Contrarian opinions provide the richness of diversity

Here is Thomas’ anti-geothermal manifesto, pleasant or unpleasant, readers!    It’s very crucial to feel the pain at ground zero, as Thomas passionately chastens.   Aloha!   [pseudonym Thomas is used here to avert government blowback/retaliation vs. Thomas]



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Subject:   We don’t need geothermal
From:  Thomas

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Hi Curtis!    I hope this isn’t too much….More than 1/3 of Hawai`i residential energy use heats water    http://www.hawaiicleanenergyinitiative.org/residential-home-energy-audits/Source: Hawaii EnergyI am meeting with Richard Ha Friday and other pro geothermal proponents and challenging them to show me why geothermal is the so called best alternative.. Here is the outline I have worked up so far. This is actually an interesting issue that goes to the root of corruption in Hawaii. Dan Inouye is the main proponent of geothermal in Hawaii. I hope you find it useful in understanding the issue. There also will be a large protest in front of the HELCO main office on Kilauea ave across from the Hilo shopping center Wednesday Feb 29th from 4-5:30pm should have some press coverage I think…..The first thing we need to do is quit wasting energy…….We could reduce our overall residential energy consumption by 33% just by using solar water heaters…..Those that say solar will not meet our needs really are buying the propaganda of the corporations that want you hooked on the grid. I thought people understood that, when they say things like we need geothermal to be sustainable or green. That is simply not true….If politicans want to support geothermal fine but….look at the facts first so you can make informed and true statements. They are going to group these plants on the east rift zone because that is where the proven resource is. The east rift zone is one of the most geologically unstable places on the planet.One large earth quake, eruption, or lava flow and you could lose the entire system. Then what? There is a much better way IMO, as with most things geothermal is about money and who is making it.I have been doing this since 1981, I have lived with geothermal since the experimental HGP-a well was started, a half mile from my home. That was followed by Ormat that after many accidents became PGV a shell company designed to protect Ormat against liability should they kill the entire community or any portion there of.Back then the plan was for 500 megawatts, they are talking about more now. They held the first hearings for a new undersea cable this past Wednesday in the Honolulu legislature.When they first proposed the cable they told us it would cost 1 billion dollars. Of course that was not true as we found out when the community hired an independent economic analytic firm.The number came back at 4 billion and that was 20 years ago. We can imagine that number has more than doubled in the last 20 + years.Since we know we can not believe them for the use of this discussion I will use the number 10 billion as the cost of the cable now. I believe that is reasonable and probably on the low side but it is just to use for comparison to solar.At $10,000 a piece we could put a solar system on one million homes. With a population of 1.35 million people in the entire state
we have far less than a million houses in Hawaii.Lets say Oahu has 400,000 homes, we could spend even $15,000.00 per home and that would only be 6 billion dollars to equip every home. I live on solar and have for years, I will never go back to giving my money to HELCO or any other utility corporation.Pacific Bio Diesel is building a plant in Keeau right now that will produce 5 million gallons of bio diesel a year. I have been using bio diesel from them since 2006. PBD is the largest bio diesel producer in the world. Now that is a green technology that doesn’t hurt us and I support. PBD already supplies some of the oil burned here to make electricity. We have conservation, bio diesel, wind, ocean thermal, photovoltaic, solar thermal, pump storage, geothermal and hydro electric options. The first thing we should do is real aggressive conservation to reduce the power we use state wide. HELCO, the state, and the corporations do not want that, HELCO wants to sell more power, the state wants to sell more power for their cut/taxes, and the corporations always want us to consume more.The Rocky Mountain Institute did a study that found if I remember correctly we could reduce energy use by 90%. That was years ago and the figure is from memory but here is a link to their site.http://www.rmi.org/Before we destroy lower Puna we need to really look at all these options conservation in particular.This is about money, it always is. How can they keep us connected to the grid? They do not want independent or decentralized power. Grid networks are 18th century technology this is the 21rst century, its time for decentralization of the grids. Centralized power like oil or geothermal is a corporate gold mine milking checks out of every home and business every month. They will do or say anything to keep those checks coming.I have been evacuated more times than I can remember, Harry Kim the head of civil defense at the time had to take me to the hospital because I was so sick during one accident.I sued PGV and the state and won because they refused to even promulgate air standards. The regulators just like with Monsanto and BP work for the industry. If anything it is worse and more corrupt in Hawaii.I had to sleep in my car, hotels, or at friends house so many times because of toxic gas that I can not remember them all.I sold my beautiful organic self sufficient farm to get away from them. Most of the people I knew in Leilani also sold their houses and left. I sold a property I put over $225,000.00 in for $75,000.00 just to get away from that plant.I have spent the last 7 years planting over 2000 trees on my new farm. They are all starting to produce. I have 9 people living here all off the grid. Now I found out they are going to drill right behind my property again. I am to old to start over, I worked to hard to let them destroy my home again so people that refuse to conserve or want to make a buck can build these ugly, toxic, plants on the most active geological place on the planet.What will happen if a large earthquake or a lave flow take out the plants in the east rift zone again one of the most seismically active zone anywhere?

