Monthly Archives: January 2022

LBN Examiner 01/30/2022

WHY SHOPLIFTING IS SOARING ACROSS THE U.S. – AND WILL ONLY GET WORSE:

Retail crime has been rising throughout the U.S. for the past five years, with organized criminal rings targeting stores everywhere from Woonsocket (Rhode Island) to Greensboro (North Carolina) to Grafton (Wisconsin). The National Retail Federation reported that store losses mounted from $453,940 per $1 billion in sales in 2015 to $719,458 in 2020. The biggest increase over that period happened not during the pandemic but in 2019, when total losses from shoplifting surged to $61 billion, up from $50 billion the previous year. The COVID-19 lockdowns in 2020 and early 2021 moderated losses, largely because stores were closed or had curtailed operating hours. Now that retailing has resumed, crime has spiked again. Shoplifting no longer fits its traditional mold as a nonviolent crime perpetrated mostly by teens or substance-abusing adults. Nearly two-thirds of the retailers surveyed by the National Retail Federation said that violence associated with store thefts has risen, led by organized gangs that resell the goods they steal. Like retailers, top law-enforcement officials place some of the blame for the crime surge on a widespread lessening of penalties for shoplifting. “Without deterrents and accountability, communities will be victimized, and businesses terrorized,” said Laura Cooper, head of the Major Cities Chiefs Association.

Golden State Tarnished: Ex-Pats Reveal ‘Why We Left California for Good’:

According to the California Policy Lab, which is affiliated with the University of California, the number of people leaving the state is up 12 percent since before COVID-19. In fact, there are more people heading out than coming in. Even before the pandemic, a survey from Edelman Intelligence found that more than half of residents in California said they wanted to high-tail it to another state. Among millennial residents, it was almost two-thirds. Chalk it up to cost of living – the 13.3% max income tax rate is the country’s highest – as well as safety and other quality of life issues. And then there are the housing prices: Per Zillow, the median home value in San Francisco is almost $1.4 million.

Ali Wolf told The New York Post she left San Francisco for Nashville, Tenn. Wolf, 32, grew up in California and had spent the bulk of her career working there as a TV anchor and reporter, most recently in San Francisco. Fed up with quality-of-life issues there, she – along with her husband and one-year-old daughter – now live in Nashville, where Wolf hosts the Mom’s Calling podcast. “Growing up in Del Mar, Calif., my best California memories are by the ocean. I’ve always cherished taking leisurely morning beach walks with the perfect weather. I started thinking about moving away shortly after moving to San Francisco for a job at one of the major Bay Area stations. That was in 2019. I covered issues as a news reporter: affordability, housing, homelessness and safety. I also experienced the effects of those same issues on my quality of life daily. My husband and I lived in a very expensive, very small one-bedroom apartment in the Nob Hill neighborhood. On the streets surrounding our home, it wasn’t uncommon to see people passed out in tents or on the sidewalk, using orange needles to shoot up. Several of my friends were mugged, attacked or assaulted on city streets. And traffic: I remember it once took me 45 minutes to drive two miles home from a simple errand in Palo Alto. I wanted to live somewhere where daily errands weren’t a hassle. My rose-colored glasses came off.”

Most Pornhub-Obsessed Cities Revealed – And New York ISN’T Top of the List:

A GLOBAL sex report has revealed the most Pornhub-obsessed cities in the world and you may be surprised at which location is on top. The research was conducted by LookFantastic with the aim of finding out how the world’s view of sex is changing in 2022. Although the report labels the U.S. as “the most sexually aware country,” it wasn’t an American city that was spotted searching for PornHub the most. London came in joint first place with Paris. London is said to be the location of 4,090,000 PornHub searches a month. Paris was also found to have the same number of PornHub searches per month. New York took second place on the list with a monthly PornHub search volume of 3,350,000. The U.S. city was joint second with Los Angeles.

Examiner – Lens:

The Ethiopian entrepreneur Sara Menker founded Gro Intelligence, which uses artificial intelligence to forecast global agricultural trends and battle food insecurity.

