Actor / EntertainerI am Bassem Youssef, the "Jon Stewart of the Middle East!" Tickling Giants, the new movie about me, is out today on iTunes. AMA!
Jun 6th 2017 by BassemYoussef • 32 Questions • 7735 Points
My short bio: I was a freelance writer for outlets like Vanity Fair, The Guardian, Skeptic, and Huffington Post when I was invited to assist a faction of Anonymous that was assisting with the Tunisian revolution. Shortly afterwards Anonymous hackers stole 70,000 e-mails from an "intelligence contracting" firm that had put us under surveillance, thus exposing the Team Themis conspiracy whereby Palantir, HBGary Federal, and other firms with "black propaganda" capabilities had proposed hacking, disinformation, and intimidation of activist groups like Code Pink as well as Wikileaks and even its supporters, including Glenn Greenwald. Although one CEO had to resign, a Congressional investigation was quickly derailed and no one suffered any consequences (despite having planned DOS attacks, the exact thing for which Anonymous participants had been pursued for via heavily armed FBI raids after they took down MasterCard and Paypal websites for a few seconds in protest of their refusal to process donations to Wikileaks).
Thereafter I repurposed my online "think-tank," Project PM, to continue researching these firms and others like them, compiling our research on a wiki called Echelon2.org (since moved). The FBI eventually raided my home and my mom's house, with the search warrant listing our website and group as subjects of interest. Thereafter they threatened to indict my mother if I failed to cooperate; instead, I threatened to "ruin" the life of the lead agent, using the same tactics that HBGary Federal CEO Aaron Barr had planned to use against activists with the DOJ's blessing. Separately, I vowed to defend myself against any further raids. The two statements were conflated by the DOJ and used to indict me for threatening a federal agent, which actually requires one to make a violent, non-conditional threat, whereas I'd made one non-violent threat and one conditional threat.
Later, I was charged with 11 counts of aggravated identity theft for having copied and pasted a link from one chat room to another that I believed contained more e-mails, but which in fact included credit cards. I faced 22 years for that link alone, in addition to other charges. The DOJ later had to drop those and other charges, and I plead guilty to one count of internet threats, one of interference with a search warrant, and one of accessory after the fact (I called Stratfor, a company that had been hacked, and offered to help redact any e-mails that could put someone in danger). I was also ordered to pay over $800,000 in restitution to Stratfor.
There are several documentaries covering much of this, including Hacker Wars, We Are Legion, and Alex Winter's 18-minute film Relatively Free, as well as some pretty good articles at WhoWhatWhy and The Nation describing the other plots we uncovered and documented.
While imprisoned, I continued writing, doing a column called The Barrett Brown Review of Arts & Letters & Prison that was later picked up by The Intercept, and for which I won the National Magazine Award for commentary/columns in 2016.
I was released November of last year, and am now preparing a new project, called the Pursuance System, by which to build up a cohesive yet agile network of opposition to criminalize institutions while also helping activists and non-profits to cooperate more efficiently. You can read more about it here.
EDIT 5:34 CST I'm going to run down to the store, but will be back in fifteen or twenty minutes to answer more questions.
EDIT Am back, and will continue to answer questions sporadically through the evening.
EDIT 9:00 PM EST I'm going to play some Team Fortress 2 for a bit and relax and whatnot but I'll be back to answer more questions later tonight, and will get to more tomorrow as well.
Hi Bassem. You are probably on a black list in Egypt and would be arrested if you were to land in Cairo Airport. My question is: Do you want to go back to Egypt and pursue your career there if you are removed from the black list or are you going to continue your career in the US even after that?
Have you ever feared for your life while on the job because of weather?
How muscular should Chris be? RE5 (SUPER RIPPED) or RE1? (Normal guy.)
