LBN – Saturday, May 12, 2018

*UN’s Top Nuclear Inspector Abruptly Resigns:

The United Nations’ top nuclear inspector has unexpectedly resigned amid concerns of renewed tensions with Iran following President Trump’s pullout from the 2015 nuclear deal. TheInternational Atomic Energy Agency announced the news late Friday, saying Tero Varjoranta, the agency’s deputy director-general and head of its Department of Safeguards, had stepped down effective immediately. Varjoranta will be replaced by Massimo Aparo, the head of the agency’s Iran team. The agency gave no reason for Varjoranta’s abrupt departure, but it came just days after Trump announced his decision to go against his European allies and withdraw the U.S. from a landmark nuclear deal with Iran.

*White House Refuses to Apologize for Aide’s Joke About McCain:

The White House declined on Friday to renounce or apologize for an aide whose joke at a meeting that Senator John McCainwas irrelevant because he would soon die went viral, outraging relatives, friends and admirers of the ailing lawmaker. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, said she would not comment on a closed-door meeting where the joke was made. And she offered no words of regret over the remark or sympathy for Mr. McCain, a Republican senator and two-time presidential candidate who is battling brain cancer at his Arizona ranch. “I’m not going to validate a leak one way or the other out of an internal staff meeting,” Ms. Sanders said. Asked why she would not simply apologize to Mr. McCain, she said, “I’m not going to get into a back and forth because, you know, people want to create issues of leaked staff meetings.”

*Russian Bombers Intercepted Off Alaska:

Two U.S. fighters jets were scrambled to intercept two Russian bombers off the coast of Alaska late Friday. The Russian TU-95 “Bear” bombers were in international airspace but had entered an Air Defense Identification Zone that extends about 200 miles off the coast, North American Aerospace Defense Command spokesman Canadian Army Major Andrew Hennessy said in a statement to CNN. Two Alaska-basedNORAD F-22 fighter jets “intercepted and monitored” the Russian aircraft until they left the area, according to the statement. The incident comes less than two weeks after a similar encounter in which two Russian bombers flew as close as 50 miles to Point Hope, Alaska.

*REVIVED – NBC Saves ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ From Cancellation:

NBC rescued cop sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine late Friday, picking the show up for a sixth season just a day after it was canceled by Fox. “We got your SIX! #Brooklyn99 is officially coming to NBC!” the network tweeted early Saturday. “Ever since we sold this show to Fox I’ve regretted letting it get away, and it’s high time it came back to its rightful home,” Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, said in a statement. The move came after some of the show’s high-profile fans, including Mark Hamill and Lin-Manuel Miranda, led the charge on social media to bring it back for another season. The show, starring Andy SambergAndre Braugher,Terry CrewsMelissa FumeroJoe Lo Truglio, andStephanie Beatriz, among others, has developed a cult following for its portrayal of a dysfunctional police precinct.

*WHO READS LBN? Power entertainment attorney Bruce Ramer along with 12 members of the White House staff, 3 Nobel Prize winners, over 100 Academy Award winners, 6 U.S. Senators, and over 300 Grammy Award winners.

*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***George Carlin lampoons the people he used to know in his New York City neighborhood, including Italians, Jews and the police, doing hilarious stereotypical impressions in a recently rediscovered clip of him performing in 1973. The clip comes from the rarely seen special, The Real George Carlin, that will be included in a new box set, The George Carlin Commemorative Collection. The 10-disc DVD, CD and Blu-ray set is set for release on June 12th.

*LBN- HISTORY: Body of Lindbergh Baby Found (1932)

In one of America’s most notorious crimes, the infant son of famed aviator Charles Lindbergh was kidnapped and murdered in 1932. The massive search effort included unprecedented federal involvement, and Lindbergh even met with organized crime figures in an attempt to determine the whereabouts of his son. Ten weeks after the boy disappeared, his corpse was found just miles from the Lindbergh home.

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Peter Mayer, a leading figure in the book publishing world who was known for publishing Salman Rushdie’s controversial novel “The Satanic Verses” and for his fondness for republishing out-of-print works, died on Friday at his home in Manhattan. He was 82. The cause was complications related to amyloidosis, said his son-in-law,Stefan Merrill Block.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Brooks and Marcus on Trump quitting Iran deal, Gina Haspel grilling —


1. There are 220 species of owls in the world.

2. Owls can almost turn their heads all the way around, but it’s not quite a 360 turn. They can turn their necks 135 degrees in either direction, which gives them 270 degrees total movement.

3. Owls are able to turn their heads without injury or cutting off blood to their brain because they have a blood-pooling system that powers their brain and eyes during a dramatic neck twist.

4. An owl’s eyes are so well-developed that they are not balls but rather tubes that are held into place by a bony structure. This means an owl can only look straight ahead. An owl must turn its head to look side to side.

5. Owls ears are placed asymmetrically and are different sizes. This allows them to receive sounds at different times and pinpoint the exact location of the sound.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: What’s Holding the Arab World Back? —

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Neil Gross (Mr. Gross is a professor of sociology): Last month the Pew Research Center released a poll showing that Americans are losing faith in their system of government. Only one-fifth of adults surveyed believe democracy is working “very well” in the United States, while two-thirds say “significant changes” are needed to governmental “design and structure.” The 2016 election is one explanation for these findings. Something is not right in a country where Donald Trump is able to win the presidency. But here’s another possibility: What if trust in American democracy is eroding because the nation has become too big to be effectively governed through traditional means? With a population of more than 325 million and an enormously complex society, perhaps this country has passed a point where — no matter whom we elect — it risks becoming permanently dissatisfied with legislative and governmental performance. Political thinkers, worried about the problem of size, have long advocated small republics. Plato and Aristotleadmired the city-state because they thought reason and virtue could prevail only when a polis was small enough that citizens could be acquaintances. Montesquieu, the 18th-century French political philosopher, picked up where the ancient Greeks left off, arguing for the benefits of small territories. “In a large republic,” he wrote, “the common good is sacrificed to a thousand considerations,” whereas in a smaller one the common good “is more strongly felt, better known, and closer to each citizen.”



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*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Anne Frank‘s concentration camp was liberated by British troops just weeks after her death.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK:  1-800 Flowers – SNL —

*LBN-HISTORICAL COMMENTARY by Rainer Maria Rilke: If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself, tell yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Emily Ratajkowski has a lot of feelings about her breasts. “Boobs are funny,” she told Marie Claire in a preview of her June cover interview. “They hurt sometimes, and sometimes they’re the thing that makes me feel the most powerful. They’re a key to my sexuality. They’re all those things.” The model, 26, who came to fame by baring all in Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” video in 2013, clearly loves her curves and those of others. “I love my boobs. I love other people’s boobs. Boobs are kind of great,” she added. “I remember there was some article like ‘Emily Ratajkowski Is the Mozart of Breasts,’” she recalled. “What was so bad is someone sent it to my dad, who sent it to me. My dad still sees me as a little kid.”

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