LBN – Thursday, May 24, 2018

*Trump Cancels Summit With Kim Jong Un:

President Donald Trump in a letter addressed to Kim Jong Un said he has canceled a planned summit with the North Korean leader in Singapore next month. “I was very much looking forward to being there with you. Sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting,” Trump wrote. The summit was to discuss the suspension, and possibly destruction, of North Korea’s nuclear-weapons program. “You talk about your nuclear capabilities, but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used.”

*Facebook ‘Surveilled’ Users’ Texts and Pictures, Exploited Data: Lawsuit:

A lawsuit filed by a California startup alleges that Mark Zuckerberg effectively “weaponized” data in order to keep business booming, and Facebook practiced mass surveillance—including seeking to read text messages and gather data about those not on the network, The Guardian reported. While the social-media giant has now curbed the ability of apps to access friends’ data, “extensive confidential emails and messages between Facebook senior executives including Mark Zuckerberg” allegedly show that the platform exploited companies looking to advertise on the network by threatening to cut off access to user data unless they bought “expensive ads on the new, underused mobile service.” The suit, by Six4Three, also alleges that Facebook sought to track user locations, read texts, monitor calls, access phone microphones, and track competitor app use. Facebook denies such allegations, and is seeking to dismiss the case using a California free-speech law to protect its “editorial decision to stop publishing certain user-generated content via its platform to third-party app developers.” Six4Three is opposing that motion.

*Report: Hundreds of Russian Syria Deaths Remain ‘a Mystery’ After February U.S. Clash:

In a four-hour February battle by a small U.S. military outpost in Syria, about 500 “pro-Syrian government forces—including Russian mercenaries” fought 40 special ops forces, despite U.S. officers calling their Russian counterparts and “urging them to stop the attack,” The New York Times reports. The Feb. 7 attack, which occurred near a Conoco gas plant close to Deir al-Zour, killed “200 to 300” pro-Assad forces, and no U.S. forces were harmed, the Times reported, citing interviews and documents it obtained. After U.S. forces called the Russians, they fired warning shots toward the amassing troops, who were a mixture of private Wagner Groupmercenaries and Syrian forces. The troops still advanced on the U.S. personnel, leading to heavy casualties on their side. Russian officials have claimed that “several dozen” Russian citizens were killed or hurt in the fight, admitting four deaths. But the number could be hundreds more: A Syrian officer told the Times that about 100 of their soldiers were killed, leaving about 100 to 200 deaths from the fight unclaimed by either side. The use of mercenaries in Syria by Russians has not been fully disclosed by the Russian government.

*Trump: NFL Stars ‘Shouldn’t Be in the Country’ if They Don’t Stand for National Anthem:

Donald Trump told Fox & Friends on Thursday morning that NFL stars should stand “proudly” for the national anthem before football games. He welcomed the NFL’s new rules imposing fines for teams allowing players to kneel on the field, but criticized allowing dissenting stars to remain in the locker room. “I don’t think people should be staying in locker rooms, but still it’s good. You have to stand proudly, or you shouldn’t be playing, you shouldn’t be there, maybe shouldn’t be in the country.”

*U.S. Servicemen Guarding Nukes Took LSD on Missile Base:

Service members on a U.S. nuclear-missile base in Wyoming took LSD and experienced mind-blowing acid trips, Air Force records obtained by the Associated Press show. The airmen, who were entrusted with guarding nuclear missiles, were among those who bought, distributed, and used LSD and other mind-altering illegal drugs as part of a ring that operated undetected for months on a highly secure military base in Wyoming in 2016. Generally it seems, the trips, which were administered via perforated white paper, were good: On one occasion, airmen watched YouTube videos and “then went longboarding on the streets of Denver while high on LSD.” Another airman testified, “I absolutely just loved altering my mind.” However not all users experienced the same positive reactions. One airman is quoted as saying, “I’m dying! When is this going to end?” during an LSD experience in February 2016 at Curt Gowdy State Park, about 20 miles west of Cheyenne, where the F.E. Warren Air Base is located. Fourteen airmen were disciplined. Six of them were convicted in courts martial of LSD use or distribution or both. The drug activity took place during off-duty hours, a spokesperson said.

*Investigation: Russian Military Missile Downed MH17 Over Ukraine:

The missile that downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014 was Russian, international investigators said Thursday. Some 298 people were killed. A Dutch-led team said the missile had come from a unit based in western Russia. Moscow has always denied any of its weapons were used, but Wilbert Paulissen, a Dutch official from the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), told reporters: “All the vehicles in a convoy carrying the missile were part of the Russian armed forces.” He said that investigators had been able to trace the convoy to Russia’s 53rd Brigade, based in the city of Kursk. The report concurs with claims by the Ukrainian government that the flight was downed by a Russian-made Buk missile—a Buk launcher was filmed being moved across the Russian border the next day.

