LBN – Tuesday, August 22nd

*Trump: New Afghanistan Strategy Is ‘Killing Terrorists,’ Not ‘Nation-Building’

President Donald Trump on Monday said the United States’ new approach to the war in Afghanistan does not amount to “nation-building,” but rather “killing terrorists.” He said U.S. support for Afghanistan is “not a blank check,” and acknowledged his recent skepticism of increased involvement in the Middle Eastern nation. “My original instinct was to pull out, and historically I like following my instincts, but all of my life I heard that decisions are much different when you sit behind the desk in the Oval Office,” Trump said during a primetime address at Fort Myer outside Washington. “So I studied Afghanistan in great detail and from every angle.” Trump said pulling out of the country would create a “vacuum” similar to one that was created in Iraq, when American gains there “flipped back into the hands” of terrorists, namely ISIS. “We cannot repeat the mistake in Afghanistan that our leaders made in Iraq,” Trump said, adding future decisions on troop levels will be based on conditions, rather than time. He also urged Pakistan, a neighbor of Afghanistan, to work with the U.S. rather than “harbor criminals and terrorists.”
*U.S. Issues New Sanctions on Russia, China to Pressure North Korea

The U.S. Treasury Department announced new sanctions against 10 Russian and Chinese entities and six individuals on Tuesday in an attempt to pressure North Korea to back off its nuclear program, CNBC reported. The sanctions are aimed at entities and people who help those dealing “in the North Korean energy trade” and missile program. In the past, the U.S. has tried to use economic pressure from China to curb the rogue country’s behavior. Earlier this month President Trump warned that he would respond to North Korean threats with “fire and fury.” U.S. officials are hoping to avoid military action and want to continue using diplomatic efforts to get China to cooperate.


*UN: North Korean Shipments to Syria Chemical Arms Agency Were ‘Intercepted’

North Korea has been shipping goods to the Syrian government agency responsible for the country’s chemical weapons program, according to a new, confidential report from the United Nations. Two such shipments were intercepted in the last six months by UN member states, according to the 37-page document, which was turned in to the UN Security Council earlier this month. “The panel is investigating reported prohibited chemical, ballistic missile and conventional arms cooperation between Syria and the DPRK (North Korea),” according to the report. The panel was also notified that the goods in the shipments may have been part of a Korea Mining Development Trading Corporation contract with Syria. The trading corporation—Pyongyang’s main arms dealer—was blacklisted in 2009 by the Security Council.
*Pic Convinced Trump to Keep US Troops in Afghanistan:

National ​security adviser HR McMaster used a 1972 photo of Afghan women wearing miniskirts to help convince PresidentTrump to stay the course in Afghanistan, according to a reporton Tuesday. ​McMaster showed the president a black-and-white photograph of three women walking down a Kabul street in miniskirts to ​convince him that Western culture had once thrived in Afghanistan and could again, the Washington Post reported. The photo was among the arguments the president’s staff used to make the case that he should not pull troops from Afghanistan – the site of America’s longest war, the newspaper said.


  • Just three days after dying, the enzymes that help break down a person’s food begin to eat that person’s body.
  • Approximately 150,000 people die each day around the world.
  • In New York City, more people commit suicide than are murdered.
  • During the death process, the larynx loses it cough reflex, which creates a buildup of mucous. This causes a “death” rattle, or the gurgling or rattle-like sound of someone dying.
  • Soon after death, a person’s eyeballs flatten due to the loss of blood pressure.
  • Between 1 to 9 minutes after death, a person’s pupils begin to dilate and cloud over. The cloudy look is from the potassium in the red blood cells breaking down. Because most people die with their eyes open, the process usually occurs fairly quickly, though it can take up to 3 hours in some cases.
  • Just three days after dying, the enzymes that help break down a person’s food begin to eat that person’s body.

  • The emergence of funeral rites is the best indicator of the emergence of modern man (Homo sapiens).
  • Even after 6 hours of dying, a person’s muscles continue to spasm periodically.
  • Compared to right-handers, left-handers die at least 3 years earlier.

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***The Indian owners of the Plaza Hotel have hired a broker to sell the New York City landmark, a sign that a world-wide scramble among investors, celebrities and governments to acquire the property could be nearing an end. Sahara Group, a Lucknow, India-based conglomerate and the hotel’s majority owner, has enlisted JLL Hotels and Hospitality Group, a unit of real-estate firm JLL , to find a buyer, according to a person familiar with the matter.

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*LBN-SPORTS INSIDER:   ***Seahawks defensive endMichael Bennett said last week that it would take a white player to kneel for the national anthem “to really get things changed.” Seth DeValve is testing that belief. The second-year Browns tight end knelt for “The Star-Spangled Banner” duringMonday’s game in Cleveland against the Giants, part of a circle of more than a dozen players who bowed their heads in silent protest. They were flanked by several more teammates who stood and put their hands on the kneelers’ shoulders.

