January 28, 2019

*FILTH FESTIVAL – Starbucks Employees Challenged to Serve Those Who Aren’t Buying:

The young man walking back and forth from his seat to the packaged food section in the Starbucks store looked suspicious, recounted a store manager. In the past, she said she might have asked him to leave. Instead of confronting him, or calling the police, the manager talked to the man — who said he was hungry and homeless. She said she then gave him and a friend breakfast.

The anonymous incident was recounted in a much anticipated report released Wednesday as Starbucks Corp. seeks to mend its reputation after a highly publicized confrontation in Philadelphia last April where a store manager called police on two black patrons who later said they were waiting for a business meeting to start before ordering. In response to the Philadelphia uproar, Starbucks now is training employees to treat anyone who walks into the door as a customer, whether they intend to make a purchase or not. The fresh take on Starbucks’ long-time goal of creating a “third space” — a public place for interaction and leisure away from home and work — offers a fresh set of challenges, employees said in the report prepared for Starbucks by a law firm to measure progress on diversity and inclusion.

“In each of my listening sessions, partners shared how difficult it is to achieve this goal in communities that are deeply affected by addiction, mental illness, or homelessness,” former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who assisted with the study, wrote in a letter included in the 67-page report from Covington & Burling LLP. “These conversations highlighted a powerful tension between Starbucks’ efforts to create a welcoming third place on the one hand, and the realities of life in our most vulnerable communities on the other.”

*Companies Get Existential About Climate Change:

The harmful impacts climate change could have on big business might cause you to trade in your pickup truck for a vehicle that runs entirely on recycled body heat. UK-based nonprofit CDP, which asks firms to disclose how climate change may affect their businesses, released its annual report card yesterday. Here’s what keeps companies up at night, per Bloomberg

•    Bank of America is concerned homeowners facing flooding could default on mortgages.

•    Disney worries its theme parks will become (even more) unbearably hot.

•    AT&T is losing sleep over the prospect of hurricanes and wildfires knocking out its cell towers.

•    Coca-Cola bites its nails wondering if there will still be enough water to make soda.

•    Visa worries that global warming could increase pandemics and armed conflicts… in turn slashing global travel demand.

•    Apple? It said that more disasters would make iPhones more indispensable. Touché.

Temperature check: These companies’ revelations show how widely climate change could rattle the economy, from supply chains to operations to demand.

*Italy to pay just $21K in damages to Amanda Knox after she sought millions:

Italy was ordered on Thursday to pay Amanda Knox just over $20,000 after a court found her rights were violated when she wasn’t given an interpreter or access to a lawyer during a night of questioning about the murder of her roommate in 2007. “Ms. Knox had been particularly vulnerable, being a foreign young woman, 20, at the time, not having been in Italy for very long and not being fluent in Italian,” the European Court of Human Rights noted.

Knox, now 31, took Italian authorities to court for the way she was treated during an interrogation following the death of British student Meredith Kercher in Perugia — where she falsely accused an innocent Congolese barman of being involved in the murder. “I was interrogated for 53 hours over five days, without a lawyer, in a language I understood maybe as well as a 10-year-old,” Knox said in a statement to the court.

In its ruling, the court said Italy hadn’t succeeded in proving that “the restriction of Ms. Knox’s access to a lawyer … had not irreparably undermined the fairness of the proceedings as a whole.”

*Mark Zuckerberg Once Killed and Served his Own Goat to Jack Dorsey:

Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg killed one of his own goats and served it up cold to Jack Dorsey for dinner, the Twitter CEO has revealed. In a move that may mortify many Facebook users with a propensity for posting pictures of what’s on their plates, Dorsey revealed to Rolling Stone that mild-mannered Zuckerberg massacred the goat with a laser gun and a knife, then cooked it. Dorsey said, “There was a year when he was only eating what he was killing. He made goat for me for dinner. He killed the goat.”

Asked if Zuckerberg slaughtered the goat in front of him, Dorsey responded, “No. He killed it before. I guess he kills it. He kills it with a laser gun and then the knife. Then they send it to the butcher.” Clarifying the type of “laser gun” used, Dorsey explained, “I don’t know. A stun gun. They stun it, and then he knifed it. Then they send it to a butcher. Evidently in Palo Alto there’s a rule or regulation that you can have six livestock on any lot of land, so he had six goats at the time. I go, ‘We’re eating the goat you killed?’ He said, ‘Yeah.’ I said, ‘Have you eaten goat before?’ He’s like, ‘Yeah, I love it . . . I said, ‘Where is the goat?’ ‘It’s in the oven.’

*Notre Dame Joins Crusade Against Columbus, To Cover Up Murals:

The war on Columbus has been going on for a while—and it’s to be expected in far-left enclaves like Berkeley—but it’s sad to see America’s foremost Catholic university join in the crusade. The Rev. John Jenkins, president of the University of Notre Dame, announced Sunday that school officials would cover murals of Christopher Columbus, the famed explorer credited with discovering the New World.
In a statement to the school, Jenkins said some found the murals offensive because they were “blind to the consequences of Columbus’s voyage for the indigenous peoples,” and saw them as demeaning. Jenkins acknowledged some of Columbus’ contributions, but said that wasn’t enough to leave the murals uncovered at his school.

