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LBN – Special Report – Monday, June 26th, 2017

The Supreme Court today gave President Trump a huge victory by reviving his disputed ban on foreign travelers from six Muslim-majority nations. The justices rejected a series of lower-court orders that had blocked the president’s policy from taking effect.
*Trump Eager for Big Meeting With Putin in Germany

President Trump is reportedly eager for a full-scale diplomatic meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin when the two are in Germany next month for the G-20 summit. According to an Associated Press report, the idea has caused a rift within Trump’s administration, where many believe the White House should be sensitive in engaging with Moscow during an investigation into Kremlin meddling in the U.S. election. Trump, meanwhile, has been pushing for a full bilateral meeting, complete with media access. Officials from the National Security Council and the State Department have allegedly urged Trump to show more restraint and instead hold a small, informal meeting.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Plastic Surgery

·  “Plastic” is derived from the Greek plasikos, meaning “to mold.” The term “surgery” is derived from the Greek kheirourgos, from kheir – “hand” + ergon – “work.”
·  Over half a million pet owners worldwide have opted to implant their pets with “neuticles,” which are testicular implants for the neutered pet.
·  The first recorded “nose job” is found in ancient Indian Sanskrit texts (600 B.C.). Physicians would reconstruct noses by cutting skin from either the cheek or forehead, twisting the skin side out over a leaf of the appropriate size, and sewing the skin into place. Two polished wooden tubes would be inserted into the nostrils to keep the air passage open during healing.
·  “Elfing” is a plastic surgery technique in which a surgeon slices the top of ear cartilage and then sews it back together in a point.
·  During the Middle Ages, plastic surgery was typically deemed pagan and sinful because the spilling of blood by a surgeon and the power the surgeon had over the body were akin to magic.
·  When plastic surgery became popular during the Renaissance, surgeons took skin grafts from various donors, such as a neighbor’s pig, but were confused when the new nose would shrivel up and fall off. They concluded the flesh was “sympathetic,” meaning that the graft died when its original owner died.
Millennial men are bolstering the plastic surgery industry, mainly because of the rise of social media and an awareness of how they look from different angles in images.
·  By the first century B.C., Romans were practicing various forms of plastic surgery to repair noses, eyes, lips, and teeth. Roman physician Cornelius Celsus (c. 25 B.C.-A.D. 50) also describes procedures such as circumcision reversal and even breast reduction in men.
·  “Dimpleplasty” is a type of plastic surgery that gives a person dimples. It’s an outpatient procedure that lasts about 30 minutes and costs between $2,000 and $5,000. A surgeon makes a tiny incision inside a patient’s cheek, removes a small piece of cheek muscle, and attaches the remaining muscle to the underside of the skin, which leaves a permanent indentation, creating the dimple.

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*Google Will Stop Scanning Content of Personal Emails

Google, which was scanning the content of personal emails sent by Gmail users in order to target users with personalized advertisements, has announced it will stop the practice, according to a post on the search giant’s blog. Google made the decision in an attempt to reassure customers that their communications were confidential. “G Suite’s Gmail is already not used as input for ads personalization,” said Diane Greene, the senior vice president in charge of Google Cloud. “Google has decided to follow suit later this year in our free consumer Gmail service. Consumer Gmail content will not be used or scanned for any ads personalization after this change.” Google will continue to advertise, but the information will be taken from browsing, searches, and physical location.
*WHO READS LBN? Feminist punk rock artist and satirical sketch comedy writer and actress Carrie Brownstein

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Barry Diller, Woody Allen, James Toback, Leon Black and Geraldo Rivera at Andrew Stein’s dinner at Caravaggio in NYC.   ***Actress Fagun Thakrar celebrating her membership in Bafta will a dinner at Natalie Thai in Beverly Hills.   ***Lamar Odom at SLS South Beach and Ora lounge.   ***Tara Lipinski is wearing a different kind of medal these days: a wedding band. The former figure skater wed Fox Sports producer Todd Kapostasy Saturday at the historic Middleton Place plantation in Charleston, South Carolina.

*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ****Matthew Toledo, the longtime publisher and CEO of the Los Angeles Business Journal, is moving July 31 to be chief executive officer of ProVisors, a “business-to-business networking organization for seasoned professionals” in Sherman Oaks.

*DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that 11 leading executives from Peet’s Coffee read LBN daily?

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: December 6, 1976 TV commercials  —–
*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Some scientists estimate that a person receives five times as much radiation in a lifetime from sitting in front of the TV or computer as he or she would from living by a nuclear power station.


