November 24, 2019

*SHOCK! 44% of Black Voters Say Civil War ‘Likely’ Within Next 5 Years:

Forty-four percent of black voters believe it’s likely that the U.S. will “experience a second civil war in sometime in the next five years,” a new Rasmussen Reports survey reveals. Nationally, 31% of all likely voters say a second civil war in the next five years is either “very likely” (9%) or “somewhat likely” (22%) – but, 15% of blacks consider it “very likely” and 29% say it’s “somewhat likely.” Compared to all voters, a slightly higher percentage of other minorities (34%) also say civil war is at least somewhat likely. Of those, 10% think civil war is very likely, while 24% say it’s only somewhat likely.

White voters are the least concerned about the prospect of civil war, with 38% saying it’s “not at all likely,” compared to only 22% of blacks and 25% of other minorities. Only 7% of white voters view an impending civil war as “very likely,” while another 20% consider it somewhat so.  The survey of 1,000 U.S. likely voters was conducted November 18-19, 2019. It has a margin of sampling Error, +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

 *SHARP RISE – One in Four Europeans Holds Anti-Semitic Views, Survey Shows:

 Nearly one in four, 24.6%, of Europeans holds strongly anti-Semitic views, according to a poll by a Jewish anti-hate organization released recently. Among European Muslims in Western Europe, the incidence of such views was almost three times higher than in the general population, as defined by the Anti-Defamation League’s study.

A significant proportion of those surveyed agreed with statements that said Jews were more loyal to Israel than to their own country, Jews talked too much about the Holocaust, and Jews had too much power in business and finance. The study comprises an index of 11 questions that are used to identify anti-Semitic attitudes. “It is deeply concerning that approximately one in four Europeans harbor the types of anti-Semitic beliefs that have endured since before the Holocaust,” said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, the League’s chief executive.

 *Get Woke, Go Broke: ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Bombs At The Box Office:

The ultra-woke feminist lecturing vehicle that was the “Charlie’s Angels” reboot crashed at the box office this weekend with an abysmal $8.6 million at the domestic box office, and a global haul of just $19.3 million, for a worldwide total of $26.1 million.

The film had a $48 million budget before marketing costs. “While ‘Charlie’s Angels’ got off to a better start abroad than in North America, the action-comedy majorly stalled in its global debut,” Variety reports. “The movie earned $19.3 million from 26 markets, along with $8.6 million at the domestic box office for a worldwide bounty of $26.1 million. The international box office will be key in recouping ‘Charlie’s Angels’ $48 million budget. So far, the film has seen the strongest showing in China with an uninspiring $7.7 million, along with Indonesia ($2.9 million), Australia ($1.3 million), Russia ($1 million) and the Philippines ($1 million).”

Given that theater owners split the ticket sales, “Charlie’s Angels” pulled in no more than $13 million in total profits. For the movie to so much as break-even, it would have to earn upwards of $100 million at the global box office, and that’s assuming Sony Pictures spent frugally on marketing costs.Earning the top slot this weekend, the Matt Damon/Christian Bale star vehicle “Ford v. Ferarri” over-performed expectations with a global box office haul of $52.4 million.

 *Al Sharpton Gets $1M in Pay From His Own Charity:

 He’s the million-dollar minister. The Rev. Al Sharpton raked in $1,046,948 from his own charity last year, according to National Action Network’s latest tax filings. Sharpton got a $324,000 salary — 32% higher than his 2017 pay — in addition to a $159,596 bonus and $563,352 in “other compensation.”

The Harlem-based nonprofit — which Sharpton controls as president and CEO — said the extra cash was to make up for the years from 2004 to 2017 when he didn’t get his full pay. NAN said it hired an executive compensation firm that determined the good reverend was owed $1.252 million — but he was generously willing to take $500,000 less. Sharpton and the nonprofit’s board also agreed “he has now been fully compensated for all the years he was underpaid and received no bonus,” the NAN statement said.

The sharp-dressing, silver-tongued preacher defended the windfall before taking the stage for his weekly rally at NAN’s House of Justice in Harlem, an event where attendees throw cash in the collection bucket at the reverend’s behest. “Fifteen years, you are talking about since 2004 when I came back after running for president,” he said. “For anybody else it would be laughable.” He said he also deserved the 2018 raise. “It’s a six-day-a-week job and several hours a day and when [the compensation firm] compared it to other companies, other non profits, that’s the salary that they would get,” he said. The firebrand activist and MSNBC host was not exactly earning minimum wage in recent years. The last year he went without a salary was 2008, and he has made well into the six figures every year since, tax documents show.

