Monthly Archives: August 2015

Unity Through Diversity

I’d like to start by saying thank you to Dash for switching post dates with me in June and July so that I could better settle into my new position at work. The timing was very advantageous for both us. And I hope that he is getting settled into his new home quite well.

Diversity ButtonPart of my new position with the company I have been working for since October of 2009 are these bothersome mandated meetings and training seminars. If you work for Corporate America you know what kind of meetings and seminars I am talking about. They used to be referred to as “sensitivity training” and are sometimes still called “inservices” depending on the kind of work you do. I not only work for Corporate America, I work in the evil convenience store industry; I manage a store, so I am not quite as evil as some higher up on the food chain. (Out of respect for the company, I will not be naming them in this posting.) One of the more recent seminars was on diversity. Continue reading

Why We Care About Cecil

Zimbabwe Lion KilledBy now, the story of Cecil the lion is old news. For about a week I couldn’t go anywhere without seeing or hearing about his story. In case you’re not familiar, Cecil was a lion living in Zimbabwe who was killed by a trio of hunters led by an American dentist. He apparently spent $50,000 to pay for the privilege. The killing was illegal, as Cecil was a protected lion living on protected land and was lured away from that land with food. After being shot, Cecil lived for another two days before he succumbed to his injury.

While a lot of my friends were quite upset, even calling for the dentist’s execution (in many countries, poachers are shot on sight, after all) a few were annoyed that the story was getting so much attention. They said it wasn’t important news and was distracting from real things going on in the world. In a way I (at first) agreed, but not for the same reason. You can say my first reaction was cynical. Continue reading