‘WEDNESDAY’ DIRECTOR TIM BURTON ATTACKED AS RACIST FOR CASTING BLACK ACTORS AS BULLIES:
Director Tim Burton, who has filmed classics such as “Beetlejuice,” “Edward Scissorhands,” and “Ed Wood” is being attacked as a racist for his new hit show “Wednesday,” which premiered with record ratings. In the show, black actress Joy Sunday plays a bully at Nevermore Academy and black actor Iman Marson plays another bully who is the son of the town’s mayor. That was enough for some critics to label Burton a racist, despite the fact that the lead actress, Jenna Ortega, is Hispanic.
America’s Newest Warplane:
The U.S. Air Force debuted America’s first new nuclear stealth bomber in more than 30 years. The aircraft, known as the B-21 Raider, is part of the Pentagon’s efforts to modernize all three pillars of its nuclear triad, consisting of nuclear missile submarines, land-based nuclear missiles, and nuclear-capable aircraft. The B-21 Raider is expected to make its first flight in 2023 and succeeds the B-2 Spirit, first presented in 1988. Watch the rollout here. The public reveal comes days after the Department of Defense released its annual report on China, saying it poses the most consequential challenge to America’s national security. China has more than 400 operational nuclear warheads and is on track to have 1,500 nuclear weapons by 2035.
Early Risers Have Higher Verbal Intelligence, Debunking Previous Studies:
Highly intelligent people are often portrayed as night owls. The dedicated novelist writing all night until daybreak, for example. While prior studies actually support this notion, finding that night owls typically display more robust verbal intelligence, new research from the University of Ottawa suggests otherwise. “Once you account for key factors including bedtime and age, we found the opposite to be true, that morning types tend to have superior verbal ability,” says Stuart Fogel, Director of the University of Ottawa Sleep Research Laboratory, in a university release. “This outcome was surprising to us and signals this is much more complicated that anyone thought before.”
Examiner – Lens:
As store surveillance cameras recorded his felonious activity, a brazen shoplifter strolled out of a Burlington store in Florida on Black Friday with sacks of stolen goods and an array of purses and handbags that were daisy-chained and dragged out of the business.
Piers Morgan Torches Prince Harry Over Claim About ‘A War Against Meghan’ In New Trailer:
TV host Piers Morgan torched Prince Harry over a line in the trailer promoting a new Netflix docuseries on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex that claims there’s “a war against Meghan” Markle. The 57-year-old British broadcaster tweeted that Prince Harry was a hypocrite for his comments about the “dirty game” being played against his wife. “Says the guy waging a relentless vicious public war against his own family,” Morgan tweeted. “Harry’s such a deluded spoiled manipulated brat.” Morgan’s post included a screenshot of a video clip from the docuseries in which Harry said, “There’s a hierarchy of the family. You know there’s leaking. But there’s also planting of stories.”
Singles Want Partners Who Vote:
There’s apparently no hotter accessory than an “I voted” sticker. Tinder dropped its “Year in Swipe” this week, revealing an interest in political engagement among its users: 47% of surveyed singles said not voting is a deal breaker; 53% said regular voting makes a match more attractive. 75% want a match who’s “respectful of or invested in social issues.” Activism in Tinder bios increased 84% in 2022.
But it’s not all politics. Singles were also into nostalgia, activity dates such as minigolf or drive-in movies, drinking less, and adding star signs to bios. Also? The “situationship.” The term – which defines a romantic situation somewhere between a casual fling and a formal, committed relationship – was up 49% in Tinder bios.
EXAMINER – COMMENTARY by Nellie Bowles:
** Never trust a grown man who writes “hehe.”
** The brave Iranian soccer team: At the World Cup, as their nation’s anthem played, the Iranian soccer team did not sing it. It’s another sign of how deep the rebellion is going in Iran. And it’s unbelievably brave, since there’s a good chance those young men join the tens of thousands imprisoned (or far worse) when they get home. Remember their courage next time the Biden administration insists we need to make a deal with their oppressors.
** Trump, Milo, Kanye, Fuentes: A rough collection of names for a rough item. Last week, our former President beclowned himself by hosting Kanye West and the white supremacist Nick Fuentes at Mar-a-Lago for dinner. He claimed not to know who Fuentes was. Add to this sick brew one Milo Yiannopoulous. Once a firebrand gay conservative, Milo has rebranded as a Christian nationalist selling Christian paraphernalia. Now he’s running Kanye West’s 2024 presidential campaign and gleefully joining in with the antisemitism, claiming Trump will lose because he has been “continuing to suck the boots of Jewish powers that be who hate Jesus Christ, hate our country, and see us as disposable cattle according to their ‘holy’ book.” It’s subtle, sure, but if you read it closely you pick up on the antisemitism. … Kanye West and Nick Fuentes went on Infowars. I think it’s worthwhile to see the rhetoric for yourself. You know things have gone off the rails when Alex Jones is the most sane person on a panel.
** Bob Iger returns to Disney: Disney movies have always taught values to kids (mostly that to be a hero, one of your parents has to be dead), so it’s silly to pretend the company only recently got political. But it does feel like they’ve spent more energy in the last year on culture war battles and duking it out with Gov. Ron DeSantis than on making good movies. “Strange World” and “Lightyear” were both flops. And so Disney’s old CEO is out. And returning to the helm is Bob Iger, pulled out of retirement. Chris Rufo, the conservative strategist and investigator, got his hands on Iger’s first town hall with Disney employees. “To the extent that I can work to kind of quiet things down, I’m going to do that,” Iger says.
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New Anti-Rat commissioner in NYC, Jessica Tisch, is determined to clean New York up.
