LBN – Thursday, October 12th, 2017

*BYE – U.S. Is Pulling Out of UNESCO for ‘Anti-Israel’ Bias
The Trump administration announced Thursday that is pulling the United States out of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, better known as UNESCO, because of its “anti-Israel” bias. The State Department said the U.S. will instead act as an observer to the Paris-based U.N. organization, which encourages collaboration among countries through culture, education, and science programs—and has long faced criticism from American anti-abortion groups. “This decision was not taken lightly, and reflects U.S. concerns with mounting arrears at UNESCO, the need for fundamental reform in the organization, and continuing anti-Israel bias at UNESCO,” said State spokeswoman Heather Nauert. The United States stopped its financial contributions to UNESCO in 2011 after the organization offered full membership to Palestine. Israel itself remains a full member of UNESCO.

*NO MORE – Lawsuit Seeks to Stop White Nationalists From Returning to Charlottesville

Eleven Charlottesville, Virginia, residents injured during violence at the white-nationalist rally in August have filed suit against the “Unite the Right” group’s leaders and other private paramilitary outfits to stop them from organizing similar gatherings in the city. The Charlottesville City Council also voted to join the suit. “The laws regulating civilian militias were put in place by our forebears for a crucial purpose,” said Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer. “What Charlottesville saw the weekend of Aug. 12 were armed organizations parading their violence in public and attacking citizens. Such a blatant assault on democratic government itself may be integral to today’s ‘alt-right’ movement, but it cannot be allowed to continue.”

*Trump to Crippled Puerto Rico: FEMA Can’t Help You Forever

President Trump on Thursday morning bashed still-suffering Puerto Rico, where residents are starving without food, clean water, or electricity service. “Electric and all infrastructure was disaster before hurricanes. Congress to decide how much to spend. We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!” As of Tuesday, only 10 percent of the island’s 3.4 million residents had electricity.

*ISIS ‘White Widow’ Gets Sent to Hell

The world’s most wanted woman — a former punk rocker who left Britain to join ISIS — has been killed in Syria by a US drone strike, according to a report. “The Americans zapped her trying to get away from Raqqa. Quite frankly, it’s good riddance,” a British government official told the Sun about Sally Jones, 50, who left the UK in 2013 with her 12-year-old son, JoJo, to join the terror group in Syria. CIA officials told their British counterparts that a US Air Force Predator drone flown by a pilot in the US killed the pair in June near the border between Syria and Iraq, the paper reported. But news of the strike has been kept under wraps on both sides of the Atlantic amid fears that JoJo — whose jihadist mom had used him as a human shield — might also have been killed.

*Trump Suggests Stock-Market Gains Are ‘Reducing Debt’

President Trump on Wednesday praised his administration for “in a sense reducing debt” with recent gains in the stock market. In an interview with Fox News, the president seemed to suggest that stock-market gains had wiped out part of the country’s national debt. “The country—we took it over and owed over $20 trillion. As you know the last eight years, they borrowed more than it did in the whole history of our country. So they borrowed more than $10 trillion, right? And yet, we picked up $5.2 trillion just in the stock market,” Trump told Sean Hannity. “So you could say, in one sense, we’re really increasing values. And maybe in a sense, we’re reducing debt. But we’re very honored by it,” he said.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Forensic artists use techniques such as age progression to help locate missing persons. A forensic artist must have knowledge about how the face changes as it grows older, such as what sags and what expands. Having a picture of the biological parents also helps construct an accurate age progression photo. Usually, a child must be 1 to 18 months old and missing for at least 2 years before he or she can be age progressed.


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*LBN-BOOK NEWS:   ***Roger Daltrey’s long-awaited memoir will arrive in bookstores in the fall of 2018. “I’ve always resisted the urge to ‘do the memoir,'” Daltrey said in a statement, “but now, finally, I feel I’ve enough perspective.” The book will be released through Henry Holt and Co. in America and Blink Publishing in the United Kingdom.

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Dr. Michel Jouvet, a neurophysiologist who discovered the region of the brain that controls rapid eye movement, and who helped define REM sleep as a unique state of consciousness common to humans and animals alike, was found dead on Oct. 3 in Villeurbanne, France. He was 91.Pierre-Hervé Luppi, a fellow researcher who worked with Dr. Jouvet for many years, said he had died overnight at a hospital.


