peculiarity [updated to February 29, 2012]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6bekli_Tepe#Interpretation_and_importance

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Interpretation and importance

Monolith with animals in high and low relief

Göbekli Tepe is regarded as an archaeological discovery of the greatest importance since it could profoundly change our understanding of a crucial stage in the development of human societies. It seems that the erection of monumental complexes was within the capacities of hunter-gatherers and not only of sedentary farming communities as had been previously assumed. In other words, as excavator Klaus Schmidt puts it: “First came the temple, then the city.”  This revolutionary hypothesis will have to be supported or modified by future research.

Not only its large dimensions, but the side-by-side existence of multiple pillar shrines makes the location unique. There are no comparable monumental complexes from its time. Nevalı Çori, a well-known Neolithic settlement also excavated by the German Archaeological Institute, and submerged by the Atatürk Dam since 1992, is 500 years later, its T-shaped pillars are considerably smaller, and its shrine was located inside a village; the roughly contemporary architecture at Jericho is devoid of artistic merit or large-scale sculpture; and Çatalhöyük, perhaps the most famous of all Anatolian Neolithic villages, is 2,000 years younger.

Schmidt has engaged in some speculation regarding the belief systems of the groups that created Göbekli Tepe, based on comparisons with other shrines and settlements. He assumes shamanic practices and suggests that the T-shaped pillars may represent mythical creatures, perhaps ancestors, whereas he sees a fully articulated belief in gods only developing later in Mesopotamia, associated with extensive temples and palaces. This corresponds well with an ancient Sumerian belief that agriculture, animal husbandry and weaving had been brought to mankind from the sacred mountain Du-Ku, which was inhabited by Annuna—deities, very ancient gods without individual names. Klaus Schmidt identifies this story as an oriental primeval myth that preserves a partial memory of the Neolithic.   It is also apparent that the animal and other images give no indication of organized violence, i.e., there are no depictions of hunting raids or wounded animals, and the pillar carvings ignore game on which the society mainly subsisted, like deer, in favor of formidable creatures such as lions, snakes, spiders and scorpions.

At present, Göbekli Tepe raises more questions for archaeology and prehistory than it answers. We do not know how a force large enough to construct, augment, and maintain such a substantial complex was mobilized and paid or fed in the conditions of pre-Neolithic society. We cannot “read” the pictograms, and do not know for certain what meaning the animal reliefs had for visitors to the site; the variety of fauna depicted, from lions and boars to birds and insects, makes any single explanation problematic. As there seems to be little or no evidence of habitation, and the animals depicted on the stones are mainly predators, the stones may have been intended to stave off evils through some form of magic representation; it is also possible that they served as totems.  It is not known why more and more walls were added to the interiors while the sanctuary was in use, with the result that some of the engraved pillars were obscured from view. Burial may or may not have occurred at the site. The reason the complex was eventually buried remains unexplained. Until more evidence is gathered, it is difficult to deduce anything certain about the originating culture.

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Schmidt’s Gobekli Tepe theory stands out because of its sweeping ambition  — unveiling the mystery of  monument building without disposing the science.   We shall see what further empirical archeological finds bring us in order to extrapolate anew.

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Genesis can be thought of as a poetic creation, stating that God’s relationship to humanity is as personal as the potter’s is to the clay from which the potter fashions the vase.    So the same, the polemic of the quick & the dead [Psalm 74] bespeaks ingratitude/petulance/biliousness [Psalms 2, 52, 94,  & 137]

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Strange as it sounds, religion and wellbeing go hand in hand  — not sure if spiritual faith makes you joyful or if joyful folks tend to be faith-based/spiritual.    Joyful folks improvise & adapt to their predicament.        😉

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Faith-based pilgrims live as much as 14 yrs. longer than others, perhaps because of acceptance/adjustment/voluntary obedience to a higher authority/power w/no chip on the shoulder.

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Okinawans/Uchinanchu rank among the world’s longest-lived folks, and it’s not certain they are faith-based    😉     but they create a group of mutually committed friends– moai  —  otagai like oyakoko  [supportive positive friends analog unconditionally loving family members].

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Emotional thrivers/exemplars can cultivate their relationships/wider social circles w/others who have positive/upbeat attributes, as opposed to others who load you down w/negative feelings.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siHcCh6u8YU&feature=related

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XubpNvw7BC0&feature=related

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StKVbOog9KI

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NO–bqmB6k&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PL822D533C6961C4C5

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZyYyS8asnc&feature=related

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unheralded yet great voice as an instrument, sultry sensual Sarah McLaughlin  —    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-1ZroA6vb8

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and  in her unadorned settings    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Czzv7qRXQY

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slim & in casual “slippers” [end of video on song “Grenade”]   http://www.youtube.com/user/SarahMcLaughlin18 

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and unheralded Anna Zorkina has immensely gifted talent & presence —

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyraGzTT0Fg

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so the same for male tenor vocalist Roni RCB [go to 34 seconds of this You Tube video  — time sequence is at the bottom of the screen/video]

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBwa8xYQfM4&feature=related

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and for India rocker Girish Pradhan, listen to his great ole’ time run/glide notes at 1:32 of this youtube, consisting of 3 seconds of climactic sliding  —

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFX5ejmdlc4

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Girish reminds me of my hard rock genesis generation’s Tim Bogert [Vanilla Fudge], underrated vocalist,  and Girish is every bit as good if not better than the originators of today’s sound.      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Bogert

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nrF8hikZhY

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FdyaYFZ3gk

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NTsr1NfDE0&feature=related  — sultry intro like Vince & the Valiants’  “All I Want for Christmas is You” below

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[Mariah’s voice as a great instrument]

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGeBrNRtD1Q&feature=related

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

[smooth El DeBarge]

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWcPo0i7hX8&feature=related

[Ronnie James Dio later heavy metal legend]

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Marilyn Monroe flourish & fantastic voice — Zeta Katzman   —

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZeB8Tx3tvg

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never judge a book by its cover  — what appear to be cruddy hippies might have angels in their vocal chords.    Never ever assume what appear to be obvious.   Ever.

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

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Thank you, Arlene Smith born 1941, lead vocalist [& tallest in height] of the pioneer female R &B Chantels vocal group, for pointing out the immense legacy of Otis Blackwell  [NYC Arlene came after L.A. Etta James,  both coast to coast titular vocalists][see Etta James’ rebel nature below]  —

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otis_Blackwell#Legacy

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It isn’t often that the title of a song will create a whole new expression in Americana. “All Shook Up” did exactly that. Youngsters and adults alike have made the phrase a common part of everyday usage.

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

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Etta James’  professional success, however, was balanced against personal demons, namely a drug addiction.

“I was trying to be cool,” she told the AP in 1995, explaining what had led her to try heroin.

“I hung out in Harlem and saw Miles Davis and all the jazz cats,” she continued. “At one time, my heavy role models were all druggies. Billie Holiday sang so groovy. Is that because she’s on drugs? It was in my mind as a young person. I probably thought I was a young Billie Holiday, doing whatever came with that.”

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http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/breaking/137766318.html?id=137766318

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and you think smolderingly hot Elvis Presley [now Johnny Depp & Waikiki’s Bruno Mars ergo Puerto Rican/Pinoy Pete Hernandez born 1985]  is IT?      Get a load here of Richard nothing Little about Richard   —

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRSBh5ddlbA&feature=related

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruno_Mars#1985.E2.80.932008:_Early_life_and_beginnings

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What talents/gifts do you offer to others?

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What impassions/charges you up exhilaratingly?

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Do you share your gifts on matters/persons/groups you love to no end in a milieu which you value highest or which values you a lot?    Rich Leider’s The Power of Purpose chastens that such a formula/intimate personal mission statement gives you every reason to get up in the morning!     http://richardleider.com/

Recognize your purpose in living each day or week or for an eternity.

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beautiful tribute to one’s grandmother  —

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmqEnEhjFp0&feature=related

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Stevie Wonder’s 1976 album “Songs in the Key of Life”  is the greatest compilation of songs on a single non-alltime greats album.   His “I Wish” song is the finest fusion of rock & jazz to date

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http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=stevie+wonder+isn’t+she+lovely&view=detail&mid=4A3CD0FA9431E8D862944A3CD0FA9431E8D86294&first=0&FORM=LKVR28

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjpKOPh7BXA

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The voice as an instrument — unfettered by amenities of setting/lighting/mood/orchestra

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZ2gk1tINP4&feature=related

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I saw this heartbreaker video below & realized a day after I saw it how prophetic hapa-haole Korean Kolleen Park was in asking what then was perceived as an inapt question,  “Why do you sing?”   The vocalist expresses his deepest needs thru song.   Point is that the evening I saw this video I dreamt that I was crouched on top of a Hana Maui black sand beach peak [ancient cinder cone] & didn’t know how I got there or how to get down to the beach level.   “I wanted to belong.”   Yikes.    To a soulmate??           😉 

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beneficent Song Yun-ah & Kolleen Park extol Sung-bong Choi

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BewknNW2b8Y&feature=rellist&playnext=1&list=PL4B72D00ED2882AA2

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Song_Yun-ah

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

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bless NYC  —

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WskZcaK3pA8

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Sage Steven Kalas born 1957 on self worth [desire to love & to be loved]  —

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The authors say that “only the most fortunate get the best” of this “enemy.” And here I disagree. It’s not so much the fortunate that make progress in self-understanding. Rather, it’s endurance. Near foolish persistence. It’s a relentless hunger to mine the full riches of selfhood, no matter how dark it is down there. No matter how many times the tunnels collapse.

Still, there are days when I am a stranger to myself. Mystified and discouraged. That’s when I change the question from “Who am I?” to “Whose am I?” I am a father. I am a mate. I am a friend. A citizen. A neighbor. I belong to the people in the equations of those relationships.

No matter what I understand or don’t understand about me, I can always love, honor, respect, cherish, be generous and attentive to people who need me.

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http://www.lvrj.com/living/exploring-selfhood-takes-courage-patience-endurance-131940388.html

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lesson plans and love‏ —

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Lesson plans filled with unsettling contempt for others scar us all.    And yet through it all,  we desire to love and to be loved beneath our scarred features.   Via sage Steven Kalas born 1957   —  from the song Purple Heart   — 

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 Love’s Purple Heart is won.

Once upon a time

You promised to believe

That wounded hearts though painful

Are the only hearts that grow.

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Yes, as pop leader Tori Amos says, step into your grace [fulfill your spiritual destiny].

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In Latin, the word “mystery” is an invitation to solve a puzzle. If you buy a mystery novel, the goal is to turn the pages until it’s no longer a mystery. But when I say “mystery” above, I mean the Greek “musterion.” It’s not an invitation to solve; rather, to respect. It’s immutable. You only embrace through humble silence.

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http://www.lvrj.com/living/the-relief-and-comfort-of-learning-what-you-don-t-know-140473093.html

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Class consciousness underlies ethnic/sectarian conflicts.   Class as divisive  —        

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Importance_of_Being_Earnest#As_a_satire_of_society

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As a satire of society

The play repeatedly mocks Victorian mores and social customs, marriage and the pursuit of love in particular.   In Victorian times earnestness was considered to be the over-riding societal value, originating in religious attempts to reform the lower classes, it spread to the upper ones too throughout the century. The play’s very title, with its mocking paradox [serious people are so because they do not see trivial comedies] introduces the theme, it continues in the drawing room discussion, “Yes, but you must be serious about it. I hate people who are not serious about meals. It is so shallow of them” says Algernon in Act 1; allusions are quick and from multiple angles. Wilde embodied society’s rules and rituals artfully into Lady Bracknell: minute attention to the details of her style created a comic effect of assertion by restraint.  In contrast to her encyclopaedic knowledge of the social distinctions of London’s street names, Jack’s obscure parentage is subtly evoked. He defends himself against her “A handbag?” with the clarification, “The Brighton Line.”  At the time, Victoria Station consisted of two separate but adjacent terminal stations sharing the same name. To the east was the ramshackle LC&D Railway, on the west the up-market LB&SCR—the Brighton Line, which went to Worthing, the fashionable, expensive town the gentleman who found baby Jack was travelling to at the time [and after which Jack was named].

Wilde managed both to engage with and to mock the genre. The men follow traditional matrimonial rites, but the foibles they excuse are ridiculous, and the farce is built on an absurd confusion of a book and a baby. In turn, both Gwendolen and Cecily have the ideal of marrying a man named Ernest, a popular and respected name at the time, and they indignantly declare that they have been deceived when they find out the men’s real names. When Jack apologizes to Gwendolen during his marriage proposal it is for not being wicked:

JACK: Gwendolen, it is a terrible thing for a man to find out suddenly that all his life he has been speaking nothing but the truth. Can you forgive me?
GWENDOLEN: I can. For I feel that you are sure to change.

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 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/11/pew-survey-class-conflict_n_1200176.html?ref=daily-brief?utm_source=DailyBrief&utm_campaign=011212&utm_medium=email&utm_content=NewsEntry&utm_term=Daily%20Brief

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http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/16/opinion/krugman-how-fares-the-dream.html?_r=2&ref=paulkrugman

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Over the course of the 1960s and 1970s substantial numbers of black families moved into the middle class, and even into the upper middle class; the percentage of black households in the top 20 percent of the income distribution nearly doubled.       

But around 1980 the relative economic position of blacks in America stopped improving. Why? An important part of the answer, surely, is that circa 1980 income disparities in the United States began to widen dramatically, turning us into a society more unequal than at any time since the 1920s.       

Think of the income distribution as a ladder, with different people on different rungs. Starting around 1980, the rungs began moving ever farther apart, adversely affecting black economic progress in two ways. First, because many blacks were still on the lower rungs, they were left behind as income at the top of the ladder soared while income near the bottom stagnated. Second, as the rungs moved farther apart, the ladder became harder to climb.       

The Times recently reported on a well-established finding that still surprises many Americans when they hear about it: although we still see ourselves as the land of opportunity, we actually have less intergenerational economic mobility than other advanced nations. That is, the chances that someone born into a low-income family will end up with high income, or vice versa, are significantly lower here than in Canada or Europe.       

And there’s every reason to believe that our low economic mobility has a lot to do with our high level of income inequality.       

Alan Krueger, chairman of the president’s Council of Economic Advisers, gave an important speech about income inequality, presenting a relationship he dubbed the “Great Gatsby Curve.” Highly unequal countries, he showed, have low mobility: the more unequal a society is, the greater the extent to which an individual’s economic status is determined by his or her parents’ status. And as Mr. Krueger pointed out, this relationship suggests that America in the year 2035 will have even less mobility than it has now, that it will be a place in which the economic prospects of children largely reflect the class into which they were born.       

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gassed out/fuel prices    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-reich/price-of-oil_b_1290409.html?ref=daily-brief?utm_source=DailyBrief&utm_campaign=022112&utm_medium=email&utm_content=BlogEntry&utm_term=Daily%20Brief

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http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/20/opinion/krugman-taxes-at-the-top.html?_r=2&ref=paulkrugman

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http://wealthforcommongood.org/william-rice-the-rich-dont-need-a-free-ride/

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-reich/romney-tax-return_b_1211710.html?ref=daily-brief?utm_source=DailyBrief&utm_campaign=011812&utm_medium=email&utm_content=BlogEntry&utm_term=Daily%20Brief

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http://baselinescenario.com/2012/01/19/the-price-of-apple/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BaselineScenario+%28The+Baseline+Scenario%29

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http://baselinescenario.com/2012/01/27/what-is-private-equity/

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http://baselinescenario.com/2012/02/23/why-wont-the-federal-reserve-board-talk-to-financial-reform-advocates/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BaselineScenario+%28The+Baseline+Scenario%29

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“I would like to grow old in a thriving love affair.”      — from great sage & loving person Steven Kalas


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Hi Steven:   Curt from Hawai’i here.   I’m heterosexual.    I apologize in advance for intruding on you.  


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I posted my thoughts on loss/absence of a soulmate in my blog.   I don’t know if this helps, but “what the hell,” right??   Thanks, Steven, for your utterly fulfilling interchanges of wisdom and thoughts!!    Hau’oli Makahiki Hou!!  [Happy New Year]

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In an “over on its head”  reversal of convention, maybe Heavenly Father constructs “memorials” of loss/goodbye/grief  for me to appreciate as mileposts in life’s walk in Faith.   That no matter the “huli ‘au” upside down nature of the death of possibilities/hopes/dreams/relationships, each experience is a learning odyssey [learning life enrichment/wisdom-clarity make the relationship worth its while],  from which hope still springs eternal,  so to speak.   That love never dies, no matter the external circumstance.   That to love and to be loved are life’s precious rewards, no matter the risk of loss/harm/disrepute.   Love suffuses thru us all.   The power of love.   The unalterable word  —  not “If,” but “Will,” in Love.

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deprived of love, maybe one appreciates love more if and when the wholeness of love comes [metaphorically restore homeostasis]  —

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/andrew-weil-md/hormesis_b_1214355.html?ref=daily-brief?utm_source=DailyBrief&utm_campaign=012012&utm_medium=email&utm_content=BlogEntry&utm_term=Daily%20Brief

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My great hero & vocalist Mariska Veres 1947-2006 always evoked passion & love.   Go to seconds 49-55 on this You Tube video [time sequence is at the bottom of the video] & experience thriving & climactic  love!!

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTb1LYaFV8I

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Baby, I’m yours!               http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8m0Tp97eOw

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Deliriously demented!       😉           http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6SlK9uHTc8&feature=related

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from compassionate Carol Ludloff Arnold  –

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Mahalo for sharing all these wonderful thought-provoking missives —  have a wonderful New Year!

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http://www.lvrj.com/living/gestalt-therapy-can-open-doors-to-more-authentic-life-118731604.html

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Gestalt [form — the whole is other than the sum of its parts] is a spontaneous moment wherein the whole of a human being is radically open and present to the wholeness of a life experience.

We can’t decide to open a gestalt.  It happens apart from our will. It’s not a choice; rather, a happening.  An in-breaking.  Gestalts bend time and space.  At once do gestalts frighten and fascinate.

Falling in love is a gestalt. Acute grief is a gestalt. Profound awe is a gestalt. Comedy can open a gestalt. The wonder of nature. Authentic joy. Physical suffering. Religious experience. Terror. Great art form — music, dance, sculpture, paintings. Intense anger. Sex is a gestalt. Passionate oratory can open a gestalt, in individuals or sometimes entire nations, for better or worse (see the public addresses of Adolph Hitler).

The ability to be radically open to the wholeness of the human experience has rich benefits. An open gestalt can generate vitality and more personal freedom. It invites greater authenticity.

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My biggest hero is Viktor Frankl, Holocaust survivor, who intones that everything can be taken from a person but one thing:  The last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, as when Viktor faced down the insanity/madness of Hitler’s death squads.

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

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Logotherapy was developed by neurologist and psychiatrist Viktor Frankl. It is considered the “Third Viennese School of Psychotherapy” after Freud’s psychoanalysis and Adler’s individual psychology.   It is a type of existentialist analysis which  focuses on a will to meaning as opposed to Adler’s Nietzschean doctrine of will to power or Freud’s will to pleasure.  Rather than power or pleasure, logotherapy is founded upon the belief that it is the striving to find a meaning in one’s life that is the primary most powerful motivating and driving force in humans.    A short introduction to this paradigm is given in Frankl’s most famous book, Man’s Search for Meaning,  in which he outlines how his theories helped him to survive his Holocaust experience and how that experience further developed and reinforced his theories.

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Basic principles

The notion of Logotherapy was created with the Greek word logos [“meaning”].   Frankl’s concept is based on the premise that the primary motivational force of an individual is to find  meaning in life. The following list of tenets represents basic principles of logotherapy:

  • Life has meaning under all circumstances, even the most miserable ones.
  • Our main motivation for living is our will to find meaning in life.
  • We have freedom to find meaning in what we do, and what we experience, or at least in the stand we take when faced with a situation of unchangeable suffering.

The human spirit is referred to in several of the assumptions of logotherapy, but 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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According to Frankl, “We can discover this meaning in life in three different ways:  (1) by creating a work or doing a deed;  (2) by experiencing something or encountering someone; and (3) by the attitude we take toward unavoidable suffering,”  and that “everything can be taken from a person but one thing:   The last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.”   On the meaning of suffering, Frankl gives the following example:

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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Frankl emphasized that realizing the value of suffering is meaningful only when the first two creative possibilities are not available (for example, in a concentration camp) and only when such suffering is inevitable – he was not proposing that people suffer unnecessarily.

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Philosophical basis of Logotherapy

Frankl described the metaclinical implications of logotherapy in his book The Will of Meaning: Foundations and Applications of Logotherapy.  He believed that there is no psychotherapy apart from the theory of man. As an existential psychologist, he inherently disagreed with the “machine model,”  as it undermines the human quality of humans.   As a neurologist and psychiatrist, Frankl developed a unique view of determinism to coexist with the three basic pillars of logotherapy [the freedom of will].   Though Frankl admitted that man can never be free from every condition, such as, biological, sociological, or psychological determinants, based on his experience in the Holocaust, he believed that man is “capable of resisting and braving even the worst conditions.”   In doing such, man can detach from situations, himself, choose an attitude about himself, determine his own determinants, thus shaping his own character and becoming responsible for himself.

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After the death of Frankl’s wife and Frankl’s parents and brother during the Holocaust, he used religion to cope with their deaths, affirming his beliefs in God or a higher meaning.   Frankl recognized that his logotherapy ultimately led to meaning through faith.

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Word play:   “for the sake of ” is the opposite of “forsaken”   —  The Wordbook dictionary states that “forsake” is derived from an Old English word “forsacan.”    “for” means “completely” and “sacan” means “deny.

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Word play:   “Hope against hope” is a contradiction but has Biblical roots  —

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http://bible.cc/romans/4-18.htm

Who against hope believed in hope,…. Abraham believed the promise of God,

that he might become the father of many nations, being assisted by a supernatural aid: “in hope”; of the fulfilment of it by the grace and power of God:    “against hope”: against all visible, rational grounds of hope.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/25/opinion/sunday/dowd-a-victorian-christmas.html?_r=1&ref=maureendowd


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AT the end of his life, Charles Dickens did not have great expectations for Christmas.   

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He had separated from his wife, describing his marriage as “blighted and wasted.”  His mistress was not around.  He was disappointed that his sons lacked his ambition.  His final Christmas, he wrote a colleague, was painful and miserable. 

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“The Inimitable,” as he had christened himself when he was young and celebrated, was drained from traveling to give paid readings and suffering from such severe gout that he could not write clearly or walk well.  He was confined to bed all Christmas Day and through dinner, bleak in his house.   

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“Christmas was always a time which in our home was looked forward to with eagerness and delight,” his daughter Mamie said.

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Dickens would dance and play the conjurer. “My father was always at his best, a splendid host, bright and jolly as a boy and throwing his heart and soul into everything,” recalled his son Henry.  

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Douglas-Fairhurst wonders if this “inventor of Christmas” might have developed his “ruthless” determination to enjoy the day because of the traumatic year he spent as a child working in a rat-infested shoe-polish warehouse in London after his father went to prison for debts.  Did England’s most famous novelist need “to recreate his childhood as it should have been rather than as it was?”    

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The biographer notes that Dickens, in his fiction, “rarely describes a family Christmas without showing how vulnerable it is to being broken apart by a more miserable alternative.

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In ‘Great Expectations’ it is the soldiers who burst into Pip’s home on Christmas Day, saving him from a dinner in which the only highlight is Joe slopping extra spoonfuls of gravy onto his plate.

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In ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood,’ the young hero goes missing on Christmas Eve, leaving behind several clues that he had been murdered by his uncle.

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Saddest of all, in ‘A Christmas Carol,’ Scrooge is forced by the Ghost of Christmas Past to observe his boyhood self left behind at school, and weeps ‘to see his poor forgotten self as he used to be.’ ”    

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Douglas-Fairhurst points out that Dickens’s fiction teems with ifs, just-supposes and alternative scenarios, “what might have been and what was not.” He even wrote two different endings for “Great Expectations,” one where Estella and Pip don’t end up together and one where they seem to.       
“Pause you,” Pip says, “and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the first link on one memorable day.”     

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Dickens was rescued from the warehouse and sent back to school when his father got out of prison and wangled a Navy pension. But that year drove home to him how frighteningly random fate can be.    

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“I might easily have been, for any care that was taken of me, a little robber or a little vagabond,” he once said.   

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Dickens — whose bicentenary will be celebrated on Feb. 7 — worked himself to death at 58, but he always feared obscurity was lurking.       
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“Welcome, alike what has been, and what never was, and what we hope may be, to your shelter underneath the holly,” he wrote.      

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“Lost friend, lost child, lost parent, sister, brother, husband, wife, we will not so discard you!” he wrote. “You shall hold your cherished places in our Christmas hearts, and by our Christmas fires; and in the season of immortal hope, and on the birthday of immortal mercy, we will shut out Nothing!”  

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Piers MORGAN: How much — how much of your ability to be successful for so long do you think is down to having strong people like your mother in your early life?
BENNETT: It meant everything. It meant everything. It meant everything. It gave me the proper, natural human love, and it worked.
MORGAN: Let’s take another break. I want to come back and talk to you about politics, about when you marched back in the ’60s, the Civil Rights marches, Martin Luther King, the Kennedys and indeed President Obama today. Let’s hear what your thoughts about it.
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MORGAN: Well, that was your theme tune, isn’t it, really, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”?
BENNETT: That’s my signature song.
MORGAN: Yes. Do you ever get tired of singing it?
BENNETT: No, not at all. That’s a beautiful song and it’s a magnificent city in the United States.
MORGAN: If you had five minutes to live, what song would you sing? BENNETT: I’d sing the last line of that song.
MORGAN: Would you?
BENNETT: “Your golden sun will shine for me.”
MORGAN: Yes, great line. And that would be —
BENNETT: “When I come home to you, San Francisco, your golden sun will shine for me.” Because it’s not just about the city. It’s about every optimistic person on the planet. We all love to be optimistic. We are instinctively optimistic. And that song says it. Everybody has a dream and a hope that something’s going to work for them. And then when it happens, it’s a great joy.
MORGAN: In the ’60s, you became involved in the American Civil rights movement. You participate in the ’68 Selma to Montgomery marches. Did you think then when Martin Luther King was assassinated, did you think in your lifetime, you would see a black president in America?
BENNETT: I think it’s the greatest accomplishment that the United States ever came up with. I think it’s magnificent. Because he’s not only an African-American, but he’s — you know, I’ve always respected intellectual people. And he’s an intellect.
MORGAN: He’s intelligent.
BENNETT: He’s highly — he’s more than intelligent. He’s very bright. Highly bright. And I love the fact that this great country — it’s a great step for humanity, for the world to learn that even though I love this country more than anything that could ever happen, it’s kind of ahead of all the other countries, because instead of one philosophy, it has many. It has a great palette to choose from. From every society and every religion. That only happens in the United States.
MORGAN: It was very courageous of you to do what you did personally in the ’60s, to go on those marches. It was a contentious thing to do. What was driving you at the time?
BENNETT: It’s a dream of mine that someday the world will pick themselves up by their boot straps and better themselves, walk toward humanity, realize what a gift it is to be alive and to be on this planet. What a gift it is that we’re alive.
MORGAN: How important for you in forming your character was fighting in the war? Because you saw some pretty heavy action. I mean, you were involved in the famous Battle of the Bulge, across France to Germany and the U.S. army from November 1944.
You know, when I talk to people from that era, they always say that when you go to war, the stuff you experience, it shapes your character forever. And it gives you a sense of perspective on life that nothing else can. Was that — was that how you felt?
BENNETT: Well, yes. It taught me — personally, it taught me that fighting, killing someone is the lowest form of human behavior.
MORGAN: But do you feel that war is ever justified?
BENNETT: Well —
MORGAN: I mean, when the allies took on the Nazis, when Adolf Hitler was trying to take over the world, and was clearly an evil man, is it not an imperative to then defend yourselves against someone like him? With all the collateral damage that comes?
BENNETT: It’s a very difficult question, because I think we should have a society of highly educated, intelligent people that will think realistically about how to do things.
When I said to you earlier that the lowest form of nature is to kill someone –it’s the lowest form of humanity. It’s the bottom of the line. So we’re actually intellectual cavemen at this point. No matter how much technical things we work out, we’re still fighting.
And it’s my dream that someday we’ll find out or everybody will learn that — what a gift it is to be alive and how we should cherish one another and appreciate one another.
MORGAN: You ran into trouble with Howard Stern. And you’re not the first to do that, by the way. So –
T. BENNETT: On a daily basis.
MORGAN: You ran into trouble. You made comments that, on the face of it, seemed quite inflammatory about 9/11 and so on. Was that really the point you were making?
T. BENNETT: Yes.
MORGAN: Is it really — if — you have to value life higher than everyone in the modern world appears to be valuing it. All governments appear to be involved in some kind of conflict, war, whatever.
T. BENNETT: Oh, gosh. Understand that we’re all on this planet and we only have one quick life. It’s only a hundred years. If we’re lucky, we live a hundred years. We should realize what a gift that is to be alive.
MORGAN: What does it mean to you to be an American?
T. BENNETT: Well, America — to be an American is you’re ahead of everybody on the planet. It’s the first country where it’s not one philosophy but many, many philosophies. And it’s one of the things that we should celebrate, the fact that all different religions, every different nationality. And we should cherish the best of every religion and every nationality. We should — we should cherish it. And it’s much more creative to live that way than to have one philosophy, and this is how we do it. With all the other countries, that’s the way it is.
MORGAN: It’s strange to think there are lots of people out there that would actually directly oppose that kind of ambition. And they do. And it’s a sad reflection of —
T. BENNETT: It’s a matter of education.
MORGAN: Yes, I think you’re right. I think you’re right. I think if the money that was put into warfare was put into education –
T. BENNETT: Oh, boy.
MORGAN: — around the world, it would a very different world, right?
T. BENNETT: Absolutely.


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intellectual caveman/numbskull talking head-noisebox [& moronic football fan/subconscious actual gaylee Roland Martin]       http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/breaking/139008849.html?id=139008849
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Stephen Leacock typifies “irony,” subtler art than satire, the deeper wisdom.  Leacock infantly vulnerable, who accepted his own contradictions [sinned sentient] w/out strenuously trying to reconcile them, per Robertson Davies.  Amid Leacock’s humanity/foibles, Leacock radiated beauty.  He chose to love over to fear.  KingLit Ching born 1936 comes on like gangbusters [audacious like Dad Hung Wai  Ching 1905-2002], but in his heart he is a gentle lamb.  Need I mutter exemplar ergo impossible irony???  — Patton’s feared foe Rommel orders dossier on Patton — Rommel’s aide spills nonsense [schooling/creds/awards] – Rommel exclaims, “The Man — who is Patton!!??”  Aide meekly recounts, “Well, Patton swears all the time — but he prays to God at night.”   Rommel convulses, “Oh my God, such a conflicted man!!  He has nothing to lose!!  I must destroy Patton before he destroys me!!”    Macho males would revulse at a prayin’ man, dismissing a prayin’ man as a pussy/panty-arse.   Not so amid the deepest unction of irony!!   As to “turn the other cheek” & “when you give, it is given to you???”   Biblical pundit Earl Dean Edmoundson of Honomu [former Ishigo Bakery] painted for free his brethren’s church in Puna — didn’t even get a common courtesy thank you from its pastor — and subsequently Dean fumed and steamed for a week over such idiotic disregard of Dean’s “giving”  — well, as Jesus would have it, Dean’s wife June [the strength in the household] comforted Dean & intoned that God works in mysterious ways  — “turn the other cheek” by forgiving the so-called insolent pastor, and Dean’s “giving” is not in vain because Jesus rejoices at Dean’s unction/giving spirit, as do the Puna congregation members [Dean is a head deacon at the Honomu Living Waters Church 40 miles northbound]  — and as June so lovingly evokes, maybe God meant for Dean not to get a thank you from the Puna pastor — to test Dean’s strength of belief in God — that when you give, don’t “be of this world,” i.e,. the blessing is that you give for your love of God, not to get a thank you “of this earth.”   And maybe, even maybe, the Puna pastor tested Dean’s strength by looking “to see”  if Dean would end up sore & hurt incessantly.   Maybe?!   Only God knows.   Children of God — innocent in Jesus’ eyes.    See how irony cuts “right to the chase,” so to speak??
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Reprise 1 Corinthians 1:26-27  —  Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you.   Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise.   And He chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful, so the same God chose those who reside in the forsaken social margins.   In Dean Edmoundson’s case, those who reside in the forsaken social margins in Puna might benefit from Dean’s painting of their church!


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A Thanksgiving pericope/parable 2011  —

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“Without, yet within”   [“deprived,” yet “fulfilled”] 

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 3 of my 5 grandkids/mo’opuna ages 4 thru 9 enjoy amusement parlor “Tilt” & “Game Stop” even without “game tokens,” because of their flourish of imagination and positive attitudes ergo senses of self-worth/self-confidence, where they easily/simply make believe they are driving vehicles around curves/dancing/etc., instead of being dejected because they don’t have tokens to play the games.   I credit their parents [incl. my daughter] for their tremendous senses of creativity/spontaneity/improvisation/innovation/inventiveness.     Remarkable to observe mo’opuna so thoroughly enjoy themselves without “game tokens.”

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http://bible.cc/proverbs/30-27.htm

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http://bible.cc/romans/5-6.htm

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Onofrio aka Norman Clemente, Italian immigrant 65 yrs. old yet drop-dead handsome a la Johnny Depp, is my greatest hero on being open-natured/life enrichment, with Onofrio’s creed of

“love over fear,” where Onofrio intones that once attained, everlasting love always conquers fear [of the unknown].    Or, as my greatest hero on Scripture Mikeki born 1956 evokes, fear is false evidence which masquerades/appears as real/truth.    Reflecting especially on hero Onofrio gives me tremendous joy and fulfillment.

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Incredible Luso/Portuguese Robert A. Freitas, Jr., our progenitor of eternal youthfulness [nanotechnology in medicine]
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jules_Verne#Hetzel.27s_influence

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4 Forces of Nature   —   1)   gravity [Isaac Newton — industrial revolution][Einstein’s general relativity][science powers wealth/crash — 1850 rr stock exchange crash]

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3)  weak nuclear force [atom][quantum][high tech wealth transposed to real estate-worthless paper stock 2008 crash][obscure atomic engineer Pakistani AQ Khan stole blueprints for ultracentrifuge/components of atomic bomb & sold these for profit  — gave secrets to Pakistan/suspected of selling secrets to Saddam Hussein/Iran/N. Korea/Libya  — laser enrichment shall supersede ultracentrifuge, which superseded gaseous diffusion  — ultracentrifuge makes up over half of purified uranium for nuclear bomb]

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21st century converts to intellectual capitalism thereafter][Singapore’s book learning/rote memorization shall stifle imagination/innovation & lose the intellectual edge to China/India, whose innovators study in the U.S.][Buck Rogers/Flash Gordon typify the entire planet’s energy resources are developed  — Star Trek’s United Federation of Planets w/out warp drive weakly tries to amas the energy of a star — though 100 nearby stars are colonized  — Star Wars colonize large portions of a galaxy embracing billions of star systems/roam the galactic space lanes at will][how the double-edged sword of science is wielded, for good or for bad — depends on the wisdom of its handlers — Einstein said that value judgments are indispensable, just as our last great combo egghead/solon Ben Franklin said  — knowledge without empathy is worse than no knowledge at all]
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3 stages of medicine/technology  —  1)  herbs/aspirin  pre-1900

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/20/science/20dawkins.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss

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In the 19th century, steam-powered print technology became the communication medium to manage the coal-fired rail infrastructure and the incipient national markets of the First Industrial Revolution.  In the 20th century, electronic communications–the telephone and later, radio and television–became the communication medium to manage and market the oil-powered auto age and the mass consumer culture of the Second Industrial Revolution.In the mid-1990s, it dawned on me that a new convergence of communication and energy was in the offing. Internet technology and renewable energies were about to merge to create a powerful new infrastructure for a Third Industrial Revolution (TIR) that would change the world. In the coming era, hundreds of millions of people will produce their own green energy in their homes, offices, and factories and share it with each other in an “energy Internet,” just like we now create and share information online. The democratization of energy will bring with it a fundamental reordering of human relationships, impacting the very way we conduct business, govern society, educate our children, and engage in civic life.
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[see midpoint of this blip — Harrison thanks everyone  — only Starr is not enshrined as a solo artist to date/to the present time][succession of great leadership by age seniority — Brit Lennon 1940-1980, down to Clapton born 1945, to Live Aid’s Bob Geldof born 1951, to Bono born 1960 & Liam Gallagher born 1962/etc.][Harrison died 10 yrs. ago today  — Lennon 31 yrs. ago]
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“Here comes the sun.”    “Something.”   Good songs [Sinatra called “Something” the greatest mix of pop & jazz].    “All those years ago.”    All thanks to composer/Beatle Harrison.    
 

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http://archives.starbulletin.com/2001/11/30/news/story1.html


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

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Quiet Beatle George Harrison, obviously not the leader [Lennon was, being older than McCartney & Harrison], was the most audacious simply because of Harrison’s physical proximity to the drummer, being in the background behind primary vocalists Lennon/McCartney.   Thence Harrison’s ouster of mediocre drummer Pete Best & supplanting by Ringo Starr.
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Just the same, though gossipy Alyona Minkovski heads her own show paid by Russia [shades of gullible Koji Ariyoshi & Yasuki Arakaki as dupes of Mao], contributor Michelle Fields has the substance of a great journalist/sleuth.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michelle_Fields

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

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Proverbs 16:18

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Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.

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Pride goeth before destruction – Here pride is personified: it walks along,
and has destruction in its train.

And a haughty spirit before a fall – Another personification. A haughty
spirit marches on, and ruin comes after.

In this verse we find the following Masoretic note in most Hebrew Bibles. חצי
הספר chatsi hassepher: “the middle of the book.” This verse is the middle verse;
and the first clause makes the middle of the words of the book of Proverbs.

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boorish imperious illuminati  —

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illuminati#Modern_conspiracy_theory

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-scheer/too-big-to-jail_b_1073083.html

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/25/opinion/we-are-the-99-9.html?_r=1&ref=paulkrugman

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/28/opinion/krugman-things-to-tax.html?_r=1&ref=paulkrugman

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http://baselinescenario.com/2011/12/14/what-good-is-the-sec/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BaselineScenario+%28The+Baseline+Scenario%29

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http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2011/12/too-big-to-stop-why-big-banks-keep-getting-away-with-breaking-the-law/249952/

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http://baselinescenario.com/2011/12/22/no-one-is-above-the-law/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BaselineScenario+%28The+Baseline+Scenario%29

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supply-side_economics#Criticisms

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http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/24/opinion/krugman-romneys-economic-closet.html?ref=paulkrugman

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the great Ewan McGregor  —     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vaSY1aN0qg&feature=related

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Higgs_boson#.22The_God_particle.22

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Jesus always embraced the reproached,
the outcasts, of society, knowing that
these imperfect ones had a closer affinity
with God, more so than our overproud
self-absorbed decadent socially pretentious
sentients full of contemptuous comments/
opinions vs. others.
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grow in God’s Holiness. His Holiness, is
not outcome dependent for us on earth.

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http://bible.cc/proverbs/16-18.htm

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It’s great to be American that we elect a minority race President [never thought I’d see it in my lifetime].    It’s great to see Americans rally to defend Romney/Huntsman as Mormons, Obama as UCC Christian, vs. vulgar pastor Jeffress of the Southern Baptist Convention.   I watched Jeffress over the span of 3 hrs.  from the get-go,  & Jeffress is so full of himself w/his doctorate in divinity & haughty pride — competely in love with himself  — nothing to do with Scripture.

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dedicated to Isaiah Kealoha born 1931  —  John 15:16  —  you did not choose me  — you looked the other way [chose to be without].

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from sage Steven Kalas born 1957  —  the most lasting and satisfying human experiences — love, intimacy, serenity, self-knowledge and self-acceptance — are not usually apprehended by ambition.

The human journey  — necessary movements into the inner world, to integrate, think, feel, grow.

And, for the lucky ones at the end of life, to hold gratefully, peacefully and dear.

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on comforting a beloved dying person   —

But the withdrawal feels like rejection. I urge the man not to personalize what’s happening. I push the man to consider some indirect strategies for connecting, relating and talking. Ask curious, conversational questions about the past. Ask about your father’s life work. His greatest joy. His greatest adventure. Pretend you stumbled across some photographs and, in passing, you had some questions. When a man’s pride barricades the front door, have some fun sneaking in the back door. Some folks’ last words are profound, deeply spiritual, reconciling, moving.

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http://www.lvrj.com/living/is-that-any-way-to-die-only-someone-dying-can-decide-137844608.html

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In the case of “The Artist,” silence is not only golden, it’s a reminder of how much you can articulate without words. If you take away the language, green screens and 3-D glasses, the feelings — pride, vanity, envy, fear, love — can be more primary and fascinating.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/07/opinion/dowd-silence-is-golden.html?_r=1&ref=maureendowd

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http://www.csmonitor.com/The-Culture/Latest-News-Wires/2012/0117/The-Artist-and-The-Descendants-big-winners-at-Golden-Globe-awards

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Matthew 19:24

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And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a
needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

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A rich man – This rather means one who loves his riches and makes an idol of
them, or one who supremely desires to be rich. Mark says Mark 10:24 “How hard is it for them
that trust in riches.” While a man has this feeling – relying on his wealth
alone – it is literally impossible that he should be a Christian; for religion
is a love of God rather than the world – the love of Jesus and his cause more
than gold. Still a man may have much property, and not have this feeling. He may
have great wealth, and love God more; as a poor man may have little, and love
that little more than God. The difficulties in the way of the salvation of a
rich man are:

1. that riches engross the affections.

2. that people consider wealth as the chief good, and when this is obtained
they think they have gained all.

3. that they are proud of their wealth, and unwilling to be numbered with the
poor and despised followers of Jesus.

4. that riches engross the time, and fill the mind with cares and anxieties,
and leave little for God.

5. that they often produce luxury, dissipation, and vice. that it is
difficult to obtain wealth without sin, without avarice, without covetousness,
fraud, and oppression, 1 Timothy 6:9-10, 1 Timothy 6:17; James 5:1-5; Luke 12:16-21; Luke 16:19-31.

Still, Jesus says Matthew 19:26, all
these may be overcome. God can give grace to do it. Though to people it may
appear impossible, yet it is easy for God.

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http://bible.cc/matthew/19-24.htm

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The power of  love  —   a decade  anniversary of a truly great movie —

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

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In 2104, global warming has led to melting polar ice caps, flooded coastlines and a drastic reduction of the human population. There is a new class of robots called mechas, advanced humanoids capable of emulating thoughts and emotions. David (Haley Joel Osment), a prototype model created by Cybertronics, is designed to resemble a human child and to display love for its human owners. They test their creation with one of their employees, Henry Swinton (Sam Robards), and his wife Monica (Frances O’Connor). The Swintons’ son, Martin (Jake Thomas), was placed in suspended animation until a cure can be found for his rare disease. Although Monica is initially frightened of David, she eventually warms to him after activating his imprinting protocol, which irreversibly causes David to project love for her, the same as any child would love a parent. He is also befriended by Teddy (Jack Angel), a robotic teddy bear, who takes it upon himself to care for David’s well being.

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A cure is found for Martin and he is brought home; a sibling rivalry ensues between Martin and David. Martin convinces David to go to Monica in the middle of the night and cut off a lock of her hair, but the parents wake up and are very upset. At a pool party, one of Martin’s friends activates David’s self-protection programming by poking him with a knife. David clings to Martin and they both fall into the pool, where heavy David sinks to the bottom while still clinging to Martin. Martin is saved from drowning, but Henry in particular is shocked by David’s actions. Henry persuades Monica to return David to Cybertronics, where David will be destroyed. However, on the way Monica decides to abandon David in the forest (alongside Teddy) to hide as an unregistered mecha instead of being destroyed. David is captured for an anti-mecha Flesh Fair, an event where obsolete mechas are destroyed in front of cheering crowds. David is nearly killed, but the crowd is swayed by his realistic nature (David, unlike other mechas, pleads for his life) and he escapes, along with Gigolo Joe (Jude Law), a male prostitute mecha on the run after being framed for murder.

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The two set out to find the Blue Fairy, whom David remembers from the story The Adventures of Pinocchio. He is convinced that the Blue Fairy will transform him into a human boy, allowing Monica to love him and take him home. Joe and David make their way to Rouge City. Information from a holographic answer engine called “Dr. Know” (Robin Williams) eventually leads them to the top of the Rockefeller Center in the flooded ruins of Manhattan. They use a flying submersible vehicle called an amphibicopter they stole from police, who are still chasing Joe. David meets his human creator, Professor Hobby (William Hurt), who excitedly tells David that finding him was a test, which has demonstrated the reality of his love and desire. It also becomes clear that many copies of David are already being manufactured, along with female versions. David sadly realizes he is not unique. A disheartened David attempts to commit suicide by falling from a ledge into the ocean, but Joe rescues him with the amphibicopter. David tells Joe he saw the Blue Fairy underwater, and wants to go down to her. At that moment, Joe is captured by the authorities with the use of an electromagnet. David and Teddy take the amphibicopter to the fairy, which turns out to be a statue from a submerged attraction at Coney Island. Teddy and David become trapped when the Wonder Wheel falls on their vehicle. Believing the Blue Fairy to be real, David asks to be turned into a real boy, repeating his wish without end, until the ocean freezes and his internal power source drains away.

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2,000 years later, humans are extinct and Manhattan is buried under several hundred feet of sea ice.  Mechas have evolved into a highly advanced alien-looking humanoid form. They find David and Teddy and discover they are functional mechas who knew living humans, making them special and unique. David is revived and walks to the frozen Blue Fairy statue, which cracks and collapses as he touches it. Having received and comprehended his memories, the advanced mechas use them to reconstruct the Swinton home and explain to David via an interactive image of the Blue Fairy (Meryl Streep) that it is not possible to make him human. However, at David’s insistence, they recreate Monica from DNA in the lock of her hair which had been saved by Teddy. Unfortunately, she can only live for a single day and the process cannot be repeated. David spends the happiest day of his life with Monica and Teddy, and Monica tells David that she loves him and has always loved him as she drifts to sleep for the final time. David lies down next to her, closes his eyes and goes “to that place where dreams are born.”

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7MRjbAatv4&feature=related

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A 12-year-old Mongolian boy- Uudam (乌达木 Wudamu in Chinese) who lost his parents at the age of 8 in a road accident singing the song-“Mother in the Dream” (梦中的额吉) to his mother in heaven. He seldom talks about his story but when he misses his mother, he will sing this song. Besides, he always dream about his mother, sitting beside him.

The song is in Mongolian, therefore, not everyone can understand the lyrics. However, his singing touched every judge and the audience in the hall without the understanding of the lyrics. He sang out all his love and thoughts to his mother.

A touching song, performed by a boy who got a sad story behind, a voice comes from far Mongolia sending his thoughts to his mother in heaven. A great performance by a 12-year-old boy! He got an interesting and beautiful dream which is to invent a kind of ink that just needs a drop to drop on the ground, the whole world will cover with green grass. one more thing to add, his mother wished to see his singing on the stage when she was alive.

the translation of lyrics as below:

In the stillness among the vast lands
I dream of Mother praying for me
She looks afar and gives precious milk to the heavens
As offering for my well-being
My Mother, so far away.
Stars twinkle above the grasslands while
In my dream I see Mother’s caring face
As she prays to the heavens to wish me godspeed My Mother, so far away.

In my dream I see Home basking in golden sunbeam
While Mother softly sings an enchanting melody
There in the grasslands lies my everlasting home
My dearest Mother, wait for my return.
My dearest Mother, wait for my return.

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also,  …  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Elephant_Man_(film)    That night, back at the hospital, Merrick thanks Treves for all he has done and finishes his model of the nearby church. Imitating one of his sketches on the wall—a sleeping child—he removes the pillows that have allowed him to sleep in an upright position, lies down on his bed and dies, consoled by a vision of his mother, Mary Jane Merrick, quoting Alfred Lord Tennyson‘s “Nothing will Die.”

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Nothing Will Die

by Alfred Lord Tennyson

When will the stream be aweary of flowing
Under my eye?
When will the wind be aweary of blowing
Over the sky?
When will the clouds be aweary of fleeting?
When will the heart be aweary of beating?
And nature die?
Never, oh! never, nothing will die;
The stream flows,
The wind blows,
The cloud fleets,
The heart beats,
Nothing will die.

Nothing will die;
All things will change
Thro’ eternity.
‘Tis the world’s winter;
Autumn and summer
Are gone long ago;
Earth is dry to the centre,
But spring, a new comer,
A spring rich and strange,
Shall make the winds blow
Round and round,
Thro’ and thro’,
Here and there,
Till the air
And the ground
Shall be fill’d with life anew.

The world was never made;
It will change, but it will not fade.
So let the wind range;
For even and morn
Ever will be
Thro’ eternity.
Nothing was born;
Nothing will die;
All things will change.

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from sweetheart Carol Ludloff Arnold   —  Thank you for sharing–truly interesting!

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from sage Steven Kalas   –

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The National Enquirer says, “For inquiring minds.” But they mean prurient minds, and in some cases sadistic curiosity.

 I mean that, once the unlovely story is told, I find that I don’t keep track of the unlovely story. When, by chance, I should cross paths with former acquaintances years later, I’m not focused on the mistakes and failures. I often don’t remember them. What I celebrate is the courageous way patients have embraced those unlovely events and turned them into redemption, humility, creativity, gratitude, and commitments to live with integrity and meaning.

You don’t have to be a counselor or a priest to accept a pilgrim’s entrustment of some personal darkness or gaping vulnerability. Real friends do this. Loving family does this. It is our honor to guard these treasures, and take them quietly to our graves.

Think about the people who have and are faithfully guarding your treasures, and be grateful.

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http://www.lvrj.com/living/confidentiality-helps-create-sacred-space-of-trust-139177164.html

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wonderful scribe Kathleen Parker on humility amid pain of loss   —

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We’ve seen it again and again in concession and farewell speeches. Al Gore was never more splendid than when he conceded to George W. Bush in 2000. The pain and humility of that moment were palpable, and even Gore’s critics couldn’t help but be struck by the power of his grace. Where had that man been?

Ditto John Kerry. And, now, ditto Romney. The moral of the story isn’t that one must lose to win, but that one try to harness the spoils of loss for the road to victory. Those spoils are humility, grace and the freedom to be one’s true self.

In real life, Romney cares about the very poor and spent his missionary years trying to help the less fortunate. To those who know him, he is kind, generous and humble. If Romney could summon the man he is in his quiet time, unhaunted by the cliches of political wizardry, Americans might find that they like him after all.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/mitt-romney-and-the-freedom-of-loser-ness/2012/02/10/gIQAIHh34Q_story.html

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My favorite interviewer Brian Lamb of C-Span  Q & A, at a loss for words with new age prodigy Michelle Fields, precocious great videographer journalist  –


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http://dailycaller.com/2011/12/27/thedcs-michelle-fields-discusses-journalism-in-the-new-media-age/

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from great sage Donald Barnes born 1944  —

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Predestination has no agency/choice, whereas foreordination  has free will, though God  foreordains that Eve picks the fruit of the tree of knowledge, and Adam & Eve then procreate and test their/progeny’s agency.    God foreordains a contradiction as a test of humanity’s faith and obedience in God.     If symbolized on a heat spectrum, predestination is at one end [infrared],  vs. foreordination at the opposite end [UV].

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“The angels are lost in perpetual contemplation of an infinite glory”


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As Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl 1905-1997 intones,
“The truth — that love is the ultimate and the highest goal to which man can aspire.
Then I grasped the meaning of the greatest secret that human poetry and human
thought and belief have to impart: The salvation of man is through love and in love.
I understood how a man who has nothing left in this world still may know bliss,
be it only for a brief moment, in the contemplation of his beloved. In a position
of utter desolation, when man cannot express himself in positive action, when his
only achievement may consist in enduring his sufferings in the right way—an
honorable way—in such a position man can, through loving contemplation of the
image he carries of his beloved, achieve fulfillment. For the first time in my life
I was able to understand the meaning of the words, “The angels are lost in
perpetual contemplation of an infinite glory….”

Heartbreaking yet climactically most beautiful!
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As Frankl said about his thoughts mirroring the poets and thinkers, here’s what I Corinthians in the Bible says:If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! But when full understanding comes, these partial things will become useless.When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. Now we see things imperfectly as in a cloudy mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.” (I Corinthians 13).

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“If there is meaning in life at all, then there must be meaning in suffering.”      Frankl   [Hebrews 9:16]
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http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110309150844AAH1M9h

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Thornton Wilder on the will to meaning in life  [The Bridge Over San Luis]   –
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Messenger birds signaling a tragic traffic accident young victim’s  divine destination/new home in Heaven are angels [Psalms 91:11-12], and a parent’s  discernment is a gift of the spirit.  [1 Corinthians 2:15] [Proverbs 18:15]
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 ” For you may be entertaining angels unaware”

Hebrews 13:2 

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The Bible tells us 366 times – providing even for a leap year! – not to be afraid “The Lord will guard your going and your coming both now and forever.” (Psalm 121 v.8)
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“A heart to love, and in that heart, the courage to make love known.”
Shakespeare’s “MacBeth”
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Great scribe Kathleen Parker on cop-out coward [Newt Gingrich] over repose/reflection [victimized dumped-off  former wife Marianne]   —

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Just as  John King had no choice but to ask, Gingrich answered in the only way he could — by attacking the questioner. Shooting the messenger is a time-honored method of spin control among royals and their imitators. Gingrich’s bilious reproach was an oratorical defenestration. King’s audacity was “despicable,” he intoned, and the [conservative GOP] crowd roared.

Suddenly, Gingrich’s questionable past was forgotten, and whatever ire his record might have inspired was redirected at The Media — that monolithic target of communal contempt. Not only did Gingrich deflect attention from his immediate problem, but he managed to win [that my-nyoot segment of] the public’s heart. He may not have shifted the entire planet, as he described the object of his ambition in 1985, but he managed to secure his rising momentum in the state [South Carolina] that consistently selects the Republican presidential nominee.

People who know Gingrich, and certainly those enemies who convinced Marianne Gingrich that she should step forward for the good of the country, must have wondered how things could go so wrong. How could they have miscalculated that Gingrich’s greatest liability could become his greatest strength? They did not, as one might first suppose, underestimate the public’s disdain for the media. Very likely they share it. What they forgot were the lessons wrought by Whitewater prosecutor Kenneth Starr and the power of projection.

In a nutshell: The more you pick on a person for human failings with which all can identify, the more likely you will create sympathy rather than antipathy, especially if that individual has been forthright in his confession and penitent for his transgression, as Gingrich has been. He was ahead of the curveball this time, with nothing left to tell or for his aggrieved former wife to expose. Thus, her interview and the King question had the feel not of revelation but of a political hit aided and abetted by a salacious press.

Even Bill Clinton, who was less forthcoming and therefore, at least initially, less sympathetic, came to be viewed as a victim following months of investigation and the airing of sordid details only voyeurs could enjoy. Starr, as King, was merely doing his job, yet he became less likable than Clinton among Regular Joes watching television in their kitchens. However nobly Republicans may have considered their mission, everyday Americans — particularly men — saw persecution.

A Catholic friend captures the operative sentiment in terms Gingrich surely would appreciate. When she sees someone succumb to temptation or betray some other human frailty, she says: “I have those weeds in my garden.”

To err is human; to forgive divine. We like that way of thinking because we all need others’ forgiveness. When Gingrich turned to his audience and said that we all know pain — we all know people who have suffered pain — he instantly morphed from sinner to savior, the redeemer in chief. He correctly counted on the empathy of his fellow man, if not necessarily womankind, and won the moment.

But a moment is just that, and projection of the sort experienced by the Charleston, S.C., audience can be fraught with peril. Over-identification clouds judgment, and, though we are all sinners, we are not all running for president of the United States. Gingrich’s sins of the flesh ultimately are of less importance than the narcissism and grandiosity that compel his actions.  [An operative moment cracking open this man’s nature]

Voters would do well to think less of what they would do in his shoes than what Gingrich will do, should he win the prize. As the reality of his astonishing self-regard sinks in and one imagines where his unflagging certitude might lead, it is less easy to identify with the weeds in his garden. As projection falters, empathy finds no place to land.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/newt-gingrich-and-the-forgiveness-ploy/2012/01/20/gIQAkYfrDQ_story.html

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Draped in Tiffany diamonds, Callista is the embodiment of the divide between Gingrich’s public piety and private immorality.

Gingrich’s communications director, Joe DeSantis, has airbrushed Callista’s Wikipedia page 23 times since 2008, often to banish unflattering details from the site, according to BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski.

DeSantis edited the introduction, taking out the fact that she is “the third wife of,” and excising the sentence, “She met her husband while he was in the House, and had an affair while he was conducting the impeachment investigation for President Bill Clinton.”

As The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza reported, the top Google search for Gingrich in Florida during the primary there was “Callista,” right up there with “Newt wives” and “Newt scandals.”

That may be why she has a largely nonspeaking role in the campaign, as silent as the slender heroine of “The Artist,” even though Newt relays that she has described herself as a hybrid of Nancy Reagan, Laura Bush and Jackie Kennedy. The campaign does not want to remind voters that the relationship, portrayed as so redemptive, was born in sin and hypocrisy.

There’s always a chance, of course, that Callista is not staring so intently at Newt to make him feel more Napoleonic. Maybe she just doesn’t want to let him out of her sight.

As the maxim goes, “When a man marries his mistress, he creates a job opening.”

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radically open to love and to be loved — from sage Steven Kalas born 1957  —

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Or you learn that, in love and respect, your passionate differences become a begrudging respect that strengthens the bond of your relationship.

We don’t get to decide when we fall in love. Or with whom. And falling in love has a way of further honing your list of non-negotiables. Specifically, it distinguishes between what truly can’t be negotiated (infidelity, domestic violence) and what was just posturing on your list as arrogance and ego-defense.

Take a long look at your life partner. Give thanks for those attributes that, had you been in charge of the universe, you would never have looked for, desired or chosen. Instead, love chose you and said, “Surprise!”

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the most pervasive affliction amid humanity’s condition  — unforgiveness [pride/jealousy/etc.]  dedicated to loveliest Mikeki, our heartstopper Sarah of Scripture  —

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http://bible.cc/1_corinthians/2-6.htm

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1 Corinthians 2:6

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“How be it we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought.”

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http://bible.cc/matthew/8-22.htm

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Matthew 8:22

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“But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.”

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A body in the grave is unaffected by the pomp and vanity, by the gaiety and revelry, by the ambition and splendor that may be near the tomb. So people of the world are dead to religion. They see not its beauty, hear not its voice, are not won by its loveliness. This is the class of people to which the Saviour refers here. Let people, says he, who are uninterested in my work, and who are “dead in sin” Ephesians 2:1, take care of the dead. Your duty is now to follow me.

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http://www.lvrj.com/living/anticipatory-grief-fails-to-prepare-or-comfort-132399368.html

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Anticipatory grief is what we humans do. It’s what the ego does to protect itself. But, the truth is, anticipatory grief is not all that effective in achieving its hoped-for goals. I recall the character of Aurora, played by Shirley MacLaine in the 1983 movie “Terms of Endearment.” Aurora’s daughter is dying of cancer. In her last moments of life, the daughter waves wordlessly to her mother, sitting vigil in the hospital room. The camera watches Aurora’s face react to the moment of her daughter’s passing. The nurse comes in to confirm what is obvious. And, after choking on several broken syllables and sentence fragments, Aurora speaks for all of us when she says, incredulously, “I don’t know why you tell yourself that you’re ready.”

You see, there is no getting ready. No getting prepared. Not for love. Not for death. Not for grief. These things just happen to us. These things just take us, willing or unwilling, wherever they will. When they will. As they will. Life has its way with us. No one outthinks it. Or outsmarts it.

