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Ye, Formerly Known as Kanye West, to Acquire Parler Platform

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Parlement Technologies announced today (Oct. 17) that it has entered into an agreement in principle to sell Parler, the world’s pioneering un-cancelable free speech platform, to Ye (formerly known as Kanye West). Ye has become the richest black man in history through music and apparel and is taking a bold stance against his recent censorship from Big Tech, using his far-reaching talents to further lead the fight to create a truly non-cancelable environment.

“In a world where conservative opinions are considered to be controversial we have to make sure we have the right to freely express ourselves,” says Ye.

October Harvard-Caps Harris Poll: Republicans Are Inching Closer Towards a Wave as They Win Over Voters on Inflation, Crime, and Immigration

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Stagwell today (Oct. 14) released the results of the October Harvard-CAPS Harris Poll, a monthly collaboration between the Center for American Political Studies at Harvard (CAPS) and the Harris Poll and HarrisX. Republicans are connecting with voters on their key issues of inflation, crime, and immigration, while Americans see Democrats as mostly focused on Jan. 6, 2021, women’s rights, and the environment. Biden continues to struggle on the economy, which is the key issue: 84% of Americans think the U.S. is in a recession now or will be by next year, and 58% are not confident in Biden’s ability to hold inflation at bay.

CEO Confidence Deteriorated Further Heading Into Q4

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The Conference Board Measure of CEO Confidence in collaboration with the Business Council stands at 32 to start Q4 2022, down from 34 in Q3. The measure fell deeper into negative territory, to lows not seen since the depths of the Great Recession. (A reading below 50 points reflects more negative than positive responses.)  A total of 136 CEOs participated in the Q4 survey, which was fielded between Sept. 19 and Oct. 3.

The recent survey asked CEOs to describe the economic conditions they are preparing to face over the next 12-18 months. An overwhelming majority—98%—said they were preparing for a US recession. Moreover, 99% of CEOs said they were preparing for an EU recession.

IBM Study: Consumers Are Ready to Celebrate and Spend for the Holidays but Uncertainty Looms

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According to the annual global holiday shopping and travel report released by IBM’s Institute for Business Value (IBV) today (Oct. 17), many global consumers are ready to celebrate the holidays again and will be shopping earlier than in years past. However, as a wider set of economic and political issues took center stage this past year, new risks and uncertainty loom over their plans.

The study found that 2022 shopping budgets are up 8% over 2021—in line with Bain’s economic forecast—and holiday travel budgets are up by almost half. However, factors including inflation and price increases have made economic concerns top of mind this holiday season. While 59% of consumers surveyed say they will be less concerned about COVID-19, two in three say they will be more concerned about the economy. 59% of respondents report worrying more about supply chain disruptions that could make holiday shopping harder or more expensive.

CPSC Offers Safety Tips to Keep Hazards from Haunting Your Halloween

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As families across the nation prepare for festive Halloween fun, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is reminding consumers to focus on safety when selecting and creating costumes and home decorations. Over the past three years, CPSC estimates that an annual average of 3,200 Halloween-related injuries were treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments.

Fire safety is important year-round, with special awareness during the holiday seasons. A new CPSC report estimates that candles and electrical cords/plugs were associated with an annual average of 5,600 and 1,600 fires, respectively, from 2017 through 2019.

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