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OtherIamA Former Family Feud Contestant (2010) With Steve Harvery AMA!

Jun 16th 2017 by nik27 • 7 Questions • 85 Points

On June 12, Rotary and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced an extension and increase of their financial commitment in an effort to eradicate polio worldwide once and for all. Additionally, 16 governments and several organizations have just pledged $1.2B to eradicate polio. Rotary has already contributed over 1.6 billion U.S. dollars and hundreds of thousands of hours of volunteer time to the eradication of polio. When we succeed in eradicating polio, it would become only the second disease to be eradicated by vaccines, the other being smallpox.

Personally, I have known Dr. Salk, creator of the inactivated polio vaccine, and Dr. Sabin, creator of the oral polio vaccine through my work at the National Institutes of Health. In 1979 the last case of endemic polio was reported in the U.S. I, along with Rotary International president, Clem Renouf, brought to Rotary the idea to make it our chief goal to eradicate polio worldwide. For the last 11 years, I have been carrying on the visions of Drs. Salk and Sabin as the vice-chairman of Rotary International’s PolioPlus program, which helps oversee Rotary’s polio vaccination efforts worldwide.

Context:

In 1916, polio was an epidemic in the United States with over 27,000 cases and 6,000 deaths. Following the availability of Dr. Salk’s inactivated vaccine in 1955 and Dr. Sabin’s oral polio vaccine in 1962, polio began to decline in developed countries where they were used. That decline began to accelerate as groups such as Rotary International began to champion the issue in the early 1980s.

Today, polio is nearly eradicated globally, as we’ve seen a 99.9% reduction – from an estimated 350,000 cases in 1988 to just 6 reported cases so far in 2017. Polio is virtually eradicated, but there is still so much more to do. If we don’t continue to vaccinate, we could see 200,000 new cases every year – giving polio an unprecedented resurgence.

Proof: https://i.redd.it/8b4euv7l1n4z.jpg

EDIT: Thanks very much for all of your questions today. I enjoyed the conversation. For more information, please visit:https://www.endpolio.org/

Q:

What's the casting process like? Do they look for a certain "outgoing" personality amongst the family members?

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:

What would you say is the biggest myth perpetuated by those who advocate against marijuana legalization?

What would you say is the biggest myth perpetuated by those who are for marijuana legalization?

A:

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


Q:

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:

Doctor, thank you very much for your tireless work.

As a fellow Rotarian, supporter of the Polio Plus program for over 10 years and someone who has contact with polio survivors through work and personal life, I have one question.

What would be the best way to communicate the importance of continued support for this program to younger generations that we interact with and recruit as Rotarians everyday?

While I am very excited by the support, I am concerned that with this influx of support from the Gates Foundation that some may think, "oh that should do it." When the truth is this is a long road we are going down.

I apologize for the run-on sentences.

A:

Is it true that Skåne is simply diluted OP?


Q:

"Hi Chris - huge fan of your book! I am interviewing for a few different companies and was wondering if you have any good questions/advice for salary negotiation?

A:

Tits or Ass?


Q:

What would you say is the biggest myth perpetuated by those who advocate against marijuana legalization?

What would you say is the biggest myth perpetuated by those who are for marijuana legalization?

A:

What is their opinion on America in general, and did it surprise you?


Q:

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

A:

First, you're absolutely amazing.

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


Q:

how much had the water ruined the silo?

Also started watching the videos after that post. cool stuff

A:

Doctor, thank you very much for your tireless work.

As a fellow Rotarian, supporter of the Polio Plus program for over 10 years and someone who has contact with polio survivors through work and personal life, I have one question.

What would be the best way to communicate the importance of continued support for this program to younger generations that we interact with and recruit as Rotarians everyday?

While I am very excited by the support, I am concerned that with this influx of support from the Gates Foundation that some may think, "oh that should do it." When the truth is this is a long road we are going down.

I apologize for the run-on sentences.


Q:

Is it true that Skåne is simply diluted OP?

A:

"Hi Chris - huge fan of your book! I am interviewing for a few different companies and was wondering if you have any good questions/advice for salary negotiation?


Q:

Tits or Ass?

A:

The pantry on this show is crazy, I keep trying to wrap my head around how people have come up with whatever science experiments were needed to turn the base product into so many different things.

I guess my question is, what's the maximum amount of times per episode Ry's allowed to say "terpenes" before the director throws something at him?


Q:

What is their opinion on America in general, and did it surprise you?

A:

How have you managed to stay unbiased in your reporting on such a divisive issue?


Q:

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

A:

how much had the water ruined the silo?

Also started watching the videos after that post. cool stuff


Q:

Doctor, thank you very much for your tireless work.

As a fellow Rotarian, supporter of the Polio Plus program for over 10 years and someone who has contact with polio survivors through work and personal life, I have one question.

What would be the best way to communicate the importance of continued support for this program to younger generations that we interact with and recruit as Rotarians everyday?

While I am very excited by the support, I am concerned that with this influx of support from the Gates Foundation that some may think, "oh that should do it." When the truth is this is a long road we are going down.

I apologize for the run-on sentences.

A:

Well it was an open tryout and we waited forever, not unlike our experience waiting hours in the green room thinking we might not make it to taping. We were called up last with another family to play a mock round with an assistant producer asking the questions and playing the role of Steve Harvey. The actual head producer sat and watched and apparently liked our look and/or personality. Then we got called to a room to do individual introductions and I'm pretty sure my high school streaking story got us the gig!


Q:

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

A:

The biggest myth perpetuated by those who advocate against marijuana legalization is that there is not enough research to use it on patients.

The biggest myth perpetuated by those who are for marijuana legalization is that it has therapeutic benefits far greater than research would suggest.


Q:

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

A:

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!


Q:

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

A:

I remember vividly the fear of polio when I was young and when my own cousin developed paralytic polio and the great sadness in my family because of this.  I remember her need to have multiple surgeries and braces in order to walk.  But, in general, each summer the swimming pools would be closed and contact between children kept to a minimum because of the fear of polio.  And my father was a practicing physician and I remember going with him and seeing homes where there was a sign on the door: Quarantine and Keep Out Because of Polio.  Younger generations won’t remember this. This experience is a distant memory in the U.S. but is still very real for those living in polio-impacted countries.  I think that we need to communicate that struggle to younger generations.I think it is important to emphasize in meetings and literature the value of eradicating polio. We have almost reached the point of accomplishing the goal of eradication, but we need to push over the finish line to accomplish the goal.  In some regions, like Afghanistan and Nigeria, they’re still having experiences with paralytic polio, which the United States hasn’t since the 1980s.  That’s why it’s important to stay engaged with this effort across the world.


Q:

For non Swedes: Skåne Aquavit is the second most sold Swedish Aquavit after O.P. Anderson Aquavit. It was launched in 1931 when there was a demand for a milder less spicy aquavit. Yes, it is true. It was based on the recipe of O.P., and to make it milder they simply halved the amount of the same spices (Caraway, Aniseed, Fennel)

A:

2 questions you've GOT to ask.

1 - "What does it take to be successful here?" 2 - "How can I be guaranteed to involved in projects critical to the strategic future of the company?"

These are both "success" questions that set you up for more salary now, but even more importantly, in the future.

For #1 - You want to hear from the insiders (your interview panel) how to best get ahead. This will also recruit them as unofficial mentors as they will want to see you succeed as a result of their advice.

For #2 - The sets you apart as being a team player who want to make everyone succeed, therefore making you worth more, not just now but in the future. If you get this term it will also give you visibility at the highest levels of the company.

These both put you in a position to not only ask form more, but politely turn them down when they don't give you enough, and makes them waht to come up to your salary needs.


Q:

Both. Only a Sith deals in absolutes.

A:

The biggest myth perpetuated by those who advocate against marijuana legalization is that there is not enough research to use it on patients.

The biggest myth perpetuated by those who are for marijuana legalization is that it has therapeutic benefits far greater than research would suggest.


Q:

Short answer: The Russians I talked with, in 11 different cities and from all walks of life, pretty much uniformly HATED the American government. But they took pains to say they didn't hate the American people. IN fact, US pop culture is still pretty hot there. Lots of young Russians watch The Big Bang Theory and they were pretty disappointed to learn I didn't, because they wanted to discuss plot lines...

A:

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


Q:

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!

A:

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


Q:

I remember vividly the fear of polio when I was young and when my own cousin developed paralytic polio and the great sadness in my family because of this.  I remember her need to have multiple surgeries and braces in order to walk.  But, in general, each summer the swimming pools would be closed and contact between children kept to a minimum because of the fear of polio.  And my father was a practicing physician and I remember going with him and seeing homes where there was a sign on the door: Quarantine and Keep Out Because of Polio.  Younger generations won’t remember this. This experience is a distant memory in the U.S. but is still very real for those living in polio-impacted countries.  I think that we need to communicate that struggle to younger generations.I think it is important to emphasize in meetings and literature the value of eradicating polio. We have almost reached the point of accomplishing the goal of eradication, but we need to push over the finish line to accomplish the goal.  In some regions, like Afghanistan and Nigeria, they’re still having experiences with paralytic polio, which the United States hasn’t since the 1980s.  That’s why it’s important to stay engaged with this effort across the world.

A:

For non Swedes: Skåne Aquavit is the second most sold Swedish Aquavit after O.P. Anderson Aquavit. It was launched in 1931 when there was a demand for a milder less spicy aquavit. Yes, it is true. It was based on the recipe of O.P., and to make it milder they simply halved the amount of the same spices (Caraway, Aniseed, Fennel)


Q:

2 questions you've GOT to ask.

1 - "What does it take to be successful here?" 2 - "How can I be guaranteed to involved in projects critical to the strategic future of the company?"

These are both "success" questions that set you up for more salary now, but even more importantly, in the future.

For #1 - You want to hear from the insiders (your interview panel) how to best get ahead. This will also recruit them as unofficial mentors as they will want to see you succeed as a result of their advice.

For #2 - The sets you apart as being a team player who want to make everyone succeed, therefore making you worth more, not just now but in the future. If you get this term it will also give you visibility at the highest levels of the company.

These both put you in a position to not only ask form more, but politely turn them down when they don't give you enough, and makes them waht to come up to your salary needs.

A:

Both. Only a Sith deals in absolutes.


Q:

We have an incredibly patient director, so not shots fired yet. BUT our cannabis producer yelling "terps on set" is like nails on the chalkboard. -VL

A:

Short answer: The Russians I talked with, in 11 different cities and from all walks of life, pretty much uniformly HATED the American government. But they took pains to say they didn't hate the American people. IN fact, US pop culture is still pretty hot there. Lots of young Russians watch The Big Bang Theory and they were pretty disappointed to learn I didn't, because they wanted to discuss plot lines...


Q:

Fundamentally, it's not my job to give my opinion about the case, so I don't.

In a court case, it's easier in some ways, because you have such a good sense of what each side is presenting. The arguments and evidence are laid out for you at trial in this very formal way -- what the prosecution and defense is trying to convey and how they interpret the evidence is pretty clear. You're hearing the same things the judge is, and except for sealed exhibits seeing the same documents, and each side has this very structured way to respond to the other.

The job then is to present each argument as accurately and concisely as I can, and highlight the bigger themes -- the issues of free speech and mental health, for example -- without doing any lecturing.

A:

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


Q:

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

A:

I remember vividly the fear of polio when I was young and when my own cousin developed paralytic polio and the great sadness in my family because of this.  I remember her need to have multiple surgeries and braces in order to walk.  But, in general, each summer the swimming pools would be closed and contact between children kept to a minimum because of the fear of polio.  And my father was a practicing physician and I remember going with him and seeing homes where there was a sign on the door: Quarantine and Keep Out Because of Polio.  Younger generations won’t remember this. This experience is a distant memory in the U.S. but is still very real for those living in polio-impacted countries.  I think that we need to communicate that struggle to younger generations.I think it is important to emphasize in meetings and literature the value of eradicating polio. We have almost reached the point of accomplishing the goal of eradication, but we need to push over the finish line to accomplish the goal.  In some regions, like Afghanistan and Nigeria, they’re still having experiences with paralytic polio, which the United States hasn’t since the 1980s.  That’s why it’s important to stay engaged with this effort across the world.


Q:

Link to the streaking vid?

A:

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


Q:

Can you give a few examples of the common types of claims that are being exaggerated for the purposes of advocating for marijuana legalization?

A:

Hey Nick, what is your favorite memory?


Q:

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

A:

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.


Q:

Hello Dr. John Sever,

Thank you for your service. My questions are :

  1. There have been outbreaks of vaccine-associated polio in the past. How difficult was it to restore people's faith in the vaccines?

  2. Are there any goals for eliminating oral polio vaccine, and using only injectable polio vaccine?

A:

Which spirit will you choose for snaps at midsummer?


Q:

Thank you. Great advice...if you have time, I've noticed companies always asking me what I currently make or what I am comfortable with - do you recommend "forcing" them to offer/describe compensation first? Curious on your thoughts.

A:

if you were challenged to a duel, what is your weapon of choice?


Q:

Can you give a few examples of the common types of claims that are being exaggerated for the purposes of advocating for marijuana legalization?

A:

What is their opinion on America in general, and did it surprise you?


Q:

Hey Nick, what is your favorite memory?

A:

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


Q:

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.

A:

Hello Dr. John Sever,

Thank you for your service. My questions are :

  1. There have been outbreaks of vaccine-associated polio in the past. How difficult was it to restore people's faith in the vaccines?

  2. Are there any goals for eliminating oral polio vaccine, and using only injectable polio vaccine?


Q:

That is indeed good news. I usually have to stock up on OP or have relatives bring it so I have it for midsummer. I'm doing my best to indoctrinate Americans with midsummer and after a handful of years of doing it I now get around 60 people to turn out so having OP on hand is key.

A:

Thank you. Great advice...if you have time, I've noticed companies always asking me what I currently make or what I am comfortable with - do you recommend "forcing" them to offer/describe compensation first? Curious on your thoughts.


Q:

Okay I'm gonna just come out and ask, is that stereotype about the navy true?

A:

Haha!

I really enjoyed the BBQ episode, especially since Ry stayed up all night to tend the fire. Can't wait for more shows with open flame(like the Malibu ep)


Q:

What is their opinion on America in general, and did it surprise you?

A:

What was your impression of Dr. Breggin? Do you think Judge Moniz considered him credible?


Q:

Hey Nick, what is your favorite memory?

A:

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.


Q:

Hello Dr. John Sever,

Thank you for your service. My questions are :

  1. There have been outbreaks of vaccine-associated polio in the past. How difficult was it to restore people's faith in the vaccines?

  2. Are there any goals for eliminating oral polio vaccine, and using only injectable polio vaccine?

A:

You really want to see an 18 year old sprinting in nothing but a Hillary Clinton mask?? lol


Q:

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?

A:

You know that guy that has end-stage "Parkinson's disease" up until the point when he takes a few puffs of cannabis and suddenly he's a normal person?

Or, the Rick Simpson Oil peddlers claiming it cures cancer.

These are two that come to mind.


Q:

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

A:

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!


Q:

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

A:

There have been outbreaks of vaccine associated polio, but they are extraordinarily rare - 1 in about 2.7 million doses of the vaccine administered. And these have been met with intensive immunization in the areas.  With that approach the outbreaks have been put under control.  There is an acceptance of the immunization program to proceed. In most areas of the world, parents are eager to protect their children from paralysis and there is strong acceptance of the vaccine.

Once the wild poliovirus has been shown to no longer be present, we anticipate we will transition to using only the injectable polio vaccine. But until that time, it is necessary to continue with intensive immunization with the oral polio vaccine. A combination of both vaccines (oral and injectable) is necessary to eradicate polio.  


Q:

Aquavit of course! I always have a couple of different products with different spicing at hand to get the most of out of the taste combinations with the different dishes. You should select the type aquavit to fit with the food since the spirit will enhance the taste of the food and if the spicing also fits it will be amazing!

A:

Wow, that is THE question that everyone dreads in every salary negotiation.

There's an old saying in negotiation that "He or she who names price 1st loses" and salary is the price term in a job negotiation. The real saying is that "He or she who names price before gathering any information from the other side loses".

You've got to gather more information 1st. How? Several ways.

"Are you fishing or making me an offer?" "It sounds like you have a range in mind?" "Before I answer that, I'm sure you have criteria for determining salary ranges?" "How am I supposed to answer that?" "I can answer that, but before I do, that's not what I'm worth now and I would never switch jobs without a significant raise."

ALL of these need to be said with deference and respect. You can choose one or all of them depending on what suits your style and the context.

Please bear in mind the salary question is part of a larger test of how you handle pressure and may be intentionally low to see how you react.

It may also be immovable. It's still a test of whether or not you can respectfully explore an issue without cutting off the negotiation.

There is always space and time to clarify. You may need to name a number first, but not until after you're had a chance to ask more questions and gather more information, as long as you do it respectfully.


Q:

Who picks first, my opponent or me? Can we agree on the same weapon? I'd rather just agree to a unarmed fist fight personally, see who's better, and shake after.

A:

You know that guy that has end-stage "Parkinson's disease" up until the point when he takes a few puffs of cannabis and suddenly he's a normal person?

Or, the Rick Simpson Oil peddlers claiming it cures cancer.

These are two that come to mind.


Q:

Also, OF COURSE, don't miss my favorite city in the world: St. Petersburg. Gorgeous, haunting place.

If you don't speak Russian, plan through a travel agency. You can get tours and see most of the cool stuff that way. Easier than trying to get visa, arrange hotels, etc. on your own. Unless you're a great adventurer.

A:

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


Q:

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!

A:

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


Q:

There have been outbreaks of vaccine associated polio, but they are extraordinarily rare - 1 in about 2.7 million doses of the vaccine administered. And these have been met with intensive immunization in the areas.  With that approach the outbreaks have been put under control.  There is an acceptance of the immunization program to proceed. In most areas of the world, parents are eager to protect their children from paralysis and there is strong acceptance of the vaccine.

Once the wild poliovirus has been shown to no longer be present, we anticipate we will transition to using only the injectable polio vaccine. But until that time, it is necessary to continue with intensive immunization with the oral polio vaccine. A combination of both vaccines (oral and injectable) is necessary to eradicate polio.  

A:

Sounds like you are a fantastic ambassador for OP and good Swedish drinking culture! Keep on your good work! :) The importer in the US will be: www.frederickwildman.com


Q:

Wow, that is THE question that everyone dreads in every salary negotiation.

There's an old saying in negotiation that "He or she who names price 1st loses" and salary is the price term in a job negotiation. The real saying is that "He or she who names price before gathering any information from the other side loses".

You've got to gather more information 1st. How? Several ways.

"Are you fishing or making me an offer?" "It sounds like you have a range in mind?" "Before I answer that, I'm sure you have criteria for determining salary ranges?" "How am I supposed to answer that?" "I can answer that, but before I do, that's not what I'm worth now and I would never switch jobs without a significant raise."

ALL of these need to be said with deference and respect. You can choose one or all of them depending on what suits your style and the context.

Please bear in mind the salary question is part of a larger test of how you handle pressure and may be intentionally low to see how you react.

It may also be immovable. It's still a test of whether or not you can respectfully explore an issue without cutting off the negotiation.

There is always space and time to clarify. You may need to name a number first, but not until after you're had a chance to ask more questions and gather more information, as long as you do it respectfully.

A:

Which stereotype?


Q:

Terpenes terpenes terpenes terpenes terpenes :) --Ry

A:

Also, OF COURSE, don't miss my favorite city in the world: St. Petersburg. Gorgeous, haunting place.

If you don't speak Russian, plan through a travel agency. You can get tours and see most of the cool stuff that way. Easier than trying to get visa, arrange hotels, etc. on your own. Unless you're a great adventurer.


Q:

Dr. Breggin was a character, I'll say that.

For those who haven't been following the case, Breggin is a controversial psychiatric expert witness who has spent decades criticizing his profession as doing more harm than good. He's written books and testified in trials claiming that antidepressants can cause psychosis and violence, particularly in adolescents.

He testified for the defense saying that Carter was "involuntarily intoxicated" by the Celexa she was taking at the time. The prosecution tried to block his testimony, saying he was extreme and not credible, but the judge allowed him to proceed.

During the 7 hours he spent testifying this week, he repeatedly argued with the ADA questioning him, accusing her of interrupting him when she tried to get him to limit his answers to the question she was asking.

At one point, he said he didn't believe Carter had demonstrated "criminal intent" -- at which point the judge cut him off and basically said it's his job to make that call.

One of the points the prosecution raised to rebut him was why her "intoxication" began in July of 2014 when she'd been taking the drug since April of that year. They raised inconsistencies like that to try to convince the judge that he wasn't reliable, and in closing statements said his "bias is blinding."

You can read about his testimony here and here

A:

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


Q:

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

A:

There have been outbreaks of vaccine associated polio, but they are extraordinarily rare - 1 in about 2.7 million doses of the vaccine administered. And these have been met with intensive immunization in the areas.  With that approach the outbreaks have been put under control.  There is an acceptance of the immunization program to proceed. In most areas of the world, parents are eager to protect their children from paralysis and there is strong acceptance of the vaccine.

Once the wild poliovirus has been shown to no longer be present, we anticipate we will transition to using only the injectable polio vaccine. But until that time, it is necessary to continue with intensive immunization with the oral polio vaccine. A combination of both vaccines (oral and injectable) is necessary to eradicate polio.  


Q:

Link to the streaking vid?

A:

Absolutely!


Q:

I used to consider marijuana to be about the same as alcohol.... Good for enjoyment, but not really medically good for anything.

....Then I met a girl with epilepsy. The fact that she literally upset her entire life and moved to be able to access medical marijuana for her condition and the fact that it has allowed her to (mostly) attend university "normally" changed my mind.

How is medical marijuana not even considered as treatment for cases where is proven to be effective?!

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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?


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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?
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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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What got you interested in the eradication of polio?

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Two questions: What's the oddest or weirdest flavor of aquavit you've tried (or made)?

Is there any flavoring that you thought sounded good in theory, but turned out to be a disaster in practice?


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What are one or two easy bits of negotiating advice you'd recommend everyone employ in their day-to-day interactions?

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so, fist fight to the death. id choose battle axes. what's your favorite cheese?


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I used to consider marijuana to be about the same as alcohol.... Good for enjoyment, but not really medically good for anything.

....Then I met a girl with epilepsy. The fact that she literally upset her entire life and moved to be able to access medical marijuana for her condition and the fact that it has allowed her to (mostly) attend university "normally" changed my mind.

