LBN – Thursday, January 18th, 2017

*NEVER CHANGED – Trump Denies Reversing His Plan for the Wall

In his now-expected early-morning tweet storm, President Trump said his idea for a wall across the southern border of the United States has “never changed or evolved from the first day.” He said, “Parts will be, of necessity, see through and it was never intended to be built in areas where there is natural protection such as mountains, wastelands or tough rivers or water.” Trump also maintained—despite all reports to the contrary—that Mexico will reimburse the U.S. government for the cost of the wall. Just hours before Trump’s tweet, The Washington Post reported that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly told Democrats that Trump’s campaign promises about the project were “uninformed.” During a conversation with members of the Hispanic Caucus this week, Kelly allegedly claimed that he had “tempered” Trump by educating him. Kelly told Fox News later on Wednesday that the president has “evolved in the way he looks at things.”

*Kids in ‘Horror House’ Were Only Allowed to Shower Twice a Year

The 13 siblings imprisoned by their parents in a California “horror house” were given just one meal a day and only allowed to shower twice a year, according to a horrific new report. A law enforcement source told NBC that rooms in the four-bedroom house were found soaked with urine. The news comes as investigators try to obtain statements from the adult children, who are being treated in Corona Regional Medical Center while doctors are treating their underage siblings at a separate facility. Their parents, David and Louise Turpin, were arrested Monday after their 17-year-old daughter escaped the house — where three children were later found shackled to furniture — and alerted police they were being held against their will. The couple faces nine counts of torture and 10 counts of child endangerment. The victims’ ages range from 2 to 29, but investigators say they all look much younger, likely from stunted growth due to malnourishment.

*Apple, Capitalizing on New Tax Law, Plans to Bring Billions in Cash Back to U.S.

Apple, which had long deferred paying taxes on its foreign earnings and had become synonymous with hoarding money overseas, unveiled plans on Wednesday that would bring back the vast majority of the $252 billion in cash that it held abroad and said it would make a sizable investment in the United States. With the moves, Apple took advantage of the new tax code that President Trump signed into law last month. A provision allows for a one-time repatriation of corporate cash held abroad at a lower tax rate than what would have been paid under the previous tax plan. Apple, which has 94 percent of its total cash of $269 billion outside the United States, said it would make a one-time tax payment of $38 billion on the repatriated cash. For years, Apple had said it would not bring its foreign earnings back to the United States until the corporate tax code changed, because such a move would be too costly. Now Apple’s bet to hold back on paying such taxes is reaping rewards under the Trump administration.

*Mulvaney Requests No Funding for Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Nick Mulvaney, acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, has formally requested zero dollars in operating funds for the CFPB. In a letter to Federal Reserve director Janet Yellen, Mulvaney explained that the bureau “has $177 million in the bank, enough to cover the $145 million the bureau has budgeted for its second quarter.” While the former director of the CFPB under ObamaRichard Cordray, kept a “reserve fund” in case of emergencies, Mulvaney has said he “didn’t see any reason for it” since the reserve has always provided the bureau’s necessary funds. Mulvaney is also Trump’s budget director and told Yellen that the reserve could redirect funds to the Treasury in an effort to reduce the deficit.

*Who Reads the LBN Elert? Living Art Aquatic Founder Ron Rheingold

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Amazon said on Thursday that it had whittled the list of possible homes for its second headquarters to 20, including centers of technology like Boston and some surprise locations like Columbus, Ohio. The full list of finalists leans toward locations in the Midwest and South and on the East Coast, and away from the tech-saturated hubs of the West Coast. Many of the finalists, including Dallas, Denver, Raleigh and Washington, were considered shoo-ins from the moment Amazon announced the search, largely because of the attributes that the company said it was seeking for its second home. Those criteria included a metropolitan area with a population of greater than one million and the ability to attract and keep strong technical talent. More unexpected was Amazon’s selection of locations not typically thought of as tech centers, such as Columbus, Indianapolis, Miami and Nashville. Los Angeles was the sole city from the West Coast to make the cut. Just as surprising was Amazon’s rejection of applications from Detroit, Phoenix and San Diego. Although it received bids from regions in Mexico, Amazon narrowed its finalists to just American locations and one city in Canada, Toronto.   ***The pace of growth in China’s economy accelerated last year for the first time in seven years as exports, construction and consumer spending all climbed strongly. At least, that’s what the government says. In reality, the pace of growth in China’s economy is anybody’s guess. Various signals suggest China’s growth did speed up last year, which could give the government the room it needs to tackle an accumulation of serious financial, environmental and social problems this year. But measuring the size and health of the world’s second-largest economy can be difficult at best. Its official figures have become implausibly smooth and steady, even as other countries post results with plenty of peaks and valleys. Officials in far-flung regions are admitting their numbers are wrong. And outside experts crunching the data have come up with different — and usually weaker — results.

