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Health-LiveI'm currently in the hospital for a heart muscle infection (myocarditis), AMA!

Jan 15th 2017 by Tazul97 • 47 Questions • 1110 Points

Hi there! I have osteogenesis imperfecta type I, while I've mainly broken my legs I've also had an arm and a shoulder fracture. I go to university, have friends, and I basically try to be as normal of a person as I can be even though the disease impacts almost every part of my daily life -the symptoms are not just brittle bones, there's also getting tired faster, potential vision and hearing loss, etc. I use a wheelchair all the time except when sleeping or when I'm in a different chair. Ask me anything!

My proof picture has my eyes because blue sclera are a very common symptom of OI.

Proof: http://imgur.com/a/ejLt0

Edit: RIGHT. That was lovely, everyone. I feel like all good questions have been asked and answered and you now know literally everything about me! Thanks so much for your time and questions! If you ever have any other questions or just want to talk, send me a message :)

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Has the heart muscle been weakened? Will this affect your physical activities? Also, if you have a viral chest infection in the future, will this muscle be more susceptible leading to complications?

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Have you heard about that dude with glass bones and paper skin? Every morning he breaks his legs, every afternoon he breaks his arms. He lies awake in agony until his heart attacks put him to sleep.


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Why did you pick Berlin?

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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.


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Uh, the Hellcats. Duh. ;)

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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


Q:

Why are you still using Windows XP?

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Thank you for doing this. You say you were a medic, was it ever difficult for you coming to "work" and seeing the ravages of war up close?


Q:

What question would you want to answer if you could answer it without facing consequences?

Example:"Who is the worst person at Gitmo?"

Then you could answer it

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Do you ever get used to breaking bones? Is it like "Agh that hurts" and can't move, or is it like "Aww shucks, broke another one"


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im gonna get fully restored once this is over, think of it as a cold but for your heart

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CHOCOLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATE


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i didnt really pick berlin..berlin picked me. i was backapacking europe for a few years and once I got tired of living on couches..I wantedto realy.. I happened to be in berlin when I made that desicion. This city has shown me more love then anywhere and I love the people and the place because of that

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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


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CHERRY BOMBS

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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:

Our budget allows for the upgrade of one computer per year. I believe that the computer in the Mayor's office will be upgraded in the 2017-2018 budget and I can't wait. I use Windows 10 at home and it suits me well enough.

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It bothered me sometimes because we had a lot of patients who were injured in WWII.


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The one question i would love to answer with zero consequence is "What do you think people need to really know about Gitmo?"

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To be painfully honest, it's been five years since I last broke something and I don't have loads of memories of breaking things. Mostly because I was young but partly because I sort of deal with the memories by repressing them.

I've spent five minutes trying to write up whether breaking bones still hurts but I just don't know. Come back to me when I break something again!

Edit: I do have an example for when I broke three things at once, but with that it's kind of obvious that it'd hurt. That shit was like the worst pain in my life. I was lying on the pavement with two broken legs and a broken shoulder and the ambulence guys were around me and I was just yelling for them to give me a painkiller. Every once in a while I'd accidentally move a little bit and scream my heart out because of the pain, and then the ambulance guy said: 'I didn't do anything!' and I was like YES SURE BUT I'VE BROKEN THREE BONES OBVIOUSLY JUST LAYING HERE IS GOING TO HURT but I don't remember anything after that, I think they did put me down or at least give me enough pain killers for me to go out. Thanks ambulance guys.


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Hope your situation improves. What's your favourite type of pizza?

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Do you ever get used to breaking bones? Is it like "Agh that hurts" and can't move, or is it like "Aww shucks, broke another one"


Q:

I love Berlin man. People appreciate uniqueness and creativity there. There's a super interesting mix of business and pleasure there too.

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Dont forget the Steiners.


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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_7B1HJsB40

But seriously, two teams. Four girls from each team start in a specific part of the track called the "pack box". Two girls with stars start further behind on the "jam line". Whistles blow and the jammers have to make it through the pack and around the track after that every player from the opposite team they pass is a point.

Super simplified but if you are ever at a game ask some skaters to explain in more detail!

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this one is important. A PGP signed message only shows that someone has that key, but the INABILITY to sign a PGP message shows that he does not have that key.


Q:

What's the salary of the mayor in your town?

A:

I know this is probably a silly question, but old age and history fascinates me. Do you have any stories passed down from relatives about the late 1800's?


Q:

How close can you actually get to answering that question?

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I'm glad for you. Having broken my leg once, I came to the comments to say how incredibly sorry I am that you've had to go through this. Hope you keep your break-free streak going for years to come!


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Thank you, it'll heal by itself in time.

my favorite type of pizza is a "geos special" it has tomatoe sause, cheese, ham, french fries, kebab meat and white kebab sause!

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To be painfully honest, it's been five years since I last broke something and I don't have loads of memories of breaking things. Mostly because I was young but partly because I sort of deal with the memories by repressing them.

I've spent five minutes trying to write up whether breaking bones still hurts but I just don't know. Come back to me when I break something again!


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so many cool start up companies and such. its like a hub of creativity

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Nothin' finer than a Steiner.


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There are a few different rulesets, and TXRD actually has their own, however, the premise is mostly the same no matter what.

You have 4 players from each team in the "pack". Then two players slightly behind with a star on their helmet (jammers, who score the points). The jammers need to get through the pack, which isnt easy. Upon their second lap, they will score a point for each opposing skater they pass. The lead jammer (whoever breaks the pack first) can call off the jam at any time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyE7qHBq8cA

here is an example :)

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If anyone bad was in control of WikiLeaks submission key and I was under duress they could produce such a message providing fake assurance. So useless.

But we also do not use our submission key like that and nor would it be appropriate to change how we secure such keys.


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I make $3,600 a year. I have another full-time job which essentially pays my bills. Being the Mayor of Whitney Point doesn't usually require 40-hour work weeks, it fluctuates but I think I do a fairly good job balancing my two jobs and personal life. One thing that's for certain however is that public service is one of my greatest passions and I consider it a true privilege to work for our residents and be a resource for everyone. I love it.

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Yeah, my great aunt told me when she was a little girl that she remembered many times that their was a family of indians that walked across their farm.

My grandfather told me that when he was a little kid that they lived in a log house, and their parents had a bed. Under it their was a drawer and they would put the kids into it at night to sleep. My grandpa said he remembered seeing the stars through the cracks.


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I can't get within a nautical mile of it.

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Thank you, that's very nice!


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Thanks for sharing your experience! Did you immediately know the chest pain felt different than anything you'd had before?

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I'm glad for you. Having broken my leg once, I came to the comments to say how incredibly sorry I am that you've had to go through this. Hope you keep your break-free streak going for years to come!


Q:

Your performance in both the subway and studio version of The Anthem of The Lost is incredible! It is so mesmerizing to see a person testing his own limits doing what he loves most. Great job.

With that, I've only recently caught on to your music and was wondering:What shaped your taste/who were your favorite influences throughout the times? Also, could we expect more songs like The Anthem of The lost in the upcoming album?

Thanks for doing this, you're awesome. : )

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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:

The rivalry is long squashed. We love our flat track derby sisters. Everyone plays, some of us do it differently. We are actually having a few of their skaters play in our home opener on the banked track including retired Texecutioner Fifi Nominon.

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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?


Q:

Wow! That's so surprising. It's so good that they have someone as passionate as you as mayor. What's your other job? How many hours per week would you say you spend dealing with mayoral duties?

A:

Did you stay in the military after the war? How was the t adjusting back to civilian life after the fighting had ended?


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What would happen if you did, tho?

A:

I get that, I've had Lyme disease like 3 times, but it's been 15 years since the last time so I mostly remember it as having to take pills and use spf-50 even though I know it was way worse than I remember. When people get lyme I tell them to stop whinging about it because in my mind it wasn't a big deal even though I went through some crazy side-effects like bells palsy (facial paralysis. When I got that my doctor asked if I could still close my eyes, to which I said "yes, why?". He then casually launched into an explanation that I might not be able to physically close my eyes and that my eyeball could dry out, so I would need to get some goop to put on my eyeball at night).


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the chest pain felt like someone was slowly stacking weights above my heart, pushing down on to my heart. additionally the pain started to spread up to my jaw, behind the eyes and to my stomache, i also had a huge headache from before as i had the flue.

at first i though nothing of it, but after like an hour of constant pain i started wondering wtf is going on and got worried.

hope it answers your question!

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Thank you, that's very nice!


Q:

yes! people tho are expecting my whole album to be like this.. and the truth is.. its not. I am not always a sad person.. and I am not always a deep person. This new album Busk Life.. is a combination of both.

I am big into the universe and what I project to the universe. If all I talk is sad stuff..my life is gonna be sad. So this album.. I have some more happy stuff on thier

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


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I think a lot of the people who fueled that rivalry are thankfully retired. Many of our skaters looking to do more traveling have actually ended up skating with TXRG as well, so I think that there is a little bit more respect and understanding on both ends than their used to be. A lot of our skaters are bitraxxual and just really love roller derby in it's many incarnations :)

I would personally love a TXRG VS TXRD bout, but I don't think that will happen in the near future. We are booked through 2017!!!!

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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.


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I am a Store Manager at my other job. Over the years I've also written for a few gaming sites, namely XBLA Fans. I'd say on average I spend around 20 hours a week directly dealing with Mayoral duties, but its always changing. Sometimes its more, sometimes its less. And I never really stop thinking about it. Even when I'm at home or at my other job, I'm always thinking about some program, some law, trying to solve some problem. It's all internal. And that is full-time.

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I didn't see any of the fighting, so it was easy. After the war I raised chickens for restaurants.


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I won't know as I do not intend to ask/answer it.

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Wow that's crazy, sorry you had to go through that! I hope your eyeball is doing good & moist right now!

I do recognize that thing that doctors do where they tell you about potential side effects like it's nothing, because they're so used to it. I was once literally lying on an operation table about to be put down for a shoulder surgery when the doctor casually told me that I might not be able to lift my arm above my head anymore. I was like wAIT WHA-


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found the American!

A:

The disease osteogenesis imperfecta sounds like a Harry Potter curse. So who is your favorite wizard?


Q:

Thanks for the reply. Are the CDs shipped from Germany?

A:

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


Q:

Hey! I've been to more than a few TXRD games, going through Derby Academy, and I've had the pleasure of skating with Joliet Jane at the Rebellion open scrimmage. Derby and the people who play or are awesome!

So question. I saw you mentioned the tracks are based on the tracks from the 70s. That said the tracks in the videos from 70s derby I've seen look bigger and also appear to have a much bigger lip on the inside. Is that the case, and if it's different, what's the reasoning?

Thanks and I'm looking forward to the 2017 season!

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Can you explain your whole October?

/r/DICKSOUTFORASSANGE


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On a scale of 1 to 10, how concerned are you about a military coup to remove you from power?

A:

How many chickens did you sell a month on average? Was it a good business or was it hardly livable?


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I'm super late to this AMA but was curious about this response. I know the life of a whistleblower is absolute shit in the US - Is that the main deterrent from coming out with the info? Not being able to present the evidence? Fear for your family's and your own safety? Most likely all of the above, but I can't imagine what it must be like to wrestle with that burden every day. Thank you for your service to the American people.

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Can you swim?


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im not sure actually

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Ohhh I love that, it does! I've been to the Harry Potter experience thing in London and that was absolutely amazing! I think one of my favourites has to be Sirius Black. I even have his replica wand.


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yes they are. I live in Berlin

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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.


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Hello friend :)

We built our own track, and I believe most of the cosmetic differences were to suit modern play better. We recently cut off our track lip to monitor penalties better. 70's derby was a lot less competitive and had fake fighting, so their tracks were structured a lot with those things in mind. Our track is based off of an old 70's track with some competitive enhancements.

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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.


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We would dress out 500-600 a month. And yes, it was hardly livable.


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Id have to assume thats why most wouldn't.

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Yes! Swimming is actually great because it gives so much freedom. I can actually 'walk' underwater which feels amazing.


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Hello, im someone who has been in and out of the hospital many times the past 2-3 years so many in fact that i stoped counting after 5 cuz it started to depress me...so my question to you is what did you do to make your stay bareable? How was the hospital in general (do you live in Canada or the States?) And how was the staff...these are questions im allways asked but ive never had anything to compare them to

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break ribs

Hey don't flatter yourself buddy.


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Would you ever be interested in working with that girl again?

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


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Don't give up. Ever.
Part of new girl is finding your mental fortitude. Your body will want to quit- just keep going. You fall, so what? Get up. You miss the skill, get it next time.
The road to success is paved with failure.
Fail, and fail hard. If you aren't falling down, you aren't pushing yourself.

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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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What is the most ambitious plan you hope to enact while mayor of Whitney Point?

Which game in the Halo series is the best?

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Did you make any friends during the war?


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8 hours later and still replying, thank you for taking the time :) this is a fascinating AMA

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Do you have a pool at house? It seems like a good idea to have one so that you could experience this freedom anytime you want. I also think it would be good for excercising your muscles, right?


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im actually swedish.

i generally look at livestreams on twitch, check reddit occationally and such, aparently this post blew up when i wasnt on reddit so i kinda missed all the comments :p

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Like any other person. For me in my current state to break something it would take quite a weird fall. I've broken things when just walking or standing before, but then there was already something wrong in the bone that could've been found out before. My legs are fine at the moment!


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hell no. she refuses to show me paperwork from this video and she filed a copyright notice on me. She also had a lawyer contact me and told me I have no rights to anything. Fuck her

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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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Hi! I am on of the new girl coordinators for this year.

New girl is challenging. When I went through it, I treated it as though I was in a military bootcamp.

