Yearly Archives: 2022

LBN Examiner 12/25/2022

NYC HOMELESSNESS HITS RECORD NUMBER:

New York City’s homeless problem does not appear to be getting any better. According to the Coalition for the Homeless, the numbers have actually hit an all-time high. They claim the average number of people sleeping in a shelter every night climbed to nearly 66,000 in October. Mayor Eric Adams has called his subway safety plan a win. But new data shows that around 70% of homeless individuals who have been moved into shelters have left within a week of being admitted. Back in February, Mayor Eric Adams launched his subway safety plan and has repeatedly touted its success. But data obtained through a Freedom of Information law request shows that around 70% of homeless individuals who have been moved into shelters have left within a week of being admitted.

Mom Dons Cat Outfit To Protest Trans School Board Member – ‘You Can’t Identify As Whatever You Want’:

A Phoenix mother who went viral for showing up to a local school board meeting dressed as a cat said she wore the costume to drive home her point about the school’s woke agenda. A video of Lindsey Graham, the host of the “Patriot Barbie” podcast, swept across the internet last month featuring the Arizona mother in a complete cat costume as she voiced her concerns about the confusing message a member of the school board, who identifies as transgender, was sending to elementary-age children. “This was a local school in my neighborhood where there was a member of the school board whose name is Paul Bixler. He’s a man, he’s very clearly a man,” Graham, who sported her viral cat costume, said in an appearance on Jesse Watters Primetime. “The only thing he does to identify as a female is put lipstick on. He grew his hair out a little bit, and he wears his deceased wife’s clothing to school, to sporting events, to school events to fundraisers, school events in front of the children.” “Believe it or not, he actually demands on being identified one of two ways, either Paul, which is a man’s name, or Ms. Bixler,” she continued “It’s very clear he has a gender identity crisis. Not only does he appear in front of the children and insist that the children define him as a woman, but he sits on the board and he’s making decisions for these children.”

Examiner – Lens:

Iranian demonstrators in Tehran in September.

Americans Can Tolerate Less Than 4 Hours With Family On Holidays, Survey Finds:

If you need a moment away from family during the holidays, you’re not alone, according to new research. A survey of 2,000 Americans who are traveling to visit family for the holidays found respondents can spend an average of three hours and 54 minutes with their family before needing a moment to themselves. According to the survey, 75% of respondents will hit a point where they need time away from the crowd. They can be creative in their ways of escaping – 1 in 4 has hidden in a relative’s house to take a moment alone, while 37% have gone so far as to make an excuse and leave the house altogether.

Disney Stock On Its Way To Worst Year Since 1974 After ‘Avatar’ Sequel Disappoints:

Disney shares DIS, +1.21% sank nearly 5% to their lowest level since March 2020 on Monday, after the blockbuster sequel and one of the priciest movies in Hollywood history fell short of the hype in its opening weekend. Avatar: The Way of Water hauled in $134 million domestically and had the second-largest global opening of 2022, but fell short of tracking estimates based on advance U.S. ticket sales and disappointed in one of the biggest markets for the franchise, China. Disney had hoped to clean up in China, where the first movie in 2009 did blockbuster business. The Way of Water earned $57.1 million there, which Disney described in a Wall Street Journal report as disappointing but understandable.

Examiner – Lens:

For a 50th birthday photo shoot, Gwyneth Paltrow covered the sun’s “celestial fingerprints” with piles and piles of gold powder. Goop, her wellness company, is jockeying for its share of the menopause market.

Examiner – Readers Have Spoken:

IS THE U.S. RIGHT TO TRADE VIKTOR BOUT FOR BRITTNEY GRINER?

We asked Examiner readers in all 50 of the United States and in 26 foreign countries for their thoughts. The Examiner readers have spoken.

Examiner – Lens:

Brandon Nguyen kissed his wife, Katherin Nguyen, before taking off on a flight to celebrate her birthday on a Love Cloud tour out of Las Vegas that includes time and space for an intimate interlude.

