LBN-INVESTIGATES: Social isolation is a growing epidemic — one that’s increasingly recognized as having dire physical, mental and emotional consequences. Since the 1980s, the percentage of American adults who say they’re lonely has doubled from 20 percent to 40 percent. About one-third of Americans older than 65 now live alone, and half of those over 85 do. People in poorer health — especially those with mood disorders like anxiety and depression — are more likely to feel lonely. Those without a college education are the least likely to have someone they can talk to about important personal matters. A wave of new research suggests social separation is bad for us. Individuals with less social connection have disrupted sleep patterns, altered immune systems, more inflammation and higher levels of stress hormones. One recent study found that isolation increases the risk of heart disease by 29 percent and stroke by 32 percent. Another analysis that pooled data from 70 studies and 3.4 million people found that socially isolated individuals had a 30 percent higher risk of dying in the next seven years, and that this effect was largest in middle age. Loneliness can accelerate cognitive decline in older adults, and isolated individuals are twice as likely to die prematurely as those with more robust social interactions. These effects start early: Socially isolated children have significantly poorer health 20 years later, even after controlling for other factors. All told, loneliness is as important a risk factor for early death as obesity and smoking.
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BIG SURPRISE (NOT!) – Berlin Terrorist Anis Amri Pledged Allegiance to ISIS in Video:
Anis Amri, the 24-year-old Tunisian man who was shot dead in Milan on Friday after allegedly ramming a truck into a crowded Christmas market in Berlin, pledged allegiance to ISIS and its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in a video released by the terror group’s Amaq agency. According to Rita Katz
of the SITE Intelligence Group, Amri wanted to become a martyr for Muslims who were killed in airstrikes. The attack in Berlin killed 12 people and injured dozens of others. Amri was taken down by a trainee officer in Milan after a routine police check.
HERO – Cop Who Fatally Shot Berlin Suspect Anis Amri Was a Trainee:
The Italian cop who on Friday shot and killed Anis Amri, the man suspected of carrying out the truck attack in Berlin, was atrainee, 29-year-old Luca Scatà
, according to Italian news agency ANSA. Amri was killed in Milan after having traveled from France. Another police officer, 36-year-old Christian Movio
, was reportedly injured during the shootout. Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni
commended both men in a tweet Friday afternoon. “There is a high level of control throughout the nation which, when a man on the run enters our country, makes it possible to identify and neutralize him,” said Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti
. “This means that the security system works.” Amri is accused of ramming a truck into a crowded Christmas market in Berlin on Monday, killed 12 people and injuring dozens more.
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Passengers Freed from Hijacked Libyan Airliner in Malta:
All passengers have been released from a hijacked Libyan airliner that landed in Malta on Friday, and the hijackers have surrendered to authorities after a standoff on the tarmac. Two Libyan men, one of whom claimed to have a grenade, hijacked the Afriqiyah Airways Airbus A320 jet, which had 111 passengers and seven crew members on board. The flight took off from Sebha, Libya, and was bound for Tripoli. According to reports, the hijackers said they were “pro-Gaddafi,” referring to the late Libyan dictator who was killed 2011 after an uprising in that country. Upon arrival, they reportedly said they would release the 111 passengers but not the seven crew members until their demands were met. A standoff with security forces took place on the tarmac, and passengers and crew were later released from the aircraft, according to Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat
. “The pilot reported to the control tower in Tripoli that they were being hijacked, then they lost communication with him,” a senior Libyan security official told Reuters. “The pilot tried very hard to have them land at the correct destination but they refused.”
Suspect Arrested in Road Rage Killing of 3-Year-Old:
A suspect was arrested late Thursday night in the road-rage killing of a 3-year-old boy last week, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas. Acen King
, 3, was fatally shot in the back seat of a car in Little Rock when an individual shot at the vehicle when it was stopped at a traffic light. Law enforcement officials believe the incident was a bout of road rage. King was hit in the neck and later died from his injuries after being taken to Arkansas Children’s Hospital. His grandmother, who was driving the car, survived the shooting. The suspect, Gregory Holmes
, was captured after a $20,000 reward was offered by the city.
