LBN – Wednesday – July 11, 2018

Wednesday – July 11, 2018


Over 16,000 complaints have been logged with the City of San Francisco regarding ‘feces’ in the last seven days.

A website and related app that allows local residents to request maintenance or non-emergency services from the city has received 16,015 complaints with the keyword ‘feces’ in the last week at the time of this writing, and many pertain to human waste in public places.

Additionally, words and phrases synonymous with ‘feces’ are found in thousands more grievances.

Many of the complaints also connect the fecal matter to vagrants and homeless encampments – a sight all too common now across California.

Users can geotag the location in question, and also provide photos to support their claim.

“Homeless encampment is blocking sidewalk and creates a health hazard with trash and feces,” writes one user. “Please move them, and send a cleaning crew. Sidewalk is impassable, forcing pedestrians into the street.

*The Secret Price of Pets- The care and feeding of America’s “fur babies” has grown increasingly baroque:
“America’s house pets have worked their way into a new place in the hearts, homes, and wallets of their owners,” Michael Schaffer wrote in “One Nation Under Dog: Americans’ Love Affair With Our Dogs.”

Not for nothing are they now nicknamed “fur babies”: Stop by Urth Caffe in West Hollywood, Calif., or Barking Dog Restaurant in New York on any given afternoon and you’ll find the place crawling with strollers that hold not mewling infants but yapping Havanese and drooling doodles.

Some think this is because of the steady uptick in childless households. Others point to the atomizing effects of the internet on inter-human relations. Personally, I wouldn’t underestimate the impact of all those movies with talking dogs.

Last year Americans spent $69.5 billion on their pets, according to the American Pet Products Association. Kibble and vet bills are only the beginning.

Some dogs and cats are having as much so-called work done as Beverly Hills house spouses.

Petplan, an insurance company, estimates that pet parents dropped $62 million in 2011 on plastic surgery for their little angels. Popular procedures include tummy tucks, nose jobs and eyebrow and chin lifts.

True, the operations often have practical benefits. Widening the nostrils of snub-nosed dogs (like the genetically challenged pug) can improve respiration. And eyelid lifts can reduce infections in especially wrinkled breeds like shar-peis. But anyone who’s seen before-and-after pictures of a shar-pei with an eye job can tell you there’s a cosmetic upside.

Dogs and cats are also going under the knife for hip replacements, heart surgery, even gender reassignment. Transgender pets usually fall into one of two categories: animals whose birth sex poses health issues (like Bishop, a German shepherd from Chicago who became Bishy to get rid of the stones lodged in his bladder and penis) or those with risks tied to being born intersex (Red, a California Pomeranian whose male organs were removed to reduce the chance of cancer).

But perhaps in time the growing trans pet community will embrace its gender-nonconforming brothers and sisters (male dogs who squat to urinate, females who mount).

*Only two thirds of Generation Z identify as ‘exclusively heterosexual’:
Homosexuality is no longer the taboo it once was.  But figures suggest that young people are even more open to experimentation than previously thought.

Only two thirds of Generation Z identify as solely heterosexual, in stark contrast to previous generations, a study has found.

Research by Ipsos Mori found that 66 per cent of young people, aged between 16 and 22, are “exclusively heterosexual” – the lowest figure of any generation.

Among millennials, 71 per cent say they are exclusively heterosexual, as do 85 per cent of those in “Gen X”, and 88 per cent of baby boomers.

The research group suggested that social media was playing a part, with young people more likely to be aware of different sexualities because of the availability of such information on the internet.

Researchers said the statistic showed that the youngest generation were “being affected by more open and fluid attitudes”.

*Americans Are Having Fewer Babies. Here is why:
Americans are having fewer babies. At first, researchers thought the declining fertility rate was because of the recession, but it kept falling even as the economy recovered. Now it has reached a record low for the second consecutive year.
Because the fertility rate subtly shapes many major issues of the day — including immigration, education, housing, the labor supply, the social safety net and support for working families — there’s a lot of concern about why today’s young adults aren’t having as many children. So we asked them.

Wanting more leisure time and personal freedom; not having a partner yet; not being able to afford child-care costs — these were the top reasons young adults gave for not wanting or not being sure they wanted children, according to a new survey conducted by Morning Consult for The New York Times.

*Why Your Brain Tricks You Into Doing Less Important Tasks:  
To all of my procrastinators out there, I offer an explanation: Your brain is working against you, and it’s because of a phenomenon called the urgency effect.

Our brains tend to prioritize immediate satisfaction over long-term rewards (you probably remember this from the famous marshmallow experiment). But a study from February found that subjects were more likely to perform urgent, smaller tasks with a deadline than more important tasks without an immediate time constraint, even if the option to perform the urgent task is objectively worse than performing the larger one.

