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LBN Examiner 5/7/2020

*WHO ARE THE FIRED MINNEAPOLIS OFFICERS CHARGED AFTER GEORGE FLOYD’S KILLING?

On Wednesday, all four fired Minneapolis police officers present during the killing of George Floyd learned they would face prosecution for their alleged roles in his homicide. Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced that, two days after taking over the case, the initial third-degree murder charge filed against former cop Derek Chauvin would be amended to include second-degree unintentional murder. Chauvin also still faces a single manslaughter charge. Ellison further revealed the other three other officers who were at the scene, all of whom have lost their jobs, would be arrested. Here is what we know about the four accused men, the charges against them, and what roles authorities allege they played in the homicide.

Derek Michael Chauvin, 44
Chauvin, according to a probable cause statement is charged with second-degree murder. The allegations indicate prosecutors believe Chauvin committed third-degree felony assault against Floyd as he was arresting him. Chauvin can be seen in bystander-filmed video of the Memorial Day arrest putting his full weight on Floyd’s neck — all while he was handcuffed and facedown on his stomach. Police alleged Floyd tried to use a counterfeit bill; he was unarmed at the time of his arrest. “Officer Chauvin’s restraint of Mr. Floyd in this manner for a prolonged period was a substantial causal factor in Mr. Floyd losing consciousness, constituting substantial bodily harm, and Mr. Floyd’s death as well,” reads the probable cause statement. Chauvin, who’d been a Minneapolis officer for 19 years, is also charged with second-degree manslaughter for acting negligently and creating an unreasonable risk to Floyd. The Associated Press reports that Chauvin trained as a cook, and served in the Army as a military police officer prior to taking the police exam. Chauvin joined the department in 2001, and received 12 formal complaints. Only one of those incidents has been detailed publicly. In 2007, the AP reports, Chauvin was accused of pulling a woman from her car during a standard speeding stop. Investigators reportedly determined Chauvin used unnecessary force during the arrest, and he was reprimanded for not having the video camera in his squad car on during the stop.  According to theStar-Tribune, Chauvin did receive commendations for bravery in both 2006 and 2008. In both cases, Chauvin disabled armed suspects with gunfire. Two more honors came in 2008 and 2009, for tackling a fleeing suspect and taking alleged gang members into custody while working an off-duty job at the same Minneapolis nightclub that employed Floyd. His wife filed for divorce shortly after his arrest, and she intends on legally changing her last name.If convicted on all three charges, he faces 75 years in prison.

Thomas Kiernan Lane, 37
Lane, one of the two officers who helped pin Floyd to the sidewalk, faces 50 years in prison after being charged Wednesday with aiding and abetting unintentional second-degree murder while committing a felony and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter. The charges allege Lane “intentionally aided, advised, hired counseled, or conspired” with Chauvin and the other officers in “causing the death of a human being, George Floyd, without intent to effect the death of any person, while committing or attempting to commit a felony offense.” Lane, the Star-Tribune reports, joined the Minneapolis police department in early 2019, and had only officially become an officer six months ago. He had no complaints in his file during his short time on the force. Lane graduated from the University of Minnesota and did volunteer work tutoring Somali youth. Floyd was restrained and press to the pavement for nearly 9 minutes. For several minutes, Floyd can be heard on video groaning in pain. He repeatedly tells the officers he can’t breathe, and at one point, he calls out to his mother for help. Witnesses begged the police to let up on Floyd. Instead, Chauvin adjusted his position as Floyd struggled to turn his head.   J. Alexander

Kueng, 26
Like Lane, Kueng was charged with aiding and abetting unintentional second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter. He faces 50 years in prison if convicted on both counts. Another recent recruit to the Minneapolis force, Kueng completed his year’s probationary period just three months ago. His personnel file does not include any commendations or disciplinary actions during his short time on force, according to the AP. Kueng was a 2018 graduate of the University of Minnesota, where he worked part-time as part of the campus security force. Floyd’s autopsy from the Hennepin County Medical Examiner determined he died of “cardiopulmonary arrest” — or heart failure — “complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression.” The autopsy does not mention asphyxiation, which was listed as the cause of death in the independent autopsy the family commissioned that was performed by Dr. Michael Baden. Baden ruled Floyd died due to “asphyxiation from sustained pressure.” The Hennepin County autopsy report states Floyd had fentanyl, methamphetamine, and cannabinoids in his system at the time of his death. None of those substances factored into his death, which was ruled a homicide. He had also tested positive for the coronavirus, which also did not factor in his death. The medical examiner’s report further details blunt-force injuries Floyd had sustained to the skin of his head as well as his face and upper lip. His hands, shoulders, and elbows also shows signs of bruising, as did his wrists, from the compression caused by the handcuffs.

