LBN Examiner 4/18/2021

*SEATTLE PARENTS SHOCKED WILL RETURN TO SCHOOLS WITH HOMELESS ENCAMPMENT:

Seattle students will begin a return to in-classroom learning in April, but parents were left shocked after learning that homeless encampments, located on the grounds of two schools welcoming kids back, will likely remain even after the schools reopen. “As students at Seattle Public Schools start to return for in-person learning following the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, the district continues to grapple with the presence of two homeless encampments that have taken root on a pair of the district’s campuses,” Seattle’s KOMO reported. ‘The presence of the encampments at Broadview Thomson K-8, located at 13052 Greenwood Ave., and Edmond S. Meany Middle School, located at 201 21st Ave., has stirred concern among parents and residents who live in the area. They are outraged that students will be back in class Monday and the district has not yet resolved what they describe as a dangerous problem.”

Parents and residents want the homeless encampment removed, they told local media, not simply because special education students are returning to in-person learning on the two campuses, but because the homeless encampments have become a frustrating problem.“Neighbors have been calling on Seattle Public Schools for months to remove the camp that they say has brought increasing problems to their neighborhood,” KOMO reported earlier this week. In February, they say, a woman died of an overdose in the camp, which, neighbors contend, has become a hotbed for illegal drug activity. The city of Seattle has so far refused to move the camp because, city officials say, the camp is on the grounds of Seattle Public Schools, which must tackle the problem for itself or officially request help from the city of Seattle.

“The City shares the community’s concerns regarding the encampment at Broadview-Thomson, and has been open to working with Seattle Public Schools to help address encampments adjacent to SPS property and facilitate a safe return to the classroom for Seattle students,” Seattle’s Mayor Jenny Durkan said in a statement. “However, the decision of whether to address an encampment on school property is up to Seattle Public Schools.” Durkan then went on to suggest that Seattle Public Schools may not want to fully address the problem. “Recently, the Seattle School Board President issued a statement decrying City outreach strategies that may eventually lead to a removal and demanding that removals should ‘never be performed on school grounds, adjacent, or elsewhere in the City.’” Seattle Public Schools says it is aware of the issue, but that it believes the encampment is not dangerous.

*NY OFFERS $15,600 TO ‘UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS WHO LOST WORK’ DUE TO COVID:

Legislators in New York approved checks of $15,600 for “undocumented immigrants” who lost work during the COVID-19 pandemic and are otherwise ineligible for relief from the federal government. “New York will offer one-time payments of up to $15,600 to undocumented immigrants who lost work during the pandemic. The effort — a $2.1 billion fund in the state budget — is by far the biggest of its kind in the U.S,” posted the New York Times on Twitter.

*MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION LINKED TO RISE IN FATAL CAR ACCIDENTS:

  For giant cities like New York, cars and traffic are just part of the urban landscape. New York is also one of the growing list of places across North America legalizing marijuana. Unfortunately for drivers (and even pedestrians) a new study finds those are two things that simply don’t mix. Canadian researchers find legalizing cannabis leads to an increase in fatal auto accidents; potentially putting hundreds of drivers in danger each year. A team from McGill University analyzed legal recreational cannabis use and deadly motor vehicle collisions across the United States. They then applied the data to Canadian roads to find out how legalizing the drug may impact local roads.

“Analyses of data suggest that legalization of recreational cannabis in United States jurisdictions may be associated with a small but significant increase in fatal motor vehicle collisions and fatalities, which, if extrapolated to the Canadian context, could result in as many as 308 additional driving fatalities annually,” writes researcher Sarah Windle and her co-authors in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

In Canada, researchers find cannabis consumption increased by three percent between 2018 and 2019, when the country legalized its use. According to Canadians reporting their own usage, that raised the number of people using marijuana to 17 percent. Among cannabis users with a driver’s license, the study finds 13 percent admit driving within two hours of using marijuana. The total number of people admitting to getting on the road after recent cannabis use jumped from 573,000 to 622,000. A 2012 analysis estimates cannabis-related auto collisions in Canada result in $1.1 billion worth of societal and economic damages annually. Drivers under the age of 34 are responsible for the majority of that damage.

*THE U.S SAW SIGNIFICANT CRIME RISE ACROSS MAJOR CITIES IN 2020… AND IT’S NOT LETTING UP:

Major American cities saw a 33% increase in homicides last year as a pandemic swept across the country, millions of people joined protests against racial injustice and police brutality, and the economy collapsed under the weight of the pandemic — a crime surge that has continued into the first quarter of this year. Sixty-three of the 66 largest police jurisdictions saw increases in at least one category of violent crimes in 2020, which include homicide, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault, according to a report produced by the Major Cities Chiefs Association. Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Raleigh, North Carolina, did not report increases in any of the violent crime categories.

*CHARLES BARKLEY SAYS THE ‘SYSTEM’ AND POLITICIANS WANT BLACK AND WHITE PEOPLE TO HATE EACH OTHER:


Charles Barkley shared some refreshing and blunt thoughts about the divisions in America, and everyone needs to hear his words. It’s known that the retired NBA legend never holds back when he has something to say, and this time he touched on the chaos and carnage in America. Trust me, it’s been a minute or two since we’ve heard something this wide.  Barkley said the following Saturday afternoon prior the Final Four games starting:

Man, I think most white people and black people are great people. I really believe that in my heart, but I think our system is set up where our politicians, whether they’re Republicans or Democrats, are designed to make us not like each other so they can keep their grasp of money and power. They divide and conquer. I truly believe in my heart most white people and black people are awesome people, but we’re so stupid following our politicians, whether they’re Republicans or Democrats, and their only job is, ‘Hey, let’s make these people not like each other. We don’t live in their neighborhoods, we all got money, let’s make the whites and blacks not like each other, let’s make rich people and poor people not like each other, let’s scramble the middle class. I truly believe that in my heart.

*MOST PEOPLE CAN’T TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SCREAMS OF JOY AND SCREAMS OF TERROR:

Is your friend in a state of sheer delight, or intense fright? The ear-ringing sounds some people make apparently make it hard to tell. A new study finds most people can’t tell the difference between screams of joy and screams of terror. Researchers from Emory University say screams of happiness are often interpreted as screams of fear because both have similar acoustic features. People use screams to express a range of emotions, from happiness, to excitement and surprise, to anger, frustration, and fear. Most of the time, it’s pretty clear which one of these feelings a person is trying to communicate.

However, it appears screams of joy are much harder to decode if you don’t have any additional context. Study authors suggest the confusion may stem from ancient times, when making the right call was the difference between life and death.“T o a large extent, the study participants were quite good at judging the original context of a scream, simply by listening to it through headphones without any visual cues,” says Professor Harold Gouzoules in a university release. “But when participants listened to screams of excited happiness they tended to judge the emotion as fear. That’s an interesting, surprising finding.”

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The coronavirus pandemic has sparked a nationwide ketchup shortage that has restaurants scrambling to get ahold of America’s most popular condiment, a new report says. In especially short supply are ketchup packets, a hot commodity for eateries that have relied on takeout orders over the past year as COVID-19 crimped their dining room capacity. Health officials have also helped drive up demand by pushing restaurants to ditch shared ketchup bottles for packets or other single-use containers, the paper reported. Prices for ketchup packets have spiked 13 percent since January 2020 amid that increased demand — and Heinz, the largest producer in the market, hasn’t been able to keep up, the Monday story says. The iconic ketchup brand is urging restaurants to be patient while it works to increase its manufacturing capacity by 25 percent so it can churn out more than 12 billion “sachets” a year, according to the Journal.

