LBN – Wednesday, June 20, 2018

“Then you better start swimmin’, or you’ll sink like a stone. For the times they are a-changin’. ” ~Bob Dylan

After 16 years of bringing you fearless independent DAILY (7 days a week, 365 days a year) news and information, the time has come to change both the format and delivery rate of LBN not the mention its name. Starting Wednesday, July 4th, 2018, LBN E-lert will officially begin with a BANG by changing its name to LBN Examiner. It also changes its circulation schedule to weekly instead of daily. If you’re already a loyal LBN subscriber, don’t worry about not being included. You are still on the list!

*Nearly 200 Feared Dead After Indonesian Ferry Sinks:

Indonesian authorities on Tuesday said 166 people are feared dead after a ferry sank late Monday at a lake on the island of Sumatra. Officials had earlier put the number of missing at 94. Hundreds of frantic relatives have rushed to the scene at Lake Toba to await word on the fate of their loved ones, though search and rescue efforts have been hampered by the boat’s lack of a passenger manifest. An official at Indonesia’s transportation ministry told Reuters the wooden ferry had a capacity of 60 passengers. One of the survivors, Widya, said in an interview with an Indonesian TV channel that she lost her entire family in the incident. “There were at least five couples with two children each. I wish I had died with my family, but I didn’t,” she told Metro TV. At least one death has been confirmed, while 18 people are said to have been rescued.

*Canada Legalizes Recreational Marijuana Use:

Recreational marijuana use will soon be legal in Canada. The country’s Senate approved a plan on Tuesday that legalizes cannabis for recreational use, and establishes regulations for its sale and distribution. The law will go into effect in September. “It’s been too easy for our kids to get marijuana—and for criminals to reap the profits. Today, we change that,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Twitter.

*U.S. Withdraws From U.N. Human Rights Council Over Israel:

The Trump administration announced Tuesday that it has withdrawn from the United Nations Human Rights Council, believing it to have an anti-Israel bias and a tolerance of abusive regimes, according to The Washington Post. “I want to make it crystal clear that this step is not a retreat from our human rights commitments,” U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley told the press. “On the contrary. We take this step because our commitment does not allow us to remain a part of a hypocritical and self-serving organization that makes a mockery of human rights.” Advocates are concerned, however, that Israel will face increased scrutiny and condemnation without the U.S.’s presence, which the Post notes “led to a sharp decrease in the number of special sessions that focused exclusively on Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians.” Haley has long criticized the council, calling it a “forum for politics, hypocrisy, and evasion,” and twice threatened the U.S.’s exit if the council did not remove problematic regimes and strike the standing resolution critical of Israel’s conduct with Palestine. The decision comes only a day after the U.N. human rights chief derided Trump’s zero-tolerance immigration policy, calling it “unconscionable” and likening it to child abuse.

*Report: Immigrant Babies, Toddlers Held in ‘Tender Age’ Shelters:

The Trump administration has been sending toddlers and babies forcibly separated from their parents at the U.S. border to at least three “tender age” shelters in Texas—and there are plans to open a fourth facility in Houston, according to the Associated Press. Lawyers and medical providers who’ve visited the shelters say they are full of hysterical preschool-aged children, the Associated Press reports. The three centers—in Combes, Raymondville, and Brownsville—are meant to accommodate younger children, some under the age of 5, though there were no details available on the age breakdown of each facility. Experts say the shelters show the Trump administration essentially reviving a child welfare system—orphanages—that was ended decades ago due to concerns about emotional trauma for children. Alicia Lieberman, who runs the Early Trauma Treatment Network at University of California, San Francisco, told the Associated Press the shelters could leave children permanently scarred emotionally. “Children are biologically programmed to grow best in the care of a parent figure. When that bond is broken through long and unexpected separations with no set timeline for reunion, children respond at the deepest physiological and emotional levels,” she said.

*More Than 600 Members of Jeff Sessions’ Church Accuse Him of ‘Child Abuse’:

Six hundred and forty members of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ church, the United Methodists, are seeking church law charges against him for alleged “child abuse” and a bevy of other improprieties, CBS News reports Tuesday. The Methodists have been publicly critical of Trump’s policies, but CBS reports that Sessions’ use of the Bible to defend the administration’s zero-tolerance policy was the last straw. A church leader stated this weekend that “The Christ we follow would have no part in ripping children from their mothers’ arms or shunning those fleeing violence. It is unimaginable that faith leaders even have to say that these policies are antithetical to the teachings of Christ.” In the Monday statement, members accused Sessions of child abuse, immorality, and racial discrimination. “While other individuals and areas of the federal government are implicated in each of these examples, Mr. Sessions—as a long-term United Methodist in a tremendously powerful, public position—is particularly accountable to us, his church,” they wrote. Although the denomination allows the expulsion of a member following a trial, another church leader told CBS that he would much rather see Sessions “reclaim his values.”

