LBN Examiner 7/4/2021

*LACK OF ‘CHINESE TRANSPARENCY’ WAS ULTIMATE ‘SOURCE OF DEATH’ IN PANDEMIC, EXPERT TELLS HOUSE:

An expert panel told Coronavirus Committee Republicans that hundreds of thousands of lives could have been saved if China acted transparently earlier in the COVID-19 pandemic. “Whether it was laboratory derived or natural, if we would’ve had open access the moment it started spreading, we could’ve saved lives,” Adm. Brett Giroir told the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis during the Tuesday panel. “If we could’ve known about asymptomatic transmission two months beforehand, it could’ve saved hundreds of thousands of lives,” Giroir said. Giroir, a former assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services during the Trump administration, was one of four experts on a panel convened by the Coronavirus Committee to discuss the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic. No Democratic members of the committee attended the hearing, and both NIH director Dr. Francis Collins and NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci reportedly turned down invites to the hearing.

*WASHINGTON POST BLASTED FOR VIDEO URGING ‘WHITE ACCOUNTABILITY GROUPS’:

The Washington Post is being blasted for “promulgating ignorant neoracist nonsense” for posting a podcast video in which experts encouraged white people to create “accountability groups” — in order to go through a “period of deep shame.” The paper released the video on Friday as part of its “The New Normal” series in a segment titled “What is White Racial Identity and Why Is It Important?” In the episode, several mental-health experts and scholars discussed the “understanding your whiteness and the ways that white supremacy benefits you,” it was reported. One of the ways they suggested to “understand whiteness” included joining or creating “white accountability groups,” according to the news outlet. Resmaa Menakem, an author and trauma specialist, said: “[A]n antiracist culture does not exist among white people. White people need to start getting together specifically around race.”

*TALIBAN SEIZED A THIRD OF AFGHANISTAN IN BITZ OFFENSIVE AFTER THE U.S SPENDS NEARLY $1TRILLION IN A 20-YR WAR:

The Taliban have seized control of a  third of Afghanistan as they continue to accelerate their blitz offensive while the US continues to withdraw their forces. The US has spent nearly $1trillion on the 20-year battle trying to stave off the terror group who are fighting to gain ultimate control over the war-torn country.

The Taliban have been on tenterhooks to forge ahead with their scheme since President Joe Biden announced the withdrawal of troops back in April and have since continued at “lightning speed”. Jihadist forces have now advanced across rural areas, putting them in reaching distance of major cities such as Herat and Kabul. A recent US intelligence report warned they could take the capital, Kabul, within six months.

*RATINGS FREE FALL: CNN’S BRIAN STELER LOSES 72% OF VIEWERS IN 2021

The ratings of CNN’s “Reliable Sources” plunged to their lowest level of the year this weekend, even as host Brian Stelter continues to dedicate every episode to criticizing the credibility of Fox News. In all, his show has lost 72% of its viewers since its high point on January 10. The new nadir came one week after Stelter all but begged White House spokesperson Jen Psaki to tell him how his network could better conform its coverage to the Biden administration’s talking points. The latest episode of Stelter’s show failed to attract 1 million viewers for the 11th week in a row. A mere 752,000 total viewers tuned in to watch Stelter critique the media — usually heavily focused on the more successful Fox News — on Sunday. That’s down from a peak of 2.7 million viewers following the January 6 Capitol riot. CNN’s ratings have steadily contracted ever since the breach breathed life into its sagging viewership. Stelter attracted 1.3 million viewers in February, 1.02 million in March, 917,000 in April, and 836,000 in May.



*RINGO STARR SETTLES TRADEMARK BATTLE OVER ‘RING O’ COCK RING LINE:

Ringo Starr has dropped a legal claim against a Californian sex toy manufacturer after challenging its bid to trademark the name Ring O. Lawyers for the 80-year-old Beatles drummer had argued that the name was “identical in appearance, sound, connotation and pronunciation” to Ringo’s name—which is already protected by trademark—and he feared the association could damage his legendary reputation. But Starr has now settled with Screaming O, which uses the Ring O name for a line of cock rings. The company agreed to “avoid any activity likely to lead to confusion” and promised to use the name only for adult sex toys and desensitizing aids, keeping a clear gap between the ‘Ring’ and the ‘O.’

