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LBN Examiner 05/22/2022

ONE IN FOUR MEDICARE PATIENTS HARMED IN HOSPITALS, NEARLY HALF PREVENTABLE:

Medicare patients continue to experience harm during hospital stays, even after a decade of intensive efforts to decrease provider-caused adverse events, according to a report from the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG). Among the roughly 1 million Medicare patients who were discharged from hospitals in October 2018, a total of 258,323 experienced an adverse or temporary harm event during their stay. And 12% experienced events that led to longer stays, lifesaving interventions, permanent harm, or death. “This projects to 121,089 Medicare patients having experienced at least one adverse event during the 1-month study period,” the report stated.

Fur-Baby Boom? 7 in 10 Gen Z Adults Would Rather Have Pets Than Kids:

A new poll reveals seven in 10 young adults in Gen Z would rather adopt a pet than have their own children. Gen Z adults aren’t the only ones choosing pets over people; millennials are as well. In a survey of 1,000 pet owners, commissioned by ConsumerAffairs, researchers found that 57% of millennials love their pet more than their own sibling. Half of them said the same thing about their mother and 30% chose a pet over their significant other. Overall, 81% of millennial pet owners say they love their pet more than at least one family member – more than baby boomers (77%) or Generation X respondents (76%). Interestingly, cat owners (85%) were slightly more likely to choose their pet over a relative than dog owners (83%).

Wisconsin Student 13, Accused of Sexual Harassment, Hit with Title IX Complaint for Pronoun Use:

A Wisconsin mom shared her horror after her 13-year-old son was accused of sexual harassment for refusing to refer to a non-binary schoolmate with “they/them” pronouns. Rosemary Rabidoux hit out after her son Bradon became one of three eighth-grade schoolboys at Kiel Middle School subjected to an ongoing probe. It was triggered after they chose not to use the gender neutral pronoun for their unidentified classmate, who they instead referred to using “she” and “her.” Things appear to have escalated quickly with the school district now filing a Title IX complaint against the students, accusing them of sexual harassment for using the “incorrect” pronouns. Bradon’s mother, Rosemary, said that the district had taken things too far by filing such a complaint. The Kiel School District sees the refusal of students using particular pronouns to address their fellow pupils as a form of bullying. “The KASD prohibits all forms of bullying and harassment in accordance with all laws, including Title IX” stressing that it will “continue to support ALL students regardless of sex (including transgender status, change of sex or gender identity).”

Examiner – Lens:

March 7, 2022 – The train station in Kharkiv, Ukraine.

Half-cup of Blueberries a Day Could Keep Dementia Away:

Researchers from the University of Cincinnati have found that a half-cup of blueberries can keep middle-aged adults from developing dementia as they get older. Moreover, the study finds adding the fruit to your diet lowers insulin levels and improves metabolic function – making it easier to burn fat for energy. It’s worth noting that the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council of Folsom, California, provided the funding for this research. Although blueberries are fairly similar to other berries and plants like red cabbage, study author Robert Krikorian notes this superfood contains high levels of micronutrients and antioxidants called anthocyanins. These give blueberries their classic color while defending the fruit against excess radiation exposure, plant viruses, and other potential threats.

More than 100,000 People Officially Missing in Mexico:

More than 100,000 people are now listed as missing in violence-wracked Mexico, a grim milestone that the United Nations rights chief called “a tragedy of enormous proportions.” Rights groups appealed for urgent action to tackle disappearances that have skyrocketed during years of spiraling drug-related violence. The National Registry of Missing Persons, which has been tracking disappearances since 1964, said that the whereabouts of 100,099 people were unknown. About 75% are men. The Movement for Our Disappeared warned that the figure was “certainly well below the number” of actual cases, calling for the government to deal with the crisis “in a comprehensive and immediate manner.” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said the disappearances represented a “human tragedy of enormous proportions.” “No effort should be spared to put an end to these human rights violations and abuses of extraordinary breadth, and to vindicate victims’ rights to truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-repetition,” she added.

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 May 16, “Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones” opened in movie theaters.

** On May 22, a jury in Birmingham, Alabama, convicted former Ku Klux Klan member Bobby Frank Cherry of the 1963 murders of four girls in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church.

Examiner – Lens:

Actress Selma Blair has a soft spot for Holocaust books. “I am drawn to the idea of continuing to bear witness to that horrible time,” says the actor, whose new book is Mean Baby: A Memoir of Growing Up.

Examiner – Commentary by Nellie Bowles:

** The American economy is contracting: The economy shrank by 1.4% this past quarter. Causes cited: supply chain issues, rampant inflation, China’s zero-COVID policies, Russia’s invasion, you name it. The Federal Reserve can’t do much since they have to hike interest rates even more to reign in that runaway inflation. (I just paid $20 for two eggs and toast at the Burbank airport.)

** Brief list of things that could get you kicked off Twitter over the past few years: Saying COVID-19 was made in a lab. Saying cloth masks don’t work that well. Saying vaccinated people can spread COVID. Misgendering someone, even in satire. Reporting on Hunter Biden’s laptop. And my personal favorite: Saying the phrase “learn to code” derisively to someone.

** Crypto in deep trouble: If people thought the crypto markets would operate independently from equity markets, that appears to have been wrong. Various cryptocurrencies (Ethereum and Bitcoin) have plummeted, though the peak for those two was so high that they are still above where they were at the start of 2021. Coinbase, however, looks like it’s in real trouble. Its stock has dropped 77% in a year and the company said it could absorb their users’ investments in the case of bankruptcy.

** Pro-choice activists accidentally making pro-life propaganda: Pro-choice activists have pulled series of stunts intended to go viral this past week. In one, they are dressed in red like handmaids as they storm a predominantly Latino Catholic church service. While someone must have thought this would be effective, to an outsider it looks like crazy people berating families in the middle of mass.

Examiner – Humankind

** Toronto Blue Jays fan catches Yankees home run ball, gives it to young New York fan in sweet moment. WATCH

** Good Samaritans help a Florida driver suffering a medical episode. WATCH

** A toddler sweetly reacts to seeing his mom as a bride. WATCH

Examiner – Lens:

Stella Moris, the partner of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, is photographed in her Vivienne Westwood designed wedding dress before driving to Belmarsh Prison to marry Julian Assange, at a hotel in London, March 23.

Examiner – (Notable) Remarks:

** On the race question, Jon Stewart has decided to go way past even Robin DiAngelo, in his passionate anti-whiteness. His opening monologue was intoned at times in a somber tone, as if he were delivering hard truths that only bigots could disagree with. He argued that no one in America had been prepared to have an honest discussion about race – until the “reckoning” of 2020. He also suggested that nothing had been done by whites to support African-Americans from 1619 (yes, he went there) … till now. The most obvious solution – reparations – was, he implied, somehow, absurdly, taboo. His montage of “black voices” insisted that African-Americans are still granted only conditional citizenship, are still barred from owning property – “we don’t own anything!” – and ended with Sister Souljah – yes! – explaining that the thing that kills black people are not bullets, but white people. This is the same moral avatar who once said: “If black people kill black people every day, why not have a week and kill white people?” Stewart then hailed Angela Davis – a proud Communist, with a particular fondness for East Germany’s suppression of dissent – and warmly thanked her as “Angela.” But Stewart included not a single black voice of disagreement or nuance. He apparently believes that all black people hold the same view. And all white people just refuse to hear it. —- Andrew Sullivan

** Among the headline-grabbing wildfires, droughts and floods, it is easy to feel disheartened about climate change. I felt this myself when a United Nations panel released the latest major report on global warming. It said that humanity was running out of time to avert some of the worst effects of a warming planet. Another report is coming tomorrow. So I called experts to find out whether my sense of doom was warranted. To my relief, they pushed back against the notion of despair. The world, they argued, has made real progress on climate change and still has time to act. They said that any declaration of inevitable doom would be a barrier to action, alongside the denialism that Republican lawmakers have historically used to stall climate legislation. Such pushback is part of a budding movement: Activists who challenge climate dread recently took off on TikTok, my colleague Cara Buckley reported. “Fear is useful to wake us up and make us pay attention,” Katharine Hayhoe, a climate scientist at Texas Tech University, told me. “But if we don’t know what to do, it paralyzes us.” —- German Lopez, New York Times

** I believe that children as young as elementary age are being taught to reject our American values. They are told that our Founding Fathers were massively flawed and that it overshadows the nation they built. They hear that our Constitution is “out of date” and needs to be “modernized.” Progressives are rewriting our nation’s history and they are doing it with our youngest and most vulnerable. We cannot let this happen! —- Dr. Ben Carson

Examiner – Lens:

Former California Gov. Jerry Brown poses for a photo on one of the hills on his ranch near Williams, California, March 2, 2022. Brown is living off the grid in retirement, but he’s still deeply connected on two issues that captivated him while in office and now are center stage globally: climate change and the threat of nuclear war.

