Opposing paradigms meet in Hawaii

SUBHEAD: The indigenous stewardship of resources is anathema to the free market on which APEC is founded.  

 By Jon Letman on 7 October 2011 for Al Jazeera -  

Image above: Sec. of State Hillary Clinton speaks at last APEC conference. From original article.

Speaking earlier this year on US National Public Radio, Intel CEO Paul Otellini suggested that the global power shift that occurred from the United Kingdom to the United States at the beginning of the 20th century is now replaying itself, as power moves away from the United States to the Asia-Pacific region, specifically China.

If that's true, then Hawaii is well poised to serve as the place where the proverbial baton is handed off. This November (8-13), Honolulu will host the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) 2011 summit where 21 member economies will discuss region issues. Founded in 1989 as a forum for "facilitating economic growth, cooperation, trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific region", APEC comprises some of the world's largest economies including the US, China, Japan, Russia, South Korea, Canada,

Singapore, Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) and Australia - as well as developing economies from Vietnam and the Philippines to Mexico and Peru. APEC's primary focus is on what it calls the "Three Pillars of APEC": Trade and investment liberalization, business facilitation and economic and technical cooperation. As a single economic body representing 40 per cent of the world's population, 54 per cent of global GDP (about $34 trillion in 2008) and approximately 44 per cent of world trade, APEC is enormous, so it's no wonder Hawaii's state government and local business leaders thrill at hosting such a big fish.

Yet APEC will take place alongside an equally important, though far less well-known international conference called Moana Nui. Moana Nui (the name means "Great Ocean" in Hawaiian) will convene in Honolulu (Nov 9-11) to discuss issues vital to the well-being of Asian-Pacific peoples with an emphasis on protecting indigenous rights, local economies and fragile ecosystems that are often disproportionately impacted by resource exploitation, militarization and free trade policies such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, currently under negotiation among nine APEC members.

Moana Nui is being organized by academics, activists and advocates around a wide range of social, economic and environmental issues. More than three dozen participants from the region will host panel discussions that challenge the APEC model and offer alternate approaches to problems facing this vital region. And while both APEC and Moana Nui claim to seek the prosperity and well-being of the Asia-Pacific region, their scale, financial resources and philosophies are very different. Moana Nui coordinator Arnie Saiki says the two are incompatible;
"If we advocate environmental justice and indigenous stewardship over land resources, this is absolutely anathema to the free market which APEC is founded upon."
Saiki points out that despite the "Pacific" in APEC's name, the smaller politically independent body of Pacific Island nations are absent from APEC - except through representation as the Pacific Island Forum which observes APEC talks, but has no vote. Moana Nui, he says, will challenge globalisation, militarisation, resource exploitation, environmental degradation and what he calls "the strategic and economic hegemony of our region".

 Is the APEC model flawed?
Richard Heinberg, a senior fellow at the Post Carbon Institute and author of ten books on peak oil and related issues, will attend Moana Nui. Heinberg says the globalisation of trade is highly vulnerable for two reasons: The depletion of fossil fuels and associated rising costs and the global credit crisis. "Partly as a result of the gradual failure of our system of cheap energy and transport, we are seeing the unravelling of the global credit system," says Heinberg.
 "We need to develop more local resilience, more self-sufficiency and more ability to provision ourselves within our local ecosystems." 
APEC, Heinberg suggests, supports a system of international trade that is dependent upon cheap fossil fuels, satellite communications, container ships and a few key technologies that are highly vulnerable. Heinberg continues: "We need international cooperation but in different areas from what APEC is focusing on. We need international cooperation to protect ecosystems and indigenous cultures and share renewable energy technologies. What we're doing with organisations like APEC is mostly the opposite."

 Also participating in the Moana Nui conference is the International Forum on Globalisation. Executive director Victor Menotti says APEC and Moana Nui represent "entirely different world views". APEC, he says, is the "industrial corporate, global free trade view based on increased consumption and materialism", while Moana Nui represents a "community, local-level perspective that values subsistence and indigenous economies". He calls it a "clash of paradigms".

Menotti says APEC could potentially do good by exchanging ideas on best practices, planning for climate change adaptation and inter-governmental cooperation, but says APEC is primarily a corporate agenda that prioritises trade liberalisation, getting government out of the way for "corporate rape and pillage". "It's a question of priorities. APEC is primarily a business forum and its economic collaboration with a particular role for government and trade and investment liberalisation."  

Environmental concerns
 Moana Nui will also address environmental concerns with the participation of groups such as Pacific Environment, a San Francisco-based NGO that focuses on California, Alaska, Russia and China, collaborating with grassroots environmental groups, offering support, guidance and advocacy.

Galina Angarova, Pacific Environment's Russia program director, will speak on a panel that examines the impact of industrial resource extraction (oil, gas, timber, mineral and animal). She says Moana Nui is a forum to consider comprehensive solutions for the region. "I think the reason we are having a parallel meeting is to draw APEC's attention to the problems we have in the region. I am really hopeful that APEC itself will emphasise environmentally friendly ways to grow economically without impacting climate change, natural resources and carbon footprints. Hopefully it is going to be positive. I believe people are there to listen to each other - but I might be wrong."

Professor Peter Petri, a senior fellow at the East-West Center in Honolulu and economics professor at Brandeis University specialises in Asia-Pacific economics, has consulted for APEC and was the chair of the APEC Studies Centre. He expects "some engagement" of outside groups, but says: "My guess is that [APEC] will make some effort to listen and it will be very difficult to integrate things that are very far away from the concrete agenda APEC is trying to pursue."

 "APEC will be dealing at levels of detail and issues that are very different from the ones that people might be interested in pursuing." "[APEC] really is an effort to build a community among people from different countries in lots of different areas. It may be not a bad place for NGO concerns to be raised although how much immediate response they will get, that's hard to tell."

He describes APEC as having the capacity to build "international communities" at many levels beyond economics and trade policies. "I don't think that's necessarily mutually exclusive with also trying to build stronger communities with national and local levels," he adds. But looking at these two very different international gatherings, it's easy to see APEC as globalisation's Goliath towering over the global south's David-like figure of Moana Nui.

As the world's media focuses on the telegenic image of Barack Obama standing alongside Hu Jintao, Dmitry Medvedev and other heads of state in colorful aloha shirts with a tropical backdrop, it's possible that Moana Nui will simply be ignored by APEC and the press. "I think there is a real danger of Moana Nui being overshadowed," says Moana Nui participant Kyle Kajihiro, acting coordinator for Hawaii Peace and Justice.

Kajihiro, along with activists representing Guam, Okinawa and Jeju island, South Korea, will be conducting a workshop on the impacts of militarization. Kajihiro says Hawaii is an apt location to discuss these issues because "Hawaii was one of the early casualties of global capitalism ... and it experienced a loss of sovereignty in exchange for trade with America".

"David and Goliath is a suitable metaphor for Hawaii or any Pacific nation where APEC powers are converging. They pick small places because they think we are easy to control and they use us to dominate others. The small islands are really strategic in building power and control around the planet."  

Militarism meets tourism
Kajihiro and others say Hawaii is attractive to APEC because its remote location reduces the potential for outside protesters and, with its huge military presence, is easy to secure. "It's a weird confluence of militarisation and tourism," Kajihiro says. "On one hand APEC is promoting the myth of Hawaii as a welcoming, compliant venue to hold meetings, but it is all buttressed by an infrastructure of state violence that exists here."

