Monthly Archives: October 2021

LBN Examiner 10/31/2021

BORDER CRISIS REACHES HISTORIC LEVELS AFTER NEW NUMBERS RELEASED FOR SEPTEMBER:

President Joe Biden’s border crisis reached a new level on Friday as data released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) showed that the Border Patrol has made approximately 1.66 million arrests of illegal aliens entering the U.S. from Mexico for Fiscal Year 2021. “Border crossings surpassed 1.6 million annually at least twice recently, in 1986 and in 2000,” The Wall Street Journal reported. “In 2019, when crossings reached a peak under the Trump administration, the Border Patrol made about 850,000 arrests.” The Journal added that the 1.66 million arrests in Fiscal Year 2021, which started in October 2020, was “the highest annual number ever recorded.” Chad Wolf, former acting DHS secretary and Heritage visiting fellow, slammed Biden in a statement over the latest numbers, calling his policies a failure.

** Migrants From All Over the World are Crossing Illegally Into Yuma, Arizona: The border sector in Yuma, Arizona, is dealing with a surge in illegal border crossings as agents are overwhelmed with the constant flow of migrants. In August of 2020, agents in the Yuma sector encountered less than 700 migrants, compared to August 2021, when agents encountered over 17,000 migrants.

** Cartels Offer Cash to Young Americans Willing to Smuggle Illegal Immigrants: Cartels have been posting ads on social media, asking young Americans to help them smuggle illegal immigrants in exchange for money. The cartels use social media apps such as TikTok and WhatsApp to offer young people cash if they acted as drivers for migrants.

The U.S. is Running out of Warehouse Space, Intensifying Supply Chain Bottlenecks and Adding to Inflation:

Available warehouse space near significant distribution hubs fell to historic lows in the third quarter of 2021, placing even more pressure on supply chain bottlenecks and increasing inflation, according to The Wall Street Journal. Demand for industrial real estate in the third quarter outpaced supply by 41 million square feet, increasing the vacancy rate to 3.6%, down 0.7% from Q3 2020, and marking the lowest level since 2002, according to data from CBRE. Warehouses near the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports in California, some of the most important distribution points of entry in the country, reached a vacancy rate of 1% in Q3 this year. During the same quarter in 2020, the vacancy rate was 2.3%.

Climate Activists Refuse to Speak at D.C. Statehood Rally Because Jewish Groups Will Attend:

The Washington, D.C., chapter of an environmentalist group rejected an invitation to speak at a left-leaning voting rights event because three Jewish groups would be present. We do not “stand with…those who defend Israeli violence,” announced Sunrise DC, a local chapter of the Sunrise Movement, which seeks “to stop climate change.” The local chapter will refuse to speak at the October 23 “Freedom to Vote Relay,” an event that relates to voting rights and statehood for the U.S. capital, because the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), Jewish Council For Public Affairs (JCPA) and Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC) will participate in the event, according to a statement. “We oppose Zionism and any state that enforces its ideology…Zionism is incompatible with statehood and political sovereignty,” said Sunrise DC. Beyond refusing to speak at the rally in the presence of the three left-leaning Jewish groups, Sunrise DC asked the event organizers, the Declaration for American Democracy coalition, to remove the Jewish groups from its list of members.

Examiner – Lens:

Photo inside Rikers Island exposes hellish, deadly conditions. As many as 26 men were stuffed into single cells on Rikers Island in New York.

Cigarette Sales Rose in 2020 for First Time in 20 Years:

Americans purchased more cigarettes last year, the first uptick in two decades, according to a new report released by the Federal Trade Commission. The number of cigarettes purchased by wholesalers and retailers rose slightly, 0.4%, to 203.7 billion from 202.9 billion in 2019. The FTC’s Cigarette Report didn’t offer reasons for the increase in sales among the major tobacco companies, Altria Group Inc., MO -1.49% ITG Brands LLC, Reynolds American Inc. and Vector Group Ltd. VGR -1.45%. Altria Group, maker of Marlboro cigarettes, previously pointed to the pandemic as a reason people are lighting up more. Chief Executive Billy Gifford said Americans spent less money on travel, gas and entertainment last year and that fewer social engagements led to more “tobacco-use occasions.”

