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LBN Examiner 7/25/2021

*FEWER PEOPLE FILE FOR UNEMPLOYMENT IN STATES CUTTING FEDERAL BONUS, DATA SHOWS:

States that withdrew from the federal pandemic unemployment bonus in June saw improving jobs numbers and fewer individuals filing for benefits compared to other states, according the Daily Caller News Foundation’s analysis of federal data. The states, most of which are Republican-led, that stopped offering residents the federal benefit in early June experienced a 33% drop in new jobless claims filed compared to the roughly 4% decline seen in states that didn’t withdraw from the program, Department of Labor data analyzed by the DCNF showed. Governors pulled out of the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program, a weekly $300 bonus given to out-of-work Americans on top of state benefits, due to stagnating job growth and a worsening nationwide labor shortage. “I continued to see increases in the number of unemployed and, in some weeks, increases in the new regular claims that were coming in,” Republican Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves told the DCNF in an interview. “So I felt we had to make a decision because if we wanted to experience a full economic recovery, we had to get our people back to work.”

On May 10, following an underwhelming April jobs report, Reeves became one of the first governors to announce that his state would no longer participate in FPUC beginning June 12, citing the high number of job vacancies. His decision was influenced by conversations with Mississippi small business owners and workers who were severely understaffed and overworked as business activity picked up, he told the DCNF. In addition to Mississippi, Alaska, Iowa and Missouri were the first to officially stop offering the bonus on June 12.

*JOB GOES TO S**T! – RIKERS INMATE ATTACKS JAIL CAPTAIN WITH FECES:

A New York City jail captain was attacked by a Rikers Island inmate and smothered in feces, law enforcement sources said. Captain Nauvella Lacroix was working the night shift on Wednesday around 9:45 p.m. when inmate Arthur Brown started hurling the brown muck at him from inside his cell, hitting the captain in the face and the torso area, internal records show.  Lacroix, who’s been with the city Department of Corrections for almost nine years, had been conducting a tour of the cells when the attack occurred, the records state.  An image of Lacroix following the defilement shows his crisp white uniform shirt almost completely covered in feces. The extent of his injuries weren’t immediately clear, but he did turn the uniform shirt over for testing, records show. 

“The job is really going to s–t,” a DOC source fumed about the incident. “This shows the continuing lack of respect the officers get, day in day and day out, from the inmates and the higher ups don’t back them.”  The DOC has been grappling with a staggering surge of resignations from correctional staff, many of whom jumped shift to the NYPD amid “inhumane treatment,” dangerously long hours and unsafe working conditions, the president of the Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association told John Catsimatidis on his radio show Sunday.  “We’re having the roughest time in my 22-year career ever. Officers are working triple shifts, which includes … in some cases 30 hours straight. It’s a really unsafe situation for us…  My corrections officers are suffering,” COBA president Benny Boscio, who doesn’t represent Lacroix, said on The Cats Roundtable

*NEW BATCH OF EMOJIS INCLUDE ‘PREGNANT MAN’ AND ‘PREGNANT PERSON’:

Unicode Consortium’s draft for Emoji 14.0 includes a “Pregnant Man” and “Pregnant Person.” The emojis — which could appear on Apple’s iPhone and other technology products — are touted by the service as a mechanism to support “non-binary” people.

A blog post from Emojipedia explains: Pregnant Man and Pregnant Person are new, and recognize that pregnancy is possible for some transgender men and non-binary people. These are additions to the existing Pregnant Woman emoji. Person with Crown is a gender-inclusive alternative to the existing emojis for Princess and Prince. The above additions will mean that nearly all emojis can have default a gender-neutral option, with a choice to use a woman or man where relevant. A few exceptions remain, which are being reviewed, as per this Unicode Emoji Subcommittee report from 2020. The service will also offer a “Coral” emoji to facilitate conversations about climate change.

*MURDER SUSPECT ARRESTED AFTER COMMENTING ON POLICE FACEBOOK POST ASKING ABOUT REWARD MONEY:

 An Oklahoma woman wanted for accessory to murder was arrested Thursday after commenting on a local police department’s Facebook post about warrants for her arrest. Tulsa Police Department’s Facebook page announced Wednesday that Lorraine Graves was wanted in connection to the murder of Eric Graves. Two other suspects in the case, Jayden Hopson and Gabriel Hopson, had already been apprehended at the time of the post, police said. Graves allegedly left a comment under the post, saying “What’s where’s [sic] the reward money at,” the police department reported Thursday. Tulsa Police Department’s Fugitive Warrants unit arrested Graves in north Tulsa near 36th St. N. and Garrison Ave on Thursday, police said.

