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MedicalIamA former herpes sufferer who took part in a clinical trial for a vaccine that works!

Jan 17th 2017 by Rational-Vaxxer • 15 Questions • 121 Points

My short bio: Hey everyone, My name is Infidelix.. I am the rapper from the subway video... I am setting up this AMA so I can talk about what happened with the video and the girl.. what I do as a street performer... and talk abit about my new album...

My Proof: www.facebook.com/infidelix https://www.reddit.com/r/videos/comments/5nv232/girl_joins_rapper_in_the_subway_for_an_impromptu/

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Is it weird that this whole thing reads like a bad attempt at viral marketing?

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Does your dental plan reflect the dental care of the time period? A mixture of nothing and pure horror?


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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?


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I'm from Ohio. How can we keep them from trying to pass bullshit legislation like they tried recently?

To be more specific, they wanted to select a fixed number of 'farmers' in the area and they would be the only sources allowed to supply the dispensaries. These farmers were pre-selected and were close to the group pushing the legislation. They would have been a legal, lawful monopoly and I can only imagine what the prices would have been.

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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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Why did you pick Berlin?


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Does your dental plan reflect the dental care of the time period? A mixture of nothing and pure horror?

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I'm from Ohio. How can we keep them from trying to pass bullshit legislation like they tried recently?

To be more specific, they wanted to select a fixed number of 'farmers' in the area and they would be the only sources allowed to supply the dispensaries. These farmers were pre-selected and were close to the group pushing the legislation. They would have been a legal, lawful monopoly and I can only imagine what the prices would have been.


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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?

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What's your best tip for people so they avoid being in your previous situation entirely?


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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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Why did you pick Berlin?

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Nah, it does sound pretty cheesy. My friend who helped me set this up (I'm new to Reddit) even told me that my intro sounded like an infomercial, but none of it is a lie and I'm not here looking for handouts, and it wont be on the market to purchase until it is proven effective in further studies. Just trying to spread awareness of the change.org petition that another trial participant made, and to tell my story.

Trust me, if you had sores on your dick 3x a month for 20 years and then you didn't- you'd sound pretty enthusiastic about it too lol.

Or maybe you'd do what most people would do and not tell anyone at all. My friend joked with me after the CBS interview that I'm becoming the "face of herpes," but if I'm spreading hope and awareness, that makes it worth it to me.


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There is no dental plan for part time employees, so yes, yes it does reflect the dental care of the medieval ages XD

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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 answer to your question is to keep doing what you're doing. Ohio voters clearly thought that initiative was wrong for Ohio, so they voted it down, and in doing so, they sent a message that that type of a proposal isn't going to fly.

I can't imagine anyone would be foolish enough to propose the same thing again. MPP certainly took it into account when we worked with local activists to bring forward a medical marijuana initiative last year. We have never backed laws like the 2015 Ohio initiative, but we took extra precautions to ensure our medical initiative avoided that type of system. I imagine anyone who supports a broader adult-use initiative in the future would also take similar precautions. At least I would hope.


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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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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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There is no dental plan for part time employees, so yes, yes it does reflect the dental care of the medieval ages XD


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The answer to your question is to keep doing what you're doing. Ohio voters clearly thought that initiative was wrong for Ohio, so they voted it down, and in doing so, they sent a message that that type of a proposal isn't going to fly.

I can't imagine anyone would be foolish enough to propose the same thing again. MPP certainly took it into account when we worked with local activists to bring forward a medical marijuana initiative last year. We have never backed laws like the 2015 Ohio initiative, but we took extra precautions to ensure our medical initiative avoided that type of system. I imagine anyone who supports a broader adult-use initiative in the future would also take similar precautions. At least I would hope.

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


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Great question! My best tip would be to not bury your head in the sand and hope that the situation will go away. My initial student loan balance of $74k ballooned to $107k simply because I ignored the problem, stopped making payments, and let some of my loans slip into default. So I always encourage student loan borrowers to take action rather than let what happened to me happen to them. Perhaps that means switching to an income-driven repayment plan or putting student loans in deferment. Either of these options is better than ignoring the bills and missing payments. Ignoring the problem doesn’t make it go away. It only makes things worse.

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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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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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Pun :P

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How do you enjoy the job and experience? I've always wanted to go to one Medival Times, but my dad used to tell me it wasn't worth. Now I'm too old to go without a kid.


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

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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?


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AZ voters quashed legalizing recreational use in November. I believe that part of the reason for its failure to pass was that even people who are pro-recreational did not like how the law was structured.

Is it better to pass an imperfect law and tweak later? or should the goal be to have a robust law pass which would require little to no changes after implementation from the get-go?

EDIT: grammar and adding a big Thank you! for taking the time to do this.

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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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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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How do you enjoy the job and experience? I've always wanted to go to one Medival Times, but my dad used to tell me it wasn't worth. Now I'm too old to go without a kid.

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AZ voters quashed legalizing recreational use in November. I believe that part of the reason for its failure to pass was that even people who are pro-recreational did not like how the law was structured.

Is it better to pass an imperfect law and tweak later? or should the goal be to have a robust law pass which would require little to no changes after implementation from the get-go?

EDIT: grammar and adding a big Thank you! for taking the time to do this.


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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?

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This is why I eat sugary foods, to help poor up and coming dentists pay off their loans. Not because I don't have self control. Not that.


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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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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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and by worked.... I mean I no longer suffer and get outbreaks. I was getting 2 to 3 a month. I've only had one in almost 7 months. as a plus 65% of the Phase one participants have gone into complete remission.


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Well, let me put it this way: the job sucks. I wanted to get a job just for some experience when I was in high school, and Medieval Times was like 5 minutes away from my house so I applied there, but I could have applied to any grocery store like 99% of the high schoolers do. It's very tedious work and can be very stressful at times on busy days, but the reason why I kept going back to work, even though the job sucks (shoving a $22 glow toy into every parent's eyes and trying to convince them to buy it is not fun), it's the people there. I've made some amazing friends there that I would not have met otherwise, and everyone in your department becomes a family, abet a very dysfunctional family.

If you're "too old", my recommendation is that if you're over 21, go there with several friends and get completely wasted there. Yes it will be expensive (possibly pregame?), but I've seen so many adults do it and have a blast. The best times to go if you want to do that is probably the 7:30pm show on a Saturday, since there's a lot more groups of adults that just want to get drunk with their friends and have fun and a lot less families.

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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 think the AZ initiative would have lost even if every "pro-legalization" voter voted for it. It might have received 49.9% instead of 49.7%, but I don't think it'd have won. The reason it lost is because (1) there was a massively well-funded opposition (spent ~$6 million, which is maybe the second or third most ever spent against a marijuana initiative); (2) a lot of the media outlets were quite slanted in their coverage, including the AZ Republic, which is the largest media outlet in a state with few large outlets; and most importantly, (3) this was the first time it had appeared on the ballot and the media and voters were new to it. There had been no local legalization/adult-use efforts like there had been in CO, WA, CA, MA, etc.

I don't think there is any way to pass a "perfect law" because there is no such thing as a perfect law. It's far too complex an issue and there are far too many viewpoints on it to appease every single person. You also have to factor in the potential for passage. Is a ballot initiative really perfect if it is all but certain to fail?

What we have seen time and time again is that reform is an ongoing process, not a finite solution. As we have seen in Colorado, the initiative laid the foundation and improvements will continue to be made.


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

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Well, let me put it this way: the job sucks. I wanted to get a job just for some experience when I was in high school, and Medieval Times was like 5 minutes away from my house so I applied there, but I could have applied to any grocery store like 99% of the high schoolers do. It's very tedious work and can be very stressful at times on busy days, but the reason why I kept going back to work, even though the job sucks (shoving a $22 glow toy into every parent's eyes and trying to convince them to buy it is not fun), it's the people there. I've made some amazing friends there that I would not have met otherwise, and everyone in your department becomes a family, abet a very dysfunctional family.

If you're "too old", my recommendation is that if you're over 21, go there with several friends and get completely wasted there. Yes it will be expensive (possibly pregame?), but I've seen so many adults do it and have a blast. The best times to go if you want to do that is probably the 7:30pm show on a Saturday, since there's a lot more groups of adults that just want to get drunk with their friends and have fun and a lot less families.


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I think the AZ initiative would have lost even if every "pro-legalization" voter voted for it. It might have received 49.9% instead of 49.7%, but I don't think it'd have won. The reason it lost is because (1) there was a massively well-funded opposition (spent ~$6 million, which is maybe the second or third most ever spent against a marijuana initiative); (2) a lot of the media outlets were quite slanted in their coverage, including the AZ Republic, which is the largest media outlet in a state with few large outlets; and most importantly, (3) this was the first time it had appeared on the ballot and the media and voters were new to it. There had been no local legalization/adult-use efforts like there had been in CO, WA, CA, MA, etc.

I don't think there is any way to pass a "perfect law" because there is no such thing as a perfect law. It's far too complex an issue and there are far too many viewpoints on it to appease every single person. You also have to factor in the potential for passage. Is a ballot initiative really perfect if it is all but certain to fail?

What we have seen time and time again is that reform is an ongoing process, not a finite solution. As we have seen in Colorado, the initiative laid the foundation and improvements will continue to be made.

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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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haha - nice... fueling the economy one snickers bar at a time!

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


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So this is more like a "therapeutic vaccine" which is more like a treatment for Herpes not a cure or a preventive. It treats the noticeable symptoms of herpes. It's good that there may be another treatment option of herpes sufferers that doesn't require a daily pill.

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Wow, never knew adults without kids actually went there. Just seemed way too campy, but I see why that would be fun as hell for a person my age.


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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?

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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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Has anyone followed that ~$6million money trail. That seems like a lot of money to piss away on something like this. I would guess that it might be possible that some if not a majority of it cam from those who profit off the black market, especially people south of the border there.