Do you understand geothermal will not prevent a single barrel of oil from being imported to Hawaii but will result in waste oil being stored?

I think the number is 87% of our fuel goes into transportation. We import crude oil that is refined on Oahu for gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel. the sludge that is left is what they burn for electricity. So you will not reduce oil imports until you reduce transportation use. 5 million gallons of bio diesel will do far more to reduce oil imports and dependancy than all the geothermal in the world.

I know the president of Pacific Bio diesel the new plant is the real future of Hawaii.

I understand geothermal in Hawaii far better than 99% of the people here. That is for the simple reason I had to to survive. I was arrested 13 times stopping the first 500 megawatts. I won the first necessity defense in the state of Hawaii, arguing that it was a lesser evil to trespass at Ormat than to allow them to open vent all over us again. I did that pro se, meaning I had no lawyer I defended myself. I defended my self pro se six times and I won all 6…..

No one else that I know of even to this day has won a necessity defense in Hawaii. I won because I was right, geothermal was so bad and it still is that it is a lesser evil to break the law than to allow them to open vent those wells. There will be hundreds of those wells and they all have to be open vented. That my friends is unacceptable in a large per existing residential community.

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It has not been safe here in Puna, there have been lawsuits with  millions in damages awarded. This is not a third world country but you  could not tell by the way this project has progressed.For instance is it true that every property over 50 acres in size in  the geothermal sub zone with the exception of the Cooper property – from ORMAT all the way to Cape Kumakahee past four corners in Kapoho have  already signed leases with ORMAT or other geothermal developers?Why is this all a secret? If geothermal can stand on it’s merits why  can’t all the impacts, harms, hazards, and options be looked at on a  level playing field?Is it true that geothermal is the only source of power development  that pays the state 50%, the county 30%, and OHA  20% of a mineral  royalty? How much is that in dollars?In other words Solar, wind, ocean thermal, bio diesel ect do not pay the state, the county, or OHA those extra millions.Solar also takes money out of the monopoly HELCO enjoys. I do agree  we need to get off oil but trading one monopoly for another is not  likely to reduce rates. A monopoly is a monopoly, is a monopoly.

Geothermal can not stand up to the scrutiny of an impartial process  and is being handled much the same way the super ferry was. It will meet the same fate as a result. There will be lots of litigation and  resistance from the thousands of people who’s health and quality of life will be impacted so a geothermal monopoly can replace an oil monopoly.

Investors, rate payers, and residents beware, the fact the final  report has been submitted with out ever talking to the people who were  hurt by ORMAT and won damages, and the large majority of the deals have  already been cut in secret and with out public participation,  particularly from the impacted community should be a huge red flag.

Lower Puna will be decimated, families displaced, and be turned into a giant industrial blight, so tourist can drink martini’s in Waikiki.  There are better ways to get our power, they just don’t pay the right  corporations and entities.

Transportation uses something like 87% of all the oil imported to  Hawaii. Electrical generation burns the residue of the oil refineries on Oahu that manufacture gasoline, diesel fuel, and jet fuel. No oil is  imported to make electricity and geothermal will not reduce oil imports  into Hawaii.

The bio diesel plant in Keaau will do more to get us off oil and do  it faster producing 5 million gallons of bio diesel a year than  geothermal will. For electrical use conservation is better and faster.  Right now 39% of residential electrical use is to heat water. Solar  water heaters would reduce residential needs by almost 40%. The problem  is HEI, HELCO, ect. would lose money on that and the state, the county,  and OHA would not get their multimillion dollar cuts.

How much will all this cost? Who will pay for it? It’s a for profit  enterprise with the state, the county, and OHA taking a cut off the top. The rate payers and tax payers are going to pay for all of this one way or another.

We are talking about way over 10 billion dollars, for that much money we have options and can be independent of not only the oil cartels but  the corporate cartels that want you tied to central power production and distribution. Geothermal is just the next monopoly. Remember also all  this is going into the east rift zone, a lava zone 1 area and when it  gets wiped out we will not only have no power we will still be expected  to pay for it.

