Proximity, dearest Petunia

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

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

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

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a person who views a situation with unwarranted optimism
Panglossian  adj
[after Dr Pangloss, a character in Voltaire’s Candide (1759)]
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Eugenics reprised via U.S. a century ago/Hitler nearly a century ago?  Craig Venter, who sequenced the human genome, says we’re not playing at being God, we’re not playing, period!!  Cloning is not a kid game. 10,000 yrs. ago folks worried that domesticated wheat & domesticated sheep were unnatural. 200 yrs. ago folks worried that steam engines were unnatural.

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Ray Kurzweil’s Singularity posits that at mid-century [less than 40 yrs. from now], computers will host all the minds in the world, merging-conflating carbon- and silicon-based intelligence into a single global consciousness. We shall transcend biology, evolving into a new being as far ahead of homo sapiens as a contemp human is of the individual cells which confluent into a creation of our human body. Such “rapture of the nerds” odds-on make him wrong, as prophets before him were more often wrong than right. But Kurzweil is right about “criticism from incredulity,” the simple disbelief that anything so peculiar-preposterous could happen. As Nobel awardee chemist Rich Smalley says, “when a scientist says something is possible, the scientist probably underestimates how long it will take. But if the scientist says something is impossible, the scientist probably is wrong!” Across the developed landscape today, better diets allow us to live twice as long and grow six inches taller than our folks over a century ago. But the U.S. as “Globo-Cop” will wane as Red China [& India] catches up with us, & the risks shall increase of a new world war. As Einstein preciently intoned in the last century, WWIII will be nuclear, and WWIV will be fought with sticks and stones!! Nano-techonology shall take us to a place where we might not want to go, but probably are unable to avoid. Agriculture to industry, villages to cities, global regionalism as the zenith since our development from the end of the last Ice Age, might end via the Singularity, the “end” a forsaken thought, unless we are reminded that Carl Sagan & Iosif Shklovskii postulated half a century ago that Fermi’s Paradox [millions of alien civilizations abound thruout the Universe] has a sobering and frightening solution — we have not heard from any alien species outside of our Earth because advanced civilizations self-destruct a century after inventing nuclear weapons — the Singularity as “end” [terminus] is a century after Hiroshima/Nagasaki [A-bombs]. Thence, Fermi’s Paradox [even if only a vanishingly small proportion of our galaxy’s 250 billion stars — not to mention the infinite universe, not just our tiny galaxy — have habitable planets, outer space should still be teeming w/aliens — Earth is young at less than 5 billion yrs. old, so alien species should be way older and exponentially more advanced than us — even if their spaceships are slow like ours, it still should have taken them only about 50 million yrs. to explore our tiny little galaxy — so where are they?? Why have they not made contact with us????] — yes, Fermi’s Paradox turns not on the “stars,” but on us, on our past and our future. Thus, Asimov’s Foundation/NightFall might well come to be — The Cataclysm/Apocalypse which overwhelms all responses — sending us back to sticks & stones as WWIV’s manifestation. Points are that historians can draw together the grand narrative of social development, triggered via geography, and historians can explain the differences which divide humanity and how we can prevent these divisions from destroying us all.

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David Landes says that ancient China’s dense population favored centralized government & reduced the emperors’ incentives to wanderlust in trade, the emperors having no alien rivals — the emperors worried more about how trade might enrich undesirable folks like enterprising little merchants, which they could stamp out via their omnipotent power hegemony. Thence China’s decline in the 1400s AD. Back to whimsical Menzies — Jared Diamond — like David Landes — says that ancient societies within the band of latitude which runs from Red China to the Mediterranean Sea developed the 1st civilizations, but Europe dominated the modern world because Europe’s peninsulas made it easy for small kingdoms to hold out against would-be conquerers, while in contrast China’s rounder coastline favored centralized rulers over petty princes, thence ending wanderlust. Contrarily, Columbus had many options to wanderlust, so if China’s emperors out of necessity wanderlusted for foreign riches, and allowed explorer Zheng as many options as Columbus had, Herman Cortes might have met a Chinese governor in Mexico in 1519, not the doomed Montezuma. So archaeologists uncover the details of earlier societies’/civilizations’ mistakes — bumbling idiots. But historians of our Age get us the Thought we need to live on to another chapter thru the long line of time. Or, as Kipling yarns — “Till Earth & Sky stand at God’s great Judgment Seat – there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth, tho’ they come from the ends of the Earth!”

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

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

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Geographical determinism? Considering that the Australian Curriculum: history has already been published and that the Australian Curriculum: geography is soon to follow, I thought it would be useful to do some discussion and resourcing on the connections between history and geography. In particular, to look at the potential of integration for the two disciplines as a result of the close interconnections and interdependencies of the disciplines – such connections have become even more evident than ever with the emergence of spatial technology for historical research and hopefully for its application in education. “…Geography is not just a physical stage for the historical drama, not just a set of facts about areas of the earth. It is a special way of looking at the world. Geography, like history, is an age-old and essential strategy for thinking about large and complex matters” Meinig 1987 In our world of simplistic divisions of knowledge there is always the danger that we see disciplines as quite separate and not connected. History and geography in schools need to be seen as entwined and interdependent. As a history and geography teacher such a synergy is logical and obvious. Whatever history I was teaching I would start with a geography lesson of the region studied or impacted upon (much to the disquiet of the students who thought they were doing history!). “…geography and history are complementary and interdependent, “bound together by the very nature of things.” This relationship, Meinig states, “…is implied by such common terms as space and time, area and era, places and events, pairs that are fundamentally inseparable. In practice the two fields are differentiated by the proportionate emphasis each gives to these terms.” Meinig 1987 This connection and interdependency of history and geography is particularly relevant as we move towards the development of disciplines in the Australian Curriculum. Curriculum separatism can be detrimental to the development of a student’s holistic understanding of an historical individual, group, event or phenomena. When implementing the Australian Curriculum in a crowded curriculum, such perception of connections between the disciplines is imperative when designing an integrated approach to the study of a region, theme or topic (particularly in primary schools).

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An example of the impact of geography on history was highlighted in the 1940’s when geographical determinists looked at the rise and fall of the Roman Empire from 400-500. Much of the fall of the empire had to do with a regional drought which decreased the fertility of the land and agriculture output. The lack of food from this event strained the empire and exacerbated the political situation to the point of collapse. The entwinement of Roman geography and history was emphasised by historians when they pronounced that geographic location impacted on Roman civilization because where they were located made it easy for travel and trade. The story goes that Rome was located on the Tyrrhenian Sea and on the Tiber River, making it easy for them to get all around the European area; they were located on a place with fertile soil, which made it easy for farming and they were surrounded by mountains, which provided them with places to hide, and have protection. From this beginning the theory of geographical determinism grew to encompass all environmental and geographic conditions and their impact on the social, political and economic forces of a society. It was believed that technology was the only way to mitigate risks associated with geographic determinism. In short, Geographical Determinism is the theory that the human habits, behaviour and characteristics of a particular culture are shaped by geographic conditions. The phrase was coined in the early 1900’s and in its extreme expression the theory asserts that the work of humans is controlled or “determined” by geographical conditions: climate, landforms, and the like. The debate on the veracity of the theory of Geographical determinism continued throughout the twentieth century.

