Our civil service system/public employee unions reinforce mediocrity & bloated government

http://www.staradvertiser.com/editorials/20110529_Hawaii_well_poised_to_offer_an_alternative_to_the_Wisconsin_model_of_dealing_with_public_sector_unions.htmlEggheads

eggheads abound in academia, as you see in the article above.

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http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/sections/news/local-news/kenoi-vetoes-budget.html

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http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/sections/news/local-news/budget-battle-nears-finale.html

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Mayor Kenoi’s chest-thumper bullying vs. high school grad but Tom Paine Common Sense incarnate Council Chair Dominic Yagong lands Mayor Kenoi in the brig of public opinion.  “That’s within their [Council] prerogative” is the sine qua non of legislative authority vs. Mayor Kenoi’s shibai/b.s. about alleged Council unlawful delegation of legislative power to the executive authority.   After all, the Council’s authority over appropriations is its legislative function, with the Mayor’s authority over implementation the conjunct executive function.   Corp Counsel Link Ashida is the Mayor’s shill/hack who bares groundless points to intimidate our Council, converging with Mayor Kenoi.    Mayor Kenoi’s authority to reduce his executive branch/Administration expenditures in conformity with our Council’s appropriation authority augurs our established checks and balances taxonomy.    As Council Chair Yagong correctly says, the “budget belongs to the people [residents],” not to Mayor Kenoi.     Our Council has until June 30 to override Mayor Kenoi’s veto, so Mayor Kenoi is putting fear into greenhorn solon Fred Blas to capitulate to Mayor Kenoi’s thug-okole crap.

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On the open space fund, Council Chair Yagong, noting the charter amendment’s proviso for a minimum of 1% payment into the fund, said the Council’s decision to redirect $1 million would still put 1.5 percent of tax revenues in the fund. And Mayor Kenoi, Chair Yagong said, has talked publicly about the council’s ability to adjust the payment amount.

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In 2006 63% of Hawai’i County voters enacted our 2% open space fund ordinance.    In 2009 our County Council by ordinance stopped payment for 2 years, after which payment is to resume as of July 1, 2011.   In 2010 57.5% of Hawai’i County voters enacted our 1% open space  fund charter amendment.

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Save our Lands Citizen’s Committee “pledge”  –

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I pledge to honor the voters of Hawaii County who voted for the 2% Land Fund ordinance in 2006 to deposit 2% of our property taxes in an open space fund.  I will vote to support resuming the deposits to the 2% Open Space Fund in 2011 and I will vote to make sure that deposits are not suspended again.”

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“[P]ledge” and “honor” are precatory desires and not enforceable.    “[V]oters” also enacted our 2010 charter amendment for a 1% payment.  Thus derivatively, to use “voters” as our template is to endorse the 1% payment and not the 2% payment, since our charter supersedes [preempts] our ordinance.   And because the 2010 charter amendment was enacted after the 2006 and 2009 ordinances, the 2010 charter amendment construes that a council member’s “vote to support resuming the deposits” is not a vote for 2% but just a “vote to support resuming the deposits.”     Point is that the “pledge” needs to be tightened up.

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“I guarantee that I as a County Council member  shall vote on our County Council  that 2% and nothing less of our property taxes shall be paid into our County’s open space acquisition fund, and I guarantee that I as a County Council member shall vote on our County Council that a 2% open space acquisition fund charter amendment be enacted.”

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Mayor Kenoi’s so-called slush fund euphemistically worded “budget stabilization” is but a hidden overdraft account for Mayor Kenoi’s antics for re-election, when in actuality Mayor Kenoi’s hidden deferral for health care obligations will cost our County more late charges  and bond downgrade rating.

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Mayor Kenoi’s incredulous classification of “golfers” as a protected template a la race and religion suspect classifications undeniably hallmarks Mayor Kenoi’s utterly foolish and desperate attempt in turn to fool sensible voters and residents.   Inexplicably, Mayor Kenoi exalts golfers as a fundamentally protected class.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/16/sports/golf/2011-us-open-golfs-approval-rating-concerns-politicians.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

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http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/sections/news/local-news/hth-wins-10-more-awards.html

Tuesday, June 28 6:09 am

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– Editorial, First Place. In an August 2010 editorial, Bock questioned the wisdom of Mayor Billy Kenoi’s decision to spend up to $4.5 million to build a play court after seeking $23 million in tax hikes.

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The Hawaii Tribune-Herald won 10 awards last week for excellence in journalism.

The newspaper won six first place awards and four finalist awards Friday in a statewide competition sponsored by the Hawaii Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

The awards, which were announced during a banquet in Honolulu, were given for work published in 2010. Participants included newspapers, magazines, Internet sites, TV and radio.

http://hawaiinewsdaily.com/2011/05/the-kamaaina-pumping-scandal-remains-scandalous/#comment-4773

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Curtis Narimatsu on June 6, 2011 at 8:46 pm
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http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/sections/opinion/columns/pumping-contract-allegations-place-county-knee-deep-muck.html

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http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/sections/news/local-news/yagong-wants-budget-trimmed.html

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Great scribe Nancy Cook Lauer’s excerpt –

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The county has very little say in how much its employees make. All wages and furloughs are set by collective bargaining, with the governor holding four votes and each of four county mayors holding one vote.

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http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/sections/news/local-news/council-brings-back-transit-fares-it-finalizes-budget.html

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Scribe Nancy Cook Lauer’s excerpt –

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Council members earmarked almost $10 million to restore funding to what is called GASB-45, or prepaid health costs for retired county employees. Kenoi’s budget postponed $20.1 million in GASB-45 payments.

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“We’ve done a pretty good job, not a great job, but a pretty good job to address problems in the budget,” said South Kona Councilwoman Brenda Ford, chairwoman of the Finance Committee.

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Still, she said, union negotiations are ongoing, and it’s difficult to know whether there will be enough to handle salaries and wages.

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“I’m still fearful of reductions in force,” Ford said.

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I thank WHT sleuth Nancy Cook Lauer and her editor Reed Flickinger above. Council Chair Yagong & Finance Chair Ford implored Mayor Kenoi to continue our furloughs, lest we downgrade our bond borrowing rating and pay an additional $4 million or so in interest/etc. for Mayor Kenoi’s pick back on failed outcomes. Mayor Kenoi’s sorry okole excuse which panders to our unions and terminates necessitous furloughs [without continued furloughs, we have clear/present danger of downgrade in our bond rating/more interest tacked on in the millions of dollars via deferred payments] [had Mayor Kenoi continued furloughs alone for HGEA/UPW, let alone SHOPO/firefighters, we would realize some $7 million less on our indebtedness] — pick backs on others — “…. The State of Hawai‘i has declined to make GASB 45 payments, while each of the four counties has made at least partial GASB 45 payments. For the past three years, the County of Hawai‘i has made full payment under GASB 45, making payments of $13.61 million in fiscal 2008; of $14.95 million in fiscal 2009; and $15.7 million in fiscal year 2010. This budget defers the scheduled fiscal year 2011-12 GASB 45 payment, for a savings of $20.1 million. This deferral of payment will in no way affect present or future health benefits of our employees or retirees, and our plan is to resume the GASB 45 payments as the county’s financial position improves.”

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http://www.hawaiireporter.com/moody%E2%80%99s-downgrades-state-of-hawaii%E2%80%99s-general-obligation-bond-rating/123

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Mayor Kenoi does not let the public know that our County Council pared $10 million from our GASB 45 carryover to meet our payment obligations, and yet Mayor Kenoi loudly tin cans [with tiny pebble inside the otherwise empty tin can]/wahanui ignorant HTH cartoonist Gary Hoff’s 6/5/11 spoof that our County Council actually exceeded Mayor Kenoi’s budget by $44 Gs. Sheez, get with Mayor Kenoi & utterly misinformed and clueless Gary Hoff!   Here are samples of Mayor Kenoi’s shibai/b.s.   –

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Kenoi said he’s not sure there’s enough money in that fund to cover those expenses. But more importantly, he said, the $5.6 million “negative budget item,” leaving it to the mayor to find another 10 percent after three years of budget cuts, is irresponsible.

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“I already made the tough decisions and handed it to them,” Kenoi said. “They actually increased the cost of government, regardless of the amount they increased it by.”   http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/sections/news/local-news/council-brings-back-transit-fares-it-finalizes-budget.html

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The mayor had originally proposed a $367 million spending plan, but the council cut millions in order to partially fund a deferred payment to gasB 45 – a payment designed to pre-fund future obligations the county has incurred to fund retirement health care in the future – a $20 million expense.

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“It was a thousand pound gorilla,” Council Chair Dominic Yagong said of the looming payment.

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“I think we’ve dona a pretty good job of addressing that issue,” said South Kona councilwoman and finance committee chair Brenda Ford of the gasB 45 debt. “Are there still problems in the budget as far as I’m concerned, absolutely.”

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“I withdrew a lot of amendments…” said Ford, “because Mr. Yagong proposed a 5.6 million across the board reduction, that the mayor’s going to have to deal with. He didn’t deal with that before he sent the budget to us. And this council has now dealt with it.”

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“You cannot expect big savings,” said council chair Yagong, “if everything you are adjusting is to pay a big expense. A 3% difference is because the intention was to deal with the deferral.”

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On Tuesday, the council added money for police radios, an amendment introduced by Ford.

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Yagong thanked the council, staff and clerk for all their hard work on the matter.

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But in the mayor’s office an hour or so later, the feelings were far from celebratory.

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“Either the council did not know where to cut,” Kenoi said, ”or did not know how to cut, or were afraid to make the difficult decisions to reduce the size and cost of government.  http://www.bigislandvideonews.com/2011/06/01/video-hawaii-council-passes-budget-mayor-outraged/

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Council Chair Yagong’s correct budget reduction  —  same video

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http://www.bigislandvideonews.com/2011/06/01/video-hawaii-council-passes-budget-mayor-outraged/

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So when Mayor Kenoi lays  off County workers, Mayor Kenoi has only Mayor Kenoi himself to blame, because Mayor Kenoi failed to continue our Friday furloughs, while recklessly blaming our County Council for our County Council’s correct paring down of Mayor Kenoi’s hocus pocus budget.    HTH cartoonist Gary Hoff was fooled by Mayor Kenoi’s sleight of hand vs. the public, but the public should not be fooled by Mayor Kenoi’s vituperative mistreatment of our County Council.

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http://hawaiinewsdaily.com/2011/06/mayor-kenois-public-relations-staff-quiet-on-kamaaina-pumping-scandal/

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go lakers on June 9, 2011 at 3:14 pm
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Let’s also not forget Desiree “call me Moana” Cruz…the Public Information Officer.

What college did she study at or graduate from and was her area of study public relations? Was it even journalism? Does she have any legitimate professional experience in public relations or even journalism?

Or do we have an unqualified Public Information Officer, like Noelani Whittington of Public Works, who was actually awarded the Big Island Press Club “Lava Tube” award for sending out a memo to county employees not to cooperate with certain representatives of the media.

Excuse me….but as a Public Information Officer….it is your duty to communicate and respond to the media and public when there are questions and information asked of you.

Both of you!

Is this another political patronage position offered to a person who is completely inexperienced and unqualified to be in this job?

Did she get the appointment because she rode the campaign bus and waved on the side of the road with a sign, “Kenoi for Mayor” or “Together..we can”?

If “togeda we can”..why eliminate the Office of Information and Complaints which pushes to the side open transparency in our county government.

If we are all in this together..why eliminate this office which provides to our community a place to voice their concerns or get information.

Between Hunter, Kevin, Bobby (who is a good and decent man) and Desiree not to mention Craig Kawaguchi (who is no longer there in the mayor’s office but elsewhere in County government)…the tax payer is footing in the area of half a million dollars a year in salary and benefits and these players have done nothing even remotely close to providing the consultation for the county and their boss, the mayor.

If they were providing the public affairs expertise…one of them would have stepped up to the plate answering Flickinger’s editorial on Kama’aina Pumping and been the liaison for the community in the Office of Information and Complaints.

These “public relations officials” should have discussed all policy matters with the mayor to stay on task concerning issues and crafted his message and helped not only to enhance but protect Kenoi’s image.

Where were these “professionals” when Jason Armstrong of the Hawaii-Tribune Herald wrote an article on Thursday, July 18, 2010 questioning whether Mayor Kenoi did in fact cut the department budgets across the board for all County departments as he suggested in his budget press release and interviews. Armstrong’s article suggested Kenoi was not forthright concerning the budget and that the mayor had in fact raised funding across the board for the majority of the County departments.

When Kenoi was pressed to comment, he was unavailable for a number of days but was willing to comment on other articles concerning county business, which were not quite as controversial.

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None of these four were available to comment for the mayor or protect his image while Armstrong and the article won an award for investigative journalism.

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http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/sections/news/local-news/tribune-herald-wins-9-state-awards.html

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This think tank of ex-journalists/public relations consultants “no comment” has proven they are continually not up to the task of representing the County of Hawaii and its tax payers.

Even some of the former employees in the office, subversively, are complaining about the elimination of the Office of Information and Complaints and what this communicates to the public.

Again it’s our tax dollars spent on rewarding friends and supporters whom I am concerned do not have the professional or learning capacity to do the job for us.

Or the guts to do what is right.

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http://hawaiinewsdaily.com/2011/05/the-kamaaina-pumping-scandal-remains-scandalous/#comment-4766

Thomas on June 5, 2011 at 10:08 pm

Its obvious to anyone paying attention, Billy Kenoi is perpetuating the the outdated old boy cronyism the has permeated Hawaii county politics for far to long.

Lets not forget the revolving door policy also as we see the same names shuffled around, while the taxpayers foot the bill.

Its way past time to clean house in Hawaii county. You guys have clearly got the goods on some of the BS going on down at the county building that they do not want to talk about. You make a good point, with three former journalist you would think they could formulate a reasonable response to the allegations. What are we paying them for if they have no experience or qualifications for the jobs they hold?
Thanks for the heads up.

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  • go lakers on June 5, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Curtis-

    I agree with you.

    For the the County of Hawaii to hire former journalists (and pay them these huge salaries…which they have absolutely not earned by crafting Billy’s policies, messages and reputation centered and organized ) to be public relations reps is a stretch. It’s like bringing in a jackass/mule and trying to make a racing horse out it. No can.

    But to make these guys Executive Assistants…you got to be kidding.

    And to expect them to be not just public relations experts but now directors of the operations of County of Hawaii government…is a disservice to the voters and tax payers of this island.

    And a bigger leap than former journalists to be public relations reps (which they have failed to do) and now we are counting on them to run the nuts and bolts of County government.

    What management experience does Mr. Dayton have in supervising operations, advising on government policy and managing people? Where in the government sector or the private sector has Mr. Dayton gained this type of experience or know-how? Does he have a bachelor’s degree in public administration or an MBA?

    My understanding…zero experience in running a business, government, or an organization.

    What about Hunter Bishop? The new Deputy Director of Environmental Management has no engineering degree nor experience in environmental waste issues..it’s a good thing Frank De Marco has an engineering degree and experience…but Mr. Bishop does not.

    Any experience by Mr. Bishop in public relations?

    If either did..both Dayton and Bishop should have responded to Flicklinger’s column’s allegations concerning Kama’aina Pumping Service.

    Hell, these supposed allegations of Kama’aina are occurring in his department, reported to the West Hawaii Today by his own department employees in Environmental Management…..right under his nose. http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/sections/opinion/columns/pumping-contract-allegations-place-county-knee-deep-muck.html

    And no comment…these two are not practicing Public Relations.

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    Any public relations rep doing his job would have responded to the West Hawaii Today column… Mr Dayton responded to the Iwasaki-Higbee letter two years ago by yanking the contract and sending out a media release….and the public relations professional would have stated to the public that the county would be taking these allegations seriously, would be interviewing county employees, do a full investigation and would follow up and disclose the county’s findings and follow-up with a public statement.

    An open and transparent government!

    A county government which would not only spend and use the limited resources the county has wisely but taking VERY SERIOUSLY the supposed breach in public trust being alleged by their own employees.

    That is why I see the hot-line put together by Councilmen Dominic Yagong as a pro-active measure being we cannot even count on Dayton or Bishop to handle the issue properly because they have failed to do so.

    The hot-line would not be needed if the supposed “public relations officials” would have done their jobs.

    And why would the Mayor’s office terminate the Office of Information and Complaints…move all civil service employees out of the office..and keep only the appointed positions around the Mayor’s office.

    No wonder Council Chair Yagong set up the complaint hot-line when the public now has nowhere to get information and/or file a complaint.

    Would Mr. Dayton care to comment or does he rather enjoy blogging about “softball” subjects and issues?

    Again…maybe unqualified, inexperienced, and overpaid…no?

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  • Curtis Narimatsu on June 4, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    A public/media relation pro is the opposite of a journalist, in that a public relation crisis entails damage control, not damage proliferation. And a journalist by profession is the worst pick to be a public relation pro. The most recent example par excellence of a public relation pro is Charley Sheen’s publicist, who quit because this magnanimous pro could not stomach any more b.s. from Sheen.

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    Proffer Wailuku Drive native sweetie Elisa Yadao now some 55 yrs. old or so, who couldn’t stomach Bishop Estate’s Lindsey et al & quit abruptly like Sheen’s publicist did. Bigtime news 14 yrs. ago!

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    Mayor Kenoi’s hiring of scribes Dayton/Command/Bishop at sky high salaries does not fulfill inexperienced wet-behind-the-ears greenhorn Mayor Kenoi’s perpetual craving to hide the facts via hocus pocus voodoo economics. Such hiring does him more harm than good, in that these scribes are clueless on stamping out the truth. Which is why truth prevails to date, ergo progressive reformer Council Chair Yagong & his majority peers like finance queryor Brenda Ford. Of course, if visibly shaken Command and Dayton do not prevail on behalf of Mayor Kenoi [Bishop now is at DPW Environmental Mgmt., w/no knowledge of anything therein], there are always surfing at at Kahalu’u or at Pohoiki/Honoli’i as options to madness. Therapeutic is Nature’s Way.

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    From amazing child of God Sandra K. Claveria Hilo High 1966 grad — Malama is to nurture, and malama provides for laulima, to coalesce in harmony, and laulima is the venue for aloha. ”Ua ola loko I ke aloha — love gives life within” – Mary Kawena Pukui God speed and bless dearest Sandra.

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    Fellow laulima expert Jan Kekauoha born 1937 is our devout Christ agent & blessed with immense patience and love for all and everything. Her sweetest nectar daughter Iwalani’s son is the incredibly talented vocalist Kaniala Masoe age 26. Kaniala is a prodigy of my late friend Kindy Sproat of North Kohala. Here are beautiful examples of Kaniala’s & his ohana’s songs of love. Willie K and the late martyr George Helm are super-mythic figures whose metaphysical gifts come to mind as I stoke out/enthrall in Kaniala Masoe’s amazing vocals & charisma. Enjoy.

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    Great falsetto Kaniala Masoe age 26, our finest vocalist in all Hawai’i Nei, grandson of laulima master Janice Kekauoha born 1937, mother of Kaniala’s mom & sweetest nectar Iwalani.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9ntzA_IpZo&feature=related

    http://search.yahoo.com/search;_ylt=A0oGdVs0ALhN3U4Av6pXNyoA

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Does Mayor Kenoi transfer  to other departments civil service  employees in his office, if any, who worked in  past mayor’s offices??    At least in this regard, civil servicers are a plus who don’t campaign blindly, nor are tempted to mix Billy’s campaign uses w/taxpayer funded government property.    So what about the alleged laptop re:  Billy’s last campaign allegedly which mixed private use w/taxpayer funded time/expense?
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Jean Viernes, long time civil service, was there during Akana’s time and maybe Carpenter’s too, as well as Yamashiro’s and Kim’s. Was there when KENOI arrived until transferred.  She was transferred to FIRE DEPARTMENT. ANOTHER, SANDY A. transferred to OFFICE OF AGING. She worked with Yamashiro and Kim …also was there at Kenoi’s arrival. 

The LAPTOP was not private. It belonged to the mayor’s office, assigned to Kenoi and managed by his secretary. It was reported missing after both resigned. When it was recalled, laptop was checked [probably by the Data Office] and information given to Kim who approached Kenoi.  It was a Trib front page news during the ’08 pre-primary.


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The county council has exempt positions as assistant to the councilmember, BUT,
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There are  permanent civil servants  in the council office who are under the Council Clerk. They are the ones that do the transcribing and record all the minutes, etc. of the council.  They are the ones that do all of the council agenda postings and the legal stuff, etc.

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The HGEA apparently agreed to those transfers, and wages and benefits go with the transfer.  HGEA  endorsed Billy Kenoi for mayor.

 

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One department that this administration changed or killed is the OFFICE OF INFORMATION AND COMPLAINTS which were managed by civil service employees, per oversight of the mayor’s exec assistant. That staff did the Certificates mentioned above.

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WHERE DOES ONE GO TO MAKE A COMPLAINT IN THE COUNTY BUILDING??

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TRANSPARENCY!!!!!! And OPENNESS!!!  WHERE??   

 

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Chinese Goodwin Liu’s archetype is the greatest Korean American, our own U.S. 9th Circuit Court judge Herb Choy of Kaua’i.

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http://www.staradvertiser.com/editorials/guesteditorials/20110529__Goodwin_Lius_nomination_should_have_been_OKd.html

All Americans should be proud of Goodwin Liu.

Liu, whose nomination to the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals was blocked May 19 by Senate Republicans, represents the best of America. A second-generation American born to Taiwanese immigrants, he has consistently excelled through hard work and dedication — a Phi Beta Kappa graduate from Stanford University, a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, editor of the law journal at Yale Law School and a law clerk at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Time after time, he has chosen positions to best serve the public, helping to launch the public service program AmeriCorps, and working at the U.S. Department of Education to help improve low-performing schools. At the University of California at Berkeley, Liu became a popular law professor and associate dean who is now widely regarded as one of the nation’s most distinguished constitutional law experts.

He has earned the respect and admiration of friends and legal adversaries alike.

That is why is it unfathomable to us that Senate Republicans blocked a vote on the nomination of Goodwin Liu to serve on the Ninth Circuit — a vitally important court that covers California, Hawaii, Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Guam and the Northern Marianas.

They filibustered this exceptionally well-qualified nominee. In doing so, our Republicans colleagues not only deprived Liu of the up-or-down vote he deserved, but they deprived the citizens of our great states the service of a young man who at age 40 already embodies the intelligence, independence and integrity that we need on the federal bench.

It is a sad day for our country when we reject a brilliant and widely respected legal scholar who would have been the only Asian-American on the Ninth Circuit, which is home to more than 40 percent of our nation’s Asian-American population. In fact, Liu would have been only the second Asian Pacific American out of 160 federal appellate court judges. And out of 875 judges nationwide he would have been only the 15th Asian-American judge with lifetime tenure.

Liu had strong support from all across the political spectrum. Conservative legal icon Ken Starr praised Liu’s “strong intellect, demonstrated independence and outstanding character” while Richard Painter, the chief ethics lawyer under President George W. Bush, called Liu an “excellent choice” for the bench. Former Republican Rep. Tom Campbell said Liu would “bring scholarly distinction and a strong reputation for integrity, fair-minded­- ness and collegiality to the Ninth Circuit.”

Since being nominated by President Barack Obama more than a year ago, Liu has done everything asked of him. He sat before the Senate Judiciary Committee — twice — for more than five hours of questions. He’s answered every written question from committee members. His nomination was approved by the Judiciary Committee three different times.

Yet as Liu waited for a full Senate vote — longer than any appellate court nominee during the Obama administration — he faced attacks and baseless distortions of his record.

The treatment professor Liu received in the Senate has been shameful.

Norm Mineta, a former Cabinet secretary who served for Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, wrote an op-ed before the Senate vote warning that “if Liu is not confirmed, Asian Pacific Americans may be left with the impression that there continues to be a glass ceiling blocking Asian Pacific Americans from top level leadership positions regardless of their qualifications.”

We could have made history by ensuring that this eminently qualified nominee became the sixth Asian Pacific American judge in U.S. history confirmed to the federal appellate court. We could have taken another step toward creating a judicial system that reflects the best of America.

When we reject a nominee of this caliber, we weaken America’s legal system.

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Herbert Young Cho Choy (January 6, 1916–March 10, 2004) was the first Asian American to serve as a United States federal judge and the first person of Korean ancestry to be admitted to the bar in the United States.

Background

Choy was born in 1916 in MakaweliHawaii, to Korean immigrants who worked in Hawaii’s sugar plantations. Choy received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Hawaii in 1938 and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1941. He was the first person of Korean ancestry to be admitted to practice law in the United States.

From 1946 to 1947, Choy served in the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. After leaving the service, he worked with the firm of Fong Miho Choy & Robinson from 1947 to 1957, where one of his partners was the future U.S. Senator Hiram Fong.

From 1957 to 1958, Choy served as Attorney General for the Territory of Hawaii. In 1971, at the urging of Senator Fong, President Richard Nixon appointed Choy to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. At the time of Choy’s appointment, there were no Asian Americans serving anywhere on the federal bench. Choy was the first individual from Hawaiʻi ever appointed to the court.

Choy actively served until 1984, when he took senior status. He was a native of the Hawaiian island of Kauai and had chambers in Honolulu. In 2001, one of Choy’s former law clerks, Richard Clifton, became the second judge from Hawaii to serve on the Ninth Circuit.

Choy authored many significant opinions, upholding the constitutionality of a law allowing child sexual abuse victims to testify via closed-circuit television, allowing a Muslim inmate to sue Phoenix-area jail officials for imposing discriminatory security measures at Muslim services, and upholding California’s “green advertising” law regulating advertisers’ claims about “biodegradable” or “recycled” products.

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Most recently, of course, my mind floats back to May 21, when doomsday preacher Harold Camping predicted “The Rapture,” a literal interpretation of New Testament scripture advancing the idea of the “true Christian faithful” being carted off to heaven to escape the suffering of the coming apocalypse. Never mind that, in that same Bible, Jesus expressly warns against making such predictions or offering shrift to those who do.

For the record, both Harold and I got left behind.

I admire people who are willing to listen to their soul’s longing to grow, in whatever dimension of their lives is calling them to take the next step forward. Sometimes taking these steps cost you a community, friends, family members, sometimes even your marriage. It’s painful and tragic to find yourself forced to choose between your growth and your loved ones, between giving voice to your urgent questions and lock-step agreement as the admission price to membership. Surely “I-can’t-welcome-you-unless-you-agree-with-me” isn’t a religious value worth having. Yet, in practice, this is the value advanced by some religious systems.

Yes, I remain a man of faith. And yes, I believe in miracles. I’ve seen them. But I no longer have any ambition to literally walk on water. And, thank my Maker, I’m much less prone in my 50s to think I walk on water. When I do fall prey to thinking thusly, I have the ultimate safety net: I hear about it pretty quickly from people who love me.

And I go “plop” and start paddling and kicking like everybody else.

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Michelangelo arguably is the greatest artist in history [Leonardo da Vinci among the greatest of Renaissance painters, w/a delicate mien].   For me, Keoni & Lukini Andrew born 1942/1943 are tremendous applicators of our Christ creed.   Just the same, we need to be prescient in Afghanistan — stop spending billions on neo-colonialism, and instead transition to a tough advisor corps, leaving the Afghans to fight their own battles.   The Taliban fear the ferocity of our soldiers, as our “Grunts’ Homer(s)” [combat correspondents] plainly depict time and again.   Of course, America’s sanctioned but illicit violence in foreign politics and state affairs link w/our long-standing involvement in global drug trafficking, ergo Thailand 60 yrs. ago/Laos/Vietnam/Italy/Mexico/Nigeria/Venezuela/Colombia/Peru/Chile/Panama/Honduras/Turkey/Pakistan, & now Afghanistan, which has increased, not curtailed, the global drug trade.  Natural resources such as oil drove our link w/third world dictators Mobuto in Zaire/Noriega in Panama/Pinochet in Chile/Marcos in P.I./Suharto in Indonesia/Zia in Pakistan/Park Chung Hee in South Korea.   The Bank of Credit and Commerce International [BCCI] was focal to our CIA’s ties w/Pakistan & the Afghan mujahideen.   Parasites Adnan Khashoggi/Marc Rich/Bruce Rappaport lurk behind.  After all, as Rich Holbrooke intoned, drugs sustain jihadi salafism much more surely than jihadi salafism sustains drugs.

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When I long to re-unite with my most recent ex-girlfriend, even though such will not take place, I find solace in my desire to love and to desire my soulmate, that such feelings of connecting are Christ’s Way, to love and to desire to be loved, and no matter the outcome in this indifferent existence on earth, such positive and endearing deepest feelings are living according to Christ’s Way, to love and to desire to be loved.    These are not useless and tortuous exertions of energy and emotions, but are of Christ’s Heart, of Christ’s Soul, Imago Dei, in the image of God.   If Christ has determined for me to walk alone in this life, with no soulmate, I accept His Instruction.   Watch our aloha spirit in action  — before you even approach a person [at McDonalds/etc.], your arms reach out in welcome/acceptance/inclusion — truly remarkable kindness/humility/generosity of heart.  Cliche, but “only in Hawai’i.”   :-)       So, even though Christ has me walk alone in this life, whether by my outcasting myself from others, or being outcast by others, my heart still reaches out to embrace, to love and to desire to be loved, to welcome a soulmate, just as our aloha spirit so symbolizes.   Only love extinguishes fear, which is hate or jealousy or the most invidious pandemic sin in disguise called self-overpride.   For certain,  hate/hubris do not dissipate in turn another’s hate/hubris.   And if there is any forgiving to go or come around, it is to forgive oneself — for not receiving love in turn, inasmuch one has no control over the person you love.   I remember my female cousin from Honolulu who always said, “I’m my own worst critic.”   Translated, she’s totally in love with herself, an egocentric narcissist.   A micro-thin line separates self-respect from overpride, & she definitely crosses the line into overpride.   The difference is what is pronounced ["I'm my own worst critic"] versus what is criticized [nothing].    Amazingly, in Christ’s Way, to forgive actually is to forget — to put the indifference from another/in this life  — or hurt — behind you — versus the secular notion that one forgives but does not forget.   Phooey to the “never forget” crux.    Which is why I always look up to sage Steven Kalas, young though he is [born 1957], and Rev. Hung Wai Ching 1905-2002, our greatest historymaker [born/raised in Emmaville shanty mauka/above today's Governor's Washington Place in downtown Honolulu -- beat up the biggest Jap kid because everyone hated Japs -- then went on a lifelong make-up call to Nikkei -- Japanese  -- and to society via Matthew 5/Isaiah 58/Micah 6:8 holy trinity's "Social Gospel" -- formed the 100th Batt.-442nd infantry-MIS  -- restored post-WWII Japan prosperity via identical Constitution w/our U.S. Constitution  -- started Cold War thaw b/n Red China & the U.S., culminating in Nixon's opening up relations w/Ching's admirer Chou En Lai's Red China 40 yrs. ago, resulting in today's immense economic revolution in Red China -- galvanized Hawai'i economic prosperity via Statehood 1959  -- etc.].       Both Kalas & Ching have the rarest “clarity” of discovering the deepest truths within & among us, always motivated by love for all  — to love and to desire [open up oneself] to be loved.    Rev. Ching’s esteemed son KingLit Ching born 1936 has his dad’s “wanderlust” [search/will for meaning a la Viktor Frankl]  — KingLit roots our epiphany that the American Dream coined 1931 by our famous Adams DNA & its assimilation are not at the heart of our 100th Batt./442nd/MIS, but Bushido [spinoff from Confucianism]  — one’s noblest objective is to be of service to others, whether it be Japan or our 2nd generation Japanese in America of our native-born U.S.A. [giri ninjo pre-WWII][kuni no tame during WWII].    Of course, for my mac nuts, I postulate Rong Qiqi, who repudiated the existing order/status quo, who defied Confucius, & who gave birth to acolytes Sun Yat Sen/Chou En Lai/Zhao Ziyang/Jose Mercado Rizal/Pablo Manlapit/Benjamin Menor/Takie Okumura/Kinzaburo Makino/Yasutaro Soga/etc.

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I always reprise Hillary Clinton’s inexplicable connection with her philandering husband Bill.   Bill correctly says that combatants put “distance” between them & their attackers — don’t be defined by your attackers, don’t have them undermine your innate core — only a small % of folks ask if any of this craziness is true — what they look for in hindsight is — how you’re going to take the sh*t and react to it over the long haul!   After President Obama’s umpteenth beseechment of Hillary to be his Secretary of State [President Obama was confounded by the fall of Wall St. & needed Hillary to cover his back on foreign policy], Hillary told President Obama, “You know my husband!  You see what happens [Bill is an out of control loudmouth complainer]!   We’re going to be explaining something that Bill said every other day!   I can’t control Bill.   He’s always a problem, no matter what!!”   President Obama responded, “I know, but I’ll take that risk.   I need you.   Our Nation needs you, Now!”   Inexplicable and incomprehensible candor — self-possession and self-restraint out of the way — after all the bitterness and resentment that had occurred between Hillary and President Obama as combatants, they suddenly metamorphosized into different creatures with each other — as unadorned loving human beings.   Interestingly, it was yet another woman who got Obama elected — just prior to the Nov. 2008 general election, Obama’s focus group of swing voters in a Cleveland suburb shrilled broadsides vs. Obama — he’s a Muslim soft on terrorism, doesn’t put his hand over his heart during anthems, not even born in the USA.    Yet, this was a group of undecided voters.    If you think all these terrible things about Obama, why are you undecided??  Because if McCain dies, Palin would be President, they resounded!!   McCain was up against black jesus, which is why McCain pulled out Palin & not phlegmatic Pawlenty.    Misfire!!   It didn’t help that McCain initially mistook Palin for Linda Lingle!!   Though the arc of literature’s drama finds the conventional hero coming back to claim victory over the veneer darling Obama, such was not the case w/McCain.   The Palin factor.    Palin’s certitude was thought of as crazy, but Palin simply was a strong Christian.

