LBN Examiner 11/07/2021


The Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics announced on Friday that 100,450,000 people in this country were not in the labor force in October, up 38,000 from the 100,412,000 in September. This is the 14th straight month that this “not in the labor force” number has remained above 100,000,000. Persons who are neither employed nor unemployed are not in the labor force. This category includes retired persons, students, those taking care of children or other family members, and others who are neither working nor seeking work. Among those not in the labor force in October, 1.3 million persons said they were prevented from looking for work due to the pandemic. This measure is down from 1.6 million in September. The number of people not in the labor force reached a record high of 103,418,000 in April 2020, as the pandemic took hold; and the highest it’s been under President Joe Biden is 100,708,000 this past February.

How ‘Golden Penis Syndrome’ is Ruining Dating for University Women:

A shortage of male university students is causing men to develop so-called “Golden Penis Syndrome” where they see themselves as a prize to be won by female suitors. The term, coined by students at Sarah Lawrence College, New York, and popularized by American journalist Jon Birger, is applied to heterosexual men who have an inflated ego due to the amount of interest shown in them by their female peers. Men believe this interest is the result of their innate desirability, leading to an augmented sense of self and a tendency to become “accidental Casanovas” with bad habits like cheating, “ghosting” and stringing women along in casual flings. They might also have poor social and sexual skills because they do not need to better themselves in order to secure dates with their accomplished female peers. But in reality, this heightened level of interest is largely down to a lack of viable alternatives for women wanting to settle down. In the U.K., 57% of all higher education students are female. The proportion is higher in the U.S., where women account for 59.5% of all college students. This imbalance continues into the workplace, where there are more women with college or university degrees than men.

** Virginia Mom Claims White Daughter Asked if She was ‘Born Evil’ After History Lesson: A Virginia mother yanked her children out of public school after her 6-year-old asked if she was “born evil” for being white – something the young girl purportedly picked up in her history class. “My children are now in private school and are thriving,” the woman told the Loudoun County School Board, claiming the “swift and uncompromising” political agenda of the district’s former and current administration forced her hand. “First, it was in early spring of 2020 when my 6-year-old somberly came to me and asked me if she was born evil because she was a white person – something she learned in a history lesson at school.”

** AT&T Critical Race Theory Training Says White Employees ‘The Problem’: AT&T offers employees training that calls racism a “uniquely white trait” – and tells white employees that they “are the problem,” according to a report based on leaked documents. The telecommunications giant’s “Listen. Understand. Act” training is based on core principles of critical race theory, including “systemic racism,” “white privilege” and “white fragility,” according to City Journal’s Christopher Rufo, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. Employees are encouraged to study resources, including one that asks, “White America, if you want to know who’s responsible for racism, look in the mirror,” Rufo said.

** Parent-Led Organization Sues School for Segregating ‘Affinity Groups’ by Race and Punishing ‘Unconscious Bias’: A national, parent-led organization filed a lawsuit challenging policies at Wellesley Public Schools, which includes segregated “affinity groups” and a “bias reporting” program. Parents Defending Education (PDE) filed the complaint against Wellesley Public Schools (WPS) in a Massachusetts federal court “alleging that the district has systemically and repeatedly violated students’ First and Fourteenth Amendment rights, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Massachusetts Students’ Freedom of Expression Law through the use of segregated ‘affinity groups’ and an onerous speech code featuring a ‘bias reporting’ program,” according to the press release. In 2020, WPS implemented a five-year “Strategic Equity Plan” which included “racially segregated affinity groups” that it said was necessary to achieve “racial equity.” Meeting with the affinity groups allows “people within an identity group to openly share their experiences without risk of feeling like they will offend someone from another group, and without another group’s voices,” according to WPS.

Examiner – Lens:

Stanley Tucci’s realization that food, and not acting, is the central passion of his life came in 2017, after he was diagnosed with a form of oral cancer.

Father Edits His Daughter’s Disney Books to Remove All ‘Gender Stereotypes’:

A dad is going viral on TikTok for changing his daughter’s Disney books to remove all “gender stereotypes” in the hopes of encouraging his child not to “settle” for society’s sexist standards. The Minnesota-based father, who is known only as @dcaspers online, put his graphic editing skills to use by transforming a series of Disney story books to alter the plotlines, documenting the entire process in a host of now-viral videos. Explaining that he wanted to “teach his daughter not to settle for the stereotypes” found in the books, the dad took it upon himself to change the endings of the princess-focused stories, in many cases writing solo scripts for the characters, which see them leaving their princes in favor of pursuing their dreams.

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Safeway in San Francisco Cuts Hours Due to ‘Off The Charts’ Shoplifting:

Yet another major retailer in San Francisco has made the decision to close earlier due to excessive theft particularly at night, according to San Francisco Supervisor Rafael Mandelman. The Castro Safeway on Market and Church Streets was open 24 hours, but that’s not the case any longer. Signs posted on its entrance state its new hours are 6 am to 9 pm, effective October 24. Many shoppers were surprised to find that the Safeway they frequent at off-hours is cutting back. Mandelman’s district includes the Market Street Safeway. He said the company reached out to him to discuss problems with theft. “I think like a lot of retailers they’ve been experiencing increasing property crime and theft from their stores,” Mandelman said. “I think the last 6 months from what they say has been sort of – off the charts in terms of how bad it’s been. It’s sad, upsetting and frustrating.”

Examiner – Lens:

In “Becoming Trader Joe,” Joe Coulombe writes that he was prone to engaging in acts of “selfish altruism.”

