Thursday, July 9, 2020

Kauai's Mayor speaks .....

Kauai Mayor Derek Kawakami says he is alarmed about the recent uptick in cases on his island and across the state.
The Garden Isle's 10-week streak of being COVID-19 free ended on June 18 when a person who did not show symptoms tested positive.
"In some cases, the infected traveler had no symptoms, but still infected family members. And those family members can spread the virus before they know they are sick. This is one way the disease sneaks back into our community," Mayor Kawakami said.
Since that time the island has reported 20 new cases.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Gary Hooser's POV!

During the coming 30 days, I ask that you join me in changing Hawaii’s future. The opportunity for significant and positive change is at our fingertips, but we must pull together and work very hard over the coming few weeks.See: Pono Hawaii Initiative (PHI) endorsed candidate list HERE:
If you are registered to vote, you will receive a ballot in the mail on or about July 20th. TOMORROW, July 9th is the deadline to register and/or to ensure your correct mailing address is on file at https://olvr.hawaii.gov. Read here about how to avoid a potential voting disaster on August 8th: "Avoiding the lines, avoiding the chaos, but not avoiding your civic duty" 
For those serious about helping to make change happen here in Hawaii, please join me for a “Call to Win - Day of Action!” in support of Kim Coco Iwamoto and her campaign for the State House District 26. - Saturday, July 11th will be a full day of phone-banking with the goal of calling every. last. voter.  It's a virtual event hosted on Zoom, so you can join from ANYWHERE! 
The election of Kim Coco Iwamoto and the defeat of House Speaker Representative Scott Saiki would by itself change the nature and direction of the Hawaii State House of Representatives.
As Speaker of the House, Saiki has consistently steered the legislature to side with big business against the interests of Hawaii’s working people. He has repeatedly blocked efforts to increase the minimum wage, stopped measures to provide paid family leave, and failed to fund the working families Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

On environmental issues, Representative Saiki's record has likewise been solidly aligned with corporate interests. He championed the “corporate water theft” bill that would have transferred public trust water rights to Alexander & Baldwin (A&B) who was poised to benefit to the tune of $62 million. In addition, his influence repeatedly blocked the passage of measures designed to prevent future leaks from the Red Hill fuel tanks, that WWII facility that contains 27 million gallons of jet fuel situated above a critically important source of drinking water for O’ahu. 
Kim Coco Iwamoto in contrast has been a champion for worker rights and was on the frontline with a wide array of community advocates successfully opposing the corporate water theft measure. Similarly, Kim Coco Iwamoto has been tireless in her efforts to shut-down the leaking Red Hill fuel tanks.
With Kim Coco Iwamoto serving in the State House, issues of economic justice would no longer be shunted to the back of the line. She is experienced in business, is a former legal aid attorney, has served as a member of the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission, and is a past member of the Hawaii Board of Education. 
Kim’s commitment to environmental protection is unequivocal. She would be a strong voice in support of fully funding public education and she understands the importance of small businesses in rebuilding a strong and diverse economy.
Kim Coco Iwamoto is the real deal. All Hawaii would be well served by her election to the State House of Representatives.
Please, regardless of where you live, take an hour or two to help change the world of politics here in Hawaii by phone-banking in support of Kim Coco Iwamoto. It’s easy and fun and first-timers are welcome! For info and instructions visit: “Call to Win - Day of Action!”
In addition to Kim Coco Iwamoto, there are over a dozen new, well-qualified candidates running for State House seats. These individuals are genuine community leaders whose values put people and the planet first, and who each have a solid public track record of leadership. A complete list is included on my blog here: Rebuilding the House - an almost complete list of endorsed candidates
Please also forward this email to friends and family, and encourage them to register to vote https://olvr.hawaii.gov prior to the deadline of July 9th.
We have before us a genuine opportunity to fundamentally change the Hawaii state legislature - but it will take all of us pulling together over the next 30 days to make it happen.
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Note3: I am enthusiastically endorsing and supporting Jacquie Esser for Honolulu Prosecutor https://www.esserforjustice.com

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Monday, July 6, 2020

Bruddah Mahk's contribution: New Senior's Exam!

New Senior's Exam, you only need 4 correct out of 10 questions to pass.
  1) How long did the Hundred Years' War last?

  2) Which country makes Panama hats? 

3) From which animal do we get cat gut?

4) In which month do Russians celebrate the October Revolution? 

5) What is a camel's hair brush made of?

