LBN Examiner 07/17/2022


The world’s population is expected to reach eight billion on November 15, the UN forecast in a report that said India will surpass China as the most populous country on earth in 2023. That overall population milestone “is a reminder of our shared responsibility to care for our planet and a moment to reflect on where we still fall short of our commitments to one another,” Secretary General Antonio Guterres said, without citing specifics. “This is an occasion to celebrate our diversity, recognize our common humanity, and marvel at advancements in health that have extended lifespans and dramatically reduced maternal and child mortality rates,” he added.

Potential Virginia Mass Shooters Were In U.S. Illegally:

Two men who were allegedly plotting a mass shooting in Virginia are in the state illegally, with one of the men having been deported several times, according to authorities. Richmond Chief of Police Gerald Smith said during a press conference that “a hero citizen picked up the phone and overheard a conversation there was a mass shooting being planned here in the city of Richmond, Virginia.” “There’s no telling how many lives this citizen hero saved from one phone call,” Smith said. “One phone call saved numerous lives on the Fourth of July.”

Patients Lose Access To A Crucial Drug:

Methotrexate is a cheap, common drug prescribed to millions of Americans. Many have rheumatic illnesses. Others take it to treat inflammatory bowel disease, psoriasis or cancer. Yet few are aware that it is used off-label to end ectopic pregnancies, or that it could be restricted by doctors or pharmacists even in states that do not ban abortion, such as Virginia. The reasons are numerous, and muddy. Since the Supreme Court struck down the right to abortion, many patients have been delayed or denied this “gold-standard” treatment for conditions that have nothing to do with pregnancy.

Examiner – Lens:

Following the Port Arthur massacre, in 1996, the Australian government banned semi-automatic and pump-action firearms and introduced a gun-buyback effort.

Liberal Group Offers Bounties For Anyone Who Can Provide Location For Conservative Supreme Court Justices:

A liberal group is offering payments to anyone who can offer live, real-time locations of conservative Supreme Court Justices. In a Friday tweet to “DC service industry workers,” ShutDownDC offered $50 for a confirmed sighting of a conservative Justice, $200 if the Justice is still at the location 30 minutes later. “DC Service Industry Workers … If you see [Brett] Kavanaugh, [Samuel] Alito, [Clarence] Thomas, [Neil] Gorsuch, [Amy] Coney Barrett or [John] Roberts DM us with the details! We’ll Venmo you $50 for a confirmed sighting and $200 if they’re still there 30 mins after your message,” they tweeted.

Small Booksellers Are Thriving:

More than 300 independent bookstores opened in the U.S. over the past couple of years, a “welcome revival after an early pandemic slump,” Alexandra Alter and Elizabeth Harris write. And people of color started many of them, diversifying the book business. “People are really looking for a community where they get real recommendations from real people,” said Nyshell Lawrence, a bookseller in Lansing, Mich., who decided to open a bookshop after she visited a local store and found few titles by Black women. “We’re not just basing things off of algorithms.”

Examiner – Lens:

Laura Wasser, who is 54, is one of the highest-profile divorce lawyers in the country. She has represented some of the biggest celebrities of the past generation: Britney Spears during her split with Kevin Federline, Angelina Jolie during her divorce from Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp during his divorce from Amber Heard, and Kim Kardashian during her divorce from Kanye West, among them. The gossip web site TMZ has dubbed her “the disso queen” for her facility in dissolving the unions of the rich and famous, and she is often featured on that site and on others like it, in conjunction with the relationship travails of her clients.

Examiner – Commentary by Nellie Bowles:

** Vapes are banned now, soon almost all nicotine too: Smoking fentanyl on the streets is fine, and you’ll even get a nice clean pipe by gentle city workers, but if you try to inhale a puff of that Juul e-cigarette you can soon expect the mighty hand of the federal government to swat it out of your mouth. Biden’s FDA … has blocked the popular electronic cigarette company Juul from selling products in the U.S. The FDA also this week is rolling out a planned new rule: nicotine must be almost entirely removed from cigarettes.

