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Monthly Archives: July 2016

Same As It Ever Was – Life With the Clintons – Cash For Influence & Endless War

hillaryimage-a-28_1453931815706“We’re in the money, c’mon my honey, Let’s spend it, lend it, send it, rollin’ along”

In 2014 the Wall Street Journal reported that the Clintons had raised between $2 billion and $3 billion since 1992. More than three-quarters of it came from industry sources – for their campaigns, philanthropies, and themselves. At the top of the list of corporate donors were financial firms, and highest up among them was Goldman Sachs. Citigroup and JP Morgan Chase gave generously as well. Not far behind Wall Street were communications/electronics firms. Read more of this post

The Wacky Wit of Boris Johnson


As the world seems to slip deeper into insanity maybe it’s time for a bit of a laugh courtesy the UK’s new Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson. Known as BoJo, the former Mayor of London has come up with some real crackers over the years like: “My chances of being Prime Minister are about as good as the chances of finding Elvis on Mars, or my being reincarnated as an olive.” Read more of this post

Dr. David R. Hawkins on Self-Healing

banner_slider_01Dr. David R. Hawkins was a renowned psychiatrist and pioneer in the fields of consciousness research and spirituality. In his book “Healing and Recovery” he talked about how he healed himself of a laundry list of diseases. His last book was “Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender.” He suggests that most of us become sick because of unconscious guilt. The first step in self-healing is to embrace forgiveness and release negative emotions. Read more of this post

Impact of Virtual Violence on Children


The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a policy statement on the impact of virtual violence on children in the journal Pediatrics. It’s calling for action to protect children from exposure to excessive amounts of onscreen violence, which includes “first-person shooter games and other realistic video games and applications.” Read more of this post

Erdogan’s Turkish Folly

erd_820aWhen plans were announced for additional construction around Turkish President Tayyip Erdogans mega-palace, Tezcan Candan, the head of the Ankara branch of the Chamber of Architects reported in April: “The cost of constructing additional utility buildings next to the presidential complex will go over the announced 650 million Turkish lira (almost $230 million).” Candan said that the utility buildings, which are set to be completed by 2019, are planned to cover a territory of 322,000 sq. meters, which is almost the same as the territory of the entire presidential complex. Read more of this post

WTF Is Up With Killing Sharks For a Bowl of Soup!

shark397300_3488400097912619524_n_0In May the South China Morning Post reported that HK Express had become Hong Kong’s first airline to ban shark fin cargo. The airline said it was making a declaration of support for the global campaign to ban the trade. Locally-based concern groups WildAid and the Hong Kong Shark Foundation praised HK Express for joining an expanding list of airlines around the world going shark fin free. Read more of this post

The Threat of 5G High-Band Spectrum Networks

network-congestionFCC Commissioner Tom Wheeler recently gave a speech applauding America’s launching of high-band spectrum 5G networks – which will bathe the nation in more electromagnetic fields. “These bands offer huge swaths of spectrum for super-fast data rates with low latency, and are now becoming unlocked because of technological advances in computing and antennas,” he said. Read more of this post

David Crosby – A Rock Icon


Fifty years after performing with the Byrds, David Crosby can still mesmerize an audience. Entering to a standing ovation, the iconic artist proceeded to command the the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater stage on Saturday with just a couple of acoustic guitars (masterfully played), a remarkably strong, distinctive voice, and a stream of memorable songs made even more vivid by their solo context. Read more of this post

A Hopeful Message from The Dalai Lama


Washington Post – June 13

Almost six decades have passed since I left my homeland, Tibet, and became a refugee. Thanks to the kindness of the government and people of India, we Tibetans found a second home where we could live in dignity and freedom, able to keep our language, culture and Buddhist traditions alive.

My generation has witnessed so much violence — some historians estimate that more than 200 million people were killed in conflicts in the 20th century. Read more of this post

Maui Gets to Grow Industrial Hemp


Hawaii’s governor has signed the Industrial Hemp Bill which establishes an industrial hemp pilot program through the Department of Agriculture allowing the cultivation of  hemp and distribution of hemp seed in Hawaii for purposes of agricultural or academic research. Read more of this post