Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s departure a big loss for European football, says Jose Mourinho

Zlatan Ibrahimovic had a short but succesfull stint at Manchester United, where he won the League Cup and the Europa League. (Source: AP

European soccer has lost a “huge player” in Zlatan Ibrahimovic but the striker will raise the level of the game in the U.S following his move to LA Galaxy, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said on Friday.

Ibrahimovic last week ended a short but successful stint at United – where he won the League Cup and the Europa League – to become the latest high-profile player to move to the MLS, following the likes of David Beckham, Steven Gerrard, Thierry Henry and Frank Lampard.

Mourinho used his news conference ahead of Saturday’s Premier League game against Swansea City to pay tribute to the talismanic Swedish forward who he previously coached at Inter Milan.

“For me it’s always sad when the big players move towards the end,” Mourinho told reporters.

“I remember Luis Figo’s last match with me and Inter, it was one of my saddest moments. The Zlatan goodbye was more in that direction, he’s a huge player that European Football has lost.

“But this period with LA Galaxy will be very good for him, he will be good for American football, because of what he can do; his personality, his passion and his professionalism.”

Ibrahimovic sustained a bad knee injury in United’s Europa League quarter-final against Belgian side Anderlecht last April but returned to make seven appearances for the Old Trafford side this season.

“His recovery was an example of what a professional should be,” Mourinho added. “For him (the move to U.S.) will just be a way to enjoy the last couple of years of football.”

United will be without back-up goalkeeper Sergio Romero for the weekend’s game, after the Argentine international picked up a knock in his country’s 6-1 friendly defeat by Spain.

Ashley Young was also injured on international duty with England but could play against Carlos Carvalhal’s 14th-placed side.

United are second in the table on 65 points from 30 games as they bid to finish as runners-up to champions-elect Manchester City.

Surgeons amazed after removing over 2,000 gallstones from woman

Doctors were astonished after they removed more than 2,000 gallbladder stones from a woman in Mumbai.

A team of doctors led by Laparoscopic Surgeon Dr. Bimal C Shah at Bhaktivedanta Hospital in Mira Road, a suburb of Mumbai in India, removed a whopping 2,350 stones from a 50-year-old woman’s abdomen. See SWNS story SWSTONES; For more than one and a half years, the patient a resident of Mumbai had been in the know about the presence of stones in her gallbladder after a check-up with local doctors for severe pain in her abdomen in November 2016. However, she did not act on the doctor’s advice for a surgery and looked for alternate methods. But, when the pain persisted and became intolerable in the last few months, she approached Dr. Shah. “She was admitted earlier this month, and an ultrasound confirmed what was found in the earlier investigations,” said Dr. Shah. The surgery was conducted in mid-March. “Gallstones, measuring up to 10 to 12 millimeters were removed through surgery which lasted about 30 minutes,” said he.

According to SWNS, a 50-year-old woman who was suffering from abdominal pain for 18 months decided to delay surgery when doctors diagnosed her with gallstones in November of 2016. Even though her doctors advised surgery to remove the stones, the woman opted for “alternative treatments.”

But when the pain became unbearable, she visited Mumbai’s Bhaktivedanta Hospital, where doctors confirmed her previous diagnosis. “She was admitted earlier this month, and an ultrasound confirmed what was found in the earlier investigations,” the woman’s surgeon told SWNS.

A team of doctors led by Laparoscopic Surgeon Dr. Bimal C Shah at Bhaktivedanta Hospital in Mira Road, a suburb of Mumbai in India, removed a whopping 2,350 stones from a 50-year-old woman’s abdomen. See SWNS story SWSTONES; For more than one and a half years, the patient a resident of Mumbai had been in the know about the presence of stones in her gallbladder after a check-up with local doctors for severe pain in her abdomen in November 2016. However, she did not act on the doctor’s advice for a surgery and looked for alternate methods. But, when the pain persisted and became intolerable in the last few months, she approached Dr. Shah. “She was admitted earlier this month, and an ultrasound confirmed what was found in the earlier investigations,” said Dr. Shah. The surgery was conducted in mid-March. “Gallstones, measuring up to 10 to 12 millimeters were removed through surgery which lasted about 30 minutes,” said he.

Dr. Bimal C. Shah successfully removed 2,350 gallstones from the woman, “Gallstones, measuring up to 10 to 12 millimeters were removed through surgery which lasted about 30 minutes.”  ( © Goal Post Media / SWNS.com)

Dr. Bimal C. Shah successfully removed 2,350 gallstones. He said they measured up to 10-12 millimeters and the surgery lasted about 30 minutes.

