Sunday, April 30, 2017

The Great Trump Wall

The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications made of stone, brick, tamped earth, wood, and other materials, generally built along an east-to-west line across the historical northern borders of China to protect the Chinese states and empires against the raids and invasions of the various nomadic groups of the Eurasian Steppe. Several walls were being built as early as the 7th century BC; these, were later joined together and made bigger and stronger, are now collectively referred to as the Great Wall of China.


The Berlin Wall (German: Berliner Mauer) was a guarded concrete barrier that physically and ideologically divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989. Constructed by the German Democratic Republic (GDR, East Germany), starting on 13 August 1961, the Wall completely cut off (by land) West Berlin from surrounding East Germany and from East Berlin until government officials opened it in November 1989, two years after Reagan's speech. Its demolition officially began on 13 June 1990 and was completed in 1992.

Ronald Reagan in Berlin, 1987
"General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"

The Berlin Wall
And Now Comes "The Great Trump Wall,"

From the coast of San Diego and higher than the Berlin Wall, across the entire state of California, across the entire state of Arizona, across the entire state of New Mexico and across the entire state Texas, all the way to the coast of Brownsville, Texas.  One hundred billion dollars in pure unadulterated profits for somebody. Guess who? And guess who is gonna pay for it? Lucky You. Yeah, that's Trump. He says, "You don't like it? You can get the hell out of here!"

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Progress

My blogosphere is not enough to advertise the blogs. To do this successfully at the micro level, Twitter gets my vote every time, it is short and sweet. Any small business that has ever created a Facebook page and waited for the “likes” to come rolling in will be aware of how disappointing an experience it can be. Page creation options are few with very little room for creativity. As for your content, you will need to import it from elsewhere, most likely your website or blog.

"When the debate is lost, slander often becomes the tool of the loser."


I share all my Blogger blogs with Facebook, and all my Word Press blogs. Why duplicate the effort? In Word Press, when I publish it is automatically shared with Twitter, Facebook, Google + and Tumblr. Finally, on Facebook, you are competing for space on news feeds not just with every other organization’s Facebook page, but with paying advertisers, and with Facebook itself. My own experience is that you will start to get page likes, but the profiles of those doing the liking will be suspiciously thinly fleshed out, more like spam than real consumers.

"Sabor A Mi" by Luis Miguel


Facebook gets 50 million photos per day. Somebody missed  yours? The reach that you gain is often as far away from your target market as it’s possible to get. There’s no harm in having a Facebook page for your business or just for fun but you should know, there is little tangible benefit. For a bootstrapping start-up, - static and unappealing Facebook pages are an ineffective drain on your marketing resources. Look at Tumblr, it is moving ahead very nicely.

"Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not
putting a tomato in a fruit salad."

Breaking News: I have just been informed that a person has not been able to contact me by using the outlook email. I deleted a couple of months ago, and they give you 60 days to reconsider. They kept losing my folders and to get them back requires a degree in programming. I cannot get in to see if anyone called, because I would have another 60 days to get out. I have three other email addresses. Mahalo.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Speed Boat

I don't know much but I am looking around and found a private company in Los Angeles planning the use of a 70 passenger fast speed ferry. Can leave Kalealoa Harbor at 6:40 am and get to Honolulu Harbor by 7:30. Now that is Rapid Transit not that slow boat to China on the Rail Disaster. If you work 8 to 5, the Ferry leaves Honolulu Harbor at 5:30 pm and gets you back to Kalealoa Harbor by 6:20. Fifty minute trip instead of an hour and a half on the "Rapid Transit." Another difference is the Present Rail Party is making millions and millions of dollars in profits. The name of their game.


Those passengers will pay for the privilege with a monthly payment and no others will take your seat if you cannot make it. Of course with a 40 minute trip, there are two round trips during the day, making more stops and accepting any passengers on a pay as you go, five dollars which will be the same as the Rail Tragedy. Needless to say the Present Rail Party will do everything they can to mess this up. It's the bread, Fred. It's the dough, Flo. So I certainly don't know.


