December 12, 2018

*U.S. Ends Reliance On Foreign Oil For First Time In 75 Years:

For the first time in 75 years, the United States exported more oil than it imported, carrying out a pledge fromPresident Trump that America can achieve “energy independence.”

While the U.S. has been a net oil importer since 1949, over the final week of November, U.S. net imports of crude oil and petroleum products fell to minus 211,000 barrels per day (bpd) — which means America exported more than it imported, according to data from U.S. Energy Information and Administration.

Oil production has been booming in the U.S. as the shale revolution swept the nation. America is now the world’s largest producer of petroleum, passing Russia and Saudi Arabia. As the U.S. oil boom spread, the power of OPECwas reduced and gas prices in the U.S. have dropped from the $4+ highs under former President Barack Obama.

Net imports peaked in 2005, topping 14 million bpd, but in the last few months, the U.S. has imported an average of 2 million bpd. U.S. production has more than doubled since 2012 because of the new technologies for extracting oil.

*Several Brands of Dog Food Recalled Over Toxic Levels of Vitamin D:

The Food and Drug Administration is alerting dog owners over eight dry dog food brands recalled for potentially deadly levels of vitamin D.

FDA scientists found that samples of the recalled brands contained as much as 70 times the intended amount of vitamin D, an essential nutrient that, when too much is ingested, can lead to vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst and urination, as well as kidney failure, weight loss and death in dogs.

The brands affected by the recall as of Monday includedNutrisca, Natural Life Pet Products, Sunshine Mills, ANF, Lidl, Kroger, ELM Pet Products and Ahold Delhaize. All of them were sold nationwide, according to FDA officials.

*YIKES-Snowflakes Explode Over
Disney Song:

An all-male a cappella group at a prestigious university will no longer sing one well-known Disney song because some audience members — and one sophomore who wrote an article about it for the student newspaper — found it to be “uncomfortable.”

Of course, this is all happening at an Ivy League college:Princeton University.

One of the school’s all-male a cappella groups, the Princeton Tigertones, will no longer perform its popular rendition of “Kiss the Girl” from The Little Mermaid after the complaints. During their performance, the group invites a woman from the audience to join them as they sing and “playfully dance with her for a bit,” according to Inside Higher Ed. As the song reaches a close, the group invites a male audience member, pretend to groom him, and then put the two together, asking that they kiss, as the song suggests. The random couple complies, “sometimes on with a peck on the cheek, sometimes briefly on the lips,” Inside Higher Ed reported.

The entire scene is harmless and done in good fun, which of course does not sit well with the modern outrage crowd.

*Census Bureau: South Gains From ‘Internal Migration’ in U.S.; West, Midwest and Northeast Lose:

The South saw a net population gain from what the Census Bureau calls “internal migration” within the U.S. in the last year, according to data released this week, but the West, Midwestand Northeast saw net losses.

When “movers from abroad” were added to the equation, the West and Midwest ended up having positive net migration, but the Northeast was still in the negative.

At the same time, a record low 10.1 percent of Americanresidents moved from one place to another in the last year, according to new data released by the Census Bureau.

“It is correct to say that the 2018 mover rate of 10.1 percent is a new historical low,” the Census Bureau said.

Lindsey Graham: ‘Zero Chance’ Khashoggi’s Death ‘Happened in Such an Organized Fashion Without the Crown Prince’:

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has no doubt that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is responsible for the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Turkey.

Speaking to reporters after a CIA briefing on Tuesday, Graham said there was “zero chance” that Khashoggi’s death “happened in such an organized fashion without the crown prince.”

“Open source reports show that he had been focusing on Mr. Khashoggi for a very long time. It is zero chance, zero that this happened in such an organized fashion without the crown prince,” the senator said.

Furthermore, Graham also criticized Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis’ assessment that there was “no direct link” connecting the crown prince to Khashoggi’s murder.

The senator said if the secretaries worked for a Democraticadministration he would have accused them of “being in the pocket of Saudi Arabia,” but instead he chooses to believe they’re just “being good soldiers” and using “technical” language in their statement.

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The lion has a special tongue that is rough enough to peel the skin of their prey away from the flesh. If a lion licked the back of a human’s hand just a few times, it would peel away much of the skin.

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Michael J. Snyder — known for being the first franchisee of theRed Robin restaurant chain, who later became CEO — has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Yakima County Chief Deputy Coroner Marshall Slight tells us … “Snyder committed suicide with a high-powered gun last week in Washington state. We’re told he shot himself on a bench in the front yard of his home.”