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Rudy Giuliani fell apart because of his affliction for his squeeze Judy Nathan, drama-rama maximus.   She took all the starch out of Rudy.    Rudy actually a sweet soft fella, w/empathy for Gays, gun control, abortion, a liberal on the Social Gospel, but hard on crime, conservative fiscally, a firmer spine than chime in the wind Romney.   John Edwards sabotaged the Democratic Party to be President, having impregnated scoundrel Rielle Hunter, Edwards an abused husband whose wife Elizabeth was a monster on 2 hosiery legs [demagogue/screamer/egomaniac].

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudy_Giuliani#Personal_life

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judith_Nathan#Role_in_Giuliani_presidential_campaign

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http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/breaking/123104128.html

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triangulation_(politics)#Origins_within_Clinton_Presidency

Bill Clinton at his voodoo “best” again, at his core a crybaby victimization “victim”

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Ever since our species appeared on Earth, human beings have gathered around a fire to fulfill our most fundamental need  — companionship  —  as we reaffirm kinship/tribal bonds/recount experiences/share insights/ponder the unanswerable  — who are we?  Our creation stories and origin myths consume our fireside queries generation after generation.   Elders have been the repository of experience/knowledge/wisdom  — about our origins/purpose/destiny.   David [for King David] Takayoshi [filial piety -- respect for elders] Suzuki [Bellwood in English -- the biggest clan in Japan]  is today’s Elder.   A 3rd generation Japanese Canadian born 1936 [same age as KingLit Ching], whose both sets of grandparents [ojisans/obasans] emigrated from Japan, all born at the cusp of our Meiji era in the 1860s.   Of course, we now know that biomagnification  — the increase in concentration of a substance such as insecticide DDT as it moves up the food chain — was discovered only after birds such as hawks/eagles disappeared, such that high levels of DDT were found in the breasts and milk of women.   Economics/ecology are rooted in Grecian oikos, meaning home.   Ecology is the study of home, economics its management.   Eternalities supposedly unrelated to ecology mark our hubris today  — it is not Christ who is crucified now, it is the tree itself  — and on the buzzsaw blades of human greed and stupidity.   Our suicidal morons such as ourselves, in a world choking w/immense death/destruction, would destroy the best natural air filter/conditioner creation accords us, per John Fowles.    The hubris of science obliterates our sacred/profane — called reductionism  — examining the individual parts of nature  — yet losing all sense of the whole  — the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.    Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring book in 1962 exposed the devastating effects of pesticides like DDT  — brought about because of out utter reductionism/controlled experiments  — which did not at all mimic the whole of nature.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Suzuki#Early_life

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Backdropped by society’s opinion, the unsympathetic/unsavory/unpopular, the criminals/communists, the atheists/agitators, and more than one pornographer [Miller's community standards]  — all have been maligned by our U.S. Supreme Court.   And yet our robed justices condone violence ergo video games/barbaric bloodlust.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/28/us/28scotus.html

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The security of nations is tied to the security of individuals, based on a commitment to dignity of spirit, democratic values, and freedom from want, per Nobel Peace Prize awardee Mohamed Elbaradei of Egypt, who was director of the Int’l Atomic Energy Agency from 1997-2009.   Elbaradei’s got it right, but Ian Morris born 1960 sees the grand vision based on geography, as our magister vitae, or “teacher of life,” Morris’ vision irresistible like peers Jared Diamond/David Landes.   In 1750, English capitalists engaged in steam and coal, thus fueling factories/railroads/gunboats, to our cyberchips/nukes today.    Western dominance is based on geography, not race or culture, how Westerners deal with crises of resources/disease/migration/governance/climate.   Biology is not the Divider  — there is one kind of human that evolved in Africa 100,000 yrs. ago, making extinct older kinds of humans.   There are no genetic  differences between today’s humans in different parts of the world.  We hardly are different in genetic makeup from chimps, for that matter.   Biologically, the West got its head start at the end of the Ice Age 13,000 BC, but around 550 AD it disappeared altogether, and for the next 1,200 yrs. the East led the world in social development.   The West then took charge in 1750 AD.     Morris says the paradox of development is that rising social development creates the very forces which undermine it, the 5 horsemen of the apocalypse  — manmade famine/disease/migration/state collapse/nature-made climate change such as today’s global warming.    Agriculture does not fuel today’s development  — fossil fuels did after 1750 AD.    By 550 AD   the Arab invaders broke up the old Mediterranian core but were not strong enough to remake it, & social development fell in the West.  But in the East a new frontier of rice agriculture had begun booming around the Yangzi river, & the Yangzi & Yellow rivers linked up via the Grand Canal, giving a unified China a system of internal waterways like the Mediterranean had done for ancient Rome.   Easterners could have discovered the Americas in the 1400s AD [Menzies says they did], but geography made it likely that Westerners would get here first.    Easterners had far more to gain by sailing toward the riches of the Indian Ocean instead of the empty Pacific or by pushing inland into the Western direction steppes, which had been the greatest threat to their security for nearly 2,000 yrs.     Mass decisions — at the end of WWII, half a billion women decided to marry younger than their mothers had done and bear more children.  Baby boomers.   Then 3 decades later, these baby boomer girls chose to do the opposite.  Nature’s way.   After mass deaths aka global war, we make more babies.   Amid longterm affluence, we make less because we get more selfish.    We admire radicals/rebels/romantics — nonconformists — but predictably, nonconformists don’t fare better w/access to food/shelter/soulmates — our Anna Kareninas dissenters.   Evolution selects for us common sense.    Muhammad the eccentric changed history, though, simply because of his nonconformity to convention, as did Jesus, as did Buddha.    Bumbling idiots who changed history for the worse include Qin First Emperor/Mao Tse Tung, & Assyria’s Tiglath-Pileser III.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Karenina#Major_themes

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Anna Karenina is commonly thought to explore the themes of hypocrisy, jealousy, faith, fidelity, family, marriage, society, progress, carnal desire and passion, and the agrarian connection to land in contrast to the lifestyles of the city.  Translator Rosemary Edmonds wrote that Tolstoy doesn’t explicitly moralise in the book, he allows his themes to emerge naturally from the “vast panorama of Russian life.” She also says one of the novel’s key messages is that “no one may build their happiness on another’s pain.”

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Levin is often considered as a semi-autobiographical portrayal of Tolstoy’s own beliefs, struggles and life events.   Tolstoy’s first name is “Lev”, and the Russian surname “Levin” means “of Lev”. According to footnotes in the Pevear/Volokhonsky translation, the viewpoints Levin supports throughout the novel in his arguments match Tolstoy’s outspoken views on the same issues. Moreover, according to W. Gareth Jones, Levin proposed to Kitty in the same way as Tolstoy to Sophie Behrs. Additionally, Levin’s request that his fiancée read his diary as a way of disclosing his faults and previous sexual encounters, parallels Tolstoy’s own requests to his fiancée Sophie Behrs.

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Anna Karenina and Tolstoy’s A Confession

Alla Tarasova as Anna Karenina in 1937

Many of the novel’s themes can also be found in Tolstoy’s A Confession, his first-person rumination about the nature of life and faith, written just two years after the publication of Anna Karenina.

In this book, Tolstoy describes his dissatisfaction with the hypocrisy of his social class:

Every time I tried to display my innermost desires – a wish to be morally good – I met with contempt and scorn, and as soon as I gave in to base desires I was praised and encouraged.

Tolstoy also details the acceptability of adulterous “liaisons” in aristocratic Russian society:

A dear old aunt of mine, the purest of creatures, with whom I lived, was always saying that she wished for nothing as much as that I would have a relationship with a married woman. “Rien ne forme un jeune homme comme une liaison avec une femme comme il faut.” (“Nothing educates a young man better than an affair with a woman established in society.”)

Another theme in Anna Karenina is that of the aristocratic habit of speaking French instead of Russian, which Tolstoy suggests is another form of society’s falseness. When Dolly insists on speaking French to her young daughter, Tanya, she begins to seem false and tedious to Levin, who finds himself unable to feel at ease in her house.

In a passage that could be interpreted as a sign of Anna’s eventual redemption in Tolstoy’s eyes, the narrator explains:

For in the end what are we, who are convinced that suicide is obligatory and yet cannot resolve to commit it, other than the weakest, the most inconsistent and, speaking frankly, the most stupid of people, making such a song and dance with our banalities?

A Confession contains many other autobiographical insights into the themes of Anna Karenina. A public domain version of it is on Christian Classics Ethereal Library.

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Great men and women and bungling idiots are creatures of their times.   But as Ian Morris implores, culture is less a voice in our heads telling us what to do than an assembly hall where we discuss our options.   Each age gets the thought it needs, dictated by the kind of problems that geography and social development force on it.   But unquestionably, necessity via geography-social development or regression forces change — from ancient forager  — to agriculture — to villager — to city dweller — to nation/state — to global regionalism.    Histories of Eastern & Western thought have been broadly similar over the last 5,000 yrs.,   with rise of the first states around 3,500 BC in the West and after 2,000 BC in the East — which set off arguments over the nature of and limits on divine kingship — the whimsical/mystical and the secular/civil.    As states became more meta-impact after 750 BC in the West & 500 BC in the East, such discussions led to first-wave axial [will to meaning in life][Karl Jaspers 1883-1969 ID'd an axial age-origin of modern spirituality w/contempos Isaiah/Plato/Confucius/Buddha -- making Jaspers as among the great synthesizers in history along w/John Dewey/Williams James/etc.]   thought, debating the nature of personal transcendence [ascetism] & its relationship to secular authority.   By 200 AD, as the great Roman and Han empires collapsed, 2nd wave axial thought emerged, over how organized churches [New Testament/Dharma] could save the religious believer in a meaningless and frightening and chaotic/dangerous life-world.   And when social development revived — by 1000 AD in China & 1400 in Italy  — renaissance questions over how to bypass the sordid present in order to regain the lost wisdom of the 1st axial age  [Old Testament/old Sangha]  — resonated in loud decibels.    Each great change pushed people to think the thoughts which the epoch/era/Age needed.    After 1600 AD, Westerners became more linear/scientific [rationalist][Industrial Revolution the result], whereas Easterners became more circular/holistic [mystic][largely agrarian the result].    Not biological — Westerners attune to analytical measurement, Easterners attune to “the big picture” [will to meaning a la Rong Qiqi acolytes].    Since 1700 AD many Muslims turned inward in response to military-political defeat, just as Chinese did earlier by 1500 AD.   Yet Turkey stayed modern via its geographical port/portal commercial exposure, whereas the Taliban would kill women for showing their faces in public.

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Red China’s output will catch up with the U.S.’ in the next 10 yrs, its warmaking capacity-cyberinfo tech-per capita energy capture in 30 yrs.   Such Chinese planglossian mirth might even come sooner, in light of our continued Western decline after the fall of Wall St. 2008.

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a person who views a situation with unwarranted optimism

Panglossian  adj

[after Dr Pangloss, a character in Voltaire's Candide (1759)]
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Eugenics reprised via U.S. a century ago/Hitler nearly a century ago?    Craig Venter, who sequenced the human genome, says we’re not playing at being God, we’re  not playing, period!!    Cloning is not a kid game.    10,000 yrs. ago folks worried that domesticated wheat & domesticated sheep were unnatural.   200 yrs. ago folks worried that steam engines were unnatural.   Ray Kurzweil’s Singularity posits that at mid-century [less than 40 yrs. from now],  computers will host all the minds in the world, merging-conflating carbon- and silicon-based intelligence into a single global consciousness.   We shall transcend biology, evolving into a new being as far ahead of homo sapiens as a contemp human is of the individual cells which confluent into a creation of our human body.    Such “rapture of the nerds” odds-on make him wrong, as prophets before him were more often wrong than right.   But Kurzweil is right about “criticism from incredulity,” the simple disbelief that anything so peculiar-preposterous could happen.   As Nobel awardee chemist Rich Smalley says,  “when a scientist says something is possible, the scientist probably underestimates how long it will take.   But if the scientist says something is impossible, the scientist probably is wrong!”     Across the developed landscape today, better diets allow us to live twice as long and grow six inches taller than our folks over a century ago.     But the U.S. as “Globo-Cop” will wane as Red China [& India] catches up with us, & the risks shall increase of a new world war.    As Einstein preciently intoned in the last century, WWIII will be nuclear, and WWIV will be fought with sticks and stones!!    Nano-techonology shall take us to a place where we might not want to go, but probably are unable to avoid.     Agriculture to industry, villages to cities, global regionalism as the zenith since our development from the end of the last Ice Age, might end via the Singularity, the “end” a forsaken thought, unless we are reminded that Carl Sagan & Iosif Shklovskii postulated half a century ago that Fermi’s Paradox [millions of alien civilizations abound thruout the Universe] has a sobering and frightening solution  — we have not heard from any alien species outside of our Earth because advanced civilizations self-destruct a century after inventing nuclear weapons  — the Singularity as “end” [terminus] is a century after Hiroshima/Nagasaki [A-bombs].    Thence, Fermi’s Paradox [even if only a vanishingly small proportion of our galaxy's 250 billion stars -- not to mention the infinite universe, not just our tiny galaxy -- have habitable planets, outer space should still be teeming w/aliens  --  Earth is young at less than 5 billion yrs. old, so alien species should be way older and exponentially more advanced than us  -- even if their spaceships are slow like ours, it still should have taken them only about 50 million yrs. to explore our tiny little galaxy  -- so where are they??   Why have they not made contact with us????]    — yes, Fermi’s Paradox turns not on the “stars,” but on us, on our past and our future.   Thus, Asimov’s Foundation/NightFall might well come to be  — The Cataclysm/Apocalypse which overwhelms all responses — sending us back to sticks & stones as WWIV’s manifestation.   Points are that historians can draw together the grand narrative of social development, triggered via geography, and historians can explain the differences which divide humanity and how we can prevent these divisions from destroying us all.   David Landes says that ancient China’s dense population favored centralized government & reduced the emperors’ incentives to wanderlust in trade, the emperors having no alien rivals — the emperors worried more about how trade might enrich undesirable folks like enterprising little merchants, which they could stamp out via their omnipotent power hegemony.    Thence China’s decline in the 1400s AD.    Back to whimsical Menzies  — Jared Diamond — like David Landes — says that ancient societies within the band of  latitude which runs from Red China to the Mediterranean Sea developed the 1st civilizations, but Europe dominated the modern world because Europe’s peninsulas made it easy for small kingdoms to hold out against would-be conquerers, while in contrast China’s rounder coastline favored centralized rulers over petty princes, thence ending wanderlust.    Contrarily, Columbus had many options to wanderlust, so if China’s emperors out of necessity wanderlusted for foreign riches, and allowed explorer Zheng as many options as Columbus had, Herman Cortes might have met a Chinese governor in Mexico in 1519, not the doomed Montezuma.   So archaeologists uncover the details of earlier societies’/civilizations’ mistakes — bumbling idiots.    But historians of our Age get us the Thought we need to live on to another chapter thru the long line of time.    Or, as Kipling yarns  — “Till Earth & Sky stand at God’s great Judgment Seat  —  there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth, tho’ they come from the ends of the Earth!”

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Geography is a life and death matter for us all.   Jared Diamond says that Laurence C. Smith is a rising star among geographers, w/Smith’s template of 4 forces shaping civilization’s “northern” future — demography/natural resources/climate change/globalization  — 8 nations of the arctic rim incl. U.S. will prosper while the equator nations will be sapped & sunk.   Food for thought.

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http://spatialworlds.blogspot.com/2011/04/entwining-history-and-geography.html

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Geographical determinism?

Considering that the Australian Curriculum: history has already been published and that the Australian Curriculum: geography is soon to follow, I thought it would be useful to do some discussion and resourcing on the connections between history and geography. In particular, to look at the potential of integration for the two disciplines as a result of the close interconnections and interdependencies of the disciplines – such connections have become even more evident than ever with the emergence of spatial technology for historical research and hopefully for its application in education.

…Geography is not just a physical stage for the historical drama, not just a set of facts about areas of the earth. It is a special way of looking at the world. Geography, like history, is an age-old and essential strategy for thinking about large and complex matters” Meinig 1987

In our world of simplistic divisions of knowledge there is always the danger that we see disciplines as quite separate and not connected. History and geography in schools need to be seen as entwined and interdependent. As a history and geography teacher such a synergy is logical and obvious. Whatever history I was teaching I would start with a geography lesson of the region studied or impacted upon (much to the disquiet of the students who thought they were doing history!).

“…geography and history are complementary and interdependent, “bound together by the very nature of things.”

This relationship, Meinig states, “…is implied by such common terms as space and time, area and era, places and events, pairs that are fundamentally inseparable. In practice the two fields are differentiated by the proportionate emphasis each gives to these terms.” Meinig 1987

This connection and interdependency of history and geography is particularly relevant as we move towards the development of disciplines in the Australian Curriculum. Curriculum separatism can be detrimental to the development of a student’s holistic understanding of an historical individual, group, event or phenomena. When implementing the Australian Curriculum in a crowded curriculum, such perception of connections between the disciplines is imperative when designing an integrated approach to the study of a region, theme or topic (particularly in primary schools).

An example of the impact of geography on history was highlighted in the 1940’s when geographical determinists looked at the rise and fall of the Roman Empire from 400-500. Much of the fall of the empire had to do with a regional drought which decreased the fertility of the land and agriculture output. The lack of food from this event strained the empire and exacerbated the political situation to the point of collapse. The entwinement of Roman geography and history was emphasised by historians when they pronounced that geographic location impacted on Roman civilization because where they were located made it easy for travel and trade. The story goes that Rome was located on the Tyrrhenian Sea and on the Tiber River, making it easy for them to get all around the European area; they were located on a place with fertile soil, which made it easy for farming and they were surrounded by mountains, which provided them with places to hide, and have protection.

From this beginning the theory of geographical determinism grew to encompass all environmental and geographic conditions and their impact on the social, political and economic forces of a society. It was believed that technology was the only way to mitigate risks associated with geographic determinism. In short, Geographical Determinism is the theory that the human habits, behaviour and characteristics of a particular culture are shaped by geographic conditions. The phrase was coined in the early 1900’s and in its extreme expression the theory asserts that the work of humans is controlled or “determined” by geographical conditions: climate, landforms, and the like. The debate on the veracity of the theory of Geographical determinism continued throughout the twentieth century. A more moderate view of Geographical determinism called Geographical possibilism (suggests that humans have a number of possibilities from which to select)has surfaced in recent years. This theory suggests that humans have a number of possibilities from which to select. I feel that the truth is to be found between the two theories.

Geographical determinism was picked up by the Russian Marxists in the 1920’s, where environment and its influence on the development of society was a dominant theme in Soviet geography. Interestingly the attempts by Russian geographers to develop a balanced assessment of the relationship between man and the physical environment were negated in the 1930’s by a dogmatic pronouncement by Stalin which denied any environmental influence on the development of society. However, since the end of World War II a group of Russian geographers have attempted to reintroduce the theme of the geographical environment as an object of study for geography. The arguments of this group were strengthened by a pronouncement by the Communist Party in 1963, which rejected Stalin’s earlier ruling and recognised that the geographical environment, although not a determining factor, does exercise a certain influence on the development of society.
Today Russian historians quite logically claim that the geography of Russia has been the major determinant of Russian history. For example

“Its location on a high northern latitude and far inland gave it a cold and dry climate. That, combined with large areas of poor or mediocre soils, made it a cold dry steppe in which it is difficult to survive, let alone prosper. Famine has affected Russia on an average of one year out of three throughout its history. Russia lies on the vast Eurasian Steppe with no formidable natural barriers, which has invited a number of invasions with tragic results. In its early history, the main threat would come from the nomadic tribes to the east, making Russia a battleground between nomads and farmers. Only more recently have Russia’s neighbors to the west been a serious threat, as seen by the loss of an estimated 27,000,000 people in World War II. Ironically, Russia’s harsh climate has saved it from invasion more than once. Napoleon and Hitler both found out the power of “General Winter” when they made the mistake of trying to conquer this vast northern giant. Russia’s inland location to the north and east of Europe has left it largely isolated from the mainstream of developments in Europe. Altogether, Russia’s geographic features have made it a harsh land facing constant invasions. As a result, Russians have historically been torn between needing and wanting foreign ideas with which they could better compete and survive on the one hand and a suspicion of foreigners bred by the continual threat of invasions they have faced on the other.”

This is a wonderful example of geographies impact on history but by no means unique. How could one study Australian history without recognising the impact of geography on our settlement, governance, national character, military involvement etc. As Blainey in his book Tyranny of Distance said way back in 1970:

“…geographical remoteness has been central to shaping our history and identity–and it will continue to form our future.”

Professor Iain Stewart in his series: The Earth Made Us repeatedly used examples of geographical determinism to explain the creation, life and death of civilisations i.e. Those along plate boundaries which were attracted to the locations due to the presence of water at plate boundaries, were also inevitably wiped out when the plates “did their thing”.

The concept that geography determines culture and in turn history goes all the way back to Hippocrates (c. 420 B.C) when in his discussion; “Airs, Waters and Places”, he contrasts the “easy-going Asiatics living in a very favourable region with the poor Europeans”, who had to work hard because of a deficit environment. Aristotle also played in this space in his Politics when he talked about the “brave but deficient in thinking Europeans from colder climates” contrasted with the “thoughtful and skillful Asians” without spirit because of their hot climate. He said that the Greeks being a blend of the two environments had the best of both worlds! Very dangerous generalisations which did much to discredit geographical determinism. Such deterministic views were often quoted by the racists of the 18th-20th Century to explain through environmental impacts a whole range of racial stereotypes and generalisations. Such associations did much to discredit the theories of geographical determinism in the 20th century.
However one would be foolhardy to totally deny that environment and in turn geography of a place does determine the nature of culture and in turn the unfolding of human history.

…history has a spatial dimension–the places where human actions occur. For example, aspects of the natural environment, such as climate and terrain, influence human behavior; and people affect the places they inhabit. Therefore, main ideas of geography, such as the location of places and relationships within places should be included as important parts of the study of history” Framework for the 1994 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) US history assessment.

The 2004 book: Historical GIS suggested the equation Place + Space + Time = historical understanding. This equation can also be written as X+Y+Z = historical understanding. Both are saying that there is a need for an understanding of place (X-Y coordinates) in cahoots with an understanding of change over time (Z factor) when teaching any historical topic, event or phenomena.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Environmental_determinism#Climatic

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecological_anthropology

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Environmental_Anthropology#Transformations

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Quantum theory posits that the Cosmos/Universe does not have a singular existence or explanation, but instead that every possible notion of the Cosmos exists simultaneously, upside-downing cause & effect, beginning and end  — essentially we create our own universe by observing it, instead of our universe creating us  — that we are but warbles in the very early universe — that multiverses appear out of nothing, each w/different laws of nature  — that if true, the M-unified theory of everything which Einstein was looking for is the ultimate triumph of human reason.   In the movie Matrix we are but computer simulations.    Such “anomie” [broken dreams/purposelessness] negate making our lives rich in joy, satisfying in relationships, & meaningful in our walk in our “material world.”   No top – down reality ensues.
Such mind-shifting implications of this reshaping of our place in our Universe are not exhilarating, but a crash course in random-ness and purposelessness.   Mind-bending, heart-stopping declarations on fortuitous happenings.    Such “randomness” has philosopical antecedents in our Grecian past  –

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Although the idea expressed in Cogito ergo sum is widely attributed to Descartes, he was not the first to mention it. Plato spoke about the “knowledge of knowledge” (Greek νόησις νοήσεωςnóesis noéseos) and Aristotle explains the idea in full length:

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But if life itself is good and pleasant (…) and if one who sees is conscious that he sees, one who hears that he hears, one who walks that he walks and similarly for all the other human activities there is a faculty that is conscious of their exercise, so that whenever we perceive, we are conscious that we perceive, and whenever we think, we are conscious that we think, and to be conscious that we are perceiving or thinking is to be conscious that we exist… (Nicomachean Ethics, 1170a25 ff.)

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Augustine of Hippo in De Civitate Dei writes Si […] fallor, sum (“If I am mistaken, I am”) (book XI, 26), and also anticipates modern refutations of the concept. Furthermore, in the Enchiridion Augustine attempts to refute skepticism by stating, “[B]y not positively affirming that they are alive, the skeptics ward off the appearance of error in themselves, yet they do make errors simply by showing themselves alive; one cannot err who is not alive. That we live is therefore not only true, but it is altogether certain as well” (Chapter 7 section 20). Another predecessor was Avicenna‘s “Floating Man” thought experiment on human self-awareness and self-consciousness. Nevertheless, Descartes was original in expanding the idea as a defense against skepticism and using it as a foundation of his whole metaphysics.

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Søren Kierkegaard’s critique

The Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard provided a critical response to the cogito. Kierkegaard argues that the cogito already pre-supposes the existence of “I”, and therefore concluding with existence is logically trivial. Kierkegaard’s argument can be made clearer if one extracts the premise “I think” into two further premises:

“x” thinks
I am that “x”
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Therefore I am

Where “x” is used as a placeholder in order to disambiguate the “I” from the thinking thing.

Here, the cogito has already assumed the “I”‘s existence as that which thinks. For Kierkegaard, Descartes is merely “developing the content of a concept”, namely that the “I”, which already exists, thinks.

Kierkegaard argues that the value of the cogito is not its logical argument, but its psychological appeal: a thought must have something that exists to think the thought. It is psychologically difficult to think “I do not exist”. But as Kierkegaard argues, the proper logical flow of argument is that existence is already assumed or pre-supposed in order for thinking to occur, not that existence is concluded from that thinking.

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Secular seer/atheist Hawking says that such upside down reality impels us to treat others with immense kindness because we have only one shot in this mortal life to “make up” amend/redeem ourselves to encourage and support others.

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Ancient Chinese parable uses nature to illustrate true humility  — Sage Chuang-Tzu walks w/a disciple on a hilltop.   They see a crooked, ancient tree without a single straight branch.   The disciple says the tree is useless because nothing can be used from it.   Chuang-Tzu replies,  “This is why it’s ancient  —  no one knows how useful it is to be useless, because everyone seems to know how useful it is to be useful!!”    McCartney’s “Let it Be” tune harmonizes one w/nature’s secret revelation of seeming simplicity, steeped in deepest wisdom.

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Idle speculation?   How many angels can fit on the head of a pin?   Science is not the answer to our metaphysical prayer.    Yet science drfits into abstruse mathematics and becomes its own “false” religion ergo failed theory.    Delusion of complex high mathematics effuse apparent rigour/absolute clarity/right vs. wrong — all esoteric  — yet the answer to science depends on the question you choose to ask, & the way you frame your question.   And while the framework may be rigorous internally, it still can be applied wrongly.    Detection is no simple matter, and the certitude of the “Mind” obscures simple human fallacy ergo hamartia/miscue.    Is metaphysic more engaging than our dreary Plato to NATO narrative which dominates conventional histories of ideas — of course, but know that this wide range of references prove invaluable, in that the “Mind” fools itself more often than Man admits.    History is filled with millions of failed & foolhardy theories.    Is God dead?

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The Scandinavian Vikings came to North America looking to plunder [or to escape enveloping Ice Sheets?].    Columbus sought a commercial trade route.   European colonists hunted for land & riches.   As they moved across our continent they took by force what they craved, and they in turn impoverished the very people who were here first.   Their encounters & domination resulted in cultural & environmental genocide.   These new settlers — originally oppressed people who won their freedom w/blood and courage  — became oppressors themselves.   The coming industrial revolution exponentially wrought havoc across our continent, from the railroads to our nukes today.   Collective consciousness today recognizes our limitations as a relatively new species on earth.  Ancient Greeks coined this revelation as communicating w/the Muses  — metaphysical beings of overviews — the big picture of our tiny place in this universe — & from such visions flowed Grecian drama & philosophy, Grecian hamartia/tragedy & triumph.    Christians call our supernatural reality heaven & hell, Buddhists/Hindus call it the cycle of existence or the interval b/n lifetimes, for instance, & aboriginal natives call it the unseen world beyond our senses.     Wisdom & compassion & clarity  find the new land of our limitations as a species, & wisdom & compassion & clarity are the new explorers necessitated by geography & manmade havoc, for the most part.    Buffalo calves are at the center of the herd where they are safest, for they ensure the future.   The old buffalos travel on the outside of the herd where they risk themselves to their nemeses, the wolves.  As a people, we sentients live for the future, knowing how much destruction we have wrought upon our tiny world in the solar system.    We are like old buffalos, though our species is young.   Our lives now shall be for always hereforth — for the calves of our future — for the reverence for life all around us and for our precious environment.    Analogously,  the butterfly effect of a butterfly changing the weather on the other side of its world, or around it, by moving its wings,  means that sensitive dependence on initial conditions triggers significant results based on my-nyoot variances in the initial conditions.   More meaning/joy/love count on imperceptible energy.   Semantic splitting of hairs, but joy is internally driven, whereas happiness is externally impacted.   Experience joy whilst you appreciate happiness.    Happiness requires a changing of circumstance, whereas joy involves a changing of your attitude.    Spiritual or secular beings of good attitude share the emotions they most fear would destroy friendships in a conventional sense — they risk authenticity because they will themselves to live and to die in love, not loss of love, but loss in love if they are rejected/outted by another.

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Grecian scientific accomplishments bedrock on the Greek belief in an ordered universe whose rules can be discovered by the human mind, and a compulsion to see and understand  — ergo insatiable curiosity — humanist freedom to think.  The names we give to science’s diverse branches today, from physics and chemistry to mathematics, biology, & psychology — are the Greek etymologies.    Grecian geography is harsh & fractured, yet the Grecian inward cogency gave rise to scientific thought unlike earlier civilizations in Egypt/Mesopotamia/India/China.   Grecian exceptional characteristics incl. rationalism — the conviction that human reason could unravel the mysteries of nature & make sense of the cosmos  —  humanism’s pride and confidence in human potential  — an insatiable curiosity that sought understanding of both human nature & the world  — a fierce love of freedom & individual will which promoted freedom of thought, the prelude to science today.   The Greek zest for living was driven by a compulsion to excel.   Knowing they could not exist for all time, they determined to achieve a different kind of immortality by performing deeds that would ensure their undying legacy.   Thence Achilles died young on the battlefield of Troy and lives on today in our hearts and minds.   Insatiable curiosity suffused in art’s drama  — the quest to understand the motivations for and the consequences of human behavior/miscues-hamartia.    Grecian history means research, just as Grecian democracy is the basis for science today  — that all facts, no matter how trivial or banal, enjoy democratic equality.    Freedom of thought & individual pursuit  — without unfettered imagination, science could not exist.   And without heroic individuality, breaching the status quo/convention could not be achieved.   Certititude pride of repressive thought ergo religious persecution contravenes self-confidence in being a wanderlust-wayfarer.    The tipping point is sliver-thin, yet each side is separated by a gulf in thought/act so vast that neither side is compatible at all with the other.

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The Roman poet Virgil perfected his craft by emulating Grecian Homer.   In Virgil’s Aeneid, the ghost of Aeneas’ father, Anchises, tells his son  — & thru him the generations of Romans who would follow — not to be overwhelmed by a sense of inferiority when comparing himself to the Greeks.   Virgil intones that a civilization can only succeed by identifying and actualizing those cultural traits which are uniquely its own.   As brilliant pundit Stephen Bertman evokes, Greeks are a race of explorers like Odysseus, whereas Romans are a race of nation builders, Grecians driven by boundless curiosity, Romans by a need to control and fulfill their global destiny.   Repelled by theory & abstraction, the Roman mind gravitated instead toward concreteness & practicality.   Roman Cicero recounted Grecian science and mathematics like Archimedes.

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Jim Hillman  — “I watched a woman being interviewed.   She sat in a wheelchair because she was elderly & feeble.   She said that she was dead for she had lost her heart.   The psychiatrist asked her to place her hand over her breast to feel her heart beating:  It must be there if she could feel its beat.   ‘That,’ she said, ‘is not my real heart.'”

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Ben Mikaelsen  —  “You don’t become a better chairmaker.   The chair becomes better.”   Zen anyone?   Yikes!    How about plain old-fashioned obedience to Christ [humbleness]??   Oooooooooohhhhh [pronounced as in 'you .......'].    Peace.

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Chuck Bowden  —  “I am certain there can be no comprehension of the present without the past,  just as I am certain the past is not the past.   And there can be no comprehension of the present without all the tribes, human, animal, floral, and stones, river, and dry wash, at the table taking part in the talk.”    Wow!!

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Aistheses  — Grecian to breathe in  — inspiration, a deliverance, per Stephen Buhner.     Bill Gass  —  “it is the journey to the truth which convinces the traveler that he/she has arrived.    To be dropped on the top of Mt. Everest by helicopter is not to gain the glory of the peak.”    As Emerson was Thoreau’s master, so does our so-called subconscious juxtapose meaning with reality  —   or as, Friedrich Schiller put it —  “the intellect has withdrawn its watchers from the gates, and the ideas rush in pell-mell, and only then does [the mystery of the metaphysical] review & inspect the multitude.”    Or, as Michale Quane intones,  “[shift] like from gas to liquid  — a conversion of untetherable thought into footprint evidence of its being.”    As Buhner says of Goethe. the urpflanze/archetype in the imaginal world.   Poesis — shaping the imaginal into form.  

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As Guy Deutscher says, it’s too easy to exaggerate the importance of logical reasoning in our lives.   The myth of analytic thinking overcomes us.    How many daily decisions do we make on the basis of abstract deductive reasoning, compared w/those guided by gut feeling, intuition, emotions, etc.?     How often do you spend your day solving logical conundra, vs. wondering where you left your socks, or where your car is in the multi-level parking structure??    How many ads appeal to our senses via logical syllogisms, vs. those that play on colors, moods, allusions???   It’s common for linguists to claim discovery to a universal of human language — after sampling English/Italian/Hungarian — & seeing that they all agree.    Yet, the only languages which truly reveal what is natural & universal are the hosts of small tribal tongues that do things very differently from what we are used to.    Thence our race against time/exigent urge to record as many of these languages as possible before all knowledge of them is lost forever and forsaken to the dustbin of time.   

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———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Jeff Iwasaki-Higbee <pipedr@hawaii.rr.com>
Date: Mon, May 30, 2011 at 2:06 PM
Subject: RE: The Kama’aina Pumping Scandal Remains Scandalous
To: editor@hawaiinewsdaily.com, rflickinger@westhawaiitoday.com
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For Curtis Narimatsu & Reed FlickingerI appreciate both of your exposure’s of Riley and Nakasone.  Thank You for that.A slight time line correction to consider if any more articles are written concerning these two.
Riley not only started his business while in employment with Eckard Brandes, Inc. he bid against his employer and was terminated after it was discovered.
After termination he also filed for unemployment and a workman’s comp claim for stress of the situation that he created.
I verbally told Stanley Nakasone and the finance director of the wrong doing after I found out.
Eckard Brandes, Inc. formally protested the bid but, did not realize what happen until after the 5 day window for bid protest
so its claim was time barred.  However, the issue of Riley bidding and in the employment of the other bidder should have required
at a minimum that both bids to be thrown out.Sincerely,
Jeff Iwasaki-Higbee

P.S. don’t forget this guy had the arrogance to run for Mayor.
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From pseudonym go lakers…

Kama’aina Pumping Service, owned by County of Hawaii Public Works Automotive Division Head, Randy Riley, was chosen by the county under a questionable procurement contract in 1996 to provide maintenance and cleaning of dry wells and curb gutters on the Big Island.

The previous vendor of this contract was Eckard Brandes, Inc., which Riley worked for as their Big Island account representative. Allegedly Riley resigned from Eckard Brandes, started Kama’aina Pumping Service, and was awarded the contract soon thereafter. The contract was allegedly awarded to Kama’aina from Stanley Nakasone, County of Hawaii, Highways Division Division Head.  As the division chief, Nakasone would influence or determine who gets the contract for maintenance and cleaning of dry wells and curb gutters on the Big Island.

Eckard Brandes sued Riley for using proprietary company knowledge and stealing the contract in 1997. Eckard Brandes and Riley reached an out-of-court settlement.

The procurement contract was for approximately $110,000 a month, and lasted for a period of 13 years, from 1996 until 2009.

When the contract was written under a new bid specification in 2009, the County stated that the vendor bidding the contract would have to be a company based on the Big Island and had to have maintained over 200 to 300 dry wells and curb gutters over a three year period. That is when Jeff Iwasaki-Higbee, the President of Eckhard Brandeis wrote an open letter to the media and county officials alleging there was collusion on the contract between Nakasone and Riley. He also alleged the new supplemental work order issue would guarantee Kama’aina Pumping the continued county procurement contract because all other bidders would be eliminated by Kama’aina… meaning more expense to the tax payer.

Eckard Brandes President’s letter was about to be followed up by a story in one of our local dailies when Mayor Billy Kenoi’s Executive Assistant Kevin Dayton put out a press release killing the story, yanking the procurement contract, and then having the open bidding process including companies from outside this island.

The county finally awarded the contract to the same vendor but at a savings of $50,000 a month to the tax payer.

How can Kamaina Pumping Service charge $50,000 less a month when the cost of expenses and doing business has gone up over a 13-year period?

If the contract can be done at $50,000 a month cheaper now, why could it not have been done cheaper over the last 13 years which would have saved the tax payers $7,000,000. That would be $7 million of savings to our county.

The Kama’aina Pumping conflict of interest case trumps by millions of dollarsDozergate and Stan Nakasone’s alleged breach of contract vs. HMP, Inc inplundering the public treasury, to name its outdone nefaria.

In the chain of command: attorney and Public Works Deputy Director Brandon Gonzalez is the legal front for Warren Lee’s beleaguered DPW.

Warren Lee has major grief over dealing with alleged culprit Stan Nakasone, but Lee’s inertia exacerbates the alleged corruption within the Department of Public Works: Nakasone’s alleged honeypot sweetening of DPW’s Randell Riley’s Kamaaina Pumping operations.

Gonzalez’ former outfit,  the County Corporation Counsel, is again a regressive player allegedly covering up graft.

Mayor Kenoi, of course, abdicates his responsibility to address alleged graft and corruption within his own Department of Public Works, all the while spinningvoodoo economics to smoke over constituents about our dire budget deficit problem.   http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/sections/news/local-news/yagong-wants-budget-trimmed.html

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http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/sections/news/local-news/council-brings-back-transit-fares-it-finalizes-budget.html

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So the same, Mayor Kenoi fails to constrain runaway work order plunder.

BTW, Mayor Kenoi needs to answer why police came calling at 2:24 a.m!

This is a very interesting story and the closing chapter still has not been written.

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  1. Curtis Narimatsu on May 27, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    The independent investigative grand jury counsel is but another bureaucracy of scrutiny where the local prosecutor/corp counsel or state attorney general fails to act responsibly. But Hawai’i does not have such an independent investigative grand jury counsel system. The special grand jury format on the federal level is the analog. Or, as pidgin enunciates, “feder-alley.”

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    Federal level

    Charges involving “capital or infamous crimes” under federal jurisdiction must be presented to a grand jury under the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution. This has been interpreted to allow the grand jury to be bypassed for misdemeanor offenses, which can instead be charged by prosecutor’s information. Some plea agreements also stipulate that the defendant waives prosecution by indictment. However, the defendant must make this waiver in open court and after being advised of the nature of the charge and of the defendant’s rights. The U.S. Attorneys Manual states that prosecutors “must recognize that the grand jury is an independent body, whose functions include not only the investigation of crime and the initiation of criminal prosecution but also the protection of the citizenry from unfounded criminal charges.” It is not altogether uncommon for subjects or targets of the grand jury’s investigation, particularly in white-collar cases, to request or demand the opportunity to tell the grand jury their side of the story. However, the prosecutor has no legal obligation to permit such witnesses to testify,[15][16] though the Manual warns that a refusal to do so can create the appearance of unfairness.[17] The Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure prescribe that a grand jury must have from sixteen to twenty-three members and that an indictment may issue only if at least 12 jurors concur.[18]

    For members of the United States armed forces, an Article 32 hearing is used for a similar purpose.

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    A special grand jury is one of two types of grand juries that exist in the U.S. federal system. While a regular grand jury primarily decides whether to bring charges, a special grand jury is called into existence to investigate whether organized crime is occurring in the community in which it sits. This could include, for instance, organized drug activity or organized corruption in government. As provided in 18 U.S.C. § 3331(a), the U.S. District Court in every judicial district having more than four million inhabitants must impanel a special grand jury at least once every eighteen months.[19]

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    Unlike many other provisions of the Bill of Rights, the Supreme Court has ruled that this requirement was not incorporated to apply to state courts via the Fourteenth Amendment, and states therefore may elect not to use grand juries.[20]

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    In the U.S., the states of Arizona, California, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, Nevada, North Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico and Oregon have grand juries at the county level.

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    In California, each county is required by the state constitution to have at least one grand jury impaneled at all times. Grand juries are governed by Title 4 of the California Penal Code, as well as other more general provisions. In addition, grand juries are not subject to the Brown Act.

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    Most grand juries are seated on a fiscal cycle, i.e. July through June. Most counties have panels consisting of nineteen jurors, some have as few as eleven jurors, others have as many as twenty-three (see California Penal Code Section 888.2). Jurors are usually selected on a volunteer basis.

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    These county-level grand juries primarily focus on oversight of government institutions at the county level or lower. Almost any entity that receives public money can be examined by the grand jury, including county government, cities, and special districts. Each panel selects the topics that it wishes to examine each year. A jury is not allowed to continue an oversight from a previous panel. If a jury wishes to look at a subject that a prior jury was examining, it must start its own investigation and independently verify all information. It may use information obtained from the prior jury but this information must be verified before it can be used by the current jury. Upon completing its investigation, the jury may, but is not required to, issue a report detailing its findings and recommendations.

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    The grand jury is required to publish a minimum of one report containing a minimum of one finding and one recommendation. The published reports are the only public record of the grand jury’s work; there is no minority report. Each published report includes a list of those public entities that are required or requested to respond. The format of these responses is dictated by California Penal Code Section 933.05, as is the time span in which they must respond.

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    County grand juries develop areas to examine by two avenues: juror interests, and public complaints. Complaints filed by the public are kept confidential. The protection of whistleblowers is one of the primary reasons for the confidential nature of the grand jury’s work.

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    Most county grand juries in California do not consider criminal matters, though by law they are able to. The decision of whether or not to present criminal cases to the grand jury is made by the county District Attorney.

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    Hennepin County, Minnesota (which contains Minneapolis) keeps a grand jury impaneled at all times. Each grand jury serves a term of four months, typically meets one day each week, and focuses almost exclusively on homicide cases.

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    In Kentucky, grand jurors are empaneled in each county, at the Circuit level (felonies only) for a four-month term (three panels per year). During the trial jury orientation for the given four-month term, the grand jurors are selected from the trial jury pool, although the method of selection is not necessarily random. The meetings are twice a month (however, grand juries in more populous counties generally meet more often), with each meeting usually going through 20-30 cases in a four to five hour period. The indictment rate is about 98-99%; the grand jury can broaden (about 1% of the time) or narrow (about 3% of the time) the counts in the indictment as well. Usually, fifteen or so grand jurors are required to report to meetings; the hope is that twelve will show to each meeting, which is the number of jurors required to hear cases (extra jurors can leave). It takes nine yes votes to the question of probable cause to sign a true bill of indictment. Fewer than nine yes votes either causes a no true bill or a narrowing of the indictment (depending on the votes per count).

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    The rules are very similar to the federal process; the grand jury only hears from law enforcement personnel, with the exception of property crimes, where store detectives or actual victims of theft or vandalism are called to testify. The only cases brought to the grand jury are those initiated from the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office (the prosecutor for felonies). For the vast majority of cases, the grand jurors generally only hear a recitation of facts from the police report, crime laboratory reports, and other documentation generated during the evidence gathering process. Grand jurors can ask factual questions of the witnesses and legal questions of the prosecutors. The ability to broaden or narrow indictments does technically allow for grand juries to open new avenues of investigation, although since it is dependent on prosecutors for facts, this is very rarely done. Rules of confidentiality apply to grand jurors, which are similar to the federal rules.

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    The most persistent criticism of grand juries is that jurors are not a representative sampling of the community, and are not qualified for jury service, in that they do not possess a satisfactory ability to ask pertinent questions, or sufficient understanding of local government and the concept of due process.[21] Unlike potential jurors in regular trials, grand jurors are not screened for bias or other improper factors. They are rarely read any instruction on the law, as this is not a requirement; their job is only to judge on what the prosecutor produced. The prosecutor drafts the charges and decides which witnesses to call.[9] The prosecutor is not obliged to present evidence in favor of those being investigated. Grand jury witnesses have no right to have a lawyer or family in the room, and can be charged with holding the court in contempt (punishable with incarceration for the remaining term of the grand jury) if they refuse to appear before the jury[22] and all evidence is presented by a prosecutor in a cloak of secrecy, as the prosecutor, grand jurors, and the grand jury stenographer are prohibited from disclosing what happened before the grand jury, unless ordered to do so in a judicial proceeding.[9]

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    Occasionally, grand juries go aggressively beyond the control of the prosecuting attorney. When the grand jury does so the situation is called a “runaway” grand jury.[24] Runaway grand juries sometimes happen in government corruption or organized crime cases if the grand jury comes to believe that the prosecutor himself has been improperly influenced. Such cases were common in the 19th century but have become infrequent since the 1930s.[25]

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    One of the most famous cases was the 1935 Runaway Grand Jury in New York City, which was investigating gambling and mobster Dutch Schultz. Jury members complained in open court that prosecutors were not pursuing obvious leads and hinted that the district attorney was possibly receiving payoffs. Thomas E. Dewey was appointed as an independent prosecutor and would rocket to fame on his prosecutions.[26]

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  2. Curtis Narimatsu on May 27, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Steve Yamashiro’s dad was our Uchinanchu/Okinawan hero, a veterinarian by trade who helped save Okinawan natives from virtual starvation in the throes of WWII, after Japan’s defeat. As you know, Mainland Japan/Naichi north latituders regard south latitude Uchinanchu as a subhuman species, though the irony is that Uchinanchu, cosmopolitan in ethnicity, are Hollywood handsome & gorgeous, so that Naichi aspersions vs. Yamashiro’s ethnic gang are off base – that Uchinanchu are glorified gorillas w/hairy conformities-kurombo[black] skin color. The same skin color aspersions by northern Whites vs. southern Blacks. Yes, north latitudes vs. south latitudes [melanin to adjust to sun's exposure].

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    Steve came to Hilo to be corp counsel, wanting to be a quick pick judge, but Steve’s spoiled brat/haga-ee temperament doomed him ["I'm Steve Yamashiro, & I'm a Punahou grad!!"], Steve the opposite of his Biblical Moses dad, whom Steve & all Uchinanchu thruout the world worshipped. Steve’s smashed face look forced Steve to win converts by power of Steve’s acumen, & Steve’s head to the grindstone immersion in his over decade long lead as County Council chair/member transformed Steve into our eventual greatest fiscal mayor in the 106 yr. history of our County government. Irony is that Steve’s tenure as mayor 1992-2000 was followed by our worst fiscal mayors, Harry Kim & Billy Kenoi. Bill Takaba, bless Bill’s heart, is not at fault for Kim’s/Kenoi’s Waterlooz, inasmuch command authority plunks blame squarely in Kim’s/Kenoi’s hands, but the problem here for servants like Bill is that subservience/subordination do not mean extinguishing your brains in favor of mega macho testosterone-controlled Kim/Kenoi. And now Kim flirts w/notion of running in 2012 vs. Kim’s little Hawaiian boy Kenoi?? Yeah, scrotal heads a-both.

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    Steve & later Council chair Jimmy Arakaki our Uchinanchu pride [Jimmy our toughest Arnold S. hombre out of old "Ola'a," orphan & steeled to the core as our street urchin king] — both “buraku” also our biggest resort-commercial-housing developer shills, inasmuch our dynamic duo jumpstarted our bankrupt County government after our plantations went kaput going on 20 yrs. ago. In dramatically turning around our economy & increasing revenues, both men wrought immense social ills via failed infrastructure/failed cultural accentuation, not to mention being lavished by special interest “money is god” profiteers. But no, nothing on the scale of an alleged duo pillage by Nakasone/Riley, though in sum total Yama’s/Jimmy’s vertical confluence from start to finish of capitalist-entrepreneur development projects incl. several participants, not just two conflators – compare w/Nakasone-Riley in totality of the circumstances/overall gains albeit multiple recipients. In this sense, bypass/short circuit profiteering amassed ill wealth not seen since monied hellion John Ushijima’s plunder aplenty 3 decades before Yama/Jimmy. No, monoshiri/tengara/wagamama Ushijima 1924-2006 was Naichi, not Uchinanchu. Frank De Luz our Luso/Portuguese version of Ushijima [actually, De Luz a prodigy of Ushijima forebearer Bob Yamada, who was Naichi, but Bob's profiteer peer Rich Jitchaku of Onomea was Uchinanchu].

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    http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/sections/news/local-news/yamashiros-legacy-praised.html

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    Naichi Kaoru Noda never sought power, riches or fame like execrable Uchinanchu Yamashiro/Arakaki/Jitchaku, or fellow Naichi Bob “level the heiau & make it a jet runway” Yamada [irony is that Bob's sweet as sugar wife Emma is Hawaiian]/John “call me Da Man [w/the biggest wad]Ushijima [Bob/Emma/John's wife nose-up Marjorie from Laupahoehoe digs]. Kaoru my jesus incarnate for all time.

    http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/sections/news/local-news/kaoru-noda-helped-uhh-grow.html

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  3. go lakers on May 26, 2011 at 8:42 am

    What’s interesting is that Kevin Dayton, the Mayor’s Executive Assistant, was the County official who yanked the procurement contract and put out a media release before Kama’aina Pumping Service, the seemingly County’s preferred contractor, was able to take the job therefore killing the story Nancy Cook Lauer had intended to write.

    Kamaaina finally got the contract by submitting a winning bid of 50k a month less than they had previously bid over the 13 years prior.

    Pretty amazing when you would think costs and expenses would gradually would go up in a 13 year period not down in order for Kama’aina to be profitable.

    This business must be operating under different business model than the rest of the business community.

    But where is Dayton now when Reed Flicklinger, West Hawaii Today Editor, in a newspaper editorial and column is alleging that Kama’aina is using the County of Hawaii Kealakehe baseyard, it’s equipment, and county employees (all paid for by the tax payer) to continue to support and provide tax payer paid for resources to this private business owned by a County of Hawaii Public Works Division Head.

    Lower level county employees, who have been alleging and seeing this type of cronyism, favoritism, graft, and corruption occur during their employment for year are fustrated and disgusted while complaining to their County supervisors and nothing gets done.

    So now these lower level county employees take another step and complain to the Legislative Auditor, who says she notified Corporation Counsel “4 or 5 months ago” (uh huh…is the Director the guy who claims on the Corporate Counsel website (again paid for by the tax payer)that the county has in the past helped disgruntled small business owners…yeah, this office has sure helped Kama’aina Pumping…by ignoring the complaints and sweeping the allegations under the carpet at the detriment of the public/tax payer).

    According to the West Hawaii Today and Flicklinger’s editorial allegations, Kamaaina is now using our tax payer paid resources like base yards, heavy equipment, and county employees to serve a County employee owned private business like it’s no body’s business and enabling this business to act with total impunity.

    Is this what Ashida is talking about when he says the County helps small business?

    It seems as if the story started due to the county’s very own employees complaining to their managers, than to the Legislative Auditor (who talked to Coroporation Counsel), and now to the West Hawaii Today because nothing is being addressed?

    Again, would Dayton care to comment on the recent Flicklinger editorial?

    Or is he just going to be a “blogger” concerning island dump sites and Highway 130?…something he had said in the past he would never do.

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    • Thomas on May 26, 2011 at 9:08 pm

      What the heck is going on down at the mayors office?

      Is Kama’aina pumping really using the County of Hawaii’s Kealakehe baseyard, it’s equipment, and county employees at our expense? This demands a thorough investigation and public explanation.

      This private business is owned by a County of Hawaii Public Works Division Head. If the allegations are true isn’t that theft and abuse of position for personal gain? Who else knows about this and who is profiting from it?

      If this is not true the mayor’s office needs to issue a statement of what is really going on immediately. The official silence on the latest bombshell that Kama’aina is again abusing taxpayers with impunity spotlights the way things really are run in Hawaii county. Somebody do something. What do we pay you for?

      This private business (Kama’aina) already cost the taxpayers millions in rigged bids. Is the administration making resources available to friends of the theirs at taxpayers expense? This must be illegal, they are stealing from us. Where are the police investigators? Where are the prosecutors? Where is our legislative auditor and where is Billy Kanoi? Whats going on at the county?

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  4. Joseppi on May 26, 2011 at 7:28 am

    On the Big Island, this endemic culture of cronyism and corruption in the incestuous government bureaucracy has flourished for so long is because of a lack of transparency. The burden of this problem rests squarely on the shoulders of local journalists, and the absence of vigorous and diligent journalism.
    The other factors that have cultivated this ‘Old Boy Network’ is the plantation mentality of fear and respect for those in management, while keeping your head down and working hard – And an island culture those sustenance is built on a system of reciprocating favors and family connections.
    There is nothing wrong with an island lifestyle filled with respect, hard work and helping friends and family, except when it is conducted in government with tax payer money that rewards a few at the expense of the majority.
    Since about the time Kenoi took office, I had noticed that some West Hawaii journalists had taken up their journalistic responsibilities and were engaging in some time honored muckraking. I commend them for their efforts.
    Unfortunately, because West Hawaii News has recently taken the meat clever to their Internet site and I have not been able to keep informed as much as I would like to. Hopefully, HND will become the spotlight that can beam a ray of transparency and accountability on the dark shadows of the regressive ‘Old Boy Network’.
    Keep the light shining Curtis Narimatsu. Thanks.

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  5. Thomas on May 25, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    Thank you Curtis for writing this eye opening article. I have been hearing about this and other abuses in Hawaii county for years.

    Hawaii county and our state in general are in their worst economic position in modern history. Yet Randy Riley, Stanley Nakasone, Lincoln Ahsida, and the rest of the old boy network that has been in place forever are still conducting business as usual. The arrogance is appalling, they are apparently above the law and they know it. We are being bleed to death by these same people that have been involved with these outrageous rip offs for decades. Where are the police and our prosecutors. All this went on with the blessing of former prosecutor Jay Kimura how could it not. They are all friends or associates, who knows what else they have gotten away with? We only know about this now because of a few dedicated people, Go Lakers, Curtis, Nancy Cook Lauer, and the persistence of a couple of people who I will not name but one man in particular found out about this and he exposed it. But still nothing happened to the perpetrators. In fact the whole county upper echelon closed ranks and protected them. Could be there are some skeletons in closets that would come out if Riley and Stanley Nakasone were brought up on charges?

    Billy Kanoi and Neil Abercrombie refuse to stop the rampant corruption that rages across our state. That goes also for all our elected officials this not new and its not a secret in the inner political circles.

    The state attorney general and FBI conducted an investigation and a lot of serious corrupt acts were uncovered still nothing happened. It appears likely that they were protected from federal prosecution by U.S. senator Daniel Inouye. The whole thing reeks.

    The taxpayers are being robbed by these practices. Its a racket that is funded even when we can not meet our other financial obligations.

    We have furloughs, and deficits, we can’t fund services or education but Randy Riley still collects a county pay check from the taxpayers and still has the county contract that for 13 years he overcharged us $50,000.00 a month for. $50,000.00 a month that’s more than many people on this island earn in a year working their butts off.

    How can that be? What does that say about Billy Kenoi? That he allows this to continue telling jokes and partying the whole time while floating 56 million in bonds and trying to deffer 20 million in obligations. Cut the fat and scams Billy we see you.

    My bet is this is just the tip of the ice berg we need to demand an investigation and accountability.

    Thanks again Curtis, I look forward to your next expose………

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  6. Curtis Narimatsu on May 25, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    Yes, typos in first comment — correct “like” instead of “likes” — “Genesis’” instead of “Genesis’s.”
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    Of course, the problem w/generations of bureaucrats is that they don’t want to change things, they just “want in,” [to feed off graft/corruption/ole' boys network] so to speak, too interested in power and development, working inhouse as allegedly here w/Nakasone & Riley, & working too closely w/special interests/big land developers/contractors/hotel interests/engineers-consultants-planners-architects/etc. Their hostility against progressive reformers go lakers and pseudonym Thomas grow unabated.

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  7. Curtis Narimatsu on May 25, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    Is it reckless to suppose that silence is bought, or the result of one’s own miscue? Irony is that Stan Nakasone, who really has the look of a drop dead Hollywood-handsome Hapa Hawaiian, got positive renown by way of former Mayor Dante Carpenter’s violation of the civil service laws when belligerent arrogant Carpenter trumped alleged parasite Jippy Mattos over deserving Nakasone over 2 decades ago. So the victim Nakasone now is the alleged perp/violator. Is it reckless to suppose that losses to the Body Public top $10 million — including but not limited to our value of the dollar being so different at the start/Before vs. the end/Now? Actually, do we even have an end in sight? Is it reckless to wish that Colleen Schrandt transforms from a housecat to Sheeba? The “Priam” metaphor above visualizes Stan/Randy walking the plank to their end, as the priest intones, “God have mercy on their souls.” Pseudonym/blameless go lakers has been subjected to government retaliation, thence the pseudonym. Valiant heroic go lakers broke open/started the observation of Randy’s private business impunity on County premises to great scribe Nancy Cook Lauer [& vicariously, editor Reed Flickinger], only to be reckoned rewardingly in spirit/soul [not one penny pocketed] bigtime when the Higbee open letter exploded onto the scene, revealing alleged graft and corruption of unprecedented historic proportions, running into the millions of dollars over a long span of time, with managerial hotshots in & out of government aware of the momentous sheenanigans. Only a fella or gal w/a huge hole in one’s head would want to be in Warren Lee’s shoes at this time. Added layer of alleged obfuscation via Gonzalez exacerbates the situation. Biblical Joseph go lakers is our secular savior.

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  8. Curtis Narimatsu on May 25, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    http://hawaiinewsdaily.com/2010/12/kamaaina-pumping-service/
    http://hawaiinewsdaily.com/2010/12/aha-dozergate-pau/
    http://hawaiinewsdaily.com/2010/12/dozergate-keeps-opening-to-more-opalawaste/
    http://hawaiinewsdaily.com/2010/12/brian-kajikawaunrelated-dozergate/
    http://hawaiinewsdaily.com/2010/12/hmp-victimized-by-county-breach-of-conract-procurement-violation/
    http://hawaiinewsdaily.com/2011/01/colleen-schrandt-hawai%e2%80%99i-county-legislative-auditor/
    http://hawaiinewsdaily.com/2010/12/fluid-progressive-like-maile-david-vs-retrograde-orthodoxy-like-link-ashida/

    Incredulously, Mayor Kenoi abdicates his responsibility to address alleged graft and corruption within his own Dept. of Public Works Dept., while spinning voodoo economics to smoke over constituents about our dire budget deficit problem.
    http://westhawaiitoday.com/sections/news/local-news/council-seeks-budget-cuts.html

    http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/articles/2011/05/18/local_news/local03.txt

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    “Pretty slick politics there.Get the east and west fighting over who is or isn’t paying to much or getting what they pay for.Instead of having us focused on the bloated bureaucracy, corrupt culture and mismanagement at the state and county level.There would be plenty to go around if we could get real fiscal management for the taxpayers instead of the politics dictating how our money is spent.There are to many tax dollars funneled to friends of the administrations, that hurt taxpayers. Locally Kamaaina Pumping, a company owned by county Public Works Automotive Division Director Randy Riley, was implicated in bid rigging and ethical concerns over contracts to clean county drywells

    It cost us millions of dollars and went on for years. Specifications for the contract were altered so the only qualifier was Kamaaina Pumping.

    East and west side should be united in bring an end to the corrupt culture that exist. “

    Lets not forget Dozergate and Stan Nakasone’s breach vs. HMP in plundering the public treasury. All this went on while prosecutor Jay Kimura and corporate counsel Lincoln Asshida looked and covered for it while the tax payers were basically robbed. Then we have atty Brandon Gonzalez feeding off tax payers to be the legal hack /shill for Warren Lee’s beleaguered DPW. Lee has major grief over dealing with alleged culprit Stan Nakasone. Lee’s inertia exacerbates the alleged corruption within [DPW], ergo Nakasone’s alleged ultra-honeypot sweetening of DPW’s Randall Riley’s Kamaaina Pumping operations. Gonzalez’ former outfit, County Corp. Counsel, again a regressive player allegedly covering up graft.

    If Abercrombie wants to help tax payers have him send in the State attorney general and clean up the corrupt culture rampant for so long.

    Don’t be fooled this is politics Abercrombie was a tax and spend congressman has not changed.”

    http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/articles/2011/05/22/local_news/local02.txt

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    King Priam of Troy enters the Greek camp incognito & makes his way to Achilles’ tent to beg for the body of his son. Achilles rises, takes Priam’s hand, and raises him gently to his feet, “in pity for the grey head and the grey beard.” Carefully, tenderly, assuagingly, he hands over Hector’s body, concerned that the weight of the deceased son is too much for the frail old father. And then the 2 enemies look at each other in silent solemnity and awe –

    “Priam, son of Dardanos, gazed upon Achilles, wondering at his size and beauty, for he seemed likes an outright vision — Of Gods. Achilles in turn gazed on Dardanian Priam — And Wondered — as he saw his brave looks, and studied intently this amazing old man.” In the midst of the deadliest of wars and of immense carnage, the mutual shared suffering and misery of it all — finally enabled each man to transcend his hatred and see the sacred mystery of his enemy. Sentients impellingly desire Faith as the answer to our deepest human yearnings without needing to accept the overproud formality of organized belief, fostered by our testosterone male gender, vs. our doyenne Sacreds such as Marianne Cope/Mabel Smyth/Ragna Rath/Mabel Wilcox/etc. Yaakov’s epiphany at Peniel was his apex, yet he was unable to build upon it, just as Genesis’s later yrs. were characterized by his debilitating human contagion of egotism. When Yaakov’s daughter Dinah is raped, Yaakov is more concerned about his standing in the region than with her suffering. And instead of treating all members of his family with equal affection [though all are different/unique -- Nippon "ningen samazama"], he shows a selfish ingratiating partiality to his favorite son which nearly causes fatal consequences. Compassion for alleged perps Riley and Nakasone et al is possible even in our torn and indifferent existence, and some such as KingLit Ching born 1936 have even wrought heroic levels of kindness and grace, just as ancient Xunzi insisted. Not discordant, not petty nor overproud. Have mercy on our detractors. They too cannot explain the mysteries of the universe in one page.

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go lakers on June 1, 2011 at 9:29 am

  1. Is it true that former employees in the Mayor’s office are stating that Kenoi ridded the County building of the “Office of Information and Complaints” (where does a community member file a complaint or a grievance now)?

    Is it also true that the administration ridded the office of civil servant county employees (they should have considering all the leaks that were coming out of the office by the very employees that Billy did a favor for…talk about lack of loyalty to those who helped you which Billy did for some of these very people by giving these people who were unemployed jobs or promoting those who were making less to a higher position with more pay) and filled the office with political patronage employees?

    Who knows about the missing laptop or the bar issue at Shooter’s on a Thursday in April of 2004?

    These two issue’s are not governance issues nor policy setting issues nor a concern whether the mayor is promoting an open and transparent county government nor the question of whether an elected official is surrounding himself with experienced, capable, and accomplished professionals who, after two and a half years, are doing their job well?(which unfortunately for Billy, these selectees are not).

    I will talk about the later issue, the mayor selecting and retaining capable people to work in his inner circle. An example of this would be the appointment of former journalists to key positions.
    The reasoning behind hiring former journalist to work in the mayor’s office would be 1) they have a background in communicating to the public and 2) damage control if there is a public relations crisis that would need to be addressed….why not have the very ex-journalists who investigated these type of stories be the very ones who provide damage control to these type of unflattering county stories in a public relations county government crisis?

    But journalism is different from public relations although both are in the communication arena.

    A journalist will investigate stories and issues, interviews a wide range of interviewees/subjects based on the story, digs up and processes a wide range of information and writes news stories based on facts he/she has researched and will do so in as an impartial manner as possible.

    A public relations, county public affairs officer is different. It is their job to educate the mayor and bureaucrats about the role of the mass media and how to use it to work more effectively in communicating to the public and working with media representatives in an effective way, communicate the work of different county agencies, and advise the administration on how to best communicate a decision or program to the widest number of community members.

    But a public affairs professional also advises the mayor on community feedback pertaining to policies and programs that the mayor put forward in order to modify, amend, or whether to continue or discontinue.

    The county public affairs official also serves as an ombudsman and represents and listens to the public and it’s representatives and makes sure issues or grievances brought to it are addressed to the tax payers satisfaction.

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The voters also passed the charter amendment for at least 1% payment.   The so-called “pledge violators”
simply and honestly support resuming payments to the open spacefund, which HAS happened in 2011.   NOviolation at all.*
*Two things:    1) make clear to the voters that there is NO violation of the pledge;    2) show Mayor Kenoi’s irresponsible act of appropriating 2% BACKDROPPEDby Mayor Kenoi’s deferral of $20 mill. health fund obligation GASB-45 with added interest/etc.*
*Keoki Kai IS best suited for instructing how to let the public know that Mayor Kenoi’s propaganda do NOT hold up under sensible scrutiny.
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Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2011 08:12
Subject: HELP to reinstate the 2% Land Fund- TOMORROW at 9:00 am- Testify or send an email
From: hecht.deb@gmail.com
To: hecht.deb@gmail.com

Please forward to family and friends

WE need your HELP!    Please send an email to: counciltestimony@co.hawaii.hi.us
OR go to the council offices at Hilo, Kona or Waimea to testify.
The public will testify at 9:00 and the issue will be discussed right after.  See you county government in action.
Ask the council to reinstate the 2% Land Fund. 
Ask the council members to honor their pledges. 

Debbie Hecht

Campaign Coordinator Save Our Lands Citizens Committee

Hecht.deb@gmail.com or 989-3222

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Logan was criticized in June 2010 for her remarks about another journalist, Michael Hastings, and her view that reporters who embed with the military ought not to write about the general banter they hear. An article by Hastings in Rolling Stone that month quoted General Stanley A. McChrystal and his staff—comments Hastings overheard while traveling with McChrystal—criticizing U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden and other officials, after which President Obama fired McCrystal as his commander in Afghanistan.  Logan told CNN that Hasting’s reporting had violated an unspoken agreement between reporters who travel with military personnel not to report casual comments that pass between them.  CNN’s former chief military correspondent, Jamie McIntyre, said her comments reinforced the worst stereotype of embedded reporters [covering up for the military].  Glenn Greenwald of Salon wrote that she had done courageous reporting over the years, but had come to see herself as part of the government and military.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lara_Logan#Michael_Hastings_criticism

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glenn_Greenwald#Popularity

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The Baseline Scenario

What happened to the global economy and what we can do about it

Health Care Rationing for Beginners

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By James Kwak

“Obama-care kills Medicare as we know it. Obama-care raids $500 billion from Medicare to spend on Obama-care, puts in place a 15-panel board to ration Medicare by unelected bureaucrats.