Examiner – Readers Speak:

Do you believe in life after death?

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Examiner – Lens:

It is a critical truism – and only partially true – that the Korean filmmaker Hong Sangsoo makes the same movie over and over. His protagonists belong to a particular milieu, which happens to be his: they work in the arts, usually in film, sometimes as novelists or painters. They are maladroit, at times in professional settings, always in personal matters. His plots revolve around romantic anguish and complication. Failures of communication abound. Characters are driven by libidinal urges and petty vanity. Action tends to be displaced to the realm of talk. Awkward conversations unfold over many drinks, alcohol serving as disinhibitor and spur to philosophical rumination. No one ever learns from their mistakes. But to accuse Hong of repeating himself misses the point. Repetition in his films is both subject and structuring device, and, like any artist who works with this formal strategy, Hong finds meaning in the subtlest variations, coaxing compelling moral dramas from prosaic scenarios.

Examiner – Investigates:

$2,985,636,000,000:
Federal Tax Collections Set Record Through April

The federal government collected a record $2,985,636,000,000 in total taxes in the first seven months of fiscal 2022 (October through April), Statement. Before this year, the most taxes the federal government had ever collected in the first seven months of a fiscal year was fiscal 2021, when it collected $2,320,127,490,000 in constant April 2022 dollars. In April alone, the Treasury collected $863,649,000,000 in taxes. That was $388,192,260,000 more than the $475,456,740,000 (in constant April 2022 dollars) that the Treasury collected in taxes last April.

Examiner – Reader Commentary by Theresa Perez of Boston:

“Gotaways,” those who breach our borders without ever being stopped and identified by Border Patrol or other authorities, are now estimated at 30,000 a month. Among these clandestinely crossing our border monthly are cartel members, child molesters, drug traffickers and sex offenders. We don’t know who they are, but we do know where they are. They are now our neighbors inside our homeland.

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Examiner – Cartoon:

Is it a market indicator when the Fed chairman’s buying lottery tickets?

Examiner – Reader Question:

ARE YOU HAPPY WITH THE DIRECTION OF AMERICAN PUBLIC SCHOOL EDUCATION?

  • Have you heard about “Drag Queen Story Hour” for young children being held in schools and libraries?
  • How do you feel about “sex ed” lessons telling kids they can choose to be a boy or a girl – or something in between?
  • What about kids reading graphically sexual books as part of required school curriculum?

You might think it’s only happening in states like California or New York. That is not the case. Across the country, kids from kindergarten to high school are being exposed to early sexualization. This is often at the taxpayers’ expense in publicly funded schools.

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Amazon Recommends Business Book Classic “Broken Windows, Broken Business”

Amazon, the world’s largest bookseller, has recommended the revised edition of the business book classic “Broken Windows, Broken Business – The Revolutionary Broken Windows Theory: How the Smallest Remedies Reap the Biggest Rewards.” For more information click here – Broken Windows

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LBN Examiner 05/15/2022

AVOIDING SOCIAL MEDIA FOR JUST ONE WEEK SIGNIFICANTLY BOOSTS WELL-BEING, CUTS DEPRESSION:

Doctors may soon be writing a very simple prescription to improve your mental health: “get off social media!” A new study finds avoiding social media platforms for just one week significantly improved a person’s well-being and also lowered levels of both anxiety and depression. A team from the University of Bath found that social media users can sometimes spend up to nine hours on their favorite platforms in a single week. This includes endlessly scrolling through Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and TikTok. Previous studies have found conflicting data when it comes to the benefits and harms of social media. While some reports have disputed claims that social media is addictive (especially for children), others have noted up to 50 harmful effects of constantly browsing these platforms.

