LBN Examiner 11/14/2021


These results might help explain why Mark Zuckerberg was so eager to rename his business last month. A new poll from CNN shows that over three-quarters of Americans surveyed said they believe Facebook has harmed U.S. society – and half of respondents said they personally know someone who believes in a conspiracy theory because of something they saw on the social network. The headline poll result showed that an astonishing 76% of Americans believe that Facebook has made society worse, with just 11% saying that Facebook had improved society. The results also showed that 49% of people know someone who they think has fallen for a conspiracy theory because of content they saw on Facebook. The CNN Poll was carried out by SSRS between November 1 through 4, days after Zuckerberg confirmed that Facebook would be rebranded with the new name Meta.

Inflation Surges in October, Surpassing 31-Year-High:

Consumer prices spiked at their fastest pace in more than 30 years last month, the Labor Department reported. The consumer price index increased 6.2% from a year ago, the highest since November 1990. The rise in the consumer price index – a measure of the average change over time in the prices paid by consumers for products including gasoline, health care, groceries and rents – came in above the Dow Jones estimate of 5.9%. Meanwhile, the index jumped 0.9% on a monthly basis, also higher than the 0.6% estimate. Fuel oil prices spiked 12.3% for the month and 59.1% over the past year. Used vehicle prices rose 2.5% for the month and 26.4% for the year. Food prices also jumped 0.9% for the month and 5.4% for the year.

The new report raises questions about claims by Fed Chairman Jerome Powell and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen that inflation would be transitory and related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Both have recently revised their positions to say that inflation has been more persistent than they anticipated, though they believe conditions will return to normal over the next year or so.

Nearly 1 in 6 People Have Never Traveled Outside Their Own State:

How much you learn about the world as a child may impact how much of it you explore when you grow up. In a recent survey of 2,000 people, more than half (55%) believe expanding their horizons when they were young is what motivated them to travel as an adult. That said, the survey shows a significant number of Americans have never left the country – let alone traveled outside their own state! Overall, 76% enjoyed learning about the world around them when they were younger. Seven in 10 are nostalgic about that time in their childhood, wishing they could experience learning about the world for the first time all over again.

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Whether it’s a poor time slot, behind-the-scenes squabbles, an outdated news format, a slower post-Trump news cycle, or just a once-popular anchor taking his frustrations out on staffers, CNBC insiders have a lot of reasons for why Shepard Smith’s show has failed to capture major ratings. But one thing many agree on is that it has not met the bosses’ expectations.

Here’s How America Reduced Emissions More Than Any Other Major Country Despite Leaving the Paris Accords:

The U.S. has reduced emissions more than any other country in the world despite former President Donald Trump’s decision to leave the Paris Climate Accords. “In the last 10 years, the emissions reduction in the United States has been the largest in the history of energy,” International Energy Agency (IEA) Executive Director Fatih Birol said at a Department of Energy press conference in 2019. “Almost 800 million tons. This is a huge decline of emissions.” Since 2000, the year the U.S. emitted the most carbon dioxide, emissions have declined by more than 17%, according to the IEA. Emissions have declined 3.7% since 2015 when world leaders signed an agreement with various climate commitments during a high-level United Nations conference. During both periods, U.S. energy output has increased by 38% and 14% respectively, the IEA data showed. “The United States has led the world,” Republican Louisiana Rep. Garret Graves remarked during a House Oversight Committee hearing. “We’ve reduced emissions more than the next 12 emissions-reducing countries combined.”

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Border Crisis Hits Classrooms As Unaccompanied Minors Flood N.Y. Schools:

America’s crisis at the border is now a crisis in New York public schools. The Administration is flooding New York City and Long Island communities with thousands of unaccompanied immigrant minors detained crossing the Mexico-U.S. border, often arriving, as The Post recently reported, via clandestine flights in the middle of the night. Four counties alone, Suffolk, Queens, Nassau and Brooklyn, took in nearly 5,000 unaccompanied children in just 11 months, from October 1, 2020, to August 31, 2021, according to HHS. With public education in the area costing about $28,000 per child, per year, that’s a $139 million hit on New York taxpayers to educate children arriving unexpectedly just in those four counties.

