LBN Examiner 08/14/2022

THE WORLDWIDE PROBLEM OF INFLATION:

Inflation has dominated the news about America’s economy in recent months as prices for food, gas and other goods have increased faster than they have in four decades. But inflation is a global phenomenon right now – and the U.S. has actually fared better than other countries in recent months. In June, consumer prices in the U.S. increased 9.1 percent over the previous year; they increased 9.6 percent across the E.U. in the same time period. Much of the public discussion about inflation in the U.S. has focused on domestic problems, particularly President Biden’s policies. Critics argue that the American Rescue Plan, the pandemic relief bill that Biden signed into law 16 months ago, has supercharged consumer demand by sending $1.9 trillion to Americans, state governments and other programs. As higher demand has chased limited supplies of goods, prices have soared. The law has certainly played a role in increased inflation, economists say. But the global trends suggest that focusing solely on the U.S.’s role misses a big part of the story – how external forces have driven up prices, too.

Bill Maher Says Woke ‘Fat Acceptance’ Is Now A National Security Issue:

Talk show host Bill Maher has railed against the fat acceptance movement – which he said has become a national security issue as obesity rates drive down military recruitment. “It’s literally a national security issue now,” Maher said in the closing monologue of his show Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday night. “Military recruitment is down by the most since the end of the draft, because mainly 17 to 24 year olds are too fat to fight.” He cited a 2019 New York Times article showing that about one-third of potential recruits are too overweight to enlist in the US military.

The article also noted that obesity rates in the Army, Air Force and Marine Corps have doubled in less than a decade, while in the Navy, obesity rates have risen six-fold since 2011. Those rates could negatively impact “physical performance and military readiness,” the authors of the Defense Department’s Medical Surveillance Monthly Report wrote at the time. “At some point, acceptance becomes enabling,” Maher said of what he describes as the “Orwellian” fat acceptance movement. “And if you’re in any way participating in this joyful celebration of gluttony that goes on now, you have blood on your hands, full stop.” “You can make believe you’re fighting some great social justice battle for a besieged minority, but what you’re really doing is enabling addicts – which I thought we decided was bad.”

Calm Your Dog In The Car With Some Reggae Or Soft Rock Hits:

If your dog gets stressed on long car rides, don’t worry, just put on some Bee Gees! Researchers are sharing the 10 most calming songs for dogs, with the 1977 hit “How Deep is Your Love” topping the charts. It turns out two in three dog owners say their furry friends gets stressed out while traveling. That’s bad news for the 75%; planning to take their pet on a staycation this year, with 72% of these dog owners traveling by car.

Examiner – Lens:

A bus carrying wounded service members of Ukrainian forces from the besieged Azovstal steel mill in Mariupol drives under escort of the pro-Russian military upon arrival in Novoazovsk, Ukraine, May 16.

The Thermostat:

It’s called the thermostat theory of politics. It’s the idea, developed by the political scientist Christopher Wlezien, that public opinion often moves in the opposite direction as government policy. When policy begins changing, many people worry that the shift will be too radical, and their views move the other way – much as a thermostat regulates a house’s temperature. During Donald Trump’s presidency, public attitudes moved left on immigration. During Barack Obama’s presidency, attitudes moved right on gun control and taxes.

Abortion policy now seems to be offering the latest example of the theory. As more states have enacted laws restricting abortion in the past few years, support for abortion access has risen. It may have risen even more in the past few weeks, with the Supreme Court potentially on the verge of overturning Roe v. Wade.

Shortly after Politico reported in May that the court had tentatively decided to overturn Roe, a University of Chicago research group conducted a poll for The Wall Street Journal, asking about Americans’ attitudes toward abortion. The poll is especially useful because it has been asking the same questions since the 1970s. Last month, it found that 57% of Americans said they favored legal abortion if a woman wanted one for any reason, up from 54% last year and only 44% in 2016.

Half Of Americans Admit They Can’t Touch Their Toes Without Straining:

More than seven in 10 (73%) Americans are eager to increase their physical activity to keep up with their children. That’s because the pandemic kept many individuals from taking care of their bodies as well as they were prior to COVID-19. A recent study polled 2,000 U.S. adults to see how they’re staying active as their routines and lifestyles have undergone drastic change over the past two years. Only half of respondents (51%) can touch their toes without straining. However, people are looking to change their habits, with 70% making more of an effort to move around and be physically active more now than at the start of the pandemic.

