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Nov 27 15:03

Organic food activists take Thanksgiving fight to Monsanto’s front lawn

‘WHAT BETTER DAY THAN THANKSGIVING TO REMIND THE WORLD THAT EATING LOCAL, ORGANIC FOOD IS ONE WAY TO STOP THIS PROFIT-MONGERING, BIODIVERSITY-DESTROYING MONOPOLY,’ ASKS REVEREND BILLY

Nov 27 12:46

The Great Thanksgiving Hoax

snips: In his History of Plymouth Plantation, the governor of the colony, William Bradford, reported that the colonists went hungry for years because they refused to work in the field. They preferred instead to steal food. He says the colony was riddled with "corruption," and with "confusion and discontent." The crops were small because "much was stolen both by night and day, before it became scarce eatable." [...]

Nov 27 08:29

West Cynically Plays For More Time to Deny Iran

The Vienna talks this week, involving US secretary of state John Kerry, came unstuck because the Western position suddenly hardened at the last hour, according to the British Guardian. Only last week, Russian officials expressed cautious optimism that a breakthrough could be attained.

After a full year of tortuous negotiations, the P5+1 group and Iran have now extended the nuclear talks for another six months. The move comes after foreign ministers from the US, Britain, France, Russia, China, Germany and Iran failed this week to conclude a final deal in Vienna on the long-running nuclear dispute.

Despite having secured an interim deal last November, which gave a partial lifting of international sanctions to Iran in return for Iranian self-imposed restrictions on its nuclear programme, the group of world powers could not in the end come up with a final accord on the deadline set for November 24 this week.

Nov 26 11:40

Exposed: The judge in the Monsanto-Maui lawsuit is tainted

Until at least the fall of 2011, Judge Kurren’s wife, Faye, was a trustee of The Nature Conservancy (TNC), a 6-billion-dollar environmental group.

Nov 26 08:48

West Cynically Plays For More Time to Deny Iran

The Vienna talks this week, involving US secretary of state John Kerry, came unstuck because the Western position suddenly hardened at the last hour, according to the British Guardian. Only last week, Russian officials expressed cautious optimism that a breakthrough could be attained.

After a full year of tortuous negotiations, the P5+1 group and Iran have now extended the nuclear talks for another six months. The move comes after foreign ministers from the US, Britain, France, Russia, China, Germany and Iran failed this week to conclude a final deal in Vienna on the long-running nuclear dispute.

Despite having secured an interim deal last November, which gave a partial lifting of international sanctions to Iran in return for Iranian self-imposed restrictions on its nuclear programme, the group of world powers could not in the end come up with a final accord on the deadline set for November 24 this week.

Nov 26 06:48

Possible Motives for Ousting Hagel

At the start of Barack Obama’s second term, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was seen as the best hope for standing up to the neocons, inside and outside the administration. Though Hagel proved to be a weak champion, his sudden removal could portend more trouble ahead.

The abrupt resignation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel – along with the failure to reach a final agreement on Iran’s nuclear program on the same day – does not augur well for the last quarter of Barack Obama’s presidency, reflecting his continuing tendency to let the neocons have their way.

Nov 25 14:46

Calling Sens. Mitchell, Daschle—Your “Bipartisan” Center Is In Funny Company

The question is, how was it that the foreign policy project of a “bipartisan” organization—founded by two relatively liberal former Democratic Majority Leaders and two relatively moderate former Republican Majority Leaders—was effectively captured and held captive for no less than seven years by hard-core neoconservatives determined to sabotage a top foreign-policy priority of a sitting Democratic president?

Former Democratic Sens. George Mitchell and Tom Daschle co-founded the Bipartisan Policy Center(BPC), along with their former Republican colleagues and fellow former majority leaders, Sens. Howard Baker and Bob Dole back in 2007. The Center, which describes itself as a “non-profit organization that drives principled solutions through rigorous analysis, reasoned negotiations and respectful dialogue,” has generally promoted mainstream, centrist positions on a range of issues over the years, including economic and energy policy, governance, health, and homeland security.

Nov 24 16:14

Delusional US ‘Group Think’ on Syria, Ukraine

Official Washington’s “group think” on Syria and Ukraine is so delusional that it is putting the whole world in danger, but – as with the Iraq War – the mainstream U.S. news media is part of the problem, not part of any solution.

Neocon ideology appears to have seized near total control over the editorial pages of America’s premier news organizations, including the New York Times and the Washington Post, contributing to an information crisis inside “the world’s superpower,” a development that should unnerve both Americans and the world community.

Nov 24 15:30

Israel – America’s Biggest Frenemy

The Jewish State in the Levant is a burden we shouldn’t have to bear.

For decades the Israelis have lived off our largesse without having to offer anything of value in return – unless Israeli interference in American politics is considered of value. We’ve handed them over $3 billion a year in tribute, stood by while they subjected their Palestinian helots to conditions not seen since South Africa’s apartheid, and smiled tolerantly, as one would at an obstreperous child, while they noisily spat in our faces at every opportunity.

And what have we gotten in return? Insults, interference, and outright threats – not to mention one of the most effective (and obnoxious) spying operations conducted on our soil by a foreign power.

Nov 24 15:25

Opening the Gates to World War III

The Russian government has done all it can to encourage Europe to maintain profitable and peaceful relations with Russia. However, it seems that Europeans are too firmly under Washington’s control to act in their own interest. Europe’s vassalage is permitting a scenario to unfold that could lead to World War III.

According to news reports, Washington has decided to arm Ukraine for renewed military assault on Russian ethnics in Donetsk and Luhansk.

Nov 23 12:37

Biden in Kiev on US Regime-Change Victory Tour

Russia this week condemned the dangerous escalation of US military involvement in Ukraine. Moscow’s foreign ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said the arms announcement «broke all agreements» and that it would further destabilize the country and make a political resolution of the conflict less likely.

The next US planes to follow Biden’s will be loaded with weapons and other non-lethal munitions, as earlier this week Washington announced for the first time that it is to start supplying the Kiev regime with military hardware. Those weapons are to include anti-tank and air defence systems, sniper rifles and machine-guns.

Nov 22 06:37

Will the Iran Deal-Wreckers Prevail?

Iran appears ready to sign an agreement tightly constraining its nuclear program in exchange for some sanctions relief, but neocons and other U.S. hardliners appear determined to wreck the deal, which could make Mideast tensions even worse, writes ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar

As of this writing the greatest chance of wrecking it appears to involve not what is going on at the negotiating tables in Europe but instead what the U.S. Congress may do back in Washington to sabotage the work of the diplomats. The energy for the Congressional wrecking ball comes, as it always has, from three sources.

