WHERE EMISSIONS HAVE FALLEN:
Western Europe has done more to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions over the past three decades than any other region in the world. It has vastly expanded solar and wind power. It has introduced carbon taxes and other policies to increase the cost of dirty energy. In all, the European Union has cut its greenhouse gas emissions by about 30% since 1990, much more than the U.S., Canada, Japan, Australia or other affluent countries. But Europe’s clean-energy progress has not protected the continent from the growing ravages of global warming. “That’s the problem with CO2,” as my colleague Henry Fountain said, referring to carbon dioxide, the primary greenhouse gas. “It doesn’t respect borders.” Britain yesterday experienced its hottest temperatures on record, around 104 degrees Fahrenheit. The heat wave is especially problematic because much of Britain is not designed to withstand high temperatures; the normal average high on a July day in London is in the low to mid-70s. Many British homes not only lack air-conditioning but are built with materials that retain heat. Most parts of the London subway system lack air-conditioning, as well. On Monday, one airport had to halt flights for hours after the heat damaged a runway. To keep the aging Hammersmith Bridge from collapsing, workers wrapped parts of it in foil to prevent cracks from expanding. In Paris, the temperature also exceeded 104 degrees yesterday, a high the city has reached on only two other days since the late 1800s. In southwestern France, firefighters battled wildfires for the eighth straight day. In Greece, dry conditions helped cause a wildfire north of Athens that forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes. Firefighters have also been battling blazes in Portugal and Spain.
WeWork Founder’s New Startup:
WeWork cofounder Adam Neumann has raised $350M from leading U.S. venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz for a new residential real estate venture called Flow, according to reports. The figure is the largest individual investment made by Andreessen Horowitz, also known as a16z, which has been an early investor in companies like Facebook and Airbnb. Flow is expected to launch in 2023 and is already valued at more than $1B. Details on the venture are thin, but Neumann says Flow will provide community-centric services in branded apartment properties. As part of its plans, Flow will operate more than 3,000 apartment units Neumann has bought in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Atlanta, and Nashville. Neumann was ousted as CEO of shared office startup WeWork in 2019 after its failed IPO and reports of mismanagement, though he received a payout worth $1.7B (see timeline). WeWork, once valued at $47B before going public, is now valued at $4B.
‘Woke’ NYC Starbucks Now A Haven For Junkies, Drunks And Homeless:
A New York City Starbucks is dealing with more than just a constant flow of caffeine junkies looking to get their fix. The café at the corner of Astor Place and Lafayette Street regularly contends with drug users, mentally disturbed people and homeless folks looking to take a nap. “Starbucks got too woke too fast,” said java joint regular Konstantin Dobryakov. “Now some customers are too scared to go in because you’ve got a bunch of homeless people sleeping in there. They got to be ready to kick people out and not give everyone a free cup of coffee. You give them a finger and they’ll take a hand.”
This past week, countless homeless people were nodding off, washing their hair in a public sink and being transported to the hospital from the recently unionized Starbucks. Among eyeopeners: One man brought in his own box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, a carton of milk and some Entenmann’s mini crumb cakes before passing out face down on a table. Afterward, he rolled spliffs as nearby, paying customers tried to enjoy their lattes and Frappuccinos. A mentally disturbed man in a black trench coat talked to himself and screamed obscenities at the communal mirror near the bathrooms for 30 minutes. “There’s a guy over by the bathrooms making people really uncomfortable,” one customer told an employee behind the counter. Two police officers, one of whom carrying a riot shield, eventually removed him without incident. There’s also the foul odor and garbage build up at the location – newspapers, food wrappers and empty coffee cups litter the indoor patio. “Nothing like the smell of BO and urine with your morning coffee,” a Nextdoor user commented in response to a photo that showed snoozing squatters lying in a booth surrounded by trash, tote bags and luggage. On Friday, EMTs were called to assist a man who had passed out on the steps, blocking an exit. He regained consciousness and entered the ambulance with the help of the paramedics.
Examiner – Lens:
A delivery worker, who says he is living at a bus stop because he has been unable to return home for weeks due to the COVID lockdown, brushes his teeth on a street in Shanghai, China, May 12.
Gang Violence Leaves 11 Dead In Mexican Border City:
A gang riot inside a border prison that left two inmates dead quickly spread to the streets of Ciudad Juarez where alleged gang members killed nine more people, including four employees of a radio station, security officials said. The surge in violence recalled a far more deadly period in Juarez more than a decade earlier. Mexico’s powerful drug cartels commonly use local gangs to defend their territory and carry out their vendettas. The federal government’s security undersecretary, Ricardo Mejía Berdeja, said the violence started inside the state prison when members of the Mexicles gang attacked members of the rival Chapos. Two inmates were killed and 20 injured.
