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LBN Examiner 08/28/2022


Nineteen months after the January 6 attack, hundreds of criminal cases that stem from it are playing out in court. Who has been charged. It’s a wide range. People from all 50 states have been prosecuted. Most are white men from middle- or working-class backgrounds, but there are also women, Hispanic people, Black people. A lot have military backgrounds. There are also professional people, which is unusual for an event involving far-right extremism: doctors, a State Department aide, business owners, people who flew there on a private jet.

Most have been charged with misdemeanors and have gotten little to no prison time. Others have been charged with assaulting police officers or damaging government property. And a few hundred people have been charged with obstructing Congress’ certification that day of the Electoral College vote. About 350 defendants have pleaded guilty, and more than 200 have been sentenced. About half a dozen have gotten four years or more, and two have gotten more than seven years. The government is still arresting people, and prosecutors estimate around 2,000 could ultimately face charges.

Kids-For-Cash Ruling:

Two former Pennsylvania judges who sent children to for-profit jails in exchange for $2.8M in kickbacks have been ordered to pay $206M in damages to hundreds of victims. Observers say the scheme, known as the kids-for-cash scandal, is considered one of the worst judicial scandals in US history. A US district judge yesterday awarded the damages to about 300 people who filed a 2009 civil lawsuit against former judges Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan (see details). The pair shut down a county-run juvenile center and sent children as young as 8 years old to two for-profit jails from 2003-08. Many of the children were first-time offenders for minor infractions, including petty theft, jaywalking, and skipping school. About 4,000 juvenile convictions were thrown out after the scheme was uncovered. Ciavarella, 72, has been serving a 28-year prison sentence, while Conahan, 70, was released to home confinement in 2020 after serving 11 years of his 17-year sentence. It is unclear how the damages will be paid, reports say.

Love A Summertime Nap? That’s Because Temps Above 77 Degrees Put People To Sleep, Study Says:

Is an afternoon “siesta” simply a cultural tradition, or is there something biological behind napping in the midday heat? A new study finds that there appears to be a “switch” in the brain that makes people want to sleep when the weather reaches a certain temperature. It wouldn’t surprise many people to catch someone dozing off on a hot summer day. In certain parts of the world, businesses actually shut down during the warmest parts of the day, as people go home for a meal and a nap. This isn’t the first study to examine the link between changes in temperature and sleep-wake cycles. Researchers have found that humans typically have a harder time getting quality sleep when it’s too hot, while others have discovered that people often have a hard time getting out of bed on cold mornings. However, the link between sensory neurons which feel these temperature shifts and neurons that control our sleep cycles has been unclear.

Examiner – Lens:

Cannabis-infused beverages are often branded as a healthier alternative to alcohol – “No painful days after drinking or regrets,” a tagline on Cann’s site reads. These kinds of drinks carry a connotation of health, said Emily Moquin, a food and beverage analyst at Morning Consult. They tout themselves as “hangover-free” and without the high calories of alcohol; they claim to help you feel “focused,” balanced, relaxed. One cannabis beverage company even suggests pairing their drinks with a spa day.

Russia To Give 1 Million Rubles To Women Who Birth 10 Or More Children:

Russia reinstated its Mother Heroine award, which includes an incentive of one million rubles, this week to encourage families to have more children. Women eligible to receive the distinction must have 10 or more children with an “appropriate level of care for health, education, physical, spiritual and moral development,” according to a statement from the Russian government translated by CNBC. The one million ruble incentive, amounting to roughly $16,600, is 150% of the nation’s average annual salary. The Mother Heroine award was initially established in 1944 under Joseph Stalin and discontinued after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. The Russian Federation created a similar award, the Order of Parental Glory, in 2008.

Woke Firefighter Suspended After Mocking Murder Of Miami Cop:

A woke firefighter from Miami was suspended after he mocked the murder of a police officer from the Miami-Dade Police Department. Cesar “Echy” Echaverry, 29, who had served five years with the department and was a member of the Miami-Dade Police Department’s Robbery Intervention Detail, died on Wednesday after being shot in the head by an armed robbery suspect, who died in the firefight. The day after Echaverry’s death, firefighter Kevin Newcomb wrote, “Who cares another dead cop probably against gun control,” adding, “They didn’t give a **** when kids were dying in that school shooting they stood outside.” Then he segued to his woke perspective: “Cops exist for the government to exercise its monopoly on violence. They want the whole world to stop when one of theirs goes down. How many idiots I had to transport with honor guard their dead bodies from coronavirus because they were all too stupid to wear masks or get vaccinated.”

