The Flooding in Louisiana

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Louisiana has seen some of the worst flooding in the states history over the past 3 days. Since the flooding has started, President Obama has signed a Disaster Declaration on August 11th 2016 which lets Federal aid to start flowing to the affected areas of the state including the Parishes of East Baton Rouge, Livingston, St. Helena and Tangipahoa.  With the signing of the Disaster Deceleration, this allows grants for temporary housing and home repairs as well as low interest, emergency loans to help cover uninsured property damage.  This comes in very handy since many of the homes that have taken on water have never flooded prior and do not have any flood insurance.

Extent of Louisiana Flooding

louisiana floodingThe extent of the Louisiana flooding is massive. Currently over 10,000 people are staying in temporary facilities in the Baton Rouge area with many more evacuated. As of today, the flooding has caused 5 deaths.  Celtic Movie Studios, a massive warehouse on Airline Highway in the city, is currently housing about 3,000 people on its campus alone.  Over 20,000 people have been rescued so far by the National Guard and private citizens.  Many residents are still stranded in their homes since the water has yet to recede.  Thousands of people were stranded in their automobiles on Interstate 12 since Saturday.  Only on Sunday were the National Guard and good seminarians able to start rescuing people by boat.  the Stranded motorists that have been rescued were brought to the Hammond Parks and Recreation Center.

Prior to the President’s deceleration, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, declared a State of Emergency.  In a statement, Edwards stated:

“We are in constant contact with local officials and first responders, and assistance is already on the move to affected parishes. … The most important thing to remember is to obey road signs and to constantly monitor the news for updates to ensure everyone’s safety. Every available resource will be used to assist citizens as this situation continues to unfold.”

Louisianians Take To Their Boats

boats in tow to rescue stranded residentsThe scene on Monday morning was thousands of Louisiana residents traveling into the deviated areas with boats in tow.  As of Monday morning, private residents have rescued hundreds, possibly thousands of fellow Louisianians from their flooded homes.  Many of the good seminarians have traveled for hours from outlying cities to assist in the evacuation efforts. With the Governors Emergency Deceleration, over 1000 National Guard soldiers are on the ground in “search and rescue” mode.  In addition to the troops, the state of Louisiana has deployed 170 high water vehicles, 20 boats and five helicopters.  Many Louisiana residents are still stranded in their homes, without electricity or proper supplies.  As of now, thousands of people and hundreds of pets have been saved from the flood that seemed to “come out of nowhere” with over 21 inches of rain in 24 hours. As of now, it is estimated that over 20,000 residents and travelers have been rescued.

 

Trump Answers Real Questions – The Answers May Surprise You

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Donald Trump answers quesitons

Donald Trump the full blown Republican Candidate for President of the United States has been quite elusive on providing details on how he would handle specific political issues throughout the world.  We will lay out the direct questions and answers posed to Trump.

News By Headline

trump answering real questionsI personally believe that it dumbs down the American public when we take our news in by headline or soundbite.  We have become accustomed to choosing our leaders based off of very limited information.  Understanding that most Americans will not take the time to read full interviews, and the mainstream news sources generally only report via headlines, we will provide the legwork so you can get to the meat of the topics.

This is the first, in a string of articles, were we will find hard questions posed directly to the Republican Candidate, with his direct responses.  All of the questions and answers will be direct quotes from interviews and nothing will be added or redacted from the question or the response.

In an interview with Donald Trump, David E. Sanger and Maggie Haberman of The New York Times ask very direct questions — here are the responses.

When Donald Trump Was Asked About Details of NAFTA:

HABERMAN: What kind of change could you make in terms of Nafta without fully withdrawing from it? How could you?

TRUMP: You’ve got to be fair to the country. Everyone is leaving. Carrier just announced they’re leaving. Ford is building a massive plant. So I have a friend who builds plants and then I have to go. I have a friend who builds plants, that’s what he does, he’s the biggest in the world, he builds plants like automobile plants, computer plants, that’s all he does. He doesn’t build apartments, he doesn’t build office space, he builds plants. I said to him the other day, “How are you doing?” He goes, “Unbelievable.” Oh, great, that’s good, thinking about the United States, right, because he’s based in the United States. So I said, “Good, so the country is doing well.” He said, “No, no, not our country, you’ve got to see what I’m doing in Mexico.” He said: “The business there is unbelievable, the new plants we are building. People moving from the United States.” That’s what he does. One-story plants. You understand?

Here is a short, but poignant response on if Trump would use cyberweapons as an alternative to traditional weapons of war:

SANGER: Would you support the United States’ not only developing as we are but fielding cyberweapons as an alternative?

TRUMP: Yes. I am a fan of the future, and cyber is the future.

Here is the response of Trump when being asked if we should support Assad in his battle against ISIS:

SANGER: You would keep Assad there if he’s also fighting ISIS?

TRUMP: I don’t want to say that, I have a very specific view on Assad, but I think we have to get rid of ISIS before we get rid of Assad.

SANGER: So you agree with President Obama in that regard?

TRUMP: Look, Assad hates ISIS; ISIS hates Assad. They are fighting each other. We are supposed to go and fight them both? How do you fight them both when they are fighting each other? And I think that ISIS is a threat that’s much more important for us right now than Assad. You understand what I’m saying?

SANGER: Mmm.

TRUMP: Because Assad and ISIS are fighting. Now we are going to go in and fight them both, because we have people that don’t know what they are doing. We have people that don’t know what they are doing. So I would get rid of ISIS, but I don’t want to fight at the same time. The other thing you have is, is Assad is backed by a country that we made a power, O.K.? Iran. And Russia, O.K.? So why didn’t we do something about that before we made Iran rich, and before we gave them this tremendous power that they now have, that they didn’t have and shouldn’t have had?

This is Donald Trump’s response to how well he personally believes the Republican National Convention went:

HABERMAN: What do you think people will take away from this convention? What are you hoping?

TRUMP: From the convention? The fact that I’m very well liked. Look, I got more votes than anybody in the history of the Republican Party. Almost 14 million votes. I got 37 states. Kasich has one. As an example, Ted had, you know, not many. Thirty-seven states. Now, with the roll call, I had 44 states. It was 44 to seven and the seven was everybody else: 44 to seven. It was 44 to six because we are including the different islands. And when you are in that hall and you see those people, like yesterday, my daughter called up, she said, “Dad, I’ve never seen it — it’s total love.”

Trump made headlines when he said he would back out of NATO and possibly not support a NATO Nation if they couldn’t pay for it.

Here is the full quote when Trump was asked about possibly not following the NATO rules by supporting a fellow NATO country:

SANGER: But I guess the question is, If we can’t, do you think that your presidency, let’s assume for a moment that they contribute what they are contributing today, or what they have contributed historically, your presidency would be one of pulling back and saying, “You know, we’re not going to invest in these alliances with NATO, we are not going to invest as much as we have in Asia since the end of the Korean War because we can’t afford it and it’s really not in our interest to do so.”