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Miley Cyrus.

White Volunteers at Art Institute of Chicago are FIRED After Woke Consulting Firm Advised Bosses to Prioritize ‘Equity and Diversity’:

The Art Institute of Chicago fired more than 150 volunteers and suspended its decades-old docent program after the famed museum hired a woke consulting firm that advised the cultural institution to ditch the “wealthy white” guides and prioritize “equity and diversity.” Even worse, the mostly elderly docents, who are well-versed on the exhibits at the nearly 150-year-old museum on Lake Michigan, were terminated by email on September 3 because it wanted to “rebuild our program from the ground up.” The museum – featured prominently in the 1986 hit film “Ferris Beuller’s Day Off” – hired The Equity Project, a Colorado-based consulting firm, which found the program was outdated and would often skew toward wealthy white women and had too many barriers preventing people of color from entering the program.

** University Allegedly Attempting to Fire Professor for Saying Hurt Feelings are “No Big Deal”: Coastal Carolina University theater professor Steven Earnest says his employer is trying to fire him after he wrote in September that students’ feelings were hurt too easily over a campus incident. “Sorry but I don’t think it’s a big deal. (I’m) just sad people get their feelings hurt so easily,” reads an email that resulted in Earnest’s de facto suspension sent in response to a school-wide message affirming students’ feelings about an allegedly racist incident that never actually occurred. “I thought my university, where I had worked for over 15 years, would stand behind its faculty. I was wrong,” Earnest said. Several students of color expressed their desire to connect with other students of color in a class hosted by a guest lecturer on September 16, according to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). Other students found the list of non-white students left behind on a whiteboard, assumed the list was malicious and planned a protest. School administrators investigated the incident and explained that it was a misunderstanding to the student body, but added that “this in no way undermines the feelings that any of you feel about this incident,” and “the DEI committee will be discussing with faculty and students the gravity of the situation and how to handle these requests in the future.”

** Bedtime Stories Go Woke!: From Little House on the Prairie to Dr. Seuss, bedtime reading for children is rapidly becoming a battlefield with classic stories slapped with “trigger warnings” for “harmful content” or popular authors such as Enid Blyton “cancelled.” But waiting on the shelves of a bookshop near you to replace them is a whole raft of suitably “woke” literature for children…”How To Be A Better White Person,” “Gender Swapped Fairy Tales” and alternative bedtime stories, such as the tale of a gingerbread man refugee. Awkwardly, retailers have mixed in the adult satire “My First Little Book of Intersectional Activism” – a satire on woke culture written by British comedian Andrew Doyle.

** Superman Changes Motto to “Truth, Justice and a Better Tomorrow,” Says DC Chief: Superman is officially moving on from “the American Way.” Jim Lee, chief creative officer and publisher of DC, announced on Saturday during the virtual fan event DC Fandome that the Man of Steel’s motto will be “evolving” from the well-known mantra that he fights for “Truth, Justice and the American Way.” Superman’s new “mission statement”: “Truth, Justice and a Better Tomorrow.” In a press statement, the company said the decision is meant “to better reflect the storylines that we are telling across DC and to honor Superman’s incredible legacy of over 80 years of building a better world.” In reality, Superman has followed several mantras over the decades, all of which involved variations on “truth” and “justice” as central to the iconic superhero’s identity.

** Survey in Fairfax Public Schools Asks Students as Young as 10 About Their Sexual Encounters, Suicide Attempts: Students as young as 10 at Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia were asked how many times they had attempted suicide and detailed questions about their sexual encounters, according to a survey obtained by Parents Defending Education. The survey asks students questions about their gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religious activity, grades and family life. Students have to answer questions like, “My parent has had their body hurt from actions (such as punching, kicking, choking, shoving, and pulling of hair) by a spouse/partner,” “How many times in the past year have you…said something bad about someone’s race or culture?” and “Have you ever had a partner in a dating or serious relationship who…pressured you into having sex (going all the way) when you didn’t want to?” PDE is a national grassroots organization that is working to expose “harmful agendas” and “indoctrination in the classroom” through “network and coalition building, investigative reporting, litigation, and engagement on local, state, and national policies,” according to its website. The last question asked students how honest they were in filling out the survey.