*U.S. TRANS ATHLETE: ” MY GOAL IS TO WIN THE OLYMPICS SO I CAN BURN A U.S. FLAG ON THE PODIUM’:

A transgender BMX freestyle rider and U.S. Olympic team alternate once said that his goal was to win the Olympics so he could burn the American flag on the podium. In comments, Chelsea Wolfe made it clear that his goal was to win and burn the flag as a way of exacting retribution against the Trump Administration for hurting “trans children.” “My goal is to win the Olympics so I can burn a US flag on the podium,” Wolfe wrote on Facebook in March of 2020, along with a PinkNews story detailing Trump’s position on trans women competing against biological females. “This is what they focus on during a pandemic. Hurting trans children.” However, Wolfe said that the since-deleted post should not be construed as hatred towards America.

Wolfe will not be the only trans athlete involved in the Olympic games. On Sunday, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that Laurel Hubbard, a biological man, would be allowed to compete in the women’s weightlifting completion at the Tokyo Olympics, making Hubbard the first trans athlete to participate in the Olympics games. Wolfe, a biological male, is Team USA’s first trans athlete.


*RESTAURANTS ARE NOW ADDING ‘EQUITY’ CHARGES TO CUSTOMERS’ CHECKS TO FIGHT OPPRESSION:

“Where should we eat tomorrow?” my wife asked me excitedly as we sat on our deck Friday evening. She had locked down a babysitter for Saturday night, and we were both eager for our first dinner date alone together in months. “Broders’,” I answered without hesitation. Located in southwest Minneapolis, Broders Pasta Bar is a local gem. It has a great outdoor patio and the best Italian cuisine in the Twin Cities. We had not eaten there since the pandemic began. My wife nodded and started to make a reservation on her phone. Then her jaw dropped. “You’re not going to like this,” she said.

An Equity Charge?
She was right. On its website, Broders’ has a notice to customers notifying them of a new 15 percent “benefits and equity” charge they’ve instituted. They justify the charge, first, by explaining that “many states have allowed reduced minimum wages for service staff in the form of a tip credit.”  Went to book a reservation at my favorite restaurant in the Cities—Broders’—and was informed all customers were being charged a 15% “equity” charge. Instead of just paying their employees more, Broders has decided to inform customers they are too racist/sexist to tip properly. The restaurant’s second justification is that many tippers are racist and sexist, according to uncited research.

*WHAT’S UP? BY: SARAH GARCIA
  There are many prescriptions floating around for putting out the wildfire of wokeism that’s scorching our society and leaving a largely irreparable trail of devastation. Several are solid. But a large number are well short of great, for they’re either off target or unrealistic. One critical tactic, or rather area of emphasis, has been largely ignored, until now. To fight the left’s ruthless campaign to twist the minds of America’s youth and forever change America, conservatives must unite behind the essential building block of American society: the American family. In short, we must take control of school boards to put an end to ideological indoctrination in the form of the teaching of anti-American principles in classrooms across the country. If we do that, we will reclaim our country’s future and the dream that America promises for our children and grandchildren.

*EXAMINER – INVESTIGATES:

  By 2018, the U.S. had 101 people who owed at least $1 million in federal student loans.

*EXAMINER – A LOOK BACK:

A rare photo of acclaimed singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, fifty years ago.

*(NOTABLE) REMARKS:
A good barometer for the health of any democracy is the percentage of people who are willing to say what they actually believe in public. As a nation, we’re doing pretty poorly on that metric right now, and the only way to fix it is to start talking openly again. I wasn’t free to do that as a CEO, but now I am as an ordinary citizen. I hope some of you will find what I have to say worthwhile. —– Vivek Ramaswamy.