Examiner – Lens:

Desiree Andrade, whose son Julian was murdered in May 2018, with Phil Stirling, the lead prosecutor on the case. Both are critics of radical Los Angeles DA George Gascon.

Examiner – Commentary by Nellie Bowles:

** It’s not a recession if Biden didn’t see his shadow: With news that the economy shrank by 0.9% in the last quarter, you might think that we’ve entered a recession, which is commonly defined as an economy shrinking for two consecutive quarters. But that old way of thinking is over. Recession is a very mean word that we don’t use under President Biden. The White House is denying all past statements from White House officials who used the old forbidden definition: “That’s not the definition,” the press secretary said this week when confronted with the banned one. They even put out a special update on the meaning last week to prepare us, with the first line being, “What is a recession?” How do you catch a cloud and pin it down? The media is ready to go carrying the administration’s water. Here’s the Associated Press: “By one common definition – the economy shrinking for consecutive quarters – the U.S. economy is on the cusp of a recession. Yet that definition isn’t the one that counts.” Online encyclopedias and social media are following suit. The Wikipedia page on “recession” is getting furiously updated. (The crowd-source encyclopedia now contains a note on the “recession” entry that all previous definitions are false: “An outdated version of this article has been widely circulated. Please verify that claims or screenshots you may have seen are consistent with the actual content here.”) The economic historian Phil Magness posted on Facebook about the White House word games with recession and got a warning tagging it as “false information” and adding a “fact check.” Government is inefficient in most ways, but when it comes to coordinating with our social media oligarchs, it’s a well-oiled machine.

** Republicans block bill for veterans exposed to toxins: Republicans this week voted against a measure that would expand coverage for veterans exposed to toxins and burn pits while serving. The measure – called The Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act – was celebrated by veterans and looked good to go, so the failure was a surprise. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania said, among other things, he didn’t like how it would change prior discretionary spending on veteran care into mandatory spending. Veterans groups and Jon Stewart are, rightly, pretty pissed off.

** Proud forever-masker is now a top figure at WHO: Susan Michie, a professor at the University College London and a very committed communist, is the new chair of the World Health Organization’s “Technical Advisory Group on Behavioral Insights.” She has argued that Covid-era face masks and social distancing should “continue forever,” which her university was proud enough about to post on their website.

** Fake science: In one week, three major debunkings are a good reminder that “trust the science” is silly. Science is always a work in progress. First: Depression seems to have nothing to do with a chemical imbalance. All that talk about how depressed people don’t make enough serotonin? It’s not really true – at least according to a new study. Lead author Joanna Moncrieff said: “I think we can safely say that after a vast amount of research conducted over several decades, there is no convincing evidence that depression is caused by serotonin abnormalities.” That’s not to say depression is fake. And SSRIs do indeed seem to work for a lot of people, but now no one is quite sure how. Second: The theory that Alzheimer’s is caused by plaques in brain tissue is based on falsified images. Tens of millions of dollars in research funding – and 16 years of scientists’ time – has been misdirected and relied on possibly fabricated results because of this “shockingly blatant” image tampering. The lead author of the earlier reports, Sylvain Lesné, a neuroscientist and associate professor at the University of Minnesota, has stayed really quiet. Third: Puberty blockers absolutely have deep and irreversible effects, including that they can cause brain swelling and loss of vision, which was added to the warning label by the FDA in early July.

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Examiner – (Notable) Remarks:

** The evidence of the harm done by Juul’s products is scant, especially when compared to highly toxic combustible cigarettes. But the anti-Juul moral panic was given an assist by media puritans, who wrote countless nearly identical stories – often in nearly identical language – who amplified every shoddy study claiming vaping might even be as bad as smoking (many of which have been ably debunked by Dr. Michael Siegel of Tufts University Medical School). It became something of a requirement for reporters to describe the device as being “cool,” “resembling a USB drive,” and warning the students were being ensnared by “kid-friendly flavors” like … cucumber. —- Michael C. Moynihan

** One hundred and fifty minutes a week. That’s the minimum recommended amount of moderate-intensity exercise that the federal government advises the American people to do to optimize their health. One hundred and fifty minutes a week. That number wasn’t pulled out of thin air. There is a bunch of observational data that shows that people who are more physically active have better health outcomes. Those who hit that 150 minutes – a-week mark have around a 30% reduction in overall mortality rates, even when you control for health status at baseline. —- Dr F. Perry Wilson (Yale School of Medicine)

