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LBN Examiner 11/22/2020

*EXAMINING FROM THE INDEPENDENT CENTER:

If your politics lean right, you likely didn’t hear that Sen. Rand Paul says COVID-19 survivors should ‘throw away their masks, go to restaurants, live again’.

If your politics bend to the left, you probably didn’t hear that Trump’s Attorney Sidney Powell said ‘We’re Fixing to Overturn the Results of the Election in Multiple States’.

*WE’RE COOKED – POLL: 37% HAVING THANKSGIVING OUTSIDE HOUSEHOLD:

Public health experts have said over and over again that one key to slowing the spread of the coronavirus this winter is limiting holiday celebrations to people in your household, if possible. But a new online survey says just under 4 in 10 Americans will follow that guideline. The poll by the tracking site Covid Near You and SurveyMonkey found that 37 percent of people plan to celebrate Thanksgiving with friends or family they don’t live with—and the number could go even higher, since about a quarter of the respondents weren’t sure what they were doing yet. The survey did find a political trend: just about half of Republicans plan to attend these get-togethers, while less than 30 percent of Democrats or independents said they would. In addition, two-thirds of those traveling don’t plan to get tested before or after their trip.

*MOVEMENT RIP-OFF- ‘YOU ARE NOT HELPING US’: BLACK LEADERS REBUKE ANARCHIST FOR HIJACKING RACIAL JUSTICE MOVEMENT:

Several black leaders and community activists in Portland said that anarchists have hijacked the racial justice movement in America by perpetuating violence. Anarchists attracted significant media attention nationally over their roles in the riots, looting and arson that erupted following the death of George Floyd in May. While many black activists view President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election as an opportunity for social justice reforms, anarchists essentially view Biden and President Donald Trump as bedfellows defending a capitalist economy they seek to dismantle.

Black community leaders and activists have said that the anarchists’ actions, like setting a building that houses a police station and black-owned businesses in Portland on fire, weren’t helping black Americans. “When I hear about somebody burning something down, I think about that as an act that’s always been used against black people,” Ron Herndon, a longtime black activist, said at a news conference the morning after police used tear gas to disperse protesters firing paintballs, the LA Times reported. “You are not helping us.”

*SAN FRANCISCO CONSIDERS $1,000 FINES FOR PEOPLE SMOKING TOBACCO OR CANNABIS IN THEIR APARTMENTS:

San Francisco politicians are considering yet another policy that would harm renters while infringing on property rights: a ban on smoking inside private apartment buildings.  On Thursday, a committee of the city’s Board of Supervisors voted to advance a bill that would ban smoking inside private dwellings located in apartments with three or more units. The San Francisco Examiner reports that the restrictions would apply not just to tobacco products, but also to smoking marijuana and even to vaping. The goal, according to bill sponsor Supervisor Norman Yee, is to protect nonsmoking apartment dwellers from the fumes of their inconsiderate neighbors.

*NEW HEALTH TECH STARTUP – REULAY- WINS STARTUPALOOZA IN NEW YORK AND IS RAMPING UP TO REVOLUTIONIZE MEDICINE:

New York and Cambridge, MA based startup, Reulay, may be having an identity crisis, but it hasn’t stopped them from an early win at Startupalooza in New York City. The event, held on September 30, 2020 featured six other New York based companies and Reulay’s mission, vision, business plan and energy got them the unanimous vote for best startup. The startup founder and CEO, Patrick Candela, together with the co-founder and Chief Medical Officer, Srini Pillay, M.D., are both excited about this recognition. “While this isn’t the Nobel Prize in medicine”, said Pillay, “it’s really helpful and encouraging to have this recognition so early in our development. It’s long hours and a lot of navigating and connecting.” “We’re still in stealth mode”, added Candela, “but we’ve gotten a lot done.” When asked why they say that they have an identity crisis, the startup founders say that they are using technology—virtual reality and mixed reality and machine learning—to be specific—to deliver an experience that they hope will elevate the human experience and save lives. In essence, they say that too often, technology startups get infatuated with the technology, when in fact, it’s the human experience that matters. Says Candela, “We never want to lose sight of this. We’re not just a technology company. We’re a human experience and longevity company first.”

