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NOAA climatologist here. Climate change is going to impact most small businesses in the next 50 years. The government is not going to do much to help those folks, outside of subsidizing some type of insurance. So how do you feel about weather derivatives and seasonal forecasting as tools to help the private sector survive the variability of the weather/climate? Any thoughts on "weather risk management" and how it might compare to the "green" industry?

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Do you think robots should be taxed?


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Who was the person that had the biggest impact on you while you were inside?

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I have a family member who has been in the Church for a number of years now, she has essentially distanced herself from most of us because we could be considered SPs. What are some ways to reach out to her and show her we care about her?


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If somebody else were interested in starting up their own label, what advice would you give them to help them start up?

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Do people ever shout "Waaaalt" at you in public?


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As a valve design engineer I'd like to know, what went wrong with the valve? With the somewhat slim hope of helping you fix it without surgery.

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I don't know much of how you get paid for competing on the Olympic circuits, is it all reliant on sponsorships or are the competitors paid a living stipend?

Or, am I likely to run into an Olympian working at Home Depot?


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Sorry I missed your previous AMA, and I hope this isn't rude to ask, but what are your disabilities?

I notice that you seem to have some scars on your head?

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Thanks for stopping by (correct me if I make mistakes!)

Government insurance can support bad ideas (e.g., Florida's subsidized flood insurance to residents and the roll back of actuarially correct prices by Congress a few years back), so I'd oppose that.

For farmers and businesses that are vulnerable to the weather, there are already products out there (Cat bonds) but most of them are NOT structured for smaller risks. Thus, the government could help by requiring insurance of farmer who get subsidies, or for industries that are more vulnerable (e.g., energy intensive vs heat/cold waves).

Free market derivatives, insurance, and forecasting are a GREAT idea that should be encouraged via standards (and perhaps regulations or mandates when gov't is on the hook), but I'd really worry about a political version of these (see Florida above).

Weather risk management focusses on outcomes whereas green industry focusses on inputs. I'm pretty skeptical of GreenTech that's subsidized by gov't (or chosen via "beauty contests), as it's much better to have Tech compete as a solution. Thus, farmers/small biz might manage their weather risks with forecasts, insurance and green tech that reduces risk of water shortage, etc.

Lots of GreenTech is about mitigation, of course, and I favor a level playing field in terms of carbon price and let the best technology win to avoid paying it.


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Some people do. The idea of a tax on companies that automate human jobs out of existence isn’t being considered at the federal level. But the notion has begun to emerge in a few politically progressive pockets of the country. Officials in San Francisco, for example, are calling for a tax on companies that automate jobs and put people out of work. It’s too soon to say if the idea will go anywhere, even in San Fran. Some Silicon Valley tech entrepreneurs say they’re being unfairly targeted. So prospects for the idea remain hazy. (Monyak)

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That would have to be Carl King, my best friend. He was a fanatic, and that's how his family labeled him. He was always fighting for me.


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Leah: You have to fight for her. You have to fight. I used to say be kind, just be there for them, but that doesn't work. You have to shove the truth in their face you have to say, "Look at what's been going on and it's your responsilibiy to look." The only Scientology I would to use to the people that are still in LRH and Scientology is, "What's true for you is what you have observed" and "Look don't listen" and "Think for yourself" and I would say to them, Why are you not allowed to look on the internet? Why can't you watch the Aftermath? Why can't you watch Going Clear? If Scientology is so perfect they should be able to confront what is being said about Scientology outside of Scientology. That is the argument I would use to Scientologists.

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the most important thing & first step is to find the band that you are passionate about working with and see if they are willing to take a chance on a label startup. from there, they should figure out what they want to do for the release (cd's, vinyl, tapes, digital) and do a little research to find out where to get the exact product they want for a good price. then, they will have to get started on the behind the scenes stuff - finding a website host, ordering shipping supplies, creating some sort of marketing plan. a lot of the stuff you don't realize you have to do until you do it.


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Unfortunately, all the time.

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Hi fellow engineer! I appreciate it, but this thing is jammed. The neurosurgeon even tried hitting me in the head (yes, that happened) to jostle it loose. lol.

It's very likely that the locking mechanism (or in this case, unlocking) isn't working. Maybe there's an obstruction, or maybe the diamagnetic material used inside was over saturated during a scan. idk. But if you're interested, here is a cool video of the valve.

Edit: I'd also like to add that I know the material is diamagnetic because I used a permeability tester on my head at work because I was curous :P


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Americans do not get paid at all to be in the US team. The us team provides coaches, techs, trainers, and travel budget. It is up to you to seek other sponsorships and ambassador opportunities to create an brand and a following to help you continue what you love to do.

I go to Home Depot all the time, I love crafting and fixing things ha

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So I'm diagnosed with depression, anxiety, and PTSD.

I have some sort of seizure disorder, possibly caused by a chiari malformation type one. I also have chronic back pain which I originally thought was due to the poor posture and binding practices I used to obscure my breasts at a young age. Now I know it is also do to the malformation. So are issues I have with hearing.

I haven't been diagnosed with Autism because the diagnosed would not aid in getting the assistance I need. However, my doctor does agree I have it.

I am also severely dyslexic and read almost everything using text to speak. It is not uncommon for me to go through a day reading a total of less than 100 words.

The scars are from a surgery to remove a non cancerous tumor when I was ten and eleven years old. They used skin expanders and it required 4 surgeries.

I shave my head because I think my scars are beautiful and I want to show other people that they can be confident about the things they've survived and the marks it left. At this point it feels weird if my hair gets too long.

Here is a self portrait from when I had my skin expanders. It was drawn while I was in high school as part of a larger exploration of identity.

http://mypronounsarefaefaerfen.tumblr.com/image/154872694781


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Can we even achieve energy reduction targets and abide by international climate treaties if the current economic system continues to drive profit out of environmental exploitation? Are we going to have to transition into a green economy or move towards some sort of alternative model?

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Is there anything else about Japanese culture or policies they're developing that makes them more accepting of robots at work? Thanks!


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Did you confide in other inmates? Did they believe you were innocent?

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Hi Leah, how are you now treated by Scientologists in Hollywood?


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I'm the sort of nerd that all I took from reading this is you need to create marketing plans for all of these new bands you take on. I've worked with a number of different marketing automation systems and I love any sort of design / marketing projects so if you need any help or advice your welcome to ask.

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Waaalt!!


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I mean, there's no problem that can't be fixed with a liberal application of brute force and ignorance.

I'm imagining the good doctor sitting in their office, pulling out a prescription pad and writing "Slap 'em upside the head"

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Hi Lindsey!

What's your favorite lesser-known mountain/resort to ride in the US? I love hitting mountains that aren't so commercialized and i'm wondering if there are any you like.


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Congrats on overcoming your obstacles and achieving your goals

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Big question.

First, "profit from exploitation" is indeed a problem, as the wording implies that the environment is (1) not being protected via regulation OR (2) that owners are losing their environmental property to others via crony capitalism, etc.

Second, the transition to a green economy (in terms of climate change) REQUIRES international agreements, as GHGs are a global commons. For "domestic transitions" you can have domestic laws, but "the market" will not deliver as long as pollution is not priced.

bottom line: it will take political will to create the economic incentives AND that's worked before (lead and SOx cap and trade in the US).


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Traditional Japanese culture sees life in inanimate objects. Also the Japanese government supports the development and use of robots. (Kageyama)

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Yeah, my story didn't changed. What else I could say? I was never going to admit to the crime, and in my mind, if I was telling my story, it hopefully would reach the ear of someone who would be able to help me.


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Leah: They ignore me and walk out of rooms.

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when i say marketing plans, i mean like i think of "ok these sites may write reviews or premiere a track, these subreddits may be interested in the album" nothing too in depth


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OMG, that made me laugh so hard.


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mt Baker in Washington. It is a small family owned and they keep it far from the commercialized classification ;)

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Thanks!


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Kinda of a similar follow up question. The US has reduced is CO2 emissions to the levels of 90's since their highs of around 08. This is because (I think) of the increased Natural Gas usage and the economy moving to a more serviced based economy. Do you think regulation incentivising green energy is really required for GHG reduction, they do not seem to do much (look at Germany), and I am of the opinion, that China will always lie about their emissions anyway.

Also how do you feel about energy sources such as Nuclear, Nuclear Fission, and Carbon Capture?

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Are you worried about reddit and other internet sources eliminating your jobs? I see more MSM content that originated here, every day.


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What was it like to be in prison knowing that you're innocent? What did you feel when you were trying to tell people you were innocent but they didnt believe you?

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Out of curiosity what are your opinions of Matt Stone and Trey Parker?


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Hey I work for a publication up in Canada and we love premiering new music (singles/videos/albums etc). If you are interested we can chat a bit offline if you have any upcoming stuff you are trying to promote!

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Came here for this! Waaaalt!


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50%?!?!? That's crazy.

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Hey Lindsey, did you enjoy your time on Champs vs. Pros? It was refreshing to see pro athletes such as yourself compete in silly (but still challenging) competitions. What castmember were you closest to during filming?


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youve overcome a lot of bad shit and still managed to get a job where you get to be around dogs all the time? you are a legend

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Good Qs!

(1) US reduced measured CO2. That's good but there's a lot of unmeasured GHGs (leaking methane) that may contradict that trend (given methane is natural gas). The switch to service economy sounds good but CO2 measurement by production doesn't make sense compared to consumption, as "demand" is what causes GHG emissions. In that sense, the US, not China, may be blamed for a lager share of the increase.

(2) I agree that regs requiring Green sources tend to ignore total demand in favor of switching some demand to cleaner sources. If we're gonna reduce GHGs, then we need to REDUCE them, not emit them from a "cleaner" source. That's why a carbon tax is better, as it puts pressure on all demand, met via all sources.

(3) I'm 100% pro nuclear, esp. if you look at the death rate from coal or climate change. Fission and CC are nice ideas, but they are not commercial. Got' should support R, not D, as industry can pay for itself.


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I worry about everything that could eliminate my job, from Reddit to robots. That's why we try to keep evolving forward as journalists. And we believe that in the flood of information today, there's a great need for journalists who can dig out information and verify it with the help of editors. (Sewell)

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Being in prison felt like hell. It felt like a strange land that I was forced to get accustomed to. What I realized early on was that I was fighting for my survival. From the day of my arrest to getting out, I was fighting for survival in prison on a daily basis and fighting for my freedom. My feelings were loneliness, frustration, a lot of anger, feeling like I was a nobody. Feeling like I had no one in the world that I could depend on. My main fear was that I would come out of prison and still be labeled a murderer.


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Mike: Funny Leah: Ballsy Mike: I think it's about time they did another episode on Scientology

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email me [email protected]


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you and 16,000 other people.

