Wednesday, April 05, 2006


Visitors "tricked back" into Waikiki waters?

The Disappeared News Prize of the Week goes to the first person who can find the story in today's Honolulu Advertiser on the man apparently dying of necrotizing fasciitis (flesh-eating disease) after a fall into the polluted Ala Wai canal. Never mind, it's 'way back on page B4.

More interesting is the headline on page 1. My wife did a double-take mistakenly reading it upside down as "Visitors tricked back into Waikiki waters." The correct headline is "Visitors trickle back into Waikiki waters." Perhaps she had in mind the controversy around the EPA telling New Yorkers it was safe to work around the debris of the fallen towers probably because the White House wanted Wall Street to get back to business as soon as possible (see, for example: EPA Report: White House Lied to New Yorkers About Health Hazards Near Ground Zero).

Sure, it was a coincidence that the man contracted this disease and that the Ala Wai is an open sewer as a result of poor maintenance and neglect of the city's sewage system. I hope the beaches really are safe, but I won't be swimming there any time soon. The same stuff that got this unfortunate man is now flowing out into the ocean and who knows when it will blow back ashore.


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