Th, Mar 6, 2014, 5pm, Hawaii Republican Assembly (HIRA, not official arm of GOP Hawaii) public meeting for North Shore residents, "The Good, Bad & the Ugly of Hawaii Politics" plus what you can do about it. Wailua Community Association Center, 66-434 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa (Oahu). Free. Details
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We hope you've noticed the links to the candidate information pages at the top right-hand corner of every page on this site. There are two links. One is within the block, "Congressional Special Election," which covers the candidates for Neil Abercrombie's Congressional District 1 seat. Neil has announced that he will resign as of February 28. The date for this special election has not been set, but is projected for as early as May 1. The second block with link, "2010 Election," covers the candidates running for the November general election.
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David Chang's page has just posted. We reproduce it here.
The West Point graduate and war veteran is running for the state house.
Running for Hawaii state house of representatives, District 28 - Palama, Downtown, Chinatown, Sheridan
On the Issues
War veteran launches HD 28 campaign in Chinatown Sat, Feb 6, 2010
The Honolulu Advertiser has a special section on former Honolulu mayor Frank Fasi, who passed away of natural causes on February 3 at the age of 89. He is survived by his second wife Joyce and 11 children. The Hartford, Connecticut native was Honolulu’s longest serving mayor and a perennial candidate, running as recently as 2004 for Honolulu mayor. He lost to the present mayor, Mufi Hannemann. After the loss the then-84-year-old Fasi made a public decision not to run for office again.
Frank Fasi [Honolulu Advertiser special section]
State Sen. Will Espero (Senate District 20 - 'Ewa Beach, 'Ewa by Gentry, Ocean Pointe, 'Ewa Villages, West Loch, Honouliuli, Lower Waipahu) announced on Friday that he has decided not to seek the Congressional District 1 seat being vacated on February 28 by Congressman Neil Abercrombie (D). Rep. Abercrombie is vacating his seat early to concentrate on his Hawaii gubernatorial campaign.
Espero cited the short time left before the election, which could be held as early as May 1, leaving little time for an effective campaign. His decision was also influenced by Democratic party leaders who expressed concern that his candidacy would split the vote among three Democrats — Ed Case, Colleen Hanabusa and him — giving lone Republican Charles Djou an even better shot at winning the seat.
Third Hawaii Democrat won't run for Congress [KPUA.net]
Mr. Roberts was the Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury during the Ronald Reagan administration, becoming known as “the father of Reaganomics.” He is a former associate editor of the Wall Street Journal and a syndicated columnist for creators.com. A Republican, he has gone public in his criticism of the Republican Bush administration and now, the Democratic Obama administration.
Former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan answered that he had placed his trust in a flawed theory when he was called before Congress to explain why he, Goldman Sachs Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin and Deputy Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, prevented Brooksley Born, head of the Commodity Futures Trading Corporation, a government regulatory agency, from doing her job of regulating over-the-counter derivatives.
The efficient markets theory is that unregulated markets are efficient and rational. According to this theory in which Greenspan placed his trust, unregulated markets produce the best possible result. Any regulatory interference worsens the outcome.
Full article [VDare.com]
Thursday, February 4, 2010
To defend himself against today’s civil fraud charges, former Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis plans to call Henry Paulson and Ben Bernanke to the stand
In defending former Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis against charges that he misled investors, his lawyers will call as witnesses former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson and the current Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, according to people close to the matter. The defense team, led by former U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White, hopes to get Paulson and Bernanke to reveal that Lewis did not mislead the government about BofA's deteriorating financial condition in the aftermath of its Merrill Lynch deal. Those losses prompted a massive government bailout.
Full article [The Daily Beast]
Ronald Charles of Haiti, who is presently studying at the University of Toronto, is interviewed by Paul Jay of the Real News Network. Mr. Charles says that the Haitians want freedom to choose for themselves, not decisions imposed from outside the country. He mentions that even their domestic rice and domestic chickens have been replaced by foreign products that aren't as tasty. He says they now get Miami rice (Miami rice?!), and chicken from abroad that doesn't taste as good.
HPI readers may have noticed the article a while back notifying us that American chicken now get ammonia baths to cut down on food-borne illnesses. We can see where that wouldn't do much for the flavor. American chickens these days are raised in filth, walking around or resting in their own feces, necessitating ammonia or chlorine treatment of the meat.
THE scientist at the centre of the “climategate” email scandal has revealed that he was so traumatised by the global backlash against him that he contemplated suicide.
