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30 years ago, Jacob Rothschild predicted a global currency by 2018

On March 6, 1991, in a speech to Congress then-President George H. W Bush famously and very prematurely declared the beginning of a “new world order” following the Gulf War — the U.S.-led expulsion of Iraqi forces from Kuwait:

“Now, we can see a new world coming into view. A world in which there is the very real prospect of a new world order…. A world where the United Nations, freed from cold war stalemate, is poised to fulfill the historic vision of its founders. A world in which freedom and respect for human rights find a home among all nations.”

Three years before in 1988, in an essay in The Economist (which is partly owned by the Rothschild family), Lord Jacob Rothschild, now 82, predicted that in 2018 the world would be united under a single currency, the phoenix.

Under the global monetary union, called the “phoenix zone,” administered by a global central bank, national economic boundaries would dissolve. “Tight constraints” would be imposed on national governments, and there would be no national monetary policy. In effect, nation-states would lose their economic sovereignty, supplanted by a global government — a new world order — in fact if not in name.

Thanks to The Free Thought Project, below is an excerpt from Jacob Rothschild’s article, “Ready for the Phoenix,” The Economist, January 9, 1988, pp. 9-10.

Ready for the Phoenix

Thirty years from now, Americans, Japanese, Europeans, and people in many other rich countries, and some relatively poor ones will probably be paying for their shopping with the same currency. Prices will be quoted not in dollars, yen or D-marks but in, let’s say, the phoenix. The phoenix will be favoured by companies and shoppers because it will be more convenient than today’s national currencies, which by then will seem a quaint cause of much disruption to economic life in the last twentieth century.

At the beginning of 1988 this appears an outlandish prediction. Proposals for eventual monetary union proliferated five and ten years ago, but they hardly envisaged the setbacks of 1987. The governments of the big economies tried to move an inch or two towards a more managed system of exchange rates – a logical preliminary, it might seem, to radical monetary reform. For lack of co-operation in their underlying economic policies they bungled it horribly, and provoked the rise in interest rates that brought on the stock market crash of October. These events have chastened exchange-rate reformers. The market crash taught them that the pretence of policy co-operation can be worse than nothing, and that until real co-operation is feasible (i.e., until governments surrender some economic sovereignty) further attempts to peg currencies will flounder.

The New World Economy

The biggest change in the world economy since the early 1970’s is that flows of money have replaced trade in goods as the force that drives exchange rates. as a result of the relentless integration of the world’s financial markets, differences in national economic policies can disturb interest rates (or expectations of future interest rates) only slightly, yet still call forth huge transfers of financial assets from one country to another. These transfers swamp the flow of trade revenues in their effect on the demand and supply for different currencies, and hence in their effect on exchange rates. As telecommunications technology continues to advance, these transactions will be cheaper and faster still. With unco-ordinated economic policies, currencies can get only more volatile.…

In all these ways national economic boundaries are slowly dissolving. As the trend continues, the appeal of a currency union across at least the main industrial countries will seem irresistible to everybody except foreign-exchange traders and governments.In the phoenix zone, economic adjustment to shifts in relative prices would happen smoothly and automatically, rather as it does today between different regions within large economies (a brief on pages 74-75 explains how.) The absence of all currency risk would spur trade, investment and employment.

The phoenix zone would impose tight constraints on national governments. There would be no such thing, for instance, as a national monetary policy. The world phoenix supply would be fixed by a new central bank, descended perhaps from the IMF. The world inflation rate – and hence, within narrow margins, each national inflation rate- would be in its charge. Each country could use taxes and public spending to offset temporary falls in demand, but it would have to borrow rather than print money to finance its budget deficit. With no recourse to the inflation tax, governments and their creditors would be forced to judge their borrowing and lending plans more carefully than they do today. This means a big loss of economic sovereignty, but the trends that make the phoenix so appealing are taking that sovereignty away in any case. Even in a world of more-or-less floating exchange rates, individual governments have seen their policy independence checked by an unfriendly outside world.

As the next century approaches, the natural forces that are pushing the world towards economic integration will offer governments a broad choice. They can go with the flow, or they can build barricades. Preparing the way for the phoenix will mean fewer pretended agreements on policy and more real ones. It will mean allowing and then actively promoting the private-sector use of an international money alongside existing national monies. That would let people vote with their wallets for the eventual move to full currency union. The phoenix would probably start as a cocktail of national currencies, just as the Special Drawing Right is today. In time, though, its value against national currencies would cease to matter, because people would choose it for its convenience and the stability of its purchasing power.…

The alternative – to preserve policymaking autonomy- would involve a new proliferation of truly draconian controls on trade and capital flows. This course offers governments a splendid time. They could manage exchange-rate movements, deploy monetary and fiscal policy without inhibition, and tackle the resulting bursts of inflation with prices and incomes polices. It is a growth-crippling prospect. Pencil in the phoenix for around 2018, and welcome it when it comes.

Writing for The Free Thought Project, Jay Syrmopoulos points out:

[I]t must be noted that the creation of a global currency would give an inordinate amount of geopolitical capital to unelected international bankers, and subsequently take power away from the citizens of each nation and their respective governmental representatives….

Control over a nation’s money supply is, for all intents and purposes, the lifeblood of a state’s sovereignty – without this independence, the state only exists in name but is subservient to supranational powers whose interests lie outside of domestic and national political/economic concerns.

“Give me control of a nation’s money supply, and I care not who makes its laws,” said Mayer Amschel Rothschild, founder of the Rothschild banking dynasty.

Although the Rothschild family now generally keep a very low public profile, they still have significant business operations across a wide spectrum of sectors. While you may not find any one particular Rothschild on the Forbes’ most rich list, the family is estimated to control $1 trillion dollars in assets across the globe, thus having a strong voice across the geopolitical spectrum that many perceive as a hidden hand manipulating events silently from behind a veil of secrecy and silence.

Of course, since it is 2018, we now know that Jacob Rothschild’s prediction of 30 years ago did not come true, thanks to the Revolt of the Deplorables who, in 2016, elected a man named Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency, whose campaign promise is to “make America great again” by putting America’s national interests first, which got him eternal enmity from the globalists.

Trump did exactly that in the just-concluded G-7 Summit in Toronto, Canada, in which he fought for fairer trade agreements for the United States, instead of continue the massive trade imbalances and deficits of previous U.S. presidents — to howls from our supposed French, German and Canadian “allies”.

See “Trump won’t endorse G7 statement,” New York Post, June 9, 2018.

God bless President Trump, the wrench in the Rothschilds’ and other globalists’ machinations for a one-world government!

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~Eowyn

Trump signs order making it easier to fire federal employees

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Works for me.

From NBC News: President Donald Trump began fulfilling a promise to facilitate the firing of federal workers Friday, quietly signing a set of executive orders to rewrite the government’s employment rules.

The three actions, two of which crack down on federal employee unions, are designed to “make it easier for agencies to remove poor-performing employees and ensure that taxpayer dollars are more efficiently used,” Andrew Bremberg, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, told reporters.

In his State of the Union address in January, Trump asked Congress to give Cabinet secretaries more power over the employees of their agencies. Even though, as president, he has tended to avoid firing top officials face to face — and these moves will certainly affect less high-profile cases — the president who made a name for himself by saying “you’re fired” contestants on his TV show “The Apprentice” has often spoken publicly about his desire to fire, and exultation in firing, well-known employees who aren’t doing his bidding (nice unbiased reporting there, NBC).

For example, when FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was removed from his post earlier this year, Trump called it “a great day for democracy.” He fired former FBI Director James Comey and has mused about getting rid of many of his Cabinet secretaries, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

The first of the three orders directs the Office of Personnel Management to revise existing rules so that the time an employee under review has to show improved performance is reduced from a 60-to-120 day window to 30 days.

The second requires federal agencies to renegotiate union contracts with an eye toward cost savings, according to senior administration officials.

And the third is designed to reduce the amount of time federal workers can spend on union business, the officials said on a conference call with reporters. It aims to limit the non-agency work of federal employees to 25 percent of their time and prevent taxpayers from subsidizing appeals lodged by unionized workers and activities the administration said amount to “lobbying” by federal workers who are in unions.

