LBN – Sunday, December 10th, 2017

*FALLOUT –  Clashes Erupt Near U.S. Embassy in Beirut

Lebanese security forces blocked protesters from reaching the U.S. Embassy in Beirut on Sunday in a violent protest against President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Demonstrators set fires in the street and hurled projectiles at security forces who had barricaded the road leading to the embassy, Reuters reports. The violence came amid a wave of unrest following Trump’s policy change last week, with an Israeli security guard also stabbed in Jerusalem on Sunday. The guard was seriously wounded and his attacker arrested after the incident, the first such attack on Israeli law enforcement since Trump’s announcement. World leaders have called on Trump to rethink his decision, warning that the Jerusalem move is likely to unleash further violence in the region. At least two Palestinians were killed and dozens others were wounded earlier this week during clashes with Israeli forces in the West Bank.

*DISTURBING –  South Carolina Serial Killer Says He Has More Victims

Convicted serial killer Todd Kohlhepp has sent an eight-page letter to a South Carolina news outlet claiming he has several more undiscovered victims. Kohlhepp, who was convicted of killing seven people earlier this year, told the Herald-Journal of Spartanburg that he racked up “more than seven” victims prior to his 2016 arrest. “It’s not an addition problem, it’s a multiplication problem. Leaves the state and leaves the country. Thank you private pilot’s license,” he was quoted as saying. “At this point, I really don’t see reason to give numbers or locations,” he said. Kohlhepp claims his attempts to warn authorities of more victims were “blown off.” Don Wood, chief division counsel with the FBI’s field office in Columbia, told the paper the bureau has an investigation pending into the matter. Kohlhepp was sentenced to life in prison after his trial last May. The former owner of a real estate business, his crimes took place over more than a decade and he was caught only after police found a woman chained up on his property in 2016.

*California Governor Blames Devastating Wildfires on Climate Change – Says Deadly Winter Infernos Will Be ‘The New Normal’:

California’s governor has said that deadly wildfires in the winter will be ‘the new normal’, as fire crews rushed to contain the fires, with dry desert winds expected to intensify over the weekend. Governor Jerry Brown on Saturday toured Ventura County neighborhoods ravaged by a week-long wildfire that killed at least one person and destroyed hundreds of homes and other buildings. At a news conference, the Democrat said drought and climate change mean California faces a ‘new reality’ where lives and property are continually threatened by fire, at a cost of billions of dollars. He added that gusty winds and low humidity are continuing and warned that there’s a good chance of seeing ‘firefighting at Christmas’.

*Trump’s Hour-by-Hour Battle for Self-Preservation:

Around 5:30 each morning, President Trump wakes and tunes into the television in the White House’s master bedroom. He flips to CNN for news, moves to “Fox & Friends” for comfort and messaging ideas, and sometimes watches MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” because, friends suspect, it fires him up for the day. Energized, infuriated — often a gumbo of both — Mr. Trump grabs his iPhone. Sometimes he tweets while propped on his pillow, according to aides. Other times he tweets from the den next door, watching another television. Less frequently, he makes his way up the hall to the ornate Treaty Room, sometimes dressed for the day, sometimes still in night clothes, where he begins his official and unofficial calls. As he ends his first year in office, Mr. Trump is redefining what it means to be president. He sees the highest office in the land much as he did the night of his stunning victory over Hillary Clinton — as a prize he must fight to protect every waking moment, and Twitter is his Excalibur. Despite all his bluster, he views himself less as a titan dominating the world stage than a maligned outsider engaged in a struggle to be taken seriously, according to interviews with 60 advisers, associates, friends and members of Congress. For other presidents, every day is a test of how to lead a country, not just a faction, balancing competing interests. For Mr. Trump, every day is an hour-by-hour battle for self-preservation. He still relitigates last year’s election, convinced that the investigation by Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, into Russia’s interference is a plot to delegitimize him. Color-coded maps highlighting the counties he won were hung on the White House walls.


*ANCIENT ARTIFACTS –  Two 3,500-Year-Old Tombs Discovered in Egypt

Egyptian officials have excavated two tombs dating back to the 18th Dynasty in the southern city of Luxor. Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani announced the discovery on Saturday, declaring an “exceptional day” for the country after unearthing the final resting places of two ancient officials. “It’s the first time to enter these two tombs,” al-Anani told reporters. The tombs, located in an ancient cemetery for noblemen and top officials on the west bank of the Nile River, were previously known but had never been opened. Archaeologists found wooden funerary masks, clay vessels, hundreds of statues, and a linen-wrapped mummy among the many artifacts. The mummy is thought to belong to a top official from the early 18th Dynasty.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Despite decades of public health efforts to educate the public on the importance of protection from UV radiation, over 30 million people a year tan indoors in the United States. Approximately 71% of tanning salon patrons are girls and women aged 16-29.