Slight says police responded to a 911 call and found Snyder’s body … no suicide note was left behind.

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CHRISTMAS FRIENDS Lyrics

Greetings to all Christmas Friends,  let’s enjoy the season.
Times have changed we pretend, Saint Nick is real with children.
Merry Christmas anyway, let’s enjoy the holiday.
Celebrate the time of year, and fill our hearts with a Christmas cheer

Merry Christmas everyone, all over the whole earth let peace.

Would you be a Christmas Friend,  let’s enjoy the  season.
We’ve grown up still we pretend, Nick is real with children
Let’s compose some Christmas songs,  make some friends and right some wrongs
Dedicate our hearts to fill, little ones with a Christmas thrill
and
Love is the magic key to Peace on Earth
God is above us, men are all brothers and sisters sharing
Singing Christmas songs of cheer and join in please

Copyright © 1986 & 2016 Joel D Osner. All Rights Reserved

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Tito Ortiz, MMA Superstar, Considers
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MMA superstar Tito Ortiz, who recently knocked out Chuck Lidell in the first round of their bout on November 24th, 2018, stated that he was considering retirement after finally besting his rival. However, it seems that he might not be ready to hang up his gloves quite yet.

The 43-year-old Ortiz is now teasing a potential rematch withChael Sonnen, who he originally defeated in just 2 minutes with a rear-naked choke back in January of 2017.

“[Chael Sonnen], so you want me to kick your a** again?” Ortiz stated on Twitter, “This time I’m not going to choke you out. I’m going to beat you down. Or are you just infatuated by the way I live?”

Although his fight on November 24th was expected to be a sellout when walk-ups were included, ticket sales were less than expected, and pay-per-view buys were around 40,000. If a rematch between Ortiz and Sonnen was to take place, it would most likely happen in the Bellator promotion.

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*EXAMINER–COMMENTARY by David Brooks:

We’re enjoying one of the best economies of our lifetime. TheG.D.P. is growing at about 3.5 percent a year, which is about a point faster than many experts thought possible. We’re in the middle of the second-longest recovery in American history, and if it lasts for another eight months it will be the longest ever. If you were born in 1975, you’ve seen the U.S. economy triple in size over the course of your lifetime.

The gains are finally being widely shared, even by the least skilled. As Michael Strain of the American Enterprise Institute recently noted, the median usual weekly earnings for workers who didn’t complete high school shot up by 6.5 percent over the past year. Thanks mostly to government transfer programs, incomes for the bottom fifth of society have increased by about 80 percent over the past four decades.

And yet are we happy?

About 60 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with the way things are going in this country. Researchers with the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index interviewed 160,000 adults in 2017 to ask about their financial security, social relationships, sense of purpose and connectedness to community. Last year turned out to be the worst year for well-being of any since the study began 10 years ago.

*EXAMINER–COMMENTARY  by Whitson Gordon:

“You don’t need much to clean a computer,” said Jolie Kerr,New York Times contributor, cleaning expert and host of the podcast “Ask a Clean Person.” “I use exactly four things to keep my laptop clean: Rubbing alcohol, microfiber cloths, cotton swabs and canned air.” Ninety percent or higher isopropyl alcohol is ideal, since it won’t damage the internal components. And if you have some particularly tough grime or oil, a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser (or other melamine sponge) can also work wonders, though it should be a last resort since it’s abrasive.

Don’t bother with specialty cleaners you see at big box electronics stores — they’ll work fine, but they’re probably overpriced compared with what you have at home. “Some people like having them, or they feel better about using anOfficially Sanctioned Product,” Ms. Kerr said. “That is fine! They also make nice add-on gifts for people who are getting a new computer/tablet/phone for a special occasion.” But don’t feel like you need them.

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Actress Dame Joan Collins says she believes that her late sister Jackie has been reincarnated — as a fly. The 85-year-old “Dynasty” legend told The Observer that one of the insects appears next to her “all the time” and that she suspects it’s her romance-author sibling, who died in 2015 after a seven-year battle with breast cancer.

“I have this little fly that comes near me all the time. It’s really strange,” Collins told the paper. “I think it might be my sister.”

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December 9, 2018

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*Census Confirms: 63 Percent of ‘Non-Citizens’ on Welfare, 4.6 Million Households:
A majority of “non-citizens,” including those with legal green card rights, are tapping into welfare programs set up to help poor and ailing Americans, a Census Bureau finding that bolsters President Trump’s concern about immigrants costing the nation.

In a new analysis of the latest numbers, from 2014, 63 percent of non-citizens are using a welfare program, and it grows to 70 percent for those here 10 years or more, confirming another concern that once immigrants tap into welfare, they don’t get off it.

