LBN – Special Report – Friday, June 9th, 2017

*Number of Distressed Retailers Tops Total During Financial Crisis Says Media Expert:

There are 22 U.S. retailers with troubled financials at potential risk of bankruptcy, according to media expert and authorMichael Levine (, beating the total number at the peak of the Great Recession: 19. Neiman Marcus Group, Sears Holdings, and others on the list are weathering the shift to online shopping, said Levine. Even still, Levine said, the companies on the distressed list only represent 16 percent of all retailers analyzed by Moody’s.
*Ex-Governor, Wrestler Jesse Ventura to Work for Russia’s RT

Jesse Ventura, the former Minnesota governor and professional wrestler, says he agreed to do a show on Russia’s RT network because he was out of work and needed health-care insurance. “I can’t get a job in the U.S. No one will touch me. My United States union throws me in the dirt and who comes to the rescue? Russia,” he told the Associated Press. Ventura, whose 2015 show Off the Grid was aired on RT America, said Russian President Vladimir Putin reassured him his new show would not suffer from censorship on the Kremlin-run network. The show, The World According to Jesse, will provide Ventura’s commentary on a broad range of issues. Ventura described his plans for the show as a last resort after he lost his health insurance with the Screen Actors Guild and suffered a career setback from his 2014 defamation lawsuit against American Sniper author Chris Kyle, which triggered a wave of negative publicity. “I want to do it. But in some ways I was forced to do it,” Ventura told AP. RT announced the show in February and promised a premiere date in the spring, though Ventura says he has yet to film an episode for his 32-episode contract. The network said Ventura would take on “government hypocrisy and corporate deception.”

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: The Comparisons being made betweenTrump and Nixon are interesting to say the least. Nixon administration expert Jenny Deason Copeland will bring you up to speed on the mind of Richard Nixon in her recently released work Tiananmen West: Why Nixon Ordered the Kent State Massacre. Could the Trump era turn into what we experienced during the Nixon administration? Get your Nixon on. The book is available on Amazon in both e-book and paperback formats. Available on Amazon by following this link: Tiananmen West on Amazon

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Just like how Uber drivers can rate passengers for their behavior, staff at Domino’s have an account for you at their end too. Apparently, this allows workers to establish which hungry customers have given them bad attitude or made absurd requests. But it’s not all bad – the handy tool can also note any special requests or problems with your order.

*Cindy Crawford was Terrified of Turning 50

Aging wasn’t easy for supermodel Cindy Crawford. “For me it was really hard; the idea of turning 50 was daunting,” the now 51-year-old told Dujour. “For so long I was the 20-year-old model on the cover of Vogue, or 25 or 30 — and then all of a sudden my daughter is becoming that.” With Crawford’s blessing, 15-year-old Kaia Gerber has also pursued modeling — and she’s now one of fashion’s most sought-after talents. Crawford is content with her child’s growing success. “I don’t want to spend my fifties trying to get back to where I was in my thirties,” she explained. “Even though, yes, maybe I would like my skin or my waistline to be the same, I’ve worked hard and evolved into this person.” These days, Crawford is determined to pursue other projects beyond the runway. The fashion magazine added she enrolled last fall in a three-day financial boot camp for women at UCLA.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Woody Allen was greeted with a standing ovation as he made a surprise appearance tonight to present his old friend and costar Diane Keaton with the 45th annual AFI Life Achievement award. Allen, in a rare visit to Hollywood, appeared at the end of the evening to celebrate Keaton, who won her best-actress Oscar for her starring role as the blithe title character in 1977’s Annie Hall. “We go back a long way, Diane and I,” Allen began before launching into a comedic monologue. Jokingly likening the young Keaton to the fictional character Eve Harrington in All About Eve, he joked that he didn’t mean to suggest that she was “ruthlessly ambitious,” but that when she meant to refer to him as a talented young director she made a Freudian slip and “instead she called me a stepping stone.”

