LBN – Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

*Trump Has Perfect Cognitive Test Score, White House Physician Says:

President Trump’s White House physician said Tuesday that the president received a perfect score on a cognitive test designed to screen for neurological impairment, which the military doctor said was evidence that Mr. Trump does not suffer from mental issues that prevent him from functioning in office. “I’ve found no reason whatsoever to think the president has any issues whatsoever with his thought processes,” Dr. Ronny L. Jackson, a rear admiral in the Navy and the White House physician, told reporters on Tuesday. Mr. Trump’s first physical examination as president was highly anticipated, in part because of an increasing number of public questions about his sometimes erratic behavior during his first year in office. A book published this month, “Fire and Fury” by Michael Wolff, asserted that even Mr. Trump’s own advisers and associates questioned the president’s fitness for office. Mr. Trump, the doctor said, asked for the cognitive test to answer his critics and attempt to quell questions about his mental abilities.
*WTF? – Diversity Visa Lottery Winner Offered to Kill Obama for ISIS:

Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev was both lucky and evil. His luck was demonstrated when he won admission to the United States through the diversity visa lottery; his evilness, by his stated willingness to assassinate the president of the United States or commit a terrorist attack in New York City — if he could not travel to Syria to join the Islamic State, and if that is what the Islamic State ordered him to do. When Juraboev was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Oct. 27, 2017, New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill summarized his case in a statement released by the U.S. Justice Department. “The defendant in this case lived in Brooklyn while making plans to travel to Syria to support a designated terrorist organization,” O’Neill said. “If that was not successful, the defendant schemed of bombing Coney Island or killing the president of the United States.”

*Pentagon Suggests Countering Devastating Cyber attacks With Nuclear Arms:

A newly drafted United States nuclear strategy that has been sent to President Trump for approval would permit the use of nuclear weapons to respond to a wide range of devastating but non-nuclear attacks on American infrastructure, including what current and former government officials described as the most crippling kind of cyber attacks. For decades, American presidents have threatened “first use” of nuclear weapons against enemies in only very narrow and limited circumstances, such as in response to the use of biological weapons against the United States. But the new document is the first to expand that to include attempts to destroy wide-reaching infrastructure, like a country’s power grid or communications, that would be most vulnerable to cyber weapons. The draft document, called the Nuclear Posture Review, was written at the Pentagon and is being reviewed by the White House. Its final release is expected in the coming weeks and represents a new look at the United States’ nuclear strategy. The draft was first published last week by HuffPost. It called the strategic picture facing the United States quite bleak, citing not only Russian and Chinese nuclear advances but advances made by North Korea and, potentially, Iran.

*Horror for 13 California Siblings Hidden by Veneer of a Private Home School:  

The private school had a welcoming name. The principal was scientifically minded. But the Sandcastle Day School was a nightmare for the six students enrolled there. David A. Turpin created the school inside his nondescript stucco home southeast of Los Angeles. But the only ones enrolled there were the six of his 13 children who were school aged. And what took place inside was not teaching but torture, the authorities said, after they raided the house over the weekend and found a horrifying scene of emaciated children chained to furniture. The putrid smell overwhelmed them. By creating such a school of horrors, Mr. Turpin had kept the authorities at bay. His children were never seen by teachers or counselors. Their absences never raised suspicions. On Tuesday, state and local officials were on the defensive as they tried to explain how such things could have occurred in a private school the state had sanctioned. Mr. Turpin, 56, and his wife, Louise A. Turpin, 49, were arrested on nine counts of torture and child endangerment after one of their daughters escaped from the home out a window before dawn and called the police on a deactivated cellphone that only allowed her to dial 911. The girl, 17, showed the police photos to corroborate her story. Once the authorities entered the disheveled home, they found the Turpins’ 12 other children, ages 2 to 29. They were so malnourished that the older ones looked years younger.

*North Korea to Send 230 Cheerleaders to Olympics

North Korean athletes will reportedly arrive at the Winter Olympics with 230 cheerleaders in tow, according to officials in Seoul who have held talks with the reclusive nation in anticipation of the event. The games will take place next month in in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Meanwhile, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono called the use of such tactics a “charm offensive” and warned other leaders to be skeptical. “It is not the time to ease pressure, or to reward North Korea,” he said. “The fact that North Korea is engaging in dialogue could be interpreted as proof that the sanctions are working.”

*McCain to Trump: Stop Aiding World Dictators With ‘Fake News’ Attacks

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Tuesday called out President Trump for his “unrelenting attacks” on the press in an op-ed for The Washington Post, saying he’s aiding dictators worldwide by putting the crosshairs on journalists. “Whether Trump knows it or not,” McCain wrote, his constant cry of “fake news” directed at “reporters and news outlets whose coverage he disagrees with” is being used by repressive regimes to crack down on the media. Referencing a report by the Committee to Protect Journalists, McCain noted that 21 instances of journalists being charged for “fake news” were recorded in 2017. “The phrase ‘fake news’—granted legitimacy by an American president—is being used by autocrats to silence reporters, undermine political opponents, stave off media scrutiny and mislead citizens,” McCain wrote. He went on to slam the Trump administration for condemning violence against journalists abroad while Trump “continues his unrelenting attacks on the integrity of American journalists and news outlets.”

