LBN – Special Report – Tuesday


When a young American man from coastal Florida drove a truck packed with explosives into a hilltop restaurant in Syria in May 2014, F.B.I. agents scoured his online postings and interviewed his contacts in Florida in a scramble to determine who, if anyone, might try to launch a similar attack inside the United States. One of the people they spoke to was Omar Mateen, a young security guard from a nearby town who had attended the same mosque as the suicide bomber and had been on a terrorism watch list for incendiary comments he once made to co-workers at a local courthouse. But the F.B.I. soon ended its examination of Mr. Mateen after finding no evidence that he posed a terrorist threat to his community.

*Club Regulars Thought Mateen Was Gay:

FBI officials told reporters they are investigating whether Omar Mateen had previously visited Orlando’s gay nightclub Pulse—now the scene of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history—and if he communicated with its patrons on a gay dating app before early Sunday morning, when he shot more than 100 people in the establishment. At least four witnesses told the Orlando Sentinel they recognized Mateen from the venue, where they said he often sat alone and drank in a corner before becoming belligerent. Sometimes, they said, he’d angrily talk about his family. A former classmate of his police academy class came forward alleging that Mateen once asked him out and that they and others often visited gay nightclubs together. The FBI told USA Today it was unclear whether Mateen’s visits served as attempts to scout the gay nightclub as a target or whether he was a patron. In an interview with Brazilian TV station SBT, Mateen’s ex-wife, Sitora Yusufiy, and her new fiancé, offer some further details. Marco Dias, who is engaged to Yusufiy, said she believed her ex may have been homosexual and that Mateen’s father had called him gay in front of her.

*Net Neutrality Rules Upheld by Federal Court:

High-speed internet service can be defined as a utility, a federal court has ruled, a decision clearing the way for more rigorous policing of broadband providers and greater protections for web users. The decision from a three-judge panel at the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday comes in a case about rules applying to a doctrine known as net neutrality, which prohibit broadband companies from blocking or slowing the delivery of internet content to consumers.

*STAYIN’ ALIVE – Cavaliers Win, Send NBA Finals to Game 6:

The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors, 112-97, in a crucial Game 5 of the NBA Finals, sending the teams back to Ohio for the sixth game in a best-of-seven series. Cleveland stars LeBron James and Kyrie Irving sank 41 points each—breaking their season-highs, including the postseason. The game was tight for the first three quarters, until it seemed like the Cavs figured out how to effectively defend against Warriors shooters in Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. Game 6 will take place Thursday evening at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

*Obama to Visit Orlando :

President Obama is set to visit Orlando on Thursday to “pay his respects” to victims of the worst mass shooting in American history. Obama delivered an address Sunday after the horrible events took place, describing how the attack on the gay nightclub Pulse was an attack on everyone in the United States. 

*Dems Protest Orlando Moment of Silence:

Democratic lawmakers erupted in the House of Representatives on Monday amid a moment of silence intended to honor the victims of the Orlando mass shooting that killed 49 people. Some left the floor, and after the moment was ended, a loud protest interrupted House Speaker Paul Ryan. Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) said he’s finished observing moments of silence for gun-related violence, calling them “obnoxious expressions of smug incompetence” and an apt metaphor for congressional inaction. Others yelled “Where’s the bill?” and “No leadership!” Rep. Jim Clyburn, of South Carolina, tried to ask Ryan when bills addressing gun violence will ever be considered. Ryan ruled Clyburn’s question out of order and instructed the House to move to an unrelated vote.

*JetBlue: Free Travel for Victim Families:

JetBlue is offering free air travel for families and domestic partners of those who were killed or injured in the Orlando mass shooting early Sunday morning. “Like many of you, we continue to watch reports of the Orlando nightclub shooting with great sadness. Our thoughts are with the victims and their loved ones,” the company posted on its blog. “This weekend’s events are felt by all of our 19,000 crew members, many of whom live in, work from, and travel through Orlando—one of our focus cities.”

*WHO READS LBN? Singer Boy George:

*Canadian Hostage Beheaded by Islamic Group in Philippines:

A Canadian man held hostage by Abu Sayyaf militants since last September has been beheaded in the Philippines, officials said Monday. Robert Hall had set off on a journey to sail halfway around the world with his girlfriend when he was abducted from a marina by the Islamic separatist group last fall. Three others were taken along with him, one of whom was killed in April. The captors had demanded $8 million per hostage by June 13, and they followed through with their threats to kill Hall after not receiving the money. Officials say a video of the murder has been released, showing Hall killed in an orange jumpsuit in a jungle area. Manila authorities have confirmed the killing, and  a severed head believed to belong to Hall was found in Sulu province.

*LBN-SEE IT:…AR-15-style rifles for sale at a gun show in Loveland, Colo., in 2014. Experts estimate there may be as many as 10 to 12 million of these rifles in the United States.

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***With more than 1.65 billion members worldwide posting regularly about their behavior, Facebook is planning to take a more direct role in stopping suicide. On Tuesday, in the biggest step by a major technology company to incorporate suicide prevention tools into its platform, the social network introduced mechanisms and processes to make it easier for people to help friends who post messages about suicide or self-harm. With the new features, people can flag friends’ posts that they deem suicidal; the posts will be reviewed by a team at the social network that will then provide language to communicate with the person who is at risk, as well as information on suicide prevention. The timing coincides with a surge in suicide rates in the United States to a 30-year high. The increase has been particularly steep among women and middle-aged Americans, reflecting widespread desperation. Last year, President Obama declared a World Suicide Prevention Day in September, calling on people to recognize mental health issues early and to reach out to support one another.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Vegetarianism and Veganism:

Several studies show that a plant-based diet increases the body’s metabolism, causing the body to burn calories up to 16% faster than the body would on a meat-based diet for at least the first 3 hours after meals.