“The patient is fine after the surgery and is recovering well,” the laparoscopic surgeon said.

Bishop’s fate highlights China’s power amid Vatican talks

Good Friday celebrations in one Chinese parish had a conspicuous absence: their bishop, who just the day before was taken away by the government.

Bishop Guo Xijin (SHE’-jin) is at the center of talks between the Vatican and the atheist Communist Party that are expected to yield a historic deal on who appoints bishops in China and unite the country’s Catholics for the first time since Beijing and the Holy See severed relations nearly seven decades ago.

Under the deal, the Vatican is expected to recognize seven Beijing-appointed bishops not chosen by the pope, and Guo and one other underground bishop would step aside.

A prominent Hong Kong cardinal has accused the Vatican of selling out its followers to an authoritarian regime.

Baby surprise: Woman mistakes 37-week pregnancy for bad Chinese food

A woman who thought she had bad Chinese food had the surprise of her life when she discovered she was actually ‒ very ‒ pregnant.

Crystal Gail Amerson thought she was suffering from food poisoning early Sunday at 4 a.m. when she awoke to stomach pains that had her running back and forth to the bathroom, according to the Pensacola News Journal.

The 29-year-old told the Journal, “I had Chinese food the night before and I kind of figured maybe I had food poisoning or something like that.” It turns out, the Pensacola woman was 37-weeks pregnant and about to give birth to her second son

“The stomach pains were just excruciating and I could hardly move,” Amerson said. “I think it was about 6:30 [a.m.] when [the ambulance] got there. … It escalated so quickly that I was having contractions and we figured out kind of what was going on because at first we really didn’t know what was going on.”

During her first pregnancy, Crystal told the Pensacola News Journal she never felt a lot of pregnancy symptoms.

“I gained a little bit of weight, but I think with my first baby I didn’t notice either,” Amerson said. “I never gained that pregnancy shape, really. And then I wear scrubs to work because I work at a retirement home for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. So I guess the way they fit me as well, it was hard to notice anything or tell anything.”

Dr. Julie DeCesare, an obstetrician-gynecologist with Sacred Heart Hospital, told the Journal it is possible for a woman to learn of her pregnancy just hours before going into labor, but not common.

“Sometimes a woman doesn’t have a normal menstrual cycle so they don’t notice when they don’t have a period,” DeCesare said. “Or they use a method of contraceptive so they think they can’t get pregnant, but then that method fails. Or some I’ve seen are just flat out in denial.”

SURPRISE BABY: WOMAN WHO THOUGHT SHE HAD KIDNEY INFECTION WAS IN LABOR

Dr. DeCesare said Amerson was a rare exception, and when it comes to warning signs, “usually by 20 weeks you can feel the baby kicking.”

Little Oliver James was born in the back of an ambulance at 6:59 a.m. on Sunday, weighing 5.27 pounds and measured 18.9 inches long.

Mother turns her placenta into a smoothie and feeds it to her family for health benefits

Jay Woodall, a mother of four, says she always wanted to do something with her placenta following the birth of her children, but never had the chance with her first two.

Jay Woodall's placenta was mixed with berries to make a smoothie. See SWNS story SWSMOOTHIE; A mum of four turned her placenta into a smoothie and fed it to her husband and their three-year-old son for the health benefits. Jay Woodall, 33, had four children, Logan, nine, Demitrius, six, River, three and storm, seven months, with husband Jon, 34. Jay always dreamed of repurposing her placenta but missed her opportunity with the first two, but found a solution by the time she had her two most recent children. She paid £30 for her raw placenta to be turned into smoothies, and everything leftover was dehydrated and turned into pills - costing a further £150. Jay said: "It's a mixed reaction, a few people think it's a bit gross - not very appetising.

“I had a boost of energy, better deeper sleep, and my mood was boosted – I felt really good,” Jay said.  (© Jay Woodall / SWNS.com)

The 33-year-old from Britain found the opportunity with her two most recent children.

Demitrius Woodall, then three, tries the placenta smoothie.  See SWNS story SWSMOOTHIE; A mum of four turned her placenta into a smoothie and fed it to her husband and their three-year-old son for the health benefits. Jay Woodall, 33, had four children, Logan, nine, Demitrius, six, River, three and storm, seven months, with husband Jon, 34. Jay always dreamed of repurposing her placenta but missed her opportunity with the first two, but found a solution by the time she had her two most recent children. She paid £30 for her raw placenta to be turned into smoothies, and everything leftover was dehydrated and turned into pills - costing a further £150. Jay said: "It's a mixed reaction, a few people think it's a bit gross - not very appetising.

A mother of four turned her placenta into a smoothie and fed it to her husband and 3-year-old son for the health benefits.  (© Jay Woodall / SWNS.com)

Jay told SWNS she paid $42 for her raw placenta to be turned into smoothies. Everything left over was dehydrated and turned into pills, she said, costing her another $210 dollars.

“It’s not really much different from eating certain meats,” she said. “A lot of animals do it, especially mammals, we’re the only ones who don’t eat the after birth.”

Jay Woodall's placenta was turned into a smoothie and then dehydrated to make pills. See SWNS story SWSMOOTHIE; A mum of four turned her placenta into a smoothie and fed it to her husband and their three-year-old son for the health benefits. Jay Woodall, 33, had four children, Logan, nine, Demitrius, six, River, three and storm, seven months, with husband Jon, 34. Jay always dreamed of repurposing her placenta but missed her opportunity with the first two, but found a solution by the time she had her two most recent children. She paid £30 for her raw placenta to be turned into smoothies, and everything leftover was dehydrated and turned into pills - costing a further £150. Jay said: "It's a mixed reaction, a few people think it's a bit gross - not very appetising.

Jay paid $42 for her raw placenta to be turned into smoothies. The leftovers were dehydrated and turned into pills, costing her another $210.  (© Jay Woodall / SWNS.com)

Jay, a self-confessed hippy from Fleet, Hampshire, also had her umbilical cord dehydrated and turned into a keepsake.

 

She said she added berries and other ingredients to the smoothie to improve its flavor.

“It just tasted like a berry smoothie, it had coconut water and berries in it, so it tasted really nice,” she added. On its own, the placenta tasted “a bit like liver, like an irony, metallic taste. It’s not horrible, it’s not a disgusting taste at all.”

Jay fed the placenta smoothie to her husband and their 3-year-old son, Demitrius. “I think everyone had it,” she said. “My husband had some just out of pure curiosity and my son tried some and said it was yummy. But again, it had berries and stuff in it,” she said.

Jay added, “When you think how much some people spend on vitamins, it sounds like a lot, but if it lasts you a whole year then it’s good value for money.”

After drinking the smoothie, Jay said she felt like “a boost of energy, better deeper sleep” and her mood was boosted.

“Milk production was good too, I had to take less because I was producing too much milk,” she added.

“The recovery after birth was quicker as well.”

KHLOE KARDASHIAN PLANS TO EAT HER PLACENTA AFTER GIVING BIRTH

The idea of consuming placenta became popular in the 1970s, but gained recent popularity with both Kourtney and Kim Kardashian encapsulating theirs after giving birth.

Many claim physical and psychosocial benefits of consuming placenta, be it raw, cooked, roasted, dehydrated, encapsulated or through smoothies and tinctures.

While many companies offer to prepare the placenta for consumption, the National Institutes of Health says there is no scientific evidence or clinical benefit to eating placenta. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says taking placenta in the form of a capsule should be avoided.

Jay concluded, “It’s one of those things that you can be skeptical about it, but in my eyes there’s nothing negative that could happen from it.”

CDC director pledges to bring opioid epidemic ‘to its knees’

The new director of the top U.S. public health agency on Thursday pledged to work to bring the nation’s opioid epidemic “to its knees” and said he believes the AIDS epidemic could be ended in three to seven years.

Dr. Robert Redfield Jr. made the comments at a staff meeting of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

Redfield started the job Monday, less than a week after U.S. officials announced they were appointing him the CDC director.

The 66-year-old rose to prominence in the 1980s as a top researcher into the emerging AIDS epidemic. Health leaders widely praised his appointment, but many are wary of an administration that has been criticized for challenging widely accepted science on climate change and other topics.

Since being named CDC director, Redfield has declined media interviews.

WHO IS ROBERT REDFIELD? 3 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE CDC’S NEW DIRECTOR

During the 50-minute staff meeting at the CDC Thursday, Redfield said he is a firm believer in vaccines and other public health strategies for preventing disease and stopping its spread.

He called the opioid-driven surge in drug overdose deaths “the public health crisis of our time,” and he stressed the importance of getting treatment for addicts and enhancing the CDC’s tracking of the epidemic. “We will help bring this epidemic to its knees,” he said.