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*LBN- INVESTIGATES: Lung Fish

Lungfish can live out of water for several years. It secretes a mucus cocoon and burrows itself under the unbaked earth. It takes in air with its lung through a built-in breathing tube that leads to the surface. A lungfish has both gills and a lung.

*LBN- WORD OF THE DAY: I’ll Be Done in a “Jiffy”

Dating to at least 1785, the term “jiffy” is used informally to refer to any unspecified short period of time, often the brief moment it will take to finish a task. Certain fields of science use the word technically to denote a specific unit of time—typically a fraction of a second. In electronics, for example, a jiffy is defined as the time between alternating current power cycles. In computing, a jiffy is the duration of one tick of the system timer interrupt.

*‘’BigMike”, World’s Foremost Cannabis Guru, Applauds New York City Mayor:

In response to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s recent order for police to issue summonses for public pot smoking in lieu of making arrests, Michael ‘’BigMike’’ Straumietis, world renowned cannabis expert and founder of Advanced Nutrients, said, “I commend Mayor de Blasio on his bold action and look forward to a bright future for cannabis in NYC.” This call to action comes after Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr.said he would end prosecution of marijuana possession and smoking cases, starting in August. “The war against cannabis has been a demonstrable failure — one that’s led to the incarceration of millions of people whose only crime was possessing a naturally growing plant,” BigMike continues. The NYPD has already set up a working group to review its marijuana enforcement procedures that would end marijuana smoking arrests. “It’s time that our elected leaders start acknowledging the will of the people as well as the science that has shown all the medical benefits to be derived from legal cannabis,” BigMike contends. Although the new procedures are imminent, any changes to NYPD’s policy on smoking marijuana in public would not take effect until the end of the summer. “Though the ultimate goal is 100-percent legalization, this is at least a step in the right direction — and hopefully one that will encourage other elected officials to reconsider their positions on enforcement of archaic and draconian cannabis laws,” BigMike fervently concludes.

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*LBN- TODAY’S FAMOUS BIRTHDAY: Bob Dylan (May 24, 1941)

Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman) is an American singer-songwriter, author, and painter who has been an influential figure in popular music and culture for more than five decades. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s, when he became a reluctant “voice of a generation” with songs such as “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are a-Changin'” that became anthems for the Civil Rights Movement and anti-war movement. In 1965, he controversially abandoned his early fan-base in the American folk music revival, recording a six-minute single, “Like a Rolling Stone”, which enlarged the scope of popular music. Dylan’s lyrics incorporate a wide range of political, social, philosophical, and literary influences.

*LBN- ENTERTAINMENT: Bob Dylan, “The Times They Are A Changin” 1964
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7qQ6_RV4VQ

*LBN INVESTIGATES: The Tongue

1. The average tongue is about 3 inches long- Tongues are measured from the epiglottis (a flap of cartilage in the mouth at the back of the tongue) to the tip. An adult man’s average tongue length is 3.3 inches (8.5 cm), and an adult woman’s average tongue length is 3.1 inches (7.9 cm).

2. Your tongue has between 2,000 and 4,000 taste buds- The average adult has between 2,000 to 4,000 taste buds in total. The sensory cells in the taste buds responsible for how we perceive taste renew themselves every week.

3. You can’t see your taste buds- Taste buds not visible to the human eye. Those little pink and white bumps you do see on your tongue are actually called papillae, hair-like projections that taste buds rest atop. Each has an average of six taste buds buried inside its surface tissue.

4. You have taste buds other places besides your tongue- It’s true most taste buds are on your tongue, but there are also taste cells in the back of your throat, on your epiglottis (that flap of cartilage in the mouth at the back of the tongue), your nose and sinuses, all the way down the throat to the upper part of the esophagus.

5. Your tongue can get fat- If you get fat, so does your tongue! The human tongue has a high percentage of fat, and there is a correlation between tongue fat volume and obesity.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: THE BEST OF “WITHOUT NOTES” TV’S REVEALING INTERVIEW SHOW —- M. Zuhdi Jasser M.D. – Episode 1: The Early Years. A revealing interview with M. Zuhdi Jasser M.D., one of America’s most prominent commentators. Born of Syrian refuge parents, Jasser discusses what it truly means to be an American. A fascinating discussion with a unique and brilliant voice.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1bxMYxTJtE

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LBN – Wednesday, May 23, 2018

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*Pompeo: U.S. Will ‘Walk Away’ if N. Korea Doesn’t Denuke:

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the House Foreign Affairs Committee Wednesday that the denuclearization of North Korea was the No. 1 priority, and that the U.S. would “respectfully walk away” from talks with the reclusive Kim Jong Un regime if that didn’t happen. “A bad deal is not an option,” he told the committee in his prepared testimony. Pompeo also pressed for stabilization in Syria to ward off an ISIS resurgence, for filling vacant positions at the State Department, and for no tolerance of Russian interference in the 2018 midterm elections. On Tuesday, President Trump told reporters that there may be delays in the U.S.-North Korea talks, after a North Korean delegation reportedly failed to show up to a planning meeting and as North Korea canceled talks with South Korea over its joint military exercises with U.S. forces.