TRUMP: If we cannot be properly reimbursed for the tremendous cost of our military protecting other countries, and in many cases the countries I’m talking about are extremely rich. Then if we cannot make a deal, which I believe we will be able to, and which I would prefer being able to, but if we cannot make a deal, I would like you to say, I would prefer being able to, some people, the one thing they took out of your last story, you know, some people, the fools and the haters, they said, “Oh, Trump doesn’t want to protect you.” I would prefer that we be able to continue, but if we are not going to be reasonably reimbursed for the tremendous cost of protecting these massive nations with tremendous wealth — you have the tape going on?

SANGER: We were talking about alliances, and the fundamental problem that you hear many Republicans, traditional Republicans, have with the statement that you’ve made is that it would seem to them that you would believe that the interests of the United States being out with both our troops and our diplomacy abroad is less than our economic interests in having somebody else support that. In other words, even if they didn’t pay a cent toward it, many have believed that the way we’ve kept our postwar leadership since World War II has been our ability to project power around the world. That’s why we got this many diplomats ——

TRUMP: How is it helping us? How has it helped us? We have massive trade deficits. I could see that, if instead of having a trade deficit worldwide of $800 billion, we had a trade positive of $100 billion, $200 billion, $800 billion. So how has it helped us?

SANGER: Well, keeping the peace. We didn’t have a presence in places like Korea in 1950, or not as great a presence, and you saw what happened.

TRUMP: There’s no guarantee that we’ll have peace in Korea.

SANGER: Even with our troops, no, there’s no guarantee.

TRUMP: No, there’s no guarantee. We have 28,000 soldiers on the line.

SANGER: But we’ve had them there since 1953 and ——

TRUMP: Sure, but that doesn’t mean that there wouldn’t be something going on right now. Maybe you would have had a unified Korea. Who knows what would have happened? In the meantime, what have we done? So we’ve kept peace, but in the meantime we’ve let North Korea get stronger and stronger and more nuclear and more nuclear, and you are really saying, “Well, how is that a good thing?” You understand? North Korea now is almost like a boiler. You say we’ve had peace, but that part of Korea, North Korea, is getting more and more crazy. And more and more nuclear. And they are testing missiles all the time.

SANGER: They are.

TRUMP: And we’ve got our soldiers sitting there watching missiles go up. And you say to yourself, “Oh, that’s interesting.” Now we’re protecting Japan because Japan is a natural location for North Korea. So we are protecting them, and you say to yourself, “Well, what are we getting out of this?”

SANGER: Well, we keep our missile defenses out there. And those missile defenses help prevent the day when North Korea can reach the United States with one of its missiles. It’s a lot easier to shoot down from there ——

Below, here is the response when Trump was asked about how the Turkish Government handled the failed coup:

SANGER: Erdogan put nearly 50,000 people in jail or suspend them, suspended thousands of teachers, he imprisoned many in the military and the police, he dismissed a lot of the judiciary. Does this worry you? And would you rather deal with a strongman who’s also been a strong ally, or with somebody that’s got a greater appreciation of civil liberties than Mr. Erdogan has? Would you press him to make sure the rule of law applies?

TRUMP: I think right now when it comes to civil liberties, our country has a lot of problems, and I think it’s very hard for us to get involved in other countries when we don’t know what we are doing and we can’t see straight in our own country. We have tremendous problems when you have policemen being shot in the streets, when you have riots, when you have Ferguson. When you have Baltimore. When you have all of the things that are happening in this country — we have other problems, and I think we have to focus on those problems. When the world looks at how bad the United States is, and then we go and talk about civil liberties, I don’t think we’re a very good messenger.

Lastly, when Donald Trump was asked about the complex relationship between Turkey, the Kurdish Army and ISIS:

SANGER: You said that they could be much more helpful with ISIS. I’m sure perhaps they can. The big difference they’ve had is that we’ve been supporting Kurdish forces that have been very effective ——

TRUMP: I’m a fan of the Kurds, you understand.

SANGER: But Erdogan is not. Tell us how you would deal with that?

TRUMP: Well, it would be ideal if we could get them all together. And that would be a possibility. But I’m a big fan of the Kurdish forces. At the same time, I think we have a potentially — we could have a potentially very successful relationship with Turkey. And it would be really wonderful if we could put them somehow both together.

 

The Dirty Underbelly of Democracy

Most people have come to respect Democracy as a positive form of Government.  It is one of the forms of Government that lets “the people” have a voice in the laws that are created.  There is a dirty underbelly to Democracy that is currently being exploited in our current political system..

What is a Democracy?

Its important to understand that the United States is not a true Democracy, we are a Democratic Republic.  There is a monstrous difference.  In a true Democracy, the rules, laws and implementation of Government is a simply majority.  In a true Democracy, the any group that falls into the minority, have absolutely no protection against the power of the majority.  Simply put, it is Mob Rule.  In a true Democracy, if you have 10 people and 7 of them vote to kill everyone with red hair…then anyone with red hair (most likely the 3 that voted against it) would be put to death.

The Representative Democracy

what is democracyIn a Representative Democracy people are elected to place the Democratic Vote on their behalf.  In theory, the elected official is elected because they hold the same beliefs as the people they represent, thus voting in the manner in which their electorate would vote.

In both types of Democracy, True and Representative, the majority’s power is absolute and unlimited.  Any decision by the majority is final and the minority has no retort.   Because of this, True Democracy opens the door to unlimited Tyranny-by-Majority.

The United States is a Democratic Republic

A Democratic republic uses elected officials to place votes, but the entire system must run within a set of rules.  In the United States’ case, the most basic set of rules are the Constitution.  This means that regardless of what the majority votes, it is unenforceable that the outcome will be outside of the rule of law.  This is an important difference and its what keeps the Majority from absolute tyranny over the Minority. This protects the Minority because of the rights instilled by the Constitution.

The Challenges With Our Democratic Republic

Democracy mediaAs we go into the Presidential Election, we are starting to see the dirty underbelly of Democracy.  With a 24 hour news cycle and social media breaking complex issues into Memes, we have watered down the complex issues of government and have politicians running on platforms that cannot be enforced because of the Constitution and our more granular laws.

With the light-speed pace of the media, exploiting one line statements as a political platform, we are leading people to believe that they are educated on the topics relating to government, while misleading them in the political direction of the news source itself.  There is a quote that says “today, the people use the news like a drunk uses a light pole…more for support than for enlightenment.” With websites so easily created and articles shared on social media, just about anyone can now become a “news source” and have absolutely to culpability to the truth.  This instills misinformation in the minds of the voter.

The Challenges With Our Democratic Republic

democracyBecause, in America we let almost anyone vote, it has become obvious that the influence put forth by making headlines (regardless of the truth) influences the group of people that generally do not follow politics closely.  We must be honest with ourselves and acknowledge that a large portion of the United States do not spend a lot of time learning the background and details of the political arguments.  This, by definition, is ignorance.

