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September 22, 2019

*Vinyl Is Poised to Outsell CDs For the First Time Since 1986:

Sales of vinyl records have enjoyed constant growth in recent years. At the same time, CD sales are in a nosedive. Last year, the Recording Industry Association of America’s (RIAA) mid-year report suggested that CD sales were declining three times as fast as vinyl sales were growing. In February, the RIAA reported that vinyl sales accounted for more than a third of the revenue coming from physical releases. This trend continues in RIAA’s 2019 mid-year report, which came out on Thursday. Vinyl records earned $224.1 million (on 8.6 million units) in the first half of 2019, closing in on the $247.9 million (on 18.6 million units) generated by CD sales. Vinyl revenue grew by 12.8% in the second half of 2018 and 12.9% in the first six months of 2019, while the revenue from CDs barely budged. If these trends hold, records will soon be generating more money than compact discs. 

*HBO Fails to get $100 MILLION Suit Against Michael Jackson’s Estate Tossed Out of Court After it Sued the Network for Airing ‘Leaving Neverland’:

Michael Jackson‘s estate looks like it could be heading into arbitration with HBO over its airing of the documentary Leaving Neverland, which it argues violated a 1992 non-disparagement clause signed by the King of Pop. Judge George Wu denied a motion Thursday to dismiss the estate’s case against the cable network, indicating that he may decide to grant a request for arbitration when he issues final ruling by September’s end, reports Variety. The estate, in a $100 million lawsuit it filed against HBO, accuses the broadcaster of breaching a contract that was signed by the Jackson back in 1992 when his Dangerous World Tour aired on the premium cable channel.

The suit argues that the documentary does this by suggesting that Jackson molested children while he was on the Dangerous World Tour. ‘It is hard to imagine a more direct violation of the non-disparagement clause,’ declares the suit. It also calls the two men at the center of the documentary, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, ‘admitted perjurers,’ and mocks current HBO president Richard Pepler, calling him a ‘failure’.

 *Marijuana Use by US College Students Up, Highest in 35 Years:

U.S. college students are using marijuana at the highest rates in 35 years, according to a report released Thursday. About 43% of full-time college students said they used some form of pot at least once in the past year, up from 38%, a University of Michigan survey found. About 25% said they did so in the previous month, up from 21%. The latest figures are the highest levels seen in the annual survey since 1983.About 6% of college students said they used marijuana 20 or more times in the past month. For adults the same age who weren’t enrolled in college, the figure was 11%.

“It’s the frequent use we’re most worried about” because it’s linked to poor academic performance and can be detrimental to mental health, said John Schulenberg, one of the Michigan researchers. College-age adults are the biggest users of marijuana than any other age group. Use among high school students has been flat for a few years. The 2018 findings are based on responses from about 1,400 adults age 19 to 22, including 900 who were full-time college students and about 500 who were not. The survey only has comparable data on college kids going back to 1980. So it doesn’t say how common marijuana use was in the 1960′s and 1970′s — a time when marijuana use on college campuses was considered widespread.

 *STEP RIGHT UP – A New Zealand Man Brought an Emotional Support Clown to a Meeting Where He Was Fired:

New Zealand man hired a clown to give him emotional support during a meeting in which his bosses told him he was fired. The New Zealand Herald reports the man had a feeling he was going to be let go so paid $200 to have Joe the Clown cheer him up by performing amusing tricks as he received the bad news. According to the report, the clown blew up balloons during the meeting and made them into an array of animals—including a unicorn and a poodle—and mimed crying when the redundancy paperwork was handed over.

The newspaper published a picture of the clown attending the sombre occasion. The man, Josh Thompson, said: “It was rather noisy him making balloon animals so we had to tell him to be quiet from time to time.” Thompson admitted his choice of support person was a “touch unusual” but said his bosses saw the funny side. And it had a happy ending—he said he’s already secured new employment and will start next week.

 *Video Games Are More Likely to Be Blamed for Mass Shooting if Perpetrator Is White: Study:

People are eight times more likely to blame violent video games for a mass shooting if a perpetrator is white than if the shooter is black, according to a new study published in the Psychology of Popular Media Culture. The researchers analyzed more than 200,000 articles from the past 40 years and found that video games were far more likely to be mentioned in stories about white shooters. A second part of the study tested the biases among a group of 169 students, and found “a small but statistically significant difference between the number of people who strongly agreed that video games were a factor in the case of the white shooter and those who said the same of the black shooter,” according to the MIT Technology Review.

