LBN – Special Report – Friday

*Egypt: We’ve Found the Plane Wreckage

The Egyptian military reports it has found debris and personal effects of the passengers who were on board the missing EgyptAir flight. The debris was found about 180 miles off the coast of the city of Alexandria. Authorities are still looking for the plane’s black box. Greek air traffic controllers have also said that the flight’s last transmission ended about 50 minutes before it disappeared from the radar. Repeated calls reportedly were unanswered by anyone on board.

*Border Patrol Agent: 80 Percent of Illegals the Agency Apprehends Are Released into U.S. 

The vast majority of illegal immigrants the Border Patrol apprehends are released into the U.S., the head of the agents’ union testified before a Senate panel Thursday. “We’re releasing basically everybody as long as you’re not from the country of Mexico. And even if you’re from the country of Mexico and you claim that you have a credible fear and you’re asking for asylum for one reason or another — we’re still releasing those individuals,” Brandon Judd, the president of the National Border Patrol Council, said before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest. He added, “If I were to guess, I would say that at least 80 percent of the individuals that the United States Border Patrol arrests at the border qualify for this catch and release program and in essence we are just letting them come into the United States.”

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*LBN-INVESTIGATES: The Human Mind

1. The mind is typically defined as the organized totality or system of all mental processes or psychic activities of an individual.

2. Many philosophers hold that the brain is a detector of the mind and that the mind is an inner, subjective state of consciousness.

3. Philosophers have used a variety of metaphors to describe the mind, including a blank sheet, a hydraulic device with different forces operating in it, or a television switchboard.

4. Attempts to understand the mind go back at least to the ancient Greeks. Plato, for example, believed that the mind acquired knowledge through virtue, independently of sense experience. Descartes and Leibniz also believed the mind gained knowledge through thinking and reasoning—or, in other words, rationalism.

5. In contrast to rationalists, empiricists, such as Aristotle, John Locke, and David Hume, believe that the mind gains knowledge from experience.

6. Combining both rationalism and empiricism, Kant argued that human knowledge depends on both sense experience and innate capacities of the mind.

7. Scientists are unsure if other types of animals have a mind or if some man-made machines could ever possess a mind.

8. Historically, there have been three major schools of thought that describe the relationship of the brain and the mind: 1) dualism, which holds that the mind exists independently from the brain; 2) materialism, which argues that the mind is identical to the physical processes of the brain; and 3) idealism, which posits that only mental phenomena exist.

9. Scientists propose that the human mind evolved largely through the sexual choices our ancestors made, similar to the way a peacock’s tail evolved through sexual selection.

10. In one study, a group of experimenters were given unlabeled samples of both Pepsi and Coke. Not a single tester could tell the difference between the two. The test was repeated with the correct labels attached. Three out of the four testers chose Coke. In fact, the Coke label activated parts of the brain associated with the mind (memory, self-image, and culture) that the Pepsi label didn’t.

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*Republicans Want Their Party to Unify Behind Donald Trump, Says Media Expert

An overwhelming majority of Republican voters say their party’s leaders should get behind Donald J. Trump, even as he enters the general election saddled with toxic favorability ratings among the broader electorate, according to media expert and author Michael Levine (www.MichaelLevineMedia.com). And as Mr. Trump faces deep skepticism with general election voters and some Republican holdouts, the Democratic front-runner, Hillary Clinton, is grappling with Senator Bernie Sanders and how to win over his impassioned supporters.

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*GOD SAVE THE QUEEN – Murderer Broke Into Buckingham Palace

A trespasser who reportedly admitted to scaling a wall to enter the grounds of Buckingham Palace last week is also a convicted murderer. Dennis Hennessy, 41, pleaded guilty in London to criminal damage and trespass on a protected site. He was arrested some 10 minutes after entering, as he walked around the palace’s gardens. Hennessy killed a homeless man in 1992, and he was released from prison on parole.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***LA Clippers point guard Chris Paul at Philippe in Midtown in NYC.   ***American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Roberto Bolle at Omar’s in NYC.    ***PastorA.R. Bernard at Michael’s in NYC. celebrating his book “Four Things Women Want From a Man”.

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*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Morley Safer, a CBS television correspondent who brought the horrors of the Vietnam War into the living rooms of America in the 1960s and was a mainstay of the network’s newsmagazine “60 Minutes” for almost five decades, died on Thursday at his home in Manhattan. He was 84. His wife, Jane Safer, said he died of pneumonia.   ***Susan J. Tolchin, a political scientist who explored the workings of political patronage, women in politics and, most presciently, the electoral power of voter anger in several popular books, most of them written with her husband, Martin Tolchin, died on Wednesday at her home in Washington. She was 75. The cause was ovarian cancer, her husband said.   ***John Berry, an original member of hip-hop group the Beastie Boys, died Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m. at a hospice in Danvers, Massachusetts. He was 52.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: There are just a few essential reads if you want to understand the American social and political landscape today. Robert Putnam’s “Our Kids,” Charles Murray’s “Coming Apart” and a few other books deserve to be on that list. Today, I’d add Yuval Levin’s fantastic new book, “The Fractured Republic.” Levin starts with the observation that our politics and much of our thinking is drenched in nostalgia for the 1950s and early 1960s. The left is nostalgic for the relative economic equality of that era. The right is nostalgic for the cultural cohesion. The postwar era has become our unconscious ideal of what successful America looks like. It was, Levin notes, an age of cohesion and consolidation. But we have now moved to an age of decentralization and fragmentation. At one point in the book he presents a series of U-shaped graphs showing this pattern. Party polarization in Congress declined steadily from 1910 to 1940, but it has risen steadily since. We are a less politically cohesive nation.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Peggy Noonan: Let’s begin with a prophecy: It is not only the Republican Party that is breaking and perhaps re-forming. The Democratic Party is also starting to come apart. We’re seeing the first signs of it now.  A significant part of the base is going left. Bernie Sanders took off because they want a socialist. The party is going left for a host of reasons: the crash of 2008, economic strain, eight years of President Obama, trends within American culture and education. Hillary Clinton’s struggles this year are connected in part to her ideological unreliability, to the sense that she’s a generation behind ideologically, that she’s got the wrong attitude toward Wall Street and the use of military power. She’s old school; we’re entering something new.

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*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***David Hasselhoff‘s financial crisis continues. The former “Baywatch” star can no longer afford the $21,000-per-month alimony payments to ex-wife Pamela Bach as he claims less than $4,000 to his name, according to TMZ. Hasselhoff, 63, who filed court documents last month to cut off the payments, has shelled out $2.3 million to his former spouse since their divorce in 2006. Bach, 52, receives $252,000 per year from Hasselhoff, but the singer/actor only grosses $112,000 a month. Though Hasselhoff spends $66,000 of it, with living expenses, taxes and Bach’s payments, he has minimal funds to save. And while a court hearing has been set for the end of May, Hasselhoff isn’t sure if his current endeavors will be enough to salvage the payments.

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