Monthly Archives: September 2018

September 30, 2018

Today, an estimated 95 percent of North Americans have internet access and information is doubling every 12 months. The world should be experiencing a new enlightenment, but we may be heading in the opposite direction.

A June 2018 survey by Pew Research, measuring the public’s ability to distinguish between five factual statements and five opinion statements, found that “a majority of Americans correctly identified at least three of the five statements in each set. But this result is only a little better than random guesses.”  In this study, 28 percent of adults identified two or fewer factual statements and 22 percent, two or fewer opinion statements.

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*Lessons From Income Data- Study, Work, Family, Persistence:
Every year, the U.S. Census Bureau releases new data on income trends in the American population that reinforce certain traditional lessons about life — which may be why liberals do not talk about this data much.

Are there any patterns in the lives of those who do — and do not — succeed financially in the United States? Yes.

1. For example, people who stay in school longer and graduate tend to earn more money than people who do not.

2. Table PINC-03, which the Census Bureau released last week, categorizes Americans 25 and older by their “educational attainment” and their “total money earnings” in 2017.

3. Those with a “less than 9th grade” education made the least. They had median earnings of $23,849.

4. Those who went to high school but did not graduate had median earnings of $25,237. Those who graduated from high school but did not attend college had median earnings of $32,320. Those who attended some college but did not earn a degree had median earnings of $36,633. Those who earned an associate degree had median earnings of $40,322.

5. Those who earned a bachelor’s degree had median earnings of $53,882; a master’s, $70,358; a doctorate, $94,854; and a professional degree, $100,276.

The pattern is obvious: A higher degree tends to pave the way to a higher income.

In Table HINC-01, the Census Bureau presents household income categorized by “selected characteristics” of the household. One of these is whether — and how much — the householder works.

In households where the householder did not work at all in 2017, the median income was $32,178. In households where the householder worked 50 weeks or more at a part-time job, the median income was $56,510. But in households where the householder worked a full-time job for 50 weeks or more, the median income was $86,590.

The obvious pattern: The more you work, the more you earn.

*Dogs reportedly keep dying after being groomed at PetSmart:
Nearly 50 dogs have died after being groomed at PetSmartstores across the country, according to an investigative report that says the company offered heartbroken owners non-disclosure agreements in exchange for hush-money payments.

Since 2008, 47 dogs in 14 states have died following visits to the nation’s leading pet store chain – and 32 of them came after 2015, when the company was bought by private equity firm BC Partners, according to the nine-month probe by NJ Advance Media.

*Does Teacher Diversity Matter for Students’ Learning?:
As students have returned to school, they have been greeted by teachers who, more likely than not, are white women. That means many students will be continuing to see teachers who are a different gender than they are, and a different skin color.

Does it matter? Yes, according to a significant body of research: Students tend to benefit from having teachers who look like them, especially nonwhite students.

The homogeneity of teachers is probably one of the contributors, the research suggests, to the stubborn gender and race gaps in student achievement: Over all, girls outperform boys (with an exception in math in certain districts), and white students outperform those who are black and Hispanic.

*Modern exodus- Catholicism has lost more of its faithful than any other religion in the U.S.:
More Americans have left Catholicism behind than any other religion in the U.S., according to a new report.

About 13 percent of American adults are former Catholics – people who were raised in the faith but now say they have no religion, or converted to Protestantism or other beliefs, according to a survey by Pew Research Center.

At the other end of the spectrum, 2 percent of U.S. adults report converting to Catholicism.

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1. Barbeque chips were the first type of flavored potato chip.

2. The most popular potato chip flavor in America is plain, followed by barbeque, and then sour cream and onion.

3. Laura Scudder created the first modern bag of potato chips in 1953. Previously, they were sold out of wooden barrels or scooped from behind glass counters.

