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August 17, 2019 8:08 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Reddit vs. Twitter

Are you on social media platforms? Have you used Reddit or Twitter? I have used both of them and these are the pros and cons.

Pros of Reddit

Reddit’s design makes it easier to connect with likeminded people because it breaks communication into subreddits (aka subs) for different topics. For instance, you can talk to people about Hawaii in the r/Hawaii group. You can ask users a question in r/AskReddit, discuss religion in r/Christianity and post an angry rant in r/rant.

There are subs for all kinds of topics and after you use Reddit for 30 days you can create your own subreddit and be the moderator. I did this and mine is called r/1sdkid and it is for all kinds posts.

Upvoting and downvoting posts and comments is a little childish, but it is better than the like button. I lobbied Twitter to remove the like button or add a dislike button. However, I still think both platforms could do away with all sorts of popularity counts and it would improve them.

You can write the moderators and they will usually respond. You can also write the main Redditor administrators and they will respond. This comes in handy if you have a question or if somebody is harassing you.

Reddit is anonymous because nobody uses their real name as their username. Most people don’t even write anything in their bio. You can follow users, but follower counts are not public (at least not yet) and they certainly aren’t used like the merit badge they purport to be on Twitter.

You can’t get globally banned from Reddit without doing something horrible. They do not care or take it into consideration if you get banned from a subreddit.

Cons of Reddit

Some subreddits have weird rules (e.g. adding words to the subject line, selecting a flair, etc.) and if you post in a lot of them they can be hard to remember. Your post will be rejected if it doesn’t follow the rules. For instance, if you post a video link in a subreddit that does not allow them it will be rejected. If you break the rules enough times they can ban you from that group.

Some subreddits have moderators that ban users very quickly. I have been banned from almost a dozen groups and half of them were for simply making one post that was meant to be a joke. Some mods take themselves way too seriously and some groups are full of deranged people.

I have been banned from the following subreddits and I do not recommend them:


Reddit does not provide a way to backup posts and comments. The only way to do it is to scroll down while viewing your posts or comments and when your computer has loaded all of them you can copy and paste them or save the page, but that could take a long time if you have a lot of them.

Pros of Twitter

Twitter makes it easy to follow and write messages to celebrities, world leaders, professional athletes, musicians and the media. You simply have to know their username to contact them.

Twitter is constantly advertised by businesses, so lots of people are on Twitter and sometimes they use their real name too. Twitter verification is not a bad idea, but I told them they should verify everybody instead of picking winners and losers.

Twitter is also good for connecting with your elected representatives and hearing about natural disaster warnings from government agencies. You can follow them and read what they tweet.

Twitter makes it easy to backup all of your tweets. You can download them in one file.

Cons of Twitter

Twitter does not support freedom of speech and they have rules regarding what you can and can’t say and they aren’t very clear. I was suspended three times for stupid reasons and after the third time they would not reinstate my account.

Twitter’s verification system seems arbitrary because they have verified people that hardly anybody knows with a few thousand followers, but they have not verified others with 10-20 times the number of followers. They provide special features for verified users and users tend to follow them more often, so it is unfair.

Twitter does not make it very easy to scroll through the pictures that you have tweeted. There is no link to see them and you must scroll through all sorts of other tweets to find them. This is a hassle and why I had to use Instagram too.

Donald Trump. Need I say more? Twitter is a worse place because of Donald Trump’s tweets. For the first time in history a U.S. president regularly uses Twitter and tweets absolutely horrible things to people putting down their religion, race, socioeconomic status and politics. He boasts, brags and lies. It is like watching a bus full of people burning. You hate to see it, but you can’t look away.

Twitter deletes all of your tweets if you get banned. It is like you were never even there. They also delete your lists. Sadly, you can’t back them up after being banned.


Even though I had over 180,000 followers on Twitter, more people respond to my posts and comments on Reddit. They are different platforms that feature different things, but both of them are useful, unique and could use improvement.

I could return to Twitter under a pseudonym, but I haven’t and I probably won’t. If they don’t want me there, then I don’t want to be there. Even though I miss communicating with users on Twitter they need me more than I need them.

I felt this departure coming for a while. The Twitter administrators are a weird group of fundamentalists with strange expectations that I don’t understand or respect. However, Reddit has filled some of the void.

In case you were wondering I was suspended on Twitter three times, but none of my suspensions were for good reasons. The first time was when I responded to Catholic trolls that attacked me for replying to Pope Francis’ tweet. The second time was for asking comedian Daniel Tosh if he was retarded. The third time was for telling off an anti-choice jerk because she said people should not let their kids near me because I am pro-choice.

Before I posted my final tweet I paused and thought about it. I had a feeling that they may suspend and ban me for it, but I tweeted it anyway because I had no desire to walk on eggshells or be somebody that I wasn’t. I am proud to say that I did Twitter my way and went out with a bang.

I don’t think that people should be suspended or banned for doing anything except for breaking the law (e.g. making death threats). If social media companies would simply require users to follow the existing laws instead of making up their own weird, subjective rules it would be better, more consistent and free.

I think social media companies should be regulated like public utilities. Jack Dorsey and the other CEOs have a lot of power and when they ban somebody they prevent them from easily communicating with a lot of people. This isn’t fair or right and there is no arbitration or 3rd party review. It is their way or the highway.

Good luck and have fun.

July 14, 2019 3:16 PM HST - Posted by Jason

30 Days Without Twitter

I don’t miss Twitter at all because I am resilient and I have a lot on my plate.

The first few years that I used Twitter I mainly used it as an announcement service anyway. I followed so many users that I couldn’t see anybody’s feed. After I unfollowed everybody in 2018 and followed a few hundred people it became even more like 2-way communication in real time.

Instead of tweeting my quotes I made a web page for them on my website. I post them almost every day and sometimes more than once. I may publish a book of them. I have already published one book of 10,000 quotes.

Reddit has made the transition away from Twitter easier. I like how I can use many more characters in my posts and comments. The karma, upvoting and downvoting is ok. It is like Twitter, but there are different groups instead of one big group and it does not focus on followers.

I took a two week break from Instagram as soon as I left Twitter about a month ago. It didn’t feel the same anymore, so I wanted to rethink how and if I wanted to use Instagram without Twitter.

Yesterday I created an Instagram widget and embedded it on the left side of my website. There are six thumbnail pics that visitors can click or hover over and read about. Since I have used IG for years it has become a good photo album. There are pics from Oahu and Maui, San Diego, Miami and everywhere in between.

I feel like I have a lot more time without using Twitter. I think I am also probably more balanced throughout the day and night. There are a lot of mean people that tweet offensive things on Twitter. It is a shame that Twitter can’t be as liberal as the U.S. laws allow. Since they aren’t that way it means they are controlling allowable speech. They want people to conform to their expectations.

The verification system on Twitter is nonsense. Everybody or nobody should be verified. They should at least make it optional for everybody. They are in essence picking winners and losers because verified users get more followers just because they are verified. They also get more features. Twitter has revoked verification for arbitrary reasons as well. It is always bad when a company with all the power is inconsistent.

Talking to politicians, musicians, funny people and reporters was exciting on Twitter. I saw the way it influenced and was consumed and ignored. I saw a lot of people running like the demon possessed sheep that ran off a cliff and died.

Now I do not use Twitter or Facebook. I haven’t used Facebook for years. I post and comment on Reddit, upload pics and videos on Instagram and edit Wikipedia. I also upload my poetry and quotes to my website. I like my creative outlets now.

Twitter is unfair and they should not ban people after three suspensions. Every suspension I got was equally stupid and unnecessary. They are acting like the Christian schools I attended as a child.

Once a year in grades 1-8 I’d get a spanking from the principal. With it came threats of suspensions and expulsion, but I persisted and graduated. I did not get spanked in high school because they didn’t do that there, but they threw me out in 11th and 12th grades. That is how Twitter seems.

In 11th grade they threw me out for the accumulation of referrals. They were for dumb stuff like wheeling Mark Baldwin down the hill in a teacher’s rolling chair and my hair touching my shirt collar in chapel. Also, talking in class. I didn’t think throwing me out was fair or right for the Christian school to do because I was a 16-year-old Christian. I enjoyed attending Valhalla High School twice and graduating from there though.

I was thrown out in 12th grade for attending a party at my girlfriend’s house with my buddies. There was beer there and that was against the rules, but I digress.

Finally, since 2012 I have always used airplane mode, so I do not get notices about messages unless I am at a WiFi network. This is always liberating just like not being on Twitter and Facebook feels liberating.

I think it is funny that Taylor Swift dropped her new hit song “You Need to Calm Down” on the day that I was suspended for the final time. June 14. I also think it is funny that I was suspended on Flag Day and after I appealed it the suspension was upheld on Father’s Day. June 16.

O.J. Simpson joined Twitter and tweeted his first video on June 14 too.

Enjoy your life! I am!

July 4, 2019 2:27 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Hawaii's Bruno Mars

When I heard Bruno Mars first song on the radio, I liked it. He has a good voice and a talented band. Just the Way You Are used to make me think about my daughter.

I also liked Grenade and then I guess he grew up. What seemed like a cute innocent song about a girl turned out to be the beginning of something weird. I don’t like any other Mars songs. Sure, you can dance to them, but something seems off to me.

It seems like Mars has changed. He started singing when he was a small child, so he has grown up a lot. I think I just caught him in between stages.

Apparently Mars was born in Honolulu and he has a Mexican heritage. His real name is Pedro Gene Hernandez.

I live in Hawaii and I have tweeted some things to him that might have seemed strange, so I wanted to clarify. I don’t hate Mars and I’m not jealous of him. I just don’t care for his music anymore.

I rarely stop liking a musician, so that is why it has seemed weird and I wanted to explain. It’s nothing personal. It’s just not my cup of tea because I thought he was somebody else. I think I saw him becoming somebody else too.

Kimie Miner and Anuhea are two musicians from Hawaii that I like. I also like listening to Jack Johnson, Maoli, Sean Na'auao, Garrett Douglas, Don Ho, Hoku, Eli Mac and others.

July 2, 2019 8:22 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Did Jesus Lie?

Unless you believe things like the sun stood still, a man parted the sea, a man walked on water and a man rose from the dead some things in the Bible are clearly untrue. Is Jesus a liar though?

Since none of Jesus’ writings exist it is difficult to accuse him of lying. If he did not make any claims, then none of his claims could be false. However, the gospels are written about Jesus. They quote him and talk about his miracles. Some of them may be fabrications though.

On one hand Jesus might have been honest and others simply lied about him. It seems quite obvious that they lied about many things including the resurrection. Jesus could have been a revolutionary leader that said and did many great things and his followers simply exaggerated and lied to increase their following especially after his death.

On the other hand if what the Bible writers wrote was true to their recollection (e.g. Jesus told them it was true or they were in on a conspiracy), then Jesus might have lied. If we are to believe that Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead (which is impossible), then who do we pin the lie on? Was Jesus complicit?

Since the gospels were written after Jesus’ death and their canonization was much later Jesus obviously had no say about what was true or not. Consequently, I don’t think that we can prove Jesus lied. The gospel writers that wrote to convince people to believe had an agenda and if somebody lied it was likely them.

June 23, 2019 3:33 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Two New Books

I finished writing and Amazon published 103 Haikus in Maui yesterday. I like their publishing and print-on-demand features for authors. It was the 36th book that I have published.

Here is the List of Haikus:

I am starting a new fast tomorrow, so I am also going to write my fasting book this week. I am not aiming for a certain page count, but I will just “ramble on” about the unique things I have learned from fasting. I have written an outline with seven chapters, so I think I know what I want to say the most.

After I publish my 40th book which will likely be in 2020, I am going to record audiobooks. Reading the poetry books will take some time, but it could be fun and worth it. I have published over a dozen poetry books. Maybe I can speak them like Alec Baldwin or Bernie Sanders. JK.

I will probably fast for 10 days maybe with a break in the middle. We’ll see. The book could take a week.

June 21, 2019 5:21 PM HST - Posted by Jason


Today is the 2-year anniversary of my mom’s death. It is easy to remember because she passed away on the first day of summer after a botched surgery in Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, California. I would stay away from Dr. Lin and Dr. Mohedin because I don’t think they know what they are doing. If my mom didn’t sign all of her rights away pre-surgery, I think we could have sued them and won because they messed up so badly and it resulted in her death.