This process is flawed, ill conceived, biased, unfair, and I predict  it will fail because all the issues are not being vetted properly. Then  what? This needs to be done right and that is not what is happening.  This is being done pretty much like it was done the last time and  because of that the result will be the same. No geothermal, better have a back up plan boyz.

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Thanks, Oyabun [leader] Thomas!!  — your soldier Curt

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Check out the picture….It’s worth a thousand words……   [Mayor Kenoi goes ballistic for being exposed for lying about geothermal, vs. whistleblower Bob Petricci   — Mayor Kenoi lunges after rock-hardBob Petricci]
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Here you go Curtis,  aloha Brah’!
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from erudite observer vs. Planning Dept.[Bobby Jean Leithead Todd]  cover-up on developers’ failure to pay for infrastructure  –

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http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/sections/news/local-news/fair-share-system-under-scrutiny.html

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Hey Waikoloa Council member Pete Hoffmann,  instead of trying to suck us dry like some kind of parasite why not fix contract procurement.3 million dollars a mile to build a road sounds like someone is laughing all the way to the bank.Why you always just tax us or increase our fees instead of cutting the ridiculous cost we pay to do public works projects. Oh that’s right because they have to tear them up three times before they get done right. Your stuck in a tax and spend mentality just like the mayor. The free lunch is over, start cutting the fat. No new fees, deferrals, bond floats or taxes until you make some real cuts not these smoke and mirror cuts you try and pass off. 3 million a mile no wonder you can’t balance the budget.You burned us on bill 270 Pete, you’re no public representative, you do what you want public be damned. Why should we trust you now? Cut the budget and fix the corrupt and bloated county procurement contracts. Or why not fight the mayor on the plum contract he is handing the UPW with non bid sort station scam. When are you going to start working for us Pete? Impact fees? Quit wasting the money you already take from us. Did you ask Randy Riley to refund us the money we were overcharged for 13 years by his company Kamaaina pumping? Why not? Why do you let employees like Riley and Nakasone and Shikuma rip us off and then ask us for more money? Clean up the cesspool down there before you come to us to bail you out again, please.
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Tony Bennett is a prophet, who speaks from a higher order, from God, not one who speaks from us on earth.   He is not of this world, but of Providence/Heaven.   –

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http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1110/10/pmt.01.html

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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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(MUSIC VIDEO)
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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Irony, reversal, and frustration of expectations illustrate opposites or impossibilities which tie in knots our social conventions.     Not just Biblical 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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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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1 Corinthians 2:6

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

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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 is to say, it is the acceptance of God’s grace and atoning spirit that compel us to look beyond ourselves to help those in need just as Christ did for us.

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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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On the momentous issue of irony,  chastened KingLit imparts –
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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 & aroma of chicken soup!!”   Wow!!

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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 the overproud
sentients full of contemptuous opinions and

scathing comments vs. others.
To Jesus, imperfection is beautiful, as we
grow in God’s Holiness. His Holiness, is
not outcome dependent for us on earth.

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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

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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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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.   My sempai [older leaders/mentors] Keoni & Lukini Andrew born 1942/1943 suffuse tremendous empathy/compassion/love/generosity/humbleness & patience/temperance, with almighty application-application-application of spirituality to secularity, unlike pulpiteer Earl Dean Edmounson born 1945, who preaches like no tomorrow about his perfect marriage to his dearest wife.   Give a lick about application of Gospel to life predicaments/challenges??!     Sheez…   :-0

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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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Love you, gang.

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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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Activist/altruist born Jan. 11, 1956 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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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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http://baselinescenario.com/2012/02/28/some-things-never-change/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BaselineScenario+%28The+Baseline+Scenario%29

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http://baselinescenario.com/2012/02/02/private-equity-and-job-creation/

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

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  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/02/mitt-romney-divestment-pledge_n_1249118.html  

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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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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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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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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.

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

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

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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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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.   Not pertinent, but loveliest Lukini is a most wondrous songbird/vocalist-pianist, just as her husband Keoni is Gary Cooper stunningly handsome.
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 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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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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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.  
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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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With Mikeki’s Project Fukushima Help to provide warm clothing items to disaster-stricken northeast coastal Japan, incredulously and inexplicably our forsaken Punatics of socioeconomically lower class haoles and Hawaiians gave more of their meager possessions in the spirit of ALOHA to foreign Nipponese who normally wouldn’t give our Puna outcasts the time of day under our Nipponese social climber/status tripper mentalities — than our Japanese American KTAs-Big Island Candies-local buddahead scions  — with no expectation of rewards other than the intrinsic feeling of goodness in heart!!    Our scion buddaheads — I cry for their miserable tormented selfish self-serving souls.
 
