Monthly Archives: July 2019

July 31, 2019

*MUNCHIE MANIA – STUDY: 28% of Delivery Drivers Have Eaten
Your Food: 

According to the survey of 2,015 Americans, some of which identified as having worked as a deliverer for at least one food delivery app, 20% of consumers suspect that their driver has eaten some of their food, which is charitable considering 28% of delivery drivers confessed to nibbling on an order here and there. Fifty-four percent of these said they simply couldn’t resist the smell. The paranoia has become so pervasive, 85% of consumers are pulling for restaurants to employ tamper-evident labels to effectively address the issue.

In a relatively short period of time, digital delivery has become the predominant mode of service. The average person oscillates between two food delivery apps, Grubhub and Uber Eats reigning chief amongst these, with a median usage reported at roughly three times per month.

Popularity and competition inquire consistency on behalf of suppliers. The average respondent is willing to wait 40 minutes tops, then it’s on to the next dealer. Before you appraise consumer demands too harshly, it should be noted that  more than half of those surveyed (54%) agreed that delivery drivers are more deserving of tips than restaurant workers; hopefully, the 60% of delivery drivers queried that said the worst part of their job is the awful tips can take solace in good intentions.

 *Trump Called ‘Racist’ For Saying Baltimore Is ‘Rat’ ‘Infested.’ But PBS Aired Documentary Confirming Trump’s Comments:

The media worked overtime on Saturday to paint President Donald Trump as a racist for tweeting about the conditions in the district in West Baltimore represented by Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD)CNN’s Victor Blackwell, for example, lashed out at Trump for suggesting Baltimore was “infested” with rats, claiming the infestation language from Trump was some racist code for black and brown people. “‘Infested.’ That’s usually reserved for references to rodents and insects, but we’ve seen the president invoke ‘infestation’ to criticize lawmakers before. You see a pattern here?” he said on-air, nearly in tears.

However, PBS aired a documentary called “Rat Film” about the troubled city last year, detailing the issues the president highlighted about Baltimore. The documentary, as one might suspect, was not condemned as “racist” when it was aired. “‘Rat Film,’ a documentary that takes the decades-long fight waged against Baltimore’s rat population and uses it as a lens through which to look at how the city has addressed myriad social issues over the decades, airs tonight on PBS,” The Baltimore Sun reported in February 2018.

The docu, created by Baltimore filmmaker Theo Anthony, was “a crowd favorite” at Maryland’s Film Festival, according to the news outlet.” A longer version of Anthony’s film played at the festival, as well as at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway in September. In chronicling Baltimore’s decades-long battle against its unwelcome rodent population, Anthony details some disturbing parallels with the ways city leaders have tried to deal with various urban situations,” The Baltimore Sun notes.

 *Number Of British Prisoners Claiming They Are Transgender Explodes:

There’s a growing trend in Great Britain: prisoners in jail deciding that they are transgender. As reports, “One in 50 male offenders in prisons say they are transgender, according to a survey by the Inspectorate of Prisons.” The Chief Inspector of Prisons, Peter Clarke, said there could be as many as 1,500 prisoners claiming they are transgender in England and Wales, at least ten times the previous estimate. He commented, “Sometimes we find the numbers of people identifying as transgender are higher in our survey than the prison will think.” Chair of the Prison Officers Association Mark Fairhurst speculated there “would always be some trying to abuse the system.”

There are definite advantages to claiming you are transgender if you are in a British prison; separate showers, single cells, and the choice of whether you’d like to be incarcerated in a male or female prison. The Telegraph noted, “The watchdog’s survey of 5,133 British prisoners found two per cent self identified as transgender or transexual, rising to 10 per cent of the 287 traveller offenders surveyed. Extrapolated across the prison service, this would mean about 1,500.”

 *SAN FRAN SPIRAL: BART Elevator Attendants Attempt to Stop Urinators:

Over the years, BART has tried a variety of strategies to keep people from behaving badly in station elevators (including one memorable poster campaign in which sad, anthropomorphized elevators dolefully declared, “I’m not a bathroom”). But the most successful seems to be a pilot program, launched at the Civic Center and Powell Street stations April 30, 2018, stationing attendants in the elevators. The results were so positive, the BART board voted to double the number of stations with elevator attendants at a Thursday meeting.

The program led to a drop in reports of elevators being “intentionally soiled” and improved elevator conditions for people who use wheelchairs, people with strollers and seniors, according to Assistant Superintendent of System Service David Coggshall. “It no longer smells like an outhouse,” one elevator rider effused via comment card after the program launched.

