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An Inside Look at Matt Taibbi’s Departure From First Look Media

The Intercept

By Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, Jeremy Scahill, and John Cook

October 30, 2014

Matt Taibbi, who joined First Look Media just seven months ago, left the company on Tuesday. His departure—which he describes as a refusal to accept a work reassignment, and the company describes as a resignation—was the culmination of months of contentious disputes with First Look founder Pierre Omidyar, chief operating officer Randy Ching, and president John Temple over the structure and management of Racket, the digital magazine Taibbi was hired to create. Those disputes were exacerbated by a recent complaint from a Racket employee about Taibbi’s behavior as a manager.

The departure of the popular former Rolling Stone writer is a serious setback for First Look in its first year of operations. Last January, Omidyar announced with great fanfare that he would personally invest $250 million in the company to build “a general interest news site that will cover topics ranging from entertainment and sports to business and the economy” incorporating multiple “digital magazines” as well as a “flagship news site.”

One year later, First Look still has only one such magazine, The Intercept.

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CDC Now Says Ebola Can Be Spread through Air and Indirect Contact


By Mike Adams

October 30, 2014

Defying its own quack advice that the agency has been propagandizing for months, the CDC has now released a document on Ebola that admits the virus can spread through aerosolized droplets. The document, quietly released on the CDC website, also admits Ebola can contaminate surfaces such as doorknobs, causing infections to be spread through indirect means. [1]

Here's a backup source of the PDF just in case the CDC scrubs it:

In other words, the CDC is now admitting it lied all along and that Natural News was correct from day one when we warned you about indirect transmission routes of the Ebola virus. (The CDC has always insisted it could only spread via "direct contact.")

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Ebola doctor lied about traveling around city before hospitalization [Natural News] Oct 31, 2014

Chris Stump for Hawaii House District 17

Chris Stump (D) is running for reelection in District 17 (Hawaii Kai, Kalama Valley) against incumbent Gene Ward (R).

Video published on Olelo October 14, 2014

Gene Ward for Hawaii House District 17

Gene Ward is one of the few Republicans in the Hawaii House. He is running for reelection in District 17 (Hawaii Kai, Kalama Valley). His opponent is Democrat Chris Stump.

Video published on Olelo October 14, 2014

Hawaii 30th in Business Tax Climate

Ranking unchanged from 2013

Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

By Keli'i Akina

Keli’i Akina, Ph.D., is a recognized scholar, educator, public policy spokesperson, and community leader in Hawaii. Currently, he is President/CEO of Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, a public policy think tank dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, free markets and limited, accountable government. An expert in East-West Philosophy and ethics, Dr. Akina has taught at universities in China and the United States and continues as an adjunct instructor at Hawaii Pacific University. Dr. Akina is currently a candidate for Trustee at Large of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs in the 2014 General Election run-off.

October 28, 2014

A side-by-side comparison of state tax structures has ranked Hawaii thirtieth in the nation on its business tax climate, a position that is unchanged from 2013.

The study, which was conducted by the State Tax Foundation, examined five major elements of each state's tax system: Corporate Taxes, Individual Income Taxes, Sales Tax, Unemployment Insurance Tax, and Property Tax. Although a number of states rose or fell in the this year's index due to policy reforms and efforts to improve the state economy and business climate, Hawaii's ranking is unchanged from 2013, reflecting the lack of action in this area over the past year. Hawaii's overall ranking was thirtieth, with its poorest showings in Individual Income Tax (ranked 37) and Unemployment Insurance Tax (ranked 28).

The poor ranking under Individual Income Tax, which accounts for almost one-third of the total score, is especially concerning for those looking to support small business and entrepreneurship in the state. Although it may seem out-of-place in a survey of business tax measures, the individual income tax score is actually an important reflection of how business-friendly the state can be. A number of businesses, including sole proprietorships, S corporations, and partnerships, report their business income via the individual income tax code. In addition, individual income tax also affects the cost of labor and has been demonstrated to shrink the labor pool as people flee to other states with more friendly taxes. One of the best indications of the importance of individual income tax to the overall business climate can be seen in North Carolina, where significant reform of the individual income tax code contributed to the state's jump from 44th in the rankings in 2013 to 16th in this year's report.

