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Caution suggested when viewing video from local news

November 27th, 2014 · No Comments

Here’s something else to worry about–a friend reports that he picked up a a nasty bit of adware while watching a video from Hawaii News Now.

“Be very careful watching video from local news,” he concluded.

Here’s his email describing what happened.

I just had my first miserable experience with Adware on my new MacBook Pro.

The adware symptom was a mysterious unwanted popup blocker that could not be removed and seemed like a terrible Virus.

I got the Adware as it piggy-backed on what I though was a video update I assumed was legit while watching a recording of events from circuit court hearing on HawaiiNewsNow.

After much grief, the fix is AdWareMedic- which worked.

Be very careful watching Video from local news on Hawaiinewsnow.com or elsewhere.

I just tried to duplicate the dangerous and false download I fell for but I could not.

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Throwback Thursday: Last Thanksgiving with my parents (2007)

November 27th, 2014 · No Comments

Last Thanksgiving with my parents

November 22, 2007. My sister, Bonnie, drove my parents out to our home in Kaaawa for a mid-day Thanksgiving meal. We had a turkey and all the trimmings. It seemed like my parents, John and Helen Lind, were destined to live forever. They had always been there, and it seemed like that would continue, however improbable. At the time, my dad was just a couple of weeks short of his 94th birthday. My mother, then 93, baked a pumpkin pie or two for the occasion. We had no idea that this would be our last shared Thanksgiving.

The following year, just two days before Thanksgiving, my dad fell at home and ended up in Queen’s Hospital. He wasn’t seriously hurt in the fall, but he was very disoriented. After a round or two of tests, he was diagnosed as suffering from alzheimer’s and vascular dementia. He never returned home. He was transferred to a nursing home, where he spent almost two years before his death.

[From left to right: John Lind, Helen Lind, Meda Chesney Lind, and Bonnie (Lind) Stevens.]

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PBS Newshour explains what was wrong with the Ferguson grand jury process

November 26th, 2014 · 9 Comments

The PBS Newshour last night included a very enlightening discussion of the Ferguson grand jury that considered whether to charge police officer Darren Wilson (“What’s next for the city of Ferguson?“). The segment I found most interesting featured Christina Swarms, NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, and Susan McGraugh of Saint Louis University.

Their main point was that the grand jury normally is asked to decide whether there is enough evidence to file charges when viewed from the perspective most favorable to the prosecution. It’s normally up to a trial jury to listen to conflicting evidence and make judgements about who is to be believed and who is not, and to determine the weight of the evidence. In this case, however, the prosecutor put the grand jury in the place of the trial court jury, and never put forward the case more favorable to the prosecution.

Using the link above, you can watch the segment, listen to it as a podcast, or read the transcript.

So here’s an excerpt.

CHRISTINA SWARNS, NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund: Yes, this was a remarkably unusual grand jury process.

I’m a criminal defense attorney. I have been a criminal defense attorney my entire career. I have put clients of mine into the grand jury, and I will say, in each of those cases, which in all the cases I handled were significantly much more minor offenses, you know, my clients were subjected to very real, very thorough, very aggressive cross-examination.

What you see here when you look at the transcript of Darren Walker’s (sic) testimony in the grand jury, that there was virtually no challenge to the testimony that he offered here. This was just absolutely unheard of.

I mean, additionally, you know, this prosecutor allowed all of the evidence that was available to be presented to this grand jury. And we have to be clear that the point of a grand jury is simply to determine whether or not there is enough evidence to charge, to file a criminal charge. It’s not about whether someone is guilty or innocent.

But that seems to be the way that this grand jury proceeding was handled, and that is simply unheard of. Many of my colleagues have opined and we have discussed amongst ourselves. I would love to have prosecutors handle my clients’ cases in the way this prosecutor handled this defendant’s case.

GWEN IFILL: We’re still trying to get our audio connection to Saint Louis. So, I want to stick with you for a moment, Christina.

Why isn’t it a grand jury’s job not to indict if the evidence supports it not? Are they only there to bring an indictment?

CHRISTINA SWARNS: No, they’re absolutely supposed to make a determination of whether there is or is not enough evidence to charge.

But, as you know, there is anecdotes — the anecdotes are legion about how easy it is to get an indictment before a grand jury. Right? The old quotation is, you can indict a ham sandwich. It’s not hard. The evidence is, is there evidence to support a charge?

In this case, there’s unquestionably evidence to support a charge. There is no dispute about whether the officer shot and killed Michael Brown. He concedes that when he testifies.

