LBN – Special Report – Monday August 7th, 2017

*Tillerson Vows Response to Russia’s Purge of U.S. Diplomats

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says he’s warned Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that Washington is preparing a response to Moscow’s decision to expel U.S. diplomats. Speaking on the sidelines of the ASEAN forum in Manila on Monday, Tillerson said he met with Lavrov and asked “several clarifying questions” about the Kremlin’s decision to expel American diplomats last month, a retaliatory move for Washington’s latest sanctions against Moscow. He said he told Lavrov the Trump administration would respond to the measure by Sept. 1. Tillerson said he also made it clear to Lavrov that Russia’s election meddling had led to “serious mistrust” and “damaged the relationship between the U.S. and the American people and the Russian people.”

*Debris From MV-22 Osprey Aircraft Crash Located

Debris from the U.S. military’s MV-22 Osprey hybrid aircraft that crashed over the weekend in Australia has been located. The Australian navy said the submerged debris was discovered about 400 miles northwest of Brisbane. Twenty-six military personnel were aboard the aircraft when it crashed Saturday, during joint military exercises with Australian defense forces. Twenty-three were rescued, and three U.S. Marines were declared missing. The search for the Marines was called offSunday.

*N. Korea Vows ‘Thousands-Fold’ Revenge on U.S. Over Sanctions

North Korea has threatened “righteous” revenge against the U.S., following new United Nations sanctions in response to Pyongyang’s recent intercontinental ballistic missile tests. In a statement circulated by state-run media, North Korea said the economic sanctions passed over the weekend constitute a “violent violation of our sovereignty” and a “heinous plot to isolate and stifle” the reclusive regime. The new sanctions could considerably slash the country’s $3 billion in export revenue. Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, called the measures “the single largest economic sanctions package ever leveled” against Pyongyang.

*Former Phillies All-Star Darren Daulton Dies at Age 55

Former Philadelphia Phillies catcher Darren Daulton diedSunday at the age of 55, following a four-year battle with brain cancer. Daulton was a three-time All-Star, and played a total of 14 seasons for the Phillies, including leading the team to the 1993 National League championship. “Darren was a true leader of men,” Phillies Chairman Emeritus Bill Giles said in a team statement. “In addition to being an outstanding clubhouse leader, he was also a fighter. He battled through five knee operations to become an All-Star.”


*Jenny Deason Copeland, Nixon Era Expert, Releases New Book, “Tiananmen West”

Jenny Deason Copeland spent over three decades researching her theories on why Richard Nixon ordered the Kent State Massacre in her newly released book “Tiananmen West.” In his autobiography, Nixon confessed to ordering the massacre but the stated reason “for foreign policy considerations” left out any details. Copeland has used FOIA research to help flesh out what those details might have been. Available from Amazon in both e-book and paperback formats.

*Deadly Heat Wave Cripples Parts of Europe

A record heat wave brought many parts of Europe to its knees over the weekend, killing at least two people and sparking wildfires. Serbia, Romania, Croatia, and parts of Spain, France, and Italy have been hit the hardest, with authorities issuing travel restrictions and advising residents to stay indoors during the day. Much of Spain was placed under emergency alert, with temperatures above 110 degrees. Serbians have been advised to avoid alcohol and physical exertion, and two people in Romania have been reported dead. The freakishly high temperatures—which have regularly surpassed 100 degrees—have destroyed crops and crippled transportation systems. Train tracks were warped in southern Serbia, while electrical demand in Poland surged so high authorities warned of infrastructure failures and sent public workers home early.


Federal Emergency Declared at Love Canal in New York (1978)

In the 1940s and 50s, an abandoned canal in Niagara Falls, New York, became a dumping ground for chemical waste. It was later filled in, and after the land was given to the city of Niagara Falls by the chemical company, houses and an elementary school were built there. By the late 1970s, toxic chemicals had risen to the surface, and residents were found to have a high incidence of chromosome damage. A federal emergency was declared in 1978, and residents were evacuated.


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*Fox News’ Eric Bolling Suspended After Sexting Investigation

Former Fox contributor Caroline Heldman wrote a lengthy and detailed post on Facebook about how Eric Bolling allegedly sexually harassed her. She writes, “[Bolling] said he wanted to fly me out to New York for in-studio hits and to have ‘fun.’ He asked me to have meals with him on several occasions, but I found excuses not to go.” She adds “Once, he took me up to his office in New York, showed me his baseball jerseys, and in the brief time I was there, let me know that his office was his favorite place to have sex.” Fox News has since suspended host Eric Bolling pending the results of its investigation of his sending lewd photos to three female colleagues.


There is a debate in Washington over federal public lands and their ownership, but for us, it is not a debate. Every day the United States loses 6,000 acres of open space and wilderness to development. If federal lands were sold to the states, it’s highly likely that states would sell the lands to private developers for oil drilling and mining operations, making them unavailable to the public. Land that we all enjoy could soon be inaccessible for hiking, hunting, and camping. Join ‘Saving the West” in the fight to ensure that public lands stay open for all of us. 



LBN – Editor’s Film Recommendation: Foxcatcher

Friends of mine have argued that this film feels empty, that the characters actions were unsubstantiated and pointless. I’d like to think that while some of their actions were most definitely unjustified, they still managed to be representative of the obsession associated with pursuing the “American dream”, and being the best at any one thing. Few sports are as intimate and dependent on the individual as wrestling, which in this case serves to emphasize the importance Americans place on individuality and, in some ways, even egalitarianism. Bennett Miller, the film’s director, chooses to focus extensively onChanning Tatum’s mesmerizing portrayal of Mark Schultzand the time he has spent living under his more successful brother’s shadow to further emphasize this idea. In doing so, he encourages audiences to ask why people pursue the “American dream” and for whom, if not themselves. Steve Carrell’s turn as John DuPont and Tatum’s as Schultz reflect the emptiness that comes with said pursuit when achieved without purpose and someone to share that achievement with. The film’s final moments are confusing. They drive you to question why Miller would ever turn this horrifying true story into a film that practically fictionalizes the complex personalities upon which it is based. The events that shaped the story are treated as an afterthought, but I’m totally okay with that. Maybe it’s because of the film’s amazing performances, somber score or bleak cinematography. I’m not really sure, to be honest with you. What I do know is that I found it hard to turn away from and that I’d (fox)catch this film on my VOD service again.