What do you feel is the primary link between Odinism and ancient Nordic religious beliefs? On its face value they seem very different to me, and that's it's more of a "wild interpretation" of Viking Paganism from American men who are white supremacists. Almost like they're bored with neo-Nazism, occultism and satanism and this whole Viking thing sounds pretty cool. But it's extremely fascinating to compare an Islamic terrorist with an Odinist terrorist because they both interpret a religion in a way that it clearly wasn't meant to be interpreted. Which ends up being dangerous(not that Islam or Paganism are inherently dangerous because I don't feel they are). Hope this makes sense and thanks for doing this!
1)What path would you recommend for someone who wants to pursue a career in something Cyber security/Ethical Hacking related.
2)For someone with zero experience,and wants to get their foot into the field(Something related to Information Security) what certificates would you recommend for a beginner?
Huge fan of your writing, Barrett. Your book 'Keep Rootin' for Putin' was ahead of the curve in calling out the bullshit of mainstream pundits. One of the points you make is that internet can be used as a force for good in order to fact-check all the nonsense they spout; all of their contradictory bullshit is now a matter of permant, public record.
How do you think the media landscape has changed since that book came out? with the rise of Breitbart and the like, and the sometimes-justified concerns over "fake news", it doesn't really seem like the media have gotten any more reliable over the past years.
Anyway, what the US government has done to you is a travesty and I wish you the best.
Also, go on Chapo
I don't think I'm going to be off the black list any time soon so I'm going to focus on doing things here in the States. I don't think there's an actual black list. Everything in Egypt is open for interpretation. There are no rules any more.
When out in the weather, chasing or doing live shots I'm always worried about lightning. There is no warning, it just strikes. And usually I'm wired up to mic and earpiece so I feel like I'm a natural lightning conductor!
Matt: NEVER BUFF ENOUGH PUNCH EVERY ROCK INTO THE SUN
This does make perfect sense and I think your analysis is spot-on
1) Watch CSI Cyber - kidding. Read...read...read. Stay current and know and understand the basics. Build on a strong foundation of understanding OS internals; learn how to code in C than go to Python, but understand it and not superficially. If you are a student and are preparing for university, look for a credible Cyber Security program, but also put the time in and explore on your own.
2) Certifications are not for everyone and some may not find them to be credible, practical, or relevant; however, there are a few that are strong and those are the certs that test your practical understanding of the subject matter, such as the OSCP or some of the SANS training offered for our field.
Unfortunately, the mainstream press didn't really have the gravity or the integrity of action to prevent other, even worse outlets from popping up. Had the New York Times not continued to employ Thomas Friedman even after it became clear that he was less than worthless in terms of explaining world politics, they would have more room to make their own case. Same thing with the Washington Post and Charles Krauthammer, who, as I showed in an old Vanity Fair online piece, was wrong about every U.S. military engagement since Kosovo. Those aren't the only problems with these respectable national outlets, of course, but they're very telling regarding the cowardice of editors and publishers who continued to promote incompetent commentators simply because they've made some vague name for themselves.
And of course WaPo's failed attempt to identify some website that could sort out "fake news" is indicative of the chief fact of our press culture - that much of how it operates is haphazard at best, and that falsehoods can creep in to any outlets, regardless of pedigree, if its operators lose track of basic principles such as hiring competent people and firing competent ones. Personal relationships, inertia, ambition, and that sort of things are the chief problems facing our political press, rather than corporate interference or anything else of that sort.
Here's an incomplete case against Friedman; a more comprehensive argument as to why he represents a crisis of ethics within the legacy press may be seen in my free book, Keep Rootin' for Putin (the title of which is taken from an actual Friedman column from 2000). column
What is your reply to all the Egyptians attacking you on social meda and telling you to stop commenting on the Egyptian politics because you left Egypt??
Thanks for this AMA, I hope the best for you Dr Bassem
You might get super power tho.
Woo! Saw your tweet Matthew and was happily able to make the start of this AMA! I never catch the start of these things.
I have never really gotten into the Resident Evil franchise, Can i jump into this one without really knowing anything about the story (beyond zombies exist). Or should i just totally just binge everything resident evil between now and june 20th?
secondly Matthew care to give us critical role fans a sneak peak of anything special you have planned for the 100th episode of critical role on thursday?
what was the strangest contradictory behavior you've seen among this group (e.g. they are big fans of Seinfeld and Drake)?