Examiner – (Notable) Remarks:

** Humor relies on an intuitive & often awkward truth being recognized by the audience, but wokism is a lie, which is why nobody laughs. —- Elon Musk

** Putin has adopted a strategy that Russia has used for much of its history, combining its vast resources with a high tolerance of casualties to make slow wartime gains. In this war, Putin believes that Ukraine’s Western allies become weary of the fight long before he feels much pressure to do so. “He’s betting on the West to get tired and to get distracted.” —- David Leonhardt and Ian Prasad Philbrick

** The evidence is now clear that certain phobias, preferences, and behaviors are innate. Phobias, maybe, but could humans be born with political predispositions, particularly predispositions concerning the specific, context-dependent individual issues analyzed in the behavioral genetics work? Research in political science is beginning to take seriously that this is indeed the case. A small but growing literature in the discipline has found consistent evidence that political attitudes and behaviors are at least partially heritable, and other studies have reported correlations between specific genes and political phenotypes. —- Kevin Smith, Douglas Oxley and John Hibbing of the University of Nebraska, Matthew Hibbing of the University of Illinois and John Alford of Rice University

** The great sin in what happened in Texas is that an 18-year-old with murder in his heart walked into a public school and shot to death 19 kids and two teachers. The great shock is what the police did – their incompetence on the scene and apparent lies afterward. This aspect has rocked the American people. Uvalde wasn’t an “apparent law-enforcement failure.” It is the biggest law-enforcement scandal since George Floyd, and therefore one of the biggest in U.S. history. Children, some already shot, some not, were trapped in adjoining classrooms. As many as 19 cops were gathered in the hall just outside. The Washington Post timeline has the killer roaming the classrooms: “The attack went for so long, witnesses said, that the gunman had time to taunt his victims before killing them, even putting on songs that one student described to CNN as ‘I-want-people-to-die music.’” —- Peggy Noonan

** Freedom comes from moral self-control. There is no other way. —- Dennis Prager

** The term they came up with was Trump Derangement Syndrome, or TDS. We were all hyper-ventilating. Or they’d mock us as bots yelling “Orange Man Bad” in mindless unison. They minimized all the madness as “mean tweets.” They affected an ironic distance, telling us we were being trolled, or taking Trump “literally” rather than “seriously” – whatever the hell that meant. I remember the scoffs and eye-rolls as a handful of us predicted, from the very start, that Trump would never concede power if he lost re-election, and were told we had lost our marbles. He was never a real threat to democracy, they assured us. The word “tyrant” was absurd hyperbole. Calm down. And it would be convenient if all these self-serving blandishments were true and we could now move on, and forget about it all. But they were never true. They were always cope. Trump was and remains the greatest threat to American democracy in the White House in its history. And we are now seeing more clearly what would have happened if Trump had won a second term, as the arc of his deranged psyche has evolved as it always does with a tyrant, into greater and greater extremes, deeper and deeper insanity. —- Andrew Sullivan

** “Trying to predict the future is a mug’s game. But increasingly it’s a game we all have to play because the world is changing so fast, and we need to have some sort of idea of what the future’s actually going to be like because we are going to have to live there, probably next week.” —- Douglas Adams, “The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time” (2002)

** “From such crooked timber as humankind is made of, nothing entirely straight can be made.” —- Immanuel Kant, “Idea for a Universal History With a Cosmopolitan Aim” (1784)

** The sad truth is that Joe Biden has absolutely no leverage with Putin whatsoever. I believe Biden is tied with Rapunzel on Putin’s fear list. —- Bill O’Reilly

** “Van Gogh, William Blake, Edgar Allan Poe, Vermeer, Melville and Schubert all died broke.” —- Amia Srinivasan, “Questions for Free-Market Moralists”

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EXAMINER – INVESTIGATES:

** Google announces the top searches in 2022. READ

** Prince Harry admitted he asked to be introduced to his now-wife, Meghan Markle, after seeing her on Instagram … with a puppy filter. READ