** DeSantis overtakes Trump in New Hampshire straw poll: There will come a day when Democrats realize that Trump, despite being an agent of chaos, was somewhat of a moderate Republican (think: Trump being booed by a conservative crowd for promoting the COVID booster). Rising now is the polished, focused, more old-school family values style of Republican candidate, one who also has huge credibility with the new right: Ron DeSantis. In a new straw poll of likely New Hampshire voters, DeSantis fared better against Biden than Trump did. If Dems had any visions of swapping out Biden for Harris, that same poll found that New Hampshire voters expressed extremely unfavorable feelings toward Kamala Harris (with only 23% having a favorable opinion). Meanwhile the DNC has slashed prices for a photo with the Veep – from $15,000 to $5,000. Our money is on DeSantis v. Biden.

** Maybe this is why crime is rising? A New York City shoplifter with 121 arrests and two felony convictions was caught shoplifting again and, then what do you know, released again. My pet theory is actually the shoplifters and car window smashers riling up city-dwellers about crime (like how I’m riled!) are actually a very small group who are just allowed to re-offend in perpetuity.

“Intel for Influencers” – Who Reads the LBN Examiner?

Dmitri A. Muratov, the editor of the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, along with 12 members of the White House staff, 3 Nobel Prize winners, over 100 Academy Award winners, 6 U.S. Senators, and over 300 Grammy Award winners.

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Examiner – (Notable) Remarks:

** A 2019 article by Liel Leibovitz, titled “Get Out,” argued that the increasingly open hostility of American universities toward Jews is inseparable from the universities’ increasingly brazen rejection of two values that, during the 20th century, made them into places where Jews specifically, and ambitious and open-minded people generally, could thrive: meritocracy and free debate. In 2019, I thought that Leibovitz was exaggerating and rather overwrought. Everything that’s happened since has shown that he was spot on. The rise of alternative institutions, like the University of Austin and Ralston College, are very hopeful signs even though the work is slow-going. But until those new schools are built, I can’t bear to spend one more moment in a place that’s morally and intellectually bankrupt. That’s it: I’m getting out. —- Joseph Manson (Retired anthropology professor, evolutionary social scientist, believer in rational inquiry (not Scientism) and freedom of speech)

** The society that puts equality before freedom will end up with neither. The society that puts freedom before equality will end up with a great measure of both. —- Milton Friedman, in his “Free to Choose” television series, 1990

** When we exercise, far-flung parts of our bodies apparently communicate with one another, thanks to tiny, particle-filled balloons that move purposefully through the bloodstream from one cell to another, carrying pressing biochemical messages, according to an important new study of the biology of exercise. The study helps to clarify some of the body-wide health effects of working out and also underscores just how physiologically complex exercise is. For some time, scientists have suspected that the body’s internal organs are as gossipy and socially entangled as any 8th-grade classroom. It is thought that, under the right conditions, fat cells chat with muscle cells, and muscle cells whisper to brain cells and everybody seems to want to be buddies with the liver. —- Gretchen Reynolds

** Outrage is not an irrational emotion. It’s a reasonable response to watching one of your core values violated. Without righteous indignation, there is no motivation to fight for freedom and fairness. Throughout history, progress has been fueled by fury at the status quo. But that outrage has to be channeled into actions and interactions that open people up rather than shutting them down. A good disagreement motivates people to reexamine their own beliefs with humility and curiosity. The goal isn’t to convince them that you’re right – it’s to help them realize that they might be wrong. A healthy democracy doesn’t produce consensus – it promotes critical thinking. —- Adam Grant

Examiner – A Look Back:

The late, great singer/songwriter Laura Nyro in 1972.

Examiner – Bookkeeping:

> Why Wimbledon uses 55,000 tennis balls every year. READ

> Italian man amasses world’s largest collection of 12,402 different Pepsi cans.