*LBN-R.I.P.: Earl Lestz, a former executive at Paramount Pictures and one of Hollywood’s greatest boosters, died Wednesday of an apparent heart attack. He was 78. Lestz served as president of the Studio Group at Paramount for over 21 years until his retirement in 2004, overseeing its real estate, special events, capital expenditures, post-production facilities, backlot operations and government relations.


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*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: World Protection Group —-  – The World Protection Group (WPG) is a full-service, international firm specializing in all aspects of security.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: The first important part of James Comey’s testimony was that he cast some doubt on reports that there was widespread communication between the Russians and the Trump campaign. That was the suspicion that set off this whole chain of events and the possibility that could have quickly brought about impeachment proceedings. The second important implication of the hearings is that as far as we know, Donald Trump has not performed any criminal act that would merit removing him from office. Sure, he cleared the room so he could lean on Comey to go easy onMichael Flynn. But he didn’t order Comey to shut down the investigation as a whole or do any of the things (like following up on the request) that would constitute real obstruction. And sure, Trump did later fire Comey. But it’s likely that the Comey firing had little or nothing to do with the Flynn investigation.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Srini Pillay, MD (Author):  Self-acceptance is defined as “an individual’s acceptance of all of his/her attributes, positive or negative.” It includes body acceptance, self-protection from negative criticism, and believing in one’s capacities. Many people have low self-acceptance. There can be many reasons for this, but one widely accepted theory is that because we develop our self-esteem, in part, from others appreciating us, people with low self-acceptance may have had parents who lacked empathy during their childhood. Consequently, in their adult lives, they may need much stronger affirmation from others than most people do. In other words, ordinary levels of approval do not “move the needle” on their self-esteem. Some people with low self-acceptance try to bolster it by accomplishing great things. But this only helps your self-esteem for a while. That’s because achievement is a poor substitute for intimacy. In addition, these people are often under the impression that “taking it” when suffering is the main reflection of their value. It’s hard for them to believe in genuine caring, and when it does come their way, they are suspicious of it.

*Award-Winning Comic Book “FRONTIERS” Now Available on

FRONTIERS — winner of the 2017 “Best of Los Angeles” award for “Best Cyberpunk Comic Book” — is now available on! ( Created and written byGeoffrey Ashley, FRONTIERS has been called a “PULP FICTION STAR WARS” — fueled by sex, violence and sarcasm — which tells the story of a man destined to destroy humanity…and why that really isn’t such a bad thing. This sci-fi adventure comic for adults is drawn in a raw style and packed with action, romance and dark humor, all wrapped in a classic cyberpunk warning about corporations and technology run amok. And its anti-corporate and anti-authoritarian themes could not be more timely. Reviews and interview requests may be sent to dean(at) More information is available on the FRONTIERS website:

*The Duchess Yacht Enters Its 3rd Season Serving The Marina Del Rey Harbor

The Duchess Yacht (, an upscale Yacht Charter Service created by Captain Skip Rutzick three years ago, is enjoying overwhelming popularity serving the entire Marina Del Rey harbor. “It is incredible to watch the growth and the popularity of the Duchess,” said Rutzick. “We seem to be filling a void that must have existed, and we are very proud to be doing so. The Duchess Yacht is a beautiful and luxurious 63 ft. Motor Yacht, captained and crewed with well over 40 years on the water experience, while sporting endless comforts on the water. According to owner, Captain Skip, “The Duchess Yacht offers any type of Private Charter imaginable, from Harbor & Sunset Cruises, to Day Cruises, Water Sports Charters, Fishing Charters, Whale Watching and Dolphin Viewing Charters. Overnight Destination Charters to Catalina Island are popular, and cruises as far as San Francisco to the North and San Diego to the South while stopping at the Channel Islands in-between are available.” Marriage Proposals, Weddings at Sea, Memorial Charters are just a few more of the various events we do aboard The Duchess.


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