LBN – Special Report – Saturday March 18, 2017

Report: Canadian Border Patrol Detaining Record Number of Mexicans:

The first 67 days of 2017 saw a huge spike in the number of Mexicans detained by Canadian border authorities, with more detentions made in that time than in any of the three previous years, Reuters reported Saturday. The influx of Mexican citizens, which comes after the Canadian government removed visa requirements, comes as more and more immigrants shift their focus from the U.S. to Canada in light of President Donald Trump’s ongoing crackdown on immigration. Between Jan. 1 and March 8, the Canada Border Services Agency detained 444 Mexican citizens – compared to 410 for all of 2016 and 351 for 2015, the report said. Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Minister Ahmed Hussen said the situation is being closely monitored. But he warned that it would be “premature to draw conclusions or to speculate on future policy at this point,” according to Camielle Edwards, his spokeswoman. It was not immediately clear on what grounds the 444 Mexicans were detained, but the CBSA can detain foreign citizens if they pose a threat to the public, if their identity is unclear or if they are unlikely to appear for immigration proceedings in court.

Trump: Germany Owes ‘Vast Sums’ to NATO:

President Trump on Saturday took to Twitter to proclaim that Germany better pay up to NATO for the “vast sums” it owes. Despite describing his meeting with German ChancellorAngela Merkel as “great,” he said, “Germany owes vast sums of money to NATO,” adding that “the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to Germany.” Trump’s latest comments on the matter follow repeated warnings from Trump to NATO allies that the U.S. might withdraw support for the alliance if other countries don’t pay up for defense spending. In January, Trump angered European leaders by blasting NATO as “obsolete” and complaining that member countries weren’t “paying what they’re supposed to be paying.”

Police Fatally Shoot Attacker at Paris Airport:

Thousands of people were evacuated at France’s Orly Airport on Saturday after a man seized a soldier’s weapon, prompting police to fatally shoot him. French Defense MinisterJean-Yves Le Drian said the man attacked a patrol of three soldiers, wrestling one of them to the ground in a bid to take her weapon. The two other soldiers promptly opened fire. Authorities have determined that the attacker was also involved in an earlier incident near the airport in which he fired birdshot at police officers during a traffic stop and hijacked a civilian’s car. It was not immediately clear what the man’s motive was, but Interior Minister Bruno Le Roux said he was known by both police and the country’s intelligence service. Anti-terrorism investigators have taken over the probe into the attack, according to the Paris prosecutor’s office. The interior ministry reassured on Twitter that “the events this morning at the airport caused no injuries.” Authorities took no chances with the latest incident and sent explosives experts to the airport to make sure the attacker didn’t plant any bombs in the vicinity. By about noon local time, authorities had completed their searches of the airport and allowed passengers who had been blocked on board arriving flights during the panic to disembark.


YIKES – WH Fence Jumper Roamed Grounds for 16 Minutes:

The Secret Service acknowledged on Friday that 26-year-old Jonathan T. Tran who leapt the White House fence last Friday night was inside the secured perimeter for almost 17 minutes before being taken into custody near the South Porticoentrance. He was reportedly carrying mace at the time. In a letter Friday to Acting U.S. Secret Service Director William J. Callahan, House Committee on Oversight on Government Reform chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz said his panel had received potentially troubling allegations about security protocols pertaining to the incident. “I worry this is the worst one yet,” Chaffetz said. “The time on the White House grounds really concerns me. With the President in the White House the intruder was evidently able to hide behind a pillar and get to a door undetected. The problem has persisted for years and is totally unacceptable. It scares me.”

Tesla Discontinuing Its Least-Expensive Model:

Tesla is planning to discontinue its least expensive versions of the Model S next month. Electrek reported on Friday that the American automaker warned potential buyers of its discontinuation, which will take effect on April 16, 2017. Both the Model S 60 and 60D, which were the least-expensive models available from Tesla—starting at $68,000—will be affected by the change. The reason for this move, the company said, is to streamline their offerings because customers have been opting for higher-powered batteries available in other models, but only available in the Model S 60 or 6D for a fee.