 *DANGER – Mexico Sets 1st Half Murder Record, up 5.3%:

Mexico set a new record for homicides in the first half of the year as the number of murders grew by 5.3% compared to the same period of 2018, fueled partly by cartel and gang violence in several states. Mexico saw 3,080 killings in June, an increase of over 8% from the same month a year ago, according to official figures. The country of almost 125 million now sees as many as 100 killings per day nationwide.The 17,608 killings in the first half of 2019 is the most since comparable records began being kept in 1997, including the peak year of Mexico’s drug war in 2011. Officials said 16,714 people were killed in the first half of 2018.

In particular, drug cartel turf wars have become increasingly bloody in the northern state of Sonora, where the number of homicides was up by 69% in the first half of the year. But in Sinaloa, where the cartel of convicted drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is based, homicides declined by 23% so far this year compared to last.

 *Mild Sauce, Clear Mind? Spicy Diet Linked To Dementia, Study Finds:

Here’s something to consider the next time you’re thinking about ordering a spicy dish: a new long-term international study has found that a spicy diet could lead to dementia. According to the study, older adults over the age of 55 who consumed more than 50 grams of chili per day displayed nearly double the risk of developing poor cognition and a decline in overall memory. Interestingly, slimmer adults indulging in a spicy diet exhibited even more significant memory loss.


An incredible 84% of LBN Examiner readers in all 50 of the United States and 26 foreign countries find the news in LBN Examiner —- “fearlessly independent” and “unbiased”.


The anterior cingulate cortex, the part of the brain that weighs options when making a decision, is larger in women than in men.


Jim Morrison singing with Van Morrison at Whisky a Go Go (1966).


Welcome to Episode #3 of the revealing TV show “Without Notes” with Judith Regan, an American editor, book publisher, and producer – Episode 3:


Dr. Srini Pillay, Best-Selling Author, Examines the Existence of “Linked Fate”

Although most of the public isn’t aware of the term “Linked Fate,” it is something researchers have been intensely studying over recent years. Currently, it’s used to describe how someone may perceive that what happens to members of their own racial or ethnic group actually affects themselves. It was originally used to explain persistent Democratic voting bloc patterns among black Americans. More recently it has been used to examine how closely connected black Americans feel toward one another and how they feel between and among other racial groups.

“People within certain groups identify more with one another than others,” explains Dr. Srini Pillay, best-selling author and established neuroscientist, “In 2016, political science professor Gabriel Sanchez and public affairs Ph.D. Edward Vargasexplained that this phenomenon of “linked fate” is not equal across all races. It is more powerful in African Americans than in Non-Hispanic WhitesHispanics, and Asian populations.”

Srini Pillay M.D. is a Harvard-trained psychiatrist, brain researcher, certified master executive coach, technology entrepreneur and musician. He is regarded as a pioneer in the field of transformational neurocoaching and has been extensively featured in the media including CNNFoxThe New York TimesThe Boston GlobeForbes and Fortune. He is an award-winning author of multiple books and an in-demand keynote speaker. His most recent book is “Tinker Dabble Doodle Try: Unlock the Power of the Unfocused Mind”.


Long-shot Presidential candidate Andrew Yang along with 12 members of the White House staff, 3 Nobel Prize winners, over 100 Academy Award winners, 6 U.S. Senators, and over 300 Grammy Award winners.

*EXAMINER – COMMENTARY by Alan Dershowitz:
Having been contacted by New Yorker “fact” checkers, I now understand the thrust of Connie Bruck’s hit piece: You must know there is no actual evidence that I engaged in sexual misconduct or even met my false accusers — because I did not. So, you appear determined to concoct a false narrative of my life, going back more than 40 years to my first marriage, that falsely suggests that I am the kind of person who “could” or “might” have engaged in such misconduct. To support your false narrative, you began your negative “research” – as you acknowledged to my son — by sourcing a Holocaust denial site that circulates false stories about prominent Jews, including me. You then interviewed my enemies, my critics, dissenting students and especially anti-Israel and, in some cases anti-Semitic, zealots. The original reporting, which took place over many months, did not include interviews with longtime friends and associates who know me well and can present a more balanced perspective. You agreed to speak to a handful of such people only at the last minute, after I complained to the editor. But even then when some people called you, you told them the story was closed. Let’s see if you include the positive comments that contradict your story, that some of these people relayed to you.

