Daily Archives: May 4, 2017

Just say “no” to an anti-missile system

I strayed out of my normal range with my Civil Beat column this week.

I’ve been bothered by the casual talk about installing an anti-missile system in Hawaii, recalling how controversial ABM proposals were back several decades. I guess people today have no reason to recall why the proliferation of these systems was rejected back then, even though the nuclear threat was more immediate.

Anyway, it’s the best I could do on short notice: “Ian Lind: Installing A Missile Defense System Is A Bad Idea.”

Or, as the subhead reads: “Pushing ahead with a missile defense system in Hawaii wouldn’t make us any safer, and could signal to North Korea and others that we aren’t interested in diffusing tensions.”

Anyway, you might want to check it out. And leave a comment at CB if it’s appropriate.

Throwback Thursday: Before the dreaded “bunchy top”

This picture dates back to November 1988, just six months after we moved to Kaaawa.

We had inherited a patch of wonderful apple banana plants from the previous owner, Leslie Fullard-Leo. We regularly harvested beautiful bunches of bananas like these for the next decade, before the dreaded bunchy top finally reached Kaaawa and wiped out all of our plants within a year or two.

It wasn’t until just seven years ago or so that we were able to get new banana plants to thrive. We passed those on to the family that bought the house from us back in 2015.

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