Report: Flynn Offers Testimony for Immunity
According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, Mike Flynn, the former national security adviser for President Donald Trump, has informed the FBI and the House and Senate intelligence committees that he is willing to be interviewed in exchange for immunity from prosecution. Flynn was privy to information about foreign-policy deliberations and was involved in the discussions around possibly lifting Russian sanctions imposed by the Obama administration. Flynn was forced to resign after acknowledging he misled White House officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, about the topic of his phone conversations with the Russian ambassador during the White House transition period.
Haley: U.S. No Longer Focused on Getting Assad Out of Power in Syria
U.S. policy in Syria is no longer focused on removing Bashar al-Assad
from power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Thursday
, indicating a reversal from the previous administration. “You pick and choose your battles and when we’re looking at this, it’s about changing up priorities and our priority is no longer to sit there and focus on getting Assad out,”Nikki Haley
told reporters. “Do we think he’s a hindrance? Yes. Are we going to sit there and focus on getting him out? No,” she said. “We can’t necessarily focus on Assad the way that the previous administration did,” she said, adding that the new priority “is to really look at how do we get things done, who do we need to work with to really make a difference for the people in Syria.” Haley’s remarks drew strong criticism from Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham, who issued separate statements denouncing the comments. McCain said the new U.S. stance ignores the “tragic reality” Syrians face, as they are unable to decide their own fate while they are “being slaughtered.” Graham warned that the new policy would be a “great reward for Russia and Iran” and a “grave mistake.”
· The word “suicide” comes from two Latin roots, sui (“of oneself”) and cidium (“killing” or “slaying”).
· People have committed suicide in an endless variety of ways, including swallowing poisonous spiders, power-drilling holes in their heads, sticking hot pokers down their throats, choking on underwear, injecting peanut butter into their veins, crushing their necks in vices, and hurling themselves into vats of beer.
· In China, someone takes his or her own life on average every two minutes. China accounts for nearly a quarter of the global total of suicides with between 250,000 and 300,000 suicides a year.
· Among famous figures who committed suicide: Sigmund Freud, Cleopatra, Mark Antony, Brutus, Judas Iscariot, Hannibal, Nero, Virginia Wolf, Adolf Hitler, Ernest Hemingway, Sylvia Plath, Vincent van Gogh, Jack London, Dylan Thomas, Judy Garland, Rudolph Hess, Pontius Pilate, Socrates, and possibly Tchaikovsky, Elvis Presley, and Marilyn Monroe.
· It is more likely someone will die from suicide than from homicide. For every two people killed by homicide, three people die of suicide.
· Suicide is the 8th leading cause of death in the United States.
· The most common types of suicide include copycat, euthanasia, familicide, forced, honor, martyrdom, ritual, attack, and cop suicides.
· Experts believe that early exposure to child abuse may disrupt the proper development of communication pathways within the brain and, consequently, abuse victims are more likely than their peers to commit suicide.
· The spring months of March, April, and May have consistently shown to have the highest suicide rate, 4-6% higher than the average for the rest of the year. Christmas season is actually below average. Some studies suggest greater seasonality in suicides in rural rather than urban areas.
· The acne medication isotretinoin (Acutane) has been linked to a possible increase risk of suicide. The FDA requires Acutane to include a label warning that the product may be linked to suicide, depression, and psychosis.
· David Carradine, famous for his roles in the 1970s series Kung Fu and the Kill Bill movie trilogy, was found hanging in a hotel closet with a yellow nylon rope around his neck and a black rope around his genitals. Family members deny it was a suicide.
· Autoerotic asphyxiation, also know as sexual hanging, is a type of abnormal sexual behavior in which a person (usually a young male) tries to restrict the flow of oxygen to the brain (usually with a rope around the neck) while masturbating to enhance the sexual experience. The practice arose out of the observation that men executed by hanging often got an erection and sometimes ejaculated. The practice is mentioned in Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot.
· Some studies suggest a correlation between a sport team’s performance and fans’ suicide rates.
Netanyahu Orders New Settlement Slowdown
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Friday a slowdown for construction on land that Palestinians want for a state. The gesture, according to reports, was aimed at appeasing President Trump, who has requested that Israel make more of an effort to find peace with the Palestinians and ease up on disputed new settlements. At the same time, Netanyahu approved the construction of the first new settlement in West Bank in 20 years. He was reportedly compelled to demonstrate ceding to White House concerns that building settlements would potentially hinder the peace process. Netanyahu is reported to have told ministers he would take Trump’s position “into consideration.” No new outposts will be allowed, and construction will be limited to within settlement boundaries, local media reported.
