LBN – Saturday, May 26, 2018

*MAKE UP YOUR OWN (DAMN) MIND – READ LBN: Did you know that LBN is read by 12 members of the White House staff, 3 Nobel Prize winners, over 100 Academy Award winners, 6 U.S. Senators, and over 300 Grammy Award winners?

*South, North Korean Leaders Hold Surprise Meeting:

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met on Saturday to discuss sticking to their commitments to peace and Kim’s on-again, off-again summit with President Trump. South Korea’s presidential office said the meeting took place in a border truce village at the Demilitarized Zone, the second such high-level meeting in recent weeks. Seoul offered few details on the pair’s discussions but said the results would be made public on Sunday. The meeting came just hours after Trump took to Twitter to say the June 12 summit with Kim he’d canceled on Thursday may still be revived after the two sides had “productive talks.”

*Trump: ‘American Hostage’ in Venezuela Has Been Released:

President Trump on Saturday took to Twitter to announce that a Utah resident held in Venezuela for the past two years was now free and on his way to the White House. “Good news about the release of the American hostage from Venezuela. Should be landing in D.C. this evening and be in the White House, with his family, at about 7:00 P.M.,” Trump wrote. Sen.Orrin Hatch (R-UT) confirmed the news, saying in a statement that Joshua Holt and his wife Thamara were on their way “home” to the U.S. “after two years of hard work.” Holt, a Mormon missionary from Utah, was thrown in a Venezuelan jailin 2016 days after arriving to meet Thamara, whom he’d met online. He was accused of stockpiling weapons but was never given a trial. His release comes a week after he released a video plea begging Washington to save him during a prison riot.

*Ireland Votes in Landslide to Repeal Abortion Ban: Exit Poll:

According to an Irish Times exit poll, conducted by Ipsos/MRBI, Ireland has voted in a landslide to repeal the country’s abortion ban. “The poll suggests that the margin of victory for the Yes side in the referendum will be 68 per cent to 32 per cent—a stunning victory for the Yes side after a long and often divisive campaign,” the Times reported. In particular, the referendum asked voters whether to repeal a constitutional ban on abortion, enacted as Ireland’s Eighth Amendment in 1983. The debate over the motion became so massive that emigrant supporters of both repealing and upholding the law flew back to Ireland just to vote in the referendum.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Vacation is often a time to relax and refresh. Some experts think it could even make you more productive when you head back to work. But a whopping 49 percent of Americans won’t be taking one this summer, and while lack of money certainly plays a role, it’s not the only reason so many people are deciding to stay home. Bankrate, which conducted a survey of 1,000 people aged 18 or older, found that, of the 49 percent who aren’t planning a vacation, 50 percent said they can’t afford it, 24 percent have other family obligations and 22 percent can’t take time off work.

*WHO READS LBN? Seven (7) members of the New York City Mayor’s Office


1. The smell of young wine is called an “aroma” while a more mature wine offers a more subtle “bouquet.”

2. A “cork-tease” is someone who constantly talks about the wine he or she will open but never does.

3. Red wines are red because fermentation extracts color from the grape skins. White wines are not fermented with the skins present.

4. In the whole of the Biblical Old Testament, only the Book of Jonah has no reference to the vine or wine.

5. There is increasing scientific evidence that moderate, regular wine drinking can reduce the risk of heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, and gum disease.

*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***Hollywood power player Ron Meyer and his wife of 25 years have separated. Meyer — vice chairman of NBCUniversal and CAA co-founder — and his wife, Kelly Chapman Meyer, have been quietly telling close friends about the split, we hear, and the breakup has been whispered about around town. The couple told Page Six in a statement when reached for comment: “Together, we’ve made the difficult decision to separate after 28 years. While we’ve grown apart, we remain best of friends and will always share the love we have for our beautiful family.” (The couple’s been together for 28 years and married for 25.)