And then there was the beautiful Business Park to be built in Waipio. The Present Rail Party was not going to permit this. Ten thousand residents not working in downtown Honolulu? And perhaps half of them would never see the Rail Disaster. And "I coulda been home in 20 minutes." Yes, we know, its the cash, Nash.

 “Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your dreams. Dance and sing to your music. Embrace your blessings. Make today worth remembering.”

Friday, April 21, 2017

From Mazie Hirono

Stand up to Jeff Sessions' bigoted comments.
Aloha Joseph,
Can you believe this from Attorney General Jeff Sessions? Today, he said:

"I really am amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the President of the United States from what appears to be clearly his statutory and Constitutional power."

Unbelievable!
When I heard this statement, I was dumbfounded. Dumbfounded, but not surprised. This administration will cross any line to advance its extreme agenda. The Attorney General attacked an independent judiciary, a Hawaii federal judge, and, in effect, Hawaii's history, culture, and values. Not unlike the attack on Judge Gonzalo Curiel who presided over the lawsuit against Trump University where defrauded students got $25 million.

Jeff Sessions' remarks come three months to the day from Trump's inauguration. And while it may feel like it's been three awful years, their attacks on our democracy will not let up. Neither can our resistance.

We must fight back. Join me in condemning Attorney General Sessions' remarks by signing my petition now!

Mahalo,

Mazie Hirono
U.S. Senator

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

The dancers on this island are not for the rich people. They never were, they have always been for their fellow residents and dancers in this community of ours.  I don't think 
it is right to exclude the Orientals from Hawaii as Trump is planning. The rich are for the birds. With the samples of their very best in Washington, the republicans are losing it fast.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

This blog keeps rolling

Yes, we all dance for different reasons. If the "Internationals" do not realize this by now, it is not our problem. Social dancers have been pressed to inform anyone to take advantage of one of life's most promising past times, dancing. That is what we must cover in the future. And we must find the right terminology for our type of social dancing, that has been a humbug for a few decades. We are no longer ballroom.

"There are shortcuts to happiness and dancing is one of them."


From niece Yvonne:
A little get together at Lynnette's: Ronald's  2 daughters with their husbands ... Lynnette and husband Ken - then Denise ... David ... Lynnette  ... Billy Bob and Yvonne ... Denise ... Yvonne ... Lynnette!
Had a nice afternoon ... !!!!❤️


Lynette and Denise are my daughters, Ronald, David are my sons.
Yvonne is my niece.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

Then there is the recognition that Platinum Horseshoe blog is going way ahead of the others. Mainly because of the information provide by Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and Aiea Ballroom Dance Association. A couple of good information contributors and a couple of good regular Guest Authors and I can plan on phasing myself out and making them an independent blog. The best blogs will go. The junk blogs will remain mine to the end.

"It is good enough if we are better today than we were yesterday."

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Developing

This blog is becoming more solid every day and I still am not sure why. I thank the reader/dancers for this and the terrific information contributors that we are gradually getting in all of these blogs. They don't really know the value of their opinion yet. They just do their own thing and they do well indeed which is very evident in the hit counters on the blogs.

"Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don't walk behind me,
I may not lead. Walk beside me and be my friend."


Most of the social dancing in Hawaii seems to blend very easily from one kind to the another. The first clear division in our dance Ohana is between us and the "to be seen dancers."  They are well aware of this and have taken great pains to show us that they are different from the rest of us. A lot of us social dancers think we should accept that they belong to a different dance scene and we should respect and not interfere. We can do our own thing and hopefully, not upset anyone.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz


Making good contact with the commercial sector. As long as everyone knows that we have a duty to keep the social dancers informed and the dancers can make their own decisions. The most important feedback at the moment is the comment section at the end of every blog. Easy to use.

"Social dancers do not have to demand perfection,
but we can insist on continuous improvement."

