LBN Examiner 7/12/2020

*EXAMINER INVESTIGATES CHINESE IP THEFT VS. AMERICA’S WARS AT THEIR PEAKS

*NIGHTMARE IN NEW YORK:
HOW COVID-19, BLM PROTESTS, AND A LIBERAL MAYOR ARE TURNING THE CITY INTO A NO-GO ZONE AS MURDERS SKYROCKET, SHOPS ARE LOOTED, AND 500,000 MIDDLE-CLASS RESIDENTS FLEE:

Two bullet-ridden bodies lay sprawled on bloodstained concrete steps. Alongside, relatives of the victims are wailing and collapse to the ground. In another part of the city, a gang of youths use spray paint to disable security cameras before robbing a corner store. Later, video footage captures police officers sitting helplessly in their patrol car as a baying crowd hurls glass bottles at them. This is lawless New York – a city that was once America’s glittering crown jewel but which risks descending into mob rule. Murder figures have skyrocketed and a combination of the coronavirus pandemic, Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests and weak political leadership is in danger of achieving what Osama Bin Laden never could: bringing the Big Apple to its knees.

Last weekend Chioke Thompson, 23, and his friend Stephanie Perkins, 39, had been gunned down on the steps of Chioke’s Brooklyn home. His schoolteacher mum Sophia wept as she said: ‘Even as he died, he was trying to shield her with his body. It makes no sense. Neither of them did anything wrong.’ With the gunman still on the loose and their families insisting neither victim had any links to drugs or gangs, the pair appear to be the latest grim statistics in a crimewave sweeping the city. Figures released by the NYPD showed that for the first six months of 2020 there were 176 murders, a 23 percent increase on the same period last year. Looting continues in Manhattan amid protests over the death of George Floyd. According to figures released by the New York Police Department, for the first six months of this year, there were 176 murders, an increase of 23 per cent on the 143 killed during the same period last year.

The number of shooting victims has gone up 51 per cent to 616 this year. In June alone, there were 250 shootings compared to 97 in the same month last year. Month-on-month, burglaries are up 119 per cent and car thefts up 48 per cent. Many blame New York’s liberal mayor, Bill de Blasio, who has slashed police funding by $1 billion, ended the NYPD’s controversial ‘stop-and-frisk’ policy (which allowed police to stop and search anyone solely on the basis of ‘reasonable suspicion’) and who last week vowed to paint a huge Black Lives Matter sign outside President Trump’s flagship Trump Tower. De Blasio has also introduced criminal justice reforms, including changes to bail for dozens of offences, which has meant violent criminals released on to the streets.

*AFGHAN TRANSLATOR WHO SAVED U.S SOLDIERS FINALLY CELEBRATES 4TH OF JULY AS AN AMERICAN CITIZEN:

An Afghan translator who spent 9 years risking his life to assist U.S. forces in Afghanistan has just celebrated his first Fourth of July as a U.S. citizen. Although his duties as a translator never required it, Janis Shinwari saved the lives of several U.S. soldiers—and one of them decided to return the favor, by offering to bring Janis and his family to the U.S. If he would have stayed in Afghanistan, the translator “wouldn’t be alive today,” he told CNN Heroes in 2018. Janis was aiding U.S. forces over a decade ago because he wanted his country liberated from the terror of Taliban rule. Although he knew he was risking his life, he did what he thought was right for his country. In 2008, Capt. Matt Zeller was about to die during a battle with Taliban forces, until a man who identified himself as a U.S. translator dragged him out of harm’s way. They may not have known each other before that moment, but the experience forged an unshakable bond.  “Since that time, we become even closer than brothers,” Janis said. With the Taliban in pursuit of Janis, Matt began working furiously to get him a visa so he could leave the country.

