Ask Governor Lingle to Sign Medical Marijuana Task Force Bill Into Law

Media Release

Both chambers of the state legislature have approved SB 1058, which would establish a task force to examine crucial issues surrounding Hawaii’s medical marijuana law. The bill is now sitting on Gov. Linda Lingle’s desk awaiting her signature.

Please send an e-mail to Gov. Lingle today asking her to sign this bill into law.

While Gov. Lingle may sign SB 1058 into law at any time, she has until June 30 to signal her intent to veto SB 1058; however, if she has taken no action on it by July 15, the bill will become law with or without her signature.

After you have e-mailed Gov. Lingle, please follow up with a call, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., in support of SB 1058.

If SB 1058 becomes law, the task force will have 13 members, including a registered patient and two physicians. Once established, the taskforce would: (1) Examine current state statutes, state administrative rules, and all county policies and procedures relating to the medical marijuana program; (2) Examine all issues and obstacles that qualifying patients have encountered with the program; (3) Examine all issues and obstacles that state and county law enforcement agencies have encountered with the program; (4) Compare and contrast Hawaii’s medical marijuana program with other state programs; and (5) Address other issues and perform any other function necessary as the task force deems appropriate relating to the program.

Hawaii Superferry Files for Bankruptcy Protection

May 30 (Bloomberg)Hawaii Superferry Inc., which provided high-speed ferry service for cars and passengers between Hawaii’s Oahu and Maui islands, filed for bankruptcy protection today.

Hawaii Superferry and parent HSF Holding Inc. filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy petitions in Wilmington, Delaware. They cited a Hawaii Supreme Court ruling in March that struck down a state law permitting the company to operate before completing an environmental impact statement.

Tom Fargo, Hawaii Superferry’s president and chief executive officer, said in a statement at the time that completing an environmental impact statement could take a year. As a result of the decision, ferry service was immediately shut down and the company’s two high-speed ferries docked in Mobile, Alabama.

The company, which reported more than $100 million in assets and debts in its bankruptcy petition, said it will use the bankruptcy to close its business completely and liquidate the operation.

Hawaii Superferry was formed in 2002 to provide high-speed ferry service among the four main Hawaiian islands of Oahu, Maui, Hawaii and Kauai. The company began carrying passengers in August 2007 on the Alakai, an aluminum-hulled catamaran that carried as many as 866 people and 282 cars, according to court papers in the bankruptcy case.

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3.5 Earthquake Hits Kilauea Summit

This report supersedes any earlier reports of this event.
This is a computer-generated message. This event has not yet been reviewed by a seismologist.

A minor earthquake occurred at 3:55:27 PM (HST) on Saturday, May 30, 2009 .
The magnitude 3.5 event occurred 9 km (5 miles) SW of Kilauea Summit.
The hypocentral depth is 26 km (16 miles).


Magnitude 3.5 – duration magnitude (Md)
Time Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 3:55:27 PM (HST)
Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 1:55:27 (UTC)
Distance from Kilauea Summit – 9 km (5 miles) SW (215 degrees)
Volcano – 12 km (8 miles) SW (226 degrees)
Ka`ena Point – 21 km (13 miles) WNW (293 degrees)
Hilo – 48 km (30 miles) SSW (210 degrees)
Coordinates 19 deg. 21.2 min. N (19.353N), 155 deg. 19.4 min. W (155.323W)
Depth 25.5 km (15.8 miles)
Quality Excellent
Location Quality Parameters Nst=053, Nph=053, Dmin=4 km, Rmss=0.13 sec, Erho=0.6 km, Erzz=0.8 km, Gp=46.8 degrees
Event ID# hv00034187

Sea Level Surprises in Hilo

The following is a post from Roger E. Sowell posted on May 6th, 2009 on his post titled Sea Level Surprises in Hilo on his blog EnergyGuy’s Musings.

While doing research for my comment to EPA on their Proposed Finding that CO2 is a dangerous air pollutant, I ran across some data for sea level in Hawaii, taken at Hilo which is on the Big Island of Hawaii.

The data has some surprises, and quite frankly, I am asking for comment and insight from those who have a better understanding than I have.

The first graph below (Figure 1) shows the same time period as does University of Colorado’s sea level as measured by satellites.  The upward trend is roughly the same as the global average from U. Colorado, which shows 3.3 mm/year.

Figure 1 has 2.9 mm/year, or roughly 10 percent lower than the global average.  This makes sense to me, as Hawaii is almost in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and very tropical.  The ocean there should be warm, and expand along with the Pacific Decadal Oscillation in its warm phase.

Figure 1.  Rate of increase 2.9 mm/yr

Figure 2, shown below, has me puzzled, however.  This shows the sea level from 1978 through 2002, with an almost zero slope to the trend-line.  The very slight downward trend is negative 0.1 mm/year.
My puzzlement arises because this time period was reportedly during the warming phase of the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, and the ocean water surrounding Hawaii should have been warming, and therefore expanding.
The sea level is a function of ocean temperature, according to the climate scientists who incessantly tell us the globe is warming due to man-made CO2 emissions into the atmosphere.
How, then, could the sea level at Hilo, Hawaii, not be rising during 23 years? We know that the CO2 in the atmosphere was rising steadily all during that time.