Nov 21 23:21

‘International law is being applied highly selectively, when it comes to Iran’

RT talks to U.S. foreign policy analyst Soraya Ulrich

Soraya Ulrich is not optimistic that a deal would be reached before the deadline. She raises the point that this is not just about Iran, this is a fight about upholding international laws and international treaties, which are being violated by the United States. She notes that Iran has never violated the NPT (Non-Proliferation Treaty), yet it is being accused of doing so. If we succumb to the violation by one party i.e United States and its allies in this case, then international laws and international treaties will loose all meaning and other countries will fall prey to such lawlessness.

Top US and Iranian diplomats have decided to stay in Vienna to continue tense negotiations on the nuclear issue until a consensus suitable to both states is reached.

World powers are trying to agree on limits for Iran’s uranium enrichment, and the sanctions imposed on the country.

Nov 21 22:19

Moment of Truth — Iran and Obama

President Obama cannot mollify those critics inside as well as outside his administration who want unconditional surrender from the IRI (Islamic Republic of Iran)and still expect to get an agreement. Humiliation is a dangerous and delicate business. Especially so when the party whom you intend to humiliate is a proud people and its leaders willful.

A recommendation: Sign the nuclear accord with the Islamic Republic of Iran. Announce it with great fanfare. Declare that this opens a new era in relations between the two countries and holds out the prospect for achieving peace and stability across the region. By acting in this way, the United States would redraw the diplomatic map of the Middle East in ways that open opportunities for resolution of its internecine conflicts and for the establishment of a measure of stability.

Nov 21 13:38

All-Out War in Ukraine: NATO’s ‘Final Offensive’

Is Poroshenko’s forthcoming blitz against the people of southeast Ukraine designed to provoke a Russian response – to the humanitarian crisis? Will Russia confront the NATO-directed Kiev offensive and risk a total break with the West?

There are clear signs that a major war is about to break out in Ukraine: A war actively promoted by the NATO regimes and supported by their allies and clients in Asia (Japan) and the Middle East (Saudi Arabia).

Nov 21 13:21

Alert: Monsanto is trying to crush Maui right now

Jon Rappoport
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Right now, the heart of the ACTUAL American struggle against Monsanto is in Maui.

On Election Day, voters in Maui County passed a local ballot measure blocking Monsanto and Dow from further development of GMOs.

Maui is a very important piece of Monsanto’s empire. Because of the year-round weather, they can run many, many tests on new GMO crop varieties.

So Monsanto and Dow immediately turned around and sued Maui County...

Nov 21 09:16

UN resolution on Iran mockery of justice

The UN consciously or unconsciously plays into the hands of the pro-Israeli pressure groups in Canada and only puts on an ugly show of duplicity in imposing a ruling against the Islamic Republic.

The farce becomes more markedly absurd when you consider the plethora of human rights abuses going unpunished in the world with the UN laying a lid of ignorance on these blatant violations.

Iran has strongly lambasted the UN resolution, saying that “the UN’s legal mechanisms have turned into a tool in the hands of the West.”

The irony of the resolution is that the measure was initially drafted by Canada which has itself a disgracing history of human rights abuse against the aborigines in the country. Further to that, Ottawa has constantly and vehemently thrown its full-throated support behind Tel Aviv in its inconceivably ruthless crimes against the people of Palestine.

Nov 20 08:40

Europe Veering From US Abyss Over Russia?

One hopes that Europe is beginning to part ways with the US direction on Russia – a direction that is leading to an abyss.

It’s long overdue but better late than never that Europe might just be back-pedaling on America’s aggressive agenda towards Russia. The business-like visit to Moscow this week by Germany’s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier suggests that Europe can come to its senses to seek a diplomatic resolution of the escalating tensions over the Ukraine crisis – tensions that could spark a wider continental war, or worse.

Steinmeier met with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in which the pair stressed the need to find a political end to the violence in Ukraine.

Nov 19 06:11

Jennifer Huculak-Kimmel billed $950K US after giving birth in U.S.

Jennifer Huculak-Kimmel gave birth nine weeks early while on holiday in Hawaii in November 2013. Her baby daughter had to be hospitalized.

"My water broke two days into our holiday," Huculak-Kimmel said. "I spent six weeks on bed rest and then baby Reece was delivered by emergency C-section on December 10th."

Reece had to stay in the hospital for just over two months. Huculak-Kimmel thought that her insurance would cover the almost $1 million US bill.

In the end, Blue Cross denied payment. In a letter to the family, a Blue Cross worker wrote, "We are unable to provide coverage for any medical expenses incurred for Ms. Huculak's baby" and "please note that Ms. Huculak's travel policy expired on Nov. 9, 2013."

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CORRECTION: Pacific Blue Cross issued health insurance for the Canadian couple to travel outside Canada. They are not part of Canada's health system, which apparently stops at the border.

Nov 18 19:04

Updating JFK In Berlin: “Ich Bin Ein Palestinian”

When President John F. Kennedy told the world on June 26, 1963. “Ich bin ein Berliner”, he was asserting his solidarity with Berliners separated by a wall.

Barack Obama has two more years in which to find his “pairing of the man and the moment”. His presidency has been badly marred by his unwillingness to denounce the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land and people.

The inhumane blot of the occupation cries out for Obama action.

Nov 18 19:01

US and Europe Conceal Their Bankruptcy with Hostility to Russia

The real threat to the world is economic collapse and poverty.

Without any solutions and in fact only exacerbating these problems, the US and European leaders are hiding behind a false agenda of non-issues, such as security, and in particular alleged «Russian aggression».

US President Obama was joined by European leaders last weekend in trying to turn the G20 summit in Australia into a forum for baiting Russia, rather than dealing with the more onerous problem of a failing world economy

Nov 18 10:45

US and Europe Conceal Their Bankruptcy with Hostility to Russia

The real threat to the world is economic collapse and poverty.

Without any solutions and in fact only exacerbating these problems, the US and European leaders are hiding behind a false agenda of non-issues, such as security, and in particular alleged «Russian aggression».

US President Obama was joined by European leaders last weekend in trying to turn the G20 summit in Australia into a forum for baiting Russia, rather than dealing with the more onerous problem of a failing world economy.

Nov 17 06:46

Maui's GMO Ban Blocked By Federal Judge

A federal judge says Maui County may not implement a new law banning the cultivation of genetically modified organisms until he can consider arguments in a lawsuit against the measure.

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So the GMO planters will just go on planting and by the time the judge finally hears the lawsuit it will be too late. Maui will be fully contaminated by these dangerous plants. The entire case against the ban is that the GMO companies will suffer harm. The exact same argument could be made about companies that dump toxic and nuclear waste; banning them from dumping their "product" onto Hawaii harms them financially. Does that mean we have to let them go on doing it?

Nov 17 06:43

GMO Battle! MONSANTO vs. Hawaii: Maui's GMO Ban Blocked By Federal Judge!

Nov 16 12:28

Bob Carr: Why I’m now a friend of Palestine rather than Israel

Bob Carr is a former NSW premier and foreign minister. This is part of an address he gave to the Australian Friends of Palestine Association in Adelaide last night.