4. Americans eat about 1.85 billion pounds of potato chips, or about 6.6 pounds per person annually.

5. Potato chips are the number one culprit for weight gain because they are high in fat and highly addictive.

6. Lay’s was the first successfully marketed national brand of potato chip.

7. Worldwide, the market value of potato chips is anticipated to reach $40.3 billion by 2022.

8. Roughly 28,000,000 pounds (13,000,000 kg) of chips are eaten during the Super Bowl.

9. Lay’s flavored chips have five fewer chips per bag than the plain chips, which saves the company about $50 million a year.

10. A man in Ohio suffers from a condition called “auto-brewery syndrome.” One symptom of this ultra-rare disorder is that his body turns potato chips into alcohol in his stomach.

Annual cost of illegal immigration by state
1. CA.. $21.8 Billion

2. NY.. $9.5 Billion

3. TX.. $8.9 Billion

4. FL.. $5.5 Billion

5. IL.. $4.6 Billion

6. N.J.. $3.5 Billion

7. AZ.. $2.6 Billion

8. GA. $2.4 Billion

Annual national cost over $84 billion.

Sally and Bennett Shaywitz, co-directors of the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity, have been conducting a study of people with dyslexia since 1983.

Meat Eater Facts

1. Americans consume more meat than almost anyone else in the world.

2. The average American eats approximately 222 pounds of meat per year. This does not include seafood.

3. Research reveals that if a man avoids red meats, it improves the sex appeal of his body odor.

4. The number of animals killed for meat every hour in the U.S. is 500,000.

5. Leonardo da Vinci argued that humans do not have a God-given right to eat animals.

6. Several studies indicate that it would have been biologically impossible for humans to evolve large brains on a raw vegan diet. They conclude that meat-eating was crucial in human evolution.

7. Russian author Leo Tolstoy gave up meat because he was concerned about animal cruelty. He claims that eating meat is unnecessary, leads to animalistic feelings, excites human desires, and encourages “fornication and drunkenness.”

8. It takes more than 11 times as much fossil fuel to make one calorie from animal protein as it does to make one calorie from plant protein.

9. It takes 2,400 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of meat. Which is something like 50 full bathtubs.

10.  Every six seconds, an acre of rain forest is cut down for cattle farming. That’s around 14,400 acres every day.



I believe women lie just as often as men do. I believe the standard “presumed innocent” must always trump the slogan “Believe Women” if we intend to live in a free and fair society.


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September 26, 2018

Americans Spent More on Taxes Than on Food, Clothing Combined in 2017:
Americans on average spent more on taxes than on food and clothing combined in 2017, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistic’s new data on consumer expenditures, which was released this month.

“Consumer units” (which include families, financially independent individuals, and people living in a single household who share expenses) spent an average of $9,562 on food and clothing in 2017, according to BLS.

But they spent $16,749 on federal, state and local taxes.

The average 2017 tax bill included $7,819 in federal income taxes; $2,098 in state and local income taxes; and $51 in other taxes—which the BLS rounded to a subtotal of $9,967.

It also included $4,717 in Social Security taxes; and $2,065 in property taxes—bringing the total average tax bill for the year to $16,749.

At the same time, according to the BLS data, the average consumer unit spent $7,729 on food in 2017 and $1,833 on apparel and services—bringing the total average spending for food and clothing for the year to $9,562.

*Drivers for Uber, Lyft are earning less than half of what they did four years ago, study find:
Drivers for online platforms including Uber and Lyft are making less than half of what they did four years ago, even as more and more people are drawn into working for them.

A new report from the JPMorgan Chase Institute, based on payments directed to 2.3 million families, showed that average monthly platform earnings dropped considerably — by 53% — between 2013 and 2017.

These drivers made $783 per month in 2017 versus $1,469 in 2013.

“These declines in monthly earnings among drivers may reflect the fact that the growth in the number of drivers could have put downward pressure on hourly wages; they may also reflect a potential decline in the number of hours drivers are driving,” the report stated.

“Regardless of whether the drop in earnings was caused by a fall in wages or hours or both, it indicates that driving has become less and less likely to replace a full-time job over the past five years, as more drivers have joined the market.”

