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Most of this originally ran in an article posted on Sept. 18, 2013.

The public reaction in Ferguson and now in Baltimore reminded me that it'™s time to revive my "œHydraulic Theory of oppression."

Honestly, I can'™t remember if this is originally mine or not, it has been too, too many years since I have used it at workshops on the Mainland (curious that we don't discuss oppression and human rights as much in public seminars here in Hawaii as they did in California or Oregon, for example).

This model is not related specifically to the situation of any group of people. I think it has a certain general applicability. But when I speak of "œhydraulic fluid," you could think of the oppressed communities in Ferguson, Baltimore, and currently and historically elsewhere.

The illustrated theory follows below.

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"In order for a real change to occur there has to be a deeply motivated population, and that means that the deep psyche has to be involved. It's there that the creative ideas come from, in very symbolic terms at first, just images. But they have a lot of energy in them and a lot of persuasiveness, and when people hear a visionary leader when it's time for one of these revolutionary changes, there is a sort of mass movement that sweeps through a population." --John Weir Perry
I’ve been following events in Ferguson, Missouri closely because I think they have the potential to begin a badly needed process of change in this country.

Potential is one thing, but understanding how change takes place and perhaps working to push the process along (if that’s at all possible) is another. Mostly, one-off events are relegated to history, and the mythology is distorted by the storyteller to suit whatever political needs suit them.

So I turned to the best source for thinking on visionary psychology that I know of, the late psychiatrist John Weir Perry. I’m a great fan of his book The Far Side of Madness and met him in person one day in Oregon, at a lecture on interpreting children’s drawings, of all things.

I think the roadmap is in the pull-quote above. Now, whether there is such a leader in the wings or not, I don’t know, but the “deeply motivated population” may be in place.

So how to influence the process? Perhaps by finding, identifying, or even creating the visionary leader.

Hint to all you Jungians out there: perhaps this is your mission, if you care to accept it.

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Most of us sleep tight at night, secure in our own homes. Not so those without a roof over their heads. There’s violence on the streets of many cities.

And in Honolulu, there’s the possibility of police raids in the dead of night. Yes, the HPD has employed the same “terror tactics” that US special forces were hated for in Iraq and Afghanistan—the dead of night raid.

Most homeless people do not have video cameras and don’t want to risk retaliation, but the (de) Occupy Honolulu folks did document some of the raids. The caption in the video above says 11 p.m.
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Tourism is the engine that drives Hawaii's economy. Honolulu's Waikiki is where the money comes, and so also where many homeless residents converge. It's logical.

The city of Honolulu has done nothing to either control rents or to provide permanent alternative housing, so it's not surprising that Hawaii has the third-largest homeless population per capita in the country, nor that the numbers have increased each year.

Recently, complaints have escalated--city ordinances have forced people out of the parks and onto the sidewalks as a last resort. A state legislator's foray into the wilds of Waikiki armed with a sledgehammer to smash shopping carts didn't make a dent in the problem, and meshed perfectly with the city's extensive (and expensive) sweeps and property seizures. Now the city is poised to pass laws modeled on Seattle law. But there is a big difference in how Seattle approached the problem of houselessness and how Honolulu is doing it. Seattle was compassionate and provided housing, Honolulu is mean, and criminalizes homelessness.


The Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness in King County provides a blueprint for how the region will work together to confront the issues that cause homelessness, and create housing and supportive services needed to end homelessness. The City of Seattle is a leader and one of three major funders of the Committee to End Homelessness in King County and the Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness, along with King County and United Way of King County.—seattle.gov, Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness, 2005

Enacting measures that prevent the houseless from escaping poverty is an act of violence. The total houseless population is diverse and includes families with children, survivors of domestic and child abuse, the elderly and people with mental illnesses.—activist and Congressional candidate Kathryn Xian, Let’s Overhaul the Way We Deal With Homeless People
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quid pro quo noun ˌkwid-ˌprō-ˈkwō\ : something that is given to you or done for you in return for something you have given to or done for someone else


Hawaii is a great place for testing and growing genetically-modified crops--multiple crops can be grown each year due to the favorable climate. No one in Hawaii gets to eat seeds that are shipped out of state, and pesticide use and monocropping have caused concerned citizens to take action.  But all their good work could be reversed during this session of the state legislature.

Three Hawaii counties have made great strides in protecting the health of their citizens. Kauai's County Council limited the intensive application of pesticides near homes, schools and hospitals, even overriding their mayor's veto of the measure.

Hawaii County (the "Big Island") is regulating the spread of agrochemical companies and pollen drift and has banned new GMO crops except for papaya. Transgenic crops would be largely limited to enclosed greenhouses.

