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Specialized ProfessionIamA Steam Train Fireman AMA!

Jan 30th 2017 by krisdouglas • 65 Questions • 354 Points

Howdy all,

My name is Tim Pool. In the past I worked for VICE and Fusion. My work has been featured internationally and I have been called "The most innovative journalist in the street" by journalism professor Jay Rosen.

I was part of the group that was mass arrested in DC. I was informed no less than three times by the supervising officer that I was "under arrest" and "not free to leave."

After about 45 minutes the Lt. on scene pulled me and two other NBC reporters out of the crowd and told us to leave.

This is a last minute AMA but after seeing a few articles decry the attack on the press while omitting that three journalists were released without being charged. I felt obligated to talk about what happened during J20.

http://Twitter.com/Timcast http://Youtube.com/Timcast

EDIT:I have to go do work (drone 360/VR experiments) but will be back to answer more questions throughout the day.

EDIT2: I am seriously trying to answer every question but, man, this picked up faster than I expected! I'll keep answering but in the meantime this video I made a few days ago might help explain what happened. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hylsXFRR6ns

EDIT 3: My hands are tired... I can't get to everyone and I apologize. Feel free to tweet me any questions as well and I will do my best to answer. Feel free to email me with any specific follow ups as well [email protected] THANK YOU ALL!!!

My Proof: http://imgur.com/a/6Qjed

Q:

If I have learned anything from watching Thomas over the years, it's that there is complete carnage on the railway on a daily basis. How many derailments are you personally responsible for? How much confusion and delay have you caused?

In all seriousness, I'm envious, congratulations.

A:

Why did they cancel Red Road?


Q:

Hi, how was it to be a prisoner during that time? How did you deal with everything mentally when the war was over?

A:

What is your favorite memory from your time with Guns N' Roses?


Q:

Have you ever had word come down to report with a bias or to omit facts in order to push an agenda? Had an article edited or denied due to the information not swaying a certain way? Or have you heard of other who have?

A:

I am responsible for only 1 derailment, and it was moving a single waggon by hand, it decided to fall off. No harm done but wasted a good 40 minutes putting the bugger back!

I'd like to think I have caused minimal confusion and delay, the Fat Controller (or whatever he's called now?) would be proud!


Q:

Hmmm. Sadly it was too good for this world...

A:

"I went through everything. Hunger, thirst, cold, heat. Th worst thing was home sickness, with 17 1/2. Only after two years were we allowed to write our parents. They didn't know where I was for two years. I had to work for what the Germans did to the Russian people. We worked four years for that without receiving the pay that they told us we'd get after we would be released. The Russians told us at least that it would be kept for what the Germans did to the Russian people."

"I didn't talk about it at all afterwards. Only some rare times." (Nowadays he talks about it some more though).


Q:

Steven: The whole five years that we were together. Every moment. It was magic. It was really magic. We couldn't do wrong and it was excitement 25 hours, 8 days a week. So, just being a part of those guys was great. It was like I was part of the cool kids in school.

Deanna: That was his family. When he was in a band, that was his family. And that was okay.

Steven: Assholes.

[laughter]

A:

Yes I have.

Fusion told me and many other staff to "side with the audience." Which they clarified as young people being liberal or left leaning so that's the angle we take regardless of the facts. It was not a fun time.

Most companies don't force journalists to be biased they just hire biased journalists in the first place.


Q:

Thomas' railway was really fucked up. I think the Fat Controller doesn't give a fuck about safety regulations. The worst one was when Mavis gets stuck on an icy level crossing because they forgot to grit the tracks, blocking traffic for an hour. Or that time when that dumb Narrow Gauge engine ran out of steam and had to stop on the way up a 45 degree incline.

A:

What do you like most about what you do?


Q:

Was the news of Hitler's alleged suicide a feeling of relief or despair?

You say that you believed in the war effort, but at the same time you had to see the momentum shifting in the waning months of the war toward the Allied powers. I'm curious if German soldiers were starting to lose their morale and wanted the war to just be over, knowing that Hitler's death or a Wunderwaffe was the only way to achieve this.

A:

What's a crazy story about raising Steven and the Guns N Roses?


Q:

Thank you for the response! Following up on the question, who do you feel is the most reputable agency/journalist to consistently publish current events?

What reasons do companies report to the masses or hire biased journalist? Is it strictly a business decision to drive traffic or is it politically motivated?

A:

Haha, yeah, that rarely happens in the real world.

... Rarely.


Q:

I love that I work for myself, or rather I get to work for the common unconscious. This is what makes me happy! I get to work in the land of the dreams we do not even know we are having- that is where I like to spend my time and I have a life that lets me do it. Who knows how long it will last but it is pretty cool now. I love docs because you get to enter worlds. If I were smarter or more courageous I would probably be a busker or a surfer. (but I don't have the chops!)

A:

About Hitlers suicide he says: "Then we knew that the war was over and that we had lost it. It was more of a feeling relief." He mentions the assassination attempt of Stauffenberg and says: "It was really a shame that it didn't work. If that assassination had worked, then a lot of things would have been better." It was his opinion back then already as well.

Him and the other soldiers believed in the war until the last days. THey believed in the Wunderwaffe, there was not a loss of morale in a way.


Q:

Deanna: One of the most exciting times for us is the first time we saw him play.. We went in and we saw Steven and he says "stand over here so you won't get hurt." So he leaves us and all of a sudden the light goes down, pitch black, and then all of a sudden we hear Steven bang on the drums, the guitar, and it was so loud, I actually thought a 747 landed on my head. That's how loud it was, I immediately got deaf, I lost my hearing. My head was going boom boom boom! There was so much weed in that place!

Steven: And that was just from me! That was just me smoking!

Deanna: I was high, I had a headache, I mean my brain was going crazy, I couldn't hear nothing. So I lasted about 3 songs and then we left. On the way home, don't even ask me what was going on in the car, I couldn't hear anything, Jamie fell asleep, he was probably stoned already and he passed out. On the way home I got scared. I said What's going on? What's this all about? What's happening? I never in my wildest dreams thought that they were gonna make it big, that they were going to be the number 1 band in the country at that time.

A:

Money and Politics, but usually money.

An article about violent trump supporters will get waaay more shares than a balanced piece about violence on both sides.

EDIT: i suck at speling


Q:

Sir Topham Hatt! Don't know why they changed his name from Fat Controller... probably not to give the sensitive new gen kids a complex about fatness.

A:

what inspire you to make alive inside? how did this idea come to you? was it like one morning in the shower?


Q:

What does he believe would have happened if they won?

How does he view his time serving his country now?

A:

Steven - what advice would you give to someone just entering into recovery after most of a lifetime of drug addiction?

Deanna - what advice would you give to the friends and loved ones of someone just entering recovery?


Q:

Fucking hell. Thank you for your honesty, man. VICE gets more shit from their audience than any other news outlet I can think of. I understand there's a bottom line to think about, but a lot of us started following VICE because you guys didn't appear to be focussed on that bottom line.

A:

Haha most likely!


Q:

I got hired to make a website for a guy. He took me into a nursing home. It was like Dante's Inferno!

Henry was in a wheelchair, parked in the hallway. He spent every day for the last 10 years like that. We gave him some Cab Calloway and he woke up- as you may know- the clip of Henry from "Alive Inside" first went viral on Reddit! https://www.reddit.com/r/videos/comments/1h50hy/old_man_in_nursing_home_reacts_to_hearing_music/

I knew in that moment I had to make "Alive Inside"- it took me 3 years.

A:

"Many more soldiers would have had to stay in combat and in Russia." He doesn't talk about other things that would or could have happened in Germany.

"I wasted five years of my youth there." He is very negative about it now, obviously.


Q:

Steven: Be patient. Just live your life one second, one day at a time. Hang around with people who are not addicts. You are who you hang around with. If you hang around with junkies, you are going to be a junkie. If you hang out with nice, happy, good loving, caring people, you're going to be good, happy, loving, caring person. Definitely go to meetings and listen, and talk. One thing that is really cool about my mom writing her book and then me writing me book was that you should take a pen and paper and write down your life. Be completely honest, it's yourself, you can't lie to yourself, even though people do. Be completely honest and write down your life, everything that was good and bad, and read it, and then burn it and move forward.

