Monthly Archives: August 2016

LBN- Special Report- Wednesday

*Trump Flies to Mexico to Meet President Who Called Him ‘Hitler’:
Donald Trump will squeeze in a trip to Mexico to meet with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Wednesday, hours before his planned speech on immigration in Arizona. Nieto invited the Republican presidential nominee, according to reports. “I have accepted the invitation of President Enrique Peña Nieto, of Mexico, and look very much forward to meeting him tomorrow,” Trump tweeted late Tuesday night. Hillary Clinton was also reportedly invited to meet with the president, who has previously compared Trump to Adolf Hitler. Nieto, whose popularity within his home country has fallen to record lows, wrote on social media: “I believe in dialogue to promote Mexico’s interests in the world, and chiefly, to protect Mexicans wherever they are.” Former Interior Minister Alejandro Poire, along with other politicians in Mexico, wrote: “Be part of the campaign of a candidate dedicated to insulting us? Why?” Many tweeted the hashtag #TrumpNotWelcome on Twitter.

*Senior ISIS Strategist and Spokesman Is Reported Killed in Syria:
The senior Islamic State strategist Abu Muhammad al-Adnani was killed in northern Syria, the group announced on Tuesday, signaling the death of one of the world’s most-wanted terrorists. In Washington, the Pentagon spokesman, Peter Cook,confirmed that an American “precision strike” near Al Bab, Syria, on Tuesday night had targeted Mr. Adnani, but could not confirm his death. “We are still assessing the results of the strike,” he said in a statement. Two American officials, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence, said a United States military drone had hit a vehicle Mr. Adnani was thought to be traveling in, following a close collaboration between the Central Intelligence Agency and Special Operations forces to track him.


*U.S. to Cuba Passenger Flights Begin:

JetBlue is scheduled to make history Wednesday with the first regularly scheduled passenger-jet service from the United States to Cuba. A flight will take off at about 9:45 a.m. from Fort Lauderdale. The last time a passenger flight flew from the United States to Cuba—more than 50 years ago—it happened on a propeller plane, according to JetBlue Executive Vice President Marty St. George. “We do think it’s an important part of history,” St. George said. “From a challenge perspective, we know the drill. Cuba has some unique elements because of 50 years of history between the U.S. and Cuba, but we’re ready to go.”

*WHO READS LBN? Actress Emma Stone:

*Massive Elephant Decline Seen in Africa:
A massive elephant decline across Africa is worrying ecologists, according to a CNN report. In Botswana’s Linyanti swamp alone, elephants’s faces are hacked solely for their ivory tusks. The Great Elephant Census estimates that Africa’s elephant population stands at around 350,000—down significantly from 1.3 million in 1979—but three countries’ elephant populations were not included due to armed conflict and refusal to comply with the study. “I don’t think anybody in the world has seen the number of dead elephants that I’ve seen over the last two years,” said Mike Chase, an elephant ecologist and co-founder of Elephants Without Borders. Localized extinction is a possibility, and the number will continue to decline at a rate of around 8 percent. There was a 30 percent drop between 2007 and 2014 alone.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Sports drinks seem like they should be healthy. Athletes endorse them, and they don’t have the same “liquid candy” reputation as the Pepsi a few shelves over. But how helpful are they to serious and casual exercisers? Not very, it turns out. To be clear, we’re talking about sports drinks, not energy drinks like Rockstar and Monster. Despite the similar names, they’re no relation. Energy drinks are super-caffeinated soda with a few gimmicky supplements thrown in to make them look special. Sports drinks, on the other hand, are the beverages like Gatorade and Powerade that deliver carbohydrates and electrolytes in a typically fruity, brightly colored fluid sold in plastic bottles. To put it another way: energy drinks are for all-night video game marathons; sports drinks are for actual marathons.

*Chris Brown Arrested, Released on Gun Charge:
R&B artist Chris Brown was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon Tuesday after a model accused him of pointing a gun at her head while they were arguing in his home. Brown denied the charges even as police arrived on the scene at his residence, where he was holed up for most of the day. He was released from a Los Angeles County jail earlyWednesday morning after posting $250,000 bail.

*‘Father of the 747’ Passes Away:
Joe Sutter, the former chief engineer of Boeing’s 747 program, died at the age of 95. Dubbed the “Father of the 747” by the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution, Sutter is credited with leading the development of the first wide-body aircraft. That in turn led to the era of mass air travel. In 1985, Sutter received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Ronald Reagan and he retired the next year.

*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:  Longtime WME agent Cliff Roberts has just parted company with the agency after 10 years there (with another six years spent as an agent at WMA after starting in the mailroom). The word is that CAA is his likely landing place, but that part hasn’t yet happened.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a man to ten years in prison and 2,000 lashes for expressing his atheism on Twitter. The 28-year-old reportedly refused to repent, insisting what he wrote reflected his beliefs and that he had the right to express them.

*WHO READS LBN? Acclaimed author, Lawrence Grobel:
*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Spotify CEO Daniel Ek wed longtime girlfriend Sofia Levander in a lavish Lake Como wedding in Italy over the weekend. Fellow tech titan Mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan attended, Chris Rock officiated and Bruno Mars performed “Marry You” at the reception. ***Bruce Willischecking out comedian Nate Bargatze at Carolines on Broadway in NYC.   ***Paul Giamatti walking on Court Street in Brooklyn Heights. ***Prominent L.A. business attorney, Newton Tak having lunch at Chaya Venice on Main Street in Venice.

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*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Milton Friedman Best Moments  —–

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Marc Riboud, the French photojournalist who captured moments of grace even in the most fraught situations around the world, died in Paris on Tuesday. He was 93. His death was confirmed by his widow, Catherine, who gave the cause as Alzheimer’s disease.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: Anyone who says it doesn’t matter whether Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton wins this election needs their head examined. The damage thatTrump could do to our nation with his blend of intellectual laziness, towering policy ignorance and reckless impulsiveness is in a league of its own. Hillary has some real personal ethics issues she needs to confront, but she’s got the chops to be president. What interests me most right now, though, is a different question. It’s not, “Who are they — our politicians?” It’s, “Who are we — the voters?” To be specific: Are we all just Shiites and Sunnis now? More and more of our politics resembles the core sectarian conflict in the Middle East between these two branches of Islam, and that is not good. Because whether you’re talking about Shiites and Sunnis — or Iranians and Saudis, Israelis and Palestinians, Turks and Kurds — a simple binary rule dominates their politics: “I am strong, why should I compromise? I am weak, how can I compromise?”

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Peter Bart(Variety): The book Power House is being shrewdly promoted around the industry, but I wish the book were as focused as the promotion. Most of its 707 pages consist of direct quotes from a vast range of agents and executives who leap from topic to topic amidst what is often a maze of contradiction. In reading the book, I felt as though I had been imprisoned in a locker room, listening to a bunch of macho guys boasting about their accomplishments.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Dennis Prager: Given that the former secretary of state used her office to enrich herself and her husband; given that she so willfully compromised national security by setting up her own private email server in order to avoid congressional and public oversight; given that she has repeatedly lied about these actions; given that she lied to the mothers and fathers of the men killed by terrorists in Benghazi; and given that she has a long history of lying (a New York Times columnist called her a “congenital liar” in the 1990s), the notion of Clinton as a model for America’s girls and young women is nothing, if not depressing.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Geffen: Agents in general are incredibly full of shit.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Less than a month after having a baby girl, Bar Refaeli was back in her bikini. On Monday, the 31-year-old supermodel shared a cheeky photo of her swimming in a black, string swimsuit. “Crystal clear,” she captioned the black bikini photo. On Aug. 11, Refaeli and husband Adi Ezra welcomed a seven-pound baby girl, Liv, into their family.

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*OOPS! – IRS doesn’t tell 1 million taxpayers that illegals stole their Social Security numbers:
The IRS has discovered more than 1 million Americans whose Social Security numbers were stolen by illegal immigrants, but officials never bothered to tell the taxpayers themselves, the agency’s inspector general said in a withering new report released Tuesday.
Investigators first alerted the IRS to the problem five years ago, but it’s still not fixed, the inspector general said, and a pilot program meant to test a solution was canceled, and fell woefully short anyway.
As a result most taxpayers don’t learn that their identities have been stolen and their Social Security files may be screwed up.
“Taxpayers identified as victims of employment-related identity theft are not notified,” the inspector general said.