How is medical marijuana not even considered as treatment for cases where is proven to be effective?!

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Can confirm, St. Petersburg was amazing. The river cruises, deep underground subways, and of course all the nearby palaces are must sees. English tour guide helps a ton


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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?

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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?

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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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Do asymptomatic carriers exist for polio and would we need to continue to inoculate even after zero cases? And for how long?


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What is the most memorable moment in your career so far?

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What are one or two easy bits of negotiating advice you'd recommend everyone employ in their day-to-day interactions?


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You know the one about all man on man shenanigans

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is the weed expensed to vice or for legal reasons do you have to procure it yourselves? what kind of legal counsel does vice provide in making the shows?


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Can confirm, St. Petersburg was amazing. The river cruises, deep underground subways, and of course all the nearby palaces are must sees. English tour guide helps a ton

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Who do you think made a stronger case - Prosecution or Defense?


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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?

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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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Do asymptomatic carriers exist for polio and would we need to continue to inoculate even after zero cases? And for how long?


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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 have patients relocate not uncommonly like that, frequently for seizures.

The status quo is hard to change but the pendulum is swinging in the right direction. Times are a changin'.


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

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In 1979, polio was no longer active in the United States and a few other countries.  So, we knew that it could be controlled and eradicated.  But most countries in the world were not immunizing for polio.  So, it was important that immunization be taken to all of the children of the world.  And Rotary was interested in accepting this opportunity and helping to immunize the children of the world.  


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Well I have tried some weird spirits.... Spirit with flavor of ants, not so dramatic in taste, a bit sour. Then of course snake infused spirit, rather common in Asia, a bit scary but not tasting a lot. Mustard and garlic may sound good but are really awful in practice.

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1 - Let the other person go 1st!

There's a decent chance they'll say something you like. If they don't they'll at least appreciate the chance to have their say.

Then, make sure you summarize what they've said back to them. You know you've said it right when they say "That's right". Don't try to make your points until after they've said "That's right".

If they say "You're right" - that's actually code for "Please stop talking & leave me alone". You're on the wrong track.

You get a "That's right" out of someone you will ALWAYS get something you want out of the deal. You may need to add in "What do you want to do?" or "How can we proceed from here?" but something good will always happen. You've just got to let the process work for you.


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But what if you have to fight Gimli? "AND MY AXE!"

I like my cheese like I like my bounty hunters...Fet(a)

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I have patients relocate not uncommonly like that, frequently for seizures.

The status quo is hard to change but the pendulum is swinging in the right direction. Times are a changin'.


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Yep, what you said! If anyone is thinking of going to St. Petersburg, but is put off by booking a guided tour, don't be. It's really worth visiting no matter how you do it.

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


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Most people infected with polio don’t exhibit symptoms. Only about 1 in 200 people infected with polio are paralyzed by the disease. We will need to continue inoculation for at least three years after we reach zero cases and the virus is eradicated – very likely for several years beyond that time. 

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O that was a hard one ;) But I would say that it was a the 5:th of May this year when we opened our new Aquavit distillery in the city of Sundsvall in the middle of Sweden. That was a really nice and rewarding moment!


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1 - Let the other person go 1st!

There's a decent chance they'll say something you like. If they don't they'll at least appreciate the chance to have their say.

Then, make sure you summarize what they've said back to them. You know you've said it right when they say "That's right". Don't try to make your points until after they've said "That's right".

If they say "You're right" - that's actually code for "Please stop talking & leave me alone". You're on the wrong track.

You get a "That's right" out of someone you will ALWAYS get something you want out of the deal. You may need to add in "What do you want to do?" or "How can we proceed from here?" but something good will always happen. You've just got to let the process work for you.

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It's about as true as Marines eating crayons.


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I grow all the weed for bong appetit in my butt

-abdulllllah

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Yep, what you said! If anyone is thinking of going to St. Petersburg, but is put off by booking a guided tour, don't be. It's really worth visiting no matter how you do it.


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I'm not going to give my opinion, but I will say that the unusual nature of the case means the prosecution had a relatively steep hill to climb.

Usually, in an involuntary manslaughter case, you're talking about something like a fatal car crash. It really would be precedent-setting to convict someone for verbally pressuring another person into suicide, and so the prosecution has emphasized again and again Roy's mental vulnerability and Carter's claim to a friend that she told him to "fucking get back in" the truck as it filled with carbon monoxide.

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

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Most people infected with polio don’t exhibit symptoms. Only about 1 in 200 people infected with polio are paralyzed by the disease. We will need to continue inoculation for at least three years after we reach zero cases and the virus is eradicated – very likely for several years beyond that time. 


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I'm not familiar with his views, what are they and Which ones do you disagree with?

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So sneaky its almost wrong.


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What are the conditions you most often prescribe for in PA?

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


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Thank you!

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


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which vaccines for other diseases are easiest to deploy alongside polio vaccines, and which are the most difficult (for cost, logistical, political, etc... reasons)?

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What do you think about Bäska Droppar?


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Did anyone asked for pizza during hostage situation like TV taught us? Can you tell us about some really tough hostage situation with a good ending?

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So during the sit ups... how many farts came out?


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What are the conditions you most often prescribe for in PA?

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Hi Lisa! I heard your chat at code conference -- are their other tv/film/US cultural exports that Russians actually love? Thanks for doing this!


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

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Thank you!


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

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What got you interested in the eradication of polio?


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Which snapsvisa pairs best with aquavit? Why?

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Did anyone asked for pizza during hostage situation like TV taught us? Can you tell us about some really tough hostage situation with a good ending?


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so you never started a campfire? if you know what I mean

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Hi there, your show encouraged me to experiment with CBD which has stopped my seizures completely! I now follow an almost exclusively Ketogenic diet and combined with THC/CBD, I'm almost completely off all my other medications. So thank you guys! :D

My question: What type of technological advancement is missing from the cannabis industry? What would make your lives in the cannabusiness easier if "that thing" existed?


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Hi Lisa! I heard your chat at code conference -- are their other tv/film/US cultural exports that Russians actually love? Thanks for doing this!

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Is there a Massachusetts law that relates to "bullying " that results in a death criminal?


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

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


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What got you interested in the eradication of polio?

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=az0BJRQ1cqM Things like this but like I said, from my personal experience I enjoyed my interactions with him.


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

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It's a mix between cancer, autism, seizures, PTSD. This is only for pediatric patients, however. There is no way to approve adults for marijuana yet but access should be available by Spring of next year, which is fast, imo.


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Megan Mullally

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Very good question!


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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.

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Some of the vaccines that are being used along with polio include vaccines to prevent cervical cancer, diphtheria, hepatitis B, measles, mumps, pertussis (whooping cough), pneumonia, polio, rotavirus diarrhoea, rubella and tetanus.  Other vaccines are being considered and require further development and reduction in cost. We aren’t just limited to giving other vaccines alongside the polio vaccine. We can deliver other health interventions as well – Vitamin A, mosquito nets, etc. The polio infrastructure is reaching some of the hardest-to-reach children and we take advantage of that access to provide as much healthcare as possible to them. 


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I like it! But I think it is best used as a digestive after the meal. It is a bitter tasting spirit spiced with wormwood, cinnamon, angelica root, bitter orange and blessed thistle (a herb used in many old medicinal recipes). The bitter taste really refreshes you after a heavy meal. Not easy to pair with food though. It is really strong in flavor, very bitter, so it will be to overpowering for most dishes. For most people it is an acquired taste, something you need to try several times before you get the hung of it. It is a bit like coffee or beer but on a different level, the first time you taste it you usually don't like it, but after some time you get hooked on it. :)

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Yep! As nuts as it sounds, sometimes they do. Not a bad sign as it may likely show they are giving some rational thought to their actions and may be engaged in some sort of predictable planning thought process.

I negotiated a bank robbery with hostages in Brooklyn. Though it happens on TV all the time, in real life, where there's actually a negotiation, it's pretty rare (usually, even if they take hostages, they get out of there before the police arrive).

Anytime people are help a gunpoint in a bank, you never know if the bank robber is actually orchestrating a deadly outcome. The negotiation team was comprised of both FBI Agents and NYPD Hostage Negotiators. It was like an All-star team and the NYPD guys were really, really good.

Because we played a strong "team game" - everyone helping everyone else listen - in any conversation there's just too much for 1 person to take in - we got everyone out safely.

During the course of the negotiation, I was handed notes 2 different times that gave me clues to prefect things to say. Both of those notes were right-on and were picked up by me colleagues who were listening intently.

That was a cool day.


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Zero. Pre-workouts back in the day would clear out your bowels for 24 hours. I also didn't want to have an negligent discharge on my buddy that was standing on my feet. 812 reps without one squeak...Wow, I should be more proud of that achievement.

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It's a mix between cancer, autism, seizures, PTSD. This is only for pediatric patients, however. There is no way to approve adults for marijuana yet but access should be available by Spring of next year, which is fast, imo.


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There are actually quite a few... Friends was a super-popular show for a while, and American movies are really popular. The Martian was showing when I was there in 2015, and I took a Russian guy to see it. Remember that plot point where we had to ask another country for a rocket to get back to Mars? To rescue Matt Damon. IN the movie, we asked.... the Chinese! This guy was incredibly offended by that

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Megan Mullally


Q:

Very good question!

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:

In 1979, polio was no longer active in the United States and a few other countries.  So, we knew that it could be controlled and eradicated.  But most countries in the world were not immunizing for polio.  So, it was important that immunization be taken to all of the children of the world.  And Rotary was interested in accepting this opportunity and helping to immunize the children of the world.  

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The one you like most! But remenber to sip the Aquavit to the food also!


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Yep! As nuts as it sounds, sometimes they do. Not a bad sign as it may likely show they are giving some rational thought to their actions and may be engaged in some sort of predictable planning thought process.

I negotiated a bank robbery with hostages in Brooklyn. Though it happens on TV all the time, in real life, where there's actually a negotiation, it's pretty rare (usually, even if they take hostages, they get out of there before the police arrive).

Anytime people are help a gunpoint in a bank, you never know if the bank robber is actually orchestrating a deadly outcome. The negotiation team was comprised of both FBI Agents and NYPD Hostage Negotiators. It was like an All-star team and the NYPD guys were really, really good.

Because we played a strong "team game" - everyone helping everyone else listen - in any conversation there's just too much for 1 person to take in - we got everyone out safely.

During the course of the negotiation, I was handed notes 2 different times that gave me clues to prefect things to say. Both of those notes were right-on and were picked up by me colleagues who were listening intently.

That was a cool day.

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Haha! Haven't heard that one before. What people do in their spare time doesn't concern me.


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that's amazing to hear! stories like yours are the reason we do this show!

i'd like to see technology geared towards facilitating home cultivation, the more people grow weed at home, the happier a place the world will be -abdullah

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There are actually quite a few... Friends was a super-popular show for a while, and American movies are really popular. The Martian was showing when I was there in 2015, and I took a Russian guy to see it. Remember that plot point where we had to ask another country for a rocket to get back to Mars? To rescue Matt Damon. IN the movie, we asked.... the Chinese! This guy was incredibly offended by that


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So there's no lesser charge being considered. Massachusetts has no specific law against encouraging or assisting suicide and "harassment" would be a strange fit because he willingly participated in all their conversations.

One charge which may have fit -- reckless endangerment -- doesn't work because Roy was 18 years old, and reckless endangerment only applies to minors in Massachusetts.

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Megan Mullally


Q:

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.

A:

In 1979, polio was no longer active in the United States and a few other countries.  So, we knew that it could be controlled and eradicated.  But most countries in the world were not immunizing for polio.  So, it was important that immunization be taken to all of the children of the world.  And Rotary was interested in accepting this opportunity and helping to immunize the children of the world.  


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An episode is 30 minutes. Celebrity edition is 1 hr.

I saw that same episode this week with the pump question. I think they survey people at the

mall which means a few air heads will respond.

He gets paid good money, he just responds to the answers like he is annoyed but It's really an expression of disbelief. Edit: Wrong word/grammar

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What is the strangest thing you discovered in your research?


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Fellow physician here. (pediatric psychiatrist)

I'm trying really hard to understand your position - in another place you commented that the benefits are oversold, and yet I see you speaking about treatments for autism (miniscule evidence in kids), seizures (mild evidence), ptsd (mild evidence in adults, almost none in kids) in kids!

Are you an evidence based physician?

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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!


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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:

So how much asbestos is in the complex?


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Dr. Sever, early in your career you worked with Jonas Salk. How did that shape your thinking about polio, your career and your life?

A:

What kinds of foods pair especially well with aquavit? Do you have any pairing recommendations for beginners?


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Do you have any "non-hostage rescue" related negotiating advice?

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what do you think would be the biggest threat or competition to military recruitment (for example more scholarship and career opportunities to join different non-military agencies)?


Q:

Fellow physician here. (pediatric psychiatrist)

I'm trying really hard to understand your position - in another place you commented that the benefits are oversold, and yet I see you speaking about treatments for autism (miniscule evidence in kids), seizures (mild evidence), ptsd (mild evidence in adults, almost none in kids) in kids!

Are you an evidence based physician?

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Lisa, why Russia? What determined your choice in the first place? Thank you.


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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!

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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!


Q:

So how much asbestos is in the complex?

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which vaccines for other diseases are easiest to deploy alongside polio vaccines, and which are the most difficult (for cost, logistical, political, etc... reasons)?


Q:

Why is it that Aquavit must have some certain ingredients to be called Aquavit?

OP Andersson and Norrlands Aquavit are my favorites

Edit: bad memory

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Do you have any "non-hostage rescue" related negotiating advice?


Q:

Zero. Pre-workouts back in the day would clear out your bowels for 24 hours.

What kind of pre-workouts were these?

A:

Hi there, your show encouraged me to experiment with CBD which has stopped my seizures completely! I now follow an almost exclusively Ketogenic diet and combined with THC/CBD, I'm almost completely off all my other medications. So thank you guys! :D

My question: What type of technological advancement is missing from the cannabis industry? What would make your lives in the cannabusiness easier if "that thing" existed?


Q:

Lisa, why Russia? What determined your choice in the first place? Thank you.

A:

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!


Q:

So how much asbestos is in the complex?

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Dr. Sever, early in your career you worked with Jonas Salk. How did that shape your thinking about polio, your career and your life?


Q:

Oh and my proof

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


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Actually I consider myself science-based. That's why you can find my old blog online, which discusses my thoughts on science and is called "Science-ology" (Not to be confused with the L Ron club), my articles on the website ScienceBasedMedicine.org, and my open declaration of science-based beliefs on one of my recent youtube videos.

The difference between your evidence-based approach and my science-based one, is that you rely on evidence to substantiate your beliefs and judgements. The fact that there is a lack of research creates a disbelief in you and anectotal evidence is deemed too weak to be considered useful. I, on the other hand, read all studies with a grain of salt and weigh the complete literature with the real-world observations and common sense to create my beliefs. Having a solid background in logical fallacy and scientific method, I am able to keep a skeptical eye and call out the false claims while believing in less-proven effects.

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


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It was truly a wonder drug!

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None.


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I was at the National Institutes of Health doing research in infections in children and pregnant women and prevention of these infections.  I knew Doctors Salk and Sabin because of their work on polio vaccine.  Both doctors visited my office at NIH and discussed immunization.  Dr. Sabin was particularly interested in mass immunization to eradicate polio.  And we discussed this frequently.  With Rotary, I saw the opportunity to take this approach to the international level and to eradicate polio throughout the world.  I invited Dr. Sabin to join me in meetings with Rotary on this topic.  Rotary accepted the eradication of polio as their main program of international service.  

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The classic and fantastic combination is with pickled herring. For Swedes this perhaps nothing new, but how to get the most out of it is not common knowledge. Most people just shot the aquavit ice cold in one gulp. Which is a custom dating back to the 19th century when the spirit was very impure and bad tasting, to get it down as easy a possible people drunk it ice cold as quick as possible in order not to taste the bad fusel oil in the spirit. Today the spirit is really pure so you should not drink it to cold because you will miss the good taste of the spices. To maximize the enhancing effect on the food you should sip it together with the food. Try it, you will like it :)


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Lots of them! Mostly with me negotiating myself out of a jam!

I’m about to miss a flight out of Malaysia on my way to Australia. I’m facing an immigration line to leave the country that looks every bit of 40 minutes long and my flight boards in 20 minutes. The breakdowns that have caused me to get in this position were all under my control or oversight.

I cut the line (of 40 people) to the Malaysian government bureaucrat who is taking his time and likely not impressed with the selfish concerns of an American who’s failed to get out in front of his schedule.

Me: “I am so sorry. I’m afraid I’m late. My flight boards in 20 minutes and if you don’t let me through I’m going to miss my flight.”

Him: “Why were you late?” (Unsmiling – He is also looking at the next guy in line that I have jumped in front of and clearly thinking about sending me to the back.)

Me: “It was completely my fault. I’m probably going to be the stupidest person you talk to today.” (What do you think he was thinking at that moment? FBI Empathy /Tactical empathy to the rescue.)

Him: (What is he now thinking? “That’s right.” He smiles, reaches for my passport and ticket – stamps them) “Have a nice flight.”

Later that week I’m delayed in the TSA security checkpoint at Newark Airport. They’ve snagged me because I’ve left a few ounces of water in my “Voss” water bottle in my carry-on shoulder bag. I want to keep the bottle because it’s “Voss”! (and it also has a larger opening to pour in the bizarre vitamins I take.)

The TSA guy is giving me sideways glare/glances as he’s got several bags to check & would clearly rather be doing something else. I smile. No smile in return.

He walks over to get my bag, and when he picks it up I say, “Bless me father for I have sinned.”

His expression remains unamused.

He takes 3 steps towards me to walk me to the table where he’ll open the bag and says. “How long since your last confession my son?”

“An hour. I do a lot of things wrong.”

He lets me drink the rest of the water in front of him (they’re supposed to throw it out), personally walks me back to the front of the security line (once again cutting in front of 40 people – they’re just supposed to expel you back outside the secure area) and makes sure I get on my way with only momentary delay.

This FBI empathy stuff works!

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I think some students leaving High School are looking for a different change of pace, and want to get directly into the work field, and not necessary wanting to commit to another 4 years of school right away. I think more opportunities for "on-the-job" training with college credits built in along the way would be outstanding. Learning and working do not need to be mutually exclusive.


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Actually I consider myself science-based. That's why you can find my old blog online, which discusses my thoughts on science and is called "Science-ology" (Not to be confused with the L Ron club), my articles on the website ScienceBasedMedicine.org, and my open declaration of science-based beliefs on one of my recent youtube videos.

The difference between your evidence-based approach and my science-based one, is that you rely on evidence to substantiate your beliefs and judgements. The fact that there is a lack of research creates a disbelief in you and anectotal evidence is deemed too weak to be considered useful. I, on the other hand, read all studies with a grain of salt and weigh the complete literature with the real-world observations and common sense to create my beliefs. Having a solid background in logical fallacy and scientific method, I am able to keep a skeptical eye and call out the false claims while believing in less-proven effects.

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I was living and working in St. Petersburg in the mid-1990s. I had gotten my degree in Russian language and literature and thought it would be fun to live there while trying to jump-start a writing career


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

A:

It was truly a wonder drug!


Q:

None.

A:

Some of the vaccines that are being used along with polio include vaccines to prevent cervical cancer, diphtheria, hepatitis B, measles, mumps, pertussis (whooping cough), pneumonia, polio, rotavirus diarrhoea, rubella and tetanus.  Other vaccines are being considered and require further development and reduction in cost. We aren’t just limited to giving other vaccines alongside the polio vaccine. We can deliver other health interventions as well – Vitamin A, mosquito nets, etc. The polio infrastructure is reaching some of the hardest-to-reach children and we take advantage of that access to provide as much healthcare as possible to them. 


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From the beginning Aquavit was a medicinal drink, medicinal herbs and spices were steeped in spirit and then used as medicine. The name Aquavit is from Latin "Aqua Vitae" meaning "water of life". A lot of those spices were used to improve digestion and caraway was one on them. Over the years it developed to be something you drank also for the taste and intoxication. From that followed that the spicing that was best with the food became most used and Aquavit turned into a term used for Caraway spiced spirits. Nice choice of favorites! :)

A:

Lots of them! Mostly with me negotiating myself out of a jam!

I’m about to miss a flight out of Malaysia on my way to Australia. I’m facing an immigration line to leave the country that looks every bit of 40 minutes long and my flight boards in 20 minutes. The breakdowns that have caused me to get in this position were all under my control or oversight.

I cut the line (of 40 people) to the Malaysian government bureaucrat who is taking his time and likely not impressed with the selfish concerns of an American who’s failed to get out in front of his schedule.

Me: “I am so sorry. I’m afraid I’m late. My flight boards in 20 minutes and if you don’t let me through I’m going to miss my flight.”

Him: “Why were you late?” (Unsmiling – He is also looking at the next guy in line that I have jumped in front of and clearly thinking about sending me to the back.)

Me: “It was completely my fault. I’m probably going to be the stupidest person you talk to today.” (What do you think he was thinking at that moment? FBI Empathy /Tactical empathy to the rescue.)

Him: (What is he now thinking? “That’s right.” He smiles, reaches for my passport and ticket – stamps them) “Have a nice flight.”

Later that week I’m delayed in the TSA security checkpoint at Newark Airport. They’ve snagged me because I’ve left a few ounces of water in my “Voss” water bottle in my carry-on shoulder bag. I want to keep the bottle because it’s “Voss”! (and it also has a larger opening to pour in the bizarre vitamins I take.)

The TSA guy is giving me sideways glare/glances as he’s got several bags to check & would clearly rather be doing something else. I smile. No smile in return.

He walks over to get my bag, and when he picks it up I say, “Bless me father for I have sinned.”

His expression remains unamused.

He takes 3 steps towards me to walk me to the table where he’ll open the bag and says. “How long since your last confession my son?”

“An hour. I do a lot of things wrong.”

He lets me drink the rest of the water in front of him (they’re supposed to throw it out), personally walks me back to the front of the security line (once again cutting in front of 40 people – they’re just supposed to expel you back outside the secure area) and makes sure I get on my way with only momentary delay.

This FBI empathy stuff works!


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The original jacked formula. Their manufacturer, USPlabs was being investigate by the FDA for causing liver problems, so I stopped taking their products. https://www.fda.gov/food/recallsoutbreaksemergencies/outbreaks/ucm370849.htm

A:

Congrats on your progress! Diet and cannabis is really a magical combination for proper health and combatting all kinds of ailments.

