Narrative Building & Winning

One of the more fascinating things about the Kia’i/Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) protest movement has been the use of narrative building as if it was an element of war. Since even before the current standoff at Mauna Kea happened, there was a lot of work being done by the TMT opposition to create a narrative that went beyond just opposing the telescope. It went into Hawaiian history, Hawaiian perspectives on ...
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9/11 + 18 & Never Forgetting

As the anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the United States approached this year, my thoughts of a post were more along the lines of a recollection of what happened that day as many tend to share. Then Sunday, the 8th came along, and the feeling of what 9/11 meant to me rushed right back to the forefront. It was through the news, and how certain people were reacting ...
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Voter apathy= voting in the retreads

Earlier this week I was speaking to people about the Mauna Kea/Kia’i/TMT issue that continues on to this day. Will Mauna Kea/TMT/Kia'i create more voter apathy? These are folks who are both working on the issue, as well as people who walk through the local KTA (a supermarket chain on the Big Island) listening to the chatter about this issue. So a diverse group of voices you will agree. And ...
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An Icon, Redefined

It’s no longer about making money, obviously. I’m talking about the change in thinking that is happening in Hong Kong. With the demonstrations going on in places where I walked those streets as a teenager, and more recently with my wife, the change in thinking has become very apparent. Iconic view of Hong Kong from Victoria Peak What I refer to is a time, back in the past, where these ...
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You (sir, ma’am) get nothing!

On Wednesday (8/28), the Democratic Party came out with its final list of participants for the third round of presidential candidate debates. Based on the requirements to be invited to this debate, the list of candidates has whittled down from 21 or so to 10. And with that announcement, the tree shaking began. A couple of names that were not very well known immediately called their campaigns to an end ...
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