Monthly Archives: October 2022

LBN Examiner 10/30/2022


Dr. Anthony Fauci admitted in a new interview that he should have been “much more careful” in his early messaging about the COVID-19 pandemic – saying he should have stressed “the uncertainty” at the time. The retiring director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases was asked Wednesday while speaking at the University of Southern California if there was anything he wished he had done differently during the pandemic. “You know, the answer is yes, Dan. I mean, my goodness, no one’s perfect. Certainly I am not,” the chief White House medical adviser replied, according to The Hill. “When I go back in the early months, I probably should have tried to be much, much more careful in getting the message to repeat – the uncertainty of what we’re going through,” Fauci said.

San Diego ER Seeing Up To 37 Marijuana Cases A Day – Mostly Psychosis:

“We’re now counting 37 cannabis-related diagnoses a day,” Dr. Roneet Lev, an addiction medicine doctor at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, said about her emergency department. “It’s been steadily increasing over the years. When I started in the 1990s, there was no such thing. Now I see 1 to 2 cases per shift. The most common symptom is psychosis.”

“We probably see 20 THC-induced psychoses for every amphetamine-induced psychosis,” said Ben Cort, who runs a drug and alcohol treatment center in Colorado. One study showed an increase of 24% in cases of psychoses in emergency departments in Colorado in the five years following marijuana’s legalization in that state in 2012. Since then, legal marijuana has been transformed into a potent and unrecognizable product. “When I speak at parent nights at schools, most adults still think it’s like the weed we smoked when we were teens in the ’80s, [which had] between 3 to 5% THC per gram of flower,” said Laura Stack, an advocate against cannabis abuse in Colorado. “We never had today’s high-potency concentrates, vapes or edibles.”

America’s Test Scores Drop:

National test scores released recently show the largest math declines ever recorded for fourth and eighth grade students across the country, while reading levels dropped to the lowest level since 1992. The results are from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, known as the “nation’s report card,” which tests hundreds of fourth and eighth graders and was administered for the first time since 2019. The results are considered the first nationally represented study of the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on learning. The findings show math scores for eighth graders fell in nearly every state, with the average math score dropping eight points since 2019, from 282 to 274, out of a possible 500. The average math score for fourth graders fell by five points. In reading, both grades’ averages fell three points. Researchers say a 10-point decline or gain is equivalent to about a year of learning.

Examiner – Lens:

A girl carries bottles of water filled from a charity tank at a camp for internally displaced people near Sanaa, Yemen, March 25.

Megyn Kelly Says It’s ‘Too Late’ To Save CNN, ‘Already Told Half The Country They Hate Them’:

Megyn Kelly said there’s no redemption for ratings-challenged cable news channel CNN because the network has “already told half the country that they hate them.” “[In] 2015, I liked CNN a lot,” Kelly said on her Friday podcast, “The Megyn Kelly Show,” which streams live on SiriusXM. Kelly told CNN commentator Mary Katharine Ham, who recently claimed she was “quiet suspended” by the network for her criticism of its handling of the Jeffrey Toobin saga, that she would often watch CNN to prepare for hosting duties at her network at the time, Fox News, when she anchored the nightly show “The Kelly File.” But she said the network “turned” at around that time and became too partisan. “They’re trying to turn things around right now,” Kelly told Ham. “People ask me all the time: Do you think CNN can be saved? Now they have new management and new ownership [and] I think a new commitment to try to win back some Republican viewers.” “Personally, I think it’s too late,” Kelly added. “They’ve already told half the country that they hate them.”

Salman Rushdie Has Lost Sight In One Eye And Use Of One Hand Following Attack:

Salman Rushdie lost sight in one eye and the use of one hand after he was brutally stabbed in the neck during a literary event in upstate New York two months ago, his agent said. The 75-year-old author, whose novel The Satanic Verses has prompted calls for his death, was stabbed in the neck and torso as he walked on stage to deliver a speech at the Chautauqua Institution on August 12. His agent Andrew Wylie gave an update on his condition in an interview with the Spanish newspaper, El País. “[His wounds] were profound, but he’s [also] lost the sight of one eye,” said Wylie. “He had three serious wounds in his neck. One hand is incapacitated because the nerves in his arm were cut. And he has about 15 more wounds in his chest and torso. So, it was a brutal attack.”

Examiner – Lens:

In a new memoir, the “Friends” actor Matthew Perry estimated he has spent $9 million trying to get sober.

Wildly (Politically) Incorrect by George Vandeman:

** Now Disney is ditching its “fairy godmothers.” Its theme parks will now use the more gender neutral title “apprentices” for cast members working at its dress-up salons.

** Ya got to love the World Health Organization. New WHO guidance says that “Sex is not limited to male or female.” It says that it was going “beyond” the use of binary terms to “recognize gender and sexual diversity.”

