FTC Looking to Crack Down on Perks for Bloggers

This has to be the stupidest thing I have heard of. A personal blog is a personal blog and when the government starts telling people what they can and can’t do with their own personal blogs… WE ARE ALL IN TROUBLE!

…What some fail to realize, though, is that such reviews can be tainted: Many bloggers have accepted perks such as free laptops, trips to Europe, $500 gift cards or even thousands of dollars for a 200-word post. Bloggers vary in how they disclose such freebies, if they do so at all.

The practice has grown to the degree that the Federal Trade Commission is paying attention. New guidelines, expected to be approved late this summer with possible modifications, would clarify that the agency can go after bloggers — as well as the companies that compensate them — for any false claims or failure to disclose conflicts of interest

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Tonight’s Dinner: Roasted Oinker

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Nothing like a roasted pig and family for father’s day.

Hawaii Tribune Herald Readers Disappearing on Oahu

Blogs have taken off in a big way here on the Big Island.  Oahu residents can now read news/blogs and get more from them… then the Hawaii Tribune Herald.

Either this chart on this column written by Starbulletin Columnist Erika Engle is wrong… or it appears that the Hawaii Tribune readers on Oahu are literally disappearing.  I have sent a Tweet to Erika asking if the chart is correct:

Newspaper readership on Oahu


April 2008 to March 2009 April 2007 to March 2008
Newspaper Readership % of population Readership % of population % change
Honolulu Star-Bulletin 145,702 (a) 20.8% 132,690 18.9% +10.1%
Sunday 140,930 20.1% 132,945 18.9% +6.3%
Hawaii Tribune-Herald 312 0 5,502 0.8% – 94.3%
Sunday 213 0 5,889 0.8% -96.4%
Honolulu Advertiser 346,150 49.4% 343,458 48.9% +1.0%
Sunday 403,371 57.5% 408,617 58.2% -1.2%
Maui News 1,573 0.2% 5,331 0.8% -75.0%
Sunday 2,692 0.4% 3,901 0.6% -33.3%
West Hawaii Today 8,659 1.2% 6,977 1.0% +20.0%
Sunday 3,549 0.5% 5,969 0.9% -44.4%

What Really Happened to Councilman Yagong


“Mauna Kea: The Temple” Featured at Pahoa Museum

Hat tip to Big Island on the Cheap

The Pahoa Museum

The Pahoa Museum

The Pahoa Museum’s new exhibit “Mauna Kea: The Temple” opened on Monday, June 15, 2009 and runs through July 30th. The museum is open from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and admission is free.

More info Here

North Carolina to Hawaii Flights Begin in December

US Airways is adding nonstop flights between Charlotte and Hawaii, providing travelers in the Carolinas a quick way to escape to the islands.

US Airways Group Inc. said Sunday that daily, year-round service to Honolulu will begin Dec. 17. It will be the only direct flight from Charlotte to Hawaii…

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Happy Father’s Day

This especially goes out to my two younger half brothers that I was able to find after all these years because of social media.

I can’t believe I have been looking for my half brothers for so long… and all it really took was the right tools on the internet.

I haven’t seen either one in more then 25 years… but through the power of the internet… and a name change… I have found them after all these years.

I will say it again… social media is a powerful tool… I had been looking for these half brothers for more then 25 years and only reconnected w/in the last 2 years because of social media.

Me and my brothers have been reunited through social media and networking.

Me and my brothers have been reunited through social media and networking. (Picture 1975-77?)

I look forward to meeting up with Kane this summer in California as I just learned I’m now an uncle from him…


Kane (Bottom Left)

And w/in the last year or so I found out I was a 5 time uncle through my other brother-in-law Tierney.

Tierney and his wife Chandra

Tierney (Bottom Right of Brothers Picture) and his wife Chandra

It is a long story…  and the three of us are “Blood Tucker’s” and not adopted into the family.