2018 Environmental Film Festival in Washington Metro far from oblivion

The Last Animals (Opening night event)

This year’s environmental film festival in the nation’s capital comes with a sense of trepidation. Ever since the word “climate change” has been expunged from the Environmental Protection Agency website, the fate of climate science hangs in the air. In fact, at area public libraries, the books about climate change and global warming have shifted location to under social science. […]

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Hawaii legislation and homelessness: the good, the bad, the ugly

When can these encampment be zoned safe

The State of Hawaii is paradise, if you have money to spend. The population of the state in 2017 was 1,427,538 people, but it is decreasing at the rate of 3 people per day. This is after accounting for births and new move-ins. Over a five year period an estimated 37,000 people have left, mostly for the mainland. Invisible people […]

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People Demand Action 2018 Rally Beautiful Commotion

"Proud to be Muslim American"

Washington, DC– Amid early spring-like weather, people gathered at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday January 27, 2018 11:00 am for the People Demand Action March. The March started with a 2-hour rainbow rally representing many local and national grassroots leaders. People, old, young, white, black, red, brown, and yellow, women, men, and transgender came out bearing inspiring […]

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Why UN sanctions against DPRK may backfire on US

"Kindness effects more than severity."

The US is trying to compel North Korea to denuclearize. As if the threat of war-time level multinational mobilization naval and air drills at North Korea’s doorstep were not enough, a variety of punitive sanctions have been passed by the United States, and also by the United Nations. It is the nature of these sanctions and other actions that are […]

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On Being Enthralled with F-35, or maybe not

Only half a B-2 Bomber

Visualizing One Billion Dollars: It can buy 1/2 of a B-2 Bomber, Image from Wallstats.com 2018 is starting off with a kicker for the U.S. Defense industry according to US Military News. The tensions from prospective war with North Korea is helping promote a bonanza in new defense investments. In “Amid Tensions: Japan, South Korea May Refit Naval Ships for […]

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Remembering Mayor Ed Lee: A Man with a Heart

Mayor Ed Lee speaking at Remembering Vincent Chin 30

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee passed away on December 12, 2017, after suffering from a heart attack on the night before. The suddenness of his passing has stunned many including in the Asian community. Humble beginnings For many Asians and people of color, the late-Mayor represented a set of firsts. He was born and raised in the Beacon Hill neighborhood […]

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Korean War I: Who fired the first shot?

vintage 38th parallel Korea photo

With the tension building on the Korean Peninsula today, it helps to reexamine why the first Korean War started, especially if the model is subsumed under the number of current defensive operational plays. Interestingly research on the Korean War yields the idea that in comparison with 1950, the United States is much more brazen today both in its demands and […]

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Time is Running Out : The War State Looms over North Korea

Map of Far East Command Bases (US Department of Defense)

According to AntiWar.com, White House officials continue to threaten North Korea (DPRK), warning that “time is running out” and that at some point action will be taken unless accessions are made with regard to complete nuclear disarmament. Of course whether the threat is made by President Trump or by his National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, the 12-day trip to Asia […]

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Hurricane Harvey created a flood in internal climate refugees

Path of Hurricane Harvey from Weather.gov

Homelessness is not just a social disease, it’s become an internal refugee crisis, thanks to the extreme weather such as Hurricane Harvey this past August 25-29th, 2017. Climate change has created long droughts, and along with that land-devouring wildfires, evicting residents in the Sierras and Coastal mountains of California. Climate change sourced hurricanes has also brought a devastating hurricane season […]

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“Outside-in-America”: Reports on homeless crises in the States

15th Ave NE and NE 45th, Tent City 3

The Guardian online has a series about homeless in America called “Outside-in-America.” This series is a useful study on homelessness in America, because quality investigative news stories, including long interviews with homeless people in the United States, are a rarity. In America, the topic is generally restricted to small independent newspapers, whose urban presence is increasingly deliberately marginalized by the […]

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