*HAVANA AGAIN? – U.S. Official in China With Brain Injury Heard ‘Abnormal’ Sounds, Odd Pressure:

Havana all over again? A U.S. government employee in China is said to have a mild traumatic brain injury after experiencing “subtle and vague, but abnormal, sensations of sound and pressure,” causing the State Department to urge U.S. citizens in China to report any “symptoms or medical problems” they notice while in the country. The employee works at the U.S. consulate in the southeastern city of Guangzhou, CBS News reports. “The U.S. government is taking these reports seriously and has informed its official staff in China of this event,” according to a State Department statement. “We do not currently know what caused the reported symptoms and we are not aware of any similar situations in China, either inside or outside of the diplomatic community.” The symptoms are reminiscent of the mysterious “health attacks” on U.S. and Canadian diplomatic staff in Cuba, which have stumped doctors and left the staffers with hearing loss and brain damage.

*Novelist Philip Roth Dead at 85:

Legendary writer Philip Roth has passed away at the age of 85, according to friends cited by The New Yorker. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Pastoral, Portnoy’s Complaint, and The Plot Against America was one of the most acclaimed writers of his generation, with dozens of novels under his belt, as well as a large body of essays and criticism. In his last interview before retiring from public life in 2014, Roth quoted one of his own characters to explain his dedication to the craft of writing. “I believe that we should read only those books that bite and sting us. If a book we’re reading does not rouse us with a blow to the head, then why read it,” he told theBBC. He also said, “I’ll do my best to stay alive ’til 2020, but don’t push me.”

*NFL Bans Kneeling During National Anthem:

The National Football League will no longer allow players to kneel on the field during the National Anthem, according to a series of updated guidelines released by the league on Wednesday. “All team and league personnel on the field shall stand and show respect for the flag and Anthem,” reads the first bullet point. “A club will be fined by the league if its personnel are on the field and so not stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.”

*Congress Approves First Big Dodd-Frank Rollback:

A decade after the global financial crisis tipped the United States into a recession, Congress agreed on Tuesday to free thousands of small and medium-sized banks from strict rules that had been enacted as part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank law to prevent another meltdown. In a rare demonstration of bipartisanship, the House voted 258-159 to approve a regulatory rollback that passed the Senate this year, handing a significant victory to President Trump, who has promised to “do a big number on Dodd-Frank.” The bill stops far short of unwinding the toughened regulatory regime put in place to prevent the nation’s biggest banks from engaging in risky behavior, but it represents a substantial watering down of Obama-era rules governing a large swath of the banking system. The legislation will leave fewer than 10 big banks in the United States subject to stricter federal oversight, freeing thousands of banks with less than $250 billion in assets from a post-crisis crackdown that they have long complained is too onerous.

*Report: Iran Appears to Restart Long-Range Missile Program:

Iran appears to have restarted its long-range missile program at a secret desert facility, according to a report in The New York Times. A team of California-based weapons researchers believes it has stumbled across evidence of a secret facility operating in the remote Iranian desert. Researchers at theInternational Institute for Strategic Studies said work on the site is often carried out under cover of night and focuses on rocket engines and rocket fuel. They say their analysis of structures and ground markings at the facility strongly suggest that it’s developing the technology for long-range missiles. “The investigation highlights some potentially disturbing developments,” said Michael Elleman, a missile researcher who reviewed the material, adding that it could the first steps “for developing an ICBM five to 10 years down the road.” The press officer at Iran’s United Nations mission declined to comment on the findings.

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*Parents win suit to kick 30-year-old deadbeat son out of their house:

An upstate couple got so fed up with their unemployed 30-year-old son’s refusal to leave the nest that they finally sued to evict him — and won. Mark and Christina Rotondo were forced to the extreme-parenting measure after giving their layabout millennial boy Michael cash for moving expenses, pleading with him to get on with his life and finally sending written legal notices demanding he grow up and move out. “Michael, After a discussion with your Mother, we have decided that you must leave this house immediately,” reads the first letter, dated Feb. 2. It concludes: “You have 14 days to vacate. . . We will take whatever actions are necessary to enforce this decision.” They later offered him $1,100 to “find a place to stay” and gave him parental advice including, “organize the things you need for work and to manage an apartment” and “sell the other things you have that have any significant value.”

