LBN Examiner 11/27/2022


Rev. Al Sharpton’s charity nearly doubled his compensation and also shelled out close to $300,000 for private jets so that he and other bigwigs could attend “important gatherings.” The National Action Network paid Sharpton $348,174 in 2021 as its president and CEO and gave him a hefty bonus of $278,503 – plus $22,117 worth of benefits for total compensation of $648,794, its latest tax filing shows. The preacher’s 2020 compensation came to $347,183, which did not include a bonus. NAN also forked over nearly $1 million on private jets and limos. It paid $291,833 to Apollo Jets, which brokers private plane flights – from Lear jets to 737s – and boasts on its website about celebrity clients like Derek Jeter and Shaquille O’Neal. NAN also spent $650,134 on Carey International, a high-end car service.

Sharpton, 68, and other NAN senior staff, along with victims’ families got to fly on the private flights to events, funerals and “important gatherings,” according to a NAN spokeswoman. “Some of it was me. Some of it was the chairman. Some of it was victims’ families,” Sharpton said, noting the pandemic was still forcing commercial carriers to cancel flights. He said every flight was reimbursed by a donor, but he wouldn’t name the contributors.

Persecution Of Christians Rising In At Least 18 Countries Of ‘Particular Concern,’ Report Finds:

The persecution of Christians in at least 18 countries throughout the world has been increasing, according to a new report. The report, titled “Persecuted and Forgotten? A Report On Christians Oppressed For Their Faith 2020-22,” was released on November 16 by the Catholic group Aid to the Church In Need. It examined “human rights violations” in 24 countries where the persecution of Christians is “of particular concern” and revealed that the conditions in 18 of those countries have gotten “worse” or “slightly worse” for Christians. “Religious nationalism and authoritarianism intensified problems for the faithful – including the Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan, which prompted Christians and other minorities to attempt a desperate scramble to escape,” the report stated, explaining some factors behind the rise. The 18 countries were mainly in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. They include China, Afghanistan, Turkey, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Mali, Nigeria, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Pakistan, Myanmar, Russia, North Korea, Vietnam, India, and Qatar. The results are from 2020-2022 and are compared with data from 2017-2019.

How A Lobbying Blitz Made Sports Betting Ubiquitous:

Less than five years ago, betting on sports in the United States was prohibited under federal law except in Nevada casinos and a smattering of venues in other states. Sports leagues argued that the ban safeguarded the integrity of American sports, while consumer watchdogs warned that legal gambling could turn fans into addicts. In countries like Britain, sports gambling free-for-alls had left trails of addiction. But in 2018, the Supreme Court ruled that the federal prohibition was unconstitutional. DraftKings and FanDuel, giants in the fast-growing field of fantasy sports, had already mobilized an army of former regulators and politicians to press for sports betting in state capitals. Soon, in a crucial reversal, sports leagues overcame their antipathy toward gambling, which they came to see as a way to keep increasingly distracted audiences tuned in. Casino companies also hopped on board.

It was a market, the industry hoped, that could be worth billions a year. And so they set out to seize it. Gambling companies and their allies deployed a bare-knuckled lobbying campaign, showering state lawmakers with money, gifts and visits from sports luminaries and at times using deceptive arguments to extract generous tax breaks and other concessions, according to a New York Times investigation. It was based on thousands of pages of documents and communications obtained in part through open-records requests and interviews with dozens of industry and state officials.

Examiner – Lens:

A newborn named Elias is held after his birth in a cesarean delivery to parents Alia and Karim at Charite hospital in Berlin, Germany, as the world’s population is estimated to reach 8 billion this week, according to a United Nations report.

Man ‘Having The Time Of His Life’ Smoking Crack On NYC Subway:

A man caught on video smoking what appears to be crack on a city subway train has social media abuzz and New Yorkers fired up. “Oh man!” shouts the wired, bug-eyed passenger after lighting up and sucking on a glass pipe. “Check him out, y’all. He having the time of his life!” observes the video-taker in the 23-second clip shot aboard an uptown 4 train last month. The pepped-up passenger – wearing a blue surgical mask around his forehead – then spins around, stands against the subway doors and shouts, “Ayo, damn man!”