“Our budget, repeals the raiding, gets rid of the rationing board, preserves this program, makes no changes for a person 55 years of age or older and saves Medicare, by reforming it for our generation, so it’s solvent. The president’s plan does not save Medicare, it allows it to go bankrupt, rations the program and raids the program. We get rid of the rationing, we stop the raiding and we save the program from bankruptcy.”

That was Paul Ryan on Fox News recently.

Ordinarily this wouldn’t be worth responding to, except to point out, as Sam Stein did, that Ryan’s proposed budget also ”raids $500 billion from Medicare,” so the statement that “we stop the raiding” is, um, a lie. But it isn’t news that Paul Ryan has an issue with honesty, except perhaps for David Brooks.

But there’s a theme that is surfacing that goes something like this: OK, Ryan’s plan is extreme and has no chance. But we all know we spend too much on health care, and we have to spend less, which means that we have to ration care one way or another. Ryan does it by scrapping Medicare in favor of indexed vouchers; Obama does it by reducing Medicare payment rates and, more ominously, with “a 15-panel board to ration Medicare by unelected bureaucrats.”

On one level this seems true. We are projected to spend too much on health care, and we need to reduce those projections. And in one sense, we can call that “rationing.” As you learn in Economics 101, economics is about the allocation of scarce goods and primarily about using markets to allocate scarce goods. If you define rationing as the allocation of scarce goods (where everyone can’t get everything she wants), then obviously we have to ration health care. But just as obviously, we ration it already: we ration health care by denying most of it (except emergency care) to poor people, people without good jobs, people with preexisting conditions, and so on. So the statement that we have to ration care is unexceptional to the point of being meaningless.

But let’s move on to the issue of “we have to spend less on health care.” I’m going to get to the Affordable Care Act (“Obama-care”) and the Ryan budget, but first we need to take a detour through free market fantasy land.

The question is, if we accept the principle that markets are generally the best way to allocate scarce resources, how should this work for health care? The theoretical answer is pretty simple. People who buy health insurance (mainly employers, but also individuals) want decent health care at a reasonable price. They shop among health insurers. Health insurers compete by figuring out how to offer better health care at lower prices. A traditional indemnity plan, where the insurer pays for 80 percent of whatever the provider charges for anything the insured wants, is a lousy way to compete: you end up with not-so-good outcomes at extremely high prices. That’s why most of the private health insurance market today is HMOs (access to procedures is controlled) and especially PPOs (negotiated prices with select providers, low payments to out-of-network providers). In theory, insurers should be figuring out how to get the best health outcomes at the lowest possible price. To do that, they should be figuring out what procedures are most likely to lead to good outcomes and setting payment schedules to motivate patients and doctors to select those procedures; they should also be figuring out what procedures are a waste of money and motivating patients and doctors to avoid those. They motivate patients and doctors by setting low payment rates for worthless procedures or simply refusing to pay for them. That will scare away some health insurance buyers, but in the long run, the good insurers will have better outcomes at lower prices, and they will attract customers on that basis.

Of course, this is all in free market fantasy land. The private health insurance market does not work that way; if it did, we wouldn’t have a health care cost crisis in this country. Why it doesn’t work that way is a subject of much debate. It could be because providers have too much market power relative to insurers; it could be because the main buyers of health insurance (employers) don’t actually care about outcomes, just about offering a decent-looking plan at the lowest possible cost.* But the key point is that competition is supposed to be driving insurers to become more efficient: creating health plans that produce better outcomes and lower costs.

Is this rationing? Yes, in the uninteresting sense that people do not have unlimited access to health care for free. But is it rationing in the commonly understood sense of “something bad where someone unfairly decides you can’t have something you need”? No, almost by definition: when markets allocate scarce resources, we generally don’t call that rationing.**

Now, back to reality. What is that “15-panel board to ration Medicare by unelected bureaucrats” that Ryan is talking about? It’s the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), which was created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). IPAB is charged with coming up with plans to reduce the growth rate of Medicare spending without restricting benefits or eligibility. One way IPAB is expected to do this is by analyzing the various pilot programs for new ways of delivering or paying for health care established by the ACA. Using evidence, IPAB should be able to change the way Medicare pays for services to affect provider incentives in ways that provide better outcomes at lower costs — or, at least, ensure lower costs with minimal adverse affects to outcomes. Importantly, IPAB’s recommendations become binding unless overridden by a supermajority in Congress, making it more likely that cost-saving measures will actually become law.

Does this sound familiar? It’s exactly what private-sector health insurers should be doing (four paragraphs up), but aren’t. It’s using research and analysis to make Medicare a more efficient health insurance plan, one that spends less money while maintaining outcomes for participants. Is it rationing? It’s only rationing to the extent that the pursuit of efficiency is rationing. You can call it rationing if you want, but then you have to concede that rationing is exactly what all health insurance companies do, even though they’re not doing it very well at the moment.

If IPAB is just supposed to do what private sector insurers are supposed to do, why are Republicans in such a tizzy over it? One reason is simply that the Obama administration is for it, so they’re against it; another is that they will try to spin anything they can as “Democrats slashing Medicare,” for obvious political reasons. But there is a more fundamental reason.

Republicans like Paul Ryan don’t want Medicare to become more efficient because they want the program to fail. Medicare is a very popular program in its current form; as Jonathan Oberlander details in The Political Life of Medicare, it has always been a popular program with the public. The only way to eliminate Medicare is to convince the public that it is causing some other, huge problem — namely, the national debt. So this leaves people like Paul Ryan in the position of rooting for the Medicare budget gap to be as big as possible and trying to shoot down anything that can actually close the gap. (On the left, I believe this is known as a Trotskyist position — intensifying the contradictions of Medicare. Even if the problem with Medicare is its budget deficit, Paul Ryan and his fellow travelers oppose measures that reduce the deficit because they also reduce the chances of the Revolution.)

What about Ryan’s claim that his proposal “saves Medicare, by reforming it for our generation, so it’s solvent”? As everyone knows by now, the Ryan Plan replaces current Medicare with a voucher program, where seniors get a voucher to use to by health insurance in the private market; the vouchers are set to grow in value considerably slower than GDP, let alone health care costs. This is not Medicare.

Right now, Medicare actually provides two kinds of insurance. First, it is a health insurance plan, which means that once you are a beneficiary it will pay for a lot of your health care expenses. Second, it insures you against not being able to buy health insurance. If you are over 65, it insures you against being dropped by your insurer because you get sick; more importantly (since that is already accomplished by regulation), if you are under 65, it insures that you will be able to get decent (though not particularly good) health insurance when you are 65. Without Medicare, not only would you not have that guarantee (unless you work for one of a small and declining number of employers), but you would not be able to buy that guarantee for any price.

Under the Ryan Plan, both of these kinds of insurance go away. What’s left? A forced saving and redistribution program, where you pay Medicare payroll taxes while you work, and once you retire you get some cash back. You can call that “Medicare” if you want, I guess, but it no longer provides either kind of insurance that Medicare currently provides, so Ryan’s claim to “save Medicare” is, um, a bit of a stretch. But you knew that already.

Is it rationing? Yes, in the vague sense that more people will be getting less of what they want. But the mechanism by which this happens is the same one that already operates in the individual market for people under 65: if you don’t have enough money, or you’re too sick, you just can’t buy health insurance, so you get less health care. If you call that rationing, then the Ryan Plan is just more rationing.

The more relevant question is whether the Ryan Plan will promote the more efficient allocation of health care. You can dredge up a theoretical argument that it would. In free market fantasy land, remember, employers and individuals will shop around for the most efficient health care plans, so insurers have an incentive to make their plans more efficient. The crux of the argument is that since insurers face a competitive market, they will work hard to make their plans as efficient as possible, which means they should do a better job than Medicare, which doesn’t face competition. I’m sure this argument has been advanced a hundred times by Heritage, AEI, and so on.

The problem with that argument is that it’s completely false in practice. If that market worked, then we would have a functioning health insurance market for people under 65 (where there is no Medicare);*** but if we had that, then we would not be talking about health care today.

So yes, the national challenge is spending less on health care in the future, whether or not you call it rationing. The Ryan Plan does it by eliminating Medicare (for all practical purposes) and leaving seniors to depend on their private savings and deliberately underfunded vouchers. IPAB does it by doing what the free market is supposed to do, but doesn’t. IPAB is not a complete solution, and the biggest criticism one can level at the Obama administration is that its enacted and proposed solutions aren’t enough to close the long-term Medicare deficit. (My solution is to increase Medicare payroll taxes to account for the fact that Medicare is becoming more valuable today to future beneficiaries.) But IPAB at least tries to improve Medicare and solve the cost problem. Paul Ryan simply wants to toss the elderly into the same toxic pool that tens of millions of the non-elderly are already drowning in.

* But it isn’t because individuals don’t bear enough of the marginal cost of their health care choices. All insurance markets — life insurance, auto insurance, home insurance, workers’ compensation insurance, commercial liability insurance, etc. — work by shielding people from a large portion of the consequences of their decisions. Yet competition can still work. Besides, as Paul Krugman points out, other industrialized countries have even less “consumer choice” than we do, and they all have lower costs.

** If you do call it a bad form of rationing, then I would argue that free markets are bad because they ration food, shelter, and, for that matter, all consumption goods, unfairly denying poor people of them.

*** You can’t blame all the problems with our health care system on the tax exclusion for employer-provided health care. Yes, it’s a bad thing, but it can’t arithmetically be responsible for health care costs that are twice as high as the rest of the developed world.

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“The Elderly” for BeginnersPosted: 17 Jun 2011 04:43 PM PDT

By James Kwak

As the AARP says that it is open to modest cuts in Social Security benefits, it’s worthwhile asking a more fundamental question: are Social Security and Medicare programs that benefit the elderly?

The answer may seem obvious. After all, the bulk of Social Security Old Age and Survivors Insurance benefits go to people over 62, and almost all Medicare beneficiaries are over 65. So it’s often observed in passing that our long-range budget issues are the product of transfers to the elderly. For example, in Restoring Fiscal Sanity 2005, Alice Rivlin and Isabel Sawhill write, “These big programs, which benefit primarily the elderly, will drive increases in federal spending in the longer run” (p. 36). Other commentators have occasionally argued that the problem is that the elderly have become too powerful and therefore claim too large a share of government spending, especially compared to the very young.* When you add to that the frequent complaint that, by running budget deficits, we are imposing burdens on our grandchildren, this age-based inequity seems even greater.

But the problem with this framing is that “the elderly” change every year. There’s nothing inherently wrong or unfair with a program in which you pay insurance premiums while you work and collect benefits when you retire. Saying such a program benefits the elderly is like saying that life insurance doesn’t benefit the insured, only the beneficiaries: it’s true in a trivial sense, but people still want and buy life insurance anyway.

The more interesting question for any program in which you make contributions during your working years and collect benefits in retirement is whether it’s good for participants over their entire lifetimes. Currently, the Social Security payroll tax is 12.4 percent** of wage earnings up to $106,800 (that number is indexed). The benefit formula is progressive, so the more you pay in payroll taxes, the more you get back in absolute dollars, but your marginal benefit per dollar contributed declines. For middle-quintile earners born around 1975 and retiring around 1940, Social Security benefits will be about 55 percent of their immediate preretirement earnings*** (see Table 7 in this paper by Andrew Biggs and Glenn Springstead). For low earners, the replacement rate will be about 91 percent; for high earners, it will be about 38 percent.

So the real question is whether you would pay 12.4 percent of your wages for roughly 40-45 years in order to get back that distribution of replacement rates for about 20-25 years.**** There are a few different ways to think about this.

In aggregate, it is true in some sense that the people in the workforce today, plus all the people who will join the workforce in the future, will be net losers in Social Security. This is true because the first generations of beneficiaries were net winners; they received benefits that could not have been funded by their contributions. But that doesn’t mean that the median earner is worse off with Social Security. Most obviously, there is no way to replicate Social Security for yourself. You can’t find an insurance company that will sell you an annuity on Social Security’s terms in exchange for 12.4 percent of lifetime earnings, and that’s not just because Social Security exists. No insurance company could afford to offer such a product without mandatory participation, because of adverse selection; and if any insurance company does offer you such a product, you shouldn’t believe that they will still be around when it comes time to collect your benefits.

More importantly, you don’t know at age 21 whether you will be a low earner, a median earner, or a high earner, although you may have some idea. The progressive benefit formula gives you insurance against your career not working out as well as you might have hoped. Sure, if you’re a 45-year-old corporate executive making half a million dollars a year, you will be a net loser from Social Security, but that’s not the question; you can’t decide whether to buy insurance after you find out if the insurable event occurs. There are certainly some people who would opt out at age 21 if they could — notably, the scions of the rich, who don’t need old age insurance — but rationally speaking, it’s not just the people with below-median earnings potential who benefit from the existence of Social Security, it’s also a lot of the people with above-median earnings potential.

Of course, this analysis is predicated on the assumption that Social Security benefits will be there when your retire. If not, then Social Security is definitely a program that benefits the current elderly. And here it is necessary to point out that Social Security is projected to run a deficit starting around 2018.

But the key point here is that the deficit is not really that big. The 75-year deficit is equivalent to 2.22 percent of taxable payroll, which means that the program could be brought into balance through 2085 by increasing payroll taxes by 2.22 percentage points — from 12.4 percent to 14.6 percent. Alternatively, balance could be roughly achieved by eliminating the cap on earnings subject to the payroll tax and counted by the benefit formula.*****

But even without eliminating the cap on earnings, the question is: are Social Security benefits worth a 14.6 percent payroll tax? I think the answer is yes: (a) for median earners, because of the ability to use premiums during working years to pay for insurance against living too long; (b) for most people at age 21, because of the insurance against not making much money; and (c) for everyone behind the Rawlsian veil of ignorance. You might have a different answer to that question. But that’s the question: not whether we can afford to maintain benefits for “the elderly.”

(Medicare is the same issue, plus uncertainty about health care cost inflation. Because of the additional risk, the value of insurance is even higher.)

* Poverty among the elderly was an important historical factor behind the creation of both Social Security and Medicare. Since then, the programs have done a pretty good job of reducing old-age poverty, although they have by no means eliminated it.

** Actually, it’s 10.4 percent, but only for this year and next year, because of the December 2010 tax cut.

*** Average earnings over the five preretirement years. The full retirement age will be 67 by then under current law, so you can get slightly higher benefits by working for two more years.

**** Life expectancy at age 65 is currently around 19 years (see Table 22 in this CDC report), and will only be higher in 2040.

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What happened to the global economy and what we can do about it

China and the Saving of Europe

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By Simon Johnson

The Greek government owes more than it can afford to pay, now or in the near future, at market interest rates.  There are two options: reduce the payments through some form of restructuring, or move the debt into the hands of people who are willing to charge below market rates for the foreseeable future.

In this decision, the International Monetary Fund has relatively little say – this is really a political decision to be made by the European Union, with discrete backing from the US and China.

While the EU leadership is surely tired of Greek politicians at this point, they also fear greatly the implications for other eurozone countries if Greece says it can’t pay or won’t pay.  The realization that spreads on Spanish government debt will rise sharply concentrates the mind wonderfully.

And the damage would not be limited to Spain – do not underestimate the smugness with which the eurozone has completely and utterly failed to prepare for any kind of sovereign default.  The lack of loss-absorbing capital in major European banks is a first-order scandal that could bring down governments.

Fortunately for the undeserving European policy elite, the IMF has plenty of money it can lend at low rates and the Europeans have plenty of votes at the IMF.  The IMF can also access considerably more funding as needed, with the agreement of the United States – which really does not want another short-term shock to the world economy.  And funding is available from China and other emerging market countries with large stockpiles of foreign exchange reserves.

China has every interest in making sure that the euro survives and prospers as a major reserve currency – to make sure that, over a longer period of time, the US dollar will decline as the primary place in which to hold public and primary rainy day funds.

The IMF will do as it is told by its major shareholders: help to refinance Greece, effectively protecting creditors and eurozone politicians to the fullest extent possible.

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Hawaiian volcanology “hot spot” matter which was disputed this week.   Jack Lockwood’s reaction to the hot spot story  –

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The celebrated “Hot Spot Theory” is just a theory……  For many reasons (documented in my new book – VOLCANOES), I prefer to refer to the source of our volcanoes as a “melting source” – rather than hot spot…..    There are other sources of volcanic eruptions all along the Hawaiian chain – it’s not so simple as a “spot”!        Jack
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What’s your take on the “hot rocks” being 800 miles away from our traditional hot spot?    Thanks, –Curt


John P. Lockwood, Ph.D. Consulting Geologist P.O. Box 479, Volcano, Hawaii 96785
Tel: 1-808-967-8579; Fax: 1-808-967-8579
E-mail: jplockwood@volcanologist.com
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KingLit Ching born 1936 on his dad Rev. Hung Wai Ching’s catalyzation of the formation of the 100th Batt. & later, the 442nd RCT    [my corrections in brackets]  –

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Curtis,
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> RE: George Marshall’s decision to allow the 100th/442nd into combat
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> I am in  conversation with Wendell to “document” our recollections of our
> fathers’ contacts with Kendall Fielder who was G-2 immediately prior to
> 12/07/41 and immediately after. Fielder fed Gen. Marshall information about
> AJA loyalty from Masaji Marumoto and HW. The “to be 100th” (298, 299) and the
> VVV/442nd commitment to combat came from Gen. Marshall through Col. Fielder
> based on observations made by Masaji and HW assuring Marshall of AJA
> patriotism and loyalty [only HW dealt w/the 100th/442, not Masaji].

> Wendell remembers meetings between Masaji and Col.

> Fielder. In addition to Col. Fielder, both Wendell and I were present when
> our fathers visited Bob Shivers at his Kahala home. Bob Shivers,
> representing the FBI, needed accurate information on the loyalty of the AJA
> so he sought it from Masaji and HW.
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> The time line for the 298 -299/100th and the 442nd obtaining Gen. Marshall’s
> blessing as combat units occurred at the same time [mission of infantry combat for the 100th came 7 months before such mission for the 442] .
> VVV recognition by
> Deputy Secretary of War McCloy and Gen. Marshall’s recognition of the 100th
> ties into HW’s and Masaji’s reporting to Fielder with the FBI is included in
> the background given to Gen. Marshall [Masaji had nothing to do
with the 100th/442  -- Masaji's great link was ONI via ESC's Coggins/Mayfield  -- HW's link w/Emmons-Thomas Greene].  Racist Walter Dillingham
>[your take],
> surprisingly, put in a good word to FDR about the Nisei. KL P.S. I will chat
> more later about her [Sue Kobatake Isonaga]  recollections of HW and the 100th.
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The MIS was confidential, so how was the incredible legacy of the MIS a factor in rectifying prejudice when the Nisei soldiers came home from battle???   Human nature 1948, not a correct assessment in retrospect!!    It’s not about retrospect, it’s about what turned the tide for AJAs WWII & its immediate aftermath!!   BTW, does anyone acknowledge Sakakida??
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Sakakida is MIS Ted Tsukiyama’s “middle name,” not Masaji Marumoto.   And yet, Ted was Masaji’s kozo [acolyte].    Which says more about Masaji than anything.    Masaji an introvert who was not generous in praise of others unless it advanced Masaji’s personal agenda.
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AJA Loyalty was a greater issue in developing the MIS, for which such Loyalty was as great, if not greater issue.  Masaji Marumoto was intimately connected with establishing the MIS, so that assuring US Army high command of the absolute Loyalty of AJA who would be serving in the Pacific campaign against Dai Nippon would seemingly have been even a greater issue in establishing the MIS, the recruitment of which involved just about ALL of Masaji’s time in ’42 and early ’43.  Masaji headed the first crop of Japanese language instructors at Camp Savage and Fort Snelling in MN.  When that “language school” was well underway, his commanding officer determined that, at his age and with his experience, Masaji was better suited to be a member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps than MIS, with the war progressing so well in the Pacific for the US.  Masaji was, therefore, assigned to JAG school at Ann Arbor, was commissioned, and assigned to Okinawa, where his bilingual skills proved useful in establishing the post-WWII Okinawa government.

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Because I am SURE I said every bit of this – and stated that it would be an ongoing problem – and that the TEPCO timeline to ‘cold shutdown’ was impossible because ‘cold shutdown’ is impossible.  This is going to last for hundreds of years.  It cannot be fixed.People cannot even begin to grasp the enormity of the issue until TEPCO and the IAEA finally admit they are liars and that this is a ‘forever’ problem on the scales we understand as humans.  They can’t clean it up.  They cannot bury it.  They cannot entomb it in concrete and they can’t move it – and it is still sitting adjacent to the same fault line – so the earthquakes are going to keep coming and typhoons and, probably, tsunamis.It cannot be fixed and people are going to start dying of cancer.  They are dying now, but it isn’t being reported.  MILLIONS of people a year can die in hospitals of cancer and no one will ever know – because MILLIONS of people a year are dying in hospitals every year from minor medical mistakes and no one knows it.  People check into hospitals and they don’t check out and everyone thinks that’s just the breaks – after all, they WERE in a hospital, right?  So they MUST have been getting good care, RIGHT?!?!?!?Pfffffft.H/T enenews.com
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Actually, a highly secret Military Japanese Language School was initiated in  the late summer or early fall of 1941 (before Pearl Harbor) at the Presidio in SF (at which John Aiso, later a prominent California judge was an early “student”).  In the late spring of 1942, MISL was transferred to Camp Savage, MN, and then to Fort Snelling, MN in early ’43.  Masaji Marumoto was involved in local recruitment in ’42 and went to Savage in late ’42, then moved with MISL to Snelling. in ’43.
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Col. Turner and Maj. Lovell went to see the 5th Army HQ while in Africa to protest their shitty assignment of guarding US supply dumps against thieving Arabs but demanded combat action.  They got it [34th Div.].

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Read the Prologue to Prof. Murphy’s book “Ambassador in Arms” the history of the 100th Bn. where the 298th Kanaka soldier finally asks the Buddhahead soldier

“Eh, who you going shoot?”  which is a question almost everyone in Hawaii outside of the Japanese were asking….”Whose side are you on? Are you loyal? Can you be trusted?”

….not just big shot citizens like Hemenway and Dillingham. But to our everlasting good fortune, these haole community leaders stuck up for the loyalty of the Japanese and this was a critical factor in the decision of  no mass evacuation of Japanese from Hawaii taking place. California/Oregon/Washington had no such community leaders.But the good advice that Emmons, Shivers, Fielder got from HW, Yoshida and Maru also played a significant part in Hawaii escaping the internment/evacuation route. Gen.DeWitt would have never listened to any fair-minded counsel from civic leaders in California. And DeWit was a confirmed racist whereas Emmons was not.

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Any experts on the 100th are all gone, like Mits Fukuda, Sakae Takahashi, Ben Tamashiro, Kengo Otagaki, and I can’t think of any survivors of today who have any kind of expertise on the subject of 100th history/legacy.  Best read “Ambassador in Arms” and Masayo Duus book “Unlikely Liberators” on the 100/442nd which gives heavy play to Young Oak Kim and the 100th.  The 100th Archives has a bunch of oral history interviews of 100th veterans.

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The HWChing research by Tom Coffman and are still a work in progress, as TC/TT have not gone thru all of the relevant war records up at UH Hamilton library.  Ted presumes Tom will come out with another documentary film like “The Last Battle” featuring HW and Yoshida’s role in shaping military policy on Hawaii’s Japanese in early WWII, so Ted will help him dig up everything there is on HW, Yoshida and the Morale Division records. It is a one-of-a-kind blockbuster story.

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Ted Tsukiyama born 1920 says that “the Arabs hate the US so much because historically the US has supported and backed Israel right or wrong all the way.  Is this because we have been in the hands of the ‘Jewish lobby’ all along?  So if Obama is now trying to balance the scales in a fair manner, then he should be suppported. Our bargaining chip is that Israel badly needs the US, we are the only friend they have.  So if they don’t want to play the game fairly, then cut off our financial and armament support (if the Republicans will let us!)”

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Your answers and comments below have been of considerable help in validating my theory about the 100th”s and 442nd “s  commitment to combat being made by George Marshall and the War Department from information from the same source,  the source being the Morale Division/Committee.  The issue was the same for both units;  AJA loyalty and patriotism.  Formation of the units were unrelated which is an interesting phenomena in itself. Two wholly separate sets of circumstances with a single simple resolution. What makes the resolution fascinating is the simplicity of the process with HW being the catalyst and pivotal.

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The process involved the two most credible and professionally skilled US Government  organizations;  Army Military intelligence – G2 – Col. Kendall Fielder and the FBI – Bob Shivers.  I know for a fact that HW met frequently with Bob Shivers and Col. Fielder because as a  kid, I was present at good number of the meetings in their homes in Honolulu. The meetings  had to be dealing with the sole issue;  AJA loyalty and patriotism.  I would have to think that HW’s views carried greater weight than Masaji’s or Shigeo’s merely because he was Chinese (a traditional Japanese adversary) . I also think that HW’s intimate relationship with AJAs plus his dynamic and colorful personality had to make a significant impression on the powers that be which probably helped expedite decisions to facilitate the commitment of the 100th and 442nd to combat. 

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The fact that the 100th was sent to North Africa and could be ordered to the Salerno landing is a matter of history.  I love the fact that the name of the unit comes 1st even when integrated into the 100t/442nd   RCT.   6 Presidential Unit Citations, 21 MOH, over 18 months in combat with zero MIA.   I want them to be on the world stage as an example for the Israeli’s to follow or Obama will crush the Jewish Lobby by cutting off funds.  Equal rights for Israeli Arabs and Palestinians and acceptance in the IDF (Israeli Army) are being sought.  Follow the 100th/442nd model.  I look forward to Ted’s final manuscript of an interview with HW. 

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Curtis Narimatsu, having romped with the 100th boys at their rec room at their headquarters on Kamoku St. by the Ala Wai, most intimately knows the heart of the Grunt Conscript minimum age 23 yrs. old — ergo our original Purple Heart Battalion.    Curtis always stays at ground level, where the real deal history is made, and only if necessary climbs up the chain of command.   Curtis says that the 100th men look at up at Hung Wai’s photo in the ceiling portal — and shake their heads in disbelief that a well-heeled rich Chinaman came to their rescue, in disregard of Hung Wai’s own personal career and connections, family & Merchant St.    They “no can make out” what made Hung Wai their virtual jesus/buddha.    No kidding.     Regards, — KL   

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It’s good that Tom Coffman is following this conversation because Tom’s book will be significant  in writing history about this landmark time in American history  if not world history including HWs humble role.  The “bold bracket” system is Curt’s  short cut system of comments.

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Yes, for the sake of an accurate account of history, Tom’s questions/concerns must be addressed.  Tom makes a great point about the flow of FACTUAL information from Fielder to Marshall.  But Tom, I will simplify your question; the issue was basic;  patriotic and loyal? Not a big deal.  So who cares about Greene and Emmons if the truth prevails? All contend that AJAs were LOYAL AND PATRIOTIC including the big shot Haoles in Honolulu!  The keystone judgment/actions for history were HW’s loud voice to get the attention of Marshall and the War Department to enable history to unfold for Hawaiian AJA BUSHIDO!  Allow AJAs to volunteer for combat!  The heroic 100th,    spent 18 months in combat prior to support from the 442nd recruits.  Cassino, the battle for the ages  comparable to Stalingrad. The real AJA heroes  are the men of the 100th (298 and 299 national guard).  These were the blue collar country boys who were conscripts prior to December 7.   

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Hung Wai’s contribution to history was his understanding of Bushido and his belief in American and Christian values. HW always fought for the underdog (a true Christian), and gave more than he received.  Like Curtis tells me time and again, until I get it through my thick skull, Dad (Hung Wai) was Christ’s “unction,” that to aid our besieged and beleaguered buddaheads simply was Christ’s Way.   Nothing was complicated for Hung Wai, because Hung Wai followed Christ.    Regards,  –King Lit 

 

I have a few questions:

 

1.       Did HWs work with youth at the YMCA bring him into contact with any of the men of the 100th?  [only a few, inasmuch our 100th conscripts were grunts & not Y material]

2.       Did Ted Tsukiyama know Sakai Takahashi, Mits Fukuda, or Jack Mizuha?  Did Ted ever discuss the role of the 100th vs. the 442nd with them?  [no, Ted is obsessed w/Ted's vainglorious VVV]

3.       Do you know Bette Takahashi, widow of Sakae?  I plan to chat with her.  [Bette is our Danish pastry -- sweet & succulent as ever!!]

4.       I am  curious about HW’s role with the 100th , if any, in their eventual commitment with the 34th Division  in Italy.  [HW not in on Africa TO per se]

5.       My understanding of military history is that George Marshall made the decision to create the 100th as the “orphan” Battalion when they were en route to   McCoy in Wisconsin for basic training. [wrong -- Marshall used the 100th as our infantry attack unit]

6.       Did the performance of the VVVs and the creation of the 442nd affect the status of the 100th?  [contrary to egomaniac Tsukiyama & his deserved VVV emplacement, the VVVs had NOTHING to do w/the infantry attack unit role of the 100th -- the creation of the VVVs occurred only a month before the point of the eventual 100th as an infantry attack unit]

7.       My own “logic” is simple.  The issue for ALL AJAs was one of trust and patriotism.  The Questions came from the top including George Marshall. The source of answers had to come from Military intelligence in Hawaii – Col. Kendall Fielder – and the FBI – Bob Shivers. 

8.       Both Fielder and Shivers looked to Masaji Marumoto, Shigeo Yoshida and Hung Wai to provide the answers, right?   [partly — Hung Wai was the point man to Fielder/Shivers, w/Masaji as AJA point man, & Shigeo Yoshida as HW’s “mouthpiece” [Yoshida an orator/writer]

9.       I would assume that the answers given would satisfy the creators of both the 100th and the 442nd.  [No, our asshole 442 boys are elitists because of their high school diplomas, whereas our 100th grunts are earthy -- my dad Toshi 1913-1998 was even older than the 100th grunts, but my dad was only 8th grade dropout by force -- Big 5 repression -- so Dad was the keystone to keep the 100th boys off the tooshes of Dad's youngest 442 assholes -- Dad is 442 2nd Batt. Silver Star recipient -- for saving lives, not killing]

10.   I am also aware that the questions about the AJAs were asked of other prominent Hawaii citizens such as Charles Hemingway and Walter Dillingham who vouched for the AJA’s.

11.   How do the surviving members of the 100th view HW?  [HW is God to both the 100th & 442]

12.   Do you know Mimi Nakano? Her dad is Shizuya Hayashi, MOH recipient who was a 100th veteran.  Mimi was a big fan of HW and always made sure that I arranged trips for HW to 442nd reunions in Los Angeles and Las Vegas.  She and others always looked after HW. HW and I were guests of the Hayashi Family with White House invitations (Clinton) to the MOH awards ceremony.   [Hayashi deservedly is war hero/Mimi knows nothing about the goings-on leading up to the formation of the 100th]

13.   Who are the experts on the 100th that are still alive?  [all died]

 

Is there anything special about the findings that you have made working with Tom?  I have become interested in the Israel – Palestinian issues (equal rights for Israeli Arabs and Palestinian and see the issues as identical to the WW II AJA situation.  I have been corresponding with a journalist with the Jerusalem Post and have in depth insights. The US and President Obama needs to ensure that Israeli Arab and Palestinians are given equal rights or we should shut down funding to Israel. Netanyahu is an arrogant incompetent bigot that shows no respect for Obama.  Regards,  –King Lit  

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Dr. Franklin Odo born 1939 had always counseled me to evaluate important events from all different angles and sources – top down and bottom up.  This is exactly what I am doing.  I am looking at the decisions made at the top – FDR and George Marshall et al and the valued opinions of those that knew Hung Wai [Dad/HW] and fought in Italy – Curtis’ interviews and Mimi Nakano’s recollections.  After reading Sterling Seagrave’s numerous history books – Soong Dynasty, Dragon Lady, Lords of the Rim, Yamato Dynasty –  I have an extreme appreciation for bottom up reporting – what everyday people see, think and report.  Paul Theroux, the travel writer, has written fascinating books based on interviews during his travels.  Paul, who is married to Sheila Wong Donnelly, is also quite the social commentator philosopher who predicted that Barack Obama would become President of the US based on a chance meeting with Obama when he was young and still living in Hawaii. 

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Brilliant recognition and summary of history.  The 100th will live forever as the ultimate loyalist/patriots.  F*ck the Katonks (Mainland born Japanese Americans who refused to volunteer for combat whining about their civil rights while Hawaii Japanese were in combat) !   — KL

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Curt’s 100th Batt./442nd RCT timeline –

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KL Ching’s wonderful springwell of revelations via email exchanges livens up our discussion of the 100th/442.   Ted’s  article on the genesis of the 100th  does not address the role of HW in exhorting our conscripts, all of whom were grown men [born no later than 1918], to fight in combat to prove our loyalty as Americans.  I trekked down to Kamoku St. to square up w/our Grunts on several occasions.   The real history is with our Grunts, not with our brass poppers,
who creamed in their pants thanks to our Grunts & HW.    Ted’s focus is on the top brass “creme de la creme,” not on our Grunts’ plasma wounds.

