LBN – Monday, October 16th, 2017

*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.


  • 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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LBN – Sunday, October 15th, 2017

*Bannon: Trump Will Win 2020 Election With 400 Electoral Votes

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon on Saturday lashed out at Senate Republicans who haven’t defended President Trump against criticism and declared that Trump would win a landslide re-election victory in 2020. Speaking at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, the Breitbart executive chairman proclaimed a “season of war against the GOP establishment” and taunted lawmakers who he said haven’t backed up the president. “Yeah, Mitch, the donors are not happy. They’ve all left you. We’ve cut your oxygen off,” he said, addressing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. He also singled out Sens. John Barrasso, Dean Heller, and Deb Fischer for not disavowing Sen. Bob Corker’s criticism of the president. Corker has enraged Trump in recent weeks by publicly slamming him, most recently warning that he is leading the U.S. to “World War III.” Bannon, in contrast, had nothing but praise for Trump, saying he “is not only going to finish this term, he’s going to win with 400 electoral votes in 2020.”

*Fed’s Janet Yellen Says the Economy Remains in Good Health

Janet L. Yellen, chairwoman of the Federal Reserve, said on Sunday that the American economy was in good health in an upbeat assessment that reinforced expectations the Fed is planning to raise its benchmark interest rate later this year. “Job growth is strong, companies are increasing investment, and the United States is benefiting from the improved health of the global economy,” Ms. Yellen said in remarks to the Group of 30, which hosts gatherings of international policy makers and private-sector bankers. Referring to the Fed’s benchmark rate, Ms. Yellen said, “We continue to expect that the ongoing strength of the economy will warrant gradual increases in that rate to sustain a healthy labor market and stabilize inflation around our 2 percent longer-run objective.” The Fed has raised its benchmark interest rate twice this year, in March and in June, to a range between 1 percent and 1.25 percent. Investors expect a third 0.25 percentage point increase at the Fed’s final policy-making meeting of the year, in mid-December.

*DESTRUCTION – California Wildfires Now the Deadliest in State History

The wildfires raging in California are now the deadliest in the state’s history, with the death toll rising to 40 people. More than 10,000 firefighters are continuing to try to contain the fire, which has destroyed thousands of structures as winds in the area have been unrelenting. California Gov. Jerry Brown called it “truly one of the greatest tragedies that California has ever faced,” adding: “The devastation is just unbelievable. It is a horror that no one could have imagined.” The affected areas—around 214,000 acres—encompass Sonoma County and other areas north of San Francisco. More than 200 people are still unaccounted for, and 100,000 people in total have been forced to evacuate.

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*Lisa Bloom: Advising Weinstein Was a Mistake

Celebrity attorney Lisa Bloom says it was a “mistake” to represent disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein amid mounting sexual assault allegations. Bloom, who had earned a reputation as a defender of women’s rights by representing the accusers in several sexual harassment lawsuits, left even her own mother, Gloria Allred, shocked when she took on Weinstein’s case earlier this month. She resigned as Weinstein’s adviser last week following major backlash. In an interview with BuzzFeed News published Saturday, Bloom said she now realizes “my just being associated with this was a mistake.” “All I can say is, from my perspective, I thought, ‘Here is my chance to get to the root of the problem from the inside. … I thought that would be a positive thing, but clearly it did not go over at all,” she said. When she took on Weinstein’s case, she said, she was not aware of the rumors about him in Hollywood. “Before all this became public, there were plenty of people who thought he was a great guy,” she said. “I have clearly not been successful. I think anybody who does big bold things fails. And I definitely failed on this one.”

