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LBN – Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

*LIBERATION DAY – Raqqa, the Hellish Capital of ISIS, Has Fallen
The Syrian city of Raqqa, held as the de facto capital of ISIS since 2014, has been retaken by U.S.-backed militias, according to the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and commanders on the ground. The fall of the city, where the so-called Islamic State reportedly planned international attacks and tormented its captive residents, represents the collapse of the terror group’s claims to having established a caliphate. Col. Ryan Dillon, a spokesman for the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, said Tuesday: “We know there are still IEDs and booby traps in and amongst the areas that ISIS once held, so the SDF will continue to clear deliberately through areas.” Reuters reports militia fighters were celebrating the liberation in the streets, amid widespread rubble from the months-long fight to retake the stronghold.

*OUT – Opioid Rep Tom Marino Withdraws From Drug Czar Consideration

Rep. Tom Marino, the Pennsylvania Republican tapped by President Trump to be his drug czar, withdrew his name from consideration Tuesday morning. Trump tweeted out the news, which comes two days after a devastating 60 Minutes report pointed to Marino as the architect of a law that benefited drug makers and hamstrung DEA efforts to rein in America’s epidemic of opioid abuse.

*United States Prepares for the Worst with North Korea: 

The Trump administration has not ruled out direct talks with North Korea but the United States and its allies must be “prepared for the worst” if diplomacy fails, the deputy secretary of state said on Tuesday. ​“Eventually, we don’t rule out the possibility of course of direct talks,” John L. Sullivan said during a meeting in Japan, Reuters reported. “Our focus is on diplomacy to solve this problem that is presented by the DPRK. We must, however, with our allies, Japan and South Korea and elsewhere, be prepared for the worst should diplomacy fail,” he said, referring to North Korea by its official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Sullivan’s comments come amid the backdrop of joint military exercises in the waters off the Korean peninsula between US and South Korean troops and a warning by a North Korean envoy that “nuclear war” may be imminent.

*Trump and McConnell Strive for Comity Amid Rising Tensions:

President Trump and Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, tried to convey a sense of harmony on Monday after months of bitter, private feuding that threatened to undermine their party’s legislative push in the coming weeks to enact a sweeping tax cut. In an impromptu, 45-minute Rose Garden news conference after the men met for lunch at the White House, Mr. Trump and Mr. McConnell both put on a display of awkward camaraderie, as the president went on volubly, fielding question after question as the senator fidgeted and spoke only occasionally. Through it all, they tried to wave aside reports of a disintegrating relationship that had included the president’s repeated use of tweets to publicly disparage Mr. McConnell’s legislative leadership. “We have been friends for a long time,” Mr. Trump said of Mr. McConnell as the veteran lawmaker stood awkwardly to his left. “We are probably now, I think, as least as far as I’m concerned, closer than ever before.” The expressions of friendship came at a time of deepening personal animosity and mistrust that had left Mr. Trump seething about the leader’s legislative failures and Mr. McConnell appalled by the president’s lack of policy understanding. After Mr. McConnell publicly questioned the president’s “excessive expectations,” Mr. Trump berated him during a phone call that devolved into a profane shouting match, according to a person with knowledge of the call.

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*LBN-HEALTH WATCH:   ***The health of a nation’s economy and the health of its people are connected, but in some surprising ways. At times like these, when the economy is strong and unemployment is low, research has found that death rates rise. At least, in the short term. In the long term, economic growth is good for health. What’s going on? One study of European countries just before and during the Great Recession found that a one-percentage-point increase in the unemployment rate is associated with a 0.5 percent decline in the overall mortality rate. Other studies of Europe during different periods, as well as those of the United States, found a similar relationship between joblessness and mortality. This is counterintuitive, since economic growth is a major factor in higher living standards. When the economy is more productive, we have more resources to promote health and well-being.