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What would happen if you did, tho?


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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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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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Wow, never knew adults without kids actually went there. Just seemed way too campy, but I see why that would be fun as hell for a person my age.

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Has anyone followed that ~$6million money trail. That seems like a lot of money to piss away on something like this. I would guess that it might be possible that some if not a majority of it cam from those who profit off the black market, especially people south of the border there.


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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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I'm super overwhelmed with all the options to repay federal loans (~$67,500 direct un/subsidized). I'm working in public service and currently qualify for the forgiveness program. What disadvantages are there to paying back the loans based on an income-driven plan or the public service forgiveness program?


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What would happen if you did, tho?

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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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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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Well what the company is aiming for is a functional cure- as in, the virus will still be latent in one's body but unable to cause physical harm due to a drastically increased immune response.

The TheravaxHSV-2 vaccine is designed to reintroduce the body to HSV-2 in a more-controlled manner using a live-viral vaccine. This live-viral vaccine has attenuating mutations which slows the replication process of HSV-2 thereby slowing down the immune evasion strategies while simultaneously exposing the host to the full complement of HSV-2’s 75 viral proteins. As a consequence, it is the intent of the vaccine to expose the individual’s immune response to the HSV-2 proteins it may have been “missing” in order to effectively control the disease. Part of the trial is also determining proper dosage. Phase 2-3 Which is starting soon. Whether it will have the ability to eliminate shedding entirely will be determined in the future, but as of now the company's aim is to eliminate or significantly decrease physical symptoms of the disease including the under-recognized (by medical professionals) neuralgia that some herpes sufferers experience.

The company is also designing a preventative vaccine that has not been tested in humans yet but has been proven successful in animal studies. So discordant couples will hopefully have nothing to worry about in terms of transmission in the future.


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So many couples and adult groups. Like, I was shocked when I started there. For the 7:30 show on Saturdays I would almost say that it's a 50-50 split between families and adult groups. Hell, we get an engagement request at least once a month, sometimes even once a week!

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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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They received a solid chunk of dough from a shady AZ-based pharma company that produces a deadly painkiller and is in the process of developing "pharmaceutical cannabinoids." https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/09/09/a-maker-of-deadly-painkillers-is-bankrolling-the-opposition-to-legal-marijuana-in-arizona/


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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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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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So many couples and adult groups. Like, I was shocked when I started there. For the 7:30 show on Saturdays I would almost say that it's a 50-50 split between families and adult groups. Hell, we get an engagement request at least once a month, sometimes even once a week!


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They received a solid chunk of dough from a shady AZ-based pharma company that produces a deadly painkiller and is in the process of developing "pharmaceutical cannabinoids." https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/09/09/a-maker-of-deadly-painkillers-is-bankrolling-the-opposition-to-legal-marijuana-in-arizona/

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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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Yeah, there’s no doubt that the number of federal options is overwhelming and there’s not a ton of help on choosing the best one for you. But it’s great to hear you’re familiar with the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program (PSLF)! This program is one of the best deals out there. In order to receive full forgiveness on your eligible federal loans (and your Direct unsubsidized loans are eligible), you must complete 120 monthly payments (10 years) on an income-driven repayment plan and/or the Standard, 10 Year Repayment Plan.

So if you’re not already enrolled, getting onto an income-driven plan should be your first move. Counter-intuitively, you want to minimize the amount you pay when you’re pursuing PSLF because anything you don’t pay is ultimately going to be forgiven anyway. one of these plans is the first step. In addition, you must: Work in qualifying public service employment for at least 30 hours/week while making those 120 payments (sounds like you’ve got this covered). Completed the PSLF employer certification form for each employer during that 10 year period. You can find that here. Then, after you’ve completed 120 monthly payments, you can complete the forgiveness application!

Public Service Loan Forgiveness be a great option for public teachers, government workers, or non-profit employees who are struggling to repay their federal student loans. Doctors working in public hospitals can often take advantage of this program as well. You can learn more here.

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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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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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Yes I'm aware of the goals but I'm skeptical since many other people have made the same claims and goals but never achieved them. There have been other studies and treatments that have shown what this treatment has shown; reduction in noticeable symptoms. So far this hasn't shown anything new. It will be interesting to see what happens next

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What was the craziest thing that happened?


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

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


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Do you believe in legalizing other drugs or plants, such as psilocybin mushrooms or mescaline containing cacti?

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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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To me the situation speaks to how relationships in life can be. You met a stranger to collab and you made beautiful music together, but for some reason things just don't work out.

It's nice to think that music surpasses the bullshit that life can bring, but sometimes it's not enough.


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What was the craziest thing that happened?

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Do you believe in legalizing other drugs or plants, such as psilocybin mushrooms or mescaline containing cacti?


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

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Are you taxed on the amount that is forgiven? It still would be cheaper regardless but just curious if you should be saving for a lump sum to pay off.


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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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To me the situation speaks to how relationships in life can be. You met a stranger to collab and you made beautiful music together, but for some reason things just don't work out.

It's nice to think that music surpasses the bullshit that life can bring, but sometimes it's not enough.

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There are other therapeutic vaccines in the works, and some that have failed, but they are/were sub-unit vaccines, and were/are able to make marginal reductions in people's symptoms- if that. This vaccine is a live attenuated vaccine, and is proving to be a lot more effective. I understand your skepticism, which is why I'd like to share my story and hopefully get some people to sign the change.org petition to help advance this technology/further studies.

Skepticism shouldn't stop advancements in science, and testing of new technologies. Sometimes, rarely in this world, the things that sound too good to be true are actually true. In my case, this has been life changing.


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Hmm, I'll answer your question with two different stories, one story related to customers and one story related to staff.

Customers: One time a few years back it was thought that Medieval Times should hold a beer tasting event. Great idea on paper. Guests would pay a few extra bucks on top of their admission and get to taste all kinds of beer from all over the local Chicago area.

What actually happened was that basically a bunch of people got drunk real fast. Since it was after the show when the beer tasting happened, most of the staff was gone, so there was only at most 10 employees that were actually from Medieval Times that was there. Apparently when maintenance came back the next morning to get the castle ready for the show that day, they found curtains ripped straight out of the wall, display cases that were broken, basically the castle was in shambles. There was a couple there that broke up during the beer tasting event, which was really funny for my manager at the time to watch since she's seen so many couples get engaged at Medieval Times, and it was refreshing to see one just fall apart.

Staff: Once worked with a coworker who didn't know what to say and what not to say. So once it was so cold that the sprinkler system pipe burst and set off the fire alarm. Naturally, we started evacuating everyone outside (which was hard enough since it was like 0 degrees that day), but this one coworker thought it would have been funny to run around and yell "WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE!" at all the little kids, which of course made them all cry.

That coworker was later fired for trying to steal a bunch of My Little Pony plushies.

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

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MPP works exclusively on marijuana policy, so professionally I don't get into addressing those substances.

Personally, I believe the use of any substance should be treated as a health issue and not a criminal justice issue. I think all substances should be treated based on their relative effects and potent for harm. In other words, I don't think it's a legal-vs-illegal situation — it's a lot more complex with different approaches to different substances.


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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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beware of snakes. they are all around us.

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Hmm, I'll answer your question with two different stories, one story related to customers and one story related to staff.

Customers: One time a few years back it was thought that Medieval Times should hold a beer tasting event. Great idea on paper. Guests would pay a few extra bucks on top of their admission and get to taste all kinds of beer from all over the local Chicago area.

What actually happened was that basically a bunch of people got drunk real fast. Since it was after the show when the beer tasting happened, most of the staff was gone, so there was only at most 10 employees that were actually from Medieval Times that was there. Apparently when maintenance came back the next morning to get the castle ready for the show that day, they found curtains ripped straight out of the wall, display cases that were broken, basically the castle was in shambles. There was a couple there that broke up during the beer tasting event, which was really funny for my manager at the time to watch since she's seen so many couples get engaged at Medieval Times, and it was refreshing to see one just fall apart.

Staff: Once worked with a coworker who didn't know what to say and what not to say. So once it was so cold that the sprinkler system pipe burst and set off the fire alarm. Naturally, we started evacuating everyone outside (which was hard enough since it was like 0 degrees that day), but this one coworker thought it would have been funny to run around and yell "WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE!" at all the little kids, which of course made them all cry.

That coworker was later fired for trying to steal a bunch of My Little Pony plushies.


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MPP works exclusively on marijuana policy, so professionally I don't get into addressing those substances.

Personally, I believe the use of any substance should be treated as a health issue and not a criminal justice issue. I think all substances should be treated based on their relative effects and potent for harm. In other words, I don't think it's a legal-vs-illegal situation — it's a lot more complex with different approaches to different substances.

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


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Good news, you don’t have to pay any taxes for loans forgiven under PSLF! You only have to pay income tax on loans forgiven through an income-driven repayment plan (which also only grant forgiveness after 20-25 years depending on the plan). So basically, if you didn’t claim your tax-free PSLF forgiveness after 10 years, you could continue paying for 20-25 years and receive taxable forgiveness. Needless to say, if you qualify for PSLF, this is a much better option.

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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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beware of snakes. they are all around us.


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and were/are able to make marginal reductions in people's symptoms- if that.

Actually a VZV vaccine was seen to reduce noticeable symptoms to zero in 24 patients, more than the 20 patients that were in your study

https://www.dovepress.com/efficacy-of-the-anti-vzv-anti-hsv3-vaccine-in-hsv1-and-hsv2-recurrent--peer-reviewed-article-OAJCT

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That coworker was later fired for trying to steal a bunch of My Little Pony plushies

Male or female? This information will help with my imaginings


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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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Thank you for doing this AMA.

My question involves workplace drug testing. As you know, many companies continue to do pre-employment drug testing as well as others who will also conduct random testing. In states where marijuana is legalized, we are still seeing that companies are not shifting their drug testing policies; they are still testing for and refusing to hire a person who has ingested a legal substance.