Deanna: I am so glad that Steven is back with me, he's back on top, He knows what he's doing. To make sure that everyone out there can find strength and inspiration from this book and hopefully free themselves from addiction.

Deanna: I would also say the same thing, go to these meetings. You can go to Al-Anon, you could go to AA, talk to your friends, talk to your minister, talk to your Rabbi, just don't keep it inside. Don't be like me, where I kept everything inside and denied everything. When I finished writing this book, it was so cathartic for me, because all of a sudden I don't care if anyone knew what was going on in my life. It was wonderful. I'm not ashamed anymore that my son is called a "drug addict" and "alcoholic. “it’s okay I'm not alone. I want people to realize this, that they are not alone.

Steven: Don't give up on this person that you love and just realize that it's a disease. Just like if you had asthma or cancer, you're not going to give up on that person because they need an inhaler. It's a disease. When I was doing drugs and I was hurting my mom, my family, my wife, people around me, I wasn't doing it on purpose. I wasn't waking up like "I'm gonna get high just so I can fuck with my family and piss them off and hurt them." It's a disease and you have to be patient. Don't give up.

Deanna: The book "Sweet Child of Mine" has everything that I went through. I never gave up on my son. He'll tell you, he can stop calling me for a year, and as soon as he called me, I was there in five minutes. I never gave up on him and these parents should never give up on their children because they're babies! They're children.

A:

well Im not there anymore.

But VICE has a different business strategy than most media outlets that allows them to be less biased. Nobody is perfect though


Q:

Best child-related experience?

A:

What was your favorite movie from last year and your most Anticipated movie for this year?


Q:

Good morning! Thanks for taking your time to answer questions. What was your daily routine as a POW? Do you remember ever feeling a sense of "normalcy" during your time as a POW?

A:

Hi Steven! Thanks for doing this AMA!

Which was the first "hooooooly shit we're huge" moment while on GNR?


Q:

Like you say, nobody's perfect and at the end of the day everyone's gotta make a dollar.

VICE makes great documentaries when it comes to the Syria/Iraq war though. Could I ask if you had any part in that?

A:

Haha, that's an interesting one, I suppose the good ones are always the classics, such as blowing the whistle and causing a kid to crap itself, but we're usually pretty considerate. One time a kid cried with happiness when he saw the steam engine, that kinda made my week too!


Q:

Not sure I have a faborite but I really liked The Big Short

You?

A:

"We had to work for 8 hours a day in 3 shifts. We couldn't do much in our free time and were just happy to lay down and rest. From time to time i could help out at the theatre in the camp and moved the backgrounds. There were also some real actors.

Especially Paul Streckfuß (Note: who became an actor in the GDR after the war) was a good friend of mine during that time, but he was more of a regisseur director in the camp and he was a true communist. He also was the negotiator for the german prisoners, despite being a prisoner himself. When the actors practiced or had a show, they would get extra food from the kitchen afterwards, which i got too, as i was helping them.

The food was basically the same every day for months. It was mainly white cabbage soup.

We got loose tobaco once a week which was smoked with the "Pravda", the russian newspaper. I always exchanged it for bread though and i didn't smoke a single cigarette in my life"


Q:

Steven: When we played the street scene in 1986, downtown LA. There were 100,000 people in the streets, outside, and we started playing. Literally not 10s, or 100s, thousands of people were spitting on the stage at us. I was in the back, so I wasn't getting hit. The coolest thing was, nobody in the band got pissed off , they started spitting back at them. It was one of those moments like "holy shit! What am I doing here? How did I get here? and Why is this so awesome!"

Deanna: I'm so glad I wasn't there.

Steven: That and playing with The Rolling Stones at the coliseum was pretty fucking cool!

A:

I havent done anything in Syria or Iraq. Though I did field produce a piece on North Korea which was fun.


Q:

D'aww, that is adorable.

A:

What was your favorite movie from last year and your most Anticipated movie for this year?


Q:

I congratulate you on not ever smoking especially in a time where it was basically deemed healthy, thats a huge accomplishment and, this might sound offensive, but it is probably the main reason you are still so active today compared to others your age. Not to mention you probably got made fun of for it/peer pressured into it all the time in the military, since thats about all there was to do on your down time. My grandfather died after 10 years mostly stuck in the house on oxygen and my father (60) has COPD, so I've always decided against cigarettes.

A:

Hey Steven, First off I'd like to say thank you for all the work thag you've done with GnR, Adler's Appetite, and Adler. Your drumming inspired me to become a drummer myself. My question is: Do you have any advice for up and coming musicians?


Q:

What was the weirdest/most interesting thing about N Korea that you saw or learned?

A:

I could go on, there's loads. We do santa trains in December, where santa comes down the train and talks to the kids. We sometimes work it so if the parents let us know the kid's name we can pass on a special message from santa, and santa will "know his name". The way the kids eyes light up when we do this is just magic!


Q:

Dear Reddit,

I'm going to dinner now and will come back one last time to answer any last questions! Thanks for all the support today.

A:

He thinks the same way "Many of the smokers died because they did trade in their food for tobaco. Thank you for your answer"


Q:

Steven: Practice, practice, practice. Repetition makes the master. Stay away from alcohol and drugs and you can't lose.

Deanna: I agree with Steven, especially about staying away from alcohol and drugs. He practices every single day.

Steven: Alcohol and drugs are a waste of time.

Deanna: 3-4 hours a day he practices, even now.

Steven: That is because I love to play. Always practice and play with everybody and anybody you can.

A:

I didnt actually go to NK it was actually all shot by the Kiwi's. I went to Wellington, NZ to meet with them and conducted the interview which was used for voice over.

Sorry if I made it seem like I was in NK, that wasn't my intention.


A:

Hi Brian, when you wrote your songs, what where the bands that inspired you?


Q:

Hello,

Could he tell us more about the propaganda that went around the time that made him believe it was the right thing to do? Also what gave the soldiers hope towards the end of the war? How was it to come back in Germany? How much did it all change?

A:

I Steve, big fan here, missed you in the Chile show a couple of months ago. Do you think that your stroke, affected in someway your actual drums play? Also, I think your the most resilient rock star ever, you're an example to a lot of people


Q:

I first started following Vice because I felt that it was mostly unbiased but was also tailored to the interest of the younger generation that I'm a a part of. It was very refreshing. I don't follow anymore as I've felt that they're catering mostly to the liberal leaning crowd. Maybe they sold out maybe they didn't idk. Thank you though for what you've done.

A:

It's just as funny ;)


Q:

Townes Van Zandt Muddy Waters Guy Clark Hendrix Dylan Beatles Steve Earle Jerry Garcia John Prime Clapton and Townes Van Zandt

A:

About the Propaganda he says: " As a 16 year old, you can believe in a lot. I was in the Hitlerjugend, in the Jungvolk. We did excercises on training grounds. Also when we got a new gymnasium, Göring was there for the inauguration and we all had to attend there. Back then we found it great, it gave us hope.".

About the hope of soldiers at the end of the war, he talked about it in another comment. There was a rumour of a secret weapon that would turn around the odds for the Germans in the war again."

About coming back and the drive back from the prisoners camp in Russia he says: "We were brought to Friedland. There was a camp for us where we got registered. From there we could take the train back home. All of it took a couple of days. I traveled with people from other camps as well. We were all very happy to be on the way back."


Q:

Steven: Hi u/f3lip3, thank you very much. And no, I had a mild stroke when I was shooting cocaine. The only thing that it affected was my speech. I basically had to go back to Kindergarten and learn how to speak again. Dr. Drew, when I did that celebrity rehab, he had a special speech therapist come in and actually teach me how to speak again. I mean I can barely speak fucking English, as it is, but it's much better than it was in 1994.