My dad, my best friend Charlie and I scattered my mom’s ashes in Wailea in front of the condo where they liked to visit Maui. We have the exact coordinates and we have agreed to scatter my dad’s ashes there after he passes away. I am thinking about visiting today. It looks like there will be a beautiful sunset.

Since my mom took about 20 years off work to raise me while my dad worked I spent a lot of time with her. She loved me a lot and was there for me. We had a lot of fun and I thought she would live at least another 10-15 years. She was a person of great faith, so maybe we will meet again in the afterlife.

Take time to tell people you love them and spend time with them. Things can change in the blink of an eye and never be the same. I still have all the emails from my dad while she was in the hospital fighting for her life. It looked like she was going to pull out of it, but she didn’t and I miss her all the time. RIP Mom.

June 21, 2019 3:52 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Quick Take: How to Contact Mark Zuckerberg On Twitter

Do you want to tweet Mark Zuckerberg? Well, the billionaire manchild is too afraid to get his own Twitter account, but his company Facebook has one. This is how you reach him.

If you want to contact Mark Zuckerberg on Twitter you tweet:

@Facebook #MarkZuckerberg

If you write Zuckerberg you might want to ask him some questions. Did he get lots of nudes after he asked for them? Is he going to sell ads to Russians again? Does he still let the government spy on people and give them customer info?

I think it is appropriate that the pound sign (aka the hashtag symbol #) also stands for fuck. Even though you have to take the extra step of typing a hashtag to contact Zuckerberg you can rest easy because you are also saying, “Fuck Mark Zuckerberg”.

June 20, 2019 7:40 AM HST - Posted by Jason

My Worst Three 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates

Since I wrote about my top three 2020 Democratic presidential candidates I also wanted to write about my three least favorite candidates. They include Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris.

Joe Biden would make a poor president for many reasons. A lot of the problems in America and in the world today are a result of decisions that he made while serving in Congress and as Vice President. For instance, he doesn’t seem to know what to do about the $22 trillion debt except for add to it.

Biden is also a Catholic and there are already too many Catholics in Congress and the Supreme Court. We need less superstitious people in office and not more superstitious people. He also does not seem to have a strong moral compass and will change his position willy-nilly.

Elizabeth Warren would make a poor president too. I do not believe that she understands and cares about hundreds of different issues, but I think she reads a teleprompter and hires good researchers and speech writers. I would like to know which issues she cares about the most and who she will appoint to her cabinet because she is clearly throwing ideas on the wall to see what sticks.

Warren likes to be liked a lot. She will be 71 years old by the 2020 election and she seemingly dreams up bad, far-left ideas. I think she knows that they will probably never be implemented, but she wants to reach a demographic to get them to vote for her. These are not the things that we need in a president now.

Kamala Harris would also be a poor president. Since she was the attorney general in California in 2011, I have the same problems with her that I do with former Governor Jerry Brown and former President Obama. I used to live in California and the medical marijuana collective that I directed was illegally destroyed by the government in 2011 and I had to fight a tremendous legal battle.

Harris lacks vision like Brown and others in California. If they had vision they would have had a plan to prevent forest fires that have devastated the state. If they had vision they would have had a plan to prevent the drought that devastated the state. Developing desalination technology, planting more indigenous plants and clearing dead underbrush before fire season are a few simple ideas.

Dishonorable mention: “Beto” O’Rourke and Andrew Yang

June 19, 2019 9:30 AM HST - Posted by Jason

How They Can Still Get You For Marijuana

In 2011 and 2012, I was screwed by the legal system in San Diego, California. However, I was not only screwed by the legal system, I was also screwed by sexism at Child Protective Services (aka Child Welfare Services).

My former wife and I were growing medical marijuana for a collective that I directed. It was legal in every way because the roughly 50 patients had their paperwork and we had a copy of it. It was even incorporated as a mutual benefit nonprofit corporation. However, it didn’t matter because they found a way to get us before it was recreationally legal.

We had a dispute with my neighbor because he was a religious nutcase and did not like us growing medical marijuana. We happened to have a daughter too. My neighbor lied to the police and told them that he was unable to rent his back house because of the marijuana smell.

The plants in the greenhouse that my former wife and I built was in the enclosed, side yard in between our homes on our property which was divided by a 6’ fence. They were not flowering, so they didn’t even smell. I also spoke to a man that talked to them about renting their back house and he said my neighbor wanted too much money for it. However, he lied to the police and told them that our child was mixed up in the “mayhem” too.

On March 10, 2011, four branches of the government (San Diego police department, Dept. of Forestry, DEA and CPS) broke down my front door with a battering ram and arrested us. We were charged with four felonies: cultivation of marijuana, distribution of marijuana, possession with intent to sell marijuana and child endangerment. We lost our daughter for seven months and had to go through CPS’ steps of classes and supervised visitation in their San Diego county offices to reunify with her. I had to take a bus for about two hours to see my daughter once a week.

When people hear stories like this they always wonder what was really going on. When they broke down our door, there were no other drugs (although marijuana is more like an herbal supplement) in the house. There were no guns. There was no money and there were only about 3-4 ounces of marijuana in glass mason jars. By the way they acted they were expecting to find other things, but we never had any of those things.

My former wife was better at “playing the game” and she seemed like she was ready for this to happen. She confessed and sang like a songbird when they questioned her before they even drove us to jail. Apparently she was already jockeying to get custody of our child and sell me down the river.

When you have a child and both parents have criminal charges like these you must go to two courts: child (aka juvenile) court and criminal court. We had separate attorneys (a different one for each court too) and we were unable to properly defend ourselves in child court because it could have convicted us in criminal court.

We were behaving legally according to California's medical marijuana laws, but we still had to fight the charge of child endangerment and it took an entire year to do so. It sort of handcuffed us and made us lose Jordan for seven months and go through their twisted reunification process. You can read about everything in a journal-like, day-by-day account that I wrote as it was happening in my book The Wrong Side on

In the end we took a one misdemeanor plea deal in child endangerment on the day of our trial because they only offered us a one felony plea deal in child endangerment until that day. Otherwise, we would have had to fight all four charges and could have faced years of jail time. Somehow my former wife was awarded 90% custody and I was given 10% custody of our daughter Jordan. She was 9-years-old too.

It was very unfair and I was not going to stay in San Diego and beg my former wife to see my daughter and that is what would have happened. I would have gotten to see her three days a month and anything extra would have had to have been negotiated. I think she knew that she got away with murder because she never even asked me or a judge for child support.

In 2006, my former wife slapped our daughter on the leg and she screamed. When I walked into the room and asked if everything was ok she came after me and hit me. Jordan and I ran down the hallway and locked the bedroom door behind us. I had never seen her that way, so I called the police and they arrested her for domestic violence. We could have gotten a restraining order, but we accepted her apology. I only say that to show how her arrest record still didn’t matter to the people that gave her 90% custody of our daughter.

I have missed my daughter dearly and I have been concerned about her welfare, but I won’t talk to my former wife again. I never wanted to be away from Jordan and I love her very much. I taught her everything. We did everything together and I remember dropping her off at school in the morning and the ways that we connected all the time. Being away from her due to the government’s decrees has been tragic.

It is great that marijuana is recreationally legal in California now. However, the fact that it is still federally illegal is very concerning. Its illegality gives the government and corrupt people a loophole to take advantage of others like we and specifically me and my daughter were taken advantage of.

Many people think it doesn’t matter if the cops don’t care about prosecuting people which is the case in a lot of places around the country. There is no law that makes it legal, but cops just look the other way. However, if somebody is out to get you they can get you especially if it is not recreationally legal.

Despite being legal on the state level the federal government (e.g. the DEA) can always raid your home or collective and press charges against marijuana users. Fortunately, there are many rich and powerful marijuana sellers, manufacturers, consumers and growers now, so the chances are growing increasingly smaller that the federal government will take action against them. The laws still need to be fixed though because depending on which people are in office and law enforcement they can still bust anybody in the country with marijuana.

Last edit: June 21, 2019

June 18, 2019 9:36 AM HST - Posted by Jason

My Top Three 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates

More than 20 people are vying for the Democratic presidential candidate nomination for the 2020 election. My top three choices are Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg and Tulsi Gabbard.

Bernie Sanders is qualified from spending many years in Congress. Many of the elected representatives in Congress have become part of the problem, but he has tried to fix a lot of the problems. He also voted against the disastrous Iraq War that has opened a can of worms in the Middle East.

Some people dislike Sanders because they say he is a socialist. However, America is a capitalistic society and nobody can throw a switch and turn it into socialism. There are actually already many socialist programs like social security, welfare, food assistance and public housing. Socialist services also include the police, fire departments, military, public schools, public libraries, roads, etc. Let’s not forget airport security, the FDA and EPA too.

Sanders has a good knowledge of the government and I like his vision for U.S. Free healthcare seems wise in light of the way the government has allowed people to pollute the planet and consume food that causes diseases. Free college tuition (at least at the community college level) seems wise too. The more educated people are the better decisions they will make and people need education more now than ever before.

Pete Buttigieg is another one of my favorite Democratic Party candidates. He is personable and he served the country in the Navy. He is also smart, sensible and has a good sense of humor.

Buttigieg is appealing to me because he has experience serving the country at the local level as mayor, but he has no experience in Congress. He is 37-years-old, so he is younger than many of the other candidates, so he brings a youthful vigor to the race. He is also more in touch with modern problems and solutions opposed to the generation that grew up with two tin cans tied to a string.

Tulsi Gabbard is one of my favorites because she is smart and passionate. She is beautiful too the first female president will probably correct issues that have plagued a country that has been ruled by men. She is my representative in Congress because I live in her district in Hawaii. In fact, I have lived in her district in Oahu and Maui.

Gabbard is an anti-war veteran and that is rare. She is unafraid to meet world leaders that the government does not like. She loves her country and has a passion for the underdog. Gabbard knows the effects of climate change, wants to end reliance on fossil fuels and knows how destructive the war on drugs (especially marijuana) has been.

Honorable mention: Cory Booker and Amy Klobuchar

June 16, 2019 7:28 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Bye Twitter

Today is Father’s Day and this morning Twitter said my third suspension is permanent. I’ve deleted the application and asked them for my data because I don’t want anything to do with them anymore. It’s a shame that all of my tweets, polls and lists are gone now. I said goodbye to Instagram and opened a Reddit account too.

Twitter is a horrible place. Have you ever read Donald Trump’s tweets or conversed with his followers? How about the anti-choice crowd? Talk about Trump Derangement Syndrome. I rest my case.

There are lowbrow jerks on Twitter and when you respond to bullies and express yourself they suspend your account. They make you conform to a subjective set of speech rules, so I feel liberated now and I never want to use their website again.

Today I learned that O.J. Simpson opened a Twitter account on Friday. I think it is fitting that a convicted murderer started using Twitter on the day that my account was permanently suspended. They will not hear my insights or exhortations anymore, but they are welcome to hear his bullshit.

I think my ex-wife is mentally ill and my daughter never liked her much, but she won 90% custody because Child Protective Services (aka Child Welfare Services) is sexist. I do not want to go through my ex-wife to speak to my daughter, so I have to wait a little over a year until she turns 18 to reunite with her. I am looking forward to it a lot because I taught her everything, we were very close and we are family. Unfortunately, she has had to be around a lot of nutty religious hypocrites.

Today is the 5-year anniversary of my favorite baseball player’s death. Tony Gwynn was an outstanding ballplayer for the San Diego Padres and I always liked watching him play. I saw a tribute video about him and I wrote a tribute on Reddit. RIP Tony. You will always be one of the greats.

It is unwise to put your hard work on a website that can remove it for any reason and that is what Twitter does. Fortunately, I backed up most of my tweets because they are gone now. When they suspended my account for the second time, I deleted all of my tweets from their website because I didn’t trust them anymore and they were not respecting my data, my wishes or my rights.

Today I updated my web pages, removed links and linked pages and websites that I am using now. I look forward to the future and the way that things are changing.

I joined Twitter in 2011 when I was charged with four felonies and fighting for my freedom. The federal government testified that they spied on my Facebook account, so I was done with them. I just wanted to let people know what they were doing to me for growing medical marijuana for a legal collective in California. I ended up taking a one misdemeanor plea deal with no jail time to avoid going to trial and since recreational marijuana sales were legalized in 2018, I consider my Twitter experience a success.

Good luck.

June 15, 2019 8:08 AM HST - Posted by Jason

Quick Take: Raising the Federal Minimum Wage

The last time Congress approved a federal minimum wage increase was in 2007. To put that in perspective Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was 17-years-old and George W. Bush was the president.