Manipulation By Politcal Candidates

Because we should be able to agree that a large portion of the population receives their political views in a myopic manner, we must acknowledge that the purposeful manipulation by the political candidates can put the wrong person in office.  Because generally, we see approximately only 60% of the population vote in Presidential Elections, many citizens realize they do not possess the intimate knowledge (of the current political landscape)needed to make an educated vote.  The new challenge that we face is that a political candidate can now empower a large portion of the population (the other 40 percent), based off of talking points and politically unenforceable views. This lets people running for political office manipulate the vote.

The Downfall of Democracy

The downfall of Democracy is sure to be the fact that every vote is counted equally.  The ability to appeal to the ignorant and mobilize their vote dilutes the vote of the politically savvy voter.  From advising the ignorant to vote, you can control a larger portion of the outcome. This has been a political strategy for decades, many with the best of intentions, but still manipulation of the system.  From MTV telling all 18-21 year old’s to vote, to busing in citizens (who would otherwise stay home) to the polls, our Democratic system has been exploited.  Although this was implemented by the Democrat party, it is now become commonplace in both political parties.

How Do We Fix It?

The fix to the downfall of Democracy as we know it is NOT to push every citizen to vote.  It is not to make people feel guilty if they choose to not exercise their rights in the Democratic process.

If one wants to push for further involvement of the ignorant, push them to become educated.  Don’t push them to vote.

To have uneducated votes dilutes the vote of the people who follow what is truly happening.  As opposed to guilting someone to simply vote, guilt them to learn about the topics and policies.  Once educated, regardless of where they stand, then they should vote.

 

 

 

Blockchain And The Real Estate Sector

Blockchain And The Real Estate Sector

Blockchain Destined to Impact The Real Estate Sector

 

The arrival of the Blockchain and cryptocurrency in the digital world has become one of the main components of technology being explored in every industry. Blockchain has been highlighted as an area of interest for all industry leaders who want to complete transactions quickly and easily.

 

When an individual wants to buy a home, the chance to do so using digital technology is of the greatest importance in completing the sale in a safe and secure online environment.

 

The question many Realtors are asking is, how will Blockchain technology affect the future of their industry? The initial answer is that anybody who is hoping to sell a home will generally look to work with a professional who can walk them through a sale in a positive way.

 

What it is important for you to remember is most people are unsure of completing the sale of their home without understanding the laws of their state in a thorough way. The real estate sector is as much about the interaction of an agent with their client as it is about the evolution of new technologies.

 

Which is not to say a Realtor cannot benefit from the use of technology such as the Blockchain. One of the most frustrating aspects of working as a Realtor is often using the MLS listings which are notoriously slow to update because of a lack of centralized documentation passing between Realtors and listing agents.

 

Using the Blockchain is one way a more concise and up to date MLS record can be kept as this technology was created to share databases and spreadsheets in real time.

 

The Blockchain could provide a much more important aspect of life for both Realtor and client in terms of the passage of titles and deeds with more counties across the U.S. shifting to digital records.

 

The unwieldy use of paper records needing to be transferred between buyers and sellers has always been a headache for agents and industry professionals. A lack of access to online records has left many agents and buyers open to fraud and potential problems, but the Blockchain could change all that with an increased level of online transparency entering the real estate sector.

 

The shift you have been waiting for in terms of online record keeping began in Cook County, Illinois in 2016 when the first digital tokens were issued to allow Blockchain technology to track purchases. A paper record of each deed is handed over when an individual chooses to buy a home along with a digital token recording the transaction.

 

Embracing the Blockchain is vital whether you wish to buy or sell a home and hope for a secure transaction to take place. Essentially, the Blockchain uses hundreds of thousands of remote viewers as witnesses to a transaction taking place using complex algorithms to ensure each aspect of a deal is completed securely.

 

One of the main benefits of Blockchain technology is the ability of the individual to navigate a transaction securely, as funds will only be released when members of the Blockchain are certain all paperwork is complete and funds are available.

 

The security on offer through this type of technology linked to cryptocurrency is of the highest levels and should aid the reduction in fraud and common financial issues associated with any real estate transaction.

Savannah’s Home Prices Continue Rising

Savannah's Home Prices Continue Rising

Home Prices In Hurricane Areas Like Savannah Continue Rising

The housing market in Savannah continues growing in areas prone to hurricane & storm disaster. With potential hurricanes, tornadoes, and flooding, it seems as if people would avoid building or buying a home here. With a great location and available job market, many people simply put the thought of disasters out of their mind.

 

Hurricanes

The houses here are designed and built better to withstand hurricane force winds. This is one of the reasons for continuing rising prices in the housing market. Flooding is more difficult to protect against so the purchase of flood insurance is almost mandatory. Yet the hurricanes don’t affect the economy, as Savannah continues to attract buyers to this area.

 

A Seller’s Market

For those wanting to sell a home, now is a great time with potential buyers eager to purchase. A great local Savannah Realtor will bring top dollar for houses in Savannah. With an expanding job market, many people are looking to buy a house to avoid the high cost of renting.

 

The price of buying a home here looks to keep increasing in the near future so purchasing now is also a great investment. There is a good market of available homes for different size families and individual tastes. This is a great time to buy a home in Savannah.

 

Low Interest Rates

Buying a home now while interest rates in Savannah Georgia continue to be low is a smart thing to do. Taking advantage of low interest rates saves thousands of dollars on the purchase of a home. A Realtor can also help you find the best source of financing.

 

The real estate market is booming with houses being offered for sale in different areas of the city. This will give you a choice when searching for a perfect place to live. With good schools located throughout Savannah, finding a place to locate in a good neighborhood becomes much easier. Buying now while the interest rates are low will help you save money in the long run.

 

Recreation

There are many things to do for family entertainment in this beautiful place. With Savannah being the oldest city in Georgia, they have a great historic museum. With Georgia being one of the original 13 colonies, Savannah has a rich and diverse history. The museum contains information from its early history and goes on to the revolutionary war, as well as the civil war.

 

There are also many historic homes located throughout the city that are open to tours. The history and deep culture of this city can keep a family entertained with many new adventures. River Street is also the oldest part of the city with many places to explore along the river.

 

There are nature sites and art museums as well. The food here is diverse and caters to many different cultures. Finding things to do in Savannah is exciting and entertaining.

 

When you are ready to buy a home in Savannah, contact a local Realtor who will be happy to show you houses that are absolutely gorgeous and ready to move in. Enjoying life near the ocean is like a personal paradise.

 

Terrorism is a Mental Illness Not Prescribable to One Race

As the level of world divisiveness grows higher, so does the diversity of causality, with the most recent example being “white men” described as the country’s true terroristic threat. Famously put by CNN’s Don Lemon, “The biggest terror threat in this country is white men”. Apparently white men, by no factors other than race, are everyone’s problem- including their own. People have begun to conflate, abuse, and misunderstand acts of terrorism with other unfortunate circumstances of anger, violence, and mental health.