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*Inside the Weird World of the ‘Furry’ Fetish: 

It is estimated that at least 250,000 people in the US identify as “furries.” These are not an offshoot of PETA activists, rallying for the safety of animals and their coats. Instead, furries are a subculture whose members enjoy dressing up as cartoonish animals, sometimes as a sexual fetish but more often as a fun escape. In early September, the furry movement made headlines for all the wrong reasons. Scott Chamberlain, a councilman from New Milford, Conn., was forced to resign when it came to light that he was a furry. His animal of choice: a fox called Gray Muzzle. This revelation was confirmed via Chamberlain’s profile on a website called The profile showed a photo of him posing alongside someone in furry garb. That he checked a box, on his profile, stating that he “tolerates rape,” did not help his situation. Nevertheless, those in the furry community rallied behind Chamberlain. People who wanted Chamberlain out of his political position got “carried away,” said Joe Strike, 67, a writer who lives on the Upper East Side, identifies as a furry and authored the new book “Furry Nation” (Cleis Press) out now. “I don’t want to call it a lynch mob, but people get upset. I feel sorry for the guy.” From postings he’s read, Strike added, “people thought it was unfair.”

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Starbucks executive chairman Howard Schultz said Sunday he has “no intention” of pursuing political office but cautioned the country is going through a “significant crucible” at the moment. The billionaire has been politically active over the past few years, endorsing Hillary Clinton in the 2016 campaign and stepping down as CEO of Starbucks this year to focus on “social missions” as its chairman. According to Business Insider, Clinton was likely to tap Schultz as her Secretary of Labor had she defeated Donald Trump. Fox News host Abby Huntman asked Schultz if running for office was next for him. “I have no intention of running for public office,” he said. “I have a deep love and admiration for the country. I do feel the country’s going through a significant crucible, and I’m doing everything I can as a private citizen and trying to use the platform of Starbucks to advance the humanity and the compassion of our society.”

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*LBN-SPORTS INSIDER:   ***The family of Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots tight end who committed suicide in jail in April, has dropped its lawsuit against the National Football League, but left open the possibility of refiling it in a different court. Last month, lawyers for Hernandez’s family sued the N.F.L. in federal court in Boston, arguing that the league and the Patriots did not do enough to protect him from the dangers of concussions. The case was filed the same day that researchers at Boston University said an autopsy showed that Hernandez had an advanced form of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease linked to repeated head hits. In a filing Friday, lawyers for Hernandez’s daughter, Avielle, and her mother, Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez, said they had dismissed their case against the N.F.L. “without prejudice,” which allows them to refile it.

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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul Offit: Fever isn’t an illness. It’s the body’s attempt to fight illness. So when we treat fever with antipyretics, like acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen, we only handcuff an important part of our immune response. Although it might seem counterintuitive, several studies have now shown that antipyretics increase the severity of infections. The time has come to get over our fear of fever.  Much has been learned about the importance of fever from studies in animals, which can be divided into two groups: ectotherms and endotherms. Ectotherms regulate their body temperature using the environment. For example, when lizards want to raise their temperature, they climb to the top of a rock and sun themselves. When they want to lower it, they crawl under the rock.  Mammals, on the other hand, are endotherms. To increase our body temperature, our immune system releases chemicals called cytokines (like interleukin-1, interleukin-2, interleukin-6, interleukin-8, tumor necrosis factor, and others) that travel to a part of the brain called the hypothalamus and reset the body temperature to a higher level. To achieve a higher temperature we shiver, crawl under the covers, wear warm clothing, and shunt blood flow away from our arms and legs and toward our core.

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*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Melissa Etheridge looks really . . . happy . . . in this mugshot from her pot arrest on the US-Canadian border. The singer-songwriter beams in the photo, obtained Saturday by TMZ. Etheridge had been arrested back in August after her tour bus was stopped by US Customs and Border Patrol in North Dakota. In late September, she issued a statement explaining that she uses medical marijuana to fight her cancer pain.   ***Gary Oldman — who’s being buzzed about as an Oscar shoo-in for his role as Winston Churchill in the upcoming drama “Darkest Hour” — has the stamp of approval from the WWII hero’s heirs. “Gary has totally captured my great grandfather,” said Randolph Spencer-Churchill at Le Cirque after a screening.