I think it is time to increase the federal minimum wage, but increasing it from $7.25 to $15 is absurd. People that demand it to be raised to $15 probably don’t understand that everybody will have to pay more for things. Proponents act like millionaires and billionaires will just pay people more money out of their riches, but it won’t work that way. People tend to forget that the only thing that rich people love more than money is getting more money.

Politicians in Congress that protest with people to raise the minimum wage are puzzling. It is their job to raise the minimum wage. Are they protesting themselves for not doing their job?

I think it would be wise to raise the minimum wage to $10 or $12. However, 15 states and the District of Columbia already have a minimum wage that is either near $10 or over $10. No matter what the federal minimum wage is states can pass their own minimum wage laws. A steep hike may put small businesses out of business due to being unable to pay their employees a lot more money.

Many things need to be changed in America and I understand that people need money. However, when I see people protesting for more money I always wish that they were protesting for higher quality food and clean vehicles instead of just more money to continue selling subar stuff. However, if they raise the federal minimum wage a lot and the cost of products increases it will inevitably result in people buying less of them, so it may help a little.

To people arguing for a $15 federal minimum wage, which is more important, more money in your pocket or a habitable planet? Perhaps you should not even be working at your job if they are destroying the planet and you are making some idiots rich.

June 4, 2019 9:36 AM HST - Posted by Jason

Trump Deragement Syndromes

On June 2, 2019, I added TDS-B (Trump Derangement Syndrome - Type B) to the Trump Derangement Syndrome entry on Wikipedia. I used information on Urban Dictionary and Twitter because it was readily available and addressed the opposite of TDS. However, it was reverted and removed.

I wanted to write a separate entry for TDS-B because it resembles the opposite of TDS. However, after posting a message and receiving a reply in the Talk page I decided to simply add it to the TDS entry.

I first noticed traditional TDS among some anti-Trump liberals. However, I have also noticed a form of TDS among pro-Trump conservatives, but it is different. UD mentions both in the same page like it is the same thing, so I wanted to differentiate.

Here is the article that I wrote:


‪TDS characterizes an ailment that affects some liberals, but others argue that some of Trump’s conservative supporters have TDS too, but with different symptoms. These symptoms can include paranoia, playing the victim, abandoning logic and reason, a disconnect with reality and misplacing blame. Sometimes TDS-B is characterized by racism, xenophobia, homophobia and violent, homicidal or genocidal positions especially toward immigrants.‬ ‪Some say TDS-B is the opposite of TDS and others have associated it with being in a cult. It has also been associated with authoritarianism.‬

I also cited two tweets and the UD article. Also, here is a link to the TDS Wikipedia page and the Talk page in case you want to read them or contribute. Here is how it looked on Wikipedia.

If you are on Wikipedia and want to stroke their ego by citing it with other sources the way they like it by all means go ahead and do it. When I have some time, I may find some “approved sources”. It is ironic that it was rejected because Urban Dictionary is created by users like Wikipedia is. It looks like they have the same standard to me.

I found it unfortunate that the other basis it was rejected was “no original research” because I called it TDS-B. It has to be called something. I don’t like citing myself as a source, but it seems childish to wait until somebody else says TDS-B before it can be typed on Wikipedia.

Some odd people control Wikipedia sometimes, but I digress.

Good luck,

May 28, 2019 10:52 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Amanda Eller: Lost and Found

On May 8, a 35-year-old hiker named Amanda Eller got lost in the Makawao Forest Reserve in Maui and fell 20 feet down a ravine and injured herself. She was unable to get out, so she survived for 17 days until a search party found her.

On May 14, I searched the forest for her, but I didn’t see any sign of her. I took a bus from Kahului to Makawao and walked 2-3 miles to the forest. I had never been there before, but I followed the trail map and walked around for about 90 minutes.

The forest was beautiful and the air was clean. I took a trail and there were some switchbacks and it gave me a taste of what it was like. I noticed a search party on my way to the top, but I didn’t talk to them or join them. I just wanted to do my own thing and let them do their thing.

I didn’t like hearing that somebody in my community was missing. It bothered me a lot possibly because I lost my daughter in 2011 and it eventually compelled me to look for her. I wondered if there was a bad person or a monster in the forest and I was shocked that they could not find her for so long. I wondered if they knew what they were doing. The longest trail is only 6.2-miles and it is a loop with some switchbacks, so it only extends for about three miles.

The search party included helicopters, rapellers, search and rescue dogs, police, fire department and hundreds of volunteers. It was on the local and national news every day too. Eller’s parents came and raised money to put together a search team and it worked. On May 20, I had asked the FBI to come and investigate because I did not think the police were going to find her.

On May 24, a helicopter that her dad hired presumably with money they raised on spotted her and rescued her. She had a fractured leg and had lost 15-20 pounds. She also had bug bites and an infection. She survived on water from a waterfall and by foraging plants, berries and guava.

Yesterday Eller gave a press conference for an hour and answered questions and explained what happened. It was amazing to hear her tell the story. I hope she writes a book or it gets made into a movie. She is a strong person and her mental and physical discipline helped her get through it. Her account was moving and inspiring too. It was refreshing that she did not invoke a religion or proselytize, but simply mentioned her respect for a higher power.

I was intending to search with the search party on Friday, May 24 which was the day that they found her. However, I was rudely awakened at 2 a.m. and had to call the police to report an incident, so I got a poor night’s sleep and decided that I would go on Saturday if they hadn’t found her. Since the helicopter spotted her and I would have had to descend a 20’ ravine like she did I probably wouldn’t have found her. Also, they were assigning people areas, so I could have been in a totally different spot.

On May 20, I tweeted Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, USA Today, NBC, BBC, Newsy and Civil Beat to ask them to send reporters to Maui to cover the story. I told them the local news was not covering it very well because they focus on Oahu which has a much bigger population. Fortunately many major news stations covered the story and to KHON’s credit they broadcasted small segments and uploaded them to YouTube virtually every day. Sometimes they included a few more clues or what volunteer searchers and law enforcement were doing.

On May 22, I told somebody on Twitter that they needed their Tommy Lee Jones from The Fugitive movie to lead the way. Eller’s boyfriend seemed like he had PTSD and I knew he couldn’t do it. It turns out that Javier Cantellops was that guy. He had served in the military in Iraq and Afghanistan, he knew Eller and he spotted her from the helicopter.

On May 23, I created a Wikipedia article for Makawao Forest Reserve. I had not edited Wikipedia since 2006, but after I tweeted Jimmy Wales and he retweeted my request for somebody to make the page somebody told me I should make it. Over the course of a few days I learned how to code an article and wrote it as well as I could. Although I knew it had to focus on the forest, I created it to add the disappearance of Amanda Eller hoping that it would draw interest, coverage and more volunteer searchers.

On May 23, I also tweeted a musician named Corey Harper because he was in Maui. I asked him if he wanted to be a hero and encouraged him to join the search party on Friday. Since he was visiting with his girlfriend Ireland Bassinger-Baldwin which is Alec Baldwin and Kim Bassinger’s daughter it probably would have been covered by more media and disseminated further. I noticed that they were in Lahaina because I saw Ireland’s Instagram stories.

Since I have fasted for 40 days in Hawaii, I knew that Eller could survive for several more weeks without food. I also considered spending the night in the forest, but that would have been a bad decision. I figured somebody would smell a decaying dead body, so I thought she was alive in the forest.

There are also a couple of random things that I think are interesting. She slept one night in a boar’s den and my college fraternity friends nicknamed me boar. Also, I had been writing a book called 103 Haikus in Maui for several weeks and Eller lives in a town named Haiku. On May 16, I wrote one haiku about her and one about the forest.

When I began studying journalism in college in 2012, I started paying close attention to the news every day. During the last seven years I have heard a lot of depressing stories about suffering, murder and war, so this one is unique because it has a happy ending. In fact, I think it is the happiest story that I have heard this decade, so I wanted to blog about it.

I hope we learn something from this and never give up. There is truth in the adage “where there is a will, there is a way.”

9 pictures on Instagram that I took in the Makawao Forest Reserve

May 27, 2019 12:55 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Top 15 Auto #ClimateStrike Affirmations

15. Beep your alarm all you want, but I don’t want your stinkmobile.

14. Are you on the way to a Polluter’s Anonymous meeting?

13. Do you like polluting on little babies or old ladies the most?

12. I am riding my bike in front of your vehicle because the shit smell comes out the back like your ass.

11. I will wear your sins, but I can’t redeem you.

10. What’s in your gas tank? Cherokee or Comanche?

9. Your descendants will die in your sins.

8. You are lucky that your kids bow down to your gods, but your grandkids will dance on your grave with me.

7. If all of you lose the same way it may look like winning.

6. Maybe you can move inland, avoiding buying coastal property and turn the bridges into drawbridges.

5. Do you drive around a sports team in your SUV or do you have a mental illness?

4. Were you unable to find the big one? The big one can’t find you.

3. We have obesity and pollution epidemics and somehow people can’t figure out how to solve them.

2. Light pollution, air pollution AND noise pollution!? Well, hook me up!

1. Do rainbows come out the back of that one?

May 27, 2019 11:06 AM HST - Posted by Jason

Quick Take: Body Fat

When I was a little kid, I was overweight. In my childhood pictures I am chubby even though I liked and played sports. I have never been obese though.

In between 7th and 8th grades, before I had a growth spurt, I was 5’ 3” and I weighed 155 pounds. After my growth spurt and exercise regimen that summer I was 5’ 8” and 135 pounds which is in the healthy range. It was a drastic change. However, by the time I was a senior in high school I weighed over 180 pounds and I was about 5’ 10” which was overweight again.

I played football and soccer in high school, so I was typically a little heavier when I played football and I lost lots of weight when I played soccer. However, in my adult life I have been able to keep my weight in the 160-170 pound range which is the heavy end of the healthy scale for my height and body type. Fasting has helped a lot because I fast regularly for many days at a time. Exercising regularly and recording what I eat has helped as well.

When my mom passed away she was obese like her mom. She needed a knee replacement and it caused some health problems. I think her obesity affected her health and took years off her life. Her untimely death in a hospital because of a botched surgery prevented me from helping her lose the weight, but I had hoped that I would return to California one day to help and inspire her to get lean again.

I do not despise overweight or obese people. I feel bad for them and I wish I could lose the weight for them. I wonder why they don’t fast and eat healthier, but I do not make fun of fat people and I do not hate them. In fact, I feel the same way that I feel about coaching an underperforming athlete.

When I coached soccer I was frustrated because we didn’t win one time, so I called my dad and he said something wise. He said the kids want to win more than I want them to win. He said they are playing in front of their friends and family and want to do well more than I want them to do well and he was right. I think the same thing is true about overweight and obese people. They are aware of their weight and they want to be lean and healthy more than we want them to be that way, so harping on it is unnecessary and probably counterproductive.

May 23, 2019 10:24 AM HST - Posted by Jason

Why I Am Not a Vegan

I am an organic vegetarian which means I only eat organic vegetarian food. I’ve been this way for 5-6 years and I feel great. Some people ask if I am a vegan and I am not one.

I am not a vegan because vegans eat things that I would not give to animals or put in landfills. The food they eat is contaminated with pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, etc. It is also grown in sludge (excrement) and has GMOs in it. These things tend to be bad for the human body, the environment and other lifeforms.

I consider honey to be medicine, so I enjoy swallowing a little each day. Vegans are apparently divided on it, but they tend to avoid it because bees make it. However, honey has health benefits and I think it has benefits that we’ve been unable to measure. There is nothing like it too. Agave and maple do not have the same benefits.

Organic food can’t have table salt in it because it contains synthetic additives like sodium aluminosilicate, silicon dioxide and magnesium carbonate. It also can’t have high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils or artificial sweeteners in it.

Organic food is healthier than vegan food. For instance, vegans eat processed food, but organic food is unprocessed or minimally processed. It can’t include synthetic preservatives, artificial colors or artificial flavors to be USDA certified organic food, but vegan food can have those additives. It also can’t have synthetic antibiotics or synthetic hormones in it.

The human body is organic. Yours was organic. I think food is like medicine or poison and you have to make the right choices to become healthy and stay healthy. The healthiest diet you can eat and the best one for the environment and other lifeforms is an organic vegetarian diet.

Some people eat with a lot of faith, but I don’t. I hope you eat the healthiest food that you can find and experience good health. The old adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is true. Good luck.

