LBN Examiner 10/17/2021


Over the past couple of months, Allison, a wife and mother of a toddler and teenager in Chicago, says she’s been spending about $50 more each week on groceries to feed her family — and that’s at a discount supermarket chain, Aldi’s. “I used to spend $70 a week, but all of sudden this summer, I noticed that I couldn’t leave the store without spending at least $120,” said Allison, who works in education. Like millions of Americans whose income has not kept pace with inflation — up 5.3% in August compared with a year ago — Allison and her family are feeling the pinch of the rising cost of living and giving up some things just to make ends meet. Her family is scrimping now. “There are no more splurges like going to Home Depot to buy an extra plant or eating out,” Allison said.  

Smoking Marijuana Could Lead to Breakthrough COVID Cases, Study Finds:

Heavy marijuana users who are also vaccinated may be more susceptible to breakthrough cases of COVID-19, a new study found. The study, published last Tuesday in World Psychology, found that those with a substance use disorder (SUD) — a dependence on marijuana, alcohol, cocaine, opioids and tobacco — were more likely to contract the coronavirus after receiving both of their vaccination shots. Those without an SUD saw a 3.6% rate of breakthrough infections, compared to a 7% rate in those with an SUD. At 7.8%, those with marijuana use disorder were most at risk for breakthrough infections, the study found. Among other substances, the risk disappeared when considering issues such as underlying health conditions and socioeconomic status. The difference has not been linked directly to marijuana use but could be linked to the behavior of those dependent on marijuana.

Old N.Y. Mobsters Reportedly Fear Handing Over Reins to Phone-Obsessed, Soft Millennials:

The yutes ain’t alright. Seasoned New York mob bosses are reluctant to make made men out of millennials, who they worry lack the street smarts and ruthlessness of their predecessors — and are too obsessed with their cellphones. The five families fear handing over the reins to the new generation of mafiosi because they’re softer and dumber, having grown up in the suburbs rather than city streets — and are too attached to technology, sources said. “Everything is on the phones with them,” a former made member of the Colombo family told the paper. Court records even show one Colombo associate completely eschewing the code of silence while threatening a union official over extortion collections — all in easy-to-prove text messages, the outlet said. “Hey this is the 2nd text, there isn’t going to be a 3rd,” the associate wrote, according to court records. “I am sure that is frowned upon in mob circles,” former FBI agent Richard Frankel said of the apparent incriminating texts.

Alleged School Shooter in Texas Released from Jail on Bond Day After Shooting Multiple People:

An 18-year-old high school student in Texas who is accused of gunning down multiple people at his school has been released from jail on bail. “The student accused of injuring four people in a shooting at Timberview High School in Arlington on Wednesday was released on bail from the Tarrant County Jail on Thursday,” The Star Telegram reported, adding that the suspect was charged “with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.” The suspect had been transferred from Arlington jail to the Tarrant County facility before being released after posting a $75,000 bond. Video posted online showed the suspect being released. The alleged school shooter, who is a black male, turned himself into law enforcement hours after the shooting, which sent multiple people to the hospital.

Examiner – Lens:

As rare as it might be for high-school sweethearts to end up spending their lives together, Tucker Carlson and Susan Andrews have had no problem doing it! They met each other when they were both students at St. George’s School, and Susan was even the headmaster’s daughter! They ended up getting married at their school’s chapel in 1991, and today, they have four beautiful children together. It’s safe to say that if Tucker did not have Susan in his life, he wouldn’t have had all his success. The TV presenter is now earning a $6-million annual salary by hosting Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News Channel. 

Examiner – Investigates:

New Nobel Prize Winner is a LBN Examiner Reader:

New Nobel Prize winner Abdulrazak Gurnah, shown here at his home in Canterbury, England, is the author of novels including “Gravel Heart,” “By the Sea,” and “Paradise.” He is a weekly LBN Examiner reader.

Examiner – Lens:

“The only thing that we want is for people to understand that we’re human,” said Jillian Mercado about the work of her and her colleagues on Showtime’s “The L Word: Generation Q.”

Examiner – A Look Back:

April 9, 1953. Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Civil Defense air raid drill, Highland View School.