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*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Tom Petty was laid to rest at the Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine in Pacific Palisades, Calif. on Monday. The late musician’s family and friends paid tribute to him at the temple, shrine, and meditation garden, where George Harrison’s funeral was also held in 2001. Petty’s daughter Anna Kim Violette Petty shared photos of the ceremony to her Instagram account.   ***Elton John will be pushing back from his piano at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for the last time next year. John’s last performance of his show “The Million Dollar Piano” will be on May 19, 2018, after more than 200 shows.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: The first Vegetarian Society was formed in England in 1847. The society’s goal was to teach people that it is possible to be healthy without eating meat.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker seeing “Springsteen on Broadway” in NYC.   ***Former “Wonder Woman” star Lynda Carter seeing “Hamilton” in NYC.   ***David Geffen with power lawyer Allen Grubman at Le Bilboquet in NYC.   ***Media expert and author Michael Levine being interviewed last night for the famed Hunnypot radio show at The Mint night club in Hollywood.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK:  Jeff Bezos‘ Long Term Thinking —-https://youtu.be/hwFNl5VL9qY

*LBN-BOOK NEWS:   ***Hillary Clinton hobbled away from filming a British TV show interview on crutches Monday after breaking her toe falling down some stairs. The former presidential candidate arrived wearing a surgical boot to the BBC program The Graham Norton Show, as she revealed she took a tumble in high heels while holding a cup of coffee.

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*LBN-VIDEO LINK: “Without Notes” with Susan Estrich – Episode 3: Specializing in Losing Campaigns —-  https://youtu.be/p0UlZnc2aow

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Rich Lowry: We’re a long way from Johnny Carson, whose “Tonight Show” was a national institution that enjoyed a broad audience — and was conducted like one. Carson steered clear of politics and kept his views to himself because delving into divisive politics would “hurt me as an entertainer, which is what I am.” Kimmel may be an entertainer, but he has no such inhibitions. He is willing to say “not good riddance, but riddance,” as he put it in the “CBS Sunday Morning” interview, to Republicans put off by his headline-generating editorials in recent weeks. Once a down-the-middle comedic voice who co-hosted the unapologetically vulgar “Man Show” on Comedy Central, Kimmel uttered what could be the epigraph for our times, saying of viewers who strongly disagree with his political views, “I probably won’t want to have a conversation with them, anyway.”

*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: The popular gloom notwithstanding, we’re actually living in an era of astounding progress. We’ve seen the greatest reduction in global poverty in history. As Steven Pinker has documented, we’ve seen a steady decline in wars and armed conflict. The U.S. economy is the best performing major economy in the developed world. In 1980 the U.S. had a slight edge in G.D.P. per capita over Germany, Japan, France and the U.K. But the U.S. has grown much faster than the other major economies over the past 37 years, so that now it produces about $54,000 of output per capita compared with about $39,000 for Japan and France. Progress is real, but of course it doesn’t happen in a straight line. Often it happens in what Ruth DeFries calls the ratchet, hatchet, pivot, ratchet manner. First there’s some innovative breakthrough that benefits society over all. But the innovation disrupts some lives. Down comes the hatchet as people want change. That leads to a pivot as society looks for new innovations to address newly created problems. Thanks to human ingenuity the innovation comes and progress ratchets up another notch.

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*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Joanna Kerns took control the moment she found out she had breast cancer. The “Growing Pains” star opted for a double mastectomy shortly after hearing her diagnosis, which was stage 0. The type of cancer Kerns had was still trapped in her milk duct and hadn’t yet “invaded” her breast. Instead of going through targeted chemotherapy and radiation, Kerns decided to have surgery. “I had never heard of stage zero …” Kerns, 64, said on “Megyn Kelly Today”Monday, before adding a political nod to her situation. “It was such a blessing for me, and I have to say I caught this early because I’m privileged enough to have access to quality healthcare.”   ***Valuable items from the Hamptons home of music manager-turned-home design guru Sandy Gallin are going up for sale at auction on Saturday. Lots include a 1976 bronze Henry Moore sculpture as well as another sculpture by Greek artist Sophia Vari, Lalique vases and rare books such as a 1934 tome on photographer Man Ray. Gallin — who managed the careers of stars including Cher, Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand and Dolly Parton, and designed homes for Jimmy Iovine, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Irving Azoff — died in April at 76. Capo Auction is holding the sale in New York. Gallin’s 6,500-square-foot East Hampton home was listed after his death for $22.5 million.   ***Peter Thiel got married in Vienna this past weekend, Axios has learned. Guests came expecting to celebrate the billionaire venture capitalist’s 50th birthday, but instead were surprised by a wedding to longtime boyfriend Matt Danzeisen. Thiel, who was an early investor in Facebook and a co-founder of PayPal, endorsed Donald Trump during the campaign and has been a rare voice of support for the president in Silicon Valley. Thiel’s spokesman declined to comment for this story.

LBN – Monday, October 16th, 2017

*SNOWFLAKE HEAVEN – Ahead of Halloween, universities nationwide tell students what not to wear:

Throughout October, universities across the nation are warning their students against Halloween costumes some consider offensive. Gone are the days when college students could dress up without fear of being reported to a bias response team. In recent years, more and more campus leaders have made it their mission to warn students what not to wear. Fliers, memos, workshops and more impart the admonitions. “Unacceptable costumes” listed on a University of St. Thomas diversity flier are “wearing Native American headdresses, dressing up as a ‘Mexican’ by wearing a sombrero, dressing as a ‘geisha,’ any form of blackface.” “Cultural appropriation is defined as ‘the act of taking intellectual and cultural expressions from a culture that is not your own, without showing that you understand or respect the culture,’” explains a University of St. Thomas diversity memo to students. “This can be as simple as wearing a Dashiki without knowledge or respect to West African culture, and as serious as wearing a fake Native American headdress without any regard of its sacredness,” adds the memo. “It generally incorporates a history of prejudice and discrimination by perpetuating long-standing stereotypes.”

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: For the first time ever, more New Yorkers are using ride service vehicles like Uber than the city’s famed yellow cabs. We crunched the numbers provided by Uber and found people took an average of 289,000 Uber rides every day in July compared with 277,000 taxi trips.

*Colin Kaepernick Files Grievance Claiming NFL Owners ‘Punished’ Him

Colin Kaepernick, the quarterback whose game-day protests against police brutality earned the wrath of President Trump, has filed a grievance against the National Football League alleging that team owners have colluded against him. In a statement Sunday by Mark Geragos, Kaepernick’s attorney, the former San Francisco 49er says athletes who engage in peaceful protest “should not be punished” for the move. Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the 49ers in March and has not yet been picked up by another team. The statement also appears to take a jab at Trump, saying protesting athletes should not be denied employment due to “partisan political provocation by the Executive Branch of our government.” Kaepernick ignited a nationwide debate on police brutality and racism last year by taking a knee during the national anthem, a move that inspired other athletes to join in. Trump slammed the protests for “disrespecting our country” and last month called for NFL players who take a knee to be fired.

*Asked If Trump Is ‘Castrating’ Him, Tillerson Retorts: ‘I Checked. I’m Fully Intact.’

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson jokingly pushed back on Sunday against a suggestion from a top senator that PresidentTrump is trying to “publicly castrate” him, saying in an interview: “I checked. I’m fully intact.” Tillerson was responding to Sen. Bob Corker’s (R-TN) criticisms of the president for his tweets in recent weeks that have appeared to undermine the work of Tillerson in containing the threat from North Korea. Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee who has sided with Tillerson during the public spats with Trump, made the remark during an interview with The Washington Post. “I think this is an unconventional president. He uses unconventional communication tools. He used unconventional techniques to motivate change,” Tillerson said on CNN’s State of the Union. “This is not a place that likes to change. It actually enjoys the status quo.”

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*US immigration population hits record 60 million, 1-of-5 in nation: 

A huge boom in immigration, legal and illegal, over the past 16 years has jumped the immigrant population to over 43 million in the United States, according to a new report. And when their U.S.-born children are added, the number grows to over 60 million, making the immigrant community nearly one-fifth of the nation’s population, according to federal statistics.

