Here's your local news for Wednesday, June 7: The Wisconsin State Legislature was busy, busy, busy today. Amidst legislation to increase hoops for unemployment, protect gas-powered vehicles, create more transparency for parole, and ongoing negotiation over shared revenue, legislators also passed a package of bills that would make changes to the state's key credentialing agency, the Department of Safety and Professional Services. Our reporter watched the today's hearings in real time. Meanwhile, it's been a season of flag-raisings this month. Today, local leaders hoisted the trans pride flag above the Madison Municipal Building, where it'll fly for the next week, Madison educators will be getting the maximum allowable raise of 8%, more than double what MMSD had initially proposed, and Two chefs at Madison's Fairchild restaurant have won a top honor: a James Beard Award. Meanwhile - what do those air quality alerts mean?, Rob has the most comprehensive weather forecast on the WORT airwaves, and a national magazine fawns over Paul Soglin on this week's Madison in the Sixties.
Minnesota Special Hockey's Hendrickson Foundation Festival was played at the Blaine Super Rink June 2 - 4, 2023. Mogey and JC spoke with some participants as well as 2 members of the Minnesota Special Hockey Board of Directors. The theme of this festival is that hockey is for everyone! After seeing some games and listening to some players and organizers the theme rings true. You will be inspired by what you hear from these folks during the podcast!Chippewa Valley Ortho and Sport Medicine Dedicated and committed to the health care needs of patients in Western Wisconsin since 1954. Market & Johnson Adding Value to Everything We DoParker Insurance Valley Sports Academy Multi-sport training facility dedicated to helping all athletes reach the next level.Northwoods Therapy Associates Taking physical therapy to the next levelRyan Flaig - State Farm Serving Eau Claire, Altoona, Fall Creek, Fairchild, Augusta, Osseo, Eleva, Strum, MondoviQuin Flaig Serving customers in Duluth, Proctor, Hermantown, Cloquet, and Two HarborsRolf Flaig Serving Duluth, MN and the surrounding areaJeff Flaig Serving Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Elk Mound, Cadott, Holcombe, Stanley, and the Chippewa ValleyHertel Law The law firm you want on your side. Focusing on criminal defense and personal injury.Rolly's Coach Club Riverside Bike and Skate Eau Claire's hockey headquarters which is the oldest hockey store in the state of Wisconsin. Kelly Heating and Electric Proudly making you comfortable since 1997!Computer Recovery Associates CRA specializes in removing, monetizing and recycling computer hardware from large data centersDooley's Pub The place to go for a traditional Irish pub experience with quality food good prices and beveragesDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.@TheBOSPodwww.thebreakoutsessions.com
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Ep. 148: Equestrian and track & field shaped the leader responsible for Visa's partnerships with the NFL, Olympics, and FIFA. In the months leading up to the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, Andrea's team will launch a marketing campaign based on the premise that “behind every number, there is a story” that will bring the achievements of these world-class athletes to life!! Our BONUS RESOURCE for this episode includes fill-in-the-blank notes and reflection questions. Click here to download the bonus resource. If these lessons resonated with you, connect with me and my team at maxwellleadership.com/don and together we can next-level your company culture! Special thanks to Kyle Smedley and David Beira for making this episode possible.
Tonight we're chatting with Katherine Hall Page, who returns with her latest novel in the Faith Fairchild series, THE BODY IN THE WEB (William Morrow, 5/30/23)! Katherine continues the award-winning series by concocting a sprinkling of family, a hint of friendship, and a heaping of puzzling twists and turns that simmer into a fully cooked mystery—one you won't be able to put down!Page has penned over twenty-five traditional amateur sleuth books, combining gripping and suspenseful plots. Her beloved characters, the Fairchild family, tackle real-life issues as they grow and connect with the world around them. THE BODY IN THE WEB delves into the pandemic in a way that allows readers to process what our world has gone through, while delivering a story that is both thrilling and rich in spirit. In THE BODY IN THE WEB, our novice detective Faith, is hunkered down with her family during the pandemic when a Zoom-bombing scandal sends the community into a tailspin and a dead body is discovered. Bring your appetite for a classic whodunnit… and for comfort food! Just like the other books in the series, THE BODY IN THE WEB will feature several fantastic tried and tested recipes from Faith Fairchild's kitchen.MORE ABOUT BODY IN THE WEBFaith Fairchild joins the rest of the world in lockdown mode when reality flips in March 2020. As the pandemic spreads, Faith and her family readjust to life together in Aleford, Massachusetts. Her husband, Tom, continues his sermons from Zoom; their children, Ben, who's in college, and Amy, a high school senior, are doing remote learning at home .Faith is happy to have her family under the same roof and grateful for her resilient community, friends, and neighbors in Aleford. Town halls remain lively and well-attended, despite residents joining from their living rooms. It is at one of these town halls that scandal breaks out. In the midst of a Zoom meeting, damaging images suddenly flash upon everyone's screens. Claudia, local art teacher and Faith's dear friend, is immediately recognized as the woman who has been targeted.When Claudia is later discovered dead, Faith, with the help of her friends, journeys deep into the dark web to unravel the threads of Claudia's mysterious history and shocking passing. This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/4268760/advertisement
Over the years, The Takeaway has seen a long list of rotating staff made up of outspoken journalists and producers. That list does not include Vince Fairchild who is a 'Takeaway veteran' in every sense of the word. Vince has worked as a broadcast engineer on the show since its first year on air in 2008 and now serves as our Senior Broadcast Engineer. "He fact checks like no other. He sound designs with mastery. And he's so good that when our Director Jay Cowit is out, Vince slides right into the director's chair with aplomb." For those who know Vince, they know he is regarded as a quiet yet formidable leader. What that means is when he chooses to speak, Team Takeaway always listens. Melissa chatted with Senior Broadcast Engineer Vince Fairchild about The Takeaway as our final show approaches June 2nd. Vince, we're sending you all the love and appreciation for what you've done.
Over the years, The Takeaway has seen a long list of rotating staff made up of outspoken journalists and producers. That list does not include Vince Fairchild who is a 'Takeaway veteran' in every sense of the word. Vince has worked as a broadcast engineer on the show since its first year on air in 2008 and now serves as our Senior Broadcast Engineer. "He fact checks like no other. He sound designs with mastery. And he's so good that when our Director Jay Cowit is out, Vince slides right into the director's chair with aplomb." For those who know Vince, they know he is regarded as a quiet yet formidable leader. What that means is when he chooses to speak, Team Takeaway always listens. Melissa chatted with Senior Broadcast Engineer Vince Fairchild about The Takeaway as our final show approaches June 2nd. Vince, we're sending you all the love and appreciation for what you've done.
You'll enjoy Meghan's stories about growing and playing the game she loves. From playing on boys teams to playing for the Badgers, to her current position with the Blackhawks, Meghan never thought of herself as a pioneer - she just loved and wanted to stay involved in the game. Will she become the first female General Manager in the NHL? Only time will tell. Just don't bet against her. Ryan Flaig - State Farm Serving Eau Claire, Altoona, Fall Creek, Fairchild, Augusta, Osseo, Eleva, Strum, MondoviQuin Flaig Serving customers in Duluth, Proctor, Hermantown, Cloquet, and Two HarborsRolf Flaig Serving Duluth, MN and the surrounding areaJeff Flaig Serving Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Elk Mound, Cadott, Holcombe, Stanley, and the Chippewa ValleyHertel Law The law firm you want on your side. Focusing on criminal defense and personal injury.Rolly's Coach Club Riverside Bike and Skate Eau Claire's hockey headquarters which is the oldest hockey store in the state of Wisconsin. Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.@TheBOSPodwww.thebreakoutsessions.com
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#老謝開講 #謝金河 #財訊 中國近來大動作向全球示好，不論是國家或是企業大咖都紛紛造訪中國，眾人訪中所為何事？中國又有什麼盤算？ 《各節重點》 00:00 精彩片段 - 中國對美國最大企業下手 00:21 中國戰略趨於主動，全球大咖紛紛訪中所為何事? 01:46 李強以博鰲論壇作為起手式，宣示中國經濟方向 04:05 中國人行降息，過緊日子將成中國常態？ 05:45 從貨櫃與散裝航運指數看出中國進出口興衰！ 06:32 中國人瘋儲蓄，場景神似日本泡沫經濟！ 07:41 日本半導體協議，30年的失落與轉換 09:00 中國挑戰美元地位，還有漫漫長路要走 11:47 網友提問－台灣為何無法取代香港金融地位？ 12:15 網友提問－美國CPI預測值？ ★ 商業合作請洽 firstname.lastname@example.org，或撥專線 (02)25512561轉249。 ★ 更多老謝獨家觀點，可訂閱《老謝財經茶水間》
We are joined by Eau Claire, Wisconsin Hockey Moms - Cindy Dahl, Vicki Dowell, Molly Thorp and Mary McCabe as they tell us about their experiences navigating the hockey world with their sons!Ryan Flaig - State Farm Serving Eau Claire, Altoona, Fall Creek, Fairchild, Augusta, Osseo, Eleva, Strum, MondoviQuin Flaig Serving customers in Duluth, Proctor, Hermantown, Cloquet, and Two HarborsRolf Flaig Serving Duluth, MN and the surrounding areaJeff Flaig Serving Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Elk Mound, Cadott, Holcombe, Stanley, and the Chippewa ValleyHertel Law The law firm you want on your side. Focusing on criminal defense and personal injury.Rolly's Coach Club Riverside Bike and Skate Eau Claire's hockey headquarters which is the oldest hockey store in the state of Wisconsin. Chippewa Valley Ortho and Sport Medicine Dedicated and committed to the health care needs of patients in Western Wisconsin since 1954. @TheBOSPodwww.thebreakoutsessions.com
Close friend of the pod Chris Fairchild joins to talk about his basketball journey as well as all things sports that went on this past weekend. They finish up the episode with Starting 5 and Walk-On picks for Lefty NBA players.
This week on the aviation avenue podcast. We are discussing the Primary Trainer that was built by Fairchild and used in World War 2. That's right… today we are discussing the PT-19 Cornell. Joining us to help discuss it is Fred Bell. Who was are guest from last weeks episode. We hope you guys enjoy! --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/braden-piscopo/support
Listen in as Greg takes us through his path to the ranks of American Hockey League on ice official. Whether he is officiating a youth, high school, juniors or professional game, you can count on Greg to bring passion and a positive attitude to his work.Ryan Flaig - State Farm Serving Eau Claire, Altoona, Fall Creek, Fairchild, Augusta, Osseo, Eleva, Strum, MondoviQuin Flaig Serving customers in Duluth, Proctor, Hermantown, Cloquet, and Two HarborsRolf Flaig Serving Duluth, MN and the surrounding areaJeff Flaig Serving Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Elk Mound, Cadott, Holcombe, Stanley, and the Chippewa ValleyHertel Law The law firm you want on your side. Focusing on criminal defense and personal injury.Rolly's Coach Club Riverside Bike and Skate Eau Claire's hockey headquarters which is the oldest hockey store in the state of Wisconsin. Chippewa Valley Ortho and Sport Medicine Dedicated and committed to the health care needs of patients in Western Wisconsin since 1954. @TheBOSPodwww.thebreakoutsessions.com
Chippewa Steel goaltender - Adam Gajan has gone from a relative unknown to the talk of the hockey world after his performance for the Slovakian National Team at the 2023 World Juniors Tournament. Adam opened the eyes of many college and professional scouts with his performance at the 2022 NAHL Showcase at the Super Rink in Blaine, MN. Adam will suit up for the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL next year and then move on to the University of Minnesota - Duluth. Check this one out. Adam has a great story!Ryan Flaig - State Farm Serving Eau Claire, Altoona, Fall Creek, Fairchild, Augusta, Osseo, Eleva, Strum, MondoviQuin Flaig Serving customers in Duluth, Proctor, Hermantown, Cloquet, and Two HarborsRolf Flaig Serving Duluth, MN and the surrounding areaJeff Flaig Serving Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Elk Mound, Cadott, Holcombe, Stanley, and the Chippewa ValleyHertel Law The law firm you want on your side. Focusing on criminal defense and personal injury.Rolly's Coach Club Riverside Bike and Skate Eau Claire's hockey headquarters which is the oldest hockey store in the state of Wisconsin. Chippewa Valley Ortho and Sport Medicine Dedicated and committed to the health care needs of patients in Western Wisconsin since 1954. @TheBOSPodwww.thebreakoutsessions.com
Cecil Fairchild is a man with a lot of experience and a heck of a lot of credentials behind his last name. I had the chance to talk to Cecil about a myriad of things: his experience going from being a ground medic to a flight paramedic, imposter syndrome, how terrible the yankauer suction is, working in the Louisiana National Guard, and the various calls he's run. It was a great time and discussion to record (twice) and I'm sure that you'll enjoy it. Grab a pancake, warm up some syrup, and enjoy!
