LBN Examiner 11/21/2021


More than a dozen NYPD cops have ditched the Big Apple to join the force in a small Florida city – part of a nationwide trend of disgruntled officers finding greener pastures in pro-police communities. Lakeland – a community of 108,000 people 35 miles east of Tampa – mounted a social media campaign targeting N.Y.C. cops earlier this year, and in April dispatched a delegation to recruit in Times Square. Fourteen former Finest moved to Lakeland in the past year – 12 of them wooed over the past two months thanks to the recruiting trip. The respect accorded cops in Florida “was an eye opener,” former NYPD cop Matthew Spoto said at a September press conference after heeding Lakeland’s call of duty. In New York, “it was almost like I was ashamed to be a law enforcement officer,” he said.

DEA Stopped Saying ‘Mexican Cartel’ to ‘Appease’ Mexico, Recently Retired Agency Officials Say:

The directive for Drug Enforcement Administration officials to not use the term “Mexican cartel” came directly from the Biden administration to ease relations with the Mexican government, two recently retired DEA officials told the Daily Caller News Foundation. The DCNF exclusively obtained an email in August that instructed DEA officials to “now avoid saying ‘Mexican cartel’” when speaking with the media. The email was sent as drugs continued to surge across the U.S.-Mexico border. One recently retired DEA official told the DCNF that when the new administration came in, the Department of Justice (DOJ) required DEA to submit news interview requests for approval. The retired official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the DOJ declined many of the national news requests on top of the language guidance, but eventually eased up and allowed some to do local interviews where he used the term “Mexican drug cartel” and called each by its name.

University in England Trains Students in Sex Work:

The student’s union of Durham University in England promoted a sex work training course offered by the university in an email to all students and staff. “The SU position on students in sex work are [sic] clear: support, informed advice, de-stigmatisation and collaboration with expert organizations,” read the email. The university brought in the external “Students Involved in the Adult Sex Industry” session in response to student requests, a spokesperson for Durham University told the Daily Caller News Foundation. The spokesperson also said sex work is a “feature” within higher education “across the U.K.”

“We are emphatically not seeking to encourage sex work, but we are seeking to provide support to our students,” the spokesperson said. “We make no apologies for working to ensure that Durham is a safe environment for all of our students and staff. “A sex work course reportedly offered over video conference exists to “support students in a difficulty arising from the reality of rising costs in higher education,” according to student union welfare and liberation officer, Jonah Graham, The Times reported. “Trying to create a scandal from an attempt to support people whose work can make them vulnerable is contemptible.”

Examiner – Lens:

Selina Steinfeld, who lived through WWII massacres in Romania, won a pageant aimed at bringing joy and recognition to the dwindling number of Israeli survivors. The pageant was sponsored by “Yad Ezer L’Haver,” or “Helping Hand,” a foundation that provides services to Holocaust survivors. It was the first time the event was held since 2018. Last year, it was put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The FBI’s Email System was Hacked to Send out Fake Cybersecurity Warnings:

Hackers targeted the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) email servers, sending out thousands of phony messages that say its recipients have become the victims of a “sophisticated chain attack,” first reported by Bleeping Computer. The emails were initially uncovered by The Spamhaus Project, a nonprofit organization that investigates email spammers. The emails claim that Vinny Troia was behind the fake attacks and also falsely state that Troia is associated with the infamous hacking group, The Dark Overlord – the same bad actors who leaked the fifth season of Orange Is the New Black. In reality, Troia is a prominent cybersecurity researcher who runs two dark web security companies, NightLion and Shadowbyte.

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Auschwitz Tattoo-Kit Auction Fuels Debate in Israel:

An Israeli court has halted the auction of a rare set of tattoo needles that had purportedly been used to mark inmates at Auschwitz and had reignited a debate over whether Nazi-era artifacts should be bought or sold. Comprising eight metal blocks affixed with needles arranged in the shape of numerals, the tattoo kit had been scheduled to be sold on November 9. It was expected to fetch between $30,000 and $40,000, according to the online site of broker Meir Zolman, whose Jerusalem-based auction house was running the sale. A court in Tel Aviv issued a temporary injunction on the auction Wednesday after The Center Organizations of Holocaust Survivors said the private purchase of the tattoo set would undermine efforts to shed light on the horrors committed in death camps such as Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Examiner – Lens:

In her new memoir, My Body, Emily Ratajkowski airs her list of grievances.

CRT Opponents Win Big in School Board Elections Across America:

Candidates opposed to the teaching of critical race theory in public schools won school board elections across the United States in recent elections. The victories ranged from Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, where the conservative education advocacy group 1776 Project PAC claimed victory in three races in a Twitter post, to the Spokane-area Central Valley School District, where the Spokane Spokesman-Review reported that Pam Orebaugh, whose campaign site expressed opposition to CRT, turned back a write-in challenger. CRT holds that America is fundamentally racist, yet teaches people to view every social interaction and person in terms of race, and whose adherents pursue “antiracism” through the end of merit, objective truth and the adoption of race-based policies. “Yesterday’s election demonstrates that parents are willing and able to cut through school officials’ jargon and gaslighting – and that they will absolutely exercise control over their children’s education, whether politicians want them involved or not,” Parents Defending Education President and Founder Nicole Neily said in a statement. “The vast majority of American families oppose students being taught to view themselves and others through the lens of identity politics – and this trend is not going away.”