** Denying the biological differences between men and women not only threaten women’s rights, it threatens our safety. Not only are we shutting women out of competitive sports, we are also shaming girls into silence in the face of abuse and harassment. —- Tulsi Gabbard

** “The clash of ideas is the sound of freedom.” —- Lady Bird Johnson

** My advice to married parents: As often as you can, arrange for a sitter so the two of you can spend time together, on dates or otherwise. After all, there’s nothing that makes children feel more secure than knowing their parents are taking good care of one another. —- John Rosemond, best-selling child rearing author

** I’ve been covering politics for 72 years (!), and in all that time there seldom if ever has been as complicated a political picture as what we have today. If you were to ask me, “Which way is the wind blowing?” I would respond with a simple but perhaps unsatisfying answer: everywhere. By traditional metrics, the looming midterm elections would shape up to be a disaster for the Democratic Party, and indeed that is a possible outcome. —- Dan Rather

Examiner – Lens:

In the book “The Mind and the Moon,” Daniel Bergner explores how much we know – and how much we don’t – about mental health.

Amtrak Rewarded Executives With Six-Figure Bonuses As Rail Service Struggled:

Amtrak’s top executives received six-figure incentive bonuses in 2021, their biggest payouts in years, despite the service’s lackluster financial performance and weak ridership caused by the pandemic, according to data obtained. The compensation data, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, showed that annual incentive payouts made to Amtrak’s senior leaders have grown significantly in recent years. Nine top executives received bonuses exceeding $200,000 in the 2021 fiscal year, up from six executives in 2019. Far smaller bonuses were awarded in 2016, 2017 and 2018, and none were given in 2015 or 2020.

Examiner – Lens:

Writer Jennette McCurdy’s relationship with her mother is the narrative force at the center of her memoir: “It’s the heartbeat of my life.”

Examiner – Readers Have Spoken:

** In a reader poll of LBN Examiner readers in all 50 of the United States in 26 foreign countries, 78% said they felt Donald Trump would indeed run for president again.

EXAMINER – INVESTIGATES:

** The evolution of dinosaur effects in the “Jurassic Park” films. WATCH

** How one woman teeters above massive canyons on two-inch wide surfaces. WATCH

** Prince Charles’s charity accepted more than $1 million from the family of Osama bin Laden. READ

** More school employees are carrying guns to defend against school shootings. READ

** Bill Maher – Logic on fire. WATCH

** Former Amazon employee found guilty of hacking customers’ cloud data systems, stealing information linked to 2019 Capital One data breach that exposed more than 100 million records. READ

** Study reveals how tuberculosis-causing bacteria are able to rapidly evolve in response to new environments; results may lead to more effective drug treatments against the disease. READ

** Soft sounds may help dull pain, new neurological study in mice shows; under certain conditions, signaling from the brain’s auditory cortex may inhibit pain processing in the thalamus. READ

Examiner – Lens:

Abbi Jacobson co-created and stars in this new Amazon series, which expands the story told in Penny Marshall’s 1992 film. In “A League of Their Own,” Abbi Jacobson was a player-coach onscreen and off.

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Examiner – 20 Years – A Look At 2002

The LBN Examiner was founded on June 1, 2002, an incredible 20 years ago. Let’s take a look back at what was going on in 2002:

** On August 11, at the British Open Women’s Golf, Karrie Webb won by 2 strokes from fellow Australian Michelle Ellis & Paula Martí.

** On August 20, a group of Iraqis opposed to the regime of Saddam Hussein took over the Iraqi Embassy in Berlin for five hours before releasing their hostages and surrendering.

National Vaccine Law Conference To Discuss & Debate Legal Aspects Of Vaccines & Immunization September 15-16:

The first National Vaccine Law Conference will take place on September 15 and 16, 2022, at the Antonin Scalia Law School on the campus of George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia. The conference has been called to address the urgent need for an increased understanding of the interrelated operations of different aspects of vaccine, vaccination, and immunization law. Conference chair Brian Dean Abramson, the author of a leading treatise on vaccine law, notes that “we are now seeing an unprecedented confluence of misinformation, not just about the science of vaccines, but about the law, which is contributing to a potentially historic public health crisis.” The conference will feature over 40 speakers from different areas within the legal profession.

