Introducing The SofaCast & Wednesday Night Livestreams

YouTuber Mike Silver, who is more commonly by his YouTube channel’s name, Black Sofa, and I are teaming up to create a podcast! It’s named the SofaCast. If you don’t know who Mike is, check out the bio he wrote up for himself and make sure to follow him on Twitter:

My name is Mike Silver, I am an autistic, atheistic 40 something. I am the father of two beautiful girls, 10 and 6 yrs old. I love coffee, craft beer and loud music. I make YouTube videos responding to dumb theist (mostly Christian) videos. I am passionate about politics and lean to the left.

The purpose of the SofaCast is for two fairly political guys to sit down and discuss politics in the United Kingdom and in the United States. Currently our plans are to film episodes in a livestream format for maximum interact-ability and to film new episodes the first Friday of each month. You can check out the first episode right here:

Starting this coming week I’ll be cooperating with a friend of mine, LadyGirlPerson, to have weekly livestreams on her channel which is named WonderLady. Our first planned livestream will be taking place this week, on Wednesday night November 7th. If you want to see the first appearance I made on her channel come check out the after-party for a livestream she did about the war in Yemen with Christy Dawn!

I’m excited to be getting considerably more active on YouTube and I’m happy to have such a wonderful community that the work I do can help support. I hope you’ll come check out my friends and I as we work on creating more content and diversifying what the atheistic and humanistic communities discuss online!

Who Is Heather Nauert?

Heather Nauert is reportedly being considered to become the United States Ambassador to the United Nations. And for a lot of people this will be the first time they’ve ever heard of Ms. Nauert. Ms. Nauert is an influential government official and spokeswoman and given that she might gain more influential and notoriety if she is officially nominated and confirmed to become the Ambassador to the U.N. it’s worth taking some time to introduce her to readers.

Heather Nauert’s education and her career as a government official:

Ms. Nauert’s education was somewhat unconventional since she went to a few different schools during her time as an undergraduate school. She started off as a student attending Pine Manor College in Massachusetts, before accepting an internship in D.C. where she would finish school with a B.A. in communications from the Mount Vernon College for Women. She would later earn a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.

Her career in the government would begin after an extensive career in journalism and political commentary. In mid-2017 it was announced that she would be the new spokeswoman for the United States Department of State, which would be her first role in government. It would also not be her only one since following the dismissal of Steve Goldstein in March of 2018 she would be named acting Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs.

She was a supporter of the President during his campaign and worked as a member of Fox News for several years in different capacities. Her instances of notoriety have been fairly typical for a member of the Trump administration, she has condemned Iran for its “malign influence” in Yemen, spoken out against protesters (specifically the Gaza border protests saying “it doesn’t help the cause for peace”), and refused to condemn Saudi Arabia, when Canada condemned the imprisonment of Saudi human rights activist Raif Badawi and his sister Samar Badawi and in response Saudi Arabia frozen trade with Canada & expelled the Canadian ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

What does the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. do?

The role of the U.S. Ambassador/Permanent Representative is more than just designing resolutions and making votes but also to share the perspective of the United States with the U.N. and keep the White House and the rest of the government of the United States aware of what’s going on in the U.N. and how U.N. moves might affect the foreign policy objectives and moves of the United States. The U.S.’s Ambassador to the U.N. is also the person at the table representing the U.S. at the U.N. Security Council, as well as the go-to person representing the United States at U.N. plenary meetings of the General Assembly unless a more senior officer in the government of the United States is present.

The U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. has a strategic role to play in achieving foreign policy goals and is an influential figure who can help build international coalitions and make multinational moves to fight for American interests abroad in a roundabout way that other Ambassadors and the U.S. Secretary of State often cannot. A skillful U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. is vital for moving the international community in large ways that the hyper-specialized Ambassadors and Secretary of State would often struggle to do because of the specificity of their roles. The U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. is a messaging specialist who makes moves that help people understand the global perspective on security and democracy issues.

Planned Updates And Additions To The Site

Hi everyone! I’ve been gradually working on updating the site and I wanted to share the updates I have planned.

I have three big updates planned for this site for right now. The first of which are a series of brief but regular blog posts. These blog posts will talk about conflicts, share sites and resources for people who want to know about them. They’ll also share humanistic responses to ongoing real world conflicts. This will be something I do a lot.

The next big update will most likely take the form of a digital calendar so folks can keep up with where I’m going to be each day. The main purpose of this would be to help folks know where to go to see me talk or work live.

The final big update that I have planned right now is to begin creating and uploading my podcast to this site. It’s named Luchando Con Luciano and is a conflict podcast and also the name of my newsletter. The content on the podcast and the newsletter are going to be similar but not the same and the newsletter is going to be bigger and longer than the podcast will be since the podcast will be weekly or biweekly and the newsletter will be monthly aside from special issues that are centered around unique and topical conflicts.

Introducing The News Pages

This a news page that’ll feature periodic posts revolving around peace activism and conflict work. You’ll also find news announcements on this blog. Compared to my other blogs and news sites this’ll be really simple but it’s purpose isn’t to keep readers here, rather it’s to let them know more about the services I offer as a peacebuilding professional and conflict worker.

One unique thing that people will find here is something that I’ve never posted anywhere else: breakdowns of conflict theories, and peace techniques and ideas that are tools in the toolkit every conflict worker or peace professional has to respond to conflicts as they occur in real-life and real-time. These will occur once a week, mostly on Saturdays but some will occur earlier or later in the week.

If people want access to a peace, conflict, justice, and human rights newsletter they should check out my Patreon! Anyone who pledges any amount to my work monthly gets access to the newsletter and a free sample will be coming out on November 1st. Patreons will be credited & thanked in a part of the newsletter near the beginning, including in the free sample. This is an opportunity for folks to advertise their groups or organizations to the people who read the newsletter.

I hope readers are as excited about these developments as I am!