What we’re invited to do, of course, is to live it. To pour our lives out — brazenly, passionately — like fine wine. To remember that only great wine poured out can ever be great.

“You understand, I hope, that I’m going to ‘lose it’ when he dies,” she says to me, warning us both, and perhaps floating the question of what she might expect from me.

“I know,” is all I say in return.

Easier for me, of course. I already “see” her on the other side of her suffering, with a heart grown much stronger and larger because of her courageous tears. On the other side of grief, I see her father’s love made still stronger in death. A bond made paradoxically closer yet roomier. Freer. Liberating.

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Leave the (spiritual) dead to bury the (physical) dead” (Fitzmyer 1981: 836;  Liefeld 1984: 935).

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 In addition to its biblical context stated  above it is also used my Marx in The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis  Bonaparte. Marx uses it in the context of the social revolution of the 19th  century. He utilizes this biblical quote to emphasize the idea that the  revolution must not rely on the social models of the past in order to derive its  roots, but rather must reject all past illusions (such as religion or  bureaucracy) and instead build itself in the present as a modern revolution that  springs forth a new system that does posses the faults of past constructs. So in  a sense Marx is calling upon the new revolution to remove itself from the  historical patterns that have led to the reoccurring rise of the bourgeois.   In this sense “let the dead bury the dead” means let the flawed bourgeois social  systems die once and for all for their repetitive flaws (let the dead just die,  do not keep resurrecting them in the present social system) (Marx 1852: 595)

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http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_the_meaning_of_’let_the_dead_bury_their_dead’#ixzz1iLLRU3Si

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http://bible.cc/romans/8-28.htm

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“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

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2 Timothy 3:14

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But continue thou – No man, however well instructed in the things of God, or grounded in Divine grace, is out of the reach of temptation, apostasy, and final ruin; hence the necessity of watching unto prayer, depending upon God, continuing in the faith, and persevering unto the end.     Everlasting life.

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http://www.sermoncentral.com/sermons/the-landmine-of-unforgiveness-charles-stanley-sermon-on-growth-in-christ-111943.asp

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http://www.joycemeyer.org/articles/ea.aspx?article=the_poison_of_unforgiveness

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of dearest Mikeki, our heartstopper Sarah of Scripture  —

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Mikeki has 6 beautiful children and  8 beautiful   grandchildren.   She had surplus   clothes/toys/trinkets-keepsakes, all new from her inventory as a retailer, and   she melted when she saw Marian Angel   Moriguchi’s “motherhood”  bond across the Pacific with our   Fukushima kazoku [families].    Thence Mikeki’s “higher   dimension” [spiritual calling] to share amongst our Fukushima   brethren.   Mikeki is Scot-Irish-Cherokee and my heartstopper   larger than life hero, 55 yrs. old & my Nefertiti, the most   beautiful woman in the history of humanity!!      😉
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1 Corinthians 1:26-27  —  Remember, dear   brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or   powerful or wealthy when God called you.   Instead, God chose things   the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are   wise.   And He chose things that are powerless to shame those who   are powerful, so the same God chose those who reside in the forsaken social   margins.

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–Be not of this world–   [be of the spiritual   dimension, with comfort & solace & companionship with thy   Lord]

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCgAOQTxSuE

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from Marian Angel Moriguchi  —
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Hi Curt,
Thank you for the heads up! 
I will share the items with the junior high school  students of the Rainbow for Japan Kids Project  to take back some  items with them and the rest of the items will be brought back to  Japan.
By the way, Mikeki’s retail store name, address and  her contact information, I want to let Japan American Society of Hawaii know  about the donated items and I would like to let them know that she’s donating  some items for the kids to take back with them.  Also, Japan Airlines (JAL)  is a sponsor and I want to ask them to allow me to take additional boxes with  me, so it’s helpful to have this information on hand.
○o。____________ 。o○ Assist-One(アシスト・ワン)有限会社 取締役  森口・マリアン 〒960-8157福島市蓬莱町7丁目8-3 Marian  Moriguchi, Director Assist-One Co., Ltd. 7-8-3 Horai-cho, Fukushima City, Fukushima Prefecture 960-8157 JAPAN TEL&FAX:   024-548-5800 MOBILE:    090-4551-0667 (携帯) Skype  Name: marian.moriguchi ○o。____________ 。o○
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From: Marian
Subject:    Mikeki’s TLC gifts to Fukushima Japan tsunami victims!!
Date: Thu, 24 Nov   2011 09:30
Hi Curt,
OK, I think Territorial Savings’ Nu’uanu Branch   would be convenient.
Thank you for the trinkets for the Rainbow for   Japan Kids.  Here’s info on the 1st group.  http://www.jashawaii.org/pdfdocs/report4.pdf
We are the second group and have some different   activities.  Since it’s Christmas we will have Christmas Eve dinner   sponsored by Halekulani Hotel on December 24th and have a visit with Santa, so   I will hand them out on that day, OK?  Also, can you tell me about   “Mikeki?”   I don’t know about her and I wanted to inform our group’s   main program sponsor Japan-America Society of America (JASH) regarding the   donation of items for the kids.
In the boxes which you are sending, it is   possible to distribute some items among these children?  [yes, no problem] [later collections after the trip will be sent separately or given to the next group of traveling students, depending on whether a sponsor will freight the warm items/threads to Japan]
The reason I ask this is, all of these   children are victims of the tsunami, earthquake and/or nuclear power plant   accident.  Just the other day, I met with one of the mom’s because   she can’t attend our meeting due to another commitment.  Her   daughter was selected to go to Hawaii…She lived along the coast of   Fukiushima Prefecture with her 5th grade son and 8th grade daughter and   husband, who was a fireman, and he told his family to leave their house   immediately when the earthquake occurred.  They left and he was helping   others and lost his life and is still missing.  Besides that, they were   living in Namie, an area which is close to the nuclear power plant and the   people from the whole town had to evacuate.  This family lost   everything including their home to the tsunami, and mom   is unemployed and she said we don’t have much clothes because   everything was lost in the tsunami  I told her that I’d help her get some   clothes for her daughter and asked her to let me know what she   needs.  They were quite a number of offers to visit places, but   until now, her daughter was not interested in any of them.  But this   time, it was different, she reaslly wanted to go to Hawaii and she   asked her mother, “Can I go to Hawaii, please?”  Her mom said that   she feels that it will be such a great experience for her daughter,   perhaps a way for her to heal from stress and painful experiences of   March 11th and hopefully she can come back to Japan feeling more positive   and refrreshed.  I know that she is just one person and the rest of the   kids have similar experiences…  By the way, many of these children live   in temporary homes now, which are very tiny, and we went to visit them on   Saturday, but I was so impressed that they are trying their best to put their   lives back together.
Domo domos!
Aloha,
Marian
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—– Original Message —–
From:  Curt
Subject: Mikeki’s TLC gifts to     Fukushima Japan tsunami victims!!
     Trinkets can be given in     Marian’s discretion to the 25 children who will come to O’ahu from     Japan via JAL sponsorship.   Two others boxes are     clothes/toys.    All 3 boxes consist of new     items.   Denise/Marian can inspect all 3     boxes.   Arigato gosaimashta,     Marian!!

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Super!    Will mail items to Marian to take back to dearest Fukushima Japan!!      Love & aloha & thanks to our dearest soulmate Mikeki!!     Kansha [deepest appreciation]   –Curt

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From: marian
To: Maui Taiko & Curt (Mikeki)
Subject: Re: Fukushima tsunami victims — children & their families
Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2011 08:52

Hi Kay and Curtis,
If your friend wants to send the items to Fukushima, my address is shown below.
Also, I have skype, so we could skype if she wants to talk!
Aloha,
Marian
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Marian Moriguchi, Director
Assist-One Co., Ltd.
7-8-3 Horai-cho, Fukushima City,
Fukushima Prefecture 960-8157 JAPAN
TEL&FAX:  024-548-5800
MOBILE:    090-4551-0667 (cell)
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—– Original Message —–
From: Maui Taiko [Kay Fukumoto]
To: Curt & Mikeki
Cc: Marian Angel
Sent: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 1:45 AM
Subject: RE: Fukushima tsunami victims — children & their families

Hi Curtis (Mikeki) and Marian,

I wanted to connect both of you.    Curtis, Marian is my terrific friend who lives in Fukushima who does so much for those affected by the disasters.

Marian, Curtis is helping Mikeki (see message below) to find people to give her Hello Kitty trinkets to.

Curtis, Marian just took some items to a shelter – here was her message to me.

On Sunday, I just went to distribute knitted caps with Honolulu Fukushima Kenjin-kai board member, Eileen Clarke and her sister.

Her church, Makiki Christian Church, donated handmade caps and we took them to the temporary housing in Nihonmatsu which is between Koriyama and Fukushima  The people were all from Namie.  So, we would have to know how many items there are and the town office will decide which temporary housing I should take the items.

If Mikeki can wait, I will be going to Hawaii on a short trip in December  — I can bring them back with me, so she wouldn’t need to spend money for the postage.  If she can wait, she can mail the items to me at:

Marian Moriguchi

Honolulu, HI

Thanks again you three for helping the people of Fukushima!

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To: Kay of Maui Taiko

Subject: Fukushima tsunami victims — children & their families

Konnichiwa, Kay Fukumoto!      My lovely pal Mikeki  wants to donate/give her Mikeki’s Hello Kitty trinkets etc. for the Fukushima children.   Arigato gozaimashta.     –Curt

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Mikeki’s higher truths [the spiritual/metaphysical plane] are  1)  Mikeki’s irrepressible courage      2)  Mikeki’s utterly clean heart     3)   Mikeki’s prophecy [gift of the spirit from Heavenly Father to her].    Clearly, absent courage — nothing else matters.   But the rarest truth is Mikeki’s gift of prophecy [sixth sense/”intuition”].    Mikeki’s earthly talents are  1)  Mikeki’s open nature [open-minded ]    2)  Mikeki’s entrepreneurial backdrop [fiscal responsibility hand in hand with the Social Gospel]    3)  Mikeki’s keen powers of observation/anticipation.  

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Art [a higher truth like prophecy] consists of  1) inner strength/voice     2) mystery     3) humor  [humor is the rarest art].   Sage Steven Kalas born 1957 intones that the ability to be radically open to the wholeness of the human experience has rich benefits.   An open gestalt [full form] can generate vitality and more personal freedom. It invites greater authenticity.    Respecting the value of being human includes noticing the absurdity of being human.     Ironic, especially when you consider that no one comes to question life who isn’t suffering.   Which is why irony is the subtler, deeper art, vs. satire.   But, seen another way, humor is an ally for those who suffer.   When humor is therapeutic and a positive completion, it opens a chain of wonderful possibilities.   Humor, at once, creates a space of psychological safety and it evokes vulnerability.   This is important, because we all come to terms/points in our lives to explore great vulnerabilities, but great vulnerabilities are more likely to emerge freely and undamaged in the safety humor provides.   Said clinically, humor opens a gestalt. It cranks us open.

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Humor as therapy makes unhelpful psychological defenses less necessary.   It creates a “spontaneous honesty” that often surprises us all.   There’s a sense of “Wow … did I just say that?”    Yep, you did.   And it was pretty funny.   Because it was true.    Humor coaxes a liberating humility.   Amusing self-deprecation is a terrific antidote for murderous self-loathing. A happy human being laughs often and easy at him/herself. There is something so freeing about noticing that we are ridiculous.    Contradicted. Conflicted.     Humor provides a way to effectively manage ambivalence. Used with intention, humor can creatively ventilate the mixed feelings that all of us have about important, close relationships in our lives.    Humor can turn ambivalence into playfulness/delightfulness between ourselves and those we love, making it less likely that the ambivalence becomes passive-aggressive, or actually hostile and aggressive.

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Humor is Truth.    Over and over again.   If you’re laughing about it, it’s nearly certain that you’ve got your finger on something real and authentic about you.

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Once we are “cranked open” by humor, we have a better chance at reconstructing the way we see ourselves, others and circumstances. We have more choices.    Humor brings a needed perspective to the unflagging persistence of selfhood before us.

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Mikeki is our Marco Polo, having been Steve Jobs’ subject of attraction/date [he was too hyped up/high-strung for Mikeki’s nature] & having been a peer & great friend of tremendous conservationist &  altruist Rex Weyler  — http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rex_Weyler#Greenpeace

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http://lindaellis.net/the-dash/

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Road_Not_Taken_(poem)

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The Road Not Taken” is a poem by Robert Frost, published in 1915 in the collection Mountain Interval. It is the first poem in the volume and is printed in italics. The title is often mistakenly given as “The Road Less Traveled“, from the penultimate line: “I took the one less traveled by.”

Wikisourcehas original text related to this article:
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

cannot be taken literally : whatever difference the choice might have made, it could not have been made on the non-conformist or individualist basis of one road’s being less traveled, the speaker’s protestations to the contrary. The speaker admits in the second and third stanzas that both paths may be equally worn and equally leaf-covered, and it is only in his future recollection that he will call one road “less traveled by.”

The sigh can be interpreted as one of regret or of self-satisfaction; in either case, the irony lies in the distance between what the speaker has just told us about the roads’ similarity and what his or her later claims will be. Frost might also have intended a personal irony; in a 1926 letter to Cristine Yates of Dickson, Tennessee, asking about the sigh, Frost replied, “It was my rather private jest at the expense of those who might think I would yet live to be sorry for the way I had taken in life.”

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Suq3mMbPLGc&feature=related

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Kv5KfkF7fo&feature=related

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfX5_K5o1iU&feature=related

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SZsep69VMs&feature=related

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the mind-bending nature of the deepest art of irony  —

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I watched Herman Cain’s live unedited press conference where he disavowed involvement with the sexual assault/harassment victims.   His nearly total “amnesia” denying knowledge of the victims, except for petite 5’2″ Karen Kraushaar where he commented on her height, manifested total lack of veracity/believability in his denials.


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On heartstopper gorgeous Ginger White born 1965, here is sage Steven Kalas born 1957 with words of wisdom vs. Ginger White  —

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Here is a suggested guideline for the responsible use of “coming forward”: Learn the differences regarding evil, crime and sin.

All evil includes sin, but not all sin is evil. Crime most often includes sin, but not all sin is criminal. And, occasionally, it’s a sin not to commit a crime.

If you know of an evil, then come forward. We have no higher moral duty than to not participate in evil through complicit silence. Evil should be named, no matter the cost to oneself.

If you know of a crime, then call the police.

But if all you know is that some ordinary human is ordinarily broken in ordinary human weakness, and you decided of your own accord to bring your ordinary brokenness and ordinary weakness to have a romp with that person, then tell me again: What exactly are you doing on my television?

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http://www.lvrj.com/living/reasons-for-coming-forward-don-t-always-make-sense-134985208.html

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Yes, Stephen Hawking & atheists correctly say that we have only one chance  — our mortal lives — to make a difference for the better for all living things.   Correctly make the best of it.   

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And that if we happen to be martyrs/exemplars [e.g. Holocaust victims] for the good side of humanity by being disincentives to human barbarism/savagery, at least we take comfort in manifesting the olive branch to avert recurrence of the evil/indifference/selfishness inherent in us all.  

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 I like my alltime hero Steven Kalas’ soothing thoughts  [God as our omnipotent Savior] – 

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 Mercy is a sublime human virtue. Becoming human means putting a bridle on the animal instinct to attack vulnerability. It means that, when our antagonist has dropped his sword and shield, bows before us and asks for another chance, we give a “thumbs up.” We allow sincere remorse to gentle us instead of provoke us to increased aggression.

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 In the Hebrew creation myth, Adam and Eve disobey God and realize, much to their humiliation, that they are naked. They cover their nakedness with itchy, coarse fig leaves and then hide from God in a tree. They are ridiculous. God shows up. And, yes, there are consequences for the disobedience. Difficult consequences. But even the consequences are wrapped in mercy. The last thing God does is give Adam and Eve soft animal skins to wear. In compassion, He lets them cover their nakedness. He probably even averts his eyes while they are changing out of their fig leaves. That was nice of God.   

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http://www.lvrj.com/living/by-accepting-i-m-sorry-we-show-our-sublime-humanity-136899918.html

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person of  remarkable cognition & composure Nani Kyota  –

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I agree that we should make the most of this life.   Some believe in reincarnation,  but I would hope that if this were true I would be able to accomplish what God intended me to do the first time so that I wouldn’t have to stretch it out to  a delayed completion.     Others believe that we have the opportunity to be Gods ourselves [Imago Dei] and create our own worlds.
 
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I’m not saying that I am perfect or even close.    I work daily on controlling my anger.   I have had to work on road rage but the only time that I let people hear what I say is when I see someone throw rubbish out of their car and then I have been known to lose control and yell out my window at the person.   They probably still can’t hear me.   I don’t do that anymore. OR try not to!   Now that my daughter is driving I try to be a better example.   I don’t want to pass on the insanity.

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Nani’s response above is to this thought   –

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Yes, Stephen Hawking & atheists correctly say that we have only one chance  — our mortal lives — to make a difference for the better for all living things.   Correctly make the best of it.   
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Magnanimous Viktor Frankl’s exemplar of the old man who finally realizes that his suffering the loss of his lifelong dearest companion wife allows her not to suffer if her husband had died before her — releases this husband from his misery and pain of losing his wife. He suffers because of and for his departed wife, and such suffering finally is accepted with tremendous equanimity by the heretofore tormented husband.     Redemptive suffering.

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Just the same, cogent Nani evokes of Biblical David, that David lamented incessantly over the death of his infant son, interceding/
interposing that David desired that David’s life end so that his infant son lives, to no avail. But voila! As suddenly as death came, so suddenly did God expiate/purge David of David’s guilt/remorse, God allowing Grace upon David, so that David was able to forgive himself. Of course, God had much greater plans for David, such that among our most auspicious passages in Scripture is God reposing in, “Look at David, he’s after God’s [My] Heart!! 1 Samuel 14 [A Man After My Own Heart]

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To address the question of redemptive suffering,  here is great teacher Viktor Frankl,  Holocaust survivor and the genesis of the pschotherapy/philosophical school of  “The Will to Meaning in Life.”   –
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According to Frankl, “We can discover this meaning in life in three different ways:  (1) by creating a work or doing a deed;  (2) by experiencing something or encountering someone; and (3) by the attitude we take toward unavoidable suffering,”  and that “everything can be taken from a person but one thing:   The last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.”   On the meaning of suffering, Frankl gives the following example:

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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Frankl emphasized that realizing the value of suffering is meaningful only when the first two creative possibilities are not available [for example, in a concentration camp] and only when such suffering is inevitable – he was not proposing that people suffer unnecessarily.

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And on redemptive suffering as Irony, note the understandable sentient self-lamentation of Earl Dean Edmoundson born 1945  –

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Need I mutter exemplar ergo impossible irony???  — Patton’s feared foe Rommel orders dossier on Patton — Rommel’s aide spills nonsense [schooling/creds/awards] – Rommel exclaims, “The Man — who is Patton!!??”  Aide meekly recounts, “Well, Patton swears all the time — but he prays to God at night.”   Rommel convulses, “Oh my God, such a conflicted man!!  He has nothing to lose!!  I must destroy Patton before he destroys me!!”    Macho males would revulse at a prayin’ man, dismissing a prayin’ man as a pussy/panty-arse.   Not so amid the deepest unction of irony!!   As to “turn the other cheek” & “when you give, it is given to you???”   Biblical pundit Dean Edmoundson of Honomu [Ishigo Bakery] painted for free his brethren’s church in Puna — didn’t even get a common courtesy thank you from its pastor — and subsequently Dean fumed and steamed for a week over such idiotic disregard of Dean’s “giving”  — well, as Jesus would have it, Dean’s wife June [the strength in the household] comforted Dean & intoned that God works in mysterious ways  — “turn the other cheek” by forgiving the so-called insolent pastor, and Dean’s “giving” is not in vain because Jesus rejoices at Dean’s unction/giving spirit, as do the Puna congregation members [Dean is a head deacon at the Honomu Living Waters Church 40 miles northbound]  — and as June so lovingly evokes, maybe God meant for Dean not to get a thank you from the Puna pastor — to test Dean’s strength of belief in God — that when you give, don’t “be of this world,” i.e,. the blessing is that you give for your love of God, not to get a thank you “of this earth.”   And maybe, even maybe, the Puna pastor tested Dean’s strength by looking “to see”  if Dean would end up sore & hurt incessantly.   Maybe?!   Only God knows.   Children of God — innocent in Jesus’ eyes.    See how irony cuts “right to the chase,” so to speak??

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Reprise 1 Corinthians 1:26-27  —  Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you.   Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise.   And He chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful, so the same God chose those who reside in the forsaken social margins.   In Dean Edmoundson’s case, those who reside in the forsaken social margins in Puna might benefit from Dean’s painting of their church!


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Erudite Nani Kyota has said something really revelatory and significant, as Nani’s unconscious has made a connection with the deeper emotional reality evident in us all.    Suffering is not about pain, but about the freedom to choose emerging meaning and hope.
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“Suffering” [noun] is not explained in our deepest spiritual wellsprings.   It simply is acknowledged a priori.   Jesus doesn’t say “pick up my cross and follow me.”   Jesus says “pick up YOUR cross and follow me.”   Suffering is of THIS world.   To deal with suffering is to deal with loss, the death of possibilities/hopes/dreams, the pain in our souls, so to speak, though our myriad cultural languages do not speak of pain per se, but of profound loss —  and the freedom to choose how and to what extent we deal with suffering.
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Transformative suffering refers to a conscious encounter with loss anchored by the hope of emerging meaning and human transformation, especially in our hearts of ANOTHER world/realm.      
 
Let the mystery of suffering be the mystery, as extraordinary sage Steven Kalas born 1957 intones.
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Our temptation is to reduce the suffering to something less chaotic and more intellectually manageable.   “There must be a reason,” we protest. And so we construct reasons. Often the reasons make us even more miserable.

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Share the suffering.
The opportunity to tell the story of our suffering to a compassionate and skillful listener is helpful beyond measure. Simply in the telling and retelling, we begin to shift perspective, to put a healing distance between us and the pain.
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Turn to the wisdom of symbol and ritual.
Medals of honor, funerals, statues and monuments, ritual mourning, legacy, keepsakes — we are symbolic creatures, and our symbols help us to embrace and transcend our suffering.
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Discover redemptive mission.
Many people discover meaning in suffering as they work to redeem their suffering in service to the world. And so the alcoholic becomes an AA sponsor. The mother whose child is killed by a drunken driver becomes an activist with Mothers Against Drunk Driving. The mercenary becomes a naturalist. The victim of child abuse becomes a marriage and family counselor. And so it goes.
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Sometimes we suffer as a testimony against injustice. We decide to suffer as a way of absorbing the cost of hatred and bearing witness against the insanity of revenge. Or sometimes we willingly suffer for the sake of endurance alone. That is, as a witness to the goodness of life.
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Suffering as a fact of life embraces an intention and willingness to be radically open and present to life as life is — joyous or sorrowful, delightful or painful.

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http://www.lvrj.com/living/lifes-journey-includes-pain-of-suffering-69506497.html

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from magnanimous Carol Ludloff Arnold  —   Thanks as always, for these beautiful recollections,  as wonderful Nani Kyota shares here [above]!!

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Don’t you have something to offer in terms of your own life experiences akin to Jesus’ Parable/Pericope  [reversal of convention/a confounding Truth which reveals a disguised blessing for us all]??    Aloha!   –Curt   

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Our Issei [first generation] immigrants from Japan had their creed of giri [serve justly] ninjo [humanity].     Japan samurai were split by these incompatible notions.    Our Nisei [second generation] 100th Batt./442nd warriors such as my dad Toshi 1913-1998 had their creed of kuni no ta-may [serve our U.S.A. faithfully and courageously — all in — “go for broke, bruddah!”]. 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samurai_cinema#Themes

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A recurring conflict the ideal samurai encounters is the ninjo and giri conflict. Ninjo is the human feeling that tells you what is right and giri is the obligation of the samurai to his lord and clan. The conflict originated from overwhelming control of the Tokugawa bakufu government over the samurai’s behavior. Often samurai would question the morality of their actions and are torn between duty and conscience. This conflict transcends eras in samurai films and can create the perception of the protagonist as being the moral underdog or steadfast warrior. In The Last Samurai, Katsumoto is no longer of use to his emperor and sentenced to self-disembowelment. He goes against his duty to follow through with his sentence and flees to fight his final rebellion against the central government’s army. Ninjo and giri conflict is dynamic to the character of the samurai.

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yamato damashii [corazon/kokoro/heart!]

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=8NuBMkUja6A

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvjupggOMDM

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKjN6wLj7Eg

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1uCsxTccfk&feature=related

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Irony, reversal, and frustration of expectations illustrate opposites or impossibilities which tie in knots our social conventions.     Not just the Parables but also the  Beatitudes feature counterintuitively the dramatic presentation and reversal of expectations that are characteristic of Christ  e.g. — Love thy enemy  — What kind of neighbor are you to the new folks next door? — Turn the other cheek.


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“Your mom  was an extraordinary woman —  talented, creative and sentimental.   I can see her influence on you as a parent.  This is where you get your strength as an independent woman (sorry for the gender reference).   Your  father’s martial arts orientation is stamped on your DNA and  has also been  a major influence on you.  Your creative mind  overcomes any  resistance to change.  Curtis credits you for seeking social and cultural change. That’s impressive.”

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What Jesus prescribes in the samaritan parable  of Matthew 25:40 is disinterested, self-giving care for the “other” [agape]. We are to act on behalf of those who have needs and who reside along the social margins [the hungry, the stranger, the naked, the sick, and the imprisoned].


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This latter point is important because all too often we separate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s love notion from the Christian faith. Surely King was informed by varying philosophical and religious principles, which included Gandhian satyagraha [love force], Hindu and Buddhist ahimsa [non-violence], and Henry David Thoreau’s theory of civil disobedience. But King’s view of Christian salvation was tied to social justice.  Christians have been saved [soterion] and set apart [ekklesia] for a particular purpose which is found in Micah 6:8, “to do justice, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” This is why King adopted the slogan “Redeeming the Soul of America” for his civil rights organization, the Southern Christian Leadership Coalition. King believed that the quest for civil and human rights for all of humanity, particularly the most vulnerable, were integral to the Christian mission and evidence of human redemption.”
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This is a very enlightening discourse that gives me a better understanding of Christianity and what is in God’s mind.  I have always had difficulty relating to what captured the imagination and souls of the early Christians who were converted by the Apostle Paul.  I can better relate to Christ’s parables that carried simple messages to simple uneducated people.  These people were “empowered” (mesmerized?) by these radical  messages who previously saw their lot in life as useless and without purpose.  They were suddenly recognized as individuals by a personal caring God. I see your point of Christ using “irony” in his parables.  Regards,  KL
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Turning common-sense ideas upside down, confounding the expectations of His audience: He/Jesus preached of “Heaven’s imperial rule” [traditionally translated as “Kingdom of God“] as being already present but unseen; He depicts God as a loving father; He squares shoulders with outsiders and criticizes insiders.   Christ evokes not simply an apocalyptic eschatology/end-time, but more critically a sapiential eschatology, which encourages all of God’s children to repair the world.     Since Christ lived and preached in an oral culture, scholars expect that short, memorable stories or phrases are more likely to be historical and factual.

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Irony:   Based on several important narrative parables [such as the Parable of the Good Samaritan], scholars decided that irony, reversal, and frustration of expectations were characteristic of Christ’s style.   Does a pericope/concise passage illustrate opposites or impossibilities?   If it does, it’s more likely to be authentic.   For example, “love your enemies.”     Not just the Parables but the  beatitudes feature the dramatic presentation and reversal of expectations that are characteristic of Christ.  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 ousted Fox News pundit Glenn Beck said.

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On real time forgiveness, note the instance of the man who accidentally spills a bowl of  chicken soup on another man.   The other man is aghast, then lets out the amazing Grace of a punchline   –  “Well, at least I love the comforting sense of chicken soup!!”   Wow!!

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Jesus always embraced the reproached,
the outcasts, of society, knowing that
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scathing comments vs. others.
To Jesus, imperfection is beautiful, as we
grow in God’s Holiness. His Holiness, is
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Ode to my Dad   —

Patti Davis [Ronald Reagan’s daughter] is my age & my fellow resister.    Her eulogy for her dearest dad personifies my feeling for my dearest dad.    


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“I sat beside him as he died.   And now he sits inside my

heart as I live my life, without him but with him.   Love you, Dad,  — Patti.”      


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Dearest Patti’s reminiscences  —“Dad lives in me on the edge of dreams.  He lives in the regrets I carry of my rebellious years and the hurt I caused Dad , which he allowed and blew away like dust.  My sweet memories of Dad keep me afloat.   There was a moment, midway through the Alzheimers which clawed away years, when I was leaving him and I said to Dad, ‘Bye for now, I love you!’   His eyes opened wide in surprise and he said, ‘Well, thank you, thank you so much!’   Dad had no idea who I was.   He was startled and typically gracious about another human being telling him she loved him.   I don’t know if I will ever reach that level of grace, but I’m grateful for having been born to a man who did.   Moments like this revealed what was most essential about Dad — his graciousness, his kindness toward others, his gratitude and his humility.   Dad carried in his pocket a coin which says ‘let go and let God.’   I keep it now in a box on my dresser.   I don’t know where he got it, but I’m guessing someone handed it to him when he was out walking and he looked at the message on it and thought of how lovely it was and how he related to it.   Every day after that, he put it in his pocket — as a blessing, perhaps, to remind him of a stranger’s kindness.  I never stopped believing that he hung the moon, as I remember the nights when I was a child and he traced the constellations for me, showing me Pegasus and Orion.”

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:   “Opportunity No Less”   Aging is not dementia but a blessing of a long life lived!

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wisdom and meaning of old age from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow  —

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“Opportunity & Meaning No Less ” —

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For age is opportunity no less,

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And as the evening twilight fades away,

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And as Marc Agronin evokes of Appelfeld’s imagination,

memories of hither and yon take wing & both soothe and

elevate as these ancient memories bring affirmation of the

greatest connections and joys in life — reminiscence’s beauty —

not to restore what has been lost but to experience the gratitude

that can come only with the realization that we never truly lose

the gifts from the most important reference points in our lives.

http://www.forward.com/articles/144274/

Thornton Wilder:

The greatest tribute to the dead is not grief but gratitude

The greatest tribute to the dead is not grief but gratitude.

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Ellen Howarth:   ‘Tis a Faded Flower   —

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Where is the heart that doth not keep within its inmost core,
some fond remembrance hidden deep of days that are no more —
a faded flower, a broken ring, a tress of my loved one’s hair?

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http://www.bartleby.com/248/504.html

 

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http://www.lvrj.com/living/what-hurts-most-may-bring-people-closest-together-134200018.html

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The people I know best and with whom I would say I’m the closest all have something in common. I know of their wounds. I know of their losses. It’s the same with people who know me and are close to me. They know the stories behind my psychic, emotional and even physical scars. There is no faster way to know someone but to ask, “Tell me about your life’s greatest loss.”

At the heart of what binds our most treasured, timeless relationships is the knowledge of loss and suffering. Trauma. Injustice. Moral failure. When someone shares these things with us, then and only then can we begin to say we know this person. Then and only then can we say we have a true intimacy.

There is, yet, another echelon of closeness. I refer to people we love, and still love, and with whom we remain close, who have hurt us. And/or we have hurt them. Though, somehow, in this case, the injuries did not extinguish the relationship. This person is still here. Still loving us.

I think of two people in my own life. I see their faces. They love me. Really they do. But, in the history of these relationships, I have behaved badly. In one I abused my power as a bully. In the other I betrayed a trust. And both of these people are still here. Still part of my life. If I think about it too often, it becomes quickly overwhelming.

I think of Thomas. That would be Thomas the disciple of Jesus in the Christian Gospel. It’s Sunday, and, two days ago, Jesus died like a dog. But Thomas’ friends say they have seen Jesus. That he is alive. Thomas scoffed: “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”

For this line, Thomas went down in history with the moniker “Doubting Thomas,” but I’ve always thought that was unfair. More like “Realistic Thomas.” Jesus doesn’t chastise Thomas for doubting. Instead, Jesus calls his bluff. Jesus shows up again, extends his wounded hands and says, essentially, “You’re on, cowboy. Reach out, see and feel these wounds. Those would be the holes left over from nails.”

“My Lord and my God,” Thomas exclaims.

For my purposes here, my point is not a “religious” one. It’s an existential one. Thomas recognizes Jesus as he knows Jesus’ wounds. The wounds are the ultimate credential of identity. The wounds of which Thomas is not innocent.

I think of my friends who, on their 20th anniversary ask me to preside at their renewal of vows. They gather their children, their family and friends. They stand in their living room and reaffirm the promises of marriage, hope and love. But, see, I know something of the history of this marriage. I know of its joys and celebrations. I know of its wounds. I know of injuries and betrayals. How he has hurt her. How she has hurt him.

Yet, here they stand, telling each other and their Maker of their love, constancy and fidelity. Their hope. Their steadfast willingness to walk the beloved to the grave. And it occurs to me, again, that at the end of 40 to 50 years of healthy marriage, a foundational part of what binds an old man and old woman together is … scar tissue. From which pours not resentment but treasure and blessings. A breathtaking intimacy. A profound knowing. We say: “You see that jagged psychic scar on my beloved’s heart? I did that.”

I presided at the renewal. Then I got out my guitar and sang them the song “Purple Heart”:

Once upon a time you stood before an altar

And you promised not to leave

You held each other’s hand and dreamed a sweet forever

Love drove angels to their knees

Oh, the days they do fly by

Count the tears that you have cried

Count the laughter and the lies

Count your love and times love died

And here you stand together, battle-scarred and torn

The locks of fairy tales have fallen, long since shorn

Love has chosen you, blessed you, crucified you

See what you’ve become

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BX7F4a_tR4A

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http://www.theblaze.com/stories/sickening-video-two-vans-hit-chinese-toddler-18-passers-by-ignore-her-suffering/

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http://www.latimes.com/news/la-mobile-china-toddler-death,0,362417.story?track=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+latimes%2Fnews+%28L.A.+Times+-+Top+News%29

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To whom is KingLit???

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The funny thing is that this is something that I have been pondering.  Unfortunately it hasn’t really been on a necessarily “Godly” level.   I have been reading the power and it talks about giving love.  I think with God anything is possible and without him nothing is. I know that when I put him first my day is so much better than when I am rushing and forget what is really important!
On the faith issue, this is where I stand. I have to say that my knowledge of the Bible isn’t what it should be and so I don’t know if this is actually from the Bible but someone told me once that faith and fear cannot occupy the same space and from that moment I really do not fear. Before that I was scared of so many things, now I just try my best to be my very best and I know that is all that God really expects of us. He loves us no matter what and we should do the same for all of our fellow brothers and sisters.

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from loving Nani Kyota —

Mahalo Curtis for sharing all of these wonderful stories and Scriptures with me. It was really nice to see you last Sunday. I hope that you are doing well.
Happy New Year!
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There is no ego wishing to aggrandize itself by punishing the opponent and every move is performed effortlessly before one has time to think.   One blocks every move by one’s opponents yet for all parties involved you might be playing with clouds [it’s painless and without harmful consequence].      The essence of Divinity  — fluid and fulfilling.   Not just physical but spiritual,  Imago Dei, in the Image of God.
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from loving pure heart Nani Kyota  —

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When given time I found out that Kewina is like all of us, just trying to figure out where we belong in God’s plan.

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I am very glad to call you a friend.    I learn so much from the emails that you send and you inspire me to look even further.
Malama Pono,
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Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is  the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:   gill’s exposition  —  For wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction; so  that the one may be easily known from the other. There is no difficulty in  finding out, or entering in at, or walking in the way of sin, which leads to  eternal ruin. The gate of carnal lusts, and worldly pleasures, stands wide open,  and many there be which go in thereat; even all men in a state of nature; the  way of the ungodly is “broad”, smooth, easy, and every way agreeable to the  flesh; it takes in a large compass of vices, and has in it abundance of company;  but its end is destruction.


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intervention/intercession– divine appointment  — sobering

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Norman Vincent Peale  — bueno!

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Music is a good metaphor for KingLit Ching born 1936.   KingLit is Sinatra, whose devotion to the original song composer is legendary.   I believe in innovation, which is why I look to cross-cultural sources for amazing song arrangements.   Here are some takes on innovation/expanding one’s horizon from my blog —


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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NO–bqmB6k&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PL822D533C6961C4C5

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVMyIqU_48s

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkmQCp_Vqkk

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In memory of my great hero Mariska Veres 1947-2006  [5th anniversary of her death in December]  —

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XibFQlJj_c8&feature=related

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Alejandra Burgos’ bass player does a fine cover [redux] & he [out of view/camera shot] riffs the famous Peter Gunn theme song [cover here on Henry Mancini’s original number]   —

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wNBgJMD3-E&feature=related

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtZSeEIr-kg

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8BOMxyjtFo&feature=related

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Beautiful imagination & creativity!! Congratulations on a most remarkable confounding/revolt of a great standard [tune]. You have blended the jazzy beat of Peter Gunn [same bass vamp/riff] of over half a century ago with the great Swing rhythm of nearly a century ago. Age is a factor — the younger/fresher, the better!

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Rh7jjzpC1c

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

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sr1uSZB6ftg&feature=player_embedded

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http://news.yahoo.com/top-chinese-wealthys-wish-list-leave-china-065826880.html

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http://www.hawaiifreepress.com/ArticlesMain/tabid/56/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/5123/APEC-Hint-for-Realtors-Top-of-Chinese-wealthys-wish-list-To-leave-China.aspx

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/19/opinion/krugman-will-china-break.html?_r=1&ref=paulkrugman

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-davis/bert-schneider_b_1173164.html?ref=daily-brief?utm_source=DailyBrief&utm_campaign=122911&utm_medium=email&utm_content=BlogEntry&utm_term=Daily%20Brief

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reared and nurtured in love, respect, constancy, regard and the warmth of people who cherish one another — redemptive healing  —  communicate, share, negotiate, listen, learn, tolerate, understand, compromise and reconcile.    Beautiful images from Steven Kalas.

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Joel Osteen’s theology  —  wealth and power are rewards for pious Christians —  sheez!

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prosperity_theology#Socioeconomic_analysis

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http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/13/opinion/krugman-america-isnt-a-corporation.html?_r=1&ref=paulkrugman

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http://baselinescenario.com/2012/01/12/refusing-to-take-yes-for-an-answer-on-bank-reform/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BaselineScenario+%28The+Baseline+Scenario%29

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http://baselinescenario.com/2012/01/22/should-we-trust-paid-experts-on-the-volcker-rule/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BaselineScenario+%28The+Baseline+Scenario%29

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http://baselinescenario.com/2012/02/24/party-of-higher-debts/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BaselineScenario+%28The+Baseline+Scenario%29

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The Social Gospel is real Scripture  —

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberation_theology#Influence_on_others

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Good to observe sanity after seeing misanthrope Rev. Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Liberty Church in Dallas of the Southern Baptist Convention slam  Obama & Romney as non-Christians.    Sheez … Jeffress is Lucifer to me.    ;-)

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from sweetheart & gorgeous Nani Kyota  —    I’m not sure where I stand on the LDS issue right now but the haters should realize that the actual name of the church is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints so it just shows their ignorance when they say that so-called Mormons which they were named by others because of the Book of Mormon which is another testament of Jesus Christ by prophets who left Israel when directed by God and kept a record of his commandments at that time then when the records or “plates” were threatened the prophet Moroni abridged them and buried them for safe keeping.   Sorry that may be too much information but I don’t get upset with ignorant people anymore —  I just sadden. I guess if they believed more in their own church they wouldn’t have to slam other churches.
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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/12/mitt-romneys-gain-in-nati_n_1202410.html?ref=daily-brief?utm_source=DailyBrief&utm_campaign=011312&utm_medium=email&utm_content=NewsEntry&utm_term=Daily%20Brief

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Great sage Steven Kalas born 1957 on dealing with energy vampires   —

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http://www.lvrj.com/view/mom-s-changing-stories-about-money-cause-hurt-confusion-138834794.html

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tightrope dichotomy of trying to be The Observer (detached, staying objective) yet still having the very real human experience of being “driven crazy.”

It is personal when we are conscripted into someone’s crisis of fear and smallness. It is personal to be deliberately moved about the game board of someone’s life as if we were no more than a lesser chess piece in the contest of ego-defense and self-importance.

It hurts to be treated as a means to an end. The hurt is a sign of our health — our self-respect — not a sign that anything about us needs to be fixed.

And yet … it is equally a sign of self-respect that we make an effort to be The Observer. We do this, too, because we love. Despite our hurt and disappointment, we want to try to understand, to attempt to answer the question of what’s really going on here.

I can be in a relationship with you, or I can manage you in relationship. I prefer to do the former. But, if you absolutely insist, you can make me do the latter. I’ll be disappointed, but I’ll do it. Especially if the alternative is being driven crazy.

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Ron Paul’s M.D. money was made in a White homogeneous middle class & upper class society.   Thence, his hypocrisy in not paying for his campaign mgr.’s medical bills on grounds that these creditors shall be paid out of probate —    which mean that the insolvent probate estate will leave the creditors with no recourse.   There is no safety net unless there is  national health insurance, contrary to Paul’s right wing Libertarianism that patients will be taken care of.  

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libertarianism#Late_twentieth_century

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I agree 100% with your assessment of pastor Jeffress.  He must be a huge embarrassment to the Christian evangelical right and the Republican Party.  But, unfortunately, there are many right wingers who think the same way.  I am also proud of key blacks rallying around President Obama to defend him against the charge that he is not doing enough for Black Americans.   That Cornel West of Princeton is a self serving light weight and admits that he is retaliating against Obama for snubbing him  and not inviting him to White House events.  What an a____h____!

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There must be many variations of pride with many positive aspects as well as numerous negative aspects.  The Greeks probably do a good job with variations.  Isn’t “false pride” destructive and deserved pride healthy?    Destruction comes from many other sources other than false pride.  The worst is indifference or overconfidence.

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However materialism is not all bad.  Seeking food and shelter are basic materialistic needs.  Seeking tools and transportation extends the ability to be productive.  Modern Israel sees the ultra conservatives as being unproductive and a parasite in society.  Every individual’s contribution must be rigorously challenged and evaluated to determine if that individual is contributing to society or is a parasite.  Jesus called some utterances “clanking gongs.” I prize wisdom, not clanking gongs.  KL

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from Curt  —

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It’s great to be American that we elect a minority race President [never thought I’d see it in my lifetime].    It’s great to see Americans rally to defend Romney/Huntsman as Mormons, Obama as UCC Christian, vs. vulgar pastor Jeffress of the Southern Baptist Convention.   I watched Jeffress over the span of 3 hrs. from the get-go,  & Jeffress is so full of himself w/his doctorate in divinity & haughty pride — competely in love with himself  — nothing to do with Scripture.

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Great long-lived point of KingLit Ching  —   open-minded exposure/comprehension/empathy/appreciation/application  —

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Curt, I’d love to have you dissect my hypothesis since this is what you are exceptionally good at doing.    There is no generation gap here, just a common desire to WRITE history and not have it written for us (by assholes).    Regards,  -KL 

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Lessons On A Rejection Into The All-Haole Pacific Club  —

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When Masaji Marumoto was rejected for membership in the all-haole Pacific Club, Masaji quietly said,  “I reluctantly signed my application aware that the members may not be ready to break w/the past.  I did not do so in crusading spirit.   I do not feel badly about the outcome because I do not consider it a personal affront.  We do not have a perfect society, but we have made great strides, all for the better.  We have a happy community because changes came imperceptibly & naturally.  We will continue to make progress if we are not too sensitive about some of the things  which we consider undesirable.  Particularly in matters involving personal attitudes, the solution lies not in forcing  the issue on any abstract notion of right or wrong, but in developing further understanding & respect by more  frequent exposure to each other.”    Gov. Jack Burns tendered Jack’s resignation from the Pacific Club when Masaji’ s application got rejected.  Masaji was the 1st-ever AJA on the highest court 1957 & a sitting S.Ct. Justice in 1969.  Like Masaji’s peer Rev. Hung Wai Ching, Masaji saw a happy society, & expressed Masaji’s outlook on this vision.   Not perfect by any means, but happy just the same.  A society which Masaji respected and cherished.  A society that  he hoped would share exposure/comprehension/appreciation/encouragement/hope/wayfind w/Masaji.  Deep, really  deep!   — Love, Curt

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from KingLit Ching born 1936  —   I like to combine the philosophies of Mandela  and Lincoln about keeping enemies close with Obama’s philosophy of reaching out to find common ground and mutual interests to create a dialog.  I have a personal philosophy of trying to shed my visceral, emotional responses  and pursue a clear headed intellectual, logical analysis of problems.  This is why the old adage about sleeping on a decision is  wise. If you recall, I sent you the Israeli Jewish and Arabic  Peace Song which stressed the fact that “tolerance” enabled people to see the good points of their adversaries and creates a basis for reconciliation. I find this a very powerful philosophy which I would like you to comment on and expand upon from both a Biblical point of view and a philosophical point of view.    [Curt’s reply —   Biblical forgiveness  —

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http://www.sermoncentral.com/sermons/the-landmine-of-unforgiveness-charles-stanley-sermon-on-growth-in-christ-111943.asp

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http://www.joycemeyer.org/articles/ea.aspx?article=the_poison_of_unforgiveness

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Jesus makes clear that to forgive is to forget — propitiosity

“And their sins and iniquities I will remember no more.” Hebrews 10:17
“God’s way of forgiving is thorough and hearty, -— both to forgive and to forget; and if thine be not so, thou hast no portion of His.”  –Leighton

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A fella couldn’t get over being double-crossed by his longtime football buddy.
I tell him, “Brah’, you dwell in bitterness, not in Jesus’ redemption. Choose — be loved by Jesus or your football pal? Forgive yourself, don’t blame yourself for being a fool for redemption [of embracing fully life attendant w/risks of failure-rejection-derision-scorn].
You cannot control the destiny of your football friend, but you can master your attitude about yourself, of course with Jesus’ guidance/inspiration. Heavenly Father says that to forgive in our propiosity/divine revelation actually is to forget, brah’. Your failure, your hurt, your humiliation, visualize a box cupped in both hands, put all of your unbearable/unthinkable worlds in this little box — and give it to Jesus, brah’. Release yourself, distance yourself, from these worlds inside this box, and unburden yourself to Jesus. Give it to Jesus, brah’.
And just as you forgive yourself, you gonna’ be shocked & amazed how easily it’ll be forgotten. All praise to Jesus, brah’, all praise!!”

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And this fella then let out a long-held sigh, and bowed his head, then raised his head, with a lovely glow and a handsome smile on his face. Faith, obedience, endure to the end, in Jesus — works wonders. Remember, faith is not outcome dependent. But Faith is about attitude, of the divine sort a la Revelation.
Love for now and forever.  –Curt]

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Dedicated to WWII buddahead messiah, FBI’s Bob Shivers 1894-1950 of Tennessee [thanks to Shivers’ hanai daughter Sue Kobatake Isonaga — 442nd’s Herb’s wife, who was Maui buddahead]      —        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_k3ZfveGynE&feature=related         And if you want some Kentucky flavor, get a load of outrageous [to counter her tutti frutti girlie backdrop] Miley Cyrus   —      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/08/miley-cyrus-garters_n_1262861.html?utm_source=Triggermail&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=daily_brief

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Poke our eyes, eh, intellectual caveman/moron Tony Scalia!     http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/02/how-scalia-helped-obama-defend-the-birth-control-rule.php

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Hi Stephen Paulmier [Socialist]:   I want to brainstorm with you over “Utopia.”       Aloha!

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/From_each_according_to_his_ability,_to_each_according_to_his_need#Debates_on_the_idea   [utopian communism]

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Marx delineated the specific conditions under which such a creed would be applicable—a society where technology and social organization had substantially eliminated the need for physical labor in the production of things, where “labor has become not only a means of life but life’s prime want.”     Marx explained his belief that, in such a society, each person would be motivated to work for the good of society despite the absence of a social mechanism compelling them to work, because work would have become a pleasurable and creative activity.   Marx intended the initial part of his slogan, “from each according to his ability” to suggest not merely that each person should work as hard as they can, but that each person should best develop their particular talents.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inverse_commons  [analog of communism]

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In the inverse commons,  the opposite results of the law of the commons [oversaturation/eventual extinction of resource by overpopulation, etc.]  effect are witnessed. That is, individuals contributing knowledge and content for the good of the community rather than extracting resources for their own personal gain.   Examples of this are free and open source software and Wikipedia. This phenomenon is linked to “viral” effects and increases in prominence as individuals contribute altruistically and for social gain.

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The inverse commons outcome is likely when the cost of the contribution is much less than its value over time.   Information has this property.   For example, it costs very little for a Wikipedia contributor to enter knowledge from their experience into Wikipedia’s servers, and very little for Wikipedia to serve that information over and over again to readers, generating great value over time.   Unlike the pasture of a physical commons, information isn’t degraded much by use. Thus the value of Wikipedia increases over time, attracting more readers some of whom become contributors, forming a virtuous cycle [opposite of a vicious circle].

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Critical_mass_(sociodynamics)#Fax_machine_example

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_each_according_to_his_contribution#Elaboration_in_Gotha   [socialism]

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The principle has its roots in the way that capitalism manages its affairs.   That is, each is rewarded according to how much he produces.   Remuneration increases as the amount of labor contributed increases.    However within capitalism, the means of production are owned by a small minority who does not produce, but rather lives off the labor of others.   Socialism is said to remedy this by putting the means of production in common hands and rewarding individuals according to their contributions.   Chronology —   land [feudalism]  to goods [capitalism] to collective means of production/information  [socialism] to collective exponential benefits [communism].      Margaret Thatcher’s “every man for himself” capitalism/avarice  —   http://www.latimes.com/news/la-fg-britain-thatcher-20120114,0,6755885.story?track=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+latimes%2Fnews+%28L.A.+Times+-+Top+News%29

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Artistic license which results in great movies like “The Last Samurai”  [courage/clean heart/prophecy — anticipate the future]   —

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

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Film_%C3%A0_clef

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASEtPn_xhGQ&feature=player_embedded

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Obama plays golf with Boehner — reversal of expectation a la Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu per quip of Hank Williams Jr. — scribe Kathleen Parker asks if those outraged by Hank Williams’ actually witty quip about the incongruity of Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu  —   are willing to be evenhanded in their defense of civility.   Her clozer is that we are too serious with no sense of levity/light-heartedness.

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From KingLit  –‏

This view, I believe, solves many irreconcilable positions that exist presently in the world.  I believe that Boehner respects and even admires Obama.  I believe that Boehner realizes politically that he needs to lead legislation to correct serious flaws on Wall St. and elsewhere and wants to collaborate with Obama.  The golf match was a good 2 hours of one on one where key issues personal feelings have to eventually emerge.  I it  an opportunity to “get to know” someone more intimately.  In business, the dinner together with a few cocktails to loosen things up ALWAYS works and is the climate for major business deals.  Families are discussed, sports is always a big subject, and even “A” male bragging about sexual conquests is a factor (not with KL).   I believe that the Israelis should meet with Hamas and Hezbollah WITHOUT predetermined arrangements.  I guarantee that meaningful progress can be made because both parties have too much to lose and gain by not meeting.

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blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth [& the Kingdom of Heaven]   —   http://bible.cc/matthew/5-5.htm

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2038061/Gaddafi-family-nanny-scalded-boiling-water-arrives-Malta-treatment.html  

Gaddafi son Hannibal’s wife — glamor girl Aline’s depravity

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2031074/Glamour-model-Talitha-van-Zon-escaped-rebels-partying-Gaddafi-son.html   Gaddafi son Mutassim’s depravity

But beneath the playboy’s fun-loving exterior was  a sinister side she witnessed when he launched a scathing attack on a servant  who delivered a cold meal and then forced him to sit in the corner and eat it  all.
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from darling Carol Ludloff Arnold  —   So so sad!

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Irony, reversal, and frustration of expectations illustrate opposites or impossibilities which tie in knots our social conventions.     Not just the Parables but also the  Beatitudes feature the dramatic presentation and reversal of expectations that are characteristic of Christ  e.g. — Love thy enemy  — To whom are you a neighbor? — Turn the other cheek. 

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As faded via spots as is the paint on my car, I am proud of them because an abandoned kitty cat whom I called Brownie [female cat with brown fur] made her home there for the rest of her life.  I am proud to have given Brownie a home and food/water and safety and comfort and joy.   Brownie died of old age and I gaze upon these faded spots on  my car with love and affection for Brownie.

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http://bible.cc/matthew/25-40.htm  [what you do to the least of our world, so do you do this to me]

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http://bible.cc/genesis/50-20.htm   [what others see as faded spots, I see as divine beauty]

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http://bible.cc/2_corinthians/4-7.htm   [treasure of Brownie amid humanity’s treachery in disposing of and betraying Brownie]

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A correct contrarian opinion on Steve Jobs —

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/26/opinion/limits-of-magical-thinking.html?_r=1&ref=maureendowd

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Steve Jobs, the mad perfectionist, even perfected his stare

He wanted it to be hypnotic. He wanted the other person to blink first. He wanted it to be, like Dracula’s saturnine gaze, a force that could bend your will to his and subsume your reality in his.

There’s an arresting picture of Jobs staring out, challenging us to blink, on the cover of Walter Isaacson’s new biography, “Steve Jobs.” The writer begins the book by comparing the moody lord of Silicon Valley to Shakespeare’s Henry V — a “callous but sentimental, inspiring but flawed king.”

Certainly, Jobs created what Shakespeare called “the brightest heaven of invention.” But his life sounded like the darkest hell of volatility.

An Apple C.E.O. who jousted with Jobs wondered if he had a mild bipolarity.

“Sometimes he would be ecstatic, at other times he was depressed,” Isaacson writes. There were Rasputin-like seductions followed by raging tirades. Everyone was either a hero or bozo.

As Jobs’s famous ad campaign for Apple said, “Here’s to the crazy ones. … They push the human race forward.”

The monstre sacré fancied himself an “enlightened being,” but he was capable of frightening coldness, even with his oldest collaborators and family. Yet he often sobbed uncontrollably.

Isaacson told me that Jobs yearned to be a saint; but one of the colleagues he ousted from Apple mordantly noted that the petulant and aesthetic Jobs would have made an excellent King of France.

His extremes left everyone around him with vertigo.

He embraced Zen minimalism and anti-materialism. First, he lived in an unfurnished mansion, then a house so modest that Bill Gates, on a visit, was astonished that the whole Jobs family could fit in it. And Jobs scorned security, often leaving his back door unlocked.

Yet his genius was designing alluring products that would create a country of technology addicts. He demanded laser-like focus from employees to create an A.D.D. world.

He was abandoned by parents who conceived him out of wedlock at 23, and he then abandoned a daughter for many years that he conceived out of wedlock at 23.

Chrisann Brennan, the mother of Jobs’s oldest child, Lisa, told Isaacson that being put up for adoption left Jobs “full of broken glass.” He very belatedly acknowledged Lisa and their relationship was built, Isaacson says, on “layers of resentment.”

He could be hard on women. Two exes scrawled mean messages on his walls. As soon as he learned that his beautiful, willowy, blonde girlfriend, Laurene Powell, was pregnant in 1991, he began musing that he might still be in love with the previous beautiful, willowy, blonde girlfriend, Tina Redse.

“He surprised a wide swath of friends and even acquaintances by asking them what he should do,” Isaacson writes. “ ‘Who was prettier,’ he would ask, ‘Tina or Laurene?’ ” And “who should he marry?”

Isaacson notes that Jobs could be distant at times with the two daughters he had with Laurene (though not the son). When one daughter dreamed of going to the Oscars with him, he blew her off.

Andy Hertzfeld, a friend and former Apple engineer, lent Lisa $20,000 when she thought her father was not going to pay her Harvard tuition. Jobs paid it back to his friend, but Lisa did not invite him to her Harvard graduation.

“The key question about Steve is why he can’t control himself at times from being so reflexively cruel and harmful to some people,” Hertzfeld said. “That goes back to being abandoned at birth.”

He almost always wore black turtlenecks and jeans. (Early on, he scorned deodorant and went barefoot and had a disturbing habit of soaking his feet in the office toilet.)

Yet he sometimes tried to ply his exquisite taste to remake the women in his life.

When he was dating the much older Joan Baez — enthralled by her relationship with his idol, Bob Dylan — he drove her to a Ralph Lauren store in the Stanford mall to show her a red dress that would be “perfect” for her. But one of the world’s richest men merely showed her the dress, even after she told him she “couldn’t really afford it,” while he bought shirts.

When he met his sister, Mona Simpson, a struggling novelist, as an adult, he berated her for not wearing clothes that were “fetching enough” and then sent her a box of Issey Miyake pantsuits “in flattering colors,” she said.

He was a control freak, yet when he learned he had a rare form of pancreatic cancer that would respond to surgery, he ignored his wife, doctors and friends and put the surgery off for nine months, trying to heal himself with wacky fruit diets, hydrotherapy, a psychic and expressing his negative feelings. (As though he had to be encouraged.)

Addicted to fasting because he felt it produced euphoria and ecstasy, he refused to eat when he needed protein to fight his cancer.

The Da Vinci of Apple could be self-aware. “I know that living with me,” he told Isaacson as he was dying, “was not a bowl of cherries.”

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I was an infantry medic but scored with marksperson rating [expert rating at the top, followed by sharpshooter rating, followed by marksperson rating].

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The expert sniper is a master of stealth movement/undetected/unseen, of camouflage, most critically of patience/pasiensa, to assess terrain/fields of fire/optimum positions-angles  — & result in a gravely disproportionate effect on the enemy  — striking fear/terror in enemy troops/morale  — w/the kill shot’s stone-cold relaxed trigger hand engaged in a clinical quality all its own.   American Revolution hero Daniel Morgan like his more famous namesake Daniel Boone was of Welsh immigrant roots, as fellow expert hunter Timothy Murphy was of brogue Irish strain.   All were backwoodsmen and frontiersmen, who hunted to survive, familiar w/the ways of Indian tribes and the nature of wild prey and predators, where a single isolated movement/visual peek was all it took for the effective kill shot.   Chinese-English descendant Billy Sing 1886-1943 of Gallipoli killed Turk Abdul the super sniper with the one and only first shot, lest Abdul’s first shot kill Sing, Abdul getting the fatal bullet over the barrel of Abdul’s rifle between Abdul’s eyes.   Vietnam War’s Carlos Hathcock 1942-1999 shot game to survive with his backwoods impoverished grandma.   Hathcock’s extraordinary kill shot came after NVN posted $30 G for him to be killed  — Hathcock caught a fleeting glint of light thru the jungle, in this case the sunlight reflecting off the NVN expert sniper’s front lens of his telescopic scope.   Hathcock fired his one and only kill shot [no second chance among experts], & found his foe w/a bullet in his scope eye, the bullet coming thru the foe’s scope sight, meaning that the foe’s rifle was pointed directly at Hathcock at the instant Hathcock’s kill shot hit him in the eye.   Had Hathcock waited an instant longer, the $30 G would’ve been won by the expert sniper foe.    Tim Kellner a decade ago was a naturally gifted sniper and an expert backwood hunter, w/tremendous skills in fieldcraft/covert movement/concealment/patience.     As w/the deadliest snipers of all time [Scot Patrick Ferguson/Tom Plunkett/Ben Powell/Hiram Berdan/Sepoy Bob the Nailer/Rich Travis/Francis Pegahmagabow/Henry Norwest/Finn White Death “Belaya Smert” by Soviet Army  — Simo Hayha 1905-2002/Stalin’s Vassil Zaitsev 1915-1991/Soviet female leopard Lyudmila Pavlichenko 1916-1974/Austrian Josef “Sepp” Allergerger 1924-2010/German Matthias Hetzenauer 1924-2004/New Zealand Alfred Hulme 1911-1982/KingLit Ching’s renowned Fallschirmjager/William S. Brophy/Chester “Chet” Hamilton/Ernest R. Fish/Red China’s Zhang Taofang 1931-2007/Adelbert F. Waldron 1933-1995/Chuck Mawhinney born 1949/Frank Grieci/Scott Dennison/Juba of Baghdad/Brandon McGuire/Oliver “Teddy” Ruecker/Christopher Reynolds/Craig Harrison/Rob Furlong/Aaron Perry]  —  living in the outdoors/woods/jungle heightens the senses, which are dulled terribly by modern conveniences/comfortable urban living.   Wisdom of our ecosystem/environment imbues one in sensitivity to animal life  — animals by their movements/behavior/warning signs/cries/startles give away your positions of stealth/concealment.