 
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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…”   Sublime mercy [uplift from God], gang!!

 

 

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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.   Sublime Grace!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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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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The lesson for us is that service to our fellow living beings is self-surrender and self-sacrifice.    The nearer our service approaches His degree of self-sacrificing service, the more we shall be closer to God.     The Atonement is that Jesus died for our sins.    D&C 76:41-42.      That we live thanks to Jesus.
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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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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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Greatest fact-finder sleuth scribe Nancy Cook Lauer  on unfinished business  [Billy/Ashida should be WWF heels] 

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http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/sections/news/local-news/county-attorneys-fees-rejected-after-missing-council-vote.html

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Yagong said the council needed its own legal advisers after Corporation Counsel said it was going to withdraw from the grievance process, and the council didn’t have anyone to read over the documents and give a legal opinion.

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Our County Charter requires the County Council’s two-thirds vote for special counsel when special matters present a real necessity for special counsel, such as actual litigation. We have no litigation. But we do have a grievance procedure in which chief Corp. Counsel Ashida does not participate. Thus our administrative procurement protocol, not litigation representation. Let’s say hypothetically that Ashida is a material witness in administrative grievance proceedings and/or litigation. Why on earth would the Council want to get nailed/crucified with Ashida’s whitewashed/impotent choice of our Council’s & our County’s attorney per Ashida’s ruthless/despotic control over screening for special counsel? Our County’s missions are Almighty People/County Residents, not to acquit/decontaminate Almighty Ashida.

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Let’s look at Corp. Counsel Ashida’s repeated incidents without exception of how he abandoned, failed, & sabotaged the current majority of the County Council, including but not limited to declare without basis last year’s Council budget process as illegal even though Ashida never voiced such objection amid the budget’s extended multiple amendment timeline/chronology. How about Ashida’s Council reorganization abomination which costed the taxpayers nearly $100K in unnecessary litigation? And Ashida’s yakamashii (Japanese for noisebox-brainless talking head) trash talk vs. HMP before Ashida shelled out some $60K in taxpayer money in a losing settlement, Ashida always avoiding (as with Kamaaina Pumping) the usual suspects (ergo Stan the Man and Dandy Randy) who are supposed to be in confinement today? You can go farther back — Ashida’s Maile David debacle and Jimmy Arakaki’s extended term disaster. Ashida’s toxic template is Almighty Ashida, not Power to the People/Salt of the Earth.   Nonetheless, “law enforcement” Ashida, like Rick (not “love me tonight” Damerville) prosecutor wanna-be on a local blog, irrevocably is so full of himself that Ashida erroneously feels himself invincible and above reproach. Phooey. Exhibit A: Glen Shikuma. Ashida’s ODC cover is shibai. ODC has no clue Ashida is the perp.

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Commenter Taxed to Death on the Ashida cover-up  —

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Why is the administration helping cover for
Shikuma, Ashida and those participating in the drinking and
illegal business activities on county property on the tax payers dime?

Someone steps up to try and clean it up and the administration fights
them every step of the way. Sending a message by trying to intimidate
whistle blowers instead of backing them up, telling those ripping us
off the administration is all about business as usual.

When will this administration stop covering for the illegal actions,
partying and theft of our tax dollars by insiders like Shikuma and Randy
Riley?

Why doesn’t the prosecutor, the legislative auditor, and mayor go after
these thefts and abuses of tax payer monies and facilities?.

Billy, Kubojiri  refuse to go after the insiders robbing us blind. They do nothing to stop the corruption in the county that has been going on for decades, instead fighting anyone trying to stop it, and taking care of their
own at taxpayer expense, time and again. It’s no wonder the county is in financial trouble with such poor stewardship and all the okole covering they do.

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Council Chair Yagong is incompetent?
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“Quite the contrary:  Incompetence consists of our highest paid County officials such as chief County attorney Ashida when Ashida fails to stop the illegal harm inflicted upon the body public, such as Glen Shikuma’s running a private business out of county facilities and drinking or having alcohol at County job sites.    Why doesn’t a real journalist ask Ashida,  ‘Did you or any member of your family have any contact with Mr. Shikuma?'”
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“Among a myriad of wrongs committed by Ashida, maladministration includes but is not limited to when Ashida fails to take any action to remove the harm inflicted upon the body public, such as Shikuma’s illegal activities.”
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Yagong’s publicity over Shikuma’s firing caused immense harm way beyond what a reasonable person would tolerate?
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Phlegmatic/enigmatic personality Angel Pilago could use an Aikin mendicant.   See songs below   ;-)        —-

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpaMMlq_nhU&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PL120A756DD4A2EEC8

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCMPQiT2lNg&feature=related

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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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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].    Randy Roth also is a Kansan but is not a heavyweight like the destiny-makers above.

