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Aug 21 05:58

Dr. Rania Masri’s Powerful Speech at “Crisis in Gaza and West Bank: Context and Action”

Listen to a stunning speech by Palestinian rights activist Rania Masri. It’s about time more than one diaspora Palestinian spoke equally fearlessly, forcefully, loud and clear, unapologetically, powerfully and correctly and with pride in support of the Palestinian Resistance group Hamas besieged in Gaza. It’s long, long overdue.

Those who march behind genocide should be ashamed of themselves, not those who fight for what is right.

Aug 20 06:07

ISIS, Israel and US duplicity

Mainstream media wants us to believe ISIS sprung up out of a hole in the ground and became powerful enough to take over large cities without any assistance from the big powers. The ineptitude of that narrative is an insult to everyone’s intelligence.

The US government claims it has launched several air strikes against ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) militants in Iraq. These are the same ISIS militants that the US and its client states are supporting in Syria; the same breed and stock of militants they let loose like wild dogs to lynch Gaddafi and wreak havoc in Libya.

It is traditional US diplomacy to play a double game — on the one hand training, arming and financing terrorists to overthrow or destabilize non-compliant governments, while at the same time condemning those same malcontents when it is convenient to do so.

Aug 20 06:00

Paul Craig Roberts: Putin should meet privately with European Leaders

Putin could tell Europeans that by disassociating from Washington’s foreign policy and adopting foreign policies that serve their own interests instead of Washington’s, Europeans have nothing to lose but their chains of vassalage.

Putin could explain to Europeans that Russia is prepared to guarantee Europe’s security and, therefore, that Europe does not need Washington’s guarantee against a nonexistent Russian threat.

If this very reasonable and diplomatic approach to Europe fails, then Russia and China know that they must prepare for war.

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.

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Looks like another Hurricane is headed our way!

Aug 18 05:29

One Word Would Change the World

With that one word, Obama could earn his Nobel Peace Prize and glory in an achievement too long delayed, revel in the dissolution of the power of AIPAC over America, find solace in the reality that under his administration the world found the United States that acted on its true beliefs of inclusiveness of all and for all, both in the United States and in the community of nations.

“How long a time lies in one little word!” (Shakespeare, Richard II )

Aug 16 05:43

MH370 and MH17 — Vanishing point…

Follow the engine wreckage. Follow the cockpit wreckage. Follow the motive. One cannot even imagine the tectonic geopolitical plates clashing were the Kiev regime to be deemed responsible. It would be the vanishing point for the whole – warped – notion of the Empire of Chaos’s “indispensable” exceptionalism.

First, passenger airliner MH370 vanished from Planet Earth. Then MH370 vanished from the news cycle. First, MH17 was shot down by “Putin’s missile” – as Planet Earth was told. Then MH17 vanished from the news cycle.

Where’s Baudrillard when we need him? Had he been alive, the dervish of simulacra would have already deconstructed these two Malaysian planes as mirror images; from absolute vanishing to maximum exposure, then vanished again. They might as well have been abducted – and shot – by aliens. Now you see them, now you don’t.

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.

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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 15 05:16

Has Clinton Made Her Second Pro-War Mistake?

Cease fire talks between Israel and Hamas have been extended for an additional five days.

The extension in the talks was made possible because Hamas is standing firm in its humanitarian demand that Israel lift the siege on Gaza, while Israel is feeling the negative worldwide vibes over its massive military assault.

The vibes are negative everywhere, that is, except in the U.S., where in an Atlantic interview, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appeared to kick off her 2016 presidential campaign with a ringing endorsement of Israel’s massive assault on the Palestinians of Gaza.

For his part, as the man who holds the reins of responsibility, President Obama has called a halt to U.S. Hellfire missile shipments to Israel until arrangements are made to clear with the White House all future transfers of Hellfire missiles.

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Aug 15 05:09

Mourning Rubble for Gaza

I hoped that some might find value in this.

When darkness overcomes us

And Hope lies in the past

What in our hearts sustains us?

How do we make love last?

When our weakness overwhelms us,

And we watch as children die,

How can we breathe this still foul air?

What makes us even try?

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Aug 14 07:18

NATO is desperate for war

All hail Ukraine as the new Somalia; a fitting Frankenstein created by the exceptionalist Empire of Chaos.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is desperate; it is itching for a war in battlefield Ukraine at any cost.

