Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Gary Hooser's updates/thoughts

From My Ohana To Yours 
A missive for Covid-19 cynics, pessimists, dooms-dayers, and dreamers 

Big Dog Politics, Post Pandemic Policy - Kauai Style
It was interesting to watch the recent mash-up between the big dogs – Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, Senate President Kauai Senator Ronald Kouchi, Kauai Mayor Derek Kawakami, and Lt. Governor Josh Green.  Read More...
The 2020 Hawaii State Legislature, must get back to work.
(Please read the short piece below and then take action!)

If sending flowers to mom is now considered an essential service, it would seem that it’s past time for the 2020 legislative session to likewise get back to doing “the people's work”.

God knows, there is plenty of work to do.

Ensuring health care for the recently unemployed, standing up health screening/testing at airports, supporting local agriculture and food-self sufficiency, implementing remote testimony capability, passing automatic voter registration, and preserving the hard-fought Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and increases in Hawaii’s minimum wage are just a few of the critical items that must be addressed.

Kick-starting and diversifying our economy, implementing critical “Green New Deal” job-creating programs that focus on energy and food independence, and environmental resource management also require urgent attention.

With most of Hawaii either unemployed or otherwise fearing for their economic future, we are counting on you who were elected to represent our best interest, to in fact do your job.

There are no valid reasons to put off this important work.

The additional cost of an extended session is minimal as legislators and their core staff are paid year-round anyway. The cost of “session staff” and other incidental expenses are likewise minor in scope.

Public hearings and “floor sessions” can be conducted utilizing a combination of remote “Zoom type” technology and basic old fashion “social distancing”. House/Senate rules may need changing but that also is easily accomplished so long as the Senate President and House Speaker agree. Many other state legislatures and our own County Councils continue conducting their business in this manner, and there is no reason the Hawaii State Legislature cannot do the same.

Putting off these critical issues until 2021 will not serve us well. Please, reconvene the 2020 legislative session and extend into a special session if necessary. Do the work, until the work is done. Take whatever time is needed to accomplish the many tasks that await your attention.

Now is the time for Hawaii’s legislative leadership to rise to the occasion. We need you now more than ever before to show us what you got.

Tell Hawaii's legislators that it's time to go back to work.  Please take action today, email legislators, before May 1 if at all possible.

Your active help and participation in the process is critically important and can make a difference.  Please - take the time to click on the above and email legislators - PRIOR TO MAY 1.

Gary Hooser- http://www.garyhooser.com
Executive Director
Pono Hawaii Initiative
Board President
Hawaii Alliance for Progressive Action (HAPA)

Another excellent "must-read":
From Brookings Institute - How Covid-19 will change the nation's long term economic trends.

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Monday, April 27, 2020

Our Kauai Mayor Gets It ON!

From The Washington Post Neologism Contest

Once again The Washington Post has published the winning submissions to its yearly neologism contest, in which readers are asked to supply alternative meanings for common words.

The winners are:

1. Coffee (n.), the person upon whom one coughs.

2. Flabbergasted (adj.), appalled over how much weight you have gained.

3. Abdicate (v.), to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.

4. Esplanade (v.), to attempt an explanation while drunk.

5. Willy-nilly (adj.), impotent.

6. Negligent (adj.), describes a condition in which you absentmindedly answer the door in your nightgown.

7. Lymph (v.), to walk with a lisp.

8. Gargoyle (n.), olive-flavoured mouthwash.

9. Flatulence (n.), emergency vehicle that picks you up after you are run over by a steamroller.

10. Balderdash (n.), a rapidly receding hairline.

11. Testicle (n.), a humorous question on an exam.

12. Rectitude (n.), the formal, dignified bearing adopted by proctologists (doctors of the colon and anus)

13. Pokemon (n.), a Rastafarian proctologist.

14. Oyster (n.), a person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddishisms.

15. Frisbeetarianism (n.), (back by popular demand): The belief that, when you die, your soul flies up onto the roof and gets stuck there.

16. Circumvent (n.), an opening in the front of boxer shorts worn by Jewish men.

The Washington Post's Style Invitational also asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition.

The winners are:

Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. 

The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.

Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period.

Sarchasm (n): The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.

Inoculatte (v): To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.

Osteopornosis (n): A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)

Karmageddon (n): It's like, when everybody is sending off all these Really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it's like, a serious bummer.

Glibido (v): All talk and no action.