 *Neil Young: My U.S. Citizenship Has Been Delayed Over Marijuana Use:

Singer Neil Young says he has hit a delay in his application for U.S. citizenship after admitting that he uses marijuana. In a letter to fans posted on his website, Young, the legendary Canadian songwriter and two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, said he wants to gain dual citizenship so he “will be able to vote my conscience on Donald J. Trump and his fellow American candidates.” Young wrote that he passed the test for citizenship, but that he has been called to take another test “due to my use of marijuana and how some people who smoke it have a problem.”

The Trump administration added a policy in April 2019, proposed by Jeff Sessions during his time as attorney general, which states that applicants who use marijuana “may lack Good Moral Character if found to have violated federal law, even if such activity is not unlawful under applicable state of foreign laws.” Young wrote: “I sincerely hope I have exhibited good moral character.” The singer has been very critical of Trump’s presidency, and refused the president permission “Rockin’ in the Free World” at rallies. Young has lived in California since the 1960s.

 *Denver Fines Business For Refusing To Pick Up Homeless People’s Poop:

The City of Denver is targeting a business owner with fines for refusing to clean up feces from homeless people who defecate in front of his business on a near daily basis, and now the business owner is taking the city to court.

When Jawaid Bazyar, CEO of an internet service provider in Colorado, describes downtown Denver it sounds like San Francisco. The city, he says, is turning into a “bathroom stall” filled with crime, feces, and used syringes from drug addicts. “The wall is a bathroom stall. They lean up against it and let it rip,” Bazyar told FOX31 KDVR. “In downtown Denver, that’s nonstop now, just piles of poop.” “There’s food, trash, drug deals,” Bazyar told CBS Denver. “In the alley, we get the defecation, drug needles.”

Tamara Chapman, a financial controller with the company, told KDVR that she has been chased and attacked by violent criminals in the area. “I’ve been chased with a 2-by-4, a knife, a pipe,” Chapman said. “A man bashed in my windshield with a rock.”

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Two correctional officers have been charged with falsifying prison records at the jail the night Jeffrey Epstein died. Instead of checking on the high-profile inmate every 30 minutes, the guards were allegedly shopping for furniture and motorcycles online.

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Billie Eilish sings about the intersections of fame and sadness on “Everything I Wanted.”

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“Hate Among Us,” New Film on the Rise of Anti-Semitism, Challenges Hate in a Modern World

“HATE AMONG US” a new film about the rise of anti-Semitism, depicts unique perspectives on anti-Semitism from young and old alike. Viewpoints include those from Jews and non-Jews, and from those within historic Jewish neighborhoods in Europe, to the streets of Charlottesville and Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue massacre. The narrative connects real stories of current survivors of violent anti-Semitism to those of the holocaust. The powerful film illustrates how renewed intolerance is taking root in communities, institutions & universities, with far reaching consequences around the world.

The film will release on November 29th, 2019 for its initial theatrical run, with a U.S. premiere at the Laemmle Town Center in Encino and Cinema Village in New York.

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November 10, 2019

*People are Smoking Cigarettes Again Amid Vaping-Related Panic:

In the span of a couple months, smokers have begun to think of cigarettes not as “cancer sticks” — but a safer choice for a fix than vapes, users say. The dramatic shift comes as vaping-related illnesses have exploded to become one of the biggest public health concerns of the year. The death toll from vapes has reached 34, and hundreds more have faced life-threatening sicknesses. This means that, astonishingly, fears over e-cigs have converted vapers such as 20-year-old Delilah Cravens back to cigarettes, even though the risks remain deadly. “Within the people I hang out with, there was a point where most of us were Juuling, and now most of us are back to cigarettes,” the Kenyon College junior says.

With vapes, it can sometimes seem like potential new risks arise daily, users say. Now, cigarettes are feeling like a less-chaotic evil, especially as people realize how little has been done to study the new devices over the long term. Nielsen reports the long-term decline in cigarette sales was moderated somewhat this September, at the same time as e-cigarettes’ growth rate slowed, Bloomberg reports. “Cigarettes are bad for you, but you’re aware of the extent of the risk you’re imposing on yourself,” says Cravens, who switched from cigarettes to Juul last year, but is now back to smoking.

 *Kanye West Urges Black Americans not to ‘Vote Democrat’: 

Kanye brought his Wild West show to town, appearing at high-minded events by WSJ. Magazine and Fast Company, throwing a spontaneous party, saying he’ll run for office in 2024 and launching a shoe made of algae — within hours. On Wednesday, West and wife Kim Kardashian honored designer Riccardo Tisci at the WSJ. Innovator Awards. West then hosted his own starry bash at a Burberry store after he’d spontaneously hatched the idea at 4 p.m., we hear, to unveil a video for his tune “Follow God.” Thursday, at about 10:30 a.m., organizers of the Fast Company Innovation Festival got word that West was confirmed to appear at a 12:45 p.m. talk with writer Mark Wilson and Yeezy shoe designer Steven Smith. During the all-over-the-place, near-40-minute session, Trump supporter West advised black Americans: “Own your power. Your power is not to just vote Democrat for the rest of our lives. That’s not the power.”

 *Inferiority Complex: 8 In 10 Millennials Believe They Aren’t ‘Good Enough’:

It feels like everyday there is another article published blaming millennials for this or that. A certain industry is in decline? Millennials must be involved. Not enough money being generated in certain sectors? Those stingy millennials are spending too much money on avocado toast again. Fair or not, young adults of this day and age have become a scapegoat of sorts for a myriad of societal problems and changes. What seems to be lost in this conversation is the effect all of this is having on many millennials’ mental health and self-confidence.

Now, a new survey consisting of 2,000 millennials (ages 22-38) has revealed some troubling statistics regarding how young adults see themselves in comparison to both their peers and older generations. An astounding eight in 10 flat out believe they are not “good enough” in virtually all areas of their lives. Furthermore, three quarters of the survey’s respondents admit that they constantly feel “overwhelmed” by pressure to succeed in their careers, find a meaningful romantic relationship, and meet others’ expectations.

Another seven in 10 millennials say that daily chores like going to the gym regularly, maintaining a presence on social media, and making enough money are among the top reasons why they feel overwhelmed from time to time. In all, 80% of respondents even say these worries have negatively impacted their sleep and 79% admit that their overall mental health has suffered. The survey, commissioned by plant-based food producer Alpro, found that the average millennial feels inadequate roughly 130 times per year.

 *Get Woke, Go Broke: ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ Bombs At The Box Office:

The still yet to be disproven axiom “get woke, go broke” chalked up another win for itself this weekend with the underwhelming box office performance of the ultra-feminist “Terminator: Dark Fate.” Despite the return of producer James Cameron and the reunion of Linda Hamilton and Arnold SchwarzeneggerForbes reports that the sci-fi action sequel pulled in a horrific $10.6 million on Friday and was tracking for a lousy $27 million opening weekend on an inflated budget of $185 million (not including another $100 million in marketing costs). That makes it the lowest profiting “Terminator” in the franchise’s history. The sci-fi sequel … was the third attempt to revive the Terminator series in a decade.

McG’s Terminator: Salvation, a future war sequel starring Christian Bale, earned just $125 million domestic and $375 million on a $200 million budget. Alan Taylor’s Terminator: Genisys, a time-twisting retcon that paired Schwarzenegger with Emilia Clarke and Jai Courtney, earned $89 million domestic and $441 million worldwide on a $155 million budget, including $113 million in China. So, how did this happen? How could one of the most beloved sci-fi action franchises in movie history become such a flop? According to Society Reviews, “Terminator: Dark Fate” flips everything people loved about Sarah Connor’s story on its head in the name of third-wave feminism, rendering the events of T1 and T2 meaningless:

 *WHERE DOES THIS END? – Transgender Activist Loses Cases Against Female Estheticians Who Refused To Wax Male Genitals:

Transgender activist Jessica Yaniv, a biological male who identifies as a female, filed at least 15 human rights complaints against female estheticians in Canada for refusing to wax his male genitals. On Tuesday, the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, which is representing five of the women being targeted by Yaniv, announced that the activist’s cases against their clients have been tossed by the BC Human Rights Tribunal. Moreover, Yaniv will be forced to pay $2,000 each to at least three of the women.