In the summer of 1988, Iran’s supreme leader, Ruhollah Khomeini, ordered the secret executions of thousands of political prisoners. Iran then denied reports of the slaughter, calling them “nothing but propaganda” based on “forgeries.” It also ruthlessly suppressed efforts by the families of the disappeared to find out what had happened to their relatives, including the location of their burial sites. More than 30 years later, the world still doesn’t know how many prisoners were murdered, though a landmark 2017 report from Amnesty International put the minimum number at “around 5,000.” Other reports suggest a figure as high as 30,000. —– Bret Stephens

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Angry parents and community members protest after a Loudoun County School Board meeting was halted by the school board because the crowd refused to quiet down, in Ashburn, Virginia, June 22, 2021. Loudoun has been roiled for months by accusations that it has embraced critical race theory, a school of thought that maintains that racism is ingrained in U.S. law and institutions and that legacies of slavery and segregation have created an uneven playing field for Black Americans.
*EXAMINER – MUSIC:

Ed Sheeran returns with “Bad Habits,” a sleek song built on brooding chords with an insistent, minimalist beat. https://youtu.be/orJSJGHjBLI

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*EXAMINER – HEALTH: MORNING PEOPLE MAY BE AT LOWER RISK OF DEPRESSION THAN NIGHT OWLS


If you are a morning person, you may be at reduced risk for major depression, a new study suggests. Several studies of the body’s circadian sleep-wake cycle have shown that being an early bird is associated with a lower risk for depression. But those studies were observational so could not prove cause and effect. For example, people who are early birds may have other health or lifestyle behaviors that reduce their risk for depression — they may have a healthier diet, for example, exercise more, or have fewer health conditions, such as chronic pain, that are associated with depression. All these factors, and many others, could explain the decreased risk for depression, and not the fact of being an early bird. Moreover, depression itself causes sleep disturbances, so it could be that depression is a cause of being a night owl, rather than the other way around.

The new study, however, offers more compelling evidence that going to bed early and waking early may, in itself, provide protection against depression, independent of other factors. The study, published in JAMA Psychiatry, uses a research method called Mendelian randomization that helps pinpoint the cause of what may be a cause-and-effect relationship. With Mendelian randomization, researchers can compare large groups of people based on genetic variants that are independent of other health or behavioral characteristics — in this case, the tendency to being a night owl or a morning person, inherited traits that are randomly allocated during our development in the womb. More than 340 genetic variants associated with circadian sleep rhythm have been identified, and the researchers can compare large groups of people with the genetic variants for being a morning person with groups that lack them. Nature has, in essence, set up the randomized experiment for them.

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*COLORADO MAYOR SPARKS OUTCRY BY BANNING THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE AND THREATENING TO KICK OFFICIALS OUT OF THE MEETING WHEN THEY DEFIED HIM AND STOOD TO RECITE IT:

Silverton Mayor Shane Fuhrman banned the Pledge of Allegiance at public meetings over what he called ‘direct threats’ The mayor of a small town in Colorado has banned his Board of Trustees and guests from reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at public meetings because of what he called ‘direct threats’ in his community. Shane Fuhrman, the mayor of the 550-person mountain town Silverton, announced at a board meeting on June 14, which is Flag Day.  But the entire room of attendees, and two board members, stood up and recited the pledge anyway, to which Fuhrman responded by threatening to kick them all out of the meeting. Fuhrman explained that he made the executive decision to ban the pledge ‘due to direct and indirect threats and inappropriate comments in and out of public meetings and the general divisiveness of issues created in our community’.