May 18, 2019 5:23 PM HST - Posted by Jason

My Twitter Account

I’ve used Twitter since 2011 and my account has been through a lot of changes. I’ve even weathered two spurious suspensions, unfollowed everybody, stopped developing my account and deleted all of my tweets (which are backed up on my website).

Every week about 100 users follow me. I am thankful for their interest and I hope they enjoy my tweets. Every week about 500 users unfollow me too.

I’ve analyzed my account for years with Tweepsmap and about 15% of my “unfollows” are actually accounts that get suspended. Most of the others are likely using software that automatically unfollows users that unfollow them after a period of time.

I developed my Twitter account for years by following 1,000 engaged users each day and eventually unfollowing users that didn’t follow me back. About 500 users would follow me back each time. That’s how I got over 150,000 followers although about 70,000 users have followed me without me ever following them. Read my other blogs below called The Future of Twitter and My Twitter Resolutions to see why I changed my Twitter philosophy and behavior. It was mainly due to Twitter’s actions.

One huge drawback of following 174,000 accounts like I was doing is that my feed was useless. For instance, if you follow 600 users that you are interested in and 173,400 accounts that you are less interested in you won’t ever see their tweets. Your feed will be a blur every time you refresh it. This makes Twitter an announcement service instead of a way to connect with your favorite users by reading their tweets in real time.

On the bright side my unfollows have nothing to do with my tweets. The weekly amount has been consistent no matter what I say. Software like Just Unfollow and Manageflitter can automatically unfollow users that have unfollowed them. Spending no time or money to develop my account and connecting with about 600 rad users that I follow is worth losing followers though. The only downside is it may look like my account is becoming less popular and sometimes jerks say negative things, but I can hold my own.

If I could do it again, I wouldn’t change a thing. There’s no account like mine because I am unique. Also, my tweets are read and disseminated by influencers regardless of my follower count. For instance, my account is on 872 Twitter lists. Some of them are pseudonyms that read and disseminate what I write, but don’t like or RT my tweets or identify themselves.

Some of my tweets get no likes or RTs, but that’s ok. I experience awesome things and tweet what I discover. I read and watch lots of news and tweet it too. It’s exciting and Twitter is like a public journal. If you count the 872 lists I am on and add all of the likes and RTs I get each day it’s plenty. I am just the messenger and not liking or RTing my tweets says more about others than me.

My advice is to live life to the fullest, don’t worry about how many followers, likes or RTs you get and definitely don’t buy them. I connect with users that have a dozen followers as much as I do with users that have millions of followers. I value content more than numbers. Numbers can be faked (e.g. buying followers, likes and RTs) which is something that I’ve never done and won’t do.

Nobody pays to advertise my account and I’ve only asked two users to follow me in the eight years that I’ve had it; one did and one didn’t. Do you know who did and who didn’t follow me?

I asked Gabriel Iglesias (aka Fluffy the comedian) to follow me when I lived in Long Beach, California because that’s where he’s from and he followed me. I also asked the Dalai Lama to follow me, but he didn’t. He’s following zero users though.

Enjoy your online experience and I look forward to your original content and interesting tweets.

May 6, 2019 11:55 AM HST - Posted by Jason

Quick Take: Marijuana

Marijuana laws in the U.S. are messed up. They vary from state to state while simultaneously being federally illegal.

Some states have voted to legalize marijuana in a variety of ways. They range from terminally ill patients being allowed to purchase or grow it to recreational cultivation, consumption and sales. The penalties for marijuana possession also vary greatly.

One of the biggest complaints about marijuana laws is that they are unequally applied to people of color. I could see how that could be possible because in my experience police officers in California and Hawaii haven’t wanted to deal with a white kid smoking pot by the corner. However, consuming marijuana in public is still illegal in every state along with being federally illegal.

If a police officer wanted to take it out on the kid by the corner smoking a joint with 7 grams in his pocket he could mess up his life for a long time with charges like possession of a controlled substance, distribution, etc. If he was in touch with the federal government and federal agents he could even notify them and they could add federal charges. Since the court systems are different the suspect would need to retain two attorneys and go to both court’s hearings. Fortunately, I think police officers have been told by their superiors to focus on other things (e.g. crimes with a victim).

Some politicians are saying marijuana should be legal and minor marijuana charges should be expunged. I agree because it is simply a plant that heals and it has never killed anybody. I think the dyslexic marijuana laws and the war on marijuana have caused a lot more problems than the actual plant.

Traveling with marijuana from state to state is tricky. If the TSA which is part of the federal government wants to they can notify federal agents to arrest you if they catch you with any marijuana. However, I think they have been told to let people fly if they have a small amount and are traveling between legal marijuana states. Patients may need to show their paperwork though. Flying within your state can be tricky too. If you live in a medical-only state and can’t produce your medical paperwork at the airport they may confiscate it.

States across the country are legalizing marijuana for medical and recreational purposes. The federal government needs to reschedule it because it is not a Schedule I drug. I don’t think they want to admit that they have been wrong. It could also affect jobs (e.g. DEA), funding and even have a ripple effect throughout the Americas. Some countries have already been legalizing it despite the U.S.’ toxic, fragmented approach though.

May 5, 2019 3:20 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Quick Take: Facebook

I began using Facebook a lot after I got an iPhone in 2008. I liked it because it connected me with friends from the high schools and colleges I attended. I also found random friends (e.g. summer camp, soccer, travel, work, graduate schools, etc.) around the country.

In 2011, the DEA, police, CPS and Dept. of Forestry raided the legal medical marijuana collective that I directed in California. Forestry Agent Michelle Sarubbi said she spied on my Facebook account. Ever since then I have stopped using it. Well, after I posted pics of what the raid did to my home. I just connected it to my Twitter feed for a few years.

In 2016, while Donald Trump was running for president I started hearing about people getting their news on Facebook. I had created a newsfeed page with dozens of domestic and international feeds after Google Reader was “retired” in 2013. Getting news on Facebook sounded like a horrible, risky thing to do, so I made a strong comment against it in October and shared my link Later, it came to light that Russians allegedly bought ads and floated fake news stories on Facebook that may have influenced voters.

In 2017, I deactivated my Facebook account and I have not missed it. I have friends and family on it, but what is the cost of connecting with them? Who do I support by using Facebook’s system? I think the answer is clear and I don’t want anything to do with them if I can help it.

I prefer Twitter over Facebook and I have tweeted the #deletefacebook hashtag many times. I am looking forward to the next batch of companies that have not invaded our privacy and sold our democracy down the river. I used to use AOL and MySpace and I can’t recall either of them doing the horrible things that Facebook has done. Also, their plans for the future seem suspect to me.

“Facebook is where you lie to people you know. Twitter is where you tell the truth to people you don’t know.” I can’t take credit for saying it first, but I see the truth in it. Thanks Twitter. Bugger off Facebook.

April 28, 2019 9:46 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Quick Take: Oahu vs. Maui

I recently moved back to Maui from Oahu and I like it. There are some similarities between the two islands, but there are a lot of differences too.

Oahu has a lot more people. Honolulu has close to 500,000 people and the island has around 1 million or more. Kahului is the biggest town in Maui and it has 25,000 people. The entire island has about 50,000 people.

There are more things open 24 hours in Oahu. Even though 24 Hour Fitness in downtown stopped staying open 24 hours, there are other places like Safeway, Walmart, McDonalds, Foodland, 7-11s, etc. They also have a Starbucks that opens at 3:30 a.m.

The state library in Oahu is open on Monday, but the one in Kahului is not. Also, Honolulu is home of the capitol and many of the elected officials and lawmakers for the state. The University of Hawaii’s main campus is in Oahu too.

In Hawaii Kai I saw amazing sunrises and in Ala Moana I saw beautiful sunsets. In Maui I see amazing sunrises in Kahului and great sunsets in Kihei. They have much of the same foliage at the beach and around town.

Honolulu is more bike-friendly because they have painted bike lanes on more streets. There are not many bike lanes in Maui. However, I was hit seven times by vehicles in Oahu and I have never been hit in Maui.

Oahu has better surf. The North Shore is famous for giant waves and they can get 30’ and 40’ waves in the winter. Maui is good for snorkeling and wind surfing though.

April 27, 2019 5:30 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Quick Take: A Brand New World

I am writing the final book in A Brand New World and it is called How It All Ends. I have written the first nine stories and I am working on #10 now. There will probably be 95 total stories and it will bring the grand total to 500 stories in 10 books.

I have dozens of story ideas, so I will be writing all sorts of interesting stories this Spring, Summer and Fall. I also acquire new story ideas all of the time because I watch and read a lot of news and lead an active life.

I originally thought I would be in California at a college studying journalism while I wrote the last book. It would have provided a serious atmosphere and structure along with a steady stream of news stories. However, it was not in the cards, so I am writing it from Maui. I don’t mind writing it here and perhaps it will be a little more upbeat with a dash of comedy every so often.

I may develop the Godlike voice behind the curtain’s character, but I want to focus on stories. Writing a fluid story is an exciting process and it helps to stay open and take it as it comes. Every day is a news dump, so it is always good to analyze and synthesize what is going on.

I am open to continuing the book series for at least another book or two later. Also, I may launch a spin-off series or adapt it into something else. However, I think it will feel great to take a break because I have been writing ABNW stories non-stop since mid-2012.

Rico’s knowledge about the government's secret sonic weapons testing program has been sidelined because of his injury and the new story format. However, it will resurface soon and it could be part of a future book or series.

Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoy the last book. All of the ABNW books and many others that I have written are available on

March 31, 2019 4:33 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Quick Take: Abortion

My thoughts about abortion have evolved over the years. Even though I was born and raised as a Christian, I was personally against abortion, but pro-choice until college. At a campus Bible study, a girl that said she was almost aborted convinced me to be pro-life/anti-choice.

Nowadays I am not a Christian, but I am the way that I used to be. I am personally against abortion, but I am also pro-choice. There are several reasons why.

If you extrapolate the pro-life/anti-choice position, it may result in an irresponsible parent raising a child that she doesn’t want. Alternatively, it may result in a mom having to give her baby up for adoption. Some moms do not want to carry a fetus to term and give the baby up for adoption. It is not fair to control a mother for over 18 years of her life and that is the responsibility of a mother.

I think we should respect what mothers want. I do not think that governments, religionists or moralists have any authority over a mother’s body. They should respect her wishes.

While the fetus is inside a mother’s body, it is dependent on her, so she gets to make the decisions for it. If I was a woman, I would not accept anybody’s input on what I should do with my body and I think I should give mothers the same respect. I only eat and drink organic food and I take care of my body better than others do anyway. Always consider the source.

Nobody has the moral authority to tell a mother what to do. People are treating the planet and their body like a toilet (e.g. burning gasoline, burning coal, eating food that is not organic, rubbing harmful chemicals on their body, etc.). Why should anybody listen to somebody like that? Why should anybody feel inclined to bring a baby into this world because others pressure her while they are destroying the very air, land, water and food that the child will need to survive?

Having a child is a huge decision because children take a lot of time, effort and money to raise. I think a mother knows what is best for her and that we should leave it in her hands. Even though some people find it easy to control others nobody likes to be controlled and that is what it comes down to.

February 22, 2019 11:40 PM HST - Posted by Jason


This is Venezuela. Nicolas Maduro was elected by Venezuelans on May 20, 2018 and Juan Guaido proclaimed himself interim president on January 23, 2019.

Date: March 25, 2019
Russia reportedly sends 100 troops to Venezuela

Date: March 21, 2019
Guaido's chief of staff detained in Venezuela

Date: March 16, 2019
A National March on Washington was held in rejection of criminal U.S. policies on Venezuela.

Date: March 15, 2019
‪This Is Life In Venezuela When The Lights Go Out‬

Date: March 13, 2019
Venezuela: Maduro blames massive power outage on US-orchestrated 'cyberattack’‪

Date: March 6, 2019
Venezuela: Inside 23 de Enero, the Chavista district of Caracas still supporting Nicolas Maduro‬

Date: March 4, 2019
How was the tour of Juan Guaido in Latin American countries?

Date: March 1, 2019
MSNBC's Ali Veshi chokes on his own propaganda

Date: March 1, 2019
Venezuela: U.S. will continue to take "appropriate actions" against Maduro

Date: February 26, 2019
Venezuela: Maduro blames Colombian president over border clashes

Date: February 25, 2019
VIDEO: Guaido supporters start fire

Date: February 24, 2019
Venezuela: VP Rodriguez calls for support at People's Assembly

Date: February 24, 2019
Canada's "Humanitarian Aid" for Venezuela: Provocation or Genuine Concern?