Initially, they expected the process to only take a couple of months, but it actually took several years. Thanks to Matt’s persistence gathering signatures on a petition, and meeting with several members of Congress, Janis and his family fled to the U.S. in 2013. Once he arrived, Matt helped him with every aspect of his new life in America—including raising $35,000 with a GoFundMe campaign. Janis finally became eligible for citizenship this year and, on June 30, Acting Homeland Security Secretary Ken Cuccinelli administered the oath of allegiance to Janis and his wife, officially making them U.S. citizens—just in time to celebrate their new country’s Independence Day. During the ceremony, Janis was thanked for his brave service and saving the lives of 5 Americans.


*THE WOKE MOB COMES FOR A FEDERAL JUDGE:

Our Founders sought to protect federal judges from the whims of the mob by granting them life tenure, and making them removable only through impeachment by the House and conviction by the Senate. But the mob has its ways of exacting retribution even so. The latest victim is Judge Cormac J. Carney of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, which includes Los Angeles. His crime? Referring to the court’s clerk, Kiry Gray, as “street-smart.” Gray is a 35-year employee of the court. In 2015, she became the first black woman to serve as a clerk of court in the Ninth Circuit, which covers the western part of the United States, including California. As clerk, she is in charge of the day-to-day administration and operations of the court. Carney has been a federal judge in the nation’s largest federal court since 2003.

On June 1, he began a term as chief judge of the court, a position with substantial management and oversight responsibilities for the entire court, including the district judges, the magistrate judges, the clerk’s office, and probation. The position requires a close working relationship with the clerk. In a webinar that took place eight days after he assumed his duties as chief judge, Carney spoke to members of the California bar about how he was adjusting to his new role. “Fortunately for me,” he reportedly said, “we have just a fabulous clerk of the court in Kiry Gray. She’s so street-smart and really knows her job.” According to the L.A. Times, several court staffers and attorneys were upset by the remark, which they interpreted as having a “derogatory and racially insensitive layer.”

Upon learning that some people were calling for his removal, Carney says he spoke with Gray and expressed frustration that “the people criticizing me were equating my well-intended use of the term ‘street-smart’ with the reprehensible conduct of a police officer putting his knee on a person’s neck.” On Friday, he publicly apologized and announced that he would be stepping down as chief judge, though he will remain a judge on the court.

*CLOSE THE LID! FLUSHING TOILETS SPREADS CORONAVIRUS:

A large cloud of virus-laden droplets can be released high into the air when you flush a toilet — and it can hang around long enough to be inhaled by others, a new study says. The new coronavirus that causes COVID-19 can be found in the feces of infected people, and this finding suggests it could be transmitted through the use of toilets, according to the authors. The study was published June 16 in the journal Physics of Fluids. “One can foresee that the velocity [of upward-flowing aerosol particles] will be even higher when a toilet is used frequently, such as in the case of a family toilet during a busy time or a public toilet serving a densely populated area,” study co-author Ji-Xiang Wang, of Yangzhou University in China, said in a journal news release.


*SEAN STORY, PREMIER CYBERSECURITY/IT CONSULTANT, WINS “BEST TECHNOLOGY PODCAST”- 2020:

Sean Story, premier cybersecurity/IT consultant, and his podcast The Sean Story Show wins Best of Los Angeles Award – “Best Refurbished Electronics Supplier – 2020”, according to Aurora DeRose, award coordinator for the Best of Los Angeles Award community. The “Best of Los Angeles Award” community was formed five years ago and consists of over 6,900 professional members living and working in Southern California and celebrates the best people, places and things in Los Angeles. It celebrates the best people, places and things in Los Angeles with a slogan “No Ads. No B.S. Only the Best.” “The mission of the community is to celebrate the best of Los Angeles and allow its community members to connect with other members who share the highest standards of quality and integrity,” expresses DeRose. “We’re honored to include Sean Story and The Sean Story Show into our BoLAA family.”

IT and Cybersecurity Expert, Sean Story, has created a much needed weekly podcast in a category of its own that Story calls “Personal Technology” to provide easy to understand answers to the challenging questions about technology and specifically how we use it in our everyday lives. On each weekly episode of The Sean Story Show, Sean answers three technology questions from his listeners, discusses an article on the topic of personal or family technology use, recommends a technology tip of the week, and puts it all in context with a tidbit of tech history in the segment “This Week In Tech History”. To find the show on your preferred podcast listening platform and to ask your question on the show, visit the official show website at www.TheSeanStoryShow.com


*EXAMINER READER POLL: DO YOU APPROVE OR DISAPPROVE?

NBA releases a list of approved “social justice” phrases for players’ jerseys:

As the NBA prepares to play an abbreviated season, the league has also taken steps to proclaim it is aligned with the current social justice movement by painting “Black Lives Matter” on the courts. Additionally, the players and the teams have agreed to permit players to sport approved words and phrases on their uniforms during the first four games.

The approved list, released over the weekend, includes ‘Anti-Racist’, ‘Ally’, ‘Say Her Name’, ‘I Can’t Breath’, ‘Enough’, ‘Black Lives matter’, and ‘How many More’. Does anyone remember a time when professional sports were all about your team winning or losing the game and not infused with politics? Who would have thought just five years ago that the National Anthem would become one of the most controversial things in our country? And now it’s spreading everywhere.

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  It takes about 22 hours on Amtrak to go from New York to Chicago, while it takes 4.5 hours to take the bullet train from Beijing to Shanghai, slightly farther apart.

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Two new books examine Putin’s vendetta against the West, particularly the United States, and search for answers. Of special interest is his time in the Soviet KGB, disbanded almost 30 years ago when the USSR ceased to exist. But a close look at the books, and at the record, suggests that’s misleading. Much more important to Putin and his cronies than the ideological crusade of the KGB is their desire to share in the pillaged wealth of post-Soviet Russia, and their hatred of anyone who would hold them accountable.

*EXAMINER – HE WILL BE MISSED:

Nick Cordero, a musical theater actor whose intimidating height and effortless charm brought him a series of tough-guy roles on Broadway, died on Sunday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 41. Nick has been a passionate reader of this LBN Examiner for years and he will be missed.

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*NIGHTMARE! EX-NYPD COMMISH BRATTON WARNS OF U.S CRIME REVOLUTION:

Painting a dire portrait of crime and policing in America, former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton laments he has “never seen it so bad in terms of the potential for continued disarray,” pointing to a return to the dangers of the 70s and 80s. “We are a country – in cities, all of our cities – whose social norms of behavior and criminal justice system are in extreme disarray, and it’s getting worse, not better,” Bratton, who has spent 50 years in policing, running police departments in New York City, Boston, and Los Angeles. Bratton noted disturbing trends in Democrat-run cities – “tilting incredibly fast to the far left” – working to reduce police forces while civil unrest burns. “We are rapidly moving toward a repeat of the 70s and 80s that led to our worst crime year in our history in our country, 1990,” Bratton said. “In city after city, shootings, murderers, violence, and other forms of crime are on the increase. And nobody’s paying any attention to it. It’s amazing. They will start paying attention to it farther into the summer because there’s no sign that it’s going to abate.”

There had been progress in the past 30 years, Bratton noted, but it has become erased at one shake of a former child’s toy. “It’s an Etch-a-Sketch moment,” Bratton said. “It’s as if all of a sudden all of the good has been erased, and all we’re focusing on is the bad.” Bratton does admit there are bad police officers who need to be dealt with, but vilifying the good people risking their lives to protect our cities is demoralizing them, too. “It’s understandable that they are demoralized; unfortunately they’re going to get even more demoralized if you look at what’s going on in the criminal justice reform movement,” he added.