** You will recall that Woke Oberlin College was assessed $36M in defamation damages to a family-run bakery in Oberlin, Ohio, over false racism claims. The college has now been assessed $4M in interest fees for refusing to pay the money it owes.

** The Michigan Attorney General says “drag queens make everything better” and suggests a “drag queen for every school.” Now, I am the last person to suggest that drag queen shows are not fun. But for schools???

** NPR is being mocked for a tweet warning that the tampon shortage is a problem for “people who menstruate.” Gee, I wonder who those people are.

** The Air Force Academy is promoting a Fellowship Program for “gender minorities.” “Cisgender” men need not apply. (Does that mean you and me?) Eligible applicants must be cisgender women, transgender women, non-binary, agender, bigender, two-spirit, demigender, genderfluid and genderqueer. Why can cisgender women join but not cisgender men?

** Another one from the Air Force Academy. The Academy’s diversity training tells cadets to use words that “include all genders,” dropping of course “mom and dad.” They advise cadets to use “person-centered” and gender neutral terms. Consider “parent or care-giver” rather than mom and dad. You can’t say that you are “colorblind” or that you “don’t see color.” You must be color conscious. Not sure how “person-centered” fits in here.

** The Navy has been advised to rename the USS Chancellorsville to avoid ties to the Confederacy. We all know that this is a guided-missile cruiser that was named after General Robert E. Lee’s most famous military victory during the Civil War. Why has it taken so long?

Examiner – Loose Lips:

Megan Fox is clapping back at a social media user after being asked about her kids’ whereabouts. The Jennifer’s Body actress, 36, shared a series of sultry selfies on Instagram Wednesday, where she poses in a fuzzy burgundy hat, a black corset bodysuit and black pants. “Pick me energy [heart & 1/4 moon emojis],” she captioned the photo carousel, garnering tons of comments on her look from fans. Fox however replied to one user who commented on the photo, “where your kids at?” “Wait wait wait, I … have kids?!?” she sarcastically wrote in response. “Oh my god I knew I forgot something!!” “Quick, someone call the valet at the Beverly Hills hotel. That’s the last place I remember seeing them,” she added. “Maybe someone turned them into lost and found.”

Examiner – (Notable) Remarks:

** The longer this war goes on, and the sooner the Russian bleeding becomes intolerable to Putin, the more likely it is that he will escalate, rather than capitulate and accept defeat and humiliation for his country and himself, leading to his removal from power. —- Patrick J. Buchanan

** Fifteen years ago, there was a lot of talk about the obesity epidemic. In 2008, Michelle Obama started a government program called “Let’s Move!” that sought to reduce childhood obesity. You might remember the First Lady teaming up with everyone from Beyonce to Big Bird to promote exercise and better eating habits. Unfortunately, the program was largely a failure. And the obesity statistics continued to rise. 74% of Americans today are either obese or overweight. And yet, we’re no longer talking about it. The national conversation around health and weight has turned away from things like good nutrition, weight loss and the importance of physical fitness, and instead adopted phrases like “fat acceptance” and “healthy at any size.” In some circles, there’s even blanket denial that there is anything unhealthy at all about being obese. —- Bari Weiss

** It’s very likely that you are getting more calories and sugar when you drink a smoothie than when eating whole fruits or vegetables, said Sarah B. Krieger, a registered and licensed dietitian nutritionist who spoke for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, a professional trade group. Smoothies enjoy a “health halo” that can be misleading, “but the bottom line is quantity, and people are often consuming a 20- or 24-fluid-ounce smoothie. That’s a lot.” Even if you’re making your smoothie at home, using only fruits and vegetables with no other added ingredients, you can drink it in just a few minutes, compared with the 15 or 20 minutes it would take to eat the same fruits or vegetables whole, Ms. Krieger said. And if you’re drinking smoothies frequently, you may be consuming a lot more fruit than you would otherwise. The fiber in whole fruit “acts as a net” to slow down the process by which the body turns sugar from food into blood sugar, Ms. Krieger said, and though the smoothie still contains fiber, it has been pulverized during the blending process. As a result you’re likely to feel hungrier again sooner after drinking the smoothie than you would have had you eaten the same fruits and vegetables whole. And if you aren’t preparing your own smoothies, buyer beware. Commercially prepared and store-bought smoothies often contain added sugar, honey or other sweeteners, protein powder that’s often sweetened, or milk, yogurt, nut butters and other ingredients that make them more filling – and more palatable – but also add calories. —- Roni Caryn Rabin, New York Times

** The decision by GOP leaders in Texas, Florida and Arizona to “share” their abundance of foreign migrants with northern cities and states that boast of their sanctuary status is apparently not a gift the Dems appreciate. In fact, the president and his party are so mad they’re setting fire to the welcome wagons. —- Michael Goodwin