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*WHO IS THAT? 40% OF AMERICANS DON’T RECOGNIZE THEMSELVES IN THE MIRROR:

Who’s that in the mirror? While many people haven’t seen their friends during the coronavirus pandemic, some believe they haven’t even seen themselves recently. Two in five Americans say that they’ve passed a mirror and not recognized their reflection at least once during COVID-19. A national survey of 2,000 American consumers examines the evolution of respondents’ relationships with their bodies since the pandemic started last year. Over half the poll (51%) believe the pandemic has negatively affected how they feel about their body. Another 42 percent confessed to not feeling “at home” in their bodies anymore. About one in two people (49%) say they don’t have the same level of confidence as they did prior to COVID-19. The survey, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Massage Envy, also examined consumer confidence and discovered there are a few things that respondents said they would need in order to regain the level of confidence they had before the pandemic.

For 52 percent, a vacation would help regain their confidence. A haircut (33%), a night out (37%), and a massage (37%) all top the list as well. For some, confidence involves more than just the physical, with three in ten consumers (31%) saying they would like to start mental health therapy. Researchers find the pandemic has taken more out of us than our confidence. According to the results, 47 percent of Americans say their body has been aching in brand new ways since last March. After everyone’s daily routine was upended, the new daily ritual has started to take its toll. Nearly three in five (58%) admit their daily routine since the start of the pandemic is inflicting major wear and tear on their bodies. Half the poll admitted to feeling physically drained on a daily basis from the general stress of COVID alone. Another 46 percent blame the general “sameness” of the passing days for feeling drained. Almost two in five people (39%) feel physically drained without in-person interactions and nearly a third (32%) feel tired from practicing safety precautions while out and about.

These daily stressors have also had an intense physical impact on those respondents who experienced chronic pain before the pandemic began (45%). Of those with chronic pain, two in three (66%) reveal their pain has increased since the pandemic’s start. Meanwhile, among those who have never experienced chronic pain before (55%), nearly a third of them say the stress from the pandemic has given them chronic pain for the first time in their lives. Many of these Americans (40%) feel they’re going to need professional help to get their body feeling like its pre-pandemic self.

*NIKE AND DOZENS OF OTHER COMPANIES PAID NO FEDERAL TAXES FOR THE LAST THREE YEARS:


Nike is one of several enormous and profitable U.S. companies that paid no federal taxes in the past three years, according to a study released Friday. Other well-known names included Duke Energy, FedEx, and Salesforce, though dozens more businesses in sectors like energy and industrial chemicals made the list. Nike, which took in $4.1 billion in profits in the same time period, paid what the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy tabulated to be a -18 percent tax rate, meaning tax credits and rebates from the federal government amounted to more than the company paid. Former President Donald Trump slashed the corporate tax rate in a sweeping bill in 2017, and President Joe Biden has pushed to raise it.

*75% OF ALL U.S VOTERS, 69% OF BLACK VOTERS SUPPORT VOTER ID LAWS:


The subject of voter ID laws is one of the sources of contentious debate in our modern political arena. Here’s everything you need to know about the pivotal set of policies which could help decide future elections. According to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey, the vast majority of likely U.S. voters believe that some form of photo identification should be required before voters are able to cast a ballot. According to the survey results, which polled 1,000 likely voters:

  • 75% of likely U.S. voters believe photo identification should be required to vote.
  • 89% of Republicans support voter identification requirements.
  • 60% of Democrats support voter identification requirements.
  • 77% of politically unaffiliated voters support identification requirements.

*SHARON STONE SAYS SURGEON GAVE HER LARGER BREASTS WITHOUT CONSENT:
‘HE THOUGHT I WOULD LOOK BETTER’:

Sharon Stone says that a plastic surgeon gave her larger breast implants without her consent, telling her that they would “go better” with her body, she writes in her new memoir. The Basic Instinct star, 63, explains in her memoir, The Beauty of Living Twice, that she was undergoing breast reconstruction surgery to repair her chest after doctors had to remove benign tumors that were “gigantic, bigger than my breast alone,” in 2001. But when Stone woke up from the reconstructive surgery, she discovered that the surgeon gave her large breast implants, The Times reported in an interview with the actress. “When I was unbandaged, I discovered that I had a full cup-size bigger breasts, ones that he said ‘go better with your hip size’ ” Stone said. “He had changed my body without my knowledge or consent.” And when Stone questioned her surgeon on her breast size, she said he told her that he “thought that I would look better with bigger, ‘better’ boobs.”

