Letter to the editor on rep. Clifton Tsuji

Letter: Shame on Rep. Clifton Tsuji

Shame on Rep. Clift Tsuji from Hawaii island for killing the bill for pesticide buffer zones around schools, HB1514. What kind of person won’t protect kids from pesticide poisoning?  And it’s reported that as House Ag committee chair, he even cut off testimony from people who flew from neighbor islands to testify. How low can a politician go?  Tsuji unfortunately has become a mascot for corporate special interests, even given the dubious distinction of Biotech legislator of the year.  He should now be given the “poison award” by school children throughout Hawaii.  As a former banker, now politician, Tsuji deserves to be publicly shamed and exposed as a legislator that acts against the common good, including children’s health and safety.

Jim Albertini

Please join the Feb. 20, 2015 Hilo Peace vigil — the 700th Consecutive Weekly Peace Vigil

Aloha peace ohana,

Come join the 700th consecutive weekly Hilo Peace Vigil.  Weather permitting, we will have a solar charged sound system.  I will bring my guitar to play a few peace songs and an open mic will be available to share thoughts.  Mahalo and please pass the words to others.

Jim Albertini

700th Consecutive

Weekly Hilo Peace

Vigil

Restraint Not Vengeance”

      Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 marks the 700th consecutive weekly Hilo, Hawaii Peace Vigil held from 3:30-5PM at the downtown Post office/federal building sponsored by Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action based in Kurtistown. That’s over 13 years and counting. Each week a new peace leaflet is prepared and distributed widely in Hawaii, the U.S. and internationally, via email lists, Facebook, and the malu-aina.org website. Copies are emailed to county and state officials, the news media, and hundreds of additional copies are handed out on the Hilo street corner of Kinoole and Waianuenue Ave. Anyone can sign up at www.malu-aina.org to receive the weekly leaflet free and other information for peace, justice and aloha ‘aina to save the planet.

      The Hilo Peace Vigil was initiated by Malu ‘Aina founder, Jim Albertini, and the late Zen Buddhist Roshi, Robert Aitken, on Sept. 12, 2001 as an effort to encourage “Restraint not Vengeance” in response to the 9-11 attacks. To quote from that first leaflet: “The purpose of today’s vigil is to offer prayers and thoughts for the victims and their families of yesterday’s attacks and to seek ways to end our world’s escalating cycles of violence. Violent retaliation will only escalate the cycle of violence that is making the whole world blind to our need to live together on this planet. This tragedy underscores the urgent need to embrace policies of international cooperation, a more just distribution of the world’s resources, and a direction that moves away from militarism and violence as methods of solving problems.”

      Where are we today –700 weeks onward? Trillions of dollars have been spent on war and militarism and what have we bought? Is the world a safer place? In 700 weeks of war millions have been killed, injured, made orphans and refugees. The cradle of civilization in Iraq, and surrounding areas, have been heavily destroyed and contaminated with U.S. military toxins including depleted uranium, causing cancer and birth defects. The U.S. has bombed Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Libya and now Syria. After 13 years of war in the name of “freedom and democracy” the entire Middle East is in chaos and civil liberties in the U.S. have been eroded. The cycle of violence continues to escalate, from “Shock and Awe” to killer drones, targeted assassinations, beheadings, and U.S. Special Operations Forces conducting secret missions in more than 133 countries. Now President Obama is seeking expanded authorization for more endless wars against the Islamic State even though U.S. Middle East wars helped create the Islamic State. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article40943.htm

      This much should be crystal clear. More war and spending 69 cents out of every U.S. tax dollar on militarism and a national security state are not the answer.  www.thiscantbehappening.net/node/2657  The five core points that appear at the bottom of each week’s peace leaflet may help guide us in a more positive direction. Our key task is to stop the violence: stop the U.S. from continuing to treat Hawaii and the entire world as occupied colonies; and prevent the destruction of civilization and planetary suicide by nuclear war or human induced climate disaster. http://tinyurl.com/pgdk264 http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article41002.htm Imagine a better world and with every breath of our beings never give up in a non-violent struggle to make it a reality.

Never, Ever, Give Up!

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 justice in Hawai`i and around the world.
Contact: Malu `Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Kurtistown, Hawai`i 96760.
Phone (808) 966-7622. Email
: ja@malu-aina.org http://www.malu-aina.org/

Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (Feb. 20, 2015 – 700th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Effects of US – Russia Nuclear Exchange

Effects of US – Russia Nuclear Exchange

SHERWOOD ROSS ASSOCIATES
Public Relations
                                             FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
U.S. AND RUSSIAN, NUCLEAR EXCHANGE
WOULD DESTROY HUMAN RACE, STARR SAYS
“Russian and U.S. launch-ready nuclear weapons are a self-destruct mechanism for the human race,” a conference of authorities on the subject convening in New York City will be told.
“A nuclear war fought with strategic nuclear weapons would leave the earth uninhabitable for humans and most animals.” says Steven Starr, an Associate of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and a Senior Scientist of Physicians for Social Responsibility.
Starr will deliver his talk Feb. 28 on the opening day of a 2-day conference about “The Dynamics of Possible Nuclear Extinction” convened at The New York Academy of Medicine under the auspices of The Helen Caldicott Foundation For a Nuclear Free Future.
“A single, standard size Russian strategic nuclear weapon, detonated above New York City, would ignite a fire storm covering about 100 square miles.  Virtually no one in the fire zone would survive.”
Nuclear firestorms created by war fought with thousands of strategic nuclear weapons would produce millions of tons of smoke, which would rise above cloud level to form a global stratospheric smoke layer.  Starr summarizes the findings of scientific studies, which predict that the smoke would block most sunlight from reaching the surface of the earth for more than a decade. This would rapidly create Ice Age weather conditions, causing temperatures in the central US and Eurasia to fall below freezing every day for one to three years.
The resulting global nuclear famine would likely kill most humans from starvation. When all the long-term environmental consequences of nuclear war are considered, Starr says it becomes clear that a war fought with strategic nuclear weapons would result in a mass extinction event, similar to the one that wiped out the dinosaurs and 75% of all species of life on earth.
However, the existential threat posed by strategic nuclear war has not been publicly acknowledged or discussed by the leaders of the nuclear weapon states. The US and Russia continue to conduct large scale nuclear war games, which Starr says amounts to “a dress rehearsal for Armageddon.”
“A nuclear war fought with the strategic nuclear weapons of the US and Russia will end human history.  Yet this ultimate danger is not even recognized by those people who have the power to launch nuclear weapons.  If they push the button, they can literally destroy the human race.  Isn’t it time for our leaders to recognize that nuclear war represents suicide for our species?
Dr. Caldicott is an Australian physician, author, and anti-nuclear advocate who has founded several associations dedicated to opposing the use of nuclear power, depleted uranium munitions, and nuclear weapons. She has been awarded 21 honorary doctoral degrees and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Nobel Laureate Linus Pauling.
According to Dr. Caldicott: “As the Cold War heats up again, the U.S. and Russia each maintain over one thousand nuclear weapons on hair-trigger alert to be launched with a press of a button, increasing the risk of a global conflagration.”
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Talk by Danny Li on TPP at UH Hilo on Tuesday, Feb. 17th 12:30

Q: WHAT IS THE TPP?
A:(Trans Pacific Partnership)
Q:  WHY IS IT A SERIOUS DANGER TO ALL OF US?
Q: WHAT SHOULD WE DO ABOUT IT?
A presentation by DANNY LI on
TUES. FEB 17th at 12:30 on the UHH Campus, K-129 (“K” Building Room 129).
FREE.
Sponsored by Global HOPE and Democracy Matters

End the Cycle of Violence!

The Terror We Give Is the Terror We Get!

      ” In my experience, including my time in combat, I’ve seen no difference between the results of war and the results of terrorism.  The terms, to me, are interchangeable, like barbarism and savagery– both describe the same heart of darkness.  In my teens, long before I saw war first-hand, I remember thinking that the definition of “civilized” should be changed to “those who do not participate in war.”  People don’t have to see the results of war in person to know it is an abomination.

      “It is irrational to glorify war as though it is somehow better than terrorism, as so many in our bellicose culture do.  The more mothers we kill, the more sons will come for us, whether we behead the mothers with swords or cruise missiles.  The more children we kill, the more fathers will come for us, whether we blast the children with suicide vests or hellfire missiles.  It is ludicrous to say the next bomb will end any of it, particularly the delusion– we only sink deeper into denial.”  –Jack Balkwill  [libertyunderground] Today’s LUV News  10 February, 2015 [4 Attachments]

war

We fire missiles from the sky that incinerate families huddled in their houses. They incinerate a pilot cowering in a cage. We torture hostages in our black sites and choke them to death by stuffing rags down their throats. They torture hostages in squalid hovels and behead them. We organize Shiite death squads to kill Sunnis. They organize Sunni death squads to kill Shiites. We produce high-budget films such as “American Sniper” to glorify our war crimes. They produce inspirational videos to glorify their twisted version of jihad.

The barbarism we condemn is the barbarism we commit. The line that separates us from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is technological, not moral. We are those we fight…

Terror is choreographed. Remember “Shock and Awe”? Terror must be seen and felt to be effective. Terror demands gruesome images. Terror must instill a paralyzing fear. Terror requires the agony of families. It requires mutilated corpses. It requires anguished appeals from helpless hostages and prisoners. Terror is a message sent back and forth in the twisted dialogue of war. Terror creates a whirlwind of rage, horror, shame, pain, disgust, pity, frustration and impotence. It consumes civilians and combatants. It elevates violence as the highest virtue, justified in the name of noble ideals. It unleashes a carnival of death and plunges a society into blood-drenched madness…  Terror is the engine of war. And terror is what all sides in this conflict produce in overabundance.” Chris. Hedges

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_terror_we_give_is_the_terror_we_get_20150208
article for historical perspective on modern war
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article40943.htm

Stop the Wars!   End the Terror!

  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 justice in Hawai`i and around the world.
    Contact: Malu `Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Kurtistown, Hawai`i 96760.

    Phone (808) 966-7622. Email:ja@malu-aina.org http://www.malu-aina.org/

Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (Feb. 13, 2015 – 699th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office