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Djou, Takai, in Final Debate before Election

A brief look at Sunday's Charles Djou (R) - Mark Takai (D) debate. The two are vying for the U.S. congressional district 1 seat (urban Honolulu) vacated by Colleen Hanabusa in her unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Senate, which she narrowly lost to fellow Democrat Brian Schatz, the incumbent, in the August primary election. Schatz now faces two opponents, whom he will likely easily defeat, in the November general election.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

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Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Unhappy about Working on Columbus Day? Read This.

Why do federal workers get the day off today (Columbus Day), but the vast majority of other workers don't?

Money

October 13, 2014

By Brad Tuttle

If you’re working on Monday, you’re in good—though perhaps bitter—company. According to the (SHRM), there are six annual days that are almost universally embraced in the U.S. as paid holidays, meaning that at least 90% of businesses and organizations give workers the day off. These days are New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Columbus Day, you’ll notice, is not among them.

Columbus Day belongs in a category that might be considered second-tier holidays, in which a sizable portion of employees get the day off, but the majority of us are expected to work like normal. Of all these days, Columbus Day gets the least respect. Whereas slightly more than one third of organizations are closed on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and President’s Day, and 22% are shuttered on Veterans Day, only 14% are closed on Columbus Day. And the idea that Columbus Day should be a paid day off at all is on the wane: In 2011, for instance, SHRM data indicated that 16% of organizations were closed in honor of the holiday.

So who gets Columbus Day off, and why? All of the days mentioned above, Columbus Day included, are considered official federal holidays, meaning that non-essential federal workers have the day off, and no mail will be delivered. Government contractors tend to follow the lead of the feds, at least partially for purely practical reasons. “If the job depends on being able to reach out to government sources and they’re not working, it’s just not cost-effective to stay open,” said Lisa Orndorff, a human resources business partner at SHRM.

Read more . . .

Links:

Holidays observed by Hawaii state workers (They don't include Columbus Day, which is now "Discoverers' Day" in Hawaii.) [www.dhrd.hawaii.gov]

Discoverer's [sic] Day holiday is protested in Honolulu [Hawaii News Now] Oct 12, 2009

Instead of Columbus Day, some U.S. cities celebrate Indigenous People's Day [CNN] Oct 13, 2014

Liberty, Not Government, Is the Key to Containing Ebola

By Ron Paul, M.D.

Former Republican Congressman Ron Paul holds an M.D. from Duke University and practiced obstetrics and gynecology for many years.

According to Forbes magazine, at least 5,000 Americans contacted healthcare providers fearful they had contracted Ebola after the media reported that someone with Ebola had entered the United States. All 5,000 cases turned out to be false alarms. In fact, despite all the hype about Ebola generated by the media and government officials, as of this writing there has only been one preliminarily identified case of someone contracting Ebola within the United States.

Ebola is a dangerous disease, but it is very difficult to contract. Ebola spreads via direct contact with the virus. This usually occurs though contact with bodily fluids. While the Ebola virus may remain on dry surfaces for several hours, it can be destroyed by common disinfectants. So common-sense precautions should be able to prevent Ebola from spreading.

It is no coincidence that many of those countries suffering from mass Ebola outbreaks have also suffered from the plagues of dictatorship and war. The devastation wrought by years of war has made it impossible for these countries to develop modern healthcare infrastructure. For example, the 14-year civil war in Liberia left that country with almost no trained doctors. Those who could leave the war-torn country were quick to depart. Sadly, American foreign aid props up dictators and encourages militarism in these countries.

President Obama’s response to the Ebola crisis has been to send 3,000 troops to West African countries to help with treatment and containment. Obama did not bother to seek congressional authorization for this overseas military deployment. Nor did he bother to tell the American people how long the mission would last, how much it would cost, or what section of the Constitution authorizes him to send US troops on “humanitarian” missions.

The people of Liberia and other countries would be better off if the US government left them alone. Leave it to private citizens to invest in African business and trade with the African people. Private investment and trade would help these countries develop thriving free-market economies capable of sustaining a modern healthcare infrastructure.

Legitimate concerns about protecting airline passengers from those with Ebola or other infectious diseases can best be addressed by returning responsibility for passenger safety to the airlines. After all, private airlines have a greater incentive than does government to protect their passengers from contagious diseases. They can do so while providing a safe means of travel for those seeking medical treatment in the United States. This would remove the incentive to lie about exposure to the virus among those seeking to come here for treatment.

Ebola patients in the US have received permission from the Food and Drug Administration to use “unapproved” drugs. This is a positive development. But why should those suffering from potentially lethal diseases have to seek special permission from federal bureaucrats to use treatments their physicians think might help? And does anyone doubt that the FDA’s cumbersome approval process has slowed down the development of treatments for Ebola?

Firestone Tire and Rubber Company has successfully contained the spread of Ebola among 80,000 people living in Harbel, the Liberian town housing employees of Firestone's Liberian plant and their families. In March, after the wife of a Firestone employee developed Ebola symptoms, Firestone constructed its own treatment center and implemented a program of quarantine and treatment. Firestone has successfully kept the Ebola virus from spreading among its employees. As of this writing, there are only three Ebola patients at Firestone's treatment facility.

Firestone's success in containing Ebola shows that, far from justifying new state action, the Ebola crises demonstrates that individuals acting in the free market can do a better job of containing Ebola than can governments. The Ebola crisis is also another example of how US foreign aid harms the very people we are claiming to help. Limiting government at home and abroad is the best way to protect health and freedom.

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Mark Takai Discusses Campaign Priorities


By Tannya Joaquin

October 10, 2014

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The race to represent Hawaii's District 1 in Congress is between two longtime politicians and veterans, Charles Djou [R] and Mark Takai [D].

We sat down with both candidates for a snapshot of where they stand before our Hawaii News Now debate Sunday at 8pm on KHNL.

Tonight, we go one on one with the Democrats' nominee, Mark Takai.

Read more . . .

Spotlight on the Kurds in the War on ISIS

Hawaii Political Info introduction: The U.S.-led war on ISIS is thought by many observers, including the featured speaker in the following video, to be a cover for the real purpose, to topple Syria's recently re-elected president, Bashar al-Assad.

Russia Today introduction: Watch the full episode here: http://youtu.be/cjZ0aKawDPU

The West has been counting on the Kurds to spearhead the ground offensive against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. But with alliances in the Middle East shifting rapidly, how reliable of an ally are they? Will the Kurds prove to be the decisive factor in the US-lead coalition, or will they seek an accommodation with the Islamic State to suit their own interests? Oksana is joined by Fadi Hakura, the Manager of the Turkey Project at Chatham House, to attack these issues.

Published on YouTube Oct 12, 2014


Link:

Chatham House [Wikipedia]

Ed Snowden’s Privacy Advice: 'Get Rid Of Dropbox,' Avoid Facebook & Google

TechCrunch

By Anthony Ha

October 11, 2014

According to Edward Snowden, people who care about their privacy should stay away from popular consumer Internet services like Dropbox, Facebook, and Google.

Snowden conducted a remote interview today as part of the New Yorker Festival, where he was asked a couple of variants on the question of what we can do to protect our privacy.

His first answer called for a reform of government policies. Some people take the position that they “don’t have anything to hide,” but he argued that when you say that, “You’re inverting the model of responsibility for how rights work”:

When you say, ‘I have nothing to hide,’ you’re saying, ‘I don’t care about this right.’ You’re saying, ‘I don’t have this right, because I’ve got to the point where I have to justify it.’ The way rights work is, the government has to justify its intrusion into your rights.

Read more, watch the complete interview . . .

Tokyo Contaminated and Unfit for Habitation, Doctor Says

All 23 districts of Tokyo contaminated with radiation, worse than at Chernobyl after the accident, and blood cells of children under ten are showing worrying changes; the WHO, the IAEA & the Japanese government cannot be trusted.

The Permaculture Research Institute

September 25, 2014

By Susie Greaves

In July 2014 Dr Shigeru Mita wrote a letter to his fellow doctors to explain his decision to move his practice from Tokyo to Okayama city in the West of Japan [1]. In it, he appeals to their sense of duty to answer the anxieties of parents in Japan who do not believe the information coming from the authorities. He says “I must state that the policies of the WHO, the IAEA or the Japanese government cannot be trusted.” and “if the power to save our citizens and future generations exists somewhere, it does not lie within the government or any academic association, but in the hands of individual clinical doctors ourselves.”

Mita claims that all 23 districts of Tokyo are contaminated, with the eastern area worst affected — up to 4 000 Bq/kg. (The becquerel is a unit of radioactivity. One Bq is the activity of a quantity of radioactive material in which one nucleus decays per second.) These findings confirm what the nuclear physicist Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds Nuclear Education found in 2012, when he picked up five random soil samples in Tokyo from between paving stones, in parks and playgrounds. The levels of contamination were up to 7 000 Bq/kg; in the US, anything registering these levels would be considered nuclear waste [2].

While practising in Tokyo, Mita also discovered changes in the white blood cells of children under 10.

Read more . . .

References:

  1. World Network for Saving Children from Radiation (2014). A Tokyo doctor who has moved to western Japan urges fellow doctors to promote radiation protection: A message from Dr Mita to his colleagues in Kodaira, Tokyo. Accessed 25 August 2014, http://www.save-children-from-radiation.org/2014/07/16/a-tokyo-doctor-wh...
  2. ENENews (2012). Gunderson: Tokyo soil so hot it should be sent to nuclear waste dump – Really severe releases hit city. Accessed 25 August 2014, http://enenews.com/gundersen-tokyo-soil-hot-be-shipped-radioactive-dump).

Security Director Tries but Fails to Remove Jury Rights Activists from Public Sidewalk


TheFreeThoughtProject.com

October 9, 2014

By John Vibes

Jury Rights activists in the Philadelphia area recently encountered resistance in front of a local courthouse, when they were attempting to educate their neighbors about jury nullification.

Among the activists was James Babb, an organizer behind the recent push to install jury nullification billboards in cities throughout the US.

For those who don’t know, jury nullification is basically the right for any juror to not only judge the facts of the case, but to also actually judge the validity of the law itself.

Read more . . .

Mark Takai and Charles Djou on PBS Insights

The following debate took place tonight between Mark Takai (D) and Charles Djou (R), who are running for U.S. Congressional District 1 (urban Oahu).

'US More Interested in Toppling Assad Rather than ISIS'

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