Macabre truth-seeking

My leader

My leader is Keaukaha pastor Mokihana Poai age 61 yrs. for her intuitive connection with her mystical Christ, called the “prompt of the spirit” which nudges people from darkness to the light of day, so to speak.   Founding father Thomas Jefferson said the world belongs to the living, but the intergenerational wisdom of Pastor Poai also crosses over to the present.

My avocation:   Tell me a story, hopefully true, fact is stranger than fiction, fact being you.

There is something transfixed about people’s stories, such consequential strangers, which taps into a deep longing for narrative. The pull of Pericopes and Parables really can be traced back to ancient story-telling traditions.

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I also dive into the macabre of truth-seeking in story-telling revelation   —

“What if the face you showed the world turned out to be a mask… with nothing beneath it?”

 ― Jodi Picoult, Nineteen Minutes    

http://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/3375915-nineteen-minutes

 

But being a teller of raw truth (e.g., “Hey, old man, step to the side of the aisle, you’re slowing me down!”) with a “who gives a rip” coarse rude attitude disturbingly is corrupt (thanks, Steven Kalas, for your erudite articles

e.g.   https://sparkstrib.com/2018/01/27/strive-more-for-truth-than-honesty/          ).

 

 

Thence, since when do unforgiveness and overpride tower over  immutable principles of common decency, empathy, compassion, kindness, helpfulness, encouragement, thoughtfulness, and humbleness?

 

https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2018/07/07/unforgiveness-from-fear-of-rejected-love-overpride-from-fear-of-terminal-abandonment/

 

 

“When we pursue a life of love, we will find truth [honesty about ourselves] along the way.”

https://peteenns.com/using-truth-as-a-weapon/

 

Truth-seeking (being honest)  requires two rigorous moral deliberations/psychological maturities:  (1)  Discernment (the ability to understand what’s going on) and  (2)  stewardship (the ability to weigh and measure what you have and don’t have to give, and, if you do have it, whether you should). These two principles lie at the heart of all  deliberation/emotional conversance  —  and, in any given moment, shape the answer to your question regarding where your primary concern should be.

 

from Steven Kalas,   https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2014/01/16/human-beings-are-created-for-relationship-without-you-there-is-no-meaningful-me-how-i-experience-my-life-is-in-the-end-inseparable-from-how-i-experience-you-said-yet-another-way-were-h/
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Greeting to a soulful wayfinder who didn’t receive the kind of love every child deserves:

https://sparkstrib.com/2019/03/29/action-makes-words-credible/

 

 

“One should practice what one preaches” and “actions speak louder than words” require constancy of action congruent/consistent with the words  — which authenticate the words.

Yet, parents  do  act with constancy.

Infer love from constancy of

action?  (when words of love are absent)

Where you (and I) come in, Tony,

is that  you/I      evoke/connect (with others)   good cheer,

encouragement, mirth/empathetic laughter-joyfulness,

sorely needed sincere loving friendship  —

yes, to

SAY

in so many (or few!)

WORDS  —
 
 
I love you!
 
 
(Heart to heart, not necessarily romantically & certainly not lustfully!)  
 
 
Absence (withholding) of such WORDS  might not give the recipient (e.g. child)   the slightest clue how powerful the initiator’s (e.g. parents)   actions are meant to be!
 
 

Words give

meaning 

to one’s actions,

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just the “earning/reward”  received. 

Words make meaningful action REAL (the ontic)!  

 

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Unless you

say    (verb)

 why

you act,

your physical act is incomplete!  

Sometimes words do speak

louder than actions!!

 

 

An NFL coach’s refrain is

“Blame nobody,

expect nothing,

 do something.”

Six words.  

Where’s love in this dispatch?

 

Is this a message for those who were unloved as children?

 

Contrarily:

 

Expect that your parents will love you!!

 

If they don’t love you, certainly put the burden of grief in their hands, not yours!!

 

And when it’s obvious they don’t love you,

 

then don’t expect anything from these fallen ones (though we all are fallen to one degree or another).

 

Instead, pursue a life of loving and being loved!!   

No matter the risk of rejection

(but try to calculate realistically your odds, I beseech of you, okay??).

Alma y corazon,  baby  (heart & soul)!!

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoAJh909eEY

 

From Jason Mraz himself: “I would also like to mention a lyric change. Shortly after recording I’m Yours, I changed ‘God forsaken right to be loved,’ to ‘God intended right to be loved.’ I’m not religious and nature alone is my guru, but I felt that the Universal Life Force that propels us, which many understand as their God, would not abandon us to give us a right to be loved. Instead, I feel love is what nature intended. At the time the lyric was conceived, I didn’t fully understand it. The song was written in a quick stream of consciousness after all. I was simply turning a phrase. And shortly thereafter I turned it into something else. I mention this amendment because I’d love to hear audiences sing the new lyric, as well as any new covers that may appear in the years to come.”

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love (verb)       &      graciously release (verb)   one’s pent-up inhibitions

 

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To be bid adieu (getting dumped/rejected) is hurtful (severe disruption of the bond of relationship)(estrangement)

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agonizing (abandoned/terminated)(alienation).

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To accept defeat/failure/loss  1) graciously/compassionately  &    2) humbly  are quite the challenges, so to speak.

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I am ever grateful for the beautiful moments spent w/others in intimate & other relationships, always reflecting positively on these mystical experiences, no matter the outcomes (defeat/failure/bereavement).    I am joyful to have given all of myself (heart/soul) in these idyllic/entrancing/euphoric relationships.

 

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Grief/loneliness are not illnesses/weaknesses to be cured.  (Yet, why love someone who doesn’t love you?  Move forward beyond what was not within your authority/control, ah-huh?  Needless suffering is just that — needless!)

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Grief/loneliness are not loathsome diseases cursed of shame/disgrace.

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Indignation at the thought of drugging to kill the pain/numb your heartache!!    Repress  —   not!!

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Rather, grief/loneliness  are universal pathhoods to mature emotional conversance (solitary self-respect, love for all & everything, humbleness).

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Grief/bereavement/loneliness  are  our most sacred &  holiest of treasures/gifts to develop appreciation & gratitude for others & everything in life, including perseverance in the face of adversity/suffering   — and the willingness/fortitude to help others deal w/adversity/suffering/misfortune/setback/etc.

 

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The relevance?

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Anxiety, depression, suicide increase in teens and young adults, study finds

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https://www.healthline.com/health-news/social-media-linked-to-mental-health-disorders-in-igen-generation    (March 19, 2019)

https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/teen-mental-health-problems-suicide-up-pew-report/      (March 1, 2019)

https://www.businessinsider.com/new-cdc-report-us-suicide-rate-highest-in-3-decades-2016-4

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/09/has-the-smartphone-destroyed-a-generation/534198/

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More Americans are taking their own lives today than they have at any other point in the past three decades.

Of particular concern are several groups of Americans, notably young adults. Suicide is among the leading causes of death for both adolescents and young adults, according to the new data.

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Among women, the group most affected by increased suicide rates was girls 10 to 14.

The  iGen: Born between 1995 and 2012, members of this generation are growing up with smartphones, have an Instagram account before they start high school, and do not remember a time before the internet.

iGen’s oldest members were early adolescents when the iPhone was introduced, in 2007, and high-school students when the iPad entered the scene, in 2010. A 2017 survey of more than 5,000 American teens found that three out of four owned an iPhone.

The advent of the smartphone and its cousin the tablet was followed quickly by hand-wringing about the deleterious effects of “screen time.” But the impact of these devices has not been fully appreciated, and goes far beyond the usual concerns about curtailed attention spans. The arrival of the smartphone has radically changed every aspect of teenagers’ lives, from the nature of their social interactions to their mental health. These changes have affected young people in every corner of the nation and in every type of household. The trends appear among teens poor and rich; of every ethnic background; in cities, suburbs, and small towns. Where there are cell towers, there are teens living their lives on their smartphone.

Psychologically, … they are more vulnerable than Millennials were: Rates of teen depression and suicide have skyrocketed since 2011. It’s not an exaggeration to describe iGen as being on the brink of the worst mental-health crisis in decades. Much of this deterioration can be traced to their phones.