Workplace Identity Crisis – 3 in 5 are Hiding Something from Their Employer:

Most American workers are keeping something a secret from their employer and co-workers – their “real” personality. A new survey finds 64% are fearful of being authentic around others in the workplace. In fact, seven in 10 say they adopt an entirely different personality when they’re at work, compared to their normal persona at home. The poll of more than 1,900 American workers, commissioned by JobSage, also found that nearly two in three employees (64%) have experienced some sort of backlash from their colleagues when a private detail of their life became public knowledge. Although three in four people say their current employer claims to value individuality over conformity, many are simply not comfortable being themselves. The survey reveals the most common information workers hide from their employers are their political views (37%). Personal information about their family followed closely behind (36%).

BLM Co-Founder Reveals She Hosted Parties for Biden’s Inauguration and Her Son’s Birthday:

BLM’s co-founder Patrisse Cullors has admitted she lied when she said she had only ever used the group’s $6 million L.A. mansion for official business. Cullors, 38, told the Associated Press that she used the opulent seven-bed Studio City compound – purchased in cash by BLM in October 2020 – for her own recreation twice. The first instance saw her hold a party to toast Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’ inauguration as president and vice president in January 2021. Then, in March the same year, she commandeered the luxury property – whose purchase has sparked fury among other racial justice campaigners – for her school-aged son’s birthday party.

Cullors said of her earlier decision to lie: “I look back at that and think, that probably wasn’t the best idea.” She previously issued a statement denying that she’d ever lived there or used the property for her personal gain after its purchase was revealed by New York magazine, triggering allegations of racism from BLM. The purchase of the 6,500 square-foot Studio City property – which officials previously said was reserved exclusively for official foundation business – was disclosed last month by NY Mag. News of the previously under-wraps transaction – made more than a year and a half ago – triggered a firestorm of criticism concerning the financial practices of the foundation’s top brass, which have already come into question in recent months. Black Lives Matter raised $90 million in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, and still has an impressive $60 million of cash at hand.

How Big Tobacco Used George Floyd and Eric Garner to Stoke Fear Among Black Smokers:

Newport cigarette maker Reynolds American’s multibillion-dollar market is under threat. About 150 cities and counties have placed some sort of restriction on the sale of menthol cigarettes, the flavor of choice for the vast majority of Black smokers. If California votes to prohibit the sale of menthols in November, it would be the second state to do so. The Food and Drug Administration has drafted a national ban that could follow in the next few years. Since last summer, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism have tracked strategic efforts across the country by Reynolds American to keep menthol cigarettes in the hands of smokers. The company has hired a team of Black lobbyists and consultants and sponsored the organization led by civil rights activist and MSNBC political show host the Rev. Al Sharpton. Those figures have in turn stoked fears among Black communities about what the bans could mean.

Walking Fast is the Key to a Long Life? Study Links Pace to Aging:

A brisk walk could help add 16 years to your life, a new study finds. Researchers at the University of Leicester have discovered a link between a person’s walking pace and the rate at which they age. Specifically, a lifetime of brisk walking leads to longer telomeres. These are the protective “caps” on the ends of your chromosomes – sort of like the plastic tabs on your shoelaces. Although they don’t carry genetic information, telomeres play a vital role in keeping DNA stable. Scientists measure these end caps to calculate a person’s biological age. The longer they are, the younger a person is in terms of biological age – which can be much different from chronological age (your birthday).

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 May 12, President Jimmy Carter arrived in Cuba for a visit with Fidel Castro. He was the first U.S. President to visit since Castro’s revolution in 1959.

** On May 15, Bowling for Columbine, a documentary by director Michael Moore, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.

Examiner – Lens:

Super model Bella Hadid.

Examiner – Commentary by Nellie Bowles:

** CNN+ shuts down: A reported $300 million was spent on CNN+ and it lasted less than a month. (And we thought Quibi’s demise was epic.) It turns out Americans just aren’t interested in paying for content from Don Lemon and Rex Chapman. Brian Stelter, who also had a show on the short-lived service, quoted the new CNN CEO who called it “an incredibly successful launch.” We’re not cable TV experts, but we know that we have more subscribers than CNN+ did. RIP. Meanwhile on Apple TV+, “The Problem with Jon Stewart” – a mush of lefty rants from a couple years ago warmed up and served again – is a ratings disaster dropping by the fifth episode to just 40,000 viewers. And on Spotify, The Obamas’ deal with the company has fallen apart and they will seek a new podcast home.

