The Hoopili urbanization project will make the present traffic gridlock significantly worse and wipe out much of Oahu's dwindling prime farm land
By Kioni Dudley, Ph.D.
Kioni Dudley, a retired educator, is president of the Friends of Makakilo and vice chairman of the Makakilo-Kapolei-Honokai Hale Neighborhood Board. He is active in the effort to ameliorate leeward Oahu's worsening traffic gridlock, save its farmland and promote farming.
April 1, 2015
Hate the terrible traffic on the H-1 freeway? It's going to get a whole lot worse. Does your commute take 1½ hours each way today? Get ready for 2½ hours. And likely even more, thanks to your City Council.
The authoritative Inrix Report consistently rates H-1 traffic as the worst or second-worst in the nation. But your City Councilmembers are hearing none of that. They are rushing to approve zoning for the proposed Ho‘opili community before you notice what they are doing. That will put 12,000 more cars into the morning and afternoon rush.
They introduced Bill 3 on Feb. 18, and had the third hearing on it by March 11. If they stay on this fast track, they can finish the required five hearings and deliver the zoning prize to developer D.R. Horton/Schuler Homes on April 22. They refuse to recognize the problem; they just want to get this over before you catch on.
Some recent history: D.R. Horton/Schuler Homes hired Austin, Tsutsumi & Associates (ATA) to do a required traffic impact analysis report. It recommended adding one lane to the H-1 eastbound, claiming that this would bring peak rush-hour travel on the H-1/H-2 merge backup to Level of Service (LOS) C and D. (LOS C is free-flowing traffic; LOS D is traffic separated by eight car lengths.) That claim, of course, is totally preposterous.
The freeways are currently fed by 95,000 homes on the west and central sides of the merge. If the 12,000 homes of Ho‘opili are added to the 58,000 houses that are already zoned and ready to be built in this area, there will be 70,000 new homes feeding the merge — almost double the current homes, with double the cars.
Traffic is currently backed up and inching along for 4½ miles on the H-1 and for a couple of miles on the H-2. If five lanes currently cause a 4½-mile backup while serving 95,000 homes, how is it possible that one additional lane will adequately serve 70,000 additional homes, and also bring the traffic up to a free-flowing LOS C and D? Ain't gonna happen.
Further, rows of huge cement columns on both sides of the freeway guarantee that no more lanes can be added.
Some might think that rail will solve the problem. But rail can carry a mere 7,800 people an hour with every car full, and all expectations are that ridership will be far, far, less.
With Ho‘opili, travel time will grow and grow, adding ever greater misery to the lives of hundreds of thousands of people for decades to come.
Each year will bring greater loss of time with family, watching kids in sports, seeing one's family grow up. It will steal more time from recreation, participation in community and leisure —?and impact personal health and performance at the workplace. And every year, tens of thousands of latchkey kids of all ages will be left alone and unsupervised for longer hours of time each day. These costs to our society are staggering.
There will also be tremendous costs in dollars. According to the Texas Transportation Institute model, today's two hours of delay in traffic cost individuals $7,300 a year. Adding an hour in each direction would double that cost to each family, reaching $14,600 a year.
Commercial vehicles delayed in today's two-hour traffic cost businesses $38,500 annually. This will double to $77,000, enough to drive many companies out of business.
How can you stop this? Email or call City Councilmembers to oppose Bill 3 (see our website, www.hoopilitraffic.com). They need to hear from you — your traffic experience — and that you will hold them accountable.
Please do it now.
U.S. veterans reveal 1962 nuclear close call dodged in Okinawa
By Masakatsu Ota
TOKYO, March 27, 2015
At the final moment of the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962, the U.S. nuclear missile men in Okinawa received a launch order which was later found to have been mistakenly issued, according to testimonies by former U.S. veterans given to Kyodo News.
In the fall of 1962, the Soviet Union introduced nuclear missiles into Cuba from where Moscow could target the mainland of the United States. U.S. President John F. Kennedy and his top advisers then seriously considered military options as a countermeasure, and the two superpowers were on the brink of nuclear exchanges.
The testimonies by the veterans, who gazed into the "abyss" of a nuclear war, shed new historical light on a nuclear close call which could have triggered the use of nuclear weapons, highlighting the potential risk of an accidental nuclear launch.
By Mike Adams
For the first time in history, the California government has declared mandatory water restrictions designed to save the state from a water collapse. (But it still won't work, see below...)
An order went out yesterday from Governor Brown's office, requiring water agencies to "...implement new pricing models that discourage excessive water use," reports the LA Times. In other words, your water consumption costs are about to get even higher if you live in California.
