LBN Examiner 12/04/2022


For the first time since the beginning of the pandemic in early 2020, a majority of Americans dying from COVID were at least partially vaccinated, according to the new analysis of federal and state data. “In September 2021, vaccinated people made up just 23% of coronavirus fatalities. In January and February this year, it was up to 42%,” the report mentioned. The death among vaccinated people is increasing due to the waning efficacy of COVID vaccines and “increasingly contagious strains of the virus being spread to elderly and immunocompromised people” among those who have taken at least one vaccine dose. “We can no longer say this is a pandemic of the unvaccinated,” said Kaiser Family Foundation vice president Cynthia Cox, who conducted the analysis on behalf of the Washington Post. Outgoing White House Chief Medical Adviser, Anthony Fauci has emphasized the safety and efficacy of the approved COVID vaccines in preventing severe illness and deaths, encouraging people to get vaccinated and boosted as soon as possible.

Campbell Soup Prepping For The Future:

Formed in 1869, Campbell Soup Company is now in its third century, and the iconic brand is embracing technology to make sure it survives to see a fourth. Thanks to a growing product portfolio, and the use of AI to spot new trends, Campbell is evolving beyond its soupy roots, per Food Dive. To identify new food trends … the company uses a process called “Insights Engine,” which uses AI to review 300B menus, studies, and other data points per year. Campbell’s employees use the data to understand where a trend is going, whether it will last, and if one of its brands is in position to capitalize on it. Recent innovations include: Oat milk-based soups, which the company rolled out in 2021 through Pacific Foods. FlavorUp, a cooking concentrate that comes in three flavors and enhances the flavor of food. And these products are impacting the bottom line – innovation products currently account for 2% of net sales, and the company hopes to reach 3.5% by 2025.

Adidas Exec Told Staffers He Promoted Black Manager As ‘Contribution To Diversity’ – Report:

A longtime executive at Adidas told staffers he promoted a black employee to a managerial position so that the company can make a “contribution to diversity,” according to a report. Roland Auschel, the head of sales at the Germany-based sports apparel maker, reportedly made the remark during a meeting with 200 managers in 2019, the Financial Times reported. “It was completely inappropriate,” one employee who was at the meeting told FT. Auschel’s comment spurred Adidas to launch a two-year investigation that ended with the high-paid exec keeping his job, according to FT. The company told FT it hired “a reputable law firm” to probe allegations concerning “potential breaches of internal conduct guidelines” as part of a “comprehensive and independent” investigation.

Examiner – Lens:

A body with hands bound by white cloth, who according to residents was shot by Russian soldiers, lies in the street in Bucha, Ukraine, April 3, 2022.

Festively Fat – 1 In 4 Still Carrying Holiday Weight Gained Last Year:

A quarter of Americans are still carrying the weight they gained at the end of last year. The survey of 2,000 Americans revealed that 60% gained weight toward the end of 2021, a time of year when many people celebrate by exchanging gifts, seeing family, and eating more food than usual. Despite 24% continuing to carry the weight they gained last year, they are still planning to be unhealthy this year. In fact, four in 10 respondents (42%) are using the end of the year as an excuse to postpone eating healthily. Conducted by OnePoll, Herbalife Nutrition’s fifth annual “Writing Off the End of the Year” survey finds that 60% of those planning to postpone their healthy habits have already started, admitting mid-November is their cut-off.

Felonies Surge 40% On NYC Subways Compared To 2021:

Felony crimes – including murder, rape and robbery – have surged on the subway system by 40% so far this year compared to 2021, according to newly released NYPD stats. At least 1,917 felony crimes were reported from January through October – up from the 1,367 tallied during the same period last year, the figures prepared for MTA board committee meetings showed. Last month alone saw 210 total felonies, up from 198 in September, the NYPD said. The October tally included three murders, two burglaries, 51 robberies, 46 felony assaults and 108 grand larcenies – all increases from that month in 2021, according to police. The year-to-date uptick in crime slightly outpaced the 38% increase in ridership seen over the same period, as straphangers returned to the system in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wildly (Politically) Incorrect by George Vandeman:

Biden White House Update:
** Our favorite, vacuous White House Press Secretary, Karine Jean–Pierre, says that Biden’s claim that he will “shut down coal plants” nationwide was “twisted” because it was “loud and hard to hear.” She insists that the President is supporting mining communities. This of course irritated Senator Joe Manchin, from coal state West Virginia. He called Biden’s words “divorced from reality.”

