SuperflyOz this week dons his tuxedo-looking T-shirt for the periodical SuperflyOz awards given out from time to time. For this award presentation, two politicians here in Hawaii are being given awards for there, well, "ideas".
The first presentation is the "Babooze Award". The recipient of this award is Honolulu City Councilmember Ron Menor. He is proposing an law to legalize a "good practice" that Honolulu drivers are currently doing in stopping for pedestirans in mid-block crosswalks - using hazzard lights to warn other drivers of a pedestrian crossing. This idea got traction in social media, of which the Councilmember would like to make formal this "suggestion" and add fines and other penal punishments if drivers dont use their "flashers". Considering that we have so many other laws requiring police to watch drivers do so many other things, this is not only a boneheaded idea to propose, but really has unintended consequences.
SuperflyOz's second award goes to Hawaii Senator Mailie Shimabukuro "Are you Really a Republican but running as a Democrat" award. She has become the first Democrat in my memory to pick up a traditionally Republican idea to get rid of the car safey inspections that is required for all cars to go through every year. While SuperflyOz sees merits to the idea, the fact that a Democratic politican in Hawaii taking up a Republican idea in such an overt way really gives pause to the idea of whether Mailie is really more conservative than what her fellow politicians in the Democratic Party are angling these days.
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Just back from vacation, SuperflyOz this week talks about two subjects that happened over the past couple of weeks - the election and observations from travels through Hong Kong and Taiwan.
SuperflyOz first does an analysis of the midterm elections and gives a SuperflyOz perspective of the results. Blowing through the fluff that both Democrats and Republicans are spewing out about the results, SuperflyOz looks at how the results can work for the winners, and what the winners need to do in order to build on their successes in this midterm. SuperflyOz then analyzes, briefly, what happened in Hawaii and its elections. SuperflyOz makes a call on what the results mean for Hawaii.
The show then moves from the elections to observations that SuperflyOz, Stan Fichtman, made on his trip to Asia with his wife. Find out a real time observation of what is happening in Hong Kong, SAR and in Taiwan, ROC, especially when it comes to their interaction to a growing an more powerful Peoples Republic of China. From economic and political integration, find out what people on the ground in both places are saying to SuperflyOz during a number of interactions he made in both places.
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For the 70th episode of the SuperflyOz podcast, SuperflyOz delves into a core cultural tussle that is now coming to the surface in America - whether the United States should turn from a patriarchal (male, father dominated) society to that of a matriarchal (woman, mother dominated). The debate started with a discussion between SuperflyOz and liberal friends about what is the best direction for this country to take.
So to help facilitate this discussion, SuperflyOz both defines terms and brings in a civil discussion about gender equality, thanks to a very interview Jordan Peterson had on "Jeremy Vine On 5" talk show in Britian with a member of the Women's Equality party. Listen to that interview and know that the issue of whether we just "switch over" is way more complicated than just flipping a switch.
Superfly also shares some recently learned information about Southwest Airlines and also adds a programming note for the next week or so of the show.
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With big news events happening in politics this week from the Elizabeth Warren DNA test to the debate between Andrea Tupola and David Ige for Hawaii governor, SuperflyOz started to notice that in these and many cases in politics, the players have lost the fine art of conceding a point. SuperflyOz noted this and dug deeper for the listener to both define the issue and use the debate between Hawaii Lt. Governor candidates Marissa Kerns (R) and Josh Green (D) as the basis of why SuperflyOz sees that the fine art of actually conceding a point, especially by the Republican candidate, is not happening, thus making any discussion with the "opposition" in this a one sided affair that does not challenge either side to come out with any new plans or visions for Hawaii.
SuperflyOz then cites a Hong Kong University paper to further the theory that conceding a point could actually help, and that mastering that technique could very easily help bring out new ideas. As mentioned on the show, you can find the entire write up of this exercise at http://www4.caes.hku.hk/acadgrammar/general/argue/strategy/conced/conced.htm.
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SuperflyOz this week focuses his political microscope onto two items on the Hawaii General Election ballot that are very important questions.
