER READERS SCREAM “SAN FRANCISCO HAS BECOME A NIGHTMARE OF CRIME, HOMELESSNESS, FILTH, AND ADDICTION”!


By the largest majority of any reader poll in the 18-year history of LBN Examiner, 99% of readers in all 50 of the United States and 26 foreign countries called the once beautiful city of San Francisco a “nightmare of crime, homelessness, filth, and addiction”. According to Dr. Debra Klein, a life-long resident of San Francisco, “to call our City a S—t house is an understatement” said Klein. “It looks more like a scene out of a horror movie. It’s heartbreaking. All leaders of the City should be ashamed of themselves. Blatant crime is tolerated as normal. Police do nothing, afraid to act.”

*RUDE!- TIKTOK TOLD MODERATORS TO HIDE POSTS BY UGLY PEOPLE:

TikTok told its moderators to suppress posts from ugly and poor people, according to a report from The Intercept. The Chinese video-sharing app, which has hundreds of millions of users, reportedly laid out a number of flaws that could lead to videos being secretly barred from the “For You” section of the app, where posts are promoted to a massive audience. The Intercept reports that leaked documents show that videos have been hidden because they show “rural poverty, slums, beer bellies, and crooked smiles.”

The document appears to show the company’s fears that uploads by unattractive users could “decrease the short-term new user retention rate,” adding: “If the character’s appearance or the shooting environment is not good, the video will be much less attractive, not worthing [sic] to be recommended to new users.” The documents also reportedly show that moderators were also told to censor political speech, punishing users who harmed “national honor.” A TikTok spokesperson said “most of” the guidelines reviewed by The Intercept “are either no longer in use, or in some cases appear to never have been in place.”

*HIGH TIMES – POT SALES JUMP AS MORE PEOPLE STAY AT HOME:

More people stuck at home has led to a higher demand for cannabis, and Aphria Inc. is one of the best-positioned companies to take advantage of that trend, an analyst at Bank of America said. “Our checks across North America were consistent: regardless of region, cannabis purchases have accelerated,” analyst Christopher Carey said in a note. “While likely on pantry loading, it’s not unreasonable to think there will be some boost to per capita consumption as people stay at home longer.” This implies that pot is a defensive category, like alcohol and tobacco. Carey upgraded Aphria to buy from neutral, although he cut his price target to C$5 from C$8 to reflect the impact of market turbulence on cannabis shares. The company “could increasingly take a disproportionate share of increased demand” as its peers struggle, he said.

*JUDGE SENTENCES ADOPTION SCAMMER TO READ VICTIMS’ STATEMENTS:

A convicted adoption scammer got the maximum sentence—10 years in prison—but the judge decided that wasn’t enough. On Thursday, he ordered Tara Lynn Lee of New Haven, Michigan, to read aloud and tape-record the impact statements of 40 families she promised to match with babies and then swindled. “If you miss even one word, you’re going to start over again,” federal judge Bernard Friedman told Lee, saying she really deserved a life sentence for a $2.1 million fraud that broke the hearts of would-be adoptive parents. Prosecutors said Lee used the ill-gotten gains to buy jewelry, airline tickets, and designer duds.

*MARIE DIAMOND, GLOBAL TRANSFORMATIONAL TEACHER, RECEIVES WOMEN APPRECIATION WOMEN HONORARY AWARD:

Marie Diamond, a global transformational teacher, has just been recognized for her endless positive contribution in society by Women Appreciating Women (WAW). WAW is a global movement established by the amazing visionary woman, Dr. Pauline Long, to bring women together to appreciate one another and to support each other without boundaries. Marie is very exhilarated because she received the WAW Honorary Award 2020 and was officially inducted into the WAW Hall of Fame on International Women’s Day March 8th, 2020. The award was presented at the 4th annual WAW prestigious conference, Gala Awards and Dinner. The theme at WAW this year was #SheMustWin

It seems that Marie Diamond is well-deserving of this award as she constantly is striving to help people thought humanitarian efforts. She recently teamed with iGiveTrees, a foundation created to give trees to small Brazilian communities through their local NGOs. With iGiveTrees, Marie Diamond created the Diamond Forest Initiative, whose goal is improving the soil and replanting an endangered rainforest to restore biodiversity, produce more oxygen, replenish water systems, and sink more carbon for the benefit of the whole planet. Marie Diamond is here to impact society in the best of ways.