We've talked about the history of microchips, transistors, and other chip makers. Today we're going to talk about Intel in a little more detail. Intel is short for Integrated Electronics. They were founded in 1968 by Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore. Noyce was an Iowa kid who went off to MIT to get a PhD in physics in 1953. He went off to join the Shockley Semiconductor Lab to join up with William Shockley who'd developed the transistor as a means of bringing a solid-state alternative to vacuum tubes in computers and amplifiers. Shockley became erratic after he won the Nobel Prize and 8 of the researchers left, now known as the “traitorous eight.” Between them came over 60 companies, including Intel - but first they went on to create a new company called Fairchild Semiconductor where Noyce invented the monolithic integrated circuit in 1959, or a single chip that contains multiple transistors. After 10 years at Fairchild, Noyce joined up with coworker and fellow traitor Gordon Moore. Moore had gotten his PhD in chemistry from Caltech and had made an observation while at Fairchild that the number of transistors, resistors, diodes, or capacitors in an integrated circuit was doubling every year and so coined Moore's Law, that it would continue to to do so. They wanted to make semiconductor memory cheaper and more practical. They needed money to continue their research. Arthur Rock had helped them find a home at Fairchild when they left Shockley and helped them raise $2.5 million in backing in a couple of days. The first day of the company, Andy Grove joined them from Fairchild. He'd fled the Hungarian revolution in the 50s and gotten a PhD in chemical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Then came Leslie Vadász, another Hungarian emigrant. Funding and money coming in from sales allowed them to hire some of the best in the business. People like Ted Hoff , Federico Faggin, and Stan Mazor. That first year they released 64-bit static random-access memory in the 3101 chip, doubling what was on the market as well as the 3301 read-only memory chip, and the 1101. Then DRAM, or dynamic random-access memory in the 1103 in 1970, which became the bestselling chip within the first couple of years. Armed with a lineup of chips and an explosion of companies that wanted to buy the chips, they went public within 2 years of being founded. 1971 saw Dov Frohman develop erasable programmable read-only memory, or EPROM, while working on a different problem. This meant they could reprogram chips using ultraviolet light and electricity. In 1971 they also created the Intel 4004 chip, which was started in 1969 when a calculator manufacturer out of Japan ask them to develop 12 different chips. Instead they made one that could do all of the tasks of the 12, outperforming the ENIAC from 1946 and so the era of the microprocessor was born. And instead of taking up a basement at a university lab, it took up an eight of an inch by a sixth of an inch to hold a whopping 2,300 transistors. The chip didn't contribute a ton to the bottom line of the company, but they'd built the first true microprocessor, which would eventually be what they were known for. Instead they were making DRAM chips. But then came the 8008 in 1972, ushering in an 8-bit CPU. The memory chips were being used by other companies developing their own processors but they knew how and the Computer Terminal Corporation was looking to develop what was a trend for a hot minute, called programmable terminals. And given the doubling of speeds those gave way to microcomputers within just a few years. The Intel 8080 was a 2 MHz chip that became the basis of the Altair 8800, SOL-20, and IMSAI 8080. By then Motorola, Zilog, and MOS Technology were hot on their heals releasing the Z80 and 6802 processors. But Gary Kildall wrote CP/M, one of the first operating systems, initially for the 8080 prior to porting it to other chips. Sales had been good and Intel had been growing. By 1979 they saw the future was in chips and opened a new office in Haifa, Israiel, where they designed the 8088, which clocked in at 4.77 MHz. IBM chose this chip to be used in the original IBM Personal Computer. IBM was going to use an 8-bit chip, but the team at Microsoft talked them into going with the 16-bit 8088 and thus created the foundation of what would become the Wintel or Intel architecture, or x86, which would dominate the personal computer market for the next 40 years. One reason IBM trusted Intel is that they had proven to be innovators. They had effectively invented the integrated circuit, then the microprocessor, then coined Moore's Law, and by 1980 had built a 15,000 person company capable of shipping product in large quantities. They were intentional about culture, looking for openness, distributed decision making, and trading off bureaucracy for figuring out cool stuff. That IBM decision to use that Intel chip is one of the most impactful in the entire history of personal computers. Based on Microsoft DOS and then Windows being able to run on the architecture, nearly every laptop and desktop would run on that original 8088/86 architecture. Based on the standards, Intel and Microsoft would both market that their products ran not only on those IBM PCs but also on any PC using the same architecture and so IBM's hold on the computing world would slowly wither. On the back of all these chips, revenue shot past $1 billion for the first time in 1983. IBM bought 12 percent of the company in 1982 and thus gave them the Big Blue seal of approval, something important event today. And the hits kept on coming with the 286 to 486 chips coming along during the 1980s. Intel brought the 80286 to market and it was used in the IBM PC AT in 1984. This new chip brought new ways to manage addresses, the first that could do memory management, and the first Intel chip where we saw protected mode so we could get virtual memory and multi-tasking. All of this was made possible with over a hundred thousand transistors. At the time the original Mac used a Motorola 68000 but the sales were sluggish while they flourished at IBM and slowly we saw the rise of the companies cloning the IBM architecture, like Compaq. Still using those Intel chips. Jerry Sanders had actually left Fairchild a little before Noyce and Moore to found AMD and ended up cloning the instructions in the 80286, after entering into a technology exchange agreement with Intel. This led to AMD making the chips at volume and selling them on the open market. AMD would go on to fast-follow Intel for decades. The 80386 would go on to simply be known as the Intel 386, with over 275,000 transistors. It was launched in 1985, but we didn't see a lot of companies use them until the early 1990s. The 486 came in 1989. Now we were up to a million transistors as well as a math coprocessor. We were 50 times faster than the 4004 that had come out less than 20 years earlier. I don't want to take anything away from the phenomenal run of research and development at Intel during this time but the chips and cores and amazing developments were on autopilot. The 80s also saw them invest half a billion in reinvigorating their manufacturing plants. With quality manufacturing allowing for a new era of printing chips, the 90s were just as good to Intel. I like to think of this as the Pentium decade with the first Pentium in 1993. 32-bit here we come. Revenues jumped 50 percent that year closing in on $9 billion. Intel had been running an advertising campaign around Intel Inside. This represented a shift from the IBM PC to the Intel. The Pentium Pro came in 1995 and we'd crossed 5 million transistors in each chip. And the brand equity was rising fast. More importantly, so was revenue. 1996 saw revenues pass $20 billion. The personal computer was showing up in homes and on desks across the world and most had Intel Inside - in fact we'd gone from Intel inside to Pentium Inside. 1997 brought us the Pentium II with over 7 million transistors, the Xeon came in 1998 for servers, and 1999 Pentium III. By 2000 they introduced the first gigahertz processor at Intel and they announced the next generation after Pentium: Itanium, finally moving the world to the 64 bit processor. As processor speeds slowed they were able to bring multi-core processors and massive parallelism out of the hallowed halls of research and to the desktop computer in 2005. 2006 saw Intel go from just Windows to the Mac. And we got 45 nanometer logic technology in 2006 using hafnium-based high-k for transistor gates represented a shift from the silicon-gated transistors of the 60s and allowed them to move to hundreds of millions of transistors packed into a single chip. i3, i5, i7, an on. The chips now have over a couple hundred million transistors per core with 8 cores on a chip potentially putting us over 1.7 or 1.8 transistors per chip. Microsoft, IBM, Apple, and so many others went through huge growth and sales jumps then retreated dealing with how to run a company of the size they suddenly became. This led each to invest heavily into ending a lost decade effectively with R&D - like when IBM built the S/360 or Apple developed the iMac and then iPod. Intel's strategy had been research and development. Build amazing products and they sold. Bigger, faster, better. The focus had been on power. But mobile devices were starting to take the market by storm. And the ARM chip was more popular on those because with a reduced set of instructions they could use less power and be a bit more versatile. Intel coined Moore's Law. They know that if they don't find ways to pack more and more transistors into smaller and smaller spaces then someone else will. And while they haven't been huge in the RISC-based System on a Chip space, they do continue to release new products and look for the right product-market fit. Just like they did when they went from more DRAM and SRAM to producing the types of chips that made them into a powerhouse. And on the back of a steadily rising revenue stream that's now over $77 billion they seem poised to be able to whether any storm. Not only on the back of R&D but also some of the best manufacturing in the industry. Chips today are so powerful and small and contain the whole computer from the era of those Pentiums. Just as that 4004 chip contained a whole ENIAC. This gives us a nearly limitless canvas to design software. Machine learning on a SoC expands the reach of what that software can process. Technology is moving so fast in part because of the amazing work done at places like Intel, AMD, and ARM. Maybe that positronic brain that Asimov promised us isn't as far off as it seems. But then, I thought that in the 90s as well so I guess we'll see.
Project 38: The future of federal contracting
One of the federal government's largest contracts for commercial products and services is in a paradox as the General Services Administration is taking it through a complex consolidation process.Noted GSA watcher and Schedule contract specialist Courtney Fairchild returns to WT 360 to provide an update on where the consolidation is now, next steps for companies to take and why they should view their actions as a series of business decisions versus purely administrative work.Fairchild's role as CEO of the proposal consultancy Global Services Inc. means she is continuously peppered with questions on what companies should do next in this third phase of the Multiple Award Schedule consolidation. Consider this episode a collection of "Frequently Asked Questions" on pitfalls to avoid.GSA's end goal for the consolidation is simplicity for agencies and companies alike. Simplicity should also drive contractors' actions in order to make the process straightforward for GSA employees, as Fairchild told our Ross Wilkers.For more background and context, here are two articles written by Fairchild on the consolidation:Top Four Ways to Avoid MAS Modification Rejections in 2023MAS Contractors: Keep These Things in Mind for 2023
Dan is joined by Robert Blake, Chief Executive Officer of Achronix Semiconductor. He has worked in the semiconductor industry for over 25 years. Prior to Achronix he was the Chief Executive Officer of Octasic Semiconductor based in Montreal, Canada. Robert also worked at Altera, LSI Logic and Fairchild. Robert explains how Achronix… Read More
We talk with Minnesota Hockey Icon - Lou Nanne - about growing up in Canada, what led him to Minnesota, and why he still stays involved in the game today. Awesome interview!Ryan Flaig - State Farm Serving Eau Claire, Altoona, Fall Creek, Fairchild, Augusta, Osseo, Eleva, Strum, MondoviQuin Flaig Serving customers in Duluth, Proctor, Hermantown, Cloquet, and Two HarborsRolf Flaig Serving Duluth, MN and the surrounding areaJeff Flaig Serving Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Elk Mound, Cadott, Holcombe, Stanley, and the Chippewa ValleyHertel Law The law firm you want on your side. Focusing on criminal defense and personal injury.Rolly's Coach Club Riverside Bike and Skate Eau Claire's hockey headquarters which is the oldest hockey store in the state of Wisconsin. Chippewa Valley Ortho and Sport Medicine Dedicated and committed to the health care needs of patients in Western Wisconsin since 1954. @TheBOSPodwww.thebreakoutsessions.com
From being on the high school swim team and in great shape to being over 300 pounds by the time she was 30, destination wedding photographer Jess Fairchild shares her story of finding fitness later in life while loving her body and who she was every step of the way. Jess shares what it really means to be body positive and how having a long road of weight loss ahead of her never stopped her from just starting - a hurdle that stops many from ever getting started. In the journey of surpassing her goal of losing 100+ pounds and getting skin removal surgery, she also discovered physical strength she never knew she had and how fitness and a positive mindset has transformed every other aspect of her life. BetterhelpThis episode is brought to you by Betterhelp. Give online therapy a try at betterhelp.com/mindsetmile for 10% off your first month of therapy.Cozy EarthGet 35% off your entire online order at Cozyearth.com and use code "MINDSETMILE" at checkout.UpspaceUpspace is a fitness app that gives you access to hundreds of workouts and trainers. Check them out here.--Let's connect!DOWNLOAD MY FREE MINDSET MILE JOURNALFollow my personal account on Instagram: @aishazazaCheck out our Website: themindsetmile.comRate, Review, Subscribe & Share the Podcast: The Mindset Mile Podcast
In the early 1970’s, when the organic movement was barely getting started, a young ROGER FAIRCHILD worked alongside his uncle and learned the proprietary methods to make a full strength, nutritious and organic apple cider vinegar. Braggs sold his under their own label….. https://www.fairchildsvinegar.com/
The I Love CVille Show With Jerry Miller!