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A more moderate view of Geographical determinism called Geographical possibilism (suggests that humans have a number of possibilities from which to select)has surfaced in recent years. This theory suggests that humans have a number of possibilities from which to select. I feel that the truth is to be found between the two theories. Geographical determinism was picked up by the Russian Marxists in the 1920’s, where environment and its influence on the development of society was a dominant theme in Soviet geography. Interestingly the attempts by Russian geographers to develop a balanced assessment of the relationship between man and the physical environment were negated in the 1930′s by a dogmatic pronouncement by Stalin which denied any environmental influence on the development of society. However, since the end of World War II a group of Russian geographers have attempted to reintroduce the theme of the geographical environment as an object of study for geography. The arguments of this group were strengthened by a pronouncement by the Communist Party in 1963, which rejected Stalin’s earlier ruling and recognised that the geographical environment, although not a determining factor, does exercise a certain influence on the development of society. Today Russian historians quite logically claim that the geography of Russia has been the major determinant of Russian history. For example “Its location on a high northern latitude and far inland gave it a cold and dry climate. That, combined with large areas of poor or mediocre soils, made it a cold dry steppe in which it is difficult to survive, let alone prosper. Famine has affected Russia on an average of one year out of three throughout its history. Russia lies on the vast Eurasian Steppe with no formidable natural barriers, which has invited a number of invasions with tragic results. In its early history, the main threat would come from the nomadic tribes to the east, making Russia a battleground between nomads and farmers. Only more recently have Russia’s neighbors to the west been a serious threat, as seen by the loss of an estimated 27,000,000 people in World War II. Ironically, Russia’s harsh climate has saved it from invasion more than once. Napoleon and Hitler both found out the power of “General Winter” when they made the mistake of trying to conquer this vast northern giant. Russia’s inland location to the north and east of Europe has left it largely isolated from the mainstream of developments in Europe. Altogether, Russia’s geographic features have made it a harsh land facing constant invasions. As a result, Russians have historically been torn between needing and wanting foreign ideas with which they could better compete and survive on the one hand and a suspicion of foreigners bred by the continual threat of invasions they have faced on the other.” This is a wonderful example of geographies impact on history but by no means unique. How could one study Australian history without recognising the impact of geography on our settlement, governance, national character, military involvement etc. As Blainey in his book Tyranny of Distance said way back in 1970: “…geographical remoteness has been central to shaping our history and identity–and it will continue to form our future.” Professor Iain Stewart in his series: The Earth Made Us repeatedly used examples of geographical determinism to explain the creation, life and death of civilisations i.e. Those along plate boundaries which were attracted to the locations due to the presence of water at plate boundaries, were also inevitably wiped out when the plates “did their thing”. The concept that geography determines culture and in turn history goes all the way back to Hippocrates (c. 420 B.C) when in his discussion; “Airs, Waters and Places”, he contrasts the “easy-going Asiatics living in a very favourable region with the poor Europeans”, who had to work hard because of a deficit environment. Aristotle also played in this space in his Politics when he talked about the “brave but deficient in thinking Europeans from colder climates” contrasted with the “thoughtful and skillful Asians” without spirit because of their hot climate. He said that the Greeks being a blend of the two environments had the best of both worlds! Very dangerous generalisations which did much to discredit geographical determinism. Such deterministic views were often quoted by the racists of the 18th-20th Century to explain through environmental impacts a whole range of racial stereotypes and generalisations. Such associations did much to discredit the theories of geographical determinism in the 20th century. However one would be foolhardy to totally deny that environment and in turn geography of a place does determine the nature of culture and in turn the unfolding of human history. “…history has a spatial dimension–the places where human actions occur. For example, aspects of the natural environment, such as climate and terrain, influence human behavior; and people affect the places they inhabit. Therefore, main ideas of geography, such as the location of places and relationships within places should be included as important parts of the study of history” Framework for the 1994 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) US history assessment. The 2004 book: Historical GIS suggested the equation Place + Space + Time = historical understanding. This equation can also be written as X+Y+Z = historical understanding. Both are saying that there is a need for an understanding of place (X-Y coordinates) in cahoots with an understanding of change over time (Z factor) when teaching any historical topic, event or phenomena.

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

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

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

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

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

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_geography#20th_century

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

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

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

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Tremendous observer, chronicler, & historian  Ed Greaney  Punahou alumnus born 1931 —

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http://www.judyvorfeld.com/edwardgreaney.html   [1976 manifesto still pertinent today]

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Exports in the immediate postwar [1945] period grew but imports expanded even more, causing persistent trade deficits of more than $100 million a year. The reduced military expenditures in the late 1940s were insufficient to fill the gap; capital drained out. Disinvestment characterized the Hawaiian economy.

            In sugar, postwar mechanization of field operations cut the labor force as wages spiraled thanks to collective bargaining with a militant industrial union, the ILWU.

            Recovery began in 1950. Tourist expenditures quadrupled in the following decade. Far more significant, however, was that exports remained stagnant while imports greatly increased. Only large jumps in military spending permitted the economy to offset the trade deficit and to continue its growth.

Their Power Begins to Wan

            The first real break in the Big Five’s tight commercial power came in this decade [1950s].  First Amfac and Davies saw their commanding position in grocery wholesaling dwindle away in a few short years thanks to supermarket chain methods and the purchasing cooperatives of the independent stores.  By the mid-50’s strong undercurrents of change were evident.  Mainland retailers – Long’s, Woolworth, Hartfield – were coming in and in certain cases, introducing a type of price competition entirely new toHawaii. Mainland capital began to come into the territory for the construction of new hotels and apartment houses. Henry Kaiser arrived to build theHawaiian Village complex. The islands were receiving mainland media attention, strengthening a brisk pickup in tourism. Trust companies began to have some success in slowly unloading the holdings of Hawaiian securities in their trust accounts.

            This removed estate administrators, living by the “Prudent Man” rule, from the Big Five boardrooms, paving the way for professional management to prove itself in risk ventures. Both trust officers and agency executives recognized the merits of geographic diversification as their oligarchical sway over the territory’s economy gave way to new forces. With labor no longer cheap, plantations increasingly capital-intensive and sugar returns declining, the time had come to seek new horizons – at home and abroad. Real estate development and tourism appeared as promising new avenues for expansion. Then came Statehood and the boom was on.

            In the 1960’s tourist expenditures soared, fueling accelerated growth and bridging the commodity gap. In this heady atmosphere most of the six companies [incl. megathrust via Navy — Dillingham interests] obtained Big Board listings for their securities and were able to pursue acquisitions far and wide in a rising stock market.

            There was more to this growth than price-earnings ratios, however. The Big Five were old companies in declining industries – pineapple and sugar – situated in an insular economy. There was no incentive to invest further in their existing businesses. Yet tax laws penalize the return of excess capital to investors. At A&B, for example, family stockholders found themselves locked into a cash-rich investment they couldn’t tap. Finally they swapped their holdings for a spin-off of  “a piece of the action,” namely Maui Pineapple and its real estate potential.

            In 1974, however, none of the new lines of endeavor for the five was as profitable as was sugar once again. Soaring world prices and the lack of a national sugar act combined to ring up record profits. But as price subsided at mid-decade with no domestic production legislation in sight, the industry was once more vulnerable to the cycles of its early years.

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Competition Challenges Amfac Supremacy

                 The first break in this tight control appeared soon thereafter. Within a few short years in the very early ‘50’s the grocery departments of both American Factors and Davies – largest of their wholesale departments – had dwindled to minor brokerage businesses. It was primarily the result of the introduction of supermarket chain methods toHawaii– direct volume buying – with consequently lower food prices. To compete with Foodland and other supermarket chains, grocers could not afford to buy from big wholesalers: Amfac, Davies and Alexander & Baldwin. They organized instead purchasing cooperatives, Certified and IGA.

            By the mid-1950’s strong undercurrents of change were evident. Mainland retailers – Long’s, Woolworth, Hartfield andLeeds– were coming in and in certain cases, introducing a type of price competition entirely novel to the islands.

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Rev. Bond of Kohala: Sugar As A Christian Mission

            In the early 1860’s, Rev. Elias Bond of Kohala approached Castle with the idea of starting aBigIsland sugar plantation. “Father” Bond was a tireless preacher, doctor and teacher for his flock. He had hit upon sugar as a means of providing employment for the region. (More than a century later government officialdom was still seeking such a means.) With no jobs to hold them up in the country, the good missionary had no way to keep Kohala youth home once they had seen gay Lahaina orHonolulu.

            “Finally,” he recalled later to his children, “it came to me as clear as sunshine that it must be sugar cane. My mind had become fixed on the prospective Sugar Plantation as the only possible means of retaining our people in Kohala nei.” (Hansen, Kohala Sugar Company 1963.)

            Bond was not the first man to consider sugar for Kohala, however. At least twenty years earlier when Bond first arrived there an enterprising Chinese planter named Aiko had built a primitive mill for grinding cane.

            In 1862 Castle toured the region and decided Bond’s ideas had merit. A corporation was organized the following year to acquire 3,200 acres (at $2 an acre); $40,000 in capital stock was raised. Castle ordered sugar mill equipment fromGlasgow,Scotland, and the first cane was ground in 1865. The “missionary plantation” didn’t turn a profit until the year 1872; no dividend was paid until three years later.

            In the years that followed other plantations sprang up in the area: Niuli’i, Union Mill and Hawi (Hind family undertakings) and Halawa Mill. Consolidations in the 1930’s brought all of these ventures into Kohala Sugar by 1937 when the plantation had 13,000 acres under cultivation. By its centennial, the plantation was producing 45,000 tons annually. Ten years later, however, Caste & Cooke announced plans to phase out its operations, citing a long record of unprofitable years.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Five_(Hawaii)

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http://www.hawaiibusiness.com/Hawaii-Business/August-2007/Local-Values-Meet-Mainland-Money/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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When FDR had difficulty w/Congress, he did radio fireside chats.   President Obama can do the same via social media/etc.

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

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

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

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Proximity/geopolitical impact relationships:  2nd Hilo Japanese Christian Church timeline minister Kwan Higuchi graduated from Christian Doshisha U. Japan [Japan’s Sophia U. is Catholic, where egotist George Yokoyama graduated from], thence Kwan’s daughter Kame [Kunitomo] 1899-1989 being our 1st Oberlin [Christian] alumnus, & Kame via dad Kwan inspired our rich/powerful oldest Nisei/2nd generation AJAs to go to Oberlin [Mukai/etc.].

