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SureFire Powerpak

Mobile video light review When it comes to a video light, I used to lug heavy camera gear around to capture the funny, meaningful or downright awesome moments that can spontaneously arise during the days of our lives. Since the cellphone revolution, my camera has become my choice mostly for it’s light weight, flexibility of use and features, and reasonably...

GoalZero & Sunjack reviews

Portable Powerpack Solar panel reviews As everyone who lives here knows, Hawaii is no stranger to power outrages. The last big storm that came through knocked power out on the North Shore for half a day, yet that of course would be child's play, if we got hit by something the magnitude of Iniki or Irma. As we all know,...

Earth Day 2017

How many of you remember the first time you saw our Earth? This view of ourselves embedded in a living planet, wrapped in oneness, exploded into our collective consciousness. Did you know soon after this view of our whole planet was available to us, the modern global environmental movement was birthed? “Once a photograph of the Earth, taken from the outside,...

Riseup

What's your calling? What motivates you to get out into the urban world to stand and speak for positive vision of the future? In 2007, as he lay in the hospital, his body succumbing to the ravages of chemo and cancer, my younger brother called me out. I was there with about 30 of his family and friends. Tim had been...

The Science of Consciousness & Healing

I want to share a little-known secret for improving your quality of life, achieving deep healing and radiant health… even living longer… and better. It’s not a new super-food. It’s not a new yoga practice. And, it’s certainly not a new pill... It’s your own consciousness.    Consciousness is the “x-factor” behind deep healing, radiant health and living a long, productive...

Story of a Freelancer

Story of a Freelancer by Carleen MacKay :: Rob Kinslow In our April 5th post, we introduced you to the new world of work, to “Freelancers,” or people who work on behalf of organizations when and wherever needed. By 2020, according to a raft of experts, 40%+ of American workers will be “freelancers” in all sectors of the economy. Other experts predict...

Medium: The New Mouthpiece of the Hyper-Leftist

BY FRANK SALVATO Not too long ago, a new “media” platform emerged on the Internet. Medium promised to be something of an equalizer for new media writers. Someone who took the art of communication seriously (but lacked the indoctrination certificate of the ideologically-bent journalism schools) would have the chance, if diligent, to make a reasonable amount of profit for their...

Wayfair – Playing Catch-Up

This week, we continue with our coverage of Wayfair, the U.S. Supreme Court case that held online sellers can be made to collect state sales taxes even if they don’t have a physical presence in that state. Here in Hawaii, Act 41 of 2018 was fashioned after the South Dakota threshold and says that if a business has 200 transactions...

Corrupt Local Power Players in Politics

BY FRANK SALVATO They say that all politics is local. This is true. Equally true is the notion that the government closest to you is the entity of government that affects you the most. So, when local politics and the power brokers behind local politics are corrupt the people suffer. Corrupt politicians are nothing new to politics. They are chronicled back...

Who Can We Beat Up With Property Tax?

The ongoing furor in Honolulu over the extent to which the rail project is adequately funded, or lack thereof, and the possibility of new state-mandated property taxes to fund education lead us to look at how we can or should make property tax classifications. Real property tax is currently a county tax.  It applies to real property that is owned...

If You Don’t Rock the Boat, How Do You Change Its Direction?

A little over twenty years ago, on May 6, 1998, then-Maui Mayor Linda Lingle was speaking to a group of business leaders from the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii. Before the meeting, she was told that she could speak on anything she wanted to, but she was specifically told not to criticize any specific person in the government.  She complied...

It’s Not Easy Bein’ — an Employer

It’s tough being an employer, especially here in Hawaii. If I am a business, or even a nonprofit, in Hawaii and I want to hire paid staff, there are all kinds of things to consider. Before I hire the worker, I need to comply with laws saying what I can and can’t ask the prospective employee.  I might get in trouble...

The Warlord’s Hospital (Part Two)

Author's Note: In June 1988, I joined an American non-governmental organization (NGO) and the Royal Thai Government Ministry of Public Health to manage a 5-year cooperative health and development project to provide comprehensive health services to highland residents of an isolated, politically sensitive and culturally unspoiled region in the extreme north of Thailand along the Burmese border. The Project included...

Pray I Don’t Alter It Any Further

A few days ago, I got my annual emailed reminder from the Social Security folks that they prepared an electronic statement for me – they’ve gone green, so they aren’t sending those statements on paper any more.  So, for the first time in years, I logged in and looked at it.  There, in the middle of the page, were...

BREAKING NEWS FROM THE TAX FOUNDATION OF HAWAII

REVISED:  June 21, 2018, 4:40 pm.  Added link to SD law, revised discussion of differences. June 21, 2018:  The Supreme Court of the United States today decided Wayfair, Inc. v. South Dakota, and held that “physical presence” is not necessary before States can validly apply their taxing powers to businesses that have neither persons nor property in a State but...

Can’t You Just Change the Agenda?

Recently, State Auditor Les Kondo shocked the public and some Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) Board members when he charged, at a HART board meeting, that HART employees had been required to record all interviews with State Auditor personnel and then submit the recordings to management to be transcribed.  That’s “interference with the audit process,” he said. What happened...