Request[AMA Request] Someone who grew up in Rajneeshpuram in Oregon following Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh
Apr 11th 2018 by zestypasta123 • 8 Questions • 32 Points
Hello Redditors, my name is Charles Walker and I serve on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council.
You may remember us from standing against the Dakota Access Pipeline, which we continue to fight in court. Our Tribe recently submitted a report to the Army Corps highlighting the dangerous impacts of the pipeline on our people and homeland (there is a link to the report below), and we are preparing for a spill.
The Dakota Access Pipeline has already leaked five times along its route, and our Tribe's report to the Army Corps shows that the current leak detection system can't detect all spills under our water supply. At this time a spill of more than 11,000 barrels per day would go undetected, and would devastate our homeland. The impacts of spills and leaks on our community have not been properly addressed by the Army Corps, and they are unable to address a worst case oil discharge. And so we started a Clean Water Campaign so that we can establish a water safety system, which involves water monitoring systems, training a response team and purchasing equipment for spill response.
You can learn more about the Clean Water Campaign here: www.YouCaring.com/StandingRockCleanWater
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's Report: (https://www.standingrock.org/sites/default/files/uploads/srst_impacts_of_an_oil_spill_2.21.2018.pdf) [Our website is down at this time, but it should be back up in an hour or so hopefully!]
Link to our Facebook/Twitter: https://twitter.com/StandingRockST https://www.facebook.com/Standing-Rock-Sioux-Tribe-402298239798452/
I remember hearing a segment of something similar to this on an NPR radio station on my commute to work. I bet the feeling of having to be a part of a big case, who's ultimate decision could impact millions of other transgendered individuals who either serve or want to serve, is probably really daunting.
1.) My first question is; what do you really feel about going against something as enormous as this? Is it more of a "how did i even get here?" Type of feeling or has this shocked you in anyway?
2.) What type of publicity has this accumulated towards you (for lack of a better way to phrase this question). Given how national, or even global, this story has become ;; Has there been anything that someone has said to you or done to you that really impacted how you feel and such?
3.) This question is more for your legal team (since the majority of case AmA's have to be censored and questions cherry picked by the law firm so it doesn't back fire later);; how are you guys dealing with this? As a firm dealing with something this large, i bet the front desk gets loaded with phone calls for one. Do you feel prepared or stressed from the enormity of all this?
Hope this AmA can be verified soon
Thank you for your service and i wish you the best of luck.
Michael... i remember reading about you in Nepal driving firetrucks on those crazy twisty roads. Did you actually drive them and was it actaully a harrowing experience?
Hi, I run a chapter of student engineers who develop clean water, sanitation, and hygiene projects. We are starting a domestic team this year. What can we do you help communities like yours ?
I put on my own makeup at 4 in the morning. I'm not good at it
- Sometimes I have that "how did I get here" feeling. Looking back, though, I don't think I can identify any one point in this whole process where I made the wrong choice. I definitely didn't expect the sum of those choices to lead me here, though.
- There are others in the trans military community who have received far more publicity than I, and I don't envy them that at all. So far, I haven't had anybody recognize me on the street or anything, and I'm perfectly happy with that.
- From a lawyer: "Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest nonprofit legal group advocating for the full rights of LGBTQ people and people living with HIV in the United States. We feel confident in our abilities to handle cases of this magnitude. We're honored to have Staff Sergeant Schmid as a client."
this is a charity program that jim gandolfini started, to bring firetrucks to nepal, they have the trucks in the US and they are ready to go...they will be shipped soon to India and i will help drive them (along with acting great Malcolm mcDowell) across the border and into Kathmandu...we hope to do it in the next few months
Reaching out directly to the Tribe is your best bet, we'll message you with an email address! Thank you for thinking of us.
At the bottom of your post right after you said "yes I really do eat oreos like that" and then your next line under that was "proof" I was really hoping to see 8 double stuffed oreos in a glass of milk. Great pic of you, but I was kinda disappointed not gonna lie. Anyway we could see that pls?