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LBN Examiner 08/07/2022

BUCKLE UP! IN PORTLAND THE SEXUAL REVOLUTION BEGINS IN KINDERGARTEN:

Portland Public Schools has launched a war against the “gender binary” and adopted a radical new curriculum teaching students to subvert the sexuality of “white colonizers” and begin exploring “the infinite gender spectrum.”

A cache of documents from a source inside Portland Public Schools exposes the nature of this curriculum. The lessons seek to turn the principles of academic queer theory into an identity-formation program for elementary school students; it has been adopted in many of the district’s K-5 classrooms.

The premise is simple: privileged white heterosexuals have created an oppressive gender system in order to dominate racial and sexual minorities. As the curriculum explains, “gender is colonized,” and Western societies have used language to erase alternative sexualities. “When white European people colonized different places, they brought their own ideas about gender and sexuality,” the curriculum reads. “When the United States was colonized by white settlers, their views around gender were forced upon the people already living here. Hundreds of years later, how we think and talk about gender are still impacted by this shift.” (When reached for comment, Portland Public Schools wrote: “We make certain that our curriculum is LGBTQ+ inclusive for students who identify as transgender, gender non-conforming, gender-queer, and queer to create a safe and inclusive environment for all of our students.”)

Letter From The Donbas – The Desperate Lives Inside Ukraine’s ‘Dead Cities’:

A child stands on a destroyed Russian tank near Makariv, Kyiv region, Ukraine, May 7.

People in Ukraine sometimes describe the intensity of shelling in simple auditory terms. A place can be “quiet” or “loud.” As the volume increases, so do the chaos, misery, death, and fear. You cannot experience such fatal noise without instinctively grasping its purpose, which is to brutalize psychically as much as physically – to demoralize and stupefy. Nowhere on earth is louder today than the Donbas region of Eastern Ukraine, where Russia has concentrated its forces and its firepower since April, after abandoning its disastrous bid to capture Kyiv. Russian officials, far from being humbled by that ordeal, have insisted on their continued determination not only to seize Ukrainian land and resources but also to punish and terrorize Ukrainians and their supporters. “I hate them,” Dmitry Medvedev, the deputy chairman of Russia’s security council, wrote on social media in early June. “They are bastards and scum,” he went on. “As long as I live, I will do everything to make them disappear.”

Steps Toward An HIV Cure:

Treatment outcomes for two patients have offered tantalizing insights into potential cures for the AIDS-causing human immunodeficiency virus, researchers revealed. The first, a 66-year-old American man, became the fifth person who appeared to have been cured via stem cell transplants from donors who displayed an HIV-blocking genetic mutation. The second patient, a Spanish woman in her 70s, has displayed long-term remission more than 15 years after receiving immune system-boosting therapy and an antiretroviral drug regimen. In the former case, the stem cells contained a mutation known as CCR5 delta 32 – a variation that effectively disables the receptor used by the virus to enter white blood cells. Scientists say the latter case offers an alternative to risky stem cell transplants that involve numerous side effects.

Examiner – Lens:

Homeless people are scattered across Portland, many of them using flattened out boxes to sleep on.

A Teen Brutally Attacked A Cop And Has Multiple Felony Arrests And The Manhattan DA Just Defended Office’s Leniency:

A 16-year-old who brutally attacked a New York City policeman who confronted him over an unpaid subway fee will be tried as a juvenile and face rehabilitation instead of prison. The teenager, whose name has not been released due to his age, had been arrested for two additional felonies in under four months, yet Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office recommended the teen be released without bail and face family court. Bragg’s office also provided a statement to Fox defending the district attorney’s leniency. “Our system must respond to children as children,” Emily Tuttle, a spokeswoman for Bragg, told the outlet. “Violence against our police officers is unacceptable, and given his age at the time of arrest, we consented to send the second case to family court as soon as possible, where he would receive the age-appropriate interventions and supports he needs while being held accountable,” she continued.

Highly Potent Weed Creating Marijuana Addicts Worldwide, Study Says:

Higher concentrations of tetrahydrocannabinol or THC – the part of the marijuana plant that makes you high – are causing more people to become addicted in many parts of the world, a new review of studies found. Compared with people who use lower-potency products (typically 5 to 10 milligrams per gram of THC), those who use higher-potency cannabis are more likely to experience addiction and mental health outcomes, according to the study in the journal Lancet Psychiatry. Scientists have established a “standard THC unit” of 5 milligrams of THC for research. That amount is said to produce a mild intoxication for nonregular users.

