LBN Examiner 9/26/2021

*Unvaccinated 11 Times More Likely To Die From COVID-19, New CDC Study Says

Unvaccinated people are 11 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than fully vaccinated people, a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows. The study, which examined 600,000 COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths in 13 states from April 4 to June 19 and from June 20 to July 17, “found further evidence of the power of the vaccination,” CDC director Rochelle Walensky said in a press briefing Friday, according to CNBC people were over 10 times more likely to be hospitalized due to COVID-19 and are four-and-a-half half times more likely to contract the virus, according to the study.

The results come just one day after President Biden announced new COVID-19 rules that require private companies with over 100 employees to mandate the vaccine, and federal employees, contractors and healthcare workers to get the shot. “As we have shown study after study, vaccination works,” Walensky said during the press briefing, according to The Hil. “CDC will continue to do all we can do to increase vaccination rates across the country by working with local communities and trusted messengers and providing vaccine confidence consults to make sure that people have the information they need to make an informed decision,” Walensky added. Currently, 75% of U.S. adults ages 18 and older have received at least one shot, while 53% of the nation is fully vaccinated, according to The New York Times.




*The Mastermind – Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the making of 9/11:

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, photographed last year in Guantánamo, where he has been detained since 2006 and still awaits trial.

Since 2006, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s family has periodically received letters from him, sent from his cell at the Guantánamo Bay detention center. According to rules established by the American military, the correspondence must fit on a five-inch-by-six-inch portion of a pre-printed form, and its content is restricted to the familial and personal; all else is stricken by censors. Mohammed, the self-proclaimed architect of the 9/11 attacks against America, mostly sends good wishes to his wife and children, who are now living in southeastern Iran, and to other relatives. He makes repeated references to his Islamic faith and the beneficence of Allah and his prophet.

In photographs that accompanied one of the letters, Mohammed appeared shrunken from the man in the famous image taken the day of his capture: a thickset, wild-haired figure, half-dressed in his nightclothes. The image must have infuriated Mohammed, who is vain enough to have complained during a military-court hearing that a sketch artist had drawn his nose too big. In the jailhouse photographs, he is almost forty pounds lighter. He stares directly at the camera, cloaked in long white robes, with a headdress framing a small, still face and a long black-and-white beard. A copy of the Koran lies open in his right hand.

*Marijuana use at ‘historic high’ among college-aged adults



You may soon be in the minority if you’re of a college-age adult and not using marijuana, according to a new national poll. Marijuana has steadily become more and more socially accepted and popular in recent years. Now, a new study reveals weed use among college students and their peers reached historically high levels in 2020. In fact, researchers from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) say marijuana use hasn’t been this high since the 1980s. However, the report shows both marijuana vaping and nicotine vaping trends leveled off a bit last year after experiencing big increases starting in 2017 among college-aged adults. As for other drugs, use of hallucinogens among college students increased in 2020, while alcohol consumption actually dropped significantly between 2019 and 2020.

“The COVID-19 pandemic dramatically changed the way that young people interact with one another and offers us an opportunity to examine whether drug taking behavior has shifted through these changes,” says NIDA Director Nora D. Volkow, M.D., in a media release. “Moving forward, it will be critical to investigate how and when different substances are used among this young population, and the impact of these shifts over time.”

*UMich prof says math and science classes are racist

 

Deborah Ball, a mathematics professor at the University of Michigan, argued in a podcast that the discipline inflicts racism against Black and Latino students.  On Jul 21, Ball appeared on an episode of the Ed Fix Podcast titled “Fighting Racism with Mathematics” to make her case. Ball said on the podcast that mathematics is “dominated by Whiteness and racism.” She also expressed frustration at her mathematics and science colleagues. whom she described as resistant to her ideas that the disciplines are just as subjective in interpretation and analysis as the humanities. “It’s difficult to figure out how to surface and unpack the ways that mathematics, for example is a harbor for whiteness,” Ball stated. Last week, the University of Michigan’s shared the podcast episode on its Twitter account.  Deborah Ball, professor at @UMichEducation, was featured on an EdFix podcast discussing the power and possibility of mathematics teaching to disrupt patterns of racism and oppression. Listen to the podcast: https://t.co/zdBwARHBRE– University of Michigan (@UMich) August 11, 2021.