Tou Thao, 34
Authorities charged Thao with aiding and abetting unintentional second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter. He, too, faces 50 years in prison if convicted on all counts. KARE reports Thao joined the Minneapolis police on a part-time basis in 2008, while he finished up community college. Before that, he worked as a security guard, a supermarket stocker and trainer at McDonald‘s. According to city records, six complaints were filed against Thao. The details of those complaints have never been made public by the department. However, a 2017 lawsuit filed in federal court shows he was accused of using excessive force in the 2014 arrest of a man. The suit accuses Thao and his partner of stopping the man as he was making his way to his girlfriend’s house. The man claimed he was beaten by the officers, forcing him “to suffer broken teeth.” The lawsuit was settled for $25,000.

*HOW MISINFORMATION SPREADS-VACCINE OPPONENTS ARE GAINING IN FACEBOOK “BATTLE FOR HEARTS AND MINDS”:

  A first-of-its-kind analysis of more than 1300 Facebook pages with nearly 100 million followers has produced a network map that’s alarming public health professionals. Antivaccine pages have fewer followers than pro-vaccine pages but are more numerous, faster growing, and increasingly more connected to undecided pages, the study finds. If the current trends continue, the researchers predict, antivaccine views will dominate online discussion in 10 years—a time when a future vaccine against COVID-19 may be critical to public health. “The reds are winning,” says anthropologist Heidi Larson, who directs the Vaccine Confidence Project at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, referring to the color of antivaccine Facebook pages on the new paper’s map. “They are covering a lot more ground with fewer of them.” The online pages are “a battle for hearts and minds, and there was no map of that battlefield at the system level,” says first author Neil Johnson, a data scientist at George Washington University who previously mapped the online behavior of hate groups and the Islamic State group. “We set out to take a look at that. And we were shocked.”

For their study, Johnson and his colleagues first identified Facebook pages as pro- or antivaccine based on their content. They further identified engaged but undecided pages by their content or by the fact that the administrators of the pages had “liked,” or been “liked” by, pro- or antivaccine pages. They found 124 pro-vaccine pages, such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, with a combined total of 6.9 million followers. They found 317 antivaccine pages, such as RAGE Against the Vaccines, with a total of 4.2 million followers. And they identified 885 pages, such as Breastfeeding Moms in KY, with 74.1 million followers. The researchers next counted each page’s links to other vaccine-discussing pages, and those pages’ links to still others, a method called snowball sampling. A software program turned the data into a map in which pages are represented as circular nodes, sized proportionally to their number of followers and represented as red (antivaccine), blue (pro-vaccine), or green (undecided). Highly connected nodes occupy more central places on the map.


*NEW STUDY SHOWS RIOTS MAKE AMERICA CONSERVATIVE:

Examining county-level voting patterns, the survey that black-led protests in which some violence occurs are associated with a statistically significant decline in Democratic vote-share in the 1964, 1968 and 1972 presidential elections. Black-led nonviolent protests, by contrast, exhibit a statistically significant positive relationship with county-level Democratic vote-share in the same period. Further, I find that in the 1968 presidential election exposure to violent protests caused a decline in Democratic vote-share. Examining counterfactual scenarios in the 1968 election, I estimate that fewer violent protests are associated with a substantially increased likelihood that the Democratic presidential nominee, Hubert Humphrey, would have beaten the Republican nominee, Richard Nixon. As African Americans were strongly identified with the Democratic party in this time period, my results suggest that, in at least some contexts, political violence by a subordinate group may contribute to a backlash among segments of the dominant group and encourage outcomes directly at odds with the preferences of the protestors.

