Say No to Deadly Corexit for Huntington Beach Oil Spill!

UPDATE: Good news! Unified Command actually responded to me and said that no dispersants are being used:



My DRAFT statements to Laguna Beach and Aliso Viejo City Councils are below. I am a resident of Aliso Viejo, which is next to Laguna Beach. These were not the statements ultimately used, since the story evolved before then, but the information can be helpful.

Aliso Viejo:

I have lived in Aliso Viejo since 2001 and I have never been more afraid for the safety of myself, my family, and fellow residents than I am today. There is a potentially serious threat to the health of Aliso Viejo residents from the oil spill cleanup efforts and as the oil has spread next to us in Laguna Beach, our City Council needs to take action to protect our citizens from illness or death from the effects of the cleanup process, which can spread to neighboring cities like ours. Even though it is banned in other countries, Corexit dispersant has been authorized for use with oil spills from the Huntington Beach pipelines, it can be sprayed by planes over communities and often on top of homes, is easily spread airborne to surrounding areas, and is 52x more toxic than the oil alone. Corexit has been alleged to cause countless deaths and catastrophic illnesses like cancer, burns, respiratory failure, and brain damage after it was used in the BP Deepwater Horizon Gulf oil spill. Many residents in the Gulf are still suffering with incurable, debilitating diseases. Worse, it is not very effective in actually cleaning up the oil, it mainly hides it from the naked eye so the companies do not get penalized as much. Nearby residents of the Gulf spill reported many “bad air days” with the oil and chemical in the air and some studies indicate air pollution can spread can up to 100 miles. There are unconfirmed reports on social media indicating that some limited use has started but we still have time to stop any further use and any large-scale spraying. City Council needs to adopt a resolution urging all parties involved not to use Corexit due to the health risks to Aliso Viejo residents breathing the air which would be contaminated with this possibly deadly chemical, take action to ensure flight paths for the spraying planes do not include Aliso Viejo so as to avoid accidental discharge, establish a notification system to let residents know when the air is unsafe to breathe as a result of the spill, and have a plan to evacuate vulnerable citizens if needed. Thank you.

Laguna Beach:

There is a potentially serious threat to the health of Laguna Beach residents, to surrounding communities, and to the future of our beaches from the oil spill cleanup process, beyond the damage of the oil itself. City Council needs to take action to protect its citizens from illness or death from the effects of the cleanup process and to ensure that beaches can reopen safely at some time in the future. Even though it is banned in other countries, Corexit dispersant has been authorized for use with oil spills from the Huntington Beach pipelines, it can be sprayed by planes over communities and often on top of homes, is easily spread airborne to surrounding areas, and studies say it is 52x more toxic than the oil alone. Corexit has been alleged to cause countless deaths and catastrophic illnesses like cancer, burns, respiratory failure, and brain damage after it was used in the BP Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Many residents in the Gulf are still suffering with incurable, debilitating diseases just from living or working near the beach where the cleanup occurred. Worse, it is only minimally beneficial in cleaning up the oil; it mainly hides it from the naked eye so the companies do not get penalized as much. When beaches reopened in the Gulf, after all was assured to be safe and cleaned up, people came out of the water covered in oil and Corexit, and the Corexit allegedly caused severe burns, severely disabling health problems, and even allegedly killing one beach goer. Corexit remained in the sand long after the cleanup and is quickly absorbed into the skin before it can be washed off. Again, oil alone is possibly safer and ironically easier to clean up than this chemical. There are unconfirmed reports on social media indicating that some limited use has started but we still have time to stop any further use and any large-scale overhead spraying. City Council needs to adopt a resolution urging all parties involved not to use Corexit and an ordinance to prohibit its use within city limits due to the health risks to residents breathing it in and how the persistence of the chemical jeopardizes the chances of the beaches ever reopening safely. Other cleanup options are available. We also need a establish a notification system to let residents know when the air is unsafe to breathe as a result of the spill and to have a plan to evacuate vulnerable citizens if needed. Thank you.

