From the Spam Musubi Box: Ramblings of a Pat Soap Lady

Apparently, anti-GMO folks have decided to check out my blog because they read my post in Mana Magazine on, “Honor and Respect Our Farmers the Local Way.”   Pat came to my blog via the printed page and landed on this post.  Here’s what she wrote:

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Note that Pat also works for Molokai Soaps, which is an interesting site to visit.  She apparently makes soaps that contain a chemical in it, known as 1,3,7 trimethyl xanthine.  While she accuses papaya farmers of using “toxic pesticides,” little does she realize that this chemical is actually more toxic than some of the things papaya farmers use.  I also wonder about that chemical called sodium hydroxide that’s used to make soaps and it’s toxicity.

As with many anti-GMO activists, the topic of toxicity is always on their minds yet most of them fail understand it.  Here’s a great blog post that talks about it in simple terms.  Many of these activists collected their information from naturalistic, green, holy nature, yoga brahman, and TV doctor websites that tell them GMOs are poisonous and so on.  (Most don’t even know how Google works and why those kind of sites keep popping up either.  The message is repeated over and over that they figure it’s the truth and just don’t research what they read.)

Let’s compare these chemicals below based on oral ingestion in rats:

  • Sodium hydroxide is 100 mg/kg
  • 1,3,7 trimethyl xanthine is 192 mg/kg
  • glyphosate aka RoundUp is 5600 mg/kg

The lower the number means that it takes less of the substance to kill half a population of rats, which means the two things. For one, the chemicals she uses in her soaps are WAY more toxic than glyphosate and two, she exposes herself it to daily.  And if you’re wondering what two substances Pat puts in her soaps, it’s caffeine and lye.  Why is she not afraid of that?

My message to Pat, and others who keep harping on toxic pesticides and cancer, is that the more you know, the less you have to fear.  If you’re scared, find out why you are afraid to begin with.

Well, at least she acknowledges that the body can’t tell the difference with papayas and that I sound educated.  I’ll take that as a compliment.

**For the record too, I did indeed write that post and all of my posts unless noted.  I can’t find it anywhere on there that  I wrote an “add” for Monsanto however. **

My Letter to Candidates: Pick Your Battles Wisely

Several nights ago, I attended the second political meet and greet the candidate I’ve ever gone to.  It’s pretty interesting to see and hear why people are running and their stories.  I’ve also come to the realization of why the candidates I choose don’t get into the elected seat.

The latest issue that is bringing new faces into the races is that social issue of gay marriage. Many people are up in arms about it and are ready to fight it because of their beliefs.  As I see this issue from a legal standpoint, it really is about civil rights of a group of people.  It’s not about what my god said or what your god said, it’s about the rights of people to be recognized as such under the law.  If your religion chooses to discriminate against it, so be it.  There’s a good reason why religion and politics don’t mix and it shouldn’t.

As a leader of people, we have to have some ability to tolerate our differences on a variety of issues.  If we stay hard lined to one side, we only alienate people who aren’t like us.  Not everyone is Christian and share the same beliefs and nor should they.  That’s the beauty of the United States where we are free to choose our own beliefs as it is our right.  Remember that this is about beliefs or an ideology and not evidence based.

We as humans can’t stand around pointing at each other saying, “I don’t like what you’re doing because my church said so.”  Is that what a loving God would tell us to do?  I don’t think so.  I always thought that God encompassed us all, regardless of our differences.  That’s how my belief in God is.  Then what about the people who share the same values but don’t believe in god?  Where does that put them?

Recall the story of Matthew Sheppard, the young gay man who was killed and tortured for being who he was.  Being one sided and perpetuating it causes more hatred and ill will towards people who are different.  It’s doesn’t change anything really other than that we are all people.   I refused to stand for people who support this kind of behavior.  We all are discriminatory whether or not we will admit it or not.  If you act upon this kind of discrimination illegally, then that is the problem.

I feel that when a candidate is too much on one side, they lose the ability to capture the voters who don’t share their beliefs.  They may share values but the extreme leaning to only one side an an issue loses the moderate vote.  If a person really wants to get into office, I feel that they need to be more inclusive and moderate about the issues to be successful.  It may be hard and contradict their own beliefs but isn’t that the sign of a good leader that many people can relate to better and trust?  You bet.

As I think further about elected office, I have to focus more on what their role really is.  Is the role of the elected person to fix all of the social ills of the world?  Partially yes, but the majority of the responsibilities falls under looking at the whole scope of their job description.  The politician has to work on maintaining the infrastructures of our state to keep up the standards of service for the taxpaying public.

Instead of spending lots of time  trying to fight what is already there, what about fixing the services that is provided to all citizens?  How about helping the farmers?  What about the obvious problems like homelessness and crime?  What about fixing our roads and traffic issues?  What about the educational system? These are the issues that affect us each and everyday that our leaders should be focusing on from my point of view.

Part of good problem solving comes from recognizing what’s there to begin with.  Failing to recognize that and going head on to try and change it will only be hit with resistance and failure in many cases.  Trying to go after things that you really can change might be the better and more effective route to success as an elected official.

Instead of focusing on the divisive issues like gay marriage and Pono choices, why not focus on things that will help all Hawaii people?  What about making it more affordable here?  How can we clean up the streets in Waikiki and Honolulu? Why are our kids not getting educated and prepared for the workforce or university?  Where’s the efforts to help grow our ag industries?