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Only two U.S Presidents have known to have been divorced: Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Actress and lifestyle spokespersonChristina Fulton with her son Weston Cage at The Grove in L.A. last night.

*Srini Pillay, Best-Selling Author and Brain Researcher, Reveals 3 Tips for Overcoming Worry:

Dr. Srini Pillay— Acclaimed Harvard Medical School Professor, Author, Psychiatrist, and Brain Researcher— suggests that if worry is alien to you then you should check your pulse. Studies show that worry extends across our entire lifespans- with popular topics including finances, relationships, families, health, and work.

3 Tips for Overcoming Worry

1. Find some good news
Switch off the bad news and turn on the good news. Set aside time in the morning to affirm the positive in your life. When worry starts setting in, watch a great movie, listen to a favorite song, play an online game, have a conversation with a loved one— these are all great ways to ground your worrisome, overactive mind.

2. Be what you can be
Overcome and accept the things you cannot control. Make a list of them, and when you think of them, drop them. Practice being what you want to be, rather than waiting for yourself to magically become it. Examples may include hiring a fitness trainer or finding an accountability partner. Also, forgive yourself for past mistakes and set up small wins for your future.

3. Create an anti-worry day
Take control of your day. First thing in the morning, spend five minutes writing down three things you appreciate about yourself and your life. Set small, achievable goals throughout the day.

*LBN-SPORTS INSIDER:   ***The conspiracy theorist has become the conspiracy victim. After a dominant victory in whichTrevor Bauer pitched six shutout innings, the mainstream-media-bashing Cleveland starting pitcher was forced to clarify he was not using the mound as a pulpit to spread the message that former President Bush “did” 9/11. Bauer had used his cleat to scribble what appeared to be “BD 911” on the mound before the game. The Internet immediately speculated — incorrectly, Bauer says — about what that message means. Speaking both to media and on Twitter after Tuesday’s 10-1 win in Chicago over the Cubs, Bauer would not clarify what the mystery meant, but insisted it had nothing to do with Sept. 11.   ***ESPN is doubling down on UFC, the mixed martial arts league theDisney-owned sports behemoth secured its first TV rights deal in April. Sources familiar with negotiations say ESPN has struck a deal for a second portion to the package currently held byFox Sports that will bring the total cost in the neighborhood of $300 million per year for five years, totaling $1.5 billion. The new deals, which cover a total of 30 fights per year, kick in early 2019.

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Clint Walker, a former merchant seaman and real-life deputy sheriff who roamed the West as a towering, solitary figure on “Cheyenne,” the first hour-long western on television, died on Monday in Grass Valley, Calif. He was 90. His death, at a hospital, was confirmed by his daughter, Valerie Walker, who said the cause was congestive heart failure. Mr. Walker lived in Grass Valley, about 60 miles northeast of Sacramento.   ***Carol Mann, a star of the Ladies Professional Golf Association in the 1960s and ’70s who won 38 tournaments, including two major titles, and later served as the organization’s president, died on Sunday at her home in The Woodlands, Tex., a suburb of Houston. She was 77. Her brother Lou confirmed the death, of an unspecified cause.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. FriedmanPrincess Diana once famously observed that there were three people in her marriage, “so it was a bit crowded.” The same is true of Israelis and Palestinians. The third person in their marriage isMother Nature — and she’ll batter both of them if they do not come to their senses. Let’s start with Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist organization that rules the Gaza Strip. If there were an anti-Nobel Peace Prize — that is, the Nobel Prize for Cynicism and Reckless Disregard for One’s Own People in Pursuit of a Political Fantasy — it would surely be conferred on Hamas, which just facilitated the tragic and wasted deaths of roughly 60 Gazans by encouraging their march, some with arms, on the Israeli border fence in pursuit of a “return” to their ancestral homes in what is now Israel. While the march idea emerged from Palestinian society in Gaza, Hamas seized on it to disguise its utter failure to produce any kind of decent life for the Palestinians there, whom Hamas has ruled since 2007. You hear people say: “What choice did they have? They’re desperate.” Well, I’ll give you a choice — one that almost certainly would lead to an improved life for Gazans, one that I first proposed in 2011.What if all two million Palestinians of Gaza marched to the Israeli border fence with an olive branch in one hand and a sign in Hebrew and Arabic in the other, saying, “Two states for two peoples: We, the Palestinian people of Gaza, want to sign a peace treaty with the Jewish people — a two-state solution based on the 1967 borders, with mutually agreed adjustments.”

