LBN Examiner 06/19/2022


More than 1,500 New York Police Department officers have either resigned or retired so far this year – on pace to be the biggest exodus of officers since the statistics have been available. Some 524 cops have resigned and 1,072 have retired as of May 31, NYPD pension stats show. The 1,596 total is a 38% spike from the same period in 2021, when 1,159 cops called it a career, and a staggering 46% climb from 2020, when 1,092 left the force by the same date. Anti-cop hostility, bail reform, and rising crime have fed into frustration among the NYPD rank and file, according to one NYPD officer who recently fled for greener pastures at a Long Island police department after 6 1/2 years.

“The city is out of control – especially since bail reform,” according to the former Queens cop, who asked to be identified only as “Joe.” The mantra now is “get out while you still can.” Joe’s patrol gig “got worse and worse” over time, he said. “The last few years so many people had been leaving and manpower was so low that you’d go to work and you’d answer 25 to 30 jobs a day and you’re burnt out by the end of the day,” he said, adding, “there was no time for law enforcement” because it would be “radio run, radio run, radio run all day long.” Even when he made an arrest, “they were back in the precinct picking up their property the same day.”

Shrinkflation – Who Are They Trying To Fool:

There’s inflation and then there’s shrinkflation. Inflation is easy to spot: The product you bought last month now costs a dime more. But shrinkflation is much more nefarious. The product you bought last month is the same price – the package may even appear to be the same size – but there’s less of it. In some cases, a good bit less. “Notable brands to ‘shrinkflate’ their products in recent months as the American dollar continues to lessen in value include Charmin, Bounty, and Gatorade, which have all been downsized in recent months but have retained their previous prices,” the Daily Mail reported on Wednesday.

“Joining the parade of downsized products is cereal stalwart Honey Bunches of Oats, which has seen the weight of its standard box, previously 14.5 ounces, lessen to 12 ounces – a reduction of roughly 17%,” the U.K. paper said. Angel Soft toilet paper has also reduced its size from 425 sheets per roll to 320, while Bounty paper towels have cut their rolls from 165 sheets per roll to 147 late last year. Gatorade also cut its bottle size from 32 ounces to 28 ounces. The fascinating thing is that companies often go to great lengths to keep their product containers the same size. Folger’s coffee has also slashed its amount per canister, drawing controversy.

“Last month, the company elected to dramatically drop the number of ounces displayed on those canisters – previously 51 ounces, now 43.5 ounces – while keeping the number of cups that it says each package will yield, at 400, the same,” the Daily Mail wrote. “When confronted about the 7.5-ounce reduction per canister last month on social media, which should see a decrease of more than a dozen cups of coffee, the company cited a new, more efficient bean pressing technology as to why the cup count has not been changed.”

Starbucks Says it Might Close Bathrooms to Non-Customers, for Safety:

Starbucks is considering closing its restrooms to the general public, reserving its loos for its latte-drinking customers. Howard Schultz, chief executive officer of the coffee giant, disclosed the company’s intentions in a conversation with the New York Times DealBook DC policy forum on Thursday, citing an increasing mental health problem and staff safety among the reasons for the decision. “We serve 100 million people at Starbucks,” Schultz said. “There is an issue of just safety in our stores in terms of people coming in who use our stores as a public bathroom.”

Providing safety for Starbucks employees and customers is also of importance to Schultz in making sure both groups are satisfied and protected, he said. “We have to harden our stores and provide safety for our people,” he told the Times. “I don’t know if we can keep our bathrooms open.” The decision would reverse a 2018 policy the company implemented that opened up its seats – even its porcelain ones – to anyone after the company was embattled in a public controversy following the arrest of two Black men at a Philadelphia store. The men had arrived at the store early for a business meeting. One asked to use the restroom, but was told by a manager that restrooms were only for paying customers.