Reulay has filed patents for an omnichannel virtual platform that will use machine learning to deliver a proprietary brain-based mixed reality experience with a view to not only decrease stress, but impact the genes that stress can change before it opens up pathways to cancer, heart disease, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease. Pillay, former top medical student, a Harvard-trained psychiatrist who graduated at the top of his class, and a brain-imaging researcher who also worked in biotechnology across all medical diseases explained, “For years now, there has been tremendous research showing us that certain kinds of stress can literally change our genes. For example, stress causes a process called methylation that can lock genes, making it impossible for cells to divide normally. Down the line, this takes a toll on the body. We believe that this is an important contributor to disease.” He adds, “While certain types of stress can be good for you, a study out of Germany in March this year showed that occupational stress is particularly impactful in altering genes in this way. That’s, in part, why we are starting to deploy this in the workplace. And we are proud to be partnering with the leading leadership development companies in the world to do this.”

Candela excitedly explains that when he and Pillay met, they were both struck by their synergies of interest in consciousness, the body, humanity, and technology. “It wasn’t long before we realized that we were simply carrying out a process that we were meant to advance.” He humbly adds, “We’re a long way from refining this solution. It’s also not a one-size fits all kind of thing” Says Candela, “At Reulay we often say we’re all explorers in unchartered territories – looking for other explorers and creators who are mission aligned to join us. One focus now is assembling this team of world class talent across art, biotechnology, mixed reality, and machine learning. We are overjoyed with the response of those wanting to join us and contribute to a deeper understanding of illness, but even more so, that we believe strongly that we will be able to do something about this.”

Pillay explains that their pipeline is evolving. In addition to their brain-based anxiety-reducing technology, they have also filed patents for a cyberdelic—a technological way of simulating the effects of psychedelics on the brain. He adds, “Psychedelics have a history of dramatically allowing people to reconstitute themselves, but the bad trips and unknown effects of certain doses can limit the use. We believe we are adding to the quest in alleviating depression and anxiety by offering a mechanism to control the dose and experience. At the very least, it is likely to add to the power of the work that is being done in this field.”

When asked what their moonshots were, the two looked at each other amused. New to their pipeline is an augmented-reality paradigm that will be used to help astronauts and travelers who experience anxiety when traveling to outer space. They are combining forces with Martine-Nicole Rojina in Munich Germany, to design this paradigm. Rojina has been studying “no gravity” conditions and sound relationships with the moon for a while now. Next for Reulay is finding the right brand partners. “We’re a broad thinking group that can’t afford to be categorical. You don’t combine the human condition, brain science, technology and design by narrowing your field of vision.”, explains Pillay. “So, we’re researching companies as varied as Louis Vuitton, Apple and Netflix.” “And we’re starting our first round of investment as well”, adds Candela. “So, we’d love to talk to any brands or investors who are turned on by the idea of living longer and saving lives.”

For now, Reulay plans to hard-launch at the end of January 2021. It is completing studies with “The Mayo Clinic” and “Blue Shield of California” with preliminary results to add to its dataset. The two founders are knee deep in execution right now, but being human, they are having a ton of fun, living through the ideal of making revolutionary strides that connect mind and body, so that people can live their lives to their maximum potential, passionate, healthy and worry-free. If you’re interested to talk or partner, Patrick and Srini are reachable at solutions@reulay.com

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According to French heritage law, the Mona Lisa cannot be bought or sold. The painting belongs to the public.

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Sophia Loren photographed at home by her son Edoardo Ponti, who helmed her new movie.

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Mars, the company behind M&M’s and Snickers, is acquiring the maker of Kind bars, the snacks that celebrate their lack of artificial flavors and preservatives, company executives said. The deal for Kind North America comes three years after Mars, a privately held giant in the candy industry, took a minority stake in the company. The purchase was confirmed by company executives. Terms were not formally announced, but people with knowledge of the deal said it valued Kind at about $5 billion.