Figure 2. Rate of increase -0.1 mm/yr

Finally, Figure 3 shown below shows the entire record of sea level measured by the University of Hawaii researchers, from 1927 through 2008.  The overall trend is positive, with the rate of sea level increasing at 3.2 mm/year.
The rather flat trend from 1978 through 2002 is what aroused my curiosity.
Another odd thing about Figure 3 is the increase in sea level from 1945 through 1961.  This was the same time period as a cold phase of the PDO.
Figure 3. Rate of increase 3.2 mm/yr
The information on the PDO and its phases is taken from JISAO at the University of Washington.  Something just does not add up, at least not to me.

Mayor Kenoi Greets Honolulu OAV Team

Phillipines Department of Foreign Affairs

The Philippine Consulate General in Honolulu conducted Oversees Absentee Voting (OAV) field registration in Hilo, the capital city of Hawaii, last May 16. Hilo is known as Big Island for having the largest land area among the other counties – Oahu, Maui, Kauai – in the state of Hawaii.

The OAV Team, composed of Consul Lourdes Tabamo, Ms. Emily Reyes and Ms. Rochelle Natividad Chen registered 273 Filipinos. The OAV Team accommodated all Filipinos who came for the registration as they could not return the next day for reasons of work, family, and expenses.

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Picture from the Phillipines Department of Foreign Affairs

Hawaii Mayor Billy Kenoi greeted the OAV Team. He also requested the Team to conduct services in Kona, two hours away by land from Hilo, where, there is also a large concentration of Filipinos.

Hawaii Police Department Starting Online Community Satisfaction Survey

Media Release

The public is invited to participate in an anonymous Community Satisfaction Survey for the Hawai’i Police Department during the month of June.

Baring any technical difficulties, the Internet survey will available from 9 a.m. Monday, June 1, until 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 30, at www.hawaiipolice.com . The survey takes about five minutes to complete and is limited to one survey per computer. Participants will be able to enter detailed comments and suggestions at the end of the survey. The respondent’s IP address will not be stored in the survey results.

This survey will help Chief Harry Kubojiri determine the Police Department’s strengths and weaknesses, so the department can take steps to serve the public better. After the survey period, results will be posted on the Police Department’s web site (www.hawaiipolice.com).

Burglars Rip Off 100 of Konawaena’s Football Jerseys

On May 25, 2009 Kona  patrol officers responded to a reported burglary of the Konawaena High School locker room. Unknown persons broke into the locker room and removed approximately 100 green-and-white football jerseys valued at $8,000.

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Police ask that anyone with information on this case call Detective Scott Kurashige at 326-4646, extension 265, or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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OCD Over TP

I was taught a long time ago to “pick my battles” with people that you love and often times certain things just aren’t worth fighting over.

I’ve come to the conclusion that my wife has Obsessive Compulsion Disorder over Toilet Paper (OCD over TP).

I’m the type of guy that really doesn’t care where my toilet paper is sitting or how it’s sitting on the roll, just as long as there is toilet paper there.

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I don’t know why this site above sets her off so much.  I can literally hear her screaming at herself (me) about why she has to be the one putting the TP on the roll all the time.

Another thing that irks me a bit, is why is there such a fuss over which way the TP actually sits on the roll?

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Everyone says that this is the correct way because if the toilet paper had print on it… then the print could be seen.

I’ve heard others argue that it should be like this:

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I find it funny when I arrive at a hotel room and their is a toilet paper roll there and it has the edges folded like this:

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I don’t get it?  Is the hotel trying to tell us something?

And what is the deal with putting flowery print on something that your just gonna wipe your butt with?  I understand that it’s to make your bathroom prettier and all, but folks… your wiping your ass with it!

Don’t even get me started on SCENTED TOILET PAPER!

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*update* Some twitter responses on which way to hang the toilet paper:

  1. Stacie Mahoestaciemahoe@damontucker Over the top!half a minute ago from TwitterFon in reply to damontucker
  2. Randy Filkindesignerpens@damontucker you’re supposed to *hang* toilet paper?23 minutes ago from mobile web
  1. Don Aweauaweau@damontucker IMHO Its better to have end outside if you wipe to feel completely clean. Inside if you trying to save bc the sheets rip easier11 minutes ago from TweetDeck in reply to damontucker
  2. Craig MiyamotoCraigMiyamoto@damontucker re toilet paper, right way is over the top, unless you have a cat, then it’s against the wall. (I do not have OCD)11 minutes ago from web in reply to damontucker
  3. Mary La'a MoritaKauaiMareRT @damontucker: What’s the right way to hang toilet paper? My wife is OCD over this issues: http://tinyurl.com/lhdmqh11 minutes ago from TweetDeck
  4. Nanette NaniWaialeale@damontucker Is there a right way to hang toilet paper?13 minutes ago from TwitterBerry