Examiner – Lens:

The massive civil disorder, riots, and looting of 2020 sparked a surge in firearms purchases among Americans. One such buyer was the alleged shooter behind the recent racist mass murder at a Buffalo, N.Y., Tops supermarket.

Men Found Dead in Popular Mexico Tourist Area With Gang Warning Messages Written on Corpses:

Seven men were found dead along a road in a popular Mexico tourist area, their bodies badly beaten and with warning messages written on their corpses. The bodies were found in the township of Aquismon, located in the Huasteca region, but prosecutors in San Luis Potosi state said it didn’t appear as though the men were actually from the town and may have been killed somewhere else. The Associated Press reported that “Photos of the bodies showed extensive bruising on the corpses, suggesting they had been beaten.” Messages were also written on the bodies, saying “this is what happened to me for working with the Gulf.” “The Gulf” apparently refers to the Gulf Cartel, a gang that typically works along the U.S. border far to the north. The bodies were reportedly signed by “Valles Operation O.B.,” a reference to a rival gang, the AP reported. CBS News reported that the U.S. Department of Justice extradited former Gulf Cartel leader Mario Cardenas-Guillen to Texas to face drug trafficking charges.

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 June 15, a near-earth asteroid missed the Earth by 75,000 miles, about one-third of the distance between the Earth and the Moon.

** On June 16, Tiger Woods won his second Open title, at the U.S. Open Men’s Golf, Bethpage State Park.

Examiner – Lens:

Robert Reeves, Jessay Martin, Bill Lyons and Mick Peterson have built a social media following as the Old Gays.

Wildly (Politically) Incorrect by George Vandeman:

** Respected magazine Nature goes Woke! The top science journal requires writers to consider “sex and gender” in their studies. They have [to] consider if their findings “might perpetuate gender stereotypes” before publishing.

** The San Francisco United School District has announced that it will remove the word “chief” from its job titles, to avoid offending American Indians. (They said Native Americans of course). The school district said the move was prompted by concerns raised by Native American “community members.” No mention of how many American Indians live in or go to school there. Social media users pointed out that the word Chief came from the French term “chef.” So I guess they won’t be offending French chefs either.

** New York City public schools are blasted by parents for introducing a Woke children’s book which features a gay main character. Apparently, the book hails AOC and the Squad, while mocking Mitch McConnell and encouraging swearing.

Superman Update
** It is indeed a sad day for all of you Superman fans. New York City’s last phone booth near Times Square has been taken down and dismantled. The last of the 8,000 which we all know Superman used, since we also know that Gotham was really New York.

EVs Update
** We have now gotten to batteries. While the modern lithium-ion battery is four times better than the old ones, gasoline holds 80 times the energy density. The great lithium battery in your cell phone weighs less than an ounce, while the Tesla battery weighs 1,000 pounds. When the Model T came out, it was a dramatic improvement on the horse and cart. The electric car is a step backward into the equivalence of an ordinary car with a tiny gasoline tank which takes a half hour to fill.

** Britain’s electric car charger rollout has stalled. It is set to fall staggeringly short of its 2030 target of 300,000 chargers. They will have to increase the current rate by 350% a month to hit that target.

The Great Resignation Update
** We have all heard of the Great Resignation. Millions of Americans walked away from their jobs. Guess that some jobs are just made to walk away from. Here are some of the interesting ones: members of tribute bands; nightclub bouncers; security guards at mixed martial-arts events; stand-up comics; mimes; rodeo clowns; pediatricians; dentists; and dejected psychologists working with self-indulgent neurotics.