** Journalist Bari Weiss releases next round of “Twitter Files,” documenting internal deliberations around the platform’s decision to ban various users; see Twitter thread here. READ

** One after another, films for grown-ups have failed to find an audience big enough to justify their cost. “Armageddon Time” cost roughly $30 million to make and market and collected $1.9 million at the North American box office. “Tár” cost at least $35 million, including marketing; ticket sales total $5.3 million. Universal spent around $55 million to make and market “She Said,” which also took in $5.3 million. “Devotion” cost well over $100 million and has generated $14 million in ticket sales. Even a charmer from the box office king, Steven Spielberg, has gotten off to a humdrum start. “The Fabelmans,” based on Mr. Spielberg’s adolescence, has collected $5.7 million in four weeks of limited play. Its budget was $40 million, not including marketing.

** The New York Police Department, with about 34,000 officers, has seen more resignations this year than at any time in the past two decades as other agencies have become more aggressive in recruiting from its ranks. Through November, about 1,225 officers resigned before even reaching five years of service, according to New York City Police Pension Fund statistics obtained by The New York Times. Many left for other New York State agencies or police departments outside the state.

** Twin sisters were awarded $1.5M over allegations that they cheated on their med school exams. Their answers were similar, but an expert witness testified that’s usually true of twins. READ

** New immunotherapy technique shows effectiveness in treating bone marrow cancer in more than 70% of patients enrolled in phase II clinical trial. READ

Why Did A Woman Request A Federal Court Let Her Witness Her Father’s Execution?

Missouri is scheduled to execute Kevin Johnson on November 29 for the 2005 murder of a police sergeant. His 19-year-old daughter, Corionsa Ramey, requested that she be able to view the execution, arguing that a Missouri law preventing those under the age of 21 from witnessing executions violated her constitutional rights. The court denied Ramey’s request. On the same day that the 19-year-old Johnson killed a police officer, his younger brother died from a seizure. Johnson accused the officer of impeding aid to his brother, and upon encountering the officer later, shot and killed him. Johnson’s attorneys are separately seeking a stay of his execution, arguing that racism played a role in his sentencing. Johnson has been a close confidant of Ramey despite having been incarcerated when she was two years old. A lawyer from the American Civil Liberties Union who is representing Ramey previously described the Missouri law as “illogical,” saying that the state believes 19-year-olds are mature enough to execute but not enough to witness executions.

Examiner – Lens:

“If you told me that I literally had to eat poop every single day and I would look younger, I might. I just might,” said Kim Kardashian, who launched a nine-step skin care line in June.

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** The best way to apologize, according to science. Watch

** The delicious history of T.V. dinners. WATCH

** Relax and observe beautiful coral reef fish in 4K. WATCH

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Examiner – Bookkeeping:

** Reports to poison centers for child and teen marijuana use increased by 245% from 2000 to 2020, study finds. READ

** 2022: The year in numbers. READ

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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 December 20, U.S. Senator Trent Lott resigned as majority leader.

** On December 28, LinkedIn was founded by Reid Hoffman and others in Mountain View, California.

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LBN Examiner 12/18/2022

FEDERAL DEFICIT WIDENED TO A RECORD $249 BILLION LAST MONTH:

The monthly federal deficit was a record-setting $249 billion in November, $57 billion wider than the same month last year, as Republican control of the House puts the government’s finances back in the political spotlight. The federal government spent $501 billion last month, a $28 billion increase to a record high, while tax revenue dropped by $29 billion compared with last November, with the government collecting $252 billion. Adjusting for calendar differences in last year’s tax receipts, government tax revenue dropped $13 billion compared with last November, the Treasury Department. The deficit narrowed sharply last fiscal year, which ended September 30, as broad fiscal support during the COVID-19 pandemic ended. At the same time, rapid economic growth also helped power record-level tax revenues, contributing to the smaller deficit.

