LBN – Sunday, December 31st, 2017

*ALARMING – Houston Police Arrest Man Found With Arsenal Near NYE Celebration

Houston police have arrested a man found with a small arsenal of weapons on the top floor of the Hyatt Regency hotel, the site of a major New Year’s Eve celebration. The man, who has not been identified, was initially facing charges for disorderly conduct for drunken behavior at the hotel’s bar, but officers later found an AR-15, a shotgun, a handgun and lots of ammunition in his hotel room, Lt. Gordon Macintosh told KPRC 2 News. Police are investigating the incident. The Hyatt hosts a popular New Year’s Eve party that spans four floors of the hotel, with major turnout expected to watch live performances and a 50,000 balloon drop at midnight.


*Trump: Iranian Protesters Angry Over Funds ‘Squandered on Terrorism’

President Trump on Sunday hailed ongoing protests in Iran as vindication of his oft-repeated accusations that the Iranian government is funding terrorism. “The people are finally getting wise as to how their money and wealth is being stolen and squandered on terrorism. Looks like they will not take it any longer,” he wrote on Twitter. “The USA is watching very closely for human rights violations,” he said, reiterating earlier warnings from the White House. Trump’s support of the protests, which turned violent as they entered into their fourth day Sunday, prompted the scorn of the Iranian government a day earlier, with the Iranian Foreign Ministry calling his comments “deceitful” and “opportunistic.” The protests initially erupted over economic policies but quickly took on an anti-government tone, with demonstrators on Sunday calling for the end of Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The unrest has highlighted already strained ties between Iran and the U.S. after Trump imposed new sanctions on what he described as a “terrorist nation.”

*German Jewish Leader Warns That Jews May Require Police Protection As Anti-Semitism Escalates:

Former president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany Charlotte Knobloch claims that Jews are increasingly under threat in the public and may require police protection to lead a normal life without harassment and violence. “Aggressive anti-Semitism, from verbal hostility on the Internet and in the analogue world to desecration and destruction to physical attacks are commonplace in Germany,” Knobloch said. “Jewish life can only take place in public under police protection and the strictest security precautions, or it must be completely cancelled for security reasons,” she added.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Truck drivers impaired by lack of sleep are a near-constant threat around the nation’s busiest ports. Hundreds of drivers who have missed federally mandated breaks hit the road each day, moving containers on their journey to a store near you.

*WHO READS LBN? Veteran Writer / Director Peter Hankoff

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: While pizza in some form has been baked since antiquity, the first “official” pizzeria opened in Naples around 1830

*If You Like Gin and Tonic, You Might be a Psychopath: 

If you’re looking forward to tucking into the G&Ts tonight, we have some bad news for you – chances are, you’re a psychopath. According to a recent study, people who enjoy bitter foods and drinks also possess more malevolent personality traits. The research, conducted by psychologists from Innsbruck University in Austria, consisted of two experiments carried out on 953 people. Men and women were presented with a list of foods and beverages including bitter, sour, salty and sweet items. They asked to rate each item out of six, then given a personality questionnaire to fill out.

*For Trump, a Year of Reinventing the Presidency:

When President Trump meets with aides to discuss policy or prepare for a speech, he may ask about the pros and cons of a new proposal. He may inquire about its possible effect. He may explore the best way to frame his case. But there is one thing he almost never does. “He very seldom asks how other presidents did this,” said John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff. Mr. Trump is the 45th president of the United States, but he has spent much of his first year in office defying the conventions and norms established by the previous 44, and transforming the presidency in ways that were once unimaginable.


Henri Matisse (1869)

One of the premier artists of the modern period, Matisse left his law career after taking up painting during an illness in 1890. He explored Impressionism but instead began to use vivid primary color as a structural element. He became a leader of the short-lived Fauvist movement, and by 1909, he had achieved worldwide fame. After 1939, he became increasingly active as a graphic artist. His contribution to 20th-century art is inestimable.

*LBN-R.I.P.:   John Portman, the architect and developer who revolutionized hotel designs with soaring futuristic atriums, built commercial towers that revitalized the downtowns of decaying postwar American cities and transformed Asian skylines from Shanghai to Mumbai, died on Friday in Atlanta. He was 93. Mr. Portman’s family announced his death. No cause was given.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK:  Fareed Zakaria: Trump resigned US as world’s leader —

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Kathy Jean Schultz: As with every New Year’s, fitness resolutions are sprouting, which means gym memberships, concocting the latest diets workouts to exact the sculpted body you want—and tracking it all with a fitness tracker. Except this year’s fitness trackers aren’t the typical black band you might have become accustomed to. And why not? It’s a field that is ripe with opportunity for improvement. A wristband fitness tracker can often turn into a sweaty nuisance. It’s not completely accurate. And a belt that counts steps taken is a bulky annoyance. So it makes sense that one of the most promising fitness trackers is a temporary skin tattoo embedded with tracking technology that is being tested by scientists. A tattoo after all solves the cumbersome, uncomfortable issues of having a device on you at all times. Researchers are developing a variety of these tiny but flexible sensors. At the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Materials Research Laboratory, YuHao Liu has tested tiny sensors on human volunteers and published promising results. “For skin-mounted tattoo sensors, users would not feel them, as their thickness and weight are comparable to human skin,” Liu told The Daily Beast via email. Liu said one big advantage is that most experimental sensors are so light that volunteers do not feel them, unlike their heavier counterparts.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Jodi Foster: Going to the movies has become like a theme park. Studios making bad content in order to appeal to the masses and shareholders is like fracking  — you get the best return right now but you wreck the earth. It’s ruining the viewing habits of the American population and then ultimately the rest of the world.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Looking for experts?  Find them at – search the site by thousands of topics to find press rooms and news releases, or download their Yearbook of Experts, Authorities & Spokespersons as a PDF at 

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Clive Irving: “How do you manage drinking during the day?” asks a wary King George VI as he watches Winston Churchill consume a bottle of white wine at lunch in Darkest Hour. “Practice” replies Churchill.


The last episode of an intriguing conversation with one of America’s most fascinating woman  — “Without Notes” withSusan Estrich – Episode 5: That Was Then, This Is Now. —-

*LBN-HISTORICAL COMMENTARY by Sir Francis Bacon: A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Tamar Braxton‘s divorce from her estranged husband, Vincent Herbert, hit a new low. On Saturday, in a since-deleted Instagram rant, Braxton claims a woman contacted her to say Herbert is having a baby with her. “Vincent Herbert is having a baby,” she started, according to E! News. The singer added the other woman “decided to let me know about it tonight!!”

LBN E-Lert Edited By Dan Gaylord