Aloha Friday: Changes in focus.

Well, here we are at another Friday, the week previous being a huge one in Hawaii politics. Our incumbent Governor, Neil Abercrombie was hugely defeated at the Democratic Party primary and for the first time in recorded history for Hawaii an incumbent gets tossed out like this. “Neil” as he is known but friends and foes alike made lots of enemies past few years. after a lifetime of keeping his head below the parapets he stood up and declared hisself and got smashed. Life has a way of doing that to all of us. Donchatink?

Anyway, here for your enjoyment is a a Friday Night Offering from the Big Island Conspiracy:

Roundup of Hawaii News between Hurricanes!

Cows with big gun$!

Cows with big gun$!
Cows with big gun$!
This is an interesting story that now pits rich developers against the visitor industry. Here is the background from the Honolulu Star Advertiser and the Kauai Garden Island Newspaper and other interested parties.

Policy Brief
© 2014
Ulupono: Hawai’i Dairy Farms Proposal
The Ulupono Initiative proposes to locate about 1,800 head of dairy cows on about 582 acres ofpristine land in Mahaulepu, which is about 2.5 miles mauka from the Grand Hyatt Kaua’iResortand Spa in Po’ipu.

Go here for the full article: InfoImagination Policy Brief © 2014 Ulupono: Hawai’i Dairy Farms Proposal

Negative visitor impact? Hawaii is known for its agrarian history; how are dairy operations different? Have we forgotten the stench of processing sugar cane and the billowing smoke from 40-foot stacks letting us know the prevailing wind direction? Did that harm visitor experiences? The resorts were there first?

Go here for the full article:Proposed dairy can overcome externalities issue

LIHUE — A neighboring resort filed suit to stop a proposed dairy farm.

The suit says progress on the dairy operation should cease until its developers can prove it won’t negatively impact the surrounding environment. Grading began on the property when the County of Kauai approved an agricultural exemption to conduct grubbing and stockpiling related to agricultural operations in March.

Kawailoa Development LLP filed suit in 5th Circuit Court on July 10 against Hawaii Dairy Farms, which is developing a 582-acre dairy with 1,800 milking cows on leased Grove Farm parcels in the Mahaulepu valley and coast. Kawailoa is the Hawaii-based owner of the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa, and the Poipu Bay Golf Course — the nearest neighboring landowner less than three miles away.

Go here for the full article: Resort sues to stop dairy

The Global Animal Care Problem

It has become a major political issue in many jurisdictions, including the county where I reside, Kauai County.  Animal control including stray and troublesome dog and cat euthanasia is institutionalized within the county as a Humane Society function.

After a spirited discussion with an acquaintance  I decided to find out about the cultural and public health practices around the world as they relate to “animal control” pertinent to these issues.

The follow quote in the interest of full disclosure represents my own core belief in the sanctity of life as it relates to all “Gods creatures.”

Ultimately, though, we need to transcend sheltering and the current shelter system in this country. The shelter system, as it exists today, and has existed for decades, has as one of its primary functions the processing of living beings – either by recycling them to new homes or destroying them, but to dispose of them somehow, to relieve people and communities of their responsibility for them. It is a tangible sign of our society’s deep disconnection from other beings, a disconnection so profound and damaging that we could legitimately categorize it as a sickness.

We need to acknowledge this sickness and how it plays out in our shelters, and never make excuses for it or believe that it is acceptable. The truth is, there should not be a need in a civilized society for a system that disposes of animals as if they were trash. We need to tell this truth, as an act of respect to the animals, and because the truth cannot be changed until it can be seen.

At the deepest level, the only thing that will heal this sickness, and alleviate the pain we feel over this issue, is to simply end the killing. To create communities that no longer have overwhelming homeless animal problems and have, therefore, no need to kill animals. To create communities that find killing to be an unacceptable answer, and that see animals as having value and beauty, as beings with a sacred spark of life and spirit.


Here is a bibliography and data base in progress that I’m developing  for my own education that you might find interesting:

  1.  Animal Overpopulation: What’s The Solution To 600 Million Stray Dogs?  Question mark indeed!

  2.  Report Stray Animal Control Practices (Europe) – rspca  Only Germany, Greece and Italy don’t kill animals.

  3.  Problems and Solutions: Shelter exchanges

  4.  PROBLEMS – SOLUTIONS: “ANIMAL HOMELESSNESS 101″  This is good.  The quote above comes from this discussion of the problem.

“5.  Solving the Stray and Unwanted Dog Problem  Cesar Milan talks about Germany where they don’t euthanize animals and recommends that we look at their policies.

6.)  The Global Stray Dog Population Crisis : Crisis is huge

7.) The treatment of abandoned/stray dogs & cats in Japan Nasty

Please check back as I add to this list.



We are here today because the state has failed: 2013–NOW–SOS.


Blast from the recent past—Full Story Here: Kauai’s Pesticide and GMO Bill Could Cost Millions  Are we any better off today when this story was fresh (September 2013?)  Well, here is another more recent (Febuary 2014) wrinkle:  LIHUE — The Kauai County Council approved a measure Wednesday redefining the tasks and requirements for a group charged with framing a study on pesticides and genetically modified organisms on Kauai.

LIHUE — The state of Hawaii has effectively foresaken its responsibility to ensure that biotech companies are not risking public and environmental health, several members of the Kauai County Council said Monday, so it was up to the county to pick up the slack.

Basically, the state has done a bad job of enforcing landmark federal environmental laws, according to the councilmembers who spoke at a hearing on a bill before the council’s Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations Committee that would increase regulation of genetically altered crops and pesticides.

“We are here today because the state has failed,” Councilman Mel Rapozo said.

MORE:  Kauai faces service cuts amid budget crunch

agricultural pollution, ecology, environment, food security, GMO, pesticide

Food Tank highlights 13 organizations and initiatives helping to save bees. (shutterstock)

Coming in all shapes and sizes and populating all but the most extreme corners of the globe, bees play a crucial role in agriculture everywhere and represent an irreplaceable link in food production.

From apples and blueberries to almonds and cucumbers, bees help produce more than 30 percent of the world’s food. In fact, according to research from Michigan State University, bees are responsible for one out of every three bites of food we eat. The economic value of pollination services by bees is US$365 billion annually and affects 50-80 percent of the world’s food supply.

Unfortunately, many industrial agricultural practices may endanger the livelihood of these pollinators. The rise of large-scale monoculture crops—including maize, wheat, and rice—can decrease agricultural biodiversity worldwide, according to the American Institute of Biological Sciences. Additionally, the use of pesticides and insecticides, specifically neonicotinoids, can kill individual bees and colonies alike by poisoning nectar and pollen which bees feed to larvae.

Go here for the full story: Buzzing for Solutions: 13 Organizations and Initiatives Helping to Save Bees

90 percent of the soybeans churned out on US farms each year are genetically engineered to withstand herbicides

Soybeans are the second-largest US crop after corn, covering about a quarter of American farmland. We grow more soybeans than any other country except Brazil. According to the US Department of Agriculture, more than 90 percent of the soybeans churned out on US farms each year are genetically engineered to withstand herbicides, nearly all of them involving one called Roundup. Organic production, by contrast, is marginal—it accounts for less than 1 percent of total American acreage devoted to soy. (The remaining 9 percent or so of soybeans are conventionally grown, but not genetically modified.)

Go here to read the full artcle: Monsanto GM Soy Is Scarier Than You Think

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