Author Archives: Judah Freed

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Climate Change Deniers: Facts and Fictions

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.

Tom Harris

Tom Harris, ICSC

Harris said it is “ridiculous” to think that only industry-funded “deniers” are claiming that climate change is not real.  What’s ridiculous is that Harris and the ICSC themselves are industry-funded climate change deniers.

Here are some basic facts that anyone could discover from a few minutes of web research:

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Open Book Expo America to the Public?

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 and indie booksellers, so they do not need BEA to pitch new titles and take orders. The medium to small publishers mostly have distributors that call upon the chains and indie booksellers, so they do not need to spend big bucks for exhibit space to reach booksellers when they already have distributors making sales pitches in the field.

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Unexpected Findings about Business in China

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

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 planet. Political corruption is a form of pollution, and we ignore it at our peril. To stimulate thought and action, therefore, I’m distilling into one essay the five most widely supported election reforms. If we can enact even one of these reforms, perhaps starting locally and going national, the decline in political corruption will be tremendous.

The five election reforms below will not be easily enacted, yet the cause is worthy.

1. Public Funding of Public Elections.

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Police at 2008 Democratic National Convention

Recalled: 2008 Democratic National Convention

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 DNC at a Denver sports arena. We hope to nudge Democrats toward more enlightened social values.

The request comes from NSP cofounder Rabbi Michael Lerner. Months earlier, I’d helped him organize an interfaith evening at a Denver mosque. Before an overflow audience, Rabbi?Lerner joined local Muslim, Christian and Jewish clergy to explore options for Middle East peace.

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

Category : Global News

Syngenta HQ in Basel

Syngenta headquarters in Basel, Switzerland. (by Latschari, WikiCommons)

 

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 controversial Kauai Ordinance 960, which regulates testing agrochemicals on GMO seed crops on the garden island.

Enacted in late 2013 by Kauai County Council in an override of the island mayor’s veto, Ordinance 960 requires the GMO seed companies to disclose when and where and how much they spray toxic chemicals on their test crops. The law also requires a 500 foot buffer between the testing areas and local schools, hospital and homes.

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Kauai Writers Conference

Small 2015 Kauai Writers Conference a Big Success

Category : Book News

Learn how to publish your book at Kauai Writers ConferencesThe 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

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 email from a remote IMAP or POP mail server.

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

Category : Global News

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 “Ordinance 960”, requires biotech companies to disclose pesticide use information and establish buffer zones between their fields and schools, hospitals and residential areas.

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