LBN – Special Report – Wednesday, August 2nd 2017

*Rex Tillerson Tells North Korea: ‘We Are Not Your Enemy’

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday that he would welcome a dialogue with North Korea and emphasized to the reclusive country that the U.S. is “not your enemy.” Tillerson seeks to have North Korea relinquish its nuclear arsenal in exchange for certain security assurances from the U.S. “We do not seek a regime change, we do not seek the collapse of the regime, we do not seek an accelerated reunification of the peninsula,” Tillerson said. “We do not seek an excuse to send our military north of the 38th parallel.” Separately, the U.S. Air Force on Wednesday successfully test-launched an intercontinental ballistic missile from the California coast.

*Sessions Gives Rare Warning on Dangers of Police Misconduct

In a highly unusual foray for Jeff Sessions, the attorney general on Tuesday addressed police misconduct in America. “We all know the cases of the last several years when, in confrontations with police, lives have been cut short,” Sessions said, at the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives conference. “Just as I’m committed to defending law enforcement who lawfully have to use deadly force to defend themselves while engaged in their work, I will also use the power of the office I’m entrusted with to hold any officer responsible who violates the law.” Sessions has previously shied away from such topics and has chastised critics for speaking ill of law enforcement. But before the group in Atlanta, Sessions spoke to the problem of minority communities distrusting police, calling recruiting issues in such areas a “catastrophe.” He added, “You know all it takes is for one bad officer to destroy the reputations of so many who work every day to build good relationships in these communities and who serve with honor and distinction.”

*Scaramucci Says He Is ‘Going Dark’

Anthony Scaramucci, the former White House communications director, has said in a new interview with The Huffington Post that he intends to “go dark” and disappear from public life. “Then I will reemerge,” he said. “As me.” When he was fired about 10 days after taking on the role, he said, “The president told me he knows I have his back, but he has to try to tighten the ship.” During that same window of time, Scaramucci’s wife gave birth and filed for divorce. He also gave a notoriously f-bomb-laden interview with The New Yorker’sRyan Lizza, which likely contributed to his ouster. More than one week after the birth of his child, he still hadn’t visited the baby, according to The Huffington Post, which reported that, as of Tuesday afternoon, he hadn’t met his son.


*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Makeup and Cosmetics

  • Roman philosopher Plautus once quipped, “A woman without paint is like food without salt.”
  • The word “cosmetic” is from the Greek word kosmos (related to cosmos), meaning to arrange, order, or adorn. The popular magazine Cosmopolitan is also derived from this root.
  • In 1909, Eugène Schueller founded the French Harmless Hair Dye Company, which later became L’Oreal.
  • The rivalry between Elizabeth Arden, who opened a beauty salon in 1910, and Helene Rubinstein, a Polish immigrant, helped move the cosmetic industry into the modern era.
  • In the early 20th century, Elizabeth Arden and Helen Rubinstein along with Max Factor (who produced makeup for actresses) built the foundations of the modern cosmetic advertising industry. They used aggressive advertising tactics, such as celebrity endorsements and magazine advertisements.

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:  ***Apple exceeded Wall Street’s expectations for revenue and profits for its most recent quarter, as strong sales of Macs and digital services offset flat sales of iPhones while consumers wait for new models to be released in the fall. The strong results eased Wall Street’s fears that consumers were pulling back from Apple’s products, particularly its flagship, the iPhone. Apple said little about the upcoming phones and declined to address reports of production delays with a new high-end model, which is expected to feature an edge-to-edge screen and is expected to cost more than $1,000. The company’s revenue projections for the quarter ending in September spanned a wide range, suggesting that executives are hedging on the exact timing of the iPhone update.


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*LBN-SPORTS INSIDER:   ***The son of former pro golfer David FehertyShey Feherty, died Saturday July 29th of an overdose. He had turned 29 that day.   ***Alex Rodriguez says the fallout from his doping scandal was so bad that he felt like “tapping out.” In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, A-Rod said his 2014 MLB ban was his rock bottom. “There were nights in Miami when I was close to tapping out,” said the former slugger. But Rodriguez, who’s since built a broadcasting career and begun a romance with Jennifer Lopez, says he hopes that “in 10 years, I’ll be able to say that the ’14 sabbatical was one of the best things that happened in my life.”

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Harry StylesIrving AzoffWhoopi GoldbergBill O’Reilly and John McEnroe and Patty Smythcatching Earth, Wind & Fire at the Classic East concert at Citi Field in NYC.

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*LBN-VIDEO LINK: A Devastated Stephen Colbert Sings Farewell To The Mooch —–


*LBN-INVESTIGATES : The most literate city in the United States is Minneapolis, with Washington D.C. and Seattle rounding out the top 3.