Victims’ numbers are stolen by illegal immigrants who need to give employers a valid Social Security number in order to get a job. Employers are prohibited from probing too deeply into numbers, even when they suspect fraud.

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LBN- Special Report- Tuesday

*NASA: Earth Warming at a Pace ‘Unprecedented in 1,000 Years’:

Earth is warming at a pace that is unprecedented for the past 1,000 years, NASA scientists report. It is, experts say, “very unlikely” that the planet can stay within a 1.5 degree Celsius temperature-increase limit “agreed by nations just last year,” wrote The Guardian. 2016 has seen record temperatures the world over and the pace and nature of the warming over decades is perilously out of step with any other time period over the past millennium, officials say. “In the last 30 years, we’ve really moved into exceptional territory,” said Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. “It’s unprecedented in 1,000 years. There’s no period that has the trend seen in the 20th century in terms of the inclination [of temperatures].”

*Report: ISIS Buried Thousands in 72 Mass Graves:

The Islamic State terror group has murdered and then buried thousands of people in at least 72 mass graves, the Associated Press reports. At least 17 of the graves are located in Syria, and one of those includes the bodies of hundreds of members of a single tribe. When ISIS militants took over the area, they “exterminated” the entire community, the AP reports. Sixteen graves are in areas too dangerous to traverse in Iraq. The known numbers, which are incomplete, add up to more than 15,000 people killed and then stuffed into holes dug by bulldozers. For other graves, satellites can show some of the damage, including a massacre at the Badoush Prison in 2014, which left at least 600 men dead.

*Hillary Clinton Piles Up Research in Bid to Needle Donald Trump at First Debate:
Hillary Clinton’s advisers are talking to Donald J. Trump’sghostwriter of “The Art of the Deal,” seeking insights about Mr. Trump’s deepest insecurities as they devise strategies to needle and undermine him in four weeks at the first presidential debate, the most anticipated in a generation. Her team is also getting advice from psychology experts to help create a personality profile of Mr. Trump to gauge how he may respond to attacks and deal with a woman as his sole adversary on the debate stage. They are undertaking a forensic-style analysis of Mr. Trump’s performances in the Republican primary debates, cataloging strengths and weaknesses as well as trigger points that caused him to lash out in less-than-presidential ways.

*Apple Owes Ireland $14.5 Billion:

A European Union ruling Tuesday determined that Apple owes Ireland $14.5 billion in taxes and must now pay up. The amount makes the ruling the largest the organization has ever issued on a single company. Apple executives said the company will appeal the decision and believe the ruling “upended the international tax system,” CNN reports. “Member states cannot give tax benefits to selected companies—this is illegal under EU state-aid rules,” said Margrethe Vestager, Europe’s top antitrust official.

*WHO READS LBN? Director Michael Moore:

*Woman: Chris Brown Pulled Gun on Me:

Chris Brown is reportedly in hot water again as a woman has alleged that he threatened her with a gun. According to TMZ, the unnamed female called 911 early Tuesday morning in Los Angeles to report that the R&B singer pulled a firearm during a tense argument with her at a home. Brown is reportedly under criminal assault investigation for the incident, TMZ reported, and is considered the sole suspect. This is Brown’s most recent run-in with criminal allegations: in June, his former handler accused him of repeatedly beating him; and a fan alleged that Brown deliberately stomped on his head during a concert in Cannes.

*WHO READS LBN? Model Brittney Sharaun 

*Mexico Top Cop Out for Executions:

Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto fired the chief of the nation’s federal police, Enrique Galindo, less than two weeks after the country’s human-rights commission released a report alleging that officers had “executed arbitrarily” at least 22 suspected drug -artel members. “In light of the recent events and on instructions of the president, Police Commissioner Enrique Galindo has been removed from his position,” Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said. “That is with the objective of facilitating that the corresponding authorities carry out an agile and transparent investigation in full view of citizens.”

