LBN – Special Report – Tuesday

*Report: 1,000+ Migrants Died in Past Week

The International Organization for Migration claims that more than 1,000 refugees died over the past week in the Mediterranean. Officials have called the past eight days “one of the deadliest periods yet” in the migration crisis, which has lasted nearly four years. Overcrowded, poorly built boats have capsized, deflated or tanked under the weight of its occupants, many of whom don’t know how to swim. UN refugee agency spokesman William Spindler said this year has been “particularly deadly” in the Mediterranean, with 2,510 lives lost so far (compared to 1,855 during the same time period last year).

*Stephen Hawking: ‘Trump Is a Demagogue’

Even Stephen Hawking says he’s baffled. The theoretical physicist and noted smart person told ITV’s Good Morning Britain he doesn’t understand the widening appeal of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in the U.S. Despite his seminal work on black holes, quantum mechanics, space, and stars, Hawking said he just doesn’t get it. “I can’t. He’s a demagogue who seems to appeal to the lowest common denominator.”

*N. Korea Praises Trump Over Hillary

A North Korean state-media outlet praised Donald Trump on Tuesday, calling him “wise” and “far-sighted.” The editorial contrasted Trump’s philosophy with “dull Hillary.” The outlet, DPRK Today, welcomed Trump’s proposal to hold talks with Kim Jong Un. “There are many positive aspects to Trump’s ‘inflammatory policies,’” said Han Yong Mook, a reported Chinese North Korean scholar. “Trump said he will not get involved in the war between the South and the North—isn’t this fortunate from North Korea’s perspective?” Though the editorial wasn’t officially from Pyongyang, its origin was likely from inside the regime, several sources claimed. The presumptive GOP presidential nominee has said he would drastically change U.S. policy in the region. The orange-hued mogul suggested in March that he would withdraw U.S. military forces from South Korea if that country did not ramp up its defense spending.

*WHO READS LBN? Acclaimed author Larry Grobel

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood just became the father of twins — one day before turning 69 on June 1! And judging from a recent statement, the babies’ births came as a birthday surprise to the aging rocker. Sally Humphreys, 38, gave birth to twin girls early in the morning of May 31. Just last week, however, Ronnie went to social media to declare: “I’m getting excited about the arrival of my twin girls sometime in the next few weeks.”

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Bears have been known to eat almost anything, including snowmobile seats, engine oil, and rubber boots.

*LBN-HEALTH WATCH:   ***Worldwide, up to 70 million workers are at risk for computer vision syndrome, and those numbers are only likely to grow. In a report about the condition written by eye care specialists in Nigeria and Botswana and published in Medical Practice and Reviews, the authors detail an expanding list of professionals at risk — accountants, architects, bankers, engineers, flight controllers, graphic artists, journalists, academicians, secretaries and students — all of whom “cannot work without the help of computer.” And that’s not counting the millions of children and adolescents who spend many hours a day playing computer games.

*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***The Polish government said on Tuesday that it would revive an effort to extradite the filmmaker Roman Polanski, whom the American authorities have wanted for decades. He pleaded guilty in 1977 to having sex with a 13-year-old girl but fled to Europe the following year, on the eve of his sentencing. The announcement is the latest twist in a long-running legal battle that, at least in Poland, seemed to have ended.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Leo DiCaprio, wearing a N.Y. Mets cap, buying a waterproof speaker at the Mobile Spa on Bleecker Street in NYC on Friday.   ***Dina Lohan talking proudly about her daughter Lindsay’s new life in Europe with her fiancé, Egor Tarabasov, at the Southampton Inn summer kickoff barbecue.   ***Billy Joel was seen dining at Chazz Palminteri Ristorante Italiano in Midtown in NYC over the weekend before he performed at Madison Square Garden. Spies said Joel met up with a pal and “enjoyed a lunch of shrimp scampi and broccoli raab.”

*LBN-LEGAL INSIDER:   ***Chambers and Partners has recognized managing partner Thomas Ajamie in Chambers USA 2016: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. In the guide, Chambers says that Mr. Ajamie “receives plaudits from a range of sources for his acumen in court and for the breadth of his experience in litigation proceedings. ‘Tom has a great, instinctive style with juries and combines that with a real understanding of the law and the ability to keep a great rapport with the judge,’ according to commentators.”

*LBN-R.I.P.: Surfer Blood guitarist Thomas Fekete died Monday after battling a rare, aggressive form of cancer, his wife, Jess, wrote on the musician’s GoFundMe page to cover medical expenses. He was 27.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: The new book “Wikipedia As A Marketing Tool” by Mike Wood —–

*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Ever since the days of ancient Greece, philosophers have distinguished between the beautiful and the sublime. Beauty is what you experience when you look at a flower or a lovely face. It is contained, pleasurable, intimate and romantic. Sublime is what you feel when you look at a mountain range or a tornado. It involves awe, veneration, maybe even a touch of fear. A sublime thing, like space or mathematics, over-awes the natural human dimensions and reminds you that you are a small thing in a vast cosmos. Recently neuroscientists have shown that the experiences of beauty and awe activate different parts of the brain. The distinction between the beautiful and the sublime is the distinction between the intimate and the transcendent. This sort of distinction doesn’t just happen in aesthetics, but in life in general. We have big and little loves. The soldiers who we honored on Memorial Day were animated by a big love — serving their country — and by a little one — protecting their buddies. Religious people experience a love of God that is both big and little.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by John Densmore (Member of the rock group “The Doors”): Certainly, we are all on the shoulders of those who fought for our country. But the first peoples of this land justifiably might feel bitterness. I am of the Vietnam generation; therefore, I feel mistrustful of the military. I can’t forget the 3 MILLION Vietnamese who died, as well as our 60,000 soldiers. I do think if we had a draft again, the United States would embark on fewer wars.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Katie Couric has apologized for the “Under the Gun” documentary that aired on EPIX, saying she regrets the editing process that was “misleading.” The documentary came under scrutiny when it first seemed like a group of gun rights activists were stumped by her question about background checks, taking eight seconds to respond: “If there are no background checks for gun purchasers, how do you prevent felons or terrorists from walking into, say, a licensed gun dealer and purchasing a gun?” Audio recordings revealed they, in fact, responded right away.

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