Fire and Fury – Maui: Climate Change, Arson, and Preparations for a 15-minute Smart City

This summer has not been the summer of love but the summer of wildfires, caused by “extreme weather conditions” which have then been blamed on “climate change” and by that we mean human-made climate change.  First, we had Canada, where there are still over 1000 fires burning, then we had Greece where evacuations of villages is still happening.  We have also had a new form of intrusive, direct-action climate activism characterised by very public and very disruptive direct action.  These fires have been loudly and publicly blamed on climate change, with the governor of Hawaii explicitly blaming “climate change” for the extent of the fires.

However, we should immediately be suspect of these claims for all sorts of reasons.  After the deafening chorus of “climate change” regarding the fires in Greece, the Greek government has since publicly declared that over 666 of the fires were works of arson and they are looking to strengthen the penalties against arsonists.  Of course, you have to catch the arsonists first and that is a major part of the problem; arson is an amazingly cheap and effective form of direct action for those vested interests corrupt enough to find a few sociopaths who are happy to burn it all down, especially if there is a utopian justification lurking in the shadows.

Now, you might be thinking “conspiracy theorist” at this point if you have stumbled across this article but rest assured, I will be looking at the evidence regarding what has gone on surrounding the events in Lahaina for the purposes of understanding what probably happened there, and which may also help explain what is going on in some of the other areas where fires are still burning.  As is normal, there has been a slew of conspiracies circulating regarding it and some of the “evidence” has been relatively easy to dismiss as noted on “fact-checking” DW site here.  For example, we are not talking about the alleged DEW (Direct Energy Weapon) targeting or testing, that is a marginal possibility here though some of the descriptions of the track of the fire certainly suggest anomalous track and spreading behaviour.  As Glenn Beck has noted, there is much more to that specific story and its China connection which NASA really did put out quite an elaborate cover story over during an “exercise” over Hawaii and Florida about a month ago when the Chinese weather balloon was eventually downed over the Northern part of the US.  There are real questions about the patterns and shape of the blaze which has led to speculation of deliberately started blazes, but alleged conspiracy-theorist extraordinaire Adam Jones gave good reasons to come out against DEWs in this case, as there is a far more plausible explanation for the speed and pattern of the spread.

We should rather talk about the roles of the Hawaii Electric Company in not following protocol to open circuits to prevent sparking in high winds and what has been called “criminal negligence” in not cutting the brush around electric pylons.  They had a legal obligation to ensure space around the pylons which travelled along a major highway to the rear of the town.  Trees were falling in the winds onto the electric pylons and creating fires.  Normal practice would be to cut the power when winds exceeded 50 or 60 mph (80-100 km/h) to prevent the possibility of this occurring.  Similarly, the lack of maintenance on surrounding areas around the town on the brush and trees which would have prevented the fire from spreading into it so easily, are real and the inexplicable cut-off of water supplies to West Maui as landowners and firefighters were fighting the fire, and succeeding, suddenly found themselves without water.  This was despite high level official emergency requests being sent to divert available supplies; these were not conspiracies but were put in writing the day after the destruction of the town by a senior local official with the West Maui Land Company who had made the requests for the emergency diversion of water resources.

Water supply, as is a common issue on many coral islands, is a disputed and a highly political issue and the politics of the official responsible for responding to the emergency request were very probably a significant factor (given his previous public statements about water as a resource) in the catastrophic delay in filling reservoirs that firefighters were using.  So, electricity was left on, water was turned off; this guaranteed the incineration of the vulnerable area, which was the poorer or indigenous commercial strip.  The wealthier part of the town where such maintenance had been carried out, or in individual buildings surrounded by managed land (such as a church with a park around it), have survived with the mansions of the wealthiest unscathed.  This indigenous dimension we will find of interest later because it is supremely significant.  It seems beyond question that the damage to the town would have no doubt been mitigated almost completely if these emergency requests had been actioned immediately and if basic land management and legal maintenance obligations had been fulfilled.

There are also further real questions regarding the failure to use the Emergency Warning System which was specifically put in place for emergencies such as tsunamis and fire; this led to the resignation of the chief just a day after he defended not using it.  Not a single official had attempted to activate the system at any time and the alerting of the residents was done with a 1-minute warning to evacuate via SMS which with towers already down, could not be received.  It was also questionable that TV or Radio transmissions would have been heard by people who were working and how children sent home would react to it. There are also serious issues with the releasing of children from school in such circumstances which has resulted in over 1000 still being classed as “missing”; as children’s homes were already destroyed in some cases, there would have been nowhere to go and the risk of traffickers taking advantage of that situation would have been extremely real.

There are also serious issues as to the emergency management on the ground, the communities which have survived have not survived because of FEMA or Red Cross support but despite of it with some truly heroic tales of local surf celebrities and other locals forming hubs, arranging airlifts, using local boats for delivering aid, and cooking for hundreds.  For two days there was no federal presence prompting an enormous people driven response and when the federal agencies did turn up it seemed they came for a photo-op rather than with practical help or actively interfered with the transport of aid or access to affected areas.  This reminded me of an Asian official who explained to me how disasters were sometimes managed in his country, if you wait a few days people will either leave the affected area if they can, or they will die from a lack of clean water, making the clean-up less problematic and the government can efficiently clear and claim their land. In third world fashion too, the police chief, then proceeded to ban access to the areas ostensibly as a mark of respect to identifying those bodies turned to powder.

