LBN- Special Report- Tuesday December 13, 2016

UN: Aleppo Civilians ‘Shot on the Spot’:

Syrian government troops in Aleppo have been reportedly going door-to-door killing civilians Tuesday in the holdout city’s sole remaining rebel-held enclave—a development the United Nations human-rights office termed “a complete meltdown of humanity.” The UN office said it had reliable evidence that at least 82 civilians, including 11 women and 13 children, have been shot on sight by pro-government forces. Further reports say the atrocities have left bodies lining the streets and children being set on fire. “We’re filled with the deepest foreboding for those who remain in this last hellish corner” of eastern Aleppo, said spokesman Rupert Colville. Days of artillery bombardments and airstrikes by regime and Russian forces have pinned as many as 100,000 civilians into a few square miles in what was Syria’s largest city before its five-year civil war. The Russian military said Monday that 98 percent of the rebel stronghold had been retaken, and a Kremlin spokesman blamed the violence on “terrorist groups”—its code word for  Syrian rebels. The UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross are pleading with Moscow and President Bashar al-Assad to allow a safe passage for civilians to flee the area.

WEIRD – Kanye West Meets With Trump in New York:

On Tuesday morning, rapper Kanye West was spotted walking into an elevator at Trump Tower in New York City, with an entourage and videographer with him. The Donald Trump presidential transition team confirmed to The Daily Beast that West was, in fact, there to meet with the Republican president-elect.  “[Kanye’s] meeting with the president-elect,” Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks wrote in an email.  The two scheduled the meeting because Trump “is going to be president for all Americans,” Trump transition team communications director Jason Miller told The Daily Beast. “[Kanye] has had positive things to say about the president-elect,” and Trump is interested in “putting together coalitions” and wants to “reach out to people both from traditional and nontraditional political viewpoints,” Miller added.


Trump Taps Exxon’s Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State:

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen ExxonMobil Chief Executive Rex Tillerson as his nominee to serve as his secretary of State. “Rex Tillerson’s career is the embodiment of the American dream,” Trump said in a statement. “Through hard work, dedication, and smart dealmaking, Rex rose through the ranks to become CEO of ExxonMobil, one of the world’s largest and most respected companies. His tenacity, broad experience, and deep understanding of geopolitics make him an excellent choice for secretary of State.” The real-estate mogul considered several people for the position, including former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. “It was an honor to have been considered for secretary of State of our great country,” Romney wrote on Facebook.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: In the first 10 months of this year, there were 17,063 homicide cases in Mexico, already more than last year’s total and the highest 10-month tally since 2012. The relapse in security has unnerved Mexico and led many to wonder whether the country is on the brink of a bloody, all-out war between criminal groups. The surge in violence around Mexico reflects an increasingly volatile criminal landscape and the limitations of North America’s counternarcotics strategy, and it has contributed to the plummeting approval ratings of President Enrique Peña Nieto.

LBN-READER POLL:  On a scale of 0 – 10 (10 being the best president in U.S. history, 0 being the worst in U.S. history), how would you rank President Obama? Send your reply to us: (Please put “LBN-Reader Poll” in the subject line).

HA! HA! – Cosby to Court Security: ‘Don’t Tase Me, Bro’:

While entering a hearing on a sexual assault case, Bill Cosby reportedly greeted courtroom security with a joke on Tuesday: “Don’t tase me, bro.” Authorities reopened Cosby’s case—involving accuser Andrea Constand—last year after more than 60 women told officials similar stories about the actor allegedly drugging and groping them. Prosecutors plan to call on upwards of 13 accusers to speak in the 79-year-old comedian’s case, to prove that Cosby has a pattern of such behavior against women. The trial is currently scheduled for spring 2017.

Study: Teens Drinking, Smoking Less:

Teenagers in the U.S. are apparently better behaved than they’ve been in 40 years. According to a new Monitoring the Future survey, young people are drinking and smoking less, as well as doing fewer drugs, with marijuana use dropping among 8th-graders through 10th-graders. “The question is: Why is all this happening?” asked University of Michigan researcher Lloyd Johnston, who has led the study since 1975. “Even though we have some hypotheses, I don’t know that we necessarily have the right ones.” Johnson said smoking is often a gateway drug for teens, and that a lower smoking rate could be partially responsible for the rest of the decline. In 2001, 53 percent of 12th-graders said they’d been drunk at least once. That number has dropped to 37.3 percent. This year, only 10.5 percent of high-school seniors said they’d smoked at all in the last month.

