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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Time for a change.

A one industry economy is pau in Hawaii!

Economist: Hawaii in recession as virus shuts down tourism

It is time that we realize in Hawaii that after this global Coboit-19 pandemic things are never going to be the same in our islands and in the future a one industry economy will not sustain a healthy and robust lifestyle for the citizens of our state.

Don't our leaders see that we must diversify our economy NOW!

"Back in day" as they say Hawaii had an economy that was diversified, depending upon several sectors for income including the military and agriculture in the mix.  The coronavirus has put the spotlight on Hawaii's single tourism income economy that depends solely upon tourism as source of income.  It is obvious that when something like this disease occurs our whole single income society is disrupted.

  We need to diversify our economy and embrace sectors that earn an income from activities that don't depend strictly upon one activity, the "visitor industry."

Problems with development of alternate industry in Hawaii begin and end with land acquisition and availability.  We traditionally had a few large landowners in Hawaii, the big companies which are the owners and inheritors of the plantation system that still hold our destiny in their grasp.  If we can deal with the cost of land without prostituting ourselves to a predatory visitor industry we will be able to escape from this problem.  Remember that we lost billions during the previous SARS crisis.  We will lose billions more to Cobit-19.  And there will be more "pandemics" if our planet doesn't change it's ways.  This is the future unless we change our way of thinking in the islands. Otherwise we will be stuck with things the way they are today with our leaders dedicated to overbuilding and overpopulation and a lame old style visitor industry population!

People of Hawaiian ancestry realized long ago what a mess the visitor industry has created.  They have fled. Today there are more people of Hawaiian ancestry living outside Hawaii on the US mainland and elsewhere than live in Hawaii. 

We need and should elect politicians and leadership that have new ideas and that can lead us to a new style of life, one that embraces new values and acknowledges the problems with a global economy with supply chains controlled far away and where new diseases are not nurtured by industry and moneyed interests hostile to people and subservient to profits.

 Don't our leaders and politicians see that we must diversify our economy NOW!

 

 


Monday, March 30, 2020

Awesome New Website: Hawaii Towards Zero

Hawaii Towards Zero

This is an awesome initiative, a great idea, a potential game changer for folks fighting the Coronavirus pandemic in Hawaii. Please go here to check it out: Hawaii Towards Zero .  It is the idea of New York Jets lineman Leo Koloamatangi, conceived as a way to fight the disease.

How to make an effective face mask at home

One taco at a time’

The Morning After: FDA clears five-minute lab-in-a-box COVID-19 test

Judicial changes for COVID-19

A mother’s angst, a daughter home safely

 

 

 

 














https://www.hawaiitowardszero.org/

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Juat a Thot!

Maybe this is true?

https://www.horx.com/en/48-the-post-corona-world/?fbclid=IwAR1kx9DX2b6vZR_gZ7oznPNmkr06HcS4xubAGz82XKHjMeCcFBBS5TXrZac

Matthias Horx, born in 1955, is considered the most influential futurist in the German-speaking world.
Mar 16, 2020 - At the moment I am often asked when Corona „will be over“ and when everything will return to normal. My answer is: never. 
 

Maybe the virus was just a messenger from the future. 
The drastic message is: 
Human civilisation has become too dense, too fast, and overheated. It is racing too fast in a direction in which there is no future.
But it can reinvent itself.
System reset.
Cool down!
Music on the balconies!
This is how the future works.
 
 

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Dis' n' Data


A mixed bag of things and links for your edification!

(For COVID-19-related questions, routinely check the Centers for Disease Control website.  A new website was also launched Wednesday, hawaiicovid19.com to provide the latest statewide info. You can get local updates from kauai.gov and the county’s Facebook page.)

 A one-page, printable guide for preparing to shelter at home

 6 Hawaii residents, 2 others allowed to disembark from cruise ship docked in Honolulu

Community spread begins: The Garden Island

Coronavirus in paradise: Hawaii clamps down with curfews and quarantine

 Mayor Kawakami discusses Kauai mandatory curfew

US military successfully tests hypersonic weapon off Kauai

AsymptomaticWhat does it mean:  It sure as hell doesn't mean the person you are talking to doesn't have Covid-19

I really don't understand why we can't test everybody?  Why can't medical producers make enough or supply enough test kits to test anyone that wants one?  Why aren't our leaders asking this question loudly and emphatically?  It is how South Korea and China got a hold on the epidemic and it is the only way we will because data shows that populations that have been widely tested have proven that at least half the population tested have it but are asymptomatic and can spread it.