Even when a seismic event—a war, a technological leap, a free concert in the mud—plays an outsize role in shaping a group of young people, no single factor ever defines a generation. Parenting styles continue to change, as do school curricula and culture, and these things matter. But the twin rise of the smartphone and social media has caused an earthquake of a magnitude we’ve not seen in a very long time, if ever. There is compelling evidence that the devices we’ve placed in young people’s hands are having profound effects on their lives—and making them seriously unhappy.

… iGen teens have more leisure time than Gen X teens did, not less.

So what are they doing with all that time? They are on their phone, in their room, alone and often distressed.

The more time teens spend looking at screens, the more likely they are to report symptoms of depression.

Teens who spend three hours a day or more on electronic devices are 35 percent more likely to have a risk factor for suicide, such as making a suicide plan. (That’s much more than the risk related to, say, watching TV.) One piece of data that indirectly but stunningly captures kids’ growing isolation, for good and for bad: Since 2007, the homicide rate among teens has declined, but the suicide rate has increased. As teens have started spending less time together, they have become less likely to kill one another, and more likely to kill themselves. In 2011, for the first time in 24 years, the teen suicide rate was higher than the teen homicide rate.

What’s the connection between smartphones and the apparent psychological distress this generation is experiencing? For all their power to link kids day and night, social media also exacerbate the age-old teen concern about being left out. Today’s teens may go to fewer parties and spend less time together in person, but when they do congregate, they document their hangouts relentlessly—on Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook. Those not invited to come along are keenly aware of it. Accordingly, the number of teens who feel left out has reached all-time highs across age groups. Like the increase in loneliness, the upswing in feeling left out has been swift and significant.

This trend has been especially steep among girls. Forty-eight percent more girls said they often felt left out in 2015 than in 2010, compared with 27 percent more boys. Girls use social media more often, giving them additional opportunities to feel excluded and lonely when they see their friends or classmates getting together without them. Social media levy a psychic tax on the teen doing the posting as well, as she anxiously awaits the affirmation of comments and likes. When Athena posts pictures to Instagram, she told me, “I’m nervous about what people think and are going to say. It sometimes bugs me when I don’t get a certain amount of likes on a picture.”

Girls have also borne the brunt of the rise in depressive symptoms among today’s teens. Boys’ depressive symptoms increased by 21 percent from 2012 to 2015, while girls’ increased by 50 percent—more than twice as much. The rise in suicide, too, is more pronounced among girls. Although the rate increased for both sexes, three times as many 12-to-14-year-old girls killed themselves in 2015 as in 2007, compared with twice as many boys. The suicide rate is still higher for boys, in part because they use more-lethal methods, but girls are beginning to close the gap.

These more dire consequences for teenage girls could also be rooted in the fact that they’re more likely to experience cyberbullying. Boys tend to bully one another physically, while girls are more likely to do so by undermining a victim’s social status or relationships. Social media give middle- and high-school girls a platform on which to carry out the style of aggression they favor, ostracizing and excluding other girls around the clock.

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 1)  Self-absorption as a negative reaction to estrangement

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2) crisis of meaning as a negative reaction to alienation   —

 are today’s pervasive emotional afflictions which tender/result in unforgiveness (via estrangement) & overpride (via alienation).

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Both negatives stem from the origin/root of absence of mature emotional conversance (absence of one’s intimate solitary self-respect).

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Because of one’s absence of personal self-respect, the matters of self-esteem/confidence (how you perceive yourself/your standing —  in the eyes of others) take on disproportionate & counter-productive dimensions.

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The collective shame (because of “being defeated”) against you which you perceive —  is all-consuming, which can result in needless extreme self-imposed despair-hopelessness, stress, neurosis, anxiety,  and depression.

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 Celebrated painter Vincent van Gogh was not able to separate himself (self-respect)  from his perceived opinions of others about him (issues of self-esteem/confidence)(van Gogh lived in abject poverty/isolation), so he self- compelled to wander/despair in this tragic, seemingly hopeless,  and indifferent world and life of ours, ultimately shooting himself in the heart (terminal abandonment), not the head (estrangement).

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Perceived terminal abandonment seemingly appears worse than perceived estrangement/separation, esp. because permanency of termination follows in sequence after initial separation (estrangement).

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Peculiarly, van Gogh was not swollen with overpride/egomania, but instead sorrowed/lamented over his perceived unhappy life.

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Anthony Bourdain, on the other hand, possibly was angry (along w/immanent depressed) because he was not happy, self-evidently answering his own mother’s inexplicable puzzlement as to why he would commit suicide when he had all the fame & fortune one fantasizes about (as opposed to van Gogh’s grim impoverishment/isolation).  Fashion designer Kate Spade’s hanging 3 days before Bourdain’s hanging (unrelated to each other) apparently was triggered over her estrangement (getting dumped) from her husband, who was going to divorce her.

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The positive outcomes are the opposite of unforgiveness/”involuntary” separation/estrangement/brokenness  — i.e.

1) wholeness/compassion (antidotes to resentful unforgiveness/judgmentalism, perpetrators such as some hubris-filled  pastors/condemnors/humiliators/accusers who revel/titillate in embarrassing the many so-called sinners)

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overpride/abandonment/alienation — i.e.

2)  freedom/humbleness.

 

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I stand incredulous before the sheer number of people reporting/experiencing symptoms of depression. I say again, I don’t believe our ancestors experienced the same proportion of depressive symptoms. Possible explanations for this phenomenon: Crisis of meaning, for example. An increasingly vacuous culture, with significant evidence of devolution. Or, perhaps depression/depressive episodes is in part provoked by the emotional self-absorption of moderns – the observable, inexplicable delay of real emotional conversance and maturity in modern people. — Steven Kalas

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Crisis of meaning consists of alienation/fear of terminal abandonment.   Healthy attitude/willingness/humbleness consist of deepest personal intimate self-respect, not how you perceive yourself in the eyes/opinions of others (matters of self-esteem/confidence).

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Self-absorption consists of estrangement/fear of rejection-failure.  Healthy authentic living consists of compassion/empathy/love for others, not selfish narcissism.  Elon Musk’s “arrested development” typifies unhealthy self-centeredness/unforgiving nature  —

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/07/17/brics-from-above-seen-critically-from-below/

Tesla investors demand Elon Musk apologize for calling Thailand diver ‘pedo’

Tesla CEO called immature after attacking Vernon Unsworth, who rescued trapped children

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Humbleness of spirit (e.g. turning the other cheek) and empathy (e.g. love your enemies/understand how those who persecute you feel, wrongly or rightly) are the hardest disciplines to master.

https://peteenns.com/jesus-comes-in-third/

 

When we move from pronouncements and prostration to listening and responding, we are moving from rules to wisdom, from immaturity to maturity.

https://peteenns.com/people-over-principles/
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An  affair  (sexual/emotional)  to remember???

Remember the Fable of ‘The Fox and The Lion’

The woman is a wife of 14 years. She feels guilty, even as she tells me she has yet to do anything wrong. She feels guilty because she is drawn to the attention and desire of a man who is not her husband.

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She talks about her marriage. She says her husband is a good man. A good father. Then comes the part of the story as predictable and ordinary as dirt:

She feels increasingly invisible to her life partner.

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Familiarity breeds contempt.

Echoes of this all too human experience can be found in western religion. The Hebrew Bible says, “Let your foot rarely be in your neighbor’s house, or he will become weary of you and hate you (Proverbs 25:17).” The Christian Gospel says, “A prophet is never welcome in his own country (Luke 4:24).”

Can desiring to be desired be of itself a bad thing? Of course not! Healthy selfhood includes a deep longing for connection, recognition and significance. We want to be beheld. We want to have weight and consequence in the life of our beloved. We want to missed, sought and longed for. We want to be recognized. We want to know that some orbiting, recurring hunger lives in our mate’s heart for us. Emotional hunger. Sexual hunger. Hunger for time and proximity. Touch.

We’re made for connection. How, then, could desiring to be connected be wrong?