“Normatively speaking,” the researchers wrote, “people may choose to perform urgent tasks with short completion windows, instead of important tasks with larger outcomes, because important tasks are more difficult and further away from goal completion, urgent tasks involve more immediate and certain payoffs, or people want to finish the urgent tasks first and then work on important tasks later.”

In other words: Even if we know a larger, less-urgent task is vastly more consequential, we will instinctively choose to do a smaller, urgent task anyway. Yet again, thanks for nothing, brain.

*Modern, Skimpy Bikini Debuted at Paris Pool Fashion Show in 1946:

Although women have worn bikini-like two-piece garments for centuries—mosaics from the 4th century depict women in such garb—the modern bikini was only introduced in 1946. Anticipating that his revealing swimwear design would have an explosive effect on fashion, French engineer Louis Réardnamed his skimpy suit after the Bikini atoll in the central Pacific, where US nuclear testing had just begun. However, he struggled to find a model to debut his G-string bikini.
*YouTube’s Hot New Trend: Impersonating Cops for Pranks:
In late June, a middle-aged man driving a truck in suburban Houston saw an unmarked police car behind him turn on its lights.

The driver pulled into a strip mall, handed over his license, and stepped out to be frisked. But the cop, a young man in a T-shirt with a badge on a chain around his neck, was holding a selfie stick.

Another officer burst out of the car.

“Is that a weapon?” he said, looking into the truck-bed before turning back to the driver. “Hey, hey, hey, hands back up on the car!”

These weren’t real cops. Instead, the truck driver had been pulled over by a car filled with YouTube pranksters, making him the latest victim of a “pull-over prank.”

Pull-over pranks are a risky YouTube genre in which jokers put police-style lights on their cars and impersonate police for laughs and views. The man who first approached the truck driver and took his driver’s license, for example, was Chris Sails, a YouTube celebrity with more than nearly 3 million subscribers on the site.

*It’s Not Your Imagination, Airline Restrooms Are Getting Smaller:

If the restroom on your next flight seems a bit snug, don’t assume you’ve picked up a few pounds. U.S. airlines increasingly are putting smaller lavatories on their planes — and the economics of the decision means they’re probably here to stay.

As labor costs rise and fuel prices surge, airlines are taking advantage of robust travel demand to squeeze as many passengers as possible into planes. Knee-bashing reductions to legroom and elbow-crunching cuts to seat size are well-known tactics. The latest method is to retrofit old aircraft and order new ones with svelte lavatories that allow for an extra row of seats.

Airlines say the new restrooms are just a few inches smaller than what passengers are used to. But it’s not like the bathrooms were that big to begin with, and the tighter fit is sparking complaints from pilots, concerns from flight attendants and griping from travelers. Consultant Samuel Engel said taking his 4-year-old son to the restroom during a recent four-hour flight was like a yoga exercise.

“We’re both compact people, but I still had to basically straddle him to be able to fit in the lav together,” said Engel, who leads the aviation group at consulting firm ICF. “The sink is so tiny that we did a sort of four-handed ballet to wash each of our hands in turn, splashing water all over in the process.”

*Lowest Ever Hispanic Unemployment Ignored By Univision, Telemundo:
On the morning of July 6, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that Hispanic unemployment in the United States had reached its lowest level, 4.6%, in the 45 years since the agency first started keeping records on the statistic, back in 1973.

One would think such a historic achievement would be news that night on the nation’s leading Spanish-language television news programs, but that was not the case. The principal national evening newscasts of Univision and Telemundo(sister network of NBC), along with their lesser-known rivalsAzteca América and Estrella TV, all kept silent about the record low, and its significance for the country’s Latino population.

Specifically, during the milestone month of June 2018, a net 164,000 Hispanics entered the U.S. workforce (employed or actively looking for work), while employment per theHousehold Survey increased by 250,000, leading to 86,000 fewer unemployed. The principal, Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Spanish-language news program of CNN en EspañolDirecto USA, also passed on reporting the historic news that evening, as did NTN24’s evening Informativo.

*Jackie Kennedy’s Packing List for Texas, Chic and Poignant:
Jackie Kennedy’s recently resurfaced packing list for the fateful autumn trip to Texas she took with her then-husband, President John F. Kennedy, contains plenty of interest for fashion historians.

In the margins of the weekend’s itinerary, which she had written out for her personal assistant, the first lady scheduled the visit outfit by outfit. For the day of Nov. 21, her look would be head-to-toe Chanel: a white coat, skirt and blouse, with a black hat atop her head and a gold and navy bracelet on her wrist (“safety pin,” she wrote underneath, perhaps in reference to its clasp).

In the evening, she would don a black velvet dress with satin shoes and white kid gloves. And of course the jewelry had been considered: pearls with a diamond bracelet and earrings. Mrs. Kennedy was not one to leave room for surprises.