The report’s authors gave participants a fictional story about an 18-year-old male shooter said to be obsessed with video games. Half of the group was given the mug shot of a black man while the other half got a mug shot of a white man to accompany the report. Researchers asked the students whether the perpetrator’s history of playing violent video games played a factor in his committing the crime. The study shows that students were more likely to believe video games were a factor if the mug shot was the white man. Gun researchers say there is no established link between video games and violence.

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The most popular erectile dysfunction (ED) supplements sold on Amazon contain ingredients that have no proven effectiveness in treating ED.

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In yet another twist for worried parents: Meet the vaping hoodie. This high school fashion mainstay — defined by a hood with drawstrings — is now available as a vaping device, ready to deliver a puff of nicotine (or marijuana) anywhere, anytime. Including in the classroom. It marks an addition to the fleet of discreet — some would say camouflaged — vaping devices that have teachers and parents struggling to monitor the usage of a product that has surged in popularity among high school-aged kids in the past two years, despite laws in most states that allow sales only to people 18 and up. (In California, it’s 21.)

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Gregg Allman and Cher on their wedding day in 1975.

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Welcome to Episode #2 of the “Best of Without Notes,” with Susan Estrich, an American lawyer, professor, and author  – Episode 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQXPvgxeX8g

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I Was A Playboy Rabbit and Other Adventures is a best-seller (on Amazon) by award-winning writer, director, producer, actor and comedian Jeff Rector.

I Was A Playboy Rabbit chronicles the five-year period (1982-1987), when Jeff worked as a “Rabbit“, the male version of a Playboy Bunny for Hugh Hefner at the NYC Playboy Empire Club and contains over 30 color photographs from that period. Also during that time, Jeff was Charlie Sheen‘s stand-in on OliverStone‘s film Wall Street and Tom Cruise‘s stand-in on the film Cocktail. I Was A Playboy Rabbit is chocked full of humorous stories and anecdotes, from hanging out with Charlie, going to parties at The Playboy Mansion, crashing the very first MTV Awards at Tavern-On-The-Green and partying with David Lee Roth of Van Halen and Huey Lewis and more. Jeff also talks about dating, being a waiter to support himself and several “wins” along the way. I Was A Playboy Rabbit is also inspirational for actors and performers that struggle to achieve their dreams of working in Hollywood and that hard work and persistence can indeed pay-off.

Jeff’s has over 100 film and television credits, is an award-winning filmmaker and public speaker with Toastmasters.

I Was A Playboy Rabbit and Other Stories is available through Amazon and Victory Publishing

https://www.amazon.com/Was-Playboy-Rabbit-Other-Adventures/dp/1733194169/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=i+was+a+playboy+rabbit&qid=1568809545&s=gateway&sr=8-1

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Nicole Brandon, Acclaimed Writer, Speaks About the Power of Writing

Words affect us all. A word of discouragement, criticism, bigotry, hatred, separation, bullying or scorn can crush a soul in a single moment with its power and vengeance. A word of encouragement, support, pride, optimism and love can change the world, to a world of unity, peace, communication and oneness. Words mark our lives. They are cheered out loud and written on parchment to be read hundreds of years after we’re gone.

I’ve had the rare opportunity to work on three recent projects dealing with the state of mental health. Each story is a journey and a secret elixir to heal. The authors reveal and uncover challenges of their life in deep and intimate details. Their truth and honesty soothes, captivates, and champions the human spirit and heart. These words can change the course of history and time. The first was a book written by a former District Attorney, who tried to commit suicide in his Law Office. His parents emotionally forced him into the law, and he stepped into a career that was miles away from his heart and soul. His unhappiness consumed him, until he devastatingly tried to end it all on his law office floor.

Once recovered it was imperative for him to write about his journey and to create a book for college kids to teach them to follow their own dreams. The book is an expose on loneliness, and the correlation to unhappiness and of course the heroic and arduous climb back to joy, bliss and unbridled glee. The second is a new and creative TV Series created by Scott Seargeant. Scott grew up with a family member that was marinated in the mental health system. Here he found the love and the humor of living in one’s own private world. His new show focuses on the genius of therapy and the healing when you’re in a shared community. Now I am working on “Never Alone” a new movie and movement with Deepak ChopraGabriella Wright and Michel Pascal for Suicide Prevention Worldwide.

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Veteran music attorney Peter Paterno 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.

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September 15, 2019

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 *Whole Foods CEO Says Plant-Based Fake Meat Is Bad For Your Health (But Good For Environment):

The media may have fallen in love with plant-based fake meat like Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods (who produce the Beyond Burger and Impossible Burger, respectively), but one high-profile super vegan doesn’t think the “meat” is good for anyone’s health. John Mackey, co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods, recently told CNBC that while the plant-based meat is better for the environment, and is more ethical than eating animals, it is made from processed ingredients that aren’t healthier than actual meat.

“The [brands] who are capturing the imagination of people — and I’m not going to name these brands because I’m afraid I will be associated with the critique of it,” Mackey, who has been a vegan for more than 20 years, told the outlet, “but some of these that are extremely popular now that are taking the world by storm, if you look at the ingredients, they are super, highly processed foods.” “I don’t think eating highly processed foods is healthy. I think people thrive on eating whole foods,” he added. “As for health, I will not endorse that, and that is about as big of criticism that I will do in public.”

CNBC listed the ingredients for Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods burgers: According to Beyond Meat’s website, ingredients for its plant-based patties include water, pea protein isolate, expeller-pressed canola oil, refined coconut oil, rice protein and other natural flavors, including apple extract and beet juice extract (for color). Ingredients for Impossible Foods burger include water, soy protein concentrate, coconut oil, sunflower oil, potato protein, soy leghemoglobin (a group of protein found in animals and plants) and other natural flavors, according to its website.

 *The Coming Death of Just About Every Rock Legend:

Behold the killing fields that lie before us: Bob Dylan (78 years old); Paul McCartney (77); Paul Simon (77) and Art Garfunkel (77); Carole King (77); Brian Wilson (77); Mick Jagger (76) and Keith Richards (75); Joni Mitchell (75); Jimmy Page (75) and Robert Plant (71); Ray Davies (75); Roger Daltrey (75) and Pete Townshend (74); Roger Waters (75) and David Gilmour (73); Rod Stewart (74); Eric Clapton (74); Debbie Harry (74); Neil Young (73); Van Morrison (73); Bryan Ferry (73); Elton John (72); Don Henley (72); James Taylor (71); Jackson Browne (70); Billy Joel (70); and Bruce Springsteen (69, but turning 70 next month).

A few of these legends might manage to live into their 90s, despite all the… wear and tear to which they’ve subjected their bodies over the decades. But most of them will not.

 *Upcoming Kate Spade Biography Sets Nerves on Edge:

Top fashion critic Vanessa Friedman is penning a biography of tragic designer Kate Spade for Random House. But we’re told that — a little more than a year after Spade’s suicide — still-raw nerves and concern for her family are making the project a challenge. Insiders say that Kate’s widower, Andy Spade — who has a good relationship with the New York Times’ fashion director and chief fashion critic — is aware of the project, but he’s anxious about its progress.

We’re told that Andy has already made some attempts to influence the book, but it’s not clear exactly how. The Spades have a 14-year-old daughter, Frances Beatrix. Andy — who had been separated from Kate for 10 months when she died on June 5, 2018 — gave his first, much-sought-after interview after the death to Friedman.

 *Hurry the F Up! Modern Patience Thresholds Lower Than Ever Before, Technology To Blame:

Patience is a virtue, but it’s becoming an exceedingly rare quality in modern society. According to a new survey of 2,000 British adults, all of the luxuries of modern life have made most people incredibly impatient — across pretty much every aspect of their lives. Three quarters of those surveyed said they believe the dominance of digital technology, such as smartphones and on-demand TVs, are to blame for this ever growing lack of patience. Respondents reported becoming frustrated after just 16 seconds of waiting for a web page to load, and after 25 seconds of waiting for a traffic light to change.