Israel has gone from secular to religious. The ultra-Orthodox and religious Zionists hold 30 of the 120 seats in the Knesset. It has gone from cosmopolitan to chauvinist, with some ministers -espousing a brand of radical -nationalism like that of France’s Le Pen or Austria’s Jorg Haider.

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Nov 16 08:46

‘Russia uses language Washington understands’

To keep pandering with futile diplomacy and to not reciprocate the show of force with Washington and its minions would be the really reckless option. You don’t encourage a bully. Instead, you have to square up and push back.

Has Russia reached the limit of its diplomatic tolerance of the US and its NATO allies? The announcement this week that Moscow is to begin deploying long-range bombers in the Gulf of Mexico – America’s own backyard – suggests so.

Nov 16 08:43

Cameron the Euro Demagogue Creates Own Nightmare

Having whipped up a political storm on EU finances to forestall UKIP, Cameron is set to reap a whirlwind of his own making.

November, the month associated with Halloween and spooky forces, appears to be presenting British Prime Minister David Cameron with a nightmare that could end up resulting in his head rolling as leader of the Conservative Party.

Nov 15 12:36

‘Russia uses language Washington understands’

To keep pandering with futile diplomacy and to not reciprocate the show of force with Washington and its minions would be the really reckless option. You don’t encourage a bully. Instead, you have to square up and push back.

Has Russia reached the limit of its diplomatic tolerance of the US and its NATO allies? The announcement this week that Moscow is to begin deploying long-range bombers in the Gulf of Mexico – America’s own backyard – suggests so.

The move may seem like a reckless ratcheting up of tensions between the old Cold War rivals. The Tupolev Russian strategic bombers in question are nuclear-capable, and as expected the decision to patrol the Caribbean seas sparked a stern response from Washington, warning Moscow of risks.

Nov 15 07:58

Monsanto sues Hawaii county over GMO ban

Two biotechnology behemoths have followed through with vows to sue Hawaii’s Maui County for passing a law last week that bans the cultivation of genetically modified organisms.

Monsanto Co. and a Dow Chemical Co. unit filed the lawsuit in federal court in Honolulu on Thursday. The agricultural giants are calling on a judge to block the law and to invalidate the voter-approved measure.

Nov 14 13:05

Obama Slammed for Iran Outreach

American neocons are furious that President Obama reportedly sent a letter to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei apparently urging concessions on nuclear talks and referencing joint interests in combating Islamic State radicals, but the letter may reflect smart diplomacy, says ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar.

The bursts of criticism — from those who inveterately oppose any dealing with Iran, and those who inveterately oppose anything Barack Obama is doing, which include some of the same people — of a letter Mr. Obama reportedly sent to the supreme leader of Iran can readily be dismissed for multiple reasons.

Nov 13 09:56

CNN plummets to lowest ratings in 23 years

Shimrit Sheetrit, the spokesperson for Cooper’s program, did not immediately respond to a request for comment regarding the historic ratings low.

Also see:CNN President Jeff Zucker to visit D.C. amid newsroom discord

Nov 13 09:48

Adelson and Saban Try To Out-Hawk Each Other

What do you get when you put two of the largest pro-Israel donors — Sheldon Adelson and Haim Saban — on one stage?

(These are desperate and dangerous men. A threat to world peace.)

For participants at the Israeli American Council’s inaugural conference, this meeting of Jewish finance titans produced several historical insights about the roots of the Palestinian people (Adelson: they have none); a bit of advice on how to deal with Iran (Saban: “bomb the sons of bitches”); and some media criticism (Adelson: “I don’t like journalism” — especially not the Forward.)

Nov 12 15:17

RESTORING THE KINGDOM OF HAWAII The Kanaka Maoli Route to Independence

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Professor Boyle's book.

Nov 12 15:05

Kamau a Ea 5: Hawaiian Governance Symposium -- Francis Boyle

Nov 12 15:04

Native Hawaiian Convention discussion with Francis Boyle and Kuhio Vogeler on International Law

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Nov 12 12:55

The Berlin Wall Just Another Brick in The Wall

Let’s not just bring down all the walls; let’s bring down the system behind them. For, as the Pink Floyd song goes, the Berlin Wall is just another brick in the wall – the much bigger ideological wall is Western capitalism.

The 25th anniversary marking the fall of the Berlin Wall was an occasion to propagandise the past simultaneously with the present.

Nov 12 11:52

RESTORE THE KINGDOM OF HAWAII! Professor Francis A. Boyle

You are the Kanaka Maoli. You are a people with the right of self-determination under international law and you are the only people in Hawaii with this right of self-determination. No one else has it, only you, the Kanaka Maoli. And as a group of 135,000 people, you must go to this Convention and exercise your right of self-determination, to restore the Kingdom of Hawaii. This is your right of self-determination, go out and do it. This is what self-determination is all about. No one is going to give you your Kingdom. You must do it yourself.

Now yesterday, Bumpy Kanahele and I had a press conference in which Bumpy announced that he and his Ohana are going to the Convention and he, Bumpy, is going to make a motion to restore the Kingdom of Hawaii and to establish a provisional government of national unity for it. I want everyone to go to that Convention and vote to restore the Kingdom of Hawaii and to establish a provisional government of national unity.

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Professor Francis Boyle will be our on air guest in the FIRST hour of today's radio show.

Nov 12 11:52

Hawaii is not legally a state!

Most folks have heard that Hawaii is a state, one of the United States of America. Most people, including those who live in Hawaii, accept that statement as a fact.

But the reality is that in a world in which nations are as bound by the rule of laws as are the citizens of nations (if not more so), the truth is quite different!

The truth is that each and every step along Hawaii's path from sovereign and independent nation, to annexed territory, to state, was done in violation of laws and treaties then in effect, without regard to the wishes of the Hawaiian people. Many people, including President Grover Cleveland, opposed the annexation of Hawaii.

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Nov 11 13:22

Adelson and Saban Try To Out-Hawk Each Other

What do you get when you put two of the largest pro-Israel donors — Sheldon Adelson and Haim Saban — on one stage?

For participants at the Israeli American Council’s inaugural conference, this meeting of Jewish finance titans produced several historical insights about the roots of the Palestinian people (Adelson: they have none); a bit of advice on how to deal with Iran (Saban: “bomb the sons of bitches”); and some media criticism (Adelson: “I don’t like journalism” — especially not the Forward.)

Adelson and Saban, one a mega donor to the Republican Party, the other a top backer of the Clintons, may have their differences when it comes to U.S. politics. But on Israel, both engaged in one-upmanship, trying to outdo each other’s hawkishness.