** Among activist journalists, the basic idea is that appeals to “objectivity” – meaning that the journalist will seek out crucial information and act as a neutral arbiter – doesn’t advance social justice. Instead, these journalists are making the same errors they decry from the past, but in the opposite direction. Journalists used to ignore accusations of racism? Well, now the default should be to accept them at face value. Prior generations of (mostly male) journalists didn’t take sexual assault seriously? Well, now we should #BelieveWomen, and journalists themselves should proudly tweet #MeToo. Let’s not worry too much about the fact that believing things reflexively, or participating in activist movements, has typically been anathema to old-school journalism. Leave those concerns to the rapidly aging dinosaurs who will soon be departing our newsrooms. —- Jesse Singal (Author of “The Quick Fix: Why Fad Psychology Can’t Cure Our Social Ills” and cohost of the podcast “Blocked and Reported” and writer of the “newsletter” called “Singal-Minded.”)

** Teachers would rather have a class full of average-IQ kids, all of whom are respectful, responsible, and resourceful, than a class full of kids with IQ’s over 150, but who are lacking in those “Three R’s.” If you don’t believe me, ask a teacher. —- John Rosemond, best-selling child rearing author

** Every generation thinks they have it the hardest when it comes to finding love, but it’s hard to look at mine and conclude that we don’t have a good case. Never before have young people been having so little sex – at least not since we began counting such things. Never before have young people been lonelier. Never before have we been stalked so thoroughly by our past selves, every blunder cataloged in perpetuity. —- Suzi Weiss

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** Fascinating photos of abandoned Italian churches. READ

** New studies suggest immune cells infected with the coronavirus may trigger a massive inflammatory response, leading to severe COVID-19 symptoms. READ

** Meet the world’s youngest mariachi singer. READ

** New documentary charts the rise and fall of Abercrombie & Fitch. READ

** Macro photography captures unseen beauty of slime molds. READ

** MLB stadiums ranked by their best snacks. READ

** The humans behind the voices of two iconic transit systems. READ

** Researchers demonstrate technique to rewind the biological clock of skin cells by the equivalent of 30 years. READ

** Scientists discover how gram-negative bacteria, responsible for a wide range of drug-resistant infections, build their protective outer membrane; advance may lead to improved antibiotics. READ

** Brain cells of Alzheimer’s patients show higher frequency of DNA mutations, with the changes being distinct from those seen in normal brain aging. READ

** What to listen to if you want to focus. READ

** Google celebrates Earth Day with time-lapse photos. READ

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Florida Board Of Education Passes New Transgender Restroom Rule:

The Florida Board of Education passed a new rule on Wednesday that requires school boards that allow transgender students to use bathrooms inconsistent with their biological sex at birth to notify parents of the policy. The new rule, 6A-10.086, will mandate public and charter schools to provide “full knowledge” to parents regarding how the school’s restrooms and locker rooms are designated if they are separated for any other reasons than biological sex.

Examiner – A Look Back:

A young boy on an unidentified Harlem street, New York, 1972.

‘Shameless’ Disney Guests Beat Soaring Entry Fees by Sneaking In Kids In Strollers:

The Happiest Place on Earth is becoming rather expensive – which has some parents getting creative on how to cut costs. A TikTok of a woman who disguised an elementary school-age child as a baby to avoid paying the admission price at Disney World has sparked a debate on whether it’s wrong or genius. The video shows a group waiting in line to purchase tickets for the park with a baby-appropriate stroller. A Disney cast member smiles and glances into the stroller, but doesn’t have anything to say about the obviously older child rolling past her, who is covered in a blanket to block her non-infant legs. Once the group is past the worker, the woman lifts the little girl, who is ready to take on the day in a Cinderella dress, out of the stroller and throws the blankets back onto the seat.

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Examiner – Music:

The singers Lucy Simon and Joanna Simon, sisters of Carly Simon, died within a day of each other at 82 and 85.

Examiner – Watch:

** What being cold does to the human body. WATCH

** Why divergent thinkers beat geniuses in the real world. WATCH

** Why it was illegal to slice bread for 47 days in the U.S. WATCH

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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 October 15, Drew Barrymore and comedian Tom Green divorced due to irreconcilable differences after less than a year of marriage.

** On October 26, TV personality Jessica Simpson wed singer-songwriter Nick Lachey at Riverbend Church in Austin, Texas.



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LBN Examiner 10/23/2022


This holiday season, grandma’s favorite sugar cookies might be missing a crucial ingredient. While inflation has infiltrated much of the grocery store, few items have been affected more than butter, which, could spell a holiday disaster. The problem starts with cows – Rising costs for feed and labor have led farmers to reduce their cattle herds, causing a series of ripple effects: Milk production was down 1% through June, compared to a typical annual growth rate of 1.5%-2.5%. The dairy pecking order gives bottlers first priority; then manufacturers of ice cream, yogurt, and cheese; then butter churns, which have been left in short supply. Making matters worse, butter churns usually produce most of their butter in the first half of the year, storing it in preparation for the holidays.

