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LBN Examiner 11/27/2022

REV. AL SHARPTON GETS GIANT RAISE, AND HIS CHARITY SPENDS $1M ON JETS, LIMOS:

Rev. Al Sharpton’s charity nearly doubled his compensation and also shelled out close to $300,000 for private jets so that he and other bigwigs could attend “important gatherings.” The National Action Network paid Sharpton $348,174 in 2021 as its president and CEO and gave him a hefty bonus of $278,503 – plus $22,117 worth of benefits for total compensation of $648,794, its latest tax filing shows. The preacher’s 2020 compensation came to $347,183, which did not include a bonus. NAN also forked over nearly $1 million on private jets and limos. It paid $291,833 to Apollo Jets, which brokers private plane flights – from Lear jets to 737s – and boasts on its website about celebrity clients like Derek Jeter and Shaquille O’Neal. NAN also spent $650,134 on Carey International, a high-end car service.

Sharpton, 68, and other NAN senior staff, along with victims’ families got to fly on the private flights to events, funerals and “important gatherings,” according to a NAN spokeswoman. “Some of it was me. Some of it was the chairman. Some of it was victims’ families,” Sharpton said, noting the pandemic was still forcing commercial carriers to cancel flights. He said every flight was reimbursed by a donor, but he wouldn’t name the contributors.

Persecution Of Christians Rising In At Least 18 Countries Of ‘Particular Concern,’ Report Finds:

The persecution of Christians in at least 18 countries throughout the world has been increasing, according to a new report. The report, titled “Persecuted and Forgotten? A Report On Christians Oppressed For Their Faith 2020-22,” was released on November 16 by the Catholic group Aid to the Church In Need. It examined “human rights violations” in 24 countries where the persecution of Christians is “of particular concern” and revealed that the conditions in 18 of those countries have gotten “worse” or “slightly worse” for Christians. “Religious nationalism and authoritarianism intensified problems for the faithful – including the Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan, which prompted Christians and other minorities to attempt a desperate scramble to escape,” the report stated, explaining some factors behind the rise. The 18 countries were mainly in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. They include China, Afghanistan, Turkey, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Mali, Nigeria, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Pakistan, Myanmar, Russia, North Korea, Vietnam, India, and Qatar. The results are from 2020-2022 and are compared with data from 2017-2019.

How A Lobbying Blitz Made Sports Betting Ubiquitous:

Less than five years ago, betting on sports in the United States was prohibited under federal law except in Nevada casinos and a smattering of venues in other states. Sports leagues argued that the ban safeguarded the integrity of American sports, while consumer watchdogs warned that legal gambling could turn fans into addicts. In countries like Britain, sports gambling free-for-alls had left trails of addiction. But in 2018, the Supreme Court ruled that the federal prohibition was unconstitutional. DraftKings and FanDuel, giants in the fast-growing field of fantasy sports, had already mobilized an army of former regulators and politicians to press for sports betting in state capitals. Soon, in a crucial reversal, sports leagues overcame their antipathy toward gambling, which they came to see as a way to keep increasingly distracted audiences tuned in. Casino companies also hopped on board.

It was a market, the industry hoped, that could be worth billions a year. And so they set out to seize it. Gambling companies and their allies deployed a bare-knuckled lobbying campaign, showering state lawmakers with money, gifts and visits from sports luminaries and at times using deceptive arguments to extract generous tax breaks and other concessions, according to a New York Times investigation. It was based on thousands of pages of documents and communications obtained in part through open-records requests and interviews with dozens of industry and state officials.

Examiner – Lens:

A newborn named Elias is held after his birth in a cesarean delivery to parents Alia and Karim at Charite hospital in Berlin, Germany, as the world’s population is estimated to reach 8 billion this week, according to a United Nations report.

Man ‘Having The Time Of His Life’ Smoking Crack On NYC Subway:

A man caught on video smoking what appears to be crack on a city subway train has social media abuzz and New Yorkers fired up. “Oh man!” shouts the wired, bug-eyed passenger after lighting up and sucking on a glass pipe. “Check him out, y’all. He having the time of his life!” observes the video-taker in the 23-second clip shot aboard an uptown 4 train last month. The pepped-up passenger – wearing a blue surgical mask around his forehead – then spins around, stands against the subway doors and shouts, “Ayo, damn man!”