Nov 11 08:50

Another Fake Bin Laden Story — Paul Craig Roberts

Any SEAL who was so totally stupid as to kill the unarmed “Terror Mastermind” would probably have been courtmartialed for incompetency. Look at the smiling face of the man Who Killed Bin Laden. He thinks that his claim that he murdered a man makes him a hero, a powerful comment on the moral degeneracy of Americans.

The Pentagon claims that O’Neill by claiming credit has painted a big target sign on our door asking ISIS to come get us

What unbelievable nonsense.

Nov 10 12:10

Russia’s Vulnerability to EU – US Sanctions and Military Encroachments

President Putin has the backing of the vast majority of Russian people; he has the scientific and professional cadre; he has allies in China and among the BRICS; and he has the will and the power to “do the right thing”. The question remains whether Putin will succeed in this historical mission or whether, out of fear and indecision, he will capitulate before the threats of a dangerous and decaying West.

The US-EU sponsored coup in the Ukraine and its conversion from a stable Russian trading partner, to a devastated EU economic client and NATO launch pad, as well as the subsequent economic sanctions against Russia for supporting the Russian ethnic majority in the Donbas region and Crimea, illustrate the dangerous vulnerability of the Russian economy and state. The current effort to increase Russia’s national security and economic viability in the face of these challenges requires a critical analysis of the policies and structures emerging in the post-Soviet era.

Nov 10 12:03

Will the blackmail of British Jewish funders backfire?

The story in The Independent On Sunday was not quite as explicit as its headline. Its message was not that very many Jewish funders had already pulled the plug on funding for the Labour Party but that they were intending to do so.

Question: What’s the difference between the Zionist lobby in America and the Zionist lobby in Britain?

Answer: In America it gives money to politicians to make them. In Britain it denies them money to break them.

What is Miliband’s crime in the eyes of wealthy British Jews who have been contributing to Labour Party funds?

He condemned Israel’s last war on the Gaza Strip which he described as “wrong and unjustifiable.” He also accused Conservative Prime Minister Cameron of being wrong not to have condemned Israel; and he added that Israel was “losing friends in the international community day by day.” (Which is true).

Nov 10 11:57

Discovering Iran — Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich

Marcel Proust said: “The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” During the past two decades, I visited Iran on numerous occasions staying 10-14 days at a time. This time around, I stayed for 2 months and heeding Proust, I carried with me a fresh pair of eyes. I discarded both my Western lenses as well as my Iranian lenses and observed with objective eyes. It was a formidable journey that left me breathless.

It is hard to know where to start a travel log and how to describe a newfound world in a few pages. However, given the obsession with the status of women, it is perhaps appropriate to start with the women in Iran as I perceived them.

Nov 09 21:47

Canada’s ‘Remembrance Day’: righteous or rancorous?

With Canada’s annual “Remembrance Day” just around the corner, it would be wise to broach the issue of “remembering” those Canadians who fought and died in the two bloodiest conflicts in world history with some humility and skepticism.

With all things considered, “Remembrance Day” amounts to little more than a glorification of war and an exercise in jingoism and self-aggrandizement. It re-enforces the insulting myth of the “good” and “necessary” wars. It encourages the refusal to recognize the wrongs committed by “our side” in those bloody conflicts. This‘day of reverence’ for our soldiers acts as a mind control mechanism to deceive the public into believing that our government has always acted benevolently and in the interests of the people, when in fact the opposite is true.

Nov 09 21:44

Kiev Recalls Geneva Only to Erase Minsk

Kiev’s incorrigible lying always leads eventually to the truth.

Kiev’s President Petro Poroshenko this week called on his fawning Uncle Sam to resuscitate the Geneva format of peace talks. This forum was first convoked back in April between the US, European Union, Russia and the Kiev regime, with the latter arrogating the title of «Ukraine».

Then only two days after this sudden nostalgia for Geneva, the Kiev regime was accusing Russia of a major cross-border military invasion into eastern Ukraine.

Nov 09 21:41

Lavrov v. Kerry in Beijing

Responsible leaders prioritize efforts more than ever for world peace. Anathema to Washington. Permanent war is official U.S. policy. One nation after another is targeted, ravaged and destroyed. Wealth, power and unchallengeable dominance alone matter. World peace hangs by a thread.

Obama represents the worst of US rogue leadership. Threatening world peace.
Turning truth on its head saying “…Russia’s actions against Ukraine remind us we have more work to do to fully realize our shared vision of a Europe that is whole, free and at peace.” Washington bears full responsibility for Ukrainian crisis conditions. Rogue EU partners share it.Establishing fascist governance in Europe’s heartland. For the first time since Nazi Germany’s WW II defeat.

Fuck the EU’: US diplomat Victoria Nuland’s phonecall leaked - video dispels any myth that Russia is responsible for the mess.

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Nov 09 21:36

Russia’s Vulnerability to EU – US Sanctions and Military Encroachments

President Putin has the backing of the vast majority of Russian people; he has the scientific and professional cadre; he has allies in China and among the BRICS; and he has the will and the power to “do the right thing”. The question remains whether Putin will succeed in this historical mission or whether, out of fear and indecision, he will capitulate before the threats of a dangerous and decaying West.

Nov 08 05:16

Languid Lava Flow Threatens to Slice Town in Half

Pele, the Hawaiian volcano goddess, moves gradually and persistently as she deposits lava across the Big Island of Hawaii. People in the small town lying in its path say the lava will reshape the community yard by yard as it slides toward the ocean.

Nov 06 08:22

Exiled from paradise? Hawaii to relocate homeless with one-way plane tickets

One of the biggest shelters in Hawaii has secured the funding to start an initiative that will vet the homeless population of Waikiki and ultimately select 120 individuals to be flown elsewhere with one-way plane tickets.

Hawaii's Institute for Human Services (IHS) officially launched its $1.3 million initiative to fight homelessness this week, and among the facets involved in the effort is a program that will put dozens of people on airplanes in order to relocate them away from the tropical island town.

"We found out that many (Waikiki homeless) are transient who made a choice to become homeless, as well as people who became homeless shortly after arriving in Hawaii," Kimo Carvalho, development and community relations manager for IHS, told Civil Beat. “We are trying to do an aggressive public relations effort, trying to water down misinformation, basically not making Hawaii be an attractive destination to come and be homeless.”

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Based on my direct experience with the homeless and hungry here on Oahu, I seriously question the suggestion that anyone WANTS to be homeless!

Nov 06 07:00

GMO Crops Are Destroying Farmland, And Monsanto Doesn’t Want You to Know

Known for creating or helping to create 13 highly carcinogenic and toxic products including saccharin, PCBs, Polystyrene, DDT, the atom bomb, nuclear weapons, dioxin, Agent Orange, Petroleum based fertilizers, Round Up, rGBH, aspartame, GMOs, and terminator seeds. Monsanto sues everyone to keep dealing their dirty products, but the most recent suit, involving Dustin Barca, a surfer-turned mixed martial arts fighter in Hawaii is of special note. He is taking it personally that Monsanto poisons him, and bringing activism to a new level. - See more at: http://naturalsociety.com/gmo-crops-destroying-farmland-monsanto/#stha...