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Hi King Lit and Curtis,
Have either of you seen my two articles “A Salute To The One PUka Puka” and “Origins of the 442nd”?  These represent my research on the factors and events that led to the formation of these two units. 
Ted [Tsukiyama] 6/3/11

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from Curt — HW’s closest relationship especially with Wooch Fielder
establishes once & for all HW’s confluence with Fielder-Emmons-FDR to have the eventual 100th & later the eventual
442nd RCT be infantry attack units, not ancillary service outfits.   Of course, Cecil Coggins of ONI helped establish the
442 as an infantry attack unit, thanks to Mas Marumoto’s proof of loyalty via Mas’ Nisei civilian outfit — ESC — Emergency Service Committee established by Mas’ superior, Rev. Hung Wai Ching via Shivers & Hemenway.   G-2 Moses Pettigrew in D.C. commanded our Hawai’i grunts pre-WWII, just as Kendall “Wooch” Fielder did,  which are why Moses/Fielder loved our buddaheads to death, literally.   Moses even exhorted to want to lead our boys into battle in the throes of WWII.

Familiarity does not breed contempt in our buddahead cases, but instead resulted in undying love, with Fielder & G-2 Moses

Pettigrew having commanded our boys pre-WWII.    Pettigrew even exhorted to lead our boys into battle after the outbreak

of WWII’s Pearl Harbor.

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100th Batt. triggered VVV[ROTC] conversion to 442 RCT

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1/19/42 ROTC dismissed/Hung Wai Ching exhorts [w/unfathomable risk to his own
family/career] 298th conscripts/ROTC boys to proclaim our right to fight for
America

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2/15/42 AJA messiahs in D.C. Ellis Zacharias/Rufus Bratton/Moses Pettigrew encouraged

local AJA backers Kendall Fielder/George Bicknell[who transferred to D.C.
at same time]/Col. Marsten/Capt. Blake/ONI Cecil Coggins/Ken Ringle/Irving H. Mayfield to ramrod AJAs’ right to
fight; brazen reverse psychology is the clarion call for the eventual
100th slogan “Remember Pearl Harbor” — later extolled by D.C. War Info
head Elmer Davis — awhilst Hung Wai Ching’s haunting remonstrance
to paranoic-stiff public, as he suffuses to his spiritual children/progeny
[298th conscripts/ROTC boys], “Turn the other cheek, & go the 2nd
mile” [Hung Wai Ching 1905-2002 was a born/star athlete & track &
field man, very tall & drop-dead handsome][Ringle had transferred out before 12/7/41]

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2/19/42 Executive Order 9066 starts mass internment Stateside
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2/23/42 Gen. Emmons approves VVV[ROTC boys] labor battalion [thanks to
G-2/Army Intelligence's Kendall Fielder/George Bicknell, & to
irrepressible civilian avatar Hung Wai Ching  --backed up by
Hung Wai's alter egos/mentors Charles Hemenway 1875-1947
& Frank Atherton 1877-1945].   Original local G-2 Marsten, then Blake, work well w/ESC’s Mas Marumoto.
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4/26/42 Gen. Emmons calls for formation of infantry 100th Batt., thanks to
ONI’s[Naval Intelligence] Cecil Coggins/Kenneth Ringle [who
transferred to West Coast pre-Pearl Harbor attack]/Capt. Irving H. Mayfield, to 298th[100th]
guru/godfather Hung Wai Ching, & to Nisei civilian leaders Masaji
Marumoto/Jack Wakayama/Mas Katagiri/Ernie Murai/Baron Goto/
Bob Komenaka/Kats Kometani; at same time, Navy confidant/
contractor Walter Dillingham phones & asks FDR to avert mass
internment of buddaheads [Hawai`i Japanese Issei/nationals --
naturalization-U.S. citizenship not allowed until after 1952/AJAs],
witnessed by Jack Wakayama/Jack’s atty. Mas Marumoto’s Nisei Honolulu Civic Association formerly known as Hawaiian Japanese Civic Association  — essentially, Marumoto’s “Japanese Nisei Chamber of Commerce” catalyzed ONI’s Coggins to get the Navy behind/in support of Army’s Fielder/Emmons to transition the 298th to infantry combat duty, which partly resulted in Marshall’s reversal of Eisenhower’s rejection of the 298th for combat duty.  Nimitz headed our East’s Unity of Command, w/Emmons under Nimitz.  So Nimitz’ support by way of Coggins was vital to Marshall’s reversing Eisenhower, especially since FDR is a Navy man like his cousin Teddy Roosevelt.

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5/20/42 Gen. George Marshall secretly orders combat infantry use of 100th Batt., extolled
by John J. McCloy, who later said that he wanted his gravestone to be
carved w/epitaph “I supported the Nisei soldier,” his mental grief over
his internment authorization 3 months earlier utterly resonant still

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12/17/42 After being convinced/catalyzed by Hung Wai Ching/VVV, McCloy gets FDR to
form 442nd RCT enlistees, which had been promoted 6 months earlier by
McCloy himself/Rufus Bratton/Milton Eisenhower[Ike's brother]/Edwin
Reischauer/Elmer Davis/Ellis Zacharias/Moses Pettigrew/George Bicknell.
Meanwhile, battle-ready 100th is sent to Camp Shelby Miss. while D.C. top
brass feud over hypocrisy of sending conscript 100th off to front lines while
their Japanese community is captive/interned behind barbed wire Stateside.
It will take another 9 months before General Marshall allows the 100th to
taste the crimson tide of war. The 442 enlistees ship out to Camp Shelby
in March 1943, & w/the electrifying precedent set by the 100th/Purple
Heart Batt. starting in Sept. 1943/European Theatre, the 442 marches
into the annals of history starting 6/26/44/front line. No question, the
unreal exploits of the 100th starting June 1942 led the way for D.C. top
brass to form the 442, followed by the sacrifices of the VVV/labor batt.

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11/10/07 Music Hoku enshrinee John Cruz, whose mama is Hawaiian/Japanese, dad
is country vocalist Ernie Cruz, sister is jazz singer extraordinaire/former Miss
Hawai`i Desiree Cruz, has the depth to express “Among Hawaiian/local
families, sovereignty is kind of a heated issue — because the AJAs had
to prove themselves — 442nd, internment camps, all that — the general feeling
here was you don’t criticize the government at all. You had to have courage
[to criticize]. If there was any little hint of politics in a song, the radio
[industry] would just forget about you. There was a huge controversy
over the song ‘Waimanalo Blues’ done by Country Comfort, a bunch of
hippie stoners. They were rebels, but their music was popular. Just
those two little lines[lyrics] — ‘The beaches they sell … to build their hotels.’
There are no overt comments about these, but that was a controversial song.”
Man, oh man, what yamato damashii/giri ninjo/meiyo!! John’s biopic “Made
of Music: The John Cruz Story” debuted at the 2006 Hawai`i International
Film Festival, in which John openly speaks about his Hyde side/hard drug abuse.
He is clean now. Thank you, Peter Serafin/Hawai`i Island Journal, for your
tremendous upshot of magnanimous John Cruz [HIJ November 10-16, 2007
issue]

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100th BATTALION QUERY:
Was there an agreement between General Marshall and General Emmons PRIOR to the 100th being shipped to Camp McCoy that they would be committed to combat?
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Do you know that in the hysteria of 12/7/41, G-2/Army Intelligence’s Kendall Fielder [who would
become AJAs' greatest ally] chastened to local police anti-spy head Jack Burns [our later
Governor][AJA oyabun/godfather/messiah], “Emmons tells that if anything goes wrong, sabotage

or anything like that, we’ll try you for disobedience of orders!” Do you know that beneficent Waipahu sugar
plantation mgr. Hans L’Orange tried to protect his buddaheads from outside disruption by
preventing them from being approached by pro-Americanization zealots amid 12/7/41 hysteria,
at which point G-2/Army Intelligence’s Col. George Bicknell [who also would become AJAs'
greatest ally] told Burns that Bicknell wanted to have patriot L’Orange arrested, to which Burns
objected, & Burns then got the HSPA to get buddahead father figure L’Orange’s cooperation
to ensure full Americanization/refute fear/suspicion of espionage by buddahead laborers.
Do you know that 1st Sgt./later Sgt. Major Kotonk Roy Otani, whose acerbic mouth forced
Uncle Timmy/Teiichi Hirata [later DOE Superintendent] to switch from 442 rifleman to MIS/
interpreter, smart-lipped the adjutant general & was
stripped down to buck private?! Yikes!
Refrain Lincoln’s dedication of the Gettysburg cemetery, “These dead shall not have died
in vain; that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom; and that government
of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” Love, -Curt

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With Fielder and Marsten living at Shafter, and Nisei access thereto being extremely sensitive in early WWII, Masaji’s primary G-2 contact in Honolulu, before he entered the military for MILS in 1943, was with the third ranking G-2 officer in Hawaii, a then Capt. Blake, who had a residence on the mauka side at the end of Vancouver St./Drive (in lower Manoa) that is still standing.  It was Masaji’s MO to drive his son on his various visitations (e.g. Shivers, Hemingway, etc.) to have talk time with his son to get to know him better (since the young son had been raised in Capt. Cook in Kona at  Masaji’s dad’s store next to the Manago Hotel, while Masaji’s wife was being treated for TB immediately after Masaji’s son’s birth through early 1939 at Kula Sanitarium, on Maui).
Masaji frequently visited Blake, leaving his son to play on his outside veranda that had an unobstructed view of the Punahou campus, esp. Cooke Cafeteria and Castle Hall, then the girls’ dorm, while Masaji conversed with Blake.  Capt. Blake was a trusted subordinate, who did his job well, as he quickly became a Major, then Lt. Col. before Masaji left for MIS in ’43.
Masaji’s closeness to Fielder is reflected by then Ret. Brig. Gen. Kendall Fielder being one of Masaji’s son’s two sponsors for membership in Waialae Country Club in 1960.  The other was Hung Wai.  Interestingly, Kendall “Wooch” Fielder was the starting QB on the 1916 Georgia Tech team that beat Cumberland U. by the NCAA record score of 222-0.  Obviously, his playing time in that game was virtually nil.

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From KingLit Ching  –

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I am now in contact with Mimi Nakano, daughter of Shizuya Hayashi, MOH with the 100th.  She knows HW very  well and is also a military historian. I will ask Mimi what she knows of her dad’s and other 100th guys contact with HW.  Prior to December 7th.  Ted claims that HW had many of the Oahu 298th guys in his Nuuanu Y. youth group (299th were mostly outside island guys).  I have just come to the realization that HWs efforts go beyond the VVV/442nd and include the destiny of the 100th.  My all time WW II heroes are 100th Company Commanders Mits Fukuda and Sakae Takahashi.  BUSHIDO!  Hey baby, what does it take to “crack the Gothic Line?”  And Larry, we liberated  Dachau. It is a little known fact that the 522nd Field Artillery Battalion of the 442nd RCT were amongst the first  American troops who came across Dachau.  Please do some research on this wonderful, most inspiring and beautiful event in Jewish history. This was THE END OF THE HOLOCUST!

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My curiosity is driven by my infatuation with the 100th as one of the ALL TIME GREAT AMERICAN  COMBAT UNITS combined with the 442nd!  (21 Medal Of Honors – highest individual citation, 6 Presidential Unit Citations – highest unit award).    I want my Israeli friends to recognize that the 100th set an example for the world that native born of a different color (or even enemy alien off spring) have the right to prove their loyalty and patriotism IN COMBAT.  My recent interest has been driven by my realization that the confluence of disparate events, sheer coincidence and/or serendipity,  and the locus of decision making and power seeking answers can result in landmark events in human history.  The World is watching Israel and hoping that Israel born Arabs and Palestinians are given equal rights in Israel.

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We are Americans of color and cherish our place in history as an example of human rights and democracy.  We believe in Jeffersonian ideals!   What is fascinating about the events just prior to December 7th and immediately after December 7th was the frantic search for a validation of loyalty and patriotism of AJAs by the US leaders and, once loyalty and patriotism was assured, how the 100th became iconic American heroes in American military campaigns  that have been recognized as  historic battles – Cassino and Lost Battalion – compared with Stalingrad.

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Tom, Ted, Larry, you guys are writing history.  Be sure that you write it with accuracy, clarity and honesty.   King Lit  P.S.  I am watching

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from KingLit Ching born 1936  –

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Hi Curtis & others,

 

I would like to join with Curtis to define and document the unique role of the 100th in World History.  I want to explain to future generations that the 100th was pivotal in civilization becoming enlightened to the infinite potential of the human spirit (justice and fair play).  My  involvement with the Middle East dilemma (correspondence with Larry Derfner of the Jerusalem Post) – Israel and Israel born Arabs and Palestinians being denied civil rights  – my following of President Obama’s recognition of the “Arab Spring” and  my deep understanding of why Obama is both unique and amazing – encourages me to feel more confident that the story of the 100th can be historically significant. You are a uniquely qualified historian because you do painstaking research.  You also have “local” knowledge of the 100th.   Both of us have access to important resources such as Ted, Tom, Wendell, Mimi, et. al.  These themes of serendipity, unique personalities, the Hawaiian mystique, World and American history, need to be recorded AND WRITTEN before someone else writes them flawed.  The story is strategically over arching; it is tactical with unique players; and it is very human and down to earth with everyday people, their values and feelings involved.  This is why Mimi’s impressions of how her dad’s fellow 100th buddies felt about HW, their mission and their combat experience are so critical to this story. The story of the 100th is a story for the ages, right?     –KL [KingLit Ching]

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I am mesmerized by the exploits of the 100th   which I feel are timeless historical events for World History .  Your accounts which are well documented enable me to weave in my own analysis and conclusions.  My efforts have focused on how and when the 100th was designated a combat unit, then assigned to the 133rd and 34th.  As you poignantly opined,  the 100th   faced the daunting task of performing superbly with the entire world watching.  Suddenly volunteering is not a choice but a duty; maybe not an act of patriotism but a necessity to preserve ones personal and family honor and dignity.  Maybe this is exclusively Bushido and not an American experience.   KL     

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These critical decisions were based on one simple question and answer;  Can Nisei [2nd generation Japanese Americans]  be trusted as our loyal patriots?  They looked to one man for the answer – Hung Wai Ching. The pre-12/7/41 Inter-racial Unity Council eventually evolved into the “Morale Committee” which was  the responsibility of HW.  and  he then requested that it be expanded to include AJAs [Mas Marumoto's "Nisei Chamber of Commerce"/ESC] and Haoles & other ethnicities.  The single simple answer was the “choke point” or “bottleneck” of “yes” or “no.”  “No” might have halted the march of the 100th into history.  It would have certainly delayed it and history would have been altered.

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Subject: Mas Marumoto’s Nisei Honolulu Civic Association formerly known as Hawaiian Japanese Civic Association

Essentially, Marumoto’s “Japanese Nisei Chamber of Commerce” catalyzed ONI’s Coggins to get the Navy behind/in support of Army’s Fielder/Emmons to transition the 298th to infantry combat duty, which partly resulted in Marshall’s reversal of Eisenhower’s rejection of the 298th for combat duty.  Nimitz headed our East’s Unity of Command, w/Emmons under Nimitz.  So Nimitz’ support by way of Coggins was vital to Marshall’s reversing Eisenhower, especially since FDR is a Navy man like his cousin Teddy Roosevelt.

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I have been vocal about my unhappiness with the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) because it does not sufficiently recognize the exploits and accomplishments of the 100th/442nd and focuses primarily on the internment of the Mainland AJAs.  There are 14 exhibits for which 12 deal with the camps, 1 is the Kawakami exhibit on the Hawaii sugar plantation Issei female worker’s garments  and there is one small 100th/442nd exhibit and no MIS exhibit.  The biggest donors are Mainland AJAs but Hawaii AJAs are big donors. When I last visited the museum, my impression was that it is a huge intern camp. I feel that the Kotonk story is meaningful but I feel stronger that the 100/442nd/  MIS  proved AJA patriotism and loyalty on the battle field in combat.  Buddaheads volunteered 10 to 1 more than the  Kotonks.  The no nos refused to volunteer. The Japanese American story is significant globally because of the 100th/442nd  MIS s combat   exploits. Sorry for repeating my complaint again but I want to share new input. There are even some videos  shown on LA TV that have Kotonks CREATING and LEADING the 100th/442nd.         

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I held a lengthy conversation with Linda Taba, secretary for Dr. Bill Ouchi (a local boy) who is a professor at the UCLA Anderson Business School.  Linda, born and raised in Makaweli Kauai,  worked 2 years for Akemi Kikumura who is currently the CEO of JANM.  I had met Akemi a few years ago and had complained to her about the “imbalance” of the JANM exhibits.  Franklin and Tom know Akemi.  Linda Taba resigned from her job at JANM because Akemi is a terrible person to work for and because of Akemi’s  views which ignore the 100th/442nd.  Linda says that there were numerous complaints about the lack of 100th/442nd representation which Akemi ignored. I was surprised that there is a major concern expressed by others about the lack of the 100th/442nd story in this major Japanese American Museum .  Linda is a sweet young lady but she makes no bones about the problems with JANM and Akemi’s views and attitudes.   

 

I am outraged to say the least. You guys know my recent interest and involvement with the 100th/442nd story and significance.  Several of you know how upset I have been about JANM and Akemi. I have had it with Akemi writing history for us. All you guys have a strong interest  and have roles in this subject. Unfortunately the “Go For Broke” organization is very weak financially and cannot take up this cause.  There is another Nisei organization here in LA but it is made up of Kotonks.  I am very curious about your reaction to this e-mail.  Regards,  KL  P.S.  Akemi took HW’s picture downGeography dictates policy, so L.A. kotonks lord over JANM.    Dan Inouye’s marriage to Hirano did nothing to assuage us buddaheads.   Ted Tsukiyama is the 1st renowned buddahead to get stung ergo Masaoka’s indifference to Ted’s parents’ generation from Hawai’i, & Masaoka’s disdain vs. Pablo Chinen’s rebels from Hawai’i .    Ted Tsukiyama is my dust magnet, so I scour thru Ted’s collection to witness Truth.

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Hung Wai Ching exhorted our 298th conscripts to prove themselves in battle/killing fields.   Ted Tsukiyama’s VVV owe everything to our eventual 100th Batt.   Contrary to Ted’s rubbernecking about the VVV, our 298th conscripts [born no later than 1918] are the major genesis of our VVV as an eventual infantry attack unit, not the VVV’s labor batt. exploits.

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Dare say that Shigeo Yoshida is subordinate to Masaji Marumoto in averting internment of our local Japanese population.   Masaji’s contact w/Coggins via the Nisei businessmen germinated the U.S. Navy’s support for infantry use of our 298th conscripts, not to mention Masaji’s & Hung Wai Ching’s intimate/confidential power relationship w/Wooch Fielder & internal security’s Bob Shivers.    Of course, Wendell Marumoto extols Sue Kobatake’s “softening the heart” of Shivers & Shivers’ wife.

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Confluence/convergence/conflation — name it, you got it, for factors which averted mass internment of our local Japanese population, & which led to the infantry unit use of our Nisei soldiers.    Ted Tsukiyama’s gloating about the VVV is way overstated.    Since Peter Higuchi unwantingly is on this recipient list, a prop to Peter’s dad Hiro, who was courageous in the field of battle [along w/Kats Kometani & fellow chaps Chicken Yamada/Israel Yost].    Franklin Odo born 1939 [closet Leftist] probably roots for the kotonk No-No boys, which is okay.    But the maturity of our 298th Grunts won our freedom as America Nikkei, coattailed by our irascible 442 assholes born 1920 & after [Ted Tsukiyama's high school diploma'd boys].  

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Our buddahead soldiers carried the main burden of WWII for both Nikkei [Japanese] in America [by a 10 to one margin] and the polyglot population in Hawai’i [by a 2 to one margin, while sustaining most of the deaths/injuries/MIAs].    Yet, we buddaheads full-on respect our kotonk brethren in the internment camps [& all Americans of all ethnicities/social classes], no matter the outcome by which we buddaheads did the heaviest lifting, both among Nikkei and our overall polyglot population in Hawai’i.    As infantry units, we suffered the most casualties/deaths among all members of military service for our unit size.   Thence the moniker “the Purple Heart Batt. — 1ooth.” 

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Remember that ONI’s Cecil Coggins, our Navy’s buddahead messiah, said that it’s a mistake to assume that a buddahead thinks like a J*p from Japan, or even from the Mainland U.S.A.   A nisei [2nd generation Japanese in America, automatic citizen by birth in America] thinks like any other American boy who has lived in the same environment.   If the feelings of a Japan person were hurt, he’d just smile back.   But a buddahead would likely sock you in the eye, like a good red-blooded American boy!!   Like JFK told Jack Burns [Burns the only white guy in power who stood up for us buddaheads on 12/7/41, per Dan Inouye's unflinching devotion to Burns],  Hawai’i and its melting pot are what America is striving to be, not the other way around.  

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Actually,  I am a Depression-era baby caught in between the pre depression and the boomers. The boomers are born after 1941.   We are a very small group that are Spartan and conservative in our values and have exceptional leadership skills but are in short supply. The boomers are bold and are optimists with excessive hubris.  They are the ones who have led the US into it’s devastating economic collapse (women spending like made and businesses expanding like crazy without any rational game plan).  I was always scratching my head.  I am “left middle”.  Thanks for laying off of Ted.  He is the consummate gentleman and a “classy guy” .  There is a certain segment of us males that admire a guy with the aura of class.  Coach John Robinson epitomizes my definition of a guy with class.  Regards,  KL

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Hi KingLit:    Your Christ-chivalrous  pre-boomer generation is a sight to behold.    I’m from Ted Tsukiyama’s 1920-1930 born generation of defiant repudiatory

rebels via its high school diploma gold nugget identical with my baby boomer generation of post-high school hubris.   Your “quiet” generation born 1931-1945 is respectful like our pre-

WWI generation [your dad, my dad -- co-optation by Big 5 the key to submission].    Thanks.    Sorry, Ted-oh.    I’m acting like a post-1920 born rebel.

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KingLit Ching born 1936 asks about UH-Manoa history prof emeritus Dan Kwok. Dan got KingLit’s dad Rev. Hung Wai Ching 1905-2002 an honorary Ph.D. degree in Humanities, over other leaders like Chinn Ho & Hiram Fong, based on Hung Wai’s incredible sense of idealism [everybody's equal], anchored by Hung Wai’s Congregational Christian liberation theology that faith can be a means to help people who are in need of help themselves.

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Dan Kwok solely looks at Hung Wai’s insatiable idealism [everybody's equal under God],
anchored by Hung Wai’s Congregational roots. Kwok knows of Chou En Lai as a keen
Nipponphile [Chou lived in Japan] and derivatively by way of modern Japan, Chou was
an Anglophile. Kwok knows that Chou En Lai had a dear friend who lived in Hawai’i.
Of course, such crossover relationships w/the Western Hemisphere became taboo by
the time Mao’s Cultural Revolution dismembered our Chinese cultural body. Kwok is
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Reminder, most of us locals sympathize with the plight of the Kotonks in intern camps and their struggle for recognition. I personally feel that their obsession to be remembered overshadows the accomplishments of the 100th/442nd. Case in point, the lack of a meaningful 100th/442nd exhibit at the Japanese American Museum in J. Town. What I resent are some recent depictions that KOTONKS were the heart of the 442nd and the achievements were Kotonk achievements. I have actually seen articles and documentaries to that effect. I also disrespect them for refusing to volunteer for the 442nd at a 10 -1 ratio less than the locals to take their fair share of the responsibility to prove their patriotism in combat. Kotonks had nearly as large
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Also what are well documented are the Kotonk feelings of superiority to the local AJAs which is what caused all of the fights and was the genesis of the term “kotonk.” [hard head like sound of coconut shell hitting the ground] I am amazed that to this day, some, like Mike Masaoka types, still feel they are superior (locals are MORE Japanese than Kotonks, in that Kotonks are haole-fied/fully assimilated as crowning glory Americans). Aiyah!! –Al
P.S. I am still annoyed about the National Japanese American Memorial in Washington DC focusing PRIMARILY on the intern camps and giving lip service to the bravery of the 100th/442nd. I blame Odo for allowing that to happen!! [Just joking, in that Franklin Odo born 1939 is our greatest chronicler, a man of balance and reason, Franklin a '57 Kaimuki High grad]

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James Michener’s wife was kotonk [Stateside Japanese American], which is why Kahala resident ass’n denied Michener’s application to build home in Kahala.   Michener was infuriated, which is why Michener was Jack Burns’ big backer — to get rid of our stranglehold Big 5 oligarchy.   Such revulsion vs. racist hypocrite haole protestants is reflected in Michener’s magnum opus book “Hawaii.”    Seminal events turn around a person’s nature/attitude, such as being rejected at Kahala incensed brilliant writer/novelist Michener.

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Punk-ass 442 loudmouth Dan Inouye born 1924 got full therapeutic value when our older [born before 1919] 100th boys had Inouye as keynote speaker 1982 40th anniversary for 100th formation  — Inouye was so choked up, Inouye cried, & for the 1st time in his life, Inouye was speechless.   Our 100th grunt conscripts are blue collar to the bone & always despised monoshiri/ibaru/tengara Inouye.

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Robert Reich says that a pendulum underlies the American political economy.   We swing from eras in which the benefits of economic growth are concentrated in fewer hands to those in which gains are more broadly shared, and then back again.   We are approaching the end of one such cycle and the start of the next.   The Great Prosperity of 1947 to 1975 was followed by three decades of retrenchment, ending in the Great Recession and Fall of Wall St. in September 2008.    The question is whether the pendulum swings back w/reforms which widen the circle of prosperity, or with demagoguery which turns America away from the rest of the world, shrinks the economy, and sets Americans against one another.    Reich bets on resilience/common sense/optimism for the common lot.   We cannot thrive in a nation divided b/n a small number of people receiving an ever larger share of the nation’s income & wealth, and everyone else receiving a declining share.    The lopsidedness not only diminishes economic growth but teats apart our people.    The most fortunate among us depend on a stable economic/political system.   Such stability rests on the public’s trust that our system operates in the interest of all of us.    Reform is the only sensible option we have, per Reich.

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Lorraine Rodero Inouye born 1940 is among our greatest solons, and our finest Wainaku native, along with Catholic Bishop Stephen Alencastre, our Luso [Portuguese] pride from Madeira roots.   Lorraine’s missive on her mama Vegas’ Puerto Rican ethnicity –

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Evolutionary psychologist Matt J. Rossano says that religion made us human  — that religion stretches back 500,000 yrs. ago, when our ancestors developed the motor control to engage in social rituals  — that is, to sing & dance together.   Then, about 70,000 yrs. ago, a global ecological crisis drove humanity to the edge of extinction.   It forced the survivors to create new strategies for survival, and religious rituals were foremost among them.    Point is that religion is a way for humans to relate to each other and the world around them  — and in the grim struggles of prehistory, it offered significant survival and reproductive advantages.   Religion emerged as our ancestors’ first health care system, and a critical component was social support.   Religious groups tended to be far more cohesive, which gave them a competitive edge over non-religious people & which enabled them to conquer the globe/go on conquests.  Religion, then, is a way of relating, and is a super-naturalization of human social life/interaction.    Such notions are our essential adaptation which promotes solidarity & cooperation.

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Pinoy Michelle Malkin a nazi.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michelle_Malkin#Viewpoints

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-gops-self-destruction-derby/2011/05/27/AGKtTzEH_story.html?nav=emailpage

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Gavin Menzies’ theory of Chinese wanderlust discoveries is refuted by the scientific community.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gavin_Menzies#Criticism_of_1421

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cyborgs like Rutger Hauer/Sean Young in Blade Runner have novelist Dick’s will to meaning a la Viktor Frankl, but child star Haley Joel Osment tops the cake as my most endearing android.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A.I._Artificial_Intelligence#Plot

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haley_Joel_Osment

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_(robot)#Usage_and_distinctions

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/03/opinion/03krugman.html?_r=1&ref=paulkrugman

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John Edwards’ affliction for the “fairer sex”  — this time Weiner

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-brief-on-rep-anthony-weiner/2011/06/02/AGqWIZHH_story.html?nav=emailpage

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Val Saruwatari age 68 should’ve been born a male, because she thinks like a male, ergo she intones to male Denichiro that he was my best friend at church, and that I trusted him completely, to which he mutters, “Ohhh…”   As in “shocked/apoplectic,” inasmuch he had sent me a missive saying how I was a parasite and a scourge upon his church [I said that no one has God on anyone, your line is direct to God], to which I did not retaliate, because I really liked his gentle energy/pulse [up to the point of his nasty missive].   Val wants to make peace between Denichiro & me.   Reverse psychology/counter-intuitive brilliance/genius by Val.    She doesn’t even see things these ways.   To Val, to make peace just is Christ’s Way, there is no other way.  A-men!!

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From Val Saruwatari age 68 on hunk Arnold [old far* men, knowing Arnold's fetish frenzy for hot Latina babes, would say "Way to go, guy!" had  this not been a long decade ago -- viscerally reacting to Arnold's old age today had he copulated/procreated today  -- it's a shame His Hunkness' body is enjoyed only by one woman, his wife, say pervs    :- 0    ]   –
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you know, some of you men are sooooo stupid! talking about arnold! some women just love celebrities, doctors ,lawyers, & indian chiefs; oh, the woman who had his child is very much happy….’hey, i got him!! i got his child!! ‘  so now, you’re happy for arnold? yea, he may have been happy sleeping with that woman, but know this, that woman is much more happier than him….getting what she wanted!!!….
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Imagine, thanks to Val Saruwatari age 68 & her enablement to publish Tom Burnett’s Fukushima meltdown article, & thanks to publisher Mike Aiello, Val’s inspiration garners 45,000 views over the past 2 and a half months.    Wow!! * *

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In praise of Daisy Namau’u Nakamoto — Daisy’s prophetic Old Testament sermon on simple justice is for the ages.   Fountainhead Scripture  —  Psalms 37:6

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Daisy’s epitaph — I dunno  [He Must Increase, i must decrease]  —  John 3:30      — none —  Proverbs 11:2-3

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http://hawaiinewsdaily.com/2011/06/the-federal-reserve-cartel-the-eight-families-part-1/

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http://baselinescenario.com/2011/06/03/why-are-the-french-so-determined-to-run-the-imf-%e2%80%93-and-what-will-it-cost-you/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BaselineScenario+%28The+Baseline+Scenario%29

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my other blogs:

http://hawaiinewsdaily.com/author/curtis-narimatsu/

http://curtisnarimatsu.blogwonks.com/

http://www.bigislandchronicle.com/category/dispatches-from-curt/   [its editor banned me for defending victimized Keoki Kai against the editor's star chamber impunity-endowed defamatory-laced scribe]

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Counter-intuitive, but Hung Wai Ching was Malcolm X’ forebearer/antecedent, in that one great gift/blessing of these remarkable individuals is their audacity/fearlessness to seize their time [carpe tempore], to engage fully their unique moment in history  — their epiphany being self-respect as our fountainhead, no less, much more.   Both men, Hung Wai a generation before Malcolm X, took the rich tradition of Social Gospel dissent to fight the established order/status quo/hierarchy.   No less than Gabriel Prosser and Nat Turner resisted in their own ways in antebellum society, and no less than Tupac Shakur voltaicly hip hops today.   What today is cool contempt for the bourgeois [rich, not middle class] convention, was in Hung Wai’s time a most noble Christlike transgression and eventual transformation of the ruling moral order.   And above all, a religion based on universal compassion and respect for the teachings of the Torah and the Gospels, holds no common ground with those who employ terror as a tool for politics.   Malcolm X was no “house negro” as al-Queda accuses President Obama of being, and Malcolm X would have condemned terrorism as the opposite of Islam’s core tenets, just as President Obama so too is no “house negro!”    Hung Wai Ching would be made Christlike proud of Malcolm X’ and President Obama’s refusal to retreat from belligerence & fear-laden mindsets of terrorists.

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Malcolm X’ radical humanism, exemplified in his relationship with Nisei [2nd generation Japanese in America] Yuri Kochiyama, whose husband Bill was a member of our most highly decorated 442nd combat infantry — Bill out of the internment camps — great historian/chronicler James Baldwin in 1961 was asked to moderate a broadcast between Nation Islam leader Malcolm X [Louis Farrakhan got Malcolm x assassinated] & a young civil rights activist who had just returned from desegregation protests in the South.   Baldwin was afraid that celebrated firebrand internationalist human rights activist Malcolm X would take apart the naive young MLK acolyte, MLK for civil rights beseechment to America’s Silent Majority/White middle class.   Baldwin was ready to throw the lifeline to the young protestor whenever Malcolm should carry the youngster beyond the youngster’s depth/range.  To Baldwin’s astonishment, Malcolm X took the young adult in as a father would a child, which left Baldwin profoundly in awe of Malcolm — such incredulous gentleness and soft heart — Baldwin’s greatest hero became Malcolm X.  Malcolm X the revolutionary visionary of a soft heart, for hope and dignity — loftiest of ideals.    A great leader.

