LBN Examiner 06/12/2022

MASS SHOOTINGS IN THE U.S. IN 2022 SO FAR:

** January 19, Baltimore: A man who worked for a gun violence reduction program was killed in an East Baltimore neighborhood, along with two others. A fourth person was injured.

** January 23, Milwaukee: Five men and a woman were found shot to death at a Park West neighborhood home. The police believe the attack targeted specific people.

** January 23, Inglewood, Calif.: The same day, a shooting at a birthday party killed four people, including two sisters, and wounded a fifth. The shooting was gang-related, the mayor said.

** January 29, St. Louis: A shooting near an intersection killed three young men and wounded a fourth. Police said they had no suspects.

** February 5, Corsicana and Frost, Texas: A 41-year-old man murdered his mother, his stepfather, his sons and the son of his ex-girlfriend in an overnight shooting. The man later fatally shot himself.

** February 28, Sacramento: A man shot dead his three daughters and their chaperone at a church during a court-approved visit. The children’s mother had a restraining order against the shooter, who killed himself.

** March 12, Baltimore: A shooting in Northwest Baltimore killed three men in a car and wounded a fourth.

** March 19, Fayetteville, N.C.: A Saturday night shootout in a hotel parking lot killed three people and wounded another three. The shooting may have been linked to a fight between motorcycle gangs.

** March 19, Norfolk, Va.: Hours later, an argument outside a bar escalated into a shooting that killed three young bystanders. One of the victims was a 25-year-old newspaper reporter whose editor called her to cover the shooting, not realizing she had been killed.

** April 3, Sacramento: At least five shooters fired more than 100 rounds a block from the State Capitol, killing six people – three men and three women – and wounding 12. The police described the shooting as gang-related.

** April 20, Duluth, Minn.: A 29-year-old man who said he suffered from mental illness killed his aunt, uncle, two young cousins and their dog in their sleep. He later killed himself.

** April 21, Mountain View, Ark.: A man killed his parents, another woman and her son at two homes half a mile apart in a rural community, the police say.

** April 27, Biloxi, Miss.: A 32-year-old man killed the owner of the Broadway Inn Express motel and two employees in an argument over money. He fled to a neighboring town and fatally shot a fourth person. Police later found the gunman dead, barricaded inside a convenience store.

** May 8, Clarkston, Ga.: Three people were shot to death and three others were wounded at a suburban Atlanta condo complex on a Sunday night.

** May 14, Buffalo: An 18-year-old avowed white supremacist killed 10 people and wounded three more with an assault-style weapon in a live-streamed attack at a supermarket.

** May 24, Uvalde, Texas: An 18-year-old gunman killed 19 students and two teachers at Robb Elementary School.

** May 27, Stanwood, Mich.: A 51-year-old man allegedly killed his wife and her three young children at a home in Mecosta County before shooting himself, police said. The man remains in critical condition.

** June 1, Tulsa, Okla.: A gunman killed his back surgeon, another doctor, a receptionist and a visitor at a medical building. He then killed himself.

As long as this list is, it’s also a very incomplete accounting of American gun violence. It doesn’t include the at least 60 shootings that left three people dead but don’t technically count as mass shootings (because fewer than four people were shot). It doesn’t count shootings that wounded people without killing anybody, like one in Milwaukee that injured 17 people. And it leaves out the individual gun homicides and suicides that make up a majority of the gun violence that kills more than 100 Americans on an average day.

Nude Hunter Biden Cavorts with Hooker, Illegal Gun in Latest Mess for President:

Hunter Biden shows himself to be a real first son-of-a-gun in the latest embarrassing personal video leak for President Biden’s scandal-scarred offspring. A naked Hunter casually waves around a handgun and even points it at the camera while cavorting with a nude hooker in a swank hotel room, according to video. The cavalier clip of Hunter Biden holding the apparently illegally obtained weapon emerged amid the rash of mass shootings – and random gun violence in major cities – that included 11 incidents on Saturday and Sunday alone that left at least 15 people dead and 61 injured across the U.S., data shows. It also came just days after his dad called on Congress to pass new gun-control measures to stem the slaughter, declaring in a televised, primetime address last week that “the Second Amendment, like all other rights, is not absolute.”

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) slammed the apparent hypocrisy. “Before proposing or passing any new federal gun legislation the Biden administration ought to enforce existing laws, regardless of who is violating them, even if that person is the president’s son. “I’ve written oversight letters to the U.S. Secret Service, FBI and ATF regarding the incident involving Hunter’s gun dumped in a trash can behind a grocery store across from a high school in Delaware,” added Johnson, who’s been investigating the Biden family’s controversial overseas business dealings. “Unsurprisingly, I have not gotten a satisfactory response from these agencies.”

Hunter Biden recorded the video on October 17, 2018, according to Radar Online, which first revealed its existence. The outlet and a Post source described his companion in the video as a prostitute. Five days earlier, he bought a .38-caliber handgun in Delaware, Politico reported last year. In order to make the purchase, Hunter Biden answered “no” to a question that asked, “Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance?” Politico reported last year. Hunter Biden has acknowledged repeated struggles with drug addiction and alcoholism, and Radar’s report included a photo of what appeared to be crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia, including a spoon, on a pair of plates. Hunter Biden, whose addiction issues and cheating led to his 2017 divorce from Kathleen Buhle, was discharged from the U.S. Navy Reserve three years earlier after testing positive for cocaine. Just weeks after Hunter illegally bought the weapon, Biden’s lover, Hallie Biden, the widow of his late brother Beau Biden, tossed the gun into a supermarket garbage can, setting off a Secret Service and FBI probe. No charges were ever filed.

Las Vegas’ Elvis Weddings in Jeopardy:

It’s a classic move: go to Las Vegas, get hitched by an Elvis impersonator. But those days might be over. Authentic Brands Group (ABG), the company that licenses Elvis Presley merchandise, issued a cease-and-desist order to several Vegas chapels. The Las Vegas wedding industry is worth $2B, attracting 70k couples a year and employing 18k people. There are 55 free-standing chapels in the city, and all of them offer an Elvis impersonator as officiator – even this zombie-themed wedding package has one. These demands wouldn’t affect Elvis-themed concerts because tribute shows are protected in Vegas by a right-of-publicity statute. But Clark County Clerk Lynn Goya, who oversees the city’s wedding marketing, told the Review-Journal that this “might destroy a portion of our wedding industry” – a sector only just rebounding from the pandemic.

Why now? ABG bought the rights to Presley from CORE Media Group in 2013, from which it also acquired the rights to Marilyn Monroe and Muhammad Ali. It co-reps Presley’s music catalog with Universal Music Publishing Group. But Baz Luhrmann’s biopic Elvis is set to premiere later this month, which may drum up renewed interest in the Elvis wedding. For now, at least one chapel has switched to generic rock-themed weddings, while another told a local news station they’re looking into their legal options.

Examiner – Lens:

Illegal asylum-seeking migrants from Central America sit next to a vehicle that was stopped by police after crossing the Rio Grande into Eagle Pass, Texas, from Mexico along U.S. Route 90, in Hondo, Texas, on June 1. U.S. authorities, blocked by a federal judge from lifting COVID restrictions that empower agents at the U.S.-Mexico border to turn back migrants, continue to enforce the Title 42 rules which result in the fast expulsion of migrants to Mexico or other countries.

For the Best Sleep, Survey Finds You Should Get to Bed by 9:39 p.m.:

It’s official: the best sleep comes from huddling under a cozy blanket in a quiet, cool room. That’s according to a new survey of 2,000 Americans that found just two in five would rate their quality of sleep as “excellent” (41%). However, just a third of adults feel refreshed when waking up in the morning (30%). A report from the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School cited the various effects sleep has on wellness, such as reducing the risks of serious health conditions and increasing the chances of a greater lifespan. This could be why seven in 10 Americans say they need their nighttime environment to be a certain way to get their best sleep (71%). The average person falls asleep by 10 p.m., but nearly a fifth of respondents go to bed later than this. Those who claim they have “excellent” sleep prefer to hit the hay a little earlier at 9:39 p.m.

A Hotter World:

India has contributed little to climate change: Home to 18% of the world’s population, it has emitted just 3% of planet-warming greenhouse gases. But India is suffering from climate change. Over the past three months, a heat wave has devastated North India and neighboring Pakistan. Temperatures surpassed 110 degrees Fahrenheit. It is so hot that overheated birds fell out of the sky in Gurgaon, India, and a historic bridge in northern Pakistan collapsed after melting snow and ice at a glacial lake released a torrent of water. Scientists say global warming almost certainly played a role in the heat wave. And rising temperatures stand to make unusually hotter weather more common not just in India and Pakistan but around the world, including in the U.S.

Examiner – 20 Years – A Look At 2002

The LBN Examiner was founded on June 1, 2002, an incredible 20 years ago. Let’s take a look back at what was going on in 2002:

** On June 11, Antonio Meucci was acknowledged as the first inventor of the telephone by the U.S. Congress.

** On June 11, American Idol, created by Simon Fuller with judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson, premiered on Fox.

Examiner – Lens:

Not everyone knows who Alex Cooper is, but she’s trying hard to change that. The 27-year-old host and producer of the “Call Her Daddy” podcast, Cooper has quickly become one of the country’s most popular podcasters, developing a following of millions of loyal listeners since debuting her raunchy sex-and-dating show on the aggressively laddish Barstool Sports site in 2018. Last summer, Cooper parlayed her success on Barstool into a more than $60 million deal to take that show to Spotify.

Examiner – Bookkeeping:

** A man broke into the Dallas Museum of Art, damaging $5.2M worth of property.

** Kurt Cobain’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” guitar sells for $4.6M at auction.

** Employees at Alphabet (Google) received a median salary of $295K in 2021.

Examiner – (Notable) Remarks:

** “The beginning of every war is like opening the door into a dark room. One never knows what is hidden in the darkness,” opined a certain Austrian maniac. And what we are discovering about Putin’s Russia as this brutal war continues, is something extremely dark. The rhetoric in Moscow is now outright eliminationist toward not just Ukraine, but Ukrainians as a people. The more bogged down the Russian military, the more intense the “de-Nazification” memes. With each defeat, from the failure to take Kyiv to the sinking of the Mockva, the sense of humiliation and anger grows. In the words of one Kremlin propagandist: “It’s no accident we call them Nazis. What makes you a Nazi is your bestial nature, your bestial hatred and your bestial willingness to tear out the eyes of children on the basis of nationality.” Ukrainians are being dehumanized – deemed not just victims of a “Nazi” regime but somehow Nazis themselves. It’s hard not to recall Aleksandr Dugin’s 2014 remark when asked his view of Ukraine: “Kill! Kill! Kill! There can be no other discussion. This is my opinion as a professor.” —- Andrew Sullivan

** There’s a common question in Silicon Valley about what makes an extraordinary entrepreneur. Experienced investors point to various traits. Perseverance. Grit. Overcoming adversity. Hustle. Innate genius. A good childhood. A bad childhood. Luck. But the trait that is most meaningful is the hardest to describe. It is the fire in the eyes, the ferocity of speech and action that is the physical manifestation of seriousness. It is the belief that God or the universe has bestowed upon you an immense task that no one else can accomplish but you. It is a holy war waged against the laws of physics. It is the burden of having to upend sometimes hundreds of years of entrenched interests to accomplish a noble goal. When you see that kind of seriousness in a founder, the common response is to laugh or mock it. Who is he to believe he can colonize Mars? Who are they to think people will hop in cars with strangers? But investors like myself run toward such serious people because this rare quality – a potent combination of capability and will – inspires others to reach beyond what seems conceivable. —- Katherine Boyle

** “The money that we possess is the instrument of liberty; that which we lack and strive to obtain is the instrument of slavery.” —- Jean-Jacques Rousseau, “The Confessions of Jean-Jacques Rousseau” (1903 translation)

** Why do so many people of prime working age – 25 to 54 – remain out of the labor force, even though the COVID pandemic has eased and employers are dangling big pay hikes? A working paper calculates that increased substance abuse accounted for 9% to 26% of the decline in labor force participation at prime ages between February 2020 and June 2021. A New York Times article in March 2020 described the pandemic recession as a “national relapse trigger.” People without college degrees are more likely to abuse opioids and methamphetamine and have dropped out of the labor force at a higher rate, says the study, which is by Jeremy Greenwood of the University of Pennsylvania, Nezih Guner of Autonomous University of Barcelona and Karen Kopecky of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. —- Peter Coy, New York Times

Examiner – Lens:

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Examiner – Commentary by Nellie Bowles:

** Why was the shooter inside for 40 minutes? With the killer alive, inside that fourth-grade classroom, the police worked furiously … outside the school. According to emerging reports, their focus was on the parents who had raced to the school when they heard news of the shooter. During the 40-60 minutes that the shooter had in that classroom, police tackled one father, pepper-sprayed another, and handcuffed at least one mom. That mom was Angeli Rose Gomez, a farm supervisor, who convinced police officers she knew to remove the cuffs. Gomez then walked a few paces away, jumped the fence, ran into the school, grabbed her two children and sprinted away. All the while, the shooter was inside murdering children. All of this is baffling. Why were there early police reports that the killer was confronted by school security and then later clarifications that actually he wasn’t confronted by cops at all? The door was unlocked, and the killer just walked in. Responding officers pulled away and called for backup. Why did it take so long before anyone got into that fourth-grade classroom? The big sacrifice we ask of the police is that, when the time comes, they will put their lives on the line for us. An investigation has begun into the law enforcement response to figure out what, if anything, went wrong. A lot of parents are saying it did.