You have even refused to interview me face-to-face. When your negative sources are dead or unwilling to be interviewed, you have quoted decades old adversarial court documents that contain false information that you believe is protected by the litigation privilege. You report old, negative articles about me even though they are based on false information. You don’t seem to care whether the information is provably false, as long as you are protected from a lawsuit. Most importantly you are apparently refusing to include in your one-sided screed information that undercuts your false narrative that I and others have provided you.


July 28, 2019

*HOLY P.C. – Petition to Change Halloween Date Gets Over 70,000 Signatures:

Depending on who you ask, this is no treat: Some are trying to alter Halloween tradition. A petition — yeah, another one of those —  is pushing to move the official date of Halloween from Oct. 31 to Oct. 26. All Hallow’s Eve falls on on Thursday this year, and the Halloween & Costume Association — which launched the campaign — isn’t happy about it. The trade organization’s “Join the Saturday Halloween Movement” petition is closing in on its goal of goal of 75,000 signatures demanding that it be moved to Saturday. If they reach that milestone, the Mount Lauren, New Jersey-based group created to “promote and build the celebration of Halloween in the United States” plans to take the results straight to the top: President Donald Trump.

“It’s time for a Safer, Longer, Stress-Free Celebration!” the organization hypes in its petition. “[After all], 51% of millennials say Halloween is their favorite holiday, why cram it into 2 rushed evening weekday hours when it deserves a full day!?!” Social media justice warriors are already expressing displeasure.

 *Study Finds Transgender People More Politically Conservative than
Straight Men:

A couple years ago one of the most famous transgender women in the world, Caitlyn Jenner, shocked many observers when she spoke about voting for Donald Trump and identifying as a Republican. Turns out, that might not have been as far-fetched as it first seemed, even if she has since revoked her support of Trump. A recently published large-scale study on LGBTQ political identities has produced some surprising results, finding transgender men and women tend to be “significantly less liberal” than cisgender men, straight men, and others in the LGBTQ community.

The study, “A Rainbow Wave? LGBTQ Liberal Political Perspectives During Trump’s Presidency: an Exploration of Sexual, Gender, and Queer Identity Gaps,” surveyed a nationally representative sample of U.S. adults. It was funded by the University of Oklahoma and conducted by Meredith Worthen, a sociology professor in OU’s College of Arts and Sciences.

 *WOW – New Oregon Law Gives Students 20 ‘Mental Health Days’ Annually:

A new Oregon law allows students to take up to five “mental health days” per quarter, or 20 a year. The allotted absences do not require a written excuse be provided to the principal of the student’s school, the Associated Press (AP) reported Sunday: “Under state law, students can have up to five absences excused in a three month period. Anything more requires a written excuse to the principal.”

The goal of the law is to treat mental health the same as physical health. “Oregon will allow students to take ‘mental health days’ just as they would sick days, expanding the reasons for excused school absences to include mental or behavioral health under a new law that experts say is one of the first of its kind in the U.S.

“Previously, schools were obliged to excuse only absences related to physical illnesses. At many schools, absences must be excused to make up missed tests or avoid detention.” Absenteeism is already a problem in Oregon, as state data show that one in six students miss at least ten percent of school days.

*Man Convicted of Rape on DNA Evidence Released After Victim
Realizes He’s Her Ex:

Michigan man convicted of rape on DNA evidence has been freed from prison after the victim belatedly realized she had dated him in high school. James Chad-Lewis Clay always maintained his innocence, but investigators working on the decades of backlogged test kits said DNA found inside the victim matched him, leading to the guilty verdict in 2017. When the victim testified, she didn’t recognize him and said she never had consensual sex with him.

However, according to a report from Detroit Free Press, this year a private investigator showed her a picture of what Clay looked like when he was younger and she identified him as a young man she dated and had consensual sex with as a teen—around the time she was raped in 1997. Clay was convicted and sentenced to 25-50 years in prison in 2017, but has now been freed. His case goes back to Wayne County Circuit Court for a hearing and decision on whether he’ll get a new trial, the Free Press reported. “It took for the media to get involved to get this case resolved,” he said. “If it wasn’t for the media, I would’ve still been in prison.”