Deanna: When I found out he was in the hospital because nobody would tell me when he would have an overdose. Nobody would tell me because they didn't want me to know because he has numerous times he's had an overdose, but I never knew. Well, this time, I found out because the nurse from the Century City Hospital calls me up on the phone and says, "Your son needs dialysis". I said, "What do you mean?". And she says, "Well, he came in yesterday from a drug overdose". I said, "So, give him dialysis. What's the big thing?". Well, I had to sign a paper for him to have it. So, she faxed me over a paper. I signed the paper. He had dialysis. So, then I went to the hospital to see him. I walk into this room and he is attached to so many tubes. And I said, "Oh my god, I've never seen anything like this before". So, I sat down next to him. I says, "Steven", cause I heard that people in a coma they can hear you, so I sat down next to him and said, "Steven, Steven, please wake up. Everything's going to be alright". And then what happened was, he opened one eye and a single tear came out of that one eye. A single tear. And then he closed his eye again. And then, of course, I burst out crying. I mean, it was so horrible. I told the doctors. When I was at the hospital, that day, his lawyer came over. Former lawyer, came over to see him.

Steven: His name was Satan.

Deanna: His name was Satan.

Steven: Louis Cypher, I recall. Louis Cypher. Lu-ci-fer. Louis Cypher. Yea.

Deanna: I said thank you for coming over, but he's in a coma. He said, "I just wanted to check up on him". I said, "Fine". A few weeks later, I got a bill. He charged us for going to the hospital to look at Steven when he was in a coma.

Steven: For 30 seconds.

Deanna: 30 seconds!

Steven: He just looked in at the door and went, "Okay".

Deanna: That's how people take advantage of people that are drug addicts and alcohol abusers. They take advantage of you and it's not right. So, I called up the lawyer. I says, "What it this? I see you're charging him for him for you coming to visit him in the hospital. Are you nuts?". I said, "You better take that off the bill". And he took it off the bill. But, can you imagine going to the hospital to check on a client, just to say hello and see how you're doing and he charges for that? That was sick.

A:

I dont think its as bad as everyone says.

Honestly I think VICE News on HBO does such a good job that its kind of boring!


Q:

Why do you think learning about out dated technologies is important?

A:

Do you have any directorial advice?


Q:

What was the education in Jungvolk, HJ, etc...about? Did they ever focus so much on race theory and how Germans were the master-race, as is often said today by historians?

Did they push people to have kids very soon with girls, be promiscuous, with the idea of a Germany with high population? (Considering he had many kids, that may have had a part in it)

A:

Hey Steven! I have a few, hopefully simple, quick questions.

  1. Why do they call you Steven 'Popcorn' Adler? Is it cause you're energetic, and bounce up and down when you're beating on the drums?

And

  1. Will you be joining GNR for a larger portion of the NITL Tour? Rather than a few appearances here and there?

Those are my two questions that I had to ask. Ps you fucking rock dude much love ❤️


Q:

I don't know much about you and haven't seen much Vice news, but this seems like a good place to ask, what is happening in the world of journalism? I mean specifically speaking, could you shed some light on what your world is dealing with right now and how your able to maintain this daily life?

Much thanks, and glad you made it out of D.C. okay.

A:

Interestingly, a lot of the technology in terms of machining and engineering has remained the same, of course I work a lot with inefficient outdated diesel engine designs, and of course steam engines. It really does cover the basics of engineering, and gives you a firm base in most things we use today.

From a historical perspective, it's also great to learn from our mistakes, if we still used steam today there's some incredible science that could be applied that would have it's efficiency up there with diesel locomotives, but the future is electric!


Q:

Yes.

Act. Write. Shovel dirt. Read. Doubt. Watch films more than once.

Don't cross the line. Unless it is cool.

A:

They did talk about race theory and such things in the Hitlerjugend.

He went to a Wehrertüchtigungslager (paramilitary training camp) with 15. They had to learn how great the war is and had to crawl through a field with gas masks on, while it was raining. When they would come back to the shack which you were living in with 10 people, all their clothes were thrown on the floor from their lockers. Then they had to sort through all their clothes and after half an hour there was roll call and everything had to be clean. The supervisor came in with white gloves with which he checked all the doors and stuff for dust.

When he was a soldier there was this thing called Selbsterziehung (self-discipline). If someone stole, then everyone had to suffer from that. In the night the Holy spirit would come into the shack and the person who stole didn't know about it. He would get a blanket over his head and then his trousers would get dragged down. Then he'd get hit by the leather of a belt and afterwards get black boot polish rubbed on it. In the morning for the Roll call he had to be clean again then. This was called self-discipline.


Q:

Steven: I think that's what Axl was thinking. We played that show at the Ritz that was live on MTV one night and he introduced me as Steven Popcorn Adler. That one and only time. He would always introduce me as Steven California Indica Bud Adler. I'm a big pot smoker. So, that one night that it happened to be live on TV, out of nowhere he just called me popcorn and it just stuck. I think it was like when I play my hair bounces up and down. Like popcorn popping in a machine. I don't know. He's insane. I don't know why the hell he did it. It just happened. He just called me that.

Deanna: I never like that, by the way. I never liked that.

Steven: I had a great time last year doing the couple shows that I got to do with them, but it was everything that I thought it was going to be. It was the complete opposite. If it was going be just the five original guys with Dizzy and Axl, Slash, and Duff and myself, then yes I will, but otherwise, it's not the magic and it's not fair to the fans. Me and Dizzy actually really do wanna be a part of it.

A:

There is no money. Companies are struggling and firing left and right. The companies that are doing well learned that hyperpartisan content shares better than real news.

Then you get "ad rights" purchasing, basically companies buying traffic to claim they get more viewership than they do.


Q:

Do you play any Steam games?

A:

What was it like touring the festival circuit? How did you get there?


Q:

Good afternoon :-). I would like to know if your grandfather knew anything about the extermination camps and what was his response too it?

I know it is a emotionally difficult question. I am a Dutch guy living on the border with Germany and know many German people. The German side is often forgotten.. indoctrination is a thing that many people should read more about. And thank you for this AmA

A:

Hi Steven, have any crazy stories from touring in Canada?


Q:

What are your thoughts on journalists using distributed data storage like https://morph.is to publish articles with near zero hosting cost and accepting recurring donations from patreon and cryptocurrencies so readers can fund the journalists so they don't have to rely on ad revenue, "sponsored content" and "fake news" for money?

A:

I love Counter Strike:GO, also can't beat a bit of train simulator on lazy days... Pretty hooked on Planet Coaster too, that's ace!


Q:

OMG, the Festival circuit is so much fun! Really- I can't wait to do it again!

A:

"We didn't know about it before and during the war. Even in Russia we didn't know about concentration camps. Only after the war we got informations about it." He is laughing a bit about the question what his response to it was since it is clear to him how wrong such things are.


Q:

Steven: I love Canada. You're so lucky that you live there. Yes, we were touring with "Iron Maiden" and one night me and Nicko McBrain went out to this bar. We were in Quebec, French Canada, and it was just a beautiful town and it was snowing. Me and Nicko, we were hanging in a bar and we were doing shots. We did like maybe 8, 9 shots and then the 10th shot he did, everything was going great between us, we were having a good time, and then once he took that 10th shot, he got so crazy and turned into a different person and was going to kick my ass. All we were doing was just sitting there talking and that one drink just was the one that broke him. And you've seen this guy. This is one ugly motherfucker, okay. He'll kick your ass just by you looking at his face. So, I was all whooah, one second, one moment here, I'm gonna go outside for a second and I'm gonna come back in and we'll try this again. I walked outside and I left. I remember walking through the snow on these cobblestone streets, freezing my ass off, going what the fuck just happened? What the hell just happened?

A:

I mean thats basically what I do... shit should I be promoting my patreon?


Q:

Not OP but software engineer who loves trains and a little jealous of OP here.

A:

Do you have any advice on set control?


Q:

Hi, what was your opinion of the war during that time? Like who did you think was right or wrong?

A:

What do you miss most about the rock n roll scene from the 80s compared to today?


Q:

Have you had any experiences with possible government targeted surveillance because of any stories you have reported on?

A:

I'm sure there's somewhere near you desperate for volunteers, go get involved!


Q:

Not really, I am a doc filmmaker.