Commissioned by stationery supply company BIC, the survey revealed that 38% of respondents had lost their patience while trying to take notes and keep up with a speaker during a class or work meeting. Often times, all it takes is mere seconds of waiting for people to lose their cool. For example, respondents reported losing their temper after just 20 seconds of waiting for ink to dry on a greeting card. Additionally, it only takes 22 seconds for people to start cursing their computers or TVs if a show or movie doesn’t immediately start streaming correctly. Surveyed Brits also reported losing their cool after just 18 seconds of searching for a pen. Even a cup of tea, an undeniable symbol of British leisure time, incited anger among respondents if the kettle took more than 28 seconds to boil.

 *LOVELY L.A. – Union Rescue Mission CEO Will Never Walk Again Thanks to Bacteria Crawling on Skid Row:

Life on L.A.’s Skid Row – the only area of its kind in the country – is worse than ever before. Just ask Andy Bales, CEO of the Union Rescue Mission. About two years ago, he contracted three different kinds of deadly bacteria – E. coli, strep and staph. Now doctors say he’ll never walk again, and he may have to get his leg amputated. He spends much of his time in a wheelchair. “Conditions on Skid Row are worse than they have ever been in the 11 years I’ve been here,” Bales says. “And I would venture to say that they are the worst and the most violent and the most lawless they have ever been.”

Bales has a long history of health problems. He has Type I diabetes and received a kidney transplant — from his wife — in 2013. Five weeks after the transplant, he took part in a triathlon, a decision that he now admits wasn’t his best. A blister from the race turned into the wound that, in his opinion, made him vulnerable to all manner of bacteria festering on Skid Row, despite the fact that he wore a special boot to protect himself.He guesses he became infected while on a “water walk,” where he and members of his staff walk the streets handing out water bottles. A few days later, on a flight to Raleigh, North Carolina, his foot began to ache, and he started to feel feverish.

The infection spread horrifyingly fast. “If I showed you the pictures, you’d be sick,” Bales says. “My foot looked like [something out of] The Walking Dead. I went in [to the hospital] and showed them the foot and said, ‘Please cut this off.’”

 *Lawsuit: Mentally Ill U.S. Prisoner Kept in Solitary Lost His Ability to Speak:

U.S. prisoner with a long history of mental illness was allegedly held in solitary confinement for so long that he lost his ability to speak. A new lawsuit reported by The Guardian alleges that Tyquine Lee, 26, spent more than 600 days in solitary confinement at the Red Onion state prison in Virginia. During that time, he spent at least 22 hours a day in a concrete cell. The lawsuit states that Lee lost a significant amount of weight and can no longer recognize his mother or remember his own name.

A psychiatric review conducted in January 2018, after Lee’s time in solitary, diagnosed him with schizophrenia and an unspecified personality disorder that were allegedly left untreated and worsened in prison. The review also said Lee now spoke in numbers and invented words.

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Frustrated by getting an out-of-office reply to an email? Google is rolling out a feature that lets you know someone is OOO before you hit send. If your recipient has an OOO on their calendar, when you address an email you’ll see a banner showing that they’re OOO and when they’ll be back.

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This week, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released a new study finding that in 2017, the number of deaths caused by drivers running red lights reached 939, its highest point in a decade, going up 31 percent since 2009. AAA researcher Brian Tefft says he thinks distracted driving is one of the causes. That’s hardly surprising. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, between 2012 to 2017 distracted driving was connected to almost 20,000 fatalities. The N.H.T.S.A. notes that texting can take your eyes off the road for five seconds — at 55 mph, that’s enough for you to drive the length of a football field effectively blindfolded.

A survey published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics in May found that over half of U.S. parents acknowledge it’s unsafe to text while driving, but about the same percentage have done it anyway. And hands-free phones have been found to be just as dangerous as hand-held phones. That’s why last month a House of Commons committee in the U.K. recommended that drivers be banned from using all phones. We’ve let technology into every part of our lives, and now we’re starting to see some of the downsides — which get pretty serious at 60 mph. The problem is that our addiction to our phones doesn’t magically turn off when we turn on the ignition.

 *EXAMINER–A LOOK BACK:

Actress Candice Bergen photographs Sonny and Cher in 1967 in Bel Air.