*RITZY ATLANTA COMMUNITY MOVES TO SEPARATE FROM CITY AMID CRIME SPIKE:

An exclusive Atlanta neighborhood plagued with a rash of violent crimes has reportedly decided to separate from the sprawling Georgia capital and create its own police force. Bill White, chairman and CEO of the Buckhead City Committee, told Fox News on Thursday that the decision to split was made as crime in Atlanta has skyrocketed while police are underfunded. “We filed our divorce papers at the city of Atlanta — and our divorce is final,” White told hold Bill Hemmer, adding: “We have two bills in the Georgia legislature dropping in January to decide this referendum ballot.” White estimated that nearly 80 percent of his community will vote in favor of the separation. The new community, Buckhead City, will have its own law enforcement system, he said.  “We’ll have our own court. We’ll have our own judge. We’ll have our own jail,” White said. “And we are going to put the smackdown on this crime once and for all here, because the people of Buckhead have had enough.” He said Mayor Keisha Bottoms’ woke policies have emboldened criminals and let the police force down.  

*CHICAGO MAYOR LORI LIGHTFOOT DECLARES  RACISM A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS-AND GIVES $10M IN COVID MONEY TO FIGHT IT:

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has declared racism a public health crisis – and will give $10million in Covid money to fight it. The Democrat said on Thursday: “At almost every single point in our city’s history, racism has taken a devastating toll on the health and wellbeing of our residents of color, especially those who are black…Ladies and gentlemen, it is literally killing us.” Lightfoot’s declaration came after a Chicago Department of Public Health report showed a 9.2-year life expectancy gap in the city with black Chicagoans living on average 71.4 years while non-black residents live 80.6 years.  The city will allocate $9.6 million of Covid money from the CDC to set up “healthy Chicago equity zones.” The mayor added: “When we think about racism, many of us think about its visible and audible forms. “But the reality is, the insidious nature of systemic racism has other impacts that are every bit as deep and harmful but are often ones we can’t see, like impacts on the psyche and other impacts on our bodies that are just as, if not more, deadly.”

*’WOKE’ UNIVERSITY DOCTORS CALL FOR NEW LAWS TO PROTECT ANIMALS FROM HATE SPEECH:

It says “speciesist” hate speech is as bad as racism. The proposals — published in the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies — would see cats, dogs, farm animals, even seagulls safeguarded. And the plans ignore the fact animals can’t be offended by words. Last night Tory MP Nigel Mills branded the idea “utter woke nonsense” and “a complete waste of time”. Dr Josh Milburn and Dr Alasdair Cochrane of the University of Sheffield suggest it could be hate speech to say the lives of a non-native species matter less than a native one. They say it would be impractical to censure wounding words “only if they actually wound”.

*IRAN ELECTS HARDLINE CLERIC LINKED TO MASS KILLINGS AS PRESIDENT:

An ultraconservative cleric linked to the mass execution of political prisoners has been elected Iran’s new president. Ebrahim Raisi, the country’s judiciary chief who has been rumored to be a potential successor to the Ayatollah, emerged victorious in a controversial election in which critics say moderate candidates were purged. Turnout was low—48 percent, according to election officials—as many voters saw the election of a hardliner as a foregone conclusion. Raisi, who is under U.S. sanctions, will replace president Hassan Rouhani at a time of heightened tensions with the West and Israel. Human-rights groups have called for Raisi to be investigated for his “crimes against humanity,” including his reported involvement in death panels that executed thousands of political prisoners in the ’80s after the Iran-Iraq war. Iran has never totally acknowledged the mass killings.

*AMERICAN AIRLINES HIT BY PILOT SHORTAGES, CANCELS HUNDREDS OF FLIGHTS AND PLANS TO CUT MORE:

A lot of people want to get back in the air as the pandemic eases and American Airlines, facing pilot shortages and recent bad weather, is struggling to keep up with demand. The U.S. carrier cancelled hundreds of flights over the weekend and says that it will be cancelling hundreds more through mid-July to help minimize disruption. Before COVID-19, American was the largest airline in the world by fleet size and number of passengers carried, but sank to a full-year loss of $9.5 billion as crews were furloughed.

