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Thursday, January 14, 2016

BLUE REVOLUTION, GRASS SHACKS, EL CHAPO AND HILLARY CLINTON

Today is mostly an update on news items so far this year.  First, Blue Revolution Hawaii had an opportunity last night to share our vision with 10,000 (average listenership for this time slot) locals yesterday.  The show was moderated by Burt Lum and Ryan Ozawa, nephew of Sets and Ted here at 15 Craigside.  I took the photo, but in the middle is Leighton Chong.  Burt and Ryan have had this weekly slot at 5PM on 89.3 FM in Honolulu for eight years, about the same time period as this daily blog.  You can catch a podcast of the program at:


On the homeless front, State Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland suggested grass shacks as a cost-effective solution.  Mind you, she called it a "traditional Hawaiian hale," and wants to tap the wisdom of Hawaiian people to come up with environmentally friendly and low-cost ways to house some of our homeless.  She means well, and I love her, truly one of our more respected legislators.  However, I've had some personal experiences with this subject.  

Perhaps two decades ago I was on a trip having to do with cultivating pearls and found myself on the island of Rangiroa, one of the Tahitian islands, to stay at the two-story thatched home of the laboratory director.  The first thing I noticed walking into the house was an industrial-size can of RAID.  I have never again seen anything that large.  One needs to wrap your whole arm around it to then spray with the other hand.  Sure you are familiar with the ads from South Pacific hotels,  this one above on Rangiroa, but guess what lives in the walls and roof of thatched huts?  I'll tell you:  insects and rodents.  My experience was scary, yet funny.

The story of 60-year oldish (birthdate uncertain) Joaquin Archivaldo "El Chapo" Guzman Loera is getting more fascinating.  He has long been heading the Sinaloa Cartel, and was said to be the most powerful drug trafficker in the world.   He has now twice escaped from Mexican maximum security prisons.  You think there might be some collusions between criminals and government officials in Mexico?  

Back in 2011 he was #1 on the FBI's most wanted list.  In #2 was Ayman al-Zawahiri, who took over the al-Qaeda leadership after Osama bin Laden's death, and way back in #9 was Joseph Kony, Ugandan head of the Lord's Resistance Army.  In 2008 El Chapo was #2 to bin Laden.

In any case, his third capture on 8January2016 followed an interview with Sean Penn on 2October2015 for Rolling Stone magazine, and to quote, El Chapo had:

a "fleet of submarines, airplanes, trucks and boats" and that he supplied "more heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana than anybody else in the world".[225] 


This all was set up by popular 43-year old Mexican actress Kate del Castillo, (she is now an American citizen living in Las Angeles and open for a third marriage, here below posing for PETA) possibly to make a movie of El Chapo's life.  Turns out he mostly had the hots for her.  He has had four wives, the most recent in 2007 being to an 18-year old beauty queen.  The latest count, officially, is 18 children, with the sons joining the family business.

And, oh, by the way, he's back at Penal del Altiplano, where it took him 17 months to escape.  Extradition to the USA apparently is a complicated process and could take several years of paperwork.

There are no odds I could find on El Chapo's chances of escape, but the offshore betting houses show Hillary Clinton as 10/11 to become the next President of the USA, with Donald Trump at 9/2, Marco Rubio 11/2, Bernie Sanders 13/2 and Ted Cruz 9/1.  What do these numbers mean?   In short, Hillary is heavily favored today, even though she might actually lose in Iowa and New Hampshire.  Watch the next circus tonight on your Fox Business channel (this would be 108 or 1108 on Oceanic in Hawaii, not your normal Fox station) at 9PM Eastern time (4PM Hawaii).  Rand Paul and Carly Fiorina have been deleted, leaving 7 Republican candidates.  Viewership should be good, for Donald Trump has actually made the subject almost interesting.

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