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Report: Diplomats Told to ‘Avoid Eye Contact’ With Tillerson
President Trump’s secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, has been so cut off from his own diplomats during his tenure that employees have been told not to speak directly to him or even make eye-contact, according to new reports in The Washington Post. The former ExxonMobil chief executive reportedly takes a private elevator to his office, and he is rarely seen by State Department workers, including higher level career diplomats. Many have told the Post that they haven’t even met him, and Tillerson has on foreign trips broken with tradition in skipping over embassy stops that have for decades been morale-boosters under other administrations. According to the Post, Tillerson’s isolationist approach has created discord within his agency. Even still, one unnamed official said: “We’re rooting for our secretary of State to come around.” Others denied that characterization. “We are having absolutely no problem, I promise you, with access or accessibility” at the State Department or White House, said British Ambassador to the United States Kim Darroch.
Two Dems Will Vote To Confirm Gorsuch
Two Democratic Senators, Joe Manchin of West Virginia andHeidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, announced Thursday that they will be voting to approve Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. They are the first Democrats who have said they are supporting his nomination. Manchin called Gorsuch an “honest and thoughtful man” in a statement, saying “I hold no illusions that I will agree with every decision Judge Gorsuch may issue in the future, but I have not found any reasons why this jurist should not be a Supreme Court justice.” Heitkamp had similar praise: “He has a record as a balanced, meticulous, and well respected jurist who understands the rule of law,” she said in the statement. Some Democrats have promised to filibuster when the vote reaches the floor.
Porn Sites Want You to Watch Worry-Free:
Relax, your personal porn-watching habits will be protected. That’s the message from two of the world’s most popular adult internet sites — PornHub and YouPorn — following the passage of a bill on Tuesday in Congress that would allow internet service providers to sell browsing history and other data to marketers. “Here at Pornhub, with more than 70 million daily visitors, we wanted to continue our concerted effort to maximize the privacy of our users, ensuring that what they do on our platform remains strictly confidential,” said Corey Price, the website’s vice president. “With the switch to [Hypertext Transfer Protocol Service] we are able to protect their identity as well as safeguard them against exposure to malware by third parties.”
1 in 3 voters give President Trump a grade F:
After more than two months in office, America’s new president, Republican Donald Trump, got a grade of F from 1 in 3 voters, according to a new McClatchy-Marist Poll. By contrast, the same number graded predecessor Democrat Barack Obama’sperformance a B as he approached his 100th day in office. “Every time he speaks . . . it is so negative,” said Whitni Milton, 31, a professional singer from Atlanta who participated in the poll. “I have never seen someone who has riled up so many people.”
Ousted South Korean President Park Taken Into Custody
Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye
has been arrested and taken to a detention center over the bribery scandal that led to her ouster from power this month. A court approved her arrest earlier this week, with prosecutors alleging that she conspired with her longtime confidante Choi Soon-sil
to extort millions of dollars from major companies, including Samsung. A judge at the Seoul Central District Court issued the arrest warrant Friday
, saying Park might “destroy evidence” if allowed to remain free, The New York Times
reported. Park, removed from power on March 10 after the National Assembly voted to impeach her, has become the first democratically elected leader of South Korea to be sent to jail. She faces charges of bribery, extortion, and abuse of power.
Fight Against Unpaid Internships Makes Stacey Bendet “Angry”:
While unpaid internships in fashion might be over, thanks to theOlsen twins, Alice + Olivia designer Stacey Bendet believes they are crucial to finding fresh new talent. In a Facebook post linking to The Post’s article questioning if the practice of unpaid interns will continue in the face of high-profile lawsuits like the one actresses and fashion moguls Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s Dualstar Entertainment just settled by agreeing to pay $140,000 to 185 unpaid interns, Bendet wrote: “I read articles like this and I am angry. I am angry as a business owner, a mentor, and an executive who has supported internship programs that have given a start to future industry leaders.” The designer continued, “My first intern ended up becoming my vice president of design . . . the Olsens did not cause this lawsuit, our legal system did it. It saddens me that the focus becomes on the one negative versus the thousands maybe tens of thousands of talented young people who have gotten their foot in the door, their earliest training, and their start in the world of fashion through internship programs.”
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LBN-HEALTH WATCH: ***If you feel lonesome, you might have a harder time with acute illnesses like common colds, a new study finds. Researchers at Rice University discovered that people who are lonely are likely to feel lousier when fighting a cold than someone would who is in a relationship or surrounded by a vast network of friends. “Loneliness puts people at risk for premature mortality and all kinds of other physical illnesses,” says graduate student and study co-authorAngie LeRoy in a university release. “But nothing had been done to look at an acute but temporary illness that we’re all vulnerable to, like the common cold.”
LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “One of the most important but one of the most difficult things for a powerful mind is to be its own master.” —– www.TheExcelCommunity.com
, a brash shot-putter who became a superstar in an often-overlooked sport by mastering a technique that let him throw the 16-pound metal ball farther than anyone in his day, died on Sunday at home in Elgin, Ill. He was 71. His sister Lori Grimes confirmed the death. She said that he had heart and lung problems and diabetes.