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Margaret O'Mara, Scott and Dorothy Bullitt Chair of American history and professor at the University of Washington, leads the conversation on big tech and global order. CASA: Welcome to today's session of the Winter/Spring 2023 CFR Academic Webinar Series. I'm Maria Casa, director of the National Program and Outreach at CFR. Thank you all for joining us. Today's discussion is on the record, and the video and transcript will be available on our website, CFR.org/Academic, if you would like to share it with your colleagues or classmates. As always, CFR takes no institutional positions on matters of policy. We are delighted to have Margaret O'Mara with us to discuss big tech and global order. Dr. O'Mara is the Scott and Dorothy Bullitt Chair of American history and professor at the University of Washington. She writes and teaches about the growth of the high-tech economy, the history of American politics, and the connections between the two. Dr. O'Mara is an Organization of American Historians distinguished lecturer and has received the University of Washington Distinguished Teaching Award for Innovation with Technology. Previously, she served as a fellow with the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the National Forum on the Future of Liberal Education. From 1993 to 1997, Dr. O'Mara served in the Clinton administration as an economic and social policy aide in the White House and in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She is the author of several books and an editor of the Politics and Society in Modern America series at Princeton University Press. Welcome, Margaret. Thank you very much for speaking with us today. O'MARA: Thank you so much, Maria, and thank you all for being here today. I'm setting my supercomputer on my wrist timer so I—to time my talk to you, and which is very apropos and it's really—it's great to be here. I have a few slides I wanted to share as I talk through, and I thought that since we had some really interesting meaty present tense readings from Foreign Affairs as background for this conversation as well as the recent review essay that I wrote last year, I thought I would set the scene a little more with a little more history and how we got to now and thinking in broad terms about how the technology industry relates to geopolitics and the global order as this very distinctive set of very powerful companies now. So I will share accordingly, and, Maria, I hope that this is showing up on your screen as it should. So I knew I—today I needed to, of course, talk—open with something in the news, this—the current—the ongoing questions around what has—what was in the sky and what is being shot down in addition to a Chinese spy balloon, which is really kind of getting to a question that's at the center of all of my work. I write at the intersection of economic history and political history and I do that because I'm interested in questions of power. Who has power? What do they value? This is the kind of the question of the U.S.-China—the operative question of the U.S.-China rivalry and the—and concern about China, what are the values, what are the—and Chinese technology and Chinese technology companies, particularly consumer-facing ones. And this is also an operative question about the extraordinary concentration of wealth and power in a few large platform companies that are based on the West Coast of the United States—(laughs)—a couple in my town of Seattle where I am right now talking to you, and others in Silicon Valley. It's very interesting when one does a Google image search to find a publicly available image and puts in Silicon Valley the images that come up are either the title cards of the HBO television comedy, which I was tempted to add, but the—really, the iconic shot of the valley as place is the Apple headquarters—the Spaceship, as it's called in Cupertino—that opened a few years ago in the middle of suburbia. And this is—you know, the questions of concentrated power in the Q&A among the background readings, you know, this was noted by several of the experts consulted about what is the threat of big tech geopolitically and concentrated power, whether that's good, bad, if that's an advantage geopolitically or not. It was something that many of those folks brought up as did the other readings as well. And this question of power—who has power and taking power—has been an animating question of the modern technology industry and there's an irony in this that if you think about the ideological granddaddy of Apple itself is the Whole Earth Catalog, which I—and this is—I quote from this in the opening to my review essay that was part of the background readings and I just thought I would pop this up in full for us to think about. This is Stewart Brand. This is the first issue of the Whole Earth Catalog. The full issue is digitized at the Internet Archive as are so many other wonderful artifacts and primary source materials about this world, and this is right here on the—you know, you turn—open the cover and here is the purpose: “We are as gods and might as well get used to it. So far, remotely done power and glory as via government, big business, formal education, and church has succeeded to the point where gross obscure actual gains. In response to this dilemma and to these gains a realm of intimate personal power is developing—power of the individual to conduct his own education, find his own inspiration, shape his own environment, and share his adventure with whoever is interested. Tools that aid this process are sought and promoted by the Whole Earth Catalog.” The audience of the Whole Earth Catalog was not a bunch of techies, per se. It was back to the landers, people who were going and founding communes and the catalog was—you know, which was more a piece of art than it was an actual shopping guide, had all sorts of things from books by Buckminster Fuller to camp stoves and to the occasional Hewlett Packard scientific calculator, making this kind of statement that these tools could actually be used for empowerment of the individual because, of course, the world of 1968 is one in which computers and AI are in the hands of the establishment. We see this playing out in multiple scales including Hollywood films like Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, which, of course, follows, what, four years earlier Dr. Strangelove, which was also a satiric commentary on concentrated power of the military industrial complex, and computers were, indeed, things that were used by large government agencies, by the Pentagon, by Fortune 50 companies. And so the countercultural computer or personal computer movement is very much about individual power and taking this away from the global order, so to speak. This is the taking—using these tools as a way to connect people at the individual level, put a computer on every desk, connect everyone via computer networks to one another, and that is how the future will be changed. That is how the inequities of the world would be remedied. The notion of ultimate connectivity as a positive good was not something that originated with Facebook but, indeed, has much, much deeper origins and that's worth thinking about as we consider where we are in 2023 and where things are going from there. It's also worth thinking about the way in which global—the global order and particularly national security and government spending has played a role—an instrumental role—in the growth of the technology industry as it is. Take, for example, the original venture-backed startup, Fairchild Semiconductor, which is legendary as really starting the silicon semiconductor industry in the valley. It is the—it puts the silicon in the valley, and the eight co-founders known as the Traitorous Eight because they all quit en masse their previous job at Shockley Semiconductor working for William Shockley, the co-inventor of the transistor, and they went off and did something that one does not—did not do in 1957 very often, which was start your own company. This was something that you did if you were weird and you couldn't work for people. That's what one old timer told me, reflecting back on this moment. But they, indeed, started their own company, found outside financing and in this group contains Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore, the two co-founders of Intel, as well as Gene Kleiner, co-founder of Kleiner Perkins, the venture capital firm. This is really the—you know, the original—where it all began, and yes, this is a story of free-market entrepreneurialism but it also is a story of the national security state. This is a—Fairchild is founded at a moment when most of the business in the Santa Clara Valley of California, later known as Silicon Valley, was defense related. This is where the jobs were. This is the business they were doing, by and large. There was not a significant commercial market for their products. A month after they're incorporated—in September '57 is when Fairchild incorporates itself. October 1957 Sputnik goes into orbit. The consequent wave of space spending is really what is the literal rocket ship that gets Silicon Valley's chip business going. The integrated circuits made by Fairchild and other chip makers in the valley go into the Apollo guidance system. NASA is buying these chips at a time that there is not a commercial market for them and that enables these companies to scale up production to create a commodity that can be delivered to the enterprise. And so by the time you get to the 1970s you are not talking about defense contractors in any way. These are companies that are putting their chips in cars and in other—all sorts of one time mechanical equipment is becoming transistorized. And Intel is Intel, still one of the most important and consequential—globally consequential tech companies around at the center of the action in the CHIPS Act of last year, not to mention others. But this longer history and this intertwining with the military industrial complex and with broader geopolitics—because, of course, the space program and the Apollo program was a Cold War effort. It was about beating the Soviets to the moon, not just doing it because we could. But that really kind of dissipates and fades from collective memory in the Valley and beyond with the rise of these entrepreneurs like Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Bill Gates, young, new-time CEOs that are presenting a very, very different face of business and really being consciously apolitical, presenting themselves as something so far apart from Washington, D.C. And this notion of tech, big or little, being something separate from government and governance is perpetuated by leaders of both parties, not just Ronald Reagan but also by Democrats of a younger generation that in the early 1980s there was a brief moment in which lawmakers like Tim Wirth and Gary Hart were referred to as Atari Democrats because they were so bullish on high-tech industries as the United States' economic future. And the way in which politicians and lawmakers from the 1980s forward talked about tech was very much in the same key as that of people like Steve Jobs, which is that this is a revolutionary—the tools have been taken from the establishment, and this is something that is apart from politics, that transcends the old global order and is a new one. And, in fact, in the speech in May 1988 in Moscow at the end of his presidency Ronald Reagan delivers a—you know, really frames the post-Cold War future as one in which the microchip is the revolutionary instrument of freedom: “Standing here before a mural of your revolution”—and a very large bust of Lenin—“I talk about a very different revolution that is taking place right now. Its effects are peaceful but they will fundamentally alter our world, and it is—the tiny silicon chip is the agent of that, no bigger than a fingerprint.” This is really remarkable, if we sit back and take a deep breath and think about it, and particularly thinking about what happens after that. What happens after that are decades in which, again, leaders of both parties in the United States and world leaders elsewhere are framing the internet and understanding the internet as this tool for freedom and liberation, a tool that will advance democracy. Bill Clinton, towards the end of his presidency, famously kind of said, effectively, that I'm not worried about China because the internet is going to bring—you know, internet is going to make it very hard to have anything but democracy. And this notion of a post-Cold War and beyond the end of history and tech and big tech being central to that that, in fact, aided the rise of big tech. That was a rationale for a light regulatory hand in the United States, allowing these companies to grow and flourish and so big, indeed, they have become. But I want to end on a note just thinking about the—you know, why this history is important, why this connective tissue between past and present actually does matter. It isn't just that, oh, this is nice to know. This is useful. Lawrence Preston Gise was the second—sorry, the first deputy administrator of DARPA in 1958, created in the wake of the Sputnik—post-Sputnik panic, originally called ARPA, now DARPA. He later ran the entire Western Division of the Atomic Energy Commission—Los Alamos, Livermore, et cetera. Longtime government public servant. In his retirement he retired to his farm in west Texas and his young grandson came and lived with him every summer. And his grandson throughout his life has talked about how—what a profound influence his grandfather was on him, showing him how to be a self-sufficient rancher, how to wrangle cattle and to build a barbed wire fence. But the grandson—you know, what the grandson didn't mention that much because it wasn't really relevant to his personal experience was who his grandfather was and what he had done. But when that grandson, Jeff Bezos—a few years ago when there was—when Google employees were writing their open letter to CEO Sundar Pichai saying, we are not in the defense business. We are—we don't like the fact that you are doing work with the Pentagon, and pressuring Google successfully and other companies to get out of doing work with the Pentagon, Bezos reflected, no, I think we're—I think this is our patriotic duty to do work—do this kind of work. And as I listened to him say that on a stage in an interview I thought, ah, that's his grandfather talking because this little boy, of course, was Jeff Bezos, the grandfather of Lawrence Preston Gise, and those—that connective tissue—familial connective tissue as well as corporate and political connective tissue, I think, is very relevant to what we have before us today. So I'll leave it there. Thanks. CASA: Thank you, Margaret, for that very interesting introduction. Let's open up to questions. (Gives queuing instructions.) While our participants are gathering their thoughts would you start us off by providing a few examples of emerging technologies that are affecting higher education? O'MARA: Yeah. Well, we've had a very interesting last three years in which the debate over online learning versus in-person learning very quickly was not necessarily resolved. We did this mass real-time experiment, and I think it made—put into sharp relief the way in which different technologies are shaping the way that higher education institutions are working and this question of who's controlling the—who controls the platforms and how we mediate what learning we do. Even though I now teach in person again almost everything that I do in terms of assignments and communication is through electronic learning management systems. The one we use at UW is Canvas. But, of course, there are these broader questions—ethical questions and substantive questions—about how our AI-enabled technologies including, notably, the star of the moment, ChatGPT, going to change the way in which—it's mostly been around how are students going to cheat more effectively. But I think it also has these bigger questions about how you learn and where knowledge, where the human—where the human is necessary. My take on it is, aside from the kind of feeling pretty confident in my having such arcane prompts for my midterm essay questions and research projects that ChatGPT, I think, would have a very hard time doing a good job with it but although I'm looking forward to many a form letter being filled by that technology in the future, I think that there is a—you know, this has a history, too. The concern about the robot overlords is a very deep one. It extends from—you know, predates the digital age, and the anxiety about whether computers are becoming too powerful. Of course, this question of artificial intelligence or augmented intelligence kind of is the computer augmenting what a human can do rather than replacing what a human can do or pretending to have the nuance and the complexity that a human might be able to convey. I think there's, you know, these bigger questions and I'm sure—I imagine there are going to be some other questions about AI. Really, you know, this is a—I think this is a very good learning moment, quite frankly, to think more—you know, one of the things I teach about a lot is kind of the information that is on the internet and who's created it and how it is architected and how it is findable and how those platforms have been developed over time. And what ChatGPT and other AIs like them are doing is they're scraping this extraordinary bounteous ocean of information and it is as good as the—it's as good as its source, right. So whatever you're able to do with it you have—your source materials are going to determine it. So if there is bias in the sources, if there is inaccuracy in the sources, there is—that will be replicated. It cannot be—you know, I think what it is is it's a really good rough draft, first draft, for then someone with tacit knowledge and understanding to come into, and I like to think of digital tools as ones that reveal where things that only people can do that cannot be replicated, that this—where human knowledge cannot be, where a machine still—even though a machine is informed by things that humans do and now does it at remarkable speed and scale it still is—there is—we are able to identify where humanity makes a difference. And then my one last caution is I do—you know, the one thing you can't do with these new—any of these new technologies is do them well really fast, and the rush to it is a little anxiety inducing. CASA: Thank you. Our first question is from Michael Leong from the—he's a graduate student at the University of Arizona. Michael, would you like to unmute and ask your question? Q: Yeah. Hi, Dr. O'Mara. Hi, Ms. Casa. Sorry for any background noise. I just had a, like, general question about your thoughts on the role big tech plays in geopolitics. Specifically, we've seen with SpaceX and Starlink especially with what's going on in Ukraine and how much support that has been provided to the Ukrainian Armed Forces, and potentially holding that over—(inaudible)—forces. So, basically, do we expect to see private companies having more leverage over geopolitical events? And how can we go forward with that? O'MARA: Yeah. That's a really—that's a really great question. And you know, I think that there's—it's interesting because the way—there's always been public-private partnerships in American state building and American geopolitics, and that's something—it's worth kind of just noting that. Like, from the very beginning the United States has used private entities as instruments of policy, as parastatal entities, whether it be through, you know, land grants and transcontinental railroad building in the nineteenth century all the way through to Starlink and Ukraine because, of course, the Pentagon is involved, too—you know, that SpaceX is in a very—is a significant government contractor as ones before it. I think that where there's a really interesting departure from the norm is that what we've seen, particularly in the last, you know, the