 First at-home coronavirus test kit is launching – here’s everything we know

 

Friday, March 20, 2020

PHunny PHriday



Asymptomatic Funny Friday: Gotta Laugh

I really don't understand why we can't test everybody?  Why can't they make enough or supply enough test kits to test anyone that wants one?  Why aren't our leaders asking this question loudly and emphatically?  It is how South Korea and China got a hold on the epidemic and it is the only way we will because people data has proven that  have it and can spread it are at least one half of the population tested. They call it asymptomatic.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Our inadequate system of manufacturing and distribution!

The Corona Virus has exposed the "Shibai" quality of our most important institutions including our medical system.  OMG!

One of the many lies and subterfuges the medical community and the political leadership via the media have spread about the coronovirusis is that a person doesn't need a medical mask if you have no symptoms and are healthy when in public.  There are so many misconceptions and "little white lies" around this crisis but this is one of the most harmful.
 The apparent reason that doctors lie to the public about the usefulness of medical masks is because there is a huge shortage of masks and it is so they have enough to supply the needs of the overworked healthcare industry that is risking nurses and medical practitioners health and life treating and diagnosing patients.  Still, first responders are already complaining that their supplies of needed masks among other things are not adequate.
You see, the virus is spread by droplets of biological material inhaled thru the nose and mouth or thru the eyes when an infected persons sneezes nearby or when you touch your mouth or nose and/or when an infected person touches a surface and a non-infected touches the same surface and becomes infected.  Now a mask makes this transmission vector difficult when worn both for the infected and not infected persons. Still, even with a mask, the eyes of exposed people are still at risk without glasses or a shield.  But, let's face it, partial protection is better than NO protection!

But the truth is that every citizen that wants and needs a mask should be able to get one.  Why are there no masks available?  China and South Korea have been able to manufacture and distribute masks to all.  Why can't we do similarly? Is our medical system inadequate?  Is our industrial manufacturing system not up to the task? The answer when posing this particular question is "apparently so!"


Friday, March 13, 2020

The most coherent and reasonable President Trump has been about the Pandemic yet!

The most coherent and reasonable President Trump has been about the virus Pandemic yet: I gotta admit!

President Trump, backed up in the White House Rose Garden with 13 or so CEOs and disease experts came as close to getting it right and serving up the right promises today  (Friday Mar. 13, 2020) as I have seen him do to date.  If he is telling the truth and his promises manifest we will all be better of in the future.  "Hide and watch" as the old hack goes.  More testing?  we will see.  He declared that the country is in an "emergency" and loosed a ton of money to throw at the problem anyway.  Let's hope it bears fruit.  The stock market reacted positively. 

 

Corona Virus cases and deaths.  Bloomberg.com 3/13/2020

Our leadership on Kauai and Statewide appears Gutless and Stupid!

Our leadership on Kauai and Statewide appears Gutless and Stupid: They still permit Cruise ships to spill out possibly infected passengers to visit Costco and elsewhere.

Cruise ship passengers on Kauai love Costco because it is close to where the Cruise Ships dock and because they love to buy their stash of liquor (I am told by relatives that use cruises that passengers are told by the cruise lines not to bring liquor on board, and to instead to buy the expensive supplies that the lines supply.  So, they hide the liquor in big bags and sneak it back on board.) The cruise ship passengers love Costco and apparently Costco loves them.  

Cruise lines and the vendors that encourage them are risking the health and welfare of our community on Kauai when they let possibly infected passengers off the ships to spread whatever infections thay may have to the community in general.  "Just sayin' IMO!

 Kauai Mayor Kawakami Please Say and Do Something!

 

It is absolutely clear that the cruise ship "industry' is big part of the Coronavirus problem by spreading the epidemic to Hawaii and other seaport destinations. Why does the Leadership in the State of Hawaii and on the island of Kauai in my case, permit this to happen? Money over the people? At the very least the mayor of Kauai, Derek Kawakami, and the Governor of the state should speak up directly to the cruise ship companies and to the public making it clear and warning businesses they are harming the  public health and welfare of our citizenry by continuing their reckless disregard of our welfare.


The Federal Government is warning people to avoid cruise  ships. This a real danger Governor, it is obvious.  How many people will die before you take action?  Do something to protect your citizens NOW TODAY!

 

Combating the new coronavirus: The Garden Island Newspaper


Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Incompetent Leadership? Kakistocracy?

Incompetent Leadership? Kakistocracy?

We are encountering a "perfect storm" of fools and buffoons from the top, our president to the governor at the helm of our ship of state.  It is only going to get worse because we have the lowest caliber of leadership imaginable in clear health crisis of huge proportions.    

 

Monday, March 9, 2020

Our leadership needs to Stop cruise ships visiting Hawaii ports NOW!

 Our leadership needs to Stop cruise ships visiting Hawaii ports NOW!