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u/2girls1netcup is correct. 2 years is the "danger zone". You are pretty safe to assume that your hardware will last awhile if you make it past 2 years. The most likely time frame for failure is within 3 months of surgery, after that the likelyhood of failure begins to taper off slowly.

Fun fact! Roald Dahl co-invented a shunt to treat his son's hydrocephalus.


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Champs vs Pros was really fun until I had to eat a pig heart. That was gnarly and by far the hardest thing I have ever had to force myself to do but it was for my charity so I tried my best. I had a blast with everyone, I got to meet all sorts of new people with all different walks in life and everyone relationship created was wonderful

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Dog handling isn't actually a job I'm paid to do. I'm training the service dog for my own personal use. It's still pretty awesome that I have the chances that I do though. Thanks :)


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How do you value children's future lives?

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I live in Reno Nevada and I've met a few people now that work at Tesla and Panasonic...these are part of the new economy that your topic today is centered around. Do you think companies like these moving to Western Nevada will create a tech hub for us here?


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What was your first meal when you got out?

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You’ve suggested that some of the things you learned in Scientology (such as how to ‘get to the bottom of things’) are useful skills while other things you learned are lies, often used to control you. Now that you’ve been out for a while, how easy is it to tell whether a particular thing you learned in the church is helpful or detrimental to you as a person?


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What about Bay Faction wanted to make you invest in them?

Also, favorite band not on Counter Intuitive?

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Double homicide notwithstanding, I sympathized with Michael on LOST, and it always bothered me that he seemed to be the one character out of reach of redemption. I mean, even Ben made it to the pre-afterlife "place," and he was responsible for more deaths than Michael.

How do you wish Michael's story had ended?


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I'm so happy to read this post! I am a 30 year old female with hydrocephalus and a VP shunt and have had my 27th revision (brain surgery). I have way too many questions. How do you keep your energy up? What do you do to manage depression (and has that been a problem)? What do you do for pain management?

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we love Tia!!!


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Beautiful art! I love it. And I love that you keep your head shaved and aren't afraid to share your own struggles to inspire others. We need more brave people like you in this world :)

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Your kids? My kids? Everyone's kids?

There's a long running assumption that parents are more interested in the future b/c their kids, and that makes sense, but that doesn't mean parents can get collective action to do that (e.g., climate policy). Instead, they can use money or votes for LOCAL solutions like better schools, less local pollution, etc.

As an economist talking policy, the question is rephrased as "jam today or jam tomorrow?" because there are trade offs from consuming today vs saving for tomorrow. The right balance depends on how you value the future. Patient people (most rich countries) can afford to get an education, as they see a payback over a life of work. That same logic explains why they might build stronger buildings, prefer clean vs dirty production, etc.

Impatient (poorer) people do not have the luxury of waiting, as they need food etc. now. So they may love their children but lack the resources to help them.

In climate discussions, this issue turns to 'social discount rates" (SDR) which range from 0% (kids tomorrow are same as kids today) to 5-10% (10 kids in 50 years are worth 1 kid today). The choice of the SDR has a BIG impact on policy, i.e., take action now (low SDR) vs let them take care of it (high SDR). The additional complication of GDP growth and technological improvements tends to support inaction, BUT that ignores the exponential damages of leaving climate change action till later.

Does that get at your Q?


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Companies decide to move operations to a region based on many factors, including state and local government policies, existing infrastructure, workforce numbers, and many other competing interests. This very specific question demands more investigation on a local level. This is an interesting topic to explore! (Minchillo)

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It was a vegetarian place. But I barely remember it because I was more fascinated by the fact that there was no cord on my wife's phone anymore.


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Leah: Still dealing with it.

Mike: I think I have it sorted it, but I'm not totally convinced that's true.

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when i listened to the bay faction demo for the first time, despite the lofi production, their songwriting talent just bled through and was so infectious. i hadn't really even thought to start a label before but i had to at least reach out to them and once they showed interest, i must have relistened to that demo 500 times over the next 6 months until the real lp masters came in. even now, i love that demo to death.

fav band off the label currently... gotta be oso oso


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So, (double homicide notwithstanding) I've said this before but I think Michael and Walt should have had a chance to be together. I wish Michael could have raised Walt, on the island or back in the real world, because I think Michael was robbed of that opportunity from the beginning. But that's just me.

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Oh gosh...I wish I had better answers for you. Pain management is something I've been struggling with as well as energy. Basically, when I know that I have something planned that will require a lot of energy, I take it easy the day before and I'm usually still bed ridden or close to it the day after. A REALLY busy day can result in me collapsing in bed early in tears. I find Ibuprofen doesn't do much and I keep norco or oxycodone on hand in case it's REALLY bad, but I rarely take it.

As for depression, I haven't dealt with that too much since I was a kid. I realized that I can be upset that this is happening to me and that I'm stuck with it, or I can move on and work with what I have. I will never get to be a test pilot (my dream job) but I can build the airplanes (degree in engineering). I might miss some functions because of surgery and it might take me longer to do what comes naturally to others, but I know that I'm trying my best and working my ass off. I can do everything they can do even if I have to work for it. My hydrocephalus dictate my life, it's just an annoying passenger along for the ride.

I definitely sympathize. I'm sorry you've had so many revisions. I'm thinking of making a punch card for my neurosurgeon to see if I can get my 20th free. He's not too keen on the idea.

Edit: I want to clarify that my pain is not from hydrocephalus, it's from my underlying condition that caused hydrocephalus. It's called Dandy-Walker Syndrome.

The cause of hydrocephalus is different for everyone.


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love tia too, I get to see here when we are both not off traveling somewhere and we grab some waves :)

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Thank you so much! So many lovely sentiments in one short paragraph. I'll be returning to this on rainy days. :)


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Yikes. Thanks for the rundown.

as "RustBelt" turns into Eden.

Do you mean relatively speaking? Or what exactly?

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Right now most of the automated jobs are things that don't require a massive amount of reflexes and instant response times. Eg maybe a robotic nurse preventing an elderly man from falling down.

Any idea about where that level of robotics is at the moment, and how soon we can expect them to actually significant affect a larger proportion of the work force ?


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Wow, thank you for doing this AMA. What would you say to the other people who are currently serving time for a crime they didn't commit?

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Do u think more members will leave since the awareness you're raising is making it impossible to ignore? I even see Kirstie Alley has been specifically tweeting about the show. Also, with allegations of children being abused, WHY hasn't law enforcement stepped in? Isn't it illegal for children to work?


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Is it possible to hear the demo?

Apologies if it's been listed already, I'm posting on mobile and will be back tomorrow to scour everything you've posted at work I mean on my computer.

Great AMA I really love these kinds of stories, best of luck to you, the label and the bands! Cheers

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Thank you for giving your life for the Oceanic Six ;) OK so I know you 're not really Michael Dawson obviously but the show was a huge part of my life for many years. Did you keep any items off the set of Lost when you left?

Also, thanks so much for raising autism awareness, dude.


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There should be a lemon law for those kind of things. Back in the shop too many times? You get it replaced for free.

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Much respect.


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Can people make a living off of glass blowing? Serious question

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Relatively, but also absolutely. The area (Montana to Michigan) will probably get better climate and has good water supplies. Farms will produce food and cities can be livable. Of course, there's the chance of some pretty nasty winters.


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In Japan, robots are starting to be used to take care of the elderly, such as helping in picking up things and shampooing their hair and other tasks. In auto plants, some robotics parts are getting designed to be soft and gentle to the human touch so they can be present in the same space. (Kageyama)

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Try to find some type of network. You cannot do it all from prison, from behind the walls. We have to start to build, and in order to build, we have to change our thought process. A lot of prisoners know what people on the outside want and you give them that, but it's all lip service. Self-introspection is a must. If that's not taking place, you are not growing, and if you're not growing, you're more likely to make the same mistake.


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Leah: Great questions. Why hasn't law enforcement stepped in? RIGHT?!

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not my place to send that out anymore. ask the band


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Thank you my friend. I did not keep anything from lost because I was so in and out of the show everything thats there needed to stay until the end. Tough I do have a few 8x10s of Josh Holloway that I kiss nightly 😁.

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Yes! I actually made a punch card for my neurosurgeon. I'm hoping I get the 20th surgery free.


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Sure. It's actually one of the easier mediums to make a living with because there are so few schools that teach it.

You can be the head artist, who's making and coming up with the designs, or get a job assisting a head artist in creating their work and caring for their studio.

There's jobs making custom lamp shades, science equipment, and so forth.

There's jobs teaching, the sort of class where someone comes for a day to make a paperweight are really common in tourist area's. Of course there's also teaching at the university's or the additional education glassblowing camps.

There are also jobs at tourist places and amusement parks to make glass while people watch.

I think that I would most enjoy being an assistant or a shop monitor.


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I've often wondered about this. Riding sea levels may cause mass migrations of people. What will the implications be for those who own land in "safe" areas (like Montana to Michigan)? Do you think the government should step in, enforce eminent domain to ensure people have a place to move? Will this cause a disintegration of national borders?

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Right now most of the automated jobs are things that don't require a massive amount of reflexes and instant response times. Eg maybe a robotic nurse preventing an elderly man from falling down.

Any idea about where that level of robotics is at the moment, and how soon we can expect them to actually significant affect a larger proportion of the work force ?


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What was the biggest change in society/people that you found once you got out?

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Hi Leah and Mike! My question is for Mike: After you left your position with Scientology and began to expose things, how long did it take people to truly belive that you actually left and how hard was it trying to make things right with the people you tried so hard to public destroy?

Thank you both for all of your hard work!!


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Hi Jake, how's it feel to be a big-time manager for the most cooked band on the east coast?

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Do you think Josh Holloway could have played Gambit of the X-Men 10 years ago? I would have loved to see him in that role.


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What advice would you give to a new parent of a child with Hydrocephalus? More specifically, would you suggest we talk about it with them a lot while growing up? Or treat it as no big deal? I want to be mindful that some things may be harder for them, and give them credit, but at the same time don't want them to use it as a crutch.

Thank you for spreading awareness! It blows my mind that 1 in 1,000 children are born with this (even more adults diagnosed later in life) and yet no one around me in my family or social circle had ever heard of this condition.

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Hey Lindsey, I played flipcup with you once, many years ago, and you were the most competitive person I've ever met. Do you know anyone who hates losing more than you do?


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Chemist here. Scientific glass blowers make bank but are a dying breed. You ever consider blowing herb burning apparatuses?

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No, property rights and markets can work in terms of where people will live.

The main question will be assuring an orderly process, which means making it easier for people to settle (visas and work restrictions) as well as getting people planning AHEAD. The real danger -- if you remember Katrina and NOLA -- is a stampede that causes lots of excess harm.

