LBN Examiner 03/20/2022


An American school has been “downgraded” by officials. The cause? The school is accused of “placing more weight on teaching social justice than on subject-specific knowledge.” So apparently, pupils at the school spent more time being taught about “social justice” than tedious old skills like reading, writing and math. Teachers, meanwhile, were accused of clogging up lessons with “stridently expressed views on social justice” and creating a culture “where alternative opinions are not felt welcome.” All the time, educational standards have slipped. Now which school could that be? It could be any number in Manhattan, especially the more elite ones like the disgraced Grace Church School. But actually it is none of New York’s shakedown woke factories. The school in question is the American School in London. And the downgrading has been issued by the British schools inspectorate, Ofsted.

Unhappiness at the American School in London has been brewing for some time. Expat parents have been complaining increasingly bitterly in recent years. The school charges $43,763 a year, per student. For this, parents say that the school is teaching children all the usual American neo-racism about “white privilege,” “white fragility” and the like.

Navy SEAL who Killed Bin Laden Slams U.S. Response to Putin:

Navy SEAL Rob O’Neill served his country in 400 combat missions over 16 years and shot and killed Osama Bin Laden during arguably the most famous, deadly raid in modern American history. The Montana native knows more than most about facing off with terrorists and the grim realities of war. But as he has watched bloodthirsty Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine from afar, he has seen soldiers dying for a leader who’s “lost his marbles” with an endgame to cement his place in the history books, and has witnessed the U.S. responding with what he perceives as weakness. The decorated veteran criticized the Biden administration for cancelling a nuclear missile test last weekend while Russian forces started to attack Ukrainian citizens and how the Pentagon is more concerned with their climate change agenda than trying to deter Putin. “You don’t defeat a crazy man with nuclear weapons, with weakness. It’s like trying to stop a schoolyard bully by appeasing him, it’s nonsense. When I was in the service, the main concern was whether you could perform the task at hand. Now they (the Pentagon) are wasting time and resources making warships green. The unfortunate truth is Russia and China are laughing at us when we talk about climate change in the military.”

Bill Maher Defends Florida Bill – ‘Maybe Kids that Young Shouldn’t be Thinking About Sex at All’:

Left-leaning comedian Bill Maher defended the Florida bill that critics have unfairly labeled “Don’t Say Gay,” arguing during the “Overtime” portion of Friday night’s episode of “Real Time with Bill Maher” that it was reasonable to believe kids in early elementary school should not “be thinking about sex at all.” Maher discussed the issue with New York Times columnist Frank Bruni and Newsweek’s Batya Ungar-Sargon, and he pointed to the fact that the bill does not actually ban saying “gay” at all and clearly addresses only classroom instruction for children – in pre-kindergarten through third grade – regarding gender identity and sexual orientation.

Maher introduced the segment by saying he was going to bring in some discussion questions that had been submitted to the show. “I’m glad somebody asked this: ‘Is Florida’s Don’t Say Gay bill designed to trap Democrats into saying they support teaching young children about sexuality’ is the question,” Maher read. “But we can broaden that to anything about that,” Maher continued, noting that he had read up on the bill earlier in the day and there were certainly parts of it that seemed to make sense to him. “It’s – it’s – I mean, if people don’t know, this is something DeSantis is about to sign. And I guess it’s a reaction to Republicans who feel that there’s too much talk in lower grades. I think it’s only – they’re talking about kindergarten to third grade. So we’re talking about very young kids who, you know, as always with this stuff, you know this. It’s not like there’s no kernel of truth in that maybe kids that young shouldn’t be thinking about sex at all. I don’t think it’s specific…I think, don’t say, it’s not like you’re not allowed to literally not say ‘gay,’ but they just don’t want teachers talking about it. They think it’s the province of parents,” Maher then turned the question to his guests. “What do you think?”

Examiner – Lens:

John Williams, a reigning film composer for half a century, says he will soon step away from movie projects.