With docs- no babies or pets.

or crazy people. Well, you can't avoid crazy people- so no advice.

A:

"It was wrong but we did believe in it. Back then though, we didn't find it wrong. Back then there was the hope of a Wunderwaffe (wonder weapon) that would still win us the war. That was a rumour going around. My view changed when I was a prisoner of war. Then I realized that it was wrong."


Q:

Steven: It was more exciting back then 'cause you didn't find out everything like you do now. Everything is instantly over people's phones and everything. It was like exciting to read magazines and read about your bands and what's going on and it's just a completely different world now. I think I got to catch the end of when rock was really rock. That's what I miss. I miss going to record stores and hanging out. I miss going to magazine stands and reading magazines and looking at pictures. I miss looking at record albums and reading all the liner notes and looking at the pictures in the sleeves and reading how they did the record and what happened. That was exciting. Nowadays, it's nothing. You just push a button and you're on the computer. There's no liner notes. There's maybe one goofy picture that's been photoshopped. I like the real stuff. I like real instruments. Reality. Real. People practicing. I've never known one person that practices as a teenager and looked in the mirror and was air guitar playing practice to see how they look and thinking in their head, "Oh, I just wanna play for myself". No, it's that I wanna play for the world. And I miss that whole real kinda rock thing, ya know. Music.

Deanna: I miss him. That's it.

Steven: She misses me practicing my drums in the bedroom. Oh god, please stop! Pleeease!

Deanna: That's exactly right.

Steven: When he goes to school, I'm throwing these out.

A:

Ooooh yea.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJyC3to8ODA

EDIT: Ok here goes.. here is the full story.

While covering the NoNato protests in Chicago I got word that the apartment I was staying at in Chicago had been raided. My crew was 4 others. Our driver decided they would head to the apt to see what was up and sure enough the door was open and several officers were outside. He decided to head back to us without confronting police.

After the protests started dying down I called the national lawyers guild for advice. They told me that unless we directly interact with cops they can't help us. Funny thing, about 15 minutes later as we drove we got surrounded by maybe a dozen police vehicles, some all black and tinted windows. They approached us with guns drawn and demanded they see our "fucking hands."

Here's the funny thing.

Because we had been planning on how to deal with the earlier police raid our adrenaline was high. When the cars surrounded us one crew member yells

"ITS HAPPENING!"

They approached the vehicle pulled us out and searched everything. They asked me who I was, where I was from, what was I doing, why was I doing it, and more. They took our credit card numbers, passport information, etc.

After about ten minutes a shorter cops walks over and waves his hand at me. A cop then uncuffs me and the shorter cops says "youre vehicle matched a description" and tells us we are free to go.

This is when we called the news and NLG.

I decided that because of the raid and then the detainment only me and one other person with a large following would be allowed to re enter the apartment and we would livestream everything. Any perishable items would be discarded, vitamins, pills anything edible would be trashed.

As we were leaving another person who had been sharing the apartment with us arrived and asked for a ride. I said it would be fine as long as he followed my rules. This person became slightly agitated and stated they needed to grab something from inside the apartment. I refused, "you enter the apartment thats fine, but you wont be riding with us." So he decides to just get in the car and stay quiet.

As we were leaving, heading to safe place to sleep, I got a text that the police had been talking about us on the radio scanner. This text came from someone we all trusted very much. I couldnt believe it though... seriously? Cops are actually targeting us?

I get another text "THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT YOU ON THE SCANNER STOP GIVING INTEL"

I aimed my livestream down so you couldnt see where we were heading.

We got to a safe place on the southside of Chicago and went to sleep. Everything seemed fine.

The next day as we laughed about it, the one guy who tried to get something from inside laughed and said

"Isn't it weird they[person who owned apartment] wanted me to bring adderall in the car?"

I basically shat a brick at that point... Apparently the person who lived in the apartment texted this guy asking him to grab drugs from inside and bring them with into our car.

"What the fuck are you talking about?" I said

He responded "Yea they asked me to bring adderall into the car"

To which I said "Why the fuck would they want you to take their drugs from their apartment? If we got pulled over and had that bottled we'd all be locked up right now."

We heard a rumor that the person who lived there recently started dating a cop. I don't know if they actually tried pulling some bullshit on us, but I can say that it was possible. If it was true, I credit my planning for keeping me and my crew safe.

Thanks for reading!


Q:

Have you had any dangerous experiences? What is the best experience you have had?

A:

Anything to help with the fact that I always feel like a nuisance asking for favours or calling in chits? Anything like this happen to you when you first started?


Q:

What was it specifically about being a prisoner of war that made you change your view? Were you just given the bigger picture by the guards etc.?

A:

What music are you listening to these days?


Q:

You said in the report that credit card numbers were taken? Did have to do with supposed "match of suspects car," or what? I've never heard of that before...

A:

Dangerous, if you don't consider fires and boiling hot saturated steam dangerous, I don't think so, no. Railways are heavily governed in the UK and we have a comprehensive system of safety management to ensure the risk doing anything is absolutely minimised.

The best experience, probably our steam galas, we sometimes have up to 6 steam engines on the go and as our line is only just about a mile long, it makes for one hell of an experience! The other thing I loved doing was taking one of my friends steam engines to Belgium for an event there, went on a lorry, steamed the engine for 2 days and then came back. Amazing to meet Belgian train drivers too!


Q:

You must serve people! You gotta remember your project does not matter. How you are helping the other is what allows you to ask people to help you!!!

A:

" We got political education during my time as a prisoner of war. But there we were educated on the great things that communism does. I did everything that was asked from me. Hitler and the dictatorship, communism as a prisoner of war and afterwards democracy. Only when I came back from Russia did I see the good of democracy." He's having difficulties being able to describe what made him change his views and understanding the question. But he says: "First of all we lost the war. And then we saw how everything got better here in westgermany." So I guess that gave him a change of heart?

He became a prisoner of war on the day that Germany lost the war, so during his time in Russia he was always aware of that fact.


Q:

These days, I still listen to the same music I did when I was growing up.

A:

Yea no idea. we think they tried planting drugs on us too but thats the longer version of the story.


Q:

Where abouts are you?

A:

After I said it I looked up the movie and you are gong to be alright i think. That movie was made so long ago. Not that many people can know of it.


Q:

Thank you for posting those pictures.

I had a good friend who was a German about your Opa's age during the war and was drafted into the labor army and later the anti-air auxiliary in Eastern Germany operating 20mm cannons. I like to imagine that somewhere in your pictures he might be there. Ever meet a man named Vern Morrow? He would have been about mid/late teens during the war like yourself and with a similar vocation, he was also a troublemaker :P worth a shot!

My actual questions:

  1. My friend told me that their gun crew was mainly captured Russians overseen by a couple young Germans. Was this the case for your crew as well? If so can you tell us a little about them or your gun crew's situation? My friend seemed to have forged quite a bond with his fellow crew members (despite obvious barriers to friendship) and was very sad to tell me that most fled the advancing Red Army as the war went on, fearing reprisals.

  2. What's your funniest personal story from that time? I know this sounds strange, with the war being such a heavy topic, but you were a young man and young men always try to have fun despite the circumstances. Soldiers tend to be a bit of a goofy bunch at times. My friend's memoirs are dotted with funny experiences during the war, mostly having to do with his many run ins with authority.

A:

Hey Steven and Deanna! Thanks for doing this AMA. Question: is rock & roll dead once your generation is gone? If not, who is going to keep it going?


Q:

The car possibly matched another suspected vehicle

Yes, surely

A:

Staffordshire, UK


Q:

I agree. I even like the idea that I'm doing a nod to it!

But I do appreciate your analysis

A:
  1. He says that they had captured Russians for their crew. They had to carry the ammunition. In times of of bombardment, they would hide in the bunker and the german officers forced them to go outside again using their guns. They also had Russian gun carriages which had 8,5 caliber. They were extended to fit the German 8,8 caliber and after around 100 shots the pipes got so warm that they couldn't use them anymore.

His crew was mostly people from his class and from his village and from around the other villages.