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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2012/10/28/proximityfamiliarity-are-everything-in-relationships-both-lovely-devotion-unlovely-contempt/

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

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Chicago socialite Nina van Zandt’s love for hanged Haymarket labor leader martyr August Spies was a “Spinal Tap” a la Warren Beatty’s-Julie Christie’s romantic movie “Heaven Can Wait,”  as was Elizabeth Gurley Flynn’s love for pugnacious “anarchist Carlo Tresca.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/August_Spies#Marriage

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

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Gurley_Flynn#Later_years_and_legacy

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

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/20/opinion/20dowd.html?ref=maureendowd

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

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http://public.shns.com/content/cyr-helicopter-crash-latest-afghan-frustration

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Barry Lopez  — Those that we revere as our great teachers [for Curt, dynamic duo of Keoni/Lukini Andrew born 1942/1943] did not break the faith with their beliefs, but remained dedicated to something outside the self  — never did they become their own enemies of their souls and memories. 
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Antonio Machado  –   My feeling is not only mine, but ours.   
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 Stephen Buhner –  Trust the things that you feel, that insist they be said, are there inside you, pushing on you,  for a reason.   Trust that there are people out there that need to hear those things, just as much as you need to say them.   Understand that.  If you persevere, in such moment of transference, there is something more than merely human involved  — and as Homer said, filled with powers all of us have been told no longer exist.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lynn_Fontanne#Career

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_Lunt#Career

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

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http://www.amazon.com/KPD-Blue-Political-Corruption-Department/dp/1439203466

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

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In 1911 Internationalist Alexander Hume Ford organizes our First Pan-Pacific Conference  “Hands Across the Pacific,”  with Hawai’i being the heart of the Pacific juxtaposed halfway between Maine & Manila, and halfway between Alaska and Samoa.    Ford collaborates with Theodore Roosevelt conservationist Lorrin Thurston to increase trade & commerce with Hawai’i as the nerve center of capitalism in the Pacific.    Ford focuses on agriculture, while Thurston focuses on tourism.    Thurston’s unique angle is to get Kilauea Volcano on the map globallyto draw tourists.    Thurston’s vision on tourism amplifies his craving to keep Hawai’i geography pristine and untouched.    Such conservationism propagates toward the formation of today’s HVNP system.    Our unique third world feel in an American territory encourages Stateside participation in our dream of keeping Hawai’i rural, yet safe for American tourists.    Thurston’s fellow missionary progeny Walter Dillingham recruits Swedish immigrant & Bank of America ace Rudy Peterson to service our budding labor force in the tourist industry.    Rudy Peterson recruits President Obama’s tutu wahine/grandma “Toots”  — and a century after Ford & Thurston gather to promote Hawai’i as the tome of trade and tourism, President Obama stands as the manifestation of such convergence.    President Obama loves surfing, and fittingly Duke Kahanamoku’s Hui Nalu surfing club was formed a century ago in 1911, to compete vs. Ford’s Outrigger Club formed a century before President Obama’s election win in 2008.
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Don’t watch Sixty Minutes [broadcast journalism] on Steve Wynn unless this TV show features Mike Milken, who made Wynn, so to speak.

Milken was largely involved with kick-starting investments in Nevada, which for many years was the fastest-growing state in the U.S. Milken funded the gaming industry, newspapers and homebuilders, and among the companies he financed were MGM Mirage, Mandalay Resorts, Harrah’s Entertainment and Park Place.

This money-raising ability also facilitated the activities of leveraged buyout (LBO) firms like Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and of so-called “greenmailers.” Armed with a “highly confident letter” from Drexel (in which Drexel promised to get the necessary debt in time to fulfill the buyer’s obligations), these firms and greenmailers were able to profit by merely threatening LBOs of large, blue-chip companies in which they had built up equity positions. Milken’s task was perhaps made easier by the fact that the top-tier Wall St investment banks were unwilling to compete with him for fear of jeopardizing their longstanding and lucrative relationships with many of these blue-chip companies who were potentially his targets, although latterly companies like Salomon BrothersMorgan Stanley and First Boston did enter the high-yield market. Notable buyouts financed by Drexel of companies previously thought invulnerable included Beatrice Companies and the cosmetics firm,Revlon.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Milken#The_high-yield_market_and_the_1980s_buyout_boom

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Milken#Scandal

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Wynn had previously acquired interests in various existing casinos. His first major Strip casino, the Mirage, which opened in 1989, set a new standard for size, opulence and construction costs. The Mirage featured an indoor forest and an outdoor “volcano”; and with high-quality room appointments and an emphasis on service, the Mirage was another major success. The Mirage was the first project in which he was involved in the design and construction of a casino. The $630 million cost to build the facility was financed largely with junk bonds issued by Michael Milken. The property was considered a high-risk venture by the standards then prevailing in Las Vegas because of its expensiveness and emphasis on luxury. However, it became enormously lucrative and made Wynn a major part of Las Vegas history.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Wynn_(entrepreneur)#Early_life.2C_Frontier.2C_and_the_Golden_Nugget

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

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http://www.lvrj.com/living/parents-best-efforts-sometimes-fall-short-125285118.html

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I have three sons. It’s not unlikely that, someday, one, two or all three of these men will sit in a respective therapist’s office and complain about, among other things, me! And I already know two things about that day. First, they are almost certain to be correct. That is, the grievance will be real. Legitimate. Accurate. Second, should any of the three brothers come to me with the grievance, I know what I won’t say. I won’t say, “Well, I was doing the best I could.”

See, in any given moment, the “best I can do” might still really suck for you. Sometimes the best I can is still an observable injustice to another human being. I’m capable of hurting you while doing my best. For such it is with human beings.

Which is why I’ll say something else. Something like: “You remember that right. And it was wrong. And you deserved more than what you got from me. And I need your forgiveness.”

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Two visions of the future:     1)  Kaku’s science and my desired

template of    2)  Christian inclusion

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Two experiences shaped astrophysicist Nisei 3rd generation Japanese American Michio Kaku born 1947 [Michio’s dad is Kibei — went back to Japan/schooling/came back to U.S. — thence Michio’s 2nd generation Nisei japaneezee inflection/mannerisms]–   when Michio was 8 yrs. old, Einstein died, leaving behind Einstein’s unfinished manuscript/magnum opus masterpiece [theory of everything which unlocks the secrets of the universe — to read the mind of God, so to speak] – why couldn’t the greatest scientist of our time find it so difficult to finish his paper, so to speak?    Thence Michio vows now to finish Michio’s paper!  :-)      Second,   Michio was intoxicated w/Pu’u’eo native Buster Crabbe [mama was Hilo Union teacher/stepdad was Hilo mayor Clem Akina]spaceship retinue in TV’s Flash Gordon series.     Michio’s DNA traces back to Nepal, home of Buddha.   Michio predicts that by 2100 [89 yrs. from now] we will control computers via tiny brain sensors, & move objects around with the power of our minds.   Cyber-enabled contact lenses will access to our pupils the world’s information bank/wikipedia in the blink of our eye.   Cars will cushion/coast along on air magnetic fields if room temperature superconductors are discovered, every organ will be grown & genetic diseases will be cured via molecular medicine [DNA sensors/nanoparticles will scan our bodies for the first sign of illness, via our bloodstream], our aging will be slowed down/reversed, nanotechnology will give us the fabled space elevator, which will take us hundreds of miles above the earth’s atmosphere at the click of the key, we’ll have emotional robots/antimatter rockets/x-ray vision, creation of new life forms via science.

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I desire to believe in repentance after death/growth in God’s Holiness even after death,  so that Hell as we know it is reserved only for those rarest few who
continue to turn their back on God.    Valerie Saruwatari born 1943 & Amy Aihara born 1936 from my brother’s church shall end up in the top of God’s
Tower  [penthouse  ;-)    ] along with purest soul of the Bible Outcast on to Egypt Joseph, martyr Stephen, Peter’s baby brother Andrew, Joshua, Gideon, Nathan, Lydia, Rahab, &  other transformative figures of Scripture.    David will end up several floors below Valerie/Amy, because David can’t bring back Uriah’s life [David cold-bloodedly masterminded Uriah’s murder/assassination], David’s son Solomon a floor or so above David [Solomon decadent opulence negative
exemplar].    My greatest sentient heroes Keoni & Lukini Andrew born 1942/1943 shall lead the way at the top of God’s Tower, & among their sine qua
non brethren shall be KingLit Ching born 1936 and Denise Takashima born 1953, along with Sanford Okura born 1948 and Janice Nakagawa Thomas Kekauoha born 1937 of Waipi’o Valley.
I’ll be swimming fine outside the ground floor in the blue lagoon, & KingLit will be scoping down w/his binoculars from God’s Penthouse to make sure that
I’m not copulating in public  ;-) , which then demotes me down into the dark chamber of Hell’s subterranean neverland.   ;-)      KingLit’s dad Hung Wai
1905-2002 won’t need binoculars to peek at me — Hung Wai will be on the 3rd floor attempting to jump into the lagoon to join me.   Of course, KingLit’s
mom will be in  God’s Penthouse being served by dutiful son KingLit.  P.S. Hell is not a fiery inferno, but instead a cold dark chamber which does
not see the light of day — I’ll let you know how lonely/desolate/forsaken/mind-killing it is if I copulate in public & end up down there!

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

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZgsfr5m8Tw&feature=related

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

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

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Great religious figures invoke the most important precepts, especially amid our trials & tribulations.   As tremendous observer Steven Kalas born 1957 chastens,  we bear with suffering by finding meaning in it, as we turn suffering into transformative good in the world.   Sublime Grace [uplift from God].

 
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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. 
 
 
 

The story of Job, the Book of Ecclesiastes, Jacob wrestling with God (Genesis), the Book of Lamentations and the Wailing Wall  –  all codify  doubt as part and parcel of the journey of faith.