Close Your Curtains! Even a Little Bit of Light While You Sleep Can Harm Your Heart:

Closing your curtains won’t just give you more privacy at night, a new study finds it can also protect your heart while you sleep. Researchers from Northwestern University found that even a small amount of light exposure while sleeping increases the risk of heart disease and diabetes. Researchers say heart rates rise and the body can’t rest properly when there’s light in a bedroom. Their findings add that exposure to even moderate ambient lighting during nighttime sleep, compared to sleeping in a dimly lit room, harms cardiovascular function and increases insulin resistance the following morning. “The results from this study demonstrate that just a single night of exposure to moderate room lighting during sleep can impair glucose and cardiovascular regulation, which are risk factors for heart disease, diabetes and metabolic syndrome,” says senior study author Dr. Phyllis Zee in a university release. “It’s important for people to avoid or minimize the amount of light exposure during sleep.”

Tiananmen Square Protester Stabbed to Death in His N.Y.C. Law Office:

A Chinese dissident who was jailed for nearly two years for participating in the Tiananmen Square protests was stabbed to death in his New York City law office on Monday, the New York Daily News reports. Jinjin Li, a 66-year-old who practiced immigration law in Queens, was allegedly stabbed by a 25-year-old woman who was upset that he had refused to take on her case, authorities and friends told the newspaper. “I can’t believe it. She not only destroyed his life, but the hope of our community,” lawyer Wei (Wayne) Zhu said. “He wanted to realize democracy in China. He will never realize that dream.” The woman, 25-year-old Xiao Ning Zhang, had allegedly caused some chaos at the firm in Flushing last week, before returning around 11:40 a.m. Monday. She’s been charged with murder and weapons possession. “He was one of the best men I have ever known,” Zhu said of his good friend. “If he hadn’t left China he could have been a famous lawyer, he could have been a judge.”

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 March 9, NHL legend Joe Sakic played his 1,000th career game.

** On March 12, the animated film “Ice Age” directed by Chris Wedge and Carlos Saldanha and voiced by Denis Leary and John Leguizamo, opened.

Examiner – Lens:

Chloe Cherry is the new “it” girl on HBO’s Euphoria.

Examiner – Commentary by George Vandeman:

Political Correctness Run Amok – Update
** Apple has gone woke. The next iOS update will add a fifth voice to Siri, a so-called “gender-neutral” voice called Quinn. You would have thought that two male voices and two female voices would have been sufficient. Apple has confirmed that Quinn was recorded by a member of the LGBTQABCXYZ community. (I have lost track of how many letters there are now.)

** Seattle has dropped its bike helmet law since it unfairly targeted homeless people (60% of police citations) and people of color. The city council will spend $200,000 to buy helmets. I guess we aren’t worried about the safety of all of the other cyclists. Or maybe we can trust them to decide for themselves!

Beijing Olympics – Update
** A Finnish skier suffered a frozen penis during a ski racing event. I hate it when that happens.

Food for Thought
** The best description of Congressional legislation these days may be from Nancy Pelosi, who said: “We have to pass it, to find out what’s in it.” Thereafter a physician supposedly called into a radio show and said: “That’s the definition of a stool sample.”

** Border Enforcement Comparisons: In Korea, crossing illegally results in 12 years hard labor; in Iran/Saudi Arabia/Cuba – jail indefinitely; Afghanistan – shot; China/Venezuela – likely never heard from again. But crossing the American southern border illegally, immigrants now can receive (based generally on arbitrary dictates of bureaucrats): free health care, welfare, food stamps, education, subsidized rent (even home loans), drivers license, credit card, social security card, job, right to “protest” against American law & culture, and in many cities/states the right to vote. The caravans keep growing. What a surprise.

Examiner – Bookkeeping:

> ~$2M: The amount of money raised for Ukraine by funneling money through Airbnb bookings in the country.

> ~$250,000: The amount of funds a group of friends crowdsourced to buy a Caribbean island. They plan to establish the world’s newest micronation and are looking for citizens.

> $171,831: The total selling price for 74 original NASA photographs from the Apollo missions. The photos were sold at an auction in Copenhagen and included the famous snap of Buzz Aldrin on the moon, which sold for $7,700.

> 52: The number of reptiles an American hid in his clothing as he tried to pass Border Patrol agents in California. Agents seized nine snakes and 43 horned lizards concealed in the 30-year-old’s jacket and pants.

Examiner – Lens:

From left, Eleanor Kagan, Jesse Baker and Hiwote Getaneh are producers of “This Is Dating,” which follows four daters looking to break out of old patterns and start meaningful relationships.

Examiner – (Notable) Remarks:

** Bearing witness to Ukraine’s answers forces me to ask some hard questions about us – questions I worry we have forgotten how to ask: How would we act if the guns were to our heads? Would we similarly feel no choice but to fight for our home, for everything we love? Would we have the courage to live by the values we profess if our backs were to the wall? Or the sense of national unity? Or have we gotten so comfortable, so coddled, so removed from the world of flesh and blood, that we have forgotten how to name those values at all. We are not yet in an actual war. I pray we never are. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t in an ideological one. We are – and have been for a while now. And it is one that we – heirs to the Enlightenment and the American experiment – are losing very badly. We are losing because we are unserious. —- Bari Weiss

** Not too long ago, it was considered OK for people who aren’t Black to refer to the N-word in conversation. Not to use it, but to mention it. Within the limits of decorum, of course: Someone who, even if only mentioning the word, did so repeatedly within one conversation came off as noxious. However, under normal circumstances, white people could passingly refer to the word without the now-predictable pushback. I’m old enough to have done a couple of radio interviews in the mid-90s where this was the case. —- John McWhorter, New York Times

** The people have spoken: “Shut In” is one of the most popular streaming movies on Rotten Tomatoes right now. It’s all thanks to the extraordinary efforts of The Daily Wire, which is fighting back against liberal Hollywood by creating an alternative for entertainment. “Shut In” is proof positive that with the right producers, actors, and directors, the film industry doesn’t have to be a dumpster fire of woke garbage anymore. —- Amanda Harding

** “People don’t slip. Time catches up with them.” —- Nat King Cole

** We should rightly be celebrating the magnificent breakthrough of the mRNA vaccines, which were quickly developed, saved millions of lives, and hold the promise for further medical advances benefitting all humanity. We also now have (when doctors can get them) effective medications for vulnerable people who contract COVID-19. Of course, a global pandemic will result in many wrong decisions, missed opportunities, and inevitable tragedy. But during this one, our officials have too often misled us, failed to make timely corrections of mistakes, doubled down on a foolish policy that simultaneously overburdened the young and neglected the elderly, and thus severely undermined public trust. I fear all this will be our COVID-19 legacy. —- Vinay Prasad, Hematology Oncology Medicine Health Policy Epidemiology Associate Professor


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Examiner – Book Worth Considering:

** Gabriel Nadales was an angry, bitter, and unhappy young man – the perfect recruit for Antifa, the violent left-wing group which claims to fight against fascism. How did they find him? And how did he find his way out? Gabriel’s book, “Behind the Black Mask: My Time as an Antifa Activist is available on Amazon and Post Hill Press.

Examiner – Readers Speak:

Are drug companies responsible for the opioid crisis?

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Examiner – Investigates:

** New Republic | Alex Shepard. Arrested by the FBI earlier this year, Filippo Bernardini carried out one of the most brazen cases of intellectual property theft in the history of publishing. READ

** Ranking the world’s best island beaches. READ

** Footage from the nation’s capital in the 1940s, colorized and remastered. WATCH

** Chinese bartenders are serving drinks in hazmat suits. READ

** Kleptomaniac parrot steals family’s GoPro. WATCH

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