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Hi 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    

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http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1936&dat=18981001&id=qbAgAAAAIBAJ&sjid=omkFAAAAIBAJ&pg=847,3799498

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Suzanne:  The article opens up with no problem.    Fred, Jim Case born 1920 [Suzy’s husband & former Congressman Ed Case’s dad — Ed my Hilo peer born 1952] opened up Hilo atty. scion Carlsmith’s Honolulu office 50 yrs. ago.    Quiet Jim contrasts vs. extrovert atty. Dan [Steve’s dad].   Suzy’s daughter also is Suzy Case [ecologist].   Fred, take it from here & keep me posted.   Aloha!

From: Suzi Case

To Mary and Curtis:

Jim’s grandfather Judge Daniel H. Case of Maui was part of a delegation that went to Washington at that time. Please point out to me the article that has his name in it.

Thanks.  Suzanne

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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 thought. 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.

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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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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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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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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!    

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http://richardleider.com/

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

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PR gets “Back to Basics” March 30-April 1, 2012

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Fraser Seitel, PR Guru and Keynote Speaker

There is little question that social media has changed the public relations industry. Nearly every listing for a PR job requires “social media skills.” And there’s an expectation that if you’re in your early 20′s, you know social media because you’ve lived with it.
Yet, my colleagues in academia and business complain that students who grew up at a keyboard don’t know how to write. Problems with punctuation, grammar and sentence structure render their social media skills irrelevant because they haven’t learned the fundamentals of effective, word-based communication (see PR guru Fraser Seitel’s brief quote on YouTube). Emphasis is placed on social media skills at the peril of the basics of good PR.

This is why Seitel is the keynote speaker at Hofstra when its Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter hosts Back to Basics, a regional conference March 30-April 1. No student planning a career in PR and communications should miss this. The conference’s panel discussions will be “an exploration and re-examination of the fundamentals of effective public relations,” according to the event’s pitch material, and promises “informative and entertaining programming to emphasize the all-important PR basics while not losing sight of the PR tools of the future.” There will be expert guest speakers, helpful workshops and excellent networking opportunties. Those attending will also have the opportunity to see How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying on Broadway, not so much a lesson in success, but a superbly entertaining musical!
I love this concept and I’m thrilled to be a part of it. And many wonderful panelists have lined up to present workshops. There’s “The Perfect Pitch” with Patricia Gambale (Public Relations Professionals of Long Island), David Norman (Kitchen PR) and Glenn Goldberg (Parallel Communications Group); “Writing for PR” with journalists and authors Iyna Bort Caruso, Claudia Gryvatz Copquin and Paula Ganza Licata; “PR Public Speaking” with networking maven Mindy F. Wolfle; “Balancing Social Media with the Basics” featuring Jason Winoker of Hunter PR; “Integrated Marketing” with Bert Cunningham (expert and educator) and tentatively Robert Zimmerman (Zimmerman/Edelson PR); ”Crisis PR” with Dianne Baumert-Moyik (Northrop Grumman), Brian Dolan (SYSTRA Consulting) and Sean Dolan (Diocese of Rockville Centre); plus sessions titled “Meet the Media,” Entertainment PR” and ”Public Service PR” all followed by a case study competition. PR pros will come to lunch on Saturday, March 31 to network with student participants.
Don’t miss Back to Basics. It’s PR stripped to its essential roots and it’s worth a couple of days of everyone’s focus. Your thoughts?

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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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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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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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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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predecessor Martha Gellhorn     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martha_Gellhorn#Legacy

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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 and exclamation on authenticity/honesty]

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       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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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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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=NVMyIqU_48s    great swing rhythm

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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.    2011  marked 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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This past Christmas marked the centennial of the modern government of China founded/led by Sun Yat Sen.

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Erudite/cogent Chou En Lai was a keen observer of America’s  nearly 200 yr. “experiment” with democracy

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 Takashima born 1953  [Denise is Biblical Joseph — as close to Godliness as there is]‏

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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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KingLit is my leader, as well as that of every freedom-loving person on earth.    KingLit is salt of the earth, a man of his people, my groundstone to authenticity/realness.