*THE GLOBAL DIVIDE ON HOMOSEXUALITY PERSISTS:

  Despite major changes in laws and norms surrounding the issue of same-sex marriage and the rights of LGBT people around the world, public opinion on the acceptance of homosexuality in society remains sharply divided by country, region and economic development. As it was in 2013, when the question was last asked, attitudes on the acceptance of homosexuality are shaped by the country in which people live. Those in Western Europe and the Americas are generally more accepting of homosexuality than are those in Eastern Europe, Russia, Ukraine, the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa. And publics in the Asia-Pacific region generally are split. This is a function not only of economic development of nations, but also religious and political attitudes. But even with these sharp divides, views are changing in many of the countries that have been surveyed since 2002, when Pew Research Center first began asking this question. In many nations, there has been an increasing acceptance of homosexuality, including in the United States, where 72% say it should be accepted, compared with just 49% as recently as 2007.

*SIBLINGS OF BLACK COP INVOLVED IN GEORGE FLOYD’S DEATH WANTED HIM TO BE CHARGED:

  The mother of former Minneapolis police officer J. Alexander Kueng, now facing charges of aiding and abetting the murder of George Floyd, told the New York Times that her son had joined the police force to bridge the gap between races. In a painfully sad interview, Kueng’s white mother Joni Kueng said she raised him alone after his father, who was from Nigeria, left. She said he was troubled after a Black sibling was harassed by police and decided to join the force. “He said, ‘Don’t you think that that needs to be done from the inside?’” his mother said, referring to increasing police brutality against Black offenders.

“That’s part of the reason why he wanted to become a police officer—and a black police officer on top of it—is to bridge that gap in the community, change the narrative between the officers and the black community.” Floyd’s death occurred on Kueng’s third shift as a full officer with the Minneapolis Police Department. Kueng sister Radiance told the Times that, as a Black man, her brother should have intervened. She planned to change her surname. “I don’t care if it was his third day at work or not,” she said. “He knows right from wrong.” Another sibling, Taylor, called for the arrest of Kueng.

*HARVARD GRAD BLAMES ‘TRUMP SUPPORTERS’ AFTER BEING FIRED FOR HER ‘DREAM JOB’ OVER TIKTOK THREAT:

A Harvard graduate is blaming supporters of President Donald Trump after being fired from her “dream job” at financial services and consulting firm Deloitte LLP after she made a “threat” against individuals who say “All Lives Matter” instead of “Black Lives Matter.” Claira Janover posted a video to TikTok several days ago, and in it, she used a poorly crafted metaphor to explain the difference between “All Lives Matter” and “Black Lives Matter” — a metaphor that read, to some on social media, as a direct threat of violence.

Janover complained about “the nerve, the sheer entitled Caucasity to say ‘All Lives Matter’” and talked about “stabbing” as a way of demonstrating the difference between “All Lives Matter” and “Black Lives Matter.” “I’ma stab you,” Janover says in the video, zooming in on her face. “I’ma stab you, and while you’re struggling and bleeding out, I’ma show you my paper cut and say, ‘My cut matters, too.’” She says the “stabbing” bit was meant to be an analogy, according to the New York Post, but the diatribe cost her her job, regardless. “Standing up for Black Lives Matter put me in a place online to be seen by millions of people,” Janover said in a new video posted to TikTok Wednesday. “The job that I’d worked really hard to get and meant a lot to me has called me and fired me because of everything.” “During the video, Janover gestured to what appears to be a page from the company’s website and noted that she was axed ‘even though they claim to stand against systematic bias, racism, and unequal treatment,’” per the post. Her now-former employer, Deloitte, has not made a statement in regards to Janover’s dismissal, but Janover suggests she was targeted by “Trump supporters” who simply did not want to hear her message.

