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GamingI'm Greg Miller -- CEO of Kinda Funny, Trending Gamer of the Year 2015, Buffalo wing connoisseur. AMA!

Jan 10th 2017 by GameOverGreggy • 13 Questions • 387 Points

My short bio: I worked for a well-known cruise company for 6 years, and have met some weird and wonderful people and had some great experiences around the world. AMA!

My Proof: http://imgur.com/a/TMaEE

Q:

Will you address the situation with the current admins of the KF Facebook group?

A lot of them a great but a few of them have clearly had a power trip and are making that place worse instead of better. Unfortunately anyone who tried to raise the point is instantly considered a troll and then banned (without warning usually).

Seems a shame to bring this issue to here but it's the only Way to make you guys directly aware that there are people actively ruining the whole "best friends" aspect of Kinda Funny by turning it into elitist pool.

Unfortunately yourselves are the only ones who can do anything about it because the people any of us would usually speak to are now the problem.

This by all means is not all of the admins, nowhere near in fact. It's a small handful of those who are of the "higher status".

Apologies and thank you in advance. Would be nice to have a discussion about this without being branded a troll.

A:

Yeah. Technically i was ranked as 2 stripe officer. In practise i prrtty much ranked below the engineering cadets. Rank really means nothing outside of the engineering department except for more responsibility.


Q:

Hello Julian Assange,

In recent months, there has been some concern to your well-being following the events of the October 17th blackout. Would you please reply with a signed message that includes the contents below?

1) State that you are alive and well, and in no serious harm.

2) The current date and time.

3) Something unique that happened in the news yesterday, January 9th, 2017.

4) This nonce value: 8059e91804efbe266c8e324b52de605f829eca993d4c7020bc8a34db337fabd5

I ask that all Redditors take screenshots and SHA256 sums of this post and Julian's reply, in the perhaps likely event that either of these posts are modified by Reddit admins.

SHA256: 336bc0cd7e841bc87248bda86276ca41e75399cfc63a5d5eed7c3e4f8dce4f03

Edit: Julian has officially skipped my question, claiming along the lines that "the scores are changing too fast". However, this post has remained at the top of this AMA throughout the entire duration. If no signature is created by the end of this AMA, it will be my opinion that Wikileaks is compromised.

Edit 2: Julian is answering a different question (not mine) regarding proof of life. He claims that "setting a precedent is better proof of life than a digital signature" and that it's "quite hard to protect keys". I am starting to suspect that Julian is no longer in control of the Wikileaks private key. Note that he did not provide a signed message.

Edit 3: Julian read off a recent hash of the bitcoin blockchain: https://blockchain.info/block/00000000000000000178374f687728789caa92ecb49b4d850dfc173a7c0351e6

It is likely that Julian is alive. However, failing to digitally sign a message with the Wikileaks private key is of great concern. It is possible that Julian is no longer in control of Wikileaks, provided that he cannot sign a message with the private key.

Edit 4: Julian responded to a child comment on this thread, in which I asked a follow up question: https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/5n58sm/i_am_julian_assange_founder_of_wikileaks_ask_me/dc8ycd4?context=1

Edit 5: Julian responded in more detail with two transcripts:

https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/5n58sm/i_am_julian_assange_founder_of_wikileaks_ask_me/dcanxq5/?context=3

https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/5n58sm/i_am_julian_assange_founder_of_wikileaks_ask_me/dcap8ow/?context=3

A:

What did the arresting officers think of the law?


Q:

How has your perspective on life in general changed? My teacher beat cancer during university and now says "she'll sleep when she's dead" and is super optimistic. Also, what was hands done the hardest part of this? Congrats on being cancer free btw :)

A:

Why did you leave?


Q:

Yeah. Technically i was ranked as 2 stripe officer. In practise i prrtty much ranked below the engineering cadets. Rank really means nothing outside of the engineering department except for more responsibility.

A:

As we're in the middle of the work week and all the shows, I know the basics. Our brand new Community Manager Joey Noelle is giving me updates and working on the situation. The FB group is fan-run, and Joey's the first time we've had some kind of representative out there.

In short, though, I don't get community drama ever. I don't use FB/Reddit/the forums like so many of you do, so I understand I have no worthwhile input, but you're all here because you like the content. That should unite you more than ever when there's a disagreement. Be nice to each other. If there are rules for a space, follow them. If you don't like them, don't use the space.

Again, that's a super-outsider opinion, though. That's all coming from someone who mutes people and conversations on Twitter daily because I know there's nothing good to come from them.


Q:

Hey there, sorry for the late reply. /u/empmccoy gave a pretty good answer there tbh - the cruise directors often like to think they have more pull than they do (actually, as it is a cruise ship, they do have a lot of say about what goes on, but not about the important stuff when it comes to navigation or emergencies).

As /u/empmccoy said, the nationalities vary from company to company. I worked with mainly Dutch and British engineers, with a moderate eastern-european contingent. We didn't have any Italians at all, across the whole fleet.

Edit: Added some more info

A:

TRANSCRIPT: This is the whole proof of life topic. We saw that evolve. It’s both gratifying and alarming. I will explain why.

I the rest of the team at WikiLeaks were very pleased there was such an expression of concern about how we were doing. We expected attacks against me. If you looked at my public statements and some of the statements tweeted by WikiLeaks in the lead up to my Internet being cut off and to that difficult diplomatic situation, we were saying that the attacks are going to come in and we will need people to defend us, we’re going to need an army to get through this. And then the concern for how I was doing and why I wasn’t being seen arose.

Many were calling for "proof of life" but we are interested in something quite different. Anything that we did that claimed to be some kind of proof of life would be to set the precedent on what mechanism could be used to reduce concern about how we were faring. The calls, for example, that I issue a PGP signed message.

That's fine if you can understand that it’s me issuing the PGP signed message, but a PGP signed message doesn’t tell you who has issued it at all. It’s just a plain message. So, let’s look at what kind of precedent we would be setting. We would be setting the precedent that when there’s a concern about whether one of our staff has been kidnapped or me, that concern can be destroyed simply by someone issuing of a message of text, which is coupled to a particular cryptographic key.

But if WikiLeaks is under a threat so serious that its people have been kidnapped then it is possible that it might lose control over its keys. The reality is that it’s quite hard to protect keys from that kind of interference. The way WikiLeaks manages its keys, its submission keys, for example, they are not used to sign messages, but even if WikiLeaks did sign a message in this case, what would it be saying? It would be setting a precedent that could be very dangerous in the future.

If you produce the person and show that they are not under duress, you can either hack a WikiLeaks key or take control of infrastructure or take control of a person and then claim that they had produced some signed message.

We are much more interested in creating a precedent for proof of freedom from duress. Or making it hard for our people to be under duress. The best way to do that is live video. Because even if you were under duress (there’s various forms of duress that could be applied) if you have live video then you’ve got a few seconds to put things out. You can slip in code words into what you’re saying. (I’m not, by the way. I’m not!) But you can slip in code words into what you’re saying that your people could then see. So, yes, I’m alive and free from duress, but I am in a very difficult situation.

I have been for six years. Let’s not think that I’m not in a difficult situation just because I am alive. As I explained, this embassy is surrounded by high tech police and intelligence operation. It is a difficult situation. I haven’t seen the sunlight in the last four and half years. It’s a tough situation. I’m tough, but you should be concerned about the situation.

What we had hoped is those people concerned with my safety would direct their attention to those people who are responsible for the situation. That’s the UK government, the US government, and the Ecuadorian government. Some of you did and that’s quite possibly why my Internet has been restored--because of the expression of concern.

But, when the concern became very prominent, a black PR campaign infested the concern and tried take it off somewhere else and largely succeeded.

What happened? Fabricated messages, claiming to be from our staff were posted on 4Chan on Reddit. Fabricated videos claiming to be from Anonymous [posted on YouTube]. Completely fabricated. Dozens of them. And what was their intent? What were they calling for? They were calling for people to not trust WikiLeaks, to not give it leaks, and to not give it funds!

It’s obvious who benefits from the production of such a black PR campaign and it should be obvious in hindsight to all those people who were trying to support me that those types of messages were deliberately intended to undermine WikiLeaks and, in fact, undermine my support.

If this sort of thing happens in the future, think to yourselves, is what is claimed undermining the ability for WikiLeaks to operate, the ability for it to get new information, and the ability for it to financially support itself? And if the answer is yes then you should be extremely skeptical about what the claim is.

Having seen how concern for us can be manipulated and misled, but also the degree of concern, we now have a game plan for if this kind of thing happens again and I am confident about the kind of worldwide support we can get, if we get a similar type of attack again in the future.

You can see that I am speaking and maybe, apparently, sane, but don’t reduce your concern. I am in a difficult situation. That’s a reality. But the difficulty of the situation [has long been] expressed on Justice4Assange.com, UN findings, etc.

WikiLeaks itself are also in a difficult situation. Constantly spied upon, harassed, etc. So, support us now. Don’t wait until we are in a situation that might be difficult to get out of. Make sure we are strong now, going into difficult situations, as a result of what we publish!


Q:

They definitely disagreed with it, and didn't want to be doing it. My arresting officer, to his credit, made every effort he could to tell me how much he didn't want to be doing it. It's definitely the mayor who is pursuing this.

A:

My perspective has changed in that now I believe that if I want to do something, I should do it! I try not to let fear or anything else hold me back from anything I want to do. I've been travelling a lot this year and trying to be fearless in the creation of my art (I am a visual artist and a musician). The hardest part was definitely chemotherapy, but that's pretty broad, so I'll narrow it down to just the way my body felt during treatment. Often times I felt like I was dying -- like every single cell in my body was shutting down. During those times, I couldn't move or speak, I could barely even open my eyes. I couldn't watch TV or read or look at my phone, but I also couldn't sleep... I would just lay in bed, motionless, feeling like I was absolutely going to die. In those times, I really wanted to. On my best days, I was still weak. I got dizzy and tired very easily, I had a constant horrible taste in my mouth as if something in my throat was rotting, and I would have sudden nausea where I had to run to the closest sink/toilet and throw up. My body did not feel like a home to me throughout my treatment and even afterwards it took a long time for me to begin to feel like myself again.


Q:

I left when I stopped enjoying it there. I had another job that took up a majority of my time, so I was tired. By the time I actually turned my keys in and said "I'm out", I hadn't worked there in a solid two months because I asked my manager if she could take me off the schedule for a while. Coming in felt more and more like a chore and I worked kinda far from home. Wasn't worth it anymore and I wasn't happy. I left on a good note, though, and that job will always hold a super special place in my heart. I even have a pizza tattoo!

A:

Hey there, sorry for the late reply. /u/empmccoy gave a pretty good answer there tbh - the cruise directors often like to think they have more pull than they do (actually, as it is a cruise ship, they do have a lot of say about what goes on, but not about the important stuff when it comes to navigation or emergencies).

As /u/empmccoy said, the nationalities vary from company to company. I worked with mainly Dutch and British engineers, with a moderate eastern-european contingent. We didn't have any Italians at all, across the whole fleet.

Edit: Added some more info


Q:

Thank you for replying.

The problem is certain admins will claim they represent you guys despite Joey (who is fantastic) being the only official representation.

This small group of people will be passive aggressive in the public eye and downright nasty to a lot of people behind closed doors (usually via private message)

There is a whole page dedicated to sharing smthese conversations. It has now gotten to he point where people are being outright told they are no long considered "best friends" and would not be welcome at Kinda Funny events.

The people I'm talking about aren't trolls or troublemakers they are just the people who raised issues they see with the way it works.

There are also certain admins who you give shout outs to on a regular basis (which is awesome and hard work should be rewarded) who use the fact you said their name on stream as a selling point when they claim authority over others.

Thank you again for your reply it's nice to have the problem acknowledged even in the slightest.

A:

Holy hell I never would've thought of that in a million years!

Welp, I guess I'll stick to port locals 😂😂

Seriously though, thanks for the reply!


Q:

Shortly after your internet access was cut, the head moderator of /r/Wikileaks added 6 new users to the moderation team who he stated were the first to send him a him private messages volunteering their help. Outside of a single sanctioned thread, the new team banned anyone who questioned the sensibility of this action given reddit's long history of having its moderation teams infiltrated by certain interest groups. Censorship of this, and any topic relating to your safety or wellbeing forced the creation of alternative subreddits such as /r/WhereIsAssange and /r/BannedFromWikileaks.

A little over a month ago, the newly added moderator 'Here4Popcorn' began claiming that he was in direct contact with you / your organization. We learned from a discussion with another of the moderators that that he was apparently the only one in the team who had been contacted. When asked if he was confident of the authenticity of the claims, we were told that it was 'probably' actually you.

Are these claims true? If so, why was perhaps the most controversial member of the new moderation team selected as your only point of contact?

A:

What exactly were you charged with?


Q:

Would you share links to your art or music? :)

A:

Please show the tattoo!


Q:

Dont forget the Steiners.

A:

Well, Joey is the only person who speaks for us, and she doesn't even have a week under her belt yet. Let's give her a chance on this one! <3


Q:

Nah man, the way to go is crew. There are plenty of singers, dancers, shop staff, etc. onboard. That is allowed. I even took one home!

A:

I have not been in contact with any Reddit moderators nor am I aware of our people having being in contact, but it is theoretically possible that someone in WikiLeaks has but did not think it significant enough to bring to my attention.


Q:

Trespassing after warning, per violation of city ordinance 16-43(c), which reads “No person shall conduct any activity or utilize any department managed land in a manner which will result in commercial activity, as defined in this chapter, or provide for the distribution or sampling of any materials, merchandise, food, and/or beverages to the general public, without prior written approval from the department.”

A:

You can find all my music here: http://flowerface.bandcamp.com :)


A:

Nothin' finer than a Steiner.


Q:

Oreo Oration? Group Oreo Oration with the whole Kinda Funny group?

A:

Dont forget the Steiners.


Q:

Can you explain your whole October?

/r/DICKSOUTFORASSANGE

A:

Can't you just say it's a private picnic and you are friends with all the homeless?


Q:

As a boyfriend to someone who has had ovarian cancer on and off twice now. What can I do to help support her? Just, what can I do? Seems so out of my hands.

A:

Are there any other secret requests? Like getting it crazy crusted? Stuff that's fantastic and not listed?


Q:

I have read several books that chronicle the life of a cruise ship worker (restaurant staff, entertainers, art auctioneer, etc). The recurrent theme was sex, sex, and more sex. That and the tiny rooms that are the size of a coat closet.

A:

I'd love to, but it's such a bitch to edit. I have multiple filmed episodes I've never gotten around to putting up.


Q:

Nothin' finer than a Steiner.

A:

TRANSCRIPT: Most of it was extremely busy, so just try and conceptualize.

I have been in an embassy siege for the last four and a half years. It’s a small embassy. The embassy is surrounded by a police and intelligence operation, of which there are numerous pictures and admissions by the British state. They admit to spending 4 million pounds a year, just on the covert and overt police surveillance, not including MI5, etc. They have sophisticated robot cameras installed in different buildings, plainclothes police operating on the street and they’ve done deals, of which we have the paperwork, with some of the opposing buildings owned by Harrods, which is a big department store here. Harrods is owned by the sovereign fund of Qatar.

So, it’s not an easy environment to work in. Spying on the outside, some spying on the inside, informers, robot cameras, etc.

Then during October, there was pressure applied by John Kerry and the US administration and other forms of pressure domestically within Ecuador, that resulted in my Internet connection being cut off and an increase in the security environment here, in terms of people getting in and out of the building easily, etc. It was wrong for John Kerry to politicize the office of the Secretary of State and try to use that for domestic political advantage by pressuring me through my political asylum. WikiLeaks does not publish from the embassy. It doesn’t work from the embassy. I am political refugee stuck in this embassy because the UK refuses to obey international law and respect my asylum rights and let me leave the country. We publish from France, Germany, the Netherlands, and so on, a wide range of countries. But not Ecuador.

Ecuador is purely pressured because they are responsible for my physical security as a political refugee. Which is disgraceful. To be fair to Ecuador, they have denied that they were pressured, but that’s not what our sources say. It’s a small country, 16 million people, an innovative, tough Latin American country which has stood up to enormous pressure from the US and UK, but it has it’s own election on February 17th and you can see it wouldn’t want an allegation that it had interfered, which it hasn’t, with the US election, being used as an excuse by Hillary Clinton, who was the predicted president, to interfere with the election in Ecuador.

An intense security and diplomatic situation.

During this recent pressure conspicuously and heavily armed British police arrived, which I took a photo of and which we published, parking their vans right next to the embassy, which they haven’t done, since back in 2012 when the first kind of stand-off was in the embassy. It is a of show of force, presumably to make some kind of pressure for WikiLeaks to stop publishing, but we are setup to continue on regardless of what happens to me.

No one person in WikiLeaks can become a single point of failure. Why? Because we don’t want to fail, number one. Number two because if that person is perceived to be a single point of failure, it places that person in danger.


Q:

We definitely said that, but at the end of the day the officers are enforcing the law in the way that they (and their bosses) interpret it.

A:

Be gentle with her. Be understanding. The boy I was with during my treatment had a hard time with that -- he didn't really allow me the space to be in a bad mood, or to just be generally upset about my situation. He would get angry. Don't treat her differently, per say, but do try to understand that it's hard to be your regular self when you're going through something like this. Be patient, and ask her what she needs. Really listen to her. I hope she is okay. I am very sorry.


Q:

Sometimes we'd make stuffed crust pizza or pepperoni crazy bread or calzones... but I'd never make that for a customer unless I knew them or they were a coworker. Too much work and if word got out that we would do stuff like that, people would want it and eventually it might be made a menu item, blah blah blah... ya know? Specialty items are super annoying to make, and that's why I'm glad I worked on the bottom of the pizza chain totem and not at the top!

A:

Yep, there isn't all that much to do and everyone is stuck there with each other - it's inevitable tbh.


Q:

As a former Trending Gamer award winner, do you support /u/SirLarr in his quest for the title?

Side bar: I'll admit I never kept up with you all at IGN or anything, but since venturing out into Kinda Funny, I've really enjoyed my doses of you guys for the past two years. Here's to year three!

A:

I have read several books that chronicle the life of a cruise ship worker (restaurant staff, entertainers, art auctioneer, etc). The recurrent theme was sex, sex, and more sex. That and the tiny rooms that are the size of a coat closet.


Q:

People frequently group you together with Edward Snowden because you've both released classified American documents. But your motivations and philospophies couldn't be more different.

Snowden claims to fight for privacy. He's called privacy the bedrock of freedom, that one cannot be free without privacy.

You have called privacy obsolete and unsustainable. You've said that privacy has no inherent value. You appear to believe privacy and freedom are incompatible, that you cannot be free if others can keep secrets from you. You've published the credit card numbers, social security numbers, medical information, and sexual preferences of individuals of zero public interest. Two of your most recent publications are the personal Gmail inboxes of civilians, exactly the sort of thing Snowden has tried to protect.

Can you convince me that you're right and Snowden's wrong?

A:

I'm now wondering if there's a way to force them to interpret it as a picnic?

If you had a picnic for someone's birthday and every attendee was wearing party hats would it force them to interpret it as a picnic?

There have to be a certain amount of party hats, or maybe 1 Piñata which makes it a birthday party/picnic and not something else.


Q:

Reading that your BF at the time didn't help you much out and would get angry with you, in addition with the fact that you had cancer and everything that it brings to ones life, you managed to do great in HS.

Respect.

A:

Understandable. Pepperoni crazy bread sounds pretty epic though...


Q:

What did you study? Did you have to attend a specific university?

A:

I'll support /u/SirLarr until the end of time.

Thanks for giving us a chance!


Q:

Yep, there isn't all that much to do and everyone is stuck there with each other - it's inevitable tbh.

A:

TRANSCRIPT: Edward Snowden is a whistleblower. He committed an important and brave act, which we supported. I worked with our legal team to get him out of Hong Kong and to a place of asylum. No other media organization did that. Not the Guardian, which had been publishing his material. Nor did Amnesty, human Rights Watch, not even any institution from a government. It was WikiLeaks that acted. A small, investigative publisher, which understands computer security, cryptography, the National Security Agency, which I have been publishing about for more than ten years, and asylum law, because of my situation.

We couldn't have a situation where Edward Snowden ends up in a position like Chelsea Manning and is used as a general deterrent to other whistleblowers stepping forward. Edward would have been imprisoned at any moment in Hong Kong and would have then been turned into the propaganda that if you’re trying to do something important as a whistleblower, your voice will stopped and you’ll be placed in prison in very adverse conditions.

We wanted the opposite. We wanted a general incentive for others to step forward. That’s for philosophical reasons, because we understand the threat of mass surveillance, but it’s also understandable for institutional reasons. WikiLeaks specializes in publishing what whistleblowers reveal and if there’s a chill on sources stepping forward, that’s not good for us as an institution. On the other hand, if people see yes, it’s good for sources to step forward, then there will be more of them.

On full publication versus the sadly limited publication of Snowden files--Edward Snowden hasn’t really had a choice. He has had various views that have shifted over time, but he is in a position where we made sure he had given the documents on him to journalists before he left Hong Kong. Both Edward Snowden and I assessed that it would be a dangerous bait for him to be carrying laptops with NSA material on it, as he transited through Russia to Latin America. That might be something that would cause the Russians to hold him. So he and we made sure he had nothing. Since the point of those initial disclosures, Edward Snowden hasn’t been able to control how his publications have been used.

Edward has been a very important voice in talking about the importance of different aspects of them, but he has had no control. The result is that more than 97% of the Snowden documents have been censored. Enormously important material censored and while there have been some good journalists working on them, and I think Glenn Greenwald is one of the best journalists publishing in the United States, you have to have hundreds of people and engineers working on material like this to understand what is going on.

We have a different position to those media organizations that have effectively privatized and limited that material. You can’t say that the initial publications had all the important docs. There have been more publications slowly as time goes by. Even some within the past two months. Those publications, for example, include ways to find interception sites in the United States used by the NSA. There are covert procedures to visiting those sites. Now, if those had been released in 2013, investigative journalists and individuals could have gone to those sites before there was a physical cover-up. That’s true in the United States and it’s true in Europe and elsewhere. I am sad about how the impact of the Snowden archive has been minimized, as a result of privatizing and censoring nearly all of it.


Q:

I like this. We might try it out.

A:

Aw thanks. He tried his best, I think he just wasn't nearly mature enough to handle it -- but what 17 year old boy would be?


Q:

Most definitely! It's not nearly as time consuming as other things so maybe you could request that sometime at your local LC! No telling what they'll charge you, but it was damn good.

A:

You're literally there to study to do that job - it's a specific course designed to cover all aspects of the job, things such as chart work, celestial navigation, firefighting, advanced first aid, leadership, meteorology, etc. The qualification you end up with is called a Certificate of Competency (Officer of the Watch), and there are two higher licenses you can attain after working a certain amount of time at sea and completing relevant exams.

In the UK, there are four specialised maritime colleges based around Southampton, Newcastle, Fleetwood, and Glasgow.


Q:

Bongos?

A:

What's the best gig you've had? Or did you operate mainly on one ship?


Q:

This one needs more attention. Too many people in the overall general public have the mindset that "If I have nothing to hide, then I have nothing to fear" in regards to their privacy. This is absolutely 100% false.

I wish I could remember where I read it, but I once read an article that pointed out that there were literally hundreds of laws on the books that people don't know about and are daily violating because they're so small and trivial, and nobody thinks about them as a result. What it boiled down to is that if privacy was lost, then all it would take is some menial excuse to detain, and then ultimately, incarcerate someone based on the accumulation these tiny laws. Granted, there was a lot of tinfoil hat stuff in there, but the idea is pertinent I think.

Edit: I should probably put this in here since I'm blowing up a bit as well. (congrats to /u/DirectlyDisturbed on blowing up and getting gold). I agree with most everybody who has replied or messaged me about this - I think that there are limits to how far privacy should go. Nobody should have absolute, 100% opaque privacy. However, where those limits are, I do not know. I personally believe and am of the opinion that those limits are up to us, as a society to determine. If everybody is okay with, as one person suggested, having cameras in every bedroom to verify that consensual sex happened, then so be it. I was more trying to generate discussion and get people to think about this than I was trying to prove a point or make a statement (seems like it worked). The doomsday examples were just that - doomsday examples. A bit of thought exercising with a tinfoil hat on. I know bits and pieces of history and know sort of how societies and governments have gone from good to bad. Again - mostly my opinion from what I know of history, but the role of privacy has been key in those transitions.

Also, it was pretty cool to hear him read this comment almost verbatim. Anyways, I should probably get back to doing work instead of geeking out. Great comments and replies everybody, honest. I wasn't trying to pick fights with anybody, and if it seems like I did...my bad. Thank you for keeping things civil all! Great discussion and comments from everybody.

A:

Can we send you food or the police department notices about how we don't like what they're doing.


Q:

What were your noticeable warning signs? Were there any you didn't think were warning signs?

A:

We try to be friendly. I had to stop going to a certain 7-11 while stoned because I would get horribly rude service despite buying their overpriced candy and food and being polite about it. I don't understand how that could make anyone mad!


Q:

What's the best gig you've had? Or did you operate mainly on one ship?

A:

BONGOS!


Q:

It was between a few ships within the same company over the years. For about 3/4 years, I did repeat contracts on the same ship as it was a great ship to be on.

The best itinerary we did, for me, was the Baltic cruises. 2 weeks sailing out of England, then to Copenhagen, Tallinn, St Petersburg overnight, Helsinki, Stockholm overnight, a couple of other smaller ports in between, and back to England. We had some great times on the overnights in those awesome cities, and the navigation in the baltic straits was some of the most intense and challenging I've experienced, which made the job that much more interesting too.

Worst place would have been Brazil. That sucked.

A:

TRANSCRIPT: It’s a statement, really. An extremely irritating statement. It’s so 21st century, so Generation Z, so millennial. It’s not about you. It’s not about whether you have something to hide. It’s about whether society can function and what sort of society it is. The key actors in society who influence its political process: publishers, journalists, dissidents, MPs, civil society foundations, if they can’t operate then you have an increasingly authoritarian and conformist society. Do not think that this will not affect you. Even if you think that you are of absolutely no interest, the result this attitude is that you have to suffer the consequences of the society your apathetic conformism helps to produce.

You’re not an island. When you don’t protect your own communications, it’s not just about you. You’re not communicating with yourself, you’re communicating with other people. You’re exposing all of those other people. If you assess that they’re not at risk, are you sure your assessment is correct? Are you sure they’re not at risk going into the future? Perhaps the biggest problem with mass surveillance is that the knowledge of mass surveillance. Fear about it produces intense conformity, so people start censoring their own conversations and eventually they start censoring their own thoughts.

It’s not enough to create fears about mass surveillance. At the same time, one has to create an understanding of how to avoid mass surveillance or an understanding that at the moment, most of the mass surveillance authorities, like the NSA and the organs it feeds are pretty incompetent. But that will change as artificial intelligence merges with mass surveillance, when the data streams from the NSA and PRISM program are fed into artificial intelligence.


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Absolutely. Here is the info for contacting TPD and the City of Tampa. http://imgur.com/a/Kee4K

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I actually had no symptoms at all until the day I found the tumour. I literally woke up one morning and looked down at my belly and I looked 4-5 months pregnant. It "popped" overnight and suddenly became very visible. I thought I was pregnant at the time and it was three or four days before I went to the ER and found out it was a tumour. From there it grew exponentially, it was slightly bigger than a cantaloupe when they removed it. Once it started showing was when I had symptoms! It was painful at times, and sometimes it would shift around and I couldn't pee. That really sucked. I was relieved to have it gone.


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I'm sorry about that! High people were some of my favorite people to serve, and some of the only people I'd give free stuff to.

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It was between a few ships within the same company over the years. For about 3/4 years, I did repeat contracts on the same ship as it was a great ship to be on.

The best itinerary we did, for me, was the Baltic cruises. 2 weeks sailing out of England, then to Copenhagen, Tallinn, St Petersburg overnight, Helsinki, Stockholm overnight, a couple of other smaller ports in between, and back to England. We had some great times on the overnights in those awesome cities, and the navigation in the baltic straits was some of the most intense and challenging I've experienced, which made the job that much more interesting too.

Worst place would have been Brazil. That sucked.


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Remember when you used to say Twitter wasn't you're thing? One day in like 2009, I messaged you on AIM to warn you that someone was impersonating you on Twitter, and that very day you registered your own account. Does that make me a co-founder of the Greg Miller social media empire?

Also, 'member when we hugged at PAX East 2010? <3

With love always,

-Altoidyoda

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Why's that


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And have you seen the WikiLeaks post on Twitter, saying they're thinking about making a list of every verified Twitter user, complete with full names, addresses, phone numbers. Seems a bit, silly to me.

Edit: This isn't officially WikiLeaks with that plan, just someone they work with and link on their own website. Read comments below.

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Definitely OP as /u/tarunteam said please open donations! I'd love to send money so you can keep doing this.

Btw are you a fan of Tampa radio? What is your favorite station?


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I was going to ask how medical staff came to a diagnosis and actually took you seriously. It's so common for medical professionals to dismiss or minimize women's concerns. So I'm so glad you were able to get the care you needed! I say this as my doctors are only now acknowledging that I've had the right idea about what's been going on with me for the past five years.

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How much pizza did you guys usually throw out each night?


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Why's that

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YOU MADE THIS HAPPEN. THANK YOU!

(How could I forget?)


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Unfortunately, it was at the height of the Zika Virus scare. There had been a few incidents of our passengers getting mugged when they went ashore (I'm sure they weren't observing our advice of not taking jewellery and phones with them when they went out), and the heat and humidity was unbearable.

We spent 6 weeks in Brazil sailing hundreds of miles inland on the Amazon and I'm very glad I got to go there as we went to some incredibly exotic and strange places, and Rio was awesome, but the mood of the entire country felt hostile and negative. It's a shame and it probably isn't representative of the country as a whole but of the 20 or so places we went to, there were very few that felt safe or that could be enjoyed.

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TRANSCRIPT: No, of course, we didn’t. It is a false story. WikiLeaks never posted any such thing on Twitter. The primary WikiLeaks support group, WikiLeaks Task Force, said it was "thinking" about creating what data points are needed to create a map of predictors to understand the influence relationships between people who are involved in influencing on Twitter.

Verified users are influential, who influences those users? But that’s a discussion question by a support group who explicitly stated that it’s not about publishing addresses.

But why is that story spreading? It’s spreading because of two reasons. Number one, as a result of the efficacy of our publications and their perceived damage to the US ruling class, there’s a desire to reduce our reputation in the establishment press, so such Tweets are grabbed onto, re-assigned, taken out of context, and promoted. I also see a second reason, which is interesting. Is there exists a two-level class hierarchy on Twitter. People with blue ticks and people without blue ticks. There’s about 230,000 users with blue ticks and they correspond with something like about 30% of people who would consider themselves members of the establishment in English speaking countries. Those are MPs, journalists, CEOs, etc. People who are representatives in some way and therefore have a need to interface with the public. About a third of those types, in particular, the upcoming ones, are on Twitter and they have blue ticks. So you have here both an identity phenomenon (where someone is branded with an identity of a blue tick and so an identity politics is emerging within this group) and also a class phenomenon. The recontextualization of the WikiLeaks Task Force discussion point into a threat against this identity group was then widely spread by self same identity group which also lined up fairly neatly with the "liberal" establishment politics of something like 80% of that identity group.

Think about this new emerging identity class. It has a quality. Within the blue tick class that is you have a blue tick or you don’t. So metrics looking at what the relationships are between people in the blue tick identity class and exterior (of Twitter) class dynamics, relationships to power of various kinds, removes some part of the equalitarian nature within the blue tick identity class, which can be seen a a threat to those people who have gained the blue tick, but are otherwise not in power in the exterior class. It’s interesting.


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Absolutely. We have a crowdrise here (https://www.crowdrise.com/tampa-food-not-bombs-jail-support/fundraiser/dezeraylyn), linked in the above bio per the most recent update. Anything after our legal fee costs will go to feeding the houseless and any other expenses with defending their rights.

I love Tampa radio. 88.5 Community Radio all the way. I got to admit that I also love 96.5 Radio Maxima (Spanish Language) and 89.7 (late night jazz).

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Well every doctor thought I was pregnant at first. They did a bunch of pregnancy tests. Finally I got frustrated and went to the ER and they did several scans before finding it was a tumour. It wasn't something they could easily ignore, I had a massive lump in my abdomen!


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We tried to keep waste down as much as possible, but depending on if we met projection numbers and all that jazz, sometimes nothing and sometimes 20 things.

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Unfortunately, it was at the height of the Zika Virus scare. There had been a few incidents of our passengers getting mugged when they went ashore (I'm sure they weren't observing our advice of not taking jewellery and phones with them when they went out), and the heat and humidity was unbearable.

We spent 6 weeks in Brazil sailing hundreds of miles inland on the Amazon and I'm very glad I got to go there as we went to some incredibly exotic and strange places, and Rio was awesome, but the mood of the entire country felt hostile and negative. It's a shame and it probably isn't representative of the country as a whole but of the 20 or so places we went to, there were very few that felt safe or that could be enjoyed.


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Greg, what's your opinion on Bongos? Yay or Nay?

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What was your favorite experience on a cruise ship and what was your worst experience? Do you actually enjoy those "dinners with the captain?"


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In 2010 you thanked people for donating money to help decrypt the "Collateral Murder" video after having sollicited donations for "supercomputer time."

PFC Manning claims that the video was "was never really encrypted." Her court martial proceedings confirm that.

I know you can't confirm or deny anything regarding Manning, but do you stand by your claim that the video you received was encrypted and that you depended on donations to decript it? Secondly, how importantly do you value honesty when it comes to fundraising?

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That's a stupid abuse of a technically.

It must be a certain ratio of pinatas and/or cake to party hats. You can't have 10,000 party hats and just 1 pinata, not everybody would get candy.


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I had something similar happen to me in high school (mine was just a very large ovarian cyst - not anywhere near as intense as what you went through), but it was so fucking frustrating to have them assume I was pregnant and I knew I wasn't, unless it was the second coming of Jesus. Just because you're a teenager doesn't mean you're an idiot in this circumstance even though that's how they were treating you. But aside from that, I feel you on that frustration and I am very glad you're doing better.

Did you name your tumor? One of my best friends named mine Tommy the Tummy Tumor.

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Could use the waste for those in need


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Favourite memory from the job?

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Big yay.


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My favourite experience would have to be meeting my partner onboard. She was a singer onboard and we have now been living together for two years on land. That, and seeing some really cool places.

As per the Officers' dinners, I can't speak for everyone but I did genuinely enjoy them. You normally get some odd people on your table and it can make it either very interesting or very odd - either way, the wine is free and the food is good and you end up having a good laugh.

The coolest hosting I ever did was with the Chief Engineer for the Space Shuttle. That guy was cool.

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TRANSCRIPT: I can’t confirm or deny anything relating to our sources there. However, yes, there is a disappeared video and that video is on the Garani massacre. Over 80 children killed in a US airstrike in Afghanistan and more than 100 people. Quite a serious video and if you search for ‘Assange Affidavit’, you read an affidavit about how Sweden conducted an intelligence operation on September 27, 2010 to seize three laptops, not the high security laptops, but backup laptops, that were encrypted that ended up being the only copy we had of that video. We had other copies and they were also attacked. So, that’s a great sadness from us that this terrible proof of a war crime has been possibly lost to history, as a result of very difficult attacks on us. It’s something that we’re a lot less susceptible to now because we have a big infrastructure.


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The whole Food Not Bombs crew loves how specific y'all are getting into the technicalities of this party idea. Please keep going.

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Hahah no I didn't name it, but I did strangely feel sorry for it. It wasn't trying to hurt me, it was just an out of place cell trying to grow where it shouldn't be growing!


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That's been suggested before! I forget why we ended up not doing it, some corporate formality bullshit. But when I worked for a franchise (one of the worst things I've ever done in my life), one of the few good things they did was donate food or let us take it home (something that really benefitted a few of my coworkers with big families or single moms).

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Probably the first time I flew out to join a ship as a cadet. I was 18, had never flown on my own, and here I was flying to San Diego from the UK to join a huge cruise ship and begin the biggest adventure of my life. I remember everything about it, it seemed fantastic at the time. Of course, I soon learned that it was going to be a lot of hard work, but that didn't take away from it at all.


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Hey Greg, big fan. What's the least glamorous part of your day to day routine at Kinda Funny? I always find it interesting to know the more mundane things that have to be done to keep an operation like yours afloat.

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Thanks for your reply!

Another if you're up for it. Do you as the captain get benefits that others don't such as free wifi/phone calls or much bigger rooms?


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As someone who's followed WikiLeaks for a long time, what's most remarkable to me about the US election publications is that this is the only time (with the possible exception of Aaron Swartz) that you've ever confirmed or denied a source. You'd been asked previously on multiple occasions to deny a state party was the source for these releases but refused, saying it would be "dangerous" and "irresponsible" to do so.

I found it very suspicious that, just weeks later, the first time you ever denied a source was in a heavily-edited interview aired on RT, an organization that obviously benefits from you denying they're the source, regardless of whether they are. You've reaffirmed the other day that you're uncomfortable having so.

Your denial, in particular, seems to be spliced together from three separate responses (masked by cuts to reaction shots), in response to a question removed in the cutting room (though the cut happens a few frames after he starts to open his mouth to ask it). With zero follow-up from you or Pilger.

My question is twofold. Do you think the edited interview accurately reflects the answers you gave? If so, did your previous business arrangement with RT in any waeny influence your decision to break WikiLeaks's most sacred rule in an interview exclusivley aired on their network?

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The news article mentioned that the permit fee to feed people legally is expensive due to the insurance requirement. Do you know what the permit fee is? Would you be interested in raising money to legally feed the homeless or is your organization interested in pointing out the seeming absurdity of the regulation/permit requirement instead?


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i'm so sorry you had that assumption thrown on you. When I was 19 I was diagnosed with stage 4 Testicular Cancer.

I had originally gone to the clinic / doctor on campus and even though I explained I was a virgin he basically TOLD me I had an STD / STI and thats what made my nut 3x it's size and hurt like bloody hell.

By the time I realized he was a twat and his meds weren't working ( a week later or so) I went to my real doctor back home and was immediately diagnosed with Testicular cancer. In the one week it had gone from just the testical to spreading to my abdomen and spotted all over my lungs.

suffice to say I was pretty pissed a doctor had completely ignored my symptoms and forced an assumption based off of my peers and what they were 'likely' to contract.

Had I had it removed a week earlier it would have likely just been the surgery and 1 round of chemo to be safe, instead I had to go through 4 rounds of one of the most brutal and aggresive types of chemo. I was in the infusion room 5 days a week from 8am to 6pm hooked up to fluids and chemo for 5 months straight, it was complete hell.

Doctors need to quit being lazy and listen to their patients and their ACTUAL symptoms sometimes.

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Can confirm. I found myself requiring the services of a food bank a few months ago and they had uncooked pizzas in LC boxes that had been donated. Popped that sucker in the oven for 10 minutes and had fresh LC pizza for two days.


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Many thanks for such a well informed, and positive, response. Much appreciated.

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Probably Email? There are so many boring back and forths about events, opps, and so on.


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I'm not Captain unfortunately, but the Captain does get the best cabin onboard. The Staff Captain, Chief Engineer, and Hotel Director get equally good cabins though.

There are many benefits to being Captain but free phonecalls isn't one of them. He has free internet on his computer in his cabin but that is intended for work use only.

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We have never confirmed or denied a source. We have occasionally stated broad properties about who a source is or is not where we felt it was crucial to do so (to prevent the risk of war or the undermining of the publication). The interview was not with RT it was for Dartmouth and a UK broadcaster. It was then sold, somewhat irritatingly, to RT.


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Great question. It is a little bit up in the air what amount of money it would require, because these laws are clearly meant for food vendors and nonprofits, of which we are neither (http://www.tampagov.net/sites/default/files/special-events-coordination/files/tempfoodsvc2011.pdf). The insurance liability would need coverage of $1 million, and as I understand the fees we would need to pay for every sharing is $91 (that quickly adds up to ~$9500/year on top of the insurance costs). It is something we wouldn't even consider, when we operate on a shoestring budget as is with proper food safety handling (several of us have licensing through the State of Florida from our restaurant work days).

Additionally, we object to the need to obtain permits to share food when (a) such a basic human act as sharing a meal shouldn't need to be mediated through either a market or a government entity, and (b) the city has done little to nothing to address the roots of houselessness in the area, and has instead pushed development projects that will further displace and dispossess people.

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That's fucked up! I'm so sorry. So many cases of misdiagnosis happen in my city, it's terrifying... I know a kid who died because they told him in the ER that he had the stomach flu but he actually had appendicitis. His appendix burst and he died. He was only 14! I guess it's just really important to demand as much testing as possible. After they finally did enough tests to ensure I wasn't pregnant, they sent me home with laxatives and told me I was constipated. I had a lump the size of a small melon and they passed it off as constipation, as if I wouldn't know if I was constipated! That's when I knew I had to take it into my own hands and insist there was something seriously wrong.


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That's awesome! I wish all LC did that.

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Best of luck to you


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Hello Greg,

I'm currently freelancing for IGN and would love to turn it into a full-time position. The problem is, I'm on the east coast and have no idea when I should make the move out west. I've been freelancing for IGN for about two and a half years now, and I love every moment of it! I mainly work on the wikis, but I also love writing articles as well. I want to turn my favorite hobby into my career, but also don't want to mess up in the process. When do you think the best time to move out west would be, and do you have any recommendations on how to move up from a freelancer. Should I reach out to other sites, or stick with IGN? -- I'm kind of lost on what to do next. This has all been great, and I never want to lose it! You and Colin have been a HUGE inspiration to me as well, and I love all of you at Kinda Funny!

Thanks,

Seth Parmer.

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Ah my bad. :) So no extra goodies for you.


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Please address the allegations that WikiLeaks has a friendly relationship with Russia and cannot be considered objective with their leaks and their agenda. The timeline that makes these allegations seem plausible:

Since you are so adamant that Russia was not involved in the recent leaks that played a major role in the US presidential election, it would be helpful if you can make a compelling case for why Americans should trust you over their own intelligence agencies whose reason for existence is to defend the US against foreign threats and who are saying the opposite about Russian involvement.

Edit:

So the choice, at this point, seems to be to believe Julian Assange when he says Russia was not behind the leaks, or to believe the US intelligence community and president elect Donald Trump that Russia was in fact responsible for the hacks. Decide for yourselves.

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Excellent, honest answer. From this point forward, how do you expect to address points (a) and (b)?

Follow up question since you may not have gotten to this yet: a bit lower down you mentioned that you'll continue giving food in subsequent days, even with the risk of further arrests. How does your organization intend to continue its work and attract recruitment if your volunteers are imprisoned?


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As a current high school student, I am really curious how this impacted your academic and social life? Were you able to graduate on time? Able to attend dances, sports events, and "normal" high school senior events? Did it change your plans for after graduating?

Congrats on being cancer free!

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Former employee at another LC franchise here. We donated ours to the food bank. Apparently only a couple franchises do.


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Thanks for doing the AmA. Did you ever encounter a bad storm or a pirate? What is your favorite story?

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Cast your net as wide as possible and work for as many people as possible! Go to events, get people's cards, and follow up!


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Haha nah not so much

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TRANSCRIPT: I have seen this rubbish again and again and again. Let’s pull back and understand what’s going on.

WikiLeaks has published more than ten million documents over ten years. We have a 100% accuracy rate on authenticating our publications. Everyone in the media knows that we have a 100% accuracy rate. Despite our publications affecting powerful groups, which are by definition are connected to the establishment media, this media is in a difficult position. Due to the perfect credibility of our content, ad hominem attacks are used to color perception or create displacement because no direct attack is possible. So, we get all sorts of ad hominem attacks about WikiLeaks, about our sources and about me - i’ve been called a cat torturer, A Mossad agent, CIA agent, a Russian agent now, and a pedophile twice recently on CNN (by the former CIA 2IC).

WikiLeaks has published more than 800,000 documents that relate to Russia or Vladimir Putin. Most of those are critical. More than 2 million are from Syria. We have material from China, we’ve been banned in China, etc. Each country’s establishment tends to perceive WikiLeaks as something that is difficult for them and that erodes the authority of state institutions and that’s true in the United States.

WikiLeaks said it was ready to drop a bombshell on Russia? Not quite, we said we had important document pertaining to Russian corruption and yes, the FSB was apparently quoted as saying that they can electronically attack WikiLeaks. We published regardless. Those were the Russian-related documents in the our diplomatic cables series and they are extremely strong on Chechnya and Russian crime. A number of books were written from that, some calling Russia a mafia state. A number of successful lawsuits against the Russian State have made use of those documents and other documents.

Another common untruth is the claim that I worked for RT, the Russian State TV. It’s absolutely false. In 2012, we setup a production company and our production company worked with Dartmouth Films, a UK production company and a distributor, Journeyman Pitches, and twelve episodes were filmed of me interviewing people. It was called The World Tomorrow. It was my first TV production. We licensed that to a dozen different outfits and RT was one of them. RT aggressively promoted it internationally and then people tried to twist this story into having a "job" at RT because they have no arguments about content.


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To address (a), I think we will do that simply by revealing the city's hypocrisy. Eventually, they will back down, like they did in 2004 when they tried this exact same ordinance (and arrested five people, one of whom was arrested this past Saturday as well).

To address (b), that is a harder question, but one that I think can we can handle by initiatives like "housing first", where the city helps give houseless people houses as a first step toward long-term stability. People often frame the issue of houselessness as one that is caused by drug addiction, poverty, and joblessness, and while that's partially true, it very much works the other way too. It is much harder to maintain a job without access to a warm bed and a hot shower and a kitchen. We aim to implement these things through a combination of advocacy, direct action (such as these sharings), and public pressure through protests.

Some of us are going to risk arrest tomorrow, but not all. In my own case I don't intend to risk arrest and will instead stay behind to work on background work, such as coordinating their jail support. We don't intend to let our comrades rot in jail (our legal fund is working on that, which is here: crowdrise.com/tampa-food-not-bombs-jail-support/fundraiser/dezeraylyn). The amount of support we're receiving is exponentially growing and we're getting lots of calls from people who say they want to come out and support in whatever way possible, so I don't think we need to worry too much about recruitment. :)

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Thanks! :) I actually kept going to school whenever I wasn't in the hospital for chemo treatments (I went out of town, which meant I'd be admitted for a week for each treatment). I graduated on time with a 94% average! I've always been a good student and I was very determined to keep up the work. Though it was a very dehumanizing experience, I still managed to have some fun throughout. I spent a lot of time with friends, and with my boyfriend at the time. I was the prom queen at my school's prom! It really didn't have as much of a negative impact on my school career as I thought it might. As for my post-secondary plans, I'd always thought I'd go away for school immediately after graduating, and I really just didn't feel ready to do that. I'm currently starting my second semester of my first year at the University in my city. I am planning on moving to Montreal for school in September, though!


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Currently looking at other AMAs thinking "no one will ever care about Little Caesars that much!"

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Thankfully, no pirates! When we sailed through the Suez canal and the Gulf of Aden, we were fully equipped and prepared for it, but in reality pirates know that it would be almost impossible to take a cruise ship due to their high freeboard and considerable speed. Doesn't mean we weren't shitting a little bit though.

The worst storm I encountered was in the North Sea. We were sailing from Norway to England, and it was so rough that our Captain (he was a particularly nervous Master) slept on the Bridge floor instead of going back to his cabin, which was directly behind the Bridge. No significant damage was caused although there was a lot of seasickness among the passengers and some crew.


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Hi Greg!

Been a big fan since early Beyond! days. Hope you're well.

Would you guys ever do a "day in the life" thing? where we can follow you guys around and see whats happening etc. Be cool to see something like that.

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I have applied to join the RFA and I am in my fifties. Is there ageism on board? ( as there certainly is on land).


Q:

Can you clear this up please? In August, you said:

We do have some information about the Republican campaign. I mean, it’s from a point of view of an investigative journalist organization like WikiLeaks, the problem with the Trump campaign is it’s actually hard for us to publish much more controversial material than what comes out of Donald Trump’s mouth every second day, I mean, that’s a very strange reality for most of the media to be in.

It sounds like you had some documents, but they didn't seem to be noteworthy enough to release.

Your interview with Sean Hannity the other day contained:

HANNITY: If the information you had was about Donald Trump and his campaign, would you have equally released that?

ASSANGE: Yes, absolutely. It's -- it would be -- once again, just think about it from our perspective. We have a lot -- we've won a lot of media awards. We have the trust of our sources. We have the trust of our readers, having never got it wrong.

Two things:

  1. Did you or did you not have anything on the Republican campaign?
  2. Assuming your August statement was correct and you had something that you decided was below some threshold of interestingness, how do you justify releasing every DNC email and not just the ones that contained interesting stuff?
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Do you plan to continue feeding the homeless at this location? And what will you do if the cops show up again? Did they suggest that repeating your "crime" would result in a harsher sentence?


Q:

How did your family/friends react when they found out you had stage 3 ovarian cancer?

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I care about Little Caesars that much. I actually craved it sometimes. That cheap pizza kept me fed through nursing school.


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What is the funniest/most bizarre thing you have ever seen a guest/passenger do?

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I agree it'd be cool, but we'd need to bring in an outside production team. Not impossible, but not on the agenda at the moment.


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Hey there - as far as I've seen, no. We had a couple of guys in college that were around your age and, although you'll certainly be in the minority, I haven't seen it be a problem for anyone.

Due to the type of job it is (hierarchical, respect-based), I think you'll find you are automatically shown a bit more respect than someone younger, which might well work in your favour. Everyone in my experience has always been pretty chilled out regardless of someone's age, gender, race etc. so I would not worry about it at all!

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TRANSCRIPT: We received a couple of company registration extracts then our team looked at them and they were already public. So, it was already public information and WikiLeaks specializes in the publication of information that is not yet public.


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Absolutely. We'll be there tomorrow morning at 8am, and yes, several of us will likely be facing jail time for the violation of the trespass. We'll continue sharing until and after the city backs down.

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It was very surreal for my family. A lot of crying. My mom left her job so she could be with me all the time. My friends all had a hard time with it, I think, because they'd never had to deal with anything like that before. I called each one individually and told them over the phone. I don't think any of them really knew how to react, so there was some awkwardness. No one really understood what was going on, it was a delayed effect. They were so wonderful and loving and supportive, though. I am grateful for them. I kind of isolated myself for the most part, I was only really around my family/boyfriend. I saw my friends sometimes but generally I was too tired to go out!


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Aw! I'm glad!

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Well, we had a murder-suicide. That wasn't funny but it was definitely bizarre. A passenger also found his way to the aft mooring deck, drunk, and released the stern anchor while the ship was underway.

I believe it didn't end so well for him though - he got a jail sentence, a huge fine, and his wife subsequently found out that he wasn't on a 'business trip' but was actually on a cruise with his mistress.


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DTF?

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Many thanks for such a well informed, and positive, response. Much appreciated.


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And why release the e-mails in a constant trickle near the end of the campaign? If the truth is your goal, surely releasing them in a couple batches would work just as well? The constant drip drip drip over the last months of the campaign (even when most of the drips contained nothing of note), reek of WikiLeaks hoping to have maximum political impact in the campaign.

Edit: /u/GaynalPleasures has provided me with a cut from the Livestream of Julian "answering" my question here.

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what would you say is the best thing that someone could do to help the homeless population around us? i would love to help more but have a hard time finding what i can do to help.


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I know when my mom was in the hospital for surgeries and treatment she was constantly bored. I would help her pass the time by doing arts and crafts and reading with her. The internet connection was crap, so playing online wasn't much of an option for us. What did you and your family do to entertain yourselves when you were at the hospital? And congrats on remission and graduating on time with good grades! That's one hell of a feat! I'm incredibly proud of and happy for you!

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How many times would you encounter a rude customer?


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How was he able to release the anchor? Aren't the controls usually on the bridge? Also how much damage did that cause?

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ASL?


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Best of luck to you

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TRANSCRIPT: That’s an interesting question, but why the irritation? Why the irritation compared to publishing all at once? Critics would say, if we published all at once, that we deliberately made a giant bomb. You deliberately published all at once, in order to have maximum impact.

In WikiLeaks publications over the last ten years, we have used a variety of publication strategies depending on the amount of material, how readily engaged the audience is, and what the timeframe is for publication. What we have found is that we should closely match the demand curve with the supply curve. Humans can read a limited amount of words each day.

There is a finite number of people. There’s a finite amount of time. There is a finite reading speed. So, the demand for words, even if an audience is 100% interested in that subject, is finite. It is optimal to match the demand for a particular type of information with the supply of that information. If there’s oversupply of information, above the demand for it, then the oversupplied part is not read and of course, we want our publications to have maximum possible readership understanding. Our sources, of all kinds, want maximum possible impact. They don’t want to go through these risks for their material to not be read.

We are proud of our election publication strategy. We had limited time and limited resources. Yes, we could have done things slightly differently if we had had more time more staff, etc, but within our resource constraints, we put together I think a pretty kick-ass publishing schedule designed to maximize uptake, readership, engagement, and knowledge extraction from our publications.

The strategy was designed to be hard to attack. What do I mean by that? Well, in this particular case, we have the Democratic campaign of Hillary Clinton and her associated media allies doing everything they could to spin what we were publishing. I know how this works. If there’s knowledge that WikiLeaks is going to be publishing, say over a month-long period, then a crisis team is set up. We have had a number of these WikiLeaks war rooms and crisis teams setup against us by different governments and companies. From Bank of America to the Pentagon and State Department. They get ready each morning, wait for our publication, and then try to spin it. Insofar as our publications are at all predictable, that spin can be lined up ahead of time and those war rooms can be perfectly resourced. So, we made sure that what we were going to publish was unpredictable, when we were going to publish was unpredictable, how much we were going to publish each day was unpredictable, that we had both a human element looking closely at what was happening on the news and on social media and an algorithm, which also introduced cryptographically secure noise into publication decisions in relation to amounts and timings and making that decision on the fly, not a month ahead of time with a schedule all planned out. Why? Because if we were hacked, we didn’t want, in this case our algorithm, the Stochastic Terminator, its programmatic output to be known in advance because that would permit the Clinton campaign and others to attempt to counter-spin our publications at each moment and we want our publications to be as unspun as possible.


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That's a great question. I am a Wobbly (member of a solidarity based union) and I believe the best thing we can do in the long term is to rebuild the labor movement with an internationalist framework that addresses the root of poverty, which is economic exploitation. That will eliminate the roots of houselessness and will also involve the participation and leadership of houseless people. Definitely contact the IWW (iww.org) if you want to learn more.

In the immediate sense, sharing food, clothing, and the like is very important. We at Food Not Bombs do what we do both as immediate aid and also to build a social movement to challenge poverty. A big part of this is building relationships with the houseless themselves, as a way to build and create solidarity and mutual aid between ordinary people. Eventually we hope to fight for a county-wide housing first policy that will help our friends get off the streets, and advocating for something similar might be the way to do that. Whatever you can do, from washing dishes to cooking food to helping people with their problems in finding work or housing, makes an enormous difference.

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Thank you so much!! :) My surgery was in the summer so both my parents and my boyfriend at the time were all able to stay with me for the week of in-hospital recovery. That was really nice but I don't remember much of it because I was very high on morphine the entire time, haha. I do remember my parents reading Amy Poehler's books to me, though. Chemo was different, my dad wasn't able to come with us because he had to work. The city I did my treatment in was two hours away so it wasn't like he could come visit very easily. My mom stayed with me the whole time though, and slept in the chair next to my hospital bed. We watched all of Pretty Little Liars! We got super obsessed. It's a terrible show but it was so entertaining, it's basically all we did when I wasn't sleeping. :)


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Several times a day. I worked in some not-so-nice areas, so maybe more than other locations.

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Although there are controls to release the anchors from the Bridge, they are there for emergency use only. The passenger said that he'd got drunk, gone to the mooring deck, and seen that the windlass arrangement for our stern anchor was the same type as that on his yacht, which is plausible as windlass arrangements are very simple (ours was just a much bigger version of the one he had).

All you have to do is release the lashings and devil's claw, unclutch the anchor from the windlass and release the brake. It's really that simple. The anchor ran all the way out but thankfully she held on the bitter end so there was no significant damage. However, if the bitter end hadn't held, the anchor and all of her chain would've parted from the ship and there would have been a quite considerable hole in the ship, which you can imagine would've been extremely dangerous.

I may be mistaken, but I believe he was charged with an act of terrorism or something along those lines but more minor.


Q:

Do you feel like winning Gamer of the year changed your life in anyway, or has it been more the same? Did kinda funny spike in popularity? Do you get regogniced more often? Anything?

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Many thanks for such a well informed, and positive, response. Much appreciated.


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Don't forget this criticism of the Panama Papers coalition:

"DC based @ICIJorg is setting a very dangerous &amp; short-sighted international standard where everything is censored by default. #PanamaPapers"

This was a comment made because ICIJ and SZ didn't release everything all at once.

So other groups are suspect when they act as arbiter of what's releasable and not releasable, but Wikileaks can avoid publishing RNC/Trump information because they don't deem it newsworthy.

Edit: Just in case...

https://mobile.twitter.com/wikileaks/status/725301326133993472

https://imgur.com/gallery/g1LUb

Edit 2: Incorrectly abbreviated Süddeutsche Zeitung

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follow up question: i know there are a lot of places that have rules against commercial food chains and stores that makes it illegal for them to give the surplus they have of food at the end of the day to homeless shelters. it bothers me that they are forced to throw it out in the dumpster instead. is there anything we can do together to push a change in law intros, and promote food chains and stores to work with shelters to provide food?


Q:

pretty little liars! i love to hate that show! are you excited for the last half season? i'm so ready for them to fuck it up for me to complain about

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What's your favorite thing to eat there?


Q:

Has your profession been acurately bepicted in films and tv shows, or was most of it Hollywooded into total bullshit?

A:

No, it definitely changed my life. I think if you knew me or Kinda Funny before that, you knew us from a video or (if you were in the industry) from being on the shows. That was a moment where everyone was watching, so suddenly everyone knew something about us. It was amazing, and it definitely served as the perfect end cap to our first year of kicking ass.


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Although there are controls to release the anchors from the Bridge, they are there for emergency use only. The passenger said that he'd got drunk, gone to the mooring deck, and seen that the windlass arrangement for our stern anchor was the same type as that on his yacht, which is plausible as windlass arrangements are very simple (ours was just a much bigger version of the one he had).

All you have to do is release the lashings and devil's claw, unclutch the anchor from the windlass and release the brake. It's really that simple. The anchor ran all the way out but thankfully she held on the bitter end so there was no significant damage. However, if the bitter end hadn't held, the anchor and all of her chain would've parted from the ship and there would have been a quite considerable hole in the ship, which you can imagine would've been extremely dangerous.

I may be mistaken, but I believe he was charged with an act of terrorism or something along those lines but more minor.

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Already published elsewhere. We only publish original content unless the archive is so large that (e.g Sony Files) or in such an obscure format that our search system adds so much valuable that it is effectively an original publication.


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I'm not entirely sure about all aspects of the legality, but from what I understand there are Good Samaritan Laws that protect businesses from liability for donating food. That's how sympathetic businesses are able to provide us food for free without liability. I'd definitely like to hear from anyone who knows differently.

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Yessss I feel the exact same! My mom and I will go on and on about how ridiculous and terrible it is, but as soon as there's a new episode we watch it right away. It's addictive!


Q:

I loved the crazy bread. Sometimes I crave it! But the nearest LC to me is 15+ miles away and not really worth the drive.

A:

I've only seen a couple of films in which my job is portrayed - Titanic and Captain Phillips. Titanic was actually incredibly well-researched and the Bridge scenes, although a bit outdated to the way things are done now, were as realistic as you could imagine.

Captain Phillips was generally OK, although some stuff was Hollywood bullshit, such as the radar 'beeping' every time it scanned 360degrees. A sonar does that, not a radar.

I tend not to watch films about what I do because I know that it will just annoy me if it's wrong.


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If Cavill and Affleck weren't Superman and Batman, who would you cast instead? Bonus, who would you cast as Robin if the DCEU goes that way?

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Ha. Someone used to work for Holland America.


Q:

The latest insurance files posted by Wikileaks do not match the pre-commitment hashes tweeted in October. Why?

US Kerry 4bb96075acadc3d80b5ac872874c3037a386f4f595fe99e687439aabd0219809

UK FCO f33a6de5c627e3270ed3e02f62cd0c857467a780cf6123d2172d80d02a072f74

EC eae5c9b064ed649ba468f0800abf8b56ae5cfe355b93b1ce90a1b92a48a9ab72

sha256sum 2016-11-07_WL-Insurance_US.aes256 ab786b76a195cacde2d94506ca512ee950340f1404244312778144f67d4c8002  sha256sum 2016-11-07_WL-Insurance_UK.aes256 655821253135f8eabff54ec62c7f243a27d1d0b7037dc210f59267c43279a340  sha256sum 2016-11-07_WL-Insurance_EC.aes256 b231ccef70338a857e48984f0fd73ea920eff70ab6b593548b0adcbd1423b995 

All previous insurance files match:

wlinsurance-20130815-A.aes256 [1],[2] 6688fffa9b39320e11b941f0004a3a76d49c7fb52434dab4d7d881dc2a2d7e02

wlinsurance-20130815-B.aes256 [1],[3] 3dcf2dda8fb24559935919fab9e5d7906c3b28476ffa0c5bb9c1d30fcb56e7a4

wlinsurance-20130815-C.aes256 [1],[4] 913a6ff8eca2b20d9d2aab594186346b6089c0fb9db12f64413643a8acadcfe3

insurance.aes256 [5],[6] cce54d3a8af370213d23fcbfe8cddc8619a0734c

[1] https://wiki.installgentoo.com/index.php/Wiki_Backups

[2] https://file.wikileaks.org/torrent/wlinsurance-20130815-A.aes256.torrent

[3] https://file.wikileaks.org/torrent/wlinsurance-20130815-B.aes256.torrent

[4] https://file.wikileaks.org/torrent/wlinsurance-20130815-C.aes256.torrent

[5] https://wikileaks.org/wiki/Afghan_War_Diary,_2004-2010

[6] https://web.archive.org/web/20100901162556/https://leakmirror.wikileaks.org/file/straw-glass-and-bottle/insurance.aes256

A:

Did the police keep things professional on their part or were they rough with your group after you were arrested?


Q:

How has the cancer affected your chance of having a successful pregnancy? And healthy kids?

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How are the prices kept that low?

Is the pizza actually good? I've never had it


Q:

Has anyone been left behind before?

A:

I want a Kingdom Come movie. Superman would be John Hamm. Batman would be Keaton.

A Robin in the current movie universe? Let's do Grant Gustin and really fuck up the timeline.


Q:

Busted.

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This is an obvious confusion promoted by the black-PR campaign against WikiLeaks and those it has manipulated. Pre-commitment hashes are not the same as download hashes. The pre-commmit hashes were issued in a completely different manner and are applied on decryption not before. So the "usual" argument is an obvious falsehood.

It also makes no motivational sense. Why would anyone publish obviously bogus hashes? The whole point is that they can be easily checked.


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Very professional. I have plenty of complaints about the police and won't hesitate to voice them, but they were professional and about as reluctant as one could be short of refusing orders to arrest us. I blame Mayor Buckhorn first and foremost.

A:

I lost one ovary, so that is the only thing that will affect future chances at becoming pregnant. I will simply go into menopause earlier, so my timeframe is smaller. The cancer will in no way affect the chances of my pregnancy being successful, and it can't harm my future kids.


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You wouldn't believe how cheap it is to actually make the stuff. I read somewhere that it's like a dollar something to put that pizza together. And then you sell it for five! Pretty decent profit, and then they bump up the price of other stuff like the breadsticks. It's crazy! And it can be good! It depends on who makes it, honestly. Some people don't care about their work, some people do.

A:

Yes, quite a few times. Due to the cost of fuel, we can't afford to hang around and burn more fuel trying to make up lost time. Most of the time it's been crew that have been left behind before. If that happens, they are responsible for getting themselves to the next port to join the ship at their own expense, and they'd be disciplined too.


Q:

Greg can you please coach Mizzou basketball back to its former glory? We're desperate here in CoMo.

A:

Has your profession been acurately bepicted in films and tv shows, or was most of it Hollywooded into total bullshit?


Q:

Hi Julian. Can you explain why you asserted that the leaks of the Panama Papers was an attempt by the West to discredit Putin? Is leaking documents that are in the public interest not what you purport to stand for?

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What is your favorite food to hand out?


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Didn't know that the number of ovaries effects the menopause onset 'timer'.

A:

I never thought I wanted a pizza tattoo, but NOW... (that looks really neat, btw)


Q:

Sure, but I need 25 Anter assistant coaches.

A:

I've only seen a couple of films in which my job is portrayed - Titanic and Captain Phillips. Titanic was actually incredibly well-researched and the Bridge scenes, although a bit outdated to the way things are done now, were as realistic as you could imagine.

Captain Phillips was generally OK, although some stuff was Hollywood bullshit, such as the radar 'beeping' every time it scanned 360degrees. A sonar does that, not a radar.

I tend not to watch films about what I do because I know that it will just annoy me if it's wrong.


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TRANSCRIPT: There’s a claim repeated by the usual idiots in the ruling class press that WikiLeaks said the Panama Papers had been produced by the CIA US intelligence to attack Vladimir Putin. Absolutely not. In fact, we explicitly stated that we did not believe that was so. The key journalist and newspapers who collected the Panama Papers in Germany are our publishing partners, so we knew about the story. We aggressively promoted it. However, the particular story that came out on Vladimir Putin, which was pushed as the leading story in the Western press, rather than issues relating to say David Cameron or Western figures coming out of the Panama Papers, was funded by USAID and Soros Foundation. They funded an organization called OOCPR, which does sometimes good work, but is based in Maryland and focusses exclusively on negative stories about Russia and the former Soviet states. So, you have a story on Vladimir Putin produced by an organization, which exclusively focuses on Russia and the former Soviet states that is based in Maryland and is funded, the only funders listed, by USAID and the Soros Foundation. That is no model for integrity. And that’s what we said. Some good journalism, but this is a difficulty when you have negative stories about Putin being pushed forward and funded by the US government. We are trying to distinguish WikiLeaks' model of publication, where we are funded by our readers and not by dodgy foundations or the US government. We don’t like it when we are in competition with an organization based in Washington, DC and funded by the US government. Readers should be able to distinguish which sources are more reliable to give you the truth. One that is funded by a government attacking a figure in another government or one that is funded by its readers and has a track record of publishing everything with time limited redactions.

A:

Definitely coffee. People looooove getting a hot cup in the AM. All of us in Florida kind of freak out when the temperature drops in the morning and it definitely lifts the spirits.


Q:

Well I have half as many eggs now! What I was told is that I will be able to have kids up to around 27. Then, my chances will decrease greatly and I will probably hit menopause around that time.

A:

It's fun one! Definitely a conversation starter, and sometimes preferably hidden because people can be annoying about it.


Q:

Greg,

Outside of Colin Was Right is The Pride's role at Kinda Funny diminishing? Feels like outside of that show we are sadly, seeing less of him. Is he still doing a lot behind the scenes? I need my Moriarty fix!

A:

Are there any captains in your fleet that look like the stereotypical English Captain with the waxed mustache, white beard and drinks tea all the time? Kind of like the Lipton Tea captain, AKA Thomas Lipton?


Q:

Hi Julian.

My question would be what happened on October 16, 2016, when a series of strange encrypted keys were sent via twitter?

Why did it seem like you were silenced in October (where'd you go) and why did the encryption used to verify Wikileaks fail?

A:

Hey man! I saw the article in the paper and safe to say I was outraged. I understand the safety precautions, but if you were to ask a homless person if they would take the chance of eating a bagel and drinking a coffee from a stranger they will take that chance. I read you intended to go back to gaslight park tomorrow (Tuesday at 8am) is this true? I'd love to come. I live on Bay shore.

Edit* Grammar


Q:

You seem like a very confident young woman, I'm glad there's people with your attitude in this world!

If you could have one super power, what would it be?

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How do you make crazy bread?


Q:

Yeah, I don't really get that. He's not on 3 of the 5 morning shows. Arguably, he/me were missing that number often already. He's still on three weekly/daily podcasts, he has his own show, and he's all up in the Patreon content. He still runs social, he still goes to events, etc.

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I wish there were! There are a couple that do fit the bill really well in terms of personality and style, just without the beard and moustache. We did have one very angry old Dutch engineer who looked like Father Christmas though. Maybe he should've been Captain.


Q:

It didn't. The hashes are pre-commits of plain text archives that validate the decryption. Since keys have not yet been released there can be no validation at this point.

A:

Great to hear from you. I definitely will be there. See you tomorrow!


Q:

That's a hard one! Time travel would be really cool. There are so many moments I would love to relive, and so many things beyond my lifetime (both past and future) that I would like to see.

A:

It's literally just baked strips of dough, and when it comes out we put butter and parmesan on it. The butter parm crust? Yep, it's the same thing.


Q:

Not to piggyback but Colin is on more shows than just about anyone. There should be no reason people are complaining about a lack of Colin. I'm in the camp of we need more Tim and especially Nick on stuff. I know Nick is tough because he doesn't have a lot to say on gaming related stuff, though

A:

Why do Italian captains keep getting into accidents?


Q:

Hi Julian. Why did you, and Wikileaks, send a cryptic tweet about your internet being cut off by a state party? Why did you not just name Ecuador from the outset instead of triggering conspiracy theories?

A:

A man who reached for a last-minute bagel was also arrested.

That poor guy, he just wanted a bagel. :(


Q:

First of all congrats!

Secondly and idk if this comes off bad in any way, forgive me for being uninformed, but are you able to have children anymore?

A:

What would you do if someone came in and shouted 'Pep out!' over and over?


Q:

This.

A:

Do they?


Q:

Diplomacy.

A:

Yeah, he was a sweetheart too. One of the more frustrating things that happened honestly.


Q:

It's ok! Yes I will be able to have children :)

A:

Like, in my house right now? Probably go insane. While working there I had a lot of dreams like that... haha.


Q:

What was your highlight of last year?

Anything you'd not like to repeat?

Wanna buy me a pizza?

A:

Last few times I heard on the news where a Cruise ship accident was on the news, it was by an Italian Captain.


Q:

Solidarity from a fellow Food Not Bombs member! Are you subbed to /r/foodnotbombs ?

The chapter I'm in serves twice a month. How has your chapter managed to do twice a week?

A:

Holy shit, why did they need to cut you open so drastically? I've only seen an opening that big in autopsies or emergencies. My wife had another human pulled out of her abdomen and the scar is only a quarter of that size.


Q:

Why don't you pay me enough?

Nah, actually pretty chill with my manager. Ignore me.

A:

The highlight of last year? Man, probably because it's fresh on my mind from the video, but Kinda Funny Live 2 was insane. I never thought we'd perform for 1,200 Best Friends from around the world who just wanted to see us be dummies.

Also, obviously, the personal highlight is falling in love with Gen.

I'd like to not repeat the way it ended. We were worn out, some of the community didn't think we were listening anymore, and everyone was down. I think we're on track to have a more positive 2017 as we've brought on a community manager and really doubled down on talking to the kids.

Sure. How?


Q:

Probably just because there are a lot of Italian Captains compared to other nationalities.

Also...they are by far and away the most arrogant, God-complexed people at sea. Yeah.

A:

I'm not! Just joined this site.

It took a lot of sustainability. We started it because Tuesday mornings are mainly coffee and bagels, not as much prep is needed. We also grew as a network to have 4-5 bottomliners instead of just 1-2. The dedication and consistency of the individuals involved is frankly astounding.


Q:

The tumour was massive! They originally planned to stop below my belly button, but then while doing the surgery they realized the cancer had spread into my lymph nodes (they thought before that I was stage I, meaning it would have just been confined to my ovary) so they had to cut much farther up to take out as many lymph nodes as they could.

A:

Didn't get paid enough either! Hence the "former" ;)


Q:

Hey Greg, did you try the Swedish Fish Oreos that came out this fall? If yes, what did you think?

A:

What was the biggest bullet you dodged?


Q:

Did you expect this to become a national story? It was on the front page all day yesterday, was on Democracy Now today and I'm sure countless other places. Does the conversations started because of your arrest make it worth it?

Any other unexpected consequences or benefits?

A:

Are there any health consequences to have less lymph nodes?


Q:

We used to dive into the dumpsters behind your restaurants and grab your delicious dumpster pizza. Approximately how long did it sit before you threw it out?

A:

I never did. We were underwater. :(


Q:

Probably managing to not get anyone pregnant while I was onboard.

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Absolutely not. I had some idea we would get some coverage from friends and maybe it would be visible on social media for a bit. The fact that it's blown up like this wouldn't have occurred to us as plausible, and in fact one of the core organizers said that she gotten up the morning of the sharing before this (where she was temporarily detained and told to cease sharing food) and everything felt so normal. It's amazing how quickly things shifted.


Q:

Not that I know of!

A:

The rule is half an hour in the hot box. Trash doesn't generally get taken out til the next morning though.


Q:

Hi Greg,

Big fan since that old January 5th of 2015.

You have done well to listen to the fans this year and implement changes. I work 8-5pm on the east coast, so watching the Morning show wasnt possible on the days I dont work from home. So the youtube uploads are a great help!

Have you considered doing some Kinda Funny Unboxings? I miss Colins unboxing of Tales games' collectors editions and such, not to mention your Superman Batman statue on todays show.

PS: Has Colin played any Tales of Berseria yet? Ask him to tweet any early tidbits he can.

Keep fuckin that chicken

A:

I have an important question. I know you can be on a ship for a long time! Have you ever fapped on a ship?


Q:

Thanks for helping the homeless, I just want to better understand your legal argument.

Do you think that the municipal government may have enacted the law to ensure food safety/health code standards were enforced when providing food in public areas (due to food trucks, hot dog carts, and the like)?

Can you explain your claim that your organization is neither a non-profit nor a food vendor if you are both organizing to provide food to homeless individuals and raising money to do so?

A:

Hello! I am a medical student and I must say how it brings a smile to my face that you survived. When you first had it, what was your first thoughts?


Q:

I recently discovered the deep dish lunch special. Do they have these everywhere? They are amazeballs.

A:

Thanks for caring!

We did Unboxings for a bit, but the content didn't seem to be anyone's favorite. We'll do them for the big stuff rather than force them. I think you'll see more stuff like the Bat/Supes statue intertwined with our usual content or on social feeds.

PS: I think it's embargoed. He'll talk on the shows when he can!


Q:

Well, we are away for 4 months at a time, so...there isn't very much I haven't done on a ship.

A:

Absolutely, I'd be happy to unpack it further.

I do think that. I think that the law makes sense to institute when applied to those organizations. However the law has not been applied to us for about 13 years, and it's a bit strange that the city decided now would be the time to enforce it (especially when tourist attractions like the Alabama v Clemson game are around - it has us questioning their motives).

A food vendor refers to a for-profit institution that is able to sell food to the public, whereas a nonprofit (I'm here referring specially to 501(c)3s, which I'm most familiar with) is a specifically designated legal entity. We're legally neither, and as I understand it constitute an "unincorporated association" (though we would call ourselves a grassroots organization). So the forms and documents don't really deal with the mission, purpose, and behavior of our organization and also don't seem to apply to our juridical status. We also don't really raise money for the purposes of sharing food, although we have raised money for our legal fund per upcoming/anticipated court fees and legal costs.


Q:

It was very surreal. It didn't really hit at first. I remember being really upset because I had to cancel a trip I had planned for the end of the summer. I didn't think about what was going on at first. Part of me thinks it really didn't sink in until after the entire thing was over... it was like living in a weird, terrifying dream.

A:

Yep! Every weekday from open-2, at least where I've been!


Q:

How long do you plan to do kinda funny? Just curious.

A:

How many medical emergencies have you experienced in those 6 years that made the ship have to make an emergency dock somewhere, or get someone to a hospital?

I've been lucky enough to go cruising for a long time since I was a little girl, and have had maybe one or two ships make an emergency stop or early port somewhere for a medical emergency. Just last year though I was on a week long cruise that had 5 medical emergencies (4 early docks/detours, and 1 emergency helicopter landing on board). I've never seen so many on one ship, and I'm curious if you've ever had something similar happen.


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Any reason why your organization didn't move to an area where you could give out the food after being told to stop?

A:

First of all, congrats on being cancer free! I am a future medical student who is interested in oncology and pediatric oncology. Two questions: 1) In what way did the clinical staff help you mentally handle your diagnosis, prognosis, and plan of treatment?; and 2) What did you appreciate the most about how your physician interacted with you and your family?


Q:

They are actually on the menu board now at my LC in Ontario, Canada. I think this means it's an all day thing now?

A:

Until I die or it dies.


Q:

Yes, too many to count in total. The worst we had (and it really was awful) was 8 people needing medical evacuation during a Transatlantic crossing. This involved a dual helicopter-fire boat evacuation off the coast of Miami at midnight, for 3 people, then a detour to Barbados to medically evacuate 2 people (one already deceased), and then 3 more were disembarked in the Azores.

It's a hell of a lot of work and stress to do a helicopter evacuation, so we were glad to see the back of that cruise. A lot of bad stuff happened in those two weeks!

Edit: Spelling

A:

The police said that we could move to the sidewalk and share food (though after our arrest, several members did this, and were chased off by officers). However, the point of us sharing food in Lykes Gaslight Park in Downtown Tampa is twofold.

First, the city actively shuns the houseless, pushing them to the side as much as it can. We tend to think their reasons for applying the ordinance now was because of the Alabama v Clemson football game, meaning they would want to get houseless people out of sight and out of mind of potential tourists. We refuse to let the city continue to sweep this under the rug, and will continue sharing where many of the houseless have made a home (in this case, that is Lykes).

The second is that an unjust law like this is worth challenging. In this case, all it meant was continuing to do what we always did. The city has decided that it can tells us when and how we share a meal with our friends. A permit that is required for us to share can also be taken away, and when the city is able to tell us when and where to share, our consistency as an organization that is responsive to the changing needs of the houseless is compromised. So we've chosen to simply keep doing the right thing, and help uncover the moral crisis that has been ongoing long before this began: a society of classes, where food and shelter is never a guarantee for the poor, but trillions are diverted to war and foreign ventures.


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  1. The surgeon who I was sent to is literally the greatest man I have ever known. The day we met, it was a consultation for surgery. Me and my parents went to his office to meet him. He spent an hour and a half with us, and for the first hour, said nothing about the cancer -- he just talked to me and got to know me and my family. He was so warm and caring. When we finally got to discussing the treatment, he was very gentle but very honest. He teared up when he let me know that I would lose my hair. After surgery, I was technically no longer his patient, but he still sees me every single time I go for an appointment. He was by my side for the moment that my last bag of chemo was taken down. You have to understand, he is a very sought-after surgeon, and he is busy all the time. It was not an easy thing for him to come see me every time I was there, but he did. This man literally saved my life. That surgery itself could have killed me easily! It's a strange relationship to have with somebody, but I am grateful for it. My oncologist is also absolutely amazing. He's so funny, so genuine, and every time I have an MRI he'll email me as soon as the results come in (otherwise we'd have to wait a week until my next appointment). He also answers every question I throw at him very quickly and always assures me that everything is okay.
  2. I (and my parents) appreciated most the fact that both my surgeon and my oncologist treated us like people. I was not just a patient to them. They took time to get to know me, they both have copies of my CD, they both looked at every single one of my prom pictures, they both listened to my talking and gossiping about daily life. It was a comforting feeling, almost like they were family friends who'd watched me grow up. Hard to describe! I was lucky to be in pediatrics. I know the experiences for adult patients aren't always as great as what I had.
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They were on ours too I believe, but it had a time stated on it. Franchise locations can do things differently if they choose to, so maybe yours is a franchise that sells them all day :)


Q:

Buffalo wing connoisseur! Have you seen "Hot Ones" interviews with Sean Evans? Would you ever be interested in participating in that type of interview?

A:

Thank you for your response! That's insane, and I thought the five on our trip was bad woo wee I would not want to be there. I imagine the crew have to work hard to keep the cruise in a relax like environment especially after several incidents like that on one trip. I know I felt a little tense after the helicopter landing, but thankfully everyone was kind, and reassured people there was nothing to worry about.


Q:

What was the first thing you thought/did when you realized that you were free from cancer?

A:

Where was the Lil Ceasers you worked at? (If you don't mind me asking)


Q:

I have! I'd LOVE to! Hit him up for me!

A:

Thankfully I've never been involved in a medevac that has gone wrong! We tend to make light-hearted jokes about these kinds of incidents to the guests when we can, everyone appreciates a bit of humour to lighten the mood as long as it's not too inappropriate. After all, our guests are on holiday and they need to enjoy themselves!


Q:

I found out when I was in a cafe with my Creative Writing class. It was almost Christmas break, so our teacher took us for a walk to get hot chocolate. My mom texted me saying they had just called her with the results and I was cancer free. I remember running up to my boyfriend, who was talking with my teacher, and hugging him and crying. Then we went back to school and I think my teacher told our principal (an amazing man) because he ran into the classroom and hugged me. He was crying as well. And then the whole class clapped and cheered for me. It was so emotional!

A:

All three locations that I worked at were in Michigan!


Q:

I'd like to send you guys some jerky my family makes (we own a butcher shop). Should I send it to the PO Box?

Also, how is porty doing? Miss the little guy.

A:

if you had to go back to one place, which place would it be and why?


Q:

I had stage three testicular cancer in high school. I don't know what to say other than I've been through something similar and you are a trooper. Its funny, I also relied heavily on music to get through the shitty times. I'm almost two years clean now, chemo ended in April of 2015. I wish you the best of luck and thank you for sharing.

I went through my treatment feeling kind of alone. I had family and friends to help me, but not once did I meet someone going through the same thing as myself. My question is: do you know of any systems in place to help kids with cancer find each other?

A:

Thats whats up man.


Q:

Yup, PO Box would be rad. Porty is great; he thinks he's healed (he's not) so my life at home centers around trying to keep him from having fun and hurting himself worse.

A:

Hmm...probably Monte Carlo. I've only been there for one day, and I did get to go ashore, but I'd love to spend a couple of days there and visit the casinos. My other favourite places where I've spent a bit of time are Victoria (BC), Stockholm, Copenhagen, Istanbul, and various ports in Greece, Alaska, Egypt...San Diego holds some fond memories too.


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I don't! I was just thinking about this recently. I've been thinking about contacting the hospital in my city and seeing if I can help set up some kind of support system like that, where you get paired up with someone who's going through/has been through the same thing... I know that would have helped me.

A:

Yup! Born, raised, still here!


Q:

Hi Greg,

Have you ever participated in a Ghost Pepper Wing Challenge? How many did you get down? How fast?

A:

Has anyone been left behind before?


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This is fascinating to me! And how beautiful you are and you smiled in your pics and were strong to go through it all and be what seems so level-headed today.

How much weight did you lose during the chemo? Because you look very skinny already in your tumor-removal pic. Did you have to gain weight back? My mom's boyfriend has lost a lot of weight from a colon-issue, and he still has to have surgery.

A:

By any chance was one of them the one in Detroit on Warren by I-75? I work by there, so that's the one I generally go to. Bulletproof glass wall, but great pepperoni cheese bread.


Q:

Fuck no.

A:

Yes, quite a few times. Due to the cost of fuel, we can't afford to hang around and burn more fuel trying to make up lost time. Most of the time it's been crew that have been left behind before. If that happens, they are responsible for getting themselves to the next port to join the ship at their own expense, and they'd be disciplined too.


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I lost about 20 pounds, maybe 25. I only weighed about 115 to begin with (I'm around 5'3) so it was pretty intense. It was very sudden, too... I lost most of that immediately after the first round, and I felt unsteady on my legs because of how quickly the weight came off. I'm back up to around 120 now though, and I feel very healthy and I finally love my body :)

A:

Nope! I was at an inkster location!


Q:

Oi, Greg!

How do you manage maintaining friendships with people that you work with every day? Because you live AND work with Colin, for example, is there anything you have to do in order to make your relationship work that isn't normal compared to other non-work/house related friends? Do you two ever go on buddy dates or set aside hangout time alone or something to that effect?

I've been a big fan of you since your first episode of Game Scoop! back in the day and I've been following you ever since. Great work with Kinda Funny! Thanks for your time!

A:

I like your taste. Do you have any of your work posted online?


Q:

Did you ever fuck up a rude customer's order on purpose?

A:

This is something Colin and I are terrible at. We had a standing date when we were at IGN, but Kinda Funny has been so much work, it fell off the calendar. It's a struggle. Kinda Funny has definitely changed the way we interact -- in good and bad ways -- but like all relationships, they evolve. I think we both want to be better at being friends again.


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Nah. I wanted them to get the hell out of my store.


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Heyo Greggy! Any more word on KF getting to visit the UK?? (I would LOVE to go to Kinda Funny Live but I do not earn a lot of money and can't afford to go abroad)

Also, you talk about your love of comics a lot, but do you ever read comics that aren't about superheroes? Franco-Belgian style maybe, or small press comics? If so, what are some favourites?

Love you <3

A:

did you change your diet? or any lifestyle adaptations that helped?


Q:

What role did the local owners play? How long did it take you to feel like you'd become a good manager? I've been considering getting into a franchise and LC is often top ranked.

A:

No word. I'm working on it, and I do think it'll happen this year. We were so close in 2016, but the cards fell the other way.

I read non-superhero comics, but it's largely Image stuff (L'il Depressed Boy), and I don't know if you count that. I pick up the occasional small press thing (Paul Moves Out) is a favorite, but it's on a whim.


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The only real dietary changes happened firstly because certain foods can trigger a post-traumatic repulsion response. The smell/thought of food from Subway, for example, makes me literally gag and feel like I'm about to throw up. Same with sushi, but that one has lessened with time. Secondly, chemo changes your taste buds. I stopped enjoying baked goods and dessert foods as much (very sad...) and I suddenly had a new taste for seafood and spicy things. It's very strange the way it works! I honestly haven't changed very much about my life, intentionally at least!

A:

I hated working for the franchise. They were not good people. Personally, it took me a long time to feel like I owned up to my title as an assistant. It was nothing special really, but I'm an insecure person and I wanted the crew to like me so I was more their friend than their on shift manager. When I stopped doing that shit, I was a damn good manager.


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Registered to upvote this. I think the response to a KF UK appearance would surprise everyone. Huge following.

A:

thats good to know! my aunt passed away fighting cancer although she didnt really fight it , she resisted treatment because of her beliefs. im glad you didnt change anything and just went with what you feel like you can digest! keep it up and thank you for doing this AMA


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The best LC I know is a franchise owned by an elderly couple. They are the sweetest people I know and all of their employees love them. They constantly show up during the busy times and closing hours to help out, and to make sure every customer is happy. The store and kitchen is immaculate and you can often knock on the door for free pizza after hours and you'll see the two of them on their hands and knees scrubbing the place down. The world needs more people like that.

A:

Man, we know how many of you are over there. We WANT to get to you. We're working on it.


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I'm very sorry for your loss. Thank you <3

A:

That's amazing! I wish the franchise I worked for did that.


Q:

Hey Greg!

Chicago suburb native with a degree in Architecture. If I wanted to get into the games journalism field what would be your advice? I currently write for a small site called thatvideogameblog.com in my free time and have recently started my own blog. Camposcache.wordpress.com Any advice is much appreciated and I love all you guys do at KF. Keep up the great work.

Joel Campos

A:

Are the new dislikes/repulsions (not sure of correct term) due to actual changes in perception, or just having had too much of those things at times when eating was a bad experience?


Q:

Any secret menu or secrets to free food?

A:

You gotta do it every day and do all of it -- podcasts, vlogs, reviews, etc. -- every day. Here's a video about it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LALu_kkI3TA


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The repulsion are because I ate those things during chemo. There are many of them. But the new general dislikes/likes are just changes in perception I think!

A:

Want free food? Just complain.


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Hey Greg. Huge fan since the beginning. I'm an editor at a TV Station, would love to work on anything you need, For free. Would never ask anything. & can we get a tour of Studio B & rest of the place?

A:

I was diagnosed with testicular cancer in fall 2016 and now have only one testicle left. I was lucky and it was still in stage 1 and was able to avoid chemo for now.

What I experienced was that my parents and my girlfriend seemed to be more afraid during the whole time than I was. How were your parents at the time?

I found that this time showed me how much I am loved and therefore even had some small positive effect on me. Any similar experiences?


Q:

I never been at Little Caesars, what am I missing?

A:

Thanks, man. We'd want to pay if we used you; we want to be fair to all. Lots of folks are in the ol' inbox for help if we need it.

The rest of the space is still evolving. Studio B as an idea got ditched when we moved in; the studio is so nice and versatile, why would we want to leave? So "studio b" is more desks (we're hiring people) and the other rooms are storage and a little eating nook.


Q:

My parents definitely took it harder than I did. I think they tried to hide it a bit... my dad kind of shut down, my mom cried a lot.

A:

Not much. Cheap pizza.


Q:

Hello Greg! What games do you currently have inside your Vita's tummy? I've always been curious about which games you and Colin refuse to delete from your Vita. (I can't delete any Final Fantasy except 7)

A:

First of all, you are amazing!!! For everything you've gone through, you are a real hero in my eyes.

I just wanted to ask a question and I'm not expecting a reply since I'm so late but I'm going to ask anayways. In 2015, doctors initially diagnosed me with an illness giving me a 50/50 shot to live, and after diagnosed me with a chronic disease that I'll have to live with for the rest of my life. Today, (returning to my somewhat normal life) I have days where I feel an unbearable guilty feeling in my stomach. Not sure why--maybe cuz I feel like I cheated death or because I feel like I am not being productive enough as I was given a 2nd chance in life. Do you ever feel this way? Or what are your thoughts about this?


Q:

What was the weirdest thing that ever happened at your location?

A:

Man, I have SO many games on my Vita. When I went to Japan a few years back, I got that 64GB card so I didn't have to delete anymore. Currently, Shantae is the game I'm playing on the handheld. I'll never delete Lumines from my Vita.


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I understand exactly how you feel, but moreso about the other children who are much sicker than I was, or who didn't make it. Being in pediatrics, I was surrounded by kids with cancer. Many of them I saw every single day, and befriended. One by one, I hear about them dying and every time it hits me harder. Why did I survive, but the little 4 year old kid who always came into the oncology clinic and played with the trains had to die? It's nonsensical, but it's also nonsensical to carry around guilt. Try to focus on how lucky you are that you did survive, and therefore you have the chance to help others who are struggling. <3

A:

A dude came in asking for money to catch a bus. I gave him five dollars and expected to never see the dude again. The next week, he came back and gave me my $5. We had to call the cops several times for people fighting in our lobby, and also on homeless people that would sit outside the store and harass customers.


Q:

Hey Greg!

Love all the stuff you and 4 now 5 best friends do.

Loved the idea of the trophy consultant work you and Colin mentioned.

If you could pick one game and do trophy consultant work for, what game would it be and could you elaborate on what you'd do?

Bongos!

A:

I'm a paramedic going into nursing and I work as a tech in the ICU. What are some things I can do to be a better healthcare provider to you as a patient?


Q:

My dad once saw a Little Caesars employee pick their nose while working on a pizza. How would this be dealt with if it happened in front of you?

A:

It looks like I'm actually doing this, so I can't pick a game. :) I'd (I will) make the list fun and rewarding but not backbreaking.


Q:

Friendliness is the outstanding factor in every positive interaction I've had with healthcare provider. My nurses became my friends! We had good conversations and a lot of fun moments. It made the whole thing a lot more bearable. :)

A:

"Dude, seriously? Go wash your damn hands. And use a tissue next time." But that's just how the stores I worked at were. We were very up front with each other. Then again, our personal hygiene was a lot better than the overall cleanliness of the stores, so that's one good thing I can say about the places I've worked.


Q:

Are you a fan of The Beatles? I mean, I'm not sure if they had any bongos.

A:

Hey u/flosfaciem I just wanted to say congratulations! My aunt died about 10 years ago from ovarian cancer. By the time they found it was too late for her. But every year my family walks in the NOCC ovarian cancer walk here in Chicago. So this upcoming year I am not only going to be walking for my aunt but you as well. Here's to helping find a cure! How has life changed for since going into remission? Is there anything that you make sure do everyday?


Q:

1-How would you describe the cleanliness of LC kitchen or other fast food chains? Do you feel comfortable eating in them?

2-Are the ingredients real or is it just all chemically manufactured "stuff"?

3-Is it true you have to make the pizza dough 1 daily earlier and have to keep it in the fridge? What happens if you run out of dough?

A:

Eh. They're fine. Bongos were lacking.


Q:

I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you so much for including me in your thoughts! I try to make sure that every day I am moving towards starting my life for real -- moving out, really getting into school, planning my future. It helps a lot to feel like I'm making progress :)

A:

It honestly depends on the store. I've been in immaculately kept stores, but never worked in one. It's not hard to keep up with a clean store, but it's hard to make a dirty store into a clean one. I eat fast food because it's convenient. I don't wanna know how clean the place is if it's any place like I've worked, honestly. I guess the ingredients are fine! All of the olives and jalapeños and such come from cans or jars. The meat all comes in plastic bags so ¯_(ツ)_/¯ who knows. My one tip is to never get onions or green peppers... nasty. And yes! Our dough was all made and had to proof for at least 12 hours in the walk in before use. If you run out of dough, you either close or you make more and have shitty pizzas for the rest of the day.


Q:

What's the one game that gave you shivers down your spine and got you a tear in your eye?

A:

What are the odds of it coming back and affecting your other ovary? If you're planning on having children, did any of your doctors ever talk to you about the possibility of an egg retrieval eventually just in case?


Q:

What makes the LC green peppers and onions nasty?

A:

The Walking Dead Season 1.


Q:

I think I have pretty good chances of staying clear. I try not to read too much about it, though, cause I just end up freaking myself out. I asked my doctors about that but for some reason they were saying it wouldn't work. I don't really remember why, everything from that time period is very hazy. I have very good chances of being able to have a regular pregnancy though, I just have a smaller timeframe.

A:

They expire quickly but tend to still be used until they're gone. You wouldn't like how they look and smell when they're first put on the pizza.


Q:

Hey Greg, what was 2016's best movie and why was it Suicide Squad?

A:

did it affect menstruation?


Q:

Thanks for replying... how many doughs you do on average each day?

A:

Room.

Suicide Squad broke my heart.


Q:

No it didn't actually!

A:

Depends on the store! I worked at slower location so 6-8 batches of rounds, 1-2 batches of bread, and 1-2 deep dish


Q:

Will Kinda Funny ever hire an Xbox person?

A:

Do people treat you differently now that you're "a survivor?" (I know some people don't like that moniker, sorry if you don't.) Do you with they wouldn't or has it complicated your post-cancer (hopefully) life?

Also if you haven't seen the new show Search Party, there's an adult character who makes having had cancer in high school his entire identity, but in a very funny way. Check it out if you haven't. I think the character would make you laugh.


Q:

I'd love to. I'd love to have a future where we have an Xbox podcast and a Nintendo one.

A:

Only people who don't know me! My friends treat me normally which is great. I guess my dad treats me a bit differently, he buys me anything I want and my parents let me do whatever I want now haha. That sounds pretty spoiled of me but it's funny! I'll check out that show for sure, my friend was just talking to me about it recently!


Q:

I can't attend PAX South this year. Would you like to give away my 3 day pass to a KF community member?

A:

Dude that's a badass fuckin scar! What would you say has been the most difficult thing about interacting with other people? I've heard some people with serious diseases and injuries say they stopped talking to their old friends just because they couldn't stand the way they looked at them.


Q:

It'll be easier if you do it, Cher. <3

A:

Honestly most of the people in my life just treat me like they always would now! I make a lot of morbid jokes about it and my friends get mad sometimes... Haha


Q:

Hey Greg, longtime fan we met at the Mario Kart 64 charity tournament you came to in Vancouver.

I'm just curious if you are planning on coming back anytime soon considering you've been in Canada so much lately?

A:

Just want to know how you coped with your frequent MRI / pet scans etc?

I currently have stage 3 brain cancer (my next MRI is tomorrow). I feel like my life gets reset every few months.

I want to know if you may have had a similar feeling? Thanks.

Cheers.


Q:

I hope to. Danny Mac, who brought me up for the Mario Kart Tourney, is putting out Heelkick (http://www.heelkickmovie.com/) -- a mockumentary about wrestling I'm producing. If there's a screening there, I'd love to come.

A:

It's pretty brutal! I hate MRIs, they're kind of unbearable and I dread each one. Every time I have to go for an appointment my mom tries to make it fun, it's out of town so we go stay in a hotel the night before and go out for dinner and stuff. Having something to look forward to makes it easier :)


Q:

Hi Greg. Don't have anything good to ask, just wanted to talk to you cuz it's been a while since I last did. How are you?

A:

Tu parles francais? :)


Q:

I'm good, Ignacio. How are you?

A:

Oui!


Q:

Hey Greg! It's PSWii2008 from Twitch, the KF forums and Discord. Congrats on KF's 2nd anniversary! Any chance you or the community could organize a KF meetup in or around Kentucky? I'm sure there are a ton of KF fans on the East coast, but it's difficult for me to go to the big conventions like Pax and what not. I don't expect you to come since you're so busy with everything, but if you can, Kentucky is a great place! Keep f*&$in that chicken!

A:

My girlfriend who is 20 was just diagnosed with lung cancer, and I don't want to conflate or equate your ailments, but what is the best thing I can do to support her?


Q:

I'm sure the community cou-- hey, waitaminute! You're in the community! Why don't you set it up?! We'd help promote.

A:

Be patient, be loving. Listen to her. Try to help in any way you can, but if she needs her space, be understanding and respect that. Understanding is the most important gift you can give her right now.


Q:

Would you come to Freelance Wrestling in Chicago? Best wrestling in the midwest, I do commentary there. Love to have you.

A:

Worst hospital experience?


Q:

I'd love to, but it's so hard to get back!

A:

Passed out in the middle of the night while walking back to my bed from the bathroom due to dehydration. Woke up surrounded by nurses and doctors, none of whom I knew, taking my blood and asking questions and basically just panicking. It was terrifying!


Q:

How is the Vita relocation program going?

A:

As a current highschool student I understand the many social groups in highschool and how separated they can be, my question is, how did the social groups react when finding out about your cancer? Were all differences set aside to help you get through it?

Edit: congrats on making it through cancer!


Q:

Poorly. I have three Vitas and hundreds of homes that want them!

A:

Thanks! I've always been the kind of person to just have a few individual friends, I'm not really part of any group. There was a sort of unity within my school though. It was nice! Just overwhelming at times.


Q:

Hello Greg! I've been a fan for several years and something I always admired about you is how you're always high energy, positive, and loud. Even if you're going through a tough time, having a bad day, etc. How do you do this?

P.S. Free Porty

A:

Cats? Or Dogs?


Q:

That's the job. People probably think it's easy -- and don't get me wrong, there are far harder gigs -- but that's a skill you learn. I have to do the GameOverGreggy Show in 1.5 hours, and I have to be on, because that's the gig. I want the product I'm making to be the best it can be. Jim Lee can't draw Superman sad one day just because Jim Lee's sad.

A:

Cats 100%


Q:

Hey Greg, what are your thoughts on persona 5? Are you as hype as I am?

A:

How did you feel about losing your hair, and what are your thoughts about "brave the shave for solidarity" in general?


Q:

CAN'T WAIT!

A:

It was traumatizing at first, but I got used to it. And I kinda liked my soft bald head! I wouldn't have wanted any of my friends and family to shave their heads for me haha. I know some of them wanted to.


Q:

Hey Greg! I've been a big fan and supporter for a long time, so first off, thanks for all you guys do. So to touch on the Porty subject from the morning show, will be ever appear in the studio again for some shows? I do miss that little guy and his blank ass stare (and how Colin loved him oh so much).

P.S. Bongos?

Thanks!

A:

I must say I have seen people crumbling under such circumstances. But, you are an inspiration. My respect. Enjoy and whenever you feel down, Reddit is always there for you. Does docs know what caused it?


Q:

Porty (and Lola) will come to the shows. Don't fret.

A:

Thank you :) it was a germ cell that was in my body since I was born! I somehow absorbed it in utero or something. I'm not really sure. The main point is that it was always there, it just didn't start growing until two years ago. So there was no real cause, and nothing that could have prevented it!


Q:

What did you do for a living if you were born in 1900?

A:

I was told I miiiiiight have ovarian cyst and put under birth control to reduce the chance of further cyst development. What signs did you have before you were diagnosed? I've been afraid to get checked up again in fear of being diagnosed with something really tough. I wanna know what were the tell tale signs before you knew


Q:

Work in a mill, I assume.

A:

I didn't have any tell tale advance signs, unfortunately! I just woke up one day looking like I was 4-5 months pregnant. The tumour appeared overnight.


Q:

Would you ever want to progress into a more producer style, off-camera role at Kinda Funny?

Is that a long term goal for you, or do you enjoy being the face that runs the place too much?

A:

So what's your ideal sandwich? And would you agree that a nice crunch, such as cucumbers, is a basic fundamental of a great sandwich?


Q:

One day, sure. I want to fade away when we start bringing on new faces so they grow and create an audience. I want people to thrive here. One day in the far future, I can put up a weekly Gregway and focus on other business aspects and be happy.

A:

I'm a very basic sandwich person! As in, my favourite sandwich is just bread, turkey and cheese. I know, it's weird.


Q:

What is your favorite Nick moment?

A:

You are a lot younger, so I am curious if this holds true: My mom fought cancer and the chemo caused her to become more forgetful, especially little things like what she was shopping for at the store, or cause her to forget what she was about to say to me. It's been about 3.5 years since she stopped treatment and this has definitely faded somewhat, but I don't think she will ever be the same, and she is one of the smartest people I know. Does this happen to you? Is there anything I can do to help her? It hurts a lot to see her break into tears because she cannot remember what she wanted to say.


Q:

When Nick makes me wheeze-laugh. He goes off sometimes, and it just gets me. Love him.

A:

Yes, I definitely experienced that, and to this day I still feel hazy sometimes. In the thick of it, I completely lost my large vocabulary. I could never come up with words I was looking for, I forgot names and faces, I had a hard time concentrating on anything. Just try to be patient with her. I know the worst part for me was when people got frustrated with me for being forgetful/slow. It was hard enough having my brain not working, so it was awful when I felt I was disappointing people. Be patient and kind and try to help her whenever you can, especially with memory-related tasks.


Q:

"One of your staffers" lol

A:

Really? We joke about this article all the time. :) Back then, I thought Vita had a shot. Now, I'm amazed at how traditional handheld gaming has fallen off. Save us, Switch!


Q:

Hi Greg,

Big fan/supporter and you're one of my inspirations in my decision to pursue a video game related career.

As running a company is something I hope to accomplish in the future, what are some things about running a successful business that you wish someone had sat down and told you ahead of time? Whether it's internal affairs or dealing with other organizations/people, what's something that you would tell the Greg of 2+ years ago?

Thanks, looking forward to Kinda Funny in 2017!

A:

Talk to each other all the time. We all have internalized emotions, and that always leads to trouble down the line. Friends becoming partners is a hard road, but if you communicate, you can do it.


Q:

Hey Greg, i'm a huge fan of yours from the UK (oy). My question for you is how many producers has Nick seduced?

A:

OI! Billions served.


Q:

How do you feel about bagels?

A:

Love'em.


Q:

Hey Greg, I've been a huge fan of you and your work for many years now, it's been such a great journey so far! Along the way though I also began to enjoy a lot of Rooster Teeth's content as well (just got RTX tickets, hopefully I'll see you there again this Summer!). Anyways, I have noticed lately that all the content you are in for Rooster Teeth gets so much unwarrented hate, even when you aren't playing the stereotypical "bad guy" you talk about a lot. A prime example being the recent video you made with Burnie playing No Man's Sky. Anyways, my question is, with Kinda Funny being a Let's Play and Rooster Teeth "partner" do you find it hard to deal with this type of hate? As a fan of both channels I have found it to be hard at times to see all the negativity towards a guy like you who is nothing but positive and genuine

A:

Nah. It's easy. If you don't watch our content and only know me from the heel appearances, I totally get why you think I suck. I'm used to the Internet telling me I suck. It doesn't matter. The silent majority that understands who I am and appreciates me far outweighs the vocal minority.


Q:

Greg do you still stand by Batman vs. Superman was a good movie? Lois Lane is NOT a redhead!

A:

Hahaha. I enjoy it. Saw it five times in theaters. It's far from perfect, but I liked it.


Q:

Hi Greg you're awesome dude! Just want to say my wife and I decided I'm a mix of you and Tim and she's a mix of Colin and Nick! I do have a question to pose to you. If you had the chance would you rather have a cameo in The Flash/Arrow/Supergirl on CW or in Justice League for the DC universe?

A:

The Flash TV Show. I adore it. HOOK A BROTHER UP, GRANT GUSTIN!


Q:

How many wings will you eat in 2017? And how many meals of wings will it take you to eat that many wings?

A:

No idea. I make at least a pound of wings a week, and then there are trips to Wing Wings and Buffalo Wild Wings.


Q:

Obviously, Patreon has been an oustanding success for you and far outreached your original goals. When planning to go independent, how much did you honestly plan on getting from that platform? Thanks! BEYOND!

A:

We didn't know. Nick had three budgets for us -- we're eating ramen every day, we're doing OK, we're doing great. We hit "we're doing great" in the first 10 hours. It's been amazing, and I hope things like Kinda Funny Live, the Animated Series, and the Studio show we're putting the support back into the business.


Q:

Hey Greg. You got to voice a character in a Lego marvel game. Did you think that you did well enough to give you a chance to voice for a Lego DC game? If so, which character would you like to voice and why?

A:

Man, I hope so. I'm Superboy in DCUO, so I'd love to steal that LEGO role from Scott Porter. :)


Q:

Greg, big fan here.

When you're feeling down, how and what do you do to recharge? I know from just being a part of the KF community it can get rough at times. How do you relax, how do you detach yourself and recharge aside from vacations?

Thanks for being so great.

  • Sploosh
A:

The big thing -- that I'm terrible at -- is putting down social media. If I'm feeling rough, I have to disconnect and play a game, read comics, watch Nashville and NOT be on the phone the whole time. Silence and a beer usually helps re-calibrate.


Q:

If Elon Musk was a guest on the Game Over Greggy or the Gamescast what question would you ask and what do you think each of your co-hosts would ask?

A:

When do we go to Mars?

Colin, aliens. Nick, buttholes. Tim, Disney princess fuck list.


Q:

Hi Greg thanks for everything you do, as a local San Antonian why do you hate PAX South? P.S. I Love you. P.P.S Fuck Austin, j/k :p

A:

THERE ARE TOO MANY CONS!


Q:

If you had to voice a DC Comics character in Lego Dimensions, which one would you voice and why?

A:

Superboy -- Connor Kent.


Q:

Hey greg, I've been a huge fan of you for a very long time since the IGN days. All that time i have a question that I want you to answer really badly...

Bongos?

A:

Bongos.


Q:

Hi Greg, Recently I've noticed a real negativity trend in the YouTube comments (go figure!) for Kinda Funny content. Elsewhere criticism seems more constructive (the forums, the Twitch chat etc.). Just wanted to say don't get too downhearted by the vocal minority who like to harp on about whatever minuscule problem they have and make it a poisonous vacuum like every other YouTube comment section. (This especially goes out to Tim, who for whatever reason gets the brunt of it over there.) Anyway, no real question except to say do you ever check your Forum PMs? ;-) All the best - you make life feel a lot less arduous every day!

A:

Thanks!


Q:

Do you have any advice to smaller creators trying to get their content out to the world?

A:

Keep doing it. Persistence is what separates the haves from the have nots.


Q:

Out of everything you've learnt in your career in the gaming industry , what's the most important, or matters most to you?

A:

Be nice; douche bags get what's coming to them, and the good guys win.


Q:

Hi Greg! Thanks for taking the time to do this. How is Porty doing? With the move to the new studio, he's (understandably) not been featured in as many videos. I miss hearing him barking his ass off at figuratively everything.

A:

Hahaha. He's better. He thinks he's 100-percent again. I want to bring him in soon.


Q:

Hey Greg, big fan! Current Antler here, just wondering: what's your favorite Antler memory?

A:

God. None of them are fit to be published. Maybe when I was a recruit and I got Mike Kelly and Coach Pinkel to read a letter from me on Tiger Talk that started off serious and ended with "I bet if you buy the blue haired guy with the Antlers a plate of chicken wings, he'd be your best friend" and Pinkel said "Get that man chicken wings." (It was his first year, and the Tigers were awful.)


Q:

Do you know Bill Brasky?

A:

BIG OL' BILL BRASKY?!


Q:

Hi Greg!

I have been a big fan for a while, and also am a patreon supporter! I love all you guys do and watch everything, and I am super pumped for KF in 2017.

One thing that I miss is your more relaxed, fun-focused let's plays, like the battlefield 1 one. I know you guys are in the process of hiring an editor so you can produce more of them.

Do you guys have any fun multiplayer games planned so far? And could this mean the return of smash bros. or IDARB?

Thanks!

A:

This week -- not in the multicam, cool style -- I want to play the Overcooked DLC with Colin or Nick. Once we get the rad setup rolling, I think Ghost Recon Wildlands will offer us some awesome stuff.


Q:

Hey Greg, just wanted to let you know I love you and the teams work you do week in week out. The question I want to ask is are going to be doing anything else when your in Australia mext month besides RTX?

A:

Nope. In and out for the show.