last forty years but in this sort of post-Cold War moment has been and particularly in the last ten to fifteen years a real push by the Pentagon to go to commercial enterprises for technology and kind of a different model of contracting and, I should say, more broadly, national security agencies. And this is something, you know, a real—including the push under—when Ash Carter was in charge of DOD to really go to Silicon Valley and say, you guys have the best technology and a lot of it is commercial, and we need to update our systems and our software and do this. But I think that the SpaceX partnership is one piece of that. But there has been a real—you know, as the government has, perhaps, not gotten smaller but done less than it used to do and there's been more privatization, there have been—there's been a vacuum left that private companies have stepped into and I think Ian Bremmer's piece was really—made some really important points in this regard that there are things that these platform companies are doing that the state used to do or states used to do and that does give them an inordinate amount of power. You know, and these companies are structurally—often a lot of the control over these companies is in the hands of very, very few, including an inordinate unusual amount of founder power, and Silicon Valley, although there's plenty of political opinionating coming out of there now, which is really a departure from the norm, this kind of partisan statements of such—you know, declarations of the—of recent years are something that really didn't—you didn't see very much before. These are not folks who are—you know, their expertise lies in other domains. So that's where my concern—some concern lies where you have these parastatal actors that are becoming, effectively, states and head of states then and they are not, indeed, speaking for—you know, they're not sovereign powers in the same way and they are speaking for themselves and speaking from their own knowledge base rather than a broader sense of—you know, they're not speaking for the public. That's not their job. CASA: Our next question is from Michael Raisinghani from Texas Woman's University. Michael, if you could unmute. Q: Thank you, Ms. Casa and Dr. O'Mara. A very insightful discussion. Thank you for that. I just thought maybe if you could maybe offer some clarity around the generative AI, whether it's ChatGPT or Wordtune or any of this in terms of the future. If you look, let's say, five, ten years ahead, if that's not too long, what would your thoughts be in this OpenAI playground? O'MARA: Mmm hmm. Well, with the first—with the caveat that the first rule of history is that you can't predict the future—(laughs)—and (it's true ?); we are historians, we like to look backwards rather than forwards—I will then wade into the waters of prediction, or at least what I think the implications are. I mean, one thing about ChatGPT as a product, for example, which has been really—I mean, what a—kudos for a sort of fabulous rollout and marketing and all of a sudden kind of jumping into our public consciousness and being able to release what they did in part because it wasn't a research arm of a very large company where things are more being kept closer because they might be used for that company's purposes. Google, for example, kind of, you know, has very in short order followed on with the reveal of what they have but they kind of were beaten to the punch by OpenAI because OpenAI wasn't—you know, it was a different sort of company, a different sort of enterprise. You know, a lot of it are things that are already out there in the world. If we've, you know, made an airline reservation and had a back and forth with a chatbot, like, that's—that's an example of some of that that's already out in the world. If you're working on a Google doc and doing what absolutely drives me bonkers, which is that Google's kind of completing my sentences for me, but that predictive text, those—you know, many things that we are—that consumers are already interacting with and that enterprises are using are components of this and this is just kind of bringing it together. I think that we should be very cautious about the potential of and the accuracy of and the revolutionary nature of ChatGPT or any of these whether it be Bard or Ernie or, you know, name your perspective chatbot. It is what it is. Again, it's coming from the—it's got the source material it has, it's working with, which is not—you know, this is not human intelligence. This is kind of compilation and doing it very rapidly and remarkably and in a way that presents with, you know, literacy. So I'm not—you know, does very cool stuff. But where the future goes, I mean, clearly, look, these company—the big platform companies have a lot of money and they have a great deal of motivation and need to be there for the next big thing and, you know, if we dial back eighteen months ago there were many in tech who were saying crypto and Web3 was the next big thing and that did not—has not played out as some might have hoped. But there is a real desire for, you know, not being left behind. Again, this is where my worry is for the next five years. If this is driven by market pressures to kind of be the—have the best search, have the best—embed this technology in your products at scale that is going to come with a lot of hazards. It is going to replicate the algorithmic bias, the problems with—extant problems with the internet. I worry when I see Google saying publicly, we are going to move quickly on this and it may not be perfect but we're going to move quickly when Google itself has been grappling with and called out on its kind of looking the other way with some of the real ethical dilemmas and the exclusions and biases that are inherent in some of the incredibly powerful LLMs—the models that they are creating. So that's my concern. This is a genie that is—you know, letting this genie out of the bottle and letting it become a mass consumer product, and if—you know, OpenAI, to its credit, if you go to ChatGPT's website it has a lot of disclaimers first about this is not the full story, effectively, and in the Microsoft rollout of their embedding the technology in Bing last week Microsoft leaders, as well as Sam Altman of OpenAI, were kind of—their talking points were very careful to say this is not everything. But it does present—it's very alluring and I think we're going to see it in a lot more places. Is it going to change everything? I think everyone's waiting for, like, another internet to change everything and I don't know if—I don't know. The jury's out. I don't know. CASA: Thank you. Our next question is a written one. It comes from Denis Fred Simon, clinical professor of global business and technology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He asked, technology developments have brought to the surface the evolving tension between the drive for security with the desire for privacy. The U.S. represents one model while China represents another model. How do societies resolve this tension and is there some preferred equilibrium point? O'MARA: That is a—that's the billion-dollar question and it's—I think it's a relevant one that goes way back. (Laughs.) I mean, there are many moments in the kind of evolution of all of these technologies where the question of who should know what and what's allowable. If we go back to 1994 and the controversy over the Clipper chip, which was NSA wanting to build a backdoor into commercially available software, and that was something that the industry squashed because it would, among other things, have made it very difficult for a company like Microsoft to sell their products in China or other places if you had a—knew that the U.S. national security agencies were going to have a window into it. And, of course, that all comes roaring back in 2013 with Snowden's revelations that, indeed, the NSA was using social media platforms and other commercial platforms—consumer-facing platforms—to gather data on individuals. You know, what is the perfect balance? I mean, this is—I wish I had this nice answer. (Laughs.) I would probably have a really nice second career consulting and advising. But I think there is a—what is clear is that part of what has enabled the American technology industry to do what it has done and to generate companies that have produced, whether you think the transformations on balance are good or bad, transformative products, right. So everything we're using to facilitate this conversation that all of us are having right now is coming from that font. And democratic capitalism was really critical to that and having a free—mostly free flow of information and not having large-scale censorship. I mean, the postscript to the Clipper chip—you know, Clipper chip controversy is two years later the Telecom Act of 1996, which was, on the one hand, designed to ensure the economic growth of what were then very small industries in the internet sector and not—and prevent the telecoms from ruling it all but also were—you know, this was a kind of making a call about, OK, in terms when it comes to the speech on the internet we are going to let the companies regulate that and not be penalized for private—when private companies decide that they want to take someone down, which is really what Section 230 is. It's not about free speech in a constitutional sense. It's about the right of a company to censor or to moderate content. It's often the opposite of the way that it's kind of understood or interpreted or spun in some ways. But it is clear that the institutions of—that encourage free movement of people and capital have been—are pretty critical in fueling innovation writ large or the development and the deployment and scaling of new technologies, particularly digital technologies. But I think you can see that playing out in other things, too. So that has been, I think, a real tension and a real—there's a market dimension to this, not just in terms of an ethical dimension or political dimension that there does need to be some kind of unfettered ability of people to build companies and to grow them in certain ways. But it's a fine balance. I mean, this sort of, like, when does regulation—when does it—when do you need to have the state come in and in what dimension and which state. And this goes back to that core question of like, OK, the powerful entities, what are their values? What are they fighting for? Who are they fighting for? I don't know. I'm not giving you a terribly good answer because I think it's a really central question to which many have grappled for that answer for a very long time. CASA: Thank you. Our next question comes from Ahmuan Williams, a graduate student at the University of Oklahoma. Ahmuan? Q: Thank you. Hi. I'm wondering about ChatGPT, about the regulation side of that. It seems like it's Microsoft that has kind of invested itself into ChatGPT. Microsoft had before gotten the Pentagon contract just a few years back. So it's kind of a two-part question. So, first of all, how does that—what does that say about government's interest in artificial intelligence and what can be done? I know the Council of Foreign Relations also reported that the Council of Europe is actually planning an AI convention to figure out how, you know, a framework of some type of AI convention in terms of treaties will work out. But what should we be worried about when it comes to government and the use of AI in political advertisements and campaigns, about, basically, them flooding opinions with, you know, one candidate's ideas and, therefore, them being able to win because they're manipulating our opinions? So what would you say would be kind of a regulation scheme that might come out of these type—new flourishing AI devices? O'MARA: Mmm hmm. Mmm hmm. That's a good question. I think there's sort of different layers to it. I mean, I see that, you know, the Pentagon contract—the JEDI contract—being awarded to Microsoft, much to Amazon's distress—(laughs)—and litigious distress, is a kind of a separate stream from its decision to invest 10 billion (dollars) in OpenAI. I think that's a commercial decision. I think that's a recognition that Microsoft research was not producing the—you know, Microsoft didn't have something in house that was comparable. Microsoft saw an opportunity to at last do a—you know, knock Google off of its dominant pedestal in search and make Bing the kind of long—kind of a punch line—no longer a punch line but actually something that was a product that people would actively seek out and not just use because it was preinstalled on their Microsoft devices. That is—so I see that as a market decision kind of separate from. The bigger AI question, the question of AI frameworks, yes, and this, again, has a longer history and, you know, I kind of liken AI to the Pacific Ocean. It's an enormous category that contains multitudes. Like, it's—you know, we can—oftentimes when we talk about AI or the AI that we see and we experience, it's machine learning. And part of why we have such extraordinary advances in machine learning in the last decade has—because of the harvesting of individual data on these platforms that we as individuals use, whether it be Google or Meta or others, that that has just put so much out there that now these companies can create something that—you know, that the state of the art has accelerated vastly. Government often is playing catch up, not just in tech but just in business regulation, generally. The other—you know, another example of this in the United States cases with the—in the late nineteenth century, early twentieth century, with what were then new high-tech tech-driven industries of railroads and oil and steel that grew to enormous size and then government regulators played catch up and created the institutions that to this day are the regulators like the FTC created in 1913. Like, you know, that's—of that vintage. So, I think that it depends on—when it comes to—the question about electoral politics, which I think is less about government entities—this is about entities, people and organizations that want to be in charge of government or governments—that is, you know, AI—new technologies of all kinds that incorporate ever more sophisticated kind of, essentially, disinformation, that—information that presents as real and it is not. The increased volume of that and the scale of that and the sophistication of that and the undetectability of it does create a real challenge to free and fair elections and also to preventing, in the American context, international and foreign intervention in and manipulation of elections but true in every context. That is, you know, getting good information before voters and allowing bad actors to exploit existing prejudices or misassumptions. That is an existing problem that probably will be accelerated by it. I think there's—there's a strong case to be made, at least in the U.S. context, for much stronger regulation of campaign advertising that extends to the internet in a much more stricter form. In that domain there's—I think we have pretty good evidence that that has not been—you know, having that back end has made the existing restrictions on other types of campaign speech and other media kind of made them moot because you can just go on a social platform and do other things. So there's—you know, this is—I think the other thing that compromises this is the rapidly changing nature of the technology and the digital—and the global reach of these digital technologies that extends any other product made—you know, any other kind of product. It just is borderless that—in a kind of overwhelming way. That doesn't mean government should give up. But I think there's a sort of supranational level of frameworks, and then there are all sorts of subnational kind of domain-specific frameworks that could occur to do something as a countervailing force or at least slow the role of developers and companies in moving forward in these products. CASA: Thank you. Our next question is a written one. It comes from Prashant Hosur, assistant professor of humanities and social sciences at Clarkson University. He asks, how do you—or she. I'm sorry. I'm not sure. How do you think big tech is likely to affect conventional wisdom around issues of great power rivalry and power transitions? O'MARA: Hmm. I don't—well, I think there are a—these are always—these definitions are always being redefined and who the great powers are and what gives them power is always being reshuffled and—but, of course, markets and economic resources and wealth and—are implicated in this for millennia. I think that tech companies do have this—American tech companies and the tech platforms, which I should preface this by saying, you know, none of the companies we're talking about now are going to rule forever. Maybe that just goes without—it's worth just note, you know, this is—we will have the rise and fall. Every firm will be a dinosaur. Detroit was the most innovative city in the world a hundred and ten years ago. There's still a lot of innovation and great stuff coming out of Detroit, but if you—if I queried anyone here and said, what's the capital of innovation I don't know if you would say Detroit. But back in the heyday of the American auto industry it was, and I think it's a good reminder. We aren't always going to be talking about this place in northern California and north Seattle in this way. But what we have right now are these companies that their products, unlike the products of Henry Ford or General Motors, are ones that are—go across borders with—you know, the same product goes across borders seamlessly and effortlessly, unlike an automobile where a—to sell in a certain country you have to meet that country's fuel standards and, you know, safety standards, et cetera, et cetera. You have a different model for a different market. Instead, here, you know, a Facebook goes where it goes, Google goes where it goes, YouTube goes where it goes, and that has been kind of extraordinary in terms of internationalizing politics, political trends. I think what we've seen globally is very—you know, the role of the internet in that has been extraordinary, both for good and for ill, in the last fifteen years. And then the kind of—the immense—the great deal of power that they have in the many different domains and, again, Ian Bremmer also observed this kind of the—all the different things they do and that is something that is different from twenty-five years ago where you now have companies that are based on the West Coast of the United States with products designed by a small group of people from a kind of narrow, homogenous band of experience who are doing things like transforming taxis and hotels and, I mean, you name it, kind of going everywhere in a way that in the day of the—you know, the first Macintosh, which was like this cool thing on your desk, that was—yes, it was a transformative product. It was a big deal and Silicon Valley was—became a household word and a phrase in the 1980s and the dot.com era, too. That was—you know, everyone's getting online with their AOL discs they got in the mail. But what's happened in the twenty-first century is at a scale and—a global scale and an influence across many different domains, and politics, this very deliberate kind of we are a platform for politics that has really reshaped the global order in ways that are quite profound. This is not to say that everything has to do with big tech is at the root of everything. But let's put it in context and let's, you know—and also recognize that these are not companies that were designed to do this stuff. They've been wildly successful what they set out to do and they have a high-growth tech-driven model that is designed to move fast and, yes, indeed, it breaks things and that has—you know, that has been—they are driven by quarterly earnings. They are driven by other things, as they should be. They are for-profit companies, many of them publicly traded. But the—but because, I think, in part they have been presenting