*LBN-BOOK NEWS:   ***Former FBI Director James Comeyhas a book deal. Flatiron Books told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Comey is writing a book about leadership and decision making that will draw upon his career in government. Comey will write about experiences that made him the FBI’s best-known and most controversial FBI head in recent times, from his handling of the bureau’s probe into Hillary Clinton’sprivate email server to allegations of ties between Russia andDonald Trump’s presidential campaign.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: “Without Notes” with Susan Estrich – Episode 1: The Early Years  —

*LBN – R.I.P. :   ***Ara Parseghian, a Presbyterian of Armenian descent who might have seemed an unlikely savior of Notre Dame football but became just that, coaching the Fighting Irish out of the wilderness and back to greatness in the 1960s and ’70s, died early Wednesday morning at his home in Granger, Ind. He was 94. The Rev. John Jenkins, president of the University of Notre Dame, announced the death in a statement. Parseghian, whose home was not far from the university’s campus in South Bend, Ind., had recently been undergoing treatment at a care facility for a hip infection.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.” – Harriet Beecher Stowe  —–

*LBN-COMMENTARY by KEVIN FALLON: Forget that nonsense over things shaken or stirred. Lorraine Broughtonwill take it right out of the bottle. And then break that bottle over your head. Exposing just how exhausting the relentless conversation of who might be the next James Bond—and then the groan-inducing news that enough money finally convincedDaniel Craig to bring new shades of grouchiness to 007 one more time—is the fact that, in Atomic BlondeCharlize Theronproves that she’s the action hero with a license to kill that we need. That we deserve. And that, sadly, we may never appreciate enough. Calling her kickass Atomic Blonde “the female James Bond” is at once apt, progressive, and reductive. It’s the kind of label we use to disguise a watershed moment but we really use to pat ourselves on the back for our self-congratulatory “wokeness.” Look, we’ve come so far that we think a woman could be like 007! (But not actually 007, of course. No, we would never go that far.)  The truth is that Lorraine—and Charlize’s performance—stands on its own, a one-two knockout following her turn in Mad Max: Fury Road that cements her as the greatest action hero currently working in film. She boasts the athleticism, depth, magnetism, and wanton disregard for convention that intensifies her appeal, and the lack of which makes so many other action stars so bland.

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*LBN-COMMENTARY by THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN: I have a simple view of governing today: We are in the middle of not one but three climate changes at once to which government must help citizens respond — and Donald Trump doesn’t have a clue and China does.Here is what I mean: We are in the middle of a change in the climate of the climate. We are going from “later” to “now.” In the past you could fix any climate/environmental problem later or now. But today later is officially over. Later will be too late. At some point, the deforestation of the Amazon is not reversible. We are the middle of a change in the “climate” of globalization. We are going from an interconnected world to an interdependent one, and in such a world your friends can hurt you faster than your enemies: Think what happens if Mexico’s economy fails. And your rivals’ falling becomes more dangerous than your rivals’ rising: We will be hurt a lot more by China’s economy tanking than its putting tanks on islands in the South China Sea. And lastly we’re in the middle of a change in the “climate” of technology. We’re moving into a world where machines and software can analyze (see patterns that were always hidden before); optimize (tell a plane which altitude to fly each mile to get the best fuel efficiency); prophesize (tell you when your elevator will break and fix it before it does); customize (tailor any product or service for you alone) and digitize and automate just about any job. This is transforming every industry.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   **Sofía Vergara has nothing to hide. The “Modern Family” actress, who turned 45 last month, bares all for Women’s Health’s annual Naked Issue. Embracing her curves, Vergara told the magazine the secret to aging is knowing that no one is perfect. “It’s like torture for me,” she admitted. “I’m in a bad mood two hours before, I’m in a bad mood while I’m doing it, I’m in a bad mood at the end because I have to schedule the next class.” Despite her active lifestyle, Vergara, whose bra size is a 32DDD, has some limitations due to her body’s composition. “I can barely do a pushup,” she said, admitting husband Joe Manganiello motivates her to work out. “I wish I could be a little more athletic, but when you’re born with these gigantic boobs … I’ve had them since I was 13, and then they got bigger when I was pregnant and had the baby.”   ***Joanna Krupa and Brandi Glanville have settled their lawsuit in which Glanville claims the model’s “p—y smelled.” “We are pleased with the settlement and Joanna is moving and enjoying all the changes that are happening in her life this year,” Krupa’s attorney said in a statement to People. “Joanna is happy with the settlement and has no regrets. Joanna hopes she has inspired action instead of indifference.” The details of the settlement were kept private, but Glanville did issue an apology. I want to apologize to Joanna Krupa for the statements I have made about her,” she said. “I regret ever making such statements about Joanna Krupa; I also certainly never intended my statements to be taken so seriously and out of proportion.”