What is Terrorism again?

Thankfully a simple Google search for “terrorism definition” reveals the most critical element of the definition: “The unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims”. A “political aim” means with the backing of a certain ideology- a political ideology. This is the part that emphasizes mental illness. It may seem like a leap, but when understanding this motivation it will make more sense.

The Political Aim

Don Lemon kissing his boyfriend live on TV – Don’s own private “White Terrorist”?? Source: CNN

Ideologies show up in many forms, but that does not mean each one should be taken any less seriously than the others. Religious ideology has started many wars, and the modern world should not hide from that fact. With the decline of religious ideology and the rise of political ideology there is room for concern. The ideas that make the most sense to someone becomes their belief… and when their beliefs cannot be disproven, it becomes their faith. When faith leads a person into the world, it becomes immensely harder to stop them.

This is a mental illness. It does not mean it is their forever mindset and it as well does not mean that by nature it is either good or bad. It is something that exists and changes and continues and goes back and never ends. It is a struggle. It is life. People have minds of their own but that does not mean everyone is capable of using it for him or herself, only. Outside factors of control and persuasion, whether inadvertent or not, is real and not everyone is strong enough to cope with them alone, if at all. The only way to handle someone’s ideology that differs from yours is to try and best understand their logic and try to poke holds in it without stepping on their toes.

Anger as a new Faith

Daryl Davis, a black man, went into the underbelly of the Ku Klux Klan and did just this. Because of it his outcome has been changing the lives of over 200 KKK members, including members within the highest of rankings. Davis gives a TED talk on this experience and most certainly everyone should view it (click link here).

It seems almost silly to be looking into the so recent past for guidance in today’s struggles but the voices of Dr. King and his fellow Baptist pastors is becoming so thin it is likely to be never heard again, especially if people do not persist in his faiths. Anger and blame runs through the mind of today’s radicals. The Moral Radicals such as Dr. King are lost and the new American Pernicious Radical persists with leaders on every side of the isle, in every color.

Ideology Explained

Ideology has no race, no sex, no gender, nor any human trait. Ideology is the true shape-shifting [puppet] master. Ignorance is not bliss, nor is it willful blindness. It is an illness of the mind.

Let us assume Mr. Lemon’s ideology is true and white men are the biggest threat in the country. If this statement were true Mr. Lemon knows the problem, however does not understand it (The reason he does not understand it is, if his true belief of this problem lies within their race then all hope is lost for Don). There is a large distinction between knowing and understanding. Put in universal terms, mathematics, to know that 2+2=4 is very different than from understanding the fact that 2+2=4. To understand it means that the equation comprises of individuals collected together, separated into halves then added together once again (another- different- complex way of breaking it down can be proposed as well, that is part of the understanding). If one knows the problem but does not understand it then a proper conclusion cannot be assumed. A child can be told this equation, recite it, and know it to be true simply “because”, but nowhere can the child prove he or she is capable of breaking it down any further because they will not understand it.

Where is the Truth?

“Why?” -this is the critical question and answer in understanding life, the universe, and everything. The more a person asks why something exists, persists, has happened, and repeats the more the person understands. If someone tells you the solution to a problem before they explain how the problem came to fruition then that person knows everything and understands nothing. This is the true terror threat that America faces today, tomorrow, and yesterday. This is nothing new to America or to the world.

Letting His Followers Speak For Him

Mr. Lemon’s followers have come to his side to defend him, “If you look at most mass shootings in America they have been done by white males. While we keep being told it’s Muslims or caravans we should fear because they are all ‘dangerous’. That was the point he was trying to make”. This quote taken from one of his Instagram followers when prompted on a post Mr. Lemon made today (Nov. 9th). Some of his followers have not addressed that Mr. Lemon was trying to make a certain- different- point, but instead believe the point was made exactly clear and no deeper.”

One follower even disagreed with him being (satirically) called a hypocrite.  Instead she was proud and happy to find out that a white male was coming to a new (true) revelation, “Thank you for proving Don right in his commentary, and glad you know his words and memorized the truth about it yourself. I hope you learn and find positive things” from this.  Again, defending a man who called white men “the biggest terror threat in this country.”

Too Much Power to the People

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People have been given a new power over the last few years- True freedom of equal of speech. This power has shown to be too much for some of the largest companies, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, etc. With the banning of certain individuals they show that they do not want to be responsible for others’ words. Out of fear they react and choose their easiest option- censorship. When giants fall they grab hold to everything, but are too heavy to be stopped.

Terrorism is a mental illness dormant in every person. For some people it is recessive and others it is not. For some it is fatal and for others treatment exists. For most it lives within them doing no harm and having no outside (or inside) side effect. But “the most” of us should not be weary or forgetful but understanding and hopeful, not filled with blame and fear but with eagerness to better a life, for all.

 

Author:  A. S. Ellzey

https://asellzey.wordpress.com/

DHS Publishes Stance on Immigrant Caravan

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released a special summary of the United States’ understanding and stance of the caravan crisis. As of November 1, 2018, the DHS confirms their goal, “is to provide protection to those individuals who qualify for asylum under our laws, Individuals who want jobs or want to reunify with family members in the U.S. aren’t eligible to qualify for asylum.”

 “Over 270 individuals along the caravan route have criminal histories”, these histories include- but are not limited to- aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, sexual assault on a child, accounts of armed robbery and assaults on women.”

In this summary they as well released their official understanding of what is known concerning the criminal background of certain migrants. “Over 270 individuals along the caravan route have criminal histories”, these histories include- but are not limited to- aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, sexual assault on a child, accounts of armed robbery and assaults on women.”

“The Guatemalan Intel Minister said that the caravan is employing tactics to push women and children to the front to act as human shields as the caravan pushes against its military force”. In the summary it is noted that the Mexican government has warned the U.S. of potential dangers coming from the caravan, one of those dangers being the infiltration of gangs into the caravan. Reports of very violent behavior towards authority and even the prepping of Molotov cocktails have been confirmed.

Troops To Deploy

With the warnings coming from Mexico and other Central American countries the United States has confirmed in the deployment of troops. The DHS reports, “By November 2, there will be approximately 5,200 deployed [troops] to support U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the Southwest border as part of Operation Faithful Patriot. This is in addition to the 2,000 National Guardsmen currently deployed for Operation Guardian Support.”

Caravan Soon To Arrive

The estimate reported on when the caravan may arrive at the border is, “between four days and two weeks” (this being measured from October 31st). The DHS addresses the legality of who will be allowed and who will be denied at the border. Aside from the issue of asylum entrance the DHS states that, “We will not allow a large group of illegal migrants attempt to enter into the United States if they have no lawful right to gain entry.”
The DHS brings special attention to the fact that many of the illegal immigrant cases within the United States have been due to various loopholes within the countries own legal system. “As a result of these loopholes, when illegal alien minors or adults traveling with minors unlawfully enter the United States, rather than being detained and removed, they are released in American communities. Once released, those who have no legal right to stay here are almost never removed”.