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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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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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Hugh Clark’s positive unmatched scribe legacy dates back 40 yrs., when news editor Hugh was fired by our Trib’s Donrey Media owner for questioning if Mat Takabuki’s appointment as a Bishop Estate trustee was conspired to by Gov. Jack Burns & Supreme Court C.J. William Richardson.   In unprecedented fashion, otherwise phlegmatic Supreme Court justice Marumoto (GOP, not Democrat) wrote an incendiary letter to the editor refuting Hugh’s query.   Other than Advertiser editor George Chaplin’s overruling of owner/scion Walter Dillingham’s endorsement of Walt’s son Ben for the 1962 U.S. Senate seat (Dan Inouye’s win also beat our oligarch Big Five, so to speak), Hugh’s heroism stands out as the greatest moment in modern Hawai’i scribe history.   Of course, history manifested Donrey’s conflict of interest with Takabuki (client of Mat).

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Prophetic:  Fired Trib news editor Hugh Clark’s query 40+ yrs. ago if Gov. Burns conspired with Supreme Court CJ William Richardson to appoint Mat Takabuki as Bishop Estate trustee: From Mat Takabuki’s 1998 memoir/book pps. 95-96, & from Gov. Burns’ 2000 (yr.) authorized biography by Boylan/Holmes p. 289:  “One morning the governor (Burns) invited me (Takabuki) to breakfast….He mentioned that a search was… for someone to fill a trustee position at the Bishop Estate. I said that … he would be foolish to think about someone like me….I went back to my business without giving the matter any more thought.” 

But on the heel of Burns’ breakfast with Takabuki, Takabuki gets a phone call from CJ William Richardson, who asks Takabuki to meet with Richardson & fellow Supreme Court justice Bert Kobayashi at Kobayashi’s Manoa Valley home, where Richardson tells Takabuki that Takabuki is the only person the whole Supreme Court could agree upon to appoint as Bishop Estate trustee.  

Despite the separation of powers doctrine that Gov. Burns shall not pressure Supreme Court CJ/justices to appoint Takabuki as Bishop Estate trustee, and despite Burns’ pre-biography oral history disclaimer that Burns stayed on the mauka side of King St. (Gov. office), while the Supreme Court stayed on the makai side of King St. (Supreme Court bldg.), irrefutably Gov. Burns crossed the line & fixed the appointment of Takabuki with CJ Richardson.

Hugh Clark prophesized correctly nearly 30 yrs. before eventual disclosures by Takabuki/Burns’ family foundation.

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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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from Google’s header at this moment  [leading font/header of “News for Helen Shirota-Benevides” has been phased out  — see still current header for John Lang below]   –
 
 
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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

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 …

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    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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    This “old old man” Bishop Komagata was an easygoing codger who loved my parents’ furo in our basement.    Genro/old leader was not arrogant/”full of himself” but instead quite the friendly & easygoing persons you are, Rev. Myoshin of Hilo Taishoji Church and Helen Shirota-Benevides of Papa’ikou Hongwanji Church.   http://hawaiinewsdaily.com/2012/02/in-praise-of-hilos-rev-john-myoshin-bright-mind-lang/      http://hawaiinewsdaily.com/2012/01/in-praise-of-helen-shirota-benevides/     I had never experienced grandparents because my parents had me in middle age and my grandparents by then had passed away.   Which is why the original Bishop Komagata left an indelible impression on me —  to me, he was a bald-headed Santa Claus, as old as they come [the elderly].    http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2005/Jan/07/il/il01a.html




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    Hawai’i Christian leader Takie Okumura couldn’t understand the creole Nippon language here spoken by the Nisei/children of immigrants [“Mama hanahana yokonani” — mama is working & can’t come to church],  so he started up  Nihon gakko Japanese language schools.  Of course, there were English language classes too.   Ironically,  Buddhist Yemyo Imamura’s own language school conflicted/rivaled Consul General Miki Saito’s language schools opened by Takie, & Japan officials thereafter gave Imamura the cold shoulder. –Curt



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    Yemyo Imamura rebuked Japan’s repression in Hawai’i vs. Buddhists — Industrial Japan repressed traditional Buddhism here.  Thence, our Imamura’s backfire vs. Japan Consulate.   Although Christians [gaijin/hakujin] were more severely punished in Japan, Japan’s Consulate here expediently worked w/Takie Okumura’s Christians for language schools.
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    Mary Foster [Botanical Gardens] of the magnate shipbuilder Robinson family  [

    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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    Yes, our only top haole Buddhist Ernest Hunt a century ago actually was an infantry soldier for England in the Boer War [Ernie born 1876], which turned him into a Pacifist, & Ernie actually was Hilo’s Wainaku sugar luna in 1915.  Ernie was among George Patton’s gotcha’ list 1937 for internment if Japan warred vs. U.S., Ernie a traitor to U.S. in Patton’s eyes.