  1. He can't remember anything in particular unfortunately. That weren't the times for it, he says.

Q:

Steven: All I know is that the gods of rock are pissed! I think I am afraid Rock and Roll might be dead. There are just no great bands out there. The last great band that I know of was the Foo Fighters, and that was 25 years ago.

Deanna: I don't believe it will ever die. When he was playing in the 80s, we would go on sunset blvd and see all these guys with the black leather jackets

Steven: But that was the 80s, this is 2017. Music is completely different now. It sucks!

Deanna: a few weeks ago we were going down sunset blvd. There are so many young people. I don't think it will ever die. What goes around comes around, it's always gonna be there. I still listen to oldies but goodies. Good music comes back.

A:

The full story is significantly crazier.

Long story short, the cops followed up sort of. We have reason to believe they tried planting drugs on us.


Q:

Hey there, thanks for sharing on IAMA with us!

Have special interest in it, too, as I boiled water for a living. That's my standard off-the-cuff reply when asked what I did before I retired, then admitting I was a steam boiler guy, lol.

Okay, onward with question time:

1) On the steam locomotives you operate, is water feed manually controlled? To go with, are there auto-controls to shut down the burner in case of low water condition?

2) At your museum, how many working engines of both scale replicas and full size are there? (Photos show one of each, way cool.) And what types/makers/models are they?

3) On your largest steamer, can you break down all which entails to fire it up to working pressure, along with time takes to do so?

4) Does your museum have a web site we can looky-loo at?

5) Fireman? Singular. Didn't most old-timey locos's have both a fireman & an engineer? (I know the answer, which to me goes for safety as asked on question #1 -- for with one man only operating these monsters, say, has a cardiac arrest and is out of commission, now we have a explosion in the making come that low water condition!). So, hopefully imagine there are other knowledgeable people on the grounds whenever your steam engines are in use?

This you wrote earlier, "... a kid cried with happiness when he saw the steam engine" Yeah, recalls when I showed my own kids a bank of five fire tube HRT's i worked on. Kids are magic, their awe inspiring awe taking us jaded adults back to wonders that be. Such as even with boiling up some water, hah!

Also with this, "... I wonder why I put myself through this every third Sunday ... and I see a little girl with her hands over her ears, mouth in a little O, halfway hiding behind her father, and I am reminded".

That last quote from another train museum guy on this site. Also as with here, is quite educational for those whom have no idea about steamers... http://pjern.tumblr.com/post/77872434851/how-to-boot-a-steam-locomotive

Thanks again!

A:

Well I have the advantage of starting this in my forties, I have tried to get my sixteen year old daughter to read the Art of Communication to try and get her to quiet her mind and take some time away from her iPhone and being connected. Just left Sundance and spent stayed with a legit hip hop star and he and his wife are working on TM. You work really hard and then you start to wonder why, divorce, stress etc... and you look around out how messed up everyone is so you try and find something that makes sense....


Q:

It's always amazing to me that people find goodness, friendship and bright moments in the middle of terrible events and circumstances. Do you have any good memories from your time as a prisoner of war? What helped you get through that time?

A:

Hi Steven, how surreal was it to be in a band with your friend growing up and make it big? Does your mom have any funny/interesting stories about Slash from when he was younger?


Q:

You said at some point that they "banged our hard drives against the ground."

Now, couldn't that potentially be evidence tampering?

It's a good thing you were streaming.

A:

Wow, such a comprehensive post! Thank you!

  1. Yes, the water is added manually using Steam Injectors, they are a rather old school way of doing it. One of our Victorian engines also has a feed pump off the crosshead.

  2. The one of me driving the miniature is at a different place, but we have 2 fully working steam locomotives in service at our place, and another will be ready mid this year. We also have many diesels! The first, and oldest steamer was built in Stafford, UK in 1897! Its a coal fired 4 wheeled quarry engine. The other is a 2008 built ultra light coal fired engine designed for use on road building, its a replica of an engine design built in Stoke on Trent around the 1920s. The one that's not finished yet is the same Stoke on Trent 1920s engine, but the genuine article! You can see photos on the link below, but if you like I can reply with some here. :) As a side point, these engines are different from your normal mainline engines as they are narrow gauge, meaning there's 2 foot between the wheels rather than 4 foot 8 1/2 inches.

  3. Firing the biggest one takes about 4 hours from cold. You clean the ash out of each end, check for any leaking fire tubes and the fusible plug, then light the fire. Once the fire is lit, you oil round, clean, fill the water tank up, check all the cotter pins and taper pins to ensure everything is still tight. Oil the axle boxes. Once that's done you should have just enough steam to go and have a cup of tea...or 4. Then you're off to blow steam through the cylinders to warm them up and you're off. At the end of the day you stuff the boiler full of water, make sure the fire is nice and flat and put it away in the shed.

  4. It does www.amertonrailway.co.uk

  5. Yeah, so I'm a fireman, I work with a driver. And sometimes we have a third trainee who is there to learn what we do. I'm responsible for maintaining the water level and shovelling coal, the driver makes us go! We don't have one man operation just to make it all a bit safer. Though these engines are small enough to operate alone, and commonly were in the past.

Hope I answered these well, if you'd like to know more just let me know!


Q:

Yeah man, it's really interesting journey this thing called life. And the twist of it all is the truth of it is nothing like what "they" say it is! 40 is a great time to master this stuff, actually it's about the time most people do.

A:

"We were allowed to write short cards/messages home, that gave hope. He also says that "the Russians that worked with us Germans in that factory had it worse than us. We were treated less worse than them." I am not sure if that was a bit of hope for him (as macabre as it is), if he sees it positive. He mentioned it though. He also says that helping with the theater in the Camp helped.


Q:

Steven: It was a dream come true. Every musician that I can imagine, having a friend that was as talented as Slash was and being able to be a part of him and his life and us doing it together was just so fun and so magical. Everything in our lives just fell into place. It's not like we had to do anything extraordinary. We just woke up in the morning and did what we did and it just worked. It was magic.

Deanna: I didn't really know Slash when he was young because Steven was living with his Grandmother and so they hung out together, of course. But I don't really have any stories about him.

Steven: It's funny, I was the bad influence on Slash. I'm the one who got him to start ditching school. And turned him onto Rock 'n Roll.

A:

I guess they wanted to see if they had anything in them? I have no idea, it was a hell of a ride though. They actually raided our apartment that day too.


Q:

I've been on the lile ratty a few times when I've been back to the UK to visit fam. Any chance you work there?

A:

How do you feel about neo-Nazism and what would you like to say to someone who believes in it?
Thank you for answering these questions. Have a nice day!


Q:

Hi Steven, If you had the choice to play any Guns tune other than Appetite/Lies material, which one would you choose?

A:

Why is Vice so shit nowadays? They flood Facebook with bullshit articles.


Q:

No, that's quite a way away from me, I'm based in the Midlands :)

A:

"They should go to Russia and see what happened there." He does not like people like that at all. Also I have to say that I don't think he met a lot of Neo-Nazis in his time. Our village thankfully doesn't have any, as far as I know.


Q:

Steven: Back Off Bitch, Don't Cry, You Can Be Mine, Coma, Civil War.

A:

welcome to news in 2017. Its a race to the bottom.


Q:

Big man on a little train. I love that photo.

In all seriousness how much power do those steam engines produce?

A:

How do you feel when young people say things like "___ is literally Hitler"?

How do you feel about comparisons drawn between modern politics and those of Germany in the 30s and 40s?

You were young when Hitler came to power and still young when the war broke out. How involved we're you in politics? How much did you understand?

Thank you for doing this AmA. I agree with your grandchildren that it is important to preserve the memories of our elders, regardless of whether we agree with what they did, or not.

EDIT: I didn't allow for Germany having different social norms. It makes sense that they don't refer to Hitler in such flippant ways.


Q:

What is your biggest regret about the years you lost to the hard drugs you took?

A:

Well I came here to criticize Vice and saw this and appreciate the honesty. I will now shove my foot in my mouth


Q:

Which ones? The big 2 foot gauge ones are around 100hp but will pull a huge amount more than a similar horsepower truck.

