Bonus Edition LBN Examiner 09/14/2022

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Paypal Mafia’s Ventures

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Amazon’s Ad Biz Boom

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LBN Examiner 09/11/2022

FROM CHINA TO MEXICO TO NYC – HOW FENTANYL BECAME ‘A WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION’ IN THE U.S.:

In the dark hours before dawn, there’s no busier place than the Hunts Point produce market in The Bronx, where throngs of chefs, grocers and deli owners jockey each morning to snag the plumpest peaches and leafiest lettuce. But the bazaar, which handles as many as 30 million pounds of goods per day and is the largest produce outlet in the nation, also provides perfect cover for the importing of fentanyl, America’s deadliest drug, which smugglers sneak into New York amid boxes of fruits and vegetables, according to law-enforcement officials. Once fentanyl reaches the market, traffickers move it to nearby apartments where the drug gets chopped up and packaged into small glassine envelopes. The drugs are then sold on the streets of the city – and up and down the East Coast.

“It comes in with the produce,” said Bridget Brennan, who heads the city’s Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor, noting that densely packed fentanyl bricks, hidden in box trucks and 18-wheelers, travel by highways from the border with Mexico to the Great Lakes region before coming east. Fentanyl is so potent that a dose just 2 milligrams in size – the same size as the powder next to the penny above – can prove fatal. Drug Enforcement Administration. “The drugs are offloaded in New Jersey and then into The Bronx, where they are milled into glassines. The mills pump out millions of these glassines and they get distributed all over the country.” Packaging operations inside apartments close to Hunts Point are staffed mostly by Dominican laborers decked out in full face masks, gloves and protective clothing to prevent them from being poisoned by the powerful narcotic, Brennan said.

The Pandemic Erased Two Decades Of Progress In Math And Reading:

National test results released showed in stark terms the pandemic’s devastating effects on American schoolchildren, with the performance of 9-year-olds in math and reading dropping to the levels from two decades ago. This year, for the first time since the National Assessment of Educational Progress tests began tracking student achievement in the 1970s, 9-year-olds lost ground in math, and scores in reading fell by the largest margin in more than 30 years. The declines spanned almost all races and income levels and were markedly worse for the lowest-performing students. While top performers in the 90th percentile showed a modest drop – three points in math – students in the bottom 10th percentile dropped by 12 points in math, four times the impact.

Summer 2022 Crime Surged In Nearly Every Major Category, NYPD Stats Reveal:

Crime didn’t take a holiday over the summer of 2022. Worries that warm weather would bring out the Big Apple’s bad guys proved true, with repeated examples of innocent New Yorkers falling victim to gunmen, crooks, perverts and violent maniacs. Official statistics show the NYPD tracked weekly spikes in almost every category of major crime except murders and rapes in June, July and August, compared with last year. The only exceptions were felony assaults, which declined twice, and auto thefts, which dipped once. As of last week, the rate of serious crimes was up 35.6% over 2021, with robberies, burglaries, grand larcenies and auto thefts rising between 32.6% and 46.6% each. The distressing situation in late July led Mayor Eric Adams to call in vain for a special session of the state Legislature to address his repeated requests for a rollback of the controversial 2019 bail-reform law.

Examiner – Lens:

Staff members get ready for the launching of the new coffee shop “Stars Coffee,” which opens following Starbucks Corp company’s exit from the Russian market, in Moscow, Russia, August 18.

Los Angeles Mocked For Offering COVID Tests To Animals In Contact With Virus – City Has Recorded Zero Cases In Pets:

Pet owners in Los Angeles County are being offered free COVID-19 testing to animals and pets, despite there being no recently recorded cases of the disease among animals in the area. Veterinary Public Health has received funding from the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to monitor evidence of the disease in animals. “Our goal is to test many different species of animals including wildlife (deer, bats, raccoons), pets (dogs, cats, hamsters, pocket pets), marine mammals (seals), and more,” L.A. Public Health tweeted. So far, 177 animals have been tested, including popular domestic pets such as dogs, cats, hamsters and rabbits. L.A. County has also taken to swabbing bats, rats, opossums, sea lions and squirrels – but none have tested positive for COVID. The publicly funded body says it is offering the animal testing to “learn more about the significance of COVID-19 in human, animal, and environmental relationships.” It is unclear what, if any, treatments will be offered to animals that do test positive, with L.A. County saying that COVID symptoms in animals are identical to those commonly found in human sufferers.