*SCIENTIST DISCOVER SO-CALLED ‘SKINNY GENE’:

We all know that one person who can eat whatever they like and never gain a pound. Ice cream at 2 in the morning? Bring it on. A third, or fourth, slice of pizza? Sure, why not. For the rest of us, the genetic perks that these individuals enjoy can be frustrating to say the least. Now, a groundbreaking new international study appears to have zeroed in on the so-called “skinny gene” that help keep such individuals thin. Scientists from Austria, Canada, and Estonia say that lower, or deficient, levels of the gene Anaplastic Lymphoma Kinase (ALK) are significantly linked to skinniness and bodily resistance to weight gain. Why some people eat as much as they want and stay lean while others can’t. In mice, genetic deletion of ALK resulted in thin animals with marked resistance to diet induced obesity while food intake was not changed. The researchers found that ALK in the hypothalamus controls energy expenditure via sympathetic control of adipose tissue lipolysis. Most research projects focusing on weight loss and gain search for genes that cause obesity.

This study is novel due to the fact that it focuses specifically for a gene linked to thinness instead. Using an Estonian population sample of more than 47,000 people, the study’s authors performed a series of genome-wide association studies. By comparing especially thin people’s genes to individuals of an average weight, they were able to pick out ALK. Up until now, ALK has really only been known for the role it plays in some cancers, as it tends to mutate in numerous forms of cancer. That being said, its physiological purpose has always remained a mystery. To test their theory that diminished levels of ALK are responsible for genetic skinniness, the research team performed an experiment in which they “deactivated” the ALK genes in a group of mice. To the researchers’ surprise, those mice immediately became skinnier despite continuing with the same diets and activity levels.


*NEARLY HALF OF TWITTER ACCOUNTS DISCUSSING CORONAVIRUS ARE LIKELY BOTS:

Nearly half of the Twitter accounts sharing information about the novel coronavirus are likely bots, according to researchers at Carnegie Mellon University. Researchers analyzed more than 200 million tweets discussing coronavirus or COVID-19 since January. They found that nearly half were sent by accounts that behave more like a convincing bot than an actual human. Of the top 50 influential retweeters, 82% were likely bots, the research showed. Out of the top 1,000 retweeters, 62% were likely bots. More than 100 types of inaccurate COVID-19 stories were identified by researchers, including misinformation about potential cures and conspiracy theories — such as hospitals being filled with mannequins or the coronavirus being linked to 5G towers. Researchers said bots are also dominating conversations about ending stay-at-home orders and “reopening America.” The team said it was too early to point to specific entities that may be behind the bots “attempting to influence online conversation.” “We do know that it looks like it’s a propaganda machine, and it definitely matches the Russian and Chinese playbooks, but it would take a tremendous amount of resources to substantiate that,” Kathleen Carley, a professor in the School for Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon, said in a statement.


*OPEN LETTER FROM ACTRESS NICOLE BRANDON:
“WHAT CAN WE DO AS ACTORS TO SPREAD LOVE, ACCEPTANCE, RESPECT TO EACH OTHER & MAKE REAL CHANGE IN THE WORLD?”

My heart is breaking today. To watch the world, to watch people be divided instead of standing as one. One being, one humanity, one heart, one world, one love. I remember, I was on a date after 9/11, we were at dinner and my date asked me; if you were the President and 9/11 happened, what would be the very first thing you would do. I would cry, I answered. You would cry; he asked. Yes, I said. I would not vote for you; he said. Of course I told him, I would take steps towards unity and peace but first, the first thing I would do, is cry. Today is no different. Any caring being aches today from inside. No man or woman of any race or color should ever feel less than or compromised. How do we let that happen? In our world, under our care and watch.

I was reminded today of a Disney movie that changed my life, called the Color of Friendship. It was released in 2000 and takes place in 1977. The movie recounts the actual events and the flourishing friendship between two girls one from the United States and the other from apartheid South Africa. The film is based on the Dellums family who hosted a white South African teen as an exchange student. Their fears, the raw truths, the unfolding of dreams and their friendship is beautiful to watch. It’s so heartfelt to watch these girls unlearn untruths and come together as best friends sharing teen years and learning from one another that friendship is not the color of your skin, or where you’re from, friendship is a bond between people, who care and truly know how to love. Today I received an email that touched me so deeply from Erin Elizabeth Burns the entire email reminded me why I love her so much. This is an excerpt from her email. It pertains to all of us not just actors, may it move you as I was moved and may we all come together in peace harmony and love. There are resources listed here, use them, go to them, reach out and make a difference.


What can we do as Actors to spread love, acceptance, respect to each other & make real change in the world?

We can support films with a message.

We can educate ourselves.

We can donate to Anti-Racial organizations.

We can write scripts on these topics.

We can listen.