Examiner – Lens:

The essayist and novelist David Shields, whose forthcoming book is “The Very Last Interview,” used to idolize Marcel Proust’s “In Search of Lost Time.” But these days it “feels to me sort of twee. … I need more comedy, more urgency, more white space.”

Wildly (Politically) Incorrect by George Vandeman:

** Biden Administration Update
Based on what they are doing, or not doing, you probably think that Biden’s top 68 appointees have mountains and mountains of business experience. Well, you would be wrong. On average, the 68 have 2.4 years of business experience, and that includes 62% of the officials with virtually no private sector experience.

** Ukraine Update
Russia’s most senior politician has threatened to take back Alaska if the West seizes Russian assets to help rebuild Ukraine. Time to get that Alaska Inside Passage cruise booked!

** CDC Update
Most of us already ignore the CDC, but now there is another reason. The CDC has released a bizarre guide on how to have sex with Monkeypox. The guide says to keep your clothes on, or masturbate six feet from your partner, if the urge arises.

** Longevity Update
The World’s oldest man celebrates his 113th birthday in Venezuela and says the secret to a long-life is a glass of sugarcane hooch every day. This sure looks like a business opportunity to me.

** Systemic Racism Update
Did you realize that loving your family is now racist??? A journalist is being ridiculed for saying that Whites who get along with their family clearly aren’t “challenging their racist views.” She accuses “even good white families” of being a “little racist when you scratch the surface.”

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For the TikTok generation, Matilda Djerf is the poster girl for Scandi cool.

Examiner – (Notable) Remarks:

** Walking after a meal, conventional wisdom says, helps clear your mind and aids in digestion. Scientists have also found that going for a 15-minute walk after a meal can reduce blood sugar levels, which can help ward off complications such as Type 2 diabetes. But, as it turns out, even just a few minutes of walking can activate these benefits. In a meta-analysis, recently published in the journal Sports Medicine, researchers looked at the results of seven studies that compared the effects of sitting versus standing or walking on measures of heart health, including insulin and blood sugar levels. They found that light walking after a meal, in increments of as little as two to five minutes, had a significant impact in moderating blood sugar levels. —- Rachel Fairbank, New York Times

** Senator Tim Scott is frustrated at all the pessimism – including from inside his own party – and he’s frustrated at the notion, shared on the right and the left, that America is in decline. Or that we are heading for some kind of crack up. Or even civil war. I hope Scott is right. But as you’ll hear in our conversation, I see very, very good reasons for Americans to be fed up with the state of the union, angry about the direction of our country, and deeply worried about the future of our democracy. —- Bari Weiss

** A rule is not a rule unless it is enforced consistently. Otherwise, it is a wish, a fraud, and a child so misgoverned is a prisoner of uncertainty. A child, upon testing a rule, who is able to verify its actual existence, is then free to operate creatively and constructively within its boundaries. Rules, therefore, help children become more intelligent. —- John Rosemond, best-selling child rearing Author

** On the content of contemporary history textbooks: “[They are] so politically correct as to be comic. Very minor characters that are currently fashionable are given considerable space, whereas people of major consequence farther back are given very little space or none at all.” —- David McCullough, Author

** To see what is in front of our noses is a constant challenge, and perhaps never more so in a time of such awful post-truth polarization. But what happened in the January 6 hearings this past week will, in my view, be seen one day as a watershed moment either in the history of this country’s revival as a liberal democracy or in this republic’s rapid collapse. Two women, Liz Cheney and Cassidy Hutchinson, went back and forth, asking and answering questions, slowly, calmly, and methodically laying out a story of an actual attempt by a president of the United States to rally and lead an armed mob to assault the Congress to overturn an election. Yes, I just wrote that sentence. —- Andrew Sullivan

** I will never get over the fact that our society seems to produce a steady stream of young men who think it is heroic to murder innocent people. I read their histories. I look at the social science research. I’ve tried to understand the typical pathway they take to get to their evil behavior. The common thing to say about mass shooters is that they have mental health issues, but that’s often misleading. This has been studied in a variety of ways. A majority of mass shooters are not suffering from a diagnosed mental illness. It’s mostly the circumstances that drive them to do what they do, not an underlying disease. The more accurate place to start is with something George Bernard Shaw wrote many years ago: “The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: That’s the essence of inhumanity.” —- David Brooks

Examiner – Lens:

Adele will begin a residency in Las Vegas in November.

