LBN Examiner 11/20/2022


Unmarried women voted Democrat in the 2022 Midterm elections by a significant margin, according to exit poll data. Compared to married individuals favoring GOP candidates this year, a CNN exit poll of 18,571 total respondents found 68% of single women marked their ballots for Democratic politicians – a 37-point margin over the Republican Party. “One of the fascinating things about our ongoing political realignment is the massive political incentive Democrats have to keep women unmarried,” tweeted political commentator Mollie Hemmingway.

World Population Milestone:

Earth’s population will reach 8 billion people, according to projections from the United Nations. The number is three times the population in 1950 and eight times that of the early 1800s. The 200 years since the Industrial Revolution began have seen a massive population explosion due to a reduction in child mortality and an increase in life expectancy. Improvements in food production, sanitation, and medicine – as well as widespread access to household items like refrigerators and ammonia – have drastically reduced hunger and disease globally. Annual population growth peaked at just over 2% in the early 1960s and has since declined to under 1% amid a decrease in fertility rates. By the end of this century, total annual deaths are expected to surpass births, likely resulting in a decline in population. Overall, demographers estimate almost 120 billion people have lived on Earth.

Billionaire Ken Griffin Slams Woke Ideology In Schools As ‘Crushing’ For Kids:

Billionaire Ken Griffin slammed woke ideology at schools across the U.S. as “crushing” for children – and griped that his own family has been caught in the mess. “My children went to a phenomenal school in Chicago … but their indoctrination in woke ideology was crushing,” Griffin said in a conversation with Miami Mayor Francis Suarez that was hosted by The Economic Club of Miami. Griffin, who this summer moved the headquarters for his giant hedge fund Citadel to Florida from Chicago, donated $100 million to Republicans this election cycle. In a video of the Monday interview that was obtained by The Post, Griffin revealed how liberal policies have affected his own kids’ education. “They came home very confused about whether or not the United States was a good country,” Griffin said. “And they came home confused about what they could or couldn’t say to a student who was Asian or otherwise of color.” “My son was reprimanded for telling an Asian student he was good at math – for stereotyping,” Griffin continued. “And it’s unbelievable to see how that destroys the minds of children who are otherwise innocent and good and don’t think about these kinds of things.” Griffin said. “Watching them transform here in school in Miami is perhaps the greatest gift Miami has given my family,” he added.

Examiner – Lens:

A border patrol agent lights a path for asylum seeking migrants from Central America as they navigate through thick brush after being smuggled from Mexico and across the Rio Grande river into Roma, Texas, November 6.

Chain-Smoking Grandpa Runs Marathon In 3.5 Hours:

A Chinese grandpa redefined smoking the competition after running an entire marathon in just 3.5 hours while puffing away on cigarettes. Images of the chain-smoking athlete are lighting up Weibo – the Chinese social media platform – as fans praise his respiratory fortitude. The 50-year-old runner, known as Uncle Chen, accomplished the breath-taking feat at the Xin’anjiang Marathon in Jiande, running the entire 26.2 miles while either smoking or lighting up a cig. Smoking might seem like it would be at odds with long-distance running. However, the tobacco-loving grandpa reportedly managed to complete the event in an impressive 3 hours, 28 minutes and 45 seconds – a “good” marathon time, according to the Marathon Handbook. As a result, Uncle Chen placed 574th out of around 1,500 runners, as seen in a certificate posted on Weibo.

Convicted Murderer On Parole Tries To Kidnap Girl, 8, In NYC:

A convicted murderer released on parole less than three months ago tried to kidnap an 8-year-old girl in front of her dad on a Bronx street this week, cops said. Juan Rivera, 52 – who was only released from state prison in late August – grabbed the girl as she walked with her father at Fox Street and St. John Avenue in the Woodstock neighborhood around 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, authorities said. Rivera “physically restrained” the child as he walked with her along the sidewalk, cops said. The girl’s dad stepped in and managed to wrestle his daughter out of the fiend’s clutches, police said. NYPD officers who happened to be driving by at the time arrested Rivera, cops said.