DoorDash Wants To Deliver Everything:

With food delivery down from its pandemic highs, it might be surprising to hear that DoorDash shares are up 28% in the last month. One reason investors are bullish: the company has proven it has a viable grocery and convenience delivery business. This pins the company against new competitors … some of which are struggling: Instacart cut its valuation to ~$13B last month, down from $39B in early 2021, and reportedly plans to push its IPO to next year. Gopuff recently laid off ~2k employees, and pushed its IPO plans to next year as well. While its competitors struggle, DoorDash has reportedly doubled its grocery delivery business since last year.

So what makes DoorDash different? Users seem to be using DoorDash in a different way from its pure-play competitors: The average DoorDash order is under $50, compared to $100+ for Instacart. These smaller volumes suggest customers are likely using DoorDash to supplement in-store grocery shopping, rather than replace it, ordering “top-off” items to avoid extra in-store trips. This use case could prove to be more sustainable than relying on delivery for all groceries in the long run. DoorDash is relatively new to grocery and convenience … So is Uber, one of its top rivals in general delivery. Both companies are trying to hook customers with a $10/mo. subscription, setting up a battle for wallet share. With ~40% of its 25M monthly users subscribed to DashPass, DoorDash seems to have a head start.

Examiner – Lens:

Liz Wilson, 37, has 1.2 million TikTok followers. People on TikTok are digging through trash to shame wastefulness by companies.

Wildly (Politically) Incorrect by George Vandeman:

** Kelisa Wing is the diversity, equity and inclusion chief at the Pentagon’s education wing. Fox News discovered that on two occasions, speaking in her official capacity, she promoted an anti-police book. She has also praised a book calling 9/11 first responders “menaces.”

** The media is blasting Florida Governor DeSantis’ easing of voter rules in areas hit hardest by Hurricane Ian because they are “more Republican.” He had expanded mail-in ballot access and early voting in those devastated areas.

** Boston Children’s Hospital says children can know they are transgender “from the womb.”

** Speaking of the sexes, University of Southern Maine students demand that a professor be replaced for saying only two sexes exist. A grad student, who is non-binary, said the professor’s stance felt like a “personal attack.”

** You had better watch the air that you breathe. Bill Maher blasted an “a-hole” friend who refused a dinner invite because he didn’t want to “breathe the same air” as another guest who voted for Trump.

** The creator of gay romcom film “Bros,” that had a wide release by a major studio, reacted to the minimal $4.8M box office for the film, despite rave reviews, by complaining that “straight people just didn’t show up.”

** Here’s another shock. California pushes a “woke, cartoonishly progressive” agenda, according to California state Rep. Kevin Riley. He added, “We have the highest homelessness, highest rate of poverty. We have out-of-control crime. The achievement gap in our schools are bigger than anywhere in the country.”

** Google goes Woke! Search engine launches an “inclusive language” function to cut down on politically incorrect words. You type “landlord,” and you get a warning that it “may not be inclusive to all readers,” (like you give a damn). Terms like “policeman” should be replaced with “police officers.” And, of course, “humankind” is more inclusive than “mankind.” No word yet on whether you can disable this function.

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Examiner – (Notable) Remarks:

** Many measures of adolescent mental health began to deteriorate sometime around 2009. It is true of the number of U.S. high-school students who say they feel persistently sad or hopeless. It’s also true of reported loneliness. And it is true of emergency room visits for self-harm among Americans ages 10 to 19. This timing is suspicious because internet use among adolescents was also starting to soar during the same period. Apple began selling the iPhone in 2007. Facebook opened itself for general use in late 2006, and one-third of Americans were using it by 2009. Technology use is not the sole cause of these trends. Modern parenting strategies, among other factors, play a role as well. But digital technology – be it social media, video games, text messaging or other online activity – plays a strong role, many experts say. —- David Leonhardt, N.Y. Times

** “Most people work just hard enough not to get fired and get paid just enough money not to quit.” —- George Carlin, “Brain Droppings” (1997)

** “Debt is bondage.” —- Suze Orman

** Here’s the truth: bigotry is not to blame for the failure of Bros. In fact, most Americans don’t care whom you sleep with (or marry!) and have seen complex, three-dimensional gay characters on their screens for years, from Milk to Moonlight. —- Issac Grafstein

** Right this moment, America’s southern border is a war zone overrun with drug cartel operatives, lawless fugitives, floods of illegal drugs, and helpless women and children caught in the crossfire. —- Charlie Kirk

** Kanye West, who now goes by Ye, is a brilliant musician. He is a brilliant musician who is mentally ill. But those facts do not undermine what is undeniable. Namely, that the wealthiest musician in the world appears to hold deeply conspiratorial views about Jews informed by the antisemite Louis Farrakhan and a hate cult called the Black Hebrew Israelites, whose worldview – black people are chosen by God; Jews are pretenders – is disturbingly prevalent in large parts of American culture. —- Bari Weiss

** Democrats have a crime problem. More than three-quarters of voters say that violent crime is a major problem in the United States, according to a recent Politico/Morning Consult poll. Back in the 1990s, Bill Clinton and Joe Biden worked hard to give the Democrats credibility on this issue. Many Democrats have walked away from policies the party embraced then, often for good reasons. But they need to find another set of policies that will make the streets safer. —- David Brooks

** All of the Western world is now suffering economic turmoil and cost of living crises. Nobody who is in power is going to look good at such a time. But it was the choice of politicians in Britain – as it was in America – to pump out free money since 2008. We did so under the apparent belief that the costs of money-printing would never arrive. —- Douglas Murray

Examiner – Readers Have Spoken:

DOES RED STATES’ BUSSING OF MIGRANTS TO SANCTUARY CITIES ENCOURAGE ILLEGAL MIGRATION?

We asked Examiner readers in all 50 of the United States and in 26 foreign countries for their thoughts. The Examiner readers have spoken.

EXAMINER – INVESTIGATES:

** How has drought in the western U.S. impacted Lake Mead? (photo above)

** A new study found that up to 1.35B young people are at risk of hearing loss due to dangerously loud listening habits. READ

** Meta reportedly fired or disciplined over two dozen workers who unethically took over user accounts, in some cases for bribes. READ

** Two hundred passwords you shouldn’t use. READ

** Scientists find first evidence that drug-resistant bacteria can travel from the gut to the lung; study suggests increased risk of potentially fatal respiratory infections in hospitalized patients. READ

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DID YOU KNOW?

** The suspect in the weekend shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs that left five dead and over a dozen injured has been arrested on murder and hate crime charges, according to court records. The charges are preliminary and subject to change. The 22-year-old gunman remained hospitalized as of yesterday with unspecified injuries after being subdued by patrons following the attack at Club Q.

** Did you know that he had allegedly threatened his mother with a homemade bomb in June 2021. The Colorado Springs district attorney’s office declined to bring formal charges after not finding any explosives.

Buckle Up – ‘Avalanche’ Of Immigrants Preparing To Enter U.S. When Title 42 Ban Is Lifted:

Immigrants denied entry to the U.S. are amassing on the Mexican side of the southern border, preparing for the end of Title 42, a pandemic-era policy that barred migrants from entering the country. Venezuelan asylum seeker Samuel Guerra told The Post he plans to be among an “avalanche” of immigrants he predicts will enter the U.S. He’s currently living in a tent city of mostly Venezuelans half a football field away from El Paso, Texas – with only the Rio Grande and Title 42 standing between him and the U.S. A federal judge ended the Trump-era policy – used to kick out over 2.3 million immigrants from the country since its 2020 inception. The court gave the federal government a five-week deadline to close it, meaning it will officially end by Dec. 21. “In December, it’s going to be an avalanche of people; a sea of people,” Guerra said.

Broken Windows:

Broken Windows, Broken Business. How the Smallest Remedies Reap the Biggest Rewards.

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Examiner – Business:

** Hours after filing for bankruptcy, FTX was reportedly hacked, with $600M+ in crypto stolen from the platform.

** Twitter reportedly laid off 80% of its contractor staff, with the cuts expected to impact content moderation and core infrastructure.

** Colorado became the second state after Oregon to decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms.

** Elon Musk said he’ll sleep at Twitter HQ “until [the] org is fixed,” and explained that Twitter employees must now buy food at the office – previously a free perk that cost $13M annually.

** Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia is launching Samara, a new venture that sells factory-produced apartments to rent out in your backyard, starting at $289K.

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** Breaking down the language of lying and how you can spot a lie. WATCH

** An animated 3D tour of everything inside the Titanic. WATCH

Examiner – Reader Poll:

SHOULD PEOPLE BE BARRED FROM RUNNING FOR FEDERAL OFFICE PAST THE AGE OF 70?

