LBN- Special Report- Thursday December 15, 2016


‘I’m Here to Help,’ Trump Tells Tech Executives at Meeting: 

The meeting between President-elect Donald J. Trump and the nation’s tech elite was hyped as something out of “The Apprentice”: The new boss tells his minions to shape up. It turned out to be a charm offensive, a kind of “Dancing With the Silicon Valley Stars.” “This is a truly amazing group of people,” the president-elect said on Wednesday in a 25th-floor conference room at Trump Tower in Manhattan. The gathering included Jeff Bezos of Amazon; Elon Musk of Tesla; Timothy D. Cook of Apple; Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook; Larry Page and Eric Schmidt of Alphabet, Google’s parent company; and Satya Nadella of Microsoft, among others. “I’m here to help you folks do well,” Mr. Trump said. He kept going in that vein. “There’s nobody like you in the world,” he enthused. “In the world! There’s nobody like the people in this room.” Anything that the government “can do to help this go along,” he made clear, “we’re going to be there for you.” And that was just in the first few minutes. The candidate who warned during the presidential campaign that Amazon was going to have antitrust problems, that Apple needed to build its iPhones in the United States instead of China, was nowhere to be seen.

Traces of Explosives Found on EgyptAir Plane Crash Victims:

Egyptian officials have announced that traces of explosives were found on the remains of victims of Flight 804, which crashed into the Mediterranean in May en route from Paris to Cairo. The new information about the crash evidently confirms the theory that an explosion caused the plane’s demise, killing 66 people on board. Egyptian officials said Thursday that they would launch a criminal investigation into the downed Airbus A320 following the new discovery. Passengers on board were from France, Egypt, Iraq, Canada, Algeria, Belgium, Britain, and elsewhere.

Officials: Putin Involved in U.S. Hacks:

U.S. intelligence officials said they believe with “a high level of confidence” that Russian President Vladimir Putin was directly involved in efforts to hack and undermine the U.S. electoral process. Two senior officials who have reviewed intelligence information have told NBC News that Putin was involved in directing how the hacked material was leaked and used. Putin was reportedly pursuing both a “vendetta” against Hillary Clinton and an overall effort to split off allies throughout the world who would not follow the United States’ lead any longer. A report recently revealed the CIA contends the computer hacks were orchestrated with the purpose of electing Donald Trump.

According to LBN readers in all 50 of the United States and 26 foreign countries, President Obama gets a “fair” 7.1 grade. LBN readers were asked to grade the President on a scale of 0-10 (10 being the best president in U.S. history, 0 being the worst in U.S. history.)

China Installs Weapons in South China Sea:

Satellite imagery has shown that China installed significant new weapons in the South China Sea, a Washington-based think tank reports. The weapons, including anti-aircraft and anti-missile systems, were purportedly added recently despite a promise by President Xi Jinping not to “pursue militarization” of the trade route. The images were released by the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI), which said they were collected last month and showed a significant fortification of weaponry on manmade islands in the Spratly Archipelago. “These gun and probable CIWS [close-in weapon system] emplacements show that Beijing is serious about defense of its artificial islands in case of an armed contingency in the South China Sea,” the AMTI said in a statement. “Among other things, they would be the last line of defense against cruise missiles launched by the United States or others against these soon-to-be-operational air bases.”

Legend Calls Kanye-Trump Visit a Stunt:

John Legend, a friend and collaborator of Kanye West, criticized the rapper’s meeting with President-elect Trump this week during an interview with French TV show Clique. “I don’t think it’s impossible to talk to him about issues, but I won’t be used as a publicity stunt,” Legend said. “And I think Kanye was a publicity stunt. I’m pretty disappointed with Kanye that he says he would have voted for Trump.” Legend added that Trump “has been corrosive” and that “for Kanye to support that message is very disappointing.”

LBN-INVESTIGATES: It’s an idea that has long been used as an argument against abortion — that terminating a pregnancy causes women to experience emotional and psychological trauma. Some states require women seeking abortions to be counseled that they might develop mental health problems. Now a new study, considered to be the most rigorous to look at the question in the United States, undermines that claim. Researchers followed nearly 1,000 women who sought abortions nationwide for five years and found that those who had the procedure did not experience more depression, anxiety, low self-esteem or dissatisfaction with life than those who were denied it.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Yahoo, already reeling from its September disclosure that 500 million user accounts had been hacked in 2014, disclosed Wednesday that a different attack in 2013 compromised more than 1 billion accounts. The two attacks are the largest known security breaches of one company’s computer network. The newly disclosed 2013 attack involved sensitive user information, including names, telephone numbers, dates of birth, encrypted passwords and unencrypted security questions that could be used to reset a password. Yahoo said it is forcing all of the affected users to change their passwords and it is invalidating unencrypted security questions — steps that it declined to take in September.   ***The Federal Reserve raised its benchmark interest rate Wednesday for just the second time since the financial crisis of 2008, saying theAmerican economy is expanding at a healthy pace and setting itself up as a counterweight to President-elect Donald J. Trump’s push for considerably faster growth. The Fed cited the steady growth of employment and other economic measures, and signaled that it expects to raise rates more quickly next year to prevent the economy from growing too quickly.   ***Imagine going out to eat and never interacting with a server or cashier.  You can do that at a new restaurant in New York City. Eatsa is an automated restaurant in Midtown Manhattan.  It opened as an East Coast anchor for a small chain that started in California. There are no cashiers and you order on an iPad or your phone.  The meal appears in a little locker.  Customers tap to open the door for their meal. You’d better love quinoa.  The food is all vegetarian.  Bowls cost about $7.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: An adult male Emperor Penguin is the longest-fasting bird. It will not eat for approximately 115 days during its chick’s incubation/hatching period.

