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Fatal accident in Seattle calls attention to Hawaii duck tours

September 30th, 2015 · 5 Comments

Those duck boat tour vehicles have been in the news since the accident on a Seattle bridge last week that left five people dead. Following the accident, Washington State regulators shut down the duck tours pending inspections and a review of maintenance records. AP reports that there are about 100 vehicles in use across the […]

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Tags: Business · Consumer issues · Media

Our Prius adventure

September 21st, 2015 · 17 Comments

I won’t be doing a regular post this morning, as I’m dealing with our Prius adventure. It started on Friday, when I was making an almost-final run from Kaaawa to remove some of the last things from our house there. I stopped at the 7-11 for a drink and a managua before beginning the drive […]

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Tags: Blogs · Consumer issues

Despite Bill 20, accessory units still barred in many Oahu communities

September 16th, 2015 · 5 Comments

Now that Mayor Kirk Caldwell has signed Bill 20 into law, allowing accessory dwelling units in all residential areas, I’ll make a prediction: There are going to be a lot of unhappy homeowners across Oahu when they find out that they won’t be able to take advantage of the new law. Here’s the problem. News […]

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Tags: Consumer issues · Housing · Media

Republicans apparently fear limits on greenhouse gases more than threat of global warming

September 14th, 2015 · 11 Comments

There’s been a rather startling juxtaposition of climate change stories in the news in recent days. USA Today wrote about a new scientific report on the long-term consequences of continuing to consume all of the fossil fuels available to us (“Study: Fossil fuel burn-off will submerge U.S. cities”). Over the next 100 years, the authors […]

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Tags: Consumer issues · Elections · Energy · environment · Politics

Our home security system made the move with us

September 8th, 2015 · 7 Comments

Back in November 2014, I described my selection and installation of a wireless home security system from SimpliSafe, (“Testing out a home alarm system“). It has worked very well, including the time an alarm was triggered while we were in Auckland. The monitoring company called my cell phone, which rang in our hotel in Auckland, […]

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Tags: Consumer issues · Crime