More Information:

Corexit: Deadly Dispersant in Oil Spill Cleanup




Can A Millennial Cowboy Wrestler’s Ways Help Save Our Social and Political Discourse?

Photo credit: Troy Teague

Insidious ideologies have long spread through American life starting with disillusioned young men, but the positive masculinity of athlete-activists like self-proclaimed “Anxious Millennial Cowboy” Adam “Hangman” Page holds the key to change that by inspiring inclusive attitudes, activism, strength, and personal change.

First, a personal story and some recent history

I remember what I thought was a bit of a strange question while I was in my Law and Politics class at USC discussing the 2020 Presidential Election. We were discussing which primary candidate was best for the Republicans. As someone who worked in minority and youth outreach for the Tea Party before coming to the left, I gravitated toward talking about who would gain sought-after minority votes. After my analysis, my professor, a Fox News Democratic analyst, asked something to the effect of “Who would be best for whites? Are we going to ignore them?” This remark caught me slightly off guard as I had not thought of it before. Of course, I had a response that any of the candidates would do well. Little did I know this quick remark was foreshadowing one of the most toxic political shifts, or shall I say societal heel turns, in American history. 

White people in rural areas who were an afterthought and only given good outreach by those with bad intentions, specifically using people with real hardships to push a fake, racist narrative, wound up changing the outcome of the election and setting the narrative with the leader of their faction, Donald Trump, now being the leader of the free world. As part of this, on social media, disaffected predominantly young white males via platforms like 4chan predominantly set the digital discourse around issues of politics and culture toward having a distaste for people of color, women, and other disadvantaged groups based on their own hardships and on self-development ideologies created by digital agitators. These agitators went by names like “Men’s Rights Activists,” “National Sovereignty,” all the way to seemingly innocuous “Pick-Up Artists” and even bodybuilding influencers. With a perfectly artificially formed image of everything these young men wanted to be, they asserted that those who argued for changing the true systemic causes of disadvantaged communities’ problems were weak, beta, and SJWs (Social Justice Warriors) who just whine. Because real, strong men assert themselves as the better race, more deserving of basic resources than others, and blame disadvantaged people for any failures (yeah, right). 

It is imperative to understand that politics is highly based on personal philosophy and intolerant reactionaries have exploited this to create an all-encompassing philosophy that appears to show personal development results related to the specific problems faced by demographics that can be converted to their ideology. Self-help ideas and how deeply they are to penetrate the mind of adherents can lead to a different perception of economic standing, the way a worker should be treated, and what creates health, hence changing issue perspectives and then decisions at the ballot box. Along with spreading political ideas using the platform built by this “help”, they can turn concepts like strength, self-reliance, and community into support for destructive political actions like the January 6th coup attempt. 

I left the conservative movement shortly after Trump’s election, realizing more and more each day the degeneration of the movement and my inability to create change from the inside as I had tried to for years prior, even as a board member of Tea Party Youth. Later, realizing my fear is what held me back from making the change fully sooner and with more  confidence and the influence of the right people, I completely abandoned the ideology and am now generally in the leftist category. The people I met in the movement were very nice and we’re trying to do the right thing, but never quite got around to the ways I wanted to create change and were lacking resources that were poached off after Trump’s election. 

Though I managed to find my own ideas to an extent (Page has helped me as well to grow and be better), many young men had nowhere to go. Anxious millennials who struggled with relationships, self-doubt, and economic troubles searching for answers wound up with these agitators hoping for change and instead landed in the chokehold of Trumpism. They did not identify with the mainstream mental health or self-care approaches. They didn’t want to merely hear “you’re oppressed and just have to wait for someone else to help you to make it better” or “you’re already too privileged, so step down and concede.” Instead, they knew deep down they needed a way to show their strength, to become a champion in their chosen area of endeavor. And various intolerant influencers and their ideologies claimed they knew the way, all while secretly and openly degrading their followers and inspiring disdain for the people around them.