How bad is it? – Some might say we’re nearing a meltdown: Butter prices are up ~25% YoY, trailing only eggs – the leading grocery store inflation item, up ~40%. Butter in cold storage facilities was down 21% in July to its lowest level since 2017. Butter producers are telling retailers not to offer heavy discounts during the holidays in case they can’t replenish supply, and some bakers are now hoarding butter to build up their own “butter army” for the holidays. On top of all this, the latest foodie trend, with 10.5B+ views on TikTok, is charcuterie-style “butter boards.” Of course, a solution to all this would be turning to margarine.

Human-Rat Brains:

Clumps of human neurons implanted into the brains of newborn rats have successfully integrated into the animals’ brain circuitry, according to a study published yesterday. The procedure is expected to shed light on psychiatric disorders like autism by illuminating how genetic mutations influence neural circuits. Stanford researchers, led by Dr. Sergiu Pașca, reported the clumps of human cells – known as organoids – replicated millions of new neurons over several months, wiring themselves into the rat’s brain. The grafted tissues were shown to be integrated when they responded to a puff of air on the animals’ whiskers, among other tests. The team will use the procedure to observe how diseased organoids grow within neural circuits, which isn’t possible in an isolated petri dish. The novel technique raised ethical questions, with the team consulting ethicists prior to experimentation on questions of animal welfare and how to classify organisms with hybrid brains.

D.C. Tent Cities Stain The Nation’s Capital:

In the past two years, homeless encampments have exploded in Washington D.C., as both the city and federal governments lifted enforcement measures during the COVID-19 pandemic – and made it a no-brainer for itinerants to lay down roots by providing for their every need. A tour of the district’s major tourist areas this week found at least 35 vagrants in residence at a National Park Service site two blocks from the White House; more than 20 in the green spaces surrounding the State Department complex; and five across the street from the infamous Watergate Hotel. And these sites accounted for less than 5 percent of the estimated 120 tent cities in Washington D.C.

“It’s wicked and it’s medieval,” said Robert Westover, 59, a longtime resident exasperated by the staggering surge. “We’re really letting people suffer on the street like animals? Somehow that’s progressive?” The decay and destitution on display shocks foreign tourists. “‘The land of milk and honey’ – it means that in America you don’t lack anything,” said Elvis Shu, 39, a first-time visitor from Cameroon. “I know people don’t get hungry here, so I’m surprised indeed.” Moti, 48, a vacationer from Israel, said, “We didn’t expect to see the homeless here near the White House.”

Examiner – Lens:

An injured man speaks on his mobile phone at a site of a Russian missile strike in Kyiv, Ukraine, October 10.

‘Coke’ Dealers Boldly Peddle Drugs On Sidewalks Of Broadway In NYC:

It truly is the Great White Way. Things have gotten so bad in New York City that drug dealers are brazenly selling what appears to be cocaine – sometimes neatly assembled on sidewalk tables – on Broadway in trendy NoMad and farther north in Times Square. Some of the drug-slingers openly solicit, saying, “Weed, coke. Weed, coke” as pedestrians walk by, a disgusted local restaurateur said. Observers saw two different buyers approach dealers on the corner of West 27th Street and Broadway earlier this month and hand over cash in exchange for plastic baggies containing a mysterious white substance. And in Times Square, another spotted a makeshift table with what appeared to be pre-rolled joints on West 41st Street – and was told by the dealer that they could get cocaine there too. In NoMad, one man wearing an Amazon vest did not even bother hopping off his bike before riding off with the goods. A few minutes later, another man approached the dealers and walked away with a white substance in a baggie.

Record Border Encounters – Over 2 Million:

More than 2 million people were stopped at the US-Mexico border during the past 11 months, with a record 2.3 million border encounters projected for the 2022 fiscal year, according to new figures from Customs and Border Protection. It marks the first time the figure has eclipsed the 2 million mark in a single fiscal year and represents an increase from the 1.7 million encounters for fiscal year 2021. The total is driven by a surge in migration from Central and South America, with the number of immigrants from Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela up 175% from last year. In August, roughly one in five migrants had already been apprehended within the previous 12 months.

Examiner – Lens:

“One of the thoughts I always come back to is whether humor is helping, or if it’s preventing us from having very thoughtful, deep debates about how to solve the issues that threaten the world,” Judd Apatow says.

by Noah Rothman:

(Author and Associate Editor at Commentary Magazine)

** Dr. Gavin Newsom: The California governor has decided he knows best how to police California doctors when it comes to COVID. Starting January 1, according to a measure signed by Newsom last week, it will be illegal for doctors to spread so-called misinformation about the pandemic to their patients. Bottom line: Don’t question the orthodoxy, whatever that may be. Thing is, there’s a reason doctors have always been in charge of regulating other doctors (just like lawyers are in charge of other lawyers). They’re supposed to know more about medicine than, say, a politician who majored in poli-sci while going to college on a partial baseball scholarship.

