Rupert Murdoch Wants to Start Charging for Newspaper Website Access

Hat tip to Larry Geller:

“Well, he must not think that ads will do the job. I don’t either, but who am I. He wants to charge for access to the newspaper websites in his vast newspaper empire….”

Taking questions on a conference call with reporters and analysts, he said that moves could begin “within the next 12 months‚” adding: “The current days of the internet will soon be over.” [Guardian,UK, News Corp will charge for newspaper websites, says Rupert Murdoch, 5/7/2009]…”

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Reach Out and Touch Someone – Building Community with New Media

Bill Dorman

Bill Dorman

The Hawai`i Island Chamber of Commerce (HICC) was fortunate to present the Emmy Award-winning journalist Bill Dorman as the guest speaker at the Third General Membership Meeting luncheon on May 4th at the `Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai`i Sky Garden Restaurant. Dorman, who has covered stories from more than a dozen countries and has interviewed corporate and political leaders around the Asia Pacific region, spoke about how to get media attention in a recession.

Dorman offered his advice to HICC members on how to bring value to your business through positive stories to get attention from the media. Dorman suggested that businesses should be sincere and brief to get the “nugget” of the story across in 15 seconds or less. Dorman advised, “the more you are able to define your standpoint, the better off you are because the controversy will not go away,” when asked how to handle media if controversial issues arise.

Dorman worked as a reporter, producer and executive producer at CNN for more than 20 years and most recently was Managing Editor of Asia Pacific Broadcast for Bloomberg Television.  He has a Master’s Degree in Journalism from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Dartmouth College.  He currently lives in Tokyo and teaches at Temple University, Japan.  He is married to Noriko Namiki, his former producer.

In addition to hearing Dorman’s presentation, Chamber members elected the following Officers and Board of Directors for 2009-2010:

Officers: Barbara Hastings (Immediate Past President), Mary Begier (President), Mike Gleason (President Elect), Jon Miyata (1st Vice President), Vaughn Cook (Treasurer). Two year Directors: Howard Ainsley, Charles Erskine, Judith Fox-Goldstein, Marco Mangelsdorf, Eugene Nishimura, Glen Santos, Margaret Shiba, Alice Sledge, Mele Spencer, Art Taniguchi, Ron Terry. One year Directors: Jeanine Atebara, Kurt Corbin, Charles Ensey, Stan Fortuna, Jr., Stewart Hussey, Randy Kurohara, Karina Leasure, Linda Levine, Spencer Oliver, Robert C. Porter, Marcia Sakai, Steve Ueda, Jere Usui. The Officers and Directors will be installed on Monday, June 29th at Hilo Hawaiian Hotel Moku`ola Room. The ceremony will begin at 5 p.m.

Established in 1898, the Hawai`i Island Chamber of Commerce is an organization comprised of businesses and professionals who work together to provide leadership via services and advocacy for the business community while promoting the economic well-being of Hawai`i Island as a whole. The HICC represents more than 700 members and 360 businesses.

Community Links Hawaii hosts First Tuesdays, downtown at HiSAM (Hawaii State Art Museum). May featured a panel discussion titled “Reach Out and Touch Someone: Building Community with New Media.” Panelists: Jared Kuroiwa, KGMB9′s Director of Interactive Strategy; Bill Dorman, international Emmy Award-winning journalist formerly with CNN and Bloomberg. Moderator: Barbra Pleadwell

Barbara Pleadwell: How Hawaii Non-Profits Use New Media:[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsLiixf98wU&hl=en&fs=1]

Jared Kuroiwa: Predicting the Future, Beyond New Media[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AjnXyjOKws&hl=en&fs=1]

KGMB9 TV New Media Fact Checking[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eB_anUAmJIU&hl=en&fs=1]

Bill Dorman – Correct New Media Errors Quickly[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btMfBHMRq8s&hl=en&fs=1]



Is Mayor Kenoi in Hot Water Over The Internet Scandal?