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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Bob Brody: “It’s a trend that reflects the state of medicine today,” Dr. Danielle Ofri, associate professor of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center and author of “What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear,” told me. “Physicians are so risk-averse they prescribe medications as a default and reflexively refer patients to specialists. It’s systemic.”

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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas Edsall: About three weeks ago — before President Trump said that N.F.L. owners should fire players who kneel during the national anthem — Democrats and Republicans held relatively similar views about the league. About 60 percent said they viewed it favorably, while about 20 percent said they viewed it unfavorably, according to daily online surveys conducted by Morning Consult, a polling, media and technology company. Since Mr. Trump’s remarks, though, many of his supporters have changed their attitudes. Trump voters are now much more likely to say that they view the N.F.L. negatively, reflecting a sharp change around Sept. 23, when Mr. Trump criticized the players at a speech in Alabama. The views of Hillary Clinton voters have not changed appreciably over the last few weeks. Some of the difference may be a result of our collective filter bubbles, which make Americans more likely to engage with and share articles that reinforce their views.

*LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:…Singer Robert Plant

*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Mischa Barton’s 2017 continues to spin out of control. The troubled actress is being sued by the homeowner’s association at The Park Wellington in West Hollywood for $26,991.55, reports TMZ. The hefty bill stems Barton’s February mishap when she miscalculated the distance between the top of her U-Haul and the building’s carport causing the truck to slam into the building’s carport. After the collision, Barton appeared jolted and stated, “Everything I own is in this U-Haul. What are we going to do about this?”   ***CNN says Anderson Cooper will co-host its New Year’s Eve celebration teamed with Andy Cohen, host of Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live.” The twosome will ring in 2018 from Times Square in New York on CNN’s “New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen” on Sunday, December 31.

LBN- Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

*‘Entire Neighborhoods’ in Santa Rosa Leveled by Wildfires, 100+ Missing
More than 100 people have been reported missing in the 15 wildfires ravaging Northern California, in the hours after much of the city of Santa Rosa was reduced to ash and rubble on Monday, as fire leveled entire neighborhoods. The fires have already killed at least 11 people and wounded at least 100 more. Blazes have swept across the heart of state’s prized Wine Country, hitting several counties, including Napa and Sonoma, and destroying at least 1,500 homes and businesses. Some 20,000 people were forced to evacuate, including crowded local hospitals. California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency on Monday. In Santa Rosa, a city of 175,000, fires flattened landmark buildings, including several hotels full of tourists drawn to the region’s renowned vineyards.

*IT GETS WORSE: Harvey Weinstein Allegedly Raped at Least 3 Women

Three women went on the record to tell The New Yorker that film mega-producer Harvey Weinstein raped them—including Asia Argento, an Italian film actress and director, and Lucia Evans, a former aspiring actress. Evans said Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him in 2004 when he invited her to do readings with a casting executive. “I said, over and over, ‘I don’t want to do this, stop, don’t,’” she recalled. “I tried to get away, but maybe I didn’t try hard enough. I didn’t want to kick him or fight him.” Oscar-winning actress Mira Sorvino recounted how, during the post-production of 1995’s Mighty Aphrodite, Weinstein sexually harassed her and repeatedly tried to pressure her into a physical relationship. Additionally, at least 16 former and current employees at Weinstein’s companies also said they either witnessed or had knowledge of times Weinstein approached women with unwanted sexual advances and touching. A spokesperson for Weinstein issued a statement denying any allegations of non-consensual sex.

*Trump Boasts: I Have a Higher IQ Than Rex Tillerson

President Trump told Forbes in an interview published Tuesday that he and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson should compare IQ tests after Tillerson reportedly called his boss a “f–king moron.” “I think it’s fake news,” Trump said. “But if he did that, I guess we’ll have to compare IQ tests. And I can tell you who is going to win.” NBC News reported last week that Tillerson was considering resigning and had called the president a “moron.” Tillerson later held a press conference to clarify that he never considered stepping down, but never directly denied the alleged “moron” comments. A State Department spokesperson said later he never used such language.

*North Korea May Have Stolen U.S.-South Korean War Plans

North Korean hackers are suspected of stealing military secrets, including U.S.-South Korean plans detailing how to decapitate North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and other senior leaders, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.Rhee Cheol-hee, a member of South Korea’s ruling Democratic Party, told local media that the plans were allegedly stolen during an attack on Seoul’s defense data system last year. Rhee, who said he was briefed by the defense ministry, said the hackers stole 235 gigabytes of data, including classified wartime operational plans and information regarding military facilities and power plants.