Resources that other leaders I respect have recommended:

Color of Change

Black Lives Matters

You are valued. You are loved. You are accepted here

Nothing can brighten a day more than peace, unity, oneness and love. I close this post with my favorite male dancer of all time. He has broken through every barrier of society, and old beliefs and archaic ideas. He is stunning in every way and his smile is the most radiant smile, he effervesces joy. Even in the darkest hour, he stands up tall and he himself is the beacon and light. I love you Christopher Charles McDaniel. Thank you for the beauty you bring to the world. Thank you all for sharing your own individual lights. Black Lives Matter. All Lives Matter and as Erin so poignantly said; You are valued. You are Loved. You are not only accepted here, you are here within my heart. Peace everyone – Be kind to one another, and ask; what would love do and Just Love.

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Fox News host Sean Hannity and his wife, Jill Rhodes, have divorced after more than 20 years of marriage. Hannity, 58, and former journalist Rhodes, 57, were married in 1993 and have two children, a son, Patrick, and a daughter, Merri Kelly. Friends of the former couple say they have been legally divorced for more than a year and separated many years prior to that, but kept it under wraps.

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I’M AN ADULT WHO IS CONSTANTLY MISTAKEN FOR A 12-YEAR OLD. THIS IS WHAT MY LIFE IS LIKE


I was at the airport, waiting for a TSA full-body scan, when the woman managing the line asked me, “Are you old enough to go in the scanner?” I stared at her face and wished I had the luxury to be surprised by her question. I was 30 years old. Full-body scans are a requirement for everyone once they’ve turned 12. I have always been small compared to my peers. As a child, I was consistently one of the shortest in my class, lagging behind the others when we ran laps in gym. I would get asked if I was one or two years younger than my age, which irritated me but only to a point. On good days, I’d imagine myself as Cinderella due to my uncommonly small shoe size. Once I became older, the perceived gap increased dramatically. My friends filled out while I remained spindly. I was given the freshman nickname “Itty-Bitty,” and people began calling me “tiny” as a matter of course. As far as I know, I have no growth hormone deficiency or underlying condition other than being petite. But, I do have a confluence of genetic markers that signal youth: a round face, slight bone structure, minimal chest definition, and wide eyes. These are all features I can’t change.

I also have relatives on both sides who hover around the 5-foot mark. My mother, too, is narrow in frame, and early in her marriage she was often mistaken for my father’s daughter.  Getting IDed is a matter of course for me: “That’s really your age? Are you sure? Hahaha, you must get IDed all the time!” I’ve taken the advice of loved ones ― and nosy strangers ― and tried responding to comments like these with humor, but the people asking the questions have merely looked confused. I have attempted to improve my confidence and posture with little effect; it’s hard to stand tall when I have to look up to speak to everyone, no matter how straight my spine. “You’re so lucky,” people tell me as they roll their eyes jealously whenever I mention getting IDed or mistaken for a preteen. I want to tell them that they’d change their minds if they were the ones who had heard infantilizing remarks for over three decades. Would they enjoy repeatedly being mistaken for a date’s child or asked if they were old enough to sit in an airplane’s exit row? (At least the minimum age for that is 15.)

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*67,000 CRIMINALS RELEASED SO FAR UNDER CORONAVIRUS JAILBREAK

By now, most Americans are familiar with the shocking stories of everyday Americans getting arrested for simply opening businesses that don’t even attract large crowds. However, fewer are aware of the other side of this dystopian and tyrannical equation. As salt-of-the-earth small business owners are being marched into the jails, career dangerous criminals are being marched out of the jails and prisons in astounding numbers. According to UCLA, which is tracking this data, 67,000 criminals have been released throughout the 50 states. The majority of the criminals, 43,000 of them, have been released from the nation’s jails, and 24,356 were released from prisons. Consequently, given that we know the shocking degree of recidivism even among criminals more carefully selected for release, we can add victims of crime due to coronavirus jailbreak as the latest long-term death toll from COVID-19, or at least from the governmental reaction to it.

Just a few hundred deaths have been recorded out of a population of 2.2 million inmates, lower than that of the general population. In most prisons, the overwhelming majority of those who got the virus have been asymptomatic and are now already immune and have been for quite some time. Thus, there is no reason to release large numbers of convicted criminals, most of whom are young and healthy. This has everything to do with accelerating an already dangerous de-incarceration movement, which is why you shouldn’t hold your breath and wait for them to be re-apprehended after the virus burns out.