I’ve been mentioning on a lot of different blogs about some of the ramifications that this Internet Scandal that Councilman Yagong has pretty much triggered.

I believe Mayor Kenoi himself may be in a bit of hot water.

Aaron Stene follows the Hawaii Free Press and brought my attention to the following article about his domain that he used for his political race this year against Angel Pilago.

His Domain clearly states that it’s registered under a county email address as well as the mailing address for the Hawaii County Building:

Registered through: GoDaddy.com, Inc. (http://www.godaddy.com)
Domain Name: BILLYKENOI.COM
Created on: 16-Apr-07
Expires on: 16-Apr-09
Last Updated on: 16-Apr-08

Technical Contact:
Kenoi, William wkenoi@co.hawaii.hi.us
25 Aupuni St.

Hilo, Hawaii 96720
United States
(808) 961-8211

About 3 – 4 months later, County of Hawaii Office of the Corporation Counsel sent this memo to ALL COUNTY EMPLOYEES VIA EMAIL and it clearly states:

1 Candidate walk-throughs on County premises are strictly prohibited
2 County email accounts must not be used for campaign purposes
3 The distribution of campaign literature on County premises is strictly prohibited
4 The sale or distribution of fundraiser or other tickets even
complimentary ones on County premises is strictly prohibited

So do you think Mr. Kenoi will punish himself?  Is it also considered distribution from a county building if he registered the building as well?

Hawai’i County Mayor Billy Kenoi has acknowledged that his office is investigating “very serious” and possibly illegal abuse of Internet access on county computers.

Kenoi said the investigation goes back to January 2008 and includes the potentially illegal use of county computers for political activity, as well as other serious abuses.

From what I can tell… Last Updated April 16, 2008 would fall under that time period.

Wave Power Not Ready for Commercial Use

Technology for tapping ocean waves, tides and rivers for electricity is far from commercial viability and lagging well behind wind, solar and other fledgling power sectors, a panel of experts said last week during a forum here on climate change and marine ecosystems…

…”It’s basically not commercially financeable yet,” said Edwin Feo, a partner at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, during a conference at Stanford University. “They are still a long ways from getting access to the capital and being deployed, because they are simply immature technologies.”

…Roger Bedard, head of the Electric Power Research Institute’s wave power research unit, said the United States is at least five and maybe 10 years away from the first commercial project in marine waters. A buoy at a Marine Corps base in Hawaii is the only wave-powered device that has been connected to the power grid so far in the United States. The first pilot tidal project, in New York’s East River, took five years to get a permit from FERC…

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Honolulu Advertiser on Census Work

…In Hawai’i, about 1,000 workers will be deployed statewide to verify every street, road building and address where people could be living. About half of them are already on the streets. You’ll recognize them by their ID badges, a canvas bag with a “U.S. Census” label, and a hand-held GPS-equipped computer. The computer, a new tool, will help the Census reach more people, making the count more accurate.

These are encouraging signs. After eight years of shameful mismanagement and underfunding, the Census Bureau is working on a comeback, and none too soon.

On Friday, the Bureau unveiled its plans to spend $1 billion from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. A good chunk of that money will be used, rightfully, in renewed efforts to reach those traditionally undercounted — the poor, minorities, those in rural communities and group quarters…

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April 13th – A New Era: The Honolulu Star-Bulletin’s New Youtube Ad… And They Still Can’t Spell Their Own Ericka Engles Name Correctly!

The Honolulu Star-Bulletin will begin publishing its new morning edition on April 13, 2009.

Looks like they are already taking to youtube… But who is Erica Engle? ;)

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pr6WoKIF74Q&hl=en&fs=1]

Does anyone find it strange that the Starbulletin is now running the Honolulu Advertisers news via RSS feed?


Ward Churchill Exonerated

Remember the 911 Speaker that came to speak at UH and everyone and their mother through a hissy fit?

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On April 2 Ward Churchill, professor of ethnic studies at University of Colorado at Boulder (CU), was found exonerated from an unlawful firing over academic freedom.