National borders can hold. There's LOTS of space for more people (even in the Netherlands!). The question is how to integrate them


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We did see robotic systems in plants that self-adjust (with humans monitoring) and to your question, a lot of growth is expected in the next decade with use of robots in the kind of service roles you mention becoming a major area, as the needs increase for aging Baby Boomers (like me) (Sewell)

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What I found out and I probably didn’t realize before I went in, was how scared people were. Scared about everything. It threw me back because I never saw it in people before. On a small matter, the use of cell phones. I don’t remember people talking like that so I was asking my wife “Who are they talking to?” Even the geography of Crown Heights where I came from, it seemed like it was sunk in, not expanding and growing. The streets looked dark and bleak to me, so it was hard to try and reorganize things in my mind.


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Mike: Wow, I don't know how to answer that... to first part of that question, that's for people to decide whether to believe me or not. As for the second part that's an ongoing process and this show is a part of that process.

Leah: Mike is taking responsibility, unlike Scientology.

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my answer to this question may be very different after spending next week in the van with you


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What advice would you give to a new parent of a child with Hydrocephalus?

Remember that the warning signs of shunt malfunction are not universal. That you know your child best, second only to how well your child knows themself. He/she is also a normal child, so headaches, vomiting when sick, etc. are normal and not always a sign of shunt malfunction. I have a checklist of things I go through before I head to the ER for a malfunction:

  • Eat something. Something high in iron and protein. Usually red meat will do the trick.
  • Caffeine. I must admit, I'm addicted.
  • Hydrate. I don't drink water, but I'm usually good about staying hydrated with juice and stuff, but it's something I need to stay aware of.
  • Nap. Generally I never wake up with a headache. The only times I do is when I'm having a malfunction, if my pillows are too hard, or if my pillows slip out from under my head during the night.
  • I wait and keep track of my headache patterns. While the headaches are serious and life threatening, a lot of things can cause prolonged headaches (the flu, menstruation, etc) so I need to be careful to not jump the gun.

More specifically, would you suggest we talk about it with them a lot while growing up? Or treat it as no big deal?

Why not both? Definitely make sure they are informed and aware, but they aren't different. It make take a little longer or they may need to work a little harder at something, but they can do anything that "normal" kids can. They will be teased for not being able to do things as well as others, but the important part is that they never feel that they can't do something. They just can't do it yet.

I am not sure where you are located, but if you're in the US, the Hydrocephalus Association has meetups and walk a thons to gather support.


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oh man throwing it back......probably not :)

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Bongs? Sure, we're not banned from making them or anything.

So far my interest has mainly been hot sculpting, not specifically blowing, so I couldn't really make a good bong with my skill set.

They do well on Etsy though.


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I've always been intrigued about the environment, I was just wondering why we should care about all this you know, is there any imminent danger in our future, and what should our major concerns about the environment be?

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Did anyone say they liked working more with robots than humans?


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What's surprised you most about technology since you've been out?

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What do you think draws people towards becoming Scientologists?


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How is this the most upvoted question lol

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As a father to two autistic children I wanted to thank you for doing this AMA and supporting those with autism! It means a lot. :)

Which character would you say you feel best represents you? The character that most clearly resembles you as a person?

I've also downloaded and installed your app. I'm proud to be one of your supporters and fans!


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I'm hooking on to this comment because the automoderator requires all top level comments to be questions...

My family has a bit of history with both the condition and the treatment. One of my uncles was born with hydrocephalus. 60+ years ago though it was considered a permanent condition and he would never have any mental development to speak of. He was literally a lump that ate and pooped with no hope of getting past that point.

The doctors told my grandfather that he had to think of his family and get my uncle into an institution. Since they were not wealthy they couldn't afford a private institution and had to wait until the state had a spot. During this time they asked if they'd be willing to take part in a medical experiment. I won't call it a medical trial because they didn't really consider it treatment, it was more to just see what happened (this was a very different time when it came to medical ethics...). The medical procedure was installing what they called a "shunt" to drain the fluid from his brain.

After a while my grandmother noticed something... He started tracking objects with his eyes. He started reacting to what was going on around him. The doctors originally said they were just confused or having wishful thinking but eventually they had to admit that they were right.

When the state called to say they had room for my uncle at an institution my grandfather told them it was no longer needed... My uncle was developing mentally.

I wish it had a completely happy ending but after a while he developed an infection because of how the shunt drained (they no longer use this method). The infection killed him. While it's sad, I'm glad to hear about people like the OP. It makes me think that what my uncle and grandparents went through meant something.

OP, I don't have a question but I'm so glad to hear that the treatment (though still difficult) is helping.

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I didn't think so! Was it really hard to move past the infamous method at the olympics or were you able to shake it off and move forward pretty quickly? For the record, I would have done the same thing!


Q:

Head shops pay really well for artsy hand blown stuff.

A:

"Environment" can mean the house you live in or work/school you go to. As you've probably experienced, some environments are nicer than others, in terms of your productivity and/or enjoyment.

The outside environment (nature, lakes, the atmosphere) is part of a MASSIVE "machine" that cleans air and water, regulates temperatures, helps plants and animals and US live. Without these "free" ecosystem services, we have to spend a lot more to make food, comfortable temperatures, etc. (Think about the need for air conditioning in some places that is growing through climate change OR just during warmer months.)

So you should care about environment like you care about the airy breathe (I grew up in Los Angeles in the 70s. Yuch!) or water (dirty water can kill you).

There's imminent danger for many people NOW (think landslides, etc.) and most humans if the worst climate impacts arrive (e.g., evacuate Florida or Phoenix is uninhabitable). In poorer countries, many people may just leave (e.g., one billion refugees in India)


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Some people said they liked that robots did their jobs without much trouble, never call off sick, etc. At least one person said he's still a little afraid of them, though, because there is always the possibility of a malfunction. (Sewell)

A:

The cell phone is a trial in itself for me, so anything after the cell phone I leave to my wife. What is amazing to me in my mind is that I see cell phones as a weapon. There's so many people with cell phones and I believe we are so conditioned that we only see this as a toy. Very few people maximize the use of it. But I believe we can change our habits and we may see things a little different.


Q:

In the past people were drawn, because they were looking for something new. Currently, it’s only the second or third generation that are growing up in it and have no choice.

A:

for those curious this idiot plays drums for nj based rockers toy cars..we are touring together later this week with this rad band retirement party from chicago


Q:

Thank you for your post. Means a lot when I hear from parents in the Autism community. I would say Michael from Lost was probably most like me. He wants to be with his kid. He works hard. He's trying to do the right thing.

Thanks for checking out my app. I look forward to actually interacting with my fans there.

A:

That's a really touching story. Thank you for sharing! I'm sorry about your uncle.


Q:

you can only move forward in life

A:

haha, that too. :)


Q:

Is climate change a problem? I hear a lot of things such as it's not real or we're not in any danger.

A:

How do you see automation in 50 or 100 years?


Q:

How much time did you spend with the actor portraying you, Keith Stanfield? Are you happy with how he represents you on the big screen?

A:

Hi Leah, I got an autographed picture of you years ago(thank you) and with it was information on Scientology. Did you know they were sending these things to your fans?


Q:

That's awesome, I actually met and helped throw a show for Toy Cars when they came to VA!

A:

What was it like working with Terry O'Quinn on Lost?


Q:

I'm also hooking on as I don't have a question - just wanted to say thank you for raising awareness, you're awesome! So many people I know don't even know about Hydrocephalus.

I also have an uncle who was born (in 1955) with hydrocephalus, and very similarly to /u/straighttoplaid had a shunt installed. He lived pretty happily until 1980, when he unfortunately passed away. My grandparents consented to donate his brain to be studied so more could be understood about the condition and how the shunt worked. This happened 3 years before I was born, so sadly I never knew him but everyone says what a sweet guy he was. He liked to make/sew teddy bears.

Best wishes to you, OP, and thanks again for your post!

A:

That's a good outlook! Speaking of forward in life, have you given thought to what you will do after competing? Maybe some coaching?


Q:

OP is a glassblowing major so at the moment she's surrounded by people telling success stories. Yes some people make a living blowing glass but MANY more try and fail. It's a hard industry to get a leg up in unless you have someone bankrolling you. Lots of freeloader kids live off their parents and apprentice for free. It means the low level jobs don't pay jack. If you can't afford to live for nothing or have 2 full time jobs it's tough. It's a great career for half of a double income couple where the other person has something really stable. It's also a really expensive art to do. Building a studio for glass is 1000x the price as building one for painting for example. Renting time is upwards of a few hundred dollars for a few hours. You might get a gig where you work in exchange for time but out of the 100 or so kids I knew who scored jobs like that, very few actually used their 'free' time. After working 60hrs in a hot shop all week most people use their Saturday to get other stuff done.

I have a masters degree in glass sculpture. I've known literally hundreds of students who majored or minored in glassblowing. Maybe 30-40 of those are actually working full time making glass and maybe 15 of them have real strong careers that could support a comfortable life (like ever being able to retire or have health insurance)

So OP might not be the best source for what the job market really looks like since they are still in school. Not saying OP can't make a life of it. It's just not all roses like they tell you in school.

tl;dr: it's not thaaaaat easy to make a living as a glass artist but it's possible.

Source: been there.

A:

Yes.

It is real, in theory (fossil fuel combustion increases CO2 in the atmosphere, which traps more heat) and in reality (CO2 levels are higher, temperatures are higher, sea levels are higher, etc.)

It's a problem as it will cost us, in terms of unstable food supples, unusual weather, additional refugees, etc.


Q:

A very rapid acceleration in automation is expected over the next decade, and jobs to monitor, operate and maintain will grow with that. Further in the future, the impact on the human role remains to be seen. Most economists expect that there will continue to be a human role; how much 50- to 100 years from now is hard to predict. (Sewell)

A:

I spent about a week with Lakeith. He came to my house, came to see a movie with me. I like him a lot, because he's young, and he's doing what he loves. He found it early. For my role, you can't capture everything in a movie, but there's a lot that people can identify with. I want the movie to touch as many people as possible.


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Leah: I think that was something that I was doing and agreed to do for Scientology so yes and I am sorry and you're welcome

A:

was that the show with modern chemistry? i was there :)


Q:

Loved working with Terry. He's a lot like his character. Lots of walkabouts, good guy. Great family.

A:

Thank you for sharing your uncle's story! Did you know that the Hydrocephalus Association sells teddy bears with shunts! Your story reminded me of that.


Q:

personal trainer maybe , yes i have a few ideas in the hopper

A:

This is a good alternative perspective. I'm also not personally fussed to work full time in the glass blowing studio. Sure, it would be nice.

But, really, I got a scholarship to this really good art school and my family encouraged me to do both what I loved and what I was good at. Maybe I'll do something totally unrelated to art from 9-5.


Q:

How does it affect food supplies and refugees?

A:

What is the very best cheese?


Q:

Do you still have faith in the justice system?

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I'm just going to get straight to it. Is Tom Cruise a good person?


Q:

It was actually with Quinn Cicala! The sound situation didn't really work out in Toy Cars' favor, but it was a great time regardless.