*Ed Sheeran’s Tour Dates in Doubt After Bicycle Accident

English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran announced Monday that he’s been in a bicycle accident, throwing his upcoming tour dates in doubt as he awaits medical advice. Sheeran posted a photo of himself in a plaster cast and a sling. He is set to begin the Asian leg of his tour in Taipei on Oct. 22. “Please stay tuned for further news,” he wrote.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Amid all the attention on Pyongyang’s progress in developing a nuclear weapon capable of striking the continental United States, the North Koreans have also quietly developed a cyber program that is stealing hundreds of millions of dollars and proving capable of unleashing global havoc. Unlike its weapons tests, which have led to international sanctions, the North’s cyber-strikes have faced almost no pushback or punishment, even as the regime is already using its hacking capabilities for actual attacks against its adversaries in the West.

*‘Happy Death Day’ Beats ‘Blade Runner’ for Box Office No. 1

The horror film Happy Death Day exceeded expectations to place first in the box office this weekend, beating out the star-studded Blade Runner 2049. The slasher flick, which follows a woman who must re-live the day she was killed over and over again in order to solve her own murder, raked in $26.5 million over the weekend, while grosses for the much costlier Blade Runner fell 54 percent in its second weekend.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: U.S. Military:

  • The United States Department of Defense is considered the largest employer in the country, with over 3 million employees. In second place is Walmart, with 1.3 million employees, and 3rd is Exxon-Mobil with 950,000 employees.

  • Each year, about 79,000 people join the US Military. If the US Army were a city, it would be the 10th largest in the U.S., having more people than popular cities such as San Francisco, California; Jacksonville, Florida; and Austin, Texas.

  • The US Department of Defense controls over 30 million acres of land worldwide, which combined would make up an area slightly larger than the state of Pennsylvania.

  • The US Army Special Forces has 450,000 soldiers deployed to 135 of the 195 recognized countries of the world. Some of the tasks they perform in these countries include: unconventional warfare, foreign internal defense, direct action, counterinsurgency, special reconnaissance, counterterrorism, information operations, counter proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and security force assistance.

  • The Pentagon serves as the headquarters of the US Department of Defense. It is one of the world’s largest office buildings, with 3 times the floor space of the Empire State Building in New York City. Built during WWII, the Pentagon has a distinct, five-sided shape and 17.5 miles of corridors.

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*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***A big get with Harvey Weinstein accuser Lauren Sivan wasn’t big enough to pull Megyn Kelly out of her ratings slump. Her “Megyn Kelly Today” viewership slipped from 0.77 ratings points on Monday to 0.54 ratings points on Tuesday of last week. “It’s a possible all-time low for ‘Today.’ It may even be lower than her [Fox] cable show. [NBC News president] Noah Oppenheim and [NBC News and MSNBC chairman] Andy Lack are in big trouble,” a source said.   ***NBC has tracked down and fired the staffer who leaked the infamous — and wildly entertaining — tape of Lawrence O’Donnell’s meltdown during which he swore at his crew because of “insanity in my earpiece.” Multiple sources said that a male “Today” show editor was found to be the culprit who compiled and leaked the eight-minute video of O’Donnell raging at staff during breaks in an Aug. 29 live broadcast of his show “The Last Word.” In the clip, a furious O’Donnell slams his fist on his desk and rants about “insanity in the control room” and “stop the hammering!” and what he calls “f—king out-of-control s—t.”

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*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Margot Robbie has secretly been married to longtime boyfriend Tom Ackerley for three years — despite reports they wed in December. It has been widely reported that Robbie and British film director Ackerley exchanged vows in a secret ceremony on the Gold Coast of her native Australia last year. But the “Goodbye Christopher Robin” star was overheard at the Hamptons International Film Festival revealing they’ve in fact been married for a lot longer.

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*LBN-VIDEO LINK:  “Interview With An Applicant” – Sketch Comedy – https://youtu.be/7W_qrc-TkR8.

