M-Th, Nov 30-Dec 3, 2015, 9:30am-5pm. Evidentiary hearing for proposed sale of Hawaiian Electric Companies to NextEra. Blaisdell Center Hawaii Suites, Neal S. Blaisdell Center, 777 Ward Avenue, HNL. Details
In this May 2010 interview, a hostile Glenn Beck brushes former Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY) off and lets the opportunity to follow up on Massa's personal knowledge of a basic cause, money, of the widespread corruption in Congress pass. At the time the former Congressman had just resigned from Congress, citing life-threatening cancer and charges that he had sexually harassed his staff.
Rep. Massa begins to address congressional corruption starting at 6 min 35 sec, soon segueing into the corrupting influence of campaign financing as the basic problem with Congress. Beck, who unabashedly looks upon Jews and Israel as the chosen ones, quickly cuts Massa off. Jews and Israel are experts at influencing through money, with campaign finance being one of the chief methods. Is that the reason Beck kept the congressman from pursuing the subject, soon following with a shocking and highly unusual insult, bringing the interview to an end?
Money Corrupts Politicians [Hawaii Political Info] (collection of articles)
Published on YouTube Aug 11, 2015
Russia Today introduction: John Kerry has warned that Washington could lose EU support for anti-Russian sanctions. Those comments came as John Kerry was making a statement that was meant to refer to the recent Iran deal.
Published on YouTube Aug 9, 2015
Russia Today introduction: 70 years after the US dropped atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the real reasons behind the decision still divide historians. Recently declassified documents from the time suggest the nuclear strikes may have been performed not out of military necessity but to intimidate the USSR. RTD’s Peter Scott travels to the two Japanese cities that were devastated by the attacks, where he visits a victims' memorial and meets nuclear blast survivors still haunted by their memories. He also interviews President Truman’s grandson, Clifton Truman Daniel, on the subject of his grandfather’s controversial legacy.
6 out of 7 WWII 5-star generals opposed dropping A-bombs on Japan [History News Service] Nov 2, 2007
The War Was Won Before Hiroshima—And the Generals Who Dropped the Bomb Knew It [The Nation] Aug 6, 2015
by Gary Hooser
County of Kauai Councilmember
I told a friend recently that I was getting too old to fight for incremental change, only to settle for a study or a task force. Frankly, I am tired of having state legislators (of which I used to be one), councilmembers (of which I am one) and members of Congress (of which I once tried to be one) tell us all the reasons why nothing can be done.
I am tired of watching big corporations cause irreparable harm to our health, our natural environment and our planet itself, while our government stands on the side and does nothing or actually facilitates the injustice under the guise that the offender is actually in “compliance” of the law.
Government will tell us these large multi-national billion dollar corporations are “following the rules,” but fail to remind us that these same entities fund the politicians that make those same rules.
And so I march.
Aloha Aina is not about checking off a box on a permit showing the applicant has minimally complied with some provision on a list.
As my friends in the Aloha Aina movement have taught me, Aloha Aina is understanding that stewardship is not a burdensome impediment to development but a joyful responsibility that should be embraced and celebrated.
Aloha Aina is about core values and pro-active advocacy on behalf of those values.
The Agribusiness Development Corporation (ADC) is an entity whose members are appointed by the governor of Hawaii and is responsible for the management of over 15,000 acres of state-owned agricultural lands.
These are state/public/crown lands. The vast majority of these lands are leased to the largest chemical companies in the world, not to grow food for local consumption but to grow experimental genetically modified crops that eventually end up somewhere else in the world as cattle feed, high fructose corn syrup or ethanol.
These companies sell and use tons of highly restricted use pesticides throughout Hawaii — many of which are banned in other countries. These same companies are involved in lawsuits against Kauai County, Maui County and Hawaii County who have attempted to regulate their actions.
These large multi-national corporations do not pay general excise tax on their production and their operations are subsidized by county property tax laws. They operate shrouded in secrecy and they refuse to disclose both the amount and types of pesticides they use and the type of experimental crops they are growing.
Even though an agency of the World Health Organization has declared glyphosate a probable carcinogen, these companies have refused to disclose the amount of glyphosate they are using each day in our community.
The ADC, who manages these state/public/crown lands, is focused on the revenue generated from the high lease rents paid by these large chemical companies. The ADC has refused to require soil testing for pesticide residue as these companies exit their leases, even though there is clear evidence of heavy use of restricted use pesticides on these same lands. The ADC is now seeking an exemption from a required National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit in order to save money and avoid the higher standards of clean water reporting required by the federal government and state Department of Health.
