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December 2, 2018

SUNDAY-EXTRA
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*Autism Prevalence Now 1 in 40 U.S. Kids, Study Estimates:
A survey of parents across the United States estimates that one in 40 children has autism spectrum disorder, according to a study published Monday in the Journal Pediatrics.

In other words, the condition was reported in 2.5% of children, representing an estimated 1.5 million kids ages 3 to 17.

A report released this year by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated the prevalence at one in 59 children or about 1.7%, based on 2014 data.

*Rich Americans Rank Financial Security Over Love in Relationships:

Money talks — especially in relationships.

When looking for a partner, 56 percent of affluent Americanswant someone who provides financial security, versus 44 percent who want to be “head over heels” in love, according to more than 1,000 respondents surveyed by Bank of America Corp.’s Merrill Edge. Of those polled, 63 percent said they preferred a career-focused partner over a socially conscious mate.

“There’s a level of realism” for couples who face economic uncertainty and a lack of financial planning, said Aron Levine, head of consumer banking and Merrill Edge, which offers online investing. “How do you keep the love of your life if you can’t pay for a vacation?” he said in an interview in New York.

*Louisiana School That Made Headlines Sending Poor Kids to Elite Colleges Falsified Records:

 
Louisiana private school that became a viral sensation for its record of sending underprivileged black students to Ivy Leagueschools falsified transcripts, made up student accomplishments, and carried out physical and emotional abuse of students, The New York Times reports. The T.M. Landry College Preparatory School has featured on theToday ShowEllen, and the CBS Morning News because of its apparently extraordinary ability to get its working-class students to elite U.S. colleges. But former staff and students now allege that school founder Michael Landry submitted fraudulent transcripts to top schools such as Yale, and current and former students claiming that he told them to lie on their college applications.

Landry also allegedly wrote transcripts that included high marks in courses that students never took and achievements they never even attempted. He has admitted that he hit students and could be rough on students, but denied falsifying transcripts and college applications.

*28 Years After Margaret Thatcher Stepped Down, Many Younger       British Voters Share Some of Her       Key Positions:

A study has found that young voters in Britain are more likely than their older counterparts to hold positions in line with those held by the late Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who leftDowning Street for the last time 28 years ago today.

On November 28, 1990, following a bruising power struggle within her own Conservative Party, Thatcher ended her 11-year stint as prime minister.

After tending her resignation to the Queen and heading home to South London, many expected her to fade from the political stage.

More than five years after her death, however, she remains a towering and controversial figure, and some of her policies are shared by young voters – in some cases, perhaps without them even realizing it.

According to research released this month, young voters showed more support for some positions held by the former prime minister than older ones.

*Gallup on American Women: ‘The Lower the Income, The Higher Their Weight Tends to Be’:

Gallup has published a survey indicating that poor women inAmerica tend to weigh more than women who are well off.

By contrast, according to Gallup, poor men in the United States end to weigh less than their wealthier counterparts.

“Americans’ income has a significant connection to how much they weigh, but in totally different ways for men and women,” said Gallup in a survey analysis released on November 21. “For women, the lower the income the higher their weight tends to be. For men, the reverse is true.”

“Women in the high-income bracket weigh, on average, 12 pounds less than those in low-income households—152 pounds versus 164 pounds, respectively,” said Gallup.

“There are no obvious answers for why low-income women are more prone to being overweight, while the reverse is true for men,” said Gallup. “Undoubtedly, the differing roles the two genders have been assigned by society and the differing pressures they face at various income levels provide some clues.”

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Researchers learned that about 31 percent of participants find texting to be a daily source of stress. One in five participants agreed that texting is so stressful, they struggle to keep up with their messages, while one in nine admit they ignore them entirely. But the problem seems to be affecting millennials the most. About three quarters of baby boomers don’t find texting to be stressful at all, compared to 58 percent of millennials.

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The risk of being killed in a plane crash for the averageAmerican is 1 in 11 million. The risk of being killed in a car accident is 1 in 5,000.

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New Van Morrison, Into the Mystic, Agape 9/11/2018 —  https://youtu.be/XdQRCyg7j4M

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Elias Howe Patents a Precursor to the Zipper (1851)

Five years after being granted a patent for the first practical sewing machine, Howe patented his design for a zipper-like garment fastener. However, he never put much effort into marketing this invention, perhaps due to the great success of his sewing machine, and today, credit for the zipper’s development is largely given to Whitcomb Judson, who demonstrated his innovative slide-fastener design 42 years later at the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893.

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Tito Ortiz Wants to Visit Trump After Beating Chuck Lidell in Super-Fight

MMA Fight Champion Tito Ortiz has been a supporter ofPresident Trump for years, so he says that now that he’s beatChuck Liddell in their super-fight on November 24th, he wants to meet the President at the White House.

TMZ Sports talked to Ortiz at Kings MMA in West Hollywood, where he was asked if he’d be willing to take a trip to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue now that he’s won the match. “I would love to visit the White House,” Ortiz responded. “I’ve been supporting Trump since day 1.”

Visiting the White House had been a tradition for championship athletes until Trump was elected 2 years ago, and many stopped going. However, Ortiz personally knows Trump. He was on “The Apprentice” back in 2008, and he says that his support is stronger than ever, even if it can be difficult for someone of Mexican descent.

“I’ve lost a lot of fans, but I’ve gained a lot of fans too,” Ortiz explains, “Donald Trump, keep doing what you’re doing, man. I appreciate you. I love your support. And, keep standing your ground, and speak the way all the rest of us Americans need to be spoken for.”

Ortiz closed the interview with a message for President Trump, “Yeah, you say a few things on Twitter that you probably shouldn’t say, but at the end of the day, you’re a true American like the rest of us are. Thank you very much for what you do for our country.”

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Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, Founder and President of American Islamic Forum for Democracy, Rebukes Judge’s Dismissal of FGM Charges

In a disappointing and unforeseen turn, a federal judge has dismissed female genital mutilation (FGM) charges againstMichigan physicians because of his belief that the 1996 federal law was unconstitutional. The Detroit Free Press states that, “In a major blow to the federal government, a judge in Detroithas declared America‘s female genital mutilation law unconstitutional, thereby dismissing the key charges against two Michigan doctors and six others accused of subjecting at least nine minor girls to the cutting procedure in the nation’s first FGM case.”

The American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) has been following the case closely since charges were first announced in April 2017 when it said, “The American Islamic Forum for Democracy, a Muslim-led organization whose founding principles include gender equality, welcomes the news that Jumana Nagarwala, a Detroit-based physician, has been arrested for allegedly carrying out female genital mutilation (FGM) against girls here in the United States.”

AIFD President, M. Zuhdi Jasser, has written extensively on the case including a comprehensive piece for the Gatestone Institute in June 2017, titled: “Female Genital Mutilation: American Muslim Physician Says Stop Defending the Abuse of Girls and Women.”

As expected, Jasser was not pleased with the news on the case. In reaction to Judge Friedman‘s dismissal of the FGM charges, he writes, “Judge Friedman’s premature ruling is beyond egregious. It is inhuman and un-American. The judge essentially just signaled to doctors like Dr. Nagarwala that they can seek refuge in the U.S. federal system for their crimes against the humanity of young girls.”

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*EXAMINER–COMMENTARY by Salvador Litvak:
Those of us who wish to engage in civil discourse with our loved ones often look to publications for help in explaining why we believe what we believe. We seek articles we can share that will sum up our best points on a given issue. The problem is that these articles often display a contemptuous tone toward the other side. Our relatives will not be swayed one bit by an article that mocks their own dearly held views.

At AccidentalTalmudist.org, we’ve created an award in partnership with the Jewish Journal to address this problem.The Hillel Prize for Elevating Public Discourse will recognize a prominent individual who exchanges ideas with his or her opponents without resorting to insults or sarcasm. I’m writing this column to encourage more writers to qualify for consideration. I believe they will thus gain more readers and provide a critical public service.

*EXAMINER–COMMENTARY by David Brooks:
Wherever I go I seem to meet people who are either dealing with trauma or helping others dealing with trauma. In some places I meet veterans trying to recover from the psychic wounds they suffered in Iraq or Afghanistan. Sometimes it is women struggling with the aftershocks of sexual assault. Sometimes it is teachers trying to help students overcome the traumas they’ve suffered from some adult’s abuse or abandonment.

Wherever Americans gather and try to help each other on any deep level, they confront levels of trauma that their training has often not prepared them for.

Our society has tried to medicalize trauma. We call it PTSD and regard it as an individual illness that can be treated with medications. But it’s increasingly clear that trauma is a moral and spiritual issue as much as a psychological or chemical one. Wherever there is trauma, there has been betrayal, an abuse of authority, a moral injury.

Medication can rebalance chemicals in the brain, but it can’t heal the inner self. People who have suffered a trauma — whether it’s a sexual assault at work or repeated beatings at home — find that their identity formation has been interrupted and fragmented. Time doesn’t flow from one day to the next but circles backward to the bad event.

*EXAMINER–COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman:
I really wrestle with this question: What is the worst thing aboutPresident Trump’s approach to foreign policy? Is it that he is utterly amoral or that he is such a chump? Because the combination is terrible — a president who is an amoral chump is the worst thing of all. He sells out American values — awful enough — but then gets nothing of value in return.

Trump presents himself as a tough, savvy deal maker, and then he lets all these leaders play him for a sucker. The word is out on the street: “Hey, guys, get in line! Trump is giving away free stuff! Just tell him you’re fighting Iran or the Muslim Brotherhood or that you’re a friend of Sheldon Adelson’s, and you get free stuff!”

Last May, Hanukkah came early for Israel when Trump moved the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem — a dream of every Israeli prime minister — for free! Trump could have gone to Bibi Netanyahu and said: “Bibi, here is the deal. I am going to make your dream come true and move the embassy. But in return you’re going to freeze all Israeli settlements in the heart of the West Bank.” Then Trump could have told the Palestinians: “You’re not going to like this. I’m moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. But I am getting you something no American president ever got you — a freeze on Israeli settlements beyond the settlement blocks.”

Instead, Trump gave the embassy move away for free. Well, I shouldn’t say that. He got millions of dollars in donations for theG.O.P. from right-wing Jewish megadonor Sheldon Adelson — who lobbied for the move — and warm applause from evangelicals. So Trump got something, but America got nothing.

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Not everything Gwyneth Paltrow touches turns to gold, it turns out. The Go-Go’s musical she produced, “Head Over Heels,” will close Jan. 6 after struggling at the box office, producers revealed Monday.

The closure comes at the same time overall Broadway ticket sales have been booming. The show that marked Paltrow’s Broadway producing debut oddly paired music by the ’80s band with a story inspired by a 16th-century English prose poem. It will have played just 188 regular performances when it shuts down.

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November 28, 2018

*YIKES – Scientists Ate Lego Heads to See How Long it’d Take to Poop Them Out:


Pediatricians have to deal with all kinds of interesting situations in their daily work with children, and kids eating random objects is one of them. Children just love to stick stuff in their mouths, and while parents do their best to keep tiny toys away from eager eaters there’s always a chance that something like a Lego finds its way into the stomach of a youngster.

A half-dozen pediatricians decided to see what effect, if any, a tiny yellow Lego head would have on their own bodies by volunteering to swallow them. Their findings were reported in the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health.

The primary goal of the research was to see how long it takes for a tiny toy like a Lego to find its way through the human body. To do this, the pediatricians swallowed the toys and then monitored their bowel movements over the following days until they located the toy.

Since they were eating toys and poking through their own poop the team decided to have a bit of fun with the nomenclature. “Pre‐ingestion bowel habit was standardized by the Stool Hardness and Transit (SHAT)score,” the study read. “Participants ingested a Lego head, and the time taken for the object to be found in the participant’s stool was recorded. The primary outcome was the Found and Retrieved Time (FART) score.”

*Poll: Immigration Up Sharply as No. 1 Problem in United States:

A new survey shows that Americans view “immigration/illegal aliens” as the number one problem facing the United Statesthis month. It was cited by 21% of Americans as the most important problem and this percentage is up from 13% in October, an increase of 8 percentage points.

In the survey, Gallup asked Americans to mention the problems they view as most important. Gallup reported the answers for problems  cited by at least 3% of respondents.

At the top of the list was “immigration/illegal aliens” at 21%.