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Welcome to Episode #2 of the “Best of Without Notes,” with Susan Estrich, an American lawyer, professor, and author  – Episode 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQXPvgxeX8g

 *EXAMINER–SPOTLIGHT:

Gary Alter, Acclaimed Plastic Surgeon, Travels to Chile for Reconstructive Surgery Congress

Dr. Gary Alter, acclaimed plastic surgeon, has had an incredibly busy year so far. Between teaming up with the Stem Cell Doctors of Beverly Hills to open his new state-of-the-art Biocellular Center, (https://stemcelldoctorsbeverlyhills.com/), he also recently traveled to Chile to be a guess faculty speaker at the 2019 Chilean Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Congress in Santiago, which took place August 8-10, 2019.

“It was an amazing experience,” explains Dr. Alter, “I spoke on topics such as ‘buried penis’, ‘female genital aesthetic surgery including reconstruction of botched labiaplasties,’ ‘male to female gender confirmation surgery,’ ‘reconstruction of deformities from penile enlargement surgery,’ and ‘scrotum reduction.’” “The plastic surgeons were very gracious and interested in my work.”

Dr. Gary Alter is an American plastic surgeon. His specialties include male and female genital reconstruction and gender confirmation surgery. He appeared in multiple episodes of the reality television series, “Dr. 90210” and one episode of “Botched”, both on the E! television network. He currently has an acclaimed practice in Beverly Hills, CA and Manhattan, NY.

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Prominent literary agent Roger Freet 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.

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Power music attorney Don Passman.

*EXAMINER–COMMENTARY by Walter Williams:
John Paul Wright, professor at University of Cincinnati, and Matthew DeLisi, professor at Iowa State University, penned a powerful article titled “What Criminologists Don’t Say, and Why,” in the summer 2017 edition of City Journal.

There is significant bias among criminologists. The reason for that bias is that political leanings of academic criminologists are liberal. Liberal criminologists outnumber their conservative counterparts by a ratio of 30-1. Ideology almost perfectly predicts the position of criminologists on issues from gun control to capital punishment to harsh sentencing. Liberal criminologists march in step for gun control, oppose punitive prison sentences, and are vehemently against the death penalty.

In 2012, the National Academy of Sciences commissioned a study on the growth of incarceration. It showed that from 1928 until 1960, crime rates rose slowly each year. After the 1960s, crime rates exploded to unprecedented levels of violence until the 1990s. Prior to 1980, only 40% of individuals arrested for murder were sentenced to prison and those that were served an average of five years. In 1981, less than 10% of those arrested for sexual assault were sentenced to prison. Those who were sentenced served an average of 3.4 years. Liberal criminologists probably believe that light sentencing for murderers and rapists is just.

(Walter Williams is a acclaimed professor of economics at George Mason University)

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September 8, 2019

*P.C. GONE WILD! – San Francisco Board Rebrands ‘Convicted Felon’ as ‘Justice-Involved Person,’ Sanitizes Other Crime Lingo:

Crime-ridden San Francisco has introduced new sanitized language for criminals, getting rid of words such as “offender” and “addict” while changing “convicted felon” to “justice-involved person.” The Board of Supervisors adopted the changes last month even as the city reels from one of the highest crime rates in the country and staggering inequality exemplified by pervasive homelessness alongside Silicon Valley wealth. The local officials say the new language will help change people’s views about those who commit crimes.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, from now on, a convicted felon or an offender released from custody will be known as a “formerly incarcerated person,” or a “justice-involved” person or just a “returning resident.” A juvenile “delinquent” will now be called a “young person with justice system involvement,” or a “young person impacted by the juvenile justice system.” And drug addicts or substance abusers, meanwhile, will become “a person with a history of substance use.” “We don’t want people to be forever labeled for the worst things that they have done,” Supervisor Matt Haneytold the newspaper. “We want them ultimately to become contributing citizens, and referring to them as felons is like a scarlet letter that they can never get away from.”

*SNOWFLAKE ALERT! – George Washington University Removed ‘Colonial’ From Building After Students Said ‘Colonial’ Meant Oppression:

At George Washington University, the powers that be are apparently capitulating to students who protested against the school’s mascot, the “Colonial,” as the student center, which used to be named “Colonial Central,” is now called the “Student Services Hub.”

