LBN – Special Report – Tuesday


Two more suspects have been charged in connection with the deadly bombings at Brussels airport and metro last month that killed 32 people, Belgian authorities said Tuesday. The suspects, identified only as Smail F. and Ibrahim F., were allegedly involved in renting a safehouse for the attackers following the March 22 bombings, according to the Belgian Federal Prosecutor’s Office. The two men were “charged with participation in the activities of a terrorist group, terrorist murders, and attempts to commit terrorist murders,” according to a statement. The latest charges come after Belgian officials revealed the Brussels attackers had initially planned to hit France.

*Media Expert: Young Arab Support for ISIS Drops

A new survey shows that the self-declared Islamic State has seen a sharp decline in support among Arab men and women between the ages of 18 and 24 according to media expert and author Michael Levine ( “In a new 16-country poll, nearly 80 percent of teens and young adults surveyed ruled out any possibility of supporting ISIS, even if the terror group gave up its current practices” noted Levine. About 60 percent had noted the same answer in a study a year ago. “The study reportedly found that respondents are more afraid of the militant group than in previous years” reported Levine. Seventy-five percent also said they believed the self-proclaimed caliphate would fail. The survey firm that conducted the study, which has followed young Arabs’ opinions on the group for years, said “tacit support” for ISIS is declining. More than half of the nearly 3,500 respondents said ISIS was the No. 1 problem facing the Middle East.


1. The human brain weighs approximately 3.0 pounds. Human skin (all three layers) weighs approximately 20 pounds, intestines 7.5 pounds (large intestine: 4.0 lbs., small intestine: 3.5 lbs.), lungs 5 pounds (2.5 lbs. each), the liver 3.2 pounds, and the heart 0.6 pounds.

2. Déjà vu (French for “already seen”) has never been fully explained, though some scientists believe that a neurological glitch causes an experience to be registered in the memory before reaching consciousness.

3. Albert Einstein’s brain was removed within seven hours of his death by Princeton pathologist Thomas Stoltz Harvey (1912-2007). Harvey sectioned the preserved brain into 240 blocks and removed the eyes and gave them away. He kept pieces of the brain for himself and gave other pieces to other prominent pathologists. He was fired from Princeton Hospital because he refused to return the brain. Other brains that have been preserved include German mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss, Vladimir Lenin, and the Native American Ishi.

4. While Einstein’s brain weighed 1,230 grams, which is within normal human range, the brain had no parietal operculum in either hemisphere and had an enlarged Sylvan fissure. Certain parts of his brain also had more glial cells in relation to neurons.

5. A mother’s illness may severely affect fetal brain cells; studies suggest that influenza or malnutrition during pregnancy may be associated with the development of schizophrenia. Damage to developing cells may also occur from maternal smoking and drinking, prenatal exposure to chemicals, or excess heat.

6. The brain takes the longest of any organ to develop and goes through more changes than any other organ.

7. A UCLA study found that both Caucasians and African Americans have similar brain activity when seeing photographs of African Americans. Both races showed more activity in the amygdala, an area of the brain associated with alarm, when shown expressionless photographs of African Americans than when they were shown expressionless photographs of Caucasians.

8. What appears as random bursts of light when people hit their heads is actually caused by a jolt to the brain cells responsible for vision. Stars most often appear following a blow to the back of the head because that is the location of the visual cortex.

9. A human brain is 75% water and has the consistency of tofu or gelatin.

10. The human brain consists of approximately 100 billion neurons (which is as many cells as there are stars in the Milky Way). Each neuron has somewhere between 1,000 and 10,000 synapses, equaling about 1 quadrillion synapses. If all the neurons in the human brain were lined up, they would stretch 600 miles. As a comparison, an octopus has 300,000 neurons, a honeybee has 950,000, and a jellyfish has no brain at all.


*40% of Ex-NFL Players Have Brain Injury

More than 40 percent of retired National Football League players had signs of traumatic brain injuries, a new study from the American Academy of Neurology showed. The finding—based on MRI scans—is a definitive link between brain injury and professional football, the study’s author argues. This new report comes from “one of the largest studies to date in living retired NFL players,” as well as the “first to demonstrate significant objective evidence for traumatic brain injury in these former players,” said author Dr. Francis X. Conidi. He said in a press release: “The rate of traumatic brain injury was significantly higher in the players than that found in the general population.”

*LBN-MY REVIEW: “LBN makes me feel like an insider. It fills my head is fascinating, unbiased news and information.”—–Zara P., an LBN reader from Colorado Springs, Colorado.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Cocaine overdose is the most common reason for drug-related visits to the emergency department in the U.S., causing 31% of such visits. In 1978, cocaine accounted for only 1% of drug-related emergency room visits.

*WHO READS LBN? Comedian and author Paul D’Angelo

*LBN-READER QUESTION: If you had a 16 year-old daughter, would you be more disappointed to find out that they smoke cigarettes or pot? Why? Please answer in 100 words or less and we will consider running it in LBN.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: An Extraordinary Charity

*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: In the middle of this depressing presidential campaign I sometimes wonder, How could we make our politics better? It’s possible to imagine an elite solution. The next president could get together with the leaders of both parties in Congress and say: “We’re going to change the way we do business in Washington. We’re going to deliberate and negotiate. We’ll disagree and wrangle, but we will not treat this as good-versus-evil blood sport.” That kind of leadership might trickle down. But it’s increasingly clear that the roots of political dysfunction lie deep in society. If there’s truly going to be improvement, there has to be improvement in the social context politics is embedded in. In healthy societies, people live their lives within a galaxy of warm places. They are members of a family, neighborhood, school, civic organization, hobby group, company, faith, regional culture, nation, continent and world. Each layer of life is nestled in the others to form a varied but coherent whole.

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***David Gest, a music producer and former husband of Liza Minnelli, has died aged 62 in a London hotel. Gest’s friend Imad Handi said he died Tuesday in London. The Metropolitan Police force said officers were called to “reports of an unexplained death of a man in his 60s” at the Four Seasons Hotel in London’s Canary Wharf on Tuesday morning.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Michael Jackson fans are fuming over Paris Jackson’s relationship with her older rocker boyfriend Michael Snoddy after teen Paris has reportedly gotten six tattoos in April alone, including one inside her lip. Inked-up Snoddy, 26, is firing back at fans since he drew a barrage of criticism on social media over a tattoo of the Confederate flag he has on his forearm. He insists his ink art isn’t racist.   ***Megan Fox is expecting her third child … though it’s unclear with whom. On Monday, the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” beauty shocked photographers when she showed off her growing baby bump in a tight black minidress at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. Fox, 29, who shares sons Noah, 3, and Bodhi, 2, with estranged husband Brian Austin Green, filed for divorce last August after five years of marriage.

LBN E-Lert Edited By Marcelle Luna

LBN E-Lert Disclaimer: 1.) The LBN E-Lert accepts no liability for the content of this email, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided. The LBN E-Lert is not associated with any commercial or political organization and is transmitted via the web for the sole benefit of its subscribers. 2.) Unfortunately, computer viruses can be transmitted via email. The recipient should check this mail and any attachments for the presence of viruses.