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Grassroot Institute Warns Legislators of $25 Million Price Tag to Maui Hospital Transition

Hawaii Political Info introduction: The Hawaii state legislature met in special session today (Tuesday) to consider benefits for public workers affected by the transfer of three Maui County hospitals from the state to Kaiser Foundation Hospitals.

Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

July 12, 2016

Watchdog group says redundant benefits package puts special interests above people's health

HONOLULU, HAWAII--July 12, 2016--Today, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii commended Governor Ige, who vetoed SB 2077, which would have put a $42 million benefits package in the way of the Maui hospital public-private partnership transition. Though hospital employees were already provided for in the original plan with guaranteed job transfers and pension protections, the union has continually tried to delay the transition through lawsuits and political machinations.

The watchdog group warned the legislature not to put a new $25 million package in the way of the transition, which could further delay the process and set a dangerous precedent for future public-private partnerships in the state.

The Grassroot Institute affirmed what Governor Ige said Monday in concerns about the "substantial" cost of the $42 millions in benefits. However, the Grassroot Institute warned that a new $25 million version of the measure would also add substantial costs to the transition and should be avoided.

"The high price of a special, additional deal for hospital workers would be prohibitive and could ultimately result in potential loss of services and jobs," said Dr. Keli'i Akina, Ph.D., President of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. "By demanding special treatment--above and beyond the provisions included in the original legislation--they are putting special interests above the lives of our citizens and jeopardizing the future of healthcare in our state."

Dr. Akina continued: "We commend Governor Ige's vetoing of a severance package for hospital employees that would increase our state's debt and cause further delay in the hospital transition. However, we warn the legislature that similar packages or special sessions would also be both costly and damaging to our state. The people of Maui have suffered enough. Let us get them the care they deserve."

"The legislature must avoid establishing a costly disincentive that would hinder the saving of other neighbor islands' hospital systems through healthy public-private partnerships," added Dr. Akina.

Live-Streamed Video of Dying Philando Castile

This video is one that will go down in history. Whether writ large or small remains to be seen.

Warning: Video of man who has just been shot and is dying.

According to Philando Castile's girlfriend, who was with him, he told the police officer who had just stopped them for a busted taillight that he had a gun on his person and had a permit to carry. Immediately after he moved his hands to reach for his ID, complying with the officer's request, according to his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds. The words and action were a bad combination. The St. Anthony, Minnesota police officer, Jeronimo Yanez, may not have clearly heard what Philando said and may have also seen that he had a gun.

The live-streamed video shows that the officer is aghast at what he has just done to the dying Philando. What Philando's girlfriend Diamond is telling Officer Yanez likely is making him feel much worse.

More from the Daily Mail, the UK's answer to the National Enquirer.


Police audio: Officer says Castile and Reynolds look like robbery suspects that police were on the lookout for [KARE 11, Minneapolis, MN] Jul 8, 2016

Police group: Minn. governor ‘exploited what was already a horrible and tragic situation’ [Washington Post] Jul 9,2016

The NRA’s internal split over Philando Castile [The Washington Post] Jul 9, 2016

Six More Women Allege that Roger Ailes Sexually Harassed Them

New York Magazine

by Gabriel Sherman

Fox News host Gretchen Carlson may be the highest-profile woman to accuse Roger Ailes of sexual harassment, but she is not the first. In my 2014 biography of the Fox News chief, I included interviews with four women who told me Ailes had used his position of power to make either unwanted sexual advances or inappropriate sexual comments in the office.

And it appears she won’t be the last, either. In recent days, more than a dozen women have contacted Carlson’s New Jersey-based attorney, Nancy Erika Smith, and made detailed allegations of sexual harassment by Ailes over a 25-year period dating back to the 1960s when he was a producer on The Mike Douglas Show. “These are women who have never told these stories until now,” Smith told me. “Some are in lot of pain.” Taken together, these stories portray Ailes as a boss who spoke openly of expecting women to perform sexual favors in exchange for job opportunities. “He said that’s how all these men in media and politics work — everyone’s got their friend,” recalled Kellie Boyle, who says Ailes propositioned her in 1989, shortly after he helped George H.W. Bush become president, serving as his chief media strategist.

Six of the women agreed to speak with New York publicly for the first time. Two spoke on the record; the others requested anonymity for reasons that include shame and fear of retribution. “I didn’t tell my husband, it was so mortifying,” said Marsha Callahan, a former model who says Ailes harassed her in the late ‘60s, shortly before he became Richard Nixon’s media adviser.

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Why Was the Black Dallas Shooter 'Upset' with Black Lives Matter?

by Brother Nathanael Kaplan

Brother Nathanael grew up in the U.S. as a Jew and converted to Christianity as a young man. He is now a member of the Russian Orthodox Church and lives in Idaho.

July 10, 2012

Dear Diary, the news about the Dallas shooting left me much troubled.

A peaceful march to protest perceived police violence against blacks organized by a black Baptist pastor turned into a nightmare.

Five police ended up being killed by a black sniper who was a veteran of America’s Afghanistan war.

