LBN – Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

*BIG ESCALATION – North Korea Claims It Tested Hydrogen Bomb
North Korea claims it tested a hydrogen bomb that could be attached to an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). Pyongyang said the test was a “perfect success,” and an artificial earthquake was detected in the region. The action was North Korea’s sixth nuclear test overall. Its neighbors, including China and Russia, condemned the nuclear test. “China’s government expresses resolute opposition and strong condemnation toward this,” the Chinese foreign ministry said in a statement.
*Trump: North Korea ‘Only Understands One Thing’

President Donald Trump responded on Sunday morning to North Korea’s claim that it tested a hydrogen bomb that could be attached to an intercontinental ballistic missile. “North Korea has conducted a major Nuclear Test. Their words and actions continue to be very hostile and dangerous to the United States,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “North Korea is a rogue nation which has become a great threat and embarrassment to China, which is trying to help but with little success,” the president added. China’s foreign ministry condemned the nuclear test, which was Pyongyang’s sixth. In another tweet, Trump said South Korea’s “talk of appeasement with North Korea will not work, they only understand one thing!”

*Russia Blasts ‘Blatantly Hostile’ U.S. for Diplomatic Post Closures

Russia on Sunday blasted the U.S. government for ordering the closure of Russian diplomatic facilities in San Francisco, New York and Washington, D.C. “We treat these developments as a blatantly hostile act, a grave violation by Washington of international law,” the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement. “We urge the U.S. authorities to come to their senses and immediately return the Russian diplomatic facilities. Otherwise the USA will bear total blame for the ongoing degradation of the relations between our countries.” The U.S. move was in response to Russia’s decision to kick out hundreds of American diplomats.

*WHO READS LBN? Best-selling cookbook author Daphne Oz

*Justice Department: Trump Tower Was Not Wiretapped

The Justice Department said it has no evidence to back President Trump’s false claim that former President Obamaordered a wiretap of Trump Tower. “Both FBI and NSD [DOJ national security division] confirm that they have no records related to wiretaps as described by the March 4, 2017 tweets,” the department wrote in a court filing in response to a Freedom of Information Act request from American Oversight. “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” Trump tweeted at the time.


*Obama in Letter Left for Trump: ‘Congratulations on a Remarkable Run’

In a letter to President Trump on inauguration day, former President Barack Obama congratulated the new leader on his “remarkable run.” The letter, which was obtained and published in full by CNN, is reportedly the “last direct communication” between Trump and Obama, according to the network. “Millions have placed their hopes in you, and all of us, regardless of party, should hope for expanded prosperity and security during your tenure,” Obama wrote, imparting four separate pieces of advice on the new president. Obama pledged that he and former first lady Michelle Obama would be willing to “help in any ways which we can.”

*LBN-SEE IT:Fabio Fognini after losing a point to Stefano Travaglia during a first-round singles match at the United States on Wednesday. During that match, Fognini hurled vulgar insults that led to his expulsion from the tournament on Saturday.

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Madonna is heading overseas to a new home in Portugal. The Michigan native had been living in New York. She said on Instagram Saturday that she finds the energy of Portugal inspiring, and it makes her feel creative and alive. A spokesman for the singer said she fell in love with the country after ending a tour there in 2004. Madonna posted that she’ll be working on a film and new music in Portugal.

*MY REVIEW: “As a photographer I find the photos in LBN are intriguing, fascinating, powerful, and inspiring!”  —- Sally V., St. Paul, Minnesota.


  • Giant armadillos as big as cars roamed the earth long before highways and freeways existed. These gigantic creatures died off 10,000 years ago.
  • Pubic lice–a tiny, blood-sucking species of lice that makes its home in human pubic hair–are now endangered because of the growing popularity of the Brazilian bikini wax.
  • A less-known goal of the Nazi army was to resurrect extinct animals.
  • The word “amphibian” comes from the Greek root meaning “double life.” Although their adaptability makes them both land and water creatures that have survived the first five extinctions, they are now the world’s most endangered group of animals.
  • In an effort to save the disappearing golden frogs of Panama, a local bed and breakfast allowed these frogs to reside in their rooms. The amount of poison in one golden frog can kill up to 1,000 mice. 

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***On SaturdayTaylor Swift emerged from months out of the spotlight to be a bridesmaid at pal Abigail Anderson’s wedding. The ceremony was held at Old Whaling Church in Martha’s Vineyard, reports People. Anderson, who has been Swift’s friend for many, many years, married photographer Matt Lucier.   ***Conan O’Brien has been busy filming his new special “Conan Without Borders” in Israel. The late night host seems to be having fun visiting Israel’s top attractions including the Western Wall in Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, and he even stopped by the set of the Netflix series “Fauda.” He also met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.   ***Jimmy Buffett surprised a crowd at Surf Lodge in Montauk on Wednesday night by performing a half-dozen songs with local rocker Nancy Atlas — including a cover of “Brown Eyed Girl” and his own hit, “Margaritaville.”

*LBN-VIDEO LINK:  Warren Buffett ▶ Advice For The Young Generation – This Is What I Wish I Knew In My Youth —-

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ****Walter Becker, the guitarist, bassist and co-founder of the rock duo Steely Dan, one of the most successful and adventurous groups of the 1970s and early ’80s, died on Sunday. He was 67. His death was announced on his official website, which gave no other details. He lived in Maui, Hawaii.

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*LBN-VIDEO LINK:  “Without Notes” with Susan Estrich – Episode 2: The Kennedy Campaign ———


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*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Put simply, your “brand” is what your prospect thinks of when he or she hears your brand name. Are YOU a brand? —–

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio: When we started making “May It Last” back in January of 2014, we really had no idea what we were doing. There was no expectation of making an actual movie, much less one that would play in theaters across the country, but three and a half years after that first shoot, here we are. The Avett Brothers’ music is incredibly honest and heartfelt. Their lyrics seem deeply personal, and listening to them is like hearing someone mine the depths of their soul. Their melodies alternate between achingly beautiful ballads and foot-stomping bangers, and there’s an emotional intensity to everything they put out. When you see them perform live, they are transcendent. Their energy, stage presence, and musicianship are unrivaled, and every show feels like a near-religious experience. In late 2013, we heard from Rick Rubin that the band was starting work on a new album, and that it might be something interesting to film. We had been looking for something to work on with each other for a little while, so we decided to go to North Carolina to do a sort of exploratory test shoot with the Avetts to see if there was something there. We’re fascinated seeing artists at work in their process. The band seemed open to letting us in, so we figured that at the very least, we’d get a peek behind the curtain of a band that creates such personal songs and maybe get a sense of what makes these people—who seem to grapple so honestly and unabashedly with a huge range of emotions through their music—tick.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Bruni: One of the narrators ofTom Perrotta’s superb new novel, “Mrs. Fletcher,” is a former high school lacrosse star who arrives on campus “after all the endless buildup” and develops a “queasy feeling” that his world has become at once more populous and a whole lot colder. “There I was, people-watching and eating my omelet,” he says of one morning in the dining hall, “and the next thing I knew my throat swelled up. And then my eyes started to water.” We urge new college students not to party too hard. We warn them of weight gain (“the freshman 15”). We also need to tell them that what’s often behind all that drinking and eating isn’t celebration but sadness, which is normal, survivable and shared by many of the people around them, no matter how sunny their faces or their Facebook posts.