LBN- Special Report- Thursday

*Gary Johnson: I Thought Aleppo Was an Acronym

Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson is in full damage control mode after he embarrassingly asked Morning Joe’s Mike Barnicle, “what is Aleppo?” when questioned on what he would do about the besieged Syrian city. Johnson now says he thought Aleppo might have been an acronym. “This morning, I began my day by setting aside any doubt that I’m human,” Johnson acknowledged in a statement to The Daily Beast. “Yes, I understand the dynamics of the Syrian conflict—I talk about them every day. But hit with ‘What about Aleppo?’, I immediately was thinking about an acronym, not the Syrian conflict. I blanked. It happens, and it will happen again during the course of this campaign.” Johnson also acknowledged that he should have been able to identify Aleppo, adding that he understands its significance in the Syrian conflict.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: In a 2013 study by the market research firm Kelton Global, 81 percent of respondents considered their dogs to be equal in status to human family members.

*Mets Sign Tebow to Minor League Deal:
The New York Mets are signing Tim Tebow to a minor-league contract, the team announced Thursday morning on Twitter. Last month, the former National Football League quarterback announced that he was pursuing a professional baseball career and that he had been training for a year. He held a workout for several Major League Baseball teams this summer. Tebow was an All-State baseball player in Florida in 2005.

*Obama: Trump’s Behavior ‘Unacceptable’:
President Obama on Thursday told reporters at the ASEAN summit that he believes Donald Trump’s behavior is “unacceptable and outrageous,” following the real-estate mogul’s performance during an NBC forum the night before. During the televised segment, Trump repeatedly slammed Obama and at one point said he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin is doing a better job than him. In response, Obama expressed concern that Trump’s incendiary rhetoric has become normalized. “I don’t think the guy’s qualified to be president of the United States, and every time he speaks that opinion is confirmed,” Obama said, from Laos. “This is serious business, and you actually have to know what you’re talking about.” He added, “There is this process that seems to take place over the course of the election season where somehow behavior that in normal times we consider completely unacceptable and outrageous becomes normalized and people think we ought to be grading on a curve.”

*Scientists See Push From Climate Change in Louisiana Flooding:

Climate change has increased the likelihood of torrential downpours along the Gulf Coast like those that led to deadly floods in southern Louisiana last month, scientists said Wednesday. Using historical records of rainfall and computer models that simulate climate, the researchers, including several from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, found that global warming increased the chances of such intense rains in the region by at least 40 percent. “But it’s probably much closer to a doubling of the probability” of such an event, or a 100 percent increase, said Heidi Cullen, chief scientist for Climate Central, the research organization that coordinated the study. “Climate change played a very clear and quantifiable role,” she added.

*Ryan Lochte Gets 10-Month Swim Suspension:
U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte has been given a 10-month suspension for his “over-exaggerated” robbery story during the Rio Olympics. Lochte will not be allowed to resume swimming until mid-2017, and will also be banned from the World Championships in Budapest next year. Lochte, who boasts 12 Olympic medals, has suffered a public fall from grace following revelations that he lied about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio to cover up his own drunken misbehavior on a night out. Lochte was charged by Brazilian police last month for making a false report over the claim. He has since lost several sponsorship deals over his robbery story.

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  1. In the United States, there is little difference between the terms “college” and “university.” However, the term “college” in other countries, such as Canada, refers to a junior college or trade college, where as a “university” is larger, more research focused, and usually contains multiple colleges.
  2. Typically, the worst paying majors are Social Work, Theology, Elementary Education, Music, Spanish, Horticulture, Education, Fine Arts, Hospitality/Tourism, and Drama.
  3. The majors with the best pay include Engineering, Economics, and Physics.
  4. Harvard Stadium was the first reinforced concrete structure in the world.
  5. The word “alumnus” is Latin meaning “a pupil” and, literally, a “foster son.”
  6. The term “college” is from the Latin collegium meaning “community, society, guild” and, literally, “association of collegae”. It was first used to describe an academic institution in the late fourteenth century in relation to Oxford and Cambridge.
  7. “University” is a shortening of the Latin universitas magistrorum et scholarium or “a community of masters and scholars.”
  8. The term bachelor in “bachelor’s degree” most likely is from the Medieval Latin term baccalaureate, which is a play on the Latin words bacca lauri or laurel berries. The word is also a re-Latinization of the French word bachelor,which means a “youthful knight” or a “novice in arms.”
Mark Zuckerberg, a college drop-out, is the world’s youngest self-made billionaire
  1. Famous college dropouts include Reggie Jackson, Steve Jobs, Ben Affleck, Woody Allen, Hans Christian Anderson, Dan Ackroyd, Kate Beckinsale, James Cameron, and Mark Zuckerberg (founder of Facebook).
  2. Before the Civil War, disbelief in the in Bible or profaning the Sabbath were campus crimes at Yale.