Professor Phil Jones said in an exclusive interview with The Sunday Times that he had thought about killing himself “several times”. He acknowledged similarities to Dr David Kelly, the scientist who committed suicide after being exposed as the source for a BBC report that alleged the government had “sexed up” evidence to justify the invasion of Iraq.
Full article [TimesOnLine] (U.K.)
We've been hearing for years that cell phones may be hazardous to our health, but people can still be seen everywhere yakking with them next to their ears, meaning next to their brains, carrying on long conversations. Blue tooth headsets, which emit less radiation, are noticeable by their absence.
When a cell phone is in use nearby, most often a computer gives off loud noises or perhaps the screen exhibits interference, tipping us off to the invisible radiation.
Can we trust the companies that are making vast amounts of money to live up to their moral responsibilities and conduct honest research on the effects of their products on our health?
A GQ journalist reports on the results of his investigation.
by Christopher Ketcham
Ever worry that that gadget you spend hours holding next to your head might be damaging your brain? Well, the evidence is starting to pour in, and it's not pretty. So why isn't anyone in America doing anything about it?
Earlier this winter, I met an investment banker who was diagnosed with a brain tumor five years ago. He's a managing director at a top Wall Street firm, and I was put in touch with him through a colleague who knew I was writing a story about the potential dangers of cell-phone radiation. He agreed to talk with me only if his name wasn't used, so I'll call him Jim. He explained that the tumor was located just behind his right ear and was not immediately fatal—the five-year survival rate is about 70 percent. He was 35 years old at the time of his diagnosis and immediately suspected it was the result of his intense cell-phone usage. "Not for nothing," he said, "but in investment banking we've been using cell phones since 1992, back when they were the Gordon-Gekko-on-the-beach kind of phone." When Jim asked his neurosurgeon, who was on the staff of a major medical center in Manhattan, about the possibility of a cell-phone-induced tumor, the doctor responded that in fact he was seeing more and more of such cases—young, relatively healthy businessmen who had long used their phones obsessively. He said he believed the industry had discredited studies showing there is a risk from cell phones. "I got a sense that he was pissed off," Jim told me. A handful of Jim's colleagues had already died from brain cancer; the more reports he encountered of young finance guys developing tumors, the more certain he felt that it wasn't a coincidence. "I knew four or five people just at my firm who got tumors," Jim says. "Each time, people ask the question. I hear it in the hallways."
It's hard to talk about the dangers of cell-phone radiation without sounding like a conspiracy theorist. This is especially true in the United States, where non-industry-funded studies are rare, where legislation protecting the wireless industry from legal challenges has long been in place, and where our lives have been so thoroughly integrated with wireless technology that to suggest it might be a problem—maybe, eventually, a very big public-health problem—is like saying our shoes might be killing us.
Ernst Zundel, a native German who has lived in Canada for most of his adult life, has said for many years that we’re not being told the truth about the Holocaust. He has been through the court system for years and has been jailed in both Canada and Germany for his views. He was deported from the U.S. a few years ago and has been effectively silenced for the time being by being jailed in Germany for “incitement for holocaust denial.” He is 70 years old.
A young Israeli journalist with a bit of an attitude faced Ernst in a hard-hitting interview a few years ago before he was deported from Canada to Germany, where he was arrested on arrival.
Ernst Zundel's example shows that freedom of speech cannot be taken for granted, not even in countries like Canada, Germany and the supposed bastion of liberty, the U.S.A.
Part 12 Final
The Anti-Defamation League does a hatchet job on Ernst Zundel. The ADL is an unsavory, very aggressive “truth-keeper” of the Holocaust, a supposedly pro-Jewish group that uses the epithet “anti-Semite” as one of their effective weapons. It is considered dangerous to cross them.
The Ugly Truth about the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) [Hour of Time]
Anti-Defamation League [Historical Review Press]
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Jeffrey M. Smith, probably the best-known expert on GMO (genetically modified organism) food, writes about his experience with the president of a food company who firmly believed that a customer who wanted to avoid eating GMO corn had a “ridiculous concern.” The top executive had no problem inviting her to take her business elsewhere.
by Jeffrey M. Smith
The Huffington Post
January 25, 2010
A wise customer wanted to find out if the corn nuts she was eating were from genetically modified (GM) corn. She emailed the company and got a shocking reply. It began:
"Thank you for your contact. We are not aware of any GMO free corn in the U.S. We feel it is a ridiculous concern based on very poor science."
The email, reproduced at the blog of Kelly the Kitchen Kop, even recommended:
". . . if these concerns are truly important to you, you may be better served at a health food store.
We appreciate your patronage.
The Customer Support Team,
American Importing Co., Inc."
Talk about being opinionated and misinformed.