According to a brand-new report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, in 2018, the combined federal and state incarceration rate in prisons had already dropped to the lowest levels since 1996. Over the past year and half since that data collection, that decline has likely accelerated given the recent sweeping jailbreak policies enacted in so many states. Consider Hawaii. The state has released roughly 38% of the state’s entire jail population. This is a state where there are just 17 COVID-19 deaths overall and no confirmed cases in jails. Yet they emptied them of criminals. In early May, a 20-year-old Hawaiian was arrested for murder just two weeks after being released out of fear of the virus! At the same time, the state has the strictest lockdown in the nation. One man was arrested for posting photos of himself at the beach after the fact!

*WOODY ALLEN CALLS SON RONAN FARROW’S WORK ‘SHODDY’, QUESTIONS ‘CREDIBILITY’:

Woody Allen ripped his estranged son Ronan Farrow’s “shoddy” journalism in light of a recent report calling the Pulitzer Prize-winner’s reporting into question. “Up until a couple of days ago I would have said ‘Gee, this is great, he’s done some good investigative journalism and more power to him, I wish him all the success in the world,” the 84-year-old director said about Farrow. “But now it’s come out that his journalism has not been so ethical or honest.” Allen was referring to a New York Times column from earlier this month that panned Farrow’s work, saying he “delivers narratives that are irresistibly cinematic — with unmistakable heroes and villains … [and] often omits the complicating facts and inconvenient details that may make them less dramatic.”

Farrow — who won a Pulitzer for his reporting on the massive Harvey Weinstein sex scandal — has publicly accused his estranged father of molesting Farrow’s sister, Dylan. “Now, I found him to not be an honest journalist in relation to me at all, but I write that off because, you know, I understand he’s loyal to his mother,” Allen said in the interview, referring to Mia Farrow. “But now people are beginning to realize that it isn’t just in relation to me that his journalism has been kind of shoddy, and I’m not so sure that his credibility is going to last.”
 

*SILVER LINING: 2 IN 5 ADULTS HAVE ‘CHANGED FOR THE BETTER’ THANKS TO LOCKDOWN:

Many people have been using their extra time during the coronavirus lockdown wisely and have adopted new habits to keep themselves busy. In fact, a recent survey of 2,000 British adults reveals that 43% of people feel they’ve “changed their ways for the better” as a result of all the time inside these past few months. Researchers sought to learn how habits and daily lives have changed as a result of the lockdown. Nearly half of those surveyed expect to keep up these new hobbies, skills, and daily habits they’ve taken on after the lockdown restrictions are lifted. Learning new computer skills, creating podcasts, participating in online fitness classes and going for long walks are some of the new activities people have turned to as a new means to occupy their time. The survey, commissioned by LG Electronics, shows that 43% of respondents feel they have “changed their ways for the better” as a result of the lockdown. For example, about two in five feel their new habits have helped their overall well-being. A quarter of adults say these activities have taught them new ways to relax. They hope to continue to be their improved selves once everyone returns to their old routines.

“The fact that many people are forming productive and healthy new habits is testament to the nation’s ability to adjust,” says Hanju Kim, IT product director at LG UK, in a statement. “The nation is working from home and has an appetite to continue working flexibly even after offices reopen. A big part of this can be attributed to technology keeping us connected.” People have become increasingly reliant on technology during the time spent cooped up at home. Families are spending more time together watching movies, while others are turning to online classes to learn new skills like computer programming or a new language. That said, 54% of respondents feel their laptops are critical to getting by right now, while 64% say their cellphones have become a “lifeline” of sorts. Nearly six in ten (57%) wouldn’t know what to do if they didn’t have their TVs.

*KAMALA HARRIS INTRODUCES RESOLUTION TO CONDEMN THE TERMS ‘WUHAN VIRUS’ AND ‘CHINESE VIRUS’ AS RACIST:

Democratic California Sen. Kamala Harris introduced a resolution last week calling on the Senate to condemn the term “Wuhan virus” as racist. The resolution, introduced May 14, describes the terms “Chinese Virus,” “Wuhan Virus,” as “anti-Asian terminology and rhetoric” that “have perpetuated anti-Asian stigma.” The resolution on the Senate to condemn “all forms of anti-Asian sentiment as related to COVID–19,” including “all manifestations or expressions of racism, xenophobia, discrimination, anti-Asian sentiment, scapegoating, and ethnic or religious intolerance.”