Familiarity is NOT contemptuous. It’s sublime. It’s beautiful. Trust me – I work with grieving widows and widowers. These brave people weep over the mundane memories of their bespoken rattling dishes in the kitchen. Of the sound a garage door makes as it opens. Of the thud of footsteps upstairs. Of the sound of breathing and the feel of warmth in a shared bed. They treasure, now, even the remembered annoyance of idiosyncrasies and maddening habits.

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The woman’s desire to be desired only means she is a normal, healthy human being. I ask her if she’d be willing to exchange her guilt for thanksgiving.

She could be grateful that she has the courage to see what is happening.

She could be grateful that she has recognized what is happening before she has burned down a good marriage in a foolish affair.  [considering everything at stake, incl. faithfulness, children, estate]

She could see this ordinary, normal and predictable connection to her colleague (object of attention)  as a call to action.

Action? Yes! She could go home with her healthy, human self and say to her husband,

“You’ve stopped paying attention. And I need attention.”

Love, desire and thriving connection aren’t mystical gifts given and withheld by a genie in a bottle.

These gifts are cultivated, every day, by life partners whose wish is for the gifts to thrive.  [a discipline  shaped in commitment]

We can’t be surprised that our marital crops wither absent nurture, water and attention.

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Jesus and the woman taken in adultery by Julius Schnorr von Karolsfeld, 1860, where Jesus said that the man who was without sin should throw the first stone.

 

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A new day has dawned in the State of Hawai’i with the criminal convictions of the former Honolulu police chief and his mastermind wife, former prosecutor.

https://www.civilbeat.org/2019/06/katherine-kealoha-is-sent-to-jail-until-sentencing/

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With

 1) President Trump’s new African-American U.S. Attorney for Hawai’i (unlike prior graft-allowing “DAs”) who lopped off the monsters’  heads in the Kealohas & now is looking to zero tolerance vs. Honolulu’s chief “DA” Kaneshiro (not to mention Mayor Caldwell/Corp Counsel Leong), springboarding on turning Katherine Kealoha into government witness vs. the “Big  Bosses” (Kaneshiro et al); and

2)  U.S. Sen. Dan Inouye dead as a doornail, this same Senator who proliferated cronyism, graft, & corruption in Hawai’i on a scale incomprehensible to all (look at the rigged bids for the Saddle Rd. Dan Inouye Hwy. continuing drywells, running into the millions of dollars of taxpayer waste, all under the hubris of mayors Kim & Kenoi); and

3) intense social media scrutiny (Civil Beat matters/topics) (e.g. another African-American muckraker at UH Law School who was a former federal prison inmate, giving him a unique & blessed gift for us look into the criminal minds of the Kealohas)    —

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the days of the wicked Thalia Massie crooked double standard criminal justice & the abomination of Charley Warren’s “live fire” into nascent union picketers at Hilo (Kuhio Wharf) Harbor ARE OVER.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Kahahawai    (Joe’s gravestone says “KILLED” [by Massie monsters])

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hilo_massacre

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Regarding President Trump vs.  Mueller report

(& deliberative process precept)  —

https://www.yahoo.com/news/report-claims-uncovered-conflicts-interest-234751155.html

https://wiki2.org/en/Deliberative_process_privilege

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Capitol Hill Senate Democrats need 4 more seats in 2020 to impeach President Trump, & gaining 4 more seats is unlikely.   Meaning that unless public polls show that the majority of Americans want Trump impeached — The Senate will not impeach him.    Impeachment evidence are far less convincing than polls, out of solon self-preservation.   And yet, as reliable a source in this instance as conservative Fox News is, just under half of those polled say that there is at least enough proof to warrant a Capitol Hill House impeachment investigation.

 

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Mature responsible geekdom

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generation_X   born between 1965-1980  (alienated/latchkey)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millennials     born between 1981-1994

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generation_Z     iGen (iphone) born between 1995-2012

 

Scott Galloway Offers an Analysis of Silicon Valley

“In the last one you had a sentence that kind of stuck out to me, it said, ‘We no longer worship at the altar of character and kindness, we worship at the altar of innovators and billionaires.’ That somewhere along the line this idolatry of tech and of the wealthy has kind of shifted our vision away from what you’re talking about which is really just to care about other people.”

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Altruism antagonist Bezos’ business model:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/randalllane/2018/08/30/bezos-unbound-exclusive-interview-with-the-amazon-founder-on-what-he-plans-to-conquer-next/#7bd3ef84647b

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Bezos gets what he deserves?    (arrested development?)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Media,_Inc.#Jeff_Bezos_blackmail

In January 2019, the National Enquirer broke a story about the extramarital affair of Amazon founder and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos with Lauren Sánchez. Bezos began investigating how and why the information had been leaked to the National Enquirer.

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https://www.businessinsider.com/michael-sanchez-deal-with-the-devil-jeff-bezos-national-enquirer-2019-3

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“’In the past 20 years, more than 75 percent of American industries, from airlines to pharmaceuticals, have experienced increased concentration, and the average size of public companies has tripled,’ Mr. Hughes writes. ‘The results are a decline in entrepreneurship, stalled productivity growth, and higher prices and fewer choices for consumers.'”

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I have tech revolutionist Tien Tzuo’s book “subscribed!” if you want to borrow it.  Brilliant outcomes of high tech averting carbon footprint & high tech benefiting everyday consumers/regular folks,  like how Diamandis’ Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think 

also altruistically helps the average person,

which book I also have for you to borrow.

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“In April 2018, US Public Interest Research Group issued a statement defending Eric Lundgren over his sentencing for creating the ‘restore disks’ to extend the life of computers.”

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Tongue in cheek:   Eric, this experience will give you swag and you’ll probably get laid a few more times when you tell your prison stories in a bar or club …  lol!!

 

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Projected Hilo outcomes of Tzuo’s  subscription model:   Unless Gen X HPM Bldg. Supply can Millennial-ize its product paradigm & activate in construction itself with customer-based subscription services (customize work orders & streamline/partner up supply & distribution chain via hands-on field work a la Komatsu bulldozers on the high revenue end & austere prefabricated/3D printed structures/homes https://www.treatstock.com/blog/3D-printed-house-vs-Prefabricated-home  — on the thrifty commercial/consumer end ),  Amazon (Home Depot’s DIY asset portfolio in Amazon’s cross hairs via Amazon’s franchisee vertical integration) looms menacingly over the HPM horizon.  Amazon eliminates the “middleman” HPM.

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 Unless Gen X KTA grocery stores & Baby Boomer Island Naturals seamlessly brand/trademark their products for home delivery boutique niche style business to consumer, Amazon (incl. Whole Foods) shall foray into these market segments via Amazon’s vertical integration/horizontal interlocking supply & distribution chain both in physical inventory & cloud web services.   Amazon eliminates the “middlemen” KTA/Island Naturals (Whole Foods pulverizes its identical twin Island Naturals — baby boomer Ruderman becomes an obsolete relic in an e-commerce museum).

https://richtopia.com/emerging-technologies/11-disruptive-technology-examples

http://www.hawaiifreepress.com/ArticlesMain/tabid/56/ID/23865/CNBC-Americas-Top-States-for-Business–Hawaii-49th.aspx

https://www.getrevue.co/profile/fastcompany/issues/the-50-best-workplaces-for-innovators-192944?utm_campaign=Issue&utm_content=view_in_browser&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Compass

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President Trump’s DoJ intends to sustain/diversify business opportunities/start-ups via anti-trust measures, which clearly help struggling businesses like how TR’s trust-“regulators” benefited consumers at the turn of the last century.

