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Stink eye for solar power tax credits

A national report Monday morning says solar power installations are running double the pace of last year, based on second quarter data, and the total number of installations is now enough to power a million homes. In Hawaii, what has been driving solar panel installations, according to the several rapidly-expanding…

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The big, big money in this year’s election campaigns

Super PACs – political action campaigns that have a freer hand in their political ads than the actual campaigns do – have raised millions of dollars to support or attack candidates for Congress and the White House. This kind of fundraising has doubled since a favorable Supreme Court ruling in the…

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The Euro crisis: Will this week see action at long last?

Peter Gauweller is going to try to throw a spanner into the Euro debt crisis plan this week. A spanner is the European term. We Americans say “monkey wrench.” Either way, we’ll see if he can stop it. Gauweller is a member of the German legislature – one of Angela…

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The new jobless report and our crazy global economy

Who would have thought that President Obama could be hurt by a decline in the jobless rate? But that’s precisely what appears to have happened today. The U.S. unemployment rate fell from 8.3% in July to 8.1% in August, not because fewer people are unemployed, but because fewer people are counted in…

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Music Post: The other legacy of Arnold Schoenberg

In 1908 Arnold Schoenberg, in his early thirties, was working on his second string quartet and a song cycle when his wife left him for a younger man. To the song cycle he added the first entirely atonal art song. For the final movement of the quartet, Schoenberg wrote the…

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The new health care debate

National discourse on health care reform changed today. From this day forward, anyone who wants to propose or attack any health care policy proposal will need to tell where he stands on a report by the Institute of Medicine, part of the National Academy of Sciences. The report made an…

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First look at the August arrivals data: another record month

It looks like August could be another record month for Hawaii visitor traffic, based on the first examination of arrivals data from the month. Based on daily arrivals counts and a running total posted every working day by the state Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism, we got 822,264…

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UH coaches and the search for a new athletic director

Some people are saying the search for a new University of Hawaii athletic director has been tainted by more than 40 UH coaches signing a letter urging that the position be awarded to acting AD Rockne Freitas. But in one sense the opposite is true. If a majority of UH…

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What are the alternatives to Google? Search me….

On the air I mentioned the anniversary of the founding of Google in 1998 and remarked that I used to use search engines like Excite and Dogpile but had no idea if they were still active, and Ben Gutierrez replied that we could google for them to see. When I…

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Why some visitors are better than others

Hawaii hotel room revenue topped $310 million in July, the best July the state ever had for this particular metric, Hospitality Advisors LLC reported Tuesday morning. The bottom line was 18% better than July 2011, and that’s just room revenue, not including restaurants and retail, room service and spas. Hospitality…