themselves as, you know, we're change the world, we're not evil, we're something different, we're a kinder, gentler capitalism, there has been so much hope hung on them as the answer for a lot of things, and that is not—kind of giving states and state power something of the past to get its act together that instead states need to step up. CASA: Our next question is from Alex Grigor. He's a PhD candidate from University of Cambridge. Alex? Q: Hello. Yes. Thank you. Can you hear me? O'MARA: Yes. CASA: Yes. Q: Yeah. Hi. Thank you, Ms. O'Mara. Very insightful and, in fact, a lot of these questions are very good as well. So they've touched upon a lot of what I was going to ask and so I'll narrow it down slightly. My research is looking at cyber warfare and sort of international conflict particularly between the U.S. and China but beyond, and I was wondering—you started with the sort of military industrial complex and industry sort of breaking away from that. Do you see attempts, perhaps, because of China and the—that the technology industry and the military are so closely entwined that there's an attempt by the U.S. and, indeed, other countries. You see increase in defense spending in Japan and Germany. But it seems to be specifically focused, according to my research, on the technologies that are coming out of that, looking to reengage that sort of relationship. They might get that a little bit by regulation. Perhaps the current downsizing of technology companies is an opportunity for governments to finally be able to recruit some good computer scientists that they haven't been able to—(laughs)—(inaudible). Perhaps it's ASML and semiconductor sort of things. Do you see that as part of the tension a conscious attempt at moving towards reintegrating a lot of these technologies back into government? O'MARA: Yeah. I think we're at a really interesting moment. I mean, one thing that's—you know, that's important to note about the U.S. defense industry is it never went away from the tech sector. It just kind of went underground. Lockheed, the major defense contractor, now Lockheed Martin, was the biggest numerical employer in the valley through the end of the Cold War through the end of the 1980s. So well into the commercial PC era and—but very—you know, kind of most of what was going on there was top secret stuff. So no one was on the cover of Forbes magazine trumpeting what they've done. And there has been—but there has been a real renewed push, particularly with the kind of—to get made in Silicon Valley or, you know, made in the commercial sector software being deployed for military use and national security use and, of course, this is very—completely bound up in the questions of cyber warfare and these existing commercial networks, and commercial platforms and products are ones that are being used and deployed by state actors and nonstate actors as tools for cyber terrorism and cyber warfare. So, yes, I think it's just going to get tighter and closer and the great—you know, the stark reality of American politics, particularly in the twentieth and into the twenty-first centuries, is the one place that the U.S. is willing to spend lots of money in the discretionary budget is on defense and the one place where kind of it creates a rationale for this unfettered—largely, unfettered spending or spending with kind of a willingness to spend a lot of money on things that don't have an immediately measurable or commercializable outcome is in national security writ large. That's why the U.S. spent so much money on the space program and created this incredible opportunity for these young companies making chips that only—making this device that only—only they were making the things that the space program needed, and this willingness to fail and the willingness to waste money, quite frankly. And so now we're entering into this sort of fresh—this interesting—you know, the geopolitical competition with China between the U.S. has this two dimensions in a way and the very—my kind of blunt way of thinking about it it's kind of like the Soviet Union and Japan all wrapped up in one, Japan meaning the competition in the 1980s with Japan, which stimulated a great deal of energy among—led by Silicon Valley chip makers for the U.S. to do something to help them compete and one of those outcomes was SEMATECH, the consortium to develop advanced semiconductor technology, whose funding—it was important but its funding was a fraction of the wave of money that just was authorized through last year's legislation, the CHIPS Act as well as Inflation Reduction Act and others. So I'm seeing, you know, this kind of turn to hardware and military hardware and that a lot of the commercial—the government subsidized or incentivized commercial development of green technology and advanced semiconductor, particularly in military but other semiconductor technology and bringing semiconductor manufacturing home to the United States, that is—even those dimensions that are nonmilitary, that are civilian, it's kind of like the Apollo program. That was a civilian program but it was done for these broader geopolitical goals to advance the economic strength and, hence, the broader geopolitical strength of the United States against a competitor that was seen as quite dangerous. So that's my way of saying you're right, that this is where this is all going and so I think that's why this sort of having a healthy sense of this long-term relationship is healthy. It's healthy for the private sector to recognize the government's always been there. So it isn't though you had some innovative secret that the government is going to take away by being involved. And to also think about what are the broader goals that—you know, who is benefiting from them and what is the purpose and recognize often that, you know, many of the advanced technologies we have in the United States are thanks to U.S. military funding for R&D back in the day. CASA: Our next question is written. It's from Damian Odunze, who is an assistant professor at Delta State University. Regarding cybersecurity, do you think tech companies should take greater responsibility since they develop the hardware and software packages? Can the government mandate them, for instance, to have inbuilt security systems? O'MARA: Hmm. Yeah. I think—look, with great power comes great responsibility is a useful reminder for the people at the top of these companies that for—that are so remarkably powerful at the moment and because their platforms are so ubiquitous. There are—you see, for example, Microsoft has really—is a—I think what they've done in terms of partnering with the White House and its occupants and being—kind of acting as a NSA first alert system of sorts and kind of being open about that I think that's been good for them from a public relations perspective, and also—but I think it also reflects this acknowledgement of that responsibility and that it also is bad for their business if these systems are exploited. Yeah, I think that, again, regulation is something that—you know, it's like saying Voldemort in Silicon Valley. Like, some people are, like, oh, regulation, you know. But there's really—there can be a really generative and important role that regulation can play, and the current industry has grown up in such a lightly-regulated fashion you just kind of get used to having all that freedom, and when it comes to cybersecurity and to these issues of national security importance and sort of global importance and importance to the users of the products and the companies that make them there's, I think, a mutual interest in having some sort of rules of the road and that—and I think any company that's operating at a certain scale is—understands that it's in their market interest to be—you know, not to be a renegade, that they are working with. But I think having—you know, there can be a willingness to work with but they're—having a knowledge and an understanding and a respect for your government partners, your state partners, whether they be U.S. or non-U.S. or supranational is really critically important and sometimes tech folks are a little too, like, oh, politics, they don't know what they're doing, you know. We know better. And I think there needs to be a little more mutual exchange of information and some more—yes, some more technical people being able to be successfully recruited into government would probably be a help, too, so there's—on both sides of the table you have technically savvy people who really understand the inner workings of how this stuff is made and don't have simplistic answers of like, oh, we'll just take all the China-made technology out of it. You're, like, well, there's—like, it's kind of deep in the system. You know, so having technologists in the conversation at all points is important. CASA: Thank you. I think we have time for one more question. We'll take that from Louis Esparza, assistant professor at California State University in Los Angeles. Q: Hi. Thank you for your very interesting talk. So I'm coming at this from the social movements literature and I'm coming into this conversation because I'm interested in the censorship and influence of big tech that you seem to be, you know, more literate in. So my question is do you think that this—the recent trends with big tech and collaboration with federal agencies is a rupture with the origin story of the 1960s that you talked about in your talk or do you think it's a continuity of it? O'MARA: Yeah. That's a great way to put it. The answer is, is it both? Well, it's something of a rupture. I mean, look, this—you know, you have this—you have an industry that grows up as intensely—you know, that those that are writing and reading the Whole Earth Catalog in 1968 the military industrial complex is all around them. It is paying for their education sort of effectively or paying for the facilities where they're going to college at Berkeley or Stanford or name your research university—University of Washington. It is the available jobs to them. It is paying for the computers that they learn to code on and that they're doing their work on. It is everywhere and it is—and when you are kind of rebelling against that establishment, when you see that establishment is waging war in Vietnam as being a power—not a power for good but a power for evil or for a malevolent—a government you don't trust whose power, whose motivations you don't trust, then you—you know, you want to really push back against that and that is very much what the personal computer movement that then becomes an industry is. That's why all those people who were sitting around in the 1970s in Xerox Palo Alto Research Center—Xerox Park—just spitballing ideas, they just did not want to have anything to do with military technology. So that's still there, and then that—and that ethos also suffused other actors in, you know, American government and culture in the 1980s forward, the sort of anti-government sentiment, and the concerns about concentrated power continue to animate all of this. And the great irony is that has enabled the growth of these private companies to the power of states. (Laughs.) So it's kind of both of those things are happening and I think, in some ways, wanting to completely revolutionize the whole system was something that was not quite possible to do, although many—it is extraordinary how much it has done. CASA: Margaret, thank you very much for this fascinating discussion and to all of you for your questions and comments. I hope you will follow Margaret on Twitter at @margaretomara. Our next Academic Webinar will take place on Wednesday, March 1, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Chris Li, director of research of the Asia Pacific Initiative and fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University, will lead a conversation on U.S. strategy in East Asia. In the meantime, I encourage you to learn about CFR's paid internships for students and fellowships for professors at CFR.org/Careers. Follow at @CFR_Academic on Twitter and visit CFR.org, ForeignAffairs.com, and ThinkGlobalHealth.org for research and analysis on global issues. Thank you again for joining us today. We look forward to you tuning in for our webinar on March 1. Bye. (END)
It's easy to allow bitterness to grow in our hearts but God is willing and ready to heal our wounds. Rachel chats with Ryan Fairchild about life after heartbreak and how to hold onto hope for God's best.
UWEC Hockey's World University Games participants Connor Szmul, Quinn Green and Coach Matt Loen join us to talk about their experiences participating on the world stage and their winning the silver medal in the process!Ryan Flaig - State Farm Serving Eau Claire, Altoona, Fall Creek, Fairchild, Augusta, Osseo, Eleva, Strum, MondoviRolf Flaig Serving Duluth, MN and the surrounding areaJeff Flaig Serving Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Elk Mound, Cadott, Holcombe, Stanley, and the Chippewa ValleyQuin Flaig Serving customers in Duluth, Proctor, Hermantown, Cloquet, and Two HarborsQuin Flaig Serving customers in Duluth, Proctor, Hermantown, Cloquet, and Two HarborsHertel Law The law firm you want on your side. Focusing on criminal defense and personal injury.Rolly's Coach Club Riverside Bike and Skate Eau Claire's hockey headquarters which is the oldest hockey store in the state of Wisconsin. Chippewa Valley Ortho and Sport Medicine Dedicated and committed to the health care needs of patients in Western Wisconsin since 1954. @TheBOSPodwww.thebreakoutsessions.com
The great Neva Fairchild stops by to share her unique sight loss story with Cone Rod Degeneration (a form of Retinitis Pigmentosa) and how she was set on a path to success by her parents. Neva recalls her time at Esther's Place during her early days with the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) and her infamous encounter with John and the Motorola Q. Neva discusses her current AFB role coordinating the Blind Leaders Development Program which aims to increase successful employment outcomes, upward mobility, and leadership attainment of blind and visually impaired individuals. :: SHOW LINKS :: For show notes, guest profiles, photos, blog and more information, visit AmbiguouslyBlind.com and connect on: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | Linkedin Like what we're doing? Support us: Buy Me A Coffee This is a listener supported podcast. Please consider donating to build and sustain our community :: GUEST LINKS :: Book: The Leadership Challenge by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner AFB Blind Leaders Development Program Connect with Neva Fairchild: https://www.ambiguouslyblind.com/guests/neva-fairchild/
Buck Steele began working in professional hockey at the urging of his wife. His stories are hilarious and show you how far the game has come as well as how it has stayed the same. You may want to "put on the foil" for this one. You'll enjoy getting to know Buck Steele!Ryan Flaig - State Farm Serving Eau Claire, Altoona, Fall Creek, Fairchild, Augusta, Osseo, Eleva, Strum, MondoviQuin Flaig Serving customers in Duluth, Proctor, Hermantown, Cloquet, and Two HarborsRolf Flaig Serving Duluth, MN and the surrounding areaJeff Flaig Serving Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Elk Mound, Cadott, Holcombe, Stanley, and the Chippewa ValleyHertel Law The law firm you want on your side. Focusing on criminal defense and personal injury.Rolly's Coach Club Riverside Bike and Skate Eau Claire's hockey headquarters which is the oldest hockey store in the state of Wisconsin. Chippewa Valley Ortho and Sport Medicine Dedicated and committed to the health care needs of patients in Western Wisconsin since 1954. @TheBOSPodwww.thebreakoutsessions.com
WARDROBE CRISIS with Clare Press
Forget Vogue. Sourcing Journal should be required reading of you really want to know how the business of fashion works. Clare's guest this week Edward Hertzman founded this trade journal (now part of FairChild, which owns WWD) out of frustration that no one in media was telling the full story about how supply chains operate. A former apparel sourcing agent himself, with a degree in economics, the tough-talking New Yorker tells it like it is.In the garment game, suppliers and manufactures take most of the risks, while brands wield most of the power. “It's a very one-sided relationship,” he says. Add in unfair purchasing practices (which are way too common) and downward pressure on prices, and you've got a recipe for disaster - as we saw during the pandemic. And who do you think has to invest in all these new sustainability initiatives brands are talking up? Often, it's the manufacturer. Remember what brands always say: “Well, of course we don't own the factories or the mills …”Can the industry change? Who's doing it right? What does a true partnership - as opposed to a purely transactional relationship - between brands and suppliers look like? And what should we expect to happen this year when the cost of living crunch meets the realities of overstocked warehouses? Because many brands, particularly in the US, says Edward, are sitting on giant piles of unsold stock ...Required listening for anyone working in the fashion sector.Don't forget to check the shownotes for all the links. Find Sourcing Journal here.Enjoying the podcast? We are proudly independent, and rely on our listeners to help us stick around.Can you share the episode on social media, or write us a glowing review in Apple podcasts?Find Clare on Instagram & Twitter. More on www.thewardrobecrisis.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
LT, Scooter and the gang sit down with Carleigh Fairchild from History Channel's Alone show to discuss her current classes, baskets, and what the future holds for this incredibly tenacious outdoorswoman.Support the show
Jonathan Garcia took a long road from young roller skater to 2-time Olympic speed skater, and from Houston, Texas, around the world, landing here in Hallie, Wisconsin as the skating coach at Valley Sports Academy.Ryan Flaig - State Farm Serving Eau Claire, Altoona, Fall Creek, Fairchild, Augusta, Osseo, Eleva, Strum, MondoviQuin Flaig Serving customers in Duluth, Proctor, Hermantown, Cloquet, and Two HarborsRolf Flaig Serving Duluth, MN and the surrounding areaJeff Flaig Serving Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Elk Mound, Cadott, Holcombe, Stanley, and the Chippewa ValleyHertel Law The law firm you want on your side. Focusing on criminal defense and personal injury.Rolly's Coach Club Riverside Bike and Skate Eau Claire's hockey headquarters which is the oldest hockey store in the state of Wisconsin. Chippewa Valley Ortho and Sport Medicine Dedicated and committed to the health care needs of patients in Western Wisconsin since 1954. @TheBOSPodwww.thebreakoutsessions.com
Sean Brown, a creative designer with over 20 years of experience in digital, interactive, and web design; a thought leader in digital content and storytelling. Before joining Courageous, Sean was the creative/product director for Condé Nast's Style.com and Fairchild's Fashion Media Women's World Daily. During his tenure at Condé Nast under his design direction he helped them bridge the gap from print to digital with the development of their first native IOS app for Style.com in 2007, the first digital magazine edition for GQ in 2009 and the award-winning Epicurious cooking App, because of its success, it was selected by Steve Jobs to be one of a few, launch partners for the first iPad. Sean has received multiple awards for his work in UX UI and design including 2 Webby Awards. An Asme, and Condé Nast's first ever Innovator of the Year for his work with GQ. Sean's work at Courageous has earned him an Edward R Murrow, Silver Cannes Lion, and the first Anthem Award Silver for Diversity, Equity&;Inclusion, to name a few. Sean has been on the forefront of the adoption of emerging technology and leading ways to integrate it into his creative work. He continues to grow his work with purpose driving experiential design and event based marketing.