LBN-NOTICED:   ***Media expert and author Michael Levineat the Ace Hotel in downtown L.A. for last night’s St. Patrick’s Day Van Morrison sold out concert.   ***Damon Wayans dining alone at Carmine’s in Times Square in NYC.   ***Elvis Duranvacationing with boyfriend Alex Carr at the $20,000 La Casa Villa at Jumby Bay resort in Antigua. ***Jimmy Fallon watching the Nets defeat the Knicks with his niece and nephew at Madison Square Garden in NYC.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Arthur Brooks: When is politics like a tree? If you study and write about happiness as I do, you become attuned to patterns. For instance, when I walk into a workplace, I can usually tell, based on my first few conversations, if the environment is happy or not. And in the past couple of years, I have noticed a happiness pattern that relates to politics. Namely, the people most in the know tend to be unhappier than those who pay less attention. I subjected thisobservation to a bit of analysis, and sure enough, the numbers bear it out. I analyzed the 2014 data from the General Social Survey collected by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago to see how attention to politics is associated with life satisfaction. The results were significant. Even after controlling for income, education, age, gender, race, marital status and political views, being “very interested in politics” drove up the likelihood of reporting being “not too happy” about life by about eight percentage points. My results did not prove causality: People who pay close attention to politics might also tend to have some latent source of unhappiness. But behavioral science shows that the link might just be causal through what psychologists call “external locus of control,” which refers to a belief that external forces (such as politics) have a large impact on one’s life. An external locus of control brings unhappiness. Three social psychologists showed this in a famous 2004 paper published in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Review. Studying surveys of college students over several decades and controlling for life circumstances and demographics, they compared people who associated their destinies with luck and outside forces with those who believed they were more in control of their lives. They conclude that an external locus is correlated with worse academic achievement, more stress and higher levels of depression.

LBN-COMMENTARY by JULIE REHMEYER and DAVID TULLER: What are some of the treatment regimens that sufferers of chronic fatigue syndrome should follow? Many major medical organizations cite two: psychotherapy and a steady increase in exercise. There’s just one problem. The main study that has been cited as proof that patients can recover with those treatments overstated some of its results. In reality, the claim that patients can recover from these treatments is not justified by the data. That’s the finding of a peer-reviewed preliminary re-analysis of previously unpublished data from the clinical trial, the largest ever for chronic fatigue syndrome. Nicknamed the PACE trial, the core findings of the British study appeared in The Lancet in 2011 and Psychological Medicine in 2013. Patients battled for years to obtain the underlying data, and last spring, a legal tribunal in Britain, the General Regulatory Chamber, directed the release of some of the study’s information. The impact of the trial on treatment options for the estimated one million chronic fatigue patients in the United States has been profound. The Mayo Clinic, Kaiser Permanente, WebMD, the American Academy of Family Physicians and others recommend psychotherapy and a steady increase in exercise. But this approach can be harmful. According to a 2015 report from the Institute of Medicine, now the National Academy of Medicine, even minimal activity can cause patients prolonged exhaustion, muscle pain, cognitive problems and more. In severe cases, a short conversation or a trip to the bathroom can deplete patients for hours, days or more. In surveys, patients routinely report deterioration after a program of graded exercise. The psychotherapeutic intervention also encourages patients to increase their activity levels.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Charles Krauthammer : The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, but for governments it’s not that easy. Once something is given — say, health insurance coverage to 20 million Americans — you take it away at your peril. This is true for any government benefit, but especially for health care. There’s a reason not one Western democracy with some system of national health care has ever abolished it. The genius of the left is to keep enlarging the entitlement state by creating new giveaways that are politically impossible to repeal. For 20 years, Republicans railed against the New Deal. Yet, when they came back into office in 1953, Eisenhower didn’t just keep Social Security, he expanded it.  People hated Obamacare for its highhandedness, incompetence and cost. At the same time, its crafters took great care to create new beneficiaries and new expectations. Which makes repeal very complicated.


LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Comedian Artie Lange — a formerHoward Stern sidekick who has battled drug addiction in the past — was busted for possession of heroin and cocaine near his Hoboken home, police said Friday. The 49-year-old funnyman was arrested Sunday in the parking garage of his building at 14th Street and Shipyard Lane, according to the Hoboken Police Department. “Hey guys. I was arrested. I’m doing great. Physically too!” Lange tweeted Friday. “I’m such a flawed person guys. Tryin!”

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