It's transportation and potpourri on this week's episode of the SuperflyOz Podcast, with a sprinkling of shout outs to SuperflyOz friends and a read of letters.
SuperflyOz gives a shout out to the new Chief of Staff hired by Hawaii's new Lieutenant Governor, Josh Green. Brooke Wilson is a friend of SuperflyOz and having people who knows how government works at levels below the executive can only benefit the LG's office.
Onto Transportation issues, SuperflyOz talks about the most recent announcement by Southwest Airlines on their service to Hawaii. Once again, a lot "we're coming"noise is being made by the airline but things that would be more definitive, like dates and places where they will fly first from, is still unknown. SuperflyOz puts a perspective and gives the listener a couple of items that would be a real signal that the airline is very close to starting services to the islands.
Continuing on with transportation, Civil Beat, an online news source, is starting a new section dedicated to transporation issues on Oahu. "Wayfinders" is being written by reporter Marcel Honore. Excited about the possibility that there be more focus on Oahu transportation, SuperflyOz has reached out to him and is encouraging listeners of the show to read Marcel's column that has just started this week and provide him your perspective as he develops this column.
In the mailbag - feedback has already arrived regarding Episode 75 - "Calling out & challenging the Social Justice Warriors". Listen to a perspective of a listener on this subject.
And finally, some programming notes as we end up the year.
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Social Justice Warriors are being called out on SuperflyOz podcast No. 75. These "warriros" - individuals and small groups that constitently attack or addresses anyting they find inappropriate or triggering in their minds. They choose to repatedly bash in a fast and furious way of an issue with the intent to obliterate the offensive item, and then jump on their train and roll onto the next issue that these warriors want to take on. SuperflyOz calls out Social Justice Warriors, telling them that real social change in our nation and around the world takes more than a 15 minute yell-fest and tweeting out their outrage, and having it repeated, on Twitter.
SuperflyOz shows this off with a parallel to a real social movement that did everlasting and positive change in the world. SuperflyOz highlights the 40-year effort by those around the world to change the rule of South Africa from minority white rule to majority black rule. The effort to make that happen took decades with generations of activists taking up the call to see that the final goal - a South Africa ruled by the majority - took place. This type of effort, SuperflyOz then shows, is not anywhere close to the dedication of these Warriors who are now making noise over whatever the offended item of the day is.
Show intro and outro music is: Intro: South African Anthem to 1994; Outro: South African Anthem, 1994 to present.
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SuperflyOz is honored to have in the studio for this week's show Mr. Francisco Figueriedo, a comic book trader and seller. "Chico" is someone that has expertise in having people "buy back their childhood" through the world of comics. However, comics and their impact is much more influential in the larger swath of the culture of the United States and the world. Chico and SuperflyOz talks about this impact and gives insight on the overall effect comics have in discussing heavy sociological issues that transcend race, nationality and creed. SuperflyOz and Chico also speak about the impact of the recent passing of legendary comic book artist and storyteller Stan Lee.
For those in the local Hawaii comic book market, listen in and find out more about how the shows have grown and how fellow collectors and potential investors are looking at comics as a element in their investment portfolios - and those collectors include a number from Hollywood - named here on the SuperflyOz podcast.
Prior to the interview, SuperflyOz gives insight and perspectives on the legacy of the 41st President of the United States, George HW Bush. WIth his passing on November 30, find out what his impact was miles outside of the United States was seen by SuperflyOz when he lived in China and Asia in the 1990's
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Over the past couple of months, the use of explitive and swear words in the political realm has grown more and more. Now the tsunami of this dialogue has roared ashore onto Hawaii's political shores, with Congresional representatives and City Councilmembers using epitaths in public speech, as of late. SuperflyOz is looking at this issue in this episode and wondering why this degeneration of the public realm dialogue is happening.
SuperflyOz first tells you who has been saying what (and don't worry, real swear words are not used but I will tell you where they are saying this). SuperflyOz then brings in a point of view of what words are and what they can do in regard to change. Two quotes from two great movies - V for Vendetta and Dead Poets Society - help relay the point as to what the value of words are and what words can do to change society. However, SuperflyOz asserts that the degeneration of the way words are being used to "make change" is probably not the best way to effectuate that change that the current political dialogue is trying to make happen.
Listen in on the quotes, the points of view and how words could be used properly. SuperflyOz also previews the next episode - No. 74 - an interview with a comic book dealer and organizer of comic book shows here in Hawaii.
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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.