These influencers’ ideologies are not limited to white people; they spread to persons of color, most notably Latino men, some of whom have a concept of “machismo” that can align with certain intolerant attitudes, contradicting typical political communication thought about minority groups. I myself am half-Latino and know firsthand that this group is nowhere near the monolith it has been perceived to be. Ideas pushing the general narrative in the direction of antagonism are spread from the most vulnerable to the whole of the population, men and even some women, quickly through hyper-speed online connection-making, relatability to core consumers, and humor.

A Word on Intersectionality

The concept of Intersectionality has been misconstrued from its origins with Black scholars trying to explain the hidden ties between people with different experiences to create a “point system” of oppression that is supposed to re-value one person’s experience over another based on how oppressed they are on this scale. This is not how Intersectionality actually works. The correct application is to find common ground between those in different groups terms of identities, relationships to institutions, and forms of oppression experienced. Part of the rise of intolerant ideologies among certain subsets of minorities is because proponents of them ignore the false “point system” or “Oppression Olympics” method of Intersectionality and build connections among people in different groups who have intersectional links in their experiences, unconsciously acknowledging the very system of analysis they rebuke. These ideologies are spreading like wildfire in second-generation minorities who share similar issues to young white people. Understanding people with a truly intersectional approach allows us to see how personal philosophies and life experiences across categories of people translate to political thought and building communities, both for good and bad.

Hangman Enters The Ring as the Face of Millennials

Adam Page, who hails from a farm in rural Aaron’s Creek, VA, has a story of redemption that has had wrestling fans raptured in awe for years. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech University at age 19, has experience as a teacher of graphic design and journalism, and is an accomplished Tag Team Champion wrestler in the nationally televised All Elite Wrestling (AEW) organization. As such, Page has the full package intellectually, creatively, and athletically. He has much reason to be hopeful, but much like many young men he has had his struggles. There are many detailed analyses of Page’s storyline journey by people who have more wrestling expertise than myself, such as this multi-part series but basically he has struggled to gain acceptance from his fellow wrestlers, been taken advantage of and demeaned by so-called friends who promised to help make him into a star in the sport, and had some victories such as his Tag Team Championship with his current adversary Kenny Omega but also devastating defeats in pursuit of an AEW World Championship. 

He has taken many years to develop as a wrestler, more than many would have expected at his skill level, coming so close to victory but falling just short of it, leading to an Imposter Syndrome of no longer recognizing his potential. Other wrestlers have remarked that he often performs poorly under pressure and this failing has compounded his anxiety to the point where he became notorious for self-medicating with copious amounts of alcohol. This slow-burn cycle of being hyped up, ready, then failing, and being abandoned by friends as the journey got rough is all too familiar to many Millennials, and especially those seeking help in the pits of the Internet. This archetype of a person who seems to have done everything right but cannot get ahead is the exact kind of person exploitative groups seek, but Page has stayed steadfast when encountering those who wanted to harm him. Demonstrating this, he has not even formally joined his current team within AEW, The Dark Order. Page’s story has touched me personally as someone who got a head start after graduating college at 20 only to have so much time eaten up by a bad injury and having the wrong people around me, and am still trying to fully find my way at 25.

A True Social Justice Warrior (with the muscle to back it up) 

There has been a lot of talk about toxic masculinity, but I want to talk about the positive masculinity Page embodies, which is the ideal antidote here. Much of this can be seen in his redefinition of what a cowboy is. The image of a cowboy to a typical progressive may conjure toxic masculinity, conservative politics, and even the specter of racism. See Dan Rodimer, a far inferior cowboy wrestler who ran for office.  I would not blame you for misjudging Page on first impression, as he is everything right-wing cowboy LARPers think they are (but really often aren’t) – big, strong, authentic, down-home, and smart. But to Page, “being a cowboy is about leaving your frontier better than you found it” and he declares that hospital ICU workers fighting COVID and protesters supporting racial justice and Black Lives Matter are doing “Cowboy S**t.” It’s also about the strength it takes to wrestle with finding the right path in life, hence his Anxious Millennial Cowboy moniker. His playlist of same name features songs extolling his new counter-hegemonic alternative philosophy of Cowboyism, with lyrics ranging from “I’m a lover but I’ll still fight,” “raising hell with the hippies and the cowboys,” “cowboys are average American people, Texicans, Mexicans, black men, and Jews,” to “south gotta change…Let the children lead the way.” He describes bad employment terms as something that you should have the “balls to do something about,” and where “there’s strength in numbers,” changing organizing from mere complaining to an appealing act of masculine pre-political strength and courage.