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Linear intelligence/gurgitated drivel  are obsolete in cyberspace.   Seamless intuition per Tzuo is the keyhole to survival.     Red China’s theft of our IT/IP/AI shifts the balance of military power to despotic Red China, not to mention Red China’s control over its country’s e-commerce (e.g. trade imbalance).   The difference between Trump’s rant vs. Japan 1980s (usurpation of our IT/IP) & his rant vs. Red China today is that Red China is nuclear-armed (albeit Japan our Eastern outpost proscribed from nuclear armament, so to speak).    Social media platforms/devices, monetized content creation (vs. creative content), software/hardware & fusion e.g. Alexa, etc.,  all are Millennial matters addressed differently in totalitarian Red China vs. our U.S.    We need to shore up our datasphere.     Trump is on the mark vs. Red China (as with our  Tzuo’s income ARR hegemony  — short-term loss vs. long-term gain)   — foreign economic incursion.

https://www.diamandis.com/blog/china-ai-future-of-your-business
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Matter of Hawai’i mega-tsunami a la Tohoku Japan 2011

 

From tsunami expert Gerard Fryer to Curtis  10 April 2019 12:41 (pm):

The Hilo evacuation maps were part of the statewide effort that resulted in a new set of maps that were published in 2010. Those were the maps to which Harry added a generous buffer zone. 2011 showed us that the maps needed to be supplemented. Butler basically showed us what a sensible worst case event was, while Gary Chock and friends ran a probabilistic study which essentially came up with the same result but added the information that the expected repeat time of the “Great Aleutian Tsunami” (GAT) was about 2,500 years.

Over the last couple of years the rest of the state has adopted new two-level maps reflecting our revised assessment of hazard. Hawaii County has not. [emphases are Curtis’]
I have seen the inundation maps that Prof Cheung’s group at Manoa computed. Yes, if we get a GAT then

all of the current evac zone in Hilo will be flooded.

I cannot remember the details, however, and Prof Cheung is reluctant to release the map, since it was intended only for the counties and the final public products are their various evacuation maps. Hawaii County *did* get a copy of Cheung’s map for the Big Island, so Harry is aware of the situation. He still insists that the county would be better served leaving things as they are.
From my hazy recollection of Cheung’s maps, I think the inland limit of an extreme zone, if one were set up for Hilo, would be somewhere in the vicinity of Kawili St. Is Hilo ill-served by leaving the limit at Leilani St where it now is? That’s really for the county to decide. My guess is that Leilani St is near the limit of flooding for an 800-1000-year event, while Kawili St is near the limit for a 2500-year event.

 

If there is to be an extreme tsunami (i.e, anything threatening to flood inland of the 2010 limit), it would take PTWC [Pacific Tsunami Warning Center] 25 minutes to make that determination (assuming the earthquake occurs today; in a few months they should be able to cut that time down to about 15 minutes). That leaves a little over four hours before the tsunami hits.
So far there is no formal “Extreme Tsunami Warning” product, because it is only this state that uses that language and the weather service (in which the tsunami warning system is embedded) only has watches, warnings, and advisories. Nevertheless, the state and counties, presumably with the exception of Hawaii County, will use the words Extreme Tsunami Warning in all their announcements. TV and radio will follow suit. In Hawaii County, there is opportunity for confusion, because you’ll hear messages saying that you have to evacuate both the red and the yellow zones, but Hawaii County doesn’t have red and yellow zones.
….[I]f the tsunami is really big and is expected to flood right through the evac zone in Hilo, then PTWC will know that, since the evac zones are marked on the flooding maps which they calculate for every major event. PTWC currently has no protocol for issuing any special warning to Hawaii County for a distant tsunami. I think everyone is hoping that Harry Kim can be convinced to do things like the other counties.

 

 


From: Gerard Fryer
To: Curtis
Sent: Wednesday, April 10, 2019 10:27 AM
Subject: Re: 1,000 yr. recurrence?

 

 

Curtis Narimatsu wrote & Gerard replied 10 April 2019

 

1.  Do any of Witter’s 8 Driftwood Bay & 7 Stardust Bay tsunamis register Mw 9.25+?  Or we just don’t know?

Gerard’s answer:  We don’t know. Until you find the same event at several locations you can’t work out the magnitude, since a small event right offshore might generate the same size of tsunami locally as a bigger event from farther away.

2.  Is there an equidistant source tsunami Mw 9.25+ between Driftwood/Stardust Bays which flashlight beams directly toward Hawai’i (Kaua’i etc.)?  

Gerard’s answer:  Witter’s fieldwork was in the vicinity of Unalaska Island. That’s pretty close. The worst source location for Hawaii is off Umnak Island, which is the next Aleutian Island to the west.

 

3. Is it fair to suggest a recurring Mw 9.25+  1,000 yr. tsunami likely from this equidistant spot a la Tohoku?  (1586 Maukawahi sinkhole data)(100% chance of recurrence in the next 500 yrs.)

Gerard’s answer:   You never quite reach 100% probability over any time period, regardless of how long it is. Until we can figure out the magnitudes of Witter’s events we can’t do much better than a very vague probabilistic forecast. I suspect the expected recurrence time for a 9.25+ within the key 1000 km of the Aleutian subduction zone is closer to 2,000 years than to 1,000 years. We just need more information. Once someone can correlate Aleutian to Hawaii observations we’ll be in much better shape to answer such questions.

 

4. Will we know this is gonna be the “big one” in order to evacuate oceanside of today’s Walmart Store?   Current evacuation maps are based on the much smaller 1960 tsunami. 

[bold highlights by Curtis]

Gerard’s answer:   Our evacuation maps, except for the Big Island, were revised after 2011 showed that you can have a magnitude 9 anywhere along a subduction zone. So now the State of Hawaii has two levels of tsunami evacuation. There is the normal evacuation zone, which is red on the current maps, and the extreme zone, which is yellow. The Walmart store near Ala Moana is in the extreme zone, which extends inland to King Street. 
The counties decided to go to two zones because of the number of people involved. A normal evacuation means you’re moving 70,000 people statewide. An extreme evacuation means 300,000. With that many people moving the evacuation itself is likely to be hazardous (accidents, etc).
In Hawaii County, things are a little different…  When they received the inundation maps calculated by the scientists and had to convert them to evacuation maps (by moving boundaries to identifiable features like roads to make the whole evacuation process easier), they pushed the inland boundaries significantly farther inland. Because of that additional safety margin, Harry Kim is now reluctant to make any more changes and prefers the simplicity of just dealing with a single zone.
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Because my family member died in the 1960 tsunami, & other family members narrowly averted death in the 1946 tsunami, I’m interested in tsunamis.

As we see with Tohoku,  1) no one anticipated such a huge deluge    2) evacuation protocols were useless vs. the enormity of the tsunami.

We get lulled into “Oh, it’ll never happen in my lifetime.”  Well, no matter the odds, there always is the possibility of a GAT in our lifetime.    Harry Kim’s extension farther inland of the evacuation zone falls far short of the safe elevation required.

I live 30 ft. across the street from our Hawai’i County Civil Defense Agency, and every morning when I threw out the trash, I saw Mayor Kim saunter into Talmadge Magno’s “man cave” hdqtr. (not Talmadge’s fault) during the Fissure 8 eruption.    This is the result:

Lava Tube Dishonor goes to Hawaii County Civil Defense > Hawaii Free Press

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Founding father Thomas Jefferson chastened, “The earth belongs to the living.”  Meaning, we’d better prepare our progeny for the possibility of a GAT, critically informed of Civil Defense’s “cushion” of extending the evac zone farther inland but still way too short of a safe elevation, lest we incur “Tohoku 2” in Hilo.

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Tsunami expert Gerard Fryer’s retort  11 April 2019  1332 (1:32 pm):

Curtis, I donʻt entirely agree with your perspective. Dan Walker, the retired tsunami scientist who still advises Honolulu City & County, said it best. When Roy Price, who was then head of State CD, asked what a worst-case tsunami would be like, Dan said “Worse than you could ever imagine.”

Dan made the case that no matter what you are planning for you can always find evidence for something worse (e.g., the tsunamis from giant landslides, which were discovered soon after that exchange).