It's not really a technological advancement as much as it is a legislative/human one, but we really need more consistent lab testing industry-wide and all regulated cannabis markets need to establish standards for testing, because right now it's a total crapshoot. We try our best to dose edibles correctly, etc., but the actual numbers of any given thing are totally dependent on the lab testing. Maybe it's better technology also, but that's my biggest complaint about the industry that is holding us back as far as being a reliable and effective medicine similar to what you'd see with pharmaceuticals.

--Ry


Q:

I was living and working in St. Petersburg in the mid-1990s. I had gotten my degree in Russian language and literature and thought it would be fun to live there while trying to jump-start a writing career

A:

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


Q:

None.

A:

I was at the National Institutes of Health doing research in infections in children and pregnant women and prevention of these infections.  I knew Doctors Salk and Sabin because of their work on polio vaccine.  Both doctors visited my office at NIH and discussed immunization.  Dr. Sabin was particularly interested in mass immunization to eradicate polio.  And we discussed this frequently.  With Rotary, I saw the opportunity to take this approach to the international level and to eradicate polio throughout the world.  I invited Dr. Sabin to join me in meetings with Rotary on this topic.  Rotary accepted the eradication of polio as their main program of international service.  


Q:

Did you get so nervous that even an easy question stumped you? Like did your brain freeze once the camera started rolling?

A:

What is the strangest thing you discovered in your research?


Q:

Right, because I get paid based on prescriptions? Talk about out of touch. I'm a Canadian physician who is paid whether or not I prescribe, and who uses science to make the best decisions for my patients. I have zero care whether the science supports marijuana for mental health problems, because when it does, I would prescribe it. Currently, it does not.

People were also burning witches before pills came along and I'm pretty sure amputating infections before pills came along. The "people have been doing it for a while" argument is pretty weak. Did you type this comment on a 2000 year old computer or do you accept that technology and science allows us to know and do things that we couldn't before?

A:

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?


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:

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


Q:

Hello, how do you think we should go about making organizations like Rotary become more a part of a community''s life today such that issues like the one you have working towards can be more easily championed with more people involved?

A:

So what would be the optimal drinking temperature of snaps given that the fusel oil is not present today?

Should we store snaps in the +4-8 °C refrigerator or in a regular cupboard?

After eating a lot of sushi I can recognize that the flavours expand better with room temperature (than with cold from the store). This carries over to spirits as well?


Q:

In a situation where you and your counterpart are aware there is no urgency to make a decision (specifically in sales when prices won't change) how do you create urgency to get your customer to make a decision?

A:

Didn't think the Taliban were brave enough to make a push like that. Hopefully everyone came back O.K. and got to show love for the BRRRRRRT.


Q:

Right, because I get paid based on prescriptions? Talk about out of touch. I'm a Canadian physician who is paid whether or not I prescribe, and who uses science to make the best decisions for my patients. I have zero care whether the science supports marijuana for mental health problems, because when it does, I would prescribe it. Currently, it does not.

People were also burning witches before pills came along and I'm pretty sure amputating infections before pills came along. The "people have been doing it for a while" argument is pretty weak. Did you type this comment on a 2000 year old computer or do you accept that technology and science allows us to know and do things that we couldn't before?

A:

Lisa, why Russia? What determined your choice in the first place? Thank you.


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:

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?


Q:

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

A:

Dr. Sever, early in your career you worked with Jonas Salk. How did that shape your thinking about polio, your career and your life?


Q:

So the alcohol was just a side effect of needing to suspend the botanicals in a solution? Was the alcohol thought to have some beneficial properties too?

On a side note; are there any good Swedish restaurants in London that you would recommend for a smogasbord and Aquavit evening?

A:

In a situation where you and your counterpart are aware there is no urgency to make a decision (specifically in sales when prices won't change) how do you create urgency to get your customer to make a decision?


Q:

Yeah, I remember that stuff. What'd you do in Naval Special Warfare? Did you go to BUD/S?

A:

What is your favorite cannabis strain?


Q:

Lisa, why Russia? What determined your choice in the first place? Thank you.

A:

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?


Q:

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

A:

Hey Doc, what can people without that kind of money do to help and what's in your cross-hair after Polio ?


Q:

That was something I was a little worried about but I really loved being up there. Got 3/5 #1 answers on fast money.........unfortunately my mom was more on the nervous side. No $20,000 for us :(

A:

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


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You are absolutely right. However, my recommendation of Dr. Grinspoon strain is from my own knowledge gleaned through experience practicing my specialty. You can see the 'patient' confirmed what I recommended as true. Of course there isn't science out there about that. I'm cutting edges here and that's part of the value I can provide that other physicians can't.

You are also right that my stance is not in line with Sciencebasedmedicine.com. Not at all. I acknowledge that even the most credible and like-minded can fall short of what is expected of them and so everyone should be scrutinized, including and especially myself.

Look, I haven't had time to evaluate carefully the specifics of logical fallacies and the differences between science and evidence-based opinion... comeon. That part of my life has been lived and is remembered as much as is necessary. Over-analyzing like that slows progress at some point.

A:

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?


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:

Thank you for the offer! :-)


Q:

Rotary works actively to make people aware of its purpose and activities. We have 1.2 million members committed to raising awareness of the importance of polio eradication. Examples of our polio education include major lighting of buildings with information about ending polio now, celebrity endorsements, showing how close we are to polio eradication and creating publications and videos on Rotary’s efforts on polio eradication. And, of course, participating in AMAs. 

A:

I think you are on the right track in your thinking :) My recommendation is to use the fridge +4-8 for most traditional occasions. When you drink it with pickled herring or other cold dishes. Together with cheese I would say room temperature is best. As well as if you drink it on it's own like a cognac or whisky and want to experience the full aroma profile of the product. Especially recommended when enjoying cask matured Aquavit.


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That's a cool question! It speaks to not only what motivates people, but what holds them back when they're indecisive. People hold themselves back when they imagine outcomes of things not working out. They compare several possible "imagined" futures.

The real comparison if what will happen if they do nothing. That's what you use the negotiation skills, whether you use labels or calibrated questions (open-ended - usually "what" or "how") questions to get them to see the results of their inaction. And they need to see it over longer term and not just the immediate.

"What will happen if you don't do (or buy) this?" "Will the issue you're addressing go away or will in slowly increase?" "How will your inaction affect you long term?" "What will you lose by not doing (or buying) this?"

People are also much more motivated by loss avoidance, then by the prospect of gain (This is "Prospect Theory" and it won a Nobel Prize for Behavioral Economics it's so true). So they are more likely to buy something if it will keep them from a loss, as opposed to technically making them better off.

A:

There were a few casualties, but no friendly deaths. BRRRRRT showed no mercy.


Q:

You are absolutely right. However, my recommendation of Dr. Grinspoon strain is from my own knowledge gleaned through experience practicing my specialty. You can see the 'patient' confirmed what I recommended as true. Of course there isn't science out there about that. I'm cutting edges here and that's part of the value I can provide that other physicians can't.

You are also right that my stance is not in line with Sciencebasedmedicine.com. Not at all. I acknowledge that even the most credible and like-minded can fall short of what is expected of them and so everyone should be scrutinized, including and especially myself.

Look, I haven't had time to evaluate carefully the specifics of logical fallacies and the differences between science and evidence-based opinion... comeon. That part of my life has been lived and is remembered as much as is necessary. Over-analyzing like that slows progress at some point.

A:

Then, when she came back, she had all these gifts and nice photos, and she told me how wonderful the Russians were. I was truly confused, and I guess I just always wanted to find out for myself what they were like


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:

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!


Q:

Thank you for the offer! :-)

A:

I was at the National Institutes of Health doing research in infections in children and pregnant women and prevention of these infections.  I knew Doctors Salk and Sabin because of their work on polio vaccine.  Both doctors visited my office at NIH and discussed immunization.  Dr. Sabin was particularly interested in mass immunization to eradicate polio.  And we discussed this frequently.  With Rotary, I saw the opportunity to take this approach to the international level and to eradicate polio throughout the world.  I invited Dr. Sabin to join me in meetings with Rotary on this topic.  Rotary accepted the eradication of polio as their main program of international service.  


Q:

Alcohol in it self was also believed to improve health and it was actually alcohol that first were named "water of life". The traces of that is the name for wine distillate "Eau-de-Vie" and "Whisky" (originally "Uisge Beatha" water of life in gaelic). When the spirit was combined with the medicinal herbs it turned into a even more potent medicine. The history behind both today's Aquavits and Gins.

A:

That's a cool question! It speaks to not only what motivates people, but what holds them back when they're indecisive. People hold themselves back when they imagine outcomes of things not working out. They compare several possible "imagined" futures.

The real comparison if what will happen if they do nothing. That's what you use the negotiation skills, whether you use labels or calibrated questions (open-ended - usually "what" or "how") questions to get them to see the results of their inaction. And they need to see it over longer term and not just the immediate.

"What will happen if you don't do (or buy) this?" "Will the issue you're addressing go away or will in slowly increase?" "How will your inaction affect you long term?" "What will you lose by not doing (or buying) this?"

People are also much more motivated by loss avoidance, then by the prospect of gain (This is "Prospect Theory" and it won a Nobel Prize for Behavioral Economics it's so true). So they are more likely to buy something if it will keep them from a loss, as opposed to technically making them better off.


Q:

I was a Navy Cryptologic Technician. No, I was not a SEAL.

A:

hard q, but overall sour D. honorable mention for Durban poison -abdullah


Q:

Then, when she came back, she had all these gifts and nice photos, and she told me how wonderful the Russians were. I was truly confused, and I guess I just always wanted to find out for myself what they were like

A:

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?


Q:

Thank you for the offer! :-)

A:

Rotary is working actively to raise $50 million dollars per year for the next three years.  Even small donations will help to reach that goal.  People can also help raise awareness of the problem within their personal networks.  Consider contacting your local Rotary club to get involved as a volunteer. We are dedicated to completing the eradication of polio before moving on to other projects.  


Q:

What happened before and after the show?

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:

I'm a sarcoidosis patient with muscle/joint pain and some reduced lung capacity. Are there medical marijuana treatment options that may be suitable?

A:

Hey Nick,

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


Q:

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

A:

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?


Q:

Thank you so much for your service, and doing this AMA. Apologies in advance if any one of them is inappropriate, but I've got three questions for you:

  1. Many people from a select few third world countries are violently opposed to getting their children vaccinated against polio. This opposition is primarily based on different conspiracy theories. A simple discussion with them isn't enough. They refuse to even consider. How can we overcome this, given that they are a hurdle in eradicating polio globally?

  2. The rivalry between Dr. Salk and Dr. Sabin is quite famous. Was Dr. Salk ever bitter that Dr. Sabin had violently opposed him?

  3. Whom did you spend more time with? Dr. Salk or Dr. Sabin?

A:

What's the difference between aquavit and vodka?


Q:

How DO men and women negotiate differently? Do women need to approach negotiation differently? As a woman, I feel like I do.

A:

Good to know. How did you like working with the Afghans?


Q:

I'm a sarcoidosis patient with muscle/joint pain and some reduced lung capacity. Are there medical marijuana treatment options that may be suitable?

A:

Is there a particular memory from your time in Russia that stands out more than the rest?


Q:

Hey Nick,

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

A:

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


Q:

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?

A:

Hey Doc, what can people without that kind of money do to help and what's in your cross-hair after Polio ?


Q:

What's your favorite glogg recipe?

A:

How DO men and women negotiate differently? Do women need to approach negotiation differently? As a woman, I feel like I do.


Q:

NSW's quite a broad, encompassing term I see.

A:

What is your favorite cannabis strain?


Q:

Is there a particular memory from your time in Russia that stands out more than the rest?

A:

Hey Nick,

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


Q:

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?

A:

Thank you so much for your service, and doing this AMA. Apologies in advance if any one of them is inappropriate, but I've got three questions for you:

  1. Many people from a select few third world countries are violently opposed to getting their children vaccinated against polio. This opposition is primarily based on different conspiracy theories. A simple discussion with them isn't enough. They refuse to even consider. How can we overcome this, given that they are a hurdle in eradicating polio globally?

  2. The rivalry between Dr. Salk and Dr. Sabin is quite famous. Was Dr. Salk ever bitter that Dr. Sabin had violently opposed him?

  3. Whom did you spend more time with? Dr. Salk or Dr. Sabin?


Q:

Well very generally speaking: at the start of the day we were put in the green room with 8-9 other families. Food, drinks, it wasn't too bad. Then they told us that they intentionally overbook in case of a family winning 5 games in a row and needing to get 2 families to start a show rather than just replacing the losing one. So after about 7-8 hours watching all these other families get called up we were starting to worry that we'd get the boot. But once they said they had two filming slots left we got called up!

A:

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


Q:

Cannabis in general will be useful because of its anti-inflammatory properties and improved tolerance to chronic pain.

A:

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


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:

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


Q:

Rotary has thousands of members in places like Pakistan. Since they are friends, neighbors and leaders in local communities, they are trusted community voices. Parents trust these members when they talk about the safety and importance of the vaccine. Rotary and its partners also work closely with other trusted community voices. For example, Rotary hosts regular workshops for Ulemas (religious leaders) to educate them on the importance of the vaccine. They then become advocates who go back to their communities and talk about why the polio vaccine is important. Overall, trust and demand for the vaccine in other parts of the world is high. 

Both Dr. Salk and Dr. Sabin were brilliant and highly committed to vaccines for polio.  The inactivated vaccine was used in the U.S. from 1955.  We switched to the live vaccine in 1962.  Today we are using both vaccines together toward the eradication of polio.  Both Drs. Salk and Sabin met with me in my office at NIH and Dr. Sabin moved to NIH in his retirement.  So I saw him very frequently and we worked together on the polio eradication program as well as on developing a new aerosolized measles vaccine.  

A:

The base is the same, pure neutral alcohol but an Aquavit is spiced with Caraway and or Dill seed and also other spices. Traditionally drunk in the Scandinavian countries as a Shot together with food, in particular when a Swedish smorgasbord is served.


Q:

Are you kidding me?!

I think women are naturally BETTER negotiators!!!

Men are perceived by the business world to be more willing to ask for what they want, to set limits on what they'll accept or to say "no" and walk away.

Women are perceived by they business world to be more relationship focused which tends to allow more tolerance for the sake of the relationship when the negotiation is perceive to be putting the relationship at stake.

I think all elements mentioned above are necessary and I think women show more inclination to the tactical empathy based negotiation I teach. I've got a number of very strong success stories of women being successful as a result of using what I and my company teaches and the success stories are in greater percentages that the percentage of women we've taught.

A:

Most of them were kind, friendly and honestly wanted their country to be stable. Our cultures are so different, it's difficult to have the same values. Militarily, it was like watching middle schoolers with airsoft guns.


Q:

Cannabis in general will be useful because of its anti-inflammatory properties and improved tolerance to chronic pain.

A:

God, there were so many. Being stranded in a tiny village near Lake Baikal in 1995, with pigs wandering the streets. Going to a rap show with MC Pavlov, Russia's first rap star, in 1995. Interviewing a 98-year-old woman who remembered going to elementary school during Tsarist times...


Q:

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

A:

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!


Q:

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

A:

Rotary is working actively to raise $50 million dollars per year for the next three years.  Even small donations will help to reach that goal.  People can also help raise awareness of the problem within their personal networks.  Consider contacting your local Rotary club to get involved as a volunteer. We are dedicated to completing the eradication of polio before moving on to other projects.  


Q:

"Glögg" is the name for the Swedish type of spiced wine, drunk hot in Christmas time. My favorite is the classical Swedish recipe, sweet and spicy. Made from red wine, fortified wines, sugar and spiced with cloves, ginger and cardamom. The original recipe sold under the brand name "Blossa" Yummy! :)

A:

Are you kidding me?!

I think women are naturally BETTER negotiators!!!

Men are perceived by the business world to be more willing to ask for what they want, to set limits on what they'll accept or to say "no" and walk away.

Women are perceived by they business world to be more relationship focused which tends to allow more tolerance for the sake of the relationship when the negotiation is perceive to be putting the relationship at stake.

I think all elements mentioned above are necessary and I think women show more inclination to the tactical empathy based negotiation I teach. I've got a number of very strong success stories of women being successful as a result of using what I and my company teaches and the success stories are in greater percentages that the percentage of women we've taught.


Q:

I was a Navy Cryptologic Technician. No, I was not a SEAL.

A:

I am an OG guy, so Triangle Kush is generally my #1 go-to. But I really love equatorial Sativas and obsess over things like Old Timer's Haze that flower for 14-16 weeks and grow like bush weed. So uniquely flavorful and effects like nothing else in modern cannabis.

--Ry


Q:

God, there were so many. Being stranded in a tiny village near Lake Baikal in 1995, with pigs wandering the streets. Going to a rap show with MC Pavlov, Russia's first rap star, in 1995. Interviewing a 98-year-old woman who remembered going to elementary school during Tsarist times...

A:

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


Q:

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

A:

Rotary has thousands of members in places like Pakistan. Since they are friends, neighbors and leaders in local communities, they are trusted community voices. Parents trust these members when they talk about the safety and importance of the vaccine. Rotary and its partners also work closely with other trusted community voices. For example, Rotary hosts regular workshops for Ulemas (religious leaders) to educate them on the importance of the vaccine. They then become advocates who go back to their communities and talk about why the polio vaccine is important. Overall, trust and demand for the vaccine in other parts of the world is high. 

Both Dr. Salk and Dr. Sabin were brilliant and highly committed to vaccines for polio.  The inactivated vaccine was used in the U.S. from 1955.  We switched to the live vaccine in 1962.  Today we are using both vaccines together toward the eradication of polio.  Both Drs. Salk and Sabin met with me in my office at NIH and Dr. Sabin moved to NIH in his retirement.  So I saw him very frequently and we worked together on the polio eradication program as well as on developing a new aerosolized measles vaccine.  


Q:

How bright were the studio lights?

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:

I am dealing with an auto-immune related inflammatory condition and have been through so many different medications and treatments, with not much success or relief from my constant pain. I have been waiting for the medical marijuana law to be passed in PA and now that it has am now waiting for it to be implemented. How do I start the process for applying for medical marijuana or finding a doctor that is willing to try it as a treatment? Is your practice in PA anywhere near York? I have also been debating changing doctors as well and don't know if that might bring in new eyes to my conditions and maybe new treatments. Do you think it is wise to stay with my current doctor (6 years now) or is there benefit in doctor shopping when dealing with a chronic illness that has no cure?

A:

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


Q:

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

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:

All organisms exist for some purpose in our ecosystem. What do you think the purpose was/is of polio? Should we save a bit just in case? I know some is in storage now.

A:

What education do you have? What knowledge is recommended for a master blender? Also: how much snaps do you consume during a year?


Q:

Chris, do you still have wind breakers and hats with "FBI" on them and are you allowed to wear them?

And do what was your time like with the FBI? Can you give us a scary story and a funny story about your time with the FBI?

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If its anything like watching the Iraqis trying to do jumping jacks( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbK76okexVk ) it couldn't have been good. Mind elaborating a little on how the values are different?


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I am dealing with an auto-immune related inflammatory condition and have been through so many different medications and treatments, with not much success or relief from my constant pain. I have been waiting for the medical marijuana law to be passed in PA and now that it has am now waiting for it to be implemented. How do I start the process for applying for medical marijuana or finding a doctor that is willing to try it as a treatment? Is your practice in PA anywhere near York? I have also been debating changing doctors as well and don't know if that might bring in new eyes to my conditions and maybe new treatments. Do you think it is wise to stay with my current doctor (6 years now) or is there benefit in doctor shopping when dealing with a chronic illness that has no cure?

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Is there a particular memory from your time in Russia that stands out more than the rest?


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

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


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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!

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Thank you so much for your service, and doing this AMA. Apologies in advance if any one of them is inappropriate, but I've got three questions for you:

  1. Many people from a select few third world countries are violently opposed to getting their children vaccinated against polio. This opposition is primarily based on different conspiracy theories. A simple discussion with them isn't enough. They refuse to even consider. How can we overcome this, given that they are a hurdle in eradicating polio globally?

  2. The rivalry between Dr. Salk and Dr. Sabin is quite famous. Was Dr. Salk ever bitter that Dr. Sabin had violently opposed him?

  3. Whom did you spend more time with? Dr. Salk or Dr. Sabin?


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What education do you have? What knowledge is recommended for a master blender? Also: how much snaps do you consume during a year?

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Chris, do you still have wind breakers and hats with "FBI" on them and are you allowed to wear them?

And do what was your time like with the FBI? Can you give us a scary story and a funny story about your time with the FBI?


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How does an amazing navy destroyer get hit by one of the worlds largest ships at 2am?

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What's the best way to decarb?

In the episode where your guest chef decarbed in a Sous Vide it seemed like a game changer to me and seemed like the most efficient way to accomplish the task and preserve the flavor of the flower. Is this the best method or is there a superior way to do it?


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Is there a particular memory from your time in Russia that stands out more than the rest?

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


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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!

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Not too bad during the normal game but during fast money it was really, really bright.


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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.

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Talk to your own doctor first, if you feel comfortable with that. Then, if they are not applying to be a registered cannabis physician in PA, call our office (855-420DOCS, or 844-4PA-WEED) sometime in the fall when we're closer to the medication being available and we will touch base with you then about the most recent regulations and policies concerning attaining a medical marijuana card.


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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.

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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!


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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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The polio virus has been present for centuries and was shown in Egyptian drawings as paralysis of an individual with a deformed leg.  It appears that polio’s main purpose has been for the virus to survive and multiply and continue its life as a virus.  As other viruses do.  Hopefully we will eliminate its ability to cause paralysis and death to human beings.  Samples of smallpox virus (the only human disease ever eradicated) are kept in highly secure facilities for possible need in relation to research.  Upon eradication, polio virus will be contained in the appropriate facilities where studies will continue.


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I have a Master in Biology and Chemistry. A good natural science knowledge is needed to master the processes of extracting flavors from spices and herbs. Then you need to have a great interest in tastes and flavors in general, to really enjoy food and drinks is important to be able to develop your sense for taste and to create a memory bank for flavors. I don't belive that I have been born with a "super nose", most people have the physiological ability, motivation and training is the key. How much snaps I consume? I have no idea, I for sure taste more in my work than I consume privately. But of course at the traditional festivities and othervise as soon as I think it will give me a taste experience with the food or in a cocktail :)


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It's exactly like that video. (I share that quite often). It's also be equated to "herding kittens."