Sept. 11, 2001 Churchill wrote “Some people push back: on the justice of roosting chickens” as an editorial piece for the online journal Dark Night field notes. As a direct reaction to the World Trade Center in New York being hit by Islamic terrorists in the eyes of an ethnic studies professor, the editorial was far from removing the United States from an implication of wrongdoing…

Marines in Hawaii Attempted to Sell Stolen Night-Vision Scopes in Hawaii

The federal police raid of a house here (Tennessee) Wednesday morning might be connected to alleged attempts by active duty Marines to sell stolen military night-vision scopes in Hawaii.

Linked to the home at 288 Jonesboro Drive is Lance Cpl. Ronald William Abram, 20, who faces federal charges of conspiring to sell eight scopes to a Hong Kong buyer for $20,000. His father, Ronnie Abram, lives at the house, according to directory listings…

…Last July, he again landed on authorities’ radar when ICE agents uncovered a scheme to sell stolen night vision scopes on the Internet auction site eBay, according to federal indictments filed at the U.S. District Court in Honolulu. The eBay ad eventually led them to Hawaii and six Marines stationed there. By September 2008, undercover agents bought eight scopes in a sting that indictments state netted the arrests of Ronald Abram and five others, including Abingdon, Va., native Cpl. Mark Allen Vaught. Agents traced the scopes, which had the serial numbers filed off, to a Marine base.

Honolulu-based Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris A. Thomas said by telephone that Ronald William Abram and two others have decided to fight the charges in civilian federal court. Vaught and three others will allow a military court to hear their cases, he said.

Full Article Here

Bloggers vs. Journalist

In follow up to my post on Code of Ethics for Bloggers. I just got an interesting comment from reader Gary that showed me a few links about some other peoples thoughts on Bloggers vs. Journalists and I just thought I’d share them here.

…For what it’s worth, I think journalists are unnerved and defensive because one of the mediums that they’re published on now is open to anyone to publish.  They seem to feel that this is unfair. Because their access to the web is controlled, they seem to feel everyone’s should be.

Mr. Schorr, on that same NPR show, said that the internet was like a market or bazaar where anyone can come and shout anything they want and be heard by anyone who cares to listen. This is a particularly apt analogy. If we apply it to journalists on the internet, we see that it’s like making them stand on a milk crate and announce the news on the street corner just like everyone else, whereas before they had special arrangements. They spoke from a balcony with a loudspeaker.

And that’s the inversion that I think not everyone appreciates. It’s not so much that we, the bloggers have invaded the journalists’ turf, it’s rather that they’re now forced to operate on ours. A medium used to come with a certain implied or built-in credibility and certainly privilege. If you got to speak, it was sort of assumed that at least you had your facts more or less straight.

But access to a medium does not necessarily equate to credibility and really, it never has. Anyone with sufficient money can print their own newspaper. But just because something is printed on sheets of paper that look like a newspaper doesn’t mean it’s true. Trustworthy journalists and news institutions earned their stripes over the years by doing their jobs well and being proven out by facts and people’s real-world experiences… “Read at Joe’s

Another quote:

…That’s why journalism is a craft, not a profession. There is no licensing or board testing required for journalists, and that’s just the way reporters and editors want it.

The practical outcome is that anyone can be a journalist. As part of a story we are researching for State Legislatures magazine, we’ve found nearly 60 percent of statehouse reporters for print outlets also blog, and a larger percentage say blogs have increased the amount of information about their legislature available to readers… The Thicket at State Legislatures

Code of Ethics For Bloggers… Ah Bull $#!T… What About Current Journalist Who Blog?

There has been discussion over the years about what makes a good blog and what doesn’t make a good blog.  A lot of talk has been thrown around about “Ethical Blogging”.

I think many people are still mixing up Blogs for other forms of media and Blog writers as Journalist who subscribe to the Code of Ethics formulated by the Society for Professional Journalist.

…Members of the Society share a dedication to ethical behavior and adopt this code to declare the Society’s principles and standards of practice.

