Monthly Archives: June 2017

LBN – Special Report – Friday, June 30th, 2017

*Joe and Mika: ‘Trump Is Not Well’

Morning Joe co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski on Friday published a scathing column in response to President Trump’s Twitter attack on the pair just 24 hours earlier. The Washington Post piece, with the headline “Donald Trump Is Not Well,” denies the commander in chief’s claim that Brzezinski had a “face-lift” and chronicles a changing Trump, who, before the campaign, “was a flawed character but one who still seemed capable of keeping his worst instincts in check.” Trump on Thursday tweeted at the pair, calling Brzezinski “low I.Q. Crazy Mika” and doling out the nickname “Psycho Joe” to Scarborough. He claimed that Brzezinski was  “bleeding badly from a face-lift” one night at Mar-a-Lago. The co-hosts, who are engaged to be married, wrote Friday that they were “neither shocked nor insulted by the president’s personal attack.” They avoided saying that Trump was not mentally able to carry out his duties as president—which would be a legal reason for him to be removed from office—but concluded that “the man is not mentally equipped to continue watching our show.”

*Venus Williams Involved in Fatal Car Crash

Tennis star Venus Williams was involved in a fatal car accident in Florida this month, and witnesses said she was at fault, police announced Thursday. A Palm Beach Gardens police report said witnesses claimed Williams had run a red light, causing the June 9 crash that left a 78-year-old man injured. The man, Jerome Barson, later died. Williams was not hurt. She told investigators she initially had a green light but was forced to stop in the intersection due to a traffic jam. She has not been cited or charged in the crash, and police said she was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time. Through her lawyer, Malcolm Cunningham, Williams offered “her deepest condolences to the family who lost a loved one.”

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Few voters approve of PresidentTrump’s tweeting, and most agree it’s making his job harder. Seventy-one percent say the president’s tweets are hurting his agenda, according to the latest Fox News Poll.  Just 17 percent see the tweets as helpful.

*Jay-Z Apologizes to Beyoncé on New Album:

The Beyhive can rest, because Hova has confessed. Jay-Zdropped his long-awaited new album, “4.44,” exclusively through TIDAL on Friday. The first since 2013’s “Magna Carta, Holy Grail,” it’s a 10-track mini-odyssey of introspection and newfound maturity, which frequently addresses his emotional shortcomings in his relationship withBeyoncé. The pair officially became an item in the early 2000s, and married in 2008. It’s the response that fans of both artists have been waiting for since Beyoncé released her groundbreaking visual album “Lemonade” in April 2016, which hinted strongly at Jay’s long-rumored infidelities. Here are the key lyrical moments on “4.44” in which the Brooklyn hip-hop legend spills the beans and owns up to the turmoil he created in their lives. “I apologize, often womanize/Took for my child to be born to see through a woman’s eyes.” (“4.44”)

*LBN-WHERE THE ELITE AND UNDERDOGS MEET:
Outlet Malls are the Latest Victim of the Retail Apocalypse, Notes Media Expert:

Et tu, outlet malls? After years of being seemingly insulated from the ills affecting department stores, the country’s 200-plus outlet malls are starting to show signs of strain. Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, which owns 43 centers in 22 states and is the largest publicly traded pure-play outlet operator in the US, is throwing off some warning signs, according to media expert and author Michael Levine (www.MichaelLevineMedia.com) . The Greensboro, NC, company, seen as a bellwether for the sector, is not planning any outlet openings for 2018, one industry watcher said — noting it was the first time in recent memory that no new opening has occurred, notes Levine. Plus, Tanger isn’t attracting the shoppers that it was used to, according to Levine. “Tanger used to lead all outlet centers in drawing consumers but now, like all centers, is seeing only a modest increase in shoppers, according to RS Metrics, which uses satellites to monitor cars in scores of shopping centers.” said Levine.

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Warren Buffett has proven again why he is America’s most astute investor. The billionaire’s Berkshire Hathaway on Friday moved to capitalize on a rejuvenated Bank of America — and in the process pocketed a tidy $12 billion profit on its nearly six-year old investment.

*DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that…..1. LBN has been read daily for 15 years in all 50 of the United States and 26 foreign countries?   2. LBN is read by 3 Nobel Prize winners daily.  3. 84% of LBN readers find it “unbiased and independent”.   4. LBN is read daily by 31 Professors from Harvard University.   5. LBN is read by 29 leading executives from the Coca-Cola Corporation.   6. LBN is read daily in China, India, Brazil, England, Russia, Japan, Germany, Israel, Iraq, France, Korea, Canada, Mexico, Greece, Spain, Australia, South Africa.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Winston Churchill ‘Now we are Masters of Our Fate’ Speech —– Winston Churchill’s 1942 famous speech in the US —–https://youtu.be/SOQwa73KXbs

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***The Doors have sent a cease-and-desist letter to Kendall and Kylie Jenner over the pair’s controversial new line of T-shirts featuring the pair’s faces superimposed over musicians including Tupac Shakur, Notorious B.I.G. and Ozzy Osbourne. In one shirt, Kendall Jenner’s face can be seen over the Doors’ logo.  “The Doors have recently learned that Kendall + Kylie are selling shirts using the Protected Property without the Doors’ authorization or consent,” the letter states. “Your use of the registered trademarks in commerce is likely to cause confusion, mistake or to deceive consumers into believing that the Kendall + Kylie apparel was authorized by the Doors when no such authorization was sought or provided by the Doors.”   ***Adele turned the air blue on the first date of her Wembley Finale gigs — by swearing 56 times. The potty-mouthed star let go 44 f—ks, seven s–ts and a bastard in front of a record 98,000 audience. Fans were also treated to an arse, a piss, a d–k and a t-ts. It eclipsed her previous swearing record of 33, clocked up at Glastonbury Festival last year.

*LBN-VIDEO LINKWill Ferrell & Amy Poehler Answer the Web’s Most Searched Questions | WIRED  —–https://youtu.be/k___aVjwEXs

*LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

http://www.nobelprize.org/
“Nobelprize.org is the official web site of the Nobel Prize. Here you will find information for every Nobel Prize since 1901, including the Nobel Laureates’ biographies, Nobel Lectures, interviews, photos, articles, video clips, press releases, educational games and more.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: The Comparisons being made between Trump and Nixon are interesting to say the least. Nixon administration expert Jenny Deason Copeland will bring you up to speed on the mind of Richard Nixon in her recently released work Tiananmen West: Why Nixon Ordered the Kent State Massacre. Could the Trump era turn into what we experienced during the Nixon administration? Get your Nixon on. The book is available on Amazon in both e-book and paperback formats. Available on Amazon by following this link: Tiananmen West on Amazon

*Personal Manager Josh Silver Changes His Company’s Name to “Silver J Management” to Reflect New Focus on Managing Actors
Last month, “Silver Mine Entertainment” (an entertainment management company in Beverly Hills) underwent a name change. Manager and producer Josh Silver(http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0798725/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1) made the decision to change the name to “Silver J Management” to re-position his company to focus on solely managing actors. “My vast range of experience in show business as a performer, producer and manager of all sorts of artists enables me to promote and nurture acting careers,” says Silver, “I wanted my company name to reflect my focus and dedication to actors.” Since his company’s name change, Silver has put 110% of his efforts into managing actors to the best of his ability. “My working hours are the same as my waking hours,” says Silver, “It is my mission to constantly create opportunities for my clients (i.e. auditions and offers) to help them thrive in the hyper-competitive world of show business.” Learn more about Silver J Management on their website: http://www.silverjmgmt.com

*LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:….

LBN – Late Breaking News, June 29th, 2017

*Income Taxes Up 9.5% Next Year; But Debt Climbs More Than $1 Trillion:
Unless current laws are changed, federal individual income tax collections will increase by 9.5 percent in fiscal 2018, which begins on Oct. 1, according to data released today by the Congressional Budget Office.
At the same time, however, the federal debt will increase by more than $1 trillion.
In fiscal 2017, which ends on Sept. 30, the federal government will collect $3.315 trillion in total taxes, according to the projections the CBO released with its “Update to the Budget and Economic Outlook: 2017 to 2027.”

That $3.315 trillion in total taxes will include $1.574 trillion in individual income taxes; $1,164 trillion in payroll taxes; $310 billion in corporate income taxes; and $267 billion in other taxes.

LBN – Special Report – Thursday, June 29th, 2017

*YIKES! Low-Income Families Spend 40% of their Money on Luxuries 
It turns out that all Americans, regardless of income, spend a large percentage of their income on luxuries. People who make the most money spend the biggest chunk of their incomes on luxury goods, but even the poorest households spend a significant amount for luxuries, according to an analysis released this week by Deutsche Bank Research. The wealthiest families (the top fifth of earners) spend around 65% of their incomes on luxury goods and 35% on necessities, according to the study, which looked at spending habits between 1984 and 2014. Middle-income households weren’t far behind: They spend 50% on luxuries and 50% on necessities. Even the lowest income families (the bottom fifth of earners) spend 40% on luxuries and 60% on necessities, according to the study’s author, Torsten Slok, chief international economist for Deutsche Bank Securities.