"This year's State Tax Ranking reflects the lack of progress in improving the economy by Hawaii's policy makers," stated Keli'i Akina, Ph.D., President of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. "While the state maintains high tax rates to support its budget and excessive spending, policies toward small business discourage entrepreneurship, and contribute to the high cost of living and the brain drain. More is at stake here than simply helping businesses. By pursuing tax reforms that foster a healthy business climate, the state will ultimately help all residents of Hawaii with a more reasonable cost of living, lower individual taxes, and lower unemployment rates."

The report can be viewed in its entirety at:

About the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research institute dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, the free market, and limited, accountable government throughout Hawai`i and the Asia-Pacific region. Read more about us at

Russia, Ukraine and EU Reach Agreement on Gas Supplies

Published on YouTube Oct 30, 2014

Russia Today introduction: Russia, Ukraine, and the European Commission have signed an agreement on gas supply and transit conditions until March 2015 during talks in Brussels.

Jeff Davis for Governor

Jeff Davis, Libertarian, gives us an interesting overview of his candidacy for governor with an eye-popping fact or two and some practical solutions to Hawaii's problems.

An Olelo video.


Jeff Davis Sues over Being Blocked from Gubernatorial Debate Location [Honolulu Civil Beat] Oct 23, 2014

Jeff's Facebook page

Charlie Rose Compares Christians to Muslims: Bill Maher Refutes

Bill Maher batters Charlie Rose with his own words as Charlie offers politically correct platitudes about Islam versus Christianity.

September 12, 2014

A New IRS Horror Story


By Rick Ungar

October 27, 2014

There are times when it becomes absolutely impossible to support the remarkably bad judgment often displayed by federal agencies under the control of the current administration—even for those of us who are typically viewed as backers of many of this administration’s policies.

The latest installment of frightfully unacceptable government behavior involves a law created in 2000—the Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2000—granting the IRS the power to seize the bank accounts of those suspected to be terrorists, drug dealers or engaged in other criminal activity, even when no charges have been filed and no convictions achieved.

The idea behind the law was to require banks to alert federal authorities to patterns of bank deposits that remain slightly below the $10,000 amount that has long triggered a bank’s responsibility to report deposits to the feds.

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Why Judaism Has No Moral Authority

Real Jew News

By Brother Nathanael Kapner

Brother Nathanael grew up in the U.S. as a Jew and converted to Christianity as a young man. He is now a member of the Russian Orthodox Church and lives in Colorado.


Israel Attack on USS Liberty during 1967 Six-Day War Full-Length Documentary [Hawaii Political Info]

Admiral Thomas Moorer Says Israel Deliberately Attacked & Tried to Kill Everyone Aboard the USS Liberty on June 8, 1967 []

USS Liberty—Israeli Pilot Speaks Up []

Jews made deal to bring the U.S. into WWI & WWII Testimony by Benjamin Freedman, Jewish political insider who became a Christian [YouTube, 44 min]

Future Israel president wanted deal to bring U.S. into war against Germany [] Sep 10, 1941 Chaim Weizmann letter to Winston Churchill

Israel's confiscation of Palestinian land over the years [The Muslim Times] Aug 2011

Hamas MP: Potential gas discovered off Gaza shore [The Times of Israel] Feb 25, 2014

America Is the Only Country with a Favorable View of Israel [Washington's Blog] Jul 25, 2014

'Greater Israel': The Zionist Plan for the Middle East [Hawaii Political Info] Sep 8, 2013

General Wesley Clark: 7 Countries in 5 Years [Hawaii Political Info] Sep 8, 2013 (Clarifies U.S. involvement in the 'Greater Israel' plan)

The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion [Bible Believers (Australia)] The Jewish plan for world domination over the goyim as laid out over 100 years ago. The Protocols are said by Jews to be a "forgery." Whoever wrote them was no ordinary human, or even ordinary genius.

Israel, Zionism & Jews   Extensive collection of articles & videos [Hawaii Political Info]

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