Examiner – Readers Have Spoken:


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** Explore stunning photos of lighthouses in the U.S. READ

** Love sleeping? Get paid to nap. READ

** The stock performance of some tech companies whose leaders have left: Twitter, down 32% YoY. Airbnb, down 25% YoY. Peloton, down 89% YoY. Pinterest, down 60%+ YoY. Instacart, valuation down 40% in 2022.

** After decades of climate inaction, the Arctic is warming much faster than thought. READ

** Federal data show July was the sixth hottest in 143 years of record keeping, with land and ocean surface temperatures almost 1.6 degrees above the 20th century average; the five warmest Julys have all occurred since 2016. READ

** Research suggests the concentration of the hormone cortisol in human hair may act as a proxy for recent stress levels. READ

** Visualizing Europe’s natural gas shortage. READ

** The gun violence in Chicago is highly concentrated: Just 4% of city blocks account for the majority of shootings across Chicago, according to the Crime Lab.

** Rural America is also reeling from violent crime. READ

** Long-haul COVID-19 study identifies a subset of patients with significant persistent coordination and cognition issues. Study tracks how chronic infection gives rise to new variants in single patient. READ

Examiner – A Look Back:

The late author Truman Capote.

In Sunni v. Shiite Violence, Which One Is The White Supremacist?

When four Muslim men were murdered in Albuquerque by an alleged serial killer who drove a dark grey sedan, everyone assumed the killer was some white supremacist. Biden came out to say: “My administration stands strongly with the Muslim community. … These hateful attacks have no place in America.” Turns out, the guy arrested and charged with so far two of the killings is a Sunni Muslim, and he may have been partly motivated by anger that his daughter married a Shiite Muslim. Yes, it’s true: Violence also exists outside of Western culture.

Broken Windows Book:

“This book ‘Broken Windows, Broken Business’ should be required reading for every entrepreneur and their teams!” —– Wayne Mullins, founder of Ugly Mug Marketing, one of the country’s most prominent web design firms. Order today:

Examiner – Bookkeeping:

** Online furniture retailer Wayfair is cutting 870 jobs, or 5% of its global workforce.

** Two pilots of an Ethiopian Airlines plane fell asleep at 37,000 feet, overflew a runway, and triggered an alarm.


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** Strangers rally to help Uvalde students and teachers return to school. READ

** Chicago toddler with rare condition takes first steps with prosthetic leg. READ

** A 99-year-old Pennsylvania woman meets her 100th great-grandchild. READ

** Georgia high school football players rescue trapped woman from car crash. READ

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 10, Michael Houser, American guitarist (Widespread Panic), died of pancreatic cancer at 40.

** On August 31, Lionel Hampton, American Jazz vibraphone player, pianist, drummer, and actor, died from congestive heart failure at 94.

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LBN Examiner 08/21/2022


Western Europe has done more to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions over the past three decades than any other region in the world. It has vastly expanded solar and wind power. It has introduced carbon taxes and other policies to increase the cost of dirty energy. In all, the European Union has cut its greenhouse gas emissions by about 30% since 1990, much more than the U.S., Canada, Japan, Australia or other affluent countries. But Europe’s clean-energy progress has not protected the continent from the growing ravages of global warming. “That’s the problem with CO2,” as my colleague Henry Fountain said, referring to carbon dioxide, the primary greenhouse gas. “It doesn’t respect borders.” Britain yesterday experienced its hottest temperatures on record, around 104 degrees Fahrenheit. The heat wave is especially problematic because much of Britain is not designed to withstand high temperatures; the normal average high on a July day in London is in the low to mid-70s. Many British homes not only lack air-conditioning but are built with materials that retain heat. Most parts of the London subway system lack air-conditioning, as well. On Monday, one airport had to halt flights for hours after the heat damaged a runway. To keep the aging Hammersmith Bridge from collapsing, workers wrapped parts of it in foil to prevent cracks from expanding. In Paris, the temperature also exceeded 104 degrees yesterday, a high the city has reached on only two other days since the late 1800s. In southwestern France, firefighters battled wildfires for the eighth straight day. In Greece, dry conditions helped cause a wildfire north of Athens that forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes. Firefighters have also been battling blazes in Portugal and Spain.