I Like Your Work: Conversations with Artists, Curators & Collectors
Sarah Fairchild is a mixed media artist concerned about our environment, creating and representing natural forms through a synthetic lens. Her work depicts the common and often ignored forms of weeds and wild flowers; recently, pollinators and other beneficial insects have crept into her work, creating a two-dimensional insectarium that depicts the interconnection of species, the fragility of our ecosystems, as well as a reverence for nature and all its inhabitants. She hopes considering these commonplace forms in a new and unusual way will arouse a sense of wonder, appreciation and concern for the environment, as well as the urgent need for a sustainable living planet. Recent commissions include Bloom, a temporary three dimensional abstract bouquet installed inside the lobby of One Liberty Plaza, New York City; Floribunda, a two-part temporary installation adapted from an original painting on the exterior and three original mixed media artworks inside the lobby at One Pierrepont Plaza in Brooklyn; Cruciferous, a temporary installation adapted from two original paintings, adorned the lobby of the Grace Building in New York City; set and prop design for Opera Columbus' production of Lully's Armide; and a large-scale wallpaper installation at the Columbus School for Girls. Recent publications include New American Paintings, International Painting Annual, and her work is included in several public and private collections including the Columbus Museum of Art and the Pizzuti Collection. "I am a mixed media artist concerned about our environment, creating and representing natural forms through a synthetic lens. Themes in my work straddle the realms of fashion and the natural world, while playing with the ideas of decoration, beauty, sensuality and questions regarding the handmade versus the mass produced. My work depicts the common and often ignored forms of weeds and wild flowers; recently, pollinators and other beneficial insects have crept into the work, creating a two-dimensional insectarium that depicts the interconnection of species, the fragility of our ecosystems, as well as a reverence for nature and all its inhabitants. By considering these commonplace forms in a new and unusual way, I hope to arouse a sense of wonder, appreciation, and concern for the environment, as well as the urgent need for a sustainable living planet." LINKS: www.sarahfairchildstudio.com Instagram:@sarahfairchildstudio Sponsors: https://www.itransport4u.com/ I Like Your Work Links: Notions of Beauty Exhibition Join The Works Membership waitlist! https://theworksmembership.com/ Submit Your Work Check out our Catalogs! Exhibitions Studio Visit Artist Interviews I Like Your Work Podcast Say “hi” on Instagram
Jon Cherney - Executive Director of the Herb Brooks Foundation talks with us about the life and legacy of Coach Herb Brooks and what his foundation is doing to promote the game today and into the future!Ryan Flaig - State Farm Serving Eau Claire, Altoona, Fall Creek, Fairchild, Augusta, Osseo, Eleva, Strum, MondoviQuin Flaig Serving customers in Duluth, Proctor, Hermantown, Cloquet, and Two HarborsRolf Flaig Serving Duluth, MN and the surrounding areaJeff Flaig Serving Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Elk Mound, Cadott, Holcombe, Stanley, and the Chippewa ValleyHertel Law The law firm you want on your side. Focusing on criminal defense and personal injury.Rolly's Coach Club Riverside Bike and Skate Eau Claire's hockey headquarters which is the oldest hockey store in the state of Wisconsin. Chippewa Valley Ortho and Sport Medicine Dedicated and committed to the health care needs of patients in Western Wisconsin since 1954. @TheBOSPodwww.thebreakoutsessions.com
Erin Fairchild (she/her) is the founder of Journal As Altar and Collective Action Consulting. She has been making meaning through journaling and paper craft practices since she was tiny - nourishing her spirit and uncovering her creative voice. Erin is white, and chooses to betray whiteness. She will be in a life-long relationship with what that looks like. Lately, that looks like untangling herself from binary and supremacy thinking and elevating what's possible when we center collective well-being and our potential outside of oppressive norms. A few years back, Erin realized that her journals acted as altars in her life, and that felt powerful; Journal As Altar was born. Teaching creative journaling workshops, designing and selling stationery products, and running the Journal As Altar Substack community are endlessly affirming. Erin is also a social worker and (not currently practicing) therapist with expertise related to childhood trauma, attachment, and preventing violence in systems, communities, and families. Erin continues to work in the fields of equity centered trauma informed care and violence prevention over at Collective Action Consulting. Erin knows that your journals can hold you, but they hold nothing against you. Erin's favorite duet: Aretha Franklin and George Michael, "I Knew You Were Waiting For Me" Fanny Priest is a trauma repair & grief coach; a queer, polyamorous & liberated fat femme; a rainbow forest witch; a Sagittarius sun, Cancer moon, Taurus rising; and an aspiring Guns N' Roses cover band drummer. She helps healers, feelers, queers, and creatives repair the rupture in the relationship with their wild, true nature so they feel safe with their bodies, feelings, and needs, and can transform their old survival patterns of protection into liberatory patterns of connection. Fanny's favorite duets are Leather & Lace by Stevie Nicks & Don Henley, and (I've Had) The Time Of My Life by Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes. All things Asher Mending with Gold: Weekend Intensive Embodied Private Practice Cohort Embodied Testimony: Sick and Tired All things Erin Journal as Altar This Page is a Portal (substack) consulting business Where you can find Fanny: Resourced (substack) https://resourced.substack.com/?utm_source=substack&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=substack_profile @the.trauma.witch --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/asher-pandjiris/message
INTRODUCTION: Ciahnan is the author of two novels, the award-winning A Lifetime of Men (Propertius Press, 2020), and the critically acclaimed Blood at the Root (Atmosphere Press, 2021). He holds Masters degrees from the University of Chicago and Stony Brook University, and a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University at Buffalo. Both his creative work and his scholarly research explore systemic inequality and the ways in which discourse on race and gender shape the horizons of individual and social life. INCLUDED IN THIS EPISODE (But not limited to): · A Look Into “Blood At The Root”· Critical Race Theory· How Homeless Veterans Are Represented· Respect For Women · The Implications Of Work/Life Balance· The Black Wall Street/Tulsa Race Massacre · Shootings· Race Wars Between Blacks & Hispanics · Ciahnan's Philanthropy · Advice For Aspiring Writers CONNECT WITH CIAHNAN: Website: https://www.ciahnandarrell.comLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ciahnan-darrell/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CiahnanQuinnDarrellInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/ciahnan_quinn/Twitter: https://twitter.com/CiahnanQuinn CONNECT WITH DE'VANNON: Website: https://www.SexDrugsAndJesus.comWebsite: https://www.DownUnderApparel.comYouTube: https://bit.ly/3daTqCMFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/SexDrugsAndJesus/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sexdrugsandjesuspodcast/Twitter: https://twitter.com/TabooTopixLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/devannonPinterest: https://www.pinterest.es/SexDrugsAndJesus/_saved/Email: DeVannon@SexDrugsAndJesus.com DE'VANNON'S RECOMMENDATIONS: · Pray Away Documentary (NETFLIX)o https://www.netflix.com/title/81040370o TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tk_CqGVfxEs · OverviewBible (Jeffrey Kranz)o https://overviewbible.como https://www.youtube.com/c/OverviewBible · Hillsong: A Megachurch Exposed (Documentary)o https://press.discoveryplus.com/lifestyle/discovery-announces-key-participants-featured-in-upcoming-expose-of-the-hillsong-church-controversy-hillsong-a-megachurch-exposed/ · Leaving Hillsong Podcast With Tanya Levino https://leavinghillsong.podbean.com · Upwork: https://www.upwork.com· FreeUp: https://freeup.net VETERAN'S SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS · Disabled American Veterans (DAV): https://www.dav.org· American Legion: https://www.legion.org · What The World Needs Now (Dionne Warwick): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfHAs9cdTqg INTERESTED IN PODCASTING OR BEING A GUEST?: · PodMatch is awesome! 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So let's dive right into this episode.De'Vannon: Blood at the root is a coming of age take on critical race theory among other poignant issues. And Ciahnan Darrell is the amazing individual who has brought this great word to us. Please join us as we discuss how Canaan's contributions to literature are influenced by racism, respect for homeless veterans, respect for women, and so much more.Canan is an author with a huge heart and at the center of his heart and [00:01:00] his workis the spirit. Of this quote from James Baldwin, which says that not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. Let's face some tough shit together.Hello, are you delicious? Delectable delights out there and welcome back to the Sex Drugs in Jesus podcast. My name is Devon, and I'm your host, and I have with me the very, very soulful and intuitive Darrel. He's an author and a writer, and a a scholar on many fronts. How are you today, my friend? Ciahnan: I'm doing well.I'm excited to be here and you know, ready to really get into it, you know, the depth of things. Mm-hmm. . De'Vannon: So we, we, we shall go meaningfully deep today. [00:02:00] Okay. Now you've got two books that we're, we're gonna talk about Blood at the Root. Your first one was called A Lifetime of Men. Can you give us just like a little synopsis of what that one was about?A lifetime of men? Yeah. I'd love to thank you. Ciahnan: It's about three generations of women fighting against a society that wants to take their autonomy away from them, that wants to tell them how they can live, how they can dress, how they can talk. The first one is contemp with the Great Depression, and then it goes on to the present.Just the inspiration real quick for this was the fact that I grew up, I was raised by women you know, my aunts, my grandmother, and my mother, they're all very strong, all very intelligent. And so I knew no different. And then I went away to college and I heard the word feminists and I like, I didn't really know it.I'd heard it, but I didn't know what it meant. So I. And someone said, well, it's someone who believes all these d [00:03:00] derogatory things about women that I was scandalized. Like, they better not say that around my grandmother. She'll cut 'em . You know, I was, you know, I, I was lucky. I was blessed to have these women in my life, and so I guess, You know, part of the, the subject matter of the book is a tribute to them.De'Vannon: You know what? There's nothing wrong with that. I was raised by like three women too. Cuz God knows the men in my life. I did not want to be like, you know, like pretty much every male in my family either hits women. or cheat son or like, or a combination of the two. And so I think the Lord really did me a mercy by letting me be the gay one , you know, who was more drawn to the females.You know, I would rather this life than to be like they are on any fucking day of the week. So that gave you that view, you know, from the, from the female perspective. Now the book, blood at the Root. talks a lot [00:04:00] about like racial issues and things like that, so people watching and listening, you know you know, as you know, as you've stated in like, different research I've done might go, what does white boy know about that?You know, . But I'm gonna tell y'all, I'm gonna tell y'all from, from my days in the Air Force to my days on the streets selling dope in Houston, Texas, there are a lot of white boys out there. Who are very, very soulful and really, really feel what's going the struggles of like ethnic people. I'm not talking about like white guilt.I'm talking about like they just identify with more of a diversity of racists than you might. Think the type of guys I used to hang out with didn't hang out with really white people. They would rather hang out with, with the folk and things like that, and I appreciate. The sympathizers and the empathizes and the [00:05:00] diversity.God has given us some, all the way back in the slave days, not every white person was pro-slavery. You know, we had the defectors that would come and help the black people and stuff like that. And so I believe it's a way of God balancing things out. If someone's more proponent of the universe, you could say it's the universe bringing.Or whatever the fuck. And so give us like, like a brief over like rundown of blood at the root and what it means to you. Ciahnan: Okay. Well, I, I have studied critical race theory and my dissertation was on racialized and gendered violence in South Africa. So at least the, the, the bones of the theory are familiar to me.When it comes to BLI at the. I think it's important to say that it began not in a desire to say what race is cause that's not my place. It began by looking at this society in which I live and seeing all these false narratives [00:06:00] and, excuse me, their narratives that crushed people, that denigrated them that them and James Baldwin was writing about this, you know, in, in the fifties and sixties and he basically said, you.How dare you try and reduce me to my suffering. How dare you try and reduce me to. You know, to my the racism I've experienced. And so what I did is I looked at these narratives and I tried to pick out false narratives, and then I don't think with a story you can disprove it because it's a story, it doesn't follow a logical argument.But what you can do is you can tell other stories, stories that like, take, you know, take. The pin and prick the balloons of, of those those stories, stories to problematize them so that you're not getting that collapse collapsing of all black people into one identity or you're not getting that collapsing of all women into [00:07:00] subordinates, to victims to play things of men.And so what I tried to do, part of the reason I have 33 different characters in here is cuz I didn't want anybody to be able to point to one. And say this is what he believes. Because this isn't about belief beyond the fact that I think that what is is sick. I think that the narratives that we as a society have internalized and project, you know, onto ourselves are sick.So, you know, again, the idea is, is to just make it impossible to take these dominant narratives, these violent narratives, and take them as gospel. De'Vannon: Hmm. Well that's the gospel right there. Have I ever heard it y'all? Hallelujah. Tabernacle and praise. And so like, like the man said, yo, the book is broken down in the 33.Is there, like, you might call 'em like little short stories and things like that and, and there's like humor drizzled, I would say throughout [00:08:00] these these. Excerpts or little snippets called Giggle House, which I think are meant to like maybe lighten the mood as you're going through it, but they can get a little dark too.I, this is a very dark read . It's dark and I'm here for the darkness. Especially as we get this close to Halloween. So delicious. But you know, the darkness though is true. You know, it's not, You know, it's like fictional, but it's also, it's a lot of truth to it too. And so you mentioned how Mr. Baldon was talking about not being reduced to his struggles.So I'm gonna cut right over to my favorite story, the one that stood out to me, which in within the book is called Voices. Okay. Okay, so I'm gonna read a little excerpt if I may. Actually, I have several excerpts that I, that I might read. I'm channeling my inner Bugs Bunny right now. So this first, this first Ex from Voices, it says, He drank when he [00:09:00] could malt liquor or skunked beer or ethyl alcohol until he blacked out.He smoked or ate or snorted or shot whatever drugs he came across with communal pins or razor blades or jagged edged light bulbs. Turned crack pipes bent on annihilation if possible, oblivion at a minimum. This story here was talking about a homeless person. Who, but I like abandoned his family. I wanna know how, how were you able to tap into this sort of reality?Because the writing speaks like somebody who was homeless before. Have you been homeless before? Ciahnan: No, but I, I I worked as a chaplain in a VA hospital. and over 50% of the country's homeless population are veterans. So I would get a lot of people that would come in and it was the most heartbreaking thing [00:10:00] because there's a limit.I think it was 60 days, it might've only been 30. So you get these people who are hooked on drugs. You know, out of their mind, their body's crashing. They come to the VA hospital, they get in the alcohol program. They get to have three meals a day in a warm place to sleep for, you know, the 30 to 60 days.And then they go right back out and the cycle starts again. And I say this not, I'm not trying to judge them. I'm just trying to say, watching them. , they took so much pain upon themselves. And some, some soldiers were more transparent and others were less transparent about the reasons why they, they were living the way they did.But, you know, what it all come, came down to is that, you know, they didn't have in anyone in their life, To love them. And I know love sounds like such a hokey word, but you know, I, I, I think when you're not talking necessarily about the hearts and flowers love, but you're talking about that, okay, I'm [00:11:00] gonna look you in the eye.I'm gonna listen and let you tell me who you are and what you need, and then I'm going to respond to you. And you know, either they don't have family or they've sort of, Broken the family's hearts. So many times the family has cut them off. Mm-hmm. , when it comes to the doctors and nurses, it's not like they don't care, but they're trying to carry a massive caseload and they just don't have the time to sit down and hold people's hands as much as they'd like to.So, you know, I listen to a lot of stories from such people men and women you know, some stories that, that I'll never tell not because. I guess because I want to think that in some way, even though I'm not a Christian, I wanna believe that those moments were sacred. I wanna believe that when we sat down and I allowed them to say what they wanted to say and listen with them, listen to them, I think it actually made a difference.So anyway, that's, that's how I had insight. [00:12:00] Into that. I also and this is me being bold and doing what I know is right as uncomfortable. It's, I'm