LBN – Saturday, October 14th, 2017

*ADMIT DEFEAT – Last ISIS Fighters in Raqqa Seek Deal, Others Surrender

The last remaining Islamic State fighters in Raqqa are reportedly trying to negotiate a deal to get out using human shields as coalition forces close in. After the U.S.-led coalition announced that dozens of ISIS fighters surrendered on Saturday, a local official cited by Reuters said the remaining fighters were in talks with tribal elders on a deal that would allow them to flee to another ISIS-held city in Syria. Those who didn’t surrender are now “looking for a plan where they leave and take civilian hostages with them to another place far from the city, and then release the civilians,” Omar Alloush, a member of the Raqqa Civil Council, told Reuters. The U.S.-led coalition, which earlier said about 100 ISIS fighters had surrendered, has demanded that jihadist fighters turn themselves in without any conditions. Fighters from the group have reportedly been cut off from their leadership and left with a dwindling supply of weapons, though the U.S.-led coalition said it expects difficult days ahead as the city is retaken. The Syrian Democratic Forces have been fighting to reclaim the city—once the Islamic State’s de facto capital—since June.

*HARROWING – Canadian Ex-Hostage Says Taliban Faction Killed Infant Daughter, Raped Wife

A Canadian hostage freed after five years of captivity in Afghanistan earlier this week says the Taliban-linked network that held him and his American wife killed the pair’s infant baby and raped his wife. Joshua Boyle made the announcement upon returning to Canada on Friday night with his wife, Caitlan Coleman, and the couple’s three surviving children. In a statement read out to the press, he said both incidents occurred in 2014 and slammed his captors’ “stupidity and evil of authorizing the murder of my infant daughter.” He went on to say a guard had raped his wife with the help of his superiors and called on the Afghan government to bring the perpetrators to justice. “God has given me and my family unparalleled resilience and determination,” Boyle said. The couple was abducted by militants during a backpacking trip in 2012. Coleman was pregnant at the time and went on to have three other children in captivity. The pair was rescued by Pakistani forces on Wednesday with the help of U.S. intelligence information.

*Germany: ‘Very Dangerous World’ Awaits If Trump Ends Iran Deal

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Saturday warned that President Donald Trump has sent a “difficult and dangerous signal” with his recent talk of terminating the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. Trump on Friday refused to certify Tehran’s compliance with the landmark agreement, giving Congress 60 days to decide whether to reimpose sanctions. He said if amendments to the deal can’t be agreed upon by that time, it would likely be “terminated.” Such a move would likely only encourage Iran to focus more on developing nuclear weapons and ultimately lead to war, Gabriel told Deutschlandfunk radio on Saturday. “My big concern is that what is happening in Iran or with Iran from the U.S. perspective will not remain an Iranian issue but many others in the world will consider whether they themselves should acquire nuclear weapons too given that such agreements are being destroyed,” he said. “And then our children and grandchildren will grow up in a very dangerous world.”

*Weinstein Co. Denies It’s Up for Sale or Shutting Down

The Weinstein Co. on Friday denied reports that it was up for sale or being dismantled in the wake of its co-founder Harvey Weinstein’s escalating sexual-assault scandal. “Our banks, partners and shareholders are fully supportive of our company and it is untrue that the company or board is exploring a sale or shutdown of the company,” Bob Weinstein said in a statement. He emphasize that the company plans to continue as with several projects: “Polaroid is moving forward as planned with a release date of November 22 followed by Paddington 2 on January 12. The first Paddington grossed over $75 million and we expect even greater success for Paddington 2. Test screening scores are through the roof,” he boasted. “Business is continuing as usual as the company moves ahead.”

*CALIFORNIA DISGRACE! – Hepatitis A outbreak: State of emergency declared in California: 

Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency over the deadly hepatitis A outbreak in California. The emergency proclamation, which was issued by Brown on Friday, allows the state to increase its supply of hepatitis A vaccines in order to control the current outbreak. Immunizations from the federal vaccine program have been distributed to at-risk homeless populations in affected areas, but additional supplies are needed, according to a statement released by Brown’s office. The state has been slow to act on multiple warnings from various communities about the radically growing health problem of homeless roaming the streets.