He also talked about his decades working in AIDS research and treatment. “Ending the AIDS epidemic in America is possible,” he said. “I think it can be done in the next three to seven years if we put our minds to it.”

He also told personal stories. One was about how his mother raised him and his younger brother and sister after the death of his father, a government scientist, at age 32. Another was about the death of his own son from complications related to childbirth.

Redfield — who appeared with his wife, Joy — seemed to be warmly received, greeted by frequent laughter and applause.

The meeting was at a CDC auditorium, but it was also broadcast over the internet and by phone to employees who couldn’t attend. An Associated Press reporter listened in.

Redfield had been a finalist for CDC director in 2002, but the job went instead to Dr. Julie Gerberding. On Thursday, he said he was “choked up” about finally getting the opportunity to lead CDC.

“My job is to help you be able to do yours,” he said. “I want to thank each of you for agreeing to have trust in my leadership.”

He said little about some controversies that emerged when his appointment was announced last week.

He did not discuss an episode that made headlines more than two decades ago, when he was scrutinized for overstating the effectiveness of an experimental AIDS vaccine that never panned out.

And he said little about his past writings about the importance of abstinence as a strategy for avoiding AIDS over public health strategies like condoms and distribution of needles to injection-drug addicts. In the forward of the book “Christians in the Age of AIDS” by Shepherd and Anita Moreland Smith, he urged readers to “reject false prophets who preach the quick-fix strategies of condoms and free needles.”

During Thursday’s meeting, Redfield said: “I have never been an abstinence-only person. Ask my wife.”

The Atlanta-based CDC investigates disease outbreaks, researches the cause and frequency of health problems, and promotes prevention. It has nearly 12,000 employees and 10,000 contractors worldwide.

Redfield previously was a medical school professor at the University of Maryland, where he co-founded the Institute of Human Virology. He has extensive experience treating HIV patients as well as heroin addicts and has been praised for his work in Maryland on the opioid crisis.

Redfield replaced Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, a Trump administration appointee who resigned in January after about six months on the job. Fitzgerald, who had previously run Georgia’s state health department, was embroiled in unresolved financial conflicts. HHS officials ultimately said her investments were affecting her ability to be involved in issues like cancer and the opioids crisis.

Boy’s delight over new wheelchair swing at park will warm your heart

Raw video: Park in Fort Smith, Arkansas installs swing made for children in wheelchairs.

A boy in a wheelchair is filled with joy after having the chance to play for the first time on the swings at a neighborhood park.

According to a report on ABC 13, the Creekmore Park in Fort Smith, Ark. installed a swing made for kids in wheelchairs.

The 10-year old’s screams of delight have gone viral on a Facebook video shared by his mother, Trish Allen.

“So glad to have this in our community,” she wrote. “It’s been such a joy for us to see how Seth’s laughter has reached out in ways his voice cannot.”

According to reports, Seth suffers from several ailments stemming from a stroke he had as an infant.

Cancer experts say coffee is safe, despite California’s new warning label requirement

A California court judge’s ruling ordering coffee companies to put cancer warning labels on their products is not changing the minds of scientists and health professionals who say there is no credible evidence to warrant the dramatic move.

Some say that despite any well-meaning intention that may have prompted the ruling by Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle on Wednesday, it could end up unnecessarily confusing and even frightening people.

Many studies tying a chemical, acrylamide – which is formed when coffee beans are roasted – to cancer were conducted using animals who were given quantities much larger than a human would consume, J. Leonard Lichtenfeld, the deputy chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society, told Fox News.

“The substance is present in many of our foods, not just coffee,” said Lichtenfeld, who has worked in oncology for decades. “There was a minor scare about it being in French fries, and foods that are cooked in higher temperatures. Demonstrating a direct cause to cancer is very difficult. You always have to put a [suspected] risk into perspective.”

A paper cup is seen in Starbucks' Vigo Street branch in Mayfair, central London January 11, 2013.  REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth (BRITAIN - Tags: BUSINESS LOGO FOOD) - LM1E91B1ILX01

“I’m going to come right back and say we have other areas we need to put more attention to,” he said. “Smoking and obesity are some of those [risky] areas.”

The Council for Education and Research on Toxics, a nonprofit group, sued Starbucks and about 90 other companies, including grocery stores and retail shops, under a state law that requires warnings on a wide range of chemicals that can cause cancer. One of those chemicals is acrylamide, present in coffee.

The Metzger Law Group, which filed the suit, says on its website: “Acrylamide is an industrial carcinogen which, in recent years, has unfortunately been recognized as a substantial constituent of many foods we eat.”