According to Ball, “Whiteness” plays an integral role in explaining the racial and ethnic disparities that exist in mathematics performance. She claimed that since White and Asian students are overrepresented in high-level mathematics, new pedagogy is required to increase access to underrepresented minority students. “Mathematics, despite the way we represent it, is something that many cultures and communities have created and there are people, scholars in our country, and teachers who have exploited opportunities to broaden kids’ views of mathematics,” Ball said in the podcast. More broadly, Ball views racial injustice as an issue that permeates the educational system. Writing for the Detroit Free Press on March 21, Ball stated, “As districts emerge from the quarantine of the last year, the plans for a safe return to school must take a fuller view of the safety needed to dismantle anti-Blackness and white supremacy in our educational systems.

*7,000 steps a day can dramatically cut risk of heart disease, premature death in middle-aged adults



 Taking 7,000 steps a day during middle age can keep a person’s arteries healthy and reduce their risk of death by up to 70 percent, a new study concludes. The findings by researchers from across the United States suggest that this lower number is still enough to protect against serious heart complications – rather than the common recommendation of 10,000 steps per day. The study examined a group of adults between 38 and 50 who took at least 7,000 steps daily – about three miles – and discovered that these individuals were much less likely to die over the next decade. Mortality rates among both White and Black participants fell by 63 and 70 percent respectively compared to their sedentary peers. Study authors also identified a difference among men and women raising their daily step count. Deaths among men fell by 58 percent however, that rate jumped to 72 percent among women. “This cohort study found that higher daily step volume was associated with a lower risk of premature all-cause mortality among Black and White middle-aged women and men,” lead author Dr. Amanda Paluch of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and her team writes in the journal JAMA Network Open. The 2,110 volunteers wore an accelerometer from 2005 to 2006 and researchers followed them for an average of nearly 11 years. The volunteers were all taking part in a program looking into the risks of coronary artery disease. “Participants taking at least 7,000 steps/d, compared with those taking fewer than 7,000 steps/d, had a 50% to 70% lower risk of mortality,” the researchers write 

*EXAMINER – NOTABLE REMARKS:
 Of all the broken things the pandemic has revealed about our country, you can make a good case that the state of American education came out looking more battered than just about anything else. There’s the stranglehold that the teacher’s unions have over our public schools. (And the influence those unions seem to have over our public health organizations.) There’s the war over masking our students – and the inability of the adults in charge to have an adult conversation about trade-offs and risks. There’s the revelation, via Zoom, that students might not be learning much of anything. (Besides obsessing over race.)  There’s the decline of the American university, captured with love on Netflix’s new series “The Chair.” Colleges and universities have 1.5 million fewer students today than they did five years ago. Men, according to a story out today in The Wall Street Journal, account for more than 70% of that drop. Soon, university women will outnumber men by two to one. It’s an astonishing gender gap that would perhaps generate more alarm if we weren’t already focused on skyrocketing tuition and student debt. —- Bari Weiss

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*We Are The West Releases New Album to Vast Critical Acclaim



We Are The West has been achieving one success after another. After a series of 4 site-specific EPs, performing with David Bowie’s band in his ‘Celebrating David Bowie’ world tour, releasing their soulful and intricately crafted debut LP The Golden Shore, and providing the soundtrack for 2 Hearts (#1 movie on Netflix, June 2021), they’ve emerged from the pandemic into the warm sunlight with a brisk and immediate collection, ‘Only One Us‘, their finest work yet. Only One Us has been receiving grand praise from critics and is sure to become a classic album. The record has been getting airplay on premier radio stations, KCSN in LA and WFUV in NYC.

