Monthly Archives: May 2018

LBN – Wednesday, May 30, 2018

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*Roseanne Barr Attacks Co-Stars for ‘Throwing Her Under the Bus’:

Roseanne Barr fired off another round of controversial tweets throughout the night in which she attacked the co-stars on her canceled show for “throwing [her] under the bus.” Barr, whose revived series got the axe from ABC on Tuesday after a racist post about former Obama staffer Valerie Jarrett, lashed out at two of her TV children, Michael Fishman and Sara Gilbert, in a string of furious tweets. In response to Fishman’s statement about her “reprehensible and intolerable” tweets, Barr said, in eerily Trump-like syntax: “I created the platform for that inclusivity and you know it. ME. You throw me under the bus. Nice!” Responding to Gilbert’s tweet about her disappointment in Barr, the actress wrote: “Wow! unreal.” Earlier in the night, Barr blamed her condemned tweets on the fact that she’d taken sleeping pill Ambien.
*‘Murdered’ Russian Journalist Arkady Babchenko Alive, Faked Death:
Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko appeared alive and well at a press conference Wednesday, a day after he was reportedly slain. His death was faked as part of a Ukrainian Security Service operation, Babchenko revealed. The operation allegedly involved capturing Russian agents “who were trying to kill” Babchenko, NBC News reports. One person is reportedly in custody. “Special apologies to my wife. Olechka, I am sorry, but there were no options here, Babchenko reportedly said during the press conference. “The operation took two months to prepare. I was told a month ago.” Babchenko’s death, which was said to have taken place on Tuesday night in Kiev, came as a shock in the region and the world. He is a “prominent correspondent who covered regional conflicts” and had left Russia last year after “receiving death threats and being denounced by pro-Kremlin politicians,” The Moscow Times reports. “It’s of course great news that Babchenko is alive,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswomanMaria Zakharova told Meduza. “The shame is that this masquerade hasn’t worked out in other cases.”

*Trump: ‘I Wish’ I Had Not Picked Jeff Sessions for Attorney General:

In a series of tweets Wednesday morning, President Donald Trump publicly lamented his choice of Jeff Sessions to head the Department of Justice, saying he wishes he’d selected a different attorney general. Trump quoted Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), who said he would feel “frustrated” if he were president and his attorney general did not share “reasons for recusal” prior to taking the job. “There are lots of really good lawyers in the country, he could have picked somebody else!” Gowdy said. “And I wish I did!” Trump added in his tweet. This comes as The New York Times reported on Tuesday that Trump asked Sessions to “reverse his decision” to recuse himself from the Russia investigation in March 2017.

*Kim Kardashian West to Visit White House to Discuss Prison Reform:

Kim Kardashian West will meet Wednesday afternoon with Jared Kushner to discuss prison reform, and might even meet with President Donald Trump himself, according to Vanity Fair. The summit is the result of months of backchannel talks between Kardashian and Kushner, who has also advocated for prison reform during his tenure as a senior adviser. The reality TV star has become a high-profile advocate for reform in recent months, after she began campaigning for the release of Alice Johnson, a 62-year-old grandmother serving life without parole for a minor drug offense. Kardashian is expected to ask Kushner and the president to pardon Johnson. Her husband, Kanye West, who has recently come under fire for tweeting a photo of his MAGA hat, is not expected to attend.

*Woman Says Southwest Worker Asked Her to ‘Prove’ Relationship to Biracial Son:

Lindsay Gottlieb, the coach of the women’s basketball team at the University of California, Berkeley, was at the Denver International Airport with her biracial 1-year-old son when she was asked by a Southwest Airlines employee to “prove” that she was the child’s mother, The Washington Post reported. Gottlieb, who was with her husband, said she was asked to present the child’s birth certificate after the employee reviewed his passport, citing “federal law.” The employee also asked Gottlieb to present a Facebook post with the child for further proof, because the child has a different last name. Gottlieb, who is white, wrote on Twitter that “[m]y guess is because he has a different skin color.” She also wrote that she has flown “approx 50 times” with her son and had no issues up until now. Southwest Airlines apologized for the interaction, and noted that it was the company’s policy to check birth certificates to ensure “lap children” are younger than two years of age. The airline said that it was not normal practice to “match the last names of a child and guardian” on U.S. flights. “We are fine. It was wild, but, I fear, much more common for people that don’t look like me,” Gottlieb wrote on Twitter.