*Fukushima Residents Win $4.4M Payout in Nuclear Disaster

A court has ruled the Japanese government could have done more to stop the meltdown at the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in March 2011 after it was struck by an earthquake and tsunami. The government and the plant’s operator will have to pay a total of 500 million yen—or $4.4 million—to the 3,800 plaintiffs in the class-action suit. The case is the largest of the more than two dozen cases filed by residents in Fukushima, which suffered the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.

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*Jennifer Lawrence on Harvey Weinstein: ‘This Kind of Abuse Is Inexcusable’

Add Jennifer Lawrence’s name to the list of celebrities—most of whom are women—calling out the alleged three decades of sexual misconduct committed by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. Lawrence, who won an Oscar in 2013 for the Weinstein-shepherded film Silver Linings Playbook, said in a statement to The Daily Beast: “I was deeply disturbed to hear the news about Harvey Weinstein’s behavior. I worked with Harvey five years ago and I did not experience any form of harassment personally, nor did I know about any of these allegations. This kind of abuse is inexcusable and absolutely upsetting.” She added, “My heart goes out to all of the women affected by these gross actions. And I want to thank them for their bravery to come forward.” The New York Times’ blockbuster report last week revealed that Weinstein had reached legal settlements with at least eight women over the years, and that he stood accused of numerous sexual-misconduct allegations—including from actress Ashley Judd. Lawrence joins Meryl Streep and Judi Dench in criticizing Weinstein after winning an Academy Award in one of his films. Many of the male stars and filmmakers who have benefited from Weinstein’s Midas touch—with the notable exception of George Clooney—remain frustratingly silent.

*Hillary Clinton: Trump Is the Most Dangerous U.S. President in History

Hillary Clinton has warned that “the whole world should be concerned” with President Donald Trump in charge. In a clip from an interview with the Australia Broadcasting Corp.’s Four Corners set to air next Monday, the former U.S. secretary of state responded to a question from host Sarah Ferguson on whether Trump is the “most dangerous president” ever in the U.S. by saying, “I think he is.” “He is impulsive, he lacks self-control, he is totally consumed by how he is viewed and what people think of him, he is vindictive,” she said. Clinton had issued a similar warning before Trump’s election win last year, describing him as the most dangerous man ever to run for president.


US Vice President Spiro Agnew Resigns (1973)

After being investigated for extortion and bribery allegedly committed while he was governor of Maryland, Spiro Agnew pleaded no contest to a charge of tax evasion and became the second US vice president to resign. President Richard Nixon then selected House Minority Leader Gerald Ford to replace Agnew. The following year, Nixon himself was forced to resign for his role in the Watergate scandal, making Ford president.


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*LBN-ETC: 100+ Volunteers Needed for “Stand Down 2017” Homeless Veteran Benefit Event in Los Angeles

From October 26th-October 27th, Village for Vets and Brentwood School are partnering to coordinate volunteers for “The Stand Down 2017,” an event providing supplies and services to homeless Veterans, such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings and VA Social Security benefits counseling. Veterans can also receive referrals to other assistance such as health care, housing solutions, employment, substance use treatment and mental health counseling. The event is taking place at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. 1500 homeless and family members expected to partake in one day of food, showers, housing, assessments, services and more.Volunteers needed for all services. To volunteer, sign up here:

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*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “What Did Jesus Do?: The Biblical Roots of the Catholic Church” – by Thomas J. Nash. —-

*LBN-FACT OF THE DAY: To keep from overheating, penguins pant like dogs to cool off. They also ruffle their feathers and hold their wings away from their bodies.