List of critically acclaimed reviews about Only One Us:

“Beautiful, cinematic folk. Their live show is just a feast for the eyes and the ears.” – NPR’s Here & Now

“Beyond its well-crafted songs, the album’s calling card is its great big heart. By the end, you might want to shout ‘Hey God, I’m Alive!’, too.” – Buzz Bands LA

“We Are The West are the best of acoustic music that dabbles in ambient Psych-Folk.” – The Alternate Root

“One of the most creative bands out there is out now with a beautiful new album. It will hypnotize you.” – Vents Magazine

“Thoroughly original, one-of-a-kind performances.” – Magnet Magazine

We Are The West began way out east in a shipping container on a sheep farm in Holland. Then, inside a haunted convent in Brooklyn, before growing underground in a parking garage in Santa Monica where founders Brett Hool (voice, guitar) and John Kibler (upright bass, voice) host their renowned monthly concert series (“Feels like the wave of the future.” Los Angeles Magazine).
 

We Are The West website: http://wearethewest.com/

instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wearethewest/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wearethewestmusic/

*EXAMINER – LENS:

 For “The Chair,” Amanda Peet, left, needed a very specific kind of lead actress. Who else but Sandra Oh, right, could both “do a pratfall and also pass as someone with a Ph.D. in literature?” she asked.



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 Actress Kirsten Dunst, along with 12 members of the White House staff, 3 Nobel Prize winners, over 100 Academy Award winners, 6 US Senators, and over 300 Grammy Award winners.

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LBN Examiner 9/12/2021

*Unvaccinated 11 Times More Likely To Die From COVID-19, New CDC Study Says

Unvaccinated people are 11 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than fully vaccinated people, a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows. The study, which examined 600,000 COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths in 13 states from April 4 to June 19 and from June 20 to July 17, “found further evidence of the power of the vaccination,” CDC director Rochelle Walensky said in a press briefing Friday, according to CNBC people were over 10 times more likely to be hospitalized due to COVID-19 and are four-and-a-half half times more likely to contract the virus, according to the study.

The results come just one day after President Biden announced new COVID-19 rules that require private companies with over 100 employees to mandate the vaccine, and federal employees, contractors and healthcare workers to get the shot. “As we have shown study after study, vaccination works,” Walensky said during the press briefing, according to The Hil. “CDC will continue to do all we can do to increase vaccination rates across the country by working with local communities and trusted messengers and providing vaccine confidence consults to make sure that people have the information they need to make an informed decision,” Walensky added. Currently, 75% of U.S. adults ages 18 and older have received at least one shot, while 53% of the nation is fully vaccinated, according to The New York Times.



*The Mastermind – Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the making of 9/11:

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, photographed last year in Guantánamo, where he has been detained since 2006 and still awaits trial.

Since 2006, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s family has periodically received letters from him, sent from his cell at the Guantánamo Bay detention center. According to rules established by the American military, the correspondence must fit on a five-inch-by-six-inch portion of a pre-printed form, and its content is restricted to the familial and personal; all else is stricken by censors. Mohammed, the self-proclaimed architect of the 9/11 attacks against America, mostly sends good wishes to his wife and children, who are now living in southeastern Iran, and to other relatives. He makes repeated references to his Islamic faith and the beneficence of Allah and his prophet.

In photographs that accompanied one of the letters, Mohammed appeared shrunken from the man in the famous image taken the day of his capture: a thickset, wild-haired figure, half-dressed in his nightclothes. The image must have infuriated Mohammed, who is vain enough to have complained during a military-court hearing that a sketch artist had drawn his nose too big. In the jailhouse photographs, he is almost forty pounds lighter. He stares directly at the camera, cloaked in long white robes, with a headdress framing a small, still face and a long black-and-white beard. A copy of the Koran lies open in his right hand.