The same Egyptians attack people who live in Egypt when they criticize the country and tell them, "If you don't like the country, why don't you leave?"
I think I'll pass on that chance, but super power would be awesome!
Matt: I don't think you need to know everything. If you want to get a quick primer you can take at the wikipedia for Resident Evil or just know that there are zombies and creatures that are spawned by viruses.
Can't let anything slip about Critical Role, you'll just have to tune in.
I find it really interesting that a lot of these guys consider themselves "historians" and a lot of them are very (technically) smart, yet they ignore certain overwhelming evidence that would show their beliefs up as hateful and small-minded. That's pretty weird to me.
Whats the reason you stopped the program " Al Barnamij "? Sorry if this is posted somewhere, but I want to hear it from him.
What would your lighting related superpower be?
1) Build Leon as a DND character. What race, class, background, alignment, flaws, etc. would you put on his sheet?
2) What character would you imagine Leon would choose play if he sat down at a DND table?
3) What is the best zombie survival advice you can dole out?
4) What was your funniest moment in the booth recording for Rebecca Chambers?
Did you see any such instances where they seem self-aware of this?
I think I answered this questions 100,000,000 times, but in short - I made jokes, the authorities didn't like the jokes, they shut me down.
I think I would like to be able to warp time. Basically slow it down while still moving normally. Kind of like a guy version of Sway....lol
Matt: 1) Oh man... Human Fighter (Gunslinger), with a soldier background. Good alignment, flawed in the need to save others at the expense of his own safety. Fairly high Dex, Wis, and Cha. ;)
2) Hrmm... any class, so long as he could Feat into "Magic initiate" to get the Bard's Vicious Mockery.
3) I'm a bad person to ask, as I fully acknowledge I won't survive much into the first hour of the zombie apocalypse, hehe. Personally? Find the Alphas and let them lead. ;)
No. Indeed, the opposite. A lot of people have painted themselves into a corner, intellectually.
Actually, that's not true. The case of Leo Felton/Leo Olamidu did show a lot of introspection. Leo turned his back on Odinism and white supremacy because he ultimately read and studied more and decided he'd been wrong.
Hey a Bassem you came to visit us in Sydney a day after i went off to Egypt :(
anyhow out of all the countries you've travelled to in the last few years which country has been your favourite ?? Also what's your favourite Egyptian meal ??
If you learn to do that, can you play RB for the Dolphins? Would really appreciate it.
Matt, who do you main in Super Smash Bros? Any game and how do you feel about Chrom not actually getting into Smash 4? Big fan!
Have you found any evidence that ancient Nordic people were themselves racist?
Haha, that WOULD be awesome!
Matt: I lean Mewtwo in Melee, and Luigi in Brawl and later versions (because he's so f--king weird and I love it)
It's fine Chrom wasn't in it. We needed more badass female representation in Smash, and the Fire Emblem elements were quite the sausage fest.
No, and indeed this is a bone of contention within Odinism -- whether there are actual overt references in the poetic eddas and other texts that could be identified as overt racism, or the supremacy of one race over another. Certainly most heathens don't believe there are any such points. But some racist heathens do.
Serious question. Do you think that the revolution did more harm than good? Would it have been better now, if it never have happened?
I suggest keeping old slip on shoes in the drawer next to each bed. you cant move fast in bare feet in the dark with broken stuff all over the floor. Get lots of babywipes as they are awesome for keeping fresh when the water isnt working. And put photocopies of your IDs in your food emergency kit. Always keep your car petrol above half a tank.
Hi Bassem, I used to love watching your show every week when it was on the air. Do you have any advice for people who feel like they want to make a difference in Egypt but don't see themselves going back?
Does La Niña play any role?
Yes, La Niña creates favorable conditions in the Atlantic for hurricanes by reducing wind shear that typically disrupts hurricanes. In fact, Florida sees about 40% more hurricane threats during La Niña years than El Niño years.