*BALTIMORE CITY SCHOOLS: 41% OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS EARN BELOW 1.0 GPA:

Baltimore City Schools has reached an alarming low in student performance. Project Baltimore has learned, during the first three quarters of this year, nearly half of high school students in City Schools earned a grade point average below a D. When Jovani Patterson ran for Baltimore City Council President last year, he ran on a platform that included accountability in education. “They take. They take. They take. Yet, despite the amount of money they get. We don’t see much change. Our schools outspend 97% of other major school districts,” Patterson said during a 2020 campaign ad.

*J&J RECALLS AVEENO, NEUTROGENA SUNSCREENS OVER CANCER-CAUSING CHEMICAL:

Johnson & Johnson is recalling five of its Neutrogena and Aveeno spray sunscreens after the company found low levels of benzene, a cancer-causing chemical, in some samples. The company said customers should stop using the affected products, which were distributed through stores nationwide. The recall covers the Aveeno Protect + Refresh aerosol sunscreen, and four Neutrogena sunscreens: Beach Defense aerosol sunscreen, CoolDry Sport aerosol sunscreen, Invisible Daily Defense aerosol sunscreen, and UltraSheer aerosol sunscreen. Benzene, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says can cause leukemia or other cancers after long-term exposure to high levels, is not an ingredient in the affected sunscreens, J&J noted. The pharmaceutical giant said it’s investigating how the chemical might have gotten into some of its products.
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*WHAT’S UP? BY SARAH GARCIA:
President Biden seems to be a “welcoming” kind of guy.  Especially to folks who want to live in the United States without legal credentials.  While President Obama deported tens of thousands of foreign nationals, and President Trump shut down many immigration scams, Joe Biden has thrown the southern border wide open:  Hola, amigos!  Let’s examine some facts that rolled in a few days ago.  The Customs and Border Protection Agency reports 1.1 million “apprehensions” in the first nine months of the federal government’s fiscal year. According to The Washington Post, which is somewhat shockingly covering the story, the last time a million migrants were detained was in 2006, and that was for the ENTIRE year.  Under Biden, apprehensions could reach 1.5 million this fiscal year, which would be a record number by far.

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Erin Gilmer, a lawyer and disability rights activist who fought for medical privacy, lower drug prices and a more compassionate health care system as she confronted a cascade of illnesses that left her unable to work or even get out of bed for long stretches, died on July 7 in Centennial, Colo. She was 38. Anne Marie Mercurio, a friend whom Ms. Gilmer had given power of attorney, said the cause was suicide.

First in Texas and later in Colorado, where she had her own law practice, Ms. Gilmer pushed for legislation that would make health care more responsive to patients’ needs, including a state law, passed in 2019, that allows pharmacists in Colorado to provide certain medications without a current prescription if a patient’s doctor cannot be reached. She was a frequent consultant to hospitals, universities and pharmaceutical companies, bringing an extensive knowledge of health care policy and even more extensive firsthand experience as a patient.

*EXAMINER – BUSINESS: DISNEY MOVES THOUSANDS OF JOBS FROM CALIFORNIA TO FLORIDA’S ‘BUSINESS-FRIENDLY CLIMATE’

Disney is moving 2,000 jobs from California to Florida. The entertainment conglomerate is the latest large business to move operations out of a left-leaning state. The Daily Wire recently reported that Wall Street executives are swamping recruiters’ offices with requests for transfers from New York to Florida. Leading firms — such as Goldman Sachs — are weighing the possibility of new offices in the Sunshine State. Disney’s announcement comes as Los Angeles — the home of Disneyland — announced that it is reinstituting an indoor mask mandate for both vaccinated and unvaccinated residents.