Examiner – Lens:

Joni Mitchell has granted very few interviews since suffering a brain aneurysm in 2015, but she just sat down with Elton John for an in-depth conversation that will air on his Apple Music 1 show Elton John’s Rocket Hour.


** Nary a red wave to be found: On Tuesday night [November 8], all across the country, reporters took out their beautiful pre-written takes on crime and inflation and lit them on fire. Because it turned out that even though Americans are indeed sick of the crime, sick of the inflation and sick of Joe Biden, there’s something they’re sick of even more: a Trumpist Republican party.

** A bloodbath in Silicon Valley: Facebook (aka Meta) is cutting 11,000 workers – roughly 13% of its workforce. Redfin and Salesforce are also slimming down. At Twitter, Musk not only laid off workers, but he eliminated the “Days of Rest,” the employees’ monthly paid mental health days (how could he). Amazon is on a hiring freeze as it becomes the first public company in history to lose a trillion dollars in value. A correction for big tech isn’t all bad, though. A lot of people at these bloated Silicon Valley behemoths are doing fake jobs (“rest and vest,” is the line at Google), and with that free time comes time to do annoying things that have nothing to do with Facebook’s bottom line, like attempting to manipulate American culture and algorithmically decide elections. Also: People should get out of the nap pods and start companies. There’s a semi-famous quote about modern Silicon Valley that I think of a lot, said by a data scientist Jeff Hammerbacher: “The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads. That sucks.” It does. As someone now in the business of a small business, I highly recommend it. New business formation, which slumped after a 40-year decline, is on the rise again, and those businesses might be able to actually compete for talent now that the unlimited poke bowl party is over.


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Examiner – (Notable) Remarks:

** There have been 74 attacks against anti-abortion organizations since the Dobbs leak, according to Catholic Vote, a lobbying group that supports conservative causes. That figure comports with a leaked June 24 Homeland Security memo, which predicts “violence could occur for weeks following the release [of the Supreme Court decision], particularly as DVEs” – Domestic Violent Extremists – “may be mobilized to respond to changes in state laws and ballot measures on abortion stemming from the decision.” The attacks have been against openly pro-life groups like Appling’s, but more often the violence is directed against so-called crisis pregnancy centers, which often pose as clinics providing medical services but, in fact, exist in order to deter women from getting abortions. Mobs of masked vandals have smashed windows, and plastered buildings with messages like “fake clinic” and “liars.” Activists have interrupted church services. Someone hurled two explosives at an Oregon Right to Life office, in Salem. Yet so far, there has been not a single arrest, according to pro-life activists who have been following the attacks. —- Olivia Reingold, Executive Producer of Matthew Yglesias’s New Podcast: “Bad Takes”

** We know our Union is faulty; we know our leaders are flawed; we know that our society’s edges are frayed. To take one hard look at China is to prefer all this to your dismal alternative. —- Bret Stephens

** “The economy is strong as hell!” exclaimed a smug President Biden jubilantly on Saturday as he guzzled a large chocolate chip ice cream. The eye-boggling irony of this absurdly disingenuous statement wouldn’t have been lost on America’s ice cream vendors who are suffering a terrible year as the price of making it has soared by 13%, driven largely by higher milk costs caused by higher dairy farming costs. And what’s behind those higher dairy farming costs? Inflation. The worst inflation, at 8.2%, for 40 years. —- Piers Morgan

** It’s essential to prevent banks from failing en masse when their loans start going bad. That was well established by the three American economists, including the former Federal Reserve chair Ben Bernanke, who shared this year’s Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. But you know what’s equally essential? Preventing banks from getting into this predicament in the first place. Regulators have become very good at the first mission, not so good at the second. Banks and other financial institutions keep doing dumb things that put the economy and taxpayers at risk. The latest example is in Britain, where a sharp rise in interest rates wrought havoc on pension funds because of their poorly conceived bets on interest rate derivatives. The Bank of England was forced to come to their rescue. —- Peter Coy, New York Times