Examiner – A Look Back:

W. H. Auden, St. Mark’s Place, New York, March 3, 1960.

Instagram Curates Anorexia Images to Teen Girls Who Have Eating Disorders:

Facebook’s own researchers have found that Instagram barrages teen girls who have anorexia and other eating disorders with photos and videos of other afflicted girls – a practice that experts say has been shown to worsen the disorders. According to an April presentation by Facebook executives, a team of Instagram researchers earlier this year created a test user that followed dieting and thinness-obsessed Instagram accounts, as well as hashtags like #skinny and #thin. Instagram’s algorithm then recommended more eating disorder-related content including images of distressingly thin female bodies and accounts with names like “_skinandbones_,” “applecoreanorexic” and “skinny._.binge,” according to a disturbing internal study.

Examiner – (Notable) Remarks:

** Protesters toppled statues of Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt and at the Oregon Historical Society on October 11, 2020 in Portland. How did this happen? There are a lot of factors that are relevant to the answer: institutional decay; the tech revolution and the monopolies it created; the arrogance of our elites; poverty; the death of trust. And all of these must be examined, because without them we would have neither the far right nor the cultural revolutionaries now clamoring at America’s gates. But there is one word we should linger on, because every moment of radical victory turned on it. The word is cowardice. The revolution has been met with almost no resistance by those who have the title CEO or leader or president or principal in front of their names. The refusal of the adults in the room to speak the truth, their refusal to say no to efforts to undermine the mission of their institutions, their fear of being called a bad name and that fear trumping their responsibility – that is how we got here. —– Bari Weiss

Russian Hackers Return:

A group of Russia-backed hackers responsible for last year’s widespread SolarWinds attack has reportedly been targeting hundreds of companies and organizations in recent months, despite the threat of sanctions. Microsoft announced Monday the group, known as Nobelium, has been stepping up cyberattacks against tech companies resulting in more than 140 attacks since May, including at least 14 breaches where data were stolen. The latest hacking campaign has been targeting cloud computing and managed service providers in the U.S. and Europe to obtain sensitive information and disrupt the global IT supply chain. The most recent attack used unsophisticated methods such as phishing and password spray. The attacks come even after the Biden administration imposed several financial sanctions on Russia and expelled near a dozen diplomats. The moves have done little to slow the attacks – Microsoft reported more than 600 companies attacked since July 1.

Examiner – Lens:

A seal population boom has attracted sharks to the Northeast.

The Real Story by Sarah Garcia:

** Cliches drive me insane but using words to fill the air with foolish garbage is far worse. So, now, I would like to warn you about contemporary words and phrases that signal danger. Let’s begin with “cisgender.” This word is almost always used by leftists who flunked biology. It means “a person whose sense of identity corresponds with birth sex.” So, if you’re born a male you act like a boy and later a man. That’s cisgender. However, woke people object and I guess they also despise the Spencer Davis Group who once loudly wailed: “I’m a man, yes I am, and I can’t help but love you so!” If you hear a person lamenting “cisgender” behavior, run fast.

Examiner – Commentary by David Zucker:

Last year marked the 40th anniversary of the release of “Airplane!,” the comedy I wrote and directed with my brother Jerry and our friend Jim Abrahams. Just before the world shut down, Paramount held a screening at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, followed by a Q&A in which an audience member asked a question we never used to receive: “Could you make ‘Airplane!’ today?” My response: “Of course, we could. Just without the jokes.” Although people tell me that they love “Airplane!” and it seems to be included on just about every Top Five movie-comedy list, there was talk at Paramount of withholding the rerelease over feared backlash for scenes that today would be deemed “insensitive.” I’m referring to scenes like the one in which two black characters speak entirely in a jive dialect so unintelligible that it has to be subtitled. I’ve lost count of the number of people who have said to me, “You couldn’t do that scene today.”

Examiner – Lens:

The world’s tallest woman Rumeysa Gelgi (7′.7″) poses with her mother Safiye Gelgi during a news conference outside their home in Safranbolu, Karabuk province, Turkey, October 14.