*EXAMINER – READER POLL: LAUGH OR CRY? YOU DECIDE–THE MOST ‘WOKE’ STORY OF 2020? CHILDBIRTH SITE WANTS LESS GENDERED LANGUAGE LIKE, “BIRTHING PERSONS”:

The child birthing information web portal likely received a spike in traffic after it posted a new list of suggested “woke” terminology to be used when speaking about the birth of a baby. Suggesting a switch to more “gender-inclusive” language sparked considerable mocking on social media. For example, the mother should now be referred to as a “birthing person” and the act formerly known as breastfeeding should be called “chest feeding.”   “Part of its mission, though, is to make the childbirth experience less-gendered, and in order to do that, you need to use less-gendered language. For example, instead of ‘mother,’ use ‘birthing person.'” – via Twitchy.com.  We get it. The farthest edges of the liberal Left side of our world is intent on eliminating all gender references.

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Let’s assume that 100 people are infected with the Coronavirus out of a population of 1,000, with one in 10 wearing masks, keeping an appropriate distance, and quarantining if necessary. The model shows that 30 days later, the virus would have killed 156 people. After three months, the death toll reaches 460—with 510 now infected. However, our model shows that if half the population practices safe protocols, infections after 90 days drop to 293 and deaths drop even more dramatically, to 149—about one-third of the lives lost under looser measures.

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George Washington spent his entire campaign budget (50 pounds) on 160 gallons of liquor to serve to potential voters.

*EXAMINER – THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

“The truth is: a critical mass of mainstream journalists do not want to reflect or report on anything that they might disagree with. They see opposing views as ‘violence’ and the attempt at objectivity a cover for ‘white supremacy’. They are a disgrace.” — Andrew Sullivan

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  10-YR 0.634% – 128.60 bps
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Stocks: A global stock market crash on March 12 set the worst single-day decline for stocks since 1987. But in Q2, major indexes clawed their way back on the promise of economic reopenings. Filled to the brim with tech companies, the Nasdaq has distanced itself from the Dow and the S&P. Fed: The Fed slashed interest rates in March to stem the economic bleeding, and in early June said it would hold rates near zero through 2022. Oil: In late April, oil prices crashed below -$37 a barrel as plummeting demand from lockdowns left traders with nowhere to put their oil. Following an agreement by OPEC+ to reduce supply by 9.7 million barrels a day, prices are slowly rebounding back to March’s highs. 

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*MINNESOTA TOWN GOES WOKE, PLEDGES NOT TO CALL COPS, IS NOW ‘OVERRUN’ BY HOMELESS ENCAMPMENT:

A Minneapolis community, just a few miles away from where George Floyd died while in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department, pledged to “check its privilege,” allowing hundreds of transients and homeless individuals to take up residents on their front lawns and pledging not to call the police to handle incidents of drug abuse and mental illness. Now that same town’s residents are concerned things have gotten out of hand. Crime is rampant and the homeless encampment now has more than 300 people. The New York Times reports that Powderhorn Park residents — mostly left-leaning white women — were instrumental in declaring their town a “safe zone” for the underprivileged and pressing the town’s residents to agree to a pact not to call the police or other public safety resources if they felt threatened. After all, their opposition to crimes, including property damage and theft, was born of white privilege.
 

“In light of Floyd’s police-involved death,” the New York Post added, “residents there have vowed to avoid calling the cops, feeling that doing so could put people of color in danger. But now with hundreds of outsiders flooding the park — drawing in more car traffic, including drug dealers, and resulting in at least two overdoses — the neighbors are facing a moral dilemma.” In preparation for the project, the women “promised to ignore any property damage, including to their own homes, and filed for a block party permit to limit cars in the neighborhood,” the Post continues. Instead, the women agreed to call a community service organization, the American Indian Movement, to handle incidents of violence or potential violence, and to help constructively quell concerns of mental illness and drug use.