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LBN – Monday, October 9th, 2017

*White House Makes Hard-Line Demands for Any ‘Dreamers’ Deal:
The White House on Sunday delivered to Congress a long list of hard-line immigration measures that President Trump is demanding in exchange for any deal to protect the young undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers, imperiling a fledgling bipartisan push to reach a legislative solution. Before agreeing to provide legal status for 800,000 young immigrants brought here illegally as children, Mr. Trump will insist on the construction of a wall across the southern border, the hiring of 10,000 immigration agents, tougher laws for those seeking asylum and denial of federal grants to “sanctuary cities,” officials said. The White House is also demanding the use of the E-Verify program by companies to keep illegal immigrants from getting jobs, an end to people bringing their extended family into the United States, and a hardening of the border against thousands of children fleeing violence in Central America. Such a move would shut down loopholes that encourage parents from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras to send their children illegally into the United States, where many of them melt into American communities and become undocumented immigrants. “Now is the time for Congress to adopt these immigration priorities,” Marc Short, the president’s legislative director, told reporters during a conference call on Sunday night. Otherwise, he added, illegal immigration “will likely increase.”
*Study: Russian Propaganda Targeted Engaged U.S. Vets, Active-Duty Troops on Social Media
British researchers say they have evidence Russia exploited social-media networks to target and engage U.S. military veterans and active-duty troops with misinformation and anti-government propaganda in the spring of 2016, in the run-up to the presidential election. The Oxford University team tied three websites—,, and—to known Moscow-tied actors. The content led to “significant and persistent interactions” on Twitter over a one-month period, with a theme of news to undermine faith in U.S. democracy. “We’ve found an entire ecosystem of junk news about national-security issues that is deliberately crafted for U.S. veterans and active military personnel,” researcher Philip Howard told McClatchy News. “It’s a complex blend of content with a Russian view of the world—wild rumors and conspiracies.”
*Las Vegas Shooter Described $1M Bets, Valium Use in 2013 Deposition

Mandalay Bay gunman Stephen Paddock described himself as someone who gambled all night and slept all day during a 2013 deposition, CNN reported Monday. The testimony was part of a civil lawsuit against Cosmopolitan Hotel, where Paddock claimed he slipped and fell in 2011. Paddock, who four years later would open fire on a Las Vegas concert crowd and kill at least 58 people, also said he was constantly on Valium to treat anxiety and kept a doctor on retainer to prescribe it to him. He described betting as much as $1 million a night, which he said was not a lot of money, but wandered around in sweatpants and flip-flops.
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*Jerry Jones: Cowboys Will Bench Any Player Who ‘Disrespects’ Flag

*Dallas Cowboys team owner Jerry Jones said Sunday night that any players on his team who “disrespect” the American flag will not play. “If there’s anything that is disrespectful to the flag, then we will not play,” he emphasized, after the team’s 35-31 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Vice President Mike Pence left a game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday after 20 49ers kneeled down during the national anthem to protest police brutality. Two weeks ago, Jones prominently joined the Cowboys’ players and coaches in locking arms and taking a knee before the anthem. “We as a team are very much on the page together,” Jones said Sunday. “We made our expression. I’m very supportive of the team, but under no circumstances will the Dallas Cowboys—I don’t care what happens—under no circumstances will we as an organization, coaches, players, not support and stand and recognize and honor the flag. Period.”

*WARNING – Iran Promises ‘Crushing’ Response if U.S. Designates Revolutionary Guards as Terrorist Group

Iran has pledged to dole out a “crushing” response if the U.S. officially designates its controversial elite Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization. “We are hopeful that the United States does not make this strategic mistake,” said foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi, in a Monday news conference. “If they do, Iran’s reaction would be firm, decisive and crushing and the United States should bear all its consequences.” President Trump is expected to announce next week that he will decertify the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal and designate the Guards as a terrorist group.

*Jackie Worked Hard to Keep JFK Jr. from Flunking:

John F. Kennedy Jr.’s application to Brown University — filled out by his mother, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, because he was away in Kenya — plus newly unearthed letters between the former first lady and his professors, reveal JFK Jr.’s academic struggles and his mother’s determination that he complete college. The remarkable 1978 application and later letters, which had been kept by an administrator at Brown, show how hard Jackie worked to keep her charismatic but easily distracted son from flunking his courses. The documents also reveal how she didn’t expect any special treatment for her children, despite their famous name. On the application, Jackie, writing for JFK Jr., listed his late father as being in “government.” In the “autobiography” section, she wrote, “Family life: Mother, sister grew up in New York City. Spends part of the summer by the sea in New England with many cousins,” she wrote, delicately avoiding dropping the family name. In a later letter to John’s college dean, she wrote, “I have never asked for special consideration for my children because I feel that is harmful to them.”

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: The border between Canada and the United States is officially known as the International Boundary. At 5,525 miles, including 1,538 miles between Canada and Alaska, it is the world’s longest border between two nations.