** Everyone say “Putin Price Hike”: That’s apparently going to be the official line from Washington. Biden could say something about inflation resulting from hard choices made during a terrible time, a recession staved off during a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic, but the president is instead opting to go for a class Democrat standby: Russia did it. “I’m doing everything I can to bring down prices and address the Putin Price Hike,” Biden said this week. CNN White House correspondent John Harwood came out with a strong defense: “Biden confronts a host of problems he can’t do much to solve.” Harwood lists: Inflation, COVID, and immigration.

** Young black Americans turn against Biden: In 2014, there were 6,095 black Americans murdered. In 2020, that number rose to 9,941. That’s almost 4,000 more deaths. So perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that a new poll from Pew asking people to identify the number one problem in communities in which they live finds that, yet again, black Americans choose the issue of crime/violence as their No. 1 concern, far above COVID, racism, and even housing. And while a broad swath of young Americans have turned against Biden, with 18-34 year olds showing a 20 point drop in job approval since Jan 2021, according to a Civiqs poll, and the drop is even higher among young black Americans. Biden has seen a 30 point drop among that group. (The sharp Derek Thompson pointed that out.)

** Google Docs is our sensitivity reader now: A new update rolling out to Google docs – which we couldn’t live without – is prompting people to use more inclusive language in their writing. The software wants kinder, gentler words used for derided minorities like landlords. May Google Docs suggest proprietor instead? The word mother is of course verboten. When a reporter for the tech news site Motherboard wrote the word Motherboard, Google docs underlined it and alerted the reporter: “Inclusive warning. Some of these words may not be inclusive to all readers. Consider using different words.” The site, which I will now call Parentboard lest my Google yell at me, called the update “very broken.”

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Secret Service Paying Over $30K Per Month for Malibu:

Hunter Biden is apparently spending his father’s presidency living in luxury in Malibu – and so is his taxpayer-funded security detail. The Secret Service detail protecting the president’s controversial son has been paying more than $30,000 a month to rent out a swanky Malibu, California, mansion for nearly a year, sources familiar with the matter tell ABC News.

Examiner – Lens:

For decades, economists like Larry Summers championed policies that prioritized efficiency. But they also left the system vulnerable.

Examiner – (Notable) Remarks:

** China’s partners in East Asia, North Korea, and Russia possess nuclear weapons. But none of America’s allies – Japan, South Korea, Australia, the Philippines – has ever tested a nuclear weapon. —- Patrick J. Buchanan

** I think we have to reinvigorate our civil liberties. I don’t think we’re going to get that from the current administration because, frankly, a lot of the pressure for censorship and deplatforming is coming from the Democratic Party. This is not a partisan point. If you look at polling about views about censorship and deplatforming, there is a huge divide between Democrats and Republicans on this issue. If you go back ten years ago, both parties had the same views on censorship. They were against it. Everyone was in favor of free speech, but there’s been a huge divergence. And so I think it’s going to take a new administration – presumably, the next Republican administration – to want to take action. And we’re going to have to reinvigorate our civil liberties by realizing that these private actors have huge amounts of control over our right to speech, our right to commerce, our right to make a livelihood, and they should not be able to exercise those powers. They should not be able to use those powers to deny us those liberties. —- David Sacks is a paradox. The entrepreneur and venture capitalist helped lay the foundations of the digital world we now live in: He was one of the members of what’s known as the PayPal Mafia, alongside people like Peter Thiel, Elon Musk and Max Levchin. He’s also been an early investor in some companies you may have heard of: Airbnb, Facebook, Slack, SpaceX, Twitter, Uber

** It is impossible to predict how the war in Ukraine will end. I fervently hope it’s with a free, secure and independent Ukraine. But here is what I know for sure: America must not waste this crisis. This is our umpteenth confrontation with a petro-dictator whose viciousness and recklessness are possible only because of the oil wealth he extracts from the ground. No matter how the war ends in Ukraine, it needs to end with America finally, formally, categorically and irreversibly ending its addiction to oil. Nothing has distorted our foreign policy, our commitments to human rights, our national security and, most of all, our environment than our oil addiction. Let this be the last war in which we and our allies fund both sides. That’s what we do. Western nations fund NATO and aid Ukraine’s military with our tax dollars, and – since Russia’s energy exports finance 40 percent of its state budget – we fund Vladimir Putin’s army with our purchases of Russian oil and gas. Now, how stupid is that? —- Thomas L. Friedman, N.Y. Times