Oct 28 11:48

You've seen surfing dogs and surfing seals. Now meet Kama, the surfing Hawaiian PIG!

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It is not all volcanoes and lava out here!

Oct 17 07:52

Tropical Storm Ana Update

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Looks like I called it correctly on Wednesday's radio show. The predicted storm track is continuing to shift south. (Damn, I'm good!)

For our readers on Oahu I finally found a store that deals with survival/prepper supplies. We just got back from there and it has all the goodies the modern urban paranoid might need. It's called "Be Ready Hawaii"in Waipahu. As far as I can tell this is the only such store on the island.

Oct 14 11:33

Storm brings October snow to Hawaii island mountains

A winter weather advisory remains in effect for Big Island summits after several inches of snow fell Monday afternoon and evening and covered summit roads.

"Snow and freezing fog overnight has left the summit road icy," the National Weather Service said. "The icy road will make driving hazardous until temperatures rise high enough to melt the ice."

The summit road is closed and the advisory is in effect until noon.

Oct 14 09:40

Tropical Storm Ana

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Looks like we have another big storm aimed at us!

Oct 14 09:21

Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea summits could see 3 inches of snow by Tuesday

Up to 3 inches of snow could fall on the Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea summits by early Tuesday, the National Weather Service in Honolulu says. - See more at: http://westhawaiitoday.com/community-bulletin/mauna-loa-mauna-kea-summ...

Oct 08 08:56

Protests Disrupt Telescope Groundbreaking In Hawaii

During the project's groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, which was webcast on Thirty Meter Telescope's official website, yelling could be heard in the background of the blessing.

Stephanie Nagata, director of the Office of Mauna Kea Management, told The Associated Press that several dozen protesters even blocked the roads to the telescope, prevented a caravan of vehicles from taking visitors, which included dignitaries from around the world, to the event. But the protest group denied they had blocked any traffic, pointing instead to the police.

"They laid down the road right there," said Kealoha Pisciotta, who was with the group Mauna Kea Anaina Hou. "That's what stopped the caravan." Pisciotta also said her group didn't intend to stop the blessing and later apologized for interrupting it. "We said aloha to each other and we hugged."

Oct 02 11:20

No Ebola, Says Hawaii Health Department

The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) has determined that the individual in isolation at a Honolulu hospital who was reported to the department as a possible Ebola case yesterday does not meet the criteria for testing. The individual is no longer under evaluation for possible Ebola infection.

“The hospital acted in the best interests of the community, with an abundance of caution,” said Health Director Dr. Linda Rosen. “We commend the facility for being prepared and remaining vigilant regarding the risk of Ebola. After investigation by the health department, it was determined that the individual did not meet the clinical or travel exposure criteria for an Ebola infection.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So ... basically they are saying they are not going to bother testing him. I would frankly feel better if they had gone ahead with the test and had it come back negative.

Frankly, this feels like pure political bovine excrement to protect Hawaii's tourism industry. The first reports on this patient indicated that his doctors felt he met the criteria, including travel.

And, claiming that he has not traveled to Ebola infected areas assumes one knows all the places where Ebola is right now, which is impossible. Prior to the first of this week, one would not have seen Dallas or Brussels on the list of locations where Ebola infection is possible.

Now it is being reported that Thomas Duncan lied to authorities in Liberia to board the aircraft, denying he had come in contact with an Ebola patient. The Hawaii State Department of Health is betting the lives of our citizens that the patient at Queen's has been fully truthful.

Sep 28 08:29

The Blue Angels dazzle during air show demos

Even with a public address announcer describing in detail each upcoming formation and maneuver, many among the sun-baked crowd at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam couldn't help but gasp, flinch, even duck as a sextet of powerful F/A-18 Hornet supersonic combat jets aligned themselves in tight diamond formation, screamed past one another upside down, and executed other stunning feats of precision flying.

Webmaster's Commentary: 


The Blue Angels as seen from our home!

Sep 28 08:02

Hawaii is not legally a state!

It is easy to find the courage necessary to support a moral position if that position benefits oneself. True moral courage, however, is proven when one chooses to support that which is morally and ethically right even when such a position is to one's one detriment.

The people of the United States find themselves in such a position right now, forced to choose between a moral and ethical position that carries with it the potential for "inconvenience", or supporting the status quo and having to admit to themselves that they are not the champions of justice they imagine themselves to be. By the end of this article, you will know for yourself which one you are.

Most folks have heard that Hawaii is a state, one of the United States of America. Most people, including those who live in Hawaii, accept that statement as a fact.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Maybe it is time to add Hawaii to the list of regions seeking independence.

Sep 20 08:55

Kilauea lava flow advances toward populated areas, Hawaii

Hawaii issued a state of emergency for its Kilauea Volcano on September 4, 2014. As the lava flow that started during the June 27th eruption continues to advance toward populated areas residents are urged to finalize their evacuation plans.

Potentially-lethal concentrations of sulfur dioxide gas may be present within 1 km downwind of vent areas. Department of Health warned residents in smoke affected areas to stay indoors and limit physical activities.

Sep 15 15:46

Honolulu city officials vote to transfer homeless to former WWII internment camp

In a move that reeks of inhumanity and cruelty, the Honolulu, Hawaii city council approved several measures last week that criminalize the homeless population including an ordinance that bans sleeping or lying down on sidewalks. More ominously, plans are being made to transfer 100 of the most “chronic” homeless from Waikiki, the world famous tourist destination, to Sand Island, home to a former World War II internment camp for Japanese-Americans, wastewater treatment plant and former dump. During the early 1900’s, the island was also used as a quarantine station for immigrants.

Sep 11 08:43

Lawsuit Seeks to Remove GMO Voter Initiative From Maui County Ballot

A group of Maui County residents and organizations are suing in an attempt to stop a county voter initiative to ban GMO farming from appearing on the November ballot.

The Molokai Chamber of Commerce and a group called Citizens Against the Maui County Farming Ban filed the lawsuit on Friday in 2nd Circuit Court along with seven individuals.

The defendants include Maui County Clerk Danny Mateo and Hawaii Office of Elections Chief Scott Nago. Rex Quidilla, spokesman for the state Office of Elections, said the agency had no comment on pending litigation. Mateo could not be reached for comment.

Aug 26 09:41

Federal Judge: Kauai's GMO Law Is Invalid

A Kauai County law requiring companies to disclose their use of pesticides and genetically modified crops is invalid, a federal judge ruled Monday.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren ruled in favor of four seed companies seeking to stop Kauai's new law from going into effect in October.

