Informing Hawaii's voters
Submitted by Guest on Thu, 07/10/2014 - 00:00
Group Aims to Get Young Adults Engaged in Politics
July 9, 2014
Honolulu, HI — Opio (Youth) For Ige will hold a public event this Friday, July 11, at campaign headquarters from 5 to 7 p.m. with food, entertainment and fun. The group’s goal is to get young people more interested in the political process and voting. State Senator David Ige will be a featured speaker along with former governors Ben Cayetano and George Ariyoshi. Two of Senator Ige’s three children, Amy, 22, and Matthew, 18, are on the ‘?pio committee and will be the evening’s MCs. His daughter Lauren, 23, is doing a summer internship in Washington D.C. with the U.S. Department of Justice and will join her family on the campaign trail at the end of July.
“This event will be a way to get the young adult community more engaged in the political scene,” said Senator Ige’s son Matthew Ige. “By inviting them to hear my dad and other local political figures speak, we hope that they become more informed voters."
WHO: Opio For Ige w/ Senator David Ige, special guest speakers and live music by Ka’eha
WHAT: Opio (Youth) event w/ entertainment, food and fun
WHERE: Ige Headquarters, 1110 University Ave. (Ground Floor), Honolulu, HI 96826
WHEN: Friday, July 11, 2014 from 5 to 7 p.m.
With nearly 30 years in the state Legislature, candidate for governor Senator David Ige has built a solid reputation as a thoughtful, honest and innovative legislator. He has been the chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means for the past four years, helping to shape and balance the state’s budget. Senator Ige has led a total of 10 House and Senate committees, including Higher Education, Education and Technology, Health, Hawaiian Affairs, Economic Development, Commerce, and Consumer Protection and Information Technology. This year he was named one of the 13 “tech-savviest” state legislators in the nation by Government Technology magazine. Senator Ige has been at the forefront of applying technology solutions and information technology in government and education. More information on Senator Ige and his candidacy are available at www.davidige.org.
Submitted by Guest on Wed, 07/09/2014 - 23:36
International Clearing House
Interview with Michael Hudson
July 9, 2014
RT: Could you summarize for us the tried and tested steps that will lead from IMF loans, to Ukraine's best assets ending up in private Western hands - the IMF's 'knee-breaker' role as you memorably described it as?
Michael Hudson: The basic principle to bear in mind is that finance today is war by non-military means. The aim of getting a country in debt is to obtain its economic surplus, ending up with its property. The main property to obtain is that which can produce exports and generate foreign exchange. For Ukraine, this means mainly the Eastern manufacturing and mining companies, which presently are held in the hands of the oligarchs. For foreign investors, the problem is how to transfer these assets and their revenue into foreign hands – in an economy whose international payments are in chronic deficit as a result of the failed post-1991 restructuring. That is where the IMF comes in.
The IMF was not set up to finance domestic government budget deficits. Its loans are earmarked to pay foreign creditors, mainly to maintain a country’s exchange rate. The effect usually is to subsidize flight capital out of the country – at a high exchange rate rather than depositors and creditors getting fewer dollars or euro. In Ukraine’s case, foreign creditors would include Gazprom, which already has been paid something. The IMF transfers a credit to its “Ukraine account,” which then pays foreign creditors. The money never really gets to Ukraine or to other IMF borrowers. It is paid to the accounts of foreigners, including foreign government creditors, as in IMF loans to Greece. Such loans come with “conditionalities” that impose austerity. This in turn drives the economy even further into debt – forcing the government to tighten the budget even more, run even smaller budget deficits and sell off public assets.
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Submitted by Guest on Wed, 07/09/2014 - 23:19
Point to public information office controls of interviews, access
Broadcasting & Cable
By John Eggerton
July 8, 2014
Over three dozen journalist organizations including the Radio Television Digital News Association, National Press Foundation, and the Society of Professional Journalists, have asked the President to drop the "excessive controls" on public information by federal agencies, branding it "politically driven suppression of news and information about federal agencies."
There has been an ongoing tension between broadcast, print and online journalists and the Obama administration, with complaints that the Administration has limited access to events, while providing its own "coverage" through official channels.
In a letter to President Obama, the groups complained about policies that require journalists to go through public information officers (PIOs) before talking with staff and that have PIOs vetting interview questions and monitoring interviews with sources.
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Submitted by Guest on Wed, 07/09/2014 - 23:02
Submitted by Guest on Wed, 07/09/2014 - 16:47
Hawaii Political Info introduction: Why? Because the governor uses taxpayer dollars for the benefit of out-of-state movie corporations.
Abercrombie for Governor
Hawaii Five-0 Actor/Producer Daniel Dae Kim Endorses Governor Abercrombie
June 30, 2014
HONOLULU (June 19, 2014) – Actor Daniel Dae Kim, who plays Chin Ho Kelly on the CBS television series Hawaii Five-0 and played Jin-Soo Kwon on the ABC series LOST, is endorsing Governor Neil Abercrombie in his 2014 campaign for reelection.