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Alfred. W. Alberts, a largely unknown hero behind the first cholesterol-lowering statin approved in the United States, died on June 16 in Fort Collins, Colo. He was 87. His son Eliconfirmed the death, at a rehabilitation facility. Mr. Alberts had a heart attack two weeks earlier and then bypass surgery. A resident of Wycoff, N.J., he had been visiting his son in Colorado at the time. Mr. Alberts’s story was an unlikely one. He lacked the usual credentials for a medical scientist — an M.D. or a Ph.D. — and started out as a lab technician. Yet he ended up as a peer to established researchers like P. Roy Vagelos, a biochemist who became chairman of Merck, the giant pharmaceutical company.
Even though barn owls have simple brains, a new study suggests they can visually process objects in ways similar to that of animals with more sophisticated perception.
*MEET: P. T. Barnum BORN IN 1810:
P.T. Barnum may be best known for the circus he formed withJames Bailey in 1881, but this took place late in his life and was neither his first, nor sole, line of work. The splashy showman was also an author and, oddly enough, a politician. Yes, the man who may have said “There’s a sucker born every minute” was elected to office—more than once.
*EXAMINER-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman:
Not a single community leader I spoke to recently said the progress was due to technology — to microchips. They all said it was due to relationships — relationships born not of tribal solidarity but of putting aside tribal differences to do big hard things together in their collective interest. It’s a beautiful thing to see.

So, on this recent Fourth of July, it’s worth remembering that it was our ability to do big hard things together as Americans that also got us this far as a country. And if you want to be reminded of what that looks like — because it is so easy to forget these days.

The female antihero of fiction writer Ottessa Moshfegh’s first novel was everything women are not supposed to be: “ugly, disgusting, unfit for the world.”
Americans drink a lot of juice. The average adult drinks 6.6 gallons per year. More than half of preschool-age children (ages 2 to 5) drink juice regularly, a proportion that, unlike for sodas, has not budged in recent decades. These children consume on average 10 ounces per day, more than twice the amount recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Parents tend to associate juice with healthfulness, are unaware of its relationship to weight gain and are reluctant to restrict it in their child’s diet. After all, 100 percent fruit juice — sold in handy individual servings — has been marketed as a natural source of vitamins and calcium. Department of Agricultureguidelines state that up to half of fruit servings can be provided in the form of 100 percent juice and recommend drinking fortified orange juice for the vitamin D. Some brands of juice are even marketed to infants.

Government programs designed to provide healthy food for children, such as the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, offer juice for kids. Researchers have found that children in the program are more likely to exceed the recommended daily fruit juice limit than those who are similarly poor but not enrolled.

Despite all the marketing and government support, fruit juices contain limited nutrients and tons of sugar. In fact, one 12-ounce glass of orange juice contains 10 teaspoons of sugar, which is roughly what’s in a can of Coke.
Studies in societies with limited supplies of drinking water suggest you can help to counter dehydration and, at the same time, enhance the healthfulness of your diet by consuming nutritious foods that are laden with a hidden water source. Plant foods like fruits, vegetables and seeds are a source of so-called gel water — pure, safe, hydrating water that is slowly absorbed into the body when the foods are consumed.  That’s the message in a newly published book, “Quench,” by Dr. Dana Cohen, an integrative medicine specialist in New York, andGina Bria, an anthropologist whose studies of the water challenges faced by desert dwellers led to the establishment of the Hydration Foundation, a nonprofit group that promotes understanding and consumption of nonliquid sources of water.
Often people are moved to tears by sadness, but occasionally people are moved to tears by goodness. That’s what happens to the audiences of “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” the new documentary about Fred Rogers.

The documentary demonstrates how Rogers’s children’s show got started and how he used it over 30 years to teach and accompany children. It describes the famous opening sequence — Mister Rogers going to the closet, putting on the sweater, changing his shoes. It describes how he gently gave children obvious and nonobvious advice: You are special just the way you are; no, children can’t fall down the drains in the bathtub.

Sometimes he would slow down time, be silent for long periods as he fed his fish. Occasionally “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” touched politics. During the civil rights era, when black kids were being thrown out of swimming pools, Rogers and a black character bathed their feet together in a tub. After Bobby Kennedy was killed, Rogers gently explained what an assassination was.

There’s nothing obviously moving here, and yet the audience is moved: sniffling, wiping the moisture from their cheeks. The power is in Rogers’s radical kindness at a time when public kindness is scarce. It’s as if the pressure of living in a time such as ours gets released in that theater as we’re reminded that, oh yes, that’s how people can be.

Moral elevation gains strength when it is scarce.

Donald Trump was profoundly affected by watching his older brother, Freddy, die from alcoholism at 43.

