Monday, August 24, 2015


Great minds tweet alike–and Star-Advertiser gets batchi

by Larry Geller

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I was so surprised that two captains of Hawaii media would declare that homeless people do not need to have permanent housing that I wrote about it and tweeted a link to my article. Star-Advertiser publisher Dennis Francis and KGMB General Manager Rick Blangiardi (Hawaii News Now) wrote a joint op-ed in the Sunday paper reflecting either bias, ignorance or ideology, I can’t tell which.

Three Civil Beat reporters were on it also, and expressed themselves compactly in their tweets (see at left).

And then the Star-Advertiser got batchi. That’s an expression widely used in Hawaii that originated with the Japanese word (罰) batchi – punishment. It loosely means that the gods will punish you if you do or say something bad. Like if you cut off another driver, a whole flock of birds will poop on your car.

So bad karma earned by the Star-Advertiser statement arrived in the form of a computer glitch that took down their fancy German-made press. Only the pre-printed sections of the Sunday paper could be delivered.

[Batchi aside, I was wondering if they had decided to upgrade to Windows 10 over the weekend. Just curious.]

I couldn’t contain my thoughts to 140 characters yesterday. Here’s a snip from my article. Probably, the tweets said pretty much the same in far fewer words.

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