*US Soon Spending More on Debt
than Defense:

The financial health of the federal government has been deteriorating for decades. Unable to break free from our bipartisan addiction to deficit spending, the national debt has continued to rise relentlessly. This has brought us within sight of a grim milestone: the day when the interest that Americanshave to pay on the national debt exceeds what we pay for national defense.

According to The Wall Street Journal article, “U.S. on a Course to Spend More on Debt Than Defense,” we will reach that baleful milestone in only five years.

The figures are startling. In 2023, military spending is projected to be more than $700 billion. Yet in that same year the annual interest that taxpayers will pay on the national debt will be even higher.

*’I Don’t See Anyone Who Can Beat Trump:’ Bruce Springsteen Believes:

Bruce Springsteen believes that President Donald Trumpwill win a second term in the White House. ‘I don’t see anyone out there at the moment… the man who can beat Trump, or the woman who can beat Trump,’ the rocker recently said.

Springsteen, who is a long-standing Democrat himself, said the political party doesn’t ‘have an obvious, effective presidential candidate’ who can ‘speak the same language’ as Trump. The iconic Born to Run singer went on to talk about the ‘life-changing, upsetting occurrences’ that have caused division in the United States.

During his interview, Springsteen, who in the past campaigned for former President Barack Obama and presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, said that there are a lot of reasons people ‘became Trump voters’.

*Millennial Men Ditching Traditional ‘Masculine’ Values, More Likely To Embrace ‘Emotional Strength’:

As the famous Village People song declares, “Every man wants to be a macho macho man / To have the kind of body, always in demand.” But are “macho macho” mindsets becoming a thing of the past? A new study finds that male millennials are drifting away from stereotypical masculine values.

The research, led by the University of British Columbia, showed that younger men tend to value selflessness, social engagement, and health over traditional male ideals like physical strength and autonomy.

Of course, physique and independence were still prominent values for the 630 Canadian men aged 15 to 29 who took part in the survey, just not as important to participants as selflessness. In fact, selflessness was by far the top-rated male value. Nine in 10 respondents said that men should should help others, and 88 percent of the respondents agreed that men should be open to new ideas, new people, and new experiences. Eight in 10 felt it imperative that a man gives back to his community.

*This 7-Year-Old Leads YouTube’s Highest-Paid List With $22 Million:

The biggest earner on YouTube is a 7-year-old toy genius. The pint-sized vlogger, who reviews the hottest playthings under the name Ryan ToysReview, tops this year’s Forbes ranking of the top 10 highest-earning YouTube stars.

Banking $22 million in 2018 — and doubling last year’s $11 million haul — this kid proves that you’re never too young for a side-hustle. Some other notables on the Forbes list of gamers and goofballs are known for being quite a bit less family-friendly.

Widespread shaming apparently hasn’t slowed down the notorious Felix Kjellberg, aka PewDiePie, who earned $15.5 million in 2018, up from $12 million the year before. This is after he was called out for uploading a number of anti-Semitic posts to his popular channel, costing him a multi-million-dollar partnership deal with Disney.

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A recent survey conducted on behalf of the American Christmas Tree Association found that three-quarters ofAmerican households display a Christmas tree – and the vast majority of those, around 80 percent, are artificial.

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In the 1920s, newly arrived immigrants to Ellis Island were fed ice cream sandwiches in their first meal-in order to introduce them to the finer things of American culture.

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CASABLANCA PREMIERES (1942):

One of the most iconic romantic films of all time and winner of three OscarsCasablanca is a tale of love, heartbreak, and sacrifice. Rick Blaine, played by Humphrey Bogart, is anAmerican expatriate living in Casablanca, Morocco, in 1941, who “stick[s his] neck out for nobody.” But when his former lover, played by Ingrid Bergman, and her husband need his help, Blaine’s resolve is tested.

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CHRISTMAS FRIENDS Lyrics

Greetings to all Christmas Friends,  let’s enjoy the season.
Times have changed we pretend, Saint Nick is real with children.
Merry Christmas anyway, let’s enjoy the holiday.
Celebrate the time of year, and fill our hearts with a Christmas cheer

Merry Christmas everyone, all over the whole earth let peace.

Would you be a Christmas Friend,  let’s enjoy the  season.
We’ve grown up still we pretend, Nick is real with children
Let’s compose some Christmas songs,  make some friends and right some wrongs
Dedicate our hearts to fill, little ones with a Christmas thrill
and
Love is the magic key to Peace on Earth
God is above us, men are all brothers and sisters sharing
Singing Christmas songs of cheer and join in please.