Since her childhood experience, Marie Diamond has lived like a Magical Live. Her life reads like a magical story where she manifested her most incredible dreams, living in all her favorite places in the world, meeting and helping millions of people worldwide. For the last 25 years she has been the Spiritual mentor and Feng Shui Master of hundreds of thousands of students worldwide, top public speakers, international best-selling authors, celebrities in the music and movie industry, politicians and top athletes. She has become a global household name in the field of the Law of Attraction and Self Help, using the Energy Systems of Feng Shui, Dowsing, Law of Attraction and Meditation.


*PROMINENT IRANIAN ATTORNEY, SEAN MIRESKANDARI, ESTABLISHES GROUP TO AID IN DISPERSING CORONAVIRUS VACCINES TO IRAN:

Iran is yet again facing another crisis, this time due to the Coronavirus. Iran is second to China in this epidemic where already the death toll is at catastrophic levels. The true total of deaths are not being released by the Islamic Republic. Most of the world are not willing or are unable to deal with Iran due to its behavior over the last 40 years. Through his connections, Shahrokh “Sean” Mireskandari, an expert lawyer living in Los Angeles, has formed a group of Iranian experts called Vaccines Without Borders to raise money to buy 80 million vaccines from the Israeli Pharmaceutical Company. The pharmaceutical company has recently announced that it has been successful in finding a vaccine and will be ready to distribute the Coronavirus vaccine in a few weeks.

The Iranian people have yet again suffered due to 40 years of dishonesty, corruption, and mismanagement by the Islamic regime. Facing serious sanctions, the regime is still not willing to face reality and unwilling to start behaving like a normal country in order to be accepted into the world community. The regime is willing to spend billions of dollars on its nefarious activity, while not willing to save its own people.

Mireskandari has started to raise money to buy 80 million vaccines and give it to the Iranian people for free. He has also hired the Sandler Reiff Law firm in Washington, DC, to deal with the US Government and make sure that the group is not violating any sanctions. If the sanctions at present prevent the distribution of the vaccine to the people of Iran, the group will contact President Trump and request a waiver. Mireskandari believes that President Trump will always help those in need especially in such circumstances where 80 million Iranians are at serious risk.

Vaccines Without Borders is taking an initiative to aid everyone by making the vaccines free of charge. Mireskandari’s plan is to also get the aid of the Red Cross and other established respected charities to assist in the distribution. Any and all funds raised will be paid directly to these charities or directly to the Israeli Pharmaceutical Company. Some of the top Iranian celebrities, such as international singers Sattar and Jamshid Alimorad, as well as famous Iranians, such as Dr Alireza Nourizadeh, have already agreed to be involved and assist the Iranian people in the venture.

*EXAMINER – SEE IT:

Lady Gaga’s new single, “Stupid Love,” marks a return to the dystopian dance-pop that made her a pre-streaming superstar.

*EXAMINER – INVESTIGATES:

  Many of the country’s largest retailers and fast-food chains don’t pay employees when they’re sick ― a policy that could put those workers, their families and the public at risk as the coronavirus sweeps through the U.S. Workers at Target, Walmart, Kroger, Taco Bell, Subway, Burger King and a slew of other well-known businesses say they don’t get paid sick leave, according to a survey of workers from The Shift Project, a joint research effort from two sociologists at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of California, San Francisco.