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*LBN-SPORTS INSIDER:   ***LeBron James scored 46 points and preserved his reign atop the Eastern Conference for at least one more game as the Cleveland Cavaliers shook off the loss of the All-Star Kevin Love to a head injury and beat the Boston Celtics, 109-99, on Friday night to force a Game 7. James, playing in perhaps his final game for the Cavaliers in Cleveland, delivered another sensational performance — he added 11 rebounds and nine assists while playing all but two minutes — to avoid elimination and delay any decisions about his future. Now he has a chance to make his eighth straight N.B.A. finals.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Bradley Cooper was spotted taking a “very leisurely” stroll with his 1-year-old daughter, Lea De Seine, in the West Village of New York City Friday afternoon. “He was just on a jaunt around the neighborhood with his daughter,” a spy said.

*Bob Brill, Award Winning Radio Personality Breaks Ground with New Podcast- “Interesting People with Bob Brill”:

Bob Brill- Award winning radio personality, Print Journalist, and Current News Anchor at a major All-News Radio Station in Los Angeles- is shaking up the Internet with a groundbreaking new Podcast called, “Interesting People with Bob Brill.”
Available for download on multiple devices, Brill, a former Edward R. Murrow Award winner, is bringing his unique style of interviewing to life with candid conversations with varied professionals. “No job is uninteresting. The famous and the not so famous lead interesting lives,” Brill describes. After having traveled the globe meeting “interesting” people and covering news events, Brill has dazzled his Podcast audience with guests such as; Steve Miller- the creator of GetDismissed, an easy to use, web service, and mobile application that allows California drivers to simply fight a traffic ticket without going to court… Christopher Montgomery- a talent agent, lobbyist in the Post 9/11 world, and former White House lawyer… Dr. Srini Pillay– a Harvard Psychiatrist, “Brain Master”, and author of the critically acclaimed book, “Tinker Dabble Doodle Try: Unlock the Power of the Unfocused Mind”… Hollywood Publicist and Hall-of-Fame Wrestler Rock Riddle, and Chris Voss- a former FBI Interrogator/Chief International Hostage and Kidnapping Negotiator, member of the New York City Joint Terrorist Task Force, and the CEO of Blackswan Group. “Each week a NEW Podcast will be released, unless circumstances dictate otherwise,” Brill explains. “Fans of the show can learn even more about their favorite guests by using the available blog links.”

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Michael Goldstein, a music publicist who made a fortune turning vinyl records into gold before startingThe SoHo Weekly News, a spirited newspaper that over a nine-year run was bent on silencing its rival The Village Voice, died on May 19 at his home in Manhattan. He was 79. His daughter Jocelyn Goldstein said the cause was pancreatic cancer.


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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Karol Markowicz:  A Pew Researchpoll from 2016 showed that men age 18-36, exactly Michael Rotondo’s demographic, were more likely to be living at home with their parents than alone, with a roommate or with a partner. That’s a startling statistic, especially as the same isn’t true for women. We can’t blame this stagnation on the entitlement of the millennial generation when half of that generation is living their lives as intended. Part of the problem is we’ve been encouraging girls at the expense of boys. The language of empowerment we use around girls is absent from how we talk to boys. The expectation that males will succeed just because they are male has been smashed, just like feminists wanted, but now what? To shrug our shoulders and not care what happens to a generation of young men is to produce a generation of Michael Rotondos, adrift and living at home as they enter their 30s.

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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Claire Cain Miller: The number of women leading the largest companies has always been small. This year, it got 25 percent smaller. The reversal is leading to a search beyond the usual explanations for why women don’t become chief executives — things like not being competitive enough, failing to chase opportunities for promotion and choosing work-life balance over high-powered jobs. That’s because evidence shows that the obstacles for female executives aren’t just because of their individual choices. There are larger forces at work, experts say, rooted in biases against women in power, mothers who work or leaders who don’t fit the mold of the people who led before them.  For many years, it seemed as if the share of women at the top of corporate America would slowly increase over time. The number of women leading companies in the Fortune 500 had grown to 6.4 percent last year, a record high, from 2.6 percent a decade earlier.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by William D. Cohan (Mr. Cohan is a journalist and author): It has long been common knowledge in farming that antibiotics can help cause animals to grow fatter faster. Time is money, particularly in the food industry, and for many years ranchers used antibiotics not just for treating diseases but also for promoting growth so that animals would be ready for the slaughterhouse sooner. (Mr. Lewis says his grass-fed steers require 27 months to get to market without antibiotics, more than twice as long as it takes cows pumped full of antibiotics.) In early 2017, the Food and Drug Administration enacted rules banning the use of human antibiotics purely for growth promotion in animals and requiring ranchers to get a prescription from a veterinarian for antibiotics that once could be purchased over the counter. The F.D.A. enacted the restrictions out of growing concern about the breeding of drug-resistant bacteria from antibiotic overuse. Those resistant bacterial strains can be transferred to humans by contact with animals or raw meat and possibly through the consumption of undercooked meat. The growing resistance of bacteria to antibiotics causes some 23,000 American deaths a year and $34 billion in financial losses annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The C.D.C. also estimates that more than 400,000 United States residents become ill with infections caused by antibiotic-resistant food-borne bacteria every year, with about one in five resistant infections caused by germs from food and animals.

