Informing Hawaii's voters
Submitted by Guest on Mon, 02/24/2014 - 14:36
This is often the song sung by all participants at the ending of festivities, classmate & family reunions, etc. in Hawaii as all gather in a circle and hold hands, raising them in unison as the song ends. If you don't have these lyrics perfectly memorized, you're a poor excuse for a kamaaina!
Submitted by Guest on Sun, 02/23/2014 - 18:54
By Paul Craig Roberts
February 23, 2014
Who’s in charge? Certainly not the bought-and-paid-for-moderates that Washington and the EU hoped to install as the new government of Ukraine. The agreement that the Washington and EU supported opposition concluded with President Yanukovich to end the crisis did not last an hour. Even the former boxing champion, Vitaly Klitschko, who was riding high as an opposition leader until a few hours ago has been booed by the rioters and shoved aside. The newly appointed president by what is perhaps an irrelevant parliament, Oleksandr Turchynov, has no support base among those who overthrew the government. As the BBC reports, “like all of the mainstream opposition politicians, Mr. Turchynov is not entirely trusted or respected by the protesters in Kiev’s Independence Square.”
In western Ukraine the only organized and armed force is the ultra-nationalist Right Sector. From the way this group’s leaders speak, they assume that they are in charge. One of the group’s leaders, Aleksandr Muzychko, has pledged to fight against “Jews and Russians until I die.” Asserting the Right Sector’s authority over the situation, Muzychko declared that now that the democratically elected government has been overthrown, “there will be order and discipline” or “Right Sector squads will shoot the bastards on the spot.”
The bastards are any protesters who dare to protest the Right Sector’s control.
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Submitted by Guest on Sun, 02/23/2014 - 18:38
Last week Ukraine saw its worst violence since the break-up of the Soviet Union over 20 years ago. Protesters occupying the main square in the capital city, Kiev, clashed with police leaving many protesters and police dead and many more wounded. It is an ongoing tragedy and it looks like there is no end in sight.
The current conflict stems from a divide between western Ukraine, which seeks a closer association with the European Union, and the eastern part of the country, which has closer historic ties to Russia.
The usual interventionists in the U.S. have long meddled in the internal affairs of Ukraine. In 2004 it was U.S. government money that helped finance the Orange Revolution, as U.S.-funded NGOs favoring one political group over the other were able to change the regime. These same people have not given up on Ukraine. They keep pushing their own agenda for Ukraine behind the scenes, even as they ridicule anyone who claims U.S. involvement.
A recent leaked telephone conversation between two senior government officials made it clear that not only was the U.S. involved in the Ukrainian unrest, the U.S. was actually seeking to determine who should make up the next Ukrainian government!
Senator John McCain, who has made several trips to Ukraine recently to meet with the opposition, wrote last week that the U.S. must stand up to support the territorial integrity of Ukraine, including Crimea.
Why are U.S. government officials so eager to tell the Ukrainians what they should do? Has anyone bothered to ask the Ukrainians? What if might help alleviate the ongoing violence and bloodshed if the Ukrainians decide to re-make the country as a looser confederation of regions rather than one tightly controlled by a central government?[sic] Perhaps Ukraine engaged in peaceful trade with countries both to the west and east would benefit all sides. But outside powers seem to be fighting a proxy war, with Ukraine suffering the most because of it.
If you asked most Americans how they feel, my bet is that you would discover they are sick and tired of the U.S. government getting involved in every crisis that arises. Certainly the American people want none of of this intervention in Ukraine. They understand, as recent polls have shown, that our interventionist foreign policy is only creating more enemies overseas. And they also understand that we are out of money. We could not afford to be the policemen of world even if we wanted to be.
And I bet if we asked the Ukrainians, a vast majority of them would prefer that the U.S. — and Russia and the European Union — stay out of their affairs and respect their sovereignty. Is it so difficult to understand why people resent being lectured and bribed by foreign governments? All we need to do is put ourselves in the place of the Ukrainians and ask ourselves how we would feel if we were in the middle of a tug-of-war between a very strong Canada on one side and a very strong Mexico on the other. We would resent it as well. So let’s keep our hands off Ukraine and let them solve their own problems!
Submitted by Guest on Sun, 02/23/2014 - 18:01
Public invited to Mapunapuna ‘Olelo studios for live program on February 25, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
By Dr. Kioni Dudley
The second (of twelve) community forums for The Sovereignty Conversation, will have a new date and a new venue this month — February 25 at ‘Olelo Studios in Mapunapuna from 7:00 to 9:00. The public is invited to attend and participate. The program will be televised live on Channel 53 and will be streamed live worldwide from the website www.thesoverigntyconversation.org.
These forums precede the convention of native Hawaiians “to organize a modern Hawaiian nation.” No matter what form of sovereignty is adopted, every person in the islands will be affected. Conversely, the breadth and scope of the new nation may well be limited by the amount of non-Hawaiian buy in. Knowing what is going on and what it’s all about is important for everybody. This series offers the chance for all views to be presented, and all voices to be heard.