“The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) is pleased to announce that the BC Human Rights Tribunal has ruled in favour of home estheticians’ right to refuse to handle male genitalia against their will,” a press release from JCCF said, as highlighted by The Post Millennial. According to the group, the tribunal’s decision said that “human rights legislation does not require a service provider to wax a type of genitals they are not trained for and have not consented to wax.” Moreover, it was noted that Yaniv “engaged in improper conduct” and “filed complaints for improper purposes.” The activist’s testimony, according to the ruling, was “disingenuous and self-serving,” and Yaniv was “evasive and argumentative and contradicted herself.”

 *Drug Flows Increasing at SW Border, DHS Official Says; Fentanyl Seizures Up 20%, Meth Up 200%:

On Tuesday, as the nation learned about the murders of nine American women and children at the hands of Mexican drug cartels, the Senate Homeland Security Committee held a hearing on threats to the homeland, including some that emanate from MexicoSen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) noted that the apprehension of illegal immigrants crossing the Southwest Border has declined somewhat from earlier highs, but the drug flow has not slowed.

“We have seen it increase,” David Glawe, the chief intelligence officer and under secretary at the Department of Homeland Security told Portman. Just to give you the numbers from 2017 to 2019, so you know what we are dealing with on the narcotic flows, we have seen a 40-percent increase in cocaine from seizures at the Southwest border. We have seen a 20-percent increase in fentanyl. We have seen a 30-percent increase in heroin, and to your point, we have seen a 20-percent increase in methamphetamine — and that is in addition to the emergency on the border we had with the migrant flows… So we have a crisis at the Southwest border and it is all based on moving people and goods illicitly across the border. And that’s what it is about, cartels are about moving goods and people across the Southwest border.

 *Whimpering Dog Makes Humans Feel As Sad As Sound Of Crying Baby:

A whimpering dog begging for table scraps or a content cat purring away are familiar scenes for pet owners, and most of the time they know exactly what their pets are trying to tell them. The bond between human and pet is a strong one, and now a new study conducted in Denmark concludes that pet owners develop a special sensitivity to all dogs’ and cats’ whines, whimpers, barks, and meows. According to the study, based out of Aarhus University, dogs are more effective at conveying distress and negative emotion in their sounds than cats. Furthermore, dog and cat owners even rated the sound of a whimpering dog to be just as sad or emotionally compelling as a crying human baby.

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A young Osama Bin Laden with his family on a trip to Sweden, 1971. It’s hard to believe it but that smiling boy that’s the second from the right is one of the worst terrorists that the world has ever known. When this photo was taken in 1971, 23 members of the incredibly wealthy Bin Laden family visited Falun, Sweden, to sight-see while his one of the oldest brothers entered into business talks with Volvo. At the time Bin laden was only 16-years-old and he didn’t really speak up, The Guardian reports that he was remembered as being reserved on the trip. In an interview with the same site his mother noted that he was a very good kid with a lot of love to give.

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Major General Craig B. Whelden, Established Author, Speaks on “Memento Mori” in the Modern World

As the story goes, a Roman General was returning from a victorious battle. Behind him on his chariot was his slave. As they entered the gates of Rome—among the adulation of the adoring citizens—his slave leaned forward and whispered into his ear, “Memento Mori” or in Latin, “Remember, you are mortal.”

General John Kelly’s recent revelation that as he left the Trump Administration, he advised the President “not to backfill him with a ‘Yes Man’ or risk impeachment” is testament to the frailties of power when surrounding yourself with people who will not tell you the truth. Nobody is there to tell the Emperor he is naked.

Any institution – governmental or otherwise – risks the abuse of power when a leader becomes swept up in his own self-admiration and no one around him will tell him the truth. We have seen ample evidence of this in the #MeToo movement and, it has—sadly—occasionally been an issue with senior leaders in the U.S. military, notwithstanding the high regard of the American public.

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 In Mexico, all the legs of the stool are cracked. Prisons are out of control. Municipal authorities cower before the cartels. The “impunity rate” — that is, the likelihood that crimes will not be punished — is just shy of 99 percent. This is not business as usual for Mexico. Either the country is going to get a grip on its crisis of institutions and its deficits in leadership or it is going to increasingly resemble Iraq before the surge, albeit with drug money taking the place of religious fanaticism.

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November 3, 2019

*SHOCK! – Record 67.3 Million Speak Foreign Language at Home, Over 50% in 90 Big Cities, 59% in Los Angeles:

A record 67.3 million U.S. residents speak a foreign language at home, the latest sign of the growing influence of immigrants on American culture. Census Bureau data shows that homes that do not speak English first grew seven times faster than those that do. The data, analyzed by the Center for Immigration Studies, found that in the top five American cities, an average of 48% speak a foreign language at home, mostly Spanish or Chinese. And in 90 major cities, more than half speak a non-English language at home.

The analysis said, “The Center for Immigration Studies finds that 67.3 million residents in the United States now speak a language other than English at home, a number equal to the entire population of France. The number has nearly tripled since 1980, and more than doubled since 1990. The growth at the state level is even more pronounced. All language figures in Census Bureau data are for persons five years of age and older.”

Key highlights from the newly-released analysis:

•    In America’s five largest cities, just under half (48%) of residents now speak a language other than English at home. In New York City, it is 49%; in Los Angeles, it is 59%; in Chicago, it is 36%; in Houston, it is 50%; and in Phoenix, it is 38%.

•    21.9% of U.S. residents speak a foreign language at home — more than double the 11% in 1980.

•    Languages with more than a million people who speak it at home in 2018 were Spanish (41.5 million), Chinese (3.5 million), Tagalog (1.8 million), Vietnamese (1.5 million), Arabic (1.3 million), French (1.2 million), and Korean (1.1 million).

•    There are now more people who speak Spanish at home in the United States than in any country in Latin America, with the exception of MexicoColombia, and Argentina.

*P.C. MADNESS ALERT! – POLL: Majority of Students Want PUNISHMENT for ‘Offensive’ Costumes:

More than half of American university students support punishment for their peers who wear “highly offensive” Halloween costumes. A recent poll by The College Pulse found that more than half of students do not believe that dressing in “offensive” costumes is protected free expression and support the notion that those who partake in such costumes should “be punished.” “highly offensive”.  The survey was conducted by asking 1,501 university students several questions regarding current events and societal norms, including “Are highly offensive Halloween costumes (such as blackface) a protected form of free speech on campus, or should students who wear them be punished?”

A majority of students — 51 percent — indicated that students who wore such costumes should “be punished,” while 49 percent said that “highly offensive” costumes are “a protected form of free speech.” The number of students saying others should be punished for “offensive” Halloween costumes is even higher at elite universities, with 58 percent of Ivy League students saying that wearing “offensive” costumes should have consequences. California students are on high alert when it comes to insensitive Halloween costumes, with three out of five students within the California State University system in favor of punishment for “offensive” costumes. The poll comes just days after a separate poll found that a majority of U.S. young adults believe that “hate speech” should not be protected under the First Amendment, with 47 percent of those between the ages of 18 and 34 saying that jail time would be an appropriate punishment for those who use such speech.

 *Poll: Americans Are Split About Whether They’re Ready for a Gay President:

Just half of American poll respondents said they are ready to have a gay president, according to a new survey from Politico and Morning Consult. The numbers show that 37 percent said they were either definitely or probably not ready to have a gay commander in chief. Voters also seem to be pessimistic about whether they think the country as a whole would accept having a gay president—40 percent said they thought the country was ready, but 44 percent said it is not. Pete Buttigieg, the only openly gay candidate in the race, could suffer from the attitudes exposed by the polling.

Tyler SinclairMorning Consult’s vice president, said Buttigieg’s sexuality “may be an issue for some voters as he remains in contention for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.” Sinclair said 58 percent of Republicans and 22 percent of Democrats who responded to the poll said they weren’t personally ready to have a gay or lesbian president.

 *FAILING! – Across the Board, Scores Drop in Math and Reading for U.S. Students:

Math and reading scores for fourth- and eighth-graders in the United States dropped since 2017, and the decrease in reading achievement has government researchers particularly concerned. “Over the past decade, there has been no progress in either mathematics or reading performance, and the lowest performing students are doing worse,” Peggy Carr, associate commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics, said during a press call Tuesday. The 2019 National Assessment of Education Progress, also called NAEP or the Nation’s Report Card, was administered to more than 600,000 students enrolled in public schools and Catholic schools from every state and Washington, D.C., and also includes a break-out of student achievement in 27 large urban school districts.

Most notable were the score drops in reading, which occurred in 17 states with regard to fourth grade reading scores and in 31 states for eighth grade reading scores. On average, reading scores declined for fourth graders by 1 point and for eighth graders by 3 points compared to 2017. “A 3-point decline for the country is substantial in as much as 31 states are driving it, large states, small states – and it’s a very meaningful decline,” Carr said. The declines in reading at both grades were also seen at all levels of achievement, whether students were high- or low-achieving, with the exception of the highest achieving fourth graders. “Over the long term in reading, the lowest performing students – those readers who struggle the most – have made no progress from the first NAEP administration almost 30 years ago,” she said.

 *Witches Cast Spell to ‘Bind’
President Trump:

On Friday, Oct. 25, witches performed a “binding spell” ceremony to stifle the Trump administration and prevent the president from harming the country, according to the Daily Caller. The witches, under the banner “The Magic Resistance,” have performed this occult ceremony every year since 2017. Some of the components needed to participate in the spell are an “unflattering picture of Donald Trump,” a candle, a Tarot card, a feather, and a pin. It is supposed to be performed every waning crescent moon “until Trump is out of office.” Michael Hughes, the creator of the occult ritual, describes himself as a “magical thinker and activist” and says the ritual is working, the Washington Examiner.

“Knowing thousands of people are gathering together at the same time from all over the world to do this ritual and to put our beliefs and our desires into sharp focus, and to do that ritualistically, I think that has a really powerful effect,” Hughes told The Examiner. Hughes has also published a book called Magic for Resistance: Rituals and Spells for Change, which, he said, “has been making the rounds in a number of magical groups both secretive and public.”

 *Oxford University Student Council Bans Clapping Over Fears It May Trigger Anxiety:

Oxford University’s student union has instituted an unofficial ban on clapping during student functions over fears the loud noise may trigger anxiety and the rapid hand movements and noise could alienate students who are unable or unwilling to clap. Students and faculty are instead being encouraged to use “jazz hands” and other silent means of assent, and to explore using alternatives to clapping for meetings and gatherings. The edict came from Oxford’s Student Union, which claims to be leading the way to a more “inclusive” environment at the thousand-year-old institute of higher learning in Britain. “The first Student Council meeting of the academic year, yesterday, passed the motion to mandate the Sabbatical Officers to encourage the use of British Sign Language (BSL) clapping, otherwise known as ‘silent jazz hands’ at Student Council meetings and other official SU events,” a statement from the Oxford Student Council read.

They continued, “BSL clapping is used by the National Union of Students since loud noises, including whooping and traditional applause, are argued to present an access issue for some disabled students who have anxiety disorders, sensory sensitivity, and/or those who use hearing impairment aids.” The statement briefly mentions that the New York Times believes “snapping is the new clapping,” but it seems the Oxford Student Union passed on the opportunity to incorporate snapping fingers as one of its alternative motions of assent, possibly because snapping fingers might also be triggering to or exclusive of some students. The statement concludes with an action statement, mandating that Student Council members use “jazz hands” in official meetings and at events, and encouraging Student Union officers to press Oxford University to adopt the “inclusive” jazz hands policy across the board: “As well as mandating the Sabbatical Officers to encourage the use of jazz hands at Student Council, the motion also mandates Sabbatical Officers to ‘lobby the University’ to use jazz hands in place of applause at University and college level events, with an explanation of why the change is important.”

As the Washington Examiner points out, Oxford University has been in operation since the 1050s, and is one of the oldest and most storied institutions of higher learning in the world. However, its centuries long record of scholarly pursuits and rigorous intellectualism was no match for trendy social justice warrior-ism. Oxford is the second such university in the UK to adopt the “ban” on applause; the other, Manchester University, passed a similar rule last year. The Oxford Student Union makes clear, in their statement, that they were inspired by Manchester’s courageous students. Unfortunately for both Oxford and Manchester, their proposed “jazz hands” alternative to clapping may not be the clean, social justice option they believe it to be. None other than UK television presented Piers Morgan weighed in on Twitter, pointing out that “jazz hands” appears to be a racially charged term and that a solely visual means of declaring assent excludes the blind and disabled — and also that the Oxford Student Union is a bunch of “imbeciles.”

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