Examiner – Lens:

Americans aged 62 and older are the fastest-growing demographic of student borrowers. Karin Engstrom, an 81-year-old retired career counsellor, owes a hundred and seventy-three thousand dollars in student loans.

Examiner – Commentary by Nellie Bowles:

** Inflation hits a shocking new high, up 9.1% year over year: Inflation clocked in for June significantly worse than expected. At 9.1%, our inflation rate is at the highest level it’s been in nearly 41 years. This is a crisis, and it is the direct result of an over-the-top stimulus. Meanwhile, our leaders are blasé, insisting it’s always about to be over. Biden back in December was telling people: “I think it’s the peak of the crisis.” Hardly. Now this week, here’s Nancy Pelosi: “I think we’re peaking. I think we’re going to be going down from here.” And the White House press secretary: “We are stronger economically than we have been in history.” Don’t expect a mea culpa from the press, which has sounded much like the White House. It’s helpful to remember headlines like this one from Mother Jones in July 2021: “How Inflation Became the Gasbags’ Favorite Moral Panic.” All those crazy moderates worrying about the cash hose! Or this from the New York Times’s Binyamin Appelbaum: “Inflation Isn’t Lurking Around the Corner. This Isn’t the 1970s: Democrats need to shelve the memory of stagflation.” Right, yes, of course. We were all just dumb gasbags. And printing more cash to end student debt will help cool inflation, you see.

** Starbucks closing 16 locations, citing crime: Starbucks is closing sixteen locations, citing “a high volume of challenging incidents that make it unsafe to continue to operate.” Where are those locations? Portland, Washington, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles. Now you might not care about Starbucks. Personally I love their egg bites. But the cafés closing is another bad omen about the safety of our cities. It’s hard to imagine some sweet local coffee shop replacing Starbucks – it’s not as though they can more easily tolerate having staff roughed up or storefronts broken into. Meanwhile in Los Angeles, the hardcore reformist District Attorney George Gascón is dismantling the parole unit, a group of lawyers who alerted a victim when their convicted assailant was up for parole and often attended hearings with the victims. You might want to know about parole status if the person raped you or shot you, for example. But that practice is being dropped – Gascon says it shouldn’t be the DA’s job. In some American cities, there’s only one victim in any crime: the attacker, silly!

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Examiner – (Notable) Remarks:

** The worst advice you can give to people trying to find themselves is to look within. That presumes a person is like an onion, with layers of social selves to peel off to get closer and closer to the inner core, the true self. The idea is that if you sit in a room with yourself and focus on yourself, you will get in touch with the “real you” or self-actualize the “real you.” People who try this sometimes find there is no “real you,” or they just make up a bunch of stories and poses about who they think themselves to be. —- David Brooks

** There are 17 songs on Napster with the title “Paycheck to Paycheck.” I know because I listened to all of them. (You’re welcome.) These aren’t covers – each has its own lyrics, some pretty good. I like the version by a singer-songwriter named Darrell Bailey because it refers to economists: Recession or depression. It all sounds the same to me. On TV the experts try to tell us. It’s temporary for you and me. But in the meantime there ain’t no money. For the little man in the Land of the Free. When you’re living paycheck to paycheck. The hard times, they come free. The lyrics of the 17 “Paycheck to Paycheck” songs are about backbreaking work, bad bosses and past-due bills. They’re about people scraping by, on the edge of failure. —- Peter Coy

** The entire promise and rationale of a Biden presidency was not, I hate to break it to my lefty friends, a total transformation of the country in favor of green energy and “social justice.” It was a return to constitutional normalcy, and the kind of legislative deal-making that offers gradual progress on the biggest challenges of the day. —- Andrew Sullivan

** America is increasingly becoming an outlier among Western countries in failing to demand better evidence for the consequences of irreversible youth gender transition. —- Lisa Selin Davis (Author of TOMBOY: The Surprising History & Future of Girls Who Dare to Be Different. Bylines at NYTIMES, WSJ, WaPo, Salon, HuffPost, Time, CNN & others. Attempting to report on gender issues in a nuanced way, if that’s a thing.)

