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LBN Examiner 01/09/2022

MORE FENTANYL SEIZED AT U.S. BORDERS THAN HEROIN FOR FIRST TIME IN U.S. HISTORY:

For the first time in U.S. history, more fentanyl than heroin has been intercepted by federal law enforcement at the country’s borders. According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection data, 11,201 pounds of fentanyl was seized in fiscal year 2021, compared to 5,400 pounds of heroin. Other drugs seized include 319,447 pounds of marijuana, 190,861 pounds of methamphetamine, 97,638 pounds of cocaine, and 10,848 pounds of ketamine. 2,158 pounds of fentanyl has been seized in fiscal year 2022 to date, compared to 277 pounds of heroin. The amount of heroin seized at the border decreased from 5,763 pounds in 2020, while the amount of fentanyl seized has exploded from 4,791 pounds in 2020.

“Not only were fentanyl seizures at the highest level ever recorded, but fentanyl overdoses within the United States also hit new highs, indicating the success that transnational criminal organizations had in pushing their deadly products to the public,” reported The Washington Examiner. In December 2021, a DEA investigation identified a “direct link between fentanyl-related overdose deaths and criminal drug networks in Mexico. ”Mexican criminal drug networks are harnessing the perfect drug trafficking tool: social media applications that are available on every smartphone,” DEA Administrator Anne Milgram said. “They are using these platforms to flood our country with fentanyl. The ease with which drug dealers can operate on social media and other popular smartphone apps is fueling our Nation’s unprecedented overdose epidemic.”

Clinton Foundation Donations Have Fallen Nearly 75% Since 2016:

The Clinton Foundation is witnessing a rapid plummet in donations. According to the group’s most recent financial report, contributions fell from $29.6 million in 2019 to $16.3 million in 2020 – a 45% decline amid COVID-19 and the lockdown-induced recession. In 2016, when former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ran for president, the group raised $62.9 million, indicating an overall 74% donation decline in a four-year period. The Clinton Foundation works with “strategic partners to develop and implement programs that create economic opportunity, improve public health, and inspire civic engagement and service.” Its programs relate to increasing crop yields, battling climate change, and providing relief after natural disasters. The organization, however, has often been accused of political motives and pay-to-play schemes. Last year, President Trump’s Department of Justice investigated how the FBI dealt with claims of such corruption at the Clinton Foundation.

Delta Passenger on a Flight from Syracuse to Atlanta was ‘Breastfeeding Her Hairless CAT and Refused to Stop’:

A female passenger on a recent Delta Airlines flight stunned her fellow travelers and cabin crew when she was reportedly observed breastfeeding her pet cat and refused to stop. The bizarre incident was said to have taken place on Delta Flight 1360 from Syracuse, New York, to Atlanta, Georgia. The tale of the purportedly unhinged feline lover became public knowledge after a screenshot has gone viral on social media, showing a message that was transmitted by a Delta crew member to their colleagues on the ground in Atlanta, summoning assistance.

“This woman had one of those, like, hairless cats swaddled up in a blanket so it looked like a baby,” the flight attendant recounted. “Her shirt was up and she was trying to get the cat to latch and she wouldn’t put the cat back in the carrier. And the cat was screaming for its life.” According to the airline’s website, Delta “fully supports a woman’s right to breastfeed on board Delta and Delta connection aircraft and in Delta facilities.” It is unlikely that the airline’s pro-lactation stance extends to human passengers nursing animals. The airline allows small dogs, cats and household birds to travel in the cabin for a fee, but they must be kept in a pet carrier that fits under the seat.

Examiner – Lens:

Actress Valerie Bertinelli shared an emotional video about struggling with her body image. “I’m standing out in the rain because I’m doing my best to distract my mind from spiraling to a place of self-loathing, because I saw a picture of myself today that made me want to do that,” the One Day at a Time alum said in the video posted to her Instagram on Friday. Bertinelli, 61, said that she isn’t happy with her body and that she isn’t sure if she will ever get to a place of contentment.