WeWork Founder’s New Startup:

WeWork cofounder Adam Neumann has raised $350M from leading U.S. venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz for a new residential real estate venture called Flow, according to reports. The figure is the largest individual investment made by Andreessen Horowitz, also known as a16z, which has been an early investor in companies like Facebook and Airbnb. Flow is expected to launch in 2023 and is already valued at more than $1B. Details on the venture are thin, but Neumann says Flow will provide community-centric services in branded apartment properties. As part of its plans, Flow will operate more than 3,000 apartment units Neumann has bought in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Atlanta, and Nashville. Neumann was ousted as CEO of shared office startup WeWork in 2019 after its failed IPO and reports of mismanagement, though he received a payout worth $1.7B (see timeline). WeWork, once valued at $47B before going public, is now valued at $4B.

‘Woke’ NYC Starbucks Now A Haven For Junkies, Drunks And Homeless:

A New York City Starbucks is dealing with more than just a constant flow of caffeine junkies looking to get their fix. The café at the corner of Astor Place and Lafayette Street regularly contends with drug users, mentally disturbed people and homeless folks looking to take a nap. “Starbucks got too woke too fast,” said java joint regular Konstantin Dobryakov. “Now some customers are too scared to go in because you’ve got a bunch of homeless people sleeping in there. They got to be ready to kick people out and not give everyone a free cup of coffee. You give them a finger and they’ll take a hand.”

This past week, countless homeless people were nodding off, washing their hair in a public sink and being transported to the hospital from the recently unionized Starbucks. Among eyeopeners: One man brought in his own box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, a carton of milk and some Entenmann’s mini crumb cakes before passing out face down on a table. Afterward, he rolled spliffs as nearby, paying customers tried to enjoy their lattes and Frappuccinos. A mentally disturbed man in a black trench coat talked to himself and screamed obscenities at the communal mirror near the bathrooms for 30 minutes. “There’s a guy over by the bathrooms making people really uncomfortable,” one customer told an employee behind the counter. Two police officers, one of whom carrying a riot shield, eventually removed him without incident. There’s also the foul odor and garbage build up at the location – newspapers, food wrappers and empty coffee cups litter the indoor patio. “Nothing like the smell of BO and urine with your morning coffee,” a Nextdoor user commented in response to a photo that showed snoozing squatters lying in a booth surrounded by trash, tote bags and luggage. On Friday, EMTs were called to assist a man who had passed out on the steps, blocking an exit. He regained consciousness and entered the ambulance with the help of the paramedics.

Examiner – Lens:

A delivery worker, who says he is living at a bus stop because he has been unable to return home for weeks due to the COVID lockdown, brushes his teeth on a street in Shanghai, China, May 12.

Gang Violence Leaves 11 Dead In Mexican Border City:

A gang riot inside a border prison that left two inmates dead quickly spread to the streets of Ciudad Juarez where alleged gang members killed nine more people, including four employees of a radio station, security officials said. The surge in violence recalled a far more deadly period in Juarez more than a decade earlier. Mexico’s powerful drug cartels commonly use local gangs to defend their territory and carry out their vendettas. The federal government’s security undersecretary, Ricardo Mejía Berdeja, said the violence started inside the state prison when members of the Mexicles gang attacked members of the rival Chapos. Two inmates were killed and 20 injured.

Survey Raises Serious Questions About The Future Of The All-Volunteer Force:

The results of a new survey of military and veterans and spouses – including details on financial difficulties – raise concerns about the future of the military, said the executive director of the organization that conducted the survey. Fewer military, veterans and spouses are likely to recommend military service, according to the findings, and the reasons are related to their own well-being, said Shannon Razsadin, president and executive director of the Military Family Advisory Network. “At the end of the day, families are having a hard time making ends meet, and that’s affecting their overall well-being,” she said. “We see the connection between well-being and loneliness, well-being and housing, well-being and food security. When you layer that on top of the fact that fewer people are likely to recommend military service, it paints a very clear picture of concern related to the future of the all-volunteer force.”