A:

"WHERE'S MY PUS--... heyyy..?"

  • The Matrix Reloaded

Q:

Have you met other people with your condition? Are there groups or is it just too rare?

A:

How to you make a living. Is it solely on sponsors paying you for being awesome (and I guess talented)?


Q:

To you, OP, and any other glassblowers:

I practiced (two semesters of classes) glassblowing in high schools. Some sculpture, but mostly blowing and cold work. My university doesn't have glass facilities. - I know renting benches can be expensive. Any tips on finding less expensive places to continue glasswork as a hobby (like, criteria to look for)? - What sort of abilities do maestros (or even just glassblowers looking to employ other people) look for in hiring people? If I'm at the bottom of the pecking order, could I still assist with glass? I'm busy with school, so I'm more interested in part-time work. - Any tips for getting into scientific glassblowing? I've never done it before but it seems like it would complement my Life Science-oriented education well. Thanks!

Edit: apparently my uni has a scientific glassblowing dept that appears to be made up of one person and may be experiencing difficulty due to staff shortage. I think I'll email that one person.

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Food supplies will fall b/c it's harder to grow crops with less predicable weather.

Refugees will increase if (a) they are hungry or (b) their lands are flooded by rising seas.

CC means "more variation" which will make traditional problems (storms, cold or hot) worse.


Q:

My favorite is Camembert but there are many great kinds of cheese in the world (Kageyama)

A:

My feeling on the justice system is still shaken. I don't have faith in it. But what I do know, is that nothing stays the same forever. You may take little dents and little hits, but the ultimate goal, is for people to become more aware of their choices. I believe that we have the power to get together, organize, get a program, and institute that program. It doesn't make sense to recognize the truth and be dormant. We have to move.


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Leah: No! Just going to get straight to it, no! There is a public persona of the guy who looks at you directly in the eye and shakes your hand and hugs you and is an attentive person to you and there's the person behind the mask who is a completely different person. Someone could say we all have that -- what we are to the public and who we are behind the scenes, but the people who are around Tom and work for Tom, not even people who are Scientologists, they will say he is diaboloical. People who've worked with me will say I can be an asshole - all actors can be. That is different. He's very similar to David Miscavige, they could be twins.

A:

ahh i see, must have been a different tour


Q:

PUSH POP. that's what I was going to say.

A:

It's not rare at all! In fact, I have 4 friends on facebook that have it and I meet people with it all the time.

Chances are that you probably know at least one person with hydrocephalus and don't even know it. 90% people with spina bifida or cerebral palsy have it and 1 in every 500 to 1000 births result in hydrocehalus.


Q:

sponsors and prize money

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This is a question for the future me who (hopefully) has graduated and gotten a job. I'll be interested to hear other's opinions though.


Q:

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A:

To elaborate- what is your current opinion on the justice system? How it's progressed (for better or worse), any comparable cases' results you may've encountered, etc.


Q:

Do you think Scientology will continue to grow once David M has died ? Because he seems like the driving force at the moment and if so is there someone lined up to replace him ?

A:

Oh god I hope they're good. We don't need another disappointment coming from Jersey. We already have Christy.


Q:

I second this! u/harold_perrineau As an autistic person, I'd really love to know more about what made you decide to do advocacy for us - thank you, BTW - and why you picked ASAN over other charities?

A:

Thank you for doing this; my three year old daughter has hydrocephalus due to spina bifida. We did ETV surgery last summer and she seems stable at the moment. What advice would you give myself or my wife as a parent of a child with hydrocephalus? Obviously we're always worried about complications, but is there any day-to-day advice you'd give? Thanks again!

Edit: In my excitement to get this out, I just realized that this question has basically at least been asked. So, I guess I would ask -- what advice would you give to my daughter as she gets closer to elementary-school aged?


Q:

So you get those really big checks like in Happy Gilmore?

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Do you encounter much pushback in public establishments from people who don't know how the ADA protects you and the dogs?

How do you feel regarding people who lie about having a service animal to bring their pet somewhere it's not allowed?


Q:

Here's more proof :)

Or, should I put a fish on my head?

A:

I have faith in New Yorkers and people like Colin who want to fight to improve our legal system to have more justice for everyone. Because of people like Colin and Carl who are so committed to justice, I think there is optimism for progress. We've seen progress take place over the last five years. There were counties in New York where defendants did not have an attorney and had to negotiate plea deals themselves. But because of the Hurrell-Harring lawsuit the NYCLU brought, we've been able to change that. Change is possible, but there's a lot more work to be done. - Phil (NYCLU)


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Mike: Scientology isn't continuing to grow while David is alive! it's shrinking.

Leah: Yes, one of the people that David is holding in Riverside county, they will be able to take a shower, put on a suit and take over.

A:

THEY FUCKING ROCK


Q:

I answered this somewhere else as well but: I chose ASAN because they are run by and for autistic people. I like that they advocate for equal rights and don't treat Autism as a disease to be cured.

A:

That's great that she had a successful ETV! So is she currently unshunted? Or will they remove it later? Or leave it as backup?

Advice for your daughter: You are not your diagnosis. You can do anything, don't let anyone tell you that you can't.


Q:

sometimes, they are fun but hard to bring home

A:

Oh, right, there's a second part to the question.

I am seriously not a fan of people who claim their pets are service dog when they're not. When that pet misbehaves it gives manager's a poor impression of all service dogs. Since I don't necessarily look disabled (it really depends on who you ask, but most able people don't think I look it, whatever that means) it means that these gate keepers who have had "service dogs" shit and piss on their floor, growl, jump up on other customers, and so on, colder to me because they think my dog might do the same.

It's also like... I need this dog. He has saved my life and I could not do the things I do without him. For someone who doesn't have that same need to just bring their pet in just because they want to... I'm trying to find the words for it and it's hard.

When people look at me and Storm I don't want them to have to worry if we are faking. I don't want them to see us and think, "Oh cool, I wish I could bring my dog with me!" I want them to look at us and see the hundreds of hours of training we've gone through. I want people to see him as a professional. And I want people to respect the fact that I need him, and what impact that fact has on my life. (That's partly why I'm doing this AMA.) And having people bring their pets with them because they can jeopardizes that.

We can be the best most perfect and professional service dog team that exists, but if someone's untrained pet just came in and shat on the restaurant's floor the manager is not going to see that.

And you know what, it's not possible for us to always be the best and most perfect and professional. Storm's still in training and he has his off days. He breaks his heel. He get's off to have a quick shake. He sniffs things and occasionally pokes people who come to close. He's a dog not a robot.

And fakers put extra scurrility on us. Our flaws are magnified. At least, in my mind they are. A lot of my therapy these days centers around the anxiety I have that the two of us aren't good enough.

IDK. Thoughts. Sorry if this is not as put together as it could be, the number by that mail sign keeps getting bigger.


Q:

What do you think the social price of carbon should be, and why?

A:

Hi, Leah and Mike. I read that tonight's episode is about child molestation in Scientology. I've seen a preview clip and it's incredibly intense. We've already seen so many tragic stories in Season 1.

For several reasons, including Scientology's status as a church, their financial contributions to local police charities, and employees within the agencies that should be overseeing them, the normal law enforcement processes are not bringing justice, and that has really bothered me for a long time.

But there's another way to get the government involved. If we call our representatives and ask them to hold congressional hearings on Scientology, would you be willing to testify under oath, Leah? Do you think former Scientology officials like Mike, and people who have appeared on the show, including victims of child abuse, would be willing to testify under oath?


Q:

this is great!

A:

Augustus Hill! Loved you as the voice of Oz, definitely a classic TV show and highly binge worthy.

Do you have any interesting or memorable stories from your years of work on that show? How was the guy who played Adabisi in person? He seems like he'd be a loud, but nice and funny guy


Q:

When I read "valve in my head" I honestly imagined this and had a chuckle for a good minute.

I don't really have a question, so, uh, how are you doing today?

A:

Would you ever do another MTV show?

Who was your favorite male and female Challenge cast mate on 'Champs vs Pros'?


Q:

Given all that, don't you think it's kind of absurd that there's no larger governance regarding service dogs? Every so often where I work someone will come in with their pet and try to claim it's service dog. Invariably they always slink away with a shitty attitude claiming they have papers, but there is no such thing as papers or documentation.

It's crazy to me that there's no legit certification and all I can do is ask them two questions that anyone who was halfway intelligent could prepare an answer to. Thankfully everyone who has tried it has been dumb, but it's so crazy that there's no legit certification to present.

A:

I would start with SOMETHING. In this post, I use $30/ton CO2e to look at the cost of eating meat, electricity, etc.

Once we see how $30/ton impacts behavior, I'd favor changes (probably up) by as much as $5/year.

The best way to do this is a carbon tax, of course :)


Q:

Leah: Hell yes!!

Mike: Of course!

A:

:)


Q:

OZ was one of my favorite work experiences. We had such a great group of creative people and we were doing something that had not been done before so it was exciting and scary all at the same time.

During the first season we would do this thing were we would shoot 2 versions of certain scenes. 1 for HBO and 1 for network television but somewhere toward the end of that season we realized that we were NEVER going to be on network TV.

A:

Good! I caught a Zapdos in Pokemon Go and now I'm drinking beer and eating pizza while answering all these questions.

How are you?


Q:

i could be convinced, would you like to see me in one again?

A:

[/u/SxeRpw saw this and sent my this private message:

I saw your comment about your service dog and saw your ama got removed so thought I'd just ask here, how do you train a dog to do all the things it does for you?](http://imgur.com/2C4j8uC)

The Basics

The first thing I was taught in my service dog training program was CAMPER. It's the structure used to communicate with the dog.

  • Command - the handler gives the command, either a word or hand signal
  • Action - the dog preforms the action
  • Marker - the handler marks the action as correction
  • Praise - the handler gives the dog it's reward, which takes the form of praise, pets, food, or a favorite toy, depending. The reward depends on what the dog finds more rewarding and the level of reward the handler wishes to give. For example, once a dog understands it is meant to sit when the handler tells it to, the handler should not reward with food every time because the uncertainty of the reward is more reinforcing than certainty. However, other forms of praise are still given so the dog knows that it did preform the correct action.
  • Release - A release queue is given telling the dog that it is no longer expected to continue to follow the current command. In early training an additional reward is given for waiting until the release.

I am currently having problems with Storm because I stopped relying on my release queue part way through our training, instead giving him the next command right away. This means that when I put him in a sit or down he does not relax into the posture I have asked, instead, it is like he is at the edge of his seat, waiting for the next thing I am going to ask of him. To correct this I just need to use the release queue much more reliably and practice in exciting environments that make him more prone to that edge of the seat feeling, then rewarding for calm behavior and waiting to change posture until I give the release queue.