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On the domestic front, mob/godfather rule are paramilitary in mentality/psychology, and drop-dead Hollywood handsome Honomu’s Earl Tanimoto’s yamato damashii/stone-cold fearlessness would serve him well/he could stand his ground — were he in this venue, which obviously he is not.    Just the same,  I moniker Earl born 1944 as “Ekolu,” w/the strength of three men his own size, just as Ali early foe Herculean Duke Sabedong’s moniker was Ekolu or Kolu for short, Kolu a bronze Mercury behemoth at 6’7″ 200 lbs.

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Posted: Feb. 21, 2012 | 12:19 a.m.

On Aug. 16, I published a column in response to a woman whose adult son had completed suicide. You can reference that column at this link:http://www.lvrj.com/view/steven-kalas-therapy-may-help-mother-cope-with-son-s-suicide-127815283.html.

Then I received the heartfelt letter below in reply. My editor has agreed to make an exception in this case for the normal 750-word limit. So, grab a cup of coffee and join the dialogue.

Hello Steven: I read your two articles on suicide. The first was not only wrong but extremely hurtful. I don’t think judging or generalizing about people being in rages will lower the rate (of suicide) or help the relatives. Inadequate medical care for the terminally ill, schizophrenics, bipolar, clinically depressed is a big cause (of suicide). Violence to spouses and children is another reason for it. Bullied gay children also. Victims are in nonsurvival states emotionally and mentally and escape hopelessness, not in rages.

Addiction to legal and illegal medications is also a cause. No work or the parents working too much are causes also. Many different reasons are common. I am a naturalist, not religious, so I don’t judge them and condemn them to hell. I think older people need a more humane death, like in Oregon. I know that they are different from murderers who have more going mentally.

I realize you are probably tired of the sad, depressing topic and need new work. Too long in that area makes people feel angry or depressed. Our society is corrupt and money-hungry, not healthy. Caring and compassion are in short supply. All of the areas need a lot of work. But deciding they die in rages is not truthful, as the relatives know all the problems involved. It’s just a pointless attitude. People all have feelings and are entitled to them except for those who write for newspapers and get more influence and exposure. You should be more careful about generalizing in sad areas. — J.B., Las Vegas

Thank you for your letter, J.B. It was from the heart and deserves a respectful response.

First, I’m writing unaware of a second recent column (you mention reading “two articles”) regarding the subject of suicide. For the record, then, I’m responding only to your concerns about the Aug. 16 column of last year.

Next, I know you’re a survivor of suicide. That’s jargon from the American Association of Suicidology, meaning not that you once tried to kill yourself and survived; rather, that you were closely related to someone who did complete suicide. Surviving suicide is fraught with a terrible and almost always complicated grief. I admire the courage and resolve with which you have walked it. Your brother would smile at the way you’re standing up for him.

Finally, in a historical accident of fate, I actually got my start in behavioral health work in suicidology. Prevention, intervention, postvention — suicidology is a particular focus of my training and work as a clinician. The crux of my Aug. 16 column comes from a speech I often give across the country called “A Unique Grief.” I am a survivor of suicide, three times over. Lost two cousins and an uncle during a 16-month span. It was like a grass fire ascended from hell. I’m right there with you, J.B. Let’s talk.

You say I’m judging. It is true that I take seriously moral deliberation regarding human behavior. Also true that I sometimes am willing to draw moral conclusions, which I’d agree are, then, judgments. Specifically regarding suicide, I make no apologies for my insistence that suicide is a moral event. That is, it can never be a nonmoral event.

If you’re asking about my personal beliefs, I say that suicide is … wrong.

Yet, I suspect that, by judgment, you mean something more akin to condemnation. And that I don’t do. First, because I’m not God. But second, because condemnation is not something I want to do. If I was to say this theologically, I would say that, in the love of our Maker, the door to hell has been permanently locked open. No one resides there who does not absolutely insist upon it. While you said you were not religious, I just wanted you to know that not everyone who lives by faith needs or wants to condemn your loved one to hell. Though I apologize for the many religious folks who have gleefully insisted suicide is unforgivable. Just saying that’s not me.

Generalizations? The idea of suicide as retroflected anger (rage) is no generalization. More a psychoanalytic observation. Perhaps my favorite Sigmund Freud quote of all time is, “The consequences of our behavior tend to reveal our motivations.” Whatever the felt or stated “reasons” of a suicidal patient, a suicide is in the end an act of violence that kills. And this violence is, at minimum, connected to a motive for behaving violently. If not officially rage, it expresses at least a deep antipathy for one’s own life.

You list many “causes” for suicide: mental illness, inadequate care for mental illness, domestic violence, bullying, addiction, joblessness, hopelessness. Yet, in my work, we don’t call these causes; rather, they are risk factors. I’m saying these states of suffering do not explain suicide. All we know is that suicidal patients are commonly experiencing these sufferings. Yet, other patients with these same sufferings don’t kill themselves. So, risk factors point to statistical risk, not to cause.

You say that suicidal patients are different from murderers because murderers “have more going mentally.” I must tell you that, in the case of ordinary people (not sociopaths) who commit murders, I don’t know that I know your view to be true. The evidence points to both people having a lot in common in terms of mentality. Both are commonly in crisis. Both are desperate. Hopeless. Both are in tremendous pain.

And both tend to be angry.

Actually, it’s not at all true that I am “tired” of the topic of sadness. Nor does the subject make me the least angry or depressed. Grief is a particular calling of mine. I find a continuous inspiration in working with sad people.

You and I agree that our society is corrupt and money-hungry. That caring and compassion are in short supply.

You say that my linking suicide and anger is “a pointless attitude.” I, on the other hand, am keenly aware of my point. Two points, specifically: observing this link will decrease the risk of suicide and help survivors.

When patients present as suicidal, they often are unaware of their anger. The inability to hold anger consciously is consequential. Unconscious anger is, at minimum, exhausting. It saps vitality (depression). But it also can be destructive or even lethal. It follows then, that identifying anger (making it conscious) can give a patient more choices about what can be done with anger. Throughout my career, I have many times noticed that encouraging a suicidal patient to meaningfully engage anger usually decreases suicidal ideation, often rendering these fantasies no longer necessary.

Next, the survivors. Over and over I have watched survivors protect their broken hearts with what I called in the column a poetic narrative. The story is told as tragedy, for which we then mobilize compassion, empathy, understanding, and in some cases, unexamined “explanations.” We get the victim off the hook, because our broken hearts very much need for the victim to be exonerated.

Then, several months or even years later, those same survivors often show up in a counselor’s office with malaise, depression, acting-out symptoms — psychic stuckness. They have surrounded their loss with a story that does not permit disappointment, indignation, or as Dr. Sue Chance says (the author of the book I referenced, “Stronger Than Death: When Suicide Touches Your Life,”), being “righteously pissed.”

At some point, most survivors need to include a moral accountability laid at the feet of the victim. Suicide is deeply intimate, deeply personal to those left behind. It hurts. Someone has killed my loved one. That someone is my loved one.

Asking the victim to be ultimately responsible for the decision to die, whatever the list of risk factors, is a crucial part of healing for most survivors. I’m committed to helping them find a voice for that outrage. When they are ready, of course. It’s never my practice to tell any patient how to feel about anything. Rather, I push my patients to tell themselves the truth about how they are feeling, or whether some denied feeling is at the root of their symptoms. As you say, “People all have feelings and are entitled to them.” I completely agree.

I’m sorry you experienced my column as “extremely hurtful.” In my work, I do frequently have to be willing to articulate things that must uncover a great hurt. I take no pleasure in that. But I derive great joy and satisfaction out of watching someone lean into their hurt and thereby find a lighter spirit and more choices for living well.

Which, from the bottom of my heart, is my wish for you.

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http://www.lvrj.com/view/living-through-loved-one-s-suicide-involves-many-layers-of-hurt-139792033.html

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From inimitable renaissance thinker KingLit Ching born 1936 on magnanimous Denise Takashima born 1953,  our modern Joan of Ark  —

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I find Curtis’ eulogy for your mom and his personal evaluation of you very interesting.  Curtis is a big Denise fan (me too) so I find his probes into who you are very enlightening.

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Being raised by a single parent can also influence a female into  an A male type belief in martial arts. I am a big believer that athletics give women a well rounded, balanced approach to life.  Athletics give them a special confidence to compete in a so called man’s world.   You say that men with daughters have a more sensitive view of life.  I say that fathers need to introduce and mentor daughters in athletics to  enable them to  participate equally with men in the 21st Century.  All 4 of my daughters and my 3 granddaughters are athletic and excel in sports such as tennis, long distance running, soccer, and basketball.  Yet they are feminine, fashion-conscious in an understated way, with outgoing personalities, and are exceptionally considerate.  All are engaged in volunteer work and give much more than they take.  A uniform weakness that they have is that they somehow feel entitled and like to compare themselves with other women.  Terrible!      😉

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By the way, I knew Yuri (Mary) and Bill Kochiyama quite well.   I would visit with them in Harlem when I was attending undergraduate and graduate schools on the East Coast.  When I first met Bill,  he asked if I was related to Hung Wai and when I replied in the affirmative (Hung Wai is my dad), Bill teared (cried) up.     Bill never forgot how HW (Dad)  went to bat for AJAs and had firsthand experience with HW’s efforts going everywhere to make things happen.  Bill is a 442nd infantry combat veteran and HW formed the 442nd combat team.   I told AJA soldier historian Ted Tsukiyama (born 1920) this story many years ago and Ted was so touched he continuously quotes the story.  Yuri Mary Kochiyama is a true revolutionary.  She was a terrorist at heart like Che Guevara (and Kohala Puerto Rican boxing great Aladino Guzman, my nom de guerre),  always looking for opportunities to march and demonstrate for a good cause.  Armed struggle has its place (vs. totalitarian regimes where reform is not possible).    Bill was perfect for her also believing in her causes and also capturing her in photography since he was a professional photographer.  Bill was also a good cook and always provided us with a great spread of Japanese food as Mary regaled us with her stories.  Comparing Denise to Mary is a great compliment to Denise.    Regards,  –KL

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KingLit Ching’s hero Sterling Seagrave  —

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The great Chinese assimilationist —  Him Mark Lai —  who just wanted “justice” [for Chinese immigrants to be recognized for their sacrifices in America].   An amazing person.

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Him Mark Lai was what Albert Lowe calls a “stealth organizer,” who was involved in progressive organizations throughout his life, strategically disguised as an interested researcher and scholar, and did not face the same community popularity or governmental scrutiny as higher profile Asian American activists of his era, such as Grace Lee Boggs and Yuri Kochiyama.   Nevertheless, he was investigated by the FBI for his activities in Min Qing, as depicted in the 1991 film, The Chinatown Files.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/03/opinion/holding-china-to-account.html?_r=1&ref=paulkrugman

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KingLit Ching born 1936 remembers when his dad Rev. Hung Wai Ching 1905-2002 ran & lost for Con-Con 1950, despite protestations from his kitchen cabinet members Kats Kometani/Mas Marumoto & his mentor Statehood Joe Farrington 1897-1954, inasmuch buddaheads 100th/442nd were not organized to lead Hung Wai to victory — and KingLit distinctly remembers the Mo’ili’ili precinct hall where Hung Wai was to vote, such precinct being totally buddahead in ethnic demographic — and the election workers who tallied votes going haarumph/being disgusted at the visual of a Chinaman candidate like Hung Wai.    Our all-Nisei [2nd generation Japanese Americans] soldiers were organized by Hung Wai 1941-1943, and our boys took for granted that our fellow buddahead population knew that Hung Wai germinated our all-Nisei fighting soliders — clearly our buddahead population had no clue of the genesis godfather Hung Wai.   

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I made my deeply longed-for pilgrimage to Hilo native & great poet-book author-novelist Juliet S. Kono born 1943 this morning at our Hilo Japanese Immigrant Ctr.,  sweetest Juliet nearly the same generation as my big hero KingLit Ching born 1936 [son of our greatest historymaker Rev. Hung Wai Ching 1905-2002]  — I worship Juliet for her grassroot love & compassion  — when local writer Chris Bertelmann born 1952 needed words of encouragement, Juliet gave him tremendous love & support, likening Chris’ meme/tome to immensely sagacious Alexander Pope & Pope’s couplets  — so that I shall emulate Juliet till the end of my days, so to speak.   In contrast, Kapoho’s Frances Kakugawa deliberately ignored/forsook struggling Chris because Frances was too consumed w/receiving Frances’ book signing accolades from the press.    And irony is that Juliet is much more accomplished/esteemed than Frances.  Juliet’s focus on the A-bombing of Hiroshima/Nagasaki 66th anniversaries trigger  her topic of peace/her recent novel this morning, 8/13/11.    Juliet is a Jodo minister.  A person of exceptional equanimity, not unlike Denise Takashima/Marianne Cope.   I dedicate my homage to Juliet to eternal encourager/positive blithe soul Ekolu Tanimoto born 1944, another great hero/role model/extraordinary exemplar.     Angels all!!

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Angelheart & great leader Nicci Gilbert   —    speaks out against prescription pill abuse  —      http://www.rr.com/video/2197084255

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The Command per Christianity??    You must accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior.

There is no other way.    The unalterable line!      🙂

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Per Christian creed, the only way to be saved is to accept personally Jesus as your Savior, trusting in His death as the payment for your sins and His resurrection as your guarantee of eternal life (John 3:16).    Is Jesus personally your Savior?

Per Christian creed,  if you want to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, say the following words to God.   Remember, saying this prayer or any other prayer will not save you. Only believing in Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross for you can save you from sin. This prayer  simply is  a way to express to God your faith in Him and thank Him for providing for your salvation.    “God, I know that I have sinned against You and deserve punishment.   But I believe Jesus Christ took the punishment I deserve so that through faith in Him I could be forgiven.   I receive Your offer of forgiveness and place my trust in You for salvation. I accept Jesus as my personal Savior! Thank You for Your wonderful grace and forgiveness—the gift of eternal life! Amen!”   So goes the creed.

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“A broad consensus emerged among biblical and theological scholars that soul-body dualism is a Platonic, Hellenistic idea that is not found anywhere in the Bible.  The Bible, from cover to cover, promotes the ‘Hebrew concept of the whole person.’    G. C. Berkouwer writes that the biblical view is always holistic, that in the Bible the soul is never ascribed any special religious significance.   Werner Jaeger writes that soul-body dualism is a bizzare idea that has been read into the Bible by misguided church fathers such as Augustine.   Rudolf Bultmann writes that Paul uses the word soma (body) to refer to the whole person, the self, so that there is not a soul and body, but rather the body is the whole thing.”      McMinn & Phillips, “Care for the soul: exploring the intersection of psychology & theology,”  pp. 107-108 (2001).

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Etymology

The only Hebrew word traditionally translated soul [nephesh] in English language Bibles refers to a life breath which returns to God at death, rather than to an immortal soul.  In the New Testament, the Greek word traditionally translated soul [psyche] has substantially the same meaning as the Hebrew, without reference to an immortal soul.

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Concerning humanity
The LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground,
and breathed into his nostrils the breath [neshamah] of life,
and the man became a living being/soul [nephesh]
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Concerning animal
Now the LORD God had formed out of the ground all the beasts of the field and all the birds of the air. . . .
And whatever the man called each living creature [nephesh], that was its name.
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Genesis 2:7 gives the formula for creating a soul. According to this verse God did not make a body and put a soul into it like a letter into an envelope of dust. Rather he formed man’s body from the dust; then, by breathing His breath into it, he made the body of dust live, i.e. the dust did not embody a soul, but it became a soul—a whole creature.

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The concept of an immaterial soul separate from and surviving the body is a common theme today but was not found in ancient Hebrew beliefs.  The word never means an immortal soulor an incorporeal part of the human being that can survive death of the body as the spirit of dead.

Example of soul mortality
The soul [nephesh] who sins shall die.
The son shall not bear the guilt of the father,
nor the father bear the guilt of the son.
The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and
the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.
—Ezekiel 18:20 NKJV

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Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God.    Doctrine & Covenants 18:10

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There will be many gradations among eternal souls. As “one star differeth from another star in glory so also is the resurrection of the dead.”   1 Corinthians 15:41-42

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“What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

“Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”   Mark 8:36-37

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The most virulent and pernicious sin is of overpride/egotism.  In tandem are vanity/jealousy/envy.  Always heed your unction/prompt/Holy Ghost.   Angels are messengers of Christ & can manifest as any animal or phenomenon.

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Keoni and Lukini Andrew born 1942/1943 are experts at opposite sex dynamics because the family

as the centerpiece of faith is their whole reason for existence, unlike clueless Earl Dean  E. born 1945 , Biblical

scholar who flubs at application of Scripture to life, all the while preaching Canon like no tomorrow,

ensconced/self-absorbed in his own legend of his perfect marriage to his wife.   Actually, Earl Dean

E. almost never applies Scripture to life because he’s too busy preaching about his perfect marriage

to his wife.    Braggart/phony are not a stretch of imagination as ascriptions.    Blowhard about his most obvious weakness  — insecurity in his deepest core.

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Does one move forward or backward in trying to release oneself from the tyranny of one’s own past?    Needing approval ergo excessive neediness vs. the values of self esteem and mutual acceptance/love is to take life out of your hands and into the palms of others, to avert the notion that by taking your life into your own hands means what is most terrible to an insecure person  — no one is to blame.   Self-worth is not verified by others, but simply because you know it/ouvre is so!  If you are ignored or forsaken in this indifferent world, you can continue to feel that you are unlovable, or you can nurture the very qualities of love, tenderness, and support not provided by the rest of the world, and have joy in your transformation of simply accepting yourself for who you are or have become.    So that when you peel off your ego from the reality of your life, you find that the reality of your life again is made up of the contrived egos of others who mask the beautiful fuchsia landscape of our globe.   So that to follow your heart really is the only sane thing to do.   Or as positive life exemplar Sunny Massad says,  when you allow your authenticity AND vulnerability to arise, the phoniness of your personality transitions into the uniqueness of your individuality.   But what is most important is to find peace within and share it with others outside.   Massad quotes Werner Erhard, who says that perpetuating one’s position [ego]  — as self-image/ideology/fantasy/whatever  — is the toxin of the Mind state and the source of all dissatisfaction in life.    Massad points to Eastern/Asian philosophy which takes the mind /ego out of being as the start to wellness of the soul.     The point is not to solve the problems of the mind, but instead to get out of the mind and into the heart/soul of being/wholeness of life itself.    Massad also quotes Coco Chanel   — “How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.”   Ouch!!   🙂

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God never wants us to suffer, but Nature’s course/suffering is our growth in God’s Holiness as we draw closer to God. The experience of loss/pain/ suffering do not shape us, but instead our response to such loss/experience shape our fate/destiny. We don’t choose misfortune, and we have the agency/choice to decide how we react in turn to these sad circumstances/ events. Loss/crisis offer up our transformative change/catalyst to growth, as we impel beyond our ego limitation and then transcend our self- inflated vices. Our deepest loss/ suffering teleport us to a divine ‘aina where we shorn our illusion of our own power/egocentrism, and in this netherland we decide whether to condemn ourselves to misery/self-loathing, or to forgive ourselves for our failed human condition/hamartia [maybe well-intended but miscued just the same]. Yes, the death of the egotistic self conceives the birth of the new self of extraordinary beauty and sensuality, and we do not consume ourselves with the fear of loss as a cop-out to deny us and others our desire to love and to be loved.

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I’ll never forget my Dad’s WWII 442 boys [Dad Toshi 1913-1998, Silver Star recipient 2nd Batt.]  — when they got to Nice [pronounced niece] France, the resorts were on the inland/mauka side of the wide sidewalk separating structures from the beautiful beach.    Unlike our backward thinking planners in Hawai’i,  old world Nice France got right aesthetic beauty/public resources for the public good.   Fast forward nearly 3 decades later  — lonely vigil by high strung Jerry Rothstein 1936-2005 & his ever-devoted wife Judy 1937-2005 [both died in a car wreck when Judy crossed the center line] w/their protest signs on Banyan Drive fronting where the Hilo Haw’n Hotel was to be built, on the site of an ancient fish pond/canoe berth.   Jerry/Judy were correct, whilst our 442 boys reveled in Hilo’s post-WWII/post-Statehood prosperity, not comprehending that short-term gain causes long-term loss [for our progeny’s pristine ecology/environment conservation/preservation].    Our materialistic obsessed boys [Dad’s youngest brothers-in-arm/charges/kozos-kids symbolized by money is god John Ushijima, all born 1922-1924] conveniently forgot about Nice France & the legacy it foretold to forward-thinking Jerry/Judy Rothstein half a world away in Hilo, Hawai’i.   Jerry led PASH to reclaim our ‘aina/ocean for ancient Hawaiian culture, w/Angel Pilago simply pickbacking on adrenaline-rush Jerry.    I knew Jerry/Judy very well — the forsaken duo of our myopic-lens society.   Jerry Rothstein once asked me why I am  into oldtime lore.   Prosaic response  —  1)  my parents were old enough to be my grandparents [their lives interrupted by WWII];    2)  my world is my parents’ reference points of pre-WWII;   3)  mistakes [I didn’t realize how brutal Ho Chi Minh was] & make-up calls [continued respect for my VNW combat peers, when our country all but forsook them] mark my passion for the past  — real modesty is based on hamartia/miscues, not false modesty footed in whim fancy [as w/media portrayal of 1776 revolutionary Tom Paine, who in real life was a failure in capitalism/commerce,  as a corset-maker/tobacco retailer/tax collector, of 2 failed marriages, of ill health –typhus/etc.].

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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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Irony’s value — Authenticity

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KingLit magnanimous, not because of any foibles, but in spite of them!!   KingLit mentor/kahu by example.  Like Zippy’s Restaurant Higa/sansei 3rd generation, KingLit forsakes power/fame for modest humility a la Herb Isonaga/Denise Takashima.  Spiritually, KingLit ascetic/selfless.  Like Gautama Buddha 500 B.C.,
KingLit noble son of Chinese cultural prince [Gautama’s father India warrior prince]. Flashpoint/reminiscent of the greatest of leaders [Jesus/Muhammad/etc.].  No empty slogans here.   In contrast, view my cuz Cathy on O`ahu –  her “self-enlightened” mantra is “I’m my own worst critic!”  Translated, she loves herself to no end. You cannot say wrong to her, because she’s intolerantly right [in her mind].  Meaning, ”I  love myself more than anything/anyone else.”  Apropos Pope Gregory’s cardinal sins [vanity/pride] — me/me/me — envy/jealousy — I fear you/despise you – not love you, so to speak.  Irks to listen to the multitude of noiseboxes/talking heads who discourse selfishly on themselves.  Not self-deprecation/humility — utter hubris/jealousy.  My “glorious” cuz is self-consumed [“own worst critic”].   Um sabio espiritual [a la Stephen Alencastre/A.K. Vierra — Portuguese/Luso spiritual starlights].    –

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After much research and contemplation,  I think I have an idea of what you see as my mental process being “ironic”  in discovering “other “meanings beyond literal meanings.”   I also understand the difference between satire and sarcasm and irony.  As my hero S.I. Hayakawa, the renowned semanticist would say, “the word is not the thing.”   KL  P.S.  I still consider myself a satirist – case in point, the LOCAL leadership of the East-West Center.  I hold up the LOCALS to ridicule.  I want to lampoon them.  Complacent/uncaring.

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From: KL Ching
Sent: Saturday, August 06, 2011
Subject: Your Definition of Irony & KL

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from KingLit Ching 8/7/11 —

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By golly, I do remember that you wrote this and it is only in the last 24 hours do I more fully understand what you meant. So Curt continues to be the mirror for me to understand who I am.  Understanding myself also enhances my ability to understand others (I am now aware of my visceral, instinctive, intuitive judgments which are only first impressions and not final judgments). It is said by Harvard psychologists/philosophers/educators that the highest form of intelligence is self knowledge. The 2nd highest form of intelligence is understanding others. A special form of intelligence is understanding and practicing sensual sex with cataclysmic finality (your forte, Curt    😉 . Asceticism is the character of New England Congregationalists with their Spartan lifestyle. We WILL impose our vision for the world.     😉

Reinhold Niebuhr is re emerging as the inspiration for neo orthodox theology – the irony and tragedy of history. Niebuhr spoke of the redemptive reorientation of man’s nature and destiny – sin and grace, love and justice, faith and reason, realism and idealism. Pride and selfish self-centeredness are the roots of all evil. No wonder Reinhold Niebuhr is my dad Hung Wai’s and Barack Obama’s hero and, come to think of it, my hero too! Regards,  –KL

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Curt, maybe wading through your batch of quips has offered me redemption.  Hey,  I’m going back to see if I cannot find a tidbit or two which enables me to squeeze though a worm hole and find a new reality in the cosmos.  Too bad Einstein didn’t have a little more time to figure out what is in God’s mind.  In humanity,  Einstein was God sent to give us the incredible peek into the ultimate.    Regards,  –KL  

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http://www.lvrj.com/living/relationship-important-part-of-effective-therapy-127085853.html

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Quality therapy is delivered in the context of a therapeutic relationship! Key word: relationship! Therapeutic benefit emerges — literally — in and proceeding out of the relationship. It is not a relationship of unilateral trust, rather, of mutual trust. It is a deep-seated sense of partnership. Even very sick people bring strengths to the table that have seen them through rough times. I notice these things, admire them and even learn from them.

A veteran therapist friend tells a simple yet powerful story about working with a patient who’d been sexually abused by several males in her family:

“She wailed, ‘Why Me?!’ It was voiced as a demand. She wanted an answer. And, of course, she feared she did something to deserve it. I simply answered, ‘The luck of the draw.’ She stared at me a moment, then shrieked: ‘The luck of the draw? That’s your answer?’ I nodded and said: ‘Yup. You did nothing to deserve it and, as far as I know, God doesn’t get pissed off at little kids and decide to punish them by giving them evil relatives who abuse them. To me that means it’s just the luck of the draw.’ After staring at me several seconds, she burst out laughing and I joined her. She left that session, smiling, shaking her head and marveling, ‘The luck of the draw.’ I might say that I’d come to this conclusion some time before about my own experiences.”

See, a therapist focused on textbooks and technique might have answered, all sincere and philosophical: “I don’t know. Why do you think this happened to you?” But patients deserve more than a Human Echo Chamber. They deserve more than nodding, staring and “Mmm.” They need human reparative interaction.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0x9MTg5hmBA&feature=related

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Remember Linda Lingle’s appropriate non-verbal pauses & diction/grammar?  Too bad her lines were flat.  She should’ve taken theater.   My big hero Don Barnes born 1944 is full of life/zest, and a scholar of the written word.

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Matthew 25:40

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say
unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my
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Inexplicably, KingLit Ching never had a sense of phariseeism/spiritual self-righteousness/self-centeredness.   Like the Jubilee every 49th yr. in which a family had a chance to start afresh w/radical generosity bestowed upon the family via lands going back to the original owners [Leviticus 25:8-55] via this ultimate relativization of private property [debts were forgiven/slaves freed every 7th Sabbath yr. Deuteronomy 15:1-18]  — KingLit draws out his heartfulness for service unto others of unselfish acts which recognize God as supremely beautiful  — ergo, if you listen to the music of Bach because you want people to think you are cultured which enchances your reputation, this is not real beauty but instead fake ego adornment.   God is real beauty, just as Bach is in music.   Reprise 1 Corinthians 1:26-27  —  Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you.   Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise.   And He chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful, so the same God chose those who reside in the forsaken social margins.

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Portraying a Samaritan in positive light would have come as a shock to Jesus’ audience.   It is typical of his provocative speech in which conventional expectations are inverted   — counter-intuitive.

Some religious leaders once asked Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?” And Jesus proceeded to tell the story of “The Good Samaritan,” capping the tale with “So I ask you, which of these was a neighbor to the man?”

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Wow. Jesus’ story doesn’t answer their question; rather, the story challenges their question, changes it from “Who is my neighbor” to “To whom are you a neighbor?” And just like that their universe was an expanded place.

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Therapeutic query is an art form. You can tell when you’ve done it right, because of the sudden silence, the slightly stunned expression on the patient’s face.

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The right question, and only if it is the right question, derails old ways of seeing self and the world.

My favorite compliment from someone addressed is unintended, more an observation: “That’s a really good question.”

If you want to change your life, then change your questions.

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http://www.lvrj.com/living/asking-right-question-often-reveals-new-interpretations-117005138.html

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What Jesus prescribes in this parable Matthew 25:40 is disinterested, self-giving care for the “other” (agape). We are to act on behalf of those who have human needs and who reside along the social margins (the hungry, the stranger, the naked, the sick, and the imprisoned).

Moreover, we can describe this mode of action as love-based because the parable is quintessentially Christological. Jesus is referred to as the “Son of Man,” (v. 31), a “shepherd,” (v. 31), “king,” (vv. 34, 40), and “Lord” (v. 37). All of these monikers are used throughout the Old and New Testaments to prefigure Christ. Matthew thus appears to distinguish general humanitarianism from merciful actions informed by a distinctly Christian maxim. To be in Christ is to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, embrace the stranger and care for the sick, among other things. One might surmise, then, that the previously mentioned theological doctrines of grace, justification, and atonement do not have to be mentioned overtly because they are inextricably linked to this Christian love ethic. This is to say, it is the acceptance of God’s grace and atoning work that compels us to look beyond ourselves to help those in need just as Christ did for us.

This latter point is important because all too often we separate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s love ethic from the Christian faith. Surely King was informed by varying philosophical and religious principles, which included Gandhian satyagraha (love force), Hindu and Buddhist ahimsa (non-violence), and Henry David Thoreau’s theory of civil disobedience. But King’s view of Christian salvation was tied to social justice.  Christians have been saved (soterion) and set apart (ekklesia) for a particular purpose which is found in Micah 6:8, “to do justice, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” This is why King adopted the slogan “Redeeming the Soul of America” for his civil rights organization, the Southern Christian Leadership Coalition. King believed that the quest for civil and human rights for all of humanity, particularly the most vulnerable, were integral to the Christian mission and evidence of human redemption.

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http://www.theafricanamericanlectionary.org/PopupLectionaryReading.asp?LRID=65

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  1. Christ  preached a gospel of liberation from injustice in startling parables and aphorisms.    An iconoclast/progressive reformer, Christ broke with established Jewish theological canons and social conventions both in His teachings and behaviors, often by turning common-sense ideas upside down, confounding the expectations of His audience: He preached of “Heaven’s imperial rule” [traditionally translated as “Kingdom of God“] as being already present but unseen; He depicts God as a loving father; He squares shoulders with outsiders and criticizes insiders.   Christ evokes not simply an apocalyptic eschatology/end-time, but more critically a sapiential eschatology, which encourages all of God’s children to repair the world.     Since Christ lived and preached in an oral culture, scholars expect that short, memorable stories or phrases are more likely to be historical and factual.
  2. Irony: Based on several important narrative parables [such as the Parable of the Good Samaritan], scholars decided that irony, reversal, and frustration of expectations were characteristic of Christ’s style.   Does a pericope/concise passage illustrate opposites or impossibilities?   If it does, it’s more likely to be authentic.   For example, “love your enemies.”     Not just the Parables but the  beatitudes feature the dramatic presentation and reversal of expectations that are characteristic of Christ.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irony#Socratic_irony\

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Socratic irony

This is “The dissimulation of ignorance practised by Socrates as a means of confuting an adversary”.   Socrates would pretend to be ignorant of the topic under discussion, in order to draw out the inherent nonsense in the arguments of his interlocutors. Chambers dictionary has: “a means by which a questioner pretends to know less than a respondent, when actually he knows more.”

Zoe Williams of The Guardian wrote: “The technique [of Socratic irony], demonstrated in the Platonic dialogues, was to pretend ignorance and, more sneakily, to feign credence in your opponent’s power of thought, in order to tie him in knots.”

A more modern example of Socratic irony can be seen on the 1970s American television show, Columbo. The fictional character, Lt. Columbo, is seemingly naïve and incompetent. His untidy appearance adds to this fumbling illusion. As a result, he is underestimated by the suspects in murder cases he is investigating. With their guard down and their false sense of confidence, Lt. Columbo is able to solve the cases leaving the murderers feeling duped and outwitted.

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

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The Time Machine depicts the Eloi, a lackadaisical, insouciant race of the future, and the horror their happy lifestyle belies.

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On gender [sexual] dynamics, 

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/16/opinion/sunday/dowd-a-farewell-to-macho.html?_r=1&ref=maureendowd

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-leadership/women-and-the-trouble-with-mentors/2011/10/14/gIQAeOF7jL_story_1.html

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kristen-wolfe/dear-customer-who-stuck-u_b_1190690.html?utm_source=Triggermail&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=daily_brief

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lisa-belkin/jay-z-bitch_b_1210385.html

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/obamas-dream-to-run-against-santorum/2012/02/24/gIQAD9VfYR_story.html

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The Virginia bill and the broader, bogus message often repeated on left-leaning talk shows that Republicans are campaigning against birth control have created a perfect storm for defeat. The math is clear: Sixty-seven percent of women are either Democrats (41 percent) or independents (26 percent); more women than men vote; 55 percent of women ages 18-22 voted in the 2008 presidential election.

Republicans are caught in a nearly impossible situation, none more than the more temperate-minded Mitt Romney. It is important to remember, however, why contraception came up in the first place. Republicans were forced to man their battlements by the Obama administration’s new health-care rule requiring that Catholic organizations pay for contraception in violation of conscience. From there, things spiraled out of the realm of religious liberty, where this debate belongs, and into the fray of moral differences.

Santorum’s original surge was based not on social issues but on his authenticity and his ability to identify with middle-class struggles. He was the un-Romney. But now this appealing profile has been occluded by social positions that make him an outlier to mainstream Americans.

Republicans may sleep better if they nominate The Most Conservative Person In The World, but they won’t be seeing the executive branch anytime soon. It’s too bad this election season got lost in the weeds of religious conviction. It wouldn’t have happened if the Obama administration had simply taken one of several other routes available for providing birth control to women who want it. Instead, Obama aimed right at the heart of the Republican Party and, one can only assume, got exactly what he wanted: a culture war in which Rick Santorum would be the natural point man and, in the broader public’s perception, the voice of the GOP.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Man_Nobody_Knew#Reception

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[CIA director William Colby]

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The film’s “thorough investigation transcends [director Colby’s] personal catharsis to become an enduring treatise on how character flaws affect policy.”   The Man Nobody Knew was designated a “Critics’ Pick” by The New York Times film reviewers.

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http://www.thebestnotes.com/booknotes/Farewell_To_Manzanar/Farewell_To_Manzanar05.html


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“No-No” WWII war resisters Korematsu/Hirabayashi tried to appeal thru the courts, but they were
clueless like Yoko Ono.    The court system was an appendage of “martial law.”   Which is
why Rev. Hung Wai Ching 1905-2002 formed the 100th Batt./442nd all-Japanese combat units
who proved their mettle on the field of battle, suffering proportionately way more deaths/injuries than
other battlefield units.   Our boys were the expendable ones.   But our boys won us equal footing/assimilation
with Whites post-WWII, not the Manzanar internees.    Yes, Rev. Ching was full Chinese 2nd generation & a

good friend of Ernie Kai 1905-1990 [Keoki Kai’s grand-uncle].  Ching’s son KingLit Ching born 1936 is a Harvard
MBA & retired A & B exec.    Rev. Ching’s baby brother was Gov. Burns’ chief financier [but full of himself egotist]
millionaire Hung Wo Ching 1912-1996, 1st local Asian Ivy League ph.d. in economics [extended cousin of Kaua’i native
Clarence Ching 1912-1985 ergo baron Clarence Ching foundation — Clarence was. Gov. Burns’ campaign treasurer].
 Keoki Kai’s “Papa George” tutu/grandpa George Kai 1913-1988 was Chinn Ho’s good friend, Chinn Ho also Jack
Burns’ financier.    Rev. Ching was awarded honorary Ph.D from universities for Rev. Ching’s idealism, & is
considered by UH China expert/emeritus Dan Kwok as our greatest Chinese, over Hilo’s Ernie Kai/baby brother
Hung Wo/Clarence Ching/Chinn Ho [Hawaii’s 1st Asian commercial resort developer]/Kukuihaele native
Ruddy Tongg [Hawaii’s 1st Asian residential developer]/Hawai’i National Bank’s KJ Luke, a native of North
Kohala [Piopio Bears org. Tai On Chock’s uncle].    Rev. Ching’s son KingLit lives in LA & always gets on my
back about desiring pretty women.  B.S.   KingLit is simply jealous.   And he doesn’t lord over me, much less
my libido/sex drive.    KingLit  envies pretty women. 
  
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One of the risks of casual sex is sometimes one partner falls in love. Ouch. That is difficult. Sex is gestalt. It cranks you open. And you don’t always get to decide when your heart spontaneously opens to another human being. So casual sex comes with this warning label:

Warning! You might someday look across a pillow and find yourself head over heels in love with someone who is not in love with you, and that will hurt, and you will likely lose your friend.

And sometimes casual sex can unfold the happy surprise that both people fall in love. Sometimes casual sex is the serendipitous road to something deeper, even if both parties could’ve sworn they were not looking for it.

So, think of yourself as walking on a long, tiring journey. You find yourself in front of a McDonald’s. You’re hungry. Yet, you see a sign out front that says, “Five-star French restaurant ahead,” but it doesn’t say how far ahead. So, you have to ask yourself, “How hungry am I?” Go in and get a Big Mac if you want. It’s fast, easy and quite tasty. But go in with every intention. With your head held high and your eyes wide open. Take radical responsibility for going in there. Surrender all rights to ever be mad or disappointed in McDonald’s for not being a five-star French restaurant. Because that is ridiculous, not to mention hypocritical.

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http://www.lvrj.com/view/casual-sex-relationships-a-part-of-modern-culture-135491598.html

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When I say that we don’t get to decide when we fall in love, or with whom, I emphasize the experience of falling in love. Falling in love is a gestalt — that is, a spontaneous movement of the human soul that happens independent of sheer will.

We don’t decide to fall in love. Falling in love is a happening. It can happen when you’re hoping for it and when you’re not even looking for it. Good friends can be good friends for months and even years, and then suddenly go wide-eyed to discover that they are in love. Men and women who are actually quite content in their marriages can suddenly find themselves confronted with a significant emotional bond with someone else. The bond is inexplicable. Surprising. Even disturbing and unwanted. But nonetheless real.

We don’t decide the who and when of falling in love. You can’t will it because there is no muscle to flex. It happens. For that matter, you can’t decide to fall out of love either. If you find yourself in love with someone in an inappropriate or untenable context, you can certainly decide not to act on the emotion. But you can’t decide to have the feeling, nor can you merely decide to end the feeling. The only way to stop being in love is starve it to death — that is, to arrange your life so as to essentially ignore it until it erodes, atrophies and dies of natural causes.

But you are absolutely right in insisting that, once in love, we have a radical responsibility for what happens next. We can act on it. Embrace it, as you say. Behave in ways that are loving. Or not. Yes, we can decide to be open to the possibility, or decide to be closed to the possibility. But, I say again, tons of folks who swore they were lock-tight closed to the idea of love sometimes find themselves nonetheless in love.

We don’t decide to fall in love. But once in love, we do decide what to do next. We are free, as you say, to embrace it or relinquish it and walk away. I’m continuously amazed, frankly, at the frequency with which people fall in love and then decide not to choose it, embrace it or realize its potential.

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http://www.lvrj.com/view/love-may-sneak-upon-us-but-it-must-be-nurtured-to-grow-139270018.html

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-b-salomon/the-legacy-of-sugihara_b_1228494.html?ref=daily-brief?utm_source=DailyBrief&utm_campaign=012712&utm_medium=email&utm_content=BlogEntry&utm_term=Daily%20Brief

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Iconic images, such as a German cattle car used to transport victims to their extermination, must be seen and touched for Museum visitors to comprehend the enormity of the atrocities. The truth can only prevail through continual education of children at formative ages and broad exposure to man’s inhumanity whenever and wherever it arises. As I personally seek to “pay forward” Sugihara’s righteous deeds on behalf of my grandfather and countless others, I commit that his actions and its implicit message about the sanctity of human life and the need to combat bigotry will not be lost on my generation and those which follow.

The courage to act, even when the world remains silent, is a powerful lesson that needs to be taught to the young. Sugihara was not alone; others acted to save lives, often at great personal risk or suffering the ultimate penalty of death. Who were these points of light, in what was otherwise a vast sea of darkness? The list of righteous among nations from World War II includes Raoul Wallenberg, King Christian X of Denmark, the Bulgarian Orthodox Church and the entire village of Le Chambon, France (See “The Righteous” by Martin Gilbert). When interviewed years later, those still alive seemed genuinely surprised by the fuss, as they were merely following their moral compass and upbringing in daring to do what was right.

Winston Churchill once wrote: “We make a living by what we get; We make a life by what we give.”

By this standard, Sugihara and the other saviors represent heroes for the ages, whose stories must be told. They gave the ultimate gift: the gift of life.

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As the ultimate truth cannot be expressed in plain words, spiritual rituals and stories refer to it through the use of “metaphors,” a term Campbell used heavily and insisted on its proper meaning: In contrast with comparisons, which use the word like, metaphors pretend to a literal interpretation of what they are referring to, as in the sentence “Jesus is the Son of God” rather than “the relationship of man to God is like that of a son to a father.” According to Campbell, the Genesis myth from the Bible ought not be taken as a literal description of historical events happening in our current understanding of time and space, but as a metaphor for the rise of man’s cognitive consciousness as it evolved from a prior animal state.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Campbell#Monomyth

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

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yt5icTBv-RU

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Denise Takashima supported Ah Chew Goo born 1918 vs. naysayers who professed that Ah Chew’s limited schooling [could not afford to go beyond high school] also disqualified him from enshrinement to our State sports hall of fame, which only recognizes college level exceptionalism in basketball [NCAA All-American Derrick Low].   Such is the irony of Denise’s meme/tome/ouvre   — to recognize the unrecognizable, to be a neighbor of faith/hope/compassion, as opposed to the egocentric notion of “so who is your neighbor?”

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With the imperturbable/unflappable romanticism of Denise Takashima’s visual imagination, the intensity of her emotional expression, and her mission to express the unique human personality, Denise born 1953 brings a fresh pristine impetus to the  beauty of irony   — the unchanging Art Schopenhauer aesthetic/eternal art of nature is superior to the transient sumptuousness of the human construct/artifice.  Our crowning works of art are more than a sentient mechanical contrivance  —  the hustle and bustle of life is short-lived, while nature is eternal  — the palace portals lie in ruin, but the rivers and mountains remain.  And so the poet exalts the aesthetic and leaves behind the human machination  — everyone feels the sadness of separation-loss, the joy of reunion  — but the poet deeply and broadly affects the human lot because the poet puts word to feelings for all to experience  — the intimate yet passionate furnace of love, via the condensed words of the poet.   Such is the poet’s earnest hope.  And Denise embodies its faith and fruition.

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the beauty of being a daddy [my missive to KingLit Ching from Denise Takashima]   —

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To KL  — Denise praised you after you called her to connect with her.   Denise really cherishes you as a good man and as a good daddy.  Here below is what Denise just emailed me right now.

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Aloha Curtis,
well, you were a good “daddy.”  [for my daughter & granddaughter]
I’m sure that she appreciates having you there to help.
You were also moral support.
She may not know it yet, but I do know….
that a father is strength.

when my dad passed, I really REALLY missed those phone calls and
the encouragement to go on.  I didn’t realize how much that meant to me
until he was gone.

There were days I felt so weak, physically.
And I didn’t think about it….but then all of sudden
I would dream about him, or something would happen
and missing him hit me like a bolt of lightning.

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Men who have daughters, and a close relationship with them are very lucky men.

Men who have sons are lucky, too. But the men who have daughters become different men.
They understand unconditional love and are not ashamed to show their love to their daughters.

They have concerns that other men wouldn't even think of.
They remember their daughters' birthdays, always.
They protect.
They will do whatever it takes no matter what age the daughter becomes.

They have patience.
They love a deeper love.

I have seen my husband change over the years based on having two daughters.

I can even detect if the man I meet has a daughter.

They will treat their daughters different than their sons.

I have seen the grouchiest men turn, when you mention their daughter, or
their daughter's daughter (grand daughter).

I can list many men that will change their tone of voice based on the pure mention
of their daughter's name. They can be very mighty, but change to very soft, based on their daughter.

And we, daughters are very lucky to have the strength that our fathers gave us.
aloha,
from one daughter

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The beauty of art amid authoritarian anarchy  —

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Aloha Curtis,

Mahalo for sharing this story.
It is very poignant and renews my spirit in writing this difficult report.
I hope I can do it justice for Denise and her family.

Warm Aloha,
Suzanne

Suzanne E. Bott, PhD,  AICP
NPS Pacific West Region – Honolulu
300 Ala Moana Blvd, Ste. 6-226,  Box 50165
HNL, HI   96850-0053

(808) 541-2693 ext. 737
suzanne_bott@nps.gov

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Honouliuli — Sad and Little-Told Story about Hawaii in WWII/jsh‏

internment camp experience  — Denise Takashima

I have many relatives from my mom’s side that have been through internment camps. They are all in the Pacific Northwest.
My uncle Ed Tsutakawa did some remarkable artwork while in camp. He did a lot of watercolor originals which he recently made a calendar of. Unbelieveable that through the ugliness of the camps, he painted beauty.

Some of the Tsutakawas are famous artist. His cousin george tsutakawa did that beautiful sculpture in front of Assagio’s at the Ala Moana Center downstairs in the fish pond.
Aloha,
denise

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Aloha Curtis
Uncle Ed was at a different camp since he was from washington and Ruth Asawa was from california. There is also about a 10-12 year difference in age. And maybe because she was a young girl….her scenes are of trees, flowers, children. His subjects were the families, the condition of their accommodations (I really can’t say houses or apts.), horse stables turned into living quarters.
But I did notice the same designs of the watchtowers. They were exactly the same.

She has a very famous fountain in Union Square at the Hyatt. She designed it decades ago. She used a lot of children to help her. The fountain is very whimsical. She had the children use her baking dough recipe and they made characters that resemble cookies. And they are people, children, the famous transamerica building, cable cars, cars, etc. No matter what age you are, it makes you smile. She works with a lot of children. She’s done a lot of wonderful art enrichment programs with the public schools in the bay area. She advocates art in education. What I found interesting in her is that she some of her education was at North Caolrina’s Black Mountain College in the late 1960’s. This school had a lot of talented artists, including Buckminister Fuller, who is another one of my favorite architects. Architects was one of my email subject to King Lit, once he told me that his business was furniture. Ruth Azawa met and married famous architect Albert Lanier. he has since passed a few years ago. He was much older than her.

But, this is a very different subject…but new news.
You know one of my music loves is carlos santana. Well, just recently, the day before I left to come home, he visited his old school, Mission High School and spoke with the kids. There was an article in the Sf Chronicle Tues, Oct 25. It’s called musician on a mission, by jill tucker. First time he had been back since he graduated in 1960’s. He too has a nonprofit called the Milagro Foundation. And same thing, it advocates music to children.

Sigh, just been thinking about more positive and beautiful things rather than the negatives on the tv news…
thanks for letting me daydream!
aloha,
denise

Curtis Narimatsu asks  —

Talented. How is Asawa’s vision different from your Uncle Ed?

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I  HAVE MUCH in common with Denise.  She IS a lovely person with great insights and a world of compassion and understanding.  She is your biggest fan.  Tom Coffman is also a big fan of you Curtis, telling me that Curtis “knows everything about everything.”  Ho man, no get big head, eh.   Denise complimented me on my knowledge of home furnishings but I am not a mahu.  How she know I not mahu?  By the way,  I do not care to discuss interior design and home furnishings with straight guys like you, Curtis.  Gay guys are much more knowledgeable!   Of course, gay or straight, no matter.  I just funning to needle you!  — KL

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aloha curtis,
i’m just an admirer of those who have achieved much more.  and am
able to pass on part of my memory chip!
my goal is to one day leave a mark that will do for all humanity.  even
if it’s just a small act of kindness. we are all humans on this earth
and we are all the same.

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Aloha Curtis —
The list of authors are some of my favorites.
Everyday I try to learn something new, even if it’s a new word.
Today, I’ve gain a lot of knowledge.
Thank you for always including the websites on your emails for reference.
You’re a wonderful teacher.
Thank you from your humble student.
aloha,
denise

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Denise reminds me of stout-hearted inimitable Scot-Irish settlers to America in our pre-Revolutionary War era, our so-called later hardy resilient ones like great historian David McCullough & deepest writer John Steinback.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Scotch-Irish_Americans

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scotch-Irish_American#Origins

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from lovely Leilehua Yuen –My father’s mother was Irish/English. Kavenaugh (sp?) on her father’s side. Indeed, the more I teach Hawaiian culture and history, the more I connect to global culture and history!

Malama pono,
Leilehua

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Denise Takashima’s favorite singer Carlos Santana’s melodies are somber sharps & minors [musical scale], vs. youngster [my hero] Jonny Lang, whose melodies are exhilarating full notes & 7ths.  

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

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Exhibit A:   Santana’s hurt & disappointment at the break-up of his longtime marriage to his childhood sweetheart.

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Somber tones symbolize “higher truths” [the courage to love] & “ultimate disguised blessings” [reaffirming self-worth & self-respect when we are present/attentive in desiring to understand — to answer the question of what’s really going on here, so to speak].   

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CNN needs to terminate Piers Morgan until there are 1)   assurances that no criminal charges against him are filed and 2) that viewers are given an amount of time so he can be forgiven.


“compromise a source” insinuates concealment and deceit by Piers Morgan.    Heather Mills’ denial of being the source further damages Morgan by insinuating that whoever is the source was unauthorized to divulge such confidential communication between Paul McCartney & Heather Mills.   Mills ends up with the last laugh here.    How does a PR “shield” be worded to exonerate Morgan?   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piers_Morgan#Phone_hacking_allegations On 20 December 2011 Morgan was a witness by satellite link from the United States at the Leveson Inquiry. While he ‘did “not believe to the best of my recollection”‘ that phone hacking had occurred at the Mirror, he admitted to listening to a voice mail left by Paul McCartney for Heather Mills, then the musicians wife, but refused to ‘”discuss where he was played that tape or who played it – it would compromise a source.” Appearing as a witness at the same Inquiry on 9 February 2012, Mills was asked under oath if she had ever made a recording of Paul McCartney’s phonecalls or answerphone messages and had ever played it to Piers Morgan or “anybody else”, she replied: “Never.” Mills told the inquiry that Morgan was “a man that has written nothing but awful things about me for years and would have relished telling the inquiry if she had played a personal voicemail message to him.”

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Unsung heroes like Helen Shirota-Benevides & Rev. Myoshin Lang  —  framework/method of composition for publication  —

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Top search engine Google maps keywords such as Helen Shirota-Benevides, not inanimate synonyms such as Buddhist leader.   Thus, the most important search item is your name.   Subsequent content consists of family background/roots, career, and public service activities [value/worth to society].     Accomplishments are content with benefits derived by society [Churchill’s creed — you make a living by what you get, you make a life by what you give].    And finally, call to action via your example/role model of proven leadership  [sounds like a political statement  — chuckle! — we readers are to contribute “sweat equity-power”/join up/proactive engagement-event maker!]  — vision/mission statement for us all/immediacy-urgency-benchmarks-impact  —  accompanied by graphic elements [project/image bold but add warmth & dimension] — ergo photos.   All in all, a streamlined content-rich modern/contemporary role model in Helen or Rev. Myoshin.   I am solely responsible for highlighting our unsung heroes here — neither Helen nor Rev. Myoshin approached me for publication.   I singularly sought out them & appealed to their gentle natures for me to  recognize & honor them.  I am solely responsible for any errors and omissions therein [formal responsibility statement].   Aloha!
 
 
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In Praise of Helen Shirota-Benevides | Hawai`i News Daily

hawaiinewsdaily.com/2012/01/in-praise-of-helen-shirota-benevides/Cached

Jan 27, 2012 – Helen Shirota-Benevides was born in 1939. Helen’s maiden name is Shirota and she hails from Papa’ikou village 5 miles north of Hilo. She is a …

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News for Rev. John Myoshin Lang

  1. In Praise of Hilo’s Rev. John Myoshin (“Bright Mind”) Lang

    Hawaii News Daily‎ – 1 day ago
    By Curtis Narimatsu The resident minister of Hilo’s historic landmark Buddhist Taishoji Church, John Myoshin (“Bright Mind”) Lang is quite the …
  • In Praise of Hilo’s Rev. John Myoshin (“Bright Mind”) Lang | Hawai`i …

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    1 day ago – Rev. John Myoshin Lang. The resident minister of Hilo’s historic landmark Buddhist Taishoji Church, John Myoshin (“Bright Mind”) Lang is quite …

  • Hawai`i News Daily | Independent, Alternative News & Views from …

    hawaiinewsdaily.com/Cached – Similar

    1 day ago – Mary Mason Currie on In Praise of Hilo’s Rev. John Myoshin (“Bright Mind”) Lang; Roger Christie on Hawaii Medical Marijuana Bills: Thoughts on the Punitive

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    Hawai’i Soto Mission Bishop Zenkyo Komagata the Issei immigrant [but most auspicious Issei were Imamura/Makino/Okumura/Soga]‏

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    http://www.bigislandchronicle.com/2010/06/24/dispatches-from-curt-%E2%80%94-william-s-richardson-1919-2010-and-insubordinate-gen-mcchrystal/],  an oddball Buddhist, bankrolled our Hongwanji mission/Yemyo Imamura via her Nu’uanu area ahupua’a holdings.   Of course, Imamura revulsed vs. Imperial Japan’s evolving State Shinto, Shinto being pagan vs. Buddhist “monotheism,” though Foster’s Hinayana/Theravada roots don’t promote Buddha as a deity, but simply as a sage a la Confucius.   Actually, our Imperial Japan consulate got along better w/Takie Okumura’s Congregational Christian church via Japanese language schools, vs. Imamura’s revulsion vs. Imperial Japan’s evolving State Shinto.

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    Thanks to Fred Kinzaburo  Makino’s fellow English brew/kin attorney Joe Lightfoot, Steere Noda was mentored by “Jap-hater” Lightfoot as a court clerk/interpreter/district court practitioner, all because Noda wholly backed up Makino’s crusade to stop forced Christian marriages [Takie Okumura] on incoming Japan picture brides, along w/Makino’s crusade to save our Nihon gakko/Japanese language schools [haole oligarchy/Big 5 sought to eliminate coercively such bi-lingual mode to defeat “Tokyo-inizing” Hawai`i kids], a crusade that Shin/Hongwanji chief Yemyo Imamura 1867-1932 fully sponsored [immigrants mostly Shin/Hongwanji Buddhists, not Christian].  Of course, Noda was a “made” man by Imamura himself a la Brando’s Godfather cinema.   Christian leader Takie Okumura 1865-1951 vehemently opposed Makino/Imamura on grounds that “when in Rome, do as the Romans do, ergo do unto Caesar as secular currency emblems Caesar’s inscription.”  Makino’s chief rival — publisher Yasutaro Soga of Nippu Jiji 1873-1957 —  though Makino’s compadre/spiritual kazoku in the unified Nikkei Sugar Strike 1909, sided w/assimilationist/accomodationist Okumura.  Ironically, Soga was imprisoned/interned WWII, not “hapa-haole” White man Makino the provocateur/instigator.   That 1st Hongwanji high school alumnus Noda also was the 1st National Guard volunteer pleasantly aroused esteemed attorney Lightfoot’s cackles [Lightfoot’s progeny C. Joseph Lightfoot 1917-1944 Navy KIA WWII].  In other words, power relationship cemented Noda’s legacy [Englishmen Makino-Lightfoot][Noda’s unfailing allegiance to Hongwanji protector Makino].  Irony is that Imperial Japan persecuted Christians/Catholics, but worked w/Hawai`i Christians to promote language schools so long as our Big 5 would permit such endeavors — yet tolerated Buddhists in Japan despite forced State Shinto [not Buddhist, but “paganism”], but undercut Imamura in Hawai`i [Imamura protested the military’s takeover of Buddhist churches].   So Makino tried to “Tokyo-inize” Nikkei here, despite being wholly at odds w/Japan militarists vicariously via Imamura, & Okumura/Soga tried to Americanize Nikkei here, despite being supported by Japan militarists  [vs. blowback from Buddhist Imamura].    Man oh man, manifold prism, huh??!!   Odd/contradictory alliances!!   [Fred Steere Jr.’s wife just passed away — Fred Jr. 1907-1988 was a great Punahou athlete & Big 5 exec, but it was his dad who Steere Noda named Noda himself after, not Jr.   Steere Sr. was Noda’s alter ego/role model/mentor, Sr. an early Waterhouse/banking exec.]

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    Hawai’i missionary history has everything to do with flourishing spirituality [Hawai’i & Utah are the only States which still ban gambling] — Taishoji’s
    affordable fee simple manifested alongside sacred Church St. – today’s Haili St. — Church St. discouraged capitalist avarice in its proximity.    Helen’s
    Papa’ikou Hongwanji property was lubed via beneficent Brewer execs like Bob Hughes [Congregationalist], and my very familiar Puna Hongwanji digs
    were deeded via Congregationalist scion Papa Herb Shipman’s legacy/”Grace.”   Herb Shipman’s right hand rancher was my uncle Solomon Kauinui, &
    Herb’s key domestic was Uncle Solomon’s wife Chiyoko [my dad’s baby sister].   Em Cahill’s book on the Shipman ohana was a disaster, & failed to key
    in on Papa Herb’s immense empathy/compassion.   Herb was Gay, so all the world’s children comprised his keiki/mo’opuna.   Do you know why the Shipman
    creed was to protect us buddaheads?   Because Ola’a [Herb’s mom revulsed at use of this sacred place name for Glenwood ‘aina] buddaheads dutifully
    placed flowers on the Shipman ohana gravesite.   Yes, simplicity often brings tremendous rewards, even though subsequent Shipman progeny like Roy
    Blackshear/Bill Walter lost sight of Herb’s “Grace.”   And Puna Hongwanji’s legacy for us remaining buddaheads?   For me, I was overcome by my ancestor’s
    spirit    —
    —  when I searched for Hasegawa okasan grave [died 1919 flu pandemic], as I plunked thru the Puna Hongwanji kakocho [church obit kanji on wood slab], surreal — I felt
    tremendous embrace/enveloped warmth, which was kazoku
    okasan saying arigato/oyakoko for being thoughtful enough to find her remains
    when no else did.  Her Ola`a gravestone was put into big pit upside of today’s
    National Guard Armory [opposite Shin Ola`a 9 mile camp/Kyu-old 9 mile
    camp is Volcano direction of today’s HFS FCU on old Volcano Rd.], where
    Japanese cemetery was [before cemetery was closed down w/demise
    of Puna Sugar Co. 1982]. Yes, reading her kakocho/church obit in
    church vault was a beautiful/other-worldly experience. Of course, hubby/
    otosan is buried w/his 2nd wife at Alae Cemetery. He died when his truck
    rolled over down Wainaku embankment in a driving rainstorm 1937. I gotta
    pay homage to my dad’s sense of history from Kea`au [fka Ola`a] –
    Dad Toshi 1913-1998 had a heart of gold — I respect Dad’s reminiscences more than 
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    *Kichimatsu Tanaka bestowed [American genesis here] jujitsu [ergo later judo] to Western Culture right here at the Taishoji Mission site area, which is why the Taishoji Mission is intimately interwoven with martial arts, thanks to Kichimatsu Tanaka [whose kai/dojo by Furneaux Lane actually preceded the current church complex re-location to Kilauea Ave. opposite Tanaka’s facility].