Stone also writes in her memoir, out on March 30, about the stroke and cerebral hemorrhage she experienced in 2001, at age 43. Speaking about that harrowing health scare with Willie Geist on Sunday Today, Stone said that she was lying in a hospital bed as a doctor told her that she was close to death. “The room was so silent,” she said. “When the room is so silent and no one’s running around trying to fix you, that’s when you realize how near death is and how serious everything is.” Stone recovered and took a two-year break from acting as she rebuilt her health, but said in a 2019 interview with Variety that the stroke stunted her career. She went from being at the top of her game following 1992’s Basic Instinct and 1995’s Casino to struggling to find work for seven years, while also losing primary custody of her adopted son Roan. “People treated me in a way that was brutally unkind,” Stone said.

“From other women in my own business to the female judge who handled my custody case, I don’t think anyone grasps how dangerous a stroke is for women and what it takes to recover. “I had to remortgage my house. I lost everything I had. I lost my place in the business,” she continued. “I was like the hottest movie star, you know? It was like Miss Princess Diana and I were so famous, and she died and I had a stroke. And we were forgotten.” Stone has since reconciled with Roan, who is now 20, and lives with him and her two sons, whom she later adopted, Laird, 15, and Quinn, 14. “I’m in a really grateful place,” she told Geist. “When I was a kid, I always wanted to have a house full of kids running and screaming and dogs, and I got it. And I feel very blessed and happy about the life I got. We’re happy together, and what’s better than that?”

*U.S CHURCH MEMBERSHIP FALLS BELOW MAJORITY FOR THE FIRST TIME:

Americans’ membership in houses of worship continued to decline last year, dropping below 50% for the first time in Gallup’s eight-decade trend. In 2020, 47% of Americans said they belonged to a church, synagogue or mosque, down from 50% in 2018 and 70% in 1999. Line graph. U.S. church membership was 73% in 1937 when Gallup first measured it. It stayed near 70% through 2000 before beginning to decline, to 61% in 2010 and 47% in 2020.

U.S. church membership was 73% when Gallup first measured it in 1937 and remained near 70% for the next six decades, before beginning a steady decline around the turn of the 21st century. As many Americans celebrate Easter and Passover this week, Gallup updates a 2019 analysis that examined the decline in church membership over the past 20 years. Gallup asks Americans a battery of questions on their religious attitudes and practices twice each year. The following analysis of declines in church membership relies on three-year aggregates from 1998-2000 (when church membership averaged 69%), 2008-2010 (62%), and 2018-2020 (49%). The aggregates allow for reliable estimates by subgroup, with each three-year period consisting of data from more than 6,000 U.S. adults.

*POLL: 64% OF AMERICANS SEE ‘CANCEL CULTURE’ AS A THREAT TO THEIR FREEDOM:

A poll released by The Hill on Monday showed that 64% of Americans believe that “cancel culture” is a threat to their freedom. The information comes from a Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll survey released exclusively to The Hill showing that 64% of the respondents to the survey stated “that there is ‘a growing cancel culture’ that is a threat to their freedom, while 36 percent said they did not view it as a threat to their freedom.” The poll also showed that 36% of respondents said that cancel culture is a “big problem.” Thirty-two percent said it was a “moderate problem,” and 20% said it was a “small problem.” Thirteen percent said it is “not a problem.”

Merriam-Webster defines “cancel culture” as “the practice or tendency of engaging in mass canceling … as a way of expressing disapproval and exerting social pressure.” The results of the survey reveal a potential growing sense of people being unnerved by recent “cancellations” in the press and culture. Several high-profile “cancellations” have brought the topic up as a main conversation in America, whether it is through the banning of books, such as the decision of Dr. Seuss Enterprises to stop publishing several of Dr. Seuss children’s books earlier this month or the most recent act of Scholastic to pull the “Captain Underpants” spinoff due to its alleged “passive racism.”