There are some strict rules to this code and the wording is not very forgiving on some of the code:

  • Deliberate distortion is never permissible.
  • Always question sources’ motives before promising anonymity.
  • Make certain that headlines, news teases and promotional material, photos, video, audio, graphics, sound bites and quotations do not misrepresent. They should not oversimplify or highlight incidents out of context.
  • Tell the story of the diversity and magnitude of the human experience boldly, even when it is unpopular to do so.
  • Recognize that private people have a greater right to control information about themselves than do public officials and others who seek power, influence or attention. Only an overriding public need can justify intrusion into anyone’s privacy.
  • Avoid pandering to lurid curiosity (Me pander to curiosity… never)

The list goes on and on… about what members of this Society have pledged to adhere to.

My question… Is someone who is a member of this society… of which I am not… Also held to these same code of ethics on a Personal Blog?

If I were to become a member of the Big Island Press Club… Do they expect these same ethics to hold true to a blogger who never wanted to be a “journalist”.

FBI Blogs

The FBI Blogs site had a soft launch last week and I’ll be pushing it a bit more in the next week.

I have had my hands full the last few days trying out new things with the site.  It’s been an interesting few days working out kinks and tweaks with the site.

I wish I was more talented at things like this, and it’s a big learning process for me to get this thing started up.

I’ve decided to limit the amount of bloggers to 25 for now, which means I have room for about 3 more spots.

I’ve opened up the RSS feeds to 2 posts per blogger so that people won’t feel as though they might be missing something.

I’m still waiting for the PROFILE PICTURE OF MR. TIM SULLIVAN!… He might get stuck with some toes if he doesn’t send me his profile picture soon… (personal joke).

I’ll be adding a few new features to the site as the weeks progress and see what direction things go.  Once the site is up and running, it should be very little to no maintenance at all.  I wish I could figure out a script to move my widgets automatically.

Larry … you know how to do that by any chance?

I’d like to thank Macario for posting the first Header image for the site.  Still looking for other submissions, and I don’t see why the header can’t change every once in awhile.

I’m beta testing a chat feature where people could chat amongst other people on the site while they are visiting.  Currently looking at Gabbly, but I don’t like the ads that pop-up on it.  If anyone knows of a good “Free” chat client that allows people to chat over a site w/out all the ads… please let me know.

As soon as I get that site going… I can go back to blogging like a normal blogger… or do I mean abnormal?

I’m also looking at different ways to possibly feed the site directly so there isn’t that initial lag when accessing the site.

So come check out some of the best blogs on the Big Island:

FBI Big Island Blogs

Public Works PUBLIC Information Officer Noelani Whittington 2009 LAVA Tube Award Winner

It’s official… I read the newspaper today at work and low and behold… there it was.

Of course I appreciate Peter for filling me in on the scoops on the corrected Press Release that went out… and of course I appreciate my little birds that drop by now and then with their little tid bits of information.

Here is the article in full from the Hawaii Tribune Herald.  I’m posting it in full because I know that soon enough… people will be charged to read this again…  I hate that model of information… Give it free now… but then charge for it later.

Public Works PIO criticized

By Tribune-Herald
Published: Tuesday, March 17, 2009 9:06 AM HST

The Big Island Press Club has selected Noelani Whittington, public information officer for the Hawaii County Department of Public Works, as the unfavorable recipient of the Big Island Press Club’s Lava Tube Award, given annually to highlight the worst violation of government openness in the state.

The Torch of Light Award, awarded for the best example of open government, goes to Gov. Linda Lingle and the Hawaii State Legislature for passing a law to protect newsgatherers from revealing confidential sources.

Whittington “wins” this year for a memo she wrote in mid-November directing employees how to handle media requests. The memo directed employees not to speak to the media, not to discuss the causes of problems and how to stop the photographing or videotaping of baseyards and road projects.