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LBN – Sunday, October 15th, 2017

*Bannon: Trump Will Win 2020 Election With 400 Electoral Votes

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon on Saturday lashed out at Senate Republicans who haven’t defended President Trump against criticism and declared that Trump would win a landslide re-election victory in 2020. Speaking at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, the Breitbart executive chairman proclaimed a “season of war against the GOP establishment” and taunted lawmakers who he said haven’t backed up the president. “Yeah, Mitch, the donors are not happy. They’ve all left you. We’ve cut your oxygen off,” he said, addressing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. He also singled out Sens. John Barrasso, Dean Heller, and Deb Fischer for not disavowing Sen. Bob Corker’s criticism of the president. Corker has enraged Trump in recent weeks by publicly slamming him, most recently warning that he is leading the U.S. to “World War III.” Bannon, in contrast, had nothing but praise for Trump, saying he “is not only going to finish this term, he’s going to win with 400 electoral votes in 2020.”

*Fed’s Janet Yellen Says the Economy Remains in Good Health

Janet L. Yellen, chairwoman of the Federal Reserve, said on Sunday that the American economy was in good health in an upbeat assessment that reinforced expectations the Fed is planning to raise its benchmark interest rate later this year. “Job growth is strong, companies are increasing investment, and the United States is benefiting from the improved health of the global economy,” Ms. Yellen said in remarks to the Group of 30, which hosts gatherings of international policy makers and private-sector bankers. Referring to the Fed’s benchmark rate, Ms. Yellen said, “We continue to expect that the ongoing strength of the economy will warrant gradual increases in that rate to sustain a healthy labor market and stabilize inflation around our 2 percent longer-run objective.” The Fed has raised its benchmark interest rate twice this year, in March and in June, to a range between 1 percent and 1.25 percent. Investors expect a third 0.25 percentage point increase at the Fed’s final policy-making meeting of the year, in mid-December.

*DESTRUCTION – California Wildfires Now the Deadliest in State History

The wildfires raging in California are now the deadliest in the state’s history, with the death toll rising to 40 people. More than 10,000 firefighters are continuing to try to contain the fire, which has destroyed thousands of structures as winds in the area have been unrelenting. California Gov. Jerry Brown called it “truly one of the greatest tragedies that California has ever faced,” adding: “The devastation is just unbelievable. It is a horror that no one could have imagined.” The affected areas—around 214,000 acres—encompass Sonoma County and other areas north of San Francisco. More than 200 people are still unaccounted for, and 100,000 people in total have been forced to evacuate.

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*Lisa Bloom: Advising Weinstein Was a Mistake

Celebrity attorney Lisa Bloom says it was a “mistake” to represent disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein amid mounting sexual assault allegations. Bloom, who had earned a reputation as a defender of women’s rights by representing the accusers in several sexual harassment lawsuits, left even her own mother, Gloria Allred, shocked when she took on Weinstein’s case earlier this month. She resigned as Weinstein’s adviser last week following major backlash. In an interview with BuzzFeed News published Saturday, Bloom said she now realizes “my just being associated with this was a mistake.” “All I can say is, from my perspective, I thought, ‘Here is my chance to get to the root of the problem from the inside. … I thought that would be a positive thing, but clearly it did not go over at all,” she said. When she took on Weinstein’s case, she said, she was not aware of the rumors about him in Hollywood. “Before all this became public, there were plenty of people who thought he was a great guy,” she said. “I have clearly not been successful. I think anybody who does big bold things fails. And I definitely failed on this one.”

*MY REVIEW: “Information is power and LBN is a power-tool. In today’s changing, distracted world, it really pays to be inform, aware.” —– Paul S., an LBN reader Orlando, Florida.