Local Hawaii media and groups such as Kajihiro's have reported on and questioned the millions of dollars being spent on APEC security that could install or convert as many as 260 surveillance cameras and an arsenal of tens of thousands of dollars worth of crowd control equipment - from pepper spray and Taser guns to long-range loud speakers and other "non-lethal" devices. Hawaii's Lieutenant Governor Brian Schatz is the lead state official for APEC. He says: "We are a free speech nation which means we're not going to diminish anybody's ability to express an opinion that may be contrary to the mainstream about APEC. I think that attitude will serve the event well and keep whatever dissenting voices there may be from feeling alienated to the point of violence."

 "We feel confident that we have the appropriate security measures in place and that the conference will be safe and successful." Kajihiro, however, suggests the funds could be better spent: "We could use some of that (security) money to bring more people affected by the APEC agenda to have a more inclusive dialogue."  

• Jon Letman is an independent journalist in Hawaii where he covers wildlife conservation, politics and people of the Asia-Pacific region. Follow him on Twitter. .

Keystone XL Corruption Investigation

SUBHEAD: Chart below shows corruption in US government review of Keystone XL pipeline.

 By Rachel Cernansky on 7 October 2011 for TreeHugger - (

Image above: Detail of corruption in Keystone XK Pipeline approval process starting with Hillary Clinton. From article below.

A new chart out today illustrates the revolving door between politics in DC and the oil industry: specifically TransCanada, the company behind the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.
The chart, an investigation "white board," was put out by Oil Change International, DeSmogBlog, The Other 98% and Friends of the Earth. Click through to see the full graphic, which shows an array of State Department officials, oil interests, lobbyists and campaign donors leading all the way to Secretary Clinton and President Obama—but really, it speaks for itself.  

By Staff on 6 October 2011 for Friends of the Earth -  

The tangled web of corruption surrounding the Keystone XL pipeline implicates lobbyists and government officials alike. DeSmogBlog, Oil Change International, The Other 98% and Friends of the Earth investigated the cozy relationships between key State Department officials and corporate lobbyists, and they lead all the way to the president’s doorstep.

President Obama made a campaign promise to shut out oil lobbyists, yet the State Department’s blatant bias toward approving the Keystone XL pipeline is a clear example of oil influence over our democracy.

Check out the investigation board below and then take action to urge President Obama to end oil lobby influence and stop the Keystone XL pipeline.
Image above: Reduced size of whole Keystone XK Pipeline corruption chart. for full size see original article.


US sued over Keystone XL Pipeline

SUBHEAD: It's outrageous that TransCanada is already clearing the way for the Keystone XL pipeline before it's okayed. By Rachel Cernansky on 5 October 2011 for TreeHugger - (http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/10/environmental-groups-sue-us-government-stop-keystone-xl.php) Image above: Protest in front of White House aqainst Keystone XL Pipeline. From (http://inhabitat.com/protests-continue-against-the-proposed-1700-mile-keystone-xl-tar-sands-pipeline/tar-sands-protest-2/).

Despite the fact that the project has not been approved yet, and despite nearly universal opposition (with the exception of the State Department), work on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline has actually already begun.

Today, a coalition of environmental groups sued the U.S. State Department and Fish & Wildlife Service to stop that work: the clearing of grasslands, the moving of threatened species, and other work they say TransCanada is doing illegally in advance of the proposed $7 billion pipeline.

Reuters reports that the Center for Biological Diversity, the Western Nebraska Resources Council and Friends of the Earth filed the suit [PDF] in the U.S. District Court in Nebraska.

More from Reuters:

"It's outrageous that TransCanada is already clearing the way for the Keystone XL pipeline before the public has had a chance to have its say and, indeed, before federal agencies have even said it can be built," said Noah Greenwald, endangered species program director at the Center for Biological Diversity.

The groups say the State Department and the Fish and Wildlife Service have quietly allowed TransCanada to do the work, including mowing a corridor of native prairie grasslands in Nebraska's ecologically sensitive Sand Hills region.


Don't trust Army Corps of Engineers

SUBHEAD: This kind of waste erodes trust in our government and makes our already difficult fiscal situation that much worse. By Juan Wilson on 6 October 2011 for Island Breath - (http://islandbreath.blogspot.com/2011/10/dont-trust-army-corps-of-engineers.html) Image above: Surf crashes on revetment wall along Kuamualii Highway near west of Catholic church in Kekaha. From (http://www.poh.usace.army.mil/CW/CWPhotos-HIKa.htm). If you remember back to the analysis of damage caused by hurricane Katrina when it hit New Orleans you probably recall that major factors for the failure of the levees and the subsequent flooding that killed almost 2000 people and did over $80 billion in property damage was laid at the feet of the Army Corp of Engineers. First - they cut the wetlands to the south of the city into ribbons by slicing channels for large vessels that wanted shortcuts to the gulf waters. These water highways eroded the grassland and marshes that buffered the mainland from storm surges. These wetlands have been a living filter protecting both the gulf and the city. They were critically damaged by the projects of the Army Corps. Second - the Corps badly designed and under maintained the levees that were needed to protect parts of the city most likely to be flooded when a storm surge from the gulf, or high water from the Mississippi came. Those lowest lying areas where the dykes were, of course, were where the poorest people (read black) lived. Here on Kauai they have been busy and have plans. I am most familiar with their efforts to "improve" the Hanapepe River Levee system. I live inside the protection of that levee on the west side of the river. My conclusion after watching the efforts since 2006 to improve the system is that the Army Corps of Engineers is a mechanistic and unimaginative design and build contracting outfit with the power of god and little care about the environment of the people that live in the path of their work. They don't get the living system here, and don't care about it. They have insisted that all living grass, plants and trees be stripped from the levee (since 2006). The Kauai County Public Works were the Corps army in the field enlisted to do the work. They employed chainsaws and backhoes and pesticides. They would spray Round-Up at 7am within 25ft of residents asleep in their beds. At least two women were badly affected by the poison gases. One suffered an asthmatic attack and could not breathe afterwards. She was in her 70's. The other was pregnant in her 20's and became ill. She miscarried within 48 hours. At a recent meeting in Hanapepe the Army Corps informed the community of the timeline for their project. I won't go into the details but they are horrible. I asked the Corps representative from Honolulu what research they had done on the best species of grasses and plants that could be placed on the sides of the levee once rebuilt. He didn't have a clue nor did he know of anyone who did. I'd rather live with no flood insurance and no levee and take a chance with the ebb and flow of nature like people did here before 1965. Has anyone noticed that since the Army Corps has been involved with "saving" Kekaha's small boat harbor and beaches that the erosion there seems to have accelerated?
Staggering Army Corps Fraud By John Rudolf on 5 October 2011 for Huffington Post - (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/05/army-corps-engineers-fraud-eyaktek_n_996442.html) Image above: The Army Corps idea of a shoreline along the Industrial Canal in New Orleans, after hurricane Katrina. From (http://www.tulane.edu/~sanelson/Katrina/katrina_images.htm).

Two senior employees at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers bilked the government out of $20 million through a "brazen" bribery and kickback scheme, federal prosecutors charged Tuesday afternoon.

Prosecutors identified the mastermind of the scheme as Kerry F. Khan, 53, of Alexandria, Va., a program manager at the Army Corps' Washington, D.C., headquarters. According to the 42-page indictment, Khan controlled a dizzying array of shell companies, which were used to mask millions of dollars being skimmed off inflated federal contracts paid to a Dulles, Va., technology firm.

Khan, who is charged with bribery, money laundering and wire fraud, pocketed roughly $18 million from the scheme over four years, prosecutors said. He allegedly spent the money on Rolex watches, BMW sports cars, designer clothes, first-class travel and properties around the globe.