Fox Business reported: Disney will move about 2,000 jobs from its California headquarters to a new campus in Florida, according to Josh D’Amaro, chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products. Most of the jobs being moved are professional roles in Disney’s Parks, Experiences and Products division, other than those tied to Disneyland in California, D’Amaro told employees in a letter provided to FOX Business Thursday.
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*EXAMINER – HEALTH: PLANT-BASED BOOM –
MORE AMERICANS ARE CHANGING THEIR DIETS, BECOMING ‘VEGAN-CURIOUS’:

One in five Americans say their diet is radically different now compared to what it was like just five years ago. That’s especially the case for people opting for trying more plant-based foods. Researchers reveal that health-conscious Americans are going down what they call the “vegan-curious” route. In a new survey of 2,000 U.S. residents, 19 percent believe that what they eat on a regular basis has changed significantly over that time.  Those switching up their menu say they did so due to shifts in their health and dietary needs (41%), much more so than their personal tastes (35%) or environmental concerns (19%). Meanwhile, over half the poll (53%) believe that their food choices have remained more or less the same. Part of that, perhaps, may be because three-fourths of respondents follow some form of diet or guidelines that manage their eating habits. While trendy diet plans like intermittent fasting (26%) and ketogenic eating (20%) have gained a lot of ground, neither can hold a candle to good old-fashioned calorie-counting (38%).

Conducted by OnePoll and commissioned by Modern Table, the survey also asked respondents to weigh in on the fads they see while food shopping, especially the rise of plant-based foods. Almost half (48%) consider themselves as omnivorous — eating animal and plant products in equal amounts — while only 17 percent consume only animal products with no plants at all. Interestingly, more men (26%) than women (12%) claim to subscribe to this carnivorous all-meat diet. One in three respondents now identify as either vegan, vegetarian, or flexitarian, meaning that they favor or even exclusively eat plant-based foods. However, complete vegans — who don’t eat meat or animal products of any kind — are still in the minority, the results suggest. In comparison, almost 12 times as many respondents say they regularly refer to vegan eating as “rabbit food” (51%). Just three percent of these Americans consider themselves vegan.

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LBN Examiner 7/18/2021

*CON JOB – INTELLIGENCE AGENCY BUSTED FOR BLATANT PHOTOSHOP JOB ON COVER OF DIVERSITY REPORT:

Hopefully, America’s spies are a little more stealthy. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) was roundly mocked on social media Thursday for using an image on the cover of its annual diversity report that was obviously Photoshopped. The report, subtitled “Hiring and Retention of Minorities, Women, and Persons with Disabilities in the United States Intelligence Community,” featured a photo of smiling, diverse office staffers standing in a lobby, flanked by a woman in a wheelchair and a blind man with a seeing-eye dog. The title of the image on stock photography company Shutterstock is: “Portrait Of Multi-Cultural Office Staff Standing In Lobby.” But one glaring problem — which was first pointed out by Republican political consultant and podcaster Luke Thompson — is that the woman in the wheelchair and the blind man don’t appear in the original stock photo. They seem to have been Photoshopped into the image used on the ODNI report.

*WHITE SPITE: NYC PRINCIPAL ‘CONSPIRED TO OUST CAUCASIAN TEACHERS’

The faculty of a Washington Heights high school is rebelling against their principal, charging in a vote of no-confidence that she has “flagrantly but unsuccessfully attempted to divide our school by race.” Paula Lev, principal of the High School for Law and Public Service, is now under investigation by the city Department of Education for allegedly telling a faculty member she “was going to get rid of all these white teachers that aren’t doing anything for the kids of our community,” a complaint states. Lev, a Dominican, also asked the faculty member to “conspire with her” to try to oust a white colleague, according to the complaint filed last week with the DOE’s Office of Equal Opportunity. “She definitely has something against white people,” says the complaint. On the last day of school, Lev gave the faculty member a notice that he was “placed in excess” — meaning no longer needed at the school — and should look for a job elsewhere in the DOE.  “He blew the whistle on her and a week later he was excessed,” a colleague said. It’s unclear whether Lev knew about the complaint.

*YIKES – OIL REACHES HIGHEST PRICE IN 6 YEARS AMID LOW SUPPLY:

Oil prices climbed to a six-year high  as the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and Russia continue to tamp down on global output. July 4th gas prices were among the highest in almost seven years at a national average of $3 a gallon, the WSJ reported. The price and demand increase is causing concern among executives and OPEC leaders that higher prices could impact the economic recovery from the pandemic and ramp up inflation.