Copyright © 1986 & 2016 Joel D Osner. All Rights Reserved

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*EXAMINER–COMMENTARY by David Brooks:
When I meet someone who runs an organization in a blue state, I often ask: Do you have a generation gap where you work? The answer — whether the person leads a college, a nonprofit, a tech company, an entertainment company or a publication — is generally the same: Yes, and it’s massive.

The managers at these places, who are generally 35 and above, are liberals. They vote Democratic and cheer on all the proper causes of the left. But some of the people under 35 are not liberals, but rather are militant progressives. The older people in the organization often have nicknames for the younger set: the ResistanceAl Jazeera, the revolutionaries. The young militants are the ones who stage the protests if someone does something deemed wrong.

If a company fires an employee for writing an inappropriate memo or uttering an inappropriate phrase, it’s usually because there’s been a youth revolt. If a speaker is disinvited from a festival or from campus, it’s often because of a youth revolt. If a writer is fired for a tweet, or an editor has to resign from a literary review because of an unacceptable article, it’s often because of a youth revolt.

This generation gap is completely unsurprising. At pivotal moments of cultural change, such gaps open up, as the older generation breathes in one atmosphere and the younger generation breathes in another. After the turmoil of the late 1960s and early 1970s, Midge Decter wrote an outstanding book called “Liberal Parents, Radical Children.” We’re seeing a similar chasm today.

*EXAMINER–COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman:
Democrats won’t do as well as they can nationally without assuring Americans that they’re committed to securing our borders; people can’t just walk in. But the country won’t do as well as it can in the 21st century unless it remains committed to a very generous legal immigration policy — and a realistic pathway to citizenship for illegals already here — to attract both high-energy, low-skilled workers and high-I.Q. risk takers.
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Hope Hicks has split from her boyfriend, disgraced formerWhite House aide Rob Porter. Hicks, President Trump’s former director of communications — who recently started as chief communications officer at Fox — has not been spotted with Porter in weeks. Porter also failed to attend Hicks’ 30th birthday party a month ago.

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December 5, 2018

*Survey Shows 1 in 5 Millennials Sees U.S. Flag as ‘Sign of Intolerance and Hatred’:
A survey released on Nov. 27 found that one in five millennials views the American flag as “a sign of intolerance and hatred,” and two in five think it is okay to burn Old Glory.

The “State of American Patriotism Report,” which was designed to assess the patriotism and historical knowledge of young Americans, also revealed that six in 10 millennials (ages 22-37) believe the United States is racist and sexist.

Millennials are not the only ones who lack patriotism, according to the report. Allegiance to the United States seems to be declining among all young Americans.

*WTF? – Just 12 Percent Of American Adults Are Metabolically Healthy,    Study Finds:

The prevalence of what doctors consider good metabolic health is shockingly low in American adults, a new study finds.

Researchers from the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health say that just 12 percent of the country’s adult population is considered metabolically healthy. That means a vast portion of the population is at greater risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, or other dangerous health conditions over time.

The five factors identified as indicators of good or bad metabolic health are: blood glucose, triglycerides, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and waist circumference. If adults can maintain optimal levels of these indicators without medication, they are deemed metabolically healthy.

*Al Sharpton Sells His Life Story Rights for $531,000 — To His Own Charity:
The Rev. Al Sharpton has found an eager buyer for the rights to his life story — his own charity. The National Action Network agreed to pay the activist preacher $531,000 for his “life story rights for a 10-year period,” according to the non-profit’s latest tax filing.
NAN can apparently turn around and sell those rights toHollywood or other takers at a profit, but neither the reverend nor the charity would identify what producers are waiting for such Sharpton content. The document does not indicate when Sharpton, who is president of NAN, gets the cash, which is above and beyond the $244,661 he already pulled down in compensation from the group in 2017.

Sharpton also wouldn’t say when the cash would come in.

*“The Numbers Are So Staggering” –  Overdose Deaths Set a Record           Last Year:

A class of synthetic drugs has replaced heroin in many majorAmerican drug markets, ushering in a more deadly phase of the opioid epidemic.

New numbers Thursday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that drug overdoses killed more than 70,000 Americans in 2017, a record. Overdose deaths are higher than deaths from H.I.V., car crashes or gun violence at their peaks. The data also show that the increased deaths correspond strongly with the use of synthetic opioids known as fentanyls.

Since 2013, the number of overdose deaths associated with fentanyls and similar drugs has grown to more than 28,000, from 3,000. Deaths involving fentanyls increased more than 45 percent in 2017 alone.