He proselytized against drinking and smoking, warning his kids away from those vices. Even with his casinos, Trump wasn’t a gambler, either, saying he’d rather own slot machines than play them.

And yet, in a strange twist, Trump has ended up an addict.

One of the more chilling things I’ve heard recently came fromJaron Lanier, the Silicon Valley founding father whose new book is “Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now.”


Napalm victim, Saigon, South Vietnam, April 29, 1971

Two years ago it would been unimaginable that Graydon Carter would be out of Vanity Fair and his arch nemesis,Donald Trump, would be in the White House.

Carter, 68, co-founded Spy magazine in the 1980s where he infamously branded Trump a “short-fingered vulgarian” before taking the helm at Vanity Fair in the 1990s. There he presided over Hollywood’s toughest guest list, Vanity Fair’s annualOscars afterparty.

Since leaving Condé Nast last year, Carter has spent the last several months in the south of France plotting his next act. In Provence, “his disdain for Trump has only increased,” one close friend told The Daily Beast.

But Carter doesn’t have plans to take on Trump.

Two sources with knowledge of Carter’s thinking said he wants to start a new venture that would be heavy on events with a media component built in. (The New York Post was first to report details of Carter’s new media enterprise, describing it as a “multi-platform venture centering, at least at first, on wealthy and famous European families, including Britain’s royal family.”) Carter is no stranger to events having been heavily involved in launching VF’s new establishment summit.

When Carter ended his 25-year run at Vanity Fair, he told theNew York Times: “I wanted to have a third act. And I thought, time is precious.”

The clock is ticking.

LBN Examiner Edited By Renee Preston

LBN – Wednesday, July 4, 2018

*Humans really ARE creatures of habit: Researchers find we only visit 25 places regularly: 

At any given time, people regularly return to a maximum of just 25 places, researchers have found.

The first of its kind study found we really are creatures of habit – even though our 25 places often change over time.

The researchers behind it say it reveals ‘entirely new aspects of human behavior’.

The study, titled ‘Evidence for a conserved quantity in human mobility’ published in Nature Human Behavior is based on analyses of 40,000 people’s mobile traces collected in four different datasets.

Researchers first analyzed students to make the surprising find.

‘We first analyzed the traces of about 1000 university students.

‘The dataset showed that the students returned to a limited number of places, even though the places changed over time.

*Inside the girl gang that lures male enemies to their deaths:


The busty brunette wore white combat pants tucked into knee-high red boots to her arraignment on murder, racketeering and assault charges in Manhattan federal court.

Her fingernails were painted black.

And according to federal authorities, Maria Mejia, 24, was a femme fatale, the leader of a Bronx girl gang called the Bad Barbies, who specialized in what one gang expert called “the Venus fly trap” — coaxing rival gang-bangers into a deadly lair where they would be brutally gunned down or hacked with machetes.

In 2011, Mejia was accused of “luring a robbery victim to the front of a Mexican bar where he was shot” by members of theTrinitarios, the same gang accused of dragging Bronx teenLesandro Guzman-Feliz out of a neighborhood bodega and savagely stabbing and hacking him to death last month.

Several years earlier in 2005, federal authorities say Mejia tricked a 20-year-old from rival gang Dominicans Don’t Playinto a trap that resulted in his murder.

Mejia was caught in a gang sweep with 39 members of the Trinitarios in 2012, which included nine charges of murder and 24 of attempted murder against the gang members in addition to several charges of assault and racketeering. Her involvement in a notorious macho Latin gang — the only woman to be charged — made seasoned law enforcement officials sit up and take notice.

*Americans Read an Average of 16.8 Minutes Per Day; Spend 166.2 Minutes Watching TV:


Americans spent an average of 16.8 minutes a day (or 0.28 of an hour) reading on their own volition for purposes other than work or school in 2017, according to survey data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

That is the least amount of time Americans have dedicated to reading since the BLS began tracking the question in 2003. That year Americans spent an average of 21.6 minutes a day reading.

At the same time, according to the survey, Americans spent an average of 166.2 minutes (or 2.77 hours) per day watching TV in 2017.

The 166.2 minutes on average per day that Americans spent watching television in 2017 was almost ten times as much as the 16.8 minutes they spent on average reading.

*Mexico Deported More Central American Migrants Than US in FY 2012-2017:

Mexico deported more Central American migrants than the United States did between fiscal years 2012 and 2017, according to new data from the Migration Policy Institute.

Approximately 1.2 million migrants from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras – together known as the Northern Triangle – were removed from the U.S. and Mexico during the five-year period that ended on Sept. 30, 2017, eight months into the new administration.

Of those, 651,063 individuals (55 percent of the total) were deported by Mexico compared to 539,467 deported by the U.S., the MPI figures show.