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Examiner – (Notable) Remarks:

** When a hospital patient dies unnecessarily, standard procedure is to search for the point of failure. In the 2017 death of 75-year-old Charlene Murphey, that point of failure was identified as RaDonda Vaught, the nurse who injected Murphey with a fatal dose of vecuronium bromide, a muscle relaxant, instead of Versed, a sedative, while Murphey was at Vanderbilt University Medical Center for a brain injury. Prosecutors found that Vaught overrode a computer system when she couldn’t find Versed and instead chose the first medication on the list beginning with V-E, then ignored the red cap on the vecuronium bromide that states “Warning: Paralyzing Agent.” She told investigators later that she had been “distracted with something.” She was sentenced on May 13 to three years’ probation. —- Peter Coy

** This February, Bruce Harrell, newly installed as mayor of Seattle, made it official: His city is in decline. “The truth is the status quo is unacceptable,” Harrell said in his first state of the city address. “It seems like every day I hear stories of longtime small businesses closing their doors for good or leaving our city.” But it’s not just small businesses. Much of Seattle’s core looks like a pockmarked ghost town. Storefronts on both sides of Third Avenue, a major thoroughfare, are boarded up. Blocks from the Four Seasons hotel and the Fairmont Hotel, tents crowd the sidewalks, and drug users sit under awnings holding pieces of foil over lighter flames. Traffic enforcement is minimal to nonexistent. In mid-March, Amazon announced that it was abandoning a 312,000-square-foot office space in downtown, citing concerns over crime. —- T.A. Frank, a writer on the West Coast

** No hard-working American without a college degree should have to pay for others’ student loans. Period. —- Nikki Haley

** The world is frequently messier and harder to understand than people acknowledge. We tell ourselves artificially tidy stories about why something happened and what will happen next. The stock market rises or falls, and analysts proclaim a cause; in truth, they are often just guessing, as Paul Krugman, the economist and Times columnist, likes to point out. On the subject of COVID, both experts and journalists have imagined it to be more predictable than it is. When schools reopened or certain states lifted mask mandates, you heard confident predictions that cases would rise. Often, they didn’t. The invisible, mysterious ebbs and flows of virus transmission overwhelmed every other factor. —- David Leonhardt, N.Y. Times

** I want to talk about Joe Biden and his unique problems presenting his presidency. You’re aware of his political position and the polls. The latest from CNN has him at 39% approval. Public admiration began to plummet during the Afghanistan withdrawal. That disaster came as it was becoming clear the president was handing his party’s progressive caucus functional control of his domestic agenda, which fell apart and never recovered. —- Peggy Noonan

Supply Chain Issues are Creating a Tampon Shortage:

Popular retailers CVS and Walgreens, as well as major manufacturer Proctor & Gamble, acknowledged a shortage for tampon and other period products and said they are working to meet consumer demand as soon as possible, per CNN.

Victor Issa, Award-Winning Sculptor, Announces Instillations of His Iconic ‘Power of Thought’ Sculpture:

Award-winning and nationally renowned sculptor Victor Issa is in celebration mode. Two copies of his phenomenal sculpture, Power of Thought are scheduled to be installed this summer. A copy of the life-size edition will be installed at a private residence in Southern CA and the monument is on tap for installation at one of the world’s most prestigious gardens, Benson Sculpture Garden in Loveland, CO. Benson Sculpture Garden is a “public treasure” and annually draws tens of thousands of visitors from around the globe. It has been recognized as “one of the 200 most important modern and contemporary art sites around the world” and as “one of the 20 must-see contemporary art sites across the USA.” Additionally, it is the #1 attraction for Loveland on TripAdvisor.

Examiner – Readers Speak:

Should the U.S. increase oil production to reduce reliance on foreign countries?

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Examiner – Cartoon:

Report Reveals Sharp Rise in Transgender Young People in the U.S.:

The number of young people who identify as transgender has nearly doubled in recent years, according to a new report that captures a stark generational shift and emerging societal embrace of a diversity of gender identities. The analysis, relying on government health surveys conducted from 2017 to 2020, estimated that 1.4% of 13- to 17-year-olds and 1.3% of 18- to 24-year-olds were transgender, compared with about 0.5% of all adults. Those figures illustrated a significant rise since the researchers’ previous report in 2017, though the analyses used different methods.

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