Polish Authorities Use Water Cannons, Tear Gas to Push Back Migrants at Border:

The crisis at the border between Belarus and Poland has escalated in recent days after multiple nights of intense showdowns, with Polish authorities using water cannons and tear gas to push back migrants who they said were trying to get past the border. As CBS News reported, “There were chaotic scenes as a group of migrants charged the fence. One of the migrants told CBS News that Polish police responded with a volley of tear gas and rubber bullets, as well as the water cannon. Migrants were seen hurling rocks and stones at the barbed wire fence.”

California Population Decreases During Pandemic:

California is losing more than twice as many people to domestic migration as it was before the pandemic, a new report from University of California researchers shows. The research shows the change is largely being driven by a drop in the number of people moving to California from other parts of the U.S. and is most acute in the high-cost San Francisco Bay Area. The researchers examined anonymized credit bureau data and found that the downward trend in net domestic migration has been accelerated by a 38% decrease in the number of new arrivals between March 2020 and September 2021. The number of new arrivals declined in all of the state’s 58 counties.

Canadian Court Declares Math Test for New Teachers ‘Unconstitutional’ Because of Racial Disparities in Passage Rates:

Ontario public schools will no longer require incoming teachers to pass a basic math proficiency test after finding racial disparities in passage rates. The Ontario Superior Court of Justice ruled Friday the Maths Proficiency Test (MPT) requirement “unconstitutional” after finding that it impaired non-white teacher candidates and that government schools did not do enough to address MPT-related racial inequity. The MPT was implemented as part of an effort to improve Ontario students’ below-average math scores, according to CBC News.

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by George Vandeman:

** In an effort to improve our Nation’s fighting power, the Air Force goes woke and allows use of gender pronouns in email signatures, saying it’s “authorized but not required.” Just think about what the Air Force could do to enemies when it requires the pronouns.

** A transgender man who gave birth to his son criticizes the medical staff for calling him “mother” and claims that it’s “important” to stop automatically linking pregnancy with being a woman. We can only hope that what happened here does not adversely affect his son throughout his life.

** Here’s one for next year. An MSNBC columnist calls for the end of the NORAD Santa tracker “out of concern for Santa’s safety from the U.S. military.” He claims that it is time to “decouple” Santa Claus from American military culture.

** Scientists have studied the health risks to James Bond in all of his films. They have concluded that 007’s lifestyle shows that the secret agent would have died several times over due to sexually-transmitted infections, food poisoning, and alcohol abuse. What really troubled me here was that they also concluded that Bond failed “to adhere to international travel advice” during the 86 international trips he made.

** Here’s one I didn’t see coming. Fox News is watched by more Democrats than CNN. Data finds that 29% of all liberals watch Fox News, compared to 24% for CNN. MSNBC captured the most liberals with a 46% share of that group. On the other side of the equation, 62% of conservatives watched Fox, 24% for MSNBC, and 14% for CNN.

** Who knew that NASA looks to the heavens for help? The Agency is hiring 24 theologians to assess how humans will react if alien life is found on other planets and how the discovery will impact our ideas of “gods and creation.”

** Researchers have identified sildenafil, which all of us guys know as Viagra, as a promising drug candidate to help prevent and treat Alzheimer’s disease. They found that Viagra usage “was significantly associated with a 69% reduced risk” of Alzheimer’s. This comes from a report published in the journal most of us read, Nature Aging. I am officially coining a phrase right now: “I only use it to stave off Alzheimer’s.”

Examiner – WHAT IS…The Mirror Test:

This test is used to determine whether an animal recognizes itself in a mirror – an indicator of self-awareness. It was developed in 1970 by psychologist Gordon Gallup, Jr., who was inspired by Darwin’s account of an encounter with a captive orangutan that saw itself in a mirror and seemed to show recognition. Gallup refined the test by placing marks on his subjects and then observing their responses to the marks upon seeing their reflections.

Political Correctness?