The fraud was "staggering in scope," said Ronald Machen Jr., the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, at a news conference announcing the arrests.

"This indictment alleges one of the most brazen corruption schemes in the history of federal contracting," Machen said.

Harold F. Babb, the contracts director at Virginia tech firm EyakTek, was also charged with multiple felonies, along with Michael A. Alexander, a program director at the Army Corps, and Lee A. Khan, Kerry Khan's son, who controlled a consulting company allegedly involved in the scheme. The four men were arraigned in federal district court in Washington, D.C., where their lawyers entered pleas of not guilty to all charges.

A hearing is scheduled for Thursday to determine whether the men will be detained until trial, according to the Associated Press. Prosecutors called the men a flight risk.

As outlined in the indictment, the fraud scheme was simple enough, if breathtaking in scope. It began with a $1 billion Army Corps contract awarded to EyakTek, which subcontracted work out to another, unnamed Virginia tech firm. In a conspiracy with employees at the two companies, Kerry Khan and Alexander, who oversaw the contract, added millions of dollars in phony expenses to invoices sent to the government. Those funds were then allegedly skimmed from checks paid out by the agency and funneled back to the conspirators through a series of shell companies.

When arrested, the conspirators were planning a similar scheme, prosecutors said. According to recorded conversations and intercepted emails, the men were attempting to steer a $780 million technology contract to the unnamed Virginia technology firm, which could also be skimmed for profit. The only major hurdle would be clearing a government selection committee.

"Our biggest thing is being able to stack the board," Babb said during a March 2011 meeting with an unindicted co-conspirator, according to the indictment. "That's what I'm trying to do. I'm trying to stack it in our favor."

On Wednesday, several leading Democrats in Congress called on the Pentagon to improve the oversight of its more than $600 billion annual budget.

In a letter sent to Ashton Carter, Deputy Secretary of Defense, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) called the latest scam part of an ongoing pattern of fraud and waste that has drained billions of dollars from federal coffers. In particular, she pointed to a September report from the Commission on Wartime Contracting that found up to $60 billion lost to contract waste and abuse in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"We cannot allow this kind of fraud to run unchecked," Shaheen said. "This kind of waste erodes trust in our government and makes our already difficult fiscal situation that much worse."


What do they Demand?

SUBHEAD: So Fox News wants to know what the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators want... Here it is. By General Assembly on 1 October 2011 for Occupy Wall Street - (http://www.nationofchange.org/declaration-occupation-new-york-city-1317784408) Image above: Detail of AdBusters poster for Occupy Wall Street demonstrations starting 9/17/11. From (http://wakeupfromyourslumber.com/blog/qrswave/occupy-wall-street-tahrir-style). This document was accepted by the NYC General Assembly on September 29, 2011, with minor updates made on October 1, 2011. It is the first official, collective statement of the protesters in Liberty Park, New York.

As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies.

As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments. We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known.
  • They have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process, despite not having the original mortgage.
  • They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give Executives exorbitant bonuses.
  • They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace based on age, the color of one's skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation.
  • They have poisoned the food supply through negligence, and undermined the farming system through monopolization.
  • They have profited off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless animals, and actively hide these practices.
  • They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions.
  • They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right.
  • They have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut workers’ healthcare and pay.
  • They have influenced the courts to achieve the same rights as people, with none of the culpability or responsibility.
  • They have spent millions of dollars on legal teams that look for ways to get them out of contracts in regards to health insurance.
  • They have sold our privacy as a commodity.
  • They have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the press.
  • They have deliberately declined to recall faulty products endangering lives in pursuit of profit.
  • They determine economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce.
  • They have donated large sums of money to politicians, who are responsible for regulating them.
  • They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil.
  • They continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save people’s lives or provide relief in order to protect investments that have already turned a substantial profit.
  • They have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit.
  • They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media.
  • They have accepted private contracts to murder prisoners even when presented with serious doubts about their guilt.
  • They have perpetuated colonialism at home and abroad.
  • They have participated in the torture and murder of innocent civiliansThey continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive government contracts.*

To the people of the world,

We, the New York City General Assembly occupying Wall Street in Liberty Square, urge you to assert your power.

Exercise your right to peaceably assemble; occupy public space; create a process to address the problems we face, and generate solutions accessible to everyone.

To all communities that take action and form groups in the spirit of direct democracy, we offer support, documentation, and all of the resources at our disposal.

Join us and make your voices heard!

Video above: Keith Oberman reads statement on 10/5 for Countdown. From (http://current.com/shows/countdown/videos/special-comment-keith-reads-first-collective-statement-of-occupy-wall-street). .

P2P Kauai Meeting 10/10

SUBHEAD: The first P2P (Power to the People) Potluck & General Meeting will be held at Lydgate Park on October 10th at 4:30.  

By Jonathan Jay on 4 October 2011 for p2pKauai - 

Image above: p2pKauai logo. From http://p2pkauai.org.

After a string of well-attended regional meetings (north, south east and west) around Kaua`i with over 40 people cumulatively attending, things are beginning to shape up! Join Us to: Build a better CO-OP, Keep your energy dollars on Kaua`i & Reduce your electrical rates Create a sustainable energy grid for future generations !!!! The first P2P (Power to the People) Kaua`i ISLANDWIDE Potluck & Meeting will be held @ Lydgate Park under the pavilion, Monday, Oct 10th.

We eat @ 4:30. then meet 5-7pm.

Please bring some yummy food to share with your neighbors, and good ideas on how Community can more effectively engage with KIUC, to build a better coop, and reduce our electrical rates, achieve a sustainable energy future for Kaua`i. Just Some of the issues your fellow islanders have identified: KIUC has the highest electrical rates in the nation.

We want some affordable electricity for all, with steeply indexed prices based on consumption, and see no need for "smart meters" to do this. Ever wonder why KIUC doesnʻt seem to act in your interest? Kaua`i does not own ʻourʻ co-op -- the banks own 78%, co-op members only a 22% equity.

Through debt service payments and dependence on diesel, KIUC funnels $100 million dollars off-island year after year. We must protect our local economy, and keep those dollars on Kaua`i! KIUC acts more like a company than a CO-OP than many members would wish.

 Bylaws should be re-written to reflect genuine self-governance, and a department of professional "Social Engineers" should be hired on staff for KIUC just as competent as the existing Electrical Engineers so we can begin to build a better cooperative.

Finally, it is becoming clear to more and more of us: No matter how many "good ideas" you have, you also need at least 4,000 votes to get into office.

In the last 2 elections only 2,000 sustainable votes were cast. P2P must more than double this to create a mandate for the changes Kaua`i desperately needs to create a sustainable energy future.  

A Potluck, General Meeting on strategies and tactics for community to better engage with KIUC  

Monday, 10th October 2011 from 4:30-7:00pm  

Lydgate Park Pavillion (in Lydgate Park, on the south bank of the Wailua River) Eastside, Kaua`i  

jonathan jay phone: (808) 634-6267 email: jjkauai@gmail.com Visit our new website http://www.p2pkauai.org "Like" our page on FaceBook - "Power to the People Kaua`i" .

Maui Clean Sky Ordinance

SOURCE: Ray Songtree (lifewalker777@gmail.com)
SUBHEAD: Maui residents craft legislation to ban 'chemtrails' over their county.  