Maui has reached an agreement via MOU on the use of restricted pesticides.

Now, powerful state senators are attempting to wrest control of pesticide regulation from the counties and halt the movement to label GMO products. In Hawaii's feudal-democratic system, a single committee chair has all the power to do this.

Yesterday the Chair of the Senate Agricultural Committee took the unusual step of creating a "zombie" bill (SB110) that effectively fast-tracks what could be described as a "Monsanto protection bill" through the Senate. In its original form it was not destined to pass due to multiple committee referrals sure to face public opposition each time. This afternoon, with public testimony prohibited by the Chair, the language from that bill will be patched into another bill with no further referrals. This creates a "zombie" bill that will be difficult to stop. It's usual in our state legislature for a committee chair to "recommend" how the committee should vote--and the members dutifully fall in line.

Which raises the question: why? Could the fact that a GMO industry lobbyist ran this senator's fundraiser possibly have anything to do with his radical action?

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Sat Oct 12, 2013 at 03:01 PM PDT

Stupid Republican strategy

by LarryHI

Yeah, there are so many articles posted just like this one. But anyway...

The moral of my story, to save you from having to read it, is that we need to find a way to create long enough memories so that voters will remember what the Republicans have done to them come election time in 2014. Yup, people will forget. Perhaps there's a way to remind them efficiently.

I have no crystal ball to tell how this Republican-induced paralysis of government will turn out, but I’m thinking that it could finally cause some citizens to snap out of their apathy.

In no particular order:

1) Visitors to Washington DC

Snip from disappointed Washington visitor's blog
Visitors, both from other parts of the country and from overseas, have saved up for their visit to the Nation’s Capital, only to be greatly disappointed—and they seem to be blaming the Republicans. Click here for the rest of this poor guy’s blog post of his trip.

While blame is spread around a bit, based on a Google search, few visitors seem to be blaming the shut down on Obama who is trying to give all (well, at least more) Americans health care.

2) Speaking of health care, the Affordable Care Act websites have had problems, but tens of thousands at least have been able to get through and choose a plan. If the Republicans keep pushing short-term spending extensions, there will be people who…:

a) are looking forward to checking their ??? with a doctor to find out what it is
b) are looking forward to having ??? cured, removed, or treated
c) want to have their partner/parents/children’s ??? checked or treated
d) need to get started with their cancer therapy

… and so will (I hope) resist Republicans’ call to roll back the ACA and leave them once again without insurance. Certainly, the newly and happily insured will not blame Obama for the government shutdown.

The longer it takes Republicans to drop their attack on the ACA and to normalize our government's budget, the more people will have insurance that they wouldn't dream of giving up.

3) Republicans desperately want “entitlements” such as Social Security and Medicare cut or privatized. That’s nothing new, but senior citizens have been relatively passive about it, though they are a large voting block (and they typically vote Republican). Should the debt ceiling not be lifted and social security payments be skipped or delayed, perhaps they will finally get up from the couch and yell about this.

Here’s hoping that our government comes to its senses rapidly, but if it doesn’t, it could be payback time for the Republicans.

That is, if anyone remembers come election time 2014.

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As Rachel Maddow pointed out on one of her programs this week, the NSA goes through scandals every few years but doesn’t stop what it is doing.

Read the Wikipedia article on the Church Committee, for example, or google for info on it.

The Church Committee was the United States Senate Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities, a U.S. Senate committee chaired by Senator Frank Church (D-ID) in 1975. A precursor to the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, the committee investigated intelligence gathering for illegality by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), National Security Agency (NSA) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) after certain activities had been revealed by the Watergate affair.
The “mail cover” operation the Committee discovered has not been eliminated, but enhanced, for example.

How would we know if they stop spying on our phone calls, emails, etc.? Well, one way would be if they tear down their godzilla-byte storage facility in Utah and sell all of those disk drives on eBay.

Short of that, they’re not going to stop. Why should they?

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As a member of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), I have an ieee.org email that has been set up for me. I personally make little use of it, but no doubt others do. Recently, the IEEE “upgraded” their service by turning it over to Google. In doing so, have they (and other organizations that may have similarly switched to Google) placed sensitive corporate, government and individual technical data at risk?

Everything Gmail and perhaps everything Google, as we have just learned, is now on file with the NSA. One AP news article noted that altogether 4.9 million government workers, including more than 1 million contractors, have access to the data the NSA is storing. It's impossible to protect the IEEE emails under these circumstances.

With potentially 4.9 million pairs of eye able to look at this data, no one can say for certain or calculate the odds that some of it has already been compromised and perhaps sold for personal gain.