*Tito Ortiz Says Liddell Should Never Fight Again:

Tito Ortiz wants Chuck Liddell to hang it up for good — saying he doesn’t want to give The Iceman a rematch after last weekend’s beatdown and feels bad for digging a pretend grave in the cage. Tito wrecked Chuck’s face in a brutal 1st-round knockout Saturday … and says it became crystal clear to him that 48-year-old Liddell needs to stop fighting already.

“Physically, I don’t think he should [fight again]”, Ortiz says… “I’m not even going to say I will fight him again, because I don’t think he should.” In fact, The Huntington Beach Bad Boyseemed to feel sorry for Chuck after the big knockout win — apologizing for his grave-digging celebration and showering Liddell with praise.

“Chuck Liddell was a great champion, he was a great fighter, great man, great father, and I’m thankful he gave me the opportunity.” But make no mistake, Tito sure did love the result of fight night, especially after all the smack Chuck talked in the lead-up.

“People have to understand that this is personal! It was completely personal.” As for Tito’s future, Ortiz claims he’s probably done fighting — but wants to stay in the fight game. In fact, he’s already got plans to find the next Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell.

*More Millennials are Moving Back Home – and it’s Making Everyone Depressed:

More adult millennials are moving home to save money, and its making them more depressed, new research reveals.

And it’s making their parents pretty miserable too, according to other recent research.

A full third of young adults in the United States live with their parents. In fact, millennial men and women are more likely to live with mom and dad than in any other living arrangement.

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Every 10 seconds someone dies from diabetes-related causes globally. Every year nearly 3.5 million people in the world die due to diabetes. The death rate is expected to rise by 25% over the next decade.

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Nearly one-third of adolescents and adults suffer from some form of anxiety disorder, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. A poll released in May by the American Psychiatric Association, meanwhile, found that 39 percent of respondents were prepared to describe themselves as more anxious than they were just a year ago. Another 39 percent say they are equally anxious, while only 19 percent feel less anxious now than they did in the recent past.

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The Clinton Foundation saw contributions dry up approximately 90% over a three-year period between 2014 and 2017, according to financial statements.

The global charity is currently under investigation by the DOJ,FBI and IRS for a variety of allegations – including whether favors were handed out while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State, also known as “pay for play.”

The Clinton-led State Department authorized $151 billion in Pentagon-brokered deals to 16 countries that donated to the Clinton Foundation – a 145% increase in completed sales to those nations over the same time frame during the Bush administration.

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Jimmy Fallon Takes Bob Dylan to the Circus — https://youtu.be/f0hxHE_UK6Q

*EXAMINER HISTORY–The Beer Hall Putsch (1923):

Years before Adolf Hitler rose to power, he led an unsuccessful insurrection against the Weimar Republic. It began when he and his men stormed a right-wing political meeting in a Munich beer hall and coerced its leaders to join in his “revolution.” The next day, some 3,000 Nazis marched in Munich. When police responded with deadly force, the putsch was abandoned. Hitler’s treason earned him a 5-year prison sentence, of which he served only 8 months.

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In ancient Egypt there lived a wise king named Thamus. One day he was visited by a clever god called Theuth. Theuth was an inventor of many useful things: arithmetic and geometry; astronomy and dice. But his greatest discovery, so he believed, “was the use of letters.” And it was this invention that Theuth was most eager to share with King Thamus.

The art of writing, Theuth said, “will make the Egyptians wiser and give them better memories; it is specific both for the memory and for the wit.” But Thamus rebuffed him. “O most ingenious Theuth,” he said, “the parent or inventor of an art is not always the best judge of the utility or inutility of his own inventions to the users of them.”

The king continued: “For this discovery of yours will create forgetfulness in the learners’ souls, because they will not use their memories; they will trust to the external written characters and not remember themselves.”

“Written words,” Thamus concluded, “give your disciples not truth, but only the semblance of truth; they will be hearers of many things but will have learned nothing; they will appear to be omniscient and will generally know nothing; they will be tiresome company, having the show of wisdom without the reality.”

Welcome to Facebook.

*EXAMINER–COMMENTARY by Salvador Litvak:

I don’t think it’s overly dramatic to characterize the current state of American society as a cold Civil War. Our population is as divided as our houses of Congress. We’ve weathered this type of condition many times, but today’s climate presents something new. We’re now demonizing one another so badly that longstanding relationships are cratering over ideological differences.

