LBN – Monday, September 25th, 2017

*SECURITY BREACH – Pilots With Terrorist Ties Are Still Licensed to Fly in U.S.

People with terrorist ties are still licensed to fly in the U.S. despite the fact that the Federal Aviation Administration was warned about it in 2009, the Boston Globe reports. The newspaper’s Spotlight report also found that the FAA does not use pilot photos on its licenses or completely vet pilot information before doling out credentials. Former Rep. John Mica has called American pilot licenses “a joke,” claiming that a pass to an amusement park requires more proof of identity and has more sophisticated security precautions. But the FAA claims the pilot certificate is supposed to indicate training level instead of provide security. Pilots are also required to carry a government-issued ID, and commercial airlines and airports typically issue their own forms of identification for security purposes.

*Anthony Weiner gets hard time:

It’s hard time for Anthony Weiner. The disgraced ex-congressman was sentenced to 21 months in prison Monday for convincing a high school student to undress and touch herself via Skype in 2016. Weiner, 53, had faced as much as 10 years in the slammer after pleading guilty in May to one count of transferring obscene material to a minor. The feds said Weiner, a former Congressman from Brooklyn, began a two-month sexting session with the North Carolina teen shortly after she messaged him on Twitter in January 2016. He pleaded for probation on the grounds that his online dalliance with the 15-year-old was due to his sick obsession with sexting strangers rather than an obsession with underage girls. The government had asked for two years in prison.

*‘Sunday Night Football’ Ratings Down Again On Day Of Player Protests Notes Media Expert

“Facts are stubborn things” notes media expert and authorMichael Levine. After a day of seemingly endless controversy and protesting over the National Anthem, the NFL took a hit on last night’s Sunday Night Football. According to Levine, in metered market numbers, the primetime match-up between the 27-10 winning Washington Redskins and the Oakland Raiders received an 11.6/20, which is the worst SNF has performed this season so far. That’s an 8% dip from the early numbers of last week’s Atlanta Falcon’s 34-23 win over the Green Bay Packers. In FedEx Field in Maryland last night, the third week of SNF for the 2017-2018 season declined 10% from early numbers of the comparable game of last year on September 25, 2016. “The reality is that with sports in general, many people – tune in to tune out. They don’t want the experience to turn into a political fight and it is a turn-off to many.”

*McCain calls brain cancer prognosis ‘very poor’

US Sen. John McCain says doctors have given him a “very poor prognosis” as he battles brain cancer. McCain underwent surgery in July for a brain tumor that was later found to be a form of glioblastoma, the same type of cancer that took the life of his former Senate colleague Edward M. Kennedy in 2009. McCain tells CBS’ “60 Minutes” in an interview that aired Sunday night that he thinks about Kennedy a lot. He says Kennedy continued to work despite the diagnosis and “never gave up because he loved the engagement.” McCain says he has “feelings sometimes of fear of what happens,” but counters that with gratitude for having “had a great life.”

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*Tom Brady: I Disagree With Trump’s ‘Divisive’ Comments

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady took a stand Monday, distancing himself from President Trump’srecent attacks on National Football League players who kneel during the national anthem to protest police brutality. “I certainly disagree with what he said. I thought it was just divisive,” Brady said on radio show Kirk & Callahan. Trump stirred controversy at an Alabama rally last week when he accused kneeling players of “disrespecting” the American flag. “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. He is fired,’” Trump said. In response, Brady said on Monday: “I believe in bringing people together and respect and love and trust.” Brady added, “I just want to support my teammates.” Soon after Brady’s interview, Trump unleashed a routine tweet-storm in which he claimed that the “issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race. It is about respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem. NFL must respect this!”

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*Cyberattack Reveals Deloitte Clients’ Secret Emails

The global accounting giant Deloitte has been hit by a sophisticated cyberattack that may have exposed the email usernames, passwords, and personal details of the firm’s clients, The Guardian reported Monday. The hack was reported to have been discovered in March after having gone unnoticed for months. Malicious Hackers infiltrated Deloitte’s global email server in October or November 2016 by accessing an “administrator’s account” that presumably gave them unrestricted access to all areas.
*Report: Obama Tried to Warn Zuckerberg About Fake News on Facebook

Two months before President Donald Trump’s inauguration, then-President Barack Obama personally warned Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg that fake news about the 2016 presidential election had been spread on his social-media site, The Washington Post reported Sunday. At the time, Zuckerberg reportedly acknowledged the threat of fake news and political disinformation, but said those messages weren’t widespread on Facebook. Last week, however, Zuckerberg admitted to Congress that Facebook had indeed been manipulated and that Russian operatives are suspected to have purchased more than 3,000 politically themed advertisements on the site during the election.

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Uber’s new boss apologized to Londoners for the taxi app’s mistakes and pledged to make changes as the Silicon Valley firm tries to overturn a decision to strip it of its license in one of its major markets. The British capital’s transport regulator on Friday deemed Uber unfit to run a taxi service and decided not to renew its license to operate, which will end this week, citing the firm’s approach to reporting serious criminal offenses and background checks on drivers.   ***Airbnb is launching local tours and other experiences in New York City this week, with one listing promising “an unforgettable shoe-shopping experience” led by a New Yorker whose bio describes her as “an actor, producer, businesswoman … and a proud New Yorker.” That host is Sarah Jessica Parker. Each participant will get a pair of shoes from her SJP Collection at Bloomingdale’s, with a stop at the department store’s Forty Carrots cafe for frozen yogurt before the guests head off to the ballet.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Common Traits in All Super Successful People

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Maria Sharapova (Tennis star):  I think I was really struck and moved by the tough decisions and the setbacks my father, Yuri, had to face in our early years here. I interviewed him extensively for this book, because I was so little when we came here. I hadn’t really thought about how tough it had been for him — to leave his home, my mother (who couldn’t get a visa for years), to land in the middle of the night in Florida with no English at all. We came here with only $700, and he lost that almost immediately. We moved through a series of Florida tennis factories before we were secure. But my father is a believer in getting through. He took endless odd jobs; he did everything he could to make my career happen. I interviewed a lot of my coaches, too, for the book. That was so interesting to me. On the court, it is just you facing your opponent. But the truth is, you are always part of a team.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Bret Stephens: Extensive survey data show that Republicans are much more right-leaning than they were twenty years ago, Democrats much more left-leaning, and both sides much more likely to see the other as a mortal threat to the nation’s welfare. The polarization is geographic, as more people live in states and communities where their neighbors are much likelier to share their politics. The polarization is personal: Fully 50 percent of Republicans would not want their child to marry a Democrat, and nearly a third of Democrats return the sentiment. Inter-party marriage has taken the place of interracial marriage as a family taboo.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: “Without Notes” with Susan Estrich – Episode 2: The Kennedy Campaign   —-

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Gene Simmons (Co-founder, Kiss rock group): The wisest person I ever met continues to be my mother. She survived a Nazi concentration camp at fourteen when her whole family was killed. Her perspective on life is, “Every day above ground is a good day, so reach for the stars. As long as there’s nobody trying to kill you, what have you got to lose? You cannot fail.” And she’s right. She’s also taught me that success is only temporary. She still doesn’t understand who pays me and why there’s so much money. She just can’t fathom it. When I showed her the first ten million dollar check I earned, she didn’t know what ten million dollars was, or whether it’s ten thousand or a hundred thousand. But she looked at it and it looked like a large number and she said, “That’s wonderful, now what are you gonna do?” She’s right. You knock somebody out, you’re the champion of the world, hey that’s great. OK, now what are you gonna do? Sit back? Or are you gonna get back in the ring and continue to pump your heart while you’re alive? Use it or lose it. I learned that work ethic from my mother.

*LBN-VIDEO LINKBob Dylan 2016 Nobel Lecture in Literature —-


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Tyga seems to have learned a thing or two from his time among the Kardashians. The rapper and ex-boyfriend of Kylie Jenner continued to insinuate himself into the drama over the weekend. After news broke on Friday that Jenner and boyfriend Travis Scott are expecting a baby, Tyga tweeted, “Hell nah that’s my kid.” Then, on Saturday, a club-goer tells Page Six, he took the mike at Avenue in LA and said, in a possible diss to Jenner moving on so fast with Scott, “Sometimes it’s better to be single … These hoes ain’t loyal!”