Monthly Archives: September 2019

September 8, 2019

*P.C. GONE WILD! – San Francisco Board Rebrands ‘Convicted Felon’ as ‘Justice-Involved Person,’ Sanitizes Other Crime Lingo:

Crime-ridden San Francisco has introduced new sanitized language for criminals, getting rid of words such as “offender” and “addict” while changing “convicted felon” to “justice-involved person.” The Board of Supervisors adopted the changes last month even as the city reels from one of the highest crime rates in the country and staggering inequality exemplified by pervasive homelessness alongside Silicon Valley wealth. The local officials say the new language will help change people’s views about those who commit crimes.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, from now on, a convicted felon or an offender released from custody will be known as a “formerly incarcerated person,” or a “justice-involved” person or just a “returning resident.” A juvenile “delinquent” will now be called a “young person with justice system involvement,” or a “young person impacted by the juvenile justice system.” And drug addicts or substance abusers, meanwhile, will become “a person with a history of substance use.” “We don’t want people to be forever labeled for the worst things that they have done,” Supervisor Matt Haneytold the newspaper. “We want them ultimately to become contributing citizens, and referring to them as felons is like a scarlet letter that they can never get away from.”

*SNOWFLAKE ALERT! – George Washington University Removed ‘Colonial’ From Building After Students Said ‘Colonial’ Meant Oppression:

At George Washington University, the powers that be are apparently capitulating to students who protested against the school’s mascot, the “Colonial,” as the student center, which used to be named “Colonial Central,” is now called the “Student Services Hub.”

As Kara Zupkus of Young American’s Foundation reports, “While the official mascot remains the colonial, the university recently renamed ‘Colonial Central,’ the student center focused on registration and financial services, to the ‘Student Services Hub.'” Zupkus adds, “The student group ‘Colonial Army,’ which draws students to attend sporting events for the school, rebranded itself ‘George’s Army.'”.

Last spring, a referendum to change the mascot was passed, as 54% of students approved of a change. In May 2018, students launched a petition to change the mascot. The petition stated, “The use of ‘Colonials,’ no matter how innocent the intention, is received as extremely offensive by not only students of the university, but the nation and the world at large. The historically, negatively-charged figure of Colonials has too deep a connection to colonization and glorifies the act of systemic oppression. Alternative nickname recommendations are ‘Hippos,’ ‘Revolutionaries,’ or ‘Riverhorses.'”

Campus Reform reported at the time, “Rachel Yakobashvili, a petition organizer, told Campus Reform that she started the petition because ‘it was time for students to be able to voice their concerns and desires in a more public and organized manner.'” Another petition organizer, Andrew Hesbacher, told the GW Hatchet, “It’s very wrong for us to call ourselves an open and welcoming university when the name means such demise and terror for students who could possibly come here.”*

 *Hasbro’s ‘Monopoly: Socialism’ Melts The Internet -“Winning is for Capitalists”:

You may have heard rumors of a “Monopoly: Socialism” echoing in the halls of the Twitterverse last week. Well, folks, it’s no joke. Hasbro has indeed created such an iteration of its iconic game, which mocks the economic system for its intellectual and moral bankruptcy. This adult party edition of the Monopoly game has players moving around the board contributing to community projects … unless they can steal projects to get ahead,” reads the product description on Amazon. “Contribute to the Community Fund … unless you choose to deplete it. Consider the best interest of the group … unless you want to forget that and just do what you need to do.”

“In the ‘Monopoly: Socialism’ game, players move around the board working together to make a better community by managing and contributing to projects such as a no-tip vegan restaurant, an all-winners school, or a museum of co-creation,” the description continues. “But nobody said that cooperation is easy! You’ll have issues with your neighbors, your DIY community projects go awry, you’re constantly voting to shake things up, and there’s always an emergency that requires dipping into the Community Fund! Contribute all 10 of your chips to win the game, unless the Community Fund runs out of money and everyone loses. So much for a socialist utopia.” According to CNN, players who pass go are given a $50 “living wage” instead of the standard $200.