One of the most impressive aspects of Page’s approach is how he marvelously shows both strength and weakness. Going beyond mere mental health awareness in the PR agency-approved format, he relates deeply to the mental and societal challenges of his followers, engages in their dialect, acknowledges his own failures, and points gently to solutions. He gives monologues out in nature linking self -loathing and guilt to systemic narratives or as he says “the way the world has conditioned (you) to think, when honestly the choice was never (yours) to begin with.” His children’s book “Adam and The Golden Horseshoe” inspires kids to not chase after lucky charms to quell self-doubt but to recognize that confidence is the key to success and understand that even the best have doubted themselves.

Page shows vulnerability while showing an exceptional athletic performance level in-ring, he adopts a growth mindset while showing the ups and downs, a kind of honesty that allows for a much desired release. He directly contradicts the weak, whiny leftists narrative, which is exactly how a face (or good guy in wrestling terms) overcomes the shaming of a heel (or enemy). In the area of fitness, his Full Gear Challenge showed this as he experienced self-doubt regarding having what was perceived as an inferior physique to fellow wrestlers like PAC and took a positive approach, not just taking the shame but showing how he is making a change and sharing his journey with a positive community. He took humor in his pitfalls, poked fun at Instagram fitness influencers’ perfectly curated lifestyles, and inspired many others to make a change. What is more remarkable is he did this while also promoting body positivity, supporting eating disorder awareness, and discouraging the use of performance enhancing drugs (read the fine print, it’s worth it). This blended approach appeals more to our instinctive desire for strength than saying “just accept your body, it’s bad to try to ever change it,” “being strong is toxic,” and “getting shredded is fatphobic,” inaccurate caricatures that right-wing leaders like to impute to leftists and those who advocate for social change.

Comedy – a force multiplier

Page counters yet another key finishing move of hateful ideology heels: the good guys aren’t funny but we are so funny because we have no tact! The ability to make a meme has become as necessary as the ability to make a point in today’s politics. Comedy is one of the ways ideologies that people will intellectually reject but appeal to primal instincts can get through. Ostensibly working class, raw comedy seems to always slide in an idea that subconsciously pits you against the outgroup they want to pick on that day.

But that’s no match for Page, who has a decidedly progressive approach delivered in a fun, subtle way. His tweets, such as a recent tweet regarding Jeff Bezos’ space launch and cowboy hat usage are ideal example. He jokes “if you work piss-in-a-bottle hard for long enough then you too can watch your boss’ boss’ boss’ tax cheat boss go on a ten minute almost space vacation.” Working “piss-in-a-bottle hard” sounds like something an exaggerated hustle influencer a la Gary Vaynerchuk would say but he is pointing to the reality of the struggle for workers’ rights of Amazon warehouse employees who are denied bathroom breaks. He talks about Corona beer not causing Coronavirus, taking precautions to protect his health, and Medicare for All in one “press release” about the COVID-19 pandemic. Climate change, an issue that corrective measures against are often portrayed as an affront to down-home American living, is artfully handled through a Pokémon Snap analogy and asserting that this cowboy will proudly put some lab-grown sirloin on his plate. But he is as strong as he is funny. He encouraged fans to get COVID vaccines first by tweeting jokingly about free chicken sandwiches then by saying that fans who are not either vaccinated or wearing a mask if unvaccinated should “stay the hell away” from him and AEW events, closing with “have a blessed day” to show his kindness.

