Rooted in Reason: Nurturing the Seeds of Liberty


There is news in the world! by grassroothawaii
June 3, 2010, 1:16 pm
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By Hideo Hikida

I recently overheard a conversation when I was getting my 2nd cup of coffee for the day at the local Starbucks. For any of you who don’t know already, I have a strong suspicion that in order for me to properly function, I need to ingest high amounts of coffee because in the days in which I haven’t, I’ve felt like a zombie. But anyway, back to the subject at hand. I was in line, ready to order my latte when I overheard someone talking to his friend, saying “Man, there just isn’t a lot going on in the world huh?” If it weren’t for the fact that I was running low on energy at the time, I would have interjected strongly, briskly reminding the older gentleman that there is A LOT going on in the world right now. The man went on, saying that the most interesting thing he’s heard so far is the blown call by the umpire that cost a Detroit Pitcher a perfect game.

Where do I even start! Holy cow. Even speaking from a sports perspective, there’s plenty of news happening right now! Talk about perhaps one of the greatest baseball players in Ken Griffey Jr. retiring yesterday! Maybe the NBA finals between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers? The Stanley Cup Finals for hockey with Chicago poised to win it’s first title since forever? Tiger Woods coming back to play the Memorial Invitational amidst his neck injury?  Look dude, this is just the sports world. I haven’t even started to talk about other news.

Maybe heard of a corporation called BP? Something about the worst environmental disaster in US history? There’s a gigantic oil volcano/geyser/fountain that’s STILL spewing oil into the Gulf. The government has halted all off shore deep drilling; at least 60% of fishing has been shut down in the region, not to mention fishermen and other people suffering economically because of BP’s negligence and seemingly non-nonchalant attitude to fix the problem? Did I forget to mention the fact there are hundred of species in the region that are going to be at risk? The US government has yet to really do anything besides yell at BP and slap them with a $69 million bill, ordering the company to pay for the damages. What I have yet to see is the government take an active role in trying to end the situation…Correct me if I’m wrong readers.

If that’s not considered *news* for you, then consider the instability that is rocking the Koreas right about..now. Tensions between the North and the South have been hitting an all time high, as the South Koreans have come out and accused the North Korean Navy for sinking one of the South’s ships. North Korea and South Korea aren’t even speaking to each other and a recent message from a North Korean envoy said that “War could come anytime.” All this is happening while the rest of Asia sits nervously, biting their nails, not knowing if war will come. Add the fact that the Japanese Prime Minister (Yukio Hatoyama) JUST resigned, plunging one of the powers of Asia into disarray at a time where it can least afford it.

Whether it be ignorance, naivety or just plain disinterest, there is a lot going on in the world right now. I haven’t begun to scratch the surface of what’s going on around us. The more interesting part is this: there’s only going to be more news in the coming weeks. Major sports Championships will be decided along with the World Cup, BP MIGHT do something to stop the oil leak, candidates for the governorship of Hawaii are starting to appear, Linda Lingle has yet to decide on civil unions and Charles Djou is in Congress (already off to a bad start in my opinion).

Keep your eyes and ears open everyone. It’s going to get crazy.

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