We want a safe and secure country with democracy, and expensive gadgets. They are content. It's difficult to ask content people to turn in their best friends who happens to be an insurgents. I am however no expert on anthropology and cultures, just my two cents.

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Talk to your own doctor first, if you feel comfortable with that. Then, if they are not applying to be a registered cannabis physician in PA, call our office (855-420DOCS, or 844-4PA-WEED) sometime in the fall when we're closer to the medication being available and we will touch base with you then about the most recent regulations and policies concerning attaining a medical marijuana card.


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And dude: Re: caviar and herring, I don't know what to tell you. It's my personal theory that if caviar were cheap, no one would ever touch it. There's something about the fact that it's a delicacy that makes people want to love it.

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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.


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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!

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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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Rotary has thousands of members in places like Pakistan. Since they are friends, neighbors and leaders in local communities, they are trusted community voices. Parents trust these members when they talk about the safety and importance of the vaccine. Rotary and its partners also work closely with other trusted community voices. For example, Rotary hosts regular workshops for Ulemas (religious leaders) to educate them on the importance of the vaccine. They then become advocates who go back to their communities and talk about why the polio vaccine is important. Overall, trust and demand for the vaccine in other parts of the world is high. 

Both Dr. Salk and Dr. Sabin were brilliant and highly committed to vaccines for polio.  The inactivated vaccine was used in the U.S. from 1955.  We switched to the live vaccine in 1962.  Today we are using both vaccines together toward the eradication of polio.  Both Drs. Salk and Sabin met with me in my office at NIH and Dr. Sabin moved to NIH in his retirement.  So I saw him very frequently and we worked together on the polio eradication program as well as on developing a new aerosolized measles vaccine.  

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I have a Master in Biology and Chemistry. A good natural science knowledge is needed to master the processes of extracting flavors from spices and herbs. Then you need to have a great interest in tastes and flavors in general, to really enjoy food and drinks is important to be able to develop your sense for taste and to create a memory bank for flavors. I don't belive that I have been born with a "super nose", most people have the physiological ability, motivation and training is the key. How much snaps I consume? I have no idea, I for sure taste more in my work than I consume privately. But of course at the traditional festivities and othervise as soon as I think it will give me a taste experience with the food or in a cocktail :)


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I was never underway on a Navy ship, so your guess is as good as mine. I would assume many little mistakes + Murphy's law equated to this terrible and unfortunate loss of life.


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We use a really great process called the jar method. You put the cannabis flower, fat (coconut oil, butter, we've even done sweetened condensed milk) into a mason jar, boil for two hours and strain. Decarb and infuse all in one. - vl

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And dude: Re: caviar and herring, I don't know what to tell you. It's my personal theory that if caviar were cheap, no one would ever touch it. There's something about the fact that it's a delicacy that makes people want to love it.


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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:

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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did he give you the retard/thousand yard stare?

he hit on your mom, didn't he?

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This didn't sound weird to me.

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


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How long do you think it will be before marijuana is legalized all over the US? I suffer from chronic pain in a state where marijuana isn't legal, which sucks.

A:

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


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


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With midsummer coming up, how do I best get my friends to enjoy aquavit?

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I was very interested in your insights of him as a negotiator. I don't think he's come across well in the political field, because his normal tactics don't seem to work. Some of his successes have perhaps been him realising he has to evolve a little.


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Hmm... I can see how it can be that way. No different from Colombia to a degree. Well I appreciate you answering my questions and signing on that dotted line. Wish you the best of luck with your company.

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How long do you think it will be before marijuana is legalized all over the US? I suffer from chronic pain in a state where marijuana isn't legal, which sucks.


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Was about to call you out for exaggeration when:

me: "do you like Obama?"

Russian SO: "no"

me: "why"

Russian SO: "because i'm Russian"

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


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


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I've ordered a bottle of O.P. Andersson 125 Years Anniversary Edition, is it any good?

Do you make your own snaps, for consumption at home? Any recommendations when it comes to spices/things to add to it.

I've currently got 2 bottles of beska droppar waiting for midsummer. I've also tried making my own blackcurrant which was decent, but slightly too fruity for me.

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Do you miss the hostage negotiation days with the FBI? I'm sure it was very rewarding although extremely stressful...


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What is your daily schedule / routine. I've heard many stories of military men with strict routines and was wondering what yours is? What makes you productive?

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I've done this with already vaped bud, coconut oil and slow cooker. Turned out very strong, but tastes horrible. Any way I can improve the taste?


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Was about to call you out for exaggeration when:

me: "do you like Obama?"

Russian SO: "no"

me: "why"

Russian SO: "because i'm Russian"

A:

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


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

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Maybe a little (to both questions)


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Watch it all, it's truly awesome!

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Five years. Based purely on subjective opinion.


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Don't shave.

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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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The answer to both of those questions is classified.

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Tell them to really taste the aquavit with the food, not just gulp it, to get the 1+1=3 experience. And serve the Aquavit just chilled or at room temp.


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Thank you for the intelligent questions!


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Five years. Based purely on subjective opinion.

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  1. Yes, I'm a native born US citizen. Biggest differences are: We have the first amendment, which guarantees us the right to speak and protest. Russians don't. You can see how the Russian government responds to protests, particularly those supporting either the political opposition or gay rights. They disperse them, sometimes violently.

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Don't shave.

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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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The answer to both of those questions is classified.

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O.P. Anderson 125 Y A E was made last year to celebrate the anniversary of O.P. Anderson Original launched in 1891. 44 %vol as the strength 1891.
I think it is great! But I have made it so that may not be a surprise ;) But to be serious, I have got a lot of positive feedback from a lot of people! Compared to the Original it has more spices and includes three different kinds of cask matured O.P. adding cask character. In the blend I have used Aquavit aged on three types of casks. Oloroso Sherry, Cognac and Whisky. The last being Bourbon barrels used for Scotch Malt Whisky before I have used them for maturation of O.P. Anderson. The 125 blend includes Aquavit matured between 3 and 16 years.


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I don't miss it because I love this so much now. Putting this stuff to work in the business world and in people's everyday lives is awesome! I'm helping people make their lives better and helping them bring better lives to their families.

As far as the stress back then? I felt it was a privilege to do the work. It was my mission at the time. My purpose. Read Daniel Pink's book "Drive". He talks about that kind of thing.

Among the things I've been doing lately is working with real estate agents. They are doing so much more to support their clients in the sale of their homes, one of the most stressful things you can go through (short of a kidnapping). It's very cool. A new purpose for me.

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Early out of bed makes me incredibly more productive. I'm prefer to roll out of bed, take my supplements and head to the gym. The endorphins (and the caffeine) help wake me up and keep my energized. Other than that, it's keeping on task throughout the day. I get distracted very easily, so keeping a check list makes it manageable!


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I always go back to Deuki Hong's keef chicken wings from season 1 -abdullah

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  1. Yes, I'm a native born US citizen. Biggest differences are: We have the first amendment, which guarantees us the right to speak and protest. Russians don't. You can see how the Russian government responds to protests, particularly those supporting either the political opposition or gay rights. They disperse them, sometimes violently.

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Don't shave.

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The answer to both of those questions is classified.


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Do you think they should increase the fast money consolation prize to $10 per point instead of $5 per point?

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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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I'm a Neurologist/Pain Specialist in NY, though am also licensed in MI, NJ, PA, WV. From what you've written you seem to be mostly praising the THC aspect of MMJ which I find interesting as that's sort of contrary to the majority(including myself) approach, THC isn't validated for all conditions and certainly for things like pain, a titrated even dosage (CBD/THC) is significantly more effective, than something like Dr. Grinspoon which you mentioned which is basically entirely THC. Are you trying to make patients forget their ailments due to couchlock-insane highs? Something like Grinspoon for ADHD/ADD would not have any helpful aspects comparatively to a higher CBD strain which could be used to address the ticks/fidgets/hyperactivity commonly associated..

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


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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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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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What negotiating tactics can I use to convince my girlfriend that having 5 house cats is enough, and we don't need to add anymore?

Bonus points if she will still talk to me after said negotiation.

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How does your workout supplements work ? What do you mean by customizable ?


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I'm a Neurologist/Pain Specialist in NY, though am also licensed in MI, NJ, PA, WV. From what you've written you seem to be mostly praising the THC aspect of MMJ which I find interesting as that's sort of contrary to the majority(including myself) approach, THC isn't validated for all conditions and certainly for things like pain, a titrated even dosage (CBD/THC) is significantly more effective, than something like Dr. Grinspoon which you mentioned which is basically entirely THC. Are you trying to make patients forget their ailments due to couchlock-insane highs? Something like Grinspoon for ADHD/ADD would not have any helpful aspects comparatively to a higher CBD strain which could be used to address the ticks/fidgets/hyperactivity commonly associated..

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Thank you!

Good to here for the average citizen their economy is better.

What are any the cons they speak of within your interviews?

"You can see how the Russian government responds to protests... " Ha yes, but do like to find out/confirm from others, as yourself, who have been there.

With that, can imagine Rusky news-hype when our U.S. protests end up in violence, riots, police actions, what have you. So it goes.


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

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


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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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What is your favourite Swedish competitor (as in outside the Altia/Folkofolk sphere) the when it comes to aquavit and why?

What do you think of the "emerging" destillery scene in Sweden with small producers entering the market?


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Cool, thanks for doing this.

In one of the finest movies to ever grace a screen, 1998's poignant 'The Negotiator', who was the better negotiator in your opinion: Keven Spacey or Samuel L Jackson?

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Thought about waking earlier for gym time (also in the military). Does early gym time actually help you through the day? I always think that i'll crash mid morning due to the caffeine/workouts.

Additionally, do you go to bed early at night


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First off, I love all of you, and love all the creativity each of you bring to the table! What are your favorite infusions to do at home beyond the average cannabutter? ( I love infused honey)

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Thank you!

Good to here for the average citizen their economy is better.

What are any the cons they speak of within your interviews?

"You can see how the Russian government responds to protests... " Ha yes, but do like to find out/confirm from others, as yourself, who have been there.

With that, can imagine Rusky news-hype when our U.S. protests end up in violence, riots, police actions, what have you. So it goes.


Q:

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

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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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Well at the very least for our episode it should have been $100 a point!

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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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They both have therapeutic properties but THC definitely has a place closer to my heart. I do support the use of CBD and the entire entourage-effect, though. I think either substance on its own is less effective. I stress the need for THC in these patients because I advocate the use of medicinal marijuana and feel there continues to be a stigma against the psychoactive properties of THC. That high is very much the treatment for some people. What MMJ is "validated" to treat is moot. That's the whole reason I'm doing what I do, to discover what works in a sociopolitical situation that has blocked data on this highly effective medication. While most people stop in the absence of data due to the normal circumstances being that when such a situation arises there must be no benefit (pertaining to traditional pharmaceuticals), I head forward by using what little data there is to guide decisions and navigate uncharted waters. When you asked me if I'm trying to make patients forget their ailments by overmedicating them, are you trying to insult me or are you actually expecting an answer? I hope any other physicians interacting with me here can retain a level of respect towards me despite conflicting opinions.

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Digging post holes by hand.


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


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My friend, the most dangerous negotiation is the one you don't know you're in!

This isn't about house cats. It's about her security and how she see's the world. There are things that are driving her that she is afraid to share with you (hidden) and there are things driving her that are so far in the past she may have forgotten them (blind).

You're dig into this with labels: "It seems like what the cats give you is important to you." "It seems you had cats growing up?" "It feels to you lke there's something missing in your life?" "It feels like having the cats helps you control things in the world that are otherwise out of control."

If you can dig into what's driving her, you may be able to diffuse it, or find another way to address it.

If you are really trying to understand, she won't only be speaking to you afterward, she's likely to feel much closer to you as well.

Good luck!

A:

We have an easy to use web interface, that upon launch, you can read descriptions of every ingredient, add it to your bottle, pick the dose that is right for your goals, and buy it just like that! We fill the bottle and ship it directly to you with the supplements and doses you want.

You can learn more by looking at our Kickstarter or watching our video on social media- Our company name is Scoop.


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They both have therapeutic properties but THC definitely has a place closer to my heart. I do support the use of CBD and the entire entourage-effect, though. I think either substance on its own is less effective. I stress the need for THC in these patients because I advocate the use of medicinal marijuana and feel there continues to be a stigma against the psychoactive properties of THC. That high is very much the treatment for some people. What MMJ is "validated" to treat is moot. That's the whole reason I'm doing what I do, to discover what works in a sociopolitical situation that has blocked data on this highly effective medication. While most people stop in the absence of data due to the normal circumstances being that when such a situation arises there must be no benefit (pertaining to traditional pharmaceuticals), I head forward by using what little data there is to guide decisions and navigate uncharted waters. When you asked me if I'm trying to make patients forget their ailments by overmedicating them, are you trying to insult me or are you actually expecting an answer? I hope any other physicians interacting with me here can retain a level of respect towards me despite conflicting opinions.

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Well, to be honest I haven't attended any rallies there in a long time. I was at some for Yeltsin in 1995, but I've never been to any anti-government rallies. So, I'm basing my opinion on what I've seen reported, and what some Russians have told me.

And certainly, Russians know that not everything is perfect in their country. But in my experience, particularly right now, they're not too inclined to share what they DON'T like with visiting Americans. Or at least, not with me.

I did have one scientist tell me that Russia wasn't ready for fully free speech, as it would result in too much upheaval. His opinion was that Russians needed a steadying hand to keep them in line, and that even though this resulted in less freedom, it was ultimately better for their society.


Q:

Digging post holes by hand.

A:

(She laughed for a long time and shrugged)


Q:

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

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Actually I don't look upon them as competitors more as colleagues working with us to develop the culture around Swedish Aquavit. As long as their products are made with care and craftsmanship from real spices and botanicals I welcome them. I am afraid that I have seen some opportunistic products that probably don't even fulfill the legal requirements to be called Aquavit.


Q:

The character as written overall for Kevin Spacey was better (with a couple of exceptions - negotiators are never in charge - decisions don't go through them). Samuel Jackson as a good guy backed into a corner was a better hostage taker!

We used to use several clips from that movie as teaching points. One we always loved was where the Samuel Jackson character is "schooling" the less talented hostage negotiator to not say "no" as an outright rejection. If you google it, it's hysterical!

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I highly recommend trying it. I followed the morning workout routine my entire time in the military, and even now in civilian life. I personally experience "brain fog" if I wait until the evening to workout. Working out in the morning jacks up my metabolism so I can have a big breakfast, and eat smaller meals throughout the day leading up to a small dinner. There are a lot of reasons, but those are just a few.

If you're getting a crash, maybe there are other factors like poor energy sources or bad stimulants.


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At home I just have some strong VG tincture and some even stronger infused coconut oil I made using the Ry jar method -abdullah

A:

Well, to be honest I haven't attended any rallies there in a long time. I was at some for Yeltsin in 1995, but I've never been to any anti-government rallies. So, I'm basing my opinion on what I've seen reported, and what some Russians have told me.

And certainly, Russians know that not everything is perfect in their country. But in my experience, particularly right now, they're not too inclined to share what they DON'T like with visiting Americans. Or at least, not with me.

I did have one scientist tell me that Russia wasn't ready for fully free speech, as it would result in too much upheaval. His opinion was that Russians needed a steadying hand to keep them in line, and that even though this resulted in less freedom, it was ultimately better for their society.


Q:

Digging post holes by hand.

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


Q:

When and where did you hear jokes about Gynecologists?

A:

Favorite Star Trek episode?


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What motivated you to become a physician?

A:

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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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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Well just get some shovels :D


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Would you rather fight 1 horse sized duck or 100 duck sized horses?

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How does an amazing navy destroyer get hit by one of the worlds largest ships at 2am?


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What motivated you to become a physician?

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To be fair though, the same police response to protest happens in the US despite having the first amendment.


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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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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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Well just get some shovels :D

A:

Got any recipes for mixed drinks with aquavit? What alcohols/juices/flavors work best with aquavit if I wanted to experiment?


Q:

Cool, thanks for doing this.

In one of the finest movies to ever grace a screen, 1998's poignant 'The Negotiator', who was the better negotiator in your opinion: Keven Spacey or Samuel L Jackson?

A:

What supplements and breakfast (if any) do you take before the gym? Also what's your workout regimen? (I.e. Isolated muscle groups or simple push/pull days, how many days a week, how much cardio,etc)


Q:

Would you ever consider putting together a video on cooking with concentrates? I'd love some straight forward instructions on how to properly use them. The other tutorials you've done have been wonderful.

Love the show!

A:

To be fair though, the same police response to protest happens in the US despite having the first amendment.


Q:

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?

A:

Well just get some shovels :D


Q:

Well my first thought was butt doctors but I couldn't think of the proper term (proctologist) so I basically panicked and blurted out vagina doctor.

A:

Outside the ones I wrote, you mean?


Q:

My mother: "You can always become a businessman after you're a doctor but you can never do it the other way around. "

A:

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.


Q:

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.

A:

:-)


Q:

Are you crackers?

A:

I was never underway on a Navy ship, so your guess is as good as mine. I would assume many little mistakes + Murphy's law equated to this terrible and unfortunate loss of life.


Q:

My mother: "You can always become a businessman after you're a doctor but you can never do it the other way around. "

A:

And YES, I have watched every episode of the Americans. it's a-ma-zing. So cool to watch something set during that time period. I totally remember watching "The Day After" when I was in high school and being completely freaked out. Also, I love that there are so many Russian actors speaking real Russian in it.

Do you love the show too?


Q:

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.

A:

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").


Q:

:-)

A:

I really encourage you to experiment! Check out what these guys do for inspiration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Im7KP6766yg&list=PLPr1o12ioO7OkJvfwYXTGAoXpwr2PHDLr


Q:

Where are my bonus points!?

A:

I usually take a pre-workout on an empty stomach prior to working out. Immediately following my workout, I drink about 25g of protein, 5-10g of creatine and have about 3 cups of oatmeal with walnuts and frozen blueberries. My reasoning behind eating post workout is that when you sleep at night you're "fasting" when you workout on an empty stomach and no carbs are readily available your body uses a little more fat for energy.

I usually alternate between:

Arms/abs day

Bench / Chest and back day

Squat and leg day

I run about 2-3 miles every other evening mostly for the calories.


Q:

We would love to do more of this. Noted! Simple instructionals are one of the biggest requests we get, as the show doesn't usually allow for a full explanation of everything for time reasons.

--Ry

A:

And YES, I have watched every episode of the Americans. it's a-ma-zing. So cool to watch something set during that time period. I totally remember watching "The Day After" when I was in high school and being completely freaked out. Also, I love that there are so many Russian actors speaking real Russian in it.

Do you love the show too?


Q:

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.

A:

:-)


Q:

In retrospect did your Mom kinda wish someone else went out there for fast money or did you all agree ahead of time who the 2 would be for fast money?

A:

Yes


Q:

What are the hardest challenges you face working with something as "Controversial" as Marijuana, do you ever find people who think less of you (either in general or as a doctor) because you have chosen to work with pot?

A:

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


Q:

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

A:

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


Q:

Its a question everyone on reddit who does an ama gets asked

A:

What is your daily schedule / routine. I've heard many stories of military men with strict routines and was wondering what yours is? What makes you productive?


Q:

What are the hardest challenges you face working with something as "Controversial" as Marijuana, do you ever find people who think less of you (either in general or as a doctor) because you have chosen to work with pot?

A:

Thanks for doing the AMA. I saw a documentary about how propaganda works in Russia and rather than suppressing a story, apparently lots of different versions of the same story are put out.

Have you witnessed this? Do you find the Russians you spoke to are oblivious to the news? Has the attitude changed over time?


Q:

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

A:

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?


Q:

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

A:

What do you think of Absolut? Also how many times do you think is appropriate to make a non-Swede sing Helan går at a crayfish party?


Q:

Can anybody learn to be a negotiator or are specific aptitudes required?

A:

I was so hoping you would say Game of Thrones. I've never seen Silicon Valley, it seems interesting and funny. Excited for the new season?


Q:

Saw an episode the other day where you used UK cheese in a recipe. With cannabis being illegal over here and in the second most illegal category of drugs in the UK, how did you manage to get it over to the US? Or did you grow it over there with seeds?

Maybe I'm being stupid!

A:

Thanks for doing the AMA. I saw a documentary about how propaganda works in Russia and rather than suppressing a story, apparently lots of different versions of the same story are put out.

Have you witnessed this? Do you find the Russians you spoke to are oblivious to the news? Has the attitude changed over time?


Q:

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

A:

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


Q:

Well since I watched the show and got us on I decided I'd do the 2nd round of fast money since it's typically the hardest. Throughout the game and our practice at the hotel it was pretty clear that my brothers were better at the game than my mom so while in the green room asking who wanted to do the first round of fast money my brothers cowered. They seemed to all have a bad case of stage fright. My mom raised her hand and said "I'll do it!" and I responded "anybody else?" (looking at my brothers). Crickets. So I give her credit for at least being willing to go up with me in a high pressure situation........even though the results were less than desirable lol

A:

From the original series, The Changeling and The Doomsday Machine


Q:

The hardest challenge has been fighting the criticism and false allegations encountered by individuals, groups and entire organizations.

Here's the catch: Those people who have hurt me the most and caused me the most distress have been pro-marijuana activists. No person or group that is against marijuana has caused me even close to the amount of damages as those with personal interests in the marijuana industry.

A:

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.


Q:

(She laughed for a long time and shrugged)

A:

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...


Q:

Then I should have said "Are you quackers?!?"

A:

Early out of bed makes me incredibly more productive. I'm prefer to roll out of bed, take my supplements and head to the gym. The endorphins (and the caffeine) help wake me up and keep my energized. Other than that, it's keeping on task throughout the day. I get distracted very easily, so keeping a check list makes it manageable!


Q:

The hardest challenge has been fighting the criticism and false allegations encountered by individuals, groups and entire organizations.

Here's the catch: Those people who have hurt me the most and caused me the most distress have been pro-marijuana activists. No person or group that is against marijuana has caused me even close to the amount of damages as those with personal interests in the marijuana industry.

A:

I think many Russians get skewed versions of the news, just like I believe that many viewers of Fox news in america get skewed versions of the news. Meaning, there's some truth in a lot of it, but it's presented in a way that offers a very specific and one-sided attitude.


Q:

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.

A:

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.


Q:

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...