A number of researchers argue that while the human body is capable of digesting meat, our bodies are actually designed to be herbivores. For example, the human molars are similar to those of an herbivore, flat and blunt, which make them good for grinding, not gnashing and tearing.

Vegetarianism in IndiaIndia has more vegetarians than any other country in the world

Vegetarianism has roots in ancient India. In fact, currently 70% of the world’s vegetarians are Indians and there are more vegetarians in India than in any other country in the world.

The first Vegetarian Society was formed in England in 1847. The society’s goal was to teach people that it is possible to be healthy without eating meat.

In 2012, the Los Angeles city council unanimously approved a resolution that all Mondays in the City of Angels will be meatless. The measure is part of an international campaign to reduce the consumption of meat for health and environmental reason.

Several researchers argue that a vegetarian diet can feed more people than a meat-based diet. For example, approximately 20,000 pounds of potatoes can be grown on one acre of land. Comparatively, only around 165 pounds of beef can be produced on 1 acre of land.

There are several types of vegetarians. The strictest type is vegans. Vegans avoid not only meat but also all animal products. There is a debate within the vegan community about whether honey is appropriate for a vegan diet. For example, the Vegan Society and the American Vegan Society do not consider honey appropriate because it comes from an animal.

Studies show that a vegetarian diet could feed more people than a meat-based diet. For example, only around 20% of the corn grown in the United States is eaten by people, with about 80% of the corn eaten by livestock. Additionally, approximately 95% of the oats grown in the U.S are eaten by livestock. Studies show that the number of people who could be fed by the grain and soybeans that are currently fed to U.S. livestock is approximate 1,300,000,000.

A fruitarian is a type of vegetarian in which a person eats just fruits, nuts, seeds, and other plant material that can be harvested without killing the plant.

The total production of excrement by the U.S. population is 12,000 pounds per second. The total production of excrement by U.S. livestock is 250,000 pounds per second, which would be greatly reduced if humans ate a more plant-based diet and had little or no need for domesticated livestock. Less livestock would also greatly reduce Earth’s trapped greenhouse gases.

*Summer Box-Office Big Slump: Revenue Down a Steep 22 Percent Report Hollywood Media Expert: 

According to Hollywood media publicist Michael Levine(, who has represented 58 Academy Award winners, the early summer box office in North America has developed a bad case of the blues, with revenue down sharply over last year. “Revenue for the May 6-June 12 period is roughly $1.24 billion, a 22 percent decline from the $1.597 billion collected between May 1-June 14 in 2015” reported Levine. Due to the vagaries of the calendar, the summer tally officially started on May 1 in 2015, compared with May 6 this year when Captain America: Civil War debuted.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Leo DiCaprio was spotted looking close with yet another blond Victoria’s Secret model, Nina Agdal, 24, last weekend in Montauk. The pair were seen at Goldberg’s Famous Bagels and at the Montauk Point Lighthouse.   ***Famed rock n’ roll photographer Jimmy Steinfeldt having dinner last night at Vito’s Italian restaurant in Santa Monica.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: The ancient Greeks had different words for different kinds of love — like Ludus (playful love), Pragma (longstanding love) and Agape (universal love). Sixteen hundred years ago, Augustine argued that the essence of a good life is choosing the right things to love and loving them well. But over the past several centuries our models of human behavior have amputated love. Hobbes and other philosophers argued that society is a machine driven by selfishness. Enlightenment philosophers emphasized reason over emotion. Contemporary social science was built on the idea that we’re self-interested, calculating creatures. This philosophical shift has caused unimaginable harm, especially in the sphere of education. Education is one of those spheres where the heart is inseparable from the head. If students are going to succeed, they probably need to come from a home where they feel safe and secure, so they aren’t paralyzed by anxiety and fear. They probably need to have experienced strong attachments so they know how to bond with teachers and parents. They probably need to have been bathed in love so they have some sense of identity, some confidence about their own worth and some sense of agency about their own future.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Andy Parker: The definition of treason: “The act of betraying one’s country”. Last December, in the wake of the San Bernardino shootings, I appeared on numerous network news outlets and wrote op-ed pieces. Two Democrats and every Republican US Senator had just defeated a measure to allow the the attorney general to deny known or suspected terrorists the ability to obtain firearms and explosives. I called that act of cowardice aiding and abetting the enemy. Treason. In light of the horrific slaughter that took place in Orlando, I’m doubling down.  As of this writing, it is not known if the shooter had help or if he acted alone.  One fact is undeniable: He was on the FBI watch list and was able to easily purchase an assault weapon.  Just like in the aftermath of San Bernardino, Umpqua, or my daughter Alison’s murder, the likes of Mitch McConnell, Bob Goodlatte, Michael McCaul and their fellow traitors trot out their universal catch phase—“You’re in our thoughts and prayers”.  I’m sure it’s engraved on a plaque somewhere in their offices that came along with the monthly NRA check.  


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***An emotional Brooke Shields took the stand against her accused stalker Monday and said he creepily involved her two daughters in his obsession. John Rinaldi, 49, who’s allegedly been hounding the “Blue Lagoon” actress for three decades, finally came too close for comfort when he dropped off a gift of stuffed animals for Rowan, 13, and Grier, 10, at the family’s West Village townhouse. “I’ve been dealing with this for quite a long time,” she said, wearing a preppy blazer, black slacks and flats in Manhattan Criminal Court. “But when you bring my kids into it, all bets are off. My children don’t need any stuffed animals.”

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