Prosecutions ‘Nonexistent’ In Majority Of Hate Crimes Cases Against Jews In New York:

Since 2018, hate crimes against Jews in New York City have resulted in only one perpetrator spending just a single day in jail, according to a report. An in-depth Sunday piece in the Jewish-centric online magazine Tablet mentioned a report by the group Americans Against Antisemitism that, as the publication put it, “found that of the 118 adults arrested for anti-Jewish hate crimes in New York City since 2018, only one has been convicted and sent to prison.” Year after year, among religious groups, Jews are the leading target of hate crimes annually in the United States, according to the FBI.

Examiner – Commentary by Nick Gillespie:

(Host of Reason Interview pod, editor at large at Reason, coauthor of Declaration of Independents, literature Ph.D.)

** Student Loan Forgiveness, Including for Many, Many Wealthy People: I’ll give President Joe Biden this much credit: He knows how to get people to stop talking about inflation, at least for a few minutes. Between the Mar-a-Lago raid by the F.B.I., which honestly seems like it happened a decade ago, and this latest gambit, generalized price hikes seem about as pressing right now as Hunter Biden’s body dysmorphia. However constitutionally iffy, Biden’s student-loan forgiveness plan may be in the first place (in July, Speaker Nancy Pelosi noted the president does not have “the power for debt forgiveness”), the actual nuts and bolts of it are terrible all on their own. The plan’s top-line takeaway is that borrowers making up to $125,000 – almost twice the median household income – will be eligible to wipe out $10,000 in debt, with poorer borrowers able to walk away from twice as much. The total price tag could be around $330 billion over the next 10 years, or the equivalent of more than $2,000 per taxpayer.

** Three Cheers for Free Speech: When Salman Rushdie was attacked on stage on August 12 by a knife-wielding maniac, we were reminded that however awful our partisan politics can be, there’s something much, much worse out there in the world. If anything good can come out of the completely unprovoked and indefensible attack on the 75-year-old novelist, it’s that it seems to have galvanized intellectual opinion more in favor of free expression. A week after the attack, PEN America – the organization that rightly gave an award to the staff of Charlie Hebdo in 2015 after a dozen of its employees were murdered (and 11 injured) by Islamic terrorists – staged a rally for Rushdie on the steps of the main branch of the New York Public Library. Actor Aasif Mandvi read this passage from Rushdie’s forthcoming novel, Victory City, to a crowd of hundreds: “I myself am nothing now. All that remains is the city of words. Words are the only victors.” NPR ran an interview with Iranian-American writer Azar Nafisi, who wrote about teaching banned literature in the theocracy whose leader sentenced Rusdhie to death. She tells the dark, strange story of the chief censor for theater in Iran, who was literally blind: “He would sit in on rehearsals, and somebody would sit beside him and tell him what the actors are doing, and he would censor them.” Nafisi tells NPR’s audience, “both on the far left and far right, there is this danger of becoming like a blind censor.”

** CALIFORNIA: California actually lost some population in 2020 and has coughed up a congressional seat, too, for the first time since entering the Union. Three stories, two from San Francisco and one from Los Angeles, help drive home why California is struggling to keep people. In L.A., a town I’ve been proud to call home on two different occasions, the City Council unanimously voted to include on the March 2024 ballot a measure that would “require hotels to accept the placement of homeless persons in vacant rooms.” At least they’re not insisting that paying customers share their rooms. Yet. Meanwhile, in San Francisco, which is rapidly approaching the caricature of it as a lawless hellhole in the old Dirty Harry movies, the owner of Jade Chocolates Teahouse and Café is training its employees in kung fu in response to thefts and assaults. Such a report casts a darker light on the opening of a fully robotic restaurant in the city’s Mission Bay district. Mezli will serve up personalized Mediterranean-style bowls from a next-gen vending machine, no human staff required. What might have been a fun tech story instead seems like a way of minimizing one more possible crime scene.