According to their website:

IEEE.org serves technical professionals and students who are looking to both foster working relationships and gain access to the latest technical research…
Imagine that Company A is conducting research at an undisclosed laboratory, and an engineer communicates via this Gmail-based system with Company B, also part of the project, that a certain patent for (say) a drone guidance system has been approved. Soon, on a computer monitor in a darkened, air-conditioned room someplace in Honolulu, the message is flagged because it contains the word “drone.” At that point, one is relying entirely on the honesty of that person (and who knows how many others) not to jump on and profit from the information revealed. Since location data may be included, the secret laboratory is secret no longer.

At the time the change to Gmail was announced, I had reservations about giving up the security of the prior system, and determined never to send anything critical via the IEEE mail system. But the new revelations mean that technical data on which corporate profits or national security depend may in fact be compromised simply because it is, practically speaking, impossible to police 4.9 million workers each of whom could be a potential leaker.

All professionals should be concerned.

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Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 12:59 PM PDT

Reform movement takes action in Hawaii

by LarryHI

Dissatisfaction... well, it's getting to look more like outrage... is driving citizens and advocacy groups to mount a new campaign against toxic practices in the Hawaii State Legislature. Yup, reform is in the air in Hawaii—citizen driven reform.

Individuals and organizations are moving to bring about change and better democracy—led by Common Cause Hawaii, the League of Women Voters, and others.

A petition was filed yesterday under House and Senate rules (see below the break and Petition challenges rampant use of undemocratic procedures in the Hawaii state legislature). The petition specifically takes aim at procedures both houses have employed to bypass public hearings and sneak language into bills without public attention.

That petition has a sister petition that anyone can sign: Ban Gut and Replace and Frankenstein Practices. This was posted Friday night without fanfare, and has already gathered a number of signatures.

The public condemns tactics and strongly oppose these misleading practices which keep the public in the dark. I join my fellow citizens and ask the Senate and the House for two things:

1) DO NOT pass the gut-and-replace bills and Frankenstein bills generated in the 2013 legislative session, due to the way the bills have moved forward.
2) BAN the “gut-and-replace” and “Frankenstein” practices from occurring again in the future.

Another hot petiton is the Hawaii Public Officers, Recall Initiative, which is nearing its goal of 500 signatures. Check it out and add your name to this growing movement.

Citizens have no means to remove a public officer by way of recall, impeachment or initiative process except the office of the Governor, Lt. Governor or their appointees. The Hawaii State Constitution should be amended to allow for such recall of any public officers. HB 187 introduced in 2011 died in committee. It should be reintroduced and openly debated.

For those interested in the process, Senate and House rules are given below the break.
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In an action that may have applicability also in Hawaii, Occupy Wall Street filed a lawsuit in federal court today against the City of New York seeking redress for the confiscation and destruction of books in “the People’s Library”. The books were confiscated and most destroyed or damaged by New York City police and other city employees during a raid on the OWS encampment in Zuccotti Park.

Could the New York lawsuit be a model for a similar action in Honolulu?

The suit names the City of New York, its mayor, Michael Bloomberg, in his official capacity, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, in his official
capacity, the Sanitation Commissioner, and other unidentified officials, employees and/or agents of the City of New York in their official and individual capacities. It is the latest of several lawsuits filed against the city related to its actions against OWS.

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In an action that may have applicability also in Hawaii, Occupy Wall Street filed a lawsuit in federal court today against the City of New York seeking redress for the confiscation and destruction of books in “the People’s Library”. The books were confiscated and most destroyed or damaged by New York City police and other city employees during a raid on the OWS encampment in Zuccotti Park.

Hawaii's Occupy movement has suffered a series of raids in which personal property has been confiscated. Would a similar lawsuit work here?

The suit names the City of New York, its mayor, Michael Bloomberg, in his official capacity, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, in his official
capacity, the Sanitation Commissioner, and other unidentified officials, employees and/or agents of the City of New York in their official and individual capacities. It is the latest of several lawsuits filed against the city related to its actions against OWS.

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Honolulu police hid under cover of darkness and raided Occupy Honolulu at 3 a.m. this morning (Wednesday, March 14, 2012). The early-morning raid assured that no media would be present to report on the police action.

Occupy Honolulu maintains a live-stream, which did catch the action as police confiscated tents and other belongings. The video is posted on this web page and also below.

Although Honolulu's new law requires that the items be returned to their owners, there are reports that the city has refused to do so recently.

Hawaii's state constitution provides unique protections which the law under which the police raided the Occupy Honolulu encampment may be violating.

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