Archive for September, 2017

The U.S. Military Junta

Monday, September 18th, 2017

The Rise & Rule of

The Generals

                                                                                             

Generals McMaster, “Mad Dog” Mattis, and Kelly!

Trump’s National Security Advisor Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, Secretary of Defense and retired Marine General James Mattis, and former head of the Department of Homeland Security, now White House Chief of Staff, retired Marine General John Kelly

The Militarization of Everything

not just foreign policy but – police, schools, sporting events, media, movies, TV, churches, and of course government spending priorities.

A Government of, by, and for, the generals!

Instead of civilians controlling the military. It’s the military controlling the civilians with little or no significant Congressional oversight, and wars now waged in secret. Trump has been reduced to a public figurehead of the military junta.

See http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/its-bizarre-american-generals-who-have-led-us-disaster-mideast-are-treated

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/47821.htm

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/47834.htm

https://www.globalresearch.ca/who-rules-america-2/5608802

No surprise in policies: War, War & More War!

Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Syria, Pakistan, etc.

More of the same! Now threatening nuclear war with Korea, escalating tensions with Russia, China, Iran, and of course helping produce record profits for the arms makers. Silence is not an option. Stand Up! Speak Up! Resist!

Wage Peace Not War!

  1. Mourn all victims of violence. 2. Reject war as a solution. 3. Defend civil liberties.
    4. Oppose all discrimination, anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic, anti-Hawaiian, etc.
    5. Seek peace through peaceful means and work for justice in Hawai`i and around the world.

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P.O. Box 489 Kurtistown, Hawai’i 96760 Phone (808) 966-7622. Email: ja@malu-aina.org

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Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet September 22, 2017– 835th week – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Calling all Water Protectors

Monday, September 18th, 2017

Please submit testimony on Water Bill #65  Important points to stress noted below,  Mahalo.

Jim Albertini

 
 
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Shannon Rudolph to Kona Geothermal on Hualalai?

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Calling All Hawai`i Island Water Protectors!
Email Your Testimony NOW for Bill 65!
HERE: counciltestimony@hawaiicounty.gov

The Hawai`i County Council will hear Bill 65 in committee on Tues. Sept. 19th at 10:30am in the Council Chambers of the West Hawai`i Civic Center.
It’s BEST to TESTIFY IN PERSON in Kona, but people can also testify via video conference from Hilo, Waimea, Kohala, Naalehu and Pahoa sites on Tues. 9/19 at 10:30am.

AGRICULTURE, WATER AND ENERGY SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE

We thank the Dept. of Water Supply for agreeing that there will be no more basal aquifer wells, public or private, in the thin lens just above sea level, which feeds our fishponds, pools and reef…
But this plan does not go far enough.

Changes we are strongly requesting:
The plan says that they will now rely on existing and new high level / mauka wells. These are the same wells that keep failing and have falling water levels. They have a terrible track record – ten years ago four wells went out at once and there were mandatory restrictions – our current crisis is not a “100 year storm”. The DWS needs to be accountable, show us that you can do it now, let alone expand on these wells.

We need meaningful conservation measures that are measurable and enforceable. How will they also apply this to private users? For example, the Kohanaiki golf course – they are saying they are sustainable using brackish water from 8 wells, pumping 650,000 gallons per day… which is 5% of Keauhou pumpage.

We need meaningful community input in this planning process right now and in the future. The plan has one paragraph that says they ‘might’ hold public meetings in the future.

There needs to be a systematic identification and preservation of impacted natural/cultural resources.
The Aha Moku does not have power to enforce or carry out assessments and there are plenty of kupuna out there who are more knowledgeable – and cultural practitioners who are truly cultural practitioners that know the coastal resources that are impacted.
We want them included in the planning process.

The Water use development plan assumes a steady state recharge of the aquifer, however the 2011 USGS ( US geological Survey )assessment showed a 50% variation in recharge rate between wet and dry years. Most climate models show a drying trend in the future for Kona. This plan needs to plan for a drier future.
We Need a sustainable and practical plan for our future – and the public fully expects to be a part of the planning process.

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*Bill 65 refers to the Hawai’i County Water Use Management and Development Plan amendments to the Keauhou Aquifer System.

The process for adoption will take at least 3 hearings.

For any Bill to pass, it requires a committee level hearing or hearings and then 2 more council hearings. The process for adoption will take at least 3 hearings. (If the discussion leads to the need for even more additional hearings, for instance, if there is a postponement for making amendments or getting additional information, that is also a possibility.

Council Member, Karen Eoff, has said they will definitely have hearings on this in the Kona Chambers for any final decision-making.

> Here is a link to Bill 65 – the Updated Water Use and Management Plan: ~ IT IS NOT AN “ERROR” page.

http://records.co.hawaii.hi.us/WebLink/DocView.aspx…

 

*You can read or download the PDF version of Bill 65.
The Bill is just 2 pages, but the report is 80 pages and can be found at the same link – but – you have to scroll way down the page to see it.