“Federal employees will no longer be allowed to lobby Congress while in a paid-duty status, unless they’re doing it as a part of, say, legislative affairs or their official duties,” a senior administration official said.

It is already illegal for White House and agency employees to use appropriated funds to lobby Congress, even if they work in legislative affairs offices.

But a White House official said that the Federal Labor Relations Authority has ruled that “lobbying on union time” is not prohibited by anti-lobbying laws. In effect, the new rule could make it harder for federal workers to discuss policy and employment issues with lawmakers and their staffs.

Lee Saunders, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, slammed the executive orders.

“It is shameful that this administration continues to undermine the important services and vital contributions our federal workers provide to the American people every day,” Saunders, whose union represents some federal employees, said in a statement. “These workers protect our national security and ensure that our communities run smoothly. For their service they deserve respect, not a constant barrage of attacks on their freedom to join together in strong unions and speak up together to deliver better services.”

DCG

Black man in MAGA hat harassed-threatened by Florida Cheesecake Factory staffers

Liberals are just so tolerant!

Ryan Saavedra reports for The Daily Wire that on Mother’s Day, May 13, 2018, employees at a Cheesecake Factory in Miami, Florida, verbally attacked and made threatening gestures toward a black man who was dining with his girlfriend’s family simply because he was wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat, according to multiple witnesses interviewed by The Daily Wire.

Eugenior Joseph

According to multiple witnesses and 22-year-old Eugenior Joseph‘s own account, a woman who worked at the restaurant walked up to him and started pointing at his hat, signaling for the other employees to come over. About a dozen or so employees approached the table and began making comments about the hat, with some saying they wanted to punch Joseph in the face. Witnesses said some of the employees also referred to Joseph as a “n**ger” in their conversations among each other.

One witness told The Daily Wire:

“Her finger was literally on top of his head, we were all looking at her like ‘what is happening?’ She was pointing at him, calling her other coworkers, telling them to look at this guy wearing a Make America Great Again hat. So then all the employees started standing there, saying things out loud, like, ‘I’m going to knock his head in so hard his hat’s going to come off.’

One of the employees gave Joseph intimidating looks, clenching his fists and making hand gestures that appeared to indicate that he was ready to engage in a fistfight. Employees at the restaurant continued to mock and intimidate Joseph after he got up to use the restroom.

Joseph told The Daily Wire that one employee “got behind me and another coworker came by and they were staring at each other and he fist bumped him and then he started looking at me, balling his fists, smacking his fists, trying to scare me. I got up and went to the restroom, my girlfriend followed me, and as we were walking back, a group of [the employees] came out from the back and they just started clapping and yelling, and just screaming things at me.”

Another witness verified Joseph’s account, saying that the employees in the kitchen were loudly booing Joseph as he walked by. The event was so traumatic and threatening that an elderly female diner had to take medication to calm herself down.

Multiple witnesses said that as Joseph and his companions exited the restaurant the manager followed them out and told them that some of the employees admitted to their actions and that one of the employees had been sent home. By now, police had arrived, documented the incident in the police report, but did not file any charges.

The Daily Wire contacted the Cheesecake Factory and spoke to a manager who refused to answer any questions and instead took down reporter Ryan Saavedra’s contact information. When Saavedra asked the manager whether or not he could confirm the incident had taken place in the restaurant, the manager’s tone became slightly hostile as he reiterated: “I’m going to have someone get in touch with you.”

The Daily Wire viewed multiple video clips and photos that validate the claims made by the witness:

  • One of the photos showed the man described by the witnesses as being the one who made the threatening hand gestures, making the fist bump with another employee.
  • A video showed a young girl crying at the table, afraid of the hostile environment created by The Cheesecake Factory employees.
  • Another video showed Joseph in a state of disbelief over what had just unfolded as other witnesses were visibly angry over the way he had been treated.

Joseph says he has not heard from anyone at The Cheesecake Factory about how he was treated. Joseph says that he wears the MAGA hat because he thinks Trump “is a really good president,” and that he is disappointed that a black man can’t wear a hat to support the president without being attacked.

In a statement issued the next day, Alethea Rowe, Senior Director of Public Relations at The Cheesecake Factory, wrote:

No guest should ever feel unwelcomed in one of our restaurants and we are taking this matter very seriously. Upon learning of this incident, we immediately apologized to the guests in person. We are conducting an investigation and will take the appropriate corrective action.

How come the recent Philadelphia Starbucks incident (of two black men being arrested because they refused to leave) is all over the media, but the MSM gave scant, if at all, attention to the abuse received by Eugenior Joseph, also a black man?

~Eowyn

Trump and the ‘Fourth Turning’ of America

In their 1997 book, The Fourth Turning: An American Prophecy – What the Cycles of History Tell Us About America’s Next Rendezvous With Destiny, authors William Strauss and Neil Howe describe the history of America — the 13 colonies and the United States — as a fourfold cycle of generational types. People in a particular age group tend to share a distinct set of beliefs, attitudes, values and behaviors because they all grew up and came of age during a particular period in history. Strauss and Howe maintained that every 80 years American history has been marked by a crisis or “fourth turning” that destroyed an old order and created a new one. Reportedly, Steve Bannon, President Trump’s former chief strategist and senior counselor, is a proponent of the “fourth turning” idea.

Jay Weidner is a filmmaker, author and radio personality. In the essay, “Trump and the Fourth Turning,” he advances the intriguing notion that the unexpected election of Donald Trump to the presidency began a Fourth Turning — a time of upheaval and an opportunity to push back the Left and defeat their attempt to radically transform America.

Admittedly, however, we don’t really need the notion of a fourth turning to know that we are in the fight of our lives against the Left’s systematic — and thus far, successful — deformation of America.

While long, “Trump and the Fourth Turning” is well worth your read.

H/t maziel

~Eowyn

Trump and the Fourth Turning

By Jay Weidner

Chapter One: The Fourth Turning.

Two historians William Strauss and Neil Howe wrote a very interesting book called, The Fourth Turning (1997).  In this significant book the two authors show that the United States goes through a Turning every 80 to 85 years.

The first turn was from 1776 to 1789 when the Republic was founded.

The second turning was from 1860 to 1865 when the civil war erupted.

The third turning was from 1940 to 1945, with the Great Depression and World War Two.

The fourth turning is now. For the next 13 years until 2030 the Fourth Turning of the United States will be in full swing.

What is interesting about these turnings is how each Turn reflects back on the Turn before.  The issues that are unresolved in one turning are attempted to be resolved in the next Turn.  For instance the Founding Fathers, in order to create a Union, more or less ignored and put off the most important problem our young country faced, which was slavery in the south.

The second turning was all about solving that problem, which unfortunately resulted in 600,000 men, as well as many women and children being killed.

If we go to the third turning we can see that the most popular movie at the time was Gone with the Wind (1939), which glorified the antebellum south.  The movie today seems like an oddity, almost surreal. One might surmise that Gone With the Wind was a movie made solely for the Third Turning. Viewing it today through the lens of our modern sensibilities, it is prosaic and almost silly.  Interestingly now as the fourth turning is coming we can see a return to movies about slavery and the civil war (12 Years a Slave, Django Unchained). Civil rights issues that were not solved in the third turning are starting to rise up again as we approach the end of that Turn and the start of the next. 

Chapter Two: The Left Attempts To Manufacture The Fourth Turning.

It is my opinion that Left and the Democrats read and absorbed the book, The Fourth Turning.  Starting in the late 1990’s, just after the book came out, the Left began attempting to construct the Fourth Turning.  They believed that they could successfully change America forever by acting out and consciously manipulating the change they wanted.

And the way that they would do this was a two-fold action:

First they would amp up Identity Politics.  They would label anyone who spoke out against this forced induction of the Fourth Turning as a ‘racist’, ‘sexist’ and ‘homophobe’.  The second part of the forced and manufactured Fourth Turning was to open the borders and flood America with people who do not share our basic values and ethics who due to many factors are poorly educated and due to this are easily controlled.

And so we watched the last eight years in horror as the Left began creating their fake Fourth Turning.

Chapter Three: But Turnings Cannot Be Manufactured.

