DML Morning Briefing, Nov. 19
By Ryan Lynch

Today is November 19. Below are some of the stories grabbing headlines this morning. I hope you share this briefing as doing so will make you the smartest person in the room.

1.Elon Musk polls users on whether Donald Trump should be allowed to return to Twitter, millions swiftly respond
FoxNewsThe new Twitter boss took to the platform Friday evening and asked his supporters if the former U.S. president should be allowed back to return to Twitter after he was banned.

Trump was previously banned from Twitter immediately after the Jan. 6, 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol building for allegedly inciting the violence or for fear he could use the platform in such a way.

As for the poll, the response was overwhelming.

And most of the 8.4 million polled (as of early Saturday morning) agreed that Trump, who once had a dominant presence on the platform, should be allowed to return.

Ryan Lynch: Looks like Trump could be allowed to use Twitter again and rightfully so. Banning Trump was a disgraceful decision by the previous Twitter owners. But I’m not sure Trump would abandon his platform Truth Social.

2.$500m tech tycoon Tony Hsieh feared he was turning into a CRYSTAL, wanted to open theme park where visitors could pay with sea shells and blew $30m on plans for an ice castle weeks before dying in propane fire while doing 50 whippets a day
DailyMailA tragic tech CEO feared he was turning into a crystal, announced plans to open a theme park where visitors could pay with sea shells and blew $30 million on plans for an ice castle in the weeks leading up to his drug-addled death in a fire.

Tony Hsieh’s disturbed state of mind was revealed in court documents filed Wednesday as family members battle over his $500 million estate.

Hsieh, who created online retailer Zappos, and later sold it to Amazon, died in a fire inside a storage room at his girlfriend Rachel Brown’s Connecticut mansion in November 2020. He was just 46 years old.

And now it has been revealed he was consuming up to 50 canisters of nitrous oxide – also known as whippets – a day.

Ryan Lynch: Very unfortunate to see a bright mind turn sour.

3.North Korea’s Kim oversees ICBM test, vows more nuclear weapons
ReutersNorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un pledged to counter U.S. nuclear threats with nuclear weapons as he inspected a test of the country’s new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), state media KCNA said on Saturday.

The isolated country tested the Hwasong-17 ICBM on Friday a day after warning of “fiercer military responses” to Washington beefing up its regional security presence including nuclear assets.

Attending the site with his daughter for the first time, Kim said threats from the United States and its allies pursing a hostile policy prompted his country to “substantially accelerate the bolstering of its overwhelming nuclear deterrence.”

“Kim Jong Un solemnly declared that if the enemies continue to pose threats … our party and government will resolutely react to nukes with nuclear weapons and to total confrontation with all-out confrontation,” the official KCNA news agency said.

Ryan Lynch: Do you think North Korea would ultimately follow through with any of their threats?

4.Religious employees allegedly fired for not getting COVID-19 vaccine sue Massachusetts pharmaceutical company
FoxnewsReligious employees at a major pharmaceutical company have filed suit in Massachusetts, claiming their employer instructed them to be vaccinated against their beliefs.

Norm Pattis, an attorney who represents controversial political commentator Alex Jones, filed a lawsuit Thursday representing employees of Takeda Pharmaceuticals alleging their employer discriminated against their religious beliefs, which are protected under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, when they refused the COVID-19 vaccine.

“In response to the global pandemic caused by the spread of various strains of COVID-19, the defendant, a pharmaceutical company, elected to create a company-wide policy requiring vaccination against potential infection by COVID-19 of current and prospective employees,” reads the complaint filed with the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts.

According to the complaint, the company offered its employees an opportunity to request an exemption from receiving the vaccine but ultimately denied warranting one.

Ryan Lynch: No one should ever be told or required to put something in their body that either they don’t want or is against their beliefs. I hope the lawsuit is successful and leads the way for more individuals to fight back against what is destroying lives and our nation.

5.Upstate New York hit with 4 feet of snow in ‘historic’ winter storm
CNBCResidents of Buffalo and other parts of New York state woke up Friday morning to heavy snowfall that officials warn could “paralyze” the hardest-hit communities.

As of Friday morning, Erie County, home to Buffalo, has seen 4 feet of snow in areas like Blasdell, 42.5 inches in Orchard Park, 37 inches in Hamburg and about 19.5 inches in southeast Buffalo.

The “historic” winter storm is bringing what is known as lake-effect snow, which occurs when arctic air races across the relatively milder waters of the Great Lakes.

The lake-effect snow off of Lake Erie is extreme as of Friday, with snowfall rates of 2 to 3 inches an hour and prolific “thundersnow,” which happens when there’s thunder along with snowfall.

Ryan Lynch: I lived in New York for over 20 years and have never seen so much snowfall. I hope everyone in those areas like Buffalo stays safe and warm!

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