The first item is whether the people of the state want to hold a Constitutional Convention. Asked every 10 years by statue, this question has generated a lot of interest on both sides of the issue - pro and con. The question really comes down to whether the people want to re-open its constitution and are willing to deal with the ramifications thereof. Find out an analysis of what should be looked at from a SuperflyOz perspective!
The second item is whether there will be a amendment to the Constitution that will allow the Hawaii State Legislature to impose a surcharge on real estate investment properties, of which the income of that surcharge will be used to add monies to the budget of the State of Hawaii Dept. of Education. This "for the children" proposal is more meaty than just the good feelings one gets for making sure that the kids get the money for their education. Find out from a SuperflyOz perspective what the background is, and what the real issues are of this outside of the hyperbole "investors are rich and can afford it" line that is being said by supporters of this proposal.
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While on the road last week, SuperflyOz took a flight from LAX to DEN on Southwest Airlines. And as a local Hawaii boy, decided to take notes as to how Southwest service is perceived. SuperflyOz notes 10 items that Hawaii residents should take note of as the airline makes its appearance in the Hawaii skies soon.
Along with Southwest Air observations, SuperflyOz shares with listeners the things that happened in both Los Angeles and Denver. From the JCI-USA national convention in which another keiki-o-ka-aina (child of Hawaii) was voted in as a National Vice President for the national organization based out of St. Louis MO, to observations of traffic in Los Angeles driving out of Hollywood at 2 p.m. on some idle Tuesday, the show provides all those insights for your listening pleasure.
Also, we open the mailbag to find a letter from a listener who had some unique insight on the topic of SuperflyOz NO. 66, the trade war between the United States and China.
This week SuperflyOz delves into the tariff trade war between China and the United States. With stakes on both sides high, which issue will be the key item that will either end the tariff war or, literally, take out a market in the process. SuperflyOz tells you from a perspective of a person who lived in China just why the stakes in this stare-down are much higher for China. And could it be that President Trump, who started this whole trade tiff in the first place, is probably aware of this weak issue in China's armor that will have it coming to Washington DC long before the US is going to Beijing, begging China to stop the war.
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Thanks to a friend who posted "Rules For Sons" in that she will be making sure those rules are imparted on her grandson, SuperflyOz this week takes those rules, tells you about them and gives a SuperflyOz perspective on them.
We also update you on a prior guest on the show, Jeff Lenhart, that is going across the country on his Vespa. SuperflyOz shares with you a poem by Walt Whitman that he shared with Jeff that I hope helps you know how important you are in the matrix of life.
The three-day hearings The US Senate has held on Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh has provided the American people the opportunity to have a "Civics 101" lesson on what the three branches of government really should be doing, and why they are not.
To facilitate that, SuperflyOz is happy to share with you the opening statement made by Senator Ben Sasse (R, NE) in which the Senator talks about what the roles of each branch of government should be in a hearing like this. Sen. Sasse points out that protests in front of the Supreme Court on legislative issues is a good litmus test that the current structure in the three branches of government - executive, judicial and legislative - is not working properly for the American people.
SuperflyOz, Stan Fichtman, than provides insight from his perspective, noting that while the US Congress is not doing their jobs, it would seem that the Hawaii State Legislature has not done what Congress did and still holds a lot of the lawmaking power in this state. You will not want to miss learning what we should be doing in this country, and why we are not.
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SuperflyOz goes into storymode for this weeks show and tells you a "tale about a 'cane called Lane". SuperflyOz tells the story about Hurricane Lane and how it affected, both negatively and positively, actions in the State of Hawaii. While the storm was brewing south, SuperflyOz gives kudo's to the leaders of the state as well as the people of Hawaii, noting that everyone, including county, state and federal leaders, acted like adults throughout the potential crisis. Lessons learned include the fact that Hawaii can make the left hand know what the right hand does in situations like this. This is a show that will show to listeners that while we may have a lot to say about the way Hawaii is run, it does not mean that we cannot rise to the challenge of what mother nature throws at us.
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