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    Rev John Myoshin Lang
    Rev John Myoshin Lang; Taishoji Soto Mission, Hilo, Hawai’I 96720

    Biography: Born John Weston Lang in Minneapolis Minnesota March 20,1956. Graduated High school from Hopkins isenhower High school, Hopkins Minnesota, June 1974. Attended University of Minnesota 1974-1976. Graduated from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena California with a BFA (with Honors) in Photography in 1993 and an MFA in Photography in 1997. Spiritual Practice: Started regular attendance at Zenshuji Soto Mission May 1993. Received Jukai-e in October 1994. Elected to Board of Directors of Zenshuji from Jan. 1995-2003. Received Tokudo Jan. 2000 from Bishop Gengo Akiba. Entered Hokyo-ji Monastery( Shinkai Tanaka ,Dochosan), (Ono, Japan) Sept. 2003 until Sept.2004. Received Dharma Transmission and completed Zuise April, 2006 from Bishop Akiba. Received Nitokyoshi certification status 2006,Assigned to Zenshuji Soto Mission. Dec. 2009 reassigned to Taishoji Soto Mission, Hilo Hawaii as Resident Minister.

    Available: Hawaii Events http://www.ocean-mirror.org/guest-counselors.html

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    Biography: Born John Weston Lang in Minneapolis Minnesota March 20,1956. Graduated High school from Hopkins isenhower High school, Hopkins Minnesota, June 1974. Attended University of Minnesota 1974-1976. Graduated from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena California with a BFA (with Honors) in Photography in 1993 and an MFA in Photography in 1997. Spiritual Practice: Started regular attendance at Zenshuji Soto Mission May 1993. Received Jukai-e in October 1994. Elected to Board of Directors of Zenshuji from Jan. 1995-2003. Received Tokudo Jan. 2000 from Bishop Gengo Akiba. Entered Hokyo-ji Monastery( Shinkai Tanaka ,Dochosan), (Ono, Japan) Sept. 2003 until Sept.2004. Received Dharma Transmission and completed Zuise April, 2006 from Bishop Akiba. Received Nitokyoshi certification status 2006,Assigned to Zenshuji Soto Mission. Dec. 2009 reassigned to Taishoji Soto Mission, Hilo Hawaii as Resident Minister.
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    In bright-eyed and bushy-tailed freshlet Rev. Lang venerated Bishop Akiba saw tremendous intellectual acumen, gray matter which can mission for Soto Zen to reach out to the world’s suffering teeming masses. On top of this, Bishop Akiba witnessed an incredulously easygoing personality/manner in Rev. Lang which are the seeds of friendship and peace amid our fragile human nature. Do not be fooled by Rev. Lang’s dorky naivete look in the photo here — in person Rev. Lang is a tall beefcake version of Hollywood heartstopper handsome 5’6″ Anglo Alan Ladd http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Ladd, Jungle Jim Johnny Lang [yes, like great blues singer/guitarist Jonny Langhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonny_Lang] ergo Rev. Lang of adorable amalgam American Indian/northern European extraction. Rev. Lang is as paralyzingly captivating as they come, in every “which way” you can imagine. I disagree with holy Bishop Akiba on Rev. Lang’s greatest feature — bright HEART, NOT bright mind — as in an amazing confluence of heart & head — resulting in truly great wisdom. Just as the Buddha upended staid static Hindu brahmin “illuminati”/elitism/contemptuous arrogance http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brahminhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddha#Departure_and_ascetic_life — so does esteemed acolyte/prodigy Rev. John Lang upend/huli ‘au [Hawaiian slang for “upside down”] today’s illuminatihttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illuminati by embracing simplicity and harmony with nature a la ascetic Buddha, everlasting qualities sorely wanting/missing amid today’s societal broken values [money is god/conspicuous consumption/status tripper-social climber mentality/financial problems along with broken families-homes put us all in hopeless misery, so to speak]. Which is why the future of Buddhism shall evolve into heartfelt/life-changing zen retreats shorn of glitzy temple adornments which do nothing but ingratiate the contemptuous illuminati, and shorn of formalistic current church rituals.
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    http://www.zenshuji.org/news200910.html MYOSHIN SENSEI MAHOLO & GOOD LUCK LUNCHEON
    How long have you known Myoshin John Lang Sensei? Two years? Four years? Longer? No matter how long you’ve known Myoshin Sensei, he has left a lasting impression. His gentle personality, soft voice, assisting with various activities, and volunteering whenever possible are some of the traits we will miss. The things that we will miss the most are the things he has developed at the temple in his quiet ways such as: (1) a strong Zazenkai teaching the appropriate way to meditate, (2) introducing the English version of Sutra Chanting, (3) providing the members the choice of having the funeral or wedding in English, (4) giving high school and college students the opportunity to visit Zenshuji and understand the philosophy of Buddhism, (5) Busshin editor, (6) audio/visual technician, (7) member/advisor of various committees, and (8) great spiritual leader to many.
    Where is he going? Well, Myoshin Sensei has been given the opportunity to be the resident minister at the Taishoji Temple in Hilo. Hawaii. The request was made from Bishop Komagata of Soto Zen Buddhism Hawaii Office. With the approval of Bishop Akiba and the Board of Directors, Myoshin Sensei went for an interview and a letter of request to transfer was sent to Japan’s Shumucho. Even though we will miss Myoshin Sensei’s presence very much. we cannot detain him from seeking new experiences.
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    Of course, as is the nature of evolution through time, the Japan Soto Zen parent church has its North American church branches wean off of the Japan financial wellspring by manifesting their own income sources, as is the case with our Hilo Taishoji Church, which has 3 office/residential buildings as income sources in the Taishoji Church’s property portfolio. Rev. Lang epitomizes the Sacred Buddha’s great inclusion and welcoming approach, color-blindness racially & otherwise, open nature, Bright Heart, inner strength, stoicism, and extraordinary compassion for all creatures and things, small as well as large in size. Rev. Lang’s sempai Bishop Akiba set the tone of huli-au/upending social convention by chastening, “I got nothing to teach you.” The contradiction is the case — pay attention, because Bishop Akiba got everything to teach you, Brother/Sister! [chuckle] As does extraordinary peacemaker statesman Rev. John Myoshin Lang.   Kansha [deepest gratitude] to Rev. Lang.
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    Shinmachi had Issei settlers even before 1914, including our Taishoji   –founders‏

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    Shinmachi had pockets of Issei settlers at the turn of the last century, including our Taishoji founders.

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    Hilo Taishoji church actually started in Shinmachi [today’s Kamehameha Statue grounds].    Chigo “sacred child” festivity thru Motomachi [Kamehameha Ave.] & Punahoa St. behind downtown Hata Bldg. [Little Tokyo] was a cultural activity partaken by the Taishoji fraternity in Shinmachi.   I briefly discussed this online below.   Richard Imai 1910-2009 was a Taishoji product whose dad was a Hilo Taishoji founder, & Richard participated in such “chigo” parades even after the current Kilauea Ave. Taishoji church was built.   Of course, Western Culture jujitsu/judo genesis Kichimatsu Tanaka’s consecrated grounds, so to speak, were at the current Taishoji locality along Kilauea Ave. [makai side —  Furneaux Lane Garden Exchange area].  
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  • Grooming for great leadership —

    In conversing with a parent whose child is an alltime prep judo star,

    I mentioned our Issei/immigrant Kichimatsu Tanaka 1875-1954 who

    introduced what we know today as judo [Kichimatsu’s yoshin ryu jujitsu

    learned under his master Jigoro Kano 1860-1938, the father of judo in

    Japan] to the Western World starting right here in Hilo at Furneaux Lane,

    then Kilauea Ave., & finally at fabulous dojo/hall Shinyu Kai bldg. 1915

    owned by our esteemed Mainichi newspaper/Nobuji Tokushiro at “Nippon Alley” ergo

    Ponahawai St. which included Dodo Mortuary [1st mortuary elevator

    here 1923] & Mainichi newspaper bldg. 1918 [formerly across the

    street at Punahoa lane — also called “Nippon Alley”]. I mentioned that

    Oyabun Kichimatsu’s granddaughter is Karen Tanaka Tanabe born 1951, to which

    the parent/communicant exuded, “Yes, she’s great at sewing these

    judo outfits.” Kichimatsu, my unspoken hero, the lowly itinerant masseur

    who brought judo to Western Society!! Still forgotten today by mainstream

    judoka/pundits. Kichimatsu learned his art [“The Gentle Way”] from the

    Master, Kano. Kichimatsu in turn passed it on to his star pupil, Seichiro/Seishiro

    Okazaki 1890-1951, founder of Danzan ryu jujitsu in the U.S. [so-called

    eclectic martial art], who in turn spawned all the self-attentive judoka

    we see today. Tanaka sensei not a household name, sadly. Why do

    I reprise this obscure note? The Bible of Sports, ubiquitous Sports

    Illustrated Magazine, just featured among the greatest-ever mixed martial

    arts titlists, Hilo’s BJ Penn, linking him to antecedent/forebearer Seishiro

    Okazaki [Penn’s strengths are floor action/jujitsu/grappling], with no

    mention of the man who created Okazaki, both in martial arts & in

    later Hollywood renown as masseur to historymakers like FDR/Douglas

    Fairbanks/Jean Harlow/Johnny Weismuller — Kichimatsu Tanaka. Our Genesis.

    In politics, LBJ’s dad groomed eventual House Speaker Sam Rayburn, who

    in turn groomed LBJ [greatest Civil Rights advocate], who in turn

    groomed “Johnny” Burns [as LBJ affectionately called Jack Burns], who

    in turn groomed Dan Inouye. Dan’s saddest fact? Dan didn’t groom

    anyone [such as Ed Case] to take Dan’s place. In “parson” lexicon,

    Hung Wai Ching 1905-2002 spawned later great religious leaders/

    character builders such as Rev. Abraham Akaka. Love, –Curt

     
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from Denise Takashima  —

1. kelly Slater is the man!! He won world championship in the RipCurl Pro yesterday in SF. If you google him, I’m sure you can find the footage on you tube. awesome waves. Never in my life had i seen waves like that in sf. for sf, looked like pipeline on the nroth shore!!! he scored enough points to make him world champ yesterday. in the surfing world, he is now bigger than michael jordan!
old man, too, compared to today’s standards.

2. some good comes out of bad.
we have been watching the occupy oakland situation closely. the morning we left oakland for honolulu, okalandmayor ordered swats at 3am to arrest and get them out of the location. bad decision. not usre if both of you know, but both sf and oakland have chinese mayors. both are under pressure. quan in oakland has the citizens wanting to get her out.  ed lee  in sf is under investigation for voting and tampering fraud.

well, this trip we usually stay in oakland the first night. flight usually gets in around 9:30-10:30 at night. but this tro, i really didn’t want to wake up in oakland…so i found a great place in berkeley across from the UC campus. The hotel durrant is a very nice boutique hotel. each room is named after a famous peson who either went to UC berkeley (or we refer to it as beserk-ley)
or who stayed there. On our floor was a room named after Jason Kid (my favorite point guard). Next to that room, there was one named Steve Wozniak. Now we bay area people really are fans of this steve rather than steve jobs. much nicer, not so arrogant
apple founder. well, our room was named after julia morgan. All that was stated about her in our room was that she was an architect who graduated from berkeley and she designed the hearst castle.

of course i had to google her. remarkable woman. graduate berkeley 1894 as an engineer. went on to paris graduated and was first woman to receive degree in architecture at that school. well, not only did she design the hearst castle but she did many ywca buildings. two of which are: The Laniaea YWCA in downtown honolulu. I Love having lunch at this place and have always admired whoever the architect was!! well, she graduated from oakland high school! Good does come out of evil!

the second ywca, was the one in chinatown in SF!! Now this is where I took dancing lessons from tony wing ages 5-12!!!!! my mom wanted to balance out the gun-shooting lessons my dad had me attend on sundays, and the karate-judo on week days, so every Saturday morning was ballet and tap with tony wing. these were very big productions in the chinesse community in those days and being the gay that tony wing was, he quickly learned of my mom’s sewing skills and she of course was asked to make the costumes. when i read this, boy, did i have flashbacks!!!

you wanted to know some of my chinese -cultural background…that YWCA was the equisitive ronamental in design building that really interested a young 5year-old denise! of course across the street was the cyca where bruce lee was giving gung-fu lessons.
all the chinese in that community shunned him because he was instructing marial arts to “non-chinese”.
In my later years I took gung-fu and and tai-chi from ronald louie, father of the famous louie family tennis pros. peanut louie was
his youngest daughter. he was like a “mr Miyagi” from karate-kid. practiced tai-chi with him through the pregnancy of my first daughter, casey.

i must admit, the ballet helped in all those martial arts. it was the balance and the discipline. in this part of my life, i’m a cliche. ballerina marries football/baseball jock.
aloha,
denise

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The Greatest of These is Love

What makes love so amazing? For starters, it is what motivated our Heavenly Father to send His only begotten Son to die for us. Without love, there would have been no redemption for us all. Not only would we be without love, but without the redemption that was precipitated by love.  There also would be no faith, and no hope. You see, nothing else matters, without love. It is the foundation/imprimatur for every other good thing in our lives.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Schopenhauer%27s_aesthetics

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“…aesthetic pleasure in the beautiful consists, to a large extent, in the fact that, when we enter the state of pure contemplation, we are raised for the moment above all willing, above all desires and cares; we are, so to speak, rid of ourselves.” (The World as Will and Representation, Vol. I, § 68)

“Perhaps the reason why common objects in still life seem so transfigured and generally everything painted appears in a supernatural light is that we then no longer look at things in the flux of time and in the connection of cause and effect.” (Manuscript Remains, Vol. I, § 80)

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPtNilIMtfA&ob=av2n

[the enthralling David O’Joseph of Blue Lagoon]

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7_mVx7iSlE&feature=related

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/01/world/american-strike-on-american-target-revives-contentious-constitutional-issue.html?pagewanted=1&partner=rss&emc=rss

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a non-football fan’s refutation of Paterno & his sickos!

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from Curt  —  Joe Paterno failed to stand up for the victims of homosexual pedophilia.    SMU’s recruiting scandal exemplar is that instead of shutting down football, restore the program & bankroll the costs via fan attendance/sponsorship.    Enough of this jock talk lamentation.    Leave me out of this teardrop bucket.   Get on with football & its jock nutsdom. 

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Curtis, my Penn State fraternity brothers are torn emotionally with what is going on at Penn State.  Regards,  –KL

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“Tell” body language is prescient/foretelling  —

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tell_(poker)

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-smerconish/sanduskys-devastating-int_b_1103804.html

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Worst for Sandusky was this response:

Costas:  Are you sexually attracted to young boys, to underage boys?
Sandusky: Am I sexually attracted to underage boys? Sexually attracted, you know, I enjoy young people. I love to be around them. But, no, I’m not sexually attracted to young boys.

This was the only time Sandusky repeated a question. It sounded like a “tell” in poker parlance. In response to a question that anyone else would immediately shout back, “Hell, no,” he needed to pause, catch his breath, and deliberate.

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Curt,

I like your blogging format similar to Larry Derfner’s utilizing WordPress software.  The standardized features make perfect sense for you since you can offer highly visible and easily accessed archived subjects.  Information and essays on my dad [Rev. Hung Wai Ching] are nicely organized. I will need to teach my family how to access your blog.   Regards,  –KL

P.S. Maybe I should create my own blog.  I have a nom de guerre picked out to match my infatuation with the remarkable revolutionary Che Guevara.  It is Aladino Guzman [Kohala Puerto Rican boxing legend].

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Curtis,

 

I can’t stand it anymore knowing that the US allows for apartheid in Israel.  I am mounting an effort to get my Congressman, Henry Waxman, to respond to my concerns about Palestinian civil rights. This is why I am recruiting California Palestinians to my cause.  My relationship with Larry Derfner provides me with accurate inside information.  KL 

From: KL Ching
Sent: Saturday, September 17, 2011 6:32 PM
To: Sami
Subject: Equal Rights For Israeli Palestinians

Sami,

Do you know Reza Aslan?  He is a brilliant spokesman for the Israeli Palestinian cause.  We need to include Reza in our efforts.  Can you contact him or identify a person who knows him?  Reza can use our support to achieve his goals.  Please comment.  Regards,  –KL Ching

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reza_Aslan#Quotes

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From: KL Ching
To: Sami
Subject: Equal Rights For Israeli Palestinians

Hello Sami,

Thank you for allowing me to join with you and your Ramallah Club or your friends to develop a plan and program to seek equal rights for Palestinians in Israel.  I will draft an outline of how I visualize exerting effective influence on the US Congress to push for equal rights and justice.  One of our goals should be to further unite a US Palestinian effort.  Would you mind checking to see what organized efforts already exist so that we can join forces?  Thanks and Salaam,   — KL Ching

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I am in love with Arabic women!  KL

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This is “Post Zionism” when Jews and Arabs become Israelis.   With greater tolerance,  we can achieve peace, love and understanding,  This song is amazing because the Jews are singing in Hebrew and the Arabs are singing in Arabic.  Beautiful song, wonderful message!    KL

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5d_i2F2LlF8&feature=player_embedded#!

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consider who has the means, the opportunity and the motive to demonize others.

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from KingLit Ching born 1936

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Thanks for doing the research on Raza Aslan.  The guy is brilliant and will be a major influence in modernizing Islam and making it more relevant to Muslims.  Aslam will also bring the Muslim world closer to the Western world creating greater harmony.  I first saw his name on an article in the LA times which greatly impressed me.  Thanks again to the Oracle from Hilo  — you!!.  — KL

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over the long stretch of time  — Reza Aslan born 1972 & the New Age of Islam  — dedicated to internationalist KingLit Ching   —

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Reza Aslan’s central theme is that an internal battle has taken place within Islam between the values of individualism and the traditional authority of clerics.   This struggle fuels a reformation that Aslan says has parallels to the 16th-century revolution in Christianity.    Aslan is the author of No god but God: The Origins, Evolution and Future of Islam (2005), which challenges the “clash of civilizations” mentality that he argues has distorted the Western view of Islam by polarizing theology via Western imperialist views.    Islam got buried in the Middle Ages via Islam’s parochial/feudal tribalism vs. the West’s exposure to the rising mercantile trade.   But with the current global fever of social media/cyberspace, traditional Islam is disintegrating aplenty, not because of Western imperialism, but because of emerging liberation themes.

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http://news.stanford.edu/pr/2006/pr-aslan-102506.html

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Aslan born 1972 is a renaissance thinker who tosses out the Old fundamentalism by way of the New reality of pluralism—the peaceful coexistence and legal equality between different ethnic, religious or political ideologies—that defines democracy, not secularism per se.   We see this in the solitary immolation martyr-triggered Revolt of 2011 in the Middle East.

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—   emphasis on Aslan as a creation of our renaissance — that Islamic feudalism/theocracy of the Middle East have transformed via social media into today’s society based on counter-parochial/anti-monarchical cyber-merchants [Facebook/Twitter] and commerce, and based on flowering cultural liberation.

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With no sovereignty, Palestine lacks its rightful place in the world.     With no voice in their future, extremists move forward.     With no legitimately elected Palestinian leaders to fight terrorism, Israel has no reliable partner for peace.   The solution is a democratic Palestinian first nation, led by legitimately elected officials who reject terror and pursue peace with Israel.

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We 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 akin to Islam’s decline a millennium earlier.      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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An example of the impact of geography on history was highlighted in the 1940s when geographical determinists looked at the fall of the Roman Empire from 400-500 AD.   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 nexus of Roman history & geography 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.
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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, which 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 1900s 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  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 unfolding possibilities from which to select.
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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 promote solidarity & cooperation.

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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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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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There is no ego wishing to aggrandize itself by punishing the opponent and every move is performed effortlessly before one has time to think. One blocks every move by one’s opponents yet for all parties involved you might be playing with clouds (it’s painless and without harmful consequence).

 

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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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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 Glenn 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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…. 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,
per John 6:63. Not to constrain to oneself. Which is why I share Steven Kalas’ gift of
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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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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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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“There, but for the Grace of God, go I” has its analog in Psalm 124: “If it had not been the Lord who was on our side,…when men rose up against us, then they would have swallowed us up alive.”
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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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Exemplars like grassroot KingLit Ching provide us a deep mirror into the celebration of being human, of reaching into the collective human experience of a culture. And as sagacious Steven Kalas says, the death of a momentous exemplar is felt painfully and powerfully in our human psyche. The loss is real and meaningful. And so is the grief.

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The loss becomes even more powerful when the particular exemplar also carries your personal projections. That is, the exemplar’s life mirrors important pieces of your own psychic journey. Your own life dramas. You miss the beauty, the passion, the inspiration and hope that pour through an exemplar and into our lives especially during times of deepest social & financial misery. For this is when we need our exemplar the most.
The capacity for gratitude is itself humility. Gratitude and humility are symbiotic. The only people who can say “thank you” are people who have learned of dependence and interdependence. The best of life is not a result of what shortfall we deserve, but the opposite, of simple yet profound indulgences and pleasures — a smile, a tear of joy.

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from angelheart & gorgeous Denise Takashima born 1953 –

Well, I totally appreciated your Shower a Rainbow for Others. Especially because you understand how devasted I was at the loss of my dad and later my mom.
Thank you. You helped me get through it! You were my rainbow!
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Furay and Salevouris (1988) define historiography as “the study of the way history has been and is written — the history of historical writing… When you study ‘historiography’ you do not study the events of the past directly, but the changing interpretations of those events in the works of individual historians.”

Narrative

According to Lawrence Stone, narrative has traditionally been the main rhetorical device used by historians. In 1979, at a time when the new Social History was demanding a social-science model of analysis, Stone detected a move back toward the narrative. Stone defined narrative as follows: it is organized chronologically; it is focused on a single coherent story; it is descriptive rather than analytical; it is concerned with people not abstract circumstances; and it deals with the particular and specific rather than the collective and statistical. He reported that, “More and more of the ‘new historians’ are now trying to discover what was going on inside people’s heads in the past, and what it was like to live in the past, questions which inevitably lead back to the use of narrative.”
Luso translator Edgar Knowlton Jr. says that “people looking for their roots now wish they knew more about their ancestors & how life was for them. If you find out what interested them creatively, this will give them further dimension for you.”
Samuel Johnson 1709-1784 a unique biographer — Johnson is the most-quoted English writer after Shakespeare. High praise, considering that Shakespeare is the most important historymaker over the past millennia. Johnson used anecdotes/incidents selectively ["domestic privacies"] which revealed true character.  Johnson is the father of biography.  I use Johnson’s method to illustrate character change [such as Pastor Hung Wai Ching 1905-2002 going from "buddahead" J*p-beater to J*p-lover].   Johnson also is known for his aphorisms.  Like Johnson, Henry Adams 1838-1919 revealed authentic character, not cheezy pop fluff pieces. Adams influenced modernist Art Schlesinger Jr. 1917-2007, as did Tocqueville 1805-1859. William James 1842-1910 [pragmatist] & David Hume 1711-1776 [utilitarian who also influenced William James] also influenced Schlesinger. Adams is from the famous U.S. Presidents’ Adams bloodline.
The fluid interpretations of our greatest moment-maker Pastor Hung Wai Ching and his destiny events [genesis of Jack Kawano and our ILWU via Hung Wai's subscription to purity/ideals of communist "everybody's equal" in society, until Hung Wai saw the unalterable horror of despots Stalin/Mao] intrigue me to no end, with 1930s right wing libertarian historians decrying Hung Wai’s FDR New Deal format, only to have them embrace Hung Wai post-WWII after Hung Wai became Stalin’s vehement foe — in retrospect, later libertarian historians softened up on the 1930s Hung Wai by dismissing Hung Wai’s youthful indiscretion as part of Hung Wai’s spiritual walk/evolution/metamorphosis.   Such changing interpretations of past events like the attraction of ideal/pure communism to 1930s reformers like Rev. Hung Wai Ching are what historiography is all about.   I use biography genesis Samuel Johnson’s personal sequential method of “domestic privacies”  to illustrate character change, just as incisive Lawrence Stone & Edgar Knowlton Jr. above discuss personal narrative as the historian’s expression.    In literature, stream of consciousness/free association emerged via Johnson’s method. ** *
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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I dedicate this to my daughter Staycie age 39, who inspires me just as my Maker shows me the way, the walk in Faith. When you sense a need of another person, choose redemption [redeem yourself in service/love to such person] over indifference [incl. apprehension/uncertainty of the other person’s reaction],  no matter the risk.   To paraphrase Emily Dickinson,  one’s mind is so near that it does not see distinctly.   But one’s heart sharpens vision with life.  So that it is better to risk the question, “Is my heart too much for you to bear,”  than to feign indifference, or even to feel bitterness such as in failing to forgive yourself over a lost opportunity to save/rescue a lost soul.    It is not about a save/rescue, but to share in blessings and love for one another.   A gift is to share, the sharing being the gift itself in all respects.

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Faith is not outcome-dependent, such that Jesus does not cut a deal or bargain over your destiny.   You don’t trade off with Jesus.   Neither do you engage in magic/hocus pocus — Faith is not a Vegas act.     It is as real as the wage of sin — death.     Thy Will Be Done.   One is not cursed because that person or one’s progeny are afflicted with medical issues.    It just is, as Eleanor Roosevelt’s orphan phase just is.    This is one’s walk in Faith, side by side with Jesus.   Everlasting life beyond our own on this temporal earth.     But for the Grace of God there go I.     Psalm 124

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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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God never wants us to suffer, but Nature’s course/suffering is our growth in God’s Holiness as we draw closer to God. The experience of loss/pain/ suffering do not shape us, but instead our response to such loss/experience shape our fate/destiny.  We don’t choose misfortune, and we have the agency/choice to decide how we react in turn to these sad circumstances/ events.  Loss/crisis offer up our transformative change/catalyst to growth, as we impel beyond our ego limitation and then transcend our self- inflated vices.  Our deepest loss/suffering teleport us to a divine plane where we shorn our illusion of our own power/egocentrism, and in this netherland we decide whether to condemn ourselves to misery/self-loathing, or to forgive ourselves for our failed human condition/hamartia [maybe well-intended but miscued just the same].  Yes, the death of the egotistic self conceives the birth of the new self of extraordinary beauty and sensuality, and we do not consume ourselves with the fear of loss as a cop-out to deny us and others our desire to love and to be loved.What about those who do not believe? Wouldn’t they repent and believe if they
were given a second chance? The answer is no, they would not because their
hearts are not changed simply because they die. Their hearts and minds “are at
enmity” against God and won’t accept Him even when they see Him face to face.
This is evidenced clearly in the story of the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16:19-31. If ever someone should have repented when
given a second chance to see clearly the truth, it was the rich man. But
although he was in torment in hell, he only asked that Abraham send Lazarus back
to earth to warn his brothers so they didn’t have to suffer the same fate. There
was no repentance in his heart, only regret for where he found himself.
Abraham’s answer says it all: “And he said to him, If they do not hear Moses and
the Prophets, they will not be persuaded, even though one rose from the dead”
(Luke 16:31). Here we see that the witness of the
Scriptures is sufficient for salvation for those who believe it, and no other
revelation will bring about salvation to those who do not. No second, third or
fourth chances would be enough to turn the heart of stone into a heart of
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http://www.gotquestions.org/second-chance-salvation.html*http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parables_of_Jesus

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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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http://baselinescenario.com/2011/11/07/our-health-care-system-compared/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BaselineScenario+%28The+Baseline+Scenario%29

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KL Ching’s take  — I see the tree as beautiful.  It has a productive purpose

·         Being in harmony with nature is tranquil and assuring – simplicity is wisdom.

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Bishop hunk Dexter Irvin and his drop-dead gorgeous wife Connie come to our everyday McDonald’s for an affordable breakfast this morning.   Their little nameless unremembered act of kindness & generosity unwitnessed by anyone but me, who was scoping their luminous presence amid our bromide backdrop  — Dex slips a $20 bill to the samaritan for a mentally ill desperado of our earth, so that our little brother can fill his starving stomach.   What Jesus prescribes in the samaritan parable  of Matthew 25:40 is disinterested, self-giving care for the “other” [agape].  We are to act on behalf of those who have needs and who reside along the social margins [the hungry, the stranger, the naked, the sick, and the imprisoned].


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Faith is not outcome-dependent, such that Jesus does not cut a deal or bargain over your destiny.   You don’t trade off with Jesus.   Neither do you engage in magic/hocus pocus — Faith is not a Vegas act.  Thy Will Be Done.     One is not cursed because that person or one’s progeny is afflicted with medical issues.     It just is.  This is one’s walk in Faith, side by side with Jesus.    Everlasting life beyond our own on this temporal earth.       But for the Grace of God there go I.       Psalm 124

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Reprise 1 Corinthians 1:26-27  —  Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you.   Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise.   And He chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful, so the same God chose those who reside in the forsaken social margins.

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Some religious leaders once asked Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?” And Jesus proceeded to tell the story of “The Good Samaritan,” capping the tale with “So I ask you, which of these was a neighbor to the man?”    That is, what kind of neighbor are YOU?

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from Dex Irvin —

Curtis,
Thank you for your kind words.
Bishop IrvinSent from DI IPAD

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http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/sections/commentary/their-views/parker-kinder-gentler-candidate.html

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And then someone did try to help him, and this to me was the most memorable moment of the evening. From somewhere on the panel, a voice reached out to the struggling Texan, a suggestion that might help Perry gather himself and emerge from this utter humiliation.

The voice belonged to Mitt Romney. As Perry’s brain was hardening into arctic pack ice, Romney suggested that maybe the third agency he wanted to eliminate was the EPA. Yeah, that’s it! But no, it wasn’t. Pressed by Harwood, Perry said it wasn’t the EPA, but blast if he could remember what it was. (Later he said it was Energy.)

Romney’s suggestion when most of the others were squirmingly silent was an act of pure kindness and self-sacrificing generosity. It was not especially noticeable. But if you were Rick Perry in that moment, you were well aware that Romney was the one who tried to save you. When Perry finally said, “Oops,” it was Romney toward whom he looked.

Small, but not insignificant, this gesture of active empathy tells much about the man who extended it. He’s a nice guy in a season of nastiness, a trait that may also be his greatest political failing.

Michael Medved, trying to figure out why Republicans don’t love Romney, pointed to his lack of anger. These are angry times and people want their leader to be ticked off, surmised Medved. He may be right, both in theory and in his conclusion: This passion for anger is not good for the country.

Others insist that Romney can’t earn people’s confidence because he’s too squeaky clean. Few can identify with a man who never touches coffee or alcohol, whose hair is as precise as the crease in his pants. Or, put another way, the figures in his business ledgers?

He seems preternaturally unflappable, which to some is too robotic, not-quite-human. We like some fallibility in our leaders and flaws in our protagonists. Perhaps Romney would benefit from a slight imperfection or some other handicap over which he has struggled.

Or might kindness and humility be handicaps in a mean, self-infatuated world?

Humility is a tough trait to communicate in a presidential campaign that requires confident self-promotion, though it is often apparent in Romney’s debate face. He looks at others respectfully when they are speaking and his expression betrays patience and even a hopefulness that they will do well. Romney isn’t shy in reminding voters of his own accomplishments, but there are stories out there that tell another side to his character. Here’s one related to me recently by someone close to the campaign:

Romney was shooting an ad on a hot day in a staffer’s yard. While the photo shoot was being set up, Romney was asked to bide time in the cooler shade of the staffer’s garage. When the staffer retrieved Romney 30 minutes later, he discovered that the candidate had swept and organized his garage.

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http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/B/BKO_HALL_OF_FAME?SITE=FLFNW&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

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Life’s irony/contradiction is no more vexing than of exemplar Geralyn Lucas, whose one breast nursed a baby, and the other breast nearly killed her via cancer  — as she says, “life and death are so close to my heart now.”   http://www.aeispeakers.com/speakerbio.php?SpeakerID=2041    Lucas on the Self  magazine photo of a bare top Lucas  —  “I don’t recognize myself.  I see my eyes and a depth I have never seen before.   I see a journey…. This famous photographer has worked her magic.   She has captured the courage that was mingled with my fear and turned out a beauty so honest and raw it is unfamiliar.”   Geralyn’s point about the photo shoot was to demonstrate that a woman with one breast can be beautiful [my mom Teruko “Ruth” 1916-1998 had a mastectomy while still young and thankfully lived a full long life],  and as motivational agent Alicia Salzer says,  “and [Geralyn’s] beauty is enhanced, not dminished,  by the scar of a survivor’s knowledge that life lives so close to death,  shame so close to pride,  fear so close to courage.   It is an amazing grace that washes over you when you realize you can stop fighting and just be.   That although death hovers alongside life, you can stop fighting death on the left and gobbling life on the right, and just stand strong between them.   That what remains is a scar  — but also, all the rest of you.  We have acquired the ability to see things more clearly and more beautifully, to live more fully and more meaningfully.   We are a proud tribe.”

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Yes, Geralyn, as Geralyn’s big fan Alicia says, is the author of her famous book Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy.   “People will value me for my humanity and my truth”   — eureka!!   Salzer’s phenomenal book Back to Life: Getting Past Your Past With Resilience, Strength, and Optimism  [2011] consecrates this moment.

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I dedicate this parable of irony and authenticity to kindred spirits Valerie Saruwatari born 1943, Denise Takashima born 1953, and KingLit Ching born 1936  — my holy trinity that shares one’s soul and each ounce/measure of hope, faith, and love  — with you, dearest tribal pride/family.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/vivian-diller-phd/happiness-in-aging_b_926086.html?utm_source=DailyBrief&utm_campaign=081711&utm_medium=email&utm_content=BlogEntry&utm_term=Daily%20Brief

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Art Kramer, Ph.D. who studies aging at the Beckman Institute, says that although we obviously slow down both physically and mentally, there is also evidence of new kinds of growth as we enter our 50s. He and others, including Neil Charness, Ph.D., a psychology researcher at Florida State University, point toward the increased capacity for what is called “crystallized intelligence” as we age. He makes a distinction between fluid and crystallized intelligence. The former is about raw processing speed; the agility with which you are able to solve new and unfamiliar problem. The latter comes from experience; hard and fast knowledge, garnered over years.

Crystallized intelligence, according to Charness, remains not only intact, but improves as the brain gets older. “If you look at measures of knowledge like information tasks, vocabulary tasks,” he says, “then those abilities seem to rise at least into the 50s and hold maybe even to the 60s and 70s, and probably start to decline after that.”

Another researcher, Laura Carstensen from the Stanford Center on Longevity, points toward other reasons to be optimistic about aging based on what she calls the socio-emotional selectivity theory. “There’s a general set of goals that guide human behavior throughout life,” she says, “and when time horizons are vast and nebulous, as they typically are in youth, people prioritize those goals in different ways than when time horizons are short.”

The result? As we age and recognize the limited time ahead, we are more focused on gaining the kind of insights and knowledge that we need to prioritize goals. In other words, with age comes wisdom. And with wisdom, we may find that we make smarter life choices that are more likely to bring us satisfaction.

So, what do these studies mean to Obama and the millions of other baby boomers celebrating their 50th birthdays? Does this U-curve path mean they have already hit rock bottom and are on their way back up? My take on this is as follows:

The average person begins life with lofty expectations. During childhood, adolescence and right through early adulthood, most of us set the bar high, both professionally and personally. We have dreams of becoming doctors, lawyers, CEOs and even presidents. We expect to fall in love, create families and live happily ever after. At this life stage we rely on “fluid,” rather than crystallized intelligence in order to reach these goals. We are busy optimizing our physical, economic and support systems to get educated, find jobs and mates. Our life goals, up until our 20s and 30s, are broad and not yet clearly prioritized.

During early adulthood we begin facing the fact that we may or may not meet our aspirations — constrained not only by our own physical and emotional limitations, but by those imposed upon us — e.g. economic, geographic, cultural, etc. As we hit our 40s, reality may set in even further. For some, the traditional midlife crisis hits — experienced by some men when they fail to achieve financial or professional success — and by some women as they face peri-menopause and the end of childbearing opportunities.

By age 44 — the stage that Oswald described as when we hit rock bottom — the confrontation with our past and the increasing limitations presented by our future can cause great turmoil. Decisions about the next stage of life loom large. “Can I live the next 40 to 50 years with the choices I’ve made up until now?” Some panic. Others feel stuck. And some move through it, onward and forward, altering expectations, creating clearer priorities.

This is key, for it is at this stage that important emotional and cognitive shifts seem to take place for many people allowing for the upturn at midlife to occur. By the time we reach our 50s, many of us have begun to let go of unrealistic goals and accept who we are. We begin to use our accumulated knowledge, prioritize our life goals and make wiser choices as we move forward. We start to feel more satisfied with what we have achieved, enjoy our accomplishments and feel less compelled to push for more. It’s not about giving up or giving in, but rather settling in for the ride.

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It’s unfortunate that Ke Ola Magazine columnist Pete Hendricks in his “Then & Now” Ka’u Landings article September/October 2011 issue talks about the “tragedy” of Na’alehu Sugar genesis Hutchinson’s capsized rowboat & his death — but writer Hendricks knows nothing about  the real tragedy of the death of Henry Opukahaia’s family in the pitched battle between Ka’u chief Kaiana & Kamehameha.   Sad omission.

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from me to Kaloa Robinson, whom I picked to be National Prayer Day speaker at Rev. Rich Uejo’s Mayor Steve Yamashiro’s Prayer Day Breakfast  [Rev. Uejo asked me to be the speaker, but I declined in favor of cogent/adroit Kaloa] —

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Unsung hero Henry Opukahaia 1792-1818 — Henry Opukahaia was orphaned upon the deaths of his parents in a carnage/battle over territorial control [Kamehameha’s conquests]. Henry sailed the high seas for in 1808 & ended up in New England, where he was schooled by Congregationalists. Henry changed the face of America by demonstrating that everybody’s equal according to Scripture. He became a martyr to his devotion & inspired the greatest political leaders of the time like Henry Clay 1777-1852, the great Emancipator who was Abraham Lincoln’s biggest hero. Destiny revealed itself for this little boy from our Ka`u District [called “split belly” in Hawaiian when his baby brother was speared & killed while Henry carried his brother on Henry’s back to escape from Kamehameha’s forces in 1802 vs. Kaiana, at which time Henry’s parents were killed], who eventually succumbed to typhoid, & Henry’s death inspired the arrival of our missionaries in 1820, the same time kuhina nui [real power behind throne] Kaahumanu via ruler Liholiho [Kamehameha II] abolished the kapu system. The fullness of time — Opukahaia’s missionaries helped fill the moral & spiritual vacuum that resulted from the breakdown of their ancient pagan faith, so to speak, from the missionaries’ viewpoint. Our social service organizations today are a direct outgrowth of Opukahaia’s martyrdom — our YMCAs which uplifted immigrant shantytowns/tenements Waiakea [furyoshonen — AJA hooligans — were inspired by guardian angel Jean Hartley]/Shinmachi [“New Town” in Japanese] — serviced by John Beukema’s Hilo Center [where our former Texaco Service Station is on Kam/Pauahi Sts.], not to mention our old town Hilo Hawaiians [via Haili Church-Hilo Boarding School where Boys-Girls Club is today–YWCA still at today’s site]. Essentially, modern Hilo is built upon the moral & spiritual groundwork laid by Opukahaia’s missionaries. Hence, Henry Opukahaia is our unsung/untold hero, the sine qua non of societal fulfillment and happiness, per assimilation vantage point [naysayers call this cultural genocide]. And looking at each ethnic group, Opukahaia’s peacemakers filled the need — the Chinese had Rev. Tsui’s social hall across Lincoln Park [today’s church is on Mohouli-Kino`ole Sts.], the Portuguese had Rev. De Silva’s mission on Haili St. [today’s Central Christian Church], the Japanese had Rev. Kwan Higuchi’s hall at Lincoln Park, the Filipinos had their church in Papaikou, the Koreans had their church on Haili St.    Aloha, –Curt
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Christine O’Donnell born 1969 erupted over Piers Morgan’s gay marriage question.   Morgan born 1965 but looks much older  —  is boorish/condescending w/lightweight personalities but did Morgan’s greatest interview w/difficult personality Benjamin Netanyahu born 1949.    Morgan was totally accomodating w/O’Donnell.    O’Donnell got enormous publicity for walking off Morgan’s interview & will get away with it [like Sarah Palin].     O’Donnell comes across as cute like Sally Field, while Morgan comes across as haughty/snot-nosed  — a minus projection for Morgan.    Morgan made a cardinal mistake by not quoting from O’Donnell’s new book [the reason for her interview — to promote her new book “Troublemaker”].    Morgan’s omission, O’Donnell’s plus-positive.    But Morgan’s ratings spiked from this walkout by O’Donnell.   I did not watch Hilo County Council members Ikeda/Onishi but know how ridiculous they are.   Hilo trifecta J*ps Yoshimoto/Onishi/Ikeda in this order of priority from worse to worst are do-nothing council members w/almost no introduced legislation/bills.   JA Musto’s airtight UHPA collective bargaining contract [thanks to his erudite wife’s sharps] is an advantage over other union deals w/our State.     http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2010/Feb/01/op/hawaii2010306.html
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Harry Kim’s megalomania reduxes exactly a century ago from today the identical issue of Teddy Roosevelt’s egomaniacal return foray to attempt to recapture the White House.   The parallels are astounding.   see here  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theodore_Roosevelt
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For decades I have worked with severely “at-risk” youth; some who willingly put their lives at risk, and others who find themselves at risk for reasons beyond their control. Of course, all youth are at risk to some degree, as each young person must risk themselves in the world to learn who they are at the core of their life. Now, amidst growing fears and uncertainty about the future, young people sense that everything around them is at greater risk. Young people, who are supposed to be the “future of the world,” can find themselves fearing that the world has very little future to offer them.

Whether it be educated youth considering the increasing dangers of climate change or less privileged ones who feel the bite of poverty and the growing disparity between rich and poor, modern youth grow up amidst threats of natural disaster, nightmares of terrorism and bewilderment at the ineffectiveness and lack of courage of those who seem to have the most power. Increasingly, I hear young people asking how to act in a world that seems to be coming apart at the seams.

Having found my own way through the world by studying myths and stories, I tend to answer with old tales that show how people have survived great troubles and the spread of fear many times before. Too much fear can lead to unnecessary panic as well as a paralysis of imagination. An old story can help contain the fear and reduce the tendency to panic and run away from life’s inevitable risks.

This old teaching story comes from the great African savannahs where life pours forth in the form of teeming, feeding herds. As the herds eat their way across the plains, lions wait in the tall grass nearby, anticipating the chance to prey upon the grazing animals. In preparation, they send the oldest and weakest members of the pride away from the rest of the hunting pack. Having lost much of their strength and most of their teeth, the roar of the old ones is far greater than their ability to bite.

The old lions go off and settle in the grass directly across from where the strong and hungry lions wait and watch. As the herd enters the area between the hunting pack and the old lions, the old ones roar mightily. At the sound of the roaring, most of the herd panics. Blinded by fear, they turn and flee from the seeming source of danger. As they rush wildly in the opposite direction, they run right to where the strongest lions wait in the tall grass for dinner to arrive.

“Run towards the roar,” the old people used to tell the young ones. When faced with great danger in this world, run towards the roaring, go where you fear to go, for only there will you find some safety and a way through danger. Trouble that is faced when it first appears can be the roar that awakens a person’s deepest resources. In times of trouble or tragedy, a person either steps into life more fully or else slips into a diminished life characterized by fear and anxiety.

The modern world has begun to roar in a big way and fear has become the dominant emotion amongst people of all ages. Old folks fear that they will lose health care and retirement benefits; those in their prime earning years fear that they can’t earn enough or could lose their jobs at any moment; and young people fear that there is no place for them in this fearful world where the whole thing could seemingly end at any moment.

Clearly, there are real fears and wild uncertainties in this rapidly changing world. There are many people waiting and willing to exploit the fears of others. And, the tendency to panic as part of the herd can suddenly strike anyone. Everyone feels some fear when panic is in the air. Yet, fear can also be a guide that clarifies what needs to be risked for a greater life to be found. That’s what I tell young people when they ask what to do as the world around us becomes increasingly riddled with great uncertainty and blind reactions.

Don’t get caught in the blind fears that grip the herd. When the world roars at you, it is time to go where you fear to go. The real risk in this life has always been that of becoming oneself amidst the uncertainties of existence. On this earth everything we are given can also become lost. The notion that life should be safe or even that retirement should be secure misses the point of fully living the story seeded in one’s soul from the beginning.

The old soul in the human psyche knows that the whole thing has hung by a thread all along. Not that there aren’t real fears, but that those who are older are supposed to draw wisdom from surviving the trouble in their own lives. Those “old enough to know better” are not supposed to panic and foolishly add to the roaring of the world.

Those looking for security in the midst of radical change become easy pickings for those trying to benefit from the roaring troubles of this world. Those who believe that life should be predictable or that their security should be guaranteed wind up caught in the teeth of blind anger or debilitating fear. As an Irish poet once said, “A false sense of security is the only kind there is.”

In the end, what we fear will not go away, for it indicates what we must go through in order to live more fully. As an old African proverb advises: When death or danger finds you, let it find you alive! Whether it be an individual, a community or a country, when faced with tragedy or fearful uncertainty we either enter life more fully or else begin to accept a smaller way of being. In the end, or when the end seems near, genuine security can only be found by taking the risks that lead to a greater sense of life and a more inclusive and encompassing way of being in the world.


Debbie Hecht
Kailua Kona, HI
(808) 989-3222
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I did not say that I do not regularly do everything in my power to dodge some realities. Like most people, I’m quite capable of self-deception, even illusory ways of thinking, feeling and being that help me play “cat and mouse” with the truth in me and around me. This is what the human ego does. That’s one of the realities for which I have an affinity. And it’s here that I need — like everyone needs — true friends. A loving spouse, a trusted friend or family member. These folks find a way — gently or not so gently — to insist that you turn your attention to the obvious.

At least, it’s often obvious to those who love you.

By affinity for the truth I mean I’m convinced the truth is an ally, friend and advocate, if indeed frequently a holy terror. I cringe at the corniness of it, but it’s a fact that the truth shall set you free. And the truth is this: The human journey includes suffering. No one comes to therapy who isn’t suffering.

But, here’s another truth: In any given time in your life, the number of people who actually, really, honestly want and are willing to grant you an engaged and healing audience for your suffering is … small. Even people who sincerely love and adore you might find themselves ambivalent about really engaging and listening to the part of you that suffers. See, the people around us have egos, too. Their egos mobilize to protect them just like your ego does. “Cheer up … get over it … God has a plan … everybody is doing the best he or she can … don’t cry” — the felt motive for these messages is to help you. But each of these messages also contains the anxiety of the messenger: Please stop suffering.

And that’s what most modern people do. They try to stop suffering. They “get over it.” They build layer upon layer of pretense and persona over their wounds, because it’s, well, the sociable thing to do. Most of us, then, suffer unconsciously. Because that’s the way we’ve been taught to suffer.

Last night, for the second time in my life, I saw comedian Bill Cosby perform. Bill is 74. And he’s still mesmerizing. How can he make me laugh so hard without ever even saying the word “damn it,” let alone the profanity-laced routines of most modern comedians?

Bill told a story about raising his son, Ennis. It was dear. Adorable. Funny. At the end of the story, Bill said simply, humbly, looking down at the stage: “Ennis would be 41 years old today.”

There was a smattering of warm, respectful applause. I remember thinking: “Ah, now that’s nice. There are a few people here who can pause from their laughter and be with Bill in his suffering. To let him know that they know. Ennis was murdered in 1997.”

Empathy means literally “to enter the pathos.” Compassion means literally “to suffer with.” We bandy those words about too easily. It’s not all that frequently we find people who will really do the work implied in those words. I cherish the people I do find.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/26/arts/television/dancing-with-the-stars-is-turned-on-its-head.html?hpw

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Six years later the construct of “Dancing With the Stars” is being turned on its head. In some ways those pros — “Cheryl! Maks! Derek!” — have now become the headliners. The increasingly C-list celebrities lined up to participate have found they are no longer alone in the spotlight.

“There is this weird inversion of what the show was meant to be,” said Conrad Green, an executive producer of the show. “Now when our celebrity competitors meet their dance partners, it’s the celebrity who is star-struck.”

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http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/fukuyamas-theorythe-state/432546/

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“This book has two origins,” Francis Fukuyama writes in the preface to The Origins of Political Order. “The first arose when my mentor, Samuel Huntington of Harvard University, asked me to write a foreword to a reprint edition of his 1968 classic, Political Order in Changing Societies. Its second inspiration was the decade that Fukuyama spent studying “the real-world problems of weak and failed states” and that inspired his 2004 book State-Building: Governance and World Order in the 21st Century.

In discussing the origins of The Origins, Fukuyama is being modest, if not disingenuous. He is best known for the international sensation caused by the publication of his 1989 essay “The End of History?” in the foreign policy journal The National Interest and the subsequent book The End of History and the Last Man. His thesis ignited a global debate: “What we may be witnessing is not just the end of the cold war, or the passing of a particular period of postwar history, but the end of history as such; that is, the endpoint of mankind’s ideological evolution and the universalisation of Western liberal democracy as the final form of human government.”

In the 20 years since, Fukuyama has qualified his argument, but he has not abandoned it. In The Origins of Political Order, the first of a projected two volumes, he writes: “Alexandre Kojève, the great Russian-French interpreter of Hegel, argued that history as such had ended in the year 1806 with the Battle of Jena-Auerstadt, when Napoleon defeated the Prussian monarchy and brought the principles of liberty and equality to Hegel’s part of Europe.” And he continues: “I believe that Kojève’s assertion still deserves to be taken seriously. The three components of a modern political order — a strong and capable state, the state’s subordination to a rule of law and government accountability to all citizens — had all been established in one or another part of the world by the end of the 18th century.”

By chance, these three elements were united for the first time in Britain, although other northwestern European countries that were influenced by the Reformation, like the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden, “also succeeded in putting together the state, rule of law and accountability in a single package by the 19th century.” But before their combination in Britain and its neighbours at the time of the industrial and democratic revolutions, the three elements of modern political order had evolved separately in different premodern civilizations: “China had developed a powerful state early on; the rule of law existed in India, the Middle East and Europe; and in Britain, accountable government appeared for the first time.”

Most of The Origins of Political Order is devoted to telling the story of how the state, the rule of law and accountability happened to evolve independently in different societies, before their combination in 18th-century Britain. Having been accused of determinism by some critics of his earlier work, Fukuyama emphasises the role of contingency. The origins of modern political institutions were “complex and context-specific.” For example, the decline in importance of extended families in early modern Europe, which resulted in part from the power of the medieval church, meant that “an emerging capitalist economy in Italy, England and the Netherlands in the 16th century did not have to overcome the resistance of large corporately organised kinship groups with substantial property to protect, as in India and China.”

Fukuyama rejects reductionist attempts to explain political and social institutions as mere epiphenomena of underlying economic or technological structures. “It is impossible to develop any meaningful theory of political development without treating ideas as fundamental causes of why societies differ and follow distinct development paths.” In particular, “religion can never be explained simply by reference to prior material conditions.”

For this reason, The Origins of Political Order, like Fukuyama’s earlier work, is at odds with the contemporary elevation of neoclassical economics as the paradigmatic social science. His intellectual affinities are with the great thinkers of the 19th-century sociological tradition like Weber, Durkheim and Marx, as well as with Hegel, whom Fukuyama tellingly identified as a social scientist in The End of History? With this sociological tradition, Fukuyama shares a view of politics as a product of history and evolution, and a rejection of the absolutism of Lockean natural rights theory and market fundamentalism, or “Manchester liberalism.” Against libertarians like Friedrich Hayek, who try to explain society in terms of Homo economicus, he says that a strong and capable state has always been a precondition for a flourishing capitalist economy.

Some readers, however, may think Fukuyama goes too far in de-emphasising the natural rights tradition that inspired the Renaissance and Enlightenment liberalism. Here Fukuyama’s historicism and his insistence that ideas themselves shape political order are arguably at odds.

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http://blogs.the-american-interest.com/fukuyama/

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The ideal government system exists in so-called socialist countries based on parliamentary governance [practical wisdom shows that merit & not mooching prevails in such a parliamentary setup]


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“Fixing the public sector therefore has got to be a top priority for anyone interested in public policy. In countries where public services work relatively efficiently, like those in Scandinavia, people are willing to tolerate high tax levels because they think they’re getting something back. In the US, however, as in Latin America, many people object to higher taxes because they are convinced that the government will simply waste their money. The inability to implement effectively affects what policies will be chosen; the Obama administration’s arguments for universal health care in the US would have been much more persuasive if people thought the government could deliver on its promises.
So: stop worrying about public policy, and go back to humbler concerns about public administration. Solve that, and you’ll rise to the top politically.”


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I disagree with Fukuyama because the problems of public administration boil down to 3 things:   1)  huli’au upside down civil service system [incl. hiring/promotion]  which rewards incompetence & laziness/sloth;    2)   corrupt procurement system [labor/service contracts] which rewards crooks & cronies all in one fell swoop  [crooks are the bosses’ cronies];    3)   arrogant operational bosses who feel entitled to their gluttony of grades of service/job stratification excesses.    Fukuyama yaks about “administering” but omits “how to administer” from his overlay.    “Where’s the beef??!!”

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from inquisitor A-hole KingLit Ching  —  And what do you disagree with?       [And what do you offer up, Mr. KingLit Inquisitor??]

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Shibai/phony Abercrombie panders to status quo unions/special interests via Charley Toguchi [field in-service honcho is Pepeekeo’s Lloyd Nekoba], & erects walls of resistance vs. younger turks who then leave Abercrombie’s gang [gang incl. Dickie Wong] in droves, who now will support progressive reformer Peter Carlisle.   Old fuddy duddy Abercrombie showcased youngsters to entice younger demographic voters.   GOP Carlisle will win over Abercrombie in 2014.     GOP Aiona is clueless & an inept politico like Sam King was in 1970 [vs. Jack Burns].   Abercrombie simply made an ethnic make-up call/”affirmative action” in picking Solomon/Kahele to succeed Takamine/Kokubun, both Hawaiians allegiant [though Solomon correctly refutes State reapportionment which wrongly incl. military/college students as residents — Solomon desires electability & shall win hands-down on residency definition, thence increasing her sparse chance of getting elected].

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http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/sections/opinion/columns/too-much-activity-gunwales.html

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Asselbaye/Aoki failed to gauge the depth of longstanding ties between Abercrombie & Abercrombie’s cronies at the Capitol & outside the Capitol.   These ties reinforced the conventional status quo and rejected the supplemental add-on of our Double A gang [Asselbaye/Aoki], who thru inexperience were clueless about the depth of cronyism rampant in Hawai’i.

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http://www.civilbeat.com/articles/2011/10/06/13145-senior-dems-pushed-gov-to-shake-up-staff/

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“They just didn’t know what they were doing — you could see what was coming,” said another, referring to the resignations of Asselbaye and Aoki. “He was batting 1,000 percent getting almost every major thing wrong and not doing much right at all, it seems. So they needed to change it around.”   Read between the lines — the young turks are not connected to the rastignacs/sycophants by their umbilical cords, ergo, the young turks’ idealism confounded inexplicably the corrupt ole’ boys & gals.  True, our double A gang was out of its league in experience but AA’s fatal blow was its incapacity to spigot Abercrombie’s cronies in & out of government.  

Abercrombie used & abused these young turks to gain the younger voter demographic — they served no other function — Abercrombie is the slap happy crony of the illuminati —  ergo J*ps.  

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

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Teddy Roosevelt’s kneebreaker ego exactly a century ago today — Harry Kim is Teddy’s terminal incarnation

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http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/sections/news/local-news/kim-mayor-2012.html

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Harry Kim’s megalomania reduxes exactly a century ago from today the identical issue of Teddy Roosevelt’s egomaniacal return foray to attempt to recapture the White House.   The parallels are astounding.   see here  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theodore_Roosevelt

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My queries to martial artist Mark Saito fka Mark Vera Cruz born 1952 [Kamehameha ’70 of Kapahulu], regarding his query on where judo genesis Kichimatsu Tanaka got Tanaka’s massage art from  —

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Visualize your tombstone.   What is its one word or one sentence inscription? 

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Food for thought:    Counselor to the President is the analog for you, golakers.     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Counselor_to_the_President
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Unspoken kitchen cabinet chiefs were Jim Hagerty for President Eisenhower [only high school degree like Harry Truman]   &   Harry Hopkins for FDR  [Hopkins a social worker  — Hopkins would’ve continued with President Truman but Hopkins died shortly after FDR].   Education/schooling are meaningless when common sense/practical wisdom are at work, such as you see with high school graduate Dominic Yagong.     Also, the ones you never hear about are the power brokers [ergo Hagerty & Hopkins].    BTW, mild-mannered Pete Rouse for President Obama is the 1st-ever Asian American [sansei 3rd generation AJA] Counselor to the President.   
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In praise of destiny makers Keoni & Lukini Andrew
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Latter-day Saints remarkable missionaries/husband & wife Keoni & Lukini Andrew born 1942/1943 have changed us all for the better [because of their tremendous talent of effective application of Scripture to everyday life amid our trials & tribulations]  —   in a myriad of ways  —   among them are our positive attitudes and formative communication interchanges by way of studying Scripture including the Plan of Salvation  —  heartfelt exposure to and comprehension from Statesiders/Mainlanders Keoni & Lukini who are imbued with open natured/courageous/clean-hearted/responsible/compassionate/measured/reflective/contemplative and salient qualities-calibre  —   encouraging us to learn via Scripture the way we approach challenges & opportunities — teaching us to communicate & project better/relating better via empathy for the other participant(s) in our dialogue-interchanges  –motivating us to have self-respect & self-fulfillment by having us apply our newfound skills & attributes to our social & wider networks & communities  —  instilling in us immense gradients of growth into leadership &  role model exemplar embodiments  —  demonstrating lifelong ambassadorship/emissary service on behalf of God our Heavenly Father.   It is our blessing to have been an integral part of our missionaries’ faith in and obedience to God our Heavenly Father.   Moses 6:23.   To Heavenly Father and to Jesus,  imperfection is a natural part of our life on earth, as we seek to grow in God’s Holiness, per the Atonement.   D&C 76:41-42.
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Irony, reversal, and frustration of expectations illustrate opposites or impossibilities which tie in knots our social conventions.     Not just the Parables but also the  Beatitudes feature counterintuitively the dramatic presentation and reversal of expectations that are characteristic of Jesus  —   e.g. — Love thy enemy  — What kind of neighbor are YOU to the new folks next door? — Turn the other cheek —  Heavenly Father’s Kingdoms of Glory provide us the agency/choice to ascend up per Heavenly Father’s Plan of Salvation for us,  that Perdition exists only for the numbered few who know and yet deny Heavenly Father and Jesus.   Turning common-sense ideas upside down, confounding the expectations of His audience:    Portraying a Samaritan in a positive light comes as a shock to Jesus’ audience.   It is typical of His provocative speech in which conventional expectations are turned over on their head huli ‘au, so to speak.     Conventional status-tripper social-climber folks ask, “So who is my neighbor?”    Miscue/maxima mea culpa.    What kind of neighbor are YOU to the new person in the neighborhood?    Alma 34:28-29 and D&C 121:45-46 evoke righteous intent, to have genuine compassion for each other, just as our Savior Jesus Christ demonstrates pure love for us all.    This is to say, it is the acceptance of God’s grace and atoning work that compels us to look beyond ourselves to help those in need just as our Savior Jesus Christ did for us.