  6) The Canary Islands in the Pacific are named after what animal? 

7) What was King George VI's first name?

8) What color is a purple finch?

9) Where are Chinese gooseberries from?

10) What is the color of the black box in a commercial airplane?

Remember, you need only 4 correct answers to pass.

Check your answers below ....

1) How long did the Hundred Years War last? 116 years
2) Which country makes Panama hats? Ecuador
3) From which animal do we get cat gut? Sheep and Horses
4) In which month do Russians celebrate the October Revolution? November
5) What is a camel's hair brush made of? Squirrel fur
6) The Canary Islands in the Pacific are named after what animal? Dogs
7) What was King George VI's first name? Albert
8) What color is a purple finch? Crimson
9) Where are Chinese gooseberries from? New Zealand
10) What is the color of the black box in a commercial airplane? 
Orange (of course)
What do you mean, you failed?

Me, too! 

(And if you try to tell me you passed, you LIED!)
Pass this on to your brilliant friends.

Other countries are prohibiting US citizens from entry because of the way we are handling COVID-19 and the media doesn't report it.

      Many countries around the planet are restricting USA citizens from entry because of our high rates of infection.  And our mainstream media, the supposed "guardians of a free press" and of our liberties is ignoring and under-reporting this important global phenomena.  WHY?

    Last week a private airplane was caught trying to sneak into Italy via Sardinia and detained and rerouted elswhere.   Americans are not wanted in Italy.  (Italy denies entry to private plane with Americans on holiday)

Saturday, July 4, 2020

"Culling the herd" and other random thots .....

Culling the herd.
     When this Covid-19 pandemic started a few months ago and it became clear that older folks were going to be more likely to die from the disease as an elder I recoiled in anger and disgust when someone mentioned that they thought it seemed like "they" whoever "they" were was just "culling the herd!" 

     What a nasty thought I mused.  Ancient aliens?  God?  Who?  At any rate it soon became clear that this idea of culling the herd had some traction in action.  Not only culling the herd of old-timers but especially of the poor and disadvantaged elders who lived near already over-burdened health facilities in cities, in ghettos and who have brown skin.

Wearing masks to control infection.

     Sometimes in the mornings I go for a walk along the Kapaa seashore walking path to get some exercise and to be active against the malaise of depression that has seeped into our collective consciousness during this ongoing pandemic.  This morning, of the 13 people that were walking too and passed closer than six feet to me not one of them was wearing a mask.  None of those running or riding a bike on the path were wearing a mask either.

     There is definitely a pattern emerging.  It is the younger of both sexes that seem to avoid wearing masks.  I wear a mask both inside a store and while walking outside with other people nearby.  The mask protects me and it also protects other people.  It is the safe and wise thing to do.

Stupid folks at Trump rallies without masks and sitting together? 

     What can they be thinking?  Well, if they voted for Trump they likely lack the capacity to think clearly in the first place.  It is time we called stupid people stupid.  It is what they are and who knows what their motivation is?  Racism?  They certainly don't care about engaging in activities that pass on the virus to others and they don't care about risking the lives of older people to the infection.  "Stupid is as stupid does" to quote Forrest Gump!

     When these Trump voters attend his rallies they are asked to sign a release exempting Trump from the risk of being sued if they get infected with Covid-19.  That should be a clue to anyone with half a brain that something is wrong and deceitful with what they have been told about the risks and about Mr. Trump.  Stupid is as stupid does.

Stupid is as stupid does!

Friday, July 3, 2020

Gary Hooser's advice

Because I know how busy you are, today's message is as short and direct as possible. To the many new subscribers that have joined recently, you can learn more about me by going to http://www.garyhooser.com and/or watching the first 3 minutes of this video "I wrote my speech on a paper plate."

Three topics today:

1) "Heads Up" - July 9th is a key deadline to register to vote and/or confirm your mailing address at https://olvr.hawaii.gov in order to ensure your primary election ballot is mailed to you on or about July 20.  Read about the very real challenges of the upcoming "all mail-in" election: Avoiding The Lines, Avoiding The Chaos,  But Not Avoiding Your Civic Duty

2) Are you happy with the status quo and your incumbent legislator? Here is a very short (700 words) and straightforward analysis for you to consider prior to making up your mind as to whether to vote in support of the incumbent representing your district. Nice person they may well be, but do you really and truly want to give them yet again, "one more chance?"  Read: Democrats Disappointing Democrats - the reality of policy and politics in Hawaii.