Illegal Alien Entered U.S. Pretending To Be Unaccompanied Minor, Murdered Man Who Took Him In:

An illegal alien from Honduras who reportedly entered the U.S. earlier this year pretending to be an unaccompanied minor went on to brutally murder a man in Florida who took him in, according to law enforcement. Yery Noel Medina Ulloa, who recently turned 24, “was busted October 7 in Jacksonville when he was found covered in blood after allegedly killing Francisco Javier Cuellar, 46, a father of four who had taken in the immigrant who told authorities he was 17,” The New York Post reported. “Ulloa, who turned 24 on Friday, had duped border authorities in Texas several months earlier by claiming he was a teenager named Reynel Alexander Hernandez – and even told his mom about the ruse.”

The Post noted that it was not clear how Ulloa made it to Florida after being detained in Texas or if he was transported across the U.S. on the Biden administration’s secret late night flights. The Post added that Cuellar’s daughter, MaryCarmen, believes that Ulloa was on one of those flights because she said that her dad went to the airport one day and then Ulloa “came out of nowhere.” “My dad seemed like he was doing a favor for somebody because where [Ulloa] came from they are super poor,” MaryCarmen told the Post. “We feel that someone asked my dad to do it. My dad was really compassionate like that, he would help someone who needed it.”

Day Trader Who Used PPP Money to Buy Tesla Stock is Thrown in Prison:

An Oregon man who lied his way into getting $3.4 million in federal COVID relief funds, before pouring it into Tesla stock, has been sent to prison for four years. Andrew Aaron Lloyd, 51, was granted forgivable Paycheck Protection Program loans when he falsely said he employed hundreds of people in various home care, shopping, and construction businesses. Through “sheer dumb luck,” he transferred $1.8 million of the windfall to a brokerage account that purchased Tesla stock that soared in value to $13 million, prosecutors said. Along the way, he purchased 25 rental properties in Oregon and California valued at $5 million. However, his nine loan applications included identical employee information for different businesses, raising the suspicion of the IRS, FBI, and Small Business Administration. The feds have since seized $18 million in securities and cash from Lloyd’s accounts and, in addition to his prison sentence, he has been ordered to pay $4 million in restitution.

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Michelle Fluegge wants everybody to see the photo of her on a ventilator during her very worst days because it shows what can happen if you fail to get vaccinated. “If I can help even one person,” she said of the picture, which shows her unconscious on a ventilator, her face pallid, the endotracheal tube down her windpipe held in place by a head strap, and two other tubes inserted in her nose.

LBN EXAMINER – OUR READERS SPEAK:

Should members of Congress be barred from trading stocks directly?

Examiner – Lens:

People queue in their cars to be tested for coronavirus as the country faces a surge in Omicron variant infections in Ashdod, Israel, January 3, 2022.

Examiner – (Notable) Remarks:

** I have hit a wall with COVID. I’ve done every stage of this pandemic: The “Tiger King” stage, the 10,000 steps a day phase, the adopting a dog phase, the regret of having adopted a dog phase, and the inability to imagine my life without the dog phase. And the sweatpants phase that I truly worry will never end. I wore the mask (sometimes two). I sprayed down the groceries (remember that?). I’ve had my nostrils violated countless times. I’ve canceled plans. I’ve stayed home. And I got the vaccine the moment I could. But two weeks and some 650 days into “flattening the curve,” I’m done. I don’t care what cable news is blaring on about these days: In this house, COVID is over. On New Year’s Eve, do you know who we hosted? Two beloved friends who were positive for Omicron and stuck at home alone with mild colds. I feel great about that decision. (And I’m still negative.) —- Bari Weiss

** As I’ve noted before, one reason I pay very close attention to the Israeli-Palestinian arena is that a lot of trends get perfected there first and then go global – airline hijacking, suicide bombing, building a wall, the challenges of pluralism and lots more. It’s Off Broadway to Broadway, so what’s playing there these days that might be a harbinger for politics in the U.S.? —- Thomas L. Friedman, N.Y. Times

