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Bananas illustrate corporate agriculture & GMO politics

April 22nd, 2014 · 6 Comments · Business, History, Media, Politics

I was driving to Manoa to pick up Meda yesterday afternoon and got hooked on an episode of Public Radio International’s program, Living on Earth. “Top Banana” originally aired back in 2004. It’s a short history of the banana industry in Central America. It’s also a tale of industrial mono crop agriculture, corporate imperialism (for […]

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Moyers & Company: Fighting for the Four Freedoms

April 21st, 2014 · No Comments · History, Media, Politics

Here’s something to kick start your brain for the week. It’s Bill Moyers’ recent interview with historian Harvey J. Kaye, author of the new book, The Fight for the Four Freedoms: What Made FDR and the Greatest Generation Truly Great. A friend who recommended it calls the program “24 minutes worth of idealism.” Here’s how […]

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Abercombie, Cayetano in Senate photos from early 1980s

April 10th, 2014 · 6 Comments · History, Legislature, Photographs, Politics

Here are a couple of photos showing members of the State Senate at work in the early 1980s, including two future governors. In the first photo, Ben Cayetano is at the far end of the table, and is chairman of this committee. I believe he chaired the Senate Ways and Means Committee. To his right […]

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Off to a memorial gathering for Meda’s mom

April 3rd, 2014 · 3 Comments · History

By the time this is posted early Thursday morning, we’ll be on a flight to San Francisco to attend a small memorial gathering for Meda’s mother, Margaret Renton Chesney, who died in February. It’s a short trip with not much time on the ground, enough for a family dinner followed by a Saturday memorial to […]

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What’s most important in politics–Principle or Pragmatism?

March 21st, 2014 · 5 Comments · Campaigns, History, Politics

I’m currently reading Robert Caro’s book, The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Vol. IV (Vintage)>, part of his series probing the career of LBJ. The first section focuses on the lead-up to the 1960 Democratic Party nomination for president. It is extraordinarily good reading, better than a novel for political junkies. Although […]

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