*SNOWFLAKE HEAVEN – Ahead of Halloween, universities nationwide tell students what not to wear:
Throughout October, universities across the nation are warning their students against Halloween costumes some consider offensive. Gone are the days when college students could dress up without fear of being reported to a bias response team. In recent years, more and more campus leaders have made it their mission to warn students what not to wear. Fliers, memos, workshops and more impart the admonitions. “Unacceptable costumes” listed on a University of St. Thomas diversity flier are “wearing Native American headdresses, dressing up as a ‘Mexican’ by wearing a sombrero, dressing as a ‘geisha,’ any form of blackface.” “Cultural appropriation is defined as ‘the act of taking intellectual and cultural expressions from a culture that is not your own, without showing that you understand or respect the culture,’” explains a University of St. Thomas diversity memo to students. “This can be as simple as wearing a Dashiki without knowledge or respect to West African culture, and as serious as wearing a fake Native American headdress without any regard of its sacredness,” adds the memo. “It generally incorporates a history of prejudice and discrimination by perpetuating long-standing stereotypes.”
*LBN-INVESTIGATES: For the first time ever, more New Yorkers are using ride service vehicles like Uber than the city’s famed yellow cabs. We crunched the numbers provided by Uber and found people took an average of 289,000 Uber rides every day in July compared with 277,000 taxi trips.
*Colin Kaepernick Files Grievance Claiming NFL Owners ‘Punished’ Him
Colin Kaepernick, the quarterback whose game-day protests against police brutality earned the wrath of President Trump, has filed a grievance against the National Football League alleging that team owners have colluded against him. In a statement Sunday by Mark Geragos, Kaepernick’s attorney, the former San Francisco 49er says athletes who engage in peaceful protest “should not be punished” for the move. Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the 49ers in March and has not yet been picked up by another team. The statement also appears to take a jab at Trump, saying protesting athletes should not be denied employment due to “partisan political provocation by the Executive Branch of our government.” Kaepernick ignited a nationwide debate on police brutality and racism last year by taking a knee during the national anthem, a move that inspired other athletes to join in. Trump slammed the protests for “disrespecting our country” and last month called for NFL players who take a knee to be fired.
*Asked If Trump Is ‘Castrating’ Him, Tillerson Retorts: ‘I Checked. I’m Fully Intact.’
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson jokingly pushed back on Sunday against a suggestion from a top senator that PresidentTrump is trying to “publicly castrate” him, saying in an interview: “I checked. I’m fully intact.” Tillerson was responding to Sen. Bob Corker’s (R-TN) criticisms of the president for his tweets in recent weeks that have appeared to undermine the work of Tillerson in containing the threat from North Korea. Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee who has sided with Tillerson during the public spats with Trump, made the remark during an interview with The Washington Post. “I think this is an unconventional president. He uses unconventional communication tools. He used unconventional techniques to motivate change,” Tillerson said on CNN’s State of the Union. “This is not a place that likes to change. It actually enjoys the status quo.”
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*US immigration population hits record 60 million, 1-of-5 in nation:
A huge boom in immigration, legal and illegal, over the past 16 years has jumped the immigrant population to over 43 million in the United States, according to a new report. And when their U.S.-born children are added, the number grows to over 60 million, making the immigrant community nearly one-fifth of the nation’s population, according to federal statistics.
*Ed Sheeran’s Tour Dates in Doubt After Bicycle Accident
English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran announced Monday that he’s been in a bicycle accident, throwing his upcoming tour dates in doubt as he awaits medical advice. Sheeran posted a photo of himself in a plaster cast and a sling. He is set to begin the Asian leg of his tour in Taipei on Oct. 22. “Please stay tuned for further news,” he wrote.
*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Amid all the attention on Pyongyang’s progress in developing a nuclear weapon capable of striking the continental United States, the North Koreans have also quietly developed a cyber program that is stealing hundreds of millions of dollars and proving capable of unleashing global havoc. Unlike its weapons tests, which have led to international sanctions, the North’s cyber-strikes have faced almost no pushback or punishment, even as the regime is already using its hacking capabilities for actual attacks against its adversaries in the West.
*‘Happy Death Day’ Beats ‘Blade Runner’ for Box Office No. 1
The horror film Happy Death Day exceeded expectations to place first in the box office this weekend, beating out the star-studded Blade Runner 2049. The slasher flick, which follows a woman who must re-live the day she was killed over and over again in order to solve her own murder, raked in $26.5 million over the weekend, while grosses for the much costlier Blade Runner fell 54 percent in its second weekend.
*LBN-INVESTIGATES: U.S. Military:
The United States Department of Defense is considered the largest employer in the country, with over 3 million employees. In second place is Walmart, with 1.3 million employees, and 3rd is Exxon-Mobil with 950,000 employees.
Each year, about 79,000 people join the US Military. If the US Army were a city, it would be the 10th largest in the U.S., having more people than popular cities such as San Francisco, California; Jacksonville, Florida; and Austin, Texas.
The US Department of Defense controls over 30 million acres of land worldwide, which combined would make up an area slightly larger than the state of Pennsylvania.
The US Army Special Forces has 450,000 soldiers deployed to 135 of the 195 recognized countries of the world. Some of the tasks they perform in these countries include: unconventional warfare, foreign internal defense, direct action, counterinsurgency, special reconnaissance, counterterrorism, information operations, counter proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and security force assistance.
The Pentagon serves as the headquarters of the US Department of Defense. It is one of the world’s largest office buildings, with 3 times the floor space of the Empire State Building in New York City. Built during WWII, the Pentagon has a distinct, five-sided shape and 17.5 miles of corridors.
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*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***A big get with Harvey Weinstein accuser Lauren Sivan wasn’t big enough to pull Megyn Kelly out of her ratings slump. Her “Megyn Kelly Today” viewership slipped from 0.77 ratings points on Monday to 0.54 ratings points on Tuesday of last week. “It’s a possible all-time low for ‘Today.’ It may even be lower than her [Fox] cable show. [NBC News president] Noah Oppenheim and [NBC News and MSNBC chairman] Andy Lack are in big trouble,” a source said. ***NBC has tracked down and fired the staffer who leaked the infamous — and wildly entertaining — tape of Lawrence O’Donnell’s meltdown during which he swore at his crew because of “insanity in my earpiece.” Multiple sources said that a male “Today” show editor was found to be the culprit who compiled and leaked the eight-minute video of O’Donnell raging at staff during breaks in an Aug. 29 live broadcast of his show “The Last Word.” In the clip, a furious O’Donnell slams his fist on his desk and rants about “insanity in the control room” and “stop the hammering!” and what he calls “f—king out-of-control s—t.”
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*LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Margot Robbie has secretly been married to longtime boyfriend Tom Ackerley for three years — despite reports they wed in December. It has been widely reported that Robbie and British film director Ackerley exchanged vows in a secret ceremony on the Gold Coast of her native Australia last year. But the “Goodbye Christopher Robin” star was overheard at the Hamptons International Film Festival revealing they’ve in fact been married for a lot longer.
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