** The president’s Tuesday speech in Atlanta, on voting rights, was a disaster for him. By the end of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s answering speech on Wednesday you knew some new break point had occurred, that President Biden might have thought he was just crooning to part of his base but the repercussions were greater than that; he was breaking in some new way with others – and didn’t know it. It is poor political practice when you fail to guess the effects of your actions. He meant to mollify an important constituency but instead he filled his opponents with honest indignation and, I suspect, encouraged in that fractured group some new unity. The speech itself was aggressive, intemperate, not only offensive but meant to offend. It seemed prepared by people who think there is only the Democratic Party in America, that’s it, everyone else is an outsider who can be disparaged. It was a mistake on so many levels. Presidents more than others in politics have to maintain an even strain, as astronauts used to say. If a president is rhetorically manipulative and divisive on a voting-rights bill it undercuts what he’s trying to establish the next day on COVID and the economy. The over-the-top language of the speech made him seem more emotional, less competent. The portentousness – “In our lives and…the life of our nation, there are moments so stark that they divide all that came before them from everything that followed. They stop time” – made him appear incapable of understanding how the majority of Americans understand our own nation’s history and the vast array of its challenges. By the end he looked like a man operating apart from the American conversation, not at its center. This can be fatal to a presidency. —- Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal

** Poor Joe. Oh, the tribulations of Job Biden! Kyrsten Sinema humiliated him. Mitch McConnell disrespected him. The Supreme Court blocked him. Vladimir Putin scorned him. Inflation defied him. COVID stalked him. Even Stacey Abrams stiffed him. —- Maureen Dowd, N.Y. Times

** This has to stop in 2022: using American schools and students as a prop for hysterical posturing. We’ve distanced ourselves, masked ourselves, and vaccinated ourselves. We’ve all done what was asked of us. We cannot be conditioned or acculturated to a new ethic of constant crisis. It’s not a crisis. It’s a radicalism of ruin. We need an exit ramp and then we need to exit – soon. —- Jeremy S. Adams is the author of the recently released book Hollowed Out: A Warning About America’s Next Generation. He has taught high school and college civics for 24 years in Bakersfield, California.

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An LBN Examiner reader walks his dog past a mural depicting a frontline worker amid the spread of the coronavirus in Dublin, Ireland, on January 12.

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Examiner – Investigates:

The Toll on Children

Children fell far behind in school during the first year of the pandemic and have not caught up. Among third through eighth graders, math and reading levels were all lower than normal this fall, according to NWEA, a research group. The shortfalls were largest for Black and Hispanic students, as well as students in schools with high poverty rates.

“We haven’t seen this kind of academic achievement crisis in living memory,” Michael Petrilli of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute told Politico.

Many children and teenagers are experiencing mental health problems, aggravated by the isolation and disruption of the pandemic. Three medical groups, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, recently declared a national state of emergency in children’s mental health. They cited “dramatic increases in emergency department visits for all mental health emergencies.”

Suicide attempts have risen, slightly among adolescent boys and sharply among adolescent girls. The number of ER visits for suspected suicide attempts by 12- to 17-year-old girls rose by 51% from early 2019 to early 2021, according to the CDC.

Gun violence against children has increased, as part of a broader nationwide rise in crime. In Chicago, for example, 101 residents under age 20 were murdered last year, up from 76 in 2019. School shootings have also risen: The Washington Post counted 42 last year in the U.S., the most on record and up from 27 in 2019.

Many schools have still not returned to normal, worsening learning loss and social isolation. Once-normal aspects of school life – lunchtime, extracurricular activities, assemblies, school trips, parent-teacher conferences, reliable bus schedules – have been transformed if not eliminated.

Behavior problems have increased. “Schools across the country say they’re seeing an uptick in disruptive behaviors,” Kalyn Belsha of Chalkbeat reported. “Some are obvious and visible, like students trashing bathrooms, fighting over social media posts or running out of classrooms. Others are quieter calls for help, like students putting their head down and refusing to talk.”

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Examiner – Reader Comments:

** One of the most puzzling conundrums about “progressive” prosecutors, who favor de-prosecution and de-carceration, is to ascertain their motivations. It must somehow go beyond that are simply insane. —- Dr. Craig H., Seattle, Washington

Examiner – Cartoon:

“It sounds like taking over as their leader would actually be extremely ineffective.”