*Residents Flee North Carolina Dam in ‘Imminent Danger’ of Collapse:

Thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate part of North Carolina where a landslide has left a dam in “imminent danger” of collapsing. Authorities have ordered residents to flee the area south of the Lake Tahoma Dam, which they say could fail after heavy rainfall caused a landslide that “compromised” its structural integrity. The National Weather Service tweeted an urgent message: “A landslide has comprised the integrity of Lake Tahoma Dam. MANDATORY EVACUATIONS underway from the Dam at Lake Shore Dr to Lake Tahoma Rd (NC 80) to the confluence of the Catawba River near Resistoflex Rd and Riverside Park. ACT NOW TO PRESERVE YOUR LIFE!” The heavy rainfall is part of the remnants of Alberto, the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season.

*Belgian Rampage Was an Act of ‘Terrorist Murder,’ Prosecutors Say:

A Belgian man who allegedly killed four people on Tuesday carried out a “terrorist murder” and may have intended to hurt more people, according to authorities. Benjamin Herman attacked two police officers in Liege, stabbing them repeatedly and taking their guns away from them, officials said. Herman then allegedly shot the two officers and a 22-year-old man who was a passenger in a vehicle. He also took a cleaning worker hostage, authorities said. When police closed in, Herman started running and firing before being shot to death by police, according to officials. Law enforcement said they later discovered that he killed a former prison inmate who did time with him on Monday night. Prosecutors claim he yelled “Allahu akbar” various times during his attack, and say that he was due to be back in prison Tuesday evening after a two-day furlough. Federal magistrate Wenke Roggen also said that Herman’s actions follow the demands of the Islamic State, which has pushed followers to stab policemen and steal their weapons.

*LBN-INTEL FOR INFLUENCERS: Did you know “influencers” in all 50 of the United States and 26 foreign countries read LBNdaily? ***3 Nobel Prize winners  ***12 members of the White House staff ***Over 100 Academy Award winners ***6 U.S. Senators ***Over 300 Grammy Award winners.

*LBN-HEALTH WATCH:   ***Taking multivitamins or other commonly consumed vitamin and mineral supplements won’t actually provide you any health benefits, but they won’t harm you either, a new study finds. Researchers from the University of Toronto and St. Michael’s Hospital conducted a review of 179 studies on popular vitamin supplements that were published between January 2012 and October 2017. Studies covered a vast spectrum of supplements, including vitamins A, B1, B2, B3 (niacin), B6, B9 (folic acid), C, D and E; and mineral supplemts β-carotene; calcium; iron; zinc; magnesium; and selenium. Multivitamins that contained a wide variety of the vitamins and minerals were also reviewed.


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*Robert Kotler, MD, FACS, Renowned Beverly Hills Rhinoplasty Super-Specialist, Defines the Evolution of Nose Jobs:

Before *** Computer Image of the After *** After

Barbie-replicated nose jobs should be history,” says Dr. Robert Kotler, Beverly Hills nose job super-specialist andUCLA faculty member. “Until recently, the ‘nose job’ or rhinoplasty was cookie-cutter and easily identifiable. Before ‘fake news’, there was ‘fake nose’.” “As cosmetic facial plastic surgery has matured it has become increasingly subtle, less identifiable and therefore more successful and popular,” notes Dr. Kotler, author Secrets of a Beverly Hills Cosmetic Surgeon: The Expert’s Guide to Safe, Successful Surgery. He continues, “For rhinoplasty, a given nose that is attractive and appropriate on one face may not be so on another face. That for the individual patient, success is defined by maximum improvement and customization. The successful nose job is proportional to the face, shows no telltale signs of surgery and in a word, looks “natural.'” Prospective patients of Dr. Kotler are welcome to bring photos of a celebrity or a friend’s nose as an example of what they like about a particular nose. Kotler holds that “the rhinoplasty specialist needs to be a good listener to best understand the patient’s desires.” That “both the patient and the surgeon must agree on what is appropriate and achievable for that particular patient.”

*LBN- FACT OF THE DAY: Women are twice as likely to suffer from depression than men. Women may be at a higher risk for depression due in part to estrogen, which may alter the activity of neurotransmitters that contribute to depression.