*CANDACE OWENS RIPS LIL NAS X’S ‘SATAN SHOES’: ‘NOBODY HAS THE COURAGE TO TELL BLACK AMERICA THE TRUTH’:

Candace Owens on Sunday ripped into the media and corporations for promoting a “sick culture” that’s crippling future generations, particularly black Americans, whom the conservative argued are being “used” to promulgate such unhealthy messages. Owens’ criticism was sparked by so-called “Satan shoes” promoted by hip-hop artist Lil Nas X, though the Daily Wire talk show host emphasized that she believes the performer is merely a “pawn in a larger game” and “does not understand what’s happening.”Nas sparked backlash this weekend over the shoes. He designed a pair of Nike sneakers with the company MSCHF that apparently include a drop of human blood mixed with ink, of which only 666 pairs are available for purchase, staying inline with the satanic theme. Nike said Sunday that the company has nothing to do with the release or the design of the shoes, but the company stopped short of denouncing the Satan-themed kicks. The sneakers coincide with a new hellish music video from Nas, wherein the singer gives Satan a lap dance.

*ACCLAIMED LITIGATION ATTORNEY, ZEIN E. OBAGI JR., EXAMINES AMAZON’S PRACTICE MAKING THEIR DRIVERS PEE IN BOTTLES:


E-commerce giant Amazon has apologized to a US lawmaker after falsely denying that some of its drivers are forced at times to urinate in plastic bottles. The flap started last week with a tweet from Mark Pocan, a Democrat from Wisconsin. Acclaimed litigation attorney, Zein E. Obagi Jr., had much to say on the matter and was quick to criticize this unethical employer practice. “The Ninth Circuit has found it inhumane for municipalities to criminalize natural conduct that our homeless population must undertake, such as urination, defecation and sleeping,” states Zein Obagi. “These are natural processes that human dignity requires us to permit all people to equally do. That an employer, let alone one of the most wealthy and technologically advanced in the world, has not come up with anything better than a plastic bottle for its drivers to use to urinate demonstrates a real abandonment of occupational safety principles.”

US lawmaker Mark Pocan also had much to say on this subject stating, “Paying workers $15/hr doesn’t make you a ‘progressive workplace’ when you union-bust & make workers urinate in water bottles,” Pocan tweeted, in an apparent reference to Amazon’s opposition to efforts to unionize a major facility in Alabama. Amazon’s official account quickly responded, saying: “You don’t really believe the peeing in bottles thing, do you? If that were true, nobody would work for us.” Zein Obagi concludes, “I can only imagine the lack of hygiene afforded to a driver that needs to move her bowels, or change a feminine product. Employees in California should know their complaints about unhealthy or unsafe practices at work by Cal. Lab. Code § 6310. As always, these complaints should be made in writing to a superior so the employer cannot deny that they were made.”

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10.7% of adolescents aged 12 to 17 became addicted to marijuana within a year of trying it for the first time, according to a new study published yesterday in JAMA Pediatrics. That’s comparable to the same age group’s addiction rate (11.2%) for prescription opioids.

*EXAMINER – MEET: DAVID YURMAN

The co-founder and C.E.O. of the American jewelry brand.

Airline: Emirates.
Airport: Charles de Gaulle, in Paris.
App: DuckDuckGo.
Bag: Tom Bihn.
Bedtime: Whenever my eyes can’t stay open.
Birthday: Sybil’s party.
Breakfast, weekday: Homemade muesli.
Car: Range Rover.
Diet: No sugar.
Dinner, weekend: The Inn at Pound Ridge by Jean-Georges.
Dress: Cowboy casual.
Drive: Highway 1 through Big Sur.
Escape: Our cottage in Bedford, New York.
Fit: Loose.
Flaw: Taking on too much.
Hotel: San Ysidro Ranch, in Montecito, California.
Jacket: Barbour.
Neighbor: Richard Barrett, our friend, and colleague.
Nonfiction book:Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman, by Yvon Chouinard.
Pants: Paige black jeans.