Obviously, as you consider more and more dire possibilities, the probability that such a thing will happen declines more and more. When someone in emergency management considers such things, they have to think of the full spectrum of hazards, not just tsunamis. While I would love it if Hawaii County embraced the 2,500-year perspective on tsunami hazard (meaning that they establish an extreme evac zone just like the other counties, start a massive outreach campaign, plan evacuation routes, etc., etc., AND commit to keeping the effort going year in and year out), I also recognize that, given finite funding, such an effort may not be appropriate for Hawaii County. There are, after all, other hazards to worry about too, each making its own claim for funds. Indeed, I was surprised how readily Honolulu decided to modify their maps (and drag the rest of the state along), especially given our poor current knowledge of the actual tsunami history. It would be perfectly reasonable for Hawaii County to say, “Hey, if you want us to extend the evacuation area, show us more hard evidence that it is really necessary.”

With USGS working in both the Aleutians and Hawaii, that hard evidence will be available soon, perhaps in a couple more years. In the meantime, if Hawaii County goes all out on some great tsunami effort, then twenty years from now Hilo is wiped out by a lava flow, those who pushed the the tsunami effort would feel pretty silly. [not so, we did our best to ensure survivability]

Thereʻs no question that the old 100-year perspective that we used to have for tsunami hazard was inadequate. But by incorporating a generous buffer into the 2010 maps, Hawaii County had already moved to a more conservative position. I don’t know what the appropriate figure is, but I would guess that the Big Island maps are tacitly preparing everyone for the 500-year event. Perhaps, until more evidence is available, that’s good enough.

-Gerard

 

 

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I remember (curiously)   senior  citizens exasperated how time flies  in the blink of an eye, even the seemingly long lifetime from cradle to grave.   Now that I’m an oldster like these recurrent forebearers of half a century ago,  I comprehend the “lamenting” notion of  “Time’s up, game over!”

 

 Sad to behold, lifetime in a single breath,  yet death is not a game, it’s the way of life, unceasing/relentless/unchangeable.  So be it!  (Surrender/acceptance — the immutable laws of nature — allow freedom/wholeness in the eternal limitation of death — to reside in us all  — attitude is everything  — the freedom to be positive, no matter the predicament!)

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Bemoan the spectacle of Hilo Hawai’i MMA fighter BJ Penn.   

Beginning  of Western martial arts:

Itinerant poverty-stricken masseur Kichimatsu Tanaka of  Hilo’s “Nippon Alley” (Punahoa & Furneaux lanes) & “Little Tokyo” (Motomachi — Kamehameha Ave. bounded by Ponahawai St. to the south, Furneaux lane to the north, Keawe-Kilauea St. to the west)  is the genesis of Western martial arts.   Acolyte of Jigoro Kano, oyabun (godfather) Tanaka mentored Seishiro “Henry” Okazaki, “healer” to the Stars (Hollywood & President FDR)  —

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seishiro_Okazaki

BJ Penn vs. George St. Pierre: Sports Illustrated Covering Fight

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Penn is not aware of Hilo’s introduction of Asian martial arts to the Western Hemisphere.  No public affair ministration by Dana White’s UFC ergo rehab/possible CTE amelioration/condolences to MMA fans-women’s advocates-orgs–nonviolence advocates/etc.   Penn is the flagship/founding father, so to speak. of MMA global ubiquity.  White’s UFC should proactively invoke its fighter personal conduct policy clause re: interest/royalties/residuals esp. in its Honolulu workout gyms under Penn’s name  — require that Penn check in himself to treatment paid by UFC.  Public affairs meme/projection is that UFC takes the high road & cares about Penn as UFC ohana/family member (albeit as UFC’s most exalted pinnacle poster boy).   That Penn not just a gate draw/monetized UFC asset  — but a sacred extended family member of the MMA community & spirit of togetherness.  UFC should project its homespun traditional rustic stoic family values/oeuvre,  that UFC is not uncaring like obsolete/antiquated uncool boxing’s fraternity (in the public’s view).   In budgeting, UFC’s tradeoff with fighters is that UFC pays less in return for fighters getting royalties/residuals via ancillary/support activities.   White is the real shot caller, not Penn/UFC fighters.   White/UFC invests in ascending stars, while paying residuals to oldtimers as goodwill ambassadors.   Physically debilitated Penn is the designated community influencer e.g. Honolulu’s workout facilities.   Penn’s travails have been reported,

 

https://mmajunkie.com/2019/06/ufc-bj-penn-should-retire-strip-club-altercation-daily-debate

 

https://mmajunkie.com/2019/04/ufc-bj-penn-restraining-order-physical-sexual-abuse-allegations

 

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mma/2019/04/19/bj-penn-machete-threat-accusation/39368497/

 

http://mmapayout.com/2016/02/ufc-investigates-b-j-penn/

 

but UFC has failed to address its public affairs issues (psychological maturity/emotional conversance with MMA community & fans).

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2019/mar/20/when-will-the-ufc-move-on-from-dana-white

https://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/law/academics/sportslaw/commentary/mslj_blog/journal_archives/2015/1005.html

https://www.theringer.com/2019/1/23/18193121/ufc-unionization-efforts-project-spearhead-leslie-smith

 

Penn’s continued pathetic losing of  bouts and precipitous fall into potential permanent brain damage might have the deepest underlying elements which make intriguing soap operas look like little old ladies tea parties, none of which is attributable to Penn, but rather to you might guess who (?)   —   lust, universal taboo buzzwords, forbidden love  — acknowledge  fact being stranger than fiction, emanating right here from Hilo, Hawai’i. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cliffhanger

https://www.liternauts.com/the-key-elements-of-the-creative-process/

 

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Remember the inaptly attributed Martin Lutherian hendiatris minus 2 words 500 or so yrs. ago?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wine,_women_and_song

Then again, retired UFC fight pioneer Chuck Liddell apparently graciously and generously was bestowed financial security (above & beyond matters reported) to avert austere days ahead, thanks to UFC’s “we take care of our own (extended family)”   “generosity,”  so to speak. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuck_Liddell#Hall_of_Fame_and_talks_of_retirement

Penn, on the other hand, emerges from somewhat financially sound family surroundings, and apparently dissuades thought of a “hand-out” (arms outstretched, palms up, “What’re you gonna do for me now?”).    So why does UFC in disgraceful indignity/iniquity  continue to feature Penn bouts?   Therein lies the mystery.   Was Penn’s lawsuit vs. UFC perceived as a way for Penn to get even vs. UFC?  (Penn not a reformer like anti-trust  advocates)    Prompting UFC to welcome back Penn via eventual settlement?  (Allegedly, Penn implored upon White to  bring back Penn to UFC)    And prompting thereafter White to bend over backward to accommodate Penn, no matter the ensuing negative promotional model of featuring a fighter in Penn who should be retired via age/attrition?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B.J._Penn#Fighting_and_Entertainment_Group

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Boxing core.

Boxing analyst Sean O’Grady credited historian Hank Kaplan for the doctrine of boxing evolution, that fighters get bigger and better than before.  I asked Hank to reconsider because of boxing’s weight class limit except for heavyweights.  Hank thrilled over my “contrarian” opinion, and we became great friends ever since (1990).   Hank enshrined Honoka’a Portuguese descendant Bobo Olson (wife Judy is Pu’u’eo Hilo Olympic swimming gold medalist Buster Crabbe’s kin) and promoter Sam Ichinose into New York’s International Boxing Hall of Fame, but died at age 88 before getting inducted Waikiki Chinese boxer Kui Kong Young and Maui ethnic Filipino/Portuguese official Bobby Lee (Filipino dad changed name to Lee to own Chinese restaurants).

Hank’s best pure boxer is Willie Pep (#11 lb. for lb. on my toplist) via Pep’s incredulous lateral movement. Hank’s best-ever boxer-puncher is Sugar Ray Robinson.

My pound for pound toplist in order of priority consists of  1) Ray Robinson 147 lbs. 2) Robinson’s acolyte Ali 212 lbs. 3) Sam Langford 145 lbs. 4) Langford’s alter ego Joe Gans 130 lbs. 5) Gans’ alter ego Rob Fitzsimmons 150 lbs. (Rob hardest-ever puncher).   Langford/Gans/Ruby Rob date back from the late 1800s.  Ray Leonard/Roberto Duran are in my 2nd ten, Manny Pacquiao/Roy Jones Jr. are in the 3rd ten.  Floyd Mayweather Jr. is in the 5th ten i.e. #41-50.