Most Central Americans entering Mexico do so in an attempt to get to the U.S., according to MPI director of communicationsMichelle Mittelstadt, but the notion that they have been flowing through Mexico to the U.S. unimpeded by Mexican authorities is inaccurate.

*“BigMike” Straumietis, World Premier Cannabis Expert, Warns Against the Arrival of Corporate Players: 

“BigMike” Straumietis, world-premier cannabis expert and CEO of Advanced Nutrients, warns against the arrival of large corporate players who are now cashing in on marijuana-associated products.

The fight is on — particularly when one pits Advanced Nutrients, a company that has always stated its products were for cannabis, up against its new primary competition: Scotts Miracle-Gro.

“A lot of people don’t realize that Scotts is the exclusive distributor for the consumer products of Monsanto and they have a very, very close relationship,” BigMike cautions. “I warned people about this all the way back in 2011 about what was going to happen.”

But Advanced Nutrients is certainly no minuscule company either. This global enterprise is one of the largest cannabis businesses in the world, with products in over 100 different countries and manufacturing facilities in both the U.S. and Canada.

“I can’t help but wonder what kind of value a company like Scotts is going to bring to our industry and how they are going to help the community and move it,” BigMike continues. “And here’s the thing, once a company like Scotts enters our community, a Pandora’s Box will open to big corporate America and you will see more of these types of corporations start moving into our industry because, you see, in this world economic crisis, big business is looking in places they never would normally go to increase their profits.”

BigMike already has many longtime growers and customers in his corner and said, despite the fact that few heard his warnings about corporate culture coming to cannabis in 2011, now more and more people are listening.

*Trump’s ‘Travel Ban’ Countries Account For Only 8% of World’s Muslims:

The countries targeted in President Trump’s immigration proclamation which the Supreme Court upheld in a 5-4 rulingTuesday, account for some eight percent of the world’s Muslims, and fewer that one-tenth of the countries that make up the bloc of Islamic states.

Roughly 132 million Muslims live in five of the seven countries affected by the proclamation – Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen – along with another approximately 1.4 million Christians and other non-Muslims, according to Pew Research Center figures for 2010.

In the other two countries affected by the restrictions, North Korea and Venezuela, Muslims comprise less than half a percent of the population, about 100,000 people in total. (Venezuela’s restrictions only apply to certain categories of government officials and their relatives.)

*Survey: 53% of Americans View NRA Favorably, 42% Unfavorably:

A new Gallup poll finds that 53% of all Americans “view theNRA very/mostly favorable” while 42% view the gun-rights group “very/mostly unfavorable.”

On the political side, 88% of Republicans and 24% of Democrats view the group favorably.

In the survey, Gallup asked, “I’d like your overall opinion of some organizations. Is your overall opinion of [random order] very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? Next, how about the National Rifle Association, also known as the NRA?”


Did you know “influencers” in all 50 of the United States and 26 foreign countries read daily? ***3Nobel Prize winners  ***12 members of the White House staff ***Over 100 Academy Award winners ***6 U.S. Senators***Over 300 Grammy Award winners

*EXAMINER-COMMENTARY by Michelle Goldberg: AfterAlexandria  Ocasio-Cortez’s win, Pelosi denied Republican claims that socialism is ascendant in the Democratic Party. It’s hard to blame her for being defensive, since for generations “socialist” was considered a slur, and it’s one that’s hurled at Democrats indiscriminately. But I think she’s wrong. There are more candidates like Ocasio-Cortez out there, and the Democrats should welcome them. It needs their youth and zeal and willingness to do the work of rebuilding the party as a neighborhood institution. And they’re coming, whether the party’s leadership likes it or not.

*EXAMINER HISTORICAL COMMENTARY by Albert Einstein: “Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”

*EXAMINER-VIDEO LINK: Shields and Brooks on Trump’s Supreme Court politics, Ocasio-Cortez’s primary upset

*EXAMINER–SEE IT: Ten years ago, Holly Branson was studying to be a doctor. Now, she is being talked about as a future leader of Virgin, the company founded by her father,Richard Branson, almost five decades ago.


1. Pablo Picasso, along with Georges Braque (1882-1963), is considered the inventor of the modern art movement calledCubism, a style that reduces subjects to geometric forms. The pair was influenced by Iberian sculpture, African masks, and Post-Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne, among others.

2. Picasso was not just a painter—he was also a sculptor, ceramicist, stage designer, poet, playwright, and print writer.

3. According to reports, after a Nazi officer saw a picture ofGuernica, he asked Picasso if he had done it. Picasso replied, “No, you did.”

4. Picasso would shoot blanks at people he considered “dull”.

5. Picasso would often carry around a pistol loaded with blanks. He would fire it at people he found boring or any one who insulted Cézanne.