Abortions Fell by Half in Month After New Texas Law:

In September, after Texas enacted the most restrictive abortion ban in the nation, the number of legal abortions performed there dropped 50% from the same month in 2020, according to data released Friday by a group of researchers at the University of Texas at Austin. The Texas law bans abortions after cardiac activity can be detected, which is generally when women are around six weeks pregnant. No prior Texas abortion restriction has been followed by a drop so steep. But it is also smaller than many experts predicted. Before the ban, 84% of people seeking abortions in Texas were more than six weeks pregnant at their appointment, according to previous research from the same group, the Texas Policy Evaluation Project. It evaluates the effect of Texas legislation on reproductive health and has been independently tallying abortions in the state since 2017. “It’s one data point in a further downward slide,” Kari White, the project’s principal investigator, said of the September numbers, which cover roughly 93% of total abortions in the state. “I would expect we’ll see the number decrease in subsequent months.”

Examiner – Lens:

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’ unlikely partnership yielded a huge hit in the 2007 album “Raising Sand.” After a 14-year pause, they’re back with a new LP of reimagined music.

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Study Shows COVID Vaccine Is Better Than ‘Natural Immunity’:

The concept of “natural immunity” has been a rallying cry for anti-vaxxers – but a new study released by the CDC shows that the vaccine is more protective than a previous coronavirus infection. In fact, those who did not get vaccinated but had recently contracted the virus were five times more likely to be reinfected than people who had not been infected before they got the shot. “The data demonstrate that vaccination can provide a higher, more robust, and more consistent level of immunity to protect people from hospitalization for COVID-19 than infection alone for at least 6 months,” the CDC said.

Examiner – (Notable) Remarks:

•• Condoleezza Rice, the first Black female secretary of state, who now heads Stanford University’s Hoover Institution – and who, by her account, attended segregated schools in the Deep South – was a guest last week on “The View.” When asked about the critical race theory debate, she said, “One of the worries that I have about the way that we’re talking about race” sometimes these days is that “somehow white people now have to feel guilty for everything that happened in the past.” She added, “I don’t think that’s very productive.” Of course, as she and we know, there’s more to the critical race theory debate than that. But about the strain of educational philosophy that looks to raise students’ awareness of racial injustice, she said that for Black kids to be empowered, “I don’t have to make white kids feel bad for being white.” Writing for The Grio, the longtime cultural critic Touré offered a piercing reply, calling Rice a “soldier for white supremacy” and saying that white people today, including children, “should cringe at what their ancestors did.” If school curriculums include the harshest aspects of America’s history, he argued, “I really don’t care if learning this makes white kids feel bad – and if it doesn’t, then they are too heartless.” I’m with Secretary Rice. Especially because people can actively foster change without harboring (or performing?) a sense of personal guilt for America’s history. Black America likely will not overcome without some white assistance. But I’m not convinced that the way this happens is with white people’s cheeks burning in shame over their complicity. Maybe they can just help. —- John McWhorter

** Wokeness operates as if there had been no civil rights movement, and that white Americans hadn’t been an integral part of it. It operates as if 60 years of affirmative action never happened, and that an ever-growing percentage of Black Americans don’t belong to the middle and upper class (and that they are, incidentally, concentrated in the American South). It operates as if we didn’t twice elect a Black president and recently bury a Black general as an American icon. It operates as if, in city after city, American police forces aren’t led by Black police chiefs and staffed by officers of diverse backgrounds. It operates as if white supremacy is still being systemically enforced, while ignoring the fact that a previously marginalized ethnic minority, namely Asian Americans, enjoys higher income levels than white Americans. —- Bret Stephens

Sam Asghari is More Than Mr. Britney Spears:

A nascent actor and erstwhile personal trainer, the 27-year-old met his fiancée in 2016 when he appeared with her in a music video. They announced their engagement on Instagram in September – one of few details about Spears’ private life that is public knowledge. He’s since spoken out about the conservatorship that has veiled her recent history. But none of his posts satisfied onlookers’ most pressing curiosities: Who is Mr. Asghari? What is his life like?

Examiner – Investigates:

** Based on simulations of how a juvenile white shark sees the world, researchers found no meaningful difference in a shark’s view between a plump seal and a person paddling on a surfboard or on their own.

** In September, the last month for which city data is available, there were 50% fewer cabs operating than before the pandemic, and the industry made 52% less revenue.

** One of the central findings in a recent investigation into the role of traffic stops in American policing is just how important traffic tickets are to the budgets of many towns and police departments. In Washington, D.C., in 1916, less than 10 years after the first car was registered, traffic tickets were the third most common citation in city court, adding thousands of dollars to the “Police Relief Fund.” Citing the growing numbers of cars and a rise in serious crashes, the D.C. police that year sought to add more officers, reflecting a nationwide trend that would continue for decades. Across the country, surging revenue from tickets helped police forces expand. In Los Angeles, tickets funded additional officers and paid for nearly all of its traffic division, according to the department’s 1920 annual report. Meanwhile, police powers on the roadways expanded with a Prohibition-era Supreme Court ruling upholding a warrantless search that turned up bottles of liquor hidden in an Oldsmobile Roadster. That 1925 court decision establishing an “automobile exception” to Constitutional privacy protections that critics say has contributed to the sometimes abusive over-policing of traffic laws.

** The Lipton Tea Factory in Jebel Ali, Dubai, produces 5 billion tea bags a year.

** A fascinating visualization of London’s COVID-19 rates. WATCH VIDEO

Examiner – Lens:

Van Morrison performing in London in 2020. He has been an outspoken critic of pandemic safety protocols.

Victor Issa Studios – Creating Living Bronze

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Would you rather be able to kill three people (past or present) in the world, or would you rather be able to choose what age you will die at?
–I would rather choose what age I will die at.

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