Monday, May 8, 2017

Musings: Sacred and Not

Grafitti was discovered on rocks atop Mauna Kea late last month, prompting the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) to launch a criminal investigation.
Rocks were found with spray-painted messages in both the Mauna Kea Ice Age Natural Area Reserve and “various areas” property managed by the UH Office of Mauna Kea Management. One message was “stop bombing,” apparently in reference to the live-fire exercises at the Pohakuloa Training Area, while the other seemed to be “ke akua.”
This totally inappropriate behavior brings to mind the way Palikapu Dedman brought in iwi (bones) from Ka'u to place on an altar atop Mauna Kea last fall to draw attention to claims by TMT (thirty-meter telescope) opponents that the area was an ancient burial site.

But what struck me were the two comments left on a press release rewrite masquerading as an Associated Press article that was picked up by the Washington Post:
This reflects the kind of “ends the justify the means” mentality that is becoming increasingly common among faux-gressives. Not to mention the underlying ignorance, since the bombing is under the authority of the Army, not the DLNR.

The AP sent out the rewrite with a headline that identifies Mauna Kea as a “revered mountain” and a closing paragraph that states:

Mauna Kea is considered a sacred mountain by many Native Hawaiians because it is thought to be the home of deities.

So I couldn't help but raise an eyebrow when I saw an NPR piece reference grits, azaleas and sweet tea as “three sacred staples of the South.”

Seems that sacred truly is in the eyes of the beholder these days.

The NPR article was about about a beef in South Carolina over how much water Google should be allowed to cool its energy-sucking data center. Funny, how the Internet — and Hawaii tourism — is everyone's sacred cow, and impervious to any of the criticisms over resource consumption leveled against every other industry, especially agriculture.

Speaking of criticisms, anti-ag folks love to claim that agriculture is giving people cancer in the Islands. But a new Centers for Disease Control report shows that Hawaii has some of the nation's lowest rates of cancer cases, cancer deaths and new cancer diagnosis:
Meanwhile, agriculture in Hawaii took another hit when the Legislature approved HB2, which allows tiny homes on Big Island farm land. Here comes the proliferation of shacks and shanties — sketchy rental housing — under the guise of farm worker housing.

And finally, I couldn't help but smile when I read that Maui  Rep. Joe Souki, ousted from his position as Hawaii House Speaker, is seriously considering a run for lieutenant governor. as the Maui News reported:

“I still have some teeth,” he said. “I’m not dead. I can still contribute.”

Then why join Josh Green in eying the lieutenant governor post? Oh, yeah. It pays $154,812 a year and you don't have to do anything.

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