LBN EXAMINER Edited By Renee Preston

LBN – Tuesday, July 3, 2018

JULY 4 TH, 2018
“Then you better start swimmin’, or you’ll sink like a stone.
For the times they are a-changin’. ”
~Bob Dylan
Dear Loyal LBN Readers:

After 16 years of bringing you fearless independent DAILY (7 days a week, 365 days a year) news and information, the time has come to change both the format and delivery rate of LBN not the mention its name.

Starting Wednesday, July 4th, 2018LBN Elert will officially begin with a BANG by changing its name to LBN Examiner. It also changes its circulation schedule to weekly instead of daily. If you’re already a loyal LBN subscriber, don’t worry about not being included. You are still on the list!

Founded in 2002, before FacebookHuffington PostDaily Beast and many more digital news outlets, LBN was a visionary in sharing daily news and information to influencers in all 50 of the United States and 26 foreign countries.

But over the last 16 years, the media world has radically changed and it is time for LBN to change too, so it can maintain its leadership role in bringing unique information to its loyal readers.

Let’s be honest, can you trust what’s trending in today’s digitally driven, news environment to tell you what’s important or what matters most? Can you?

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by technology and too much information, not to mention dis-information. For many of us, social-media platforms have become an echo chamber of sameness—  where systems insure that the stories served in our feeds reflect perspectives we already have. And, with new cycles accelerating, it is difficult to know what is true and whether a source is credible.

But, what if it were possible to cut through the noise and find a publication with insight, fearless independence, analysis, and assessment of what really matters? That possibility is now a reality. That source is called LBN Examiner.

LBN Examiner will furiously tackle what many think is the most significant threat our democracy faces right now — a broken media landscape that incentivizes outrage and sensationalism when accountability is so desperately needed.

So much of today’s news is drowning in deception and manipulation, and technology allows these to proliferate in incredibly fast and effective ways. In all of history we have never seen anything quite like this before.

And now, YOU can be an LBN Examiner reader. All it takes is curiosity.

LBN Examiner will be sent weekly (Wednesday) with an occasional (non-scheduled) special report on Sundaymornings, as events dictate. Count on it to fight dis-information with the same badass and fearlessly independent style.

Change is challenging but we believe the change to the LBN Examiner format will prove dynamic. Thank you endlessly for your continued support and welcome aboard the new LBN Examiner.

*Thai Boys Found in Cave Must Learn to Dive or Wait There for Months:

Twelve Thai boys found alive in a flooded cave Monday after spending the past nine days trapped inside will have to learn to scuba dive in order to escape or remain there for months while the water recedes. Rescue divers found the boys, aged 11 to 16, and their soccer coach safe and sound Monday night, just when many were beginning to fear the worst. But Thai authorities now say the boys’ ordeal isn’t quite over yet, as the flooded corridors of the Tham Luang cave complex make their evacuation impossible. Attempts to lower the water levels have so far been unsuccessful, leaving them with two options: Learn to dive and swim out with masks and oxygen tanks, or remain inside until water levels drop and rely on food supplies to be brought in. Authorities say the final decision will be up to a navy team, but experts have warned the risks are “exponentially greater” if the boys attempt to swim out of the cave.

*Trump Warns NATO Allies to Spend More on Defense, or Else:

President Trump has written sharply worded letters to the leaders of several NATO allies — including Germany, Belgium, Norway and Canada — taking them to task for spending too little on their own defense and warning that the United States is losing patience with what he said was their failure to meet security obligations shared by the alliance. The letters, sent in June, are the latest sign of acrimony between Mr. Trump and American allies as he heads to a NATO summit meeting next week in Brussels that will be a closely watched test of the president’s commitment to the alliance. Mr. Trump has repeatedly questioned its value and has claimed that its members are taking advantage of the United States. Mr. Trump’s criticism raised the prospect of another confrontation involving the president and American allies after a blowup by Mr. Trump at the Group of 7 gathering last month in Quebec, and increased concerns that far from projecting solidarity in the face of threats from Russia, the meeting will highlight divisions within the alliance. Such a result could play into the hands of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, who is to meet with Mr. Trump in Helsinki, Finland, after the NATO meeting, and whose primary goal is sowing divisions within the alliance.

*TURNABOUT – Merkel, to Survive, Agrees to Border Camps for Migrants:

Chancellor Angela Merkel, who staked her legacy on welcoming hundreds of thousands of migrants into Germany, agreed on Monday to build border camps for asylum seekers and to tighten the border with Austria in a political deal to save her government. It was a spectacular turnabout for a leader who has been seen as the standard-bearer of the liberal European order but who has come under intense pressure at home from the far right and from conservatives in her governing coalition over her migration policy. Although the move to appease the conservatives exposed her growing political weakness, Ms. Merkel will limp on as chancellor. For how long is unclear. The nationalism and anti-migrant sentiment that has challenged multilateralism elsewhere in Europe is taking root — fast — in mainstream German politics.