** A Canadian school district cancels speech by ISIS rape survivor who is a Noble Prize winner due to fears of “Islamophobia.”

Examiner – Lens:

Billie Eilish introduced her new chocolate-brown hair color this month.

Examiner – (Notable) Remarks:

** I loved New York so much, but loving it over the past two years has felt like pleading the case for your terrible boyfriend to your friends. “He takes a little while to open up. Really, he’s not so bad.” You hand over your best picture. “That’s him? You’re putting up with all of it for this?” I will – I already do – miss my glorious, funky, singular New York. But the point of New York was its freedom. I want my kids to feel the way I felt in my hometown in the ‘90s. So we’re moving to Florida. —- Karol Markowicz, columnist at The New York Post

** In a Comedy Central show hosted by progressive radio personality Charlamagne Tha God, Kamala Harris lost her cool (fast forward to minute 18). The question was basically: Why have you let Senator Joe Manchin derail your platform? Who’s really in charge around here? Harris’s right-hand Symone Sanders started shouting that the audio connection was bad, pretending the Vice President’s office was having technical difficulties. “She can hear me,” Charlamagne says, laughing. Her aide’s hands moving into the shot, Harris finally says, “I can hear you…Charlamagne, come on, it’s Joe Biden…It’s Joe Biden and my name is Kamala Harris, and I am the Vice President of the United States.” Progressive Democrats have grown so insulated they can barely handle normal questions from their own fanbase. Lighten up! Harris is a heartbeat away from the presidency. It worries me that Comedy Central is too fierce a foe. —- Nellie Bowles

** Pope Francis became fascinated with a somewhat obscure painting. It’s a Baroque painting of the Virgin Mary in a church in Augsburg, Germany, called “Mary, Untier of Knots.” It shows Mary patiently focusing on a long, knotted ribbon, gently untying each knot to leave a white, untangled ribbon behind. Since Francis’ introduction of a reproduction of the image in Buenos Aires, it has grown in popularity in South America, with the faithful praying in front of it for Mary to “untie the knots” in their own lives. What strikes me about it is how undoing knots conveys a way of being in the world. It begins with a recognition that life isn’t easy, that a smooth and linear path is rarely given to us, that challenges keep presenting themselves. It is not so much the overcoming of these challenges that defines us, but the manner in which we tackle them. It’s possible to get extremely frustrated by knots, after all, as I remember each time I retrieve a set of iPhone earbuds from the black hole of a coat pocket. Your first thought is just anger: how on earth did this get so fucking tangled up? Your second impulse is to grab it and shake it or even to pull on it to resolve the issue in one stroke. But that only makes things worse. The knots get even tighter. In the end, you realize your only real option – against almost every fiber in your irate being – is to take each knot in turn, patiently and gently undo it, loosen a little, see what happens, and move on to the next. You will never know exactly when all the knots will resolve themselves – it can happen quite quickly after a while or seemingly never. But you do know that patience, and concern with the here and now, is the only way to “solve” the “problem.” You don’t look forward with a plan; you look down with a practice. —- Andrew Sullivan

** It turns out that Joan Didion was also remarkably prescient in writing about the fracturing of truth as people increasingly filtered reality through the prism of their own prejudices. And decades ago, she was already pointing to the startling disconnect between much of the American public and the political and media elites who “invent, year in and year out, the narrative of public life” – a disconnect that today is fueling populist politics and partisan divides. In 2003 she wrote even more explicitly about how our political process not only spurns consensus but also works by “turning the angers and fears and energy of the few” against “the rest of the country.” —- Michiko Kakutani, former chief book critic of The Times and the author of the book “Ex Libris: 100+ Books to Read and Re-Read.”