A:

Absolut is a quality vodka with a rather distinct grain character (for a vodka) That drinking song is almost considered to be the second national anthem of Sweden, but even so, once I think is enough. :)


Q:

ANYBODY can learn it if they want to. The most important attribute is what's called "openness" just because you are more "open" to learning. But if you're working at it and trying, you're "open" right? At lease enough to put in the effort.

Great negotiation is about great emotional intelligence or EQ. We've all got it and the good news, unlike IQ, is that EQ can be built and improved on until your mid 80's at least.

IQ is like your height. There is only so tall you are ever going to get and not matter how much chess you play, or rubics cubes you spin around, you're never going to lift you IQ past a certain point. As a kid I wanted to be 6'7" tall and be a pro-basketball player. my dad was 5'10" (he lied to me when I was little and always told me he was 6'0 - he told my son the same story but I think he told him he was 6'2"). Not matter have many gallons of milk I drank (lots) I only got to 6'.

Anyway, with practice, effort and openness you can become a great negotiator. A real key is listening for motivations and one of the best ways to get really good at that is volunteering on a suicide hotline. You'll be amazed at the EQ you can pick up doing that!

Buy a couple of different negotiation books, besides mine, Stuart Diamond's book "Getting More" is really good and so is Jim Camp's book "Start With No".

Get some practice in lots of little day-to-day conversations and you can get really good.

Good luck!

A:

Haha, I'm a huge GoT fan. I actually adopted an Alaskan Malamute because he looked so much like a dire wolf. He's now about 135 lbs. I'm pumped for the new season. I feel like the past few seasons have been leading up to this "perfect storm."


Q:

The clone of UK Cheese made its way to the US long ago and has been grown and used in many breeding projects. I can only assume it was smuggled here, no idea who did that but I thank them every day.

--Ry

A:

I think many Russians get skewed versions of the news, just like I believe that many viewers of Fox news in america get skewed versions of the news. Meaning, there's some truth in a lot of it, but it's presented in a way that offers a very specific and one-sided attitude.


Q:

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.

A:

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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A:

Good choices


Q:

What is the best strained to recommend for someone who was pumped with ADHD drugs for 15 years? Since I stopped using prescription meds Smoking has just helped me slow down to everyone else's level. I have smoked for about 14 years and it has helped me significantly plus I actually eat compared to the meds I was prescribed.

A:

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


Q:

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?

A:

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?


Q:

Chris, how do I get past a bouncer at a busy club?

A:

Thought about waking earlier for gym time (also in the military). Does early gym time actually help you through the day? I always think that i'll crash mid morning due to the caffeine/workouts.

Additionally, do you go to bed early at night


Q:

What is the best strained to recommend for someone who was pumped with ADHD drugs for 15 years? Since I stopped using prescription meds Smoking has just helped me slow down to everyone else's level. I have smoked for about 14 years and it has helped me significantly plus I actually eat compared to the meds I was prescribed.

A:

Hah, interesting. Thanks for the answers. :)

By the way, you can edit comments.


Q:

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

A:

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?


Q:

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?

A:

Chris - what do you do if you negotiating counterpart directly asks you how much profit you are making or similar questions that would give your bottom line away?


Q:

Couldn't agree more! Sounds like a healthy dog, What's his name? You should post a picture of him sometime. Its nice to know that all types of people enjoy GoT. And I didn't mention before, but thank you for your services, good sir!

A:

Thanks for the reply!


Q:

Hah, interesting. Thanks for the answers. :)

By the way, you can edit comments.

A:

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


Q:

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?

A:

As bad as she is at fast money she makes up for it in being a great and beautiful mother!


Q:

Thanks. What's your fave?

A:

Dr. Grinspoon.


Q:

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.

A:

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.


Q:

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

A:

Tip included. As you're walking up to him, say "I am so sorry. I found this."

You're either holding up a $20 or a $100, depending on the club. Tear it in half right in front of him. Hand him half. Don't say another word.

He feels respected and in control. It's his option to let you in, or fail to collaborate & you both lose equally. Given that amount of control, if he was EVER going to let you in, that will do it.

Peace!


Q:

I highly recommend trying it. I followed the morning workout routine my entire time in the military, and even now in civilian life. I personally experience "brain fog" if I wait until the evening to workout. Working out in the morning jacks up my metabolism so I can have a big breakfast, and eat smaller meals throughout the day leading up to a small dinner. There are a lot of reasons, but those are just a few.

If you're getting a crash, maybe there are other factors like poor energy sources or bad stimulants.

A:

Dr. Grinspoon.


Q:

Ah, good to know! I'm new at this.

Then again, there's something kind of fun about having a list of things where everything is NUMBER ONE!

A:

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.


Q:

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.

A:

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


Q:

I like that question!

That kind of a move is pretty much the style of the typical "procurement" negotiator. Surprisingly enough (or maybe not so surprisingly) the stereotypical procurement negotiator is almost the same animal as an kidnapper negotiator. Same profile. We used to say "The hostage won't be released until the kidnappers feel they've gotten everything they can."

The procurement guy (generic) will push you until they feel that can't push you any farther. They push you until you say "no" and they'll make you say it at least 3 times. Asking you directly about profit is one of their 1st moves.

Deferential, smiling, soothing passive aggression is your best counter-measure.

1- Move #1 - "How am I supposed to answer that?"

Said calmly, with a likable smile and tone of voice. Not angrily. Not as an accusation. You may have to say it more than once.

2 - "I'm sorry, I'm afraid it just doesn't work for me to share that kind of confidential information."

3 - "It seems like you want me to share confidential information with you."

The person who is asking you this is really testing you. Most likely, if they are testing you this hard, they really want you. That's the good news. No one ever encounters procurement unless you are the preferred vendor.

Be polite. Don't give in. Use patience and respect as both swords and shields. You'll win.

A:

His name is Argos, named after Odysseus' dog companion in the Odyssey. His sister (a black and white cat) is named Penelope after Odysseus' wife.

Dog Tax Inbound!: http://imgur.com/a/5wWWr


Q:

We all met on Day 1 of the show honestly. We got put together and it's been fun times ever since!

--Ry

A:

Ah, good to know! I'm new at this.

Then again, there's something kind of fun about having a list of things where everything is NUMBER ONE!


Q:

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.

A:

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


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A:

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


Q:

Is this a common question? I struggled for a long time until I figured this out. Thank you for your quick response!

A:

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!


Q:

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.

A:

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


Q:

Hi,

I've never heard of this book before - I just ordered it.

I'm a sales engineer, and am curious on your thoughts on the relationship between sales and negotiation. I guess to clarify - specifically, I do not sell commodity items. I sell technically advanced process equipment and solutions.

Question 1

In my mind, the five buying decisions are:

  1. Sell yourself.

  2. Sell the company.

  3. Sell the product.

  4. Agree on a price.

  5. Agree on a timeline.

A lot of what you're talking about is focused on decision number 4 - agreeing on a price. But in my mind, if I haven't succeeded on decision number 1-3, then it is a mistake to move to decision number 4. And if I have succeeded on decision number 1-3, then I'm not going to lose on decision number 4 unless they really do not have the money to spend.

How do you see your advice being related to decisions 1-3?

Question 2

Going into any sort of communication - a sales call, a meeting, a phone call, etc - the number one thought going through my mind is, "what is my commitment objective, and what does commitment look like?"

When talking to someone, I don't want to hear them say, "that's right." What I want to hear them say is, "I agree this is the best path forward - I will do x"

Where x is my commitment objective. Examples may include:

  • Setting up an additional meeting in one week with the ultimate decision maker.

  • Submitting my proposal to the state for regulatory approval

  • Allowing me to demonstrate the equipment or process to the end user

  • etc

However, through your answers in this thread, you seem to prefer to leave things open, which is different than what I was expecting. Am I misinterpreting this?

A:

What supplements and breakfast (if any) do you take before the gym? Also what's your workout regimen? (I.e. Isolated muscle groups or simple push/pull days, how many days a week, how much cardio,etc)


Q:

Is this a common question? I struggled for a long time until I figured this out. Thank you for your quick response!

A:

Haha, yeah that's Reddit's automatic formatting. :)


Q:

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!

A:

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.


Q:

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

A:

great advice, thanks! BTW, I loved the online course on your web site. It saved me 5x the cost of the course the first week.


Q:

Wow, he does look like a dire wolf. What a handsome dog :) haha. Great name choices.

A:

How is dusting kief onto food (or ex. when you put it in pizza dough) not a waste of kief? Doesn't there need to be a fat to absorb and activate the THC?


Q:

Haha, yeah that's Reddit's automatic formatting. :)

A:

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!


Q:

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


Q:

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

A:

Not exactly the way you worded it, no. Yours had a nice over-medication spin on it.


Q:

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.

A:

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!


Q:

No, they took the safe out.

A:

Complex thinking there. Impressive.

Some of it has to do with definitions. i can best describe with an example.

A 12 year old boy is kidnapped in Haiti. He's an American citizen (dual national Haitian ethnicity born in the US). Bad guys don't know they've got an American. Dad (not an American) contacts the US Embassy. They tell him the FBI's going to help him.

I'm sure he expects ninja's rappelling from helicopters in about 10 minutes.

Instead, he's get's a call from me (I'm in Washington DC) about 15 minutes later. He literally says to me on the phone, "You're in Washington DC? How YOU gonna help me?"

I've probably got 3 seconds before he hangs up. Do I sell myself?

I say: "OK, so Haitian kidnappers aren't killing kidnap victims these days (this occurred before the big earthquake hit Haiti a number of years ago). I know that's stupid because they kill each other at the drop of a hat, but they're not killing kidnap victims.

"Now today is Thursday. And Haitian kidnappers LOVE to party on Saturday night. If you do what I ask, we'll have your son out by late Friday or early Saturday morning."

He says: "Tell me what you want me to do." We had his son out Saturday morning.

What did I sell?

I displayed an understanding of what he was faced with and instead of saying I understand, I showed him I understood. I also displayed insight into the dynamics.

I'd offer to you, that everyone you encounter as a potential customer is looking 1st for the same from you.

Regarding your commitments and commitment objectives - I am speculating based on your language choices you understand the fact that we exist in an asymmetric world. If you accept that's true, then it's not possible to have an accurate commitment objective without leaving money on the table.

This will sound harsh. If it's the number one thing on your mind, you've got blinders on.

Thank you for buying my book!


Q:

I usually take a pre-workout on an empty stomach prior to working out. Immediately following my workout, I drink about 25g of protein, 5-10g of creatine and have about 3 cups of oatmeal with walnuts and frozen blueberries. My reasoning behind eating post workout is that when you sleep at night you're "fasting" when you workout on an empty stomach and no carbs are readily available your body uses a little more fat for energy.

I usually alternate between:

Arms/abs day

Bench / Chest and back day

Squat and leg day

I run about 2-3 miles every other evening mostly for the calories.

A:

Not exactly the way you worded it, no. Yours had a nice over-medication spin on it.


Q:

shaking fist DAMN YOU, REDDIT!

A:

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.


Q:

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!

A:

No, they took the safe out.


Q:

That's great to hear! Well done!

A:

Thank you!


Q:

THCa has its own therapeutic value even though it's not psuychoactive, no waste! Although we do waste weed in many other ways... -abdullah

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shaking fist DAMN YOU, REDDIT!


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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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No, they took the safe out.


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How often do you watch the show nowadays?

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


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Do you believe that a national legalization of recreational marijuana will offer more benefits than consequences? Some potential negatives is that it might seem like the government is telling everyone that doing drugs is okay and that it might encourage the legalization of harder drugs (i.e., how do we know when we're crossing a line, is there a line?). Some positives that come to mind is that it could bring about an entire industry out of the 'black market,' so to speak, and lead to the creation of potentially thousands (maybe millions?) of jobs -- and as a result, more tax revenue for the government? Furthermore, if you don't mind me asking, how do you weigh the 'potential' pros and cons as an individual vs. being a physician? Is it even possible to separate the two now? :P Thanks :)

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What's your opinion on veganism?


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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.

A:

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


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Are you going to write any more books? If so, what would they cover?

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What kind of hobbies do you like to do during your down time? Any shows? Games? Or just relax?


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Do you believe that a national legalization of recreational marijuana will offer more benefits than consequences? Some potential negatives is that it might seem like the government is telling everyone that doing drugs is okay and that it might encourage the legalization of harder drugs (i.e., how do we know when we're crossing a line, is there a line?). Some positives that come to mind is that it could bring about an entire industry out of the 'black market,' so to speak, and lead to the creation of potentially thousands (maybe millions?) of jobs -- and as a result, more tax revenue for the government? Furthermore, if you don't mind me asking, how do you weigh the 'potential' pros and cons as an individual vs. being a physician? Is it even possible to separate the two now? :P Thanks :)

A:

thanks for the answer! so quick! don't know much about the book but it sounds really interesting! i may give it a read :)


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What's your opinion on veganism?

A:

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

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Chris, what items for sale and services can people negotiate the price for that 95% of people have no idea that those prices are negotiable and could you give us a short example on what to say to negotiate the price?


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You ever played Star Wars: The Old Republic? It's an MMO by Bioware that's currently using a free-to-play & subscription model. If you're in it for the story (which I'm betting you are) you might like it.

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How is dusting kief onto food (or ex. when you put it in pizza dough) not a waste of kief? Doesn't there need to be a fat to absorb and activate the THC?


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thanks for the answer! so quick! don't know much about the book but it sounds really interesting! i may give it a read :)

A:

What's your opinion on veganism?


Q:

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

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Maybe just once in a while if I come across it. The way we "lost" (we didn't) left a bad taste in my mouth about the show. And I'm not really a fan of the cheap obvious sexual answer questions they always do now.


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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!

A:

I definitely believe that marijuana should remain medical. I also believe it should not require a doctor to get and should be available to anyone in need of it. I call that "Over the Counter Medical Marijuana."

There have been no significant problems with recreational legalization in many individual states now so I think we can say that the same would hold true if the remaining states legalized. The pros and cons are really the same regardless of who I am "being." Personally, I usually remain in the same (mind)frame regardless of circumstances so that question doesn't apply to me much.


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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.

A:

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 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. :-)

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Not yet but here are some ways to both get some free stuff and stay ahead of anything we publish!

My colleagues and I in The Black Swan Group (Derek Gaunt and Brandon Voss) keep putting out articles in our weekly newsletter "The Edge". Both Derek & Brandon write powerful stuff (and the newsletter is free).

At some point, both Derek and Brandon will probably publish e-books under our company's umbrella.

In a couple of years, we'll likely update "Never Split the Difference" but in the meantime, most of the ideas that would be in that update will come up in some way or another in our newsletter "The Edge". If you're interested you can find it on our website www.blackswanltd.com or you can text message the number 22828 with the message "FBIEmpathy" (all one word - don't let your autocorrect change it - under upper or lower case letters don't matter).

Much of the newer stuff we're writing about now focuses on what we refer to as "cold-reads", other aspects of tactical empathy and "proof-of-life of the deal" and it's not just proof-of-life of the deal, but proof-of-life of the deal with YOU. Not the same thing.


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Working out takes up a lot of my free time, but I still have a gaming PC that I built (PCMR). I've been playing PC games since I was 7.

Each year, I most look forward to Silicon Valley (the show) and Game of Thrones.

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I definitely believe that marijuana should remain medical. I also believe it should not require a doctor to get and should be available to anyone in need of it. I call that "Over the Counter Medical Marijuana."

There have been no significant problems with recreational legalization in many individual states now so I think we can say that the same would hold true if the remaining states legalized. The pros and cons are really the same regardless of who I am "being." Personally, I usually remain in the same (mind)frame regardless of circumstances so that question doesn't apply to me much.


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Listen, I am Quick-Draw McGraw up in here. The best class I took in high school was Typing 101. Nothing like being able to touch-type.

And I truly think you should buy my book. What the hell! Buy three of 'em! Give them to your friends, who so richly deserve a gift!

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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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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 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. :-)


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Nearly everything is negotiable, if the person you're dealing with just feels like it. Consider this phrase - "Never be mean to someone who could hurt you by doing nothing". That pretty much covers everyone you deal with right?

If everyone could hurt you, then by the same token, they can help you if they just feel like it. The trick is how to get them there? How to get them to give you the "employee" discount that they give to their friends ALL the time.

I (we) call this "The Chris Price". It the "(Your name) Price". Here some examples and what's behind it:

As a hostage negotiator, I know that getting a hostage taker to use the hostage’s name humanizes the hostage and makes it less likely they will come to harm. This process is what we in The Black Swan Group now refer to as “forced empathy.” It makes the other side see you, and see you as a person.

A few years ago I was in a bar in Kansas with a number of other FBI hostage negotiators. The bar is really packed with lots of people having a good time. There’s an empty chair at the bar. As I get ready to sit in there the guy next to it says “Don’t even think about it”.

So...I say “Why?” He says “Because I’ll kick your ass.” I hesitate a moment, sort of shrug and scratch my head and say “Well...I don’t need that.”

I hold out my hand to shake his. “My name is Chris.” He freezes.

The hostage negotiators with me quickly move in, pat him on the shoulders, greet him warmly and offer to buy him a drink.

Conversation ensues and we find out he’s a Vietnam veteran at a particularly low point in his life. He’s sitting there in misery while he “perceives” that everyone around him is having a wonderful time. The only thing he can think of is to fight someone.

When I was some unnamed person he was ready to hit me. As soon as I became “Chris” everything changed.

Getting a Discount in an Outlet Mall

Flash forward in time, I’m in an outlet mall. I pick out some shirts in one of the stores. I go to the front counter and the young lady behind the counter asks me if I want to join their frequent buyer program. (This is of course, I think, a way for them to get my e-mail address so they can spam my inbox.) I ask her if it costs me anything. She says “no”.

I ask her if I get a discount for joining. She says “no”. So I say in a friendly manner “My name is “Chris”. What’s the “Chris” discount?”

She says “I’ll have to ask my manager.” She turns to the other woman who’s been standing next to her the whole time and says “Kathy, he wants to know if there is a “Chris” discount.”

Kathy says “The best I can do is 10%.”

Another Discount

A couple of weeks later I’m in a clothing store shopping for a cummerbund (I know how it sounds, okay? I’m sorry but I needed one.) I also try on a bunch of shirts and don’t buy any of them (which always makes me feel guilty). I check out the price for the cummerbund and it looks a little high to my unsophisticated eye. So I tell the guy I’ll be back, and I walk out the front door. (I feel lame doing that, especially since I figure the sales guy thinks “That’s nonsense. That guy’s not coming back”.)

I shop every other store in the mall and find all prices higher than the first. I know I have to go back there. I hate it every step of the way, because I know soon as I walk in the front door they know they’ve got me. I walk in and both of the salesmen are standing right there and they say “Yes, we’ve got your cummerbund right here.”

Now of course there is a sign in front of this clothing store saying “Buy 1 Shirt, Suit or Sport coat and get 3 free!”. This tells my consumer mind that maybe there’s some leeway here in the pricing. I say “Hey, buy 1 get 3 free?”

They say “No, no, no, that’s not on cummerbunds, that’s shirts, suits and sport coats.” I say “Yeah, because what am I going to do with 3 cummerbunds?

So there’s no discount on cummerbunds?”

And they say, “No. No discounts on cummerbunds.” I then playfully say...“But I’m “Chris”, there has to be a “Chris” discount. What’s the “Chris” price?”

And the manager says... “The best I can do is 20%.”

Use your name to introduce yourself. Say it in a fun, friendly way. Let them enjoy the interaction too. Get the “Chris” price. Get the “(your name)” price.

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Absolutely. I remember when the game first came out. Great story.


Q:

ry's jar method!

-badulllah

A:

Listen, I am Quick-Draw McGraw up in here. The best class I took in high school was Typing 101. Nothing like being able to touch-type.

And I truly think you should buy my book. What the hell! Buy three of 'em! Give them to your friends, who so richly deserve a gift!


Q:

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.

A:

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. :-)


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

A:

Do you suspect any one on Earth is an extraterrestrial?


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Thanks! What I meant by "person vs. physician" was how do you weigh the pros vs cons in determining whether recreational marijuana should be legalized. Like, did you prioritize certain benefits/negatives after becoming a doctor than you did before (i.e., did med school and/or becoming a doctor change your views on marijuana legalization?)? That's what I was trying to get at :)

A:

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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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?

A:

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


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I learned a lot of from your book and it's one of my favorites.

In sales i'm given the objection "if you're so good, why don't you do it for free?" or "If this works so well, why are you sharing it with me?"

What is the thinking behind this in order to put a label on it?

A:

I was so hoping you would say Game of Thrones. I've never seen Silicon Valley, it seems interesting and funny. Excited for the new season?


Q:

Thanks! What I meant by "person vs. physician" was how do you weigh the pros vs cons in determining whether recreational marijuana should be legalized. Like, did you prioritize certain benefits/negatives after becoming a doctor than you did before (i.e., did med school and/or becoming a doctor change your views on marijuana legalization?)? That's what I was trying to get at :)

A:

we'll see :D no, but it does really sound very interesting :D


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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?

A:

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?


Q:

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

A:

Thank you so much for taking time to answer my question. Knee injuries seem like they are the career killer almost everywhere you go! I am happy for you, that you found something you enjoy. I noticed from your other stories that being kind, admit your mistakes, and using people's empathy will get you far. (EDIT general observation for every day life)


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So you did 812 reps. How long did it take you to accomplish this? Were you allowed like a small break or was it just a continuous 812? (That's fucking nuts to think about, I do like 10 and I'm dying.)

A:

What dish was your biggest failure when you tried to implement cannabis into the recipe?


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we'll see :D no, but it does really sound very interesting :D

A:

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?


Q:

Are you living there?

If so:

  • How far do you drive for groceries?

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

A:

................everyday I enjoy r/nfl r/hockey and r/fantasyfootball pretty basic sports guy. Oh and r/reallywacktictacs


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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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When I smoked blunts on the streets of Philly as a teenager, I knew the tobacco leaf was harmful to my body. When I became a doctor, I researched marijuana extensively and found that it was quite harmless despite what I was told. Now, I'm discovering new benefits to its use with time but that's medicinal use.


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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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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!


Q:

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

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These will get them!

"Sounds like you're skeptical." "Sound like your guard is up high." "Sounds like you're thinking I'm trying to hoodwink you." "Sounds like you've trusted in the past an been let down."

These objections are both skepticism based and based on feelings of insecurity, likely as result of being betrayed in the past. They were likely conned at some point and feel very stung by it. There's an old saying that someone who's been bitten by a snake is afraid of ropes.

Recognizing fears (an aspect of emotional intelligence) and then articulating it (street smarts, aka good people skills, aka tactical empathy) is the absolute best way to not just overcome objections, but make them dissolve.


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Haha, I'm a huge GoT fan. I actually adopted an Alaskan Malamute because he looked so much like a dire wolf. He's now about 135 lbs. I'm pumped for the new season. I feel like the past few seasons have been leading up to this "perfect storm."

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When I smoked blunts on the streets of Philly as a teenager, I knew the tobacco leaf was harmful to my body. When I became a doctor, I researched marijuana extensively and found that it was quite harmless despite what I was told. Now, I'm discovering new benefits to its use with time but that's medicinal use.


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Hey, you lurkers! Don't be shy! Anyone got any other questions? ASK ME ANYTHING!

A:

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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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!

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:

Well said!

A:

The rules were as follows- You must maintain movement at all times, no resting even in the "up" position, and you may have someone hold or stand on your feet. Counting stops when you stop motion. So it took 33 minutes to complete all 812 reps. By the last couple minutes I was in a pool of my own sweat. I could have kept going, but my right hamstring cramped and my whole leg shot straight out. I kicked my friend who was holding my feet. I'd recommend mobile hydration next time, like a long straw into my mouth.


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I tried to make homemade nori with cannabis leaves. We learn from our mistakes. It was a pretty cool experiment though - VL

A:

Hey, you lurkers! Don't be shy! Anyone got any other questions? ASK ME ANYTHING!


Q:

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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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:

Do you play Fantasy sports for $$ money? If so do you win $$ money? What are some clever Fantasy sports team names you have had?

A:

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


Q:

Is it possible for NJ residents to obtain a prescription for medical marijuana?

A:

Who is the best kisser from Parks and Rec?


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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?

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:

Do you prefer Redditors address you as Chris or Mr. Voss?

A:

Couldn't agree more! Sounds like a healthy dog, What's his name? You should post a picture of him sometime. Its nice to know that all types of people enjoy GoT. And I didn't mention before, but thank you for your services, good sir!


Q:

Is it possible for NJ residents to obtain a prescription for medical marijuana?

A:

we'll see :D no, but it does really sound very interesting :D


Q:

Who is the best kisser from Parks and Rec?

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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?


Q:

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?

A:

Bonus question, if you will allow me - Do you and your co workers play any negotiation "games/scenarios" with each other on a regular basis?


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Hi, My son joined the AF. My biggest fear was that one of my 6 boys would join the military. (Awful huh) After he ditched collage (Dentist) and joined w/o telling me, my anger took over and I just don't want to ask him these questions or am convinced he will lie to me. He has been to the country of Georgia and now is stationed in England. He is a head crew chief mechanic for Ospreys. My question for you is 1. Since he is a mechanic, won't he be sent to front lines to attend to broken helicopters? I know he has gone to other military branches to work on these things in the U.S., have you seen AF mixed with Navy, Marines or Army as support services in your deployment? 2. How do all these airmen get killed if they are not seemingly, a front line service? Really, I am not as worried for him as I am for my 16yo coming up who wants to join. He has his mind set on fighter pilot and maintains straight A's in HS to stand out in his application. Do you think his chances of flying are easier with the Navy or AF? He has a very high IQ and I know he will need to apply to some type of service collage but what extra things can he do to spice up his application? A few ppl told me ROTC is not worth it as it runs the same time as his advanced classes. He will have to choose one or the other. I would ask a recuiter but my other son's recruiter was such a little rude arrogant prick that I refuse to deal with them. Wish my kids weren't so deadset on this but they have to grow up and lead their own lives. I just wish they would wait and go to collage first, grow up a bit, ya know? I want to thank you for your service. Im very proud of you....make sure you let your fam know often that you love what you do....

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What dish was your biggest failure when you tried to implement cannabis into the recipe?


Q:

we'll see :D no, but it does really sound very interesting :D

A:

Who is the best kisser from Parks and Rec?


Q:

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.

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Run a league with me and 11 friends for years. Won $500 in 2014! Rumpleforeskin is one of my favorite names.


Q:

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

A:

Go to marijuanadoctors.com and tell them Dr. Roman sent you. Hit find a doctor > New Jersey.

Good luck!


Q:

The answer may surprise you.

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

A:

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.


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 like "Chris"!

Thanks for asking!


Q:

His name is Argos, named after Odysseus' dog companion in the Odyssey. His sister (a black and white cat) is named Penelope after Odysseus' wife.

Dog Tax Inbound!: http://imgur.com/a/5wWWr

A:

Go to marijuanadoctors.com and tell them Dr. Roman sent you. Hit find a doctor > New Jersey.

Good luck!


Q:

It's physically very beautiful too, not unlike San Francisco, with lots of coves and hills... and the Russians are trying to create a "Silicon Valley of the East" on Russian Island there.

If you ever get a chance to take the Trans-Siberian from Vladivostok to Moscow, I highly recommend it. Alternatively, you can take the trans-Mongolian, through Ulan-Bator, and down to Beijing. It's a bonkers, gorgeous trip

A:

The answer may surprise you.

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


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.

A:

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


Q:

We do some practice. But the real skill builder is just using it in everyday interactions. There's a very fine line between everyday conversation and negotiation, so why not use it in the real world!

A:

As a mechanic in the AF your son is very safe and surrounded by multiple layers of protection.

Most Airmen that are killed in recent conflicts are part of special units attached to Army, Navy and Marines. The Airforce has robust special operations integration. They direct air traffic and also act as casualty recovery in hostile locations.

If your son wants to be a pilot, he should start looking at service academies. That would be the highest probability of flying, as service academy graduates get the highest number of flight billets.

The military was a great experience and would undoubtedly set your youngest up for success if he works hard. Your encouragement to be the best student he can be will likely propel him towards his goal of being a pilot.

Thank you.


Q:

see above. help me

-abd

A:

It's physically very beautiful too, not unlike San Francisco, with lots of coves and hills... and the Russians are trying to create a "Silicon Valley of the East" on Russian Island there.

If you ever get a chance to take the Trans-Siberian from Vladivostok to Moscow, I highly recommend it. Alternatively, you can take the trans-Mongolian, through Ulan-Bator, and down to Beijing. It's a bonkers, gorgeous trip


Q:

The answer may surprise you.

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

A:

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


Q:

How many minutes does it take to tape an episode?

A:

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


Q:

Dr. Roman, why do you think the more conservative areas of the USA like the southeast, Midwest, mid-south, southwest and great plains states have governors and state legislators that are so opposite to medical marijuana laws for their own state?

A:

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


Q:

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!

A:

Are you living there?

If so:

  • How far do you drive for groceries?

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


Q:

Whats the best thing I can do to get a job with the FBI in the future?

A:

Wow, he does look like a dire wolf. What a handsome dog :) haha. Great name choices.


Q:

Dr. Roman, why do you think the more conservative areas of the USA like the southeast, Midwest, mid-south, southwest and great plains states have governors and state legislators that are so opposite to medical marijuana laws for their own state?

A:

It is settled, I must go then! Can't believe you've traversed the entire Troika... three times :/ super jelly


Q:

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

A:

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!


Q:

Are you living there?

If so:

  • How far do you drive for groceries?

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

A:

Hey Chris - I really enjoyed chatting with you at the Unleash event last week and look forward to our paths crossing again soon.

In your talks and your book, you relay a ton of information on how to use empathy to provide the other party the space to expand on their position and to also give the other party power - or the illusion of power in a negotiation (get them to 'no', "How am I supposed to do that?", etc.).

Let's assume a scenario where we have reached a point in a negotiation where the other party has hard limits set that are outside of my acceptable outcomes - i.e. we're at a complete impasse. What are some good ways forward to explain the reality of our impasse that also continue the conversation in a positive direction towards identifying new solutions?


Q:

Thanks for your military service. What kind of nutrition science background do you have, other than working out and taking supplements?

A:

The highlight of every episode is when you reveal the pantry to the guest chefs! Could you please post a picture of the pantry so we can see what's on every shelf, please?


Q:

It is settled, I must go then! Can't believe you've traversed the entire Troika... three times :/ super jelly

A:

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


Q:

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

A:

I'd guess around an hour? It's fairly fast paced but you get your breaks in between rounds.


Q:

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!

A:

I guess medical marijuana prohibition tends to be associated with more conservative viewpoints.


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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...

A:

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!


Q:

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.

A:

There's a couple of simple things...DON'T GET ARRESTED! Don't use any drugs. (Maybe smoke a joint ONCE.) Stay clean, don't break the law.

It doesn't take any guts to break the law anyway. Outlaw?! Really. Boring. Going you own way legally, being totally your own person? That takes guts.

After that, you can give yourself an edge with military service (quick and easy way to already have a security clearance - shortens the time the FBI's got to do a background on you) go to law school, become an accountant or become fluent (reading and writing) in a couple of key languages (Arabic, Farsi, Spanish, Chinese, Russian to name some important ones).

The FBI is a cool job and it's got the perfect place for you somewhere no matter what type of person you are. Just work hard, show up and have fun!


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Thank you!

A:

I guess medical marijuana prohibition tends to be associated with more conservative viewpoints.


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Actually, four times -- the first time I went was in 1989, straight through. Seven days on the train with only brief stops where you could jump out for 15 mins or so. By the time we got off the train, it felt so weird to be on solid land. Also... no showers, eeks! Not for the hygienically paranoid among us.

A:

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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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!

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.


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Interesting question. So 1st, if they've set hard limits outside of your parameters, there's a really good chance you should politely thank them & move on.

"No-deal" is better than a "bad deal". Any deal there might be really bad for you.

You finish politely because you want to plant seeds for the next time you talk to them, and you will. The last impression is the lasting impression. Who knows? They might just come back to you later with some sort of concession.

The best LAST thing for you to say is "It sounds like there's nothing I can say to get you to make a deal". This is a great close and if you're done a good job in the process, if you've used empathy tactically and heard them out, if you've gotten several "that's rights" out of them and used several labels, if they can make the deal they will make a change or offer a change and make the deal.

If they offer nothing, you've ended with respect and set yourself up for a good interaction the next time you cross paths.

Good luck!

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You're welcome. I'm just thankful for those members that still "man the wall" while I enjoy being a civilian.

I don't have any education in nutritional science, and that's why our company is not try to sell a "formula" to anyone. However, I think our product is revolutionary because it allows anyone to create their own. We encourage people to read medical journals, debunk supplement myths, and create a product they feel is safe and effective for their body. We will have an entire learning section with links to peer reviewed medical articles to help people formulate their own blend. Examine.com is full of useful information based on science that people can begin learning from.


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This is the best I've got: http://imgur.com/a/88NBs. I'll post another one that may be sharper if I can so you can zoom in. But it's honestly hard to capture the scope of the pantry and show the wealth of products in a single photo.

--Ry

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Actually, four times -- the first time I went was in 1989, straight through. Seven days on the train with only brief stops where you could jump out for 15 mins or so. By the time we got off the train, it felt so weird to be on solid land. Also... no showers, eeks! Not for the hygienically paranoid among us.


Q:

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...

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!


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Breaks for water and stretching?

A:

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?


Q:

Dr. Roman, what do you think of the situation in California where doctors will give a prescription for almost any ailment and condition?

A:

Who is your least favourite Spice Girl?


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:

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:

Another question: How do you detach yourself from the outcome of a negotiation?

Even in business scenarios, I find that I tie a certain amount of self-worth to the outcome of a negotiation and that tends to hinder me more often than not. I imagine that feeling is much more amplified when the stakes are higher in hostage scenarios. How would you emotionally remove yourself from the scenario and free yourself to focus on only the best outcome for everyone?

A:

Just became a veteran two weeks ago from the US Navy. Looking to start my own "business" (With the rise of esports and online gaming, an esports cafe/lounge.), how would you recommend doing this?


Q:

Dr. Roman, what do you think of the situation in California where doctors will give a prescription for almost any ailment and condition?

A:

The famed Trans Siberian express!? Worth not showering ;)


Q:

Who is your least favourite Spice Girl?

A:

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.


Q:

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.

A:

If you wanted to get to know as much as you can about someone (background, values, goals, etc) without being creepy, what are some of the first few questions you would ask?


Q:

How does your workout supplements work ? What do you mean by customizable ?

A:

Hi Vanessa, Abdullah, and Ry!! You 3 have truly inspired me to enjoy cooking and to try new methods, ingredients, and flavors. So thank you for that! I have 2 questions. The first is for Vanessa.

Vanessa, I live in Colorado and I am very interested in creating an edible business with a line of infused cooking products. What advice do you have for a person aspiring to enter the marijuana industry?

The next question is for all of you. Do you guys see yourselves expandong the scope of the show as other states legalize. Possibly doing featured episodes in Colorado or Washington?


Q:

The famed Trans Siberian express!? Worth not showering ;)

A:

Who is your least favourite Spice Girl?


Q:

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?

A:

Yup. After every round they bring drinks and do makeup touch ups.


Q:

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."

A:

It's basically a pseudo-recreational situation. If they would just eliminate the need for a doctor but keep it medical patients could continue to receive the same benefits without needing a shill physician's assessment. "Over the counter medical marijuana." It's the best of both worlds.


Q:

KellyAnne Conway Spice

A:

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.


Q:

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

A:

Ah! Interesting question also!

Please allow me to shift your focus?

Focusing on the outcome gives you blinders. You'll miss better opportunities.

It's also a little like walking a tightrope. If the tightrope walker looks at her/his destination she/he falls off the rope. If they focus on each step they stay on.

Focus on the process. Have a "sense" of the outcome and then you will sense it as a better outcome begins to hint it's there.

Focus on how the other side is seeing things. There's an interesting thing that happens when you really turn your radar on to pick up where the other side is coming from. You get out of your own head and pick up their clues better. You read between the lines better. You "hack" their true meaning and motivators.

Then the deal emerges. Since it's impossible to know everything the other side is hiding (unless you discover it in the process) you can never know in advance what the best deal is.

Learn a great process, let yourself be imperfect and you'll make great deals.


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Welcome to the civilian world brother. First off, I'd recommend keeping busy, and keeping your discipline, it slips away quickly. This is a great podcast snippet from Jocko Willink (Navy Veteran). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mF2lUnKRo0g

Finding a niche in that market is the key. What's going to make you unique among the hundreds of thousands streaming on twitch.tv every day. Once you find your "special sauce", market the shit out of it. If you have a good concept and execute it to the best of your ability, you should grow, if not, reevaluate your "uniqueness."

A:

It's basically a pseudo-recreational situation. If they would just eliminate the need for a doctor but keep it medical patients could continue to receive the same benefits without needing a shill physician's assessment. "Over the counter medical marijuana." It's the best of both worlds.


Q:

Agreed. But my natural aroma is of mint and lilacs, so that wasn't a problem for me.

A:

KellyAnne Conway Spice


Q:

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.

A:

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


Q:

Not just questions, but observations. We call these "labels" and when you start to put several together they can be "cold-reads" and amount to the tactical use of empathy. This stuff tends to unlock floodgates of talking.

Read the look on someone's face. Say "You look like you've really got something on your mind" or "You look happy" or "It looks like you're really trying to figure something out."

People start to really open up when you read them & feedback what you're seeing. They feel "seen" as opposed to overlooked. They want to engage if they feel you're actually noticing them.

You can even get this wrong and they will respond to correct you in a way that now the 2 of your are engaged anyway. Some of the people I coach have found this to be so effective they do it on purpose about half the time because people love to correct others.

"What?" or "How?" questions are often goo, but you're got to actually listen to the answers and feed back to them the observations of what you're hearing.

"How are you doing today?" is ok - versus "You look happy" if much better. People tend to really open up to insightful observations on your part.

A:

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Q:

Hi there! My biggest advice would be to never stop. When there is an obstacle in your way, see it as an opportunity to innovate. - vl

A:

Agreed. But my natural aroma is of mint and lilacs, so that wasn't a problem for me.


Q:

KellyAnne Conway Spice

A:

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


Q:

How many weeks/months after the taping did the episode air?

A:

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!


Q:

Dr. Roman, what are the positive or negative affects of Marijuana with the conditions of Tinnitus and Visual Snow? How are hearing and visual problems affected in a negative or positive way?

A:

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


Q:

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

A:

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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Chris, what percentage of people actually negotiate using rational thoughts instead of pure emotion?

A:

How much did you pay Reddit for this ad space?


Q:

Dr. Roman, what are the positive or negative affects of Marijuana with the conditions of Tinnitus and Visual Snow? How are hearing and visual problems affected in a negative or positive way?

A:

Have you had any unusual food experiences while traveling?


Q:

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

A:

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


Q:

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

A:

Hey Mr. Voss! I must have missed the memo on your book, but I'm glad I stumbled across this AMA. Your job and skillset sound really cool, and I'll be checking out your book when I get the chance.

I actually have two questions:

  1. Can you tell us about your career trajectory, and how you ended as an authority on complex negotiations?

  2. Can you tell us about the one accomplishment you're most proud of?


Q:

You had a great idea. A lot of people just pour some proteins in their bottle thinking it's ok

A:

What's your "Ratatouille" moment - the food that brings you back to your childhood when you take a bite and close your eyes??


Q:

Have you had any unusual food experiences while traveling?

A:

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


Q:

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

A:

I think like 3 or 4.


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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.

A:

I have not had any patients tell me that their visual 'floaters' improved after starting medical cannabis. Can't say any have had that be a primary problem either.

Tinnitis, on the other hand, has on multiple occasions walked through my door. Patients with cranial trauma-induced ringing in the ears have contacted me specifically because cannabis use eliminated their tinnitis (each case was a unilateral problem, fyi) immediately and completely. While this is only a few patients personal accounts, the similarity of their experiences suggests to me there may be a real therapeutic benefit that they are experiencing. Time will tell!


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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.

A:

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!


Q:

Twice. Same response. "Drink more Vodka"

A:

You're not going to like this.

Reason is what we make up after we decide based on what we care about. You make decisions based on what you care about, which makes decision making by definition an emotional process.

Daniel Kahneman won the Noble Prize for his work on Prospect Threory with Amos Tversky pointing this out.

If you believe this is true (I do) then all negotiation is an interplay of emotion followed by rational thought.

Maybe a way to think of it might be like a water molecule. 2 parts emotion and 1 part reason, or even vice versa. Either way, without emotion there is no molecule.


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Nothing. I hope Redditors feel free to steer this AMA any direction they'd like.

A:

I have not had any patients tell me that their visual 'floaters' improved after starting medical cannabis. Can't say any have had that be a primary problem either.

Tinnitis, on the other hand, has on multiple occasions walked through my door. Patients with cranial trauma-induced ringing in the ears have contacted me specifically because cannabis use eliminated their tinnitis (each case was a unilateral problem, fyi) immediately and completely. While this is only a few patients personal accounts, the similarity of their experiences suggests to me there may be a real therapeutic benefit that they are experiencing. Time will tell!


Q:

Definitely. Had some horse jerky in Kazan. And also, a farmer slaughter a sheep in my honor ... twice. We ate every part of that sheep, lemme tell you.

A:

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.


Q:

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!

A:

Twice. Same response. "Drink more Vodka"


Q: 1 - I like Einstein's remark about this kind of thing (and I'm paraphrasing) "I spent so much time attacking authority as punishment the world made me one".

When you're really into what you do, there are a lot of "authorities" who will be skeptical because your new ideas threaten them. There will also be a lot of other people who like you, are really into it and are really fun to be around.

I hung out with the people who were into negotiation and communication and who were fun to be around. And we had a ball.

And when I thought those above me were wrong I told them so. I was also lucky enough to have had the head of the FBI Crisis Negotiation Unit, Gary Noesner, mentor me. Gary encouraged free thinkers and wasn't threatened when we didn't agree with him. It was great working for him and working with the band of misfits that he collected.

2 - Out of the blue I received a reward for Excellence in Teaching from Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business. That was a big surprise I AM honored by to this day.

I also received the FBI's Agent's Association Award for Distinguished and Exemplary Service (along with my partner John Liguori). Being awarded by my peers was probably the greatest honor.

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Thank you! I wish people knew how much garbage they are paying top dollar for.


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LASAGNA - VL

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Definitely. Had some horse jerky in Kazan. And also, a farmer slaughter a sheep in my honor ... twice. We ate every part of that sheep, lemme tell you.


Q:

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.

A:

Twice. Same response. "Drink more Vodka"


Q:

Only 3 or 4 weeks?

A:

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


Q:

Dr. Roman, have you made any efforts to lobby to change the federal laws about marijuana?

A:

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!


Q:

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

A:

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


Q:

What is your favourite dinosaur?

A:

Dr. Roman, have you made any efforts to lobby to change the federal laws about marijuana?


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Hi Lisa,

I loved the book trailer! Just ordered my copy off Amazon. Do you think the Russia you visited in 1995 and 2005 would have meddled with American politics the way it appears to have done 2015/2016? Is the mindset any different from decade to decade or is it same-old same old?

A:

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!


Q:

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

A:

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


Q:

How much can you give the person your negotiating with? What could you promise them in return for their cooperation?

A:

How do you pronounce naan bread?


Q:

What's your "Ratatouille" moment - the food that brings you back to your childhood when you take a bite and close your eyes??

A:

Hi Lisa,

I loved the book trailer! Just ordered my copy off Amazon. Do you think the Russia you visited in 1995 and 2005 would have meddled with American politics the way it appears to have done 2015/2016? Is the mindset any different from decade to decade or is it same-old same old?


Q:

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!

A:

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


Q:

Oh sorry. Months.

A:

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.


Q:

I think that there are too many politics involved in the politics of federal marijuana legislature, if you know what I'm saying. I don't think I have enough influence to create change on that level. I have, however, changed state laws abour marijuana. Last year I helped approve terminal illness as a condition in Delaware by contributing to the petition that was submitted and writing a letter of support. I have been in talks with the PA MMJ program too and expect to be in close communication with them in the future, the same way I am in Delaware with the DE MMJ program, though right now they are completely too consumed by the task of instituting the state's new marijuana policies and birthing a whole industry from scratch.

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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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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... :-)


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Vossaraptor!

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I think that there are too many politics involved in the politics of federal marijuana legislature, if you know what I'm saying. I don't think I have enough influence to create change on that level. I have, however, changed state laws abour marijuana. Last year I helped approve terminal illness as a condition in Delaware by contributing to the petition that was submitted and writing a letter of support. I have been in talks with the PA MMJ program too and expect to be in close communication with them in the future, the same way I am in Delaware with the DE MMJ program, though right now they are completely too consumed by the task of instituting the state's new marijuana policies and birthing a whole industry from scratch.


