LBN – Friday, October 6th, 2017

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*BLOWBACK – U.S. Lost 33,000 Jobs in September, Thanks to Hurricanes

The combined force of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria derailed America’s seven-year hiring streak last month. U.S. employers lost 33,000 jobs in September, the first decline in the monthly economic bellwether in seven years, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Although analysts predicted the number would take a hit after the widespread disruption from the storms, the jobs figures were well below what was expected. The unemployment rate, however, did edge down to 4.2 percent. Average monthly wages were 2.9 percent higher than a year earlier.

*Report: Trump Plans to ‘Decertify’ Iran Nuclear Deal

President Trump is expected to refuse to certify Iran’s compliance with the 2015 nuclear-weapons agreement as early as next week, The Washington Post reports. Citing sources familiar with the matter, the report said Trump plans to declare that the landmark agreement with Tehran is not in the national interest of the U.S. The president’s decertification would hand over key decisions on the matter to Congress, which could reinstate sanctions against Iran following a 60-day review. The decision would stop short of scrapping the landmark deal entirely but could be seen as a violation, since the accord calls for an international consensus of Iran’s noncompliance in order to reimpose sanctions. Trump has long hinted at wanting to get out of the agreement, having repeatedly accused Iran of fostering terrorism. Sources familiar with the matter said the president will likely announce his decision in a speech laying out a wider strategy for Iran tentatively scheduled for Oct. 12.

*Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to Plead Guilty to Desertion, Misbehavior: 

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive by the Taliban for half a decade after abandoning his Afghanistan post, is expected to plead guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, two individuals with knowledge of the case said. Bergdahl’s decision to plead guilty rather than face trial marks another twist in an eight-year drama that caused the nation to wrestle with difficult questions of loyalty, negotiating with hostage takers and America’s commitment not to leave its troops behind. President Donald Trump has called Bergdahl a “no-good traitor” who “should have been executed.”

*Vegas Shooter Haunted Senior Center Looking for Cheap Meals: 

The worst mass killer in US history was a cheapskate who sought out cut-rate meal deals at a retiree’s center, according to a report. Wealthy retired accountant and gambling addictStephen Paddock spent huge sums to amass his arsenal, but often spent just $3.50 for a meal, the Daily Mail reported. The 64-year-old went to the Mesquite Community and Senior Center a few times a week to eat Mexican food, meatloaf and burgers, according to the news outlet. And on the day he drove to Vegas to check in at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, he dropped in at the government-run center to ask the cook for an enchiladas recipe, the site reported.

*FEMA Deletes Puerto Rico Water, Electricity Stats From Website

The website for the Federal Emergency Management Agency has removed key metrics describing the recovery from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. About half of Puerto Ricans are still without drinking water and only 9.2 percent of the island has electricity, but such information is no longer available on the federal site. Those statistics, however, are still available on a Spanish-language website maintained by the office of Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rosselló FEMA spokesman William Booher declined to explain in an interview with The Washington Post why the information is no longer on the main FEMA page, in addition to metrics about the number of federal workers on the ground and how many airports and post offices are open. The numbers still available on the site all appear to bolster President Trump’s dubious claim that the island is making quick strides toward recovery despite negative media coverage.

*MY REVIEW: “Over the last five years of reading LBN, I have found it fearlessly independent – taking no sides. Behind it being unbiased, it has demonstrated courage by often bringing forward the inconvenient reality of the world today. LBN makes me smart, better informed, and more engaged.” —– Rory O., an LBN reader from Austin, Texas.

*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***For anyone who thought Megyn Kelly was a little overpaid on her previously reported salary of $17 million, get ready to swallow a bitter pill. It is now being reported that Kelly, 46, is actually making a cool $23 million per year for her new NBC morning show—and has been given a three-year contract at that level of pay.

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Katy Perry’s big $25 million payday on “American Idol” has created huge drama at ABC and at the relaunched singing competition. The “Firework” singer’s deal left “pennies” for fellow judges Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan. We’re told that Ryan Seacrest’s hefty salary of about $15 million also cut deeply into the budget. “ABC was originally going to spend no more than $50 million on talent. They had to expand their budget for Lionel,” one TV insider told us.

*LBN-LEGAL INSIDER:   ***Over three years after Mickey Rooney’s death at the age of 93, the movie icon’s widow today is suing The Hollywood Reporter for elder abuse and intentional infliction of emotional distress in a piquant complaint that alleges some very underhanded journalism on the magazine’s part. Naming THR itself, Prometheus Global Media and magazine staffers Scott Feinberg, Gary Baum and Features Editor Peter Flax, the October 5 filing by 79-year old and “frail”Janice Rooney against the mag (read it here) seeks wide-ranging but unspecified damages. The whole action stems from an article posted online by THR on October 21, 2015 entitled “Tears and Terror: The Disturbing Final Years of Mickey Rooney.”

