We are watching a live cam from Hilo Bay on local TV. We can see changes in the water level happening before our eyes! Hilo lost life and property in 1946 and 1960 and take it seriously. We are seeing drastic, unusual changes minute to minute now. There is turbulence as the ebb and flow continue: in and out. Hilo is not out of the high water yet. The event here but not over. The wave should reach us here in Waikiki later. The mountain roads above town are full of parked cars watching the sea. The elevators in this building are off and people are being asked to stay above the 6th floor. Updates as we receive them here in Waikiki beach.
Note, Blogger shows post time in California Time, Hawaiian Standard Time is 2 hours behind.
A crowd of cute Japanese tourist girls in their cute outfits.
"Every crowd has a silver lining. "
"For the last few years, it's been so chic for everybody to be
Like if you're in with the cool crowd,
you can't be happy."
"Good sense travels on the well-worn paths;
And that is why the crowd, not altogether without reason,
is so ready to treat great men as lunatics. "
"I have never wished to cater to the crowd;
for what I know they do not approve,
and what they approve I do not know. "
Did you read The Catcher in the Rye?
Raise High the Roof Beam Carpenters?
Were you a lonely adolescent
in a strange world?
You probably heard that
the famous writer/recluse
The "poet laureate" of the loner
was often chided
and wondered over
because he didn't play
the celebrity game.
He didn't pontificate,
nor push his opinions forward.
He just wanted to live,
and to write.
A recent piece by Lillian Ross
in the Feb 8, 2010 New Yorker
reflected on her long friendship
with the author.
I wanted to share a few of his remarks, which she remembers,
"I think I despise every school and college in the world,
but the one's with the best reputation first."
"If your child likes - loves - you,
the very love he bears you
tears your heart out
about once a day
or once every other day."
"No matter how he ( famous scholarly writer) stuffs his readers
it never amounts to a core of truth."
"It takes me at least and hour to warm up
when I sit down to work (write). . .
Just taking off my own disguises
takes an hour or more."
"There are no writers anymore.
Only book-selling louts and big mouths."
How I still love private readers.
It's what we all used to be."
Yes, God bless us disguised loners,
"Writing, real writing, is done not from some seat of fussy moral judgment but with the eye and ear and heart; no American writer will ever have a more alert ear, a more attentive eye, or a more ardent heart than his."
"...if Americans felt the level of economic security that people take for granted in, say, Germany, France, or Denmark, it would be a huge improvement over what we have now. People should be able to count on healthcare, a decent retirement, and other basic necessities of life. To a large extent, even upper-middle-class Americans can't assume this level of security."
"There is an incredible elitism in the idea that autoworkers, steelworkers, and textile workers are losing their jobs or facing pay cuts because they don't have enough skills or education to compete in the twenty-first century economy . . . Plenty of foreign doctors would be delighted to come here and work for less than most American doctors, but they are not allowed to because our doctors are protected by trade agreements. Yet in these same trade agreements conservatives dismantle protections for American blue-collar workers, calling the protections
'barriers to trade.'"
"I don't think we have a free market model.
what we have is the wealthy using their power to control government
and shape the rules in ways that redistribute wealth upward.
The so-called free-marketers don't want the market left alone;
they just want the government to structure the market to serve their interests. . .
Show me someone who's made lots of money, and I'll show you how we wrote the
rules so that he or she made money."
Two creatures sharing a moment, yet unaware of one another.
"In the three decades prior to 1980 the U.S. economy was relatively strong. It grew steadily, productivity increased rapidly, the unemployment rate was low, and the benefits of that economic growth were shared widely.
It was a virtuous circle in which more productivity translated into wage increases, which gave people more buying power, which translated into more demand. . .
But as unions lost strength, gains in productivity didn't translate into wage growth. Instead the benefits of all that productivity increasingly went to those at the top. . . Reagan also blocked increases to the minimum wage which meant that the real value of the minimum wage was eroded each year by inflation. Average American workers saw their real wages stagnate between 1980 and 1995.
Because many people were losing income,
borrowing was the only way they could maintain their standard of living."
Perhaps you've heard it said
that the Golden Rule means
that those who have the gold
make all the rules.
In 2002, economist Dean Baker wrote a piece called:
The Run-up in Home Prices: Is It Real or Is It Another Bubble?
His reasoned predictions of a Bust where ignored.
He is co-founder of the Center for Economic and Policy Research [CEPR]
and posts a popular blog at the American Prospect [Here].