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Tuesday, June 12, 2018


Day 41 of the Lower Puna Eruption and up to 700 homes have now been destroyed.  Another 5+ earthquake at the Kilauea Volcano summit.  Natural air pollution is terrible throughout the southern portions of the Big Island.  Still no eruption-caused deaths.  To the left, the lava stream from fissure 8 flowing by the Puna Geothermal Ventures facility.

Let's not forget Day 10 of Volcan de Fuego in Guatemala, which is continuing to be active, with up to nine explosions per hour, ten times more people in temporary housing than in Puna and, now, 119 officially confirmed as dead.


That Trump-Kim Singapore Summit, amazingly enough, resulted in a signed document:

The details will still need to be worked out, but it looks like my outcome predictions I made on Saturday will actually all happen:

SINGAPORE with The Donald, The Rocket Man and Dennis

And, of all the developments.  It now turns out that Dennis Rodman was the one key person to this meeting even occurring:

As a spokesperson for the cryptocurency said: "We at potcoin definitely believe that Dennis Rodman deserves the Nobel Peace Prize."

Wait a minute.  What is and who is Dennis Rodman?

There are 1600 or so alternative e-currencies. is a marijuana-cryptocurrency that paid for Rodman's trip to Singapore.  They previously subsidized his 2017 trip to North Korea, where he also wore the potcoin t-shirt.

Marijuana is listed with cocaine and heroin in that country as a controlled substance.  Same for Singapore, where possession of the plant will result in the death penalty.  The reality is that potcoin is not even a particularly major cannabis exchange site.  Cannabiscoin and dopecoin are more popular.  In any case, after that 2017 Rodman trip, the value of potcoin dropped by 23%.  However, they lucked out this time.

Okay, so who is Dennis Rodman?  He is a 57-year old retired professional basketball player known as "The Worm."  He won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award twice.  He is also an actor, winning three Razzies for Double Team (with Jean-Claude Van Damme, earning Rotten Tomatoes 11/24 ratings) and Simon Sez (RT:  0/16--about as low as I've ever seen).

It all began growing up, for he is the oldest of 47 children,  at the age of 32 almost committing suicide, and at 51 finally meeting his father, who had early on left the family for the Philippines.  If this makes no sense to you, click on his Wikipedia site.  Dennis was an important member of Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls team, dated Madonna, and wore a wedding dress to promote his autobiography, Bad as I Wanna Be, claiming he was bisexual and was marrying himself.

So why is Dennis Rodman the leading candidate for the next Nobel Peace Prize?  For one, in 2013, when he went to North Korea to meet Kim Jong-un, Rodman told Sports Illustrated that he should be so honored because of his friendship with the Great White Wall Leader.  Incidentally, that article is worthy of your perusal, for he is compared to other laureates, as for example:
Mother Teresa (1979) — Dedicated life to aiding the impoverished.
Dennis Rodman — Kicked a cameraman in the groin.
Okay, Rodman knows Kim.  But what about Donald Trump?  Absolutely, for Rodman was on Trump's Celebrity Apprentice.  Apparently President Barack Obama shunned Rodman after his return to America in 2013, while Trump tweeted the following year:

Dennis Rodman was either drunk or on drugs (delusional) when he said I wanted to go to North Korea with him. Glad I fired him on Apprentice!


However, Rodman did later support Trump for President:

@realDonaldTrump has been a great friend for many years. We don't need another politician, we need a businessman like Mr. Trump! Trump 2016
— Dennis Rodman (@dennisrodman) July 24, 2015
Not sure what subsequently happened, but yesterday before the Summit even began, Trump's secretary called to inform Rodman that The President sent his thanks.  He is the only person in the world who has a personal relationship with both, and Peace on the Korean Peninsula was most definitely initiated by Dennis Rodman.

But, honestly, will Rodman win the Nobel Peace Prize?  Nah.  IF the agreement Trump and Kim signed leads to a denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, the end of the Korea War, return of kidnapped Japanese and a modicum of humanitarian enhancements, Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un will share the next Nobel award.  We will know in a matter of weeks, for details will begin to be ironed out in a few days.

What has surprised me is that the mainstream media, meaning liberal with Democratic Party leanings, have almost totally condemned the results.  CNN's commentary keeps indicating that Trump gave away the house for nothing.  The overwhelming sense is one of how can you trust a brutal dictatorship which has time and again scammed the USA, compounded by our President, who lies, all the time.

Sure, Trump legitimized Kim.  Yes, Trump announced the end of War Games around the nearby region...if talks become fruitful.  But Kim has already conceded much more with actual concessions.  To take step 2 you need to start with step 1. 

Our President met with their Supreme Leader, they agreed to cooperate and set in motion the process to insure for peace.  A feel-good beginning was important, and they are now trusting each other.  The unexpected signing of an actual agreement at  step 1 was awesome.  There will be a few bumps in the road ahead, but the signs are encouraging, and I'm hopeful. 

A few days ago the odds of me saying this were infinitesimal, but, let's give them a chance to earn Laureate status.  Not as monumental as Reagan-Gorbachev, but, nevertheless, huge.  Remember, though, that only Gorbachev won a Nobel Prize.  Hmm....Rodman?

Hurricane Bud is now a Category 3 at 125 MPH.  However colder waters will weaken him into a tropical storm, making landfall over Baja on Friday:


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