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*DID YOU KNOW?  Did you know that in addition to being read daily in all 50 of the United States, LBN is read in 26 foreign countries daily including: China, India, Brazil, Russia, Germany, Japan, Israel, France, Korea, Cuba, Canada, Mexico, Greece, Spain, England, Australia, South Africa, Sweden, Iraq among others.

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*LBN-INVESTIGATES: The 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China, cost over US$40 billion, making it the second most expensive Games after the Russian 2014 Winter Olympics. Even though it was less expensive than the Russian Games, it hosted three times as many events

*OOPS – Nelly Rape Accuser Drops Charges

A woman who accused rapper Nelly of raping her on his tour bus near Seattle last week has decided to drop her claims. The woman’s lawyer, Karen Koehler, announced late Friday that her client wanted to stop the investigation and has refused to testify against Nelly in court. She “wishes she had not called 911 because she believes the system is going to fail her,” Koehler said. Nelly, whose real name is Cornell Iral Haynes Jr., was booked in Auburn, Washington last Saturday on suspicion of rape. He was later released and has not been charged with a crime.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***The crowd at the opening night of “Springsteen on Broadway” made the Walter Kerr Theatre look more like the Vanity Fair Oscar party than any usual Great White Way debut. And afterward, Ralph Lauren even shut down his Polo Bar for its first private party ever to celebrate. Before the lights even went down, schmoozing in the aisles were Lauren, Steven SpielbergDavid Geffen, Jimmy IovineRon MeyerLes MoonvesRichard Plepler, CAA’sRob LightAndrew Lloyd WebberTommy MottolaTom HanksRobert De NiroTina FeyBrian Williams andChristy Turlington. Sen. Chuck Schumer yelled over to Democratic rainmaker Geffen, “I am here because of you!” — and it wasn’t clear if he meant the show or his political career. Also in the crowd were E Street Band members “Little” Steven Van Zandt and Max Weinberg.  When the Boss arrived onstage, even the power brokers bellowed, “Bruuuuce!” After closing with “Born To Run,” Springsteen dashed to an after-party at the Hard Rock Cafe to hang with VIPs including his manager and producer Jon Landau, Sony Music CEO Rob Stringer, Jujamcyn Theaters president Jordan Roth (in a haute-rock blood-red leather McQueen suit), Daryl Roth,Richie Jackson and “Hunger Games” producer Jon Kilik.  Later, Springsteen was at Lauren’s Polo Bar for another bash where well-wishers also included Edward NortonLaura LinneyBob Woodruff and Julie Chen.

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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Bret Stephens: Negotiators warn never to take a hostage you can’t shoot. By announcing Friday that the administration would not certify that the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran was in the national interest,Donald Trump has taken a hostage. The hostage is the deal itself. Contrary to belief, decertification neither violates nor cancels the agreement. It does not betray our commitments to our allies and it does not abrogate our obligations to the Iranians. It’s an act of domestic politics between two branches of the United States government. But it’s also a psychological step, a brash signal that Trump is prepared to see the deal fail and accept the consequences, including war, if he can’t negotiate a better one. Since Iran insists it won’t budge, it sets Washington and Tehran on a path of confrontation that can be averted only if one side or the other blinks. Decertification is Trump saying: We won’t blink. On Thursday, a well-placed source who advises the administration on Iran policy and supports decertification listed for me all the ways things could go wrong.

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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Kate BriqueletFor $2 a day or $1 an hour, scores of men and women are fighting the wildfires ravaging California’s wine country. They’re on call 7 days a week, on the front-lines, and make up 35 to 40 percent of Cal Fire, the state’s firefighting force. And they’re inmates serving time for nonviolent crimes. In recent years, some residents have called them “angels in orange.” “It’s a real good experience. It’s better than sitting (in the prison) yard. I like getting in there and helping people,” one 33-year-old inmate,Deshan Heard, told the OC Register this week. Heard, of Los Angeles, is serving six years behind bars for robbery.

*LBN-HISTORICAL COMMENTARY by Helen Keller:Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved