LBN – Thursday, January 25th, 2018

*TIME BOMB –  The Doomsday Clock Just Moved Forward 30 Seconds

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists advanced its Doomsday Clock by 30 seconds, following a “grim assessment” of today’s geopolitical climate. “As of today, it is two minutes to midnight,” Bulletin President Rachel Bronson said—midnight denoting the time of symbolic global annihilation. Due to the failure ofPresident Trump and other global leaders to deal with nuclear threats and climate change, the clock is now as “close tomidnight today as it was in 1953, when Cold War fears perhaps reached their highest levels.” The Bulletin also advanced the clock by 30 seconds last year due to Trump’s election and statements as president.

*500 Ex-DACA Criminals, Gang Members Still in U.S., Gov’t Unaware of Whereabouts: 

Hundreds of criminals and gang members with revoked DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) are now roaming free in the U.S, and the government has no idea where they are, a new report reveals. In its report, “500 Ex-DACA Criminals & Gang Members Still At Large: Will They Get Amnesty Too?,” the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) cites government statistics on the lost, now-illegal aliens.

*BOLD – Trump Says He Is Willing to Speak Under Oath to Mueller:

President Trump said on Wednesday that he was willing and eager to be interviewed by Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential campaign, insisting that he has done nothing wrong. “I’m looking forward to it, actually,” Mr. Trump said of talking to Mr. Mueller, answering months of speculation over whether he was willing to submit to questions from the special counsel, who is also believed to be looking into whether the Trump campaign aided Moscow’s effort and whether the president sought to thwart the inquiry itself. “Here’s the story, just so you understand,” Mr. Trump said during an impromptu question-and-answer session with reporters in the West Wing. “There’s been no collusion whatsoever. There’s no obstruction whatsoever, and I’m looking forward to it.” Mr. Trump suggested that his efforts to defend himself against damaging allegations had been unfairly misinterpreted as wrongdoing.

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*‘Mohammed’ on Course to be Most Popular Baby Name in Germany:  

The name Mohammed and its many spelling variations are on course to become one of the most popular names in Germany, going from 97th to 26th most popular in less than a decade. According to the Gesellschaft für Deutsche Sprache (Society for German Language, GfdS), often labeled as the most important language society in Germany, the name Mohammed has seen a rapid rise in popularity, though the name could be even more popular than their figures suggest, Die Welt reports. GfdS data, like many similar statistics, do not take into consideration all of the different spellings of Mohammed such as Mohamad, Mohamed, Mehmet, and others. In Austria, the daily newspaper Kronen Zeitung compiled data using all the variants of the name and found that Mohammed soared in popularity from 5th overall to 3rd among baby boys born in Vienna.

*John Kerry ‘Seriously Considering’ Running for President Again

Former Secretary of State John Kerry has said he is “seriously considering running for president in 2020,” The Jerusalem Post reported Thursday. During a London meeting with Hussein Agha, a confidant of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Kerry said he expected that President Donald Trump will be out of office “within a year,” according to the report. He also hinted to Agha that establishment and intelligence forces in the U.S. “are dissatisfied with Trump’s performance.” He continued to tell Agha to tell Abbas to “hold on and be strong,” and to “not yield to President Trump’s demands” in the peace-talk process.

*Oprah Finally Sounds Off on 2020 Rumors

Oprah Winfrey confirmed to InStyle magazine that she won’t be running for president in 2020. In an interview with Editor in Chief Laura Brown, the talk-show mogul said that she “always felt very secure and confident with myself in knowing what [she] could do and what [she] could not.” Winfrey continued, “And so [a presidential campaign is] not something that interests me. I don’t have the DNA for it.” Winfrey even mentioned how she met with one individual “who said that they would help [her] with a campaign,” but she stated, “That’s not for me.”