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*EXAMINER: BARACK OBAMA – WHITE HOUSE WAS ROUGH ON OUR MARRIAGE:

Barack Obama‘s time in The White House was full of challenges … not the least of which he says was his relationship with the First Lady. The former Prez opens up about his 8 years in office in an upcoming memoir called “A Promised Land” … and one of his most interesting anecdotes is about how the Presidency took a toll on Michelle. Obama says he could sense an “undercurrent of tension in her, subtle but constant,” despite her own achievements and growing popularity … and their roles in America’s First Family amplified all of the stress involved. Barack says … “It was as if, confined as we were within the walls of the White House, all her previous sources of frustration became more concentrated, more vivid, whether it was my round the clock absorption with work, or the way politics exposed our family to scrutiny and attacks, or the tendency of even friends and family members to treat her role as secondary in importance.”

He adds that he became wistful many nights while he was lying next to Michelle thinking about the time before he was Prez “when everything between us felt lighter, when her smile was more constant and our love less encumbered, and my heart would suddenly tighten at the thought that those days might not return.” The poignant excerpt from Obama’s 768-page book — which comes out next week — is just one of many interesting topics he touches on … including his historic 2008 election, racism, and of course, Donald Trump.

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Circa 1905. “New York City, Snap Shatow, 42nd Street, showing entrance to Grand Central Station.

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LBN Examiner Special Report 11/18/2020

*EXAMINER- SPECIAL REPORT:
HOW ELITE COLLEGES RIP OFF TAXPAYERS

Yale University has fancy dining halls. They pay no property tax. Local restaurants struggle to compete, but their tax burden makes that hard. “We basically pay one-third of our rent in taxes!” complains Matt West, manager of Koon Thai Restaurant. “Yale is a money-making machine.” It is. Many colleges are. Yale has a $31 billion endowment. Harvard’s is $40 billion. My alma mater, Princeton, has $26 billion. Yet, these schools also get government handouts and tax breaks. How government rips off taxpayers and students by subsidizing colleges is the subject of my video this week. Yale owns about a quarter of the town of New Haven, Connecticut, but the school pays little property tax. It even has a golf course that’s half tax-exempt. Politicians tried to tax the school, but they cannot. “It’s written into the constitution,” complains New Haven Board of Alders President Tyisha Walker-Myers. “They just don’t have to pay.” Now the city is ticketing more cars to try to cover its budget shortfall. Everyone else pays more because colleges get tax breaks, government grants, and government loans.

“De-fund universities!” says Inez Stepman, senior policy analyst at the Independent Women’s Forum. “Their entire business model is dependent on the taxpayer.” I push back: “You make it sound like it’s all government money. But people pay their own way.” She corrects me: “Without that lifeblood of those federal student loans, very few universities would be able to operate. They are dependent on that federal interference.” They’re dependent because they’ve raised their prices so much. When I went to college, my tuition was $1,950. Now, Princeton charges $53,890. After government increased subsidies, colleges raised tuition prices at four times the rate of inflation. They spend the money not just on golf courses and fancy foods. They build new stadiums, first-class swimming pools, media rooms, and some even offer students housekeeping. Why not spend? Colleges know they will get more money from taxpayers. The federal government is now America’s biggest largest provider of student aid.

“There is no check on the cost of a college degree,” says Stepman. “If students had to walk into Wells Fargo for those loans, Wells Fargo would look at whether or not those loans would be paid back. The federal government doesn’t ask any of those questions.” So, money is thrown at students who don’t benefit. Today, almost half the students given loans don’t graduate in six years. Instead, says Stepman, they have “$50 or $60 or $80,000 in debt, without the degree to show for it.” Taxpayers lose. Students lose. The winners are bloated colleges. Colleges say they deserve every loan and tax break because they make “wiser citizens.” “They’re not,” says Stepman. “They’re making citizens who hate their country.” I push back again. “Most colleges educate rather than indoctrinate.”