The best thing you can do to prepare yourself is to work outside of derby on endurance and muscle building, particularly in your core and legs. We do not require it, but we expect to see you skating regularly outside of your time with us, whether thats getting involved in flat track scrimmages, going to the roller rink, skating outside, or even just doing boxturns in your home.

New Girl is really about finding discipline, and thats what I got out of it. It's about learning to teach yourself to build habits that will make you a great skater for our league and not just coming to skate twice a week. We want you to go above and beyond; thats what we are looking for.

The program particularly can be shocking when it comes to how much endurance you need, so start now!!!!

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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 most ambitious projects that come to mind are the construction of a new fire station and the rehabilitation of a vacant building on our Main Street. Last year we purchased land for a new fire station and are about to start design work. We're expecting about a 1.5 million dollar project. The potential Main Street project will take a vacant building, renovate the bottom floor into commercial space and then build 8 handicap accessible apartments on the second and third floors. This would be able an $800,000 project if our grant application is approved by New York State.

Other things that come to mind are a $400,000 proposal for an overlook/public space that ties into our busiest intersection (11,000 cars a day pass through it) as well as a program that we implemented this past year which asks tax exempt organizations to voluntarily contribute to the Village as they don't pay taxes. Some folks don't like the idea but I'm proud that we have implemented it as I truly believe that it can help bolster the Village's finances.

I'd say Halo: CE is the best all around Halo. Halo 2 had the best multiplayer. And Halo: Reach had a great campaign and is worth mentioning.

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Yeah, but they strayed away shorty after. We were all miles apart.


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Ha, I actually took a 90 minute break to record an upcoming episode of our podcast then decided id check back in.

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I wish! It's very uncommon in my country however. In all my life I've only ever known one person with a pool in their house and they lived in the countryside, which I don't. I might get one if I ever get incredibly rich! And yes, it's definitely good for exercising and I used to do it twice a week.


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Yo, that sucks... I don't really have a meaningful question, I just think it's really amazing I'm talking to someone on the other side of the world and I hope you recover quickly! I'm American and I love the show "welcome to Sweden", as well as a lot of the metal bands from Sweden and Norway. So my question would be, since you'll be incapacitated for a while, what are your favorite shows and music? Good luck and feel better bro!

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How much can you squat?


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When are you going to come back to America?

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Why's that


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Would you rather skate against a team of 500 duck sized horses or 5 horse sized ducks?

A:

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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I like that idea of asking non-profits to contribute. While I firmly believe non-profits should stay tax free (I'm probably biased, as I currently work for one) as they contribute to the community at large, I also think that every nonprofit should contribute to the local community. We're I work they give us a paid off day a year to volunteer somewhere, and do various cleanups, and sponsor buildings/parks and such.

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Ever pen a letter or meet for a followup?


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1- What is the biggest myth about the place?

2- What is something about the place that people won't believe to be true?

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Can you not walk on ground? Your description seemed like you were in a wheelchair as a precaution, can you walk normally in certain situations?

That's really interesting


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thanks a ton! it means a lot! :)

My favorite bands are definitely Dragonforce, iron maiden and metallica, i do enjoy general house and dance music as well. and i generally like anything 70's to early 2000's music. at the moment i really like this song, it makes me smile every time :D https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8v6cZ21vlc

My favorite shows would be stuff like breaking bad, walking dead, game of thrones. my girlfriend downloaded westworld for me so i'll be watching that in the hospital, i heard its good.

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-70 kg


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its gonna be a while till that happens... I dont have any plans of coming back there anytime soon. They take ur foreskins and arm u with pistols. I really like where I am now lol

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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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5 horse sized ducks, because the 500 horses would trip me in a second!!!

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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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That's great. Our program isn't mandatory, it's optional. We recognize that not all non-profits can afford to contribute to the Village's operations but we're asking and we're hoping that the program grows over the years. I think it means a lot that any local tax payer can see where their tax money is going and I hope that tax exempt entities who can afford it can feel good about helping to fund the local fire department or sidewalk repairs, etc.

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Yes, several for a short time. Me and another communicated for a long time, but he stopped answering, so i assumed he died.


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  1. That it may ever close.

  2. The banana rats love to come to the outdoor theatre and eat all your popcorn

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Not really. I mentioned somewhere else that I'm in a wheelchair both as a precaution and because my muscles are just too weak, but this AMA is huge so I get that you didn't see that. I can walk with crutches and I can walk if I hold something like a table or a person, but without any help I would probably make it a meter before just having to sit down on the ground. I can only shuffle my legs without help, not completely lift them.


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Can you swim?

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Hi thanks for doing this! What first got you into making music?


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Favourite memory from the job?

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break them up? Why would you want to do that? Fights happen. If it starts to get TOO rowdy then yes, they break them up. But I think, usually it is the other players pulling girls apart.


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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

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How often do you have to explain that you're not that Ryan Reynolds?


Q:

I've heard that American support for US involvement in WWII was more controversial than many think today; what were some of the attitudes on the war in the years leading up to it?

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What the fuck is a banana rat


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How much can you squat?

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Yes! Swimming is actually great because it gives so much freedom. I can actually 'walk' underwater which feels amazing.


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well theater actually got me into music. i love the stage.. as i grew up..it developed into rapping.. then when I needed to survive... it turned into street rap

A:

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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Usually its reasonably self regulated. They are all real, but we also get into the sport knowing and respecting that we all really need to consent to these fights, and also that they slow the game down if they go on too long, so after awhile, we break ourselves up.

Refs rarely have to stop fights, but they will sometimes. Also, sometimes team mates will jump in, or break the fights up.

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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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Most people don't actually believe that I am Ryan Reynolds, they just doubt that it's actually my name. I get a lot of "Seriously?" or "Really? Wow" comments. That said, when you become a Mayor your first name just kind of changes to "Mayor" and that probably helps the situation.

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Well Great Britain was always after us to join and help them out. My family was for helping Great Britain.


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Pretty cool little animal. They eat them in most parts of cuba so outside of the base its fairly endangered but inside the base they are everywhere. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hutia

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-70 kg


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Hi, I dont mean to be a weirdo but you have pretty eyes. So, have you been told what minimum amount of force is necessary to break your bones? Do you have any protective measures? And has anyone ever compared you to Joker from Mass Effect? He's a pretty integral character who also has brittle bones but he's apparently the best pilot ever.

A:

The girl is demanding money from you?

Edit: Read something about lawyers and money ...


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

A:

Eyyyyy!

What's travel team got planned for this year?


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?
A:

23 is a young age to get into politics, however, do you think the views of youth is accurately reflected in today's political environment, and if not, do you think that would change with more young people running for offices at all levels?


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When it comes to Hollywood and their interpretations of World War II on the big screen, what would you say are the most accurate and/or close to home?

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Hmm, TIL. Looks like a mutant squirrel/muskrat hybrid. Did you ever eat it while you were there? If so, how was it? How is it prepared?


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Have you heard about that dude with glass bones and paper skin? Every morning he breaks his legs, every afternoon he breaks his arms. He lies awake in agony until his heart attacks put him to sleep.

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Thanks! I like them too, some people say they look hazy, cloudy or dark (usually when talking to someone they don't immediately realize what's 'wrong' with my eyes, they just think they look weird) so compliments are always welcome.

I have no idea about the force thing and I suppose my entire life is one protective measure, I have to be extremely cautious at all times. For example, if there's people near me and one of them pushes another, even if it's just a joke, I will immediately back up to lessen the chances of someone falling on me, it has become a reflex. Being in a wheelchair also causes me to have to put less pressure on my bones, thus causing there to be less moments when they could break.

No one ever has! I just did some googling and it seems really cool that he is in such a massive franchise. I'm also very interested in those medicines from the future that he's taking!


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no she isnt. That whole mess is crazy... if anything.. I am asking her to show me papers on how good the video is doing.. and she wont do that :( but I dont really care anymore tbh, this video has opened up so many doors for me... Im over the problems I had with her and this clip..

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Best of luck to you


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We are visiting The AWESOME Deadly Rivals this February, they are a newer banked team in Florida.

We are also going to be playing the LA Derby Dolls A team in march here in Austin.

aaaand finally, Battle On the Banked in May! This will be a busy year for travel :)

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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.


Q:

I think a lot of recent developments in government are the result of the baby boomer generation's last hurrah. They feel strongly about certain things and have come out in full force to voice their opinions recently, while a lot of young people have taken a lot for granted the last few years. "Politics" is always about who's talking, who's communicating best and who's got the strongest, most effective message that relates to the most people. I am hopeful that more young people will step up and take stands for what they think is right in the future. But something that's absolutely vital is that no matter who you are, that you educate yourself and get the right information. Being the loudest in the room doesn't make you the smartest or most well rounded. It's important that people educate themselves, view things from multiple angles and then put their thoughts and views into action and make them more than just Facebook rants. Anyone can make a difference, especially at the local level.

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I think "Hacksaw Ridge" had one of the best interpretations of the War.


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There was always a group that had a hunter in the mix, after they checked to see that it was legal to trap and eat someone always did. I tried some, it was gamey but reminded me a lot of wild pig meat. The folks that shared some with me had cleaned/skinned and then grilled it with very small bits of S&P and some garlic with oil.

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CHOCOLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATE


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"Minimum amount of force to break your bones"... this sounds extremely sinister. Jk I'd be interested to know this too, since I think you need about 20-24 thousand N to break a human bone.

A:

Wait, she's making money off the video on YouTube?

You should create an account yourself and post it.


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Why do Italian captains keep getting into accidents?

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Why cant men play? It looks so fun..and its 2017!!!


Q:

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.

A:

What was your path to being a mayor? Like how did you get on the board of trustees?


Q:

Do people actually scream Medic! Medic!?

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They trapped it? Didn't shoot with a .22 or something small like you would a squirrel? I imagine it might be good in a stew if it's anything like squirrel.


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The disease osteogenesis imperfecta sounds like a Harry Potter curse. So who is your favorite wizard?

A:

You'd be surprised how many people actually ask about this. I don't want to generalize but in secondary school it was always the boys asking how hard they'd have to hit me for me to break something!


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Men can play!! Our wreck league is co ed, and beyond that, there are worldwide men's teams. Check out Austin Anarchy, they are the bomb.com

A:

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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I first ran for office in 2008 when I was 21. I ran for County Legislature and I got my butt kicked, but I met a lot of local residents and learned a lot. I ran again in 2010 and lost again, but worked even harder and learned even more. Shortly after that election the Mayor of the Village at the time called me and asked me to join the Board of Trustees when a member had resigned due to a serious accident. So I served on the board for several years and then ran for Mayor in 2015 when the sitting Mayor decided to retire.

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Yes, I've had them holler at me in the hospital ward.


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Only guns there were for military duties. So the options were trapping or just grabbing it with your hands.

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Ohhh I love that, it does! I've been to the Harry Potter experience thing in London and that was absolutely amazing! I think one of my favourites has to be Sirius Black. I even have his replica wand.


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That has an semi-sadistic tone to it. Have you ever broke / fractured any bone because of someones doings?

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Hello, Who is your favourite wizard? Cheers!


Q:

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

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I transitioned from flat to bank and yes it is VERY different. You gain a lot more speed, that whole skating the diamond thing has an actual purpose and does more for you, but holy hannah your calves are murdered for a while. It does take some adjusting to the center of balance being different. At practices, we do skate the opposite direction some and work on skills both ways to mitigate some of the imbalance. It changes your hitting/timing too. You have more speed going down (obvi) than slugging uptrack, so you have to account for that in your timing.


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

"DC based @ICIJorg is setting a very dangerous & 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

A:

When you first ran for office did you do so with prior experience in the towns politics or did you just fill out the applications to run? As someone who isn't active in local politics how did you initially get into to it?


Q:

What's the best/funniest thing that happened while you were there?

A:

I've never even thought you guys had something like an outdoor theater! Never even heard of banana rats before!

It's not gonna close with Trump as president but it's true that nothing's forever.


Q:

Do you use a wheelchair because you're healing? Or has it gotten to a point where you can't walk without a high chance of fracturing something?

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Sort of. You know how in gym class your teacher always tells you to 'focus on the ball!' ? Back in primary school when I was able to walk for a while, we were doing a ball sport and because we were both focusing on the ball, I collided with someone else. We both fell, I broke my arm, he was fine.

Another time I was in a chair and someone pushed it forward a little bit, and sort of pushed my legs into a cabinet that caused one of them to break. I don't really remember it too well. I think that's all times it had to do with someone else, but I remember less than half of my fractures.


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i dont have one. haha. i like astronauts tho

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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.


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Yeah, a lot of weird balance things for sure, because of the tilt, all of us end up with a much stronger leg, LOL

Our game is also faster- the footwork is totally different.

Flat track feels more about micro movements, where has banked everything happens so fast you usually can't do as much fancy stuff. On the other hand, hitting on the banked is super fun and I think there is a lot of opportunity to get super creative with your hits.

As a smaller skater I feel I have a lot more power on the banked while blocking because of physics and can hit above my weight easily.

As a jammer, I think flat is easier/allows a lot more unique opportunities. You can be more creative but that's just my opinion.

Banked also feels like it is a lot more about big hits that "take you out" due to to the rail, and flat track feels a lot more positional .

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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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The first time I ran I had absolutely no experience. I had actually began organizing and getting involved with the local Democratic Party and I happened to meet the Chairman of the party at the time at a rally that I had organized on my own out of the blue. He asked me if I had ever considered running for office and I told him that I had. It had been my dream for a while to do so, but I never thought that the opportunity would come so soon. So I met with him, he explained an opportunity that was out there and I took on the challenge.

And it was a major challenge. I ran as a Democrat in a district that was 2:1 Republican. And I lost big. But the experience that I gained was well worth it. I met so many people, learned about what they do, learned different things about government and the history of our area, etc.