*ADT EMPLOYEE HAD ACCESS TO HUNDREDS OF HOME SECURITY CAMERA STREAMS:

Hundreds of ADT customers are suing the home-security firm after it admitted that a former employee gained unauthorized access to their systems over the last several years—including the live video streams of their in-home cameras. Two federal class-action lawsuits have been filed on behalf of the customers, The Dallas Morning News reports. The employee was able to add his email address to customers’ accounts during home-service visits, according to the company. With his email address added to the accounts, he was then able to use the company’s mobile app to snoop on in-home security cameras. “Moments once believed to be private and inside the sanctity of the home are now voyeuristic entertainment for a third party,” the lawsuits state. “And worse, those moments could have been captured, shared with others, or even posted to the internet.” ADT reportedly fired the employee after discovering the abuse, and said it brought in measures to prevent a similar incident from taking place in the future.

*’SLEEP DIVORCES’ ON THE RISE? 35% OF COUPLES WANT SEPARATE BEDS:

The old time scene of mom and pop sleeping in separate twin-sized beds may just make a comeback, according to a new survey of 1,008 American adults. The vast majority of participants said they struggle to sleep beside their partner, with many admitting that the situation has gotten worse since COVID-19 lockdowns began. In all, 75% believe sharing their sleep space results in poorer sleep quality, and 25% said that sleep has become even harder to attain since the coronavirus arrived on the scene. Another 35% are just about ready to take a so-called “sleep divorce” and buy a separate bed for themselves just to gain some much needed shuteye. In fact, the survey found that about three in five respondents (59%) agree that having a “sleep divorce” helps improve their sleep quality and their relationship.

The research, commissioned by SleepStandards, asked participants what specifically about their partner is keeping them up all night. The number one answer was snoring (53%), followed by different sleep schedules (41%), and constant tossing and turning (36%). Others said they can’t sleep because their partner struggles to sleep (17%), or blamed their insomnia on their partner’s electronic devices (15%). Additionally, 5% can’t sleep due to their partner’s sleep disorder. Besides getting separate beds, other possible solutions respondents are considering for their sleep woes are as follows: buying a bigger bed (48%), using separate blankets (25%), syncing up sleep schedules (24%), and sleeping with pets (13%). Circling back to that separate bed idea, over half (59%) said that whenever they do sleep separately from their partner for any amount of time, both their sleep quality and overall relationship improve.

*ZOOM EXCEL COMMUNITY FORMS TO CREATE A DIGITAL SHARK-TANK TYPE MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

In response to an overwhelming demand beginning at the onset of the Coronavirus quarantine, the Zoom Excel Community will begin a live, half-hour, weekly Zoom members-only conference call starting June – at noon Pacific time and every Friday thereafter. Members from throughout the world will participate in a live digital “Shark-Tank” mentorship program with leading guest experts. “The international economic upheaval of the pandemic is unspeakably large and unparalleled in modern times” said a Zoom Excel Community worker. “People of all ages feel lost, confused, and frustrated, especially young people under 30.”

The format of the Zoom Excel Community (Z.E.C) will be largely question and answer and members will be able to speak specifically to their problems and concerns both with the host and other members. The cost of membership in the Zoom Excel Community is $120 a year and it comes with a complete 100% money-back guarantee. No questions asked.

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A demonstrator in Minneapolis injured by rubber bullets during protests Thursday over the death of George Floyd.

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The thing that makes you exceptional, if you are at all, is inevitably that which must also make you lonely. –Lorraine Hansberry, playwright and painter (19 May 1930-1965) .

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Hertz paid out millions of dollars in bonuses to its executives just before its bankruptcy — and a month after it started laying off thousands of employees. Retention bonuses are typical for bankrupt companies that want to prevent their management from abandoning ship. But they’re always awkward: the company can’t pay its employees or its debts to lenders, but it prioritizes payments to its already handsomely paid bosses. Hertz (HTZ) paid a total of $16.2 million to 340 executives on May 19 as part of a plan to keep them in place while the company attempts to reorganize, the company announced in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The executives will be required to return the money should they leave Hertz on their own before March 31, 2021. Paul Stone, who was just promoted to CEO three days before the retention bonuses were awarded, got $700,000 under the plan. Chief Financial Officer Jamere Jackson got $600,000, while Chief Marketing Officer Jodi Allen got about $190,000.