Families are becoming as bitterly divided as they were in the Civil War. Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth had a brotherEdwin who was a fervent Union supporter. What was theirThanksgiving like in 1864? This year’s Thanksgiving gatherings are sure to be stressful for many families. Some will awkwardly avoid politics, others will get into heated arguments that may lead to feuds and estrangements.

*EXAMINER–COMMENTARY by Jim Rutenberg:

Everything we needed to know about Facebook was right in front of our faces, on the big screen, in 2010. Come with me on this journey back in time, to the AMC Mountainside 10, onRoute 22 in New Jersey, where I first saw “The Social Network.”

At the time, I was rooting for the young Mark Zuckerberg to get the better of the people trying to hold him back. He was an unusual movie protagonist, introverted and inconsiderate, but wasn’t it time for the geeks to take the power from the old guard? For the underdogs to beat the establishment? When I streamed the movie the other day, I found my sympathies had shifted. Eight years (and many apology tours) later, “The Social Network” takes on a whole new meaning.

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Heather Locklear‘s mandatory psychiatric hold has been extended for further evaluation, and the actress could be there for up to two weeks. Sources close to Locklear tell us she was placed on a psychiatric hold Wednesday that was originally only supposed to last for 3 days.

We’re told doctors realized Locklear needed additional treatment past the mandatory time frame and got an additional 2 weeks. Sources say Locklear will likely get out sooner than the 2 weeks, and the plan is for her to enter a facility for more long-term treatment.

There is, however, a bit of conflict — we’re told Heather wants to remain at home and not check into another facility — and the ultimate decision will be hers to make.

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November 25, 2018

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*MOTHER NATURE- Al Gore Rips President Trump for Trying to ‘Bury’ Climate Change Report:

Former Vice President Al Gore slammed President Trump on Friday, claiming he was trying to “bury” a bombshell federal report that determined climate change could cost the U.S.hundreds of millions by 2100. Gore criticized the report’s release immediately after Thanksgiving rather than in December— as had been originally planned, according toNBC.

“Unbelievably deadly and tragic wildfires rage in the west, hurricanes batter our coasts— and the Trump administrationchooses the Friday after Thanksgiving to try and bury this critical U.S. assessment of the climate crisis,” Gore said in a statement posted on his website. “The President may try to hide the truth, but his own scientists and experts have made it as stark and clear as possible.”

“Mr. President, the majority of Americans are deeply concerned about the climate crisis and demand action,” Gore also said. Trump has been a staunch supporter of the coal industry—which was treated critically in the assessment—and has long drawn ire for voicing skepticism about established climate science.

“Brutal and Extended Cold Blast could shatter ALL RECORDS–Whatever happened to Global Warming?” the President Tweeted Wednesday.

*How the CIA Helped Prevent the Next 9/11—And Why You Can’t Bring Liquids Onto Planes:

Airline travel is a nightmare these days—especially over the holidays—thanks in no small part to the TSA’s exhaustive security measures. And, while most American travelers know why they’re forced to remove their shoes prior to boarding (f*ck you, Richard Reid), far fewer are aware of the reason they’re allowed only 3.4 ounces of liquid per passenger, and must thereby purchase extortionate six-dollar bottles of water. It’s all due to a complex terrorist mission known as the 2006 Transatlantic Liquid Bomb Plot.

The new docuseries Terrorism Close Calls, now streaming onNetflix, chronicles some of the biggest attempted terrorist attacks that were foiled just under the wire. Its fifth episode is dedicated to the Transatlantic Liquid Bomb Plot, wherein two dozen terrorists planned to smuggle plastic bottles filled with liquid explosives (and other devices) onto seven commercial airliners departing from London’s Heathrow Airport and traveling to North America, assemble the bombs onboard, and detonate them over the Atlantic Ocean.

*Hugh Hefner Dumped Casket of Sex Tapes into the Sea:

Hugh Hefner dumped a casket full of his private sex tapes into the sea before he passed away, insiders have revealed. ThePlayboy founder chucked his collection of sex tapes into thePacific Ocean because he feared that his most famous and secret conquests would be exposed, sources told The Sun.