DoorDash Wants To Deliver Everything:

With food delivery down from its pandemic highs, it might be surprising to hear that DoorDash shares are up 28% in the last month. One reason investors are bullish: the company has proven it has a viable grocery and convenience delivery business. This pins the company against new competitors … some of which are struggling: Instacart cut its valuation to ~$13B last month, down from $39B in early 2021, and reportedly plans to push its IPO to next year. Gopuff recently laid off ~2k employees, and pushed its IPO plans to next year as well. While its competitors struggle, DoorDash has reportedly doubled its grocery delivery business since last year.

So what makes DoorDash different? Users seem to be using DoorDash in a different way from its pure-play competitors: The average DoorDash order is under $50, compared to $100+ for Instacart. These smaller volumes suggest customers are likely using DoorDash to supplement in-store grocery shopping, rather than replace it, ordering “top-off” items to avoid extra in-store trips. This use case could prove to be more sustainable than relying on delivery for all groceries in the long run. DoorDash is relatively new to grocery and convenience … So is Uber, one of its top rivals in general delivery. Both companies are trying to hook customers with a $10/mo. subscription, setting up a battle for wallet share. With ~40% of its 25M monthly users subscribed to DashPass, DoorDash seems to have a head start.

Examiner – Lens:

Liz Wilson, 37, has 1.2 million TikTok followers. People on TikTok are digging through trash to shame wastefulness by companies.

Wildly (Politically) Incorrect by George Vandeman:

** Kelisa Wing is the diversity, equity and inclusion chief at the Pentagon’s education wing. Fox News discovered that on two occasions, speaking in her official capacity, she promoted an anti-police book. She has also praised a book calling 9/11 first responders “menaces.”

** The media is blasting Florida Governor DeSantis’ easing of voter rules in areas hit hardest by Hurricane Ian because they are “more Republican.” He had expanded mail-in ballot access and early voting in those devastated areas.

** Boston Children’s Hospital says children can know they are transgender “from the womb.”

** Speaking of the sexes, University of Southern Maine students demand that a professor be replaced for saying only two sexes exist. A grad student, who is non-binary, said the professor’s stance felt like a “personal attack.”

** You had better watch the air that you breathe. Bill Maher blasted an “a-hole” friend who refused a dinner invite because he didn’t want to “breathe the same air” as another guest who voted for Trump.

** The creator of gay romcom film “Bros,” that had a wide release by a major studio, reacted to the minimal $4.8M box office for the film, despite rave reviews, by complaining that “straight people just didn’t show up.”

** Here’s another shock. California pushes a “woke, cartoonishly progressive” agenda, according to California state Rep. Kevin Riley. He added, “We have the highest homelessness, highest rate of poverty. We have out-of-control crime. The achievement gap in our schools are bigger than anywhere in the country.”

** Google goes Woke! Search engine launches an “inclusive language” function to cut down on politically incorrect words. You type “landlord,” and you get a warning that it “may not be inclusive to all readers,” (like you give a damn). Terms like “policeman” should be replaced with “police officers.” And, of course, “humankind” is more inclusive than “mankind.” No word yet on whether you can disable this function.


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Examiner – (Notable) Remarks:

** Many measures of adolescent mental health began to deteriorate sometime around 2009. It is true of the number of U.S. high-school students who say they feel persistently sad or hopeless. It’s also true of reported loneliness. And it is true of emergency room visits for self-harm among Americans ages 10 to 19. This timing is suspicious because internet use among adolescents was also starting to soar during the same period. Apple began selling the iPhone in 2007. Facebook opened itself for general use in late 2006, and one-third of Americans were using it by 2009. Technology use is not the sole cause of these trends. Modern parenting strategies, among other factors, play a role as well. But digital technology – be it social media, video games, text messaging or other online activity – plays a strong role, many experts say. —- David Leonhardt, N.Y. Times

** “Most people work just hard enough not to get fired and get paid just enough money not to quit.” —- George Carlin, “Brain Droppings” (1997)