** “One of the reasons why the Taliban outsmarted Americans is the fact they set up relations with the whole world while negotiating with the Americans – something that the Americans didn’t want to happen,” said Rahimullah Mahmood, a veteran insurgent commander who served as governor of Wardak province after the Taliban takeover and now is deputy head of the Kandahar-based military corps. “They succeeded in convincing the world that the Taliban weren’t the terrorists as depicted by American propaganda.” —- Yaroslav Trofimov in Kabul and Jessica Donati in Washington

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Examiner – Investigates:

** The 50 best photographs from 2021. READ
** The best sports photos of the year. READ
** The 51 best (and weirdest) charts of the year. READ
** Mapping the world’s most common illicit drugs. READ
** Vigilante rat hunters are roaming New York City. READ

Mentally Ill Sperm Donor Sparks Debate on Disclosure:

After a family in New York lost their son to an opioid addiction, they started questioning the medical history of the sperm donor they used to conceive their son. When they learned that the donor had schizophrenia – which runs in families – and was an opioid addict, they petitioned Congressman Patrick Gallivan, who has introduced groundbreaking legislation that could forever change the policies surrounding sperm donation, according to The Wall Street Journal. Currently, loose guidelines for donors – who often sell their sperm for fast cash – make it difficult to verify whether they are being truthful about their personal histories. If the legislation passes, reproductive tissue banks would be compelled by law to verify the health history – including mental health issues – of sperm, egg, and embryo donors.

Examiner – Quote of the Day:

Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can’t go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does. —- Poet and novelist Margaret Atwood

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Many prominent New Yorkers say outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio, pictured with his wife Chirlane McCray, will go down in history as the worst Mayor in the entire history of New York City.

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INDIANA MOM HITS OUT AT WOKE BAIL FUNDS AFTER IT HELPED FREE SUSPECT WHO MURDERED HER SON:

Nikki Sterling – the mother of Dylan McGinnis, 24, who was shot and killed on October 1 – is lashing out against The Bail Project after the organization helping get the suspected Travis Lang, 23, out of jail on cocaine possession and burglary charges in January. The grieving mother was “shocked” to find out that the organization supported “violent offenders to get out [of jail]” by bailing inmates out. It is one of a number that have been heavily promoted on social media since Black Lives Matter protests in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, and raises cash to bail those who cannot afford to make bail themselves.

“If I can help prevent this from happening to any other family, then I would say that, you know, my life has been purposeful and also carrying out the legacy of my son, who was always so helpful to other people,” Sterling said. Lang was being held in jail for possession of cocaine and three felony charges for breaking and entering, resisting arrest and burglary prior to posting his bail. Lang was let out in January after he posted his $5,650 bail, which The Bail Project provided a portion of the fund, while his family stumped up the rest. It is unknown how much the organization provided.

Middle-School Teacher Calls Parents ‘Bigots’ And ‘Kooks’ For Voicing Concern Over Pornographic Material In Books:

A middle school teacher in Round Rock, Texas, has enraged parents by reading a Dr. Seuss-style poem mocking them as “bigots” and “kooks” after they spoke out against sexually explicit books in the library. Tyler, an instructional technology specialist at Grisham Middle School, read the poem at the Leander ISD school board meeting on December 16, sparking outrage with parents who were left “disgusted and disheartened” at her words. After parents spoke out against CRT & books containing pornographic content, this teacher demeaned them with a Dr. Seuss parody.

“Everyone in Leander liked reading a lot but some evangelicals in Leader did not. These kooks hated reading, the whole reading season. Please don’t ask why, no one quite knows the reason. It could be perhaps critical thinking causes fright. It could be their heads aren’t screwed on just right. But whatever the reason, their brains or their fright, they can’t follow policy in plain black and white,” Tyler’s poem began.“These bigots don’t get to choose for us, that’s clear. Then how, I am wondering, did we even get here. They growl at our meetings, all hawing, and humming, ‘We must stop this indoctrination from coming!’ They’ve come for the books and the bonds and what for? Their kids don’t even attend Leander schools anymore. Bring back our books, maintain decorum, good grief. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a meeting in peace?”