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*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Airbnb introduced several changes on Thursday to combat discrimination in its short-term rental policy, after facing months of criticism that its hosts are easily able to reject potential renters based on race, religion, gender, ethnicity, age or disability. In a 32-page report, Airbnb, based in San Francisco, said that it would institute a newnondiscrimination policy that goes beyond what is outlined in several anti-discrimination laws and that it would ask all users to agree to a “community commitment” starting on Nov. 1. The commitment asks people to work with others who use the service, “regardless of race, religion, national origin, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or age.” In addition, the company plans to experiment with reducing the prominence of user photos, which have helped signal race and gender. Airbnb said it would also accelerate the use of instant bookings, which lets renters book places immediately without host approval.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***John Legend and Chrissy Teigenhaving burgers and fried chicken at Brinkley’s Broome Street in NYC.   ***Fabolous, Pusha T and Draymond Green having a late dinner at Bill’s Bar & Burger in the Meatpacking District in NYC.   **Andy Murray at Benjamin Steakhouse in NYC with six pals watching YouTube tennis videos.   ***Jackie Mason at Westway Diner in Hell’s Kicthen in NYC talking politics.   ***Rudy Giuliani at Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton.   ***Joshua Jackson and Ben Watts at Surf Lodge in NYC.   ***Jonathan and Lizzie Tisch, Kelly Bensimon, Alina Choand Liz Lange at Jill Kargman’s Saks Fifth Avenue in NYC signing for “Sprinkle Glitter on My Grave”.  ***Film producer Brian Grazer chatting with media expert and author Michael Levine about his book at the popular Bareburger restaurant on Main Street in Santa Monica.***Prominent Los Angeles attorney Konrad Trope having dinner at Izzy’s Deli in Santa Monica.***L.A. Business Manager, Randy Sugarmanhaving lunch at the popular Izzy’s Deli in Santa Monica. ***Writer and director Steven Bernstein and his girlfriend Carolyn having lunch at the popular Bareburger on Main Street in Santa Monica.

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*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***The tenor Johan Botha, who performed for more than two decades at the world’s major opera houses,including the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Royal Opera House in London and the Vienna State Opera, died Thursday morning in Vienna. He was 51. Raphaela Hödl, a spokeswoman for the singer, confirmed his death, adding that Mr. Botha had had a “severe illness.”   ***Anna Dewdney, whose “Llama Llama” read-aloud picture books amused and comforted millions of preschool children, died on Saturday at her home in Lower Bartonsville, Vt. She was 50. The cause was brain cancer, her sister the anthropologist T. M. Luhrmann said.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Do You Have Any “Broken Windows” In Your Business? —–

*LBN-COMMENTARY by JAMES PONIEWOZIK: The NBC presidential forum on Wednesday night in Manhattan broughttogether the candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump to try to determine who has the strength, preparation and presence of mind to lead during a time of crisis. It sure wasn’t Matt Lauer. In an event aboard the decommissioned aircraft carrier Intrepid, the “Today” host was lost at sea. Seemingly unprepared on military and foreign policy specifics, he performed like a soldier sent on a mission without ammunition, beginning with a disorganized offensive, ending in a humiliating retreat. Mr. Lauer interviewed the candidates in turn for a half-hour each. He began by asking Mrs. Clinton to defend her use of a private email server as Secretary of State. And asking again. And again.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Paris Jackson’s relationship is moving awfully fast. Sources say 18-year-old Jackson and Michael Snoddy — who was a pizza delivery guy when she started dating him six months ago — have moved into the LA mansion where her father, Michael Jackson, recorded songs including “Billie Jean” and “Beat It.” Insiders say the smitten couple has adopted a dog, Koa, and their friends even believe the pair have gotten married in secret.   ***Actress Sarah Paulson is bringing ex-prosecutor Marcia Clark to the Emmys as her date.

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