*Judge Denies Request to Let Stormy Daniels Lawsuit Proceed:

A federal judge on Tuesday denied Stormy Daniels’ request to lift the 90-day stay in her lawsuit against President Donald Trump and Michael Cohen. U.S. District Judge S. James Otero had ordered the delay at the end of April due to the ongoing criminal investigation against Cohen. “While the Court is cognizant of the amount of media attention in this case, this alone is insufficient to create the exigency required for extraordinary relief,” Otero wrote in his Tuesday ruling. Daniels is suing in an effort to void the non-disclosure agreement she signed about her alleged affair with Trump. The suit also accuses Cohen of defamation.

*Lewandowski on Girl With Down Syndrome Separated From Mother: ‘Womp Womp’:

Former Trump campaign chief Corey Lewandowski dismissed the story of a disabled girl separated from her mother as a result of the Trump administration’s family-separation policy at the souther border. “Womp womp,” Lewandowski said on Fox News in response to Democratic strategist Zac Petkanas mentioned that a 10-year-old girl with Down Syndrome was taken from her mother. “How dare you. How absolutely dare you, sir,” Petkanas said in response. Lewandowski justified the policy by saying it was the necessary result of illegal border crossings.

*BE SASSY- READ LBN: Did you know “influencers” in all 50 of the United States and 26 foreign countries daily? ***3 Nobel Prize winners  ***12 members of the White House staff ***Over 100 Academy Award winners ***6 U.S. Senators ***Over 300 Grammy Award winners.

*LBN-TODAY’S FAMOUS QUOTE: “Start over; my darling. Be brave enough to find the life you want and courageous enough to chase it. Then start over and love yourself the way you were always meant to.” ~ Madalyn Beck


Grolar bear is a hybrid species of bear, created by interbreeding of grizzly bear and polar bear. As a result of global climate changes and melting of the ice on the polar caps, geographic distribution of grizzly bears and polar bears starts to overlap. Polar bears and grizzly bears often encounter each other on the boarder of tundra and sea on the Alaska and in the northern parts of Canada today. When they meet each other during the mating season, two species interbreed and create hybrids known as grolar bears or pizzly bears. First grolar bear has been observed in the wild in 2006. Even though many grolar bears could have been born since that time, only three cases have been scientifically proven (via DNA testing).

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Catholic Church Removes Ex-Archbishop Over ‘Credible’ Sexual-Abuse Allegations

Pope Francis ordered the removal of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, 87, from the public ministry after the Vatican found allegations that he sexually abused a teenager more than 40 years ago to be “credible.” McCarrick maintained his innocence, but accepted his removal in a statement issued by the church. McCarrick served as archbishop of Washington, D.C. between 2000 and 2006.

*LBN-VIDEO CLIP: The Untold Truth Of Anthony Bourdain’s Friend Eric Ripert


1. Mt. Vesuvius is one of the world’s most dangerous volcanoes. The only active volcano in mainland Europe, Mt. Vesuvius is considered one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world. It is a complex stratovolcano, which is a highly scenic and highly deadly type of volcano.

2. Although the eruption caught people off guard, the signs had been coming for years. In 63 AD, a massive earthquake shook the region, and damage from the earthquake was still being repaired when Mt. Vesuvius erupted 16 years later.

3. The eruption was catastrophic, lasting more than 24 hours.
The eruption officially started on the morning of August 24, as molten rock and pumice began to be expelled from Mt. Vesuvius at a rate of 1.5 million tons per second. It is estimated that about six inches of ash fell every hour.

4. We know much of what happened from an eyewitness account. There is a detailed account of the eruption thanks toPliny the Younger, who was a Roman administrator and poet. He watched the eruption from afar and questioned survivors, and then wrote of the event in letters to his friend Tacitus.

5. Thousands of people were buried alive. At that time, around 20,000 people — manufacturers, merchants, and farmers — lived in Pompeii, and another 5,000 lived in Herculaneum. It is estimated that about 16,000 people died in the eruption.

6. There was no attempt to rebuild the cities. Normally after a natural disaster, cities are rebuilt, but not this time. Apparently the damage was so extensive and the effect of the tragedy so great that no attempts were made to reoccupy the area.

7. Pompeii became frozen in time. Historians believe that Pompeii was buried under 14 to 17 feet of ash and pumice. This city frozen in time has provided historians with a glimpse into what life was like in ancient Rome, and more than 1,000 casts have been made of recovered bodies that were preserved in the ash.