Examiner – Look Back:

When Creedence Clearwater Revival broke up 50 years ago this fall, they were critically respected, hugely influential, and popular almost beyond belief. Billboard credits the band with nine Top Ten singles in just two and a half years, from early 1969 to the summer of ’71 – an amazing stat, but one that still undercounts the band’s success.

Examiner – (Notable) Remarks:

** “It is far, far better and much safer to have a firm anchor in nonsense than to put out on the troubled seas of thought.” —- John Kenneth Galbraith, “The Affluent Society,” 40th anniversary edition (1998)

** Is making the right kinds of friends the secret to upward mobility? Did having friends who – like me – grew up in poor and dysfunctional environments lead me to make bad decisions in my own early life? And if I had remained friends only with my childhood cohort would I remain poor? A new book called Friends: Understanding the Power of our Most Important Relationships, by the evolutionary psychologist Robin Dunbar, and some recent studies about how one’s childhood friends influence one’s income later in life, have caused me to look at why my earliest friends once meant so much to me – and to reflect on why we have drifted so far apart. Now in his 70s, Dunbar has an almost melancholic sense of the nature of our friendships. Most friendships are “fickle things,” he writes but “special friendships are very few in number.” They are “the ones with whom we shared the ups and downs and traumas of early adult life, whose advice we sought in those moments of deep crisis, the ones we sat up with late into the night,” he says. “It’s as though this small number of special friendships are carved in stone into our psyches precisely because we engaged in such intense, emotionally passionate interactions.” —- Rob Henderson

** Nearly three years into COVID, the U.S. is still not ready for the next pandemic. The CDC is moving to remedy some of the problems plaguing the country’s public health system. Those changes, along with the broader lessons from COVID and monkeypox, could be the difference between another deadly pandemic and a crisis averted. —- German Lopez, New York Times

** Here’s something else that’s weird but true: in the day-to-day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship. And the compelling reason for maybe choosing some sort of god or spiritual-type thing to worship – be it JC or Allah, be it YHWH or the Wiccan Mother Goddess, or the Four Noble Truths, or some inviolable set of ethical principles – is that pretty much anything else you worship will eat you alive. If you worship money and things, if they are where you tap real meaning in life, then you will never have enough, never feel you have enough. It’s the truth. Worship your body and beauty and sexual allure and you will always feel ugly. And when time and age start showing, you will die a million deaths before they finally grieve you. On one level, we all know this stuff already. It’s been codified as myths, proverbs, clichés, epigrams, parables; the skeleton of every great story. The whole trick is keeping the truth up front in daily consciousness. —- David Foster Wallace

** “The road to hell is not paved with good intentions. It is paved with lack of intention.” —- Dr. Gabor Maté

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DO YOU AGREE WITH PRESIDENT BIDEN’S STUDENT DEBT CANCELLATION?

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** Mapping where the next 1,000 babies will be born. READ

** Hundreds of ducks encircle a car. WATCH

** Slow-Motion Insects Video At 6,000 frames per second, slowed 200 times the normal speed, these videos of insects launching into flight couldn’t be more delightful. WATCH

** You can now buy hot-dog-flavored ice cream. READ

** A 90s instructional video on how to dance. WATCH

** About three million Americans – or almost 1% of the population – speak with a stutter.

** Taking a field sobriety test in style. READ

** In medical first, doctors successfully rehab a damaged liver inside a machine mimicking the human body before transplanting it into a cancer patient; patient has recovered and survived for at least 12 months post-surgery. READ

** New class of antibiotics shown to be effective in treating drug-resistant tuberculosis; the disease kills an estimated 1.5 million people annually. READ

** Turn your drawings into music. READ

** Gun-control measures could have prevented nearly one-third of mass shootings since 1999. READ

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Trinity School Staffer Admits To Sneaking Political ‘Agenda’ Into NYC Classroom, Video Shows:

A New York City private school administrator has been secretly recorded confessing that she sneaks her liberal political “agenda” into the classroom and complaining about “really awful” white Republicans. Jennifer “Ginn” Norris, who works at the Trinity School on the Upper East Side, was filmed by conservative outlet Project Veritas saying that she tries to “disrupt” wherever she can and that she and other teachers have been “sneaking” their activism in through the cracks. “There’s always groups of teachers who want to do these [activist] things but the administration just wouldn’t let us,” Norris says in the clip. “So, we’ve been just sneaking things in [through] the cracks.” Norris, who is listed as the director of student activities at the $60,000-a-year school, said she has the opportunity to bring in guest speakers twice a week and that she told her boss she would be “100% Democratic” with the kids. Asked by Project Veritas if she would ever let a Republican voice on campus, Norris said: “I won’t.”

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Muscadine Naturals Examines Antioxidants People Need to Eliminate Free Radicals Making Them Sick:

Muscadine Naturals Inc. began in the summer of 2001, like many businesses do, with a question from one of the founding owners: “Why don’t Japanese beetles eat Muscadine Grapes like they do French Grapes?” They had a nerdy scientist in the neighborhood, of course, who swiftly responded, “It’s because the grapevine, like many plants, produces polyphenolics that protect it.” Naturally, the next inquiry was, “What is a polyphenolic?”

These basic questions led to more questions and the founding of the company to develop a series of all-natural dietary supplements made from the grape skins of the Muscadine grape, North Carolina’s State Fruit. MuscadinePlus, a dietary supplement, was invented and made available for purchase in March of 2005.

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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 September 10, Switzerland joined the United Nations.

** On September 16, The talk show “Dr. Phil” first aired.

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LBN Examiner 09/04/2022

REGULAR CANNABIS USE IN MID-20s CAN CAUSE PERMANENT DAMAGE TO BRAIN DEVELOPMENT, EXPERT SAYS:

Taking cannabis regularly in your mid-20s can cause permanent damage to the brain and its legalization in some states has wrongly suggested to many that it is safe, the head of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) recently said. Dr Nora Volkow, who has led the agency for almost two decades, warned that cannabis use among young adults was a “concern” and called for more “urgent” research into the “potential health risks” for the age group. Her agency – which is part of the National Institutes of Health – revealed Monday that a record number of 19 to 30-year-olds were using cannabis in 2021, with one in 10 admitting to using it every day. Around 30% used the drug at least once a month, with 4-in-10 having used the drug at least once last year.

Numerous studies have warned that regularly using cannabis can harm brain development – which continues into the mid-20s – and that repeated users are more likely to struggle socially and face career and relationship problems. But it is now only fully illegal in just four states – Idaho, Kansas, South Carolina and Wyoming – with 19 approving it for recreational use and nearly every state already giving it the green light for medicinal use – typically to treat chronic pain. Experts warn that legalizing the drug has led to it gaining acceptance in recent years, leading more people to try it. Stress from the COVID-19 pandemic has also driven up the number of people using it.

Elon Musk Issues Dire Warning About Rapid Shift To Green Energy:

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk cautioned that the global economy places itself at risk by pursuing a rushed transition to renewable power. Energy prices in many developed countries – particularly nations in western Europe heavily dependent upon renewable sources – have soared following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, with natural gas prices in Germany and France soaring to an order of magnitude higher than usual levels. During an energy conference in Norway, Musk remarked that “some additional exploration” of oil and gas resources “is warranted at this time.” “Realistically I think we need to use oil and gas in the short term, because otherwise civilization will crumble,” Musk told reporters. “One of the biggest challenges the world has ever faced is the transition to sustainable energy and to a sustainable economy. That will take some decades to complete.”

Many developed countries are indeed shifting their energy portfolios toward renewables and away from conventional sources. As a result, Norwegian production of oil, natural gas, and other fossil fuels reached a peak in 2004 and has steadily declined since, according to data from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate. More broadly, the European Union – of which Norway is not a member – aims to be “a climate-neutral society” by 2050 in accordance with the European Green Deal and the Paris Agreement. Meanwhile, Switzerland and Germany are among several countries progressively shuttering nuclear power plants in reaction to the 2011 meltdown in Fukushima, Japan. Germany – which imported 55% of its gas from Russia before the war – will likely proceed with the scheduled closure of its three remaining nuclear facilities before the end of the year.