Christians A Minority In England – Non-Religious Grow:

Fewer than half the people in England and Wales consider themselves Christian, according to the most recent census – the first time a minority of the population has followed the country’s official religion. Britain has become less religious – and less white – in the decade since the last census, figures from the 2021 census by the Office for National Statistics revealed. Some 46.2% of the population of England and Wales described themselves as Christian on the day of the 2021 census, down from 59.3% a decade earlier. The Muslim population grew from 4.9% to 6.5% of the total, while 1.7% identified as Hindu, up from 1.5%. More than 1 in 3 people – 37% – said they had no religion, up from 25% in 2011. The other parts of the U.K., Scotland and Northern Ireland, report their census results separately. Secularism campaigners said the shift should trigger a rethink of the way religion is entrenched in British society. The U.K. has state-funded Church of England schools, Anglican bishops sit in Parliament’s upper chamber, and the monarch is “defender of the faith” and supreme governor of the church.

Megyn Kelly Blasts Prince Harry: ‘He Needs A Therapist, Not A Whiny, Woke Annoying Wife’:

Megyn Kelly panned the new Netflix special featuring Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as an “uninspiring, interminable waste of time” and said that the British royal who wed the American actress needs “a real psychotherapist” and “not a whiny, woke annoying wife.” “Those are three hours I’ll never get back,” Kelly said during a broadcast of her SiriusXM podcast “The Megyn Kelly Show.” Kelly described the Netflix documentary “Harry & Meghan” as a “farce,” saying that it’s not a “tell-all” but rather a “tell-what-you-think-makes-you-look-good.” “What a boring, uninspiring, interminable waste of time,” Kelly said. “Believe it or not this couple is still complaining” despite having “two beautiful, perfectly healthy children … and nearly $200 million in the bank thanks to their insatiable desire to ‘finally tell their story,’” Kelly added. The Sussexes, who quit as working royals in the U.K. and relocated to the United States two years ago, were reportedly paid $100 million as part a deal with Netflix that includes collaboration on additional content projects. Kelly blasted the couple for insisting on privacy while at the same time granting interviews to Oprah Winfrey, hosting a podcast on Spotify, writing a memoir, and granting access to Netflix.

Examiner – Lens:

People stand naked as part of artist Spencer Tunick’s art installation to raise awareness of skin cancer and encourage people to have their skin checked, at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia, November 26.

Why Mourning A Pet Can Be Harder Than Grieving For A Person:

Many pet owners know that our connections with animals can be on an emotional par with those we share with other humans – and scientific research backs this up. The key ingredients of human attachment are experiencing the other person as a dependable source of comfort, seeking them out when distressed, feeling enjoyment in their presence and missing them when apart. Researchers have identified these as features of our relationships with pets too. But there are complexities. Some groups of people are more likely to develop intimate bonds with their pets. This includes isolated older people, people who have lost trust in humans, and people who rely on assistance animals.

Elon Musk Nukes Scott Kelly Over Wokeness And Dr. Fauci:

Twitter CEO Elon Musk slammed Scott Kelly, astronaut and the brother of Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ) in a tweet after Kelly called out the 51-year-old executive over mocking the use of pronouns. “Elon, please don’t mock and promote hate toward already marginalized and at-risk-of-violence members of the #LGBTQ+ community,” Kelly tweeted. “They are real people with real feelings. Furthermore, Dr Fauci is a dedicated public servant whose sole motivation was saving lives.” Musk responded, “I strongly disagree. Forcing your pronouns upon others when they didn’t ask, and implicitly ostracizing those who don’t, is neither good nor kind to anyone.” “As for Fauci, he lied to Congress and funded gain-of-function research that killed millions of people,” Musk added. “Not awesome imo.” Kelly’s comments were in response to a tweet that Musk posted in which he stated, “My pronouns are Prosecute/Fauci,” an hour after another tweet warning that things were about to “get spicy.”