** Why, If It Isn’t the Consequences of My Own Actions: In the spring of 2021, as New York University’s campus was emerging from pandemic-induced hibernation, 82 of organic chemistry Professor Maitland Jones Jr.’s 350 students affixed their name to a petition. “We are very concerned about our scores, and find that they are not an accurate reflection of the time and effort put into this class,” the missive read. It added that “a class with such a high percentage of withdrawals and low grades has failed to make students’ learning and well-being a priority and reflects poorly on the chemistry department as well as the institution as a whole.” NYU apparently agreed. The award-winning chemist and textbook author who is credited with redefining the pedagogical standards in his field was fired. “Students were misreading exam questions at an astonishing rate,” Jones wrote in a letter protesting his treatment. “In the last two years, they fell off a cliff,” he said of the pandemic’s effects on student performance. “They weren’t coming to class, that’s for sure, because I can count the house,” Jones told The New York Times, “After several years of COVID learning loss, the students not only didn’t study, they didn’t seem to know how to study,” the Times wrote of Jones’s ordeal. It wasn’t Jones’s decision to push off restoring pre-pandemic operations on campus until this year. That was NYU’s choice. It wasn’t Jones who taught students the lingua franca of the progressive cultural revolution and granted them outsize influence over their education. That, too, is an academy-wide phenomenon. And it wasn’t Jones who instituted an SAT/ACT-optional admissions policy for new students last year. Jones’s crime was simply to notice the deleterious effect these faddish phenomena were having on students. The undesirable consequences of this paradigm shift in education are hard to miss unless you’re trying to miss them.

** San Francisco’s Lowell High School plummeted way out of the top 100 in a national school ranking, in the first year that achievement data has become available since the school eliminated meritocratic admissions in favor of an “anti-racist” approach.

** San Francisco famously has more dogs than kids, and the bistro Dogue is there to serve them. Michelin-quality plates that appeal to the canine palate include “hand-cut filet mignon tartare topped with a poached quail egg,” “doggy petit gâteau,” “dogguccinos,” and a three-course tasting menu for Sunday brunch.

Examiner – Lens:

Former Meta COO Sheryl Sandberg married businessman Tom Bernthal recently.

Examiner – (Notable) Remarks:

** If economists care about life as it’s actually lived, rather than the bloodless world of rational expectations, they need to pay attention to the stories people are being told about what’s to come. “Much of history revolves around this question: How does one convince millions of people to believe particular stories about gods, or nations, or limited liabilities companies?” Yuval Noah Harari wrote in “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind.” —- Peter Coy

** Like so many stories coursing through the American media-social-media complex, Britttany Griner has been transformed from a human being into a meme. That meme is resonating across our feeds, deepening the fissures we seem incapable of escaping. It is fighting the Russians’ battle for them, and they know it, and we don’t. We can’t see what should be readily apparent, so consumed are we by our seemingly unslakable desire to destroy each other. —- Peter Savodnik

** Oscar Wilde is said to have quipped that “God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.” Our species is capable of folly on a grand scale. Exhibit 4,000 in this litany of woe is the continued existence of open plan workplaces. For decades, research has found that open plan offices are bad for companies, bad for workers, bad for health and bad for morale. And yet they just won’t die. Human beings, if they are to thrive, need a bit of privacy – walls and a door. And yet employers, decade after decade, neglect to give workers what they need, refuse to do what’s in their own self-interest. —- David Brooks

** Part of the hard-to-explain grief I feel today is related to how staggeringly rare that level of self-restraint is today. Narcissism is everywhere. Every feeling we have is bound to be expressed. Self-revelation, transparency, authenticity – these are our values. The idea that we are firstly humans with duties to others that will require and demand the suppression of our own needs and feelings seems archaic. Elizabeth kept it alive simply by example. —- Andrew Sullivan

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** Hollywood’s secret problem solver: With a client list that has included Frank Sinatra and Tom Cruise, Brad Herman has smoothed out difficulties for Hollywood’s elite for more than 40 years. READ

** Of an estimated 20,000 bodies donated to medical research in the U.S. each year, a portion end up decomposing in open-air enclosures – to teach how bodies decay.

** Awkward, silent, karaoke: choose your own Lyft ride. READ

** Visualizing who we spend time with as we age. READ

** Cancer cells survive attacks from immune system T cells by self-repairing holes in the cell membrane, new study shows. READ

** More than one-fifth of the world’s reptiles are either vulnerable to extinction, endangered, or critically endangered, study says. READ

** Researchers discover a genetic cause underlying the autoimmune disorder lupus; single DNA mutation found to cause immune cells to identify healthy tissue as damaged or foreign. READ

** Chemists finally decode the structure of Pepto-Bismol. READ

** A Crime Beyond Belief – The story of a Harvard-educated lawyer who committed bizarre home invasions and a rookie cop who cracked a case that was thought to be a hoax. READ

** Visualizing Netflix’s big drop. READ

** High-resolution drone footage from Kansas’ recent tornado. WATCH

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Hilary Swank, 48, Reveals She Is Expecting Twins:

Hilary Swank has twin babies on the way! The actress, 48, told the “Good Morning America” co-hosts on Wednesday that she was “so happy” to share news of her expanding family. “This is something that I’ve been wanting for a long time, and my next thing is I’m gonna be a mom,” she gushed. “And not just of one but of two.”