Jimmy Carter Only Former President to RSVP to Trump’s Inauguration:
Of the four living former U.S. presidents, so far only Jimmy Carter
has agreed to attend Donald Trump
’s inauguration on Jan. 20. With less than a month to go, the 92-year-old Democrat confirmed that he will attend the ceremony, whileGeorge H.W. Bush
, also 92, cited his age as the reason he will not attend. Both George W. Bush
and Bill Clinton
have yet to RSVP to the inauguration, indicating that they will wait until after the new year to make a final decision. All four of the men attended Barack Obama
’s first inaugural in 2009. In a video taped for the Democratic National Convention, Carter described Trump as a candidate “who seems to violate some of the most important moral and ethical principles on which our nation was founded.”
Fox News has kept most of its audience after the election, notes media expert:
A sharp drop in cable news ratings following a presidential election is as inevitable as snow in Buffalo. Yet in the Age of Trump, so far Fox News Channel is defying that trend according to media expert and author Michael Levine
) . Comparing the five weeks after the election to the white-hot campaign days of October, Fox’s prime-time audience is down 8 percent, the Nielsen company said. That’s a much smaller drop than rivals CNN and MSNBC, and smaller than all of the networks historically following elections reports Levine. “Fox has become the place to go for all things Trump” said Levine.
LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Deutsche Bank announced late on Thursday that it had reached a tentative $7.2 billion deal to resolve a federal investigation into its sale of toxic mortgage securities, capping months of negotiations that weighed heavily on the bank’s stock price and reputation. The civil settlement requires the bank, Germany’s largest, to pay a $3.1 billion penalty and provide relief to American consumers valued at $4.1 billion, the bank said in a statement that came ahead of a formal announcement in the case. The consumer portion of the settlement, the bank said, is expected to be “primarily in the form of loan modifications and other assistance to homeowners.” ***Famed restaurateur Silvano Marchetto is being divorced by his much younger wife, Marisa Acocella Marchetto, the cartoonist and best-selling author of “Cancer Vixen”. Silvano, who abruptly shut down his legendary West Village restaurant this week after 41 years, is soon set to head divorce court in Manhattan with Acocella, who has hired famed divorce attorney Robert S. Cohen. Sources tell us that flamboyant Italian-born Silvano’s stunning decision to drop the curtain on his boldfaced beloved restaurant happened after lawyers for Acocella asked to see the restaurant’s financials as part of the divorce proceedings. They were married for 12 years.
LBN-NOTICED: ***A “who’s who” list of power-lawyers in L.A. were at the posh Jonathan Club downtown yesterday for the annual Girardi/ Keese Christmas party featuring musical guest LeAnn Rimes as the singing entertainment. Power attorney and firm head Tom Girardi welcomed all from the stage. Also in attendance was L.A. Police Chief Charlie Beckand his daughter who talked to media expert and authorMichael Levine about the ongoing challenges of the homeless problem. ***Olivia Wilde seeing fiancé Jason Sudeikis in the final performance of “Dead Poets Society” in NYC. ***Neil Patrick Harris at Virgil’s Real Barbecue in NYC. ***Shaquille O’Neal at What Goes Around Comes Around in Miami Beach, Fla. ***Levi Dylan, the model grandson of Bob Dylan, at Wilhelmina’s Kola House holiday party in NYC. ***Luann de Lesseps shopping at Trina Turk in NYC. ***Erica Jong having dinner at Nello in NYC. ***Hillary Clinton and top aide Huma Abedin were pictured together on Thursday for the first time since losing the presidential election. The pair chatted and Abedin smiled as they walked out of Clinton’s office in the Midtown neighborhood of New York City. They had spent five hours inside the office before Abedin and an unidentified woman walked Clinton to a waiting vehicle and sent her on her way with a box of documents. ***David Netto signing new book “François Catroux” at Pierre Frey Showroom. ***Producer Jon Peters in attendance at ex-wife Christine Peters home holiday party last night in West Hollywood. Christine Peters announced to the party-goers that she is starting production on a new movie next year. ***The mothers and daughters who shop together stick together. On Thursday, Jennifer Lopez and mom Guadalupe Rodriguez hit up swanky Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills for some last-minute shopping before Christmas. ***Anthony Weiner is off the horse and back on the subway. Nearly month after returning home to New York from sex addiction rehab — where he partook in “equine therapy” — Weiner was spotted Thursday night at the Union Square subway station in NYC.
LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Doug Herzog is Viacom’s latest casualty. The news of his departure comes roughly a week after Bob Bakish was formally named CEO of the challenged media company. In the latter role, insiders say Bakish is poised to restructure a group that’s already seen significant executive turnover and ailing ratings of late. During a recent earnings call, Bakish cited MTV and Comedy Central, both part of Herzog’s purview, as key priorities as he looks to turn Viacom around.
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, under whose 28-year direction Italian Vogue reigned as a daring and often impious iconoclast on the newsstand, died on Thursday in Milan. She was 66. Her death, after an unspecified yearlong illness, was announced by Jonathan Newhouse
, the chairman and chief executive of Condé Nast International, which publishes Italian Vogue. In addition to being editor of that magazine, Ms. Sozzani had been since 1994 the editorial director of Condé Nast Italy, under the Condé Nast International umbrella.
LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what you want them to achieve, and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.”——- www.TheExcelCommunity.com
LBN-COMMENTARY by Vickie Casas (Small business owner):Who are these officials that the media keeps talking about? Where are their names and faces? Why are they not coming out and talking directly to the American people and exposing who they are and what their facts are? Why have they not come before our National Security Committee or our House, or our Congress to give testimony in person? Until these so called officials give their names, show their faces and give us the facts to back their story we can only believe there is a Liberal/Democratic political machine working to undermine our president elect! Gossip and Facts are two completely different things! Unfortunately if we repeat gossip enough times it begins to sound like the truth!
LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul Krugman: Authoritarians with an animus against ethnic minorities are on the march across the Western world. They control governments in Hungary and Poland, and will soon take power in America.And they’re organizing across borders: Austria’s Freedom Party, founded by former Nazis, has signed an agreement with Russia’s ruling party — and met with Donald Trump’s choice for national security adviser. But what should we call these groups? Many reporters are using the term “populist,” which seems both inadequate and misleading. I guess racism can be considered populist in the sense that it represents the views of some non-elite people. But are the other shared features of this movement — addiction to conspiracy theories, indifference to the rule of law, a penchant for punishing critics — really captured by the “populist” label?
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***Once-estranged couple Jennifer Garner
and Ben Affleck
might be snuggled up for the winter, but she’s freezing out his best pal Matt Damon.
Jen’s cracking the whip over all of Ben’s old bad habits — including gambling. ***Tori Spelling
and Dean McDermott
have been gifted with a lawsuit for the holidays — as City National Bank takes them to court for defaulting on loans. The reality-show stars allegedly stiffed the bank for $400,000, with the bank also claiming that Tori has an overdrawn checking account to the tune of $17,149! Now they’re being chased by lawyers who want both the debts paid, plus attorney fees and interest on the missing money. ***Vin Diesel
left a Brazilian reporter squirming in her seat as he declared his love for her during an incredibly uncomfortable interview. The “Fast and Furious” actor, who is believed to still be with his long-term partnerPaloma Jimenez
, told the reporter she was “so f–king sexy” as things quickly turned very awkward. While the whole interview was a little bizarre – as it started with Vin singing to himself – it wasn’t until the very end that it took a turn for the worse.
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