LBN – Special Report – Sunday, May 28th, 2017

*Statue of ‘Lady Justice’ Removed From Bangladesh Supreme Court After Islamist Objections

Bangladeshi authorities have dismantled a statue of a woman meant to personify Lady Justice outside the country’s Supreme Court amid objections from Islamic hard-liners. After the statue was the subject of protests by the Islamic organization Hefazat-e-Islam last month, workers quietly removed the statue on Friday. The group had argued that the statue encouraged idol worship, which is prohibited in Islam. Mrinal Haque, the Bangladeshi sculptor behind the statue, told The New York Times he was ordered by the Supreme Court to get rid of it only five months after erecting it. Haque called the decision “an alarming signal for our country” and warned that it would lead to a wider crackdown on art from Islamist groups. Mujibur Rahman Hamidi, the joint secretary of Hefazat’s branch in Dhaka, has already called for statues throughout the country to be removed. “No sculpture can be on the roadside or outside the temple,” he told The New York Times. “If anyone wants to build any statue outside a temple in the future, the Muslims of Bangladesh will prevent it,” he said. Since the group’s rise to prominence in 2013, Hefazat has also demanded a “ban on foreign culture, including free mixing of men and women,” the separation of boys and girls in schools and the death penalty for anyone guilty of blaspheming Islam or the prophet Muhammad.

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*Uber CEO’s Mother Killed in Boating Accident

The mother of Uber’s top executive has been killed in a boating accident in California in what the company described as an “unspeakable tragedy” on Saturday. CEO Travis Kalanick’smother, Bonnie Kalanick, was in a boat with Kalanick’s father,Donald, when authorities say it hit a rock and sank on Friday afternoon. The two were found on the shore of Pine Flat Lake in Fresno County, and Kalanick’s mother was reportedly dead when rescuers arrived. It was not immediately clear if she drowned or died from injuries caused by the collision. Kalanick’s father was hospitalized with moderate injuries. After initially being listed in serious condition, he had reportedly stabilized by Saturday afternoon. While Kalanick has not yet issued a statement on the tragedy, Uber offered its condolences in a statement on Saturday. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Travis and his family in this heartbreaking time,” the ride-hailing service said. Authorities in Fresno say an investigation into the incident is underway, with an autopsy planned for Sunday.
*Gregg Allman of Allman Brothers Band Dies at 69

The Allman Brother’s Band cofounder Greg Allman has died at age 69, after surviving an early battle with substance abuse, a hepatitis C diagnosis, and a liver transplant. The band’s cofounder, Duane Allman, died in 1971 in a motorcycle accident. The band became famous for rock’n’blues classics like “Midnight Rider,” “Melissa,” “Ramblin’ Man,” and “Whipping Post.” Allman was born in Nashville in 1947, but just two years later his father was shot and killed while helping a hitchhiker. At the age of 27, Allman married Cher and had one child with her—Elijah Blue Allman.


·  Americans eat 13 billion hamburgers each year, which is enough to circle the earth more than 32 times.
·  Lower income people eat more junk food than more affluent people. Scientists suggest that extreme economic uncertainty makes it less likely that someone will prepare for a long-term, healthy diet.
·  Eating junk food alters the brain activity in a way similar to addictive drugs do, such as cocaine and heroin.
·  A single fast-food hamburger can contain meat from hundreds, or even thousands, of different cattle.

·  Four out of five children recognize the Mcdonald’s logo by the time they are three years old, which is before some of them know their own names.

·  The father of pizza is considered to be Rafaele Espositofrom Italy. He wanted his pizza to look like the Italian flag, so he topped his pizza with green basil, white mozzarella, and red tomatoes.

· Eating too much junk food while pregnant can also lead to gestational diabetes

·  Mothers-to-be who eat junk food during pregnancy increase the likelihood that their children will eat unhealthy as well.

·  In Japan, eel and squid are popular pizza toppings.

·  Over 1 billion pizzas are delivered in the United States every year. More pizzas are delivered on Super Bowl Sunday than on any other day of the year.

·  Chick-fil-A sells more than 1.64 billion chicken nuggets every year. That would be more than 5 nuggets for each person in the U.S.

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is the richest he’s ever been, and he’s inching closer to becoming the world’s richest person as Amazon stock continues to hit all-time highs. Bezos was the biggest dollar gainer of the week through May 26. His net worth increased by $2.8 billion, bringing him to an all-time high of $84.7 billion as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently the third richest person in the world, Bezos is less than $4 billion away from unseating Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates, who’s the world’s wealthiest person with an estimated $88.5 billion fortune.