 Kauai Mayor Kawakami Please Say and Do Something!

It is absolutely clear that the cruise ship "industry' is big part of the Coronavirus problem by spreading the epidemic to Hawaii and other seaport destinations. Why does the Leadership in the State of Hawaii and on the island of Kauai in my case, permit this to happen? Money over the people? At the very least the mayor of Kauai, Derek Kawakami, and the Governor of the state should speak up directly to the cruise ship companies and to the public making it clear and warning businesses they are harming the  public health and welfare of our citizenry by continuing their reckless disregard of our welfare.

 Spreading this disease is an absolutely foreseeable consequence when they allow untested passengers, some infected, some not to spread helter-skelter across the Hawaiian archipelago.  At each island, they visit popular tourist destinations and restaurants putting our citizens and especially their kupuna in mortal danger. Speaking up publicly will establish a basis of their legal liability for the Cruise ship industry's continued reckless behavior.

Our Lieutenant Governor, Josh Green, is a medical doctor has warned the cruise ship folks and the public that the cruise ship's present way of interacting with Hawaii is dangerous and reckless.  He recommends changes and safeguards and says that until they are implemented the cruise ships should stop.  He said that he is "asking" the White House to stop the cruises until safeguards are in place.  What more does our leadership need other than to have the guts to take action on our behalf?

We have a sovereign  right to control our island's health and welfare.  We should ask them to cease and desist in a public forum and if they decline to stop we need to take more drastic measures. Legal action is one avenue.  Closing ports to them by not permitting them to dock is another.  Continuing to dock and permitting infected people to disembark and put the public health in danger seems unacceptable to me.  Period.  Peoples lives are in danger, especially Kupuna like myself.  

The Federal Government is warning people to avoid cruise  ships. This a real danger Governor, it is obvious.  How many people will die before you take action?  Do something to protect your citizens NOW TODAY!

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Here is why I am worried about Covid-19!

 Here is why I am worried about Covid-19: I am 77.

The end of life for older people who are suffering from the Coronavirus is pretty nasty.  Folks dying from this essentially die from a lack of oxygen, vital organs give up first and die because they suffocate.  Nasty.  Check out the below links for information.  The "Coronavirus death rate: What are the chances of dying?" has some startling data from the BBC.

Here’s What Older At-Risk People Should Know About the Coronavirus

 Coronavirus death rate: What are the chances of dying?

 Coronavirus appears most dangerous to seniors. How can they be protected?

 

Why does South Korea have ample Coronavirus Test kits and the USA doesn't ??

Is it our leadership? Why do some countries have ample Coronavirus Test kits and we don't?


Let's face it,  a lack of proactive testing is a major concern for public health experts in the USA since before Covid-19 even arrived. Without wide testing, it’s impossible to detect and gauge the spread of the contagion in the community.  We in Hawaii can't get a handle on the spread of this disease until this problem is solved.

There should be ample test kits available as needed and Hawaiian communities should be testing individuals proactively, which has uncovered cases of suspected community transmission in Washington state. Federal health officials need to deliver “point of care” testing, which gives local physicians and hospitals the ability to test on-site. 

 Here is a hint about why we are in such deep poo-poo. Go to the links below to get an idea of what our present national leadership is like in this crisis:

Read more here: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/health-care/article240855611.html#storylink=cp

Trump’s visit to the CDC shows why there’s concern about his coronavirus response

"Trump spent a visit to the CDC misrepresenting the state of coronavirus testing, praising himself, and attacking his critics.  Trump did little to help Americans understand the government’s response to the virus, instead spreading misinformation while using to public health crisis for self-aggrandizement.  "

 New York Gov. Cuomo slams CDC coronavirus response: ‘Absurd and nonsensical’

 Key Points

  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo criticized Friday the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, calling it “absurd and nonsensical.”
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was slow to initially test people for the virus, he said, then “in a tardy fashion” it said states could test.
  • The Trump administration’s management of the outbreak isn’t just “bad government and poor planning,” but it will “increase the fear,” Cuomo said.

Read more here: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/health-care/article240855611.html#storylink=cpy

Read more here: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/health-care/article240855611.html#storylink=cpyTrump did little to help Americans understand the government’s response to the virus, instead spreading misinformation while using to public health crisis for self-aggrandizement.
The president spent much of the press conference working to convince the public his administration has the coronavirus under control, something that does not appear to be the case.

Read more here: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/health-care/article240855611.html#storylink=cpyTrump spent a visit to the CDC misrepresenting the state of coronavirus testing, praising himself, and attacking his critics.

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Stop the cruise ships until they are Coronavirus free.

Stop cruise ships visiting Hawaii ports until the Coronavirus crisis is past!