By Michael J. Murphy on 22 September 2011 for - (http://kauaisky.blogspot.com/2011/10/maui-residents-craft-legislation-to-ban_04.html)

Image above: Chemtrails over kahului Maui. From (http://kauaisky.blogspot.com/2010/04/chemtrails-over-kahului-maui.html).

 I am currently on Maui working with a team in writing and implementing The Clean Sky Ordinance which is a county ordinance that will ban chemtrail/geoengineering programs above and around the county of Maui.

While we know that these programs have been in full-scale deployment for several years, The Clean Sky Ordinance is a preemptive act based on geoengineering plans and proposals to spray 10 to 20 million tons of toxic aluminum oxide and other particulates in the the atmosphere for the stated goal of cooling the planet.

We not only have public support, but also support from public officials including a council member who is sponsoring the ordinance. Please reply to this e-mail if interested in scheduling an interview. Thanks again for your support in exposing these crimes against nature and humanity.

Video above: This is a video that explains the birth of The Clean Sky Ordinance. From (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-0XEQP3igk)

This is the initial draft of the Ordinance:  

The Maui Clean Sky Ordinance
The People of the County of Maui hereby propose the following ordinance to preserve clean skies over the islands of Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Molokini and Kahoolawe. Whereas, the people of the county of Maui recognize that geoengineers propose the global disbursement of aerosols and other particulates into the atmosphere for the stated goal of cooling the planet; and,

Whereas, studies have shown that disbursements from stratospheric aerosol geoengineering and other such programs contain toxic substances with many unknown health and environmental consequences; and,

Whereas, the people of Maui County have the right to be informed by full disclosure through an Environmental Impact Statement of the health and environmental implications caused by such programs; and,

Whereas, any such program or experimental program with potentially adverse health and environmental implications need the informed consent of the people of Maui County; and

Whereas, Maui County has jurisdiction over any deliberate disbursement of substances that enters our breathing atmosphere or lands on our soil, other than normal approved byproducts of industry, commerce and transportation; and

Therefore, as a preemptive measure to safeguard the health and environment of the County of Maui, the following ordinance is proposed. No entity may engage in disbursement of aerosols, chemicals or any particulate matter into the skies that may enter into the breathing atmosphere, enter into the rain or land on the soilsof Maui County, or engage in geoengineering, climate engineering or any other activity that may alter the weather or alter the sunlight of Maui County, without first presenting an Environmental Impact Statement that has been approved by the Maui County Council, and receiving the written informed consent from the Maui County Council.

Exempt from this law are approved byproduct of normal industry, commerce and transportation. Any entity found to be in violation of this ordinance shall receive a mandatory $500,000 per day fine for each day that a disbursement violation is detected, and shall be subject to civil claims for health and environmental damages and clean up cost.

See also:
www.facebook.com/pages/Maui-Clean-Sky-Ordinance/234400329953232 .

PUC Chairwoman Mina Morita

SUBHEAD: A knight in shining armor - Hawaii's version of Elizabeth Warren & Lone Ranger combined - a champion of the people. By Ed Wagoner on 5 October 2011 in Island Breath - (ed.j.wagner@gmail.com) Image above: Rumors have been flying about Mina's removal from PUC. From (http://thegardenisland.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/article_c4fa4d1a-3355-11e0-a668-001cc4c03286.html). The people of Hawaii are in good hands with PUC Chairman Mina Morita. Last Thursday, she had the courage to stand up to our false energy God and to those who bow before it in idolatrous worship, including Governor Abercrombie who should be recalled from office just like Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, most, if not all of the State Legislature, and the negligent Department of Consumer Advocacy whose staff should be forced to resign. It is already rumored that HECO & Aina Koa Pono ( AKP ) are planning to proceed with the biofuel project regardless of the PUC rejection and regardless of community opposition, possibly with a new RFP that will go directly to AKP. As a result, a petition complaint to the FTC is still in the works with a request to file a class action lawsuit on our behalf against HECO, Aina Koa Pono, and the Consumer Advocacy, and maybe even the Governor and State Legislature. More details will follow about reading and signing the petition. There is no doubt that Governor Abercrombie is highly pissed about the PUC rejection of his pet biofuel project in Ka'u and that he may try to remove Chairman Morita and the two Commissioners who signed the rejection order and replace them with robots that can follow his orders. I'm certain that he and Ms. Morita have been looking stink eye at each other, with smoke coming out of their ears as they fight with each other about doing what is PONO for the people and not for money and power mongers like HECO and Aina Koa Pono. I encourage all of you to send a message to your State Representatives and Senators or to ALL members of the Legislature telling them that you fully support Mina Morita as Chairman of the PUC and that you will not tolerate any attempt by the Governor to replace her or her fellow Commissioners. I also suggest you call for the resignation of the entire staff of the Consumer Advocacy, including its Executive Director, Jeffrey Ono for fully supporting the HECO - Aina Koa Pono contract to the very end and ignoring all the red flags raised by Charlene On Green & myself the past 6 to 8 months. Here is a link to a list of Representatives with email addresses and phone numbers: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2010/members/house/members.asp Here is a link to a list of Senators with email addresses and phone numbers: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2011/members/senate/senatemembers.aspx Or send to ALL Senators and ALL Representatives like I do: sens@capitol.hawaii.gov, reps@capitol.gov, I would suggest that you also send the message to the Governor and Lt. Governor. governor.abercrombie@hawaii.gov, gov.contact@hawaii.gov, brian.schatz@hawaii.gov The office of the Governor phone number is: Phone: 808-586-0034 The office of the Lt. Governor phone number is: Phone:(808) 586-0255
 And finally, you can send the message to Chairman Morita, thanking her for supporting the people instead of HECO. She deserves our respect, admiration, and support. Hawaii.PUC@hawaii.gov, The phone number for the PUC is: Phone:(808) 586-2020 I would also ask that you include me on the message Bcc ( blind carbon copy ) line so I can keep track of how many messages / phone calls are sent and to whom so Charlene On Green can include statistics on her website, www.chaleneongreen.org. .

Real US Map of Regions

SUBHEAD: The US won’t survive if we end the separation of church and state or ban the expression of offensive ideas.

[IB Editor:  This is the last in a five-part series excerpted from his new book, “American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America,” published Sept. 29 by Viking. Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.)]

 By Colin Woodward on 5 October 2011 for Bloomberg News -  

Image above: Illustration of North American nations by Original Champions of Design From original article.

 In “American Nations,” I’ve sought to show how our Balkanized past has informed our divided present, in the hopes of fostering a better understanding of the American identity and predicament. But inevitably people ask what this means for the future.

The short answer is, of course, that nobody knows. But given the challenges facing the U.S., Mexico and, to a lesser extent, Canada, it seems unwise to simply assume that North America’s political boundaries will remain as they are today.

The U.S. is wracked by internal discord between two blocs formed by seven of its 11 regional nations -- the conservative bloc that includes the Deep South, Tidewater and much of greater Appalachia, pitted against the more liberal alliance of Yankeedom, New Netherland, the Midlands and the Left Coast. Increasingly, through American history, the conflict between these two blocs has been driving the nation apart.

The country has been exhibiting the classic symptoms of an empire in decline. Kevin Phillips -- the political strategist who, back in 1969, used regional ethnography to accurately predict the ensuing 40 years of American political development - - has pointed out parallels with late imperial Holland and Britain. Like its superpower predecessors, the U.S. has built up a staggering trade deficit and sovereign debt while overreaching militarily. As financial services have come to account for a larger and larger share of national output, religious extremists have come to play a bigger and bigger role in political life.