“I wish that were true,” replies Stepman. “I was part of the College Republicans… registering voters. I actually had a professor walk up and spit on me. Another called us the ‘Nazi Youth.’ These are professors!” “It’s offensive,” she adds, “that we take dollars out of mechanics’ pockets and put them into the pockets of, largely, middle-class and upper-middle-class students.” It is offensive. But that’s what America does.

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LBN Examiner 11/16/2020

*EXAMINING FROM THE INDEPENDENT CENTER:

If your politics lean right, you likely didn’t hear that the Trump Campaign plastered its office with a never published ‘President Gore’ newspaper front page.

if your politics bend to the left, you probably didn’t hear that the UK‘s most senior military commander warned of a risk of World War III following the fallout of the pandemic.

*ZOOM STOCK PLUMMETS AS VACCINE NEWS RAISES HOPE WE WON’T BE TRAPPED ON VIDEO CALLS FOREVER:

The news that Pfizer has developed what appears to be a viable coronavirus vaccine has been taken as good news pretty much everywhere—except, maybe, in Zoom’s presumably virtual boardroom. The development had an immediate effect on stock prices at companies that have thrived as people were forced to stay at home to flatten the curve of new infections. According to CNBC, Zoom shares were down more than 15 percent in premarket trading as hopes were raised that people won’t spend the rest of their lives on videocalls. Amazon shares dropped 3.4 percent, and Netflix fell by 5.4 percent. However, despite the hit, it’s fair to say 2020 has still been pretty good for Zoom—stocks have still shot up in value by 635 percent during the year so far.

*JUDGE RULES THAT GEORGE FLOYD COPS WILL BE TRIED TOGETHER IN TELEVISION EVENT:

All four ex-Minneapolis cops charged in the George Floyd case will be tried together, and the trial will be televised, Judge Peter Cahill ruled Thursday morning. Lawyers for Derek Chauvin, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao wanted separate trials as they believed each officer played a vastly different role in the Memorial Day death. In pre-trial motions, they essentially blamed each other for Floyd’s death. But Cahill ruled that a joint trial would “protect witnesses from reliving the trauma of Floyd’s death at multiple trials.” He said a single trial would be easier on the Floyd family, prevent evidence overlap, minimize the risk of prejudicing jurors, and be more convenient logistically for witnesses.
Rather than moving the trial to a neighboring area, it will take place in March in downtown Minneapolis, although Cahill said those details could change. The jury will be sequestered to ensure their safety, Cahill ruled. The judge decided to allow cameras in the courtroom largely because the coronavirus pandemic would prevent many people, including reporters, from being in the courtroom.

*DOES THINKING BURN CALORIES? HERE’S WHAT THE SCIENCE SAYS:

You spent Sunday on the couch, skimming your social feeds and watching HGTV. Monday at work was a different story; your job involves creative problem solving and other difficult mental activities. Does the extra brainpower you use at work burn more energy than your Sunday spent watching Fixer Upper reruns? “The basic answer is yes,” says Ewan McNay, an associate professor of psychology and behavioral neuroscience at the University of Albany.

The brain—unlike any other part of the body—runs exclusively on the sugar glucose, and strenuous cognitive activities require more glucose than simple ones, says McNay, who has studied how the brain uses energy to perform work. During a difficult memorization task, for example, the parts of your brain involved in memory formation will start consuming more energy, but other brain areas will show no such increase. “You will in fact burn more energy during an intense cognitive task than you would vegging out watching Oprah or whatever,” he says. But in the context of the average person’s overall energy expenditure, the difference in calorie burn from one mental task to another is a tiny amount, he adds.

*CONCERNED ABOUT VIOLENT CRIME, NEW YORKER’S ARE HIRING PRIVATE SECURITY:

While New York City was boarding up in anticipation of election-related unrest, many private citizens were taking matters into their own hands and hiring private security. Patrick McCall, who owns a private investigation and security firm McCall Risk Group, told the Wall Street Journal that his typical clients are operators of retail or office buildings, corporate executives, or celebrities. Leading up to the election, however, most of the people requesting his services were regular individuals. “We’ve gotten a significant amount of calls in the past week,” McCall told the Wall Street Journal. “Seventy percent of those calls now are from regular, average citizens.” 48-year-old Pasquale Cosenzo, a computer programmer who works in Midtown Manhattan, said that he hired McCall Risk Group so that he could feel safer on his daily commute. Cosenzo said that given the uncertainty surrounding the presidential election and the rise of violent crime in New York City, he’s not likely to give up private security any time soon.

