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  • I just logged onto Yokwe.net after extended time away to see what was going on in Forum and was pretty astounded. Over last couple months, one topic has generated 188 replies and 34957 views in less than four months! Wow! I went back into various Forum topics to see if that is an all-time record and, at least since 2003, it appears to be a record. The next closest I could find was a topic initiated in 2003: “What will the landowners think? US, RMI Sign Kwaj Deal “ which was initiated in January 2003 (more than 10 years ago). It took more than ten years for this topic to generate 135 posts and 21,010 views - not even close!

    What topic on Yokwe has such huge, overwhelming interest that it is has generated nearly 200 written posts and nearly 35,000 views in less than four months? That topic is, “First Ralik/Ratak Hoopla Shoot Out.”

    No comment – many US citizens are focused more on what Kim Kardashian is doing this week than on the upcoming election, the war in Afghanistan, or the problems facing the U.S. economy. I am showing my age.



    edited by: pettittm, datetimebrief

    “I hope the signing of the LUA (Land Use Agreement) allows the Government of the Marshall Islands more time to focus on the biggest issues it faces – how to raise the level of education and health of the Marshallese people and how to create an economy that will be stable after direct US funding ends in 2023.”
    US Ambassador to the Marshall Islands Martha Campbell, as quoted by MI Journal, 13 May 2011, pg 4
  • And the majority of the posts were from jokkijal, neen-jekkein, and barefoot.
  • True, but number of views (now 35,016 -- over 250 additional views in less than eight hours) shows they have tapped into a topic with much, much greater interest than any other, ever, posted to this Forum.

    “I hope the signing of the LUA (Land Use Agreement) allows the Government of the Marshall Islands more time to focus on the biggest issues it faces – how to raise the level of education and health of the Marshallese people and how to create an economy that will be stable after direct US funding ends in 2023.”
    US Ambassador to the Marshall Islands Martha Campbell, as quoted by MI Journal, 13 May 2011, pg 4
  • Mr Pett.

    Welcome back once again.

    You sound like an economist, :)). Others may agree with your analysis, but I don't. I see it differently.

    trader: do you have important issue in mind you would like to share with us. Thank you.
  • Mr. Pett

    Quotetrader: do you have important issue in mind you would like to share with us. Thank you.


    I meant to sent the above statement to "trader", my apology.

    You are right about your last post.

    I would assume that the past issues we disussed in the forum are gradually improving, so I quess that why no one bring them up.
    I would also assume that maybe the current admistration is working on them.
    Living in the states, Ft. Leavenworth, KS. I'm not up to speed to what going on in the RMI now. If you know something that we don't, then please share with us. Thanks.
  • Thanks Neen_JekEiin. I can see why topic is popular - frequently updated coverage of the games, well written by Jokkijal. Maybe the MI Journal should hire him as a "stringer," to write exclusive posts to their Web site - I would consider if I was Joe Murphy.

    Actually, I get Marshallese interest in these basketball games. I really don't understand the fascination with Kim Kardashian and her family. I have never watched the TV show. I did not view her wedding. I do appreciate that she has a faboulous wardrobe that apparently consists entirely of very low cut dresses, swim suits I suspect she never wears if actually swimming, and tight barely buttoned shirts. Maybe someday she will say something about nuclear testing at Bikini while wearing one - probably draw more interest in that issue in one day than all other efforts, to date, combined.

    I am not sure if situation for most Marshallese, and RMI as a sovereign nation, is improving as we continue to move toward 2023. Every week it seems a new issue is discussed in the MI Journal. Some issues raised in past are not discussed any more, but not sure if that signifies solved or if simply means no progress and no sense repeating and repeating the same stuff. I can relate; I was sounding in Yokwe like a broken record, repeating and repeating.

    Hoopla is a great topic and has a lot of interest. It demonstrates that Marshallese in large numbers will access a computer, frequently, to learn more about something they care about in their daily lives. That fact by itself is hearterning.



    edited by: pettittm, datetimebrief

    “I hope the signing of the LUA (Land Use Agreement) allows the Government of the Marshall Islands more time to focus on the biggest issues it faces – how to raise the level of education and health of the Marshallese people and how to create an economy that will be stable after direct US funding ends in 2023.”
    US Ambassador to the Marshall Islands Martha Campbell, as quoted by MI Journal, 13 May 2011, pg 4
  • Welcome back MP!
    now this website is equal!;;;no sided
  • MP,
    Most of the kids involved in the "HOOPla" tournment have facebook accounts, and I'm pretty sure they go on YOKWE.NET check out the scores at the end of the day. I believe that's why the topic has the most view. That's outstanding. Inside the Jones Center they have more than 20 computers, every time I go there, I see no computers available - all being used by the kids.

    As for the RMI's past/current issues, I would guess maybe all stakeholders/land owners find their compensation from U.S. satisficing.
    Other reason could be, local internet service is too expensive people can't afford to pay, or simply just don't care anymore.
    In my opinion, a minor modification to the RMI constitution is needed. Two years for a President to fix past and current screw up is not enough time. Of course, I understand we are a small nation, but we must be able to adjust as modern society/economy advance; and stop living in the old age. Our population continues to increase. That's why amendment is needed; it’s ignorant to expect quick fix within two year period. Four years, in my opinion make more sense; it will allow our President more time to fix things he started. And, yes, if he doesn't fit then we voted him out too. If we amend it for four years instead of two years, our RMI future President will be able to fix and improve our small nation 70-80% better, which I think it's much better than 40-50% we've seen in the last decade. What about 90-100%, when is it? I don’t think we’ll see that statistic (90-100%) in my life time. We are not close to be there just yet. For now, we just need to see what we can do to change the term in the RMI Presidency.

    Our constitution mirrored the U.S. constitution anyways, and the U.S. modified theirs in the past. In the U.S., for example, the President can't even fix things within his four years; he needs extra 4 years to finish what he started.

    I hope we are prepared for 2023, when the compact funds come to an end.



    edited by: Neen_JekEiin, datetimebrief
  • trader: do you have important issue in mind you would like to share with us. Thank you.

    Neen Jekkein, I don't have any important issue but I was just wondering, are you employed? Or don't you have anything better to do than spending hundreds of hours talking about some kids playing basketball?
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