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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Bret Stephens: He is prone to unhinged Twitter eruptions. He can’t handle criticism. He scolds the news media for its purported dishonesty and threatens to create a Soviet-like apparatus to keep tabs on it. He suckers people to fork over cash in exchange for promises he hasn’t kept. He’s a billionaire whose business flirts with bankruptcy. He’s sold himself as an establishment-crushing iconoclast when he’s really little more than an unusually accomplished B.S. artist. His legions of devotees are fanatics and, let’s face it, a bit stupid. I speak of Tesla chief executiveElon Musk, the Donald Trump of Silicon Valley. Not long ago, a wise friend with an enviable Wall Street reputation wrote me to describe his astonishment with Tesla, calling it “a situation unlike anything I have ever seen.” “The stock market valuation of a well-known company is stratospheric,” he said, “while at the same time its bonds are viewed as junk.” “Meanwhile,” he added, Musk “plays to his audience with constant tweets of claims that go largely, repeatedly and visibly unfulfilled. And the S.E.C., which is supposed to prevent companies like this that raise money from the public on false pretenses, sits idly by.”


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Alicia Silverstone is divorcing her husband of nearly 13 years. The “Clueless” actress filed for divorce from Christopher Jarecki on Friday in Los Angeles County Superior Court. The two have been separated for two years. Divorce documents say the 41-year-old Silverstone and the 47-year-old Jarecki will share custody of their 7-year-old son.   ***Britain’s best-known bachelor Hugh Grant finally ties the knot — as he gets hitched to a Swedish television producer at 57 years old. After a career playing a string of commitment-phobic characters in films including Four Weddings And A Funeral and About A Boy, the actor married 39-year-old Anna Eberstein. They swapped vows in a low-key ceremony on Thursday at Chelsea register office near their West London home, before posing for photos with family and friends — wearing their wedding rings for the first time.   ***Jon Snowand Ygritte’s wedding date has been revealed. “Game of Thrones” actors Kit Harington and Rose Leslie will tie the knot on June 23, according to BBC.The site reports the date has been posted at the Huntly registration office in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, where Leslie’s dad owns a castle.

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LBN – Friday, May 25, 2018

*LBN-INTEL FOR INFLUENCERS: Did you know that LBN is read by 12 members of the White House staff, 3 Nobel Prize winners, over 100 Academy Award winners, 6 U.S. Senators, and over 300 Grammy Award winners?

*Trump on North Korea: ‘We’re Talking to Them Now’:

President Donald Trump told reporters Friday morning that the White House is “talking to” North Korea, one day after he canceled the June 12 summit with Kim Jong Un in Singapore. “We’ll see what happens, we’re talking to them now, it was a very nice statement they put out we’ll see what happens,” Trump said before boarding Marine One. “It could even be the 12th, we’re talking to them now, They very much want to do it, we’d like to do it. We’re going to see what happens.” When asked if he thought North Korea was “playing games,” he replied, “Everybody plays games. You know that better than anybody,” according to the White House pool report. Trump cancelled the Singapore summit in a letter Thursday, saying it was “inappropriate” due to the “anger and open hostility displayed” by the North Koreans.