*National Parks in U.S. Are Warming
Fast and Drying Out:
America’s national parks are warming up and drying out faster than any other U.S. landscapes, a new study has found. The report, published in the journalEnvironmental Research Letters, is the first to examine rainfall and temperatures in all 417 U.S. national parks. It found that, without a substantial reduction of greenhouse-gas emissions, national parks will become hotter and more drought-ridden in the decades to come.

“U.S. national parks protect some of the most irreplaceable ecosystems in the world,” the study states, adding that reductions in industrial emissions could “substantially reduce the magnitude” of expected effects.

The study found that, between 1885 and 2010, national parks warmed by 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit—twice the U.S. rate—while annual rainfall declined by 12 percent, four times the rate of the U.S. overall.

*German Auto Giant Volkswagen is Pulling
Out of Iran, Says US Ambassador:
In a significant symbolic blow to the Iranian regime, the Volkswagen Group – the world’s biggest selling car manufacturer last year – has reportedly agreed to end almost all of its operations in Iran, in line with the restoration of U.S. sanctions on Tehran.

The news was disclosed by U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, who since taking up his Berlin posting in May – he presented his credentials on the same day President Trump announced the U.S. was exiting the Iran nuclear deal – has been encouraging the host government to isolate Iran and urging German companies to stop doing business there.

“Volkswagen has told us they will comply with U.S. sanctions on Iran,” Bloombergquoted Grenell as saying. “We are pleased with this decision because Iran diverts its economic resources away from its people to spread violence and instability across the globe.”

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Starbucks Corp. is planning an organizational shake-up, including corporate layoffs that will start at top levels, as the coffee chain tries to reverse poor sales and rekindle investors’ interest.
Up to a third of reviews on TripAdvisor are fake with hotels and restaurants buying positive reviews, it has been claimed. Analysis of tens of thousands of reviews on the site has shown that top rated bed and breakfasts have almost twice as many “false” reviews as lower ranked establishments.

An investigation has found that websites are offering glowing reviews for £38. Others allowed owners to bulk buy reviews for less money, with one offering 10 positive reviews for £69.

One restaurant owner admitted to the paper he had already posted “a large number of positive reviews” but wanted further help to boost his ranking.

Céline Dion is saying au revoir to her longtime tenure at Caesars Palace. After eight years at The Colosseum, the 50-year-old songstress will end her residency in 2019. Dion first took the Las Vegas stage in 2011 and is currently set to perform through Jan. 20.
Going Somewhere? Read a book set there. Destination Reads is a collection of the best fiction and narrative non-fiction set in popular cities around the world. Curated by literary nomads, with new books and places added every day.
Given that the world is about 25,000 miles in circumference and that the average walking rate is 3 miles per hour, it would take a person walking nonstop approximately 347 days to walk around the world.
Power attorney David Boies along with 12 members of the White House staff, 3Nobel Prize winners, over 100 Academy Award winners, 6 U.S. Senators, and over 300 Grammy Award winners.
A mysterious, new “mad snake disease” causes captive pythons and boas to tie themselves in knots. Other symptoms include “stargazing,” which is when snakes stare upwards for long periods of time. Snake experts believe a rodent virus causes the fatal disease.
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Very disappointed in the lead story last week! How about there are 777 college teams (an all time high) compared to 32 NFL teams!!!!! So of course the cumulative attendance of more than 350 games is going to be more than SIXTEEN!!! Don’t sell out trying to make the NFL look bad!  The Biggest single NFL game is still multiples higher than the biggest college game.  And most of those going to college games are also watching NFL games and many go to them too!

