Monthly Archives: August 2017

LBN – Thursday, August 31st, 2017

*OUTRAGEOUS! Americans Spend More on Taxes Than Food and Clothing Combined
Americans on average spent more on taxes in 2016 than they did on food and clothing combined, according to data released this week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The same data also shows that in three years—from 2013 to 2016—the average tax bill for Americans increased 41.13 percent. In 2016, according to BLS, “consumer units” (which include families, financially independent individuals, and people living in a single household who share expenses) spent more on average on federal, state and local taxes ($10,489) than they did on food ($7,203) and clothing ($1,803) combined ($9,006). The average tax bill for American “consumer units” increased from $7,423 in 2013 to $10,489 in 2016, according to data released this week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The tax-and-spending data was collected as part of the BLS’s Consumer Expenditure Survey, which is conducted for the BLS by the Census Bureau. The survey measures the expenditures and incomes of American consumers. “Burdened taxpayers need to grasp that politicians, both parties, are like junkies who can’t stop spending and taxing. Ever!” said media expert and author Michael Levine. “Now matter what, they always, always, always want just a little more and create endlessly creative ways filled with pretty words dedicated to separating you from your money.”
*EVEN WORSE THAT THOUGHT! – Wells Fargo Ups Fake-Account Estimate to 3.5M of Its Customers

Wells Fargo now says 3.5 million customers were affected by its fake accounts scandal, the AP reported. The bank had said in September 2016 that its employees opened 2.1 million accounts without customers’ permission since 2011. However, officials found the additional fake accounts after agreeing to search back to 2009. Wells Fargo said it will pay an additional $2.8 million in refunds.
*N. Korea Threatens to Execute S. Korean Reporters Over Book Review

North Korea on Thursday threatened to execute reporters at South Korean newspapers for reviewing a new book about life in the reclusive nation. Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency cited a state court statement that said the reporters insulted the country’s dignity by interviewing the British authors of the book, North Korea Confidential: Private Markets, Fashion Trends, Prison Camps, Dissenters and Defectors. The court also reportedly “sentenced to death” the presidents of the newspapers, saying the North will “track down to the end and cut off the dirty windpipes” of the responsible parties.

*Iraq Declares Victory Over ISIS in Tal Afar: 

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi of Iraq announced on Thursdaythe liberation of Tal Afar, one of the last cities that had been under the control of the Islamic State, after a battle that lasted just 11 days, a further sign that the extremist group’s days of administering territory in Iraq are on the wane. With that, Mr. Abadi said, the whole of Nineveh Province, which includes the city of Mosul as well as Tal Afar, was now free of the Islamic State. The relatively quick victory in Tal Afar, coming on the heels of a grueling and bloody nine-month fight for Mosul, was not surprising given that the city had been cut off for months and surrounded by pro-government militias who moved on the city last fall as the campaign for Mosul began.

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*Paul Anka Won’t Budge in Battle with Charity over Mar-a-Lago Cancellation

