LBN – Special Report – Saturday, August 12th 2017

*TAKE IT DOWN A NOTCH – China’s Xi Urges Trump to Use ‘Restraint’ on North Korea


Chinese President Xi Jinping has appealed to PresidentTrump to exercise “restraint” in his back-and-forth saber-rattling with North Korea. In a phone call between the two leaders on Saturday, Xi urged Trump to “avoid words and deeds that would exacerbate the tension on the Korean Peninsula,” state-run China Central Television reported. The call came on the heels of Trump’s Friday declaration that the U.S. is “locked and loaded” for a potential military showdown with Pyongyang, where leader Kim Jong Un has threatened to launch missiles at the U.S. territory of Guam. The ongoing war of words has spurred fears that the aggressive rhetoric will lead to a full-blown war, with Trump repeatedly hinting at missile strikes on North Korea amid reports the country’s nuclear capabilities are much more advanced than initially thought.


*Al Qaeda has drawn a bullseye on a new American target: Subway trains


Al Qaeda is about to take on a new target — America’s trains — in an upcoming edition of its terror magazine, Inspire. Issue No. 17 is headlined, “Train Derail Operations,” and will spell out ways to create rail disasters in a transportation system that lacks the stiff security procedures of airline travel. It’s competing Sunni extremists group, the Islamic State, for more than a year has advocated using vehicles to mow down innocents. Its murderous followers have weaponized vehicles in Nice, Berlin and London, creating hundred of deaths and injuries.

*Judge Tosses DJ’s Case Against Taylor Swift In Groping Trial

A judge has reportedly thrown out David Mueller’s case against Taylor Swift on Friday arguing that the radio DJ has no proof that her allegations of groping cost him his job. The trial, which had been going on for the past four days, centered around an incident during a 2013 meet-and-greet after a Denver concert where Swift alleged that Mueller groped her buttocks. Mueller denied the claim and sued Swift for $3 million. In turn, Swift countersued for just $1 in order to prove a point about sexual assault. U.S. District Judge William Martinezdetermined that Swift could not be held liable because Swift did not appear to set out to get Mueller fired.

*Bryan Cranston and wife caught having sex on a train

Maybe Bryan Cranston and his wife should’ve run out of steam sooner. After the couple got married in 1989, they tried to make the most of their honeymoon by having sex on the train that was transporting them from Switzerland to Italy. Prior to boarding, however, their travel agent clued them in on a fun fact about the ride. “The travel agent said, ‘By the way, the third tunnel is 50 minutes long. It’s tradition for honeymooners to take advantage of that time,’” Cranston recalled on “Conan” Thursday. “I said, ‘Capiche.’ We’re doing this, much to my wife’s chagrin. I said, ‘Are you ready to use up seven calories?’” The train that Cranston and wife Robin Deardentook carried not only passengers but also their cars, so the famous couple remained in their vehicle the whole time — surrounded by other cars with families in them. When the train entered the third tunnel, it was as dark as the travel agent had described. “It was an absence of light,” Cranston recalled. “You couldn’t see your hand in front of your face … It was exciting.” Unfortunately, the couple’s X-rated activities didn’t turn out as planned. “All of a sudden within a short period of time I start seeing the features of my beautiful wife’s face, and I’m thinking my eyes are getting acclimated to this,” Cranston shared, before adding that the train entered “broad daylight” while they were both completely naked. “The children in front are turning around and their grandmother’s like, ‘No no no no.’ She gives me a look like, ‘You! How? No!’” he said. He ended his horror story by revealing his wife’s reaction. “My gorgeous wife says to me those three words you always want to hear: ‘Get off me.’”



*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***There will be a standing room only crowd of L.A. media types and influencers on hand Monday night for “City Talk” featuring guest of honorAdam Carolla in a private room at the popular Baltaire restaurant in Brentwood. Carolla is in the process of making a new documentary movie with friend and fellow talk show hostDennis Prager titled “Safe Spaces” about the snow-flake movement on U.S. campuses.

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Rappers Drake and Future are named in a $25 million lawsuit filed by a woman who claims that their negligence partly led to her alleged rape at a 2016 concert in Nashville. The Bridgestone Arena, the touring companies behind the concert, and the company that provided security for the event—where Drake and Future headlined—are also named in the lawsuit. The woman, identified only as Jane Doe in the lawsuit filed earlier this week, says she was approached by “a man associated with Bridgestone Arena” at the show before following him backstage after being told she was going to meet the performers. Instead, she says, the man—later identified as Leavy Johnson—pushed her to the ground and “violently assaulted her,” the lawsuit alleges. Johnson was reportedly later arrested by Nashville police and charged with rape over the incident.