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LBN Examiner 5/24/2020

*WOW POLL: NEARLY 30% OF DEMOCRATS WANT TO REPLACE JOE BIDEN

Barely more than half of Democrats are satisfied with former Vice President Joe Biden as the party’s presidential nominee, a new poll finds. The poll also indicated that nearly a third want to replace him. Only 54% of Democratic voters want the party to keep Biden at the top of its presidential ticket, while 28% want to replace him with another candidate, and 18% remain undecided, according to a poll published Tuesday by Rasmussen. The conservative polling service also found that 92% of Democrats think it’s likely that Biden will remain their nominee and face President Donald Trump in November. The poll was conducted May 10-11 among 1,000 likely voters, and has a margin of error of roughly 3%.  Rasmussen’s survey is one of the latest polls suggesting that the Biden campaign may suffer from a lack of enthusiasm, especially among the party’s base. An ABC poll conducted in late March found Biden trailing Trump by 29% among voters who were enthusiastic about supporting their candidate.

*MASSIVE HIT! INDIA’S ECONOMY TO SHRINK BY 45% THIS QUARTER:

India’s economy is set to contract by 45 percent in the second quarter, Goldman Sachs has forecast in a new report. The world’s biggest democracy has been hammered by a total lockdown, which brought virtually all economic activity to a shuddering halt and saw millions of migrant day-rate workers forced to walk hundreds of miles from big cities back to their villages. Goldman predicted India’s economy would probably rebound strongly as restrictions ease in the coming months, but forecast that India’s gross domestic product will contract by 5 percent over the financial year, which would mark the deepest recession that India has ever recorded. Despite tough lockdown measures, India’s infection rates have continued to escalate as the virus spreads through densely populated slums and working class neighborhoods.

*BORIS JOHNSON THINKS CORONAVIRUS HOSPITALIZED HIM BECAUSE HE’S CLINICALLY OBESE:

Boris Johnson has reportedly had a revelation since he got out of intensive care: He has to lose some weight. The British prime minister is apparently convinced that the reason he was hit so hard by his coronavirus infection is because he’s very overweight. The Times of London reports that he’s shared his theory with friends since he left hospital, saying that he was around 17 and a half stone (around 245 pounds) at the time of his infection. At 5 foot 9, that would put his body mass index at around 36, meaning he soars above the point at which adults are deemed clinically obese. When discussing the disease, Johnson has reportedly been heard to say: “It’s all right for you thinnies.” The prime minister now believes that Brits need to lose weight to avoid his fate, with a source telling the newspaper: “This virus is here to stay and we’re going to have to live with it. If obesity is the biggest driver after age, we need to be doing more right now to deal with it.”

*WTF? – CANNIBAL PORN STAR FEATURED IN NETFLIX’S “DON’T F**CK WITH CATS” WHO HAS BEEN  IN PRISON IN CANADA FOR FIRST DEGREE MURDER AND KILLING KITTENS COULD BE RELEASED DUE TO COVID-19 OUTBREAK:

Cannibal porn star Luka Magnotta is being held at a maximum security prison where an outbreak of COVID-19 could result in inmates being released. The Netflix killer, who was found guilty of first-degree murder for the death of his lover Jun Lin along with charges for killing of cats in 2014, is being held at Port-Cartier prison in Quebec, Canada. 10 inmates have fallen ill with the deadly virus at Port-Cartier where social distancing is almost impossible, while 16 officers are also confirmed to have tested positive with COVID-19, bringing the total cases to 26.  Magnotta, 37, who gained newfound international attention after the Netflix hit crime documentary “Don’t F**k With Cats” premiered last year, had boasted about living the high life behind bars at the facility, claiming it was more like being on a college campus.

*MARK CUBAN SAYS HE HIRED SECRET SHOPPERS TO SEE HOW DALLAS BUSINESSES WERE REOPENING: “IT’S NOT GOOD” 96% OF THEM WERE ‘NON-COMPLIANT’

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who’s made national headlines for his charitable work and his opinions during the coronavirus pandemic, says he wanted to see just how Dallas was reopening its economy after retail stores and restaurants were given the go-ahead from Gov. Greg Abbott last week. Those types of businesses, which also included malls and movie theaters, were allowed to reopen last Friday after Abbott issued an executive order. The businesses had to follow certain restrictions, such as opening at a 25% capacity, and social distancing guidelines. However, questions like which businesses would choose to reopen and if they would actually practice social distancing remained for Texas residents. On his Blog Maverick website, Cuban said he looked to answer some of those questions by working with ShiftSmart in order to investigate business reopenings in Dallas using “secret shoppers.”

