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Gabatron Morning Briefing – 11-19-15: America Gets A Little Jittery

Several people were yanked off of a Southwest flight at Midway for fighting over seat assignments. The passengers were described as being of “Middle Eastern decent,” they were asking people to switch seats so they could all sit together, and they were taken off because they were making their fellow passengers “uncomfortable.”

Interesting Stat of the Day: $50 million.

Paul Ryan has shot down the idea of putting a religious test on refugees from Syria. Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush wanted to only allow Christian refugees into the country.

Also, proving that stupidity is bipartisan: A mayor in Virginia, who is a Democrat is suggesting that internment camps might be the way to go. Basically, he said if it was good enough for the Japanese in WWII, it should work for fighting ISIS.

KFC and Dunkin Donuts are both toying with the idea of offering delivery service. Delivery fees will run somewhere around $5-7.

In technology news, Lyft, the RC Cola of on-demand ride sharing apps, predicts it will hit $1 billion in gross annual revenue based on its October performance.

Plus, a teacher in Poland decided it was a good idea to put a question on a physics test about pushing Syrian refugees off of a raft.

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Gabatron Morning Briefing – 10-2-15: The Kids Are Drinking The Kool-Aid

An Ohio middle school student was suspended for five days after being caught by school officials buying “happy crack.” No, she wasn’t buying an actual drug, kids just mix Kool Aid and sugar and snack on it during the day. The teachers could not tell the difference between Kool Aid and sugar mixed together and actual drugs, so she is suspended.

A Dunkin Donuts franchisee says that he plans to close 100 stores around the country.

Mind-blowing historical note: The US Navy has decommissioned the USS Simpson this week. which makes the USS Constitution the only commissioned US Navy ship that has actually sunk an enemy ship.

In technology news, Edward Snowden joined Twitter this week and although he hasn’t been very active yet, he’s already made one huge mistake. He forgot to turn off notifications for his Twitter account, so he got an email for every single person who followed him.

Plus, the new movie “The Walk” about Philippe Petit’s tight rope walk between the towers of the World Trade Center is making people throw up.

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