Let’s start with Pentagon supremo, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who has waxed lyrical over the Russian Bear’s “threat”: “When you see the build-up of Russian troops and the sophistication of those troops, the training of those troops, the heavy military equipment that’s being put along that border, of course it’s a reality, it’s a threat, it’s a possibility – absolutely.”

Aug 14 05:15

Obama: Netanyahu “Too Strong” to Make Peace

In order for peace to ever occur between Israel and the Palestinians, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu needs to be weakened, United States President Barack Obama asserted.

In an interview with the New York Times’ Thomas L. Friedman, the president said that Netanyahu was “too strong” and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas [Abu Mazen] was “too weak.”

According to Obama, in order for Netanyhau to come to the negotiating table and make concessions, the prime minister needs to feel more pressure from his cabinet and Israelis.

The president pointed to the fact that Netanyahu’s “poll numbers are a lot higher than mine,” which “were greatly boosted by the war in Gaza.”

Obama argued that “if he [Netanyahu] doesn’t feel some internal pressure, then it’s hard to see him being able to make some very difficult compromises, including taking on the settler movement.”

Aug 13 15:53

ISIS, Israel and US duplicity

Mainstream media wants us to believe ISIS sprung up out of a hole in the ground and became powerful enough to take over large cities without any assistance from the big powers. The ineptitude of that narrative is an insult to everyone’s intelligence.

The US government claims it has launched several air strikes against ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) militants in Iraq. These are the same ISIS militants that the US and its client states are supporting in Syria; the same breed and stock of militants they let loose like wild dogs to lynch Gaddafi and wreak havoc in Libya.

Aug 13 02:42

Boycott Israel: Now More Than Ever

It bears repeating. Committed ordinary people can make a difference. It’s the only way constructive change is possible. Bottom up alone works. Never top down. Israel’s day of reckoning awaits.

For many decades, Israel waged genocidal war against millions of defenseless Palestinians with impunity.

Accountability is long overdue. High crimes against peace were committed. Culpable Israeli officials must be punished to the full extent of the law.

The global boycott, divestment and sanctions movement for freedom, justice and equality works. Applying them with stepped up teeth more than ever is vital.

Aug 13 02:22

Israel furious as UN unveils Gaza probe team

Israel lashed out on Tuesday after the UN Human Rights Council named the man who will be running an inquiry into its Gaza offensive.

Canadian international lawyer William Schabas, who will head the commission, is widely regarded in Israel as being hostile to the Jewish state over reported calls to bring Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before the International Criminal Court.

Aug 12 06:48

Hillary Clinton’s Criminality in Benghazi

Last week, former Secretary of State and presumed Democratic 2016 presidential nominee Hillary Clinton writes that her handling of the Benghazi crisis of September 11, 2012 actually provides more impetus for a White House run.

Rather than trotting around the book circuit claiming the mantle of White House frontrunner thanks to her inaction and malfeasance in Benghazi, she should be sitting in the defendant’s chair in a court of law.

The question for Hillary Clinton is not whether she should be president. The question is whether she should be in prison.

Aug 12 06:43

NYT Discovers Ukraine’s Neo-Nazis at War

Now, as the Ukrainian military tightens its noose around the remaining rebel strongholds, battering them with artillery fire and aerial bombardments, thousands of neo-Nazi militia members are again pressing to the front as fiercely motivated fighters determined to kill as many ethnic Russians as they can. It is a remarkable story but one that the mainstream U.S. news media would prefer not to notice.

The New York Times reported almost in passing on Sunday that the Ukrainian government’s offensive against ethnic Russian rebels in the east has unleashed far-right paramilitary militias that have even raised a neo-Nazi banner over the conquered town of Marinka, just west of the rebel stronghold of Donetsk.

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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.

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Incumbents are facing a rough time.

Aug 11 06:24

Obama: Netanyahu “Too Strong” to Make Peace

In order for peace to ever occur between Israel and the Palestinians, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu needs to be weakened, United States President Barack Obama asserted.

In an interview with the New York Times’ Thomas L. Friedman, the president said that Netanyahu was “too strong” and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas [Abu Mazen] was “too weak.”