*HEAVY DRINKING, SEX TAPES, AND A PYRAMID SCHEME: YELP INSIDERS SPEAK OUT ABOUT THE COMPANY’S HIGH-PRESSURE SALES CULTURE:

A female Yelp employee was on the phone with a small business owner, making a sales pitch for Yelp’s advertising services, when the man on the other end of the line announced that he planned to masturbate while thinking of her. Her manager urged her to continue with the sales pitch. The crude behavior was all the more reason for the saleswoman to take the business owner’s money, she recalled her manager saying — “because he’s gross.” Multiple other Yelp insiders also said they either felt pressure to interact with sexually inappropriate business owners or witnessed other reps doing so. (Earlier this summer, Yelp announced a plan to blacklist abusive businesses after years of reps experiencing racist and sexist abuse.)It’s just one example of the intense pressure employees in Yelp’s sprawling local sales organization say they face.

Business Insider has spoken to 21 current or former employees of the company for a recent investigation into Yelp’s sales practices and culture. These sources painted a picture of a culture that’s part boiler-room and part fraternity house, where a stifling pressure to hit sales targets is always in the air.
“Everything is dependent on my success with revenue,” said a current Yelp employee. “If I’m not closing, I’m treated like I mean nothing to this company and my self-worth suffers immensely.”

A dozen current or former employees felt that the stress of working at Yelp had serious deleterious effects on their mental health, including depression, anxiety, or breakdowns. Sources said that an aggressive make-the-sale mentality manifests itself in other facets of the culture, where — at least before the pandemic — the ranks of young, single employees would sometimes blow off steam in after-hours bacchanals marked by heavy drinking, hookups, and sometimes inappropriate behavior.

*WOMAN CHARGED WITH SPITTING IN COP’S FACE IS NYU GRAD, FORMER NADLER INTERN:

The woman who was arrested after allegedly spitting in the face of an officer Wednesday is a graduate of New York University and a former intern for Democratic New York Rep. Jerry Nadler. Devina Singh, 24, was identified as the woman seen on video yelling “Fuck you, fascist” at a uniformed New York City Police Department (NYPD) officer before she allegedly spit in the officer’s face, according to the New York Post. The 24-year-old was promptly yanked to the ground and arrested on charges of harassment, obstruction and violation of local law.

*EXAMINER – LENS:


Pizzicato strings and subtle percussion surround Ariana Grande’s voice in her new single, “Positions.”

*EXAMINER – INVESTIGATES:

Hours before the Indian Ocean tsunami, people reported seeing elephants and flamingos heading for higher ground. Dogs and zoo animals refused to leave their shelters. After the tsunami, very few dead animals were found.

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Andy Warhol with his dachshund, Archie, in Montauk, July 1976.

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Two-thirds of U.S. adults say they’ve seen their own news sources report facts meant to favor one side.

A growing share of Americans are paying close attention to news about the election, but many are also concerned about the media reporting inaccurate or incomplete information. And that includes information reported by their own most-used news sources, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey.

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McDonald’s will join rivals like Burger King (Impossible Whopper) and Dunkin’ (Beyond Sausage) in changing its menu to match increased consumer demand for veggie alternatives.

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Author Nicole Krauss is less interested in describing life’s grand explosions than she is in showing how people make sense of the rubble.

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“Votes Make America Better! A vote to declare independence from the UK! A vote to end slavery! A vote to give all the right to vote! A vote to end segregation giving all civil rights! A vote to elect the first black president!

America has proven again that while imperfect this is a country, united and indivisible! Those who promote disunity and a lack of advancement for all people will soon be realized for who they are and they will be rejected!

A great time for all Americans of all political parties and characterizations of all types and kinds!”- Jantonio Turner, American

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