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Off-The-Charts Events:

Heat waves in the U.S., wildfires in Europe, floods in Asia: This summer has shown how the climate crisis has made extreme weather a part of everyday life. Some of the worst recent damage has taken place in Pakistan. Floods have submerged more than a third of the country and killed at least 1,300 people.

“These off-the-charts events are going to happen more often, and this is just one of those examples,” said Jennifer Francis, a senior scientist at the Woodwell Climate Research Center. The floods followed a brutal heat wave in Pakistan earlier this year that led to temperatures above 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Scientists have already concluded that global warming made that heat wave much likelier.

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Examiner – Bookkeeping:

** New report finds 5.3 billion cell phones will likely become waste this year. READ

** World Wildlife Fund says wildlife populations have declined 69% since 1970. READ

** Pair of 1880s Levi’s jeans found in abandoned mine sells for $87,400 at auction. 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 October 24, Twyla Tharp’s rock ballet “Movin’ Out,” set to the songs of Billy Joel, opened at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in NYC and ran for more than 1,000 performances.

** On October 26, the Moscow Theatre Siege, that started on the 23rd, ended after approximately 50 Chechen rebels and 150 hostages died when Russian Spetsnaz stormed the theater.

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LBN Examiner 10/16/2022


New York, California and Illinois lost thousands of “rich young professionals” who fled the Democrat-run states for low-tax havens like Texas and Florida, according to a study. The study conducted by SmartAsset of workers under the age of 35 who earn $100,000 per year cited inflow and outflow of young professionals by gleaning information from Internal Revenue Service data, including tax returns from 2019 and 2020. New York had the largest net outflow of young professionals – 15,788, the study found. A whopping 28,741 moved out, while 12,953 moved to the state. California saw the second-highest net outflow of young professionals. In 2019 and 2020, 20,568 young professionals moved to the state, but 28,528 left, according to the SmartAsset study, making for a net outflow of 7,960. Illinois has also been hemorrhaging under-35 workers, the study found. The Prairie State lost 9,386 young professionals while gaining just 6,527 – a net outflow of 2,859. Several large companies have recently announced they were moving their headquarters out of Chicago, citing soaring levels of crime. Massachusetts also experienced a significant net outflow. The Bay State lost 8,160 young professionals while just 6,290 moved in – resulting in a net outflow of 1,870.

Suspected Illegal Immigrant Charged With Murdering Vegas Showgirl In Strip Knife Rampage:

A Guatemalan man, suspected of being in the country illegally, was formally charged Tuesday in last week’s fatal stabbing spree on the Las Vegas Strip. Yoni Barrios, 32, was charged Tuesday with two counts of murder and six counts of attempted murder for his deadly rampage on the Las Vegas Strip last Thursday. Prosecutors say he stabbed five women posing as showgirls – along with a group of tourists – with a 12-inch knife outside the Wynn Las Vegas. He claimed he wanted to “let the anger out” after he thought people were laughing at him for wanting to take a picture with the showgirls, according to a police report. Las Vegas showgirl Maris DiGiovanni, 30, and Brent Hallett, 47, died in the rampage, and four other Las Vegas showgirls and two tourists were injured. Barrios is now being held without bail, as the Public Defender’s Office evaluates whether he is competent enough to stand trial.

The Stock Market Made Nancy Pelosi Rich – Now She Wants To Ban Her Colleagues From Trading:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) has seen her net worth increase by $140 million since the 2008 financial crisis thanks in no small part to her husband’s fortuitous trades in companies she has worked to subsidize. Now, she’s trying to pull up the ladder behind her: In what may be her final months as a member of Congress, she’s backing a proposal that would prohibit her colleagues from buying or selling individual stocks. Pelosi scoffed at the idea of banning lawmakers from trading individual stocks as recently as December, saying that she and her colleagues should be able to fully participate in the free market economy. After rejecting similar proposals, Pelosi is throwing her weight behind legislation that would ban stock trading among members of Congress and other senior government officials. House Democratic leaders introduced the Combating Financial Conflicts of Interest in Government Act last Tuesday but failed to bring the measure to a vote before adjourning for the midterm elections.

Examiner – Lens:

About 15,000 people are sheltering in Kyiv’s subway.

