KGMB Embedding Logo on Twitter Users… Everyone Wants to Be a Newscaster

I find it weird that KGMB is now offering twitter users a chance to Embed the KGMB 9 Logo on their twitter profile picture, when they had previously asked me to remove the emblem from my blog.

Aloha Damon,

KGMB9 kindly requests that you remove our logo from your blog. While you are free to post whatever you like, we are asking that you remove our image.

Thank you,

C.

CANDACE HIRLEMAN | Marketing Director | KGMB9 – Hawaii ’s Severe Weather Station

I appreciate your response.  Our brand is important to us, and apparently to you, too.  Thanks for considering our request.

Aloha,

Candace

FBI Blogger Ilka AKA "@eggiepuff"

FBI Blogger Ilka AKA "@eggiepuff"

Embed the Support KGMB Twibbon Button

You can view more images of the KGMB logo being used by non KGMB employees here.

Big Island Featured in National Geographic Traveler

Drives of a Lifetime

I just noticed that the Big Island is being featured by National Geographic Traveler in the upcoming September issue in a section called Drives of a Lifetime.

The best way to see Hawaii’s Big Island is to drive around it. You’ll soon be immersed in a varied landscape unlike any other in the United States. You’ll encounter lava desert, jungle, farmland, active lava flows, warm beaches, cool highlands, and views of soaring mountains and plunging valleys. And everywhere, you’ll feel the aura of the mysterious Polynesians who landed here more than a thousand years ago and named the island Hawaii…

Full article here

Of course they forgot to mention the best place to drive on the Big Island… and that would be through Pahoa.

Today is National Topless Day

Hat tip to Electric Bamboo and  TwoBeerQueers for this one:

Topless

NATIONAL GO TOPLESS PROTEST DAY

SUN AUGUST 23rd 2009 – in honor of Women’s Equality Day
More Information Here

Rael, spiritual leader and founder of goTopless.org states:

“as long as men can be topless, constitutionally women should have the same right, or men should also be forced to wear something hiding their chest.”

…On SUNDAY AUGUST 23RD, 2009, topless women will rally in great numbers across the USA to protest this gross inequality in the law and will demand that they be granted the fundamental right to be topless where men already enjoy that right according to the 14th amendment of the Constitution (please see our exact legal argument on the right to be topfree for women under “14th amendment” in news section)

Why in August? On August 26, 1920, following a 72-year struggle, the U.S. Constitution was amended to grant women the right to vote. And in 1970, as an ongoing reminder of women’s equality, Congress declared August 26 “Women’s Equality Day.” But even in the 21st century, women need to stand up and demand that equality in fact – not just in words

Video Clips From the August 21st, Public Hearing on the Shoreline Access

Media Release:

Senator Josh Green, and Representatives Denny Coffman and Cindy Evans knew they had to respond to the public outcry over the closure of the public access road along the coast that leads to the Kohanaiki Beach area.

Little did they know the extent of the publics unrest. Thousands of signatures were gathered in a matter of weeks, and hundreds showed up in person to let their representatives know, that either NELHA opens the gate, or the people would open it themselves.

Some of the people wanted to go down that night and open it, others suggested the next day, everybody agreed that if it was not open in a 30 day period, it would be time to act.

Ron Baird, the CEO of NELHA, has given a number of reasons for closing the gate, but none of them really seem to hold water, adn none of them seem to justify the manner in how it was done.

Giving just two weeks notice, Baird ordered that the gate be locked for good.

It is the general sentiment that he should not onlly open the gate, but resign.

Needless to say the public is upset, and unruly to say the least. 30 days seems like the longest people will wait for NELHA to respnd.

A lot of credit most be given to Josh Green for holding this informal meeting to gather information. The Senator and two Representatives took a lot of heat from the public, who sometimes blamed them for the gate being locked. The truth of the matter, is that they were there to gather information to find a remedy.

That remedy appears to be to open the gate, restore access, and replace Baird with someone who has more respect for the residents that call Kohanaiki their second home.

Big Island Live broadcast the whole meeting live, and is playing reruns periodically. This is a short edited version of a two and a half hour public outcry.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Zdyzk36NLQ&hl=en&fs=1&]

Hawaii Department of Health Purchased Implant Microchips?

VeriChip

I remember reading something about this earlier, but I just saw this post and it reminded me of that earlier article I read.  I haven’t even verified anything that was posted.  You can check out the VeriChip website itself for more of the information about the product.

VeriChip

I’m a bit curious how much the State of Hawaii is paying for this system, but more importantly… do we want our government officials implanting what is basically a tracking device onto *edit* dead people?

Florida-based company that boasts selling the world’s first and only federally approved radio microchip for implanting in humans is now turning its development branch toward “emergency preparedness,” hoping to produce an implant that can automatically detect in its host’s bloodstream the presence of swine flu or other viruses deemed a “bio-threat…”

…The microchips are implanted in human remains following a disaster or, according to one report from the Katrina catastrophe, duct-taped to bones, in order to maintain detailed records, particularly in events that result in hundreds or thousands of fatalities…

…Since Hurricane Katrina, the RFID Journal reports, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Hawaii Department of Health, the Florida Emergency Mortuary Operations Response System and the medical examiner’s office in the Department of Heath in Erie County, N.Y, have also purchased the system. Earlier this year, VeriChip announced sales to Maryland’s Calvert Memorial Hospital and to Mercer and Atlantic counties in New Jersey…

Full Article Here