For my task of clearing the airway, I will want to later use the sounds I make while at risk of aspirating on vomit a release queue as well as the queue for Storm to clear the airway. This isn't too tricky, but it's an example of a situation where the dog is expected to "break" posture, even when the breaking is trained. It is also an example of intelligent disobedience should the dog pick up on it on its own.

As for training the basic tasks themselves, we mostly use luring.

  • Sit - most of our dogs will sit when shown that the handler or trainer has a treat, even when they have not been introduced to the command before. I'm not sure if this is because of the temperaments we choose in our dogs or something else. So we show the dog we have the treat and say, "sit". Then, and this may take several seconds, the dog sits. Follow the rest of CAMPER.

  • Down - when the dog is in the sit, we put our hand with the food toward the ground, close to the dog, luring it into the down position.

  • Mat - we throw the food on the mat and then tell the dog to sit and down once it has eaten the food.

  • Under - when the dog is in a down beside the handler's chair, the handler holds food under the chair on the opposite side the dog is. This one took Storm a long time to understand.

And so on.

Self Taught and Reinforced Tasks

Some dogs will naturally alert to seizures, sounds for the deaf, panic attacks, and other useful things that are considered work and tasks under the ADA. However, the dog doing this by itself is not enough to consider it a service dog, the tasks the dog teaches itself have to be shaped (adjusted) and reinforced.

For an example we can look at Storm's alarm clock behavior (his leaving me alone when I am sick or drugged is another good example of intelligent disobedience). When he started sleeping in bed with me, he would lick my head, jump off the bed, run around the house, and jump back on when he sensed I was waking up. When he first started this he would give up relatively quickly if I decided I wanted to go back to bed. And if I put him in my bedroom and went to sleep on the sofa for a few more hours, he wouldn't complain at all.

Now, after he has received the reward (breakfast and a walk) as well as an aversive (waiting a few extra hours to eat, sometimes in a different room than me) he is much more persistent. I also did not reward consistently. Sometimes, I would get up and shower before feeding him. Or I would listen to the news over the radio.

After some time of this he's gotten to the point where he will stand in the door way and whine at me continuously for half an hour (that's as long as I could stand trying to ignore him). He will refuse my attempts to try to get him to go back to sleep. When I am more awake but not yet ready to leave my bed he will jump on me and try to lick my face. He will jump on and off the bed. He will even sometimes bark at me.

This is all behavior that takes considerable effort on my part and which he would not exhibit if I hadn't reinforced it.

** Other Tasks **

There are multiple ways to teach each of these tasks, but here's how I did it.

blocking and posting. I use a "touch" command which is a hand signal telling Storm to press his snout to my open palm. When Storm is in a heel position at my side I show him my palm, and before he can complete the touch, I move it across my body so he has to move with it to complete the command. I am hoping he will come to see the queue for preforming this action being someone walking straight toward me or walking up to me from behind.

He has shown some promise in this area. However, he is also struggling with being reactive to people who invade both our personal space (by vocalizing). So I'm continuing working to counter condition this negative response to the stimuli to help him feel calm enough to be able to face away from the stranger that is causing him anxiety and instead show them his side.

clearing my airway. I have a video for this one. It's the link for the word "training" in the sentence "evidence of dog training." To summarize, Storm is a very mouth focused dog. If you blow air at him instead of shying away like most dogs, he will come closer and sniff the air for as long as you blow it at him. He also prefers to manipulate things with his mouth and face (I did not train the touch command by telling him to press my hand with his face, he could have used his paw but quickly decided he preferred using his face) instead of his paw. So when I put food in my mouth and rewarded him for investigating (by spitting some of it out for him to eat) he was able to pick up on the exercise quickly and eat the vomit directly from my mouth.

Now, if I clear my throat of flem he will come running, and, well, because the noise that makes is a lot like the noise of my aspirating, I reward him by letting him eat the flem. (Sorry, I know it's really gross.) He picked up on this amazingly quickly, and, as shown in my early comment history, saved my life.

DPT. I also use the touch command for this one, asking him to touch in such away that he has to rest his upper body on my lap. I would then use a treat in the hand when asking for the position and show it to him, but not let him have it, to increase the duration he will spend on my lap. Because he is an incredibly bony dog I don't think I will be able to have him do DPT while I am lying down.

Dropped items - we started by training retrieve which took him a while to understand, but once he did he was all over it. I would drop something and say "get it" and he would get it. I'm starting to phase out using the word and having the dropping of the item be the queue.

Exit - I put peanut butter on a door. He eats the peanut butter, I tell him "good exit!" and give him another treat. We back up and repeat and repeat and repeat. At some point I stop using the peanut butter and just tell him "exit". We are very early on in training this one.

We also have not really started training the rest of the tasks so I'm going to stop here.


Q:

Just don't mind. Reddit has its load of haters who will downvote you for no reasons.

A:

Why do you think it has been so difficult for Scientology members who abuse former members not to end up charged with crimes that land them in the courts? Are Scientology's lawyers -that- good?


Q:

Holy fuck I love the sound of both of these bands.

A:

Oz was one of my favorite shows years ago, and Augustus' words of wisdom were always my favorite parts.


Q:

My girlfriend of almost 9 years also has hydrocephalus. She was given her shunt when she was a baby, Ben Carson actually was the surgeon who had put it in. She has had 20 brain surgeries in the past 5 years. Have you had any issues with your shunt over draining? That was a big problem with my girlfriend, but had gone undiagnosed for years, leaving many ER doctors scratching their heads trying to find a reason for her incredibly painful migraines. This went on until I did a lot of research, suggested her shunt was malfunctioning and prompting her to have a different neurosurgeon run tests to check the drainage rate.

Have you had any instances where you knew there was something wrong but your doctors couldn't find a problem?

A:

I'm sure you encounter fans on the slopes occasionally. What are the dos and don'ts of riding around one's idol?


Q:

Damn OP, you thorough as fuck.

A:

Thanks :)

(They are annoying!)


Q:

Leah: Because victims have been afraid to speak out due to Scientology's policies of attacking anyone who do speak out.

Mike: They also hide behind the protection of the 1st amendment pretending to qualify as a charitable humanitarian organization.

A:

come to a show!!


Q:

That would be the genius of Tom Fontana

A:

Definitely! All the time.

Have her checked for Slit Ventricle Syndrome. It basically makes a shunt malfunction look like a normally functioning hydrocephalic brain. It's really common to develop SVS if you've had a lot of shunt surgeries.

If she's having issues again and they can't detect it, have a ophthalmologist called in. If there is pressure in her head, but the scans present normal, then her optic nerve will likely be swollen (papilledema). That's how I can get a diagnosis when everyone in the ER says I'm fine and wants to send me home.


Q:

i would just be super happy and excited, i always like taking pictures with happy people

A:

Thanks! :D


Q:

Hey I had a question that my teacher was unable to answer despite the fact it is a rather simple one. What are the advantages of speculation for the economy of a country? The way I see it, it only brings instability in the funding system.

A:

Do you think David Miscavage is following this AMA?


Q:

You guys coming to Michigan ever?

A:

What did you find difficult about portraying a person that is autistic?


Q:

How much has it affected daily life?

A:

If you could be any animal, which animal would you choose to be? :)


Q:

Is there a big market for multiply disabled service dogs?

(Sorry, couldn't resist.)

A:

"Speculation" is a loaded word. It's a bet on where the currency will go, if a stock will rise/fall, if the harvest will be bigger/smaller, etc.

Speculation actually increases stability, as it "puts money where your mouth is" and helps expose bad ideas. That's why bans on short selling (popular in the recession in some countries) are a bad idea. It's the same as prohibiting speech, which only allows politically correct statements but may ignore reality.

Now, SOME speculation is probably bad. Examples: "high frequency trading" and "excessive" foreign exchange (hot money) trades. These are often focussed on fooling other investors or destabilizing to markets (demand and supply too far out of balance), but they can be limited without undoing the value of making bets.


Q:

Leah: Yes and his girlfriend/assistant Laurisse. Enjoy, assholes!

A:

if they still want a manager they will be touring a lot in the next year


Q:

The trickiest part was trying to connect but not connect with the other actors. I had to find very specific things to focus on in my own brain and it left me confused about what was actually happening in each scene. I hope that makes sense.

A:

When I was young, it affected daily life more. I had to go to occupational therapy to learn how to walk and how to control some of my fine motor skills. It also caused strabismus, so until 3rd grade I wore an eye patch for a few hours a day to strengthen my eye muscles.

As an adult, I still have balance issues, but they are less noticeable. I can't walk a straight line (so I'm not passing any sobriety test) and I can't ride a bike. Most of the time, no one can tell, but I do sometimes bump into people or walls when walking. That being said, I've been doing jujitsu for 17 years help with the balance issues.

When something goes wrong with my shunt, it sometimes happens gradually. My personality will slowly change. I become more irritable, more forgetful, more emotional, and have trouble with math (something I'm very good at). I'll also start getting headaches more and more frequently until it's all the time/every day. If it happens slowly, I'll forget that life didn't involve headaches every day and my brain tells me that's just how life has always been.


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hummmm.... a wolf

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Lol

A big problem with the "boarding school" style programs, where the dogs are breed, raised by puppy raisers, and trained in a compound before being given to a person when they are two, is that they do not usually train dogs for someone with multiple disabilities.

This means that there is a shortage of dogs for the multiply disabled. So demand is high.

No one works dogs with multiple disabilities, although some people will work dead dogs, so demand there is non existent.

😜


Q:

Why isn't clean portable water free ? Isn't it basic human rights and should be financially supported no matter what ?

A:

How does the church recruit? I've seen your show and I know they target celebs and family members, but how do they recruit randoms? Do they go door to door? Scientology isn't big where I live so I've never met any. What do they tell people, how do they try to convince them? Thanks for your show by the way, it's awesome!


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Hey Jake, big fan of all the stuff you've put out. As a musician I was wondering what you look for in bands to potentially release music for? I'm really curious about what goes on behind the scenes in that regard. Can't wait for future releases, there isn't a single band in your roster that I don't like!

A:

If you were walking down the street and heard a stranger yelling "WALT!" would you join in?


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I'm pretty sure 17 years of jujitsu makes you a verified badass

A:

Awesome! I love wolves :)


Q:

Where did you attend your service dog training program? Did you have then help you pick out an appropriate puppy?

I have Cystic Fibrosis and it's always been an interest of mine. I'm not yet quite at the point to where I'd need one, but it would definitely come in handy as my disease progresses. I've just never knew exactly where to start besides my general training knowledge.

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Good question. As you'll agree that it costs money to provide, then the question is who pays? The tradition is that the $ comes from taxes, transfers or tariffs. In developed countries (OECD), people definitely have enough money to pay, so tariffs (pay for water) is the way to go. These countries ALSO have adequate income to help poor people with income, meaning they can afford to pay for water. (Water bills vary by a LOT, but it's a rule of thumb that they cost less than a cable TV bill.)