 

 

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Binary stars Beans Afook/Ah Chew Goo (native-born Americans of Chinese ethnicity)

(Beans Afook is the winningest basketball coach in the Hawaiian Islands)

(Ah Chew Goo, 17 yrs. younger than Beans, is the greatest basketball player from the Hawaiian Islands)

(Both from same downtown Hilo geographical roots/both had dads who were tailors & who were “accommodating fellas” who shared the same storefront room across today’s Hilo’s Cronies restaurant  — destroyed by 1946 tsunami)

 

Like a binary star system, Beans Afook & Ah Chew Goo terminally orbit around each other.  One precipitates the other. 

When original Hawai’i State Sports Hall of Fame’s Bob Tom (golf legend) selected Beans Afook in the HoF 2nd yr. 1979, Afook entirely was disgusted — because fellow Chinese Bob Tom selected Ah Chew Goo in the HoF inaugural yr. 1978.   Ah Chew had the upper hand over Beans.

Ah Chew & I spent over a decade together 1996-2008 (Ah Chew from age 78 to 90, sharp as a razor).  Current HoF’s Larry Price (genesis 1997) hated Ah Chew’s Rick Barry unrestrained diarrhea of the mouth persona, so to speak.  Chuck Leahey revulsed at the thought of Ah Chew.  Which is why you never see son Jim/grandson Kanoa Leahey even acknowledge the existence of Ah Chew.  Ah Chew understandably counted on me to get Ah Chew into Price’s HoF (never happened; to date only Red Rocha is in the hoops category Inductees by Class Year | Hawai‘i Sports Hall of Fame

), inasmuch Price asked me to nominate Hilo’s Tommy Ka`ulukukui on the initial go-round 1998, Tommy being Price’s alter ego.  Ah Chew never stopped trying to be counted, as the saying goes.   Do you know that Abe Saperstein recruited Ah Chew to join the Globetrotters?   Ah Chew invented the rubber-banded ball & flat ball vs. Saperstein.  Hilo’s Red Rocha said that Ah Chew would’ve been a Slater Martin type in the NBA, though by NBA’s inception 1946 Ah Chew was dissipated (abdominal tear 1940 which never healed Ah Chew Goo

 

)  —  Hank Luisetti & Press Maravich played/saw the disabled Ah Chew (cf.  boxer Ali of 1966 was a blur compared to the post-ban slow moving Ali of 1971).

Sometimes, just sometimes (emphasis), fellas/gals have nasty quirks which never cease.  Ah Chew & Beans Afook wouldn’t even as much shake hands w/each other, but instead move to opposite sides of the room to avoid each other.   Yet ultra-gorgeous wives Clara & Liza always presented unfailing graciousness to make up for their husbands’ recalcitrant ways.  Even Red had this unyielding manner — Red refused to acknowledge Beans/Liza in the same room.  Even after Beans died/Liza ended up in a wheelchair, Red refused to express well wishes to Liza in the same room (even after I goaded Red to do so), on the basis that Beans never had Red on Beans’ vaunted Hilo Viking squad (Red was cut  at tryouts; ironically, Red became the only native born-raised NBA player from the Hawaiian Islands).    Sheesh…  (sadly)

 

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Redemption (Dr. Francis “Fonkey” Wong)

The final chapter in each icon’s life had an asterisk.  Beans/Ah Chew/Red eschewed forgiveness of one kind or another.   Explained by their ferocious natures?

Father of modern biography Samuel Johnson chastened that the best way to figure out an icon’s character is not by accepting blindly the vulgar auto-bio bytes from birth to death, but instead “to lead … into domestic privacies, … more knowledge may be gained of a man’s real character by a short conversation with one of his servants, than from a formal and studied narrative, begun with his pedigree, and ended with his funeral….”

   http://www.firstphilosopher.com/smartboard/shop/johnsons/biogrphy.htm

Lawrence Stone comments that we now are “trying to discover what was going on inside people’s heads in the past, and what it was like to live in the past, questions which inevitably lead back to the use of narrative.”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_Stone#Narrative_history

 

The key to doing narrative is to gain insight of the subject person’s “real character” per Samuel Johnson above.

 

Hilo sports editor Andy Baclig chronicled well the timeline of immutable exemplar of compassion Dr. Francis “Fonkey” Wong 1919-1971 (died of cancer)(Ho’olulu Stadium Complex named after him), a born leader who started the Wanderers sports org at age 13!   Why?

Two prompts:

1) Ah Chew Goo, just a yr. older than Fonkey, being the precocious athlete Ah Chew was, had no time for “lump eye” lemon (lousy reflexes) Fonkey & Fonkey’s peers in the Mamo St. “Triangle” (where Keawe St. merges to become Kilauea Ave. at today’s Pineapples open-air restaurant, intersecting w/Mamo St.)(Fonkey’s Chinese dad & Japanese mom, a rarity of an intermarriage in the WWI era, had their chop suey & noodle restaurant just around the corner of the most recent incarnation of Wilson’s shave ice shop SW corner of Kilauea/Mamo Sts. 20′ across Pineapples Rest.)  — 

thence, Fonkey compelled to start his own peer “gang” w/younger members like eventual banker Johnny Yuen — which became the Wanderers club, in effect to commiserate over being “left out” as “scrubs” by Ah Chew’s  “‘hood,” so to speak.

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 2)  Because the social history of Lincoln Park revolved around the paradigm of “hegemony” (initial “bulls” were the da Silva boys & Beans Afook WWI era, followed by Froggie Yoneda’s “buddaheads” early Roarin’ Twenties, followed by Kojak Hayakawa’s/Hick Goya’s “Wreckers” etc.), Fonkey broke the yoke of “enslavement” to “bulls” (toughies)  by gathering/”fellowshipping” as equals primarily at “Sand Block” (today’s downtown KTA parking lot area) (ironically, Fonkey’s stalwart youngest acolytes like Korean “Suka” Chung — elected solon Aaron’s dad  — became tough-as-nails boxers to withstand the outside world).    (Ernest B. De Silva, fka da Silva, eventually became our greatest educator & youth enabler,  far vanquishing the brash ways of his youthful vigor at Lincoln Park.)

Simply, Fonkey revolutionized standing society by introducing

“meek” (compassion) &

“lowly” (humility)

into the folkways/customs/heritage of downtown living.

Matthew 11:29 capsulizes Fonkey’s secular calling.

https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Matthew-11-29/

“Meek” and “lowly” are the cues to redemption here.

 

Fonkey redeemed us all.   No asterisk.

 

From bull Beans to bull Ah Chew, finally to angel on our shoulders Fonkey.   BTW, no one knows that M.D.s Fonkey & Richard Yamanoha (Lincoln Wrecker Uchinanchu/Okinawan whose dad also was our initial Uchinanchu M.D. WWI era), out of their patient-friendly hospital (beautiful bldg. complex still there mauka of today’s downtown Burger King at 101 Hualalai St.), divided their informal social On (obligation to all) by way of city blocks   — Fonkey took care of the Wanderers (bounded by Haili St. to the north/Ponahawai St. to the south)  — Richard Yamanoha took care of the Wreckers (bounded by Kilauea Ave. to the east/Kapiolani St. to the west).   Great division of labor to minister to the down-and-out of society.

Redemption.   Fonkey Wong/Richard Yamanoha.   I got Richard enshrined to our Big Island Sports HoF.   When Jack Matsui started the BI HoF 1997, I told Jack that icons who had facilities named after them are not eligible, because the HoF is to recognize unsung heroes/heroines, esp. posthumously.   Richard Yamanoha died of hereditary kidney failure at age 37 in 1957.   Tragic.

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Ah Chew & Fonkey physically were inseparable (Fonkey’s parents’ “noodle house” eatery makai of the Goo home, which in turn was makai of today’s Tribune-Herald circulation dept. parking stalls),

yet miles apart in mentality.   Fonkey was inspired by older Wilsonian internationalist/younger New Deal educators (Fonkey’s public school teachers).   Ah Chew only resolved the law of the jungle (thence otherwise magnanimous P.E. teacher Joe Weider antecedent Roy Roberts became Ah Chew’s alter ego, even though Beans was Ah Chew’s latter coach in Ah Chew’s undefeated territorial title-winning 3 seasons at Hilo High School ).