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:  ***Corporate board elections are usually dull affairs best left to investor newsletters and government filings. But the battle between Procter & Gamble and the activist investor Nelson Peltz, who is seeking a seat on the company’s board, has the hallmarks of a heated political campaign: eye-popping amounts of spending, acrimonious exchanges and aggressive grass-roots lobbying of the small shareholders whose votes are normally meaningless but, in this case, may have an outsize effect on the result. It’s the biggest corporate proxy fight in history and also staggeringly expensive; the two sides will have spent at least $60 million, and probably tens of millions more, as they try to sway investors to their point of view.

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*LBN-SPORTS INSIDER:   ***Miami Dolphins offensive line coach Chris Foerster has resigned, less than 12 hours after a video of him snorting a white powder surfaced online. “I am resigning from my position with the Miami Dolphins and accept full responsibility for my actions. I want to apologize to the organization and my sole focus is on getting the help that I need with the support of my family and medical professionals,” Foerster said in a statement Monday.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Nikki Sixx at the Leica Gallery LA to celebrate the launch of his exhibition “Conversations With Angels”.   ***Former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton in Las Vegas celebrating his 70th birthday at the Mandarin Oriental in NYC over dinner with his wife, Rikki Klieman, and his pal, p.r. guy George Regan.   ***John Travolta was a surprise guest for dinner at 11:45 p.m. at Serafina Always on East 61st Street in NYC on Friday night with a pal. The only problem was that the kitchen had already closed and most of the staff was gone, the source said. But the manager reopened the kitchen especially for the “Pulp Fiction” star, who was dressed down in a baseball cap.


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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Molly Sims: People who entertain often forget to invite themselves! They spend so much time trying to make everything perfect that they don’t enjoy their own party. And at the end of the day, it’s the people who make the party. That, and not having somebody designated to help you clean up at the end of the night.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: “Without Notes” with Susan Estrich – Episode 3: Specializing in Losing Campaigns —

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Batya Ungar-Sargon: We didn’t know it then, but August 2015 was a more innocent time.Donald Trump was still a punch line, Hillary Clinton was poised to become the first female president, and Megyn Kellywas still an uncompromising, unapologetic, take-no-prisoners Fox News rebel. As of last week, Donald Trump is president, Hillary Clinton is an also-ran, and you can catch Megyn Kelly on her new NBC program, “Megyn Kelly Today,” where she performs each morning as some horrific bizarro version of her former self. Her appearance during her debut last Monday said it all: Wearing a pink pussy-bow blouse, her hair no longer slicked back in the trademark power bob of her later Fox News days, Ms. Kelly declared that she was “kind of done with politics for now.” Rather than politics, she explained, her new show would focus on, well, emotions. “Have a laugh with us, a smile, sometimes a tear, and maybe a little hope to start your day,” she said. “Some fun! That’s what we want to be doing. Some fun.” In one segment, she had a fashion expert convince women that they could, indeed, pull off high-waisted pants. In another, she made roast chicken. When the actor Russell Brand — who, in better days, might have been a worthy political adversary — confessed that he worries that he doesn’t look good enough and that his body isn’t good enough, she interrupted him. “You do. It is.” It was the antithesis of the woman who was once willing to give up the support of her conservative audience to speak truth to power. The former Megyn Kelly came to slay, whether you liked it or not. The new Megyn Kelly is “so excited — so excited” and “also a little nervous; bear with me, please!” With every gesture, every word, every look, the new Megyn Kelly seems to be trying to convey one thing: Like me.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Are YOU a Brand? —–

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Andy Parker: In the wake of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, the response from Republicans has been its usual empty catch phrase “our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim’s families.” Those 58 families have now become members of the club no one wants to join, and have to hear disingenuous condolences from politicians who will do nothing to stop the carnage. When pressed for a conversation on guns, Trump and Republican leaders pivot by saying “this is not the time to talk about guns.” As NBC’s Chuck Todd aptly rebutted, did we say “now is not the time to talk about terror” when two planes flew into the World Trade Center on 9/11? In typical fashion, the NRA has issued no comment. The only notable action the group has taken is to put a temporary hold on sponsored attack ads against gubernatorial candidate Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring. How considerate of them. But not to worry, those ads will be running next week telling Virginians these two men want to take away their guns — the same fear tactic used against President Obama.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Ayn Rand: Learn to value yourself, which means: to fight for your happiness.

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