In my opinion, marijuana legalization will not be completely successful unless these policies are changed, and while Congress may be convinced to full legalization, I'm worried about the private companies who will continue to punish their employees for consuming marijuana, even if they do it off company time and do not show up to work high.

So my question is, what are MPP's ideas for changing the workplace drug testing policy?

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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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Cool thing :)


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That coworker was later fired for trying to steal a bunch of My Little Pony plushies

Male or female? This information will help with my imaginings

A:

Thank you for doing this AMA.

My question involves workplace drug testing. As you know, many companies continue to do pre-employment drug testing as well as others who will also conduct random testing. In states where marijuana is legalized, we are still seeing that companies are not shifting their drug testing policies; they are still testing for and refusing to hire a person who has ingested a legal substance.

In my opinion, marijuana legalization will not be completely successful unless these policies are changed, and while Congress may be convinced to full legalization, I'm worried about the private companies who will continue to punish their employees for consuming marijuana, even if they do it off company time and do not show up to work high.

So my question is, what are MPP's ideas for changing the workplace drug testing policy?


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Did you make any friends during the war?

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I currently have 55,000 dollars of student loans. My interest is 6.75% and I feel like I just cannot make a dent. With a mortgage and car payments I just feel like this is impossible. Any advice?


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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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Cool thing :)

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Also, the VZV vaccine is live attenuated, not sub-unit.


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Male.

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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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Our position is that employers should treat marijuana similarly to alcohol. Employees should not be punished for responsible off-the-job consumption that does not affect their work. Obviously there are some occupations out there that are more sensitive than others (pilots, electrical workers, etc.), but we already have public policies that address safety-sensitive occupations.

The question is how to bring about such policies. And it's worth noting that different states handle this subject in different ways. For example, some states have laws that prohibit employers from firing employees solely for engaging in a legal activity. Other states do not have such laws and allow employers to fire employees without cause. So it could be the case that this will not be handled as a marijuana-specific issue and just falls under other employment laws. But that's not to say it will result in the fairest outcome. Even in Colorado, which does have such a law that protects employees who engage in legal activities, the courts determined marijuana use is not covered because it is still an illegal activity under federal law.

This subject (employment) is NOT unique to marijuana. Dictating employment policies via public policy is always a politically sensitive subject. Lawmakers know it is touchy and so do advocates and political professionals who work on ballot measures.

That is why, ultimately, I think this is going to be an issue that gets sorted out culturally. It might get addressed legally at times, and we have seen employment protections included in some marijuana policy reforms. But overall, it is just going to be a matter of time before more laws change and the public's attitude changes. For the same reason that most employers would not want to fire good workers (and then recruit and train replacements who may not be as good/experienced) simply for legally using alcohol while they're off the job, most employers are not going to want to go through all of that for employees who legally use marijuana off the job. It simply is not good for business.

The problem is that we still have a lot of people out there who still believe a lot of the old reefer madness and actually think a marijuana user is unfit for employment. But people's attitudes are changing and as the old guard is replaced by people who have more modern views on marijuana, businesses will voluntarily change their policies. Changes in marijuana's legal status will help too — there are surely employers out there who don't care so much about marijuana as they do about having a "lawbreaker" on the payroll. And keep in mind that larger companies with offices/locations in multiple states might want/need to treat all of its employees equally, so they might not make these changes until marijuana laws change in all of those states. Or possibly not until there are federal changes.

When it comes to our work, we want to promote the fairest policies possible. But sometimes it is clear that putting something in a bill or initiative re: employment policies will all but guarantee it's failure. If we believe that will be the case, we oftentimes keep measures silent on the subject because we know it will be something that gets addressed quicker if we make progress. If our goals are to end prohibition and protect employees' rights, but it's clear that including the latter will doom both goals, then it makes sense to address the former. It will then be much easier to address the latter.


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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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hey!!! my newest labum will come out on the 29th. u can pre order it now tho and i send it off early. www.fundrazr.com/keepinfidelixindependent

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Male.


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Our position is that employers should treat marijuana similarly to alcohol. Employees should not be punished for responsible off-the-job consumption that does not affect their work. Obviously there are some occupations out there that are more sensitive than others (pilots, electrical workers, etc.), but we already have public policies that address safety-sensitive occupations.

The question is how to bring about such policies. And it's worth noting that different states handle this subject in different ways. For example, some states have laws that prohibit employers from firing employees solely for engaging in a legal activity. Other states do not have such laws and allow employers to fire employees without cause. So it could be the case that this will not be handled as a marijuana-specific issue and just falls under other employment laws. But that's not to say it will result in the fairest outcome. Even in Colorado, which does have such a law that protects employees who engage in legal activities, the courts determined marijuana use is not covered because it is still an illegal activity under federal law.

This subject (employment) is NOT unique to marijuana. Dictating employment policies via public policy is always a politically sensitive subject. Lawmakers know it is touchy and so do advocates and political professionals who work on ballot measures.

That is why, ultimately, I think this is going to be an issue that gets sorted out culturally. It might get addressed legally at times, and we have seen employment protections included in some marijuana policy reforms. But overall, it is just going to be a matter of time before more laws change and the public's attitude changes. For the same reason that most employers would not want to fire good workers (and then recruit and train replacements who may not be as good/experienced) simply for legally using alcohol while they're off the job, most employers are not going to want to go through all of that for employees who legally use marijuana off the job. It simply is not good for business.

The problem is that we still have a lot of people out there who still believe a lot of the old reefer madness and actually think a marijuana user is unfit for employment. But people's attitudes are changing and as the old guard is replaced by people who have more modern views on marijuana, businesses will voluntarily change their policies. Changes in marijuana's legal status will help too — there are surely employers out there who don't care so much about marijuana as they do about having a "lawbreaker" on the payroll. And keep in mind that larger companies with offices/locations in multiple states might want/need to treat all of its employees equally, so they might not make these changes until marijuana laws change in all of those states. Or possibly not until there are federal changes.

When it comes to our work, we want to promote the fairest policies possible. But sometimes it is clear that putting something in a bill or initiative re: employment policies will all but guarantee it's failure. If we believe that will be the case, we oftentimes keep measures silent on the subject because we know it will be something that gets addressed quicker if we make progress. If our goals are to end prohibition and protect employees' rights, but it's clear that including the latter will doom both goals, then it makes sense to address the former. It will then be much easier to address the latter.

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


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Hi, and thanks for your question! If those $55,000 are federal student loans, you’ve got plenty of options for reducing your payments while you focus on other debt like that mortgage. One of the best choices may be to look into income-driven repayment plans. These are a set of plans available for federal loans that will set your payments to be in line with your income, rather than using your loan balance as a basis.

I actually was enrolled in one of these plans while I was struggling to juggle all of my debt. You can read more about them here and calculate your potential payments using these calculators. I hope this helps!

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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.

A:

hey!!! my newest labum will come out on the 29th. u can pre order it now tho and i send it off early. www.fundrazr.com/keepinfidelixindependent


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Why did your treatment have to take place off US soil?

And... What is preventing this treatment from being brought to the US?

Sounds kinda sketchy to be honest...

A:

How does one get into these kinds of jobs?


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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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What can I do to legalize marijuana? How can I help? Who can I contact, and what should I ask them? I live in NC.

Edit: added details.

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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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Sadly no reply to my questions above :(


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How does one get into these kinds of jobs?

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What can I do to legalize marijuana? How can I help? Who can I contact, and what should I ask them? I live in NC.

Edit: added details.


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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?

A:

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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Sadly no reply to my questions above :(

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Bill Halford has aggressive and malignant brain cancer, so he doesn't really have the time to wait around for NIH grants to throw him the money necessary to conduct trials in the US. He was able to do so cheaper in St. Kitt's, and in the future Mexico as their administrations do not have the FDA red-tape ours has, and he can get the therapeutic through trials and into markets faster by going overseas. It's sad, but the FDA is terrified of live-attenuated vaccines to the point where they would rather let diseases spread than sample their safety in small populations.

This is why Phase 1 only included n=20, it was primarily a safety study. With data backing the end point of the study: this attenuated vaccine does not cause harm (he has even injected himself multiple times). Now studies will continue wherever they are allowed to continue, and part of the reason I'm doing this AMA is to hopefully get signatures for the change.org petition and give Dr. Bill Halford time to present his decades of research and findings from this trial to Congress.

Dr. Bill Halford has his own blog, and he touches more on the subject in this post.


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You have to apply in person. They don't list their jobs on the website, but almost all departments in the castle (at least the Schaumburg castle) have openings for part-time (they always need people!). Most of the time the Administration office entrance is separate from the main entrance (in Schamburg, the main entrance is to the right of the parking, while the offices are to the left). Once you enter ask the receptionist for a job application, and they'll be happy to explain to you the different departments available.

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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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Most importantly and at the most basic level, you can talk about the issue, starting with the people closest to you and working your way out to the people furthest from you. Talk to your family members and friends. Make sure they know this issue is important to you and let them know why. I also strongly encourage you to begin by making sure they understand marijuana is a less harmful substance than alcohol — this is a critical fact that many people still don't know. In the case of opponents, people are more likely to reconsider their long-held beliefs if they are approached by somoene close to them, as opposed to being handed a flyer or seeing an ad.

As for taking things to the next level, find out what's happenign your state. You can do this on our website at https://www.mpp.org/states Find out if there is good or bad marijuana legislation on the agenda this year and then be sure to contact your state legislators about it.

You can also take action at the federal level by contacting your U.S. rep and senator — https://www.mpp.org/federal

Look around online to see if there are any local organizations that have already been formed to work on this issue in your state or city. If there are, try reaching out to them to see how you can get involved.


