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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...

HI-5 – Have We Stopped the Leakage Yet?

Just three months ago, the Hawaii State Auditor released the latest in a series of reports over the years on the Hawaii Deposit Beverage Container Program, known as HI-5.  That report, No. 19-08, basically said, “Look.  We’ve issued four audit reports on the program, every two years beginning with 2013.  In each of the reports, we rely on the distributors and redemption centers...

DOE, Fork Over That General Ledger!

The Hawaii State Tax Watch Doggie’s son has come home from school, and today he has a few more questions than usual. Q. Dad!  What’s a general ledger? A. Grrr...I’m trying to write an article here. Why don’t you ask Mom? Q. She just chased me out of the kitchen.

The Bernie-Beto-Pelosi Blast of BS on Trump’s Mexico Tariff

While Democrats and Progressive-Fascists continue to shriek at anything and everything Trump in their preparation for the up-coming election cycle, there is perhaps nothing more pathetic than the unlikely tag-team of Nancy Pelosi, Beto O’Rourke, and Bernie Sanders. Nevertheless, where Trump’s actions regarding Mexican tariffs are concerned, we are entertained by just that. In response to President Trump’s successful,...

Shining Light on Revenue Estimates

At the Legislature, I often hear legislators considering proposed tax legislation ask our Department of Taxation (DOTAX) how much money a certain proposal would bring in (if it’s a “revenue raiser”) or cost (if it’s a tax credit or exemption).  Sometimes, the DOTAX representative at the hearing peers into a little manila folder he or she brings to the hearing and reads out...

Schiff & The Dems: Can They Really Be That Clueless?

While it is easy to look upon Mr. Schiff as a brainless tool of today’s Progressive-Fascist movement, it would be wise to come to the conclusion that he is not politically stunted in his intellect, but rather arrogant and perhaps a little less tone-deaf than we would care to believe.

Jerry Nadler & His Predetermined Outcome

There is a lot of wiggle-room that was provided to partisan politicians in Robert Mueller’s statement, a statement made of the US Department of Justice even as he refused to voluntarily speak in front of Congress. Of course, that wiggle-room will super-charge the “I see bigfoot” impeachment crowd. But there are a few problems with their foaming at the mouth enthusiasm to...

The “Rail Skim” Suit: We Lost the Battle, Taxpayers Won the War

A long time ago, in October 2015 to be more precise, the Tax Foundation of Hawaii sued the State.  Why?  Because at the time, the State was skimming 10 cents off every dollar that was being collected for rail, and it plopped the money into the state’s general fund, where it was spent on everything but rail.  Its justification for pocketing the money...

Finally, Someone Serious Has Said the Word: Treason

Today, sensationalistic rhetoric is cheap in American politics. There isn’t a day that goes by when the most outrageous words are used in completely opportunistic ways in attempts to hobble the political opposition. Just last week House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (P-CA), called for President Trump’s family and inner-circle to execute an “intervention”, a term used for interceding with drug addicts and alcoholics....

Comey, Brennan & Crew: How Is This Different Than Watergate?

How is what the Obama Era FBI and DoJ executed during the 2018 Election any different than the crimes committed during Watergate; an event that brought down a presidency?

Gut-n-Replace 2019

This week we’ll discuss a couple of examples from this legislative session of the controversial but commonly used technique called “Gut and Replace” where a bill is amended so much that it looks nothing like its former self. Senate Bill (SB) 162, as originally introduced, would have provided tax credits for hiring elderly people In late February,...