So if you're looking to get involved yourself that's what I would recommend. Start attending local government meetings, start getting involved with whatever party that you're a member of (If you are a member of a party) and just start being active. Don't wait for someone to approach you, just go out there and do things you think need to be done. The doors will open.

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I was working on a ward with only one nurse. We called and ordered a pizza, and a man kept driving back and forth from street to street, and once he actually found us the nurse said "here's your money; now go."


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Yes there was 2 outdoor theaters still open when i was there, I was told there was a third on the other side of the base but it had been closed.

A:

A mixture of both. The last time I broke something was five years ago but it was three things at once so it definitely was a longer recovery process than usual. My muscles are both too weak to support my body weight and it's also definitely safer to be in a wheelchair as the chances of falling are way lower.


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That is pretty extreme in a way. On a side note, or if you want to share, do you know what kind of effects will / could having children have on you?

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I love the video of you rapping to jazz music! Are there any rap/jazz songs like that on your albums?


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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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Why hasn't Roller Derby moved on to roller blades? I have no real opinion stating that roller skates are worse (certainly are heavier) .. just wondering if there's a reason behind sticking with the skates.


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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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Wow had no idea Whitney Point had such a young mayor, and I only live 35 minutes away. Any how, how was being so young and running for mayor first received? We're people skeptical of your age and possible experience?


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I just wanted to say sir that you look outstanding for your age. How do keep fit?

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Hey, thank you for doing that this. I would like to ask you if there was a specific moment that made you change your mind about Guantanamo?


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Have you seen Unbreakable?

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Good question! I don't really know, like I mentioned somewhere else, a doctor once told me that my hearing loss could get worse if I were to get pregnant. Lots of people with OI also have to have c-sections to minimize risk of fractures.

You didn't specifically ask but there's also the moral dilemma of having children when you have a genetic disease, as I think there's a 50/50 chance of my kids having it. If you want to know my thoughts on that, let me know!


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theres some funky stuff on there ya, and im workign with more live interuments.. but i like that idea.. maybe i try a jazz track someday!

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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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Im not sure if there was an original reason but I see quads as waaaaaaay more maneuverable. Blades are fast but you are seriously limited in terms of footwork.

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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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Running for office as a young person certainly comes with its own set of challenges. But that said, there are other people who get excited that a young person is running. So it has its pro's and cons. There are certainly people who doubt your abilities at first but you can't let it slow you down. Educate yourself on the issues, be honest, listen to people, relate to them and work hard. You will eventually prove to people that you mean business and you're worthy of a chance to succeed.

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I've got no proof, but i've taken a tablespoon of honey and vinegar almost every day.


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Ive always had an issue with Gitmo. I volunteered after POTUS had presented a plan to close it and thought I would be there in 2009/2010 to be part of the closure.

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I haven't. It's one of the main questions people ask when learning about my disease though, and I'd love to watch it because I think the guy with OI is like a supervillain right?

Kinda offtopic: I was once in camden market in London where a guy in a leopard onesie tried give me the dvd version of Unbreakable after I'd told him like five times that I don't have a dvd player. He insisted!


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I do. It seems very taxing to not only have to think about your day to day so seriously, but also have parts of your future be troublesome.

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Its such a unique sound! I love it!


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

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Hi there, we love you back (especially the Hellcats)! No ID required to prove Date of Birth, just sayin. If you are into that sort of thing...we aim to keep our fans happy.


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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?

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I came by 'cuz I thought you were the other Ryan Reynolds! How is life in Upstate New York? Is there a serious heroin problem?


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What is some of the best life advice you've been given throughout your life OR what is some general good life advice you would give young people today?

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Would you say that you were the exception among guards, or did most of your co-workers have similar opinions?


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How do you have/plan to have sex? Are there any precautions and/or positions you have to take or avoid to minimize risk?

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Honestly I don't really have to think about my day to day so seriously. It comes naturally because I've been doing it all my life.

I'm very squeamish when it comes to broken bones, I can't handle people talking about it at all, so I think I would be the worst parent ever to a child with brittle bones. If they'd break something I'd just run away screaming. It obviously also depends on the person I'd be having children with. The technology is developing with things like embryo selection too but that's a huge moral dilemma too. Basically, I don't know!


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i just didnt allow failure to be an option. I have had many people want to slow me down.. but I jsut stay focused.. and when I accomplish goals.. I am happy.. Its like my drug

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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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We will not grill you on your birthday. Every month can be your birthday.

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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.


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I really enjoy Upstate New York and I really like where I live. Whitney Point is centrally located between Syracuse, Binghamton, Ithaca and several other major cities aren't very far away. The Pennsylvania border is 30 minutes away. So there's a lot within a short drive. In general I like the low key life that comes with living in a rural area like upstate New York. I can get where I want, when I want. The people tend to be great neighbors and Whitney Point specifically has a really tight-knit feeling of community and belonging.

As far as heroin goes, yes, we are struggling with addiction and have seen many tragedies in its wake. There are a number of organizations and groups working to get those struggling help, prevent use and get help but it's something unlike anything I've ever seen. It really takes over your life once you've used it and it's incredibly difficult to stop.

From our perspective in Whitney Point, the challenge is resources. It's not like a city where the Department of Health, rehab and hospital are right down the road. We're 30 minutes away from anything like that. We're more isolated. So the challenge is to make those connections and bring resources to the local level so people can get help and so prevention and awareness programming can occur. So that's what we've been doing. We've been holding events, building awareness, educating the public, etc. Our firefighters now carry Narcan to wake overdose victims who are unresponsive and we have a local Narcotics Anonymous group here in the Village now.

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That if you are going to do a job, do it to your very best ability, or don't do it at all. Also if you're working at something you don't like. Quit and find something you like.


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I try not to speak to others opinions.

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Like any other person. For me in my current state to break something it would take quite a weird fall. I've broken things when just walking or standing before, but then there was already something wrong in the bone that could've been found out before. My legs are fine at the moment!


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Have you seen Unbreakable?

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I don't think that robot is going to reply, though it did give you a handy link to follow to answer your question.

As a suggestion, since we all know what you look like from the video that introduced most of us to your work, you could easily post a pic of you holding a hand written piece of paper with today's date. I think that still pretty much does it for AMA proof, though I'm not a mod or anything. GLHF, HTH


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

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Is there any roller in Europe? Finland is the metal capital of the planet, there just must be rolller here somewhere. Can you say yes?


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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.

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Hello from Syracuse! Next time you're here stop by and I'll buy you a beer at our bar, The Evergreen in downtown. I think there's also a mayor in Oswego about 29 years old.

Edit: Also, we have spiedies!


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Worst injury you ever saw?

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Was there any moment that still haunts you to this day?


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this is one of the few AMAs where I'm actually interested in the obligatory "well what about sex?" question since it actually seems like an easy way to break ribs/pelvis/etc

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I haven't. It's one of the main questions people ask when learning about my disease though, and I'd love to watch it because I think the guy with OI is like a supervillain right?

Kinda offtopic: I was once in camden market in London where a guy in a leopard onesie tried give me the dvd version of Unbreakable after I'd told him like five times that I don't have a dvd player. He insisted!


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how can i post a picture on this?

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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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YES THERE IS! I believe there are actually several teams in Finland. Derby is quite popular in Europe.

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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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Yeah there's another young Mayor up that way. I don't know much about him but I did hear about his election. Hopefully he's doing good things.

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A man who was sun burnt and blistered on all sides of his body including his armpits.


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Yes, I lost the use of my right hand while trying to keep a detainee from injuring themself. It still plays over in my head daily.

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Haha yeah it's a question that pops up in a lot of people's minds when they hear about it but I'm afraid you're at the wrong address - there's not much risk involved for me. There's other people that have way worse versions of my disease, that have broken more than 200 bones and can break something just when bumping into a table!


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What's your favorite thing to draw on your casts?

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Upload it to imgur and put the link in your post.


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Ha. Someone used to work for Holland America.

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1)Do you think that banked track roller derby would benefit from having a large governing body like WFTDA or do you prefer a more lax environment. 2)Do you think Flat Tracks ambition to become a more family friendly and recognized sport goes against the origins of roller derby?


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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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What is the first step, and maybe some subsequent steps, for someone who wants to get started in public service?


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Was there a moment before Pearl Harbor happened when people you were around knew the US would be involved some way?

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would you mind elaborating?


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Resident doctor here.

I just found it super fascinating to actually see the blue sclera of your eyes. We often read about it in textbooks, but rarely get to see what it actually looks like. Thanks for the pic! :)

(In accordance with the rule about asking a question) Do people comment on the sclera? When you meet new physicians, can they point it out right away, or do you usually tell them about your OI first?

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All most of my fractures happened when I was in primary/secondary school, I would usually just get the entire class to sign them so I looked popular. I was a regular in the 'cast room' in the hospital though, so they allowed me to choose exclusive colours or do combinations of two colours which was pretty cool.


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1- Like Liv said, RDCL is such a body, but TXRD is unique in that we can sometimes play RDCL but also have a completely democratic/representative process, which I love. We get to play and run our league however we want to, which allows us an incredible amount of freedom and also makes it so that we can play the type of derby that we want.

2- I think that we also go against the origins of roller derby, and thats okay. The sport has become so much more than just entertainment, it's now a genuine competitive sport, and we owe a lot of that to flat track leagues. Other leagues playing the game differently also gives fans multiple options for how to enjoy the sport, much like college football VS the NFL.

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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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I'd recommend attending public meetings. Attend your Village Board, Town Council, City Council, County Legislature meetings. Whatever the area that you're interested in, go and educate yourself. Speak your mind where you think it's necessary. And then don't be afraid to take ownership when it is needed. A lot of people often have this mindset that someone will roll out the red carpet for them to run for office. It doesn't usually work that way. If you want to do it, you should do it, no matter what anyone else says. Call your local Board of Elections, call your local party Chairman and ask for help running for the office of your choice. It can be done and if you work hard, it will happen. You just have to stay vigilant and always keep educating yourself. Show that you care.

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We didn't know it, but we sure guessed it, but never the way it did.


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Cool! And yeah for me it's the most normal thing in the world, being constantly surrounded by family members that also have it.

People do comment on it, and the funny thing is they mostly can't immediately pinpoint what's weird about my eyes, as it's so uncommon. I think it's only happened once that someone could tell what was different about them without me telling!


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What potential side affect (such as hearing/vision loss) do you worry about the most?

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


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How is the relationship between your league and TXRG?

How do you (or your league mates) feel about flat track?

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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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Hi Ryan! Recently I have heard talk about a push to get more Mayors involved in national politics, as opposed to Governors and Senators, because Mayors tend to be much more community-oriented and understanding of what kind of change has to occur on a local level. Mayor Pete Buttigieg running for DNC chair is somewhat representative of this movement.

What are your thoughts on the view Mayors can help bring to national politics that a Governor or Senator might not be able to?

Also what are some things that people often, mistakenly, think the President or Congress are in control of, when in reality it is their local Mayor or city officials in charge of issues that directly impact them?

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What is the best curse word used to describe the enemy that you've come across?

Also, what do you think about when you fly?


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Video is definitely worth watching.

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What's your favorite thing to draw on your casts?


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For me personally it's hearing loss. If I'm correct, the side effects show themselves pretty early in life, so chances of me also developing vision loss are pretty low. I think I remember a doctor saying at some point that the hearing loss can get worse after a pregnancy 'but that the miracle of life compensates for it'. It was weird.

The effects are completely different depending on the person; almost everyone in one side of my family also has type I OI, and we all have a mixture of the symptoms. I'm the only person in a wheelchair, but I have perfect vision and slight hearing loss. Another family member has had 3 fractures when they were a toddler, but they need to wear hearing aids and glasses.

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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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RE: TXRG: https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/5n5ygb/we_are_skaters_for_texas_roller_derby_txrd_the/dc8x6b1/?utm_content=permalink&utm_medium=user&utm_source=reddit&utm_name=frontpage

As far as flat track, we all have diverse opinions about it. Some people are strictly banked track and have no interest in the flat. Some of us are on flat track scrimmage teams or did flat for years. Some of us regularly participate in open flat track scrimmages but prefer the banked. many of us also attend TXRG bouts.

I think as a collective, we just see it as a different game; particularly with our league since the differences are a lot more obvious than our RDCL banked track sisters vs flat track.

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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.


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I would generally agree with that statement. Mayors, Town Supervisors, Trustees, Councilman, etc often have a direct view at what is affecting their residents and their community. You also have the opportunity to make changes that will have potentially immediate and direct effects as well. Which is both a great opportunity and responsibility.

I think having that understanding of what's happening around you at street level is very important and makes a huge difference. It gives you an awareness, sense of urgency and helps you understand the importance of something. When your neighbor tells you that they need a grant to help fix their roof because its caving in, you can look and see it and say "Wow, these people are sleeping in a house that's 45 degrees. This is serious." No offense to anyone serving in higher levels of government at all because they have important but different jobs as well, but being able to see something tangible with your own eyes is different than receiving a letter or a phone call. It's just reality.

As for common misconceptions between levels of government it does happen all the time but I often find things the other way around. People think that if it happens within the boundaries of the Village that the local government must have control over it, when often it is a county or state project for example. We're very lucky to have great relationships with our county, state and federal representatives and have had success quite a bit whenever we make a request on behalf of our residents but every now and then someone makes a really unreasonable request and unfortunately we can't help them because of jurisdiction or its just not feasible.

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"Them dirty bastards"


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All most of my fractures happened when I was in primary/secondary school, I would usually just get the entire class to sign them so I looked popular. I was a regular in the 'cast room' in the hospital though, so they allowed me to choose exclusive colours or do combinations of two colours which was pretty cool.