“In 2002, Swedish researchers published an important study showing that potatoes and certain other foods heated at high temperatures contain very high levels of acrylamide,” it added. “The highest levels of the carcinogen were found in french fries and potato chips, but high levels of acrylamide have also been found in cereals, breads, and coffee.”

The coffee industry had claimed the chemical was present at harmless levels and should be exempt from the law because it results naturally from the cooking process necessary to make the beans flavorful.

The ruling came despite eased concerns in recent years about the possible dangers of coffee, with some studies finding health benefits.

In 2016, the International Agency for Research on Cancer — the cancer agency of the World Health Organization — moved coffee off its “possible carcinogen” list.

The substance is present in many of our foods, not just coffee. You always have to put a [suspected] risk into perspective.

– J. Leonard Lichtenfeld, deputy chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society

Studies indicate coffee is unlikely to cause breast, prostate or pancreatic cancer, and it seems to lower the risks for liver and uterine cancers, the agency said. Evidence is inadequate to determine its effect on dozens of other cancer types.

“Coffee is connected to cancer development by the fact that coffee is sometimes drunk by living people and only living people develop cancer,” said Robert A. Weinberg, an oncologist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, to The Los Angeles Times.

Kathryn M. Wilson, a cancer epidemiologist at Harvard University who has studied the impact of acrylamide on human, told the newspaper: “I think the evidence that acrylamide makes a difference for human cancer risk is pretty weak…It’s a lot more helpful to look at coffee as a food.”

She noted, for instance, that coffee is a source of antioxidants, and has been shown in credible studies to have significant benefits, such as reducing the likelihood of liver cancer and Type 2 diabetes.

Critics of the lawsuit and, now, ruling, say it feeds further into California’s penchant for regulations over what they say are trivial and even questionable issues.

Parking garages, for example, have to post that breathing air there exposes drivers to carbon monoxide and gas and diesel exhaust and that people should not linger longer than necessary. There are also warnings in elevators and airports, among other places.

“I remember noting one in a parking garage during my first visit to the state,” said writer Alexander Nazaryan in an opinion piece in the Los Angeles Times. “It was outrageously useless. What were people supposed to do, not park their cars?”

Efforts by Fox News to get a comment from Raphael Metzger, the lawyer in the coffee warning label case, were unsuccessful.

Lichtenfeld said California’s law and regulations “are frequently different than in other parts of the country.”

The state, he said, has been helpful in some cases, such as when it raised awareness nationally about the benefits of reducing auto emissions.

“But you can sometimes get so far into the weeds that you end up with a law or regulation that is well-intentioned but where the practical application in our lives is very limited,” Lichtenfeld said.

Too many health warnings can also have the unintended effect of overwhelming people and confusing them, and causing them to tune out both important and less urgent information, he added.

“It could be counterproductive, people start to pay less attention.”

Boeing’s WannaCry run-in is a reminder to patch your systems

WannaCry is making headlines again, and this time it hit a major target: Boeing. The aerospace company quickly contained the infection, which only spread to a couple dozen computers.

“Our cybersecurity operations center detected a limited intrusion of malware that affected a small number of systems. Remediations were applied and this is not a production or delivery issue,” the company said in a statement.

Boeing isn’t offering details about the attack, but said initial reports about a devastating attack were “overstated and inaccurate.” Only computers with Boeing’s commercial airline business were affected; the company’s defense and services lines were not.

WannaCry originally appeared in May 2017, infecting unpatched Windows systems with the help of leaked NSA hacking tech. Over 200,000 machines were hit in what quickly became a computer worm. Fortunately, a security researcher activated a “kill switch” in the ransomware that effectively neutralized the attacks —but not completely

The kill switch has an important caveat: it can only stop new WannaCry infections when the target machine can go online to reach a special web domain. The ransomware will be told to stand down. What happens when a machine fails to reach the special web domain? Well, then there’s nothing to hold the infection back. Security researchers say the ransomware will attack the computer, encrypting all the data inside.

The threat is particularly relevant for enterprises that run Windows systems with limited or no internet access. “Most of the systems inside a manufacturing network are not configured to talk to the internet,” said Jake Williams, founder of IT security provider Rendition Infosec. “As a result, they can’t access the kill switch domain.”

How Boeing was infected with WannaCry isn’t clear. But the company isn’t alone. Williams said he knew of at least three other organizations hit with manufacturing stoppages from new WannaCry infections over the last six months. In one case, a vendor accidentally brought an unpatched laptop carrying a live WannaCry infection into a corporate network.