Examiner – Lens:

The psychiatrist E. Fuller Torrey has been advocating tougher involuntary psychiatric treatment policies for 40 years. Now it’s paying off.

Wildly (Politically) Incorrect by George Vandeman:

** Jennifer See, who spent 23 years at Levi Strauss and describes herself as a “lifelong liberal,” took a public stance against school closure during COVID. She soon realized that this was not a welcome idea at the company, as she was pushed out of the company. Was it because advocates for keeping schools open during the pandemic were deemed racist and accused of wanting to murder teachers? No. The company said there was nothing wrong with her comments, but she was told that she should not have spoken out on Fox News.

** A Rhode Island elected official in a school district has said that misgendering – using the wrong pronouns – is an act of “violence” and needs to be dealt with accordingly. She faced a recall effort in 2021 for pushing an alleged “Marxist” and pro-critical race theory agenda.

** A Maryland school district recently unveiled a LGBTQ-inclusive book list for its elementary schools. However, it refuses to recommend books on founding father Alexander Hamilton and Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett because they “promote American values.”

** San Fransisco has a $1,200-a-month handout to low-income trans people. The application for that benefit requires them to pick from 134 genders and pronouns and they can pick as many as they want. There are 97 genders, 18 pronouns and 19 sexual orientations. One option, “xenogender,” means a gender beyond human understanding. I would think that any gender beyond male and female meets that standard. The pronoun choices include neutral terms “ze/hir/hirs” and “xe/xem/xyers.”

** All of us who went to law school are familiar with the US News & World Report’s law-school ranking list. Now Woke law schools, led by Yale, have pulled out of the system, claiming it is flawed because it devalues programs aimed at providing aid for low-income students and encouraging low-paying public interest jobs.

** If any of us have kids or grandkids looking at colleges, we need to have them consider Princeton. It now offers classes such as “Black + Queer in Leather: Black Leather/BDSM Material Culture,” “FAT: The F-Word and the Public Body” and “Anthropology of Religion: Fetishism and Decolonization.” Are you wondering what the hell BDSM is? Well it is “sexual activity involving such practices as the use of physical restraints, the granting and relinquishing of control and the infliction of pain,” according to Webster.

** Here is some sad news. Gettysburg College has postponed a painting and writing even hosted by its Gender Sexuality and Resource Center. It had invited people to “come and paint and write about” how tired they are of straight, White men.

** Finally, another win for inclusion. Team USA makes a statement at the World Cup in Qatar. It has redesigned its USA Crest to include rainbow colors to show solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community.

** Rainn Wilson, star of “The Office” has announced that he will be changing his name on social media to Rainnfall Heat Wave Extreme Winter Wilson to raise climate change awareness.

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Examiner – Lens:

Andy Garcia said his decision to act was concerning to his father, whose conception of actors ran to stars like Humphrey Bogart: “I’m sure in the back of his mind he said, ‘I love my son, but he’s no Humphrey Bogart.’”

Examiner – (Notable) Remarks:

** All across the world, customized facts are the rage. Truth has left the building. —- Maureen Dowd

** The novelist Junot Díaz, who was accused in 2018 of sexual misconduct by one writer and more generally of misogynistic behavior by several writers on Twitter. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he teaches writing, found no evidence of misconduct toward students or staff members. The Pulitzer Prize Board, for which he served as chair, found no reason to remove him after a five-month review by an independent law firm. But not before his reputation was sullied. —- Pamela Paul, editor of The New York Times Book Review for nine years and author of eight books, including “100 Things We’ve Lost to the Internet”

** There is no more reliable cliché in the news business than “if it bleeds it leads.” But the rule of thumb that was just as dependable, if not quite as catchy, in the years I spent at legacy newspapers is this one: campus craziness sells. It sold to readers of The Wall Street Journal just as reliably as it did to readers of The New York Times. If conservatives and progressives can unite over anything it’s that neither can resist hate-reading a story about Oberlin kids protesting the cultural appropriation of dining hall banh mi. —- Bari Weiss

