LBN Examiner 07/10/2022


With the shooting in Highland Park, Illinois, on the nation’s 246th birthday, the U.S. had marked its 309th mass shooting this year, according to a nonprofit that tracks gunfire incidents. To date this year, there have been on average 11 mass shootings per week, the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive’s data show. The group classifies an incident as a mass shooting when four or more people, excluding the shooter, are shot or killed. At least six people were killed and 30 or more wounded July 4 when a gunman rained bullets down upon an Independence Day parade in an affluent suburb about 25 miles north of downtown Chicago. The gunman (pictured above) found his way to a rooftop to wreak his havoc as hundreds of people, including parents with strollers and kids on bikes, fled the scene.

Food And Sleep:

Researchers discovered that eating more saturated fat and less fiber from foods like vegetables, fruits and whole grains led to reductions in slow-wave sleep, which is the deep, restorative kind. In general, clinical trials have also found that carbohydrates have a significant impact on sleep: People tend to fall asleep much faster at night when they consume a high-carbohydrate diet compared to when they consume a high-fat or high-protein diet. That may have something to do with carbs helping tryptophan cross into the brain more easily.

1 in 3 Americans Can’t Even Spell ‘Independence’:

Independence Day may be synonymous with summer, but a new survey finds many Americans should go back to school. It turns out one in three people don’t know how to spell “independence” – and even fewer know why Americans celebrate on the Fourth of July. Specifically, the poll of 1,030 Americans, commissioned by, found over a third spell independence incorrectly. Moreover, researchers add that internet searches for “how to spell independence” skyrocket by 85% during the July 4th holiday weekend.

Examiner – Lens:

A family walks by a man laid out on a San Francisco sidewalk. This site is so common in the once-great city that people don’t even bother to notice anymore.

Chicago Mayor Curses Out Supreme Court Justice Thomas at Pride Parade:

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) targeted Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in a vulgar tirade over the weekend in which she promised not to “stand idly by” after the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Speaking at a Pride Parade event on Saturday, Lightfoot took to the stage and addressed the ruling and Thomas’ majority opinion by declaring, “fuck Clarence Thomas!”

Weed Users Nearly 25% More Likely to Need Emergency Care and Hospitalization:

“Visits to the emergency department and hospitalizations are 22 per cent higher among individuals who use cannabis compared with those who do not …” according to a study published in BMJ Open Respiratory Research in June. “Cannabis use is not as benign and safe as some might think,” said study author Nicholas Vozoris, assistant professor and clinician investigator in the division of respirology at the department of medicine at the University of Toronto. “Our study demonstrates that the use of this substance is associated with serious negative outcomes, specifically, ED (emergency department) visits and hospitalizations,” Vozoris said.

Examiner – Lens:

She’s 2½. Isla McNabb took an IQ test and became Mensa’s youngest member.

Examiner – Commentary by Nellie Bowles:

** Angeli Gomez, a hero: Remember the mother of two students in Uvalde who got into the school and got her kids out? Her name is Angeli Gomez. Law enforcement had handcuffed her. She’d talked her way out of the cuffs, sprinted into the school while the shooter was still active, got her kids and escaped. Gomez, a farm supervisor, says police had later threatened her with a probation violation if she went public with her story, but she did anyway. While more information about police cowardice comes out, including that Uvalde police knew there were injured people slowly dying in that classroom and yet still waited an hour, I keep focusing on Gomez and her bravery.

** Our very shy president: Biden has avoided any real interviews with the press since taking office – shunning sit-downs with the Wall Street Journal, the Times, Reuters and AP. Here’s what the Times’ chief White House correspondent Peter Baker said to Politico: “I can’t think of a parallel situation – it’s the fifth president I’ve covered and the first one I haven’t interviewed.” He added: “They feel neither the obligation nor the opportunity.” Biden’s own staff doesn’t seem to trust him much and reportedly likes to withhold information from him. (For example, that there was a baby formula shortage; interesting NBC story on that.) Watching him this week on Jimmy Kimmel, you understand why: The late-night host appeared to cut the President off because he was rambling. So my guess is that Biden’s staff worries – knows? – that in an interview with a legitimate journalist he’ll go off script. Meanwhile the president’s approval hit news lows. Only 39% of voters approve of him. And something really interesting: He’s now below 50% approval among black voters. That’s pretty remarkable for a Democrat.

** A radical prosecutor gets recalled: Even San Francisco has limits. For the past year the city has had an almost allergic reaction to some of the more radical elements who came to power recently. First, the school board: Voters ousted three members in February. And it was an overwhelming rejection: More than 70% of voters supported the recall. Now, in a second huge win for the moderate liberal faction of town, the voters have ousted progressive prosecutor Chesa Boudin. For his part, Boudin is responding with almost very little self-awareness – he’s blaming “right-wing billionaires.” Yes, Boudin is arguing now that the 60% of San Franciscans that voted to give him the boot are either Republican or were tricked by Republicans. All the problems are imaginary. My favorite take (mostly from the New York-based media) was that actually San Francisco is a conservative city and unworthy of progressive leadership. Gotta love it.

** Doctors agree that children should be home playing video games: The American Academy of Pediatrics has put out new safety guidelines, which recommend that children shouldn’t cross the street alone before age 10. Maybe that’s true if you live on a very, very busy urban street, but generally? Come on. Jonathan Haidt calls it: “Among the worst examples of safetyism ever.” We agree.

** We know nothing about TikTok: The China-based social platform that’s rewiring all American brains under the age of 25 remains largely a mystery. One small funny bit of transparency about the lack of transparency came this week. After the Financial Times investigated TikTok’s workplace culture, the paper found that in comments on live streams TikTok was censoring the words: “article,” “toxic,” and “culture” and, of course, “Financial Times.” …

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Examiner – (Notable) Remarks:

** Growing up in Minnesota, I was a huge fan of the local N.H.L. team at the time, the North Stars, and they had a sportscaster, Al Shaver, who gave me my first lesson in politics and military strategy. He ended his shows with this sign-off: “When you lose, say little. When you win, say less. Goodnight and good sports.” President Biden and his team would do well to embrace Shaver’s wisdom. Last week, in Poland, standing near the border with Ukraine, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin got my attention – and certainly Vladimir Putin’s – when he declared that America’s war aim in Ukraine is no longer just helping Ukraine restore its sovereignty, but is also to produce a “weakened” Russia. —- Thomas L. Friedman

** Catherine Pearson spoke to experts to determine how many friends a person needs in order to stave off loneliness. (A 2010 meta-analysis found that loneliness is “as harmful to physical health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.”) While no consensus emerged on an optimal number, Catherine did find that more isn’t always better: “Spending time with friends you feel ambivalent about – because they’re unreliable, critical, competitive or any of the many reasons people get under our skin – can be bad for your health.” —- Melissa Kirsch

** We know that it’s chic these days to write off virtues like civility and decency and humility and grace. We believe those things are the only way forward. That the only alternative to violence is persuasion and argument. —- Bari Weiss

** January 6 was a horrifying day. But the hearings have exposed more than just more awful details. They’ve revealed the courage of people like Bowers. To watch the hearings is to remember that those better angels Lincoln talked about are a constant choice – one many good Americans made even as a braying mob was demanding fealty to false gods. —- Batya Ungar-Sargon (Batya Ungar-Sargon is the deputy opinion editor of Newsweek and the author of “Bad News: How Woke Media Is Undermining Democracy.”)

Examiner – A Look Back:

On July 6, 1957, John Lennon met Paul McCartney at a church social, the Woolton Village Fete, in a suburb of Liverpool, England. Lennon was 16; McCartney had turned 15 a couple of weeks earlier. Lennon was playing at the fete with his band the Quarrymen. McCartney had come at the invitation of a classmate at the Liverpool Institute High School for Boys, who wanted him to see the group’s dynamic lead singer, Lennon. As The Times wrote in 2017, McCartney was impressed, and later that evening as he, Lennon and friends “were hanging out waiting for a dance to get underway, McCartney asked Lennon if he might borrow his guitar and demonstrate his chops a bit.” He played Eddie Cochran’s “Twenty Flight Rock” – “a challenging number for a 15-year-old in most any circumstance but all the more impressive since that recording hadn’t yet made the British sales charts.” He followed that up on the piano with an impression of Little Richard, playing “Long Tall Sally.”

National Museums Liverpool recounts that Lennon “hid his admiration” but saw talent and a kindred musical spirit in McCartney. “He looked a bit like Elvis too and was clearly head and shoulders above everyone else in the group, maybe even him.” That first meeting provided tantalizing glimpses of “all the traits that we recognize in John and Paul … ambitious and competitive, musically inquisitive and open, single-minded and with a steely determination to pursue their own musical interests in their own way and on their own terms. And it all happened beside and on the church hall stage in the local village fete.”

Examiner – Bookkeeping:

> The IRS is processing a backlog of ~19.1 million paper tax returns.

> An Omaha couple discovers ~6,000 bees in their home’s walls.

> The cost of a Fourth of July cookout for 10 people was ~17% higher than a year ago.

NPR Scraps Declaration Reading Tradition for ‘Equality’ Discussion:

National Public Radio (NPR) announced it was breaking its long-standing 4th of July tradition of reading the Declaration of Independence to instead discuss “what equality means.” For the past 33 years on NPR’s “Morning Edition,” NPR staff have celebrated America’s birthday by reading the founding document. However, co-host Leila Fadel announced on Twitter that this year they were scrapping that tradition to analyze what Thomas Jefferson meant by “all men are created equal.” What followed was an 11-minute discussion between two historians and host Steve Inskeep on the steps Americans took in fighting for equal rights for all men and women in this country.

Examiner – Lens:

Actress Anne Hathaway.

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Examiner – Investigates:

** “I don’t feel that I have earned that right”: Dolly Parton removed herself from the ballot for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

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As you travel around Chicago, the two worlds were clearly visible. Wealthier parts looked like a modern, rich city – parking meters and payment terminals built for smartphones, bustle around packed businesses, and residents on electric bikes and scooters. Poor areas were marked by disinvestment: homes in disrepair, boarded-up buildings and few to no stores.

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 July 10, Tiger Woods and Venus Williams win at the 10th ESPY Awards.

** On July 10, Peter Paul Rubens’ painting The Massacre of the Innocents sold for $76.2 million at Sotheby’s.

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