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Annie Leibovitz at her home in Rhinebeck, N.Y., with her portraits of her mother, Marilyn Leibovitz, and her three daughters.

Kentucky High School Held ‘Man Pageant’ Where Students Allegedly Gave Teachers Lap Dances, Wore Hooters Shirts:

Parents of students at Hazard High School in Kentucky are upset over inappropriate dances and costumes at a student assembly, WKYT reported. Students dressed up for what the Courier Journal called a “Man Pageant.” Female students donned Hooters uniforms with mugs that looked like they were filled with beer, boys danced inappropriately on teachers while dressed in women’s lingerie and students were allegedly paddled at the event, WKYT reported. Photos of the costume contest, which was part of the school’s homecoming week, were originally posted to Hazard High School Athletics’ Facebook page, but are now deleted, WKYT reported. Principal of Hazard High School and Mayor of Hazard, “Happy” Mobelini, was shown in the event’s photos. He told WKYT Wednesday that all questions regarding the incident should be directed toward the superintendent’s office. Mobelini was investigated in 2008 over Facebook photos that allegedly showed him driving his daughter and her four teenage friends while they drank alcohol and smoked cigarettes, the Courier Journal reported. The students said the principal wasn’t aware that they were drinking or smoking.

** Maryland School System Told Students There Is A ‘Dual Pandemic’ – COVID-19 and ‘Systemic Racism’: Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) promoted materials like “Antiracist Baby” by Ibram X. Kendi in a PowerPoint obtained by Judicial Watch. The PowerPoint links to an audio reading of the book, which says “Babies are taught to be racist or antiracist, there’s no neutrality.” Associate Superintendent Janet S. Wilson told MCPS principals that all schools in the district would “be required to implement a student psychoeducational lesson during one of the school’s mandatory Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) block [sic] before September 18, 2020,” according to an August 26 email obtained by Judicial Watch. “This lesson will provide students crisis facts about the dual pandemic (COVID-19 and systemic racism) that is occurring around the country and here in Montgomery County.” Teacher notes in the PowerPoint said the book “is the perfect gift for readers of all ages dedicated to forming a just society,” even babies and toddlers.

** Microsoft Draws Jeers For ‘Utterly Bananas’ Introductions Highlighting Pronouns, Race And Hairstyles: Microsoft was ridiculed on social media for including land acknowledgments, pronoun statements and references to hairstyles in its corporate introductions. While giving presentations during the Microsoft Ignite 2021 conference, Microsoft employees recognized that the land they were currently standing on previously belonged to Native American tribes. Another video shows two employees introducing themselves by stating their pronouns, race and hairstyle. “I’m Nic Fillingham, I’m a Caucasian man with glasses and a beard, I go by he/him, and I’m a security evangelist here at Microsoft,” Fillingham says in the video. Many social media users were quick to mock the introductions as strange and bizarre.

** Tom Ford: Cancel Culture Inhibits Fashion: Tom Ford says cancel culture “inhibits design.” The 60-year-old fashion muse – behind the iconic eponymous label – says the fact “everything is now considered appropriation” is limiting fashion. Speaking to The Guardian newspaper, Ford said: “Cancel culture inhibits design because rather than feeling free, the tendency is to start locked into a set of rules. Everything is now considered appropriation. We used to be able to celebrate other cultures. Now you can’t do that.” The designer also blames social media for making style and beauty “increasingly cartoonish.”

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HPV Vaccine Cuts Rate of Cervical Cancer by Almost 90%:

The vaccine for human papillomavirus (HPV) decreases cervical cancer rates by nearly 90%, according to a study published by The Lancet. Cervical cancers are the fourth most common cancer in women, killing more than 300,000 people a year, and they are caused by viruses, BBC News reported. The study showed that the HPV vaccine cut rates of cervical cancer in women by 87%. Approximately 99% of cervical cancers are caused by HPV, the most common sexually transmitted virus in the U.S., CNN reported. While the virus is usually resolved on its own, certain types of the virus can put women at increased risk of cervical cancer. Researchers for the Lancet study looked at cancer registry data in the U.K. between January 2006 and June 2019 among seven groups of women, comparing the vaccinated to the unvaccinated. The study estimated there were 450 fewer cases of cervical cancer and 17,200 fewer cases of pre-cancers than expected in those who received the vaccine.

Examiner – (Notable) Remarks:

** I have tried for some time to avoid commenting on a topic that I felt should be so far beneath our political discourse that to give it the oxygen of attention would be to play into the strategic hopes of those who are seeking to debase our democracy. But as Yoda, the wise sage of Star Wars, might say if he was trying to fight those who have turned to the “dark side” of our national polity, ignore it no longer I can. The issue at hand can succinctly be summed up in three words: “Let’s go Brandon.” If you have no idea what I am talking about, consider yourself fortunate. For reasons too mundane to fully outline here, “Let’s go Brandon” has become a favorite chant and rallying cry for many Republicans as a stand-in for another three-word chant that you may also have heard: “F-Joe Biden,” with F-, for the purposes of decorum in this newsletter, standing for a four-letter vulgarity. Search for “Let’s Go Brandon,” and you will start finding it everywhere – all over social media, a song with a ton of downloads on iTunes, at political rallies, and among snickering Republicans in Washington. —- Dan Rather

** The dogma of “anti-racism” began with an incontrovertible reality: For centuries, black Americans have been the victims of structural and often violent discrimination – slavery, Jim Crow, redlining, and attitudes and norms that, to this day, exacerbate poverty and racial disparity. Where anti-racism made its radical departure was in its view about how to fix this knotty problem. The proposed solution was no longer what Martin Luther King and Thurgood Marshall taught: that all human beings are created equal and therefore any kind of discrimination is evil. Instead, it was, explicitly, to embrace discrimination, but this time as a tool of “equity.” In practice, this meant racial discrimination against white and Asian people. —- Leighton Woodhouse. He is a writer and documentary filmmaker in Oakland, California

Satanists Convince School to Overturn Ban on Satanic Clothing for Students:

A Pennsylvania Satanic organization was able to convince a school district to alter its dress code to remove a ban on clothes that were “satanic in nature,” local news station WPVI-TV reported. Joseph Rose, the founder of Satanic Delco, told WPVI-TV that the children of Satanists enrolled within the Rose Tree Media School District, which is near Philadelphia, made him aware of the dress code. “The idea that a public school would allow religious expression in school, but choose to single out and prohibit the expression of one specific religion obviously seemed like a problem for us,” Rose told WPVI-TV. Rose spent about a month sending emails and calling the district, with the superintendent eventually issuing a statement saying that “although we have had no complaints or concerns brought forward by any student, parent, or resident we will remove this language from our current dress code information in the student handbook.”

Examiner – Investigates:

Alphabet, the parent company of Google, surpassed $2 trillion in market capitalization. This makes Alphabet the third U.S. company to be inducted into the two-followed-by-12-zeros club, joining Apple and Microsoft. Its value doubled during the pandemic, when much of life migrated online. And while the pandemic was kind to many tech giants, it loved Alphabet the most:

  • Its stock surge of 70% this year is No.1 among the five biggest U.S. tech stocks by revenue.
  • YouTube brought in $7.2 billion in ad revenue in the third quarter, up 43% from the previous year and more than Snapchat, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn combined.

Some of us are old enough to remember when Alphabet (then still Google) was just a little guy, worth $23 billion when the company went public in 2004. 17 years later, analysts think Alphabet is poised to grow even more as digital ad sales boom and it expands its cloud unit.

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