He Attacked Cops at The Capitol Riot – Then He Went to Air Force Basic Training:

The FBI has arrested a young man who sprayed cops with pepper spray, smashed out a window and broke into the U.S. Capitol before he went to basic training for the U.S. Air Force. Aiden Bilyard was arrested in Raleigh, North Carolina, according to court records. He faces a host of charges, including felony civil disorder, assaulting officers with a dangerous weapon, destruction of government property, entering and remaining in a restricted building with a deadly or dangerous weapon, disorderly conduct with a deadly or dangerous weapon, and several other misdemeanors.

Examiner – Lens:

Last summer, not long after Zell Kravinsky had given almost his entire $45 million real-estate fortune to charity, he called Barry Katz, an old friend in Connecticut, and asked for help with an alibi. Would Katz call Kravinsky’s wife, Emily, in Philadelphia, and say that the two men were about to take a weeklong trip to Katz’s ski condominium in Vermont? This untruth would help Kravinsky do something that did not have his wife’s approval: he would be able to leave home, check into the Albert Einstein Medical Center, in Philadelphia, for a few days, and donate a kidney to a woman whose name he had only just learned.

Los Angeles Mother Uses Family Holiday Card to Introduce Her Child as Nonbinary:

A Los Angeles mother is sharing her child’s nonbinary identity with friends and family on social media. At the end of November, Jennifer Chen shared her family’s holiday card on Instagram, featuring a smiling photo of her husband Brendan Hay and their twins Chloe and Clark. Chen used the post as an opportunity to introduce her followers to Clark and their new pronouns. “I’d like you all to meet Clark (formerly known as Claire),” she began. “Clark prefers they/them/he pronouns and would like to be known as my kid/my son who is non-binary. Clark asked us to tell our friends and family who they are now.” “Brendan and I support Clark in their journey. Chloe is the first to correct me when I accidentally use the wrong pronouns or name,” she continued. “As a family, we love Clark and support whatever their journey might hold.”

Democrats View Socialism More Favorably Than Capitalism:

Americans remain much more positive toward capitalism than socialism, and their ratings of each have been largely stable over the past decade-plus. And yet the fact that a whopping 38% of Americans view socialism positively is an ominous indicator of the current social state. These results are based on an October 1-19 Gallup survey. Since 2010, Gallup has measured Americans’ basic opinions of several economic or governmental terms, including capitalism and socialism. Their views of socialism have held steady, even as Sen. Bernie Sanders and progressive Democratic politicians have pursued an expanded government role in addressing healthcare, poverty and early childhood education – policies their critics describe as moving the U.S. toward socialism. Likewise, Americans’ opinions of capitalism have not varied, even with greater discussion of income inequality in the U.S. and the concentration of U.S. wealth in a small percentage of people.

Only a Third of Americans Eligible for Booster Got One:

Only one-third of Americans eligible for a COVID vaccine booster shot have gotten one – alarming public health officials who see the third jab as key to slowing the spread of the Omicron variant. In New York City, where Omicron has sparked a huge surge in COVID cases, only about 1.5 million residents out of 8 million had been boosted, The New York Times reported. Confusing messaging, politicization of the vaccine, and lack of availability are contributing to the slow booster adoption –even though doctors say it definitely will save lives.

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Examiner – In Case You Missed
by Nellie Bowles:

* Teachers against teaching: Public school teachers’ unions around the country are proposing “self-taught” Fridays – in other words, a four-day work week – citing the stresses of the pandemic. Teachers unions have already used the pandemic to keep American schools closed longer than other developed countries, Now the unions are trying to make these changes permanent.

* What a fast swimmer: A Penn State swimmer who competed for three seasons at the college level as a man is now absolutely dominating the sport as a woman, breaking record after record in women’s swimming. “Being trans has not affected my ability to do this sport and being able to continue is very rewarding,” Lia Thomas said.

* Some good news: Lithium-ion batteries have gotten extremely cheap. This has allowed for a real revolution in energy storage and an explosion in powerful portable goods.

