Category: Just Thoughts

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The Guv’s Chances For Re-election

I don’t think anyone can say with a straight face that this has been a what-people-expected first term for Gov. Neil Abercrombie. Of course, truth be told, we liked Abercrombie most when he was away in Washington pondering military appropriations and not when he was the loud upstart in the City Council and the Legislature. […]

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Public-worker Unions Under Fire

Count me – the son of a union family – among those who would support some version here of Wisconsin’s Act 10, which curbs the clout of public worker unions. I know that’s anathema to HGEA, UPW, UHPA and HSTA leaders and rank-and-file, and probably won’t happen while we have a lopsidedly Democratic Legislature. But […]

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Galápagos Deal With Tourism Rise

The volcanic Galápagos Islands, 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, have had permanent human habitation only since 1833. So their 30,000 residents have an opportunity to take charge and not become Hawaii with high-rise beach-front hotels, houses on every hillside, too many cars and half the endemic fauna and flora extinct or endangered. But […]

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Russian Spy In From The Cold

He’s a Russian spy come over to our side. Victor Sheymov is a former high-level KGB operative who fled to the United States. Now he’s telling us cyber secrets – sort of like Edward Snowden. His latest book, edited by Kahaluu literary agent Roger Jellinek, is Tiebreaker: Tower Of Secrets II. Sheymov deals with his […]

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Getting Sensible About GMOs

I’d hope that by the time this session of the Hawaii Legislature is pau, the current fad of claiming that genetically modified food poisons our bodies also will be pau. Or at least have faded into the background chatter as did the idea of total Hawaiian sovereignty. My argument against the no-GMO (genetically modified organisms) […]

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A Few Wishes For 2014

Happy New Year. But it begins with 47 million Americans on food stamps. Nothing to be happy about there. Ringing in the new year Jan. 1 is a recent construct. Celebrations in America only started around 1900. Asians mostly celebrate on the basis of a lunar or lunisolar calendar. January or February Seollal in Korea, […]

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Pope, Bishop Silva At Odds On Gays

I’ll be very curious to see how the latest pronouncements on abortion, contraceptives and gay people by Pope Francis play out with Hawaii’s very conservative Catholic bishop Larry Silva and Hawaii’s conservative Catholic Church membership. Remember 1962 when everyone got flustered when Pope John XXIII deleted the word perfidis (Latin for “faithless”) from the Good […]

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Are You Ready For Pilotless Planes?

The first self-steering, self-braking car is now on the market – in Germany. It’s the Mercedes S-Class at $92,000-$115,000. Drivable on regular roads or the Autobahn. Not yet sold with self-driving in America while we work out who’d be liable for a crash. And engineers are at work on pilotless commercial jets. I don’t know […]

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The Social Trans-phenomenon

Secrets-leaker Bradley Manning says he’s now a she named Chelsea and wants the military prison to treat him as a woman – a “transgender” person. The Army will give him counseling but won’t aid him in a “transsexual” remake. “Transgender” means one who dresses and behaves in a way different from his/her birth gender. “Transsexual” […]

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Say No To GMOs: Folly Or Fact?

Kaua’i is going bonkers over that proposed genetically modified organism-pesticide county ordinance. Citizen against citizen. And it’s all unnecessary, because there is existing state and federal regulation. The noisy “argle-bargle” (as the Brits call it) is mostly because of those who disdain the predominant science and insist that GMO foodstuff and pesticide use are making […]