March 16, 2009

And now, a class of (n)one

Filed under: Hawaii State Politics — Doug @ 6:58 pm

Bu-bye. Heh.

I remember quite well when the (blatantly smarmy) Superferry folks came to twist legislative arms while I was working as a clerk for the House Transportation Committee. Garibaldi and his hui wanted (and proceeded, at length) to talk to everyone about everything except about conducting an environmental review. The Superferry got its way with a majority of pliable legislators, but has never had the same luck with the Hawaii Supreme Court. Live by slick PowerPoint presentations without substance, die by no-frills legal briefs. As a long-time foe of the cult of PowerPoint, I take particular glee in that sub-sub-aspect of todays news.

Anyway, now the company has announced it will suspend ferry operations in reaction to the Court’s latest ruling. I won’t presume to know the legal process well enough to speculate about a basis for an appeal to the US Supreme Court. After reviewing the decision, however, I don’t see how a legislative remedy could both allow the Superferry to resume operations before the environmental review is complete and also comport with the Court’s decision. (Unless the Lege wants the Superferry to operate so badly that a majority is willing to gut amend HRS 343 itself, i.e. the “general law,” rather than to carve out another dubious exemption). Looking through the bills that are still alive, there are at least two bills with suitable titles, should legislators insist on lacing up their gloves again on behalf of HSF.


  1. Powerpoint is really not the problem, it’s how it is used. Edward Tufte had a great (and short) essay on the subject. The real problem is the ease with which to abuse visual presentations with this kind of software turns the ability to visually display propositional argumentation as simply word-heavy lists of things to repeat to people as they read it.

    I was aghast at Lingle’s Cheney-like denial about the whole situation and then calling the halting of Superferry service “devastating.” The woman has gone mad!

    DOUG: Do you mean the Tufte essay from Wired magazine a few years ago? Loved it.

    Comment by line of flight — March 16, 2009 @ 7:52 pm

  2. Supper Ferry gone, GO next, then Hawaiian last if they have any problems, then paddle your canoe or maybe the military can help us.. The long downward dump into the abyss.

    Comment by GD Hilo — March 18, 2009 @ 9:09 am

  3. “As a long-time foe of the cult of PowerPoint, I take particular glee in that sub-sub-aspect of todays news.”

    It’s by now an old joke but it goes….
    “All power corrupts….
    But Powerpoint corrupts absolutely.”

    Comment by stevelaudig — March 21, 2009 @ 12:26 pm

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