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Twitter

Half the money we spend on advertising is wasted and the trouble is we don't know which half. It’s never been easier to measure the effectiveness of an advertising campaign in today’s ultra-connected world. Television and radio audiences can be broken down by demographics to the nearest 100 listeners or so, while YouTube and Facebook are turning targeted video advertising into a science, which takes into account the time of day, viewer profile, even the mood the watcher might be in and the weather outside - money well spent.

"Stop worrying about what can go wrong, get excited
about what can go right."


Dance Club building, on the other hand, is a far harder activity to quantify. A dance club’s popularity can be measured only in a small part in terms of the number of members or people who are aware of it. Only in terms of how many people are aware of it's valuable existence. How they treat their members and the attendees at their functions. Web sites provide some Public Relations and much value with permanent information such as the officers, dance instructors and the time and type of dance classes.

"Molokai Waltz" by Amy Hanaialii


But social dancers want more - they are definitely more interested in the coming social dances for whatever the excuse. And more than that, they want to know what happened during the occasion. Web sites may concentrate on the Officers, instructors and the exhibition dancers which is just beautiful, of course.  But blogs concentrate on the attendees, the members and guests. That makes blogging "social media."  Much better Public Relations and could be accepted as good news for any Dance Club.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed


No one in dancing can dictate to the public what they are going to like or dislike. If you’re are relatively unknown, you are not going to become the most popular kid in class overnight. So you need to look at other ways of getting and keeping a following, and making friends with social dance blogs is the best. Just having the blog post an occasion blurb and of course make it easy to get a write up of your social together with photos and "blog it." They will be sharing information about you with the entire island of Oahu dancers. In a couple years with all Hawaii, then it will be the entire Pacific.

What about Twitter? I am very interested in the use of Twitter.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Special Edition

I had Sanders, Pelosi, Warren, Schumer, all people against Trump the dictator. Somebody in the Trump organization was able to pay Twitter and they blocked their Tweets in my Twitter account. I have gotten some new ones. One good example is here.


They already seem to see that if Trump is the best they have, they are in pretty bad shape. The entire republican party is slowly going down. In Hawaii it is now almost extinct. The people are for the people and not for the Fat Cats. We can help our fellow citizens and not make ourselves rich at their expense. The Crooks in Washington are much different.They have even changed their bibles. "The Rich Shall Inherit The Earth." You see, Christ did not know what he was talking about.

A revolution in the United States cannot happen.
"Those that are ignorant of history will be condemned to repeat it."

Progress

I have tried Word Press and have found it wanting. It is free, but at every turn, they make changes and "offer" an upgrade.  Very difficult and it has a large and heavy learning curve. At my age it is difficult and these are minor inconveniences but they add up. Blogger has a many inconveniences too but I am quite used to it. Getting a Guest Author is almost impossible.

Oahu Teachers of Dance
"To touch the heart to move to music, to inspire.
That is the true gift of teaching."


Platinum Horseshoe blog on Blogger is pretty well established from Aiea to Makaha and the North Shore.  They are on solid ground, and the dance clubs and dance people are a big help. With a little help from the dancers, I can have it independent by the end of the year. The entertainment centers have doubled in this century, so that a few nightclubs will still be coming up. They will probably go with a $15 cover charge and probably reduce the bar bums, but the drinks will be fairly priced and they may have a Juice Bar. This can make for a class clientele that may stay a while.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


The natural group of dancers strength has already occurred past Pearl City, from Ewa Beach up through Waipio, Wahiawa and all the way up to Haleiwa. The nightclubbing center for now seems to be in the Central Valley. And the new night club may well be in Waikele or Waipio. However everything west of the stadium is our kuleana. This is a limit for us and does not apply to others. They can and should do as they please

"I'll Never Smile Again" by Frank Sinatra

"Dancers don't try to be the best. They are better than that."

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Two Center Wanted

Many are already aware that social dancers come in two flavors. They are not all the same though we can and do understand and accept each other. There are many social dancers that want to progress and learn more and better looking moves. They phase very nicely into Ballroom Dance types. Mambo as a social dance began losing ground when it had over 600 documented steps in its repertoire.

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer
yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own and you know
what  you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go.” 