*Iraq Declares ISIS Caliphate ‘Has Fallen,’ Victory in Mosul

The Iraqi government has declared the end of ISIS’s rule in Mosul after recapturing the remains of the historic Grand al-Nuri Mosque in the terror group’s de facto capital in the country. “Their fictitious state has fallen,” said Iraqi military spokesman Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasool. The victory marks the end of more than eight months of all-out war in the city, where ISIS declared its caliphate three years ago. Thousands of civilians have been killed in the fighting. The last Islamic State fighters in Mosul are reported to be cornered in only a small number of neighborhoods in the Old City, according to Iraqi officials. The 800-year-old mosque’s minaret, an iconic symbol to Iraqis, was leveled last week in what was believed to be an ISIS bombing. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has “issued instructions to bring the battle to its conclusion,” according to his office, and is reported by Kurdish media outlets to be heading to the city to deliver a “victory speech.”
*Melania Responds: Trump ‘Will Punch Back 10 Times Harder’ When Attacked

In response to the president’s Thursday morning tweets waging personal war against MSNBC’s Morning Joe co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika BrzezinskiMelania Trump’scommunications director said the first lady supports her husband’s attack. “As the first lady has stated publicly,”Stephanie Grishman told CNN, “when her husband gets attacked, he will punch back 10 times harder.” Deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also defended the president, saying he is someone who “fights fire with fire.” President Trump tweeted that he rejected requests by “Crazy Mika” and “Psycho Joe” to spend time together around New Year’s Eve, when he claimed Brzezinski had been “bleeding badly from a face-lift.”

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Credit Scores

·  According to a recent study by Experian, Gen Y-ers have the lowest Vantage Scores of the four generations (the Vantgage Score was established in 2006 by the three main credit bureaus to compete with Fair Isaac’s FICO score). Gen Y has a credit score of 672, Gen X (ages 30-46) has an average score of 718, Baby Boomers (47-65) have a 782, and the Greatest Generation (66+) have an average of 829.
·  There is an online dating service called CreditScoreDating.com for those who are concerned with the financial situation of a potential mate. The site’s motto is “Credit Scores Are Sexy.”
·  One in 4 unemployed Americans have been required to go through a credit check when they applied for a job. One in 10 has been denied a job due to information on their credit report.
·  On average, African-American and Latino households have worse credit scores than white households.
·  Not everyone has a credit history. If someone has never had a credit card, he or she will not have a credit or FICO score.
·  Occupations that regularly check an applicant’s credit score are 1) parking booth operator, 2) the military, 3) accounting, 4) mortgage loan originator, 5) Transportation Security Administrator (TSA), 6) law enforcement, and 7) temporary service positions.
·  The Bangladesh-based Grameen Bank uses gender in its credit scoring model and lends exclusively to women. Women are seen as more responsible borrowers than men.
·  The widely used FICO (Fair Isaac Corporation) score is based on the work of engineer Bill Fair and mathematicianEarl Isaac who founded the firm Fair Isaac in 1956. They developed the first credit bureau-based scoring system in the mid-1980s.

*Australian Cardinal and Aide to Pope Is Charged With Sexual Assault: 
Australia’s senior Roman Catholic prelate, and one of Pope Francis’ top advisers, has been charged with sexual assault, the police in the Australian state of Victoria said on Thursday. The prelate, Cardinal George Pell, became the highest-ranking Vatican official in recent years to face criminal charges involving accusations of sexual offenses. The case will test the credibility of Francis’ initiatives to foster greater accountability after abuse scandals that have shaken the church around the world. “Cardinal Pell has been charged on summons, and he is required to appear at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court” on July 18Shane Patton, the deputy police commissioner, said at a news conference. The charges were served on the cardinal’s legal representatives in Melbourne. Commissioner Patton said there were multiple complainants but refused to provide further details about them, including their ages.

*WHO READS LBN? Accredited Senior Appraiser, Xiliary Twil, ASA

*Sex Can Make You Healthy:
If you need the motivation to choose hot action in bed over the action on telly this weekend, we’ve rounded up the major health reasons to have sex tonight – or any night.  In fact, making love could be one of the few pleasures in life that is genuinely good for you, say researchers.  A new study from Coventry University has even just found that frequent sexual activity in older adults can boost brain power. Researchers found that people who engaged in more regular sexual activity scored higher on tests that measured their verbal fluency and their ability to visually perceive objects and the spaces between them.

