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How growing up in the Navy made certain truths self-evident

In Diversity, Navy, Uncategorized on February 16, 2018 at 1:53 pm

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“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” – The Declaration of Independence

Diversity provides a competitive and creative edge, no matter your ethnicity.

I’m a straight, white son of the American working classes. They don’t come much more “cis” than me. Big, hairy, white guy from the rural west. Married. Can tie a tie. I hike, I’ve owned trucks, and I like country music (well, to a point). On the surface of things, it might not make sense to too many that I’m a ferocious proponent of “diversity.”

I want to explain why I am and why it makes me a better writer and why I would not willingly work in a monoculture.

GO NAVY!

I grew up in the United States Navy. I was born into it to a father who was a career sailor, who retired as a Senior Chief during my teenage years. For those of you who have not enlisted or grown up in the military, you need to understand that I until I was 14 I never spent two minutes in a room where everyone was white.

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Indians are Not Our Problem (They’re Our Partners)

In Indian on January 7, 2018 at 8:58 pm

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While Global Mining Companies Change US Law, We Should Consider Changing How We Think about Indian Treaties

To the San Carlos Apache Nation of Arizona, Oak Flat is sacred land, the site of religious ceremony and a place where God speaks to the people. To the mining industry, Oak Flat is the promised land where copper speaks to the bottom line.

Thanks to the assistance of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Resolution Copper Mining, a subsidiary of the $51 billion Rio Tinto Corporation, has finally succeeded in getting special legislation passed that will allow them to mine there. The legislation was buried in the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act.

Digitizing Shakespeare

In Shakespeare, Theatre, Uncategorized on January 7, 2018 at 8:35 pm

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Our world is currently characterized by digitization. On a daily basis we interact with digital tools and properties. However, if we think about digitization in general, we probably think about the big things first: communications (who writes letters these days?), transportation (how many times have we cursed at the computers that make our new cars unfixable with a wrench and a willingness to bark our knuckles), and of course, weapons (drones, anyone?).

But the success of this technology on a large scale has given birth to an almost pathological willingness to experiment on a personal scale. Things we never would have thought needed digital versions – cabs, meals, maps, books, cigarettes, wine – we now can’t imagine in solely analog forms.

Part of this trend is commercial. Entrepreneurs and investors are looking for the proverbial next big thing and who’s to say that isn’t digital underpants that track your menses? Surveys only get you so far. After that you have to take the risk of producing and trying to sell the beeping networked panties of your dreams.

But an arguably more dignified reason for experimenting is the human desire to answer the question “What if?”