*Rand Paul Announces Arrest of Man Who Threatened to ‘Chop Up My Family With an Axe’:

“Thank you to the US Capitol Police for their arrest of the man who recently threatened to kill my family and me,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) tweeted on Monday. The senator gave another grisly detail at a rally in Kentucky on Monday, saying, “Capitol Police have issued an arrest warrant for a man who threatened to kill me and chop up my family with an axe. So I mean, it’s just horrendous that we’re having to deal with things like this — that on top of being attacked personally, having a very serious, life-threatening basically attack on my person, and then being shot at, I’ve had a year where it’s just becoming more and more aware that we have these real threats out there.” This has been a rough stretch for Paul. He was among the Republicans targeted by a gunman last year at a congressional baseball practice near Washington. Paul took refuge behind a tree and watched in horror as Rep. Steve Scalise lay bleeding in the dirt. At the time, Paul praised the Capitol Police for preventing a “massacre.” Police were at the field, assigned to protect Scalise because of his leadership role in Congress. Four months later, in November 2017, Paul was attacked by a neighbor while mowing his lawn at home in Kentucky. The attack left the senator with painful broken ribs.

*Trump to revoke Obama-era guidelines on race in college admissions: 

The Trump administration is set on Tuesday to revoke a series of Obama-era guidelines that encourage considering race in the college admissions process as a means of promoting diversity, according to a report. Two sources told the Wall Street Journal that the move comes as the Justice Department investigates whether Harvard University illegally holds Asian-Americans to a higher standard in the admissions process. The guidelines — put in place during the Obamaadministration in 2011 and 2016 — laid out legal recommendations that Trump officials argue “mislead schools to believe that legal forms of affirmative action are simpler to achieve than the law allows,” the paper reported.

*The last honeybee refuge in the US is disappearing: 

Bees are having a much harder time finding food in the region known as America’s last honeybee refuge, a new federal study found. The country’s hot spot for commercial beekeeping is the Northern Great Plains of the Dakotas and neighboring areas, where more than 1 million colonies spend their summer feasting on pollen and nectar from nearby wildflowers and other plants. But from 2006 to 2016, more than half the conservation land within a mile of bee colonies was converted into agriculture, usually row crops such as soybeans and corn, said the study’s lead author, Clint Otto of the US Geological Survey. Those crops hold no food for bees.

*Testosterone pushes men to luxury brands: 

A single dose of testosterone steers men towards luxury brands of cars, watches, pens, or clothes which, like stag anglers and peacock tails, signal “status” to the female gender, scientists said Tuesday. The sex hormone, it turns out, is a major influencer of male consumer behaviour, according to a study published in the journal Nature Communications. “This is likely because testosterone plays a role in behaviors that relate to social rank (in animals), and owning status products is a strategy to signal one’s rank within human social hierarchies,” study co-author Gideon Nave of the University of Pennsylvania told AFP. Studies have already established that humans use consumer goods to exhibit social status. But the role of hormones was unknown.

*Upside-down bikinis are the current worst thing on Instagram: 

Right now, the upside-down bikini trend is blowing up like a couple of helium balloons across Europe and the US. Apparently, the trend was started by Italian model Valentina Fradegrada. Fradegrada then made it official by giving the trend its own Insta page, “Upside Down Bikini,” where you’ll find endless pictures of her impressive boobs trussed up like two bald twins in bandannas. Other women have joined her in the bikini top revolution. It’s a pretty easy trend to get onboard with if you’re eager. Just take your halterneck bikini top and invert it.

*DISGRACE—SF’s appalling street life repels residents — now it’s driven away a convention:

In a move that is alarming San Francisco’s biggest industry, a major medical association is pulling its annual convention out of the city — saying its members no longer feel safe. “It’s the first time that we have had an out-and-out cancellation over the issue, and this is a group that has been coming here every three or four years since the 1980s,” said Joe D’Alessandro, president and CEO of S.F. Travel, the city’s convention bureau. D’Alessandro declined to name the medical association, saying the bureau still hopes to bring the group back in the future. A foul odor permeated from a massive bag of human excrement sludge left on a street corner in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district Saturday. The horrendous smell and sight quickly gained notoriety when a Reddit user posted a screen shot of a report made to San Francisco’s Citizen app for identifying crimes. “Twenty pounds of feces dumped onto sidewalk,” the report called out. Nancy Alfaro, a spokesperson for 311, says three reports of the human waste at the corner of Cedar and Polk were made to the city’s customer service number and appon Saturday.