It comes as the Playboy founder’s most personal belongings are being auctioned off later this month. But while his signature pipe, dressing gowns and other items are currently on show to the public before they go under the hammer, paranoid Hefner made sure his dirtiest secrets would never be found.

The veteran Hollywood lothario, who passed away in 2017 at the age of 91, gathered up his entire hidden collection of tapes, X-rated photos and even intimate notes from superstars.

*STRAIGHTEN UP – Leaning Tower of Pisa Is Losing Its Lean:

Italy’s famous Leaning Tower of Pisa is not leaning so much anymore. The tower has self-corrected 4 centimeters, or 1.575 inches, over the last 20 years. Amid fears the ancient bell tower would fall flat in the mid-1990s, an international team of experts installed a system consisting of 750 metric tons of lead weights that not only helped save it from collapsing onto the grass below, but also immediately corrected 2 inches of its famous lean, which made it stable enough to allow visitors inside by 2008 after it had been closed for centuries.

The weights apparently have continued to stabilize the structure. The tower started leaning almost immediately after construction began in 1173, when the soft ground below the structure started to settle. The architects in charge of the project started correcting the lean by building the columns slightly taller on the north section about a third of the way up the 186-foot tower, which created a slight curve. The same trick was used on the eighth floor. Prior to the intervention, the tower moved at a rate of about 1.2 millimeters, or .05 inches, each year.

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Holiday shoppers are expected to spend generously this year, with the National Retail Federation estimating the average consumer’s outlay at $1,007 for everything from gifts to food to holiday attire — a 4.1 percent increase from last year. Another analysis, from NerdWallet, anticipates an 18 percent jump on gift spending alone, to an average total $776.

But that doesn’t give the true picture of the cost: 28 percent of shoppers are entering this holiday season still paying off debt from last year’s festivities, according to NerdWallet.

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A $1 bill lasts 18 months; $5 bill, two years; $10 bill, three years; $20 bill, four years; and $50 and $100 bills, nine years. Coins can usually survive in circulation for about 30 years.

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Ron Shaich has stepped down as the C.E.O. of Panera to focus on a pet cause: warning the world about the danger of fixating on short-term profits at the cost of social stability.

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*EXAMINER–COMMENTARY  by David Brooks:

I watched Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece “Paths of Glory” last weekend, prompted by all the World War I centenary tributes. Set in the trenches near the end of the war, it’s a movie about a man who tries to maintain his integrity and his faith in humanity amid the stupidity, futility, cruelty and cynicism of war. It’s weirdly relevant today.

Kirk Douglas plays a French colonel named Dax who lives in the trenches and leads his men in battle. Far away in the palaces, pampered French generals order his exhausted men to take a nearly impregnable German position. One general hopes the assault will help him score political points. Another is promised a promotion. Something like 4,000 men are expected to die or be wounded for these objectives.

When the assault catastrophically fails, the generals look for scapegoats and decide to execute three enlisted men, more or less chosen at random, for alleged cowardice.

Colonel Dax is finally overcome with disgust and explodes at one of the generals: “You’re a degenerate, sadistic old man. You can go to hell!”

*EXAMINER–COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman:

I’ve been in Tokyo and Hong Kong this week, and if I were to distill what echoed in all my conversations, it would sound something like this:

From Chinese business and government types, some real anxiety — “Can you please tell me what is President Trump’s bottom line in this trade war? Is this about rebalancing trade or containing China’s rise?” — combined with some real bravado — “You realize that you Americans are too late? We’re too big to be pushed around anymore. You should have done this a decade ago.”

From the Japanese it was gratitude — “Thank God for Donald Trump. Finally we have a U.S. president who understands what a threat China is!” — combined with real anxiety — “Please, please be careful. Don’t go too far with Beijing and break the global trading system.”

And from a smart European consultant it was bewilderment — “Boy did the Chinese have a failure of intelligence. They had no clue just how much both Democrats and Republicans, and Europeans, all want to see Trump hammer China in these trade talks. But please, please don’t start a cold war with China that will force us to choose sides.”

In sum, I worry that America has become so focused on who the Chinese are and what they’re trying to become that we’ve lost sight of who we are and how we got here. That’s the biggest threat to our economy and our future.

*EXAMINER – A DIFFERENT VIEW:….

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