Su-W, Nov 30-Dec 2, 2015, 9:30am-5pm. Evidentiary hearing for proposed sale of Hawaiian Electric Companies to NextEra. Blaisdell Center Hawaii Suites, Neal S. Blaisdell Center, 777 Ward Avenue, HNL. Details
Hawaii Political Info introduction: Hamid Karzai, former President of Afghanistan, tells Sophie Shevardnadze, as politely as he can, that he is against the U.S. bombing in his country: in pretty good English!
Published on YouTube Oct 16, 2015
YouTube introduction: Former President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai is on SophieCo to discuss the latest Taliban offensive in the country and if Afghan forces can cope with it on their own.
Full interview on air Monday, October 19.
by Kioni Dudley, Ph.D.
President of the Friends of Makakilo Inc.
Whoa, there! Do City Council members have no shame? The Honolulu City Council is rushing to pass Bill 73, a revote on a Rail bond passed in 2012. It is absolutely preposterous that this Council is holding themselves up as able to vote in the interest of the people on any construction project. Every Council Member has been bought by the construction community.
Over the years, the construction community—developers, contractors, cement companies, banks, planners, lobbyists, real estate people, and the many various construction unions—have worked together to take over the city government. Pacific Resource Partnership (PRP), a consortium of developers, contractors, and unions, has been at the heart of the action. In 2012, John White and Andy Winer, in leadership positions at PRP, spent $3.5 million dollars for ads vilifying Ben Cayetano in order to get Kirk Caldwell elected mayor.
What did it get them? A mayor in their pocket, of course, but that’s not all. It bought them every department in the whole city government. All department heads are appointed by the mayor and report directly to the mayor. They do exactly what the mayor wants. Period.
At the same time, under the radar, PRP and the whole construction community were laying out huge amounts to buy each of the council members.
The Friends of Makakilo did a study of Council Member campaign contributions during the period from January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2014. We looked for contributors who would profit directly from development of Rail and Ho’opili, since the Council views them as intricately interconnected. We found that all but two Council Members got more than half of their campaign contributions from these construction entities.
Ann Kobayashi got 43% and Joey Manahan got 46%, far too much to pass up next time by voting wrong. Trevor Ozawa was next at 57%.
Carol Fukunaga collected 40% of her campaign contributions from the construction community. But recent research uncovered the fact that PRP spent a separate $86,000 on advertising in order to get her elected, bringing her total support from construction to $190,565 and her percentage up to 57%.
Council Chair Ernie Martin came in at 59%, but that represented $258,000, certainly a big enough hunk of cash to assure he would do anything needed.
Stunning as it might be, nearly three quarters of the campaign contributions--72%-- collected by Ron Menor, Ikaika Anderson, and Kymberly Pine came from developers, builders, unions, and others in the construction community. Three quarters of their campaign chest! Could they possibly vote against any project?
In addition, during the last four months of Ikaika Anderson’s campaign for Congress in 2012, his campaign manager was hired and paid a salary by PRP for a job as their Government Relations Manager. She still holds this position and regularly sends testimony from PRP asking the council to support various projects.
Kymberly Pine also had marvelous additional help from PRP who paid for three mailings at roughly $30,000 each to get her elected. That $90,000 raised her percentage of money spent by builders for her candidacy to 82%!
All this on-the-take is topped by the case of freshman council member Brandon Elefante. Elefante collected 13,000 from ordinary people. He received almost twice that much from builders and unions. He then allowed PRP, in their new disguise as Forward Progress, to spend another $105,000 to secure his victory. Having brought in only $13,000 from local citizens, he won with $130,000, ten times as much. His percentage of indebtedness to entities who will profit directly from approval of Rail: 91%.
None of these contributions broke the law. But they obviously created a MAJOR conflict with the public’s interest. The contributions were also so great, and the indebtedness so deep, that it was, AND IS, impossible for any council member to vote against ANY project the building community wants.
No council member any longer has the independence of judgement and freedom of choice that is absolutely essential in making an unbiased, reasoned, fair, honest, legal, and valid judgement. Without this independence of judgement and freedom of choice any vote is dishonest and fraudulent.
To hold a truly valid vote on rail, we need an entirely new council.
Princess Abigail Kawananakoa filed a suit over earlier votes on rail. We salute her for stepping forward and insisting on clean government. We need to all insist on the same.
There is an opportunity: On Friday, October 16 from 2:30-6, and on the following day, Saturday, from 8-4, the Friends of Makakilo will join Aloha ‘Aina/We Are Mauna Kea and many other organizations for mass sign-wavings to protest both corruption in government and the invalid votes of the Council on the Ho’opili development. This will take place in Kapolei, at the Walmart corner. Take a ride to the country. Park your car, grab a sign, and let others know enough is enough!
Ted Gunderson, retired FBI, gives a meaty talk on his investigations into several well-known events, including 9/11, the Franklin pedophile ring, Waco, Ruby Ridge and the Oklahoma City bombing.
Ted died of bladder cancer at the age of 82 in 2011. A doctor who advised him on his condition says on video that it was murder by arsenic, which can cause cancer of the bladder.
Three Jews—one the Christian host, another a converted Christian and the third a rabbi, participate in a debate whether or not Christ was the Jewish Messiah. It's all very Jewish and near the end Michael Brown, the converted Christian, says something even more Jewish: converted Christian Jews will be the Christian leaders!
Honolulu Civil Beat
by Anita Hofschneider
October 7, 2015
The state wants soil testing done, and it’s also asking a federal agency to help determine if there are health risks at the base in Kaneohe.