The since-rescinded memo named several individuals — video producer Dave Corrigan, and bloggers Aaron Stene and Damon Tucker — who are not to receive any information from the department. This is despite the Hawaii County Charter requirement that “all persons shall be treated in a courteous, fair and impartial manner.” Whittington ignored the Charter when she wrote, “They are not journalists. They write what they think.”

“We hope that all the ex-journalists now working in the Kenoi administration will encourage a new standard for openness and access to information in county government,” said BIPC President Peter Serafin. “Today, every presidential press release is available to anyone with a computer and a modem — news professional or not. How can any local government justify being less open?”

In 2008 Reps. Blake Oshiro, Kirk Caldwell, Glenn Wakai, Gene Ward and Tommy Waters introduced a journalism shield bill, which the Legislature passed with no “nay” votes, and which Gov. Linda Lingle signed into law.

The Lava Tube and Torch of Light awards are announced each year on March 16, which is celebrated nationwide as Freedom of Information Day on the birthday of James Madison, the foremost champion of openness in government among the nation’s founding fathers.

The Big Island Press Club was founded in Hilo, in 1967.

The Lava Tube and Torch of Light awards have been presented annually since being established on the occasion of the Club’s 30th anniversary in 1997.

*UPDATE* Big Island Press Club Selects Noelani Whittington from the Hawaii County Department of Public Works as the Recipient of its 2008 Lava Tube Award… Re: Bloggers Are People Too

*UPDATE*

My apologies for throwing the entire Hawaii County Department of Public Works under the bus for the following post.  Please see the above post or click here for the correction as Ms. Noelani Whittington, from the DPW, is the sole recipient of this award.

The Big Island Press Club has selected the Hawaii County Department of
Public Works as the recipient of its Lava Tube Award for 2008. The dubious
honor highlights the worst violation of government openness in the state.
In an unexpected twist, the Torch of Light Award goes to Gov. Linda Lingle
and the Hawaii State Legislature for passing a journalism shield law.

Public Works “wins” this year for a memo that Public Information Officer
Noelani Whittington
wrote in mid-November directing employees on how to
handle media requests. Whittington’s job is to improve the flow of
information between the government and the public, who has every right to
know what is going on. Instead, she instructed employees not to speak to
the media, not to discuss the causes of problems and how to stop the
photographing or videotaping of baseyards and road projects.

More egregiously, the since-rescinded memo names several individuals -
Dave Corrigan, Aaron Stene and Damon Tucker – who were not to receive any information from the department. That directive flies in the face of the
County Charter requirement that “all persons shall be treated in a
courteous, fair and impartial manner.” It appears the exception to “all
persons” is bloggers, because as the memo stated, “They are not
journalists. They write what they think.” The freedom to write what we
think is a basic human right, not a reason to withhold information.

Every year since 1997, the BIPC has given a Lava Tube dishonorable mention to the Hawaii State Legislature for its self-exemption from the Sunshine Law. While the BIPC continues to support closing that loophole, this year the club’s Board of Directors chose to recognize the lawmakers for
something they did right.

In 2008. Reps. Blake Oshiro, Kirk Caldwell, Glenn Wakai, Gene Ward and
Tommy Waters introduced a journalism shield bill, which the Legislature
passed with no “nay” votes, and which Gov. Linda Lingle signed into law.

The law is not perfect. The BIPC supports a strengthening of its
provisions in the future and is concerned about the repeal date of June
30, 2011. Yet a weakened shield law is better than nothing, and helps to
ensure the free flow of information to the public.

The Lava Tube and Torch of Light awards are announced each year on March 16, which is celebrated nationwide as Freedom of Information Day on the birthday of James Madison, the foremost champion of openness in government among the nation’s founding fathers. Madison was born in 1751.

The Big Island Press Club was founded in Hilo in 1967. The Lava Tube and
Torch of Light awards have been presented annually since being established
on the occasion of the Club’s 30th anniversary in 1997.