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Examiner – 20 Years – A Look At 2002

The LBN Examiner was founded on June 1, 2002, an incredible 20 years ago. Let’s take a look back at what was going on in 2002:

** On November 29, “The Concert for George,” a benefit memorial to George Harrison, was held at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

** On November 30, Ina Garten’s cooking show “Barefoot Contessa” premiered on the Food Network.

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LBN Examiner 11/20/2022

EXIT POLL SHOWS NEARLY 70% OF SINGLE WOMEN VOTED DEMOCRAT IN MIDTERMS:

Unmarried women voted Democrat in the 2022 Midterm elections by a significant margin, according to exit poll data. Compared to married individuals favoring GOP candidates this year, a CNN exit poll of 18,571 total respondents found 68% of single women marked their ballots for Democratic politicians – a 37-point margin over the Republican Party. “One of the fascinating things about our ongoing political realignment is the massive political incentive Democrats have to keep women unmarried,” tweeted political commentator Mollie Hemmingway.

World Population Milestone:

Earth’s population will reach 8 billion people, according to projections from the United Nations. The number is three times the population in 1950 and eight times that of the early 1800s. The 200 years since the Industrial Revolution began have seen a massive population explosion due to a reduction in child mortality and an increase in life expectancy. Improvements in food production, sanitation, and medicine – as well as widespread access to household items like refrigerators and ammonia – have drastically reduced hunger and disease globally. Annual population growth peaked at just over 2% in the early 1960s and has since declined to under 1% amid a decrease in fertility rates. By the end of this century, total annual deaths are expected to surpass births, likely resulting in a decline in population. Overall, demographers estimate almost 120 billion people have lived on Earth.

Billionaire Ken Griffin Slams Woke Ideology In Schools As ‘Crushing’ For Kids:

Billionaire Ken Griffin slammed woke ideology at schools across the U.S. as “crushing” for children – and griped that his own family has been caught in the mess. “My children went to a phenomenal school in Chicago … but their indoctrination in woke ideology was crushing,” Griffin said in a conversation with Miami Mayor Francis Suarez that was hosted by The Economic Club of Miami. Griffin, who this summer moved the headquarters for his giant hedge fund Citadel to Florida from Chicago, donated $100 million to Republicans this election cycle. In a video of the Monday interview that was obtained by The Post, Griffin revealed how liberal policies have affected his own kids’ education. “They came home very confused about whether or not the United States was a good country,” Griffin said. “And they came home confused about what they could or couldn’t say to a student who was Asian or otherwise of color.” “My son was reprimanded for telling an Asian student he was good at math – for stereotyping,” Griffin continued. “And it’s unbelievable to see how that destroys the minds of children who are otherwise innocent and good and don’t think about these kinds of things.” Griffin said. “Watching them transform here in school in Miami is perhaps the greatest gift Miami has given my family,” he added.

Examiner – Lens:

A border patrol agent lights a path for asylum seeking migrants from Central America as they navigate through thick brush after being smuggled from Mexico and across the Rio Grande river into Roma, Texas, November 6.

Chain-Smoking Grandpa Runs Marathon In 3.5 Hours:

A Chinese grandpa redefined smoking the competition after running an entire marathon in just 3.5 hours while puffing away on cigarettes. Images of the chain-smoking athlete are lighting up Weibo – the Chinese social media platform – as fans praise his respiratory fortitude. The 50-year-old runner, known as Uncle Chen, accomplished the breath-taking feat at the Xin’anjiang Marathon in Jiande, running the entire 26.2 miles while either smoking or lighting up a cig. Smoking might seem like it would be at odds with long-distance running. However, the tobacco-loving grandpa reportedly managed to complete the event in an impressive 3 hours, 28 minutes and 45 seconds – a “good” marathon time, according to the Marathon Handbook. As a result, Uncle Chen placed 574th out of around 1,500 runners, as seen in a certificate posted on Weibo.

Convicted Murderer On Parole Tries To Kidnap Girl, 8, In NYC:

A convicted murderer released on parole less than three months ago tried to kidnap an 8-year-old girl in front of her dad on a Bronx street this week, cops said. Juan Rivera, 52 – who was only released from state prison in late August – grabbed the girl as she walked with her father at Fox Street and St. John Avenue in the Woodstock neighborhood around 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, authorities said. Rivera “physically restrained” the child as he walked with her along the sidewalk, cops said. The girl’s dad stepped in and managed to wrestle his daughter out of the fiend’s clutches, police said. NYPD officers who happened to be driving by at the time arrested Rivera, cops said.