Date: February 20, 2019
Venezuela army on 'alert' for border violations, backs Maduro

Date: February 20, 2019
US admiral threatens Venezuelan military

Date: February 19, 2019
Maduro: US president speaking in almost Nazi style

Date: February 18, 2019
Argentina: Maduro supporters march on US Embassy

Date: February 18, 2019
US Found To Be Shipping Arms To Venezuela

Date: February 18, 2019
Dueling concerts to rock Venezuela

Date: February 16, 2019
'Fancy' coups: US-backed workshops exposed as revolution masterclasses

Date: February 16, 2019
More sanctions: US hits Maduro government with new penalties

Date: February 14, 2019
Inside the neoliberal laboratory mobilizing for regime change in Venezuela — and preparing for the theft of its economy

Date: February 14, 2019
50 countries join Venezuela support group to back Maduro

Date: February 13, 2019
Thousands of Maduro supporters rally in Caracas

Date: February 13, 2019
USA: Rep. Omar grills Special Envoy to Venezuela Elliot Abrams over Iran-Contra role

Date: February 12, 2019
Venezuelan Crisis: The Long History Of U.S. Intervention

Date: February 8, 2019
Trump Admin. Admits They Want Venezuela’s Oil, Plus Troops In Iraq

Date: February 1, 2019
Ecuador: At least 168 Venezuelans return home from Ecuador

Venezuela's Constitution

Last edit: March 25, 2019, 10:25 a.m. HST

February 18, 2019 4:31 AM HST - Posted by Jason

Quick Take: Determining the Weather in Hawaii

It can be difficult to determine the weather in Hawaii. Since it is an island chain in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, rain clouds approach the islands quickly. When I live on the windward side of an island, rain clouds are on top of me very quickly. At least in tthe south I can see them approaching and hitting the hills as they slowly roll in with the wind. is a good website to see wind direction and speed. It is also great if a hurricane or similar weather system is approaching because it can play the projected path for the foreseeable future. Here is the link to Hawaii.,-157.689,6

Did you know the weather app AccuWeather was caught selling its customers’ location data to a third party? You may want to stay away from weather apps. I do.

KHON2 News boasts the most accurate weather and they are pretty good. You can watch them on TV or on YouTube. They link up-to-date forecasts and special weather warnings on Twitter @khonnews.

If you type “weather honolulu” (our your town’s name or zip code) in a search engine like Bing it will tell you the weather and it gives you a slider. If you slide it to the right you can see the percentage chance that it will rain. When there is over 50% chance it usually rains a few minutes at least. When it is decreasing below 50%, it is probably safe to go outside without getting wet.

Freak rain clouds zip through and rain on sections of town, so it is difficult to prepare for everything. Sometimes it rains and there are no clouds in the sky. Those are puzzling. I ride a bike everywhere, so it is important for me to figure it out. I don’t use an umbrella, but I wear a bathing suit and waterproof jacket sometimes.

Good luck determining the weather in Hawaii.

February 10, 2019 5:20 AM HST - Posted by Jason

Quick Take: My Evolving Faith

I became a Christian when I was seven years old and I attended Christian schools and colleges. It was a way of life and I attended church and Bible studies too. I believed it and enjoyed it and didn’t sweat the haters. I even published 10,000 Wise Quotes and Spiritual Sayings from the messages that I heard over seven years.

In 2011 the government broke down my door for growing medical marijuana for a collective in California and it burst the fundamentalist bubble I was in. I call it a fundamentalist fog now. Everything was painted a little differently before then; a little more rosy, but it was a process too.

I had written a book called The Skeptic’s Annotated Bible: Correccted and Explained as my Ph.D. dissertation and it was a rebuttal to a skeptical Bible commentary. After studying Greek and Hebrew in seminaries and obtaining advanced degrees, I wanted to explain some potential remedies for alleged Bible errors because I was a literalist. The things that I couldn’t prove (e.g. claims in the distant past of miracles) I took on faith. I essentially trusted people around me that believed and I no longer did because they didn't have more evidence. They only had more faith.

I think it took time to get to that point. I used to debate atheists and I think their logic helped me see things differently. Even the recollection of my more aggressively anti-God professors at San Diego State University made more sense with their criticism and sticking to things like the scientific method.

I don’t think Jesus was God (if God exists) and I think I am more of a general theist, polytheist or deist, so I can’t call myself a Christian. The Bible does have some interesting verses in it and some true things. I just won’t believe afterlife claims or unprovable things. I think a lot of it is fiction even though believers could make most of it come true like a self-fulfilling prophecy.

February 2, 2019 11:22 AM HST - Posted by Jason

Quick Take: Universal Healthcare

In America today a lot of people have opinions on universal healthcare. Some people want it and others think the government can't afford it. Many people already get medical coverage from their employer.

I don't like hospitals because my mom passed away in one after a botched surgery. I take zero pills every day because they cause degenerative diseases and I want to live forever. I also realize that superbugs are being created in many hospitals. Nonetheless, I recognize that some people need or want healthcare.

I feel that government owes people healthcare because they have allowed a need for it. Since they have approved of the country in its current state (e.g. dirty air, polluted water, subpar food that causes disease, pills that cause horrible side effects, etc.), they should pay for medical care.

The doctors in America will still do the work because nobody will go to a foreign country for medical care and we aren't going to create brand new doctors. Therefore, the transition should be seamless. The only thing that is changing is the person that is paying for it.

If people mistreat their body or trust liars and harm themselves and need medical care that's fine. However, I think medicine should be personalized because not everybody lives that way and some people have other needs. For instance, the things that keep me healthy include steam rooms, saunas, massages, organic food, exercise, dental visits, etc. If those things are not included in healthcare, then I wouldn't call it healthcare.

January 31, 2019 1:22 AM HST - Posted by Jason

Quick Take: Submission in a Christian Marriage

When I was 26-years-old, I married a 20-year-old woman and we were both Christians. She became pregnant on our honeymoon because she forgot to take her birth control pill. Neither of us wanted an abortion, but I suggested that we give our child up for adoption.

Despite her young age, my wish and our short marriage, she refused to consider giving our child up for adoption and she said she would leave me. Consequently, we saw the marriage counselor (a pastor at The Rock Church) that we saw for pre-marital counseling and he sided with her. He told me that I needed to do what she wanted.

We were devout Christians, so I was surprised that they were apparently ignoring Ephesians 5:22 which says: "Wives submit to your husbands as to the Lord." I thought this verse meant that when a contentious issue with lifelong consequences came up that I'd get the tying vote, but I was wrong.

My wife and I had the child and parented her. We named her Jordan at my father's suggestion because she was conceived after we were baptized in the Jordan River. I decided to fully embrace my role as father and I was fortunate that she was such a daddy's girl. However, her mother and I separated (and divorced a year or two later) when she was only eight years old.

I had hoped to bond with my wife and travel the world with her before having children. She had never dated anybody and this was the first time that she was living away from her parents (two hours away). Nonetheless, it didn't really matter what I wanted.

Christian guys, don't get married thinking like I did or you will probably regret it.

January 19, 2019 4:04 AM HST - Posted by Jason

Quick Take: Gay Marriage

People are divided over gay marriage in America today. What is your position?

From my youth I have been taught in church that homosexuality is a sin and that gay people shouldn’t get married. They used a verse in Leviticus and a verse in Romans to justify their position. However, I began seeing it differently when I got older.

First, I do not support marriage and I think marriage is foolish. I am divorced and I do not want to marry again. I think many bad things come from marriage and it is antiquated. I also think the government shouldn’t prefer married couples, but I digress.

I’ve been taught that marriage originated in the Bible and was ordained by God. I was also taught that marriage is not just a promise to another person, but a covenant with God. I took my covenant very seriously too. Therefore, I thought gay marriage should be different and I still do. If another category of committed relationships can’t be created, then perhaps a “civil union” would be best.

Part of the reason why my viewpoint on gay marriage has evolved is because preventing same-sex people from marrying seems like discrimination. They want visitation rights in hospitals, parental rights in schools and to legally inherit their spouse’s possessions without a hassle. Why should we deny that to them and make their life more difficult?

Whatever your perspective may be, I hope that you leave room for you to evolve and consider how others may want different things than you do. It can be easy to forbid someone to have something that you don’t want, but mature people should be able to stand up for people that have different needs no matter what they were taught.

January 15, 2019 7:20 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Quick Take: Addicted to Cows

I am fascinated with the way that Americans are addicted to cow products. Do you know how many you eat?

Milk, yogurt and cheese are three of the most popular dairy choices even though they tend to have lots of saturated fat along with ice cream. However, hamburgers are probably the most popular food in the country. Hamburgers and cheeseburgers are sold everywhere all night all day every day.

I grew up drinking a 1% glass of milk with breakfast and a glass of milk with dinner. If they served milk at school, I bought a milk card and drank milk there too. My parents assured me it was a great source of proteins and vitamins like calcium. When I got older I drank nonfat and bought it by the gallon or even two gallons at a time.

After I stopped eating meat, I still ate lots of yogurt for a few months and a little for a few years, but eventually I gave it up too. Why? Everything in the list of benefits from probiotics to essential amino acid proteins can be found in other foods cheaper with less impact on the environment and less potential harm to me.

I think some people are suffering from some of the downsides of eating cow products like constipation, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, etc. However, what’s often worse than the actual cow product are the things they add to it. Whether it is white bread on a hamburger, aspartame in yogurt or antibiotics and steroids in milk and meat, there are things served in and with cow products that could be changed for optimal health.

December 29, 2018 4:56 AM HST - Posted by Jason

New Year's Resolutions

This year I have several resolutions, but most of them will be simple.

I want to publish over 100 haikus in another book. I also want to finish A Brand New World: How You Will Live and begin A Brand New World: How It All Ends.

After taking off 4-5 years from school, I want to return and finish my journalism degree in 2019. I may get an A.A. or a B.A. It could take 2-3 semesters to earn an A.A. or over two years for a B.A.

Every day I want to eat a bowl of organic oatmeal. Not only is it good for me, but it is also dirt cheap. I will eat organic raisins, organic cinnamon and organic honey with a dash of Himalayan salt in it and it will probably be 400-500 calories. I think spending up to 25% of my daily calories this way is wise.

Since I am used to spending up to $5 for 500 calories, spending under .50 cents for 500 calories will save me money. It could even save me over $100 a month.

Oatmeal is high in protein and fiber. In a 362 calorie serving, there are 12 g of protein and 10 g of fiber. There is very little fat and researchers say oatmeal lowers (bad) cholesterol.

Every day in January I want to eat one, organic, fresh fruit or vegetable because they are good for me. This should not be too difficult, but it may be a little expensive. If it goes well and I want to continue, then I may do it or adapt it for 2019.

How much do organic fruits and vegetables cost where you live? A big bag of carrots is probably the cheapest vegetable even though there are not many calories in carrots. They cost around $1 a pound. Bananas are probably the cheapest organic fruit besides raisins. They are .89 cents a pound at Whole Foods.

Even though they are not cheap, I like all sorts of fruits and vegetables. My favorite organic fruits include avocados, tomatoes, bananas, raisins, mangoes, apples and applesauce and grapes. Tofu, pinto and black beans, carrots, broccoli, salad and bell peppers are my favorite organic vegetables.

Besides those things I also want to visit San Diego and Maui and I want to cut my hair. My bangs are one length and longer than my chin and I have resolved to cut them off because I am tired of them. I may even do it before the new year (like today). I have not decided yet.

Good luck with your New Year’s resolutions.

December 26, 2018 9:34 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Quick Take: NuttZo Organic 7 Nut & Seed Butter

Since I stopped eating meat, I have been trying to eat the right vegetarian foods that have all of the essential amino acid proteins that my body needs. I typically have to combine foods like whole wheat and beans, but they don’t have to be eaten together.

I used to like eating peanut butter, but I have developed an allergy to it. I think I fell asleep with It in my mouth and it led to a mild histamine response when I eat it now. I tried almond butter and it is good, but almonds are not a complete protein and it was very plain.

The NuttZo organic 7 Nut & Seed Butter tastes great and I like how it crunches. I think it is a viable complete protein, but the only way to know for sure is to look up the ingredients and determine which amino acid proteins they have. This includes cashews, almonds, Brazil nuts, flax seeds, chia seeds (which are complete proteins), hazelnuts and pumpkin seeds.