To put it simply, Cuban said: “It’s not good.”For this project, Cuban said they called about 1,000 retail and restaurant locations based on their popularity on Yelp to see how many businesses were actually reopening that weekend. Of those 1,000 locations, Cuban said ShiftSmart workers performed “physical audits” at about 300 of them to see if they followed the reopening guidelines.From the 300 businesses that were visited, the data Cuban reported shows that about 96% of them were “non-compliant” when it came to mandatory protocols. He said about one-third of those businesses were less than 50% compliant with the protocols.

*MEXICO’S PRESIDENT ORDERS MILITARY ON STREETS TO CURB RISING VIOLENCE:

Mexico’s president has ordered the armed forces to tackle security on the streets for another four years, extending a policy he had previously criticized as the government struggles to curb runaway violence. In a notice published in the Official Gazette, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador ordered that the Armed Forces (FA) participate “in an extraordinary, regulated and complementary manner with the National Guard” in public security tasks. The armed forces will be under the command of the National Guard, the notice said, a military police created after Lopez Obrador came to the presidency on Dec. 2018. The order will last until March 2024. The decree means the armed forces will be on Mexican streets until almost the end of the presidency of Lopez Obrador, a political veteran who often criticized former President Felipe Calderon for deploying sailors and soldiers for public security. “His security strategy is not working and that is why he has had to order with this decree for the Armed Forces to support public security,” security specialist Juan Ibarrola told the Milenio newspaper. Lopez Obrador won office in 2018 vowing to adopt a more conciliatory security strategy focused on the root causes of crime, in particular by reducing poverty and corruption.

But the violence has ground on during his first year and half in charge, with a record 34,582 people murdered in 2019.Some 3,000 homicides were recorded in March this year, the second-highest monthly murder tally ever, and the biggest since Lopez Obrador assumed power.

*BEVERLY HILLS RHINOPLASTY SPECIALISTS, ROBERT KOTLER, SCOOPS COVID-19 SCIENTISTS:
 

As early as March 27,  after consulting with medical colleagues, Dr. Kotler advised his patients that  “plain, old soap and water” as a nasal “ wash or rinse”  could hopefully destroy the CV at its entry point into the body. Dr. Kotler, a UCLA faculty member and former Major, Medical Corps, US Army, likened the struggle with the invading virus to warfare. “Should we not be attacking the enemy in its first hiding place? Here is where we need to establish an accessible first line of defense”, asks Kotler, the inventor of a popular FDA-approved, patented device that allows the patient’s having any nasal and/or sinus surgery to breathe clearly immediately after surgery. 

“We may be missing a safe, simple and practical opportunity to destroy the virus before it causes the worst consequence, destruction of the lungs and death. All scientists agree that handwashing with soap works to reduce the likelihood of the virus taking hold in the body. Might soap perform equally well inside the nose?”  Soap is effective because each Coronavirus-19 virus wears a fat-laden outer covering.  Soap destroys the fatty layer; the virus is disabled and dies. Besides the hands, it can work its magic elsewhere.

“The concept of washing the inside of the nose with soap may seem peculiar to many, but for not for nasal surgeons.  It’s routine, as part of the preparation for cosmetic and breathing operations to reduce the chance of infection. Soap causes no damage to the nasal interior. Soap is to viruses what antibiotics are to bacteria.”

The First Big Clue To Confirm Dr. Kotler’s Thesis: Loss of Smell. The Olfactory Bulb Transmits Smell to the Brain To Kotler, the first clinical evidence to validate his concept that the virus needed to be attacked at the source of entrance and nesting, the nasal cavities, was the reported loss of smell and taste as early symptom. Learn more Here. On April 22, a medical journal research paper confirmed the observation. Further study and research-supported Kotler’s thesis that flushing the nasal passages could destroy the virus and, at the least, weaken the attack on the body. 

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*EXAMINER – BUSINESS INSIDER:

  • Uber is cutting 3,000 more jobs, closing 45 offices, and reevaluating its noncore businesses.
  • JCPenney said it’ll close 242 of its stores (nearly 29% of total locations) as it undergoes bankruptcy. 
  • A Facebook survey showed 31% of small businesses shut down in the last three months.
  • Apple stores are reopening around the country, but you’ll need a face mask and temperature check to enter.
  •  More Apple: Attorney General William Barr blasted Apple for not helping unlock a  suspected terrorist’s iPhone. The DOJ accessed it anyway.

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