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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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sorry, i had to go to the grocery store.. nothign is opened on sundays here lol

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You have to apply in person. They don't list their jobs on the website, but almost all departments in the castle (at least the Schaumburg castle) have openings for part-time (they always need people!). Most of the time the Administration office entrance is separate from the main entrance (in Schamburg, the main entrance is to the right of the parking, while the offices are to the left). Once you enter ask the receptionist for a job application, and they'll be happy to explain to you the different departments available.


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Most importantly and at the most basic level, you can talk about the issue, starting with the people closest to you and working your way out to the people furthest from you. Talk to your family members and friends. Make sure they know this issue is important to you and let them know why. I also strongly encourage you to begin by making sure they understand marijuana is a less harmful substance than alcohol — this is a critical fact that many people still don't know. In the case of opponents, people are more likely to reconsider their long-held beliefs if they are approached by somoene close to them, as opposed to being handed a flyer or seeing an ad.

As for taking things to the next level, find out what's happenign your state. You can do this on our website at https://www.mpp.org/states Find out if there is good or bad marijuana legislation on the agenda this year and then be sure to contact your state legislators about it.

You can also take action at the federal level by contacting your U.S. rep and senator — https://www.mpp.org/federal

Look around online to see if there are any local organizations that have already been formed to work on this issue in your state or city. If there are, try reaching out to them to see how you can get involved.

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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.


Q:

We hear about a lot of problems with servicers. And we did see the news that came out yesterday about Navient. We’ll be covering this on our blog along with what borrowers can do. If you’re having problems, see here for where you can go to report the issues and potentially find help.

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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


Q:

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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sorry, i had to go to the grocery store.. nothign is opened on sundays here lol


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I don't have HSV2 but I do suffer from HSV1. I have outbreaks about 7 times a year, usually after I've eaten too much sugar.

Will this vaccine treat only HSV2 or will it also treat/cure HSV1?

A:

Is Medieval Times like a Renaissance Faire? My wife worked the PA RenFaire for 13 years.


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

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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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I support legalization, but I don't want to do it on the grounds that it is more or less harmful than a legal substance, because that would set the wrong precedent for ending all drug prohibition. It's a matter of personal freedom to commit a victimless crime, not an issue of what is better of worse for your body.

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What the fuck is a banana rat


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How much can you squat?

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Do you enjoy eating Subway?


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Is Medieval Times like a Renaissance Faire? My wife worked the PA RenFaire for 13 years.

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I support legalization, but I don't want to do it on the grounds that it is more or less harmful than a legal substance, because that would set the wrong precedent for ending all drug prohibition. It's a matter of personal freedom to commit a victimless crime, not an issue of what is better of worse for your body.


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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?

A:

AES told me that any payment I make beyond the monthly installment is applied directly to interest. That's bullshit. Is there a way I can pay down just the principle?


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What the fuck is a banana rat

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How much can you squat?


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Do you enjoy eating Subway?

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I am not sure what Dr. bills plan is but for the moment they are finding that people with both one and two are benefiting from the same vaccine. Basically people were being vaccinated for type two that also had type one, some of the trial participants went into complete remission of both viruses. They are finding out there is a lot of efficacy towards both but I honestly do not know the specifics.


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Sort of. I know plenty of coworkers that go to Renaissance Faire. It's a dinner theater focused on knights on horses with jousting, fighting, and various horseback games. So from what I've heard it's a portion of what Renaissance Faires usually have, wrapped up in a 2 hour show.

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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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Fair enough. Please note I said you should talk about why it's important to you. That could be any number of reasons.

But if your goal is to increase support for legalization, I encourage you to consider why it is that people are opposed it, which 99 times out of 100 is because they believe it poses too much harm to be made legal (be it harm to consumers' health or spirit, harm to non-consumers' around them, or harm to society overall). If you want to convince that person that they should make marijuana legal, you need to address that concern. You don't necessarily need to compare it to alcohol, but that is simply a good basis for comparison given our nation's history with prohibition/repeal and the similarities in the products (i.e. they should be used by adults and not kids, they are part of our culture, they should be used responsibly, etc.). If a person is willing to accept that alcohol should be legal, they will have a heard time coming up with reasons why marijuana — a substance that is objectively less harmful to the consumer and to society — must remain illegal. But as I said, you should make the case you are comfortable making. I'm simply providing my advice for what appears to be the most effective when it comes to shifting people's attitudes.


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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

A:

-70 kg


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yes, but the ones here are weak. in the states you can make them dope... and quiznos is better

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Sort of. I know plenty of coworkers that go to Renaissance Faire. It's a dinner theater focused on knights on horses with jousting, fighting, and various horseback games. So from what I've heard it's a portion of what Renaissance Faires usually have, wrapped up in a 2 hour show.


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Fair enough. Please note I said you should talk about why it's important to you. That could be any number of reasons.

But if your goal is to increase support for legalization, I encourage you to consider why it is that people are opposed it, which 99 times out of 100 is because they believe it poses too much harm to be made legal (be it harm to consumers' health or spirit, harm to non-consumers' around them, or harm to society overall). If you want to convince that person that they should make marijuana legal, you need to address that concern. You don't necessarily need to compare it to alcohol, but that is simply a good basis for comparison given our nation's history with prohibition/repeal and the similarities in the products (i.e. they should be used by adults and not kids, they are part of our culture, they should be used responsibly, etc.). If a person is willing to accept that alcohol should be legal, they will have a heard time coming up with reasons why marijuana — a substance that is objectively less harmful to the consumer and to society — must remain illegal. But as I said, you should make the case you are comfortable making. I'm simply providing my advice for what appears to be the most effective when it comes to shifting people's attitudes.

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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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Ugh, that’s really frustrating, and unfortunately, that’s really common for lenders to do. However, you can get around it. You can usually contact your lender and ask them to direct the extra payment on your principal. For more information, check out this article on how to make sure your payments are applied appropriately.

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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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yes, but the ones here are weak. in the states you can make them dope... and quiznos is better


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I don't have HSV2 but I do suffer from HSV1. I have outbreaks about 7 times a year, usually after I've eaten too much sugar.

Will this vaccine treat only HSV2 or will it also treat/cure HSV1?

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I can't speak for comparison (never been to Medieval Times) but we go to RenFaire every year. We get in free and my wife knows pretty much EVERY BODY. And we live like 15 minutes away from the grounds now.


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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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I'm a felon for $35 dollars worth of weed. My official crime is distribution of thc with the modifier of party to a crime. In Wisconsin this type of felony can be expunged but it needed to be set up at sentencing and it was not. So my question is do you or anyone you know help people in this situation? Kinda seems terrible that I am a felon for the rest of my life, can't find housing, can't find decent jobs, all because I was at a house when weed was sold. Can you help?

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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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Why did u choose U-Bahn Warschauer Straße? What took you to Germany? Are you going to try to rap in German at some point to?

Huge respect to you my man, rarely seen someone with so much passion


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I can't speak for comparison (never been to Medieval Times) but we go to RenFaire every year. We get in free and my wife knows pretty much EVERY BODY. And we live like 15 minutes away from the grounds now.

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What is the primary difference between your group, MPP, and NORML? Do your organizations collaborate?


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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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Can you explain in layman's terms what you do to reduce the student debt of individuals?


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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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Why did u choose U-Bahn Warschauer Straße? What took you to Germany? Are you going to try to rap in German at some point to?

Huge respect to you my man, rarely seen someone with so much passion

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If you can please sign the petition. There are two of them. ;)


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I've always wanted to go to the Renaissance Fair near me (Bristol Renaissance Fair) but it's always during when I'm at school or something, but I look forward to whenever I can go!

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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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I wish I could but that sounds like something you'd need to talk about with an attorney in your state. I'm just a lowly non-attorney spokesperson...

I'm very sorry to hear about your situation and I'm sorry I cannot do more to help. I wish you the best with whatever approach you take to overcoming it and assure you MPP is doing everything it can to prevent these cases from occurring.


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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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berlin is so multi culti. if i perform at warshauer... i can target people from all over the world. when people stop to listen...they are from italy, spain, etc..

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I've always wanted to go to the Renaissance Fair near me (Bristol Renaissance Fair) but it's always during when I'm at school or something, but I look forward to whenever I can go!


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NORML has a smaller staff and a large network of state, local, and campus chapters all over the country, which are largely organized by volunteers.

MPP has a larger staff but does not have chapters. At the state/local level, we work with a variety of volunteer activists and organizations, which includes NORML chapters/members/leaders. NORML has also rallied its network to support a lot of the initiative campaigns MPP has organized, and at times contributes to the drafting process for initiatives and bills MPP is supporting.

On a personal level, former MPP staffer Steve Fox and I co-authored a book with NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano. And since Paul is the most knowledgable person I know when it comes to cannabis facts/research, I often turn to him as resource or forward reporters his way when they're seeking experts.

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


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Absolutely. Let me put on my ELI5 cap for a second. At a high-level, we do 3 major things:

First, we write (A LOT) of blog posts about how to pay off student loans quicker and easier. For example, here’s our Ultimate Guide to Paying Off Student Loans Faster. This is one of our more popular guides.

Second, we have a free web app which helps borrowers manage, track, and pay off their loans faster. Specifically, it helps borrowers keep all their loans in one place and get specific recommendations on how to pay off their student loans quicker. (We use a pretty neat algorithm to help with the latter.)

Third, we talk quite a bit about refinancing student loans to lower interest rate and get out of debt quicker. It’s not right for everyone, but for some people it can make a massive difference. For example, we have a team member here who refinanced his federal student loans with Earnest a couple months ago and dropped his interest rate from 6.05% to 3.43%. Massive win for him, and for the thousands of other borrowers who do the same.

There’s a lot more we do, but in general terms those are the 3 bigger things we’re doing right now. We’re also moving into other areas to help people improve their finances in general. For example, how to lower credit card debt, whether you should rent or buy a home, and more things along those lines. What else do you think we should do?

