Shedding Light in the Darkness

Eating Organic Food Means Less Pesticides Study, But Not So According to Forbes


This is how the media can spin some news. Living Maxwell reported:  In a just-released, peer-reviewed study, four families across the country were fed both an organic and non-organic diet, and the ones who ate all organic saw their pesticide load drop by as much as 95%. Led by researchers at the University of California at Berkeley, four families from cities around the U.S. — Atlanta, Baltimore, Oakland and Minneapolis — were fed both an organic and non-organic diet, each for six days. Read more of this post


Looming Censorship on Facebook -Targeting Those Questioning Vaccination Safety


First The Guardian and now Business Insider is warning that Facebook may remove, reduce, and demote anti-vaccination content on the platform in an effort to combat the spread of false information. The social network also said it could decide to demote anti-vaccination content from Facebook search results too. This may even include closed Facebook groups. Read more of this post

The Ramped Up Smear Campaign Against Hawaii’s Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard

tulsi45001_5989328688001-vsSince announcing her likelihood of running for president, the smear campaign against Tulsi Gabbard has ramped up into high gear. It’s almost as if there’s a coordinated, orchestrated campaign to derail her as so called progressive medial outlets have unleashed a torrent of attacks.

Liberal sites like The Intercept and Honolulu’s Civil Beat have all joined in the assault, while Rolling Stone quickly published a critique by a pro-Hillary, former Newsweek journalist proclaiming – “Tulsi Gabbard’s Campaign May Be Over Before It started.” A sub head claimed, “The congresswoman from Hawaii’s past is filled with anti-LGBTQ activism, calls for bombing Syria and endorsing torture.” Read more of this post

Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler Loves Maui

JON_STEVEN-TYLER-with-Rebecca-Lynn-HowardSteven Tyler loves living on Maui. Ask Aerosmith’s iconic lead singer about his affection for our island, and he enthusiastically relays how he’s been dreaming about locating here for years. Read more of this post

The Hawaii Department of Health Tries to Force Hazardous Ineffective HPV Vaccine on All Public School Children

GARDASIL-9-Package-and-Vial-e1447623675230After a public outcry in 2016 against a bill sponsored by Maui’s Senator Roz Baker to mandate the controversial HPV vaccine for Hawaii’s children, led to the bill being shelved, the state’s Department of Health (DOH) is now attempting to force the vaccine on school kids. Read more of this post

Hawaii Took The Lead In Calling For A Ban on Chlorpyrifos & Now It’s National


A federal appeals court ruled on Thursday that the Trump administration endangered public health by keeping the widely used pesticide chlorpyrifos on the market despite extensive scientific evidence that even tiny levels of exposure can harm babies’ brains. Read more of this post

What Could Go Wrong – Voting by Cell Phone

Smartphone-Vote-900x600At a time when election security is in question, for the first time in U.S. history, the state of West Virginia is going to allow the use of mobile phones in the November elections – because it’s more convenient for members of the U.S. military deployed outside of the country to vote. Read more of this post

We Lost Another San Francisco Rock Pioneer – Marty Balin

Balinla-1538176951-1di0imooef-snap-imageThe original leader of the Airplane and primary songwriter, Marty Balin first encountered Paul Kantner in the spring of 1965. Influenced by the folk-rock sound of groups like the Byrds, the duo set about assembling the group that became Jefferson Airplane. Read more of this post

Why Pesticides Could Be Even More Toxic – Adjuvants

how-roundup-worksWriting in Frontiers in Public Health, Dr Robin Mesnage from King’s College London, suggests new regulations are needed to protect people and the environment from toxic pesticide ingredients that are not currently subject to safety assessments. With Dr Michael Antoniou, they published the first comprehensive review of gaps in risk assessments for “adjuvants” –  ingredients added to pesticide formulations to enhance the function or application of the active ingredient. Read more of this post

Another State Wises Up to The Smart Meter Con

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Kentucky’s two largest electric utilities have been denied permission to install smart meters in homes across the state. The Public Service Commission found the utilities failed to show that the costs of smart meter implementation were worth it. The utilities had proposed installing about 1.3 million smart meters over a three-year period at a cost of nearly $350 million. Read more of this post