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Zuhdi Jasser – A Real American Hero (Who just happens to be Muslim) —–

*LBN-R.I.P.:   Jim Bunning, a baseball legend who also served in Congress, has died at the age of 85. The Hall of Fame pitcher’s death comes after he suffered a stroke last October, and his family said he died late Friday of complications. Over his 17-year baseball career, Bunning played for the Detroit Tigers, the Phillies, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Los Angeles Dodgers. He made his mark on the game, going down in history as one of only 23 major league players to throw a perfect game. After leaving baseball behind, he served six consecutive terms in the U.S. House of Representatives starting in 1986 and served in the Senate from 1998 to 2010. Bunning leaves behind his wife, Mary, the couple’s nine children, 35 grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren, ESPN reports.

*LBN-BOOK NEWS:   ***Heidi Klum has stripped for a risqué new book featuring many never-before-seen snaps of the supermodel’s most private moments. “We should be celebrating a woman’s body,” Klum has said. “It doesn’t matter what age they are.” Photographer Rankin shot Klum, 43, for the tome “Heidi Klum by Rankin,” which was released Friday and is selling for $134 at Marc Jacobs’ ritzy Greenwich Village store Bookmarc.
*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Scarlett Johannson having a smoke while receiving a ping pong lesson from Jonathan Rhys Meyers in Match Point. —–

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Colin Fleming: One of the great perks of being a Beatles buff is that the band left plenty of unalloyed masterpieces, and a couple of dark horses, that make for a lot of fun arguments you can have in your head, changing course when need be and reversing field like your last series of thoughts existed for the sole purpose of creating totally oppositional ones. That’s a pretty Beatle-y conceit, as if you’ve passed through that Sea of Holes in Yellow Submarine, with your previously held opinions shape-shifting in the process.  It’s not the case now, but as we mark the 50th anniversary of the June 2, 1967 release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, it’s worth noting that from the time of that release until, say, the mid-1990s, this was the album you were told was, far and away, the best album that had ever been released. To question this was to go against a veritable rock and roll Commandment in which it was writ: The Band Leader Hereforth Known as Sgt. Pepper Presides Over the Greatest Musical Platter There Ever Shall Be.  As a kid, I spent an ungodly amount of time ranking the Beatles’ albums in my head. I never had Pepper first, but I always had a qualifier for my argument, which we shall come to. I started getting into the band hardcore in the early 1990s, so I was there to watch this shift away from Pepper and toward Revolver and Rubber Soul, the two albums that preceded it. A lot of that shift seemed to come from the UK, with magazines like the solid Q and the stolid MOJO really stumping for those earlier albums.  It took longer in America. If there was a poll of the best ever albums, it seemed a fait accompli that Pepper would top it. It was just a given. This was the rock record that went beyond rock records, whose import had as much—or more—to do with its timing, what it meant in the fabric of 1960s culture, what it suggested about possibilities in terms of audacious music-making. It was the “be free man” album more than any other, salt that was poured over a slippery hippie road for better traction.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: “Please stop smiling,” I politely asked Barack Obama as I passed him in Boston’s airport. It wasn’t just any smile. It was that infectious, magical grin that helped him deflate the Clinton machine and win the White House as a novice senator, a smile full of charm and promise that we didn’t see all that often after 2008. No answer was forthcoming since I was only talking to the former president’s glossy image, cuddling with the glamorous Michelleon the cover of People. But there is something disorienting about seeing Obama look so genuinely blissful, cavorting around the world with celebrities and billionaires, while so many others freak out about his successor.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: The Five Pillars of A Successful Business – You will learn about the five key areas of a successful business. Each area is just as important as the other and is vital to growing and sustaining the success of any operation. Stay engaged and take note of each aspect and apply this knowledge to your business or working environment.  —–


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   **After a whirlwind romance, Miranda Kerr and Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel are officially husband and wife. The couple tied the knot in front of family and friends at their home in Brentwood, Calif., earlier today.   ***Barbra Streisand is mourning the loss of her beloved dog, Sammie. The 75-year-old star announced the news on her social media accounts Saturday, saying “we cherish every moment of the 14 years we had with her.” On her Instagram page, Streisand has posted numerous photos of herself doting on the fluffy white Coton de Tulear, also known as the “Royal Dog of Madagascar.”

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