*BROKEN WINDOWS, BROKEN BUSINESS:

Once every decade a book comes along with an insight so penetrating, so powerful – and so simply, demonstrably true -that it instantly changes the way we think and do business. Such a book is Broken Windows, Broken Business, a breakthrough in management theory that can alter the destiny of countless companies striving to stay ahead of their competition. “In this vital work, the author offers compelling evidence that problems in business, large and small, typically stem from inattention to tiny details. Social psychologists and criminologists agree that if a window in a building is broken and left unrepaired, soon thereafter the rest of the windows will be broken – and the perception will build that crime in that neighborhood is out of control. The same principle applies to business.” “Drawing on real-world corporate examples, from JetBlue‘s decision to give fliers what they really want – leather seats, personal televisions, online ticketing – to Google’s customer-based strategy for breaking out of the pack of Internet search engines, to business-to-business firms’ successes and failures, the author proves again and again how constant vigilance and an obsession with detail can make or break a business or a brand.”

“With tips and advice on changing any business to one that dots its i’s, crosses its t’s, and attracts more clients, Broken Windows, Broken Business goes straight to the heart of what makes all enterprises successful – the little things that mean a lot.”

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*THE BRUTAL FACTS WANT YOU:

It’s vital to be able to trust the news, but in today’s world of fragmented journalism augmented with a healthy dose of citizen journalism, misinformation is running rampant. Perhaps more disturbing is the perception that people don’t care if a viral news story is accurate or not.

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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.
 

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LBN Examiner 3/15/2020

*IN DIVIDED AMERICA, MISERY IS LOOKING FOR COMPANY:

Right now, most Americans are simply fed up. The combination of myriad, simultaneous crises (coronavirus pandemic, the stock market free fall, election hacking and freakish weather events), a peevish hyperpartisan Congress that is stalled, and an increasingly politicized and hysterical opinion-based media have created a vicious and anxiety-ridden culture. And it doesn’t stop there — internet algorithms on the three biggest social media platforms, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, sort us into tribes and pit us against each other, adding further to our society’s chaos. 

In response, we are turning on each other. Most of us are feeling much colder toward, more fearful and contemptuous of those with opposing views, and these sentiments have more than doubled since 1994. We also believe that almost twice as many people on the other side of the political fence hold more extreme views than they actually do. And the more media we consume, the more our perceptions of them become distorted. These feelings are increasingly influencing who we date, marry, hire and hang out with. A recent survey even showed that almost 10 percent of both Democrats and Republicans feel that violence would be acceptable if the other side won the 2020 presidential election. Of course, this is making us all sick. Today, 69 percent of Americans find the future of the country to be a “significant source of stress,” which leads to an increased likelihood of chronic health problems. 

*JAW DROP! – ICE SAYS IT WILL TAKE 140 YEARS TO DEPORT ILLEGALS FROM BORDER SURGE:

ICE’s chief said Wednesday that at current deportation rates it would take 140 years to remove all the illegal immigrants who came in during the border surge of the past two years. Matt Albence, acting director at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said the border surge over the past two years added 900,000 more cases to ICE’s non-detained docket, which now totals more than 3.3 million. That far outstrips ICE’s ability to track down and deport people, he told the House Appropriations Committee. That’s up dramatically from the 34,000 beds the Obama administration had for its final years, and nearly 15,000 more than Congress approved for this current year. “Without additional resources to actually effectuate a judge’s removal orders, we will have an immigration enforcement and court system in which billions of dollars a year are spent to obtain orders, that are not worth the paper they are written on,” Mr. Albence told the House Appropriations Committee.

*WOULD YOU WRITE A 5-STAR REVIEW IN RETURN FOR A $20 BRIBE?:

Amazon is very clear about the product reviews on its site — they’re not allowed to be rigged or bogus. But that doesn’t stop some merchants from trying. Pasadena resident Ben Shutman, 37, discovered this after receiving a wall stud finder he’d ordered from Amazon. A wall stud finder, for those who may not be do-it-yourselfers, is a hand-held electronic device that can detect studs, or vertical beams, hidden beneath the drywall. It’s handy if you’re hanging something heavy, such as a TV.