Collective Populist Renegade Power via The Dark Order

After drifting through factions in the AEW universe that just used Page, he found an unexpected new home with a group that has transitioned from being a “cult” to being a force for good. After the death of its founder Brodie Lee and with Page’s influence, The Dark Order is now a leaderless movement, a supportive group of people with working-class attitudes, good humor, and a desire to climb the ladder in AEW. They remain dark and somewhat “cult-like” in terms of aesthetic but really represent positive values in a manner similar to positive hardcore punk bands. Instead of denigrating Page, using him for purposes outside of his true calling and philosophy, or allowing him to stay in a lower position than he ought, The Dark Order has encouraged him to overcome his doubt and challenge for the title of World Champion. Edgy but relatable and welcoming group identities like Dark Order can be key to attracting those prone to exploitation toward activism and success.

We need to raise up a generation of socially conscious communicators like Page who are exemplars in terms of achievement in areas sometimes considered irrelevant by intellectual theory-bound activists, like athletics and yes, cowboy s**t. Activists like Page bring into submission the fear of being emasculated by advocating inclusion and systemic change, showing the path to personal victory by building strength and using it well, but also showing how that path isn’t always smooth. The concept of sports diplomacy is widely recognized in the field of public diplomacy as a way of building connections with youth across borders and I believe it can be used internally within our nation just as well. However, as we see here, overcoming personal struggles while maintaining your integrity and driving a movement cannot be done on your own. A collective like the Dark Order is needed to empower and prevent exploitation by unsavory figures. We need people like Adam Page and groups like Dark Order for the Anxious Millennial Cowboys across America who are in search of supportive, goal-oriented, but fun and accepting people if we are to win. 

Key Lessons from Adam Page’s Example

The population of young, disempowered white and second-generation minority males and who are fully immersed in online culture have considerable power now and in the future for elections and organizing, in terms of preserving electoral college shifts and setting the cultural narratives for the rest of the public. Hence, it is imperative we learn from and support popular exemplars like Page in political organizing and media practice. In creating influencer content, raising up athlete-activists, and positive communities and movements for disenfranchised young people, remember these 3 lessons.

In honor of his tag team with Preston “10” Vance and the name “Hang 10” that some used to refer to them, they are represented by the acronym SURF. (Sorry, Kenny Omega, your old surfer gimmick doesn’t hold up any longer and your championship won’t either when you go up against Hangman.)

  1. Be Strong in every way, in terms of physical presence, communication style, and intellectual matters. In wrestling terms, cut a good promo. Don’t be afraid of masculine cues when speaking to this specific audience.  
  2. Be Understanding of the desires of your audience and Relatable to their insecurities. Their struggles may be what brings them to desire a solution or even what creates trust. Trust does not solely come from superiority and flashiness. The journey toward success politically or personally is not to be glossed over. Raw, personal, and down-home, is the way to go.
  3. Be Funny. Humor is the sugar that washes the uncomfortable ideas down. Showing you live their normal life and not a boring, fun-less one goes a long way. 

And let’s root for the People’s World Champion to gain the redemption he deserves with the AEW World Championship as we redeem our communities by doing Cowboy S**t every day.

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About The Author:

Greyson Peltier is a communications consultant specializing in social impact and progressive political outreach, and founder of Laguna Beach, CA-based consulting firm Off Speed Solutions. Prior to deciding that a leftist-libertarian approach is the best way to provide freedom to the people while serving the greatest needs of society, he was a member of the Board of Directors of Tea Party Youth and a journalism leader for Tea Party Patriots. Peltier is a graduate of the University of Southern California with honors and has been featured by media outlets like Vice, ESPN Radio KLAA, USA Radio Network, and Street Fight Radio. 

FTFP 4 – Behind In Life at Age 25 and Analyzing Obstacles to Independence

This Fixing The Fixerpunk episode is posted kind of late. This is the show where I cover my personal efforts to take my own advice and fix my own problems to perhaps suck just a little less every day.