“Governor Abercrombie has been a long-time supporter of the arts,” said Daniel Dae Kim [on location shooting the film, INSURGENT]. “He understands how important tourism is to our local economy and the role that shows like Hawaii Five-0 play in showcasing our beautiful islands to the world. The Governor’s support of Hawaii Five-0 has been integral to the show’s production, and has helped enable it to be seen in more than 200 countries around the world. I am grateful for his advocacy of our local film and television industry.”
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Movie production incentives in the United States [Wikipedia]
For its size, Hawaii gives away an enormous amount in subsidies [GoodJobsFirst.org]
Hawaii Battles for Film Production With Incentives [Variety] Jul 31, 2013
Motion Picture Tax Credits Backfiring on Taxpayers [Hawaii Reporter] Sep 21, 2011
Jews Run Hollywood [LA Times] Dec 19, 2008 Is Hawaii yet another case of Jews outfoxing the befuddled goyim to enrich themselves?
Israel, Zionism & Jews [Hawaii Political Info] (Collection of articles)
Submitted by Guest on Wed, 07/09/2014 - 01:45
West Kauai / photo:HPI
By Michael Shooltz
Friday, July fourth’s Garden Island featured a story titled “Up To Their Ears,” which described the donation of a truckload of 4,000 pounds of “corn” to the Kauai Island Independent Food Bank.
The donor was Dow Agrosciences. It went on to state, “The big rig wheeling in meant there was a lot of work to do.” I couldn’t agree more. It left a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach as I thought of our fellow Kauaians consuming that toxic corn.
Dow Agrosciences is one of the Chemical Companies suing the County to avoid the disclosure requirements of Bill 2491/960. They are also one of the Chemical Companies spending millions to defeat labeling bills around the country which would require telling consumers when they are eating GMO products. Is it reasonable to assume that they would suddenly become transparent about what kind of corn they are delivering to the Food Bank here on Kauai?
Only two days ago I had a conversation with a local man from Waimea. He is a hunter and regularly hunts for pig and goat on the west side of Kauai. He shared with me that he and his fellow hunters are concerned because they are finding that the pigs and goats that they are now harvesting are often filled with tumors, both externally on their skin, and internally, and that they have to just leave them where they died as fertilizer. He was the second west side hunter that has shared the same information with me. The pigs and goats on the west side are filled with tumors. They drink the water, breathe the air, and feed in the test fields. Of course this is only anecdotal evidence.
The chemical companies continue to dump 1,000 pounds of toxins on Kauai every day, 7,000 pounds per week, and 30,000 pounds per month. The Garden Island article was quite correct. “The big rig wheeling in meant there was a lot of work to do.”
Submitted by Guest on Tue, 07/08/2014 - 22:15
July 8, 2014
The Office of Elections is offering drive-through voter registration Wednesday as well as on Thursday, the final day to register in time for the primary election.
Would-be voters will be able to drive to designated locations and register without leaving their vehicles.
"Just stay in your car and election officials will be able to assist in registering you to vote," chief election officer Scott Nago, said in a press release.
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Submitted by HPI on Tue, 07/08/2014 - 20:14
Time Warner Cable and Comcast are seeking a merger and both sides are enthusiastic. TWC is the number two cable company in the country, while Comcast is number one. The two corporations are acting as if the merger is a done deal, but it's not. There's a lot of opposition with worries that the merger will mean monopolistic power for the new company to the detriment of consumers.
The Hawaii state government is conducting public hearings throughout the islands on the merger. The one for Oahu is scheduled for Friday, July 18, 4:30 pm at the King Kalakaua Building, Queen Liliuokalani Conference Room, 335 Merchant Street in downtown Honolulu. For more information, including hearings on the neighbor islands and how to submit written testimony, click here.
The Consumerist gave some background today on the merger:
Comcast and Time Warner Cable have been treating their merger as a foregone conclusion ever since they announced their betrothal in February. And with the companies cozying up to regulators, dropping huge piles of cash on lobbyists and campaign contributions, and making themselves look as good as possible, it’s not hard to see why the execs at the top would be feeling confident. But the FCC has just made a few key hires that make it look like the agency might actually push back against Comcast’s financial onslaught.
More at Consumerist
Submitted by Guest on Tue, 07/08/2014 - 19:14
By Mike Adams
Natural News Editor
July 8, 2014
Most Americans are aware that the Texas border is being overrun with illegal immigrants, but they don't have firsthand experience in what it really means for law-abiding citizens. Right now, those who advocate this wave of human migrants are living in a fairytale, denying the very real costs on society in terms of education, health care, welfare, public health and public safety.
One of these points was driven home for me in a very violent way today as I was driving in my vehicle. While lawfully stopped at a red traffic light, I was violently rear-ended at high speed by a Dodge Ram truck. The driver, I soon found out, was a very young illegal immigrant who now worked in construction. The kid, clearly of Latino origin, couldn't have been older than 17, and he told me he "fell asleep at the wheel." If my car hadn't been in the way, it turns out, he would have driven head first -- fully asleep -- right into a busy intersection and possibly caused multiple fatalities.
It was my vehicle, in other words, that took the hit and blocked Juan from barreling through a crowded intersection at high speed, injuring or killing any number of innocent Americans.
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