LBN – Special Report – Thursday March 9, 2017

WTF? – Women watch porn on their mobile phones more often than men, study claims: 

While men still account for the vast majority of pornography consumed online, around a quarter is thought to be consumed by women. Now a new report has revealed that women are actually more likely to watch porn on their mobile phones than men. Currently, about 72% of worldwide traffic to porn sites comes from smartphones and tablets, with the remaining 28% coming from desktops. However, mobile use is much higher with women than men.

Official: U.S. Marines Sent Into Syria for Raqqa Fight:

A few hundred U.S. Marines have been sent into Syria with heavy artillery guns, as coalition forces prepare to retake the city of Raqqa from the Islamic State terror group, a U.S. official told the Associated Press on Wednesday. The Marines will also re-position howitzers for Syrian forces during the temporary deployment, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. In addition to the Raqqa fight, the U.S. is gearing up to send several more hundred troops to Kuwait to assist in fighting the terrorist group, if needed, he said. The news comes after the Pentagon announced the deployment of dozens of U.S. troops to the city of Manbij, outside Aleppo, earlier this week, and it’s widely viewed as a sign the Pentagon has been given more power and flexibility to make combat decisions in the fight against ISIS without the White House’s direct oversight.

EPA Chief Scott Pruitt: Carbon Dioxide Not a ‘Primary Contributor’ to Global Warming:

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruittsaid told CNBC on Thursday that carbon dioxide is not a “primary contributor” to global warming, calling for more debate and analysis on the issue. “I think that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do and there’s tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact, so no, I would not agree that it’s a primary contributor to the global warming that we see,” said Pruitt, the former Oklahoma attorney general. He added: “But we don’t know that yet…. We need to continue the debate and continue the review and the analysis.” NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said earlier this year that the rise in average temperatures can be attributed to “increased carbon dioxide and and other human-made emissions.”

Report: China Developing New Lunar Mission Spaceship:

China is reportedly working on a new spacecraft that will be able to land on the moon and to fly in low-Earth orbit, state-run media reports. Beijing’s comparatively young space program is developing the new craft, which is being built to be able to carry multiple astronauts and would be recoverable. Spaceship engineer Zhang Bainian reportedly compared the project to the Orion spacecraft in the works at NASA and the European Space Agency. Orion is expected to carry astronauts by 2023. China’s program has advanced rapidly since it first sent a man into space in 2003.

Hawaii-Bound Flight Diverted to LAX Over Blanket Fight:

A Hawaii-bound flight was diverted to LAX on Wednesday after an “unruly passenger” threatened to “take someone behind the woodshed” because he didn’t want to pay $12 for a blanket. A 66-year-old man aboard the Hawaiian Airlines flight from LasVegas reportedly became agitated after asking for a blanket and being told it would cost him $12. Officer Rob Pedregon, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Airport Police Department, said the man demanded to speak with the airline’s corporate office about the blanket, and he was able to do so with an in-flight call. But he then told a company representative that he “would like to take someone behind the woodshed for this.” The flight was then promptly diverted to LAX over the “unruly passenger,” Pedregon said. The passenger was met by police and federal authorities upon arrival at LAX at 10:20 a.m., though he was allowed to go on his way and later caught a different flight.

FCC Investigating AT&T’s 911 Outage:

The Federal Communications Commission is investigating an alarming 911 outage that affected AT&T Wireless customers nationwide Wednesday. Police departments in various cities reported the outage, with customers unable to dial 911 from their cellphones. Police took to social media to offer alternative, non-emergency phone numbers in case of emergency, though that meant dispatchers were unable to see callers’ locations. Although the issue was resolved late Wednesday, it was unclear what caused the widespread outage. Ajit Pai, the chairman of the FCC, announced an investigation into the incident on Twitter. “The FCC will investigate the root cause of the outage and its impact,” he wrote.

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Original ‘Schindler’s list’ selling for $2.4M:

An original “Schindler’s list” is up for sale. The famous document is named for Oskar Schindler, who saved more than 1,200 Jews from the Nazis and inspired Steven Spielberg’s classic 1993 film. “The list is 14 pages long and . . . has [more than] 800 names. It is a complete list of the Jewish workforce that Schindler saved from death,” said the seller, Moments in Time’s Gary Zimet. “I got the list from the nephew of Schindler’s right-hand man, Itzhak Stern.” Stern was played in Spielberg’s film by Ben Kingsley. One of just three of the lists known to still exist, it’s selling for $2.4 million. It was previously up for auction in 2013 with a $3 million reserve price.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***A little over a year after staving off calls by activist investors to break up the American International Group, Peter D. Hancock, the insurance giant’s chief executive, said on Thursday that he would resign after investors had lost faith in his efforts to turn around the company. Last month, A.I.G. reported a loss of $3.04 billion for the fourth quarter, a major setback in his efforts to reshape the company. In a bid to thwart the calls by Carl C. Icahn and other investors for a breakup, Mr. Hancock had unveiled a plan last year to simplify the insurer and reduce its costs and risks. The insurer also gave two seats on its board to Mr. Icahn and John Paulson, the hedge fund billionaire.   ***The ride-hailing service Uber said on Wednesday that it would prohibit employees from using a program called Greyball to thwart regulators. Uber’s new policy pertaining to the use of Greyball, a tool the company developed to show individual riders different versions of its app, comes in the aftermath of a New York Times article that outlined how the company had used the tool to identify and avoid local regulators who were investigating the service. The article, which cited four former and current Uber employees, said the company had used Greyball to thwart authorities in various cities in the United States and other countries.