The directive aims to reduce water consumption by 25% across the state -- an aggressive restriction that clearly qualifies as an emergency reduction goal.
Also included in the directive is:
By Michelle Malkin
March 31, 2015
Can we stop putting America up for sale to the most politically connected bidders yet? Where is our self-respect?
Since 2001, I've warned about the systemic and bipartisan corruption of America's EB-5 immigrant investor visa program. The latest report from the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general — which outlines the meddling and pandering of No. 2 DHS official Alejandro Mayorkas, Nevada Sen. Harry Reid, Democratic bagman Terry McAuliffe, Hillary Clinton's brother Tony Rodham, former Pennsylvania. Gov. Ed Rendell and former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, to name a few — provides yet more sordid evidence that the green cards-for-sale scheme should be completely scrapped.
Created under an obscure section of the expansionist 1990 Immigration Act, EB-5 promised bountiful economic development for the U.S. in exchange for granting permanent residency (and eventual American citizenship) to foreign investors. A few years later, Congress conjured up the idea of EB-5 "regional centers" — government-sanctioned business groups and corporate entities acting as middlemen to administer the immigrant investments and facilitate the visa peddling.
The Assassination of New York (book) The story of how NYC has changed so much that the working class can no longer afford to live there. (Honolulu appears to be well on its way towards the same fate.)
U.S. home market pulls in more Chinese buyers (Kakaako?) [USA Today] Apr 3, 2012
Why Luxury Agents Must Understand the EB-5 Visa [Inman.com] Jan 5, 2015
Building Bridges to China [Hawaii Business] Oct 2013
"He came unto His own, and His own received Him not"
Sunday, March 29, 2015 sermon by Chuck Baldwin
What does a Christian sermon have to do with politics? Watch and learn.
Dr. Baldwin is a Baptist minister in Montana. He was a Constitution Party presidential candidate in 2008.
Published on YouTube Mar 29, 2015
Russia Today introduction: World diplomats push for a deal with Iran on easing sanctions in exchange for a nuclear scale-back. Several sticking points remain, with the deadline fast approaching. Kaveh Afrasiabi, a former advisor to Iran's nuclear negotiation team, expects a deal to be reached very soon.
Just in case you missed this skit on The Tonight Show that has gone viral.
"Holocaust denial" is illegal in up to 17 countries, including Australia, Austria, Germany, Canada, the Netherlands and Russia, getting violators jail time. With the protection of the First Amendment, it is not illegal in the U.S., but Ernst Zundel, a German Holocaust truth seeker who went public, was deported from the U.S. to Canada even though his wife was a U.S. citizen. Subsequently going through the Canadian court system for his publicly revealed "Holocaust" research that Jews vociferously opposed, he was deported to his native Germany. Immediately upon his arrival he was taken off the plane and put in prison, where he remained for several years for his politically incorrect activities while he was in another country, not Germany. Now out of jail, he has been effectively silenced.
Published on Mar 28, 2015
Russia Today introduction: A lobbyist for Monsanto claimed that it was safe to drink “a quart” of the company’s Roundup pesticide, but pointedly refused to try even a sip when offered a glass during an interview with French TV before storming off the set.
When the late Tony Martin (1942-2013), a professor of Africana studies at Wellesley College, introduced the part Jews played in the worldwide slave trade over the centuries, including the American slave trade (information that he thought at the time was a comparatively inconsequential, small part of the course he was teaching), all hell broke loose. Here, June 2002, he enlightens his audience on Jewish attack tactics on an individual.
Professor Martin: "The first and major tactic that I discovered in their [organized Jewry] attack on me was their reliance on lies. Just straight-up lies. There's no other way to describe it, just telling lies. . . . They have elevated telling lies to a very high artistic form."
A second tactic, he said, was to attack his professional credibility.
Martin died comparatively young (70) under mysterious and "shocking" circumstances.
Go to this link if you have trouble viewing the video.
David Cole, a Jew, tells Ernst Zundel that Jews need "enemies" and "oppressors" to coalesce as a group. Zundel is a German who has made the study of Jews and the part they played in WWII a lifelong pursuit. See the three-minute Cole-Zundel video here.
The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion shows that Cole is not the only one who thinks anti-Semitism plays into the hands of the Jewish elite, who make it a highly effective tool for manipulating their less aware brethren. See Protocol 9:2.
Both Cole and Zundel have paid a steep price for going public on the politically incorrect results of their research on Jews.
Christ, as he was teaching in the treasury of a Jewish temple, a dangerous place for him because Jews constantly sought his life, said to Jews: "Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it." (John 8:44)