***Media guru Elliot Mintz
and Apollonia last night at a photo exhibition at the Andraz Hotel honoring rock photographer Jimmy Steinfeldt’s
new photo book release **Julia Roberts
at Cookshop in Chelsea in NYC — and seeing “Dear Evan Hansen” with her kids. ***Ivanka Trump
at Bar Italia in NYC with her mother-in-law,Seryl Kushner
. ***“Modern Family” star Ty Burrell
at Benjamin Prime in NYC. ****Steven Van Zandt
at Feinstein’s/54 Below in NYC to see Monkees drummer Micky Dolenz
perform. ***Bobby Flay
and girlfriend Heléne Yorke
seeing new show “Significant Other”. ***Bella Hadid
at a dinner hosted by W Magazine fashion guruEdward Enninful
at Omar’s in NYC. ***Jessica Chastain
is taking some time off from promoting her new movie “The Zookeeper’s Wife,” in which she plays a World War II-era heroine, to celebrate her birthday. Chastain has been spotted enjoying her 40th at luxury resort the One&Only Palmilla in Los Cabos, Mexico. The pretty redhead was seen hanging around at the pool and dining at Agua by Larbi restaurant with her fiancé Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo and some pals.
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LBN-COMMENTARY by DAVID BROOKS:
In 1981 the philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre
opened his book “After Virtue” with a passage that is now famous. Imagine if we lost the theoretical coherence of science. Imagine if we still used scientific words like neutrino and atomic weight, but had no overall framework to explain how they fit together. That’s the state of our moral discourse today, he suggested. We still use words describing virtue and vice, but without any overall metaphysics. Religious frameworks no longer organize public debate. Secular philosophies that grew out of the Enlightenment have fallen apart. We have words and emotional instincts about what feels right and wrong, but no settled criteria to help us think, argue and decide. That diagnosis seemed accurate to many people, and it seemed to point toward a culture of easygoing relativism. With no common criteria by which to judge moral action we’d all become blandly nonjudgmental — sort of chill, pluralistic versions of Snoop Dogg: You do you and I’ll do me and we’ll all be cool about it. Whatever feels right. But that’s not what’s happened. We haven’t entered the age of milquetoast bourgeois relativism. Instead, society has become a free-form demolition derby of moral confrontation: the cold-eyed fanaticism of students at Middlebury College and other campuses nationwide; the rage of the alt-right; holy wars over transgender bathrooms; the furious intensity at every town-hall meeting on every subject.
LBN-COMMENTARY by ANDREW KIRELL: Few musicians have had as long a streak of rock classics as Bruce Springsteen. Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. is the Dylanesque debut that spawned some of the Boss’s signature songs; The Wild, the Innocent, & the E Street Shuffle is a hallowed exercise in manic party music; Born to Run is among the greatest rock records ever; so is Darkness on the Edge of Town; The River is a double-disc rock milestone; Nebraska practically invented the lo-fi rock genre; Born in the U.S.A. is what catapulted Bruce to pop stardom; and Tunnel of Love was his epochal divorce record. But too often overlooked was his ninth record: Lucky Town.
LBN-COMMENTARY by STEPHANIE COONTZ: Millennials, generally defined as people born between 1982 and 2000, were supposed to be the generation that forged what has been called “a new national consensus” in favor of gender equality. Indeed, in February the prominent Columbia professor Jeffrey Sachs labeled the 2016 election, where an extremely qualified female candidate lost to a man with a history of disrespecting women, “a blip” on the road to the egalitarian society that will be achieved once millennial voters outnumber their conservative elders. But the millennial category lumps together everybody from age 17 to 34, a group varied by race, ethnicity, religion, income, education and life experience. Don’t think for a second they are united. As a set of reports released Friday by the Council on Contemporary Families reveals, fewer of the youngest millennials, those aged 18 to 25, support egalitarian family arrangements than did the same age group 20 years earlier.
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LBN SPOTLIGHT: GoFundMe or Pray For – Addy Wardrope: Addy Wadrope has SCN8A – a disease which can encompass learning disabilities to severe mental retardation to even unexplained epileptic death. Addy is 1 of 2 children to ever have this specific gene mutation. Right now she’s fighting for her life (having multiple seizures a day at times). A GoFundMe page can be found help pay for Addy’s medical expenses – https://www.gofundme.com/addysmedical – Even if you do not wish to contribute, please feel free to offer prayers or thoughts of love to Addy’s Family who’ve never left her side since her nightmare began.
LBN-OVERHEARD: ****Actress and lifestyle guru Gwyneth Paltrow’s cookbooks may be recipes for disaster, according to a report. Questionable advice from the “Shallow Hal” actress on how to prepare chicken could put people at risk for food poisoning, experts claim. For example, there’s no “safe endpoint temperature” in her rotisserie-style chicken in her book “My Father’s Daughter” according to North Carolina State University Professor Ben Chapman, who said the thermometer should reach 165 degrees Fahrenheit to ensure you destroy disease causing bacteria, The Sun reported. Paltrow also dispenses bad advice in her cookbook “It’s All Good” when she recommends washing raw chicken, experts said.
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