Examiner – Investigates:

** New research finds tuberculosis can spread via tiny aerosol droplets; an estimated 90% of bacteria are released during breathing, as opposed to coughing as previously believed.

** Scientists demonstrate new battery chemistry using copper and cellulose nanofibers with up to 100 times more efficient conductivity than current lithium-ion batteries.

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Special Report LBN Examiner 10/27/2021

EXAMINER – INVESTIGATES:
Birth Order

The first theorist to suggest that birth order can affect human psychology was Alfred Adler (1870-1937). In short, he argued that firstborns are “dethroned” by a second child, which permanently affects the firstborn’s personality. Additionally, younger and older children may be spoiled and pampered, which also permanently affects their later personalities.

  • When discussing birth order, it is important to note that there are other various, influential factors related to the development of personality, including family size, sex of each child, sibling deaths, relationship between parents, how critical parents are, and family blending due to divorce or death.
  • Researchers note that men may be more likely to be homosexual if they share their birth mother with older brothers. Each older brother increases a man’s odds of being homosexual by approximately 33%.
  • Parents may impose their own stereotypes about birth order on their children which, in turn, creates self-fulfilling prophecies. In other words, a firstborn child may feel like a leader because his parents handed him this role early in life. Or a firstborn will believe he is smarter and approach a testing situation with more self-confidence, thus, boosting his score.
  • Some researchers say that the apparent disadvantages middle children endure can help them be more empathetic, independent, and articulate.

Last – Borns Tend to be the Most Rebellious

  • Because last-borns view their older sibling as bigger, faster, and smarter, they may attempt to differentiate themselves by being more rebellious.
  • Famous firstborns include Zac Efron, Beyoncé Knowles, Dakota Fanning, Harrison Ford, Matthew Perry, Jennifer Aniston, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Chuck Norris, Sylvester Stallone, Reese Witherspoon, and Ben Affleck.
  • Firstborns are more likely to make at least $100,000 more annually than their siblings.
  • When there is a five- to six-year gap between children, the next child starts a “new” family and “new” birth order.
  • Sometimes extenuating circumstances tweak the natural birth order sequences so that a later-born child may act like a firstborn, or a firstborn can seem to have characteristics that are inconsistent with the way firstborns are “supposed” to act.
  • One researcher advises parents not to adopt a child who is older than any biological children they already have. The younger biological child may feel “dethroned” by the adopted child.
  • Second-born children are known for going the opposite direction from the firstborn in the family.
  • Because firstborns are often given more responsibility at home (e.g., babysitting younger siblings, helping with chores), they can be quick to take charge.

Firstborns Tend to Score Higher on IQ Tests

  • Firstborns tend to score higher on IQ tests and typically get more education than their brothers and sisters.
  • Famous youngest siblings include Prince Harry, Blake Lively, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Martin Short, Ellen DeGeneres, Whoopi Goldberg, Jay Leno, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Jon Stewart, Billy Crystal, Danny DeVito, Drew Carey, Jim Carrey, Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, John Candy, and Charlie Chaplin.
  • Blended families do not automatically create new birth orders, especially if the children are older. Specifically, after the age of 5 or 6, personalities are already mainly formed, which means the firstborn is always a firstborn, a middle child is always a middle child, and so on.
  • A 2007 study showed a correlation between IQ and birth order: the more older siblings one has, the lower one’s IQ.
  • Firstborn personalities can be created by being the oldest of your sex, having a 5-year (or more) gap between you and the child above you of the same sex, or achieving a role reversal and taking over the firstborn privileges and responsibilities.
  • Generally, firstborns or only children are conscientious, well-organized, serious, goal-oriented, achieving, people pleasers, and believers in authority. Other traits include perfectionist, reliable, and self-reliant.
  • According to a survey the U.S. Census Bureau released in 2009, the average number of children in a household under the age of 18 is one.
  • Qualities of a middle child include mediator, compromising, diplomatic, avoids conflict, independent, loyal to peers, many friends, a maverick, and unspoiled.
  • Approximately, 1,300 new blended families form every day in the U.S. Approximately 40% of all marriages represent a remarriage of one or both parties. If remarriages continue at this rate, 35% of all children born will live in a stepfamily by the time they reach 18. Approximately 1 in 6 children under the age of 18 is a stepchild.