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  *** I have taken notice of the decline in religion occurring in the USA. A new survey says just 48% of Americans actually participate in an organized religion – that is the lowest number ever recorded in this country.

*** Unthinkable that a President of the US would suggest boycotting a state. Democrats continue to think minorities are stupid. We are perfectly capable of getting a photo ID the same way we do when we need to get on a plane or to buy Sudafed.

*** According to new FBI data, there was a 23-year high of over 20,000 murders in 2020. This shouldn’t surprise anyone. When you defund and villainize the police for nearly a year, criminals are emboldened and our cities are less safe.

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*MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF AMERICANS SAY THEY’RE WATCHING LESS SPORTS BECAUSE OF  WOKE POLITICAL MESSAGING:


Nearly half of Americans changed their sports viewing habits as progressive political messaging took over sporting events, according to a new poll. The YouGov/Yahoo News poll released Monday showed that about three times as many Americans who started watching more sports in the midst of social justice messages actually watched less, Yahoo Sports reported. About 11 percent of poll respondents said they watch more sports on TV because leagues and athletes are embracing political advocacy. However, more than one-third (34.5 percent) said they were watching less.

The majority of poll respondents, 56.3 percent, said their sports viewing was not altered by political or social messaging. When broken into political parties, 13.7 percent of Democrats said they watched more sports and 53 percent of Republicans said they watched less. About 8.7 percent of independent voters said they watched more sports following the change to social justice messaging and 38.6 percent watched less.

*SMELLS LIKE WEED? THIS DETROIT RESTAURANT SAYS TO STAY AWAY:

An upscale Detroit restaurant’s Facebook post reminding guests to dress up and not smell like marijuana generated mixed reactions. The post laid out the dress code for Caucus Club Detroit — business casual at a minimum, and said, “If you smell like marijuana don’t even think of stepping inside.” George Sboukis said people’s dress and behavior are more relaxed because of the pandemic. “It was a reminder with a little bit of sauce just to get people’s attention. I don’t mean any harm by it,” Sboukis said. He said the restaurant is a fine dining establishment where people dress up.

“We’ve had people celebrating their 50th (anniversary) last week, the week before that. They’re getting dressed up, they’re putting on an evening gown, their earrings, their best suit. They’re coming out to celebrate and they expect to be surrounded by like-minded guests,” Sboukis said. He added that he’s gotten complaints from other diners about guests who reek like pot. “It’s so pungent, some of the guests have commented, ‘It smells like you’re seated next to a dead skunk,’” he said. Some people said they should be able to dress comfortably if they are spending their money at a business, while others said to just dress up. One person called the post racist. Sboukis disagreed.

“I have to tell you I’m really offended by that both personally and as a citizen. For starters to try and insinuate that any group of people is incapable of following a code, is in itself a racist statement,” he said. “If you scroll through the social media, you’ll also notice a big hole in my family — my adopted son died two years ago this May. He was 21. He’d be 23 now, and he died in a car accident. He was African and Greek descent, and he was, that’s my family.” Sboukis said the post was about getting back to the way things were before COVID-19. “We want to get back to feeling good about ourselves and a big part of that is getting dressed up and going out,” he said.

*MONOPOLY SCRAPS OUTDATED COMMUNITY CHEST CARDS TO APPEAL TO WOKE MOB:

After 85 years of cheap hospital bills, moderate stock earnings and maturing “Christmas funds” (whatever that means), Hasbro now plans to bring Monopoly into the increasingly “woke” 21st century.  The game-maker has decided to update its 16 Community Chest cards, which featured outdated prompts such as winning a “beauty contest,” actually receiving a “tax refund” or the now-rarely seen “bank error in your favor.” In their place are more contemporary cards that evoke community service and social awareness. Swaps could include a reward for “shopping local all week,” rescuing a shelter pet or helping tend the community garden. But Hasbro wants players to decide which to include via voting.  “Since Monopoly became a household name more than 85 years ago, the world has changed and embraced a new sense of community — particularly after the unprecedented year of 2020,” said Anne Leonhardi, a marketing director at Hasbro.