It might be reasonable to assert that permitting such passage was dangerous, but the locals were prepared to take the risk, particularly as those isolated or trapped would be desperate for aid.  It is certainly even more questionable that FEMA and local officials are still refusing access to residents to return to their land.  There does seem to have been some improvement with temporary housing and accommodation arrangements, especially as national focus on the official response has heightened.  However, as one commentator has noted, the federal grant of $700 per person as emergency aid is an interesting contrast to the billions being sent to fund the war effort in Ukraine.  The desire to keep the official “death-toll” figures low also seems to have been figuring in the reporting of cadavers beyond recognition and “turned to powder” but such intense heat would have been required to say powder bone for dental recognition, that it is a highly questionable claim.

Further, what is notable in some of the “fact-checking” debunking websites such as in DW’s above and in AP’s debunking story here is that they mention the claim “Maui was destroyed intentionally to rebuild it with the 15-minute city concept” as debunked and false, but they give absolutely no justification for that conclusion.  DW gives it no justification at all, mentioning it in the context of other easily debunkable photos, we must assume it is debunked by association only; AP mention it only in specifically referring to what the Hawaii Governor Josh Green was saying in a specific interview.  It would be correct to claim that he does not offer direct endorsement in that particular interview (because it is not mentioned directly), but it would be equally correct to say that what he said in that interview regarding the transfer of land ownership to the State would be consistent with the thesis of the person who quoted that what he said indicates support for the concept.

Transfer of ownership of the land into State hands would be a prerequisite of allowing such a development to occur.  This is because the locals have repeatedly refused to sell the land to corporations that wanted to come and develop such a city in lines with the agenda of the billionaires owning the properties in Lahaina, who wanted to demonstrate the concept of a 100% electric island with smart technology as workable.  The local planning authority have repeatedly refused to authorise the redevelopment because the land was historically tribal land.  If you dig a little deeper, things start to get really interesting and the plausibility of this as a planned and executed event to bypass the opposition of the indigenous people to redevelopment gets much stronger.

  • First it is no secret that Hawaii Governor Josh Green is a strong advocate of the “Smart City” and “15-Minute City” UN initiatives associated with the 2030 agenda.  He was the only US-governor to attend a UN-conference on both concepts and is due to host a ‘Smart City’ conference on Maui in the coming months.  Would it be pushing the concept of “coincidence”, do we really believe that this does not present an amazing opportunity to rebuild a town according to this model with the billionaire residents and corporations wanting to provide the money if they can bypass the local planning obstacles and indigenous opposition?
  • Second, just last month, Governor Green, ostensibly to address the homelessness problems caused in part by the lack of new development and the second most expensive real estate prices anywhere in the world, made an executive order that effectively bypassed the local planning oversight of development above a certain acreage.  It also suspended all kinds of other planning restrictions which would allow local oversight of redevelopment and allow the Governor’s office to directly award contracts to corporations for them to develop just the kind of infrastructure that the native townspeople did not want.

What the fire has achieved is the complete decimation of the commercial quarter of the town and the surrounding environs that was home to those same native people, the principal objectors to the redevelopment, and the small business owners. With insurance companies already announcing they will not honour individual claims for the cost of rebuilding properties, enormous pressure is being brought to bear on the residents to sell their land, but with the governor announcing a framework to prevent the transfer of the land to anyone else except the State (this done with language couched in duplicity regarding keeping the land for the Hawaiians), this effectively ensures the land will transfer to the approved developers of the Governor.

So, let us recap.  To blame “climate change” is specious and dishonest:

  1. The fire was preventable by proper management of the natural environment and would have been mitigated to a large degree if the Electric Company had fulfilled its statutory duty to ensure adequate clearance around pylons and had turned the supply off when winds exceeded a threshold.
  2. The water supply was disconnected at a critical point in the fight against the fires and not reconnected until it was too late. This was culpable (or a deliberate, planned) failure by a senior official.
  3. Federal emergency response was inexplicably slow in responding to the crisis. For two days, there was no federal aid and only the action of creative locals organising aid prevented a secondary catastrophe.
  4. When the federal government did get involved, they caused obstructions to the movement of aid and persons, prevented media coverage and the direct financial aid that was received amounted to just $700 per person.
  5. Locals have repeatedly resisted redevelopment of the town in line with the wealthy quarter. The residents refused to sell, so the physical environment in the commercial part of town, along the highways was not maintained creating an easy passage for the fire.  The fire decimated the commercial quarter and the native quarter but left this wealthy quarter untouched.
  6. The governor issued an executive order suspending normal planning restrictions and the normal sale of land by the residents that allows the appropriation of the land by those wishing to showcase the “Smart City” and “15-Minute-City” concepts on Maui.

This driving of the indigenous people off their tribal land is also helpful for us to understand what has happened in Canada.  Many of the Northern regions most affected by fires are tribal land.  The Primeminister of Quebec made a public statement that the smaller communities, i.e., native communities in rural settings would have to burn.  With communities destroyed, land can be bought or appropriated by the State to prevent communities from living in any other way than being dependent on the government.  One of the stated prerequisites of the smart city and 15-minute city concepts, couched in the language of “environmental responsibility”, “sustainable development” and “social cohesion”, was the importance of moving people out of the rural areas into the cities.  Burning people out is a method used that is as old as civilisation itself.

In short, this is scientific, utopian social planning as advocated by ex-Harvard Professor B.F. Skinner (d.1990) and adopted by Great Reset elites today.  Skinner understood that concepts such as freedom, liberty and morality got in the way of scientific planning, being outdated concepts, a hangover from a previous metaphysical or religious age.  Visionaries needed the courage to behave in line with science to create a better world, this is an example of the execution of a plan by those that really believe they are the trustees of a better future.

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