Matt: Ha! Every now and then! Thankfully, when you return to voice a character you've already performed, they will play examples of your previous work to "dial you in" through call and repeat. This allows you to tune back in and match previous dialogue.
Hi Dr. Youssef! Do you think the way that we cover terrorist attacks on US media emboldens extremists (with wall to wall 24-hour coverage)? If so, is there a more productive way?
El Niño and La Niña are like two sides to the same coin. Together they are known as ENSO. When one is strong, the other is weak.
Question for Matthew: How do you feel about Leon not being a character in Resident Evil 7? I know your a fan of the series so one other question: What do you think of the new direction the series is taking with RE7 being in first person and going back to horror roots?
Is this a US-based phenomenon, or does it have ties in Europe as well?
What is your favorite story you've covered outside of the hate report?
What about being a surgeon prepared you for comedy?
Are there challenges that cross over with those two careers?
Which (comedy or surgery) was more challenging to master?
How does El Niño work?
Hey Barrett, mod of /r/WikiLeaks here.
Any thoughts on the work WikiLeaks has done, past or present?
How do you see leaks, whistleblowing, and hacks shaping the future of governments and companies?
Do you still plan on leaving the US in the near future?
Thanks for doing this AMA.
Surgery made me a much harder working person, a nerd, a perfectionist.
Both have different challenges - you either have to mess up with someone's life, or you have to live with a life of rejection in entertainment.
Tyrion Lannister. How could you go wrong with that guy?
Hmmm, Sharknado season is almost over so I think we are done for now.
Matt: Honestly, I am currently not involved with the RE2 Remake, so you are as in the dark about it as I am!
As to your second question, I certainly hope so! I love the Survival Horror roots of the series, and I think RE6 was a learning experience for all those involved. Fingers crossed!
This is certainly the main criticism I've received: Several mainstream heathens are upset that this radical strain of their religion gets so much attention. And they wonder why mainstream heathenism isn't covered more by the mainstream press. My job, however, is to cover hate and extremism. And there's no question that racist Odinists are a real and credible threat to the American public. I therefore wholeheartedly defend the choice to cover this group. I think it's an important story. And I believe I make very clear in the piece that these people are a small subset of the broader heathen population!
I'm not sure that it even really exists in any measurable form anymore, at least as compared to 2011, when the NSA chief felt the need to drum up paranoia about its capabilities and it was a driving force behind opposition to the intelligence community's expanding, unchecked powers. As you can see from the pursuance project, I'm more interested now in using process-based frameworks, where roles and duties can be clearly defined and agreed upon (and also less visible to intelligence contractors and other members of the state-corporate criminal class). There were a number of problems with how Anonymous operated, even aside from the FBI infiltration, and it's best at this point to think more in terms of moving the ball forward rather than trying to restore the past.
Umm... would you rather fight: one elsisi-sized duck, or 100 duck-sized elsisi?
How will budget cuts to NOAA hinder your job and public safety when predicting/tracking hurricanes?
I'm not American, but when hearing about the charges against you (sadly well after the fact), I was infuriated by what seemed to be clear malice and intimidation by the state. I wondered how you managed to keep your spirits up in those circumstances (besides writing those excellent columns)? Wanted to wish you the best of luck with your new project and to say well done for making it through what must have been a very difficult period.
If I wasn't a vegan, I would eat one elsisi-sized duck.
Well, this year there are no cuts so that's a good thing and we also have a new, super tech satellite (GOES-16) up there to use this year. My concern with budget cuts would be in the areas of hurricane research more than forecasting. The brilliant men and women that do research help advance the science of hurricane forecasting each year. It isn't sexy work but it is needed and well worth it. So any budget cuts, IMHO have a long term detrimental impact to us.
E: Hi! Rebecca is awesome. You guys are going to love her. I hope! She is strong, but sweet. And, fiercely smart. I loved playing her.
Hi Bassem! Have you ever regretted being a Comedian and considered getting back to being a heart surgeon?
Hi Craig! We miss you in Colorado Springs. Do you find it more challenging forecasting in Florida or Colorado?