“With community being more important than ever before, this year is the perfect time to give fans across the country the chance to show what community means to them through voting on the new set of Community Chest cards,” Leonhardi said in a statement. Other scenarios include rewards for visiting with an elderly neighbor, patronizing the school bake sale or donating blood. One may even be praised for being a good friend: Video chat them on a “tough day” and you could call on that friend later to “get out of jail free” — because, yes, Monopoly knows how that game is played.

*18 DEAD AND COUNTING – POLITICIANS KEEP GETTING KILLED IN MEXICO:

Mexican officials condemned the weekend killing of a would-be candidate for mayor in a small town in the southern state of Oaxaca. Ivonne Gallegos Carreño was planning to run for mayor in the small town of Ocotlán de Morelos, Oaxaca before she was gunned down in her car on Saturday. Analysts said Monday 18 pre-candidates have been killed so far in the run-up to the June mid-term elections. They were killed before they opened formal campaigns. The consultancy firm Etellekt said in a report that killings have come mainly in violence-plagued states like Veracruz, on the Gulf coast, and Guerrero, on the Pacific. But isolated killings have occurred in a half-dozen other states. While motives vary in cases that have been solved, politicians in Mexico face threats from drug cartels, political rivals and corrupt police. Mexico’s National Women’s Institute said in a statement that “violence against women cannot be allowed or tolerated in a democratic system.”

*MINNESOTA THEATER CANCELS ‘CINDERELLA’ PRODUCTION CITING TOO MANY WHITE CAST MEMBERS:

A Minnesota suburban theater canceled its production of “Cinderella,” citing that the cast had too many white actors. Chanhassen Dinner Theatres announced on its website that the production of “Cinderella” was not aligned with its current diversity, equity, and inclusion goals. Instead of recasting the production to include more people of color, the theater opted to nix the production entirely.  “After careful consideration and with our ongoing commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres has made the decision to cancel our upcoming production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” the theater said.

“Our hope in beginning the production process again with a new title will allow us to put into practice an intentional process based on the work we have been doing towards equity and inclusivity.”  In the same statement, the theater announced that it will invite and pay for a [black, indigenous, or person of color] to analyze the makeup of the cast and how to make the show adequately “anti-racist.”  “We believe this new process will allow us to tell the story in a rich way and allow us to live out our commitment to identity-conscious casting and becoming a more intentionally anti-racist theater,” the statement reads. 

*TIRED NATION: JUST 8 PERCENT OF AMERICANS FEEL FULLY RESTED AFTER A NIGHT OF SLEEP:

It turns out you don’t have to live in “the city that never sleeps” to be an American suffering from sleep deprivation. A new study reveals less than one in 10 people (8%) actually feel fully rested after sleeping. A survey of 2,000 respondents finds that, on average, Americans only get five hours of sleep every night. More than six in 10 people (61%) cannot remember the last time they felt truly well-rested. Just over one in five (22%) say they can “never” get enough sleep, while 79 percent are satisfied with their sleep. Americans who say they don’t get enough sleep are likely to be more introverted (29%) and blame stress for keeping them awake at night (68%). They are also more particular about falling asleep only if they’re in the right conditions (64%) and would even give up an hour of morning productivity if it means getting more sleep (32%). Meanwhile, Americans who say they do get enough rest at night are likely to be extroverts (22%) and less likely to allow stress to prevent them from sleeping (55%). They also care less about their surrounding conditions when going to bed (61%) and would rather not give up that hour of productivity (14%).

