November 21, 2018

November 21, 2018

*Number of Witches in U.S. on the Rise, May Surpass 1.5 Million:

A report in the Christian Post contends that the number ofwitches (and Wiccans) has dramatically increased since the 1990s, to the degree that there may be at least 1.5 million witches in the United States, which is higher than the 1.4 million mainline Presbyterians.

“[T]he practice of witchcraft has grown significantly in recent decades; those who identify as witches has risen concurrently with the rise of the ‘witch aesthetic,'” reported the Christian Post in October, citing data from Quartz, aTrinity College study, and the Pew Research Center.

Between 1990 and 2008, the number of Wiccans in the United States grew from 8,000 to 340,000, according to three religious surveys conducted by Trinity College inConnecticut. In addition, the Pew Research Center reported in 2014 that 0.4% of the population — 1 to 1.5 million Americans — “identify as Wicca or Pagan.”

*Man Sues British Airways for Sitting Him Next to ‘Extremely Large’ Passenger:

A man is suing British Airways after he says he suffered back injuries from being forced to sit next to an overweight passenger on a flight two years ago. Stephen Prosser has told a U.K. court that he was left with a pelvic injury and back spasms after being seated next to the “extremely large” passenger on a 12-hour flight from Bangkok to London in 2016, according to the Independent.

He is reportedly seeking up to £10,000 (nearly $13,000) for being “forced into a position of unnatural posture” for the duration of the flight. “I was immediately aware that this was going to be problematic for me and I could feel the weight of his pure bulk putting lateral pressure on my upper body,” Prosser said.

He said he didn’t confront the passenger directly because he seemed “self conscious,” and that flight crew had told him no other seats were available when he complained. The airline said in a statement to USA Today on Saturday that it is “resisting the claim” made in Prosser’s lawsuit but could not comment further.

*CENSORSHIP – Chinese Writer Gets 10 Years in Prison For ‘Gay Sex Novel’:

 
A Chinese writer has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for writing and selling a novel featuring gay sex scenes. The writer, only identified in Chinese media as Liu, was jailed in Anhuiprovince last month for her novel Occupation which authorities said contained “male homosexual behavior… including perverted sexual acts like violation and abuse.”

Pornography is illegal in China. Liu is reported to have sold over 7,000 copies of her books and made 150,000 yuan ($21,604) in profit. Police were reportedly alerted to her novel after it started to gain popularity online. Some have protested the lengthy sentence, with one Weibo user reportedly writing: “Ten years for a novel? That’s too much.”

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The Rolling Stones are bringing their No Filter tour to U.S. stadiums in 2019. The 13-show tour will kick off April 20th at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida and wrap up June 21st at Soldier Field in Chicago. Tickets go on sale November 30th at 10:00 a.m. “It’s a thrill when we play stadiums in the States,” Mick Jagger said in a statement, “the energy is always amazing!” Adds Keith Richards: “I’ve always loved playing the states. It’s a great crowd.”

*EXAMINER-SPOTLIGHT:

 
Dr. Srini Pillay, Best-Selling Author & Neuroscientist, Challenges Ideas on Creativity
Dr. Srini Pillay, a best-selling author, neuroscientist, tech entrepreneur and an assistant professor at Harvard University, has spent a large chunk of his career subverting ideas on creativity. He believes that the key to unlocking your creative potential is to defy the advice that urges you to “believe in yourself.” Instead, people should do the exact opposite. They should believe they are someone else.

“The great irony about the public’s obsession with creativity is that people tend to frame it in uncreative ways,” states Dr. Pillay, “people either believe they are creatively-minded or not, without any middle-ground in between.” He urges that people look to a 2016 study that demonstrates the impact of stereotypes on one’s behavior.

The authors of the study, educational psychologists Denis Dumas and Kevin Dunbar, divided their subjects into three groups, instructing the members of one to think of themselves as “eccentric poets” and the members of another to imagine they were “rigid librarians” (the third group was the control). The researchers then presented all the participants with ten objects, and asked them to come up with as many uses as possible for each one. Those who were asked to imagine themselves as eccentric poets came up with the most ideas, while those in the rigid-librarian group had the fewest.

These results suggest that creativity is not an individual trait but a “malleable product of context and perspective.” Everyone can be creative, as long as he or she feels like a creative person. Dr. Pillay’s work takes this one step further: He argues that simply identifying yourself as creative is less powerful than taking the bold, creative step of imagining you are somebody else. “Imagining yourself in a new situation, or an entirely new identity,” concludes Dr. Pillay, “never felt so productive.”

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M. Zuhdi Jasser, Founder and President of American Islamic Forum for Democracy, Urges U.S. to Give Shelter to Asia Bibi
More and more voices are pressuring the United Statesgovernment to offer refuge to Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi, who has been imprisoned for nine years because of “blaspheming” Mohammed, now that she was recently acquitted and released from death row. Although her whereabouts since her release from prison last Wednesday are not known by other countries, the Pakistani foreign ministryon Sunday denied reports that she had left the country, calling them “false and baseless.”

Asia Bibi has many supporters in the United States, with more than 820,000 people signing an American Center for Law and Justice petition against her execution.

“The Trump administration has an opportunity to not only do what’s right and humane for Asia Bibi but change the immigration narrative,” said Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, which was founded in 2003. He is also a contributor to national and international media, where he has advocated separation of mosque and state and spoken against the ideology of “political Islam” or Islamism.

He points to an article on the U.S. website of Britain’s The Spectator, in which writer Ben Sixsmith pointed out theBritish government’s reluctance to help. “If the British government is too weak to offer Bibi a safe haven, America should, Jasser concludes, “It would be a valuable demonstration that, for all President Donald Trump’s toughness on immigration, America can still be a sanctuary to those fleeing religious persecution.”

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*EXAMINER – COMMENTARY by John Rosemond
(Best-selling author):

This issue of lack of discipline in America’s schools is not going to be solved until every man and woman in this country realizes that the problem doesn’t rest with administrators, teachers, or school boards, but with parents.

The discipline problems in America’s schools come primarily from America’s homes. They are a matter of parents who send children to school without the discipline it takes to dig in and get an education; parents who overindulge and undercorrect; parents who neither indulge nor correct; parents who will not give total, 100 percent support to teachers’ disciplinary efforts; parents who expect schools to do what they themselves have been too busy or too lazy to do – namely, teach their children the three R’s of respect, responsibility, and resourcefulness.

*EXAMINER – COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd:

After a screening of “Vice” Thursday, I asked director Adam McKay which of our two right-wing Dementors was worse,Cheney or Trump.

“Here’s the question,” he said. “Would you rather have a professional assassin after you or a frothing maniac with a meat cleaver? I’d rather have a maniac with a meat cleaver after me, so I think Cheney is way worse. And also, if you look at the body count, more than 600,000 people died in Iraq. It’s not even close, right?”

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*EXAMINER–OVERHEARD:  

Amanda Knox announced Friday that she was engaged to boyfriend Christopher Robinson after a space-themed proposal that was out of this world. Knox, 31, uploaded a snippet of the proposal on her Instagram page Friday. She also uploaded the whole video of the proposal on YouTube. “It was just your average Sunday night, when suddenly…,” she captioned the post on her Instagram. The video showed Robinson, a Seattle-based poet, talking to Knox before a crashing sound was heard. The couple walks to the backyard where a flashy meteorite was sitting accompanied by the theme music from “ET: The Extra-Terrestrial.” Inside the meteorite was a tablet detailing her relationship with Robinson.

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