*Report: Border Patrol Systematically Destroys Food and Water Aid for Migrants

Two humanitarian groups claim in a new report that U.S. Border Patrol agents are repeatedly destroying or otherwise vandalizing water, food, and other supplies left for migrants in the Arizona desert in what they describe as a “systemic feature of enforcement practices in the borderlands.” Volunteers with the Tucson-based No More Deaths and La Coalición de Derechos Humanos say such vandalism essentially condemns migrants in the area to die of thirst. “Through statistical analysis, video evidence, and personal experience, our team has uncovered a disturbing reality,” said the report. “The practice of destruction of and interference with aid is not the deviant behavior of a few rogue Border Patrol agents, it is a systemic feature of enforcement practices in the borderlands.”


*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Children who are vaccinated according to the recommended schedule will receive around 26 shots within their first two years, providing immunity to 14 different diseases.

*DEVASTATING – Washington State Quarterback Tyler Hilinski Found Dead

Promising Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski was found dead Tuesday of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head, police said. Authorities conducted a welfare check on the 21-year-old after he missed practice and said Hilinski left a suicide note near the rifle he likely used to kill himself. “We are deeply saddened to hear the news of Tyler’s passing,” said Mike Leach, the school’s head football coach. “He was an incredible young man and everyone who had the privilege of knowing him was better for it. The entire WSU community mourns as thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”

*Illegal Immigrant Accused Of Murdering Deputies: ‘I Killed F****** Cops’, Warns He’ll Do It Again:

An explosive day in the courtroom as opening statements began in the trial of Luis Bracamontes – the illegal immigrant accused of killing two deputies in 2014. A judge ordered the jury out of the room, during an outburst by the defendant as he admitted to murdering the peace officers. Bracamontes said there’s no need for a trial, but the judge ruled it will still go on. “There was no need to prove all this s***,” Bracamontes said. “Be silent!” the judge yelled back. “I want to f***ing plead to this,” the defendant responded. As if the smiles and smirks coming from the accused cop killer’s face weren’t shocking enough, the outbursts from Luis Bracamontes stunned the courtroom, first calling one of his alleged victims a coward, before yelling expletives while describing the fact that he killed the officers and didn’t regret it. Bracamontes also said he wished he would have killed more. “I killed f***ing cops. They’re f***ing dead. I don’t f***ing regret that,” he said, while laughing.

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Kim Jones will leave his role as artistic director of men’s wear at Louis Vuitton after the fall 2018 catwalk show on Thursday, the French luxury house has announced, capping months of speculation that he might be departing and prompting questions about where in the fashion world he might go next. Mr. Jones, an Englishman who held his position at Louis Vuitton for seven years, is the fifth major designer to leave a job in six weeks, including Phoebe Philo from Céline and Jonathan Saunders from Diane von Furstenberg in December. He is a Central Saint Martins graduate who founded his own men’s wear line in London, closing it in 2008 to become creative director of Dunhill and then moving to Louis Vuitton in 2011.   ***U.S. factory production rose for a fourth straight month in December, capping the strongest quarter since 2010 and underscoring a resurgence in manufacturing that’s primed for further advances, Federal Reserve data showed Wednesday.

*LBN-HEALTH WATCH:   ***Obesity is linked to prostate cancer, scientists know, but it’s not clear why. On Monday, researchers reported a surprising connection. When prostate cancers lose a particular gene, they become tiny fat factories, a team at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston reported in a paper published in Nature Genetics. Then the cancers spread from the prostate, often with deadly effect. Prostate cancers that have not lost that gene also can spread, or metastasize — in mice, at least — but only if they have a ready source of fat from the diet. That finding suggests that dietary fat can substitute for the loss of the gene, fueling prostate cancer. Moreover, the investigators found, an obesity drug that blocks fat production can make metastatic prostate cancers regress in mice and prevent them from spreading.

*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***For almost a decade, The Awl implored the world to “Be Less Stupid.” There was a “great big internet” out there, the editors cautioned. And by writing intelligently about offbeat topics — from a locket meant to hold “mad money” to a deeply unsatisfying West Elm couch called “the Peggy” — The Awl and its sister sites did their best to live up to the motto. On Tuesday, though, editors of The Awl and one of the sister sites, The Hairpin, announced that the end had come. Statements on the sites said editorial operations would cease at the end of January. The closings represent yet another loss for independent publishers that have long struggled to compete with larger ones, which can offer ad buyers a wider audience. And in an email, The Awl’s publisher, Michael Macher, said that “a steady decline in direct sales” was “the root cause” for closing.