And, in the Christian story, the disciple Thomas is showcased as the walking, talking icon of doubt.   And, when finally confronted by Jesus, Thomas is not criticized for his doubt. Jesus in no way is personally offended by Thomas’ doubt.   Instead, Thomas is invited to see, think and experience for himself: “Put your hands in my wounds…”

 

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More like “Realistic Thomas.”   Jesus doesn’t chastise Thomas for doubting.   Instead, Jesus calls his bluff.   Jesus shows up, extends his wounded hands and says, essentially, “You’re on, cowboy. Reach out, see and feel these wounds. Those would be the holes left over from nails.” “My Lord and my God,” Thomas exclaims.   Thomas recognizes Jesus as he knows Jesus’ wounds. The wounds are the ultimate credential of identity. The wounds of which Thomas now is aware.    Doubt has energized Faith.   Sublime Grace [uplift from God].
 
 
http://www.lvrj.com/living/what-hurts-most-may-bring-people-closest-together-134200018.html
 
 
 
 

Ethos entail a moral economy balanced by duty towards those who lack means or who cannot perform such good.   Ethos also entail if necessary taking the blame for something in order to solve an issue or save someone else.   These are Christ’s examples of the right intent/heart, per Romans 12:1.

 

 

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We may learn from this verse,(1) That the proper worship of God is the free homage of the mind. It is not forced or constrained. The offering of ourselves should be voluntary. No other can be a true offering, and none other can be acceptable.(2) The character of God is of mercy; of long-continued and patient forbearance, and it should influence us to devote ourselves to Him.   
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The National Enquirer says, “For inquiring minds.” But they mean prurient minds, and in some cases sadistic curiosity.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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http://www.lvrj.com/view/it-s-easy-to-ruin-a-person-s-reputation-140680453.html

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So, how do ruined people pick up and move on again toward a thriving, grateful life?   The first order of business is surrender. We stop railing against the harm.  Somewhere inside of ourselves, we make an authentic peace with the fact that no one is immune to harm. We decide to deeply believe that we waste our lives insisting every scale must be balanced before we are free.

Second, in some cases, we walk away from the fight. Yes, we give up. We acknowledge that our naysayer self-important detractor has won and move on to other work, other opportunities to give life a chance.

And lastly, we decide that no one has the power to make life anything less than good.  You might call this decision a decision of faith, even if you aren’t religious.

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Greek pathos [heart], logos [mind], & ethos [idealism/higher being] interlace with Greek eros [lust], philia [friendship], & agape [unconditional selfless love for others].

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When a speaker addresses an audience, he or she must use certain modes of persuasion. Deciding how to best use ethos, pathos, and logos helps build up a speaker’s unique rhetorical stance. For example, while some speakers may focus on pathos to connect with the audience’s emotions and thus sway them, others may focus more on logos, offering data and hard facts which can convince logically-minded people, as well as help establish ethos, the sense that the speaker has authority in the subject.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhetorical_stance#Ethos.2C_pathos.2C_and_logos

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Egotistic overpride/vanity are humanity’s most pervasive pernicious sins, and interlaced with these are envy/jealousy [that pride is an entitlement, not a luck of the draw, pleasant or unpleasant] and anger [when I don’t receive/realize such entitlement].    The cures are submission/humbleness [vs. overpride/vanity], acceptance of one’s fate [compassion/empathy vs. envy/jealousy], & obedience [patience vs. anger].   Lust/greed [arrogance] also are interlaced with overpride/vanity.

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Christian proselyter and former Wales native Robert Owen born 1924 loves camaraderie at my expense of a steak meal for free for him.   His humongous mountain of an ego surpasses the rock mountain which my great hero Biblical Caleb overcame as testament to Caleb’s faith in God.
“Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”  2 Corinthians 12:10  http://www.learnthebible.org/bible/3/2CO/12/10     Pastor Owen is full of himself.   He misses Caleb’s point — God Almighty, not Robert Owen Almighty.
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geopolitical dynamics:    KTA founder Koichi Taniguchi’s brother died on Kaua’i, so his brother’s widow relocated to Hilo, where her sons [Koichi’s nephews] were Hawai’i Hardware founder Richard Taniguchi & baby brother Tokuso Taniguchi [beloved M.D. among the Issei/oldest Nisei].    Richard actually was HPM main guy under Nisei owner Barney Fujimoto, but when Barney’s son Bobby [current retired scion, whose son Michael runs current operations] grew of age, Richard exited & started Hawai’i Hardware.   Interestingly, “departed from HPM” ohana/kazoku ran Hawai’i Hardware, ergo HPM co-founder Zanzo Kawasaki [along w/Barney Fujimoto’s Issei dad] lineage/son Rogers Kawasaki, who married Koichi Taniguchi’s daughter], along with later exiter Richard Taniguchi.

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Once upon a time

You promised to believe

That wounded hearts though painful

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

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

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

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


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This is to say, it is the acceptance of God’s grace and atoning spirit that compels us to look beyond ourselves to help those in need just as Christ did for us.  I can better relate to Christ’s Parables that carried simple messages to simple uneducated people.  These people were “empowered”  by these mind-bending 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 Dex’ point of Christ using “irony” in his parables, as Dex did this morning.  Not just the Parables but the Beatitudes feature the dramatic presentation and reversal of expectations that are characteristic of Jesus Christ.
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Faith is not outcome-dependent, such that Jesus does not cut a deal or bargain over your destiny.   You don’t trade off with Jesus.   Neither do you engage in magic/hocus pocus — Faith is not a Vegas act.  Thy Will Be Done.     One is not cursed because that person or one’s progeny is afflicted with medical issues.     It just is.  This is one’s walk in Faith, side by side with Jesus.    Everlasting life beyond our own on this temporal earth.       But for the Grace of God there go I.       Psalm 124

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

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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 impossibilities come to life.  Jesus turns common-sense ideas upside down, confounding the expectations of His audience.

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

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from Dex Irvin –

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A small thing. Or perhaps not.

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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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Stephen Leacock typifies “irony,” subtler art than satire, the deeper wisdom.  Leacock infantly vulnerable, who accepted his own contradictions [sinned sentient] w/out strenuously trying to reconcile them, per Robertson Davies.  Amid Leacock’s humanity/foibles, Leacock radiated beauty.  He chose to love over to fear.    Need I mutter exemplar ergo impossible irony???  — Patton’s feared foe Rommel orders dossier on Patton — Rommel’s aide spills nonsense [schooling/creds/awards] – Rommel exclaims, “The Man — who is Patton!!??”  Aide meekly recounts, “Well, Patton swears all the time — but he prays to God at night.”   Rommel convulses, “Oh my God, such a conflicted man!!  He has nothing to lose!!  I must destroy Patton before he destroys me!!”    Macho males would revulse at a prayin’ man, dismissing a prayin’ man as a pussy/panty-arse.   Not so amid the deepest unction of irony!!   As to “turn the other cheek” & “when you give, it is given to you???”  
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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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It’s unfortunate that Ke Ola Magazine columnist Pete Hendricks in his “Then & Now” Ka’u Landings article September/October 2011 issue talks about the “tragedy” of Na’alehu Sugar genesis Hutchinson’s capsized rowboat & his death — but writer Hendricks knows nothing about  the real tragedy of the death of Henry Opukahaia’s family in the pitched battle between Ka’u chief Kaiana & Kamehameha.   Sad omission.

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

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Unsung hero Henry Opukahaia 1792-1818 — Henry Opukahaia was orphaned upon the deaths of his parents in a carnage/battle over territorial control [Kamehameha’s conquests]. Henry sailed the high seas for in 1808 & ended up in New England, where he was schooled by Congregationalists. Henry changed the face of America by demonstrating that everybody’s equal according to Scripture. He became a martyr to his devotion & inspired the greatest political leaders of the time like Henry Clay 1777-1852, the great Emancipator who was Abraham Lincoln’s biggest hero. Destiny revealed itself for this little boy from our Ka`u District [called “split belly” in Hawaiian when his baby brother was speared & killed while Henry carried his brother on Henry’s back to escape from Kamehameha’s forces in 1802 vs. Kaiana, at which time Henry’s parents were killed], who eventually succumbed to typhoid, & Henry’s death inspired the arrival of our missionaries in 1820, the same time kuhina nui [real power behind throne] Kaahumanu via ruler Liholiho [Kamehameha II] abolished the kapu system. The fullness of time — Opukahaia’s missionaries helped fill the moral & spiritual vacuum that resulted from the breakdown of their ancient pagan faith, so to speak, from the missionaries’ viewpoint. Our social service organizations today are a direct outgrowth of Opukahaia’s martyrdom — our YMCAs which uplifted immigrant shantytowns/tenements Waiakea [furyoshonen — AJA hooligans — were inspired by guardian angel Jean Hartley]/Shinmachi [“New Town” in Japanese] — serviced by John Beukema’s Hilo Center [where our former Texaco Service Station is on Kam/Pauahi Sts.], not to mention our old town Hilo Hawaiians [via Haili Church-Hilo Boarding School where Boys-Girls Club is today–YWCA still at today’s site]. Essentially, modern Hilo is built upon the moral & spiritual groundwork laid by Opukahaia’s missionaries. Hence, Henry Opukahaia is our unsung/untold hero, the sine qua non of societal fulfillment and happiness, per assimilation vantage point [naysayers call this cultural genocide]. And looking at each ethnic group, Opukahaia’s peacemakers filled the need — the Chinese had Rev. Tsui’s social hall across Lincoln Park [today’s church is on Mohouli-Kino`ole Sts.], the Portuguese had Rev. De Silva’s mission on Haili St. [today’s Central Christian Church], the Japanese had Rev. Kwan Higuchi’s hall at Lincoln Park, the Filipinos had their church in Papaikou, the Koreans had their church on Haili St.    Aloha, –Curt
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Like the U.S. today, Japan 25 yrs. ago enjoyed the false prosperity of a financial bubble reinforced by a housing bubble.   When the market crashed over 20 yrs. ago, Japan’s crooked Finance Ministry [under auspices of Tokyo’s financial elite plunderers] caused a decade-long stagflation.    Even zero interest rates by the Bank of Japan failed to jump start Japan’s economy.   Rife w/corruption/insider trading, Japan, like America, slid bigtime, even amidt global robustness  — as w/President Obama’s hamartia [miscue after miscue from a fallen idol/hero] — Japan’s government failed to act!