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Stokely Carmichael saw Malcolm X overwhelm Bayard Rustin in argument & worshipped Malcolm. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bayard_Rustin#Influence_on_the_Civil_Rights_Movement

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The true epic story of the McKinley High Class of 1924 led by Rev.  Hung Wai Ching which shattered all haole glass ceilings [classmates incl. Hiram Fong/Masaji Marumoto/Chinn Ho] is reminiscent of the 1872 Qing Empire which sent 120 boys to New England to unlock the mystery of Western innovation, and in the process changed the course of history for both China & America.    These “fortunate sons” of the Chinese Educational Mission transitioned China into a modern democracy, just as the Boxer Indemnity Fund which the U.S., as no other nation did, educated Chinese students 40 yrs. after the nascent “fortunate sons.”   Irascible petulant leftist radicals pummel our Native Land U.S.A. for expansionist imperialism, but we have redemption in us too.    Irony is that dirt-poor Hakka southern Chinese Sun Yat Sen led China to modern Westernization, aptly called the Father of Modern China, who “cut his teeth” in Hawai’i at ‘Iolani & Punahou schools, inebriating for 7 yrs. in the Jeffersonian tradition of life/liberty/pursuit of happiness, which Sen took home to China.    Gratuitous that Sun’s follower, Gung Gung Ching immigrant seafarer wanderlust merchant marine, who was Hung Wai’s dad, molded Hung Wai into today’s Sun Yat Sen, w/acolytes like the “fortunate sons” of 1872.    History repeats itself beautifully here, mo’o ali’i [succession of great leadership], catalyzed by our Social Gospel missions who lived the creed of “everybody’s equal.”

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Twofold conclusion  — 1) the positive
impact of the 100th/442nd exploits on World History vs. the minimum impact
by whining about the intern camps and constitutional rights, 2) explains
the successful leadership in the Hawaii AJA community (Morale Committee) and
support from individual outsiders e.g. HW, Walter Dillingham, to avoid being
interned in Hawaii vs. the Kotonks failed leadership to avoid internment.
Right now, most memorials in the Mainland focus on internment, not the
100th/442nd.

Tom, I attended your showing of “The First Battle” at the Asian American
Museum in Los Angeles. My take on the reaction based on the “open for
discussion period” was an indifference to the message. Even Lane
Hirabayashi, the UCLA Asian Studies professor, seemed to be going through
the motions with The First Battle. Unfortunately, the cleavage between
locals and Kotonks is still evident.

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To: ‘Ted T Tsukiyama’
Subject: RE: A search for truth brings justice to WWII Japanese American
internees

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I will send you clippings from the LA Times. I looked at quite a few of her
video tapes and she is articulate and dynamic. If you can, Google her. I am
also becoming more knowledgeable about the “no no” guys -Korematsu, Yasui
and Hirabayashi. I am trying to understand and justify their behavior as
compared with the Buddaheads who volunteered for combat. I have a strong
bias against the Kotonks- particularly because of the arrogance and superior
attitude to locals and found that Masaji Marumoto expressed similar views in
his autobiography.

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I think that the Kotonks could have avoided being interned if they focused
on gaining acceptance and in their local communities like the AJAs in Hawaii
did. The negative situation was quite obvious but the Kotonks preferred to
stick to making money and isolating themselves. They needed a HW to inspire
them. Understanding the internment situation and the position of the no no
guys, gives me a much better insight into what the 100th/442nd achieved.
Most people don’t realize that the Buddaheads volunteered 10 times more than
the Kotonks. AJA history should not be focused on the intern camps but on
the Heroic deeds of the 100th/442nd. If you come across a phone number for
Aiko, please send it to me.

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From: Ted T Tsukiyama
Sent: Wednesday, June 08, 2011 11:55 AM
To: KL Ching
Subject: Re: A search for truth brings justice to WWII Japanese American
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Aiko Herzig is an old friend of mine. Yes, she is really a Nisei hero of
the ages for what she uncovered in the Archives that vindicated the wartime
Japanese Americans.
But I can’t down load her article. Can you try some other way? Or if not,
could you make a hard copy and mail it to me. I would like to have that
article.

mahalo, Ted

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> Major front page article in the Los Angeles Times. Regards, KL
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> This story was sent to you by: KL Ching
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> A search for truth brings justice to WWII Japanese American internees
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> Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga uncovered the racial prejudice behind the forced
> relocation of citizens of Japanese descent after Pearl Harbor. Her efforts
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> By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
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> The complete article can be viewed at:
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> Visit latimes.com at http://www.latimes.com

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Hawai’i author James Michener was unable to purchase a Kahala home because Michener’s wife was Japanese [Stateside kotonk].    This infuriated Michener, & it shows in his magnum opus novel on Hawai’i, where he rails against our haole oligarchy.    It also showed in Michener’s politics, where Michener was the spiritual accoutrement to Jack Burns.  Michener’s kotonk wife’s one single sin  — being born a Jap!

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Simon Wiesenthal said that when he was a prisoner at the Janowska concentration camp in Lvov Ukraine, he was in a group of inmates who were ordered to dig a deep ditch.   “We knew that soon the ditch would be full of bodies.   The victims were being marched up to it  — women and girls.    Then I caught the desperate eye of one of the girls.   ‘Don’t forget us — ever!’ is what that look said to me.”   He was determined to say to her and all Holocaust victims, “I didn’t forget you,” upon meeting them in Heaven.    These 4 words became his personal creed  —  “I didn’t forget you.”

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Pakistan a backward country???

Scientist A.Q. Khan of Pakistan a giant in history as the man who starts WWIII [selling do-able fission for nukes to terrorist-friendly/unstable countries].    Pakistan also has 100 nuclear bombs, long-range missiles. uranium enrichment, and Allah on its side, so to speak, ergo Fate/God’s plan.   Einstein calls it Block Time, Pakistan calls it Fate.   Pakistan will defeat India & its science will ensure that the Earth’s future belongs to Pakistan, per Pakistani jingoists/extreme Kashmiri, the U.S. self-destructing by being spoiled via wealth/materialism/easy living.    That China & India are too corrupt & will not defeat Pakistan.   Khan is the man who starts WWIII.

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2011/may/07/us-stealing-for-china/

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The $8 billion Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India [TAPI]  pipeline would carry gas from eastern Turkmenistan thru Afghanistan east of Herat and down Taliban-controlled Nimruz and Helmand provinces, down Balochistan in Pakistan and then to the Pakistani port of Gwandar in the Arabian Sea.   Thence our military-industrial complex obsession w/stabilizing Afghanistan.   The alternative pipeline is a minus for us Americans  — the Iran-Pakistan-India pipeline [IPI] from Iran’s South Pars gas field thru Baluchistan into Pakistan.   The best way to curb terrorism is to deciminalize drug use in the West & establish government control over opiate distribution — buy the existing opium in Afghanistan & supplant it w/saffron.   Problem is that drug prohibition undergirds the copious global laundering of terrorism  — the astronomical profits generated by drugs source lavishly in the drugs’/commodities’ illegality.    Our CIA is addicted to drug traffickers who bankroll terrorists.   Drugs sustain jihadi salafism more surely than jihaki salafism sustains drugs.     As Dick Holbrooke said before he died 7 months ago,  breaking the narco-state in Afghanistan is essential, or all else we do there will fail.    With a tremor of sanctity, Holbrooke spoke Truth.

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From amazing child of God Sandra K. Claveria Hilo High 1966 grad —  Malama is to nurture, and malama provides for laulima, to coalesce in harmony, and laulima is the venue for aloha.    ”Ua ola loko I ke aloha — love gives life within”  –  Mary Kawena Pukui      God speed and bless dearest Sandra on this current crucible physical challenge  in Sandra’s life.     Please, dear God, bless Sandra.
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We cannot make anyone love us, but instead we desire to love and  to be loved, and that even if loving and being loved do not occur in this life on earth,  we shall be comforted and fulfilled in such desire to love and to be loved in the eternal afterlife.    Of course, we thank God for our desiring to love and to be loved in this mortal life and in the eternal afterlife.   God loves us all, all the time, and in every way.  I don’t torture myself by desiring to love and desiring to be loved, because I’m not serving another person uselessly, but instead I’m serving Christ in Christ’s Way [to love and to be loved].    This is the same unction which inspired Hung Wai Ching to serve us buddaheads WWII.   He wasn’t uselessly serving others, he was serving Christ
in Christ’s Way.   It’s not about serving the human lot as beneficiary, nor is it about desiring appreciation from those whom we serve.   It’s about serving Christ in Christ’s Way.
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For me, Keoni & Lukini Andrew born 1942/1943 are tremendous applicators of our Christ creed.   of Latin Cicero — Friends, although absent, are at hand, meaning that, I’m always reminded of Keoni & Lukini Andrew  — the unalterable Truth — you must accept Jesus Christ as your Savior.   There is no other Way.  A-men.    History is not theology, and the mind is not the heart.   As Pascal says, “Some affirm that everything can be proved, because they know nothing about proof.”    The time scheme, the calendar, for a messianic movement has but a single date — Now.  Always, I am  in heart beside the hand of Destiny, at the beck & call soulfully of Brother & Sister Keoni/Lukini Andrew, my greatest and dearest heroes and friends.
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Mormons dissuade drinking cola beverages [caffeine].   Mormon doctrine prohibits consuming coffee & tea, tobacco & alcohol.  Mormons do not own Coca Cola or Pepsi Cola.

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http://www.snopes.com/cokelore/mormon.asp

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Sealed for eternity — marriage & family of God’s spiritual bonding, not human or material wedlock‏  [dedicated to missionaries Keoni & Lukini Andrew born 1942/1943]

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“No marriage in heaven” is based on a misunderstanding of a single statement of Jesus recorded in the Gospels of Matthew [22:30], Mark [12:25], and Luke [20:35]: “In the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.” These passages are not talking about the state of being married, but about the act of getting married. Those who think these sayings of Jesus apply to the state of being married aren’t paying attention to what Jesus said a little earlier in Matthew, at the beginning the Creator made them male and female, and said, “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let humans not separate. [Matthew 19:4-6] Now, the things that God does are not temporary, but eternal [Ecclesiastes 3:14]. So if God created male and female, and joined them together into one, then marriage is not merely a temporary joining that lasts for our lifetime here on earth only, but an eternal union that lasts forever in heaven. This is assuming, of course, that a particular marriage is a relationship that was truly made by God, and not a mismatch made by human beings.  In the Bible heaven is often compared to a marriage. And of course, this refers to the marriage of the Lord with the church. But we humans, created in the image and likeness of God, also have in our own individual relationships a likeness of that eternal union of Christ and his bride, the church: we have the marriage relationship of a man and a woman. And like the marriage of Christ and the church, the marriage of man and woman is also eternal.  Being “like the angels in heaven” means being married, since in heaven, a married couple is not called two angels, but one angel. As taught throughout the Scriptures, the whole atmosphere of heaven is an atmosphere of marriage! And this teaching that we will spend eternity with the person we love most in a heavenly, God-given marriage  – indeed is one of the precious gems of genuine Christianity.  Marriage Love, marriage as an eternal, spiritual union. The believer whom God granted with happiness and eternal living in Paradise  – will find all whom he/she loved — who also were granted with eternal Paradise —  around him/her in heaven —  spouse, children, parents, etc.    In Paradise there is no sorrow nor grief.


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No marriage in heaven is based on a misunderstanding of a single statement of Jesus recorded in the Gospels of Matthew [22:30], Mark [12:25], and Luke [20:35]: “In the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.” These passages are not talking about the state of being married, but about the act of getting married. Those who think these sayings of Jesus apply to the state of being married aren’t paying attention to what Jesus said a little earlier in Matthew, at the beginning the Creator made them male and female, and said, “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let humans not separate. [Matthew 19:4-6] Now, the things that God does are not temporary, but eternal [Ecclesiastes 3:14]. So if God created male and female, and joined them together into one, then marriage is not merely a temporary joining that lasts for our lifetime here on earth only, but an eternal union that lasts forever in heaven. This is assuming, of course, that a particular marriage is a relationship that was truly made by God, and not a mismatch made by human beings.  In the Bible heaven is often compared to a marriage. And of course, this refers to the marriage of the Lord with the church. But we humans, created in the image and likeness of God, also have in our own individual relationships a likeness of that eternal union of Christ and his bride, the church: we have the marriage relationship of a man and a woman. And like the marriage of Christ and the church, the marriage of man and woman is also eternal.  Being “like the angels in heaven” means being married, since in heaven, a married couple is not called two angels, but one angel. As taught throughout the Scriptures, the whole atmosphere of heaven is an atmosphere of marriage! And this teaching that we will spend eternity with the person we love most in a heavenly, God-given marriage  – indeed is one of the precious gems of genuine Christianity.  Marriage Love, marriage as an eternal, spiritual union.
The believer whom God granted with happiness and eternal living in Paradise  – will find all whom he/she loved — who also were granted with eternal Paradise —  around him/her in heaven —  spouse, children, parents, etc.    In Paradise there is no sorrow nor grief.

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embrace comfort and peace, as such couples verily and truly suffuse and breathe permanence, and their eternal happiness is based on this conjugal metaphysic of the Divine.   For all these reasons they no longer are two but one person, that is, one flesh.   And in heaven and to all spiritual eyes it is crystal clear that they shall not be torn apart by either one’s death, and such spirit shall reunite with the other and love each other more tenderly than before because they are in a state of perfect union in heaven.    Such perfect union invokes ecumenical refrain and is inclusive and welcoming in Providence’s perfect state.

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Modern Florence Nightingale’s Edith Cavell of WWI in her final missive to her sisterhood of nurses evoked, “Voluntary sacrifices will make you happy — that the idea of duty before God and yourselves will give you support in the sad moments of life and in the face of death.” When the war ended, Cavell’s body was returned to England at Norfolk, and at Swardeston a flower festival is held October 12 in her memory.  Sister Lukini Andrew is our Cavell.   And so too is martyr for Christ Brother Keoni Andrew.

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English/Armentieres French Violette Szabo, WWII martyr to the cause of freedom, said, “The life that I have is all that I have — the life that I have is yours [Free World]. The love that I have is yours. Asleep I shall have a rest that is yours, but death be but a pause, for the cause of freedom, for the peace of my years in the long green grass of eternity will be yours.” Chiller/amazing strength, like Sister Andrew, like dearest Brother Andrew.

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Remember the Alamo. Remember Pearl Harbor. The cry for freedom. When Santa Ana was captured, he said of Sam Houston, “That man may consider himself born to no comon destiny who has conquered the Bonaparte of the West.” Santa Anna had forgotten that Bonaparte ultimately was defeated by the Duke of Wellington. In no small measure is Valerie my Sam Houston, my Wellington of the Americas. Freedom lives on, but only at the sacrifice of courageous and audacious leaders like our Houstons/Wellingtons and martyr for Christ Brother Keoni Andrew. In any station of life, Keoni is a great soul.

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The indomitable fighting force Gurkhas are from Nepal, can you imagine this? Just as Keoni Andrew is from Utah [as in divine/providence]. I toast to Keoni as “the Immortal Memory,” a la Horatio Nelson where you can still touch the timber that was afloat off Cape Trafalgar on October 21, 1805, at Norfolk England.

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In Berlin in 1928, Canada’s ace fighter pilot Billy Bishop became the only Allied fighter pilot enshrined into the German Aces of the Great War [WWI]. In 1956 death came to blue angel Billy Bishop at the chill hour before the dawn’s light, the same hour in decades before when Battling Billy made ready his solitary flights for freedom’s cause. For he had such courage of the rarest vintage — which Napoleon implored, “the courage of the early morning.” Yes, Brother Keoni Andrew comes to memory in the hour of the early morning — my hero for alltime, Brother Keoni. And like William Bligh, Keoni Andrew’s voyage across the sea of life is the greatest open boat voyage of memory.

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fulfillment/Love in Heavenly Father’s Kingdom Beyond. Life’s trials/
tribulations test our resolve in our Heavenly Father, that is, if we are to serve well our Heavenly Father, for His Son Christ absolved us all of our sins — now it remains for us to lead our lost battalion to the Promised Land — by serving well Heavenly Father during our tenure here in our sentient/mortal life. A-mena. God bless Keoni & Lukini Andrew. Thine Will, Be Done.   Thine Will, not my will. :-)
Love for now and for always, –Curt

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Peer Roy Kim born 1946 is told by bank teller, “Oh, this quarter 25 cents feels different — collector item — Roy, have this quarter for another quarter to exchange!” Roy tells me about this blithe-spirited bank teller. I tell Roy it’s not about Roy, it’s about the bank teller. Not “why Roy,” but “why not [recognize] the bank teller?!” She benefacts Roy at loss to herself, though banking regs prohibit self-gain. Roy then caps our go with, “Wait, I took the collector keepsake, framed it in cardboard, & after finding out its increased value from a coin collector, gave it back to the bank teller, & told her, ‘God bless you.’” Offering box worth priceless gold in blessings. Give, and it shall be given back to you in bounty’s love. Alabaster’s anointing of love, in praise of Roy, in praise of my finest exemplars Keoni & Lukini Andrew    –Curt

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Religion is terribly dangerous territory to tread, because our deepest sentiments, lovely and unlovely, reside here. Our deepest! Nonetheless, this uncertain journey, however seemingly fraught with terrifying peril at times, is our walk with God, in whom we submit to His Power, no matter the results here on earth.

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No matter, because Faith is NOT outcome dependent. God’s power is about eternal life and eternal happiness. These are God’s power. No matter what happens to us on earth.   Faith is NOT like buying an insurance policy.    Submit and surrender to God or not.   No transaction here, no contingent outcome.    Faith is NOT outcome dependent.    Prayer doesn’t have power.   Only God has power.   And prayer is NOT outcome dependent.

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Great atheist statement below from Hawking, because Hawking exhorts us to find utmost positive meaning in our  mortal life.   Just as my alltime hero Viktor Frankl intones that our positive attitude, despite external mechanisms [Holocaust/death camp for Jewish Frankl ], is our saving grace, so the same with inexplicably profound Anne Frank.    Of course, look at the Singapore plane passengers below, & tell me if they were praying or not.!!   Love for now & for always [thanks for kapakahi figure of speech, Ronnie Milsap   ;-)    ]    –Curt

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_thelookout/20110516/us_yblog_thelookout/stephen-hawking-says-afterlife-is-a-fairy-story

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I have lived with the prospect of an early death for the last 49 years. I’m not afraid of death, but I’m in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first. I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.

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“What could define God [is a conception of divinity] as the embodiment of the laws of nature. However, this is not what most people would think of that God,” Hawking told Sawyer. “They made a human-like being with whom one can have a personal relationship. When you look at the vast size of the universe and how insignificant an accidental human life is in it, that seems most impossible.”

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Hawking was diagnosed with the degenerative Lou Gehrig’s disease at the age of 21. He lost his power of speech and for decades has talked through an electronic speech synthesizer. The device has allowed him to continue his research and attain a top Cambridge research post, which was previously held by Newton. His most famous theory explains how black holes emit radiation, according to The Guardian.

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(Hawking in China in 2006: Elizabeth Dalziel/AP)

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110516/wl_nm/us_singapore_plane

Passengers on Cathay Pacific flight CX715 prepare to disembark. (Reuters/Beawiharta)

Harrowing scene as jet catches fire midair

Passengers detail the sharp bangs and violent shaking that signaled trouble aboard their Airbus 330

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Anne Frank would be proud of this amazing young lady below, God or no God   –

http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_thelookout/20110516/ts_yblog_thelookout/teen-who-challenged-bachmann-to-constitution-showdown-is-running-for-class-president

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Public opinion polls show that agnostics & atheists are the groups which Americans trust the least — even though so-called nonbelievers conduct themselves more authentically sincerely than do religious/pious ones.   The emotional and intellectual struggles behind the “unbelievers” engage others in grappling with doubt as a kind of metaphysical experience, or as an act of faith, albeit secular, itself!!   A soulful adventure!!

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Do you believe in life after death?   Yes, I believe in life after death.   My life.  –support group statement

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Loss in love [getting dumped by your loved one] is the death of possibilities, of what could’ve been bliss, of dreams shattered, to use the cliche.   Such death transitions me from what is to what will be, from who I am to who I will be, a blend of sort, so to speak.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexis_de_tocqueville#Democracy_in_America

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Tocqueville was an eminent representative of the classical liberal political tradition, and an active participant in French politics.

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Alexis-Charles-Henri Clérel de Tocqueville (French pronunciation: [alɛksi or alɛksis də tɔkvil]; 29 July 1805, Paris – 16 April 1859, Cannes) was a French political thinker and historian best known for his Democracy in America (appearing in two volumes: 1835 and 1840) and The Old Regime and the Revolution (1856). In these works, he explored the effects of the rising equality of social conditions on the individual and the state in western societies. Democracy in America (1835), his major work, published after his travels in the United States, is today considered an early work of sociology and political science.

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Alexis de Tocqueville came from an old Norman aristocratic family with ancestors who participated in the Battle of Hastings in 1066. His parents, Hervé Louis François Jean Bonaventure Clérel, Comte de Tocqueville, an officer of the Constitutional Guard of King Louis XVI, and Louise Madeleine Le Peletier de Rosanbo, narrowly avoided the guillotine due to the fall of Robespierre in 1794. After an exile in England, they returned to France during the reign of Napoleon. Under the Bourbon Restoration, his father became a noble peer and prefect. Tocqueville attended the Lycée Fabert in Metz.

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In Democracy in America, published in 1835, Tocqueville wrote of the New World and its burgeoning democratic order. Observing from the perspective of a detached social scientist, Tocqueville wrote of his travels through America in the early 19th Century when the market revolution, Western expansion, and Jacksonian democracy were radically transforming the fabric of American life. He saw democracy as an equation that balanced liberty and equality, concern for the individual as well as the community. Tocqueville’s impressions of American religion and its relationship to the broader national culture are likewise notable:

“Moreover, almost all the sects of the United States are comprised within the great unity of Christianity, and Christian morality is everywhere the same. In the United States the sovereign authority is religious, and consequently hypocrisy must be common; but there is no country in the whole world in which the Christian religion retains a greater influence over the souls of men than in America, and there can be no greater proof of its utility, and of its conformity to human nature, than that its influence is most powerfully felt over the most enlightened and free nation of the earth.The Americans combine the notions of Christianity and of liberty so intimately in their minds, that it is impossible to make them conceive the one without the other; and with them this conviction does not spring from that barren traditionary faith which seems to vegetate in the soul rather than to live.There are certain populations in Europe whose unbelief is only equaled by their ignorance and their debasement, while in America one of the freest and most enlightened nations in the world fulfills all the outward duties of religion with fervor.Upon my arrival in the United States, the religious aspect of the country was the first thing that struck my attention; and the longer I stayed there, the more did I perceive the great political consequences resulting from this state of things, to which I was unaccustomed. In France I had almost always seen the spirit of religion and the spirit of freedom pursuing courses diametrically opposed to each other; but in America I found that they were intimately united, and that they reigned in common over the same country.”

Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, (New York: A. S. Barnes & Co., 1851), pp. 331, 332, 335, 336-7, 337, respectively.

Tocqueville wrote of “Political Consequences of the Social State of the Anglo-Americans” by saying “But one also finds in the human heart a depraved taste for equality, which impels the weak to want to bring the strong down to their level, and which reduces men to preferring equality in servitude to inequality in freedom” in Volumes One, Part I, Chapter 3. He further comments on equality by saying “Furthermore, when citizens are all almost equal, it becomes difficult for them to defend their independence against the aggressions of power. As none of them is strong enough to fight alone with advantage, the only guarantee of liberty is for everyone to combine forces. But such a combination is not always in evidence.”   The above is often misquoted as a slavery quote due to previous translations of the French text. The most recent translation from Arthur Goldhammer in 2004 translates the meaning to be as stated above. Examples of misquoted sources are numerous on the internet, the actual text does not contain the words “Americans were so enamored by equality” anywhere in the text.

Page from original working manuscript of Democracy in America, ca. 1840

Tocqueville explicitly cites inequality as being incentive for poor to become rich, and notes that it is not often two generations within a family maintain success, and that it is inheritance laws that split and eventually break apart someone’s estate that cause a constant cycle of churn between the poor and rich, thereby over generations making the poor rich and rich poor. He cites protective laws in France at the time that protected an estate from being split apart amongst heirs, thereby preserving wealth and preventing a churn of wealth such as was perceived by him in 1835 within in the United States of America.

Tocqueville’s main purpose was to analyze the functioning of political society and various forms of political associations, although he brought some reflections on civil society too (and relations between political and civil society). For Tocqueville as for Hegel and Marx, civil society was a sphere of private entrepreneurship and civilian affairs regulated by civil code.[18] As a critic of individualism, Tocqueville thought that through associating, the coming together of people for mutual purpose, both in public and private, Americans are able to overcome selfish desires, thus making both a self-conscious and active political society and a vibrant civil society functioning independently from the state.

Tocqueville’s penetrating analysis sought to understand the peculiar nature of American political life. In describing America, he agreed with thinkers such as Aristotle and Montesquieu that the balance of property determined the balance of political power, but his conclusions after that differed radically from those of his predecessors. Tocqueville tried to understand why America was so different from Europe in the last throes of aristocracy. America, in contrast to the aristocratic ethic, was a society where hard work and money-making was the dominant ethic, where the common man enjoyed a level of dignity which was unprecedented, where commoners never deferred to elites, and where what he described as crass individualism and market capitalism had taken root to an extraordinary degree.

Tocqueville expressed interest in the unique American condition of equality in terms of income, using the 90/10 inequality ratio. His hypothetical analysis could later be applied to the Kuznets Curve. Tocqueville’s data is consistent with the early stages of income equality of a developing country, which is not surprising considering America’s heavy reliance on agriculture in the early nineteenth century. Tocqueville writes “Among a democratic people, where there is no hereditary wealth, every man works to earn a living…Labor is held in honor; the prejudice is not against but in its favor.”

This equality of social conditions bred political and civilian values which determined the type of legislation passed in the colonies and later in the states.   By the late 18th Century, democratic values which championed money-making, hard work, and individualism had eradicated, in the North, most remaining vestiges of old world aristocracy and values. Eliminating them in the South proved more difficult, for slavery had produced a landed aristocracy and web of patronage and dependence similar to the old world, which would last until the antebellum period before the Civil War.

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Tocqueville asserted that the values that had triumphed in the North and were present in the South had begun to suffocate old-world ethics and social arrangements. Legislatures abolished primogeniture and entails, resulting in more widely distributed land holdings.  Landed elites lost the ability to pass on fortunes to single individuals. Hereditary fortunes became exceedingly difficult to secure and more people were forced to struggle for their own living.

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This rapidly democratizing society, as Tocqueville understood it, had a population devoted to “middling” values which wanted to amass, through hard work, vast fortunes. In Tocqueville’s mind, this explained why America was so different from Europe. In Europe, he claimed, nobody cared about making money. The lower classes had no hope of gaining more than minimal wealth, while the upper classes found it crass, vulgar, and unbecoming of their sort to care about something as unseemly as money; many were virtually guaranteed wealth and took it for granted. At the same time in America workers would see people fashioned in exquisite attire and merely proclaim that through hard work they too would soon possess the fortune necessary to enjoy such luxuries.  [Alexis' values were skewed in not rewarding upward mobility in America, though the nouveau riche, like old money scions, are bumbling idiots alike on the Social Gospel -- Matthew 5/Isaiah 58]

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According to him assimilation of blacks would be almost impossible and this was already being demonstrated in the Northern states. As Tocqueville predicted, formal freedom and equality and segregation would become this population’s reality after the Civil War and during Reconstruction — as would the bumpy road to true integration of blacks.

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Assimilation, however, was the best solution for Native Americans. But since they were too proud to assimilate, they would inevitably become extinct. Displacement was another part of America’s Indian policy. Both populations were “undemocratic”, or without the qualities, intellectual and otherwise, needed to live in a democracy. Tocqueville shared many views on assimilation and segregation of his and the coming epochs, but he opposed Gobineau‘s scientific racism theories as found in The Inequality of Human Races (1853–1855).

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When Tocqueville toured the United States from 1831 to 1832 the Naturalization Act of 1790, signed into law by George Washington, prohibited persons of color from becoming citizens. Only persons who were “white” of “good moral character” could become citizens; while freed blacks, Asians, and Native Americans were denied citizenship. The citizens mentioned in Tocqueville’s book, Democracy in America, were all of the white race.

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http://www.lvrj.com/living/not-just-addicts-need-to-face-up-to-everything-s-real-123181883.html

Relationships are real, which means intimacy is real. Though be forewarned: Intimacy has much in common with the aforementioned fire. Intimacy provides warmth, light and meaning. Intimacy feeds and grows the soul. But sometimes, despite our every hope and effort, intimacy burns our house down with us in it. In the words of Kahlil Gibran: “Even as love crowns you, so will it crucify you.”

Intimacy is reserved for SOBER people, for people who can and will bear the discomfort of exposure, the risk of trust, the rigor of service and sacrifice, dependence and interdependence, not to mention the humility to let love in.

Wielding the acronym SOBER means a willingness to be surprised — again — at the mystery of it all. The brief, fragile holiness of The Now. You didn’t deserve to be born. That is, being born is no merit to claim. Rather, a gift. Are there beans in your bucket? Is there love in your sheets? Then you are already rich beyond measure.

Son of a bitch! Everything’s real! Yep. Everything. And one of the things that is real is you.

Oh, yeah, forgot to mention: Clocks are real, too. And yours is ticking. Just like mine.

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Portuguese Luso jokes  –

1.   Brains for sale [:-)    Japanese $5,000   Chinese $10,000 [tight okole/wad]   Luso $20,000 [new/never used!!]

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2.  Luso priest asks kid on bicycle at Kuhio Plaza where is the nearest post office — kid says  the airport P.O. & gives priest directions.   Priest closes by saying for kid to come to Catholic church to find God.   Kid says no, because priest doesn’t even know where nearest P.O. is!

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3.   Luso lady golfer goes to M.D. & says she got stung by bee between the 1st hole & 2nd hole.   M.D. tells her that her stance is too wide!!

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4.   2 Lusos at bar.   Haole customer orders S & W.    Luso orders a “15.”   Bartender asks what’s a “15?”   Other Luso says come on, it’s a 7-7.   Bartender laughs.   Other Luso says, “No laugh, my Luso pal was only off by 2 [points]!!”

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5.   Luso patient is asked by M..D., “Do you have S-E-X?”    Luso says “I dunn-know.   I go ask my wife in the car.”   Luso asks wife “Do we have S-E-X?”    Wife says, “No, stupid, we have HMSA!”

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6.   Luso feigns illness & takes off from work, only to find his supervisor in bed w/his wife at home.   Luso rushes back to work.   Other  Luso co-worker asks Luso how come Luso came back to work.    Luso says, “Shet, man, I wen’ get caught slacking off — da supervisor wen’ catch me at my house!!”

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7.   Luso sees Viagra ad, “If priaprism/stiff dick lasts for more than 4 hrs., call M.D.”    Luso puts ad online, “4 hire, priapism/stiff dick!!”   Smart man!!

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Locardia Hanoa Gouveia born 1942 is Ka’u great historian, and her brother Eninio & his son Flaxson were security guards who say that Herb Ka-ne’s mural at Punalu’u talked.   Herb didn’t know that his mural took on a life of its own, along w/the turtle lady painting.

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Locardia’s recital captures a lifetime of memories, lessons learned, & experiences beyond her wildest imagination.   She is grateful for those who’ve passed on their mana’o/wisdom & helped her recall accurately, & who gave her a world of opportunity for carrying on Hawaiian culture & lifestyle, & who opened up their lives to her.   She is a better person and a better resource reference simply because she had a chance to listen in to the elders of her past, incl. her mother & grandmother, & ancestors.    By her mother recalling the stories of mama’s childhood, mama made Locardia want to explore the history of Hilea & Ka’u.    It is her privilege to tell the story of her mama’s journey as well and credit to mama and ancestors with all the possibilities they gave Locardia in Locardia’s life.    Locardia dedicates Locardia’s recital to them & to future generations who listen in to the mana’o of the past.

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After waiting for 48 yrs. on DHHL’s lessee farm list, Locardia Hanoa Gouveia born 1942 was told by a kahu the last week of March 2011 that Locardia would be blessed with something soon.   On April 1, 2011, Locardia got a call from DHHL that she was awarded a farm lot w/an existent home.   Locardia thought it was an April Fool’s joke.   But it was for real.    Locardia calls her home & land God’s home and God’s acreage on earth.    Locardia doesn’t read Scripture but functions by unction/inner direction.   She/Locardia laments over not reading Scripture.   I tell Locardia that April 1 was her experience with Christ.   She says “Nahhhh….. no can be!!”    I tell her “Yeahhhh, wen happen — you experienced Christ in your life!!”     She exudes, “Yeah, I can see that Christ is in my life.”   Amen.

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Kaua’i PD thug mentality is a carryover from scion Charley Rice’s former stranglehold over essential services from a century ago, just as Hawai’i County PD was dysfunctional because of sheriff Henry Martin’s rule nearly a century ago.    http://parxnewsdaily.blogspot.com/2010/08/pnn-county-secretly-settles-hirakawa.html

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Note: “intragovernmental” debt is the IOUs Congress pasted all over Social Security when they stole the money to use on war.  THAT’S why Social Security doesn’t have any money.  Congress stole it.  Now that are claiming it’s an ‘entitlement’ program.  It isn’t.  It was a privately funded retirement system we paid into all our lives.  It was a savings account we could draw from after we retired.  But the government stole it.  It’s about time to bring back good, strong Texas Hemp rope and start hangin’ the criminals running the government.