*HIGH LEVELS OF ARSENIC FOUND IN U.S WHOLE FOODS’ BOTTLED WATER BRAND:

Bottled water manufactured by Whole Foods and sold in most of its US stores and on Amazon contains potentially harmful levels of arsenic, according to new tests by Consumer Reports (CR). CR recently tested dozens of bottled water brands and found that Starkey Spring Water, introduced by Whole Foods in 2015, had concerning levels of arsenic, ranging from 9.49 to 9.56 parts per billion (PPB), at least three times the level of every other brand tested. Federal regulations require manufacturers to limit the amount of arsenic, a potentially dangerous heavy metal, in bottled water to 10 PPB. CR experts believe that level does not adequately protect public health. CR also tested samples of Starkey Spring Water in 2019, finding levels of arsenic that approached or exceeded the federal limit: three samples ranged from 9.48 to 9.86 PPB of arsenic; a fourth registered 10.1 PPB. Those results are cited in two pending consumer lawsuits over Starkey’s arsenic content.

*E-BAY CAUGHT – A CYBER STALKING STORY THAT’LL MAKE YOU SQUIRM:

U.S. Attorney General Andrew Lelling announced that six former eBay employees are being charged for an extensive intimidation campaign against a Boston-area couple who reportedly criticized the company in their online newsletter. The charges: cyberstalking and conspiracy to tamper with witnesses.  The specifics: Mailing the couple a Halloween mask of a bloody pig face, boxes of live cockroaches and spiders, and a book about surviving the loss of a partner. Doxing the couple by posting their address on Craigslist and soliciting sexual partners. There’s more. The harassment was “a systematic campaign fueled by the resources of a Fortune 500 company to emotionally and psychologically terrorize this middle aged couple,” Lelling said. If you’re thinking “that’s just a few rotten apples”…Lelling counters that given the involvement of multiple higher-ups (including, ironically, a former head of safety and security), the harassment can’t be written off as “rogue” behavior. For its part, eBay investigated the suspicious activity last August following an FBI tip and fired all six employees a month later.


*STEVE BING PALS – SUICIDE SPURRED BY MONEY, DRUGS, AND MENTAL HEALTH STRUGGLE:

Hollywood and business mogul Steve Bing died by suicide following a yearslong battle with depression and financial woes after blowing much of his $600 million fortune, friends said.
Bing, 55, died after jumping from his 27th-floor apartment in LA’s Century City on Monday. He was a notable philanthropist and Hollywood investor, including as a producer for the Sylvester Stallone remake “Get Carter.” Bing dropped out of Stanford after receiving a $600 million inheritance from his grandfather, a real estate developer. He is perhaps best known for being the father of Elizabeth Hurley’s son, Damian, born in 2002. Bing initially denied he was his father, but a DNA test proved otherwise.

While the Hollywood community remains shaken by his death, those close to Bing say his jet-set life was enviable on the surface — with close friendships with President Bill Clinton and billionaire Ron Burkle and relationships with a host of beautiful women — but in reality, he was very troubled. One friend, who asked not to be named, said, “Steve was the most charming, caring and generous guy you could ever meet. Yes, he liked beautiful women, but it never worked out. He has gone through a dark time for years. He talked about battling mental illness, bipolar disorder. His close friends are devastated about his death but, sadly, not surprised.”

The source added, “Steve did have a drug problem, but it was the mental issues that tormented him. He would often disappear for long periods of time. He didn’t have a strong relationship with his kids, and he was sad about that. “And, as surprising as this sounds, he had financial problems in the end. He made a lot of ill-advised investments. His latest film with Warren Beatty went upside down, and many people took him for a lot of money. People imagine it is impossible to run through $600 million, but he did. He was too generous.” A second source added, “Steve recently sold his jet, his home, and was very depressed.”