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LBJ is a great far cry from President Obama’s incessant urge to seek common ground, to the abject detriment of what should be his only objective, protection of the American people.   LBJ made his reputation as a southwestern moderate, a bridge between the northern liberals & the Deep South Dixiecrats.   LBJ resolved that his legacy would redeem the promise of Lincoln — to wipe out the racist social order in the South via 3 landmark civil rights acts.   President Obama has chosen the conventional path of appeasing coalitions — the status quo, not being decisive-in the fray with a dominant defining leadership signature.   Crony capitalism is today’s result.

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Our oligarchy Big 5 slushed their collective profits into
genesis Bishop Trust [1st Haw’n Bank its front] & later Haw’n Trust
[Bank of Hawai’i its front], to move money/capital around in congruous/
streamlined fashion. Of course, had our Feds busted our obvious
chokehold of Big 5 over all aspects of our lives/culture via Sherman
anti-trust act [busted Rockefeller’s Standard Oil Trust — holding
company of some 50 mega-meta-corporations] — nerve centers
Bishop/Haw’n Trust would’ve been liquidated/dismantled. Anyway,
to illustrate our haole superiority complex, Statesider Fred Merrill came to lead Haw’n Trust pre-WWII, & got chummy w/Big 5 nemeses Chinn Ho [Dean Witter rep]/Judge William Heen/1st Chinese top politico Ernie Kai/local solon Hiram Fong — but Haw’n Trust degenerate Pete McLean scolded outsider Merrill — “Don’t associate with those people at Wo Fat Restaurant! We don’t do this around here!! And we select only among our [Big 5] families to head our companies — you’re not one of us, but keep your mind on business, & someday you might be — unless you wanna’ blow it all by meeting with those Chinese!!” Whoa!! Bill Heen, old enough to be daddy to youngsters Kai/Chinn Ho/Hiram Fong born 1905/1904/1906 respectively, led these titans of Chinatown, understudied by Heen’s junior partner Kai, w/Chinn Ho & Hiram Fong simply dutiful listeners. The final member Hung Wai Ching 1905-2002 was a Christian theologian & rankled vs. these mega Chinese capitalists, though Hung Wai himself became a millionaire after WWII [initial housing developer simultaneously w/Kukuihaele’s Ruddy Tongg-
Kapa’au KJ Luke]. Of course, we know Hiram Fong’s nephew thru Hiram’s wife Ellen — Wadsworth Yee — Hiram’s Grand Pacific Life Ins. 1950s, Yee the consummate ladies’ man like antecedent Hung Wai. Hung Wai’s baby brother Hung Wo Ching 1912-1996 was half a generation behind Hung Wai’s gang/peers — Hung Wo became a multi-millionaire investor/developer & became Jack Burns’ chief financier in politics, w/distant kin Clarence Ching 1912-1985 as Burns’ campaign treasurer. Chinn Ho also bankrolled Burns, & Burns beseeched Chinn Ho’s sweet son Stuart to be a solon — which Stuart did [Stuart didn’t make it into Punahou so went to ‘Iolani — Stuart smart as ever but empathized w/the salt of the earth] — & Stuart got out because in effect Stuart was trying to please Stu’s dad. Stuart a good guy & chums w/KingLit Ching born 1936, Rev. Hung Wai Ching’s son — KingLit Harvard MBA like KJ Luke, but KingLit should’ve been Hollywood — my knight in shining armor, or my Bruce Lee!!

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Ancient enmity between cultural overlord China & forsaken Japan rubbed raw here in Hawai’i, with Pastor Hung Wai Ching becoming a pariah among his fellow Chinese, especially those of his former Beretania St. Chinese Church [Hiram Fong’s church], from whom he broke away some 76 yrs. ago [& started today’s current Community Church now on Nu’uanu Ave., originally located in Emma tenements in an abandoned Chinese schoolhouse]. Especially his older immigrant brethren could not figure out why Hung Wai was helping China’s mortal enemy/stepchild Japan. But when you look at Hung Wai, Hung Wai dived into where the need was greatest/repression was most extreme, as vs. our buddaheads pre- & during WWII. Hung Wai also helped out Pinoy [Kalihi-Palama]/Puerto Ricans [Houghtailing St. district/Palama]/Koreans [Palama]/Hawaiians [Papakolea/Kaka’ako], not to mention his fellow Chinese in impoverished Chinatown & Emmaville, where he grew up. Watch when Hung walked thru Chinatown. He could switch language from Chinese to Ilocano-Tagalog-Visayan to Spanish to Korean to our original native/universal tongue a century ago, Hawaiian. Hung Wai, unlike his fellow insular/individualist Chinese, was a man for all seasons, who suffered fools gladly, knowing his mission for Jesus [everybody’s equal before God] which steeled him to the end. Why such obsession with Japanese? Because Japanese were Hung Wai’s favorite targets for assaults/theft/vandalism when Hung Wai was his Emmaville street tough/gang leader [huge for Chinese, nearly 6 feet]. Yes, overcompensation/making up. Psychology. Hung Wai wasn’t gonna let society do in the oppressed ethnicities on his time, never. And it didn’t happen on his watch. Love everlasting, –Curt

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Contrary to popular opinion, lower class taverns 3 centuries ago were the 1st racially integrated public facilities in America, not to mention sexually liberated w/female tavern owners [genteel men sites banned non-rich whites/women].   “Animal passions” ergo hormonal liberties presaged our American revolution as well as our Civil War.    ”Amalgamation” [mixed breed progeny] nearly won the White House but for VP Richard Johnson’s [under President Martin Van Buren] refusal to deny the “monstrous rumor” about his mullatto mistress w/whom he had 2 children.   Never mind Strom Thurmond’s collossal hypocrisy in the last century.    Drunken workers created our weekend, prostitutes started women’s lib [long before proper lady Gloria Steinem]  & gave us birth control w/their “barbaric savages” [unassimilated immigrants],  just as liberated drag queens engaged in redemptive suffering to give us Gay Liberation.    Sainted Madiba [tribal reverence] Nelson Mandela’s immense legacies are exemplified in the context of his natural nature/character — “I came out mature” is Mandela’s epiphany after 27 yrs. in prison [age 44 to 71], & this senior citizen went on to defy that aging is a death sentence.    President Obama’s “propeller heads”  economic team  of treasury looters Summers/Geithner et al get upended by today’s Lincoln Steffens Gonzo Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln_Steffens    I didn’t know that Irish teague is derogatory, in that we have Irish Teague ohana here.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taig

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Our greatest First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt refrained her husband’s funeral in impelling his legacy — When FDR died in 1945 a crowd surged down Constitution Ave. to view his funeral cortege — a man collapsed to the ground in grief.    After helping the man up, the samaritan asked him, “Did you know the President?”    As the fallen man regained his composure, he intoned, “No, but he knew me.”    Wow!!   Populist referendum!

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Mabel Wilcox 1882-1978 was Kaua’i Florence Nightingale, as Mabel Smyth was to O’ahu.   Mabel our Social Gospel Do-er, Matthew 5/Isaiah 58.    Mabel had a soft heart, vs. her domineering sister Elsie, Mabel the granddaughter of our original missionaries, and the daughter of genesis Lyman’s daughter Emma, thence our Lyman House Restoration by Emma, & Emma’s daughters Mabel & Elsie 1931.   Of course, our Hilo Lymans were not personally down to earth, but imperious, vs. tender touch Mabel Wilcox, who never married.    Mabel was pretty yet pure.   Mabel’s ohana Galen/son Gerald Fisher.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grove_Farm_(Lihue,_Hawaii)

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Chinese immigrated to the U.S. via the California Gold Rush & the building of the Transcontinental Railroad. After the railroad’s completion in 1869, Americans feared the Chinese invasion to sweep up other jobs in the U.S. Thence the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. Which triggered Japanese immigration en masse in 1885 to Hawai’i to supply labor for our sugar planters. Major Japanese movement to California occurred 20 yrs. later 1905 because of increased restrictions vs. Japanese relocation to the Mainland that would thwart later movement to Stateside ports. The Japanese Exclusion Act of 1924 mirrored the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. Eventually, Congress allowed Chinese immigrants to become U.S. citizens in 1943, Filipino immigrants in 1946, & Japanese after 1952. Do you know that Masaji Marumoto [2nd generation– AJA] was the only top Japanese Hospital Nihonjin Byoin [today’s Kuakini Medical Ctr.] administrator/director not interned WWII?? Mas went on to serve with our 442 MIS [intelligence section/interpreter] & later became the 1st AJA highest court justice nationwide 1957 under Ike.