Survey Raises Serious Questions About The Future Of The All-Volunteer Force:
The results of a new survey of military and veterans and spouses – including details on financial difficulties – raise concerns about the future of the military, said the executive director of the organization that conducted the survey. Fewer military, veterans and spouses are likely to recommend military service, according to the findings, and the reasons are related to their own well-being, said Shannon Razsadin, president and executive director of the Military Family Advisory Network. “At the end of the day, families are having a hard time making ends meet, and that’s affecting their overall well-being,” she said. “We see the connection between well-being and loneliness, well-being and housing, well-being and food security. When you layer that on top of the fact that fewer people are likely to recommend military service, it paints a very clear picture of concern related to the future of the all-volunteer force.”
This is the fourth survey fielded by the organization, generally every two years. This time, the biggest surprise, said Razsadin, was the drop in the percentage of survey respondents who said they would recommend military life – from 74.5% in 2019 to 62.9% in 2021. The online Military Family Support Programming Survey was fielded from Oct. 4 to Dec. 15, 2021, with 8,638 participating. The largest group of respondents was spouses of active duty members, at 44%, followed by active duty members, at 14%. Nearly 60% of the respondents overall were between the ages of 25 and 39.
Examiner – Lens:
Anne Heche, who tragically died recently, starred in a flurry of late-nineties films that displayed her quicksilver ability to glide across genres with ease.
Examiner – Commentary by Nellie Bowles:
** Funny how that famous terrorist was just hanging out in Afghanistan: 9/11 key plotter and Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri was finally killed, 20 years after the Twin Towers came down. The big “surprise” here is that he was found in Afghanistan, where it seems the old gang is getting back together. It’s so crazy because I read a Taliban leader’s lovely essay in The New York Times – What We, the Taliban, Want – and there he told me they only want peace and harmony, so it was great for us to help them flourish again. The author promised us in the essay: “I am confident that, liberated from foreign domination and interference, we together will find a way to build an Islamic system in which all Afghans have equal rights, where the rights of women that are granted by Islam – from the right to education to the right to work.” Now it’s all women banned from schools and old 9/11 terrorists back having house parties. We can’t believe the Taliban lied.
** Don’t say “recession:” Nothing is creepier than Big Tech’s obsessive control over the word recession, a saga which continues from last week. Wikipedia is keeping the recession entry with the new Biden-approved definition locked for edits. In George Orwell’s 1984, at least our main character had to work slicing and dicing archives to fit his moment. There could be mistakes. Not so much anymore. As for me? I define recession as … THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION IS DOING A GOOD JOB WITH THE ECONOMY. THERE IS TECHNICALLY NO AGREED-UPON DEFINITION OF RECESSION. GAS IS VERY CHEAP.
** Alex Jones faces well-deserved humiliation: Alex Jones, the barrel-chested bully, spent a long time claiming on his extraordinarily popular and lucrative show that the Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax (this was the one where a deranged gunman shot and killed 26 people in a school, most of them between six and seven years old). Jones argued that the small children and their parents were crisis actors and that the whole thing was concocted to take America’s guns away. This week Jones has been on trial in Texas for defamation in a case brought by the parents of one six-year-old boy, Jesse, who was killed in that shooting. These parents are still being harassed by Jones’s followers. Some have had to move homes half a dozen times. Jesse’s mom, Scarlett Lewis, spoke to Alex Jones at the trial: “Jesse was real. I am a real mom,” she said. “My son existed. I am not deep state … I know you know that … And yet you’re going to leave this courthouse and say it again on your show.” The jury decided Jones had to pay Jesse’s parents $4.11 million dollars in compensatory damages. Good. I think it could have been closer to the $150 million they were asking for. Jones faces a similar case in Connecticut.
** Shaun King used donor funds to buy a $40K dog: As the biological mother of two deranged shelter dogs, I actually didn’t know that you could spend $40,000 on a dog. But the Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King reportedly did just that, buying a very well-bred mastiff using donated money. Apparently rattled by the coverage, King defended the purchase and then took to social media to call for his followers to help him stalk two reporters who have covered his finances: “This is Kevin Sheehan of the @NYPost. He has been attacking me and my family. Send me photos of his home. Send me photos of him. And his family.” And of Isabel Vincent, he wrote: “The amount of pain this woman caused my family is incalculable. Send me details and photos. Of her. And her home.” The key for King and others in the movement who’ve used money in sketchy ways is to terrify reporters away from covering it. Many are already too scared of their colleagues’ rage to look into BLM finances. But for anyone willing to get past that, King adds a little extra risk: He’ll make sure you’re physically unsafe that night.