*FEDS CLOSE TO SPENDING MORE THAN ON REVOLUTIONARY, CIVIL WAR, WWI, II COMBINED:

A coalition of conservative leaders sent a letter to President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) warning that the congressional spending in the coronavirus must stop because it’s getting very close to $10 trillion, which is more than the government spent fighting the Revolutionary War, Civil War, and World War I and II combined.  The Save Our Country coalition, which is made up of conservative leaders, called on Trump and Republican congressional leaders to “Stop the Spending.” The coalition consists of: Stephen Moore, co-founder of the Committee to Unleash Prosperity; Adam Brandon, president of FreedomWorks; Jim DeMint, chairman of Conservative Partnership Institute; Lisa Nelson, CEO of American Legislative Exchange Council; Arthur Laffer, Laffer Associates; Casey Mulligan, University of Chicago; Jenny Beth Martin, Tea Party Patriots; Grover Norquist, Americans for Tax Reform; William Bennett, former Reagan cabinet member; Brent Bozell, founder and president of Media Research Center; Scott Garrett, former member of Congress; Bob McEwan, Center for National Policy; Ed Meese, former Attorney General of the United States; Jim Miller, former Office of Management and Budget; and William Walton, Center for National Policy.

During a press briefing on Tuesday, they released new budget projections showing government spending is headed to 51 percent of GDP for the first time ever. The federal government has already spent trillions in stimulus funds, and the White House and Congress are considering plans to spend at least $1 to 3 trillion more. “Congress has already spent more than $2 trillion on CoronaVirus relief packages. The irresponsible Pelosi bill that passed the House a week ago would raise that spending total to $5 trillion, which is on top of the $4.71 trillion that Congress already authorized,” the coalition wrote in the letter. “We are getting very close to an unthinkable $10,000,000,0000,000 (ten trillion) federal budget, which is more money in one single year than the United States government spent, adjusted for inflation … to fight the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, World War I and World War II – combined,” they wrote.

*NFL ANALYST SAYS SAQUAN BARKLEY, NFL STAR RUNNING BACK, HAS CHANCE TO WIN NFL MVP AWARD:

Saquon Barkley, New York Giants running back, was as strong as expected after he was picked second overall in the 2018 NFL Draft out of Penn State. Barkley secured the backfield of the Giants, and offered the squad a real running back workhorse who could excel on all three offensive downs. The young player has 1,000-yard seasons back-to-back and to his credit a Pro Bowl. Last season Barkley ran for 1,003 yards and six touchdowns. He missed some games due to injuries but managed to get 52 catches for 438 yards receiving. With the Giants improving their offensive line and a second season under quarterback Daniel Jones, could Barkley be in for another strong season? The Giants have a chance to feature Barkley more effectively this season, according to NFL Network analyst Steve Mariucci. As the former NFL head coach recently proposed on NFL Total Access it might contribute to a potential MVP campaign. “Six running backs have made MVP in the last 25 years, but they did something special like rush for 2,000 yards or break the rushing record like LT did with 28 rushing touchdowns,” Mariucci said. “But Saquon is versatile. He had 91 receptions and a bunch of yards rushing as a rookie. He’s going to go over 2,000 yards again. He’s got a chance. If that team can get better and have a winning season, Saquon Barkley.”

Barkley provides a rare mix of creativity that is both receiving and running. He is a good check-down option, managing 25-30 touches a game. The Giants have in for Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett, a potential offensive coordinator. In Houston, Garrett is sitting back on Ezekiel Elliott for a parallel three-down. He likes to establish the running game and build off the momentum of the offense. Barkley might be a key part of helping effectively run Garrett’s offensive scheme. Barkley understands how Garrett wants to execute his system after having played for two seasons against the Cowboys. He has also confirmed that he looks forward to participating in the system. “I played against [Garrett] for two years,” Barkley said. “I know how he likes to use his running backs. There’s only so much Zeke can tell me that I haven’t seen with my own eyes. Zeke had a lot of success, but it wasn’t only Zeke. It was multiple players — all the tight ends and wide receivers, Dak [Prescott] had a great year and career so far. We can fit that mold with the talent we have.”I think it’s been going well.”