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Irony:   Based on several important narrative parables [such as the Parable of the Good Samaritan],  academic scholars decided that irony, reversal, and frustration of expectations were characteristic of Jesus’ style.   Does a pericope/concise passage illustrate opposites or impossibilities?   If it does, it’s  likely to be authentic.   For example, “love your enemies.”      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.   The quest for sanctity of rights for all living beings , particularly the most vulnerable, are integral to the Christian mission and evidence of human redemption.
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Baptist Rev. Jeffress’ pericope [short parable] or teaching illustration is fraught with unsettling contempt for others, based on sincerely wrong Rev. Jeffress’ Inquisition strictures.   In contrast,  my greatest role models Keoni & Lukini’s beautiful urgency and strength of their bond with Heavenly Father are beyond compare.   Keoni & Lukini  honor His Legacy of instilling covenants toward salvation  by manifesting their own yet obedient/faithful extraordinary legacy of immense empathy and compassion for others. 

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This is a very enlightening discourse which gives me a better understanding of Christianity and what is in God’s mind.    I have always had difficulty relating to what captured the imagination and souls of the early Christians who were converted by the Apostle Paul.    I can better relate to Christ’s parables that carried simple messages to simple uneducated people.  These people were “empowered”  by these radical  messages who previously saw their lot in life as useless and without purpose.  They were suddenly recognized as individuals by a personal caring God.   I see our missionaries’ point of Jesus Christ using “irony” in his parables.
  1. Christ  preached a gospel of liberation from injustice in startling parables and aphorisms.    An iconoclast/progressive reformer, Christ broke with established Jewish theological canons and social conventions both in His teachings and behaviors, often by turning common-sense ideas upside down, confounding the expectations of His audience: He preached of “Heaven’s imperial rule” [traditionally translated as “Kingdom of God“] as being already present but unseen; He depicts God as a loving father; He squares shoulders with outsiders and criticizes insiders.   Christ evokes not simply an apocalyptic eschatology/end-time, but more critically a sapiential eschatology, which encourages all of God’s children to repair the world.     Since Christ lived and preached in an oral culture, scholars expect that short, memorable stories or phrases are more likely to be historical and factual.
  2. Keoni & Lukini Andrew exemplify Jesus’ Parables time and again, passionately and decisively.   Pure and clean heart, righteous intent, lest a matter be wrongly done.   An unclean person comes from the tenement,  in the eyes of modern pharisees [a la Jesus’ Parable of the unclean woman]  — yet who walks per Micah 6:8 purely and cleanly with Heavenly Father — is no less deserving in Jesus’ eyes than one who has scrubbed down to the last germ, so to speak.    As Keoni & Lukini invoke, don’t ever issue judgment upon another, lest you be judged in return, as a book wrongly is judged by its cover.
 
 
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“God’s way of forgiving is thorough and hearty, -— both to forgive and to forget; and if thine be not so, thou hast no portion of His.”  –Leighton


 
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Wow. Jesus’ story doesn’t answer the “full of themselves” pharisees’ question;  rather, the story challenges their question, changes it from “Who is my neighbor” to  “To whom are you a neighbor”   And just like that their universe was an expanded place.
 
 
 
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Great religious figures chasten the most important precepts, especially amid our daily battles in life.   As tremendous observer Steven Kalas born 1957 intones,  we bear with suffering by finding meaning in it, as we turn suffering into transformative good in the world.  
 
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In healing, we go from desolation to conception/creation/meaning/mission/fulfillment.    Loss/suffering transcend into benefits/contributions unto others as we choose our paths of redemption and renewed self-respect, all in enduring gratefulness to others.    We accept our past and make peace with it as we weave it into the wholeness of a meaningful existence. 
 
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Empathy means “to enter the pathos [pain].”    Compassion means “to suffer with.”    We choose  a path of penance to  reaffirm any value we lost,  in our walk in redemption.    True humility is in acknowledging that we all are broken, poured-out people in need of a lift, as one lifts bread and wine for the faithful.    D&C 19:16-17.
 
 
Especially those who come from our social margins enormously and beautifully exude that there is more than enough love to go around, that empathy/compassion/beneficence/trust/hope/gratitude/humility are God’s felt necessities.   Sharing is as natural as breathing.   Second nature.   To the person giving of oneself,  such person has another wondrous opportunity to become even more self-fulfilled,  as the receiver derives benefit/sustenance/love.   I have experienced personally the magnanimity of altruists on the edges of society who give so unconditionally of themselves and of their meager austere possessions.     And the incredulity of abject parsimony on the part of our patricians/pharisees so utterly “full of themselves.”    Huli’au/upside down [confounds one’s imagination]!!     Dearest kindred souls Keoni & Lukini Andrew impel upon us all that love/patience/kindness/humbleness/generosity of spirit do not and never should have social boundaries.
 
 
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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, just as Jesus intones.    Ephesians 4:32/Romans 3:23/Hebrews 8:12 & 10:17. 
 
 
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The story of Job, the Book of Ecclesiastes, Jacob wrestling with God [Genesis], the Book of Lamentations and the Wailing Wall  —  all codify  doubt as part and parcel of the journey of faith.

 

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And, in the Christian texts,  the disciple Thomas is showcased as the walking, talking icon of doubt.   And, when finally confronted by Jesus, Thomas is not criticized for his doubt.   Jesus in no way is personally offended by Thomas’ doubt.     Instead, Thomas is invited to see, think and experience for himself:   “Put your hands in my wounds…”

 

 

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More like “Realistic Thomas.”   Jesus doesn’t chastise Thomas for doubting.   Instead, Jesus calls his bluff.   Jesus shows up, extends his wounded hands and says, essentially, “You’re on, cowboy.   Reach out, see and feel these wounds.   Those would be the holes left over from nails.”     “My Lord and my God,” Thomas exclaims.   Thomas recognizes Jesus as he knows Jesus’ wounds.   The wounds are the ultimate credential of identity.    The wounds of which Thomas now is aware.    Doubt has energized Faith.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Ethos entail a moral economy balanced by duty towards those who lack means or who cannot perform such good.     Ethos also entail if necessary taking the blame for something in order to solve an issue or save someone else.     These are Jesus Christ’s examples of the right intent/heart, per Romans 12:1.*
 
 
 
 
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We may learn from this verse,   (1) That the proper worship of God is the free homage of the mind.    It is not forced or constrained  [medieval “strained”].     The offering of ourselves should be voluntary.      No other can be a true offering, and none other can be acceptable.       (2) The character of God is of mercy;   of long-continued and patient forbearance, and it should influence us to devote ourselves to Him.  
 
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Thank you for going out of your way to ask me to sit down with you. I am working long days right now, but as soon as I catch up a little hope to talk with you,. I appreciate the offer. I would like to get to know you a little better and hear your ideas for going forward, and your position on the key issue for Puna, Hawaii County, and the state……

I am issue oriented, and reasonably politically active as time allows. Here are some of the things that I am interested in, – the budget, – things like deferrals, bond floats, furlough days, taxes, how we can make cutbacks in the county work force, reduce the  waste, and the corruption, like we saw with the Kamaaina pumping contract and the recent election office scandal with employees using our facilities for personal businesses or parties, ect.

Being that public safety is roughly 60% of the budget and has so far escaped budget cuts do you think there is an air of being untouchable there and does that lead to feelings of entitlement, abuse, fraud, waste and corruption. The unions seem to get preferential treatment during the budget battles what are your ideas on how to deal with that? What do you think about public participation like what we are seeing with bill 270? Do you think the counsel is ignoring the public, giving them lip service but doing the very things people have complained about through out the process anyway?

We saw the public move to implement two laws here through the voter initiative process out of frustration with being ignored by the counsel and administrations in the 2% land bill, and the Lowest Law Enforcement Priority For Cannabis Ordnance. In both cases the council and the administration have refused to enforce the laws that residents enacted through direct democracy in Hawaii county (people taking law making into their own hands). Both these laws have been undercut particularly LLPCO. What do you think should be done about that? Should the government simply be able to ignore the very rare occasions people feel so strongly about issues they go through the extraordinary means necessary to get an issue on the ballot and get it passed.

My feeling is those laws should carry much more weight than the thousands of laws passed by our elected officials, yet we are being discouraged from participating on every level through the counties refusal to implement the laws we enact and through the process as we saw most recently with bill 270. We are put in the position of having to take legal action to get what we want with the county using our own tax money against us to stop us from being able to participate.

As you can see I have problems with the administration, I think my concerns are based on a solid foundation looking at the long history of how things unfold in Hawaii county. The results are pretty clear.

I believe the economy will continue to contract for the foreseeable future, and continuing to borrow to pander to the unions as the current administration has done and will continue to do is a recipe for disaster, That will destroy our bond rating and probably bankrupt the county unless we stop borrowing and make the hard cuts necessary to balance the budget. Differing 20 million in GASBY funds last year was a huge mistake, as was the 56 million dollar bond float. The current refusal to put the sort station out to competitive bid but handing it to the union by the Kanoi administration is a perfect example of the problems we have faced with political influence over contracts in Hawaii county for generations. What do you think about the job the mayor is doing, his appointments and hires?

I do not believe raising taxes or fees will work either as people and businesses are already underwater, asking them to give more instead of really cutting the budget IMO will further shrink the tax base and just make things worse. We need to help the small businesses and farmers, and talk or smoke and mirrors will not work…….On that I am off to work….You wanted to know what I thought, now you know….Aloha and Mahalo — hope to talk to you soon.

P.S.  be careful who you surround your self with, politics is a ruthless game, many a good man or woman have lived to regret taking favors or advice from people, do what you think or know is right,,,,,I would like to talk to you about that in person…….

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“A recent report showed the county had 22 fewer positions in June 2011 than June 2008.”22 fewer positions in 2011 than 2008! Is this what Kenoi is calling 
“cutting the budget”?When most states and municipalities are laying off 
10 to 15 percent of their entire state’s and county’s workforce’s…. 
this is Kenoi’s idea of budget cuts…… 22 less county jobs on the Big
Island under Kenoi’s watch now than 4 years ago. He claims he is reducing the size of government….while handing the UPW
the Hilo Sort Station contract WITHOUT EVEN LISTENING OR EVEN HEARING 
the private sector’s cost reducing proposal to the tax payer. In doing this Kenoi actually intends to increase the size of government by hiring and putting more 
county employees in the Hilo sort station while announcing to the media in election year that he is reducing the size of government. Come on.$56 million dollar bond floats, deferring the GASB 45 $20 million dollar
payment for the County employees future pension Health benefits (of 
course the actuaries told him “no problem”, it’s not the actuaries 
problem but the county employees and tax payers problem when the county 
loses $1 million dollars in compounded interest at a 5% return which 
the county would have earned if the $20 million was not deferred), 
laying off county employees 1 day a month instead of 2 or 3, spending 
foolishly on his own t.v. show with the tax payers hard earned dollars, 
hiring another former journalist (the count is I believe 6 of them) in a
high paying position to quiet the journalist’s criticism of his 
administration and helping his re-election efforts….all of which the 
tax payer pays for. If Kenoi again wanted to and his intent was to reduce county government, which he claims to the media and state legislature “we honestly have a county government we can no longer afford” than why did he he propose the county take over Hapuna and Pohakuloa State parks. This is not reducing the size of government. Please someone stop Kenoi before he bankrupts the county and the tax 
payer ends up having to pay the consequences for his irresponsible 
spendthrift ways.“We’re tracking the amount of bodies, not full-time equivalents,” Kenoi said, referring this week to that report. “We’ve been able to hold that 
number.”I call that political doublespeak, there is something funny going on here again, how about some straight talk for a change. We need a number, show us how much we saved and unfunded positions don’t count because, well they were unfunded.
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 I told Brenda that her greatest quality is progressive reform [streamlining government operations without sacrificing the”Social Gospel”], and that her dilemma is of being “misunderstood” as trading off principle for expediency, such as her recent vote to reduce the open space 2% fund.   The way Brenda sees it, once the 2% fundbecomes a charter provision, she won’t have to  hassle over the issue every year — it’s out of sight, out of mind — the way she wants it  — which ensures that future generations of residents shall enjoyNature’s pristine beauty — and Brenda’s duty then is to work around the 2% fund via more government streamlining [which might also include procurement code reform/hiring-promotions-terminationreform].    Next year’s election shall be Brenda’s “term-out” [last] race.
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NOTE:  This article was published 7.6.2010 in West Hawaii Today, with some subsequent edits as of August 2011 with new information on the Hawaii County Water Use and Development Plan Update Report.

Kona is at a quality of life crossroads.  Even in this economic downturn, developers are submitting subdivision plans.  Best guesstimates are 30,000 to 35,000 more homes could be built tomorrow that are currently allowed by zoning and approved subdivisions. Development will happen, so we need to preserve the quality of life for all of us who love our island life style.

The August 2010  Hawaii County Water Use and Development Plan Update  is located  at: http://hawaii.gov/dlnr/cwrm/planning/wudpha2010.pdf

The Plan Update states on ES 16 of the report:

809 – Hualalai Aquifer Sector Area

“This sector area includes Kona and the surrounding area, which has expanded significantly in the last 20 years. Water demands in the sector area are the highest on the island due to the increases in population and tourism. Development of high-level groundwater sources, primarily in the Keauhou Aquifer System Area, has relieved some of the stress to the basal aquifer. However, there should be concern with the on-going land development, as demands associated with the full build-out to LUPAG maximum density exceed the sustainable yield by four to five times. County Zoning full build-out demands are close to the sustainable yield if agricultural demands are excluded, and exceed the sustainable yield if worst-case agricultural demands are included. Although the 20-year projections indicate that demands will not approach the sustainable yield for some time, measures should be considered to control future water demands. Demand-side water conservation measures should be implemented by the potable water purveyors. It would be prudent for County Planning officials to re-examine land use policies; controlling the development density may be considered. Most importantly, the concept of using the highest quality water for the highest end use should be followed. Efforts should be initiated to utilize reclaimed wastewater and brackish basal groundwater for non-potable uses, thereby reserving potable water for potable domestic use. Water transfer from the adjacent Southwest Mauna Loa Aquifer Sector, which has a surplus of potable water sources, should also be explored.”

Hawaii County’s Mitigation Toolkit must include more than just concurrency; we need approve an impact fee ordinance and to use Chapter 32-Community Facilities Districts.  The Hawaii County Code should have ordinances that provide a complete funding package of concurrency, community facilities districts (CFD) and impact fees.   An ordinance on concurrency would require that infrastructure is in place before new residents occupy homes.

The Code has  an ordinance (Chapter 32)  for community facilities districts (CFD)  to provide the funding to build the infrastructure. A CFD is created for the area that will be served by the infrastructure.  The county provides the bridge financing by floating a bond to help the developer pay for the roads, sewers etc.  The bond is paid by assessments on the new owner’s lots and paid by the properties that benefit from these services in payments over time. For example- a subdivision of 5,000 homes needs a sewer treatment plant, if the plant costs $50 million, the assessment is $10,000. per lot and usually paid along with property taxes. The developer should be required to provide adequate performance bonds to assure that the infrastructure is provided on time. The goal would be that existing residents are not impacted by higher taxes to pay for infrastructure for new residents.

The Code needs an ordinance for Impact Fees to be paid by new residents at the time they  purchase a house. Impact fees do not go into the general fund. They are a “per-roof” fee that pays for the infrastructure in the district where the fees are generated.  But if charges are due after the subdivision is complete, the money would help offset costs for the next subdivision and we end up with “infrastructure in arrears”, creating hardships for existing residents by raising property taxes island-wide to fill  the infrastructure gap.

Average impact fees nationwide for single-family detached dwellings are $11,417 per year. This includes police, library, fire, general government, drainage, parks roads, sewers, water, schools ($4,704 per year) and non-utility uses.   In most states all categories of land use are charged that benefit from the infrastructure:  single family, multi-family, retail, office and industrial.  This information is available at http://www.impactfees.com/.

Developers are against concurrency because it adds to their up-front fees.   Developers borrow money to buy land, pay engineers to do the plans, have to borrow money to provide infrastructure and pay interest on the money they borrow.   They don’t see cash flow to pay expenses until the houses or lots are sold. Responsible development can only happen if laws are in place that outlines the developer’s responsibilities so they know what they are required to do before they buy the land. This lack of clearly written legislation does not facilitate responsible development. The Hawaii County code needs to be transparent and updated in all of these areas.

Here’s several examples of our unclear laws:

1) If the Planning Department does not comment on a plan within 90 days, the plan is deemed approved. The Planning Department should approve or disapprove plans and record any  conditions to “run with the land”.

2) Once subdivisions are approved, there is no expiration date or date to review. Subdivision plans should be reviewed periodically.

3) Developers do not know about their Fair share assessment costs until far into the subdivision process. Fair Share is a policy, not part of the Hawaii County Code. There is no surety for developers as to their costs or requirements, because the Planning Director decides.  There is no surety for existing residents because there are no public hearings and there are no recorded fair share assessment agreements to view to provide accountability. Since the Mayor is elected every 4 years, and the Mayor appoints the Planning Director, the parameters for Fair Share could change every 4 years.

I believe it’s time to form an island-wide task force of Community Development Steering Committee Members to look at our development and subdivision codes and recommend updates and changes. This group could also learn about funding mechanisms and laws that are used elsewhere, make recommendations and introduce legislation in a complete package of funding mechanisms.  New residents who choose to move here should pay for the necessary increase in infrastructure by paying assessments and impact fees.  The quality of life of existing residents should not be impacted by traffic jams, packed schools, inadequate sewer plants or inadequate water supply and /or water systems or by higher property taxes.  It’s time to update the Hawaii County Code to facilitate responsible development for the 25,000 to 35,000 new homes that will be built in Kona.

Hawaii County Water Use and Development Plan Update found at  http://hawaii.gov/dlnr/cwrm/planning/wudpha2010.pdf


Debbie Hecht
Kailua Kona, HI
(808) 989-3222

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Debbie Hecht’s goals  —
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  • You asked my goals‏

10:15 AM   August 27, 2011
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 Low key Ala Kahakai parallel trail.   Some folks imagine Roberts’ buses with hordes of tourists in loud aloha shirts and multiple cameras stepping all over grave sites.   My idea would be to leave that type of tourist to the national parks and make this much more hiking and rural with camping grounds and landing places for kayaks and canoes.
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Debbie Hecht
Kailua Kona, HI
(808) 989-3222

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  1. Make government more responsive to the people
  2. Email newsletters to keep constituents and people island-wide informed
  3. Have talk stories on important issues with experts to educate the people
  4. Jobs:  Support an eco-tourism industry by building a walking trail built along the Ala Kahakai Trail to link our parks, somewhat like the Appalachian Trail. The trail would be low impact on the environment and encourage bikes or walking.  People could return year after year to hike the trail in segments.   One of the goals of this program would be to protect the shoreline and shoreline access.
     [Curt’s note:  Yes the 2,000 ft.-wide government-owned coastal land setback was pure Deb brain.  It’s the start of a negotiating point.  Wouldn’t it be FABULOUS?  98 miles of coastland preserved.   Wouldn’t it be super terrific if the county used a no build buffer zone for coastal properties?   Deb is the ideas wonderkind!]
  5. Support Ag industry with Truth in Labeling; help to implement the Kohala Center’s AG plan
  6. Consider forming a county Ag Department with inspectors for invasive species who could be paid from fees charged.
  7. Expand alternative energy programs to reduce dependency on oils and reduce utility costs to citizens and government. Explore the use of tax credits for solar electric uses for homes and possible tax credits for business start-ups.
  8. Plan with the community and start to build athletic fields and courts at the 193 acres makai of Kealakehe High School and north of the police station.

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  1. Worked as a legislative aide for the county council researching and writing laws.
  2. Lead writer for the League of Women Voters on Initiative and Referendum, which was approved by voters in 2008.
  3. Small real estate business broker/owner in AZ since 1981 for Real Estate Equities:  working for clients to purchase or sell land or residential income property, buying land and developing lots in small pieces of land (6 lots or less), buying remodeling and renting small apartments and managing apartments for others.
  4. Presently retired, my properties are managed by property managers in Arizona.

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Deb’s cup of tea  —

Including but not limited to reform of/action plans for  —  government and commercial business practices and economic sustainability.
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Deb is the ideas  guru.   This is where I indulge in Deb.
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Deb is honest, for the common lot, her greatest strengths.   Deb is cogent/visionary & open-minded.   Deb has a collaborative & inclusive nature.
 
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Deb a true visionary  —   I keep thinking of Nice, France & its wide clear expanse of beach and beachfront open space.   Deb’s government land 2,000 ft. setback idea is quite the marvel of our 21st century.   Vision/prescience [based on experience-acquired wisdom]/simplicity  — these are your gifts, Deb.   Goodness gracious!
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Aloha-
It is so nice to share good news!  Today the council passed the 2% Land Fund for 3rd reading.  What does this mean?  It will be on the ballot for November 2012.
Please talk to everyone you know and ask them to vote for it.  To read the legislation go to:  http://www.dhecht.com/?p=5
We will be running a campaign in the summer of 2012.
More good news:  Council member Ford and I have been working on a Maintenance Fund Charter Amendment to take care of the lands acquired with money from the Land Fund.
I am hoping that this will be on the Finance Committee agenda for November 1.  I will get out information as soon as I receive the completed legislation.
Please remember to thank Council member Ford for all of her effort and the Council members who consistently voted to put this on the ballot:  Council member Blas, Hoffmann, Smart, Yagong, Pilago, Yoshimoto and Ford.   Onishi voted no and Ikeda was again, absent.
BIG MAHALO for all of your help and support on this issue!

Debbie Hecht, Campaign Coordinator Save Our Lands Citizen’s Committee
Kailua Kona, HI
(808) 989-3222

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In a noteworthy sequence of events, our County Council voted 7-0 [2 members absent] to place  what really is Deb’s 2% open space acquisition fund proposed charter amendment on the ballot for voters next year, with one more hearing required before providing it for voter approval.  Deb’s maintenance fund proposed charter amendment is in required review and I feel that Deb’s strategic decision to bifurcate/split the 2 issues of acquistion/maintenance makes all the difference between traction to place the proposed charter amendment on next year’s ballot  — and intractability  via the maintenance ruse to block the will of the voters, inasmuch voters overwhelmingly voted for the open space acquisition fund first as an ordinance in 2006 and then again as a minimum 1% fund charter amendment [via our periodic required charter commission] last year.
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I feel sadly for folks like Eyore:  click here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eeyore
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I stay away from banal staid convention.  These are usually blind followers, non-confrontational, fitters-in.   Deb’s main goal is to get things done which will keep the eco-system of Hawaii Island healthy.  The 2% issue is a part of the greater goal, as is the 2,000 ft. setback.  Deb liked Denise’s piece on fathers and daughters. Great stuff.
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Funding for the Lapakahi (Kaipuha’a and Lamalaloa) acquisition was provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Coastal and Estuarine LAnd Conservation Program (CELCP) (Which, in 2010, ranked this project #1 in the nation among 57 competing projects from other states) and the State of Hawaii Legacy Land Conservation Program.

The U.S. Congress established CELCP in 2002 to protect coastal and estuarine lands considered important for their ecological, conservation, recreational, historical or aesthetic values, and provides state and local governments with matching funds to purchase significant coastal and estuarine lands, or conservation easements on such lands, from willing sellers. Lands acquired with CELCP funds are protected in perpetuity so that they may be enjoyed by future generations. NOAA and the State’s Office of Planning-Coastal Zone Management Program jointly administer the CELCP program.

The State of Hawaii Legislature established the legacy Land Conservation Program (LLCP) in 2005 to provide funding to public agencies and community organizations for land conservation. The LLCP receives 10% of the State’s real estate conveyance tax (a tax paid by sellers when property is sold). The State Department of Land and Natural Resources administers the LLCP. From 2006 to 2010, the Legacy Land Conservation Program has issued $16.9 million in awards, and attracted $37.8 million in matching federal, county and private funds towards the protection of over 7,215 acres of cultural, natural, agricultural, and recreational resource lands. Funded projects leverage 70% matching funds from federal, county, or other private sources. On average, for every State dollar spent, $1.14 in federal matching funds are leveraged.

“The national #1 CELCP ranking is a testament to this property’s unique cultural and natural resources, which are invaluable to Hawaii and to our entire nation ,” said Senator Daniel K. Inouye, who spoke at the Kohala event. “The Kohala community, the State Department of Land and Natural Resources, NOAA, and The Trust for Public Land should take pride in their efforts to protect this incredible place and its history for future generations.”

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Though this blip below was about Steve Jobs, it can be intoned of prophetic Deb Hecht  —

Steve Jobs will be associated forever with the cultural icons who stepped outside the establishment. The “Think Different” Apple ads feature Dylan and Hitchcock and Picasso and Gandhi and Ali but the understated message is that Steve Jobs lives on that same unique pedestal. The words of that ad could well serve as today’s eulogy to Mr. Jobs:

 Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes. They’re not fond of rules and they hold no respect for the status quo…. They push the human race forward…. The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.

The beloved, iconic, captivating symbol of the Apple, tiny bite taken, will remind us every day for the rest of our lives, and then through many generations beyond us, that a gentle genius created technology that went so far as to beguile us. Steve Jobs’ mind has blown our collective mind. Rest in peace, Steve, as we fondly and passionately remember your urging us all to “Think Different.”          http://www.huffingtonpost.com/diana-nyad/steve-jobs-dead_b_998467.html?utm_source=DailyBrief&utm_campaign=100711&utm_medium=email&utm_content=BlogEntry&utm_term=Daily%20Brief

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Deb Hecht has tremendous courage [not herd mentality like the status quo], a pure clean heart, and incredible prophecy [keep healthy the ecosystem of Hawai’i island, based on Deb’s experiences/wisdom Stateside  — seeing the tragedy of the commons — oversaturation/overpopulation/destruction of natural resources].    Deb a tree-hugger with practical wisdom.

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http://www.lvrj.com/living/vacation-offers-life-lessons-in-surviving-ups-and-downs-130521348.html

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From the airport to the Bay Bridge is maybe five miles. In that space of geography, I’m pretty sure that 87 highways merge to the bridge. I lose count of the times I was inching along — more accurately, centimetering along — only to find that I was driving in one of California’s Magical Disappearing Lanes.

Three hours to travel 55 miles. Now we can start our vacation. We’re a little rumpled and peevish, but we’re here.

Homemade, organic bruschetta. Cantaloupe slices. Deep-fried pastry-esque pasta balls sprinkled with Parmesan cheese. Some foamy, whipped ginger ale “emulsion,” the waiter calls it. Put any one of these things in my mouth, and I’m just eating. In fact, the emulsion stuff tastes like crap. Cantaloupe is great, but rather pedestrian. The pasta balls are … whatever. Bunch of starch between my teeth. The bruschetta is salty and slightly overwhelming.

But, put all four of these items in my mouth at once? I feel my eyes dilate. Pretty sure I moan. My brain sends an all-points bulletin: “Any nerve ending not otherwise engaged in something important, please report immediately to Taste Section of the brain! They need backup, now!”

It’s nearly erotic. When was the last time you ate a meal so delicious that you were disappointed each time you had to swallow?

The difference between fine restaurants and supernaturally great restaurants is combination. The way things come together. The whole becomes not merely greater than the parts, but in many ways something entirely else. Anybody can cook a great dish, but these chefs combine food types and spices that I would never think to buy during the same trip to the grocery. Some of the items, individually, taste like crap. Who’da thought?

Sunday, we eat at some French bistro. Honeybees begin to dive bomb us. I try to explain to the bees they are not French. That there are no flowers on the table. That neither my onion soup nor my hair contains pollen for harvest. When this doesn’t work, I swat at them with my napkin. It gets personal between me and one of the bees. A Mafia bee, I’m thinking, because instead of attacking me, it stings my girlfriend on the palm of her hand. We spend the rest of the afternoon and evening in the hotel room while she sleeps off bee venom and I monitor for anaphylactic shock.

“Can’t we get a break,” I mutter to myself in protest. Then a deeper, wiser voice speaks: “No. There are no ‘breaks.’ Not for anyone. Life contains a never-ending carousel of pleasant and not-so-pleasant. Comforts and discomforts. Joys and sufferings. Might as well complain that winter always follows fall.”

Maybe the good life is like being a great chef. Maybe it’s all about how you combine things. Put things together. Even the things that, individually, taste like crap.

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Sarah Silverman is an obnoxious comedian, a hit among today’s youngsters.   She has a chip on her shoulder, which she uses to her advantage in her acerbic routines.

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

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Trumped-up Jackie Kennedy  —

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/14/opinion/dowd-memoirs-of-a-geisha.html?_r=1&ref=maureendowd

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Loma Linda U’s famed Children’s Heart Transplant facility enabled and in turn was enabled by Chinese prodigies, thanks to the Seventh-day Adventist missionaries in China.

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From Paula Helfrich —

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Thanks Curtis … I want to commend another book on overseas Chinese all over the world – by Stirling Seagrave (also born in Myanmar) LORDS OF THE RIM.  He has also written two books about the Yamashita Treasure stored in the Philippines by the Japanese during WWII, and supposedly went to OSS/CIA to eventually fund covert operations.  He is the son of Dr. Gordon Seagrave, the famous “Burma Surgeon” who was very friendly with my Dad during WWII.  I remember Stirling as a skinny blond kid that spoke Shan and Burmese as well as we did (my brothers and sisters) and we used to wonder if there were many haoles like us???  Uhh … no …..?! cheers all!    I am most eager to learn more about the Hung Wai Ching/LBJ connection … it is all about history! //paula helfrich

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Thanks Curtis,
Very interesting….history will always be revisited thanks to the era of technology. Glad my friend Paula is on your list.
Have you done anything on Reapportionment? It has been interesting dialog and to learn if we will have our fourth senator.
Just got back from a trip so need to catchup. I did present testimony at the hearing on the 13th in Hilo.

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Curtis — it would be wonderful to have a complete overview of the Reapportionment mess.  I have been appalled since I saw the commission name list — it could not have happened any other way.  Surely the Democratic majority does not need a republican press release to know the names and connections of all those commissioners!!  I am surprised there is not marching in the streets!!  I hear a lawsuit is pending, and I’m so impressed with Lorraiane, Malama and Richard Ha.  Bang some drums!  Meanwhile, here in Myanmar … as of 2 days ago we now have unlimited access online to YouTube, CNN, MSNBC, Irrawaddy Magazine, NLD, Burma Campaign …. EVERYTHING has been unblocked AND the censors have stopped blacklining books and papers. May not sound like much in the west, but it is kinda cool not to have to go through the proxy servers to read WSJ or New York Times!!   There is also a new campaign to replace our wonderful old jalopy taxis (probably a good thing), refurbish the railroads, and tourism is up a staggering 40%.  All overseas Myanmar have been invited to come home (just like the Viet Kieu in 1995) with no restrictions, and we hear that Banks are reopening and that credit cards will be honored again.  There is a new US Charge d’Affairs, Michael Thurston and Special Envoy to Obama Derek Mitchell.  They are balanced, objective diplomats and we are so encouraged that change is coming quickly!  The sanctions unfortunately hit only the private sector, but even the rice/timber/gem industries are all being privatized … talk about sweeping change!   Yes, Aung San Suu Kyi says it is not enough …. but there are thousands of opinions and you can feel the life-force moving every day!!   Quite an amazing time to be here and participate in nation building!!  Much love to all Hawaii .. it can be done! //paula

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Paula Helfrich is internationalist Sterling Seagrave.

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http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1277326.Lords_of_the_Rim

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High fantasy  —   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_fantasy

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Fox  News thankfully is moving toward the Center/Moderate mainstream.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/26/roger-ailes-fox-news-course-correction_n_980850.html?utm_source=DailyBrief&utm_campaign=092611&utm_medium=email&utm_content=NewsEntry&utm_term=Daily%20Brief

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/07/opinion/krugman-confronting-the-malefactors.html?ref=paulkrugman

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/10/opinion/panic-of-the-plutocrats.html?_r=1&ref=paulkrugman

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http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-10-10/too-big-to-fail-not-fixed-despite-dodd-frank-commentary-by-simon-johnson.html

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Properly regulated, legalized marijuana is a revenue source of enormous proportion vs. the amounts paid out to self-serving law enforcement agencies.

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Cartels Face an Economic Battle

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/06/AR2009100603847.html?sid=ST2009100603892

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On a side note,

Hemp Plastic is an affordable  bio based natural fibre composite to replace oil based raw materials.

http://www.hempplastic.com/

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Cannabis Economics – Industrial hemp – Hemp Products – Europe.mp4

Other countries are leaving us behind………Big mistake as Hawai’i could easily establish a large market share and produce substantial economic activity…….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPD7G9awvZg&feature=share

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Glamor & danger are attractions of marijuana smoking as long as personal use of it is illegal   —

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We can always change the channel, but people arguing passionately are more entertaining than solemn folks speaking in measured tones about Very Important Issues. Conflict and spectacle sell (see WWE and its distant ancestor, the Colosseum). The attraction is tied to our sporting spirit and the lure of the contest.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/civility-is-golden/2012/02/17/gIQAAZQhKR_story.html

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Initial_public_offering#Procedure

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IPOs generally involve one or more investment banks known as “underwriters“. The company offering its shares, called the “issuer”, enters a contract with a lead underwriter to sell its shares to the public. The underwriter then approaches investors with offers to sell these shares.

The sale (allocation and pricing) of shares in an IPO may take several forms. Common methods include:

A large IPO is usually underwritten by a “syndicate” of investment banks led by one or more major investment banks (lead underwriter). Upon selling the shares, the underwriters keep a commission based on a percentage of the value of the shares sold (called the gross spread). Usually, the lead underwriters, i.e. the underwriters selling the largest proportions of the IPO, take the highest commissions—up to 8% in some cases.

Multinational IPOs may have many syndicates to deal with differing legal requirements in both the issuer’s domestic market and other regions. For example, an issuer based in the E.U. may be represented by the main selling syndicate in its domestic market, Europe, in addition to separate syndicates or selling groups for US/Canada and for Asia. Usually, the lead underwriter in the main selling group is also the lead bank in the other selling groups.

Because of the wide array of legal requirements and because it is an expensive process, IPOs typically involve one or more law firms with major practices in securities law, such as the Magic Circle firms of London and the white shoe firms of New York City.

Public offerings are sold to both institutional investors and retail clients of underwriters. A licensed securities salesperson ( Registered Representative in the USA and Canada ) selling shares of a public offering to his clients is paid a commission from their dealer rather than their client. In cases where the salesperson is the client’s advisor it is notable that the financial incentives of the advisor and client are not aligned.

In the US sales can only be made through a final prospectus cleared by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Investment dealers will often initiate research coverage on companies so their Corporate Finance departments and retail divisions can attract and market new issues.

The issuer usually allows the underwriters an option to increase the size of the offering by up to 15% under certain circumstance known as the greenshoe or overallotment option.

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http://baselinescenario.com/2012/02/10/why-do-investors-pay-lower-taxes-than-workers/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BaselineScenario+%28The+Baseline+Scenario%29

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It’s phenomenal that homophobia [vs. gays] is diminishing, but marijuana-phobia still is virulent.     Flashovers are law enforcement special interest self-perpetuation and pharmaceutical lobby/cartel vs. marijuana entrepreneurs.

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http://www.lvrj.com/living/cynicism-skepticism-can-clog-your-thinking-growth-128144123.html

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And cynicism does not become me. It makes me small. It’s an ego defense. If I risk my heart in the hope of goodness and authenticity, will my heart be broken and regularly disappointed? Absolutely. But the alternative is actually succeeding in getting to my grave with a never-broken heart and no disappointments.

By my measure, that would mean I had wasted my life.

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I have been fascinated with the marketing potential of a wide range of Hawaiian made products since my days at Alexander & Baldwin where I had a major role in “Diversified Agriculture” looking for new products.   I was heavily involved in Papayas and also looked for specialty product investments by A & B (Pacific Rim)  in fresh produce such as fresh lettuce which is now a major industry due to the popularity of fresh salads,  fresh mushrooms and avocados and natural materials resources.  My investigations led to the A & B investment in Universal Furniture (raw materials like Asian hardwoods)  where A & B made a compound 15% DCF return on investment which eventually sold for $434 million, the largest sale of a furniture company to that date and made $100 Million for  CS Wo (who were going bankrupt before I got involved with Universal).

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http://www.staradvertiser.com/featurespremium/20110907_Hawaiis_coffee_production_steeps_deeper_than_Kona.html?c=n

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from KingLit  —   why do you like attractive women instead of plain-looking women?    Reply  — goodness gracious, not true!   Besides, I’m entitled to my own libido!   This is not dystopia!     Is it because I don’t get light-headed over KingLit’s dearest friend Asia?   I recognize person Asia as our great internationalist with immense cross-cultural wisdom, but no,  KingLit does not lord over me, much less my libido.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nineteen_Eighty-Four

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dystopia#Social_groups

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In praise of Ekolu Tanimoto of Honomu and Ekolu’s astute command of economics and history  — here is his & my hero Ron Paul  —

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Paul#Political_positions

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-scheer/the-men-we-trusted-to-lea_b_986548.html?utm_source=DailyBrief&utm_campaign=092911&utm_medium=email&utm_content=BlogEntry&utm_term=Daily%20Brief

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Now he tells us. On Wednesday Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke referred to the nation’s unemployment rate as a “national crisis,” an obvious if depressing fact of life to the 25 million Americans who have been unsuccessfully attempting to find full-time employment.

But to finally hear those words from the man George W. Bush and Barack Obama both appointed to lead us out of the great recession is a bracing reminder of how markedly the policies of both those presidents have failed: “We’ve had close to 10 percent unemployment now for a number of years, and of the people who are unemployed, about 45 percent have been unemployed for six months or more,” Bernanke said. “This is unheard of.”

But why is Bernanke just now discovering this after having overseen the Fed’s purchase of trillions in toxic mortgage-backed securities from the too-big-to-fail banks that sacrificed people’s homes in a giant Ponzi scheme? Why did he throw all of that money at the banks without getting anything back in the way of relief for the people the bankers swindled?

The housing meltdown, which has robbed Americans of a considerable portion of their net worth, has led to the continued depressed consumer confidence that is the prime cause of crisis-level unemployment. In another of his too-late-to-matter moments, Bernanke acknowledged that “strong housing policies to help the market recover” would “clearly be very useful,” but he failed to suggest any.

Bernanke, along with then-New York Fed President Timothy Geithner, helped implement the Bush strategy of saving the banks in the hope that their rising tide would lift our little boats. That remained the strategy when President Obama rewarded Geithner for having saved AIG and Citigroup by naming him treasury secretary in the incoming government.

With the Geithner appointment, and the even more disturbing selection of Lawrence Summers to be his top economic adviser, Obama sealed his own fate as president. By turning to those disciples of Clinton-era Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin, a prime enabler of Wall Street greed, the new president fatally betrayed his promise of hope.

If you still need confirmation of just how decisive a betrayal those appointments were, check out Ron Suskind’s new book, Confidence Men, a devastating insider account of the Obama White House that clearly identifies as the source of this president’s failure “Rubin’s B-Team,” Summers and Geithner, “two men whose actions had contributed to the very financial disaster they were hired to solve.” Suskind quotes then-Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., one of the few who dared stand up to the Wall Street lobbyists, as telling Obama, “I don’t understand how you could do this; you’ve picked the wrong people!”

Of course the Democrats from the Clinton era don’t bear all of the responsibility for the radical deregulation of the financial industry that ended the sensible restraints on greed installed by Franklin Roosevelt in response to the Great Depression. Indeed, the inspiration came from Republicans led by Phil Gramm, the then-senator from Texas who as head of the Banking Committee authored the legislation that Wall Street lobbyists had long pushed unsuccessfully.

The mayhem they wrought and the subsequent big-money rewards to Rubin and Gramm do not seem to have shocked this president or the leading contenders for the Republican presidential nomination. Rubin became chairman of Citigroup and was rewarded with $120 million while he guided the bank to the edge of bankruptcy. Gramm went to a leading position at the Swiss-based UBS, the continually troubled institution now in the midst of its latest scandal, involving fraudulent trading. In addition to a $45 billion direct TARP bailout, Citigroup got $99.5 billion, and Gramm’s UBS $77.2 billion from a $1.2 trillion secret Fed loan fund.

Gramm and Rubin were partners in what should be considered the crime of the century, speaking in moral and not legal terms since, as regards the financial world, the bad guys get to write the laws. Thanks to their efforts, which allowed the creation of the “too-big-to-fail banks” and a totally unregulated derivatives market in toxic home mortgage securities, we entered the Great Recession, but neither of its authors has ever been held seriously accountable for the enormous suffering he caused.

On the contrary, Gramm and Rubin’s “just free Wall Street to do its thing” ideology still dominates the economic policies of both major political parties. Rubin’s acolytes have controlled the Obama administration’s economic strategy of saving Wall Street by betraying Main Street, and Gramm, who recently endorsed his former student at Texas A&M, Rick Perry, for president, remains the free-market-mayhem guru for Republicans. On Election Day, whoever wins, we lose.

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http://baselinescenario.com/2012/02/21/what-is-this-white-house-burning/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BaselineScenario+%28The+Baseline+Scenario%29

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http://moneymorning.com/2011/10/14/these-three-men-represent-everything-thats-wrong-with-wall-street/

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http://baselinescenario.com/2011/11/10/wall-street-v-elizabeth-warren/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BaselineScenario+%28The+Baseline+Scenario%29

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/21/opinion/boring-cruel-euro-romantics.html?_r=1&ref=paulkrugman

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http://www.housingwire.com/2011/07/21/occ-begins-absorption-of-the-ots   [from a banker  —  so we good banks are suffering.
the recent fedral audit was awful. they have changed from the ots to the occ. it was like a federal investigation. I’m glad it’s over, but i was a stress-case. so my recent vacation ws much needed.]

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/04/opinion/oligarchy-american-style.html?_r=1&ref=paulkrugman

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http://baselinescenario.com/2011/11/03/what-could-the-us-achieve-at-the-g20-in-cannes/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BaselineScenario+%28The+Baseline+Scenario%29

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/18/opinion/krugman-failure-is-good.html?_r=1&ref=paulkrugman

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http://baselinescenario.com/2011/12/16/where-is-the-volcker-rule/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BaselineScenario+%28The+Baseline+Scenario%29

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/16/opinion/gop-monetary-madness.html?ref=paulkrugman

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/12/opinion/krugman-depression-and-democracy.html?_r=1&ref=paulkrugman

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http://baselinescenario.com/2011/12/16/money/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BaselineScenario+%28The+Baseline+Scenario%29

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http://baselinescenario.com/2012/02/09/mean-spirited-bad-economics/

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http://baselinescenario.com/2012/02/09/mark-zuckerberg-and-tax-policy/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BaselineScenario+%28The+Baseline+Scenario%29

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http://baselinescenario.com/2012/02/09/stock-or-cash/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BaselineScenario+%28The+Baseline+Scenario%29

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Gilani [not Rudy but the writer below] does a pretty good job identifying the scope of the deeply entrenched flaws in Wall Street  that ties  into much of what I read separately from authoritative sources.  I was on to much of this from our Harvard Business School  days when our classmates laughed at courses dealing with public responsibility.  They were carried away with their own analytical capabilities and how to manipulate “the system.  My concerns boiled down to insider trading and conflict of interest.  I hit Doug (Brown Brothers Harriman) with this dilemma and receive no response.  The problem with Gilani is that he cannot identify WHO performs the regulations.  There is a serious danger of heavy handed regulation or ineffective regulation that now exists while Goldman Sachs continues to thumb its nose at regulators/SEC.

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A viewpoint about which we were talking and makes some sense.

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As I said in my original e-mail to JJ Smith,  I see Obama creating/supporting major legislation to regulate Wall Street and the banks.  Obama created modifications to Health Care that were historic and landmark to protect an underprivileged and neglected segment of society.  Repeal “Obamacare” is the battle cry of the Republicans.  Jesus would not pass off this evil with a mere parable, he would have dealt with it like he did the money changers in the temple, he would throw them out on their ass or worst.  You mistake thoughtfulness and careful forward thinking for weakness.   You mistake his willingness to seek consensus as timidity.   I completely agree with this approach because it is the “high road.”   It proved worthwhile in exposing an evil (in it’s most literal sense since it includes ugly racism which the people of the state of Hawaii are guilty of) Republican Party.  I had predicted that Obama would “fight fire with fire.”  He recently took off the gloves.  You now see an Obama from the Old Testament  who will seek justice. You label Obama a greenhorn.  Of course he is as a first term President half way through his first term.  I still see Obama as the best President ever despite his flaws.    –KL

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-kuttner/obama-geithner-and-the-ne_b_1002611.html?utm_source=DailyBrief&utm_campaign=101011&utm_medium=email&utm_content=BlogEntry&utm_term=Daily%20Brief

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http://baselinescenario.com/2011/10/09/wall-street-and-silicon-valley/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BaselineScenario+%28The+Baseline+Scenario%29

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/30/opinion/keynes-was-right.html?_r=1&ref=paulkrugman

http://baselinescenario.com/2011/10/27/mr-hoenig-goes-to-washington/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BaselineScenario+%28The+Baseline+Scenario%29

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http://baselinescenario.com/2011/11/17/why-not-break-up-citigroup/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BaselineScenario+%28The+Baseline+Scenario%29

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KL’s 2nd ex-wife is African-American, & KL’s only son [Chris is half-African American] is our Brown Mercury a la genesis surfer George Freeth [half-Hawaiian, George made famous Huntington Beach].   KL

wrongly feels that half-African Black President Obama  [KL’s fetishes “in common” w/Obama  — Black pride/Punahou/Columbia U – Reinhold Niebuhr/Harvard/Yale/Chicago] — can do no wrong.    KL doesn’t see the connection between Wall St. moneybag Robert Rubin [refused to rein in derivatives] & spineless orator President Obama, who is lorded over by Rubin acolytes like Summers.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Rubin#Economic_record_and_the_2008_global_financial_crisis


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http://hawaiinewsdaily.com/2011/08/papa-mu-art-gallery-features-native-hawaiian-artist-terri-lei-napeahi/

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My tribute below to Terri Lei Napeahi of Kuhio Plaza’s Papa Mu Gallery — Terri is quite the destiny-maker with her non-government funded beautiful mind-blowing gallery of bona-fide authentic Native Hawaiian works by indigenous Native Hawaiian artisans and crafters.   Aloha, –Curt
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Our greatest positive role model & wayfinder Terri Lei Napeahi born 1961 has her year-old Papa Mu  art gallery comprised of treasures by nearly 60 Native Hawaiian creators astride our Prince Kuhio Plaza center court.  http://www.papamugallery.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=103:papa-mu-gallery-opens&catid=45:homepage-showcase     Distinctly, Terri has no funding from OHA or Alu Like, but instead is self-made and self-determined as our audaciously remarkable solitary sojourner.    There are no antecedents before her in this arts et la culture community of authentic real Native Hawaiians.
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“Papa Mu”

known also as the Konane (checker board game), is the name of her art business.  The inspiration of this name came from hiking and gathering information about her ancient ancestors in the ruins of Pohue and Kahahakea, Ka’u. “It was a humbling experience walking the ancient foot-beaten paths on pahoehoe and ‘a’a lava flows.  The trails were marked with ancient white coral placed like large bread crumbs throughout the vast black and red hued lava flows. It illuminated at night to show the way for travelers. The lava tubes and caves preserved the ancient remnants from the harsh elements.  The Papa Mu was carved out usually on a flat pahoehoe surface sometimes found near sacred and significant places.  It was said that it was used for successful strategic planning and decision making.  I know that this concept of success is a sure way of creating strategic harmony within ourselves and with others.  We need to be positive as opportunities come before us and believe that we can be successful as we strategically plan our future.”
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Bio Story:

Terri Napeahi is a Native Hawaiian artist from Hilo, Hawaii.  She was raised and nurtured in a close-nit Hawaiian community called Keaukaha.  She still resides in this Hawaiian community raising her three children.  Education has always been an important part of her life.  She is a graduate of Hilo High School 1979 and a graduate of Hawaii Community College Carpentry Class of 2004.  She has her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Hawaii @ Hilo College of Business and Economics.
Terri enjoys oil painting, hiking, surfing, swimming, scuba diving, jogging, camping and growing taro (Kalo).  She shares these hobbies with her children so they can appreciate the environment and its resources.
Her love for oil painting was enlightened by the beloved artist Pua Borges of Keaukaha, who had taken the time to share a talent with Terri when she was just 14 years old at a church art activity.  She later took an art class from Mr. Earl Dela Cruz of Hilo High School and still continues to paint today.  She is truly inspired by the natural beauty of Hawaii and her life experiences as a Native Hawaiian.  She expresses her love for her culture and people through her paintings.  She is an advocate for preserving the natural resources that bring the breath of life and beauty to the islands and its people.
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Terri’s self-worth was nurtured in her native Keaukaha with its quintessential ohana family quality.   Terri’s voracious reading and global spatial learning include exemplars Napoleon Hill http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Napoleon_Hill#The_Philosophy_of_Achievement and Lee Kuan Yew http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_Kuan_Yew#Legacy, along with Hilo natives Robert Kiyosaki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Kiyosaki#Teachings and former solon Jimmy Arakaki http://www.bigislandchronicle.com/2009/06/22/dispatches-from-curt-%E2%80%94-a-biographical-sketch-of-jimmy-arakaki-former-eight-year-council-chair-weighs-in-recent-reorganization/.    Terri’s metaphorical headstone shall read, “One who loves to serve others.”   Terri’s selfless sacrifice is to realize the hopes and dreams of her Hawaiian Nation, of self-determination which reflects Terri’s self-made nature.    Observing Terri is like living a contemporary adventure with a modern-day explorer who ventures into the unknown frontier like heroic wayfarers in our mystery novels of old — replete with a visionary like Terri, along with a multitude of heroes, patrons, and pirates.    A heartstopping odyssey.  Or perhaps our analog Brit Navy bluejacket  Jackie Cornwell, mortally wounded, who stayed by his exposed post at the  ship’s huge gun, waiting for orders under heavy fire, with just his own brave heart and the Almighty’s hand to hold him upright.    As modest, accomodating, and thoughtful was he in peacetime,  so was he bold, determined, and imperturbable in battle.

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Robert Kiyosaki is a Hilo boy, best pal w/Rich Kimi’s son Al, Hilo’s Rich Kimi 1925-2008 is Robert’s “Rich Dad,” so to speak, Rich’s mantra being “money is god.” Rob grew up among us in Hilo. Rob’s dad Ralph 1919-1991 not related to Kiyosaki store in Hilo. Ralph was DOE State boss, & mom Margie 1921-1971 was nurse. Rob oldest child, then Barbara, then Jon, then Beth. Contrary to Rob’s portrayal about his dad, Ralph was the most generous, sweetest, & most loving person on Earth — Ralph was every man’s alter ego — compassionate/thoughtful/humblest. What dismayed folks was when Ralph accepted GOP Lt. Gov. candidacy w/bully thug Sam King 1970 [King ate his words when King incredulously accused Gov. Jack Burns of allowing the murder of Sen. Larry Kuriyama — shot dead allegedly by affected landowner in personal squabble]. Ralph was like a fish out of water in politics, & Ralph never should’ve accepted misanthropic King’s offer [GOP’s greatest ever solon Statehood Joe Farrington 1897-1954 was King’s dad’s backer as appointed Terr. Governor 1952-1956]. Which is why Rob seemingly characterized dad Ralph as a bumbling oaf. In one’s way of thinking, insult was added to injury when common saint mom Margie died at age 50 in 1971, just after dad Ralph’s loss to Dems Burns/Ariyoshi 1970. Rob saw Ralph’s actual Providential strength/altruism as weaknesses. Rich Kimi’s son Al/Tai On-Laura Chock’s son Terrill/ Rob Kiyosaki, born 1947, were childhood pals/classmates. Laura had sundry store on Mamo St. next to Laura’s dad’s chicken store. Laura/Tai On born 1927 [Tai On died 2001], always were good to the neighborhood kids. Per consignment, Laura would tear the comic covers from the comic books to send back to the comic publisher & Rob always asked Laura for the inside comic book body. Of course, Laura gave Rob the comics w/no afterthought at all. Laura found out after Ralph/family moved to O’ahu that Rob apparently was charging a dime an hour to have schoolmates read the comics in Rob’s house. Rob sold out his magnanimous dad Ralph. So I call my observations RICH MATTHEW, POOR ROBBY – as in what shall it profit a man if he gains the world but loses his soul – Matt. 16-26. See gang, we ARE/grew up among the characters in Rob Kiyosaki’s book. Rob’s “Rich Dad” is contractor Richard Kimi 1925-2008, hotelier. Rich/brother Billy born 1923 are fortunate guys who were raised in everyday Hilo who had swimming pool. Their dad Bill Kimi Sr. 1898-1971 was individualist chinaman in attitude. What fascinated Rob Kiyosaki about Richard Kimi was that Richard was compelled to make a dollar out of 50 cents, so to speak. Capitalism Chinese survivor mindset. Anyhow, Richard Kimi is no Ralph Kiyosaki. Everything Richard was, Ralph was a world away much more empathetic/compassionate/altruistic. Sorry, but Rob Kiyosaki got Rob’s bearings in reverse. Post-1920 born buddaheads like Isamu Kanekuni born 1921 never heard of giri ninjo – service to humanity/Social Gospel. Ralph Kiyosaki knew this precept & Ralph lived up to this creed.

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Lee Kuan Yew lords over his Singapore dictatorship with an iron fist, Lee’s beneficence an outward appearance to the world at large.

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Capitalist coda/ouvre Napoleon Hill inspired utterly loving and humblest of souls Rev. Norman Vincent Peale [The Power of Positive Thinking — “joy increases as you give joy to others”], Hill’s greatest contribution to humanity.

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Thank you, greatest publisher Mike Aiello born 1959, for featuring the most remarkable entrepreneurs & destiny-makers such as erudite & gorgeous Terri Lei Napeahi. May I add that Terri also does NOT receive funding from race-based private sources such as Kamehameha Schools [fka Bishop Estate]. Exceptional backdrop here — Terri self-made and self-sustaining. Napoleon Hill/Lee Kuan Yew/Robert Kiyosaki/Jimmy Arakaki could learn more from Terri esp. on perseverance than Terri ever would learn from these hyped-up icons. Age definitely not a factor. John the Baptist followed Jesus, even though John the Baptist baptized Jesus. Kudos to authentically Hawaiian and humblest of souls Terri Lei Napeahi. Alter egos/mentors manifest Terri’s homage to others, though the inverse is the case — a taisho/overlord such as Jimmy Arakaki is no match for an unparalleled magnanimous Terri Napeahi — equanimity knows no equal to Terri.

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Terri is attentive to Biblical Enoch —

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enoch_(ancestor_of_Noah)#The_Books_of_Enoch

The Books of Enoch recount how Enoch is taken up to Heaven and is appointed guardian of all the celestial treasures, chief of the archangels, and the immediate attendant on God’s throne. He is subsequently taught all secrets and mysteries and, with all the angels at his back, fulfils of his own accord whatever comes out of the mouth of God, executing His decrees. Enoch was also seen as the inventor of writing, and teacher of astronomy and arithmetic, all three reflecting the interpretation of his name as meaning initiated. Much esoteric literature like the 3rd Book of Enoch identifies Enoch as the Metatron, the angel which communicates God’s word. In consequence, Enoch was seen, by this literature, and the ancient kabbala of Jewish mysticism, as having been the one which communicated God’s revelation to Moses, in particular, the dictator of the Book of Jubilees.

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As with Steve Jobs, Terri’s mind-blowing metaphysical approach [one mind, one heart, so to speak]  — be not of this world  — bespeaks Terri’s interface with sentient projects — whereas Terri’s sentient projects are extensions of Terri’s spiritual freestyle creations and uber meme imagination.

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Jobs believed that producing technology requires intuition and creativity, while making art requires rigorous scientific discipline. That was maybe his key insight, and his subsequent mission, Isaacson tells us, was to marry science and art, those two troubled bedfellows, and then market the heck out of them.
http://www.latimes.com/news/la-et-1029-book-20111029,0,2517537.story?track=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+latimes%2Fnews+%28L.A.+Times+-+Top+News%29 

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Link Ashida has no game plan about Hokulia.   We pay out legal fees for nothing.

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http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/sections/news/local-news/county-pay-coupes-117k-legal-fees.html

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http://ownerscounsel.blogspot.com/2011/07/new-cert-petition-filed-with-scotus.html

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http://eminentdomain.uslegal.com/state-laws-on-eminent-domain/hawaii/

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from a cogent Kenoi critic  —

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The facts are obvious to us all who aren’t government sector employees, union officials, or favored developers with an “in” with county government who abuse our county awarded procurement contracts at the expense of the tax payers.

  Which Kenoi allows these plunders of the tax payers coffers to do…like Kamaaina Pumping Service.
  Kenoi has sold us out for his friends and campaign supporters…all to be re-elected.
  Kenoi has lied to us claiming he  reduced the county budget…..Kenoi did not reduce the budget but instead deferred a $10 million GASB 45 payment for county workers retirement benefits which will eventually lower our credit rating with the bond companies (Fitch, S & P, Moody’s) like it did three days ago with the U.S. government. A $10 million dollar bill was not paid and you claim it was a reduced budget.  It’s called deferral like putting your credit card bill in the drawer to be paid at a later time but there will still be compounded interest paid on the deferral and it will lower our credit rating like it did the U.S. government.
  Meaning it will cost the county more to borrow
  There was no savings by this mayor in any budget cycle he had rubber stamped by certain cronies of Kenoi’s on the council….no county budget reductions, no layoffs, limited furloughs (why give the county employees one day back of furloughs when two days saved the county $7 million dollars last year ….. compared to a present $2 million dollar savings).
  All paid, even it has to be later, by the tax payer.
  Kenoi has also lied about reducing county positions….the truth is those positions are vacant funded positions.  It should not be even included as a savings by Kenoi because these are monies set aside for these county positions to be filled at a later date.  In other words, it is an over-draft slush fund and Kenoi has used it to allocate to other projects that Kenoi wants.  Like allocating money to his mayoral office budget  and than allocating it to hire Baron Sekiya to purchase video and audio equipment to be used in his television show.
  And than probably used in campaign material.
  Which he and his appointed flunkies will deny.
  If Kenoi lowered the budget like he claimed than why did he not return writer Jason Armstrong’s call in July of ’10 when Armstrong wrote a journalism award winning story (Thursday July 18, 2010) on how Kenoi was not very forthright with the media concerning his budget when Kenoi actually directed county  departments an increase of 30%  on average across the board to certain departments.
  Kenoi wouldn’t return Armstrong’s calls for a week concerning his false claims on the budget but was willing to return other reporters calls concerning soft ball stories..like county officials riding bicycles to reduce an environmental imprint.
  I could go on all day because Kenoi’s track record, voting history, and policies as the mayor speak for itself.
  Kenoi made it to the top by b.s.ing  us all but you can’t stay at the top by being a b,s,er.
  Kenoi cares about himself and the preservation of his elected status…he will not and has not done the right thing in his short term in office.
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You Kenoi backers all spout the same hollow argument.
  Kenoi unfunded County positions…those positions are an overdraft on the county budget, it turns in to a slush fund for the administration, and those unfunded positions should have been unfunded years ago from the Yamashiro administration.
  Bottom line…
    1) Kenoi conspired a $56 million dollar bond float,
    2) deferred and “irresponsibly” did not pay the $20 million dollar GASB 45 premium (which will cost the county penalties, interest, and there goes our county’s credit rating),
   3) tried to have the county take over management of Hapuna and Pohakuloa State parks (while stating to the state legislature when begging to keep our full share of TAT…..Kenoi says, “have a county government we can no longer afford”…JUST MORE DOUBLETALK
   4)  eliminating county employee layoffs of 2 days a month and reducing it to 1 day a month which ended up costing the tax payer a $7 million dollars savings,
   5) gave in to the government unions by having the tax payer foot 60% of county employees medical benefits  when the tax payer could have gotten the unions to pay 50/50….Kenoi set a bad  precedent with the other islands with their union county employees in collective bargaining.
   6) Kenoi spent $30 K of the tax payer money for  sound and video equipment for a television show promoting himself and his campaign
   Kenoi has put our county in the hole $76 million just with the bond float and GASB 45 and not including every other fiscally irresponsible decision Kenoi.
   Armstrong and this paper even won an awarded for investigative journalism (Thursday, July 17, 2011) for uncovering the difference in what Kenoi tells us and what he actually does.  Again caught by this very paper for not being forthright.
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http://www.lvrj.com/living/judicial-focus-on-rights-of-individuals-valuable-if-imperfect-125706628.html

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[From Steven Kalas to Curt July 19, 2001:

You’ve got it.  Exactly.  In the scene just before the scene I wrote about, Furillo flat suggests that they drop all charges, because, “… then they (the perps) will have an interesting choice, won’t they.”“You’ll be signing their death warrant, Frank,” Bernstein says.They do it deliberately … to provoke a confession.Thank you for reading, and for taking the time to write.   –Steven Kalas]

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the state did not/could not prove the cause of death, either. So, an objective juror could not have known how Caylee died. It follows logically, then, that an objective juror could not have known why Caylee died. Or by whose hand. And, short of any other witnesses or additional evidence, all they had was a back-fitted argument of likelihoods and probabilities.