“For the native peoples of this ‘new’ land … Columbus’s arrival was nothing short of a catastrophe,” Jenkins wrote. “Whatever else Columbus’s arrival brought, for these peoples it led to exploitation, expropriation of land, repression of vibrant cultures, enslavement, and new diseases causing epidemics that killed millions.” Of course, exploitation and enslavement existed in the Americas long before Columbus ever showed up.

*1 in 5 Millennials with Debt Expect to Die Without Ever Paying it Off:

The average millennial (aged 18 to 34) had about $32,000 in personal debt, excluding home mortgages, last year, according to Northwestern Mutual’s 2018 Planning & Progress Study. That debt can feel both crushing — and endless.

Just over 60 percent of millennials (classified here as those aged 18-37) with debt don’t know when, or if, they’ll ever be able to pay off what they owe, according to a new CreditCards.com report. That includes roughly 42 percent of millennials who don’t know when they’ll be able to wipe out their debt, and almost 20 percent of those who expect to die in debt.


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The number of adults who think they have a food allergy is almost double the figure who actually have one, research has revealed. While the study was conducted in the US, experts say a similar situation is also seen in other countries, including the UK. The researchers found that many people with an allergy do not have a prescription for potentially life-saving medication, while others might be avoiding foods unnecessarily.

The study suggests almost 11% of adults in the US have a food allergy, equating to more than 26 million people. About 12 million of these are estimated to have developed the allergy as an adult, highlighting that allergies do not only begin in childhood.


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AT&T thinks YouTube is safe for advertisers again. The company, one of the nation’s biggest marketers, yanked its dollars from YouTube in 2017 because its ads were appearing alongside offensive videos. But on Friday, AT&T said it had been persuaded to resume advertising on the video platform.

The decision reflects the progress that Google-owned YouTube has made with advertisers in the 22 months since a number of them discovered that some of their ads were appearing during, or before, videos promoting hate speech, terrorism and other disturbing content. AT&T was among the first companies that stopped paying to advertise on YouTube, telling it that they wouldn’t return until it made improvements. YouTube has since introduced a series of changes aimed at making the platform “brand safe” — that is, an appropriate place for companies to run advertisements.

It has raised the number of subscribers and the viewership that video makers must have in order to carry ads, and is subjecting videos to more human and automated oversight.



Roger and Lynn Neal, Founder and Chairman of the annual Oscar night event, announces along with their partners Maryanne and Thomas Lai, the 4th Annual ROGER NEAL OSCAR VIEWING DINNER, SUITE AND AFTER PARTY which will take place on Oscar Sunday Feb 24th, 2019.

For the past three years this event was held at the Hollywood Museum, however the party has grown beyond the museum’s capacity.  Neal and his associates are moving into their new home THE HOLLYWOOD PALLADIUM, operated by Live Nationhttp://www.rogernealsh.net/ 

The Roger Neal Oscar Viewing Dinner will once again honor stars with the ICON AWARD during the pre-show to the Academy Awards. This year’s honorees include: For Television, award winning actress Loretta Swit star of Mash(presented by Jamie Farr…) Oscar nominees Robert Forster,Margaret Avery (Oscar Nominee) and Lainie Kazan for Motion pictures.  Ernie Hudson for Motion Pictures, Bernie Kopell (Love Boat), for TV and Walton’s star Ms. Michael Learned, for TV. The Music Icon Award will go to Grammyand Golden Globe nominee Frank StalloneWoman in Philanthropy Icon award goes to actress/philanthropist/ 2 time Daytime Emmy Award Winner Kira Reed Lorsch (The Bay).  Also George PopodoupolousTrump’s former foreign policy advisor.

The  Academy Awards viewing dinner will be a sit down, black tie white glove service experience for the stars, their guests, sponsors and ticket buyers. Over 100 Stars are expected. 600 Guests in total are expected for dinner. The RN Oscar Viewing Dinner and After Party is by invitation only. Public may purchase limited available dinner seats for $1,000. For After Party call 323-366-2796.



Four (4) members of Senator Elizabeth Warren’s Senate office along with 12 members of the White House staff, 3 Nobel Prize winners, over 100 Academy Award winners, 6 U.S. Senators, and over 300 Grammy Award winners.
*EXAMINER–COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman:
For me, the most disturbing thing about the Trump presidency is the way each week, like a steady drip of acid, Donald Trump tries to erode the thing that truly makes us great as a country and the envy of so many around the world — the independence and nonpartisan character of our courts, our military, our F.B.I., our Border Patrol and our whole federal bureaucracy. No modern president has been more willing to use U.S. service members or border police as props for his politics, to blithely declare without evidence that most of the 800,000 federal workers going unpaid during the government shutdown are Democrats, to refer to the Pentagon leadership as “my generals” and “my military,” and to denounce different federal judges who have ruled against him as a “so-called judge,” an “Obama judge” and a “Mexican” judge (even though he was born in Indiana).

Why is this so important? Because America’s core governing institutions were not built to be “conservative” or “liberal.” They were built to take our deepest values and our highest ideals and animate them, promote them and protect them — to bring them to life and to scale them. They are the continuity that binds one generation of Americans to the next and the beacon for how we work together to build an ever more perfect union.

At their best, these institutions have created the regulatory foundations and legal and security frameworks that have made America great — that have enabled innovation to be sparked, commerce to flourish and ideas to freely blossom. Rather than serving any party or person’s whims, these institutions have promoted and protected enduring American values, laws, norms and ideals.