How does the transition between genders affect your deployment status? Are you still able to deploy while undergoing gender reassignment?
I would but I'm stuck in a car for foreseeable future. I'll pitch a story on Oreo consumption at the next editorial meeting
This is a really big misconception. Anybody who starts a new medication (including hormones) is non-deployable for 90 days. After that, you go back to deployable status.
If you have any type of surgery, then your non-deployable time depends on how long it takes you to recover from your surgery, and what your doctor recommends.
In short, it isn't as big a deal as people make it out to be.
My new fetish will then forever be the bad boy of local news eating a soggy slop of double stuff Oreos out of a glass
- How often do people misgender you?
- Have you experienced any hazing? Sexual harassment?
- Have you developed any valuable friendships?
- How old were you when you decided you wanted to join the military? Why did you?
*Thank you for posting this, I can already see you enduring a lot of terrible comments here. You are very thick-skinned to endure that with the positivity you have.
What do you think happened at the end of The Sopranos?
Also, loved Summer Of Sam. Underrated movie. Were you originally planning to act in it as well?
Was the pipeline ever approved by the tribe?
How could the protests been handled better to mitigate the environmental damage caused by the people protesting themselves?
Do you have a "list of demands" which, if met, would allow you to support the pipeline?
- Not often, honestly.
- At first, before we had equal opportunity protections, I received a lot of undue scrutiny. Since the 2016 policy change, it's been a lot better.
- Absolutely. Both with my fellow transgender service members and with the other women in my unit.
- My dad was in the Air Force, so it was always kind of a thing. And why did I? Because college didn't work out and I needed a career.
i think tony dies at the end of the show but that is just my interpretation. i was originally going to star in summer of sam but the sopranos was filming season one at the same time so i was only able to do a smaller role
No the pipeline was not approved by our Tribe.
How could it have been handled better is a good question, a lot of the individuals who came out were not prepared for North Dakota winters, a lot of people were thinking they could withstand our winters during the entire protest, that's one piece of why, they could have been better informed and better prepared when coming here to stand with us. People thought they could just wing it, and that couldn't and didn't happen, and the result was that Standing Rock put out dumpsters, but people abandoned their posts and left things behind. I don't know how Standing Rock could have taken better steps, individual the council told people to come prepared.
As for supporting the pipeline, no. The council put their foot down before the pipeline was built, and we still hold the position that we do not want the pipeline threatening our homeland and people's access to clean water.
I have read the policy letter from the end of March. I'm a little confused because there had been no guidance. Has the ban changed anything yet?
Hey Spider! Two questions: 1) As you can tell I love Goodfellas so I have to ask, how was it working with Martin Scorsese? 2) What is your most prized possession, something you've had since even before the Goodfella days that you have and will never get rid of under any circumstance?
What advice can you share for non-Native allies wanting to support your Tribe and others impacted by colonialism? (Huge question I know, sorry)
Every time they see me they say "oh look who it is, the bad boy of local news". It's terrible
No. The ban hasn't changed anything. Papers have been shuffled several times, but nothing has changed since the initial tweets.
1)Marty was very kind, generous and trusting towards me on the set and really treated me like i truly belonged on that set for which i am forever grateful. 2)My most treasured possession from way back is my sanity which seems to be harder and harder to hold onto.
Standing with those Nations and helping to project their voice is beneficial, this can be done through raising awareness online or being involved in your local communities.
What would you most like to tell us that no one has asked about?
I already do. Did you mean to post this in the Steve Kerr AMA?
David Gerrold promised us a fourth book in the Chtorr series and hasn't delivered.
Hi Michael, I'm sorry I can't not ask you about The Sopranos. How hard was it to shed Christopher's attitude after a day on set?
Do you feel Standing Rock's message was successful? How so / why not?
And since Standing Rock I have noticed that there has been an increase in native / first nations activism! Do you feel this will continue? If so, where do you hope it ends up?
Edit: one more! Edit2: words
Do you feel that this activism has been beneficial to your youth. I read about the Lakota teens going to DC, do you have hope that they will be heard?
sometimes it would be hard to shake a certain mood of anger or frustration but the character itself i was always pretty good about leaving him on the set.
First question: First of all the pipeline happened, the pipeline is laid and there's oil flowing and so in that aspect, no. It wasn't as successful as we would have liked it to be sure, and it was successful in that it brought people together, bringing Tribes and Nations together, bringing members of the Oceti Sakowin together, that we stood in solidarity together against the pipeline, and together for the rights of all Indigenous people.
Second Question: Yes, I don't know if it's been an increase but it's certainly brought a light to it. Social media has been this new avenue to highlight these different activists, it has given a voice to Native communities to stand up against what goes against our values. I do hope it continues, it's our hope that people stand up for human rights.
Third Question: Yes, it has been very beneficial for our youth, it has shown them that their voices are heard at the Tribal and national level. It's amplified their voice and we are very proud of them.
Do you plan to stay in the military long term or (if not)what do your future plans look like outside the military?
We were transitioning to weather out of a story about an increase in shark sightings on the Oregon coast. I thought that rock was suspiciously fin-like
I have another 7 years left until retirement. After that, who knows.
Why do you think so many people in the thread are trying to conflate the issue of the military paying for transition-related medical costs with the competency of transgender people being able to perform military duties?
It seems to me that these are entirely separate issues, and that others are incorrectly dismissing your ability to perform your duties purely because they don't want their tax dollars being spent on transitions. What would your response to these people be?
You’re an Emmy winning actor. You’re an author. You’re absolutely one of my favorite actors of all time. I have incredible respect for you. What’s something strange or quirky about you that no one would ever imagine?
My buddy working in the fields wants to know why your protesters physically attacked pipeline workers and fired shots at them in some instances. He also wants to know why they tried to set explosive charges over the pipelines to cause leaks. Any insight?
It's called "moving the goalposts". They make the accusation that it's prohibitively expensive, then when they're shown it's not, they make the accusation that I'm incapable of my duties. Then, when they're shown I'm not, they move back to the spending argument.
i hate watching violence in movies, and am very squeamish
First off they are not OUR protestors, people came from over the world to support us. We didn't have any say in those individuals who came and acted aggressively, from what I understand these are merely allegations, we don't know what happened. The Tribe has never once allowed, promoted any illegal activity or aggressive violent activity. The Tribe promoted peaceful and prayerful protest, that has always been the agenda of the Tribe, to move in peace.
Do you have any funny stories from Vikings training camp?
Thank you for your service.
What would you say is the biggest misconception about transgendered service members?
How did you feel about your death in The Sopranos? Did you think it was a good end to Christopher's story?
It was in lovely Mankato, Minnesota, and I got there before camp and had time to kill. One night I went to a townie bar and joined a trivia team, and we ended up winning the prize. Which was.... Adult-themed. And designed for men. I took it back to my hotel room and threw it in the trash. The next morning the person who cleaned my room must have assumed I made a mistake, and took the "prize" out of the trash and placed it on the table
There are several. Look at this thread. 😜
- That we're mentally unstable.
- That it's a cosmetic thing and not medically-necessary.
- That we're unsure of who we "really" are.
- That being trans at all impacts our ability to do our jobs.
i think christopher's death was spot on and very necessary to the story, especially in terms of who tony became...which is, in the end, a vicious criminal
Can your apartment building survive nuclear fallout?
Not trying to be a dick here, but how is getting transgender surgery considered medically necessary?
Michael, thank you for your tremendous career. If Tony had not killed Christopher after the car accident, do you think there was any chance at reconciliation between the two characters? Also, if not, do you think Christopher would have attempted to harm Tony eventually?
I can't believe my comments have their own in-jokes. This whole thing is surreal
The reality is these aren't two different groups. There are already transgender service members and transgender veterans. The question is if we're really going to leave them out to dry.
I think what happened was exactly what needed to happen so its hard for me to envision an alternate version to be honest
You seem like a fun person to work with! Do you guys need a meteorologist?
Thank you for your service. However do you think your presence and lawsuit compromises unit cohesion? For instance do fellow soldiers roll their eyes when teased by others for being part of “that persons” platoon...company...even battalion?
We actually are hiring for the morning meteorologist
The biggest response I've gotten from other soldiers specifically asking about the lawsuit is "Wait, can you do that?" (Spoiler alert: Yes.)
I know my first Sergeant has rolled his eyes a couple of times. But the fact that this is going on doesn't make me a "problem soldier". And I think that's what most everybody is concerned about. The first question is "can you do that?" and the second question is "well, is she still doing her job?" (Spoiler alert: Yes.)
it is not based on actual events but Lou Reed is a character in the book and he did live in NYC in the mid 70s where the book is set
Okay, that video was pretty funny. Serious question though: do you see yourself as an entertainer, a journalist, or both? Do you ever feel like you have a duty or responsibility to provide more enriching news content to viewers (rather than the tired local news tropes: sports, crime, and personal interest)?
Any medical care I receive, whether it's transition-related or not, is part of what I earn by being a service member, just like any other service member.
sorry that should be "the better part of two years"
Super excited because I grew up in Portland and this is the first AMA that wasn’t posted hours ago.
Question: what’s the oddest report you had to make and did you enjoy reporting it or not?
If it requires medical treatment, why isn't it perceived as a pre-existing medical condition?
I enjoyed the one episode of "Girls" you did. Would you work with Judd Apatow, Lena Dunham, or Jenni Konner again?
When you agree to do the Sopranos, were you worried about being typecast as "Mafia guy" from then on?
Last year a barn in rural Oregon burned down. I was interviewing the neighbor who saw it, and it was fairly standard. We conclude every interview the same way: "Is there anything I haven't asked you about that's interesting?" The guy says a bunch of people had been at the barn lately because of some video game. As it turned out, this was the height of Pokemon Go, and that barn was a gym. So I then had to go up to the Fire Chief on scene and ask him, seriously, "Is this fire Pokemon Go related?" It was met with one of the more aggressive eye rolls I've seen.
I don't think it ended up being Pokemon Go related
"I have many many questions, but I also don't really want to talk to anyone." is my new favorite quote. Context?
What would you say has been the biggest challenge of being a trans woman in the military that the majority might not face or understand?
And as someone who does not live in the U.S., how can I help from afar?
The words "tremendous burden" from the initial tweet still ring in my ears. The weight of knowing that attitude is so persistent is, well, tremendous.
I have wanted to write a book for many years, have started a bunch but have never finished till now
Is it true that reporter Cole Miller and yourself have a longstanding rivalry?
What's been one of the biggest challenges you've faced while being a beacon of hope for so many of us transgender service members? Have you faced any difficulties that you did not expect to face?
The biggest challenge and the one I least expected is that there would be so much of the military trying to distract me from my job of soldiering, by focusing on my status as trans, instead of just letting it be.
Everybody seems to think that it's a distraction, when in reality the conversation about whether I'm distracted from my duties is what is distracting.
thank you !
How do you feel about the role of local news in the wake of the Sinclair revelations of late? What do you think we (and you) can do to make sure that the populace receives factual reporting when megacorporations can come through, buy up the licenses and talent, and decree from on high what they think the people should know?
(Also if I had to wake up that early, I'd want some jocularity with my morning coffee, so keep being awesome)
Do you have a favorite self-care activity that you find affirming? Thank you for your service. I grew up in a military town and worked on a military base for years and I appreciate it! 💜 queer femme
do you have a favorite story of working with Tony Sirico on the sopranos that you can share with us?
I'm going to answer this-- but I want to be thorough. I'm gonna answer some shorter ones and come back to it.
Nobody let me forget!
Edit: I've talked this over with my coworker Cole Miller, an outstanding reporter who is driving me right now, and we think our best answer is to keep pressing and hold your local journalists accountable. Accurate, thorough reporting should be demanded. And I hope people realize that with local news organizations, your voice really matters. We don't have millions of followers. We read what you say, and if you make good, rational points, it will affect decisions moving forward. Maybe don't write us a thesis, but definitely write us. And let people know when you think they've done a good job, too. Also definitely don't ever comment on what the women reporters are wearing.
Regarding corporatization, I think people would be surprised at how little corporate influence there is in our coverage. Of course I can't speak for Sinclair stations, but i personally have never had management at any level try to alter the tone or direction of my political reporting. Reporters at the Sinclair station in town have told me the same thing. Having said that, I personally think requiring stations to run commentary across the country with a definitive political slant has no place in journalism and I don't know a single journalist who disagrees with me.
Ultimately, everybody should double check where they're getting their information. Read things from all news levels, and read things from sources with stances you don't agree with. I think the beauty of the internet is that it allows you to learn from places and people you would have never previously experienced. I'm a much more empathetic person because of places like Reddit. But there's also so much media from so many different perspectives that if you aren't careful, you'll fall into a trap of simply seeking confirmation bias. Always be on guard against that. Just read a bunch. You'll be better for it.
When all of that fails I recommend you take 8 double stuf Oreos, put 'em in a glass, fill it up with milk and eat it with a spoon
Who is your favorite Kpop idol? Mine's Momo. This week anyway.
I loved both the Sopranos and your character. I have recently started watching an Italian series called Gomorrah (which follows a mob family set in southern Italy) and am obsessed with that to.
Are you a mob film/series enthusiast and if so: favourite movie and favourite series?
The alarm goes off at 3:15
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie by John Cassavetes is my favorite mob movie of all time
Hi Michael, what music did you listen to while you were writing this book? Thanks!
Lou Reed, Suicide, T Rex, Mott the Hoople, David Bowie, Dion, Patti Smith, John and Yoko, The Smiths,
A couple questions from a colleague of mine named M. Scott:
Who do you think you are?
What gives you the right?
Who was your favourite guest star to work with on The Sopranos, and why was it Ben Kingsley?
(Sorry, your opinion may differ, but friends and I still look at each other and deliver Sir Ben's "FuuuUuck" semi-regularly.)
Ben was great but my fave was Julianna Marguiles
Portland native here.
What’s your favorite food/drink spot that’s off the beaten path or not that popular?
Will you be in The Sopranos prequel?
It's a legendary Portland spot but I love the fried chicken at Reel M Inn. It's the grungiest dive bar and they only ever have one person working, so even if you're the only customer your food is gonna take 45 minutes to make. When I'm there I feel like I have to drink bottled Budweiser just because it fits the vibe
I doubt it. My character was not even born in the late 60s which is when the movie is supposed to take place.
I'm a big fan of Christopher with my favourite scene of his in the series being when he goes to rob and punches Lauren Bacall.
I was just wondering if you had any great set stories during your time filming The Sopranos and what was it like shooting that scene with her.
I'm in a committed relationship with a person named The Viewer
i had met "betty" bacall many years before in Paris on the set of Robert Altman's "Ready to Wear" and was in awe of her every time I was near her. She was a legend, truly and a class act all the way. Punching her difficult for me but a highlight of my career to be sure!
Are you originally from Oregon? I feel like most people I know that ended up reporting the news had to move cities and often moved states.
Out of curiosity, when you were growing up, was there a particular movie or TV series that really stood out to you and made you think "I want to do that"? or any actor(s) that really stand out to you as all time greats in your mind?
This is the weirdest answer-- my hometown is Oregon, Ohio. Spelled the same, pronounced the way people mispronounce the state. Or-ee-gahn. Then I moved to Or-again
Midnight Cowboy and Dog Day Afternoon probably more than any others
When did you first try eating Oreos that way? Can we see a video of you eating Oreos?
My favorite part of the comments was the analysis of the Oreo technique. My brother and I used to eat them with a spoon in a giant mug filled with milk, we came up with the clever title of "Oreo cookies chopped in milk". I would do that literally every day after school. One commenter said they called it Oreo Sludge, I really like that
Have any of the higher ups given you shit for making jokes? Loved the video must be a very relaxed workplace!