So, a jury of Casey’s peers returns the verdict “not guilty.” And Casey walks. And, like a lot of Americans, I have this gut feeling that she got away with killing her daughter. The prosecution either did not or could not remove reasonable doubt. Conclusion? The system worked.

Our judicial system makes sacrosanct the provision and protection of rights of citizens vis-a-vis the power of the state even if it means that murderers sometimes walk. The Constitution says, in effect, that protecting citizens in this gross imbalance of power matters more in some cases than justice itself. More sometimes even than truth.

The last time I planned any weekday evening around a television program, it was “Hill Street Blues” (1981-1987). In one memorable episode, two punks break into a nunnery. They sexually assault, torture and murder a nun. In the absence of a confession or corroborative witnesses, police Capt. Frank Furillo and ADA Irwin Bernstein collude to drop the charges and release the perpetrators, knowing full well that an angry mob is waiting outside. Sure enough, one punk jumps up and turns on the other punk.

But Capt. Furillo will sleep alone that night. Because his girlfriend, public defender Joyce Davenport, is angry. Disappointed in him. Struggling to respect him. She says, “My client would have confessed to killing Abraham Lincoln to avoid that mob tonight.”

“I went by my instincts, and they were right,” Furillo protests.

“You can trust your instincts, Frank,” says Joyce. “Maybe even I can trust your instincts. But I can’t trust everybody’s instincts. I want there to be rules. And I want them obeyed, especially by people wearing badges and guns. You perverted the law tonight. And you’re so damn happy about snagging your confession, you don’t even see it yet. Please see it, Frank.”

And Furillo goes home. Alone.

On his way home, he stops off at his local parish, kneels in a confessional, and says, “Bless me, Father, for I have sinned.”

Curt’s note:   “Collude” as in Furillo/Bernstein causing “judgment” [mental breakdown of perp(s)] by “mob [angry crowd] rule”    —  prosecutors can be heavy-handed/authoritarian, & delusionally narcissistic — so that even when they fast-track to expected judgeships, they cluelessly laugh at their own banal bromide boring jokes  — incredulous!!

Steven Kalas is a behavioral health consultant and counselor at Las Vegas Psychiatry and the author of “Human Matters: Wise and Witty Counsel on Relationships, Parenting, Grief and Doing the Right Thing” (Stephens Press). His columns appear on Sundays. Contact him at 227-4165 or skalas@ reviewjournal.com.

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Paul Scofield’s King Lear is the one performance for all time, besting Olivier/Gielgud/Ralph Richardson/etc.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_scofield#Career

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http://www.lvrj.com/living/knowing-limits-sets-us-free-for-other-dreams-goals-126476258.html

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Feelings matter. The ability and willingness to feel deeply brings
richness and depth to life. It clarifies values, invites passion and
beckons intimacy. To be emotionally conversant with oneself is an act of
courage. All of your joy, all of your anger, all of your grief, all of
your guilt, all of your fear — to be keenly related to the depth of our
emotional reality yields vitality and the hope of meaning. It is the
universal antidote to feeling blue. Feelings make us alive. They enable us
to be more present, faithful and authentic in relationship.

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feelings, Petunia!!         😉

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3Y3o-PzB9I&feature=related

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqIuM4CqbVE

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http://www.youtube.com/user/jasminecommercemusic#p/a/u/1/1A3Yh2l4D28

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Shakespeare’s influence is ubiquitous  —

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sound_and_the_Fury#Explanation_of_the_novel.27s_title

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Explanation of the novel’s title

The title of the novel is taken from Macbeth’s soliloquy in act 5, scene 5 of William Shakespeare‘s Macbeth:

Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time,
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.”

Immediately obvious is the notion of a “tale told by an idiot”, in this case Benjy, whose view of the Compsons’ story opens the novel. The idea can be extended also to Quentin and Jason, whose narratives display their own varieties of idiocy. More to the point, the novel recounts the decline and death of a traditional upper-class Southern family, “the way to dusty death”. The last line is, perhaps, the most meaningful; Faulkner said in his speech upon being awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature that people must write about things that come from the heart, “universal truths”. Otherwise they signify nothing.

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But Shakespeare “plagiarized ” Scripture, as is true of the rest of our Western civilization  —

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Shakespeare%27s_religion#Revision_of_older_plays

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http://sn120w.snt120.mail.live.com/mail/InboxLight.aspx?fid=1&n=1454259080&mid=7e87e6e1-b3a8-11e0-8f44-00237de4a684&fv=1

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Great twist to tale by Marlo Thomas [Danny’s daughter]

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sen-dianne-feinstein/walking-the-walk-on-the-d_b_904947.html?utm_source=DailyBrief&utm_campaign=072111&utm_medium=email&utm_content=BlogEntry&utm_term=Daily%20Brief

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The long road to acceptance for the forsaken of society

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http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/02/opinion/krugman-nobody-understands-debt.html?_r=1&ref=paulkrugman

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/14/opinion/krugman-vouchers-for-veterans-and-other-bad-ideas.html?ref=paulkrugman

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http://baselinescenario.com/2011/10/15/a-dangerous-idea-in-the-deficit-reduction-supercommittee/

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/20/federal-reserve-plans-contingency-default_n_905068.html?utm_source=DailyBrief&utm_campaign=072111&utm_medium=email&utm_content=FeaturePhoto&utm_term=Daily%20Brief

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U.S. currency will default??

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http://baselinescenario.com/2011/12/01/the-huntsman-alternative/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed:+BaselineScenario+%28The+Baseline+Scenario%29

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http://baselinescenario.com/2012/01/19/department-of-duh/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BaselineScenario+%28The+Baseline+Scenario%29

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/02/opinion/krugman-killing-the-euro.html?_r=1&ref=paulkrugman

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/11/opinion/legends-of-the-fail.html?_r=1&ref=paulkrugman

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http://baselinescenario.com/2011/10/23/european-debt-the-big-picture/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BaselineScenario+%28The+Baseline+Scenario%29

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/24/opinion/the-hole-in-europes-bucket.html?_r=1&ref=paulkrugman

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http://baselinescenario.com/2011/09/20/confused/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BaselineScenario+%28The+Baseline+Scenario%29

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/07/opinion/krugman-here-comes-solar-energy.html?ref=paulkrugman

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/21/opinion/party-of-pollution.html?_r=1&ref=paulkrugman

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-reich/repbulicans-stop-gap-budget-cuts-_b_988640.html?utm_source=DailyBrief&utm_campaign=093011&utm_medium=email&utm_content=BlogEntry&utm_term=Daily%20Brief

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-kuttner/future-imperfect_b_957747.html?utm_source=DailyBrief&utm_campaign=091211&utm_medium=email&utm_content=BlogEntry&utm_term=Daily%20Brief

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http://baselinescenario.com/2011/09/25/will-the-imf-save-the-world/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BaselineScenario+%28The+Baseline+Scenario%29

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/26/opinion/euro-zone-death-trip.html?_r=1&ref=paulkrugman

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/12/opinion/an-impeccable-disaster.html?_r=1&ref=paulkrugman

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confidence_Men   [true story of Obama’s thieves  — Geithner/Summers/Bernanke/ Paulson/Rubin/etc.]

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/23/opinion/krugman-the-social-contract.html?_r=1&ref=paulkrugman

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/19/opinion/economic-bleeding-cure.html?ref=paulkrugman

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http://baselinescenario.com/2011/09/28/anti-american-bankers/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BaselineScenario+%28The+Baseline+Scenario%29

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-kuttner/muddled-class-warfare_b_968915.html?utm_source=DailyBrief&utm_campaign=091911&utm_medium=email&utm_content=BlogEntry&utm_term=Daily%20Brief

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http://baselinescenario.com/2011/09/17/what-next-for-greece-and-for-europe/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BaselineScenario+%28The+Baseline+Scenario%29

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http://baselinescenario.com/2011/08/30/ben-bernanke-doesnt-get-the-message/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BaselineScenario+%28The+Baseline+Scenario%29

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-reich/obama-tax-rich-_b_959395.html?utm_source=DailyBrief&utm_campaign=091311&utm_medium=email&utm_content=BlogEntry&utm_term=Daily%20Brief//baselinescenario.com/2011/09/03/three-*

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-reich/post_2351_b_943232.html?utm_source=DailyBrief&utm_campaign=083111&utm_medium=email&utm_content=BlogEntry&utm_term=Daily%20Brief

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/18/opinion/sunday/dowd-egghead-and-blockheads.html?_r=1&ref=maureendowd

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-reich/obama-tax-rich-_b_959395.html?utm_source=DailyBrief&utm_campaign=091311&utm_medium=email&utm_content=BlogEntry&utm_term=Daily%20Brief

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-kuttner/its-not-a-great-recession_b_939772.html?utm_source=DailyBrief&utm_campaign=082911&utm_medium=email&utm_content=BlogEntry&utm_term=Daily%20Brief

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http://baselinescenario.com/2011/08/18/is-this-a-second-great-depression-%e2%80%93-or-could-it-become-something-worse/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BaselineScenario+%28The+Baseline+Scenario%29

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-reich/post_2318_b_929083.html?utm_source=DailyBrief&utm_campaign=081711&utm_medium=email&utm_content=BlogEntry&utm_term=Daily%20Brief

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/30/military-spending-waste_n_942723.html?utm_source=DailyBrief&utm_campaign=083111&utm_medium=email&utm_content=NewsEntry&utm_term=Daily%20Brief

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/05/opinion/the-fatal-distraction.html?_r=1&ref=paulkrugman

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-scheer/the-biggest-little-hypocr_b_928935.html?utm_source=DailyBrief&utm_campaign=081711&utm_medium=email&utm_content=BlogEntry&utm_term=Daily%20Brief

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http://baselinescenario.com/2011/08/16/how-big-is-the-deficit-anyway/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BaselineScenario+%28The+Baseline+Scenario%29

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/raymond-j-learsy/rick-perry-gas-prices-_b_949953.html?utm_source=DailyBrief&utm_campaign=090611&utm_medium=email&utm_content=BlogEntry&utm_term=Daily%20Brief

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http://baselinescenario.com/2011/08/17/a-foray-into-monetary-policy-and-tangentially-related-speculations/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BaselineScenario+%28The+Baseline+Scenario%29

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/12/opinion/the-hijacked-crisis.html?_r=1&ref=paulkrugman

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/15/us/politics/15issa.html?_r=1&pagewanted=pr
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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-reich/obama-jobs-plan-_b_923053.html?utm_source=DailyBrief&utm_campaign=081011&utm_medium=email&utm_content=BlogEntry&utm_term=Daily%20Brief

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http://baselinescenario.com/2011/08/10/barack-obama-and-harry-potter/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BaselineScenario+%28The+Baseline+Scenario%29

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http://baselinescenario.com/2011/08/09/sp-ratings-destroy-information/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BaselineScenario+%28The+Baseline+Scenario%29

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http://baselinescenario.com/2011/08/08/tax-loopholes-and-the-french-revolution/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BaselineScenario+%28The+Baseline+Scenario%29

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/08/opinion/credibility-chutzpah-and-debt.html?_r=1&ref=paulkrugman

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-reich/why-sp-has-no-business-do_b_920348.html?utm_source=DailyBrief&utm_campaign=080811&utm_medium=email&utm_content=BlogEntry&utm_term=Daily%20Brief

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-reich/post_2262_b_919217.html

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/05/opinion/the-wrong-worries.html?_r=1&ref=paulkrugman

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http://baselinescenario.com/2011/08/06/so-what-part-two/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BaselineScenario+%28The+Baseline+Scenario%29

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http://baselinescenario.com/2011/08/02/a-few-thoughts-on-the-debt-ceiling-deal/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BaselineScenario+%28The+Baseline+Scenario%29

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/janet-tavakoli/usa-is-aaa-in-label-only_b_913018.html?utm_source=DailyBrief&utm_campaign=072911&utm_medium=email&utm_content=BlogEntry&utm_term=Daily%20Brief

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-kuttner/the-goons-of-august_b_914518.html?utm_source=DailyBrief&utm_campaign=080111&utm_medium=email&utm_content=BlogEntry&utm_term=Daily%20Brief

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/01/opinion/the-president-surrenders-on-debt-ceiling.html?_r=1&ref=paulkrugman

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Money raised thru social security taxes are spent on other things beside social security, and such IOUs/Treasury bonds will be redeemed now that the oldest of our baby boomers are retired [born 1946].  Problem is that w/our national debt at $16 trillion, coming up w/the money to cover these IOUs/Treasury bonds is a whole ‘nother story.   For President Obama’s tenure’s unemployed/bankrupt companies in which our country’s tax revenue plummeted over $400 billion just between 2008 & 2009, adding $6 trillion in debt between 2009 & 2012 also adds to the problem of paying back social security’s IOUs/Treasury bonds.   But Medicare & health care costs are our biggest problems.

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http://baselinescenario.com/2011/09/27/should-social-security-be-progressive/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BaselineScenario+%28The+Baseline+Scenario%29

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http://baselinescenario.com/2011/09/12/ponzi-schemes-for-beginners/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BaselineScenario+%28The+Baseline+Scenario%29

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiram_Bingham_I#Legacy

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Bingham’s son, Hiram Bingham II, was also a missionary to the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi. His daughter Lydia married the later Hawaiian missionary Titus Coan. His grandson Hiram Bingham III was an explorer who claimed to have discovered Machu Picchu and became a US Senator and Governor of Connecticut. His great-grandson Hiram Bingham IV was the US Vice Consul in Marseille, France during World War II who rescued Jews from the Holocaust. Bingham Hall at Punahou School, President Barack Obama’s favorite hang out spot when he was a student there, is named in his honor.

In World War II, the United States liberty ship SS Hiram Bingham was named in his honor. It was hull number 1726. Bingham was caricatured as the character Reverend Abner Hale in James Michener‘s novel Hawaii.

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The kotonk victimization mentality [imagine always a demonic perpetrator] pervades today’s “I’m in love with myself” decadent materialistic “mammon” [money is god] society, due to our post-WWII affluence and arrogance as Americans.   “Identity” politics manifest such selfish behavior  [race/gender/social class/etc.].    Brian is relatively young and ultra-idealistic, and I hope that practical wisdom becomes him, such as comprehending that the Korematsus did not accomplish equal footing, but rather our all-Nisei combat soldiers.   Thanks for your kneebreaking honesty.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henrietta_Lacks#In_scientific_research

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The immortal cell line/scientific discovery, & human consequences, all astonishing yet devastating in scope.    I thank godsend Sarah for her wisdom, comfort, and solace.

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http://www.lvrj.com/living/freudian-slips-disconcerting-illuminating-sometimes-fun-132873658.html

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One day it was my turn. That is, the focus of the group’s work was on me. I talked of my family-of-origin and my childhood experiences. I spoke of my father’s many teachings, especially of his never-ending, oft-repeated emphasis on the importance of education as a means to procure earning power and a reasonable or even comfortable livelihood.

“The garbage truck came on Mondays and Thursdays,” I told the group. “More than once he would point to the men riding outside the truck, jumping off to grab the cans and pour the refuse into the truck. ‘See them,’ he would say. ‘That’s what will happen to you if you don’t go to school and work hard.’ ”

I told the group that, looking back, this teaching was like a lot of my father’s teachings: true and important on its face, yet wrapped in a teaching illustration fraught with an unsettling contempt for others. “Riding on a garbage truck is honest work,” I protested. “And somebody’s got to do it.” It just felt uncomfortable to measure the potential success of my life negatively against the lives of blue collar workers.

Perhaps 20 minutes later, the topic had changed. The group was asking me about my vocation. About my decision to become a priest. I spoke of my calling. How I had discerned it. Why it was meaningful to me. My fears, hopes and dreams.

“What does your father think about religion?” the professor interjected.

And yours truly, without hesitation, opened his mouth and said: “I think he thinks about it like taking out the garbage. Somebody’s got to do it.”

The room fell silent. Suddenly everybody was staring at me. The professor had that sympathetic half-smile on his face with raised eyebrows. It’s a facial expression they teach you in therapy school. You put it on your face when your patient has said something really revelatory and important, but the patient didn’t hear himself say it, and you’re waiting for the penny to drop.

I had exhibited the quintessential Freudian slip. My unconscious had made a connection with my deeper emotional reality. I had unwittingly admitted that some part of my nexus for being a priest was formed in reaction to my father. I was going to make a living in a way that did not exactly fit his view of the world. I was defying him.

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In memory of my peer Fernando Pereira, my Luso/Portuguese messiah  —

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

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinking_of_the_Rainbow_Warrior#Sinking_of_the_ship

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow_Warrior_Case_(international_law)#State_responsibility

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http://www.springerlink.com/content/02wu6488370u382j/

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Political participation has a kindred soul in 2% open space preservation fund genesis Debbie Hecht.     Debbie is my Nippon Fujin.

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Fūjin (風神?) is the Japanese god of the wind and one of the eldest Shinto gods. He is said to have been present at the creation of the world and when he first let the winds out of his bag, they cleared the morning mists and filled the Gate between heaven and earth so the sun shone.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F%C5%ABjin

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/26/opinion/krugman-springtime-for-toxics.html?_r=1&ref=paulkrugman

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Of course, in magnanimous Debbie Hecht’s heart of hearts, Deb would like to go snorkeling , read a book, and hang out with the people she cares about.    Tremendous balance/equanimity here in Debbie.    Yet in Debbie – the purveyors of surface rhetoric and distorted perceptions ultimately sense an implacable wayfinder who cannot be had for any price,  a person unreservedly and sincerely committed to ensure public resources for the public good both now and in the future.

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More than any of Debbie’s contemporaries, Deb embodies the spirit, vitality, and meme/ouvre of an entire population,  as she expresses and accomplishes unpretentiously with clarity, proportion, humor, and urgency.     Deb personifies the narrative of reversing our societal entropy/suffering,   and of her resistance to betrayal and corruption in government and of her resistance to our exclusive social hierarchy,   and of her great prophetic gift of squaring her unique moment in history — to preserve right now Nature’s pristine beauty for all to enjoy from generation to generation over the long stretch of time.    And of possessing the agency/will to transform ourselves and our tomes toward our own destiny — of self-determination.

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Deb, your sense of proportion/ measure [balance/equanimity],   your sense of encouragement/inspiration to others,  your sense of who
you are in your “heart of hearts,” – these are your greatest gifts.
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What never ceases to amaze some observers is that our political leaders think they can “get away” with hokey pokey.   Part of it is cultural — people in Hawaii are so non-confrontational.    Part of it is that human beings don’t like change.    Thence, progressive reformers think like true educators  [people just need more information] and unselfishly want to accomplish something meaningful for society’s benefit.
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“Confrontation” for what your heart knows is the right thing to do, is corazon punctuated.    Famous and ancient refrain [incl. LBJ’s mantra] — “Come, let us gather [to discuss a solution].”   Isaiah 1:18
“Come now, and let us reason together.”     You take a position after the discussion — without thought of a reward
but for your heart’s leed [lead], correct, Deb??     Listen and learn.
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Our most astute political observers describe Deb as a formidable political figure because of Deb’s 1) progressive reform [correct stances];   2) natural smarts/brains;   3) guts to no end [valor/courage];   4) charm when Deb chooses to turn it on.     Any politician “w/an ounce of brains”  needs to be attentive  to Deb’s cognition/willpower/nature.
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Debbie Hecht’s realness/authenticity move me.     Inexplicably, Deb’s capacity to accomodate & accept philosophically the miscues of others impresses me to no end.    I reflect all the time on Deb’s mind-blowing soft heart and gentle energy and peaceful disposition.
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No matter the outcome, Debbie Hecht of our 2% Open Space Fund is my big hero, my Biblical Joseph, my Kauikeaouli/Pi’ehu Iaukea/Mary Kawena Pukui/Marianne Cope/Mabel Smyth/Mabel Wilcox!!    Affecting anecdotes do not suffuse sufficiently the enormous compassion of Debbie Hecht.     In astonishment and delight, one experiences the stupendous and exhilarating soul of this hair-raising progressive reformer of resplendent unction.    Deb’s holy trinity consists of 1) vision of ensuring pristine Nature for our progeny;    2) Deb’s emotional groundedness in not letting her head overtake her soulful & soft as feather down comforting heart — humbleness replete;   3) Deb’s inexorably contagious patience/love for all.    Vision is cognition/cerebral. Groundedness/empathy are metaphysical/mystical.

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Deb’s exceptionally beautiful paradox – when Deb shares her authenticity/honesty, we with whom she shares — find ourselves confronted with an invitation also to be ourselves — we find our authenticity in the sharing of hers, unadorned and unpretentious.    These are the blessed gifts of the spirit/soul of presence/self.
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Authenticity is not narcissism or self-centeredness.
It is a fluid transparency of self in all we do and with all whom we love, as sage Steven Kalas born 1957 evokes.

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A question & answer format a la David Frost & his clipboard is not an authentic fluid conversation of substance — it is a worthless stolid banal interview.    A worthwhile learning experience comes when something spontaneously uttered prompts a thought and a reply in someone else.   The dialogue erupts in revelation just short of madness [poetic spin] when the dialogue flows and moves and crosses and switches effortlessly,  thus producing unexpected flashes of brilliance/insight as it takes surprising turns.    Monumental surges of unflappable thought and wisdom manifest ironically and uncontrollably.    In President Bush Jr.’s case, you’re no good to your live combat soldiers being dead, so photographers are forbidden when the coffins of our KIAs arrive at Dover Air Force Base — once dead, our heroes are an embarassment a la Macbeth’s murdering — killing our memories to delay the collective concussion of lives needlessly lost.    Bush our negative exemplar.   Deb Hecht’s personality and approach blessedly and contagiously  swim elusively in our collective mien/consciousness — sometimes seemingly out of reach, but more often in the lee of our sea of thought processes.    Spontaneous strokes of genius energize out of Deb’s give and take authenticity and realness.

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Current theory is that our Universe has no beginning and no end. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eternal_recurrence#Modern_cosmology
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Modern Cosmology
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Controversial theoretical physicist Peter Lynds suggested a model of eternal recurrence in a 2006 paper. Others have approached the question of eternal recurrence from a physics perspective in different ways, including a hypothesis based on the transactional interpretation of quantum mechanics  Other cosmologists such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Max Tegmark consider the possibility that the known universe is just one of many in a multiverse, presenting the argument that existences identical to our own recur infinitely over infinite space. 

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Viscerally, it’s not fair that life as we know it ends, but the Universe lives on forever.   The Universe has no beginning and no end. Inexplicable!! Teacher Deb, what
is your feeling about your “purpose” in life if “there is no beginning and no end?” :-)

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthropic_principle#Criticisms

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

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Two celebrated painters — poised/composed Degas said to impetuous/trenchant Whistler – “Why do you act like a man with no talent? Why do you embarass yourself like this??”

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The elixir to peace and joy for Whistler could be found in one word — love, as in “The Pilgrim’s Progress — in Words of One Syllable” –

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucy_Aikin#Works_attributed_to_her_as_Mary_Godolphin

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Phlegmatic/enigmatic personality Angel Pilago could use an Aikin mendicant.   See songs below   😉       —-

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great female rocker Suzi Quatro born 1950  —

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpaMMlq_nhU&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PL120A756DD4A2EEC8

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and an older yet “all in” [go for broke] Suzi Q!!   —

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCMPQiT2lNg&feature=related

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and her incomparable elder,  Paul McCartney  born 1942  —

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZd8R-cT2gA&feature=related

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBExw680Btk&feature=related

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You don’t think male dancers are sexy?     Go to time clock 2:00 minutes of McCartney’s Matchbox song & enjoy the boogie vamp/riff as these awesome “yakuza” male dancers twirl on one foot.    The glide/slide notes-riffs coincidentally are the same as the exact time clock 2:00 minutes of Little Richard’s song below in which Muhammad Ali’s utterly gorgeous daughters shimmy & shake.     Ohh, to be young again!!      😉      [chuckle]!!      —

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQ7drIDV88w

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhTAZmMP6ME&feature=related

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmLgT7mj7Z8&feature=related

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

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQBKpV9emKc&feature=related

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsHFAtKey84&feature=related

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvz4Cnav2F4&feature=related

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRJQLzc-bco

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoXIk7KL_IQ&feature=related

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZRI7B7vdYA&feature=related

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Deb Hecht reminds me of the Red Violin with mystery/metaphysical visionary gifts on top of Deb’s realness/authenticity/honesty!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120802/

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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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modified statement:   

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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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Deb Hecht is the conservator of nature — steeped in wisdom &  equanimity.

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Deb’s quip:
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“… if you cannot be your own best cheerleader who then?”



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Thanks to Deb’s thoughts, I replied as such below to my dear friend KingLit Ching born 1936 [who now lives in LA]  —
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encourage others, and encourage your walk alone with God [Micah 6:8]

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Hi ya, KL  —
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Resolve for oneself that one dies alone [unless exigent circumstances occur].   Thence one prepares to walk alone with no fretting about being shorted, so to speak  — ergo don’t carry a chip on the shoulder.   One does not deserve to disappoint oneself with false expectations of being appreciated by others, and God doesn’t punish oneself by giving evil influences who abuse oneself.  The pulsebeat is being one’s greatest cheerleader in submission and obedience to God.   Authenticity/realness come from respecting oneself.    Even retrograde sociopath Sammy Amalu had it right when Sammy chastened that in times of despair, reflect on your magnificence.   Boxer Sugar Ray Leonard born 1956 is a keen acolyte of Amalu’s endwords above, and Ray overcame Ray’s drug addiction via Sammy’s point.   I never fail for being desired by casual acquaintances at McDonald’s restaurant, because I always encourage others [to have self-worth/self-esteem].   And even if I don’t have folks who desire my interaction with them, I encourage myself to be joyful with God.   This is the only way I live to see another light of day.
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August 31 from KingLit  —
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Curtis,

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Another way to state your point is to be happy with who we are and at peace with the world.  One should not have to rely on the views and opinions of others for self fulfillment.  Walking alone should be a blessing indicating the luxury of solitude and privacy.  This is my valued life as a hermit to contemplate the desert theology. Yes, authenticity/realness does come from self respect.

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To crash and burn professionally and hit rock bottom should be viewed as an opportunity to re orient oneself.  This is why I suggest to Larry that being fired is a blessing in disguise.  It allows him to find other opportunities which open up new doors.

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August 30, 2011 from KingLit Ching
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My friend Larry has crashed and burned.  Larry wrote an article that “explained” the motives of terrorists in occupied countries.  A plethora of violent criticism descended on his employer, threatening to cancel their subscriptions.  Boss then fired Larry.  A certain number of readers that I am not familiar with have attacked Larry and told him that they disagree with him and that he deserves being fired.  My question to you is how should one handle himself when the bottom falls out of his life and he hits rock bottom?  This is a combination of questions for you – practical (personal life and career), philosophical, theological and socio–political.  My advice to Larry is attached.

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I am still waiting for an answer from UCLA’s Makaweli about current displays in the Japanese American Museum here in LA and whether or not they are “balanced” in recognizing Hawaii’s Japanese Americans.  I will send this information to you so that you can ask our friend on Capitol Hill Danny Inouye to intervene to recognize Hawaii’s contributions to give self-worth to Japanese in America (WWII 442nd infantry soldiers).   Anti-Hawaii influence Kemi thankfully has resigned from the museum.

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One new exercise that I have just started is to “discover one’s self” (self examination) to figure out who I think I am.  It is a fascinating exercise due to the extreme cross section of influences and a recognition of what is meaningful to define oneself. I am finding that Dad [Rev. Hung Wai Ching 1905-2002] was much more of an influence on me than I have been willing to admit.  You need to try it and tell me who you are.    Regards,  –KL

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From: KL Ching 
To: Larry 
Subject: Blessing In Disguise

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Larry,

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Being fired from your employer is a blessing in disguise, in that it has insignificant readership and you are not a good fit because you are a liberal progressive.  You need to find a platform where you can shine.  This means that you must carefully think through and put together material that best portrays your extraordinary skills.  Can you network with any powerful people in your country?  You may need to take a casual meeting and develop it into a meaningful advocate for you.  Do you have any friends in its political parties?  These people have access to the power brokers in both politics and industry.

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Yes,  a blessing in disguise to take you in a new direction with your life.  You will have to consider playing a totally different role outside of your training.  You have the skills to do many significant things.  This may be just what is needed to get experienced Larry off his duff to do something great in his life.  Do it not only for yourself but do it for your sons and wife!  Do it for your country! Take some chances, reach high.  GO FOR IT!  Regards,  –KL

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 I meant, instead, to shock Israelis and friends of Israel into seeing how badly we’re hurting the Palestinians by denying them independence: It’s so bad that it’s helping drive them to try to kill us. This is something I believe, something liberal Israelis and friends of Israel believe, and I wrote that if we were to start saying so publicly, it might force other Israelis to finally confront the reality of what we’re doing to the Palestinians, and thereby get them to see that it’s wrong and must stop.

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What I mean is this: The occupation does not justify Palestinian terror. It does, however, provoke it. Palestinians do not have the right to attack or kill Israelis. They, do, however, have the incentive to, and part, though not all, of that incentive is provided them by the occupation. I believe that if Israel gives the Palestinians their independence, we have enough military power to neutralize whatever leftover incentive they would have to attack us. So my purpose with regard to Palestinian terror against Israelis is not to legitimize it, God forbid, but to end it.

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 I feel so fortunate that I can conduct business from home (or from anywhere in the world as long as I have my laptop and cell phone).  I traveled around the world with my lady friend  for a year and conducted business from England, Southern Calif.,  the Big Island, Myanmar, and Thailand.   A female travel companion is ideal in sharing experiences, especially one who you are crazy about and have an intimate relationship.  Ummmm, just thinking about it is invigorating to the senses!       I am very happy being single without responsibilities and obligations.  Relationships require attention and nurturing.  I am free as a bird to come and go as I please.  My plate is full.    Accepting love is not my problem.  I have some long time friends and business colleagues who have remained close personally with expressions of love; both male and female.  A couple of these women are truly amazing with  common  business and personal interests PLUS their intoxicating sexuality.  One exuded a sensuality that I have not found in any other woman.  Lia was born in Naples and had an explosive temperament like Mt. Vesuvius.  Her tastes were in antiques with aged and weathered looks. She dressed very unconventionally. Her cooking was fabulous and she was a generous caring thoughtful person.   Lia was near perfect. —   KL

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KingLit Ching born 1936 is of a New England puritanical bent, based on his Congregationalist upbringing [piety/thrift/industriousness].    KingLit precedes the baby boomers by a decade.   Thence his stiff upper lip yet chivalrous nature.    But KingLit is proto-futuristic in that he has taught just as sternly about life to his tribe of daughters as he has to his sole son, the youngest child and a product of his second marriage [African-American former wife].  KingLit is a contradiction steeped in mystery & intrigue, in that he is very authoritarian in values and yet our greatest proponent/man of action of the Social Gospel.    KingLit presents himself as a Tea Party autocrat in values — life is black and white, no gray areas  — and yet he is the positive exemplar of irony, the subtlest and deepest art.    For example, KingLit is a great believer in the 10 Commandments, but believes in redemption and universal salvation even for the worst of sinners.    In short, KingLit is a most inclusive and open-minded man, despite his assertions to the contrary.    Such irony in itself belies the automatic convention that hypocrites preach peace but practice war, proselytize tolerance but impose oppression on others  — kindness and jealousy/love and betrayal  — all of these dualities symbolize KingLit in inverse fashion  —  KingLit is a disciplinarian in approach/values and yet has a soft heart deep down inside  —  KingLit is para-military in demeanor and yet is a comfort pillow for all around him.

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Denise Takashima born 1953 is a beautiful blossom of a baby boomer  — vivacious/tantalizing/mesmerizing — everything experienced in our post-WWII born liberated generation.   And yet Denise is very traditional like KingLit on our most elemental sensations of love/humility/generosity/patience.   Which is why I see Denise as a mirror image of KingLit on the point of living/the feeling of joy/one’s life mission [to be of help to others]/etc.

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i can relate to the brunette…i don’t do pretty.
your emails allow me to escape…
thanks.
aloha,

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March 2011 Japan tsunami  —  Flotsam  — finders keepers, losers weepers

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http://books.google.com/books?id=qxwPsfm2RS8C&pg=PA59&lpg=PA59&dq=who+owns+flotsam+?&source=bl&ots=LgJ3rvIjys&sig=Ly1l0SYv17O9hMkjQAWGPyBW2BQ&hl=en&ei=aLjmTtzyLcexiQKFtLD7Bg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CCAQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=who%20owns%20flotsam%20%3F&f=false 

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I have a statement: Anybody who gives his life in war is an idiot.

I guess I left off the quotation marks to let the words have their full effect. They aren’t mine, but I’m related to them. They’re my Uncle Bill’s words, and his credentials for uttering the remark are a shade better than mine.

He may well have been the sole Marine to have survived driving landing barges on three bloody invasions in the South Pacific. I asked an old Marine vet once how rare Bill’s survival was. He was gifted of speech: “I’d say survivors of what your uncle did could probably hold their reunion in a phone booth and still have room for most of Kate Smith.” (We’ll pause while youngsters Google.) “My guess is that your uncle is unique.”

Bill said that aside from knowing that any minute was likely to be your last, the worst part of the job was having to drop the landing barge’s front door so the guys could swarm out onto the beach. Despite the hail of bullets against that door, he had to drop it, knowing that the front five or six guys would be killed instantly.

The phrase Bill hated most was “gave his life.” That phrase is a favorite of our windbag politicians; especially, it seems, the dimmer ones who say “Eye-rack.”

“Your life isn’t given,” I remember him saying, “it’s brutally ripped away from you. You’re no good to your buddies dead, and when the bullets start pouring in you don’t give a goddamn about God, country, Yale, your loved ones, the last full measure of devotion or any other of that Legionnaire patriotic crapola. You just want you and your buddies to see at least one more sunrise.”

Bill also served on land and experienced something so god-awful that he thought he would go mad: “Tom [his best friend] and I were trotting along, firing our rifles, and I turned to say something to Tom and his head was gone.” (Bill had great difficulty telling this. I guess I felt honored that he had not been able to speak of it for years.) He said the worst part was that while still holding the rifle, the body, now a fountain, continued for four or five steps before falling. He hated to close his eyes at night because that ghastly horror was his dependable nightly visitor for years — like Macbeth, murdering sleep.

By sheer chance I was out on the sidewalk in front of Bill’s house (we lived next door) when he arrived home from the war. I wasn’t even sure it was Bill at first, he looked so much older.

I blurted, “Hey, Bill, welcome home.” He was two feet from me but neither saw nor heard me. I knew the phrase current then. Bill was “shellshocked.” Not the current “post-traumatic stress disorder” or whatever the P.C.-sounding phrase is today. For the first six months he was home, he slept in the yard.

You will think less of me for this, but my friend Jim and I, noticing how poor Bill jumped at sudden sounds, thought a firecracker might be in order. Bill’s training kicked in by reflex. He hit the ground so fast it looked like film with frames removed. And, lacking the standard-issue shovel, he started digging with his hands. He never knew who did it. As for Jim and me, I trust that this will be deducted from our shares in paradise.

Isn’t it the excellent combat chronicler Paul Fussell who gets credit for the phrase “the thousand-mile stare”? It described the look of the haggard soldiers coming back from their first battle as the eager, fresh-faced kids — which they had been a few days earlier — filed past them on their way “in.” By definition, both groups were the same age, but there were no young faces in the returning group. They looked more like fathers than sons.

It amazes me that this bungled war can still be considered controversial. Who are the 28 percent anyway, who think that George W., the author of this mess, has “done a heckuva job”?

The other word Bill hated was “sacrifice.” Sacrifice is something you give up in order to get something in return. What good are we getting from this monstrous error? Cooked up as it was by that infamous group of neocons (accent on last syllable) who, draft-averse themselves, were willing to inflict on the (largely unprivileged) youth of this country their crack-brained scheme for causing democracy to take root and spread like kudzu throughout that bizarre and ill-understood part of the world, the Middle East.

What service is this great country getting out of all this tragedy, other than the certainty that historians will ask in disbelief, “Was there no one to stand up to this overweening president?”

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Prolific mind-body writer/self-promoter Chopra  —

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KingLit’s O’ahu ideas friend Bill Ouchi born 1943  —

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/26/AR2008092600801.html

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

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Buddaheads [Hawai’i Japanese] Ouchi & Hilo boy Robert Kiyosaki do not link up  — Ouchi into relationships, Kiyosaki into money/passive income.    Kiyosaki is socially adroit/cunning, but Ouchi doubles down/fathoms deeply in sincerity/authenticity.

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 from great chronicler & ideas man Tom Coffman born 1942   —

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Curtis,

I really enjoyed talking. It buzzed me up. I hope I can drop in on you some time in Hilo.

Your question about Ariyoshi was interesting. I was a Tom Gill guy. When the Republicans came to us after we lost, I led the argument against going over with them. I said that was no way to nurse our wounds, and that Ariyoshi was in the great tradition of the Democratic Party to which we were attached. The room was full and tense, but there was no question about the outcome of the argument. I had known Ariyoshi since 1968 when he was completely isolated between the warring camps of Nelson Doi and Najo. He conducted himself with dignity and integrity. As we went forward I realized that Ariyoshi shared our deep concerns for the environment, and for instituting a planning process that would take care of our resources rather than destroying them. In other words, he genuinely brought Tom’s concerns to the table on the fifth floor but they were wrapped in a consensus style. I have gotten to know him better a bit at a time over many years, and his message is always the same. His concerns are the same, and he has the same fire burning.

I was browsing through Ben’s [Cayetano] book today and stumbled across this passage, which prompted my writing to you: “Once, an Ariyoshi supporter lamented that no matter what the governor did for the Hawaiians, it never manifested itself in votes. In predominantly Hawaiian communities … Ariyoshi’s vote total in his three gubernatorial elections remained basically unchanged, regardless of how much he did for the people who lived there. Nevertheless, Ariyoshi never wavered in his efforts to help the Hawaiians.”

The same could be said of environmentalists and others who undervalued him.

Tom

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Howzit Denise:    Tom Coffman born 1942 [looks like he was born in 1952] is our greatest historian & chronicler, a real deal ideas person who’s able to make sense of

seemingly random/fortuitous events  [e.g., great buddahead Masaji Marumoto’s link with Naval Intelligence’s altruist Cecil Coggins & the subsequent combat use of our all-Nisei

soldiers WWII].    Please respond to him per his query below & CC me.   Thanks!

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Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2011 12:22
Subject: Re: Kazuo Miyamoto’s book — Hawaii End of Rainbow
From: tomcoffman
To: CurtCurtis,Which book is Denise describing? Is it Miyamoto’s account of his journey to Japan in 1937? I read a chapter of that and found it immensely interesting.   Tom
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> has tom read the first book?
> I can snail it to him when I’m finished.
> almost done.  so more to read!
> aloha,
> denise
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Age doesn’t guarantee wisdom, but it helps if a person is heartful/mindful enough to make sense of accumulated knowledge/experiences  — which is why I try to list

the birthdate of the person.   Tom Coffman’s epitaph is the exemplar of the greatest of ideas persons/leaders  —   “What do I know?  [“I don’t know” were Tom’s

words to describe his tombstone].   “Getting along”/”working things out” ergo peace and goodwill are Tom’s hopes for humanity.   “Togetherness” to Tom is exemplified by

metaphysical forces who made it their life mission/fate/destiny to achieve world peace, e.g. Nana Veary/Alvin Shim.    Tom’s epiphany on Shigeo Yoshida is what Hung Wai

uttered  —  “spiritual brother” [what Shigeo meant to Hung Wai].    Tom’s describes Tom’s “Huck Finn” Kansas childhood as agrarian, to me right in line with the Granger rebels

[vs. the railroad barons/banking moguls].   Tom reprises Sockless Jerry Simpson.    BTW, Oren Long/Martin Pence — larger than life egalitarians/altruists/fearless progressive

reformers — are native Kansans like Tom.    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Simpson    Tom engaged in history’s holy grail — the Civil Rights movement in the Deep South —

where Tom lived MLK’s dream — equal footing for everyone.

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Tom Coffman’s recognition of Shigeo Yoshida [Yoshida said in 1937 that war might be the best way to show AJA loyalty to America, per Coffman] makes Yoshida a co-equal with Hung Wai, but
Yoshida’s race/DNA relegated Yoshida to backroom supporter in the eyes of Whites/observers.     Yoshida was not Hung Wai’s co-equal.   Yoshida was Hung Wai’s speechwriter, so to speak.   I
never heard of Yoshida exhorting our 298th boys to fight for freedom.   Yoshida was not an extrovert but a philosopher introvert, though a great baritone orator when Yoshida “turned it on” for
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Kinglit Ching born 1936 on Tom Coffman born 1942 —

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Nice size up of Tom.  I would also describe Tom as an idealist.  He is very sensitive and compassionate. He seems to be introspective and somewhat of a loner liking to get away and find solitude and peace as he contemplates life and the World.  This explains his affinity toward Tom Gill and maybe to George Ariyoshi (?).    –KL

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To Hawaiian expert Don J. Pakele:   Please input wiki wiki on Ana Loke.  I contacted Suzy Case [former Congressman Ed Case’s mom] for input from the Case ohana/family.   Thanks, gang.   Kansas grangers [vs. railroad barons-banking moguls]/etc.  had major impact on Hawai’i history, ergo larger than life progressive reformers like Oren E. Long [liberated plantation kids via attainability of high school diploma for kids born after 1919, Long was our DPI public schools chief 1934-1946], and sullen Martin Pence [renegade Democrat amid GOP domination], and historian Tom Coffman [Tom’s “Huck Finn” agrarian Kansas childhood reprises Sockless Jerry Simpson  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Simpson]     [Tom engaged in our modern holy grail — the Civil Rights movement in the Deep South – where Tom lived MLK’s dream — equal footing for everyone].

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Ana Kanaiana Loke > > Thanks Curt. > The Anna Rose story (Queen Anna) is interesting. Did some more research. See the attached. Anna Rose was her english name. Her real name was Ana Kanaina Loke. Is that a familiar name in Hilo history?  Regards, — Fred Greguras    > http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1936&dat=18981001&id=qbAgAAAAIBAJ&sjid=omkFAAAAIBAJ&pg=847,3799498

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Boxing czar Bobby Lee born 1921 is half Tagalog Filipino [Bobby’s dad Felix Fajardo changed Felix’ surname to Chinese Lee because Sakadas/Pinoys were at the bottom of the social

ladder 1906 immigration genesis  — so that Felix could own a restaurant/store like the Chinese entrepreneurs who first came to Hawai’i via labor contracts in 1852.    Bobby’s mom is Luso-Portuguese brabas [Paele/Popolo] w/kinky hair-dark features — Bobby’s dad was Manila/Quiado white Spanish Pinoy, & Bobby is a spitting image of his dad.   Bobby’s phone no. is 488-5026, 99-1622 Aiea Heights Rd.   Bobby’s gorgeous wife passed away recently, Bobby’s native Lahaina village sweetie Fushikoshi [Naichi, not Uchinanchu-Okinawan].   Bobby’s biggest bribe offer which Bobby turned down was when Nippon businessmen put a fat envelope of cash on Bobby’s desk & wanted Bobby to resign from the WBA boxing org to head/

become president of the Nippon WBF.    Bobby said “no thank you,” but Bobby confesses that if Bobby were tempted to open the envelope, Bobby might’ve taken the money  [Bobby is only human].    The key to Bobby’s legacy as international boxing czar Hank Kaplan’s [1919-2007] next enshrinee [Hank died of cancer in 6 months before Hank got Bobby enshrined]

to the IBHoF in Canastota NY  — Bobby kept boxing clean [free of the criminal underworld/mob fixed fights] in Bobby’s 65 yrs. to date as our godfather of boxing.    Bobby’s 2 golden rules which kept Bobby out of the racket/graft-corruption in boxing   —   1) “I was always poor, so what’s the difference now — I’m okay being poor!”       2)   “Gang, all I can be is dead, so take your kill shot — come & get it, guys” [to the mob].      Clozer — when Bobby was our Joe Louis 1939, a couple of Chinese businessmen came to see Bobby’s parents to sponsor Bobby as our Chinese golden boy [Bobby still is Hollywood handsome/charismatic].   When these Chinamen found out that Bobby’s dad was Sakada Fajardo & not Chinese, this was the last of the Chinese “influence” on Bobby.

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Ruddy Tongg/Clarence Ching/KJ Luke [1st local Asian residential developers — Salt Lake/Damon Tract] used atty George Hong [Fasi’s boy][Hong & Iwai p/n], not Hiram Fong’s

law firm.     Hiram was solon, not a hard scrabble atty/litigator [Korean Kaua’i native/brilliant Choy headed Hiram’s firm].     KJ/Clarence & son Wally  — loved women — which is how KJ covered for Sam Damon [itchy boto] & got Damon tract.    Charley Cooke spoke fluent pidgin English to immerse/interchange w/locals.   Charley’s dad Art/Masaji Marumoto’s dad always dialogued in pidgin.    Issei/Nisei female domestics/male chauffeurs were used as spies for Big 5 haole scion families — these Nikkei were part of the haole scion families — no need “medicare” — the haole families took care of our Nikkei.     Nikkei writers Okihiro/revisionist leftists got it all wrong — upward mobility was evident though labeled as benevolent paternalism/white man’s burden.    Gus Yamagata was an early BoH Nikkei, as Tad Iwamoto was to 1st Haw’n [then went to Luke’s Hi Nat’l Bank].    Rusty Blaisdell’s Nikkei boys incl. Sugiyama [Terr. Bldrs] & Kunimoto [exec. aide].    Frank Thompson was the atty who double-crossed Pablo Manlapit, Frank the mogul atty over 80 yrs. ago — Frank lived here/married Matson exec daughter.

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my fathers family is from monroe county.  this neighborhood is below tupelo which is below ole miss in oxford and above columbus.  the union army didnt make it into hamilton or greenwood springs (remains the wilderness tho the train went thru aberdeen).  the closest the union army got was to okalona.  the county didnt take to reconstruction either. 
my cousins are there and i love them very much.  we had a blast.  and like cousins they either keep you out of trouble or get into it with you.  next time i’ll jump off the cockerham bridge.       😉
xo
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Alibaba.com is the world’s largest online clearinghouse where buyers and sellers trade merchandise.  It began in 1999 in Hangzhou near Shanghai to link English-speaking corporate buyers w/suppliers of cheap manufactured goods in Mainland China.   Alibaba.com is to international trade what eBay is to person-to-person commerce — an online mega-middleman whose first stock sale in 2007 was the biggest initial public offering since Google went public in 2004.   As the global economy integrates, the middleman/go-between will flourish, not disintegrate.

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R.I.P. amazing Amy Winehouse  [as Tony Bennett says, she never sang words she didn’t mean]  —     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzbOJsgCoh0&feature=related   [you think this is vulgar?   “What kind of fu*ker is this?”  — I beg to differ — it is real/art in how it is expressed with its inflection]

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the short utterly erotic orgasmic life, over the long uneventful one          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Wcgq37gTB4&feature=player_embedded

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http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20111018154150AAFqmmN

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R.I.P.  Whitney Houston   —           http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7an_mz-OMDA&feature=related

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Michael Jackson’s flair   —    http://s1012.photobucket.com/albums/af242/mimirudy/MIMIS%20VIDEOS/?action=view&current=Michael_Jackson__Billie_Jean_Mot-1.mp4

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President Reagan raised the debt limit 18 times & raised taxes 11 times [& under today’s tea party spending cap, Reagan’s military buildup which won the Cold War would have been impossible], yet Reaganism is synonymous with fiscal austerity.    Star Wars impelled Reagan, just as our inherited from Bush foreign “shot/shell” impel President Obama.    Reagan’s sense of proportion, though contrived, simply pickbacked on Nixon.   Reagan’s sartorial elegance is the common thread w/Obama.    Image-makers are only human — thence the expedient CYA [cover your okole] illusions of Reagan as austere, & Obama as our savior vs. Wall St.   But in reality Obama’s hacks are our Wall St. insider looters [Geithner/Paulson/Summers/etc.].    President Obama’s being African-American took the wind out of the sails of Gaddhafi’s Muslims, since Obama symbolizes “everybody’s equal,’  which helped spread the fever of freedom thruout today’s Middle East.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/31/opinion/bombs-bridges-and-jobs.html?_r=1&ref=paulkrugman

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http://baselinescenario.com/2011/11/01/are-they-really-that-good/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BaselineScenario+%28The+Baseline+Scenario%29

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/17/opinion/krugman-wall-street-loses-its-immunity.html?_r=1&ref=paulkrugman

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/09/opinion/setting-their-hair-on-fire.html?_r=1&ref=paulkrugman

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/15/opinion/the-texas-unmiracle.html?_r=1&ref=paulkrugman

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/10/opinion/withholder-in-chief.html?_r=1&ref=maureendowd

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http://baselinescenario.com/2011/08/05/would-a-balanced-budget-amendment-make-sense/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BaselineScenario+%28The+Baseline+Scenario%29

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-new-party-of-reagan/2011/07/19/gIQAuckfOI_story.html

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/31/sony-toshiba-hitachi-lcd-display_n_943091.html?utm_source=DailyBrief&utm_campaign=083111&utm_medium=email&utm_content=NewsEntry&utm_term=Daily%20Brief

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http://baselinescenario.com/2011/07/28/who-is-in-worse-shape-%e2%80%93-the-united-states-or-europe/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BaselineScenario+%28The+Baseline+Scenario%29

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http://sn120w.snt120.mail.live.com/default.aspx#!/mail/InboxLight.aspx?n=1576016198!fid=2&n=1535787299&mid=77f6ce15-c556-11e0-a86a-00237de3a320&fv=1

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JFK’s real nature, not his Hollywood conjured one  —

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/08/13/1006581/-George-Will:-JFK-Built-Berlin-Wall

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Symbolic racial harmony of U.S.  — President Obama is the greatest figure Illinois has sent to D.C. since Abraham Lincoln.   Lincoln’s Illinois was a State divided between Southerners from Kentucky/Tennessee, vs. Yankees from the Erie Canal/Great Lakes  — these 2 factions took up the issue of slavery a generation before the rest of the country, settling the matter in 1824 w/a bitter plebiscite which banned the sale/ownership of human beings.    of course, eccentric African-American reactionary Alan Keyes was the GOP sacrifice at the altar vs. Obama,  Keyes insisting that Jesus Christ never would vote for Obama, a moot point since Jesus is not registered in Illinois.   Of course, a century after the Great Migration to Chicago, this polyglot metropolis turned out to be the promised land for Obama, where solving America’s racial problems did not turn Chicago into a Midwest Zimbabwe/white flight to the subrubs.

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Our nation unified after the Civil War because southern planters had ruined themselves into destitution [no slavery anymore], and our Dixiecrats needed the North’s bailout of the Deep South’s abject economic self-ruination.

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http://www.staradvertiser.com/columnists/onpolitics/20110726_hawaii_isn_t_Switzerland_but_it_still_has_promise.html

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http://www.staradvertiser.com/editorials/20110729__Stateled_development_can_be_risky_proposition.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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http://www.staradvertiser.com/business/20110802_East-West_Center_is_bridge_to_global_potential_in_Asia.html

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Has anyone conducted an in depth analysis of opportunities and a rationale?  Has anyone recognized the strategic potential of a “bridge/catalyst/enabler” bringing together in Hawaii East/South East Asian interests with US interests supported by world class expertise and leadership?  I have spoken with a key Hawaii leader with major responsibilities in the coming  APEC Conference which would be an ideal opportunity to network for elite future partners. I don’t expect any exciting results. 

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Where is the vision and PLAN from the locals? What has been the impact of the East West Center over the DECADES?  We act like the cow college we are.  No one has vision or ambitions.  I expect too much.  Think about it.  The World is coming to Hawaii for APEC.  All our politicos are worrying about  is making Honolulu pretty.  Very sad.

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The East West Center has been around for too many decades without elevating to a more meaningful mission and role.  It’s too bad that no one, especially someone from Hawaii, has the vision and leadership skills to jump start something exciting.  People in Hawaii are too complacent because the environment is truly paradise.  It takes adversity to stimulate explosive creative thinking. Have there been more in depth studies?   –Regards,  KL Ching

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For the first and only time, a U.S. president has a joint meeting with the heads of government in the Pacific Islands. President George H.W. Bush holds a United States-Pacific Islands Summit at the East-West Center.     Counterintuitive, but East-West Center Democrat genesis Presidents Kennedy/Johnson/Carter/Clinton/Obama never utilized our East-West Center.

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Hung Wai Ching 1905-2002 was the dreamer back in 1955-1956 when he described  his hope of the University of Hawai’i becoming the Athens of the Pacific.  He even sought later to sell influential Japanese Buddhists  on financing the East-West Center expansion.  I believe that HW as a UH Regent promoted the EWC concept.  John Burns and Lyndon Johnson foresaw “wise minds of the East meeting wise minds of the West.”.  I agree with you.  George H.W. Bush’s United States – Pacific Islands Summit could have served as a launching pad for bigger and better ideas.

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No one in Hawaii followed up because of mediocre Hawai’i and EWC leadership.  Imagine, the EWC was financed by Congress!  The piggy bank was there for the taking!  The opportunity for a grand scheme was there for the taking!  In a quick review of 50 years (year by year analysis) of EWC history,  I do not see any concrete efforts at a grand scheme.  It is a HUGE shame on Hawai’i that Congress seeks to close down the EWC by terminating financing.   Obama’s mother as an EWC graduate probably created the most meaningful and effective program now in practice in Asian 3rd World countries.  She created and implemented “micro financing.”    George Ariyoshi was not re-appointed by Gov. Lingle to head up the EWC bd. of governors.  He felt entitled, but he himself was a cronyist all the way as Governor. 

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http://www.aroundhawaii.com/community/features/2011-07-no-aloha-for-micronesians-in-hawaii.html

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Contrary to KingLit Ching’s assertion, Baruch “Bento” Spinoza was Luso-Portuguese.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Portuguese#Philosophers

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Former Hawai’i County Liquor Control boss Jan Pakele was much too stolid/officious & thwarted robust revenue gain for our County.   Jan was a typical bureaucrat w/no knack for encouraging revenue expansion.

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Paula Deen should do altruist projects for the American Diabetes Association.              http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/steviewonder/joyinsidemytears.html

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About our Declaration/Independence 1776,  while our upscale  Continental Congress had no plan to break away from England, Samuel Adams & his jumpy nerved cousin John topped Penn Colony’s imperial Brit defender Dickinson & kindled a firestorm chain of events a la our Middle East democratic liberators today which culminated in our liberty of July 4.    After all, Paine was a primary school product w/no more formal education  — such that our working class liberators trace back to English bromide/banal Diggers/Levellers a century before Philadelphia’s freedom march of 1776.   Yes, Paine actually was a lifelong Englishman who had experienced the worst outfalls of our Industrial Revolution [inner ghetto poverty/rampant crime/etc.].

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Our 34% haole majority minority demographic in Hawai’i votes for Lingle over Hirono or Hanabusa for the vacant U.S. Senate seat [2 Japanese U.S. Senators from Hawai’i are out of sync/out of balance ethnically], but our overall electorate pitches  for Case over Lingle as is likely the case if Hanabusa throws her hat into the ring in next year’s primary election [Japanese Hirono/Hanabusa cancel out each other in the Democratic Party Primary].   Recent polling confirms that Case beats Lingle.  Case is bolstered if our U.S. Senate stays Democrat.

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http://www.hawaiifreepress.com/ArticlesMain/tabid/56/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/4809/Poll-shows-Lingle-beating-Hirono-Inouyes-Senate-Democrats-outraged-by-dishonest-Ed-Case.aspx

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Unlike a U.S. President’s clout to appeal to the public via the media in order to overcome an obstinate Congress, a Governor is stymied via an opposite political party legislature, as Lingle was vs. Bunda’s/Say’s solons.   Nonetheless, Lingle’s gaffes on Turtle Bay [didn’t even collaborate w/her business community supporters] & the Superferry [EIS is judicial strict scrutiny proviso] are her miscues.

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Dan Inouye favors Mufi as our 1st Samoan U.S. Senator, formerly as our 1st Samoan Governor  [Dan wasn’t bosom to Abercrombie because of Abercrombie’s histrionics/loud mouth], but Mufi heads for more secure-win House seat vacated by Hirono [& Hanabusa].

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Dick Matsuura  vastly is overrated.  Matsuura served in the House from 1981 to 1984 and in the
Senate from 1985 to 1996. He died of cancer in 1997 at age 64.   Matsuura was an egomaniac self-promoter.

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Catholics enabled Nikkei/Japanese in America [Tulane New Orleans medical school/Creighton & St. Louis U/etc.]  because of Catholic ID w/the underdog in society [Catholics did not come full circle until JFK’s 1960 win],  Catholics pickback on great Imperial German Catholic medical/science tradition at the turn of the last century, Germans embracing Meiji Japan’s nascent industrialization  — especially Hilo M.D.s Miyamoto/Yamanoha/etc. benefited from Tulane’s acceptance of them [WASP schools didn’t accept J*ps], just as Meiji Japan M.D.s half a century before benefited from Imperial German alms/Matthew 5-Isaiah 58 charity.

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http://www.newthrift.org/books/Generosity-Unbound-excerpt.pdf

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The emergence, assimilation, and eventual acceptance of America’s Nikkei [Japanese] by mainstream Whites and others often were fraught with tenuous/fragile/fractious challenges.  Such extended drama/social stances/popular piety/philosophical & theological convictions/rich liturgy & customs all shaped both our Nikkei & Americans in general.   How our Dr. Miyamotos/Yamanohas survived/thrived/resolved conflicts among themselves & with others teach us about our first nation/generation of upwardly mobile Nikkei in America.

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http://blog.raymondlearsy.com/?p=25

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America Needs a President Who Will Confront the Financial Industry’s Hegemony Over Our Lives

No one in a position of authority in our government today seems to understand fully the threat to American institutions and ideals represented by the untrammeled clout the financial industry now holds permeating the halls of government through the power of influence and money. We are barreling toward a destabilizing schism in our society where one interest group, the finance world and its allies, are running the nation to their own economic benefit, oblivious of the pain and loss being endured by their fellow citizens on the Main Streets of our towns and villages and the neighborhoods and tenements of our cities

Our president, whose objectives are certainly sincere, has surrounded himself with men whose formation and ties run deep into the culture of Wall Street — be it his Chief of Staff William Daley, formerly Midwest Chairman of JPMorgan Chase; Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Former Chair of the New York Fed, or Gary Gensler, Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and former Goldman Sachs partner — while consulting freely with Warren Buffet, that champion of and investor in Goldman Sachs. In many ways very little has changed from the previous administration when the Treasury and virtually all government agencies responsible for financial oversight were in some manner beholden to Wall Street houses and banks, and when the crunch came in September 2008 it was their “club” members who were bailed, while the rest of the country sank into a miasma of recession and unemployment. As Sheila Bair was quoted in the New York Times Magazine saying to Joe Nocera: “You know, Wall Street barely missed a beat with their bonuses. Isn’t that ridiculous?”