Earth Is Totally Unprepared for Asteroid:

Earthlings are completely unprepared for an asteroid or a comet hurtling toward our planet, a NASA scientist said Monday. Joseph Nuth, a researcher with the space agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center, said, “The biggest problem, basically, is there’s not a hell of a lot we can do about it at the moment.” Nuth spoke at the annual American Geophysical Union meeting, noting that such an Armageddon-like event would be extremely rare. “But on the other hand, they are the extinction-level events, things like dinosaur killers, they’re 50 to 60 million years apart, essentially. You could say, of course, we’re due, but it’s a random course at that point,” he continued. “If you look at the schedule for high-reliability spacecraft and launching them, it takes five years to launch a spacecraft. We had 22 months of total warning” in 2014 during our last “close encounter.” He stressed that having a rocket ready to launch within a year—even one kept in storage—“could mitigate the possibility of a sneaky asteroid coming in from a place that’s hard to observe, like from the sun.” Such a mission would require congressional approval.


LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***A medical laboratory company based in New Jersey said Monday that it was investigating a recent hack that exposed the personal health information of about 34,000 people. An “unauthorized third party” gained access to names, dates of birth, lab results and, in some cases, telephone numbers on Nov. 26 through a mobile health app that gives patients access to lab results and other information, according to the company, Quest Diagnostics, which is based in Madison, N.J. President-elect Donald Trump has an opportunity to establish “American leadership through innovation,”   ***Bill Gates told CNBC on Tuesday. “A lot of his message has been about … where he sees things not as good as he’d like,” the billionaire Microsoft co-founder said on “Squawk Box.”  “But in the same way President Kennedy talked about the space mission and got the country behind that,” Gates continued, “I think whether it’s education or stopping epidemics … [or] in this energy space, there can be a very upbeat message that [Trump’s] administration [is] going to organize things, get rid of regulatory barriers, and have American leadership through innovation.”

LBN-HEALTH WATCH:   ***Two people can have the same amount of excess weight, they can be the same age, the same socioeconomic class, the same race, the same gender. And yet a treatment that works for one will do nothing for the other. The problem, researchers say, is that obesity and its precursor — being overweight — are not one disease but instead, like cancer, they are many. “You can look at two people with the same amount of excess body weight and they put on the weight for very different reasons,” said Dr. Arya Sharma, medical director of the obesity program at the University of Alberta.

LBN-NOTICED:   ***George Lucas and Mellody Hobsonseeing the New York Theatre Workshop’s “Othello” in New York City.   ***Channing Tatum and wife Jenna with daughter Everly in a pink tutu at the Dolby Theatre to see the LA Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”.    ***James Franco with a mullet in a Toronto hotel.   ***Former N.Y. Giants punter Steve Weatherford at the Operation: Heal Our Heroes gala.    ***Ice T and Coco at the Champagne Bar at the Plaza in NYC.   ***Bob Dylan’s model grandson Levi Dylan at Kola House in NYC for the Center’s holiday benefit.   ***LBN Editor Addie Beaulieu and media researcher Lauren Clark having a pizza dinner last night at Obica restaurant in Santa Monica.   ***Anne Hathaway showed off her new hairstyle at the New York Botanical Garden’s Winter Wonderland Ball.She told friends that when her new son Jonathan (now 9 months) is old enough, she’d bring him to see the Botanical Garden’s famed Holiday Train Show.

LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Patti Smith – A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall (Performs For Bob Dylan) —–

LBN-COMMENTARY by Michael Levine (Media expert and author — ) : When the mind recalls a memory, it’s not the original memory. In fact, the act of remembering is an act of creative re-imagination. The put-together memory doesn’t just have a few holes; it also has some entirely new bits pasted in.

LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “There is nothing that is a more certain sign of insanity than to do the same thing over and over and expect the results to be different.” – Albert Einstein —–

WHO READS LBN? Ted Habte-Gabr, Founder of Live Talks Los Angeles


LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Lamar Odom has checked into rehab a little over a year after he was found unconscious at a Nevada brothel. “It was his own decision. He wanted to work on his mental and physical health for the next chapter of his life,” a source told E!, adding that “He has not fallen off the wagon, but he understands the importance of maintaining his sobriety.”   ***Media mogul Sumner Redstone once gave $18 million to a flight attendant on the CBS corporate jet — then slept with her sister and doled out $6 million to that woman, legal papers claim. The sisters were just part of a stable of at least 11 women whom the loaded 93-year-old magnate showered with dough, says former Redstone lover Sydney Holland, 45, in bombshell court documents filed Monday. “Redstone gave tens of millions of dollars to various other women — who he had no intention of marrying and was not in love with — at the time he was engaged to marry Sydney,” the Los Angeles Superior Court filing says.

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