An American Airlines spokeswoman blamed the cancellations on labor shortages, bad weather at its main hubs, and “the incredibly quick ramp-up of customer demand.” But Dennis Tajer of the Allied Pilots Association, which represents American’s roughly 15,000 pilots, told CNBC the company had to offer more advance overtime and give pilots more flexibility to make up for staffing shortages. “They’re trying to put a Band-Aid on something that needs stitches,” he said. American is expected to cancel about 1 percent of flights, or 50-80 flights a day.

*VICTORIA’S SECRET TRIES NEW LOOK:


After years of waning popularity, Victoria’s Secret, the lingerie giant known for its hypersexy image, is undergoing a major rebrand. One of the biggest changes: no more Angels, the scantily clad supermodels like Heidi Klum and Tyra Banks who posed exclusively for the company. In their place is “the VS Collective,” seven women who will advise and promote the brand, including the soccer star Megan Rapinoe and the actor Priyanka Chopra Jonas.

Victoria’s Secret has long “epitomized a certain widely accepted stereotype of femininity,” Sapna Maheshwari and Vanessa Friedman wrote in The Times. But that model is outdated now. Over the past decade, there has been a rise of “the anti-Victoria’s Secrets,” as Rory Satran wrote in The Wall Street Journal. Competitors like ThirdLove and Cuup prioritize “comfort as well as sexiness and structure, inclusive sizing and non-objectifying advertising imagery featuring a diverse group of models.”

Victoria’s Secret has been slow to adapt. “We needed to stop being about what men want and to be about what women want,” Martin Waters, the chief executive of the brand, said. In stores, mannequins will now come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. The company will also start offering products like nursing bras and sportswear.

One question remains: Will women buy it?
 
 

*WHAT’S UP? BY SARAH GARCIA:
  What to say about the Bronx and Manhattan district attorneys throwing out most of the looting and vandalism cases from the wake of the George Floyd protests last year? Outrageous doesn’t quite cover it. Shameful, disgraceful, disgusting, as local businesses put it. All true. But above all else, these sorts of games by our elected prosecutors are dangerous.  In New York, people were caught on camera pulling up in SUVs, stealing goods by the trash-bagful, and driving off. This is peaceful protest? This is social justice? And yet Bronx DA Darcel Clark and Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr. claim they can’t prove cases, so they are tossing them by the hundreds. BULL. They don’t want to put in the resources and work to see thieves and rioters get punished. 

*EXAMINER – INVESTIGATES:

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an astounding 90% of our $3.8 trillion in healthcare spending goes toward the treatment of mental health conditions and stress-related chronic diseases that can be managed and even prevented, like heart disease and diabetes.

*EXAMINER – A LOOK BACK:


July 1959. “Actor Charlton Heston at the site of his house being constructed in Coldwater Canyon, a hillside community above Beverly Hills. Includes Heston inspecting construction and wiring; playing with son Fraser; looking at house plans with wife Lydia.” Photo by Earl Theisen for the Look magazine assignment “The house that Ben-Hur built.

*EXAMINER – LENS:

Warren Higgs says his kidneys “grow continuously,” and are crushing his lungs and heart.


*EXAMINER – BUSINESS: MOVIEPASS WAS SHADY


 
Remember MoviePass? It’s the now-defunct startup that offered unlimited theater movies for a cheap monthly subscription price of $9.95. Many were skeptical of the business model, which seemed to go against the laws of… math.

The business math was so bad…
… that MoviePass — which started its wild all-you-can-watch experiment in 2017 — turned into a slow-burning dumpster fire. Turns out when your costs (full movie ticket price) are significantly higher than your revenue (cheap monthly subscription), business not good. It culminated in MoviePass’ parent company Helios and Matheson Analytics shutting down the company in 2019 and declaring bankruptcy early last year.

How MoviePass screwed customers
Details of the company’s shady tactics come from a Federal Trade Commission investigation. To stop people from watching (and slow its cash burn):

· Account passwords were falsely invalidated for “suspicious activity or potential fraud”

· A bogus ticket verification process was implemented to create friction

As if this wasn’t enough, MoviePass grossly mishandled customer data. An FTC settlement with the company’s execs is meant to prevent any future business tomfoolery.