8. The excavation of Pompeii influenced 18th-century neoclassicism. In the 18th century, it became popular for western art, theater, and architecture to draw on Ancient Greece and Rome for inspiration.

9. It had happened before. Though the Romans didn’t know it at the time, Mt. Vesuvius had erupted catastrophically at least twice before.

10. It could happen again. Mt. Vesuvius is still considered an active volcano. The most recent eruption occurred in 1944, and experts believe that a massive eruption could happen again soon, posing potential danger to the more than 2 million people who now live in the area.

*LBN-MUSCIAL ARCHIVE:  Don’t Worry Baby-The Beach Boys

*LBN-TODAY’S FAMOUS BIRTHDAY: Lionel Richie (June 20, 1949)

Lionel Brockman Richie Jr. is an American singer, songwriter, actor and record producer. Beginning in 1968, he was a member of the funk and soul band the Commodores and then launched a solo career in 1982. He also co-wrote the 1985 charity single “We Are the World” with Michael Jackson, which sold over 20 million copies. Richie has sold over 90 million records worldwide, making him one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time. He is also a five-time Grammy Awardwinner. In 2016, Richie received the Songwriters Hall of Fame‘s highest honor, the Johnny Mercer Award.



Patatap is an interactive website that responds to the keys on your keyboard with a sound and a brief animation. Now imagine hammering in entire sentences – and you got an explosion of sounds, colors, and movement! Once you start typing in random paragraphs, it becomes almost hypnotic, in a way. A fun way to unwind and relax.

BLACKWATER, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lungren and Patrick Kilpatrick— Available Now on Direct TV

Iconic action hero stars Jean-Claude Van DammeDolph Lungren, and Patrick Kilpatrick reunite in BLACKWATER, an action-packed thriller that aims to seek, destroy, and win freedom aboard a renegade Blacks-Ops Sub.

This “Shoot’em Up, Punch Up flick,” as Kilpatrick describes, reunites Dolph Lundgren & Jean Claude Van Damme for the first time since cult-classic Universal Soldier. “Not to mention, that it’s the first time since iconic actioner Death Warrant, 27 years prior, that I’ll go mano-a-mano with Jean Claude Van Damme,” Kilpatrick continues.

Filmed in Mobile, Alabama aboard Legendary Battleship USS ALABAMA & WWII Submarine DRUM, this film ignites when Scott Wheeler (Jean-Claude Van Damme), a deep cover operative, awakens to find himself imprisoned on a CIA Blacksite along with another prisoner, Marco (Dolph Lundgren).

“Wheeler is a CIA agent looking for a leak in the CIA along with his partner Melissa (Courtney B Turk) by using a USB drive that needs two components to activate. Melissa carries the drive while Wheeler carries the activation key,” Kilpatrick describes.

Enlisting the help of a rookie agent and another prisoner, the action stars must race against the clock to escape and discover who set them up. Jam packed with jaw-dropping sequences, this film goes the extra mile to satiate the appetites of action-movie aficionados. With killer explosions, epic fight scenes, and edge-of-your-seat momentum, this film delivers and is available now in select theaters and on Direct TV.

*LBN-FUN FACT: A sneeze travels about 100 miles per hour.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: LAX (Los Angeles International Airport)

1. LAX is roughly the size of 8 midmarket airports. Terminal 1 alone is as big as Long Beach Airport.

2. About 45,000 people work at LAX

3. LAX is set up like two airfields with two side-by-side runways on each.

4. Engineers started to tunnel Lincoln Boulevard under the airport. The construction was stopped but the partially completed tunnel is still there. It is periodically inspected for structural integrity.

5. The best place to be during stopovers is the food court in theBradley terminal. It has the most comfortable seating, most food choices and best views.

6. On July 4 pilots steepen their takeoffs and descents to avoid sporadic fireworks from celebration events.

7. Clutter’s Park which is El Segundo’s Imperial Hill area is a place for plane spotters. Another great plane spotting area is atIn-N-Out Burger on Sepulveda.

8. 7 p.m. is the busiest time for airport traffic because it is busy for both incoming and outgoing flights—both domestic and international. Mornings are usually quiet times at Bradley International. At midnight when Bradley is busy, domestic traffic is quiet.

9. Biologists help control birds on the runways. Smaller, sparrow-type birds are more of a problem than seagulls. When birds are a problem guns with blanks are used to drive them away. Sometimes birds are trapped and relocated.

10.Skycap is still the most hassle free way to check-in and drop bags despite self-helf kiosks and elite service desks. Skycap is worth the tip.


LBN E-Lert Edited By Renee Preston