*STAY THE HELL AWAY –  ‘Torture House’ Parents Barred From Contacting Kids

The two California parents accused of torturing and holding their own 13 children captive for years have been barred from contacting them until at least 2021. A Riverside County Superior Court judge on Wednesday issued a three-year protective order prohibiting the parents, David and Louise Turpin, from having any “personal, telephone or electronic or written contact” with their children. They have also been ordered to stay at least 100 yards away from their children as part of the order, which expires on Jan. 24, 2021. The couple is accused of severely abusing and torturing the children, who were allegedly starved, restrained on their beds for weeks at a time, and subjected to beatings and strangulation. They face as much as 94 years in prison if convicted on numerous counts of torture, false imprisonment, and abuse. The 13 siblings, who range in age from 2 to 29 years, were found by police last week after one of them escaped and called 911.

*Trump Says He Is Open to a Path to Citizenship for ‘Dreamers’: 

President Trump said on Wednesday that he is open to a path to citizenship after 10 to 12 years for hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, days after rejecting a bipartisan plan with that as its centerpiece. Mr. Trump once again seemed to undercut his administration’s message, telling reporters at the White House that he would allow the young immigrants, known as Dreamers, to “morph into” citizens over a period of time. The reporters had gathered for a briefing from a senior official detailing the administration’s plans to stick to a restrictive immigration agenda when the president dropped in unprompted, shortly before departing for Davos, Switzerland, pre-empting the official. “Over a period of 10 to 12 years,” Mr. Trump said, “somebody does a great job, they work hard — that gives incentive to do a great job. Whatever they’re doing, if they do a great job, I think it’s a nice thing to have the incentive of, after a period of years, being able to become a citizen.”

*Julian Assange’s health in ‘dangerous’ condition, say doctors:

Julian Assange’s long stay in the Ecuadorian embassy in London is having a “dangerous” impact on his physical and mental health, according to clinicians who carried out the most recent assessments of him. The pair renewed calls for the WikiLeaks publisher to be granted safe passage to a London hospital. Sondra Crosby, a doctor and associate professor at the Boston University’s school of medicine and public health, and Brock Chisholm, a London-based consultant clinical psychologist, examined Assange for 20 hours over three days in October.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Former FBI Special Agent Robert K. Ressler (1937-2013) is the man credited with coining the term “serial killer” in 1971.

*LBN-HEALTH WATCH: Many more stroke victims than previously thought can be saved from disability or death if doctors remove blood clots that are choking off circulation to the brain, a new study has shown. “These striking results will have an immediate impact and save people from lifelong disability or death,” Dr. Walter J. Koroshetz, director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, said in a statement. “I really cannot overstate the size of this effect.” The key finding is that there is often more time than doctors realized in which brain cells can still be rescued by a procedure to remove the clot. Traditional guidelines have set a limit of six hours after stroke symptoms begin, and said after that it would be too late to help. The study showed that the time window could be expanded to 16 hours. However, the findings do not apply to every stroke victim. The researchers used a special type of brain imaging to identify the patients who still had live brain tissue that could be saved if the blood supply was restored. Only about half the patients who were screened qualified for treatment, known as thrombectomy, which uses a mechanical device to pull clots out of a blood vessel.

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Home Depot is awarding its hourly employees in the U.S. a one-time cash bonus of as much as $1,000 following the passage of new tax legislation. The bonus amounts will be determined based on a person’s length of service, similar to Walmart’s strategy. All of Home Depot’s U.S. hourly workers will get at least a $200 bonus, a spokeswoman told CNBC, and the maximum payout is $1,000 for workers who’ve served at least 20 years.

*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***It’s a scenario that would have been unthinkable a year ago: a Viacom-CBS merger without Leslie Moonves at the helm. Yet insiders at both companies found it imaginable in recent days as Shari Redstone, faced with a time of breathtaking change in the industry, maneuvers to reunite the houses that her father divided in 2005. The inconceivable seemed possible after The Wall Street Journal published a Jan. 17 article saying that Redstone was “advocating for new blood” on the CBS board and was “dissatisfied” with succession strategy and “a general lack of long-range strategic planning” at the company. Those were fighting words, and CBS executives could only conclude that the “people familiar with the matter” cited as sources were Redstone surrogates.