** “If you buy a ticket to hell, it isn’t fair to blame hell.” —- Elon Musk

** They also say a longstanding left-wing bias – over two thirds of pediatricians are registered Democrats – has accelerated, turning the organization into a more overtly political body that now pronounces on issues from climate change to immigration. As rates of gender dysphoria exploded and the COVID-19 pandemic hit, that bias seeped into the organization’s medical policy recommendations, unchecked by discussion or debate. —- Aaron Sibarium, Washington Free Beacon

** No one knows what comes next. The Chinese Communist party is obsessed with stability, maintaining control. Since Tiananmen – which happened before many, if not most, of the people at the vigil were born – China has perfected its ability to contain unrest. But the movement that is building right now is complex and amorphous, pulling together urban, tech-savvy students and angry, ordinary people around the country sick of being unable to go outside or go to the market or share a cigarette with a friend. —- Simon Leplâtre, freelance journalist, in China for nine years, writer for le Monde and other media

** Grief is a strange and unpredictable thing – especially when you no longer live in the same country your parents do – and I realized I’d never really absorbed it all until now: the violence of his sudden death falling backwards down the stairs, breaking his neck; that mixture of conflicting feelings every kid who grew up in the shadow of an intermittently volatile home will feel upon losing their mom or dad; the intense love, sadness, and anger that flood back. It didn’t really surprise me when I came down with pneumonia a few days later. The body grieves as well. —- Andrew Sullivan

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EXAMINER – INVESTIGATES:

** A look at one million COVID deaths in America. (Graphic Above)

** Watch a diver crack an egg underwater. READ

** Fifty-two random facts learned in 2022. READ

** The typical American worker focuses on a given task for just three minutes. Each day, we touch or check our phones more than 2,000 times and spend more than three hours staring at them, on average.

** Apparently we’re facing a shortage of… bomb-sniffing dogs. The U.S. government employs ~5.2K dogs, which can cost $46K each to train, but just 7% of them come from America. READ

Beverly Hills Cop Was California’s Highest-Paid Municipal Worker:

A Beverly Hills cop tops the list of the highest-paid California municipal employees, 100 of whom took home $439,000 or more in total wages last year. The assistant police chief’s total compensation was $716,284 in 2021, $208,087 in regular income, with the rest for lump-sum and other pay, according to a report published by the state controller’s office.

Examiner – Lens:

Best-selling author Vivek Ramaswamy calls affirmative action “the single biggest form of institutionalized racism in America.”

Chicago Politician, Carl Segvich, Urges AG of Massachusetts to Use State RICO Law On Bluebird Bio & Third Rock Ventures:

In 2018, Bluebird Bio raised $1.1 billion from investors by selling 3,520,353 shares at $185 in January and another 3,384,616 shares in July at $162.50. In a 2018 prospectus, Bluebird did not disclose that its officers had admitted in court documents that the company’s therapy for the treatment of transfusion-dependent β-thalassemia was inefficient and that they had stolen intellectual property from other patented products in order to improve their Zynteglo and LentiGlobin treatments (same products, different names).

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Eight Friends And Fentanyl:

How the opioid fentanyl and other drugs worked their way through a group of friends, year after year and loss upon loss for nearly a decade until almost no one was left. READ

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Examiner – Christmas Light:

** The national average cost of running Christmas lights in 2022 is $16.48. That’s 13% higher than the 2021 national average, an increase of $1.93.

** New Hampshire had the largest percent increase (40%) in the cost of running Christmas lights from 2021 to 2022, while Montana decreased by 1%.

** The cost to run Christmas lights in Hawaii had the largest price increase from 2021 to 2022, a massive $10.59.

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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 December 18, fashion designer Calvin Klein announced that he was selling his company to shirt-maker Phillips-Van Heusen for $430 million.

** On December 20, the movie “Gangs of New York”, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Cameron Diaz, was released.

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