Today is a historic day with the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States.
Soon after confirmation, the following issues were removed from Whitehouse.gov:
- Health Care
- Civil Rights
- Climate Change
The Spanish translation and Accessibility links were removed from the bottom of the page. All of these things may be restored but for now, we don’t know if, when, or what they will look like.
? Hot off the press: “The Way It Is with Bill Sager – Issue #5”
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights.
December 10 was International Human Rights Day
Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 (General Assembly resolution 217 A) as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. It sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected and it has been translated into over 500 languages.
It is to the world, what the Bill of Rights is to the United States of America. Like our Bill of Rights, the UDHR sets guidelines for all human rights and is the basis for international law. In this time of chaos, the Declaration provides a guideline for how all humanity must treat each other.
Dateline 11/27/16 The sermon today was based on the Golden Rule and how we might respond to a Trump Presidency.
There are two reasonable scenarios for a Trump Presidency:
- We know he is a man with a thirst for power and an admiration for the leadership style of strongmen like Putin. Will he push this country toward a police state? We will have to wait and see.
- I think it is more likely he will move towards letting the States make the decision as to what is import to them. In which case, Progressives will have to be well organized and work hard to maintain the values they believe in. Effective local political action will be vital.
What state you live in is going to have a profound effect on your life. In the south, we could easily see the return of Jim Crow and the privatization of the public school system.
The Golden Rule is a fundamental belief in nearly all religions. We have to continue to base our action on our values and on our beliefs.
With Republicans controlling the Congress, Judiciary and the Presidency, lobbying the Federal Government is probably a waste of time. Mr. Trump will eliminate Federal support for anything that interferes with unrestricted business. He will privatize our school system, defund the Office of Environmental Quality, Commercialize our National Parks and make the Forest Service business first. In short, President Trump will undo everything I have worked all my life for.
We must continue to work for the community we believe in at the local level in our State and County Governments, and we must do so without expecting help from the Federal Government. That could have major impacts on Hawaii where one-third of our economy depends on the Federal Government.
In a world of uncertainty, we must be prepared to take care of ourselves and our families. Think about what could happen and how likely it is to happen. How bad will it be when it does happen. Now, plan to respond.
In all things, we must live by our values. Values guide our conscience. Our values form our character. Values are the Golden Rule and the 10 Commandments, Our values are things like honesty, loyalty, helping others, or our values may be making money, winning, destroying you opposition and cheating the sucker. Values guide how we live and how we relate to others. If you value helping others and you have a job selling cigarettes, you need to find another job.
Ever notice how people with common values seem to share common interests? You will follow your Pastor. Church leaders teach values, so it would make sense that the Churches followers would have common values. Don’t be afraid to share your values. Sure, some people will be turned off by you. That is OK. They are people who you don’t have anything in common with anyway.
In business, you want to attract a following. These people are your customers and potential customers. Your job is to make them your friends. Friends buy from friends and friends recommend friends. It works the other way too. You are friends with people who share your values. Associate with people who have accomplished what you want to accomplish and learn from them how you can live your dreams.
Retirement is about being free to do what you want when you want. It should happen as early in life as possible, and you can do it in a relatively short time. All you need is a business that provides you a good income with minimal work on your part.
When choosing the kind of business you want to create, look for a business model that can produce income far into the future based on work you do today. I chose to work with internet marketing because I can work from anywhere and can control when I work. I have no employees and no inventory and start-up and operating costs are low.
I watch many of my friends lose their purpose when they retire. Their job gave them purpose and identity. Retirement sets them free, but they don’t know what to do with that newfound freedom.
Live your life with purpose.
I had lost my purpose. I had many gigs in the first five years after I retired, but none were satisfying.
Finally, I sat down with pencil and paper, old fashioned I know but I think better that way. I wrote down what I liked to do and what I hated. I decided my niche is helping people live more resiliently. I started building websites and finding companies that pay me commissions to sell their emergency preparedness products. Then I started developing my own products. I learned what to do by trial and error and finally found a couple of mentors who helped avoid mistakes while moving forward.
We are stronger together.
I will send you a series of notes to help you get started in your new life. We will be your wingman. We cover your back and provide our support. We will help you find your purpose, identify your values and be your navigator on your river of life. You are the Captain. We simply help you stay on course. Manage your career as a business and not just a job. Stay with a job as long as you are learning and growing. Most important your values and you bosses values must be in alignment. When you are no longer in alignment, it is best for both you and your boss for you to either realign with your work or find new work based on your career plan. We recommend you create an independent income that will set you free from having to depend on a job. Then you can fulfill you purpose not your boss’s. I’m not going to try to tell you what to do. I’ll tell you what has worked for me and how you can apply what works in your business. The niche you choose and the companies you choose to work with are up to you. Hopefully, by working together we will help each other avoid mistakes and find ways we can benefit each other.