Awww, I miss you guys too. That was one of the best places I have ever lived. At least if I was going to move, I was able to trade the mountains for the ocean. Both places have unique forecast challenges but I miss having a forecast for snow and tornadoes all on the same day. Don't get that in Florida.
Matt: It was doing background Walla voices for the old Fist of the North Star animated series. Heads exploding, Guy #3 shouting, etc. Came across it through accident, and was overwhelmed. It was enough to make me seriously think about pursuing it in the future.
Hi ya Bassem,
Wa7eshna kteer and we miss you on our screen.
Recently there has been talk in Egypt about Khaled Ali running for president against Sisi, while the chances of him winning are slim at best, I think it is good that someone from a revolutionary background is trying to stir something in the stagnant situation in Egypt.
My question is, if you were asked, will you be willing to give support to someone like Khaled? Also how long do you think the situation will stay the same before something changes? BTW, how did you spend the 5 billion :D :D ?
P.S. Hope to see you on a TV show in the States soon, as an Egyptian who lives in Boston, you're making the Egyptian community proud of you.
Favorite kind of beer to drink on a hot summer day?
Hmmmm, depends where I am. In the Bahamas Kalik! In the US I am more of a Hefeweizen snob.
E: I am going to ditto what Matt said. About the respect and hell yes if it's encouraged!
I did speak to Randy. As for the difference, I'm not entirely qualified to say.
We're also incorporating tools for analysis, including Transparency Toolkit, but that's not our chief focus, which is getting people to use these tools in the first place in a coordinated way.
We don't have a final list yet, which will be available when we're closer to launching.
We are indeed.
The structure itself minimizes the problem of less competent people joining over time, as each pursuance is something of a "filter." This is explained a bit more in some of the other documentation that will be up this month.
Hello! I really like your work <3 My question is: How do you feel the recent tendency of comedians holding back less than they did before the US elections?
What is the craziest thing you have seen on the job?
Hi Matt and Erin!!
If you were Luchadors what would your gimmicks be?
Onan. Hence the word "onanism".
Ha! In TV or in the weather field? In TV some crazy stuff happens behind the scenes. The craziest was when I first started and I was supposed to have maps behind me, instead I was in a farm field. Also once on a live shot the lawn sprinklers came on and I was soaked within seconds.....ON LIVE TV! With weather I used to chase tornadoes and I've seen some crazy weather stuff.
Matt: I would think my gimmick would be narrating my movesets and attacks in realtime.
Looking forward at watching the show! I became a fan, your sense of humour is great!
You have always been dubbed as the 'Jon Stewart of Egypt' and it cracks me up every time I see that one show where you invite Jon. My question is: was he your sole inspiration for doing your own show? Or did you have other influences that helped you start to become a comedian?
Way to just tease the awesome part at the end. There aren't ad breaks! No cliffhangers!
Hi!!! So thrilled you guys were able to make an AMA. Huge fan here, especially of Rebecca since i was like 7yo! and then playing as Leon as a 9yo. Thank you both so much for the delivery you make to every game. Greeting from Mexico!
A question for both of you: What was your most exciting moment that you took part with in the video games?
You talk a lot about these individuals becoming radicalized in prison. In your research, did you find anything to suggest Odinists groups were also showing up on college campuses? "Identity Evropa" posted fliers all over my school and I just wonder if this group is related to the ones you looked at.
Huge fan. Read all your output from prison. I think I sent you a book a few years ago & donated to your fund. Might have been Hammond and/or Weev, maybe all 3. I didn't keep good records. I have so many questions & don't expect you to answer all:
1) How much shit am I in for donating to you? I have been reading about how your donor list was accessed by USA LE. I assume the worst.
2) Thoughts on Jeremy Hammond?
3) Did you watch "The Hacker Wars?" thoughts?
4) Did you watch "We Are Legion?" thoughts?
5) Have you decided which country you want to live in?
6) How much do you still owe in restitution? Any chance of getting that reversed? It really pisses me off that you owe money to an entity I consider evil.
7) Do you believe certain USA orgs like NSA / CIA / FBI are monitoring this AMA?