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Facebook said on Mondaythat it faced an expansion of federal investigations into its sharing of user data with the political consulting firmCambridge Analytica, with more government agencies inquiring about the matter and examining the social network’s statements about the episode. The Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have each broadened their inquiries into Cambridge Analytica by also focusing on Facebook, the Silicon Valley company said. In addition, theSecurities and Exchange Commission has started an investigation into the social network’s public statements about Cambridge Analytica, Facebook said.   ***Walmart has found itself on the receiving end of a torrent of outrage after it was discovered Monday that the superstore was selling anti-Trump“Impeach 45” apparel on its website. The outcry sparked a#BoycottWalmart trend on Twitter as users expressed their distaste for the chain promoting the impeachment of President Trump, echoing some Congressional Democrats.   ***Ten moreSears and Kmart stores have been added to the growing list of locations slated for closure, a move that represents another step in the diminishment of what were once two of the nation’s most prominent shopping chains. Sears Holdings, which owns both chains, said it informed employees Thursday that it would be shuttering nine Sears stores and one Kmart in late September. Liquidation is scheduled to begin as early as July 13, the company said in a statement.

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*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: French Montana owes Waka Flocka’s mom, rap manager Debra Antney, $2 million from a previous lawsuit, and she’s returned to court to make sure she receives payment,. Antney’s company, Mizay Entertainment, filed for a sister state judgment in order to collect her money in California. She had won the $2 million in a Georgia court. Antney won $1,864,012.50 in her lawsuit against Montana, a former client whom she sued for allegedly going behind her back to make deals, and was subsequently awarded $135,140.91 more for interest when the final judgment was entered in January 2018. The “Pop That” rapper never responded to Antney’s suit.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***As temperatures soared in New York this week, Lady Gaga cooled off with some ice cream. The star and her talent agent boyfriend, Christian Carino, were spotted grabbing cones at Ben & Jerry’s in Montauk around 9 p.m. on Monday.   ***Veteran Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Jon Perlman having dinner last night at Peddler’s Folk in Calabasas.   ***Keith Urban at the Hôtel Americano in NYC.   ***Molly Ringwald taking her kids to see Martha Plimpton’s concert of Aimee Mann songs in the Spiegeltent at Bard College, where Plimpton dedicated each song to a US president to kick off Justin Vivian Bond’s SummerScapeseries.

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Gillian Lynne, a renowned British ballerina who, after turning to choreography, created the sinuous dances in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cats,” which became the longest-running musical in London’s West End and on Broadway, diedon Sunday in London. She was 92. Peter Land, her husband, said the cause was pneumonia.   ***Alan Longmuir, a founding member of the Scottish pop group the Bay City Rollers, which enjoyed huge commercial success in the 1970s, died on Monday in Scotland. He was 70. His family announced his death but did not specify where he died or give a cause. He had been receiving medical treatment in Edinburgh after being flown home from Mexico, where he fell ill while on vacation.



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*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Years ago, people used to believe that gender equality would produce gender similarity. That is to say, people used to believe that as women and men enjoyed more equal opportunities and earned similar pay, men and women would see the world in similar ways. It hasn’t worked out that neatly. In the Nordic countries, where gender equality is highest, unexpected differences have opened up between men and women. In what Nima Sanandajicalls the Nordic paradox, companies in those countries have fewer female business managers, not more. It seems that when egalitarian welfare states give people more choices, many women take advantage of those choices by dropping out of the rat race.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Nabil Mouline (Mr. Mouline is a historian of the Saudi clergy and monarchy):  To truly break the pact between the Saudi monarchy and the Wahhabi religious establishment, it is necessary to have an alternative social project, the unfailing support of the elites and the population, a sound economic base and a very favorable context. Right now,Prince Mohammed does not possess those assets despite his personal inclination.

*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***After ending things with her 18-year-old boyfriend, Blac Chyna has moved on to a 19-year-old. The former “Rob & Chyna” reality star, 30, is dating boxer Devin Haney, according to TMZ. Haney reportedly reached out to Chyna via Instagram after learning they shared the same lawyer. Chyna posted a photo of Haney on Instagram and captioned it, “Hi babe,” but she’s since deleted it.   ***Jacksonfamily patriarch Joseph Jackson has been buried in the same Southern California cemetery as his late son Michael. A source close to the family who is not authorized to speak publicly said Joe Jackson was laid to rest Monday in a private ceremony atForest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale. Jackson died Wednesday in Las Vegas at age 89 and is survived by wifeKatherine, eight children and dozens of grandchildren.   ***Good news for Penn & Teller fans: The pair’s diminutive half, Raymond Teller, is on the mend after undergoing back surgery. “Surgery all done. Went perfectly,” Teller, 70, tweetedon Monday afternoon. “I’m groggy but happy. Penn is here and and gave me a beautiful watch, sweetly inscribed.”


LBN E-Lert Edited By Renee Preston