OVER THE BOUNDING MANGE: Well the Hawai`i Superferry (HSf) continues to dominate this “you can’t make this stuff up” week of bizarre claims, anonymous press releases and of course silly claims by the HSf people themselves as well as attempts to tie Aloha Air’s demise into wishful and somewhat magical thinking that it will revive the dead-but-doesn’t-know-it HSf.
First, the laugh of the day came from Maui Tomorrow’s Dick Meyer who sent us an on-line copy of what he calls HSf’s “In Flight” magazine Hahalua.
Hahalua? or Ha Ha Lua? Is that the description of the toilet laughing at the customers as they barf in it? Or maybe it’s a different Hawaiian definition of lua- the hole... the one in your pocket when you pay the actual fares, rather than the advertised rates.
If we look again at the Alakai at almost 45 degree angles to the ocean in that Molokai video at You Tube, Dick seems to have pegged it as an “in-flight” adventure.
There’s a pretty good analysis by Brad Parsons destroying the arguments in the Honolulu and Maui newspapers trying to use HSf’s dependably-faked numbers to show that now they will make money because everyone will be flocking to save money (not) to spend hours not get to their destination or get there smelling like a Roman Vomitoruim.... good thing you can have your own car because Auntie isn’t going to let you into hers covered with a re-hashing of this morning’s corned beef hash and hash-browns
Then there’s yesterday’s Case of the Anonymous Press Release. which has now been published at. Andrea Brower’s Save Kaua`i web site.
Since it’s there, we can now show it to you and explain yesterday’s strange post where we avoided taking credit for someone else’s reporting in providing the 16,000 plus word National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) filings in the Austal (yes, we thank Dick for pointing our propensity for misspelling) racism case as well as the article from 2002.
We received it literally fourth-hand and spent all day trying to track down its veracity and/or a contact and/or its origins, The “press release” contains quotes that might have been pulled from the NLRB complaint document but then again might have been made up by the mysterious release promulgator(s).
It only took a major all-day investigative effort to track down but we have been able confirms to our satisfaction through multiple sources who would prefer anonymity that the release originally came from a certain videographer who, apparently has no flair for publicity generation and who, we hear, doesn’t want to be connected with we rabble in the press or any HSf-related activism.
Hope you enjoyed the lyrical, though non-musical interlude while we tried to sort out sourcing, attribution and confirmations in a professional manner. It generated the provision of a great Phil Ochs blog in our comments section- well worth checking out for any Folk-Ochsmaniac. The latest article there is about the very song we quoted and had been posted the day before, apparently as the words sprung to mind with the shocking-shocking news that we’ve found race discrimination at an Alabama ship-building yard.
Somewhat related is another good piece by intrepid activist Jonathan Jay on the reports this week that the Kaua`i Police Department is getting ready for the next Superferry moment by beefing up their riot squad gear so they can use clubs and tasers next time people peaceably assemble to protest some other cockamamie mainland-hatched state-enabled boondoggling scheme to force some other monstrosity down our throats.
As Jay says “(w)hen the new Chief calls for greater transparency for the KPD, surely he does not mean plexi-glass riot shields”
So break out some of that organic pop corn, grab your portable Barf-O-Meter, tune to tune in the Weather Channel and enjoy another week (organ music swells) of Clowns In Paradise.