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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...

Building a custom 1911 with Caspian, Cammer and Brownells

This 1911 custom build began with the idea of tweaking a safe queen that I never quite warmed up to. Built from a Springfield GI model, it simply didn’t have long range accuracy that I believed it should have had. The consensus among my brain trust was that it would be better to do a custom build...

Civil Beat’s Civil Cafe 2020 Legislative Preview Rehashes Minimum Wage, Homelessness

The most useful takeaway at Wednesday's 2020 Legislative Preview were the words of Rep. Cynthia Thielan, who has announced that she is leaving the House after 30 years of service to Hawaii. "The best way to reach out is to come to Committee hearings and testify on bills," she said. "Show up in person to change legislation....

The Whining of the Impeachment Basij

The Impeachment Basij
“Here, McConnell is trying to prevent the witness from ever testifying, and the public from ever finding out what they have to say...this will be the first impeachment trial in American history in which the Senate did not allow the House to present its case with witnesses and documents.” – House Democrats Impeachment Managers statement, January 21, 2020 After...

Don’t Let Them Double Up!

Following a major U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2018 (South Dakota v. Wayfair), many States, including ours, enacted “economic nexus” legislation, which means that we consider any business that transacts $100,000 or more in Hawaii sales or 200 or more Hawaii transactions to be subject to Hawaii tax laws, and we require such a business to comply with the law by registering...

What Really Is a Minimum Wage?

Happy New Year!  It’s now 2020 and talk already has begun about raising our minimum wage.  $10.10 an hour is not a living wage, some say, so we should be hoisting our minimum wage to say $15 or $17, which some say is the minimum required to make ends meet here in Hawaii assuming you are working 40 hours a week.  Shame...

Pelosi, Soleimani & The War Powers Act

Schumer, Soleimani, and Pelosi
Once again, and purely for political purposes, Nancy Pelosi and the “America bad” Progressives in the Democrat Party are moving the goalposts to fit their agenda. This time it is the crafting of resolution language that would – one again – politicize military operations and hobble the President’s ability to defend our military personnel on the ground. In the...

Cooling the Schools: The Reality

It wasn’t long ago that, in response to numerous complaints of students sweltering in their classrooms, Governor Ige proclaimed that he would commit $100 million to cool 1,000 classrooms.  At the end of the 2016 legislative session, he signed Act 47 of 2016 appropriating the funds to the Department of Education (DOE), and in 2018 he trumpeted this accomplishment during his re-election campaign.

The Pig-Ignorance of Tim Kaine & The Pro-Iran Left

Soleimani & Kaine
“Soleimani was a despicable killer, but this drastic escalation of hostilities, waging a military attack on Iraqi soil over the objections of that country and without congressional authorization, will increase the threat to American troops, diplomats, and families in the region,” US Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), said in a tweet. This is the kind of opportunistic pig ignorance that passes...

Red Flags at OHA

A recent, eagerly awaited independent financial review of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) has been in the news lately.  The review, conducted by the California-based accounting firm CliftonLarsenAllen (“CLA”), made several observations and recommendations, including the flagging of 32 transactions, representing $7.8 million, as potentially fraudulent, wasteful, or abusive. Indeed, of the 185 transactions the firm reviewed, it had audit...

Ninety-One Hours in a Work Week?!

Recently, the website howmuch.net, a financial literacy website with interesting visualizations about various financial topics, came out with a comparison called, “This is How Long You Need to Work to Live Comfortably in Every State.” Those folks tried to calculate, for each state, the annual wage required to live comfortably, by earner, and the number of hours per week that...