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Why Pele Doesn’t Like Geothermal

I went to my third County Council meeting in fifteen years last night.  Now I remember why I don’t go to them.  The agenda was geothermal but, as with everything in Puna, everyone in attendance was against it.  As a scientist, I expected to hear facts.  What I heard – for the first hour...
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Opinion: Fukushima Update a Year On

Opinion: Fukushima Update a Year On

Rick Shade requested an update on R4 at Fukushima. I was the first person in the world who correctly assessed the problem at Reactor 4  while the Japanese government was saying there was no danger…and I am the first person who stated that Ft. Calhoun was within an inch of disaster last year when the...
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Indefinite Detention Bill Signed: We Now Live in a Declared War Zone

Indefinite Detention Bill Signed: We Now Live in a Declared War Zone

We now live in a declared war zone. That means something — and not necessarily what Lindsay Graham and John McCain intended — or maybe they did. But one thing we do know is that Obama signed it — after making sure he had complete AND SOLE authority to implement it. Doesn’t establishing in law that...
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In Search of Debt Jubilee (Why Money Cannot Breed Money)

From the agile mind of my friend Francisco González… I think these are times of complete confusion, where competing and contradictory explanations multiply only to increase the confusion. An article I find worth going back to, in search of some glimpses of possible enlightment, is this one from 2004 by economic historian Michael Hudson. The basic...
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US Military in Hawai`i: Not the Bad Guys

In 1959 the citizens of Hawaii voted 17 to 1 to become a state rather than to remain a territory. The option of becoming independent was not on the ballot, but it would have been voted down then, just as it would today. The 6% of the population which are ethnic Hawaiian deserve our...
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