Examiner – (Notable) Remarks:

** We are in a new era of mass migration, and the US government is demonstrating in real time that it has no idea how to control it. From January through July, well over a million undocumented migrants were intercepted at the border — Venezuelans, Cubans, Haitians, Romanians, among others — and the pace is accelerating. If those intercepted in the first half of this year formed a city, it would be the tenth largest in the US. We don’t like to confront this ugly reality. But the moral hazard of easing the path of migrants into the US, and showing the rightful level of compassion and care, is that it incentivizes many more to come. And indeed the Biden administration was warned by both the Mexican and Panamanian governments, and by their own experts, that ending “Remain in Mexico” would trigger a flood of new migrants, because they knew if they could just get to the other side of the border, the odds of being deported are increasingly small. Biden ended the policy anyway. —- Andrew Sullivan.

Examiner – Lens: 

Eve Jobs, the 23-year-old daughter of Apple founder Steve, made her runway debut at Coperni’s show during Paris Fashion Week on Thursday, strutting her stuff in a neon green mock turtleneck top, navy embellished miniskirt, platform flip-flops and shield-style sunglasses.

The Real Story by Sarah Garcia

Critical race theory has taken our nation by storm.  For a long time, it had been mostly isolated to colleges and universities. But in recent years, it has invaded our K-12 schools, workplaces, state and federal governments, and even the military.  There’s a good chance that you — or your children — have encountered it. And there’s an even better chance that you didn’t realize it. That’s because critical race theorists are really good at disguising their indoctrination. They use words like “diversity,” “equity,” and “inclusion” because those words sound harmless. And it can be easy for busy citizens — especially parents — to overlook such terms.

Examiner – Lens: 

Adrian James, 2, who tested positive for the coronavirus, breathes with the help of a ventilator at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, October 5.

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Examiner – Lens:

“Maybe I’ll be remembered as the Grumpy Bond,” Daniel Craig said. But, he added, “I’m quite satisfied with that.”

Examiner – Investigates:

Baseball umpires are more accurate in calling balls and strikes when the stakes are high, according to research released by four economists just in time for Major League Baseball’s playoff season. Umpires’ attention seems to lapse a bit after they’ve made an important call, the study found. The analysis is based on more than three million decisions made by 127 home plate umpires in 26,523 games between 2008 and 2018. “This finding is consistent with a model of a depletable budget of decision resource, such that more attention devoted to one decision depletes availability for subsequent decisions,” write the authors, James Archsmith of the University of Maryland, Anthony Heyes of the University of Ottawa and Matthew Neidell and Bhaven Sampat, both of Columbia University.

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Examiner – Lens:

Salt Bae performs his signature sprinkle. How did Nusret Gökçe, known to all as Salt Bae, turn a flick of the arm into a multi-million-dollar restaurant empire serving gold-encrusted meat?

Examiner – Investigates:

Giraffes give birth while standing up. Their babies must drop more than five feet (1.5 meters) to the ground as they’re born.

Examiner – Lens:

Luis Felber, who performs and records under the name Attawalpa, photographed this month at the London home he shares with Lena Dunham.

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Examiner – Lens:

Researchers have found that hair loss from aging results from stem cells escaping hair follicles.

Examiner – (Notable) Remarks:

** “When I was about six, my sister, Chandrika, and I were assigned daily chores. The most relentless began near dawn, when, on many days, one of us climbed out of our shared bed at the first sound of a grunting, bawling water buffalo at the front door. A local woman would arrive with the big, gray animal and milk her for the day’s supply. Our job was to make sure she didn’t bulk up the milk by adding water.” —- Indra K. Nooyi, former chief executive of PepsiCo, in “My Life in Full: Work, Family, and Future” (2021)

** “TikTok is a brand-safety fiasco. Conspiracy theories, disinformation, and hate run rampant on the platform.” —- Claire Atkin, co-founder of the consultancy Check My Ads

Examiner – Lens:

Chucky, a doll possessed by a serial killer, was inspired in part by fights over Cabbage Patch Kids that his creator saw in the 1980s.

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Examiner – Reader Comment:

** “John Rosemond clearly declares his autocratic arrogance with his three-step formula for establishing who is boss when applied to children fortunate enough to reach age two. Capping this threesome with, ‘You will do what I say because I say so.’ Leaving out only, ‘You little punk-ass,’ from his admonishments. Who is this guy? This authority? None other than a not-so-kindly, right-wing conservative, religiously indoctrinated authority who is still living comfortably in dinosaur days. Not a practicing psychologist. Just a little blogger spouting self-righteous, discarded, spare-the-rod, harmful parenting advice. Advice that minimizes, disheartens and damages children all in the guise of establishing positive authority through intimidation and fear. Throw this arrogant SOB to the dogs and his advisements in the shredder.” —- Edward Blackoff

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