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For the U.S. to own colonies overseas in 1893 rebuked its own tradition of rebelling vs. its British colonialists in 1776. As Joseph Nawahi 1842-1896 intoned, his Ke Aloha ‘Aina focus after the overthrow was not on the monarchy but on indigenous ownership of land/resources, something which scholar Jon Chinen reprised in Jon’s 2 books on the Mahele of 1848. Nawahi focused on indigenous rights, not on hereditary ranking at birth. Again, to Nawahi, unlike today’s misguided Jon Osorio, Osorio’s so-called cultural basis of native rule, anchored on the mutuality between the commoner & the Mo’i/ali’i, was but an illusion fabricated by the feudal barons. Put simply, the control of both sides of a bargain acquired in such adhesion/manner is not a mutuality but a unilateral dictate. And unlike today’s misguided patriots Osorio/Kekuni Blaisdell, a bigot of a kupuna, our Kaimu native Nawahi wanted to restore hoa’aina power/national authority the correct way, with no distortion of fact/reasoning so pervasive among current revisionists like Osorio/Kekuni Blaisdell. Nawahi’s touchstone was that no such idyllic mutuality existed in olden times — feudal dictatorial rule by hereditary kings was odious to a free republic, which Nawahi advocated. Nawahi was Emma’s backer as a nascent solon at age 32 vs. Kalakaua. Emma/husband Kamehameha IV constructed the British-style St. Andrew Cathedral next door to Washington Place.

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

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

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

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Søren Kierkegaard’s critique

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Kanaka Johnny Wilson 1871-1956 is the most popular mayor in the history of the Hawaiian Islands, and the very first Democrat in Hawai’i Nei. After Wilson spazed out from seeing Bryan in person on stage, Bryan’s Cross of Gold epiphany catalyzed Wilson to be our George Washington of the Democratic Party in Hawai’i.

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KL Ching a fan of Paul Theroux, grassrooter who recognized Barack Obama’s leadership qualities when Barack was a child.   Hilo educator Joe Theroux born 1953 is Paul’s baby brother. 

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

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

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Tokuichi Tsuji 1881-1973 was a Kona Issei who was a cook for our missionary descendant Waterhouse family, & was enabled by benevolent Waterhouse to entrepreneurship/able to get bank loans [Waterhouse bank prexy] & become our mega-Sunrise Soda works baron.  Benevolent paternalism bestowed by missionary Matthew 5/Isaiah 58.   Stateside Whites competed with Issei for middle class jobs, thence Issei kotonks had to go into business [farming] for themselves, unlike Issei buddaheads here in Hawai’i, who opted for entrepreneurship [no middle class Whites here, just elite Whites] via missionary benevolent paternalism.    Yes, class warfare analysis.   Tokuichi’s  kids went on to become buddahead scions [Bill/etc.].

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

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Sumotori Kaio is no Chiyonofuji, Chiyonofuji 2nd only to Taiho/Futabayama at first.

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Somewhere inside of everyone is the longing to hear the words,  “I love you, and I will never leave you.”
Commitment is more than you ever knew you were to give. Which defies the counterculture B.S. that “if you love someone, set him/her free.” No, hunger after your loved one, choose such person with your mightiest heartbeat. Escape plan/exit route are not options, with true love. Commit to such person from the deepest part of your soul. No if, and, but about it. In surrendering yourself to love such person, you will find an even greater love in return, a mutuality twice or more as powerful as the love you earlier surrendered.  Of course, if you do not find the love of your life, remember that you are guaranteed such person in the afterlife. Hope and redemption, allowed by Grace.

Romance and true love never die, here or in the afterlife! Pololei
[righteously].

From extraordinary poet Jodi Hill

I wish for you an imperfect life –
the wealth that comes from knowing loss …
and the love, felt deepest,
by those who have been carved by pain.
I hope that you can value this imperfection,
hold on to it, so it gives you such comfort
that you will dare embrace the beauty
of all the imperfect lives that surround you,
and then you will be perfectly free
to step to the beat of your own imperfect heart,
and you will have truly lived.

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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
decadent sentients in mansions & palaces.
To Jesus, imperfection is beautiful, as we
grow in God’s Holiness. His Holiness, is
not outcome dependent for us on earth.

And Jodi Hill’s final heartstopper missive –

Learning The Hard Way

You gave me a vision,
Of what life was to be,
You showed me the world,
What I was to see.
You promised me love,
Said you’d always be there.
To lend me a hand,
To show me you care.
We walked through the days,
Never rushing our steps.
We cherished our time,
For our time …well spent.
Then suddenly one day,
You came and took your love away.
As my heart began to sever,
I knew you were gone forever.
But not a tear did I cry.
I rushed through the days,
By myself, all alone.
I cherished our memories,
Although my angers grown.
Then one day I thought of you,
And sighed a bitter sigh.
The long awaited sadness,
Pierced my heart and … I cried.
I cried for …the empty dreams,
That people have these days.
I cried because I had a dream,
And … it slipped away.
I cried because a love like ours,
Was always meant to last.
To endure throughout eternity,
The present, …future, the past.
Although I wouldn’t have changed it,
In my heart I know it’s true.
A lesson learned the hard way,
Was the price of loving you.

http://www.poemhunter.com/song/learn-the-hard-way/

Wow!! Lamentation!!

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Once, during a long drive across the Sonoran Desert, I asked my biological father, whom I had not known existed till I was 18 and in college — the question I’d long held in my heart: “So, it’s 1959. You’re in Seattle. You get a letter from a law office in Arizona, asking you to sign the enclosed affidavit, severing parental rights with your daughter and son [me]. You find a pen. What goes through your mind as that pen descends to the paper?”

“I thought your mother married well,” he said blithely, simply, without hesitation.

I didn’t comment. But, within myself, I pondered the astonishing world wherein fathers can be convinced that fathering begins and ends with providing. As long as somebody is providing — in my case, an adoptive stepfather — then your job is done.

But it happens the story had a sequel, which I didn’t hear until years later over a few too many beers. Quite in passing, my birth-father told me that, after he left my mom, he had an elective surgery. A vasectomy.

He went on talking, but, inside, my mind raced. 1957. A healthy, single, 26-year-old American male steeped in a culture of patriarchy and virile machismo presents himself voluntarily to a doctor for a vasectomy? Unheard of! He dodged me that day in the car. Shrugged off my question. THIS WAS THE DEEPER TRUTH. It broke his heart to lose his children. And so he made certain he would never be a father again.

I let the moment go. I didn’t share my new theory with him. I tucked it away inside the vault of my own heart.
My birth-father died of pancreatic cancer as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were kicking the crap out of the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl 2003. “Well, Steven, it looks like you’ve made a good life for yourself,” were his last words to me.

The perfect last words. Man to man. Neither presumption, denial nor apology. All would have wasted our time. And he was done wasting time. I kissed him on the forehead, and turned my car toward Nevada.

If ever you have the choice between redemption and bitterness, choose redemption.

People who cherish great love are intentional about nurturing “connectedness.” Every day they wake up with some part of the brain asking and answering this question: How today will I let my loved one know that I’m lucky to know him or her at all?

Words. Touch. Service. Solicitation. Inquiry. Attention. Interest. Who in their right mind would put such things on a budget? Or ration them, like maybe you might run out? How can “miser” be a rational response to the gift of great love? The president of the United States during global, thermonuclear exchange is not without the 45 seconds a day it takes to text, e-mail or voice mail the words “I love you.”

Nobody goes to heaven and complains: “Well, it was OK I guess, but I was loved too much and too often by too many people. Sheesh, people were always telling me they loved me. If I never hear those words again it will be too soon.”

See. Nobody says that. Nobody. Love. It will nail your feet to
the floor. Like nothing before or since. “I love you, and I will never leave you.” Never, before or since.

Choose a view of the world that matches the beauty and the power of your empathy.
An elderly husband chides his elderly wife incessantly in the supermarket about making sure to buy whole wheat bread, and
not white bread.
Two aisles later, the husband looks at the list and notices aloud they’ve yet to find chewing gum. The wife, eyes feigning utter sincerity, says, “Maybe they have whole wheat gum.” Hubby makes as if to scold her, and walks away muttering with a smirk, then a smile.
Truthfully, he’s flattered. He admires her moxie, that she won’t take crap from him, even when he’s technically right. He needs for her, to let him know he’s a little full of himself, a little pretentious. Her intimate ironic comment keeps them close together. As always before and
hereafter.
Love conquers all [fear]. The power of love. Love never dies,
now or hereafter! ;-)

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No one has God on you — your line is direct

Ili’s greatest inspiration is Jesus, who leads her in all ways, including but not limited to these Truths –  1)  Do not be ashamed of who you are, because God is not ashamed of you, inasmuch we are all children of God — no one ever  is forsaken;  2)  retribution is not part of our God, inasmuch our God is not a punishing God — our God suffuses Grace/Love evermore — thence, do not do the same thing to the abuser/perpetrator which wrongly was inflicted upon you by such abuser;  and most important  –   3)   no one has God on you — you have a direct line/link to God.