Syngenta Seeds, DuPont Pioneer, Agrigenetics Inc., doing business as Dow AgroSciences, and BASF Plant Sciences sued for a permanent injunction, arguing the ordinance unfairly targets their industry.

Kurren's ruling agrees that the ordinance is pre-empted by state law. The judge's ruling stops the county from enforcing the ordinance.

Aug 26 08:45

U.S. Judge Overturns GMO Crop Curbs in Hawaii

A federal judge ruled against a new law in Hawaii curbing genetically modified crops, handing a victory to seed and chemical companies in a battle over modern agricultural techniques.

Units of DuPont Co., Syngenta AG, Dow Chemical Co. and BASF SE won a judgment in the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii, blocking an ordinance adopted this past November by the island of Kauai, according to a court order dated Aug. 23.

Aug 18 12:26

Tropical Storm KARINA

NHC tropical cyclone forecast tracks can be in error. This forecast uncertainty is conveyed by the track forecast "cone", the solid white and stippled white areas in the graphic. The solid white area depicts the track forecast uncertainty for days 1-3 of the forecast, while the stippled area depicts the uncertainty on days 4-5. Historical data indicate that the entire 5-day path of the center of the tropical cyclone will remain within the cone about 60-70% of the time. To form the cone, a set of imaginary circles are placed along the forecast track at the 12, 24, 36, 48, 72, 96, and 120 h positions, where the size of each circle is set so that it encloses 67% of the previous five years official forecast errors. The cone is then formed by smoothly connecting the area swept out by the set of circles.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like another Hurricane is headed our way!

Aug 15 13:00

Hawaii is not legally a state!

Most folks have heard that Hawaii is a state, one of the United States of America. Most people, including those who live in Hawaii, accept that statement as a fact.

But the reality is that in a world in which nations are as bound by the rule of laws as are the citizens of nations (if not more so), the truth is quite different!

The truth is that each and every step along Hawaii's path from sovereign and independent nation, to annexed territory, to state, was done in violation of laws and treaties then in effect, without regard to the wishes of the Hawaiian people. Many people, including President Grover Cleveland, opposed the annexation of Hawaii.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Posted for Hawaii's Statehood Day.

Aug 15 08:12

Biotech firms sue local Hawaii government for protecting citizens and environment from GMOs

The lawsuit, driven largely by the Biotechnology Industry Organization, the world's largest trade association for the biotech industry representing companies like Monsanto, seeks to dissolve the county's 2013 ordinance to open the island up for the expansion of genetically engineered crop production. These herbicide resistant crops result in intensive pesticide use, which threatens public health, contaminates water, and harms wildlife and neighboring crops. Most GE crops also threaten transgenic contamination of non-GE crops, which has already caused several billion dollars in damage to growers.

Aug 11 09:31

Hawaiian Governor Loses Primary by Wide Margin; Senate Race Is Undecided

After nearly four decades in elected office in Hawaii, Gov. Neil Abercrombie was dealt a stunning defeat in his bid for re-election, becoming the first governor in the state’s history to lose in a primary race.

Mr. Abercrombie, 76, a Democrat, was defeated Saturday by David Ige, 57, who began the campaign as a little-known state senator but capitalized on the governor’s sinking popularity.

The defeat will mark the end of Mr. Abercrombie’s long political career, which took him from the State Legislature, to Congress, to the governor’s residence. He collected only about 31 percent of the vote, compared with 66 percent for Mr. Ige.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Incumbents are facing a rough time.

Aug 09 09:33

Starnes: Aloha, Illegals!

The federal government is shipping “unaccompanied minors” to the Paradise of the Pacific.

Immigration attorneys in Hawaii tell me at least eight illegals have been dropped off in their state – and they’ve been told to expect more.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What are they thinking? We have 4000 homeless people here on Oahu and thousands more unable to find enough to eat, and the Federal Government is spending the money to fly illegals out here and drop them off?!?

Because it is an island, we have a high population density. People are crowded together which means those illegals carrying tuberculosis, HIV, H1N1, Scabies, and possibly Ebola represent a major threat to public health. Are they TRYING to start epidemics? Is Obama TRYING to crash the Hawaii economy, still fragile after years of TSA-reduced tourism?

If the Federal Government is going to spend that much money to fly the illegals out here, why not just fly them home? What the hell is going on here?

Aug 08 09:34

Storm Iselle shifts south.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like hitting the heat and updrafts from the Big Island's volcanic region has indeed diverted the storm's path. The fact that this was not predicted even in last night's storm track supports the theory that the computer models do not take geothermal heat sources into account.

Aug 08 08:30

Tropical Pacific - Visible Loop

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a flash-based animation of storm Iselle and Hurricane Julio approaching Hawaii and I think it illustrates something I mentioned in the top announcement. Note that as Iselle moves over the southern edge of the Big Island how it suddenly stops and intensifies. If you recall that the volcano system there has been in steady constant eruption for roughly 20 years you will understand that the south shore of the Big Island is quite hot and this extra heat energy creates huge updrafts which appear to be feeding the storm system while at the same time stalling and deflecting it. At this point it appears to me that this land-based source of heat and updraft is not included in the computer simulations used to predict where and when these storms are going.

Aug 07 11:46

The ghosts of Coco Palms

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am reposting this as a reminder of how long it can take Hawaii to recover from these massive storms.

Aug 07 11:30

Iselle May Strike Big Island of Hawaii as First Hurricane on Record

Hurricane Iselle is rapidly approaching Hawaii and will bring a high risk of heavy rain, damaging winds and rough seas to the southern part of the island chain, namely the Big Island.

A second hurricane, Julio, also bears watching.

If Iselle makes landfall on the Big Island of Hawaii as a hurricane, it would be the first hurricane ever to do so since records began in 1950.

AccuWeather meteorologists expect Iselle to make landfall over the Big Island (Hawaii) late Thursday evening, local time, with sustained winds between 70 and 80 mph and higher gusts.

Aug 07 06:17

Hawaii Braces For Hurricane Iselle, Hurricane Julio Up Next

Hawaii braced for its first direct hurricane hit in 22 years Thursday as Iselle headed toward the Big Island with a second storm on its tails. Bottled water and supplies were in high demand at stores ahead of the Category 1 storm’s expected impact on Thursday night. “It’s a fairly potent hurricane by Hawaiian standards,” Weather Channel meteorologist Kevin Roth said. Heavy rains totaling 5 to 8 inches, winds gusting up to 80 mph and flooding were expected, before Iselle was set to weaken to a tropical storm by the time it hit Honolulu at about 9 a.m. local time (3 p.m. ET) on Friday. Tropical storm warnings were issued for Oahu, Kauai and Maui, and a flash flood warning was in effect for the entire island chain.

Aug 06 08:48

Iselle to Impact Hawaii With Rain, Wind and Rough Seas

Hurricane Iselle will weaken before reaching Hawaii later this week, but heavy rain, strong winds and rough seas will affect the islands. A second hurricane, Julio, also bears watching.