*LBN- BUSINESS INSIDER: A fizzy lemon-flavored alcoholic drink that went on sale in Japan on Monday marked Coca-Cola Co.’s first fling at selling alcohol in its 132-year history.

*LBN- COMMENTARY by Jackie Kucinich: As the opioid epidemic ravages the country, lawmakers pushing for reforms to how the drugs are prescribed have encountered a series of roadblocks from a surprising source: the lobby for physicians. Advocates for further restrictions and physician education on the highly addictive drugs say the American Medical Association has actively lobbied against the inclusion of several recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and that many members of Congress are unwilling to go up against the powerful lobby. Several of the CDC guidelines were included in a bill called Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act 2.0, introduced by Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) in February, an update to the Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act that was signed into law in 2016. Portman’s office confirmed that lobbyists from the group have told the Ohio senator’s staff they would not support provisions in the CARA 2.0 about the three-day rule or any mandatory physician education included in the bill.

*LBN- TODAY’S FAMOUS BIRTHDAY: Mel Blanc (May 30, 1908)

Mel Blanc was an American voice actor, comedian, singer, radio personality, and recording artist. After beginning his over 60-year career performing in radio, he became known for his work in animation as the voices of Bugs BunnyDaffy Duck,Porky PigTweety BirdSylvester the CatYosemite Sam,Foghorn LeghornMarvin the MartianPepé Le Pew,Speedy GonzalesWile E. CoyoteRoad Runner, theTasmanian Devil and many of the other characters from theLooney Tunes and Merrie Melodies theatrical cartoons during the golden age of American animation.

*LBN- COMMENTARY by Erin Biba:  Female journalists who cover Elon Musk have the same personal rule: Mention his name on Twitter at your peril. That’s because there is an army—mostly young, mostly white, almost entirely men—that marches behind him. These MuskBros, as we call them, make it their mission to descend on women who criticize Musk, and tear them to pieces. I know, because it has happened to me. More than once. Last week I took to Twitter, frustrated over Musk’s attacks on the press and his tweet at molecular biologist Upulie Divisekera, in which he called her nanoscience “bs.” I was concerned that Musk doesn’t realize the broader impact of his lashing out. With every criticism lobbed at a journalist (or a scientist), Musk reinforces the growing public mistrust of essential institutions seeded by the Donald Trump wing of theGOP. And, though the Tesla co-founder later clarified that he believes some nanoscience is legitimate, the downstream result of his original tweet is that Divisekera has spent days defending her science and explaining why it’s legitimate.

*LBN- VIDEO LINK: ‘The only kids that disrespect me are black kids’: speaker challenges St. Louis high school students —

*LBN- QUOTE: “I see the world being slowly transformed into a wilderness; I hear the approaching thunder that, one day, will destroy us too. I feel the suffering of millions. And yet, when I look up at the sky, I somehow feel that everything will change for the better, that this cruelty too shall end, that peace and tranquility will return once more.” ~ Anne Frank

*LBN- COMMENTARY by Bahar Gholipour: It’s every psychiatrist’s dilemma: Two patients sit in front of you, displaying the same symptoms and the same diagnosis. After going through the same treatment, one recovers and one doesn’t. What’s the difference? It very well could be inside the brain itself. Scientists have learned a lot about the brain in the last few decades, but mental illnesses are still diagnosed based on symptoms—the visible tips of a tower hidden in fog. But for each person a different part of the tower may be broken. “The standard of care in psychiatry is symptoms-based diagnosis. But anyone who treats patients knowns there’s some serious limitation with this kind of approach,” said Noah Philip, associate professor of psychiatry at Brown University and director of psychiatric neuromodulation at the Providence VA Medical Center in Rhode Island. “Ultimately it’s someone telling us what they are feeling, which is important but it doesn’t necessarily map on to what’s going on in the brain.” That’s why Philip and many others are now looking past the symptoms and diagnostic labels and into the underlying brain networks to find what drive a patient’s symptoms, how these network vary among individuals and how they can be directly targeted to help those patients who don’t improve with traditional treatments.