Residents at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe who are suing a developer over a possible connection between health problems and pesticide contamination got a big boost from the state Health Department last month.
The state wants the developer to test for soil contamination in anticipation of turning the matter over to the federal agency that assesses toxic waste sites.
Ohana Military Communities, a subsidiary of Forest City Enterprises Inc., took over housing on the base in 2006 and demolished some residences and constructed others over several years.
But fines for the banned vehicles are steep: $97.
Hawaii Political Info introduction: A U.S. airstrike on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Afghanistan over the weekend killed 22: 12 staffers and 10 patients, including 3 children, and injured 37. After a delay, the U.S. owned up to its responsibility for the hour-long attack, saying it was a mistake. Many suspect on the contrary that it was deliberate.
As a precaution against being bombed, the hospital had given all combatants, including the U.S., their GPS coordinates.
Why would the U.S. and its allies want to bomb a hospital? Some think it was because the hospital accepted all who needed their help–including those combatants who oppose the U.S. and its allies. It's thought that the U.S. took exception to help extended to enemies.
President Obama apologized today for the airstrike, promising a full investigation. The White House had previously said that the Department of Defense and NATO would conduct an investigation, which didn't inspire much confidence since both are part of the U.S. military and would amount to a self-investigation.
Afghan forces said that the hospital was used by the Taliban for military purposes, which was strongly denied by Doctors Without Borders, aka Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).
Update: Glenn Greenwald lays out the unfolding of events in his usual highly competent way:
All of these facts make it extremely difficult – even for U.S. media outlets – to sell the “accident” story. At least as likely is that the hospital was deliberately targeted, chosen either by Afghan military officials who fed the coordinates to their U.S. military allies and/or by the U.S. military itself. —The Intercept
The Guardian [U.K.]
Doctors Without Borders airstrike: US alters story for fourth time in four days
Commander of war in Afghanistan tells Senate panel that US forces had called in airstrike at Afghan request – ‘an admission of a war crime’ says MSF chief
October 6, 2015
US special operations forces – not their Afghan allies – called in the deadly airstrike on the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, the US commander has conceded.
Shortly before General John Campbell, the commander of the US and Nato war in Afghanistan, testified to a Senate panel, the president of Doctors Without Borders – also known as Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) – said the US and Afghanistan had made an “admission of a war crime”.
Shifting the US account of the Saturday morning airstrike for the fourth time in as many days, Campbell reiterated that Afghan forces had requested US air cover after being engaged in a “tenacious fight” to retake the northern city of Kunduz from the Taliban. But, modifying the account he gave at a press conference on Monday, Campbell said those Afghan forces had not directly communicated with the US pilots of an AC-130 gunship overhead.
October 6, 2015
New information is now emerging about Christopher Mercer, the now-deceased shooter who recently killed and injured numerous victims at the Oregon community college (Umpqua Community College). While the mainstream media follows the predictable script of blaming guns for the violence, we now know that Mercer was almost certainly damaged by vaccines and medications, altering his mind and leading to the violent behavior that we see so often when psychiatric medications are involved.
We now know that Harper was possibly vaccine-damaged because he suffered from Asperger's syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder. As printed in The New York Times:
[Mercer's mother] opened up about her difficulties raising a son who used to bang his head against the wall, and said that both she and her son struggled with Asperger’s syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder…
by Kioni Dudley, Ph.D.
Public invited to participate in huge sign-waving event – Aloha ‘Aina Stop Ho’opili
Aloha ‘Aina, the group that staged the 10,000 person march in Waikiki last month, is joining with the Friends of Makakilo, Save O’ahu Farmlands, the Hawaiian community, and many others to stage a huge sign waving event to protest approval of the Ho’opili project with its 11,750 homes. The event will be held on two days, Friday, October 16 from 2:30 to 6:00 p.m., and again on Saturday, October 17 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the corners of Farrington and Makakilo Drive in Kapolei.
The Ho’opili issue is still very much alive. A Hawai’i Supreme Court decision is expected soon. The Land Use Commission re-opens consideration of the project on October 23, and a request awaits hearing for the Honolulu Ethics Commission to nullify the City Council vote because of massive campaign donations to all councilmembers from the construction community.
Ho’opili will put 12,000 more cars onto H1, which already has the worst freeway traffic in the land. It will destroy one-third of the Oahu farmland currently producing fresh vegetables for the local market, land we will one day need in order to survive. It is time for a public protest. Aloha ‘Aina (Love for the Land) and the other organizations ask the public to get out of their cars, take a sign, and join the mass sign-waving, even for just a while. Bring the family. 100 T-shirts (at $10) and 500 signs will be available.
Hawaii Political Info introduction: ISIS appears likely a U.S.- and Israel-created terrorist group to frighten Americans and others into continuing to support massive profit-generating wars while eliminating the people who stand in the way of Israel's continuing land expansion. Christians, now a tiny minority in the Middle East after years of persecution, whose messiah Christ is rejected or hated by Jews, are prominently beheaded by ISIS. ISIS has not moved against Israel or harmed Jews, although the group is ostensibly Muslim. Further, ISIS fighters have the unusual custom of often wearing masks to hide their identities.
Now that Russia has called their bluff and is waging successful attacks against ISIS fighters, who quickly began deserting in droves, the Israel and U.S. government powers behind ISIS, who know the truth, are in a quandary. With both known to be capable of deep deception, it wasn't long before more of the same was released from the usual sources, the Jewish-controlled mainstream media.
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 Colorado.