I cover:
– Turning 25 and feeling behind in life
– Establishing a sense of urgency. Why does everything take so long in my life?
– Fitness progress while using the hotel gym
– Making Resolutions for your Birthday (instead of New Year’s)
– Going through a framework of setting a big picture goal, looking at the next obstacles in the future, and the things I think I should do, then aligning the tasks and ideas to either achieving the goal or dealing with the obstacle
– When it may be a good idea to just use confidence to ignore a perceived obstacle that may not be so bad
– Gaining friends that are more like the “Dark Order” in pro wrestling that will support my goals
– My approach to politics that focuses on solving people’s problems and why that’s important to me as a goal
– Expanding the show to live call-in problem solving and TV/video streaming content

Goals within the next year:

1. Enough income to be fully financially independent of mom
2. Widely distributed show (at least one station or 50k followers somewhere)
3. 15% body fat
4. 3 supporting people

The framework I used:

1. Write out a short narrative (1-3 sentences) of where you want to be in whatever areas are important to you.
2. Think about what it will take to get there step by step but briefly, save those details, but now focus on listing the main obstacles to getting where you want to go starting from the next step to take.
3. Write down everything you have on your mind or your to-do list related to your goals or obstacles.
4. Sort the to-do list into the obstacles or the goals and make new ones for each of these categories as needed.
5. Turn the next steps into a measurable goal.


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Cedar Point Nursery v Hassid Case and 3 Key Principles of American Society

In order to change the system or advocate and build a better life for yourself, you need to understand not only the rules of your society’s social and political system but also its underlying principles. The rules that are set up in law or in customs, and even sometimes the popular sense of morality, are secondary to these principles and how aligned a rule is with this power shows you how strong or weak it is. Knowing this principles helps you to understand the cause of a political outcome completely outside of what would seem logical or within what the people’s will is. This is illustrated perfectly by the case of Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid, a Supreme Court case where the Court ruled that a law allowing union organizers onto employer property is a “taking” of their property and hence not allowed without payment by the government.
So the first key principle is that the political system in the United States prioritizes Property. On a surface level, this is an affront to worker’s rights, which shows that the second principle is that the system prioritizes Worker Productivity, but see how paradoxically Property came first here. The last principle, which applies in the most burdensome way to people in need, is the system prioritizes Conformity. Those who are subject to the most oppressive forms of power in America are made to conform to a very specific image, but this doesn’t have to be the case. There are ways you can implement to work with or around the key principles to get better outcomes and build infrastructure for solidarity while we advocate for a systemic change in priorities.

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FTFP 3 – Noticing Incremental Progress and Planning For The Next Obstacle

This is a messy, unplanned Fixing the Fixerpunk episode:

– Update on the pro surfer job
– Figuring out the stuff that distracts me
– Minor fitness progress and my new metric “How close am I to looking like Nick Jackson of The Young Bucks?”
– Incremental progress overall and finding those times when I can make a big change
– TIkTok progress
– Extreme Independence as the Core Philosophy of Punk
– Not Forcing Conformity in Activism
– Rob Dyrdek Hypnosis Tapes and Accountability
– Promoting the Fixerpunk approach and future of this show: adding a call-in show, radio, and/or TV.
– Clearly communicating my story and making a true promo. New episode focusing on this soon.

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Eviction Moratorium, Senior Living Evictions Continuing, and Worker Shortages


This is more of a current events episode covering the soon to end eviction moratoriums, problems with eviction processes, how to restructure the process of eviction to be more sane, disparate impacts of court processes like virtual hearings on the elderly and disabled, the need for more public and cooperatively owned housing, the myth of the “worker shortage,” and the ways upper middle class people misunderstand the welfare system.

Disclaimer: The host does not provide legal or professional advice of any sort via this show. Please consult an appropriately qualified independent professional before deciding on any course of action.