They've all been great, I've never been told to tone it down. It is a pretty relaxed place. I get along with all my coworkers, which I think is pretty rare
What is the most awkward thing that's happened to you on air? Have you ever had to stammer through a newscast like that Boom Goes The Dynamite guy because you didn't know what was going on?
I have stammered a bunch, I've called people I was interviewing the wrong name, and an Atlas Moth laid an egg on my face live on the air: https://youtu.be/s4S-05ad7VY
Have you ever tried stand up? I used to work with a couple reporters who were constantly cracking me up. I thought they would be perfect on SNL.
I havent, but I'm a huge comedy fan. If I had a regular person's schedule I would definitely try improv because a lot of my job is ad libbing. My friend who posted the video is an outstanding improviser and I get green with jealous rage watching him perform
Blended with hot sauce
Are you a weather guy? A sports guy? Why are you mostly standing when doing your repartee?
My regular job is as the "breaking news anchor", we have our two anchors Jenny and Ken and I'm running around the studio with whatever is new. On lighter stories the producer will put "3 shot ad lib" at the end of the script, which is the shot featured the most in the video, and I have the green light to say whatever I want. The rest of my day I head out to report, but I also fill in as anchor, or traffic, or sports, or weather. That's why there's so many different looks
All I can think when I watch your video is that you're secretly Jim from the Office. Are you secretly John Krasinski?
I've gotten this a few times and it is incredibly flattering. But I'm not John Krasinski, I don't have that much nuance in my facial expressions
I think he's a fool for revealing his Reddit username to his girlfriend's older brother
Hello from Portland! I love what's going on at Koin 6! But now the important question: What's your favorite flavor of oreos?
Double Stuf are the only kind that matter imo
Hey Trevor! I’m interviewing to be a news producer after I graduate. From your perspective, what are some things producers do for you that help or hinder you while doing your job?
My most important tip is to own your mistakes. You are going to make a bunch of them, everybody does, especially me. And it's hard for a producer, because when you mess up, the on-air people are the ones that look bad. And some on-air people will react poorly to that. So know that it will be infinitely better for you and your co-workers if you let them know you know you messed up, you're sorry, and it won't happen again. (It will happen again, but they won't be as mad for a while)
I think news in general is skewing younger these days, for a number of reasons (more work, stagnant wages). It's easier to climb when you do mornings, just because very few people want to wake up at 3 am. Part of my hiring was for versatility, I can bounce between the on-air roles. Having said that, I've also been told I look a lot younger that I actually am
I had the idea about a year ago and would save anything where I said something weird, it's been a steady build
Hey Trevor! I'm a digital news producer in a 130s DMA. What would your advice be for moving into a larger market?
Apply everywhere all the time, even in jobs that you think you aren't qualified for, or for jobs that other people say you aren't qualified for. It only takes one person saying yes to move up
I’m a production assistant for a CBS/NBC affiliate down in Northern California, I’m curious: what does the talent really think of PA’s?
As long as you're not sleeping, you're fine. Any "talent" (I hate that term) that's rude to the PAs doesn't deserve their job. We have automated cameras here at KOIN, I really miss having people in the studio behind the scenes. It's easier to have energy when they're there
I haven't watched Wild Wild Country yet but I'm planning on it. There are a bunch of clips of my anchor Ken Boddie reporting on it when it happened, he's rocking a great moustache. And my friend's Dad was a prosecutor in the case, he's in it too. What I'm saying is I'm a bad coworker and friend for not watching it yet
Why is the Sub Pop logo on your desk upside down? Also, what is your favourite band?
I'll have to ask my producer Amanda, that's her desk. I think I'd give the favorite band title to The National, I'll be seeing them for the first time at their Homecoming festival in Cincinnati in a couple weeks, then again at Sasquatch
(Shout-out to /r/indieheads, that's one of my favorite subreddits)