Paul Anka will not be a victim of the political correctness that prompted more than a dozen charities to cancel or move fundraisers from Mar-a-Lago following President Trump’sremarks about the violence in Charlottesville, Va. Anka, 76, a pop star since he was a teenager, was booked to perform Dec. 2 at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., at the LIFE (Leaders in Furthering Education) Lady in Red Gala, and had received a deposit of $75,000. But when Trump was criticized for blaming “both sides” for the violence in Charlottesville, LIFE — run by Lois Pope, the widow of National Enquirer founderGeneroso Pope — moved the event to the nearby Breakers with a new date, Jan. 5. Anka, who has an 11-year-old son and nine grandchildren, is going on a European vacation in January. When LIFE organizers asked if the deposit could go toward a performance next year, his agent allegedly said, “This is not negotiable. You will not get a penny back.”
*LBN-HEALTH WATCH:   ***The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved the first-ever treatment that genetically alters a patient’s own cells to fight cancer, a milestone that is expected to transform treatment in the coming years. The new therapy turns a patient’s cells into a “living drug,” and trains them to recognize and attack the disease. It is part of the rapidly growing field of immunotherapy that bolsters the immune system through drugs and other therapies and has, in some cases, led to long remissions and possibly even cures. The therapy, marketed as Kymriah and made by Novartis, was approved for children and young adults for an aggressive type of leukemia — B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia — that has resisted standard treatment or relapsed. The F.D.A. called the disease “devastating and deadly” and said the new treatment fills an “unmet need.”   ***We’ve all thought about shoving slow walkers out of the way when in a hurry – but it turns out they could actually be heading for a far worse fate. According to a new study, healthy adults who are slow walkers are twice as likely to die from heart disease as those of us who walk at a more brisk pace. “This suggests that habitual walking pace is an independent predictor of heart-related death,” lead author Professor Tom Yates said.
*LBN-BOOK NEWS:O.J. Simpson is said to be looking forward to spending lots of time with his children when he gets out of a Nevada prison in October, but they don’t want him around, a new book will reveal. Simpson gets along well with his eldest daughter Arnelle, 48, according to Tom Scotto, O.J.’s friend and spokesman. But Scotto, who is writing a book, “Killing Time,” with “Journaling Fame” author Allison Kugel, claims O.J. is estranged from his other three children, Jason, 47, Sydney, 31, and Justin, 29. Scotto declined to speak with me, but his publicist told me: “O.J.’s kids don’t want him close to them. Only Arnelle will talk to him.”

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Bob Dylan – ‘Cross the Green Mountain —-  https://youtu.be/B_7x-1BxTAM

*MY REVIEW: “Since I started reading LBN daily a few years ago, I know much more about the news and the world. Today, more than ever, information is power and LBN is a power tool.” —— Cassie J., Cheyenne, Wyoming.

*LBN-SPORTS INSIDER:   ***This time, Maria Sharapova did not shed any tears or fall to her hands and knees as if she had won a championship. She merely smiled, waved and advanced. Sharapova, who made an emotional return to Grand Slam tennis on Monday with a strikingly high-caliber performance at Arthur Ashe Stadium, settled into a modicum of normalcy in the second round of the United States Open on Wednesday. She defeated Timea Babos of Hungary, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-1, at Ashe Stadium in more routine fashion than her thrilling first-round win over No. 2-seeded Simona Halep.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Doing The Right Things Right —-https://youtu.be/72KO_gLNeJU

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*LBN-R.I.P.:Sumiteru Taniguchi, who survived the atomic bombing of Nagasaki as a teenager and went on to become a leading advocate for nuclear disarmament, died on Wednesdayin Nagasaki. Overcoming a lifetime of debilitating pain and radiation-related illnesses, he lived to 88. The cause of death was duodenal papilla cancer, according to Fumie Kakita, secretary general of the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Survivors Council.   ***David Tang, the founder of Shanghai Tang, a global chain of flashy emporiums of Chinese-inspired clothing, accessories and home furnishings, and a prominent writer and raconteur in Hong Kong and Britain, died on Tuesday in London. He was 63. Shanghai Tang confirmed his death. The Financial Times, for which Mr. Tang wrote a weekly advice column, said the cause was cancer.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Winner “Best of Los Angeles Award” – Best Drug Treatment Charity —– www.BrentShapiro.org

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Bret Stephens: Texans will find few consolations in the wake of a hurricane as terrifying as Harvey. But here, at least, is one: A biblical storm has hit them, and the death toll —38 as of this writing — is mercifully low, given its intensity. This is not how it plays out in much of the world. In 1998, Hurricane Mitch ripped through Central America and killed anywhere between 11,000 and 19,000 people, mostly in Honduras and Nicaragua. Nearly a decade later Cyclone Nargis slammed into Myanmar and a staggering 138,000 people perished. Nature’s furies — hurricanes, earthquakes, landslides, droughts, infectious diseases, you name it — may strike unpredictably. But their effects are not distributed at random. Rich countries tend to experience, and measure, the costs of such disasters primarily in terms of money. Poor countries experience them primarily in terms of lives. Between 1940 and 2016, a total of 3,348 people died in the United States on account of hurricanes, according to government data, for an average of 43 victims a year. That’s a tragedy, but compare it to the nearly 140,000 lives lost when a cyclone hit Bangladesh in 1991.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Jenny Deason Copeland: Let’s face it. If you wanted to declare yourself a part of the white supremacists cadre, you would pardon people like  Arpaio now wouldn’t you? Standing up to defend American citizens from discriminatory acts like police profiling might just be too liberal for POTUS 45. As hideous as this pardon is, and yes, it has sickened myself and my liberal friends, it is nowhere near as horrendous an act as that of President Ford’s September 8th, 1974 pardon of Richard Nixon.