Arachnoleptic fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you've accidentally walked through a spider web.

Caterpallor (n.): The color you turn after finding half a grub in the fruit you're eating.

And the pick of the literature:

Ignoranus (n): A person who's both stupid and an asshole.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

My Daddy said cheer up John, things could get worse...and sure enough they did!

 From the Garden  Island Newspaper April 26, 2020

LIHU‘E — The earliest tropical cyclone on record formed Saturday in the North Pacific, about 730 miles southwest of the Baja California Peninsula, but was expected to dissipate by tonight, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Tropical Depression One-E was far from any land masses and far from the 140°W International Date Line that divides the North Pacific and the Central Pacific, the waters in which Hawai‘i is located. As of noon Saturday, maximum sustained wind speeds were near 35 mph with higher gusts, and the storm was moving northwest at about 7 mph.
The National Weather Service’s Central Pacific Hurricane Center could not be reached before deadline, but the National Hurricane Center told The Associated Press Saturday it is the earliest formation of a tropical cyclone in the eastern North Pacific since the satellite era began in 1966.
The basin’s season normally starts in mid-May, and hurricane season in Hawai‘i is usually June through November.
In 2019, four tropical cyclones formed in the Central Pacific, according to the CPHC, which estimates an average of four to five tropical cyclones appear every year.
The first to arrive in 2019 was Hurricane Erick July 30, which reached maximum wind speeds of 130 mph and triggered heavy rainfall on Kaua‘i and on Hawai‘i Island. Next came Tropical Storm Flossie on Aug. 3, with wind speeds of 60 mph, followed by Tropical Storm Akoni, which formed Sept. 4 with wind speeds of 40 mph. Tropical Storm Ema formed Oct. 12, with maximum wind speeds of 50 mph.
Akoni was the first tropical cyclone to be named from the Central Pacific list of names since Hurricane Walaka in 2018.
Tropical Depression Kiko formed Sept. 24, with max wind speeds at 35 mph. However, further study indicated Kiko dissipated before crossing into the Central Pacific basin, according to CPHC.
Every year in May the National Weather Service releases the Central Pacific hurricane season outlook. In 2019, the outlook predicted above-normal hurricane activity and about five to eight cyclones forming in the Central Pacific basin.
The NWS Central Pacific hurricane season outlook will be released May 20, according to NWS.
Jessica Else, editor-in-chief, can be reached at 245-0457 or jelse@thegardenisland.com.

Friday, April 24, 2020

The economy is so bad that ......

The economy is so bad that...
My neighbor got a pre-declined credit card in the mail.
CEOs are now playing miniature golf.
 Exxon-Mobil laid off 25 Congressmen.
 I saw a Mormon with only one wife.
 McDonald's is selling the 1/4 ouncer.
 Angelina Jolie adopted a child from America.
 Parents in Beverly Hills fired their nannies and learned their children's names.
 A truckload of Americans was caught sneaking into Mexico.
 A picture is now only worth 200 words.
 When Bill and Hillary Clinton travel together, they now have to share a room.
 The Treasure Island casino in Las Vegas is now managed by Somali pirates.
Lastly - "I was so depressed last night thinking about the economy, wars, jobs, my savings, social security, retirement funds, etc. I called the suicide hotline and got a call center in Afghanistan. When I told them I was suicidal, they got all excited, and asked if I could drive a truck."

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Nature doesn't need people, people need nature!



Nature doesn’t need people. People need nature.
Human beings are part of nature. Nature is not dependent on human beings to exist. Human beings, on the other hand, are totally dependent on nature to exist.
The growing number of people on the planet and how we live here is going to determine the future of nature, and the future of us. 
Nature will go on, no matter what. It will evolve. The question is, will it be with us or without us?
If nature could talk, it would probably say it doesn’t much matter ​either way. We must understand there are aspects of how our planet evolves that are totally out of our control. 
But there are things that we can manage, control and do responsibly that will allow us and the planet to evolve together.
We are Conservation International and we need your help. Our movement is dedicated to managing those we can control, better: country by country, business by business, human by human.
We are not about us vs. them. It doesn’t matter if you’re an American, a Canadian, or a Papua New Guinean. You don’t even have to be particularly fond of the ocean or have a soft spot for elephants.
This is simply about all of us coming together to do what needs to be done, because if we don’t, nature will continue to evolve without us. 
Here’s to the future with humans.

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