 

With Beans and Ah Chew, “being at close quarters/range” perhaps made living “too close for comfort.”     Similarly but with opposite outcomes,  with Ah Chew & Fonkey virtually being only 10 ft. apart from each other at the Mamo St. Triangle,  Ah Chew’s prodigious athleticism impelled/triggered Fonkey’s desire to level the playing field via compassion and humbleness.

Redemption heals across the public domain & over continents.   International Boxing Hall of Fame’s selection chairperson Hank Kaplan (NYC Jewish ethnicity) made sure to enshrine atoning Max Schmeling to the glorious HoF as confirmation of Max’ deepest compassion/humility.   Well done,  faithful servant of love Hank Kaplan.

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Regarding pastoral (pastor) discussions on divorce (incl. adultery & sexual immoralities),  let’s process Jesus’ immense Rhema (pronounced “ray-ma”  — hidden mysterious Truths behind the written Word Logos — pronounced “low-go(s)”).

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When Jesus teaches on divorce (e.g. Mat 5:31-32, Mat 19:1-12), Jesus is denouncing divorce as a mean to obtain another sexual partner other than your spouse (i.e. adultery).

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The hidden revelation denouncing opportunistic carnal lust is Rhema.

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The “edict” against such divorce is Logos.

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Divorce itself is not sin. This revelation is Rhema.

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Jesus moves beyond the particulars regarding enforcement of the commandment against adultery  — as part of what Jesus reveals in the Divinity of Jesus’ character  — that of faithfulness.  1 John 4:8-9, 1 Timothy 1:15-16, Luke 19:10, Romans 5:8 & 12:9      ergo   —

Hate sin, love the sinner.

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More so, Jesus calls us to a new life (ergo change our garment which Jesus has prepared for us)  — which overcomes the power of sin.  John 8:32-36, 1 John 3:4-6.

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The “common lot,” especially of pastors (like professors of the old law — scribes)  — is to employ the strict commandment or letter of the law, Logos,  with no regard to time, place, manner, backdrop, & circumstance — such elements comprising the spirit of the law — that is, with no revealed organic living vision and instant leading — of necessity which need to be embodied in such decision.

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Jesus’ Rhema encompasses revealed organic living vision (e.g. woman as the seed of God Gen. 3:15) and instant leading (e.g. changing of the old garment to a new garment Luke 5:36-39).

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Herewith is this instance of revealed organic living vision and instant leading by way of Jesus’ discernment regarding the woman taken in adultery  — which exemplifies the matters of divorce (actually, yes!),  forgiveness, mercy (set aside the deserved penalty), and grace (furnish an undeserved blessing) — Jesus’/our Triune God’s Holy Divinity.

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Jesus Forgives a Woman Taken in Adultery  —  John 7:53-8:11

This passage, beloved for its revelation of God’s mercy toward sinners, is found only in John.

The law contains matters of right and wrong, which are true throughout history, as well as commandments for implementing these precepts — which are not true for all times, places, and circumstances.   E.g.  pastors’ fallibility in not employing Rhema above.

The Pharisees (Jewish law interpreters) challenged Jesus regarding the law of Moses by saying that Moses tells the Pharisees to stone the adulterous woman,  so what does Jesus say, they demand emphatically – John 8:5.

Jesus sets aside Moses’ clear command.  Jesus does not follow through on Moses’ command even when challenged to do so, which leads us to believe that Jesus is more than just a prophet (more than just turning us toward God).

Jesus does not say outright that Jesus forgives the woman, but such is the implication of Jesus saying that Jesus does not condemn her and then chastening her not to sin again.  Incredulously, Jesus mediates the mercy and forgiveness of God (cf. Mat 9:1-8, Mark 2:3-12, Luke 5:18-26 & 7:36-50).

Such transformational outcome occurs because Jesus bypasses the temple — in doing so, Jesus manifests in a Divine role.   Jesus as our Divine Savior is Rhema.   The issues of sin and punishment are Logos.

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Another instance of revealed organic living vision and instant leading comprising Rhema  —     In Romans 6, Apostle Paul says that we died to sin, but we still have to fight it.   In Romans 7, Apostle Paul says that we died to the law, and we are to serve Christ in the way of the Spirit.   Apostle Paul does not want to make it sound effortless or automatic.   The struggle that began before we came to faith continues even after we come to faith   — at least this is the experience of most Christians.   If one does not have Jesus, our “ethical desires” are obliterated by our fleshly urges/impulses.   Matt 26:41.

Even as we aspire to be “ethical,” our mind, will, and emotion (soul) all succumb to our debased prompts/triggers.   Self-improvement definitely fails!

Instead, Jesus simply tells us to “bring it (our sinful baggage) along!!”

“No paint required!!” (in relation to the old law’s admonition  — “Don’t touch the wet paint!”  — you know “we gonna touch it!!”)

Such “huli au” reversal of convention/expectation peripeteia/paradox —  tremendous firepower of understanding and mystical Rhema via Jesus!     The submission/capitulation of mind, will, and emotion (soul)  to Satan because our spirit is weak is Logos.

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Herewith an occasion where Jesus mediates the forgiveness, mercy, and grace of God  —  Jesus fulfilled the old law (Matt 5:17)  — Rhema (the instant hidden revelation), though Apostle Paul’s epistles “abolished” the old law (Ephesians 2:15)  — Logos (the constant unchanging written Word).

Think of this contradiction (actually, correct paradox/irony)   —   this way:   Let’s say for the sake of discussion that superb entertainer Bruno Mars is Jesus.   Bruno’s concert is tomorrow.   Posters all over town herald Bruno’s upcoming concert.

Bruno then fulfills Bruno’s commitment by giving the concert.

When the concert is over, Apostle Paul takes down the concert posters.   The posters (ergo old law’s divine design) accomplished the purpose for which the posters were displayed  — to herald Bruno’s upcoming concert.

Bruno performed Bruno’s concert (Jesus perfected obedience to the old law and accomplished the old law’s purpose  — Rhema).

Now the concert promoter can remove the posters (Apostle Paul says that the old law is abolished  — Logos).

The old law was not created to test our obedience   — obedience is Logos.   The old law was created to show us how awful sin is, and to have us turn to God to save us   — Rhema.

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Another occasion of peripeteia (reversal of expectation/convention) — love & compassion prevail over “unforgiveness”   —

1 Peter 4:8 (love covers/forgives a multitude of sins)    —  refers back to James 5:20 (he who turns back a sinner from the error of the sinner’s ways   —  saves the sinner’s soul  —  and covers/forgives a multitude of sins)     —

and James repeats the Old Testament expression (Psalm 32:1 & 85:2, Proverbs 10:12)

that turning back an erring brother is to cover his sins  — so that the erring brother not be condemned.

“Cover” one’s sins means to forgive one’s sins, per James 5:15 (as in Psalm 32:1 & 85:2).

Thence, our Triune God “covers” more than the so-called stigma of our fallen condition — and “covers” more than the repentance of the penitent sinner.

Our Triune God in overflow fashion  —   flourishingly pronounces the Love of the Divine Trinity over one’s fallen nature/state.

Forgiveness, mercy, and grace are Rhema here.

The stigma/stain of Man’s fallen condition  — along with subsequent repentance of the penitent sinner (to avoid punishment)  — are Logos here.

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Inexplicably (though not in Jesus’ Rhema  peripeteia’s context) —  Jesus as our Kingly Savior is descended not only from Jews but also from Gentiles, even those of low estate!

Jesus also is descended from sinners along with heathens (1 Kings 15:5, 2 Sam. 11:26-27, 2 Sam. 11:3).

Our Triune God treasures the sinners and always brings back them to our Triune God.

The Son of Man,  Jesus,  came in Jesus’ Humanity as the Shepherd to find the sinner as a lost sheep  — and bring back home the lost sheep (Luke 15:4-7).

