LBN – Friday, September 22nd

*North Korea Threatens to Detonate Bomb in Pacific Ocean

North Korea’s foreign minister threatened Friday to detonate a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean, as tensions continue to escalate between the hermetic East Asian nation and the United States. “It could be the most powerful detonation of an H-bomb in the Pacific,” said Ri Yong Ho, the foreign minister, according to South Korean state news agency Yonhap. “We have no idea about what actions could be taken as it will be ordered by leader Kim Jong Un.” Kim called President Donald Trump “mentally deranged” Thursday after the president, during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly, threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea.

*Inside the twisted revenge porn site that’s ruining women’s lives: 

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Lisa M. can’t walk around her hometown without wondering who has seen her naked. The 28-year-old from Gardner, Mass., was only 17 when her then-boyfriend snapped a couple of topless photos of her when she wasn’t looking. She loved him, trusted him and had no idea he even owned a camera. Years later, the pictures would surface online and spread all over her tiny hometown. “To see those online was just like a total betrayal of trust, and on top of that, there’s nothing you can do about it — it’s just there, and you can’t take it down, and you don’t know who’s seen it,” she said. The pictures had been posted to the website Anon-IB, a k a Anonymous Image Board, one of the world’s main online promoters of revenge porn — intimate photos that are uploaded typically by a former sex partner and without the subject’s consent. Anon-IB is where naked pictures of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence surfaced in 2014 and where dozens of male Marines posted illicit photos of female comrades earlier this year. And it’s the site where thousands of other women — including underage girls — are exploited daily for twisted reasons ranging from perversion to revenge to financial gain.

*Rouhani Lashes Back at Trump, as Iran Unveils New Missile:

Escalating a war of words with the United States, President Hassan Rouhani of Iran declared on Friday that his country would continue to develop new missiles and “would not seek anyone’s permission to defend our land.” As he spoke at a military parade in Tehran, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps unveiled a ballistic missile with a range of about 1,250 miles, making it capable of reaching much of the Middle East, including Israel. Mr. Rouhani’s nationally televised speech at the parade — which commemorates the Iran-Iraq War of 1980-88 — and the show of force were a direct display of defiance toward President Trump, who signed a bill in August imposing mandatory penalties on those involved in Iran’s ballistic missile program and anyone who does business with them. Although United Nations provisions seek to limit ballistic missile technology, the nuclear agreement negotiated in 2015 by Iran and six world powers, including the United States, does not prohibit Iran from developing such weapons.

*New Bill Clinton Novel to Be Made Into Showtime Series

Showtime is set to turn an upcoming novel written by Bill Clinton and James Patterson into a TV series, the network has announced. The novel, titled The President Is Missing, is due for publication in June 2018 and the network has beat out other film studios and networks to acquire the rights. Described by Showtime as the “startling story” of a sitting U.S. president’s disappearance, the book marks the first time a former U.S. president has co-authored a thriller. The series will be Clinton’s first book-to-screen adaptation after writing three books since his departure from the White House in 2001. Details on the plot are scarce, but a statement announcing the joint effort back in May promised “insider details that only a president can know.” “Though fictional, the story brings to life the pressures and realities of the most important position in the world,” Showtime said in a statement released Friday.

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*BEWARE – Sessions Warns of ‘Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing’ Among Unaccompanied Minors

Attorney General Jeff Sessions warned law-enforcement agencies that unaccompanied minors trying to get into the U.S. should be seen as “wolves in sheep’s clothing.” In a speech to local and national officers in Boston on Thursday afternoon, Sessions said major gangs like MS-13 use an unaccompanied-minors program that has been around since 1980 “as a means by which to recruit new members,” Politico reports. “This is America. We will not allow the likes of MS-13 or any other gang to prey upon our communities, to decapitate individuals with machetes, baseball bats and chains,” Sessions said.

*Jerry Lewis disinherited five of his children 

Jerry Lewis left nothing to any of his children from his first marriage in his last will and testament. The comedian, who passed away in August at 91, explicitly excluded sons Gary Lewis, Ronald LewisAnthony Joseph LewisChristopher Joseph Lewis and Scott Anthony Lewis, whom he shared with first wife Patti Palmer, from inheriting anything from his estate, documents obtained by The Blast revealed. Lewis also noted that son Joseph, also from his first marriage, is deceased, having died of a drug overdose in 2009. Lewis was married to Palmer from 1944 until 1980. The sole beneficiaries of Lewis’ estate are his second wife, SanDee, whom he married in 1983, and their daughter Danielle, 25, whom they adopted together in 1992.


  • The word “vagina” was first used on film in Walt Disney’s production “The Story of Menstruation.” This 1946 film explains menstruation and gives tips on how to help women stop feeling sorry for themselves.

  • In 16th century France, women could charge their husbands with impotence as a reason for divorce. The convicted husbands would have to prove themselves in a public trial through successfully ejaculating.

  • The two highest IQ scores in recorded history belong to women.

  • In ancient Egypt, Greece, and Japan, women used softened papyrus, lint wrapped around wood, and paper to absorb menstruation bleeding. Aging isn’t all so bad.

  • A woman’s clitoris grows throughout her lifetime. This means that many women in their forties and fifties have stronger orgasms than they did during their teens and twenties.