According to the DHS, because of these loopholes and the recent learning of them by citizens of other countries is has caused a, “dramatic transformation in the population of those seeking to enter our country legally”. These other countries have expanded to over 20. The DHS reports migrants among the caravan not only to be from Central and South American but as well as, “Somalia, India, Haiti, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh.”

Author:  a. s. ellzey

https://asellzey.wordpress.com/

 

Should The U.N. Step In on the Migrant March?

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Mexico’s southern border is currently undergoing an immigration crisis. Migrants seeking solace and refuge from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and other Central and South American countries are traversing their way North trying to make it to America or at least into Mexico.

Conflicting Reports

Around 3,000 migrants have collectively caravanned to the border, however Time magazine reported that caravan has reached a third of its original size on Saturday when

 “its remaining members woke up on a bridge that divides the borders of Guatemala and Mexico and waited to get past a crossing guarded by hundreds of Mexican federal police”.

 

However, Sunday morning (Oct. 21) Washington Post reports differently, “A migrant caravan whose numbers swelled overnight to an estimated 5,000 people at the Mexico-Guatemala border has resumed its march toward the U.S. frontier”. In the same report they claim, “It’s not immediately clear where the additional travelers materialized from”.

On The Mexican Boarder

 

immigrants on the boarderThe Mexican police have been somewhat successful at blockading the mass, but hundreds of illegals have already crossed through. If the situation worsens, President Trump has commented on the topic with a plan. The National Public Radio (NRP) reported on Friday, “He’s thanked Mexico for its efforts to stop the so-called caravan. He has also said he will close the U.S. border to these migrants”. This threat is preemptive and has not yet needed to be taken into action. The United Nation (U.N) is currently addressing the best way for their intervention to take place.

The United Nations

As of now the U.N. has only made vague statements concerning the individuals and the treatment they should be given with concerns to their human rights. Friday the Washington Post had this to say, “The U.N. special investigator on the human rights of migrants has a message for the Mexican and U.S. governments: Respect the human rights of every person on the caravan heading from Central America and consider each case individually”.

 

The United Nations has been aware of Central and South American growing immigration crisis for quite a while, though seemingly has not stepped in preventatively. As early as May of 2018 the U.N. reported, “The number of people fleeing violence and persecution from States in Central America, including Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, has risen by nearly 60 per cent in the space of just a year, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has warned”. To escape and seek shelter from the ongoing rise of homicide and violence in their home countries these immigrants are hoping to find a better place to live instead of relying on their own governments to help them.

 

Border Security Remains Key Issue In Presidential Campaigns
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The U.N. has known there to be a southbound immigration crisis on the North and South American hands for quite some time. The U.N. has this to report, “Since 2015, more than two million Venezuelans have left their country. Some 250,000 Venezuelans have remained in Ecuador”. From the same report the U.N. confirmed, “In early September, representatives from 12 Latin American nations met in Quito in a first step to devise a harmonized regional response. A second meeting is planned for the end of November, also in the Ecuadorian capital”.

 

This meeting may come at either the perfect time or precisely too late. Decisions on whether or not the U.N. will support a military intervention is as well on the table, but still remains to be confirmed.

Author:  a. s. ellzey

https://asellzey.wordpress.com/

 

Two Real Estate Brokerages Merge to Make a Monster

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Howard Hanna is Acquiring Allen Tate

Howard Hanna Real Estate Services is acquiring Allen Tate Companies to create a powerhouse real estate force in the Mid-Atlantic and Eastern United States with 11,000 employees, the companies announced today.  This is one of the many changes is brokerages happening. 

“We’ve created this new company with us being a partner with the Tate family and with Pat Riley [president and CEO of the Allen Tate Companies] where we are the majority shareholder, but we are a partnership,” Howard “Hoby” Hanna, president of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services told Inman.

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Pat Riley, president and CEO, Allen Tate Companies

Allen Tate Companies, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, was the 10th ranked brokerage in terms of transactions in 2017 on the Real Trends 500, closing 22,273 transaction sides last year. It now joins Howard Hanna, which was ranked third on the same list – behind NRT and HomeServices of America – with 90,468 transactions closed in 2017.

“For us to grow – and we’ve had the ambition to grow regionally and nationally as a company – we feel that this model could be something new that really appeals to well-run independent brokerage firms that the ownership still wants to stay engaged and be involved and entrepreneurial as opposed to selling 100 percent out to some of the other consolidates or acquirers,” said Hanna. “We become an option for them to remain as we grow the business.”

In the Carolinas, Allen Tate will keep its name and in the eight other states that Howard Hanna operates, it will continue to operate as Howard Hanna — but they will all be in the same family of companies. With the acquisition, the Howard Hanna family of real estate companies now boasts more than 11,000 agents and employees in 326 offices across nine states.

How Much Did It Cost?

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Howard “Hoby” Hanna, president of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services.

Hanna declined to say how much they paid but said it was in the range of four to six times the yearly earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA). Hanna told Inman he believes the deal was a fair market valuation for a company that has a great brand, great legacy and whose culture merges well with what his company has done.

“Both companies were started by families and started in the late 1950s, we’ve grown up together in the industry with them and Pat Riley and I are both on the board of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and our management teams have shared a lot of data over the years, our mortgage companies have shared best practices,” said Hanna. “So we think there’s an incredible synergy between our two companies.”

The Future

After the Allen Tate acquisition, Hanna said the company would like to expand even further. It’s looking not only in the Mid-Atlantic, Midwest and East but now the South.

“I personally believe that there’s a market for like-minded companies to come together,” said Hanna. “We’ve obviously been very inquisitive over the last 15 years and we think this is a new strategy. A lot of times we find somebody that wants to do something and thinks they should merge but they still want to stay in the game and we believe this is a new model for us to do that, to achieve that success.”

He added, “The right opportunities with the right entrepreneurial firms would attract us just about anywhere today.”

Other real estate companies like Compass and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices have made major headline acquisitions this year, but Hanna told Inman that this isn’t so much a defensive move against these companies, it’s been part of their business plan for the past 15 years.

“We started in Pittsburg and began by doing acquisitions in Cleveland, New York, Michigan and Virginia, that’s been part of our business model,” said Hanna. “I think we put ourselves in a good capital position – we don’t have SoftBank behind us, we’ve got our family and the banks that support us for the measured risk we take – and it’s a time where we think people are looking for a different exit strategy or an opportunity.”

As of today, Hanna claims the company has the leading market share in Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and New York.

“We know this business, we have been a disruptor ourselves in the industry for a long time, going into markets and disrupting things and taking market share and growing,” said Hanna.

