Archive for October, 2013

Mongoose “Guards” Hen House!

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Army Gets License to

Poison Us

with Radiation!

The mongoose has been issued a license

to guard the hen house!

      The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued a license on Oct. 23, 2013 to the U.S. Army to possess Depleted Uranium (DU) radiation at the Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) on Hawaii island and Schofield Barracks on Oahu. These bases have been contaminated with DU for more than 50 years. Continued shelling and bombing of the contaminated sites have likely spread the radiation, endangering the health and safety of troops and residents and visitors alike through inhalation and ingestion of radioactive dust particles.

      Radioactive DU spotting rounds for the U.S. Davy Crockett nuclear weapon system were first used on Oahu and the Big Island, and at military training sites in more than a dozen states and three foreign countries, beginning in the early 1960s. The Army says that DU has been prohibited from use in training since 1996. What this means is that a lot more DU has likely been used at military training sites than just the Davy Crockett DU spotting rounds. DU has been used in a wide range of weapons.

The NRC is an agency made up of people within the nuclear industry. It is mostly a “Rubber Stamp” for the industry rather than a regulator, much like bank regulators “rubber stamp” the abuses of the Wall St. banks, instead of regulating and preventing the abuses causing the ongoing global financial crisis.

What’s needed at the 133,000-acre Pohakuloa Training Area and other military sites contaminated with DU radiation are the following actions:

  1. An immediate halt to all live-fire and and all activities that create dust;
  2. Comprehensive independent testing and monitoring (with citizen oversight) to determine the full extent of radiation contamination at the various sites and off base contamination too;
  3. Full clean up and/or shut down of the sites/bases to prevent further spread of the radiation contamination.

Issuing a license for the mongoose to guard the hen house in no real solution. Having the mongoose report to a commission made up of fellow mongoose about conditions in the hen house will be of no comfort to the hens.

Stop the Bombing!

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.
Malu `Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown), Hawai`i 96760.

Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (November 1, 2013– 632nd week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Peace Concerts in Hilo!

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

For immediate release Contact: Julie Mitchell (935-7844)

or Jeri Gertz (989-3208)




Harmony on Tap (HOT) in Concert November 8th and 9th

to Benefit Ku’ikahi Mediation Center


Harmony on Tap (HOT) ushers in the season of giving with its second annual peace concerts. The non-profit Ku’ikahi Mediation Center will benefit from the “COOL women making HOT music for a GOOD cause.”

Concerts on Friday, November 8th, and Saturday, November 9th, begin at 7:30 p.m. at First United Protestant Church (above Kaiser).

“Ku’ikahi Mediation Center is a natural beneficiary for funds raised from singing about peace and harmony,” says HOT co-founder Jeri Gertz. “Their mission is to find peaceful solutions to conflicts, and it’s their 30th anniversary.”

HOT’s signature concert style — variety — is also perfect for this theme, adds HOT co-founder Amy Gregg. “We seek and find peace in many settings and relationships. Our songs reflect that kind of diversity, from heartfelt prayer to passionate love to joyous celebration.”

Harmony on Tap is a 10-woman vocal group. This concert program includes jazz standards, pop classics, spirituals, soft rock, and multicultural songs. “Peace has never been this HOT!” quips Gertz.

Tickets: $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Available from Ku’ikahi Mediation Center (101 Aupuni Street), Day-Lum (2 Kamehameha Avenue), HOT members, or at the door. For more information, call Ku’ikahi (935-7844) or Jeri Gertz (989-3208).

Follow the Money!

Monday, October 21st, 2013

The Business of

America is WAR!

      “There is a new normal in America: our government may shut down, but our wars continue.  Congress may not be able to pass a budget, but the U.S. military can still launch commando raids in Libya and Somalia, the Afghan War can still be prosecuted and the military-industrial complex can still dominate the world’s arms trade.

      “In the halls of Congress and the Pentagon, it’s business as usual, if your definition of “business” is the power and profits you get from constantly preparing for and prosecuting wars around the world.  “War is a racket,” General Smedley Butler famously declared in 1935, and even now it’s hard to disagree with a man who had two Congressional Medals of Honor to his credit and was intimately familiar with American imperialism.

“No wonder our leaders tell us not to worry our little heads about our wars—just support those troops, go shopping, and keep waving that flag. If patriotism is famously the last refuge of the scoundrel, it’s also the first recourse of those seeking to mobilize customers for the latest bloodletting exercise in combat as commerce…

“In the history of war, such commercial transactions took many forms, whether as territory conquered, spoils carted away, raw materials appropriated, or market share gained. Consider American wars. The War of 1812 … it really was about crushing Indians on the frontier and grabbing their land.  (In 1893 the U.S. military assisted American sugar planters to overthrow the lawful Hawaiian government and grab more land for business interests and U.S. military bases.) The Mexican-American War was another land grab, this time for the benefit of slaveholders. The Spanish-American War was a land grab for those seeking an American empire overseas, while World War I was for making the world “safe for democracy” — and for American business interests globally.

“Even World War II … witnessed the emergence of the U.S. as the arsenal of democracy, the world’s dominant power, and the new imperial stand-in for a bankrupt British Empire. Korea? Vietnam? Lots of profit for the military-industrial complex and plenty of power for the Pentagon establishment. Iraq, the Middle East, current adventures in Africa? Oil, markets, natural resources, global dominance.” See full article: William Astore, Op-Ed: READ

Don’t BUY the War Business Propaganda!

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.
Malu `Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown), Hawai`i 96760.

Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (October 25, 2013– 631st week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

More info on JFK Assassination –50th anniversary

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

Below is info from Jennifer Ho on the Kennedy Assassination.  The James W. Douglass book “JFK and the Unspeakable:  Why he died and why it matters” makes clear Kennedy was killed by high level involvement of the U.S. national security state and he explains why.

From Jennifer —

you would like  Mary’s Monkey which covers the time frame/climate in the South prior to and during JFK assassination, linking Tulane Univ and Cancer Research, and R wing upsets over the failure of JFK to go to war w/ Castro. an amazingbook- even w the weird title.

and, Piper’s, ‘Orders to Kill about the planned assassination of MLK where we see the same underworld players- lackeys for the CIA again working together w a small group , retirees /vets in the US military and police.
please share this, I highly recommend both books

Surgeon in ER insists 2 gunmen shot JFK – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Nov. 22, 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination.


Must read:  book by James W, Douglass entitled “JFK and the Unspeakable:  Why he died and why it matters.”