AccuWeather meteorologists expect Iselle to continue to weaken over the next couple of days and become a tropical storm before reaching the islands. Iselle will be moving into a wedge of cool water and dry air just east of the Hawaiian Islands.

However, even as a tropical storm, Iselle will still pack a punch. Heavy rain, gusty winds and building seas and surf will affect the islands during the second half of the week.

Aug 05 10:17

Hawaii keeps a watchful eye on Hurricane Iselle, maintains category 3 status

Iselle has changed little in organization during the past six hours. The eye remains well defined, with cloud tops to -70C occurring in the eyewall. Analyses from the SHIPS model and from CIMSS at the University of Wisconsin indicate 15-20 kt of southwesterly vertical wind shear over the system. However, this has not yet disrupted the inner core. The initial intensity remains 110 kt based on a combination of subjective and objective satellite intensity estimates. An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is scheduled to investigate Iselle near 06/0600Z, which will provide ground truth for the intensity.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Worse, there is a second storm, Tropical Storm Julio, forming up behind it.

No doubt the carbonazis will claim that this proves the world is warming, but heat does not cause storms. A temperature differential causes storms, and one can get massive hurricanes by upper atmosphere cooling as much as by ground heating. The proof is seen on the storms on the gas giant planets in our solar system, which have storms the size of our entire world yet are hundreds of degrees colder.

Jul 29 11:54

Kingdom of Hawai’i Series, Part 16… from Kingdom of Hawai’i Blog, “The King’s Decree of 7-28-14, ‘Regarding the United States Navy and the destruction of Hawai’i’s marine environment’”

“As Sovereign of this Nation, I therefore issue the following edict: ‘RIMPAC 2014 is the last time foreign armies will be allowed to abuse the Hawaiian environment.‘

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Jul 29 10:42

Hawaii mayoral candidate tased after police chase (VIDEO)

Beau Hawkes isn’t the only contender in the upcoming Maui County, Hawaii mayoral race, or even the only one to be arrested in recent weeks. Currently, however, Hawkes is the only hopeful that can say he was tasered while trying to run from the cops.

Following an electrifying encounter with local law enforcement last Wednesday that ended with Hawkes being charged with resisting arrest and failing to obey an officer, the 34-year-old surfer candidate is free on $300 bail and says he is “absolutely” still running for office.

Furthermore, the potential future mayor of Maui says he’s going to sue the police department over his latest run in with the law and, once elected, will order cops to discontinue using their stun guns.

“Tasers are a violation of our human rights,” the mayoral hopeful told KITV News this week. “Maui Police Department will be the first police department to ban the user of Tasers.”

Jul 25 12:32

Hanabusa Votes to Limit Troops Deployments to Iraq - July 25, 2014

I am proud that the U.S. House of Representatives has again supported my position that we need to limit the way our nation approaches the situation in Iraq. It is our duty to preserve the role of Congress in determining America’s defense efforts and ensure that we act responsibly and with due concern for the men and women who have volunteered to defend our nation. Today’s vote, 370-40, together with the Hanabusa amendment, indicates a clear objection to the nearly 1,000 troops and combat assets that have been deployed in the region. I urge the Senate to take immediate action on both these measures.

Jul 19 20:27

US says China has sent ship to spy on RIMPAC drill

Jul 16 09:05

Efforts to reach Hawaii's undocumented immigrants

While protests and demonstrations over illegal immigration take place across the mainland, in Hawaii a much quieter effort is underway to reach those hidden in our society and give some a chance at a normal life.

Webmaster's Commentary: 


The "immigration reformers" pushing for amnesty for illegals are basically saying that everyone should leave the front door to their house open so that anyone who comes along may come in and take what they want. That is, of course, nonsense. Your house has a door so that you can choose who comes in. Nations have borders so that they can choose who comes in.

There are many illnesses now reported to be carried by the illegals pouring across the border. US Border Patrol agents are being infected with scabies. Two schools in California where illegals have been sent are now showing clusters of tuberculosis. Swine flu and AIDS have also been found in the immigrants. Worse, as of today, Bolivia, source for many of the illegals now entering the US, is reporting an outbreak of Bubonic Plague along the border with Peru (also a source for many illegals entering the US).

Those who seek to erase the immigration laws of the United States run the risk of turning the entire country into a Jim Jones style suicide cult!

We keep hearing that the illegals are fleeing oppressive government in their own lands. Why they would think life will be any better here is a mystery as the US now ranks 36th on the global freedom scale, pretty much at the bottom of all industrialized nations.

But let us look at history for how to deal with a repressive regime.

When the British discovered that King Charles 1 had hired Scottish troops to oppress the British people, the British didn't swim across the English Channel to France and say "Let us in! Let us in!" They arrested the King and cut off his head! Things got a lot better in their own nation after that!

When the French living under King Louise XVI realized their were being systematically looted by the French monarchy, they didn't swim across the English Channel to Britain and say "Let us in! Let us in!" They arrested the King and sent him and his money-junky friends to the guillotine! Things got a lot better in their own nation after that!

When the Italian people realized that Benito Mussolini had gotten them into a war on the side that was going to lose, the Italians didn't flock to the border of Austria and say "Let us in! Let us in!" They arrested Mussolini and shot him! Things got a lot better in their own nation after that!

When the Romanians lived under a repressive regime, they didn't flock to the border with Serbia and scream "Let us in! Let us in!" They took responsibility for the future of their nation, and machine-gunned Ceausescu live on Romanian National TV. Things got a lot better in their own nation after that!

We the people of the United States are not responsible to make the lives of Bolivians, Nicaraguans, Peruvians, Brazilians, etc. better. We have plenty of our own problems. Our current government doesn't even want to take care of Oahu's homeless and hungry who are LEGAL citizens!

So, instead of flocking to our borders and screaming "Let us in! Let us in", maybe you need to man-up, show some courage, and fix your own problems.

Jul 15 09:28

Press Release for Action to End US Support for Israeli Crimes against Occupied Palestine - PROTEST MARCH ON OAHU!

We invite those who deplore these human rights abuses to join us protesting the actions of Israel, particularly as the Israeli state is utilizing US funding to engage in practices of colonization, apartheid, and occupation that have been condemned as illegal under international law.

We will meet on Tuesday July 15 th from 4-6pm on the corners of Ala Moana and Atkinson Boulevards near downtown Honolulu. We will bring some sign-making materials, but would request those of you who wish to join us to bring your own signs if you are able.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

BUMP TO THE TOP

If you live on Oahu, this protest march regarding Israel's genocide against the Palestinians takes place next Tuesday across the street from the Ala Moana shopping center. People are encouraged to make their own signs so that Israel cannot say this is a bought-and-paid-for PR campaign by the anti-semites.

