The coronavirus pandemic is the backdrop for the arrests of well-known CRIMINALS like Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro!
Today the U.S. Justice Department announced that Maduro and several other government officials have been charged with “turning Venezuela into a narco-state by collaborating with a leftist Colombian guerrilla group that exported tons of cocaine to the United States,” according to the Miami Herald.
Their stated goal was to “flood the United States with cocaine.“
TONS OF COCAINE!
“Recent data from the U.S. interagency Consolidated Counterdrug Database (CCDB) indicates that 210 metric tons of cocaine passed through Venezuela in 2018. By comparison, the State Department reports that over six times as much cocaine (1,400 metric tons) passed through Guatemala the same year.”
DRUG TRAFFICKING AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING HAS RUINED OUR SOCIETY
Remember the song “Cocaine” by Eric Clapton?
“If you want to hang out, you’ve gotta take her out, cocaine
If you want to get down, get down on the ground, cocaine
She don’t lie, she don’t lie, she don’t lie,
I was 12 years old when this song came out in 1977. I remember hearing my classmates singing it at gym class. I was horrified that kids my age were singing about cocaine. It turned out that cocaine was the “cool kids” drug.
Tons of cocaine later, we are looking at countries devastated, lives ruined, families destroyed, and rampant human trafficking.
DEATH RATES KEEP RISING
Data from 2018 shows that deaths involving cocaine and psychostimulants are continuing to rise. Each year, tens of thousands of people die from drug overdoses in the United States. Drug overdose deaths involving cocaine, psychostimulants with abuse potential (psychostimulants), or both substances combined increased 42.4% from 12,122 in 2015 to 17,258 in 2016.
HOLLYWOOD MADE DRUG USE LOOK AWESOME
Emilio Estevez, Demi Moore, Rob Lowe, Jodie Foster, Drew Barrymore… they all did drugs, and they all got busted. But look at them today—it didn’t really hurt their careers, did it?
As a kid growing up in the 80s, you were practically expected to do drugs. Movies and television glorified drug dealers and made it look fun to snort the white stuff up your nose.
We all need to stop idolizing Hollywood actors and people who make it look like taking drugs and having sex is the true essence of living. Drugs like cocaine have destroyed our society. The opioid epidemic made the problem even worse.
This is truly a time of world “cleansing“. Let’s do away with false idols, drug abuse, pornography, and staring at the world through the lens of a television.
I WAS ACCOSTED LAST NIGHT I was dancing at Aruba Beach Cafe in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea when the man in this video became very interested in my MAGA hat.
I left the bar with a friend a few minutes after I had finished my live Facebook show, called the BEACH REPORT. This man apparently followed me out. As I started to get into my friend’s car, he suddenly appeared from out of nowhere and lunged at me as though he wanted to put his hand over my mouth and drag me away! I whipped my head back and screamed! The dude ran away. The police were called, and they did catch him….
MY EYESIGHT AND MEMORY FAILED ME
The police officer Drove me down the street to the area where they were holding the suspect. They had caught him walking down the street with his wife!
Well, his photo and his video are now out there. I urge you all to share it on social media. Perhaps if we shame this guy, he and others like him will refrain from attacking innocent people simply because we have different political opinions.
I would also like to urge everyone out there, men AND women￼, to stay very aware in public. Know your surroundings. Make sure when you leave any establishment that you are not being followed. And, most of all,￼ don’t let any of this stop you from wearing your Trump gear!￼
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has declared a State of Emergency, claiming he’s afraid of the 2nd Amendment proponents who plan to march on the Virginia state capitol on Monday, Jan. 20th—Virginia’s annual “Lobby Day”—to protest the Democrats’ restrictive new gun laws.
From the look of the latest mainstream “media” *cough* (propaganda) reports, the tyrannical Governor is expecting another “Charlottesville” situation, since three “white supremacists” were recently accused of preparing to “target” the protest.
As part of his State of Emergency, Northam has already banned guns around the state’s Capitol.
Many Patriots believe that Virginia’s Democratic-controlled legislature plans to prevent a large turnout for Monday’s protest. They’re also plotting to create conditions that will inevitably lead to gunshots and maybe even death.
Once the “false flag” violence happens, the Democrats will use it to justify stripping away our Constitutional rights. They will try to portray gun owners as terrorists in order to justify state-wide martial law and the confiscation of all firearms.