Examiner – (Notable) Remarks:
** Just because you’re currently operating as a night owl doesn’t mean you are destined to burn the midnight oil. It’s possible you stay up past your optimal bedtime because of distractions. Many people who might naturally fall asleep around 10 p.m., for example, end up staying up until midnight to work, surf the web or binge on Netflix. That makes it harder to wake up in the morning. But you can become more of a morning person by focusing on your morning routine. —- Anahad O’Connor, New York Times
** It has long been said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. By that definition, we’re the ones detached from reality if we keep accepting what the oil industry and the green movement keep telling us over and over again and expecting a different result. The greens keep saying that because the price of wind and solar is now as cheap as, or cheaper than, fossil fuels, they’ve won the energy war. Game, set, match – welcome to the green planet. The oil companies say – as they have in each previous energy crisis since 1973 – that the only answer to this energy crisis is the one they’ve offered for the past 49 years: drill, baby, drill. Welcome to reality. Well, they’re both wrong, and accepting the repetition of either of these tired shibboleths is hurting us economically, environmentally and geopolitically – especially, of late, geopolitically. —- Thomas L. Friedman
** The problem is people still have to spend their hard-earned dollars on food and gas – and there’s no reason to assume that spiking inflation doesn’t affect that. Making matters worse is the fact that the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Federal Reserve, which measure inflation, have long relied on measurements that make it appear as if inflation is not as bad as it really is. Case in point: your house. Your house isn’t considered a consumable item, because (usually) when you live in a house you don’t use it up, or expend it. So, it’s excluded from the list of consumables in the government’s inflation indices. Yet the price of your house – and everyone else’s house – is affected by a decline in your money’s purchasing power. The government tries to correct for this by polling homeowners every six months about how much they think their homes would rent for. But homeowners often don’t know this, and only some of the responses are factored into official inflation estimates. The bottom line: a significant gap between the inflation that we experience and the government’s inflation numbers. —- Samuel Gregg, author of 16 books (The Next American Economy: Nation, State, and Markets in an Uncertain World), writes regularly on political economy and natural law theory
** It is also true that only a nitwit would believe the leftwing hysteria, but there are many nitwits. One word: Crypto. Sadly, many Americans believe what they want to believe and gobble up propaganda like it’s Haagen-Dazs. Especially since there is no accountability. Foolish, ill-informed votes count. And intellectually limited Americans seek out friends in the same category. Call it gooney birds of a feather flock together. —- Bill O’Reilly
** Fraud did not prevent Trump’s second term. Trump himself was the reason. —- Bill Barr (Barr served as U.S. Attorney General, 1991-1993 and 2019-2020)
** So why oncology? It’s hard to know why we go into whatever we do, but these are the stories they don’t see on the cancer wards. There aren’t many jobs where you can make a difference in someone’s life. Where you have to be on point with treatment, you have to know the data, but you must be willing to do whatever it takes. You save one life, you save the world. —- Vinay Prasad, Hematology Oncology Medicine Health Policy Epidemiology Associate Professor
** On average, children want 10 times more attention, toys, freedom, and so on than they actually need. About the only things today’s child needs more of than he or she wants are chores and consequences. —- John Rosemond, best-selling child-rearing author
** The former president, who is running for his former office, invites to his home one of the most notorious antisemites in the United States, who brings along a well-known Holocaust denier. So far, to my knowledge, the only member of Donald Trump’s cabinet to publicly condemn his former boss by name is Mike Pence. Nor, with a handful of exceptions, have top Republicans or the major organs of right-wing media, and even for them the indictment is mainly that Trump was sloppy about vetting his guest list. —- Bret Stephens
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** Updated with data released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, it shows that the U.S. personal saving rate dropped in October to 2.3%. How low is that? Since 1959 there has been only one month when the saving rate was that low or lower. That was July 2005, when the housing bubble had people feeling flush and the rate dipped to 2.1%.
Elon Musk Will Not Sign Autographs ‘Ever Again’ As He Warns Assassination Risk Is ‘Quite Significant’:
Twitter CEO Elon Musk told paparazzi that he will “never again” sign autographs as he warned that the risk that someone will try to assassinate him is actually “quite significant.” “I want to be clear, I’m not doing any more signings ever again,” Musk said as he was surrounded by security guards.
Patrick Girondi, Acclaimed Gene Therapy Pioneer/Wall Street Journal Best-Selling Author, Releases 2nd Book in 7 Months:
Wall Street Journal Best-Selling Author Patrick Girondi’s new book titled New City – A Story about Race Baiting and Hope on the South Side of Chicago will be released in February 2023 by Skyhorse Publishing and distributed by Simon & Schuster. As in his recently published book Flight of the Rondone, he tells a true grit story of folk growing up in a rough lifestyle on Chicago’s South Side.
Frontier airline discontinues customer service helpline, transitions to a fully digital mode: Budget airline Frontier has discontinued its customer service helpline as it goes all in on digital. Customers who need to contact the airline for changes to their flight will no longer be able to dial the helpline and will have to resort to the airline’s digital communication channels. A representative for the low-cost airline said that their Customer Care department transitioned to a fully digital mode earlier this month to ensure delivery of information to customers expeditiously and efficiently. “This is further evidence of airline dehumanizing its customers,” said one veteran industry expert.
Examiner – Business:
** Apple, Twitter’s largest advertiser, has “fully resumed” advertising on Twitter, says Elon Musk. Amazon is also reportedly coming back, to the tune of $100M per year.
** Daniel Mac, the TikToker who asks people in fancy cars what they do, reportedly makes up to $100K/mo. He’s posted videos with everyone from porn stars, to Joe Biden, to an Apple exec who got fired over their appearance.
** Vitamin and supplement businesses are weathering a market slowdown following three straight years of growth, seeing U.S. sales fall 3.3% YoY in October.
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