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Category Archives: Education

The Maui Independent Debuts on the Web

alika-atay-Native Wisdom: Water Protector Alika Atay on the Power of We the People. Alika Atay was the lead plaintiff in the SHAKA Movement’s federal lawsuit over the invalidation of Maui’s successful GMO Moratorium initiative in 2014. This Maui Independent In Their Own Words features the barrel-chested, deep-voiced leader known to many Native Hawai’ians as “Uncle Alika.” His words are from interviews conducted during the past year by journalist Jonathan Greenberg. Read more of this post

Massive Smart Meter Malfunction


Don’t believe the industry hype that electric smart meter are accurate. There are just too many consumer reports of inflated bills and the latest is a whopper. The UK’s Daily Telegraph reports on one energy company’s malfunctioning smart meters charging electricity users as much as £33,000 ($40,580) for a day’s power. Read more of this post

Dr. Mae-Wan Ho – The Danger of Wireless Technology


Dr. Mae-Wan Ho was an esteemed geneticist and visionary (she died last year) who bucked the establishment by opposing GMOs and contending that pollution from wireless technologies is a major issue of our time. Gaining her Ph.D in Biochemistry in 1967 from Honk Kong University she went on to lecture in the UK at Queen Elizabeth College and the Open University. She co-founded the Institute of Science in Society which campaigned against unethical uses of biotechnology and called for Glyphosate (Roundup) to be banned. This article will address her perspective on the danger of wireless technology. Read more of this post

Hawaii State Government Wakes Up To It’s Pesticide Problem

spraying-pesticides-on-fieldThe state is finally taking some first steps to address  concerns about pesticide drift from large agri-chemical company operations in Hawaii. In a joint press statement, the Hawaii Departments of Health and Agriculture described several initiatives recommended by the state/county sponsored Joint Fact Finding Group Report. Read more of this post

Nuclear Bomb Testing & Falling IQs

fallout-shelter-1024x922Wondering what was causing a decline in learning and reading abilities of young American students born in the 1950s, physicist Dr. Ernest Sternglass wondered if radioactive fallout from nuclear bomb testing was the culprit. A Professor of Radiology, specializing in radiological physics, at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School, and Adjunct Professor in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at Indiana University, Bloomington, Sternglass began investigating his hypothesis. 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

Are We Coping with Increasing Airborne Radiation?


Based in Stockholm, Dr. Olle Johansson is a professor at the Karolinska Institute’s Experimental Dermatology Unit, Department of Neuroscience. He has spent years studying the effects of man-made electromagnetic fields. In 2006, he published a commentary in the Journal of the Australian College of Nutrition & Environmental Medicine with the title, “How shall we cope with the increasing amounts of airborne radiation?” Read more of this post

America’s Largest Healthcare Organization Recommends a Plant Based Diet


Kaiser Permanente, the largest managed healthcare organization in the United States, has published a remarkable nutritional update for physicians – informing doctors that healthy eating may best be achieved with a plant-based diet, defined as a regimen that “encourages whole, plant-based foods and discourages meats, dairy and eggs as well as all refined and processed food.” Read more of this post

Vaccination Doc Pulled From Tribeca Film Fest

autismdeclineA controversial film about a possible link between autism and vaccinations has been pulled from Robert De Niro’s Tribeca film festival, after the actor consulted “the scientific community” and found “concerns with certain things in this film.” The father of an autistic child and co-founder of the festival, De Niro at first defended the decision to premiere “Vaxxed: from Cover-Up to Catastrophe.” Read more of this post

Vaccine Billboards in the Bay Area


An anti-vaccine billboard, paid for by the Council for Vaccine Safety, across the street from Hoover Elementary School in North Fair Oaks on Wednesday, Feb. 3 2016. (Aaron Kinney/Bay Area News Group)

Billboards questioning the safety of vaccines have popped up over the past couple of months from Berkeley and San Francisco to North Fair Oaks, a largely Latino community in southern San Mateo County. More went up in January in the San Jose area to coincide with Super Bowl 50, which has drawn tens of thousands of visitors to the South Bay. Read more of this post