In developing countries, it's probably ok to have subsidies via taxes (of domestic economy) and transfers (aid money). But, there are many countries where the cost of clean water is cheaper than what people pay now, in direct costs and sickness, from dirty water.

The BIG point is that people will use "too much" free water -- not for drinking and bathing, but washing the driveway, watering a lawn, etc. Those people need to pay for that use.

How to price water blog post


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Leah: Well, if you go on a public street where there's a Scientology building they set up these stress tests and they do a free personality tests and then they sell them a little mini course. It builds slowly.

Mike: It's the boil the frog theory

A:

thank you as always for the kind words!! for awhile i was 100% only about the music. i just looked for fresh new music that i loved and figured if i like it other people probably will to, right? but now i've started to be a bit more selective going forward. making music i love is the #1 thing but after that i try to find bands that are hardworking, touring as much as they can, and simply playing because they love it & don't want to do anything else.

every musician can say "i love music it's all i want to be doing with my life" but not many actually will go through tour after tour of barely, if even, breaking even or getting a response from new fans. so, i definitely look for dedication.


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yes, and start spinning in circles in slow motion.

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Verified badass that will fall over if I stand on one leg....I just might take you with me :P


Q:

me toooooo

A:

I hope you don't mind the plug, but my blog hopeandhandler has some info. There is a section I was doing on helping people just thinking about a service dog figure it out.

Handler helper, is what I think I called it.

Anyway, I work with a program called Deputy Dog. It's not currently registered with Assistance Dogs International, but the program recently change to try and meet their requirements.

I hope you're able to get the support you need to live your best life, whatever that support may be!


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It would be interesting to know why some former colonies, Most notably some english speaking ones like America, Australia, Canada, etc. developed and set up the institutions for a developed country and other colonies seemed to fall into the corrupt strongman mode.

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Hi, Leah, thank you for doing this!

I'm sure you know that if you Google your name, one of the first few results is the ridiculous Scientology site that is quite obviously spouting terrible lies about you. I've also noticed that they've created one for Mike, too. It seems bonkers that a so-called 'church' would go to such extremes and even put their name on it (but then, because of your show, we know what extremes they are capable of). Have you tried to get these sites shut down?


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How was it working with mom jeans?

A:

First, would like to say I will be donating to this cause. I have $1,000 that I have been saving up in my coin jar to donate to a non profit and after doing some research this would be perfect. I know it isn't much, but I try and donate to one cause per year based on what I can afford.

My question: I know lost was filmed on the island of Oahu. My wife and I happen to be going on vacation there next week. Any suggestions on making the best of the island? Any specific spot we can go to that you would suggest, where filming was done that maybe not a lot of people know about?


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You need to get on r/bjj. They would love to hear about you. Also, What's your favorite submission chain? And what's your preferred guard?

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Such beautiful majestic animals, they get a bad reputation which is undeserved :( it's amazing to think that all domestic dog species in the world today, evolved from the wolf :)


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Thank you! I'll for sure check it out. I have a year old Doberman that I've been low-key prepping for it through general CGC and therapy behaviors just as training practice for myself, besides the fact that it's just good for him to know. As of right now I don't think he has quite the right personality to be a true service dog, but I also didn't buy him with that intention.

To my knowledge, there's currently just one CF specific service dog. He helps his handler by being a brace during coughing fits and can pull her along while walking so it's not as tiring for her. I think he's also trained to check for blood sugar levels. From my understanding they picked him out as a puppy and then sent him off for his assistance specific training as a one year old.

It's reassuring to know you've had so much success training Storm yourself:)

Did you pick Storm out as a puppy with help through your program or did you just happen to luck out on getting a dog with the right mindset?

Edit: Just started your blog and I see you adopted him at 11 months old and not a puppy. To rephrase: Did your program help you pick him out as having an appropriate personality or did you luck out on your own?

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The usual answer to that question is that those colonies were settled by English speakers who intended to stay and prosper, not mine/rip off and leave. Here's a FAMOUS MIT paper on the topic


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Leah: I'm not interested in their juvenile tactics

Mike: Such as name calling and ad hominem and them never adressing the actual abuses.

Leah: Especially with what's going on today an organization calling itself a religion would be better served taking care of the victims of its own abuse.

A:

it was, and is, an absolute pleasure. they are a great group of people. i actually will be with them on a full US tour later this year ;)


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This may be my favorite comment of the day. And $1,000 is a lot of money!

Lost was filmed all over the island. There is a tour (I think a bus tour) that you can take that will take you to a lot of the more famous locations.

A:

I don't do Brazillian Jujitsu (I'm not entirely sure what submission chain and guard are), I do a form of Japanese Jujitsu called Dan Zan Ryu.


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so true, like all predators they get the bad rep

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Dobes are lovely dogs. I recommend looking at doberbutts and there's someone else with a dobe service dog, although I think that second do I'm thinking of is retired.

I think you're talking about Ollie? From Youtube?

Yes, my program did temperament test him. They tested two other dogs from a different rescue and recommended I look at them, but this other rescue adopted them out before I could see them. (So we don't work with them anymore.)

I sometimes wish I passed on Storm, to be honest. He spent 8 months in the shelter and I can see how that's negatively effected him today in terms of being more sensitive than his baseline personality would suggest. Other than that I've always preferred the way my friend's service dog, a shepherded mix, looked. We've also had a lot of access challenges, which I can't talk about too deeply because lawyers are involved. And I wonder, if I had a different dog would we have had the same issues? Maybe, maybe not.


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Main thread downvoted for not mentioning low average IQ as the main reason.

A:

What did you think of the movie "The master"? I read that tom cruise had an argument with the director cause of Scientology implications. Also, tell jlo I love her :(


Q:

Woo!

I've worked with their sister band; Meet Me in Montauk and all those guys are a pure joy to be around.

A:

Hi Harold! First of all, thanks for working with such as great organization like ASAN. In my own disability advocacy work, I've had the pleasure of working with a number of their board and staff members.

I have two questions: 1) You've had the opportunity to be part of some absolute classic movies and television shows. Is there a roll on a classic show you weren't a part of that you feel would have been perfect for you?

2) How have you (if at all) dealt with pushback from members of the autistic community that feel your role should be played by an autistic person?


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does the regulation of your spinal fluid cause nausea? I had to get chemotherapy in my cerebral spinal fluid, and it always made me horribly nauseated. I have an omaya reservoir in my head, for easy access, and my doctor sticks a needle in my head, draws out CSF, and then injects the chemo (called methotrexate). Talking about it makes me nauseated.

BUT when I had the procedure done via spinal tap, it was never very bad, so i imagined the movement of CSF in my head offset my equilibrium. Cause the first time this happened, I literally pissed, shit, and vomitted at the same time.

A:

I've never snowboarded so im not really knowledge based.

Are you afraid of being trapped under a mountain of snow and if you were, would you be able to survive and create a new underground city with the snow people till spring comes?


Q:

Do you quote a price for people if they say "blow me?"

A:

Maybe you'll reverse your vote if I agree that low IQ is a reason and that low IQ is the result of poor public health, mother nutrition, and dirty water/food? Take an "African" baby and put them in an "American" environment, then you'll get an average IQ kid (and probably an obese one! ;)


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Leah: I don't think it was any kind of implication. I think it was very clear that the movie was about L. Ron Hubbard, but Scientologists will argue about anything, that is the truth.

Mike: I didn't see it.

A:

i put out their 7" split with sports!!


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Thank you CaptainLawyerDude (awesome name btw) for your work as well on disability advocacy. I'm really glad to have a chance to add my voice to this ongoing conversation. So to your first question, and the answer is boring, there are no movies or television shows that I wish I was a part of. I'm a firm believer in, you get the gigs you are supposed to get. So anything I've seen that is classic was probably done by the right people. Though there are shows I've done that I wish had a longer life. A show called "The Unusuals" for instance. It was so much fun, I wish we could have done it longer. 2nd- I have not had any pushback from the autistic community only great support.

A:

First off, I'm sorry to hear about your chemotherapy. I hope it's going well and that you are better soon.

The regulation of my spinal fluid typically does not cause nausea, because it's happening all the time so I'm pretty used to it. However, I do get nauseous when the flow rate is adjusted (and really bad headaches) for about an hour after. And yeah, shunt taps are PAINFUL, it's a very similar procedure to the CSF draw from your reservoir.


Q:

avalanches can be terrifying but it is always best to have the proper knowledge if you venture out into the back country. But i think I could survive in an underground city for a bit, as long as I was the events coordinator for the community ha

A:

No, I just bite.


Q:

My girlfriend grew up a scientologist and even though she hasn't been involved with them in over 20 years she still receives mail all the time. I was wondering if that is common, and if I should worry that they are trying to re-recruit her?

A:

I work at a venue in Gainesville and we have had 3 bands from your label (Prince Daddy & The Hyena, Graduating Life, and Mom's Jeans) play, send us some more! Each of them have been awesome shows

As for the question, did you tour with Prince Daddy & The Hyena early this year? If you did then we've met.


Q:

Greetings from Argentina Harold, big fan of your work. Two quick questions: 1. Are you still friends with any other LOST co-star apart from Dan Dae Kim and Josh? 2. You worked with Adewale in both Oz and LOST. Is he a cool guy on set? His characters were a bit creepy lol.

Thanks and keep it up!

A:

What I are things you wish your parents did differently? My 4 year old son has hydrocephalus and a VP programmable shunt.

Do you wish they took it easier on you, pushed you harder? Let you rest more? Anything?

Thanks.


Q:

Would you allow yeti and snow trolls to live in your underground community?

A:

Do you pet your service dogs a lot? Do you boop their noses?


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Leah: No. Scientology if you are unfortunate enough to put your information on a Scientology peice of paper you will receive mail until you die

Mike: -- and beyond.

Leah:Scientology uses statistics and one of the statics of the week is how many pieces of mail they send out. Even Scientologists complain about how much mail they get.

A:

i was in gainesville with them for a show with insignificant other (great band) if you ran that show i believe we got food together at a rad mexican place after while the band stayed and played smash lol

send me contact info and i'll send you more bands!


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Still friends with Dom. Jorge. Just had dinner with Nestor. Michael Emerson. Hear from Foxy from time to time as well as Evie. Love Adawale. He is always a cool guy to work with. Professional, kind. Ian Somerhalder. Love that dude. Who else? Don't want to forget anyone.

A:

The only thing I wish they did differently is I wish my mom didn't freak out every time I had a headache. Headaches are normal, people get them all the time for any number of reasons. Not every headache is a disastrous one.

Just remember that your son is a normal person with a bit of extras. You know him best. Look for significant behavioral changes (especially if they happen gradually over time); loss of memory, more irritable, really frequent headaches. Shunt malfunctions don't always present as the text books describe and not every symptom that matches a shunt malfunction is one. Don't be afraid if one symptom pops up, get him checked if you see multiple symptoms.