Indebted and Divided
Once a great exporter of innovations, products and financial capital, the U.S. is now deeply indebted to China, on which America relies for much of what it consumes and, increasingly, for the scientists and engineers who are needed by research and development firms and institutions.

The U.S. citizenry is divided along regional lines. The country’s military has been mired in expensive and frustrating counterinsurgency wars in Mesopotamia and Central Asia, while barbarians have stormed the gates of Washington and Wall Street, killing thousands in the surprise attacks of September 2001.

Add in the damage to public confidence in the electoral system caused by the 2000 election, the near-total meltdown of the financial sector in 2008, and extreme political dysfunction in the capital, and it’s clear the U.S. hasn’t started the 21st century auspiciously.

To the south, the Mexican federation is in even worse shape. For years, leading foreign-policy experts have been describing it as a failed state. It’s not hard to imagine Mexico shattering in a time of crisis -- a climate-change-related disaster, a global financial collapse, a major act of terrorism -- freeing the Mexican half of El Norte to look northward.

In Canada, national fractures have been obvious for some time, with New France pushing for outright independence through 1995. In that year, 60 percent of Quebec’s Francophones voted in support of independence. The measure was narrowly defeated (because English-speakers, immigrants and the First Nation section of Quebec rejected it). The lower house of the federal parliament recognizes Quebec as a “distinct society,” and New France-style multiculturalism has become the civic religion of Canadians everywhere.

Today, Canada is perhaps the most stable of the three North American federations. Unlike the U.S., it has, in effect, rejected any illusion of having a single dominant culture, and adjusted accordingly. Whether that will be enough to preserve the federation in the long term remains to be seen.

Unlikely Compromise
In the U.S., one approach to maintaining the status quo might be for its 11 nations to follow Canada’s example and compromise their respective cultural agendas for the sake of unity. Unfortunately, neither the Dixie bloc nor the Northern alliance is likely to make major concessions. Most Yankees, New Netherlanders and Left Coasters simply won’t accept an evangelical Christian theocracy with weak or nonexistent social, labor or environmental protections, public school systems, and checks on corporate power in politics.

For their part, most Deep Southerners will resist paying higher taxes to underwrite a public health-insurance system; a universal network of generously funded, unionized and avowedly secular public schools; tuition-free public universities; government-subsidized transportation, high-speed rail and renewable energy projects; or strict regulations on financial services, food safety, environmental pollution and campaign finance.

Instead, the “red” and “blue” nations will continue to wrestle with one another for control over federal policy, each doing what it can to woo “purple” nations to their cause, just as they have since they gathered at the First Continental Congress.

Another outside possibility is that, faced with a major crisis, the federation’s leaders will betray their oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution, the primary adhesive holding the Union together. In the midst of, say, a deadly pandemic or the simultaneous destruction of several cities by terrorists, a fearful public might condone the suspension of civil rights, or the dissolution of Congress. Some regional nations would be happy with the new order and others, deeply opposed. With the Constitution abandoned, the federation could well disintegrate, forming one or more confederations of like-minded regions.

Chances are, any such new sovereign entities would be based on state boundaries, because, in such a scenario, governors and legislators would be the most politically legitimate actors. New York, New Jersey and states in New England, the Great Lakes region and the Pacific Northwest might form one or more confederations. States controlled by the Deep South -- South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana -- might form another. The mountain and plains states of the Far West would constitute an obvious third.

The situation might be more complicated within the often- divided Greater Appalachia or the nationally mixed states of Texas, California, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Arizona. It isn’t impossible to imagine some of the resulting coalitions extending into Canada or, in the case of El Norte, into Mexico

Or perhaps the federation would simply reach accommodation over time as its component nations came to realize that the only issue on which they could find common ground was the need to free themselves from one another’s veto power. Perhaps they’d join together enough to pass laws and constitutional amendments granting more powers to the states and liquidating many of the functions of the central government. The U.S. might continue to exist, but its powers would be limited to national defense, foreign policy and the negotiation of interstate trade agreements. It would, in other words, resemble the European Union or the original confederation of 1781.

If that were to happen, the states could be counted on to behave in accordance with their respective national heritages. The 11-nation format would be useful as a predictor of behavior. Yankee New Englanders might cooperate closely with one another, much as the Scandinavian countries do within Europe. Texans might finally assert their constitutional right (under the terms of their annexation to the U.S.) to split into as many as five individual states. Illinoisans might agree to divide downstate from Chicagoland. California might split into southern, northern and interior states.

The external borders of this retooled U.S. might remain in place, or perhaps some Canadian or Mexican provinces might apply for membership in the looser federation. Far stranger things have happened in history.

Preserving the U.S.
One thing is certain: If Americans want the U.S. to continue to exist in something like its current form, they will need to respect the fundamental tenets of our unlikely union. It can’t survive if we end the separation of church and state or ban the expression (or criticism) of offensive ideas. We won’t hold together if presidents appoint political ideologues to the Supreme Court, or if party loyalists try to win elections by trying to stop people from voting. The union can’t function if national coalitions continue to use House and Senate rules to prevent decision-making on important issues.

Other sovereign democratic states have central governments more dysfunctional than our own, but most can fall back on unifying elements we lack: common ethnicity, a shared religion or near-universal consensus on many fundamental political issues. Our constitutional order -- an arrangement negotiated among the regional cultures -- assumes and requires compromise in order to function at all.

And the U.S. needs its central government to function cleanly, openly and efficiently because it’s one of the few important things that bind us together.

• Colin Woodard, a correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor and the Chronicle of Higher Education, is the author of “The Lobster Coast,” “The Republic of Pirates” and “Ocean’s End.” 


Hawaiians Occupy Wall Street

SOURCE: Shannon Rudolph (shannonkona@gmail.com) SUBHEAD: Larger than expected turnout on the big Island and Maui supporting Occupy Wall Street demonstrations. By David Corrigan, Baron Sekiya on 3 October 2011 for Big Island Video (http://www.bigislandvideonews.com/2011/10/04/video-hawaii-rallies-behind-occupy-wall-street/) Image above: Still image of demonstration in support of Occupy Wall Street in Hilo, Hawaii from video in original article. Over 4,800 miles from New York City on the Big Island of Hawaii, residents inspired to demonstrate in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement lined roads on either side of the moku.

In the rainy windward city of Hilo, about 80 to 100 folks set up outside the Kilauea Financial Plaza, fronting Merrill Lynch.

Meanwhile, a two hour drive away on the west side of the island, residents of Kona amassed to sign wave in solidarity.

The Wall Street “occupation”, seemingly inspired by the Arab Spring movement, has been ongoing in New York City’s famous global business district. The participants are protesting against social and economic inequality, declaring themselves to be a part of the country’s 99%, a powerless majority when compared to the influence of the wealthiest 1%.

Hawaii is known for its population of rugged individualists and transplants looking to keep a good distance from busy metropolitan culture. Therefore, its not a surprise that an outspoken island bunch would show support in this fashion. What is a bit more surprising were the numbers… with little notice, the events drew crowds at both locations. A sign, perhaps, that this cause has struck an immediate nerve amongst an American population that is as far removed, physically, from Wall Street as possible.

One of the participants in the Hilo demonstration, Jim Albertini, sent out this email a few hours after the event:

Today’s protest in Hilo was truly amazing. I expected perhaps a dozen people would show up from 4-6 PM fronting Merrill Lynch. Instead 80-100 showed up, over half –youth. It says to me that the bleak future brought on by Wall St. greed is the Vietnam draft for today’s generation. I see reason for hope in the growing resistance of today’s youth. It is transforming a generation into activists for justice and peace.