*Marijuana use at ‘historic high’ among college-aged adults



You may soon be in the minority if you’re of a college-age adult and not using marijuana, according to a new national poll. Marijuana has steadily become more and more socially accepted and popular in recent years. Now, a new study reveals weed use among college students and their peers reached historically high levels in 2020. In fact, researchers from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) say marijuana use hasn’t been this high since the 1980s. However, the report shows both marijuana vaping and nicotine vaping trends leveled off a bit last year after experiencing big increases starting in 2017 among college-aged adults. As for other drugs, use of hallucinogens among college students increased in 2020, while alcohol consumption actually dropped significantly between 2019 and 2020.

“The COVID-19 pandemic dramatically changed the way that young people interact with one another and offers us an opportunity to examine whether drug taking behavior has shifted through these changes,” says NIDA Director Nora D. Volkow, M.D., in a media release. “Moving forward, it will be critical to investigate how and when different substances are used among this young population, and the impact of these shifts over time.”

*UMich prof says math and science classes are racist

 

Deborah Ball, a mathematics professor at the University of Michigan, argued in a podcast that the discipline inflicts racism against Black and Latino students.  On Jul 21, Ball appeared on an episode of the Ed Fix Podcast titled “Fighting Racism with Mathematics” to make her case. Ball said on the podcast that mathematics is “dominated by Whiteness and racism.” She also expressed frustration at her mathematics and science colleagues. whom she described as resistant to her ideas that the disciplines are just as subjective in interpretation and analysis as the humanities. “It’s difficult to figure out how to surface and unpack the ways that mathematics, for example is a harbor for whiteness,” Ball stated. Last week, the University of Michigan’s shared the podcast episode on its Twitter account.  Deborah Ball, professor at @UMichEducation, was featured on an EdFix podcast discussing the power and possibility of mathematics teaching to disrupt patterns of racism and oppression. Listen to the podcast: https://t.co/zdBwARHBRE– University of Michigan (@UMich) August 11, 2021.

According to Ball, “Whiteness” plays an integral role in explaining the racial and ethnic disparities that exist in mathematics performance. She claimed that since White and Asian students are overrepresented in high-level mathematics, new pedagogy is required to increase access to underrepresented minority students. “Mathematics, despite the way we represent it, is something that many cultures and communities have created and there are people, scholars in our country, and teachers who have exploited opportunities to broaden kids’ views of mathematics,” Ball said in the podcast. More broadly, Ball views racial injustice as an issue that permeates the educational system. Writing for the Detroit Free Press on March 21, Ball stated, “As districts emerge from the quarantine of the last year, the plans for a safe return to school must take a fuller view of the safety needed to dismantle anti-Blackness and white supremacy in our educational systems.

*7,000 steps a day can dramatically cut risk of heart disease, premature death in middle-aged adults



 Taking 7,000 steps a day during middle age can keep a person’s arteries healthy and reduce their risk of death by up to 70 percent, a new study concludes. The findings by researchers from across the United States suggest that this lower number is still enough to protect against serious heart complications – rather than the common recommendation of 10,000 steps per day. The study examined a group of adults between 38 and 50 who took at least 7,000 steps daily – about three miles – and discovered that these individuals were much less likely to die over the next decade. Mortality rates among both White and Black participants fell by 63 and 70 percent respectively compared to their sedentary peers. Study authors also identified a difference among men and women raising their daily step count. Deaths among men fell by 58 percent however, that rate jumped to 72 percent among women. “This cohort study found that higher daily step volume was associated with a lower risk of premature all-cause mortality among Black and White middle-aged women and men,” lead author Dr. Amanda Paluch of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and her team writes in the journal JAMA Network Open. The 2,110 volunteers wore an accelerometer from 2005 to 2006 and researchers followed them for an average of nearly 11 years. The volunteers were all taking part in a program looking into the risks of coronary artery disease. “Participants taking at least 7,000 steps/d, compared with those taking fewer than 7,000 steps/d, had a 50% to 70% lower risk of mortality,” the researchers write 