Examiner – Lens:

Joni Mitchell has granted very few interviews since suffering a brain aneurysm in 2015, but she just sat down with Elton John for an in-depth conversation that will air on his Apple Music 1 show Elton John’s Rocket Hour.

EXAMINER – COMMENTARY by Nellie Bowles:

** Nary a red wave to be found: On Tuesday night [November 8], all across the country, reporters took out their beautiful pre-written takes on crime and inflation and lit them on fire. Because it turned out that even though Americans are indeed sick of the crime, sick of the inflation and sick of Joe Biden, there’s something they’re sick of even more: a Trumpist Republican party.

** A bloodbath in Silicon Valley: Facebook (aka Meta) is cutting 11,000 workers – roughly 13% of its workforce. Redfin and Salesforce are also slimming down. At Twitter, Musk not only laid off workers, but he eliminated the “Days of Rest,” the employees’ monthly paid mental health days (how could he). Amazon is on a hiring freeze as it becomes the first public company in history to lose a trillion dollars in value. A correction for big tech isn’t all bad, though. A lot of people at these bloated Silicon Valley behemoths are doing fake jobs (“rest and vest,” is the line at Google), and with that free time comes time to do annoying things that have nothing to do with Facebook’s bottom line, like attempting to manipulate American culture and algorithmically decide elections. Also: People should get out of the nap pods and start companies. There’s a semi-famous quote about modern Silicon Valley that I think of a lot, said by a data scientist Jeff Hammerbacher: “The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads. That sucks.” It does. As someone now in the business of a small business, I highly recommend it. New business formation, which slumped after a 40-year decline, is on the rise again, and those businesses might be able to actually compete for talent now that the unlimited poke bowl party is over.

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Examiner – (Notable) Remarks:

** There have been 74 attacks against anti-abortion organizations since the Dobbs leak, according to Catholic Vote, a lobbying group that supports conservative causes. That figure comports with a leaked June 24 Homeland Security memo, which predicts “violence could occur for weeks following the release [of the Supreme Court decision], particularly as DVEs” – Domestic Violent Extremists – “may be mobilized to respond to changes in state laws and ballot measures on abortion stemming from the decision.” The attacks have been against openly pro-life groups like Appling’s, but more often the violence is directed against so-called crisis pregnancy centers, which often pose as clinics providing medical services but, in fact, exist in order to deter women from getting abortions. Mobs of masked vandals have smashed windows, and plastered buildings with messages like “fake clinic” and “liars.” Activists have interrupted church services. Someone hurled two explosives at an Oregon Right to Life office, in Salem. Yet so far, there has been not a single arrest, according to pro-life activists who have been following the attacks. —- Olivia Reingold, Executive Producer of Matthew Yglesias’s New Podcast: “Bad Takes”

** We know our Union is faulty; we know our leaders are flawed; we know that our society’s edges are frayed. To take one hard look at China is to prefer all this to your dismal alternative. —- Bret Stephens

** “The economy is strong as hell!” exclaimed a smug President Biden jubilantly on Saturday as he guzzled a large chocolate chip ice cream. The eye-boggling irony of this absurdly disingenuous statement wouldn’t have been lost on America’s ice cream vendors who are suffering a terrible year as the price of making it has soared by 13%, driven largely by higher milk costs caused by higher dairy farming costs. And what’s behind those higher dairy farming costs? Inflation. The worst inflation, at 8.2%, for 40 years. —- Piers Morgan

** It’s essential to prevent banks from failing en masse when their loans start going bad. That was well established by the three American economists, including the former Federal Reserve chair Ben Bernanke, who shared this year’s Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. But you know what’s equally essential? Preventing banks from getting into this predicament in the first place. Regulators have become very good at the first mission, not so good at the second. Banks and other financial institutions keep doing dumb things that put the economy and taxpayers at risk. The latest example is in Britain, where a sharp rise in interest rates wrought havoc on pension funds because of their poorly conceived bets on interest rate derivatives. The Bank of England was forced to come to their rescue. —- Peter Coy, New York Times

** In case you haven’t noticed, let me alert you to a bracing turn of events: The U.S. is now in conflict with Russia and China at the same time. Grandma always said, “Never fight Russia and China at the same time.” So did Henry Kissinger. Alas, there is a strong case in the national interest for confronting both today. But have no doubt: We are in uncharted waters. I just hope that these are not our new “forever wars.” —- Thomas L. Friedman

** “The universe is under no obligation to make sense to you.” —- Neil deGrasse Tyson, “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry”

Examiner – Readers Have Spoken:

DID THE ISSUE OF ABORTION INCREASE YOUR LIKELIHOOD OF TURNING OUT FOR THE MIDTERMS?