Elon Musk Warns That the Capital of Texas Must Not Turn Into San Francisco:

Tesla CEO Elon Musk warned on Sunday that Austin, Texas, needs to be its own city and not become a “copycat” of San Francisco, one of the most far-left cities in the United States. Musk made the remarks in response to a Fox News article about how Austin made “the largest cut” to its police budget “of any major city in America.” “Austin implemented one of the biggest police budget cuts,” journalist Zaid Jilani wrote in a tweet that linked to the report. “Their homicide rate soared over the next year, and today the surge is larger than most of the country. Now, voters will decide whether to boost the ranks of the police.” Musk responded, “Austin should be its city, not a San Francisco copycat.”

Doctors Blame TikTok for Surge in Teen Girls Experiencing Tics:

Doctors around the globe have reported seeing a baffling surge in the number of teenage girls seeking medical attention for tics since the start of the pandemic – a trend that many of them have linked to TikTok videos, the Wall Street Journal reports. Doctors were reportedly left scratching their heads at the influx of teenage girls experiencing the “physical jerking movements and verbal outbursts,” as men have traditionally been far more likely to develop the movement-disorder. But as doctors in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom began comparing notes, they realized that all the teens shared a fondness for TikTok videos. They had also reportedly been watching videos of influencers sharing their experience with Tourette’s syndrome, a nervous-system disorder that causes people to make involuntary movements or sounds. Doctors say that the teens who’ve recently experienced such behaviors are likely to have pre-existing diagnoses like depression or anxiety. “There are some kids who watch social media and develop tics and some who don’t have any access to social media and develop tics,” Dr. McGuire, an associate professor at John Hopkins University’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, was quoted saying. “I think there are a lot of contributing factors, including anxiety, depression, and stress.”

Examiner – Lens:

Mitzi Angel, the publisher of Farrar, Straus and Giroux – who as an editor signed Sally Rooney and Garth Greenwell – will add the title of president to her role at the storied literary publishing house. “It’s really wonderful to have a great legacy to honor, but my attention is also on the future,” Angel said. “I don’t want FSG to be fusty or dusty.”

Examiner – A Look Back:

George Harrison, John Lennon, and Paul McCartney, in Liverpool, in 1958.

13-Year-Olds’ Reading, Math Scores Decline for First Time in National Test’s History:

Math and reading test scores for the nation’s 13-year-old students fell between 2012 and 2020 for the first time in the nearly 50-year history of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) long-term trend (LTT) assessment, according to results released Thursday by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). In an accompanying announcement, the NAEP said the performance of 9-year-olds was unchanged. In both age groups and subjects, the results for lower-scoring test-takers declined since 2012, mirroring patterns observed in other subjects.

Examiner – (Notable) Remarks:

** Something truly sinister is happening in America. The critical distinction between public and private life is being eroded. You can see it first of all in political protests. Not content with marching in the streets to air complaints, demands, and grievances as a public spectacle, demonstrators of all kinds increasingly seek out the private homes of public figures to hound them intimately and personally. In the past year or so, the examples have mounted quickly. The mayor of Portland had to move house because activists besieged his condo building, breaking windows of other people’s offices and throwing burning debris into them. The mayors of St. Louis and Buffalo were also driven from their homes, and Chicago’s mayor was under constant threat: “[Lori] Lightfoot already receives 24/7 protection from cops including officers stationed at the residence. After a police shooting in DC, protestors didn’t just demonstrate outside a local police station, as is their absolute right, but traveled 13 miles to Mayor Muriel Bowser’s home to yell deadly threats at her. —- Andrew Sullivan.

A Man Spent Most of His Covid-19 Business Loan on A $57,789 Pokémon Card:

Justice Department news releases document a litany of luxury items allegedly bought with pandemic aid meant to keep struggling businesses afloat. One man was charged with spending his loan money on strip clubs. Another pleaded guilty to using his funds for a $318,000 Lamborghini. But Vinath Oudomsine may be the only person accused of using his small-business loan on a single Pokémon card. Prosecutors say the card cost the Georgia man $57,789 – more than two-thirds of his federal aid, which officials say was based on false information. The wire-fraud charge brought last week against Oudomsine is part of a federal crackdown on alleged misuse of massive relief programs that threw lifelines to businesses during the pandemic but also raised concerns about scams and waste. A federal watchdog said this month that the Small Business Administration (SBA) overpaid $4.5 billion in grants to self-employed people and that “no system of controls was in place to flag applications with flawed or illogical information” – even claims of up to 1 million employees. This year, the SBA inspector general concluded that the federal agency rushed out billions of dollars in loans through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) “at the expense of controls” that could have blocked inappropriate aid. The result, according to the SBA inspector general, was “limited assurance that loans went to only eligible recipients.”

The Real Story by Sarah Garcia:

** The most important progressive rule is to find offense. This is your daily chore. You must be offended at least five times a day so you can lash out on Twitter against the oppressors. This rule has been very effective on college campuses and is perfect for shutting down opposing points of view. Simply say “I don’t feel safe.” Then point out who is scaring you and demand they be punished. This is the core woke rule: no opposition will be tolerated under any circumstances because you are frightened of “micro-aggressions” and have a perfect right to be.

Examiner – Lens:

Austin Li Jiaqi, known as China’s “King of Lipstick,” sold $1.65 billion worth of goods during a 12-hour, 26-minute livestream yesterday on the Taobao Live platform, according to tech analyst Rui Ma. It was part of a promotion for Alibaba’s upcoming Singles’ Day, the largest shopping event in the world.

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