Examiner – A Different View:…

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Bonus Edition LBN Examiner 01/26/2022

EXAMINER – LENS:

Eve Jobs celebrated the eve of the new year in style. Late Apple founder Steve Jobs’ daughter, 23, spent the last days of 2021 by the beach – and as one might expect from a budding fashion star, she packed a slew of sexy swimwear styles for her warm-weather getaway.

EXAMINER – LENS:

The late, great writer Joan Didion had migraines, excruciating ones, which descended on her as often as once a week, leaving her “almost unconscious with pain” and forcing her to shut down and shut out the world until, like a terrifying storm, they passed. We’re aware of the details because she insisted that we be. She laid them out in an essay published in 1968, making certain that we understood her vulnerability.

EXAMINER – LENS:

“It seems to me that being a pop star is almost like being in a type of prison,” Sinéad O’Connor said in a rare interview.

EXAMINER – LENS:

Susan Sorrells is the chief custodian of Shoshone; the 74-year-old owns the village and a thousand acres of land around it. She transformed a Death Valley mining village into a model of ecologically conscious tourism.

EXAMINER – LENS:

Meet actress Jennifer Lawrence.

EXAMINER – LENS:

The folk singer Arlo Guthrie and Marti Ladd were married on December 8 at the South County Courthouse in Delray Beach, Florida.

EXAMINER – LENS:

Drew Barrymore smoking a cigarette as a young woman.

EXAMINER – LENS:

Meet novelist Lois Lowry.

EXAMINER – LENS:

Supermodel Bella Hadid has been open about her mental-health issues on Instagram.

EXAMINER – LENS:

“I’m a writer first,” songwriter Janis Ian said. “I care desperately about writing – any kind of writing.”

EXAMINER – LENS:

“When I look back, I don’t remember it as suffering,” actress Penélope Cruz said of playing Janis in Parallel Mothers, because “for me, she was alive.”

EXAMINER – LENS:

Meet novelist Hanya Yanagihara.

EXAMINER – LENS:

Singer Miley Cyrus.

EXAMINER – LENS:

Looking back on her experience on the HBO Max show Search Party, Alia Shawkat sees a grander vision at work. She also recognizes some lessons for herself in the experiences endured by her character.

EXAMINER – LENS:

Days before dying at age 91, Stephen Sondheim reflected. “I’ve been lucky,” he said.

EXAMINER – LENS:

The artist, performer and provocateur Martine Gutierrez in New York City. “What does being a woman mean?” she asked.

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LBN Examiner 01/23/2022

OXFORD DEVELOPS COVID RISK CALCULATOR:

Some of the clearest research on COVID’s risks comes from a team of British researchers led by Dr. Julia Hippisley-Cox of the University of Oxford. The team has created an online calculator that allows you to enter a person’s age, vaccination status, height, and weight, as well as major COVID risk factors. (It’s based on an analysis of British patients, but its conclusions are relevant elsewhere.)

A typical 65-year-old American woman – to take one example – is five-foot-three-inches tall and weighs 166 pounds. If she had been vaccinated and did not have a major COVID risk factor, like an organ transplant, her chance of dying after contracting COVID would be 1 in 872, according to the calculator. For a typical 65-year-old man, the risk would be 1 in 434. Among 75-year-olds, the risk would be 1 in 264 for a typical woman and 1 in 133 for a typical man.

Those are meaningful risks. But they are not larger than many other risks older people face. In the 2019-20 flu season, about 1 out of every 138 Americans 65 and older who had flu symptoms died from them, according to the CDC.

Nearly 50,000 Migrants Released by Biden Admin Missing from ICE:

The Biden administration is reportedly unclear of the whereabouts of 47,705 migrants. Nearly half, or 47,705, of the more than 100,000 noncitizens who were released from Border Patrol custody at the southern border in 2021 between March 21 and August 31 and given instructions to self-report to Immigration and Customs Enforcement within 60 days have failed to check in, the DHS disclosed to Sen. Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican.