One in 6 Children Under the Age of 18 is a Stepchild

  • Research notes that middle children are the most secretive of all birth orders.
  • Qualities of a last-born include manipulative, charming, blames others, attention seeker, tenacious, people person, natural salesperson, precocious, engaging, affectionate, and loves surprises.
  • One marriage counselor noted that the most competitive, most volatile, and most discouraging marriage combinations are where both spouses are firstborns or, worse, only children.
  • One marriage counselor noted that the first principle (not a rule) for riskier marriage is to marry someone in your own birth order. In other words, a firstborn marrying a first born or a middle child marrying a middle child.
  • A middle child who marries another middle child desires peace at any price, which can actually lead to avoidance. Their marriage may have a quiet surface with all kinds of storms brewing underneath. They are more likely to not communicate well because they feel it isn’t worth the hassle to confront each other.

Middle Born Children Visit Therapists Less

  • Statistics show that firstborns and last-borns visit therapists and counselors more often than middle children.
  • A couple consisting of two last-borns is more likely to get into debt.
  • Last-borns or only children who marry other last-borns make the best match. The next most successful marriage pairing are middle children and last-borns.
  • If there is one generalization someone could make about middle children is that they feel squeezed or dominated—or what has been known as the Middle Child Syndrome.
  • Middle children are less likely to be spoiled and, therefore, they tend to be less frustrated and demanding of life.
  • Because only-children spend so much time alone, they tend to be self-entertainers and often tend to be the most creative of all birth orders. One researcher calls them “Super First Borns.” Like firstborns, they are confident, pay attention to detail, and tend to do well in school.
  • The way parents treat their children is as important as the children’s birth order, spacing, sex, and physical or mental characteristics. The key question is this: do parents provide a loving, accepting, and warm environment or was it critical, cold, and distant?

Firstborns Usually Receive the Most Attention

  • Firstborns are often used to being the center of attention. In fact, an oldest child will have approximately 3,000 more hours of quality time with his or her parents between ages 4 and 13 than the next sibling will get.
  • Because firstborns follow their parents’ lead and they don’t have older siblings to make fun of them, they like taking charge and have more confidence. Additionally, parents are more likely to praise every firstborn’s first milestone, which also can lead to more confidence.
  • Because firstborns tend to be perfectionists, they may be afraid of making mistakes and resist taking action. They may also have trouble admitting when they’re wrong.
  • Famous middle children include Donald Trump, Elijah Wood, Bill Gates, Princess Diana, and Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Studies show that middle-borns are the most monogamous of all birth orders.
  • One college survey showed that only-children are perceived as more self-centered, attention seeking, unhappy, and unlikable than those who grew up with siblings.
  • Twenty-eight out of 44 U.S. presidents, or 64%, have been firstborns or functional (play the role of) firstborns.
  • Famous older children include Gerald Ford, FDR, Ted Koppel, David Copperfield, Joe Montana, Leonardo da Vinci, the Duchess of Windsor, Charles Lindbergh, Indira Gandhi, and Isaac Newton.
  • Researchers distinguish between “actual birth order” or ABO (the numerical rank order into which someone is born) and “psychological birth order,” or PBO (self-perceived position in the family). Actual and psychological birth order can vary for various reasons, including illness of one child, family size, and degree of separation between siblings.

Actual Birth Order May Differ from Psychological Birth Order

  • Firstborns tend to walk and talk earlier than later-borns.
  • “Firstborn” may mean the first born in a family, the first child of that gender born in the family, or a child whose next-closest same-sex sibling is 5 or more years older than him or her.
  • Eight of the 11 presidential candidates in 2008 were firstborn sons or firstborn daughters in their families.
  • Research suggests that firstborns are more highly motivated to achieve than later-borns.
  • Of the first 23 American astronauts sent into outer space, 21 were firstborns and the other two were only-children.
  • All seven astronauts in the original Mercury program were firstborns.
  • When a child is born with special needs, younger siblings may take on the firstborn role.
  • Generally speaking, children are affected and influenced the most by whoever is directly above them in the family.