A:
  1. "In itself I don't like it if people do this comparison. But with the new american president it is difficult not to draw the parallels" (He had some difficulties really grasping what you meant with this question, I think. I don't think he meets a lot of people who throw these comparisons around so easily (maybe it is more of an internet thing)).

  2. He doesn't see the comparison between modern politics and those of germany in the 30s and 40s. At least not in Germany itself. Other places might be different though.

  3. "We were raised to believe in it. I was in the Hitlerjugend and afterwards we had to join the party. I was 16 when I joined the party. But I was too young for politics. We only believed in what they told us."


Q:

Steven: Losing those years to the hard drugs and alcohol! It was a waste of time.

A:

Ha, well I dont work there anymore


Q:

Is that because of tracks vs road? Better traction?

A:

What is your opinion on the many European (and American) far-right populist movements that have become so popular in the last year - do you have concerns that what you went through may happen to your children's or grandchildren's generations?


Q:

What's the worst experience you ever had with a fan?

A:

How do you stop people from participating in the race? how do we stop people from being taken for a ride?


Q:

No, the way a car with an internal combustion engine lays down power requires high revs for peak torque output. Whereas a steam engine has a vastly increased starting power, and because rails are low friction, you have a fairly easy pull once everything is moving.

A:

He doesn't like these movements at all. There was a recent comment from Höcke, an AfD politician about the Holocaust memorial which my grandfather found awful. He says that Höcke should be send to Russia to a prisoners camp to experience what he experienced and then he wouldn't say these things. He says that these populists have no idea what they are talking about.


Q:

Steven: Hi u/fuck_you_in_the_valley

This one girl, right after a show, I was walking to the bus and this one girl got so excited to see me that she jumped on me and pulled my back out. I had to miss like 10 shows because she hurt my back.

A:

I wish I knew.

Thats what I try to figure out everyday.

I hope that by being straightforward and honest we can collect some accurate data and say "here is what happened, here is how to fix it"


Q:

Was this a dream of yours since you were yonug? or did you get into trains when you were older?

A:

Hi Deanna. How did you deal with noise from your son when he was growing up?


Q:

What's your relationship with Gavin Mcinnes like?

A:

I always liked trains when I was a kid, and used to visit the particular railway I volunteer at a lot when I was little. I didn't actually start railway stuff properly until early 2012, which is when my interest in mechanical engineering started developing. This is quite common with people who volunteer at the railway, a lot of people joined because of a later life interest rather than a childhood fantasy to drive trains.


Q:

Steven: You tell ‘em the truth. You threw my drums right on the sidewalk.

Deanna: I didn't deal well with it.

Steven: I went to school, the drums were on the sidewalk.

Deanna: When he was a baby, he was 2 years old, he would sit on the kitchen floor, while I was cooking and he would take out the Tupperware and the wooden spoons and he would be pounding on the Tupperware. I would play oldies but goodies!

Steven: 50's. Frankie Valli, Frankie Avalon, Veronica.

Deanna: Yea, that's what I listened to.

Steven: Frankie Valli is god.

Deanna: So, when he would get the drums, yeah, it was very hard because the neighbors would complain. I would go to work and I'd come home and the neighbor would say, "He's been playing the drums all day. How much can I take?". No, it wasn't good. I don't suggest getting the drums.

Steven: It wasn't just that. It was just he's playing the drums all day. He's playing the drums and he stinks! If he played good, it wouldn't be so bad. Tell him to take lessons. That goddamn loud Rock 'n Roll he keeps playing.

Deanna: I don't advise any parents to buy their children a drumset.

Steven: Nowadays, you have electric drums, so you can wear headphones, so you don't bother anybody. Me personally, I love fucking with my neighbors.

A:

I actually just met him for the first time going to the Deploraball.

He seems eccentric to say the least.


Q:

Obligatory ? People who hold pieces of paper in front of their faces like that always make me think this is /r/roastme. I was about to insult you for no real reason, other than I thought you were asking for it.

A:

Did you fall in love with any groupies?


Q:

How do you feel about comedy/satire being a huge part of modern journalism? My theory is that you can't fake a laugh because you need honesty in some form for comedy.

A:

Haha, you're more than welcome! I have terrible hair in that picture xD


Q:

Steven: Everyone of them. For the 3 minutes I was with them. Yes. If you got 4 out of me, god bless you. You lucked out that day.

Deanna: One time he told me that he had sex with over 2,000 women.

Steven: I was on drugs.

Deanna: I says, "What kind of talk is that? I'm your mother. Stop it".

Steven: I remember telling my grandfather, my grandparents. I brought a gold record to each my grandma and grandpa one day and I said, "Here grandma and grandpa. Look. I'm famous now". And my grandpa says," Yeah, that and 50 cents will get you a cup of coffee". And he's right.

A:

Ehhhh I dont like it. John Oliver has done some good content but also some really bad and misleading content. They try to get away with misleading people by saying "Im not a journalist"

Yea great... thanks for making the world shittier.

People actually believe that Sarah Palin said "I can see Russia from my house"

I get it, comedy is great and we joke about politics. It is what it is.


Q:

My father has been a huge fan of yours as long as I can remember. You two are around the same age, so I'd like to ask you a question for my father, if I may. Over the years, have you developed any changes to your technique, due to aging, that I can pass on that may assist him? Edit: feel free to use whatever lingo you want.. I'll be passing it on verbatim (I'm a bass guy and don't understand the shit you silly head beaters talk about)

A:

Did you expect to get out? Have you, or colleagues, been arrested in a situation like that before?


Q:

Steven: u/Mafiya_chlenom_K I owe no money to you. No money.

Well, yes. I've gotten better. The more you practice, you know. Like I said in the past, the repetition makes the master. When I first started doing "Appetite for Destruction", the timing on that, you cannot use a metronome to that record. It will not work. It was all feel. Back when I was younger, I didn't have that much of a grasp on what timing really is. It was more about just having fun and kicking ass. And now, I'm more into learning a lot of style and perfecting myself. So, I'm practicing a lot more and watching more like Buddy Rich. I watch a lot of him playing and I'm just practicing that song. I'm definitely a lot better. I'm way more comfortable and repetition makes the master.

A:

I didn't know if I was going to be released but the only other time I was placed under arrest I was released after about half an hour as well.

Many journalists have been arrested covering these kinds of stories.

I cant speak for why they all get charged, but in 5+ years I have only ever been arrested officially twice but released shortly after with no charges.


Q:

What's your favorite dessert?

A:

Thank you Tim. I assumed it was something of an occupational hazard, but the Twitter reaction has been "look at what's going on in Trump's America"


Q:

Steven: Cheesecake with whip cream. Plain New York cheesecake with whip cream in the microwave for 6 seconds.

Deanna: And my favorite dessert is chocolate cream pie with whip cream. Lots of whip cream.

A:

yea, thats basically why I wanted to do the AMA


Q:

Hi Steven your an amazing artist and your work with GNR is awesome! Really good to hear that you were able to get clean, and that your mother helped you. Mothers are the best, what do you think was the most important thing she did that helped you? Also what are you listening to now in terms of music?

A:

What do you like most about what you do?


Q:

Steven: The most important was love, support, and not giving up on me. No matter what an asshole I was, she didn't give up on me.

Deanna: I'm so happy that Steven is clean and happy now and that's a miracle. You can never give up on your child. I want people to read the book "Sweet Child of Mine," I think it will inspire people never to give up on their child.

A:

Traveling.

I was on 78 flights last year and flew 130,000 miles


Q:

Hey Steven! Love ya, man! What's your favorite GnR song to play?

A:

Business Class?


Q:

Steven: Every single one of them. I still play the ones that I recorded the demo tapes I helped write on "Use Your Illusion". At least 12, 13 of those. I'll still practice to those because I love them so much, but obviously, I play em my way, which is the right way.

Deanna: Steven is the greatest drummer in the world. He is my king. He is the best.

Steven: I'm the biggest asshole you're ever gonna fuckin meet.

[laughter]

Deanna: No son, don't say that.

A:

mostly, because I have status with American.


Q:

What songs did you play to when starting out as a drummer?