The $21.99 stud finder Shutman purchased, from a Chinese company called Homder, was accompanied by what appears at first glance to be a $20 Amazon gift card. It isn’t. The card is, in fact, a blatant bribe for a stellar review. While the front of the card features the Amazon logo and presents itself as a $20 “amazon.com gift card,” the back tells a different story. It says that to receive either an actual $20 gift card or a $20 PayPal payment, the customer must “write a positive 5 STARS product review,” and email a link to the review to a Hotmail address.

“IMPORTANT NOTE,” the card declares. “Please do not tale or post images about this rebate activity in your review content, otherwise it is invalid.” I take “tale” in that sentence to mean you shouldn’t mention that your palm was secretly greased to write a glowing review. Good reviews are a key component of product rankings on Amazon, which means sellers have a powerful incentive to generate the best reviews possible — either through customer satisfaction or more dubious methods. “Amazon reviews are very susceptible to manipulation and bias,” said Russell Winer, a marketing professor at New York University. “This is particularly true for non-Amazon products sold by third parties.” He estimated that up to 60% of such reviews “are fake or somehow influenced.” It won’t be a news flash to anyone that a significant percentage of online reviews are untrustworthy. For as long as reviews have been posted on websites, there have been attempts by consumers and businesses to game the system.

Nor will anyone be shocked to learn that a behemoth like Amazon has a hard time policing its own site. The company has been scrambling for years to battle both dubious reviews and counterfeit goods. But marketing experts say the gift-card ploy experienced by Shutman is particularly shameless, in effect paying off an actual customer to write a glowing review and thus making it almost impossible for Amazon to challenge the post. Merchants know that reviews can make or break a product sold online, said Dina Mayzlin, a marketing professor at USC. “The incentives are high for people to cheat,” she said.

*SENIORS WHO WALK FOR 30 MINUTES DAILY CUT RISK OF DEATH FROM ANY CAUSE:

Two new studies are adding to the growing consensus in the medical community that staying active is perhaps the best way for older adults to live longer and stay happy and healthy well into their golden years. Best of all, no one is telling grandma or grandpa to hit the bench press; simple, leisurely activities like walking are enough to promote strong health in old age. First of all, researchers noted that older adults were 67% less likely to die of any cause if they were at least moderately physically active for a minimum of 150 minutes each week. Additionally, a second study found that older women (average age of 79) were 38% less likely to die from a heart attack, heart failure, stroke, etc if they were consistently walking 2,100 to 4,500 steps each day. “Finding a way to physically move more in an activity that suits your capabilities and is pleasurable is extremely important for all people, and especially for older people who may have risk factors for cardiovascular diseases. Physical activities such as brisk walking can help manage high blood pressure and high cholesterol, improve glucose control among many benefits,” explains Barry A. Franklin, a professor of internal medicine at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in Rochester, Michigan, in a release by the American Heart Association.

Regarding the first study’s findings, the average age of the participants was 69. Researchers noted that just 30 minutes of light-intensity activity (household chores, walking) was associated with a 20% lower risk of dying from any cause. On the other hand, though, just 30-minutes of sedentary behavior was associated with a 32% higher chance of dying from any cause.


*DANNY BROWN, LUXURY REAL ESTATE BROKER, ON THE ASTONISHING KARDASHIAN EFFECT IN CALABASAS, CALIFORNIA:

The fictitious Clampett clan left their shack in the Ozarks after finding oil a half-century ago and moved to Beverly Hills. “The Beverly Hillbillies” aired on CBS for nine years, cementing the California town as the go-to-place for the affluent. Now, it seems history is repeating itself and it appears that the popularity of a reality TV show has made a population surge in the area in which it takes place. “Keeping up with the Kardashians,” with next month’s 18th season on the The E! Network, has put the spotlight on another region of the metro area of Los Angeles since its release: Calabasas.

This year, for the first time, the community of about 24,300 people has eclipsed Beverly Hills in Bloomberg’s annual ranking of the richest cities in the U.S. The average household income in Calabasas is $194,010, more than twice the national average and about $4,000 higher than Beverly Hills, which has 34,600 residents. Luxury real estate broker, Danny Brown also recognizes such trend and believes this mass surge in population is a direct result of the TV show.

