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  • I think it's not right to imply that because this guy is jew--that his invest plan will work. Remember Bernie Maddoff, a jew, who promoted investment schemes including getting retirement money from many poor people, many of whom were also jews. Hi…
  • FM, thanks, great and most appropriate commerce principle for the current bitcoin investment environment: caveat emptor.
  • Is that the same Jerry who lost a lot of money in his investment in Guam? When the news broke out, over 5 years ago, about the huge military move from Okinawa to Guam, he and his investors, allegedly, bought a lot of properties in Guam hoping that …
  • Taxi, yes, I meant to write $130,000. It's a big money given the number of officials to receive it just before the upcoming election. While I don't make judgement on officials' decisions, I wish some of it could, instead, be added to the Trust Fun…
  • Latest news, as of May 18, 2018, has the following title: "Floyd Mayweather-backed cryptocurrency firm's co-founders accused of fraud. I hope it doesn't happen with what is being proposed for RMI. It is at the ICO's phase where a lot of schemes,…
  • So, maybe, they have worked it out; that everything will be okay. But I heard that the ADB had asked RMI to hold up the implementation until it has had an opportunity to look into it more; since RMI holds millions of loans from ADB, etc. I am ne…
  • Alternative option: if RMI wants to have a different currency--as different from the US dollar/currency as allowed under the COFA--it can also have the option of printing its own money in denominations similar to the US dollars. It can be pegged to…
  • Since I have "zero" understanding on how this the proposed cryptocurrency will actually make money for RMI people or government, I will wait until I see the good senator and other government officials put up at least $10,000 US dollars of personal i…
  • I think that sort of sums up what Taxi has been posting: the Commission will be pushing for its secession strategy but if the Chuuk voters don't give a majority approval, the Commission is okay with continuing on under the FSM Constitution.
  • Taxi-Womw, thank you for taking the time to explain, describe and elaborate on some of the topics that have been raised regarding the on-going secession efforts--especially questions in the minds of people not familiar with the Chuuk's history of th…
  • One issue that has always come up with previous discussions of Chuuk independents is this: Faichuk will want to talk next about its independence from Chuuk. I don't know what is the latest on this sentiment which had always exhibited itself even le…
  • kinen, sorry for my comments--if it sounds like I came out too intrusive. Yes, I'll stop saying anything about this subject matter for now with the hope that the movement will not have any negative impact on others--the non-Chuukese and other FSM s…
  • A lot of good points have been made. I don't want to interrupt the focus of these good threads/points; so let me just add a short recommendation for Taxi and the Commission to consider along with their current secession strategy. I would suggest t…
  • Taxi, thanks for taking the time to clarify some the Commission's positions regarding the secession option. You say the Commission: 1. will not pit Chinese against the US particularly with respect to military matters; 2. will try not to hurt the FS…
  • I know it's easy to say that non-Chuukese should stay away from this discussion on the idea of Chuuk secession. For me, I do believe that Chuukese have the right to vote to approve or disapprove whatever that the leadership put on the ballot. So t…
  • If China is not part of the consideration for Chuuk secession, then, some things probably ought to be kept in mind because it seems that is what has been said by many people. Chuuk secession leaders think that they will get a better deal from the U…
  • So, in the end, if Chuuk's current secession leadership can peel Chuuk away from the FSM, I just wish for the following: There will be accommodation for Chuukese who have already decided to live and work in the US; to continue to do the same withou…
  • IronYouth, if Chuuk had voted to reject the proposed FSM Constitution, it would have been free to negotiate a separate COFA just like the RMI and ROP did. But because Chuuk voters' majority voted "yes" to the FSM Constitution, Chuuk willingly agree…
  • So the two major authorities that are being mentioned in connection with the secession are UN and the US. I believe UN does not get involved with secession efforts; which are considered as domestic matters; which are internal matters of sovereign c…
  • Sandman, thanks for sharing Mr. Stovall's analysis. He is the most expert on COFA's legal perspective. His analysis not only applies to Chuuk but to any of the FAS since the COFA's are pretty much the same. Just some thoughts on this nice evening.