Ili  knows that God’s Grace canopies us all, and Grace is unmerited/unearned, so humble/submit ourselves to God’s love for us all.    Ili  feels that nothing in her life is so unbearable so long as Ili submits to God, so that we are grateful for everything. Thence,  Ili feels that anything is better, not worse, vis a vis the hand that is dealt her, so that Ili humbles herself and is grateful for everything.

Ili’s ultimate  blessings are that  Grace is God’s love, and we forgive as well as entreat/beseech for forgiveness from others in our helpless mortal/deficient condition.

What’s the higher truth is Ili’s time-tested resolution to mortal challenges, to make peace with herself, and to submit to God, to the very end.   Ili’s pulsating line is “What do I know?!”   The greatest of all spiritual leaders always keep check of their strengths/weaknesses via this query.

Tabula rasa [no preconceived notions] mark Ili’s openness.   Ili 1) processes 2) integrates her experiences into her point of being here/in the Moment, so to speak.

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Jesus comes to transform people into their whole and authentic selves — Pick up your Cross and Follow Me

Ahh, to transform into something larger than our failed selves, such that Faith is not egocentric, not outcome dependent. So that when one listens to another regale of Jesus’ blessing, remember that nine times out of ten, outcomes are not what we desire, inasmuch such “blessing” may be among the rare 10% counted as positive results.

Such failure/shortcoming are our test of Faith, that Faith is not outcome dependent, but contingent on our total complete surrender to Jesus, and obedience in Him, with Faith in Him to endure to the end.   Our unction/Holy Spirit directs our inner resolve quietly yet vigilantly.

When John the Baptist sorrowed over Jesus’ failure to see John the Baptist in prison, John the Baptist being held captive to be beheaded/decapitated, John cried out why hath the Messiah forsaken John the Baptist??!!

To which Jesus intoned via missive to John the Baptist, “Blessed are those who take no offense in Me.” Luke 7:24    And “blessed are those who hath patience in Me.” Matthew 19:14

The dearest phrase among devout Christians is that evoked by John the Baptist, “He must Increase, and I must decrease.” John 3:30

Of course, when John the Baptist was martyred, Jesus declared, “Hath no greater man walked the earth than John the Baptist.” Matthew 11:11

As brilliant sage Steven Kalas born 1957 says, Jesus comes to transform people into themselves. Their whole and authentic selves.

Jesus doesn’t say, “Pick up my cross and follow me.” He doesn’t say, “Help me carry my cross and follow me.” He says, “Pick up your cross (the cross that is uniquely your own life) and follow me.”   Matthew 16:24

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Longing for matedness from cogent pundit Steven Kalas 

From tremendous sage Steven Kalas born 1957 –

Nope, I don’t help people be OK with being alone. I invite them to embrace their longing for matedness. To dig deeply into it. To feel every bit of the ache. To let that deep longing become a team of powerful horses, pulling their hearts and lives into the future with vitality, intention and authenticity.

As to bracelets which read “What would Jesus Do?”   Steven states —

Psychology, as a whole, is a lot friendlier to religiosity than widely thought. Both Freudian and Jungian psychology, for example, are useful models for inquiring after the measure of healthy religion. Or unhealthy.

C.G. Jung especially was compelled by what he observed as the “religious instinct” — the drive inside every human heart for transformation and wholeness, the instinct to reach for some paradigm greater than self as the only real path for finding a whole self.
Yes, Jung agreed, inside every human heart is a personal archetype of the divine. Jews might call this the Imago Dei (the image of God). Jung, reflecting his own Western culture, called it the Christ archetype.

But Jung issued a stern warning: Thou shalt not ego-identify with the collective Christ archetype. That’s fancy psychoanalytic talk for “thou shalt remember thou is not God.”

Next, the theology …

In baptism, God does not call folks to be Jesus. Neither has God called a Christian’s best celebrity impersonation of Jesus. God calls the inititate. The unique person. What Christians imitate in Jesus is not Jesus. They imitate the way Jesus was willing to be wholly and authentically Jesus, even at the cost of reputation, family and eventually his own life. Jesus does not come into the life of a Christian pilgrim to transform him/her into himself. No, he comes to transform people into themselves. Their whole and authentic selves.

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Go after true love — go for it!! 

Go after true love, why be alone and lonesome? Go for it. Be real, be authentic and loving and intimate and nourishing. We are not meant to be alone, not when there are good people filled with positive hearts and souls.

Look at the Parables, which take up one-third of our Bible. The Parables say that when you least expect it, God shows up!!

Lookee here, Someone shows up!! Of course, one’s walk in Faith is paramount.

This is a treacherous walk, because we sentients are broken.  But it’s a tragedy if we live out of our brokenness, instead of beyond it.

We decide to have the courage to be loved and likewise, that we/I want to love and cherish, till eternity. This is the righteous
path, to endure to the end.

Wishing is easy but senseless.  I choose life.   And the boundless joy which comes with it.

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In Praise of Providential Sarah

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Sensual & beautifully erotic [as in blockbuster 1997 movie Titanic’s character Rose, played by esteemed thespian Kate Winslett] Sarah is a walking work of art, she of melodious and tender vocal timbre. Her super classy demeanor/nature are beyond compare. Reprise the beauty and the majesty of our Biblical Matriarchs Sarah/Rebekah/Leah/Rachel, the most desirable women of our Biblical Patriarchs Abraham/Isaac/Jacob.  Sarah is a wonderfully positive exemplar for all who appreciate purity of heart and soul. She is my leader for all time. Auld lang syne.

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Donald Trump is our conceited 3-time bankrupt sycophant/rastignac.   Donald can’t hold a candle to Mitt Romney, financially or otherwise. Donald’s boasted wealth is way over his actual net worth.   Donald’s holdings are private, and his purported wealth is his deepest secret.   Transparency is not in Trump’s vocabulary.    Trump is everything we repulse at — overpride/jealousy/greed/anger-intemperance.   Trump still has a chance to be a Parable incarnate [Parable of the Harvest, as a nailed to the floor servant of Christ], but unlikely at this point.

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Israel’s nuclear arsenal is its big stick vs. enemies near & afar   –

The 5 large world powers are the U.S./European Union incl. Israel/Russia/China/India, all nuclear armed.   Israel’s clout is its nuclear arsenal, even w/out U.S. support,

heaven forbid in traditonalists’ eyes.   Egypt never amped its nuclear program because a nuclear war b/n Egypt & Israel is unthinkable.   Even if Egypt falls to Islamic

extremists, these wingnuts would be lunatic to fight Israel’s nuclear arsenal esp. since today’s Egypt limits Hamas’ Gaza Strip.   Jordan is in sync w/Israel in keeping the Palestinians in their proper place, so to speak, & in making sure that Syria doesn’t again invade Jordan, as it did in 1970.    If, with Syria, surrendering the Golan Heights ensures peace, then so

be it, provided that matters of borders/water/security w/demilitarized zones-early warning stations can be resolved.    No question, the stock market goes up sharply when peace

is ensured, although w/Israel’s nuclear arsenal, peace is not a solution for loss of Israeli security.    Saudi Arabia is about oil, not destroying Israel, Lebanon & today’s decimated

Iraq are not major problems vs. Israel [though Iraq once was a major problem], nor is Iran.   Since Sharon took Israel out of the Gaza Strip, the 2.5 million West Bank

Palestinians don’t jeopardize Israel, though if they do Israel will drive them back across the border as it did in 1948.      Israel should disband the hamlets & withdraw to a line

as close as possible to the pre-1967 border.   Israel today cannot thrive as long as a sovereign Palestinian people remain captive to Israel.   A wall so high even birds cannot

fly over it and missiles cannot breach it, is a pipedream for Israeli nationalists.   But it is critical to keep some kind of Jewish presence in East Jerusalem, ergo Wailing Wall.  The hope of every Israeli parent that one’s child need not wear a uniform & serve in the IDF is long coming, & still a far-off ideal.    Even militarist Netanyahu born 1949 with all of his military

history — should not inhibit original thought.

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In tribute to utter braveheart  [redemptive suffering] Laura Munson, courtesy of everyone’s guru Steven Kalas

http://www.lvrj.com/living/woman-s-understanding-of-selfhood-saves-marriage-119997809.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/02/fashion/02love.html). Munson’s story simply blew me away. It is a story of courage, commitment and resolve beyond words. She just published the book “This Is Not the Story You Think It Is: A Season of Unlikely Happiness.” I have not read it.

Munson’s husband of 20 years announced to her that he didn’t love her anymore, that he wasn’t sure if he ever did, that he didn’t like what her life had become, and that he had decided to move out. He told her the children would understand, that they would want him to be happy.