As Kara Zupkus of Young American’s Foundation reports, “While the official mascot remains the colonial, the university recently renamed ‘Colonial Central,’ the student center focused on registration and financial services, to the ‘Student Services Hub.'” Zupkus adds, “The student group ‘Colonial Army,’ which draws students to attend sporting events for the school, rebranded itself ‘George’s Army.'”.

Last spring, a referendum to change the mascot was passed, as 54% of students approved of a change. In May 2018, students launched a petition to change the mascot. The petition stated, “The use of ‘Colonials,’ no matter how innocent the intention, is received as extremely offensive by not only students of the university, but the nation and the world at large. The historically, negatively-charged figure of Colonials has too deep a connection to colonization and glorifies the act of systemic oppression. Alternative nickname recommendations are ‘Hippos,’ ‘Revolutionaries,’ or ‘Riverhorses.'”

Campus Reform reported at the time, “Rachel Yakobashvili, a petition organizer, told Campus Reform that she started the petition because ‘it was time for students to be able to voice their concerns and desires in a more public and organized manner.'” Another petition organizer, Andrew Hesbacher, told the GW Hatchet, “It’s very wrong for us to call ourselves an open and welcoming university when the name means such demise and terror for students who could possibly come here.”*

 *Hasbro’s ‘Monopoly: Socialism’ Melts The Internet -“Winning is for Capitalists”:

You may have heard rumors of a “Monopoly: Socialism” echoing in the halls of the Twitterverse last week. Well, folks, it’s no joke. Hasbro has indeed created such an iteration of its iconic game, which mocks the economic system for its intellectual and moral bankruptcy. This adult party edition of the Monopoly game has players moving around the board contributing to community projects … unless they can steal projects to get ahead,” reads the product description on Amazon. “Contribute to the Community Fund … unless you choose to deplete it. Consider the best interest of the group … unless you want to forget that and just do what you need to do.”

“In the ‘Monopoly: Socialism’ game, players move around the board working together to make a better community by managing and contributing to projects such as a no-tip vegan restaurant, an all-winners school, or a museum of co-creation,” the description continues. “But nobody said that cooperation is easy! You’ll have issues with your neighbors, your DIY community projects go awry, you’re constantly voting to shake things up, and there’s always an emergency that requires dipping into the Community Fund! Contribute all 10 of your chips to win the game, unless the Community Fund runs out of money and everyone loses. So much for a socialist utopia.” According to CNN, players who pass go are given a $50 “living wage” instead of the standard $200.

 *Amazon Has Ceded Control of Its Site. The Result: Thousands of Banned, Unsafe or Mislabeled Products:

Many of the millions of people who shop on Amazon.com see it as if it were an American big-box store, a retailer with goods deemed safe enough for customers. In practice, Amazon has increasingly evolved like a flea market. It exercises limited oversight over items listed by millions of third-party sellers, many of them anonymous, many in China, some offering scant information. A Wall Street Journal investigation found 4,152 items for sale on Amazon.com Inc.’s site that have been declared unsafe by federal agencies, are deceptively labeled or are banned by federal regulators—items that big-box retailers’ policies would bar from their shelves. Among those items, at least 2,000 listings for toys and medications lacked warnings about health risks to children.

The Journal identified at least 157 items for sale that Amazon had said it banned, including sleeping mats the Food and Drug Administration warns can suffocate infants. The Journal commissioned tests of 10 children’s products it bought on Amazon, many promoted as “Amazon’s Choice.” Four failed tests based on federal safety standards, according to the testing company, including one with lead levels that exceeded federal limits. Of the 4,152 products the Journal identified, 46% were listed as shipping from Amazon warehouses.

 *World Health Organization: Microplastics in Drinking Water Aren’t Bad for Humans:

A new assessment report by the World Health Organizationsays there is no evidence that microplastics found in most drinking water are harmful to humans. The WHO did warn against complacency, though, saying that more study was needed on the matter. The report also said larger microplastics, about the size of the diameter of human hair, are of least concern because “they pass straight through the human body.” The smaller particles could possibly get stuck in human digestive tracts, but researchers are confident they are “unlikely to accumulate in harmful quantities.”