Twitter founder Jack Dorsey has a new lady friend. We hear the tech guru, whose net worth is estimated to be $5.9 billion, is dating Sports Illustratedstunner Raven Lyn Corneil.
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September 23, 2018



Ivy League Study- Illegal Population is 22 Million, Double Estb. Estimate:

The population of illegal migrants is roughly 22 million, or twice the establishment estimate of 11 million, say three professors from Yale University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The shocking estimate will force establishment politicians and pro-migration advocates to recalculate the estimated impact of the huge illegal population on wages and salaries, on crime rates, welfare consumption, rental and real-estate prices, productivity rates, and the distribution of job-creating investment funds to coastal vs. heartland states.

The higher illegal population estimate helps explain why Americans’ wages and salaries have risen so little amid apparently record-low unemployment rates, and it also undercuts companies’ loud demands for yet more immigration of foreign workers, consumers, and renters.

The population estimate also raises the political and economic stakes of any amnesty legislation. In 2014, public opposition blocked the bipartisan, establishment, media-boosted Gang of Eight bill, which claimed to offer an amnesty to just 11 million migrants. Currently, advocates for a ‘Dream Act’ amnesty claim it will provide green cards to roughly 3 million sons and daughters of illegal immigrants.

*Chicago police solved fewer than one in six homicides in the first half of 2018:
Chicago police solved fewer than one in six homicides committed in the city in the first half of 2018, continuing a troubling decline in the number of perpetrators being brought to justice in one of the nation’s most violent cities, data obtained by USA TODAY shows.

Chicago’s homicide clearance rate – the percentage of cases in which police arrest or identify a suspect – fell from 17.1 in 2017 to 15.4 during the first six months of 2018, the data shows. If that rate holds through the end of the year, it would be the sixth consecutive annual decline.

Police in the nation’s third-largest city are having even less success solving nonfatal shootings, according to the data obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. Police cleared 50 of 900 nonfatal shooting incidents in the first half of 2018, a rate of 5.6 percent.

*Nearly half in top 5 U.S. cities don’t speak English at home,
record 67 million:
Nearly half of the residents in the nation’s five biggest cities do not speak English at home, choosing instead their native language, according to the latest Census Bureau data that details the impact of a decade of soft immigration policies.

Overall, a record 67 million do not speak English at home, said the bureau. That is nearly double in 27 years.

In its just-released analysis of the Census data, As a share of the population, 21.8 percent of U.S. residents speak a foreign language at home — roughly double the 11 percent in 1980.

In America’s five largest cities, 48 percent of residents now speak a language other than English at home. In New York City and Houston it is 49 percent; in Los Angeles it is 59 percent; in Chicago it is 36 percent; and in Phoenix it is 38 percent.”

The findings come as more and more reports emerge about both Americans and foreigners getting into heated debates over speaking English.

In one case in New York last May, a man threatened to call immigration police if employees and customers didn’t stop speaking English in a restaurant. Last week, in Florida, a Taco Bell patron was turned away because a worker said nobody spoke English and couldn’t take the order.

*Survey- American Approval of Pope Francis Down from 66% to 53%:
Pope Francis‘ approval among Americans has dropped considerably in the past month, according to a Gallup poll conducted Sept. 4-12.

Gallup said to respondents via telephone, “We’d like to get your overall opinion of some people in the news. As I read each name, please say if you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of that person – or if you have never heard of them. How about – Pope Francis?”

The results showed that American approval of the pope has decreased from 66% to 53%, a 13-point drop, and that 27% of Americans now hold an unfavorable view of the pope. Only 12% of respondents had no opinion, according to the survey.

*Ticketmaster Has Secretly Been Cheating You With Its Own Scalpers:
Music fans’ ire toward Ticketmaster for expensive concert tickets may be somewhat justified, according to a fiery investigation by CBC News and the Toronto Star detailing a secret scalping scheme run by the ticket sales company itself. The two outlets sent journalists undercover as scalpers to a live entertainment convention this summer, where Ticketmaster reportedly pitched them on its underground professional resale program, through which it takes a cut of profits.