 *Amazon Has Ceded Control of Its Site. The Result: Thousands of Banned, Unsafe or Mislabeled Products:

Many of the millions of people who shop on Amazon.com see it as if it were an American big-box store, a retailer with goods deemed safe enough for customers. In practice, Amazon has increasingly evolved like a flea market. It exercises limited oversight over items listed by millions of third-party sellers, many of them anonymous, many in China, some offering scant information. A Wall Street Journal investigation found 4,152 items for sale on Amazon.com Inc.’s site that have been declared unsafe by federal agencies, are deceptively labeled or are banned by federal regulators—items that big-box retailers’ policies would bar from their shelves. Among those items, at least 2,000 listings for toys and medications lacked warnings about health risks to children.

The Journal identified at least 157 items for sale that Amazon had said it banned, including sleeping mats the Food and Drug Administration warns can suffocate infants. The Journal commissioned tests of 10 children’s products it bought on Amazon, many promoted as “Amazon’s Choice.” Four failed tests based on federal safety standards, according to the testing company, including one with lead levels that exceeded federal limits. Of the 4,152 products the Journal identified, 46% were listed as shipping from Amazon warehouses.

 *World Health Organization: Microplastics in Drinking Water Aren’t Bad for Humans:

A new assessment report by the World Health Organizationsays there is no evidence that microplastics found in most drinking water are harmful to humans. The WHO did warn against complacency, though, saying that more study was needed on the matter. The report also said larger microplastics, about the size of the diameter of human hair, are of least concern because “they pass straight through the human body.” The smaller particles could possibly get stuck in human digestive tracts, but researchers are confident they are “unlikely to accumulate in harmful quantities.”

 *FACTS ARE STUBBORN THINGS! – Medieval Diseases Are Present In
Los Angeles:

Homelessness has skyrocketed in the state of CaliforniaLos Angeles in particular has witnessed a massive increase. Between 2018-2019 the county’s homeless population grew by 16%. The city of Los Angeles experienced a similar phenomenon as its population grew at a slightly slower rate. The thousands of new people calling the streets their home has far surpassed the city’s sanitary capabilities. The sheer amount of people now eating and defecating in the California heat has allowed previously rare diseases to proliferate. It has reached the point where there is a real threat of a bubonic plague outbreak occurring in Los Angeles.

 *For Coaches, Anger More Effective Than Positivity When It Comes To Halftime Speeches:

The coach’s halftime speech is long known to be a motivational tool in the sports world. Many sports movies, such as Hoosiers, Remember the Titans, or Friday Night Lightsinclude a pivotal scene in which the coach makes an impassioned speech to his team, igniting a furious comeback. But what makes an effective halftime speech in real life? A new study finds that anger is actually more effective during halftime speeches than inspiration.

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business analyzed hundreds of halftime speeches and final scores from high school and college basketball games, and found that players seem to perform better after a harsh, more negative halftime speech from their coach. In fact, researchers discovered a significant relationship between the level of negativity a coach projects during a halftime speech and second-half scoring outcomes. The more negativity, the more the team outscored their opponents, that is at least up to a certain threshold point.

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The 2008 U.S. financial bailout cost more than the Marshall Plan, Louisiana Purchase, Race to the Moon, S&L bailout, Korean War, New Deal, Iraq War, Vietnam War, and NASA’s lifetime budget-combined. The bailout total was $4.62 trillion.

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“I rarely feel feelings like smugness,” Lana Del Rey said of her success after her early days as an internet punching bag.

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Nicole Kidman, Hollywood, 1988 

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Welcome to Episode #2 of the “Best of Without Notes,” with Susan Estrich, an American lawyer, professor, and author  – Episode 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQXPvgxeX8g

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Summer Spectacular!

Has your summer been spectacular? We always end summer spectacularly with our annual Summer Spectacular. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, September 21, at the Beverly Hilton. We’ll be celebrating the 14th year of our foundation, which has raised more than $12 million for drug awareness and prevention, focused on high-risk communities.

At the Summer Spectacular, prominent entertainment industry leaders and celebrities will gather to recognize advances in the fight against addiction and rally around the growing movement to end the disease. The Summer Spectacular gala raises money for the heart of the foundation, Brent’s Club. Brent’s Club was created as a drug prevention program working in conjunction with The Boys & Girls Club of America. Brent’s Club programs educate pre-teens and teens about the consequences of drug use and works to prevent the formation of dangerous habits, actively showing children how to lead drug-free lives.

Visit our website www.brentshapiro.org/donations to make a donation.

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Elizabeth Stanton, Popular Host of The CW’s Big Stage, Explains the Benefits of Travelling

Elizabeth Stanton has been a world traveler her entire life, experiencing the culture of Europe, the wonders of the Far East, and the natural beauty of remote destinations. She started hosting “Elizabeth Stanton’s Great Big World” at the age of 15, and it was watched in 90% of the United States at its peak. The show featured several well-known stars and was filmed in places all over the world. Now, the talented television host explains just what it is about travel that brings about such a positive influence in her life.

“I have been so lucky to have had travel be such a significant part of my life,” explains Elizabeth Stanton, “Not only is travel therapeutic, it creates purpose and adventure in our everyday life.”

It’s true. Many people use travel as a form of therapy, and can be used consciously as a way for self-discovery and transformation. 

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September 1, 2019

*TMI: Nearly Half of Americans Don’t Change Underwear Daily, New
Survey Says:

Some 13% of Americans go a week or more without changing their underwear, a new survey finds. These skivvies are skeevy. Nearly half of Americans have worn the same pair of underwear for two or more days, according to a survey by apparel maker Tommy John. Out of 1,000 people responding to an informal poll conducted by the underwear maker, 45% admitted they had worn the same pair of undies for two or more days, with 13% saying they had worn the same pair for a week or more, Tommy John said.

“Conventional wisdom — and basic common sense — tells us that we should change our underwear every day, or at least wash them after every wear,” Tommy John said in its statement announcing the results. “But how many people actually follow this golden rule? After surveying 1,000 Americans, we found that this basic standard of underwear hygiene is definitely not universal.” In a finding that did not surprise the company, Tommy John said men were 2.5 times as likely as women to wear unwashed underwear for a week or more. That’s 20% of men versus 8% of women.

 *Japan Surpasses China as Top Foreign Holder of U.S. Debt:

Entities in Japan have surpassed entities in Mainland China as the top foreign holders of U.S. Treasury securities, according to the latest estimate published this month by the Treasury. In May of this year, the Chinese owned $1,110,200,000,000 in U.S Treasury securities and the Japanese owned $1,101,000,000,000. In June, however, Chinese ownership of U.S. Treasury securities rose only to $1,112,500,000,000 and Japanese ownership climbed to $1,122,900,000,000. That marked the first time since May 2017 that entities in Japan have owned more U.S. Treasury securities, as estimated by the U.S. Treasury, than entities in China.

In May 2017, the Japanese owned $1,111,500,000,000 in U.S. Treasury securities and the Chinese owned $1,102,200,000,000. In June 2017, Chinese ownership of U.S. Treasury securities increased to $1,146,500,000,000 and Japanese ownership declined to $1,090,300,000.000.Chinese ownership of U.S. Treasury securities, according to the estimates, peaked in November 2013 at $1,316,700,000,000.

*New Age Of Politics? Half Of Americans Feel Trump, Biden, Sanders Too Old To Be President:

Many polls have pointed to a general election featuring President Trump facing off against Joe Biden in 2020, but would the country be better off with a younger president? According to a survey conducted by StudyFinds.org, 72 years old is the average age at which Americans think a presidential candidate is too old to run for office. This means that Americans may believe that the top candidates for presidency, including Donald Trump, who is 73, are simply too old to lead the nation. In fact, the top three Democratic candidates for president according to most poll — Joe Biden (76), Bernie Sanders (77), and Elizabeth Warren (70) — would all take the record for oldest president at the time of inauguration, which was set by Trump. At the time of his inauguration, Donald Trump was 70.6 years old.

Of the 300 adult Americans surveyed, 20% thought that by the retirement age of 65, candidates should hang up the political hat. And half believed that presidential candidates over 72 were too old. When respondents were asked what they thought the ideal age for a presidential candidate was, results found the average was just 48 years old.