According to Obama, in order for Netanyhau to come to the negotiating table and make concessions, the prime minister needs to feel more pressure from his cabinet and Israelis.

The president expressed his frustration over Abbas’s lack of popular support by the Palestinian people, unlike Netanyahu who, during this time of crisis and conflict, is strongly supported by most Israelis.

Aug 11 06:19

Modi Rewrites India’s Tryst with Destiny (II)

From the American viewpoint, India’s SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization) membership literally caps the trajectory of US-Indian strategic partnership.The message is clear: India is unavailable as a ‘counterweight’ against China or as a silent partner to ‘isolate’ Russia.

The heart of the matter is that the SCO has disallowed a security vacuum appearing in Central Asia, which the NATO could have used as an alibi to step in. Put differently, so long as the SCO is around, NATO’s eastward expansion beyond the Caucasus runs into formidable obstacles.

That is to say, SCO challenges the US strategy to project the NATO as the global security organization that bypasses the United Nations as the provider of security. This is precisely why the US has opposed the SCO and did all it could to debunk the grouping.

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Aug 10 16:17

Hurricane Julio weakening, moving north of Hawaii

HONOLULU (INTELLIHUB) — Collateral damage from the already passed tropical storm Iselle was minimal, reports say, despite the fact that at least one person was killed during the surge.

Aug 09 17:36

Hey Israel STOP the Genocide in Gaza — Worldwide protests

In Photos: Worldwide protest against Israeli attack on Gaza (Updated)
by Annie Robins

Comment: Annie Robbins:
Occupier, I fully support non violent resistance. however, in the face of the violent genocidal intent of the occupier and the actions taken to ignite this latest round of violence (WB pogroms, killings, destruction, arrests detainment no doubt leading to torture) i think Palestinians should be able and willing to defend themselves and be proud of their achievements, efforts to protect themselves under siege, oppression. that includes procuring weaponry.

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 09 08:05

What Happens When a Hurricane Meets a Volcano?

Volcanoes 1! Hurricane zip!

In Hawaii, hurricanes hardly happen. That means when Hurricane Iselle crosses the Big Island tonight, scientists will have a rare chance to see how the monster storm interacts with another extreme force of nature: an active volcano.

Even now, the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is erupting from two vents, oozing lava and sending up white plumes of volcanic gases.

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 22:47

Hawaii: Most bottled water cleared off store shelves ahead of hurricanes, increasing in force

TAKE NOTE HOW FAST SUPPLIES DISAPPEAR OFF STORE SHELVES

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 06 06:35

The War between Gaza and the Zionists

This war belongs to Obama as much as to anyone because it emerged in the vacuum created by Obama’s laziness and lack of courage in standing up to Netanyahu and the Zionist supporters in the US and in Congress.

Hamas’s fight, which is mainly a struggle to lift the siege of Gaza, is an honorable one. Hamas’s fight possess the dignity which the Israeli brutalizers cannot even imagine. In fact, the Zionists gave up any hope of dignity long before they ethnically cleansed Palestine of most of its indigenous population in 1948.

More thoughtful and better informed observer than Obama and Kerry have more correctly noted that the present waves of Hamas rockets was preceded by a sequence of events which left Hamas with little choice except to resist with their only available means, which is firing rockets into Israel.

Aug 06 05:09

What the hell is an Israeli-American?

Mr. Raimondo in a recent article at antiwar.com, in mentioning the Times of Israel article, conveniently now removed from public view, added this comment from the writer of the article when referring to Hamas…..

“Anyone who lives with rocket launchers installed or terror tunnels burrowed in or around the vicinity of their home cannot be considered an innocent civilian.” This was written by an “Israeli-American”.

One is tempted to ask, what the hell is an Israeli-American, where is his allegiance, his loyalty, his respect? Surely such shared allegiances are half of the US problems.

Whereas what was said above may be seen on the surface as a reasonable comment in the Times of Israel, compare the situation in reverse, in or around the vicinity of a Palestinian’s home……………

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.

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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.

Aug 04 18:04

Paul Findley: The Tyranny of Collective Punishment

Because Israel is at war on largely-defenseless Gaza, America seems automatically at war with the 1.8 million Palestinians struggling for survival there. No U.S. declaration of war occurred, but almost every member of Congress provided full-throated support, it seemed, for Israel’s war role.