Operating under the spirit and values of Aloha Aina would mean this agency responsible for managing public lands would seek the highest level of protections for health and the environment, not seek exemptions and minimal protections.
This is only one example and extends throughout government agencies at almost all levels.
Instead of seeking first to protect and preserve via Aloha Aina and embracing the precautionary principle, our government leans increasingly toward a cost/benefit analysis. The sad part is that the people and the environment are paying the costs and the corporations and their enablers are reaping the benefit.
If you are on Oahu, tomorrow Sunday, August 9, please join me along with many friends to send a message loud and clear that people and the environment must come first. We expect thousands of Hawaii residents to march through Waikiki and help send the message that Aloha Aina is about much more than just a box on a permit that gets checked off as quickly and as cheaply as possible.
March with us to send a message that environmental stewardship is a mindset and a core value that demands advocacy. Join H.A.P.A. [Hawaii Alliance for Progressive Action] on Saratoga Road near Kalakaua sat 10am, put on a free HAPA T-shirt (while supplies last) and march with us for justice.
Aloha Aina Unity March is to express political views regarding issues that are impacting the management and use of land and natural resources in Hawaii. At the forefront of these issues are the construction of TMT [Thirty Meter Telescope] on Mauna Kea, regulation of pesticide use and genetically modified organisms on agricultural lands in rural communities throughout the state, and mismanagement of agricultural lands across the state.
Regardless of how one might feel about the various individual battles and issues presently going on in Hawaii, one thing is clear — the decisions that are being made by government with regards to managing these issues are not based on aloha aina.
This is not about being for or against science, or GMOs or telescopes or even development. This is about putting the values of people and the environment first.
Please join us tomorrow, Sunday, March 9, at 10am, on Saratoga Road and march through Waikiki in unity and in support for Aloha Aina.
A very short video about the event is here: https://www.facebook.com/395112027349071/videos/vb.395112027349071/40165...
The event FB page is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/400520650136449
Published on YouTube Jul 26, 2015
YouTube introduction: Please join us on Sunday, August 9 @10am. We will be meeting on Saratoga Street and march down Kalakaua Avenue. March will end at Kapiolani Park, where we will have live music, hula performances, food truck vendors, educational speeches by key Leaders.
Many hula halau will be joining us, along with kupuna, haumana from various charter schools, 19+ environmental agencies, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Hawaiian Civic Clubs, Hawaiian musicians, keiki, University of Hawaii officials, etc.
Please share this with your friends, family and neighbors...we want thousands to show up for this march! We need to have our voices heard, to show how much we love this place that we call home and how we collectively need to malama aina [care for our land]! No poisoning our lands and our people...no GMO! No desecrating our sacred lands, no overdevelopment and using prime agriculture lands!
Published on YouTube Aug 8, 2015
Drone footage shot on Friday revealed how the stretch of the Animas River near Silverton had changed colour, after an estimated one million gallons of toxic waste from an environmental mine contaminated it. The wastewater, which is rich in heavy metals such as lead and cadmium as well as the poisonous arsenic, was unintentionally released while a team was working at a Gold King Mine entrance. READ MORE: http://on.rt.com/6omq
Hawaii Political Info introduction: After it's made clear during the GOP presidential debate on Thursday that Donald Trump self-admittedly buys politicians to use them, Ohio governor John Kasich, also running for U.S. President, says he hasn't received any contributions from Trump and tells him directly that he would welcome a check!
August 7, 2015
by Lee Fang
Donald Trump bragged Thursday night that he could buy politicians — even the ones sharing the stage with him at a Republican presidential debate.
Trump was asked about something he said in a previous interview: “When you give, they do whatever the hell you want them to do.”
“You’d better believe it,” Trump said. “If I ask them, if I need them, you know, most of the people on this stage I’ve given to, just so you understand, a lot of money.”
[Here's the segment.]
The 'most riveting two minute political exchange ever heard on national television' courtesy of Donald Trump. The two minutes word-for-word. [Counterpunch] Aug 7, 2015
Aug 6, 2015
First 2016 GOP Republican Prime Time Presidential Full Debate — FOX News
Published on Aug 6, 2015
This is the full debate held at 5 PM with the candidates who were not selected for the later 9 PM prime time debate because their ratings in popularity polls weren't as strong.