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*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***While many stars donated cash to Hurricane Harvey relief, Miranda Lambert spearheaded efforts to rescue more than 100 dogs from Houston-area animal shelters. Lambert, 33, announced on Instagram Tuesday that she’d taken in a dog named Ashley, who gave birth to puppies, and that her MuttNation Foundation took in 72 dogs in just one day.   ***Richard Simmons’ lawsuit against the National Enquirer hit an unexpected snag in court. A judge seems to be ready to rule in favor of the gossip outlet for a surprising reason. Simmons sued both the Enquirer and Radar Online in May for a series of articles that alleged the 69-year-old fitness guru was transitioning to become a woman. He alleged that, while he holds no personal ill-feelings toward the transgender community, the articles were false and defamatory to his character. According to The Hollywood Reporter, his lawyers argued that, as a public figure, he has a legal right to “not be portrayed as someone he is not.” However, a judge is tentatively ruling that alleging someone is transgender is not necessarily defamatory.

LBN – Sunday, August 27th, 2017

*LBN – WHERE THE ELITE AND UNDERDOGS MEET

*Houston Faces Catastrophic Flooding As Tropical Storm Harvey Lingers With Pouring Rain

Two days after Hurricane Harvey made landfall in southern Texas, the city of Houston faced life-threatening, catastrophic flooding that authorities warned could become “historic.” The National Weather Service reported on Sunday morning that while winds were decreasing and Harvey had been downgraded to a tropical storm, heavy rainfall created life-threatening hazard across much of the state’s southeast region. Authorities in Houston, the country’s fourth largest city, declared a flood warning overnight Saturday when “a deluge” unfolded as an extremely intense band of rain pivoted through the area.  Thousands of homes in the metropolitan area were threatened by the rising water.

*Floyd Mayweather Defeats Conor McGregor to Remain Undefeated

 

Boxer Floyd Mayweather defeated UFC champion Conor McGregor on Saturday night in 10 rounds, extending his unbeaten record to 50 straight matches. The fight, which took place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, was highly anticipated, as it pit the undefeated Mayweather, 40, against McGregor, 29, who had never boxed before. Mayweather’s reward for the win is expected to be around $200 million. “I think we gave the fans what they wanted to see,” he said after the fight. Mayweather used a homophobic slur last month against McGregor during the run-up to the fight, while McGregor used racial slurs.

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*NABBED – 30 Arrested for Trying to Reach U.S. Through Underground Tunnel

Thirty undocumented immigrants were arrested on Saturdayafter allegedly entering the U.S. illegally through an underground tunnel that led to San Diego, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said. “US Agents searched the area and discovered a crude opening in the ground with a ladder inside and determined that is was a smuggling tunnel,” the agency said in a statement, adding that 23 of the 30 individuals were Chinese and seven were Mexican. Officials also warned of similar tunnels being “used to facilitate human smuggling.”

 

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*Floyd Mayweather already cashing in on historic win, notes media expert

Floyd “Money” Mayweather is making sure to get every last cent out of his historic victory over Conor McGregor. Commemorative hats went on sale minutes after Mayweather pushed his record to 50-0, surpassing Rocky Marciano’s hollowed boxing mark, with a 10th-round TKO of the UFC lightweight champion at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegason Saturday according to media expert and author Michael Levine (www.MichaelLevineMedia.com) . ESPN reporterDarren Rovell tweeted a photo of the black, snapback, New Era cap with 50-0 in large gold numbers across the front, saying they were being sold at the area for $40 each. “Las Vegas Fight Shop, which also sells other “The Money Team” apparel, tweeted the hats were already on their shelves at 1 p.m., about 10 minutes after the bouts conclusion” said Levine. Another big payday and the merchandise possibilities should keep Mayweather comfortable as he again enters retirement and help him pay back the $22 millions he reportedly owes the IRS.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Chicago gangster Al Capone (1899-1947), in one of his sporadic attempts at public relations, opened a soup kitchen during the Great Depression. For millions, soup kitchens provided the only food they would see all day.