*EXAMINER – MUSIC:

Billie Eilish sketches a creepy, controlling, exploitative relationship on “Your Power,” a single from her July album “Happier Than Ever.”

*(NOTABLE) REMARKS:

‘People Are Afraid to Speak Honestly’ They meet once a month on Zoom: a dozen doctors from around the country with distinguished careers in different specialities. They vary in ethnicity, age and sexual orientation. Some work for the best hospitals in the U.S. or teach at top medical schools. Others are dedicated to serving the most vulnerable populations in their communities.  The meetings are largely a support group. The members share their concerns about what’s going on in their hospitals and universities, and strategize about what to do. What is happening, they say, is the rapid spread of a deeply illiberal ideology in the country’s most important medical institutions.  This dogma goes by many imperfect names — wokeness, social justice, critical race theory, anti-racism — but whatever it’s called, the doctors say this ideology is stifling critical thinking and dissent in the name of progress. They say that it’s turning students against their teachers and patients and racializing even the smallest interpersonal interactions. Most concerning, they insist that it is threatening the foundations of patient care, of research, and of medicine itself. —- Katie Herzog

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*EXAMINER – HEALTH: INTERMITTENT FASTING IS ‘NOTHING SPECIAL’ FOR WEIGHT LOSS:

Intermittent fasting approaches to weight loss such as alternate day fasting or the ‘5:2’ diet have exploded in popularity in recent years. Now, a new study is challenging intermittent fasting’s claim as the most effective weight loss avenue. Researchers from the University of Bath report that at the end of the dieting day there’s “nothing special” about the restrictive diet. You’ve probably seen miraculous body transformations attributed to fasting on social media, or perhaps noticed a celebrity or two endorsing some variety of intermittent fasting. On the scientific side of things, however, research supporting intermittent fasting as a cut above all other traditional diets is lacking. Consequently, the team at UB set up a randomized control trial with 36 volunteers separated into three experimental groups:

  • Group 1 fasted on alternate days, with researchers asking them to eat 50 percent more than usual on eating days.
  • Group 2 reduced calories across all meals every day by 25 percent. This group represented more traditional dieting strategies.
  • Group 3 fasted on alternating days like group 1, but ate a full 100 percent more food than usual on eating days.

Ultimately, both groups 1 and 3 ended up losing less weight than participants in group 2. This held up even when calorie intake was virtually identical across groups.

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   “I’ve held onto it the way you hold on to something you love,” Stephen King said about “Lisey’s Story,” the rare novel he has adapted for TV himself.

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*WITH JUNETEENTH, FEDERAL EMPLOYEES NOW GET 44 PAID DAYS OFF EACH YEAR:

With the stroke of his pen, President Joe Biden signed legislation giving millions of federal employees Friday off to celebrate Saturday’s new federal holiday, Juneteenth. This makes 44 paid days off for the average federal employee annually, which is nearly nine full weeks of paid-time off each year. Juneteenth is celebrated on June 19 to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. The Civil War was America’s bloodiest war, with between 752,000 and 861,000 soldiers dying on the battlefield. 49 states have already recognized Juneteenth as a holiday (South Dakota is the only holdout), though only a handful give it as a paid holiday to state employees. On Wednesday, the U.S. House passed the bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday, after the U.S. Senate passed it the day before.

Signing it into law on Thursday, Biden made Juneteenth – observed this year on Friday, June 18 — a federal holiday for which “most” federal employees will have off.  The U.S. Office of Personnel Management tweeted Thursday that in observance of the federal holiday, “most federal employees will observe the holiday tomorrow, June 18”— since the 19th falls on Saturday this year. There are about 2.1 million civilian federal employees, another 1.3 million active-duty military personnel, and more than 500,000 postal service employees. Before Thursday, federal employees received pay for 10 federal holidays, 13 sick days and 20 vacation days per year on average. Our auditors at OpenTheBook.com estimate these benefits cost taxpayers $22.6 billion annually.