It is pretty clear that the cruise ship "industry' is big part of the problem of spreading the epidemic to Hawaii and other seaport destinations. Why does the State of Hawaii permit this to happen? Money over the people? 

 Spreading this disease is an absolutely forseeable consequence when they allow passengers, some infected, some not to spread helter-skelter across the Hawaiian archipelago.  They visit popular tourist destinations and restaurants putting our citizens and especially their kupuna in mortal danger. 

Our Lieutenant Governor, Josh Green, is a medical doctor that has warned the cruise ship folks and the public that the cruise ship's present way of interacting with Hawaii is dangerous and reckless.  He recommends changes and safeguards and says that until they are implemented the cruise ships should stop.  

Some folks say that it is up to the Coast Guard but others say that we should just not permit anyone to disembark when they attempt to visit unless all passengers and crew have been tested and found negative.  We have a sovereign  right to control our ports and who comes and goes.  Otherwise we should sue their asses into bankruptcy for putting the public health in danger.  Period.  Peoples lives are in danger, especially Kupuna like myself.  

This isn't a grey area Governor, it is clear.  How many people need to die because of your wimpy leadership? Whip out your calculator and do it now!

Thursday, March 5, 2020

"Promise them anything, but give them Arpege!"

"Promise them anything, but give them Arpege!"

 "Promise them anything, but give them Arpege!" is an old advertising hack from back in the day.  It pretends to be a little "white lie" that is harmless.  But not supplying medical masks to the general public and especially more vulnerable elderly and otherwise compromised for bullshit reasons is not a white lie but a harmful and deadly lie for some.

One of the many lies and subterfuges the leadership and the media have spread about the coronovirusis that if you don't have the virus you needn't wear a protective mask.  There are so many misconceptions and little white lies around this crisis but this is one of the most harmful.

You see, the virus is spread by droplets of biological material inhaled thru the nose and mouth when an infected persons sneezes or touchs his/her mouth or nose and touches a surface and a non-infected touch touches the same surface and becomes infected.  Now a mask makes this transmission vector more difficult when worn by both the infected and not infected persons.

The apparent reason that they lie to the public about the usefulness of medical masks is because there is a huge shortage of masks and it is so they have enough to supply the needs of the overworked healthcare industry that is risking their health and life treating and diagnosing patients.  Simple. 

But the truth is that every citizen that wants and needs a mask should be able to get one.  


Sunday, March 1, 2020

All our eggs are in the tourism basket: WTF?


Doesn't anyone else see that we must diversify our economy NOW!

"Back in day" as they say Hawaii had an economy that was diversified, depending upon several sectors for income including the military and agricultural in the mix.  The coronavirus has put the spotlight on Hawaii's single tourism  income economy depending solely upon tourism as source of income.  It is obvious that when something like this disease occurs our whole single income society is disrupted.

Back in the day, it was pineapples and sugar that hugely contributed to us all making our economy more viable. Today some of our political leaders are saying that what we have to do is replace the visitors we lose that come from countries compromised with the Covid19 virus with visitors from elsewhere to replace the income we will surely lose from the present crisis. No way.  This is a global crisis.

To my way of thinking that is just whistling almost literally past the graveyard.  We need to diversify our economy and embrace sectors that earn an income from activities that don't depend strictly upon one activity, the "visitor industry."

There are suggestions others have put forward as alternate activities that might enhance our ability to survive in this modern world as viable.  Here are a couple of suggestions:
1.)  Increase agricultural activity, for example, making Hawaii a hub for producing marijuana and industrial hemp of high quality suitable for the production of recreational and medical products including CBD and other emerging products.  We have plentiful sunshine making it easy to use photovoltaic energy for hothouses and also is suitable for outside farming of plants.
2.) Pharmaceutical Manufacturing has come under notice during the present coronavirus crisis due to the broken supply chain with China.  Presently China supplies much of our medical pharmaceutical products and observers have noticed that some supplies will be unobtainable due to the broken supply chain.  This is a light manufacturing industry again suitable for use with our readily available sunlight and could go suitably hand in hand with Industrial Hemp production.
3. Others that have been mentioned are; Software development, Specialized Health Care Research, and high tech manufacturing and research are others.

Problems with development of alternate industry in Hawaii begin and end in my opinion with land acquisition and availability.  We have few large landowners in Hawaii the big companies which are the owners and inheritors of the plantation system that hold our destiny in their grasp.  If we can deal with the cost of land without prostituting ourselves to a predatory visitor industry we will be able to escape from this problem.  Remember that we lost billions during the previous SARS crisis.
Otherwise we will be stuck with things the way they are today with our leaders dedicated to overbuilding and overpopulation and a lame old style visitor industry population!