 

*LBN-HEALTH WATCH: A drug that fights inflammation can reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes, and possibly lung cancer, in people who have already had one heart attack and are at high risk for another, a new study finds. Researchers outside the study say the findings represent a major milestone — proof of a biologic concept that opens the door to new ways of treating and preventing cardiovascular disease in people who are still at risk despite standard therapies. “This is fantastic,” said Dr. David J. Maron, the director of preventive cardiology at Stanford University School of Medicine. “The green light just went on for full-fledged investigation and development of effective and cost-effective new therapies.”

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Best trap for burglar (thieves)  — A shop owner set trap for a burglar. See what happens! — https://youtu.be/fhkMyWU9cK8

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Intelligent people are more likely to swear and walk around naked at home, according to a new study. Quizzing about 1,000 people on 400 typical behaviors, researchers at the University of Rochester in the US also found that extroverts are prone to telling dirty jokes, while those with agreeable personalities are more likely to sing in the shower. During the study, participants were asked if they performed each of the 400 behaviors, and how often. The results were then compared with their own personalities, with the aim being to identify signature behaviors for each of the main personality types.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Mayweather vs. McGregor Post-Fight Press Conference —- https://youtu.be/AfRj3LhZU6I

*LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

Duolingo

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*LBN-R.I.P.: Tobe Hooper, the director of horror classics like The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Poltergeist, diedSaturday in Sherman Oaks, California at the age of 74. The Los Angeles County Coroner confirmed Hooper’s death to Variety. No cause of death was provided.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK:  The revealing TV interview show – “Without Notes” with Susan Estrich – Episode 1: The Early Years  —-  https://youtu.be/tlBBRnSATa8.

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*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: 

Most of us worry about our distractibility. We zone out, daydream and procrastinate, and then chastise ourselves for wasting time. But what if most of that “wasted time” was actually time well spent?  Tinker Dabble Doodle Try: Unlock the Power of the … – Amazon.com — https://www.amazon.com/Tinker-Dabble-Doodle-Try-Unfocused/dp/1524723088

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Dana KennedyPity those planning the memorial service for legendary comedian Jerry Lewis reportedly scheduled for Labor Day weekend, at least when it comes to figuring out which of Lewis’ sometimes feuding—or possibly missing—children will show up. One thing seems certain: Lewis’ daughter Danielle, 25, whom he and his second wife adopted when Lewis was 66, will be front and center since she was as much Lewis’ Chosen One as Ivanka is President Trump’s favorite child. Lewis’ 64-year-old alleged illegitimate daughter with former fashion model Lynn Dixon, who calls herself Suzan Lewis (née Minoret) and is a dead ringer for her father, will probably be sleeping somewhere on the streets of Philadelphia. She’s been homeless for several decades, ultimately turning down help from a close friend of Jerry Lewis’ a few years ago. And don’t get anyone started onRonnie Lewis, the son Jerry and his first wife adopted in 1949. When The Daily Beast mentioned Lewis’ six sons to his Las Vegas spokeswoman Candi Cazau, she insisted he had only five sons. Cazau has worked for Lewis since 1998 and swore she never heard of a son named Ronnie, although Ronnie can be seen in many family photos online as well as in a YouTube video singing with his father on TV back in the 1950s.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Zudhi Jasser, M.D.: Over the past several years, innocent people the world over have endured blow after blow: Islamist terrorist attacks from San Bernardino to Beirut, Paris, London and now Barcelona and more. Children have seen blood pour into the aisles of concert venues, colleagues have watched their peers slaughtered, and families have lost everything at the hands of ISIS, aka the Islamic State. There is no denying that the ISIS monster is committed to destroying innocents in its path and taking as many lives as it can – and relishes every time its savagery and carnage dominate the headlines. It is vital that we pay close and vigilant attention to ISIS: its plans, its whereabouts, and its public statements. We must also pursue it, relentlessly and until it is decimated. Sadly, this is the same tail we chase with the rise of each radical Islamist terror group in what has become a global whack-a-mole program. As we were on the verge of decimating al-Qaeda, the violent jihadist brand shifted to ISIS. Without treating the real root cause of theocratic Islamism, any chance of decimating ISIS will disappear as the global terror movement shifts to the latest “brand” of violent jihad.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Adam GrantNot long ago, after interviewing a venture capitalist onstage, I announced to the audience that we would take questions but no pitches. The first person at the microphone asked the investor to fund his start-up. I cringed as the second person started to pitch, too. Our educational event had quickly turned into a bad episode of “Shark Tank.” The following week, at a similar event, I saw a student ask a C.E.O. for her personal email address in front of the crowd. I’ve been stunned by the lengths people will go to at tech and business conferences to make a connection with a big name: sneaking backstage for a selfie, slipping business cards into briefcases, chasing them out the exit. If the very thought of networking makes you throw up in your mouth, you’re not alone. Networking makes us feel dirty — to the point that one study found that people rate soap and toothpaste 19 percent more positively after imagining themselves angling to make professional contacts at a cocktail party. Just reading that research made me want to take a shower. Yet we’ve all been warned that it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Success is supposed to come to the suave schmoozers and social butterflies.

