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AuthorI am Jon Allen, co-author of "Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign."

Jun 15th 2017 by jonallendc • 29 Questions • 92 Points

We are the co-creators and executive producers of the original Disney presents Bill Nye the Science Guy. We poured our heart into the show and never imagined the impact it would make.

We are still producing television from Seattle! The sixth season of our BizKid$ is premiering now on Public Television. Instead of teaching science to kids, we try to get kids interested in their financial futures.

We also now have a book out called "How to turn $100 into $1,000,000.

Ask Away!

EDIT 1: (12:42 PST) We are going to step off for a quick lunch break, but we will be back soon! Feel free to keep asking questions and we will get to as many of them as we can!

EDIT 2: We are back!!!

FINAL EDIT: Hey everyone, it's been a really fun 5 hours, but we are going to go ahead and officially sign off. Don't forget to check out the BizKid$ series on Public Television and our book on Amazon. We had a lot of fun, looking forward to the next time! Science Rules! http://imgur.com/Qygrl12

Q:

Hi, Jon, one thing I never understood was why Hillary's campaign was run like it was the 1990s? Nothing she said seemed based on the realities of 2016, like saying out loud that she was going to put her husband in charge of the economy! They just never seemed to read the room - from fracking to raising the minimum wage to the public's clear demand for straight, non-parsed answers.

My question is this: did that bubble mentality emanate from Hillary herself or the campaign strategists?

A:

Do you spend an inordinate amount of time explaining to people that UFOs are not necessarily space ships from planet x and that they are actually, in fact unidentified flying objects?


Q:

If you could pick a theme song for your life, what would it be?

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How is the adpocalypse affecting you and the broader tech YouTube community?


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First, you're absolutely amazing.

Second, what's your absolute favorite experience so far?

A:

how much had the water ruined the silo?

Also started watching the videos after that post. cool stuff


Q:

What does Ticketmaster do with all the pain they harvest from the souls they rip off at the box office?

A:

Were there episode ideas that were refused by Disney because of content matter or the company did not think it would be suitable for their general audience?


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Clinton was definitely in a hardened bubble and unable to really react or predict the evolution of the electorate. So, I think it emanated from her. But the Brooklyn staff didn't heed warnings from people on the ground in the states—or from Bill Clinton, who often had his knuckles rapped for saying things that were "off message" but in line with the feelings of swing voters in what turned out to be swing states. "Obamacare is the craziest thing," he said, in the kind of words a voter might use before turning to a few minor alterations that he thought could change that.

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Yes, that is pretty much unavoidable! People always ask the wrong questions.


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Yikes, that's tough.. Tom Waits Get Behind The Mule/Come Up To The House Wilco I'm Always In Love They Might Be Giants Particle Man

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Since our videos are advertiser friendly, it hasn't hit us too hard directly.. but it was part of what prompted us to build Floatplane Club so that we and other creators would have ways to make money in the event that our adsense revenue got ripped away.. so it's definitely costing us money, but only because we're re-investing what we're making.


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It's hard to tell, because there were so many fun things! I loved the airplane rescue with Tuffy Edgington, it was the most exciting and rewarding. He was a gold miner, he didn't check his plane well when he took off, and so he crashed shortly after. He and his 5-month pregnant wife, and an older Native Alaskan lady (she was 50... but I was 28 so she seemed old!) crashed off the Yukon. So the wife and the Native lady dragged him up a steep hill to a cabin, which was good because it was -50 degrees out, they got a fire started so it was warm. He had so many fractures and lacerations! The next morning the old lady walked 8 miles to the Swenson cabin who got on his dog sled and got up to Tanana to the hospital I was working at. Basco, the hospital boy, gathered supplies and a dog sled team and we went up the Yukon (which doesn't freeze smoothly!). Halfway there Basco fell into a crevice and we were worried he broke his leg but luckily it was just a sprain. After 6 hours on dogsled, with me holding the IV fluids between my knees to keep it from freezing, we got to the cabin. By this time there were 30 more people in the cabin because this was a big exciting event. I cleaned Tuffy's wounds and bandaged him best I could, then we cut down branches from the trees to make splints for his legs and wrists. We used a blanket and make a stretcher. We got on a rescue plane with Tuffy, me holding the IV bag and morphine drip, and made the trip to the hospital in Anchorage where he fully recovered.

What a fun experience for me!

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The water ruined the old lighting and conduits a bit. But main steel and concrete is perfect! Thanks!


Q:

So funny story- there's this machine we kept in the back, right, called the Hate Engine. We have these siphons right underneath the desk that suck up all the complaints to add to the Hate Engine, and the Engine converts that hate into more money, which is why they keep adding service fees. More fees = more money = more hate = more more money.

Seriously though, nobody paid me to be a fan of Ticketmaster's practices. This whole ticket monopoly situation is kind of fucked right now. Best lesson I learned at the job was to always buy from the venue directly when I can.

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Actually Disney totally left us alone, we did what we wanted. We got one note from Michael Eisner that said "love the show, could use more history" (EG)


Q:

What do you believe was Hillary's biggest mistake in her campaign?

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Lol, myself included! Thank you for your work and open mind.


Q:

Hey Nick, what is your favorite memory?

A:

Do you see Floatplane expanding beyond LMG soon?


Q:

Did you ever go over to Alakanuk? Maybe around 1967-1972? I lived there with my teacher parents during then.

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Maybe this is a dumb question, but why didn't the water fuck up the steel? I would imagine it was there for a while with a bunch of unpleasant stuff in it.


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Best lesson I learned at the job was to always buy from the venue directly when I can.

One time I had decided to attend a comedy show st the last minute. Bought tickets at the venue, a couple of hours before the show started. Still had Ticketmaster fees.

A:

How did you choose the kids that were on the show? I was always so jealous of those kids, man.


Q:

I think, in addition to the email server that was pre-campaign, the biggest mistake was not coming up with a reason why she was the right candidate for 2016. Some of her aides said they had trouble figuring out what her message was, and she confided to friends that she didn't really understand what was happening in the electorate.

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Really, that deserves a more thoughtful reply! It's not that the question is so wrong, it's that it sometimes elicits the wrong kind of answer! Does that make more sense?


Q:

That time when I answered a redditor that my favorite majestic beast of nature was Megan Mullally.

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It will. That is absolutely the plan. Even though we haven't been affected we see the need to invest in a "backup plan" for ourselves and provide the same option to other creators.


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Alakanuk was one of my villages I worked at, but I didn't go there during that time period! What a great experience for you!

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Gaseous oxygen and water will jack steel up. But just plain water doesn't really hurt it. There was very little rust actually.


Q:

Makes sense, not all venues work the same way. Can't really speak for the ones I didn't work at.

A:

That was a fun part of the gig, doing the casting. Back then most kid talent in Seattle did modeling or print ads and couldn't really walk and talk on camera. We scoured local school theater programs, talent agencies, friends, relatives, friends of friends....It wasn't past me to dress up my baby as yoda (use the forks Luke for the Structures show) ( http://imgur.com/us2fxSj ) when needed. (EG)


Q:

Given your comments that her husband seemed more in touch with the electorate - are the two of them really not that close? He was always a more gifted, charismatic orator that was able to connect with people - why does it seem like she ignored him? Was he outside the campaign strategy and only brought in as a prop when they needed him?

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Absolutely!


Q:

In your recent Wood Support video you stated that you "dislike any finish" on your wood. What's your preferred way to... "finish" your pieces?

A:

Hi Linus! How much shit do you get for your footwear choice?


Q:

Amazing!

  1. Do you still live in Alaska?
  2. Can you describe one, or a few, of the biggest medical advances that really changed life for you and your patients in rural Alaska?
A:

So how bad of shape is the main silo in? What did they do to it?

Also how much living space do you think you will have when you are done?

Thanks for doing the AMA!


Q:

My mom goes to a ticketmaster kiosk at Walmart. Never checked it out for myself. There still fees through the kiosk?

A:

What do you two think of Bill Nye Saves The World?


Q:

He's certainly a better natural politician, and I think she listened to him at times. But she stuck with the idea that evidence from her data team should guide her strategy and tactics. Bill Clinton had a different approach, and she largely sided with the folks she'd hired.

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Even the subtitle of my book, "How One Man Made the World Believe in UFOS" commits that sin, but it's worded in a way that seems to make the most sense to the most people. It's a trap!


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I prefer to build up thin coats of oil and wiping varnish. We use different products and recipes at OffermanWoodshop.com based on the function of the piece, but we generally shoot for the richest and deepest color and figure whilst leaving the wood feeling as naked as possible. Sometimes we just apply a soft wax and call it a day. A beautiful and fragrant day.

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Well I'm getting some now, so that should give you some idea :p


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  1. No, moved to down to Oregon 5 years ago to be closer to my daughters because my husband was too sick for me to take care of him. I never planned to leave!

  2. Well, it was back in the 50s so the biggest change was with tuberculosis. I had been in Tanana for 2 years and they had come out with the INH treatment for TB. TB was rampant in Alaska at that time, all over... with infections in the lungs, brain, bones... everywhere. I had one woman, all her kids had TB. She came to the hospital with a mass in her neck. It took us 6 weeks to get cultures done but it was TB in her neck, which had gone to her kids. The CDC started INH treatments up there, and we had amazing results. It was curing people of terrible TB! It was a wonder drug. I took it too because I got a lot of blood on me from these patients. One pregnant lady said she wouldn't take it because she was pregnant and I said "hey look, I'm pregnant and I'm taking it!". It was good that our babies turned out ok! Before INH we had only Streptomycin and it wasn't as fast or as good. That was the most amazing drug!

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Main silo had the top 25 feet blown off of it. Then they filled it in with debris. Would be a huge PITA to do anything with it. Should have about 4000+ sq ft of living space without opening the silo.

Welcome!


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I'd imagine so, yeah. When we sold for other venues we had to charge the full TM fee set.

A:

We actually haven't yet seen it. I (EG) just saw the documentary Bill Nye: Science Guy and loved it. I laughed, I cried.


Q:

Hi Jon, I've still yet to read this book, but I've heard some very interesting things about its content. I seem to remember something about Bill angrily blaming staffers for the loss on election night, along with some moments where Hillary was rather ruthless to staffers over something out of their control.

My question: What do you think about the Clintons recent public statements that seem to shift blame on staff rather than themselves? Is this consistent with their conduct during and immediately after the 2016 campaign?

A:

So sneaky its almost wrong.


Q:

What is your favourite majestic beast of nature? (Animal)

A:

Hi Linus, what was Intel’s response to your video on the i9 and the X299 platform, seeing as you just had a sponsored video with them?


Q:

Thank you!

A:

Do you use your missile silo to one up people when you're having a conversation?

"Check out my new car"

"Oh cool, I own a goddamn missile silo"


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Also, check the websites of your local free Alt-Newsweeklies and magazines (the free ones that have local stories and culture, like The Village Voice) they almost all have deals with all of the local venues (it's how they survive) and you can get fee-free tickets!

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We actually haven't yet seen it.

Then it's not too late for you then... I still remember the days back when I still had a faint light of innocence shining in my heart. Bill Nye Saves The World took that from me... he took it from all of us...


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It's very consistent. On election night, they were talking about Russians, Comey and Brexit. And she kept talking about the Russians and Comey to friends in the days after the election. We report that the narrative was set within 24 hours of her defeat, and we've seen that play out. That's not to say that neither Russia nor Comey affected the election, just that there were a number of other factors—Amie and I argue bigger factors—that put Clinton in a position to lose and Trump in a position to win.

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When ppl asked Hynek if he believed "UFOs were real", he would say, "I know UFO reports are real!"


Q:

Megan Mullally

A:

I've actually exchanged emails with them already and I have a call with some folks over there sometime this week to discuss my concerns. There was a lot of concern from members of our community that our criticism of Intel would negatively affect our relationship with them or our business moving forward..

But I think that's not giving Intel enough credit. They are big girls and boys and can absolutely take the constructive criticism with the praise.

And in response to the folks who didn't understand why our workstations are using Intel after that video.. Even if I don't agree with their strategy, I respect that they build world class technology and I'm not going to stop recommending their products just because we're having a bit of a spat at the moment.


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Very good question!

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Yes, I've been known to do that. MIC DROP.


Q:

He was checking out the Village Voice, seeing who was playing where

Pulled his head up out the paper, pushing out a single tear

Five words like a beacon of light in the mist

Ministry Live At The Ritz

A:

Yeah, we understand it didn't go so well.

 

I've been a lurker on Reddit for years, saw the negative comments and it broke my heart. I was concerned it might impact the original series and I'd hate to see the show removed from the curriculum of some school districts because it is still such an effective teaching tool.(jm)


Q:

bigger factors

Can you discuss a few of them? Which ones are least discussed these days?

A:

What is the strangest thing you discovered in your research?


Q:

Hello Nick! I love seeing pieces of your relationship with Megan; it seems so genuine and you always seem to be enjoying just being together. Is there anything the two of you do specifically to keep your relationship healthy that would also benefit other relationships? Thank you!

A:

So Linus, what video do you hate the most on all of your channels? And why?


Q:

I'm a medical student, and oddly enough, my TB skin test just turned positive this year, despite having had the BCG vaccine as a kid. So I'm probably going to be taking INH (isoniazid) as well for a while. Fascinating how much this drug has helped people. Some places, it's not working super well anymore, but to work for over 60 years when so many other bugs have become resistant to drugs is pretty amazing!

A:

Without having watched the youtube channel, what are you aiming to do with the silo?


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What "insider tips" do you have to get good tickets? Can I bribe a Ticketmaster employee for good seats?? :-)

A:

I wouldn't worry about that too much. It may have hurt Bill's reputation a bit, but the original series will stand for a long time as a standard for getting kids excited about science. You guys did an amazing job.


Q:

The email server story broke in March 2015, a month before she declared her candidacy, and stuck with her through the very end of the campaign. She didn't respond to it well and her trust ratings suffered mightily for it. The whole story reinforced the narrative that both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump pushed that she had something to hide.

The Wall Street speeches, delivered at a time of rising populism, fed a similar narrative and were a point of emphasis for those who believed she was hiding something and/or corrupt. And both of those (hiding something/corrupt) tie into a candidate's trustworthiness.

Both of those were unforced errors that hurt her throughout the campaign.

But the messaging failure—her inability to say why she should be president in a way that resonated as being about the public rather than herself—was the most important, according even to some of the people who worked for her. This was the second straight presidential campaign in which she struggled with that. "I would have had a reason for running," one of her senior aides told us, "or I wouldn't have run." Her strategy in the general election was to disqualify Trump, but she failed to make the positive case for herself. Something like one-fifth of his voters said they didn't think he was qualified for the presidency. She portrayed him as unqualified successfully, but didn't make herself a better alternative for enough voters in the right set of states.

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That Steven Spielberg accidentally stole the title of "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" from Dr. Hynek


Q:

We enjoy engaging in humor, jigsaw puzzles and a regular diet of each other's genitalia.

A:

Firetruck unboxing video. I wouldn't even hate it so much if it didn't have more views than all of the GOOD STUFF I've ever done.

If it didn't make so much money in adsense from 5 year olds just watching "the next suggested video about firetrucks" I'd pull it down. It's an embarrassment.


Q:

It was truly a wonder drug!

A:

We are turning the complex into an underground home. The actual silo (where the missile was) is quite destroyed. So may not ever open it. We are in about 4500 sq ft of the launch control center.


Q:

It doesn't really work that way anymore, unfortunately, at least according to my experience. A lot of it's the usual "get in early and get lucky".

With casino tickets specifically, though, there is the VIP angle to consider. Good casinos reward their players really well, and for us in particular we had presales a day before public sales just for our players. Also, depending on circumstances we'd sometimes get tickets back from our VIP folks for sale if they just weren't doing the numbers they expected, which would lead to some last minute openings- usually in the primo seats too, just because the VIPs get the good stuff to keep them coming back.

A:

Thank you so much, that means a lot. (jm and eg)


Q:

You say that Bernie and Trump pushed a narrative that she had something to hide. Do you think there was a narrative that she had something to hide, or do you think she really had something to hide?

A:

What is the strangest thing you discovered in your research?


Q:

Hi Nick, I'm a real fan.

Do you have any advice for a young person about to graduate college looking for a first job?

A:

When & how did dropping products become a habit?


Q:

I have a distant relative, Sam O. White that was the first/one of the first (so says the Internet anyway) bush pilots/wardens in Alaska from the 1920's until '76. I wonder if you ever ran into each other......if you don't ask a question the AMA sends the Gestapo out to delete your comment I guess.....so, did you ever run into him?

A:

So how much asbestos is in the complex?


Q:

The best deal I ever got on a ticket was actually not long ago. A few months actually, for an event happening next week. Ticketmaster ran an "official exchange" program (stubhub essentially) for the event since all the wristbands are registered to names and a lot of people got screwed over by other sites since they were relying on the original purchaser to send them the ticket once they got it.

Anyways, someone fucked up... Hard. The seller accidentally fat fingered​ the price and typed 55.55$ instead of 555.50$ (facevalue was 800$). The seller was supposed to have a 24hr period that he could change the pricing, but I bought the ticket before that could happen. I was so shocked by my luck I even called Ticketmaster to make sure it wasn't fake and was told that I was good to go and all tickets are garunteed.

Fast forward to the next day. I receive a call from Ticketmaster and they asked me to give the ticket back. I honestly was a bit pissed at this point because I and already been told that I was good to go and they'd handle the situation. I asked the guy why they suddenly changed their minds and he explained everything I said in the first paragraph. My response was that it seemed like they owed that man a ticket but mine was already garunteed and I didn't see how this was my problem since in multiple places on their website it said it was garunteed and that all purchases were final. I know this because I read everything I could about it the previous night. After telling him this he said he'd talk to his manager and figure it out.

Gotta call 4 hours later saying I could keep the ticket and that they'd be giving that guy a ticket back as well... I felt like an asshole but fuck Ticketmaster even more

A:

You guys seemed to create the genre of E/I television shows at the time. I'm sure budgets were tight. Did you have difficulty getting funding for a series?


Q:

Maybe the better way to say it is that she hid things. She set up an email server that, theoretically, would be impervious to FOIA requests (though it was only a matter of time before people figured that out) and she wouldn't release the transcripts of her private speeches.

A:

The info is on P. 81. The photo analysts discounted birds because of the illumination of the objects. They were light sources!


Q:

Focus intently upon what it is you love to do, then find a way to get paid to do it. I have been much happier doing good work that I love for less pay. What good is wealth if you are miserable?

A:

Being in a huge hurry to blitz through booths and see all the coolest stuff then run off to the next one (our first year at CES we did over 50 videos with 3.5 people)

We had no time to do B roll a lot of the time so I would have to manhandle the product to show what I was talking about.

These days it's just part of the fun of doing shows. I love tech and if this "dropping stuff" persona lets me argue to a brand they should let me get up close and personal then I'll keep playing it up!

I'm not actually (usually) that clumsy. Just in a hurry :P


Q:

Yes, I knew him! He seemed very nice, but I never flew with him as I used Garfield Hanson as my pilot always. That's such a coincidence!

A:

None.


Q:

Hey man, you did nothing wrong there. More power to you.

A:

YES (both of us)


Q:

Do you think the problem was she had no message/reason, or that she couldn't state her real reason (is "Because I want it and it is owed to me")

A:

Thanks for doing this AMA. Most people think UFOs actually are identifiable and belong to the US government. What is something about UFOs that most of us would be shocked to find out?


Q:

Hey Nick,

Do you ever get tired of people requesting Ron Swanson advice?

A:

Who's the 0.5 of a person?


Q:

What was it like being a woman doctor at a time when it was more unusual?

A:

Are you living there?

If so:

  • How far do you drive for groceries?

  • How do you get water/electricity/internet there?


Q:

Interesting! I also worked at a box office at a casino that used Ticketmaster, but we absolutely had control over some of the good seats to an extent. Couldn't be super obvious about it and wouldn't do it on super popular shows. But we held tickets for so many different things - media, community (tribe), artist, giveaways, VIP, business council, etc. with so many good seats on hold, if the community seats weren't selling well it was super easy to just swap out the community holds and get someone tickets in the first 5 rows. We also had the ability to go in and snag tickets before the presale/on sale although that was a huge no no and fire-worthy so people didn't do it very often. I'm also curious if your VIPs were crabs about it haha! I remember so many people feeling so entitled to tix in the first 10 rows, who were not anywhere near our highest level of play. Fun to read your answers though! Thanks for doing this!

A:

Did you think that years after the show was cancelled, kids would still be screaming "BILL BILL BILL BILL" every opportunity they got? That song is like 90s kids national anthem.


Q:

A lot of voters concluded it was more about her than about them—even some who voted for her.

A:

That many UFOs seem to be both physical and non-physical at the same time


Q:

The kind interest of folks is vastly preferable to their indifference.

A:

One of Luke's friends who wanted to meet folks in the industry and agreed to help us carry our tripods and stuff in exchange for tagging along


Q:

When I was in Tanana they were stuck with me! But after I left Tanana they sent a male doctor there. But he ended up getting sick so I had to go back up there and he was not happy having me treat him! Some of the children were so used to having me that they didn't want to go to him. They believed he wasn't a doctor because he didn't wear a skirt! I thought that was funny.

When I was in medical school there was a lot of chauvanistic tendencies. In fact, when you applied to medical school the board would look at all the photos of the applicants. If they thought the woman was too pretty they would say "she'll just get married" and toss out the application. But I got in!

A:

Good questions. Yeah, I get all services including city water. Not city sewer. Groceries are about 10 min away. I have privacy but close to necessities. I like that balance.


Q:

Yeah no problem!

We had a bunch of those holds too, definitely. It wasn't at all uncommon to get a handful of holds back here or there, but just as often we would use up all the holds and sell out.

A:

Never imagined the success of the original show. We talked about the show being relevant for 3-5 years, max. Almost 25 years later, to have so many millennials say they got into science from the series is so amazing to me. And just a shout out to Mike Green, composer of the theme song.-(jm)


Q:

How would you describe Hillary's relationship with Obama?

A:

Can you expand on that a little? When you say non-physical, you mean like those beams of light that car dealerships shine at the night sky?


Q:

If you could pick any tool that resembles your personality best, what would it be & why?

A:

When are you upgrading to RGB sandals?


Q:

Did you experience many preterm births? How did you stabilize these babies? Did you transport them out by dog sled?

A:

That seems nuts to me! I'm shocked at how close to civilization this silo must be. I picture it 40 miles away from anything, for security and in case of a launch.


Q:

How could you recognize professional ticket scalpers? Did they ever try to bribe you?

A:

What are some funny bloopers or accidents that occurred while filming the show with Bill Nye?


Q:

Shotgun marriage that improved over time. They're so different, and I think they respect each other. But they're so different.

A:

It's like how light behaves both as a wave and a particle simultaneously... It can't be but it is. I can't describe it much better than that.


Q:

The shovel, specifically the spade. It is not known for its finesse but can be relied upon to do its job with gravity and dogged persistence, and that job is: to dig.

A:

It's a matter of time. We've actually reached out to the brand that makes the sandals I wear about doing an LTT edition sandal. They got back to us saying it "didn't align with their brand values" or something to that effect.

I was like "WHAT?? The ONLY person on EARTH who proudly rocks your dad sandals as a keystone of his image and supporting that is not part of your brand values?? What ARE your brand values??"


Q:

I did have preterm babies. I would deliver them and then keep them in a box in my office because we had no incubators in the villages. They would be 3 or 4 pounds. Some of them died when they were born but that was uncommon. The nurses were really good, they would come into the office and check them all the time. Since I didn't know how to use the preemie needles, I would give them transfusions and fluids through the bone, and would sit with them to make sure it didn't clog up the entire time it was in.

In my hospital in Tanana, half the 30 bed hospital was Tuberculosis, 1/4 was women's ward for birthing, and 1/4 was for everything else. We would sometimes have so many kids in the hospital that we would have to put them in cardboard boxes or in the same crib, if they had the same diagnosis! Medicine has come a long way!

A:

Nuclear weapons are so destructive it didn't really matter. And Russia had / has so many location is almost irrelevant.


Q:

A lot of times we didn't really care- once the ticket's been sold we have no way to police what you do with it (and honestly probably shouldn't, there's very little fundamental difference between giving a ticket to a friend and selling it on the internet beyond the exchange of money).

Back when we were able to do outside sales for other venues we'd get a guy coming in every once in awhile around 10am PST, right when shows went on sale. Dude's name was Dave, he scalped and knew TM back to front (he showed me where to find the macro commands and whatnot). Nice guy, we knew what he was doing but as far as our "jurisdiction" went he was a guest buying tickets. We didn't really have the ability to deny him tickets or anything like that.

There's significantly less power to combat scalping at the cashier's end than people seem to think there is. We're not paid to guess what you're going to do with your tickets, we're here to sell you tickets.

A:

There were a few moments of pure terror that I remember. For the rivers show, we watched as Bill paddled right into some hole in the current and disappeared. He was gone for about 18 seconds and I remember the panic. The safety boat was already below him! Suddenly he popped up and just continued on as if nothing happened.

Another time, for the Forest show, we got lost in the middle of a monster forest fire. Well, we had to shoot something, so Bill jumped out of the van and we started rolling. A huge fir tree exploded into flames right over our heads and started raining a shower of fire. I turned to Jen, our PA and asked her to back the van up and I still can see the pure terror in her eyes. We lived...(JM)

Bill was invited to fly with the Blue Angels. They warned us that the guest usually passes out from the g forces. We decided that Bill should focus on trying to say simple words like "Flight!" and "Science!" They knocked him out three times, once for about 22 seconds. Each time he woke up, he'd yell "Science!"and then pass out again. Here's a picture of him getting strapped in! http://imgur.com/NXrb64r (EG)


Q:

What did you think of the slogan "I'm with her" ? Personally, I couldn't believe it. I thought it was the single worst campaign slogan I had ever heard. Did Hillary personally approve this or was she just going along with what her campaign advisors said would work?

A:

This didn't sound weird to me.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdFdpR4JsnQ


Q:

What are your best facial hair grooming techniques and/or tips?

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Hey Linus, what's probably the most exciting project that you've done on the channel (LTT)?


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Great to see you online doing an AMA.

In 92 years, what has surprised you/changed the most?

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Did you find a safe inside the bunker ? Did you open it? Did you take pictures?


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Why don't you care about people abusing the system

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Do you have a favourite episode or project of Bill's that you worked on?


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It would be hard to find a slogan that did more to reinforce a negative perception of a candidate. It told voters the campaign was about her. Amie and I report in "Shattered" that Bernie Sanders refused to say it when he cut an ad for her (one that her campaign never broadcast). He told his consultant it was "so phony" that he couldn't bring himself to say it. So, yeah, I think your diagnosis is right. If she didn't like it, it wouldn't have stuck around.

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Watch it all, it's truly awesome!


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Don't shave.

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7 Gamers 1 CPU was one of the most exciting projects I've done. I'll always remember the moment it worked as one of the highlights of my career.

That's really where I get off - spending a TON of time on something, not being sure that it's going to work, and then seeing the end result be awesome.

Scrapyard Wars Season 1 will also hold a special place in my heart forever. That was where we began experimenting with the idea of being a "Tech Top Gear" rather than just a review channel and that path we took continues to shape our content (even our reviews which contain more personalities and funny stuff and more little sketches than ever) to this day.


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That I'm still having to tell people the same thing... vaccinate and eat well! That surprises me!

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No, they took the safe out.


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Me specifically? It's not my job.

The venue? We didn't really have a way to easily police it without seriously diminishing the guest experience with some form of check at entry, which would slow down an already glacial process at times. Add to that that it's not a huge venue that gets sold out immediately and there's no real reason to focus on that over other improvements elsewhere.

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We did 100 episodes in four years. It was crazy and I really have to say there were so many different moments and episodes.... Wetlands stands out to me, personally. I love swamps. Also, the Watercycle show. The kid in the music video still brings a tear to my eye. We also spent two weeks in Japan in one of the most incredible science adventures one could imagine. Here's a picture of me in Japan on this adventure... they made me stay in the outfit the entire time. http://imgur.com/7nwK8E8 (JM)

 

One of my fave episodes is The Eyeball - great sketch - props - music video, I think it was one of the few times we got a scathing letter about how someone's daughter went running from the room because she saw a glass eye in one of the profiles (EG)


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Do you think Hillary was the principal strategist of her campaign (message, strategy, appeals to certain demographics) or was she just a candidate built by committee? During your time with the campaign, did Hillary seems to make her own strategies or was she just always listening to what others told her would be the right decision to follow through?

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share his beliefs that the UFO phenomenon represents a new aspect of reality, and needs to be studied

What do you mean? Can you expand on this statement pls?


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Nick, what is your best hangover cure? asking for a friend...

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That's awesome! Also, same question regarding Channel Super Fun.


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Lady you don't look a day over 79. What's your secret?

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Here in Wyoming I have read a bit about how some old missile silos have contaminated the ground water with the TCE cleaner they used. Is there any issue with this at your silo? If so what did you do about the toxicity?


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ive been doing that for almost 3 years! my theater is going dark for 3 months now and i am jobless try as i might.

which ticketmaster did you use? we had an old school version TMWin99

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What do you think it was that set BNSG apart from other shows such as Beakman's World?


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Ultimately, she's responsible for the direction of the campaign, but she wanted the professionals she'd hired to shape it. I don't think that's very different than other candidates in most areas (I mean, none of them are data analysts). But the one key difference is this: Other candidates set the mission for the campaign with their overall message. Donald Trump presented a new nationalism into which most of his policies could easily fit. Bernie Sanders wanted to take money and power from the few and distribute them more evenly. It was easy for the people working for them, and for voters, to understand what the campaign was about for the American public. That wasn't the case with Hillary Clinton's campaign. She never set that mission.

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It can encompass psychic aspects, or aspects of physical reality that are at present beyond our ability to comprehend


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Digging post holes by hand.

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Rocket League in Real Life was really exciting at the time. It hadn't really been done and we thought with some more production values Channel Super Fun had the opportunity to go viral.

But it didn't really work out that way.


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(She laughed for a long time and shrugged)

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They were better about this in the 80s when they decommissioned the Titan II. So, no issues!


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Yeah, we used the old-school DOS-ass TMWin99. When I was training people I always said it's like using a program written in Swahili or something- you can learn a phrase or two and learn your way around to do some basic stuff, but beyond that it's really tough to figure out unless you've been doing it forever. It's a lot of rote memorization and repetition, which takes new guys a while to figure out.

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Bill was a real scientist.


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Democrats don't often look to red states for candidates

Do you have experience/opinions on Nashville mayor, Megan Barry? I think she is a hidden treasure.

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Favorite Star Trek episode?


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What techniques would you recommend to help me improve my precision with wood working, specifically for detailed cuts like box or dove-tail joints, and also specifically for cuts on a bandsaw?

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Linus, did the "walking in the rain" video have the effect you wanted? Just curious as it's quite out of character from the rest of your content.


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I had a roommate many years ago who'd go up to Alaska during tourist season to work, she had like 4-5 rotating boyfriends there who were out to sea on fishing boats at various times. They all had some vague awareness of each other and were cool with it.

Did you get into the dating scene there and what was Alaska social life like in your experience?

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Need any henchmen to help with your plans for world domination? I look good in a black jumpsuit.


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next??: reclas cff0923/x1/rd/s4-7

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Were you ever approached about working on the new show? I would think if they were going for a reboot then they would want your opinions. At this point the new show is destroying what you guys helped Bill create, he needs you guys to come back to him and recreate the magic you once had!


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I don't know enough about her to form an intelligent opinion. But I'll take a look.

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Outside the ones I wrote, you mean?


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Practice x3. Knowing my own strengths and weaknesses, I just cut close to my line with as much accuracy as I can muster and then pare down to the line with a chisel. The paring is the key - knowing you will always be coming in to finish refining by hand lends a sense of security that your bandsaw cut doesn't nee to be THAT good.

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Yeah Dennis and I were both really pleased with it.


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Well, I figured early on that you have to keep the nurses happy. So everytime I went to a village or to Fairbanks, if I found any eligible men I would invite them to Tanana to the Saturday Night Dance, which was held in the nurses hall. And boy, they came and were fascinated! We had lots of fun, the nurses and me, with those boys. The head nurse was supposed to chaperone but I found I (at 28 to 30) had to take over the chaperone duties as the head nurse was sleeping with some of the men! And we would dance until 4 AM, and then I would sit on the sofa and cut all the men's hair-but all I knew was a crew cut so they would all go home with a crew cut!

Oh! And they would all come to Tanana on their planes. It was an event!

I used to go to the pot lucks with the natives in the village, and they wouldn't let me eat bear meat. According to them, if I had eaten bear meat before I was married I would never had children!

(This is her granddaughter right now... I asked my grandma if that was 4 PM or 4 AM and she looked at me and said "oh 4 AM , obviously").

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Thank you for the offer! :-)


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But I wanted the aisle. You have the aisle right?

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Thanks - we were never approached though always happy to help out (eg)


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Hi Jon, thanks for taking time for this AMA. What Clinton conspiracy would you like to debunk?

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Yes


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What's your advice to someone that's trying to get the courage and talk to that girl?

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Not sure if you frequent reddit, but there has been huge support and want for a "tech talks with linus" sorta thing where it is just down to earth discussion


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Wow! That is amazing. If you don't mind the questions: were there any "difficulties" with unexpected pregnancy among the nurses? Do you feel that the isolation in Alaska led to a more equal footing between the genders or a more stark imbalance? How did the native peoples handle gender relations as you saw it?

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Just watching your videos now, thanks for documenting it all, really facisnating stuff.

What are the most interesting things you have found or any of your buddies found left behind in these Silos?


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Sigh... (types in a string of code to release print flag and start all over!)

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How important do you think striking a balance between entertaining your audience and informing them is? Was there ever a time or topic where you found it difficult to keep it fun enough for kids to stay glued to the TV but still educate them?


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She didn't kill anyone. She's not in a relationship with Huma Abedin. She didn't set up a private email server so that she could leak to the press or share classified information with people who shouldn't have had access to it. Pizzagate is disgusting.

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From the original series, The Changeling and The Doomsday Machine


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Dive in. We're human, therefore we will make mistakes, and yet people seem to love us anyway. So you might as well get started.

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duly noted.. It's something we're considering, but we also don't want to force ourselves to create content because it's "popular". There's a fine line between engaging with the community and pandering.

Just trying to stay on the former side of it.


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I had no sexism really, and most of the natives ended up believing that women could be doctors just as men could and therefore no one really questioned it.

As for the natives, they were very certain in their roles as the men would hunt and the women would be child bearers. But there were medicine women in the villages and the midwives were wonderful.

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1960's silver dime... old coffee cup. A few tools. Nothing as cool as I would have hoped.


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That's why you use the shopping cart in SELL and hold onto that shit until you're SURE they've made up their damn minds.

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Good question. Bill leaned more to education, we leaned more to entertainment, a constant battle so to speak. We always felt if they are not having fun they will tune out. Bill kept us on point with the message. We always tried to present different ways to learn, I (EG) got the most out of the sketch/humor parts, so I always leaned towards that. Bill always had great real world analogies. There were times we felt a show might be a little flat and then it went thru audio post at Bad Animals and we were always cracking up in the final review.


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The wackiest one I read was that she had a healthy body double when she had the case of pneumonia. Do you think these conspiracies and caricatures (oh SNL, House of cards) is what defined her than what Hillary was able to define herself? A human Rorschach test.

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Good choices


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Do you have any advice for young people working their way up in the entertainment industry about remaining humble?

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When you created Linus Tech Tips and then Linus Media Group, is that what you envisioned from the beginning or did it take a lot different of a turn then you expected?


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Medical resident here, incredible to hear about your experiences! What are your thoughts regarding the future of physician practice in rural/austere environments in Alaska? What were the biggest changes there you noticed in the latter part of your career?

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I watched all your videos on it after that.

Do you ever plan to uncover the main silo? Or are you going to leave it filled in?


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when i was first training i wrote a python code that printed and responded to TM commands so i could practice. building it also was super fun and probably helped me learn it faster. wish i still had the code.

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What did you think of Beakman's World?


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I do think she left a lot of space for others to define her.

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Thanks. What's your fave?


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Hmm. Yes. Do that. The vocation of delivering medicine to others by means of entertainment is an immense privilege, like all work that is good to do. Thinking about that, and also maintaining a healthy relationship with my wife keeps me aware of my foibles and therefore humble. Also in my case looking in the mirror goes a long way towards fomenting humility.

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It's really different. I imagined that after 5 years we would have 4-5 people and that as long as we could afford to pay everyone a fair salary to do what we loved it would be awesome.

I also had in my mind that I wanted to be a "real company" with things like employee benefits and a dental plan and stuff.

Well if you want to do that you add some administrative overhead unless you want to do everything yourself.

Then you realize part of being a real company is giving people reasonable work/life balance and covering for them when they need vacation time.. so you hire some additional bodies..

Then you realize that now that you've got to manage these extra people and you have no time to work on sales deals with brands anymore.

So you hire a sales guy who manages to use all the extra time he has (because he's not making videos) to double your ad rates and find new buyers for them.

Then you've got more resources to build out the team further and make better videos than ever..

And it continues to snowball from there.

I had this realization at one point that if you're employing world class people they won't want to be in entry level positions making entry level pay forever. You have to give them opportunities to improve their craft and get promotions and raises if you want to retain them.

And the only way to do that is to keep growing and building out a support structure for them.

And I don't think there are many who would argue that we don't have a world class team of YTers here.


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Well, it's changed a lot now. Because they have a base in Anchorage where they can send EKGs and xrays electronically from the villages, and then doctors there can read the reports and then send out a specialist if needed. When I was working there we were lucky to have a specialist come out once a year!

The biggest changes was having everything put onto computers and having consultants and specialists... I retired in 2006, so you can imagine there is no comparison from 1950 to then! Most of it was all for the good.

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I would love to open it but its probably $250 - $500k to do anything useful with it. Thanks for watching!


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Yeah, coding's never been my strong suit. Glad you figured out a way to pick it up quickly though, that shit gets complex.

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Very high production quality. We were so bummed when we first heard about the show actually hitting the airwaves before us, we thought we were doomed. But then we said - hey - there's more than one Oprah, as in talk shows....can there really be too many kid science shows out there. We embraced it. (eg)


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She didn't kill anyone? What about the thousands of Libyans that have died as a result of NATO's intervention, subsequent war crimes and the instability that has followed? Say what you want about Gaddafi, but modern Libya is a post-apocalyptic hellhole.

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Is there anyone presently in the UFO related field who you feel is doing particularly excellent scientific work?


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My dad died several years ago to cancer. Fathers day has always been a little bittersweet since.

I have no remaining male ancestors. I often feel like I don't have any male authority figures I can approach on a personal level when I am feeling overwhelmed or just want to talk. What would you do?

Thank you for the AMA. Never stop being you!

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What a great way to describe how to grow a business. I love that you value the folks that are making your company succeed.


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in 2006? That means you were already 81 when you retired? That is really impressive!

What made you want to become a doctor? As far as I'm informed, it was very uncommon in that time for women to study in genereal.

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Well just get some shovels :D


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Used to work with Ticketmaster too, but at a venue. I actually sort of enjoyed TMWin99. Autypes ftw.

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How was Bill off camera? How much did he play up his personality?


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Libya is a disaster. It's hard to know how many would have died had Gaddafi been left in place. There were a lot of problems with the Libya mission, including but not limited to: American leaders convinced themselves and each other (and Clinton was at the center of it) that they could stand up a stable government in Libya; the U.S. didn't do what it would have taken to try to stabilize Libya; and it exposed the loopholes through which a president can conduct war without the explicit direction or assent of Congress.

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Well, that's a trick question you see... I'm not sure if "scientific" work applies to UFO research anymore!


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Depending on where you live/what you do, I imagine there are some older fellows who wish they had a young person to talk to as well, so maybe start poking around down at the lumber yard or gravel pit. If that fails, I have never had any trouble finding an old boy to talk to at the tavern.

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It's really important to me personally. I believe the wealth gap in 2017 is a big load of bullshit and I don't want anyone working here to feel so far removed from me that we can't relate to each other anymore. No one is so valuable that they should make 100x what their average staff does.

By the same token if someone isn't pulling his or her weight, I'm not slowing down the bus..

We believe in hard work and being rewarded for it.


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My mother had parotid cancer, which is a tumor in the neck. So I decided to go into medicine to cure cancer! Haven't quite done that, but I've tried!

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:-)


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Only ever learned WCPRTDOS, honestly. I still keep in touch with everyone I worked with so if you know any good ones I'll send them their way to mess with.

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On camera, Bill played the Science Guy. Off camera, Bill was Bill Nye, human- one that loves, laughs and is passionate about what he does. To be on camera, you have to push that personality.


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She's not in a relationship with Huma Abedin.

As in not lesbians or they don't work together? Because I've never heard the former (then again I don't read Infowars) and saying the latter would be a lie.

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If we can get a person on Mars, how do you think we'll do it?


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What's your opinion on veganism?

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What's the most expensive thing you have ever broken?


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How did it feel being the only doctor? I'm a nurse in the ER, and while we never can tell what will walk in the door, there is at least one or two other doctors in the building that can help if needed. Did you ever feel ill equipped to handle an injury or condition? I imagine it must have been scary sometimes.

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Invest in ventilation and anything to make it habitable and open up your own Silo Bar & Hotel. Dreaming of course


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Why did they switch to Ticketmaster?

Did Ticketmaster convince them to through a sales pitch or did they just go out and select the most famous and biggest broker without looking at all the competitors of Ticketmaster?

Why did they no longer sell in house? What reason did they give?

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Why did the show end?


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Sometimes Amie and I get asked the question about the former. I was asked what I rumor I could refute. That was an easy one. They have a working relationship.

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Didn't we already send Matt Damon? Seriously check out the work of Robert Zubrin. He's got it all figured out!


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I applaud it for two reasons - 1) People can eat whatever they damn well please, and I understand that veganism can be very healthy both for the consumer and for the planet. 2) More bacon for this guy.

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I think Berkel holds the record for most expensive stuff broken... He got out of his chair, which caused the air shock to spring up, knocking over a 34" LG Ultrawide back when they were brand new (about $1500US iirc).

I was also (somewhat) responsible for taking our Sony FS700 out for a shoot in the rain (Brandon LET me do it, so it's partly on him). It didn't work for a few days and we had to disassemble it to the greatest degree we could to dry it out.. Scary times. That was in the early days when we couldn't have afforded to replace it :p


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Well one time somebody was flown to me with a severe eye injury, and I knew that I couldn't handle that so they ended up taking him to St Jo's in Fairbanks for me. I lucked out on surgery... we had a fully equipped surgery unit but I was always reading books on how to do certain surgeries if the need arose.

We used to treat the villagers appendicitis with penicillin because I couldn't remove it there... and look, now they do that anyways! I also taught people how to deliver babies over radio in the village!

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I've looked into it a LOT. Hard to get a liquor license. Watch the videos to see where I'm taking it. Think about a club called Nuclear...


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We still sold in house, we just used an in-house ticketing system that worked in tandem with the room reservation system before (I think it was called Showgate) and switched to all Ticketmaster in tandem with a major remodel about two years back. The difference in show quality was noticeable- we were getting good shows before, but we jumped from D-listers on average to B-listers. No Taylor Swift or Metallica or whatever, but still a lot bigger draws that pulled in a lot more sales. I'm willing to bet a lot of them got on board because their agents or record labels or whatever work exclusively through Ticketmaster. Like it or not, they opened doors.

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Funding. We got up to 85 episodes in the can and Disney said no more. Our Exec Elizabeth Brock brilliantly went to PBS and said Disney wants to fund 15 more to get us to 100 episodes. Then she went back to Disney and said PBS wants to fund 15 more episodes...so they both kicked in and we made it to 100 episodes and then money dried up. (eg)


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Did no one inside the Clinton campaign seriously entertain the idea that they could potentially lose when Trump became the nominee? Or was EVERYONE, including the senior staff, confident that they were going to win

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Do you suspect any one on Earth is an extraterrestrial?


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What advice would you give someone thinking about moving from a midsize town in the Midwest to a major city like New York, LA, or Seattle?

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Any recommendations for best cable management practices? Zipties? Velcroes? Twine?


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Hey, your replies so far have just been amazing to read. I have to look into your book!

I just want to know if you ever considered a different career or rather a different setting. If so, why did this lifestyle win?

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Do you own a missile and if so, can I touch it?


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Might as well get the obvious out of the way - what's your best and worst customer experience stories?

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Why was the part about chromosomes determining gender taken out of the Netflix version of the series?


Q:

One of her longtime advisers sent a memo when it was clear that Trump would take the GOP nomination that said he could be the next president and laid out the argument for that. One of the bullet points: Add three or four points to his performance in any poll. But the campaign ignored what it considered unscientific musings. At different points during the campaign, there was more or less concern, but they all went into election day confident that she would win.

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If extraterrestrials are as worried about us as they probably should be, it would make sense for them to have some moles infiltrating our society. I certainly don't think they'd be here by choice.


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I moved to LA in 1997 steeped in ignorance. Given the extreme convenience of the internets and social media, I would do a lot of research about your chosen metropolis, scrutinizing neighborhoods, amenities, transit systems, plus the affordability or not of these items, and then if you can, go stay there with some friends and soak up the vibe - try on the pair of shoes before buying, if you will.

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Yes. I highly recommended Linus brand cable ties. They are available in any colour and style you want as long as you want orange with my face on it.


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Because I was having fun! I was in New Mexico when I heard about the Alaska job. I actually applied to Alaska and Japan at the same time. In Japan I applied for the job that was the "Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission", where a friend of mine was working. I think I would have liked that too, but Alaska responded to me first and so I went up there. Crazy!

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The answer to both of those questions is classified.


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Best is kinda hard, just because I'm usually pretty happy when a customer is just a normal dude. One that comes to mind is this blind guy that called us every once in awhile to have us read the show schedule to him. He usually called when it was slow so I didn't really mind taking the time to talk, and he was extremely friendly and liked to share stories about shows he'd seen. Normally people who share stories get dull, but I loved talking to him.

Worst is a lot easier- this one guy came up a year or so before we remodeled, when the seat plan was a bunch of tables and booths. The booths seated 4, but there was one at the perfect spot that seated 8. It was the owner's booth, as in The Owner Of The Casino Sits Here So Do Not Fucking Sell This To Anyone.

This guy comes up one day dressed like he was late to his job as an extra for Tom Cruise's character in Tropic Thunder (only with hair) and asks for the owner's booth for a show. I told him no, I'm sorry, we can't sell that booth, and he drops a $100 bill on the countertop like he just unlocked the keys to the kingdom. I told him no again, then he started getting all kinds of huffy with me, trying to bargain and stuff. Eventually he goes "look, just get me your manager", so I turn around to my manager (who's standing right behind me talking to his boss and heard the whole thing) and ask if he can help. The guy tries the same shit again with my manager like five times and eventually, while I'm standing right there, points at me and goes "Come on, I'm trying to show him what it's like to have money."

Obviously not a guest that flung shit at me or threatened me or anything, but that one's really stuck with me. Casinos get a lot of entitled guests, it comes with the VIP rewards program, but that was fucking insulting.

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We were as surprised to hear about this as anyone. We actually found out about it through Reddit comments. We have no idea who did the edit. (jm)


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What was the moment on election night when she realized she was in trouble?

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What if one had a last name that rhymes w/ Busk?


Q:

Who is the best kisser from Parks and Rec?

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Can you make one more computer with your son?? The earlier one was really cute


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Thank you for doing this! I'm enjoying your stories very much. What drove you to apply for such wild assignments? Surely you were seeking a very different kind of fun than many of your peers. Where do you think your sense of adventure comes from?

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How much are you estimated to spend? I've always felt this would be a great but super expensive project.


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"One that comes to mind is this blind guy that called us" -> ".. liked to share stories about shows he'd seen."

i feel terrible but was he always blind or..?

A:

Who would win in a fight, Bill Nye, or Mr. Wizard?


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Amie Parnes and I go into this in great detail in Shattered—the unfolding of election night. The truth is that when her team saw what was happening in Florida, the feeling quickly changed from confidence to thinking that the results there could be echoed in a lot of other states. So, it was more of a change from a confident state to one of being behind the eight ball and the slow realization that the results were, in fact, being repeated in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin.

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Hmmm... if the name begins with "M" that would be a likely candidate. He would fit the profile of the God-like benevolent alien.


Q:

The answer may surprise you.

Jim O'Heir has tongue like a goddamn anaconda and that is no shit.

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Got a father-daughter build planned :)


Q:

The Persons family has always had adventurers. My father was a missionary in Cuba, and my uncle's were also crazy. One was the chief of staff for Eisenhower, one was the governor of Alabama... so I wanted to have grand adventures like them. And there was so much to see in the world, too.

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We've been at it almost 7 years. I haven't kept track of how much we've spent. Too much. But well... can't stop now. :-)


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No idea. Weird language on my end, my bad. We've gotten blind people coming in before, they just take the cheap seats way in the back since the sound's good through the whole place.

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Hands down Bill Nye (cuz Mr Wizard is dead) eg


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That seems like it would have been a tricky one to pull off. His reputation as someone who puts first principles above the political machinery of favors and compromise; her reputation as someone who will pander to appear that she agrees with whoever happens to be in the room with her...

Edit: clarity

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you're picking up what I'm putting down, my man.


Q:

Thank you for doing this ama Nick. What advice/tips would you give to an aspiring woodworker?

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Hi LTT, what's the progress on those 3 computers running behind the walls? Or is it super secret? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5r58fGVaaDQ


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When you arrived in Tanana were you frightened? Were you prepared for the wild adventures you'd end up taking, and did it ever feel like "just another day at work"?

Also - you're amazing. Thank you for being a caregiver and a pioneer to boot!

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sunk cost fallacy is best fallacy


Q:

So what did your boss end up doing to show him what it's like to have money?

Did he take him out back and kneecap him like the good old days of the Casinos?

Did he take him to the high rollers room and let him see thousands of dollars being poured into a single tug on the Helllooooo machines?

Did he show him the vault then kick him out?

I'm burning with questions as to how this ended.

A:

How did you pick Nye?

Were there other candidates with more academic credentials passed over in favor of Nye's stage presence?


Q:

That said, I'm surprised she didn't make an effort to condemn both behaviors and argue that a wife isn't the person most responsible for a husband's affair or other sexual behavior outside the marriage.

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I wish he'd share cooler tech with us, though. What's he saving the good stuff for? I'm talking limitless clean energy, immortality, the works!


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That's a vast question, but I have been admirably served by the periodicals Popular Woodworking and Fine Woodworking, and also I wrote a book that should help, called Good Clean Fun, and I would just suggest that you start small and learn to sharpen and employ hand tools and make simple items - many pieces, as in the Shaker style for example, remain very simple in design and yet continue to provide great satisfaction even to masters like Christian Becksvoort. Just start getting to know the beauty of wood in a hands-on relationship - find a local sawyer and commune with the woods of your area - visit furniture shows/museums/craft fairs/tool shows and find other initiates, and also look at lots of work to discern the path you wish to pursue...

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STILL RUNNING!


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Well when I got to Tanana and flew in I saw this little village under me... in the summer they would go to salmon camp and the winter to caribou camp so I wasn't sure what to expect. I didn't know if I could take care of Tanana itself, let alone 18 other small villages!

When I got there I was in my light blue suit, heels, my dog Tinker with me... and I got off the plane and Tinker ran between my legs and I decided then that I wouldn't be very dignified. There was a big black truck from the hospital and all the staff was in the bed waving at me, it was very friendly!

My first day on the job I walked into clinic and I saw this shadowy figure sitting in the waiting room... but when I went up to him he was dead! It turns out they put the dead people in sitting positions so they fit in the plane better to fly them to their village or the city.

I guess I never felt frightened because everyone was so friendly and my dog was with me too. I do remember hearing the radio call and mentally prepare for whatever crazy fun experience I would be heading into now!

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I'm a big fan of it! :-)


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Nah, see, that's the old school. These days that kneecapping stuff is, yknow, a crime. Instead we just chucked pennies at him and called him names.

Really though we just kinda kept refusing until he got pissed and asked for the casino manager. Gladly gave him the number so that guy could tell him no too.

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We all worked together at KING-TV in Seattle. There was no picking. It just was. (EG)


Q:

Hi Jon. You talked about the relationship between Barack Obama and Hillary. What is the relationship like between Barack Obama and Bill Clinton? Is there any animosity there?

Do the Clintons blame Obama for the loss to Trump? If so, what do they think he did wrong?

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I think it is fair to say that UFO research as a field has a credibility problem in many people's minds. Is there something you feel people should or shouldn't be doing to attract the right/avoid the wrong kind of attention?


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Who is your least favourite Spice Girl?

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will there be a short update video at all or just waiting until its been a year?


Q:

My mom wants to know if you ever had any close encounters with bears?

Kind of a weird question, but my mom is genuinely curious.

A:

Is there a room with a big red button?


Q:

Tropic Thunder is still one of the greatest movies of the past few decades

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Did you guys get a slice of Saves The World? You deserve, at minimum, a nibble.


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In the weeks after the election, she came to believe that Obama didn't do enough to let the public know about the extent to which Russia was attempting to interfere in the election ... I don't think there's a lot of love lost between Barack Obama and Bill Clinton (or that they'll spend a lot of time vacationing together). Bill Clinton did what he had to do for Obama to ensure that Obama's donors would pay off Hillary Clinton's campaign debts—and a little more in terms of the 2012 Democratic convention speech. And Obama did what he needed to do to show preference for Hillary Clinton in 2016. It was a political partnership between the two presidents.

A:

Stop going to UFO conferences and events that feature the same tired old UFO "experts" talking about the same tired old topics. Avoid anyone who claims to have a "smoking gun."


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KellyAnne Conway Spice

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We're gonna wait the full year :)


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Well, we used to fly over them all the time in Tanana... my pilot would fly down and the bear would rear up and we'd fly away... but we never walked around with guns or anything but we weren't afraid. My one encounter was when one time, just for fun, a nurse and I decided to camp in a tent by the Yukon. We had Tinker (my dog) and another little black dog. We were sleeping in our sleeping bags and we heard a noise and there was a grizzly outside our tent by the tree. The black dog chased the grizzly away and it almost ran over the tent.

We also used to go to the garbage dump and watch the bears try to get into the canisters. But they never threatened us! Lots of moose too.

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Not at this time. :-)


Q:

Black Dynamite tho

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you're very kind, but no. (eg)


Q:

Hey Jon

Where do you think the democratic party goes from here? Do you think they get successfully pushed to the left, or are they going to campaign on Russia and make a lot of the same mistakes? I am curious on your take of the future of the dems.

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Thanks for taking the time to do this.

Do you have any reading recommendations for these different "vibrations" or dimensions?

"Spaceships" have always seemed silly to me just because space is too vast - but if you can step outside of space/time, that opens a lot of possibilities. But it seems to me those possibilities wouldn't involve complex machinery so much as a methodology to step outside of space-time since that's the real thing holding real "travel" back.

Who are current authors/books that have explored these ideas?

I'm not familiar with ufology so forgive me if this is common knowledge but it seems like we have very little recent footage of unusual flying objects and when we do get footage it's often sorted out. With all of the cameras out there today it would seem that phenomena should follow the same pattern as the weather. For example, there aren't really more tornadoes than in the past, but we see a LOT more because there are more people - with more cameras, in more areas. Are you aware of any resources that show high quality videos that are recent - and "unexplainable"? (I know people are tricky and have access to lots of editing tools). I've seen more recent videos of strange lights over cities - from a distance but honestly - they just aren't that good. I would expect something.... more with all of the people/cameras out there these days

The Tremonton movie is interesting but still old and poor quality.

Thanks again for taking the time - and your great writing!


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Could you chuck more wood than a woodchuck could if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

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So... are you friends?


Q:

I start my internship in about a week... any advice? I'd be interested to hear any tips on interacting with patients

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Have you sent a link to your blog to the Russians with a polite request to be taken off their list of targets?


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My rule is always accept free money. Never be bribed. I would have pocketed his hundred and asked him if he would like a different seat.

A:

Hey guys, I think we may have a mutual connection with the fellow standing on the far left of that photo you're holding. Spencer McCulloh here. Didn't expect to see you two on Reddit this morning! But anyways here my question haha. How did Bill Nye end up being the science guy for the show?


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It doesn't make sense to campaign on Russia right now because there are federal investigators (both Mueller and the intel committees in Congress) who are doing that work for them. I think the Democratic Party doesn't really exist in the way that it did before the combination of McCain-Feingold, which killed soft money, and the Citizens United batch of Supreme Court decisions that empowered outside groups. Who is the leader of the Democratic Party? Tough question to answer. I'd submit that it's no one right now.

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All good questions. Again, my reading pics would start with "The Edge of Reality" by Hynek and Vallee, and then Jung's UFO book. We're really dealing with the formation of mythology before our very eyes, I think, so it's hard to know where and when to begin examining the phenonenon and how and where to end. It's being formed as we speak, in a sense.


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I don't care to speculate about any of my abilities in the service of braggadocio, but I can certainly chuck a shitload of wood. Bring on your woodchuck.

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Linus' status was changed to: It's complicated


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Be sure to sit down and make eye contact and listen to the patient. That is 90% of the job! And remember that nurses will make your life easy if you treat them well!

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Twice. Same response. "Drink more Vodka"


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I would absolutely have considered it were it not for the two bosses standing beside me and the cameras covering every square inch of floor space.

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Hey there! To answer your question, he was born into it. (eg)


Q:

Who is the most interesting person in Trump's inner circle to you? If you were to write a book about this administration, who besides the man himself would you be most interested in?

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what convinced you that there was more to sci-fi?


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First, you and your wife are glorious and I think you are both fantastic.

Second, is that the same shop used in the Parks and Rec episode when Mark visits to survey it? Did they shoot in your woodwork shop?

Third, I really enjoyed the song and subscribed to your channel. You can make your own ukelele, play it and then also accompany it and that's just amazing.

Fourth, what kind of whisky were you drinking with your Dad?

Thank you!

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What are the reasons for sock and sandals?


Q:

what patient stands out to you the most? also, my life is better knowing that awesome people like you exist. :)

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How did you find a silo to buy in the first place?


Q:

Point taken. That must have been frustrating.

A:

Hey guys! Big thank you for Bill Nye the Science Guy. I grew up watching it for my middle school science curriculum (I was homeschooled). I probably wouldn't have gotten my degree in Chemistry in college otherwise. Big thank you!

For your new show, have you had pushback in regards to finances being too "adult and boring" to teach kids?


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Stephen Miller. I'm fascinated by how someone of his limited background in politics and policy—not to mention his worldview—has gained so much influence.

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I think the fact that science fiction concepts and images have always exerted such a strong pull on world culture (and modern science) suggests that there's some basic urge among us humans to believe in weird, inexplicable things in the sky.


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First, that is very generous, thank you. Second, yes, Ron's shop was filmed in my shop, OffermanWoodshop.com . Thirdly, thanks very much, I love my clumsy music fun and I would point out that that ditty was brought to you by Mark Rivers, who also wrote all the Mouse Rat tunes (and is their drummer!). I love collaborating with him and I do it often. Fourth, that glorious beverage is Lagavulin 16, for which the video is an ADVERTISEMENT. Pretty lucky fellow who gets paid to advertise his favorite drink making hijinks with his old man.

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they're the ulltimate.


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There were so many that were great patients. One of my favorites was in Anaktuvik Pass, there was snow everywhere but we landed and made our way to the WW2 quonset hut and set up for the clinic. The next day this beautiful tall Native woman came in with her Parkie and reached into her hood and pulled out a 3 month old baby and sat it on the bench. Then she reached back and pulled out another, just over a year old and set it on the bench. And then she reached out and pulled out one more baby and set it on the bench. That was my favorite memory from my favorite town.

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There a quite a few of them in the US. This one is in Arkansas and there are 18 here. Hard to buy actually... most land owners don't want to sell them. They think they'll dig it up one day. Oh... if they only knew... :-)


Q:

I was too busy being extremely pissed at that guy for being an incredible asshole, honestly.

A:

You went on to be a scientist because of the show? Thank you! That was the plan.

We were working on the idea of a financial literacy show for years called Financial Genius. We met our Canadian partner, Jeannine Glista, with her idea for a show on kid entrepreneurs called Biz Kid$. Now, we do about five stories on kids and their money per episode, all wrapped around one general theme.

So many kids think they can't do this, but when you see where some of these kids come from and the ways they are building their financial futures, it can be mind blowing. Some have become multi-millionaires. And I think if these kids can do it, anybody can. (JM)


Q:

Who is the most interesting person in Trump's inner circle to you? If you were to write a book about this administration, who besides the man himself would you be most interested in?

A:

What's your favorite kind of cheese 🧀?


Q:

What dorm were you in at Illinois? 6 pack/Hopkins Hall man myself.

A:

Hey Linus, I'm a long time fan! I've got your Noctua fans in my system and I'm a floatplane pilot. It's been mesmerising seeing you jump from height to height, going from NCIX to where you are today and it's truly inspiring.

My question to you is, how do you unwind and relax at the end of the day after working so hard for so long?


Q:

Excuse my ignorance but I'm from the other side of the globe and I don't imagine that there was a huge variety of fresh fruit and vegetables in remote parts of Alaska. As a doctor how did you recommend that people eat to have a balanced diet? I imagine that some rural people would laugh at you if told to eat multiple servings of fresh fruit and vegetables each day.

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Is it in the same missile field as that one that blew up in the 1970s in Arkansas? There was an excellent book called command and control by Eric Schlesinger that was focused Around The Accidental explosion and fire in that missile silo.


Q:

liked to share stories about shows he'd seen heard.

A:

"Eat your crust Richie" is still one of my favorite quotes of all time.

How do you feel knowing that whenever the big tube tv was rolled into a science classroom, everyone in the room knew that we were going to watch the Science Guy, and we were all over the moon?


Q:

Oh, and I almost forgot: For the best quips, The Rick Wilson.

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The kind the moon is made of, of course.


Q:

Scott Hall, neighbor.

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reading positive, supportive comments like this one.

I also love spending time reading stories to my kids and playing with them and playing badminton.


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Hahaha! Well everybody grew vegetables throughout the entire summer, which grew huge and they had a very long growing period. The cabbages could be a hundred pounds! So they would have a good diet in the summer, but in the winter they would not have a great diet. They used to bury eggs in the snow and then dig them up and eat them in the winter. It was definitely much better health wise in the summer! They would also have a lot of different berries in the spring, summer and fall.

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It isn't but mine is in Arkansas. I met Eric at a screening of the movie. Not sure if you know, Command and Control was turned into a great movie. You can find it on PBS under American Experience


Q:

There we go.

A:

Like a proud momma! That is one of my favorite quotes as well as is "keeping shaking science guy the sapphires fall to the bottom" (eg)


Q:

Thank you! I'm struggling with how to ask this follow up question. It seems media organizations help form or clarify ideology for their consumers. And with large media companies, it seems this influence can affect our national unity. Does Sidewire (a platform for individual newsmakers from different media) have a role to play in "unity," especially in the wake of recent ideological violence from people identifying with both sides?

A:

This is he best answer I have ever gotten to this question, hands down!


Q:

Nick! big fan! :)

My dad is too!

What should I get my dad for father's day?

A:

How often do you work with other tech YouTubers like Kyle Jay, Paul, and them? Is it more a business relationship or do you all text and talk often?


Q:

Fascinating. What sort of items did you carry in your field medical kit(s)?

A:

I always wanted one of those...I imagine it's pretty dank though, and not in the sense of "dank bud", or "dank memes", but rather in the sense of, "My, this place is quite dank sir, have you considered investing in a dehumidifier?"

What's the upkeep like?


Q:

blind guy

shows he’s seen

( ಡ ﹏ ಡ)

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What was it like working with Bill?


Q:

Our first mission is to have sophisticated and civilized discussion on the Internet. We looked at what was going on in other social media forums and thought there was a better way to put a spotlight on people with expertise and to foster constructive dialogue. It's tough to do that when every other thought is interrupted by hateful messages. Our Newsmaker community includes a wide range of ideologies but everyone is respectful of each other and, I find, very capable of engaging in intelligent commentary on the news. Additionally, we've built (I say 'we,' but it's really our incredible engineering team) a new way for readers to ask questions in our expert chats. The experts can decide whether to bring those questions into the chat. That is, if it's just some nasty insult, they can leave it alone. But if a reader has a thoughtful question or insight, the experts can bring it in.

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it's the only answer there could possibly be!


Q:

Make something. No matter how large/small/simple/complex, giving a gift into which you have put the effort of your hands and mind and heart carries more weight than most purchasable items. In short: Love. Give him love.

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Being up in Western Canada makes collaboration a little tougher.. and I'm pretty asocial by nature so I haven't generally gone out of my way to "collab" - especially because many collabs are just blatant subscriber swaps

"hey sub to me and sub to him/her and get a chance to win"

But I've also known a lot of the people in the tech tuber scene for YEARS and really enjoy spending time with them. So it's nice to have an excuse to hang out and make a video.

I'm not like sending them dick pics on snapchat or whatever though.


Q:

Stethoscope, otoscope, tongue blades, dental instruments, injectable Novocaine and ephedrine (for teeth pulling), bandages, a splint or two, ace bandages, antibiotics (only streptomycin at the beginning, but penicillin once they got smaller dosing, IV fluids and a few IVs. That was normally what I took to the villages.

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I do have a dehumidifier... there's not too much to maintain at this point. Once its fully done it should be easier than a regular home. No rotting wood or roof to replace!


Q:

i cri everytim

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He was an excellent talent, did anything we asked, took direction well. And like the energizer bunny...he kept going and going.It was the perfect team. We all felt we had a mission (to nudge the world as Bill would say) it was a very passionate group, over worked and under paid. (EG)


Q:

Great! That's a good feature.

Could there be an application of this platform for similarly enhancing dialogue around longstanding thorny issues? I'm thinking like the development of the Palestine conflict. Thanks Jon! You are the man.

A:

Hi Mark, thanks for taking the time to do this ama. I will definitely check out Close Encounters Man. Sounds awesome! Thanks again. Onto the questions:

  1. What would you say has been the most hair raising thing you or Dr. Hynek found out while researching UFOs or reports?

  2. Do you believe in the Men in Black stories or think they're just made up to add fuel to the whole UFO / aliens phenomenon?


Q:

Mr. Offerman,

Which is your favorite LOTR novel?

A:

Will LTX become a regular yearly thing? (PLEASE? :D)


Q:

Hello! Thank you for doing this :)

What were some of the biggest health problems you dealt with that in your opinion were unique to the north?

A:

How much did it cost you to buy a missle silo?


Q:

I'm sure it was that guy personally pocketing your after tax dollars and laughing maniacally.

A:

I have been wanting to ask this for YEARS: Who is responsible for the Drew Barrymore sketch? That was absolutely brilliant.


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Thanks for the kind words. Will raise that at our next all-hands meeting.

A:

I love Men In Black stories! Not the Will & Tommy Lee kind of MIB, but the creepy, terrifying, strangely inhuman kind that harass and threaten UFO witnesses. The best account of those I've seen is John Keel's awesome book The Mothman Prophecies. I can't speak for Dr. Hynek, but the most hair-raising thing I've come across as a UFO investigator was a local family with a history of paranormal experiences and a very real, inexplicable link to one of the famous "saucer crash" myths that was very likely an Army psyops scam. That one still gives me goosebumps!


Q:

This is not a question that I can suitably answer as I rather consider them all of a piece. Favorite highlights include Gandalf and The Balrog and the character arc of Samwise Gamgee.

A:

Depends how the first one goes.

If we lose buckets of money, then no.

If we lose a little bit of money, then probably.

If we break even or make money, then GAME ON!


Q:

Turberculosis. It was absolutely rampant when I was up in the bush, with it infecting everything from bones to skin to brain to lungs. Outside Alaska there weren't nearly as many cases as in Alaska. It wasn't until we got the wonder drug INH that we were able to even start to control it!

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I paid $90k for the property (10 acres) with the silo. The property alone was worth $60k so I paid a $30k premium. Not bad for a facility that costs tens of millions to build. :-)


Q:

That was basically my job description for the casino, yeah. Also the toilet clogging in your room was my fault, I spent the service fee money on six gallons of chili the night before.

A:

It was very impromptu. There was a script Jim can't remember if he wrote it, or Bill, or one of our writers.... but here is an old photo of Drew and Jim together! http://imgur.com/ExAfApD (EG)


Q:

Personally, which candidate did you back in the 2016 presidential election?

A:

Where did you get that thing on your shoulder? If I remember correctly, it's from an episode of Twilight Zone (though it may have been Outer Limits). That scared the bejeezus out of me as a kid.


Q:

What was the subject of the most heated argument you've had with your father?

A:

What upcoming product are you and the team most excited to get a review sample on?


Q:

Wow, that sounds awful. I should've guessed, here in Canada some of our most remote northern towns still get TB. Thanks so much for the answer.🐿🍭

A:

What made you decide to buy a missile silo? I have done some weird purchases while drunk, but this is kinda extraordinary. Did you just wake up one day, saw the listing and bought it?

What are your long term plans for the silo?


Q:

oh, even if it's true, you really shouldn't say things like that on the internet. That just encourages even more people to be assholes acting entitled to something.

A:

Are there any statistics that detail the effects the Bill Nye show has had on young people? Is there any hard evidence that suggests there could be a trend between the amount of millennials pursuing science based degrees and professions and the original airing of your show?


Q:

I don't talk about who I vote for (with the exception of having written in the Washington Post's Paul Kane for an office in the District of Columbia).

A:

My brother Matt & best sister-in-law Casey got for that for me for my birthday a while back. It is a "Zanti Misfit" from The Outer Limits, and it's scary as hell!


Q:

Canvas vs. Leather Converse High Tops in 6th grade

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Threadripper.

Super stoked.


Q:

An astronaut pirate might be a good secondary career, ha ha!

A:

It would be an awesome story if I drunk bought a missile silo. But no... I was sober. I've always like the idea of living in one. I live in Arkansas and when I found out there were some there I went on a search.

Long term plan is to turn it into a home. Hopefully a really nice one!


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I said it in the other response to this, it doesn't really change what I offer (I'm always out to find people the best seats possible), just the level of customer service I provide. For assholes, it's pretty much just "polite and to the point" to get it over with faster.

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I would absolutely love to see some statistics on the effects of the show. We hear from someone almost daily about how the show impacted their lives and they made a decision to go into a field of science because of it. That is very gratifying. (JM)


Q:

Anyone on twitter whose political analysis/commentary you trust more than anyone?

A:

Ha! I knew it! I was actually a little upset at Matt for buying it. He was so excited, though.


Q:

NICK what is your best fathers day meal??

A:

How do you balance your personal time with your wife and kid against work time?


Q:

I'd like to start off by saying how honored I am to read about you, Alaska's (American) history is incredibly short, but here you are with all of these incredible stories with so much wisdom and kindness.

There's a little backstory to my question...

I was the very first member of my family to be born in Alaska (Anchorage in '93), with a bunch of cousins born after as my mom's siblings followed her all the way from Texas and Mexico. I grew up camping every weekend in summer and wearing snowsuits with a princess dress stretched over every halloween, and I grew up making tamales, frijoles, and tortillas with my grandma, eventually going from knowing only Spanish as a child to recalling mere fragments as an adult.

My question is: spending any amount of years in Alaska is amazing, but I'd love to know what parts of having lived there do you think have had the biggest impact on your life? On your children's and grandchildren's lives?

Thank you again so much for doing this AMA, I'm having such a good time reading your answers and learning even more about home.

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I remember hearing about the Titan II silos being sealed and the land sold off, but I thought that due to treaty restrictions (which didn't apply to the older Titan I silos that are still around and open) the deal was that the land owners could never dig them up. Am I remembering that wrong, or has something changed?

Not that any silo that has standing water in it is of any use for its intended purpose. I heard from a START inspector once that as long as they saw ground water in a silo, that was all they cared about. It meant the silo hadn't been maintained and wouldn't be feasible to put back in service.

I've also seen a number of Titan IIs launched. I have to wonder if that includes the one that came out of your silo.


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paid less in service fees buying it in person ($2.50 per as of the time I left)

BO wasn't service-fee-free? I've always figured box office was always the baseline "inconvenient" option to justify "convenience fees" for all the rest. Where I am it is-- no fees on buying at the venue.

A:

Scientists like to debate almost everything. How did you deal with members of the scientiffic community taking issue with certain subjects that were covered on Bills show?


Q:

I prefer the commentary and analysis I get on Sidewire ;) ... It depends on the subject. Here are some of the reporters I follow closely: Maggie Haberman, Phil Rucker, Jake Sherman, James Hohmann, Paul Kane, Del Wilber, Rich Rubin, Steve Dennis, Matt Fuller, AMIE PARNES. I think David Frum is a brilliant analyst. Matt Lewis. Greg Sargent. I like the op-ed guys from the NY tabloids (Seth Mandel and Josh Greenman). It's really a long list.

A:

You broke cover!


Q:

One at a table with my family in Minooka, Illinois.

A:

I suck at it :p

But seriously, I have no social life, so it's just work/family, which makes it a bit easier. I get one night a week to go out and play badminton and other than that I go home and spend time wiht the kids. I've also SIGNIFICANTLY cut back on the time I spend working on the weekends. So it's not too bad at this point.


Q:

Tanana was my favorite, and I definitely learned a lot. The weather was amazing! The summer was amazing, with beautiful days and the roaring Yukon right next to us. In the winter it would get down to -67 degrees... I always wanted to see if I could get to -80 degrees but couldn't! I used to walk home when it was -50 degrees from the 3 reel movies on Friday nights, and it would feel like my lungs were frozen. All my children grew up in Alaska and California and became very independent, I think that the Alaska way is to make the children independent.

A:

They launched the Titan IIs later as Gemini to launch satellites. But no Titan II was ever launched in anger. Of course... b/c that would have been WWIII.

I've heard rumor that you couldn't dig them up but I've never seen any documentation of such. And the USAF is aware of my project.


Q:

The $2.50 "facilities fee" was a very recent change. A month ago you'd have been right on the money. Dunno the thought process behind it.

A:

The original Disney Presents Bill Nye the Science Guy series had very little negative comments from the scientific community. At the time, we tried to do the best research our budget allowed. We had a team of qualified young science researchers and a broad based science advisory board. We did our best with the information available at the time. Now, of course, there is this thing called the internet... (JM)


Q:

Hey, Jon! I love your work and I love Shattered​.

My question is - what do you think is the single biggest mistake(s) that the HRC campaign made?

For me, it's hiring DWS and not taking a stronger stance on DAPL, but I'm interested in what you think.

A:

Have you been inspired while writing this book to do some UFO hunting yourself??


Q:

Did you actually make any of the woodworking items featured in Parks and Rec?

Edit: My most upvoted post ever is talking with Nick Offerman - I love it!

A:

Hi Linus, how much of your time actually goes into making content nowadays, compared to how much of it is needed for managing the business?


Q:

You said that you were treating people in villages. Were any of the villages groups of Native Alaskans? Did you learn a lot about the Native culture?

A:

Cool beans man! Do you wish you had my username?


Q:

What about for a really popular show? My fear with going in person is that if you aren't at the front of the line at the box office when tickets go on sale that you'll end up with nothing. For a show that's likely to be a quick sell out is there any advantage to going to the box office or are you better off on the website?

A:

What were your first reactions when you met Bill in person?


Q:

In the interest of disclosure, I briefly worked for Wasserman Schultz in 2010. So, I'll sidestep that part of the question (as awkward as I am at ballet). I really think it was the failure to make the case for why she should be president.

A:

Yes, I worked as an investigator for the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) from 2011 to just recently. I've investigated about 150 sightings, and of those about 25 were just too weird and perplexing to be explained. At least by me.


Q:

Most of the items were made much to quickly for any woodworker I know to pull off (except maybe JimmyDiresta.com) but I did make the canoes and paddles, as well as the large mahogany dining table Ron sold at Donna's school fundraiser...usually though I was too busy making the show to be able to make things like the Irish harp or the award-winning chair...

A:

It's not that I'm not spending time making content, it's just that I'm involved in OVERSEEING the process rather than actually DOING it.


Q:

I was immersed in native culture! Even now I have many items the native Alaskans made for me around the house and raised my kids on their stories and tales.

A:

Yes! :-)


Q:

You're usually better off on the website. It's generally the fastest, even if you pay more.

A:

I thought he was cute (eg)


Q:

Up until the presidential election, what do you think drove Clinton's career? If I had never known anything about her up until 2016, I wouldn't be surprised if she had never had any sort of political success.

A:

Who actually does mourn for Morn?


Q:

Do you watch game of thrones?

A:

Given unlimited Budget, what would be a video that you would like to shoot? Most interested in answers from Linus and Brandon.


Q:

This is truly an amazing story!

My question(s):

How did you balance modern medicine with the traditional native practices? And with that, to what extent did cultural sexism and superstitions affect your work?

A:

What are your plans with the silo? What compelled you to buy it?


Q:

Did you primarily do business in sports or theater sales where you were located? Always wondered what these jobs entailed, to be honest.

A:

Does science rule?


Q:

If you go way back, she worked for the Children's Defense Fund and was chairman of the Legal Services Corporation. In the White House, she was instrumental in the children's health insurance program. I think she spent a lot of time and energy trying to improve the lot of the voiceless.

A:

Everyone!


Q:

I have read the books voraciously and am wating to binge the show once the books have faded in my memory a bit to temper the inevitable disappointment from book to screen.

A:

I want to make a movie trailer.

Not a movie.

Just a trailer.

But with BADASS high production values so it would be a TON of fun to shoot. It'd be basically a bunch of sketches back to back without having to deal with the boring parts of making a movie like real dialogue and a story arc and character development.

I just can't figure out how to fund it other than stealing $100,000+ from the LMG coffers and putting it in a firepit...


Q:

Well there was no sexism there because I was the only doctor there in the 30 bed hospital! It was so nice. When I got my letter from Juneau with my job description, it had said I would make rounds with the head doctor and consult with the other doctors-but I was the only doctor there! Because of this I got a raise from $1250 to $1500 a month. I was only about 28 years old, and when I first came to the village all the old men came to the clinic and seemed to approve of me... then the old women came and they passed on me. But they brought their kids and that was that. My reputation spread quickly and people seemed very comfortable that I was there.

When I first came, there was a medicine woman in the village. An old man had had a stroke and she took a hair from the man's head, threaded a needle with it and put it in his cheek down to the bottom of his lip and back up, then tied it together. This was to help his lip which was sagging. But she never felt the need to step on my toes and the like.

In New Mexico it was different though. I once had 5 medicine men on the ward (ill), and I would show them how I used the stethoscope and otoscope and they were very interested. They then showed me how to use the sand paintings when they were treating people. It was very interesting! But never any animosity towards each other.

That was such a good questions!

A:

Plan is to turn it into a nice underground home. If you check out the channel you can see the (slow but noticeable) progress!


Q:

Our venue did music and comedians mostly. Before we renovated a few years back we'd have amateur MMA live, which was interesting, but also tricky to handle since the theater wasn't designed for that sort of setup (since all the seats are on one side and whatnot).

The stage was actually enormous, which gives a lot of room for some of the real showmen that have come through (Alice Cooper, Empire of the Sun, and KISS come to mind) to work with cool set designs.

A:

Yes. I had a fear of science in high school. I met Bill and discovered how cool science can be. It changed my life! (JM)


Q:

What do you think of Jake Tapper's stance of not voting for candidates he covers? Do you think that's an effective way to reduce bias, or just some sort of objective posturing?

A:

What do you think about sky steading? Bucky got balls)


Q:

What would you say the defining moment was in your relationship with your Dad? What advice would you give to new parents?

A:

Hi Linus, would you ever take your ear piercings out/get any more?


Q:

In today's dollars that means a raise from 13K/mo to 15.5k/mo.

For a woman in the 1950's, this gal was doing alright for herself. As well she should have been with talent like that!

A:

Why did you buy a missile silo?!

Do you think you're on an (outdated) list of targets to strike if North Korea actually pulls off an ICBM?


Q:

That's pretty cool...sounds like a neat venue for specialty events. Amateur MMA? That must have taken some logistics to get right as you alluded to...wonder how the turnout was.

A:

What do you think of the politicization of science in our culture?

I find it despicable and dangerous.


Q:

I've known reporters who take a variety of approaches to voting (only in races they're not covering, not at all, voting for every office for which they're eligible to cast a ballot). I'm fine with any and all of it. My personal feeling is that reporters are best off not revealing who they vote for, but that it's OK to exercise our rights as citizens. The key is not whether reporters have opinions or political leanings, but whether they report objectively. Even in the modern era, facts are facts. The closer reporters get to simply taking relevant information from a small number of people and giving it to the broader public, the more they are doing their jobs in a way that reflects creditably on the reporting, the reporter and the publication or TV outlet. And, as someone who has written news, analysis and opinion, I think we can all appreciate the difference between them.

A:

Living in the sky?! I love it! We could all be Lando Calrissian with our own personal Bespins. I didn't even know that was a thing until just now!


Q:

He's a great Dad, so it's a lifetime of moments. He (with my Mom) taught me to be polite, work hard and be honest. I didn't always succeed, but fortunately I'm not done, so I get to keep improving my batting average, and I'm grateful he's around to see my improved swing. I have also grown fonder of the bunt.

A:

one of them is literally fused in there.. I"d have to cut it off. So... no...


Q:

I guess that makes sense! I supposed just comparing to other people I graduated with I was making less than them.

A:

Oh... this place was for sure on a target list somewhere. It was the largest ICBM the US has EVER had. 9 Megatons. Bad bitch.

Oh... hard to explain why if it isn't obvious. Its pretty awesome and I like it down there. Cool temp and a feeling of cosiness when I close the 6000lb front door.


Q:

The turnout was alright for awhile, although they stopped working with us after the renovation. Dunno if they found a better place or what, but I don't mind. Those shows went on for hours and someone had to stick around till the last fight started so I was usually getting out after midnight.

A:

The pilot episode of our series was funded by a Republican administration. The series was funded by a Democratic administration. This is one of those important discussions we should have over a beer. (JM)

This is not a one beer discussion. (EG)


Q:

Great answer, thanks for responding

A:

Hello Sir, what's your favourite film genre ?

Favourite movie/director?


Q:

Mr. Offerman,

Been a big fan of yours and your wife for years! I just have a couple questions:

  1. Do you use beard wash? And if so what is it and where can I get it?

  2. When you do your woodworking do you have any specific music you listen to?

A:

Is there something that you have always wanted to do on YouTube (maybe as a fun challenge) but didn't really fit on any of your channels so you decided against it?


Q:

To be clear, for the work you were doing you should have been insulating your cabin with Benjamins and it is absurdly unfair that you made less than your peers.

That being said, you were obviously a pioneer when it came to women in the workforce (not that you need me to tell you that) and it is wonderful that you were able to be successful while navigating a whole extra set of challenges that your male peers may very well have been entirely oblivious of.

A:

What are your plans if the door becomes stuck closed when you're inside?


Q:

What was the average "convenience fee" for tickets there?

A:

Thanks for asking. I believe reporters can build some of the lost trust by talking more openly about how they approach and do their jobs.


Q:

My favorite genre is science fiction, but my favorite film is not sci-fi at all: it's a 1982 British comedy called "Local Hero."

A:
  1. I do use beard wash, it is water and soap. You may find it in the creek and at the soap store, respectively.

  2. We love music in the shop - it's a great blessing. On any given day you will hear: Nancy And Beth, John Prine, Warren Zevon, Wilco, Patty Griffin, Iron and Wine, Neil Young, The Mills Brothers, Gillian Welch, Kool and the Gang, The Gap Band, Parliament, Ween, They Might Be Giants, Laurie Anderson, Talking Heads, T. Rex, Liz Phair, Louis Armstrong, The Andrews Sisters, Tom Waits, Randy Newman, Radiohead, Arcade Fire, Rhett Miller, M. Ward, and like that. Willie, Johnny Cash, Dylan, Stones, Beatles, Beach Boys, Pink Floyd, The Who...we love it


Q:

LOTS of things... If I ever stop making tech videos, you'll see them.

A:

Thank you! The male doctors who followed me never ventured out to the surrounding villages either.


Q:

Get on Reddit and ask for help.

A:

In person it was free, $3 extra per over the phone. Recently they added a $2.50 fee on top of that to everything, no clue why. Still dirt cheap in person.


Q:

Robby Mook, has got a bit of blame for ignoring the midwest etc... Is it justified? Where did he come from to rise so quickly, and where can he go from here? What were his biggest mistakes?

A:

Late to the Party: What are your favorite Books?


Q:

Mr. Offerman! Every time you do an AMA I try to catch you, but it's usually too late.

My wife once gifted me a signed copy of Paddle Your Own Canoe; you dedicated it to Misth. I've always wanted to hear about what prompted you to dedicate it to Misth (if any reason in particular) so I have some sort of connection to the book signed by you?

Also, every year my wife and I have a tradition of taking a road trip to New Mexico and listening to the Paddle Your Own Canoe audio book along the way. It always brings me such great joy and makes me seriously rethink my life choices and want to quit my job. Just thought you should know what an impact it has on me.

We're from Oklahoma and seriously hope to run into you some day! Cheers!

A:

What is the one video you regret making?


Q:

In my experience, actual Healers, regardless of nation or background or experience, all have a healthy respect for each other.

A:

Do you consider yourself a prepper (the dooms day type) or was this more of just wanting to live underground because it's something different?


Q:

How do companies feel about scalpers?

A:

Robby worked on Clinton's 2008 campaign and later for Obama. Then he was the top aide at the DCCC and ran Terry McAuliffe's campaign. Like HRC, he liked to pin his decisions to data an evidence. He treated the Midwest states as places where she was fine, but the data didn't end up reflecting what was really going on. He was getting warnings from people who didn't have data to back them up but instead had a feel for the ground (Bill Clinton, Rep. Debbie Dingell in Michigan, et al). Mook stopped doing tracking polling, relying instead solely on data analytics surveys at the end. It's not clear that polling would have shown anything different or helped guide different decisions, but it was a check that was not used. And he also decided that it was a fool's errand to spend a lot of money and man-hours on trying to persuade people to vote for Hillary. He preferred finding people who agreed with her and trying to get them to turn out to the polls. Was it impossible for her to persuade undecided voters or those who leaned against her? Some campaign aides argue that it was. Some went so far as to contend that she was better off not going to Rust Belt states because her presence would alert more potential voters that there was an election going on and that they would then come and vote against her.


Q:

Too hard to say, so I'll give you my favorite authors instead: Colin Wilson, H.G. Wells and Alfred Bester

A:

I am very grateful that my work has had positive repercussions for you and your bride, thanks for saying so. I often sign my books to oak, or to pith, or bacon, but in your case, that would be "to mirth". I apologize for what was apparently a crap-ass "r".


Q:

I don't regret making the video where we simulated Ryzen 5 performance, but I regret titling it in a deceptive manner..

Other than that the only video I've ever actually taken down was a detailed tour of my house. I was trying to show the reception issues with some early ASUS tablet and had inadvertently shown a lot of personal details that didn't belong on the Internet.

I'm also still not sure how I feel about some of the videos that feature my kids. They LOVE making videos with Daddy (especially my son) and they only appear once in a while so I don't think I'm going to be destroying their lives or anything, but they're also too young to really understand what it means to be on the Internet, so I don't know how they'll feel about that down the line.

A:

It was a wonderful experience for me.


Q:

I tell people that I'm 20% prepper. So a bit, but I'm not cool enough to be on Doomsday Preppers or anything. :-)

A:

I really don't know anything from the legal side of things, but from a sales side we can't really do much about it beyond saying "hey don't scalp around us". Once you bought a ticket from us, we were hands-off: what you do with it after that is up to you. When people asked me I would always always always recommend against buying from them since I only ever saw it when it went south and someone got scammed, but that's as much influence as we had on it. We're not just gonna not sell to someone, no matter what we think they might do with the tickets.


Q:

Thanks for answering my previous question. I have another question, which I feel ridiculous for asking, but I'll do so nonetheless.

What was the relationship between the Clintons and Donald Trump prior to the campaign? Were they actually friends? How is it now? As far as you know, are Bill and Donald still in touch/friendly with one another?

A:

Thank you.


Q:

Mr Offerman, I'm a novice woodworker slowly making my way through Good Clean Fun.

What is your favorite wood to work with which most of us would find affordable?

A:

Hi Linus,

In what year will you finally admit that spiky gel hair is a relic of the past?


Q:

How would they use the sand paintings? Did they seem to work?

I think they did that for Mulder in one episode of X-Files.

A:

Does the government clear out all debris? Or did you find anything cool down there?


Q:

Have you ever done the water driving range at the GSR?

A:

I think the best way to look at it is that they both traveled in elite circles that were different but touched. It was possible that Trump could be helpful to the Clintons or that they could be helpful to him at some point. They were cordial/friendly but not friends. The Clintons went to Trump's most recent wedding, and Bill Clinton counseled Trump when Trump was getting ready to run in 2016 (we talk about that conversation in the book). But I don't get any sense that they were actually close.


Q:

You're welcome! What's your favorite book?

A:

If you can find a local sawyer who knows what he/she is doing, the removal of any middleman/woman really brings the price down. In Los Angeles, our pals at Angel City Lumber provide this luxury for us with a lot of Live Oak, California Sycamore, Black Acacia, Elm, Silver Maple and others...


Q:

I'll admit it today. Still gonna rock it.

A:

So there were certain patterns that they would draw in the sand for certain ailments. They would also come to the hospital (the medicine men) in covered wagons while I was in Crown Point, and they would park in front of the hospital when they would visit the other Native American patients.


Q:

They took out the classified stuff. Then let a contractor take whatever they wanted. Some sites that have been opened (like in Arizona) have random differences in how they were decommissioned. The entire place is pretty cool. Nothing that really stands out.

Oh... the entire top was filled with methane gas. That was pretty awesome to find.

A:

I haven't, golf was never really my thing. Went to the arcade as a kid and tried a bunch of the restaurants during my time there, though.


Q:

Hi Jon,

Did you come away from this thinking Hillary was a good, but flawed person? Or do you think that she is essentially the Democrats' answer to Richard Nixon?

A:

Aren't alien abductions actually black op mind control experiments?


Q:

Hi Nick, neither my Father nor I are overly fond of Whisky, how do I fix this?

A:

What's the farthest northern Alaskan community you've been to?

Weirdest food you've tried?


Q:

That is...odd. Do you know if it was put there on purpose or what?

A:

What was the busiest day of the week at work?

What was the slowest hour of the week?

What was the busiest hour of the day at work?

What was the slowest hour of the day?


Q:

Such dangerous territory! Perhaps it's a false choice. Presumes Nixon didn't have strengths as well as weaknesses. Maybe this will sound like bullshit (sure looks like it as I type it), but I do think people who subject themselves to the brutal personal challenge of running for office tend to want to help others—even if they lose sight of that along the way or have difficulty articulating it.

A:

Some of them likely are, but beware of making blanket analyses... That's what gets most UFOlogists into trouble.


Q:

Nothing wrong with that. Your livers are probably pretty happy about it.

A:

The farthest I've been was Barrow to visit. That's the northernest you can get! We slept under the plane we flew up in. The Northernest place I worked was Anaktuvuk Pass, which was my favorite village. One native lady came in and had 3 babies in her Parkie Hood! Anaktuvuk had so many pregnant women... it kept me busy!

The weirdest food was probably Walrus. It was so gummy and thick. Not very appetizing!


Q:

Not on purpose. It was just a biological reaction to the sewer tank that's in there.

A:

It varied a lot- show days were almost universally busy, whereas any day that wasn't within a few days of a show was slow as hell.

I had days where I didn't speak to another person all day long, and then I had show nights where I sold nonstop for hours straight and on-sales where we didn't stop selling until we closed.


Q:

Hi Jon,

Can you speak about the Russia narrative a little more? Based on what you know/observed do you feel that the hysteria over Russia is largely being driven by the need for a scapegoat or distraction from what happened in 2016?

A:

I can take a better picture with a $50 camera than I have ever seen of an alien ship in 80 years of UFO reports. Is there one pic out there that has any credibility, sharpness and focus?


Q:

Hi Nick! I love all of you're books and was curious as to if you will be writing a fourth?

A:

That's awesome, I want to visit Barrow. Kotzebue is the farthest north I've visited. What time of year were you there?

Have you tried muktuk (whale blubber & meat)? If so, is it similar?


Q:

What's the coolest thing in the silo?

A:

Was the turnover at the box office as bad as it was everywhere else at the GSR? Also, how did you feel about the horrible management?


Q:

I'm glad you asked this question. It's important, I think, to assess it as two different (but related) issues.

The first is that Russia really did try to influence our election through cyber-warfare, and everyone should be concerned about that assault on our republic. That means investigating how it was done, who was responsible and what we can do to prevent a repeat. If American citizens were aiding the Russians, there should be consequences for that—and I don't think we know enough right now to rule out the possibility that people here were giving assistance to Moscow.

But, we also knew before the election that 17 U.S. intelligence agencies had said publicly Russia was trying to influence the election and blamed the DNC hack on Russia, and that Donald Trump had encouraged more hacking from the podium. Clinton made the argument to the public before the election that Trump was a Russian "puppet." But she didn't sustain that messaging. It didn't work. If any voters thought Trump's ties to Russia were too much to bear, it wasn't enough of them in the right places to swing the election to Clinton.

By blaming Russia for her defeat now, she is trying to exonerate herself and her team from any culpability. If they all blame Russia and Comey, they don't have to look at what they could have done differently to win the election.

Sorry for the long answer, but the point is that there are two different questions: Did Russia interfere with our election? Yes. Were Russia and Jim Comey the biggest factors in Hillary Clinton's defeat? No.

A:

Photos of UFOs generally suck, which I think is deliberate. Someone posted a youtube link below to the Tremonton Utah UFO movie, and that is worth watching


Q:

Thank you very kindly, I love writing my books. There will be a fourth (according to my contract and my affections) but first my beautiful bride and I are writing a book together due out next year. HAVE YOU SEEN HER SHE IS MAGNIFICENT I highly recommend you peruse NancyAndBeth.com to see her incredible videos and purchase her astonishing music record. I love books!

A:

I was in Barrow on 4th of July weekend... we couldn't sleep very well with the sun out all day and night!

I have had muktuk... it did taste similar to walrus but was better tasting. I still didn't really like it all that much.


Q:

Me of course. Oh... real answer... its hard to chose. Its just overwhelming. Maybe the 6000lb doors?

A:

Turnover at the box office isn't as bad as something like the front desk, which was nonstop and dealt with complaints and was high-visibility. As far as management, I liked my direct superiors a lot, but more than a couple steps up the chain I didn't really hear from anyone. That could be a whole lot worse, but it wasn't great either.


Q:

I've always been curious; did Bill Clinton tell Hilary to focus more on the rust belt or did he tell her to try to take West Virginia like he did? That could be pretty prophetic or pretty tond deaf depending on what he actually said, right?

A:

When you say deliberate: Deliberate by who? Assuming you don't mean the photographers, what motivations would you ascribe to extraterrestrial creatures making themselves visible, but only in a crappy way?


Q:

Nick! My husband and I are big fans. He is a first time father this year, got any life advice for him in honor of Father's Day, or a favorite memory of your own father to share?

A:

Who is your favourite Beatle?


Q:

Is there any particular kind of failure that would leave you locked in???????????????

A:

How often are you on Reddit and what are your favorite subreddits?


Q:

What Amie and I reported was a more broad concern on President Clinton's part that she wasn't talking to people who were on the fence or against her in states all across the country, whether that was Florida or Michigan or Pennsylvania. She wasn't getting out in to the exurbs and the rural areas, she wasn't even trying to persuade people to choose her.

A:

I know it's a reach, but sometimes the phenomenon itself seems to exhibit purpose and intention... as if it was always trying to remain just out of reach or just beyond our powers of perception. So, yeah, I'm talking about the entire phenomenon.


Q:

Just keep applying your affection to good work, for it is a project that never ends.

My best Father's Day treat - read Wendell Berry's short story MAKING IT HOME (and while you're at it, read all of FIDELITY, the book it is in)

A:

The whole bunch were good!


Q:

Not at the moment. But I'll always have safeguards to prevent that.

A:

Allllll the time, dude. This is a throwaway so I don't wanna be specific, but a lot of gaming subs.


Q:

How much of a chance is there for a viable third party to emerge? In particular the Libertarian Party seems to be making some progress and maybe the Green Party to a lesser extent.

A:

Yeah I think they suck because every abduction is mind control or a hoax. I don't think the fuzzy multiple lights is a great example.


Q:

Oh my goodness I actually have a relevant question! What type of wood would you recommend using for an axe handle? For Father's day i'm restoring one of my Grandpa's axes for my dad. Got the head done, but the handle is proving tricky. Initially i was going to use a baseball bat because i thought it would look cool, but after giving it a second thought, that may be prone to turning in the hand while swinging so i figure i'll just make a more traditional handle. Thoughts?

A:

Two things:

  1. GEAUX TIGERS!

  2. Where do you live now?


Q:

What's the endgame for the whole thing, and how much did a behemoth like that cost?

A:

Hey there fellow Reno area guy. What happened to the prop airplane from Hello Hollywood, Hello?


Q:

I think it's tough for that to happen in a country that has been stabilized by a two-party system over the course of its history. That is, it's hard to make radical change, for good and ill. But if ever there were an opening, now is the time. The two parties are weaker than they have been at any time in my lifetime, and there is so much opportunity for outside groups (or other parties) to influence who wins and which policies are enacted and defeated.

A:

It's a paradox. Millions of us carry cameras with us pretty much 24/7. You'd think we could blanket the sky and we still can't decent photos of UFOs.


Q:

Traditionally (in the states) Ash or Hickory is used for an axe handle because of the intense and ultra-badass hardness contained in their cells. I have found great inspiration in many makings including axes on the YouTube channel of Jimmy Diresta.

A:
  1. "Hahahahahaha!"

  2. I'm now in Central Oregon! Not Alaska, but it's a nice town to live in.


Q:

I want to turn it into a luxury home. And I paid $90k for it. Has cost a bit more since then. :-)

A:

It's still there, dude. Saw it a few days ago when we ate backstage for my little going away party.


Q:

How much control do the Clintons and their allies have over the Democratic Party? How difficult would it be for new currents, i.e. the progressive liberals and social democrats who backed Bernie Sanders in 2016, to gain a position of power within the Democratic Party? How willing or unwilling do think the current DNC establishment is with regards to allowing new poles of power outside of the traditional power brokers?

A:

I'm very surprised to see this book here -- one of my favorites -- thanks for doing it!

I really enjoyed the book's depictions of interactions with law enforcement. Where did the inspiration for Sheriff Mason McKinley come from? Was he a composite character, or really someone from past experiences?


Q:

Dry Aged or Wet Aged Steak?

A:

Firstly, thank you so much for doing an AMA!

Secondly, whats the wierdest procedure you have ever had to perform?


Q:

Do you live in the missile silo?

A:

Haha have any other acts used the plane in your tenure there?


Q:

They don't have control over the Democratic Party. No one does right now. As for the progressives, I'm not sure that taking over the Democratic Party is necessarily all it's cracked up to be. It's a weakened institution. But the Clintons' influence is waning. For 25 years, there was the promise of reward or the the threat of potential retribution to use as tools for influence. But without holding an office, or the prospect of holding an office, that influence has diminished.

A:

I have no idea who "Sheriff Mason McKinley" is. Can you elaborate?


Q:

Yes, please and thank you.

A:

There were a lot that I had to perform! The one I didn't expect to do was treat a toddler who had been mauled by a bunch of dogs in Tanana. I accompanied her to the hospital in Fairbanks, sutured her up and stayed with her reading to her until the next morning when she woke up. I saw her years later and she was perfect!

Another one was when I had to fly up to help a merchant's wife. Acute chest pain and upper gastric pain, gave her morphine and loaded her on the plane to head to Fairbanks. It was the roughest flight I've ever taken from Hughes to Fairbanks. We finally got into Fairbanks, and found out she had had a heart attack and also an acute gallbladder. She ended up going right back to work. People were tough up there, they had to be! She was also the godmother of two of my girls.


Q:

Not yet but probably will when I get it done. Or AirBNB it and try to get a few $ back.

A:

I think David Copperfield vanished it once, but that was before my time. These days it just sits backstage with some other old sets and stuff.


Q:

Thanks for the reply!

Follow up question: do you have any good examples of how, prior to 2016, the Clintons' blocked off potential challengers? I've heard about the way they took down people who didn't back Clinton during the 2008 election (which I believe you've written about?), but what about before that?

A:

Yeah, he is a man of mystery I suppose. It is better that you don't explain.


Q:

Nick, what's your favorite book of the past five years?

A:

Do your grandchildren appreciate books like The Hatchet, and pre-internet world they live in?

Do they appreciate that their gramma had those kinds of adventures?


Q:

Do you have a picture album of the silo you can post?

A:

So how did GSR feel after Amy Schumer spent the first 15 minutes of her act talking shit about the venue?

For background: she was originally booked for their Grand Theater, which is one of the best venues in town. Then they decided to do renovations on the theater and they moved her to a convention room with ziptied dining chairs and a temporary stage.


Q:

I'd have to do a little research to go back to the Clinton presidency and see who got support and who didn't. But after 2008, Bill Clinton campaigned in primaries for a series of Democratic candidates who had backed Hillary Clinton and against those the Clintons felt had betrayed them. WJC, for example, helped Brad Sherman against Howard Berman, Bill Pascrell against Steve Rothman, Kathleen Kane against Patrick Murphy, and Mark Critz against Jason Altmire. Amie and I write about that dynamic extensively in "HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton." One Democrat told us at the time that it was creating a chilling effect within the party because elected officials knew that there was a cost associated with being seen as anything but loyal to the Clintons.

A:

He's not the first human to have intimate relations with an alien.


Q:

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Suanders, easy.

A:

As her granddaughter, we actually grew up with a lot of Native Alaskan books and stories! It was great... we spent a lot of time up in Alaska running wild.


Q:

I don't... good idea though

A:

I can't speak for anyone but myself of course but man, I think she can go fuck herself. Heard from one of my bosses at the time that she was being an asshole to the people working at wardrobe and all that too.

I'm sure she's probably nice to some people but that was a pretty dickish thing to say.


Q:

Fascinating! Thanks for all your research and writing. I'm definitely gonna be checking out HRC and Shattered.

A:

What is your favorite brand of whiskey?


Q:

Did you or your nurses teach any locals first aid or other medical techniques?

A:

Do you miss sunlight?


Q:

Why?

A:

Thank YOU. Hope you enjoy.


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It is with sincerity and a bit of discomfort that I say it is Lagavulin 16, because while that's the truth, I am also involved at this very moment in an advertising relationship with them, which is a funny circumstance. Scott King bought me my first glass of it in 1999 at the Chicago Film Festival and I have never found a drink enjoy quite so much. What a lucky bastard then, me, to land on a show (Parks & Rec) where they paid me to enjoy it, and then on top of that, the fine folks from the lovely island of Islay now shake hands with me when I go to visit the distillery and the neighborhood sheep with whom I am happily (and platonically) friends.

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Not during my time there, but a few years later the Natives would train in Anchorage to treat minor injuries and basic health care. They would then go back to their villages to help. It is a really great program that provided care to a lot of people who needed it!


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I don't live in there yet but that's for sure one of the downsides. On the upside it won't wake me up before I'm ready!

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College.


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Mr. Allen, What happened to the fireworks they had bought and planned to set off over New York City at night on election day?

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What an amazing role model and story! I am about to move to Alaska in August--what are your top things to see while I live there?


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When are you buying the missile? :)

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What is/was your college major?


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I don't know.

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Where are you going to live?


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You may find this hard to believe but every time I try scary people show up to my door. So I stopped asking. Some people. :-)

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Graphic design. Left this job for one in my field.


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Hey Big Train, I heard you used to be a pitcher back in the day. How fast can you throw a baseball these days?

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You are the kind of person I really look up to! Women like you paved the way to me being able to go to college and get a Masters degree. (And I may go back for more!) So thank you!

Onto my question: What experience would you say gave you energy to keep going strong when you were tired?


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please at least get a couple of those Estes model rockets from hobby lobby and launch them out of your missile silo.

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Before tickets go on sale to the public, what percentage of tickets are already sold off?


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I'd fit in well with the Nationals bullpen.

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I just knew that there were always people that needed me and so I had to keep going. Now that I'm 92 I get to relax sometimes, which is nice!


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Its funny you say that. We've been thinking about shooting fireworks off from there. :-)

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It varies wildly depending on the show, location, venue, all sorts of stuff like that. I'm sure you don't need me to tell you that super popular acts sell out instantly.

From the angle of this specific venue, the casino and presales are what take the lion's share. Casino gets a couple hundred tickets at various price levels to offer their players based on their play rate (and I've seen players with an average daily wager rate from the single digits to the thousands), sometimes five or six hundred if it's a big show. Beyond that, our presales were pretty open so a lot of times the a good chunk of the front half would go before the on sale. At a guess, that means about thirty percent of a theater seating about 2500-2700.


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What led you to become a journalist, and specifically to work in political journalism?

Do you struggle to work in the high-pressure environment of politics? It seems to me that it would be easy to be overwhelmed/anxious about all the anger and divisiveness.

Thanks for your book!

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4th-year medical student here, going into rural family medicine next year. All of your answers have been fantastic. What advice do you have to offer the next generation of rural physicians?


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How does one acquire a nuclear missile silo?

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When does the buffet have crab legs? I forget.


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My father was a political journalist, and my mother studied political communication, so we talked a lot about politics and current events in my house growing up. My first job was in journalism, for a small paper in Virginia, but I didn't specialize in political reporting or even reporting then. I was a copy editor and page designer. It took me several years to land my first political reporting job, at Congressional Quarterly.

The anger and divisiveness concern me. I wrote about overheated rhetoric and violence yesterday for Roll Call. http://www.rollcall.com/news/opinion/two-too-many We recently saw a candidate (now member of Congress) physically attack a journalist. Reporters became targets during the 2016 presidential campaign. It can be a tough business.

But even in tumultuous and tense times—especially in tumultuous and tense times—journalists play an invaluable role in informing the public.

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Always know that someone needs you! You may have to learn new tricks on the job but you should be able to pick them up as you go along.


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Easier than you'd think. Most are in private hands so you just buy them.

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Fridays iirc


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What do you think of the growing leftist movement in the United States and abroad? Do you think Clinton's failure has contributed to that in any way?

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The most amazing iama, and woman, I've ever encountered. Thanks for being here.

My question; Ulu much?


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I know the price varies, but what would you say the average price be?

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Hey man, thanks for doing this. I'm a little late to the party but hoping you see this.. have a couple of questions.

1) What's to prevent people from using Ticketmaster as a "showroom" of sorts then converting to the venue's website and purchasing from there to avoid the Ticketmaster fees? Does Ticketmaster own the inventory or do they have exclusivity via the contract, etc. Could you shed some light here?

2) What's Ticketmasters opinion of the secondary market (stubhub, seatgeek, etc.)?

2a) Does Ticketmaster price to discourage resale? Or are they in collusion with the secondary market to maximize value to each channel?

3) Do you have an opinion of Nathan Hubbard? Think he probably predates you but he seems to understand the pain consumers go through when acquiring tickets (although he didn't really do too much about it).

4) Final request - give me your insider's-opinion on how we fix this market for the consumer.


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Anytime a candidate wins the nomination of a party and then loses in the general election, the other wing of that candidate's party feels emboldened. I think you're seeing that with progressives in the Democratic Party right now. And, taking it a step further, their force was felt in the Democratic primary in 2016 in the way that Clinton slid left to counter Bernie Sanders and appeal to the party's base.

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We always used Ulu! They are so convenient.


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I paid $90k. But today it looks like its around $200k to get one.

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Hey! I can't really comment on too much of this since I worked for a venue, not for Ticketmaster themselves, but I'll answer what I can.

1) Back when we were using our own in-house system we recommended doing this. Their online map looked better than ours in some cases so we'd tell them to look at the map on Ticketmaster and then come to our site and buy them cheaper. Since we went to 100% Ticketmaster sales there's no difference except fees. As far as I was aware we still owned the inventory the whole time, they just worked as a third party for us early on and later became our distribution mechanism. Our contracts and promotions were (again as far as I was aware) between us and the talent, unless they had an outside promoter like JMAX or Another Planet or something.

2) No clue. My own personal opinion is that the whole system is pretty fucked, but I wouldn't know the first thing to do to fix it.

2a) No clue, I never really got insight into why prices were set to what they were.

3) Never heard of him before now, to be honest.

4) See 2, I'd much rather leave that issue to people with more passion and expertise in the subject than myself.


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Who is the Hunter S Thompson of Washington these days? What do you think he would make of Trump?

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Hi, you have an amazing story! I was wondering what made you start to want to be a bush doctor? Thank you for doing this AMA


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How much to see your bunghole?

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So I read that the whole idea of Ticketmaster is to throw extra fees on and take the pressure off of the artist or venue. For example. Better for your favorite singer to charge $50 a ticket with Ticketmaster throwing on $20 in fees as compared to $65 for the ticket and $5 for the fees. Their whole model is to take the ire of the fans off of the artist/venue. That is why they don't have competition. Have you heard this, do you know if it is true?


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Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone has some of that Hunter S Thompson flair. I think he would enjoy covering Trump. He could make mountainous characters out of molehill politicians, so Trump would be the ultimate profile subject.

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I wanted to have an adventure! And Alaska seemed like a good place for that.


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Funny you should ask... we will be AirBnBing it once I get it done. Not sure what I'll charge... open to suggestions. $350 per night too much?

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I have heard that, yeah, but it wasn't really true for our venue (max fee total outside of online was $5.50) so I don't really know how accurate it is, sorry.


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Just how poor is Hillary Clinton's health?

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Hi Jean, great read and thanks for doing this AMA. Swedish anesthesiologist here.

Practicing medicine in different fields (internal med, surgery, psychiatry etc) while being the only doctor means you've probably encountered a couple of situations where you hadn't a lot of formal prior training under supervision.

Any particular situations that were the most challenging to deal with?


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It honestly depends on where you are.

You definitely get a premium for the whole "it's a missle silo" thing, but it also looks fairly remote where you are. People are going to have a make a special trip to get out there, unless you happen to be near a sizable city.

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What's it like to work for literal Satan?


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I don't have any more information than you do on the state of her health. She was obviously able to sit in the Benghazi hearing for half a day, campaign for a year and a half and perform at a high level during the debates. So, I'd say the evidence is that her mental agility is strong. Plus, playing doctor on Reddit seems like a terrible idea.

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I never had any training in orthopedics so I had to learn quickly how to set bones and relocate joints and do splints. I also wasn't trained in OB but I got a lot of practice. There was only one baby I couldn't get out because he was breech... I had not learned about forecep deliveries and so I had to learn on the job. I also pulled a lot of teeth which was new to me as well. It was very difficult but you end up making due with what you know!


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I'm close to Little Rock but of course its still Arkansas. And who comes here on purpose? :-)

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A couple weeks ago I went over to the water cooler and my boss was there.

"Hey Satan," I said.

"Hey Throwaway," he said.

"Hey, so I got this job in my field out of college..."

"Oh wow, congratulations. I knew you'd been looking around."

"Yeah, yeah, I'm really excited. I guess this means I'm putting in my two weeks' notice."

"Could you put that down in writing for me? HR needs it official before they'll open up the spot for me to start hiring."

"Sure, no problem."

"We're gonna miss you around here."

"Don't I know it, Satan."

"All the same, I'm really happy for you."

"Thanks, I really appreciate the support. It was a pleasure working here."

"You know this means I've gotta spend twice as much time flaying the skin from your bones before burning you alive, then reversing the process by reconstituting you from living ooze and ensuring you feel every instant of the incredible pain since you're leaving, right?"

"Yeah, that's pretty fair. In the meantime, I'll make sure the manual is up to snuff before I go."

"Sounds like a plan. Let me know if you need someone to call me for a reference."

"Will do. Seeya later."

Yeah, Satan's pretty chill. Would recommend unless you have problems with the whole eternal hellfire thing.


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Who is your favourite Beatle?

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As a Louisiana native and having recently gone to Alaska, wow! I cant imagine the transition you've gone through in life, and it's incredible what you have done!!

In your rapidly changing life where did you consider home? Was it where you spent the most time, or somewhere you enjoyed the most?

Also, wow, what a huge responsibility. 18 Villages. Did it ever feel like too much?


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Where do you get your missiles....? asking for a friend in North Korea area.

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What hours of the day did you work?

How many hours did you work per week?


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McCartney, but I prefer the Rolling Stones (and The Kinks and The Who).

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No, it never felt like too much, I always liked going back and seeing the patients grow up.

I would probably call Alaska my home because I grew up and matured during my time there!


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Amazon.com

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Swing/night shift for three years, then morning for the last year. Given that my new job is normal business hours, I'm glad I had time to adapt.

I was part time, but for awhile we were really understaffed, so I did more hours including a lot of overtime pretty frequently.


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do you think her foreign policy would have been as destructive and subversive as before, had she won?

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Thank you for doing this! I'm going to pick up your book and your answers to these questions have been amazing! My question is did you meet your husband through your time in Alaska? Was he also in the medical field?


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How cold was the water?

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How often do you get to Lake Tahoe and the Ski Slopes nearby?


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I think her foreign policy would have been inherently different for two reasons: the world and its hot spots have changed since she was secretary, and, more important, she was executing (and informing) Obama's foreign policy, but it wasn't wholly her own.

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Yes, my first husband was Dutch and traveling through Alaska at the time. My second husband was also a general practitioner that I had gotten to know during my time in Anchorage.


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58 degrees

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Not at all, honestly. I'm not a very outdoorsy person. Tons of people come through the casinos for that stuff, though.


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What is your favourite dinosaur?

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I have read many Alaskan stories and books. Being from central Europe, this place has always been a favourite to me for the vast, empty landscape.

I spent a month vacation there years ago and yearn to return again. While there, I picked up Shadows on the Koyukuk, the story and life of Sidney Huntington. I re-read that book many times and it starts to fall apart!

Sidney had a large family, did you ever meet any of them, or even the man himself? I believe he died in the late 90's?


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What's your opinion on nuclear weapons? Necessary deterrent or morally wrong?

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Brachiosaurus


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Yes, I met him somewhere along the road! That is very funny, but I do remember him somewhat.

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If they could be eliminated from ALL arsenals then I would rather not have them. But MAD (mutually assured destruction) is the reason the United States isn't speaking Russian right now.


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Hey Jon,

Do you let average readers ask the trivia question in STITCH? How many responses do you tend to get each day?

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This has got to be one of the most enjoyable AMA's that I have ever read through!

  1. What is some life advice you can give to a 21 year old who is currently studying to be a nurse?
  2. How did you meet your husband?
  3. What was your favorite meal in Alaska?

Again, I know so many people have said this, but thank you so much for this AMA! It has honestly made my day :)


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What do your friends think?

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Good question. Anyone who signs up for the Stitch can answer the trivia question. Just this week, Gila Jones, who is not one of our Newsmaker experts, won the trivia contest. The number of answers ranges depending on the question: really tough ones can go unanswered and easier ones can get double-digit answers.


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  1. Just know that people always need you, even if they say otherwise in a hospital setting! My daughter and granddaughter are both nurses and you have a world of opportunity open for you.

  2. I met my husband in Anchorage as he was also a general practitioner there.

  3. I ate a lot of really good chocolate in rural alaska.

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They are locked up down there against their will. So they don't like it much. :-)

Most think its interesting... some of course thinks its crazy which I get. A lot of times that's how they introduce me. This is GT and he has a missile silo. :-)


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There are some simple facts that make this an open and shut case. Classified information is not authorized on an unclassified network. With that being said, no one would ever authorize a SIPR network connection to an offsite location, let alone Hillary's basement.

In addition, you have her defense of "I didn't know what the C stood for". Every federal government employee has to go through annual Cyber Awareness training to be authorized access to government networks. If she forgot, then she really doesn't need to be president in the first place.

Finally, affluence from conviction sets a pretty messed up standard of handling these cases. Wouldn't you say?

EDIT: Source - Federal IT employment for 7 years.

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Hello! My family is from northwestern Alaska, I was wondering if you went to any villages out there? My Dad was from Nome. Did you ever fly with Foster Aviation by chance? Thanks for the AMA!


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I always thought it'd be a great getaway, but terrible house. How are you finding it, now that things are really coming along?

By the way, the videos of your progress clearing it out of mud and stuff were awesome. Lots of fun discovering new things with you guys as the series went along.

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I think it's important to remember that Comey stopped short of saying he had concluded that she didn't break the law. If anything, he seemed to be saying she may have broken a law. Not all law-breaking is prosecuted. There are a lot of considerations to take into account. If you're looking for intent, there might be a stronger case for frustrating FOIA.


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No, we never ventured that far, but I only ever flew with Hansen, my pilot. That is really great though, I have been to Nome to visit many times! It's a nice town.

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I don't live in it yet so probably can't comment. For sure some downsides.


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I remember her having advertisements on television where she would go, "When I'm in the White House. Everyone will have a seat at the table."

Followed by her George Clooney luncheon that cost 10,000 bucks per seat.

What other times has Shillary Clinton showed hypocrisy either through her actions or words?

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Was your salary comparable to Dr's in the lower 48?


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What do you do for water and sewage down there?

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I don't view it as hypocritical to say that everyone will have a seat at the table and then go to a fundraiser. It would be hypocritical if only the people at the fundraiser got a seat at the governing table.


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Oh heaven's no! Not even comparable! I did not make much compared to my friends in the continental US. Since I was the only doctor I was also on call every night, and on duty every day! When I went to the villages I worked around the clock. I was still paid for 5 days a week from 8-2 AM. And less than most of my friends!

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The original sewer system was still in tact. The pump motors weren't usable so I replaced them. But they work perfectly. Love 60's engineering.

For water we have a water line coming in that is connected to city water.


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Hi, ma'am! You're an incredibly inspiring human being. Thanks for doing an AMA!

My question is - as one of the first female bush doctors, did you face any struggles/discrimination due to your gender? How did you deal with it all?

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Who owned the silo before you and have you found anything interesting inside when you first explored it?


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Not really much sexism in Tanana! I was the only doctor there so they just accepted that a doctor could be a woman. When I was at LSU it was more obvious that there was sexism. But that's why I liked alaska so much!

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The silo was in private hands before. The government gave first right of refusal to original owners or their decedents. If not, it went to auction. Most were purchased for $5000 ish.


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Hi there! Thanks for doing this AMA. I'm curious to know about your early childhood in Cuba. What are some of your memories from the island? Strong contrast between Alaska and the tropics. My father was Cuban and he and his nuclear family emigrated to the states in the early 70's when he was 10ish. He always missed the place but never went back.

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How are you going to pay for the renovations?


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I've never gone back either, it's difficult. I loved to tan and be mistaken for Cuban when I was little. I used to play marbles with the boys and beat them. I loved to swim and climb up on the mens shoulders and dive off the top. I loved going barefoot and walking in the mud. We ended up with every parasite you can imagine from that. The doctor in Philadelphia was shocked when we got back to the states.

We survived a huge hurricane while we were living in LaGloria, and saw our house and the church blow away, but we are the rest of the villagers were huddled in the one stone building. We ate a lot of rice. But we loved the Cuban lifestyle and miss it as well.

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We've been working on it for a bit over 6 years. Pay for it little by little.


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Amazing, indeed.

My question(s):

  1. How did you cope with having to abandon your country of origin?

  2. What was life like after moving to the US? What challenges did you face, in terms of residency, job opportunities, finances and what not?

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How do you like your eggs done?


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So I was actually born in Philadelphia, but moved to Cuba when I was a few months old. My father was a missionary there and so we stayed in very small villages, underwent a few hurricanes and the start of the revolution. When we came back it was fairly simple for me to integrate back into the American lifestyle. We just couldn't go shoeless everywhere in America!

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Scrambled


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My sister-in-law is a pediatrician outside Anchorage treating primarily native Alaskan peoples, with a hope to become a bush doctor/bring more complete medical care to the isolated villages. Do you have any suggestions for her to fulfill her dream? Any way for her to become a more effective resource for them to use?

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FRIED OR FERTILIZED


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Apply to the bureau of Indian Affairs and start making connections. She can also try to get small jobs working as a specialist or something with the native villages. Good for her!

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Fried. I'm too old to want any more fertilized eggs. :-)


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Okay I need to know what a Bush Doctor is and google keeps telling me it's some Jamaican album

Bush Doctor is the third studio album by Jamaican singer Peter Tosh. It was released in 1978.

Someone help?

A:

I just wanted to say I respect your humility, and your hesitancy to even speak poorly about the contractor, and the workers. Im watching the access portal video and very cool. Very genuine, feels like we're in the room with you, keep up the great work.

I may have missed it, I've only watched the portal video so far, do you mind if I ask your career background to be able to afford this?


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Rural Alaska is called the Alaska Bush sometimes. But I like Jamaica too.

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I work in technology so that helps with the $ but its still taken 6+ years due to financial reasons.


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Hey, Thank you for doing this. I am currently in second year of medical school and contemplating doing my residency and to practice Family Medicine in Alaska.I've always been in awe of the state for some reason even though I have never been there. What are your opinions on medicine there? Why did you select to go there?

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I went there for the adventure! You can choose the adventure side and you can usually work pretty independently. I would not have left Alaska but my husband was very sick so we moved to Oregon 5 years ago.


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WOAH! so how hard was it to walk villages without roads?

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We would either fly or go by dogsled actually.


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My grandmother is said to have known you. She had your book since it came out I think. She read it often, as did my mom. How many plane crashs did you have to deal with ? I know super cubs seem to go down every couple of weeks.

A:

Who is your grandmother? I dealt with quite a few plane crashes, several a year!


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If you could impart one piece of knowledge to our generation. what would it be?

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Keep helping each other. Every person can make a change in the world.