*Harvey Weinstein Arrested and Handcuffed in New York:

Harvey Weinstein turned himself in to New York City detectives and was arrested on Friday on charges that he raped one woman and forced another to perform oral sex, a watershed in a monthslong sex crimes investigation. Around7:30 a.m., Mr. Weinstein walked into a police station house in Lower Manhattan, flanked by several sex crimes detectives. Toting three large books under his right arm, he looked up without saying a word as a crush of reporters and onlookers yelled, “Harvey!” With camera shutters clicking and reporters shouting questions, the scene was a mirror image of the red carpets where Mr. Weinstein presided for decades as a movie mogul and king of Hollywood.

*Nebraska Fentanyl Bust Confiscates Enough to Kill 26 Million:

Nebraska State Patrol seized 118 pounds of fentanyl, enough to kill 26 million people, from what was described as a suspicious looking semi-truck, authorities said at a press conference Thursday. The amount of fentanyl picked up made the bust one of the largest ever in the U.S., the Drug Enforcement Administration said. The truck was reported to be moving in the shoulder lane and troopers became suspicious. When they searched the truck, they found the drugs in a hidden compartment. At first, the troopers thought the majority of the drugs were cocaine, but found upon further testing that it was all fentanyl, and was valued at around $20 million. According to a report from JAMA, fentanyl-related deaths have more than tripled between 2010 and 2016.

*Report: Russian Facebook Ads Targeted Hispanics After Trump Win:

Russian operatives bought dozens of Facebook ads in the wake of Donald Trump’s 2016 election victory that directly targeted America’s Hispanic community and sought to inflame racial tensions. Ads released by House Democrats this month showed Russian operatives focused on race during the presidential election, but an analysis from USA Today shows, in the first half of 2017, Facebook pages set up by a Russian propaganda operation started pushing ads on both sides of the immigration debate to set them against each other. “One set of ads targeted users who had shown interest in Hispanic and Latino culture with pro-immigration messages,” said the report. “Another set zeroed in on users whose views aligned with Trump on immigration and deportation.” Propaganda expert James Ludes explained: “The Russians don’t really care what the policy is; they care about the divisiveness that the issue itself engenders. They want to amp up the divisiveness and give it as loud a voice as they possibly can.”

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*Daniel Craig Confirms He Will Return as James Bond:

Daniel Craig has confirmed he will reprise the role of James Bond in the next movie despite previously saying he’d rather “slash [his] wrists” than play the British spy again. It’s also been confirmed that Oscar-winning Danny Boyle will direct the 25th Bond movie, set to be released in the fall of 2019. EON Productions’ Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli toldDeadline: “We are delighted to announce that the exceptionally talented Danny Boyle will be directing Daniel Craig in his fifth outing as James Bond in the 25th installment of the franchise. We will begin shooting Bond 25 at Pinewood Studios in December with our partners at MGM and thrilled that Universalwill be our international distributor.” Craig said in 2015: “If I did another Bond movie, it would only be for the money.”

*Deadbeat son evicted from parents’ home says he’s too broke to move:

The unemployed millennial who’s been ordered to pack up his belongings and vamoose from his parents’ home after they sued him says there’s one problem — he can’t afford moving boxes. Freeloader Michael Rotondo, 30, was ordered by anOnondaga County judge to get out of the house in upstate Camillus by noon June 1. His parents, Mark and Christina Rotondo, lowered the boom on their deadbeat son, who has been living with them rent-free for the past eight years, by suing him. Michael, who has a young son, told The New York Postthis week that he wanted three months to move out — or he’d appeal the judge’s ruling. But he cited a practical matter that he said prevents him from moving out. “Mostly, I need to start packing my boxes so I can move,” he told “But I have to pay for the boxes, which might be a problem.” Rotondo said he understands that if he fails to obey the court order, Onondaga County sheriff’s deputies could forcibly remove him.

