LBN – Friday, September 8th, 2017


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*IF NOT NOW, WHEN? – EPA Chief Scott Pruitt: Hurricane Irma Isn’t the Right Time to Talk Climate Change

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruittsaid Thursday that Hurricane Irma is not the time to talk about climate change. “Here’s the issue,” Pruitt told CNN. “To have any kind of focus on the cause and effect of the storm—versus helping people, or actually facing the effect of the storm—is misplaced. What we need to focus on is access to clean water, addressing these areas of Superfund activities that may cause an attack on water, these issues of access to fuel. … Those are things so important to citizens of Florida right now, and to discuss the cause and effect of these storms, there’s the… place [and time] to do that. It’s not now.” Experts have said that climate change and gradually warming temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico have made severe hurricanes like Irma more likely. Since taking charge of the EPA, Pruitt has rolled back several greenhouse-gas emission regulations and declined to say if climate change is real, while climate science data has been .
*Bannon: ‘Access Hollywood’ Trump Tape Was a ‘Litmus Test’

In another interview segment from former White House strategist Steve Bannon’s conversation with Charlie Rose for 60 Minutes, Bannon discusses the weekend after the infamous Access Hollywood tape leaked in which President Trumpbragged about groping women. “The Billy BushSaturday to me is a litmus test. It’s a litmus test.” And it’s one Bannon claims that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie didn’t pass, which ended up costing him a job in the administration. “I gotta—I gotta—you know, I’m Irish,” Bannon said when asked if he took names that day of people who didn’t side with Trump. “I gotta get my black book and I got ’em.… Christie, because of Billy Bush weekend—and—was… was… not looked at for a Cabinet position.” He also claimed that former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said in response to the tape that Trump had “two choices. You either drop out right now, or you lose by the biggest landslide in American political history.” Brian Murray, spokesman for Gov. Christie told The Daily Beast: “As has been widely reported, the governor had been offered multiple Cabinet positions in addition to other senior posts in the White House and elsewhere. He chose to stay as governor and complete his term. Any assertion to the contrary is simply factually incorrect.”

*Israeli Prime Minister’s Wife, Sara Netanyahu, to Be Indicted for Fraud

Sara Netanyahu, wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is to be indicted for fraud charges over alleged spending irregularities totaling more than $110,000 at the PM’s residence, Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit announced Friday. Mrs. Netanyahu allegedly used state funds to order catering and dining services and then hid that spending. Investigators have been looking into the case for more than two years. In a statement posted on Facebook on Friday, the PM himself called the charges “absurd and will be proven to be baseless.”

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*Warm Antarctica Caves Show Signs of New Species, Study Says

Warm caves under Antarctica’s glaciers may be hiding previously undiscovered plant and animal species, scientists say. A new study led by Australian National University revealed an extensive network of warm caves around Mount Erebus, an active volcano. Soil samples taken from the caves turned up traces of DNA that could not be identified, lead researcherCeridwen Fraser said early Friday. “The results from this study give us a tantalizing glimpse of what might live beneath the ice in Antarctica—there might even be new species of animals and plants,” Fraser said. With more than 15 volcanoes in Antarctica, the study stressed the importance of investigating such cave systems, since scientists know “little about life in the continent’s subglacial cave systems, which may harbor diverse and complex communities.”

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Credit-reporting giant Equifax was hit with a class-action lawsuit within hours after disclosing that a cyberattack had potentially compromised personal information for 143 million U.S. consumers. Filed in Oregon federal court late Thursday, the civil action accuses the Georgia-based company of failing to maintain adequate electronic security safeguards as part of a corporate effort to save money.

*Acclaimed Comic Book Series “FRONTIERS” Releases New Issue

FRONTIERS, winner of the “Best of Los Angeles” Award for “Best Cyberpunk Comic Book Series,” has just released its latest issue on “I am very excited to premiere the new issue of FRONTIERS on Comixology,” creator and writer Geoffrey Ashley said. “The process of getting every issue to the reader is a little like giving birth…I imagine. But once the readers’ responses come in, the excitement for this adventure and the clamoring for the next one makes it all worth it.” FRONTIERS — often described as a “PULP FICTION STAR WARS” — tells the sex, violence and sarcasm-fueled story of Kieran Murphy, a man who is destined to destroy humanity…and why that really isn’t such a bad thing. “In the latest issue, we meet new characters, have some laughs and get into some new danger as the stakes shoot through the roof,” Ashley said. “All while we continue to examine the nature of love, death and fate in this action-packed, illustrated thrill ride through the unknown.” Ashley recently appeared at the Long Beach Comic Con, giving several interviews to promote the latest issue and talking with fans and fellow artists about the nuts and bolts of successful storytelling and the future of FRONTIERS. FRONTIERS is available for digital download at ( and through the FRONTIERS website at
*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Conor McGregor relaxed with his adorable baby son and his devoted girlfriend Dee Devlin in Ibiza after his showdown with boxer Floyd Mayweather. The mixed martial arts superstar is clearly enjoying his reported $130 million payday from the fight and was snapped playing with his boy Conor Jack McGregor, who was born in Dublin in May, on sun-loungers poolside on the Spanish party island.
*MY REVIEW: “As a liberal from San Francisco, I don’t always like everything I read in LBN, but I have grown to have a tremendous respect for it’s fearless independence. Over and over and over again I have seen LBN talk truth to power even when I don’t personally like it. It does an an inspiring job daily in bringing people unbiased news and information in a distracted world. I remain your loyal reader.” ——- Ken S., and LBN reader from San Francisco, California.

