*LBN-INVESTIGATES: If Uncle Same wants to get you, he can. *** An 11-year-old girl in Virginia, who saved a woodpecker from a cat, was hit with a fine for “transporting” a protected species. *** A fisherman who threw back some undersize fish he had caught was hauled into court and convicted of violating the antishredding clause of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. (The Supreme Court overturned the conviction by one-vote margin.) *** A Maryland developer, James Wilson, was prosecuted and sentenced to prison for violating the Clean Water Act, when he improved a piece of land the Army Corps of Engineers claimed as “navigable water,” even though the nearest river was six miles away. Wilson had the resources to fight the conviction, and, ultimately, it was overturned. But most Americans don’t have pockets deep enough to take on the federal government. *** An outdoorsman named Tom Lindsey and several others began rafting down Idaho’s Snake River at 7 a.m. instead of 9 a.m. and used gas stoves for cooking at their campsite. The feds hit Lindsey with several indictments, which were later overturned.
*Beijing’s South China Sea Claim Rejected:
A tribunal in The Hague has rejected China’s claims to the economic rights to resources in large sections of the South China Sea. The Philippines requested the arbitration, and the ruling is widely viewed as a victory for the country. “There was no legal basis for China to claim historic rights to resources within the sea areas falling within the ‘nine-dash line,’” the court said in a 497-page ruling. The area, which is replete with fishing, mineral, and energy resources, has been contested for years. In addition to the rejection of China’s claims, the tribunal also contends that Chinese construction work has caused irreparable damage to coral reefs and that law-enforcement officials from the country have nearly hit many fishing ships from the Philippines. China has responded by arguing that the tribunal’s ruling is “illegal and invalid.” China added, “The arbitration tribunal has no jurisdiction on this matter.”
*LBN-NOTICED: ***Another sold out crowd for last night’s “City Talk” conversation series at the elegant Baltaire restaurant in Brentwood. The Guest-of-Honor was Associated Press’ star entertainment writer Sandy Cohen and guests included star stuntman and author Rick Avery and his wife Donna (who is currently writing a book), legendary media consultant Elliot Mintz, retired A.P. legal writer Linda Deutsch, former CNN correspondent Alan Duke, among others. The conversation has streamed on Facebook Live video for the first time and watched around the world.
*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “Silence will save me from being wrong (and foolish), but it will also deprive me of the possibility of being right.”—— www.TheExcelCommunity.com
*LBN-INVESTIGATES: About a decade ago, Ahmed El-Sohemy, a professor in the department of nutritional sciences at the University of Toronto, noticed the conflicting research on coffee and the widespread variation in how people respond to it. Some people avoid it because just one cup makes them jittery and anxious. Others can drink four cups of coffee and barely keep their eyes open. Some people thrive on it. Dr. El-Sohemy suspected that the relationship between coffee and heart disease might also vary from one individual to the next. And he zeroed in on one gene in particular, CYP1A2, which controls an enzyme – also called CYP1A2 – that determines how quickly our bodies break down caffeine. One variant of the gene causes the liver to metabolize caffeine very quickly. People who inherit two copies of the “fast” variant – one from each parent – are generally referred to as fast metabolizers. Their bodies metabolize caffeine about four times more quickly than people who inherit one or more copies of the slow variant of the gene. These people are called slow metabolizers.
*MY REVIEW: “LBN wakes up my mind. It makes me think, consider, review.” —— Ashley M., an LBN reader from Tampa, Florida.
*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***The “Best of Los Angeles Award” community membership passed 2,500 members yesterday.
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*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: I never really understood how fascism could have come to Europe, but I think I understand better now. You start with some fundamental historical transformation, like the Great Depression or the shift to an information economy. A certain number of people are dispossessed. They lose identity, self-respect and hope. They begin to base their sense of self-worth on their tribe, not their behavior. They become mired in their resentments, spiraling deeper into the addiction of their own victimology. They fall for politicians who lie about the source of their problems and about how they can surmount them. Facts lose their meaning. Entertainment replaces reality. Once facts are unmoored, everything else is unmoored, too. People who value humility and kindness in private life abandon those traits when they select leaders in the common sphere. Hardened by a corrosive cynicism, they fall for morally deranged little showmen. And then perhaps there’s a catalyzing event. Societies in this condition are culturally tense and socially isolated. That means there are a lot of lonely, alienated young men seeking self-worth through violence. Some wear police badges; some sit in their rooms fantasizing of mass murder. When they act, the results can be convulsive.
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*LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Sarah Silverman has given her fans an update following her terrifying recent health ordeal. Just days after telling the world she nearly died from a life-threatening condition called epiglottitis, Silverman has now shared a hopeful message about her health. Posting a photo of her badly bruised arm to Facebook, the comedian, showing her signature wit, wrote, “This is me, all better, milking my last vestige of sympathy.” On July 6, Silverman said she wound up in the ICU the previous week after what she initially thought was a simple sore throat turned out to be dangerous epiglottitis.
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