*LBN-SEE IT:  ***President Trump, with Sylvester Stalloneand former and current boxers in attendance, signed a posthumous pardon for Jack Johnson on Thursday.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Dara Horn (Ms. Horn is a novelist and New Jersey native): There is something very eerie about reading fiction and realizing that you are ostensibly reading about yourself. I was 15 when I read the title novella of Philip Roth’s first book, “Goodbye, Columbus,” handed to me by a relative who informed me that it was “about our town.” It was. Published in 1959, the story is a brief romance between a poor Jewish boy from gritty Newark, my mother’s and grandparents’ hometown, and a rich Jewish girl from leafy and affluent Short Hills, N.J., my own. The town, still leafy and affluent, felt familiar. What didn’t feel familiar was Brenda Patimkin, the Newark narrator’s love interest. Vain and vapid, Brenda, whose striving parents were among the first Jews in exclusive Short Hills, was the sort who had her nose “fixed” to fit in with herHarvard classmates. I read that and laughed. I went to Brenda Patimkin’s public high school — which by the time I graduated in 1995 felt nearly as Jewish as Roth’s Newark. Harvard was where I learned Yiddish. These twists of fate tell a familiar story of an immigrant community’s path to the American mainstream. But for my family, the work of Philip Roth, who died on Tuesdayafter receiving every literary accolade short of the Nobel Prize, was intimate and personal. Every restaurant, synagogue and cemetery in his books was a real location in my family’s life. So how could this Jewish girl from Short Hills, and the many others like her who populate Roth’s books, feel so unfamiliar? Despite the years that divided us, wasn’t Brenda supposed to be a girl like … me?

*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Americans have always had a tremendous capacity for fantasy. Jay Gatsby is a classic American hero because he constructed a fantasy version of himself and then attempted to live it. John Wayneconstructed a fantasy version of the American West, which a lot of people still try to imitate. As Kurt Andersen writes in his book “Fantasyland,” for roughly three centuries America’s fantasist and realist impulses existed in rough balance. But now fantasy seems to be sweeping the field. I’d say the crucial pivot was in the early 1960s. Hugh Hefner created a fantasy version of masculinity. Ken Kesey created a fantasy image of an acid-dripping New Age. The two great writers who died this month tracked the explosion of fantastical thinking. In 1961 Philip Roth wrote an essay for Commentary called “Writing American Fiction,” in which he endorsed Benjamin DeMott’s observation that America was then experiencing a “universal descent into unreality.” Roth would go on to make the most of it. “Making fake biography, false history, concocting a half imaginary existence out of the actual drama of my life is my life,” he toldThe Paris Review.

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*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Elizabeth Sung, the veteran TV and film actress who starred in “The Young and the Restless” soap opera, died Tuesday. She was 63. Sung was well-known to fans as Luan Violen Abbott, owner of the Saigon Shack restaurant, SoapHub reported. She appeared in the long-running soap series from 1994 to 1996, reported.   ***Faith Whittlesey, who was the highest-ranking woman on the Reagan White House staff during her time there and who helped lay the foundation for the religious right’s enduring allegiance to the Republican Party, died on Monday at her home in Washington. She was 79. The cause was liver cancer, her son William Whittlesey said.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Lady Gaga is the cure for a long week. An attendee said on Friday that the “Million Reasons” songstress put on an impromptu show at the Rose Bar at Gramercy Park Hotel in NYC on Thursday night. “First she came and was having drinks with friends and there was a five-piece jazz band playing in front of the fireplace,” the insider told us. “She got up and did about three or four songs.”   ***Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk attempted to slip in a side door unnoticed to a Cinema Society screening in NYC of “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” They chatted with guests Tiffany Haddishand Ali Hewson before the lights dimmed. Later the film’s starsAlden EhrenreichDonald Glover and Emilia Clarke hit Le Bain until almost 1 a.m. Also at the after-party were Brian d’Arcy JamesMichael Kenneth WilliamsDavid Lauren andLauren BushZadie Smith, and Zazie Beetz.

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LBN – Thursday, May 24, 2018

*Trump Cancels Summit With Kim Jong Un:

President Donald Trump in a letter addressed to Kim Jong Un said he has canceled a planned summit with the North Korean leader in Singapore next month. “I was very much looking forward to being there with you. Sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting,” Trump wrote. The summit was to discuss the suspension, and possibly destruction, of North Korea’s nuclear-weapons program. “You talk about your nuclear capabilities, but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used.”