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Just have safe sex and you won't get hearing aids.

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Has anyone been left behind before?


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1) How do you feel about the future of banked track? My impression is there's been a bit of geographical expansion recently, but I would love to see it become more widespread than it is (partly so I would have more chances to skate it...)

2) For someone who's mainly familiar with flat track, what are some bout videos you'd recommend watching?

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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?


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does your town have an Arby's?

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What was one of your most interesting stories from the war? Any interesting wound a soldier received?


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Jesus man, I'm sorry you went through that. Being a musician, hearing that you lost most of the function in your hand breaks my heart. People might think that's stupid, but being a 12 year bassist, that detail is what resonates with me the most.

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Hi, I dont mean to be a weirdo but you have pretty eyes. So, have you been told what minimum amount of force is necessary to break your bones? Do you have any protective measures? And has anyone ever compared you to Joker from Mass Effect? He's a pretty integral character who also has brittle bones but he's apparently the best pilot ever.


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I had to google what you meant with this. I feel bad.

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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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1- Its growing slowly, however, the cost of warehouse space is still a lot for most leagues, and temporary homelessness is still an issue. I would love to see more leagues who live in places where space is easier to come by start banked track leagues. I think the virtue of having one automatically gets in big crowds, which is a huge plus! There are tracks for sale, and RDCL is not unlike WTFDA, so I would say encourage your league to look into the cost of one!

We have some footage up online of course, and there is a fair amount of RDCL footage from Battle on the Banked.

OhBrad_Jamit on youtube also films AZDDs games, which ive been watching regularly, and they are a m a z i n g

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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.


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Yes we do. It's right on Route 11. Can't miss it.

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There was a guy who had both of legs cut off, and he came out one day and one day he came out with two legs. Over time I saw him walking on his own with his new legs. He was in the other ward so I don't know how he got it.

Grandson: Gotta remember this was in the late 40s not 2017, so yeah must have been crazy for him to see.


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I played bass, Violin and a bit of the Uke. I was never very good but now I'm downright terrible at it. ;)

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Thanks! I like them too, some people say they look hazy, cloudy or dark (usually when talking to someone they don't immediately realize what's 'wrong' with my eyes, they just think they look weird) so compliments are always welcome.

I have no idea about the force thing and I suppose my entire life is one protective measure, I have to be extremely cautious at all times. For example, if there's people near me and one of them pushes another, even if it's just a joke, I will immediately back up to lessen the chances of someone falling on me, it has become a reflex. Being in a wheelchair also causes me to have to put less pressure on my bones, thus causing there to be less moments when they could break.

No one ever has! I just did some googling and it seems really cool that he is in such a massive franchise. I'm also very interested in those medicines from the future that he's taking!


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Can your condition be passed on to your children if you were to have any?

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How complicated is piloting in cruise ship?


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With fighting being ok and yelling at each other and refs, how far is too far ? Is there behind the scene's league punishments for serious behavior ? and because fighting is ok does it create hostility between skaters after bouts or is a case of "what happens on the track stays on the track" ?

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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?


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Hey Ryan, Upstate NY local checking in, what do you think about Cuomo's recent statement that hemp could be a billion dollar industry in the Southern Tier?
Also, everyone seems to make their spiedies a bit different, what's your recipe?

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How grateful are you to have such a nice great- grandson? ;)


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Exactly what effect does Gitmo have on the mental health of guards? How is it different than working at a guard at some kind of maximum security prison?

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"Minimum amount of force to break your bones"... this sounds extremely sinister. Jk I'd be interested to know this too, since I think you need about 20-24 thousand N to break a human bone.


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There's a 50/50 chance I think.

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Not any more complicated than on other ships to be honest. Cruise ships tend to be large but very manoeuvrable so you have thrusters as well as propellers/azipods to manoeuvre.


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Our refs are amazing in that they call pretty loosely and they value the integrity and spirit of our game, but they also have the right to call anything they see fit as unsportswomanly like conduct. If they are uncomfortable, feel threatened, feel like something has gone on too long or that it is otherwise delaying the game, they can call it, AND boot you for it. In that sense, we have to have a lot of trust in each other, and finding a ref that can handle that kind of responsibility is rare and wonderful. Im going to ask Judge Redd (who has been floating around here) if she wouldn't mind sharing her experiences, as she was originally a flat track skater and now a ref for us.

We are pretty much all "what happens n the track stays on the track". I can't really remember a time myself where a fight extended past the game itself. I would actually say that far more than that, people get sore about penalty stuff (like any other league) On a personal level, I like to fight my friends the most.

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Diplomacy.


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I'm not much of a chef so I actually haven't made spiedies of my own. I stick to protein shakes, PB&J and scrambled eggs. That said, my girlfriend makes some great chicken and I do find it crazy that spiedies aren't known outside of the Southern Tier. It blows my mind.

As for the hemp industry, I honestly haven't put a lot of research into it but I think that in general, we do need to open up more economic doors. We can't forge companies like IBM to come back here. That ship has sailed. We have to create new opportunities. Hemp seems like it could be one of those, as could the medical marijuana industry. Instead of trying so hard to fight the current and keep old business models around, let's open up the doors to new ones. I think that's the key to economic growth in New York State.

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I couldn't be happier or more pleased.


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Hard to explain without going far too in to operational work which I can't do because of Non Disclosure agreements I signed. Read Jason Leopolds article though and take a look at the DOD study(that the DOD wouldn't release until this reporter did) and maybe it will give you a better answer on the similarities and differences.

https://news.vice.com/story/guantanamo-guards-have-high-rates-of-post-traumatic-stress-exclusive-documents-show

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You'd be surprised how many people actually ask about this. I don't want to generalize but in secondary school it was always the boys asking how hard they'd have to hit me for me to break something!


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Must be quite a big decision if you suffer terribly from something and know that to have a kid would mean you could well be passing the suffering on to another generation.

Considering one whole side of your family has your condition, has the subject ever cropped up between you and your parents?

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Follow-up question:

Since some of you skate flat track as well, have the fixed the non-moving BS that was going on a few years ago? I was pushed to the brink of never shooting derby again because of it. The fans came to see action but it appeared that there was more focus being put into 'exploiting a wording in the rules' that allowed for lateral movement to be considered movement. The Jammers and Blockers never left the damn starting line and it got so bad that the fans were booing the bouts.

Please tell me this doesn't exist anymore! As a photographer, I wanted to take pics of skating with the intent to maim! :)


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I remember reading your name somewhere in my AP Gov class. And yeah, we joked about you being Deadpool about 50 times before it started getting less funny. Sorry.

Anyways. How do you have time for gym, gaming, and game of thrones as Mayor? Do you have a lot of free time on a daily basis?

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That must be nice to transcribe :)


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Do you think the isolation of Gitmo, the fact that you are not in mainland america, do you think that that adds to the stress? Does it make the situation feel more stressful or hostile?

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That has an semi-sadistic tone to it. Have you ever broke / fractured any bone because of someones doings?


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Not everyone has it, it occurs mostly in females, even though some females also don't have it. It's a lottery! I have talked about it with my mum, and she finds it kind of difficult. She's only broken about five things in her life and it has never majorly impacted her, so she didn't really think twice before having kids - she'd never imagined it being so bad with me. I've never blamed her for it even though I personally don't think I'd ever put children on earth with my condition. There's already an overpopulation problem, there's loads of kids out there that need parents, how selfish would I be to be like 'well, I want it to be MY kid'? It's different for everyone of course and I'm completely fine with people in my family having kids, it's just that, with my current mindset, I would never.

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By and large its a super fast game, and we always have to be moving forward now.


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Ryan Reynolds was also Green Lantern before Deadpool but no one remembers that. Or maybe they choose not to remember that.

Anyway, just like any job or jobs, you develop a routine. I'm really big on making good use of my time, planning out my days, sticking to my schedule, etc. Even if its something like "I am going to play Overwatch with a friend from 8 to 10EST", it's important to me that I stick to that plan.

The other thing is, I don't have children yet. I have a serious amount of respect for everyone that does. Yes, I'm a Mayor and that's a big responsibility but so is caring for a human life and being responsible for their development. I often see friends from high school and they'll be like "Wow, you're the Mayor, that must be so much work!" And I'll reply "You have three kids, that has to be just as much, if not more work!" It's all about perspective, priorities and efficient use of time.

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Well I'm his great-grandson so he wasn't talking about me! 😂😂


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I think that can add some stress for some, sure.

I think no matter where the Joint Detention mission was it would always feel stressful and hostile. The one advantage of Cuba or the US compared to active combat zones like Iraq/Afghanistan(where we also have operated detention centers) is there is no bombing/IEDs/Shooting/etc going on to add to the stress.

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Sort of. You know how in gym class your teacher always tells you to 'focus on the ball!' ? Back in primary school when I was able to walk for a while, we were doing a ball sport and because we were both focusing on the ball, I collided with someone else. We both fell, I broke my arm, he was fine.

Another time I was in a chair and someone pushed it forward a little bit, and sort of pushed my legs into a cabinet that caused one of them to break. I don't really remember it too well. I think that's all times it had to do with someone else, but I remember less than half of my fractures.


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When mowing your yard can you cut more than 1/4 inch of the blade of grass at a time without damaging the integrity of your lawn?

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What is your favorite picture of derby of:

  1. Yourself

  2. Team

  3. Action shot

? <---had to put that in there!


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How do you feel about Obama removing The wet foot dry foot law?

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What was the most horrible thing you saw?


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Was there in 2011. Can I shoot you a PM with questions regarding the VA and PTSD? Thanks brother.

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That is pretty extreme in a way. On a side note, or if you want to share, do you know what kind of effects will / could having children have on you?


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I don't have a lawn :( lots of houseplants though

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http://imgur.com/a/s1WAX

they are in opposite order buuuttt

(action shot is of Rocky Casbah! Shes something else)


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I think that the US-Cuban relationship needs to improve and that we've seen some signs of it bettering during the Obama administration. Obviously Cuba has some work of their own to do but being that they are so close to us geographically, we need that relationship to get better. And I think we can achieve that by opening more "normal" channels of communication and commerce. Let Cubans see what our country has to offer. I probably dodged your question here a bit by not addressing the specific policy that you referenced, but I've felt for a long time that US-Cuban relations should be something to be addressed and thawed out.

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A plane wreck at an airshow in Livingston, WI. I was 50 feet from where he wrecked. He wanted to land by doing a flip, but nose planted into the ground.


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Yes, feel free

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Good question! I don't really know, like I mentioned somewhere else, a doctor once told me that my hearing loss could get worse if I were to get pregnant. Lots of people with OI also have to have c-sections to minimize risk of fractures.

You didn't specifically ask but there's also the moral dilemma of having children when you have a genetic disease, as I think there's a 50/50 chance of my kids having it. If you want to know my thoughts on that, let me know!


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Do you use a wheelchair because you're healing? Or has it gotten to a point where you can't walk without a high chance of fracturing something?

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As someone who lives 30 minutes from Whitney point. What do you think of the things that Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick is doing? Namely the safe injection sites for heroin user? I ask because we face an epidemic and the more respected officials we have advocating for harm reduction will help the fight communities face with addiction and the problems associated. Thank you for the AMA


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Can you tell me when this happened? I've got family in Livingston and I'd like to see if they remember this.

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Thanks for doing this. I did detainee ops post-Abu Ghraib in Iraq and it was a mess there and know plenty of folks that also did it in Afghanistan. Nearly all of them have PTSD to some degree but some of them don't seem to think they're worthy of claiming it because there wasn't a bullet flying at them or a bomb going off.


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I do. It seems very taxing to not only have to think about your day to day so seriously, but also have parts of your future be troublesome.

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A mixture of both. The last time I broke something was five years ago but it was three things at once so it definitely was a longer recovery process than usual. My muscles are both too weak to support my body weight and it's also definitely safer to be in a wheelchair as the chances of falling are way lower.


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I haven't done enough research into safe injection sights to be an authority on the topic. But there are two things that are certain; We have a serious addiction problem and the "old" ways of fighting drugs and addiction aren't working. We need new solutions and I think Svante and the crew that helped him devise the plan deserve credit for thinking outside the box whether you like the idea or not.

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Probably around 1937


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Im guessing you may have been at Cropper but there was several other facilities in Iraq so I won't ask where you were. There is a stigma about having PTSD, part of that is in our on forces that want to rank themselves on who deserves/are allowed to be damaged and who isn't. Maybe someday that will change. Welcome Home. We are good people stuck in a screwed up situation .

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Honestly I don't really have to think about my day to day so seriously. It comes naturally because I've been doing it all my life.

I'm very squeamish when it comes to broken bones, I can't handle people talking about it at all, so I think I would be the worst parent ever to a child with brittle bones. If they'd break something I'd just run away screaming. It obviously also depends on the person I'd be having children with. The technology is developing with things like embryo selection too but that's a huge moral dilemma too. Basically, I don't know!


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I did once know someone with brittle bones, but I never knew about the blue sclera thing. Do you know what it is that causes that? Also, are there any treatments / therapies you do to help it, or is it just a matter of coping?

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What's the biggest thing you wish you could change about Whitney Point?
What do you think is the best attraction for tourists in Whitney Point?
Where do you think Whitney Point has the best opportunity to improve fiscally for 2017? What will it take to make that happen?
Currently Whitney Point is receiving an "F" for education, a C- for employment, and a D for housing. Do you think $800k would go further in education than a renovated building? Or would $400k be better invested in attracting business rather than building a look-out?
Cost of living and crime both receive A's, congratulations on that - what do you think is the biggest factors are in receiving those grades?
I've never been to Whitney Point. I'm actually on the west coast of Canada. Why should I go?


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What is the kindest thing you saw someone do?

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I was at Bucca, but I made my way to Cropper a few times. I know what you mean about the stigma and I'll admit that I was a stubborn jackass when it came to getting treatment as well. Were it not for my wife I may not have.


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What was your most unpleasant break to date?

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The sclera thing has to do with low collagen. Wikipedia knows it better than I do. There is no cure but I take a weekly pill to help with bone density, I also have metal rods in a lot of the bones in my legs which causes me to not be ably to pass a metal detector test!

There's loads of options for therapy, I personally have had physical therapy all my life and when I was younger I had creative therapy to help me overcome my fear of casts being cut off when a fracture is healed. (it's a scary process okay, a guy in a mask takes a miniature buzzing saw and uses it less than an inch away from your leg)


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The biggest thing that I wish we could change about Whitney Point? Simple things. I'd like to see some buildings fixed up. I'd like to see sidewalk constructed in areas where we currently don't have any. I'd like to see some new businesses (like the Point Motel to be sold to a new developer). Things like that.

Financials are always a challenge. We have no shortage of ideas for projects to improve the Village, it's finding the money to make them reality that's the tricky part. That's why for large scale projects, we always look for state or federal funding. We simple cannot ask the 900-some residents who pay property taxes here to constantly fund large scale projects. Whitney Point has been very fortunate and received a number of grants in the last decade or so that have made a huge impact here.

As for actual changes in implementation, in 2016 we implemented the PILOT program tax exempt entities that I would like to see grow and become ingrained in the Village operation. And ideally I would also like to see some of the Village's reserve funds grow so that the Village can remain prepared for rainy economic days, major catastrophes and large projects. Obviously we aren't just going to jack everyone's taxes up in order to do that, we have to find more creative ways.

One of the things that we're currently working on is implementing some changes to our zoning code which will create a unified process for the installation of solar panels and electric vehicle charging stations in residential garages. NYSERDA is offering $5,000 in incentives for us to do so. That's how we have to work for our taxpayers. We have to find little ways to save money and boost revenues every way that we can. There are no grandiose silver bullets that I have found.

As far as the funding goes, we try to take advantage of the programs that the state offers. To my knowledge there aren't any grants that we can apply for that would net our school district $800,000 to bolster educational programs. The school district can certainly seek grants but as a Mayor of a municipal government, I'm not authorized to apply for them. That said, I do believe that education and housing are two of the best investments that the public can make. That's why I'm very excited about the $500,000 housing rehabilitation grant that we have been awarded. The improvements made through the grant will directly improve quality of life for our residents who receive money to fix their homes, the Village's presentation will improve and property values will increase. All long term benefits. That's the definition of investment.

As for the look out/public space, that's a qualify of life improvement that we think will attract more people to Whitney Point. When you drive through and see it you'll say, "This looks like a nice place to live." It will make you want to come back. It will make you consider us when you're looking for a new home. I think it would be a good investment for NYS to fund.

So that said, we can only take advantage of the programs that are out there. If NYS wants to change the programs that are available, that is their choice. But if I'm told that NYS is looking to fund building rehab, we're going to try to take advantage of that rather than let the money go elsewhere. We want to bring it to our community and to our residents, who pay NYS taxes like everyone else.

As for the specific grades, I don't have info on the criteria used but I often find the criteria used isn't suitable to smaller communities. That said, the costs of living here are extremely affordable and crime is low because we truly have a lot of great, caring people here. We all know each other and look out for each other. As for education receiving an F, I disagree with that. I went to high school here and while I know of a lot of challenges that the public education system is facing financially, I think we have a lot of teachers that provide a level of interest in their students to put them over the top and equip them to the best of their ability. I think most of NYS' educational challenges are more systemic than local.

If I was going to give you a reason to visit Whitney Point it would be this; Live here. The costs of living are low, crime is low, we have a great geographical location and we really are a community that cares for its own. That's what makes Whitney Point a great place to live.

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I was delivering mail, and saw a car in the ditch on it's side, and their was a lady in the back seat. A man from the rescue squad crawled in their and got her out.


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I was the same, if my wife hadn't noticed my change in 2010/2011 I may not have. Could have become a statistic fairly easily. Luckily i trusted her enough to listen and seek out help and was still in uniform then.

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I once did a thing that caused me to lose one and a half tooth, break and dislocate my right shoulder, break my left upper leg and shatter my right knee all at the same time. That was pretty bad. It's five years ago and I still have fake front teeth and discomfort in those places often.


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Ahh I will look that up, I'm finding the blue eyes strangely fascinating! Regarding the metal rods, were they a result of breaking your legs or a kind of preventative measure?

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Are you going to build a super cool winter sports complex for your citizens to enjoy? You could call it Ice Town!


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What do you like/dislike about Wisconsin ?

Have you moved ?

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I was with the team that closed down Cropper. One of the best experiences of my life - don't think I could have asked for a better deployment.


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Are your teeth also affected by the disorder?

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Yeah I love them, they're so unique! It's really strange for me to talk to someone else with blue scleras because it occurs almost never in everyday life. The metal rods are a result of breaking something, it takes quite a surgery to insert them so I don't think it'd be done as a precautionary measure.


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That has never crossed my mind, although we have pursued a skatepark in the past. Being a rural area, youth have to make their own fun a lot of times which gives us a fair amount of skateboarders and bikers. I used to be one myself. I've always believed that if you give people a place to go and somewhere to practice their craft and be constructive, they will do so. The challenge is finding a suitable piece of land and funding. Thus far, we have not.

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I like the four different seasons we have, and the older I get the more I dislike the cold weather.

Yes, we moved to Arizona for a bout 10 months until my wife got home sick and I couldn't make a living.


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I can imagine that had its own difficulties but glad it worked out.

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I think my dentist does need to know about the disease because it affects them in some way, but I'm not entirely sure how. Google will probably know.


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What was your most unpleasant break to date?

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My town (Kennesaw, GA) built a skatepark in the local park and you would not believe how much it has changed. You see kids out all the time exercising and socializing, and a small economy has built around providing gear for kids at the park. It's been a positive addition for sure.


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Do you think the Packers will win tomorrow?

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Hi Andrew. What was the most disgusting thing you ever witnessed at this place?


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I did once know someone with brittle bones, but I never knew about the blue sclera thing. Do you know what it is that causes that? Also, are there any treatments / therapies you do to help it, or is it just a matter of coping?

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I once did a thing that caused me to lose one and a half tooth, break and dislocate my right shoulder, break my left upper leg and shatter my right knee all at the same time. That was pretty bad. It's five years ago and I still have fake front teeth and discomfort in those places often.


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That's great to hear. That's how I envisioned it happening as well but I'm glad to hear evidence of it actually working that way. Maybe someday...

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I had high hopes of it, but I heard Jordy is hurt, and now it is a bit questionable to me.


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What some peoples living spaces look like after months being deployed. Truly disgusting at times. Seeing someones Happy the Love Sock left out is frightening.

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The sclera thing has to do with low collagen. Wikipedia knows it better than I do. There is no cure but I take a weekly pill to help with bone density, I also have metal rods in a lot of the bones in my legs which causes me to not be ably to pass a metal detector test!

There's loads of options for therapy, I personally have had physical therapy all my life and when I was younger I had creative therapy to help me overcome my fear of casts being cut off when a fracture is healed. (it's a scary process okay, a guy in a mask takes a miniature buzzing saw and uses it less than an inch away from your leg)


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Don't really know how to properly phrase my question...What kind of pressure does it take for you to break a bone? Like, what kind of contact is required. What's the gentlest contact you've had that caused a bone break? Sorry if those sound weird.

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Hey Ryan I'm from Ithaca, who's older you or Svante? Do you two ever get together to discuss being young mayors? 2nd question do you get your water from the spring on 79? If not you should, it's more refreshing than Fiji.


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What advice would you give to an upcoming first time parent?

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was there a lot of privacy or pretty close shared quarters?


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Ahh I will look that up, I'm finding the blue eyes strangely fascinating! Regarding the metal rods, were they a result of breaking your legs or a kind of preventative measure?

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It doesn't necessarily have to be contact. Most of my fractures have been me falling. The 'gentlest contact' I've had that caused a bone break was just standing. I was standing and then just broke my left leg, which caused me to put too much pressure on my right leg and have a small tear in that as well. I had one and a half cast on for a few weeks, that was pretty bad.


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I went to college at IC actually so I'm very familiar with Ithaca. Svante is 3 months younger than I am. I actually turn 30 tomorrow. He and I have had lunch once and we've attended a few of the same meetings. He's a very down to Earth guy. You never know, we may partner on something someday.

As for the spring, I've never actually got water from there but I know a lot of people swear by it. But I use the Village water since it is part of a system that the Village manages...I'm probably slightly biased there.

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To love and cherish that baby from birth on.


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Very little real privacy in most living quarters there. I shared a space with 2 roommates but when we first got there we were like 12 to a space before permanent assignment.

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Yeah I love them, they're so unique! It's really strange for me to talk to someone else with blue scleras because it occurs almost never in everyday life. The metal rods are a result of breaking something, it takes quite a surgery to insert them so I don't think it'd be done as a precautionary measure.


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Why are blue slceras common with your disease?

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Ah, you're right off of 81! Just passed through your town last weekend on my way home from Syracuse.

How about that crazy snow last weekend? When we were on 81, it was complete white-out conditions, the worst I've driven in in all my life. Like, really crazy - couldn't see more than 5 feet in front of you. Scary!

Do you plan to get onto the national stage at all?


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What do you feel like our country has forgotten that we need to remember? Please, list as many as come to mind.

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Did you like Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay?


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What potential side affect (such as hearing/vision loss) do you worry about the most?

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It has to do, like everything in the disease, with inefficient collagen. Wikipedia tells me this: The blue-gray color of the sclera is due to the underlying choroidal veins which show through. This is due to the sclera being thinner than normal because the defective Type I collagen is not forming correctly.


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Stop down in WP sometime! People ask me that national stage question all the time. "Do you plan on running for higher office?" "What are you going to run for next?" My answer is always this; Right now, I'm focused on being the best Mayor that I can be. We have a lot of very important projects and initiatives that we're working on and the list is always growing. The work is never done. And I really enjoy my job. I really do. It certainly has challenges and stresses like any job but at the end of the day, being there to help people and try to better your community is extremely gratifying. So right now, I'm focusing on driving Whitney Point and Northern Broome County forward and seeing through a lot of things that our board and I have started. Obviously I also have opinions about state and national level issues and you never say "never" to any potential opportunities in the future. Once thing is for certain and that is that I love public service and I want to keep doing it and serving this community and the people here and around us for a long time.

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Many people have forgotten and don't understand how crazy the war was.


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Yes, thought it was pretty funny for a movie.

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For me personally it's hearing loss. If I'm correct, the side effects show themselves pretty early in life, so chances of me also developing vision loss are pretty low. I think I remember a doctor saying at some point that the hearing loss can get worse after a pregnancy 'but that the miracle of life compensates for it'. It was weird.

The effects are completely different depending on the person; almost everyone in one side of my family also has type I OI, and we all have a mixture of the symptoms. I'm the only person in a wheelchair, but I have perfect vision and slight hearing loss. Another family member has had 3 fractures when they were a toddler, but they need to wear hearing aids and glasses.


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Do you do any special therapy or physical training?

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What games do you play hardcore?


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What was Basic Training like in the lead-up to the war? I can't imagine what it would be like to do basic training with millions (9% of the entire country) in such a short time frame.

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A- Do you think the US should torture people? Ends justify means?

B- Do you buy into the legal end run of classifying a person caught in their country, in combat as an enemy combatant vs POW, etc as a way of denying prisoners due process, etc?


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Just have safe sex and you won't get hearing aids.

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I've had physical therapy all my life. All my fractures have occured from age 1 to age 16, so I used to break something once or twice a year. I would break a leg, get surgery, have the cast on, get it removed, have physical therapy, sort of recover and then I would break something again.

For the last couple of years I've mainly just gone to the gym and worked out to try and keep my muscle strength up. It's way easier to be lazy and accept the situation as it is than to go to therapy again and try to walk - I have an appointment set up with some specialist doctors though that are going to do a full checkup and see whether it would be a good idea for me to try and walk again or whether there's too much risk. Sorry for rambling!


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Right now I'm really into Overwatch and Destiny. Since launch I've put over 1,000 hours into Destiny. I love it and have high hopes that the sequel will fix many of the original games flaws. That said I've also played World of WarCraft quite extensively, with my peak being between vanilla and Wrath of the Lich King. I'm currently making my way through Doom and loving it.

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It was something that nobody was ever used to. And no one knew what is was like or what it would be. Edit: It was really training to break you down so that you would obey orders.


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A- No, absolutely not.

B- The problem is our legal system creates those classifications via specific definitions. As far as it denying them due process, I think there is some questions that still aren't being answered because of the one single court being used to handle every single case there. I feel everyone should be granted due process no matter their status in our system because thats what i feel habeas corpus is.

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I had to google what you meant with this. I feel bad.


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What do you do at the gym? Any special exercises/executions to reduce the risk of injury?

Good luck with the checkup and walking again, sounds like a pain having to sit all the time while trying not to lose functionality (not trying to be a downer, sorry if it sounds like it).

On a completely unrelated sidenote, do you watch The Middle (yeah, I'm asking because of Atticus Shaffer. Is there any interest in specifically seeing things about OI if you have it?)?

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Destiny! Glad to see some love for my favorite game. What was your favorite expansion, and your favorite raid?


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Thank you for doing this AMA, and thank you for your service!

Do you think veterans care has helped significantly since WWII? Would you change anything based on what you've experienced?

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Are you worried, opening the door legal end runs such as this, could lead for instance to American citizens being 'reclassified' or whatever, and thus, they don't have rights, due process, etc? In other words, when you see a Gitmo detainee that was renditioned from his homeland, maybe just defending his country, etc, for what ever reason cooked up to justify it, you wonder, 'Gee, this could be me..kidnapped, thrown in jail, tortured..what protections does anyone have from this type of situation?'


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Can your condition be passed on to your children if you were to have any?

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No it's mainly just trying to keep my muscle strength up, so just using the machines (leg press, etc) and cycling (both the one for your legs and for your arms).

Thanks! Honestly I have absolutely no idea what it is like to stand up all the time. Sounds like a pain!

I had no idea he had OI! I don't watch the show and I'm not really interested in specifically seeing OI related things. Everyone handles having a chronic disease differently, like I went to a 'normal' school and don't actively seek out other people with OI. It's cool to talk to some every once in a while but I generally find it tiring to spend a lot of time focusing on it. There's an OI union in my country but my family only used to go to the gatherings if it included like a free day at the zoo hahah!


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I feel like The Taken King was the best expansion all around. It brought Destiny forward in just about every way possible. I think King's Fall is also my favorite raid. I really like the scope of it. Although I did just do Wrath of the Machine for the first time and I like that it's so different from the existing raids. I do find it disappointing however that we didn't get much background on Aksis. He seems like a really intimidating and scrupulous foe.

Really looking forward to Destiny 2. I think Bungie has been extremely limited by their game engine and that when they apply the lessons that they've learned with Destiny and it's expansions, Destiny 2 will be a greatly superior game.

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I think veterans are treated very royally actually. I would change some of the people in charge of it. Some of them think that the veterans are working for them so that they are God Almighty, but their are also those that treat you like saints.


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Yes, I have been bothered by that. Because of the NDAA that has continually been modified I'm not only concerned that other countries may continue to do what we did but more concerned that our own country will continue to do it.

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There's a 50/50 chance I think.


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I was just asking because you explained that you once broke a leg while standing, so I was wondering if there is any special precaution you take with those metal death machines.

It is! Which is why I'm lazily lying in bed most of the time. ;)

Figured as much. It's not like you become some kind of drone once you have some chronic disease and everybody follows the hive mind. I just genuinely wondered because when I read about his disease (he does walk in an unusual way, so I took to Google, found out he was a lot older than his character in the series and then that he actually has some sort of "glass bone" disease, having everybody on set take extra care not to hurt him. Which is noticeable, by the way, once you know that. Every scene where there is something hectic going on, at least in the first few seasons, he simply disappears and reappears later. Or it's an obvious double) I, being myself, immediately became kind of curious to see if he was the only one with this condition (which has its very light forms so not necessarily as noticeable) known to the public. So maybe growing up with it there'd be some interest in that.

I do get your point. You live with it all the time, why spend private time on doing related things? Better to just live life to the fullest regardless. Most people with any sort of disability more or less despise being reminded of it and would love to just be treated like anybody else.

Sounds like what I'd do honestly. Free shit? Sign me up! Metting other "me"s? Yeah, you know, I'm kinda busy being breakable right now...maybe next time!

Thanks for the answer!

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Favorite Overwatch hero?


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Wow thank you for taking the time to do this AMA, and thank you for your service, sir! I was wondering what is your fondest memory from your time serving? Also, do you have any advice for people going in to the medical profession now? Thank you for your time.

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Have you ever wondered that if the US kidnapps people, sends them to secret prisons to be tortured and detained forever, how can we by any measure chastise Sadamm, China, N. Korea, etc for their human rights abuses?


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Is that a risk that you'd be willing to take one day, or is that something you haven't decided on?

Not to be one of those people that are like "Ohhhh you should definitely have kids regardless!", because that's bullshit and you should do what you would like to.

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Well, when I broke a leg while standing there was something already wrong that was undiscovered. So unless the small chance occurs that that happens again, I should be good. I always consult a physical therapist before a new training plan as well.

Yeah I read that he plays a character that's way younger, it's because most people that have OI are really short. I'm 5''2 so it's not as bad! I think it's really cool that you noticed all that and did some research on it!

And yeah thanks for understanding! I actually find that people have different ways of dealing. I once saw a girl on social media whose entire profile was about her disease and all her posts were about it. It works for some people but it kind of saddened me as to me that seems like a terrible way to live.

Thanks for your kindness!


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I've put the most time into Lucio. I think I've got like 12 hours as Lucio but I try to play all of them. My favorite offensive character is probably Soldier 76...Boring I know, but hey, he's effective. My favorite tank is definitely Zarya. And I think D.VA is currently overpowered. Listen here, Blizzard.

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Helping patients get comfortable and relieved from pain and suffering. If you enjoy seeing people become relieved from pain, I would certainly advice going into the profession.


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I do not think we as a country should be chastising anyone because our history has shown we are very very far from perfect. All we can do is continue to raise these concerns to a larger audience and maybe in time we will learn from our mistakes. Good Question.

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I'm gonna copypaste something I just wrote on another comment:

For me, personally, it would feel a little selfish to put a child on the earth with a disease just because I want it to be my child when there's so many kids out there that already are here and have lost their parents.

It's not like I would've never wanted myself to be born, it's just that if I could've been born without the disease, that would've made my life better.


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Do you still feel bad about your condition or do you just not care? What about your family, what do they think of your condition?

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So did you want to be a Lúcio main, or did you end up that way because no one else would play support?


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Are you going to watch the Packer game tomorrow? If so, what's your favorite game day snack? Go Pack Go!

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Did you ever feel empathy towards the prisoners there?


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Must be quite a big decision if you suffer terribly from something and know that to have a kid would mean you could well be passing the suffering on to another generation.

Considering one whole side of your family has your condition, has the subject ever cropped up between you and your parents?

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Difficult question. I mostly tend to not care. In my daily life, I hugely just forget about my wheelchair entirely. It's such an essential part of my life that it'd be weird to not have it.

I would obviously prefer just to be able to walk up steps, get into a bus or train, get through a small door, be able to cycle, but I'm also very happy with the fact that I can get assistance to use public transport on my own for example.

It's a genetic disease so almost everyone in my family also has it, although in a much milder form. No one else is in a wheelchair. They obviously feel bad for me, but again, it's such an integral part of my life that we don't really ever talk about it.


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I've never really had a problem with supporting, I do it more than any other role in a lot of games, but I do like to mix things up. I often find myself taking on less popular roles in games for that very reason; No one ever wants to do it. I'm a Medic in Battlefield, I healed and tanked in WoW, etc. I do think Overwatch generally does a great job of making the support classes fun though. I really enjoy Lucio. My least favorite support is probably Mercy.

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Yes, I don't usually snack much, but popcorn would be the most common.


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I think anyone that was human would feel some some empathy for another human, even some that could be the worst among us, so yes I did feel empathetic much of the time.

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Not everyone has it, it occurs mostly in females, even though some females also don't have it. It's a lottery! I have talked about it with my mum, and she finds it kind of difficult. She's only broken about five things in her life and it has never majorly impacted her, so she didn't really think twice before having kids - she'd never imagined it being so bad with me. I've never blamed her for it even though I personally don't think I'd ever put children on earth with my condition. There's already an overpopulation problem, there's loads of kids out there that need parents, how selfish would I be to be like 'well, I want it to be MY kid'? It's different for everyone of course and I'm completely fine with people in my family having kids, it's just that, with my current mindset, I would never.


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Bone marrow transplant n chill?

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Hello.

Of the jobs you had prior to your election, which one do you think prepared you most for the responsibilities of a mayor?

Did you ever play Sim City when you were younger (or now, for that matter)?


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Thank you for your service! How long were you in the service after VJ Day, and how was veteran care back then compared to the current VA system ?

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I guess you're right, I read about it once and felt horribly sad.


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Hmm. Considering that in long space flight, the inability to prevent bone and calcium loss can be a major problem,often resulting in pathological fractures upon return to earth.

Wouldn't a good series of treatments for Osteogenesis imperfecta have a major bearing on handling bone loss in space?

Might be worth looking into for NASA funding, too.

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I'm going to have to ask you to help me out on this one - what kind of other proof would work? I had a dna test done quite some time ago but I have absolutely no idea where that is.


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I forgot to mention that I did play SimCity when I was very young, but haven't played it in a long time.

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13 months after VJ Day. Back then they didn't have things we had today.


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I will alway have some sadness about the place myself.

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Nice thought! I don't think there's too much research on OI and I'm actually kind of fine with that. There's other things out there that affect people's quality of life way more that I think should be prioritized.


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How do you have the strength to carry on everyday?

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What is your position on consolidation with the Town of Triangle?


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Sir, thank you so much for your service. I, myself, am retired from the USAF. Which theater did you serve in and where was the toughest action that you saw?

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I was a guard too there. The thing I eventually started to accept for myself was that they are not "terrorists" they are soldiers just like the rest of us there. They didn't have a nation that sponsors them as a force but they definitely had a cause be it for money or ideal. Just like us. It was easier and simpler on the mind for me to think of them as POWs.

If they are innocent or guilty it was not for me to judge or find out. What I did feel was that it was definitely someone's job to find out and it simply was not happening or happening fast enough. That is where I absolutely objected to the place.


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What exactly am I looking at re your eyes?

Edit: That sounds cheeky, I'm not trying to be I just don't see anything wrong with your eyes at all!

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You know, I considered writing a bit about how people always tell me I'm an inspiration for actually getting out of bed and living my life everyday but I thought that'd be too sarcastic.

I think it's easier for me because I was born with it, I've never known any other life. I've had small periods in my life where I've been able to walk, but besides that this is just normal life to me. Surely I can still suffer from not being able to do certain things (as easily) as other people, but it's not like I was an olympic athlete that suddenly couldn't walk anymore. I love my life and I don't know if I would change it if I could.


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At this point in time I would be opposed to consolidating with the Town of Triangle of dissolving the Village and here's why; The Village provides many essential services for our residents. Water, sewer, fire protection, trash pick up, code enforcement, roads, sidewalks and many more. We have a long history of being very fiscally responsible and holding the line on taxes, doing more with less and that goes back a long time. It's not me taking credit for anything, it has everything to do with my predecessors and the way they handled finances and left the Village in good shape. But because of those specifics and the Village's history of sound management of finances and the services that it provides, I think the the services are in better hands when they're in the hands of those who have the experience managing them and can point to a sound record. This is no offense to anyone in the Town of Triangle operation, it just doesn't make sense to me to take what is essentially over a million dollars a year in taxpayer funded services and put them in the hands of a group that may be good at what they do, but frankly is accustomed to a much smaller scope of service and and smaller operations than the Village handles. I'm not convinced that there would be any significant savings there. I'm not opposed to consolidations across the board mind you, I just think in our particular situation, it doesn't make sense.

We are involved in a great number of shared services that I think do save taxpayers money. We partner with the Town of Triangle on street maintenance, our municipal offices and fire protection. We also partner with the Town of Barker on fire protection and the Village of Lisle on water service. Shared services can certainly be a good thing and save money where it's viable and we're always willing to look at options.

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I was drafted after the shootings stopped, but was still in the medical wing at Walter Reid Hospital in Washington, D.C.


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Thats a fair assessment for sure.

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'The white of the eye' or sclera in my eye is not clear white, it's sort of a blue-greyish colour.


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I'm a very active and clumsy person and something like this would destroy me.

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I ran for City Council in small town Wyoming when I was 24. I found it to be a neat experience. I got 35% against a four term incumbent. What were your first thoughts when you knew you won?


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Were you a part of the The Rheinwiesenlager ?.

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What do you think are some the biggest misconceptions threatening Kratom today, and what can us every day redditors do to help?


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When mowing your yard can you cut more than 1/4 inch of the blade of grass at a time without damaging the integrity of your lawn?

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Well, it's a genetic disease so you could never just get it at a later age. You became a very active and clumsy person through your youth and upbringing (not completely true but you catch my drift), like I became a very cautious person through mine.


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My election was actually very intimate. Someone who I consider a friend and colleague was my opponent and the election got very tense. My first thoughts when I won were along the lines of getting the ball rolling. I ran on a platform of achieving certain things for our community and I immediately got to work trying to make those things happen. I am very lucky to have a great number of people who have supported me, helped us achieve our vision, moved projects and initiatives forward, etc. I can't communicate enough how grateful I am for the things that people do for our community, for our Village operation, for each other, for me, etc. But all in all, those were my first things. "It's time to get to work."

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No, I was stationed in D.C.


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Both sides of the argument need to be more realistic about what it is and what it isn't. Every day redditors can get involved with the advocacy groups, go over to r/Kratom to learn more about the average consumer and just stay involved in people having free choice.

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I don't have a lawn :( lots of houseplants though


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May I ask what you're studying at university? (I'm sorry if you've said elsewhere in the thread.)

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How do you feel about the recent presidential election?


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Would you rather fight 100 duck-sized horses or one horse-sized duck?

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Are you allowed to tell people you worked at gitmo while you were there?


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Do you do any special therapy or physical training?

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English! Please don't judge my bad sentences in this AMA, I've just finished my exams so I'm really bad at thinking right now. (edit for context: it's not my first language)


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I would generally characterize my reaction as disbelief. I have always considered it a great honor to serve the public and something to be generally honored and respected, even when you disagree with the people serving. As long as they act in a respectful manner and try to do what they believe is right, I can have some basic level of respect for them, even if I despise their policies and proposals.

What scares me now is that there is a person in charge who has no consistent way of thinking. He's short on patience, has no experience making decisions that effect a large pool of people and has never been accountable to anyone but himself. Sometimes I think its good to upset the apple cart. Sometimes a radical shift in perspective or tactics can be good. But I don't have confidence that this is the shift that our country needs and I'm not sure that a lot of people will understand that and/or the repercussions of it for years to come.

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The 100 duck-sized horses.


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I was. Thats about all i could say while I was there to anyone not there working with me but yes my friends and family knew i was deployed there.

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I've had physical therapy all my life. All my fractures have occured from age 1 to age 16, so I used to break something once or twice a year. I would break a leg, get surgery, have the cast on, get it removed, have physical therapy, sort of recover and then I would break something again.

For the last couple of years I've mainly just gone to the gym and worked out to try and keep my muscle strength up. It's way easier to be lazy and accept the situation as it is than to go to therapy again and try to walk - I have an appointment set up with some specialist doctors though that are going to do a full checkup and see whether it would be a good idea for me to try and walk again or whether there's too much risk. Sorry for rambling!


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What's your first language? (I haven't seen any flawed English thus far!)

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How do you like your eggs?


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Are you able to forget some of the horrific memories you obtained during war, or are they still vivid in your mind?

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Was it a desirable post, or something you guys hoped to avoid going to?


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What do you do at the gym? Any special exercises/executions to reduce the risk of injury?

Good luck with the checkup and walking again, sounds like a pain having to sit all the time while trying not to lose functionality (not trying to be a downer, sorry if it sounds like it).

On a completely unrelated sidenote, do you watch The Middle (yeah, I'm asking because of Atticus Shaffer. Is there any interest in specifically seeing things about OI if you have it?)?

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Dutch! And thanks a lot but I have!


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Scrambled.

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I didn't have the experiences that some of the guys had in the first line, so I don't really know. Edit: Some of the horrendous stories my friends have told me about their experiences on the front lines. The situations they encountered, and then i think about how they do this for the government officials sours me very much.


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For me I wanted to be part of those going to close the place. So for me it was desirable and id been deployed pretty steadily so being part of something is always good for promotions also. It can be a very tough duty mentally though. Many don't like having urine and feces thrown at them sometimes daily(I guess some people like that but the majority probably isn't keen on it).

I will say the beaches were beautiful and before getting my hand shattered the surfing there was pretty great. The diving is very amazing also.

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No it's mainly just trying to keep my muscle strength up, so just using the machines (leg press, etc) and cycling (both the one for your legs and for your arms).

Thanks! Honestly I have absolutely no idea what it is like to stand up all the time. Sounds like a pain!

I had no idea he had OI! I don't watch the show and I'm not really interested in specifically seeing OI related things. Everyone handles having a chronic disease differently, like I went to a 'normal' school and don't actively seek out other people with OI. It's cool to talk to some every once in a while but I generally find it tiring to spend a lot of time focusing on it. There's an OI union in my country but my family only used to go to the gatherings if it included like a free day at the zoo hahah!


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Do you have any problems with other people overcompensating for your physical fragility and trying to stop you from having fun?

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Would you like to keep moving up the political ladder?


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Thank you for your service. Do you have one story that you could share that changed your view on the war, or life in general?

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Shattered in an altercation? please explain


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I was just asking because you explained that you once broke a leg while standing, so I was wondering if there is any special precaution you take with those metal death machines.

It is! Which is why I'm lazily lying in bed most of the time. ;)

Figured as much. It's not like you become some kind of drone once you have some chronic disease and everybody follows the hive mind. I just genuinely wondered because when I read about his disease (he does walk in an unusual way, so I took to Google, found out he was a lot older than his character in the series and then that he actually has some sort of "glass bone" disease, having everybody on set take extra care not to hurt him. Which is noticeable, by the way, once you know that. Every scene where there is something hectic going on, at least in the first few seasons, he simply disappears and reappears later. Or it's an obvious double) I, being myself, immediately became kind of curious to see if he was the only one with this condition (which has its very light forms so not necessarily as noticeable) known to the public. So maybe growing up with it there'd be some interest in that.

I do get your point. You live with it all the time, why spend private time on doing related things? Better to just live life to the fullest regardless. Most people with any sort of disability more or less despise being reminded of it and would love to just be treated like anybody else.

Sounds like what I'd do honestly. Free shit? Sign me up! Metting other "me"s? Yeah, you know, I'm kinda busy being breakable right now...maybe next time!

Thanks for the answer!

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Not really, it's mostly me stopping myself in order to protect me! It does happen a lot that people help me even though I don't want them to. People pushing my wheelchair even though I told them I didn't want them to. I was also walking my dog once and his line got stuck on something, someone asked if they should help and I said no, since I could easily get it unstuck myself and he freaks out when strangers get near him. But the guy walked towards him and fixed the line anyway, the dog freaked out completely. Why help when I specifically say no, please don't?


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I definitely want to keep serving the public. As long as I am passionate about it and feel that I can be effective, get things done and make a difference, I will keep doing so. I often get asked about future opportunities and you never know. Right now I'm loving my job as Mayor, focused on the tasks at hand and taking everything one day at a time, trying to run the best Village government that we can and do the right things for our greater community.

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This guy had a pair of tiny swimming trunks on and fell asleep on the beach. We had him lay in a bed and sleep in salve.

Grandson here: Not quite what you were asking, but he said this has made him worry about people in the sun!


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Best explanation I can give is the one i gave during the Vice News interview. There is only so much I can say as it deals with operations and I can't go in to that. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDO1SjX5Zmc&list=PLRyUm0RG8ZArAeb-z9hxa74lcjuy4MAeS&index=1&t=19s

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Well, when I broke a leg while standing there was something already wrong that was undiscovered. So unless the small chance occurs that that happens again, I should be good. I always consult a physical therapist before a new training plan as well.

Yeah I read that he plays a character that's way younger, it's because most people that have OI are really short. I'm 5''2 so it's not as bad! I think it's really cool that you noticed all that and did some research on it!

And yeah thanks for understanding! I actually find that people have different ways of dealing. I once saw a girl on social media whose entire profile was about her disease and all her posts were about it. It works for some people but it kind of saddened me as to me that seems like a terrible way to live.

Thanks for your kindness!


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How old were you when you broke your first bone and was that how you found out you had brittle bones or did you know early on?

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obligatory Deadpool-related question

But seriously, what do you think of the whole 'there's more to New York than New York City' thing?


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Hello Sir.

First, thanks so much for your service.

My question: what's your best advice for young men looking to join the military?

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What are your thoughts on Lynndie England?


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Don't really know how to properly phrase my question...What kind of pressure does it take for you to break a bone? Like, what kind of contact is required. What's the gentlest contact you've had that caused a bone break? Sorry if those sound weird.

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I was one and a half years old, and I think that's when we found out that we had brittle bones. It's a genetic disease that my mum also has, so it all made sense.


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I think that's absolutely true. Upstate New York has a lot of really beautiful natural resources, sites and cities. I just visited Thousand Islands for the first time a couple summers ago and it was a great, relaxing, tourist/vacation spot. I personally still have a lot of things in NY that I want to see and I enjoy the more relaxed rural life style of upstate compared to the city.

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It's a wonderful chance for a person to prove their ability in the service. If they want, they can work their way up.


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Being involved in what she was made for a real mess. The work can be fair, firm and impartial without going to that far far larger step. My opinion is she stupidly allowed herself to get caught up in to some bad things but I don't know her so can't speak to the why she went along with what went on at Abu Ghraib.

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It doesn't necessarily have to be contact. Most of my fractures have been me falling. The 'gentlest contact' I've had that caused a bone break was just standing. I was standing and then just broke my left leg, which caused me to put too much pressure on my right leg and have a small tear in that as well. I had one and a half cast on for a few weeks, that was pretty bad.


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Has your mom having the same disease helped you have an easier time dealing with it?

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PC or Console?


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Thank you for doing this, and thank you for your service. I have tremendous respect for anyone that fought in WWII, I can't even begin to imagine what that would be like. My question is a general one, what is it like serving in such a great conflict? Is it possible to ever relax and have fun or are you on edge and terrified the entire time? What goes through your head at a time like that?

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How do you manage your anger and frustration?


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Why are blue slceras common with your disease?

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No, I've never thought about that and I don't think it helps me. She's broken less than five things in her life, the last fracture being over 30 years ago. My experience dealing with the disease is completely different than hers.


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I currently play on Xbox One and PC.

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You've got to relax and have fun or you would be put through a psych ward. I thank god that I didn't have to see it and only saw the aftermath.


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Ive never really been an angry person but meditation helps a lot if i feel frustrated in any situation. At one point i did have some anger issues and through therapy that the DOD and later VA provided it helped me work through the issues i was going through. I wish there was a perfect solution but there just isn't that I know of.

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It has to do, like everything in the disease, with inefficient collagen. Wikipedia tells me this: The blue-gray color of the sclera is due to the underlying choroidal veins which show through. This is due to the sclera being thinner than normal because the defective Type I collagen is not forming correctly.


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When was the last time you've broken a bone if you don't mind me asking?

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Did you post this AMA because you really wanted to talk politics or because your name is Ryan Reynolds?


Q:

Could you get in trouble for doing this AMA?

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Do you still feel bad about your condition or do you just not care? What about your family, what do they think of your condition?


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Five years ago! I recently had the anniversary which was pretty great. I gave some more context in another answer.

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If all I wanted to talk about was my name, I wouldn't be here. I don't consider it an asset. It's just a designation. My mother actually named me after the actress Meg Ryan which I have always chastised her for.


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As long as i don't answer things that could be classified or talk about operational issues I should be good.

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Difficult question. I mostly tend to not care. In my daily life, I hugely just forget about my wheelchair entirely. It's such an essential part of my life that it'd be weird to not have it.

I would obviously prefer just to be able to walk up steps, get into a bus or train, get through a small door, be able to cycle, but I'm also very happy with the fact that I can get assistance to use public transport on my own for example.

It's a genetic disease so almost everyone in my family also has it, although in a much milder form. No one else is in a wheelchair. They obviously feel bad for me, but again, it's such an integral part of my life that we don't really ever talk about it.


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Hmm. Considering that in long space flight, the inability to prevent bone and calcium loss can be a major problem,often resulting in pathological fractures upon return to earth.

Wouldn't a good series of treatments for Osteogenesis imperfecta have a major bearing on handling bone loss in space?

Might be worth looking into for NASA funding, too.

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When all is said and done, who do you think sits upon the Iron Throne?


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Especially if somebody is already out of the military

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Have you ever eaten rhubarb cake? If not, try it. it is good.


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Nice thought! I don't think there's too much research on OI and I'm actually kind of fine with that. There's other things out there that affect people's quality of life way more that I think should be prioritized.

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Jon Snow. I think Dany will take King's Landing and ultimately (finally) realize that there won't be 7 kingdoms to rule if they are decimated by the White Walkers. She'll go North, help in the final battle against the White Walkers and die (probably sacrifice herself somehow). Most characters in aSoIaF don't get what they want or set out to get in the beginning so it would be the ultimate irony that she has been so set on winning the Iron Throne and then dies before she "really" gets to rule. I think Jon will become the reluctant King in the end. It's not what he wants, but it will be what he does.


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Just being out doesn't give an immediate pass to say anything. But it helps quite a bit in the leeway to do this.

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I've only ever seen rhubarb in canned form and it looks like puke. Thanks for the recommendation though.


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What is one of your favourite foods ? a food that makes you lookforward to eating it hours away.

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What are you up to now?


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if u had a character in a down and dirty mortal kombat-style fighting game, what fighting moves would you have?

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CHEESE PIZZA!! And for you?


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Trying to find meaning for my life. I just started a podcast with a close friend to keep me somewhat busy. I was working for ICE as a FOIA Analyst but my disabilities made it impossible to keep that job and was let go due to the amount of time i had to be away(that happened about the time i was diagnosed with Meige Syndrome). I spent 2014-2015 running a privately funded nonprofit to help other disabled veterans find employment/educational opportunities and once we finished the 2 year plan and helped as many as we could we shuttered it so the others involved could go back to careers.

I also spend a lot of time advocating for freedom of choice in options like Kratom, Cannabis/CBD, etc. This is a video from this past fall at a rally outside the White House. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxWPhmKFiIo&list=PLRyUm0RG8ZAol2Iu4GsW6ncTndaRPZAJL
That advocacy led me to be interviewed for an upcoming Chris Bell(Bigger Stonger Faster, Prescription Thugs, Trophy Kids and the executive producer for a film on Jake the Snake that can all be found on Netflix and Amazon) documentary that will be out in a couple months.

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I would probably love everything to be catrelated, so like my ultimate would be me unleashing a see of cats and drowning my enemy in it.


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That is a more complex question when it is turned around.... hrmmm... it would have to be something my mom makes, for when I go home to visit....which is a couple hours away.... hrmmmm. . . Porkipine meatballs and mashed potatoes. Damn that brings back good memories. I actually sat here thinking about that question for six minutes.

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If you can answer this question, do you believe Joseph Hickman's, a former Gitmo guard, story on how the CIA killed 3 Gitmo inmates?

Here is his interview with VICE: https://youtu.be/oirOSO4Zz-M

Edit: If you are not familiar. The reasoning was that the 3 inmates were on a hunger strike. The CIA could not interrogate (meaning torture/waterboard) them if they haven't ate. The initial hunger strike resulted in many other inmates going on a hunger strike. The CIA allegedly killed them during the night. Joseph Hickman says it was almost impossible that they were able to kill themselves due to how they were found dead.


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What is one of your favourite foods ? a food that makes you lookforward to eating it hours away.

A:

That's such a lovely answer! I can't believe you eat porcupine meatballs though, I've never heard of those, I've only seen them in zoos.


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Ive spoken to Joe but not about those stories. I think he is a pretty great guy that shared his beliefs, I wasn't there at that time so I don't know if his story is credible so can't say for sure what I believe about it.

A:

CHEESE PIZZA!! And for you?


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Favorite movie, TV show, and why?