*EXAMINER – NOTABLE REMARKS:

 Of all the broken things the pandemic has revealed about our country, you can make a good case that the state of American education came out looking more battered than just about anything else. There’s the stranglehold that the teacher’s unions have over our public schools. (And the influence those unions seem to have over our public health organizations.) There’s the war over masking our students – and the inability of the adults in charge to have an adult conversation about trade-offs and risks. There’s the revelation, via Zoom, that students might not be learning much of anything. (Besides obsessing over race.)  There’s the decline of the American university, captured with love on Netflix’s new series “The Chair.” Colleges and universities have 1.5 million fewer students today than they did five years ago. Men, according to a story out today in The Wall Street Journal, account for more than 70% of that drop. Soon, university women will outnumber men by two to one. It’s an astonishing gender gap that would perhaps generate more alarm if we weren’t already focused on skyrocketing tuition and student debt. —- Bari Weiss

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*EXAMINER –  A LOOK BACK:

 Beloved poet Mary Oliver (September 10, 1935-January 17, 2019)



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*EXAMINER – CARTOON:

“It started out as a scarf, but it turned into an excuse to watch murder documentaries.”

*We Are The West Releases New Album to Vast Critical Acclaim

We Are The West has been achieving one success after another. After a series of 4 site-specific EPs, performing with David Bowie’s band in his ‘Celebrating David Bowie’ world tour, releasing their soulful and intricately crafted debut LP The Golden Shore, and providing the soundtrack for 2 Hearts (#1 movie on Netflix, June 2021), they’ve emerged from the pandemic into the warm sunlight with a brisk and immediate collection, ‘Only One Us‘, their finest work yet. Only One Us has been receiving grand praise from critics and is sure to become a classic album. The record has been getting airplay on premier radio stations, KCSN in LA and WFUV in NYC.

List of critically acclaimed reviews about Only One Us:

“Beautiful, cinematic folk. Their live show is just a feast for the eyes and the ears.” – NPR’s Here & Now

“Beyond its well-crafted songs, the album’s calling card is its great big heart. By the end, you might want to shout ‘Hey God, I’m Alive!’, too.” – Buzz Bands LA

“We Are The West are the best of acoustic music that dabbles in ambient Psych-Folk.” – The Alternate Root

“One of the most creative bands out there is out now with a beautiful new album. It will hypnotize you.” – Vents Magazine

“Thoroughly original, one-of-a-kind performances.” – Magnet Magazine

We Are The West began way out east in a shipping container on a sheep farm in Holland. Then, inside a haunted convent in Brooklyn, before growing underground in a parking garage in Santa Monica where founders Brett Hool (voice, guitar) and John Kibler (upright bass, voice) host their renowned monthly concert series (“Feels like the wave of the future.” Los Angeles Magazine).

We Are The West website: http://wearethewest.com/

instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wearethewest/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wearethewestmusic/

*EXAMINER – LENS:

 For “The Chair,” Amanda Peet, left, needed a very specific kind of lead actress. Who else but Sandra Oh, right, could both “do a pratfall and also pass as someone with a Ph.D. in literature?” she asked.



*“Intel for Influencers” —- WHO READS LBN EXAMINER?:

 Actress Kirsten Dunst, along with 12 members of the White House staff, 3 Nobel Prize winners, over 100 Academy Award winners, 6 US Senators, and over 300 Grammy Award winners.

*EXAMINER – A DIFFERENT VIEW:….

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LBN Examiner 9/12/2021

*In America, is it better not to be employed?