*EXAMINER – ECONOMY: I SENT CHECKS TO DEAD PEOPLE

$1.4 billion worth of stimulus checks was sent to more than 1 million dead Americans, a congressional watchdog said yesterday. That happened partially because the Treasury’s Bureau of the Fiscal Service, which was in charge of sending out stimulus checks, didn’t have access to the Social Security Administration’s set of death records.  So who is this watchdog that would dare hold the government accountable? The Government Accountability Office (GAO), which released a 403-page report evaluating Washington’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The conclusion: room for improvement. The GAO knocked the Small Business Administration for dragging its feet in complying with its investigation and for not addressing fraud risks stemming from the Paycheck Protection Program. It also said the CDC’s initial COVID-19 tests had “accuracy and reliability issues” that hurt the U.S.’ early response. As the economic recovery takes shape (or doesn’t), there’s going to be an intensifying battle on Capitol Hill over the next stimulus package. The GAO will expect better oversight.

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“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” – Mark Twain

*EXAMINER – INVESTIGATES: NEW JERSEY IS LEAST PATRIOTIC STATE IN AMERICA

A new study ranked New Jersey the worst patriotic state in America. WalletHub released its 2020’s Most Patriotic States in America survey on Monday morning. WalletHub used 13 categories to break down which states showed the most patriotism including, the state’s military enlistees, the number of adults who voted in 2016 and volunteer rate. New Jersey came in No. 50 for overall patriotism and No. 49 in veterans per capita. Pennsylvania ranked No. 37 overall, and Delaware came in No. 31. WalletHub says many Americans feel their patriotism has been affected by the recent protests against police brutality and many find it hard to celebrate a country that continues to have racist incidents persist.

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One positive side effect of coronavirus restrictions — fewer car crashes — is creating a negative side effect … longer waits for organ donations. The data makes it clear … deaths from car accidents are the biggest single source of organs for transplant — 33% to be exact — according to the United Network For Organ Sharing, which runs the country’s organ transplant system. But, ever since the novel coronavirus started the wave of shelter-in-place orders across the country … car crashes, and deaths from them, are in steep decline. In California, for instance, car fatalities were down 50% during the first 3 weeks of safer-at-home orders, according to a study by UC Davis. Similarly, drowning deaths are also way down … a whopping 80%.

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*EXAMINER – U.S. SAVINGS – REPORT:
 
 Americans aren’t spending squat during the pandemic. The U.S. savings rate rose to 33% in April, the highest level on record and it’s not even close. At the same time, consumer spending fell 13.6% (also a record). There are a few reasons why this happened: There’s nothing to spend money on. Office work, events, sports, conferences, vacations, weddings, birthday parties, and more were all canceled. Stimulus checks of up to $1,200 hit millions of households, driving up personal income to record levels. With unemployment at 13.3%, Americans are feeling nervous about their job prospects. But not all Americans saved equally
Findings from a Harvard-based research group show that high-income Americans are responsible for most of the reduction in consumer spending. Lower-income Americans, on the other hand, are now spending nearly as much as they did pre-pandemic—but they’re suffering as the rich hoard their wealth. Almost 70% of low-wage workers working in the highest-rent ZIP codes lost their jobs, the researchers note. Why it matters: It further confirms that this recession is one of the weirdest ever. In past downturns people stopped spending on big-ticket items like cars, while keeping up their spending on basic services. That’s flipped this time around, because many of those services (like haircuts) require in-person interactions that can lead to the spread of the virus.

Looking ahead
The research is telling us something very important: even if government restrictions were lifted, Americans still wouldn’t be spending at pre-pandemic levels out of fear for their health. Which means the NFL could announce tomorrow it’s allowing fans to attend games this season and not many would bite. 

Bottom line: Consumer spending drives nearly 70% of U.S. GDP, so an elevated savings rate could be detrimental to the economy in the long-run. After all, writes the Carnegie Endowment, one person’s spending is another person’s income. 

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