** Within hours of police arresting a suspect in the fatal shooting of three University of Virginia football players, the White House predictably called for an assault weapons ban. The fact that the suspect was alleged to have used a handgun in the killing was not mentioned.

Medicine Update:
** The American Academy of Pediatric Medicine favors sex change operations for children, but says that they are not old enough to get a tattoo. They use the euphemism “gender-affirming care” of course.

Polling Update:
** A CBS/YouGov poll found that 51% of registered voters approve of sending illegal immigrants to Democrat cities.

Sexism Update:
** A study has found that teachers give higher marks to girls than boys, because they are better behaved, neater and easier to teach.

Emojis Update:
** The thumbs up emoji is seen by Gen Y and Z as rude or passive aggressive. People over age 35 are more likely to use the symbol. The younger folks say that it is best “never used in any situation as it [is] hurtful.” They feel attacked when it is used. How in the Hell can this be???

** Be warned, however, that the blue cap emoji, while rising in popularity, is often misused by older people – its contemporary use is to call people out for lying.


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Examiner – Lens:

“He’s looking for validation outside of himself,” Kumail Nanjiani said of his character in “Welcome to Chippendales.” “Having done 10 years of standup comedy in terrible bars, that’s a thing that I really can relate to.”

Examiner – (Notable) Remarks:

** One key mistake people make is that they often miss signs that dogs are stressed or anxious – often a precursor to aggressive behavior. According to the experts, a stressed-out pup may show she’s scared by licking her lips, yawning, lifting a front paw, shedding hair, scratching, shaking, panting or pacing. Her eyes can change, too: When we used to take our other dog, Henry, to the dog park, he would sometimes get what my partner and I referred to as “crazy eye” – his eyes would bug out, and you’d see more of the whites. I didn’t realize until recently that this is a phenomenon called “whale eye,” and it’s often a sign of doggie distress. —- Melinda Wenner Moyer, N.Y. Times

** Courage can seem like an outdated virtue in a world of selfish genes and utilitarian economics. If we are meant to put ourselves first – to maximize our individual utility – then what room is left for heroism? How can a self be selfless? It sounds almost illogical. It isn’t. Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine, has reminded us that courage is not out of date. Refusing to seek refuge abroad when Russia attacked, he rallied first his people and then much of the free world to defy an invasion of his country ordered by President Vladimir Putin. —- Peter Coy

** Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.” —- Maya Angelou

** If you live long enough, and haven’t been lobotomized, you’ll change a lot of your views and opinions. Life does that. The world changes; you change; and for most people, who don’t air their views publicly for a living, the process is murky. For the rest of us, the hacks/public intellectuals, I think there’s another standard: if you change your mind on an issue, at some point, explain why. What principles or ideas have you now abandoned? Which have you now embraced? What new facts have you learned? It’s a basic form of intellectual hygiene. —- Andrew Sullivan

** One of my favorite Bob Dylan songs says: “I’m gonna change my way of thinking, get myself a different set of rules.” He means that proper behavior stems from proper thinking. Today’s parents are having child-rearing problems of a sort and quantity that would amaze their grandparents because they think very differently from the way their grandparents thought. To get a permanent handle on their kids, today’s parents need to change how they think about children and their responsibilities toward them. —- John Rosemond, best-selling child-rearing author