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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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    I surmise that “sex sells” for lovely Helen’s photo, and that “novelty” also sells for inexplicable Caucasian Buddhist Rev. Myoshin.


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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
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    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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    Hilo’s historic Taishoji Church connected at the hip with Western Culture’s introduction to Asian Martial Arts via American genesis Kichimatsu Tanaka‏

    *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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    In praise of Rev. John Myoshin [Bright Mind] Lang
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    Rev. Lang’s brief biography is here http://www.ocean-mirror.org/guest-counselors.html 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.
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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

  • Born 1961 Terri Napeahi’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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    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.

    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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    Schooling Not Gauge Of Life Learning

    by Curtis Narimatsu

    Auto tycoon/GM’s Jim Roche 1906-2004 never went to college because his dad died young. Haberdasher hat-wearer Harry S. Truman never went to college, yet he was the epitome of Common Sense [practical actions]. Schooling is no gauge of intelligence. Jack Burns barely finished St. Louis High, & as a 21 yr. old flunkie who mooched off his mama/drank like no tomorrow, & smooched w/Army girls while showing off his hoops moves. Gang, there is a heaven/hope springs eternal! My dad never even finished junior high. But Dad would listen to merits/demerits of line-item veto over budget appropriations [checks & balances/separation of power b/n executive/legislative branch]. Though line-item veto used by most state governors [who also choose not to release monies if legislators override governors’ veto], U.S. Supreme Court struck down Congressional authorization of line item veto to President on ground that U.S. President [Clinton] usurped legislative sovereignty/authority. Hell, there was no high school for Scrub Tanaka 1915-2006 to attend! A-hole personality Isamu Kanekuni born 1921 knows political science better than poli-sci professors. It’s about passion/immersion, not diplomas. Nope, Isamu never went to college. One common thing about the foregoing self-educated men — they don’t waste their breath/time tolerating small talk [who did you bump into at the supermarket today? Did you have constipation this morning?]. You see distinctly the small talk noiseboxes — the minute they get thrown off by your deflection of their nonsense, they immediately clam up like indian wooden statue outside a saloon. Because suddenly, focus is not on their silly topics anymore. And then when they’re forced to speak substantively, their pace of enunciation slows to a crawl — because it’s not about them or their topic anymore — it’s about anything but them, which disinterests these talking heads to da bone. Luso-Portuguese faladoo/talking head minus/negative exemplars include Wil Souza/unrelated J.R. Souza/Frank De Luz/Butch Castro.

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    Some rich folks [money is god Hilo’s Robert Kiyosaki born 1947 non-graduate hero list headed by Apple founder Steve Jobs] didn’t graduate from school — Henry Ford/Thomas Edison/Bill Gates/Mark Zuckerberg [Facebook]/Rich Branson [Virgin]/Walt Disney.

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    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-r-talbott/hi-tech-firms-overvalued_b_903918.html?utm_source=DailyBrief&utm_campaign=072011&utm_medium=email&utm_content=BlogEntry&utm_term=Daily%20Brief

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    Kiyosaki has this to say about financial learning  –   [his 2011 book Unfair Advantage]  –  what schools don’t teach about money  –  [Merrill Lynch]  If you lost money, why would you give them more money?   AIG, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac are still in serious trouble.   Even Warren Buffett, reportedly the world’s richest and smartest investor, and his firm Berkshire Hathaway took substantial losses in the [2008] crisis.   It fact, it was the Moody’s ratings agency, an agency he controls, that issued AAA ratings to subprime mortgages and sold these toxic mortgages, aka derivatives, to governments, pension funds, and investors throughout the world.   Selling subprime debt packaged as AAA prime debt is also known as fraud.   Buffett’s firm was instrumental in triggering this global crisis, yet the world still looks to Warren for fatherly investment advice.   On top of that, the companies he controls (Wells fargo, American Express, General Electric, and Goldman Sachs) received billions in taxpayer bailout money after the crash.   Is this Warren Buffett’s real secret to being the world’s smartest investor?

