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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...

Squirreling Away Money At The Dept. of Transportation

Well, it looks like the Hawaii State Watch Doggie has woken up from his nap. A:  Hey!  Keeping watch is hard work! Q:  Undoubtedly.  So what are you reading there?  It looks like an Auditor’s report — “Review of Special Funds, Revolving Funds, Trust Funds, and Trust Accounts of the Department of Transportation.” A:  Oh, yes. It’s an outrage. Q:  What’s the problem? A:  Well,...

Creativity Abounds at our Legislature, Pt. 2

This week, we are continuing our coverage of creative tax-related bills at our legislature.  The Hawaii State Tax Watch Doggie is taking a nap at the moment so I’ll continue without him. Let’s start with the revenue raisers. SB 1373 raises the GET rate.  At least that one is straightforward and easy to understand.  SB 1474 raises the GET rate a...

Dance with the Challenge of a New Year

This image of the little boy dancing at sunset was one I captured a few years ago. (It was a totally random shot, not posed in any way.) I've always wanted to find the perfect words to go with it. I finally found them and I hope this inspires you as we make our way into 2019.  Here's my...

Creativity Abounds At Our Legislature

This year, our legislature once again is poised to consider revenue raising – namely, taxes in new and creative ways.  For a different perspective on the issue, we’re asking the Hawaii State Tax Watch Doggie, who has been going through the hundreds of introduced bills. Q:        So do you see any new and unusual revenue raisers there? A:        Woof!  Arf!  Yap! Q:       ...

Wai’anae community says enough is enough. Puu o Hulu Park still without a bathroom.

Kym Pine
In 2018, in a hearing before the Committee on Parks, Customer, and Community Services, the Mayor’s Administration claimed that there were unforeseen delays, which prevented completion of the park bathroom until at least March 2019. As of today, almost six years later, the Mayor’s Administration has still not opened the bathroom at the park and the Wai'anae community are asking...

Ask Not for Whom the H-1 Tolls…

Recently, we have heard the term “congestion pricing” bandied about as a way of improving traffic congestion here, and of raising more money. What is it?  Congestion pricing is a way of charging motorists for driving in designated areas during designated times.  For example, in London, drivers pay a daily fee of about $16 to drive to the heart of...

SOTU: Pelosi and Schumer’s Arrogant Politics on Display

BY FRANK SALVATO It is a misnomer that President Trump has “shutdown”, at least partially, the US government. That Nancy Pelosi, the Progressive Speaker of the House, and Chuck Schumer, the pandering Democrat Minority Leader in the US Senate, attempt to hoodwink the American people into believing this nonsense is testimony to their disregard for the intelligence of the American...

DOE’s Repair Backlog Is How Much Again?

In a budget briefing at the legislature at about this time last year, Department of Education officials reported that their backlog of repair and maintenance jobs was $293 million, and they were patting themselves on the back because it was a significant drop from the $392 million reported in 2010. This year, the backlog is $868 million – nearly triple...

Ocasio-Cortez: Just As Fake As Socialism Itself

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
BY FRANK SALVATO Just like the hollow promise given by Democrats when they passed the Secure Fence Act of 2006, newly elected and former-waitress US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (P-NY), is waffling on whether or not she will refuse her salary during the so-called government shutdown. Ocasio-Cortez makes $174,000 annually as a US Representative. The freshman Democrats shot her mouth off before...

Zero-Based Budgeting

Last week, we spent some time on “variance reports,” which is how our state government agencies report differences in position count and spending from one year to the next.  The agencies are also supposed to report on performance measures that they pick themselves, but sometimes still disregard this requirement. Today, we examine “zero-based budgeting,” an idea that has been around...