LBN Examiner 12/25/2022


New York City’s homeless problem does not appear to be getting any better. According to the Coalition for the Homeless, the numbers have actually hit an all-time high. They claim the average number of people sleeping in a shelter every night climbed to nearly 66,000 in October. Mayor Eric Adams has called his subway safety plan a win. But new data shows that around 70% of homeless individuals who have been moved into shelters have left within a week of being admitted. Back in February, Mayor Eric Adams launched his subway safety plan and has repeatedly touted its success. But data obtained through a Freedom of Information law request shows that around 70% of homeless individuals who have been moved into shelters have left within a week of being admitted.

Mom Dons Cat Outfit To Protest Trans School Board Member – ‘You Can’t Identify As Whatever You Want’:

A Phoenix mother who went viral for showing up to a local school board meeting dressed as a cat said she wore the costume to drive home her point about the school’s woke agenda. A video of Lindsey Graham, the host of the “Patriot Barbie” podcast, swept across the internet last month featuring the Arizona mother in a complete cat costume as she voiced her concerns about the confusing message a member of the school board, who identifies as transgender, was sending to elementary-age children. “This was a local school in my neighborhood where there was a member of the school board whose name is Paul Bixler. He’s a man, he’s very clearly a man,” Graham, who sported her viral cat costume, said in an appearance on Jesse Watters Primetime. “The only thing he does to identify as a female is put lipstick on. He grew his hair out a little bit, and he wears his deceased wife’s clothing to school, to sporting events, to school events to fundraisers, school events in front of the children.” “Believe it or not, he actually demands on being identified one of two ways, either Paul, which is a man’s name, or Ms. Bixler,” she continued “It’s very clear he has a gender identity crisis. Not only does he appear in front of the children and insist that the children define him as a woman, but he sits on the board and he’s making decisions for these children.”

Examiner – Lens:

Iranian demonstrators in Tehran in September.

Americans Can Tolerate Less Than 4 Hours With Family On Holidays, Survey Finds:

If you need a moment away from family during the holidays, you’re not alone, according to new research. A survey of 2,000 Americans who are traveling to visit family for the holidays found respondents can spend an average of three hours and 54 minutes with their family before needing a moment to themselves. According to the survey, 75% of respondents will hit a point where they need time away from the crowd. They can be creative in their ways of escaping – 1 in 4 has hidden in a relative’s house to take a moment alone, while 37% have gone so far as to make an excuse and leave the house altogether.

Disney Stock On Its Way To Worst Year Since 1974 After ‘Avatar’ Sequel Disappoints:

Disney shares DIS, +1.21% sank nearly 5% to their lowest level since March 2020 on Monday, after the blockbuster sequel and one of the priciest movies in Hollywood history fell short of the hype in its opening weekend. Avatar: The Way of Water hauled in $134 million domestically and had the second-largest global opening of 2022, but fell short of tracking estimates based on advance U.S. ticket sales and disappointed in one of the biggest markets for the franchise, China. Disney had hoped to clean up in China, where the first movie in 2009 did blockbuster business. The Way of Water earned $57.1 million there, which Disney described in a Wall Street Journal report as disappointing but understandable.

Examiner – Lens:

For a 50th birthday photo shoot, Gwyneth Paltrow covered the sun’s “celestial fingerprints” with piles and piles of gold powder. Goop, her wellness company, is jockeying for its share of the menopause market.

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Examiner – Lens:

Brandon Nguyen kissed his wife, Katherin Nguyen, before taking off on a flight to celebrate her birthday on a Love Cloud tour out of Las Vegas that includes time and space for an intimate interlude.

Examiner – (Notable) Remarks:

** Humor relies on an intuitive & often awkward truth being recognized by the audience, but wokism is a lie, which is why nobody laughs. —- Elon Musk

** Putin has adopted a strategy that Russia has used for much of its history, combining its vast resources with a high tolerance of casualties to make slow wartime gains. In this war, Putin believes that Ukraine’s Western allies become weary of the fight long before he feels much pressure to do so. “He’s betting on the West to get tired and to get distracted.” —- David Leonhardt and Ian Prasad Philbrick

** The evidence is now clear that certain phobias, preferences, and behaviors are innate. Phobias, maybe, but could humans be born with political predispositions, particularly predispositions concerning the specific, context-dependent individual issues analyzed in the behavioral genetics work? Research in political science is beginning to take seriously that this is indeed the case. A small but growing literature in the discipline has found consistent evidence that political attitudes and behaviors are at least partially heritable, and other studies have reported correlations between specific genes and political phenotypes. —- Kevin Smith, Douglas Oxley and John Hibbing of the University of Nebraska, Matthew Hibbing of the University of Illinois and John Alford of Rice University

** The great sin in what happened in Texas is that an 18-year-old with murder in his heart walked into a public school and shot to death 19 kids and two teachers. The great shock is what the police did – their incompetence on the scene and apparent lies afterward. This aspect has rocked the American people. Uvalde wasn’t an “apparent law-enforcement failure.” It is the biggest law-enforcement scandal since George Floyd, and therefore one of the biggest in U.S. history. Children, some already shot, some not, were trapped in adjoining classrooms. As many as 19 cops were gathered in the hall just outside. The Washington Post timeline has the killer roaming the classrooms: “The attack went for so long, witnesses said, that the gunman had time to taunt his victims before killing them, even putting on songs that one student described to CNN as ‘I-want-people-to-die music.’” —- Peggy Noonan