 *FACTS ARE STUBBORN THINGS! – Medieval Diseases Are Present In
Los Angeles:

Homelessness has skyrocketed in the state of CaliforniaLos Angeles in particular has witnessed a massive increase. Between 2018-2019 the county’s homeless population grew by 16%. The city of Los Angeles experienced a similar phenomenon as its population grew at a slightly slower rate. The thousands of new people calling the streets their home has far surpassed the city’s sanitary capabilities. The sheer amount of people now eating and defecating in the California heat has allowed previously rare diseases to proliferate. It has reached the point where there is a real threat of a bubonic plague outbreak occurring in Los Angeles.

 *For Coaches, Anger More Effective Than Positivity When It Comes To Halftime Speeches:

The coach’s halftime speech is long known to be a motivational tool in the sports world. Many sports movies, such as Hoosiers, Remember the Titans, or Friday Night Lightsinclude a pivotal scene in which the coach makes an impassioned speech to his team, igniting a furious comeback. But what makes an effective halftime speech in real life? A new study finds that anger is actually more effective during halftime speeches than inspiration.

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business analyzed hundreds of halftime speeches and final scores from high school and college basketball games, and found that players seem to perform better after a harsh, more negative halftime speech from their coach. In fact, researchers discovered a significant relationship between the level of negativity a coach projects during a halftime speech and second-half scoring outcomes. The more negativity, the more the team outscored their opponents, that is at least up to a certain threshold point.

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An incredible 84% of LBN Examiner readers in all 50 of the United States and 26 foreign countries find the news in LBN Examiner —- “fearlessly independent” and “unbiased”.

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The 2008 U.S. financial bailout cost more than the Marshall Plan, Louisiana Purchase, Race to the Moon, S&L bailout, Korean War, New Deal, Iraq War, Vietnam War, and NASA’s lifetime budget-combined. The bailout total was $4.62 trillion.

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“I rarely feel feelings like smugness,” Lana Del Rey said of her success after her early days as an internet punching bag.

 *EXAMINER–A LOOK BACK:

Nicole Kidman, Hollywood, 1988 

 *EXAMINER–VIDEO LINK:

Welcome to Episode #2 of the “Best of Without Notes,” with Susan Estrich, an American lawyer, professor, and author  – Episode 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQXPvgxeX8g

*EXAMINER–SPOTLIGHT:

Summer Spectacular!

Has your summer been spectacular? We always end summer spectacularly with our annual Summer Spectacular. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, September 21, at the Beverly Hilton. We’ll be celebrating the 14th year of our foundation, which has raised more than $12 million for drug awareness and prevention, focused on high-risk communities.

At the Summer Spectacular, prominent entertainment industry leaders and celebrities will gather to recognize advances in the fight against addiction and rally around the growing movement to end the disease. The Summer Spectacular gala raises money for the heart of the foundation, Brent’s Club. Brent’s Club was created as a drug prevention program working in conjunction with The Boys & Girls Club of America. Brent’s Club programs educate pre-teens and teens about the consequences of drug use and works to prevent the formation of dangerous habits, actively showing children how to lead drug-free lives.

Visit our website www.brentshapiro.org/donations to make a donation.

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Elizabeth Stanton, Popular Host of The CW’s Big Stage, Explains the Benefits of Travelling

Elizabeth Stanton has been a world traveler her entire life, experiencing the culture of Europe, the wonders of the Far East, and the natural beauty of remote destinations. She started hosting “Elizabeth Stanton’s Great Big World” at the age of 15, and it was watched in 90% of the United States at its peak. The show featured several well-known stars and was filmed in places all over the world. Now, the talented television host explains just what it is about travel that brings about such a positive influence in her life.

“I have been so lucky to have had travel be such a significant part of my life,” explains Elizabeth Stanton, “Not only is travel therapeutic, it creates purpose and adventure in our everyday life.”

It’s true. Many people use travel as a form of therapy, and can be used consciously as a way for self-discovery and transformation. 

 *WHO READS LBN EXAMINER?:

Former film executive and philanthropist Sherry Lansing along with 12 members of the White House staff, 3 Nobel Prizewinners, over 100 Academy Award winners, 6 U.S. Senators, and over 300 Grammy Award winners.

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