The death toll in Gaza topped 1,400 when astounding news appeared last week on the Internet screen: the Houses of Congress adopted a resolution expressing unqualified support and praise for Israel’s assault on Palestinians in Gaza. Not a word of sympathy for the families of the dead and the thousands of other Palestinians injured. The death toll has since risen to more than 1,800.

Aug 04 07:13

Raimondo: Israel, Genocide, and the ‘Logic’ of Zionism

The Israelis and their international amen corner are increasingly open about this: a recent article in the Times of Israel – since taken down – was quite explicit in averring that Israel’s “right of self-defense” includes the option of wiping out the entire population of Gaza.

In our Bizarro World, “Judeo-Nazism” is for real

Aug 03 08:36

Latin America comes out in force against Israel

Latin America’s leaders are among the most vehement in condemning Israel’s Gaza offensive — labelling the Jewish state “terrorist”, recalling ambassadors, and offering near-unanimous, unwavering support to Palestinians.

More than 1,400 Palestinians have been killed and 8,000 injured, two-thirds of them civilians, in Gaza in 24 days...

- Diplomatic recalls -

Brazil President Dilma Rousseff this week called the Israeli military operation a “massacre.”

Aug 03 06:55

Anthony Lawson: The Blood of Palestine is on the Hands of the Bribe-Takers

The blood of the thousands of Palestinians who have been killed by the so-called Israel Defence Forces since the beginning of the siege of Gaza, stains the hands of each and every politician who has done nothing to censure Israel for this cruel and illegal acts against a defenseless population under Occupation.

Aug 02 08:14

Israeli truce to ‘improve’ killing op

It is simply a matter of recognizing and understanding that the Zionist regime is an artificial and illegitimate state that has been unjustly imposed on the people of Palestine for the past 66 years. That historical crime, and its ongoing criminal, genocidal occupation, must be stopped.

The Israeli regime is cynically using “humanitarian ceasefires” as a way of luring Palestinian civilians into further killing zones with the diabolical aim of “improving” its genocidal operation, which has been dubbed with the Orwellian name “Protective Edge.”

Aug 02 02:37

Obama’s Foreign Policy and the Future of the Middle East — Chas Freeman and Paul Pillar

WASHINGTON, July 21, 2014 — The Middle East Policy Council’s 77th Capitol Hill Conference convened four experts with in-depth experience in U.S. government and the Middle East to evaluate President Obama’s recent foreign policy speech at West Point and its application to the current turmoil in the region.

Aug 01 17:23

US General Dempsey Another Victim of the American Gulag

Why would anyone – a highly decorated soldier at that – prostrate himself with such unthinking subservience?

As with all the other pundits and politicians slavishly obeying the whip of US media uniformity, it looks like General Dempsey is afraid too, very afraid, of ending up in the gulag that is American isolation for daring to think or speak the truth.

What his public display most probably shows is just how low-grade US intelligence is. If America’s top military leader can seriously regurgitate amateurish lies and fabrications in order to score cheap political points then that illustrates how degraded the highest offices in the US have become.

A soldier is supposed to be a noble warrior standing up for integrity with courage. In America, evidently the leader of its soldiers is too busy worried about getting in line with the prevailing propaganda narrative and thought-police, rather than making independent judgements based on objective evidence and integrity.

Aug 01 16:14

Gaza Genocide and Arab Fratricide

While many have not been shy about calling these crimes genocide, they have come under attack for using the “G” word. Is genocide an appropriate term to use? Well, it is if one has respect for international law and the rules of the genocide convention.

Soraya Sepahpour Ulrich interview with RT International:Ceasefire Deal

Aug 01 08:01

Anthony Lawson: The Blood of Palestine is on the Hands of the Bribe-Takers

The blood of the thousands of Palestinians who have been killed by the so-called Israel Defence Forces since the beginning of the siege of Gaza, stains the hands of each and every politician who has done nothing to censure Israel for this cruel and illegal act of virtual imprisonment, or who has taken any kind of bribe to bolster his or her election-campaign coffers, in return for turning their backs on the quite obvious fact that Apartheid Israel has never had any intention other than to genocide the Palestinian people.

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

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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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