  • A bill proposed to the British Parliament in 1770 suggested that any woman wearing make-up should be punished for witchcraft.

  • It is estimated that 6-10% of incarcerated women are pregnant, with as many as 1,400 births in prisons annually in the United States.

  • Women earn more than 60% of all college degrees in the United States.

  • In the 1940s, women in the United States advertised products to gain weight and thus become more ideally curvy and beautiful. “Men wouldn’t look at me when I was skinny,” said one advertisement, “but since I gained 10 pounds this new, easy way, I have all the dates I want.”

  • In Greek mythology, the first god to be born after Chaos (the first element to exist) was a woman named Gaia, or Mother Earth. Gaia then birthed Uranus, (the Sky) the Mountains, and Pontus (the Sea) without a man.

*‘Sammy the Bull’ Gravano, former MafiaHitman, Turncoat, Released From Prison

A notorious Mafia hitman and turncoat has been released from prison at the age of 72, after serving most of his 20-year sentence in Arizona.Salvatore “Sammy the Bull” Gravano served as an underboss in New York’s Gambino crime family, where he took some part in at least 19 killings. He was eventually sentenced for drug-related convictions. His lawyer declined to specify where Gravano served out his sentence or where he would be living next. He left prison Monday. “He’s in good health, in good spirits,” his lawyer added. “He’s just focused on re-acclimating with society…. A lot’s happened in 17 years.”

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*LBN-HEALTH WATCH:   ***Like a cold, good and bad moods can be ‘picked up’ from those around you. Your friends have the most impact, according to a new study led by the University of Warwick. “Evidence suggests mood may spread from person to person via a process known as social contagion,” said Public health statistics researcher Rob Eyre who led the study.

*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***Both “Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot and “The Big Sick’s” Kumail Nanjiani will host their own episodes of “Saturday Night Live” for the show’s upcoming 43rd season, NBC announced Thursday. Gadot will host the Oct. 7 episode with musical guest Sam Smith, while Nanjiani will host the Oct. 14 episode with musical guest P!nk.   ***The “Best of Los Angeles Award” Community (, which was formed approximately two and a half years ago to spotlight the very people, places and things in Los Angeles,  has grown to over 3,300 members throughout Southern California.

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Jay-Z apparently won’t be following in the footsteps of his wife, Beyoncé. Or those of Bruce SpringsteenKaty PerryMichael JacksonLady Gaga and the numerous others who have performed during the halftime show at the Super Bowl. According to a report by the Source earlier this week, the superstar rapper was offered the prestigious gig at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minnesota on Feb. 4, but turned it down.

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*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Episode 2 of the hit television interview show “Without Notes” with guest, Susan Estrich, an American lawyer, professor, author, political operative, political commentator, and feminist advocate.  —–

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Albert Speer Jr., an internationally prominent architect who sought throughout his life to distance himself from the dark legacy of his father, a member of Adolf Hitler’s inner circle, died on Sept. 15 at his home in Frankfurt. He was 83. His death was announced by his architectural firm, AS & P, in Frankfurt. It said the cause was complications of surgery he had undergone after falling at his home.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by David BrooksThe only time I saw Sam Francis face-to-face — in the Washington Times cafeteria sometime in the late 1980s or early 1990s — I thought he was a crank, but it’s clear now that he was at that moment becoming one of the most prescient writers of the past 50 years. There’s very little Donald Trump has done or said that Francis didn’t champion a quarter century ago. In a series of essays for conservative magazines like Chronicles, Francis hammered home three key insights. The first was that globalization was screwing Middle America. The Cold War had just ended, capitalism seemed triumphant and the Clinton years seemed to be an era of broad prosperity. But Francis stressed that the service economy was ruining small farms and taking jobs from the working class. His second insight was that the Republican and conservative establishment did not understand what was happening. He railed against the pro-business “Economic Men” who thought G.D.P. growth could solve the nation’s problems, and the Washington Republicans, who he thought were infected with the values of the educated elites. In 1991, when his political mentor, Pat Buchanan, was contemplating a presidential bid, Francis told him to break with the conservative movement. “These people are defunct,” Francis told Buchanan. “Go to New Hampshire and call yourself a patriot, a nationalist, an America First-er, but don’t even use the word ‘conservative.’ It doesn’t mean anything anymore.”

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Frances Berman: Here we go again with Donald Trump’s back door behavior. During his joint press conference this morning in New York City with President Moon Jae-in, the South Korean President used the word “deplorable” to describe the behavior of North Korea’s Kim Jong-un. Laughter quickly came from the gallery of reporters whereby Trump quipped “I promise I didn’t tell him to use that word”. Maybe not, but I have no doubt that Trump could have previously used the term (more than once) in the presence of Moon Jae-in to describe the behavior himself. Just a thought.

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*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Ryan Seacrest is still sore over Mariah Carey’s claims his production team sabotaged her ill-fated “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” performance. During her performance, Carey lip-synced and stumbled her way through her segment, saying that her inner ear monitors weren’t working properly. Her manager, Stella Bulochnikov, claimed later that Dick Clark Productions was aware of the issue before the performance began and did nothing to address it. “Once things went wrong, they took the decision to keep rolling and make her look like a train wreck for the ratings,” Bulochnikov  said.