This is the fourth survey fielded by the organization, generally every two years. This time, the biggest surprise, said Razsadin, was the drop in the percentage of survey respondents who said they would recommend military life – from 74.5% in 2019 to 62.9% in 2021. The online Military Family Support Programming Survey was fielded from Oct. 4 to Dec. 15, 2021, with 8,638 participating. The largest group of respondents was spouses of active duty members, at 44%, followed by active duty members, at 14%. Nearly 60% of the respondents overall were between the ages of 25 and 39.

Examiner – Lens:

Anne Heche, who tragically died recently, starred in a flurry of late-nineties films that displayed her quicksilver ability to glide across genres with ease.

Examiner – Commentary by Nellie Bowles:

** Funny how that famous terrorist was just hanging out in Afghanistan: 9/11 key plotter and Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri was finally killed, 20 years after the Twin Towers came down. The big “surprise” here is that he was found in Afghanistan, where it seems the old gang is getting back together. It’s so crazy because I read a Taliban leader’s lovely essay in The New York Times – What We, the Taliban, Want – and there he told me they only want peace and harmony, so it was great for us to help them flourish again. The author promised us in the essay: “I am confident that, liberated from foreign domination and interference, we together will find a way to build an Islamic system in which all Afghans have equal rights, where the rights of women that are granted by Islam – from the right to education to the right to work.” Now it’s all women banned from schools and old 9/11 terrorists back having house parties. We can’t believe the Taliban lied.

** Don’t say “recession:” Nothing is creepier than Big Tech’s obsessive control over the word recession, a saga which continues from last week. Wikipedia is keeping the recession entry with the new Biden-approved definition locked for edits. In George Orwell’s 1984, at least our main character had to work slicing and dicing archives to fit his moment. There could be mistakes. Not so much anymore. As for me? I define recession as … THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION IS DOING A GOOD JOB WITH THE ECONOMY. THERE IS TECHNICALLY NO AGREED-UPON DEFINITION OF RECESSION. GAS IS VERY CHEAP.

** Alex Jones faces well-deserved humiliation: Alex Jones, the barrel-chested bully, spent a long time claiming on his extraordinarily popular and lucrative show that the Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax (this was the one where a deranged gunman shot and killed 26 people in a school, most of them between six and seven years old). Jones argued that the small children and their parents were crisis actors and that the whole thing was concocted to take America’s guns away. This week Jones has been on trial in Texas for defamation in a case brought by the parents of one six-year-old boy, Jesse, who was killed in that shooting. These parents are still being harassed by Jones’s followers. Some have had to move homes half a dozen times. Jesse’s mom, Scarlett Lewis, spoke to Alex Jones at the trial: “Jesse was real. I am a real mom,” she said. “My son existed. I am not deep state … I know you know that … And yet you’re going to leave this courthouse and say it again on your show.” The jury decided Jones had to pay Jesse’s parents $4.11 million dollars in compensatory damages. Good. I think it could have been closer to the $150 million they were asking for. Jones faces a similar case in Connecticut.

** Shaun King used donor funds to buy a $40K dog: As the biological mother of two deranged shelter dogs, I actually didn’t know that you could spend $40,000 on a dog. But the Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King reportedly did just that, buying a very well-bred mastiff using donated money. Apparently rattled by the coverage, King defended the purchase and then took to social media to call for his followers to help him stalk two reporters who have covered his finances: “This is Kevin Sheehan of the @NYPost. ⁣He has been attacking me and my family. Send me photos of his home. Send me photos of him. ⁣And his family.” And of Isabel Vincent, he wrote: “The amount of pain this woman caused my family is incalculable. Send me details and photos. Of her. And her home.” The key for King and others in the movement who’ve used money in sketchy ways is to terrify reporters away from covering it. Many are already too scared of their colleagues’ rage to look into BLM finances. But for anyone willing to get past that, King adds a little extra risk: He’ll make sure you’re physically unsafe that night.