National Geographic: Maps

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*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Home Run Derby S01E01 Mickey Mantlevs Willie Mays —- Filmed in California for the 3 weeks in December of 1959, the series aired in syndication from January 9 to July 2, 1960 and helped inspire the Home Run Derby event that is now held the day before the annual Major League Baseball All-Star Game. ESPN staged a revival of the show in 1989. —– .


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***It seems the New York City Pride Parade Sunday excited Kelly Osbourne a little too much. The former “Fashion Police” co-host, 32, claimed on Twitter during the festivities that Starbucks in Chelsea wouldn’t let her use the bathroom, so she had an accident. “SHAME on U @Starbucks #PissedMyOwnPants in this location because UR shameful employees refused to let me use the toilet.”

LBN – Special Report – Sunday, June 25th, 2017

*Top Dem: Obama ‘Should Have Done a Lot More’ on Russia

Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, rebuked the Obama administration on Sunday for not doing enough to counter Russian meddling in the U.S. election. “I think the Obama administration should have done a lot more when it became clear that not only was Russia intervening but it was being directed at the highest levels of the Kremlin,” Schiff said on CNN’s State of the UnionThe Washington Post reported on Friday that the Obama administration was hesitant to act on and speak publicly about information it was receiving about Russia’s efforts to interfere in the election.

*Israel Nixes Plan for Mixed-Gender Prayer Spaces at Western Wall
Israel has suspended plans for a mix-gender prayer area at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Reform Jews wanted the changes to go into effect, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sided with Orthodox Jews in halting the implementation of the plan. “Today’s decision signifies a retreat from that agreement and will make our work to bring Israel and the Jewish world together increasingly more difficult,” saidNatan Sharansky, the chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel. The prayer spaces at the wall have been separated by gender for centuries.
*WHO READS LBN? Singer Carly Simon:

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Living Life Like A Complete Unknown | The Excel Community —– When planning your path to success, it’s important to start with a focused target. But even a target without a written plan can leave you high and dry. Is your plan floating in your head, is it complacent, or is it waiting to be executed? If you don’t have a plan, the universe will create one for you, although you may or may not like that plan.


·  In the United States, approximately 7% of households are millionaires.
·  A 2010 study argues that millionaires (those in the top 1% of earners) pay approximately 40% of all taxes in the United States.
·  According to the book The Millionaire Next Door, only 20% of millionaires inherited their wealth. The other 80% earned their cash on their own.
·  The preferred car of millionaires is a Ford. Cadillacs are second and Lincolns are third. Many millionaires avoid high-priced cars in favor of a more economical set of wheels because cars are investments with little return.
·  Only 20% of millionaires are retirees. Around 80% still go to work.
·  Just 17% of millionaires or their spouses attended a private elementary or high school. However, 55% of millionaires’ children have attended/are attending private schools
·  The average millionaire goes bankrupt at least 3.5 times.
·  Many millionaires think that the ideal occupations for their kids are accountants or attorneys. Tax advisers and estate planning experts are also in the top of the list.
·  Most modern American millionaires today (about 80%) are first-generation millionaires. Usually the fortune they build will dissipate by the second or third generation.
·  Those with Russian ancestry have the highest concentration of millionaire households in America. The Scottish rank second and Hungarians rank third. English ancestry groups rank fourth. The Russian American millionaire group has approximately $1.1 trillion, or nearly 5% of all the personal wealth in America.

*DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that eleven (11) members of the Dallas Cowboy staff read LBN daily?

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Oldest footage of New York City ever  —- The oldest and most incredible footage of New York City ever, including where the WTC would be built. With added maps carefully researched to show where the camera was. 28 shots of classic footage with a new twist and a new soundtrack.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: You know who is really sick and tired of Donald Trump winning, to the point where they beg, “Please, Mr. President, sir, it’s too much”? Democrats. The Democrats just got skunked four to nothing in races they excitedly thought they could win because everyone they hang with hates Trump. If Trump is the Antichrist, as they believe, then Georgia was going to be a cakewalk, and Nancy Pelosi was going to be installed as speaker before the midterms by acclamation. But it turned into another soul-sucking disappointment. “It’s Trump four and us zero,” says the Democratic congressman Tim Ryan of Ohio. “I don’t want to admit that. When it comes out of my mouth, it bothers me. But Trump does robo calls. He tweets. He talks about the races. He motivates his base, and he moves the needle, and that’s a problem for us. Guys, we’re still doing something wrong here because a) he’s president and b) we’re still losing to his candidates.”