** “Debt is bondage.” —- Suze Orman

** Here’s the truth: bigotry is not to blame for the failure of Bros. In fact, most Americans don’t care whom you sleep with (or marry!) and have seen complex, three-dimensional gay characters on their screens for years, from Milk to Moonlight. —- Issac Grafstein

** Right this moment, America’s southern border is a war zone overrun with drug cartel operatives, lawless fugitives, floods of illegal drugs, and helpless women and children caught in the crossfire. —- Charlie Kirk

** Kanye West, who now goes by Ye, is a brilliant musician. He is a brilliant musician who is mentally ill. But those facts do not undermine what is undeniable. Namely, that the wealthiest musician in the world appears to hold deeply conspiratorial views about Jews informed by the antisemite Louis Farrakhan and a hate cult called the Black Hebrew Israelites, whose worldview – black people are chosen by God; Jews are pretenders – is disturbingly prevalent in large parts of American culture. —- Bari Weiss

** Democrats have a crime problem. More than three-quarters of voters say that violent crime is a major problem in the United States, according to a recent Politico/Morning Consult poll. Back in the 1990s, Bill Clinton and Joe Biden worked hard to give the Democrats credibility on this issue. Many Democrats have walked away from policies the party embraced then, often for good reasons. But they need to find another set of policies that will make the streets safer. —- David Brooks

** All of the Western world is now suffering economic turmoil and cost of living crises. Nobody who is in power is going to look good at such a time. But it was the choice of politicians in Britain – as it was in America – to pump out free money since 2008. We did so under the apparent belief that the costs of money-printing would never arrive. —- Douglas Murray

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** How has drought in the western U.S. impacted Lake Mead? (photo above)

** A new study found that up to 1.35B young people are at risk of hearing loss due to dangerously loud listening habits. READ

** Meta reportedly fired or disciplined over two dozen workers who unethically took over user accounts, in some cases for bribes. READ

** Two hundred passwords you shouldn’t use. READ

** Scientists find first evidence that drug-resistant bacteria can travel from the gut to the lung; study suggests increased risk of potentially fatal respiratory infections in hospitalized patients. READ

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** The suspect in the weekend shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs that left five dead and over a dozen injured has been arrested on murder and hate crime charges, according to court records. The charges are preliminary and subject to change. The 22-year-old gunman remained hospitalized as of yesterday with unspecified injuries after being subdued by patrons following the attack at Club Q.

** Did you know that he had allegedly threatened his mother with a homemade bomb in June 2021. The Colorado Springs district attorney’s office declined to bring formal charges after not finding any explosives.

Buckle Up – ‘Avalanche’ Of Immigrants Preparing To Enter U.S. When Title 42 Ban Is Lifted:

Immigrants denied entry to the U.S. are amassing on the Mexican side of the southern border, preparing for the end of Title 42, a pandemic-era policy that barred migrants from entering the country. Venezuelan asylum seeker Samuel Guerra told The Post he plans to be among an “avalanche” of immigrants he predicts will enter the U.S. He’s currently living in a tent city of mostly Venezuelans half a football field away from El Paso, Texas – with only the Rio Grande and Title 42 standing between him and the U.S. A federal judge ended the Trump-era policy – used to kick out over 2.3 million immigrants from the country since its 2020 inception. The court gave the federal government a five-week deadline to close it, meaning it will officially end by Dec. 21. “In December, it’s going to be an avalanche of people; a sea of people,” Guerra said.

Broken Windows:

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Examiner – Business:

** Hours after filing for bankruptcy, FTX was reportedly hacked, with $600M+ in crypto stolen from the platform.

** Twitter reportedly laid off 80% of its contractor staff, with the cuts expected to impact content moderation and core infrastructure.

** Colorado became the second state after Oregon to decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms.

** Elon Musk said he’ll sleep at Twitter HQ “until [the] org is fixed,” and explained that Twitter employees must now buy food at the office – previously a free perk that cost $13M annually.

** Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia is launching Samara, a new venture that sells factory-produced apartments to rent out in your backyard, starting at $289K.

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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 29, “The Concert for George,” a benefit memorial to George Harrison, was held at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

** On November 30, Ina Garten’s cooking show “Barefoot Contessa” premiered on the Food Network.

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