Do Not Sell stuff just to make money! If you deceive your followers or recommend junk products you will quickly loose the respect of your followers and your business will crash. I have tested the products I recommend. I am affiliated with most of them meaning I get a commission when you buy the product. Do your own research and make your own choices. By working together, we can help each other make good decisions and avoid scams. Share your experiences with us, but please no SPAM. Put your reviews on your website and share your site with us.
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Windward Homeless Alliance meeting next Monday, Aug 22nd 6-7:30pm at the Key Project, just mauka of the Kahaluu District Park.
Informal meeting of Windward Non-Profits, Churches & Individuals who R interested in
helping our Homeless/Houseless. Short update on HUD & Homeless Count. Darlene Pieces of PACT will speak about the Coordinated Entry System for Resources.
(need maybe 3 people to Set-up chairs, 3 people to take out- away chairs,
Cooler/water & cups, napkins & possibly small non-messy snacks). Mahalo
If you receive a threatening phone call from the IRS know it is a scam. I get these calls several times a month.
The IRS communicates with its “customers” by letter. They will never phone you. This is one of the most profitable scams out there.
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Whether I am organizing project management or I need help organizing my life, Management by Objectives (MBO) is as viable today as it was when Peter Drucker introduced it to the world in the 1950s. MBO has been refined a bit over the years, but it is still a straight forward, simple way to bring order out of chaos in your life or in your project.
Working together is the best way to accomplish mutual goals.
Drucker told us to know what we wanted to accomplish and define the steps necessary to accomplish our goals. We are to break down our goals into actions steps that can be accomplished in less than a month and which will guide our team step by step to accomplish our goal.Those small steps Drucker called our objectives. Management by Objectives is not only a guide to accomplishing our goals, it is motivational because each objective you check gets you one step closer to your goal.
MBO can organize our lives, our vacation or a trip to the moon. As a matter of fact, MBO was a vital tool in guiding our trips to the moon. Find out more.
Marcy’s law is legislation to ensure the victim has rights as well as the accused. The legislation assures the victim standing in court and requires the victim be notified as to the status of the perpetrator. The victim can participate in parole hearings and will be notified if the perpetrator is released from prison. There is more and if you want the details click here.
If you believe victims of crime should have rights defined in law, encourage these legislators to pass SB3034.
SB3034 is in Conference. Conference Committees do not take testimony so the only way to influence this legislation is to talk directly with Conference Committee Members. Call today. Time is short.
House Conferees are:
Rhoads, 586-6180 and LoPresti, 586-6080 are Co-Chairs of the committee
House Committee Members are
San Buenaventura, 586-6530
Senate Conferees are:
Keith-Agaran 586-7344 Chair; Tokuda 587-7215 Co-Chair;
Senate Committee member Gabbard. 586-6830
Hurricane Iniki – be ready
Kailua CERT meeting will be held on April 19 @ 6:30pm in the Castle Medical Center auditorium. A mini search and rescue and medical treatment area exercise will be held. Clem and Lesley will be evaluating participants on how well they implement their CERT skills. Please review the standard operating guidelines before the Tuesday meeting.
WE NEED SURVIVORS. If you do not have a search and rescue or medical treatment area role, please come and be a survivor. Family members are welcome to be survivors. Please email me if you are coming as a survivor.
If you are a Kailua CERT member, please bring the following:
Pants, Kailua CERT tshirt (if you have one), closed toe shoes
FRS radio (extras available if you do not yet have one) – no Ham radios
Flashlight/head lamp (we may or may not do a dark exercise)
Search & Rescue (auditorium)
SAR Team Leader – Ed
Triage – Jeffrey & Aloha
Extract – Rod & Barbara
Extract – John & Carol
Medical Treatement Area (Pikake Room)
MTA Team Leader – Open
Intake – Dana
First Aid workers – Claudine, Bear, Howard, Jane, Colette, Judy
Let me know if you have any questions!
BE ALERT – BE PREPARED – BE SAFE
Leslie Kahihikolo WH6ESY
Kailua CERT Coordinator
Kailua Alert & Prepared (nonprofit) Co-Chair