What caught my eye was that the sniper Micah X Johnson told the cops when cornered in the El Centro College Garage that he was “upset” with Black Lives Matter.

Why was he upset? Dallas PD doesn’t have an answer.

This was never explained by the Jew-owned press and no one thought of pursuing this question: What was Johnson’s gripe against Black Lives Matter?

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Gretchen Carlson: Bringing the News to a New Low

Gretchen Carlson, who was recently canned by Fox News, is suing her ex-boss Roger Aisles for sexual harassment. She has publicly accused her former co-host, Steve Doocy, on the Fox & Friends news program of not treating her with respect and of being "sexist and condescending." He is not being sued by her. Here she's shown eight years ago showing little respect toward him and treating him like a sex object. He looks none too pleased.

Published on YouTube on October 1, 2007.

More sleaze from Gretchen on a news program. Published on YouTube July 6, 2016.

Russian Spy Ship Off Hawaiian Coast, Probably to Check Out RIMPAC

Undated photo of Russian spy ship Pribaltika (SSV-80)


by Sam LaGrone

July 6, 2016

Moscow has dispatched a specialized spy ship off the coast of Hawaii with the likely mission to monitor the U.S. Navy led Rim of the Pacific 2016 exercise, USNI News has learned.

A Russian Navy Bal’zam-class, “auxiliary general intelligence ship recently arrived in international waters off Hawaii where exercise Rim of the Pacific is taking place,” U.S. Pacific Fleet spokesman Lt. Clint Ramsden told USNI News this week.

“The ship’s presence has not affected the conduct of the exercise and we’ve taken all precautions necessary to protect our critical information.”

While it wasn’t unusual at all during the Cold War for Russian spy ships to linger off the coast of the U.S. to suck up signals intelligence information or monitor exercises like RIMPAC, the Russians have been lax in their surveillance until recently.

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International Militaries Gather in Hawaii for Massive RIMPAC Exercises

Ships moored at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam display maritime signal pennants and flags from their masts on July 4, 2016, during Rim of the Pacific 2016. (Photo: MC2 Jeff Troutman/Navy)

The Navy Times

Audrey McAvoy, The Associated Press

July 5, 2016

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii — U.S. Pacific Fleet commander Adm. Scott Swift said Tuesday he wants all 26 nations participating in military exercises in Hawaii to leave better prepared to respond to humanitarian crises.

Swift said he also wants participants to better understand what the best practices are for using maritime power to increase security and stability.

The admiral spoke during a news conference at the beginning of the Rim of the Pacific military drills that will last through early August. The exercises will include 45 ships, 200 aircraft and more than 25,000 people.

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Pearl Harbor Packed to Nearly Overflowing with RIMPAC Ships

July 1 aerial view. Exercises to last through early August.

Defense Video Imagery Distribution System (DVIDS) description of above video: U.S. Army 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment (3-25 AVN) Alpha Company Stingrays provide support for an aerial photo exercise of ships moored at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam during Rim of the Pacific 2016, July 1, 2016. Twenty-six nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 30 to Aug. 4, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2016 is the 25th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy Combat Camera video by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Benjamin A. Lewis/Released)

1,000 Pounds of Taro Stolen from Waimanalo Farm

Hawaii News Now

July 1, 2016

Nearly a thousand pounds of kalo [taro] were stolen from a Waimanalo farm just days before harvest -- and this wasn't just any taro either, but Hawaiian varieties that were being grown organically for research.

"People do different things for different reasons, so I really don't know what the motivation was. I suspect hunger was probably not part of it because they took so much. We suspect it was for sale or for an event," explained Dr. Ted Radovich, an Associate Specialist with the University of Hawai'i at Manoa Sustainability and Organic Farming Systems. Radovich oversees the organic kalo research program, which is focused on understanding how crop yield and quality can be optimized in agricultural systems that reduce reliance on conventional chemical inputs and increase use of ecological farming practices.

Radovich says sometime overnight on Monday, June 23, thieves made off with more than 700 pounds of taro. Just two weeks prior, he says another 300 pounds were stolen.

Read more & watch the video

1948 Newsreel Says Auschwitz Dead 300,000, not 4,000,000

Hawaii Political Info introduction: The number of dead at Auschwitz was given at one point as 4,000,000 and commemorated on a plaque at the site. That was later revised downwards to 1,500,000 as these two Auschwitz plaques show. Notice that the plaques don't claim the dead were all Jews.

However, the total Jewish dead given by Jews and the mass media they control remains 6,000,000. It is against the law to say otherwise in upwards of 14 countries, including Germany, France and Canada. In fact Jews have used the 6,000,000 figure for Jewish victims from various calamities since well before Hitler and WWII.

The following 1948 German newsreel has English subtitles. Should you, like most in Hawaii and across the U.S., not speak German, you may wonder about the translation accuracy of that 300,000 figure. This can easily be checked for yourself because the German narrator clearly says "dreihunderttausend" (300,000) twice. The second time it is followed by "Opfer" (victims).

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