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/raymond-j-learsy/occupy-wall-street-protes_b_1027072.html?utm_source=DailyBrief&utm_campaign=102411&utm_medium=email&utm_content=BlogEntry&utm_term=Daily%20Brief

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http://baselinescenario.com/2011/11/02/who-wants-tax-cuts/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BaselineScenario+%28The+Baseline+Scenario%29

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http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2011/06/new-michael-lewis-book-boomerang-travels-in-the-new-third-world/

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

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matt_Taibbi#Bibliography

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http://baselinescenario.com/2011/09/13/citizens-united-and-corporate-political-spending/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BaselineScenario+%28The+Baseline+Scenario%29

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/22/opinion/22krugman.html?_r=1&ref=paulkrugman

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http://baselinescenario.com/2011/07/22/what-is-obama-getting/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BaselineScenario+%28The+Baseline+Scenario%29

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In “Too Big to Fail,” for instance, the behind-the-scenes account of the financial crisis by the New York Times business columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin, Bair is described as one of Geithner’s “least favorite people in government.” As Paulson, Geithner and the Federal Reserve chairman, Ben Bernanke, raced to bail out banks and companies like A.I.G., Bair resisted, fearing that they were being overly generous by putting the interests of bondholders over those of taxpayers. I couldn’t help recalling that the last female financial regulator to be labeled difficult was Brooksley Born, the head of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in the mid-1990s. Fearful that derivatives were becoming a threat to the financial system, Born wanted to regulate them but was stiff-armed by Alan Greenspan and Robert Rubin.

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And so there we were, talking about Bear Stearns, the investment bank whose near failure marked the beginning of the crisis. Even knowing that her views of the financial crisis were at odds with many of the others who were involved, I was taken aback: I had never heard anyone involved in the crisis criticize the government’s decision to help Bear Stearns avoid certain bankruptcy.

For a moment, Bair seemed a little surprised, too, by the words that had tumbled out. She took a sip of her latte and looked straight ahead, deep in thought.

“Do you really think they should have let Bear fail?” I asked.

When she put her drink down, her hesitation was gone. “Let’s face it,” she said. “Bear Stearns was a second-tier investment bank, with — what? — around $400 billion in assets? I’m a traditionalist. Banks and bank-holding companies are in the safety net. That’s why they have deposit insurance. Investment banks take higher risks, and they are supposed to be outside the safety net. If they make enough mistakes, they are supposed to fail. So, yes, I was amazed when they saved it. I couldn’t believe it. When they told me about it, I said: ‘Guess what: Investment banks fail.’ ”

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http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2011/10/house-of-cronies-is-freddie-mac-incompetent-or-corrupt/246039/

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http://blog.raymondlearsy.com/?p=11

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Why It Was Necessary To Publish “Oil and Finance: The Epic Corruption”

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http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/breaking/126024318.html

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/raymond-j-learsy/rick-perry-president-a-pr_b_958009.html?utm_source=DailyBrief&utm_campaign=091211&utm_medium=email&utm_content=BlogEntry&utm_term=Daily%20Brief

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When President Clinton balanced the budget, bankers needed to find borrowers like Government-Sponsored Enterprises GSEs [Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac], who then borrowed some $5 trillion which ignited the real estate bubble.  When GSEs came under investigation for lax lending practicies, Clinton/Fed Bd. Chair Alan Greenspan allowed our biggest banks like Goldman Sachs/Bank of America/Citigroup to take over for what GSEs did — thence mortgage brokers like Countrywide loaned money to ninja [no income, no job or asset] borrowers in the most depressed neighborhoods  — these borrowers could not afford these mortgages  — packaged as subprime mortgages/assets [MBS — Mortgage Backed Securities][CDOs — Collateralized Debt Obligations] aka derivatives of subprime debt bundled as prime.   These worthless paper/opala were sold as false assets to other banks/pension funds/investors all over the world.   With capital gains via increases in home value, everyone spent like “no tomorrow,”  whilst Greenspan/Bernanke/Rob Rubin/Summers/Geithner/Paulson basked in this false sense of security.    Surely enough, the real estate market began to tumble as subprime borrowers were unable to pay their mortgages.   Thus began our global banking crisis ignited thru investment banks/worthless paper pushers.   Europe [incl. Ireland/Greece/Spain] also crashed but for Germany’s solvency.

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Clintonesque sequel to Gary Puckett’s great tune —

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Loopy Bobby Jindal  —

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http://www.latimes.com/news/la-pn-jindal-perry-20110912,0,2508566.story?track=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+latimes%2Fnews+%28L.A.+Times+-+Top+News%29

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Patti Davis is my age peer,  evolving from anti-Dad rebel to reverence for Dad Ronald Reagan, correctly so!!   Kudos, dearest Patti!!

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http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2092425,00.html

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http://telltheuniverse.wordpress.com/2011/09/12/thank-you-patti-davis/

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On the ali’i greed of our 1848 Great Mahele  —

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Bradah’s ancestral applicant also claimed land in the Civic Auditorium direction of where Isaac correctly denotes is the 1 acre parcel where the ocean-dredged sand mounds were, leading toward Wailoariver.    Expectedly, the ali’i-rigged land commission reduced the land award to one-sixth of the actual claim, in effect reducing most hoa’aina [commoner] land claims to less than 2 acres, though thosewho served ali’i/konohiki got larger awards.    In Honolulu, Hilo, & Lahaina [urban sites in 1848], the “commutation” or price paid was not one-third, but instead one-quarter of the value of unimprovedland — to afford hoa’aina relief.    Actually, payment was not made [to the government, unlike rural lands where payment was made to konohiki/chiefs] until 50 yrs. later [annexation], if at all,since hoa’aina had no means to pay up front.   I realize that Isaac is a pro-sovereignty nationalist, but the Great Mahele was a sad manifestation of greed among the ali’i where the king got a millionacres, the government got 1.5 million acres, the ali’i/chiefs got 1.5 million acres, leaving the hoa’aina/commoners to 28,000 acres, just a pittance of the original goal of awarding one-third oflands left over after the king took his share — to the hoa’aina/commoners, with the remaining two-thirds to be split equally among the government/ali’i-chiefs.    Give Bradah’s ancestor credit — he hada vision which most hoa’aina lacked — to preserve his lands for the benefit/use/enjoyment of his descendants.    Undeniably, the 6+ acres originally claimed by Bradah”s ancestor was subsequentconsecrated ground/the nerve center of commerce in all of East Hawai’i island  — the hub of the wheel around which commerce flourished  [our railroad system which serviced East Hawai’i].
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http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/breaking/125130074.html

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It’s in a tough time slot, where Campbell Brown, Connie Chung and Paula Zahn all found rough going before him at CNN. Spitzer’s show averaged 595,000 viewers for the first six months of the year, compared to dominant competitor Bill O’Reilly at Fox News Channel, who averaged just under 3 million viewers. MSNBC, first with Keith Olbermann and then with Lawrence O’Donnell, averaged 984,000, the Nielsen Co. said.

Spitzer’s average was actually up 8 percent over what the network had in that time slot over the first six months of 2010, but the trends were ominous. The show’s June average was 457,000 viewers, while Nancy Grace on sister network HLN had 1.5 million viewers in June with her focus on the Casey Anthony trial.

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CNN is shooting for a late September premiere for Burnett’s new program, which doesn’t have a name. Despite her business background at CNBC, her CNN show will be general interest, Jautz said.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-education-of-herman-cain/2011/07/22/gIQAc7TIUI_story.html

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/obamas-not-quite-true-story/2011/07/15/gIQAzpVwGI_story.html

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/a-defense-of-flip-floppery/2011/06/10/AGccbLPH_story.html

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cyber censorship           http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/19/technology/web-protests-piracy-bill-and-2-key-senators-change-course.html?_r=2&pagewanted=1&partner=rss&emc=rss

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“The problem for the content industry is they just don’t know how to mobilize people,” said John P. Feehery, a former House Republican leadership aide who previously worked at the motion picture association.   “They have a small group of content makers, a few unions, whereas the Internet world, the social media world especially, can reach people in ways we never dreamed of before.”
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On the issue of global warming, it is worth mentioning that the conservatives’ anti-global warming golden boy, Bjorn Lomborg, a Danish author, professor and environmental writer, has adjusted his thinking on the matter. Although Lomborg has always maintained that cost-benefit analysis has to be part of any calculus in combating climate change, he also has said that global warming is “man-made and it is an important problem. But it is not the end of the world.” In a saner world, we would not distrust those who change their minds but rather those who never do.

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On the serious subject of presidential health, debate now centers on whether Bachmann’s headaches are, indeed, a problem for a potential commander in chief. Migraines can be debilitating, but they also can be managed. Other presidents have had afflictions that required treatment. Notably, John F. Kennedy took medicine cabinets of alleviative medications for back pain, among other problems.

But the media weren’t so attentive to every little thing in those days and now there is no detail too insignificant to be exhausted. There may be other reasons to reject Michele Bachmann as president, but being a woman with a headache isn’t one of them. Whining about high heels that nobody makes you wear, now that could be a problem.

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Hidden taxes stalk our purchases, such as Clift Tsuji’s ostensible/shibai ag inspector tax which adds to the purchase price of  vegetables/fruits.   Wholesalers pass on the cost to retailers.   Two problems beside the added cost of purchase by the consumer —  1)  Tsuji gets away w/another tax because the tax is hidden in the retail price of the item purchased at the counter;    2)  these special tax funds/accounts are slush funds/rainy day accounts for purloining by lawmakers into the general fund.

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Mayor Billy Kenoi born 1968 is not an ” ideas” person/visionary but a whole-cheeser who purloins Council Chair Dominic Yagong’s original ideas  — 1)  reclamation of property tax-forfeited lands to salvage our revenue losses & to grassroot home-grown entrepreneurs/farmers;    2)  furlough work days to balance our budget as required by law/Charter;   3)  continued furlough work days because of our inability to balance our budget;   4)  continued downsizing of government largesse;   5) reversal of tax/spend unnecessary-nonexigent items/acquisitions.   Actually, the list is interminable [specific budget appropriations for later bond authorizations][fair hiring practices, not favoritism][fair promotions practices, not favoritism][tightened procurement laws][etc.].   Mayor Kenoi pickbacks on fiscal conservative/financially responsible-prudent visionary lawmaker Yagong born 1959.

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Our Cost of Government Commission says that because the cost of living in Hawai’i County is cheaper than that of O’ahu, Hawai’i County employees could be paid less than their Honolulu counterparts.

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To do a CIP project requires two council approvals. First, the administration needs an appropriation. The CIP budget is a package of appropriations. Once the council approves an appropriation, it is good for three years.

In the case of La’aloa, the council had earlier approved an appropriation that is still valid, so there is no need to include an appropriation in the new 2012 CIP budget. We already have a valid appropriation for La’aloa on the books.

However, there is an additional council approval that is required. The council also must approve a bond authorization, or authorization by the council to go out and borrow money for CIP projects. That is the piece that was missing for La’aloa.

Mayor Kenoi in October 2010 requested a bond authorization that included $20 million for La’aloa.    A CIP project cannot proceed without a bond authorization.

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Mayor Kenoi & Corp Counsel Link Ashida are stone silent about Glen Shikuma’s signs/alcohol on premises matters.   So when Kenoi/Ashida eventually condemn such abuse of County facilities, why shall they also remain silent about alleged multi-million dollar graft & corruption of our taxpayers by Riley’s Kamaaina Pumping & DPW’s Nakasone?    Aside:  Election vote results not tainted.

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http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/sections/news/local-news/county-building-misuse-alleged.html

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Our County legislative auditor Colleen Schrandt understandably is too scared of Stan Nakasone et al to engage in substantive progressive reform, & corp counsel Ashida certainly is no solace/comfort/friend to her, nor are Kenoi patsy Council members Ikeda/Onishi et al.    Very sad state of affairs.   Our Procurement Code is replete w/pukas[graft tempters]  — bid jobs can be bundled up to benefit only a select few contractors/etc. [friends of politicians], just as the more common practice is to break down or unique-tify jobs to get them beneath or away from the radar of bid requirements.

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When Councilmembers Curtis Tyler and Nancy Pissichio objected to the design of the construction of Ali’i highway and said the community wanted a different design some 15 yrs. ago, the money set for construction of Ali’i highway got redirected to build the Puainako Extension highway, thanks to prescient Councilmember BJ Leithead-Todd born 1952, who is nothing more than a shill/propagandist today for her boss Mayor Kenoi.  Since then, our County constructed Manawalea $10 million, Kuakini Hwy improvements $5 million , our Kona Civic Center $55 million, Waikoloa housing $40 million, plus millions into the housing being built on Hinalani, not to mention old Kona Airport projects  — West Hawai’i CIP money.   Operational expenses on our East side of the island go to maintenance of existing infrastructure and facilities.

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Mayor Harry Kim wanted to ensure dibs/favors later on by staying neutral when Billy Kenoi ran for mayor, Billy being Kim’s camp prodigy.   Harry is for Harry, and Harry allegedly tried to get grassroot power bloc via attempted takeover of HCEOC, which Kim allegedly was thwarted from via George Yokoyama’s gang.   Kim might still toss Kim’s egomaniac hat into the ring for mayor next year, which will throttle Kim’s little boy Kenoi & ensure both Kim’s/Kenoi’s losses to favprite Dominic Yagong, current County Council Chair.

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Our bldg. contractor lobby wants tight bldg. restrictions to optimize contractors’ revenue stream, but on an individual level, our contractors want lax standards to get immediate work [affordable for property owners].   Which is why our 3 Hilo councilmen [Ikeda/Onishi/Yoshimoto] voted against our tightened bldg. code.   Council Chair Yagong also voted against our tightened bldg. code to see if we can stimulate our economy [in doldrums since 2008] via a more owner-friendly bldg. code.

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http://westhawaiitoday.com/sections/news/local-news/hokulia-hold.html

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Greed begets greed?    Or Polynesian paralysis wherein money is god David De Luz Sr. didn’t send out his kids to learn what the real world is like, then Sr. ends up disappointed – so Sr. goes out & hires Donald Trump-like Trevino, who nearly ruins Sr.   Type A-hole Dot Moniz Pung & male counterpart Sr. are Tarantaran/abusive blowhards joined at the hip who nearly engaged in mutual destruction with Sr.’s ventures.          http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/sections/news/local-news/jury-sides-dealership.html

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Many other situations abound with coddled kids who never went out in the real world apart from small-town provincial Hilo to grow humble & compassionate.    And contrary to popular opinion, Billy Kenoi’s U Mass [Billy not coddled by family, but coddled as coveted Hawaiian by guilt-ridden racist buddahead Dan Inouye] a public university a world apart from private colleges’ one on one professor to student instruction/wisdom.     Keoki Kai’s UoPacific in Stockton CA. a top private school, not to be confused w/Pacific U in Oregon.     Stateside kids excel because of high calibre competition/survival of the fittest.  Of course, cult of the intellect not good either.   But confluence of heart & head to serve others with humbleness/compassion the objective.    Kids like Toby Taniguchi miss the point —  so what if your dad Barry is our oyabun/godfather, though Barry high-browed unlike our Issei immigrants [Barry 3rd generation Sansei]?    You still gotta learn humbleness & gratitude, kid.    And yet, we have great kids who were born with the right stuff [humbleness/compassion] to be our greatest/best leaders, such as Kaloa Robinson & Crystal Rose.   

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Incredulous, but P.I. military academy stand-up commanders laud martyr Andres Bonifacio for his armed struggle vs. Spanish inquisitors/subjugators, over earlier fellow martyr & reformist M.D. Jose Mercado Rizal, whom these freedom fighters dismiss as “just talk.”    Of course, Aguinaldo is the sell-out who’d do anything for a dollar.   For my macnuts, Rizal is my alltime hero, not just in the P.I. but in world history.   Rizal’s martyrdom inspired Sun Yat Sen/Gandhi/Tagore/etc.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos%C3%A9_Rizal#Criticism

Rizal condemned the uprising when Bonifacio asked for his support. Bonifacio, in turn, openly denounced him as a coward for his refusal, although he was obviously missing his mark, as Rizal had proved in numerous occasions throughout his life, such as when he challenged Wenceslao Retana or Antonio Lunato duel, to be a very brave man.

Rizal believed that an armed struggle for independence was premature and ill-conceived, as embodied by Bonifacio’s Katipunan, which Rizal knew needed a more capable general and organized military able to inflict severe damage on the enemy. Here Rizal is speaking through Father Florentino: …our liberty will (not) be secured at the sword’s point…we must secure it by making ourselves worthy of it. And when a people reaches that height God will provide a weapon, the idols will be shattered, tyranny will crumble like a house of cards and liberty will shine out like the first dawn.

The fact that Rizal never fought in the battlefield and that he ultimately disowned Bonifacio’s Katipunan; which misled some to believe as the entire Philippine Revolution itself, points to the sometimes bitter question of his ranking as the nation’s premier hero. There are those who believe in the beatification of Bonifacio in his stead, even if Bonifacio failed to bequeath a single military victory to the Philippine Revolution. It has been argued that it is odd that the Philippines, along with India, are the only two countries with a non-military leader as its foremost national hero.

Teodoro Agoncillo opines that the Philippine national hero, unlike those of other countries, is not “the leader of its liberation forces”. He gives the opinion that Bonifacio not replace Rizal as national hero but that be honored alongside him.  Renato Constantino writes Rizal is a “United States-sponsored hero” who was promoted as the greatest Filipino hero during the American colonial period of the Philippines – after Aguinaldo lost the Philippine-American War. The United States promoted Rizal, who represented peaceful political advocacy (in fact, repudiation of violent means in general) instead of more radical figures whose ideas could inspire resistance against American rule. Rizal was selected over Bonifacio who was viewed “too radical” and Apolinario Mabini who was considered “unregenerate.”   Milagros Guerrero reveres Bonifacio for founding and organizing the Katipunan, “the first anticolonial revolution in Asia” and “the first Filipino national government.   In his defense, the historian, Rafael Palma, contends that the revolution of Bonifacio is a consequence wrought by the writings of Rizal and that although the Bonifacio’s revolver produced an immediate outcome, the pen of Rizal generated a more lasting achievement.  Rizal disowned Bonifacio’s Katipunan (and not the Philippine Revolution of 1896 per se), calling it “highly absurd.”

Despite the lack of any official declaration explicitly proclaiming them as national heroes, Rizal, along with Bonifacio, remains admired and revered for his role in Philippine history. Heroes, according to historians, should not be legislated. Their appreciation should be better left to academics. Acclamation for heroes, they felt, would be recognition enough.

Some writers have noted that, despite his Chinese ancestry, Rizal’s writings show an anti-Sinocism almost bordering on anti-Chinese racism.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andres_Bonifacio#Bonifacio_as_national_hero

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Hanoi Jane Fonda gets boot from QVC  — lucky she wasn’t tried for subversion/insurrection/treason 40 yrs. ago —   a real deal Andres Bonifacio she is not  —

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http://www.scrippsnews.com/content/cyr-fonda-represents-whatever-moment

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The Brown Man’s Burden

by Henry Labouchère

Pile on the brown man’s burden
To gratify your
greed;
Go, clear away the “niggers”
Who progress would impede;
Be very
stern, for truly
‘Tis useless to be mild
With new-caught, sullen
peoples,
Half devil and half child.
Pile on the brown man’s
burden;
And, if ye rouse his hate,
Meet his old-fashioned reasons
With
Maxims up to date.
With shells and dumdum bullets
A hundred times made
plain
The brown man’s loss must ever
Imply the white man’s gain.Pile on the brown man’s burden,
compel him to be free;
Let all
your manifestoes
Reek with philanthropy.
And if with heathen folly
He
dares your will dispute,
Then, in the name of freedom,
Don’t hesitate to
shoot.Pile on the brown man’s burden,
And if his cry be
sore,
That surely need not irk you–
Ye’ve driven slaves before.
Seize
on his ports and pastures,
The fields his people tread;
Go make from them
your living,
And mark them with his dead.Pile on the brown man’s
burden,
Nor do not deem it hard
If you should earn the rancor
Of those
ye yearn to guard.
The screaming of your Eagle
Will drown the victim’s
sob–
Go on through fire and slaughter.
There’s dollars in the job.Pile on the brown man’s burden,
And through the world
proclaim
That ye are Freedom’s agent–
There’s no more paying
game!
And, should your own past history
Straight in your teeth be thrown,
Retort that independence
Is good for whites alone.Pile on
the brown man’s burden,
With equity have done;
Weak, antiquated
scruples
Their squeamish course have run,
And, though ’tis freedom’s
banner
You’re waving in the van,
Reserve for home consumption
The
sacred “rights of man”!And if by chance ye falter,
Or lag along the
course,
If, as the blood flows freely,
Ye feel some slight remorse,
Hie
ye to Rudyard Kipling,
Imperialism’s prop,
And bid him, for your
comfort,
Turn on his jingo stop.The Brown Man’s Burden was
first published in the London magazine, Truth, and republished in
Literary Digest (Feb. 1899).

The White Man’s Burden – by Rudyard Kipling

http://www.swans.com/main.shtml

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Chinese immigrants to Hawai’i changed the course of world history because ideas wanderlusts like Sun Yat Sen proved that democracy is the best antidote to repressive regimes.   Founder of Modern China Sun Yat Sen brought back to Asia the seeds of democracy which flourish today, even in Sun Yat Sen’s China.    Of course, the impact of our American expeditionary force in 1898 was the flourish of democracy in the Philippines/Malay region via Spain’s assassination of Asia’s great martyr, Philippine Spanish colonial reformer Dr. Jose Mercado Rizal, whose death spawned sovereignty/independence movements in Asia.     This year marks the centennial of the American push for the Philippine Autonomy Act.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippine_Autonomy_Act#CITEREFKramer2006

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_Yat-sen#Transformation_into_a_revolutionary

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via our greatest historymaker Rev. Hung Wai Ching 1905-2002, who formed the WWII all-Japanese American

100th Batt./442nd combat units, whose exploits triggered President Truman’s racial integration of the military

in 1948 and former Japanese internment bigot Earl Warren’s unanimous Supreme Court decision integrating

America’s public schools in 1954, not to mention Hung Wai’s WWII Texas Lost Batt. friend LBJ’s Civil Rights

Act  of 1964, and Japan’s trust in American restoration of Japan autonomy post-WWII.    Of course, Hung Wai’s

wanderlust seafarer impoverished Southern China immigrant dad exulted in the adventures of outpost explorers

like our American expeditionary force of 1898.

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my reply to sweetest Denise [Denise is Biblical Joseph — as close to Godliness as there is]‏

from Denise  —
curtis,
i feel lost on this email
what is it in reference to?
becuz, this email has a tone of “ticked off”??!!??
aloha,
denise
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I full-on respect KingLit Ching, because KingLit is Biblical Joshua who led his Israelites after the death of his leader Moses, and not just captured monumental Jericho but also is revered among Muslims worldwide, a true leader of ALL of the world’s people!    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joshua


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Let’s say you’re in a terrible fight with a loved one — friend, family, mate. You’re not on speaking terms. It feels right to shun the loved one. It feels like justice, not to mention self-protection. So, imagine: The last conversation you had with this person is the last one you’ll ever have. See how a clarity of values suddenly sharpens focus? However painful is this conflict, would it be worth that?   It better be, because forever is a long, long time.  — Steven Kalas born 1957


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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heraclitus#Panta_rhei.2C_.22everything_flows.22

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Even though one puts one’s foot in the stream, the stream [hope/love] is there, though the water passing over/under/around [a single instance/experience] one’s foot is a different mass;  yet, eventually, via evaporation/cloud formation, the water again will be the same which passed by your foot [growth in a Maker’s holiness, so to speak].   So that love grows with each new experience, provided that you do not banish yourself to feel unlovable — that is, even not being loved  has a positive lesson learned with your right attitude, whilst loving and being open to be loved.   This is one’s growth in holiness [hope/compassion/humbleness/patience/generosity].

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dialectical_monism#Eastern_Philosophy

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Dialectical monism, also known as dualistic monism, is an ontological position that holds that reality is ultimately a unified whole, distinguishing itself from monism by asserting that this whole necessarily expresses itself in dualistic terms. For the dialectical monist, the essential unity is that of complementary polarities, which, while opposed in the realm of experience and perception, are co-substantial in a transcendent sense.

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“Racism” invective only is pertinent in demonstrating the innocent person’s core nature — that you choose free will over subjugation to the accuser’s own insecurity [envy vs. you, the insecure accuser’s own vanity, the accuser’s own anger over the accuser’s jealousy over the accuser’s signature possessions/claims].

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taoism#Relations_with_other_religions_and_philosophies

Early Taoist texts reject the basic assumptions of Confucianism which relied on rituals and order, in favour of the examples of “wild” nature and individualism. Historical Taoists challenged conventional morality, while Confucians considered society debased and in need of strong ethical guidance.

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Remember old Chinese funerals half a century ago & before?   Rural Taoist tradition of decibel amplification/loud sounds spook away bad spirits, whereas urban Confucian tradition is quiet.

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http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/20110629_State_move_on_contract_novel.html

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The state’s decision to unilaterally impose a contract proposal with wage reductions for teachers is unprecedented in the islands and could prove a test case for future public employee union negotiations, local labor experts said.

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http://www.staradvertiser.com/editorials/20110708_Labors_ally_becomes_its_potent_adversary.html

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Former Gov. Lingle says that “Governors bring a particularly different approach to the United States Senate. They are less ideological, they are more practical, they are more agenda-driven.”

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R.I.P. braveheart journalist Marie Colvin    

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      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/22/marie-colvin-dead-american-war-reporter-syria_n_1293037.html?ref=daily-brief?utm_source=DailyBrief&utm_campaign=022212&utm_medium=email&utm_content=NewsEntry&utm_term=Daily%20Brief

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predecessor Martha Gellhorn     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martha_Gellhorn#Legacy

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http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/sections/news/local-news/fight-brews-over-senate-seat.html

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http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/20110701__Math_theory_key_to_more_advances.html

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIqe2cQ_Jd0&feature=related

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the greatest one second “run” [curl & glide notes which mimic the most sensual emotions]

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Florencia Villagra curls & glides her notes in the greatest one second “run” [trail] I’ve heard & seen.   Go to middle of this You tube at 1:38 [time sequence at the bottom of the video]  & catch this marvel at the end of the chorus just as she starts again at the words “oh darling.”       “Oh” absolutely is the most artful & erotic slide in a second of time.   Remarkable projection.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZXxa9J7qh0&feature=related

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkmQCp_Vqkk
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUSlyyz8gwA&feature=related

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpgsdiBcRw8

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVMyIqU_48s    great swing rhythm

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCypT2twc1E

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8K87NOr77Tw

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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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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soft_energy_path#Implementation

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthropocene#Anthropocene_marker

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The Anthropocene began during the 1700s AD when our greenhouse gas emissions started to change the atmosphere significantly.   Fossil fuel carbons swell the pool of airborne CO faster than other processes can reduce it.   Geologists designated the last 2 epochs based on their climactic conditions  — the Pleistocene was dominated by numerous glacial coolings, and the Holocene was the latest of several shorter interglacial warm spells, the one during which the first complex human civilizations were born.   The greenhouse gas pollution of the Anthropocene will hang around long enough to cancel the next ice age, and the result is that this human-driven eopch may last an order of magnitude longer than the Holocene did.  We who live in this 21st cetnury will do the most to determine its duration.     Thus, the Anthropocene or this Age of Humans is the apt epochal name  — this Age of Humans is the product/environmental backdrop/geological trademark of our species, per Curt Stager.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Runaway_climate_change#Current_risk

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Effects_of_global_warming#Abrupt_climate_change

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Energy_descent  [carbon crisis]

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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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Half a century ago we predicted a revolution in energy w/flying cars, jet packs, domed underwater cities, & robots.   What we got instead was a revolution in information.  As Jim Kakalios says,  implicit in the promise of jet packs & death rays are lightweight power supplies capable of storing large amounts of energy.   But the ability of batteries to act as reservoirs of electrical energy is limited by the chemical and electrical properties of atoms  — we can’t change the nature of atoms.   But information technology requires only a medium/conduit to preserve ideas and intelligence to interpret them.     Information storage also can endure for thousands of years via the semiconductors like the transistor and the diode.   If energy storage increased exponentially like information storage, then a battery which could hold its charge for only a single hour in 1970 can last for more than a century today.   Not so.   A couple of hours at the most.  Energy storage can’t change the nature of the atom.    Quantum mechanics on how atoms interact with light revolutionized the field of solid-state physics ergo MRI imaging/laptop computer/cell phone/DVD/laser printer/etc.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_unified_theory#Current_status

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Current status

As of 2011, there is still no hard evidence that nature is described by a Grand Unified Theory. Moreover, since the Higgs particle has not yet been observed, the smaller electroweak unification is still pending.  The discovery of neutrino oscillations indicates that the Standard Model is incomplete and has led to renewed interest toward certain GUT such as SO(10). One of the few possible experimental tests of certain GUT is proton decay and also fermion masses. There are a few more special tests for supersymmetric GUT.

The gauge coupling strengths of QCD, the weak interaction and hypercharge seem to meet at a common length scale called the GUT scale and equal approximately to 1016 GeV, which is slightly suggestive. This interesting numerical observation is called the gauge coupling unification, and it works particularly well if one assumes the existence of superpartners of the Standard Model particles. Still it is possible to achieve the same by postulating, for instance, that ordinary (non supersymmetric) SO(10) models break with an intermediate gauge scale, such as the one of Pati-Salam group.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Bounce#Recent_developments_in_the_theory

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Martin Bojowald, an assistant professor of physics at Pennsylvania State University, published a study in July 2007 detailing work somewhat related to loop quantum gravity that claimed to mathematically solve the time before the Big Bang, which would give new weight to the oscillatory universe and Big Bounce theories.

One of the main problems with the Big Bang theory is that at the moment of the Big Bang, there is a singularity of zero volume and infinite energy. This is normally interpreted as the end of the physics as we know it; in this case, of the theory of general relativity. This is why one expects quantum effects to become important and avoid the singularity.

However, research in loop quantum cosmology purported to show that a previously existing universe collapsed, not to the point of singularity, but to a point before that where the quantum effects of gravity become so strongly repulsive that the universe rebounds back out, forming a new branch. Throughout this collapse and bounce, the evolution is unitary.

Bojowald also claims that some properties of the universe that collapsed to form ours can also be determined. Some properties of the prior universe are not determinable however due to some kind of uncertainty principle.

This work is still in its early stages and very speculative. Some extensions by further scientists have been published in Physical Review Letters.

Peter Lynds has recently put forward a new cosmology model in which time is cyclic. In his theory our Universe will eventually stop expanding and then contract. Before becoming a singularity, as one would expect from Hawking’s black hole theory, the Universe would bounce. Lynds claims that a singularity would violate the second law of thermodynamics and this stops the Universe from being bounded by singularities. The Big Crunch would be avoided with a new Big Bang. Lynds suggests the exact history of the Universe would be repeated in each cycle in an eternal recurrence. Some critics argue that while the Universe may be cyclic, the histories would all be variants.

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My formula for human greatness is amor fati: that one wants to have nothing different, not forward, not backward, not in all eternity. Not merely to bear the necessary, still less to conceal it–all idealism is mendaciousness before the necessary–but to love it.

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Amor fati is a Latin phrase loosely translating to “love of fate” or “love of one’s fate.”  It is used to describe an attitude in which one sees everything that happens in one’s life, including suffering and loss, as good. Moreover, it is characterized by an acceptance of the events or situations that occur in one’s life.

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Pre-Socratic Greece had cyclic concepts — Socratic linear cosmogony [genesis of universe] manifested via later science — thence linear Christianity w/encouragement of innovation [only one shot at mortal life, so to speak].  Cyclic worldview tends toward fatalism [cyclic progress does not reward special efforts] — thence Nietzsche’s amor fati  — embrace the infinity of life’s cycles for their inherent reward as growth in one’s own holiness a la Asian beliefs.

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Caste system in heaven as well as on earth, thence, the pre- and contempo Hindu elite bought lock/stock/barrel the caste concept  — the elite had a short cut to heaven.

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Philosophical and religious beliefs regarding the existence or non-existence of an unchanging ‘self‘ have a direct bearing on how reincarnation is viewed within a given tradition. The Buddha lived at a time of great philosophical creativity in India when many conceptions of the nature of life and death were proposed. Some were materialist, holding that there was no existence and that the self is annihilated upon death. Others believed in a form of cyclic existence, where a being is born, lives, dies and then is re-born, but in the context of a type of determinism or fatalism in which karma played no role. Others were “eternalists,” postulating an eternally existent self or soul comparable to that in Judaic monotheism: the ātman survives death and reincarnates as another living being, based on its karmic inheritance. This is the idea that has become dominant (with certain modifications) in modern Hinduism.

The Buddhist concept of reincarnation differs from others in that there is no eternal “soul,” “spirit” or “self” but only a “stream of consciousness” that links life with life. The actual process of change from one life to the next is called punarbhava (Sanskrit) or punabbhava (Pāli), literally “becoming again,” or more briefly bhava, “becoming,” and some English-speaking Buddhists prefer the term “rebirth” or “re-becoming” to render this term as they take “reincarnation” to imply a fixed entity that is reborn.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moksha#Origins

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In Indian religions, moksha (Sanskrit: मोक्ष mokṣa) or mukti (Sanskrit: मुक्ति), literally “release” (both from a root muc “to let loose, let go”), is the liberation from samsara and the concomitant suffering involved in being subject to the cycle of repeated death and reincarnation.

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Origins

It is highly probable that the concept of moksha was first developed in India by non-Aryan people outside of the caste system whose spiritual ideas greatly influenced later Indian religious thought. Buddhism and Jainism are continuations of this tradition, and the early Upanishadic movement was influenced by it. Reincarnation was likely adopted from this religious culture by Brahmin orthodoxy. Brahmins wrote the earliest recorded scriptures containing these ideas in the early Upanishads.

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Nirvāṇa (Sanskrit: निर्वाण; Pali: निब्बान (nibbāna); Prakrit: णिव्वाण) is a central concept in Indian religions. In Sramanic thought, it is the state of being free from suffering. In Hindu philosophy, it is the union with the Supreme being through moksha. The word literally means “blowing out”— referring in the Buddhist context, to the blowing out of the fires of greed, hatred, and delusion.

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The Buddha described nirvāna as the perfect peace of the state of mind that is free from craving, anger, and other afflicting states (kilesas). This peace is achieved when the existing volitional formations which have been firmly established in the course of countless incarnations (as the bases for worldly activity) are pacified and the conditions for the production of new ones eradicated. In nirvāṇa the deeply set roots of craving (Pali: tanha, raga, lobha) and aversion (Pali: dosa) – dispositions of the mind/brain apparatus considered in Buddhism the cause of human suffering (dukkha – the first noble truth according to the Buddha) – have been dissolved and uprooted. These underlying dispositions furthermore are the basis for the process of repeated incarnation so their uprooting means that one is no longer subject to further rebirth in samsāra. In the Dhammapada, the Buddha says of nirvāna that it is “the highest happiness,” an enduring, transcendental happiness qualitatively different from the limited, transitory happiness derived from impermanent things.

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Eastern religion is about release from suffering,  Christianity is about release from sin, & Islam is about release from self-centeredness [obedience to Allah].    Eastern thought:  End suffering, find relief or peace.   Christian thought:  End sin,  find salvation.   Islam thought:   End selfish pride, find acceptance of and obedience to Allah.   Eastern process:  Eventual metamorphosis away from earthly misery via reincarnation/cyclical existences.    Western [Christian/Islam] process:    One-time shot at salvation/obedience  — linearity from mortal birth to mortal death.

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The philosopher’s stone melts away in the Big Bounce/loop quantum cosmology  — what counts as certain knowledge may, upon further examination, turn out to be in need of correction.   Evaluating the results or promises of science must always takes into account its limits.   Often, such limits are even more important than establishing results, for they show the way to new insights.  

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No time on earth exists  [relativity of space and time  — space-time transformers — Big Bounce]

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Effortlessly swings he the world, by his knowing and willing alone [general relativity  — space and time unbound] .

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Beware of asking for more time  — no ill fate ever grants it  [limits of space and time  — the end of a theory — for space/time themselves change]

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There is nothing more precious than time, for this is the price of eternity [time has no beginning, nor end, via Big Bounce ].

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There one being, a tiny wretch, so happy smallest bite to catch.   Thus one is growing patch by patch, and practices to play a grander match [our infinite and timeless Universe/Big Bounce].

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We fought with the Megadae who are born old, and grow younger and younger every year, and die when they are little children  [time is a constant — there is no beginning, no end, per Big Bounce].

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Bojowald  — Ganesha, one intact tusk [perfection], one broken tusk [chaos  – deconstruction]  — Heraclitus [merger of duality as monism personified] — or as Bojowald says, perfection/chaos, emblematic of the combination of perfection & chaos in the real world  — though loop quantum cosmology/Big Bounce are not perfect, nor are they chaotic — though fearless tyrants roost, the rest are a bunch of anarchists anyway whose chaos balance out the perfection-tril [high notes] of tyrants.  

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Atheist’s witty argot is that in this/our fleeting life without supernatural consequences, there will be no hell to pay.    Only missed opportunities.  And then you die.   Query “what it’s all been for?” per proponent Jesse Bering.  It’s a non-question/false riddle.   “And that’s the truth — I swear to God,” per Bering.   🙂

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In the 1920s and 1930s the founders of  quantum mechanics split into realist and anti-realist camps.   Realists like Einstein came up with a mental picture of what objective reality is, while anti-realists like Einstein’s thorn Niels Bohr came up with a picture of chaos and contradictions.  Time has shown Bohr to be right  — the holographic idea of where you see the image — that is, of one’s perspective — is true  — that hard evidence is empirical/experiment science  —  but no such “reality” contends vs. the holograph perspective  — so in Bohr’s tradition, we need to dispense with the word “reality.”   “Reproducible” correctly is more about the limited process of science.  The multi-verse fad rests on our Tinkertoy String theory, but this is because so-called scientists don’t have the imagination to be random and chaotic, which comprise the nature of our universe or multi-verse, if you wish.   As with a falling object beneath the event horizon of a Black Hole reaching the center of the Black Hole & getting destroyed at the center/Singularity.    From the vantage point of an external observer, the falling object is incinerated at the event horizon.  Don’t try to think of things happening inside the horizon and things happening outside the horizon.   They’re redundant descriptions of the same thing — per the complementarity principle, they’re both valid  — meaning that we have to give up the notion of a trickle of information being in just one place.

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Sista’s authenticity shows me ultimately “The Path.”

It’s not where you’re going that counts, it’s in the asking

. In other words, if you query what is the righteous life, you now are on your way to it. ;-)

Authenticity is not narcissism or self-centeredness.
It is a fluid transparency of self in all we do and with all whom we love. Thanks, Steve Kalas and my godsend Malie.
Thus the great paradox: When we share ourselves authentically, those with whom we share find themselves confronted with an invitation to be
themselves, too. They find their authentic story in the sharing of our own. Thus the gift of self or the gift of presence.

Sista’s greatest art is her sense of comedy/humor, the rarest of all [beside the rest of the trinity of art’s greatest gifts — 1) inner voice/strength
& 2) mystery/intrigue –of letting destiny unfold and reveal itself to you, just as you see w/Leonardo DiCaprio’s character Jack in the blockbuster movie
Titanic, opposite Kate Winslett’s character Rose, whose inner voice/strength/subconscious comprise her greatest art]. Art’s trinity of mystery/inner strength/humor lie in the mortal plane.

Undeniably, Sista’s greatest metaphysical gift, as opposed to mortal gift, is Sista’s direct link to her Lord. Apply my soulful mentor Malie’s dynamo duo bone-rattler queries, 1) “What is the higher Truth here?” [serve God by serving humanity, just as DiCaprio’s Jack embraced the lowest of
the low of society — outcasts/unwashed-unwanted]; 2) “What, if any, is the ultimate disguised blessing?” [by serving others, you encourage them to love and not fear anyone/anything]. Sista’ 1) processes and 2) integrates accordingly. Only love endures. It’s love, it’s all love [elderly lady at the
Ganges river in India who exuded “It’s love, it’s all love” to my mentor Malie].

Sista’s greatest inspiration on this earth is her inner voice, her link with God, who expresses to her 1) that life is unfair, but things balance out in the end/afterlife, so have a good attitude [like Norman Vincent Peale]; 2) do not be ashamed of who you are, because God is not ashamed of you, inasmuch we are all children of God — no one is forsaken; 3) retribution is not part of our God, inasmuch our God is not a punishing God — our God exudes Grace/Love evermore — thence, do not do the same thing to the abuser/perpetrator which wrongly was inflicted upon you by such abuser; 4) God’s Will is incredibly powerful — if you are able to, switch your alma y corazon [soul/heart] via your mechanism of your mind to be self-reliant, and as in Sista’s fullness of time, her gifts of the spirit include willing himself to stop her spiritual bleeding/foretell her own birth-life unfolding to God & her purpose to love/comfort/heal others; 5) nobody has God for you — you have a direct link to God. Sista’ viscerally feels that greed is humanity’s most auspicious sin, but after reflection, finds that over-pride takes the cake, so to speak; 6) it’s okay to be spoiled as long as you’re grateful. Sista’ feels that God’s Grace canopies us all, and Grace is unmerited/unearned, so humble/submit ourselves to God’s love for us all. Sista’ feels that nothing in her life is so unbearable so long as Sista’ submits to God, so that we are grateful for everything. Thence, Sista’ feels that anything is better, not worse, vis a vis the hand that is dealt her, so that Sista’ humbles herself and is grateful for everything. In this sense, this is Sista’s bonus life, as Malie so imparts to me.

Sista’ 1) processes 2) integrates her experiences into her point of being here/in the Moment, so to speak. Most fortunate that God has given Sista’ a positive handle on life. And again, Sista’ asks her bone-rattler dynamo duo queries, 1) What is the higher Truth? 2) what if any is the ultimate disguised blessing? Till time disappears, endure with love for all to the end.

Sista’ is steeped in wisdom & remarkable equanimity. An acolyte of both God & The Holy Bible, Sista’ describes both role Exemplars as lotus blossoms which beautify all above the muck they emerge from of our most unfortunate human condition].

Sista’s ultimate disguised blessings are 1) that abject tragedy in her life have inspired her to love fully & completely; 2) Sista’s own mortality which tempted Satan to test her faith in God — faith is not contingent on outcome — Faith, repeat, is not outcome dependent!! To Sista’, as to my mentor Malie, grace is God’s love, and we forgive as well as entreat/beseech for forgiveness from others in our helpless mortal condition.

What’s the higher truth is Sista’s time-tested resolution to mortal challenges, to make peace with herself, and to submit to God, to the very end. Sista’ is Norman Vincent Peale incarnate [power of positive thinking]. merited/unearned, so we humble/submit ourselves to God’s love for us all. Sista’s palpating line is “What do I know?!” The greatest spiritual leaders always keep check of their strengths/weaknesses via this query.

Tabula rasa [no preconceived notions] mark Sista’s openness. Sista’ 1) processes 2) integrates her experiences into her point of being here/in the Moment, so to speak. Till time disappears, for now and for always, endure with love for all to the end.

God’s glory pours through Sista’ like light through a prism/lens, showering a rainbow on everyone around dearest Sista’.
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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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ni6iB3thsg&feature=related

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My daughter’s genre’s Jodi Picoult’s characters are like Sista’ — they are authentic/real.


http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/7128.Jodi_Picoult

Let me tell you this: if you meet a loner, no matter what they tell you, it’s not because they enjoy solitude. It’s because they have tried to blend into the world before, and people continue to disappoint them.”
— Jodi Picoult (My Sister’s Keeper)

“I, um, I have this problem. I broke up with my boyfriend, you see. And I’m pretty upset about it, so I wanted to talk to my best friend. […] The thing is, they’re both you.”
— Jodi Picoult (The Pact)

“I’m lonely. Why do you think I had to learn to act so independent? I also get mad too quickly, and I hog the covers, and my second toe is longer than my big one. My hair has it’s own zip code. Plus, I get certifiably crazy when I’ve got PMS. You don’t love someone because they’re perfect. You love them in spite of the fact that they’re not.”
— Jodi Picoult (My Sister’s Keeper)

“A photo says, you were happy, and I wanted to catch that. A photo says, you were so important to me that I put down everything else to come watch.”
— Jodi Picoult

“So much of the language of love was like that: you devoured someone with your eyes, you drank in the sight of him, you swallowed him whole. Love was substance, broken down and beating through your bloodstream.”
— Jodi Picoult (Nineteen Minutes)

“If you spent your life concentrating on what everyone else thought of you, would you forget who you really were? What if the face you showed the world turned out to be a mask… with nothing beneath it?”
— Jodi Picoult

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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.

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

And as Steven Kalas so eloquently imparts —

“Principle” and “integrity” are such seductive yet destructive notions. Be wary of self-righteous secular blowhards who cite “principle” and “integrity.” Because principle or integrity often is but a convenient disguise for overpride/ego.
I’d rather end my life saying I was too often a fool for the hope of redemption than to end my life proud of how fiercely I nurtured my indignation at those lesser than me in principle/integrity.
Jesus was a lowly grungy hippie. Does that make him less than you/me?? Will Donald Trump be remembered two thousand years from now as we worship Jesus and our Heavenly Father two thousand years after Jesus died for our sins?? Unlikely.

Grace shapes our ideas about suffering and healing. Grace shapes the way we apprehend human dilemmas and proceed in our attempts to ameliorate those dilemmas.

The unconscious is relentless in its desire to communicate authenticity and wholeness to the ego. And the ego is relentless to ignore, dodge, deny and defend itself from those communications. Freedom to live authentically consciously is the reward. Pride/principle/integrity propounded as ethical elitism are hardly useful nor merited. They
swell in the head of one’s pride/ego who excites in judging down anyone but oneself.

Let me save you some time. You are weird! But so am I! Everybody’s weird, at least in the sense that everyone who seeks depth connections eventually must connect one’s particular, idiosyncratic weirdness with somebody else’s weirdness. Connections of weirdness, in the end, are the “good stuff” of great friendships and marriages. It’s the stuff you remember long after people are dead and gone. The joy of depth connections is to meet folks whose weirdness makes you smile a bemused smile, and likewise your weirdness is endearing to them. The stuff for the ages, timeless traditions, such as Santa’s snore while Mama Claus wonders if Santa will make his rounds of joy-giving in due time.
Manifesting an “inner soul” within one’s deepest unconscious core is a cosmic attraction for discovering depth connections with others. Depth connections are a gift. A discovery. Not a decision or an achievement. They simply are inexplicably climactic.

And for the next few minutes, the hobo speaks of an aloneness and misery so stark, so complete, well, it’s not easy to behold.

His poverty — physical, psychological, spiritual — is matched by the poverty of my response.

I rather enjoy random encounters with human beings. I pay attention to these encounters. Especially when I become and am the hobo of humanity.

Some part of me is always ready for those encounters to have meaning. Maybe profound meaning. From both contradictions of the giver and the given. It comes from the way my mother raised me. From watching her. I translated a message from her that goes something like, “No one doesn’t matter.”

Then there was my maternal grandmother, an Anglo-Catholic, who wrapped that same message theologically. She was keen to remind me that I might be “entertaining angels unaware.”

The last piece I added on my own. I pay attention to otherwise random encounters not merely because I might have the opportunity even to change a life, but because I might, too, be changed by the encounter. From both sides, as giver and as given. Hitherto unexplained and unexplored.

It is a profound walk to find the courage to be here at all. To scratch and claw for the truth. Fundamentally, the truth about myself, ourselves, lovely and unlovely. For we all fall short, except to the fetid self-righteous who judge down to ascend up their delusion of prideful opulence. And have we not experienced them all, abusive and powerful!

No one doesn’t matter. You never know when you might entertain an angel, nor if you become an angel yourself.

You never know when the answer to your most pressing question will come in the form of some stranger who crosses your path. Not every random encounter has profound meaning. Not every encounter shifts the course of destiny.
But still, the next encounter might. You never know. Mindful, heartful. What do these matter? Maybe a Lot [Biblical].
Thank you, Steven –Curt

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We all fall short. Remember this. We all fall short.

Most unfortunate. Most unfortunate.

I’ve been mulling over 1 Corinthians 10:13, and Grace is the key. When Paul writes that God will not allow us to be tempted beyond our ability, he means that we are NEVER in a situation where we have NO other choice but to sin. It’s very important to
understand that God does NOT tempt anyone. Satan does the tempting, not God. James 1:13 emphatically states, “Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am being tempted by God,’ for God cannot be tempted with evil, and He Himself tempts NO one.” We grow in His Holiness, or we go in the opposite direction tempted by Satan, the convenient/easy out. Yet God allows Grace sufficient to endure and triumph over terrifying adversity. We abide by faith in Him, and trust to His Sustaining Grace. Daunting adversities endured by mortals, strengthened by the Grace of God. We have nothing to fear, especially considered are faithfulness, care, and the power of God in His Almighty grace. Grace is the key.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/15/jesus-quotes_n_898695.html?utm_source=Triggermail&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=daily_brief#s308916&title=Mark_102122

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I dedicate this to my daughter Staycie, who inspires me just as my Maker shows me the way, the walk in Faith. When you sense a need of another person, choose redemption [redeem yourself in service/love to such person] over indifference [incl. apprehension/uncertainty of the other person’s reaction],  no matter the risk.   To paraphrase Emily Dickinson,  one’s mind is so near that it does not see distinctly.   But one’s heart sharpens vision with life.  So that it is better to risk the question, “Is my heart too much for you to bear,”  than to feign indifference, or even to feel bitterness such as in failing to forgive yourself over a lost opportunity to save/rescue a lost soul.   It is not about a save/rescue, but to share in blessings and love for one another.   A gift is to share, the sharing being the gift itself in all respects.

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Faith is not outcome-dependent, such that Jesus does not cut a deal or bargain over your destiny.   You don’t trade off with Jesus.   Neither do you engage in magic/hocus pocus — Faith is not a Vegas act.   It is as real as the wage of sin — death.    Thy Will Be Done.   One is not cursed because that person or one’s progeny are afflicted with medical issues.   It just is, as Eleanor Roosevelt’s orphan phase just is.    This is one’s walk in Faith, side by side with Jesus.   Everlasting life beyond our own on this temporal earth.     But for the Grace of God there go I.   Psalm 124

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Again, remember that blessings are about obedience and faith in God, nothing to do with temporal/earthly occurrences such as earthquakes/tsunamis/hurricanes/cancer/diabetes/etc.    And curses are of one’s own doing, not inherited via one’s DNA [nurture, not nature], such as overpride-vanity/envy-jealousy/greed/selfishness/anger.
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http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/steviewonder/joyinsidemytears.html

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Russia invades former USSR  orbiter Georgia.   Bush tells Putin cheek to cheek at the Beijing Olympics that Georgia’s Saakashvili is hot-blooded, and that Putin should accept this.   Putin fires back to Bush,  “I’m hot-blooded too!”   Bush stares back at Putin,  “No, you’re cold-blooded.”   Putin & Bush never really moved past the Cold War.   Just as Egypt’s Mubarek cracked down on dissidents in 2006, as did Venezuela’s Chavez/Nicaragua/Bolivia/Equador/Belarus/Burma/Cuba/Sudan.    On the other hand, Georgia/Ukraine/Kosovo/Colombia/India/Indonesia/Brazil/Chile turned toward democracy.   A fundamental problem in the Middle East is the lack of freedom in the Palestinian territories.   With no sovereignty, Palestine lacks its rightful place in the world.   With no voice in their future, extremists move forward.   With no legitimately elected Palestinian leaders to fight terrorism, Israel has no reliable partner for peace.   The solution is a democratic Palestinian first nation, led by legitimately elected officials who reject terror and pursue peace with Israel.

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 Protean Pi’ehu [so named by Kamehameha heirs for his red hair] was our greatest peacemaker/statesperson by a mile, in composure & countenance much greater a leader and decisionmaker than the more celebrated though irascible/truculent Joseph Nawahi, who made as many enemies as allies.   True, a prophet such as Nawahi is a stranger in his own hometown  [http://bible.cc/luke/4-24.htm], but Pi’ehu was more effective as a mover of mountains [http://niv.scripturetext.com/joshua/14-6.htm] via the empathy which Pi’ehu manifested for the enemies of Pi’ehu and his Hawaiian people.   By the way, Aima has tons of progeny incl. well-known icons Manu Meyer/Noa Aluli/Ernie Kai’s Hilo ohana incl. Keoki Kai.
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Red China has bought up much oil reserves incl. Canadian/Australian, & Iran is Red China’s major oil supplier.   Red China in effect has bought Taiwan.    In the next 30 yrs., the combined GDP [gross domestic product  — http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gross_domestic_product] of the emerging seven nations of Brazil/Red China/India/Indonesia/Mexico/Turkey/Russia will far surpass the G7 of U.S./UK/Japan/Germany/Italy/Canada/France.  Especially Red China holds so much U.S. currency & debt, & controls much of the natural resources which the U.S. requires, that the U.S. is beholden to Red China, not the other way around.   Three phases of emerging market investments [incl. foreign sovereign wealth funds  — SWF  —  /gov’t cabals  — the so-called shadow market] over the past 3 decades consist of  1)  1980s to 1990s — cheap manufactured exports ergo Red China’s Asian Tigers along w/those of Indonesia/Malaysia/Thailand/S. Korea/Taiwan [Thailand’s GDP was the fastest-growing]  — overinvestment flooded Asia w/capital, which resulted in a bubble which burst by 1999;      2)    2000-2009  investments in commodities/raw materials as the demand spiked for agriculture/energy/infrastructure materials   — the biggest beneficiaries were the oil producers of the Mideast and backward nations like Brazil which have plentiful resources & miniscule indebtedness;    3)    today’s third phase is on domestic demand for products as in China/India/Brazil w/large populations w/strong consumer demographics-cultures, unlike Russia’s sole petroleum product w/an aging-weak consumer base.     China’s negative/minus is an aging population, India’s negative/minus is its small tax base which thwarts national investments in the economy.    Shadow market nations are racing to improve their food-security risks by buying large swaths of farmland in other nations, & risking starvation of other nations’ local residents/population.   Saudi Arabia has a farm the size of Connecticut in Indonesia, and Korean Daewoo Inc. controls half the arable land in Madagascar.     The shadow market cabals/gov’t capitalists are on their way to control over $20 trillion in assets, a sum greater than the gross domestic product of the U.S.

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Concerns about SWFs

There are several reasons why the growth of sovereign wealth funds is attracting close attention.

  • As this asset pool continues to expand in size and importance, so does its potential impact on various asset markets.
  • Some countries worry that foreign investment by SWFs raises national security concerns because the purpose of the investment might be to secure control of strategically important industries for political rather than financial gain.  These concerns have led the EU to reconsider whether to allow its members to use “golden shares” to block certain foreign acquisitions.  This strategy has largely been excluded as a viable option by the EU, for fear it would give rise to a resurgence in international protectionism. In the U.S., these concerns are addressed by the Exon–Florio Amendment to the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988, Pub. L. No. 100-418, § 5021, 102 Stat. 1107, 1426 (codified as amended at 50 U.S.C. app. § 2170 (2000)), as administered by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).
  • Their inadequate transparency is a concern for investors and regulators. For example, size and source of funds, investment goals, internal checks and balances, disclosure of relationships and holdings in private equity funds. Many of these concerns have been addressed by the IMF and its Santiago Principles, which set out common standards regarding transparency, independence and governance.
  • SWFs are not nearly as homogeneous as central banks or public pension funds. However they do have a number of interesting and unique characteristics in common. These make them a distinct and potentially valuable tool for achieving certain public policy and macroeconomic goals.
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Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global ergo Petroleum Fund/Oljefondet & its leader Yngve Slyngstad are the good guys who do the right thing [transparency/shareholder rights/board accountability/child labor/water management/climate change] per Santiago Principles over sovereign wealth funds/investment practices which are fair/encourage free flow of trade/ESG — environmental-social-corporate governance issues a la Warren Beatty’s-Julie Christie’s movie “Heaven Can Wait” over 3 decades ago.    When Norway’s Petroleum Fund sold its $6 million stake in Israel’s Elbit Systems which supplies surveillance equipment for the barrier separating the West Bank from the rest of Israel, to express Norway’s disapproval of Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians, Norway used the power of its capital [Norway’s $437 billion sovereign wealth fund is the 2nd largest sovereign wealth fund — SWF  — in the world after the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority — Norway’s fund owns 1% of all shares of stock available for sale on the planet] to make a responsible political statement, albeit wading into complex geopolitical disputes.

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Perspectives

There are three primary approaches to viewing and understanding the global financial system.

The liberal view holds that the exchange of currencies should be determined not by state institutions but instead individual players at a market level. This view has been labelled as the Washington Consensus. This view is challenged by a social democratic front which advocates the tempering of market mechanisms, and instituting economic safeguards in an attempt to ensure financial stability and redistribution. Examples include slowing down the rate of financial transactions, or enforcing regulations on the behaviour of private firms. Outside of this contention of authority and the individual, neoMarxists are highly critical of the modern financial system in that it promotes inequality between state players, particularly holding the view that the political North abuse the financial system to exercise control of developing countries’ economies.

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In an interview with Der Spiegel,  Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre called the G-20 “one of the greatest setbacks since World War II.” Although Norway is the largest contributor to development programs in the World Bank and United Nations, it is not a member of the E.U. and thus not represented in the G-20 even indirectly.  Norway, like the other 170 nations not among the G-20, has little or no voice within the group. Støre characterized the G-20 as a “self-appointment group”, arguing that it undermines the legitimacy of organizations set up in the aftermath of World War II, organizations like the IMF, World Bank and United Nations:

The G-20 is a self-appointed group. Its composition is determined by the major countries and powers. It may be more representative than the G-7 or the G-8, in which only the richest countries are represented, but it is still arbitrary. We no longer live in the 19th century, a time when the major powers met and redrew the map of the world. No one needs a new Congress of Vienna.

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Governance of the economy and of globalization

The 2008 financial crisis exploded, once again, the myth that the all-powerful free-market forces will correct all serious financial malfunctioning on their own, as well as belief in the presumed independence of the economy. Lacking in transparency and far from democratic, international financial institutions have proven incapable of handling the market’s critical breakdown.

Free-market economy is incapable of meeting the population’s needs on its own. Without regulation and without consideration of social and environmental externalities, free-market capitalism turns into an uncontrollable machine that produces more and more wealth concentrated in fewer and fewer hands, leading the global community into a head-on collision with disaster and chaos. Its capacity to produce is not in doubt: the problem is absence of redistribution, which is the result of absence of political and citizen will to change the rules of the game.

Nonetheless, the debate on the failings of the system has begun to turn in the academic world into solution seeking, which is a step in the right direction. According to Tubiana and Severino, “refocusing the doctrine of international cooperation on the concept of public goods offers the possibility . . . of breaking the deadlock in international negotiations on development, with the perception of shared interests breathing new life into an international solidarity that is running out of steam.”

Stiglitz, on his part, argues that a number of global public goods should be produced and supplied to the populations, but they are not, and a number of global externalities should be taken into consideration, but they are not. On the other hand, he contends, the international stage is often used to find solutions to completely unrelated problems under the protection of opacity and secrecy, which would be impossible in a national democratic framework.

On the subject of international trade, Susan George states that “. . . in a rational world, it would be possible to construct a trading system serving the needs of people in both North and South. . . . Under such a system, crushing third world debt and the devastating structural adjustment policies applied by the World Bank and the IMF would have been unthinkable, although the system would not have abolished capitalism.”