It was a very uplifting day. The spirit was strong from those participating in the protest and those passing by. People made their own signs and came to stand in solidarity with people occupying Wall St. and people around the world saying no to corporate dominance and corporate greed and influence in government. Where the Hilo and other protests will lead is unclear, but the momentum and a movement is building. Let us seek to work together and support one another.

Video above: Hilo demonstration supporting Occupy Wall Street. From Dominick (ninjoid@gmail.com) .

The Divided Nations of America

SUBHEAD: An examination of real national divisions of North America based on geography and culture.

 By Colin Woodward on 28 September 2011 for Bloomberg News - (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-09-29/real-u-s-map-a-country-of-regions-part-1-commentary-by-colin-woodard.html)  
Image above: Detail from "The World as Seen From 9th Avenue" by Saul Steinberg, in the New Yorker, 1976. From (http://bigthink.com/ideas/21121).

[IB Editor's note: This is Part 1 of a five part piece being published by Bloomberg News that are excerpts from the book “American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America”, published Sept. 29 by Viking. Part 5 will be published tomorrow in Bloomberg News and we will repost as well.] 
In 2008, with the U.S. divided between red states and blue states, then-candidate Barack Obama called for unity over division, a common shout-out among politicians and others determined to preserve America’s under- siege, allegedly shared values. Yet such calls ignore the fact that there are no shared “American values.”

We’ve always been divided. And not truly along state lines.
America’s most essential and abiding divisions stem from the fact that the U.S. is a federation composed of the whole or parts of 11 disparate regional cultures -- each exhibiting conflicting agendas and the characteristics of nationhood -- and which respect neither state nor international boundaries, bleeding over the borders of Canada and Mexico as readily as they divide California, Texas, Illinois or Pennsylvania.

The differences between them shaped the scope and nature of the American Revolution, the Articles of Confederation, the Constitution and, most tragically, the Civil War. Since 1960, the fault lines between these nations have been growing wider, fueling culture wars, constitutional struggles and those ever- present pleas for unity.
These “nations” have been with us all along.

Cultural Clusters
The settlers of each of the original colonial clusters came from various regions of the British islands, or from France, the Netherlands or Spain, and had distinct religious, political and ethnographic characteristics. These cultures developed in remarkable isolation from one another, cultivating distinct and often contradictory values, practices, dialects and ideals. Some championed individualism, others utopian reform.

Some were guided by divine purpose, others by conscience and inquiry. Some embraced an Anglo-Saxon Protestant identity, others ethnic and religious pluralism. Some valued equality and democratic participation, others deferred to aristocratic order. All continue to champion some version of their original ideals in the present day, frustrating attempts to build a national consensus.

Forget the state boundaries. Arbitrarily chosen, they often slash through cohesive cultures, creating massive cultural fissures in states like Maryland, Oregon and New York. Equally burdensome are the regional designations with which we try to analyze national politics -- the Northeast, West, Midwest and South. They’re illusions masking the real forces driving the affairs of our sprawling continent: the 11 regional cultures of North America.

These 11 nations -- Yankeedom, Tidewater, New Netherland, New France, Deep South, Greater Appalachia, the Midlands, First Nation, the Far West, the Left Coast, El Norte -- have been hiding in plain sight throughout our history.

You see them outlined on linguists’ dialect maps, cultural anthropologists’ maps of material culture regions, cultural geographers’ maps of religious regions, campaign strategists’ maps of political geography and historians’ maps of the patterns of settlement across the continent. I’m not the first person to have recognized the importance of these regional cultures.

In 1969, Kevin Phillips, then a Republican campaign strategist, identified the distinct boundaries and values of several of these nations and used them to accurately prophesize the Reagan Revolution in his “Emerging Republican Majority,” a political cult classic.

Divisions Within States
The force of their identities is felt particularly in questions of culture and national politics: California is split into three nations, and the divide is visible on a map of which counties voted for or against same-sex marriage in 2008. The Yankee-settled portion of Ohio is evident on the county maps of the 2004 and 2008 elections, a strip of blue across a largely red state.

According to the Census Bureau, Greater Appalachia’s citizens inhabit virtually the only counties in the country where a majority answered merely “American” when asked to name their ancestry. In 2008, Gallup asked more than 350,000 Americans if religion was an important part of their daily lives. The top 10 states to answer affirmatively were all controlled by Deep Southerners or those in Greater Appalachia. Eight of the bottom 10 were states dominated by Yankees.

Our continent’s famed mobility -- and the transportation and communications technology that foster it -- has been reinforcing, not dissolving, the differences between the nations. As journalist Bill Bishop and sociologist Robert Cushing demonstrated in “The Big Sort,” since 1976, Americans have been relocating to communities where people share their values and worldviews.

As a result, the proportion of voters living in counties that give landslide support (defined as more than a 20 percent margin of victory) to one party or another increased from 26.8 percent in 1976 to 48.3 percent in 2004. The flows of people are significant, with a net 13 million people moving from Democratic to Republican landslide counties between 1990 and 2006 alone. These moves have reinforced regional cultures.

What this all amounts to is this: As Americans sort themselves into like-minded communities, they’re also sorting themselves, more than ever, into like-minded nations, cultural fiefdoms where the forces of contention between nations are more easily rallied, rendering the compromise and consensus necessary to move the wheels of the federal government increasingly difficult to achieve.
So what are these nations, and what parts of the continent does each control?

Yankeedom was founded on Massachusetts Bay by radical Calvinists as a religious utopia in the New England wilderness. From the outset, there was emphasis on education, local political control and the pursuit of the greater good, even if it required individual self-denial. Yankees have the greatest faith in government’s ability to improve lives. For more than four centuries, Yankees have sought to build a more perfect society here on earth through social engineering, extensive citizen involvement in the political process and the aggressive assimilation of foreigners.

Settled by stable, educated families, Yankeedom has always had a middle-class ethos and considerable respect for intellectual achievement. Its religious zeal has waned over time, but not its underlying “secular Puritanism” or drive to improve the world.

From its New England core, Yankee culture spread with its settlers across upper New York state, the northern strips of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Iowa; parts of the eastern Dakotas; and on up to Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and the Canadian Maritimes. It has been locked in perpetual combat with the Deep South for control of the federal government since the moment such a thing existed.

New Netherland
The 17th-century Dutch colony of New Netherland had a lasting impact by laying down the cultural DNA for New Amsterdam (now Greater New York City) that was, from the start, a global commercial trading society. Multiethnic, multireligious, speculative, materialistic, mercantile and free-trading, the future metropolis was a raucous, not entirely democratic city- state where no one ethnic or religious group has ever been truly in charge. It nurtured two innovations considered subversive: a profound tolerance of diversity and an unflinching commitment to freedom. Forced upon other nations at the Constitutional Convention, these ideals have been passed on to us as the Bill of Rights.

New Netherland has retained its fundamental values and societal model, having long reigned as the leading world center of Western commerce, finance and publishing. But its territory has shrunk over the centuries. Today, the five boroughs of New York City, the lower Hudson Valley, northern New Jersey, western Long Island and southwestern Connecticut comprise New Netherland. The most densely inhabited part of North America, its population -- 19 million at this writing -- is greater than that of many European nations, and its influence over this continent’s media, publishing, fashion, intellectual and economic life is hard to overstate.

The Midlands
Arguably the most “American” of the nations, the Midlands was founded by English Quakers on the shores of Delaware Bay. Pluralistic and organized around the middle class, the Midlands spawned the culture of Middle America and the Heartland, where ethnic and ideological purity have never been a priority, government has been seen as an unwelcome intrusion, and political opinion has been moderate, even apathetic.