What the Left does not understand is that Turnings are spontaneous.  They cannot be controlled.  One cannot manufacture a Turning.  It must rise spontaneously from the hearts and minds of the people and it must be a surprise to the powers that be and to everyone else.

Back in 1776, most people never believed that the US revolution, which marked the First Turning, would ever succeed.  Yet it did.  Most people did not want the Civil War, the hallmark of the Second Turning, yet it happened.  No one but our mad leaders, elites, and bankers wanted the Great Depression and World War Two of the Third Turning, yet they occurred.

What I am getting to here is that we don’t know as of yet what the Fourth Turning will manifest. But we can see that the election of Donald Trump was so unexpected, so populist in nature that it has surprised all of the experts.  No one can realistically contradict the obvious fact that the election was a rebellion against the establishment and the endlessly encroaching programs of the New World Order.   Whether you like Trump or not, he has upended the political establishment.  The entire mainstream media has been exposed and the Democrats (read The Left) are not only on the ropes but they have no bench.

Because they tried to manufacture The Fourth Turning, using identity politics instead of a merit system, they have found themselves caught in a conundrum of their own making with no significant leaders and no rising stars.

Their first attempt at Identity Politics was when they brought in Obama and he shamed the majority into voting for him twice.  The plan was to then to finish off their manipulation of the Fourth Turning by electing a woman and attempting to do the same thing with her.  Essentially their approach once again was to shame the majority into doing what the Left wanted using Identity Politics.

But Hillary is no Obama.  Whatever you think of Obama he can still deliver a good speech and he is likable.  Hillary is neither.

But it wasn’t Hillary who lost the election; it was the amazing accomplishment of Trump who perceiving the dissatisfaction and needs of the populace  – against all odds – won.

Chapter Four: The Real Fourth Turning.

So if one were to define a real Fourth Turning I think that this would have to be the one.  And the Trump Wave is only the first part of the Fourth Turning.  Like all Turnings the Trump Wave was spontaneous, surprising, tumultuous. It was dizzying, threatening and dangerous.

It still is all of those things and – if I am right – all of these things will continue.  In fact it could get very dangerous.  Especially when the Left finally figures out that the jig is up and they have been upended. How will they react when they take off their blinders and come face to face with the fact that the majority has come to realize how the Left plays this game and how unfair and deceptive they actually are.

The timing is impeccable.  The Third Turning ended in 1945.  If Trump and his movement can hang onto power until 2024 then that will be almost exactly 80 years from the Third Turning.

This means that Trump’s movement is in control of The Fourth Turning.  We are in a moment that is critical to the future of this country.

This is why the Left is so outraged at the moment.  They thought that they had it in the bag.  They thought that they could indoctrinate and overwhelm us with the ‘change’ that so few of us really wanted.

Chapter Five: What Happened?

The Left has never been more than 20% of the population.  They know this.  That is why they infiltrated the Education System, the Media, and Hollywood.  They tried to change us, and this country, through intimidation, propaganda, and re-education.  The Left, the Establishment Media and Hollywood have spent the last two decades telling us that all of the values that we hold as a culture and as a country are reprehensible, appalling, and downright evil.

Our children were taught in the propaganda mills we call public schools that America was racist, sexist, misogynist, vile, heartless, etc.

But then something happened.  A few years ago much of America stopped listening to all of this chatter.  It was if a giant collective decision had been made to turn off the propaganda mills.  Increasingly, television ratings began tanking, especially on the shows that were filled with the most anti-American propaganda.  Movies also began losing money big time.

Americans were saying ‘no’ to the propaganda machine but the minions who run the propaganda machine didn’t seem to understand.  The movies, media and television shows kept trying to sell us their substitute view of reality. When Caitlin Jenner received an Arthur Ashe ‘Courage’ award from ESPN you could hear the collective psychological backlash.

The Media and the Establishment had just gone too far.

It is like we were living in two separate universes.  In one universe we are told that we are all sexists, homophobes and racists, and that our country is full of hate.  On the other hand, you only have to open your eyes to see that we are living and working with people of numerous races, religions, opposite sexes and openly gay people and we aren’t ruffled by any of it.