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Great question! And definitely not. The Russia of 1995 was all about love with the US. Remember those pix of Yeltsin and Clinton glad-handing at the White House? Friendship was breaking out all over.

And in 2005, Putin had been in office for five years, but he wasn't yet as resolutely anti-West as he has become. That's been a longer time coming...

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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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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.

A:

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... :-)


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As a hostage negotiator? Our currency was respect and understanding. Empathy.

As a business negotiator? Here's the crazy part, each of the 3 types (Assertive, Analyst and Accommodator) each have something on an emotional level more important that making a deal.

Assertive - They want to make sure you've heard what they've had to say. They can live with no deal as long as they've been heard out. Bonus emotional points if they feel like they were in control. These guys are very susceptible to deference and respect. Just look at how well H.R. McMaster, Paul Ryan and Jared Kushner all interact with President Trump.

Analyst - They want to know they found out all the information and had all the time they needed to make a decision. If they think there's information they didn't have they won't be able to sleep. They detest conflict but love comparisons of data. Don't say to them "I don't agree" say "I have different data."

Accommodator - the relationship is the objective. If you "like" them, they feel they've won. They are very vulnerable to being "disliked".

In nearly every negotiation, there is an emotional element that will either be a deal-breaker, or a deal-maker.

i love that!

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"nahn" is how I pronounce it. I'm not the authority on proper pronunciation however. We had an interpreter go out in town when were in Afghanistan and bring back some of the local flat bread. 10/10 would eat again.


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Tomato soup with a grilled cheese dipped into it.

--Ry

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Great question! And definitely not. The Russia of 1995 was all about love with the US. Remember those pix of Yeltsin and Clinton glad-handing at the White House? Friendship was breaking out all over.

And in 2005, Putin had been in office for five years, but he wasn't yet as resolutely anti-West as he has become. That's been a longer time coming...


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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.

A:

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... :-)


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Did you know exactly what day it would air?

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What's your favorite kind of cheese 🧀?


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the biggest misconception about using marijuana as a potential treatment?

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


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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.


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Who is your favourite Beatle?

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the biggest misconception about using marijuana as a potential treatment?


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What would you most like to tell us that no one has asked about?

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


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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.


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Knowledge is power! That's really insightful, Thanks for the answer!

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So how much hell was it on that battle field?


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how often do girls slide into your DM's since the show, Abdullah?

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What would you most like to tell us that no one has asked about?


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

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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.


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Ya they sent us an email and gave us the air dates. Threw a little party for it.

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The kind the moon is made of, of course.


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Getting high is separate and not necessary for the herbs therapeutic benefits.

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Scott Hall, neighbor.


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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


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Me!

No seriously...Paul. Super cool guy. Pops up in LA now & then (where I'm at now). He pulled a super-cool "negotiation" move with a friend of mine.

My buddy (who's also a musician) see's Paul jogging in a park in the Hollywood Hills. My friend tries not to be a giddy fan, but can't help it & runs after him & catches up. My buddy is almost beside himself that he actually standing there talking to Paul McCartney. He's so excited he can't hardly speak & Paul reaches over to him & puts his hands on his shoulders. Then his says "Yeah, I say that TV show too. It was cool" My buddy had mentioned a Beatles related show that had just been on.

With that touch, Paul then turned & went back to his jog. Totally cool way to give a great fan an amazing moment with complete class & then get back to his day!

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Getting high is separate and not necessary for the herbs therapeutic benefits.


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I want to tell you to visit the WORLD'S LARGEST LENIN HEAD in Ulan-Ude, which is maybe the biggest bronze head you'll ever see, period.

A:

Scott Hall, neighbor.


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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


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My pleasure!

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I served as an intelligence analyst and never left our bases. Occasionally, our friendly units would get into trouble with the local Taliban, and we would leverage our aerial assets to quickly remove the threats.


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i tend to listen to podcasts when i cook -abdullah

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I want to tell you to visit the WORLD'S LARGEST LENIN HEAD in Ulan-Ude, which is maybe the biggest bronze head you'll ever see, period.


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Scott Hall, neighbor.

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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


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How loud is the wrong answer buzzer buzzer sound and correct answer ding?

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


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I'm thirty years old. Without exaggeration (I feel the need to clarify as many are skeptical of this claim), from the age of 15 to 28 I spent nearly every waking and sleeping hour stoned. Having experience with addiction to other substances over that time (mostly anti anxiety medication that was prescribed to me), it was very clear that I was in fact addicted to marijuana. Ultimately, I was forced to quit cold turkey. The withdrawal was significant: frequent crying fits, fits of rage, insomnia, intense anxiety, restlessness (although this word does not do what I felt justice), headaches, severe depression, horrible nightmares (until that point I had not remembered a dream in many many years ), etc. I see that below you claimed that withdrawal from marijuana was not a factor (when addressing the IBD patient). I can tell you that it is in fact very real. I in no way condone the beneficial aspects of marijuana; however, what do you say to those who claim it is not addictive, and does not cause withdrawal symptoms once stopped?

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Nick! big fan! :)

My dad is too!

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


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

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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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Do you ever find yourself using your negotiation skills in your everyday life, like to return an item that was nonreturnable?

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I'm thirty years old. Without exaggeration (I feel the need to clarify as many are skeptical of this claim), from the age of 15 to 28 I spent nearly every waking and sleeping hour stoned. Having experience with addiction to other substances over that time (mostly anti anxiety medication that was prescribed to me), it was very clear that I was in fact addicted to marijuana. Ultimately, I was forced to quit cold turkey. The withdrawal was significant: frequent crying fits, fits of rage, insomnia, intense anxiety, restlessness (although this word does not do what I felt justice), headaches, severe depression, horrible nightmares (until that point I had not remembered a dream in many many years ), etc. I see that below you claimed that withdrawal from marijuana was not a factor (when addressing the IBD patient). I can tell you that it is in fact very real. I in no way condone the beneficial aspects of marijuana; however, what do you say to those who claim it is not addictive, and does not cause withdrawal symptoms once stopped?


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Hi Lisa,

What surprised you the most the first time you interviewed these people? What surprised you the most when you interviewed them again 10 years later and 20 year later?

Thanks for doing this AMA!

A:

Nick! big fan! :)

My dad is too!

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


Q:

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

A:

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


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I love your concept of rephrasing "Yes" questions to "No" oriented questions. However, I struggle to create these sentences sometimes.

Do you have any other way of rephrasing questions other than "Is it a bad idea to.." or "Would it be ridiculous to..." and the other ones you've mentioned in your book?

Any new thoughts or examples of this?

A:

Just became a veteran two weeks ago from the US Navy. Looking to start my own "business" (With the rise of esports and online gaming, an esports cafe/lounge.), how would you recommend doing this?


Q:

how often do girls slide into your DM's since the show, Abdullah?

A:

Hi Lisa,

What surprised you the most the first time you interviewed these people? What surprised you the most when you interviewed them again 10 years later and 20 year later?

Thanks for doing this AMA!


Q:

Nick! big fan! :)

My dad is too!

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

A:

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


Q:

Not as bad as the Always Sunny version...."This doesn't represent me!!"

A:

it's the only answer there could possibly be!


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I agree with them and add the caveat that a small amount of people suffer a relatively mild addiction and withdrawal compared to those experienced with traditionally addictive medications.

A:

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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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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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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All the time. Stuff like that is great practice, because after all, what have you got to lose? And if you do it in a nice and friendly way, & still fail, you get a chance to make somebody else smile.

Start off by saying something like "This is going to sound INSANE..." or "You're not going to like this..." or "I'm so sorry, this is going to sound ridiculous and I am going to seem like the biggest jerk you ever met."

Stuff like this completely catches people off guard in a delightful and refreshing way and leans them towards wanting to help you. Smile when you say it. "Out-nice" them. If they work in returns they are used to being yelled at & threatened.

Never be mean to someone who can hurt you by doing nothing. Everyone you come into contact with could probably hurt you by doing nothing. The flip side of that is, literally everyone you come into contact with could help you, if they just feel like it.

Make them feel like it and some really good things tend to happen.

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I agree with them and add the caveat that a small amount of people suffer a relatively mild addiction and withdrawal compared to those experienced with traditionally addictive medications.


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Hi! On the first trip, in 1995, I guess I was surprised at how open people were to hosting, and talking freely to, a couple of American journalists (I traveled with the photojournalist Gary Matoso). Just four years after the collapse of the USSR, there were a few people who were nervous, but most people spoke pretty openly.

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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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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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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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How about:

"Are you completely against..."

You don't really need more than about 3. People won't notice the repetition because you should be labeling the mirroring the responses.

Add in a couple of "what?" and "How?" calibrated questions and you should be good!

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Welcome to the civilian world brother. First off, I'd recommend keeping busy, and keeping your discipline, it slips away quickly. This is a great podcast snippet from Jocko Willink (Navy Veteran). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mF2lUnKRo0g

Finding a niche in that market is the key. What's going to make you unique among the hundreds of thousands streaming on twitch.tv every day. Once you find your "special sauce", market the shit out of it. If you have a good concept and execute it to the best of your ability, you should grow, if not, reevaluate your "uniqueness."


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I love the noises of chopping and sizzling so much.

--Ry

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Hi! On the first trip, in 1995, I guess I was surprised at how open people were to hosting, and talking freely to, a couple of American journalists (I traveled with the photojournalist Gary Matoso). Just four years after the collapse of the USSR, there were a few people who were nervous, but most people spoke pretty openly.


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.

A:

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. :-)


Q:

Did you ask anyone for permission/advice before joining? How did they react? Were they supportive?

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?


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First thank you for advocating for Medical Marijuana (MedJ) as not many physicians are unfortunately too uneducated about it.

I have a few questions if I may?

First is do you receive any negative vibes such as distant, contention and/or your overall choice to practice this medicine? I"m wondering if this could be one barrier for physicians who are hesitant of prescribing it.

Secondly, how does the board of medicine which issues your license to practice feel about you specifically? Have ethical concerns or worries contribute in any way for a resistance to prescribe for you to prescribe Medj? Do you feel you risk losing your license for practicing what is considered a extreme side of medicine in medical scope terms? l ask again, because I feel this is another barrier for entry, that is "Will ethics of a x board make me lose my license for going this far in my scope of medicine". Do you feel this is true or not?

Thirdly Have you considered additional alternative that are controversial like Ketamine infusions, TMS, Tdsc, etc for anxiety and depression at your clinics? I would love to see a clinic for once that thinks outside the box because really SSRIs are such a poor drug for those disorders given the data in research (additional studies and research of a publication bias skewing results - exLdrug company funded research included)

Lastly,

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Mr. Offerman,

Which is your favorite LOTR novel?


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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?

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sunk cost fallacy is best fallacy


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Chris, I've never read your book, but now that I'm aware of it, I will now. I have just started a career as a Sales Rep for a large and reputable company. What is the best advice that you can give someone just starting in Sales? Thanks in advance.

A:

First thank you for advocating for Medical Marijuana (MedJ) as not many physicians are unfortunately too uneducated about it.

I have a few questions if I may?

First is do you receive any negative vibes such as distant, contention and/or your overall choice to practice this medicine? I"m wondering if this could be one barrier for physicians who are hesitant of prescribing it.

Secondly, how does the board of medicine which issues your license to practice feel about you specifically? Have ethical concerns or worries contribute in any way for a resistance to prescribe for you to prescribe Medj? Do you feel you risk losing your license for practicing what is considered a extreme side of medicine in medical scope terms? l ask again, because I feel this is another barrier for entry, that is "Will ethics of a x board make me lose my license for going this far in my scope of medicine". Do you feel this is true or not?

Thirdly Have you considered additional alternative that are controversial like Ketamine infusions, TMS, Tdsc, etc for anxiety and depression at your clinics? I would love to see a clinic for once that thinks outside the box because really SSRIs are such a poor drug for those disorders given the data in research (additional studies and research of a publication bias skewing results - exLdrug company funded research included)

Lastly,


Q:

Hi Lisa,

What surprised you the most the first time you interviewed these people? What surprised you the most when you interviewed them again 10 years later and 20 year later?

Thanks for doing this AMA!

A:

Mr. Offerman,

Which is your favorite LOTR novel?


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:

sunk cost fallacy is best fallacy


Q:

Could you tell us about a negotiation you were involved in that had a bad outcome?

A:

What was your scariest moment in Afghanistan? How high was the pucker factor?


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How do most of the participants react to the dosing in the meals you serve?

This show is great! Keep up the amazing work! Even if you took all the weed out of the show I still think it's the best cooking show on TV.

A:

Hi Lisa,

What surprised you the most the first time you interviewed these people? What surprised you the most when you interviewed them again 10 years later and 20 year later?

Thanks for doing this AMA!


Q:

Mr. Offerman,

Which is your favorite LOTR novel?

A:

sunk cost fallacy is best fallacy


Q:

Well I told my family after hearing about the open audition and convinced them all to go. Never thought we'd actually get on. Just thought it would be a fun thing to do.

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!


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Not nearly as much as I thought. The medical community is starting to appreciate what I do and doctors are gaining respect for me for doing what I do and going out of my way to help people.

The board of medicine has no issue with what I'm doing.

Do I feel that my license is at risk for doing what I do? Yes. I feel that there are areas of medical marijuana that are controversial and I do feel that my license could be taken one day for this. That's what may come with the responsibility of being a pioneer in this and I accept it and expect that if it does happen by then I can move on to non-clinical roles like I always planned.

I don't think that doctors need to worry about medical boards as long as they are careful.

I believe in ketamine as a therapeutic drug for pain, yes. It works. It is not simple to administer, however, and is very controversial still. I don't do it myself, nor do I plan to. I've got enough on my hands with mmj.

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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.


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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'm a big fan of it! :-)


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Don't become a "Yes" addict! Don't try "Momentum selling" or the "Yes" momentum and any approach where you try to lead people down a path of confirmation "yeses" to try to get a commitment "yes". It's horrible and people hate it!

Everyday somebody tries to trap us (you too) by trying to get you to say "yes" to stuff. Usually it's ridiculous. "Would you like to make more money?" Really? Come on.

Practice reading people. Ask lots of "What?" & "How?" questions. Take you time. Help them see choices and sometimes even encourage them to buy something other than what your selling if it's better. That way when you recommend some thing you are selling, they will believe you & buy.

Take a look at another answer I gave about getting "that's right" out of people. You get a "that's right" out of someone, you're much more likely to make a sale than if you get a counterfeit "yes" which is what the vast majority of spoken "yeses" are.

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Not nearly as much as I thought. The medical community is starting to appreciate what I do and doctors are gaining respect for me for doing what I do and going out of my way to help people.

The board of medicine has no issue with what I'm doing.

Do I feel that my license is at risk for doing what I do? Yes. I feel that there are areas of medical marijuana that are controversial and I do feel that my license could be taken one day for this. That's what may come with the responsibility of being a pioneer in this and I accept it and expect that if it does happen by then I can move on to non-clinical roles like I always planned.

I don't think that doctors need to worry about medical boards as long as they are careful.

I believe in ketamine as a therapeutic drug for pain, yes. It works. It is not simple to administer, however, and is very controversial still. I don't do it myself, nor do I plan to. I've got enough on my hands with mmj.


Q:

And in 2015, what surprised me was how quick Russians were to blame us for the collapse of the ruble. Between January 2014 and Sept. 2015, when I started my third trip, the ruble lost half its value. That's huge! It was disastrous for a lot of people. But they didn't blame Putin -- they blamed us, for the sanctions and the falling price of oil

A:

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.


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'm a big fan of it! :-)


Q:

So, there's 2 kinds of bad outcomes: those you see coming & those you don't. Sometimes you have all the indicators that it's going to go bad regardless, but you know what, until it does you never stop trying and you never give up.

There were a series of kidnappings done by Al-Qaeda in Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Pakistan/Afghanistan in around the 2004 time frame. They were clearly set up as orchestrated murders around a fiction of negotiation by issuing demands that couldn't be met. We never gave up on any of them because to do so would have been to fail not just the victims who were kidnapped, but the victim families. The public response we orchestrated in the middle-eastern media as a result brought those cases to an end with the backlash. Please note I didn't say the target media was the western media.

In the Burnham/Sobero case in the Philippines, one hostage Guillermo Sobero was murdered by the kidnappers, Martin Burnham amd Deborah Yap (a Filipino) was killed by friendly fire in a botched Filipino military rescue attempt. Gracia Burnham was wounded and survived. Several other Filipino's were also murdered by the kidnappers. We didn't see that end coming and for us though it was like getting hit by a freight train, what we went through was nothing compared to what their families lost.

It was a privilege to have been able to try to save them at all. I'm grateful for all the courage and dignity those hostages and their families displayed.

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Our FOB was hit by multiple VBIEDs (Car bombs) about 30meters from where I was walking. At that time all I had was my sidearm on me. The integrity of the base was maintained by SEALs, and JTACs controlling the A-10.


Q:

We try to keep the dosing really light. Everyone has a different tolerance, so we air on the side of less is more. Everyone can smoke or eat more after a few hours if they want to up their high. We're snowflakes, our endocannabinoid systems are unique. 5-10 mg is a good starting point - VL

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And in 2015, what surprised me was how quick Russians were to blame us for the collapse of the ruble. Between January 2014 and Sept. 2015, when I started my third trip, the ruble lost half its value. That's huge! It was disastrous for a lot of people. But they didn't blame Putin -- they blamed us, for the sanctions and the falling price of oil


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:

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


Q:

Your last name is unique, I mean never seen or heard that name before, are your ancestors from Portugal or Spain?

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.


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Apparently the bots in this subreddit think anything without a question mark isn't a question? So here's a repost of my question?

If you're still around and have any experience with this, can you share your thoughts on CBD oil (or other forms) as a treatment for fibromyalgia?

A:

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


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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:

Is there a room with a big red button?


Q:

Apparently the bots in this subreddit think anything without a question mark isn't a question? So here's a repost of my question?

If you're still around and have any experience with this, can you share your thoughts on CBD oil (or other forms) as a treatment for fibromyalgia?

A:

Is there any blame placed on OPEC or ME nations?


Q:

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

A:

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.🐿🍭


Q:

Is there a room with a big red button?

A:

Hi Chris, I have read your book couple of times. I think its great. I have both audio copy and the paper copy, which I just give to my daughter to learn negotiations with the teachers. I want to ask: what do you think about using your methods on people you know well?


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Didn't think the Taliban were brave enough to make a push like that. Hopefully everyone came back O.K. and got to show love for the BRRRRRRT.

A:

How do most of the participants react to the dosing in the meals you serve?

This show is great! Keep up the amazing work! Even if you took all the weed out of the show I still think it's the best cooking show on TV.


Q:

Is there any blame placed on OPEC or ME nations?

A:

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


Q:

Is there a room with a big red button?

A:

Lithuania! I think we have a lake there named after us!


Q:

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!

A:

I think it may help for this but to be honest I am still figuring it out. I haven't come to a strong conclusion yet.


Q:

Canvas vs. Leather Converse High Tops in 6th grade

A:

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


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Not at this time. :-)

A:

I think it may help for this but to be honest I am still figuring it out. I haven't come to a strong conclusion yet.


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The people I talked to didn't mention those nations as much. I suspect that they'd say we were in collusion with those countries to screw the Russians. The bottom line feeling seemed to be, we were trying to screw them -- that the policy decisions we made were with the goal of weakening them for our own good. Of course, you can also say that the Russians are clearly taking steps to weaken us. It's amazing to me how fully we've swung back around to Cold War levels of animosity

A:

Canvas vs. Leather Converse High Tops in 6th grade


Q:

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

A:

Not at this time. :-)


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Yes!

These tactics are about genuinely understanding others and establishing a legitimate collaboration with them. When you're good at this you can be incredibly influential.

Those close to you deserve genuine understanding as much as those not close to you. The problem can come from your intent, not from the skills.

If you're using it to manipulate them and not have a better relationship, but to only get what you want, I don't think it's good.

A female Silicon Valley executive friend of mine suddenly found she was really enjoying conversations with her fiance. She asked him about it & he admitted he was getting some training based on my book and the conversations were part of the exercises in the training.

She went out & bought copies of the book for all her best girlfriends husbands and boyfriends.

It's good stuff for your close relationships as long are you are really on their side!

A:

There were a few casualties, but no friendly deaths. BRRRRRT showed no mercy.


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Not at all, I've been trying desperately to get high for years, no amount of weed that i smoke will do it, someone help me

-abdu

A:

The people I talked to didn't mention those nations as much. I suspect that they'd say we were in collusion with those countries to screw the Russians. The bottom line feeling seemed to be, we were trying to screw them -- that the policy decisions we made were with the goal of weakening them for our own good. Of course, you can also say that the Russians are clearly taking steps to weaken us. It's amazing to me how fully we've swung back around to Cold War levels of animosity


Q:

Canvas vs. Leather Converse High Tops in 6th grade

A:

Not at this time. :-)


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who gives a shit?

A:

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


Q:

Good Afternoon Doctor.

I was diagnosed with Ulcertive Colitis about a year ago, and I've been prescribed marijuana by my doctor, but I've already been using for 9 years prior. I literally cannot eat without smoking marijuana, if I drink alcohol, I will be cramping and in pain the whole next day unless I smoke. When I try to quit I will go a few days without an appetite.

I just want to know is the lack of appetite and cramps normal for someone with UC? Am I experiencing MJ withdrawls, do those exist?

edit: a word

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NICK what is your best fathers day meal??


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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.

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:

Good Afternoon Doctor.

I was diagnosed with Ulcertive Colitis about a year ago, and I've been prescribed marijuana by my doctor, but I've already been using for 9 years prior. I literally cannot eat without smoking marijuana, if I drink alcohol, I will be cramping and in pain the whole next day unless I smoke. When I try to quit I will go a few days without an appetite.

I just want to know is the lack of appetite and cramps normal for someone with UC? Am I experiencing MJ withdrawls, do those exist?

edit: a word

A:

Lisa, can you comment the state of retired people and their wellbeing?


Q:

NICK what is your best fathers day meal??

A:

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.


Q:

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?

A:

Chris, so in non life and limb danger situations you do not believe in Arbitration?


Q:

Good to know. How did you like working with the Afghans?