The latest jobs report for August was disappointing. Job growth fell by more than half and was one-third of expectations. This was partly because of COVID concerns. But we still don’t have nearly enough adult Americans in the work force. Why? Government welfare policies are clearly keeping Americans – millions – from taking jobs.  Here is what we know: Across the country, there are between 5 million and 6 million unemployed Americans, but also an all-time record 10.1 million job openings. These are in construction, warehousing, retail, manufacturing, trucking, business services and so on. These aren’t “dead end” or even minimum-wage jobs in most cases. Open factory and truck driver jobs pay $50,000 to $100,000 a year with benefits. But economist Casey Mulligan of the University of Chicago has found that when counting all government benefits, a family of four in high welfare-benefit states like New York and Connecticut and with two unemployed parents can receive up to $100,000 in cash, food stamps, etc. Why work? In some cases, workers would see a cut in their income if they returned to their jobs



*Taliban Names FBI-Wanted Alleged Terror Leader As Afghan Interior Minister

The Taliban announced “the formation of a hardline interim government for Afghanistan” on Tuesday, per CNN, and among the top ministers is the FBI-wanted alleged terror leader Sirajuddin Haqqani, the head of the Taliban- and al Qaeda-aligned Haqqani network and a State Department “specially designated global terrorist.” “Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, a long-time Taliban member who has been [the] leader of the group’s Shura or Leadership Council for about two decades, was named as prime minister. He is seen as an influential and respected on the religious side of the movement, rather than on its military side”. Not a single female leader was among those appointed, despite the Taliban’s reported newfound commitment to women’s rights.

“Two senior figures in the Haqqani Network, a US-designated terror group aligned with the Taliban and al Qaeda, will be in in the interim government. Both have been sanctioned by the United Nations and the US,” the outlet added. Sirajuddin Haqqani is the Haqqani Network’s leader, CNN noted, and he is joined by his uncle, Khalil Haqqani, who was appointed “acting minister of refugees,” though it is not clear whether that refers to incoming or outgoing Afghans. Sirajuddin Haqqani is wanted by both the FBI and the United States State Department, and he has a $5 million bounty from the U.S. State Department on his head, according to the FBI’s “Most Wanted” page, which still lists his whereabouts as largely unknown.

*Wuhan lab documents show Fauci ‘untruthful’ about gain-of-function research: critics:


Dr. Anthony Fauci has been accused by critics of lying after newly released documents appear to contradict his claims that the National Institute of Health did not fund gain-of-function research at China’s Wuhan lab. Senator Rand Paul led the criticism against Fauci on Tuesday after the documents, obtained by The Intercept, detailed grants given to EcoHealth Alliance – the nonprofit that funneled federal funds to the Wuhan Institute of Virology for bat coronavirus research. Included in the trove of documents is a previously unpublished grant proposal that EcoHealth Alliance, which is run by Peter Daszak, filed with Fauci’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease. Fauci has repeatedly insisted that NIH funding of the Wuhan lab does not constitute as “gain-of-function” research. “Surprise surprise – Fauci lied again. And I was right about his agency funding novel Coronavirus research at Wuhan,” Sen. Paul tweeted after the documents were made public.

*Nearly 90 Retired Generals, Admirals Demand Milley, Austin Resign: Focused On ‘Wokeness’ Vs. Winning Wars

 

Nearly 90 retired generals and admirals wrote a letter demanding that Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS) Mark Milley resign from their roles immediately over the “events surrounding the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan” that unfolded under their leadership in the Biden administration. “What should have happened upon learning of the Commander in Chief’s (President Biden’s) plan to quickly withdraw our forces and close the important power projection base Bagram, without adequate plans and forces in place to conduct the entire operation in an orderly fashion?” they wrote. “As principal military advisors to the CINC/President, the SECDEF and CJCS should have recommended against this dangerous withdrawal in the strongest possible terms. “If they did not do everything within their authority to stop the hasty withdrawal, they should resign. Conversely, if they did do everything within their ability to persuade the CINC/President to not hastily exit the country without ensuring the safety of our citizens and Afghans loyal to America, then they should have resigned in protest as a matter of conscience and public statement,” they continued.