*LBN- COMMENTARY by Nicole Wetsman:  The Food and Drug Administration recent approval of Aimovig, a new preventative treatment against migraines, came as good news for the millions in the United States who suffer from the debilitating headaches. It’s the first approval for a new group of drugs that block a particular molecule that is elevated during migraine, designed to reduce the frequency and severity of migraine attacks. Most drugs available today reduce migraine symptoms, but Aimovig aims to stop them from happening as frequently. In three clinical studies, patients taking the drug had one or two fewer headache days per month than those taking a placebo. The drug is delivered as a once-monthly injection, and has a sticker price of $6,900 a year.


LBN E-Lert Edited By Renee Preston

LBN – Tuesday, May 29, 2018

*LBN-INTEL FOR INFLUENCERS: Did you know “influencers” in all 50 of the United States and 26 foreign countries read LBN daily? ***3 Nobel Prize winners  ***12 members of the White House staff ***Over 100 Academy Award winners ***6 U.S. Senators ***Over 300 Grammy Award winners

*HOOKED – Purdue Pharma Knew of OxyContin Problems Soon After Release: Documents:

A confidential Justice Department report obtained by The New York Times shows drug maker Purdue Pharma knew about “significant” OxyContin abuse in its first years on the market, but claimed it wasn’t aware of widespread misuse until long after it was released. Following a four-year investigation, the DOJ found that Purdue got reports that the pills were “being crushed and snorted; stolen from pharmacies; and that some doctors were being charged with selling prescriptions[.]” Internal notes from the company show it knew about Oxy getting snorted and sold on the streets as early as 1997. DOJ prosecutors wrote in the 2006 report that Purdue continued to market Oxy as “less prone to abuse and addiction than other prescription opioids” while knowing about the reports of abuse. They also recommended that Purdue executives be “indicted on felony charges, including conspiracy to defraud the United States,” but top DOJ staff during the George W. Bushadministration “did not support the move” and settled with the pharmaceutical company in 2007. The documents come as the growing opioid epidemic has gotten worse in the United States, with the prescription opioid overdose death rate rising more than 10 percent in 2016.

*Kim Jong Un’s Right-Hand Man Traveling to New York:

North Korea is sending a top official to the U.S. in the latest effort to get the summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un back on track. North Korea’s Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of the ruling Workers’ Party’s Central Committeeand Kim Jong Un’s right-hand man, is flying to the U.S. Tuesday. He will be the highest ranking North Korean official to visit the U.S. since 2000, when Pyongyang sent Vice MarshalJo Myong Rok to meet then-President Bill Clinton. The trip is another hint the June summit may be back on after Trump said he was canceling the meeting. Trump confirmed the visit viaTwitter Tuesday morning, saying: “We have put a great team together for our talks with North Korea. Meetings are currently taking place concerning Summit, and more. Kim Young Chol [sic], the Vice Chairman of North Korea, heading now to New York. Solid response to my letter, thank you!”

*Roseanne quits Twitter after epic racist, anti-Semitic meltdown: 

Roseanne Barr fired off a bizarre tweetstorm Monday night into Tuesday, falsely claiming Chelsea Clinton is married toGeorge Soros’ nephew, repeating a false rumor that the billionaire is a Nazi sympathizer and cracking a racist joke about former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett — before announcing she was quitting the social media platform altogether. The comedienne started her internet rant just beforemidnight Monday, tweeting, “Chelsea Soros Clinton,” followed by a since-deleted tweet that said, “she’s married to soros nephew.” An hour later, she followed up with, “soros’ goal; the overthrow of us constitutional republic by buying/backing candidates 4 local district attorney races who will ignore US law & favor ‘feelings’ instead-and call everyone who is alarmed by that ‘racist.’”

*White House Moves Ahead With Tough Trade Measures on China:

The Trump administration said on Monday that it would proceed with plans to impose a series of punitive trade-related measures on China in the next month, intensifying pressure on Beijing as trade talks between the countries continue. TheWhite House said in a statement that the United States would move ahead with its plan to levy 25 percent tariffs on $50 billion of imported Chinese goods, despite recent remarks by Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary, and other administration officials that the tariffs would be suspended while the countries continued their negotiations. The administration had previously announced a list of goods that would be subject to tariffs, including flat-screen TVs and medical devices. It then held a series of hearings on the tariffs, giving the public a chance to influence the final list. The White House said it would detail the final list of goods that will subject to the tariffs by June 15, and the duties would be imposed shortly after that, the statement said.

*WHO READS LBN? Author Shobha Rao along with “influencers” in all 50 of the United States and 26 foreign countries.