LBN-NOTICED:   ***It’s always a good sign when someone at a whiskey party jumps on a banquette. Trudie Styler was seen standing on a seat at Monkey Bar on Monday night at the New York launch of Brett Ratner’s the Hilhaven Lodge — just beforeRatner made a toast “to 200 of my closest friends.” The bar had almost run out of his new hooch, he said — and while that was a good sign, Ratner advised that guests “take an Uber or a taxi” home. The “Rush Hour” director also held court at a booth next to Harvey Keitel as Ron Perelman mixed nearby. Morgan Spurlock described himself as a “Scotch fanatic with deep whiskey love” and told us between swigs he’s prepping to debut “No Man’s Land,” a film he produced, at the Tribeca Film Festival next month.   ***Power-attorney Tom Girardi and media expert and author Michael Levine having lunch yesterday at the Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Lou Duva, one of boxing’s most formidable figures as a promoter, manager and trainer in a ring career spanning seven decades, died on Wednesday in Paterson, N.J. He was 94. His death, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, was confirmed by his son Dino, a spokesman, John Cirillo, said.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Sarah Betancourt: James Comey on Wednesday said encryption apps kept the FBI from accessing nearly half of the devices they were legally granted permission to search last year. The FBI director didn’t speak about President Donald Trump or the ongoing Russia intrigue around his team during his keynote address to the Boston Conference on Cyber Security at Boston College. (“You’re stuck with me for another six and a half years,” Comey joked to cut the tension.) Instead, Comey focused on cybersecurity threats and called encryption apps like Signal, Whatsapp, and Wickr “the default” for criminals like pedophiles and terrorists.     In the last three months of 2016, Comey said the FBI received 2,800 devices to search. Thanks to encryption, almost half of them were uncrackable.   “Twelve hundred of those devices, 40 percent, we could not open by any technique,” Comey said.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Conan O’Brien: Sean Spicer announced that the prime minister of Iraq will visit the White House in two weeks. Actually he arrived today, but he’s going to be detained for two weeks at the airport.

LBN-COMMENTARY By MICHAEL V. HAYDEN: The relationship between a new president and the intelligence agencies that serve him can be difficult in the best of times. But it’s hard to imagine a more turbulent transition than the current one, which has been marred by assertions that the administration has tried to both politicize and marginalize intelligence gathering. No White House likes it when intelligence agencies — such as the National Security Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency or the Defense Intelligence Agency — deliver bad news, or when that information undercuts the executive’s preferred policies or political positions. But I can’t remember another White House so quick to dismiss those agencies’ judgments or so willing to discredit them as dishonest or incompetent. We’ve seen presidential tweets with “intelligence” in accusatory quotation marks, a kind of dog whistle that equates intelligence assessments with news reporting that the president condemns as “fake.” In addition to lumping the intelligence agencies in with the “dishonest” mainstream media, the president has compared his espionage services to Russians, Nazis and WikiLeaks. Last weekend, Mr. Trump accused President Barack Obama of ordering phones at Trump Tower tapped during the 2016 campaign, a claim so outrageous that James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence, denied it a day later. (So did the F.B.I. director, James Comey, according to this paper.) And last month, Mr. Trump blamed the intelligence community, along with the press, for the downfall of his first national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, saying on Twitter that “information is being illegally given to the failing @nytimes and @washingtonpost by the intelligence community (N.S.A. and F.B.I.?).”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Jimmy Kimmel: I hate to bring anybody down but I have a little pin to put in our collective balloon. U.S. News and World Report released their annual ranking of the best countries in the world, and the United States — you know how we always say we’re No. 1? Turns out we’re not No. 1. That honor goes to Switzerland. Switzerland was named the best country in the world, based on several factors including power, quality of life, economic influence, and tiny little army knife production.


LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Jennifer Lopez appears to be ready to live it up with a handsome new man. E! News can confirm the music superstar is dating former New York Yankees baseball player Alex Rodriguez. “This is very, very new,” a source shared with E! News. “It’s not serious at all. J. Lo is just dating.”   ***“Harry Potter” star Jim Tavaré is undergoing surgery after being seriously injured in a head-on car crash. The actor, 54, who starred in “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” is in intensive care after suffering a punctured lung, broken neck and multiple breaks in his right leg. His wife Laurarevealed the shocking news on the comic’s Facebook page as she asked fans: “Please hold some good thoughts for him as he fights his way out of this.”   ***Leo DiCaprio’s latest eco investment is in . . . frozen seafood? The activist actor has become an investor in LoveTheWild, a brand that makes farm-raised frozen seafood with sauces like roasted pepper almond, mango Sriracha and Cajun creme. The star, who’s also an advisory board member, said the brand offers an “environmentally conscious solution to feeding our planet’s growing population.”

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