*WHO READS LBN? Artist Maya Lin

*LBN-SEE IT: Allbirds shoes are popular with those working in Silicon Valley


*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Bill Murray at Gallagher’s Steakhouse in Midtown NYC eating a seafood tower at the bar. He couldn’t finish it, so he offered some of the shrimp, crab and lobster to other strangers sitting at the bar before he walked across the street to see “Groundhog Day”.   ***The stars were out in full force on David Geffen’s $300 million yacht last week, which played host to the likes of Oprah WinfreyDiane Sawyer, andGayle King. Geffen’s boat was anchored off the luxurious Verdura Resort in Sicily, where Google’s exclusive three-day summer camp is held every year.  The annual event is held at the $1,770-a-night resort, but it was Geffen’s 454-foot boat where a slew of celebrities decided to play instead.  Geffen posted pictures of his famous crew’s week together in Italy, where he was also joined by designer Diane Von Furstenberg, actress Julianna Margulies, and Disney CEO Bob Iger.


“Without Notes” with Susan Estrich – Episode 1: The Early Years  ——- —— Welcome to Episode 1 of the television interview show “Without Notes” with our guest, Susan Estrich, an American lawyer, professor, author, political operative, political commentator, and feminist advocate.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES:  Vegetarianism

Several studies show that a plant-based diet increases the body’s metabolism, causing the body to burn calories up to 16% faster than the body would on a meat-based diet for at least the first 3 hours after meals. A number of researchers argue that while the human body is capable of digesting meat, our bodies are actually designed to be herbivores. For example, the human molars are similar to those of an herbivore, flat and blunt, which make them good for grinding, not gnashing and tearing. The first Vegetarian Society was formed in England in 1847. The society’s goal was to teach people that it is possible to be healthy without eating meat. In 2012, the Los Angeles city council unanimously approved a resolution that all Mondays in the City of Angels will be meatless. The measure is part of an international campaign to reduce the consumption of meat for health and environmental reason. Americans consume more meat than almost anyone else in the world. The average American eats approximately 222 pounds of meat per year. This does not include seafood.


*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***Katie Couric, who is stepping down as Yahoo global news anchor, has left CAA for WME.   ***Christine Evangelista, star of E! drama The Arrangement, has signed with UTA.   ***This Is Us executive producer Ken Olin has signed with WME.   ***Cara Delevigne’s older sisterPoppy Delevigne, who will appear in Kingsman: The Golden Circle, has signed with WME and IMG Model.   ***The new documentary Never Stop Dreaming: The Life and Legacy of Shimon Peres, about the late president and onetime prime minister of Israel recently landed some heavies: former President Barack Obamaand Barbra Streisand. Oscar-winning Richard Trank (father of filmmaker Josh Trank) was tapped to direct the film that began production in January 2016 for Moriah Films, the documentary arm of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. The team, personally requested by Peres and his family, includes Oscar-winning Rabbi Marvin Hier, the center’s founder. Trank says 60 hours of “exclusive and intimate footage were filmed before Peres died in September. After Obama’s mid-July interview, Trank and Heir presented him with a copy of the Gremlich letter, sometimes


Freeloaders: Panhandling  ——

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Ken Kaiser, a no-nonsense umpire who was unafraid over his colorful 23-year major league career to confront players and managers, but who lost his job during a misguided labor action by his union, died on Tuesday in Rochester. He was 72. His son John Kaiser said the cause was most likely congestive heart failure. Kaiser also had diabetes.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK:  Brooks and Marcus on Trump’s threats for North Korea, thanks for Putin —– New York Times columnist David Brooks and Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including President Trump’s tough words for North Korea over its nuclear threat, as well as his thanking Russian PresidentVladimir Putin for expelling hundreds of U.S. diplomats, plus his attacking Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. ——-

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT : “Education is when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get if you don’t.” —–



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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Lizzy Crocker: If women like pillow talk after sex and men desire a nap, they are united by healthy post-coital cravings of cigarettes and Chinese takeout.  That’s according to long-standing gender tropes, facilitated by bad Hollywood movies and worse romance novels. The allure of smoking between the sheets post-coitus has been a fixture in films and on television for so long that it has hardened into cliché. (When was that last time you reached for a pack of Marlboros after collapsing in orgasm?) It’s a rare thing to find a sitcom that hasn’t riffed on these stereotypes: a woman whispering sweet nothings to her male partner, only to have the camera pan out, revealing that he’s drifted to sleep, satisfied and disinterested. But if a new Yelp survey is to be believed—and one can’t help but take it with a chunk of salt—young people these days exhaust themselves in bed with a “summer fling” and reach for the… pizza.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Tom Brokaw: This year is the 75th anniversary of one of most shameful acts in American history. In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 two months after the Pearl Harbor attack, consigning more than 110,000 Japanese-Americans on the West Coast to crudely constructed concentration camps in remote areas. Without hard evidence or due process, the targets of 9066 were considered “security risks,” even though young Japanese-American men were volunteering for military service and many of their elders were appalled by the militaristic mania that had taken over Tokyo. Japanese-American businessmen, farmers, fishermen, educators and doctors, even Japanese-Americans who fought for the United States in World War I, were sneeringly lumped together under a denigrating shorthand: Japs. This summer I attended a reunion of camp survivors and their offspring at Heart Mountain, a barren slice of north-central Wyoming where 10,000 Japanese-Americans lived in primitive barracks surrounded by barbed wire, watched over by armed guards.