With 6g of protein and 3g of fiber per serving, it is difficult to eat just one. I like it plain, on bread or bagels or with crackers. Costco has the best deal on it, so visit Costco to try it. Also, if you turn the jar upside down for at least 6-8 hours, the oil that collects on top will seep back into the butter and mix with it.

December 5, 2018 8:00 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Quick Take: Plastic Problems

Did you hear that we have a plastic problem? Have you ever heard of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? It’s disgusting and disheartening.

Have you taken any steps to stop or reduce your use of plastics? I have done several things and you should consider doing them too.

Instead of using plastic silverware when I eat out, I bring metal utensils. Instead of using plastic bags, I use paper bags for trash and groceries. I use bamboo toothbrushes instead of plastic ones and glass containers instead of plastic ones for liquids. Instead of using plastic water bottles, I reuse a Brita filter bottle and instead of using paper and plastic coffee cups, I reuse a coffee mug. I also use a refillable torch lighter.

In the future, I hope to stop using regular dental floss and use silk floss. I also hope to continue what I have been doing while looking for more ways to stop using plastics.

December 3, 2018 4:31 PM HST - Posted by Jason

My Twitter Resolutions

Twitter suspended my account for a week, so I made some changes.

I spent several hours a week for several years developing and growing the account. I followed 1,000 users virtually every day and unfollowed users. Sometimes it was a hassle and inconvenient, so I am relieved to stop.

I used Crowdfire (formerly Just Unfollow) to find a user’s best followers and I followed them. It worked very well because many interesting people followed me back. It also kept me from accidentally following bots or unengaged accounts. I spent $10 a month on it.

I also used Manageflitter to unfollow users. It let me unfollow users that weren’t following me in the order that I followed them. I used to use this about every four months, but lately I was using it every month. I spent $12 a month on it.

Since Twitter can arbitrarily shut down my account any time at their whim with no recourse, I see no good reason to invest any more time or money into developing the account. I never paid a third-party to do anything. I only paid to use the two website applications that let me manually follow and unfollow users.

Avoiding that method will decrease my new followers at least in the short term. Saving $250 and 350 hours a year is worth it though. I have already found better uses for my time.

According to Tweepsmap, my account was gaining about 1,000 followers and losing about 500 followers every week on average. They send emails on Tuesdays, so tomorrow I will see what my account did in the last week.

I was following about 174,000 users and it was way too many. In fact, I don’t want to follow anybody, so I unfollowed everybody. After a time, I will follow the people I talk to and the people I like. My followers’ tweets feed will finally be discernible and coherent all of the time.

Some of the people that I was following were bad people. They were following people that I know and like, so I followed them. They aren’t all horrible people. They just do things that I don’t do and they don’t do what I do.

I also deleted all of my tweets. I own my data. Twitter doesn’t own my data. I have backed up my tweets on my website, so I can access them any time. Now I can start anew on Twitter too.

I used the Delete All Tweets Chrome browser extension to delete all of my tweets. It was free and it took less than an hour to delete over 142,000 tweets.

Good luck.

December 1, 2018 4:26 AM HST - Posted by Jason

Quick Take: Stop Lights

All of the stop lights in Hawaii are on timers and they don’t have sensors, so it doesn’t matter if no cars are coming and there is a line of cars waiting. It doesn’t sense anything and people have to wait.

Is the lava rock foundation why Hawaii doesn’t use sensors? I think that is why we don’t have underground parking lots. It is very hard to excavate and eventually you will hit water. Even if that is the case, they should still be able to use some sort of sensor.

If the city could implement sensors at stoplights, I think it would save people a lot of time. I think it would also be better for the environment because vehicles could drive instead of having to stop, wait and idle often for no good reason except the time was up.

November 21, 2018 4:38 AM HST - Posted by Jason

The Whitening

When I was a kid, my mom took me to the beach and outdoors and liked to put sunscreen on my face. She would rub in a thick layer of suntan lotion like Coppertone 15. However, it ended up damaging my skin and giving me combination skin on my face.

I’m not sure which lotion or lotions did it or which chemicals did it, but it somehow changed my skin. It gave it a lighter appearance on my face. I can get tanner on my stomach, chest, arms, legs or back because the skin is different. My face is actually more prone to peeling and burning now because it doesn’t get brown like the rest of my body. It just gets red.

If my white face wasn’t bad enough, I also have white hair from sunscreen. When I was little my dad told me to rub it in my hairline, so I did because I didn’t want to get sunburned. However, over time it has turned my hair white and it is an uneven pattern and exactly where I rubbed in lotion.

I’m sure that sunscreen does this because of the way that it dyed my chest hair. I have had laser hair removal, so it is not as obvious now, but there was a clear handprint where I always put lotion. I think some people have white splotches on their facial hair based on where they have rubbed suntan lotion a lot.

My parents made some wonderful decisions for me, but using lots of sunscreen wasn’t a great one. Whatever was in that sunscreen should be banned. It is keeping hair dye manufacturers in business.

If I want to hide my white hair, I can use more chemicals. I used brown hair dye for about a decade, but when I moved to Hawaii in 2014 I stopped using it. It’s a painful, risky, environmentally hazardous bandaid and relationship for $20 a month. It is ironic though that FDA-approved chemicals caused my hair to turn white, so I can buy more FDA-approved chemicals to turn it brown until it falls out.

When I was dying my hair, I noticed that it wasn’t necessarily falling out faster, but it was not regrowing like it was without dye. This led me to believe that dying my hair was preventing new hair growth and since everybody naturally loses a bunch of hairs every day I was losing more hair than I was regaining.

Be careful which chemicals you put on your body. I am very careful now and I don’t use anything until I know what is in it. I don’t use any public soaps or cleaners on my body. I bring alcohol or alcohol wipes and use organic soap and shampoo. I also use organic sesame oil instead of lotion. My body is happier and healthier too.

November 19, 2018 3:44 AM HST - Posted by Jason

America, Climate Change and Fossil Fuels

I don’t think the government is taking the disastrous effects of climate change very seriously. In fact, President Trump has said he thinks it is a hoax. He has also tried to revive fossil fuel reliance via coal, oil and gas.

Some countries are taking global warming very seriously because they think it is already costing them time, money and resources. The ways that climate change and warming causes problems can be difficult to ascertain or quantify, but people are getting better at it. Pollution is costly to clean. Healthcare costs go up. Storms are more powerful and last longer causing more damage. Fire season is extended. Oceans slowly rise putting coastal living in jeopardy. Coral is bleaching and dying. The oceans are becoming saltier and more polluted.

There are some dire environmental issues affecting the country and the world and it doesn’t seem like America is too interested in them. I think we can blame the government, dirty energy businesses and consumers and in that order. Nobody wants to fix things because taking the actions necessary to fix them are too inconvenient, so everybody now and in the future will have to suffer the consequences.

I think people living in America today are among the worst people to ever walk the planet in the history of the planet. I hope that wasn’t too emphatic, but burning coal and gasoline, eating “conventional” food instead of organic and using synthetic chemicals on yourselves makes you the world’s worst people. Never before have more destructive, more harmful, more belligerent people existed. I can add bad examples to that list.

Our government is screwing future generations in many different ways. The increasing $21.7 trillion debt and running out of money in 2033 to pay elderly social security investors are a couple of ways. Feeling no urgency to switch to renewable energy is another way.

I won’t make excuses for anybody. I keep thinking it’s too bad that Christian repentance doesn’t involve leaving fossil fuels behind. If it did or if it ever does, most of America may finally care about the environment like God intended.

November 17, 2018 6:10 PM HST - Posted by Jason

The Future of Twitter

There are over two days left in my 7-day Twitter suspension, so I was just thinking about Twitter again.

I think I see Twitter differently than it is because I see it more as a public utility and not a business. I felt that way before I was cut off for a week, but since I’ve been away I see it even more clearly. This medium is the country’s way to communicate with itself. It is the preferred method to disseminate information and taking it from somebody because they didn’t conform to an arbitrary set of standards seems inappropriate. Also, having appeal arbiters on Twitter’s payroll seems silly. Shouldn’t a neutral third party rule on appeals?

I have always fought for free speech and spoken against those that try to take it away. I say "try" because you can never take away free speech unless you cut out someone’s tongue and tie their arms behind their back. All you can do is restrict their reach if that is your thing.

I condemned ABC for firing Roseanne over a dumb joke. I condemned people that villainized Kathy Griffin, Michelle Wolf and Sam Bee and couldn’t take a joke. There are lots of other examples because it is something that I believe in and I am always amazed when the country dogpiles on somebody when they think they are evil.

I created a RSS feed for my tweets and I embedded it into the Poetry page on my website. If people didn’t just rely on Twitter, but used the same technology that they’re using that has existed for a long time, they could make their own Twitter feed. Search engines could spider all of the feeds. Twitter could even allow feed submissions.

It doesn’t have to be the way it is. Twitter doesn’t know what they’re doing and they’re making all sorts of mistakes. I wouldn’t be surprised if one of the wealthy celebrities with wealthy backers (e.g. Milo Yiannopoulos, Alex Jones, etc.) doesn’t sue them and win a substantial amount of money. They must have financial losses from being banned from Twitter for things they said.

I have half a mind to return to Twitter and blast everybody under the sun. Two things are for certain. Whatever I do, I will do it like I’ve done it before and I will do it like I mean it because I will.

November 16, 2018 4:56 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Twitter Denies My Suspension Appeal

Twitter suspended my account for a week for asking comedian Daniel Tosh if he is retarded. Have you ever seen his comedy? He is hilarious, but it’s a legitimately funny question.

I had to delete the tweet, but I took a screenshot before I did it. They took about three and a half days to get back to me about the suspension.

I have not created any sock puppet accounts or even used my old account with my name on it. In fact, I am offended at the way they are treating me because it seems unfair. It also feels like it lacks a human touch and an independent arbiter.

I think Twitter needs me more than I need it. I won’t shut up if I don’t want to and I will post on my website or use another social media platform like Instagram or YouTube. I could also sparingly tweet instead of tweet all day.

Twitter shouldn’t be so reckless with free speech rights. I am angry at them for their decision, but I think they will suffer some consequences for treating people this way. They shouldn’t try to control or limit free speech unless it’s a death threat. They are playing Word Cop and doing a pisspoor job of it.

It is quite easy to create a RSS feed like Twitter uses and post or “tweet” messages that way. Getting others to subscribe is another story. That was the good thing about Twitter. There were so many people using it. They should allow users to submit their RSS url for inclusion in their searchable database.

You can see the appeal message and what I replied on Instagram.

November 15, 2018 2:44 AM HST - Posted by Jason

The White House vs. CNN’s Jim Acosta

Since 2012, I have been following CNN and politics closely. I have seen a lot of interesting stories and I have noticed some things that they didn’t mean to say. As for Jim Acosta, I thought that he was becoming a little obnoxious in the White House Press briefings, but it wasn’t unforgivable.

I think part of the problem is that he is intrigued by Sarah Sanders. I think he sees her illustrious father in her and can’t get over the things she says or the way she says them. Acosta knows he is in her head because she chastises him at news conferences by name.

Acosta had his White House press credentials revoked after he challenged President Trump’s perspective. Trump had given his version of events that did not exactly jibe with reality, so Acosta corrected him before asking his question and the president didn’t like it. It must be difficult to form questions based on reality and then rephrase them to cut through the president’s alternate reality.

In this case, President Trump said the migrant caravan approaching the U.S. was an invasion and Acosta said it is not an invasion. I had been listening to the rhetoric about the strong men approaching and I noticed how we sent the military to fortify and guard the border, so I started asking if we were preparing for war. How do you think it will look when the U.S. goes to war? Most people probably imagine it happening far away or at least in the air, but it could look a lot like these waves of migrant caravans and somebody would simply need to arm them after getting denied entry and they would be out of work and easily influenced. In the end, unless lots of powers and money poured in the war would probably falter and the waves of military would probably succeed unless it sparked something domestic.

I watched the video of Acosta pushing the intern’s arm down when she tried to reach for his microphone the third time. I think appropriate contact involves touching from the shoulder to the fingertips, so he didn’t do anything inappropriate. I think the next journalist made it clear that Acosta is a good guy and innocent before he asked his question and he seemed to acquire the president’s ire because of his bold stance. He worked for MSNBC and not CNN too.

Asking tough questions is a good thing. Being told that you are a terrible person by the president after you disagree with his characterization of events isn’t good. He sometimes creates his own narrative or version of events and gets angry at other narratives that challenge his.