 *Extreme Acts of Violence in Mexico Are On The Rise:

Mexico’s homicide rate is at the highest level in its recorded history, with an average of 90 people slain each day. Yet in recent years, much of the violence has played out like a low-intensity war, with a high number of individual killings yet fewer mass murders designed to garner grisly headlines.

But that seems to be changing. In April, 13 people were killed when armed men opened fire at a bar during a family celebration in Minatitlan, Veracruz. On Aug. 8, residents in Uruapan, Michoacan, woke up to news that 19 bodies had been left overnight on a major boulevard, some of them hung from a highway overpass.

There are many reasons why criminal groups might decide to carry out more dramatic acts of violence, analysts say. For example, one criminal group might do so to focus unwanted police attention on a region controlled by another group. Alejandro Hope, a security analyst based in Mexico City, said such acts are deployed “to buttress the reputation of a particular group.” “It intimidates rivals,” he said. “It creates fear.”  

 *WITNESS TO HISTORY – Detective Who Was Handcuffed to Lee Harvey Oswald as He Was Shot Dies at 99:

The detective who was handcuffed to Lee Harvey Oswald as he was shot dead by Jack Ruby has died at the age of 99. James Leavelle died Thursday at a hospital in Denver. The former Dallas homicide detective was handcuffed to Oswald as he was led through a police station basement on Nov. 24, 1963, two days after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Ruby, a nightclub owner, stepped out of the crowd and fired a fatal shot at Oswald.

The moment was captured in one of the most famous photographs of all time which showed Leavelle in his white stetson reacting with shock. Leavelle later recounted that he told Oswald moments before the shooting: “If anybody shoots at you, I hope they are as good a shot as you.” Oswald replied: “You’re being melodramatic.”

 *Dave Chappelle: “Michael Jackson’s Accusers Are Full of BS”… New Stand-Up Special:

Dave Chappelle has worked Michael Jackson back into his stand-up — and he’s flat-out rejecting claims made by the accusers. DC‘s new comedy special, “Sticks & Stones,” just dropped on Netflix, and Dave had a few things to say about our society — namely, celebrity cancel culture … which he kicked off by defending MJ, saying he doesn’t believe Wade Robson and James Safechuck… the 2 accusers featured in the HBO doc. Dave flat-out says, “I don’t believe these motherf***ers” after describing part of their allegations in “Leaving Neverland” in graphic detail, calling the scenario “gross.”

 *“TWITTER IS SEWER” – NYT Columnist Bret Stephens Quits Twitter:

New York Times columnist Bret Stephens has deactivated hisTwitter account after inviting a heckler who called him a “bedbug” to his home to meet his wife and kids and insult him to his face. Stephens wrote a scathing column last month comparing vitriolic tweets directed at him to the French Reign of Terror after which he engaged online with the George Washington University associate professor who had insulted him.

On Tuesday, he deactivated his Twitter account with one final message. “Time to do what I long ago promised to do,” he wrote. “Twitter is a sewer. It brings out the worst in humanity. I sincerely apologize for any part I’ve played in making it worse, and to anyone I’ve ever hurt.” He then thanked his 140,500 followers and deactivated the account.

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Aretha Franklin reportedly had nearly $1 million in uncashed checks at the time of her death, a new inventory of her assets found, according to newly filed court documents. Among the checks were $702,711.90 from Sound Exchange and the Screen Writers Guild and $285,944.27 in checks from her publishing company, Springtime Publishing, EMI, BMI, Carlin Music and Feel Good Films. The grand total was $988,656.17, according to Billboard. Initially, no wills were found after Franklin’s death a year ago and her estate was set to be divided equally among her four sons, but three months ago three handwritten wills, including one found in her couch, were discovered at her house, Billboard and Jezebel reported.

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“I’ve never had a particularly thin skin,” best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell said.

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Groovy PSA flight attendants in the 1970s. Oh, behave!

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Welcome to Episode #2 of the “Best of Without Notes,” with Susan Estrich, an American lawyer, professor, and author  – Episode 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQXPvgxeX8g

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Mayor Peter along with 12 members of the White House staff, 3 Nobel Prize winners, over 100 Academy Award winners, 6 U.S. Senators, and over 300 Grammy Award winners.

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