Examiner – Lens:

A recent review of sleep research in animals and humans suggests that there is little merit to the folk concept of sleep as something that can be saved up and paid off.

Victoria’s Secret Went Woke, Now They’re Laying Off 160 Management Positions:

They did away with the iconic Victoria’s Secret Angels, replaced models with the likes of soccer star and liberal activist Megan Rapinoe, and even hired the company’s first biologically male transgender model – but, unsurprisingly, the wokeness has not paid off. Victoria’s Secret is firing a whopping 160 management-level employees at its Ohio headquarters, an effort to save the business $40 million. Notably, sales at the lingerie company dropped by 4.5% to $1.5 billion in the most recent quarter, the New York Post reported, adding that comparable sales from the same period last year have declined by 8%.

Examiner – Lens:

Billie Eilish released a pair of “guitar songs,” including “TV.”

Examiner – Readers Speak:

WILL RUSSIA STOP ITS TERRITORIAL CAPTURE AFTER UKRAINE?

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EXAMINER – INVESTIGATES:

** Influenza B vaccine candidate found to stimulate a broad immune response against a number of different strains; influenza B variants accounted for roughly half of reported cases during the 2019-20 flu season. READ

** BMW makes heated seats a subscription service. READ

** Commercially prepared smoothies aren’t even always prepared from whole fruit. The “strawberry base” of Starbucks’ strawberry smoothie, for example, consists of reconstituted strawberry purée, white grape juice concentrate, natural flavoring and lycopene coloring (it also contains banana, ice, milk, fiber and protein powder); the 16-ounce size has 300 calories.

** A study has found that vitamin D pills do not prevent bone fractures in most people. READ

** More than half of legal abortions in the U.S. are already conducted using pills, up from virtually none in 2000. The share is almost certain to keep rising, and a substantial number of illegal pill-based abortions also seem likely in Republican-run states. Increasingly, the future of abortion – and the political struggle over it – will revolve around medication abortion.

Examiner – Lens:

Controversial attorney Richard Rosenthal, with his greyhounds Bugsy and Louis, has made a specialty of defending dangerous dogs.

WORLD POPULATION – India to Surpass China:

India will become the most populous nation sometime in 2023, topping China, the United Nations predicted this week. The U.N. also said that the world population is expected to “reach a peak of around 10.4 billion people during the 2080s and to remain at that level until 2100.” It predicted that more than half of the population increase by 2050 will be in eight countries: the Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines and Tanzania.

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Examiner – 20 Years – A Look At 2002

The LBN Examiner was founded on June 1, 2002, an incredible 20 years ago. Let’s take a look back at what was going on in 2002:

** On August 1, the Baltimore Ravens signed star linebacker Ray Lewis to a 5-year contract extension giving him a $19m signing bonus, then the largest in NFL history.

** On August 1, the 35th San Diego Comic-Con International opened at the San Diego Convention Center.

Examiner – Note:

** From Last week’s previous story, all charges against Mr. Alba were dropped.

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LBN Examiner 07/31/2022

ASSAULT WEAPONS MAKERS PULLED IN OVER $1 BILLION AS VIOLENCE SURGED, REPORT SAYS:

The leading manufacturers of assault rifles used to perpetrate the deadliest mass shootings in the United States have collected more than $1 billion in revenue over the past decade as gun violence across the country has surged, according to a House investigation set to be presented on Capitol Hill. The findings, released before a congressional hearing on the marketing of assault rifles, indicate that the gun industry has thrived by selling and marketing military-grade weapons to civilians, specifically targeting and playing to the insecurities of young men, while some have made thinly veiled references to white supremacist groups. The House Committee on Oversight and Reform opened an investigation into the gun manufacturing industry in May after the gun massacre in Uvalde, Texas, that killed 19 elementary school students and two teachers and a racially motivated mass shooting in a Buffalo supermarket that killed 10 people.

Around Half Of Older Americans Can’t Afford Essential Expenses:

Rising inflation coupled with higher costs of living have put strains on many Americans’ purse strings. But estimates from the University of Massachusetts-Boston’s Elder Index detail the toll of the cost of aging on the nation’s elderly residents. More than half of older women who live alone are classified as poor under federal poverty standards or have insufficient incomes to pay for essential expenses, while 45% of men share the same financial situations. The index takes several factors into account, including cost of health care, food, housing and transportation, and can be adjusted based on seniors’ health status. In 2020, data from the index showed more than 2 million older couples were considered financially insecure based on their yearly incomes, according to figures obtained by Kaiser Health News.