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The Spirit of Holiness (Holy Spirit) — sought the sinner as a woman carefully seeks a lost coin  — until she finds it (Luke 15:8-10).

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And Father God received His repenting and returning sinner as the “certain man” (Father God) receives his prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32).

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All 3 parables above extol the Love of our Triune God/Divine Trinity in treasuring the sinners and bringing back them to God.   These obviously comprise the mystery and the unexpected outcomes of Rhema.

Such Divine Love far covers over the so-called stigma of the fallen condition and subsequent repentance of the penitent sinners.

This Divine Love fully is expressed in the Son’s tender care as the Good Shepherd,

in the Spirit’s ardent arduous seeking for the lost coin,

and in Father God’s receiving as a loving father.

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Consider and reflect on Luke 15:19    —    once he has repented, a fallen sinner always thinks of working for God or of serving God to obtain Father God’s favor.

Yet, Luke 15:22 exemplifies “But!” in quelling such nonsensical thought!!

Jesus’  love and grace enlighten and amplify the purity of heart in the repentant sinner.

Our Triune God declares the Love of the Divine Trinity more/over (than) the fallen condition/nature/state  and  repentance of the penitent sinner.

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The one solitary lost sheep,

the one solitary missing coin,

and the one solitary “off the deep end” son

all denote Logos.

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Essentials

Verily, 500 year segments/increments denote the progression in epochs regarding the recovery of the essence of Jesus indwelled and lived out in our Kingdom life.

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Augustine (e.g. City of God) and

successor Aquinas (e.g. Summa Theologica)

are

equidistant  (generally set apart by 500 years)

in the 1st millennium,

just as founder of the Protestant Reformation

Martin Luther revealed Luther’s indictment against the apostate Bishop of Rome 500 years ago.

Edification of Jesus’ genealogy as the Christ of God by way of the indwelling Christ lived out of us is Rhema.

In this sense, the mind-blowing Rhema emblematic via Jesus —

amplifies the hidden essence of Jesus

along benchmarks established by

Augustine,

Aquinas,

and Martin Luther in these 2 millennia.

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Northeastern Germany’s Luther’s actual agitator, John Calvin of Bishop of Rome’s southwestern Germany/Switzerland,  also has been improved upon via Jesus’ “forcing the faith” (arduously increasing one’s faith in Jesus thru trials & tribulations) over Satan’s authority (indwelling Christ lived out of us that we live in the reality of the Kingdom today and enter into Its Manifestation in the future).   Yes, Jesus is the cause celebre of our epoch, this comprising “the final days.” Daniel 9:27.

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On the topic of “goofy,” to my female friend’s loaded question why I love young  women, my response is — sincere supportive mirth & laughter are the baseline to sensuality/sex as a topping, whether young or old, whether eye-popping gorgeous or plain Jane  — no matter.  Since some older women suffer chronic pain of one kind or another, generally younger women are more responsive to wanderlust/adventure.   Physical form/girth — not factors.   Goofy — sweet, loving, humble spirit — inge`nue of sorts — is.   Though seemingly depraved (in society’s eyes), I try to be helpful.   Lahela (pseudonym) 24 yrs. old,  emoted the other day, “Is my (sacred vault) the best you’ve had?”  I said there is no best or worst, that I love diversity because every person brings a different strength to the connection/relationship.   In Lahela’s instance, in my 50+ yrs. of experiencing such sensuality, Lahela articulates in words like no other  — her most erotic sensuality (incl. onomatopoeic effect).  I repeated to Lahela examples of her verbal mastery.   She went “Huh??  It’s who I am.”   I evoked, “Now we’re talking the best! You’re the best (verbal mastery/expression)!!  Heartstopper, to die for, sugar baby!!”  My way of loving, supporting, encouraging, helping.   Goofy is love.

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My curious friend look-alike who asked a 2-part question (Do I love young women?  If so, why?)   (this is not Lahela’s look-alike)

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Missive to 2 minstrels of mirth, meme,  & moxy   —

Hi Billy & Jenny:   Re:  Billy’s retaining custody of his 2 minor daughters from his former wife nearly 2 decades ago (kids are millennials), my layman’s reaction is that esp. in custody matters (& admin cases),  factfinders are given lots of leeway in their rulings.  Billy’s atty. was  more likely to seek appellate relief if the outcome were unfavorable, so the factfinder was more attentive to Billy’s atty.   But realistically, Billy was the game-breaker who brought in a whole new playbook of life, not Billy’s loud (stentorian) coarse (sonorous)  waha-nui  atty., nor the middling factfinder.    Billy’s genuine sincerity & heartwarming emotional maturity (deliberative psychological conversance) carried the factfinder.   Anyway, to me Billy has immense compassion/love and stewardship, dual qualities sorely missing thruout human history.   Intergenerational wisdom via experiential processing from the past, migrating to the flummox issues addressed today, mark Billy’s peculiar/special  humble sagacious ascendancy.   As one commenter evoked, when we pursue a life of love, we also find honesty about ourselves & give encouragement to others along the way.   Billy’s & Jenny’s authentic rarest attributes (empathy/humbleness e.g. Matthew 11:29 ) are our ethos/rhema models.   No matter “skeletons in the closet”  — the only lives which matter are the lives Billy & Jenny lead today, not yesterday/yester-years ago.    Thanks for your gracious & receptive outreach!!

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Pinnacle Polynesian starlight astronomy product TMT should be on Mauna Kea (contrary to 500 yr. old Hawaiian Inquisitionists led by abject  ignorant Kaho’o Kanuha), on condition that TMT  pay $6 Million annually to a newly minted indigenous ethnic Hawaiian Trust Fund for all Part-Hawaiian/ethnic Hawaiians e.g. students to get free tuition, materials, room, & board as necessary in the UH system throughout our State.  The Trust Fund to operate via strictest fiduciary principles, unlike corrupt OHA & Kamehameha Schools (fka degenerate administrative Bishop Estate).   Sadly, salt-of-the-earth Hawaiians, the direct beneficiaries of such altruistic orgs, are neglected by these very supposedly egalitarian outfits.   E.g., why don’t  OHA/Kamehameha School/DHHL  provide land/infrastructure/ecosystem to address 1) homeless 2) mentally ill 3) substance abuse Hawaiians, who comprise nearly all of these unaddressed demographics??!!    Mauna Kea should be owned by such newly minted indigenous ethnic Hawaiian Trust Fund, for the benefit of all ethnic Hawaiians.

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TMT is the greatest astronomy device since the Hubble Space Telescope. It undeniably is the Wonder of the Age!! I totally “get” (comprehend) the gravitas of cultural genocide (protestors’ postulate of Hawaiian mythology i.e. Wakea & wife Papa/etc.). Yet, easily, both cultural preservation & scientific advancement can coexist on Mauna Kea. There is no need to “split the difference” because we — as the public wills (verb) — converge in expanding cultural appreciation via the quintessential Polynesian seafaring mana’o (wisdom) of starlight navigation.

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Hawaii’s  1959 Admission Act outlines the conditions by which Hawai’i was to be admitted to the Union. Among those conditions is the pledge that Hawaii’s land would be held by the state in a public trust for the support of the public, including the “betterment of the conditions of native Hawaiians.”   What better way to ensure such altruistic endeavors than to have TMT?

Science and Hawaiian culture converge in presentation at ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center

https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/10/what-makes-a-volcano-sacred/413203/

 

e.g. pages 25-27 below

https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/mk/files/2017/01/MKAH-Exhibit-B01q.pdf

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reiterated doctrinal backdrop:

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/07/25/u-hawaii-pursues-controversial-thirty-meter-telescope-mauna-kea-and-leading

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The Mob probably had nothing to do with killing JFK.   It might’ve had something to do with killing Oswald.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_F._Kennedy_assassination_conspiracy_theories#Organized_crime_conspiracy

https://www.businessinsider.com/jfk-files-summary-documents-release-oswald-cia-fbi-csatro-assassination-plots-2017-10#the-kkk-said-it-had-documented-proof-that-lyndon-b-johnson-was-a-member-8

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