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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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berlin is so multi culti. if i perform at warshauer... i can target people from all over the world. when people stop to listen...they are from italy, spain, etc..


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I don't have HSV2 but I do suffer from HSV1. I have outbreaks about 7 times a year, usually after I've eaten too much sugar.

Will this vaccine treat only HSV2 or will it also treat/cure HSV1?

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Funniest story?


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

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Do people actually scream Medic! Medic!?


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What is the primary difference between your group, MPP, and NORML? Do your organizations collaborate?

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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?

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I'm one of the randoms that stumbled upon your subway song, and was drawn to the depth and sincerity of it. You definitely have an incredible talent, but then I saw some of your other stuff about how weed is your first bitch, how big your dick is and how you're a real G. Can you comment on the disparity between Anthem of the Lost and some of your other material?


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What's your first crush up to these days?

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What's the best way to lobby for decriminalization while maintaining your privacy?


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Do people actually scream Medic! Medic!?

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I owe $15k to my institution, $43k federally, and $6k to SallieMae....any advice? Is there anyway to consolidate these? If so, is it a good idea?


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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?


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I'm one of the randoms that stumbled upon your subway song, and was drawn to the depth and sincerity of it. You definitely have an incredible talent, but then I saw some of your other stuff about how weed is your first bitch, how big your dick is and how you're a real G. Can you comment on the disparity between Anthem of the Lost and some of your other material?

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Yes that's what I'm saying, one outbreak in approximately 6 to 7 months. More than likely, I will need a fourth shot. As previously stated, 65% of the trial participants went into complete remission. Some of this is due to the fact that many people's immune system's react differently. Not one immune system is the same as everyone else. Please keep in mind the fact that the study is not complete yet. phase 2 and phase 3 in the St Kitts trial will also determine dosage and the rest of efficacy. There is an upcoming trial in Mexico which will be much larger.


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Not the funniest but it sticks out because it happened the day I started. So we have a lost and found drawer in gift shop where if servers from arena find things left over, they'll bring it to us (btw if you lose something, check with gift shop). Someone lost their phone and it was sitting in the gift shop until it started ringing. So one of my co-workers, a normally really quiet kid, picked it up and said, "Hello, this is the abortion clinic, no featus can beat us." and hung up. What made it worse was that he said that in front of my manager at the time, who was helping other customer. My manager said very quietly, "Get out". And I never saw him again.

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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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NORML has a smaller staff and a large network of state, local, and campus chapters all over the country, which are largely organized by volunteers.

MPP has a larger staff but does not have chapters. At the state/local level, we work with a variety of volunteer activists and organizations, which includes NORML chapters/members/leaders. NORML has also rallied its network to support a lot of the initiative campaigns MPP has organized, and at times contributes to the drafting process for initiatives and bills MPP is supporting.

On a personal level, former MPP staffer Steve Fox and I co-authored a book with NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano. And since Paul is the most knowledgable person I know when it comes to cannabis facts/research, I often turn to him as resource or forward reporters his way when they're seeking experts.


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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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my music is about half and half. have real and important issues, half nonsense and bullshit..

i just like to write songs and make music.. i dont really follow any particular style or way of doing things

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Knowing very well that my previous co-workers may be on this subreddit, I'm going to say pass on that question XD


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This is a great question. I spent countless hours collecting signatures for ballot initiatives in Colorado and frequently came across people who were supportive but feared signing because they feared their employer would find out or that it would somehow become public. I even remember a few saying their husband/wife would kill [them] if they found out!"

Sometimes it was obvious that the person was misguided or just didn't want to stop (e.g. the person who said "I'm a lawyer and I'll be disbarred if I sign," which any lawyer would know is bullshit). But sometimes it was obvious that they were truly worried. People who were on probation or parole or who know their employer is incredibly strict about marijuana, who fear they will be suspected of using marijuana and subjected to a drug test if someone saw them signing or saw their name on the sheet while signing.

Ultimately, I would just encourage you to do whatever you are comfortable doing. Maybe you aren't comfortable being at a public event handing out literature, but maybe you would be okay with dropping it on doorsteps or placng it on car windshields in the evenings. If you aren't comfortable talking to the people you know, maybe stick to strangers by participating in a phone bank where you're calling random people. If it's a campaign, perhaps they need assistance with data entry, licking envelopes, or coordinating other volunteers?

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


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Great question! It can be a pain to manage different loans and keeping track of payments. One option is refinancing or consolidating all three loans into one; by refinancing, you can get a lower interest rate, different repayment term, and even a lower monthly payment. That can make it easier to stay on track with your debt repayment, and with a lower interest rate, you can actually save money over the length of repayment.

However, you do have $43,000 in federal loans, and you should know that refinancing federal loans has some drawbacks. You’ll lose out on benefits like access to income-driven repayment plans or federal deferment/forbearance.

This article on 6 reasons to refinance your loans in 2017 has more information that can help you make an informed decision.

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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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my music is about half and half. have real and important issues, half nonsense and bullshit..

i just like to write songs and make music.. i dont really follow any particular style or way of doing things


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I don't have HSV2 but I do suffer from HSV1. I have outbreaks about 7 times a year, usually after I've eaten too much sugar.

Will this vaccine treat only HSV2 or will it also treat/cure HSV1?

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How often do you say Ale?


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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?

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


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What's the best way to lobby for decriminalization while maintaining your privacy?

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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.


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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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Do you plan on coming back to the states to visit anytime soon or do I have to take my ass to Germany?

Do you bust any rhymes about your alpha lambda brethren on the new album?? Cheers bro, miss ya


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What are the biggest obstacles in non-medical states vs medical states? Do you guys shoot straight for legalization, or first medical, followed by legalization?

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


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Hi Andy. I have just over $31,000 in student loans. I'm severely underpaid making around $30,000 annually. I've been making $500 payments monthly for a while, and my debt is slowly going down, but I'd like to see it go down quicker.

Other than finding a job that pays more, what strategies can you recommend I use to reduce my debt? The interest is the same on each of my loans. Does it make sense to pay off the smaller of the loans first?

Thanks.

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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.


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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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Do you plan on coming back to the states to visit anytime soon or do I have to take my ass to Germany?

Do you bust any rhymes about your alpha lambda brethren on the new album?? Cheers bro, miss ya


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Dr Halford and Agustin CEO

https://i.imgur.com/UO3MTv5.jpg

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Almost never, we usually just say the names of the beers we serve like "Would you like a Newcastle, my lord?" or "Did someone here order a Angry Orchard?" or "Who the f*** orders a Miller Lite with Bloody Mary?" - okay maybe we never said that out loud to a customer but we do get plenty of interesting drink requests.


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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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This is a great question. I spent countless hours collecting signatures for ballot initiatives in Colorado and frequently came across people who were supportive but feared signing because they feared their employer would find out or that it would somehow become public. I even remember a few saying their husband/wife would kill [them] if they found out!"

Sometimes it was obvious that the person was misguided or just didn't want to stop (e.g. the person who said "I'm a lawyer and I'll be disbarred if I sign," which any lawyer would know is bullshit). But sometimes it was obvious that they were truly worried. People who were on probation or parole or who know their employer is incredibly strict about marijuana, who fear they will be suspected of using marijuana and subjected to a drug test if someone saw them signing or saw their name on the sheet while signing.

Ultimately, I would just encourage you to do whatever you are comfortable doing. Maybe you aren't comfortable being at a public event handing out literature, but maybe you would be okay with dropping it on doorsteps or placng it on car windshields in the evenings. If you aren't comfortable talking to the people you know, maybe stick to strangers by participating in a phone bank where you're calling random people. If it's a campaign, perhaps they need assistance with data entry, licking envelopes, or coordinating other volunteers?

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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.


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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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ur gonna haveto bring ur ass to berlin. good reason for a vacation haha


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Outdated perceptions of marijuana held by the public and/or their legislators are the biggest obstacles both to medical and adult use laws. There are still too many people who think marijuana is more harmful than it actually is. As for the order in which laws tend to get passed, here's what I mentioned earlier about why medical laws and decriminalization measures passing prior to broader legalization:

This is not because they are a "Trojan Horse" for broader legalization, as some of our opponents often claim. Rather, it is because they are the most egregious elements of marijuana prohibition with the most obvious answers. If the majority of a legislature has yet to agree that seriously ill people should be allowed to access medical marijuana without fear of being punished, or that someone possessing a couple grams of marijuana should not face time in jail and all the collateral consequences associated with a conviction, they probably aren't going to be ready to agree to broader reform.

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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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Hey, thanks for the question. First, let me give you kudos for making such large payments on your loans, I’m a big proponent of paying down your debt ASAP. So let’s talk strategy. The fastest and most efficient way to pay down your loans is to target paying off the loan with the highest interest rate first (after making the minimum payment on all other loans, of course) and then going from there. You can use our Prepayment Calculator to estimate how much time and money you’ll save by efficiently allocating additional payments. Secondly, you may want to look into refinancing. Based on your current debt-to-income of at least 1, your odds may not be great for being approved. However, you’re paying your loans down fast enough that you may soon be in a position to seriously consider it. Refinancing can lower your interest rate, helping you reduce the total amount you’ll pay. Student Loan Hero also provides a free dashboard where you can sync your student loans and manage your repayment; you might find that helpful.

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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.


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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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ur gonna haveto bring ur ass to berlin. good reason for a vacation haha


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Maybe you are thinking of HPV? I think HSV2 has around 20-30 strains. And certain strains aren't asymptomatic. What determines if the infection is asymptomatic is the hosts genetic background and the health of their immune system and probably a bunch of other factors.

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What's your first crush up to these days?


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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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Do you feel the efforts to legalize, or at minimum decriminalize, cannabis will become more difficult under the incoming administration especially considering Jeff Sessions' strong anti-drug stance?