*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***Rupert Murdoch may have to wait another six months to find out whether his long quest to buy Sky will become a reality after British authorities on Thursday asked regulators to further examine 21st Century Fox’s deal for the European satellite giant. The announcement was part of a split decision on 21st Century Fox’s 11.7 billion pound, or $15 billion, deal to take over the remainder of Sky that it does not already own. The government also ruled that Mr. Murdoch and other company executives were “fit and proper” to hold broadcasting licenses in Britain.   ***SiriusXM announced Wednesday that veteran DJ Rodney Bingenheimer will host a new weekly music show on SiriusXM’s Little Steven’s Underground Garage channel. It will premiere on Sunday, July, 16 at 9:00 pm ET, 6:00 pm PT, on SiriusXM’s Underground Garage, via satellite on channel 21 and through the SiriusXM app on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.com.

*Nicole Kidman Loved Eating Worms

Eating bugs doesn’t bug Nicole Kidman. “The first professional job [I had] was ‘Bush Christmas,’ which was a film I did in Australia,” she told W Magazine. “I was 14, it was shooting out in the bush in Queensland, and I got to eat witchetty grubs. Do you know what witchetty grubs are? They are worms that live in the earth, and they’re a milky white color, and I eat them in the film,” she boasted. The future Oscar winner didn’t even need coaxing to gorge on the grubs. “I wanted to eat them! I was excited to do that,” Kidman, 50, insisted. “I’m one of those people. I could go on ‘Survivor’ and I wouldn’t be good at the climbing and all of the physical stuff, but I could eat anything. Just so you know. That’s my secret skill. Give me a cockroach, I’ll eat it! Spider, I’ll eat it! You name it, I’ve tried it. I’m adventurous.”
*LBN-VIDEO LINK: 21 TV Shows That Should Not Have Existed, Yet Did  —– https://youtu.be/jMsbxRRybHc

*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***Steven Yeun has signed with UTA. He previously was with Paradigm. The move comes a year after the actor’s departure from AMC’s The Walking Dead last season, when his fan-favorite character, Glenn, finally met his much-publicized fate. Now a free agent, Yeun was one of this pilot season’s most in-demand actors, fielding multiple offers from various shows.
*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Anthony Young, who lost 27 consecutive decisions pitching for the woeful New York Mets of the early 1990s, setting a major league record while becoming something of a national celebrity, died on Tuesday in Houston. He was 51. His family confirmed the death. Young said in January that he had an inoperable brain tumor.
*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Thomas Sowell – 3 Questions for the Left —- Thomas Sowell asks three questions of the left with a claim that it is rare that the answers are readily available. This video frames the housing market crash from 2008 and challenges those on both the Right and Left. When a social policy is adopted and becomes a top priority – asking honest questions is the only way of ensuring you remain objective. The radical left today appears to run into difficulty when those same    —-https://youtu.be/Do6wp9Vydys
*LBN-COMMENTARY by Kate Murphy: “People tend to blame the last thing they ate, but it’s probably the thing before the last thing they ate,” said Dr. Deborah Fisher, a gastroenterologist and associate professor at Duke University School of Medicine. It takes the stomach around four to six hours to empty a full meal, and then the small intestine takes about six to eight hours to squeeze out all the nutrients and empty into the colon. The remains linger there for another one to three days, fermenting and being formed into what ultimately is flushed down the toilet. So-called bowel transit time varies significantly from person to person, but gastroenterologists said you can easily find out what’s normal for you by eating corn and watching for when the indigestible kernels appear in your stool.
*LBN-COMMENTARY by John Mayer: I put pot where drinking used to go, and the quality of life has gone up considerably. Drinking is a fucking con. How much is enough? Every time I drank, I was looking for some sort of regulated amount. It always feels wrong for me. I always feel like I went overboard. “I said two, now it’s three, now we’re at four?” I never had a serious issue with it, but I remember looking around going, “This feels rigged. I’m taking a break. There’s never an amount that felt like I was succeeding at life. It always felt wrong.

*LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:….

*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Rob Lowe says he thought he was going to be killed during an encounter with a bigfoot creature while filming his new A&E docuseries. Lowe tells Entertainment Weekly the encounter took place in the Ozark Mountains, which stretch between Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Lowe says he and his sons were camping there to investigate a bigfoot-like creature known to locals as a “wood ape” during a shoot for “The Lowe Files” when something began to approach their camp. Lowe says he was lying on the ground thinking he was going to be killed. He adds that he’s “fully aware” the story makes him sound like “a crazy, Hollywood kook.”