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** Once again, Big Pharma rakes in billions of dollars based on lies. New study finds big pharma falsely claimed depression was caused by a chemical imbalance – so they got people hooked on antidepressants that did nothing but increase the risk of suicide. Shameless & criminal. —- Tulsi Gabbard
** So, there’s a study out of the University of Michigan that estimates the slow death of comfort food. Researchers selected what tastes good and subtracted minutes from life if you consume the following: Bacon. For every helping, your existence will be six minutes shorter. Pizza. 8 minutes shorter per slice. Double Cheeseburger. Say goodbye to 9 minutes of breathing. Soda. 12 minutes closer to heaven. And the absolute worst is eating a hot dog. For every frank digested, you lose a whopping 36 minutes of your life. Now, if that study is true, I should have been dead eight years ago. My mother boiled hotdogs like a mad woman. I thought I might die on the spot eating them. Who knew back in the 1960s that hot dogs were the new Black Plague? —- Bill O’Reilly
** Doing nothing is glorious. It is one of life’s deepest pleasures and ultimate goals. Yesterday, I walked out a couple of miles to a stretch of beach at the end of Cape Cod, where the tide sweeps in and out to create shallow, vast, warm pools of water surrounded by marshes. I brought a book, which was in fact a collection of Cicero’s essays on life and death and old age, but never opened it. I’d already started, and Cicero’s defense of getting old amounts to the idea that you can keep working productively until the day you drop dead, which was not exactly the theme I was after when I picked it up, but I left it in my knapsack for other reasons. —- Andrew Sullivan
** I found myself unshocked by the abortion vote in Kansas, and I don’t understand the shock of others. America has come to poll consistently in favor of abortion in the first trimester with support declining in the second and cratering in the third. The people of Kansas were asked if they’d like to remove any right to abortion from their state constitution and allow their legislators to fashion new laws and limits. They said no by 59% to 41%. —- Peggy Noonan
** When trying to explain the recent improvements in the Russian Army’s operations in Ukraine, some Ukrainian officials have taken to saying, “All the dumb Russians are dead.” It’s a backhanded compliment, meaning that the Russians have finally figured out a more effective way to fight this war since their incompetent early performance that got thousands of them killed. Precisely because the Ukraine war seems to have settled into a grinding war of attrition – with Russia largely standing back and just shelling and rocketing Ukrainian cities in the east, turning them to rubble and then inching forward – you might think the worst of this conflict is over. You would be wrong. I believe the Ukraine war is about to enter a new phase, based on this fact: Many Russian soldiers and generals may be dead, but Ukraine’s steadfast NATO allies are tired. This war has already contributed to a huge spike in natural gas, gasoline and food prices in Europe – and if it drags into the winter, many families in the European Union may have to choose between heating and eating. —- Thomas L. Friedman
** While the brand-name schools have the money they no longer have the mission. They have fundamentally abandoned the point of the university: the pursuit of truth. Anyone with eyes can see the problem. But most of those people spend their time privately complaining about the status quo – while writing yearly checks to their alma mater so their children have a chance of getting in. —- Bari Weiss
Examiner – Lens:
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** The scientific process art conservators use to restore centuries-old paintings. WATCH
** Three clever tricks for translating French without knowing French. WATCH
** Cybersecurity researchers determine Iran-backed groups hacked into Albanian government agencies, shutting down a number of public services; marks the first attack by Tehran on a NATO member. READ
** How your brain reacts at the moment of death. READ
** Visualizing which countries consume the most beer. READ
** Create a stirring harmony with Blob Opera. READ
** Elon Musk’s Boring Company plans to build a 34-mile tunnel under Las Vegas. READ
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** Target’s net profit plunged to $183 million in the latest quarter, down 90% from the year before. That was far below what analysts expected, even after the company had warned in recent months that unwanted inventory would dent its earnings.
** IKEA mode: Peloton plans to revamp its exercise bike to allow for self-assembly to trim costs. The company also aims to release a rower in time for the holidays.
** Uber Eats partnered with Office Depot to provide on-demand school supply deliveries, the latest in a series of moves to expand beyond meals and groceries.
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 August 24, Journalist Bryant Gumbel wed model Hilary Quinlan in Palm Beach, Florida.
** On August 26 Miguel Querol Gavalda, Spanish musicologist and composer, died at 90.
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