“We think it was infected at another client site the vendor was working at, hibernated, and then brought to the new site,” Williams said. The infection then “tore through the network like a hot knife through butter,” he added.

To this day, some computers remain live carriers of WannaCry. These machines likely became hosts of the ransomware before the kill switch was activated, but for whatever reason were never shut down. They continue to scan the internet for unpatched Windows systems in an attempt to spread. However, the infections are harmless, except when access to the kill switch is denied, said Salim Neino, CEO of security provider Kryptos Logic. “Systems which cannot connect or reach it directly are at serious risk,” he added.

Enterprises that want to eliminate any potential run-ins with the notorious ransomware should install Microsoft’s patches, which can stop the threat.

Trump’s got it all wrong about Amazon

Amazon stock sells off following report of President Trump's desire to 'go after' the company, targeting their tax treatment. Gary Kaltbaum and Hitha Herzog weigh in on 'Your World.'

President Trump’s claim that Amazon is a tax scofflaw, subsidized by the U.S. Postal Service and an unfair threat to small businesses and malls, is absurdly wrong and dangerous.

Amazon is an online platform that markets products for thousands of manufacturers and smaller merchants. It’s also a retailer in its own right by distributing directly from its own warehouses.

The company has branched into brick and mortar groceries with the acquisition of Whole Foods and is also building out its own package delivery system and entering a host of other businesses.

Amazon may not pay a lot of income tax but a good number of companies don’t because of how Congress chooses to write the tax code. That was a problem long before Amazon came along and will continue after it is gone.

Generally, online retailers enjoy an advantage over brick and mortar sores by not collecting sales taxes on shipments to states where they don’t have a physical presence. However, Amazon has warehouses in 45 states and collects sales taxes.

The U.S. Postal Service has two principal lines of business: first class and bulk mail and packages. It’s congressionally granted monopoly on your mail box comes with a requirement that it deliver six days a week to every address in the United States.

No matter how remote the location, the Postal Service charges the same 50 cents to deliver a first class letter. This just about guarantee it will lose money on mail service.

In recent years, the Postal Service’s salvation has been in providing the last mile to large package delivery companies on less than urgent shipments. This means that Fedex, UPS and others can drop packages at your local post office and the Postal Service sends those out with your letter carrier.

Taken alone, neither business would be viable. Allocating costs between the two services is a metaphysical problem in economics akin to solving the unified field theory in physics. Suffice it to say, mail delivery can’t be viable without package delivery and running the last mile for delivery services would not be possible without mail delivery.

For the right fee and a piece of my soul, I could come up with math that shows packages subsidize mail or mail subsidizes packages.

What makes Amazon so menacing is that it is so efficient. For example, it has beaten out stalwarts like IBM, Microsoft and Google to become the dominant player in cloud computing services.

Last October, just rumors that Amazon was exploring the prescription drug business sent stocks of CVS and Walgreens down.

Amazon can deliver retail products – watches, water polo gear, or whatever – with about half as much labor as brick and mortar stores and do so more conveniently in our emerging click-for- what-you-want culture. Consumers give up the pleasure of handling merchandise in stores, but on that count brick and mortar stores and local governments have imposed costs.

Large urban shopping malls charge for parking or simply overbuild retail space for their lot’s capacity. And municipal governments, which once used parking meters with minimal fees to encourage turnover and boost store traffic, are now gouging visitors, limiting on-street parking and forcing shoppers into high-priced lots.

Strip mall owners have taken to erecting fast-food restaurants and banks in the middle of once- adequate parking facilities, forcing drivers to circle for spaces much like commercial aircraft at LaGuardia airport on a heavy travel day over New York.

Still, brick and mortar stores dominate. According to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, Amazon has a 4 percent market share of retail sales, much less than Walmart.

Amazon’s biggest mistakes are political. CEO Jeff Bezos purchased the Washington Post and uses it to promote his liberal values and target Republicans and conservatives for criticism.  That’s a particularly poor practice for the CEO of any major corporation facing large regulatory issues and clamors for antitrust enforcement.

What’s dumber, though, is President Trump politicizing antitrust and threatening Amazon.

What sets America and other strong democracies apart and makes them good locations for investment is the security of private property. National leaders can’t destroy shareholder value by threatening a government takeover or regulatory persecution to satisfy an impulse for revenge.

President Trump is raising issues that would be better left to independent regulators – if those issues had any merit. But they don’t.