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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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Who are you musical influences?


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I'm a felon for $35 dollars worth of weed. My official crime is distribution of thc with the modifier of party to a crime. In Wisconsin this type of felony can be expunged but it needed to be set up at sentencing and it was not. So my question is do you or anyone you know help people in this situation? Kinda seems terrible that I am a felon for the rest of my life, can't find housing, can't find decent jobs, all because I was at a house when weed was sold. Can you help?

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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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Hello, I currently have about $35,000 in student loans and just recently bumped my payments to the maximum amount of around $500 per month. I was wondering if it's possible to pay off my higher interest loans (6.5%) first and then move to the lower interest loans (3%) through fed loan servicing? Or should I try to consolidate my loans and get a lower fixed APR if that's even possible?

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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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Who are you musical influences?


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The vaccine is a live annutated vaccine. Which is pretty much what you just described.

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Knowing very well that my previous co-workers may be on this subreddit, I'm going to say pass on that question XD


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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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It is too soon to tell. Based on what we currently know, I think there are just as many reasons to be optimistic about the incoming administration as there are to be pessimistic. That could change. But for now, we're cautiously optimistic.

Sessions is obviously no fan of marijuana and in his ideal world he very well might want marijuana to remain illegal and to roll back the progress that has been made in many states. But it will not be an ideal world for him if he's nominated. It will be a world in which 8 states + DC have already legalized marijuana and 28 states have legalized medical marijuana. A world of very limited enforcement resources, steadily growing support for legalization (among the public and in Congress). A world where hundreds of thousands of people now have jobs that were created by or are partially supported by the legal marijuana industry. Where states and localities have begun to generate millions of tax dollars that they will not want to lose. And it will be a world in which the president, others in his administration, and other key figures in his party have much bigger policy priorities than marijuana.

I think it is very noteworthy that Sessions was asked directly about the conflict between federal and state laws during his confirmation hearing, and he opted to not make any strong statements about wanting to interfere in state laws. He also noted that there was a resources problem when it comes to enforcing these federal laws.

Also, Trump spokesman Sean Spicer was asked about the apparent conflict between Sessions' anti-marijuana stance and Trump's support for medical marijuana and a "leave it to the states" approach. He said that it will be Trump's administration and Sessions knows as well as anyone that he will be implementing Trump's agenda and not his own. See here for the full comment + MPP's reaction to it all — https://www.mpp.org/news/press/statement-re-jeff-sessions-marijuana-comments/

And see here for everything Trump said on the issue during his campaign — https://www.mpp.org/federal/trump-marijuana-policy/

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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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well thats tricky.. cause musically I listened to things like.. tool.. and smashing pumpkins and right now i really like chet faker for some reason haha. my influences in general are people who change the world like.. astronauts.. leaders of countries, crazy entrapenurs... etc...

with music .... i guess tho I could say the standard old school stuff.. I grew up on Jay Z as well..and one of my very first albums was Rage Against the machine..


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I wish I could but that sounds like something you'd need to talk about with an attorney in your state. I'm just a lowly non-attorney spokesperson...

I'm very sorry to hear about your situation and I'm sorry I cannot do more to help. I wish you the best with whatever approach you take to overcoming it and assure you MPP is doing everything it can to prevent these cases from occurring.

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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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Glad to hear you’ve bumped your payments up! By maximum, do you mean the most you can afford? I’m asking because there shouldn’t be any limit on your monthly payments. And yes, all lenders will allow you to choose which loan you want to apply extra payments to. This as long as your loans have not been consolidated. You can learn how to do that here. It’s likely going to be hard to find a lower interest rate than 3%, so you may be better off using the Debt Avalanche to pay off the higher interest rate loan first, or you could consider refinancing only that loan and leaving the 3% loan as it is.

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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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well thats tricky.. cause musically I listened to things like.. tool.. and smashing pumpkins and right now i really like chet faker for some reason haha. my influences in general are people who change the world like.. astronauts.. leaders of countries, crazy entrapenurs... etc...

with music .... i guess tho I could say the standard old school stuff.. I grew up on Jay Z as well..and one of my very first albums was Rage Against the machine..


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Maybe you are thinking of HPV? I think HSV2 has around 20-30 strains. And certain strains aren't asymptomatic. What determines if the infection is asymptomatic is the hosts genetic background and the health of their immune system and probably a bunch of other factors.

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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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What are the biggest obstacles in non-medical states vs medical states? Do you guys shoot straight for legalization, or first medical, followed by legalization?


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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?


Q:

Hey! I enjoy some of the stuff you're putting out there. Are you guys selling merch online?

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Do you feel the efforts to legalize, or at minimum decriminalize, cannabis will become more difficult under the incoming administration especially considering Jeff Sessions' strong anti-drug stance?


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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?

A:

Hey! I enjoy some of the stuff you're putting out there. Are you guys selling merch online?


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Thank you. If you have a moment please sign the petitions

A:

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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Outdated perceptions of marijuana held by the public and/or their legislators are the biggest obstacles both to medical and adult use laws. There are still too many people who think marijuana is more harmful than it actually is. As for the order in which laws tend to get passed, here's what I mentioned earlier about why medical laws and decriminalization measures passing prior to broader legalization:

This is not because they are a "Trojan Horse" for broader legalization, as some of our opponents often claim. Rather, it is because they are the most egregious elements of marijuana prohibition with the most obvious answers. If the majority of a legislature has yet to agree that seriously ill people should be allowed to access medical marijuana without fear of being punished, or that someone possessing a couple grams of marijuana should not face time in jail and all the collateral consequences associated with a conviction, they probably aren't going to be ready to agree to broader reform.


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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!


Q:

i have a tshirt to this viral song availablew at www.fundrazr.com/keepinfidelixindependent

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It is too soon to tell. Based on what we currently know, I think there are just as many reasons to be optimistic about the incoming administration as there are to be pessimistic. That could change. But for now, we're cautiously optimistic.

Sessions is obviously no fan of marijuana and in his ideal world he very well might want marijuana to remain illegal and to roll back the progress that has been made in many states. But it will not be an ideal world for him if he's nominated. It will be a world in which 8 states + DC have already legalized marijuana and 28 states have legalized medical marijuana. A world of very limited enforcement resources, steadily growing support for legalization (among the public and in Congress). A world where hundreds of thousands of people now have jobs that were created by or are partially supported by the legal marijuana industry. Where states and localities have begun to generate millions of tax dollars that they will not want to lose. And it will be a world in which the president, others in his administration, and other key figures in his party have much bigger policy priorities than marijuana.

I think it is very noteworthy that Sessions was asked directly about the conflict between federal and state laws during his confirmation hearing, and he opted to not make any strong statements about wanting to interfere in state laws. He also noted that there was a resources problem when it comes to enforcing these federal laws.

Also, Trump spokesman Sean Spicer was asked about the apparent conflict between Sessions' anti-marijuana stance and Trump's support for medical marijuana and a "leave it to the states" approach. He said that it will be Trump's administration and Sessions knows as well as anyone that he will be implementing Trump's agenda and not his own. See here for the full comment + MPP's reaction to it all — https://www.mpp.org/news/press/statement-re-jeff-sessions-marijuana-comments/

And see here for everything Trump said on the issue during his campaign — https://www.mpp.org/federal/trump-marijuana-policy/


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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.

A:

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!

A:

i have a tshirt to this viral song availablew at www.fundrazr.com/keepinfidelixindependent


Q:

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?


Q:

While some states have taken steps to fully decriminalize personal possession of marijuana, I'm under the impression at least some municipalities (Houston, for example) are doing something similar in conflict with the laws of the state where the city resides. How many other cities are doing this? Is there significantly more decriminalization in the US right now even past the handful of states that have already legalized it?

Thanks for your work -- ending the Drug War is the single most important societal change we can make.

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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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Hello, Who is your favourite wizard? Cheers!


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While some states have taken steps to fully decriminalize personal possession of marijuana, I'm under the impression at least some municipalities (Houston, for example) are doing something similar in conflict with the laws of the state where the city resides. How many other cities are doing this? Is there significantly more decriminalization in the US right now even past the handful of states that have already legalized it?

Thanks for your work -- ending the Drug War is the single most important societal change we can make.

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Worst injury you ever saw?


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

A:

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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Hello, Who is your favourite wizard? Cheers!

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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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You are correct that there are a lot of efforts taking place at the local level to roll back prohibition. The extent to which this can be done often depends on the states' laws. Here's a recent article about this that touches on several cities that have taken action — http://www.thecannabist.co/2016/11/04/marijuana-decriminalization-cities-vs-states/66414/

Oftentimes states do not allow for significant changes to take place at the local level. For example, in some states, such as TX, they are basically giving law enforcement the ability to opt out of enforcing harsh possession penalties. The localities still have the ability to enforce the harsh penalties, but they no longer are required to enforce the harsh penalties.

This can be effective if you have good local officials who recognize the foolishness of such harsh penalties. But in some cases you do not. Take Denver, for example. Back in 2005 we passed an initiative that gave the city the ability to stop arresting adults for simple possession, but they CHOSE to continue enforcing the state possession law.

But we are seeing an increase in good local officials taking action. Philadelphia is a good example.

Another important aspect of these local reforms is the impact they have on public attitudes. We ran the local ballot initiatives in Denver in 2005 and 2007 with the primary goal of forcing a public dialogue about the issue. When these measures are on local ballots, they generate media coverage that fosters important conversations. They are also good organizing tools. And if you look at the states where a lot of these local measures were first passed, you can see how they contributed to bigger-picture changes over time. For example, Seattle passed a lowest law enforcement priority measure in 2003, and several cities around California adopted them around 2004-2006. Denver, Breckenridge, and Nederland passed local measures in Colorado leading up to legalization. Several localities in Mass. passed non-binding referenda questions over several years prior to legalization. Several Michigan cities have passed local measures, and it's quite possible that state will be up next to pass a legalization initiative (2018).