*With 2020 Census Looming, Worries About Fairness and Accuracy:

Census experts and public officials are expressing growing concerns that the bedrock mission of the 2020 census — an accurate and trustworthy head count of everyone in the United States — is imperiled, with worrisome implications. Preparations for the count already are complicated by a sea change in the census itself: For the first time, it will be conducted largely online instead of by mail. But as the Census Bureau ramps up its spending and work force for the 2020 count, it is saddled with problems. Its two top administrative posts are filled by placeholders. Years of under-funding by Congress and cost overruns on the digital transition have forced the agency to pare back its preparations, including abandoning two of the three trial runs of the overhauled census process.

*LBN-HEALTH WATCH:   ***Having health insurance is supposed to save you money on your prescriptions. But increasingly, consumers are finding that isn’t the case. Patrik Swanljung found this out when he went to fill a prescription for a generic cholesterol drug. In May, Mr. Swanljung handed his Medicare prescription card to the pharmacist at his local Walgreens and was told that he owed $83.94 for a three-month supply. Alarmed at that price, Mr. Swanljung went online and found Blink Health, a start-up, offering the same drug — generic Crestor — for $45.89. It had struck a better deal than did his insurer, UnitedHealthcare. “It’s completely ridiculous,” said Mr. Swanljung, 72, who lives in Anacortes, Wash.

*LBN-SPORTS INSIDER:   ***The New York Yankees are set to acquire 2017 National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton from the Miami Marlins, according to multiple news reports. A source cited by ESPN on Saturday said Yankees infielder Starlin Castro would join the Marlins as part of the deal, which is not yet official. The Marlins would also receive Yankees prospects Jorge Guzman and Jose Devers. Stanton currently has a no-trade clause in his 13-year contract, though he has previously said the Yankees are a team he’d waive that clause for.   ***Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy on Saturday, completing a climb from walk-on to one of the most accomplished players in the history of college football. Mayfield, the brash, flag-planting Sooners star, became the sixth Oklahoma player to win the Heisman in one of the most lopsided votes ever. He received 86 percent of the total points available, the third-highest percentage in Heisman history.

*LBN-NOTICED:  ***Michael Bay at LIV nightclub at Miami’s Fontainebleau as producer Diplo took over the turntables.

*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***Mike Berkowitz is bringing his formidable roster of comedy touring clients to WME. The longtime APA agent has landed at WME, a day after announcing his intent to exit APA when his contract expires at the end of this month.

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Actor Steve Reevis, known for his roles in “Fargo” and “Last of the Dogmen,” has died. He was 55. Reevis passed Thursday at a hospital in Missoula, Montana. The cause of death was not immediately clear.



Without a doubt, SoundCloud is God’s gift to indie music. It’s a simple, bare-bones service that allows anyone to upload and download music under a variety of licenses, and embed uploaded tracks across the web. It’s effortless and has a novel timed annotation feature, allowing people to discuss music in an entirely new way. SoundCloud is great, and if you want to hear the next big thing before the labels do, SoundCloud is where to look.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: The Ultimate Masterclass In How To Be A Family —

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen DowdAlan Simpson was appalled by the injustice of it all. Back in 1991, during the incendiary Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas hearings, the salty Republican senator from Wyoming was very concerned at the idea that a woman would wait many years after a disturbing encounter and then “come out of the night like a missile and destroy a man.” It has been a rough spell for men whose primal fear is women coming out of the night like missiles.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Jim Reische:  It would be nice to live in a world in which errors weren’t necessary. Or would it?Miles Davis left behind a quote that I think captures the beauty of a world in which mistakes are natural or even valued: “It’s not the note you play that’s the wrong note — it’s the note you play afterwards that makes it right or wrong.” Our children deserve the opportunity to play the music for themselves.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Euny Hong (author of “The Birth of Korean Cool): If there are such things as “Korean beauty secrets” they seem to amount to this: Put a lot of time, money and energy into your skin, and you’ll probably see results (just don’t export too much to China).

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Bruni: It used to be that when someone called me an abomination, I was in the presence of a homophobe. But a recent opinion column in Texas State University’s main newspaper damned me for a different reason. I’m abominable because I’m white. The column wasn’t aimed at me personally but at my kind, and the Hispanic student who wrote it began by saying that “of all the white people” he had ever encountered, there were a dozen or so who rose to the level of “decent.” The allowance that 12 of us passed muster was perhaps the most generous passage in a screed that had an unambiguous message for white people, be they “good-hearted liberals” or “right-wing extremists.”


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*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Comedian Chelsea Handler is coming under fire for tweeting a vulgar video that mocks White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders‘ weight and physical appearance. The video – a promotion for Handler’s Netflix series – is a fake step-by-step makeup tutorial, featuring comedy writer Fortune Feimster as Sanders. Each step of the fake tutorial is accompanied by crude jokes that ridicule – among other things – Sanders’ face, Trump and Republicans.   ***Gwyneth Paltrow bailed on her own Goop Art Basel Miami dinner due to LA wildfires threatening her home. She had been due to celebrate the opening of Goop Gift, a pop-up in Miami’s Design District, followed by a dinner at developer Craig Robins’ home. Paltrow sent a note saying that she was unable to attend at the last moment due to an emergency evacuation.

LBN E-Lert Edited By Dan Gaylord