*LBN-HEALTH WATCH: The Food and Drug Administration this week accused the drugmaker Pfizer of failing to properly investigate reports of malfunctioning EpiPens, including incidents when patients died or became severely ill after the device failed to work. Pfizer manufactures the EpiPen, which treats allergic reactions, for the drugmaker Mylan. In a warning letter issued Tuesday, the agency said Meridian Medical Technologies, which is a unit of Pfizer, did not adequately look into problems with a crucial component of the EpiPen — the mechanism on the device that insures that it fires and delivers the proper dose of epinephrine, which stops an allergic reaction.

*LBN-BOOK NEWS:   ***In an angry, unsparing new book,Hillary Clinton said she regretted not striking back at James B. Comey in July 2016, when he accused her of acting recklessly in using a private email account while secretary of state, even as he announced that the F.B.I. would not seek criminal charges against her. “My first instinct was that my campaign should hit back and explain that Mr. Comey had badly overstepped his bounds,” she wrote in the book, her attempt to make sense of her electoral defeat by Donald J. Trump. But, she said, her campaign advisers talked her out of it, convincing her that it was better “to just let it go and try to move on.” “Looking back,” she concluded, “that was a mistake.” It is one of a catalog of mistakes — large and small — that Mrs. Clinton lists in a post-mortem titled “What Happened.” The book, published by Simon & Schuster and scheduled to come out on Tuesday, has provoked a mix of anticipation and dread from Democrats, many of whom are loath to revisit the election that vaulted Mr. Trump into the White House.


Star Trek Premieres (1966) – Though the original Star Trek series was cancelled in its third season, the groundbreaking show—in which William Shatner’s memorable Captain Kirk leads the crew of the starship Enterprise—developed a cult following of “Trekkies.” Over the next four decades, the influential science-fiction franchise spawned five more Star Trek series, more than 10 feature films, and myriad conventions.

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*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.” – Aristotle  ——

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Lloyd Grove: Vanity Fair Editor in Chief Graydon Carter, who on Thursday announced plans to retire in late December after 25 years of running the glossy Conde Nast magazine, is perhaps the foremost example of Canadian cultural imperialism. The 68-year-old Carter was a college dropout from the Ottawa suburbs when he arrived in New York City nearly 40 years ago to work as a writer-trainee for Time magazine. A mere two decades later—after launching Spy magazine and editing the New York Observer, both publications that under his reign displayed a wicked penchant for puncturing the pompous—Carter was lord of his own fiefdom in the giant superpower just across Canada’s southern border, presiding over a mighty media enterprise that mixed hard-edged reporting and epic storytelling with a love of classic Hollywood glamour, as reflected in the magazine’s lavish photo shoots. Meanwhile, he remade himself into a formidable cultural and social force, a fearsome arbiter of taste and fame. After he leaves, of course, he will no longer enjoy such rarefied status—a reality he cheerfully acknowledged in an interview at his Greenwich Village townhouse with The New York Times.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Kent Moyer (Security expert): Executive Protection 101 – Privacy & Security (for you & your clients) Disinformation: I have taken my physical address off the internet for last 10 years. I just renewed my service on my anonymous phone with a fake credit card, name, email, & phone number. I had $3.65 left on the fake credit card. I thought what can I do to increase my privacy & confidentiality? I found that the Wall Street Journal was offering a 20 day trial for $1.99. I signed up for it with a fake name, used the fake credit card, & sent the Wall Street journal to my real address. The purpose was to put disinformation on someone else living at my address with a fake e-mail, & phone number associated with my home address. This fake information will go on data mining databases which is also good because it will have my real address associated with the disinformation. Today I received the first Wall Street Journal. I will cancel this before the 20 days are up.