 *Fat Cats, Literally: New Study Finds Felines Are Getting Chubbier:

The term “fat cat” is thrown around quite frequently, but usually not to describe actual cats. Well, a new study out of the University of Guelph finds that cats are indeed getting fatter. According to researchers, cats continue gaining weight well into adulthood, and the average weight of a neutered, adult domestic cat has increased over the past twenty years or so. Most people assume that cats, on average, maintain a steady weight after maturing out of their kitten phase, but this new research indicates that cats’ weights continue to rise until they are around eight years old.

The authors analyzed data on 54 million weight measurements taken from over 19 million cats, the largest feline data pool ever used in a study, to try and produce some more definitive baseline information on what a healthy cat’s weight projection throughout life should look like.“As humans, we know we need to strive to maintain a healthy weight, but for cats, there has not been a clear definition of what that is. We simply didn’t have the data,” explains Prof. Theresa Bernardo in a statement. “Establishing the pattern of cat weights over their lifetimes provides us with important clues about their health.

 *FILTH DISASTER – Nearly Entire Bay Area Sees Homelessness Surge:

San Francisco recently released the results of its 2019 point-in-time homeless census conducted in January, and the news appeared nothing less than disastrous, as SF’s homeless headcount increased by the hundreds despite the city’s seemingly ceaseless efforts to provide relief. However, the San Francisco count alone does not provide the whole story. The 2019 homelessness spike in SF came amid a tide of similar baleful results across the Bay Area.

Five out of nine Bay Area Counties—i.e., all of those not located in the North Bay—saw their homeless counts spike during the same period, with each other county showing worse homelessness surges than SF:

•    To review, San Francisco’s report to the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development cited a count of 8,011 homeless persons, an increase of 6.8 percent from 7,499 in 2017. Note that the city’s own internal count is higher (at more than 9.700 persons) because SF uses a broader definition of who counts as homeless. Since that standard is unique to San Francisco, it’s hard to compare the figure with other counties. [Correction: The count submitted to HUD for 2017 count was 6,858, making for a 16.8 percent increase over two years. The 7,499 figure was the local count.]

•    San Mateo County’s homeless count spiked up to 1,512, more than 20 percent more than the 1,253 count from two years ago, and up from 1,483 in 2015.

•    Santa Clara County reported a count of 9,706 for 2019. In 2017, the count was 7,394, making for an increase of more than 31 percent. But in 2015, the homelessness estimate was 6,556. Note that although Santa Clara County has a higher homeless population than SF it also has about double the general population of SF County, at more than 1.9 million.

•    Alameda County’s figure came in at 8,022, up 42.5-plus percent from 2017’s figure of 5,629. On a slighter longer timeline, the increase is even worse, as this latest count is nearly double that of the 4,040 in 2015. Like Santa Clara County, Alameda has a larger homeless population but also more people in general, meaning that SF’s per capita homelessness rate remains the highest in the Bay Area.

•    Contra Costa County saw a similar surge, spiking up to 2,295. That’s 42.8 percent more than the previous count of 1,607, although that count was down significantly from 2,030 in 2015. Since Contra Costa County conducts its counts annually, we see from the 2018 report that almost all of that rise happened between 2017 and 2018 when the figure was 2,234.


An incredible 84% of LBN Examiner readers in all 50 of the United States and 26 foreign countries find the news in LBN Examiner —- “fearlessly independent” and “unbiased”.


Helmets weren’t mandatory for football players until 1939.


The late Steve Jobs – 2001.


Welcome to Episode #3 of the revealing TV show “Without Notes” with Judith Regan, an American editor, book publisher, and producer – Episode 3:


Elizabeth Stanton, Host of The CW’s Big Stage, Travels Through Europe on Talent Tour

Elizabeth Stanton has been a world traveler her entire life, experiencing the culture of Europe, the wonders of the Far East, and the natural beauty of remote destinations. She started hosting “Elizabeth Stanton’s Great Big World” at the age of 15, and it was watched in 90% of the United States at its peak and played on Fox Stations nationwide. The show featured stars like Bailee MadisonJake T. AustinGregg Sulkin, and Anna Maria Perez de Tagle, and filmed in places all over the world, from the USA to Nicaragua to Paris toBeijing.

Now, Stanton is gearing up for her new project: hosting CW’s “Big Stage,” and she is taking a trip throughout Europe in order to shoot episodes of the exciting new show as well as scouting talent. She’s travelling with a few of her celebrity friends, including Maiara Walsh (Desperate Housewives), Garrett Clayton (Star of Hairspray Live & Disney’s Teen Beach Movie), Jennifer Veal (Disney’s Jessie & Descendants), andNoah Mathews (True Blood). The trip will take the group throughout the United KingdomSpainFranceItaly, and even Monaco.