Good luck to you and your son!


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all would be welcome

A:

Yes. My dogs get hundreds of pets a day. And Storm, who likes nose boops much more than Branka, gets many of those too.


Q:

Is there a special kind of counseling for those that get out? My friend's aunt has been in since the 70's. I am wondering how would they help her if they did her get out. Can you post resources for others that might need that help?

A:

What is the minumum number of records needed to be sold to break even and then start earning a decent profit? How much do albums cost at that level and how much do you recommend selling them for?


Q:

what about terry? :)

A:

Wow, this is the first time I've heard of someone having the tube in their head removed, if that's what you mean. My wife had an arachnoid cyst which caused her to get the tube. Seven years later she gets a seizure disorder that has to have come from this whole event. The pump at the base of her skull gives her lots of pain and she would like it removed. No doctor will even discuss it with her. Menengitis from the tumbe, DAMN. Sorry for your struggles.


Q:

Snow miser and heat miser?

A:

Will you give them some pets for me? Such good doggos


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Leah: The first thing is to talk to someone who has experience getting out of cults, reading books that were forbidden to read while in the church of Scientology, reconnecting with friends and family that weren't in Scientology, and connecting with people that were in Scientology and left. It is a slow healing process, but you will get there.

A:

the minimum order the pressing plant takes is 250, this costs around $2,000. I sell for between $12-$15 and we maybe will make $500 on an order that size, so it takes about 200 to break even. if you want to make any profit you need to be ordering in quantities of 500-2500 which i'm slowly getting closer to doing for every release. it's just a lot of money up front.

when i was just starting i was selling 12" for $10 which is basically unheard of, but it help me build a bit of a following. now i still think my prices are relatively low for the market


Q:

Love Terry, just haven't seen him. But if I did, would hug him for sure.

A:

Yes! When I was 11, I had just had my first shunt revision since I was a baby. After it was all done, something wasn't quite right and they sent me home anyway. A day later, my head started leaking spinal fluid! I went to the emergency room and had to spend a little over a week in the ICU while my old spinal fluid was drained into a bag next to my bed while my body replaced it with new spinal fluid. It was awful.

When I was 18, after another surgery it was suspected that I had an infection due to a bad shunt tap that was taken. It turned out that it was just contaminated and I didn't have an infection, but I was treated for one anyway and had to take a semester off of college because of the PICC line that was placed.


A:

Of course! :P


Q:

Hi Leah and Mike. Do either of you remember a long time ago when John Travolta was on Oprah and they said he'd explain Scientology when they came back after the break but then it was never mentioned again? I was wondering if every single interview they do is monitored?

A:

$12-15 is a fantastic price, and the kind of price that will keep people buying records. Seeing some of the bigger labels pricing new releases at $30 or more is starting to turn me away fe buying new releases on vinyl.


Q:

Man, just want to say you've been one of my favorite actors for decades now. No real question, but with the AMA rules in mind, could you please do a buddy cop movie with JK Simmons?

A:

Can you have sex, do you have sex, is it enjoyable, do you like burritos, and if so, do you prefer them burrito or chimichanga style?


Q:

Hi Lindsey!

Does your schedule make it really difficult to find time to date men?

If not, can I pick you up at 8pm tonight?

A:

What school do you attend and how do you like? I am a glassblower thinking of going to Sweden for school. I'm not particularly fond of Salem' s location in New jersery and haven't really found any other schools in America giving actually degrees while really only focusing on glass work.


Q:

Leah: I don't know, is it?

Mike: Well first of all, I don't remember that circumstance.

Leah: I don't mean to call people out, journalists or talk show hosts, but if people agree to that sort of thing, they're subscribing to Scientology's rules.

A:

yeah those labels can fuck off and die


Q:

I would love to. I just did 2 indie films in a row with JK, one where I play his therapist. Love that man.

A:

Yes, yes, very, yes, burrito!


Q:

it makes it challenging and hard when you are not easily tied down

A:

I'm at Tyler School of Art. The first year there a foundation year, and very few people take a glass class but it certainly is possible. After that though, it's all hands on deck when it comes to glass.

There's also Rhode Island School of Design.

I'm having trouble with Temple's disability support. But the Tyler professors have done so much to support me. The glass blowing program is a great community and I really do adore it.

I'm also a big fan of living in the city, it gives me a lot of opportunities, like going to the zoo and attending the service dog program I am, and I might not have if I lived in a suburb.

If you have more specific questions feel free to ask!


Q:

To the wonderful Mike, whose own story has continually made me cry throughout series one, I read on Tony Ortega's website that you haven't seen Benjamin or Taryn for 4,900 days now, which breaks my heart. I read your open letter to your family on your blog. If there was one thing you wanted to say to your eldest kids, what would it be?

I think if it were me, it would be 'Please wake up'...

Keep fighting the good fight, Leah and Mike!

A:

What's a band you like which is different from the ones you usually work with/listen to?


Q:

Hey Harold I'm a big fan of your work. What was it like when you were making The Edge? The filming conditions must've been rough but it's an awesome film.

Thanks.

A:

Fuck yeah. Glad to hear on all 5 accounts. Follow up question(s). Medical marijuana: Any possible uses for you, any interest if possibilities occur?

edit: and thanks for answering! first time i've ever had a question answered in an AMA


Q:

Bold move, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off.

A:

For someone that has always been interested in Glass Blowing, where would you suggest one starts?

How long have you been training dogs for service, and what is the hardest part about that would you say?


Q:

I will always love you. I hope one day you will be able to forgive me for putting you into a world you did not choose

A:

i'm really into this band good old war and they are really acoustic driven folky pop type band. i usually work with more punk rock/pop punk/emo type stuff


Q:

It was amazing. We were up in Canada and I'd never experienced anything like that before. I was colder than I'd ever been in my life, but I was with Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin so who cared.

A:

Well, marijuana is now legal in my state (starting January 2018), so it's definitely a possibility. However, I find it does nothing for my pain and it usually just puts me right to sleep (both kinds).

I'm glad it works well for some people though and I hope that it becomes federally approved soon.


Q:

ha ;)

A:

It depends where you are in life.

Temple has a glass blowing major, but they also have classes for non majors and even for people who are no longer, or not yet, college students.

I think taking a class at a college (instead of like, someone's private studio) is a good way to get into glass blowing because there's a lot of people just sort of around that you can about glass blowing.

I'm not really sure how the "getting a job" part works. I'm not really there yet :P

But I have heard that networking is a really important thing. So, in addition to taking a class at a university I might look into buying studio time at a glass studio where you can work to hone your craft but also meet other glass blowers. In a lot of these studio's you have to bring your own assistant, finding someone who needs one would be an in.

Sorry I couldn't be more help there.

I've just been training Storm for service dog a year now. Branka I got in February two years ago, and I've been training her the day I got her but had much less support and knowledge in doing so.

I think that hardest part is understanding what the dog needs from you. Sometimes Storm will follow a harsh sounding queue and sometimes he will follow a softly spoken one. It's all about communication, and understanding what the dog is saying is the hardest part.

Also, self confidence.


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Do you think that Scientology is dying in the intetnet age, due to so much information about the nature of Scientology being available at people's fingertips? (I ask because Scientology is notorious for not offering ita participants valuable information about the core of its religion unless they reach a certain level.)

A:

Good old war is fucking dope, and they're great people. Met them quite a few times between their shows and them touring with Anthony Green on his solo shows. You've got great taste in music man.


Q:

How many times do you think you've said "WALT!" over the course of your life?

Related, what do you think of this spicy meme? https://i.pinimg.com/736x/23/75/a4/2375a4ccdaafe0a60170ecbad28b6815--nerd-funny-hilarious.jpg

A:

I used to work as an RN in neuro ICU. Is there anything you wish your treatment staff knew, any common mistakes made, things we can chill out about and what actually helped make your hospital stays not suck quite so much?


Q:

Hey Lindsey, what is a regular problem for pro snowboarders that none of us would expect or ever think about?

A:

How many marijuanas do you smoke per day?


Q:

Leah: Absolutely. and also because it doesn't work.

Mike: Dianetics said it could cure cancer and it didn't work so they died off and then there are people who reached the highest OT level and they died off

A:

thanks, you clearly do also! i bet it was awesome seeing anthony do his guest part during their set!!

fun fact, soem friends and i paid $1k to their kickstarter and had them drive up to MA and play a set in my friends living room. one of the best sets i've ever seen. i'll never forget it!


Q:

Would have no idea, but prob more than you could imagine. Love the meme...who wouldn't want to get their kid back?

A:

I find that Neuro ICU nurses are the best. They are attentive and helpful and usually just glad to see a patient that can talk.

I wish my treatment staff new that I'm not seeking meds, I just know what works and what doesn't for me. I've been through the surgeries enough times to know. Don't give me percocet as my only pain killer and then keep me an extra day because I vomited. I told you percocet makes me vomit and that either oxy or norco will not.

Common mistakes: Not answering the calls when I really need to pee and can't walk on my own. But I know that's an understaffing problem mostly.

As for things that make my hospital stay no suck quite so much, I will leave you with this story:

My hair has always been very long and very thick. For surgery, they shave a large portion on the right side and the surgeons don't care about the hair that remains, which I understand, because they are only concerned about the life saving surgery. But what you end up with after 1 week of lying in a hospital bed is matted hair that is caked with blood and hurts to even try to comb because of the stitches in your head.

When I was 18, I had surgery twice in a 2 week period and was in the hospital for about 3 weeks. After the first 2 weeks I was done with surgery, but they wouldn't release me because they thought I might have an infection. So for a week I was just doing nothing. This really sweet nurse would come by everyday on her breaks and work on detangling my hair. She would use my brush and bring a spray bottle of detangler and work on it for about 30 minutes a day. By the time I was able to shower again I could actually brush my own hair. Now I always braid my hair right away after surgery, but I'll never forget what that nurse did for me.


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that you get stereotyped a "punk" or a lazy athlete. Truth be told boardercross has some of the highest physical demands of any winter sport. You need endurance, strength, power, quickness and only 15 minutes between each run that can last up to 2 minutes for a recovery. We average about 6-8 runs on race day. That doesn't take into account training day on the course as well as time trials day. Those few days can be rigorous and the next weekend you have to do it all over again. That is why I would out year round. :)

A:

I actually have never tried any recreational drugs because of concerns about drug interactions with the ever changing prescriptions I am already on.

I'm trying to get off the ones that have a known adverse reaction to booze before I turn 21, but that's looking unlikely.

I dont feel drawn to experimenting with drugs, even though I know that makes me an incredibly boring art student. I just have enough episodes of altered mental status that I don't really feel like triggering one for recreation.

Power to the rest of you, though.