LBN – Special Report – Saturday, June 24th, 2017

*Saudis Thwart Attack on Mecca’s Grand Mosque

Saudi authorities say they foiled a suicide attack on the Grand Mosque in Mecca after the bomber blew himself up in a nearby apartment. The Interior Ministry said in a statement read out on state television that an attack had been planned on worshipers and security forces at the mosque during the holy month of Ramadan. But after security forces trapped the attacker on Friday, surrounding him in the center of the city, he detonated his explosives, killing himself and injuring six foreigners and five members of the security forces. Authorities said three cells were involved in the bomb plot, and security forces fatally shot a man earlier in the day at a separate site suspected of serving as an Islamist hideout. Five suspected militants have been arrested in connection with the planned attack.

*Senate Announces Probe Into Loretta Lynch

The Senate Judiciary Committee is seeking information fromLoretta Lynch on her role in the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton, the panel said in a bipartisan letter Friday. The former attorney general is being asked to say whether she ever assured Clinton the investigation wouldn’t “go too far.” The letter cites a New York Times report alleging former FBI Director James Comey believed Lynch “helped play down” the investigation into Clinton.
*WHO READS LBN? Law professor Alan Dershowitz

*John McEnroe: Andy Warhol ‘Ruined’ My Sex Life:

John McEnroe says the Studio 54 era wasn’t all it was cracked up to be — admitting he couldn’t even get into the storied club — and he even calls Andy Warhol “annoying” and “mediocre” in his upcoming memoir. The tennis enfant terrible recalls in “But Seriously,” out Tuesday from Little, Brown and Co., that he could never get past the velvet rope at Studio 54, pleading with its infamous doormen, “I’m six in the world!” But, “the doormen would be like, ‘So? McEnroe, get the hell out of here!’ In fact, I don’t think they even knew my name — my memory has added that in the hope of making me feel better.” Of Warhol, McEnroe writes, “He was always there at every party I was ever at, taking your picture late at night, even when you were super f - - ked up . . . I remember thinking, ‘Who is this weirdo with the fake hair? Why is he waving his camera around when we’re here at 3 in the morning? Isn’t there a place that could be off-limits?” (Warhol was known for taking Polaroids of everyone, including Mick Jagger, Yves Saint Laurent, Jack Nicholson, Debbie Harry, Alfred Hitchcock and Pelé). But in his book, McEnroe complains that Warhol interfered with his sex life, saying that at late-night parties, where one might “loosen your collar and try to find a good-looking model or whatever,” the artist “always seemed to be up in everyone’s face with his camera, being a pain in the ass.”
MY REVIEW: “LBN keeps me in touch with America. I read it every day.”—– Mischa B., an LBN reader from Moscow, Russia.

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***John Legend‘s work has won Grammys, an Oscar and a Tony, but years before achieving global fame, the Legend-to-be took home another prize: spelling bee champ. A 1989 story in The Springfield News-Sun proclaimed, “Product of home teaching wins bee.” The newspaper noted the future R&B singer’s sharp attire, his steady gaze and crisp enunciation, saying the 10-year-old Legend “came to win … and win he did.”
*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Some dolphins can understand as many as 60 words, which can make up 2,000 sentences. They also show signs of self-awareness.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***San Francisco socialites and Silicon Valley types celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love when Zak Williams — son of Robin Williams — and his wife, Alex, hosted a bash at a Pacific Heights home for tattoo guru Scott Campbell and Clement Kwan’s “luxury cannabis brand” Beboe. The high-end weed has been dubbed the Hermès” of marijuana”

CIA: The World Factbook

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*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela  —–

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Marion Goldin, one of the most respected and prolific producers at CBS’s flagship newsmagazine, “60 Minutes,” died on June 15 at her home in Palm Springs, Calif. She was 76. Her death was confirmed by her brother, Donald Freedman.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Bret Stephen: This is the column in which I formally forswear Twitter for good. I’ll keep my Twitter handle, and hopefully my followers, but an editorial assistant will manage the account from now on. I’ll intercede only to say nice things about the writing I admire, the people I like and the music I love. Why now? Because, while reading a cover story in New York magazine, it occurred to me that Twitter is the political pornography of our time: revealing but distorting, exciting but dulling, debasing to its users, and, well, ejaculatory. It’s bad for the soul and, as Donald Trump proves daily, bad for the country.