Then we have the true Social Dancers, that are primarily interested in moving to their favorite music. On this island they are bigger group than all the others combined. And most of their moves can be done over and over again in sheer joy to their music. The body just wants to move to the good music and just doing the basic is a big big part of it. Why? Because it is the music first and foremost. In partner dancing there is the added social benefit of sharing the joy with someone else.

Birthday Party in California

 My sisters, Beatrice and Eleanor, my niece Yvonne and her daughter
Britgitt, my son David and wife Barbara, and my sister
Beatrice with her granddaughter Bridgitt.

Pretty definite with only a few days into the month the top blogs are Platinum Horseshoe and Town Dancer. The content is almost all SOS and I post small items when I get some information emailed to me from what could be regular information contributors. The Blogger counters that are on the blogs are not very accurate but they do have a lot of information that can be used. The top countries are the US, France and Germany in that order for all the blogs. And the biggest problem is the scam, spam robot hits.

"Dance may be like life, it exists while you’re having fun with it,
but when it’s over, - it’s over."

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Oahu Dancers

In our blogs we strive to see that all dancers do as they damn well please - without hurting anyone of course. But the entire dance environment does have a few of the wrong kind - "Manipulative." We can define the word manipulative as “influencing or attempting to influence the behavior or emotions of others for one’s own purposes. Machiavellian also works well in this case. These people were born sneaky. If it’s possible to have sneaky DNA—they do.

"No matter how long you have been dancing or how much you
know about dancing, there is always space for improvement.


On Oahu there are those that prefer recorded music with good cause. However, we do believe that those that prefer live music also have a good cause. And each group should do as they damn well please where they are happy. No hu hu. Let's all try to get along, help and not hinder each other. I truly believe the entire dance enchilada is better in this century. There are so many good understanding people out there.

"Beware My Foolish Heart" by Jimmy Borges


Many of our musicians and entertainers have been there for some time and their fans increase daily. It could be a great opportunity for some of the fans to contribute a little information of their favorite place and perhaps a photo of their favorite people to share with reader/dancers of any blog. It would make a lot of people happy but it should be your choice.

Molokai Waltz by Amy Hanaialii


We are fortunate in Honolulu, we have music all along Waikiki’s main strip of Kalakaua Avenue, from street performers to local musical legends. We can listen to traditional Hawaiian music and watch hula performances at many Waikiki hotels. And a lot of people are waiting breathlessly for the action in Kapolei, supposed Second City. But somebody is holding it up.

From my sister Eleanor in California, biblical quotes.
Malachi 3:16
“Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, and the LORD
listened and heard them; so a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the LORD and who meditate on His name.”

Driverless Vehicles

The US already has its first driverless bus fleet in a San Francisco Bay Area office park, and many can’t wait to get on it. A pair of driverless buses began driving around San Francisco Bay in March, preparing to move onto a local public road in California’s first pilot program for a self-driving vehicle without steering wheel or human operator. You want to see the future now?

“Never put off till tomorrow what may be done
the day after tomorrow just as well.”


The Rail Catastrophe in Honolulu is already obsolete. But the Present Rail Party may not permit driverless anything on Oahu. They are making Big Big Bucks on the Gravy Train. And the latest estimates have gone up to 15 billion dollars. We are creating more multi millionaires on Oahu than ever before just with the Gravy Train. They went to same schools as Trump people. If we can get rid of the Rail Disaster, Hawaii has it made in the shade. No more gasoline. So why not hitch a ride to one of these cities on the mainland where you can ride in a public, autonomous vehicle right now.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz


California and other states are weighing the opportunities of becoming a hubs of testing a technology that is seen as the future of transportation. They are the cutting the risks from humans having active control of a large, potentially dangerous vehicle.  In most tests of driverless cars there is still a person seated at the steering wheel, ready to take over, although Alphabet Inc’s Waymo tested a car with no steering wheel or pedals in Austin, Texas, as early as 2015. And the rest of the world is catching on.

From my sister Eleanor, in California, Bible Quotes.
Zephaniah 3:17
“The LORD your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you
with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”