A:

So, would you say that you were treated fairly as a journalist during this rather tumultuous time?


Q:

Steven: My favorite songs, like I said earlier, were Kiss, Queen. I loved Disco. I loved Jazz. I love 70's Rock. I love 60's Rock. Just music that made me feel good, that I still listen to today and I still practice today. It's so cool. You just go on the Internet and get 70's hits, ya know, a collection of all these different 70's songs. And I went this one, this one this one, and I picked all these different ones, so I got all these great songs I practice to and they're such great songs 'cause they're stories about something that's meaningful. Nowadays, I listen to these bands and for one, you can't understand what they're saying, two it doesn't mean anything. I just like a good story and something that makes my heart feel good. And then 30, 40 years later I listen to it and I still get that euphoria. I love Rock.

A:

I would.

This was one of the first times an officer talked to people being arrested. This is a situation where a large organized black bloc is destroying cars, windows, spray painting everywhere. The police decided to hold the whole group and sort it out later.

The idea of mass arrest sucks, but when people form a black bloc specifically to avoid the police's ability to target those causing destruction the only thing they can do is wrap up everyone and sort it later.


Q:

Hi Deanna

Could you tell us when and why you decided to write this book?

Thank you!

A:

But the other journalists arrested were not. Why do you think this is?


Q:

Deanna: I decided to write the book after the time I first saw him perform. I couldn't sleep, I was so wound up, so I just wrote down my thoughts. Eventually every time I would see him, whether it was a good time or a bad time, I would just write down my thoughts on a piece of paper, on an envelope, on a-

Steven: Like a diary!

Deanna: Like a diary! So I never thought about writing a book per say, it just happened.

Steven: Writing things down that go on in your life, it's so helpful to be able to get it out of your head, put it down on paper or talk to someone about it to someone who understands. In my book I talk about when I was 13, I used to hang out at clubs, with grown ups, and drugs. I got taken advantage of, I was drugged and sexually abused by an older teenager and an older guy. I couldn't talk about that for decades but once I talked to someone who understood and I got it out of my head, I can move forward, I have closure. Writing shit down is just closure. My mom doing these diaries was closure so that she could sleep at night. If you don't write, you're just thinking about it, it will drive you crazy and you can never move forward in your life. It's the best thing in the word, just write your crap down. If you have an addict in your life, video tape it. everyone has videos on their phone. Videos don't lie. When an addict sees themselves in denial and actually see the truth, it's an eye opener and a heart breaker.

A:

If they had stayed where I was and acted the way I did I am 90% sure they would have been released immediately.


Q:

Hey Steven, I'm such a big fan of yours!!!

I think you are the best drummer in the world and you are one of my biggest idols!! You are so inspirational to me as you have kept on going, no matter what! You are the type of guy that people will always admire.

I love what you did for Guns N' Roses and the work that you've done since, my question for you is:

What bands and/or artists are you a fan of???

Love from Saffron (17), UK xxx

A:

acted the way I did I

Forgive my ignorance but what do you mean by this?


Q:

Steven: Hi Saffron, Thank you very much! I appreciates that. My favorite bands and my influential drummers were Roger Taylor from Queen, Peter Criss from Kiss. Pretty much any 60's, 70's drummers because in the 60's is first when they started using Jazz drumming and started turning ti into rock drumming and then the 70s just took it to another level. In the 80s it just went completely out of style until I came around and changed that.

Deanna: Because you are the king!

Steven: It's good to be king.

A:

I stayed away form the chanting group, I moved as far to the right/back as possible.

I waved over the Lt. and said "I just want to let you know I'm press" I informed the police around me everytime I would move to open my bag or swap cameras.

I was trying to be as unobtrusive as possibly, kept calm, kept my mouth shut.


Q:

Hi Steven, thank you for doing this! Was there a drummer who inspired you to play while growing up? Did you ever try to emulate that person?

A:

Were members of the press corp doing things differently? Were they chanting and being belligerent to the cops? Seems like they would move from journalists to participants at that point.


Q:

Steven: Piano because Freddie Mercury is God! If I could do anything, I would do anything close to being Freddie Mercury. Even if I had to be gay. In fact, I wish I was gay but I just don't have it in me!

A:

the reporters by me kept quiet and we all got released. I saw one of the people in the report screaming at the cops though, Im not surprised he was arrested.


Q:

Would you say some of the reporters could have been acting out to help drive their stories? Like if they wanted to drive the idea that Trump is using the police to silence the media, etc?

A:

There are some articles that try to paint this as "trumps america" and thats why I did the AMA.

It was a black block riot, police arrested people. Not every journalist got charged.


Q:

So the stories yesterday about ~200-250 arrested for "felony rioting", those were the mass arrests of the "black bloc"?

Of those arrested, roughly how many were actually doing serious felony destruction of property, burning cars and stuff? 10%? 20%

Now are they negotiating plea deals? Being offered deals to testify against others?

A:

Wellll yes a small percentage of the group actually committed violence.

But the thing is, by organizing and wearing all black you are aiding those who destroy things. It is a tactic to hide people committing crimes. Police will just arrest everyone in that case.


Q:

Police will just arrest everyone in that case.

But the tactic worked so well for Spartacus.


Q:

What happened to the guy who used go around the world taking drugs with Vice?

A:

Ha no idea. Youre talking about Hamilton Morris? I think he has a show on Viceland


Q:

If you had to make one prediction about the next 4 years, what would it be?

A:

I will take at least one shower.


Q:

I heard some journalists arrested on inauguration were being brought up on felony charges. Were you charged? Do you know anyone else that was charged?

A:

I know one of the people who got charged. I was not charged. About 6 journalists received felony charges I believe.

The Lt. on scene informed me that I was under arrest and not free to leave, after about 45 minutes pulled me and two NBC reporters out and let us go.


Q:

What is the difference between you and those journalists who did get charged? Were you just lucky?

A:

I dont know but I can say that I saw one of them yell at the cops, that certainly didnt help their situation.

I can say that the NBC reporters and I stayed quiet and calm and politely informed the Lt we were press.


Q:

I am a senior journalism student at a university in the U.S. who is also taking Arabic with hopes of being an independent journalist in the Middle East, among other places. I want to see and report on the best and worst that humanity has to offer. In short, you (almost) have my dream job!

Do you have any advice for me once I graduate? Where should I start?

A:

Buy a plane ticket and just go somewhere interesting and do something journalistic.

Seriously... most people don't even go do journalism.


Q:

That's the most succinct response I've ever gotten, and, if I'm honest, the one I've been wanting to hear. I'm always told I need to try to embed for CNN or some other major news outlet, but then I have to do the stories that they want me to do.

I want to do the stories that noone else does. As you've previously stated in this AMA, I also want to be in "the center of the world."

Follow up question: How the hell do I fund it? Will I have to go out of pocket?

A:

yup.

I slept in closets and on floors for the first year I worked at VICE. I saved all my money.

I got started by couch surfing and being broke, homeless, without healthcare.


Q:

Do you, the people working in media, talk about the filter bubble with each other? Does it concern you, is it something you try to take action against?

A:

I do all the time but most people, even journalists, are in the bubble and are oblivious.


Q:

Glad to hear it!

Any particular ways you try to work around it?

A:

my facebook has about 5,000 friends of varying political backgrounds so I see a wide range of content.


Q:

What other news organizations do you respect as unbiased and insightful?

A:

They all have some kind of angle.

I like CNN for the most part but they are far from perfect. I have CNN running 24/7 for updates, not for commentary.

Glen Greenwald and The Intercept do a great job but will almost always give you an anti establishment pov.

The Guardian is one of my favorites.


Q:

How do people with no journalistic experience break into the field?

Is really just as easy as finding a story and hitting rec?

A:

Just go do journalism. Go somewhere important and film, tweet, youtube, facebook. Find important stories and share them. The rest follows.

And as for school, Im a high school drop out

EDIT: Better answer.


Q:

Have you seen the Documentary Now! spoof of VICE documentaries? What did you think about it?

A:

It was funny.

There was another one done by the onion. Both great.


Q:

Do you think news is biased left or right in America?

A:

I think it is biased to the left but the right has been doing a good job of countering on digital


Q:

Is it frustrating having to argue with colleagues and members of your profession that being dogmatic ideologues is antithetical to journalism itself?

A:

yes.

Sometimes I hate journalists but then I realize its just people doing people stuff.


Q:

When viewing an article, how should i properly check that the sources mentioned are correct, so as to not be persuaded by a news article that may or may not be biased/false reporting/ leaving out facts/ etc?

I appreciate all the work you do. Keep it up :D

A:

Its damn near impossible. Just google search the story and read a couple different articles on the same subject.


Q:

You seem to consistently maintain unbiased reporting and is a major reason I follow your work so closely. How is it you are able to keep emotion separate when so much other media is heavily one sided?

Also, how do you feel about the media divide in general? Do you have suggestions of similar news outlets that just report facts?

A:

I have friends who are high profile feminists and friends who are high profile Trump supporters. What makes me unbiased (for the most part, no one is perfect) is that I have both sides talking to me calmly because we are friends.

Most people on one side of the isle only hear anger, attacks, and insults. You can't expect people to get along when they dont want to.

As for media, they play sides on purpose, people like having their biases confirmed and companies can monetize that.


Q:

This comment right here is going to make me start reading your work and see for myself. I would love for this to be true.

A:

I think if everyone stopped turning their political opponents into monsters we would get more done.


Q:

Did you mean to say that your friends are literally on separate islands?

A:

there was supposed to be an 'a' in there. But I'll leave the typo because internet people love typos


Q:

Two questions, if you don't mind.

  1. From what I understand, Obama (despite getting along with the press fairly well) was not always the best president for journalism. Are you worried Trump's combativeness to the press will be even worse, and possibly restrict you from doing your job?

  2. I write for local newspapers, but I want to be a national freelancer, kind of like what you do. How do I go from writing for state newspapers to making the national scene?

Thanks for doing this!

A:

I dont think Trump is as bad as everyone makes him out to be. The "skype seats" announcement for the press corp is actually a great idea.

Seems like they are just taking shots at the big dogs. But we will see, Its not like I trust them either.

EDIT: Oop, forgot second question.

My recommendation is to travel to the biggest stories and report on them, eventually you meet people and build the right network.


Q:

What do you think about CNN and other news sources being biased, and how can we tell immediately news stories which have bias?

A:

Unfortunately you cant.

Your best bet is to read a story from three different outlets.


Q:

Hey, Tim. Was your cell phone confiscated during the mass arrest? Do you know journalists that were arrested that DID lose their phone? I find that development troublesome. Thanks for doing the AMA.

A:

My phone wasn't taken.

I know at least some of the journalists that got charged did lose their phones.


Q:

Hi Mr. Pool, do you think the reason you and your two colleagues weren't charged was down to the size and reach of your respective organisations ? or too put it another way if ye were unknown journalists would things have been different? Oh and thanks for the AMA

A:

I currently don't work for anyone, I just have my press ID I made for my company.

I think it has to do with us removing ourselves from the chanting group and staying to the far side/ telling the Lt. calmly


Q:

Been following you since Ferguson. What's a good resource for finding citizen journalists?

A:

Honestly, there isnt one.

Periscope's map feature is great if youre looking for specific breaking news


Q:

Tim during the protest where you ever personally targeted by either protester or officers?

A:

neither.

In the past I have been targeted by police in one extreme instance in Chicago. I have been physically attacked by protesters about four or five times.


Q:

You said you've been to numerous protests in the past. How commonplace is violence and vandalism at the protests you go to?

Does the media over report it for ratings, or is it more common than some people like to believe?

How do the peaceful protestors react to the violent ones?

A:

I tend to only cover conflict and crisis stories so usually there is violence when I am there. I didnt post anything from the Women's March because I dont actually cover protest specifically.

Peaceful protesters usually object to the violence however there are some "allies" who believe in "diversity of tactics"


Q:

Do you agree that the big media companies contributed extremely to trump's success by giving him more airtime than others?

A:

Yes, definitely.

Trump knew what he was doing in my opinion. He played on controversy to get airtime at no cost and it worked.

It doesnt matter if you love or hate him because when he is all you can talk about he is the top contender.


Q:

Based on what you witnessed, did any of the folks you were jailed with belong there?

A:

Well I wasn't jailed. I was placed under arrest for 45 minutes to an hour.

That being said the good majority of the group I was held with were active participants in the black bloc. I can't say who deserves what, but I can say that this group was causing lots of destruction around the area.


Q:

Vice is owned by Disney. With Disney as a global conglomerate, do you feel that covering a negative portrayal of trump is in favor of the company you work for? Does this affect your reporting? Edit: do you think this relationship has anything to do with why you were arrested? (For the conspiracy theorists out there)

A:

I haven't worked for VICE in two years. I left before Disney got involved but did work for Fusion which was owned by Disney in the past (they sold their portion)

Companies hire journalists who already have the views they want to promote, so there is no real coercion.


Q:

Is there one thing you know, that you wish you could say to every single American right now?

A:

Most news you hear is sensationalized. Life is much more chill and boring than media makes it seem.


Q:

Are you ever going to realize that you can't grow a proper beard?

A:

Oh dude, Im part korean.

My parents told me since I was little about my crippling disability.


Q:

Should I be as worried about the future as I am? I am straight getting sick from the visible decline in intellect, compassion and freedom.

A:

Yes.


Q:

Hello Tim.

It's my opinion that the news media should leave the narcisstic Tweets and controversy over crowd sizes to the late night comedians while genuine journalists should cover things like the executive orders to stop enforcing Obamacare and the Keystone Pipeline.

What are your thoughts on this?

Also, do you think that (at least some of) the controversial things Trump has said/done recently have been a smokescreen for his real actions (e.g. executive orders) or are they really the childish games they appear to be?

A:

Yea, too many news outlets are using opinion to fill the 24 hour news gap void. It results in everything being an op-ed or analyses piece. The facts get buried.

Trump is a master of Media, he knows exactly what he's doing and how to hide certain actions from the press. Obama did the same thing. Its not new.


Q:

Hey Tim, I was there during the protest, I've posted tons of video from the inauguration on my youtube channel SHUTTERSHOT45, From what I saw, there were a lot of "journalist" or at least people with cameras who seemed to be also activist... there didn't seem to be a clear line between the two so I'm wondering if that had something to do with the arrest of the journalist. would you agree or disagree with that assessment? I also have video of "protesters" throwing large pieces of concrete at the police which would merit the police use of flash bangs and pepper spray/cs gas (or whatever it was they were using)... I got hit a couple times myself but to be honest, it wasn't that bad... again, would this be something you agree with or disagree... thanks for the great work that you've been doing... you've become one of my go to sources to check out.

A:

Its really hard to know how is a working journalist and how is an activist filming their friends.

A lot of activists will go to planning meetings and promote the event but try to hide behind journalism.

There is no line anymore, its really hard to figure out the best way to handle the situation.


Q:

VICE did an awesome job on exposing the closed-to-outsiders world of North Korea.

Do you think VICE will ever get around to the shady underbelly of life behind Lichtenstein's Iron Curtain?

A:

No idea.

But I can say; check this piece I produced for VICE about north korea. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNVCdL908ko


Q:

Do you have plans to go back to NDPL considering it will probably be some tension there soon? I have a close friend up there now if you need to get in touch with anyone.

How do you decide what to cover?

A:

I just like to be in the "center of the world."

Places where the most important events are happening because I want to witness history and better understand the world.

I might go back to DAPL but the people there are very very very anti-press


Q:

Hi Tim, thanks for doing the AMA. What's your drone 360/VR experiment about?

A:

I have to attach a 360 camera to a drone. Pretty simple actually.

I have three 360 cameras and I think the Lyfie Eye 360 will work the best but I have to duct tape a smart phone to my drone.


Q:

Do you have any conservative opinions? I find it hard to take people seriously who are all or nothing. How can you know what you don't believe if you've never really delved into what a particular thing means? Gotta wear the suit if you want to understand the wolf.

A:

Im a little left on some issues and a little right on some issues.