** The researchers Charlotte Brand, Alberto Acerbi and Alex Mesoudi analyzed more than 150,000 pop songs released between 1965 and 2015. Over that time, the appearance of the word “love” in top-100 hits roughly halved. Meanwhile, the number of times such songs contained negative emotion words, like “hate” rose sharply. The negativity in the culture reflects the negativity in real life. The General Social Survey asks people to rate their happiness levels. Between 1990 and 2018 the share of Americans who put themselves in the lowest happiness category increased by more than 50 percent. And that was before the pandemic. —- David Brooks

** We live in destabilizing times. The sociologist Zygmunt Bauman called it “liquid modernity” – the unnerving feeling of “fragility, temporariness, vulnerability and inclination to constant change.” We are unsure of what is desirable or undesirable, acceptable or not acceptable, respectful or bigoted. Increasingly, if we don’t understand these liquid rules – you may have noticed that the etiquette is constantly changing – we might find ourselves singled out and scapegoated, which is humanity’s time-tested mechanism to achieve social cohesion through exclusion. —- Luke Burgis

Examiner – Readers Have Spoken:


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** Wisdom of Churchill. (photo above)

** In 1960, just 13% of American households had a single occupant. But that figure has risen steadily, and today it is approaching 30%. For households headed by someone 50 or older, that figure is 36%. Nearly 26 million Americans 50 or older now live alone, up from 15 million in 2000. Older people have always been more likely than others to live by themselves, and now that age group – baby boomers and Gen Xers – makes up a bigger share of the population than at any time in the nation’s history. READ

** Visualizing the global economy in one chart. READ

** Under anesthesia, where do our minds go? READ

Barbie Is The Most Popular Toy In 32 Countries:

According to research, Barbie is the most uniquely popular toy in 32 countries, more than any other toy. She’s popular on every continent, particularly Africa, where 17 countries search for her online more than any other toy.

Examiner – Digits:

** In November 2021, West Virginians purchased the most butter per capita of any U.S. state, at 10.7 ounces per shopper, per Instacart data. Hawaiians bought the least butter, at 3.3 ounces per shopper.

** So far this year, Jeff Bezos’ billionaire ex-wife, MacKenzie Scott, has donated $1,990,800,000 across 343 organizations supporting marginalized communities.

** Toy brands are paying $75K-$300K to the families of ultra-popular YouTube child stars to make videos of them playing with their products.

Tampax Faces Backlash Over Crude Tweet That ‘Sexualizes Women’:

Tampax is facing disgusted backlash over a crude tweet – which critics have blasted as “sexualizing women.” “You’re in their DMs. We’re in them. We are not the same,” the menstrual product company wrote Monday. The eyebrow-raising post is a racy parody of the online slang “slide into the DMs,” which is when someone direct-messages someone else – typically a person they are attracted to – on social media.

Broken Windows:

Broken Windows, Broken Business is
“inspired, impactful, and important”
Book shows how to achieve the ultimate success
by rectifying the small problems that can sink a business.

-Stephen R Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Examiner – Business:

** The ultimatum: In a memo, Elon Musk told employees they must agree to Twitter’s new “extremely hardcore” culture or resign.

** Disney World plans on raising ticket prices in December. The most expensive one-day tickets for Magic Kingdom will cost $189, up from $159.

** FTX reportedly owes its 50 biggest creditors $3B+, 10 of which are owed $100M+ each.

** Gay dating app Grindr saw its stock increase 400%+ following its NYSE debut Friday.

** Electric pizza: Domino’s will soon have a fleet of 800+ electric cars, which would be America’s largest EV pizza delivery fleet.

** Trend: A new report found 79% of Amazon customers were highly satisfied in 2022, well above 2020’s all-time low of 65%, but below an 88% high set a decade ago.

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Examiner – Hollywood:

** Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are planning to start a production company that they said would share profits with actors and off-camera artisans.

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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 December 6, “Adaptation,” directed by Spike Jonze and starring Nicolas Cage and Meryl Streep, premiered.

** On December 9, at the 13th Billboard Music Awards, Nelly, Nickelback & Eminem were winners.


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