 By the end of June 2011, the Fed has announced that their QEII will end. This will be impossible.  The total Federal government expenditures for the fiscal 2011 year is around 3.8 trillion dollars  (on balance sheet).  The total receipts are approximately 2.1 trillion which gives us a deficit of 1.7 trillion dollars.  Who will buy this debt?  Certainly the Japanese cannot as they are in a mess trying to extricate themselves from their natural disaster.  The Chinese are cashing in their USA treasuries for Euros:  (courtesy CNS news)

China Has Divested 97 Percent of Its Holdings in U.S. Treasury Bills
Friday, June 03, 2011
By Terence P. Jeffrey

Chinese President Hu Jintao and President Barack Obama of the United States

President Barack Obama and President Hu Jintao of China toast during the State Dinner in State Dining Room of the White House, Jan. 19, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
(CNSNews.com) – China has dropped 97 percent of its holdings in U.S. Treasury bills, decreasing its ownership of the short-term U.S. government securities from a peak of $210.4 billion in May 2009 to $5.69 billion in March 2011, the most recent month reported by the U.S. Treasury.
Treasury bills are securities that mature in one year or less that are sold by the U.S. Treasury Department to fund the nation’s debt.
Mainland Chinese holdings of U.S. Treasury bills are reported in column 9 of the Treasury report linked here.
Until October, the Chinese were generally making up for their decreasing holdings in Treasury bills by increasing their holdings of longer-term U.S. Treasury securities. Thus, until October, China’s overall holdings of U.S. debt continued to increase.
Since October, however, China has also started to divest from longer-term U.S. Treasury securities. Thus, as reported by the Treasury Department, China’s ownership of the U.S. national debt has decreased in each of the last five months on record, including November, December, January, February and March.  
Prior to the fall of 2008, acccording to Treasury Department data, Chinese ownership of short-term Treasury bills was modest, standing at only $19.8 billion in August of that year. But when President George W. Bush signed legislation to authorize a $700-billion bailout of the U.S. financial industry in October 2008 and President Barack Obama signed a $787-billion economic stimulus law in February 2009, Chinese ownership of short-term U.S. Treasury bills skyrocketed.
By December 2008, China owned $165.2 billion in U.S. Treasury bills, according to the Treasury Department. By March 2009, Chinese Treasury bill holdings were at $191.1 billion. By May 2009, Chinese holdings of Treasury bills were peaking at $210.4 billion.
However, China’s overall appetite for U.S. debt increased over a longer span than did its appetite for short-term U.S. Treasury bills.
In August 2008, before the bank bailout and the stimulus law, overall Chinese holdings of U.S. debt stood at $573.7 billion. That number continued to escalate past May 2009– when China started to reduce its holdings in short-term Treasury bills–and ultimately peaked at $1.1753 trillion last October.
As of March 2011, overall Chinese holdings of U.S. debt had decreased to 1.1449 trillion.
Most of the U.S. national debt is made up of publicly marketable securities sold by the Treasury Department and I.O.U.s called “intragovernmental” bonds that the Treasury has given to so-called government trust funds—such as the Social Security trust funds—when it has spent the trust funds’ money on other government expenses.
The publicly marketable segment of the national debt includes Treasury bills, which (as defined by the Treasury) mature in terms of one-year or less; Treasury notes, which mature in terms of 2 to 10 years; Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS), which mature in terms of 5, 10 and 30 years; and Treasury bonds, which mature in terms of 30 years.
At the end of August 2008, before the financial bailout and the stimulus, the publicly marketable segment of the U.S. national debt was 4.88 trillion. Of that, $2.56 trillion was in the intermediate-term Treasury notes, $1.22 trillion was in short-term Treasury bills, $582.8 billion was in long-term Treasury bonds, and $521.3 billion was in TIPS.
At the end of March 2011, by which time the Chinese had dropped their Treasury bill holdings 97 percent from their peak, the publicly marketable segment of the U.S. national debt had almost doubled from August 2008, hitting $9.11 trillion. Of that $9.11 trillion, $5.8 trillion was in intermediate-term Treasury notes, $1.7 trillion was in short-term Treasury bills; $931.5 billion was in long-term Treasury bonds, and $640.7 billion was in TIPS.
Before the end of March 2012, the Treasury must redeem all of the $1.7 trillion in Treasury bills that were extant as of March 2011 and find new or old buyers who will continue to invest in U.S. debt. But, for now, the Chinese at least do not appear to be bullish customers of short-term U.S. debt.
Treasury bills carry lower interest rates than longer-term Treasury notes and bonds, but the longer term notes and bonds are exposed to a greater risk of losing their value to inflation. To the degree that the $1.7 trillion in short-term U.S. Treasury bills extant as of March must be converted into longer-term U.S. Treasury securities, the U.S. government will be forced to pay a higher annual interest rate on the national debt.
As of the close of business on Thursday, the total U.S. debt was $14.34 trillion, according to the Daily Treasury Statement. Of that, approximately $9.74 trillion was debt held by the public and approximately $4.61 trillion was “intragovernmental” debt.
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Sebastian Junger reflects on friendship, war and peace

After the death of photojournalist and friend Tim Hetherington in Libya, Junger resolves to cease front-line reporting. But war, he says, remains one of humanity’s master narratives.

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By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles TimesJune 9, 2011, 3:27 p.m.
Last Oscar season, author Sebastian Junger and photojournalist Tim Hetheringtonwalked the red carpet together.Their documentary “Restrepo,” recorded while they were embedded with a U.S. Army platoon in Afghanistan’s remote and dangerous Korengal Valley, was nominated for an Academy Award. For months the two men had lived with the troops, sharing the same food, the same stifling quarters, and the same long stretches of boredom punctuated by moments of adrenaline-fueled terror.
Barely two months after the Oscars, on April 20, Hetherington was killed in a mortar attack in Misurata, Libya, where he was covering the rebel uprising against Moammar Kadafi‘s regime. In the months since, Junger has resolved to pull back from combat journalism.”I’m not going to do any more front-line reporting, because I don’t want to put my wife through what I went through with Tim,” he said during a recent stopover in Los Angeles to promote the new paperback edition of his 2010 book “War,” which Junger was compiling while he and Hetherington were filming “Restrepo.””It was a very obvious thought to come to in the wake of all this. Tim’s death made war reporting feel like a selfish endeavor.”It’s a startling concession from an author whose eyewitness accounts from Liberia, Afghanistan and other global hot spots can make readers imagine they’re inches away from the mortar blasts and AK-47 rounds.Written in sinewy, stripped-to-the-waist prose, “War” not only paints vivid profiles of the U.S. soldiers Junger met, and the harrowing conditions they endured, it also penetrates deeply into the strange, terrifying allure of combat and the motivations of the young men who mostly wage it. The book has drawn critical comparisons with such canonical literature as Michael Herr’s Vietnam-era “Dispatches” and the World War I and Spanish Civil War reflections of Ernest Hemingwayand George Orwell.In this month’s Vanity Fair magazine, Junger eulogizes Hetherington’s valor and vision in conveying the world’s suffering to others. Another photojournalist, Chris Hondros, was fatally wounded in the same Libyan attack that killed Hetherington, and two other photojournalists were injured.Before Hetherington’s death, Junger said, the perils of war reporting had always felt abstract. He’s not judging other journalists’ decisions to place themselves in harm’s way, but he’s had enough.”I thought it couldn’t happen to me, and I’d never known anyone who had got killed — couple guys that got shot. You know, there’s a lot of denial. I mean, denial works.”A trim 49-year-old with intense storm-gray eyes, Junger has the demeanor of a youthful college English professor who moonlights as the track coach — an Ivy League mind outfitted in solid blue-collar principles. He projects a restless curiosity, a touch of rah-rah adventurism, a dash of low-key machismo.The author and his wife of six years, Daniela, a Bulgarian native to whom “War” is dedicated, have no children but are discussing starting a family.Junger said that his father, a theoretical physicist, opened his mind to science and the idea that the physical and human worlds “can be understood and should be understood.” His mother, a painter, gave to her son a more aesthetic and spiritual mode of understanding. Journalism merged his left- and right-brain tendencies “in kind of a nice way.”Despite his own vow to pull back from the trenches, Junger still not only considers war to be a great journalistic subject, he regards it as one of the three or four master narratives of human life — or, at least, guys’ lives.”Look at the cave paintings in France. What do they show? They show the game animals that they’ve hunted — a form of warfare, in a way, violence. They show warfare, they show men fighting each other. They show fertile females. I mean, what topics preoccupy men? You want to look into the male brain? It’s like, OK, I need to kill game, I need to sustain myself — basically, career. Conflict and combat, manliness and proving yourself. Hot chicks. And the final one is shamanism, connection to the divine. That comprises the entirety of what’s on the walls of the caves in France. That’s the male brain, that’s human society in a lot of ways.”Stories of violent conflict and men acting gracefully (or otherwise) under duress have been the alpha and omega of Junger’s writing career, in books such as “The Perfect Storm” (1997), about a fishing boat disaster, and “Fire,” about men who earn their living, and sometimes their deaths, by doing perilous jobs in places like Sierra Leone and Kosovo.As a writer, Junger credits Hetherington with “opening my eyes up” to the rich complexity of visual experience. When he was trying to organize “War” around a unifying principle, Junger asked himself, “What would Tim do and how would Tim think about this material?”Junger concluded that his friend “wouldn’t be organizing it in an event-driven, linear way, he’d be looking for some deeper structure that reflects the human experience.” That helped Junger eventually build “War” around three thematic blocks. “Fear” elucidates the primal emotions and human frailties that combat unleashes. “Killing” illuminates military tactics, political gamesmanship and the grotesque seductiveness of high-tech weaponry.The book’s final section, “Love,” explores the ties of loyalty and affection that bind soldiers to one another far above any mere ideology.”Everyone’s against war, any sane person’s against war, and yet everyone goes to see war movies,” Junger said. “All my lefty friends — and in case you hadn’t picked up on it I’m pretty left-wing — went to see ‘Saving Private Ryan.’ They’re going to see ‘Saving Private Ryan’ because war is dramatic and compelling and important and reveals tremendous things about the human soul. And you get it on oil rigs, you get it in logging camps, you get it on fishing boats, you get it in platoons.”If all war is insane, and yet horribly compelling, in Junger’s view there are good wars and bad wars. Afghanistan, which he has reported on since the 1990s, is among the former, he believes. Even before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, drew the U.S. deeper into the country, he said, it was clear that only the international community could end Afghanistan’s endless civil wars.Junger believes that if the U.S. and its allies can ever pressure Hamid Karzai‘s corrupt government to reform so that the people will support it, U.S. forces can withdraw and Afghanistan can achieve peace, security and at least a form of “middle-ground” democracy between the failed state it was in the 1990s and “democracy like we see it in Iowa.”By contrast, invading Iraq was an error, he thinks, and he refused to cover it because “I don’t want to risk my life covering a mistake.”There’s one other dangerous assignment that Junger shuns: writing fiction. In his early 20s, inspired by the brainy tough-guy holy trinity of Raymond Carver, Richard Fordand Tobias Wolff, Junger tried his hand at a few short stories, but they rightfully ended up buried in a closet, he said.”I mean, a bad novel is hard to write,” he said. “A brilliant novel, like I don’t even know how that happens. So that’s why I don’t do it. Writing fiction feels like it would be like going off the diving board into a swimming pool that has no water in it.”Maybe one day I will, and the pool will be filled with water and it’ll be nice, but right now it doesn’t feel that way.”
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As a second-time member of the Maui Advisory Council to our current 2011 State Reapportionment Commission, I am pleased to see the commission’s interest in the views of advisory council members and others on possible restoration of multimember legislative districts (MMDs) in the new plan.

On May 10, the commission’s chairwoman directed a letter to the attorney general inquiring whether legislative MMDs are allowable under our state and federal constitutions, and (assuming that question is answered affirmatively) whether we can have both multimember districts and single-member districts. I believe there is nothing in either constitution or prior cases that preclude such a change from today’s single-member districts to multimember ones, and doing so for one legislative body and not the other.

When we became a state in 1959, Hawaii’s bicameral Legislature was elected employing MMDs for both the Senate and the House. For example, four senators and four representatives were elected in the general election from the districts of East Honolulu from a party slate of up to four selected by each party in the primary. Every voter in our district could cast up to four votes for both senators and representatives.

This representation structure, however, came tumbling down in 1981 when Hawaii’s federal trial court ruled in favor of a plan that featured solely single-member districts (SMDs) in Travis v. King. Court masters fashioned a temporary reapportionment plan that used total population less certain transient populations and used only SMDs. Conservative Republicans at the time argued — mistakenly, I believe — that the Legislature needed to be divided into SMDs in order to comply with the earlier decisive U.S. case of Reynolds v. Sims in 1964. No appeal was filed, hence, the appellate federal courts have not been heard from on the appropriateness of MMDs in Hawaii.

Meanwhile, other legislative bodies in Hawaii, specifically the neighbor island county councils, have not switched to single-member districts. As a Maui voter, I have a resident Council member but I also vote for the other eight members of the Council, even the ones from other islands (Molokai and Lanai). Is the Maui Council in violation of the Constitution? My answer is no. Nor will the creation of multimember districts by the 2011 Reapportionment Commission require a constitutional amendment or other submission to the electorate, as was suggested recently by Gov. Neil Abercrombie.

MMDs encourage legislators to work together, particularly on money/home district projects. Many issues can be handled in bipartisan fashion. Even substantive issues can be the subject of a team effort. Democratic Sen. Vince Yano and I, elected from the same district in the 1970s, introduced a comprehensive affordable-housing proposal. This collegiality was far superior to today’s partisan harangues and “gotcha” politics.

Evaluating the effect of Travis v. King and SMDs, former Hawaii Democrat Party officer Chuck Freedman rightly declared, “Seldom has reform sounded better and failed more miserably.”

To allow for balance, I recommend that the commission authorize a Senate of 25 members elected from multimember districts and a House of 51 members elected from single-member districts.

Along with former Democratic Lt. Gov. Nelson Doi, I have long supported a unicameral (one house only) Legislature made up of 35 senators. To do this would require change in our Constitution. But, lacking a unicameral set-up, having the 25-member Senate elected on a multimember basis would be the best way to avoid today’s mirror-image representation of the House and Senate elected from SMDs that is clearly redundant and unnecessarily expensive.

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There is no cross-border resolution mechanism or other framework that will handle the failure of a bank like Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase, or Goldman Sachs in an orderly manner.  The only techniques available are those used by Mr. Geithner and his colleagues in September 2008 – a mad scramble to find buyers for assets, backed by Federal Reserve and other government guarantees for creditors.

The right conclusion for Mr. Geithner should be: huge cross-border financial operations are immune from orderly resolution; such firms should therefore be run on a completely segmented basis, with separate capital requirements and no recourse to parent companies (including through potential reputation effects – e.g., UBS in Switzerland might support an entity called UBS-UK, even if there were no formal cross-guarantees.)

Consequently capital requirements should also be much higher than currently proposed by any official – this is the buffer that stands between bad management decisions and taxpayer bailouts when bank resolution is not possible.  Real estate trusts that are not too big to fail routinely fund their assets with 30 percent equity and 70 percent debt; in a volatile world, this makes complete sense.  We should move all our big banks, as well as the rest of our financial system, in that direction.

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LLRC is advising people in Japan to take control of health research in the Fukushima 5000 study

As we predicted from the beginning of the Fukushima disaster, officials are saying that the long-term impact on human health will not be serious. This is the beginning of a long-term cover-up intended to deny citizens legal redress for the failure of the Government’s and Tepco’s duty of care.

We advise

·         recruiting a study group of 5000 people living in a contaminated area. This should begin as soon as possible;

·         a questionnaire survey of their health

·         using the same questionnaire to survey their health in 2014

·         and again in 2016.

There is a report on the method, including a draft questionnaire

Official reassurance is false

·         officials continue to believe in the invalid risk model of the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP). ICRP massively underestimates the effects of radioactivity inside the body because its model is based on studies of Atom-bomb survivors at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. These studies are silent on the effects of internal radiation; they didn’t begin to collect data until 1950, and they excluded data collected earlier;

·         official sources are silent about alpha-emitting radionuclides like Uranium and Plutonium which are the types of internal contaminant for which the ICRP model is most inaccurate;

·         officials ignore the vast amount of evidence from Chernobyl and other exposure scenarios that shows far greater danger than ICRP predicts, affecting a wider range of diseases, occurring sooner than expected, and not conforming with the ICRP’s external dose model.

Chernobyl teaches us the importance of taking control early

Official studies will start late; they will be underfunded, and they will be designed not to produce clear results.
Officials will insist on dose reconstruction. This jargon means that the radiation dose received by each individual person must be known before any conclusions can be reached about whether their health has been damaged by the radioactive contamination; Chernobyl teaches that this is difficult and often impossible and the ICRP itself has said its model cannot and should not be used in this way because of the large uncertainties. It is known that “dose” is meaningless for many types of internal exposure but officials will nonetheless assume that there must be a strict linear relationship between dose and disease.
Officials will assume that radioactive contamination can only cause a narrow range of diseases – cancer, leukaemia and heritable genetic effects. They will therefore ignore non-cancer effects like still births and congenital defects arising from in utero irradiation. They will claim these conditions are illusory or psychosomatic and that they are caused by despair, anxiety, radio-phobia and life-style factors such as poor diet and substance abuse.
Officials will assume that cancers diagnosed in the first 10 – 15 years cannot have been caused by the exposure.
In 2004 the Swedish radiation protection agency SSI used these arguments when attacking a study [1] that showed increased cancer within ten years of Chernobyl. The SSI page is here [retrieved June 4 2011]. The absolutely standard official response to evidence that challenges the ICRP risk model is to rely on the risk model itself. It’s more like religion than science.


3. The future: a simple proposal (extract from the Fukushima 5000 report)

It is proposed that a case-control study of 1000 households is carried out in a town or small area just outside the 30 km radius from the Fukushima nuclear site. This will be carried out in the same way as the Fallujah study (Busby et al 2010). It will involve a team of local people defining an area of roughly 1000 houses identified from electoral records and visiting each house to obtain answers to a questionnaire. This questionnaire will ask who lives at the house, what their ages and sexes are, and what cancers or leukemias have been diagnosed in the previous 5 years including the type of cancer, age and sex of the person and year of diagnosis. In addition some questions about birth outcomes and miscarriages in the household will be asked. It will also obtain details of deaths from all causes.
Results will give a population of about 5000 people of all ages. The questionnaire will be coded to the householder or responder who will leave an identification number and details of how they can be contacted for a second questionnaire in 3 years and 5 years time. Thus a baseline health sample will be defined against which future health effects can be gauged. The report includes a sample questionnaire.


[1] Tondel M, Hjalmarsson P, Hardell L, Carisson G and Axelson A (2004) Increase in regional total cancer incidence in Northern Sweden. J Epidemiol. Community Health. 58 1011-10.

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Drew Barrymore born 1975 is from a new generation of sexually liberated folks.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drew_Barrymore#Personal_life

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drew_Pinsky#Criticism_and_praise

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/sarah-palins-revisionist-ride/2011/06/06/AGVMGbKH_story.html

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http://www.staradvertiser.com/editorials/20110610__Filipinos_likely_to_get_bigger_say_in_isle_politics.html

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http://baselinescenario.com/2011/06/10/jamie-dimons-new-math/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BaselineScenario+%28The+Baseline+Scenario%29

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New York – The Minnesotan’s new campaign strategist wastes little time in slamming Mama Grizzly, and comparing Bachmann and Palin’s attractiveness. Is there a winner in this feud?

For weeks, commentators have set up a “catfight narrative” for Rep. Michele Bachman (R-Minn.) and Sarah Palin, who could end up vying for the same conservative voters if both pursue the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. Now, Ed Rollins, the seasoned Republican strategist who’s just joined Bachmann’s team, is fueling the same narrative, aggressively pitting the candidates against each other in an interview with Politico. Accusing Palin of toying with a presidential bid, Rollins said voters would gravitate to the brainier Bachmann: “People are going to say, ‘I gotta make a choice and go with the intelligent woman who’s every bit as attractive.'” Team Palin has demanded a retraction, and Rollins has expressed regret. So, did these comments benefit anyone?

Bashing Palin does Bachmann no favors: If Palin doesn’t run, says William A. Jacobson at Legal Insurrection, Bachmann has a strong chance to win over social conservatives — unless Rollins alienates them with anti-Palin rhetoric first. As for other voters, “the people who hate Palin are the same people who hate Bachmann.” These “smash-mouth tactics” against Palin won’t change the way the long-mocked Bachmann is perceived.
“Michelle Bachmann needs to dump Ed Rollins now”

This hurts Bachmann and insults Republican voters: Rollin’s references to the candidates’ looks “will irk many conservative voters,” says John J. Pitney, Jr. at National Review. His suggestion that Republicans would somehow be “less likely to support” Bachmann “if she were less attractive… is not a compliment either to Bachmann or the GOP primary electorate.” Way to stumble right out of the gate, Ed.
“A gaffe right out of the gate”

Palin’s not even Bachmann’s competition, anyway: “Bachmann went out of her comfort zone and hired a top Republican strategist,” says NBC News’ First Read. Palin hasn’t made a comparably bold move yet, and “probably won’t ever.” Bringing on Rollins elevated Bachmann to a new tier of candidates. She’s not competing against Palin anymore, “she’s fighting in the same space as Herman Cain, Rick Santorum, even Tim Pawlenty.”
“First thoughts: the strong GOP front-runner?”

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Irascible Boy George  –

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Kim Wilde, you seal the deal, baby  –

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George Baker selection’s little green bag [dedicated to auspicious DC deejay & asst. Kathy FM 97.1 & my jam maker gorgeous sexy female acquaintance from Paradise Park]  –

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Sweet Springsteen on being 16 yrs. old  –

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Publisher Mike Aiello’s gorgeous wife Elena Welch our enthralling jazz vocalist, besides being a venerated graphic artist.   Visit Elena as Elena Welch.com

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  • Matthews: Weiner in Trouble Because His Behavior Offends ‘Culturally Backward’ Christian Conservatives | NewsBusters.org‏

And MSNBC wonders why they have a niche audience, unable to even make a dent in FNC’s overwhelming viewership.  Cretans like Chris Matthews personify the sleeze media that MSNBC represents.  Come to think of it, didn’t Obama make a similar comment about conservatives’ backward rural attitudes, clinging to their guns and Bibles.  Must scare the shit out of both of them.
http://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/geoffrey-dickens/2011/06/10/matthews-weiner-trouble-because-his-behavior-offends-culturally-ba

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Henry Kissinger failed Gen. John D. Lavelle when Lavelle did pre-emptive attacks vs. NVN SAM sites to protect Gen. Lavelle’s pilots/jets, on authorization from President Nixon.   President Nixon wanted to clear Gen. Lavelle, but cowards Kissinger/Laird/Haig gave up Gen. Lavelle to Ho Chi Minh.    Nonetheless, real-politik Kissinger’s new book “On China” credits Red China’s foreign policy chief  Chou En Lai w/opening up relations b/n Red China & the U.S.    It helped that though Chou En Lai was an  older internationalist of our Rev. Hung Wai Ching 1905-2002,  nonetheless Chou En Lai immensely respected the U.S. for according a descendant of dirt-poor southern China farmers in Rev. Ching the distinction of being our greatest wayfinder [Rev. Ching formed our 100th Batt./442 RCT  -- averted internment of Hawai'i Japanese population  -- triggered President Truman's integration of the military -- restored post-war Japan corporatist prosperity  -- catalyzed guilt-ridden S.Ct. C.J. Earl Warren to issue the greatest decision in U.S. Supreme Court history, Brown vs. Bd. of Education 1954 integrating our public schools/etc.  -- catalyzed Ike's & LBJ's Civil Rights Act  -- got LBJ to beseech Humphrey to pick Dan Inouye as Humphrey's 1968 VP pick -- the opening up of trade w/Red China in part via Rev. Ching resulted in today's Red China economic explosion  -- etc.].

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Books of The Times

An Insider Views China, Past and Future

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It’s been four decades since President Richard M. Nixon sent Henry A. Kissinger to Beijing to re-establish contact with China, an ancient civilization with which the United States, at that point, had had no high-level diplomatic contact for more than two decades. Since then the cold war has ended; the Soviet Union (a threat to both China and the United States and a spur to Sino-American cooperation) has come unwound; and economic reform in China has transformed a poverty-ridden, poorly educated nation into a great power that is playing an increasingly pivotal role in the globalized world.

Henry Kissinger Archives/Library of Congress

Zhou Enlai, left, and Henry Kissinger in Beijing in 1971.

ON CHINA

By Henry Kissinger

Illustrated. 586 pages. Penguin Press. $36.

Mr. Kissinger’s fascinating, shrewd and sometimes perverse new book, “On China,” not only addresses the central role he played in Nixon’s opening to China but also tries to show how the history of China, both ancient and more recent, has shaped its foreign policy and attitudes toward the West. While this volume is indebted to the pioneering scholarship of historians like Jonathan D. Spence, its portrait of China is informed by Mr. Kissinger’s intimate firsthand knowledge of several generations of Chinese leaders.

The book deftly traces the rhythms and patterns in Chinese history (its cycles of turning inward in isolationist defensiveness and outward to the broader world), even as it explicates the philosophical differences that separate it from the United States. Each country has a sense of manifest destiny, but “American exceptionalism is missionary,” Mr. Kissinger says. “It holds that the United States has an obligation to spread its values to every part of the world.”

China’s exceptionalism, in contrast, he says, is cultural: China does not proselytize or claim that its institutions “are relevant outside China,” yet it tends to grade “all other states as various levels of tributaries based on their approximation to Chinese cultural and political forms.”

Lurking beneath Mr. Kissinger’s musings on Chinese history is a not-so-subtle subtext. This volume, much like his 1994 book, “Diplomacy,” is also a sly attempt by a controversial figure to burnish his legacy as Nixon’s national security adviser and secretary of state. It is a book that promotes Mr. Kissinger’s own brand of realpolitik thinking, and that in doing so often soft-pedals the human costs of Mao’s ruthless decades-long reign and questions the consequences of more recent American efforts to press human-rights issues with the Chinese.

Some of the more revealing exchanges between Mr. Kissinger and Mao have already appeared in the 1999 book “The Kissinger Transcripts,” taken from the nongovernmental National Security Archive. Those documents show that Mr. Kissinger employed a good deal more flattery in his wrangling with foreign leaders than his personal accounts might suggest. A lot of the backstage maneuvering in the Nixon White House’s dealings with China will similarly be familiar in outline to readers of Margaret MacMillan’s “Nixon and Mao: The Week That Changed the World” and William Bundy’s “Tangled Web: The Making of Foreign Policy in the Nixon Presidency.”

When it comes to talking about Chinese leaders he has met, Mr. Kissinger, the hardheaded apostle of realpolitik, can sound almost starry-eyed. His sympathy for these leaders is not that surprising, given his descriptions of them as practitioners of the same sort of unsentimental power politics he is famous for himself. This approach, he says, enabled China, “despite its insistent Communist propaganda, to conduct itself as essentially a geopolitical ‘free agent’ of the cold war,” making a tactical partnership with the United States in order to contain its fellow Communist country, the Soviet Union.

This sort of pragmatic self-interest on China’s part, Mr. Kissinger says, has continued. After 9/11, he writes: “China remained an agnostic bystander to the American projection of power across the Muslim world and above all to the Bush administration’s proclamation of ambitious goals of democratic transformation. Beijing retained its characteristic willingness to adjust to changes in alignments of power and in the composition of foreign governments without passing a moral judgment.”

Regarding the brutal crackdown on dissidents by the government of Deng Xiaoping at Tiananmen Square in 1989, Mr. Kissinger says that the American reaction left the Chinese puzzled: “They could not understand why the United States took umbrage at an event that had injured no American material interests and for which China claimed no validity outside its own territory.”

For that matter, Mr. Kissinger’s own take on Tiananmen and the Chinese government has a determinedly “on the one hand, on the other hand” feel: “Like most Americans, I was shocked by the way the Tiananmen protest was ended. But unlike most Americans, I had had the opportunity to observe the Herculean task Deng had undertaken for a decade and a half to remold his country: moving Communists toward acceptance of decentralization and reform; traditional Chinese insularity toward modernity and a globalized world — a prospect China had often rejected. And I had witnessed his steady efforts to improve Sino-American ties.”

ON CHINA

By Henry Kissinger

Illustrated. 586 pages. Penguin Press. $36.

Mr. Kissinger is even more chillingly cavalier about the tens of millions of people who lost their lives during Mao’s years in power and the devastating fallout of his Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution. Mr. Kissinger writes about what he describes as a “poignant” scene in which “Nixon complimented Mao on having transformed an ancient civilization, to which Mao replied: ‘I haven’t been able to change it. I’ve only been able to change a few places in the vicinity of Beijing.’ ”

Mr. Kissinger then, startlingly, adds: “After a lifetime of titanic struggle to uproot Chinese society, there was not a little pathos in Mao’s resigned recognition of the pervasiveness of Chinese culture and the Chinese people.”

Buying into many of the myths Mao promoted about himself, Mr. Kissinger describes him as “the philosopher king.”

“Mao enunciated the doctrine of ‘continuous revolution,’ but when the Chinese national interest required it, he could be patient and take the long view,” he writes. “The manipulation of ‘contradictions’ was his proclaimed strategy, yet it was in the service of an ultimate goal drawn from the Confucian concept of da tong, or the Great Harmony.”

For some people, Mr. Kissinger acknowledges, “the tremendous suffering Mao inflicted on his people will dwarf his achievements.” But he also delivers this coldblooded rationalization: “If China remains united and emerges as a 21st-century superpower,” many Chinese may come to regard him as they do the early emperor Qin Shihuang, “whose excesses were later acknowledged by some as a necessary evil.”

The portraits Mr. Kissinger draws of Mao’s successors project an appreciative intimacy. He remembers Zhou Enlai as conducting “conversations with the effortless grace and superior intelligence of the Confucian sage.” He adds that the elegant Zhou — who would be “criticized for having concentrated on softening some of Mao’s practices rather than resisting them” — faced the classic quandary of the “adviser to the prince,” who must balance “the benefits of the ability to alter events against the possibility of exclusion, should he bring his objections to any one policy to a head.”

Of Deng Xiaoping, a “doughty little man with the melancholy eyes,” Mr. Kissinger reminds us that Deng and his family suffered greatly during the Cultural Revolution — he was exiled to perform manual labor, and his son, Mr. Kissinger writes, was “tormented by Red Guards and pushed off the top of a building at Beijing University” and denied admission to a hospital for his broken back. Upon his return to government, Deng worked to replace the Revolution’s emphasis on ideological purity with the values of “order, professionalism and efficiency,” and Mr. Kissinger credits him with fashioning the modernizations that would transform “Mao’s drab China of agricultural communes” into a bustling economic giant.

There are few new insights into Nixon here. Mr. Kissinger obliquely acknowledges what critics like the historian Robert Dallek have argued: that Nixon tried to use his initiatives with China and the Soviet Union to distract attention from his failures in Vietnam. Among the reasons Nixon’s trip to China occurred in the first place, Mr. Kissinger writes, were Mao’s desire to make “a move that might force the Soviets to hesitate before taking on China militarily” and Nixon’s eagerness “to raise American sights beyond Vietnam.”

Mr. Kissinger also says that the secrecy surrounding negotiations with China (“Nixon had decided that the channel to Beijing should be confined to the White House”) “nearly derailed the enterprise,” when an out-of-the-loop State Department dismissed an invitation Mao had made to Nixon in an interview as not serious, and described Chinese foreign policy as “expansionist” and “rather paranoiac.”

Although Mr. Kissinger does not delve into recent debates over the enormous amount of United States debt that China holds, or how an increasingly ascendant China could affect the rest of the world (the subject of books like Martin Jacques’s “When China Rules the World” and James Kynge’s “China Shakes the World”), he observes that President Hu Jintao and Prime Minister Wen Jiabao “presided over a country that no longer felt constrained by the sense of apprenticeship to Western technology and institutions,” and that the 2008 economic meltdown “seriously undermined the mystique of Western economic prowess” among the Chinese.

These developments, in turn, Mr. Kissinger argues, have prompted a “new tide of opinion in China — among the vocal younger generation of students and Internet users and quite possibly in portions of the political and military leadership — to the effect that a fundamental shift in the structure of the international system was taking place.”

Arguing that a cooperative United States-China relationship is “essential to global stability and peace,” Mr. Kissinger warns that were a cold war to develop between the countries, it “would arrest progress for a generation on both sides of the Pacific” and “spread disputes into internal politics of every region at a time when global issues such as nuclear proliferation, the environment, energy security and climate change impose global cooperation.” Mr. Kissinger, it should be noted, is chairman of Kissinger Associates Inc., an international consulting firm that does work with companies that have business interests in China.

“Relations between China and the United States,” he writes, “need not — and should not — become a zero-sum game.”

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/13/books/tangled-webs-by-james-b-stewart-review.html?src=un&feedurl=http%3A%2F%2Fjson8.nytimes.com%2Fpages%2Fbooks%2Findex.jsonp

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Ginger Lane across the old Cow Palace [fka Amfac warehouse] b/n Sun Sun Lau/Pick N Pay 1940s had ladies of the nite, and Ginger Lane connected mauka/inland to Butcher Lane, which had the ubiquitous “Cottage” bordello famous for its 2 minute drill  — Pinoy single men laborers squirt squirt done [discrimination vs. Pinoy for not having family life].

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“Cuban” chicken fighter is counter-intuitive pidgin, which means to fight w/quick hands [named for the Cuban chickens imported to America & then to Hawai'i], when in actuality cuba means to lie down to sleep.    Opposite meanings.

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Amazingly beautiful Radha in her mid-50s age threads like no other — Radha is Hindu for beloved, and Radha certainly looks the part of blessed by a deity with gorgeous looks & a sense of peace/calm.