Long an ethnic mosaic, with people of German descent -- not Anglo-Saxons -- making up the largest group since the 1600s, the Midlands includes those who, like Yankees, believe society should be organized to benefit ordinary people, but they are skeptical of top-down government intervention, as many of their ancestors fled from European tyrannies. The Midlands is home to a dialect long considered “standard American,” a bellwether for national political attitudes and the key swing vote in every national debate from the abolition of slavery to the 2008 presidential contest.

From its cultural hearth in southeastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and northern Delaware and Maryland, Midland culture spread through much of the heartland: central Ohio, Indiana and Illinois; northern Missouri; most of Iowa; and the less-arid eastern halves of South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas. It shares the key border cities of Chicago (with Yankeedom) and St. Louis (with Greater Appalachia, a nation to be discussed in a later installment). It also has an important extension in southern Ontario, where many Midlanders emigrated after the American Revolution, forming the central core of English- speaking Canada. Although less concerned with its national identity, the Midlands is, nonetheless, an enormously influential moderating force in continental politics, as it agrees with only part of its neighbors’ strident agendas.

Tomorrow: Tidewater, Greater Appalachia and the Deep South.

• Colin Woodard, a correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor and the Chronicle of Higher Education, is the author of “The Lobster Coast,” “The Republic of Pirates” and “Ocean’s End.”

See also:
American Nations Part 2
American Nations Part 3
American Nations Part 4
American Nations Part 5 or
Ea O Ka Aina: Real US Map of Regions 10/05/11 .

The Cultural Revolution

SUBHEAD: There is something satisfying about hanging the dictator in the public square, but not so about burning nonbelievers at a stake. By Juan Wilson on 3 October 2011 for Island Breath - (http://islandbreath.blogspot.com/2011/10/cultural-revolution.html) Image above: Poster for movie "Turn on, Tune In, Drop out". A phrase coined by Timothy Leary and inspired by Marshall McCluhan. From (http://thefungus.wordpress.com/2008/06/12/turn-on-tune-in-drop-out/). I think that James Kunstler's article "Here Comes the OWSers" is essentially correct. He is on target identifying the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations spreading across the country as a movement of dissatisfaction that is deeper and wider than most (especially the corporate media) understand. This "American Fall" is as profound as the "Arab Spring". The young are realizing that they have not been prepared for, or been given a share of, the future they have inherited. The sooner those who govern and "represent" us realize this and accept going after those most culpable of cheating them out of their lives the better. I take exception to two thrusts in Kunstler's essay. Potbellied Hippies First is that Kunstler thinks the guilt is generational; meaning that it is because one was a "baby boomer" (born ~1946-1964) that distinguishes the innocent from the guilty in this sorry affair of greed and gluttony. I happen to think the guilt is cultural. By that I mean that there was a genuine counter-culture generation that spanned from the Beatnik era through the Hippie era (~1955-1975) that rejected the suburban consumerist values which Kunstler also condemns. That counter-culture was truly pointing to a way forward. That is not to say there were not imitators, posers, hangers-on and pretenders amongst the counter-culture of the time. There were and worse (i.e. Charles Manson). But the Manson Family was not the spirit or meaning of the time. More to the point was Alan Bates and The Farm (http://www.thefarm.org). That is where we are going, despite the interruption of the Ronald Reagan '80s, the Clinton '90s and Bush '00s. I think John Michael Greer, the Arch Druid of North America and another of our favorite observers of the scene, hit the mark with his "How Not to Play the Game" (http://thearchdruidreport.blogspot.com/2011/06/how-not-to-play-game_500.html). In that article he identifies the era of late 1960's to the mid 1970's as the peak of interest in "appropriate technologies" for dealing with the future we now face (think of the paper version of the Whole Earth Catalog). Then many knew that we had a chance to curb population, energy consumption and environmental degradation. Too few people acted on it. So Jimbo - don't blame the real hippies. They were onto something with their mantra, "Tune in, Turn on and Drop out" - Timothy Leary, 1967. Secondly, Kunstler seems to delight in the possible crucifixion of the banksters, especially Lloyd Blankfein, Jamie Dimon, Brian Moynihan and Angelo Mozilo. He imagines that if Eric Holder at the Justice Department doesn't wake-up that the Occupy Wall Street crowd will throw a nylon rope over a lamppost for each of them. I really not a fan of mob rule (which even true non-representative democracy can descend into). Often unspeakable things are done in the name of justice, or social improvement. I'm sure the crowd in Milan were cheered by the sight of Mussolini hanging in the street in the spring of 1945, but let's hope that that is not the priority of the people facing down the financial oligarchy of America. Not long after that Premier Stalin used the might of the Red Army to eliminate millions of peasants in Soviet Union living and farming their own land to create the industrialized Communist collective agricultural farms that failed so badly. I'm old enough to remember the Chinese Cultural Revolution of the 1960's. That was Moa Zedong's attempt to hold true to the socialist revolution and reject the bourgeois elements desire of capitalist urbanism. His effort was reduced to the gangsterism and a anti-intellectual class struggle not unlike the Cambodian Civil War (1970-75) between the communist Khmer Rouge and their government. That struggle resulted in "The Killing Fields" - a time when teenage gangs would execute a teacher or civil servant because of their education. The mere fact they wore glasses might be enough to condemn them. What I fear most in the wake of a class war in the United States is the kind of populist jingoism driving the Republican party these days fed by intolerance, fear, and religious zeal. .