*SEAN PENN, CONAN O’ BRIEN DENOUNCE CANCEL CULTURE, CALLING IT ‘SOVIET’:

It seems even Hollywood’s most passionate left-wing activists are waking up to the dangers of cancel culture. In the July 5 episode of the podcast, “Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend,” the recently retired host of “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” asked veteran actor Sean Penn about the trend of destroying careers for past political incorrectness. “Empathy is a very important word and also forgiveness,” said O’Brien. “We found that someone did something in 1979 that is now not appropriate. They’re dead to us.” O’Brien went on to describe cancel culture as “very Soviet,” saying, “People can also be forgiven. If they even need forgiving. What happened to that?” Penn agreed with O’Brien, calling the practice “ludicrous. “In illustration, Penn brought up Alexi McCammond, editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue who was fired after only a few weeks on the job for anti-Asian comments she tweeted as a teenager. “When we’re destroying careers like that, what are we really achieving? What are we doing?” the Oscar-winning star of films like “I Am Sam” and “Mystic River” wondered.

*CELL PHONES AND CANCER: NEW UC BERKELEY STUDY SUGGESTS CELL PHONES SHARPLY INCREASE TUMOR RISK:

Researchers took a comprehensive look at statistical findings from 46 different studies around the globe and found that the use of a cell phone for more than 1,000 hours, or about 17 minutes a day over a ten year period, increased the risk of tumors by 60 percent. Researchers also pointed to findings that showed cell phone use for 10 or more years doubled the risk of brain tumors. Joel Moskowitz, director of the Center for Family and Community Health with the UC Berkeley School of Public Health conducted the research in partnership with Korea’s National Cancer Center, and Seoul National University. Their analysis took a comprehensive look at statistical findings from case control studies from 16 countries including the U.S., Sweden, United Kingdom, Japan, Korea, and New Zealand. “Cell phone use highlights a host of public health issues and it has received little attention in the scientific community, unfortunately,” said Moskowitz.  Cell phone use has increasingly become part of people’s daily lives, especially with the emergence of smartphones. Recent figures from the Pew Research Center showed that 97% of Americans now own a cell phone of some kind.

*JUUL GETS VAPORIZED:

In a first-of-its-kind deal, e-cigarette company Juul agreed to pay $40 million to North Carolina yesterday to settle allegations that its marketing efforts targeted teens. As part of the agreement, it will abandon any marketing content that appeals to young people and only sell its products behind-the-counter in the state. From startup rockstar to regulators’ punching bag, Juul has been on a roller coaster ride these past few years. 

The boom…
E-cigarette use among teens shot up more than 70% after Juul’s launch in 2015, and by 2019, more than a quarter of American teens tried vaping. Juul’s slick, flash-drive-like devices were so widely used in between chemistry and history class that they even became a verb. When Altria, the tobacco giant that owns Marlboro, bought a 35% stake in Juul in 2018, Juul was valued at $38 billion. To put that number in context, Juul was worth more than Target, Lyft, and Airbnb. 

The bust…
The same year, the FDA called teen vaping an “epidemic” and started to crack down on Juul and other e-cig companies. Although Juul insisted that its products were intended for adults, its marketing strategies said otherwise… Juul released fruit-flavored pods that went viral among teens (it’s pulled most flavors since). It recruited influencers with huge teen followings on social media to advertise the brand.  It plastered ads on homework solutions websites, so students solving for “x” would “accidentally” click on them.  Facing suffocating regulatory challenges around its advertising strategy, Juul cut its valuation to about $10 billion in October 2020. As of last summer, Juul was facing 758 lawsuits across the US. It’s also waiting for a ruling from the FDA about whether its products can remain on the market. That verdict is expected by September.

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Until 1948, 7-Up contained “lithium citrate,” a mood stabilizer used to treat bipolar disorder.

*EXAMINER – Icebreakers With…Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell is a journalist, author, and podcast host with something super brilliant to say on just about everything. So we peppered him with wide-ranging questions, focusing on topics from the newest season of his podcast, Revisionist History.

10 years down the line, which activity will passengers in driverless cars do most frequently: work, sleep, chat, or something else? 
– All of the above! The biggest worry, of course, is that we’ll be able to use our time so productively while being driven around that we’ll drive everywhere, at the drop of the hat, and the world’s already terrible traffic will only get worse. I mean, right now you might take the train to work instead of braving rush-hour traffic. But if you can watch Netflix the whole time, why would you care about being stuck in traffic?