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*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Meet One of America’s Most Intriguing Women – Susan Estrich:  —— “Without Notes” with Susan Estrich – Episode 1: The Early Years —-

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Jerry Seinfeld taking in the eclipse from the Ram’s Head Inn on Shelter Island, where he and a friend lounged in Adirondack chairs, drinking coffee after arriving together in a ’68 Porsche.   ***Coldplay rocker Chris Martinwith a mystery woman at “Top Chef” star Katsuji Tanabe’sBarrio restaurant in Chicago.   ***Bill Maher and Ariana Huffington joining Michael Moore onstage as surprise guests at his Belasco Theatre show in New York City.   ***Selena Gomez moderating a Q&A for Robert Pattinson’s latest film, “Good Time,” at Los Angeles’ Arclight Cinema Dome in L.A.   ***Spies were buzzing that Uma Thurman is back with hotelierAndré Balazs after the on-again/off-again pair was spotted spending time together last weekend on Shelter Island. Thurman was also seen taking a class at Shelter Island Pilates & Barre.   ***A spy at a Target store in Los Angeles says that on SaturdayAngelina Jolie took her daughters Shiloh andVivienne to the cafe inside — but the family was disheartened to find the location did not serve hot dogs. “The kids were disappointed, so they all left,” said our man in aisle five. Added the shopping source at the megamarket’s Eagle Rock location: “One weird thing is that Angie was totally bundled up in a big sweater, and it was probably 85 or 90 degrees out.”

*LBN-SEE IT: The glasses John Lennon wore when he was assassinated (1980).

*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks:Donald Trump is not the answer to this nation’s problems, so the great questions of the moment are: If not Trump, what? What does the reaction to Trump look like? For some people, the warriors of the populist right must be replaced by warriors of the populist left. For these people, Trump has revealed an ugly authoritarian tendency in American society that has to be fought with relentless fervor and moral clarity. For others, it’s Trump’s warrior mentality itself that must be replaced. Warriors on one side inevitably call forth warriors on the other, and that just means more culture war, more barbarism, more dishonesty and more dysfunction. The people in this camp we will call moderates. Like most of you, I dislike the word moderate. It is too milquetoast. But I’ve been inspired by Aurelian Craiutu’s great book “Faces of Moderation” to stick with this word, at least until a better one comes along. Moderates do not see politics as warfare. Instead, national politics is a voyage with a fractious fleet. Wisdom is finding the right formation of ships for each specific circumstance so the whole assembly can ride the waves forward for another day. Moderation is not an ideology; it’s a way of coping with the complexity of the world.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK:Jerry Lewis on Late Night, 1982 —–

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: I just spent eight days traveling with the Air Force to all of its key forward bases in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. So the president’s speech on Monday night was very timely for me. It was also unnerving. It was so full of bombast and clichés, so larded with phrases like “we will break their will,” so lacking in details and, most of all, so lacking in humility in confronting a problem and a region that has vexed better men for ages that I still don’t know where he’s going — only that he is going there very definitively. I totally agreed with the president’s remarks that our men and women serving in the Middle East “deserve to return to a country that is not at war with itself at home.” But the rank hypocrisy of this man — who has done so much to divide us in recent months to satisfy only his “base” — using our troops as a prop to extol the virtues of national unity made me sick to my stomach. It also made me recall a lunch I had last week in the mess hall at Bagram Airfield, near Kabul, with Chief Master Sgt. Cory Olson from the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing. Olson explained that working in Afghanistan he was really disconnected from all the political turmoil in America. And then he told me this story: “I was talking to this civilian contractor the other day who just came back from a couple of weeks’ home leave in Dallas. And this guy told me he was really relieved to get back to ‘reality’ in Kabul — because the politics back home was so crazy.”


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Dozens of nude photographs of celebrities including Tiger Woods, his ex-girlfriend Lindsey VonnMiley Cyrus and Kristen Stewart have been hacked and released on an internet porn site. Although the stars’ lawyers are reported to be working around the clock to try and get the images taken off the Celeb Jihad website, the images are now being copied and shared across the internet, much as images were after a series of leaks in 2014 that includedJennifer Lawrence among its victims. Lawrence called the hacking and publication of her private images a “sex crime” in a subsequent interview with Vanity Fair, and the person ultimately found to be responsible, Ryan Collins, a Pennsylvania man, was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison.  Collins used a phishing scheme to obtain the login credentials of at least 50 iCloud accounts and 72 Gmail accounts, most of which belonged to female celebrities, over a period of almost two years. TMZ reports that the images of Woods and Vonn were hacked from Vonn’s phone.   ***Two members of the Kennedyclan were arrested for refusing to tone down a raucous party early Sunday. Police in Barnstable, Mass., collared Matthew “Max” Kennedy, 52 — the ninth son of assassinated former New York senator Robert F. Kennedy — and his daughterCaroline, 22, at a home near the family’s famed Hyannis Port compound at 1 a.m. Cops showed up after several noise complaints about the rager, where party-goers were also lighting off fireworks. Officers asked them to keep it down, but they refused, so police cuffed them, according to