Examiner – Site Of The Day:

Report Fraud to the FTC

Have you ever received a call or a text message from someone pretending to be your bank or government agency to try and trick you into revealing your personal information? That’s a form of fraud that the Federal Trade Commission wants to hear from you about. In the U.S., report so offenders can be brought to justice. In Canada, report such cases to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

SNOWFLAKE ALERT:

** About two-thirds of U.S. adults (65%) say that “people being too easily offended” is a major problem in the country today, while a slimmer majority – 53% – say that “people saying offensive things to others” is a major problem, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in July.

Examiner – Lens:

Meet Actress Marisa Tomei

Examiner – (Notable) Remarks:

** This is why so many of the most passionately woke are so obsessed with history in America, and the further back the better, as the 1619 Project shows. The past is a world they are much more comfortable in than the present, a place where the racial divide was infinitely simpler, and racial inequality both brutal and actively enforced by the government. —- Andrew Sullivan

** Donald Trump was right about one thing: “American carnage.” He didn’t stop the bloodshed, as he vowed he would in his 2017 inaugural address, and neither has his successor. But the carnage is real, and it’s gotten quantifiably worse over the last two years. We learned recently that America suffered the sharpest single-year increase in murders on record in 2020, with more than 21,000 homicides. The murder rate and tally were below those of the early ’90s, but it’s increasingly clear that 2021 is continuing this grim trend and that last year was no blip. At least a dozen big cities have seen their annual homicide records shattered (over 500 in Philadelphia), weeks before the end of this calendar year. Their daily tragedies unfold underneath the more spectacular tragedies like those recently endured in Wisconsin and Michigan. Urban anxiety is compounded by the surge of retail theft in places like the Bay Area. —- Judson Berger, National Review

** It can be hard to tell the difference, in the midst of a crisis, between normal levels of angst and those that indicate we might be edging into serious psychological problems. Key signs of declining mental health include changes in appetite or sleep patterns that last more than a week….Having more trouble concentrating than usual or being unable to enjoy things you used to enjoy may also indicate that your mental health is declining and that you need to try new coping strategies. —- Melinda Wenner Moyer

** Is it a good idea for Joe Biden to run for re-election in 2024? And, if he runs again and wins, would it be good for the United States to have a president who is 86 – the age Biden would be at the end of a second term? I put these questions bluntly because they need to be discussed candidly, not just whispered constantly. —- Bret Stephens, New York Times

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Examiner – Investigates:

**More than 40% of patients who test positive for COVID-19 are asymptomatic, according to an analysis of 95 different studies; the figure does not include asymptomatic cases that go untested (More). READ

**Three in 10 Americans are religiously unaffiliated. READ

**A look back at expert predictions for 2021. READ

**The app that tracks your cat’s happiness. READ

Purple-Haired Delivery Driver Allegedly Smashes Elderly Couple’s Groceries Over Pro-Police Sign:

A purple-haired Instacart driver in Minnesota allegedly drove her car over an elderly couple’s groceries after delivering them and left an expletive-laden note after seeing their sign thanking the police last week, according to law enforcement. The couple said they had placed an order for delivery from a local Cub Foods in Coon Rapids, a suburb north of Minneapolis, to be delivered on Monday of last week, the Blaine Police Department said. Police said the residents came outside because they were concerned the Instacart driver would get stuck in their snowy driveway, but when they came out, she yelled at them. The suspect, Tara Olivia Plum, 36, allegedly yelled at the couple to check inside of the Christmas wreath on their front door. There they found a vulgar note scrawled on a receipt. “Instacart doesn’t pay employees. Sry [sorry] find another slave,” the purple-haired suspect allegedly wrote on the receipt, according to a photo of the message, which also featured the phrases “f*** the police” and “racist pigs.” She also ran over about $50 in groceries she had delivered, the couple said.

Examiner – Quote of the Day:

“‘How did you go bankrupt?’ Bill asked. ‘Two ways,’ Mike said. ‘Gradually and then suddenly.’”
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