*Facebook ‘Surveilled’ Users’ Texts and Pictures, Exploited Data: Lawsuit:

A lawsuit filed by a California startup alleges that Mark Zuckerberg effectively “weaponized” data in order to keep business booming, and Facebook practiced mass surveillance—including seeking to read text messages and gather data about those not on the network, The Guardian reported. While the social-media giant has now curbed the ability of apps to access friends’ data, “extensive confidential emails and messages between Facebook senior executives including Mark Zuckerberg” allegedly show that the platform exploited companies looking to advertise on the network by threatening to cut off access to user data unless they bought “expensive ads on the new, underused mobile service.” The suit, by Six4Three, also alleges that Facebook sought to track user locations, read texts, monitor calls, access phone microphones, and track competitor app use. Facebook denies such allegations, and is seeking to dismiss the case using a California free-speech law to protect its “editorial decision to stop publishing certain user-generated content via its platform to third-party app developers.” Six4Three is opposing that motion.

*Report: Hundreds of Russian Syria Deaths Remain ‘a Mystery’ After February U.S. Clash:

In a four-hour February battle by a small U.S. military outpost in Syria, about 500 “pro-Syrian government forces—including Russian mercenaries” fought 40 special ops forces, despite U.S. officers calling their Russian counterparts and “urging them to stop the attack,” The New York Times reports. The Feb. 7 attack, which occurred near a Conoco gas plant close to Deir al-Zour, killed “200 to 300” pro-Assad forces, and no U.S. forces were harmed, the Times reported, citing interviews and documents it obtained. After U.S. forces called the Russians, they fired warning shots toward the amassing troops, who were a mixture of private Wagner Groupmercenaries and Syrian forces. The troops still advanced on the U.S. personnel, leading to heavy casualties on their side. Russian officials have claimed that “several dozen” Russian citizens were killed or hurt in the fight, admitting four deaths. But the number could be hundreds more: A Syrian officer told the Times that about 100 of their soldiers were killed, leaving about 100 to 200 deaths from the fight unclaimed by either side. The use of mercenaries in Syria by Russians has not been fully disclosed by the Russian government.

*Trump: NFL Stars ‘Shouldn’t Be in the Country’ if They Don’t Stand for National Anthem:

Donald Trump told Fox & Friends on Thursday morning that NFL stars should stand “proudly” for the national anthem before football games. He welcomed the NFL’s new rules imposing fines for teams allowing players to kneel on the field, but criticized allowing dissenting stars to remain in the locker room. “I don’t think people should be staying in locker rooms, but still it’s good. You have to stand proudly, or you shouldn’t be playing, you shouldn’t be there, maybe shouldn’t be in the country.”

*U.S. Servicemen Guarding Nukes Took LSD on Missile Base:

Service members on a U.S. nuclear-missile base in Wyoming took LSD and experienced mind-blowing acid trips, Air Force records obtained by the Associated Press show. The airmen, who were entrusted with guarding nuclear missiles, were among those who bought, distributed, and used LSD and other mind-altering illegal drugs as part of a ring that operated undetected for months on a highly secure military base in Wyoming in 2016. Generally it seems, the trips, which were administered via perforated white paper, were good: On one occasion, airmen watched YouTube videos and “then went longboarding on the streets of Denver while high on LSD.” Another airman testified, “I absolutely just loved altering my mind.” However not all users experienced the same positive reactions. One airman is quoted as saying, “I’m dying! When is this going to end?” during an LSD experience in February 2016 at Curt Gowdy State Park, about 20 miles west of Cheyenne, where the F.E. Warren Air Base is located. Fourteen airmen were disciplined. Six of them were convicted in courts martial of LSD use or distribution or both. The drug activity took place during off-duty hours, a spokesperson said.

*Investigation: Russian Military Missile Downed MH17 Over Ukraine:

The missile that downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014 was Russian, international investigators said Thursday. Some 298 people were killed. A Dutch-led team said the missile had come from a unit based in western Russia. Moscow has always denied any of its weapons were used, but Wilbert Paulissen, a Dutch official from the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), told reporters: “All the vehicles in a convoy carrying the missile were part of the Russian armed forces.” He said that investigators had been able to trace the convoy to Russia’s 53rd Brigade, based in the city of Kursk. The report concurs with claims by the Ukrainian government that the flight was downed by a Russian-made Buk missile—a Buk launcher was filmed being moved across the Russian border the next day.