** College enrollment keeps falling: Even without COVID restrictions on campus, young Americans are still opting out of college at a dramatic rate. Enrollment as of Spring 2022 is down 4.7% from a year ago, according to new data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Since the start of the pandemic, the shift is even more dramatic: Total undergraduate enrollment has fallen by 9.4%. One thing that’s real about the #cancelstudentdebt movement is the pain: Onerous loans from overpriced schools stuffed with bureaucrats have crippled young people. A lot of teenagers today are looking at the deal and thinking, maybe there’s something better? And with a very strong job market right now, there often is. The drop in enrollment actually makes me hopeful: Colleges and universities can easily get better – start with scrapping a lot of unnecessary administrators – and now they’re finally being incentivized to do so.

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Examiner – Cartoon:

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Examiner – Humankind:

** Kansas dad saves 4-year-old boy with autism from drowning. READ

** Watch a 5-year-old piano prodigy play Mozart at a music competition. WATCH

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LBN Examiner 06/05/2022

UVALDE SCHOOL BOARD WILL NOT PUNISH ‘COWARD’ POLICE CHIEF WHO REFUSED TO SEND COPS INTO BATTLE:

The Uvalde Independent School District declined to fire school police chief Pete Arredondo despite furious parents calling for his termination. The Uvalde school board did not punish the district police chief who refused to send cops into Robb Elementary School while a gunman was shooting kids dead. Superintendent Hal Harrell told meeting attendees he was “eager” for the several investigations launched into law enforcement’s response to the shooting to “run their course,” The Texas Tribune reported.

Harrell’s remark implied the school could still take disciplinary action against Arredondo, who has been considered a cowardice “man in hiding,” pending the results of the investigations. He also told concerned parents that students would “never” return to the Texas elementary school where Salvador Ramos, 18, killed 19 students and two teachers, and left an entire community terrified to go to school. Arredondo, who did not attend the school board meeting, is facing furious backlash for not sending in a team fast enough to end the gunman’s vile rampage. Parents who tried to rush into the school to rescue their kids have also expressed outrage over being handcuffed and restrained outside while police let Ramos continue to evoke terror inside the building.

8 in 10 Delivery Workers Admit to Eating a Customer’s Food:

Ordering takeout tonight? It might be a good idea to go pick it up yourself. A new survey finds eight in 10 food delivery workers admit to eating part of their customer’s order. According to the poll of more than 500 delivery drivers, commissioned by Circuit Route Planner, stealing a customer’s fries or putting their sticky fingers on someone’s chicken may not even be the most disgusting thing happening on the way to the front door. One in four drivers confess that they’ve hooked up with someone in their vehicle. One in 10 have urinated on or near a customer’s home. Another 10% say they’ve had to urinate in a bottle while making their deliveries. More than a quarter (27%) add they’ve had some “less-than-professional” conversations with the people they deliver goods to. Other actions some drivers admit to that are sure to infuriate consumers include intentionally damaging packages (23%), stealing packages (17%), and opening and then resealing packages (17%).

Suicide Takes More Military Lives Than Combat, Especially Among Women:

Suicide has been the main killer of U.S. personnel since the September 11 attacks. More than 30,000 of them have died by their own hands since, during a period that saw about 7,000 service members die in combat or training exercises, according to a project from Brown University. Suicide in the military community is at its highest rate since 1938, according to a Department of Defense report released last month. Increasingly, those killed are women. In 2020, they accounted for 7% of military suicides – up from 4% a decade earlier, according to Department of Defense numbers. About one in six servicemembers is female. The reports break down the deaths by gender, age and branch, but they hardly address the dramatic increase among women.

Examiner – Lens:

Gabriella Uriegas, a soccer teammate of Tess Mata, who died in the shooting, cries at a makeshift memorial outside the Uvalde County Courthouse.

Top-Paid L.A. Lifeguards Earned Up to $510,283 in 2021:

Who knew that L.A. lifeguards – who work in the sun, ocean surf, and golden sands of California – could reap such unbelievable financial reward? In 2019, top-paid lifeguards made up to $392,000. Unfortunately, today, the pay and benefits are even more lucrative. Daniel Douglas was the most highly paid and earned $510,283, an increase from $442,712 in 2020. As the “lifeguard captain,” he out-earned 1,000 of his peers: salary ($150,054), perks ($28,661), benefits ($85,508), and a whopping $246,060 in overtime pay. The second highest paid, lifeguard chief Fernando Boiteux, pulled down $463,517 – up from $393,137 last year. Auditors at OpenTheBooks.com found 98 L.A. lifeguards earned at least $200,000 including benefits last year, and 20 made between $300,000 and $510,283. Thirty-seven lifeguards made between $50,000 and $247,000 in overtime alone.

Adults Feel Good Just 47% of the Time, Poll Reveals:

Feeling good is becoming an increasingly rare commodity these days, according to a new survey. In a poll of 2,000 people in the United Kingdom, it turns out adults truly feel good – both mentally and physically – less than half of the time (47%). One in four respondents say they deal with anxiety at least once per week, and 40% battle muscle aches on most days. On an especially depressing note, just under six in 10 (57%) say they rarely feel “on top of their game” physically. Another 61% have simply accepted that aches and pains are part of their daily life. The poll, put together by MyVybe, also asked respondents why they think they’re in such bad shape. The top answers included not exercising enough, a poor diet, and “not having enough hours in a day.”

Examiner – 20 Years – A Look At 2002

The LBN Examiner was founded on June 1, 2002, an incredible 20 years ago. Let’s take a look back at what was going on in 2002:

** On June 1, Evander Holyfield beat Hasim Rahman by TKO in a battle of former heavyweight boxing champions.

** On June 8, Serena Williams won her first French title.

Examiner – Lens:

Bill Cosby, after he was released from prison in 2021.

Examiner – War Update:

Before invading Ukraine on February 24, Russian forces already controlled about 30% of the eastern Ukrainian region known as Donbas. Russia had taken the territory – with help from local separatist forces – as part of a sporadic, often low-grade war with Ukraine that began in 2014. Today, Russia controls closer to 75% of Donbas. Some of the most recent Russian gains have come around Sievierodonetsk. Together, those two statistics – 30% and 75% – offer a useful summary of the war.

Rather than overrunning Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, in mere days, the Russian military had to backtrack and narrow its goals to Donbas, a long-disputed border region. But Russia is nonetheless making progress there. It may yet accomplish the more limited goal of dominating Donbas. And Vladimir Putin is betting that he will prove more patient than Ukraine’s Western allies.

Examiner – Investigates:

** How quickly your password will be hacked. READ

** An estimated 75% of the Amazon rainforest shows signs of loss since the early 2000s, driven by deforestation and climate change; study suggests the ecosystem is near a tipping point where vegetation stops growing back. READ

** Study finds lead exposure from gasoline exhaust caused developmental effects and impacted the cognitive ability of an estimated 170 million Americans alive today. READ

** Researchers uncover key processes in how the brain records and organizes two separate broad categories of memories. READ

** Gravity-defying homes from around the world. READ

** An outdoor piano concert under the Northern Lights. VIDEO

** Russia is no stranger to hacking. Microsoft found that Russia was responsible for 58% of all nation-state cyberattacks in 2021, mostly targeting the US, UK, and Ukraine.

** President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed Britain’s Parliament, echoing Winston Churchill during World War II: “We will fight in the forests, in the fields, on the shores, in the streets.”

** The top three Google search suggestions for each state. READ

Examiner – A Look Back:

Sarah, Provincetown, MA, 1981.

Examiner – (Notable) Remarks:

** Save like a pessimist, invest like an optimist. —- Morgan Housel

** Please, Kim Kardashian, don’t elope with Pete Davidson. We’re already distracted by the wonder of Ketanji Brown Jackson and the blunder of Will Smith, the arrival of dreamy spring days and the return of dreaded mask rules. If we get one more shiny object to contemplate, I fear our support for Ukraine might waver. Do we have the attention span to stay focused on the Russian descent into pure evil? —- Maureen Dowd