Ticketmaster, which is owned by live entertainment juggernaut Live Nation, enlists resellers to grab batches of tickets from its site and then flip them for higher prices on a Ticketmaster-owned, invite-only platform called TradeDesk (touted by the company as “The most powerful ticket sales tool. Ever”), according to the report. Ticketmaster gets extra fees from the pricier resale tickets on top of its fees from selling the original ticket.

CBC and Toronto Star journalists were told that despite the existence of a Ticketmaster “buyer abuse” division that looks for suspicious online activity in ticket sales, the company turns a blind eye to its TradeDesk users. A sales representative told one of the undercover journalists that there are brokers with “literally a couple of hundred accounts” on TradeDesk, and that it’s “not something that we look at or report.”

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Transgender Kids in the UK
The number of children in the United Kingdom (UK) seeking to change gender has skyrocketed since 2009/10, and the UK government wants to find out why.

The UK’s Minister for Women and Equalities has called for a study of the root causes of the surge in transgender children,The Telegraph reports:

Penny Mordaunt, the Minister for Women and Equalities, wants to understand the reasons behind a 4,400 per cent increase in girls being referred for transitioning treatment in the past decade.”

From 2009/10 to 2017/18:

1. The number of girls referred to doctors for gender treatment rose 4,415%, from 40 in 2009/10 to 1,806 in 2017/18

2. The number of boys referred increased 1,151%, from 57 in 2009/10 to 713 in 2017/18

3. In 2017, 800 children were given drugs to stall the onset of puberty, “including some aged 10, with some also given hormones to start the process of changing sex.”

4. In 2017, 45 children age six or under were referred to theUK’s National Health Service (NHS) for treatment, with at least one being only four years old.

5. Number of Girls Jumps 4,415%, Number of Boys Rises 1,151%

The UK’s Government Equalities Office suspects the influence of social media and teaching of transgender philosophy by the educational system have fueled the striking increase in transgender children.

A medical survey found that professional soccer players sustained approximately 1.5 injuries per player per year.
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Here’s How Much Time You’ll Waste Commuting in Your Lifetime (by City)

Commuting is the most stressful part of the day for many people. The worst part? Commute times are only getting worse all across the country. Using their interactive map, you can see how many days of your life you can expect to spend to commuting in the city where you live.

*EXAMINER-COMMENTARY by Patrick Kilpatrick:
 (Acclaimed Action-Hero Star, Author & Director)

Any wonder why Fan Bingbing, China’s highest profile actress, vanished after allegations of tax avoidance? No surprise anyone can be ‘disappeared’ by a system rooted in control, no rule of law, slavery, and subversion of freedom.

Precisely why I refused when the Chinese government offered an entertainment teaching gig and film finance. Creators should turn their backs on loot from a spreading Orwellian nightmare. No amount of ‘Silk Roads‘ is worth perpetrating this storm – particularly as our President moves to arrest Beijing’s trade imbalance, South China Sea encroachment and intellectual theft.

Hollywood facilitates China’s totalitarianism – black ballingRichard Gere for support of Tibet, to appeasing miserly intro of films into Chinese markets, to cash for projects towing Party line. Apple, Google made hellish marriage on products and the internet at China’s bullying. Those involved will find such actions destined to deliver us to the jaws of the anaconda.

*EXAMINER–COMMENTARY by Reese Witherspoon:
I like to read nonfiction, or “ideas” books in the morning —Charles Duhigg’s “The Power of Habit,” things like that. At night, I read fiction to calm down my brain and to expand my sense of what’s possible. What I look for most are elegantly composed sentences that pull me into a different world.
Howie Mandel is pissed about the state of stand-up comedy … and he’s blaming political correctness for its demise. We got the comedian and “America’s Got Talent” judge leaving Craig‘s Thursday night in WeHo, and he launched into a tirade about why comedy sucks now … for comedians.

Howie harkened back to legends like Richard Pryor — who were revered for pushing the envelope — but said anyone who tries that today runs the risk of destroying their whole career. It’s gotten so bad, Howie says he’s actually afraid to crack jokes in public.

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