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LBN – Saturday, August 26th, 2017

*Islamic State Stronghold Tal Afar About to Fall, Says Iraqi Military:
Iraqi forces raised the national flag on Saturday in the heart of Tal Afar, Islamic State’s stronghold in the country’s northwest, and said they were poised to take full control of the city after a week-long offensive. Tal Afar is the latest objective in the U.S.-backed war on the jihadist group following the recapture in July of Mosul, where it declared its self-proclaimed caliphate over parts of Iraq and Syria in 2014. Tal Afar was cut off from the rest of IS-held territory in June and the campaign to recapture it started on Aug. 20, when up to 2,000 militants were believed to be defending it against around 50,000 attackers, according to western military sources. “Tal Afar city is about to fall completely into the hands of our forces, only five percent remains” under Islamic State control, an Iraqi military spokesman told Reuters.
*President Trump Pardons Sheriff Joe Arpaio
The White House announced on Friday evening that PresidentDonald Trump pardoned Joe Arpaio, former Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona. “Sheriff Joe Arpaio is now eighty-five years old, and after more than fifty years of admirable service to our Nation, he is worthy candidate for a Presidential pardon,” a White House statement said. Arpaio was convicted of misdemeanor contempt of court this year for repeatedly violating court orders to stop detaining Latinos based on the belief they were in the U.S. illegally. Arpaio and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office were sued in 2007 for allegedly stopping Latino motorists based on their race. Arpaio defied court orders in 2011 and 2013 to stop detaining people based on race, and both times he defied the orders. Arpaio, known for his harsh immigration rhetoric and housing inmates in outdoor tents, lost reelection in 2016.

*Big Brands Shun Straight, White Britain in their Adverts, Notes Media Expert:

According to media expert and author Michael Levine(www.MichaelLevineMedia.com)  advertisers in England are so worried about being accused of racism or homophobia that they are shying away from using images of white people and straight couples. “British marketing departments are even putting diversity above relevance to their target audience to avoid accusations of bigotry” said Levine.  “A third of advertisers questioned said they had used fewer white models and heterosexual couples over the past year. More than a third of these said they were taking this approach to “prevent perceived discrimination” reported Levine.
*Memphis Orpheum Theater Won’t Show ‘Gone With the Wind,’ Calling Film ‘Insensitive’:
“Gone With the Wind” will be gone from The Orpheum’s summer movie series in Memphis, the theater’s board saidFriday. The Orpheum Theatre Group decided not to include the 1939 movie about a plantation in the Civil War-era South in its 2018 Summer Movie Series after feedback from patrons following the last screening Aug. 11. “As an organization whose stated mission is to ‘entertain, educate and enlighten the communities it serves’, the Orpheum cannot show a film that is insensitive to a large segment of its local population,” the theater’s operators said in a statement. Memphis’ population is about 64 percent African-American.
*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: “American Expert”, a popular short form TV segment produced by Adam Saada, featuring 3 minute stand-alone commentaries on success in both work and life by experts in diverse fields will film it’s latest episodes onTuesday, August 29th at the exclusive Baltaire restaurant in Brentwood. Over the last year, “America Expert” has become an extremely popular video series on many Social Media platforms.

*DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that LBN is read   ***By three Nobel prize winners daily.   ***In 26 foreign countries daily.   ***In 11 separate time zones throughout the world daily?   ***By 12 members of the White House staff.   ***By professors of Harvard, Yale, Oxford, Stanford and Hebrew University.   ***Is forward to tens of thousands of people daily by readers.   ***84% of daily LBN readers find it “independent” and “unbiased”

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Daylight Saving Time

  • The correct spelling is daylight saving time and not daylight savings time, as is commonly believed. “Saving” is used as a participle and not as a possessive.
  • For decades, candy makers lobbied for daylight saving time, believing it would lead to more candy sales around Halloween. However, after the federal government established daylight saving, children simply waited until dark to go trick-or-treating.
  • Daylight saving time negatively affects night owls more than morning people.
  • When President Wilson signed daylight saving time into law during WW I, it was commonly called “fast time.” During WW II, when it was again put in force after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, it was called “War Time.”
  • Researchers found a 2% decrease in SAT scores when the tests were administered after daylight saving time.

*MY REVIEW: “I confess, even in the hospital I read LBN every day.”  —– Jimmy W., an LBN reader from Atlanta, Georgia.


*LBN-HEALTH WATCH:   ***People who suffer from anxiety may take antidepressants or another medicine to treat their brain.  But a new study suggests gut bacteria actually plays a major role in anxious feelings.  A team of scientists discovered that certain gene regulators in the brain – called microRNAs – play a key roll in anxiety-type illness and behavior and are affected by bacteria levels in the gut. This study, done by the University of Cork, is one in a growing body of data on gut bacteria and physical and mental health.

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Late Linkin Park front manChester Bennington’s ex-wife Samantha Olit wrote a lengthy, livid Facebook post Wednesday criticizing the handling of his funeral service, insisting the singer’s life was only reduced to a mere twelve years. Bennington committed suicide in July at age 41. Olit was married to Bennington from 1996 until 2005 and share one son, Draven. That same year, Bennington tied the knot with former model Talinda Bentley. They had three children together. He also had two children from a previous relationship. Olit slammed Bentley for reportedly excluding her son from Bennington’s funeral proceedings.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Kate Upton showed off her dance moves to gobsmacked guests at rooftop lounge the Skylark in NYC on Thursday night. Kate and her sister Christie were hanging at a piano bar in Midtown before hitting the rooftop hot spot.

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*LBN-VIDEO LINK:  TV’s revealing interview show – “Without Notes” with Susan Estrich – Episode 1: The Early Years –
https://youtu.be/tlBBRnSATa8

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Cecil D. Andrus, a four-term governor of Idaho who as interior secretary under President Jimmy Carterhelped set aside vast expanses of Alaska for parks and reserves, died on Thursday at his home in Boise, Idaho. He was 85. The cause was complications of lung cancer, his daughter Tracy Andrus said.
*LBN-VIDEO LINK:Shields and Brooks on Trump’scontrasting speeches, GOP ruptured relations —— https://youtu.be/M6ijJsVBAC0

*LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

Khan Academy

Blooming from a simple series of math tutorials into the largest school on planet Earth, Khan Academy is a powerful tool for teaching yourself anything from Python to linear algebra.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Gordon Marino: On Saturday, boxing begs for Mayweather to win in a dramatic fashion. For the sake of the sport, he needs to expose McGregor as a hubristic interloper. I am curious to see how Mayweather will rise to this task. A first-round knockout would fit the bill. If McGregor should manage to make a fight of it and go the distance, it will bruise both the bruising game and Mayweather’s legacy. I have never sat on the edge of my chair with balled fists bellowing support for Mayweather. But I will be on Saturday night … if I just so happen to watch the fight.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Conan O’Brien: In Saudi Arabia, a 14-year-old boy was detained for dancing to the Macarena. You know, I don’t say this often but I’m going to side with the Saudi government on this one.

*LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:….