Study Says Having Just 4 Drinks A Week Changes Your Brain:

Many people have a cocktail before dinner or a drink to help them wind down at the end of the day. No big deal, right? According to a new observational study, that alcohol consumption might be changing your brain. Anya Topiwala, PhD, of the University of Oxford in England, and her study co-authors linked moderate drinking – about four standard drinks a week in the United States – to higher brain iron levels in multiple basal ganglia regions. The researcher analyzed 21,000 people in the U.K. Biobank cohort and found that more brain iron was “associated with poorer scores on tests of executive function, fluid intelligence, and reaction speed,” the researchers reported in PLoS Medicine. The researchers had three main reasons to do this study, they wrote – Growing evidence of moderate alcohol consumption negatively affecting the brain – Possibility that accumulation of iron in the brain could be the reason; higher brain iron has been described in Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative condition – The researchers knew of no studies investigating whether brain iron levels differ by level of alcohol consumption.

Examiner – Lens:

Relatives react during a funeral ceremony for 4-year-old Liza Dmitrieva, who was killed during a recent Russian missile strike in Vinnytsia, as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues.

N.Y. Mayor Adams Blames Migrants For Shelter Woes:

Last week, New York City Mayor Eric Adams, a Democrat, called for federal assistance to help with what he said was a flood of 2,800 asylum seekers who were making it difficult for New York City to fulfill its legal obligation to provide housing to those in need, known as the right to shelter. Adams said the influx was partly caused by migrant families “arriving on buses sent by the Texas and Arizona governments.”

Exercise Can’t Compensate For A Poor Diet, Study Says:

Exercise alone won’t compensate for a poor diet, according to researchers from the University of Sydney. Even if you spend all day and night in the gym or running laps, you’re still better off steering clear of fatty, processed foods. Researchers conclude that high levels of physical activity do not counteract the detrimental effects of a poor diet on mortality risk. Study authors add individuals who both exercised frequently and stuck to a healthy diet displayed the lowest mortality risks.

Examiner – Lens:

Maggie Rogers was an undergraduate at New York University when her track “Alaska” drew a viral bit of adulation from Pharrell Williams, and she tried to recapture the city’s energy on her new album.

Examiner – Commentary by Nellie Bowles:

** Former homicide prosecutor Brooke Jenkins has been tapped by San Francisco’s mayor to replace ousted district attorney Chesa Boudin – and I for one could not be more pleased. Jenkins had quit the Boudin office in October 2021, claiming that Boudin had defanged the office and was soft on crime, showing empathy only for the perpetrators and rarely the victims. She joined the recall effort. Days before his recall, Boudin backed out of a debate with Jenkins, likely knowing the bad optics (Boudin, the radical white guy v. Jenkins, the moderate liberal black woman). “I will restore accountability and consequences to our criminal justice system here in San Francisco,” she said in her first speech as DA.

** Self-defense is illegal in New York: A man jumped behind a bodega counter in West Harlem and attacked the guy working the register, Jose Alba. The bodega worker fought back with a knife, killing his attacker. Manhattan’s progressive DA put Alba in Riker’s, arraigned on a second degree murder charge, and set bail at $250,000 (lowered now to $50k after protests). The lesson: Self-defense is illegal. If you’re being attacked, you need to take it.

** Urgency is white supremacy, says Oregon: Public health officials in Oregon announced they would be delaying a meeting because to rush and get everything done for it was a white trait. Here’s what a high ranking Oregon Health Authority official wrote to postpone the upcoming confab: “We recognize that urgency is a white supremacy value that can get in the way of more intentional and thoughtful work, and we want to attend to this dynamic. Therefore, we will reach out at a later date to reschedule.” The KKK would unironically love this explanation.

** Whatever happened to just calling someone a Republican: If you’ve been reading mainstream media, first, I’m sorry. Second, you’ve probably noticed that the words conservative and Republican are falling out of favor for a hot new descriptor: far-right. Much scarier. The NYT brings us this week’s headline: “The Rise of the Far-Right Latina.” The paper names three Latina Republicans who “share right-wing views on immigration, the 2020 election and abortion, among other issues.” Here’s how one Texas congressional candidate’s politics are described by the Times: “Raised conservative, she went to church three times a week and entered politics soon after college, working as the outreach director for Mr. Cruz in McAllen. As a candidate, she has focused on religious liberty, school choice and abortion bans – issues on which she said the region’s Hispanic voters were increasingly like-minded.” You might think, well, this sounds like a standard issue conservative congressional candidate. Not anymore.