I have noticed the president’s personal attacks on Acosta and there were three big ones and I labeled some of the tweets #thrice. You can find them on Twitter. Like in the case of Rosie O’Donnell, I have been fascinated with the way President Trump has went after Acosta. Some of the people they attack seem so random that you wonder if they spy on them first and acquire anti-Trump sentiments or if they would even need to because they so openly detest the president.

I think the White House should give Acosta his credentials back and stop acting this way. They are lucky if they still have a quality press because of all of the verbal attacks not to mention other sorts of attacks like pipe bombs and Saudi mercenaries.

This doesn’t say much for free speech. I think reporters in the White House press briefings will feel like they could get their press credentials revoked if they ask certain questions now. However, the White House does not have to do any press briefings and whoever they let in and keep out is their business. They keep out RT as well and I think they are just another news outlet without the western mainstream media spin.

November 14, 2018 7:42 PM HST - Posted by Jason

My Twitter Suspension

Twitter notified me yesterday about a tweet that they deemed inappropriate. I took screenshots of everything as it unfolded.

I tweeted a joke to comedian Daniel Tosh about him and the Florida recount because he is from Florida. He also knows Florida’s reputation and has referred to it on his Comedy Central show. It was a joke and not a disgusting or inappropriate one. See Instagram.

I deleted the tweet at Twitter’s request and I thought they would reinstate immediate access to my account, but they suspended my account for a week and provided a countdown clock. It looks like the account is still accessible, but I cannot tweet, follow users, unfollow users, etc.

I appealed Twitter’s decision, but they said it could take a couple of days before they reply. Perhaps they will reinstate the account sooner. They shouldn’t play politically correct cops. What a bunch of assholes. I am tempted to blast them with my first tweet back.

I am going to focus on writing some other things like blogs, stories, poems, etc. I feel like I have some more time now even though I wasn’t using Facebook to begin with. I am writing some thoughts in a notepad like usual.

See you later, but probably not on Twitter. At least for a week. I may rig the left hand Twitter feed to my own personal feed. I designed it recently in preparation for this moment because I knew they would suspend me eventually.

Twitter is a for-profit business and they probably don’t find me particularly profitable in their scheme. You never know though. They are definitely wrong and should change their position and apologize to me and pledge to treat free speech much more carefully in the future. I imagine somebody reported the tweet as a joke and they didn’t get either of them. #fail @Twitter

November 14, 2018 7:20 PM HST - Posted by Jason

6’ 2"

Did you know that your reach is roughly how tall you will grow? If you don’t grow that tall, then it may be a matter of injury or malnutrition.

How long is your reach from fingertip to fingertip? Mine is nearly 74” which is 6’ 2", but I am only 5’ 10” tall. I think I am this way because I sustained a back injury during my growth spurt between 7th and 8th grades. I was 5’ 3” tall at the beginning of the summer and 5’ 8” at the end of the summer. However, during that time I was hit in the back by a cheap shot while I was playing pop warner football for the El Cajon Falcons.

We had a great team and went to the final game called The Q bowl. Many of the players or their parents knew each other from public school and previous years of pop warner football, so they seemed to get priority. On one play our quarterback threw a meaningless interception toward the end of the game and I was getting some playing time on the offensive line because the game was so lopsided. After the interception I was jogging down the sideline toward the person that caught the ball and somebody on the other team earholed me. It didn’t have anything to do with the play, so it was awfully unnecessary.

I never saw the player that hit me, but he tackled me in such a spot that injured my back. I wouldn’t really understand what had happened until later though. However, they diagnosed me with scoliosis in elementary school and I have two bones that stick out a little bit and I think this is why. I don’t know if I actually had or have scoliosis despite their diagnosis. It basically just means an unusual curvature to the spine though.

When I was 20 years old I started visiting a chiropractor for spinal adjustments. A chiropractor named Timothy Carruthers in El Cajon used the gonstead method to adjust my lower back, middle back and neck. It always felt good afterwards. Eventually I saw his student named Ken Gilden in San Diego after I moved toward his office.

Gilden’s chiropractic practice was unique because it gave me unlimited visits and adjustments for a single price. I was married at the time and the one price actually covered both of us, our daughter and animals.

When I was a kid, my dad said I should be a contortionist because my arms were so long. My mom asked him about the job market for contortionists and he said mostly the circus and she rolled her eyes and that was the end of that. Too bad they didn’t have Cirque du Soleil yet. JK. My dad told us that I would be a great boxer with such a long reach, but my mom didn’t want me to get hit in the head and hurt. I think they made a good decision because boxing is exciting, but all of the great boxers acquire serious brain diseases over time. Even soccer players lose brain cells when they head the ball, so it’s hard to imagine the trauma one’s brain goes through after decades of boxing.

I wonder what it would be like to be 6’ 2". I would see better at concerts. I would probably be picked first a lot in sports. I was always one of the first picks, but not always the first pick. Perhaps I would have gotten more chances to play quarterback.

Clothes would fit me differently. I couldn’t imagine still wearing a medium or the same size shoe.

Being taller would have been better, but it probably would have been a mixed bag too. Some things might have been better and some things might have been worse. At least my injury was after I had already grown a lot. Some kids play pop warner several years earlier and if I would have sustained an injury then, I could have been under 5’ tall.

October 29, 2018 10:52 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Open Letter to Jordan

Dear Jordan,

I love you and miss you so much. I hope you are well.

Thanks for calling my dad for me. I liked texting you back and forth and I look forward to talking to you.

Remember that I still have 10% custody of you, so we can talk on the phone or see each other if we want to. Legally, I can see you three full days every month. Also, since I have seen you zero days in the last six years that may mean that I could see you 216 days in a row (72 months x 3 = 216) if we want.

I am happy with you living with your mom and Sam if you are. If you are not, then we can be together and arrange something else for you as soon as possible. I am here for you and I want to be here for you before any other person besides your mom is there for you because I am your one and only dad and I always will be. Also, you are my one and only daughter.

I have not called or texted you very much because my plan has been to wait until you turn 18 years old to reunite our relationship, but I would be happy to text or talk any time. You are very important to me and I don’t play games. I was waiting until you turned 18 years old because I didn’t want to talk to your mom or see her. That’s all. I think she is a liar with bad intentions and I don’t want anything to do with her. After you turn 18, neither of us have to answer to your mom ever again, but you can always do whatever you want.

Not only did your mom lie to me and hurt me with her deceit, treachery and hatred, but she disrespected the covenant that we made with God. You were very young and can’t remember everything, but she (and her mother) sabotaged our relationship after your birth and they did not stop until March 10, 2011. She was too young to be a mother and too young to get married, but she (we) didn’t realize it at first.

I think about you all of the time. In good times and bad, I wonder how you are doing and when good things happen I think about sharing them with you. I remember your smile and laugh and I miss your attention and your love. You were a great kid and I am sure that you still are one.

I still think that you may be surrounded by liars that care mostly about themselves and even use God to get what they want. Be careful, prudent and wise. You are almost finished with the first fraction of your life and the remaining 80% of your life is still ahead of you. In the end, the time that we have spent apart will seem short and insignificant.

I love you, miss you and want the best for you. I want to hear more about you and what you like to do these days. I don’t expect you to have everything figured out, but we had a deep connection and we always will have one. I am always here if you ever need me and I deeply hope that you are truly ok because I am far away and I know you want to please your mom even if that means being unhappy. Sometimes you have to look out for yourself and say enough is enough if bad things are happening and they will eventually pass. Hopefully, nothing very bad has happened or will happen.

Keep in touch. Talk to you later.


October 22, 2018 1:12 AM HST - Posted by Jason

Me Too

In this “Me Too” era, I figured I’d tell my story.

I was in an abusive marriage. It started with psychological abuse and it led to physical abuse. My ex-wife hit me, slapped our daughter and yelled all of the time. She even screamed at me in front of my private music lessons students. I retaliated a few times too. It was outta control, but nobody was seriously hurt. One time the police came and arrested her for domestic violence.

Sometimes we would get along very well and have a lot of fun. Other times the police would end up knocking on our door and we’d get a noise complaint for yelling at each other and bumping into things. It was one of those kinds of relationships.

We saw many different marriage counselors and eventually moved to the beach. We argued a lot until I got a medical marijuana card in the middle of our marriage which was about the same time. Using cannabis made us argue a lot less, so she opposed me using it although she helped me run the medical marijuana collective. We argued about me using it even though doctors recommended it for my muscle spasms from a childhood football injury. It worked and I liked it better than hydrocodone which was prescribed to me in large doses.

I had to end the relationship when she yelled at me after I moved into a new apartment. I was picking up the pieces after the raid and I didn’t want her ruining my new life and bothering the neighbors again. I needed a fresh start without her and even though she was initially on the lease I convinced her to remove herself and live elsewhere. It was a difficult decision to make, but I felt like I was being tortured and slowly losing everything and she had a lot to do with it.

After I received divorce papers, I never heard from her again. That was about six years ago. I consider myself lucky. I learned a lot from that relationship and I am over it. I haven’t dated anybody else, but I heard that she has remarried, so I wouldn’t take her back in the future.

I don’t think people understand this kind of abuse. It was slow, persistent and comprehensive. Sometimes it seemed calculated and other times it seemed spontaneous. It was unfortunate that our daughter had to see us argue, but sometimes she did.

Since she was awarded most of the custody of our daughter my ex-wife has been raising her and I have been waiting for her to turn 18 years old. I don’t even want to talk to my ex-wife. I have less than two years to go and then we will have fun without her. Some relationships don’t work out, but they don’t have to continue to bother you.



P.S. When I was 16 years old, my much older aunt had oral sex with me which is satutory rape, but that is another story.

September 15, 2018 9:40 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Showtime’s Californication Series

When Californication started broadcasting episodes on my birthday in 2007, I was excited about watching it because I had liked David Duchovny in The X-Files. Also, the storyline seemed interesting because I was married with a daughter. I was also a writer (among other things) at the time and although I didn’t have a dating life like Hank Moody’s at the time I used to have something similar.

As a man that was faithful to his wife, it was interesting to see Duchovny’s character Hank Moody (Hank was my grandpa’’s name) getting into so many problems because of his sex life. It wasn’t just Moody, but several people in the cast were filmed having sex and in some cases it cost them their job or reputation. However, there were some very beautiful bodies exposed that you wouldn’t see on basic cable TV, but it was Showtime (where we also watched Dexter).

Since I started writing and publishing books in the 2000s, I knew what it was like to write a good book and get little acclaim and not much money for it. Moody was relatable in that way. He was also relatable because I dated dozens of ladies before I was married, so his liberal and constant dating life was familiar to me.

I just watched the last two seasons because I hadn’t seen them. My wife and I divorced in 2012, so we stopped watching the show. Also, I moved and began living a totally separate life from my former wife and daughter. I still haven’t dated anybody since my wife though, so I am seeing it through that perspective now.

Watching Californication reminded me of the reasons why I left San Diego. I didn’t want the drama to continue and I didn’t want my drama to be part of their lives. I also didn’t want my needs to be on the table. A loving marriage relationship wasn’t a checklist and I thought we had something special and enjoyed doing all sorts of things together, but I guess I was wrong and I digress. Nonetheless, since Moody kept entering his former lover (he never married Karen) and daughter’s life, it contrasted mine because I haven’t done it. I think I made the right decision too.

Moody’s struggle with vices was familiar to me. I used to smoke cigarettes and I drink beer or wine from time to time. However, it rarely gets me into trouble and hasn’t done so for a long time because I grew up and became more responsible. This of course made it interesting to see an adult acting like a child and pushing the limits at partys and for no reason in particular.

I have never been unable to get an erection, so it was interesting to see Charlie Runkle being unable to get one with his beautiful wife. However, since it was their second marriage and she had been with another man I wondered if that was why. I also wondered if something like that could happen to me because my wife said she was a virgin when we got married and that was a huge part of her appeal. She has certainly had sex partners since we divorced (hopefully not while we were married), so that charm would be lost and tarnished in a way and it makes Runkle’s challenge potentially relatable.

I didn’t like seeing Moody smoke cigarettes because they are disgusting and my aunt died in North Carolina from smoking cigarettes. My dad smokes cigarettes too.

I miss Californication, but the last episode was epic and seemed to redeem Moody. I thought his daughter was going to say that she was pregnant, but she was getting married in New York, so it was probably good that he went there with Karen at the end even if he never met the guy (and we never saw him).

Shout out to Showtime for broadcasting such an interesting show that conjured up so many thoughts, feelings and memories over the years. It was entertaining, relatable and thought-provoking.