What To Know About Fortnite

What To Know About Fortnite

What Every Parent Wants To Know About Fortnite

Today’s generation of kids is unique from all the ones before them. They are native inhabitants of technology. They have never known a time where there was no email, and phones have always been smart for them.

Their choice of entertainment is also different. If beach trips and outdoor games were the way kids from older generations played, kids of today are more immersed in games played on electronic screens.

An example of one such a game is Fortnite. Developed by Epic Games, Fortnite was released in 2017, with its most successful version being “Fortnite: Battle Royale”, an online interactive version that allows up to 100 players to fight with each other in increasingly smaller arenas until a lone survivor emerges.

The Draw of Fortnite: Battle Royale

Fortnite: Battle Royale gained 125 million players in just one year. According to the New York Times, the game earned $223 million in March 2018, nearly exclusively due to in-game purchases for fantasy weapons and gear. The numbers point to two undeniable truths: it is a massive phenomenon, and it’s raking in big bucks.

Online games have always drawn a big crowd, but Fortnite is an entirely different beast. Its popularity with today’s youth is both uncommon and unusual. The largest segment of its player population is school-aged children who often have a limited understanding of personal and financial responsibility.

The young demographic has raised many concerns from unknowing parents, and it is now a hot-topic conversation for just about every parent of young children. There are some instances when parents have reported that their children have become so absorbed with the game that it’s being likened to an addiction.

The literal game-play of Fortnite is part of its appeal to children. In the game, players build bases or forts using materials salvaged from the environment, bearing a similarity to another well known popular game, Minecraft. But unlike Minecraft, in Fortnite, defeated players also drop items that can be looted by other players.

To add to the excitement, there are treasure chests hidden within the map. Finding one can give the player various items, including weapons, satisfying an innate urge for unexpected surprises and giving them a surge of adrenaline, coupled with instant gratification.  For many parents, this is a toxic cocktail that opens the door to a slippery slope of obsession.

Some young players have indicated that the thrill of the discovery is a major factor in why they love the game. Since they never know exactly what they will find, there is a jolt of pleasure when they pick up a weapon or shield that they like. On the other hand, getting a bad item spurs the child to keep on playing, continually seeking out better loot. Both cases encourage the child to continue playing; a game developer’s dream and a concerned parent’s nightmare.

Another reason for Fortnite’s popularity is its “near-miss” feature. When a character is defeated, the losing player can see their opponent’s health bar, which often reveals the opponent was just a strike or two away from defeat themselves.

The immediate feedback of each player’s performance drives the player to want to keep on playing.  In cases where the fight was close, seeing the health bar of a wounded opponent triggers the desire to play again and again if victory was so close to being reached.

This method of stimulating the desire to keep playing is not unique to Fortnite. World of Warcraft, another online game, also displays health and experience bars so players can track their performance, as well as how their opponents are doing.

Even slot machines make use of the occurrence, such as when the wheels show two of the three images needed to win the cash prize. In all cases, it is hard to walk away when you are already thinking about doing better next time.

A study published by Springer Journal of Gambling Studies looked at Candy Crush, another strategy game, to see how these near-misses affect the player. In the Candy Crush, the player receives an alert if he or she closely misses advancing to the next level. The awareness of such near-misses can stimulate feelings of both frustration and competitiveness.

Researchers concluded that the near-misses triggered the gamers to play longer than they originally intended.  Parents have reported finding their children staying up to the wee hours of the night playing Fortnite, even if it’s a “schoolnite”.

A Social Phenomenon

When it comes to Fortnite, there is strength in numbers. The objective of the game is to be the last man standing. In real life, however, the opposite occurs. Fortnite is a social activity that children play with their friends. Since some parts of the game are collaborative, they form alliances, help each other strategize, and schedule specific times for playing.  Missing a scheduled game session can create anxiety and feelings of being left out, another potential recipe for disaster.

Fortnite reinforces behaviors in children that many parents are voicing concern over. Children tend to be drawn towards their peers, sometimes creating conflict with parents. The tension exists because the child is torn between their duty to spend time with their families and their fear of missing out and disappointing their friends.

Teamwork is also a draw of other popular games. One example is DOTA, a game that permits players to assemble teams of five or less. Picking the characters requires strategy because each character has a specific set of powers or capabilities.

Often there is a leader rallying the troops… but it’s easy for a young child’s developing mind to be affected adversely if they don’t get to be the leader (or center of attention) whenever they want, another problem that creates openings for self-esteem and self-centeredness issues with potentially lifelong consequences.   

So why is Fortnite more popular with kids? A possible explanation is that parents appreciate how the graphics do not display the blood and gore found in other games like Diablo or Counterstrike. It gives parents a sense of security to let their younger children play the game. However, even young children are susceptible to the excitement, and potential addiction, of playing a thrilling and compelling game with friends.

Enough is Enough

There are plenty of studies showing how time spent staring at an electronic screen affects children. Too much “screen time” can lead to obesity because it discourages physical activity and can contribute to isolation and obsession over the game itself.

Studies indicate that excessive screen time can cause developmental problems such as speech delay and inhibition of social skills. With so many possible negative consequences, parents should take the lead and set limits to playing time.

The ADHD and Behavior Disorders Center at the Child Mind Institute recommend achieving balance with games like this. Specifically, kids who play Fortnite should not miss out on activities necessary for real-world mental and physical development.

Examples of these include spending actual face time with friends, participating in extracurricular activities, doing well in school, maintaining healthy sleep behaviors, and cultivating interpersonal & family relationships.

The quality of such activities can help quantify how much screen time kids should have. If these requirements are satisfactorily met, then the amount of time playing the game may be acceptable. If the opposite is true, parents should consider revising the schedule.

Parents should also heed caution not position themselves as being against Fortnite. Instead, encourage the child to do other activities. In other words, offer alternatives instead of being antagonistic over an activity the child likes. The positive spin on setting limits will minimize tension between the child and parent over how much electronic game play is appropriate.

Another way to set limits is to involve the children in formulating the rules of use. Giving children a sense of self-accountability can help them be more open to restrictions. It can also teach them the importance of making responsible decisions for themselves.  

Part of learning such responsibility should also include appropriate parental guidance on the use and/or abuse of immediate gratification features such as in-game purchases. Remember how much cash Fortnite earned just during the month of March 2018, nearly all from in-game purchases.  

I’ve already seen and heard numerous parents discussing and complaining about their children’s desire to spend money obsessively on items that go right down the drain the moment the child’s character is killed. The value of money is an important for children to learn in order to achieve a healthy and productive life as an adult.  

Neither should a wise parent overlook Fortnite’s unique ability to manipulate the social behaviors of children.  Denying or abruptly shutting out the game can leave a child feeling “left out”, a potential major blow to a young person’s developing ego and self image.  Involving the child in setting limits can minimize or eliminate this potential stress point.