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Malcolm Gladwell Explains Where His Ideas Come From | The New Yorker   —https://youtu.be/zvv8iFupg9M

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Neal PollackDavid Letterman’s new Netflix show should be retitled Dave Letterman’s Cavalcade Of Liberal Guilt. He’s atoning for all his sins, and all of ours. Half of his George Clooney “interview” gets spent discussing Amal Clooney’s human-rights work, and a visit to Clooney’s boyhood home turns into a condescending and strange segment where Letterman goes driving with an Iraqi refugee. Suddenly, at this heavily-bearded stage in his career, Letterman feels like he must make up for a lifetime spent hosting Stupid Pet Tricks, reading Top 10 lists, flirting withSarah Jessica Parker, and sucking on Jennifer Aniston’s hair. Instead, he talks to Malala about girls’ education in developing countries and lets everyone know that he thinks racism is bad. The opening episode, featuring Barack Obama, was so mind-numbingly dull that I fell asleep on my living room floor in the middle. I woke up fifteen minutes later and asked my wife what I missed. “Nothing,” she said. While I miss the Obama years as much as any good bourgeois Democrat, he offers nothing but homilies, and Letterman does everything but remove his shoes and kiss his feet. Then, in an interstitial segment, Letterman walks across a bridge in Montgomery with Representative John Lewis. When we return to the Obama interview, Letterman remarks that when John Lewis was a teenager, he was protesting civil rights injustices. Letterman, on the other hand, was getting drunk on a cruise ship with his buddies from Indiana. He clearly feels bad about his misspent youth.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Jennifer Schuessler: It’s a staple of language classes and parental lectures: Say thank you. It’s one of the first phrases you learn in a new language, and one whose importance is drummed into children through repeat readings of books like “The Berenstain Bears Say Please and Thank You,” “Richard Scarry’s Please and Thank You Book” and “Thank You, Mr. Panda.” But as it turns out, human beings say thank you far less often than we might think. A new study of everyday language use around the world has found that, in informal settings, people almost always complied with requests for an object, service or help. For their efforts, they received expressions of gratitude only rarely — in about one of 20 occasions.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Andrew Desiderio: Federal agencies are so far unable to comply with a law banningKaspersky Lab software from U.S. government networks by October, The Daily Beast has learned. Multiple divisions of the U.S. government are confronting the reality that code written by the Moscow-based security company is embedded deep within American infrastructure, in routers, firewalls, and other hardware—and nobody is certain how to get rid of it. “It’s messy, and it’s going to take way longer than a year,” said one U.S. official. “Congress didn’t give anyone money to replace these devices, and the budget had no wiggle-room to begin with.” At issue is a provision of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) enacted last December that requires the government to fully purge itself of “any hardware, software, or services developed or provided, in whole or in part,” by Kaspersky Lab. The law was a dramatic expansion of an earlier DHS directive that only outlawed “Kaspersky-branded” products. Both measures came after months of saber rattling by the U.S., which has grown increasingly anxious about Kaspersky’s presence in federal networks in the wake of Russia’s 2016 election interference campaign.

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*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***A Nevada jury is due to hear closing arguments in a British tourist’s lawsuit blaming Las Vegas Strip headliner David Copperfield for injuries the tourist suffered while taking part in a 2013 vanishing. Gavin Cox and his wife are suing Copperfield, the MGM Grand hotel and several business entities for negligence and monetary damages. Closing arguments are set for Wednesday.   ***Congratulations are in order for Clint Eastwood’s actress daughter Francesca Eastwood. The 24-year-old is pregnant with her first child, and debuted her baby bump on the red carpet of theEnvironmental Media Awards on Tuesday night. Later in the evening, Francesca stood next to her mother, the actressFrances Fisher, onstage and proudly cradled her bump.   ***Celine Dion is back in action. Two months after undergoing ear surgery, the Canadian singer returned to a standing ovation in Las Vegas on Tuesday night. “You know it’s been a while since we’ve done a show, I had a little health issue — don’t we all,” Dion quipped to a packed house, according to People. “But I have to tell you, I’m extremely happy to be back. The stage is kind of my home away from home and I have to admit I can barely stand on my feet tonight as I am a little bit nervous.”