Here Comes the OWSers

SUBHEAD: The OWSers of America own the fall. Rock on OWSers and don't let the "pigs" get you down. By James Kunstler on 3 October 2011 for Kunstler.com - (http://kunstler.com/blog/2011/10/here-come-the-owsers.html) Image above: Occupy Wall Street demonstrators heading over the Brooklyn Bridge towards arrest. From (http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/223299/20111002/occupy-wall-street-protests-more-than-700-arrested-after-protestors-blocked-brooklyn-bridge-photos-p.htm). All last week across the media landscape, in pod, blog, flat-screen, and crunkly old newsprint columns, fatuous professional observers complained that the Occupy Wall Street marchers "have no clear agenda" or "can't articulate their positions." What impertinent horseshit. I saw a statement on one OWSer's sign that said it all:
$70,000 College Debt
$12,000 Medical Bills
I'm 22
Where's My Bailout?
What part of that is unclear to interlocutors of what we called "the establishment" back in the day? That would be the day of the Vietnam War and the Aquarian Upsurge. One difference being that in 1968 we at least had some solidarity in the older generation coming from figures of gravity like Senators Robert Kennedy (bumped off), Eugene McCarthy, J. William Fullbright, George McGovern, Rev Martin Luther King (bumped off), and even one US Attorney General, Ramsey Clark. Today, the entire "establishment" is a clueless, hopeless blob of self-interested, craven opportunism. Even the arty fringe - the people who pretend to be an avant-garde - are nothing but narcissistic self-branding operations masquerading as culture leaders.
The worst offender this past week was the prating empty vessel Nicholas Kristoff at The New York Times who affected to offer the OWSers his own tidy agenda of nit-picky, arcane tax reforms (e.g "Close the 'carried interest' and 'founders' stock' loopholes") and limp-dick banking regulations (e.g. "[move] ahead with Basel III capital requirements"). David Plotz and his Gen X sidekicks at the Slate Political Podcast were equally mystified. I have some heartier suggestions: bring the full weight of the RICO act and the federal anti-fraud statutes down on Lloyd Blankfein, Jamie Dimon, Brian Moynihan, Angelo Mozilo, and a host of other impudent schmekels still at large in their world of Escalade limos and Gulfstream vistas. Or, if that's just too difficult, how about a handy lamppost and about 40 feet of stout nylon cord?
It is cosmically ironic, of course, that the same generation of Boomer-hippies that ran in the streets and marched through the maze of service roads around the Pentagon has become a new "establishment" more obtuse, feckless, greedy and mendacious than the one they battled with over 40 years ago. I guess they just don't see that their time has come to get right with reality - or get shoved aside and trampled. The essence of the OWSer's argument is pretty simple: they've got a raw deal; somebody dealt them a bad hand; someone ran their society into a ditch and not a goddammed one of the older generation will set in motion the machinery to correct the situation, or even acknowledge it.
At the apex of this new establishment is the Baby Boomer's moral trophy president: Barack Obama, whose election made the Boomers feel good about themselves - while they preceded to loot the national treasury's accumulated capital, and then reach forward a few generations to rob their legacy, too. I haven't heard Nicholas Kristoff (or any of his colleagues at The New York Times) complain about Mr. Obama's stupendous inattention to the crimes of Wall Street, or to the dereliction of his proconsuls in the SEC and the Department of Justice. I'd at least send somebody to hold a mirror under Eric Holder's nostrils to see if he is actually alive. Image above: Young man arrested on Brooklyn Bridge stares into the face of policeman. From (http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/223299/20111002/occupy-wall-street-protests-more-than-700-arrested-after-protestors-blocked-brooklyn-bridge-photos-p.htm).
For my money, the OWSers have plenty to yell about. Apart from the crimes and turpitudes of their elders, the younger generation hasn't even been prepared for the massive change in reality that these times are heaving them into. If it was me out there, I'd conclude that I'd better make up the future on my own, with no help from my parent's generation. In fact, that future is rushing toward all of us so cold, hard, and fresh even in this autumn season that it might splatter the banking establishment - and the global economy - like a bug on a windshield. The OWSers have a front row seat down there in lower Manhattan. The financial gangrene (thank you Zero Hedge) is not just seeping anymore, it's blowing through the arteries of the money underworld like fracking fluid. The damage can't be contained. Let the Arabs have spring. The OWSers of America own the fall. Rock on OWSers and don't let the "pigs" (as we used to call them) get you down.
See also: Ea O Ka Aina: The Cultural Revolution 10/3/11 .

A Virtual Occupy Wall Street

SUBHEAD: Join an online protest against the bankers who've wrecked our economy and undermined our democracy. By Justin Ruben on 2 October 2011 for MoveOn.org - (http://www.civic.moveon.org/joinvirtualwallstreet/?id=31654-3312037-c39LXix&t=2) Image above: From a compilation of Occupy Wall Street photos in the first week. From (http://weknowmemes.com/2011/09/the-best-pictures-from-the-occupy-wallstreet-protest/). Over the last two weeks, an amazing wave of protest against Wall Street and the big banks has erupted across the country. In Seattle, San Francisco, Ohio, and Boston (where 3,000 people rallied),[1] grassroots groups have shut down banks and held sit-ins to demand that giant banks pay their fair share of taxes, end the foreclosure crisis, and create jobs. In financial centers like Chicago and Atlanta, hundreds of people have set up encampments in front of major financial institutions for round-the-clock demonstrations. Outside Los Angeles, community members have been running a 24-hour vigil around the home of Rose Gudiel, who faces eviction after getting foreclosed on for being two weeks late on a mortgage payment after her younger brother was murdered.[2] But the biggest protests are on Wall Street itself. "Occupy Wall Street," which began with a brave group of young people, has swelled to thousands of students, unemployed folks, union members, and others who have persevered through intense police harassment and mass arrests to sustain a rolling 24-hour-a-day protest against the bankers who've wrecked our economy and undermined our democracy.[3] On Wednesday, MoveOn members will join labor and community groups in New York City for a huge march down to the protest site—the biggest yet. And because we can't all be in New York, we're going to stage a massive "Virtual March on Wall Street" online with our friends at Rebuild the Dream. Together, we'll add hundreds of thousands of voices of solidarity from the American Dream Movement for the protests across the country and show just how widespread outrage at the Wall Street banks really is. Click here (http://www.civic.moveon.org/joinvirtualwallstreet/?id=31654-3312037-c39LXix&t=2) to sign up to join the Virtual March on Wall Street this Wednesday 10/5/11. The protests on Wall Street have been running for two weeks straight and are only getting bigger every day. The signs, placards, and chants focus on standing up for what the protesters are calling "the 99%" of us who are suffering while Wall Street bankers grow richer by the day. In a telling moment last week, a group of bankers even went so far as to mock the protests while sipping champagne from balconies overlooking thousands of people marching down Wall Street.[4] But adding mockery to the callous disregard for our country that we've seen from the big banks isn't slowing down the Occupy Wall Street movement one bit. The protests on Wall Street are set to grow even more this week and solidarity actions are already planned in dozens more cities. You can see what's planned in your area by visiting the solidarity site Occupy Together: http://www.moveon.org/r?r=264645&id=31654-3312037-c39LXix&t=3 And you can sign up to add your voice to the national "Virtual March on Wall Street" online here: http://www.civic.moveon.org/joinvirtualwallstreet/?id=31654-3312037-c39LXix&t=4 Sources: 1. "BofA's Boston Building Draws Protesters; 21 Arrests Are Made," bloomberg.com, September 30, 2011 http://www.moveon.org/r?r=264642&id=31654-3312037-c39LXix&t=5 2. "La Puente Family Fights Eviction from Foreclosed Home," KTLA.com, September 29, 2011 http://www.moveon.org/r?r=264643&id=31654-3312037-c39LXix&t=6 3. "Anti-Wall Street Protestors Vow to Keep Up Fight," Reuters, October 2, 2011 http://www.moveon.org/r?r=264644&id=31654-3312037-c39LXix&t=7 4. "Occupy Wall Street Protestors Meet Champagne Sippers," abcnews.com, September 30, 2011 http://www.moveon.org/r?r=264649&id=31654-3312037-c39LXix&t=8 .

Surfers rescue great white shark

SUBHEAD: Surfers in Venice Beach, California rescue baby great white shark at water's edge. By Sara Novak on 1 OCtober 2011 for TreeHugger - (http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/10/shark-rescued-by-venice-beach-surfers.php) Image above: Surfer pulls hook from baby great white shark at shorebreak in Venice Beach. From video below. In light of the hard-to-swallow story I wrote about shark fin soup a few weeks ago, I was thrilled see humans show some compassion for this stunning predator. Venice beach surfers risked getting bitten by a baby great white shark this week in order to save the little guy from almost certain death, according to a story on NBC Los Angeles.

California surfers pulled a baby great white shark from the ocean, removed an embedded fish hook from its mouth, and then helped the shark back into the water. It was a dangerous move that could have cost one of the surfers their hands, but fear of the shark's demise, meant they were willing to take the risk.

When a fishermen realized he had accidentally hooked a shark on his line, fellow fishermen and surfers alike pulled the shark to shore to save its life.

"Anytime you're around the mouth of any shark, it's a very dangerous situation," Peter Wallerstein from the group Marine Animal Rescue said to NBC Los Angeles. "They could have lost their hand, trying to do what they did."

Video above: Los Angels NBC affiliate footage of surfers and shark. From original article. .