This is what the eruption looks like today at 7: a.m. from Honolii Pali. It is inexorable. If predictions are correct, it will reach Pahoa in two weeks.
Still waiting for a new camera lense! I think I will put pressure on Terry today to attend to that.
From last night's candidates' debate. It was hands down the most boring debate I have ever witnessed. Overcontrolled, lots of blather, little content.
Isn't that about the lamest campaign slogan ever? He's running as an independent because he couldn't get the Democratic nomination. Come home to the middle! Punchy! He kept saying that he has experience. So what? We all have experience. That vagueness may work in Honolulu, where so many are not really paying attention to much beyond their own navels, but it's not going to do the job around here. From Candidate Ige we get his slogan repeated and repeated: Trust, Respect, Balance. Republican Iona, of course, is all for business and protecting the little guy. Ho hum. It was insulting.
Among the many many issues not discussed:
Any women's issues
Environmental issues (solar, recycling, climate change etc.)
Only substantive issues discussed with any degree of specificity: Bringing the Superferry to Hawaii, enlarging the harbor in Kona.
These are packaged, managed candidates. I do think Hanneman's slogan nails it. Be smug and mediocre. It's the Hawaiian way. At least for Oahu-based politicians. It was very clear that they consider Hawaii Island issues to be a minor matter and that they could just fob a lot of pre-digested campaign fodder on us. I guess they felt it was gracious of them to show up at all.
Couple of links:
My favorite philosopher, Alain de Botton, on Anna Freud, and a discussion of defense mechanisms. Great photo of Anna Freud with her father, Sigmund, which I have never seen before.
We're all far too 'defensive'. It's why we need to know a lot more about Anna Freud: http://t.co/rlCN0POla9— Alain de Botton (@alaindebotton) October 10, 2014
A new book, How Many Roads, by Jonathan Sa'adah about the late 60's and early 70's. Photographs and essays. I have ordered it. It has an introduction by Teju Cole. I am very hard to please on this era, having my own point of view and being persistently annoyed by pop interpretations of what to me was a vital lived through experience. Most of us on the left were ordinary, unknown people who really cared about what was happening to our country but who had little power to influence events. We were young, and our lives were full of poignancy. I cried a lot in those days. I never cry any more. Just a little teary-eyed from time to time. I could be a guy.
More: Honolulu Civil Beat covers the debate and comes to startlingly different conclusions from mine on the worth of this event. [Update: Cb is actually is saying tactfully what I'm saying, but it sounds patronizing.]Woody Allen said it's enough to show up, but I doubt that. I think you have to show up and deliver. But the photographer took a nice photo of us League women, and I am pleased with that! And no, I don't dye my hair!