LBN E-Lert Edited By Renee Preston

LBN – Tuesday, May 22, 2018

*Millions of US citizens don’t speak English to each other, continuing decades-long rise:

Last Wednesday, a U.S. Border Patrol agent in Montana stopped and questioned two U.S. citizens for over 30 minutes after he overheard them speaking Spanish at a gas station. The day before, a lawyer in New York City went viral after he was videotaped making xenophobic comments and threatening to call Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Spanish speakers in a deli. The incidents underscore a key fact about modern American society: as of 2016, 35 million U.S. citizens over the age of 18, or more than 15 percent, speak a language other than English at home, according to the U.S. Census. What’s more, the Census data show that the link between U.S. citizenship and English language use has been growing steadily weaker over the past few decades. But that’s not because newcomers to the country are less likely to be proficient English speakers than their peers in earlier decades. If anything, English proficiency among non-native speakers is increasing. Pick seven adult citizens at random from the U.S. population, and the odds are at least one of them speaks something other than English at home, according to theCensus Bureau’s American Community Survey. If you include non-citizen residents, the odds are even higher: 66 million U.S. residents age 5 and older – 21.6 percent of that population – speak something other than English at home. The share of non-English speakers has been rising steadily for over three decades. U.S. residents today are nearly twice as likely to speak something other than English at home as residents in 1980, for instance. The Census doesn’t have as much long-term data on the percent of adult citizens speaking something other than English, but since 2009 it’s been rising in tandem with the share of all resident non-English speakers.

*NOT GOOD – Lava Enters Hawaii Power Plant, Risking Deadly Gas Release:

Lava from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano entered the grounds of a nearby geothermal power facility Monday, threatening the plant’s sealed-off wells and potentially triggering a catastrophic explosion and an “uncontrolled release of hydrogen sulfide or other potentially dangerous volcanic gases,” the Honolulu Star Advertiser reports. Workers were particularly concerned about a deep geothermal well that was difficult to seal off as lava advanced within a few hundred yards of a well pad area. Facility employees have been attempting to “quench” the wells—or pumping cold water into them to trap the gases—but the contents of one close to the lava were heating up despite their efforts. The plant itself has been shut down since the volcano erupted on May 3, but fissures with “fountaining” as high as 140 feet appeared just south of the plant in recent days.

*Trapped – Santa Fe School Shooter Cornered by ‘Heroes’ in Four Minutes:

“Hero” officers at Texas’ Santa Fe High School cornered its mass shooter within four minutes on Friday, keeping him contained until more officers arrived to help evacuate teachers and students, according to local police. Galveston Co. SheriffHenry Trochesset offered new details on how police stopped the gunman in last week’s deadly school shooting, in a press conference late Monday. “The heroes from that [Independent School District] engaged this individual in approximately four minutes and stayed engaged with him, keeping him contained and engaged,” Trochesset said, “so the other heroes—that continued to arrive—could evacuate the teachers administrators in the students from this school.” Alleged gunman Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, was cornered in a room while 200 police stormed the school. However, Trochesset could not say for certain whether any students were accidentally struck by bullets fired by police, and autopsy results are still to come. Pagourtzis, who has been charged with capital murder in the massacre that left 10 dead and 13 wounded, is being held on suicide watch, the sheriff said.

*Publix Censors ‘Summa Cum Laude’ on Graduation Cake Order:

The grocery giant Publix is taking heat online for censoring a message on a cake that was meant to celebrate a new graduate’s academic achievement of summa cum laude status.Cara Koscinski ordered the cake online after her son Jacobgraduated from his home-school program in Charleston, South Carolina, with a 4.89 grade-point average. Publix apparently edited out “cum”—in this context the Latin word for “with”—since it was deemed too profane on its website’s algorithm. Jacob was “absolutely humiliated,” Koscinski told The Washington Post. “It was unbelievable. I ordered the special graduation edition cake. I can’t believe I’m the first one to ever write ‘Summa Cum Laude’ on a cake.” A Publix store manager reportedly offered to remake the cake, but Koscinski said she declined.

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*Holding Steady – Uninsured Rate Holds Firm Despite Trump Attacks on Obamacare:

The number of Americans with health-care insurance remained mostly unchanged despite relentless attacks on the Affordable Care Act by the Trump administration, which previously declared the law “dead.” Results of a government survey on health-insurance status, published Tuesday, show the uninsured rate remained largely the same—at 9.1 percent—in the first year of the Trump presidency. The new figures come from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which keeps track of the number of Americans with and without insurance every quarter. Obamacare has substantially reduced the number of Americans without insurance, with the report showing 19.3 million fewer people were living without health insurance in 2017 compared with 2010.

*LBN- INVESTIGATES: Studies of twins reveal that fat cells in a heavier twin underwent metabolic changes that made it harder for them to burn fat. Even gaining as little as 11 pounds slows a person’s metabolism-which, it turn, leads to even more weight gain.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Fish

1. Most fish reproduce by laying eggs, though some fish, such as great white sharks, give birth to live babies called pups.