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I spoke earlier about the Eastern dharma in our 1st Axial Age, analog in time w/the Old Testament.    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhagavad_Gita

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German National Hackfeld Inc. [literally purloined by Big 5 conglomerate AmFac WWI] was our biggest benefactor/altruist [hospitals aka Hilo Hospital/schools aka central public schools/capitalists-entrepreneurs incl. Issei immigrant Kona coffee farmers], just as Klaus Spreckles was our mega-sugar industrialist, larger than our later Big 5 combined, just as Henry Kaiser was our mega industrialist & our biggest benefactor-philanthropist post-WWII.    So the same, the contempo world of ideas is German — Immanuel Kant, G. Wilhelm Hegel,  Karl Marx, Rudolf Clausius, Friedrich Nietzsche, Max Planck, Sigmund Freud, Albert Einstein, Max Weber, and two world wars.    So today Gregor Mendel of genes paves the way in behavior.   Ideas don’t hit home everywhere and everytime like Marxism [Lenin/Stalin/Mao/WWII -- Max Planck-Albert Einstein/Cold War/9-11 & Middle East & Israel where it is].    On top of Marx’ papers on monopolies/globalization/inequality/political corruption, are that economics-geography are the driving forces of human development-progression-regression/at least w/our environment  — capitalism destroys as it creates.    Because of Freud we have a therapeutic society, inward bound as Thomas Mann would say [though Lapierre & Lasch say that Freud brought about our narcissist society today].    Of course, Nietsche’s “God is Dead” rings loudly as Stephen Hawking says the same thing in 2011 AD.   So Weber says that we live in a purposeless world, & our only way out is to make it meaningful via inward attitude, though Weber was ethnocentricly biased toward the Western World as our savior, without considering fellow German Viktor Frankl’s greatest idealogy of the Will to Meaning, about proper personal attitude, thence falling into the same template malaise as Nietzsche & acolyte Adler.    Frankl does not gaudy up attitude to Geothe’s bildung [inwardness -- higher being].   Of course, Hitler perverted German excellence into German xenophobia amid its loss in WWI.    Thence the fall of German renaissance superiority.

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In Western Oceania, vs. parts Eastern, until the early 1870s [140 yrs. ago] change only came later but more rapidly once it did  — Solomon Island societies esp. the most inaccessible areas, only had contact w/Westerners when the indentured labor trade gained a foothold  — yet Melanesian expatriatism would be truncated a century ago via the end of indentured servitutde.   W/annexation in the 1840s/1850s via Holland/Britain/France acquisition of west Papua/New Zealand/Tahiti/Marquesas/New Caledonia, w/Fiji ceded to Britain 1874, eastern New Guinea divided b/n Germany & Britain 1884, Rapa Nui annexed by Chile 1888, Cook Islands coming under British rule 1888, parts of Solomon Islands becoming British protectorate 1893, Hawai’i occupied by U.S. 1893-annexed 1898, Samoan Islands partitioned b/n Germany & U.S. 1899, Anglo-French confluence over New Hebrides, later Vanuatu, in 1906, Tonga reformed as constitutional monarchy 1875 & retained sovereignty though w/n British sphere of influence  —   counterintuitive, but islanders across the great Pacific previously were engaged in elaborate systems of trade w/close neighbors & more distant partners, resulting in diplomacy & commerce a la Hawai’i  — voyaging & trade were second nature to our Pacific Islanders.    The experience of empire was not a unique European project but innate to our Islanders — appropriation of lands/command of labor/violent killings-genocide.   Colonialism on a smaller scale than European conquest of our Islanders.

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How many angels can fit on the head of a pin?    None, or as many as God desires.   Science is not the answer to our prayers.   Hawai’i is insulated from conquest because of its isolation.   Thence our ubiquitous welcoming aloha spirit — love and nothing but love.

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Duke Kawasaki the thug of McCully, helped develop Waialae-Iki, wife alleged inveterate gambler, son is money is god Guy the capitalist.    Kaoru Noda the opposite of tengu/ibaru/monoshiri Duke — Kaoru 442 2nd Batt. G Co. war hero, quiet as a church mouse, biology prof-scholar, enabled UH-Hilo to 4 yr. school.

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Abercrombie no dummy — postulates extortion by NFL to compromise for lower payment to NFL for Hawai’i power — ideal winter holiday retreat for NFL stars.

http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/20110615_Abercrombie_should_follow_his_own_advice_about_dignity.html

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Vehicle boom boxes/removal of mufflers-baffles [correlate to increase in speed of vehicle/cycle] weighty issues which our County has not addressed.

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Isamu Kanekuni born 1921 doesn’t know what bushido means.

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Bushido is roughly divided into two views.

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Bushido had been developed in samurai society which started from the Kamakura period (1192-1333). Then, it was united with Confucianism and ripened at the Edo period (Tokugawa shogunate era, 1603-1868).

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It is roughly divided into two, “Bushido before the Edo period”, and “the Bushido ripened at the Edo period”, in the process of it’s development. The work representing the former is “Hagakure” written in the domain of saga , So it is called “Hagakure Bushido.”

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And the work representing the latter is ,as you may know, “Bushido” written by Nitobeinazo. It is the famous work which was called “Tokugawa Bushido” and written in English.

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1.  Hagakure Bushido – If it says which is Hagakure Bushido, it will be the Bushido of the Age of Civil Wars. Hagakure Bushido is the view which prizes “heart” and “reality.”

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In 1911 Internationalist Alexander Hume Ford organizes our First Pan-Pacific Conference  “Hands Across the Pacific,”  with Hawai’i being the heart of the Pacific juxtaposed halfway between Maine & Manila, and halfway between Alaska and Samoa.    Ford collaborates with Theodore Roosevelt conservationist Lorrin Thurston to increase trade & commerce with Hawai’i as the nerve center of capitalism in the Pacific.    Ford focuses on agriculture, while Thurston focuses on tourism.    Thurston’s unique angle is to get Kilauea Volcano on the map globallyto draw tourists.    Thurston’s vision on tourism amplifies his craving to keep Hawai’i geography pristine and untouched.    Such conservationism propagates toward the formation of today’s HVNP system.    Our unique third world feel in an American territory encourages Stateside participation in our dream of keeping Hawai’i rural, yet safe for American tourists.    Thurston’s fellow missionary progeny Walter Dillingham recruits Swedish immigrant & Bank of America ace Rudy Peterson to service our budding labor force in the tourist industry.    Rudy Peterson recruits President Obama’s tutu wahine/grandma “Toots”  — and a century after Ford & Thurston gather to promote Hawai’i as the tome of trade and tourism, President Obama stands as the manifestation of such convergence.    President Obama loves surfing, and fittingly Duke Kahanamoku’s Hui Nalu surfing club was formed a century ago in 1911, to compete vs. Ford’s Outrigger Club formed a century before President Obama’s election win in 2008.
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http://www.staradvertiser.com/editorials/20110612_Pension_tax_debacle_could_be_opener_to_tax_code_overhaul.html

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http://www.staradvertiser.com/editorials/20110603_Inouye_warns_against_US_letting_down_its_guard_in_Asia.html

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Confucius encounters Rong Qiqi, an elderly recluse who has chosen a life of ascetism. Rong is starkly in contrast with the Confucian ideal of a successful man; he is elderly, poorly dressed, with no material possessions or ambitions. And yet, despite his poverty, Rong appears happy to Confucius. He responds to Confucius’ bewilderment with a cheerful song, happily accompanied by his playing of the lute. The Han Dynasty classic Huainanzi reports that “when Rong Qiqi plucks one chord of his lute, Confucius, moved by its harmony, rejoiced for three days.”

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After all, Rong surmises, most men are poor and all men will die, so why should he worry himself? This is consistent with all lives, so instead of waiting with everyone else for it to eventually end, why should he worry himself with anything? Why should he deny himself happiness? Instead of being miserable, waiting for his fate, he chooses to be happy. Says Rong Qiqi:

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“ For humans, a life of hardship is the norm and death is the end. Abiding by the norm, awaiting my end, what is there to be concerned about?”

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Confucius was known for his emphasis on filial piety and on the importance of education and studying. This makes him a perfect foil for Rong Qiqi, who rejects his personal responsibilities in favor of pursuing happiness.

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Rong Qiqi’s appeal was his complete abstinence of material desires. He was similar to his Western counterpart, Diogenes the Cynic, in rejecting all societal norms and physical comforts for a life of ascetic virtue.

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Being destitute was, by itself, not an appealing trait. But being liberated from societal pretension was a mind-
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The philosophy of the possibly Rong Qiqi was widely admired among writers, with artists viewing it at as a more natural, more fluid, more liberating way to live life. The poet Ruan Kan wrote approvingly of Rong, applauding Rong Qiqi’s fatalistic view of life as a way to achieve the tranquility and harmony valued in Daoism as integral to the Tao.

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Of slave & storyteller Aesop — like those who dine well off the plainest dishes, he made use of humble incidents to teach great
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The poor are accepted as constituting the primary recipients of the Good News and, therefore, as having an inherent capacity of understanding it better than anyone else. That’s pretty threatening for any comfortable Christian. For not only do we have to help the poor, not only do we have to advocate on their behalf, we also have to see them as perhaps understanding God better than we do.
But that’s not a new idea: It goes back to Jesus. The poor, the sick and the outcast “got” him better than the wealthy did. Perhaps because there was less standing between the poor and God. Less stuff [pride]. Maybe that’s why Jesus said in the Gospel of Matthew, “You will have treasure in heaven, and follow me.” Like I said, pretty disturbing, then and now. It’s hardly “the opposite of the Gospel,” as Beck said. The opposite of the Gospel would be to acquire wealth and fail to work on behalf of the poor.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/24/opinion/24herbert.html?ref=bobherbert

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…. There was an outfielder on that team named Hank Thompson. Bobby Thomson was white and Hank Thompson was black. I asked my father if they were brothers. He laughed and said: “No. You know how you can tell they’re not brothers?”
I said I didn’t. He said, “Hank Thompson spells his last name t-h-o-m-p-s-o-n. Bobby Thomson doesn’t have a ‘p’ in his last name. If they were brothers they would spell their names the same.”
It was years before I realized what a terrific thing that was to say to a kid.

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Gifts, especially of wisdom, are to share,
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wisdom w/those like myself most in need.
From sage Steven Kalas on the immense power of forgiveness — When reconciliation is real, the injuries sustained and healed in relationships become perhaps the strongest part of the bond. Scars are made beautiful. Even treasured in some peculiar way.
We don’t aim at forgetting. Yet, when the power of forgiveness is asked for and given, the delightful paradox is that then we often do forget.
I accept my foe’s apology. Shortly and simply. I hope, graciously. Where there was once silent emptiness there now abides freedom and the exchange of peace.
I’m happy for both of us.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logotherapy#Discovering_meaning

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The use of the term spirit is not “spiritual” or “religious.” In Frankl’s view, the spirit is the will of the human being. The emphasis, therefore, is on the search for meaning, which is not necessarily the search for God or any other supernatural being. Frankl also noted the barriers to humanity’s quest for meaning in life. He warns against affluence, hedonism, and materialism in the search for meaning.

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Once, an elderly general practitioner consulted me because of his severe depression. He could not overcome the loss of his wife who had died two years before and whom he had loved above all else. Now how could I help him? What should I tell him? I refrained from telling him anything, but instead confronted him with a question, “What would have happened, Doctor, if you had died first, and your wife would have had to survive you?”: “Oh,” he said, “for her this would have been terrible; how she would have suffered!” Whereupon I replied, “You see, Doctor, such a suffering has been spared her, and it is you who have spared her this suffering; but now, you have to pay for it by surviving and mourning her.” He said no word but shook my hand and calmly left the office.
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“You ever notice that in the word ‘leader’ the base word is “lead.”
 As in like Another Heavy Metal. We sink because  lead errs [is too heavy]!”
[Sempai's metaphor/kaona is that Ken touts leadership, but instead is heavy lead]

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Contempo existentialism postulates that
one must make his and her own values in an indifferent world. One can live meaningfully [free of despair and anxiety] in an unconditional commitment to something finite, and devotes that meaningful life to the commitment, despite the external vulnerability inherent to doing so. I love history. I love life. My existential definition lies right here, right at this instant.

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God’s Grace allows for Redemption, unearned and unmerited, but for the Grace of God. We all fall short. Most unfortunate, but such is our indifferent human lot.
Yes, we try our best to be authentic, however clumsily we plod forward, and in this sense, as with life overall, Redemption is key, brought on by God’s Grace.

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The most beautiful and erotic [as in lovers Jack and Rose in the 1997 movie Titanic] expressions from Ms. Toni Robert — “Just remember, your future is mine too. We are in this together.” Sigh….

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Who undyngly poured their lives into your own just because it made them smile to see you happy, thriving and victorious? Can you see their faces? Can you feel their love? Can you experience Divinity?
Recount their legacy. Right now. And be grateful.

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Does love truly come to everyone? Or may I die alone, having never been loved or given the chance to love?
Love life, even if love does not come to you. You shall be rewarded in the afterlife, brah’/sis’

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I measure up in my love and devotion to you, even
if I don’t measure up in your eyes. I shall move
on, knowing that my love for you is true.
When I am ignored/forgotten, or when I await a minus/negative communication as one unburdens of me, I repose and take comfort that love lives on in my heart and in the afterlife, and that just the same, romance never dies, now or in the hereafter.

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Sista’s memoir takes a sympathetic look at people who find hope at an end, as in suicide to end emotional or physical pain. Paradox is that Sista’s memoir of 40 yrs. ago in the thread “What is the meaning of life” is the most life affirming recount I’ve seen. The characters have real struggles — but at the end of the storyline, I see more beauty in it and in life, even in its most difficult moments. And it’s such a short allegory! Sista’ conveys so much in relatively few paragraphs.

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An overprideful person “swallows one’s own stomach.” Such nature entails endless self-aggrandizement and vanity, and ensures incomprehensibility at the moment it compels authenticity/truth.

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person who mystifies me, the so-called unspoken one, like baby brother Andrew was to Peter [Bible]. God has no use for pride, such that the meekest of the meek went on to lead, like Moses/Gideon. Look at King David. Lowly Nathan chastened shell-shocked David. Look at Joshua/etc. All unheralded/unsung
heroes. Tremendous symbolism of “never judge a book by its cover.”

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Our greatest Pinoy/Filipino wayfinder is Pablo Manlapit 1891-1969, who was despised by accomodationist/mature sage Rev. Takie Okamura 1865-1951 for being an incendiary hothead. Do you know that Okamura & Manlapit were together on the same ship to Hilo when Okamura tried to quell the early strikers, and Manlapit tried to inflame them? Wow, talk about contradiction!! Anyway, Manlapit was borot to da max [loudmouth blowhard, at least to Okamura]. But name me any Pinoy to match Manlapit’s destiny-charing — none come to mind, because Manlapit was the supreme Do-er, like what later prodigy Ben Menor of Pahoa became. Of course, Manlapit/Menor/Kanaka Johnny Wilson’s huge idol was William Jennings Bryan 1860-1925, whose Cross of Gold speech in 1896 is our alltime standard for don’t wait, it’ll be too late [to save the teeming masses]. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cross_of_gold_speech

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KL Ching a fan of Paul Theroux, grassrooter who recognized Barack Obama’s leadership qualities when Barack was a child.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Theroux#Personal_life

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Lily Aki [Ah Kee] Chow born 1927, wife of Robert Kau Yook [Steamy] Chow born 1922, has gung gung grandpa Charles Aki aka Fat Sun Lui born 1873 who stow-awayed to Hawai’i at age 14 in 1887.   Charles Aki had store in Waiohinu which later was sold to Wong Yuen.   Aki moved to Hilo in 1927 when Lily was born to Willie Aki [1st Asian electrician for Kimo Henderson's Helco] born 1900, oldest of Charles Aki’s children — Charles was going to go back to China but stayed here, Charles from northern Canton.    Charles our 1st Chinese to have enablement from local haoles, ergo OT Shipman, who bankrolled Charles’ kids incl. Lily’s dad Willie to Punahou, OT was our 1st Hawai’i County Democrat & our County treasurer, who safeguarded County property tax monies at Charles’ Waiohinu store when OT went to Kona.   Shipman originally ministered in Ka’u.   OT’s brother was WH Shipman [Herb Shipman's dad].    Of course, Lei Victor Chang Yamada’s grandpa was galvanized by Father Pouzot’s Catholic Church [gave land for Catholic Cemetery by today's Hilo Terrace Apts., where Father Pouzot & little orphan boy Frank Calvomatta are buried].

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Donna Silver’s dad was Silverton Camp genesis in Papa’ikou, Donna’s mom is Kauila St. resident & teacher Kathryn Beveridge’s sister.

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http://www.hawaiifreepress.com/main/ArticlesMain/tabid/56/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/4473/June-14-1900-The-Abolition-of-Slavery-in-Hawaii.aspx

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http://www.hawaiifreepress.com/main/ArticlesMain/tabid/56/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/4471/Enough-for-35-Pro-Bowls-Abercrombiersquos-140M-gift-to-Dante-Carpenter.aspx

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/obamas-novel-definition-of-hostilities/2011/06/20/AGrFhVdH_story.html

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/raymond-j-learsy/world-food-shortage_b_880020.html

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/raymond-j-learsy/wikileaks-brings-misguide_b_821203.html

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How_the_States_Got_Their_Shapes

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Soros#Political_donations_and_activism

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Drug policy reform

Soros has funded worldwide efforts to promote drug policy reform. In 2008, Soros donated $400,000 to help fund a successful ballot measure in Massachusetts known as the Massachusetts Sensible Marijuana Policy Initiative which decriminalized possession of less than 1 oz (28g) of marijuana in the state. Soros has also funded similar measures in California, Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Nevada and Maine.   Among the drug decriminalization groups that have received funding from Soros are the Lindesmith Center and Drug Policy Foundation.   Soros donated $1.4 million to publicity efforts to support California’s Proposition 5 in 2008, a failed ballot measure that would have expanded drug rehabilitation programs as alternatives to prison for persons convicted of non-violent drug-related offenses.

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Scrub Tanaka 1915-2006 was Gov. Jack Burns’ 1909-1975 strategist — Scrub would’ve supported moderate Mufi vs. Abercrombie, & Scrub would’ve supported moderate maverick Case vs. ole’ boys crony Hanabusa [Hanabusa/Hirono cancel out each other].

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My shan-shan workaholic hero is sansei [3rd generation Japanese in America] Bert Mukai born 1956 who’ll be 55 yrs. old next month.    Bert exemplifies the work ethic.   His late dad loved green color, so Mukai vegetable motor wagon [the only one in existence] & farmers market & vegetable & flower store were all painted green.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Dawkins

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_God_Delusion#The_God_Delusion_debate

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Selfish_Gene#30th_anniversary

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/String_theory_landscape

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multiverse_(science)#Eschatology

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plane_(esotericism)

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http://baselinescenario.com/2011/06/23/could-the-us-have-an-expansionary-fiscal-contraction/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BaselineScenario+%28The+Baseline+Scenario%29

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http://baselinescenario.com/2011/06/23/straight-talk/?utm_source=feedburner

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/why-does-the-afghanistan-war-go-on/2011/06/23/AGwIS4hH_story.html

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I never knew of girl fairy tales like Goldilocks/Cinderella/Snow White because 1) my parents were old enough to be my grandparents, being among the older 2nd generation Japanese [Nisei], who were not steeped in Americana lore;   2) I have no sisters to propagate girl fairy tales.   So when a sweet female patron at the library giggled to me that she felt like Goldilocks testing several sizes [heights] of chairs, I went blank, & she knew it!

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goldilocks#Interpretations

Interpretations

Harvard University professor Maria Tatar in The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales (2002) notes that Southey’s tale is sometimes viewed as a cautionary tale that imparts a lesson about the hazards of wandering off and exploring unknown territory. Like “The Tale of the Three Little Pigs“, the story uses repetitive formulas to engage the child’s attention and to reinforce the point about safety and shelter.[17] Tatar points out that the tale is typically framed today as a discovery of what is “just right”, but for earlier generations, it was a tale about an intruder who could not control herself when encountering the possessions of others.

Illustration by John Batten, 1890

In The Uses of Enchantment (1976), child psychologist Bruno Bettelheim describes Goldilocks as “poor, beautiful, and charming”, and notes that the story does not describe her positively except for her hair.[22] Bettelheim mainly discussed the tale in terms of Goldilock’s struggle to move past Oedipal issues to confront adolescent identity problems.

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The story makes extensive use of the literary rule of three, featuring three chairs, three bowls of porridge, three beds, and the three title characters who live in the house. There are also three sequences of the bears discovering in turn that someone has been eating from their porridge, sitting in their chairs, and finally, lying in their beds, at which point is the climax of Goldilocks being discovered. This follows three earlier sequences of Goldilocks trying the bowls of porridge, chairs, and beds successively, each time finding the third “just right”. Author Christopher Booker characterizes this as the “dialectical three”, where “the first is wrong in one way, the second in another or opposite way, and only the third, in the middle, is just right.” Booker continues “This idea that the way forward lies in finding an exact middle path between opposites is of extraordinary importance in storytelling”.

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Susan Buck-Morss criticizes Schama’s The Embarrassment of Riches: An Interpretation of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age for its “selective national history” of the Dutch Republic, “that omits much or all of the colonizing story.”  “One would have no idea that Dutch hegemony in the slave trade (replacing Spain and Portugal as major players) contributed substantially to the enormous “overload” of wealth that he describes as becoming so socially and morally problematic during the century of Dutch “centrality” to the “commerce of the world.””

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right winger David Hunt  — http://premierespeakers.com/david_hunt/bio

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So the same w/Stephen Hayes of the Weekly Standard  —  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_F._Hayes#Bill_Moyers_dispute

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IKEA’s shill sell  —    http://www.mediaglobal.org/article/2009-02-27/the-death-of-philanthropy-as-we-know-it

Pakistan is the carpet trader  — read on  –

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At the UN conference, Swedish furniture company IKEA announced that it would donate $48 million to United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to help improve conditions of children in some of India’s poorest regions. IKEA is UNICEF’s biggest donor.

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head in the okole Kamehameha school  —  http://www.staradvertiser.com/business/20110624__Housing_credits_topple_deal_for_land_donation.html

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Mormon demographics   —  http://www.staradvertiser.com/columnists/onpolitics/20110624_Presidential_primaries__could_test_traction_of_Mormons.html

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orrin_Hatch#Personal_life

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Candace of Mother’s Day homage  –

Marie is the person I thought was irritated and going to complain about Candace’s & my conversation at the library computer module.   Instead, Marie chimed in and added wonderful insight to our discussion.
*Candace’s amazing natural smarts match up with her equally amazing soulful heart, both of which explain her positive attitude despite the multitude of tragedies in her life.    An amazing person.   Christ’s wondrous disciple.  I’ll be lucky if ever I meet again a person of Candace’s immense heart & calibre.

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Female fecundity/childbirth are amazing phenomena which ensure propagation of species.   Which is why human female child-bearing is worshipped in early ancient cave wall depictions/etc.    The physically superior male defends the species, the female reproduces the species.   No physical protection from the predators of ancient humankind, no procreation-childbirth.    The male fights predators, the female reproduces the species.  Because the male fights predators, the male is the boss of the species — at least traditionally.     But in today’s society females are equal to males — over half of all females of child-bearing age are the sole breadwinners/heads of households — females do not take a back seat to males in authority/power.    Thence, LDS Priesthood hegemony is antiquated male chauvinism, pure & simple.    Change it — empower the female.   She is equal to the male in responsibility and authority.   Change it.    Level the playing field.   As with gay genes, homophobia [& male chauvinism] a fear-monger hot button issue which needs to be disposed of in our dustbin.   Fear/fear/fear — terrible afflictions of the heart.

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No matter the outcome, Debbie Hecht is my big hero, my Biblical Joseph, my Ragna Rath/Marianne Cope/Mabel Smyth/Mabel Wilcox!!

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from Debbie Hecht Thursday eve. June 23, 2011  –

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Hey Curtis- thanks for your phone message tonight.  As good a pep talk as I’ve ever heard!  Laughter IS the BEST medicine.

Deb

Debbie Hecht
Kailua Kona, HI
(808) 989-3222
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CONTACT:  Nancy Mathieson, 847-226-8589, NancyMath1@aol.com

TRUTH IN ACCOUNTING’S FIFTY STATE STUDY UNCOVERS THE TRUE FINANCIAL CONDITION OF THE STATES

Only four U.S. states have sufficient assets to pay their debt and obligations related to pension and retirees’ healthcare

Chicago, (June 27, 2011) – Today, the Institute for Truth in Accounting (IFTA) announces completion of a significant, comprehensive study of all 50 states’ assets and liabilities, including pension and retirement healthcare obligations.  The study determined that six states had a per taxpayer burden over $20,000:  Connecticut ($41,200), Illinois ($26,800), Hawaii ($25,000), Kentucky ($23,800), Massachusetts ($20,100) and New Jersey ($34,600).  The Taxpayer Burden represents the funds that will be needed to pay the commitments the state has already accumulated divided by the state’s taxpayers.

‘If governors and legislatures had truly balanced each state’s budget, no taxpayer’s financial burden would exist,’ said Sheila Weinberg, Founder and CEO of the Institute.  She continued, ‘A state budget is not balanced if past costs, including those for employees’ retirement benefits, are pushed into the future.’

The study found four states (Nebraska, North Dakota, Utah and Wyoming) have assets available to pay their debt and obligations related to pension and retirees’ healthcare.

The study reviewed each state’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report to offset assets against liabilities.  For the first time, a detailed analysis of pension and healthcare liabilities uncovered the states’ actual obligations.  From these calculations, the Institute was able to determine the Taxpayer’s Burden.  Results for each state are available at http://truthinaccounting.org.

Employee compensation packages include retirement benefits.  A portion of these benefits is earned each period and should be included in the current budget as a portion of current employee compensation costs.  Instead most states handle many of benefits on a ‘pay-as-you-go’ basis.  This obligates future taxpayers to cover these past costs – without receiving any benefits or services.

‘Though 49 of the 50 states have constitutional or legal requirements to balance budgets, most states employ a variety of financial maneuvers to circumvent this requirement,’ said Roger Nelson, chair of IFTA and former vice chair of Ernst & Young.  ‘The largest of these maneuvers is related to employee compensation.’

About the Institute for Truth in Accounting

The Institute for Truth in Accounting (IFTA) is dedicated to promoting honest, accurate, and transparent accounting at all levels of government and business.  As a non-partisan, non-profit organization, the IFTA works to expose accounting deficiencies while promoting better, more accessible delivery of accurate government financial data-and, in turn, providing a foundation for more informed public policy.  The IFTA provides its expertise to develop more effective accounting standards and deliver accurate government financial information to policymakers, opinion leaders, and citizens, so they can all work for a more secure financial future.

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Rev. Tom Brown  –

Check it out:

http://www.hr95.org/brown,t.htm

http://www.thc-ministry.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7948

http://www.420magazine.com/forums/general-420-talk/38193-rev-tom-brown.html

One Love revtombrown

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Council chair Dom Yagong raised the question of contract “mark-ups” which take a sizeable chunk out of our public coffers. Our Procurement Code HRS Sec. 103D-501 addresses modifications, but it is so broad/general in wording that it leaves tremendous opportunity for abuse. Which is why Dominic wants to curb excessive government spending.

The Procurement Code competitive bidding wording also is overbroad and ripe for abuse, not to mention its myriad exceptions/allowances for non-bid “golden eggs” & sole source purchases This Goose/Us is so dissipated that it can’t lay golden eggs anymore for professionals/consultants/engineers/architects/etc. Our Procurement Code bans small purchase serial order/parceling, but it also is overbroad. Its threshholds are $100Gs for goods/services, & $250Gs for construction, and such “small” buys wiggle much to even more laxer requisites.

Hawai’i County legislative auditor Colleen Schrandt born 1957 is not dynamic like State counterpart Marion Higa, Marion being a tenacious fighter who relishes the fray & the publicity. Colleen is our ablest non-elected government official, but Colleen doesn’t “close the deal” like Marion does, because of their opposite personalities. Marion would’ve eaten abusive Donald Ikeda for breakfast at our County Council’s 12/15/10 meeting in Kona, whereas ever-courteous Colleen simply took Donald’s punches & winced thruout. Nonetheless, Colleen is my Joan of Ark, because just to step into the ring to take Ikeda’s punches is quite a marvel in itself — Colleen is one tough cookie, I tell you. Maybe it’s even tougher to take a punch like Colleen does than to throw many punches, like ferocious Marion Higa does. For my mac nuts, I choose a Marion Higa over Colleen any day of the week, though on an intimate personal level, Colleen is Jesus’ silent disciple — my alltime hero is Colleen, hands down!! Yeah, I confess, Colleen is eye candy vs. Marion’s salty ling hi moi.

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http://baselinescenario.com/2011/06/27/what-is-this-washington/?utm_source=feedburner

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Posted: 27 Jun 2011 06:17 PM PDT

By James Kwak

(Warning: Very elementary post ahead. Most of you probably know all this already.)

Mitch McConnell, Senate Republican Leader, quoted in Bloomberg: “We have seen the consequences of giving Washington a blank check. My message to the president is simple: It’s time for Washington to focus on fixing itself. It’s time Washington take the hit, not the taxpayers.”

That sounds good (if you don’t like “Washington,” that is), but what does it mean? McConnell wants people to think that their tax dollars go to feed some animal named “Washington,” and therefore our budget problems can be solved by simply feeding Washington less — without “taxpayers” taking the hit.

That might be true if “Washington” simply consumed money for its own sake, but the problem is that most of the federal budget isn’t consumed by the federal government.

Of the $3.8 trillion in outlays in President Obama’s proposed FY 2012 budget, more than half comes in one door and immediately goes out another door back to ordinary people, the vast majority of whom are or were previously taxpayers. $742 billion gets paid out in unrestricted cash by Social Security; another $762 billion goes to pay for people’s health care expenses. Other entitlement programs such as retirement benefits for federal employees (civilian and military), food stamps, and unemployment insurance add up to another $716 billion.* There’s no way to reduce this spending without directly hurting “taxpayers.” You can argue that some of these programs should be eliminated, but you can’t argue that you can eliminate those programs without hurting ordinary people.

Another $207 billion goes to pay interest on the outstanding debt. There’s no way to reduce this spending without triggering a massive financial crisis, which would ordinarily be unthinkable.

Of the rest, almost two-thirds goes to pay for national security. Mitch McConnell might be open to cuts in defense spending, although I doubt that he’s come out and said so.

That leaves only $507 billion for discretionary, non-security programs. To start off with, this is less than a third of the projected 2011 deficit, so even if you think that all of it is money wasted on bureaucrats who do nothing, you still can’t balance the budget on their backs. (And besides, they are “taxpayers,” too — so shutting down the government is just a way of concentrating the pain on federal government employees.) And even there, a lot of that $507 billion simply flows right out to ordinary people (not federal employees): educational grants through the Department of Education, low-income housing vouchers through the Department of Housing and Urban Development, farm subsidies through the Department of Agriculture, and so on.

So what is “Washington”? You might legitimately believe that the Environmental Protection Agency provides no value to society and should be entirely eliminated; I don’t, but at least that position is logical. But that would only save you $10 billion.  Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms? $1 billion. You can also believe that some of the services provided by the government could be provided more cheaply by the private sector; but even if the government stopped providing those services, you would still have to pay someone something for them. The truth is, there is no animal named “Washington” that eats money. Most of what Washington does (in dollar terms) is write checks to people, so reducing a dollar of Washington’s spending generally takes a dollar, or close to a dollar, out of someone’s pocket.

And the Republicans know this. Much as they would love to kill EPA, ATF, CFPB, and the like, they know that is peanuts. That’s why Kevin McCarthy, the third-leading Republican in the House, “insisted that limits on Medicare must also be included in a bipartisan deal,” according to the same Bloomberg article. It’s very clear that “taxpayers” — in this case, Medicare recipients — are going to get hurt in any budget-cutting deal. The only question is which ones.

Saying “it’s time Washington take the hit, not taxpayers,” is not the only part of the Republican position that flies in the face of logic. The other part is the refusal to consider tax increases, especially when they are defined to include all revenue increases.

According to Bloomberg, Eric Cantor walked out of debt negotiations because he opposed administration revenue-raising proposals such as eliminating last-in, first-out (LIFO) accounting for inventory costs and ending subsidies for oil and gas companies. Now, you may or may not think that subsidies to oil and gas companies are good policy (theoretically, they promote exploration, which theoretically reduces our dependence on foreign sources). But your willingness to consider eliminating such subsidies should not depend on whether those subsidies are effected as cash payments by the government or as loopholes in the tax code.

This, of course, is the old tax expenditure issue. Anything the government can do by spending, it can also do (though perhaps not as efficiently) by granting a tax exemption. By Cantor’s logic, if the government were awarding cash bonuses to oil companies, he would be open to eliminating those bonuses; but since instead the government awards tax goodies (such as accelerated deductions) to oil companies, those goodies must be off the table.

It bears repeating that this is not an issue of what is or is not good policy. You could say the same thing about the subsidy for dependent care: because it’s implemented as a tax credit instead of as a spending program, it’s off limits to the House Republicans. Whatever your views are on the actual policies, it’s absurd to base your deficit-cutting strategy on whether they are labeled as spending programs or as tax goodies.

But it’s also absurd to think that the federal government exists independently from the American people. Really it’s a kind of fetishism: in Wikipedia’s words, “the attribution of inherent value or powers to an object.” Apparently some people have hated the government so long that it has become a kind of magical totem in their minds.

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Frankie Malendres allegedly killed early mob boss Harold “Biggie” Chan.    Malendres himself was shot/killed in prison allegedly for killing a good guy.   Saney Kim is Leilani Castro’s hubby who is suspected of killing her [in a posh Kona hotel room], Saney brother of Andy/Phil Kim, Saney mu’umu’u legs for car bombing vs. him.   Saney apparently not brother of Earl Kim.

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