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Bill Maher: Election Electroshock Therapy

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Are you feeling electrified or electrocuted by the 2016 presidential election? Are you in shock? As a remedy of laughter and realism, please watch Bill Maher on HBO. I laugh because it hurts to cry.

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Would Trump Dump Democracy?

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SOME in the GOP wish they could dump Trump, but do millions of Americans wish to see Trump dump democracy? Trump’s most fervent followers want Donald John Trump to be the 58th President of the United States, whatever it takes to get the job done, democracy be damned. This scares me because a Trump victory in the electoral college looks increasingly difficult

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Climate Change Deniers: Facts and Fictions

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Please see through the misleading guest commentary by Tom Harris of the Canada-based International Climate Science Coalition (ICSC), a press release now circulating internationally and published by The Garden Island newspaper on Sunday, May 18. Harris said it is “ridiculous” to think that only industry-funded “deniers” are claiming that climate change is not real.  What’s

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Flying Solo: A Rite of Passage

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CROWS call this mornings outside the Echo Park duplex in Los Angeles where Melissa and I are staying as I recuperate from September 13 cancer surgery. Crows and ravens are old totems for me, heralding deep changes in my life. Their presence this morning seems appropriate as as I prepare for tonight’s performance of “Flying Solo.” The Flying Solo

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Restart: A Site and a Life

AMID  the restart of my life after the second cancer surgery, I’ve installed a new site theme, chosen by Melissa. Navigation requires clicking the line stack in the upper left corner or scrolling to the bottom of every screen. As time allows, I will work on making navigation better. Meanwhile, here’s an interim menu bar: Judah Freed’s Blog | Making Global Sense | Hoku House

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Open Book Expo America to the Public?

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During a recent conversation with my new book publicist, Cathy Lewis, we began to talk about the relatively low turnout for Book Expo America 2015 compared to prior years. We agreed that attending BEA no longer seems essential for success in the book industry. Why not? The big houses already are sending their reps to call on the chains

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Unexpected Findings about Business in China

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Steve Hoffman at Founders Space recently returned from a “marathon business trip” to Asia. He returned with some unexpected findings about business in China that defy many of our staid stereotypes in the West. With Steve’s permission, I am quoting his findings below:

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5 Needed Election Reforms

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We hear that political corruption is like the weather. Everybody complains about it, but nobody can do anything to change it. Well, I believe that’s just not true. In fact, I feel taking action on the moral climate of corruption is just as necessary for our survival as taking action on the changing climate of our

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Recalled: 2008 Democratic National Convention

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With the 2016 Democratic National Convention approaching faster than we may expect,  this piece of narrative from the 2008 DNC is worth recalling. The Network of Spiritual?Progressives (NSP) asks me to coordinate a conference in?Denver at the 2008 Democratic National?Convention (DNC), which will nominate a candidate for president. Our event overlaps the opening day of the

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Syngenta in Switzerland Urged to Drop Suit Against Kauai GMO Pesticide Law

  At the annual shareholders meeting of the Syngenta Corporation in Basel, Switzerland, Kauai County Council member Gary Hooser urged the transnational chemical giant to withdraw from its lawsuit against the Hawaiian island county. Syngenta in January 2014 joined with Dow AgroSciences, DuPont Pioneer and BASF in a federal suit to block the enforcement of

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Small 2015 Kauai Writers Conference a Big Success

The second annual 2015 Kauai Writers Conference exceeded expectations. Much smaller and more intimate than the former Maui Writers Conference, the May 1-3 event on Kauai’s legendary Coconut Coast attracted twice the attendance as the inaugural conference last year and more than three times as many presenters.

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Email and the Surveillance State

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A friend recently asked me for advice on how to send his email securely. I had to ask what he meant by “secure.” Did he mean a password-protected email account? Practically all email accounts are password-protected today, even Yahoo and Google, plus virtually every viable email app require password authentication for both sending and receiving

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The Government Accountability Project Investigates Biotech Industry Influence on Hawaii State and County Officials

LIHUE –  This week, the Government Accountability Project (GAP), a nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest group based in Washington, D.C., submitted several information requests to Hawaii state and county officials about meetings and communications with large biotech companies during the debate over Kauai’s pesticide and disclosure legislation, Bill 2491. The bill, now signed into law as

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Isao Hashimoto: Time-Lapse Video of All Nuclear Explosions on Earth, 1945-1998

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Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto created this beautiful yet terrifying time-lapse map of the 2,053 nuclear explosions on earth between 1945 and 1998, beginning with the Manhattan Project’s “Trinity” test near Los Alamos and concluding with Pakistan’s nuclear tests in May 1998. The video leaves out all tests since 1998, including North Korea’s questionable nuclear tests.

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Inspiring music videos from the Luminaries

Good music and deep inspiration from the conscious hip-hop band, the Luminaries:    

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Kauai GMO ‘Right to Know’ Bill 2491 co-sponsor speaks out

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Kauai County Council representative Gary Hooser talks about why he drafted Bill 2491 and what he hopes it will do for Kaua’i. He also lets us know what we can do to help to get it passed and what we can do as citizen action to stop the poisoning of our island from chemicals and

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Attend Kauai GMO Hearing Today

If you are on Kauai, please turn out today for the public hearing on County Council Bill 2491, which would protect the public’s right to know about the GMO crops being grown here and the toxic chemicals being used on these crops that may harm our health and our environment.

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Supreme Court rulings do and don’t show global sense

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When it comes to civil rights, the U.S. Supreme Court seems to give with one hand what it takes away with the other. Many celebrated yesterday’s decisions to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that denied equal liberties to all couples, regardless of sexual orientation. In a parallel ruling, the high court rebuffed

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GMO-Free Kauai Rally

  Kauai, 25 May 2013 — Ever since January 2013 when Dr. Vandana Shiva spoke on Kauai about the GMO research crops contaminating the island ecology, Garden Isle residents increasingly have been speaking out against the biotech companies on Kauai. The latest demonstration took place today on Kuhio Highway in Kapaa. At least 200 people

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Site Revival and Revisions

Welcome back to those of you who visited this site in recent months and wondered why the web pages were not displaying properly. Sadly, the site had been hacked and progressively disabled. Ouch. The site has now been totally cleansed, secured in multiple layers, and wholly redesigned graphically from one end to the other. GlobalSense.com

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Occupy Wall Street Political Cartoons

Congratulations to BuzzFeed.com for posting 15 great political cartoons about the Occupy Wall Street protests. Check these out for yourself.  Below is a prime example:

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Timeless truth

Given the rapid growth of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement across America and the world, these songs are as relevant today as more than 40 years ago. The original recording of the classic Buffalo Springfield song brings it all back with vivid images.

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