  • AntiC, thanks for the clarification. Yes, there is so much to digest from Taxi's posts; so I'll find time to read later and try to understand what is going on. I also wish they would release whatever is legal/political document as written by Ms __…
  • I have a simple question: Why are the issues of self-determination and freedom of expression coming up now? Was that not the expression of self-determination when the Chuukese voters went to the poll; and voted to accept the FSM Constitution. The…
  • I wonder what would be the best option for Pohnpei to consider--if Chuuk's movement becomes real serious. I guess the following are possible: 1. just stay put and be prepared to focus on staying and improving the "federation" with Kosrae and Yap; 2…
  • I hope and pray that in the end, this whole thing does not end up in a civil war. Nobody wins if America is physically damaged by a civil war. The America that we admire and look up to as a beacon of freedom and goodwill; and military strength; an…
  • US--and the resolutions that it sponsors-- are always rejected by majority of the General Assembly members. Most of the time, the rejection is not based on merits but on the childish reaction on the part of some states--to try to embarrass the US o…
  • Emilie, I think your questions are difficult to answer because I think they are intrusive to the Yap traditional ways--which are not written but practiced faithfully; and are understood within the traditional thinking of the Yapese people. If you…
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  • It really boils down to the basic principle of "sovereign states". All members of the UN General Assembly are independent and "sovereign state" no matter how rich a country is; or the size of population They don't take orders from other sovereig…
  • That's a good news and is a relief for those managing big funds--in the millions. It's good news for RMI and DOI's OIA. This is a wake-up call; and it probably will not be the last. Scary!
  • FM, thanks for the update. It's good to hear that the firm that's managing this account is taking responsibility to make the accounts "whole". I am assuming it means all the lost funds will restored without cost or loss or charges to the RMI Fund.…
  • Regarding RMI's electronically stolen 1 million dollars, it is scary given that a lot of strict protection were put in place to prevent such unauthorized withdraws. First, it's my understanding that the $1 million was stolen from the account which …
  • red, can you provide that in writing--the guidelines--so it'll be easy to comply with. To what extent is "little criticism" acceptable; and who decides what is appropriate or inappropriate criticism. And are we talking about criticism of the Forum…
  • red, so can you help Forum Administrator or Sarem Chuuk or whoever is banning people on this supposedly public Forum. What it is that can be said or must not be said in this Forum? You mention Jews. I don't know why that is an issue--subject to b…
  • If you are asking me (marc), my answer is no, I don't know. I had been assuming it has been Fr. Hezel and some Jesuits or friends helping him. But I heard recently that Hezel is not involved with this Forum anymore. Thus, my question.
  • Patrick, so do you know who is the current Administrator of this Forum? If yes, please ask him/her/them to explain why was Rasta and others were banned from posting in this Forum. I would like to know so that I would know the type of comments that…
  • So who is the owner of this Forum who, allegedly, ban posters whose comments are not that unreasonable--but that may be offensive to her or him. It seems that this Forum is no longer under the influence of Hezel or Jesuits or the people who helped …
  • kinen, I am just putting a request thru because if SC continues to manage this discussion environment as if he has authority to influence people's thinking, then, I don't think this Forum should be considered a public forum. It should be considered…
  • Sarem Chuuk or Administrator, I am still waiting for your reply to my questions above: is Fran Hezel and some Jesuits formerly based in Micronesia still involved with this Forum; or is this Forum now solely your own property without any input from F…
  • While still waiting for Sarem Chuuk to explain about the banning of some posters in this Forum, I would like to note my uneasy feeling that it appears that this Micro Forum is no longer under the influence of Hezel or any of the Jesuits or individua…
  • Sarem Chuuk, I am still waiting for a response from you or Forum Administrator as to whether or not Rastaman has been banned. If yes, what was the basis for it? I don't really want to waste my time replying to emotional outburst; I'd like to read …
  • red, I think you should ban yourself from posting until we hear from Forum's Administrator (Sarem Chuuk) why Rastaman was, alledgedly, banned. It's like the Forum has closed one side of the discussion while allowing you to continue to spew out hate…
  • Fran Hezel ran the MicSem, prior to this Forum; and I did not see bias. He gave the posters a lot of leeway but did put his foot down when some posters used profanity, etc. So who owns or created this Forum that we're using now? Was it created by…
  • I am still waiting for Sarem Chuuk to respond to the allegations above regarding banning people that he disagrees with in this Forum. I had always thought his posts before we on the point and worthy of consideration. I did not know that he represe…
  • And what does Sarem Chuuk say, in reply, about these posts?
  • I would like to read Sarem Chuuk's reply post before I comment. Pls...
  • So why are debating as to whether or not a Saipan-born person whose parents are Kosraeans can be expressing his opinion in this Micro Forum? After all, aren't there a lot of people who are not Micronesians who are also posting in this Forum? I hav…
  • Guam is a territory and Northern Marianas is a commonwealth; they are part of the US as far as political relationship goes. But their geographical location makes the two as Micronesian islands; and many of their indigenous people consider themselve…
  • People from Guam and Saipan are Micronesians. These islands are Micronesian islands. They fall into the geographical area called Micronesia. Yes, political status are different but they are still Micronesians.
  • Darrinos, here is a list of business opportunities and my opinion/comments on them: 1. Grocery store - too many players; too much competition; 2. Taxi - too many taxi operations already; good but too much competition; 3. Movie theaters - few custome…
  • Darrinos, another business opportunity that has not been undertaken is the making of commercial pig feed using locally available materials. It is my understanding that COM-FSM land grant has been collecting and identifying all cassava (tapioca) tha…