Nostalgic Gaming:

Some of this year’s big video game releases are years, if not more than a decade, old. Blizzard recently rereleased World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, which first came out in 2008. The game’s servers are so packed that some players have had to wait hours to sign on. Sometimes the games are identical to their past versions; others get graphical and gameplay updates. More are on the way, including Resident Evil 4 and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. The rereleases are part of a broader entertainment industry trend banking on nostalgia. As Imad Khan wrote in The Times: “Nostalgia has always been a powerful source of revenue for Hollywood. Turns out, it’s equally lucrative for video games.”

Aspiring Medical Students At Top School Get Their Chemistry Professor Fired Because His Class Had High Standards:

New York University organic chemistry professor Maitland Jones was fired after students petitioned the school with claims that his class was too difficult. According to a report from The New York Times, Jones – who taught at Princeton University for decades and wrote a bestselling textbook on his subject – maintained a rigorous course that his students, many of whom are pursuing medical careers, considered a weed-out class. After 82 of his 350 pupils signed a petition against him earlier this spring, university deans canceled his teaching contract, which he had previously renewed on a yearly basis. Marc Walters, who directs New York University’s undergraduate chemistry department, explained in an email to Jones that the school would let students retroactively withdraw from his class as a “gentle but firm hand to the students and those who pay the tuition bills” – an apparent reference to parents.

Examiner – Lens:

Linda Ronstadt is most at home in the Sonoran desert at places like a friend’s house in the tiny town of Canelo, Ariz.

Wildly (Politically) Incorrect by George Vandeman:

** San Diego public schools want to overthrow “heteronormativity.” Sounds like something that should be banned, right? NO. Apparently, white Europeans created a false “gender binary” and used the categories of “male” and “female” to dominate racial and sexual minorities. Heteronormativity forces students to conform to these norms; they are “assigned” a sex at birth, pressed into the identities of “man” and “women,” and expected to have heterosexual relationships culminating in “marriage (and kids).” Wow, glad I learned that new word. So, the school is promoting a constellation of new sexual identities, such as “genderqueer,” “non-binary,” “pansexual” and “two-spirit.” Thank the Lord that San Diego is on top of this.

** It looks like Christianity is now under attack around the world. Or continues to be. An op-ed in The Atlantic labeled the rosary an “extremist symbol.”

** The Fargo, North Dakota board of education has voted to no longer recite the Pledge of Allegiance before board meetings. Apparently, the proponents of the move claimed that not all people in the United States receive liberty and justice.

** A $33,000-a-year all-girls school in Nashville proposed a policy allowing anyone who identifies as female to attend. The school has “paused” the policy after outraged parents called on the board chair to quit.

Dining Out Update: Here’s a puzzler. According to OpenTable, restaurants in deep-blue cities are starved for diners while Florida is feasting. Those cities are Minneapolis, San Francisco and Portland. The same survey shows that Sun Belt boomtowns in Florida, Texas and Arizona are enjoying a massive surge in restaurant business this year.

Illegal Aliens Update: We all know that the state of Texas has taken matters into its own hands where illegal aliens are concerned. And the libs don’t like it one bit. (By the by, the libs call them “migrants.”) The Texas National Guard had locked a gate situated on private property that had previously been open, enabling entry by illegal aliens. The U.S. Border Patrol then opened the gate so that the illegal aliens waiting by the gate could come into the country. The governor of Arizona is sealing gaps in the existing border wall with double-stacked shipping containers topped with razor wire.

Red and Blue States Update: Anti-woke and anti-lockdown Florida saw 632,105 new businesses open in 2021, doubling New York’s 309,170.

Examiner – Look Back:

Joan Didion at her Malibu home, Oct. 1, 1972.

Examiner – (Notable) Remarks:

** A psychologist or a novelist might be as useful as an economist in explaining what the Federal Reserve is up to these days. The change in the Fed’s monetary policy this year has been so extreme that it’s hard to explain using economists’ tools alone. Until early this year the Fed kept short-term interest rates extremely low even as inflation heated up. Now it’s jacking up interest rates at the fastest pace in four decades to kill inflation, acknowledging that doing so will throw people out of work. —- Peter Coy

** What on earth does it mean to identify as no human gender, neither male nor female nor a mix, but as, say, a tree – and use “tree” as a pronoun? You think I’m kidding, don’t you? Just making shit up to make it sound insane. But wait: Students are introduced to gender pronouns through the children’s book, “They, She, He: Easy as ABC.” The somewhat familiar pronoun ze is introduced, as are more bespoke possibilities. On one page, “Diego drums and dances. Tree has all the sounds” (tree is Diego’s preferred pronoun). For a character named Sky, all of the pronouns are right. —- Andrew Sullivan

** The first American hope is that Putin will eventually do a cost-benefit analysis and conclude that his best option is to negotiate. The second American hope is that the Ukrainians will also do a cost-benefit analysis. They will realize that while they are winning the war, it is also nearly impossible to physically dislodge the Russian troops who are dug in in eastern Ukraine. They too will decide to negotiate. —- David Brooks