8) Vaping. How are you liking it? (I am an expert in vaping. Happy to offer any advice to you. IMO total smoking replacement)
9) Thoughts on the current state of journalism? Do you believe it to be mostly dead? CNN? Fox News? is it just choose your side and reside in your preferred echo chamber flavor? Do you have any news sources that you consider to be actually fair?
I just signed up for Pursuance Systems. Best of luck with it. We need shit like this. IMO so many of us were "down to ride" when Anonymous was a thing. If you can capture that initial ethos of fighting evil and properly organize the humans that share said ethos, we could change this shit. Best of motherfucking luck good sir.
Jon was the main inspiration, followed by Stephen Colbert (who also came from Jon's show). Jon's impact was amazing.
Matt: What is your opinion the relationship of Ada and Leon? Does Leon miss or mention Ada at all in Vendetta?
Erin: Does Rebecca ever say her famous "OH NO!" line in Vendetta? lol
There has been an occasional attempt by some of the white supremacist Odinists to participate in neopagan festivals. They have not been well-received, and I think they've been asked to leave more than one.
Matt: Training in any forms of performing arts you can that pertain to acting. Scene study, character study, cold reading, etc. Theater lends skills to VO more than others, I find. The "Acting" is more important than the "Voice", imo.
There are several fronts in tornado forecasting but surprisingly, tornado warning skill has decreased a little bit since there has been an effort not to make too many false alarms. So that means some storms are "underwarned". I think Dual Pole Doppler radar is really state of the art and now we are waiting for models and model ensembles to keep catching up.
E: I didn't use anyone's performance. I actually have only seen pictures of Rebecca. I'm so excited to be playing her in her 30's. You guys haven't seen her since she was a teenager! I hope you like it as much as I loved playing her. :)
Haven't seen you workout recently ? What do you do for exercise now ? Still a vegan ?
Did you ever study weather near Bermuda Triangle ?
Yes, but remember the racist extremists are the minority. I would say they have co-opted the religion to their own ends.
No, this is something else.
Hey Matt, big fan and I've loved your work across everything Blizzard related, and beyond!
I have three, you can pick and choose if you want.
1) What got you really interested in voice acting, and kept you going? 2) How did you go about practicing and getting better at voice acting? 3) Have you ever thought about going back to facial hair? You could cosplay as McCree at cons!
Thanks for the enjoyment you bring!
Have you come across Varg Vikernes in any of your studies? I'm a big Burzum fan but despise Varg because he says things exactly like what you described
After living all my life in the Middle East, nothing can ever shock me.
That's not a name I know, no. But I have seen lots of people on social media who call themselves "Varg." Can you tell me more about him?
I never really minded raping people, so I guess the food.
Erin: in case Matt hasn't already invited you to make a guest appearance in Critical Role, would you? I'm sure you'd have loads of fun...what class would you pick?
He's a Norwegian black metal musician who played in Burzum and Mayhem briefly. He's probably more famous for being involved in church burnings and the murder of a fellow musician.
Once in jail he started being way more vocal about these bizarre beliefs surrounding ancient Nordic religion and white supremacy (and, specifically, the "Jewishness" of modern Christianity). He invokes Baldur a lot and was briefly in jail for hate speech in France as well as illegal guns, I believe.
He has a YouTube channel called ThuleanPerspective where he talks a lot about what you've mentioned. He was also pretty influential in the development of National Socialist Black Metal, I believe, despite white supremacy mostly not coming up in his actual music.
Edit: admittedly, I'm not an expert on National Socialist Black Metal because it sounds altogether horrible to me, so I could be misstating his influence on the genre.
Hi Bassem! Really love your work, and since I know a lot of things about you already (researched), I will ask questions that are unrelated to your occupation(s).
How do you like your eggs?
What's your favorite English TV Show & Movie?
Do you prefer living in the west or back home?
How do you respond to hateful comments towards your ethnicity?
What's your favorite dank meme?
Aside from AMA's, do you use reddit?
That's all, can't wait to see more of your work!