** … reporter Christopher Rufo released footage of top Disney employees vowing to inject their radical LGBTQ agenda into children’s programming. Disney producer Latoya Raveneau told an all-hands meeting that her team works to push a “not-at-all-secret gay agenda” in programming aimed at kids and sought to add “queerness” to such content. Disney corporate president Karey Burke announced that she was the mother of “one transgender child and one pansexual child” and that she would try to achieve a quota system whereby half of all Disney characters would be LGBTQ or people of color. Disney diversity and inclusion manager Vivian Ware stated that Disney’s beloved theme parks would be eliminating any mention of “ladies and gentlemen” or “boys and girls.” This prompted a well-deserved firestorm for the Mouse House. Disney has long been Left-wing on social issues – but in the aftermath of ginned-up controversy surrounding Florida’s Parental Rights in Education bill, which protects small children from indoctrination on sexual orientation and gender identity, an angry coterie of employees pushed management to signal fealty even harder. So Disney’s brass did, announcing that they opposed the Florida bill and then turning over the company to its most radical contingent. And people reacted. #BoycottDisney began to trend on social media. —- Ben Shapiro

** Those are “the 26 words that created the internet,” says Jeff Kosseff, an associate professor of cybersecurity law at the United States Naval Academy, who wrote a book with that title that came out in 2019. The fruitful words come from Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. That brief passage fueled the growth of social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook by protecting them from lawsuits over content posted by users of their platforms. Nearly three decades later, conservatives and liberals are equally unhappy with Section 230, but for opposite reasons, says Mary Anne Franks, a professor at University of Miami School of Law. —- Peter Coy, New York Times

Examiner – Lens:

“Harry’s House” is the third solo album by the onetime One Direction singer Harry Styles.

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Examiner – Commentary by Nellie Bowles:

** We’ve long been the country of bowling alone, and you don’t need more reminders of falling church and community organization membership or of how few friends the average American man has now. Believing that half the country is a mentally ill murderous cult isn’t going to help.

** There was also this week news of a big annual increase in automobile-related deaths. The trend here was once reassuring: fewer deaths on the road. In 2011, America saw a low of 32,479 auto-related deaths. In 2020, that number rose to 38,824. Then in 2021? There were nearly 43,000 deaths on American roads. (My most fascist belief is that someone caught texting and driving should be treated the same as someone caught drunk driving.)

** The wild and wooly world of crypto investing has gone from being very fun to, suddenly, very depressing. Things like TerraUSD, which to many looked like an overly complicated Ponzi scheme, turned out to indeed be an overly complicated Ponzi scheme. Meanwhile, the co-founder of Ethereum is arguing for some sort of bailout.

** … Netflix updated its corporate culture memo, which now includes a jab at the company’s increasingly agitated Red Guard: “Depending on your role, you may need to work on titles you perceive to be harmful. If you’d find it hard to support our content breadth, Netflix may not be the best place for you.” And … Netflix made that decision for 150 people. The company framed the firings as “layoffs” – but 150 people doesn’t really make a dent for a company of 11,000 people. Those 150 happen to include, just by chance, some of the most Twitter-active social justice workers in the place.

Examiner – Readers Speak:

Should Ukraine concede some territory if it brings an end to the war with Russia?

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LBN Examiner 05/29/2022

2 IN 3 ADULTS AVOID SOCIAL EVENTS BECAUSE THEY’RE EMBARRASSED ABOUT FINANCIAL STRUGGLES:

Two-thirds of Americans are trying to keep their financial struggles a secret. A recent survey of 2,000 U.S. adults found that 66% have avoided social events because they’ve felt embarrassed or uncomfortable about their financial situation. Some respondents say they’ve steered clear of birthday parties (33%), weddings (32%), happy hours (31%), and networking events (31%). Recent increases in gas prices and inflation have left 56% feeling “extremely” or “noticeably” more stressed. Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Beyond Finance for Mental Health Awareness Month, the survey also found that 67% engage in “stress shopping” when feeling financially overwhelmed and end up buying things they don’t need.

Startling Exodus to Florida Accelerating Despite N.Y. Reopening After COVID Restrictions:

New York has fully reopened after the strict restrictions imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic – but migration from the Empire State to Florida has accelerated this year, according to new data. A total of 21,546 New Yorkers swapped their driver’s licenses for the Sunshine State version during the first four months of this year – a 12% increase from the same period in 2021. The 2022 totals are 55% higher than the first four months of the last pre-pandemic year of 2019. Mayor Eric Adams has speculated that the Florida exodus would wane – and that some evacuees would return – once the city reopened. But the end of COVID-19 restrictions and the return of full-time schooling have so far failed to stem the outward tide to cities like Miami, Palm Beach and Jacksonville, according to data from the Florida Department of Highway Safety. A total of 61,728 New York state residents switched to Florida licenses last year – a figure that will be surpassed in 2022 if current trends persist.