*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***All Matt Lauer-linked talent is being axed at “Today” in the wake of the disgraced anchor’s departure, including his favorite producer and contributors — possibly including chef Giada De Laurentiis. While trumpeting that Katie Couric is returning to NBC to co-host the Olympics opening, the network on Tuesday quietly announced that Lauer’s top producer, Don Nash, “has decided to step away from his executive producer role at ‘Today’ ” after nearly 30 years at the show.

*LBN-SEE IT:   Lydia Polgreen, HuffPost’s editor in chief, said unfiltered platforms had devolved into “cacophonous, messy, hard-to-hear places where voices get drowned out and where the loudest shouting voice prevails.”

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Hugh Wilson, who created the CBS comedy “WKRP in Cincinnati” and directed the raucous hit film “Police Academy” in 1984, died on Sunday at his home in Charlottesville, Va. He was 74. The death was announced by Hill & Wood Funeral Services of Charlottesville. No cause was given.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Tom Sykes: Never a stranger to controversial and unpopular positions, the former French film star Brigitte Bardot has claimed that she loved being told she had “a nice little ass” and that the “vast majority” of actresses who are now claiming to be sexually harassed or assaulted are “hypocritical” and “ridiculous.” Bardot has also claimed, in an interview with Paris Match, that “lots” of the actresses alleging sexual harassment as part of the #MeToo drive are only doing so for publicity. Her comments come the week after 100 French actresses, including Catherine Deneuve, signed a letter to a national French newspaper claiming that the #MeToo campaign was ushering in a “new puritanism” and a “hatred of men.” It claimed men would be afraid to initiate romantic contact with women, saying: “Rape is a crime, but trying to seduce someone, even persistently or clumsily, is not—and nor is men being gentlemanly a chauvinist attack.”


*California Neck Stabber Was Illegal Immigrant Deported 7 Times

A California man suspected of stabbing a fellow diner last month is an illegal immigrant who’s been deported previously seven times, a spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement tells The Daily Caller. The suspect, Eulalio Miniz Orozco, allegedly was captured on surveillance cameras on Dec. 21 getting up from his table while eating and brutally stabbing a fellow diner in the neck at Lola’s Supermarket in the Santa Rosa area. Orozco was arrested by local authorities Dec 28. Orozco is also known as Ricardo Velasquez-Romero, according to ICE. ICE placed a detainer on Velasquez on Dec 28 “in connection to a stabbing that occurred in Santa Rosa, Calif,” ICE spokesman James Schwab told TheDC.

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*Al-Qaeda Bomb Instructions are a Free Download at Barnes & Noble

Key propaganda texts from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula are posted for free download on the Barnes & Noble website, including the inaugural issue of a magazine linked to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Reviews posted on the e-books indicate that they’ve remained on the bookseller’s website for years, despite clearly indicating in the titles that al-Qaeda materials are being offered. There are two listings for “Al-Malahem Media Foundation presents A Special Gift to the Islamic Nation The first Magazine issued by al-Qaida in the English language.” That refers to the 2010 debut of AQAP’s English-language Inspire magazine; the site notes that the free Nook book is “digitized from 2010 volume.”

*LBN-BOOK NEWS: The Barnes & Noble bookstore on 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica has shut its doors for good. That leaves one big national chain bookstore anywhere on the Westside, the Barnes & Noble in Marina del Rey. The next closest B&N is at the Grove — the only remaining Barnes & Noble with an address in the city of Los Angeles. If you are keeping score, there is now a brick-and-mortar Amazon bookstore in the renovated Westfield Century City shopping center. Make what you will of that. The bookstore, which was on several levels, will be replaced by four tenants, one on each floor, says the Santa Monica Observer.

*Who Reads the LBN Elert? Veteran Film Writer and Director Peter Hankoff

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus enjoyed S.Y. Kitchen in Santa Ynez.   ***Jon Hammstopped by Trois Familia.   ***Pam Levine was at Mr. Chow in Beverly Hills. Music Producer Jerry Moss sat with Richard Donner.   ***Ty Burrell checked out Eataly in Century City.   ***Jaclyn Smith had dinner at Farmstop   ***Arianna Huffington shared the room with Howard Kurtzman for dinner at Toscana in Brentwood. Patrick Wachsberger and Rob Reiner also were in, separately.   ***Charo had lunch at Il Fornaio in Beverly Hills.   ***Riley Keough was at Deliah.   ***Larry Flynt enjoyed dinner at Lawry’s in Beverly Hills.   ***Kristen Stewart checked in at Mary Coffee.   ***Zoey Deutch lunched with family at the Beverly Hills Hotel.   ***Adam Devine helped celebrate Chloe Bridges’ birthday at Cleo Third Street in L.A.   ***CAA’s Rick Kurtzman lunched at Nerano Beverly Hills.   ***It wasn’t easy to command the spotlight at Stella McCartney’s starry fall 2018 fashion show in Los Angeles, but new couple Chris Martin and Dakota Johnson turned many heads. While Paul McCartneyRingo StarrQuincy JonesGoldie Hawn and Kate Hudson held court at Tuesday’s event in Hollywood, the Coldplay front man was seen massaging the “Fifty Shades Darker” star’s neck as they took in performances by Leon BridgesGrimesSt. Vincent and Beck. Other guests included Darren Aronofsky,Rashida JonesDavid LynchDavid Hockney and James Corden. Meanwhile, Sir Paul jumped onstage to sing Beatles songs “Helter Skelter” and “I Saw Her Standing There” with a cover band as the crowd went wild.   ***Internationally acclaimed security expert Kent Moyer giving a speech yesterday afternoon on the state of the terror threats in the world at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***John Mayer has officially signed with WME in all areas. The agency will exclusively represent him worldwide in music, film, television, books and endorsements. The move keeps Mayer with his agent, Scott Clayton, who stepped down as co-head of CAA’s Nashville office to become co-head of WME Nashville in November. Clayton also is leading WME’s rock division agency-wide.   ***Stephen Stills‘ autism awareness benefit concert Light Up The Blues is returning this year with a packed lineup of performers and a new, bigger venue. Neil YoungSheryl CrowBurt BacharchJudy CollinsChris StillsJack BlackChristina Applegate will join Stills. The event’s house band will feature guitarist Mike Campbell, keyboardistBenmont Tench, drummer Steve Ferrone (playing together in public for the first time since Tom Petty‘s death) alongside bassist Zev Katz, guitarist Kevin McCormick and pianistRussell Walden. The show will be held at the 3,400-seat Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on April 21st.



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*LBN-VIDEO LINK:  Bob Dylan – Tangled Up In Blue (Video) –

*LBN-HISTORICAL COMMENTARY by Abraham Lincoln: Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK:  Things Every Grown Man Should Have —


*LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Woody Allen battled to contain a growing backlash Thursday by accusing his ex-lover’s family of “cynically” exploiting the Time’s Up movement to repeat “discredited” child molestation allegations as his tearful daughter accused him of lying. The 82-year-old issued the statement after his estranged, adopted daughter Dylan Farrow revived detailed claims that Allen sexually assaulted her as a seven-year-old girl, at her mother’s Connecticut home in 1992, in her first full television interview. “Even though the Farrow family is cynically using the opportunity afforded by the Time’s Up movement to repeat this discredited allegation, that doesn’t make it any more true today than it was in the past,” said Allen in a statement. “I never molested my daughter — as all investigations concluded a quarter of a century ago,” he added.  ***The Donald Trump effect on the popularity of porn star Stormy Daniels has been nothing short of “yuge.” Pornhub Insights — the data analytics blog of porn streaming mecca Pornhub — shows worldwide users’ online searches for the porn star peaked at 375 percent above the two-week average on Jan. 14, just two days after the Wall Street Journal reported that Trump paid her $130,000 ahead of the 2016 election to keep quiet about their alleged sexual encounter. “[Adult Video News] Hall of Fame porn star Stormy Daniels has appeared in adult videos since the early 2000s, but recently shot to the forefront of public attention when her back-door dealings with US President Trump were revealed,” the blog reads.   ***The president may want to look away now. Marla Maples is dating Trump-baiting TV host Donny Deutsch. Sources say that Deutsch — who has called Trump “physically disgusting” and “a pathetic sniveling little president” on MSNBC — and Trump’s second wife were spotted dining cozily at the Polo Bar on Tuesday night. “It was their first or second date,” a source said. “She looked amazing.” A second source confirmed the pair is in the early stages of a relationship.

LBN E-Lert Edited By Dan Porush

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

LBN – Monday, January 16th, 2018

*DHS Sec. Nielsen: ‘I Did Not Hear’ Trump Say ‘Sh*thole’

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Tuesday did not dispute that President Trump suggested that the U.S. should limit immigration from “shithole countries,” telling the Senate Judiciary Committee under oath that she “did not hear” the president say it. Nielsen was present along with seven lawmakers for a closed-door meeting on immigration policy last Thursday. “The conversation was very impassioned. I don’t dispute that the president was using tough language. Others in the room were also using tough language,” Nielsen said.

*Police: Dolores O’Riordan’s Death Not Suspicious

The death of Dolores O’Riordan, the Cranberries singer who passed away in London on Monday, is considered not suspicious by Scotland Yard, police said on Tuesday. Authorities say they filed a report to the coroner’s office, which will now take over the case. The Irish singer had several hits with The Cranberries in the 1990s, including “Linger” and “Zombie.” The band separated in 2003

*N. Korea: Trump Nuclear-Button Tweet the ‘Spasm of a Lunatic’

The newspaper of North Korea’s ruling party finally hit back atPresident Trump’s “nuclear button” tweet on Tuesday, calling it the “spasm of a lunatic.” The Rodong Sinmun paper bit back over the controversial recent tweet, in which Trump said: “I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!” An editorial in the newspaper said Trump was making a “bluff only to be diagnosed as a psychopath,” adding, “The spasm of Trump in the new year reflects the desperate mental state of a loser who failed to check the vigorous advance of the army and people of the DPRK.

*‘EXTREMELY DISTURBING’ – Danish Inventor Charged With Journalist Kim Wall’s Murder

The Danish man accused of murdering and dismembering Swedish journalist Kim Wall was charged in her death on Tuesday, months after an investigation began. Prosecutors sayPeter Madsen, an inventor, either strangled Wall or cut her throat before throwing her body parts out to sea and intentionally sinking his own private submarine in August. Prosecutor Jakob Buch-Jepsen has called the case “very unusual and extremely disturbing.” Madsen initially claimed that he dropped Wall off safely on an island then later said she died of an accident on board the submarine. He has admitted to throwing her body parts into the ocean. Madsen’s trial is scheduled for March 8.

*Pope begs forgiveness for ‘irreparable’ harm from sex abuse:  

Pope Francis begged for forgiveness Tuesday for the “irreparable damage” done to children who were raped and molested by priests, opening his visit to Chile by diving head-first into a scandal that has greatly hurt the Catholic Church’s credibility here and cast a cloud over his visit. Francis faced controversy on another front as well: Overnight three more Catholic churches were torched, including one burned to the ground in the southern Araucania region where Francis will visiton Wednesday to meet with Chile’s indigenous peoples. While not causing any injuries, the nine church firebombings in the past few days have marked an unprecedented level of protest against history’s first Latin American pope on his home turf.


*3.2 Million More Americans Were Uninsured in 2017

More than three million Americans lost health-care insurance coverage last year, according to a new Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index. Under the Affordable Care Act, the rate of uninsured Americans decreased to 10.9 percent in 2016; it rose during President Trump’s first year in office, to 12.2 percent. The increase—a modest 1.3 percentage points—represents the biggest single-year bump since Gallup began keeping track in 2008.

*Ashleigh Banfield Condemns Aziz Ansari Accuser: ‘What You Have Done Is Appalling’:

A new allegation of sexual misconduct against comedian Aziz Ansari has several women in the media saying the #MeToo movement may have gone too far this time.  After a Brooklyn photographer who declined to use her real name told her story about a date gone wrong with the Emmy-winning creator and star of Master of None to the website Babe, Ansari released a statement denying her version of the events and saying he continues to “support the movement that is happening in our culture,” as evidenced by the #TimesUp pin he wore on stage when he accepted a Golden Globe award last week. First,Caitlin Flanagan, writing for The Atlantic, said that the woman and the writer who interviewed her created nothing more than “3,000 words of revenge porn” that was “intended not to validate her account as much as it is to hurt and humiliate Ansari.”  In The New York Times, Bari Weiss wrote that the only thing Ansari was “guilty” of was not being able to read his date’s mind. And now, there is former CNN anchor and current HLN anchor Ashleigh Banfield, who delivered a searing monologue on Monday evening that accused Ansari’s accuser of endangering the #MeToo movement itself. The host acknowledged that it’s “hard being a victim,” but that was clearly not how she was viewing her in this case. “Let’s take a moment to reflect on what you claim was the ‘worst night of your life,’” she added. “You had a bad date. Your date got overly amorous. After protesting his moves, you did not get up and leave. You continued to engage in the sexual encounter.” “By your own clear description, this wasn’t a rape, nor was it a sexual assault,” Banfield said, using the term that “Grace” utilized in the original piece. “At best,” Banfield said, it was “unpleasant.”