*’FENTANYL HAS CHANGED THE WHOLE LANDSCAPE’: SAN FRANCISCO FACES WORST DRUG EPIDEMIC EVER:

A physician, two nurses, a professional athlete, a drug dealer and a lawyer who had nodded off in court. Teenagers, specifically a 14- and a 15-year-old. And a 7-year-old who got into a stash in her mother’s purse. These are some of the types of people Dr. Christopher Colwell, the chief of emergency medicine at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, has recently seen in the emergency room for medical issues related to fentanyl use and overdoses. “That’s just in the last couple weeks,” Colwell said. “It’s really remarkable because it runs the entire spectrum. This affects all walks of life, all folks. It’s hard to overstate how impactful it can be to anyone. It doesn’t seem to care about race or background or gender — or anything.”

Colwell said on average about 10 to 15 people who’ve taken fentanyl are treated in the San Francisco General emergency room a day, sometimes more. And that’s at just one hospital in the city. The majority of people are found passed out and brought into the emergency room by emergency medical services. Most are very sleepy and unable to stay awake. Those who are on both fentanyl and methamphetamine can be very agitated and unable to stay still. Naloxone (Narcan) is a medicine used treat a fentanyl overdose and prevent death, and when administered, patients actively vomit and sweat.

*FILTH AND FECES, REPORT FINDS INCREASE IN DIRTY SUBWAY CARS:

As people return to the subway system in New York City, they are finding more trash and filth, according to a new report. There has been a rise in soiled train cars this year according to Daily News including cases of feces, vomit, and blood. The paper cited internal MTA reports. An increase in used syringes is also being found amid growing drug use in the subway system. “Incidents like this are unfortunate. They’re unsanitary for our customers and deeply unfair and disturbing for transit cleaners. They’re also a reminder of the need for more mental health outreach and social service support in the city and throughout the system,” MTA spokesperson Andrei Berman said in a statement to the paper. Rising crime in the subway system is also a problem. Last month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said people just don’t feel safe riding trains. “They have to feel safe. Do they feel safe now? No,” Cuomo said at a news conference. The governor says there need to be more NYPD officers in the subway system.  

*TEXAS NEWSPAPER REFUSES TO GIVE DESCRIPTION OF SUSPECT IN MASS SHOOTING BECAUSE OF “STEREOTYPES”:

A newspaper in Texas said on Saturday that it is not publishing the description that local law enforcement gave of a man suspected of shooting 13 people on Friday night because it “could be harmful in perpetuating stereotypes.” “Someone opened fire in a popular entertainment district in downtown Austin early Saturday, wounding 13 people, including two critically, before getting away,” the AP reported. “Investigators were looking into what sparked the shooting but were not able to get a detailed description of the shooter, though they believe it was a man and were going through surveillance video and other evidence, interim Police Chief Joseph Chacon said at a 4 a.m. news conference.” The Austin American-Statesman reported that law enforcement had “zeroed in on two suspects” believed to have been involved in the shooting. At the bottom of the Austin American-Statesman’s report, the newspaper explained that it was not going to give the description that law enforcement provided of one of the suspects.

*KEVIN HART TRASHES CANCEL CULTURE SUPPORTS: ‘SHUT THE F**K UP!

“Nobody’s perfect” seems to be the rallying cry of those opposed to cancel culture — including Kevin Hart. In an interview with the Sunday Times, the comedian and actor attacked the internet trend, saying, “Shut the f–k up!” Cancel culture — the viral phenomenon of “canceling” people, brands, companies, and shows because of problematic ideologies either from the past or present — has changed comedy, according to Hart, 41. Things that used to be funny or accepted are now cancellable, and the possibility of old stand-up bits and tweets resurfacing could “bite you in the ass.” The only way to grow, he said, is to mess up and learn from it. “If you allow it to have an effect on you, it will. Personally? That’s not how I operate,” Hart told the UK outlet. “I understand people are human. Everyone can change.” Hart, having been canceled a number of times in recent years, also reflected on stepping down from hosting the Oscars in 2019 after receiving backlash on the internet over homophobic tweets and old jokes.