*North Korea Nuclear Disarmament Could Take 15 Years, Expert Warns: 

As the Trump administration races to start talks with North Korea on what it calls “rapid denuclearization,” a top federal government adviser who has repeatedly visited the North’s sprawling atomic complex is warning that the disarmament process could take far longer, up to 15 years. The adviser,Siegfried S. Hecker, a former director of the Los Alamosweapons laboratory in New Mexico, and now a Stanfordprofessor, argues that the best the United States can hope for is a phased denuclearization that goes after the most dangerous parts of the North’s program first.

*Police Need Warrant to Search Vehicle Near Home:

The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that police cannot search a vehicle parked next to a house on private property without a warrant. A Virginia police officer arrested Ryan Collins after confirming that he’d stolen a Suzuki motorcycle by lifting up a tarp covering the bike, which was parked on private property. According to the Wall Street Journal, Collins was convicted in state court and argued that the police violated “Fourth Amendment precedents” that would require a warrant before search. Under the Fourth Amendment, the “automobile exception” allows for cars to be searched without a warrant if “probable cause exists to believe it contains contraband.” “In physically intruding on the curtilage of Collins’ home to search the motorcycle, Office Rhodes not only invaded Collins’ Fourth Amendment interest in the item searched, i.e. the motorcycle, but also invaded Collins’ Fourth Amendment interest in the curtilage of his home,” Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote in her opinion. “The question before the court is whether the automobile exception justifies the invasion of the curtilage. The answer is no.”

*De Beers to Sell Diamonds Made in a Lab for First Time:

The world’s largest diamond-mining company, De Beers, is to sell lab-made diamonds for the first time in its 130-year history. In a statement released Tuesday morning, De Beers said it will market the lab-grown diamonds—which are much cheaper than mined diamonds—in a new fashion line called Lightbox. “Lightbox will transform the lab-grown diamond sector by offering consumers a lab-grown product they have told us they want but aren’t getting: affordable fashion jewellery that may not be forever, but is perfect for right now,“ said CEO Bruce Cleaver. “Our extensive research tells us this is how consumers regard lab-grown diamonds—as a fun, pretty product that shouldn’t cost that much—so we see an opportunity here that’s been missed by lab-grown diamond producers.” Man-made diamonds make up a small part of the $80 billion global market, according to Bloomberg, but demand is increasing.

*Miraculous – Skripal Doctors Say They Didn’t Expect Victims to Survive Nerve Attack:

The hospital staffers who treated Sergei and Yulia Skripal—who were attacked by a military-grade nerve agent in England—have said they are shocked the two survived the attempted murders. The former Russian spy and his daughter were poisoned with a Novichok agent in March in an attack the U.K. blamed on Moscow. Both have since been discharged from hospital. “When we first were aware this was a nerve agent, we were expecting them not to survive. We would try all our therapies. We would ensure the best clinical care. But all the evidence was there that they would not survive,” said Stephen Jukes, an intensive-care consultant at the hospital. Hospital staff were unaware of the gravity of the situation when the two were admitted—until police moved in to protect the Skripals. “I spoke to the nurse in charge,” recalled Duncan Murray, the hospital’s senior intensive-care consultant, “and it was this conversation I really could never have imagined in my wildest imagination as having with anyone.”

*Chris Collins, Acclaimed Business Coach, Praises Starbucks’ Open Door Policy:

With global influence, Chris Collins, founder of Syndicate X, a “Secret Society for Entrepreneurs and Leaders,” author ofGamification: Playing For Profits, and the host of Chris Collins Unleashed, praises Starbucks’ new “no purchase necessary policy”. “Their store environments are created with the intention of making you want to hang around and be more comfortable,” Collins explains. “With even closer attention paid to enticing the senses, the smell (coffee), sounds, cute selection of tasty and savory stuff around, the “manufactured environment” cares for you.” “Any person who enters our spaces, including patios, cafes and restrooms, regardless of whether they make a purchase, is considered a customer,” Starbucks said in an email to employees. The revised Starbucks policy also suggests a code of conduct for store visitors, who should use the spaces as intended, be considerate of others, and act responsibly. Collins continues, “It’s hard to tell if this new policy is strategically trying to increase sales or is a goodwill PR move.” Using McDonalds’ successful, yet unofficial “open to all” business model, Collins projects that “more than 25% of people taking them up on this “no purchase necessary policy”, with no intention of a purchase, will end up buying something.” Collins concludes by applauding Starbucks, “Smart move! Sales will happen!”