Democrats are apparently hoping to destabilize America with a regional civil war and widespread chaos in their continuing efforts to oust President Trump from office.
On Thursday, Governor Northam claimed that the “potential for civil unrest” warrants an executive order filled with deliberately deceptive information that lays the groundwork for framing gun owners as terrorists.
The document states that armed militias intend to storm Virginia’s Capitol with “violence, rioting, and insurrection.”
PART OF A MORE INSIDIOUS PLAN
Conservative news outlets such as Newsbusters say that CNN will blame Second Amendment supporters for violence caused by Antifa operatives disguised as Trump supporters.
NewsTarget.com published a report on Dec. 19, 2019, saying that Virginia’s new restrictive anti-gun legislation is part of a bigger plan to “deploy roadblocks at both the county and state levels to confiscate firearms from law-abiding citizens (at gunpoint, of course) as part of a deliberate effort to spark a shooting war with citizens.”
Such violence may be used to justify a United Nations occupation of America and the overthrow of President Trump and the Republic. “Such action will, of course, also result in the attempted nationwide confiscation of all firearms from private citizens, since all gun owners will be labeled ‘domestic terrorists’ if they resist,” warns the report.
THIS IS TREASON
Calling for the DOJ to “arrest Northam and his top Democrat co-conspirators for attempting to carry out acts of treason against the United States of America,” NewsTarget observes that the Department of Justice is likely working with the corrupt “Deep State” to take down Trump and keep the Patriots unarmed while they plot the overthrow of America.
“If the DOJ won’t do its job and arrest Northam for treason, it’s probably only a matter of time before the good people of Virginia decide to put their own house in order by arresting and removing these treasonous criminals from public office. This is why Virginia’s lawless, dangerous Democrats keep changing all the rules to shore up their own power.”
Virginia’s radical new laws are designed to destroy Second Amendment rights through sale transfer and registration bills.
The corrupt Virginia government has also introduced a bill to eliminate voter ID and changed the goalpost on the number of signatures needed to petition the Governor and other delegates’ removal from office.
A recent casting call for “Crisis Actors” in Virginia could be the proverbial “smoking gun”.
According to President Trump on Twitter, “Your 2nd Amendment is under very serious attack in the Great Commonwealth of Virginia. That’s what happens when you vote for Democrats, they will take your guns away. Republicans will win Virginia in 2020. Thank you Dems!”
This treasonous Governor wants to make the Second Amendment seem radical. But it’s OUR RIGHT to keep and bear arms!
God bless Virginia Patriots as they fight for our rights.
It’s difficult to let good talent go, but experts agree that counter-offers are not usually the answer to a bombshell resignation. The experience should instead serve as a lesson for employers who value their best producers.
Author’s Note: This blog post is being published today in honor of a great businessman and father, Jack Roseman. Mr. Roseman died in hospice on Monday. He was 88.
The Pittsburgh Business Times called him a “pioneer of Pittsburgh’s tech community as an entrepreneur, investor, advisor, educator and mentor.” But to me, Jack Roseman was a friend; and kind of a father-figure.
I grew up in the Roseman household as his daughter Shari’s BFF. Today, his eldest daughter, Laura, is one of my dearest friends, despite having started out as one of my babysitters.
Our moms were also besties; along with our dads. I’m getting emotional just thinking about the reunion that’s going on in Heaven right now! Days like this make me miss my parents.
Anyway, I wrote this article several years ago for a Human Resource industry magazine. Jack was my go-to CEO!
In honor of his memory, I plan to publish a series of business articles I’ve penned over the years for various magazines, newspapers and websites.
This series will eventually become a book, so stay tuned…
A LETTER OF RESIGNATION
If a valuable employee – one of your best revenue producers – tells you that they’re leaving your company for better compensation, should you try to tempt them to stay with a counter-offer?
A study conducted by England-based Communicate Recruitment Solutions reveals that most employers have never made a counter-offer; and most employees would not accept one.
Jack Roseman, director of the Pittsburgh-based Roseman Institute; which provides coaching, mentoring and negotiating assistance to CEOs of growing enterprises, says that employers must seek out the underlying truth from an employee who says they’re resigning over deficient compensation.
“There are good reasons and there are real reasons; tell me the real reason,” is the proper response for an employer to give to the employee who says they’re leaving over money,” says Roseman.
“People don’t usually leave for more money. In most cases, it’s because they’re unhappy with the company, and it’s the job of the employer to find out why they’re leaving and if they have a legitimate gripe.”