Before March 21, 2021, when an illegal immigrant was released by the Border Patrol into the U.S. rather than being returned to Mexico or another country of origin, he or she was given a Notice to Appear, a document that requires the person to show up for immigration court at a future date. It placed each person in the legal system, which is backlogged with 1.5 million cases pending, and tracked the person through that date.

In March, as the number of migrants encountered at the southern border rose, from 78,000 in Biden’s first month in office to 173,000 in March, Border Patrol was ordered to release people with Notices to Report instead. The move would cut down the amount of time that Border Patrol agents would have to spend doing paperwork and requesting court dates for each person. The Biden administration sought to entice people given Notices to Report to show up by providing those who did with documents to work legally in the U.S.

Union Pacific Official Blames L.A.’s Far-Left Policies for Massive Train Thefts, Considers Leaving L.A.:

An official with Union Pacific (UP) revealed late last week that the organization believes that approximately 90 shipping containers are compromised by thieves every day as images have gone viral in recent days showing the aftermath of the thieves stealing thousands of packages. Adrian Guerrero, director of public affairs for UP, revealed the following in a letter to far-left L.A. District Attorney George Gascon:

  • “Since December 2020, UP has experienced an over 160% increase in criminal rail theft in Los Angeles County. In several months during that period, the increase from the previous year surpassed 200%. In October 2021 alone, the increase was 356% over compared to October 2020. Not only do these dramatic increases represent retail product thefts – they include increased assaults and armed robberies of UP employees performing their duties moving trains.”
  • Over the last three months, “over 90 containers [are] compromised per day.”
  • “This increased criminal activity over the past twelve months accounts for approximately $5 million in claims, losses and damages to UP. And that value does not include respective losses to our impacted customers.”

Guerrero then slammed the city’s far-left politics, saying that they are enabling the criminals who he says brag about being let off easy for their crimes. “Criminals are caught and arrested, turned over to local authorities for booking, arraigned before the local courts, charges are reduced to a misdemeanor or petty offense, and the criminal is released after paying a nominal fine,” Guerrero said. “These individuals are generally caught and released back onto the streets in less than twenty-four hours. Even with all the arrests made, the no-cash bail policy and extended timeframe for suspects to appear in court is causing re-victimization to UP by these same criminals. In fact, criminals boast to our officers that charges will be pied down to simple trespassing – which bears no serious consequence. Without any judicial deterrence or consequence, it is no surprise that over the past year UP has witnessed the significant increase in criminal rail theft described above.”

Examiner – Lens:

Singer Shane MacGowan’s next project is a book of artwork, handwritten lyrics and school essays titled “The Eternal Buzz and the Crock of Gold.”

Bob Dylan’s Lawyers Trash ‘Malicious’ Child Sex-Abuse Allegations:

Bob Dylan’s lawyers have gone on the attack against an anonymous woman who claims he sexually abused her as a child at the height of his 1960s fame. The woman, only identified in her lawsuit as JC, initially alleged the abuse took place over a six-week period in New York in 1965, but the suit was changed last week to say it happened over “several months” after Dylan historians noted he was overseas on tour at the time. The suit claims Dylan attempted to “lower her inhibitions with the objective of sexually abusing her, which he did, coupled with the provision of drugs, alcohol, and threats of physical violence.” In response, Dylan’s legal team dismissed the suit as “a brazen shakedown…false, malicious, reckless and defamatory,” and added: “[He] will vigorously defend himself against these lawyer-driven lies and seek redress against all those responsible, including by seeking monetary sanctions against persons responsible for manufacturing and bringing this abusive lawsuit.”