2. Lungfish can live out of water for several years. It secretes a mucus cocoon and burrows itself under the unbaked earth. It takes in air with its lung through a built-in breathing tube that leads to the surface. A lungfish has both gills and a lung.

3. Some fish, such as the great white shark, can raise their body temperature. This helps them hunt for prey in cold water.

4. The oldest known age for a fish was an Australian lungfish. In 2003, it was still alive and well at 65 years old.

5. Fish use a variety of low-pitched sounds to convey messages to each other. They moan, grunt, croak, boom, hiss, whistle, creak, shriek, and wail. They rattle their bones and gnash their teeth. However, fish do not have vocal chords. They use other parts of their bodies to make noises, such as vibrating muscles against their swim bladder.

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*Salvador Litvak, the “Accidental Talmudist,” Uses Social Media to Bring Together Jews, Christians, Muslims, Hindus, and Atheists in a Unique Community Built on Warmth and Wisdom:

Working with his wife, Nina Davidovich Litvak, Salvador reaches one million people in 70 countries daily through an engaging blog and Live Show. The Litvaks’ mission is “to increase peace in the world by sharing Jewish wisdom with everyone.”
Drawing from the vast body of wisdom literature found in Judaism’s ancient Oral Tradition, also known as the Talmud, the Litvaks offer time-tested solutions to modern problems. They emphasize the value of civil discourse in the current climate of overheated debate and trolling, especially on social media.
A Hollywood film director and Chilean immigrant, Salvador became the Accidental Talmudist after a little miracle launched him into seven years of daily Talmud study. “In that oceanic repository of Jewish law and lore, I discovered a fountain of wisdom for living that is relevant to all people,” Litvak said.
In addition to his social media posts and published articles, Salvador makes frequent appearances as an in-demand speaker. Audiences respond to his unique brand of smart, exuberant spirituality that’s accessible to all, whether religious or secular.
“There has never been so much knowledge available to the average human being,” says Litvak, “and yet everyone is thirsty for meaning. We don’t satisfy the yearnings of our souls by zeroing our inboxes. We do it by living in consonance with the values and potential for which we were created. And we do it best in community.”

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:  ***Mark Zuckerberg,Facebook’s chief executive, plans to strike a conciliatory note when he speaks to members of the European Parliamenton Tuesday, in the latest stop on his apology tour for the social network’s mishandling of user information. Mr. Zuckerberg is expected to stick to what has become a well-used script when he appears before European lawmakers in Brussels on Tuesday evening. The chief executive intends to say that Facebook did not do enough to prevent the social network from being used for harm, according to an excerpt from his prepared remarks viewed by The New York Times. “Whether it’s fake news, foreign interference in elections or developers misusing people’s information, we didn’t take a broad enough view of our responsibilities,” Mr. Zuckerberg plans to say, according to the prepared remarks. “That was a mistake, and I’m sorry.”

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Scarlett Johansson still won’t renounceWoody Allen. She stood by the Woodman — and caught flak for it — in 2014 when the director’s daughter Dylan claimed in an open letter that he had molested her. On Friday night, at Come Prima on Madison Avenue in NYC, she had dinner with the auteur, who directed her in “Scoop,” “Match Point” and “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.” Also at the Italian eatery were “The Sopranos” creator David Chase and “Quarter to Three” singerGary U.S. Bonds.   ***Entertainment power attorney Bruce Ramer having lunch at the Grill in Beverly Hills.

*LBN- HEALTH WATCH:   ***Grip strength may be a better predictor of future health than some measurements doctors currently use to gauge risk, a large UK study suggests. Although grip strength has long been a good indicator of frailty or health in older people, it could help doctors understand adults’ risk profile at all ages, including the odds of heart and lung disease, cancer and overall mortality, the study team writes in The BMJ.

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*LBN- R.I.P.:   ***Bernard Lewis, an eminent historian of Islam who traced the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, to a declining Islamic civilization, a controversial view that influenced world opinion and helped shape American foreign policy under President George W. Bush, died on Saturday in Voorhees Township, N.J. He was 101. His longtime partner, Buntzie Churchill, confirmed the death, at a retirement facility.

*“Mile Marker”— Award-Winning Documentary Premieres at The Grove’s Pacific Theater in Los Angeles Tonight:

“Every day, an estimated 22 veterans end their own lives,” explains Michael ‘’BigMike’’ Straumietis, Mile Marker’s executive producer and CEO of Advanced Nutrients LTD. In an effort to bring cultural awareness to this “extremely significant number”, Mile Marker premieres on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at The Grove’s Pacific Theater in Los Angeles.
Cannabis, as an effective treatment option for Veteran’s suffering from PTSD, is explored in this award-winning documentary. Made “by veterans for veterans,” director Korey Rowe, a veteran who served in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, investigates new and controversial techniques and methods for treating PTSD, as well as looking into the lives of veterans in America today.