Hugs From Partners Reduce Stress Levels in Women – But Not Men:

Women who hug their partner reduce their stress levels, new research reveals. However, a team in Germany finds hugging a lover does not have the same positive outcome for men. Researchers say their findings suggest that hugging their romantic partner before a stressful event – such as an exam, job interview, or presentation – will help keep anxiety levels down for women. They discovered that women who embraced their other half before undergoing a stressful experience had a lower biological stress response, as indicated by levels of the stress hormone cortisol in saliva.

Examiner – Lens:

Civilian casualties in the city of Irpin, Ukraine. “I said such a thing can’t happen,” one Ukrainian woman observed of Russia’s decision to invade. “They haven’t gone completely crazy. Well, you see – they went crazy.”

This Book for N.Y.C. School Kids has AOC Instead of ABCs:

A book intended for 10- and 11-year-olds – which glorifies socialist Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and her far-left “Squad,” knocks religion, and mocks Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell – is being distributed to public school libraries. The book, “What You Don’t Know: A Story of Liberated Childhood,” was written and illustrated by Brooklynite Anastasia Higginbotham and appears on a fifth-grade independent reading list labeled “Universal Mosaic.” The DOE’s new Mosaic curriculum is supposed to kick off next year. The picture book centers on a black child who talks about fitting in at school and church and a friend “who’s queer like me.” The boy, named Demetrius, is shown in a church where he says, “Churches can preach all they want about love – the only thing that I feel when I’m here is shame.”

Intel Reports Repeatedly Failed to Forecast Capitol Riot:

Intelligence reports compiled by the U.S. Capitol Police in the days before last year’s riot on January 6 envisioned only an improbable or remote risk of violence, even as other assessments warned that crowds of potentially thousands of pro-Trump demonstrators could converge in Washington and create a dangerous situation. The documents underscore the uneven and muddled intelligence that circulated to Capitol Police officers ahead of the January 6 riot, when thousands of Donald Trump loyalists swarmed the Capitol complex and clashed violently with law enforcement officers in their effort to disrupt the certification of the results of the 2020 presidential election. The intelligence reports in particular show how the police agency, up to the day of the riot itself, grievously underestimated the prospect of chaotic violence and disruptions.

Examiner – 20 Years – A Look At 2002

The LBN Examiner was founded on June 1, 2002, an incredible 20 years ago. Let’s take a look back at what was going on in 2002:

** On May 22, winners at the 37th Academy of Country Music Awards included Brooks & Dunn, Martina McBride & Alan Jackson.

** On May 26, Álvaro Uribe became President of Colombia.

Examiner – Lens:

Actor Adrien Brody.

Wildly (Politically) Incorrect by George Vandeman:

** For all of us Trans-fans who have been wondering about this, an Indian surgeon plans to transplant a womb into a Trans women (that would be originally a man, in case you aren’t keeping up). This would be a world first and could pave the way for biological men to get pregnant.

** The cops are never ever left off the hook. A transgender non-binary named Ezra accused cops who referred to him as “sir” as having committed an “intentional act of bigotry” and a technical “hate crime.” Folks, you just can’t make this stuff up.

** And now we have a new crime! Fairfax County Virginia will punish the crime of “malicious misgendering” at the same level as assault and battery. Anyone want to guess what the hell misgendering is? I guess this means “outing relating to gender identification” and calling people by their biologically accurate pronouns.

** Have you heard of “menstrual dignity?” Not sure I understood until I read about Oregon’s new “Menstrual Dignity Act.” This law requires schools to put feminine products in boys’ bathrooms. The law also requires the schools to post instructions on how to use the menstrual products. Obviously!

** A school district in Philadelphia invites teachers to attend the “Kink, Trans Sex and BDSM” workshop to “learn more about the trans community.” They were taught that there is “no age limit for gender journey,” how to use sex toys and what “puppy fetishes” are. How is your gender journey going?

Covid, Update
** We know how the red states did during COVID, with little or no mandates or lockdowns. Now we see how Sweden’s COVID gamble paid off. Anti-lockdown Sweden logged a lower death rate than many European nations that imposed strict curbs. Sweden became an international outcast when it defied “scientific advice” and decided to rely on people’s common sense. So, the highly controversial hands-off approach has been vindicated.

