LBN – Special Report – Sunday February 12, 2017

North Korea Launches First Ballistic Missile Test of Trump’s Presidency:

A little more than a month after declaring that its government could launch an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) “anytime and anywhere,” North Korea has conducted a ballistic missile test, the first such test since President Donald Trump‘sinauguration last month. The missile, launched from the Panghyon area along in North Korea’s western sea coast, flew east in the direction of the Sea of Japan for roughly 500 kilometers (300 miles). The test, confirmed to Reuters by South Korean military officials, was assessed by the North’s democratic neighbor to have been conducted as “part of a show of force in response to the new U.S. administration’s hardline position against the North.” North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had declared in early January that the hermit kingdom was on the verge of conducting more sophisticated missile tests, and that “research and development of cutting edge arms equipment is actively progressing and ICBM rocket test launch preparation is in its last stage.”

Yale to Rename Calhoun College:

Yale University president Peter Salovey announced on Saturday that one of the university’s residential colleges, Calhoun College, will be renamed to honor Grace Murray Hopper, a Navy rear admiral who died in 1992. The college was initially named after John C. Calhoun, a Yale alumnus, but in recent years students and activists have protested the name due to Calhoun’s support for slavery. “The decision to change a college’s name is not one we take lightly,” Salovey said. “But John C. Calhoun’s legacy as a white supremacist and a national leader who passionately supported slavery as a ‘positive good’ fundamentally conflicts with Yale’s mission and values.” Hopper, a two-time yale graduate, was a pioneer in the field of computer science. She was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom last year.

Snowden’s Lawyer Denies Extradition Report:

NSA leaker Edward Snowden’s lawyer has denied NBC News’ report that Russia is considering “gifting” Snowden to PresidentDonald Trump by sending him back to the United States. “Russia has no legal basis to hand over Snowden,” Anatoly Kucherena, Snowden’s attorney in Russia, told Interfax. “All this talk is just ordinary speculation. Someone is indulging in wishful thinking.” Immediately following the NBC report, Snowden wrote on Twitter on Friday that “no country trades away spies, as the rest would fear they’re next.” Snowden’s residency license in the country was extended last month until 2020. The NBC report said an effort by Russia to extradite Snowden would be done in order to “curry favor” with Trump.

Trump: Wall Price Will Go ‘Way Down’:

President Donald Trump tweeted on Saturday that the price of the proposed wall on the southern border between the U.S. and Mexico will go “way down” after he negotiates. Trump’s tweet comes two days after Reuters reported that the wall could cost as much as $21.6 billion. “I am reading that the great border WALL will cost more than the government originally thought, but I have not gotten involved in the design or negotiations yet,” Trump said in a series of tweets. “When I do, just like with the F-35 FighterJet or the Air Force One Program, price will come WAY DOWN!”

Nordstrom Data: Ivanka Trump’s Brand Sales Plummeted:

Ivanka Trump’s brand sales at Nordstrom plummeted during the last fiscal year, according to internal data obtained by The Wall Street Journal. Sales declined by 32 percent last fiscal year and worsened as the presidential election last November neared. After Nordstrom announced it would no longer sell the materials—citing poor sales performance—boosters of President Donald Trump accused the department store chain of anti-Trump bias. Trump himself accused Nordstrom of treating his daughter “so unfairly.” Top White House aideKellyanne Conway drew fierce criticism over a likely government ethics violation when she said during a national TV appearance, “go buy Ivanka’s stuff.” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Conway was “counseled” after the flub.

Six Killed in Philippines Earthquake:

At least six people were killed and 100 others were injured late Friday when an earthquake rocked the Philippines, officials said. The 6.7-magnitude quake set off aftershocks which lasted 10 hours, an official with the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said. The town of Suriago was the most directly affected by the earthquake—homes and businesses were badly damaged, and electricity was cut off. Additionally, the local airport was shut down.

LBN-VIDEO LINK: “Without Notes” with Isabella Sinclaire – Episode 2: A remarkably revealing TV interview with the world’s most famous dominatrix.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: The state of Wyoming is the deadliest state for drinking and driving, with just over 13 drunk-driving fatalities for every 100,000 people occurring each year. New York experiences the least amount of drunk-driving fatalities, with only 2.06 per 100,000 residents.

LBN-VIDEO LINK: David Brooks PBS appearance – Trump Travel Ban:

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Amy Zimmerman: Tolstoy famously wrote that while “happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” The same can be said forreally bad movies. There’s no precise formula for a film that’s must-see in spite of itself. Poor acting, apathetic writing, and a complete and utter lack of narrative cohesion can only get you so far. Fifty Shades Darker took these prerequisites for a half-star review and added its own secret ingredients (Erotic oils? Ben Wa Balls? Pornographic landscape shots of Puget Sound?). Two hours later, it was clear that, between the masquerade ball and the nipple clamps, Director James Foley had stumbled upon his own brand of bad movie magic.  LikeTwilight, the YA series that writer E.L. James milked for BDSM inspiration, the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy belongs in the 50% off romance bin. Both series fall back on genre tropes, and proudly flout the Bechdel test. The main difference, of course, is PG versus R-rated content. As befitting its Mormon auteur, Twilight lustily describes its adolescent and perma-adolescent characters’ wet lips and hard cheekbones. Graphic sex, like clear, concise prose or painless dialogue, has no place in the Twilight universe. Still, readers of all ages were quick to pick up on the charged power dynamics between Bella, a virginal high school student, and Edward, a vampiric control freak. For fan fiction writers like James, these characters were easily transposed into adult-world, giving us Anastasia, a virginal college student, and Christian, an older dominant who’s into kinky shit (not sucking blood, exactly, but exacting pain). Twilight and Fifty Shades both wind up in the same place (happily ever after/the state of Washington), but take vastly different routes along the way.


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