*SPEAKER TELLS HIGH SCHOOL GRADS THEY’RE ENTERING A WORLD OF “CAPITALISM” AND “WHITE SUPREMACY” ENCOURAGES THEM TO REMEMBER “JIHAD” AND REJECT OBJECTIVITY:

 A school board member gave a graduation speech in which she told a mainly-immigrant class of high schoolers that they were entering a world filled with “racism, extreme versions of individualism and capitalism, [and] white supremacy,” and encouraged them to remember their “jihad” and reject the concepts of objectivity and neutrality. Fairfax County school board member Abrar Omeish gave the keynote address at the commencement for Justice High School in Falls Church, Virginia on June 7.  The ceremony began with a ceremony in which JROTC military cadets were the only people at the graduation who wore masks. 

The class president then led what she called “the nation’s anthem,” referring to the pledge of allegiance, in which she said the U.S. was “one nation under Allah.” Omeish was out of view of the camera, but a picture from another recent graduation shows her as the only person without her hand over her heart during the pledge. The president of the student government then introduced Omeish by noting that she was “Virginia co-chair for the Bernie Sanders campaign” and that her father, Esam Omeish, was a “leader and a board member of the Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center” who “raised his daughter to be an outspoken woman.”

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 While the buttercup looks innocent, it is among the more deadly garden plants. If eaten, this innocent-looking flower can cause painful death resulting from organ and nervous system intoxication.
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Recently we marked the 77th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy. On that day, Operation Overlord began, launching the Allied invasion of Europe that would spell the beginning of the end of the Nazi regime. At least 4,400 Allied troops died in the Normandy landings, and another 10,000 were wounded. As the invasion started, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt took to the radio airwaves to ask Americans to join him in prayer: “Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our Nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity … let our hearts be stout, to wait out the long travail, to bear sorrows that may come, to impart our courage unto our sons wheresoever they may be. “Nearly eight decades later, President Joe Biden had nothing to say or tweet about the D-Day anniversary. Breaking with bipartisan precedent, Mr. Biden remained silent on that topic. The next day, however, Mr. Biden did tweet something noteworthy about bravery: “To transgender Americans across the country — especially the young people who are so brave — I want you to know your President has your back.”

Bravery circa 1944: young men charging from the choppy seas of the English Channel onto the corpse-strewn beaches of Normandy, hellfire raining down upon them, to liberate a continent. Bravery circa 2021: young men identifying as women, and vice versa. Our definitions of bravery have shifted rather dramatically. Our old definition of courage used to comport with the Aristotelian notion of virtue. The virtue of courage — andreia, or manliness, in Greek — lay in recognition of serious risk in pursuit of a heroic telos, a final end. “The courageous man withstands and fears those things which it is necessary (to fear and withstand), and on account of the right reason,” Aristotle explains in “Nichomachean Ethics.” Courage is calculated and calm risk-taking for the sake of the noble and the good.

Not anymore. Now, courage lies in authenticity. Authenticity has not been, until recently, conflated with courage. In fact, authenticity very often cut directly against the virtue of courage: After all, wallowing in the solipsistic generally involves ignoring the demands of a higher noble goal. But now, our higher virtue isn’t in upholding and defending some standard for civilization at risk to ourselves. Higher virtue lies in finding our personal truths, and then demanding applause from the rest of the world. Heroism lies in forcing the world to bow before our subjective ideas of truth and decency. —- Ben Shapiro

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Clinton Engineer Works, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, 1944. “Calutron Girls — Gladys Owens (foreground), one of the workers monitoring ‘Calutron’ mass spectrometers at the Y-12 uranium isotope separation and enrichment plant. Like many of these women, she did not realize the significance of her work in the development of the first atomic bomb until long after the war had ended.

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