LBN Examiner 04/24/2022


A transgender psychologist who has helped hundreds of teens transition has warned that it has “gone too far” – and fears many are making life-changing decisions because it’s “trendy” and pushed on social media. Erica Anderson, 71 – who is transgender herself – told the Los Angeles Times that she is horrified that even 13-year-old kids are now getting hormone treatment without even meeting with psychologists. “I think it’s gone too far,” said Anderson, who until recently led the U.S. professional society at the forefront of transgender care. “For a while, we were all happy that society was becoming more accepting and more families than ever were embracing children that were gender variant.” “Now it’s got to the point where there are kids presenting at clinics whose parents say, ‘This just doesn’t make sense,’” she said. Anderson is so concerned, in fact, she said she is considering ending her own pioneering work helping teens transition. “I have these private thoughts: ‘This has gone too far. It’s going to get worse. I don’t want any part of it,’” she said.

Before Charges in a Subway Attack, Decades of Disputes and Petty Offenses:

Frank R. James never seemed to stay in one place for very long. But as he drifted from the East Coast to the Midwest over the course of his adult life, trouble often followed, according to interviews and records from four states. In New York, he was arrested at least nine times – mostly on low-level charges, but also on suspicion of committing arson and reckless endangerment. In New Jersey, he was charged with making terroristic threats after calling and threatening people at a former workplace. And when he lived in Milwaukee, police records and interviews show, he was at odds with his neighbors in two locations, including at a rooming house that a former resident described as a regular stopover for people with mental health problems and convicted of sex offenses and other crimes. This week, the police said, James, 62, returned to New York City and committed the worst attack on the subway system in decades, opening fire on a crowded N train in Brooklyn and wounding 10 people. On Wednesday, James was charged in Federal District Court with carrying out a terrorist attack on a mass transit system. If convicted, he could face life in prison.

Fury as Wizz Air Charges Ukrainian Refugees for Luggage:

A woman hosting a Ukrainian refugee family fleeing the war has told of her shock that they were asked to pay for luggage by an airline providing free flights for those escaping. Agnese Edmonds, who is now housing the family of four, said they were asked to pay €130 (£108.49) for two suitcases when booking their tickets from Krakow, Poland to London Luton via Wizz Air. The flight itself was free, but the family was asked to pay for their bags. Edmonds, who is from Essex, is “gobsmacked” and finds that the charge “feels unfair and strange.” Speaking to LBC, she said: “Although they didn’t have too much luggage … the adults had one suitcase each, so they had to pay for that. So I’m not sure for those people who didn’t have any money, you know, how would they get through? Who would pay for them?” “I couldn’t believe (it), the family couldn’t believe, I was gobsmacked because I thought – well if you’re offering the flight, they’re already on the flight, well surely they can take their luggage with them?”

Examiner – Lens:

A 22-year-old mother who allegedly stabbed her own 3-year-old daughter to death and stashed the body in a trash bag told a Child Protective Services investigator that SpongeBob SquarePants ordered the murder. That’s according to Ryan Eberline, the CPS investigator who interviewed Justine Johnson in jail after the latter had been arrested on charges of felony murder and first-degree child abuse. Eberline testified in court Friday for a preliminary examination of Johnson, who is accused of killing her daughter, Sutton Mosser, on September 16, 2021 – just two days after her third birthday.

Netflix Shares Plunge as Subscribers Flee:

Elon Musk pinned a drop in Netflix’s share prices on the “woke mind virus” – which makes the streaming service “unwatchable.” Netflix reported that it lost 200,000 subscribers in the first quarter of 2022 while bracing for 2 million lost subscribers in the second quarter. Shares of the company dropped more than 20% in after-hours trading.

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 April 21, at the 48th British Academy Television Awards, winners were “The Sketch Show” for Best Comedy, and “Cold Feet” for Best Drama.

** On April 23, Pope John Paul II met with U.S. Catholic Church leaders at the Vatican regarding sexual abuse of minors.

Wildly (Politically) Incorrect by George Vandeman:

Political Correctness Run Amok
** A top New York City health official refers to White women as “birthing people,” and then refers to Black and Hispanic women as “mothers.” I didn’t realize that there was this distinction. I guess I am still catching up.

** I saw this on Tucker Carlson’s show, but it was hard to believe. A University of Kentucky actual female swimmer tied the well-known Lia Thomas, who was born a male, in the female NCAA championships. The incredibly Woke NCAA gave the trans swimmer the trophy to hold, telling the actual female that she could stand with the next place trophy. Unfrickenbelievable.

Revenge Update
** A dish best served cold? No, revenge is a dish best served spicy! Woman who caught her boyfriend of two years cheating on her with her friend reveals that she injected chili oil into his condoms to punish him. Ouch!

Voting Reform Update
** Arizona will require voters to prove citizenship and residency. Makes sense, right? Guess what? This sparked anger among activists.

United Nations Update
** Do you know why the United Nations Security Council is powerless to punish Russia? Because 40% of the members are actively engaged in genocide.

Success Update
** No, not dress for success. Researchers have found that personality is not as important as intelligence when it comes to getting good grades and a well-paid job. This finding contradicts past research which found that personality was more important for success.

Jury Duty Update
** This is one for the books. A “Miss Bristol” was one of the people called to serve as a juror in the sentencing phase of the Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz. She told the Judge that she didn’t have time to serve because of her love life. Asked to clarify, she said, “I am married and I have my sugar daddy. I see him every day.” Plus her kids. The Judge was speechless. She later was excused as a juror.

January 6 Update
** As those who have seen the tapes will know that there is a winning Capital “riot” defense. Blame the cops! Matthew Martin was found not guilty of illegally entering the Capitol and engaging in disorderly conduct. He successfully argued that the Capital police waived him into the building.

Market Research Update
** In defense of Disney’s reaction to the Parental Rights law in Florida, Disney’s Head of Content says that “Gen Z is 30-40 percent queerer than other generations.” She said that her son had told her that. I wonder if her son is available for other such assignments.


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The Real Story by Sarah Garcia:

If you were ever walked into my father’s office 40 years ago and asked him if he wanted to leave the office early say 3:30 in the afternoon, to watch his son practice baseball after high school, he would have looked at you like a person with a mental health condition. And yet today, at 3:30 in the afternoon, many fathers sitting there watching their children practice and occasionally staring at their cell phones pretending to be working, or so it seems. It seems that people are less doing what they can and more doing what they want.

Examiner – Lens:

An engaged couple in Michigan is living life to the fullest. After getting engaged on the day after Christmas in 2020, Clay Slenk and Mariah Nelesen planned to tie the knot this summer. However, just after sending save-the-dates to their loved ones, the bride- and groom-to-be were both diagnosed with cancer within eight days of each other, KTLA reports. “We had a long engagement (and) were hoping to get married June 10 of this year,” Slenk, 24, told the outlet.

Examiner – (Notable) Remarks:

** The most prominent writer for The New York Times, Nikole Hannah-Jones, has been arguing all week that too much sympathy for Ukraine’s plight is just another sign of – what else? – white supremacy. Also, bizarrely, that Europe is not a continent. —- Bari Weiss

** Russia “is resorting to tactics reminiscent of medieval siege warfare, encircling cities, cutting off escape routes and pounding the civilian population with heavy ordnance,” —- Jonathan Gimblett, a London-based lawyer who represents the Ukrainian government

** Just when you think the far left can’t get any more far-out, along comes their hot take on Ukraine: Our reaction, and all media coverage, is racist. Yes, even Vladimir Putin’s genocidal invasion of a peaceful neighbor, and the evolving threat of World War III, must be viewed through America’s racist past. How perverse. How narcissistic. But this kind of virtue-signaling is always in the service of self-regard. —- Maureen Callahan, New York Post

** Carl von Clausewitz famously asserted that war is the continuation of politics by other means. The Russian invasion of Ukraine is the continuation of identity politics by other means. I don’t know about you, but I’ve found the writings of conventional international relations experts to be not very helpful in understanding what this whole crisis is about. But I’ve found the writing of experts in social psychology to be enormously helpful. That’s because Vladimir Putin is not a conventional great power politician. He’s fundamentally an identity entrepreneur. His singular achievement has been to help Russians to recover from a psychic trauma – the aftermath of the Soviet Union – and to give them a collective identity so they can feel that they matter, that their life has dignity. The war in Ukraine is not primarily about land; it’s primarily about status. Putin invaded so Russians could feel they are a great nation once again and so Putin himself could feel that he’s a world historical figure along the lines of Peter the Great. —- David Brooks, New York Times

Examiner – Bookkeeping:

$20.8B: The total estimated amount Americans will spend on Easter-related items.

$504,375: The selling price for samples of lunar dust collected by Neil Armstrong.

460,000: The number of Toyota and Lexus vehicles recalled to fix a safety issue.

292: The number of times a man saw Spider-Man: No Way Home, winning a record.

$61.83: The average price of an Easter basket, up more than 22% from 2019 due to inflation.

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Examiner – Lens:

Rapper Doja Cat made the red carpet her moment at the 64th annual Grammy Awards in a truly memorable, head-turning link. Doja Cat wasn’t afraid to highlight her assets, and even playfully cupped her cleavage while posing for some red carpet photos before the awards show.

Examiner – Investigates:

** Avoid mattress sales traps. READ

** Carjacking has made a resurgence in the U.S. over the past two years. Many of those arrested are startlingly young. READ

** The Road to Pleasure – How an experimental drug addressing a symptom of depression called anhedonia – the inability to feel pleasure – could usher in a new era of precision medicine in psychiatry. READ

** Avocados in Gangland – A look at the history of Mexico’s multibillion-dollar avocado industry and how it found itself in the middle of a bloody cartel turf war. READ

** Broken Windows in your business?

** Dogs’ extraordinary sense of smell is partially due to the number of olfactory receptors in their noses: they can have up to 300 million receptors, compared to a mere six million in a human nose.

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Humans Can Fight off Viruses Simply by Breathing:

How hard is it for people to fight off a virus? Scientists at Harvard University say it’s actually as easy as breathing, literally. Their study reveals that the act of breathing generates immune responses that kill invading pathogens. In experiments, a “lung chip” that mimics the mechanical forces of breathing killed flu bugs. The discovery could lead to developing better medications for respiratory diseases, including COVID. “This research demonstrates the importance of breathing motions for human lung function, including immune responses to infection, and shows that our Human Alveolus Chip can be used to model these responses in the deep portions of the lung, where infections are often more severe and lead to hospitalization and death,” says co-first author Dr. Haiqing Bai from Harvard’s Wyss Institute in a university release.

The Story of ‘Jake The Three Headed Snake’:

In 1775, during the American Revolution, a diamondback rattlesnake appeared on a yellow flag which bore the words, “DONT TREAD ON ME”. 250 years later, a descendant of that snake is back in the public eye.

Meet “Jake The Three Headed Snake,” a fiercely independent and patriotic, red, white and blue diamondback rattlesnake from Snakeville, USA. Jake is handsome, smart and well-traveled. In addition to being multi-colored, Jake is multi-lingual and multi-racial – a diverse, inclusive melting pot of a snake. Did we mention he has three heads?

Yes, three heads. In addition to his main head, Jake has a Blue donkey head and a Red elephant head sticking out each side of his neck. Jake’s life is charmed, until the two other heads “malfunction.” The ensuing battle with the rogue Blue and Red heads takes a toll on Jake, almost costing him his life.

Through it all, Jake lands on his feet … or belly. And the whole episode teaches him many lessons about the importance of freedom and the dangers of government overreach. And with all the crazy stuff happening politically and with the media of late, Jake has brought back the old “family slogan,” as a reminder of whose country this is after all.

Visit Jake’s online T-shirt store at, the home Certified 100% Authentic “Don’t Tread On Me!” gear! Read Jake’s whole story. Buy a T-shirt. Wear it proudly. Make a statement. Vote your mind!

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