Should we trust the US News & World Report college rankings? 
– Of course not! OMG. Is that not obvious? Think back on your time in college and what you liked most about that experience. And then ask yourself: Is that thing you remember so well measurable and quantifiable? Or ask yourself: Is it possible (if we’re being honest about it) to compare, say, the Air Force Academy with Yeshiva University, using the same metrics and the same scale? I mean, come on.

When did you realize The Little Mermaid was not like other Disney movies?
– I read a brilliant law review essay about The Little Mermaid by a law professor in Chicago named Laura Beth Nielsen. And what I learned was so disturbing that I decided that I had to (very belatedly) watch the movie. Let me just say this: It was much worse than I had anticipated. That’s why we ended up doing three episodes on the movie in the new season of Revisionist History.

Do you still believe in the 10,000-hour rule? 
– I believe what I have always believed, that true expertise in any cognitively complex field requires a lot of preparation. Far more than we imagine. Does that preparation always take 10,000 hours? Of course not. That number is more metaphor than prescription.

If you did not have to sleep, how would you spend the extra hours?
– Sleep is literally my favorite thing to do. If I did not have to sleep, I would sleep anyway. I would fake it! I would lie in bed and pretend to be one of those lucky humans who needs to sleep.

What do you most often think about when you’re long-distance running?
– When I finish a run I usually think only about food. I always run before dinner. It’s my version of an aperitif.

What would you write on a gigantic billboard?
– Seriously? I would repeat the greatest of all journalism dictums: “Afflict the comfortable! And comfort the afflicted!”

If you had to make your own zombie movie, what would your zombies be like? How would they be different from stereotypical zombies?
– My zombies would be Canadian, like me. They would be unfailingly polite. They would run a clean and functional zombie-universe. They would look upon their southern zombie neighbors with a certain degree of alarm. 

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Lynn Hershman Leeson, “Seduction,” 1985, from “Phantom Limb,” a series that morphs womens’ bodies and machines.

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  ***Research has found that people laugh five times as often when they’re with others as when they’re alone. Even exchanging pleasantries with a stranger on a train is enough to spark joy. That’s not to say you can’t find delight in watching a show on Netflix. The problem is that bingeing is an individual pastime. Peak happiness lies mostly in collective activity. —- Adam Grant.

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Some of the most memorable images of Caine appear in a new book by his friend the photographer Terry O’Neill.

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*LOOTERS RANSACK SAN FRANCISCO NEIMAN MARCUS IN BROAD DAYLIGHT:
 

Looters were captured on video Monday ransacking a Neiman Marcus in San Francisco as thefts continue to plague businesses in the area.  At least nine suspects smashed display cases, snatched handbags, and jetted out of the building before law enforcement arrived to the scene at about 6 p.m., according to footage. The suspects were seen running out of the store with their hands full of merchandise before entering an apparent getaway car that sped off down a busy intersection.  The San Francisco Police Department has not made any arrests in connection to the incident, though it is “analyzing videos and speaking with witnesses” to identify the perpetrators, a spokesperson said. Neiman Marcus said that “no one was harmed” during the theft.

“The safety and welfare of our associates and customers is our top priority, and we’re relieved to report that no one was harmed in the incident,” a spokesperson for the company told the Washington Examiner. “We’re cooperating with the San Francisco Police Department in their investigation.” A man was caught on video in June filling a garbage bag with what appeared to be hair products before leaving the drugstore on his bicycle. A security guard, who was recording the incident, tried to grab the individual, though he eluded custody. Walgreens shuttered 17 of its stores in the San Francisco area in the past five years, and the company said thefts in the area are four times more likely than anywhere else in the country as executives budgeted 35 times more for security personnel to guard the chains.  Target executives in the city also decided to limit business hours in response to an uptick in larceny.

