Dreamers R US

Idea

Like so many American citizens whose family came to this great nation seeking a better life, I too am a dreamer. And like the majority of these so-called Dreamers, most of us have been blessed with American born children.

Why are there are 200,000 Salvadorans being forced to leave their US homes next year. Think of the uncertainty, fear, and grief facing these families, and what about the 45,000 Haitians, 2,500 Nicaraguans, 57,000 Hondurans, and 800,000 Dreamers whose lives have been turned upside-down by this administration's immigration policies.

Bill US For Mexico Wall?

Issue

US Congress continues to seek the resolution of a problem for 2 million "Dreamers" as POTUS now wants to tie it to American taxpayers paying for a wall that he had always said Mexico would pay for.

These individuals are potentially facing deportation, but their push is running up against another one of President Trump's promise to erect a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, which he has insisted Mexico will pay for. Is it just another one of his sliding promises like his insistence that he would release his taxes? Is he really a #VSG?

Korea Talks

Solution

Representatives of North and South Korea met today in the Demilitarized Zone for the first talks between the nations in two years.

A military hotline between the two nations was suspended for nearly two years and will now be reinstated.

North Korea says it will send a delegation to next month's Winter Olympics in South Korea, a diplomatic breakthrough between the two countries after months of rising tensions over the North's missile and nuclear weapons programs.

South Korean officials said the delegation will consist of athletes, a cheering squad, and high-ranking officials.

Global Press Oppressors

Problem

As U.S. President Donald Trump announces his “Fake Media” awards, the Committee to Protect Journalists names it's global Press Oppressor world leaders who use rhetoric, legal action, and censorship to try to silence their critics.

The list features leaders from China, Egypt, Myanmar, Poland, Russia, Turkey, and the United States who have gone out of their way to attack the press and undermine the norms that support freedom of the media at a time when a record number of journalists are being jailed for their work.

President Oprah?

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First of all, sincere and well-deserved congratulations to @Oprah on receiving the Cecil B. de Mille Award at the #GoldenGlobes! Who else was greatly inspired by her speech? #MondayMotivation

Don't Bogart and Join

Other

Don't bogart and join the trend, Jeff. The short-lived Fraternity of Man is undoubtedly best known for the pro-pot anthem "Don't Bogart Me," which showed up during an unforgettable scene in the genre-defining biker film Easy Rider. https://youtu.be/-N0IjBgyFoE https://youtu.be/J-ifjIAoleI https://youtu.be/pSgGCOHuO1U

Warming Trend

Solution

The previous blast of arctic air that broke records along the East Coast for the past two weeks may finally be departing.

Heavy rain, gusty winds, and mountain snow will impact central and southern California through Tuesday; this may result in debris flows and mudslides due to recent wildfires.

The cold temperatures in the East will moderate, but areas of freezing rain are expected from the Missouri Valley to Mid Atlantic. Locally heavy rainfall is also possible over the lower Mississippi Valley.

Addiction Requires Abstinence

Problem

We are talking about the growing danger of Internet addiction. While treating addiction is never easy, abstinence appears to be the only option, and conventional wisdom dictates that recovery is possible once addicts stop using and go cold turkey.

Once they’re sober, recovered alcoholics aim to stay sober. Once they’re off drugs, former opioid addicts don’t abuse it but work to stay clean for life. How will this uncontrollable urge - stay connected online while disconnected in person end? CIU, PCU, PIU, IAD, IGD, PIU - it all stinks to me from this vantage point.

Bombogenesis

Issue

A bone-chilling arctic air covered the East Coast and Midwest US, creating dangerous conditions as tens of millions of people struggled to clean up from blizzards, and drifting snow in many areas earlier this week.

This unlucky 13 day record-breaking brutally cold and record-breaking deep freeze has continued for two weeks and reportedly killed dozens.

Millions have already been affected and flights have been canceled, at airports struggling to cope with a backlog of record-breaking temperatures will continue to freeze parts of the US and Canada for one more day.

Food For Thought

Restaurant

Apparently, there is something close to a free lunch. Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold and multi-tasking food scholar and radio host Evan Kleiman lead a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American cuisine in dialogue with Los Angeles.

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