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    Opportunities to reduce taxes for business owners of 500+  employees & for investors [passive income] are almost unlimited — almost all expenses are deductible.  Big business owners, unlike small business owners who have few tax breaks [as do regular paycheck employees who pay the most taxes proportionately vs. small business owners],  invest in equipment/real estate, just as investors esp. real estate investors invest in the economy to create jobs/housing/opportunities for more investments – thence huge tax breaks for big business/investors.    But because drilling for oil is risky, such investments only are available to accredited investors.

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    Employer exemplars are Jack Welch of GE & Meg Whitman of eBay.   Big business exemplars are Steve Jobs of Apple/Rich Branson of Virgin/Sergey Brin of Google.  Investor exemplars are John Bogle of Vanguard Funds/George Soros of Quantum Funds [marijuana legalization proponent].

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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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    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/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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    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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    Recent developments in the Big Bounce [vs. Big Bang] theory

    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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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eternal_recurrence#Modern_cosmology

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eternal_recurrence#Friedrich_Nietzsche

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    To comprehend eternal recurrence in Nietzsche’s thought, and not merely to come to peace with it but to embrace it, requires amor fati, “love of fate”:

    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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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sa%E1%B9%83s%C4%81ra#Cycle_of_rebirth

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sa%E1%B9%83s%C4%81ra#Etymology_and_origin

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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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    Buddha rejected the Hindu caste system & transformed the unwashed/unclean of society into an egalitarian force to be reckoned with.

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upanishads#Criticism_of_the_Upanishads

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reincarnation#Conceptual_definitions

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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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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nirvana#Nirv.C4.81.E1.B9.87a_in_Buddhism

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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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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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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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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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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/08/science/08fukuyama.html

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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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hi curt,
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.       ;-)
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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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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eco-sufficiency

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misery_index_(economics)

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sovereign_wealth_fund#Concerns_about_SWFs

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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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http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/issues/issues30/index.htm

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_market#Currency

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agorism#Views_on_capitalism

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http://www.asecu.gr/Seeje/issue06/katsios.pdf   the shadow economy and corruption in Greece

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Russia’s shadow economy 16% of GDP

http://en.rian.ru/business/20110401/163321504.html

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http://www.independent.org/pdf/tir/tir_05_1_schneider.pdf

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_financial_system#Perspectives

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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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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G20#Norwegian_perspective

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Norwegian perspective

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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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_governance#Governance_of_the_economy_and_of_globalization

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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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http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/sections/news/local-news/kenoi-unveils-3653-million-budget.html

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We lose an estimated $1 million annually re: GASB-45 by deferring our initial $20 million, and now we defer again, and thus lose double more – $2 million a year –  instead of doubling down – saving money!!   Why doesn’t Mayor Kenoi question the GASB-45 Plan Administrator instead of the “actuaries” who don’t give a hoot about ground level actual losses incurred/sustained by us/County residents/salt of the earth?    Mayor Kenoi’s resigned executive aide (journalist) Kevin Dayton ignorantly whitewashed the GASB-45 fallout on a local website, and then eureka!!   The website’s owner deleted Dayton’s post after Dayton’s erroneous assertions correctly got remedied by alert readers!!  Dayton’s erroneous experts?   Yes, you got it — our own self-serving County Finance folks led by former boss Bill Takaba.   “Journalist cult of the intellect/arrogant scribe illuminati.”    And Mayor Kenoi “plant”/commenter Kealoha as Dayton’s apologist?   Don’t be shocked if it’s Bobby Jean Leithead Todd, Mayor Kenoi’s Planning Director who needs the boss grade paycheck as desperately as we all need to survive in our own spheres of life.   No knock against anyone for being hard up financially, so to speak.  Just don’t pander and appeal to abject ignorance when you’re getting a boss grade paycheck, okay, Kealoha?    

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The great George Lehleitner, who got Statehood for Hawai’i   —

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http://www.alaska.edu/creatingalaska/constitutional-convention/pictures/delegates-confer-with-geo/

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But if one were to really single out any one person that got statehood for Hawai‘i, albeit a circuitous route via Alaska, it was George Lehleitner born 1905.  And he, in my book, he’s the true hero.” —Daniel Tuttle [historian]

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http://www.lvrj.com/view/homeless-neighbor-raises-many-perplexing-questions-141543403.html

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mllm wrote on March 06, 2012 08:50 AM: Thank you for writing such a beautiful piece. Too often we see the homeless and blame them for their situation. And while most have contributed to their circumstances in some way (as we all do), you remind us that they are people just like the rest of us, with thoughts and feelings, hopes and dreams.

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