Real World Behavior

To be absolutely clear, Fortnite is about world-building and domination in a digital fantasy land. The irony is that it does have a lot of influence in the real world. Parents should observe the behavior of their kids to ensure that they are not picking up bad habits.

A specific example is in verbal development. It is normal for competitive situations to get heated, but it is not an excuse for bullying behavior. Some parents have reported that their children get angry and say derogatory things because of the game. It is also not uncommon for children to pick up undesirable language, like swearing, because of how they see their peers playing the game.

In cases like these, parents need to step up and have a frank discussion on what behaviors are acceptable and what is not. There should also be real-world consequences if rules aren’t followed or red-lines are crossed.

It is important that the rules of behavior in real life and the online world are the same. For example, if the children are not allowed to swear at someone face to face, they should also be forbidden to swear at someone in the game. Parental observation and consistency are keys to a successful Fortnite experience.

Setting Limitations

A child’s life is an ongoing process of development. Biologically, their impulse controls and sense of boundaries are not yet fully formed. This is why kids thrive when rules and balance are appropriately established. Kids might protest, but rules actually help them calm down and have better attitudes.

Playing Fortnite is no different. As with other behavior issues, it is vital to set clear limits. For example, some families opt to allow their children to play during weekends and holidays. Others might let the kids play during weekdays, but only at a specific time. There is no right or wrong answer; just the answer that specifically works for the family.

Limits on playing can be used as a reward for good behavior or a deterrent for bad ones. If a child can play the game after school assignments are done, then it can provide motivation to finish schoolwork early. However, as said before, a balance must be achieved and the child should not be so eager to play the game that he or she rushes through homework or fails to study.

Rules should be clear and consistent so that children develop the good habits being instilled in them. If children discover that their parents rules are flexible, it creates an environment where they do not believe in natural consequences of their actions.

The game itself is not an enemy or a monster to be feared. It may just be another opportunity to become a better parent. In fact, Fortnite may even provide a unique opportunity to connect with children.

Adults can use it as a springboard for communication or for becoming more involved in their kid’s playtime. Skins, weapons, and other in-game purchases, can be offered as rewards for good behavior, so long as they are financially reasonable.

Monitored properly, it can provide an opportunity to educate kids on the frivolousness of wasting real money on fake digital weapons and equipment that go right out the window just as quickly as their character is eliminated from the game.

How long Fortnite will remain popular is a question no one knows, but there is no doubt that its influence has reached far and wide with today’s youth at a pace faster than just about any game in history. Parents will benefit from knowing Fortnite’s appeal and how they can leverage play time in a way that keeps responsible adults in control.  

It’s popularity, however, may be seen as a double edged sword that intertwines family entertainment with obsessive desire for gameplay. It’s wise to be an informed consumer before bringing Fortnite into the home and making it a part of the family. Who knows… it could be the best thing ever, or it could be a Pandora’s Box. Now that you know, the choice is yours.

Alcoholism and Suicide

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Celebrity Spirals: A Discussion on Alcoholism and Suicide

Have you ever felt like you knew a celebrity simply because you watch their shows, follow them on all their social media platforms, and can relate to them in every way possible?

 

Well, Anthony Bourdain would be that celeb for me. I didn’t know him at all, but I felt like I did in one little imperative way.

 

The Reality

 

Through my eyes, I saw an alcoholic with a stage act attempting to do it effectively. He had a fabulous entertaining and sometimes gripping, with drinking playing a noticeable part in the Joie de Vivre, which sometimes made it difficult for me to watch. Tossing back shots, as I watched him get intoxicated, I saw an alcoholic living hazardously.

 

Though most viewers envisioned “a man who knew how to drink, knew how to live”, he was suffering from depression in front of millions of viewers, ultimately to drive an extremely talented and fortunate person to commit suicide.

 

Be that as it may, we as a society should be cognizant of any recovering drug abuse addict who turns to alcohol, even when the person seems in control and, at least superficially, happy?

 

Maybe as a society, we should be aware of such indicators and create an opening for dialogue and discussion, even in situations where it may appear awkward and incredibly truant.

 

Did alcohol abuse bring down Anthony Bourdain?

 

Many people fail to understand that, alcohol is also a drug. “Alcohol” and “drugs” are often looked at as two separate topics when discussing addictions. Bourdain’s passing should produce discussions about alcohol addictions, and not about his fabulous life which innumorous individuals wish they had.

 

Unfortunately, this fabulous life made this famous man come to a dark and scary place. Addiction can be a savage companion that rides in the back seat and waits for the right movement to take over your life.

 

When your battling addiction, as Bourdain frequently admitted, the risk of of an addict keeping to just one drug is slim to none. Bourdain claims he feared, but yet respected, “hard drugs” due to cheating death from his addiction more than a decade ago.

 

The Struggle is Real

 

Suicide doesn’t get the coverage it needs.  It should be a consistent topic in many headlines, but unfortunately it isn’t.  With the suicides of both Bourdain and Kate Spade, it makes you wonder which other famous celebrities are ready to commit suicide due to drugs, alcohol, or depression? This just proves that the rich and famous struggle with real problems, and their magnificent lives are not what we make them out to be.

 

Known for being a beloved, famous “bad boy,” Bourdain was caring and showed generosity, as a friend describes him. It is said to be true that addicts and alcoholics are, by and large, to a great degree delicate spirits.

 

This is a dynamic, endless, deadly illness with unsurprising stages. The mind science is in, and has been for quite a long time, yet it is disregarded or given little attention since drinking is such a tremendous part of society and socializing.

 

Many of us fail to stop and consider it until it is too late, until we hear that someone else, maybe even someone we love, was suffering and ended their life.

 

The Undeniable Truth

 

Heavy drinkers often times believe, deniably so, they can control their drinking, and they decline to draw the obvious conclusion — escaping life by drinking only makes problems worse.  

 

They are incurring significant injury to their sense of self-worth and value, and maybe even their mental thought process as a whole. The bottle that they find as a favorite for “a lift” is actually a depressant.

 

The blame, disgrace, weakness and sadness associated with alcohol abuse can bring even the best and strongest among us crashing.

 

The passing of Bourdain and Spade, hopefully, is a wake-up call for most of us to see how severe this disease is. We need to stop keeping “alcohol” and “drugs” in two separate topics and understand that they both lead to the same end result- life destruction, and potentially even death.

 

Let’s start speaking up, and talk about it before we continue to lose more lives.

 

CDC Urges Californians to Evacuate Due to Uncontrolled Liberalism Epidemic

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CDC Forces Californians to Evacuate the State Due to Uncontrolled Liberalism Epidemic

CDC Urges Californians to Evacuate the State Due to Uncontrolled Liberalism Epidemic
In a stunning recent development, the Center for Disease Control is admitting it’s powerless to control the raging epidemic of liberalism overtaking California, and is urging citizens to evacuate now. FEMA is on the ground in the hot zone near Berkeley, but locals have begun protesting violently, vowing not to cooperate, leaving rescue operations are at a standstill. Many of the locals were noted to be wearing earplugs so as not to hear the “truth” spoken from anyone who disagrees with them.