Drew Barrymore Accused Of Racist Appropriation For Posting Video Of Herself Frolicking In The Rain:

Actress Drew Barrymore is being accused of cultural insensitivity toward “black creators” for posting a video of herself enjoying the rain, which at least one critic says is an appropriation of the “black men frolicking” trend. Many social media users were confused by the criticism posted by TikTok user amushroomblackly, who chastised Barrymore for the video clip by saying she was a “colonizer” who made it possible for millions of her followers to “dismiss and disrespect the boundaries that black creators have set.” The TikTok user was upset because she saw Barrymore’s video as an extension of a TikTok trend called “black men frolicking.” It began with the user thexsadxoptimistic filming himself happily running through a field of flowers. The clip got shared on Mashable in May and quickly went viral, inspiring other social media users to copy him. It allegedly spread to black women as well.

Examiner – Lens:

A child points a water pistol at a statue of Russian President Vladimir Putin riding a tank by French artist James Colomina in a playground in Central Park in Manhattan, New York City.

3.8 Million Renters Likely To Be Evicted In Next Two Months:

As pandemic eviction moratoriums expire and rent payment relief programs end across the U.S., a rental crisis is beginning to crest. About 8.5 million people are behind on rent as of the end of August, according to Census Bureau data. Of those renters, around 3.8 million say they are somewhat or very likely to be evicted over the next two months. Meanwhile, rents continue to tick up and topped $2,000 a month in June for the first time on record. Before the pandemic, rents have increased by almost 25% and 15% in just the past year, according to Zillow.

Evictions are spiking in major cities across the country as well. In Tampa, Florida, evictions were 52% above average in August, according to the Eviction Lab at Princeton University. In Houston, they were 90% above average, and in Minneapolis–St. Paul they were 94% above average. With eviction moratoriums ending, many delinquent tenants are finding themselves in a tight spot. Still, some landlords are breathing a sigh of relief after months of housing people who stopped paying long ago.

Mexico Arrests Top Prosecutor In Case Of Missing Students And, Issues 80 Warrants:

The country’s former attorney general, accused of covering up the probable massacre of 43 students, was charged with forced disappearance, torture and obstruction of justice. Mexico’s former attorney general was arrested recently in connection with the violent abduction and likely massacre of 43 students in 2014, a significant breakthrough in one of the most notorious atrocities in modern Mexican history. He is the first high-level official to be detained in connection to the case, and the authorities said Friday that they had also issued more than 80 arrest warrants related to it, including for military officers, police officers and cartel members. It was not immediately clear if any of those warrants had led to other arrests, but their sudden announcement came just a day after the Mexican government said an official inquiry had found the disappearance of the students to be a “crime of the state” involving every layer of government.

Examiner – Commentary by Nellie Bowles:

** Oh and $80 billion to the IRS: The IRS gets a huge new slush fund. And it looks like they’re going to be armed and ready to kill?! Is the IRS allowed to do that? I guess yes! Here is one of the new IRS job listings: Major Duties: Adhere to the highest standards of conduct, especially in maintaining honesty and integrity. Work a minimum of 50 hours per week, which may include irregular hours, and be on-call 24/7, including holidays and weekends. Maintain a level of fitness necessary to effectively respond to life-threatening situations on the job. Carry a firearm and be willing to use deadly force, if necessary. Be willing and able to participate in arrests, execution of search warrants, and other dangerous assignments.