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*Company behind ‘Active Shooter’ game accused of tragedy porn: 

Parents, police and gamers alike are denouncing an upcoming video game that allows players to simulate a school shooting, saying the publisher wants to make money off the “glamorization of tragedies” impacting students and teachers across the country. Ryan Petty, whose 14-year-old daughter,Alaina, was killed during the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, told theMiami Herald that the planned June 6 release of Active Shooter should be canceled. The game, developed byRevived Games, will allow players to act as a SWAT team member or an active shooter on a digital distribution platform called Steam, operated by Washington-based Valve. Revived doesn’t provide any contact information on its website, but it lists other controversial titles including Tyde Pod Challengeand White Power: Pure Voltage.


1. A serial killer is someone who has murdered three or more people over a period of more than a month, with a cooling-off period between murders. The motive is usually based on psychological (often sexual) gratification, though the motives may also include anger, thrill, money, and attention seeking.
2. According to the FBI, more than 70% of serial killers experienced problems related to substance abuse. While only a few serial killers were actually addicted to alcohol and substances, many of them encountered them in their youth.
3. Many serial killers experienced sexually stressful events in childhood.
4. Dr. Harold Shipman (1946–2004) is regarded as the most prolific serial killer in modern history, with over 250 murders ascribed to him. He was a British doctor who murdered his patients: the oldest was a 93-year-old woman, and the youngest was a 41-year-old man. He hung himself in his cell in 2004, a day before his 58th birthday.
5. The blockbuster movie Se7en is a creepy thriller about a serial murderer who contrives to kill his victims in accordance with the seven deadly sins (lust, greed, gluttony, sloth, pride, anger, and envy). Another blockbuster about a serial killer is the Oscar-winning thriller Silence of the Lambs.
6. America’s first serial killer is considered to be Dr. H.H. Holmes, who confessed to 27 murders in the late 1890s. He claimed that he could not help the fact that he was “a murderer, no more than the poet can help the inspiration to sing.”

Jeffrey Dahmer impaled frogs, cats, and dogs’ heads on sticks

7. Almost all serial killers admit that they started by acting out their fantasies on small animals before they moved to humans and that animal torture brought them a great source of pleasure. Given that most serial killers are from dysfunctional families, such pathological and abnormal behavior may be ignored. Jeffrey Dahmer’s father, for example, had no qualms that his son performed animal dissections.
8. Former FBI Special Agent Robert K. Ressler (1937–2013) is the man credited with coining the term “serial killer” in 1971.
9. Steven Egger, in his book Murder among Us, notes that serial murderers are frequently found to have an unusual or unnatural relationship with their mothers (Hitchcock’s Norman Bates is an archetype).
10. While many serial killers were abused or beaten as children, there are exceptions. Jeffrey Dahmer had an apparently normal upbringing, yet became one of the most horrible sex murderers in popular culture. His father wrote a book, A Father’s Story, which searches for explanations for his son’s deviance.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: During the time of the Spanish InquisitionPope Innocent VIII condemned cats as evil and thousands of cats were burned. Unfortunately, the widespread killing of cats led to an explosion of the rat population, which exacerbated the effects of the Black Death.


My Decade TV

My Decade TV is a site that collects YouTube videos from the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s into a television channel-surfing experience, where users can flip through different channels, filter out genres and view videos by year.

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Bob Fuss, a former radio reporter for UPI in Los Angeles, then for years a CBS News reporter in Washington, died at age 64. He used crutches his entire life.   ***Frank McCullough, managing editor of the Los Angeles TimesSan Francisco Examiner and Sacramento Bee, died in Santa Rosa at age 98.   ***Josh Greenfeld, who shared anOscar nomination with Paul Mazursky for his debut screenplay, “Harry and Tonto,” died at 90.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Once upon a time, white male Protestants ruled the roost. You got into a fancy school if your father had gone to the fancy school. You got a job at a white-shoe law firm or climbed the corporate ladder if you golfed at the right club. Then we smashed all that. We replaced a system based on birth with a fairer system based on talent. We opened up the universities and the workplace to Jews, women and minorities. University attendance surged, creating the most educated generation in history. We created a new boomer ethos, which was egalitarian (bluejeans everywhere!), socially conscious (recycling!) and deeply committed to ending bigotry. You’d think all this would have made the U.S. the best governed nation in history. Instead, inequality rose. Faith in institutions plummeted. Social trust declined. The federal government became dysfunctional and society bitterly divided. The older establishment won World War II and built theAmerican Century. We, on the other hand, led to Donald Trump. The chief accomplishment of the current educated elite is that it has produced a bipartisan revolt against itself. What happened? How has so much amazing talent produced such poor results.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: What Will Happen to Your Body If You Walk Every Day   —