PREVIOUS LAVA TUBE WINNERS:

2007 Board of Education

2006 Kauai County Council, Honolulu City and County Council

2005 Third Circuit District Court Judge Matthew Pyun

2004 State Land Board Chairman Peter Young

2003 State Sen. Calvin Kawamoto

2002 University of Hawaii Board of Regents

2001 University of Hawaii Board of Regents

2000 State Rep. Eric Hamakawa, Hawaii County Councilman James Arakaki

1999 Hawaii County Council

1998 Hawaii Gov. Ben Cayetano

1997 Hawaii County Councilman Elroy Osorio


Tribune Herald Stories Delayed Today and Just Copying Gannett Articles Now

I had to laugh when I went to the Tribune Herald Website to try and find the article that was in Today’s Paper about Yale giving $12 Million for use of the Keck Observatories.

I was going to say… It’s about time the Tribune Herald caught up with this story… since I first reported it on February 19th of last month.

But then I came across the following message… so I can’t even give them credit for catching up yet.

Due to system upgrades, March 15th’s Hawaii Tribune-Herald stories will be delayed until Monday, March 16th. Mahalo for your patience.

So if your really interested in last months news today… you can either go to the store and pick up a newspaper for $1.00… You can wait another day for it to come online at their site….

Or you can check my blog from about 20 some days ago:

Yale University to Invest $12 Million in Keck Observatories

It’s funny that they printed the article in this mornings paper as if it was yesterday’s news too!

The worst part about it… it’s hard to come down on the Tribune… cause they just simply reprinted the Honolulu Advertisers article on the subject.

How much more local can you get??? It’s fricking sitting on top of this island and the news about this is more then 3 weeks old already…

GEEZ!

Don’t you just love our newspapers?

They should get a new slogan… Yesterdays Last Months News When We Find Out About it From Someone Else

Tiffany Edwards-Hunt Fires Off at Her Former Supervisors: Reed Flickinger – “…his mental, emotional and verbal abuse” Publisher Rick Asbach: “It’s like he is in La-La land or something”

Kudos to Big Island Chronicle Blogger Tiffany Edwards-Hunt for telling off her former boss West Hawaii Today Editor, Reed Flickinger, in her blog today!

Edwards-Hunt blogs:

…Looks like West Hawaii Today editor Reed Flickinger has chased off yet another talented reporter with — It’s about time someone said this publicly —  his mental, emotional and verbal abuse…
… (Flickinger) is mentally trying and, yes, abusive…

She also fires away at Publisher Rick Asbach:

…It’s like he is in La-La land or something…

Damn.. She even continued on in her blog saying “shit”… which I thought she reserved the swear words for me… but obviously she is pissed still at her former employers and I don’t blame her one bit if the workplace environment described in her blog is the way it is.

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My Interview With ESPN Talk Radio About the Blackballing Incident

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@joshontheradio was kind enough to allow me a few minutes on ESPN Talk Radio the other day on his sports show that is broadcast throughout the Big Island.

On today’s episode, we talk about the USA Amateur Boxing event with Anthony Pagan and his boxers, the DPW/Bis Island Blog controversy with Damon Tucker of Damon Tuckers Blog, our Sport Up! Spotlight with Lyle Crozier, including questions on the future of the BIIF, and we go Running with the Big Dog, Wayne Joseph!

“Never Doubt That A Small Group of Thoughtful, Committed Citizens Can Change The World” by Margaret Mead

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTPteuX0jxQ&hl=en&fs=1]

Aaron Stene, of the Kona Blog,  had a pre-recorded interview that was on the following day that you can listen to here 3/12/09.

Oh Great… Now I’m a “Sick Puppy”

Funny man Groucho Marx Andy Parx has been following the Blackballing of bloggers on the Big Island and has posted a few blogs on them.

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In today’s blog… I guess I’m “One Sick Puppy“.

Parx blogs:

…The memo reveals a type of paranoia and need for control that is the product of a sick mind and one would think that just the fact that she wrote it down and distributed it would make her position with the county in jeopardy..