*LBN-HEALTH WATCH:   ***Commercial varieties of granola are often loaded with enough added sugar to rival a slice of chocolate cake. Homemade granola recipes are often no better, calling for ample amounts of refined sugar, maple syrup, honey and other sweeteners. Granola bars and cereals are widely marketed as wholesome and natural, or made with whole grains, which helps to give the products a health halo. But experts say they are junk foods in disguise. Even the federal government’s dietary guidelines label granola as a “grain-based dessert,” placing it in the same category as cookies, doughnuts and cake. A survey by the New York Times Upshot this summer found that a majority of Americans described granola and granola bars as “healthy,” even though most dietitians know better.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Olympic basketball star Carmelo Anthony bringing his gold medal to Oreya at the Capri hotel in Southampton.   ***Michael Jordan dining at Jue Lan Club Southampton, then puffing on a cigar outside and saying hello to hockey player Matt Martin and Martin’s girlfriend, Sydney Esiason.   ***Tennis star Andy Murray and Knicks general manager Steve Mills having lunch at Zuma in NYC.   ***Bruce Willis checking out comedian Nate Bargatze at Carolines on Broadway in NYC.   ***Paul Giamatti walking on Court Street in Brooklyn Heights.   ***Old friends sportscaster Jim Hill and media expert and author Michael Levine chatting at a lecture in Santa Monica last night of Levine’s former client Kareem Abdul Jabbar.


*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Cher has reached out to her dying ex- husband Gregg Allman to make peace with the music legend who once turned her life into a living hell. Cher was devastated when she learned that Gregg, who underwent a life-saving liver transplant in 2010, canceled recent tour dates to seek emergency treatment by Mayo Clinic doctors.

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*MY REVIEW: “I read LBN daily because it makes me think”. —— K. Lee, an LBN reader from Tokyo, Japan

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Gene Wilder, who established himself as one of America’s foremost comic actors with his delightfully neurotic performances in three films directed by Mel Brooks; his eccentric star turn in the family classic “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”; and his winning chemistry with Richard Pryor in the box-office smash “Stir Crazy,” died early Monday morning at his home in Stamford, Conn. He was 83. A nephew, the filmmaker Jordan Walker-Pearlman, confirmed his death in a statement, saying the cause was complications of Alzheimer’s disease.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “If today were the last day of your life, would you want to be doing what you’re doing?” – Steve Jobs —–

*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: When I ask veteran college teachers and administrators to describe how collegestudents have changed over the years, I often get an answer like this: “Today’s students are more accomplished than past generations, but they are also more emotionally fragile.” That rings true to me. Today’s students are amazing, but they bathe one another in oceans of affirmation and praise, as if buttressing one another against some insecurity. Whatever one thinks of the campus protests, the desire for trigger warnings and safe spaces does seem to emanate from a place of emotional fragility. And if you hang around the middle aged, you hear a common story line to explain the rise of the orchid generation. Once upon a time, the story line goes, kids were raised in a tough environment. They had to do hard manual chores around the house and they got in fights on the playground. Then they went off to do grueling work in the factory or they learned toughness and grit in the military. But today, helicopter parents protect their children from setbacks and hardship. They supervise every playground conflict, so kids never learn to handle disputes or deal with pain.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Maureen McCormick has signed on to the latest season of “Dancing With The Stars” — after surviving Hollywood’s sleazy underworld of sex and addiction. The teen actress became an icon of the ’70s as Marcia Brady on the hit show “The Brady Bunch, only to endure a nightmarish hell after the show went off the air.   ***Ryan Lochte is ballroom-bound. After weeks of speculation, the disgraced swimmer will compete on the upcoming season of “Dancing with the Stars,” which was announced Tuesday on “Good Morning America.” “I just want to move forward and … put on my dancing shoes. Or at least try to,” Lochte told Amy Robach.    ***Illusionist David Copperfield claims there’s no mystery surrounding the cause of a crack in his 57th-floor lap pool that caused a major flood in his Manhattan penthouse, and he’s suing a pool repair company for the damage. Copperfield’s East 57th St. rooftop swimming pool did a magical disappearing act last spring. A crack in piping caused a leak that flooded his four-story pad, then water seeped into apartments as far as 30 stories below.   ***Katharine McPhee has “no regrets” about her scandal-filled love life. The actress, who hooked up with her “Smash” director, Michael Morris, in 2013 while married to Nick Cokas, told Ocean Drive magazine that it was a learning experience. “I got married really young, and then divorced.”

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