3)  I hope you will consider supporting State House of Representative's candidates Adrian Tam House District 22 (Waikiki, Ala Moana, Kakaako), Micah Pregitzer House District 50 (Kailua, Kaneohe Bay) and Alan Akao House District 51 (Kailua-Waimanalo) - each of these individuals has been endorsed by the Pono Hawaii Initiative (PHI) and have my personal and enthusiastic support. If you live in their district please consider reaching out to their campaign to help with a sign in your yard, or perhaps volunteer.  Regardless of where you live, please also make a contribution to their campaign if you can.  No matter how small, every dollar will help, and with only 3 weeks remaining until voting begins, the timing is critical and it is now when the help is needed.

Adrian Tam - House District 22 (Waikiki, Ala Moana, Kakaako)
Adrian K. Tam was born and raised in Honolulu. In 2015, Adrian graduated from Penn State University and returned to Hawaii to join his family business and ultimately serve as legislative staff for former Speaker Calvin Say and current State Senator Stanley Chang. He has served in multiple capacities for the Hawaii Democratic Party, is a board member of Young Progressives Demanding Action, a member of the Waikiki Lions Club, and the former vice-president of the Taiwanese American Professionals. In addition to PHI, he has also been endorsed by the Sierra Club, the HSTA and the ILWU.

Micah Pregitzer - House District 50 (Kailua, Kaneohe Bay)
Micah Kalama Pregitzer is a longtime resident of Kailua and the Windward side of O’ahu. He has been teaching science at Kalaheo High School for the last 16 years and currently serves as Windward Chapter President for the Hawai’i State Teachers Association. A champion of economic justice, Micah is committed to ensuring that Hawai’i’s economy works for people, not corporations. He will fight to fully fund public schools, raise the minimum wage, build truly affordable housing, and establish paid family leave programs that uplift working families. Micah is also committed to strengthening Hawai’i’s efforts to combat climate change and protect our natural environment. In addition to PHI, he has also been endorsed by the Sierra Club, the HSTA and ILWU.  https://www.micahpregitzer.com

Alan Akao - House District 51 (Kailua-Waimanalo)
Alan K. Akao, Esq. is a life-long Kailua resident. He received his B.A. in Classics with a minor in Philosophy from Rutgers University. In 2015 he earned his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) with a certificate in Native Hawaiian Law and subsequently became a practicing attorney licensed to practice in Hawaii in both state and federal courts. Alan has received the enthusiastic endorsement of  PHI, the ILWU and the HSTA who stated “Alan is the candidate who can best advocate (for the rights of working people and for education) in the state legislature for House District 51.” https://www.alanakao.com/meet-alan

A complete list of all House candidates that PHI and myself personally are supporting (incumbent and newcomers alike) is posted here: Rebuilding The House  If you are a candidate and your name is missing and you would like it included, let's talk!

Finally, for those who are not regular readers, here are a few of my favorite and "best read" blog postings. Please check them out if you have a moment.

Fear and Loathing and Hope at the State Capitol 

Covid Conspiracy - Connecting the Dots

5 Paths For Change-Makers, Choose One Or Choose Them All

It's crunch time and I will not mince words Rebuilding The House

As always, please never hesitate to contact me directly should you have questions, comments, concerns or suggestions.

Gary Hooser
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Thursday, July 2, 2020

From the Garden Island Newspaper: The best Advice



 Group wants double testing 

LIHU‘E — A committee of doctors and community leaders is considering a proposal to Gov. David Ige to test a tourist-entry system that would require visitors to Kauai to be tested for COVID-19 before they depart and again after they arrive, with a five- or six-day quarantine in between.

The Kauai-specific system would differ from a protocol announced by Ige last week under which visitors can produce evidence they have tested negative for the virus within 72 hours of arrival in Hawaii or undergo a 14-day quarantine.
Ige announced that the new approach, intended to safely resume Hawaii tourism, will go into effect Aug. 1. Currently, visitors must agree to a 14-day quarantine, but there is no testing requirement.
The two-test, Kauai-specific procedure emerged Wednesday from a Zoom meeting of members of the Kauai COVID-19 Discussion Group and Lt. Gov. Josh Green. The different protocol for Kauai, said Dr. Lee Evslin, an organizer of the committee, would assure tourists that their Hawaii destination would be more certainly COVID-free than the rest of the state in return for accepting the need for the two tests and a week in quarantine.
The COVID committee originally proposed a statewide two-test system in a report released June 18.
The meeting of the committee with Green came the morning after Evslin revealed new figures showing that Alaska, which introduced a one-test option like Ige’s on June 5, has seen exponential growth in new cases in the days since. It is not clear, however, whether Alaska’s caseload spike has been caused by increased numbers of tourists or brought on by behavior of local residents after statewide shutdown provisions were ended.