I'm very significantly bipolar. And so when you see the voices and the bifurcation, the tri, what that is, it's pulling together the gross statistics about former servicemen, veterans.being homeless, and then the percentage of the homeless that are mentally ill is massive too, because Ronald Reagan said in the eighties, you know what, we're gonna eliminate all federal care for, for, you know, the mentally ill overnight. And he, he doubled the homeless population. So there's a lot of drawn together, a lot of anger, a lot of betrayal and.You know, I think there's so many different ways to read a scene. I think I wrote it one way because I am bipolar, but for me, the guy left his family cuz he didn't want to expose them to what was coming. And, and you know, [00:13:00] that's significant I think, I hope because I think there are a lot of people who deal with that.And I think there are a lot of people who don't know from day to day whether their presence in somebody else's life is positive or. And I mean, I can tell you, you know, sometimes I struggle with that, that question, but the idea for me of walking away from people that I love as my wife and son is just.Devastating. So when I was writing that, I was trying to put myself in the head space of somebody who felt so hopeless, who had so little access to the care they need, the therapists they need, the drugs they need that they thought the the best thing they could do for, for their family is to walk away.So yeah, I No, I've, I've lived a pretty sheltered life in some ways, but I've, through various decisions I've made and jobs I've taken, whatever, have run into some [00:14:00] well, a, a wide variety of people with very different experiences, and it, it's something that I'm grateful for and, but it's also something that's tremendously humbling because I can't understand.What they went through. I can only listen. And really and blood it the root. That's what I'm, I was trying to do, is just listen, listen to the things our society says and talk, you know, interact with them. Let me, let me give you one more example and I'll shut up and let, let you. How the floor again, sorry.So the way this book works is by inversion distortion manipulation, but there's also celebration in there. And so it's not meant to be unrelentingly. You know, dark and horrible, but there's a lot of dark and horrible in there. But anyway, one of the perversions that's in there is the, the Latin name of the billionaires company stands for stands for it translated as someone [00:15:00] who has been elected to have to accumulate limitless wealth or limitless, limitless profit.And I think that sort of, Sort of, you know, just encapsulates a lot, a lot of what makes our country so sick is it we teach people to pursue things that aren't gonna make them happy, that aren't gonna fulfill them. We have people who save. Family is the most important thing, working 60 hours a week. And we have this idea of, of limitless profit, limitless income, but it literally can't work out.And I won't go into the technical details of derivatives and whatnot, but let's just say that in the eighties there were about I wanna say eight eight billion worth of derivatives out there. There's over 700 now. So a derivative is essentially a made up A made up financial product and, and it just goes to show that our house is a house of [00:16:00] cards.We're, and we're telling our people, we're gearing our people to this unlimited consumerism. So we're, we're, as a society telling them to do things, basing around based their lives around something that can't happen. You know, something, something that, that is an illusion. . And so that's one of the things in, in making that the name of the, the corporation, I wanted to kind of point to.The fact is like thi this is, this is perverse, you know, we are all of us for the most part, directing our energies towards things that A, we don't need, and B, they're not going to solve the problems that society has anyway. You have to pick up . De'Vannon: No, you know what? I like my show to be cathartic, you know, for, for my guests.And I could tell this is this, this is some shit you need to say. So I'm, I'm just gonna let you go ahead and get it off your chest. And so [00:17:00] couple of things here. So, You know, you know, plenty of people in the military, you know, we go in there and we just don't come out the same, you know, whether you went over to a war or not.And so I appreciate that that aspect of it. Now, you, you, you mentioned like if you were being nice and talking to these people and you said, even though I'm not a Christian, why did, so do you equate like some sort of. A valor or some sort of characteristic of niceness to Christianity, and yet you disassociate yourself with that.Why did you specify that you're not a Christian, but you feel like you were still doing a good Ciahnan: thing? I guess the reason I specify that is cuz I grew up evangelical. Oh, okay. went to seminary and I got ordained. I did that whole thing. Oh. And so, like it or not, those are the words and images [00:18:00] that are in my head.Like when I search for, you know, when I, when I search for something that has the power of what I'm trying to say, it often falls back on that kinda language. Now I left. Basically cuz I didn't feel like I could in good conscience continue in the church. As far as you know, any anger or residual hurt I, I really I really try to.To let go of anger and who, who doesn't. Right? But I'm very much, I, I wouldn't say I'm a Buddhist, but that's the practice that I follow. The precepts, you know, the meditation, the, you know, what have you. And one of the things that Buddha teaches is that, you know, the future is in your imagination, the past of your memory.The only thing [00:19:00] that's real. Is right here, right now. Now, I'm not saying take that in a hippie dippy, you know, live in the moment type thing. But what I am saying is that I don't wanna reach for something that is gonna be like poisoned to me. I don't wanna reach for something that is going to make me angrier than I already am.So I guess the, the reason I was trying to say I'm not a Christian, but I had that experience was just, To take advantage of that, that imagery, but also to say that when I'm talking about this interaction, when I'm talking about its power, it's not what you hear about in church for the most point. I don't mean angels or Jesus or, or God or anything.What I mean, and, and I guess the closest thing I would, the definition I would, I would give of God at this point in my life is to say that God is what happens when two people are present for each other. So in listening to the person, it wasn't just being nice. It was like, you know, especially street people, how many people stop and have a conversation with [00:20:00] 'em?You know, you hear all , all the debate about, well, what should a homeless person be able to spend their, you know, food stamps on or whatever. They're not treated like human beings. And I know most homeless don't have food stamps, but you know what I mean. And so for me to just say, you know what, I'm gonna give myself to.For, you know, for this time. I think it, it is a tremendous gift. And, and you know, it's not just homeless people, I don't think, I think everybody wants to, to be heard. Mm-hmm. . You know, I think anytime somebody pays attention to another person, that person is gonna feel valued to a greater or lesser extent.That person is gonna feel like they've been invested in you know, You could be doing any, any number of other things but you're here talking to me or more appropriately listening to me De'Vannon: so you know of. [00:21:00] So, you know, something that that stands out to me about you is that you took the time to write this, and this book is really all about, you know, disadvantaged people, marginalized people, people who haven't been heard, people who are reduced to their negative circumstances and things like that.And, you know, you could have walked by, you know, or nothing like, you know, you didn't have to even, you know, stop and do this. So I'd like you to give yourself a hell of a lot more credit , you know, than what you. Do, because writing a book is AAN undertaking. You know, people might say, oh, I'm gonna write that book, girl, or whatever.Most people won't like actually sitting down and do it. You've done it twice now, and both times you did it for the sake of giving voice to people other than yourself. And so, I don't refer to myself as a Christian either because the word has become corrupt and I don't need a word to define my faith anyway.Jesus himself [00:22:00] technically wasn't a Christian. That's something that people came up with after the fact, and so I'm actually, I'm actually about to release a free book that's just gonna be on my website called don't Call Me a Christian, and it's gonna get into like my my views on the fuckery that has become of the church.And you're right, the, the sort of love you're showing is not found in churches, not, not typically. And so, I appreciate the vegan food that they have down at the Buddhist temples. You know, I've been to the lawns here. It's always great to go hang out with other ball bitches, such as my . I, I, I don't feel alone when I'm there.And so so y'all, he mentioned, Ken mentioned Mr. Fairchild, like the billionaire from the book. So when the book opens Fairchild's kid. Has decided that he's going to make a video like sacrificing himself in a [00:23:00] way. He's g he's like getting his ass kicked and beaten. He's like walking on broken glass and he hadn't eaten in 22 days and all of this, you know, is going on and he's videoing this and broadcasting this as if to a tone for all the like race racist sins of his forefathers and stuff like that.And so you see this echoed throughout the stories through. The book there is the appearance of like, you know, like Hispanic people and, you know, middle Eastern people. I think you really covered like the gamut on a lot of different eth ethnicities here, sir. I mean, I am impressed. Thank you, . Ciahnan: I'll, I'll tell you the first scene that you mention, I've been, I've been accused of being a racist against whites.Because, because I wrote it. Fuck it. Yeah. To me, to me, with a book that. It doesn't have a traditional structure. There's very obviously something going [00:24:00] on here that isn't normal, so if you wanna just blow through it, that's fine. I, you know, there's many ways to read, but don't blow through it and then go and write a review and say these insane things.That first scene with Christopher Fairchild being led. That's an inversion of the historical reality, one of the biggest slave markets in the country. Ut used to be in New York City on the corner of Wall and Pearl. So what, what do we assume with, with wall Street? It, it's like this symbol of American wealth, right?So you have this scene that people are objecting to and calling me anti-white . And it's like the history isn't hard to find. You can read it for. My point is not to be anti-white or pro-black or anything like that. My point is to say we are telling ourselves this story. We're not telling ourselves these stories as the case may be.And guess what? They're real. We need to face them. We are destroying [00:25:00] ourselves by making these lies, this center, center of our social life in the country. You know, that opening scene is super. And just so all your listeners know, I'm not a psycho. I did not get off writing that there's tons of violence in there, but guess what?Sit down and talk with some people who've lived in certain places or escape certain places or whatnot. It's a violent fucking life. Sorry, I didn't mean to say that, but, and, and people like. It just is insane to me. They so hate being uncomfortable, even for 10 seconds, that they're gonna completely reject this scene and not sit with it.And you know, I know I sound like a pissed off writer, and I guess I'm letting myself express that a little more than I De'Vannon: should today. Let it out. Let it out. . Ciahnan: I mean, the reality is, is we need to, we need not just to talk to each other, but we need to listen to each other. We need to listen to what's happened.[00:26:00]You know, it's probably cliche at this point but James Baldwin, he said, not everything we face can be changed, but nothing can be changed until we face it. And I think that at the heart of all this, the, the heart of this project is, This sort of almost petition on my part. It's like, what if we gave honesty a chance?What if we sat down and acknowledged what had happened? You know, what would that do to our society? Now I've been really frustrated by people going on and on about Black, black Lives Matter recently, cuz they completely misrepresented in so many ways. They're also acting like the American public has attention span that's going to last more than 18 months.You know, in this stuff it just goes further and further from, from memory. And so these people are convincing themselves that this is a great threat. Their, well, their way of life in their [00:27:00] rights are, they're not even trying to walk reality. And, you know, I just, it, it, I don't know. I keep tripping over my own words, but I, I guess what I want people to see is that, you know, there's a liberation in truth.You know, it'll be uncomfortable for a while, maybe for a very long time. But wholeness is the point, right? We wanna be healthy, we wanna be there for each other. We don't wanna be at war with each other. We want to understand each other to a certain extent when we talk. And and that's only gonna happen if you're willing to do the work required to uncover the actual.Of this country. I mean, I don't know how many people are aware that the, the, we bombed bla Black Wall Street into non nonexistent. We say that, well, you know, black people have never had wealth. Actually no. We just bomb the shit out of 'em every time they get it, you know? And I lived in Chicago for a while and one of the things they [00:28:00] had theirs, you know, they have these sort of neighborhood stores.The idea being that if you're black, you give your mind to another black person, not to some. Billionaire who owns a corporation. Well, guess what? Those stories were put out of business, and it wasn't because of anything that those, the proprietors were doing. It was because the powers that be recognized, the threat that equality posed to their bullshit narratives and to the power predicated.It, it, I, I don't know why. Maybe it shouldn't, but it does bother me sometimes that that. Enjoyed such privilege and so maybe there is a, a mona of guilt or anything here, but I really think that where most of where I'm coming from is just disbelief that amidst all this darkness, there can be celebration, there can be triumph.It won't ever be final, cuz we'll always be imperfect, sinful to use the Christian phrase, but, [00:29:00]We don't even know because we're not even willing to try to, with, with the levels of joy and wholeness and health that, that are available to us that we could have in our lives. De'Vannon: So y'all, what, what what, what Ken is talking about when he says like the Black Wall Street you might wanna look it up. This is the the Tulsa race massacres back in in 1921. And I'm just gonna put that out there and y'all can go and research it. Man, I feel like you talk like, like a.Like a minister, like a, like a preacher. Not the fake ones, not the rapey ones. Like , like, like, like the act, right. Hallelu. Like the actual real ones that I, you know, and I remember listening to whenever I did go to church, they had a certain [00:30:00] anointing and like the spirit of God, like was truly, truly, truly with them and they were.You know, and like different, and therefore I can see that you're cold, like, like by God, I can see that you're cold. And I believe that that is what has given you your perspective. Because when the Lord puts his puts, puts that stamp on our forehead like that, it changes us. It changes the way we look at the world.It changes the way the world perceives us. You're somebody who has been set apart. By Christ. And so what I appreciate about the openness of Jesus Christ is that you don't have to go to church, find him like you don't have to. These things, all these religions and stuff that people have created, the 50 million versions of the Bible, well, well, 50 million versions of Christianity and all of that unnecessary.All you need to do is be sincere. in your relationship with him and you, you carry that sincerity heavily. And thank you. And I, and I respect that you're a, [00:31:00] a practicing Buddhist now, but I, I still, I, I, I feel, I feel that, I feel that spirit on you, bruh. And so cuz your first book in this one here, they both sound.It is like, it's like, it's like written ministry because y'all preaching and carrying the gospel. It's not just standing in a fucking pool pit wearing a suit that is so last season, you know, now you reach people. It's, it's just reaching people in whatever way you can be that YouTube books. Podcast setting down at a coffee table, talking to somebody, preaching the gospel or carrying the message of Jesus Christ is not relegated to televangelist in four goddamn walls.God is not limited to that. Now, you had you had. Dropped an F Bond, you said Fuck seem to be quite comfortable with that. But I just wanna remind you, , this is, this is the sex drugs in Jesus podcast where we discuss whatever the fuck we want to, and [00:32:00] so you and I, and I know where you're coming from, you still have those like re maybe like religious restraints and stuff and you, but I'm just gonna let you know again that you were free on this show,Thank you. So now. I have in my head who I think your book is for. And when you were writing this and when you finished it, and I want this is going beyond that, that boring old question, you know, who is your ideal reader? Mm-hmm. , this, this, this dark, this dark stuff right here. Doesn't really, this is different.And I also wanted to tell you about those, the negative reviews, because I get those. We have to remember that people like Amazon and different book retailers don't make their, the people who read and review things go through mental health tests or anything . So literally anybody can go on there and say anything and remember the devil.The devil will try to attack you whenever you're going to [00:33:00] do good. And this is a very good thing that you're trying to do. People have called me entitled after reading my memoir. You know, they, they, they, they, they took away from it that I was entitled . So, and I just had to like, okay, we're just gonna like, let that one go.And so, What kind of change would you like to see this book make in the world? Who did you personally write this for? Why? Who do you want to read this? Is it white people? Is it what? Like who is it? I don't know. Ciahnan: I think I think it just one. People who read it, who will think about it. I don't think it, it's sort of a call to arms and the way that some, some other things are like marching