Well once again thanks for answering.
Just wanted to say thank you all for taking the time to answer all these questions!
Matt: How do you find time to sleep? It seems like you're everywhere doing everything!
Everyone: What's your favorite sandwich and beverage?
What do you feel like draws people towards Odinism as opposed to traditional white supremacy? Are there parallels between Al-Qaeda/ISIS where one is a more extreme version of the other?
Thanks. Very interesting story. Wonder if they all went and saw Thor together.
Everyone struggles in medical school. It's a character builder and helped me in my TV career.
Matt: Don't care. ::loads shotgun::
Hey Bassem, love your work.
I am impressed by how seamlessly your humor translates to both Arabic and English audiences. Do you find it just as easy to write or improv comedy bits in English..?
What actually happens at hurricane workshops? Also if you don't live in the area but happen to be stuck in a new place where there's a hurricane, what should you do?
Big fan of both RE and Critical Role (and many of your other projects, like Final Fantasy 15, and going waaaaay back... Sailor Moon)
My Not Resident Evil related question: (I'm sorry, but you expected this right?)
When using your resurection ritual rules does rolling a natural 20 on an attempt to aid a resurrection ritual (Vex for Percy's first res and Pike for Scanlan) have any benefit mechanically? Or was that just another example of the dice reinforcing awesome story/character moments?
Anyway, I just wanted to say thank you for the many many hours of entertainment you've provided me, and for inspiring me to start a D&D game with my own friends. A year ago I picked up the 5e starter set and DM'd my first game. Now we're playing Storm Kings Thunder, and I credit or monthly game for bringing us all closer together.
I know you hear it all the time, but I wanted to add to the many many people out there you've had a positive influence on.
Also I hope you have a fantastic wedding whenever that is! Congrats to you and Marisha!
Did he mention if he knew any Jews as a child, or in life before prison?
I think involved in it don't even know the answer to this question.
No, this is a good observation. Look at this map! https://cmgpbpeyeonthestorm.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/capture20.jpg Landfalls occur over periods, they come and go and those periods may last for decades. Right now they are mostly missing South Florida.
Matt: Myself? I've played pretty much every RE game since the original for PSX (including some of the terrible early Gameboy ones). Since the friggin dog through the window made me yelp in front of friends in High school, I've been hooked. Leon became my favorite character by RE4, so to step into his shoes was a genuine honor.
You know this isn't a recent phenomenon, right? The Nazis were ass deep in paganism and esoteric magic, look at Alfred Rosenberg who's hilarious Kafka-esque title was Commissar for Supervision of Intellectual and Ideological Education. He was a rabid de-Christianizer who wanted to replace it with what he called a "Religion of Blood".
Of course they were all hopped up on other weird shit like Blavatskyism too. This isn't a new trend, violent and hateful people find Christianity to be generally restricting and disagreeable.
Hey Barrett, 2 questions.
1) I always thought it was ballsy of you to plead guilty while staring down the possibility of 100+ years in prison. Were you aware at the time that your sentence was likely going to be much shorter?
2) Is Leiderman as awesome as his "chicken-shit assholes" rant belies?
This may not be a "new" trend globally, but racist Odinism really only started appearing in the US in the 1970s, from my research.
What actually happened was, I faced over 100 years worth of charges but refused to agree to the original plea bargain they proposed, which would have me plead guilty to one count of identity theft and whatnot and maybe do three or four years. I would not plea to anything involving fraud or deception, and I would not help them set a precedent whereby people could be prosecuted for linking to public information.
Then my lawyers filed a motion to dismiss those charges, noting that they were misusing the statutes, that I clearly had no intent of committing fraud, etc, and they had to drop their own charges or else face possibility of being sued under a little-known provision whereby defendants of obviously fallacious charges can seek compensation, etc. That being done, I was willing to plea to whatever other nonsense they needed to save face, as the alternative was to go to trial in a system where the FBI can and does lie without consequences, and with a Dallas jury.