Only 7% Of U.S. Adults Have Good Cardiometabolic Health:

More than nine in 10 American adults may want to think about skipping the summertime barbeques and go on a diet instead. A new study has found that less than 7% of the nation’s adult population have what health experts consider good cardiometabolic health. Researchers from Tufts University say this measure includes five key components of health: blood pressure, blood sugar, blood cholesterol, adiposity (being either overweight or obese), and the presence or absence of cardiovascular disease.

Examiner – Lens:

Conan Gray has built a wide audience across social media platforms by talking candidly about his life and singing about the most torturous emotions known to young people – namely, unrequited love.

Nicole Abbott, Founder Of Hey Babe Cosmetics:

Nicole Abbott, the acclaimed founder of Hey Babe Cosmetics, loves to advocate great and healthy makeup tips. Hey Babe Cosmetics is a clean, paraben-free, nontoxic Toronto-based makeup brand. As such, she wants to break down the best makeup trends that are believed to be seen all year round.

Examiner – Readers Speak:

Should tech companies strive to ensure half their workforce is female?

Examiner readers from all 50 of the United States and 26 foreign countries have spoken.

Examiner – Investigates:

** ‘We Need to Go In’ – Law enforcement transcripts from the Uvalde, Texas, school shooting suggest some officers wanted to move in – but lacked clear orders. READ

** Train Google’s AI with your doodles. READ

** More than 17 million Americans still regularly use Mapquest, one of the first digital mapping websites that was long ago overtaken by Google and Apple according to data from the research firm Comscore.

** Scientists identify brain wave patterns linked to social engagement; mice experiments suggest animals under stress or exhibiting autism lack similar signals. READ

** Vulture hitches a ride with a paraglider. WATCH

** MIT Tech Review releases its annual list of the top 35 innovators in the science and tech space under 35 years old. READ

** What the most profitable companies make per second. READ

Examiner – Lens:

“We have hundreds of thousands of Americans getting infected every day,” Ashish Jha, President Biden’s COVID Czar, says. “We still have a few hundred people dying of COVID every day. I don’t think any of this is an acceptable normal for the long run.”


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Jim Thebaut Urges Immediate Implementation Of Solutions To Our Global Crises:

James “Jim” Thebaut, Executive Producer of Turning Back the Doomsday Clock Project, is urging action on immediate solutions to the world’s numerous global crises. “The significant alteration of the earth’s ecological system and intense global conflict reflect the dangerous state of the planet,” Thebaut explains. “Severe ecological transformations are compromising and impacting the earth’s land, air, and water systems as well as humanity’s very existence. These interconnected perilous geopolitical issues have created an evolving probable global catastrophe and the possibility of humanity facing mass extinction.” Currently, according to Thebaut, the planet is confronted with the following specific realities which are dramatically impacting international security. “The climate crisis is causing violent unpredicted weather patterns, flooding, heat stress, unprecedented degradation of global watersheds and deadly wildfires, ecosystem loss, and famine and poverty across the planet.”

Examiner – Cartoon:

“Just when I thought I was out, they’re pulling me back in and ending work from home.”

Trust in Mainstream News Collapses to a Historic Low as People Thirst for ‘Independent’ and ‘Unbiased’ News and Information – LBN Examiner Continues To Be A Leader:

Americans’ confidence in mainstream newspapers and television news has plummeted to an all-time low, according to the latest annual Gallup survey of trust in U.S. institutions. The erosion of trust in mainstream media is one of the most significant signs of deepening polarization in America. The data is vividly clear and overwhelming. The mainstream media, from newspapers to television, from radio to magazines, have lost the public’s confidence. The LBN Examiner, founded in 2002 and dedicated to “fearlessly independent” and “unbiased” news and information, continues to be one of the world’s leaders in impartial, nonpartisan news and information. The LBN Examiner is currently read weekly in all 50 of the United States and in 26 foreign countries.

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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 July 14, French President Jacques Chirac escaped an assassination attempt that occurred during Bastille Day celebrations.

** On July 15, A. P. J. Abdul Kalam was elected the 11th President of India.

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