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Lungfish can live out of water for several years. It secretes a mucus cocoon and burrows itself under the unbaked earth. It takes in air with its lung through a built-in breathing tube that leads to the surface. A lungfish has both gills and a lung.

*LBN- WORD OF THE DAY: I’ll Be Done in a “Jiffy”

Dating to at least 1785, the term “jiffy” is used informally to refer to any unspecified short period of time, often the brief moment it will take to finish a task. Certain fields of science use the word technically to denote a specific unit of time—typically a fraction of a second. In electronics, for example, a jiffy is defined as the time between alternating current power cycles. In computing, a jiffy is the duration of one tick of the system timer interrupt.

*‘’BigMike”, World’s Foremost Cannabis Guru, Applauds New York City Mayor:

In response to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s recent order for police to issue summonses for public pot smoking in lieu of making arrests, Michael ‘’BigMike’’ Straumietis, world renowned cannabis expert and founder of Advanced Nutrients, said, “I commend Mayor de Blasio on his bold action and look forward to a bright future for cannabis in NYC.” This call to action comes after Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr.said he would end prosecution of marijuana possession and smoking cases, starting in August. “The war against cannabis has been a demonstrable failure — one that’s led to the incarceration of millions of people whose only crime was possessing a naturally growing plant,” BigMike continues. The NYPD has already set up a working group to review its marijuana enforcement procedures that would end marijuana smoking arrests. “It’s time that our elected leaders start acknowledging the will of the people as well as the science that has shown all the medical benefits to be derived from legal cannabis,” BigMike contends. Although the new procedures are imminent, any changes to NYPD’s policy on smoking marijuana in public would not take effect until the end of the summer. “Though the ultimate goal is 100-percent legalization, this is at least a step in the right direction — and hopefully one that will encourage other elected officials to reconsider their positions on enforcement of archaic and draconian cannabis laws,” BigMike fervently concludes.

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*LBN- TODAY’S FAMOUS BIRTHDAY: Bob Dylan (May 24, 1941)

Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman) is an American singer-songwriter, author, and painter who has been an influential figure in popular music and culture for more than five decades. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s, when he became a reluctant “voice of a generation” with songs such as “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are a-Changin'” that became anthems for the Civil Rights Movement and anti-war movement. In 1965, he controversially abandoned his early fan-base in the American folk music revival, recording a six-minute single, “Like a Rolling Stone”, which enlarged the scope of popular music. Dylan’s lyrics incorporate a wide range of political, social, philosophical, and literary influences.

*LBN- ENTERTAINMENT: Bob Dylan, “The Times They Are A Changin” 1964


1. The average tongue is about 3 inches long- Tongues are measured from the epiglottis (a flap of cartilage in the mouth at the back of the tongue) to the tip. An adult man’s average tongue length is 3.3 inches (8.5 cm), and an adult woman’s average tongue length is 3.1 inches (7.9 cm).

2. Your tongue has between 2,000 and 4,000 taste buds- The average adult has between 2,000 to 4,000 taste buds in total. The sensory cells in the taste buds responsible for how we perceive taste renew themselves every week.

3. You can’t see your taste buds- Taste buds not visible to the human eye. Those little pink and white bumps you do see on your tongue are actually called papillae, hair-like projections that taste buds rest atop. Each has an average of six taste buds buried inside its surface tissue.

4. You have taste buds other places besides your tongue- It’s true most taste buds are on your tongue, but there are also taste cells in the back of your throat, on your epiglottis (that flap of cartilage in the mouth at the back of the tongue), your nose and sinuses, all the way down the throat to the upper part of the esophagus.

5. Your tongue can get fat- If you get fat, so does your tongue! The human tongue has a high percentage of fat, and there is a correlation between tongue fat volume and obesity.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: THE BEST OF “WITHOUT NOTES” TV’S REVEALING INTERVIEW SHOW —- M. Zuhdi Jasser M.D. – Episode 1: The Early Years. A revealing interview with M. Zuhdi Jasser M.D., one of America’s most prominent commentators. Born of Syrian refuge parents, Jasser discusses what it truly means to be an American. A fascinating discussion with a unique and brilliant voice.


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