How Did British Terrorist Get a Visa to Enter U.S.?:

There is growing outrage and demand for answers as to how the British terrorist gunman who took four hostages at a Texas synagogue on Saturday was even able to enter the U.S. on a tourist visa when he was known to intelligence agencies in the U.K. Malik Faisal Akram, 44, flew to New York City from the U.K. on January 22, despite being known to MI5. His family say he had a criminal history but somehow, he was able to get an ESTA tourist visa – which are supposed to be off-limits to foreigners who have broken the law. Akram spent two weeks at a homeless shelter in Dallas, during which time he was able to buy a gun on the street. On the day of the incident, he arrived at Beth Israel Congregation in the morning and knocked on the window. He was welcomed inside by the rabbi, had a cup of tea with him, and then raided services at 11:00 a.m. while the congregation was praying. The standoff lasted nearly 12 hours before he was shot dead by a SWAT team. None of the hostages were hurt.

Pope: Couples Who Choose to Have Pets Over Kids Are ‘Selfish’:

Pope Francis no doubt sparked the outrage of people who push their pets around in strollers after accusing couples who pick their furry friends over having human children of “a certain selfishness.” Speaking before a Vatican audience on the subject of parenthood, His Holiness suggested favoring a dog or a cat over a baby “is a denial of fatherhood and motherhood and diminishes us, takes away our humanity.” Doubling down, he added, “This may make people laugh, but it is a reality.” The pontiff previously worried aloud over declining birthrates, saying in 2014 that pet ownership was “another phenomenon of cultural degradation.” He is not known to keep an animal in his Vatican residence. This is in contrast to his predecessor, Benedict XVI, who had a noted soft spot for cats, including Chico, a domestic shorthair who lived at his home in Germany.

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Examiner – Did You Know?

** The NBA’s halftime entertainers – contortionists, acrobats, Frisbee-catching dogs – typically make $1,500 to $5,000 a show.

** In December 2020, women lost 156,000 jobs in the United States, and men gained 16,000, largely because women were shouldering the additional caregiving responsibilities of the pandemic.

** In the 1970s, the American Psychiatric Association adopted a rule saying that, without proper authorization, it was unethical for psychiatrists to issue a professional opinion about a public figure’s condition.

** Adults spend as much as 47% of their waking lives letting their minds wander, according to one Harvard study that tracked participants with an app.

** Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and husband of Queen Elizabeth II, who died on April 9, 2021, made 22,219 solo public engagements over his lifetime.

** Alfred Hitchcock was afraid of the dark, crowds and solitude.

** The United Nations estimates that there were about 95,000 centenarians in 1990 and more than 450,000 in 2015. By 2100, there will be 25 million.

** Created in 1865 to chase counterfeiters, the Secret Service did not formally start protecting presidents until 1901, after William McKinley was gunned down in Buffalo.

** Digital mental health has become a multibillion-dollar industry and includes more than 10,000 apps, according to an estimate by the American Psychiatric Association.

** A compulsive shopper, Mary Todd Lincoln, the wife of Abraham Lincoln, ran up huge debts that she tried to hide by falsifying bills and misappropriating federal funds.

** Women make up 81.9% of all hosts in American restaurants, according to a 2020 report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

** Roughly 20% of American adults have no or limited credit history, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

** In 1970, NFL kickers made 59% of their field-goal attempts; last season, they made 85%.

** Horror films and television shows have helped some people cope better with their anxieties during the pandemic, according to a study published last year in the journal Personality and Individual Differences.

** In the 1970s, the average time served for murder in state prison was seven to eight years. In 2018, it was 17 to 18 years.

** Investors now snatch up nearly one in six homes sold in America.

** Just over a decade ago, when New York City’s mayor-elect Eric Adams, was a state senator, he orchestrated a campaign called “Stop the Sag.” Its goal: to get men to stop wearing pants that appeared to be sliding down their underwear.

** As much as $68.9 billion worth of products were stolen from retailers in 2019, according to one industry group.

** In 1953, the actress Lucille Ball testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee, which grilled her for registering to vote as a Communist Party member in 1936 (as did her mother and brother). Her appearance was kept secret.

Examiner – A Look Back:

The late film director Peter Bogdanovich and Louise Hoogstraten (later Louise Stratten) in 1983. Louise is the younger sister of Dorothy Stratten and Bogdanovich’s second wife. They divorced in 2001 but remained close companions and collaborators.

Examiner – Lens:

When it comes to comedies, “I don’t get cast in them,” actress Nicole Kidman said. That might be the result of a career spent in dramas or “it might be my personality, too.”