** In case you haven’t noticed, let me alert you to a bracing turn of events: The U.S. is now in conflict with Russia and China at the same time. Grandma always said, “Never fight Russia and China at the same time.” So did Henry Kissinger. Alas, there is a strong case in the national interest for confronting both today. But have no doubt: We are in uncharted waters. I just hope that these are not our new “forever wars.” —- Thomas L. Friedman

** “The universe is under no obligation to make sense to you.” —- Neil deGrasse Tyson, “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry”

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** The world population reached 8B, according to UN projections. It’s more than tripled since 1950 and is expected to peak at ~10.4B circa 2080. READ

** Why go to Paris when you can just build Lego’s new 10,001-piece Eiffel Tower that is five feet tall and costs $630. READ

** Study links habitual high-intensity aerobic exercise to a more than 70% decrease in the risk of developing metastatic cancer; authors point to more efficient glucose consumption by organs. READ

** Scientists demonstrate artificial photosynthesis system at least 10 times more efficient than existing technologies; the system uses sunlight to produce usable fuels like ethanol and methanol. READ

** Study shows rats bob their heads, move in sync with musical beats; marks the first observation of innate beat synchronization in animals. READ

** 82% – The share of Black Democrats who said violent crime was very important to their midterm vote this year, compared with 33% of White Democrats. READ

** Roughly 13% of deaths of Americans aged 20-64 involved excessive alcohol consumption; new study evaluated data from 2015 to 2019 before the pandemic. READ

** How life expectancy has changed since 1950. READ

** Fascinating slow-motion footage of moths taking flight. READ

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Examiner – Music:

Roberta Flack, known for hits like “Killing Me Softly With His Song,” has A.L.S. and can no longer sing.

Catalytic Converter Theft Surges As Precious Metals Attract Criminal Groups:

Police around the country are using gumshoe detective work to break up sophisticated rings that steal catalytic converters, though many fear that they aren’t making a dent in a crime wave triggered by pricey precious metals. Catalytic converters, cylindrical hunks of metal within the exhaust system of most cars and trucks, transform harmful gases into less-harmful ones using precious metals including rhodium, palladium and platinum. Some vehicles, such as Toyota Prius models, large pickups and delivery trucks, are often targeted by thieves because their catalytic converters contain a lot of the metals. Criminals use high-speed jacks and battery-operated saws to steal the devices in less than a minute, according to police.

Examiner – Bookkeeping:

** The cost of candy has now increased about 13% since last year.

** U.S. banks processed $1.2B in likely ransomware payments in 2021, report finds.

** Survey finds 79% of Americans said the economy was very important when deciding who to vote for in the 2022 congressional elections.

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April Dávila, Award Winning Author, Shares Her Love Of Writing:

November 1 was National Author’s Day. It also happens to be the first day of NaNoWriMo. If some writers decide taking the challenge, check out this post: 5 Things I’ve Learned About NaNoWriMo. #1 on the list: “Don’t plan ahead. Just go for it.” April Dávila received her master’s degree in writing from the University of Southern California. Her first Mini Master Class was a big success. For the November session on the 17th, she talked about how to write a story synopsis. Even if writers are not done with the story yet, a synopsis can be a great way to see where the holes are in the plot. Dávila is a practicing Buddhist, half-hearted gardener, and occasional runner. 142 Ostriches is her first novel. Dávila is a meditation teacher certified by the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California Berkeley. After realizing how much meditation helped her in her writing career (and her life) she decided to share what she had learned so that others might benefit.

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Examiner – 20 Years – A Look At 2002

The LBN Examiner was founded on June 1, 2002, an incredible 20 years ago. Let’s take a look back at what was going on in 2002:

** On November 18, Dark Horse/EMI posthumously released George Harrison’s 12th and final studio album – “Brainwashed.”

** On November 20, “Die Another Day,” directed by Lee Tamahori and starring Pierce Brosnan and Halle Berry, became the 20th James Bond film released.



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