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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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i dont have one. haha. i like astronauts tho

A:

You are correct that there are a lot of efforts taking place at the local level to roll back prohibition. The extent to which this can be done often depends on the states' laws. Here's a recent article about this that touches on several cities that have taken action — http://www.thecannabist.co/2016/11/04/marijuana-decriminalization-cities-vs-states/66414/

Oftentimes states do not allow for significant changes to take place at the local level. For example, in some states, such as TX, they are basically giving law enforcement the ability to opt out of enforcing harsh possession penalties. The localities still have the ability to enforce the harsh penalties, but they no longer are required to enforce the harsh penalties.

This can be effective if you have good local officials who recognize the foolishness of such harsh penalties. But in some cases you do not. Take Denver, for example. Back in 2005 we passed an initiative that gave the city the ability to stop arresting adults for simple possession, but they CHOSE to continue enforcing the state possession law.

But we are seeing an increase in good local officials taking action. Philadelphia is a good example.

Another important aspect of these local reforms is the impact they have on public attitudes. We ran the local ballot initiatives in Denver in 2005 and 2007 with the primary goal of forcing a public dialogue about the issue. When these measures are on local ballots, they generate media coverage that fosters important conversations. They are also good organizing tools. And if you look at the states where a lot of these local measures were first passed, you can see how they contributed to bigger-picture changes over time. For example, Seattle passed a lowest law enforcement priority measure in 2003, and several cities around California adopted them around 2004-2006. Denver, Breckenridge, and Nederland passed local measures in Colorado leading up to legalization. Several localities in Mass. passed non-binding referenda questions over several years prior to legalization. Several Michigan cities have passed local measures, and it's quite possible that state will be up next to pass a legalization initiative (2018).


Q:

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

A:

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.


Q:

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!

A:

i dont have one. haha. i like astronauts tho


Q:

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

A:

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


Q:

Thanks for taking some time to do an AmA.

With the DEA recently reclassifying CBD as schedule 1 do you think that they are a large obstacle to legalization? If so do you think that the organization can be re-structured or does it need to be abolished/replaced?

How do you recommend approaching the subject of marijuana being safe with more socially conservative people?

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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?

A:

What were the toughest things you had to face when leaving your home country of Texas to go overseas with just a small wad of cash and your dreams? Both leaving and surviving while you were there?


Q:

What is the best argument to make for marijuana when talking with someone who is very sternly against it? Living in Tennessee, I know quite a few people who are simply ignorant to the facts and refuse to accept them when they are brought up. What can I say to them that might set off a light in their head and make them rethink what they previously thought was true?

A:

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


Q:

would you mind elaborating?

A:

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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What were the toughest things you had to face when leaving your home country of Texas to go overseas with just a small wad of cash and your dreams? Both leaving and surviving while you were there?

A:

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.


Q:

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

A:

This was a totally misreported story. The DEA's recent action has NO effect on the legality of CBD under federal law. The DEA has always considered CBD to be a Schedule I substance.

This was not an announcement/response regarding a rescheduling petition and it was in no way a reflection of any kind of process to determine if CBD has medical value. As I mentioned above, the DEA has always classified CBD under Schedule I, so they have never recognized its medical value and still do not recognize it.

This was simply an announcement of a final rule creating a new source code for "marihuana extracts" (7350). "Marihuana" (7360), THC (7370), and CBD (7372) all have their own unique source codes already. We believe they were in fact doing this to better comply with international treaties and could be anticipating a need to have a separate source code for extracts if and when they register more entities to grow marijuana for research. In other words, this might be the first time we have ever believed the DEA's stated intentions for taking an action related to marijuana.

As for the DEA's fate, it's very difficult to imagine the agency would be entirely abolished any time soon. It's quite possible that marijuana could be removed from its jurisdiction, which is what would happen under Congressman Jared Polis's proposal to regulate marijuana like alcohol at the federal level. It would move marijuana from the DEA to the ATF.

It does appear Congress's appetite for spending on DEA marijuana efforts is growing smaller. They see state laws changing and public opinion shifting, and they are questioning the efficacy of things like the DEA's marijuana eradication program. Hopefully that trend will continue this year.


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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!


Q:

leaving my dog, and also the fear of failure.

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Marijuana is objectively less harmful than alcohol to the consumer and to society. See https://www.amazon.com/Marijuana-Safer-Driving-People-Drink/dp/1603585109/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1383084981&sr=1-1


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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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leaving my dog, and also the fear of failure.


Q:

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?

A:

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?


Q:

What's your battle plan if we get the worst-case scenario and Sessions-Trump goes on the attack? Has the MPP drawn out possible outcomes for the incoming administration and what is the most likely path MPP think they'll take, given what you know now and are hearing from Capitol Hill?

A:

Video is definitely worth watching.


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

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Where did you go and what did you do when life was hard for you personally?


Q:

Thanks for taking some time to do an AmA.

With the DEA recently reclassifying CBD as schedule 1 do you think that they are a large obstacle to legalization? If so do you think that the organization can be re-structured or does it need to be abolished/replaced?

How do you recommend approaching the subject of marijuana being safe with more socially conservative people?

A:

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?


Q:

Video is definitely worth watching.

A:

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


Q:

Where did you go and what did you do when life was hard for you personally?

A:

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.


Q:

"Them dirty bastards"

A:

See my earlier reply about Sessions/Trump.

While we're cautiously optimistic, we certainly aren't taking anything for granted. Our efforts are currently focused on preventing the "worst-case scenario," but we will be ready to shift gears should shit go down.

There are a wide variety of different scenarios that could play out, both in terms of what the administration does and how others react to it (i.e. members of congress, state/local officials, the media, etc.). So we aren't able to prepare detailed plans. But we have been working for decades to build support among citizens, members of Congress, state and local officials, and others, and we'd certainly put as much of that political capital to use as we can to fight back.


A:

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.


Q:

i ran to the ubahn station in berlin haha. thats where all problems get sorted. lol

A:

This was a totally misreported story. The DEA's recent action has NO effect on the legality of CBD under federal law. The DEA has always considered CBD to be a Schedule I substance.

This was not an announcement/response regarding a rescheduling petition and it was in no way a reflection of any kind of process to determine if CBD has medical value. As I mentioned above, the DEA has always classified CBD under Schedule I, so they have never recognized its medical value and still do not recognize it.

This was simply an announcement of a final rule creating a new source code for "marihuana extracts" (7350). "Marihuana" (7360), THC (7370), and CBD (7372) all have their own unique source codes already. We believe they were in fact doing this to better comply with international treaties and could be anticipating a need to have a separate source code for extracts if and when they register more entities to grow marijuana for research. In other words, this might be the first time we have ever believed the DEA's stated intentions for taking an action related to marijuana.

As for the DEA's fate, it's very difficult to imagine the agency would be entirely abolished any time soon. It's quite possible that marijuana could be removed from its jurisdiction, which is what would happen under Congressman Jared Polis's proposal to regulate marijuana like alcohol at the federal level. It would move marijuana from the DEA to the ATF.

It does appear Congress's appetite for spending on DEA marijuana efforts is growing smaller. They see state laws changing and public opinion shifting, and they are questioning the efficacy of things like the DEA's marijuana eradication program. Hopefully that trend will continue this year.


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"Them dirty bastards"

A:

:)


Q:

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.

A:

i ran to the ubahn station in berlin haha. thats where all problems get sorted. lol


Q:

does your town have an Arby's?

A:

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


Q:

What is the goal of the MPP? Decriminalize marijuana? Limited use of marijuana?

What policies would be ideal for marijuana use, according to MPP?

Thanks for your time.

A:

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.


Q:

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:

What is MPP doing to add retroactive ameliorative relief into bills in states that want to legalize? In my opinion, legalization means nothing if we can't make up for past wrongs done to people who shouldn't have been in prison in the first place.


Q:

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

A:

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.


Q:

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:

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


Q:

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.

A:

Our goal is to end the failed policy of marijuana prohibition and replace it with a system in which marijuana is regulated similarly to alcohol for adult use and available for medical use to those who could benefit from it. We support reasonable, evidence-based policies that treat marijuana use as a public health/safety issue rather than as a law enforcement issue. We support comprehensive reforms, such as initiatives/bills to legalize and regulate marijuana for adult and/or medical use. We also support incremental reforms that reduce the harm caused by prohibition, such as legislation that reduces penalties for (but does not go as far as legalizing) possession.


Q:

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

A:

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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This is a complex legal issue and it's my understanding that there aren't a lot of clear-cut solutions that can be applied across the board in every state. There are also political questions associated with it.

Generally, our mission is to end these prohibition laws ASAP so that we can stop the bleeding and prevent this type of retroactive relief from ever being necessary. While it would be great to include such relief would be great, it is often a lot more difficult than it seems and raises significant legal and political issues that can prevent the law from passing (meaning people not only get retroactive relief, but people will continue getting busted and need relief later).

In these cases, it often makes more sense to pass the law and address the retroactive relief situation after. It is not as if these legalization initiatives are the one and only chance or even the most effective way to provide such relief. But once marijuana is a legal product, that is an issue that can be addressed and it also seems like one that will be easier to address. For example, in Colorado, there were no retroactive elements included in the initiative, but the legislature began looking at the subject immediately after the initiative passed.

Our director spent some time behind bars for cultivation and based on my experience, all of our staff members primarily motivated by the human rights, social justice, and criminal justice reform aspects of this issue. So it is very frustrating when we get accused of being insensitive on this subject because a particular initiative does not include a retroactive component. We all care just as much as anybody, and we are simply taking what we believe is quickest and most effective approach to ending the harms of prohibition, both past and future.

A:

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.


Q:

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

A:

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!


Q:

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?