*Starbucks to Block Porn in 14,000-Plus U.S. Stores:

The multi-national coffee chain Starbucks, which has 28,916 shops worldwide and 14,451 in the United States, said it would provide pornography-free Wi-Fi in its U.S. stores starting in 2019. This is happening because of pressure, over many years, from a coalition led by the internet safety group Enough is Enough (EIE).

In an email to Business Insider, a Starbucks representative said the company had “identified a solution” to block porn in its U.S. stores, which it would implement in 2019 – over two years after the coffee chain initially said it would do so, and six years after it began filtering Wi-Fi in its stores in the United Kingdom.

“To ensure the Third Place remains safe and welcoming to all, we have identified a solution to prevent this content from being viewed within our stores and we will begin introducing it to our US locations in 2019,” the representative wrote to Business Insider.

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Records filed so far show that organizations controlled and funded by former New York City Mayor Mike Bloombergspent more than $41 million on 24 House races, much of it on eye-catching ads rolled out on social media and broadcast on television in the crucial final days of the campaign.

And while it’s impossible to conclude that any one factor tipped the balance in a race, Mr. Bloomberg appears to have reaped the benefits of his millions in giving. Democrats won 21 of the 24 races he sought to influence. Of those, 12 had been considered either tossups or in Republican districts.

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A baby has around 30,000 taste buds. They are not just on the tongue but also on the sides, back, and roof of the mouth. Adults have about 10,000.

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Robert Plotnik, a lapsed lawyer better known as the namesake of Bleecker Bob’s Records, a Greenwich Villagevinyl mecca that survived the dawning of cassettes, CDs and downloading and the death of CBGB, the nearby club where punk rock was cradled, died on Thursday in Manhattan. He was 75.

The cause was kidney failure, his partner, Jennifer Kitzer, said. He had been incapacitated since having a stroke in 2001.  

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America is suffering an epidemic of loneliness.

According to a recent large-scale survey from the health care provider Cigna, most Americans suffer from strong feelings of loneliness and a lack of significance in their relationships. Nearly half say they sometimes or always feel alone or “left out.”

Thirteen percent of Americans say that zero people know them well. The survey, which charts social isolation using a common measure known as the U.C.L.A. Loneliness Scale, shows that loneliness is worse in each successive generation.

This problem is at the heart of the new book “Them: Why We Hate Each Other — and How to Heal,” by Senator Ben SasseRepublican of Nebraska. Mr. Sasse argues that “loneliness is killing us,” citing, among other things, the skyrocketing rates of suicide and overdose deaths in America. This year, 45,000 Americans will take their lives, and more than 70,000 will die from drug overdoses.

Mr. Sasse’s assertion that loneliness is killing us takes on even darker significance in the wake of the mail-bomb campaign against critics of President Trump and the massacre at theTree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, both of which were perpetrated by isolated — and apparently very lonely — men.

Mr. Sasse’s book was published before these events, but he presciently described what he believes lonely people increasingly do to fill the hole of belonging in their lives: They turn to angry politics.

*EXAMINER–COMMENTARY by Malcolm Gladwell:
Finding a good story is totally serendipitous. I imagine I’m exactly like you, or any other journalist in that the switch is always on.

In other words, I never stop asking the question “would that be a great story?” Like, I just had an interview this morning with some official for the Houston chapter of the American Federation of Teachers, not someone you would think would spawn a million story ideas, and then halfway through I was like, “Oh my god, there’s a huge thing here that I can do.”

So I’m always trying to expose myself to unusual people outside of my world. A big part of that is you have to leave your house. That means getting on the road, getting on planes, meeting people in person, and listening to what they have to say. That’s the only way you can find a story.

*EXAMINER–A DIFFERENT VIEW:….
*EXAMINER–OVERHEARD: 
Richard Simmons has struck a deal with “National Enquirer” in his transgender defamation lawsuit that will put the legal drama behind him … for the most part. Simmons has agreed to drop his appeal against American Media — which owns ‘Enquirer’ — after a judge ruled against him last year.

If you don’t remember, the fitness icon sued for defamation over a story published claiming he was in the process of sexual reassignment. The judge sided with American Media, though, saying being misidentified as transgender does not inherently expose someone to “hatred, contempt or ridicule.”

Simmons filed an appeal shortly thereafter. The 2 sides have now come to an agreement to drop it and move on … but the terms are confidential. So, it’s unclear if Simmons is still on the hook for American Media’s legal fees.

LBN Examiner Edited By: Cedric Houle

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