President Trumps Take on the Situation

Scientists are warning the disease is highly contagious and spreading rapidly. Early symptoms include an insatiable thirst for other people’s money, an alarming preoccupation with confusing gender-related pronouns, an unexpected lack of civility, temper tantrums, uncontrolled crying, spontaneous outrage, and acute irrational thinking.

Many retailers report difficulty keeping Kleenex facial tissue on the shelf due to increased demand as a result of all the crying, and suggest Brawny’s new “No-Gender” heavy-duty paper towels as a suitable alternative.  Amazon apparently blew threw similar products on Amazon Prime Day as Californians stocked up with the lower prices.

State Leaders Respond

Governor Jerry Brown has finally agreed to accept Federal money to put National Guard troops at the border, but stresses the troops will only “face internally, towards the state only” and emphasizes that any troops who are unfortunate enough to be placed on the US/Mexico border will only “face North”.

The CDC: Shelters are in Place

Political profiling will be used to insure no efforts are made to restrict the spread of liberalism, but that “free thinkers” and “open minded Americans” will be taken into custody for questioning and electro-shock therapy.

Clothing manufacturers nationwide are flocking to California to capitalize on the insatiable demand for t-shirts imprinted with the image of President Trump having his head cut off, a top seller in the state. Governor Brown also warns, anyone caught wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat will be shot on sight and their body will be shipped to China to be converted into “food for Sushi”.

All criminals and gang members are encouraged to seek out designated Sanctuary Cities, as long as they aren’t found to be carrying drinking straws. Once there, they will be immediately given new driver’s’ licenses, voter registration, assistance with low-cost or free public housing, and shown instructional videos on how to use low-flow toilets.

get out of jail free cardThe most referenced card in the infamous game of Monopoly

Anyone without documentation will also be given a stack of 100 Monopoly “Get Out of Jail Free” cards, which shall be honored at jails and prisons everywhere in the state. The Governor has requested, however, that law enforcement be especially vigilant for anyone doing laundry, taking a shower, and watering their lawn on the same day, a crime that can result in immediate imprisonment.

Words of Support from Washington

In an emotional press conference, former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said “Liberals are people too, and no attempts should be made to cure them without their attorney’s consent”. Choking back tears, she quoted Mark 9:11 in the Bible, saying “The spark of divinity that lives in all of us must be respected, particularly if that person is a Democrat”.

God was asked for comment but has yet to respond, although a large number of brown-skinned people claiming to be named “Jesus”, dressed in shabby clothing and without identification or money, have come forward claiming to be a vehicle for direct communication with the Almighty. Inconsistencies in their stories have prevented us from being able to report accurately on God’s purported responses.

Students Need a Bigger Safe Space

Meanwhile, Fresno State University Professor and known “pot-stirrer”, Randa Jarrar, fresh off a failed audition for a reboot of the Rosie O’Donnell Show, took to social media to insist that all white epidemiologists should resign their positions immediately and apologize for being born.

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Randa Jarrar being herself

A self-identified politically conservative student from Fresno State tried to tell the media that Professor Jarrar does not represent the feelings of everyone on campus, but was quickly surrounded by a group of activists wearing pink vagina hats and hasn’t been seen since.

The CDC Urges Caution

At this time, Federal officials are citing this incident and telling the public that travel and free speech remain dangerous, but time for evacuation is running out. People are advised to read about the second amendment and to charge their cars fully before leaving home, while praying that they can reach a safe area before the batteries die.

To add a few extra miles to their journey, evacuees are encouraged to turn off their radios and air conditioners, but NOT to roll windows down, as the CDC has recently identified Liberalism as an airborne pathogen. At all costs, the uninfected are advised to avoid coffee shops, college campuses, bookstores, rallies of ANY sort, vegan restaurants and anywhere that serves “fancy” tea.

Is the End Near?

Researchers outside the state confirm research for a Liberalism vaccine is in overdrive and hope to have FDC approval just prior to the 2020 Presidential elections. Once on the shelves, vaccinating all children is strongly encouraged, regardless of the parents’ religious or political beliefs. This may stem the outbreak tide, but the California Department of Health says Medi-Cal providers won’t be allowed to administer the vaccine without sensitivity training, and only card-carrying Liberals have the choice to opt-out.

Uninfected Federal officials say they’re trying their best, but admit fleeing the state may be the only safe way to avoid immediate infection. For those left behind, they suggest alternatives such as buying a Chick-fil-A, Hobby Lobby, or Exxon-Mobile franchise, drinking Coca-Cola, joining the NRA, and starting a new hashtag campaign — #NotMe.

$40 Million Dollar Producing Boston Real Estate Team Joins EXP Realty

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Jeffrey Chubb moves to EXP

Top Boston Real Estate Agent Moves to EXP Realty

Jeffrey Chubb & the Chubb Realty Group announced today that they have joined EXP Realty, the Agent-Owned Cloud Brokerage. Chubb focuses on providing superior service to home buyers and sellers in the Boston Metro Market.

As the largest residential real estate brokerage by geography in North America, EXP Realty provides 24/7 access to collaborative tools, training and socialization for real estate brokers and agents through its fully-immersive, virtual campus Realty.

Jeffrey Chubb & the Chubb Realty Group is one of RE/MAX’s top teams in Massachusetts and the New England Region. In 2017, they represented 89 sides valued at over $42 million in transaction volume. Jeffrey is also a National Real Estate Coach for Club Wealth, the #1 Coaching Company for Real Estate teams in the country.

“The Chubb Realty Group has always been focused on providing superior service to their clients with innovative marketing approaches like their Guaranteed Sold in 29 Days Seller Program or their Home Equity Guarantee for home buyers. By joining EXP Realty and leveraging their expansive North American network and cutting edge technology, it allows our team to expand its marketing and service reach beyond the Boston Metro Area.”

said Jeffrey Chubb, team leader of the Chubb Realty Group.

Jeffrey Chubb Announces His Move to EXP Realty

As a public subsidiary, EXP Realty uniquely offers real estate professionals within its ranks opportunities to earn company stock for production and contributions to overall company growth. EXP Realty is the largest residential real estate brokerage by geography in North America with nearly 13,000 agents in 50 states, the District of Columbia and the provinces of Ontario and Alberta, Canada.

About Jeffrey Chubb & the Chubb Realty Group

Jeffrey Chubb & The Chubb Realty Group is real estate team serving the Boston Metro Real Estate Market. The team was formed in the 2008 by Jeffrey Chubb and comprises of 6 agents and two office associates.

For more info on Jeff Chubb & the Chubb Realty Group, visit http://www.Boston2.com. Jeffrey Chubb and the Chubb Realty Group are independent contractors of EXP Realty. This is not an official release of EXP Realty, its parent EXP World Holdings, Inc. or any related subsidiary.

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