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** Once again, Big Pharma rakes in billions of dollars based on lies. New study finds big pharma falsely claimed depression was caused by a chemical imbalance – so they got people hooked on antidepressants that did nothing but increase the risk of suicide. Shameless & criminal. —- Tulsi Gabbard

** So, there’s a study out of the University of Michigan that estimates the slow death of comfort food. Researchers selected what tastes good and subtracted minutes from life if you consume the following: Bacon. For every helping, your existence will be six minutes shorter. Pizza. 8 minutes shorter per slice. Double Cheeseburger. Say goodbye to 9 minutes of breathing. Soda. 12 minutes closer to heaven. And the absolute worst is eating a hot dog. For every frank digested, you lose a whopping 36 minutes of your life. Now, if that study is true, I should have been dead eight years ago. My mother boiled hotdogs like a mad woman. I thought I might die on the spot eating them. Who knew back in the 1960s that hot dogs were the new Black Plague? —- Bill O’Reilly

** Doing nothing is glorious. It is one of life’s deepest pleasures and ultimate goals. Yesterday, I walked out a couple of miles to a stretch of beach at the end of Cape Cod, where the tide sweeps in and out to create shallow, vast, warm pools of water surrounded by marshes. I brought a book, which was in fact a collection of Cicero’s essays on life and death and old age, but never opened it. I’d already started, and Cicero’s defense of getting old amounts to the idea that you can keep working productively until the day you drop dead, which was not exactly the theme I was after when I picked it up, but I left it in my knapsack for other reasons. —- Andrew Sullivan

** I found myself unshocked by the abortion vote in Kansas, and I don’t understand the shock of others. America has come to poll consistently in favor of abortion in the first trimester with support declining in the second and cratering in the third. The people of Kansas were asked if they’d like to remove any right to abortion from their state constitution and allow their legislators to fashion new laws and limits. They said no by 59% to 41%. —- Peggy Noonan

** When trying to explain the recent improvements in the Russian Army’s operations in Ukraine, some Ukrainian officials have taken to saying, “All the dumb Russians are dead.” It’s a backhanded compliment, meaning that the Russians have finally figured out a more effective way to fight this war since their incompetent early performance that got thousands of them killed. Precisely because the Ukraine war seems to have settled into a grinding war of attrition – with Russia largely standing back and just shelling and rocketing Ukrainian cities in the east, turning them to rubble and then inching forward – you might think the worst of this conflict is over. You would be wrong. I believe the Ukraine war is about to enter a new phase, based on this fact: Many Russian soldiers and generals may be dead, but Ukraine’s steadfast NATO allies are tired. This war has already contributed to a huge spike in natural gas, gasoline and food prices in Europe – and if it drags into the winter, many families in the European Union may have to choose between heating and eating. —- Thomas L. Friedman

** While the brand-name schools have the money they no longer have the mission. They have fundamentally abandoned the point of the university: the pursuit of truth. Anyone with eyes can see the problem. But most of those people spend their time privately complaining about the status quo – while writing yearly checks to their alma mater so their children have a chance of getting in. —- Bari Weiss

Examiner – Lens:

“This Hell” is the first single from Rina Sawayama’s upcoming album, “Hold the Girl.”

Examiner – Readers Have Spoken:


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** New study suggests the gut microbiome may play a role in autism spectrum disorder; fecal transplants in ASD-like mice resulted in modified social behavior in recipient mice. READ

** The scientific process art conservators use to restore centuries-old paintings. WATCH

** Three clever tricks for translating French without knowing French. WATCH

** Cybersecurity researchers determine Iran-backed groups hacked into Albanian government agencies, shutting down a number of public services; marks the first attack by Tehran on a NATO member. READ

** How your brain reacts at the moment of death. READ

** Visualizing which countries consume the most beer. READ

** Create a stirring harmony with Blob Opera. READ

** Elon Musk’s Boring Company plans to build a 34-mile tunnel under Las Vegas. READ

** Over 100 pieces of advice. READ

** Breaking down Queen Elizabeth II’s wealth and assets. WATCH

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Examiner – Business:

** Target’s net profit plunged to $183 million in the latest quarter, down 90% from the year before. That was far below what analysts expected, even after the company had warned in recent months that unwanted inventory would dent its earnings.

** IKEA mode: Peloton plans to revamp its exercise bike to allow for self-assembly to trim costs. The company also aims to release a rower in time for the holidays.

** Uber Eats partnered with Office Depot to provide on-demand school supply deliveries, the latest in a series of moves to expand beyond meals and groceries.

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 24, Journalist Bryant Gumbel wed model Hilary Quinlan in Palm Beach, Florida.

** On August 26 Miguel Querol Gavalda, Spanish musicologist and composer, died at 90.

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LBN Examiner 08/14/2022


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.


** 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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** 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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