*The Uber Ride from Hell:
An Uber passenger was subject to the most uncomfortable ride of his life where his driver seemingly received oral sex from a prostitute, and the company attempted to apologize by offering him a mere $10 credit. Aner Manuel claims he was stuck in an Uber for two miles while an intoxicated prostitute groped and performed oral sex on the driver. The horrified customer posted footage of the ‘most dangerous and inappropriate ride ever’ on social media after the incident in Chicago around 3am on July 17. In the clip, a woman is seen kissing the driver and then lowering her head into his lap, while mood music plays over the stereo.
*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***The “Best of Los Angeles Award” community passed 3,200 members throughout Southern California last night adding over 90 members this week alone. ***Michael Kors has picked out some new shoes to go with its handbags. On Tuesday, Michael Kors Holdings said it had agreed to buy the shoe company Jimmy Choo for 896 million pounds, or about $1.2 billion, the latest push by an American high-end fashion house to find sources of growth in an increasingly competitive retail landscape. Many upscale brands like Michael Kors have faced plummeting sales and tepid profits. Mall traffic in North America has declined sharply, while shoppers who have traditionally been loyal to the so-called middle market have gravitated toward brands at extremes of the style and price spectrum.
*LBN-WHERE THE ELITE AND UNDERDOGS MEET:
*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***The upcoming James Bond film, the 25th in the official 007 canon, does not have a title, director or even a lead actor, but it does have a release date: November 8th, 2019.
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*LBN-NOTICED: ***Woody Allen was spotted over the weekend in the audience of “Hi, Hitler,” an off-Broadway show in NYC that’s billed as “a pinch of Hitler, a cup of hip-hop and a dash of Hasselhoff.” The one-woman play by Bertolt Brecht’sgrandniece Lucie Pohl follows “a German-Jew, who grows up in a wild family of artists, is fascinated by der Führer from age 4 and uprooted from Hamburg to NYC at 8.” Allen — who’s taken his own comedic shots at the Nazi leader in movies such as “Zelig” — was mobbed by fans.
*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Amy Schumer Stand Up – 2012 Amy Schumer, comedian, actor, star of the hit sketch comedy series “Inside Amy Schumer”, Peabody Award and Primetime Emmy Awards winner, brings her insightful and hilarious act to the stage of the 2012 Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal. —- https://youtu.be/s1mKx1sRibE
Bob Dylan Plugs In (1965)
At the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, erstwhile acoustic folk musician Bob Dylan performed with an electric guitar for the first time, marking a major shift in his career. The move did not go over well. Expecting an acoustic set like his two previous ones at Newport, the audience was caught off guard by Dylan’s apparent betrayal of the folk genre, and some fans booed him loudly. His first appearance at the festival, in 1963, constituted his premiere national performance.
*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Jimmy Page: How Stairway to Heaven was written – https://youtu.be/DDo4CA13LbY.
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*LBN-COMMENTARY by JANE E. BRODY: Problems with estrogen and testosterone, the body’s main sex hormones, tend to attract widespread public interest. But we might all be better off paying more attention to a far more common endocrine disorder: abnormal levels of thyroid hormone. Thyroid disorders can affect a wide range of bodily functions and cause an array of confusing and often misdiagnosed symptoms. Because the thyroid, a small gland in the neck behind the larynx, regulates energy production and metabolism throughout the body, including the heart, brain, skin, bowels and body temperature, too much or too little of its hormones can have a major impact on health and well-being. Yet in a significant number of people with thyroid deficiencies, routine blood tests fail to detect insufficient thyroid hormone, leaving patients without an accurate explanation for their symptoms. These can include excessive fatigue, depression, hair loss, unexplained weight gain, constipation, sleep problems, mental fogginess and anxiety. Women of childbearing age may have difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant. Although thyroid disorders are more common in adults, children, whose cognitive and physical development depend on normal thyroid function, are not necessarily spared. In a review article published last year in JAMA Pediatrics, doctors from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia pressed primary care doctors to recognize childhood thyroid disease and begin treatment as early as the second week of life to ensure normal development.
*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: If you grew up in the 20th century, there’s a decent chance you wanted to be likeMiles Davis, Billie Holiday, Humphrey Bogart, Albert Camus, Audrey Hepburn, James Dean or Jimi Hendrix. In their own ways, these people defined cool. The cool person is stoical, emotionally controlled, never eager or needy, but instead mysterious, detached and self-possessed. The cool person is gracefully competent at something, but doesn’t need the world’s applause to know his worth. That’s because the cool person has found his or her own unique and authentic way of living with nonchalant intensity. In his entertaining book “The Origins of Cool in Postwar America,” Tulane historian Joel Dinerstein traces the diverse sources of this style — from the West African concept of “itutu,” which means mystic coolness, to the British stiff upper lip mentality. Jazz musicians, especially people like Lester Young, brought these influences together into what we now call the cool style. Jazz influenced the film noir directors, and then carried cool over to France, where it was embraced by existentialists like Camus. Dinerstein shows that cool isn’t just a style, it’s an “embodied philosophy” that is anchored in a specific generational circumstance. Cool was first of all a form of resistance and rebellion, a rejection of the innocence, optimism and consumer cheeriness that marked the mainstream postwar experience.
*LBN-COMMENTARY by John Crudele: Federal spending topped $400 billion for the first time in June. That has the unfortunate distinction of beating the record of $392.8 billion that was spent in March of 2017. I mention this because the US debt is getting awfully close to $20 trillion — a level which, as I said in a column a while ago, the media should give as much attention as it does whenever the Dow Jones industrial average passes through milestones. Except, of course, the US debt level is more of a millstone around the country’s neck than a milestone.
*LBN-COMMENTARY by Dan Rather: Donald Trump’sspeech last night in front of the Boy Scouts of America was not only highly inappropriate – it was disgusting. I would like to hope it is a nadir in our country’s political discourse, but it seems like the slide downward only accelerates. So it stands as a sad encapsulation of our current age. No doubt many in the crowd were riled up by Mr. Trump’s stale rhetoric of “fake news” and lies about his “massive” electoral victory. But the Boy Scouts is a diverse organization with chapters in every corner of this nation. And today, many are no doubt wondering whether they belong in a group that is supposed to be built on community and service. Many of these boys may be wondering more broadly whether they belong in a country led by a man like this.
*LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:….
*LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Women have been flocking to recently separated Jim Acosta, the CNN White House correspondent whom President Trump derisively called “a real beauty.” The handsome Cuban-American was married for 24 years to Sharon Mobley Stow, a registered nurse with whom he has two daughters and a son. But since the couple quietly split earlier this year and started divorce proceedings, Acosta has been embracing the single life in Washington, DC. “A friend lives in his building and [has seen] him with different women,” one White House colleague told me. ***Chester Bennington’s housekeeper discovered his body Thursday after he took his own life. In a 911 called obtained by TMZ, a driver who was slated to pick up Bennington at his Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., home to take him to a photo shoot told a dispatcher, “I just got to the location and his housekeeper came out and said he killed himself. I asked, ‘Is he cold? Is he warm?’ She said, ‘No, he’s dead, he’s been hanging.’ She’s talking to his wife right now.” The Linkin Park singer’s housekeeper can be overheard wailing in the background.