“I have never seen as many types of amazing, new talent as I have on this trip, and cannot wait to include them in The Big Stage,” states Stanton, “I am so lucky to be able to travel and work on my shows with my friends who are able to experience it with me. It makes such incredible memories.”


British actress and writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge along with 12 members of the White House staff, 3 Nobel Prize winners, over 100 Academy Award winners, 6 U.S. Senators, and over 300 Grammy Award winners. 

Upon further legal review, the lead story of July 24th, 2019 “Did a Woman Sue Samsung After Her Cellphone Got Stuck in Her Vagina?” proved inaccurate. It is true that people are increasing suing over the oddest things, but this scenario is probably not legal actionable.


July 24, 2019

 *’So Sad.’ Google Exec Refuses to Commit to Independent Audit of Its Moderation Practices:

Google and its subsidiary YouTube are constructed, operated and maintained through algorithms to be “politically neutral,” a company executive told a Senate Judiciary subcommittee recently.  But some lawmakers scoffed. What about Google’s censorship in ChinaRepublican Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.)asked Karan Bhatia, Google’s vice president of global government affairs and public policy. “Why would anybody believe you now when you say we don’t ever impose an ideological agenda?” Hawley asked the Google executive.

But Bhatia refused to commit to an independent, third-party audit of Google’s moderation practices, much to Hawley’s disgust. “So sad,” Hawley said. At the start of his questioning, Hawley asked Bhatia, “You don’t impose filters based on political viewpoints, that’s your testimony, right?” “It is both contrary to our mission, contrary to our business interests and it would be incompatible to the systems that we build to work political bias in there, which I think is why we’ve has third-party studies, including the ones that I’ve referenced, that demonstrate that we do not have political bias,” Bhatia replied.

 *‘Cut Heart Out Of Victim’s Body’: 19 Illegal MS-13 Gangsters Charged With Racketeering, Many Charged With Murders:

Federal law enforcement officials revealed during a press conference on Tuesday that 22 alleged members of the notoriously violent MS-13 street gang have been charged in a federal racketeering case, many of whom prosecutors believe participated in a series of grisly murders.” A 12-count indictment unsealed Monday afternoon alleges that members and associates of the gang murdered seven people over the last two years,” the Department of Justice said in a statement. “The indictment charges gang leaders who allegedly authorized and coordinated the murders. Also charged are gang members who allegedly murdered and attempted to murder rival gang members, those who were perceived to be cooperating with law enforcement.”

The DOJ noted that the indictment “focuses on a particularly violent subset of the gang known as the Fulton clique, which operates in the San Fernando Valley and has recently seen an influx of young immigrants from Central America.” The statement says that youngsters who wanted to join MS-13 were “required to kill an MS-13 rival or someone perceived to be adverse to MS-13 to be initiated into MS-13.” CNN reported that 19 of the 22 alleged MS-13 gangsters “are in the country illegally and entered the country within the past four years.”

 *BEHIND THE SCENE – Adam Neumann Cashes Out More Than $700 Million Ahead of WeWork IPO:

WeWork hasn’t gone public yet, but that hasn’t stopped co-founder Adam Neumann from cashing out over $700 million from the ubiquitous and fast-growing co-working startup. According to a Wall Street Journal report, the shaggy-haired CEO has sold huge chunks of his stake in the company and borrowed against his holdings in the run-up to its IPO, raising questions as to whether he’s skeptical of its long-term prospects or, as sources close to Neumann told the Journal, he’s simply highly optimistic about WeWork’s future. (Neumann declined the Journal’s request for comment.)

WeWork, founded in 2010, has seen exponential growth in recent years, its revenue spiking from $75 million in 2014 to $1.8 billion in 2018 as hundreds of thousands of tenants have flocked to its impeccably designed work-spaces. Valued at $47 billion back in January, it is expected to go public later this year or early next. In a long line of tech companies expected to go public in the near future, WeWork’s initial valuation makes it the country’s highest-valued anticipated IPO.

Still, it’s somewhat unusual for a startup founder to cash in before their company does, and his money grab raises eyebrows—especially following high-profile IPO flops for other tech startups like Uber and Lyft. WeWork, after all, lost a stunning $1.9 billion last year, and an additional $1 billion investment from SoftBank, plus another $1 billion stock purchase, was seen as a disappointment. Many have questioned whether Neumann’s company is truly deserving of its massive valuation, or if it’s business model is less innovative than it seems.