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EXAMINER – INVESTIGATES:

** The world population reached 8B, according to UN projections. It’s more than tripled since 1950 and is expected to peak at ~10.4B circa 2080. READ

** Why go to Paris when you can just build Lego’s new 10,001-piece Eiffel Tower that is five feet tall and costs $630. READ

** Study links habitual high-intensity aerobic exercise to a more than 70% decrease in the risk of developing metastatic cancer; authors point to more efficient glucose consumption by organs. READ

** Scientists demonstrate artificial photosynthesis system at least 10 times more efficient than existing technologies; the system uses sunlight to produce usable fuels like ethanol and methanol. READ

** Study shows rats bob their heads, move in sync with musical beats; marks the first observation of innate beat synchronization in animals. READ

** 82% – The share of Black Democrats who said violent crime was very important to their midterm vote this year, compared with 33% of White Democrats. READ

** Roughly 13% of deaths of Americans aged 20-64 involved excessive alcohol consumption; new study evaluated data from 2015 to 2019 before the pandemic. READ

** How life expectancy has changed since 1950. READ

** Fascinating slow-motion footage of moths taking flight. READ

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Examiner – Music:

Roberta Flack, known for hits like “Killing Me Softly With His Song,” has A.L.S. and can no longer sing.

Catalytic Converter Theft Surges As Precious Metals Attract Criminal Groups:

Police around the country are using gumshoe detective work to break up sophisticated rings that steal catalytic converters, though many fear that they aren’t making a dent in a crime wave triggered by pricey precious metals. Catalytic converters, cylindrical hunks of metal within the exhaust system of most cars and trucks, transform harmful gases into less-harmful ones using precious metals including rhodium, palladium and platinum. Some vehicles, such as Toyota Prius models, large pickups and delivery trucks, are often targeted by thieves because their catalytic converters contain a lot of the metals. Criminals use high-speed jacks and battery-operated saws to steal the devices in less than a minute, according to police.

Examiner – Bookkeeping:

** The cost of candy has now increased about 13% since last year.

** U.S. banks processed $1.2B in likely ransomware payments in 2021, report finds.

** Survey finds 79% of Americans said the economy was very important when deciding who to vote for in the 2022 congressional elections.

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April Dávila, Award Winning Author, Shares Her Love Of Writing:

November 1 was National Author’s Day. It also happens to be the first day of NaNoWriMo. If some writers decide taking the challenge, check out this post: 5 Things I’ve Learned About NaNoWriMo. #1 on the list: “Don’t plan ahead. Just go for it.” April Dávila received her master’s degree in writing from the University of Southern California. Her first Mini Master Class was a big success. For the November session on the 17th, she talked about how to write a story synopsis. Even if writers are not done with the story yet, a synopsis can be a great way to see where the holes are in the plot. Dávila is a practicing Buddhist, half-hearted gardener, and occasional runner. 142 Ostriches is her first novel. Dávila is a meditation teacher certified by the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California Berkeley. After realizing how much meditation helped her in her writing career (and her life) she decided to share what she had learned so that others might benefit.

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Examiner – Watch:

** What causes body odor? WATCH

** Portraits from the 19th century brought to life. WATCH

** Will there be another pandemic in your lifetime? WATCH

Examiner – Reader Poll:

SHOULD STATES REQUIRE HEALTH INSURERS TO COVER FERTILITY TREATMENTS?

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Examiner – 20 Years – A Look At 2002

The LBN Examiner was founded on June 1, 2002, an incredible 20 years ago. Let’s take a look back at what was going on in 2002:

** On November 18, Dark Horse/EMI posthumously released George Harrison’s 12th and final studio album – “Brainwashed.”

** On November 20, “Die Another Day,” directed by Lee Tamahori and starring Pierce Brosnan and Halle Berry, became the 20th James Bond film released.

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Bonus Edition LBN Examiner 11/16/2022

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Number Of Gifts This Year vs. Last

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Liquid Death

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Where Consumers Are Cutting Spending

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Bread Price Increases

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Cost Of Going To The Movies

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Fall Of Carvana

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Residents Per Public Restroom In Select Cities

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Disneyland Going Up And Up

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When Zoom Was Worth More Than Exxon

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Restaurants Open Late

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Small Biz Applications Over Time

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Decline Of Nuns

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