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Gabatron Morning Briefing – 11-23-15: Please Stop Bothering Your Fellow Airline Passengers

Two Arabic-speaking men were briefly kept off a flight from Midway to Phoenix. Passengers said they were uncomfortable flying with them because they were speaking Arabic while they were waiting for their flight. Eventually Southwest employees let them on the airplane anyway, and while one of them was boarding, other passengers took it upon themselves to ask to see the contents of his carry on.

Interesting Stat of the Day: 93 percent. A study at an all-you-can-eat pizzeria found that men who dined with women ate 93 percent more pizza than men who dined with other men.

The Satanic Temple of Minneapolis is offering to help some of their fellow Twin Cities residents in need. They say they would be happy to help any Muslims made uncomfortable by the recent surge in anti-Islamic sentiment.

As if you needed another reason to be worried about our future as a species. According to a new poll 40% of millennials are OK with the government banning offensive speech.

In technology news, Washington and Beijing are making efforts to avoid a crisis in space before it happens.

Plus, a Vietnamese-Australian man is taking issue with Facebook after they’ve repeatedly blocked him from using his real name. His name? Phuc Dat Bich.

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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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