In fact Americans were downright puzzled by the insults from the Left as they had openly elected Barack Obama twice.  Clearly many Trump voters had also voted for Obama.

Chapter Six: Dangers Ahead.

The Trump movement had better become steely fast.  The insults are going to get worse as we succeed in dismantling the manufactured BS culture that the establishment has been forcing on us

There is a Fourth Turning and like all the previous Turnings this one will be unexpected, spontaneous and full of surprises.  That is what is in store for us for the next 13 years.  We will come out of this Turning around 2030.

The war is just heating up and the Left is not going to take this sitting down.  Expect epic violence against us. Expect violence against the Police and Military to increase.

Even now the raging activists of the Left are planning for a color revolution this spring.  The elites in the establishment are so freaked out by the spontaneous eruption of the Trump Movement that they will employ a vast number of mindless Social Justice Warriors to try to reverse what has just happened. Outrageous acts by the Left are about to occur and the mainstream media will be behind it and openly support it.

In this we see the insanity of the psychopathic Left.  They claim that they are the rebels and revolutionaries but in reality they are the stooges of the Establishment.  It is the Establishment that educated their minds to believe what they think.  It was the Establishment that fed their brains for the last 30 years.

The Left thinks it is rebelling against the entrenched order but in reality it was their candidate, Hillary Clinton that was supported by the old money, the Banks, Wall Street, the Rothschild’s and the Rockefellers.  It was Hillary that was one hundred percent supported by  CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, MSNBC. It was Hillary who voted for both the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, not Trump who was against them.

The Left is protesting that the Pro-War, Pro-Wall Street, Pro Banker candidate LOST!

This reversal of the Left’s formerly Anti-War, Anti-Wall Street, and Anti-Banker positions will do great damage to their future.  Does the Left think we are not watching them?  Does the Left think we aren’t noticing their epic hypocrisy?

How can they ever be trusted again if they supported such a candidate?  That they would riot, destroy property and scream obscenities because their Pro-War, Pro-Wall Street, Pro–Banker candidate lost is so surreal, so unbelievable, that it boggles the mind.

What we are about to witness will be a continuous attempt to manufacture and seize hold of the narrative of the Fourth Turning by the Left.  Black Lives Matter will continue to be funded by George Soros; the Establishment will still pay the Social Justice Warriors.

But it won’t matter. Thirteen years is enough time for us to turn the Left back.  Our alternative media is already beating the hell out of the mainstream media.  As one can see from the pushback of the mainstream news, the Left will do everything it can to shut down the alternative media.

What we must do next is to destroy their edifices of power.  We are already doing it with the media.  We must boycott all of their media.  We must boycott their movies.  Just like what is currently happening to the NFL, we must also do this to all of their institutions.

We must collectively decide to quit eating their crappy sugary, GMO food and believing their insane propaganda.  We must home school our kids to keep their minds away from the Leftist infiltrators.  We must remake the education system and root out the Leftists infiltrators.  We must expose them for what they are.  They won’t like it and it will be through their reaction to us that we will discover how truly psychopathic they are.

This is a war and the odds are good for us.  We are strong, united and clearly the majority.  Now it’s time for us to take power and remake our culture.  Let’s ignore the Left unless it is to reveal their own innate stupidity.

Oh and let’s also have fun.

Democrat heads will explode when Trump makes history with North Korea

Before even meeting Kim Jong-un, President Trump has already achieved more with North Korea than all his predecessors.

To begin, President Trump has stood firm, despite North Korea’s missile tests and threatening bombastic rhetoric:

  • In response to Kim’s threat to fire missiles at Guam, a U.S. territory on which is the Andersen Air Force Base, Trump responded that if North Korea failed to cease nuclear testing and threats, future threats would be “met with fire and fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before,” and vowed to “totally destroy” North Korea if the United States were “forced to defend itself or its allies”.
  • On September 23, 2017, the U.S. flew B-1B bombers from Guam and F-15C Eagle fighter escorts from Okinawa, in international airspace over waters east of North Korea.
  • On October 9, 2017, two US B-1 bombers carried out mock missile launches off both coasts of South Korea, along with South Korean and Japanese fighter jets.

North Korea buckled:

  • On March 8, 2018, following a meeting with President Trump, South Korean diplomat Chung Eui-yong revealed that Kim Jong-un had expressed “eagerness” to meet with Trump, which South Korean President Moon Jae-in calls a “miracle,” and that the U.S. accepted the invitation. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said that “in the meantime, all sanctions and maximum pressure [on North Korea] must remain.”
  • On April 21, 2018, Kim announced he would halt nuclear tests and intercontinental missile launches, as well as dismantle the atomic testing facility at Punggye-ri in the north east as a “transparent guarantee” of the end of testing. According to the South China Morning Post, two groups of Chinese experts say the Punggye-ri military facility had collapsed “putting China and other nearby nations at unprecedented risk of radioactive exposure” and that this could be the real reason behind Kim’s decision to end his missile and nuclear trials. Indeed, there were reports last year of major earthquakes and landslides in the facility’s mountainous area in the wake of five test blasts. See also “Just desserts: Kim Jong Un’s ballistic missile accidentally hit a North Korean city”.
  • On April 27, the heads of South Korea and North Korea met at the DMZ (demilitarized zone) between the two countries — the first time since the Korean War that a North Korean leader had entered South Korean territory. The historic summit ended with both countries pledging to work towards complete denuclearization and removal of all nuclear weapons from the Korean Peninsula, as well as to declare, within the year, an official end to the Korean War that had ravaged the peninsula from 1950 to 1953.

The latest: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo just returned from North Korea with three Americans whom Pyongyang had held hostage. They landed at Andrews Air Force Base this morning at 2:00 A.M.

President Trump tweeted this morning:

I am pleased to inform you that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in the air and on his way back from North Korea with the 3 wonderful gentlemen that everyone is looking so forward to meeting. They seem to be in good health. Also, good meeting with Kim Jong Un. Date & Place set.

Followed by:

Secretary Pompeo and his “guests” will be landing at Andrews Air Force Base at 2:00 A.M. in the morning. I will be there to greet them. Very exciting!

President Trump had indicated that a date and place are set for the summit with Kim, but he will not yet reveal what they are.

If the US-North Korea summit goes well, Trump will be remembered and celebrated in history.

And the heads of Demonrats/liberals/Progressives will explode.

Update (May 10):

Trump announced this morning that the US-NK summit will be in Singapore on June 12!

~Eowyn

Trump administration to send 57,000 Hondurans in the US back home

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If you can’t follow our laws and obtain legal status then, Adios!

From Sun Sentinel: The Trump administration said Friday that it is ending special immigration protections for about 57,000 Hondurans, adding them to hundreds of thousands of immigrants from other countries battered by violence and natural disasters who are losing permission to be in the United States.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security‘s widely anticipated decision not to renew temporary protected status for Hondurans means an estimated 428,000 people from several countries face rolling deadlines beginning late this year to leave or obtain legal residency in other ways.

Hondurans will have until Jan. 5, 2020, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said.

President Donald Trump — who wants to curtail legal immigration and has been cracking down broadly on illegal immigration — and his supporters note that the protections were never meant to be permanent.

Immigrant advocates decried the move and contend that ending the status will drive people underground who have been establishing roots in the U.S. for years or decades, including having American-born children.

For Hondurans, the program known as TPS has been in place since 1999 after Hurricane Mitch devastated in the Central American nation the year before. The administration says conditions in Honduras have improved, while advocates argue that it still hasn’t fully recovered from the hurricane and is now plagued by rampant violence (Gee, I wonder why?).

Trump, his opponents argue, is effectively adding tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of people to the ranks of those in the U.S. without legal status.

Marta Connor, a 50-year-old union organizer in Southern California who has lived in the U.S. for decades and has three American-born children, said before the announcement that she wasn’t leaving, regardless of the administration’s policies.

“One thing I can tell you is I am not going to Honduras,” she said, noting that many of the asylum-seeking migrants in a caravan that recently reached the U.S.-Mexico border are from Honduras. “If they are coming, why am I going over there?”

“There is no way I will go back,” Connor said.