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***The Trump administration is taking its campaign against illegal immigration to the workplace. The raids by federal agents on dozens of 7-Eleven convenience stores last week were the administration’s first big show of force meant to convey the consequences of employing undocumented people. “We are taking work-site enforcement very hard,” said Thomas D. Homan, the director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, in a speech in October. “Not only are we going to prosecute the employers who knowingly hire the illegal aliens, we are going to detain and remove the illegal alien workers.” When agents raid workplaces, they often demand to see employees’ immigration documents and make arrests. But after the agents leave, it is difficult for the government to meaningfully penalize businesses that hire unauthorized immigrants.

*LBN-HEALTH WATCH:   ***Millions of American children have been exposed to a parasite that could interfere with their breathing, liver function, eyesight and even intelligence. Yet few scientists have studied the infection in the United States, and most doctors are unaware of it. The parasites, roundworms of the genus Toxocara, live in the intestines of cats and dogs, especially strays. Microscopic eggs from Toxocara are shed in the animals’ feces, contaminating yards, playgrounds and sandboxes. These infectious particles cling to the hands of children playing outside. Once swallowed, the eggs soon hatch, releasing larvae that wriggle through the body and, evidence suggests, may even reach the brain, compromising learning and cognition. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention periodically tracks positive tests for Toxocara through the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The latest report, published in September in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, estimated that about 5 percent of the United States population — or about 16 million people — carry Toxocara antibodies in their blood, a sign they have ingested the eggs.

*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***A veteran reporter for The Daily Beast has resigned after it was revealed that she plagiarized large portions of a recent article from The Weekly Standard. A contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine first noticed the striking similarities between articles written by the Daily Beast’s Lizzie Crocker and The Weekly Standard’s Alice Boyd, saying Crocker “just straight up copy and pasted” Boyd’s exact wording from a Jan. 11 story into her Jan. 12 story on writer Katie Roiphe.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Buddha” is not a personal name. It is an honorific title that means “awakened one.” Buddha’s real name was Siddhartha Gautama.

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Dan Gurney, whose storied career as a racecar driver included numerous firsts, and who went on to become equally successful as a team owner and car builder, died on Sunday in Newport Beach, Calif. He was 86. The cause was complications of pneumonia, his company, All American Racers, said in a statement.   ***Joe Frank, a giant voice for KCRW who produced more than 230 shows for the NPR station, died on Monday at the age of 79. Through his long-running one-hour program “Joe Frank: Work In Progress,” and later “In The Dark,” “Somewhere out There” and “The Other Side,” Joe Frank helped build KCRW into a powerhouse as he became a story telling legend of public radio.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: “Without Notes” with Dr. Srini Pillay – Episode 1: The Early Years —


Prohibition Era Begins in the US (1920)

By January of 1919, members of the US temperance movement had been campaigning against excessive drinking for a century. Their efforts resulted in the 18th Amendment, which, when it went into effect in 1920, prohibited the sale—but not the consumption—of liquor. Prohibition spawned what John D. Rockefeller called “a vast army of lawbreakers” who profited from the illegal sale of alcohol, and the failed ban was repealed in 1933.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: This year we’ve been so besieged by Donald Trump’s shriveled nature that we sometimes forget what full and courageous human life looks like. And so today I’d like to hold up John Stuart Mill, the second in our Heroes of Democracy series. Mill demonstrated that democratic citizenship is a way of life, a moral stance and a humanistic adventure. Those who know anything about Mill know about his upbringing. His father separated him from other children and from loving relationships and tried to turn him into a perfect thinking machine. Mill learned Greek at age 3. Between 8 and 12, he read Herodotus, Homer, Xenophon, Plato, Virgil and Ovid (in Latin) while studying physics, chemistry, astronomy and mathematics. He had the inevitable intellectual and emotional collapse at age 20. He finally pulled himself out when he discovered Wordsworth’s poetry and came to cherish emotion, beauty, warmth and art. One day he found himself weeping over the death of a character in a novel. He was delighted. “From this moment my burden grew lighter,” he recalled. “I was no longer hopeless: I was not a stock or a stone. I had still, it seemed, some of the material out of which all worth of character, and all capacity for happiness are made.” He staged a lifelong gentle revolt against his father’s shallow intellectual utilitarianism.

*DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that eleven (11) leading executives of the Coca Cola Corporation read LBN daily?

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Watch Jimmy Fallon Sing James Taylor-Inspired ‘Fire and Fury’ Parody —

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Bari Weiss  (staff editor and writer for the N.Y. Times Opinion section):  I’m apparently the victim of sexual assault. And if you’re a sexually active woman in the 21st century, chances are that you are, too. That is what I learned from the “exposé” of Aziz Ansari published this weekend by the feminist website Babe — arguably the worst thing that has happened to the #MeToo movement since it began in October. It transforms what ought to be a movement for women’s empowerment into an emblem for female helplessness. The headline primes the reader to gird for the very worst: “I went on a date with Aziz Ansari. It turned into the worst night of my life.” Like everyone else, I clicked. The victim in this 3,000-word story is called “Grace” — not her real name — and her saga with Mr. Ansari began at a 2017 Emmys after-party. As recounted by Grace to the reporter Katie Way, she approached him, but he brushed her off at first. Then they bonded over their devotion to the same vintage camera. If you are wondering what about this evening constituted the “worst night” of Grace’s life, or why it is being framed as a #MeToo story by a feminist website, you probably feel as confused as Mr. Ansari did the next day. “It was fun meeting you last night,” he texted. Put in other words: I am angry that you weren’t able to read my mind. I am a proud feminist, and this is what I thought while reading Grace’s story: If you are hanging out naked with a man, it’s safe to assume he is going to try to have sex with you. If the inability to choose a pinot noir over a pinot grigio offends you, you can leave right then and there. If you don’t like the way your date hustles through paying the check, you can say, “I’ve had a lovely evening and I’m going home now.” If you go home with him and discover he’s a terrible kisser, say “I’m out.” If you start to hook up and don’t like the way he smells or the way he talks (or doesn’t talk), end it. If he pressures you to do something you don’t want to do, use a four-letter word, stand up on your two legs and walk out his door. I’m sorry Grace had this experience. I too have had lousy romantic encounters, as has every adult woman I know. I have regretted these encounters, and not said anything at all. And I have regretted them and said so, like Grace did. And I know I am lucky that these unpleasant moments were far from being anything approaching assault or rape, or even the worst night of my life. The insidious attempt by some women to criminalize awkward, gross and entitled sex takes women back to the days of smelling salts and fainting couches. That’s somewhere I, for one, don’t want to go.

*LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:.…Rockstar Alice Cooper

*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***”Mad Men” star January Jones is dating “The Bachelor” star Nick Viall, according to a source. Jones has just started dating Viall, who starred in the 21st season of “The Bachelor” in March, during which he got engaged to contestant Vanessa Grimaldi. He and Grimaldi split just months later, in August. A source exclusively tells Page Six that Jones and Viall got together after she admitted on “The Late Late Show With James Corden” that she was a “Bachelor” superfan.   ***Kanye West is officially outnumbered. The rapper and wife Kim Kardashian welcomed a daughter via surrogate on Monday, West’s rep confirmed. he baby’s name has not yet been released. Their daughter joins older sisterNorth, 4, and big brother Saint, 2.   ***While a litany of stars are denouncing Woody Allen in light of the #MeToo movement, at least two are sticking by the scandal-plagued director: Alec Baldwin and Selena Gomez. “Woody Allen was investigated forensically by two states (NY and CT) and no charges were filed,” Baldwin, 59, tweeted Tuesday. “The renunciation of him and his work, no doubt, has some purpose. But it’s unfair and sad to me. I worked w WA 3 times and it was one of the privileges of my career.”   ***Jane Fonda revealedMonday she had a cancerous growth removed from her lip. The 80-year-old actress, who is in New York promoting Season 4 of Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie,” attended a BUILD Series event with a bandage on her lower lip. “I just want to explain the bandage. I just had a cancer taken from my lip,” Fonda explained. “I thought it was going to heal in time before I came before you, but it’s fine. I just want to explain it. I don’t normally go around like this.”

LBN E-Lert Edited By Dan Gaylord