*Inside the Weird World of the ‘Furry’ Fetish: 

It is estimated that at least 250,000 people in the US identify as “furries.” These are not an offshoot of PETA activists, rallying for the safety of animals and their coats. Instead, furries are a subculture whose members enjoy dressing up as cartoonish animals, sometimes as a sexual fetish but more often as a fun escape. In early September, the furry movement made headlines for all the wrong reasons. Scott Chamberlain, a councilman from New Milford, Conn., was forced to resign when it came to light that he was a furry. His animal of choice: a fox called Gray Muzzle. This revelation was confirmed via Chamberlain’s profile on a website called sofurry.com. The profile showed a photo of him posing alongside someone in furry garb. That he checked a box, on his sofurry.com profile, stating that he “tolerates rape,” did not help his situation. Nevertheless, those in the furry community rallied behind Chamberlain. People who wanted Chamberlain out of his political position got “carried away,” said Joe Strike, 67, a writer who lives on the Upper East Side, identifies as a furry and authored the new book “Furry Nation” (Cleis Press) out now. “I don’t want to call it a lynch mob, but people get upset. I feel sorry for the guy.” From postings he’s read, Strike added, “people thought it was unfair.”

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Starbucks executive chairman Howard Schultz said Sunday he has “no intention” of pursuing political office but cautioned the country is going through a “significant crucible” at the moment. The billionaire has been politically active over the past few years, endorsing Hillary Clinton in the 2016 campaign and stepping down as CEO of Starbucks this year to focus on “social missions” as its chairman. According to Business Insider, Clinton was likely to tap Schultz as her Secretary of Labor had she defeated Donald Trump. Fox News host Abby Huntman asked Schultz if running for office was next for him. “I have no intention of running for public office,” he said. “I have a deep love and admiration for the country. I do feel the country’s going through a significant crucible, and I’m doing everything I can as a private citizen and trying to use the platform of Starbucks to advance the humanity and the compassion of our society.”

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Jeff Bezos‘ Long Term Thinking —-  https://youtu.be/hwFNl5VL9qY

*LBN-SPORTS INSIDER:   ***The family of Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots tight end who committed suicide in jail in April, has dropped its lawsuit against the National Football League, but left open the possibility of refiling it in a different court. Last month, lawyers for Hernandez’s family sued the N.F.L. in federal court in Boston, arguing that the league and the Patriots did not do enough to protect him from the dangers of concussions. The case was filed the same day that researchers at Boston University said an autopsy showed that Hernandez had an advanced form of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease linked to repeated head hits. In a filing Friday, lawyers for Hernandez’s daughter, Avielle, and her mother, Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez, said they had dismissed their case against the N.F.L. “without prejudice,” which allows them to refile it.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: “Without Notes” with Susan Estrich – Episode 3: Specializing in Losing Campaigns —https://youtu.be/p0UlZnc2aow

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul Offit: Fever isn’t an illness. It’s the body’s attempt to fight illness. So when we treat fever with antipyretics, like acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen, we only handcuff an important part of our immune response. Although it might seem counterintuitive, several studies have now shown that antipyretics increase the severity of infections. The time has come to get over our fear of fever.  Much has been learned about the importance of fever from studies in animals, which can be divided into two groups: ectotherms and endotherms. Ectotherms regulate their body temperature using the environment. For example, when lizards want to raise their temperature, they climb to the top of a rock and sun themselves. When they want to lower it, they crawl under the rock.  Mammals, on the other hand, are endotherms. To increase our body temperature, our immune system releases chemicals called cytokines (like interleukin-1, interleukin-2, interleukin-6, interleukin-8, tumor necrosis factor, and others) that travel to a part of the brain called the hypothalamus and reset the body temperature to a higher level. To achieve a higher temperature we shiver, crawl under the covers, wear warm clothing, and shunt blood flow away from our arms and legs and toward our core.

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*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Melissa Etheridge looks really . . . happy . . . in this mugshot from her pot arrest on the US-Canadian border. The singer-songwriter beams in the photo, obtained Saturday by TMZ. Etheridge had been arrested back in August after her tour bus was stopped by US Customs and Border Patrol in North Dakota. In late September, she issued a statement explaining that she uses medical marijuana to fight her cancer pain.   ***Gary Oldman — who’s being buzzed about as an Oscar shoo-in for his role as Winston Churchill in the upcoming drama “Darkest Hour” — has the stamp of approval from the WWII hero’s heirs. “Gary has totally captured my great grandfather,” said Randolph Spencer-Churchill at Le Cirque after a screening.