Examiner – (Notable) Remarks:

** American Jews have always told ourselves that we were different because this country was different – that it was exceptional. That the equivocation about Jew-hate that we are now witnessing was normal in other places but never would be so here. (I think of Sarah Halimi, a Jewish woman who was beaten and thrown out of her Paris window by a man screaming “dirty Jew” and “Allahu Akbar.” But French courts and much of the press decided that no motive could be ascertained. Ultimately, charges were dropped against the perpetrator because he had smoked weed before the murder.) But America will only remain exceptional if Americans fight for it. And very few people in positions of cultural and political power seem to have any will to wage that battle. They believe that we are not the land of freedom, the country that abolished slavery, but one where slavery persists in more subtle form. That our army is not a force for liberation, but oppression. That our courts are not fair and blind, but prejudiced. And that this country and our ally, Israel, are not democracies but bastions of racial supremacy. —- Bari Weiss

** The quality of COVID data in the U.S. is poor, often clouding early judgments. It can make sense to look to Israel, where the data is better. Experts there quickly recognized that waning immunity was real. —- David Leonhardt, N.Y. Times

** “Heroes always have their scars. Some you see, some you read about later on.” —- George Foreman

“In short, the wave and any attendant economic risk could be over quickly, and this may be why investors are looking through it.” —- Michael Zezas, the head of U.S. public policy research and municipal credit strategy for Morgan Stanley, discussing the Omicron variant on January 5

** “Nothing in this world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty.” —- Teddy Roosevelt

** Given today’s political environment – in which the left seems unhinged from reality, unable to say that there is one thing that is a man and another thing that is a woman, or to articulate the most basic defense of liberalism and the West – one might imagine that the right is sitting pretty. —- Douglas Murray, an associate editor at The Spectator and the author of seven books, most recently, The Madness of the Crowds

** “The trouble is that we have a bad habit, encouraged by pedants and sophisticates, of considering happiness as something rather stupid.” —- Ursula K. Le Guin, The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas (1973)

Interest in Biased Legacy News is Down This Year, Independent News Outlet LBN Examiner Readership Up.

The number of unique visitors to the New York Times website is down 34% from the year prior, according to Comscore. The Washington Post is down 44%. It turns out that their politically correct, biased, indoctrinating approach is not hugely appealing to a lot of people in the long run. Network news viewership is also falling. According to Nielsen (from a report on the collapse of mainstream news by the Associated Press): Primetime viewership is down 38% at CNN, 34% at Fox, and 25% at MSNBC. Expect network news to kick it up in 2022: Get 20 or 30 pundits on screen yelling simultaneously with the same rant while a dozen news tickers roll past. In the meantime, the LBN Examiner readership, now read in all 50 of the United States and 26 foreign countries has grown significantly over the last year with its “fearlessly independent” and “unbiased” approach to news and information.

Now you can invite your friends and family to sign up for free (if they’ve got the guts): www.LBNExaminer.com

Examiner – Investigates:

** Goldfish learn to drive. READ

** Meet Ameca, the humanoid robot. WATCH

** Visualizing China’s aging population. READ

** Science says there’s no such thing as a hangover cure. READ

** Americans saved 60 million commute hours in 2020. READ

** By the end of this week of January, 29% of us will abandon our New Year’s resolutions. By the end of the year, only 9% of resolutions will remain resolute.

** In 1945, the U.S. military built the first floating ice cream parlor for the sailors serving in the Pacific during WWII.

“Intel for Influencers” – Who Reads the LBN Examiner?

Acclaimed filmmaker Adam McKay along with 12 members of the White House staff, 3 Nobel Prize winners, over 100 Academy Award winners, 6 U.S. Senators, and over 300 Grammy Award winners.

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Examiner – Reader Comments:

** “As a new reader, I sincerely admire the fearless independence and unbiased nature of the LBN Examiner especially in the times we live.” —- Layla F., Miami, Florida

** Can a baby be born bad? Or does poor parenting explain why the cherub has grown up to become a psychopath? —- Lawrence G., London, England

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