** In the internet age, it’s almost impossible to get away with anything. And yet, some people still manage to pull off solo flights of destruction worthy of a megalomaniacal supervillain. Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, long entwined, continue on vile parallel paths: They would rather destroy their countries than admit they have lost. —- Maureen Dowd

** Since Ukraine’s counteroffensive began nearly three weeks ago, the country has reclaimed more than 3,400 square miles. By contrast, Russia’s offensive in the east gained only 2,000 square miles in the past five months. Ukraine continues its advance via a successful offensive in the Kharkiv region (in which they launched a massive surprise counterattack to overwhelm unprepared and unmotivated Russian forces) and through its ongoing success in the Kherson region (where Ukrainian forces have basically encircled and cut off up to 20,000 Russians). Then there is the panic in Moscow. Days ago, Putin announced the mobilization of 300,000 Russian reservists while also threatening nuclear war. The draft – Russia’s first since World War II – will force thousands of Russians who had previously served to report for duty, receive two weeks of refresher training, and immediately deploy into Ukraine. Russian conscripts’ time of service has been extended indefinitely, meaning they will not be able to leave the fighting when their time is up. It’s hard to conceive of how much lower the morale of Russian troops can get. All of this indicates that Putin is deeply concerned about Ukraine’s ability to win this war. He is right to be. —- Liam Collins and Jack Spencer. (Liam is the executive director of the Madison Policy Forum. John Spencer is the chair of urban warfare studies at the Madison Policy Forum.)

Examiner – Readers Have Spoken:

74% of LBN Examiner readers in all 50 of the United States and in 26 foreign countries support Texas governor Greg Abbott sending illegal immigrants to New York City and Washington, D.C.


** New study reveals genetic changes caused by Alzheimer’s in different types of brain cells for the first time; results show many changes occur in cell types other than neurons. READ

** Who’s really using up the water in the American west? WATCH

** What different U.S. presidents have served at state dinners. WATCH

** Government study finds 2.55 million middle and high school students have vaped an e-cigarette over the past 30 days. READ

** Watch a time-lapse of a bird raising her family. WATCH

** U.S. intelligence has helped Ukraine kill Russian generals. READ

** The pandemic’s true toll: nearly 15 million excess deaths – including 4.7 million in India, nearly 10 times its official total. READ

** How we spend our money. READ

** The Awake Ape – Sleep is known to be vital for our memory, immune system, and more. So why do we snooze less than our primate relatives? READ

** Median age for U.S. women giving birth rises to 30 years old, the highest on record; trend corresponds with years of declining birth rates for women in their 20s. READ

** Cerebrospinal fluid from young mice shown to improve memory in old mice, a potential breakthrough in treating age-related cognitive decline. READ

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Sharon Osbourne Wants Refund After Donating $900K To ‘Scam’ Black Lives Matter:

Sharon Osbourne wants her money back. The former “The Talk” co-host agreed with Kanye West about Black Lives Matter being a “scam” when TMZ asked her about the rapper’s recent antics, from his White Lives Matter shirt to his social media tirades. “Well, we gave $900,000 to [Black Lives Matter], and I’d like my money back, please,” she told a reporter. Osbourne, 69, did not specify why she wanted a refund, but she did express confusion surrounding the outrage over West’s headline-making shirt at his fashion show. “I don’t understand why white lives don’t matter. I don’t understand it. It’s not my culture,” she said. “Everybody matters, don’t they?” Osbourne also said West, 45, shouldn’t be canceled over his actions and instead encouraged people to ignore him if they don’t “like him.”

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Bad Polling:

The final polls in the 2020 presidential election overstated Joe Biden’s strength, especially in a handful of states. The polls reported that Biden had a small lead in North Carolina, but he lost the state to Donald Trump. The polls also showed Biden running comfortably ahead in Wisconsin, yet he won it by less than a percentage point. In Ohio, the polls pointed to a tight race; instead, Trump won it easily. In each of these states – and some others – pollsters failed to reach a representative sample of voters. One factor seems to be that Republican voters are more skeptical of mainstream institutions and are less willing to respond to a survey. If that’s true, polls will often understate Republican support, until pollsters figure out how to fix the problem.

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Examiner – Business:

** A new FAA rule requires airlines to give flight attendants at least 10 hours of rest between shifts, equal to what pilots receive. READ

** Lawsuit: Three consumer groups suing the U.S. Treasury Department want alcohol to come with nutritional labels, like food does. READ

** Adult beds are more lucrative than children’s beds in American hospitals. As a result, pediatric services are often the first to go.

** The U.S. surpasses 1 million organ transplants since the first transplant in 1954. 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 October 10, Hungarian writer and Holocaust survivor Imre Kertész was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

** On October 12, terrorists exploded two bombs in Bali’s nightclub district killing 202 and injuring 209 mostly foreign tourists.

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