GWEN IFILL: But there’s plenty of dispute about exactly who caused this to happen and who started the fight and what the physical evidence was and the conflicting testimony. These are all the things that Robert McCulloch was detailing last night.

CHRISTINA SWARNS: Yes. And conflicting testimony is something to be resolved by a jury who makes a determination of guilt and innocence. That is not something that should be resolved by a grand jury, who simply decides, as I said, whether or not there is evidence to charge.

The issues are very similar to those presented by a Honolulu grand jury which failed to recommend charges against HPD Sgt. Darren Cachola after a physical altercation with his wife was captured on video and went viral.

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Behind the health care headlines

November 26th, 2014 · 4 Comments

Former Neighbor Bob shared some troubling observations on the state of our health care system. I’m turning the stage over to him this morning.

six months ago
my dentist sold his practice rather than digitalize his records and other issues [ Affordable Care Act]
he had his practice 30 years

my pharmacist tells me CVS/Caremark (now CVS Health) is screwing him out of $150,000 with a bogus audit
he is going to have to give up HMSA – 80% of his business
and most likely go out of business

check this story from the angry pharmacist for a rough idea about this (“Antitrust, Chain/PBM’s, Independents and You“).

my doctor has to work some where else to keep his private practice going
owed 3 years of medicare

then I see this in the NYT today (“Private Oncologists Being Forced Out, Leaving Patients to Face Higher Bills“).

so it is not getting better

worst than that
it is tanking many decent operations
while insurance and ‘health care management companies’ are profiting enormously

with no recourse
see below

The McCarran–Ferguson Act, 15 U.S.C. .. known as Public Law 15
Health insurance companies exempt from anti-trust laws“.

so I can not see where this leads being on the outside and bottom of the issue

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Bits and pieces: From family history to a Duke Kahanamoku film contest

November 25th, 2014 · No Comments

A few odds and ends to share.

First, a follow-up to yesterday’s post about the journal of my great-great-grandmother (on my mom’s side), Eleanor Knowlton. I finally got a look at the first volume, which my sister has transcribed and is now annotating.

It begins:

JUNE 19, 1902

About three years ago, I was earnestly requested by my son-in-law, Theo Madsen to tell him something of my ancestors in my own biography. Owing to my age, sixty eight years, I deferred the task, as it seemed to me, it would be a tedious one, and furthermore I had never interrogated him on the subject of his family. My remarks may be brief but I will show by relating what I know of them that I am not ashamed of any of my ancestors or of my own life.

So it’s looking like what appears to be a diary is really a memoir written when she was around 70 years of age. But her references to specific dates and incidents that took place decades before suggest he must have been working from a diary or notes from those earlier journeys.

In any case, I’ll try to share more of her great storytelling.

Next–Sandy Hall, a friend of my dad’s and author of a biography of Duke Kahanamoku, asked for help in spreading the word about a short film contest to celebrate Duke’s Centenary of Surfing in Australia. It’s kind of a last minute thing, with a December 15 deadline, but there may be aspiring or accomplished filmmakers here who would want to submit an entry.

Here’s part of a writeup from The Australian (“Duke Kahanamoku short film contest aims to capture the spirit of aloha“).

NEVER mind Tropfest — the coolest short film contest this summer is much lower key.

It is the Duke’s Shorts contest, a part of the Duke’s Day celebrations, which will commemorate the centenary of Duke Kahanamoku’s famous surfing demonstration at Freshwater Beach, Sydney, in January 1915.

The film contest is open to all filmmakers around the world, amateur or professional. The entries must be no longer than five minutes and, in the words of judge Jack McCoy, himself one of the great living surf filmmakers, “something about the Duke”. This could be a moral, a story or “something you want to make up”.

The prize for the winner is a $3000 Panasonic GH4 camera. A selection of the best entries will be screened at the festival’s closing ceremony in front of a crowd of surfing luminaries, former world champions and former friends of the late Kahanamoku.

For more information, visit the Duke’s Day website.

It didn’t take Governor-elect David Ige and his people very long to get right back into the fundraising saddle. Email invites have gone out for the “GOVERNOR DAVID IGE INAUGURATION CELEBRATION 2014,” scheduled for December 5, 2014 at the Hawaii Convention Center. Just $2,500 to reserve a table for ten, or $75 per ticket for open seating.

The event is being put on by the David Ige Inauguration Organization, which filed its incorporation papers with the state last Friday, November 21. Serving as the incorporator was attorney Keith Hiraoka, chairman of Ige’s campaign committee, a named partner in the firm of Roeca Luria Hiraoka.

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