SOME EXAMPLES FOR SIGNS

End US $ for Genocide in Gaza

Free Palestine – End US $ for the Illegal Occupation

End US $ for Collective Punishment of Palestinians

Stop US $ for Brutal Attacks on Palestinian Children

Gaza is Under Brutal Israeli Air raids funded by US $

Emergency Supplies & Medicine Lacking in Gaza under Israeli Siege

Stop US $ for Israeli’s State-Sanctioned Murder of Palestinians

US Silence and US $ Kill Palestinian Children

Stop US Support of all Genocide

Stop US $ for Violence & Terror

Stop US $ for War against Children of Gaza, Palestine

Stop US Support of War Crimes and Atrocities

The Apartheid Wall is Illegal – Divest from Apartheid Israeli

US $ Pay Israel Bombs 1.6 Million Imprisoned Gazans with US$

Palestinian Children are Imprisoned and Tortured by Israel with US $

Israel’s Illegal Settlers are Stealing Palestinian Land with US Support

Israel’s Army and US $ Instill Fear & Destroy Hope in Palestinian Children

Israel’s Military Fires Teargas into Palestinian Schools with US $

Israel Destroys Palestinian Olive Trees – US Pays

Israelis Unleash Wild Pigs and Raw Sewage to Palestinian Villages with US $

Boycott Apartheid Israel

End US $ for Oppression of Palestinians

Jul 14 16:50

US marines test robotic mule at RIMPAC, Hawaii

US marines have tested a new robotic mule at the world's largest international maritime warfare exercise in Hawaii.

The Legged Squad Support System (LS3) is operated by a sensor strapped to a human foot.

Military footage shows Lance Corporal Brandon Dieckmann fitting the sensor to his boot, before LS3 follows him across a field.

The Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise takes place every year at the Kahuku Training Area in Oahu.

Jul 06 10:02

50 Random Facts About Hawaii

Jul 02 06:49

Should Bit Coin be Legal Everywhere?

Michael Rivero - No July 4th fireworks in Hawaii

Jun 27 09:26

22 Nations Ready for the World’s Largest Maritime Exercise

Held biannually by Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) is a multinational maritime exercise that takes place in and around the Hawaiian Islands. RIMPAC 2014 is the 24th exercise in the series, scheduled from June 26 to August 1.

RIMPAC is a valuable training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safe transit of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans.

Twenty-two nations, 49 surface ships, six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate. Representatives from Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, the People’s Republic of China, Peru, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Tonga, the United Kingdom and the United States will participate.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have a ring-side seat, and expect the US Navy will put on a pretty good fireworks show for July 4th, to show off a bit!

A lot of people are wondering why China is involved this year given the strained relations between China and many of the other nations taking part in RIMPAC, especially the United States.

I can't help but think about Tom Clancy's book, "Debt of Honor", in which Japan initiates open warfare against the United States in the middle of a joint training exercise by "accidentally" crippling two aircraft carriers and killing two 688 fast attack subs.

Now I really do not think China is stupid enough to attack the rest of the RIMPAC participants, but we also know that the US Government is desperate to revive the war agenda, and China, or to be more accurate, the Yuan, is on the US Government's Special High Interest Targets list right now. So RIMPAC presents an opportunity for the US to sink some RIMPAC ships and claim it is a Chinese sneak attack.

All of a sudden, having a ring-side seat isn't sound so good!

Jun 24 16:27

Hawaiians Take On Monsanto & GMOs

If you want to understand the difference between GMOs, Monsanto, and organic food, if you want to be inspired by learning about how every day people are making real change in their community, and if you want to understand how the Hawaiian islands are creating models for how people can take charge of their right to protect health, life, and property for the greater well-being of their communities, join us for this special 1.5-hour speaker series event.

Jun 21 09:36

Report: Pesticide use on Kauai is extensive

A recent analysis of government pesticide databases and data from the state Department of Agriculture’s Kauai Good Neighbor Program shows that the agrochemical industry is applying pesticides at higher rates on Kauai than most U.S. farms, the Portland, Ore.-based Cascadia Times reported Monday.

Jun 19 09:48

A question of legality - GMO on Kauai

A Kauai lawmaker says his investigation of the county’s agricultural dedication law resulted in discovering “numerous serious violations of county law” by island landowners and agrochemical companies.

In a letter to Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr., Councilman Tim Bynum outlined the alleged violations, which include landowners and their lessees failing to properly adjust real property taxes and obtain conservation plans for new operations.

“If a thorough examination of these apparent abuses truly paints the picture as it seems, the implications are staggering,” Bynum wrote May 28. “There may be millions in unpaid tax liabilities.”

Jun 19 06:20

How Big Agribusiness is Poisoning Hawaii

The Hawaiian island of Kaua‘i has become Ground Zero in the intense domestic political battle over genetically modified crops. But the fight isn’t just about the merits or downsides of GMO technology. It’s also about regular old pesticides. The four transnational corporations that are experimenting with genetically engineered crops on Kaua‘i have transformed part of the island into one of the most toxic chemical environments in all of American agriculture.

Seven of the highly toxic chemicals used on the biotech companies’ fields have been linked to a variety of serious health problems ranging from childhood cognitive disorders to cancer. When applied together their joint action can make them even more dangerous to exposed people.

Jun 17 05:54

What are the biggest misconceptions about Hawaii?

That is okay to make fun of a 300-pound Samoan man that wears a flower in their hair. It is not. Don't find out the hard way.

Jun 06 06:01

Why is Hawaii such a popular vacation spot?

They have a very high concentration of nice...bikinis.

"What was that slap for? I was only admiring her bikini!"

Apr 05 09:39

Images of Hawaii - Early 20th Century - CAPTIONS UPDATED!

After a long delay in the postal system, these photos finally arrived, sent in by a reader. These are photos taken by a US Army soldier stations here in Hawaii at the close of WW1. His name is thought to be Edward Braza (or possibly Edward's father, first name unknown). He appears in many of the photos. From the multiple sizes of negatives and the attempts at hand tinting some photos, it is clear that Mr. Braza was a serious amateur photographer and captured many scenes of Hawaii as it was nearly 100 years ago. I am posting scans of the images here for Hawaii and history fans, and plan to find a suitable institution to donate the original prints to for preservation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Several people have helped out identifying landmarks in the photos. The captions have been updated.

Apr 05 06:25

Guenter Grass, German Nobel Winner, Criticizes Israel Over Iran Tensions

"The nuclear power Israel is endangering the already fragile world peace," Grass wrote in his poem titled:

"What must be said"

The 84-year-old Grass said he had been prompted to put pen to paper by Berlin's recent decision to sell Israel a submarine able to "send all-destroying warheads where the existence of a single nuclear bomb is unproven."

"The nuclear power Israel is endangering the already fragile world peace," he wrote. His poem specifically criticized Israel's "claim to the right of a first strike" against Iran.

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