 *Drug Czar James W. Carroll: ‘More Drugs Are Coming in Than Ever Before’ Because of Political Diversions:

Diverting border security resources to address the “humanitarian need” of migrants is leading to record-high levels of illicit drug smuggling across the U.S.-Mexico border, said James W. Carroll, director of the U.S. Office of Drug Control Policy, in a Thursday interview on SiriusXM’s.

Carroll said, “I couldn’t tell you how bad this is. Seizures are down, and it’s not because there are less drugs coming in. It’s because their attention has to be diverted because of the humanitarian need, but what that means is more drugs are coming in than ever before.”

 *HINDSIGHT – 4 Out Of 10 Adults Regret Their Life Choices:

Life is full of decisions. From seemingly small decisions like what to eat for dinner, to much more consequential ones such as choosing a career to pursue, we are all faced with numerous choices on a daily basis. It’s human nature to look back at the roads we didn’t take and wonder, “What if?” Yet a new survey conducted in England has revealed that a staggering amount of people are unhappy with the way they’ve lived their lives.

According to a survey of 2,000 British adults commissioned by UK charity consortium Remember A Charity, four out of ten people regret how they have lived their lives so far. Spending too much time at work and not traveling enough were among respondents’ biggest regrets.


An incredible 84% of LBN Examiner readers in all 50 of the United States and 26 foreign countries find the news in LBN Examiner —- “fearlessly independent” and “unbiased”.


An X-ray on the spine is equivalent to 6 months of exposure to naturally occurring background radiation. A CT on the spine is equivalent to 2 years’ worth.


Simon Cowell reportedly smokes 40 cigarettes a day. He planned on stopping when his son was born in 2014, but he’s still puffing to this day.


Actor Robert De Niro at age 7.


Welcome to Episode #3 of the revealing TV show “Without Notes” with Judith Regan, an American editor, book publisher, and producer – Episode 3:


Dr. Srini Pillay, Best-Selling Author, Explains How People Can Overcome “Founder’s Blues”

 Mental health is one of the leading causes of disability in the workplace, yet 71% of U.S. adults refuse to contact a mental health professional. In fact, people loathe talking about mental health in the workplace, and the C-suite in businesses of all sizes is no exception.

“One key reason people do not talk about their mental health is the stigma associated with it,” explains Dr. Srini Pillay, a best-selling author and neuroscientist, “they likely fear that they will be judged and socially discriminated against. In fact, the pressure for them to succeed is huge, and the stakes are often so high that 72% of entrepreneurs report mental health challenges, commonly referred to as ‘founder’s blues.’”

Srini Pillay M.D. is an acclaimed psychiatrist, brain researcher, certified master executive coach, technology entrepreneur and musician. He is an award-winning author of multiple books and an in-demand keynote speaker. His most recent book is “Tinker Dabble Doodle Try: Unlock the Power of the Unfocused Mind”.

“If you are wondering when you should take action, you should do so the first time you register that something out of the ordinary is happening,” Dr. Pillay states, “you may be so consumed by work that you think that poor sleep or trouble concentrating is par for the course. But if you seek help early, you may be able to prevent severe depression or anxiety. The first person to talk to is your primary care physician. Depression and anxiety could signify a medical illness.”


 Author Wright Morris along with 12 members of the White House staff, 3 Nobel Prize winners, over 100 Academy Award winners, 6 U.S. Senators, and over 300 Grammy Award winners.

*EXAMINER–COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: I’m struck at how many people have come up to me recently and said, “Trump’s going to get re-elected, isn’t he?” And in each case, when I drilled down to ask why, I bumped into the Democratic presidential debates in June. I think a lot of Americans were shocked by some of the things they heard there. I was.

I was shocked that so many candidates in the party whose nominee I was planning to support want to get rid of the private health insurance covering some 250 million Americans and have “Medicare for all” instead. I think we should strengthen Obamacare and eventually add a public option.

I was shocked that so many were ready to decriminalize illegal entry into our country. I think people should have to ring the doorbell before they enter my house or my country.

I was shocked at all those hands raised in support of providing comprehensive health coverage to undocumented immigrants. I think promises we’ve made to our fellow Americans should take priority, like to veterans in need of better health care.