*NOW THE STATUE OF LIBERTY IS CANCELLED! WASHINGTON POST WRITER CLAIMS FAMED FIGURE IS A ‘MEANINGLESS SYMBOL OF HYPOCRISY’ AND ‘UNFULFILLED PROMISES:

The Statue of Liberty is a ‘meaningless symbol of hypocrisy’ because of America’s history of racism, sexism and anti-immigrant sentiment, according to the Washington Post’s art and architecture critic. Philip Kennicott, a Pulitzer Prize winner, argued in an essay Saturday that the monument – which has stood for a century as one of the most iconic examples of American freedom – represented ‘unfulfilled promises’. He added that the statue was irrelevant to non-white Americans, using as evidence the absence of representations of the statue when he visited a Chicano art exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington.
Many Twitter users disagreed vehemently with the attempt to drag Liberty into the culture wars, with one describing the piece as ‘woke cr*p’ and another calling Kennicott a ‘snobbish little scold’. Kennicott’s essay, entitled, ‘Maybe it’s time to admit that the Statue of Liberty has never quite measured up,’ was accompanied by an illustration of Liberty resting on someone’s fingertip. He claimed that although the statue is as ‘familiar to some Americans as the flag, the statue is just as meaningless or foreign to others, a sign without significance, or worse, a symbol of hypocrisy or unfulfilled promises.’

Further on, he suggested that rather than representing freedom, the statue actually does the opposite due to America’s history of racism and sexism. ‘If the statue has had any kind of stable meaning over its lifetime, it is not as a symbol of liberty, but as a symbol of the misuse of liberty — as a hollow promise, unequally distributed and limited in its application to certain groups.’ Continuing his argument, he noted that the statue’s ‘ironies’ include it depicting a woman at a time when they did not have the right to vote.

*PETE DAVIDSON SAYS IT’LL TAKE ‘2 MORE YEARS TO REMOVE THE LAST OF HIS TATTOOS:

Pete Davidson recently revealed that he’s getting his tattoos removed, and said the process is not only incredibly painful, but embarrassing, thanks to some questionable designs he picked out when he was younger. Luckily, the Saturday Night Live star, 27, has found a way to capitalize on his tattoo regrets. The comedian, writer, actor and producer teamed up with smartwater to help launch the first-ever Rehydration Day — an entire day dedicated to getting Americans rehydrated and replenished after the highly-anticipated, post-COVID July 4th holiday weekend — on Monday, July 5. And for his commercial spot, he took to the tattoo removal chair to talk about other past regrets.

*ISRAELI BREAKTHROUGH MIGRAINE TREATMENT ‘ZAPS’ AWAY PAIN:

Breakthrough Israeli technology for treating acute migraine headaches has been found to be more effective than standard-care medications for adolescents, according to a new study published in the Oxford Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine.

Nine percent of children and adolescents worldwide suffer from migraines. The affliction has been associated with poor academic performance, reduced school attendance and as having a negative impact on social interaction and quality of life. Nerivio, a remote electrical neuromodulation (REN) device developed by Netanya-based Theranica, activates the body’s native conditioned pain modulation mechanism to treat headache and other symptoms associated with migraine by stimulating the free nerve endings in the upper arm.

*’IT’S ABUSE TOWARD CHILDREN’: MEGYN BLASTS CRITICAL RACE THEORY IN SCHOOLS:

Speaking on her podcast, former Fox News host Megyn Kelly ripped Critical Race Theory being inculcated in children in schools across the nation, blasting, “It’s abuse toward children.” Kelly was interviewing famed historian Victor Davis Hanson about various issues when they came to the subject of implementing Critical Race Theory issues into the military. Hanson stated:

They have really lost support of the very people in America that were the backbone of their military, and the backbone of the military support for the military. And I’m really afraid of it, because I talk with people, and they said, “You know what? If the Left wants to cut the military budget — and they do — maybe they’ll cut Critical Race Theory training, ha ha.” I said, “Well, they won’t.” But maybe that’s what they need. That’s what people are saying. And I think we’re going to have families that served for three generations and four that are not going to volunteer to join the military. And I’m worried about it.

“It was bad enough when they were indoctrinating college students, right?” Kelly responded. “College students tend to be more left-leaning, and they’re experimenting with ideas, and I think one’s rationality sets in; they tend to make up their own minds, one way or the other. They don’t all keep that indoctrination forever. At least, it used to be thus.”