Pacific Theaters at The Grove
189 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
8 p.m. Screening starts
9:30 p.m. Q&A with Korey Rowe and Michael ‘’BigMike’’ Straumietis

*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Recently, I’ve been lucky enough to be around a lot of people who I would regard as moral heroes. They spend their lives fighting poverty, caring for the young or the sick, or single-mindedly dedicated to some cause. I’ve been wondering what traits such people tend to have in common. The first is that they didn’t overthink their decision before choosing to live this way. They didn’t weigh the costs and benefits or wage any internal battle with themselves. As Anne Colby and William Damon write in “Some Do Care,” a book that has organized my thinking on this subject: “We saw an unhesitating will to act, a disavowal of fear and doubt, and a simplicity of moral response. Risks were ignored and consequences went unweighed.” At some point in their lives, somebody planted an ideal. Somebody set a high example of what a good life looks like, and the person who went on to become a moral hero just assumed that, of course, that’s what one should do. They tend to have a “This is what I do” mentality. They don’t have a lofty sense of themselves. They don’t have a sense that they are doing anything extraordinary. “What I do is as simple and common as the laughter of a child,”Mother Teresa once said.

*LBN- VIDEO LINK: 1982- Grand Wizard defends KKK policy on segregation — KKK Grand Imperial Wizard Bill Wilkinsondefends his vision of a segregated America on a 1982 episode of “Crossfire.”  https://youtu.be/NYXZQ9BRiGw

*LBN- COMMENTARY by Nora Biette-Timmons: A country where one in three households owns guns is a country where a lot of children grow up alongside deadly weapons. New calculations indicate just how many of those kids live in homes where adults fail to safely store their firearms. According to the analysis, an estimated 4.6 million American children reside in a household where at least one gun is kept loaded and unlocked. The study’s authors also determined that the share of child-rearing gun owners who don’t secure all their firearms has more than doubled since the last time similar research was conducted. The findings were published online on May 10 in the Journal of Urban Health, a little more than a week before a gun rampage outside of Houston provided a horrific illustration of the dangers that arise when firearms are left accessible to children and teens. Kids find guns and unintentionally shoot themselves or others. Unsecured firearms are a leading means of youth suicide. As the nation was reminded last Friday, children also sometimes use their parents’ or caregivers’ guns to commit homicides or mass murders: The 17-year-old student charged with fatally shooting 10 and wounding 13 more at his high school in Sante Fe, Texas, on Friday reportedly carried out his attack with a shotgun and revolver belonging to his father. A federal analysis of school shootings released in 2004 found that 65 percent of perpetrators used a gun owned by a relative.

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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Charlotte Lieberman: “We’re all our own worst critics.” Ever heard that one before? Yes, it’s an obnoxious cliché, but it’s not just self-help fluff. Evolutionary psychologists have studied our natural “negativity bias”,” which is that instinct in us all that makes negative experiences seem more significant than they really are.  In other words: We’ve evolved to give more weight to our flaws, mistakes and shortcomings than our successes.  “Self-criticism can take a toll on our minds and bodies,” said Dr. Richard Davidson, founder and director of the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also teaches psychology and psychiatry.

*LBN- VIDEO LINK- Peter Thiel: The Reasons for the Decline of Western Civilization and Science. Peter Andreas Thiel is an American entrepreneur, political activist, and author. He was ranked No. 4 on the Forbes Midas List of 2014, with a net worth of $2.2 billion. He co-founded PayPal —https://youtu.be/0JTnztV5oJQ

*LBN- COMMENTARY by Rex Reed: What has happened toJim Carrey? Once a revered comedian with a big fan base, Carrey hasn’t made a good movie in 10 years, and the ones he’s in have been box-office bombs. Now he’s turned to drama, and like an army of funny men who tried it before, hoping for new respect as a serious actor from both critics and audiences, he is advised to brace himself. I admire Carrey for taking on a grim and sobering project made in Krakow, Poland, that requires a range he would never be asked to show in any American sitcom, but Dark Crimes is so lurid, irrelevant and unwatchable it makes you wonder if he ever read the script.

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*LBN- OVERHEARD:   ***Notorious Tonya Harding lost toAdam Rippon in the “Dancing with the Stars” finale on Mondaynight. But she had a lot to celebrate backstage, as she says that America has been rooting for her — and she’s lost weight while dancing! The ice skater known for the bizarre Nancy Kerrigan incident in 1994 couldn’t glide past fellow figure skater Rippon, even after he was dissed by one of the judges.

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