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Polisci pundits Jacob S. Hacker/Paul Pierson say that our Capitol Hill/White House spineless leaders’ winner take all politics made the rich richer, & turned their backs on our Middle Class/Silent Majority/Mainstream America  — not foreign trade/global finance  — during Jimmy Carter’s era de-regulation undid the fair distribution of economic rewards — along w/tax cuts for the wealthiest — which continued under Reagan/Bush/Clinton/Bush Jr., & now Obama.   25 yrs. before FDR described political equality as “meaningless in the face of economic inequality,”  FDR’s cousin Teddy Roosevelt pronounced that “the supreme political task of our day is to drive out the special interests from our public life.”   For all the contradictions of progressive talk by Clinton/Obama,  reformers of a century ago shared the convictions held by our Founders of democracy nearly  240 yrs. ago that democracy was the rule of many, not the all-powerful elite/fortunate few on Wall St.

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World population and agricultural crisis

The 20th century saw a rapid increase in human population due to medical developments and massive increase in agricultural productivity made by the Green Revolution.   Between 1950 and 1984, as the Green Revolution transformed agriculture around the globe, world grain production increased by 250%. The Green Revolution in agriculture helped food production to keep pace with worldwide population growth or actually enabled population growth. The energy for the Green Revolution was provided by fossil fuels in the form of fertilizers (natural gas), pesticides (oil), and hydrocarbon fueled irrigation.   David Pimentel, professor of ecology and agriculture at Cornell University, and Mario Giampietro, senior researcher at the National Research Institute on Food and Nutrition (INRAN), place in their study Food, Land, Population and the U.S. Economy the maximum U.S. population for a sustainable economy at 200 million. To achieve a sustainable economy and avert disaster, the United States must reduce its population by at least one-third, and world population will have to be reduced by two-thirds, says the study.

The authors of this study believe that the mentioned agricultural crisis will only begin to impact us after 2020, and will not become critical until 2050. Geologist Dale Allen Pfeiffer claims that coming decades could see spiraling food prices without relief and massive starvation on a global level such as never experienced before.

Wheat is humanity’s 3rd most produced cereal. Extant fungal infections such as Ug99 (a kind of stem rust) can cause 100% crop losses in most modern varieties. Little or no treatment is possible and infection spreads on the wind. Should the world’s large grain producing areas become infected then there would be a crisis in wheat availability leading to price spikes and shortages in other food stuffs.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_crisis#Other_scenarios

Other scenarios

  • Peak oil: Fossil fuels attain a level of scarcity before an economically viable replacement is devised, leading firstly to economic strain, followed by the collapse of modern agriculture, then to mass starvation.

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There is hope however from the “think globally, eat locally” movement. The 100-mile diet, where people obtain their food from within a 100-mile radius of their homes, makes good sense for most of the world. The whole fabric of the food production system needs to change, or hunger and malnutrition will only get much worse.

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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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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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Romney has kept many of his investments in a trust he describes as blind since he entered the Massachusetts governor’s race in 2002. The trust is designed to eliminate conflicts of interest by preventing Romney from knowing about trades made on his behalf and from making specific financial decisions. A Boston attorney who runs the trust oversees Romney’s far-flung holdings in stocks, mutual funds and securities.

Romney can set the general direction of his finances, Cooke and other tax experts said. Romney made that clear in August 2007, as he tried to quell a growing furor about his ownership of some stocks that clashed with Republican positions on Iran, China and other issues.

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A blind trust is a trust in which the fiduciaries, namely the trustees or those who have been given power of attorney, have full discretion over the assets, and the trust beneficiaries have no knowledge of the holdings of the trust and no right to intervene in their handling. Blind trusts are generally used when a settlor (sometimes called a trustor or donor) wishes to keep the beneficiary unaware of the specific assets in the trust, such as to avoid conflict of interest between the beneficiary and the investments. Politicians or others in sensitive positions often place their personal assets (including investment income) into blind trusts, to avoid public scrutiny and accusations of conflicts of interest when they direct government funds to the private sector.

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Criticism

Over the years, The Nature Conservancy has faced a number of criticisms. They fall into the following main categories:

Too close to business

Some environmentalists consider industrial development to be antagonistic to environmentalism, and disapprove of The Nature Conservancy’s policy of permitting oil drilling, timbering, mining, and natural gas drilling on land donated to the Conservancy.

Questionable resale

There have been allegations of The Nature Conservancy obtaining land and reselling it at a profit, sometimes to supporters, who have then made use of it in ways not perceived by many as being sufficiently environmentally friendly. The rationale for the resale has been that the profit allows The Nature Conservancy to increase its preservation of what the Nature Conservancy claims are more important locations.  However, the Conservancy does have a no-net-profit policy that has been in effect for years for all transactions of this type.

Animal rights

The Nature Conservancy has also been criticized, like many large environmental groups such as the Sierra Club and the World Wildlife Fund for using hunting in its management policies. Retired General Norman Schwarzkopf, the Commander of coalition forces during the First Gulf War, was a member of the President’s Conservation Counsel of the Conservancy, is also a member of the trophy hunting organization the Safari Club.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Trust_for_Public_Land#Statistics

Since 1972, TPL has completed more than 3,900 land conservation projects in 46 states protecting more than 2.8 million acres (8000 km²).

Since 1996, TPL has helped states and communities craft and pass more than 350 ballot measures generating over $25 billion in new conservation-related funding.

In the 2007-2008 fiscal year, TPL helped to plan and construct 15 parks and playgrounds.

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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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When FDR had difficulty w/Congress, he did radio fireside chats.   President Obama can do the same via social media/etc.

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Non-combat fatalities [traffic accidents/etc.] now to be recognized via personal letter from President Obama are a stretch, as if the President of the United States didn’t have more pressing/national security things to do.

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

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  • John Lockwood
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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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Curtis Narimatsu wrote:

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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http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/20110605__Study_shifts_theory_of_isles_creation.html

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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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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, and for my supporting also banned Peter Frost’s crucible  that editorial outcome-controlled expression/thought are not free will][more recently, its editor removed a whole thread on ex-scribe — at that time — Kevin Dayton’s erroneous assertion that GASB-45 won’t hurt our County’s pocketbook — even though this thread had nearly a hundred comments,  some correctly critical of Kevin’s failure even to make a cursory call to the GASB-45 project manager/administrator  — protect the editor’s journalist cronies, no matter the public’s right to know!] [too bad, because the editor is like my hanai daughter, but the  editor needs to stop coddling the editor’s crony journalist colleagues, esp.  half-baked ones like those who posted on the editor’s website]

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Musical great & singular rocker Prince  —

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mOUY9rBEmM&feature=related

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Unquestionably, rocker Prince is the greatest contempo shin mover [knees down to the toes] dancer I’ve seen, second to alltime indomitable Astaire, & Astaire’s overall body fluidity also is tops.   Michael Jackson is an expert in sleight of hand/misdirection, so to speak, not in the same calibre as Prince or Astaire.   James Brown is the greatest footstepper [simply moving the feet].    Prince also a great guitar picker/ player.

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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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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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Barry Lopez  — Those that we revere as our great teachers [for Curt, dynamic duo of Keoni/Lukini Andrew born 1942/1943] did not break the faith with their beliefs, but remained dedicated to something outside the self  — never did they become their own enemies of their souls and memories. 
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Antonio Machado  –   My feeling is not only mine, but ours.   
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 Stephen Buhner –  Trust the things that you feel, that insist they be said, are there inside you, pushing on you,  for a reason.   Trust that there are people out there that need to hear those things, just as much as you need to say them.   Understand that.  If you persevere, in such moment of transference, there is something more than merely human involved  — and as Homer said, filled with powers all of us have been told no longer exist.

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Fontanne & Lunt brought great joy to our hearts in the last century  —

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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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Great religious figures invoke the most important precepts, especially amid our trials & tribulations.   As tremendous observer Steven Kalas born 1957 chastens,  we bear with suffering by finding meaning in it, as we turn suffering into transformative good in the world.  

 
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In healing, we go from desolation to conception/creation/meaning/mission/fulfillment.    Loss/suffering transcend into benefits/contributions unto others as we choose our paths of redemption and renewed self-respect, all in enduring gratefulness to others.  We accept our past and make peace with it as we weave it into the wholeness of a meaningful existence. 
 
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Empathy means “to enter the pathos [pain].”    Compassion means “to suffer with.”    We choose  a path of penance to  reaffirm any value we lost, in our walk in redemption.   True humility is in acknowledging that we all are broken, poured-out people in need of a lift, as one lifts bread and wine for the faithful.
 
 
Especially those who come from our social margins evoke that there is more than enough love to go around, that empathy/compassion/beneficence/trust/hope/gratitude/humility are God’s felt necessities.  Sharing is as natural as breathing.  Second nature.  To the person giving of oneself,  such person has another wondrous opportunity to become even more self-fulfilled, as the receiver derives benefit/sustenance/love.   I have experienced personally the magnanimity of altruists on the edges of society who give so unconditionally of themselves and of their meager austere possessions.   And the incredulity of abject parsimony on the part of our patricians utterly full of themselves.   Huli’au/upside down [confounds one’s imagination]!!

 

 
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, just as Jesus intones.  Ephesians 4:32/Romans 3:23/Hebrews 8:12. 
 
 
 

The story of Job, the Book of Ecclesiastes, Jacob wrestling with God (Genesis), the Book of Lamentations and the Wailing Wall  —  all codify  doubt as part and parcel of the journey of faith.

And, in the Christian story, the disciple Thomas is showcased as the walking, talking icon of doubt.   And, when finally confronted by Jesus, Thomas is not criticized for his doubt. Jesus in no way is personally offended by Thomas’ doubt.   Instead, Thomas is invited to see, think and experience for himself: “Put your hands in my wounds…”

 

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More like “Realistic Thomas.”   Jesus doesn’t chastise Thomas for doubting.   Instead, Jesus calls his bluff.   Jesus shows up, extends his wounded hands and says, essentially, “You’re on, cowboy. Reach out, see and feel these wounds. Those would be the holes left over from nails.” “My Lord and my God,” Thomas exclaims.   Thomas recognizes Jesus as he knows Jesus’ wounds. The wounds are the ultimate credential of identity. The wounds of which Thomas now is aware.    Doubt has energized Faith.
 
 
http://www.lvrj.com/living/what-hurts-most-may-bring-people-closest-together-134200018.html
 
 
 
 

Ethos entail a moral economy balanced by duty towards those who lack means or who cannot perform such good.   Ethos also entail if necessary taking the blame for something in order to solve an issue or save someone else.   These are Christ’s examples of the right intent/heart, per Romans 12:1.

 

 

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We may learn from this verse,(1) That the proper worship of God is the free homage of the mind. It is not forced or constrained. The offering of ourselves should be voluntary. No other can be a true offering, and none other can be acceptable.(2) The character of God is of mercy; of long-continued and patient forbearance, and it should influence us to devote ourselves to Him.   
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Winston Churchill’s stunning defeat as prime minister at the end of WWII  —

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Churchill did not anticipate the common Brit’s desire for a better standard of living [nationalized health care/improved wages/etc.].    Of course, Russia’s A-bomb got Churchill  vindicated in 1951 by Churchill’s win over Socialist Attlee, who defeated Churchill in 1945.  Attlee’s nationalized industries/etc. removed the incentive to better the common Brit’s standard of living.    Churchill’s many strokes/aneurysms forced him to retire in 1955.   Churchill’s mission to ensure our Free World vs. the Iron Curtain [after the fall of Hitler] made him a recurring world leader a la 1951’s victory as Prime Minister.   Such was his Phoenix out of the ashes persona — a young photographer told Churchill on his 75th birthday,  “I hope to take your photo on your 100th birthday.”   To which Churchill chortled,  “I don’t see why not, young man.   You look reasonably fit & healthy!!”     😉        Churchill lived to be 90 yrs. old.    And he drank whisky & soda in the morning simply to “moisten” his throat.     Of course, had FDR/Truman/Ike listened to Churchill 1933-1955, the Free World would have quashed Hitler & Stalin before their conquests of sheer madness/insanity.

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Author Leaming says that at the 1953 posh coronation of today’s Queen Elizabeth, w/all dressed to the tee, Churchill emerges from the bathroom & confronts his longtime political foe Aneurin Bevan, ever underdressed for the occasion [business suit][Bevan often mocked Churchill on Churchill’s fondness for full regalia uniforms].   Churchill stares frostily at Bevan & chastens,  “You might have taken the trouble to dress correctly on this occasion at least.”   Beven looks Churchill up then down, & cries out, “Winston, your flies are undone!”  To which Churchill does not skip a beat in retorting,  “Do not concern yourself too much about that  — dead birds never fly from their nest.”     😉

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Rock Hudson/Sidney Poitier acted in Robert Ruark’s book’s movie “Something of Value” 1957 about a white settler & his African boyhood friend.   When direc tor Richard Brooks couted Kenya for locations anthropologist Louis Leakey took Brooks to imprisoned nationalist Jomo Kenyatta, who told them what Churchill said in 1907, that unless Europeans could get along with Africans, the Europeans would have to leave Africa.   Churchill provided the film’s prologue  — “the problems of East Africa are the problems of the world.”   But Churchill’s prologue went badly w/test audiences.    Author Toye quotes Brooks,  “MGM execs said ‘get rid of this fucking Englishman!’   I said,  ‘What are you talking about??  Winston Churchill??  The greatest statesman in the world??’   Their reply — ‘Whoever the fuck he is!!   Out, out, of the picture!!'”    And so the greatest living figure of English-speaking countries ended up on the cutting room floor.   Movie “priming” is insiduous/agenda-setting  — resulting in a viewership of emotional zombies.

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typical & crude male chauvinism  — Churchill & an irate lady MP  —

Mr. Churchill, you are drunk.

Madam, you are ugly.

Mr. Churchill, you are extremely drunk!

And you, Madam, are extremely ugly.  But tomorrow, I shall be sober,  and you ….?

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We could use Albert Gallatin, America’s Swiss founding father, so to speak.   Gallatin is the longest-serving Secretary of the Treasury 1801-1814, serving under Presidents Thomas Jefferson & James Madison.   Thru his paying down the public debt, we were able to finance the Louisiana Purchase thru a bond issuance.   This doubled the size of our young nation.   Gallatin’s fiscal conservatism/administrative acumen met the challenge of the War of 1812, which sorely tested public finances.

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The national debt was seen as an indicator of waste and corruption, and Jeffersonians wanted it paid off totally. They also wanted to buy Louisiana and fight a war with Britain, and Gallatin managed to finance these grand objectives, but he could not simultaneously pay off the debt. The debt stood at $80 million in 1801, and Gallatin devoted 3/4 of federal revenues to reducing it. Despite spending $15 million on Louisiana, and losing the tax on whiskey when it was repealed in 1802, Gallatin trimmed the debt to $45 million. The government saved money by mothballing the Navy and keeping the Army small and poorly equipped. Gallatin reluctantly supported Jefferson’s embargo of 1807-1808, which tried to use economic coercion to change British policies, and failed to do so.  The War of 1812 (1812–1815) proved expensive, and the debt soared to $123 million, even with burdensome new taxes.

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Q. Why nothing on Molly Pitcher?

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“Molly Pitcher is the name of a legendary figure of the American Revolution. She is associated with the Battle of Monmouth and since 1876 has been identified with a woman veteran of the war, Mary Ludwig Hays McCauley, who lived in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. As part of the centennary events of that year, an unmarked grave believed to be hers was opened and the remains were reburied with honors under a plaque delaring her to have been the real embodiment of the famous Molly Pitcher.
The central theme of the Molly Pitcher story is of a woman whose husband was wounded or killed while serving at an artillery piece at the Battle of Monmouth. She took his place to the admiration of the other soldiers who admired her courage and devotion to her husband. The story has seemingly endless variations, often including a cameo appearance by George Washington who gives her either a gold coin — in one version a whole hatful of gold coins — or a promotion to sergeant or captain. Some books even provide elaborate dialogue said to have passed between the camp woman and the commander in chief. In many of these, she speaks with an Irish brogue, but sometimes she is represented as German.
Often students doing school projects on “Molly Pitcher” ask for details about her place of birth or childhood experiences and education. There are no historical sources that can provide such information about a legendary character.
The real woman, Mary Ludwig Hays McCauley was awarded a pension by the State of Pennsylvania in1822 “for services rendered” during the war — this was more than the usual widow’s pension which was awarded to soldiers’ wives who marched with the army. So one assumes she did something special. But when she died there was no mention of a cannon or the Battle of Monmouth in her obituary. Historical sources do confirm that at least two women fought in the Battle of Monmouth — one was at an artillery position and the other was in the infantry line. There is no evidence linking either of them to McCauley.”

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Tremendous samurai pundit Denise Takashima born 1953 is 1960s Diana Rigg incarnate.

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From gorgeous indomitable Denise —

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Haven’t heard from you lately.
I’m reading an interesting book (one of three at same time) and
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Musashi’s Book of Five Rings.
Have you read it?
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Konichiwa, Denise!    KingLit’s emails to you were bounced by your firewall.   You’re Musashi incarnate [economy of movement/misdirection/counter-thrust/etc.].    You’re my alltime hero [vision — ensure pristine mother nature for future generations/conservationism a la Musashi][groundedness — total humbleness a la Musashi][empathy — I never forgot how you came to Ah Chew Goo’s defense vs. today’s clueless sports jock celebrities like Larry Price  — no matter the outcome, your empathy showed us the way/method  — lead by example, not mouthiness].    Love always, your biggest fan [I witnessed your valor/heart re: Ah Chew Goo][I witnessed your sonkei mukashi no  — filial piety  — re: Uncle Willy Thompson’s 442 boys at the Elks Club]   —   Curt

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The Book of Five Rings (五輪書, Go Rin No Sho?) is a text on kenjutsu and the martial arts in general, written by the samurai warrior Miyamoto Musashi circa 1645. It is considered a classic treatise on military strategy, much like Sun Tzu‘s The Art of War. There have been various translations made over the years, and it enjoys an audience considerably broader than only that of martial artists: for instance, some business leaders find its discussion of conflict and taking the advantage to be relevant to their work. The modern-day Hyōhō Niten Ichi-ryū employs it as a manual of technique and philosophy.

Musashi establishes a “no-nonsense” theme throughout the text. For instance, he repeatedly remarks that technical flourishes are excessive, and contrasts worrying about such things with the principle that all technique is simply a method of cutting down one’s opponent. He also continually makes the point that the understandings expressed in the book are important for combat on any scale, whether a one-on-one duel or a massive battle. Descriptions of principles are often followed by admonitions to “investigate this thoroughly” through practice rather than trying to learn them by merely reading.

Miyamoto Musashi in his prime, wielding two bokken.

Musashi describes and advocates a two-sword style (nitōjutsu): that is, wielding both katana and wakizashi, contrary to the more traditional method of wielding the katana two-handed. However, he only explicitly describes wielding two swords in a section on fighting against many adversaries. The stories of his many duels rarely reference Musashi himself wielding two swords, although, since they are mostly oral traditions, their details may be rather inaccurate. Some suggest that Musashi’s meaning was not so much wielding two swords “simultaneously”, but rather acquiring the proficiency to (singly) wield either sword in either hand as the need arose.

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Hi Denise:    The “rebound” effect catapulted Hitler to power, ergo Imperial Germany’s apocalyptic defeat in WWI, followed by an immense economic depression [there was no “Marshall Plan” to rescue the post-WWI impotent Weimar Republic] which catalyzed a totalitarian/xenophobic Nazi regime hell-bent on ousting contrived “enemies of the state” such as Jews.   –Curt

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Have also been reading and watching the history channel on Hitler lately. After visiting Germany and trying to remember european history, I’m seeing it in a different light these days. I’m perplexed as to why the Germans were so intelligent on so many other levels, how they got caught up with Hitler baffles me. The way we learned about these subjects from teachers as a child is so different when you research later in life as an adult. As a student you are taught to memorize and that it is in chronological order. But you were never given information as to why these things happened or what else was going on at the same time that may have caused it in history.
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Let’s dance!!    In tribute to inspirational Denise, and for Bert Mukai on his 55th birthday July 26,  and in tribute on the 55th anniversary of Elvis’ Hound Dog in 1956 — here we go  —

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[greatest version of “Try a Little Tenderness!”]

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Denise challenges the imagination of ideas previously found only in science fiction and with the implications of these ideas for how we can understand the world around us.  The earlier concepts of space and time as completely distinct/separate in relativity theory now are unified in one joint notion of space-time.   So the same might be true of information and reality, tenable in quantum physics.  Irony is that while quantum physics freed us from what classic physics constrained, we find we are embedded into the world more so than what was the case back then, limited by our own imagination.

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from magnanimous person of immense equanimity Denise 8/10/11  —

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Aloha Curtis
Loved all of it!

The movie Lilo and Stich was a great movie for Hawaii and the children of Kamehameha Schools. If you've seen the movie, the character Lilo (Hawaiian girl) is a major Elvis fan. In that movie, the best scene was "heartbreak hotel". And movies with Dwayne Johnson, and disney, also seems to have him singing a lot of Elvis. 

Elvis is one of those icons, that no matter who you speak with, they know and enjoy Elvis. And funny that you should use Chris Brown appearances in your You Tube bookmarks!

But I really understand King Lit and his wise words. And yes, he's a very compassionate man. Very sensitive. I stand firm in my belief, that like you, a daddy of a daughter (or daughters) is a changed man. I can always tell if a man has a daughter.
Coach Vince Goo, Coach Dave Shoji, King Lit, Barrack.....curtis narimatsu....

Music is so good for the soul and for the many moods we humans feel.
thanks, again,
made my day!
with aloha,
denise

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If you thought roughrider President Roosevelt a century ago was “the man,”  [hero personified] you never knew his real deal unflinchingly courageous son Teddy Jr., to me the alltime hero which Jr.’s dad never ever dreamed dad could be.

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General Barton approved this letter with much misgiving, stating that he did not expect Roosevelt to return alive.

Roosevelt would be the only general on D-Day to land by sea with the first wave of troops. He was one of the first soldiers, along with Capt. Leonard T. Schroeder Jr., off his landing craft as he led the U.S. 4th Infantry Division‘s 8th Infantry Regiment and 70th Tank Battalion landing at Utah Beach. Roosevelt was soon informed that the landing craft had drifted more than a mile south of their objective, and the first wave was a mile off course. Walking with the aid of a cane and carrying a pistol, he personally made a reconnaissance of the area immediately to the rear of the beach to locate the causeways that were to be used for the advance inland. He then returned to the point of landing and contacted the commanders of the two battalions, Lt. Cols. Conrad C. Simmons and Carlton O. MacNeely, and coordinated the attack on the enemy positions confronting them. Roosevelt’s famous words in these circumstances were, “We’ll start the war from right here!” These impromptu plans worked with complete success and little confusion. With artillery landing close by, each follow-on regiment was personally welcomed on the beach by a cool, calm, and collected Roosevelt, who inspired all with humor and confidence, reciting poetry and telling anecdotes of his father to steady the nerves of his men. Ted pointed almost every regiment to its changed objective. Sometimes he worked under fire as a self-appointed traffic cop, untangling traffic jams of trucks and tanks all struggling to get inland and off the beach.

With his division’s original plan modified on the beach, the division was able to achieve its mission objectives by simply coming ashore and attacking north behind the beach toward its original objective. Years later, General Omar Bradley was asked to name the single most heroic action he had ever seen in combat, and he replied, “Ted Roosevelt on Utah Beach.” Originally recommended for the Distinguished Service Cross by General Barton, the award was upgraded at higher headquarters to the Medal of Honor which Roosevelt was posthumously awarded on 28 September 1944.

Roosevelt’s actions on D-Day are portrayed in The Longest Day, a 1962 film in which he was played by actor Henry Fonda. The movie is based on the book of the same name, published in 1959 by Cornelius Ryan.

Death

Throughout World War II, Roosevelt suffered from health problems. He had arthritis, mostly from old World War I injuries, and walked with a cane. He also had heart trouble. On 12 July 1944, one month after the landing at Utah Beach, he died of a heart attack in France. He was fifty six years of age. He is buried at the American cemetery in Normandy next to his brother, Lt. Quentin Roosevelt. (Quentin had been killed in France during World War I and buried at Chamery, but was exhumed and moved to the Normandy Cemetery.) When Ted Roosevelt died, he had already been selected by General Dwight D. Eisenhower for promotion to Major General and orders had been cut placing him in command of the 90th Infantry Division.

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Chicago socialite Nina van Zandt’s love for hanged Haymarket labor leader martyr August Spies was a “Spinal Tap” a la Warren Beatty’s-Julie Christie’s romantic movie “Heaven Can Wait,”  as was Elizabeth Gurley Flynn’s love for pugnacious “anarchist Carlo Tresca.

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Faith in Hawaii

A new survey provides a glimpse of religion in Hawaii — what the church offers and how it’s perceived

By Vicki Viotti

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Nov 13, 2011

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Churches deal with matters of faith, not an area that lends itself to measurements. But perceptions of the church from those       on the receiving end of the religious outreach, that’s another story. That can be measured, though it’s rarely done in any       comprehensive way in Hawaii.

“There are a lot of thoughts on how Christianity is doing, and how the state feels about the church, but we really didn’t       know for sure,” Dan Chun said, making a recent presentation to a gathering of Hawaii pastors and church faithful.

Chun, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, also is president of Hawaiian Islands Ministries, a nonprofit Christian ministry       that supports Hawaii church leadership through training programs and conferences. The organization commissioned a $60,000       survey, performed by The Barna Group, a national research company that specializes in such religious polling but also has       the Disney Channel, ABC-TV, Visa and military entities on its client list.

Now that the research is done — bound into a 104-page paperback the ministries has for sale to recoup some of its expenses       — Chun hopes the guidance will inform churches what they’re doing right and where things may be slipping through the cracks.

Many points of interest to the general public, complimentary to churches and otherwise, are in the report, including:

» Values: Whether or not they’re religious, the Hawaii respondents to the survey overwhelmingly ranked “family” first among their concerns,    with “health” listed not far behind.

» Social service: Among nonmembers as well as regular parishioners, Hawaii residents seem aware of the various works churches do in the community,    everything from preschools to addictions counseling.

» Perceptions: A small majority, 55 percent, give the church “very favorable” ratings, significantly below the 71 percent in that category    in mainland averages.

» Practice: Only about one-third, 34 percent, say they attend church weekly, compared to 52 percent on the mainland as a whole. But 76    percent of the Hawaii worshippers say they prayed in the past week (20-minute phone interviews of 1,008 residents were conducted    in February).

» Denominational loyalty:     34 percent said they’re Protestant, 24 say Catholic.

» Orthodoxy: Hawaii’s churchgoers and believers in general tend to be a little less “entrenched,” according to the study’s conclusions.    Fewer following the orthodox practices of their mainland counterparts. For example, only 45 percent say they belong to a church,    higher than the national norm, and there’s less emphasis on Bible study here.

That kind of observation surprised some of those who have heard the presentation, including Edward Hill, commander of The    Salvation Army Hawaiian and Pacific Islands Division.

“I had the impression that people of Hawaii were more spiritual, more Christian, that the church was growing in Hawaii ahead    of the mainland,” Hill said. “And many may not meet the standard criteria of an evangelical Christian.”

What produced this looser interpretation of Christian practice is open to debate, but Chun highlighted some ideas about that.    One is its culture of tolerance that arises from its demographics. In addition to ethnic variations, there is a diversity    of faiths: About 14 percent reported being members of non-Christian religions, a segment that represents closer to 4 percent    on the mainland.

But Chun and the other pastors are not taking the data about those missing from the pews as simple discouragement, because    the survey drilled down to yield a few answers about why people are staying away.

People who are not attending services, or who more broadly are nonbelievers, are called the “unchurched” in this survey and    many others like it. About 45 percent of people in this group have never been to church, Chun said, a segment that could include    Buddhists or others whose spiritual practices are more individual than communal.

But some of the questions also sectioned off a subset called the “de-churched,” which, compared to the mainland, is a large    group. These are people who once went to worship services but who now — using common parlance among lapsed Catholics and others    — have “fallen away.” Understanding why they left regular worship, Chun said, provides hints about ways to reach them, in    one way or another.

“The church let them down in some way, was impractical or irrelevant,” he said. “So if we’re going to try and reach those    people, they have in a sense an inoculation, some ‘antibodies’ against the church.”

The specific perceptions are a mixed bag of criticism and compliments, Chun said. While 62 percent said the church is “judgmental,”    61 percent “hypocritical,” 52 percent “too involved in politics,” and 49 percent “anti-homosexual,” the positives characterizations    of the church included “caring” (75 percent), “good principles” (69 percent) and “trustworthy” (56 percent).

Almost a quarter of the de-churched are going to be tough customers, saying they don’t attend now, “and they’re just not interested    in ever attending.

“And 24 percent really say, ‘It’s my only day off; I am NOT going to church,'” he added with a wry laugh.

The survey also identified that about 35 percent of the unchurched would be drawn to seminars about family and community.

“Remember, that was a high value, family, 92 percent,” Chun said. “If we all want to reach the community, we’ve got to think    of family seminars, maybe how to do parenting better, how to do marriage better. I mean, this is a huge cue from the unchurched.”

When it comes to Hawaii’s religious belief systems, 73 percent define themselves as Christians, including Catholics, Chun    said, but it helps to understand what people mean when by “Christian.” Largely, they don’t mean they’re evangelicals as defined    in the report, even if many call themselves “born-again Christians” nonetheless. Barna listed the evangelical belief statements.

“If you say faith is very important in your life, you have responsibility to share your faith; that the Bible is accurate;    that Satan exists; that there is eternal salvation in grace, not because of your efforts; that Jesus lived a sinless life,    not just another man like us; and we keep an orthodox view of God, then that’s what an evangelical is,” Chun said. “And maybe    many of you are saying, ‘Yeah, that should be the basic, that should be the foundation of what a Christian is,’ but we’re    going to see that’s not what the Hawaii population thinks a Christian is.” Only 4 percent of those surveyed said they hold    all these beliefs, half the percentage on the mainland.

Then there are the “notional Christians,” who ascribe to none of the listed points but still say they’re Christian: They’re    43 percent, according to the survey. On that score, Hawaii matches mainland trends.

“And then the agnostics, it’s higher here than on the mainland,” he added. “We have 11 percent agnostic or atheist, and the    mainland is 7 percent.”

In addition to polling the flock, Barna researchers also conducted a separate survey of 161 Christian pastors on their view    from the pulpit. “High cost of living” also was seen as a heavy burden for the churches — notable especially when paired with    figures showing that Hawaii pastors were paid less, on the whole, than national averages.

But the biggest takeaway Chun cited was the 83 percent who said “the multicultural ethnic diversity, making sure you’re reaching    everybody with different styles and different approaches is a very, very big challenge.”

Rojo Herrera, pastor of New Hope Leeward, agreed with that, although he added that it’s not always so challenging. He recalled    an encounter with a former classmate from the mainland who remarked on the range of people at the services.

“So she starts explaining to me how it’s become more and more polarized,” Herrera said. “If there’s a way to carve out, they    carve out.”

It does take time to acclimate, he said, but it’s often an attribute, too.

“I think it’s one of our great strengths,” Herrera added.”

Others were willing to take some hints from the results as they returned to their ministry. Even if people don’t come to worship,    Hill said, there are other ways to reach out. And down the road: Who knows?

“There are human needs that church is ideally placed to fill,” Hill said. “Family, health, use of my time, having friends    … any church that meets those needs has an opportunity to grow.”

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from indomitable sage KingLit Ching born 1936, son of our greatest destiny-maker, Rev. Hung Wai Ching 1905-2002   —

Ari,

 

I  don’t like Thomas  Friedman.  I like Larry Derfner’s approach.  I completely disagree with Friedman’s  statement that Obama has made a mess of Israeli-Palestinian relations alienating all sides and making zero progress – unimaginative and politically wimpy.  The Israeli-Palestinian relationship has sat for over 60 years stalemated without any meaningful progress. The issues are highly political with the right wing American conservatives caving in to the Jewish Lobby and refusing to recognize the key issue involved – the civil rights of Israeli Arabs and Palestinians. The biggest joke and tragedy are Israeli President Netanyahu who flaunts his Jewish lobby clout in front of the American public by publicly insulting President Obama.  Read Derfner’s analysis of Netanyahu. Netanyahu and his conservative alliance  including Zionist lulus like Lieberman will receive their come-uppance when a more liberal party such as Kadema assumes a majority coalition position. 

 

Most of Friedman’s evaluations and proposals are current mainstream thinking. He accurately states the dilemmas that face Obama. However, there is NO TRAIN WRECK faced in September but merely nature taking its course if the UN recognizes an independent Palestinian state.  As a Jew, Friedman is highly biased.  Obama is the gutsy innovator.  All Jews mistrust Obama because he is the first US president to recognize the democratic aspirations of the common man in the Middle East. Obama has publicly acknowledged the “Arab Spring” which makes Jews go crazy including Friedman.

 

Friedman states what is obvious; most seek a 2 state solution.  The UN is already prepared to recognize the Palestinians while Obama is doing his best to get the Israelis and the Palestinians to negotiate a settlement PRIOR to the UN  convening in September.  Obama is a “pragmatist” in recognizing the importance of two parties negotiating their own peace treaty and not having it imposed on them from the outside.  Larry Derfner makes the point that Israel is surrounded by Arab-Muslim countries with whom they have peace treaties that have worked.  Why not have a treaty with the Israeli Arabs/Palestinians in a 2 state agreement?   

 

Sorry for not getting back to you earlier but I have been working on my furniture projects and have one new “cause” which is to have the Japanese American National Museum here in Los Angeles  commemorate the brave and iconic exploits of the 100th/442nd in the museum instead of having it being only a MASSIVE INTERNMENT CAMP which kotonks feel was a legitimate reason NOT to volunteer to serve in combat with the 100th/442nd  Buddahheads (local boys) and win 22 Medals of Honor and 6 Presidential Unit Citations.   I expect the museum to reduce the internment camp exhibits and install 100th/442nd exhibits.  I have identified the key trustees who can influence the change.  Regards,  King Lit

From: KingLit Ching
Subject:  NYTimes.com: What to Do With Lemons

Ari,

 

Thanks for remembering me.  The guys down stairs delivered a card, and made gift and breakfast earlier this morning.  Traci has been living with me so she gave me a funny card yesterday.  Eleanor Davidorf is throwing a Father’s Day bash which I declined  since I do not travel well.

 

I will read Friedman’s article carefully and respond later.  I am still following that situation closely and have some pretty strong opinions.  I am also making a public issue about the Japanese American National  Museum (JANM) here in Los Angles NOT giving Hawaii AJAs – specifically the heroic deeds of the 100th/442nd – recognition and devoting over 90% of the museum to exhibits of the internment camps.  These Kotonks have no shame whining about civil rights violations and refusing to volunteer in the 100th/442nd while the Buddahheads shed blood in combat to prove their loyalty and patriotism.  Regards,  King Lit 

Hi King Lit:

Hope all is well.

Tom Friedman has interesting thoughts on the Palestinian-Israeli issue. Link below to article in today’s New York Times.

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To Larry Derfner
From: KL Ching
Sent: Mon 8/08/11 6:59 AM
To: Larry Derfner
Larry,

Gabriela Shalev's views seem to be very close to yours.  How influential is
she in Israel and will she ever run for office?  Do you know the Los Angeles
Times reporter Edmund Sanders?   KL

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Former Israeli diplomat sees waning image
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As Palestinian leaders plan a bid to win statehood recognition from the
U.N., former Israeli envoy Gabriela Shalev frets that Israel has not
succeeded in bringing its story to the rest of the globe.

By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times

August 8 2011

Reporting from Jerusalem -- When Gabriela Shalev arrived at the United
Nations in 2008 as Israel's first female ambassador, she was determined to
launch a diplomatic offensive to improve her country's international
standing. 

The complete article can be viewed at:
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-israel-shalev-qa-2011080
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OPINION   | June 19, 2011
Op-Ed Columnist:  What to Do With Lemons
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
Let’s consider a different approach to a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians.

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This is a very objective, concise and complete  summary of the Israeli – Palestinian situation.  As you know,  I have been in close contact with Larry Derfner, a key columnist with the “Jerusalem Post”,  a major left central newspaper in Israel known for its liberal progressive views. Conservatives in Israel control the Knesset (Parliament) and the Israeli president, Bibi Netanyahu, is a conservative.  Israeli conservatives oppose equal rights for Israeli Arabs and Muslims. 

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Jewish Arab Peace Song  [KL Ching to Larry Derfner]

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One of my closest personal friends in the U.S. is Lee Eisen of the Hoboken, NJ  furniture Eisens. The Eisens are Ashkenazy who migrated to the U.S. in the 1920s and founded a furniture manufacturing company that at one time dominated the U.S. furniture industry with factories in every major region of the U.S.  Lee met and got to know and admired my late father, Hung Wai Ching, and Lee has always contended that HW reminded him of his father Meyer.  Meyer was the first Eisen to migrate from Germany to the U.S. as a youth sleeping on factory kitchen floors where he was a baker during the day.  Meyer started sending for his family one by  one until all had migrated to the U.S.  It is a wonderful heartwarming American success story.  I have worked together with Lee in 3 separate companies since 1976 so we go back a long way and I knew his deceased wife and know his current companion and his son quite well.   I even lived with Lee for a while when I moved to North Carolina to take a job in the furniture industry.   I sense that American Jews are less tolerant of Israeli Arabs than other Jews who spend time living in Israel.  Regards,  KL

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From: carlo
Sent: Monday, August 29, 2011
To: kl ching
Subject: Re: Jewish Arab Peace Song

Hi Kl, thank you .It reminds me Baremboim and his Israeli/Palestinian Orchestra. Very nice, let us hope for the best..InchAllà!!

Carlo Beraha

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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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Energetic Faith Hill –

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

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As your viewers would say, “You’re a legend, Deb!!  Where’s the “epic” key to click on???

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http://www.youtube.com/user/TheNickNicola?blend=4&ob=5#p/u/0/LC2q1r11ygQ

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surreal Hawaiian Soul [for George Helm/Kimo Mitchell]

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AS9JY1PxeQY

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the incomparable falsetto George Helm

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCt7sVrhH4Y

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zx_vSTtGxQQhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FdyaYFZ3gk

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Weldon Kekauoha’s “Queen’s Jubilee”  [Hilo’s Jan Kekauoha’s nephew]

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sj_9CiNkkn4&feature=related

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http://www.videosurf.com/video/abba-the-winner-takes-it-all-105936909

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http://www.videosurf.com/video/abba-take-a-chance-on-me-&olivia-special-1978-8018032

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z26atUKQWsA&feature=related

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7m1UWSD-FaA

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TLmpL2AzLs

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Maui’s Sly Dog group with song —  ”Summer of Love”

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http://www.reverbnation.com/slydog

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Opihi Pickers  adolescent lilt/voice — Old Fashion Touch

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXewtL_kX4k

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKgWM7aMyk8

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America’s beautiful ballad “Sister Goldenhair”

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzUQZw3wfro

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lively Nippon gals w/Beatles’ Tell Me Why

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

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrpfJWNwW5M

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

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Two visions of the future:     1)  Kaku’s science and my desired

template of    2)  Christian inclusion

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1)   Kaku’s science —-

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Two experiences shaped astrophysicist Nisei 3rd generation Japanese American Michio Kaku born 1947 [Michio’s dad is Kibei — went back to Japan/schooling/came back to U.S. — thence Michio’s 2nd generation Nisei japaneezee inflection/mannerisms]–   when Michio was 8 yrs. old, Einstein died, leaving behind Einstein’s unfinished manuscript/magnum opus masterpiece [theory of everything which unlocks the secrets of the universe — to read the mind of God, so to speak] – why couldn’t the greatest scientist of our time find it so difficult to finish his paper, so to speak?    Thence Michio vows now to finish Michio’s paper!  :-)      Second,   Michio was intoxicated w/Pu’u’eo native Buster Crabbe [mama was Hilo Union teacher/stepdad was Hilo mayor Clem Akina]spaceship retinue in TV’s Flash Gordon series.     Michio’s DNA traces back to Nepal, home of Buddha.   Michio predicts that by 2100 [89 yrs. from now] we will control computers via tiny brain sensors, & move objects around with the power of our minds.   Cyber-enabled contact lenses will access to our pupils the world’s information bank/wikipedia in the blink of our eye.   Cars will cushion/coast along on air magnetic fields if room temperature superconductors are discovered, every organ will be grown & genetic diseases will be cured via molecular medicine [DNA sensors/nanoparticles will scan our bodies for the first sign of illness, via our bloodstream], our aging will be slowed down/reversed, nanotechnology will give us the fabled space elevator, which will take us hundreds of miles above the earth’s atmosphere at the click of the key, we’ll have emotional robots/antimatter rockets/x-ray vision, creation of new life forms via science.

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I desire to believe in repentance after death/growth in God’s Holiness even after death,  so that Hell as we know it is reserved only for those rarest few who
continue to turn their back on God.    Valerie Saruwatari born 1943 & Amy Aihara born 1936 from my brother’s church shall end up in the top of God’s
Tower  [penthouse  ;-)    ] along with purest soul of the Bible Outcast on to Egypt Joseph, martyr Stephen, Peter’s baby brother Andrew, Joshua, Gideon, Nathan, Lydia, Rahab, &  other transformative figures of Scripture.    David will end up several floors below Valerie/Amy, because David can’t bring back Uriah’s life [David cold-bloodedly masterminded Uriah’s murder/assassination], David’s son Solomon a floor or so above David [Solomon decadent opulence negative
exemplar].    My greatest sentient heroes Keoni & Lukini Andrew born 1942/1943 shall lead the way at the top of God’s Tower, & among their sine qua
non brethren shall be KingLit Ching born 1936 and Denise Takashima born 1953, along with Sanford Okura born 1948 and Janice Nakagawa Thomas Kekauoha born 1937 of Waipi’o Valley.
I’ll be swimming fine outside the ground floor in the blue lagoon, & KingLit will be scoping down w/his binoculars from God’s Penthouse to make sure that
I’m not copulating in public  ;-) , which then demotes me down into the dark chamber of Hell’s subterranean neverland.   ;-)      KingLit’s dad Hung Wai
1905-2002 won’t need binoculars to peek at me — Hung Wai will be on the 3rd floor attempting to jump into the lagoon to join me.   Of course, KingLit’s
mom will be in  God’s Penthouse being served by dutiful son KingLit.  P.S. Hell is not a fiery inferno, but instead a cold dark chamber which does
not see the light of day — I’ll let you know how lonely/desolate/forsaken/mind-killing it is if I copulate in public & end up down there!

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On the transforming effect of divine grace [repentance/judgment/salvation/atonement]

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2 Peter 1:4 explicitly speaks of becoming “partakers of the Divine nature.”  Closely allied are the teachings of Paul the Apostle that through the Spirit we are sons of God (as in chapter 8 of his Epistle to the Romans) and of the Gospel according to John on the indwelling of the Trinity (as in chapters 14-17).

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

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

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trinitarian_Universalism#Core_Trinitarian_doctrine

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Problem_of_Hell#Divine_mercy

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_soteriology#Comparison_between_Protestants

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

Reconciliation & Christian salvation — i.e.,  salvation from spiritual and physical death –

the suffering and crucifixion of Jesus Christ constitute the mechanism that provides redemption for all humanity and atonement for all sins.
The concept of “restore” or “return” in the Hebrew Bible is the common Hebrew verb שׁוּב (shuwb/shuv), as used in Malachi 4:2, the only use of the verb form of apocatastasis in the Septuagint. This is used in the “restoring” of the fortunes of Job, and is also used in the sense of rescue or return of captives, and in the restoration of Jerusalem.

The word, apokatastasis, only appears once in the Bible in Acts 3:21.  Peter heals a handicapped beggar and then addresses the astonished onlookers. His sermon sets Jesus in the Jewish context, the fulfiller of the Abrahamic Covenant, and says:

“[Jesus] whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring (apocatastasis) all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago”  –  or in a less literal translation:
“He [Jesus] must remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore (apocatastasis) everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets.”

Both these translations use “time” (singular) to translate “χρόνων” (“of times”). A strictly literal translation of the whole verse is:

“whom it behoveth heaven, indeed, to receive till times of a restitution of all things, of which God spake through the mouth of all His holy prophets from the age.”
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What about those who do not believe? Wouldn’t they repent and believe if they
were given a second chance? The answer is no, they would not because their
hearts are not changed simply because they die. Their hearts and minds “are at
enmity” against God and won’t accept Him even when they see Him face to face.
This is evidenced clearly in the story of the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16:19-31. If ever someone should have repented when
given a second chance to see clearly the truth, it was the rich man. But
although he was in torment in hell, he only asked that Abraham send Lazarus back
to earth to warn his brothers so they didn’t have to suffer the same fate. There
was no repentance in his heart, only regret for where he found himself.
Abraham’s answer says it all: “And he said to him, If they do not hear Moses and
the Prophets, they will not be persuaded, even though one rose from the dead”
(Luke 16:31). Here we see that the witness of the
Scriptures is sufficient for salvation for those who believe it, and no other
revelation will bring about salvation to those who do not. No second, third or
fourth chances would be enough to turn the heart of stone into a heart of
flesh.   http://www.gotquestions.org/second-chance-salvation.html
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parables_of_Jesus
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Gethsemane  —  overwhelming sadness and anguish, and said “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass me by. Nevertheless, let it be as you, not I, would have it.” Then, a little while later, He said, “If this cup cannot pass by, but I must drink it, your will be done!” (Matthew 26:42)
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agony_in_the_Garden#Scriptural_depiction
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Luke 16:22 speaks of the “bosom of Abraham” which both the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church, following early Christian writers, understand as a temporary state of souls awaiting entrance into Heaven.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limbo#Limbo_of_the_Patriarchs
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The New Testament maintains a distinction between Sheol, the common “place of the dead,” and the eternal destiny of those condemned at the Final Judgment, variously described as Gehenna, “the outer darkness,” or a lake of eternal fire.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harrowing_of_Hell#Conceptions_of_the_afterlife
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Spirit prison is believed by the Latter-day Saints to be both a place and the state of the soul between death and the resurrection, for people who have either not yet received knowledge of the gospel of Jesus Christ, or those who have been taught but have rejected it. It is a temporary state within the spirit world. Those who rejected the gospel after it was preached to them may suffer in a condition known as hell. The suffering associated with the spirit prison refers to anguish of soul because of acute knowledge of one’s own sins and unclean state.Latter-day Saints believe that spirit prison (a name based on the phrase “the spirits in prison” in the KJV translation of Peter 3:19) is a place in the post-mortal spirit world for those who have “died in their sins, without a knowledge of the truth, or in transgression, having rejected the prophets.”    This is a temporary state in which spirits will be taught the Gospel and have the opportunity to repent and accept ordinances of salvation that are performed for them in temples. Those who accept the Gospel may dwell in paradise until the Resurrection. Those who choose not to repent but who are not sons of perdition will remain in spirit prison until the end of the Millennium, when they will be freed from hell and punishment and be resurrected to a telestial glory.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spirit_prison
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In modern Latter-day Saint vernacular, outer darkness usually refers to an eternal state of punishment. It is believed by Latter Day Saints that very few people who have lived on the earth will be consigned to this state, but Latter-day Saint scripture suggests that at least Cain will be present. Other mortals who during their lifetime become sons of perdition—those who commit the unpardonable sin—will be consigned to outer darkness.   It is taught that the unpardonable sin is committed by those who “den[y] the Son after the Father has revealed him.”   However, the vast majority of residents of outer darkness will be the “devil and his angels … the third part of the hosts of heaven” who in the pre-existence followed Lucifer and never received a mortal body. The residents of outer darkness are the only children of God that will not receive one of three kingdoms of glory at the Last Judgment. Sons of perdition will remain in outer darkness and suffer for eternity with Satan. This state shares some similarities with certain Christian views of hell.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spirit_World_(Latter_Day_Saints)#Popular_use:_permanent_abode_of_sons_of_perdition
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*The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or Mormonism, teaches that those who die without knowledge of LDS theology will have the opportunity to receive a knowledge of the gospel of Jesus Christ in the spirit world. In Mormon belief, only “sons of perdition” who chose to reject Jesus are destined for Hell, a form of universalism that assisted the early rise of the Mormon faith.     Latter-day Saints believe that God has provided a way so that all of humanity will have an opportunity to hear the message of the gospel, and can thereby choose whether to accept it or not. Latter-day Saints cite biblical passages found in 1 Peter.

1 Peter 3:

18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;
1 Peter 4:

6 For this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.

Since Latter-day Saints believe that all must receive the proper ordinances in order to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, today members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints participate in a massive genealogical effort to compile names of their kindred dead, and then to perform sacred ordinances, such as baptism, in behalf and as proxies for their deceased ancestors in sacred temples, which are found throughout the world.

“Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?”  — 1 Corinthians 15:29
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fate_of_the_unlearned#Latter-day_Saint_tradition
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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/maria-mayo/five-myths-about-forgiveness-in-the-bible_b_924286.html?utm_source=DailyBrief&utm_campaign=081611&utm_medium=email&utm_content=BlogEntry&utm_term=Daily%20Brief
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http://jeffandcindy.wordpress.com/2010/02/12/topic-59-did-jesus-descend-into-hell/
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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  age 53 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 blogged in my previous article 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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gerrymandering [corrupt drawing of district boundary lines] overview

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Impeachment per Hawai’i County Charter Article XII Sec. 12-2.1  —

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Impeachment petition needs 2% or 111 voters per 2008 general election from Onishi’s District 4.    Impeachment petition need not go thru Board of Ethics, & can be instituted on its own.   Obviously, Onishi committed [among other things] maladministration

per impeachment standard, inasmuch gerrymandering or corrupt boundary marking is a corrosive fundamental violation of our democratic process by manipulating geographic boundaries to create partisan, incumbent-protected districts.   Impeachment presided over by circuit court judge.

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Recall petition needs 25% or 672 voters per 2010 primary election from Onishi’s District 4.   Recall petition need not go thru Board of Ethics, & can be instituted on its own.   No maladministration or other wrong need be shown as required on impeachment petition.   “No confidence”/”imperative mandate” are sufficient to put recall on ballot if incumbent Onishi fails to resign within 10 days.   1,344 votes needed to remove incumbent Onishi.
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Hawai’i County Charter Article XIV Sec. 14-2(a) governing our Board of Ethics prohibits an elected officer’s soliciting of favors with the understanding that such favors may influence the elected officer’s official actions, and other Sub-Sections detail other prohibited conduct.   Penalties include impeachment presided over by non-jury circuit court judge  [Hara recuses based on Hara’s jock activities] [Nakamura recuses based on Nakamura being propped up by Metcalf, whose rasputin is Rich Onishi, Fresh’s brother] [Kona’s Liz Strance best bet to preside over Onishi, if not Kona’s Ibarra] per Article XII Sec. 12-2.1.
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Hawai’i County Code Chapter 36 Section 36-4(6) prohibits drawing of a council district unduly favoring an incumbent, and Sub-Section (7) prohibits drawing of council district boundaries to avert an incumbent facing off another incumbent for re-election.   Code Chapter 1 Sec. 1-10 authorizes a petty misdemeanor.
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Imagine, activist Flaherty’s testimony should’ve resulted in incumbents Yoshimoto running off vs. Onishi — Sheez!!  

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http://www.bigislandchronicle.com/2011/12/10/hawaii-bulletin-%E2%80%94-county-redistricting-commission-to-hold-special-meeting-friday/#comments

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It’s too bad that our redistricting  commissioners were immune from being questioned on the record, because District 4 commissioner Patrick Kahawaiolaa said on the record that District 4 council member Onishi spoke directly to Kahawaiolaa.   About what we don’t know.   Onishi’s objective to his supporters was to avert a showdown race vs. fellow incumbent Yoshimoto.

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Filled-in data are below  [I have hard copy forms & code;  no advisory opinions/precedents/stare decisis available  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stare_decisis]    
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1.  Name of Petitioner, address, & phone numbers are required, per County Code Article 15, Section 2-86(c)(1).      http://records.co.hawaii.hi.us/WebLink8/DocView.aspx?id=32314&dbid=1*
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Petitioner is a concerned U.S. citizen and resident of Hawai’i County who wants clean government, specifically that elected District 4 Council member Dennis “Fresh” Onishi not use his official position as an elected Council member to secure special treatment for himself and his agents such as the Laborers’ International Union of North America, Local 368 Hawaii (LIU) — in lobbying our Hawai’i County Redistricting Commission to avert a runoff election between incumbent Council members Onishi and District 3 J Yoshimoto.   As a guide, Hawai’i County Code (governed by our County Charter) Chapter 36 Section 36-4(7)   (Redistricting Commission)  prohibits drawing of council district boundaries to avert an incumbent facing off another incumbent for re-election.   Elected District 4 Council member Richard “Fresh” Onishi used his authority as an incumbent Council member to secure favors/consideration/special treatment from the LIU on 15 of 23 form letters which were erroneously faxed (per Onishi’s instruction) all at the same time to the Hilo County Clerk, wherein Onishi’s aide enabled receipt and acknowledgement of these faxes.   Such favors/consideration/special treatment beyond those which are available to every other person (such as any resident of Hawai’i), the excess manifesting solely because of Onishi’s stature as an elected Council member.   The LIU as Onishi’s agent also secured favors/consideration/special treatment beyond those which are available to every other person (such as any resident of Hawai’i), solely because of Onishi’s stature as an elected Council member. The remaining 8 of 23 form letters nearly are identical to the other 15 letters, all 23 form letters erroneously being faxed to the Hilo County Clerk (per Onishi’s genesis instruction).   All 23 letters originate from a November 17, 2011 email purportedly from Onishi describing how the proposed council map put him in the same district as District 3 Council member J Yoshimoto and asking people to testify to have the map changed. The revised map prior to the November 30, 2011 final map which benefited Onishi pitted Onishi against District 3 Council member J Yoshimoto.    The form letters’ signatures and addresses were indecipherable and there were no printed names on them.   The redistricting repercussions include but are not limited especially to District 3 Redistricting Commissioner Mike Middlesworth’s professed impartiality which is utterly suspect about District 3 incumbent Council member J Yoshimoto, as testified to by Charles Flaherty:   
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“CHARLES FLAHERTY
(At this time Charles Flaherty came forward from Kona to address members of the Commission.)
MR. FLAHERTY: Aloha members of the Redistricting Commission. I am here-You know I have testified before you on several occasions, I have commended you for your work and have made some suggestions; some of which you listened to and some you haven’t, just like with everyone. But I always have been commending your work. For the October 20th meeting, I did so as well and had some very nice conversations after that meeting on October 20th at Yano Hall, including Commissioner Middlesworth. My conversation with Mr. Middlesworth at that time, I found interesting, because of the-He was comfortable sharing that there was a Plan_46, that had not yet been made public, but he discussed his reasons for it. He went into detail about the different changes that he made and why he made them. He also shared with me that Mr. Yoshimoto and Mr. Onishi were in the same district with a Margaret Wille map, but he didn’t believe that was going to be a problem because it was his understanding that Mr. Yoshimoto was not going to be running for the Council. I didn’t ask him why and he said that he didn’t know why, but he thought that perhaps he just wanted to start practicing law, and had been on the Council long enough. So, I really didn’t think too much of that. I shared with him that I knew that Brenda Ford and Brittany Smart-I had known from before the redistricting even began, that it was very likely, because of the way the population was, and that we would have to start in lower Puna, that they would be running against each other. So that wasn’t a surprise; and I found it very interesting that Councilmember Ford came forth with her own map and had her and Brittany Smart running against each other, which I really thought showed a lot of integrity.
I do want to point out to you all that the Big Island Press Club awarded myself and CERG, Citizens for Equitable and Responsible Government, the Torch of Light Award last year. Brenda Ford was a part of that organization, and she really has been a major proponent for the changes that were made. I think this last minute change that was made-I’m not saying that anybody knew where exactly Mr. Yoshimoto and Mr. Onishi lived, however, from the testifiers I have heard, from the conversation that I had with Mr. Middlesworth, it’s clear that they knew they were in the same district. But no one said, Mr. Yoshimoto lives here, Mr. Onishi lives here. The fact that this last minute change has come through, even if it inadvertently-Even if it’s inadvertent, it still violates the law, because the law says-
CHR. SIRACUSA: Your time is up, will you please finish up quickly; summarize.
MR. FLAHERTY: The summary is that even if you have inadvertently caused incumbents to be favored in this case, with the change, I think it would be in the interest of the Commission, with regard to your excellent integrity and performance to date, to reverse those changes and go back to the original map. Thank you very much.
CHR. SIRACUSA: Thank you. I think we have another testifier in Pāhoa.”
http://damontucker.com/2011/12/21/the-hawaii-county-redistricting-process-was-there-gerrymandering-the-minutes-from-the-last-commission-meeting/
*And here is testimony of District 4 Redistricting Commissioner Patrick Kahawai’ola’a:
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“MR. KAHAWAIOLA’A:
…. The process will show-I come from District 4 in Hilo…  And it is not wrong; it is not wrong for Fresh to be able to round his troops. Yeah, he even asked me; “Was I stupid for doing that?” Well, you are the politician, I’m not. You see, you gotta run for re-election, you gotta get out in that district, whether it is against J or not…    Being a Commissioner ten years ago on this thing, to again be accused of gerrymandering something that I did not even know what gerrymandering was ten years ago, just for the sake of the perception that I have now allowed J Yoshimoto to be in one, and Fresh to stay in his. But to make it clear, Fresh is my representative, I voted for him the last time, and I also would, like someone mentioned, you make assertions about the newspaper; well I would defer, if Fresh is not your representative, I don’t think he should be called stupid. So, let’s not get into those divisive things… I didn’t come here to save two Japanese councilmen, so they can get their thing. I voted to make sure that the process was done, 20,462 people in one district; high or low, 4.99% either way. That is what I did. So again, thank you very much for allowing me to rant.
CHR. SIRACUSA: Thank you for your rant, Patrick. Does any other Commissioner want to say something?”
http://damontucker.com/2011/12/21/the-hawaii-county-redistricting-process-was-there-gerrymandering-the-minutes-from-the-last-commission-meeting/*_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________*
3.  Specific Provision on the Code of Ethics in Question:
Hawai’i County Charter Code of Ethics Article XIV Section 14-2(b) Standards.
                                           

It shall constitute a conflict of interest for employees or officers of the county to:

(b) Use their official position to secure special privileges, consideration, treatment or

exemption to themselves or any person beyond that which is available to every

other person.

Complete Statement of Facts summarized via newspaper article below:


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http://kona.westhawaiitoday.com/sections/news/local-news/onishi-curve.html

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December 8, 2011 – 10:14pm

WERE LAST-MINUTE REDISTRICTING CHANGES GERRYMANDERING?
BY NANCY COOK LAUER
WEST HAWAII TODAY
ncook-lauer@westhawaiitoday.com

HILO — A last-minute change to the new County Council district map has saved Hilo Councilman Dennis Onishi from having to square off against fellow incumbent J Yoshimoto.
The change, revealed by detailed maps released late Wednesday by the county Redistricting Commission, trims Yoshimoto’s neighborhood out of District 3, where Onishi plans to run for re-election, and puts it into District 2, where Hilo Councilman Donald Ikeda is term-limited and can’t seek re-election.
The District 2 line was moved 1.1 miles east for a 1.1-mile-by-0.7-mile rectangle that contains Yoshimoto’s Pukana Street house.
The scramble happened Nov. 30 as the commission took away one of Hilo’s three districts to make a second Puna district to accommodate population changes.
West Hawaii Today has obtained a Nov. 17 email purportedly from Onishi describing how the proposed council map put him in the same district as Yoshimoto and asking people to testify to have the map changed. The email asks that testimony be faxed to 961-8912, which is the Clerk’s Office Hilo fax number. The Redistricting Commission’s fax line is in Kona and has a different number.