“The Kardashian effect is real! There’s been a massive migration of wealth from the westside of Los Angeles to The Valley with many celebrities, athletes, and ultra-high net worth families taking up residences in the Oaks in Calabasas and Hidden Hills,” states Danny Brown. It appears there are also a few more factors of why the wealthy have moved to Calabasas, such as a comfortability factor for residents. Calabasas is located about 25 miles west of downtown Los Angeles and owes some of its prosperity to the usual reasons: good schools, low crime, and open space. But, the reality TV show of the Kardashians has had its own influence, showing that the rich and famous can live normal lives in Calabasas without the need to avoid paparazzi and tour buses whenever they leave home.

Danny Brown states that “There’s a much better lifestyle for those who seek privacy and security of a gated community, open space, great schools and a truly family-friendly vibe that you can’t find on the westside. For those looking for an estate with acreage, you’re looking at a 50 percent discount compared to Brentwood or Beverly Hills,” states Danny Brown. The appeal in living in Calabasas seems even greater now since it is cheaper compared to Beverly Hills and has much more security and privacy compared to the latter. The median home price in Calabasas is $1.19 million, while it’s $2.7 million in Beverly Hills, according to Zillow. In addition, Calabasas doesn’t have a business tax, which is also a magnet for investment. The Kardashian effect has truly changed Calabasas and it seems realistic for ones to live there due to the best amenities and it being cheaper on the high-end market.

*EXAMINER–INVESTIGATES:

India, with a population of over 1 billion, eats the least amount of meat in the world with just 7 pounds of meat annually per person. Bangladesh comes in second, with 9 pounds, while the Democratic Republic of the Congo eats about 10 pounds of meat per person.

*EXAMINER – BUSINESS:

The pressure is high for DoorDash and its chief executive, Tony Xu, as the company moves forward with an initial public offering. DoorDash, the leading food delivery app in the United States, has its fans. Hungry people. Busy people. Lazy people. It also has its share of enemies: Regulators who have poked holes in the start-up’spricing and employment practices. Drivers who sued over their tips. Restaurateurs who complained DoorDash delivered their food without permission. Competitors who can’t keep up with its aggressive growth. Soon, a new group — Wall Street investors — will pick a side.

DoorDash said last week that it had confidentially filed to go public, setting itself up as a test for whether highly valued money-losing start-ups can make it onto the stock market at a time when Wall Street is deeply skeptical of such companies and the coronavirus outbreak has caused market turbulence. The pressure is high for DoorDash, which private investors valued at $12.7 billion last year. The company lost around $450 million in 2019, according to two people with knowledge of the financials who requested anonymity because the information was private. And it is in talks to raise debt that would convert to equity when it goes public, said two people with knowledge of the discussions.

*EXAMINER – A LOOK BACK:

Actress Milla Jovovich, 1998:

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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

*EXAMINER – R.I.P. :

Former General Electric chairman Jack Welch, whose death at age 84 was announced recently, was the most celebrated executive of the latter half of the 20th Century—arguably the best corporate manager of the entire century, an accolade given to him by Fortune magazine. Jack was also a long-time LBN Examiner reader and we will miss him. Prayers to his family.

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*EXAMINER – INVESTIGATES:

Colonies of bacteria were discovered on the vast majority of healthcare workers’ cellphones in one study; 93% of the phones studied were found to be crawling with germs. Most non-healthcare workers’ phones were also dirty, with 58% of them home to microbes, said the study, published in the Iranian Journal of Microbiology. “Mobile phones are not only capable of transferring messages but also are disease-producing microbes,” the study said.

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CORRECTION: Due to a significant clerical error, a rough-draft (uncorrected) version of the Special Report edition of this LBN Examiner featuring an expose of the radically decayed state of San Francisco was sent out to readers. We sincerely regret the error.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.
 

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