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Prioritization in Advocacy & Legislator Constituent Assistance: Be A Pitcher, Not A Thrower

This was supposed to be a Fixing the Fixerpunk episode, but it’s pretty heavy on practical lessons.
Topics covered:

– Soundproofing for the podcast recording
– Prioritizing Your Life and Activities when advocating for yourself
– A Key Fixerpunk Principle: Be A Pitcher, Not A Thrower as applied to personal advocacy
– Prioritizing Deadlines and Statute of Limitations
– Appropriate length of letters and communications with legislators
– Constituent Assistance with Congress, Senate, and State Assembly
– Dealing with people who minimize your problems, blow you off, etc.
– How to know what’s most important for you: Prioritize things that are needed for your immediate and short-term survival and security, look on your path right in front of you, and see what is getting in the way of taking your next step. See if what you are doing fixes that next step the best way, and go out further to see your total trajectory. Always prioritize and make very thoughtful decisions, not accidental ones, as it relates to deadlines.
– Ignoring systems that put you in fear and stop you from solving problems.

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FTFP 1 – The Patronizing Party, Homeless People Deserve Independence, Social Control

This is a Fixing the Fixerpunk episode, which is where I focus on how I fix the problems in my life, show my fallibility and imperfection, and hopefully help you learn from example.

Topics covered:
– My latest encounter with The Patronizing Party – my new name for “helping” professionals, like social services providers, healthcare and mental health providers, therapists, legislators, and other members of the nonprofit industrial complex who show sympathy for underserved and oppressed people but subtly fail to acknowledge their strength, goals, and agency. Their goal is to get the person to just accept their marginalized position rather than work to change it. This often destines to failure the help they are giving.

– The Homeless Deserve Independence and Agency. Institutions control them and push them into bad situations that invalidate their humanity. “Bad decisions” are often decisions to retain needed autonomy.

– The Skateboarder’s Way vs. Society and its desire to make them behave

– How the example of AEW/TNT Champion pro wrestler and skateboarder Darby Allin helps us fight the current narrative around homelessness by showing extreme discipline and high achievement while opposing needless authority and control.

– Alternative and mutual aid-oriented approaches I am pursuing to work with others on your goals, like accountability buddies.

– Are life coaches good?

– Interviewing with a top pro surfer’s company


Redefining The Cowboy and Activist, Adam Page Style

The second part of my Learning from an Anxious Millennial Cowboy episode about Adam “Hangman” Page of All Elite Wrestling (AEW), and how I have found him to be a highly relatable inspiration for my own life and an example for the new frontiers of activism. He is a very strong yet emotionally vulnerable and relatable individual whose story shows how to claim one’s potential. His intelligence is paired with an uncanny ability to have fun conversations around serious political issues, a skill every activist can learn from. He redefines what a cowboy is from just overt strength and an aesthetic to “leaving your frontier better than you found it.” He shows how success and cowboy strength along with self-development doesn’t have to lead to being separated from the realities of society and working to change them. He even masters the art of discussing unions with your co-workers.

I also get into his funny and inspiring “Full Gear” fitness challenge and how Page sums up my problems in this area just too well.


“Monologue” – Being the Elite

“Lawn Mower” – Being The Elite

What I call the best 2-minute tutorial on having discussions on unionizing with coworkers (and frankly other forms of activism) starts at 16:47 in this video.

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His Cowboy Quote that I believe Redefines The Cowboy:

”cowboy shit ain’t about boots and buckles, guns and spurs. it’s about leaving your own frontier better than you found it.”

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Patrisse Cullors, Black Lives Matter, and the Business of Activism and Politics

Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors has come under fire for purchasing a $1.4 million dollar home in Los Angeles among other real estate investments. The organization has also been criticized for not directly assisting Black people adequately, including the families of victims of police brutality. As a former organization board member who has a degree in Political Science, I explain how political and activism professionals should be held to the standards of equally successful businesspeople and also be able to gain the rewards of their success. Political leaders deserve to be paid fairly as long as they do their work ethically, since the work can be life-changing for people and communities, and this is critical for new talent to consider the field. Here, there is no apparent financial fraud or misappropriation, hence the real estate is not an professional ethics issue. The organization needs to emerge into a level of professionalism beyond its grassroots origins while establishing good governance practices in line with its values. I explain some challenges with crisis communications relating to fundraising and nonprofit structuring that make meeting community demands more difficult and throw around some ideas on how to solve this.

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