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Guest Post: Prepping for 2020

May 22nd, 2015 · No Comments

This comment from a reader who uses the name “Compare & Decide” seems worth sharing. It’s clear that the water woes of the U.S. west are going to have spillover impacts far beyond the boundaries of the states directly impacted by extreme drought. Compare & Decide writes: I am wondering how we can prep for […]

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Tags: Consumer issues · environment · Politics

Another depressing arrival at HNL

May 20th, 2015 · 16 Comments

Arriving back at Honolulu International Airport late yesterday afternoon was, once again, a rather sobering experience. We were on a United Airlines flight, so a caveat is in order. Honolulu Airport offers two different airport experiences. When we flew to New Zealand earlier this year, the flight left from a gate on the far ewa […]

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Tags: Business · Consumer issues · Politics

How to spot a phishing expedition

May 20th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Phishing is the illegal attempt to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and sometimes, indirectly, money), often for malicious reasons, by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. –Wikipedia Last week, many of you received what appeared to be emails from me asking you to click on a […]

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Tags: Campaigns · Consumer issues

Are we too cheap to deal with Hawaii’s homeless?

May 12th, 2015 · 15 Comments

A friend and former reporter commented on what he called “an excellent passage” in today’s Civil Beat story on homelessness (“Homelessness: How Can ‘Housing First’ Work When the Housing Isn’t There?“). “Even San Francisco, notorious for its housing crunch, has managed to bring down the city’s chronically homeless population by more than 50 percent from […]

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Tags: Business · Consumer issues · Ethics · Politics

What SF has done to modernize access to restaurant inspection ratings

April 28th, 2015 · 4 Comments

Here’s a great idea highlighted by an article on CityLab.com, formerly known as The Atlantic Cities (“3 Cities Using Open Data in Creative Ways to Solve Problems“). In San Francisco, they’ve managed to partner with Yelp. The cooperative arrangement has allowed them to make government restaurant inspection reports and ratings available online as part of […]

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Tags: Computers · Consumer issues · Food · Sunshine