A:

Hey guys, which cannabis product today (in your mind) is the most innovative or one that would make people who have no idea go "wow"?

PS Love the show. It's been time for a program like this for a while now.


Q:

Lisa, can you comment the state of retired people and their wellbeing?

A:

NICK what is your best fathers day meal??


Q:

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?

A:

Another user asked me in another thread to do this, so that guy I guess?


Q:

You broke cover!

A:

Yes. That is not uncommon in patients with IBD. It sounds like you at least have response to medical marijuana, which is not true for everyone.


Q:

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

A:

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.


Q:

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!

A:

Yes. That is not uncommon in patients with IBD. It sounds like you at least have response to medical marijuana, which is not true for everyone.


Q:

Well, the fact that the ruble lost half its value over the past couple years has been pretty devastating to a lot of Russians. If you have x amount of rubles in the bank, and suddenly it will only buy half the imported stuff you used to be able to buy? And lots of stuff is imported, because Russian manufacturing is not exactly a huge thing. So... that's been pretty bad for a lot of people.

A:

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


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:

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:

Ah! The problem with Arbitration is that it's when communication has broken down. It's the equivalent of calling in not just a SWAT team, but threatening an air strike.

Do I recognize that since we're still human beings it might be necessary? Sure.

I guess that might be asking me if I don't believe in the fire department. I wish the house had never caught on fire, but once it does, if the blaze of emotion is out of control, people may not be able to put it out without outside help, which isn't going to leave them with a great result anyway.

A:

Most of them were kind, friendly and honestly wanted their country to be stable. Our cultures are so different, it's difficult to have the same values. Militarily, it was like watching middle schoolers with airsoft guns.


Q:

ALL OF THEM!!!

-abdullah

A:

Well, the fact that the ruble lost half its value over the past couple years has been pretty devastating to a lot of Russians. If you have x amount of rubles in the bank, and suddenly it will only buy half the imported stuff you used to be able to buy? And lots of stuff is imported, because Russian manufacturing is not exactly a huge thing. So... that's been pretty bad for a lot of people.


Q:

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

A:

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:

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

A:

As a regular pot smoker with no other conditions that's still a pretty normal response. I lose my appetite and have a harder time falling asleep when I stop. That usually only lasts 1-3 days though.


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:

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?


Q:

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

A:

As a regular pot smoker with no other conditions that's still a pretty normal response. I lose my appetite and have a harder time falling asleep when I stop. That usually only lasts 1-3 days though.


Q:

Hi Lisa! Do you think you would try this with another country? Any new books you're working on?

A:

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!


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:

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


Q:

If its anything like watching the Iraqis trying to do jumping jacks( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbK76okexVk ) it couldn't have been good. Mind elaborating a little on how the values are different?


Q:

Hi Lisa! Do you think you would try this with another country? Any new books you're working on?

A:

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!


Q:

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

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:

No. That's probably the IBD.

A:

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...


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:

I don't... good idea though


Q:

No. That's probably the IBD.

A:

You know, Russia is kind of my jam, and it's the only non-English language I speak, so I think Russia is pretty much it.

On the other hand, I'm really tempted to try something similar in the US. I'd love to go across this country and interview ordinary folks. So much to learn. And so much WACKINESS to see!


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:

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.


Q:

I don't... good idea though

A:

It's exactly like that video. (I share that quite often). It's also be equated to "herding kittens."

We want a safe and secure country with democracy, and expensive gadgets. They are content. It's difficult to ask content people to turn in their best friends who happens to be an insurgents. I am however no expert on anthropology and cultures, just my two cents.


Q:

always!

-abd

A:

You know, Russia is kind of my jam, and it's the only non-English language I speak, so I think Russia is pretty much it.

On the other hand, I'm really tempted to try something similar in the US. I'd love to go across this country and interview ordinary folks. So much to learn. And so much WACKINESS to see!


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:

I don't... good idea though


Q:

Who actually does mourn for Morn?

A:

Do you watch game of thrones?


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 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:

Thanks for doing this AMA, it's really appreciated! I'll definitely check out your book when I get a chance.

Did any of the people that you interviewed have any thoughts about leaving Russia after Putin took power, or are they completely content with their home country? Have any of them visited other countries, and if so, what did they think about them?

A:

Do you watch game of thrones?


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 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:

How much did you pay Reddit for this ad space?

A:

How can you keep the green taste of cannabis out of your canna-cooking? I have a magical butter machine that I use for tinctures not butter because of that green taste...


Q:

Thanks for doing this AMA, it's really appreciated! I'll definitely check out your book when I get a chance.

Did any of the people that you interviewed have any thoughts about leaving Russia after Putin took power, or are they completely content with their home country? Have any of them visited other countries, and if so, what did they think about them?

A:

Do you watch game of thrones?


Q:

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?

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:

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!


Q:

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!

A:

A lot of the Russians I spoke to had visited other countries (Thailand and Turkey are particular favorites, as they're cheap to get to from Russia). But I gotta tell you, Russians love Russia. Especially now, they have a lot of national pride. (Motherland forever!) So, no, I didn't meet a lot of people who were eager to leave.


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:

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!


Q:

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!

A:

Nothing. I hope Redditors feel free to steer this AMA any direction they'd like.


Q:

The jar method is a really great way to infuse and decarb at the same time. It's always a balance between preserving the flavor of the butter while infusing sufficiently. I'd rather have a tasty butter and eat more than an overly green butter that I don't want to eat at all. - VL

A:

A lot of the Russians I spoke to had visited other countries (Thailand and Turkey are particular favorites, as they're cheap to get to from Russia). But I gotta tell you, Russians love Russia. Especially now, they have a lot of national pride. (Motherland forever!) So, no, I didn't meet a lot of people who were eager to leave.


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:

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!


Q:

I love the books by Sergej lukianenko. Apart from that I think Metro 2033 is pretty amazing.

A:

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


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:

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


Q:

Thanks for doing this AMA, it's really appreciated! I'll definitely check out your book when I get a chance.

Did any of the people that you interviewed have any thoughts about leaving Russia after Putin took power, or are they completely content with their home country? Have any of them visited other countries, and if so, what did they think about them?

A:

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


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:

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


Q:

With the way legalization is going in the United States, do you see a cannabis cooking show being as large as a food network type show? If so do you also think there is a likelihood of other types of cannabis shows to grow to the same level as cooking shows, maybe even a dedicated cannabis channel on tv? Cheers!

A:

Thanks for doing this AMA, it's really appreciated! I'll definitely check out your book when I get a chance.

Did any of the people that you interviewed have any thoughts about leaving Russia after Putin took power, or are they completely content with their home country? Have any of them visited other countries, and if so, what did they think about them?


Q:

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

A:

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


Q:

I don't know much about video games, but the author sure looks interesting. I'll have to check out his work.

A:

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.


Q:

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

A:

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


Q:

Oh, and people LOVE Thailand and Turkey. Because, duh! They're beautiful and WARM.

A:

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.


Q:

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

A:

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


Q:

Hopefully there is room for more cannabis shows! Vice has been on the cutting edge of cannabis content and created a platform for us in a big way - VL

A:

Oh, and people LOVE Thailand and Turkey. Because, duh! They're beautiful and WARM.


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:

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


Q:

The game you found is an Adaption of the book. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metro_2033

A:

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?


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:

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.


Q:

How could you afford all that equipment back in 1995? Weren't you struggling?

A:

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?


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:

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.


Q:

Of the variety of items you all carry in the pantry, which items can be made at home, without the use of a lab? Ry: How did you introduced to all the variations in the pantry and become and expert? Are you experienced in making most of the items or do you have many vendors?

Vanessa: How did you begin your business? What classes did you take or resources did you use to understand dosing and proper use? Were you already a chef?

Abdullah: How did you come up with the idea for the show? I love it! I wish there were more episodes. Also more tutorials or instruction on making the items used to infuse and understanding dosage. How did you all learn?

A:

How could you afford all that equipment back in 1995? Weren't you struggling?


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:

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.


Q:

That looks cool.

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:

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

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:

So, the equipment we had on the trip -- a Kodak prototype digital camera, a Leica, a couple of Mac laptops, and assorted software -- was mostly provided by sponsors. Gary Matoso conceived of the first trip and raised the money for it, from the French nonprofit World Media, Kodak and Leica. We really traveled on a shoestring, too -- staying with Russians in their homes, eating home-cooked meals, and traveling 2nd class on the train. So, expenses were pretty low...

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:

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

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:

Kief is a really easy concentrate to make at home. We even show you how to make a DIY kief shaker on one of the upcoming episodes.

I began my business by coming up with a concept and not looking back. I taught myself how to make chocolates and confections, researched packaging, and put every penny I earned into my company. Dosing was trial and error, I definitely overdosed myself a few times before realizing to use a lot less cold-water hash. Marigold was started right after I graduated from Berkeley, I wasn't a chef but heavily involved in the Slow Food movement, throwing pop ups around the Bay Area. Then I went to Rome and did a stage at the Rome Sustainable Food Project which brought up my cooking chops. - VL

A:

So, the equipment we had on the trip -- a Kodak prototype digital camera, a Leica, a couple of Mac laptops, and assorted software -- was mostly provided by sponsors. Gary Matoso conceived of the first trip and raised the money for it, from the French nonprofit World Media, Kodak and Leica. We really traveled on a shoestring, too -- staying with Russians in their homes, eating home-cooked meals, and traveling 2nd class on the train. So, expenses were pretty low...


Q:
  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

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:

A question to another topic: How did you come to write for startrek?

A:

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!


Q:

Pansies. Probably afraid of bears. Do you have any reason why they stayed with the clinics?

On a related note (and if I may be so bold as to ask for more), I've known a few social workers and a speech-language therapist who have some less-than-flattering opinions of doctors on the whole. Common threads are arrogance, narcissism, and to a lesser degree general selfishness at least insofar as their professional relationships with non-doctors/surgeons are concerned. Have you heard these opinions before? If so would you agree with the sentiment for the profession generally, and do you see a difference between that personality and the the personality of bush doctors?

A:

Do you miss sunlight?


Q:

How do you say "I love John" in Russian?

A:

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!


Q:

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

A:

Do you miss sunlight?


Q:

What were those California rolled sushi blunts like?

A:

How do you say "I love John" in Russian?


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:

Do you miss sunlight?


Q:

I had a good agent and I got lucky! In the early 1990s, the producers of Star Trek: The Next Generation were pretty liberal about looking at scrips from outside writers, so I wrote a script, my agent got it in the door, and in time they called me in to pitch story ideas. It took about 2 years of trying, but they kept inviting me to try again so I kept at it until I pitched the right story concept to the right producer on the right day and made the sale!

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 have seen that somewhat, but I believe that it used to be much worse. My daughter and granddaughter are nurses and I can see the change with doctors no longer being as self centered and self reliant, and a much better team aspect now coming into play.

A:

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!


Q:

люблю Пола.

Seriously, check it on Google Translate.

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:

It was a wonderful experience for me.

A:

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!


Q:

Crazy potent but smoked like a dream. Ry really loaded on the concentrates - VL

A:

люблю Пола.

Seriously, check it on Google Translate.


Q:

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".

A:

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!


Q:

Not really a paradox - it's a problem with the whole alien narrative.

A:

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?


Q:

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

A:

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


Q:

Do most individual Russians that you've spoken with seem to care about Putin's human rights violations? Do they care about gay people? Do they value a free press? Do they even realize that they don't have free assembly? Or now that they're happier with the economy, are they just happy to overlook those things?

A:

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?


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:

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


Q:

Does Spike Jonze chill and smoke weed with you guys?

A:

Do most individual Russians that you've spoken with seem to care about Putin's human rights violations? Do they care about gay people? Do they value a free press? Do they even realize that they don't have free assembly? Or now that they're happier with the economy, are they just happy to overlook those things?


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:

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


Q:

Not sure I follow.

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:

It was a wonderful experience for me.

A:

Yes! :-)


Q:
  1. I'd say that for most of the Russians I spoke with, there was a combination of not really believing that was happening, mixed with not being as concerned about that as they were about their own situations. (which is kind of human nature, IMO).
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:

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.

A:

Yes! :-)


Q:

I work with Natural Remedies and Concentrate Remedies, so that would literally be my shop. Otherwise, A Cut Above, Sacred Seed... really great flowers and concentrates at both those places and they are great people as well.

--Ry

A:
  1. I'd say that for most of the Russians I spoke with, there was a combination of not really believing that was happening, mixed with not being as concerned about that as they were about their own situations. (which is kind of human nature, IMO).

Q:

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...

A:

Yes! :-)


Q:

Hi - have you ever listened to what William Cooper said about aliens? He said he discovered alien evidence in his work for the government. At first he thought it was real. Later he realized it was planted in order to convince him it was real. He said we will encounter aliens, but when we do, it will be our own government fooling us into funding the weaponization of space.

He also said, in 2010 -- just watch, the next major event the next terrible thing to come down the road, just watch, you can be sure that it will be blamed on Osama bin Laden.

A:

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


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:

Do most individual Russians that you've spoken with seem to care about Putin's human rights violations? Do they care about gay people? Do they value a free press? Do they even realize that they don't have free assembly? Or now that they're happier with the economy, are they just happy to overlook those things?

A:

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


Q:

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

Weirdest food you've tried?

A:

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


Q:

has any recipe/infusion gone horribly wrong? are there dishes that just fail that don't make it into the episode?

A:

Do most individual Russians that you've spoken with seem to care about Putin's human rights violations? Do they care about gay people? Do they value a free press? Do they even realize that they don't have free assembly? Or now that they're happier with the economy, are they just happy to overlook those things?


Q:

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

A:

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


Q:

I'm not familiar with William Cooper, but he's certainly not alone in pushing the government cover-up theory!

A:

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!


Q:

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.

A:

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.


Q:
  1. With regards to free press, I'd say they don't value it as much as we do, for the simple reason that they haven't really had it much for the past century or so. There was a brief flowering of free press there in the 90s, and it's slowly been shut down
A:

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!


Q:

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!

A:

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.


Q:

We honestly haven't had too many failures. We tried making nori from cannabis leaves blended with seaweed and just probably didn't have the right equipment. It still made it to the table though, just not as we planned. I am very much surprised by how few times we not been stoked on a dish by the time dinner is served.

--Ry

A:
  1. With regards to free press, I'd say they don't value it as much as we do, for the simple reason that they haven't really had it much for the past century or so. There was a brief flowering of free press there in the 90s, and it's slowly been shut down

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:

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.


Q:

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?

A:

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


Q:

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

Weirdest food you've tried?

A:

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


Q:

Do most individual Russians that you've spoken with seem to care about Putin's human rights violations? Do they care about gay people? Do they value a free press? Do they even realize that they don't have free assembly? Or now that they're happier with the economy, are they just happy to overlook those things?

A:

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


Q:

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?

A:

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


Q:

Love your guys show! I want to know if there is a good way to decarb buds with the intention of trying to retain the flavor profile of the strain? Same question as far as the actual infusion process - I usually infuse the decarbed buds into coconut oil in a jar with a double boiler for a few hours, is there a technique to the infusion step for retaining better terpene flavors and less "green" flavor?

Thanks a lot you guys are my favorite!

A:

Do most individual Russians that you've spoken with seem to care about Putin's human rights violations? Do they care about gay people? Do they value a free press? Do they even realize that they don't have free assembly? Or now that they're happier with the economy, are they just happy to overlook those things?


Q:

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

A:

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


Q:

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

A:

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


Q:

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!

A:

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


Q:

Anyway, I think most people care about their families, their jobs and their friends, same as anywhere. For decades, the best thing you could do in Russia was just keep your head down and go about your business, so that's what people seem to do.

A:

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


Q:

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.

A:

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


Q:

Decarbing at lower temps for longer rather than higher temps for shorter is the basic answer. But you always lose some flavor when decarbing. Sometimes we use more weed and do a partial decarb (or use half decarbed and half fresh) so that we get more of the flavor in the final infusions.

--Ry

A:

Anyway, I think most people care about their families, their jobs and their friends, same as anywhere. For decades, the best thing you could do in Russia was just keep your head down and go about your business, so that's what people seem to do.


Q:

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

A:

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


Q:

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

A:

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?


Q:

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?

A:

What's the coolest thing in the silo?


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:

What's the coolest thing in the silo?

A:

Love the show, guys!

Ry: Did you really smoke an ounce of weed overnight when smoking those ribs during the Texas BBQ Episode??

Abdullah: Is the show filmed in your house? It seems like it is, which is f***ing epic!

Vanessa: During the Kimchi+Kush episode, you really seemed to be flirting with Deuki during the shopping scene. Any other guest chefs as cool as he?


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:

What's the coolest thing in the silo?


Q:

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

A:

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)


Q:

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.

A:

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


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:

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

A:

I'm flirtatious with every chef, or everyone for that matter. I like to have fun in the kitchen. Tonight's episode with Chef Yoya was a blast! He brought SAKE - VL


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:

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


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:

Who is your favourite Beatle?


Q:

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

A:

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?


Q:

Two things:

  1. GEAUX TIGERS!

  2. Where do you live now?

A:

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


Q:

Love the show, guys!

Ry: Did you really smoke an ounce of weed overnight when smoking those ribs during the Texas BBQ Episode??

Abdullah: Is the show filmed in your house? It seems like it is, which is f***ing epic!

Vanessa: During the Kimchi+Kush episode, you really seemed to be flirting with Deuki during the shopping scene. Any other guest chefs as cool as he?

A:

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?


Q:

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

A:

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.


Q:

The whole bunch were good!

A:

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


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:

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

A:

Each episode is filmed in one of my 57 mansions in hollywood. The three of us burn each one down when we're done, piss on the ashes, and then move on to the next house.

-abdullah


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:

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


Q:

Dry Aged or Wet Aged Steak?

A:

Two things:

  1. GEAUX TIGERS!

  2. Where do you live now?


Q:

How does one acquire a nuclear missile silo?

A:

Dry Aged or Wet Aged Steak?


Q:

Firstly, thank you so much for doing an AMA!

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

A:

How does one acquire a nuclear missile silo?


Q:

I absolutely love the show!!! I follow y'all on Instagram and love the BTS glimpses. Your show has inspired me to start experimenting with edibles and making my own meals! I would love the opportunity to work for/with you guys if at all possible! Do you offer internships?

Thank you for opening my cannabis world up!

A:

Dry Aged or Wet Aged Steak?


Q:

How does one acquire a nuclear missile silo?

A:

Yes, please and thank you.


Q:
  1. "Hahahahahaha!"

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

A:

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


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:

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

A:

I like live resin dabs. Specifically live budder dabs taken at low temperatures. Even more specifically, OG live budders... haha.

--Ry


Q:

Yes, please and thank you.

A:

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


Q:

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

A:

Firstly, thank you so much for doing an AMA!

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


Q:

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?

A:

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


Q:

Hello. Great stories and thank you! My great uncle Sam Otho White was the first game warden and a bush pilot in Alaska. Ever meet him? He has a great book of tales as well. I will certainly be getting yours. Thanks.

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:

I don't recall you all using tinctures on the show, I'm not sure I even saw them in the pantry, but there is EVERYTHING in there so I'm sure it was. Will you all every incorporate them into a recipe? What is the best way to determine proper dosage when cooking with them?

A:

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


Q:

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?

A:

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Suanders, easy.


Q:

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.

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:

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Suanders, easy.

A:

I did know Sam because he was a friend of my pilot, Garfield Hansen. There is someone else on here who has Sam as a distant relative too.


Q:

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.

A:

We do use tinctures (and make them using alcohol) in a couple episodes this season. Proper dosage is completely dependent on the decarb process and the input material. If you have 3 grams of 20% THCA flower, your maximum potential THC is roughly 420 mg of THC after decarb (at 100% decarb rate, 70% loss on conversion of THCA to THC). So that would be your max. If you don't decarb fully then it would be less than that. Without lab results on the input material you're essentially guessing, but most good flower is between 15% and 20% THCA, some as high as 25-28%, some as low as 8-12%.

--Ry


Q:

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Suanders, easy.

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:

What is your favorite brand of whiskey?

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:

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

A:

What is your favorite brand of whiskey?


Q:

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?

A:

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


Q:

I often find myself learning about new cultures and cuisine from the show in addition to all the cannabis infusion. Do the menus from each episode exisit online someplace? And is there a Bong Appetit cook book in the works??

A:

What is your favorite brand of whiskey?


Q:

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

A:

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.


Q:

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.

A:

Get on Reddit and ask for help.


Q:

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.

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:

Get on Reddit and ask for help.

A:

There is a Bong Appetit cook book in the works, it may take some time. Munchies has a lot of the recipes up on their site, check it out https://munchies.vice.com/en_us/topic/bong-appetit?topic_id=57a204be8cb727dec7952948 - VL


Q:

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.

A:

Get on Reddit and ask for help.


Q:

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

A:

Do you live in the missile silo?


Q:

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

A:

Do you live in the missile silo?


Q:

I often find myself learning about new cultures and cuisine from the show in addition to all the cannabis infusion. Do the menus from each episode exisit online someplace? And is there a Bong Appetit cook book in the works??

A:

Do you live in the missile silo?


Q:

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!

A:

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


Q:

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!

A:

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


Q:

I love the Death & Co. cocktail book. I also love The French Laundry/Bouchon books. And anything that Kenji from The Food Lab or Michael Ruhlman puts out.

--Ry

A:

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


Q:

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?

A:

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


Q:

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?

A:

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


Q:

What are your favorite restaurants in LA?

A:

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


Q:

Where are you going to live?

A:

Amazon.com


Q:

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!

A:

Amazon.com


Q:

EP & LP, Kismet, SQIRL, Sotto, Hatchet Hall, Gjusta, I can keep going. I write for Resy and do a monthly hit list on their blog - VL

A:

Amazon.com


Q:

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?

A:

How cold was the water?


Q:

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?

A:

How cold was the water?


Q:

Gonna check it out!

A:

How cold was the water?


Q:

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!

A:

58 degrees


Q:

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.

A:

58 degrees


Q:

Badmaash, EP & LP, Animal, Republique, Gwen, Wolf... all really amazing. I am from Denver and we were shooting such long days, I barely had time to dig into the food scene out there. The best bites of food I had during either season while I was in LA were at Baroo though... I think the fermentation master that I was so wowed with left there recently though, so I can't vouch for it as much now.

--Ry

A:

58 degrees


Q:

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?

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?


Q:

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

A:

I just wanted to say I respect your humility, and your hesitancy to even speak poorly about the contractor, an