orders.But I, I do hope that people will look, look at this and look at some of the stories and be like, you know, start, like, getting in their head and, and, and asking theirself why, why does it seem different or why does it seem weird? I, I would like them to see [00:34:00] and most people haven't commented it. I dunno if they see it or not, but I would like them to.The spots where joy crops up the spots where healing crops up. One of my favorite chapters in there, I is you know, Mary the Mary section, and it's these two church going people father kicks. The the son out of the house because he is gay, even though he doesn't want to, even though he's like crying as he's doing it and like tries to distract his wife so he can slip a ton of money into his son's pocket.And, you know, that's, that's so much pain and, and. And whatnot. And then you, they go ahead and, and after limited reconciliation, they lose him to aids. And so all this unrelenting pain and like the worst kind of pain, the deepest pain, and at the. That chapter, this woman and her husband before they passed, he [00:35:00] passed away, were able to reconcile.They were able to be together to name their mistakes and find love in the love that carried them. And the, the chapter ends with Mary writing a letter to Fairchild his, to his father, saying, you know, whatever he did, however bad it was. Love is the. Trust me. We mess this up and don't do it. You know, all you need is love.And so on the one hand, like I intentionally chose that hokey all you need is love. But I did that because here's a woman who's been through Helen back, who's lost every person that mattered to her. and she's okay. She found a way to interact with her husband and her son, even though they're both gone.She's found a way to look at the garden that he made for her and, and to Dr. Derive joy from that. And so here's this woman. Who suffered so much and she's discovering these [00:36:00] blessings and then she reaches out to another person. And that's the big thing there. That's what I want to, that's the theory that I wanna test that love cannot but extend itself.So I've heard some, somewhere along the way, I think it was Richard of Saint Victory, he was a theologian and he said that the reason there is the Holy Spirit is because when there's love, it can't. Go outward and create something new. So, you know, is that chapter key to understanding the whole book?No, but it's definitely raising a possibility that maybe we have something right available to us that we don't take advantage of, that we don't know. You know, and, and one of the things, and, and this was important to me, is that these people, I wanted them to have, I wanted them to be sinful, especially the father, so that, that love, it wasn't just coming to Miss Perfect.It wasn't to j just coming to somebody who'd earned it. It was love [00:37:00] and coming and it changed things. You know, so I think, I think what I would like people to do is maybe just read the chapters and ask themselves if there's anything in. That resonates with them deeply or anything in there that, that jars with some of the stories that they've been told.De'Vannon: So yeah. Well, something that jars, thank you for that breakdown with my friend. And I'm gonna read me another X. So, because this here jarred with me and And this here is a good example of kind of like how the comedy can be mixed with this seriousness here. And so I'm gonna read now. So it says, y'all hear about the new drug they coming out with?Yeah. It's a dick pill. They're calling it black guaranteed to double your dong and a New York minute. There's a lot of New York references y'all, because this store is based in New York City. So now before you, why [00:38:00] people? And he's spelling it. W Y P I P o, which I think is hilarious. I don't know if there's a reason, but I really, really love it.So now, before you, why people hiding in the corner get too excited? You should know that it has some pretty serious side effects. Cab drivers, employers, and loan providers won't be able to see you no more cops in your vicinity are gonna hallucinate automatic weapons and hot damn. If you won't be drawing the Tyler Perry.Drinking water at room temperature and baby bougie teas, like a moth to a motherfucking flame.And then I'm gonna add to that. Piggybacking off of the hallucinating automatic weapons and take it a bit more serious. There's another excerpt that says we interrupt this broadcast for a breaking news special report. We have unconfirmed reports coming in at a standoff between a man and the St. George Police has ended without casualties.[00:39:00] While we have yet to ascertain the alleged gunman gunman's identity, eyewitnesses describe him as a thin, clean shaven Caucasian male, approximately six feet tall of the military haircut. We can also now confirm that police have recovered. HK four 17, a two 20 inch sniper rifle from the crime scene leading the speculation that they may have apprehended the courthouse gunmen while ballistics have yet to be run.Authorities believe the rounds that killed Stacey Harrison and Terrace Green will match the rifle. Talk to me about both of those excerpts in just how relevant this is. Right. Ciahnan: Well see, the first one I was a little conflicted about early because it's, it's a play on a racist joke. Obviously, you know, dick pill, black side effects can't spell or swim.I, so, I, I didn't mean, I hope that doesn't offend you, but that's the, that's the joke. . And so I was trying to [00:40:00] flip that. Mm-hmm. so that, you know, we're no longer gonna be shitting all over black people with Punch China. This joke, we're gonna be pointing, pointing a lens in society. You know, it is also very hard for a white person to know what.To what extent it's helpful to talk about these shootings. You know, the there's there's been so many. Yeah. And you know, people at Ferguson were railing like it never happened before. It's like, you guys, do you have any memory? We had race Rios in the late eighties. You know, America gets really interest interested in.Every 30 or 40 years. And it's usually just to remind African American people that, you know, if they step outta line, boom. I decided to use it just because it had become so ubiquitous. I'm not saying that any of the [00:41:00] lives that were taken deserved it or anything, but there was one in particular that just devastated me.Tamir Rice, a 12 year old kid. I. Oh my God. Like I, I, I don't, I can't explain that. I mean, I, I've heard all kinds of, you know psychiatric explanations about people seeing what they're taught to see. And so therefore the, you know, the training, the police gett, which is like for Armageddon they see a threat no matter whether or not one exists.So maybe that's the case, but my son's nine and. A nine year old, a 12 year old's gonna be a little bit older, but he's four six or four 10. You can't mistake a child, a pre ascent child for an adult, you just can't. And, and, and that to me says again that there's some narrative buried deep in our psyche as a certain that allows [00:42:00] this, that authorizes this.You know, and, and, and. Obama when he said that that his son would've looked like Trayvon. Like that, that, I mean, it was so right. So perfect. He got slammed for it as we knew he would. But it, it needs to get that kind of real for more people. You know, but before things are gonna happenDe'Vannon: I could see this book here.Used for like open mic nights, you know, in different poetry rooms. I could see this being used on like group Zoom discussions and stuff like that. It's very provocative and the way that it's broken down is good talking points to bring up a lot of things, you know? I could see this in colleges and universities, you know, and, and things like that.And, . It just, it's, [00:43:00] it's, it's a, it's, and it's, there's things like almost 300 pages too, so it's not like, it's like It's, it's, it's, it's like a good whole lot of content. This is very, very high value to me. I cannot wait to leave you quite a delicious review. Thank you. I'm gonna read my final excerpt because it gives me an excuse to speak a little bit of Espanol.Okay. Nice. And also highlights these, you know, the, the race wars that I have witnessed personally between like, And Hispanic people, which I thought was the damn thing when I was in Southern California and a recruiter for the, for the Air Force and some of my high schools, the blacks and the Hispanics were fighting while the white people were standing there looking at them.And I was like, y'all have got this completely fucked up. And so to again, he says who else we got here tonight? I see a bunch of brothers and sisters. [00:44:00] Ss I know my people. Have had beef with your people. Perro, the enemy of my enemyrights. Laquanda is an 87 year old swartz swallowing lesbian from Detroit. Jose is a 17 year old digital overlord from Moka. She loves to doco. His mama once drilled him with his shoe at 30 yards. What brought them together? White people,Ciahnan: I I had a review that one they got left and like his big nasty, you know, the, like, the worst thing he said is, you know what? And that comedy is not funny. Funny to.I am glad it, it resonated with De'Vannon: you, . Yeah. If, if only we could just let the good people come in there and review us there. [00:45:00] I went on someone else's show and we were talking about like Jesus and Dick and fucking, and whatever, and somebody messaged her and she, and they were like fearing, you know, for her soul.You know, it was gonna go, it was like quite dramatic, you know? But there's all kinds of minds in this world. But what, what do you have to say to this whole war between like black people and Hispanic people? Which is I felt like was at the heart of this. Yeah, no, I Ciahnan: It kicked off while I was in Chicago, or at least escalated.And I think what you have is, is something that you can find. In just about every totalitarian society. And what I mean by that is, say I, I'm sitting pretty, I'm a white person. Life is good for me. I got these black people. I gotta keep them under control. They outnumber me by tons. So what am I gonna do?Well, I'm gonna, I'm gonna create a third group or help a third. Achieve some kind of [00:46:00]success, some kind of wealth, some kind of, you know, toehold, and then they're gonna turn on each other. And it's not an accident. It, it's, it's manufactured. It's facilitated. And I mean, it's, it's most obvious, I guess, in South Africa where they, they basically took a small group of the the, the black folk there and some Indians.And allowed them to achieve middle class. And suddenly those black folk and Indians are voting for the Apartheid government and helping them keep the Black South Africans down. And, and I really think that what's, what happens here is sort of to a variety of that. De'Vannon: Yeah, the only thing I have to say to that is, oh hell now.That's all I could say. That's all I could say. So I read where you [00:47:00] donate 10% of the profits from your books to charity, and so I was wondering which charities and why, and then is this 10% like a tithing thing or what did you come up with that number from?Ciahnan: So I came up with a number just cuz it was a nice round number.An independent author like me is like, I don't make any money. I haven't sold that many books honestly. But that said what little money I do get, if I could take that and put it on something that's support. You know, a project that I'm trying to, to help or support in my book, then that's you know, that's a really good feeling.A way of, I think speaking putting my money where my mouth is, if you will. Girls Inc. Is the one that the charity that a lifetime of men donates to. And basically what that is, is a program that through mentorship science, technology, engineering, medi. [00:48:00] Just went right outta me. Sorry. Medicine.Create creates women who will be more likely to success and succeed in the future. It's, it's a program targeted at young girls, teenage girls. So mathematics, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The other one blood at the root supports rock your world. Which is a organization that I just absolutely love because what they're doing is they're trying to teach the next gen generation of artists how to use their art as activism, how to use their art to affect the world.And so I actually had a interview with them. I spoke to their class and accidentally dropped an F bomb, and I haven't heard that from them yet, . But I still love what they're doing and great people great people. De'Vannon: I think you're a great person. Keon. . [00:49:00] He has oh, you're welcome. He has an you said your name's from Ireland.Gaelic, Ciahnan: yeah. GA ish, but yeah, De'Vannon: Ireland gay. I think it's a sexy ass name. . So and so, how long were you in the military? Ciahnan: I was in Roxy from 2001 to 2004, and then I was in the Army national Guard from 2006 to 2011. I never got sent anywhere. I mostly worked as an acting chaplain because the The battalion that I was part of didn't have a chaplain assigned to it.It was for the most part pretty wonderful for me cuz I got to help a lot of people. I didn't have a whole lot of oversight. So I didn't feel the hierarchy. Too intensely. No. There, there's some pretty hard parts though too. [00:50:00] Human beings aren't meant to kill each other. They just aren't. And when, once they have, you know, they come back, like you said, differently.You know, you see some guys who a thousand yards stare. You know, after that just seemed sort of vacant or, you know, one guy I knew stabbed his wife obviously that wasn't who he bet at, at all up to that point. Doesn't forgive what he did, but, you know, I think, I think when you go and you have certain experiences, it changes you.But I did have, this is kind of funny. I did have a guy sign up for a wedding retreat, or excuse me, couples retreat that I was that I was organizing, and he put down one wife's name. In another wife's number turned out he was married to two women at the same time. And [00:51:00] dealing with that, that was fun.I finally said uh, this is above my grade. , just move it up De'Vannon: the ladder. And I'm assuming these, this was not a polyamorous situation. No. No, that's important. They could have, they could have had all the fun three ways every night. Come on. Hell yeah. . So . Well, thank you. Thank, thank you so much for your service.I appreciate that. Thank you. You too. Immensely. Oh, absolutely. I can't say I do it again, but you know, I did what I did and so it's done now, so. Okay. So then my so then just as we get ready to close, and I thank you so much for your time for somebody else who might want to use writing in this way.Or any kind of closing words you have at all, whether it's that or whatever, just for the world in general. Cause this is a very specific type of [00:52:00] polarizing writing that I've never seen before. And so if somebody's inspired to do this, what would you say to them? All Ciahnan: right. Two things. The first is sort of procedural, I guess.Whenever you have violence and you use the word provocative whenever you have a a book that that is violent or provocative, you always have to weigh and it it's this really difficult, difficult calculus because. You risk on the one hand seeming like you're just going in for a pornography of violence, trying to be shocking.And then you lose your ability to communicate. On the other hand, if you get it right, who knows exactly what that means, but then that violence will re lead them to further questions. And one of the things that I have found I is Is that it's, it's can be very [00:53:00] difficult to, to get people to read books that ask questions that, that that demand answers, that require that you not just take your first impression and have that be it.And the final thing I, I wanna say, and this is I think more important if you wanna. And you want to write specifically to have some kind of impact on the world, the first thing you need to do is read tremendously, read widely. There's so much, much out there, so many different circumstances and perspectives.And what that'll do is it will not just give you information, but it'll give you a sense of the conversations that are already going on. So you're not trying to reinvent the wheel. And what that writing or that reading will give you time to do too is get yourself to the point. And this is, this is the most important thing I can say to any aspiring writer.[00:54:00]Get yourself to the point where you can be your own source of affirmation. If you are writing. To get compliments from other people. If you are writing to get a book deal, if you are writing to make money, the odds are you're gonna fail and that failure compounds and then you internalize it. I have to fight that against money against that myself sometimes more successfully than others, and I've seen it in so many others.Do not. For, you know, for, for other people according to other people's standards. Read tremendously. Write for yourself. Figure out who you are and what you're doing, and once you're armed with that background knowledge, the knowledge of your identity and what specifically it is that you want to do. Then you can step out into the world, then you can step out into trying to get published and whatnot, and you could step out with the confidence that comes from knowing who you are, from knowing you know your stuff [00:55:00] and from knowing exactly what it is you wanna accomplish.I think a lot of writers rush things, cuz everybody wants to be published and I wanna be published. And, and what ends up happening is a tremendous amount of rejection and some of it you can learn from. Some of it is really useful. I've had some, some rejection and even a negative re review of, of blood that I felt was tremendously helpful.But you'll be ready to deal with that, to process that. You'll be ready to take it and learn from it if you do the work ahead of De'Vannon: time. You preaching now. Thank you so much Canon for coming on the show today. Y'all's website is kenan darryl.com. I'm gonna put this in the showy notes as I always do.He's on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn. Again, his first book is called A Lifetime of Men, and the second one, it's called Blood at the Root. Both of those are at his website, ken dorell.com. [00:56:00] Thank you so much my friend. It was, Pleasure speaking with you today. You Ciahnan: as well really, really appreciate the opportunity and it was just a fun conversation. .De'Vannon: Thank you all so much for taking time to listen to the Sex Drugs and Jesus podcast. It really means everything to me. Look, if you love the show, you can find more information and resources at sexdrugsandjesus.com or wherever you listen to your podcast. Feel free to reach out to me directly at DeVannon@SexDrugsAndJesus.com and on Twitter and Facebook as well.My name is De'Vannon, and it's been wonderful being your host today. And just remember that everything is gonna be all right.
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