Around 437,000 immigrants hailing from 10 countries have had temporary protected status, a designation created in 1990 to allow people from countries affected by natural disasters like earthquakes or man-made disasters like war to have a short-term safe haven. Only a few thousand still have that status.

Those with it have generally been able to work and with permission, travel outside the U.S. and return.

Countries are added to the list as circumstances warrant, with renewals coming usually around every 18 months. While some countries have been taken off the list, others have stayed on it for extended periods, which critics say turns the program into default amnesty.

Under Trump, the Department of Homeland Security has terminated the program for Sudan, Nicaragua, Nepal, Haiti, and notably El Salvador, which accounted for more holders of the special status than any other nation.

They have been given deadlines to leave or gain legal status if possible, starting in November for Sudan and throughout 2019 for the other countries. Several groups are suing to stay in the U.S.

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Democrats are losing ground with Millennials

Millennials are the generation of Americans who are 22 to 37 years old in 2018.

According to population projections from the U.S. Census Bureau. Next year, Millennials will surpass Baby Boomers as America’s largest living adult generation, their numbers swelling to 73 million as Boomers decline to 72 million.

Reuters has good news for us: Enthusiasm for the Democratic Party is waning among Millennials as we approach the crucial midterm congressional elections. Democrats have come to count on Millennials as a core constituency – and will need them to achieve a net gain of 23 seats to capture control of the U.S. House of Representatives in November.

An online Reuters/Ipsos national survey of more than 16,000 registered voters ages 18 to 34 shows Millennials’ support for Democrats over Republicans for Congress slipped by 9% over the past two years, to 46%. And they increasingly say the Republican Party is a better steward of the economy, despite their dislike for President Trump (2 out of 3 Millennials in the survey said they dislike him).

Millennials are almost evenly split this year over the question of which party has a better plan for the economy, with 34% picking the Democrats and 32% choosing Republicans. That’s a shift from two years ago, when they said Democrats had the better plan by a 12% margin.

Columbia University political science professor Donald Green explains young voters represent an opportunity and a risk for both parties because “They’re not as wedded to one party. They’re easier to convince than, say, your 50- or 60-year-olds who don’t really change their minds very often.”

The shift away from Democrats was more pronounced among white Millennials – who accounted for two-thirds of all votes cast in that age group in 2016:

  • Two years ago, young white people favored Democrats over Republicans for Congress by a margin of 47% vs. 33%; that gap vanished by this year, with 39% supporting each party.
  • The shift was especially dramatic among young white men, who two years ago favored Democrats but now say they favor Republicans over Democrats by a margin of 46% vs. 37%.

Millennials disenchanted with Democrats

Reuters gave three examples of Millennials who have changed their minds because of evidence, giving us hope that there are Americans who still listen to reason:

  1. Terry Hood, 34, an African-American who works at a Dollar General store in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and took this year’s poll, said he voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, but he will consider a Republican for Congress because he believes the party is making it easier to find jobs and he applauds the recent Republican-led tax cut: “It sounds strange to me to say this about the Republicans, but they’re helping with even the small things. They’re taking less taxes out of my paycheck. I notice that.”
  2. Ashley Matthias, 31, a tattoo artist in Manchester, New Hampshire, said she has not decided how she will vote but will support anyone who will make her health insurance more affordable, and that it is cheaper to pay for her doctor’s visits out-of-pocket than to buy insurance through the government-run Obamacare exchange.
  3. Ashley Reed, a white single mother of three in Concord, New Hampshire, said a teenage fascination with Democrat Barack Obama led her to support his presidency in 2008. But her politics evolved with her personal life. Now 28, Reed opposes abortion; is more supportive of gun rights; and has lost faith in social welfare programs that she now believes were misused. Reed plans to vote for a Republican for Congress this year: “As I got older, I felt that I could be my own voice.”

The Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted online in English throughout the United States. It gathered about 65,000 responses in all during the first three months of 2018 and 2016, including 16,000 registered voters between the ages of 18 and 34 and nearly 11,000 registered white Millennial voters. The poll has a ± interval of only 1%, meaning that results may vary by about 1% in either direction.

~Eowyn