Siblings are Affected and Influenced the Most by Whoever is Directly Above them in the Family

  • Famous only-children include Natalie Portman, Maria Sharapova, Tiger Woods, Alicia Keys, Shane West, and Jada Pinkett Smith.
  • Statistics show that firstborns often fill positions of high authority or achievement. For example, Who’s Who in America and American Men and Women in Science both contain a high percentage of firstborns.
  • The physical makeup of children can skew birth order generalizations. For example, two closely spaced boys with the youngest being significantly bigger, or a firstborn girl who is extremely pretty and a second-born girl who is extremely plain.
  • Because middle-borns are sandwiched between younger and older siblings who wanted things done their way, middle children are often the ones to propose to compromise, often at their own expense.
  • The last-born child typically has the least limits and, therefore, is more likely to take the riskiest options.
  • Researchers are unsure why, but middle-borns tend to leave home relatively earlier than their siblings.
  • A danger for last-borns is that they may be more likely to be disappointed in life. Last-borns are more likely to grow up with expectations that other people, specifically parental figures, would automatically know and prove what you wanted. However, the longer people are taken care of, the higher the chance they will feel let down by others later in life.

Twins Have their Own Unique Birth Order

  • Twins usually don’t follow typical birth order roles in Western nations. However, when twins are born vaginally, the firstborn is usually bigger and the other is usually at greater risk for health problems. Consequently, parents may consciously treat the first twin more like a firstborn.
  • Because last-borns tend to focus so much of their attention on what others can do for them, they are less likely to set goals or be organized, though they tend to be more creative and innovative.
  • Newscasters and TV talk show hosts tend to be firstborns or only-children. Prominent examples include Peter Jennings, Oprah Winfrey, Geraldo Rivera, and Rush Limbaugh.
  • Parents subconsciously identify with the child who holds the spot in the family they occupied themselves. A lastborn dad may think his youngest child’s antics are cute while a firstborn mom sees them as irresponsible.

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LBN Examiner 10/24/2021

HEATING BILLS COULD SURGE 30% THIS WINTER, ENERGY DEPARTMENT WARNS:

Americans can expect significantly higher heating bills this winter. On October 14, the United States Energy Information Administration’s winter fuels outlook predicted the largest increase in winter heating prices since 2008. The Wall Street Journal reports: Nearly half of U.S. households that warm their homes with mainly natural gas can expect to spend an average of 30% more on their bills compared with last year. The agency added that bills would be 50% higher if the winter is 10% colder than average and 22% higher if the winter is 10% warmer than average. The forecast rise in costs, according to the report, will result in an average natural-gas home-heating bill of $746 from Oct. 1 to March 31, compared with about $573 during the same period last year. “We are very concerned about the affordability of heat this winter for all customers, but in particular those who struggle every day to afford their utility services,” National Consumer Law Center staff attorney Karen Lusson told the outlet.  

Media Disregards Caravan Leader Pledging ‘Ready for War’ with National Guard:

In a disturbing video posted on Twitter a week ago, migrant activist and leader of the massive 80,000-person caravan heading to the U.S.-Mexico border, Irineo Mujica, declared that they were “ready for war” with the National Guard if they would not let them through regardless if they had the proper documentation or not. And equally disturbing, at no point in the last seven days had the broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, or NBC) shared this very clear threat with their viewers. Despite the story circulating for a week, Fox News Channel was the only major television outlet to give it considerable airtime with multiple segments throughout the weekend. And by Monday, they were still at it while ABC’s World News Tonight, CBS Evening News, and NBC Nightly News were gushing about Paul McCartney blaming John Lennon for the Beatles breaking up. Meanwhile, the story was so widespread it even showed up in reporting from a local Chicago television station, WGN9. It also showed up on NewsNation’s On Balance with Leland Vittert. “You would think that given all this information, the Biden administration would be sending for reinforcements and sending them to the border,” said Vittert, but he wasn’t. In Fox’s most recent reporting on the matter, during Monday’s Tucker Carlson Tonight, national correspondent Bill Melugin shared a soundbite of Mujica’s threat with an on-screen translation. “And this time, with papers or without papers, we are ready for war. If the National Guard comes, and they are so cowardly to want to hit women and children, get ready,” he yelled.

Shoplifting Skyrockets in NYC:

For Lattina Brown, what she saw, or rather, what she didn’t see on the empty shelves of a drug store near her Bronx home shocked her. “I went into my local pharmacy to purchase some vitamins and when I walked into the pharmacy, I noticed that the shelves were like completely empty and I asked the workers there, like what happened to the merchandise with your vitamins? Where’s your toilet paper and other essential items? I was told that people were coming in there stealing them, looting things out of the store and that they cannot touch them.” The NYPD says shoplifting from January to September in 2021 is up about 6,000 cases compared to all of last year. Brown, who is running for New York City Council in District-17, fears this wave of petty crime will drive more major chain stores out of the Bronx. “This is a major pharmacy, Rite Aid that caters to a lot of families who have underlying health issues. If we lose this pharmacy, we’re going to be left out in the open to dry like we have people suffering with asthma, diabetes, heart conditions,” Brown said. “Walgreens shut down not too long ago because they had the same issue. So we don’t want this to continue to happen. There needs to be some, some type of change.”

The surge in shoplifting is happening in New York City and in cities across the country. One video posted to social media shows thieves helping themselves to products at an Ulta beauty store in California. Meanwhile, Walgreens in San Francisco has announced it will close five more stores because of shoplifting. “It’s multifaceted, one of the things is the unemployment rate is going up in the wake of the pandemic,” Darrin Porcher, a retired NYPD Lieutenant, told FOX 5 NY. “Secondly, we have a lot of cases of mental illness that are not being treated. So when you have the collaboration of the unemployment at a peak coupled with mental illness that’s not being treated, you now have a combustible situation.”

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Examiner – Investigates:

SPOOKY SPENDING

Halloween is back. Here’s how people are spending this year:
The pandemic shut down most activities last year, resulting in a boo-ring Halloween. So, it’s no surprise that consumers are expected to drop a record $10.14B on the holiday this year, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual survey. That’s up from $8.05B in 2020.

How do folks plan to celebrate in 2021? Per a consumer survey from Coresight Research:

–  49.5% say they’ll hand or leave out candy for trick-or-treaters
–  42.5% plan to decorate their homes
– ~36% plan to either attend or host a party
–  34.5% plan to wear a costume
–  32.1% intend to carve pumpkins or do other home activities
–  25.8% will let their kids go trick-or-treating  (9.9 point increase from last year’s 15.9%)

What are the hot costumes this year? NRF learned the most popular Halloween costumes for adults this year include witches (4.6m), vampires, (1.6m), and ghosts (1.4m). But NRF also conducted its survey in early September, before “Squid Game” launched on Netflix and caused a 7,800% sales spike for white Vans, a 62% uptick in searches for red boiler suits, and millions of views on TikTok costume tutorials.

Examiner – Lens:

In England, they call bald guys “lollipop men.”

Woke Walmart Trains Staffers in Critical Race Theory: U.S. a ‘White-Supremacy System’:

Woke Walmart has trained more than 1,000 employees in critical race theory, denouncing the U.S. as a “white-supremacy system” — and telling staffers to accept their “guilt and shame” and stop thinking “white is right,” according to leaked documents. The retail giant confirmed to City Journal that it has been working with the Racial Equity Institute, a North Carolina company devoted to “creating racially equitable organizations.” Walmart said it has “engaged REI for a number of training sessions since 2018” and has “found these sessions to be thought-provoking and constructive.” City Journal’s Christopher Rufo, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, said a whistleblower gave him a cache of internal documents that highlight how the training is based on critical race theory. It is mandatory for executives and recommended for hourly-wage store staff — with more than 1,000 having already been trained, Rufo reported. The program centers on the claim that the US is a “white supremacy system” designed “for the purpose of assigning and maintaining white skin access to power and privilege,” Rufo said.

Examiner – A Look Back:

Post office and gas station in Le Grand, Iowa. April 1940.

Examiner – (Notable) Remarks:

** A lot of people want to convince you that you need a Ph.D. or a law degree or dozens of hours of free time to read dense texts about critical theory to understand the woke movement and its worldview. You do not. You simply need to believe your own eyes and ears. Let me offer the briefest overview of the core beliefs of the Woke Revolution, which are abundantly clear to anyone willing to look past the hashtags and the jargon. Every day I hear from people who are living in fear in the freest society humankind has ever known. Dissidents in a democracy, practicing doublespeak. That is what is happening right now. What happens five, 10, 20 years from now if we don’t speak up and defend the ideas that have made all of our lives possible? Liberty. Equality. Freedom. Dignity. These are ideas worth fighting for. —- Bari Weiss

Albany Pols, NYPD Order Cops to do Nothing as Drug Addicts Shoot Up:

New York City’s war on drugs is over. The junkies won. The New York Police Department waved the white flag last week — upon orders to surrender from Albany — directing officers to let drug addicts freely shoot up on city streets, and even let them share needles. “Effective immediately, members of the service should not take any enforcement action against any individual who possesses a hypodermic needle, even when it contains residue of a controlled substance,” states a directive to NYPD commanders issued last Friday. Senate Bill 2523, cited in the order to street cops, decriminalizes the possession or sale of hypodermic needles and syringes, commonly used by addicts to inject drugs such as heroin. “This law says stick a needle in your arm, pump your body with poison and lose your life,” said state Sen. Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island), one of the few NYC lawmakers who opposed the legislation. “This law says to people suffering addiction that New York has given up on you, that New York doesn’t care about you.” The measure, effective Oct. 7, originated in New York City, sponsored by state Sen. Gustavo Rivera (D-Bronx), and was signed into law by Gov. Kathy Hochul last week in Manhattan.

The Real Story by Sarah Garcia:

** Want to know how the voter scam in 2020 happened? Here’s how it worked. “Vote Navigators” were paid well to canvas mostly poor neighborhoods that traditionally vote for democrats. Often, these ballot mercenaries would go inside the homes of voters. Even though it is a crime in all 50 states to “electioneer” at polling places where you walk into vote, it is not a criminal activity for a third party to interfere with a mail-in ballot. That’s the vital loophole. Thousands of navigators flooded the democrat precincts In Wisconsin, Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia – all states that were close between Biden and Trump. The navigators “assisted” voters in filling out ballots and, at times, “cured” mistakes.  That means they corrected ballots so they wouldn’t be thrown out. Sometimes the hired political guns took the actual ballots from the folks and brought them to polling places. That is called “bundling.” The result was a much higher vote count for Joe Biden, as citizens who rarely participate in elections did so with the tutoring. So, now we know why the left loves mail-in ballots so much. 

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Examiner – Investigates:

An unvaccinated child is at less risk of serious Covid illness than a vaccinated 70-year-old.

Kitty Weed?

Meowijuana Wants To Get Your Cat High:

WHAT’S THE DEAL?

– Catnip, a type of plant that’s part of the mint family, gets cats high through a chemical called nepetalactone.

– In the US, ~31.8m households own cats, and $42B was spent on pet food and treats in 2020.

– Meowijuana packages catnip like weed and sells everything a cat owner needs, from treats and toys to accessories.

Is your cat stressed out from a long day of scratching everything in the home office? Meowijuana is looking to take the edge off with a line of catnip products packaged like weed. The company’s hilarious packaging is marketing gold. You can get pre-rolled joints, a jar of buds, or a pill bottle for your high-strung four-legged friend. Customers (or their cats at least) seem to be loving it. Meowijuana’s parent company, SmarterPaw LLC, just made the Inc. 5000 list for the 2nd year in a row, with 789% 3-year revenue growth. And there’s something for everyone (with paws). The company introduced a spinoff for dogs – Doggijuana. With 5-star reviews like “Considering sending my fur baby to rehab,” it would seem this stuff is potent. Have at it, Mittens.

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Examiner – Cartoon:

“Baseball is way too boring – so we’re doing one inning, winner takes all, everybody go home early and live their lives.”

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