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Science Matters

April 23, 2017
Science Matters

I’ve done a lot of Earth Day presentations over the years, but this represents one of my ALLTIME favorites, speaking at the California Academy of Sciences, an amazing place brimming with brilliant men and women doing essential research and work that matters.

It’s hard to fathom in 2017, that we need to march in order to help the flat earthers out there understand that science matters. I can’t wrap my head around the fact that we are living in a time where we have a president and over half of congress hellbent on eviscerating our environmental laws and agencies that protect our most basic needs: clean air, clean water, healthy food, wild spaces, flowing rivers, biodiverse oceans, and a livable climate.

On this day where men, women and children across the globe are marching and protesting in support of science–I feel dirty even saying this, it’s like saying that people are marching to show their support of gravity–I’m thinking we need to propose new qualification for any candidate running for public office. If you’re a flat earther who doesn’t believe in science, stay hidden in your hole, but you can’t run for public office, not when the planet, and future generations of global residents, two legged, four legged, winged and finned are at risk. Or better yet, how about this, let’s just agree as rational, reasonable adults, that we won’t vote for candidates who believe that our planet is only 6,000 years old, and that we humans walked with dinosaurs. We wouldn’t allow a doctor who didn’t believe in anesthesia to open us up, so why allow the men and women charged with the protection of our environment, civil liberties, and human rights, to remain stuck in the dark ages?

It’s Twenty17 people. Science is for real. Science matters. And science makes Trump, Ryan, McConnell, and the rest of these climate deniers look foolish. And lastly, to anyone offended by this post, ask yourself how you’re enjoying your Carmel macchiato, that delicious yam, living without smallpox and polio, driving your car instead of hoofing it, taking public transportation, or binging your favorite Netflix saga. Oh, and don’t forget about electricity and the cell phone you’re using to read this rant. That’s a wrap. Science matters, and it’s never mattered more.

With nothin’ but love, Michael W. Leach

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College Campus Rape Culture

March 2, 2017
College Campus Rape Culture

Why is this an issue no one wants to talk about? Why is this an issue I never even heard our first female presidential candidate mention? Just thinking about the rape epidemic on college campuses literally hijacks me.  It’s an issue I’m passionate about—one that I speak and write about.  One that I talk to baristas and complete… Continue Reading

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Eddie Would Go

February 10, 2017
Eddie Would Go

Spinning at the gym late last week, it hit me. I needed to get away—get outside, in nature, and most importantly, in water. I swim.  I’m religious about it.  Ever since my wheels (legs) began to fail four winters ago, I’ve swum 4-7 days a week.  It’s what I’ve got, so it’s what I do. … Continue Reading

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Not Ready To Make Nice

November 14, 2016
Not Ready To Make Nice

Stop telling me not to be angry about the results of this election. Stop the kumbaya appeals for unity. I appreciate your open-mindedness, and pleas that we are all one—not Republicans, not Democrats, but Americans—but I’m afraid I need to call bullshit. I was born in Couer d’Alene, Idaho, a very Montana-like landscape and community.… Continue Reading

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A Note To Our Children

November 10, 2016
A Note To Our Children

Election day note to my nine-year-old daughter. When I got Kamiah down last night, after two hours of sharing what we had anticipated to be a momentous and joyous occasion, things weren’t looking good. After she fell asleep I went downstairs for a couple more hours of heartache and angst. By 11 PM MST, I… Continue Reading

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Smile

November 1, 2016
Smile

I’m injury prone—have been since I was in high school.  While it’s slowed me down over the years, it’s never stopped me from pursuing my passion for exercise, my addiction to dopamine, and my need for keeping my body in motion. My latest injury, sustained in a routine session at the gym, has proven deflating.  … Continue Reading

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Ali Shook Up The World

June 10, 2016
Ali Shook Up The World

He was a generation before my time, but growing up in my house, Muhammad Ali was a religion.  He’s a transcendent figure whose courage and charisma truly shook up the world. As a kid in Chicago my dad fought, Golden Gloves, so I grew up on the sport of boxing.  Though I never saw an… Continue Reading

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Baylor Rape Scandal: Why We Should All Be Feminists

June 2, 2016
Baylor Rape Scandal: Why We Should All Be Feminists

These aren’t random incidents we are seeing.  No, it represents an epidemic of massive proportions.  How is it that we continue to debate whether or not college athletes should be paid, when another major football program has made headlines for sexual assault? First things first.  I read about the most recent case of campus rape late last… Continue Reading

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Love, Dad: Stop Being Busy

May 9, 2016
Love, Dad: Stop Being Busy

My freshest “Love, Dad” column in Montana Parent tackles the busy myth. In a world where children are over-scheduled and constantly on the go, this piece challenges us all to slow down, parenting intentionally and mindfully, giving our children the pace and space they need to be KIDS. I hope you guys enjoy!… Montana Parent,… Continue Reading