The Tuesday forum will offer important aspects of Hawaiian history that require the restoration of some form of Hawaiian nationhood, the true history that has not been heard before. Jon Osorio will discuss how Hawaiians ruled, using Umi, King Kamehameha III, and Queen Lili’uokalani as examples. Kioni Dudley will look at expansionism in America during the same time, and how it led naturally to American invasion, and eventual occupation and colonization of Hawai’i. Poka Laenui will look at the multiple unlawful actions between the time of the Overthrow and Annexation. Jeff Rasmussen will sing his well-known “Song of Sovereignty.” Puanani Burgess will recite her poem, “Hawai’i Pono’i.“ And Christopher Lum Lee will read passages from President Cleveland’s “Address to Congress” confirming that the President and the American Congress were fully aware that Annexation of Hawaii would be a totally unlawful action. It should be a night to remember.
Come and watch it at ‘Olelo Studios or watch it live on Channel 53.
Submitted by Guest on Sat, 02/22/2014 - 21:03
Submitted by Guest on Sat, 02/22/2014 - 20:01
Hawaii Political Info introduction: Matt Taibbi, an investigative reporter luminary, has joined First Look, a news site start-up that has been founded and bankrolled by Honolulu's Pierre Omidyar. Omidyar is the founder of eBay and Honolulu Civil Beat, and continues to play a leading role in both organizations.
Omidyar has successfully persuaded the best of the best of investigative, not to mention courageous, reporters to join him, the latest being Taibbi, who has been writing for Rolling Stone. This is highly significant, but what is one to make of Omidyar's connection to PayPal?
PayPal refused to process donations for Julian Assange's WikiLeaks. This move, along with other electronic funds processors who also refused to process payments, cut WikiLeaks off at the knees. Omidyar is the founder and chairman of eBay, which owns PayPal. He's going to forge truth in media?
Surely Glenn Greenwald, Jeremy Scahill and Laura Poitras, who have just recently started reporting for the Omidyar news organization, and Matt Taibbi have asked Omidyar about PayPal and WikiLeaks. This is a no-brainer, fundamental question. How the conversation went, we so far don't know, other than it looks like the topic didn't stop them from joining with Omidyar. This Forbes article may be a clue as to which way that conversation went.
The New York Times
By Ravi Somaiya
February 19, 2014
Matt Taibbi, who made a name as a fierce critic of Wall Street at Rolling Stone magazine, has joined First Look Media, the latest big-name journalist to leave an established brand to enter the thriving and well-financed world of news start-ups.
Mr. Taibbi will start his own publication focusing on financial and political corruption, he said in an interview on Wednesday. First Look is financed by the eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, who is worth $8.5 billion, according to Forbes. Mr. Omidyar has pledged $250 million to the project.
“It’s obvious that we’re entering a new phase in the history of journalism,” Mr. Taibbi said. “This is clearly the future, and this was an opportunity for me to be part of helping to found something and create something that might carry us into the next generation.”
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PayPal shuts out WikiLeaks [CNet] Dec 4, 2010
Thank You, Rolling Stone By Matt Taibbi [Rolling Stone] Feb 20, 2014
Submitted by Guest on Sat, 02/22/2014 - 11:40
Who knew a few years ago? We have heavily censored and one-sided mainstream media news coverage in the U.S. too.
Here's a look at the other side, the Kiev violence as covered by Russia Today.
Biden threatens Ukraine's Yanukovych with sanctions [Channel News Asia] U.S. hypocrisy in action Feb 21, 2014
Submitted by Guest on Thu, 02/20/2014 - 17:11
Published on YouTube Sep 11, 2012
For dramatically better health, don't eat anything containing wheat, says cardiologist
Submitted by Guest on Thu, 02/20/2014 - 16:39
Submitted by Guest on Thu, 02/20/2014 - 02:41
Battle for humanity nearly lost: global food supply deliberately engineered to end life, not nourish it
By Mike Adams
Editor of Natural News
February 20, 2014
After having now analyzed over 1,000 foods, superfoods, vitamins, junk foods and popular beverages for heavy metals and other substances at the Natural News Forensic Food Labs, I have arrived at a conclusion so alarming and urgent that it can only be stated bluntly.
Based on what I am seeing via atomic spectroscopy analysis of all the dietary substances people are consuming on a daily basis, I must now announce that the battle for humanity is nearly lost. The food supply appears to be intentionally designed to end human life rather than nourish it.
Life-destroying toxins intentionally engineered into the food supply
My lab has uncovered scientific proof that substances are intentionally formulated into dietary products to drive consumers mentally insane while causing widespread infertility, organ damage and a loss of any ability to engage in rational, conscious thinking. These toxic substances are being found across the entire food supply including in conventional foods, organic foods, "natural" products and dietary supplements.
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