** Within Russia, the war has already served Putin’s political purposes. Many in the professional middle class – the people most sympathetic to dissidents like Aleksei Navalny – have gone into self-imposed exile. The remnants of a free press have been shuttered, probably for good. To the extent that Russia’s military has embarrassed itself, it is more likely to lead to a well-aimed purge from above than a broad revolution from below. Russia’s new energy riches could eventually help it shake loose the grip of sanctions. This alternative analysis of Putin’s performance could be wrong. Then again, in war, politics and life, it’s always wiser to treat your adversary as a canny fox, not a crazy fool. —- Bret Stephens, N.Y. Times

Examiner – Lens:

Rosalía has evolved from flamenco experimentalist to international deconstructionist, grabbing elements from Latin reggaetón and Japanese and Korean culture.

Examiner – Readers Speak:

Will the fraction of people identifying as LGBTQ continue to rise?

Examiner readers from all 50 of the United States and 26 foreign countries have spoken.

Examiner – Lens:

“When there’s been trauma, your memory hides things from you,” filmmaker Sarah Polley says. In the fall of 2015, the filmmaker was at a swimming pool near her home in Toronto, rummaging through a lost-and-found bin for her hair dryer, when a jostled fire extinguisher fell on her head. Polley’s vision went blurry; the world tilted and slowed. It turned out that she had a concussion, one severe enough to keep her bed-bound for weeks, and foggy and hindered for months, then years. A movie that she was writing had to be abandoned; the scope of her life dramatically compressed. Again and again, Polley was advised to respect her limits for fear of doing further damage. Not until she consulted a doctor who told her that she could recover only if she agreed to “run towards the danger” – to push herself past her enduring pain and illness – did she finally start to get well.

Examiner – Investigates:

** The trendiest baby names since 1930. READ

** Visualizing the U.S. companies that have failed in China. READ

** An amazing drumming duck. READ

** How to Clean Anything – Cleanliness is said to be one of the top rungs on the ladder going to heaven. Even if you are unsure how to clean or what do first when it comes to house cleaning, there is a trick to being a good housekeeper. You don’t have to be a household tips queen like Heloise to learn to clean anything and have a clean house. READ

** Burnout – and how to avoid it. READ

** The history of the first smartphone that came too early for its time. WATCH

** Pepsi is launching new nitrogen-infused drinks. READ

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Bristling Against the West, China Rallies Domestic Sympathy for Russia:

While Russian troops have battered Ukraine, officials in China have been meeting behind closed doors to study a Communist Party-produced documentary that extols President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia as a hero. The humiliating collapse of the Soviet Union, the video says, was the result of efforts by the United States to destroy its legitimacy. With swelling music and sunny scenes of present-day Moscow, the documentary praises Putin for restoring Stalin’s standing as a great wartime leader and for renewing patriotic pride in Russia’s past. To the world, China casts itself as a principled onlooker of the war in Ukraine, not picking sides, simply seeking peace. At home, though, the Chinese Communist Party is pushing a campaign that paints Russia as a long-suffering victim rather than an aggressor and defends China’s strong ties with Moscow as vital. Chinese universities have organized classes to give students a “correct understanding” of the war, often highlighting Russia’s grievances with the West. Party newspapers have run series of commentaries blaming the United States for the conflict.

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Washington State Plans To Outlaw Most New Gas Cars:

Washington state is preparing to ban most new gasoline-powered vehicles within the next eight years. SB 5974 – a piece of legislation recently signed by Governor Jay Inslee (D-WA) – establishes a target that “all publicly owned and privately owned passenger and light duty vehicles of model year 2030 or later that are sold, purchased, or registered in Washington state be electric vehicles.” An “interagency electric vehicle coordinating council” created by the new law is directed to “complete a scoping plan for achieving the 2030 target.” “Transportation is our state’s largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. There is no way to talk about climate change without talking about transportation,” Inslee said at the bill signing. “This package will move us away from the transportation system our grandparents imagined and towards the transportation system our grandchildren dream of.”

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