With yet another hurricane bearing down on Hawaii, and a Presidential campaign getting more bizarre by the minute, who ya gonna call?
So if you're an anti-ag activist who popped a champagne cork at the demise of HC&S because you've been claiming that cane smoke is killing you, where do go on vacation?
Well, if you're failed Maui state Senate candidate Terez Amato Lyndsey, the answer is Burning Man, of course.
Yeah, you fly thousands of miles — while decrying oil pipelines and “the greed that surrounds the oil industry” — so you can drive to a totally unsustainable encampment despoiling the pristine desert, walk around naked, fill up another's state's landfill, get high and burn all kine toxic shit.
All while wearing gas masks — “the desert gets very dusty” — and “exhibiting radical self reliance. We purchased the wrong batteries for our air mattress and shower pool pump. Joe [Ritter] is rigging D batteries in paralell & series to equal 4.5 volts.”
While there, you discover links to the equally deluded hypocrites back home:
Chelsea Lyons Kent After I get rich I'm going to put that in my humongous yard when I have parties. I need to Pin this immediately. ♡
Gosh, even anti-corporate, revolution-touting, bird-flipping Bernie-supporting progressives like Chelsea wanna get rich and buy that big house and yard. Oh, yeah. Bring it.
Meanwhile, with 40 million facing drought-related hunger in Africa, 8,000 greenies flew to Honolulu to attend the International Union for the Conservation of Nature conference and get serious about sustainability and climate change. Or at least, sigh a lot about it.
All together now. SIGH........
Among the attendees experiencing cognitive dissonance is Hawaii Gov. David Ige, who is seeking to protect Hawaii's coral reefs from global warming-induced bleaching because “they are a driver of our local and tourism economy, generating more than $360 million each year.”
Yet no mention of the carbon-spewing jets that transport the tourists, nor of their reef-tromping, sunscreen-slathering behavior once they get here.
Ige also proclaimed:
“We need to provide food security through the protection of lands and water and support for our local farmers, and that’s why I’m committed to doubling Hawaii’s food production by 2020.”
Sounds great. But how, exactly?
Is he planning to send all the red-shirt-wearing, bird-flipping, anti-GMO/true food activists to work camps, where they will be required to actually produce the totally organic, pure, indigenous, sustainable food they know is possible, if only that horrid pesticide-spraying, GMO-growing industrial ag would get the hell out of their way?
Require every tourist to spend a day or two of vacation in food production, in order to offset the groceries they buy at Costco as soon as they land?
Engage the consulting services of yardeners like Felicia Cowden, who not so long ago were holding up Venezuela as a model of ag that Hawaii should follow? Before things went all to hell:
"There is no food. There is no paper. There is no medicine. We are dying," Maria Alvarez told CNN en Español. "Please, help Venezuela. This has to end."
Douglas Vincent, UH professor and former chair of the Dept. of Human Nutrition, Food and Animal Sciences, had this idea:
Here's how I'd do it. Facilitate Ag lands to stay in Ag, so no more land grabs for housing. Double the funding for Farmer training programs, like GoFarm, to include funding for low cost or low interest loans to start farms. Encourage land owners to lease of existing farm lands so new farmers can have access to lands. Tax breaks for land owners to lease Ag lands to new farmers, as long as the new farmers can demonstrate being trained at new farmer training programs. Fill all vacant Ag related faculty positions in CTAHR, especially cooperative extension positions. Fill other Ag related vacant faculty positions in community colleges, UHWO, UHH. Advance vo-Ag training in high schools.
Damn. That's way too sensible. It's never gonna fly. Mo bettah to ask political scientist Ashley Lukens, director of Hawaii Center for Food Safety, what she thinks of the governor's plan (because he actually does have one).
Except she's at Burning Man, too! Seems that's where all the too-hip, hair-flipping, millennial activists go to refresh themselves after a tiring year of sanctimoniously scaring people half to death with utter nonesense.
Meanwhile, her kooky counterparts at Moms Against Monsanto are busy collecting testimonials for the totally bogus Monsanto Tribinual. Stuff like:
We have cured our asthma, allergies, food allergies/sensitivities, reoccurring croup, acid reflux, chronic fatigue syndrome and insomnia by removing toxicity and by going organic. We don’t want your poison in our food, our lands or our water.
Del Vega Esperanza commented 1 hour ago
I was once at a party of a freind of a freind who worked for Monsanto and my freind told me to not drink the punch as the host had spiked it with roundup and he wanted to see how many glasses of punch it would take before people started feeling the toxic effects. And it worked after three or four glasses everyone started staggering around and talking gibberish and some even passed out on the floor. I left before I witnessed anything too scary but those Monsanto scientists think they can just do what they like and get away with it. This was my awakening and I’ve never trusted science since, this is why this trial is so important so that people like me can see those evil scientists behind bars where they deserve. And I don’t mean the type of bars where they serve drinks!!!!
Oops. I think they've been infiltrated...
Of course, everyone is entitled to their beliefs. Just ask the Liberal Redneck: