Sunday, September 1, 2013

私はPIC今日の午後じゃないなぜここです...私はウォーターパークに行く計画した。片付けそこに着いたラインで待った後、20$を支払う以外に私はリリースに署名しなければならないと言われました

私は、リリースを読んで - PICは明らかにその過失あまりにも高価であることを決定しましたし、その利益に切断されています。今ではPICの過失のコストを想定するために、その顧客が望んでいる。我々は、彼らが(現在はPIC財産上の観光客を強姦で告発立っDemapanクラブメイト含む雇うを制御することはできません我々は、彼らが彼らの施設やどんな化学物質や、彼らが使用する製品を維持する方法を制御することはできません彼らは怠慢であることが自由になりたいので、しかし、我々はもはやその通常のケアに頼る許可されません。リリースには、あなたの死あれば、その過失結果あなたの相続人は、過失のためにPICを訴えることができないことになっていることをとても極端です

普通に注意する一切の責任を否認しようとしていない - 一つは、過失の主張への最高のビジネス応答がケアの普通の基準を維持するために高められた努力だろうと思うだろうだから私は、リリースします(私はそれが法廷で耐えられないであろう疑いも)署名しないだろう。ので、私自宅に戻ってよ。私は少しのビーチに向かうでしょう。彼らはゲストがリスクとPICの過失のコストを想定する必要停止するまで、私は他の人がPICをボイコットすることを勧めます
Here's why I'm not at PIC this afternoon...I planned on going to the water park. Packed up, got there, waited in line, and then was told that besides paying $20, I would have to sign a release. 

I read the release--PIC has apparently decided that its negligence is too expensive and is cutting into its profits. Now it wants its customers to assume the cost of PIC's negligence. We have no control over who they hire (including the Demapan club mate who now stands accused of raping a tourist on PIC property); we have no control over how they maintain their facilities or what chemicals and products they use. But we are no longer allowed to rely on their ordinary care, because they want to be free to be negligent. The release is so extreme, that if their negligence results in your DEATH, your heirs are supposed to be unable to sue PIC for negligence. 

One would think that the best business response to claims of negligence would be heightened effort to maintain ordinary standards of care--not trying to disclaim any responsibility to be ordinarily careful. So I wouldn't sign the release (even though I suspect it wouldn't stand up in court); and so I'm back at home. I'll head to the beach in a bit. I would encourage others to boycott PIC until they stop requiring guests to assume the risk and the cost of PIC's negligence.



И вот почему я не на PIC во второй половине дня ... Я планировал идти в аквапарк. Упакованный, получил там, ждал своей очереди, а затем сказали, что кроме платят $ 20, я должен был бы подписать документ.

Я прочитал релиз - ПИК, видимо, решил, что его халатность является слишком дорогим и резки в своих прибылей. Теперь она хочет, чтобы ее клиентам взять на себя расходы по неосторожности ПИК. Мы не имеем никакого контроля над тем, кто они нанимают (в том числе помощник Демапан клуба, который сейчас обвиняется в изнасиловании туриста на PIC собственности), мы не имеем никакого контроля над тем, как они поддерживают свои мощности или какие химические вещества и продукты они используют. Но мы никогда больше не разрешается полагаться на свои обычные заботы, потому что они хотят быть свободными, чтобы быть небрежным. Выпуск такой крайности, что если их халатность приводит к вашей смерти, ваши наследники, как предполагается, не сможет подать в суд за халатность PIC.

Можно было бы думать, что лучший бизнес ответ на заявления о халатности будет повышенный усилий для поддержания обычных стандартов медицинской помощи - не пытаюсь не несут никакой ответственности, чтобы быть обычно осторожны. Поэтому я бы не подписать релиз (хотя я подозреваю, что это не будет стоять в суде), и поэтому я вернулся домой. Я буду отправиться на пляж в немного. Я хотел бы призвать других к бойкоту ПОС, пока они не отказаться от требования гостей взять на себя риск и стоимость халатности ПИК.
 

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Milk-the last of an era

sunny and breezy


When I drew this cartoon, I had no idea that Governor Fitial would resign.  I was inspired to create this because of the tradition during Lent to "give up" some pleasure or activity as a means of self-sacrifice.  I thought it would be funny to think of Governor Fitial "giving up" reading the Variety. It has, after all, called for his impeachment or his resignation for years now.

I also submitted several other cartoons, now untimely--the Governor sending Valentines to the Senators (as a means of wooing them to vote against impeachment), the Governor on-stage in an opera scene handing a bouquet with extra dollar bills stuffed into it to the Gotterdamerung maiden representing the 18th Senate, and a comparison of the new year of the snake with our new year to impeach--lots of fireworks and a chance for a new beginning.

With the resignation, Benigno Repeki Fitial is no longer Governor.  I am hopeful that the need for the stress relief of political cartooning will abate.

Things already seem better with Governor Eloy Inos--he has at least renewed the contract of Alan Fletcher at CUC. Fitial was so intent on monkeying around at CUC that we lost an able director (Abe Utu Malae) and were on the verge of losing Fletcher, also educated and experienced in utilities management.  Fitial was obviously upset with Fletcher who refused to back the very-hinky contract with Saipan Development LLC. Inos understands that CUC must have SOMEONE in charge who knows something, and if Fletcher leaves, the vacancy will be horrible.

There there is the arrest finally of Joseph Crisostimo for the murder of Emy Romero is reassuring.  Although the DPS and AG assure us that the long delay (more than a year since her murder) had nothing to do with Governor Fitial or his political pressure, you still have to wonder why it took so long when we were told last October or November by Joey San Nicolas that the lab reports were back and there would be an announcement imminently--and yet it took 3+ months to make that arrest! And coincidentally it happened only after Fitial left office. 

I am so relieved that Fitial is no longer our Governor.  Fitial at least got it right in his letter of resignation-his stepping down is good for our community.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Inos, Hofschneider Sworn In

Hazy and bright.

Governor Benigno R. Fitial resigned this morning.  Starting at 1:30 PM, our new Governor Eloy Inos and new Lieutenant Governor Jude Hofschneider were sworn in. 


Eloy Inos prepares for his oath of office with Chief Justice Alexandro Castro.


Jude Hofschneider is sworn in by Presiding Judge Robert Naraja.

The news is rocking the CNMI. Few among us expected Fitial to quit without a fight in the Senate, and some of us thought he might actually "win" in the Senate and hold on to his governorship.  For Fitial to resign after his impeachment brings a "new tomorrow."

Inos, from Rota, and Hofschneider, from Tinian, also make history. For the first time in CNMI history (and possibly a feat not to be repeated), we have an executive team which does not include a person from Saipan.  Given that the vast majority of the Commonwealth's population resides on Saipan, having our two top executives come from very small minority communities significantly changes the dynamics in the political arena.

Each man, in his brief remarks after the swearing in, spoke of the need to work together.  They both sounded sincere. 

There is no question that the feeling in the jam-packed Multi-Purpose Center was hopeful.

I sinceerly wish them both good luck. 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

2013-02-11 More Milk

Another editorial cartoon from last week.


This was another flight of fancy considering what would happen if the NMIRF actually foreclosed the Guma Hustitia.  Court in session with judge sitting under a young coconut tree at the beach.



2013-02-08 Milk

These were published by the Variety on the dates mentioned, but not in the order in which I prepared them. And of course, there is always a lag of time between an event, my art, and then submission and publication.


In a surprise move, the Fitial supporters (now the House minority) resigned from the impeachment committee. This was principally Teresita Santos and Felicidad Ogumoro.  This cartoon was inspired by wondering why they would do that. Well, really, it had to be because they are loyal guard for the governor and he told them to.  So I show them as junkyard dogs and Governor Fitial reining them in.  In my original, I had labeled their names on the dog collars, but MV eliminated those. They did leave the dog tags showing both 17th and 18th House membership.

The little people simply state the obvious--why would they resign?  No wonder, though, really. They resigned because they were told to.  

This is possibly bad news.  Instead of trying to obfuscate or gain time or drag things out or any other tactic to fight in the House, the Governor now seems in a hurry to get to the senate. That can only mean he thinks he's got the senators in his pocket already.

2013-02-07 Marianas Milk

I'm a little behind on my blogging--a week without my laptop, and then just a lot to do. But now I have a chance to catch up.


The newspapers reported that the CNMI government owes a huge amount to the NMI Retirement Fund on the loan for the Guma Hustitia (the house of justice, namely our court house).  NMIRF issued a notice of default and warning that they would foreclose on their mortgage.

This cartoon is a quick sketch of that possible future, with the little guys wondering just who exactly would buy a foreclosed court house!

My original had some color on it, which I think made it nicer, but the Variety published in b&w, even online, so this is the e-version I have.