*George Zimmerman Says He’s Homeless and Suffering from PTSD: Report :

George Zimmerman says his problems continue. He told a Spanish language television station he is now homeless, battling post-traumatic stress disorder, more than $2 million in debt and lives in fear for his life. Zimmerman opened up on the Univision television show “Aquí y Ahora” (Here and Now) that will air Sunday on the Spanish language station at 7 p.m.Zimmerman also discussed his well-known struggle with 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, an African-American teen who was walking in Zimmerman’s neighborhood in Sanford, Fla., on Feb. 26, 2012.


WELCOME TO EPISODE # 3 OF THE REVEALING TV INTERVIEW SHOW — “Without Notes” with Susan Estrich – Episode 3: Specializing in Losing Campaigns —

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Former CBS CEO Mel Karmazin at Rosa Mexicano near Lincoln Center in NYC.   ***Clive Davis and director Chris Perkel in Times Square checking out an Apple billboard for their doc “Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives”.   ***Variety hosted its New Power of New York party at Atlantic Grill, where media bigs mixed, including Andy Cohen, Shepard Smith, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Joy Reid and Sunny Hostin.  Also hobnobbing were Trevor Noah, Charlie Rose, Brooke Baldwin, Alisyn Camerota, GLAAD CEO Sarah Kate Ellis and Variety’s Elizabeth Wagmeister — with her “Page Six TV” colleagues John Fugelsang and Carlos Greer.   ***Bruce Springsteen took a break from prepping his Broadway show at the Walter Kerr Theatre on Thursday by stepping out for lunch at Freds Madison Avenue atop Barneys New York. Spies said the Boss arrived with his wife and E Street Band member Patti Scialfa, whom Sprinsteen recently hailed as “a very distinctive, underrated singer and songwriter.” Also at the eatery, where heads spun to catch a glimpse of the rocker, was branding guru Donny Deutsch.

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*LBN-VIDEO LINK: The Godfather – Settling all family business —


Egyptian President Anwar Sadat Is Assassinated (1981)

As president, Sadat led Egypt in a 1973 war with Israel that bolstered his popularity throughout the Arab world, even though the war was a military loss. However, after he negotiated a peace treaty with Israel in the Camp David Accords—an initiative for which he shared a Nobel Peace Prize—his popularity in the Arab world plummeted. During an annual military parade, he was ambushed and killed by extremists.

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Anne Wiazemsky, a French novelist and New Wave actress who appeared in seven films directed by her husband, Jean-Luc Godard, died on Thursday in Paris. She was 70. The cause was cancer, her French book publisher,Éditions Gallimard, said.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK– Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah —-

*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: The pattern is by now numbingly familiar. A lone lunatic murders a mass of innocent people in some public location. There is a heartfelt cry for tighter control on gun ownership. Then state legislatures swing into action. They pass a series of laws loosening controls on gun ownership. As David Frum points out in The Atlantic, the five years since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School “have seen one of the most intense bursts of gun legislation in U.S. history.” More than two dozen states have passed new gun laws. And in almost all cases these laws have made it easier to buy or carry guns. Wisconsin eliminated its 48-hour waiting period to buy handguns. Ohio allowed concealed-carry weapons to be brought into day care facilities and airports. Florida changed its “stand your ground” law to make it harder to prosecute gun owners. The expansion of gun rights is directly related to the epidemic of mass shootings. A study by Michael Luca, Deepak Malhotra and Christopher Poliquin of Harvard Business School found that a single mass shooting leads to a 15 percent increase in firearm bills introduced in the same state’s legislature within a year.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Shoot me nude, Marilyn Monroe told a young photographer before he took these stunning photos — just don’t print the pictures in the same magazine as Elizabeth Taylor. “She only had one condition,” photographer Lawrence Schiller recalls of the May 1962 shoot at a pool at Twentieth Century-Fox in Los Angeles. “She said any magazine you publish this in, I don’t want to see Liz Taylor in the same magazine.”   ***Comedian Whitney Cummings revealed in her newly released memoir that she struggled with an eating disorder for years. The stand-up comedian, co-creator and co-writer of the CBS comedy “2 Broke Girls” wrote her first memoir titled “I’m Fine … And Other Lies.” In it, she discusses the mistakes she made in her life and the years she battled an eating disorder. The comedian wrote from ages 14 to 18 her diet consisted of “rice cakes, apples and nonfat yogurt,” People reported. “I became irrationally terrified of fat,” Cummings wrote.   ***Staffers at the Playboy Mansion have been left feeling snubbed after the death of Hugh Hefner, sources say. Playboy insiders — including a number of Playboy Playmates of the Month — are grousing that they were disheartened to find that Hefner’s extremely private funeral in Los Angeles came and went without members of their “Playboy family” even being informed. “There’s a real bond between the people who have been involved with Playboy, and the Mansion, and Hefner,” said one insider, “and in the past there has been an attempt to keep everyone together.” But the source says that as Hefner’s health declined, the inner circle was made smaller.