Meanwhile, Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami said Wednesday that planning to reopen Hawaii began several weeks ago, “when our COVID situation across the state and nation was stabilizing.” Recent developments, Kawakami said, mean that “the situation on the mainland has shifted. It would be prudent for all of us to consider the increased risk of trans-Pacific travel under current circumstances.”

A spokesperson for the mayor did not respond to a request to clarify whether Kawakami was urging Ige to reconsider his decision. Kawakami said he was unaware of the meeting of Green and the COVID committee but that “first and foremost, I appreciate the passion and effort of the Kauai COVID group.”
The Kauai-specific test and quarantine system, which has not yet been presented to Ige, has little chance of being adopted. But it underscores the concern inong the medical community over trends in many states of ever-increasing caseloads which have led to renewed restaurant, bar and beach closures and other limitations that were relaxed in a rush to reopen many states to business as usual.
As of Wednesday, Hawaii has recorded 926 COVID-19 cases, with 38 on Kauai, according to the Hawaii Department of Health. None of the state’s 18 deaths was on Kauai.
The national uptrend in new cases and deaths has been particularly pronounced in California, the single largest source of tourists who visit Hawaii.
On Tuesday, Evslin circulated data on social media that he said came from an Alaska district health officer. The data showed that Alaska went from 40 active cases in May to 400 at the end of June. The figures appeared consistent with data posted to the COVID-19 website of the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.
The official state figures show a marked increase in COVID-19 cases in Alaska starting on June 5, when the state changed its tourist-entry policy to allow visitors to substitute proof of a single negative test in lieu of a 14-day quarantine. In his announcement last week, Ige said Hawaii officials had been coordinating planning with their Alaska counterparts.
Evslin said the Kauai COVID committee praised the extensive work Green and Ige have done to try to plan for safe reopening of Hawaii to tourists. Evslin conceded that adopting a two-test protocol statewide could collide with practical limitations on the number of tests the state can conduct.
“The chances of success are pretty low,” Evslin said of the prospect Ige would accept the committee’s new recommendation, “but the chance of failure, as we’ve seen particularly in Alaska, is pretty dismal.”
Green said that, as a practical matter, testing all tourists after they arrive would add 10,000 to 15,000 tests daily to the state’s existing capacity of 5,300, all but assuring that testing arriving visitors could threaten the availability of tests to local residents. Green said the plan he developed with Ige is likely to permit 10 to 15 positive arriving cases per day to escape detection.
The Kauai COVID committee’s report, titled “A Plan for Safely Reopening Hawaii: Kauai as a Model,” left unanswered question of how testing and quarantine costs of would be paid and how much incoming visitors would pay.
In addition, Green said, “the added quarantine would mean no one would travel to Hawaii—period. If the proponents are OK with 22 percent unemployment, mass poverty and closure of our hospitals and schools, then I suppose it would be an option.”
Despite that, Evslin stood his ground. “It could be an interesting scenario,” he said, “if we try to make Kauai nearly COVID-free and worked with wealthy landowners and others (to designate) a special hotel to handle people during the week-long quarantine.
“What we (would be) advertising is we are doing the best in the country to create a COVID-free vacation spot. That will make this unique.” Even on Kauai, however, case numbers have been increasing in the last two or three weeks, though at a slower rate than Oahu, in particular. The Kauai spike, according to county officials, is largely due to a cluster of three families in the Kalaheo area that grew out of a social event.
JoAnn Yukimura, the former mayor and County Council member, said she has not given up on trying to get Ige to modify his decision. Yukimiura was another of the organizers of the Kauai COVID committee. “Nothing is a done deal until it’s done,” she said. “The governor said that things could change and I think we’re seeing it change dramatically on the mainland.
“I know the governor has the welfare of the people at front and center, so if he sees what’s happening, I am hopeful that he and his team will re-look at their plan to be sure it will be safe.”
Yukimura said that, after the meeting with Green, the group conceded that there are “practical problems” that mean implementing a Kauai-specific system would be difficult.

Chuckles Thursday......