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Grammy, Emmy and Tony-award winning artist Cyndi Lauper has sold her Connecticut home of more three decades. The nearly 3,900-square-foot home in Stamford sold for a little more than $800,000, well below the $1.25 million asking price it was originally listed for in May. Real estate broke Michael Leventhal tells the Stamford Advocate the home “got worldwide attention and a lot of interest.” Lauper bought the home in 1986.

*LBN-SPORTS INSIDER:   ***A feud that started at the Eagles’ last Super Bowl appearance is still going strong as they return to the big game. Polarizing wide receiver Terrell Owens, who was on the Eagles roster with Donovan McNabbfor the 2004 and 2005 seasons, said he would prefer to dine with the explosive Chris “C.T.” Tamburello from MTV’s “The Challenge” over his former Philadelphia quarterback, despite an explosive exchange with his reality TV co-star. “Probably C.T. We can talk it over dinner,” Owens said Wednesday during a radio appearance on SiriusXM’s “The Morning Men” with Evan Cohen and Mike Babchik.


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Grand Rapids, Michigan, Becomes First US City to Fluoridate Its Water (1945)

Around 1901, dentist Frederick McKay began to research why many Colorado residents’ teeth were stained brown yet were also cavity-free. The culprit, as it turned out, was fluoride. Though it can discolor teeth in large doses, fluoride also prevents decay. Grand Rapids, Michigan, became the first US city to experiment with adding fluoride to its water supply. The rate of cavities plummeted, and fluoridation became a national health policy.

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Olivia Cole, an actress best known for her Emmy Award-winning role in the acclaimed mini-series “Roots,” died on Friday at her home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. She was 75. The cause was a heart attack, said Linda Cooper, the executive secretary of the cremation and burial association that is handling Ms. Cole’s remains.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Graydon Carter: It would be impossible to sketch a portrait of the last quarter-century at Vanity Fair magazine without an additional word about Annie Leibovitz, our principal photographer. Annie is a singular force and a photographic visionary with almost no rival. I won’t go into the arguments we had—I’ve forgotten what most of them were about—but the pictures that came out of those discussions were always unexpected and memorable. And most often, in any dispute, she was, in the long run, right. Lord knows she could be difficult, but it was always in the interest of getting the best possible shot out of the subject and onto the page.

*LBN-VIDEO LINKBen Shapiro on why most millennials are delusional —

*LBN-HISTORICAL COMMENTARY by Ralph Waldo Emerson: For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.

*LBN-HISTORICAL COMMENTARY by Booker T. Washington: There are two ways of exerting one’s strength: one is pushing down, the other is pulling up

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Some Americans are ignorant and proud 51- Don’t know much about anything  —


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***As “Game of Thrones” wraps its eight-season run next year, star Maisie Williams has already given her future in Hollywood some serious thought. “It’s only now I’m starting to realize the characters that are available to me because of the way I look and the characters that aren’t available to me,” the 20-year-old actress recently told the Irish Times. “It’s a very shallow industry. And I don’t look like someone who is cast in roles that are, well, sexualized.” Williams, who portrays Arya Stark on the beloved HBO series, has nabbed a number of prominent parts over the years, including a four-episode arc on BBC’s “Doctor Who” in 2015, as well as the lead role in the forthcoming installment of the X-Men universe, “The New Mutants.”   ***Germaine Greer is facing a backlash over recent comments she made about the #MeToo movement, which saw her accuse female stars of “spreading” their legs for Harvey Weinstein and then “whingeing” about it. Feminist icon Greer was named Australian of the Year in Britain during a gala event at Australia House in London on Saturday night (January 20). She then added: “What makes it different is when the man has economic power, as Harvey Weinstein has. But if you spread your legs because he said ‘be nice to me and I’ll give you a job in a movie’ then I’m afraid that’s tantamount to consent, and it’s too late now to start whingeing about that.”

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