September 9, 2018 5:00 AM HST - Posted by Jason

Food, Education or Healthcare?

What do you feel entitled to?

I think most people feel entitled to something whether it is good parents, education, a job, opportunities or money. In the same vein, what do you think the government should give to people?

American politicians discuss the possibility of universal healthcare and cite examples in other countries like Canada. However, healthcare isn’t the only freebie that people may get. Things like free college education and basic income are also possibilities.

Some states like California have their own programs and offer free college education at community colleges for low income students. States also partner with the federal government for the EBT food stamps program and disperse benefits to people.

It seems to me that food is the most basic human need and one that would be nice to square away and not worry about. If a government like ours is able, then the very best food should probably be given to everybody first.

More than 40 million Americans get food money from the government every month. Why can’t everybody? If everybody had the ability to buy any food they wanted, then it could reduce the need for healthcare because it could improve lifespan, healthspan and productivity. Would people make good food choices though? Should food that causes degenerative diseases be banned? Those are good topics for another essay.

Right now the food stamps program gives qualifying people money on a debit card to buy food each month. It is accepted at grocery stores, many convenience stores and some restaurants. People can qualify if they provide evidence of their identity, citizenship and their need. There are also work requirements and people must work 20 hours a week or actively search for a job. The amount of the disbursement depends on the amount of money a person earns. Each state sets a limit and the maximum varies greaty between about $150 and $350.

After everyone has plenty of healthy food to eat they can talk about giving people healthcare, education, money or even homes. If eating (the best) food isn’t guaranteed, then the other things are moot.

The richest country that has ever graced Earth has a lot of resources and if it is going to enact high income taxes on all of the people, then it might as well give back to all of them. Not everybody needs or wants college education. Some people don’t want or need healthcare either. However, everybody will always need to eat nutritious food. Perhaps the 43 million poorest people in America shouldn’t be the only ones with guaranteed meals because everybody has to eat.

September 3, 2018 6:06 AM HST - Posted by Jason

The Blame for Pollution and Climate Change

The Blame for Pollution and Climate Change

Who do you blame for climate change? Who do you blame for pollution?

Since we have energy alternatives that don’t cause saltier seas, make glaciers melt or cause earthquakes to obtain, increasingly more people are wondering why we don’t use them instead of what we are using. I know I do.

Climate change is debatable. Do you know what is not debatable? Pollution. Burning coal and gasoline causes pollution. Pollution causes climate change, however people apparently feel more comfortable when they describe the destructive phenomenon in ambiguous terms that may not apply to them. Perhaps we should stop calling it climate change an start calling it “Manmade Filth”.

There are three people that I blame for our pollution epidemic that is leading to the end of the world. I blame the government, businesses and consumers in that order.

Government could end pollution, but they don’t. They could pass laws that require businesses to stop polluting or selling things that pollute the environment. From coal to cigarettes to gasoline, they could ban things that choke us and destroy life on the planet when they burn.

Government hasn’t banned those things for several reasons. Some of their constituents work in dirty energy fields, so they would be without a job. Also, governments profit from dirty energy because they collect massive gasoline taxes, sales taxes and sell land contracts to companies to extract oil and gas.

Businesses could refuse to sell things that pollute the environment, but they don’t. If businesses stopped selling those things, then people wouldn’t buy them or they would buy fewer of them. How often do you see businesses that have integrity and say, “We realize that some people like cigarettes, but we are not selling them because they kill people and pollute the planet”? They could.

Finally and maybe most importantly, I blame consumers. Consumers could refuse to buy things, but they don’t. Ultimately people must have personal responsibility and be held accountable for what they do. They don’t have to buy things that pollute the planet. Nobody is making them, but the way that society is structured it may make it difficult to avoid polluting especially if you must travel until changes are made.

When I rode a bicycle in Honolulu, I noticed how everything was set up for vehicles. If I needed something for my bike (e.g. a tire, air, etc.), I would have to ride a mile or two to a bike shop or Walmart and hope they were open. However, if I had a car I could easily obtain what I needed much closer and easier.

The country has gas stations, but needs electric charging stations. Power grids rely on coal, but they could rely completely on renewable energy like wind, solar, geothermal, etc. The kids of the future won’t know what a gas station is.

To stop burning gasoline we need a plan for vehicles that burn gasoline. Can they be recycled or traded in for an electric vehicle? There are millions of them across the country, so it will be no small feat.

When every consumer refuses to pollute the planet, government and businesses will have to adapt to what the people want. In other words, if everybody refused to buy and drive vehicles that burned gasoline because they wanted cars that ran on renewable energy, the government and businesses would have to make the necessary changes for the people. We could force their hand.

The same thing rings true for homes and burning coal vs. solar and other forms of energy.

When I ran a 24-hour Twitter poll about pollution on June 12, I got some interesting results. 97 people voted and the question was, “Who do you blame for pollution the most?” 43% said businesses. 30% said governments and 27% said consumers.

Why isn’t the government broadcasting messages to reduce, reuse and recycle? Why is the government whitewashing the mention of climate change? Why are they dismantling the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)?

Iran scares some people, but Iran was making clean energy and the U.S. government told them they couldn’t and made them stop. It was couched differently to make it look like they were making a bomb and threatening somebody, but they weren’t. Does it make the government feel better when others sink to their level and defile the planet like they’ve ordained?

How would you like this to end?

September 1, 2018 2:05 AM HST - Posted by Jason

Riding The Bus in Honolulu For a Month

August 2018 Bus Pass

In August, I bought a bus pass in Honolulu and rode 21 of 31 days. I rode 55 times and here’s the long and short of it.

Bus passes are for calendar months in Honolulu, so I bought one on August 1 to get the most out of it. I walked a couple of miles to 7-11 to buy it for $70. They don’t accept debit cards like they do for other products, but they had an ATM, so I withdrew $80 with a $3.50 fee. Unlucky, but at least I had the money.

Since I live in Hawaii Kai, it can feel a little isolated compared to living in the city of Honolulu. However, the 1 bus takes you downtown in an hour. It also takes you to the shopping mall in about 25 minutes.

When I lived in Long Beach, California for two and a half years I bought bus passes and rode daily. However, until August I hadn’t ridden it very much for the first three years that I lived in Hawaii.

On the last day of August, the bus was 20 minutes late, but everything worked out in the end. Fortunately, the Hawaii Kai Park and Ride is off the main road, so the air is cleaner than a typical bus stop.

I rode the 23 bus to Sandy Beach and it was an exciting trip. I had never ridden that line there. After dark I relied on the last bus to get me back to Hawaii Kai, but it eventually came.

I also rode the 23 bus to Waikiki to buy six, Hawaii t-shirts from a vendor that I have been visiting for years. Her shop is across from the Hilton Hawaiian Village’s Rainbow Tower hotel. There are some one-way streets around there, so that makes it tricky, but I think I found 23’s closest return bus stop in time.

Some of the bus stops are uncovered and unassuming. They are even at telephone polls. They will just attach two signs; one that says The Bus and one with the stop number. Every stop is a little different.

More than once I rode the bus to the laundromat to wash my clothes. It’s a roughly 40 minute ride each way, but the bus stops in front of it each way. They are clean and have WiFI and electricity. I just take my backpack and laundry bag that I wheel in a small pull-cart. Regular suitcases are not allowed on the bus.

I typically walk about a mile to and from my gym every day. However, the bus drove me back and forth at least a dozen times in August. This saved me from having to walk many miles in the early morning hours. They tended to be on time at 6 a.m. too.

I thought about taking the bus to the North Shore because it would save me $11 (two days of bus passes), but I didn’t go. Since I have been fasting and sleeping days, it complicated that trip when I considered going, but I’ll visit in the winter when the surf’s up.

Hawaii’s state library is open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays, so I rode the 1 bus there on Thursday around 5 p.m. I got there around 6 p.m. and the return bus left in front of the library at 8:04 p.m., so that worked out well.

The 8:04 p.m. bus took me to Kahala Mall’s Whole Foods for organic red wine and cash. However, they were out of the wine, so I bought an organic, dark chocolate truffle to get cash back and hung out at the mall for a couple of hours.

I left the mall on the last 1 bus and it was late as usual. In fact, I had ridden that one several times before and it is always late, so I asked a driver and he told me why. He said the last 1 bus always waits for the other buses to get downtown in case connecting riders need to ride to the 1 bus.

One time before August I waited at Kahala Mall for the last 1 bus and when I was walking away it finally came. I had waited for 30 minutes and I didn’t think it was coming. It was a good thing that I looked back one last time.

The 1 bus that ends in Hawaii Kai and drops by the roadside stop in front of the Park and Ride at 5:05 a.m. did not come once. I only had to go a mile, so I just walked, but I gave it plenty of time to arrive.

For the most part the bus stops are filthy. They have flies and trash on the ground, but most of them have trash cans. People frequently smoke cigarettes at stops. Some feature concrete seats and a few stops have benches. Homeless people sometimes sleep or hang out at them.

The Bus doesn’t have much of a social media presence, so I can’t communicate with them that way. However, I have been able to converse with them via email from their website.

Buses typically have several cameras that record activity inside and outside. However, one bus did not have any cameras; at least none that I could see. It was an older bus, so that might have been why.

On the last two days of August, I saw a beautiful girl that made my heart jump. She was so pretty that I want to write a poem about her. I could hardly believe that I saw her again. She was with two friends the second time.

Riding the bus is a mixed experience. There are many positive things about public transportation including reducing cars and our carbon footprint. However, it can also be frustrating and a hassle sometimes.

All kinds of interesting people ride the bus like school kids, elderly, local white people, dark-skinned Hawaiian people, work commuters, homeless people, tourists and others. I didn’t talk to many strangers, but I had mostly good experiences.

A little, old, Asian lady with a red flower in an oversized, straw hat walked down the aisle and elbowed me in the shoulder and it hurt, so I grabbed my shoulder and swore. Another old lady complained to the bus driver that I was “swearing at everybody”, so he asked me if I could stop. I told him the old lady elbowed me and he asked if he should call a doctor and I said I’ll be ok. I also told him that I like swearing, but I could stop.

I don’t intend on getting another monthly bus pass, but I will ride the bus again. In part of September, I’ll be on vacation in Maui, so I don’t want one. In October, I may buy a bike, so I won’t need one. It worked out well in August in Hawaii Kai though.

Have you ridden the bus? If so, how have your experiences been?

August 30, 2018 4:04 AM HST - Posted by Jason

Four Major Internet Companies I Won’t Use

Tumblr, Facebook, Google Search

There are some great Internet companies, but there are also some shoddy ones. Here are four major Internet companies that lost my business.

Facebook: In 2011-2012 I faced a criminal trial for legally growing medical marijuana in California and a federal government agent testified that she had spied on my Facebook account before the raid. Facebook hasn’t really had the same allure since that time and I’m not into Russians. I also hated all of the ads, intrusions and fake friends until I deactivated my account on March 20, 2017 and I haven’t missed it at all.

Google Search: I stopped using the Google search engine after they retired Google Reader on July 1, 2013. Reader was valuable to me because it brought all of the newsfeeds from around the world into my inbox. There is no reason why it needed to be retired. They could have just stopped updating it and kept letting people use it to read the news. I figured if they are not in business to spread and share information, then I can take my business elsewhere. Bing is just as good or better.

Tumblr: Before I began coding and hosting a blog on my website a few years ago, Tumblr was the last blogging company that I used. However, they suspended my account for uploading a Weezer song and never gave me access to my data. I always tried to keep a copy of what I uploaded to Tumblr, but they should have given me access to my data, so I could back it up. Since they stole my data, I don’t want to do business with them. Coding my own blog takes a few extra minutes and it may not have the same exposure as a third-party blog, but it is worth it and the best way for me.

Yelp: I was an avid Yelp reviewer until they censored my reviews. My reviews were 100% honest and I think Yelp caters to paying customers and advertisers by removing unfavorable reviews when they ask. Also, when I taught music lessons for 10 years in San Diego some of my students posted positive Yelp reviews that were relegated to an auxiliary page because they weren’t regular Yelp reviewers. I don’t want anybody censoring people on a reviews website, so I post my reviews on my website now.

Which companies have you stopped using and why?

August 29, 2018 12:37 AM HST - Posted by Jason

YouTube Like Playlist

For a couple of years I saved the YouTube videos that I watched in playlists. They include three lists: news and educational, music and comedy. However, it takes too much time, so I am simply saving good videos in the like category now.