*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***Hollywood lawyer Robert Schwartz has sent a ten page letter to CNN’s Jeff Zuckerdemanding a retraction and apology for the network’s story about Oscar winner Morgan Freeman regarding sexual misconduct and harassment. The story was CNN’s Chloe Melas and comes on the heels of the #MeToo movement and accusations against powerful men in Hollywood. Schwartz’s letter questions Melas’s reporting.   ***The sale of the Los Angeles Times to Patrick Soon-Shiong still hasn’t actually happened, but plans are moving ahead for the Times to vacate downtown Los Angeles (the lease is apparently up at the end of June) and move to one of Soon-Shiong’s office buildings in El Segundo.

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Linda Ronstadt is heading out for a small speaking tour in Northern California in September and was already in her hometown of Tucson. But she sold her place there, and pretty much stays home in San Francisco, where her two grown children have a house in the back. For a San Francisco Chronicle piece, she invited music critic Joel Selvin over for an update on how it’s going living with theParkinson‘s that took her singing voice. At age 71 she does go out, “but I have to be very selective about what I do.”

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Malcolm Gladwell (Best-selling author): I still prefer Canada to the U.S. I know I don’t live there, but conceptually, I consider myself a Canadian. I like being identified as an outsider.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Martin Short and Steve Martin have deliberately kept politics — and President Donald Trump — largely out of their comedy, but in Short’s case, it’s not because he’s short on opinions. “Steve and I have great respect for the fact that we don’t just want a liberal audience. So you want the audience to feel that this is, in a way, a safe zone. A zone where they’re not going to be made to feel like a jerk because they voted one way,” Short, 68, told The Daily Beast in an interview released Sunday.    ***Woody Allen and Soon-Yi Previn‘s daughter Bechet has come to the director’s defense following Moses Farrow’s support of their father in the wake of allegations that Woody sexually abused Dylan Farrow as a child. “I never wanted to involve myself in the social media debates involving my father, but there comes a point when I realize that I can either continue pretending that none of this is going on, or stand up for him,” Bechet Dumaine Allen wrote on Facebook last week. “He has been nothing but supportive and loving, and now it is my turn to support him.” “I want to thank [Moses] for sharing his personal experiences so that people may begin to learn the truth about our family,” Bechet, 19, added, sharing a link to a blog post written by Moses, in which he alleges Mia Farrow abused his siblings, including Soon-Yi, who married Woody in 1997.   ***Emma Watsonspent years brewing potions as young witch Hermione Granger in the “Harry Potter” films — and now she might just need one for herself. She has split from her “Glee” star boyfriend Chord Overstreet following a six-month romance.   ***Studio 54 co-founder Ian Schrager opens up about the iconic club in an acclaimed upcoming documentary that just landed a distribution deal in Cannes. “I haven’t spoken about it for almost 40 years,” the club owner turned top Public and Edition hotelier told us. “Because I’d been so quiet … people took liberties remembering what happened.” The club owner quipped to us, paraphrasing a line once told to Berry Gordy: “If the lion doesn’t tell his story, the hunters will.”   ***Toxicological blood tests carried out on an actress who accused French film director Luc Besson of having raped her at a hotel in Paris were negative, a source close to the investigation said Monday. The 27-year-old woman, a model and actress, lodged a complaint a day after she met earlier this month with Besson, who has denounced the allegation as “fantasist accusations”.

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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.)

*DID YOU KNOW?: Did you know that five (5) member of the staff of the Palm restaurant in Beverly Hills read LBN daily?

*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.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Shields and Brooks on North Korea summit canceled, Trump’s attacks on Russia probe –

*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.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK:  Why California is falling apart —

*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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