*BODY MODIFICATION FANATIC CUTS OFF FINGER IN EXTREME TRANSFORMATION:
 

For this Brazilian body modification enthusiast, the fewer limbs the better. Michel Faro do Prado just chopped off one of his ring fingers, revealing it in a gruesome photo of his father holding the missing digit. Known as Diabao Praddo on social media, and sometimes even called the “human Satan,” the 44-year-old has garnered 59,000 followers who are intrigued by his interesting look and modification obsession. “Actually I have a good resistance to pain, I don’t think anything is so painful, I suffer a lot more in the post-procedures than at the time,” the São Paulo resident said. “And the truth is that there are changes that without anesthesia would be almost impossible to be done, I would love not to feel any pain.” He added that he is willing to endure the pain to achieve the body he’s always wanted, which seems to include being heavily tattooed and undergoing risky procedures.

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Last year, Brazilian big-wave surfer Maya Gabeira broke the record for the largest wave ever ridden by a woman. It was nearly 74 feet tall

*EXAMINER – INVESTIGATES: NATHAN’S HOT DOGS

Yes, a guy named Nathan did actually start this company. In 1916, Nathan Handwerker began selling hot dogs in New York’s Coney Island for five cents. In fact, you can still visit the original location and order a hot dog and fried frog legs, a staple on the menu since the 1950s. According to wiener lore, the July 4th hot dog-eating contest that bears Nathan’s name was unofficially founded the same year the restaurant was founded in 1916, but the first official records put the competition’s start date at 1967. The contest, where competitors have 10 minutes to inhale as many hot dogs as they can, has aired live on ESPN since 2004.

  • The defending men’s champ is Joey Chestnut, who ate 75 dogs in 10 minutes last year, and the reigning women’s champ is Miki Sudo, who downed 48.5. 

Nathan’s trades on the NASDAQ under the ticker NATH, and while its symbol definitely should have been HDOG, you can’t argue with a 30% year-to-date increase.

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A few years ago, my friend Dan Ahdoot was auditioning for a sitcom on Fox. And things were looking good; he’d heard from his agent that he made it to the last round. Then, he got a call from one of the creators of the show, a friend of his who was calling to say sorry: Dan wasn’t going to get the part. The reason, he said, was that he wasn’t “diverse.”  Dan is Iranian. He has photos of his parents in Tehran before the revolution and the eyebrows to prove it. (Don’t worry, I asked Dan if I could objectify him.) But Fox apparently didn’t see Iran as “diverse.” Given that Dan is not just Jewish but also Persian and therefore in possession of more than the usual amount of chutzpah, he then thought to ask: What about Afghanistan? Was Iran’s neighbor sufficiently diverse?

The showrunner said he’d find out and give him a call back.  In the meantime, Dan says he hopped onto his Wikipedia page and inserted a little edit: He was now an “Iranian Afghan Jew,” despite the fact that nobody in Dan’s lineage is from, nor has ever visited, Afghanistan. The showrunner called back and pronounced that, according to the poobahs over at Fox, Afghanistan was indeed diverse. 

I thought of this story when I read Amazon Studios’ new inclusion policy, vaunted by stenographers in the mainstream media. It announces a goal, by 2024, of having 50% of creative roles in its movies and shows filled by women or people of color. In addition, the studio promises to try to cast actors whose identity — “gender, gender identity, nationality, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability” — matches that of the characters they play. One wonders how Ariel from “The Little Mermaid” or the sea monster from “The Shape of Water” would be slotted. And God save the intern who has to racially code “Beauty and the Beast.” By now, this is a familiar story: Amazon is turning the making of TV and film into the same woke numbers game played at every other elite institution. (Exhibit A: Sixty-eight percent of the students admitted to Princeton’s class of 2025 self-identify as “people of color.”) —– Bari Weiss
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Federal law enforcement agencies secretly seek the data of Microsoft customers thousands of times a year, according to congressional testimony being given Wednesday by a senior executive at the technology company. Tom Burt, Microsoft’s corporate vice president for customer security and trust, will tell members of the House Judiciary Committee that federal law enforcement in recent years has been presenting the company with between 2,400 to 3,500 secrecy orders a year, or about seven to 10 a day. “The fact that law enforcement requested, and courts approved, clandestine surveillance of so many Americans represents a sea change from historical norms,” Burt will say.

The relationship between law enforcement and Big Tech has attracted fresh scrutiny in recent weeks with the revelation that Justice Department prosecutors obtained as part of leak investigations phone records belonging not only to journalists but also to members of Congress and their staffers. Microsoft, for instance, was among the companies that turned over records under a court order, and because of a gag order, had to then wait more than two years before disclosing it.

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