The biggest question we should be asking our leaders is how are you going to help us as as a society move forward?  That’s the answer I’d like to know first and foremost on where candidates stand.

Leaders should not be divisive as it leads us down dangerous paths and create permanent scars.  There is not always room for, “My way or the highway attitude.”  Choosing this kind of stance makes candidates look just like anti-GMO activists who can only see black and white.

We have enough troubles in our society, why not prioritize which ones will impact the most people?  Pick your battles wisely, or create another needless battle.

 

 

 

Kauai Snarklectic: Confused Trust Fund Babies in Need of a Needle

Today I was lucky enough to get several blog posts commented on by none other than a character named Kauai Snarkeclectic.  These are just some of the cryptic comments this person made on certain blogs.  It seems that this person was trying to be snarky but completely missed the point of ALL of the blogs.  (I am posting the comments exactly as it was submitted with no editing.)

On the Tag Team of the Hooser blog, this is what was said…

We just LOVE the way you lacerate, slicve, dice, eviscerate, and strip the skin off of these people. Wow you are really really good! But, no where near as good as Joan Conrow. Not as good as Bill Maher. But we bow to your chooclatey deliciousness, as it just ooozes over this blog, may it be blessed by many more such chocolatey goodness. Mmm, yummy. Wow, you really don’t like these people do you? So, are we getting this straight, these people are like, evil, right? I mean they are really really bad, right? You don’t like them, do you? Lets be blunt, you have severely unkind thoughts about them? Becasue they aren’t farmers. So, I suppose that none of these people have never even seen a farm, is that correct? And by “Farm”, you mean GMO feilds on Kaua’i, that produce seeds only and no food for the people of kauai.We guess we are a little confused. Aren’t seed, just that, seeds, and you have to actually sell them to a REAL farmer to get them to grow stuff? We don’t know, because we aren’t farmers. We have never even SEEN a farm in real life. We think we would be scared to see one. It might attack us or something! are we getting that correct? Because we wanna be correct. We don’t want you putting US through the meat grinder. Or maybe we do. We would taste delicious. You never know. We might even taste better then BHT Corn!.Or an environmentalist for that matter. meh, we hear they are tough. No fat on the bone. Not like real farmers. They are nice and healthy!. Mmm, yummy!

We have to remind ourselves not to post late at night, when we have the munchies. Sorry. um, do you have some spare GMO corn you could send us right now? We are all sitting around, and theres nothing to eat but

Organic crap. And we all KNOW how bad that is for you!

Sincerely, The Kauai Snarklectic Publishing Team.

Thanks for playing with us, we had fun!

Then on yet another post about the giving spirit instead of marching during the holidays, this comment was made…

Wow this is an awesome post! We feel so guilty, here at Kauai Snarklectic. We have a empty BHT Corn Seed can in our office kitchen, and we regularly fill it up with bitcoin. We were thinking of donating it to the “Save the GMO Fund” we started. Do you think it is too late to give something? It is almost May. We could throw in a nice flower lei for good measure! Just don’t tell Santa how bad we have been, or he might not bring us our Halloween presents, when he comes in the Big Pumkin, and lights the Easter Tree!

Also, we really like your blog. a LOT. It gives us hours and hours of inspration. Check our blog and see just how much. Happy Holidays! Cuz there’s always time for pudding…and holidaze!

Then on the blog post about the Kauai County Council and their integrity and leadership

Joanne Yukimura is on your side. I don’t know why you are including her in this list. What has she done, that is against GMO’s? She supported the GMO companies, and weakened the bill specifically for the GMO’s. She shouldn’t be on this list. That is our opinion. in fact, we are a bit confused. The bill is about pesticides, their use and frequency, and revealing what the companies are spraying. it says nothing about shutting down the GMO’s. How is that even possible? They are billion dollar corporations. They can operate ad infinitum.We beleive what you mean to say, is that the people supporting pesticide use by the GMO companies, are not in favor of the GMO companies spraying them in such heavy quantities near schools, public places, and residents.We are sure that is what you mean. But then again, our editorial staff is never sure what they are gonna have for breakfast each morning, let alone what blogs like this actually mean., Maybe if we were real farmers, and not trust fund babies or hippies we could understand better. Can you please enlighten us on just what exactly you are talking about? Because we are completely lost in a haystack of confusing references and rhetoric. if you had a needle that may be helpful.

The author of these comments confirms many suspected points about this so called GMO Free people.  They don’t know what blogs like mine mean, they aren’t real farmers and are trust fund babies and hippies, and that they need some enlightenment of some sort.  Can someone also lead them out of the haystack and find that needle for them?!

 

***Note that the Kauai farmers don’t spray near schools, public places, and on people.  They spray for bugs on their farms.  Maybe some people feel that they indeed are pests.***

Arthur Brun: Someone Who Gives to the Community

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Local politics in Hawaii is used to be a place of dignity and respect. This held true even when people in the community didn’t necessarily agree with the platform of a particular candidate. Mr Kahn broke down in tears during his testimony during the public hearings revolving around Bill 2491. He told the council that he cared for Kauai. Mr Brun also came to tears during his testimony to Council around the same topic. Arthur has spent uncountable hours serving the community and has a child with diabetes that he spoke of during his testimony. It is unfortunate that Mr Kahn has no respect for someone like Mr Brun, a person that has given so much service to the community.

–Guest Blogger