Roseman suggests that an employee who is particularly valued in a company be asked to stay and work things out with the management. “it’s not really how much you make today, it’s what happens over the continuum of time,” he explains, adding that even during those instances when a real injustice occurs, it’s still ill-advised to give an immediate raise or counter-offer.
“Instead, you say, ‘Let’s see if things can get better over time.’ A counter-offer opens the door for blackmail, but maybe you can create an atmosphere they would be happier in? Pay can always be fixed over time if the employee has faith in you and faith in the company,” says Roseman.
“They make employers and their companies look needy and should never be relied upon for long term success,” says Lock, adding that the best way to retain high performers for as long as possible is to ensure that their compensation, recognition and culture are as good as they can be.
“Then, when they do resign, you know you haven’t done anything wrong and it is simply the right time for them to move on; which is often a personal decision as much as a professional one,” says Lock.
Employers should resist the urge to react impulsively to a star employee’s announcement.
“When considering a counter-offer, ask yourself whether you would be offering the employee a pay rise or increase in responsibilities if they hadn’t resigned,” says Lock, adding that there is actually an opportunity in every resignation.
“Bringing someone with new ideas and different qualities on-board is an exciting prospect, particularly when you can dictate the level you want them to work at and a remuneration package you can afford. Good bosses should realize that personnel change is all part of the ebb and flow of running a business.”
“Under no circumstances should an employee be tempted to stay once they have tendered their resignation,” he says, pointing out that doing so will not solve the dilemma of having to fill a vacancy and re-train a new staff member.
“Good business leaders tackle issues head-on and do not delay them until a more ‘convenient’ time.”
“Going to great lengths to retain one employee can send the wrong impression to everyone else. They will question why preferential treatment is being shown to one individual and resent their colleague being cut a special deal, especially when they had one foot out the door.”
Thomas de Freitas
The success of any business relies on the sum of its parts.
De Freitas warns, “Don’t risk the relationship with your staff for the sake of one individual.” Communicate’s study drives this point home, because it showed that most employees who do end up staying for a counter-offer will leave within six months anyway.
“Key employees should be under contract instead of under an at-will policy, because it defines the terms of the employment and the terms under which employment could end. This way, supervisors won’t go around making reckless decisions; they must follow a cause standard in the contract to get out of it. So, if you have a good definition of cause, the employer can protect himself.”
Phelps believes that a high rate of employee turn-over stands in the way of a company’s success. Phelps is one of the oldest independent communication agencies in Southern California.
“Our longevity is due to doing what’s right for the client and having a good, solid team that’s not always turning over,” he says. “When the CEO changes, it’s so frustrating, and it’s the same with lawyers and insurance people.
“Finding good people and keeping them is the key to keeping good clients. Do what’s right for your employees, and it will come back and help you.”
IN CASE YOU DIDN’T NOTICE… While most Americans were obsessing over the ridiculous Mueller hearing and speculating on whether child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein was nearly “suicided” by the Clintons last night, North Korea fired two short-range missiles early this morning.
According to news reports, South Korea’s military said that this was the first missile test since Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump agreed to start talking about denuclearization again.
Thursday morning, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff stated, “North Korea today launched two unidentifiable objects at 5:34 and 5:57 am.”
They said that the first missile traveled approximately 270 miles, while the second flew about 428 miles. Both missiles flew at a maximum altitude of approximately 30 miles.
Just after tracking the first launch, the South Korean military announced, “Our military is keeping close watch in case of additional launches.”
The missiles landed in the Sea of Japan. They reportedly were discharged from the eastern part of North Korea.
“By firing missiles, taking issue with military drills and showing a new submarine, the North is sending one clear message: there might be no working-level talks if the United States doesn’t present a more flexible stance,” said Kim Hong-kyun, a former South Korean nuclear envoy.
S. Korean military has speculated that what the North tested this morning “seems to be a new type of missile.”
But other analysts have opined that these were the same types of missiles previously tested by Pyongyang in May.
U.N. Security Council resolutions have banned Pyongyang from using ballistic technology in any kind of launch, so North Korea could face punitive measures, if this is found to be the case.
The rogue regime is required to make significant strides toward disarmament before the US will even consider removing the sanctions that have been imposed upon it.
Some experts think that North Korea may be using these launches in an effort to get the upper hand, once they restart denuclearization talks.
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