As far as what keeps them up at night, the majority of Americans (61%) have no problem agreeing that the vicious political and pandemic news cycles have caused them to lose sleep over the past year. Commissioned by LIFEAID and conducted by OnePoll, the study also reveals 69 percent of all Americans wish a lack of sleep was taken more seriously than it currently is by society. On average, 61 percent of Americans struggle to fall asleep three times a week. However, nearly four in 10 people (39%) refuse to take any sleeping aids to help. The top reasons they don’t take any sleeping aids include not trusting them (42%), not wanting to become dependent on sleep meds (40%), and being afraid of negative side-effects (34%). “The past 11 months have given all of us plenty of highly stressful reasons to stay awake at night. Coupled with factors like working from home or even unemployment, homeschooling and the loss of our usual exercise routines, our individual circadian rhythms and the quality of our personal sleep are all over the map,” says LIFEAID Beverage Co. co-founder Orion Melehan in a statement. “Now, there’s Daylight Savings and World Sleep Day, and it’s clear the importance of getting a good night’s sleep is more important than ever before.”

WHAT’S UP: BY SARAH GARCIA
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*EXAMINER – BUSINESS: PEOPLE BOUGHT BOATS LIKE CRAZY LAST YEAR
The pandemic has had a devastating impact on car and airplane sales. Between travel restrictions and reduced domestic mobility, dealerships and major manufacturers in both sectors have seen some of their biggest dips since the Great Recession. But out on America’s waterways, another mode of transport has thrived…

Boats are booming
According to a report by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), sales of boats and related marine gear hit $47B in 2020 — a 9% bump from 2019, and a 13-year high. Per Boating Industry, all types of big-boy water toys saw a bump in 2020:

· Freshwater fishing boats and pontoons: 143k units (+12%)
· Personal watercraft (Jet Ski, Sea Doo): 82k units (+8%)
· Wake boats: 13k units (+20%)

Who’s buying?
Experts say this trend has largely been buoyed by first-time boat buyers, many of them on the younger side — a demographic that hasn’t historically been the industry’s strong suit. As it turns out, boating enthusiasts aren’t as niche of a community as one might expect. Per NMMA:

· 100m Americans report going boating every year, making it one of the most popular outdoor recreational activities in the US.
· 61% of boaters earn <$75k in household income/year.
Collectively, these boaters make up a $12B/year industry — and ~4.3k boat dealers exist to cater to their needs.

Why boats?
Boats weren’t the only form of recreational transport to spike last year: Bicycles, RVs, and electric scooters all sold like hotcakes. But boats in particular seemed to benefit from a perfect storm of more flexible remote work schedules, travel restrictions, and timing (boating “season” is generally considered to run from April to October, which coincided with 2020 lockdowns). The only people having more fun than the boaters themselves are the people who bought boat-related stocks last March.
 
 
MarineMax, the largest boat dealer in the US, has seen its stock jump from ~$8 to $58 per share since March of 2020.


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HOLDING ON TO NEGATIVE EMOTIONS CAN HAVE LASTING IMPACT ON YOUR WELL-BEING:

It turns out the song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” may be more accurate than people think. Psychologists at the University of Miami say the longer negative emotions linger in the human brain, the worse it is for your mental health. Suppose you drop your breakfast on the way to work and it splatters all over your clothes. Later that day, a colleague comes up to say hello, not knowing about your rough morning. Do you grumble a reply, still thinking about your lousy day, or greet them politely? The study finds those holding on to negativity longer in their amygdala may impact their long-term psychological well-being. The amygdala is the almond-shaped structure on both sides of the brain’s cerebrum which evaluates stimuli and supports emotion and memory.

“One way to think about it is the longer your brain holds on to a negative event, or stimuli, the unhappier you report being,” says lead author and Ph.D. candidate Nikki Puccetti in a university release. “Basically, we found that the persistence of a person’s brain in holding on to a negative stimulus is what predicts more negative and less positive daily emotional experiences. That in turn predicts how well they think they’re doing in their life.” “The majority of human neuroscience research looks at how intensely the brain reacts to negative stimuli, not how long the brain holds on to a stimulus,” adds assistant professor of psychology Aaron Heller. “We looked at the spillover—how the emotional coloring of an event spills over to other things that happen. Understanding the biological mechanisms of that is critically important to understanding the differences in brain function, daily emotions, and well-being.”

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