Colleges and Universities Update
** Here are some of the college and university courses taught in America today. “Nature of Society: Beyoncé and Intersectionality.” “Tree Climbing.” “Harry Potter: Understanding Good & Evil.” “Going Viral.” Here are a couple of useful ones, “Cow to Cone” about ice cream of course. And, one that I could have done well in, “Clap for Credit” (Music 113). These courses open up numerous possibilities for becoming a professor.

Examiner – Bookkeeping:

** Balenciaga is charging $1,850 for its new line of destroyed sneakers.

** There are now 65% more chief happiness officers than two years ago.

** Monthly rents in Miami have increased 58% over the last year.

** A 1955 Mercedes-Benz sells for a $142M – likely the most expensive car sale ever.

** 55% of Americans live within an hour of extended family.

Examiner – Memory Lane:

Actress Drew Barrymore from July 1992.

Examiner – (Notable) Remarks:

** “It’s like a sci-fi show where people went to sleep and woke up two years later.” Lockdown is over, but the scars of isolation aren’t going away. Teenagers need a social life. Every single study and report and piece of data tells us so. But we don’t need studies to tell us what we all already know. Ask yourself: What would it have been like if you had spent your thirteenth year in solitude? It was more than a year, actually. Millions of American kids had gone a year-and-a-half mostly alone. And every single girl I spoke to said the same thing about the experience: They felt like they were sinking, or being swallowed up. So it almost seemed like an understatement when, in December 2021, the Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy, said the effect of the lockdowns had been “devastating” for young people’s mental health. The CDC said that, from 2019 to 2020, the incidence of girls ages 12 to 17 who were rushed to the Emergency Room after attempting suicide jumped by 51%. E.R. admissions for eating disorders doubled among the same group, according to the CDC, and tripled for tic-related disorders, which experts trace in part to TikTok. (During roughly the same period, the overall U.S. suicide rate, which skews heavily male, dropped by about 3%.) —- Suzy Weiss

** “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” —- Colin Powell

** To pursue global “democracy” is thus a formula for endless interventions in the internal affairs of other nations, endless conflicts and eventual war. The antidote is John Quincy Adams’ formulation: “(America) goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy; she is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all; she is the champion and vindicator only of her own.” —- Patrick J. Buchanan

** Pro-Israel activists once talked about getting outsiders to view Israel “beyond the conflict.” In the end, it wasn’t a matter of messaging but of a new reality – Israel’s exploding tech sector, gas reserves, military prowess, and its ability to see that it could no longer rely on American promises – that forced the world to rethink the Jewish state. —- Lahav Harkov. Lahav Harkov is the Senior Contributing Editor and Diplomatic Correspondent for The Jerusalem Post

Examiner – Lens:

It’s been two years since Normal People made Daisy Edgar-Jones a star. Her achingly naturalistic performance as Marianne Sheridan in the television version of Sally Rooney’s best seller captivated audiences, and launched a career that is now coming into view.

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Examiner – Investigates:

** New York City’s Federal Reserve Bank has the largest gold storage in the world. The vault is 80 feet below street level and contains $90 billion in gold.

** Following George Floyd’s murder, U.S. police departments are training officers to intervene when they see misconduct by colleagues.

** America’s most sinful states. READ

** Monterey Bay Aquarium’s deep-sea creature compilation. WATCH

** The 20 most-leaked passwords. READ

** Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia says he still has symptoms, two years after his COVID infection.

** China asked Russia not to invade Ukraine until after the Beijing Olympics, Western officials said.

** The levels of brutality experienced by detainees at Rikers Island in New York over the past year might have been even worse than known.

** Fitbit is recalling its Ionic smart watch after reports of overheating batteries.

Fauci Government Pension Would be Largest in U.S. History at $350,000-Plus Per Year:

If octogenarian COVID-19 czar Anthony Fauci ever decides to retire, he should have plenty of income to enjoy what’s left of his golden years. The doctor will be making at least $350,000 per year after he leaves his job as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health. Fauci could have retired in 2005 but stayed in his job, which is now paying $434,312 a year, the highest of any federal employee, including President Joe Biden.

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Examiner – Under The Radar:

** Yesterday, the final member of a group of former eBay execs pleaded guilty to terrorizing the creators of a critical ecommerce newsletter with packages of live spiders, cockroaches, and a funeral wreath.

Examiner – Cartoon:

Examiner – Reader Comment:

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