** Freedom comes from moral self-control. There is no other way. —- Dennis Prager

** The term they came up with was Trump Derangement Syndrome, or TDS. We were all hyper-ventilating. Or they’d mock us as bots yelling “Orange Man Bad” in mindless unison. They minimized all the madness as “mean tweets.” They affected an ironic distance, telling us we were being trolled, or taking Trump “literally” rather than “seriously” – whatever the hell that meant. I remember the scoffs and eye-rolls as a handful of us predicted, from the very start, that Trump would never concede power if he lost re-election, and were told we had lost our marbles. He was never a real threat to democracy, they assured us. The word “tyrant” was absurd hyperbole. Calm down. And it would be convenient if all these self-serving blandishments were true and we could now move on, and forget about it all. But they were never true. They were always cope. Trump was and remains the greatest threat to American democracy in the White House in its history. And we are now seeing more clearly what would have happened if Trump had won a second term, as the arc of his deranged psyche has evolved as it always does with a tyrant, into greater and greater extremes, deeper and deeper insanity. —- Andrew Sullivan

** “Trying to predict the future is a mug’s game. But increasingly it’s a game we all have to play because the world is changing so fast, and we need to have some sort of idea of what the future’s actually going to be like because we are going to have to live there, probably next week.” —- Douglas Adams, “The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time” (2002)

** “From such crooked timber as humankind is made of, nothing entirely straight can be made.” —- Immanuel Kant, “Idea for a Universal History With a Cosmopolitan Aim” (1784)

** The sad truth is that Joe Biden has absolutely no leverage with Putin whatsoever. I believe Biden is tied with Rapunzel on Putin’s fear list. —- Bill O’Reilly

** “Van Gogh, William Blake, Edgar Allan Poe, Vermeer, Melville and Schubert all died broke.” —- Amia Srinivasan, “Questions for Free-Market Moralists”

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** Google announces the top searches in 2022. READ

** Prince Harry admitted he asked to be introduced to his now-wife, Meghan Markle, after seeing her on Instagram … with a puppy filter. READ

** Journalist Bari Weiss releases next round of “Twitter Files,” documenting internal deliberations around the platform’s decision to ban various users; see Twitter thread here. READ

** One after another, films for grown-ups have failed to find an audience big enough to justify their cost. “Armageddon Time” cost roughly $30 million to make and market and collected $1.9 million at the North American box office. “Tár” cost at least $35 million, including marketing; ticket sales total $5.3 million. Universal spent around $55 million to make and market “She Said,” which also took in $5.3 million. “Devotion” cost well over $100 million and has generated $14 million in ticket sales. Even a charmer from the box office king, Steven Spielberg, has gotten off to a humdrum start. “The Fabelmans,” based on Mr. Spielberg’s adolescence, has collected $5.7 million in four weeks of limited play. Its budget was $40 million, not including marketing.

** The New York Police Department, with about 34,000 officers, has seen more resignations this year than at any time in the past two decades as other agencies have become more aggressive in recruiting from its ranks. Through November, about 1,225 officers resigned before even reaching five years of service, according to New York City Police Pension Fund statistics obtained by The New York Times. Many left for other New York State agencies or police departments outside the state.

** Twin sisters were awarded $1.5M over allegations that they cheated on their med school exams. Their answers were similar, but an expert witness testified that’s usually true of twins. READ

** New immunotherapy technique shows effectiveness in treating bone marrow cancer in more than 70% of patients enrolled in phase II clinical trial. READ

Why Did A Woman Request A Federal Court Let Her Witness Her Father’s Execution?

Missouri is scheduled to execute Kevin Johnson on November 29 for the 2005 murder of a police sergeant. His 19-year-old daughter, Corionsa Ramey, requested that she be able to view the execution, arguing that a Missouri law preventing those under the age of 21 from witnessing executions violated her constitutional rights. The court denied Ramey’s request. On the same day that the 19-year-old Johnson killed a police officer, his younger brother died from a seizure. Johnson accused the officer of impeding aid to his brother, and upon encountering the officer later, shot and killed him. Johnson’s attorneys are separately seeking a stay of his execution, arguing that racism played a role in his sentencing. Johnson has been a close confidant of Ramey despite having been incarcerated when she was two years old. A lawyer from the American Civil Liberties Union who is representing Ramey previously described the Missouri law as “illogical,” saying that the state believes 19-year-olds are mature enough to execute but not enough to witness executions.

Examiner – Lens:

“If you told me that I literally had to eat poop every single day and I would look younger, I might. I just might,” said Kim Kardashian, who launched a nine-step skin care line in June.


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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 December 20, U.S. Senator Trent Lott resigned as majority leader.

** On December 28, LinkedIn was founded by Reid Hoffman and others in Mountain View, California.

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