Not that she needs to worry about employment- a mind like that would be a valuable asset working in the nuclear power or GMO industry, perhaps defending “clean coal” or something.

Whittington, who continued to BS the reporter after being caught, apparently couldn’t even keep straight which BI bloggers she wanted to ban, even including poor Doug White at Poinography who lives in Honolulu…

More Here

Damon Tucker: AKA ONE SICK PUPPY - Be on the lookout for that puppy with a camera and a blog!

Damon Tucker: AKA ONE SICK PUPPY - Be on the lookout for that puppy with a camera and a blog!

ESPN Talk Radio… My Interview Yesterday and The Kona Blog Up Today

Yesterday, I was interviewed by @joshontheradio of ESPN Talk Radio about the Blackballing of Bloggers incident by the Department of Works.

The interview should be available sometime today and I’ll post that when I get a chance and will only say that I talked about the incident and how I thought my name may have gotten involved. We also talked a bit about social media and the way things are pretty much behind the times here in Hawaii.

Today at 10:10 am, Aaron Stene of the Kona Blog will be on the show. I’m sure he will be giving his two cents about the incident.

His interview will probably be much more exciting then mine was as I believe he was probably more of a target for this incident then I ever could be… and he is still having problems receiving information from them currently.

You can check out the show on the radio at 10:10 in the morning on  850 AM (Hilo) 790 AM (Kona).
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Ethics Violation Will Not Be Filed By Me Against Noelani Whittington of The Department of Public Works

My blog has never been a blog about trying to get people in trouble, or trying to get people pissed off at me.

My blog has always been my own casual observations on things and at times, I blog about things I see in the newspapers or local websites.

Why Noelani Whittington singled out my name, as well as Aaron and Daves name, in a directive aimed at Public Works Employees in an attempt to Blackball us was not only strange, but it was unethical.  Why my name was brought up still baffles me to this day.

As I posted yesterday, I think it may just have been a brain fart to include my blog in with things… But then again, who knows.

I am on the State Advisory Board for the Highway 130 Project and I do remember specifically blogging in August about an attempt by the State People to keep what was happening at our $56 Million dollar Highway project behind closed doors:

…Sticky point in the meeting came when it was mentioned that we were not to mention anything confidential to the media.

I had to put my foot down and say something to the effect of: “Hey… this is a public meeting….etc…. Yadda Yadda…. and I told them about this blog and How I would be writing on my personal Blog about this

I’ve only been back on this island now for less then a year and between the Post Office Incident and now this… I am beginning to wonder if I have a target unjustly on my back?

It has been brought to my attention that what Ms. Whittington did, may be a clear ethical violation and that I might want to pursue something if I chose to.

Noelani’s exclusion of members of the public is a clear violation of the Code of Ethics which states that all members of the public need to be treated in a fair and impartial manner.

Even though she withdrew her earlier directive to Public Works employees,…
…as a county employee she still violated the spirit and intent of the “fair and impartial” clause in the county’s articles…

I understand that I was probably unfairly targeted for some asinine reason… But I’m big enough to say … You know what Noelani… your an IDIOT to have brought me into this for some godforsaken reason.

I’m not going to file a complaint against you… Even though I have been encouraged by others to do so… It would be nice for SOME SORT OF AN APOLOGY BY NOW THOUGH?

However, just because I’m not going to file a complaint, doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t stand up for other bloggers who might in the future.

Sincerely,

Damon Tucker

Former Honolulu Advertiser Writer on State Civil Defense Commander Maj. Gen. Lee “A Pompous Military Ass”

If you get a chance to view former Honolulu Adverister Writer Hugh Clark’s latest “Hugh-isms” on the Big Island Chronicle you might get a kick out of his final comment:

P.S. As I have commented in the past, I consider the STATE civil defense broken as well, especially under Maj. Gen. Lee a pompous military ass. Hugh Clark 3/11/09 “Federal Misinformation and a State Civil Defense Led by a Pompous Military Ass

This is in regards to the StarBulletin article published here.