“The consequences of this disaster are enormous and will reverberate for decades beginning with the safety of Americans and Afghans who are unable to move safely to evacuation points; therefore, being de facto hostages of the Taliban at this time.” The retired military commanders criticized the Biden administration for enabling the death and torture of Afghans that, they said, “has already begun and will result in a human tragedy of major proportions.” “The loss of billions of dollars in advanced military equipment and supplies falling into the hands of our enemies is catastrophic,” they continued. “The damage to the reputation of the United States is indescribable. We are now seen, and will be seen for many years, as an unreliable partner in any multinational agreement or operation. Trust in the United States is irreparably damaged.”

*Newly Released Taliban Video Blames U.S. For 9/11


 In a newly-released video, the Taliban, which was associated with al Qaeda at the time al Qaeda murdered roughly 3,000 Americans in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, blames America for the events of that day. The video, titled, “Victorious Force 3,” as the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ Long War Journal reports, is one of a number of short films celebrating Taliban units that launched suicide attacks and was broadcast on Afghanistan’s national RTA television station. The narrator for the film states that the United States is the true “terrorist” party while adding that the 9/11 “attacks were the result of the United States’ policy of aggression against the Muslim world.” He also claims that the U.S. and its allies “launched a military invasion without considering the reasonable stance of the Islamic Emirate on the issue.” “The Taliban has never accepted responsibility for harboring and working with al Qaeda prior to 9/11. The two remain intertwined to this day,” the Long War Journal points out. Only weeks after the 9/11 attacks, Taliban founder Mullah Omar, who would not hand over Osama Bin Laden to America, said in an interview, “America has created the evil that is attacking it,” adding that this “evil will not disappear even if I die and Osama [bin Laden] dies and others die.” 

*EXAMINER – INVESTIGATES:

 To increase the size of the U.S. Army during WWI, Congress passed the Selective Service Act, which was also known as the conscription or draft, in May 1917. By the end of the war, 2.7 million men were drafted. Another 1.3 million volunteered.

*EXAMINER – LENS:


 Caitlyn Jenner’s campaign has paid $35,000 to Como Ventures LLC, an entity registered by her personal manager and roommate, who has no apparent experience working in politics.

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*EXAMINER –  A LOOK BACK:

 February 1942. “Meeker County, Minnesota. Mike McRaith and family. He farms eighty acres.


*YIKES – 6 in 10 say US has ‘seriously gone off on the wrong track’: poll:

 About 6 in 10 U.S. voters believe that the country has gone “pretty seriously” off “the wrong track” as President Biden faces a wave of criticism over his handling of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, according to a new Politico-Morning Consult poll released Wednesday.  The study, conducted from Saturday to Monday, found that 61 percent of respondents believe the country is on the wrong track, compared to just 39 percent who say the country is “going in the right direction.”  The survey also found a record-low overall approval rating for Biden at 47 percent, with 49 percent saying they disapproved of the president’s job performance overall.

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*Former UK PM Blair warns West should prepare for bio-terrorism threat:


 

Islamism remains a “first order” security threat and the West should prepare for potential use of biological weapons by extremist groups, former British prime minister Tony Blair said. The Taliban swept to power in Afghanistan last month as the United States withdrew its troops after a 20-year war, and Britain fears the group’s return and the vacuum left by the West’s chaotic withdrawal will allow militants from al Qaeda and Islamic State to gain a foothold there. “Islamism, both the ideology and the violence, is a first order security threat and, unchecked, it will come to us, even if centered far from us, as 9/11 demonstrated,” Blair said in a speech at the RUSI security think tank to mark the twentieth anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. Blair said the West needed to assess its vulnerability. “COVID-19 has taught us about deadly pathogens. Bio-terror possibilities may seem like the realm of science fiction. But we would be wise now to prepare for their potential use by non-state actors,” he said.

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