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Quincy Jones will appear at a special concert celebrating the 30th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s hit song, “Man in the Mirror,” set to stream live on YouTube January 19th at 7 p.m. PST. The show will feature reinterpretations of “Man in the Mirror” from several artists, including the song’s co-writer Siedah Garrett (who also provided background vocals on the original) and the Myron McKinley jazz trio. McKinley’s Earth, Wind and Fire band mates, Verdine White and Ralph Johnson, are also set to appear at the event. YouTube is hosting the concert with Korean music label SM, and the show will available on SM’s YouTube channel.   ***Howard Stern will induct Bon Jovi into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the Hall’s annual ceremony this April in Cleveland.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Social Security 62 vs 66 —

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Mathilde Krim, who crusaded against the scourge of AIDS with appeals to conscience that raised funds and international awareness of a disease that has killed more than 39 million people worldwide, died on Monday at her home in Kings Point, N.Y. She was 91. Her death was confirmed by Bennah Serfaty, a spokeswoman for amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, of which Dr. Krim was the founding chairwoman.   ***Jo Jo White, the sharpshooting guard for the Boston Celtics whose smooth, nearly unstoppable jump shot helped carry the team to two National Basketball Association championships in the 1970s, died on Tuesday. He was 71. His death was announced by the Celtics, who did not say where or how he died. White received a diagnosis of brain cancer in 2010.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: A fascinating conversation with best-selling author Dr. Srini Pillay –   “Without Notes” with Dr. Srini Pillay – Episode 1: The Early Years —-

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: Donald Trump poses a huge dilemma for commentators: to ignore his daily outrages is to normalize his behavior, but to constantly write about them is to stop learning. Like others, I struggle to get this balance right, which is why I pause today to point out some incredible technological changes happening while Trump has kept us focused on him — changes that will pose as big an adaptation challenge to American workers as transitioning from farms to factories once did. Two and half years ago I was researching a book that included a section on IBM’s cognitive computer, “Watson,” which had perfected the use of artificial intelligence enough to defeat the two all-time “Jeopardy!” champions. After my IBM hosts had shown me Watson at its Yorktown Heights, N.Y., lab, they took me through a room where a small group of IBM scientists were experimenting with something futuristic called “quantum computing.” They left me thinking this was Star Wars stuff — a galaxy and many years far away. Last week I visited the same lab, where my hosts showed me the world’s first quantum computer that can handle 50 quantum bits, or qubits, which it unveiled in November. They still may need a decade to make this computer powerful enough and reliable enough for groundbreaking industrial applications, but clearly quantum computing has gone from science fiction to nonfiction faster than most anyone expected. Who cares? Well, if you think it’s scary what we can now do with artificial intelligence produced by classical binary digital electronic computers built with transistors — like make cars that can drive themselves and software that can write news stories or produce humanlike speech — remember this: These “old” computers still don’t have enough memory or processing power to solve what IBM calls “historically intractable problems.” Quantum computers, paired with classical computers via the cloud, have the potential to do that in minutes or seconds.

*Carole Maggio Creates “Facercise” Program to Combat the Effects of Aging in the Face and Bell’s Palsey

Since 1981, Carole Maggio has taught people across the globe how to use facial exercises to combat and reverse the signs of aging and heal medical conditions including Bell’s palsy and TMJ. Her best-selling books have been translated into nine languages and her DVDs are sold all over the world. A licensed esthetician, Maggio created her proprietary facial exercises program, Ultimate Facercise, to help people look younger and more beautiful without surgery or needles. Facial exercises stimulate circulation and boost collagen and elastin production. The results are amazing: reduced appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation, as well as improved skin tone, facial structure, firmness and elasticity. There are other remarkable results—clients have healed Bell’s palsy by practicing Facercise. A male client was in the hospital for two weeks suffering from severe Bell’s palsy. He contacted Maggio who coached him and helped personalize his routine—within five days his debilitating condition was cured. Maggio’s non-invasive anti-aging methods are risk-free and provide the safest, most natural looking results possible. The facial exercises in the Ultimate Facercise program help clients look a decade younger with regular practice. Maggio receives hundreds of before and after photos from Facercise clients each year. Clients experience results in two weeks or less. Facercise targets problem areas, such as the nose, which grows throughout our entire lifetime. Clients can shorten and narrow their nose using the Facercise Nose Shortener. Clients using Facercise Lip Plumper report that they are often asked if they’ve had lip injections.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Noam Cohen (author of “The Know-It-Alls): Turns out, an enlightened, socially engaged Facebook has a similar outlook as the amoral, audience-seeking Facebook. Each sees connecting online as key to the good life. In other words, don’t count on Facebook to disrupt Facebook any time soon.

*LBN-HISTORICAL COMMENTARY by Pablo Picasso: Inspiration does exist, but it must find you working.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Kirk Douglas is one proud grandpa and great-grandpa. The 101-year-old screen legend posed with grandson Cameron Douglas and Cameron’s newborn daughter, Lua Izzy, in an Instagram snap posted Tuesday night.

LBN E-Lert Edited By Dan Gaylord