She was, of course, shocked, afraid, hurt. She is and was a normal human being having all the normal human feelings. But it is precisely there she astounds me, surprises me, inspires me.

Laura Munson doesn’t react out of fear or hurt. Essentially, she looked her husband right in the eye and said, “I don’t believe you.” He might as well have said, “There’s an evil leprechaun in the master bedroom closet, so I’m leaving.”

She didn’t rail against him. She didn’t beg. She didn’t threaten. She calmly rejected his every premise, and then asked, “What can we do to give you the distance you need, without hurting the family?” In her own words:

“I met my husband’s disaffection with our marriage with a gut response: ‘I don’t buy it.’ I felt his was a crisis of self, one I’d experienced after the loss of my father coupled with the stress of my own failure in my career. So I decided to simply get out of my husband’s way and be responsible for my own well-being despite his actions and sentiments.”

Munson’s marital saga ends in redemption, transformation and celebration. Her husband doesn’t move out, instead spending a summer being distant, unreliable, unavailable, not coming home after work, etc. She spent that same summer holding on tightly to herself. Loving her children, living her life, and loving her husband “from afar.” Slowly, surely, in bits and pieces, he comes back. Something reconciles inside himself, making it possible for him to return to participating in the marriage.

Munson’s credibility with me was sealed when she admits that, privately, there was a limit to the time she was willing to give him: six months. I assume she kept that boundary to herself because she could not have articulated it to her suffering husband without it sounding like a threat. An ultimatum. No, she did not set that boundary for him. The boundary was for herself. It was a way to measure the difference between an authentic act of sacrificial love and commitment as opposed to a destructive act of sacrificing authentic selfhood. The latter never produces a good outcome.

Laura, yours is an important story, and it has added to my thinking and my worldview. My meager thank you is to share a bit of lyric from a song I wrote, years ago:

So here you stand together, battle-scarred and worn/ The locks of fairy tales have fallen, long-since shorn/ Love has chose you, blessed you, crucified you/ See what you’ve become/ Love’s Purple Heart is won.

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I would’ve desired to live my life ever after with my most recent girlfriend, but it was not to be.   Life goes on.   I have a talk with myself to applaud my desire to love and to be loved, and that no matter how much time has passed from being dumped by my girlfriend, my feelings of loss [loss in love, not loss of love] are feelings of love which I appreciate and treasure till this day, though life does go on.    🙂

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 I have to say that their Christian lives [Marianne Cope/Damien] are extremely touching and inspiring and have given me a an expanded understanding of God’s will and Humanity’s salvation.
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Dick Cavett’s passive-aggressive obsessed emphasis on schooling as the ID of a person’s character/nature is a turn-off for grassrooted Mainstream Americans/Silent Majority/Centrist-Moderate major bloc.  Cavett hasn’t had his desired center stage spotlight for 30 yrs.   He needs to humble himself.
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Koreans ran plantation single men quarters for Filipino/Sakada laborers [immigration laws disfavored intaact families].   When Koreans left the plantations, they had their private rooming houses.   In Hilo Joe Park’s mom had her ‘Iolani Hotel atop corner Haili/Kino’ole St. corner.  Helen Kim Young’s mom had her rooming house upland of Oshima service station today’s Ponahawai/Kilauea Ave.  Eleanor Park Moore’s parents’ Mauna Kea Hotel was in bldg. where today’s 2 Ladies Kitchen is.   Yang married an Arthur whose Mamo St. hotel sat atop KTA downtown.   Sarah Chang married & was part of You ohana [Rich You’s mom], whose quarters were atop Pescatorre corner Haili/Keawe St.   Hualani Hotel was on today’s KTA parking lot extension Furneaux lane owned by a Korean.  Rosemond Hotel Furneaux/Kilauea was owned by a Kim [not related to Helen Kim Young].   Suka Chung’s mom had quarters upland of Dodo Mortuary.   Johnny Ko’s mom had quarters Kilauea/Mamo triangle.
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Katsuren’s Mamo Chop Suey is where the Uka Camp 6 boys had a row/fite the nite before their physical exams for 442 enlistment March 1943.
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necessary pain in the butt Robert Rees   —     
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Why has there been a rapid sea change in accepting gay marriage [49% vs. 43% nationally, 8% undecided  — in 2004 only 40% favored gay marriage, vs. 60% opposed]???


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Why has there not been a sea change, much less a rapid one,  in legalizing marijuana consumption?
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 i do know that the list of people and corporations profiting off the policy is tremendous…..All the way from the CIA (Oliver North ect) drug running to corrupt cops, politicians, banks are a big one. Industries like alcohol and tobacco feel threatened, as do pharmaceuticals, the private prisons are one of the biggest lobbying for drug laws that fill their ever expanding prisons……..To a lesser degree Oil, cloth, ect……Why is hemp that does not get anyone high illegal…..That is the window into the bigger puzzle……Hemp that built this country and was called into action again during the war with the hemp for victory campaign during the world wars……If it doesn’t get you high how in the world did they make it illegal and why can’t we get that reversed no matter how hard we try……..The police and prosecutors love the drug war it fattens their budgets…..The government loves it for a number of reasons such as it sells….Tough on drugs is good for a tax hike and more fees…..they also can employ more prison guards, probation officers, police, prosecutors, judges, bailiffs and on and on and they all vote….So there are many answers but the elephant in the room is money………Like a junkie they are addicted to the money that prohibition generates on so many levels……A never ending war that is easy to convince people is necessary and it buys votes….The places that have changed the policy have reduced drug abuse among teens between 30 and 50 percent and deaths by even more…..There are models that show health based policies work…..But corruption and greed will not allow it, even if it is what is best for our communities…..We could hardly do worse and we throw so many resources at this, so how could anyone be ok with more of the same? It boggles the mind yet here we are…..Aloha Curtis my friend…..
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Mayor Kenoi’s Redistricting confederates Middlesworth/Melrose/Kahawaiolaa
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“We residents want clean government, specifically that elected District 4 Council member Dennis “Fresh” Onishi not use his official position as an elected Council member to secure special treatment for himself and his agents such as our local labor union – in lobbying our Hawai’i County Redistricting Commission to avert a runoff election between incumbent Council members Onishi and District 3 J Yoshimoto. The 2 Redistricting commissioners and candidates for County Council above saw no problem with Mr. Onishi’s manipulation of the redistricting process to avert a runoff election between Onishi and Yoshimoto. They also saw no problem with County Clerk Jamae Kawauchi as the whistleblower being called to task by our Corporation Counsel for being the whistleblower. As a guide, Hawai’i County Code (governed by our County Charter) Chapter 36 Section 36-4(7) (Redistricting Commission) prohibits drawing of council district boundaries to avert an incumbent facing off another incumbent for re-election. Elected District 4 Council member Dennis “Fresh” Onishi used his authority as an incumbent Council member to secure favors/consideration/special treatment from our local labor union on 15 of 23 form letters which were erroneously faxed (per Onishi’s instruction) all at the same time to the Hilo County Clerk, wherein Onishi’s aide enabled receipt and acknowledgement of these faxes. Such favors/consideration/special treatment go beyond those which are available to every other person (such as any resident of Hawai’i), the excess manifesting solely because of Onishi’s stature as an elected Council member. The local union as Onishi’s agent also secured favors/consideration/special treatment beyond those which are available to every other person (such as any resident of Hawai’i), solely because of Onishi’s stature as an elected Council member. The remaining 8 of 23 form letters nearly are identical to the other 15 letters, all 23 form letters erroneously being faxed to the Hilo County Clerk (per Onishi’s genesis instruction). All 23 letters originate from a November 17, 2011 email purportedly from Onishi describing how the proposed council map put him in the same district as District 3 Council member J Yoshimoto and asking people to testify to have the map changed. The revised map prior to the November 30, 2011 final map which benefited Onishi pitted Onishi against District 3 Council member J Yoshimoto. The form letters’ signatures and addresses were indecipherable and there were no printed names on them. The palpably suspicious redistricting repercussions include but are not limited especially to District 3 Redistricting Commissioner Mike Middlesworth’s professed impartiality which is utterly contradicted by testimony about District 3 incumbent Council member J Yoshimoto, as testified to by Charles Flaherty: “He [Middlesworth] also shared with me that Mr. Yoshimoto and Mr. Onishi were in the same district with a Margaret Wille map, but he didn’t believe that was going to be a problem because it was his understanding that Mr. Yoshimoto was not going to be running for the Council. I didn’t ask him why and he said that he didn’t know why, but he thought that perhaps he [Yoshimoto] just wanted to start practicing law, and had been on the Council long enough. . . . it would be in the interest of the [Redistricting] Commission . . . to reverse those changes and go back to the original map. Thank you very much.” Middlesworth did not refute Flaherty’s testimony. Redistricting District 4 commissioner Patrick Kahawaiolaa also testified that Patrick had been contacted by Onishi about redistricting changes, the nature of which remain unresolved to the public. The 2 Council candidates above clearly are not beyond reproach, as they had no twinge of concern for the perception in the public’s eye of odious conduct especially by Commissioner Middlesworth. Redistricting District 2 Commissioner Jeff Melrose brazenly took umbrage at the public perception of repugnant behavior directed especially at Melrose’s confederate Middlesworth.”
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