LBN-NOTICED:   ***Kristin Chenoweth, Chazz Palminteri and singer Bobby Rydell at a Patsy’s Italian Restaurant in NYC celebrating what would’ve been Frank Sinatra’s 101st birthday.   ***Charlie Rose at a corner table at the Polo Bar in NYC with Kellyanne Conway on Tuesday while Sharon Bush, Allen and Deborah Grubman, and Robert Zimmerman dined at separate tables.   ***Dionne Warwick backstage at “The Bodyguard the Musical” starring Deborah Cox.    ***Former California Governor Pete Wilson and former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan chatting yesterday afternoon about the recent presidential election with media expert and author Michael Levine at the Jonathan Club in Santa Monica.   ***Kathy Hilton hosted a star-studded holiday party at her Bel-Air, Calif., home and Don Rickles joked it was just awful — because he was the most famous person there. The classic comic “got up and made a speech and said, ‘I hate going to a party when I’m the biggest name,’ ” a source said..Also at the bash were Joan Collins, Kris Jenner — who arrived solo without cameras from her reality TV series — Jaclyn Smith, Alana Stewart, La Toya Jackson, Michael Nouri, Candy Spelling and Nikki Haskell.

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LBN-R.I.P.: Rodney Smith, a prominent photographer whose whimsical work invited comparisons to that of the Belgian surrealist René Magritte’s, died on Dec. 5 at his home in Snedens Landing, N.Y. He was 68. The cause has not been determined, his wife, Leslie Smolan, said.

LBN-SPOTLIGHT: The Sins Of The Catholic Church. A revealing conversation with one of America’s most prominent Catholic priests. The TV show – “Without Notes” with Father Michael Manning – Episode 3: Defending the Church

LBN-COMMENTARY by Michael Levine (Media expert and author – ): Today is the anniversary of the premier of the iconic movie Gone with the Wind in Atlanta, Georgia (1939). Writer Margaret Mitchell only published one novel during her lifetime—Gone with the Wind—and it became one of the most popular novels in the history of American publishing. In 1939, an extraordinarily successful film version of the book was released, transferring the romantic, panoramic portrait of the Civil War and Reconstruction periods in Georgia to the big screen. The movie went on to win 10 Academy Awards.

Zero Pain Now Successfully Addresses Chronic Pain and Helps Avoid Thousands of Dollars in Medical Bills:

Zero Pain Now, a pain relief program founded by Adam Heller in May 2010, just completed a pilot with Mayo Clinic Systems Lacrosse in order to find results for patients with chronic pain. Patients are referred into the California based program, and are all assisted online without the need to ever travel from their home. The U.S. faces a crisis in chronic pain management. Approximately 600 billion dollars are spent each year, making it more expensive than heart disease, cancer and diabetes combined. In addition, worker’s compensation and corporate costs have skyrocketed with no end in sight. There is also an opioid epidemic due primarily to prescribed pain drugs. 1 person in the U.S. dies every 19 minutes from a pain drug overdose. The average cost associated with previous pain management in the Mayo pilot was over $300,00 per patient. Following the Zero Pain Now intervention though, patients were all pain free and all costs associated with managing their pain ceased.


LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***The world was shocked when beloved TV star Alan Thicke died of a sudden heart attack on Dec. 13, 2016, while playing hockey with his son. But the “Growing Pains” actor had never gotten over the tragic loss of his own mother, who died as an alcoholic who couldn’t keep a roof over her head. “Mom never hurt anyone but herself,” he said after his mother Joan passed away at the age of 71 on Sept. 16, 1999 — still outliving her celebrity son by two years.   ***Jay Mohr has begun divorce proceedings from Nikki Cox, his wife of 10 years, for a second time. The actor filed for divorce for the second time in six months on Tuesday. He cited irreconcilable differences and is seeking joint legal and physical custody of their 5-year-old son.   ***Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are house-hunting in Washington, DC — but not as quickly as commerce secretary nominee Wilbur Ross, who already bought a $12 million mansion near the vice president’s residence. Sources say Ivanka and her husband are looking in Ross’ neighborhood as well as Georgetown, and might be seeing the same houses Trump’s nominee for treasury secretary, Steve Mnuchin, is eyeing. Luxury Listings NY reported Wednesday that Ivanka had put her Trump Park Avenue apartment on the market for $4.1 million.   ***As one of the biggest names in late-night television, Jimmy Kimmel will only earn what he might consider pocket change as he hosts the Academy Awards this February. The late-night host appeared on KROQ’s “Kevin & Bean” morning show on Wednesday, where he revealed he’ll be paid $15,000 to host the Oscars ceremony. Though the numbers may seem a bit low, compared to what he normally makes, Kimmel joked about the sum, saying, “I think it’s illegal to pay nothing.”

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