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Examiner – (Notable) Remarks:

** Sadomasochism is the only way to describe the Biden Administration’s willingness to impoverish and destroy America in order to destroy and inflict maximum pain on Russia. —- Tulsi Gabbard

** “Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life, and you will call it fate.” —- Carl Jung

** “When you say ‘women and minorities,’ either you’re double-counting me or you should be saying “white women and minorities” or you should be saying ‘women and nonwhite men.’” —- Rhonda Vonshay Sharpe, the founder and president of the Women’s Institute for Science, Equity and Race, in a podcast with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis in 2020

** The brazenness and brutality of Russia’s assault on Ukraine earlier this year had a direct and potent effect on the West. NATO, far from crumbling, rallied together, pledged higher military spending, and even added new members, Finland and Sweden. The Zelensky government proved itself extremely gifted at the politics of resistance and mounted a heroic, spirited defense. Vast amounts of modern military aid flowed to Ukraine from the West, most recently HIMARS rockets, helping stymie Russia’s incursion, prevent a sudden victory, and bog the invaders down. Unprecedented sanctions against Russia were crafted by Biden and European countries to devastate the Russian economy. It looked briefly as if Putin had massively miscalculated – and needed a way out. It doesn’t look quite like that now, to put it mildly. —- Andrew Sullivan

** Though the publishing industry would never condone book banning, a subtler form of repression is taking place in the literary world, restricting intellectual and artistic expression from behind closed doors, and often defending these restrictions with thoughtful-sounding rationales. As many top editors and publishing executives admit off the record, a real strain of self-censorship has emerged that many otherwise liberal-minded editors, agents and authors feel compelled to take part in. —- Pamela Paul became an Opinion columnist for the N.Y. Times in 2022. She was the editor of The New York Times Book Review for nine years and is the author of eight books, including “100 Things We’ve Lost to the Internet.”

Examiner – Lens:

Wildlife photographer Hardik Shelat waited eight hours for a “dream” photograph of a mighty lion drinking from a watering hole.

Examiner – Bookkeeping:

** The average monthly rent in Manhattan surpasses $5,000 for the first time.

Amber Heard’s Treatment On Twitter During The Depp Trial Was ‘Flagrant Abuse,’ Report Says:

Bot Sentinel, a research firm that detects and tracks bots, trolls and suspect accounts, studied how Amber Heard was treated during the civil trial. It found that the targeting of the Aquaman actor was “one of the worst cases of platform manipulation and flagrant abuse from a group of Twitter accounts.”

Examiner – Lens:

Ravindra Gupta, an LBN Examiner reader, working in the labs at the Jeffrey Cheah Medical Center in Cambridge, England. After helping to cure a patient of H.I.V., the second ever, he has turned his attention to COVID.

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EXAMINER – INVESTIGATES:

** Heavier menstrual cycles were a temporary side effect of COVID vaccines for some, a study found. READ

** A collection of vintage 1950s commercials. WATCH

** Amazon sues the administrators of more than 10,000 Facebook groups for coordinating fake reviews in exchange for money and free products. READ

** Iran is considering banning pets. READ

** The U.S. states where you pay the most in taxes. READ

** Rare outtakes of Robin Williams as Genie in Aladdin. WATCH

Examiner – Lens:

Comedian Janeane Garofalo after a show in Brooklyn. In the ’90s she played a crucial role in turning stand-up comedy away from the polished, tight sets ready-made for a sitcom or TV appearance.

Examiner – Did You Know?

The Pentagon announced it is opening a new office to study UFOs. The All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO) is the result of several groups, including Navy pilots, describing encounters with unidentified aerial phenomenon.

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Examiner – 20 Years – A Look At 2002

The LBN Examiner was founded on June 1, 2002, an incredible 20 years ago. Let’s take a look back at what was going on in 2002:

** On July 28, nine coal miners trapped in a Somerset County mine in Pennsylvania were rescued after more than 75 hours underground.

** On July 30, “The Sarbanes Oxley Act” was signed into law by President George W. Bush.

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