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Have you ever eaten a banana rat or kept one as a pet?


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If you could land a punch on anyone, who would it be and why?

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Movie: Finding Neverland. My favourite tv show of all time is definitely Doctor Who. (the 2005 one) I just love everything about it, the settings, the storylines. I'm a huge escapist, so the concept of there being an infinite amount of worlds with creatures that are nothing like us to explore is amazing to me. Another thing that makes it my favourite show is Matt Smith's doctor. His childlike enthusiasm, love for the human race, I love everything about him. What are yours?


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Yes tasted one, no didn't keep as pet but they are pretty interesting and if they could be kept as a pet i would for sure do that.

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Cliché as it is, Donald Trump. I just absolutely despise that man, everything he does and stands for and I think it'd be the most satisfying feeling in the world. Then again, I can't hit very hard.


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Do you go out drinking? Are you able to risk going into crowds?

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If you had to use one word to describe all components of your experience which you are not allowed to tell us due to your NDA, what would it be?


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I would probably hit the current head of the Church of Scientology. They are group of sketchy people who do horrid things to people who criticize them like unwarranted and unlawful imprisonment, stalking, torture, and brainwashing. My arm would be sore and my hand would be all bruised up to hell (light muscular dystrophy), but it would be so worth it.

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Not really. Not in the clubbing kind of way. I have a tight knit group of friends and we do go out every weekend, but not to like a club with loud music where people dance, and that suits me just fine. It depends on what kind of crowd. I was once at a concert and I thought it'd be fine to be in the crowd and then a MOSHPIT started. I literally forced my way out of the crowd crying because I was so afraid, but the concert was still one of the best ones of my life!


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Sadness

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Ooooo David Miscavige! I watched Going Clear a while ago, can you tell. The things that guy is accused of are absolutely terrible. Did you know that his wife is missing? The police said that she had come to the station to confirm that she's alive but she hasn't been seen in public for like more than nine years. It's crazy.


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What exactly am I looking at re your eyes?

Edit: That sounds cheeky, I'm not trying to be I just don't see anything wrong with your eyes at all!

A:

Were there any funny situations you experienced whilst working at Guantanamo?


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How is your pain from breaking the bones you have? I broke my back, tailbone and pelvis 6 1/2 years ago and I am just constantly in pain! I was in a wheelchair for a short time until I relearned how to walk. So I can walk still, but I'm always hurting. Do you suffer from a lot of pain from the hardware you have and the bones you have broken? What do you do to reduce the pain?

A:

'The white of the eye' or sclera in my eye is not clear white, it's sort of a blue-greyish colour.


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Every day there was funny situations. Sadly most of them I can't share. I do remember one morning waking up to a night shift worker outside my room using a BBQ Grill and singing show tunes while grilling steaks(at about 6 am). There was always something.

A:

I'm so sorry for what happened to you! I'm not in constant pain, but the fractures do sort of come back to haunt me. I have loads of complications of them and every once in a while one of them will start hurting again, but it's nothing that can't be fixed, it's mostly discomfort.


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Why do you hate milk?

A:

Kratom has been incredibly helpful for improving my back pain and allowed me to easily stop taking the highly addictive pain killers that I had to use for the past twelve years. I know that pharmaceutical companies are trying to make medications from its alkaloids because it does not have the same risks of addiction and respiratory depression as typical opiate pain killers, but they are still trying to ban the natural form of the plant. What can we do to help keep this extremely useful plant from being taken away from us?


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With your disease do you have to follow a particular diet since I assume you process calcium differently?

A:

I just don't like the taste of it.


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There has been the theory about Big Pharma but if that was true then they would also be calling for it to not be schedule 1 as that would stop them from getting meds in the trial phase and they have been silent. HHS/FDA have said there are no drugs in trial nor investigative trials in the US(there is/was some in Japan) so i don't exactly agree this is about Big Pharma connoting the market exactly. I think what people can do is seek out the American Kratom Association, Botanical Education Alliance and Drug Policy Alliance and Donate both their time and whatever they can afford(even if thats 5 dollars) to help them continue to advocate for Kratom staying legal and accessible by the widest group of people. We should also accept that some oversight of the market can be a very good thing as it can make the overall market safer for the consumers.

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I don't think so. I presume if a different diet would alleviate my symptoms, my doctors would tell me! It mostly has to do with collagen I think, not calcium.


Q:

if u had a character in a down and dirty mortal kombat-style fighting game, what fighting moves would you have?

A:

Have you ever helped out a prisoner in a small way like giving them more slightly more food?


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Do you feel your condition is too much the focus of attention with peers? Would you rather people forgot it more often, or would you rather more people asked you about it?

A:

I would probably love everything to be catrelated, so like my ultimate would be me unleashing a see of cats and drowning my enemy in it.


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Ive never dealt with any prisoners, just detainees as prisoners would have been tried and convicted in a court. I would help any detainee that asked to the best of my ability.

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I don't really know. For me my wheelchair is such a normal part of daily life, that sometimes when meeting new people I genuinely forget that they might be wondering what's wrong with me. I think it's fine the way it is actually. When I meet a new person it feels unnatural to just tell them why I'm in a wheelchair, so I do wait for them to ask me.


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Did you have any detainees you would consider friends? Also, have you learned any life lessons from their experiences of they were able to share with you?

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Do you or have you considered a service animal to help you with your day to day life?


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Not a question I can answer.

A:

I absolutely love animals but I don't think that'd be of much use to me. I can basically do everything myself, except for reaching high cabinets and stuff. Usually when I drop something on the ground, someone will reach for it and then I'll get it before them and say something like 'Well I'm closer to the ground!!'


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That explains it very clearly. Thank you.

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You're welcome.


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How many Corona's did you drink in one seating at that bar by the beach open to service members? I think my record was 9.

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I am not much for corona and the bar in Camp America was rarely open when i was there for some reason.


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Really? Why was it rarely closed? Looked like the only hoping spot for services members on the whole island.

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Have no clue, I wasn't there working for MWR and don't know why but I only caught it open a couple times in the time i was there


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Where are your thoughts on oatmeal cookies?

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Not a fan if they have raisins but Oatmeal Chocolate Chip are pretty awesome. There is a great place in DC that makes those and adds some sea salt on the top, probably the best cookie made.


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I think you're talking about Sticky Fingers. I dream about that cookie, even if the parking is atrocious and a cop yelled at me as I was walking out of he shop.

A:

Actually its a shop at Union Market called Teaism. But now I must know about Sticky Fingers.


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Hey Andrew, I was wondering about the general demeanor of the guards. Are they just average folks "doing their job," or do they enjoy taking part in one of the fucked up processes of our democracy?

I hope that makes sense, morning coffee has yet to kick in.

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The vast majority are just regular people that are just doing the job assigned them. As in any group of people there will always be some that find pleasure in doing things the general public would see as "fucked up"


Q:

I noticed you mentioned your hand injury a few times in other responses. If you're allowed, would you care to elaborate on your injury?

A:

Best answer I can give is the one i gave during this interview with Vice News. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDO1SjX5Zmc&t=8s&index=1&list=PLRyUm0RG8ZArAeb-z9hxa74lcjuy4MAeS


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Thank you for the answer, which is at 4:50 for those interested. I watched the whole video. Sounds like an awful experience. Thank you for your service, and I hope you and all veterans get the care they need and deserve.

A:

I appreciate that. I hope we as a country stop using the military as a cudgel when we could generally find better options. But if the military is going to be used then there should be many making sure care is in place.


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I'm probably over-simplifying this but if Guantanamo was built as a military prison, why does the President need Congressional approval to transfers, to Leavenworth for example or some other place like that?

Where does the line get drawn between on his authority as Commander in Chief for something like where military prisoners are held?

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Yeah that is a very simplified question that doesn't have a simple answer.

While the President can do many things he doesn't control the budgets, Congress does. This is where i break with many in saying that was the mistake President Obama made by trying to force this as early as he did without gaining proper support for his plan. Im not sure if he knew that would happen, if he did then it was a political plan but I hate to think it was used as a bargaining chip in some way.

As they are detainees and not prisoners(until they are tried/convicted) they have to be kept separate from military prisoners and so would require separate areas to be detained by law even in the US. There was a great option of a High Security prison that hadn't been opened on the western side of Illinois that could have been a perfect option for the BOP to do this with but that plan came far to late.

Political figures played the fear of citizens to keep Presidents Obamas plan from ever coming to fruition and many/most in the US supported that because they really don't seem to know all the issues of keeping Gitmo open.


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Not sure if it was asked yet, but what were the things that you seized from inmates?? Any drugs??shanks??? Do they drink hooch there?? Has anyone that you met in there got out and done something newsworthy?? Who was the most interesting person you came across in there??

A:

Sorry can't answer that.


Q:

Reading through these responses, it seems like you've tried various natural remedies outside of what the VA can prescribe.

I'm assuming you get your healthcare through the VA, ever have any problems with them stemming from having assorted substances in your system ?

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My doctors were involved every step of the way, while i advocate for anyone making the choices for themselves I've made a conscious effort to keep my doctors very in the loop and a part of the process for me. While they can't prescribe some of the substances they can oversee and monitor my health while taking them and will as long as what I'm taking is legal and/or okayed by law. Its a tough line to walk for sure but I've had some very amazing doctors every step of the way and they were very much a part of all the options I've tried.


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Okay I'm not going to mince words on this: People keep accusing Guantanamo of being this prison of torture. How true is this?

A:

It isn't. Much of that is due to people not understanding what happened with the enhanced interrogations was done away from Guantanamo not at Guantanamo. There will always be things many don't agree with about Gitmo and the line then gets a bit blurry.


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I was a navy brat and in the late 70s my dad was stationed at gitmo (accompanied tour.) It was by far the best duty station we ever pulled. I was wondering how that has changed since it's a detention Center now. Are there still dependents on base? Free movies and pools? Unspoiled beaches with crystal clear water? Dolphins playing around the ferry?

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All still there, just part of the base is closed due to the JTF


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How did you come to find Kratom and what's your personal approach to it now?

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Around 2 years ago I was dealing with a condition called Meige Syndrome(its a rare movement disorder) that the doctors really didn't know what had caused it. My PTSD issues and chronic pain of dealing with Degenerative Disc Disease and pain from a fairly damaged hand made the Meige Syndrome far worse. I was hitting a point of hopelessness because nothing they tried was working and I was deteriorating, I didn't want to become one of the 20+ veterans a day committing suicide but id truly lost hope in my situation. My doctors luckily recognized that and suggested I look in to some natural options(they couldn't prescribe them but they can monitor my choices). Took a while to find but kept seeing some interesting stories about Kratom(MJ didn't do much for me except make my anxiety worse so that was out and wasn't legal where I live anyway).

Now 2 years later I've regained a massive part of the quality of life i lost due to service connected issues and Meige Syndrome. My personal approach is all things in moderation, I try to encourage anyone thinking about it as an option spend a lot of time reading everything you can to decide if the benefits outweigh any risks.


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What other natural remedies did you try? Did any come close to the positive effects of kratom?

A:

Acupuncture, hyperbaric chamber treatment, massage, yoga, some other plants. They all helped a bit but nothing worked as well as Kratom has for my situation.


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What would you like to share with people with more conservative thoughts on the matter and would like to continue the work at Gitmo?

Over the past years there has been conclusions by the scientific community that evaluated the effects of torture. Do you believe we are on a good track and will have better methodologies soon? If so, have you seen better measures and better processes implemented during your time?

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The one thing id suggest to this more conservative in nature, go see how much is spent(and continues to be spent) keeping it open. The same job could be done inside a US Supermax for a tiny percentage. The other thing that the conservative minded tend to think more about is veterans health. Go read the study that the DOD didn't want released about the mental health problems of service members being deployed there. Should that just continue?


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Two questions:

  1. Feel free to answer this question with as few details as you like - what's the most fun conversation you had with a detainee?

  2. If you always were skeptical about Gitmo, what motivated you to join in the first place? Sure, you thought Gitmo would close but at a deeper level, why did you choose to serve?

A:
  1. Can't answer that. Sorry.

  2. I actually joined to be a dog handler, i wanted to work with bomb dogs to keep others safe in bad places. Sadly at the beginning of my time in I promoted to quickly and missed my opportunity to become a dog handler. I was living overseas when 9/11 happened and for me seeing my country attacked while gone bothered me for a long time and when i returned I decided at age 30 to join the military and go active duty.


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Hey thanks for doing this AMA,

Did your wife come with you to Gitmo? If she did, do y'all live separately or was she one of your roomates? If she didn't, how did you guys cope with being far away? I assume internet access/speed isn't that great over there.

Also, what is there to do for down-time? If the theatre closed, you must get tired of the monotony day-in-and-out. I can only play Texas-Hold'Em so many times before getting bored.

A:

No she didn't. It wasn't the first time we had been apart, we got married in 2007 but didn't live together full time until I got back from a middle east deployment in 2008. Then lived together for 8 months when i deployed to Gitmo. Takes a very strong relationship and we were both a bit older by that point.

The beaches are amazing. Diving/Snorkling/surfing/video games/just hanging out in down time/great gyms and fitness programs.


Q:

Are you worried that the new president elect will make Gitmo's conditions even worse than what they already are? If so, how? How do you think he will treat the issue of military mental health as well?

A:

I will always be worried about that until it closes. The President Elects comments recently are cause for some concern. As for how he could make it worse thats very difficult to say as it could vary wildly.

His nominee of a pretty solid VA secretary leads me to believe he may actually be concerned about veteran mental and physical health. Im going to just wait and see how that comes about.


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Thank you!

A:

You are welcome.


Q:

What is your experience with Kratom? Do you use it regularly?

A:

Ive been taking Kratom daily(except for a 4 day break monthly) for almost 2 years now.