Friday, June 24, 2022
“Shaka, the Power of Aloha” is a documentary film project that explores the origin and meanings of Hawaii’s Shaka gesture. The film is produced by Bizgenics, a Hawai’i-based 501(C)(3) nonprofit that specializes in creativity, innovation & entrepreneurship programs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxMq3f9H2UE
Recently, the Honolulu City Council has taken up the idea of imposing a different tax rate for residences that are vacant. The idea is contained in Bill 76 (2020), a bill that started off last year, was referred to the Council Budget Committee, and...
In an exhibition of a disturbing level of confusion and incoordination – and widely divergent determinations, two of the chief authorities on the security of our nation in combatting Islamofascist terrorism took diametrically opposed positions on the matter. On the 20th anniversary of the...
Over the past 10 or so years that I have been in the seat, I have seen legislature after legislature consider many, many bills to increase taxes. Every year. Without fail. At the Foundation, we keep a list of the tax bills that are introduced and that get at least one hearing.
Many people are recognizing that there are apparent contradictions in the official narrative about COVID-19 and vaccinations. If the vaccine is supposed to prevent infection, then: Why are so many vaccinated people getting sick with COVID (breakthrough infections)? Why are the unvaccinated a risk to the vaccinated? Why is immunity short-lived and...
Occasionally, all of us wonder what it’s like to be rich and famous, or at least act like it.  “Those people,” you might think, “have at their disposal so many ways to flummox the tax authorities if they want to.  Panamanian bearer shares corporations.  Dutch sandwiches.  Entities...
What do you think of when you hear the name “Nebraska”? Steaks? Corn? Warren Buffett? As it turns out, they have a few things in common with us. They pride themselves on their quality of life (but for different reasons than us), and they are facing a population decline just like we are.
Author's Note: I met Julie Christensen while doing research on a family history project. (We didn’t know each other before that). Julie’s mom went to high school with my late father’s best friend, Hank Carbonell.  My father, an introvert, didn’t...
This is the second part of a two-part inteview I did with Julie Christensen. As alluded to in the first part of this conversation, I met Julie Christensen while working on a family history project. Julie’s mom went to high school with my late...
The Biden Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), wants to reinstate an Obama-era regulation that allowed labor unions to skim an estimated $1 billion from Medicaid payments to home healthcare providers. The proposal “will place a federal stamp of approval on abusive state...