A:

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


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What is MPP doing to add retroactive ameliorative relief into bills in states that want to legalize? In my opinion, legalization means nothing if we can't make up for past wrongs done to people who shouldn't have been in prison in the first place.

A:

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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What is the goal of the MPP? Decriminalize marijuana? Limited use of marijuana?

What policies would be ideal for marijuana use, according to MPP?

Thanks for your time.


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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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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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This is a complex legal issue and it's my understanding that there aren't a lot of clear-cut solutions that can be applied across the board in every state. There are also political questions associated with it.

Generally, our mission is to end these prohibition laws ASAP so that we can stop the bleeding and prevent this type of retroactive relief from ever being necessary. While it would be great to include such relief would be great, it is often a lot more difficult than it seems and raises significant legal and political issues that can prevent the law from passing (meaning people not only get retroactive relief, but people will continue getting busted and need relief later).

In these cases, it often makes more sense to pass the law and address the retroactive relief situation after. It is not as if these legalization initiatives are the one and only chance or even the most effective way to provide such relief. But once marijuana is a legal product, that is an issue that can be addressed and it also seems like one that will be easier to address. For example, in Colorado, there were no retroactive elements included in the initiative, but the legislature began looking at the subject immediately after the initiative passed.

Our director spent some time behind bars for cultivation and based on my experience, all of our staff members primarily motivated by the human rights, social justice, and criminal justice reform aspects of this issue. So it is very frustrating when we get accused of being insensitive on this subject because a particular initiative does not include a retroactive component. We all care just as much as anybody, and we are simply taking what we believe is quickest and most effective approach to ending the harms of prohibition, both past and future.


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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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Our goal is to end the failed policy of marijuana prohibition and replace it with a system in which marijuana is regulated similarly to alcohol for adult use and available for medical use to those who could benefit from it. We support reasonable, evidence-based policies that treat marijuana use as a public health/safety issue rather than as a law enforcement issue. We support comprehensive reforms, such as initiatives/bills to legalize and regulate marijuana for adult and/or medical use. We also support incremental reforms that reduce the harm caused by prohibition, such as legislation that reduces penalties for (but does not go as far as legalizing) possession.

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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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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 it's possible to sell adult use legalization to a GOP legislature? If so, what do you think is the best approach to that with messaging?

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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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What's your battle plan if we get the worst-case scenario and Sessions-Trump goes on the attack? Has the MPP drawn out possible outcomes for the incoming administration and what is the most likely path MPP think they'll take, given what you know now and are hearing from Capitol Hill?


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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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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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Yes, but it is certainly a bigger challenge than in a state with a more Dem-leaning legislature. Many of the GOP-run legislatures still have not passed comprehensive medical marijuana legislation or decriminalized simple possession (removed threat of jail time), so those are probably better places to start. This is not because they are a "Trojan Horse" for broader legalization, as some of our opponents often claim. Rather, it is because they are the most egregious elements of marijuana prohibition with the most obvious answers. If the majority of a legislature has yet to agree that seriously ill people should be allowed to access medical marijuana without fear of being punished, or that someone possessing a couple grams of marijuana should not face time in jail and all the collateral consequences associated with a conviction, they probably aren't going to be ready to agree to broader reform.

The discussion about medical is a good opportunity to talk about the benefits of marijuana and to dispel a lot of the myths. The discussion about decrim is a good opportunity to talk about the harm caused by prohibition, the relative safety of marijuana compared to legal products like alcohol, and the fact that marijuana prohibition is more harmful than marijuana itself. These conversations will help break down opposition, and while they might not convert every legislator to a supporter of broader legalization, they could reduce their degree of opposition.

When it comes to a legislature that is actually willing to consider the issue of broader legalization, it should be made clear that this is just as "conservative" of a proposal as it is a "liberal" one. We're talking about ending a failed government program. It is inefficient and wasteful. It harms public safety by using law enforcement resources to enforce failed prohibition laws, which could otherwise be used to prevent and respond to serious crimes. At the federal level, it's a national security issue. Prohibition is contributing to border violence and propping up cartels. These are all arguments that Republicans should appreciate. And of course there's the civil liberties aspect — the government should not be punishing adults who use marijuana responsibly and cause no harm to others.


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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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See my earlier reply about Sessions/Trump.

While we're cautiously optimistic, we certainly aren't taking anything for granted. Our efforts are currently focused on preventing the "worst-case scenario," but we will be ready to shift gears should shit go down.

There are a wide variety of different scenarios that could play out, both in terms of what the administration does and how others react to it (i.e. members of congress, state/local officials, the media, etc.). So we aren't able to prepare detailed plans. But we have been working for decades to build support among citizens, members of Congress, state and local officials, and others, and we'd certainly put as much of that political capital to use as we can to fight back.

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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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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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Is it a goal of yours to put non-tax paying drug dealers out of business? I've always felt like that, personally, was one of the best things about legalizing Marijuana.

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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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Do you think it's possible to sell adult use legalization to a GOP legislature? If so, what do you think is the best approach to that with messaging?


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What is the kindest thing you saw someone do?

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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 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, in some sense. Our goal is to improve public health and public safety. We know that prohibition causes more harm to consumers and to society than marijuana itself. Therefore, we think cannabis needs to be regulated in a fashion that eliminates those prohibition-related harms (violence, uncontrolled products, consumer exposure to the underground market, etc.) while mitigating the potential harm associated with the substance itself. Unfortunately, this is not an entirely black-and-white situation — just as replacing prohibition with a regulated system will put a violent trafficker out of business, it might also put a good-hearted local dealer out of business. (Of course it's hoped the latter will find a place in the regulated system, be it as a business owner, a store manager, a grower, a budtender, etc.). Ultimately, we want to produce a system in which cannabis can be produced, distributed, sold, purchased, and consumed safely. That means replacing the illegal market, which attracts criminal elements and often causes harm, with a regulated and controlled market.


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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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Yes, but it is certainly a bigger challenge than in a state with a more Dem-leaning legislature. Many of the GOP-run legislatures still have not passed comprehensive medical marijuana legislation or decriminalized simple possession (removed threat of jail time), so those are probably better places to start. This is not because they are a "Trojan Horse" for broader legalization, as some of our opponents often claim. Rather, it is because they are the most egregious elements of marijuana prohibition with the most obvious answers. If the majority of a legislature has yet to agree that seriously ill people should be allowed to access medical marijuana without fear of being punished, or that someone possessing a couple grams of marijuana should not face time in jail and all the collateral consequences associated with a conviction, they probably aren't going to be ready to agree to broader reform.

The discussion about medical is a good opportunity to talk about the benefits of marijuana and to dispel a lot of the myths. The discussion about decrim is a good opportunity to talk about the harm caused by prohibition, the relative safety of marijuana compared to legal products like alcohol, and the fact that marijuana prohibition is more harmful than marijuana itself. These conversations will help break down opposition, and while they might not convert every legislator to a supporter of broader legalization, they could reduce their degree of opposition.

When it comes to a legislature that is actually willing to consider the issue of broader legalization, it should be made clear that this is just as "conservative" of a proposal as it is a "liberal" one. We're talking about ending a failed government program. It is inefficient and wasteful. It harms public safety by using law enforcement resources to enforce failed prohibition laws, which could otherwise be used to prevent and respond to serious crimes. At the federal level, it's a national security issue. Prohibition is contributing to border violence and propping up cartels. These are all arguments that Republicans should appreciate. And of course there's the civil liberties aspect — the government should not be punishing adults who use marijuana responsibly and cause no harm to others.

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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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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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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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What was the most horrible thing you saw?

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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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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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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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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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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.

A:

What was your most unpleasant break to date?


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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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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 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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Probably around 1937


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


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

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


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

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

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


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


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

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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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There's a 50/50 chance I think.

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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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There's a 50/50 chance I think.


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.


Q:

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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!


Q:

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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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.


Q:

'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 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.


Q:

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 ?.


Q:

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

A:

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.


Q:

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?


Q:

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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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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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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No, I was stationed in D.C.


Q:

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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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.


Q:

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?


Q:

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

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Why are blue slceras common with your disease?


Q:

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?


Q:

Why are blue slceras common with your disease?

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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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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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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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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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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?


Q:

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

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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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?


Q:

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

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


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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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Do you do any special therapy or physical training?


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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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Do you do any special therapy or physical training?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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!


Q:

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

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Could you get in trouble for doing this AMA?


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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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Could you get in trouble for doing this AMA?


Q:

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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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.

A:

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!


Q:

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

A:

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!


Q:

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


Q:

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

A:

Especially if somebody is already out of the military


Q:

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

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

A:

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


Q:

What are you up to now?

A:

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


Q:

What are you up to now?

A:

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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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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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.


Q:

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.


Q:

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.


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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.

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CHEESE PIZZA!! And for you?


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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.

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CHEESE PIZZA!! And for you?


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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?


Q:

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

A:

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


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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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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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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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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?

A:

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.


Q:

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

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


Q:

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

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


Q:

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.

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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.


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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.

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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.


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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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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?


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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?

A:

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?


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

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How do get your eye makeup like that?


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

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How do get your eye makeup like that?


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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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Years of practice!


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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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Years of practice!


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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 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?


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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 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?


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Not a question I can answer.

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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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Not a question I can answer.

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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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That explains it very clearly. Thank 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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That explains it very clearly. Thank 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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You're welcome.

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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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You're welcome.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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.


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

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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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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"

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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"


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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?

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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?


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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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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.

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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.


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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 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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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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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??

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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??


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Sorry can't answer that.

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Sorry can't answer that.


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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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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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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?

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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?


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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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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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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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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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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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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?

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


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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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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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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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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?

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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?


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  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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  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.

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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.


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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.

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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.


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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?

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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?


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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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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!

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Thank you!


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You are welcome.

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You are welcome.


Q:

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

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


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

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