Your comments are important to this discussion.
Email Your Testimony HERE: counciltestimony@hawaiicounty.gov

Hawai`i County Council:

Valerie T. Poindexter
Phone: (808) 961-8018
Fax: (808) 961-8912
Email: valerie.poindexter@hawaiicounty.gov

Aaron Chung
Phone: (808) 961-8272
Fax: (808) 961-8912
Email: aaron.chung@hawaiicounty.gov

Susan “Sue” L. K. Lee Loy
Phone: (808) 961-8396
Fax: (808) 961-8912
Email: sue.leeloy@hawaiicounty.gov

Eileen O’Hara, Ph.D.
Phone: (808) 965-2712
Fax: (808) 965-2707
Email: eileen.ohara@hawaiicounty.gov

Jen Ruggles
Phone: (808) 961-8263
Fax: (808) 961-8912
Email: jen.ruggles@hawaiicounty.gov

Maile Medeiros David
Phone: (808) 323-4277
Fax: (808) 329-4786
Email: maile.david@hawaiicounty.gov

Dru Mamo Kanuha
Phone: (808) 323-4267
Fax: (808) 329-4786
Email: dru.kanuha@hawaiicounty.gov

Karen Eoff
Phone: (808) 323-4280
Fax: (808) 329-4786
Email: karen.eoff@hawaiicounty.gov

Herbert M. “Tim” Richards III, DVM
Phone: (808) 961-8564 (Hilo)
Fax: (808) 961-8912
Email: tim.richards@hawaiicounty.gov

Prayers and Chants in support of Mauna Kea Wed. Sept. 20th

Sunday, September 17th, 2017

Pua case of the Mauna Kea ohana has announced Prayers and Chants in support of Mauna Kea Wed. Sept. 20th beginning at 7AM

On 9/13/2017 11:53 AM, Jim Albertini wrote:

Sign holding in support of Mauna Kea Protectors Wed. Sept. 20, 2017 Banyan Dr. 7:30-8:30AM

Land Board to Hear TMT Contested Case Oral Arguments

Below is a DLNR release about the TMT Contested case hearing on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017.  There will be a peaceful sign holding from 7:30-8:30 on the sidewalk along Banyan Dr, fronting the Naniloa Hotel prior to the BLNR hearing.  Please pass the word.  Come in a spirit of Kapu Aloha to support the Mauna Kea Protectors/Petitioners.  Bring a sign if can:  “Protect Mauna Kea, Sacred Before Dollars, Respect the Sacred, No TMT” etc.  Mahalo.

Jim Albertini

 

 

Battleship Guam – Militarism in the Pacific

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

The militarization of Guam and Hawaii

http://hawaiiindependent.net/story/battleship-guam

Land Board to Hear TMT Contested Case Oral Arguments

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Below is a DLNR release about the TMT Contested case hearing on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017.  There will be a peaceful sign holding from 7:30-8:30 on the sidewalk  along Banyan Dr, fronting the Naniloa Hotel prior to the BLNR hearing.  Please pass the word.  Come in a spirit of Kapu Aloha to support the Mauna Kea Petitioners.  Bring a sign if can:  “Protect Mauna Kea, Sacred Before Dollars, Respect the Sacred, No TMT” etc.  Mahalo.

Jim Albertini

DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES

 DAVID Y. IGE
GOVERNOR

SUZANNE D. CASE
CHAIRPERSON

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 13, 2017

 STATE LAND BOARD TO CONSIDER JUDGE’S RECOMMENDATION IN TMT CONTESTED CASE

Hearing Scheduled in Hilo for Sept. 20

 (Hilo) – The Hawai‘i State Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) will hear oral arguments in the Contested Case Hearing for the Conservation District Use Application (CDUA) for the Thirty Meter Telescope at the Mauna Kea Science Reserve, on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017 beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the Crown Room of the Grand Naniloa Hotel in Hilo. This is not a public hearing and members of the public will not be allowed to testify, argue, or otherwise present to the BLNR.

 Minute Order No. 107, posted on Sept. 7, 2017 provides that each party to the contested case will have fifteen (15) minutes to present oral arguments. Up to five minutes of the fifteen minutes may be reserved by parties for responding/rebuttal argument. Those rebuttal arguments will take place after all parties have completed their initial arguments. There are twenty-three (23) parties to the contested case.

 The DLNR is providing as much seating as possible for public observation, once space has been made for the parties. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Na Leo TV will provide live streaming of the oral arguments, but there will not be viewing available at the Grand Naniloa. Doors to the Crown Room will open at 8:30 a.m. for public entrance.  There will be no reserving of seats and any seat that’s empty for more than ten minutes may be given to the next person in line waiting outside.  Signs, posters, and other displays will not be allowed inside the Crown Room or on the hotel’s property. Food will not be allowed in the Crown Room.

 DLNR continues to utilize expanded media coverage rules used during the TMT Contested Case Hearing and only designated pool media; Na Leo (broadcast) and the Hawai‘i Tribune-Herald (print) will be allowed to videotape or photograph the proceedings. All other audio and photographic documentation of oral arguments is not allowed.

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 Media Contact:

Dan Dennison

Senior Communications Manager

Hawaii Dept. of Land & Natural Resources

Communications Office

(808) 587-0407