The attacker in Portland was a Bernie Sanders supporter who claims to be Jewish. How does that square with the narrative you're trying to tell? https://imgur.com/a/QsVkC
Why was there a stuffed leopard on your wall in We Are Legion?
I don't see any evidence he ever claimed to be Jewish. The fact he's a Bernie Sanders supporter is, I believe, irrelevant. He was very interested in Odinism.
My dad is a prolific hunter and I've had it since I was a kid.
What are your thoughts on storm chasers who are more thrill seekers less meteorologist?
Hi, Matt! Huge huge huge fan of your work, specifically Ryoma and Yusuke.
My question is simple: Who are, let's say, the five favorite characters that you've ever done VA work for?
Does your prediction for hurricane season fall in line with the NWS? Or do you see other variables being more influential than what they've used to create their forecast? Also, how do you foresee climate change affecting hurricane season in the coming decade or two?
Matt: Are there any Leon quotes you think would work well with Mccree and vise versa?
Erin: How different do you find Voice acting to say working on Power Rangers?
So, to be honest, most of my meteorology experience is in operational or short term and nowcast forecasting. There are some brilliant people who can tell you about long wave patterns and global teleconnections in the atmosphere. I spend most of my time trying to improve the tools and messaging about hurricanes and threats to people from them. I do lots of work with the NWS and NHC in the Hurricane Forecast Improvement Project working to make sure people understand risk and uncertainly and how to respond. So, I operate in the area of seeing the storm form, and planning for how it may affect us.
Matt: Ha! Probably a number of them! "Ain't I killed you before?" Seems thematic. "That'll do fine" when buffed/healed would be fun.
Can any local Miami meteorologist live down the legend of Bryan Norcross?
Long time RE fan here and I grew up with it with my brother. How did it feel being called up and given the voice role of your respective characters?
Bryan hired me in 2000 because I believe he saw some of the same qualities that he has. Hopefully I won't have to live down his legend but maybe I could live up to it. At least it's a worthy goal.
Matt: My fav RE character for a long time, and when I had the opportunity to audition for him, I gave it my all. :)
Do you think Louisiana is fully prepared for another category three hurricane to make landfall?
I've heard that Florida has a far stricter building code, requiring that new houses in low lying areas be built up on stilts. That's why all the new beach houses are so tall. Should other gulf states have a similar requirement?
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Would you rather fight 100 mcree sized horses or 1 horse sized mcree?
I don't know about Louisiana but many cities are doing the smart thing and forcing new construction in storm surge areas to build on stilts. I've seen this in the Keys, Pinellas (Tampa Bay) and other areas. That is to protect from surge. The South Florida (Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach) building codes is to minimize failure of structures from wind. There are codes from securing roofs to having shutters that can withstand missiles and vibration/flexing. While it is more expensive, the goal is to only leave your home in a hurricane if you are in a storm surge evacuation zone.
Matt: 1,000 horee sized McCorses.
Would you like to see Leon being represented with you as a VA in a crossover type of game, think Marvel vs Capcom or a new Project X Zone?
Matt: I would ABSOLUTELY LOVE THAT HOOOOO MAN WHERE YOUR CURLY MUSTACHE AT
What think people waiting for last hour before landfall you think people don't take get ready as tell us doing your tv speical?
I don't know. I think people keep hoping it will change course or we will be wrong about it. There comes a time in every storm when there is no more time for hope, you must act.
Do you mount your toilet paper so that the sheets tear from under, or over the roll?
Over. Doesn't everyone?
What is the most bizarre thing you've seen during hurricane season?
I've got to say, it was pretty bizarre to see Matthew's forecast track last year looping back on itself looking like it would hit us twice. But what I thought was more bizarre is that everyone was freaking out about that loop back before they had even been hit once. Sometimes people pay more attention to the odd things far off in time than those right at your door.
Actually, I don't have many problems at work. I'm very fortunate that my boss supports me completely. I've spoken to other Chief Meteorologists and many have to deal with consultants and news directors that are always telling them what to do and what not to do. My boss lets me run my weather department the way I want to and supports what we do and say during a hurricane threat.