** Islamist from New Jersey attacks Salman Rushdie: As the novelist sat on stage at the Chautauqua Institution, about to have a conversation on the United States as a safe haven for exiled writers, a 24-year-old named Hadi Matar rushed the stage and stabbed Rushdie. Iran put a fatwa on Rushdie’s head in 1989, offering more than $3 million to anyone who managed to kill him. Thankfully, Matar failed at that task, but he did stab Rushdie many times. Rushdie is now recovering but will be forever damaged by the attack (likely losing an eye and the use of an arm). Apparently none of this has given pause to a White House that is reportedly in the final stretches of the long delayed Iran deal, which has been an obsession of the left since Obama’s scuttled 2015 effort. If it passes, the genocidal regime would have access to over $100 billion in foreign cash reserves and get a lot closer to having a nuclear bomb. Looking back at Salman Rushdie, you can play a sort of “where are they now” with the early pro-fatwa characters. Like where is Mohammad Jafar Mahallati, Iran’s former ambassador to the U.N.? Teaching at Oberlin, of course! He’s the Nancy Schrom Dye Chair of Middle East and North African Studies. “At Oberlin, he developed innovative courses with an interdisciplinary approach to friendship and forgiveness studies and also initiated the Oberlin annual Friendship Day Festival.”

** Boston Children’s Hospital’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week: One of our country’s most prestigious hospitals for children recently released a series of slick, beautifully produced videos advertising their services for gender non-conforming patients. The services include “gender affirming hysterectomies,” “chest reconstruction surgery” (aka double mastectomies) – all the classics of the modern pediatrician’s office. They put out videos with doctors saying things like “a good portion of children do know as early as from the womb” and “we see a variety of young children all the way down to ages 2 and 3.” Another video says that “playing with the opposite gender toys” is an indication of transness.

** Segregation is back, back again: UC Berkeley’s Person of Color Theme House has reportedly banned white guests from common spaces “to be able to avoid white violence and presence.” “When students do bring a guest, the rules direct them to announce it in the house guest chat and note ‘if they are white,’” reports campus news site The College Fix, which broke this story. What about other races? Do you have to announce if your guest is Asian, Latino? What about biracial? These nuances are unclear, and dare I say it, problematic. I would gently suggest that bringing back segregation is a risky move.

** Speaking of illegal: The Minneapolis teachers’ union put a clause in their contract that white educators can get laid off first regardless of seniority. And no doubt, with all the kids leaving public schools, layoffs are inevitable. The new race-rule is meant protect teachers of color and “to remedy continuing effects of past discrimination,” according to the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers. This is, of course, against the law. The troublesome 14th Amendment with its Equal Protection Clause, goes something like: “No State shall blah blah blah deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” What kind of monster would write that? …

Examiner – Look Back:

New York circa 1910. “Traffic at Fifth Avenue and Forty-second Street.”

Examiner – (Notable) Remarks:

** Why is Donald Trump so powerful? How did he come to dominate one of the two major parties and get himself elected president? Is it his hair? His waistline? No, it’s his narratives. Trump tells powerful stories that ring true to tens of millions of Americans. The main one is that America is being ruined by corrupt coastal elites. According to this narrative, there is an interlocking network of highly educated Americans who make up what the Trumpians have come to call the Regime: Washington power players, liberal media, big foundations, elite universities, woke corporations. These people are corrupt, condescending and immoral and are looking out only for themselves. They are out to get Trump because Trump is the person who stands up to them. They are not only out to get Trump; they are out to get you. —- David Brooks

** “Always make new mistakes.” —- Esther Dyson

** A couple of glasses of wine or a few drinks in the evening will probably make you fall asleep faster than normal. Who among us hasn’t left the dishes for the next morning or neglected a skin-care routine after a dinner party or festive night out? But even if you thud into dreamland, there’s a good chance that too much alcohol will mean a fitful night of sleep. That’s because alcohol disrupts what’s known as your sleep architecture, the normal phases of deeper and lighter sleep we go through every night. A night of drinking can “fragment,” or interrupt, these patterns, experts say, and you may wake up several times as you ricochet through the usual stages of sleep. —- Amelia Nierenberg

** We need to rethink the entire practice of treating unpretty sentiments as if they summed up anyone’s life or work, whether you’re talking about a political titan or a contemporary celebrity. That Thomas Jefferson was an enslaver and thought of Black people as inferior is a sad aspect of his totality, and his hypocrisy on race should be noted. But it doesn’t negate all else he accomplished, including drafting the Declaration of Independence, a document that guides and governs our very way of life. —- John McWorter

** There’s no ducking this fight. Any decision a company makes will anger someone, and the consequences could be severe. Consider the threats that 14 Republicans in the Texas House of Representatives made in May to Lyft’s chief executive, Logan Green, after he said the company would cover travel costs for employees enrolled in a U.S. medical benefit plan who had to travel 100 or more miles to find an in-network abortion provider. (A Texas law that’s been temporarily blocked is set to ban all abortions except those that would save the life of a pregnant woman or prevent “substantial impairment of a major bodily function.”) —- Peter Coy

Examiner – Lens:

Three years after giving birth, comedian Amy Schumer has found new ways to joke about sex and its consequences.

Examiner – Readers Have Spoken:

DO YOU SUPPORT TEXAS GOV. ABBOTT’S POLICY OF SENDING MIGRANTS TO NYC AND DC?

We asked Examiner readers in all 50 of the United States and in 26 foreign countries for their thoughts. The Examiner readers had spoken.

EXAMINER – INVESTIGATES:

** There was so much fraud in federal COVID relief programs that prosecutors have struggled to keep up. READ

** PTSD may be diagnosed via saliva samples; study of 200 Israeli veterans shows a link between symptoms and unique oral bacteria populations. READ

** Visualizing the world’s worst data breaches. READ

** Bye debt: The Biden admin wiped $3.9B in debt owed by former students of ITT Technical Institute, a now-defunct for-profit college chain accused of misleading students about its programs.

** The five states where owners spoil their dogs the most. READ

** Visualizing the world’s biggest military spenders. READ

** Omicron-specific COVID-19 booster from Moderna shows eightfold increase in antibodies effective against dominant strains versus current shot, trial data show. See U.S. COVID-19 data here. READ

** Watch a sea turtle deftly escape a tiger shark. READ

** Nanoparticle sensors can distinguish between viral and bacterial pneumonia, allowing doctors to avoid prescribing unnecessary antibiotics. READ

** Visualizing the projected shift in global economic power. READ

Examiner – A Look Back:

Sara Nelson, the head of the flight attendants’ union, leads her members through turbulent times and mounts a major organizing drive at Delta. Nelson, the head of the A.F.A., has spoken out forcefully against passengers “using flight attendants as punching bags.”

Hunter Biden Laptop Story Was Suppressed In ‘Conspiracy To Get Rid Of’ Trump, Bill Maher Says:

The media conspired to keep news about Hunter Biden quiet until after the 2020 election in a bid to help President Biden win, Bill Maher charged. “Hunter Biden’s laptop was buried by the press, even the head of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, said that was a mistake. They buried the story,” Maher told his guests comedian Rob Reiner and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota). The host then went on to reference author Sam Harris’ recent podcast interview claiming a coordinated effort to suppress Hunter Biden news was “warranted.” Bill Mahr pointed out that Big Tech bosses such as Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg regretted censoring the Post’s Hunter Biden exposé.

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Patrick Girondi’s Flight Of The Rondone Just Released As Audiobook:

Patrick Girondi’s audiobook Flight of the Rondone, a #1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller, has just been released featuring the author’s own voice reading and his original music at the start of each chapter.

Flight of the Rondone is a rough and tumble story which starts on the streets of Chicago. The story then moves to trading in the U.S. and other international stock, commodities and option exchanges, and culminates with Girondi pioneering gene therapy on a mission to cure Sickle Cell Disease and Thalassemia.

Examiner – Did You Know?

** A judge ruled that a required virtual scan of Cleveland State University student Aaron Ogletree’s room prior to an online test violated his Fourth Amendment rights.

** France now offers ~$4k to anyone who trades in their gas car for an electric bike, in hopes that 9% of the country will swap by 2024.

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Examiner – Watch:

** Saying goodbye to Tokyo’s tiniest shop. WATCH

** An epidemiologist answers common questions about monkeypox. WATCH

** Ambidextrous artist paints six portraits upside down with her hands and feet. WATCH

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 September 4, Doris Roberts testified before a U.S. Congressional panel that age discrimination is prevalent in Hollywood.

** On September 4, Kelly Clarkson was crowned the winner of the first series of “American Idol.”

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