Q:

Congrats on your Emmy nomination! I really believe you're doing amazing work on uncovering Scientology and that you deserve the Emmy to put the whole issue into the spotlight.

What was your best and/or worst experience when working on your new series?

Bonus Question: Is there any fun stories that happened while filming King of Queens that you have never told before?

Bonus Question #2: What's your favorite insult I can use against my friend M?

A:

Damn, I actually still remember when you dropped the Bay Faction album on /r/vinyl. Still have my signed copy. Went back a week or two ago to your website to see if you had another band (that wasn't Bay Faction or Plainclothes). To my surprise there were a ton of albums and I shamelessly bought 10, lol.

Anyways, do you have the bands remaster their music for vinyl, or do you just have the og masters/lossless files pressed directly? Do you have an end goal for counter intuitive, or do you plan to keep it as a smaller hobby/job setup with you operating solo as best as you can?


Q:

What's your favorite kind of cheese 🧀?

A:

how did Obamacare affect your medical treatment or cost? How do you think the new healthcare laws may affect it? Thank you for being willing to be so open about this!


Q:

3 questions: Do you do any type of meditation to train your mind?

Do you have any dieting tips for aging (I apologize for implying you're old) athletes?

Do you do any type of unconventional training?

A:

The thing /u/likewhaaaa was talking about is called CBD or cannabidiol, and like they said, it's a chemical component of marijuana like THC, but unlike THC, isn't a psychoactive, so doesn't get you high.
Here's an article about CBD and its potential uses in healthcare and here's one about the promising studies being done on CBD for use as an epilepsy medication. I am not a doctor, but it does seem to have a lot of promise so maybe it could help you.


Q:

Leah: The best part is seeing our contributors get the support on social media. Seeing that is really the best part. Everyone who comes on knows the policy of Scientology they know that the second this airs they will get a hate site created about them, they know their family and friends will disconnect from them, yet they are embraced by strnagers.

The worst part is seeing and hearing the devastation that people are still going through 20 - 30 years later.

A:

i remember that order, i actually made a instagram story of me packing the order saying it was my favorite kind since there was such a diverse amount of my releases in it. thank you for your support!!

never specifically asked for a vinyl master, just lossless masters have been perfect. no end goal, hoenstly already achieved everything i ever dreamed of..i had to start thinking of new dreams to chase since it expanded so quickly! i hope to one day employee people, maybe even friends


Q:

Going with Havarti

A:

I honestly can't answer that. Since before Obamacare came to be, I've been working for the same company who provides great insurance. I'm extremely lucky that healthcare problems have not affected me, but I'm terrified all the others who do have to deal with it.

I will say that american healthcare is crap and I've had to pay at least $4000 (my deductible) out of pocket every year due to medical expenses.


Q:

not so much meditation but it is a controlled breathing and making sure I am not being too high strung in the present moment and remember it is just a race. With my age i just have to make sure that i am getting to recovery that i need and that is just trial and error really

A:

I'm a little familiar with CBD. I'm not very far along on figure the whole seizure thing out in the first place. The ER has tried multiple times to put me on medication but the last one almost killed me so...

Yeah, it will likely come up during my future doctor appointments. Even if it's not right for me, I hope it can help other people.


Q:

Leah/Mike,

Last season ended with a trip to the lawyers office. Will we see an update on the progress you have made with legal strategy?

As someone who works for Human Rights, what would you recommend I do to help end the abuse and the destructive policies?

A:

Just wanted to say, I hope you fucking blow the fuck up and take over the music business.

If I have to put a question up here, I guess I'll ask... What's your favorite venue/music festival, favorite IPA, favorite part of a woman/man, and favorite part of your day?

Answer any, all, or none. Good luck man!


Q:

What was it like working with Christopher Walken, and Harvey Kaitel?

A:

Are there any annoyances, about which we might not think to ask, that you would like us to know about?


Q:

Any recovery tips or is it just make sure to sleep a lot?

A:

Serious question, have you ever considered hallucinogens? You seem to have such a healthy mind set and being an art student, maybe could discover some inspiration?


Q:

Leah: Things have happened but for legal reasons you won't be able to see it on camera. There are things happening behind the scenes.

A:

fav big venue: the sinclair in boston. i dont fuck w ipa's. thanks for the kind words :)


Q:

I was so young both times that I was just hoping that I didn't fuck things up. It was exciting though. They are both great actors whose work I really admire.

A:

Since hydrocephalus is an "invisible" disability, a lot of people forget and just assume that I'm like everyone else. Which typically is fine, but I get fatigued MUCH faster. If I'm walking around all day with my friends, I might not be able to get out of bed the next day because I'm in so much pain. Then I get a lot of "omg, what's wrong"...the answer is life. This happens a lot, I'll be fine in a day, I just need more time to recharge.

Or when people hear that I can't ride a bike, they like to challenge that or try to "teach me". Like I can just get over having balance issues because I haven't tried hard enough. Even as an adult I'm often teased for not being able to. Like since it's not obvious that there is something wrong, it's ok to make fun of.


Q:

sleep is my go to, but there are cold tubs, massage, spinning on a stationary bike, cupping all sorts just have to find what works for you

A:

I actually will hallucinate on my own if deprived of sleep. And I don't mean force me to be awake for multiple days, I mean 5 days on 5 hours of sleep. I'm Incredibly sensitive to it.

The hallucinations themselves we're kind of cool, but I felt like a scream shoved into a human shape and that was much less cool.

Once, in a very open conversation about what drinking and the stages of getting drunk felt like, she told me, "You seem like the type to get high on life. I bet when you first get drunk it will be a familiar sensations."

She's really not wrong. I have an easily swayed emotional disposition and a weakened grip on reality.

Also, I've heard that it takes a lot of trust and a feeling of safety to have a good trip, and with PTSD that's not a state of being I think I can sustain for an extended period doing something I have been told is bad for you and illegal.

If I was a different person, I think I would really like drugs.

Edit: This was on mobile and the she was my mom.


Q:

Bump into the 'ol Tom Cruise often?

A:

v big venue: the sinclair in boston.

I saw jeff rosenstock and laura stevenson play the sinclair about 6 weeks ago. was probably one of the best shows ive ever seen. bay faction is awesome man. do you live in the merrimack valley? I see you post a lot of shows in lowell


Q:

I've heard that you've dealt with some interesting fans after your portrayal of Michael on lost.

Does having fans who can't separate the show from the actor cause you to have any regrets for having played that part?

P.s. - My son was just diagnosed with high functioning autism 3 days ago so thanks for raising money for the cause!

A:

When did your parents or doctor first notice this defect? Was it discovered during routine examination or only after it started showing symptoms? How do people or their parents typically come to learn that their child has hydrocephalus?

And I hope you can keep number of future surgeries to a minimum. Surgeries suck, especially when they don't result in a permanent fix.


Q:

Will you be in Korea for the Olympics this coming year?

A:

The greatest thing about service dogs is how much they love to help. It's really humbling to watch.

The doc is about a woman with an untreatable heart condition that used to make her faint every day, the service dog (Adele) who saved her life and what happens when she has to retire Adele. It's called Adele and Everything After. LMK if you'd like to watch - we can probs arrange you a pre-release viewing.


Q:

Leah: I have not bumped into Tom and if we were to be in the same room Tom would be forced to walk out of the room and avoid me and any Ex-Scientologist.

A:

i book in lowell cause i went to college there but am moving to boston from central ma


Q:

No regrets at all. I think invested fans are the best fans.

A:

When you're an infant, your skull isn't fused together yet. So when your head over fills with spinal fluid, your skull starts to expand. This can often happen really gradually and it can be unnoticeable at first. So my head got really big, but slowly. My personality started to change (I would cry a LOT more and was barely eating). Then one day my eyes went to sunset (term for downward turning eyes) and they took me to the ER. Looking back at baby pictures, my head was REALLY swollen, but it's hard to tell when things change slowly. The whole process was about 2 months from birth to diagnosis, but I was definitely born with it.

Parents find out in many different ways, either it's detected at birth, they see that their child's head is growing, the child develops sunset eyes, it's discovered through doctors visits, or even detected by an underlying condition. There is almost always some underlying condition. For me, it's Dandy-Walker Syndrome.


Q:

that is the plan

A:

Oh my god you would do that!

I'm! Smiling! So! Big! Right! Now!

I know someone (Jaz, who is doberbutts on tumblr) who also has a service dog (named Creed) for a hear condition.

I know I'm already retiring Branka in a way, but it's not the same as retiring Storm will be, if that makes sense. I know that that's going to be a really tough struggle.


Q:

Hi guys!

I don't typically watch reality/documentary-type shows, but my wife recently started streaming S1 of Aftermath and I'm hooked.

Two questions:

  1. The story of how Scientology got its tax exempt status by basically blackmailing IRS employees is extremely troublesome. Do you think that they have expanded, or are seeking to expand their influence in the federal government?

  2. If David Miscavige were to step down as head of Scientology, would we see any sort of change to the church, either for better or for worse?

A:

Can you please rank the members of Toy Cars?


Q:

How are the 2 new films you have been producing coming along?

A:

my ex husband had hydrcephalus and was able to maintain until age 40 without a shunt. we found out because he became dizzy and disoriented more and more often. he also had excruciating pain with any altitude change. so the doctor he went to did the surgery and installed the shunt. at the same time one of my coworkers showed me how to manipulate my husbands head when the cold weather would cause the flow through the shunt to go sluggish or stop. are there other ways to ease discomfort and what conditions do you most commonly find pain or binding to be caused?


Q:

Hey Lindsey, how do you generally prepare for races? Physically and mentally.

A:

Any tips on how to train a dog? I have a 6 month old lab who listens great when he wants to


Q:

Leah: No you would not see any change.

Mike: Scientology is 100% controlled by the writings of L Ron Hubbard and he is dead so he cannot change his writings and nobody else has the authority to do so.

A:

i'll do ya one better. here is a pros and cons list i made of the band after our first tour together.


Q:

They are actually coming along quite nicely. Indie film making is tough, and takes time and patience. But they are really coming along.

A:

I have to have a very soft pillow at night or I wake up with headaches. Usually lying down will help if I feel "off".

I find lying on my stomach with my head facing right (towards the shunt) causes a migraine, but the migraine won't come on until after I get up so I won't even know that I've caused it. It's really annoying because I forget pretty easily.


Q:

Mentally I think is the most important for me, I tend to listen to my music and get a good warm up in and start going through the course in my head to think of great passing spots

A:

https://www.youtube.com/user/kikopup

She is incredible and I love her channel and it cover's so much. Without knowing you and your dog better there's not much in the way of training tips I can actually offer.

I would recommend trying to find other people with dogs and who are interested in dog training so you have a social support network, some extra motivation to the do hard work, and people who know you and your dog better to offer an new perspective.

These three things are all something people who buy dog's from reputable breeders get in addition to the dog.


Q:

As someone who has nothing to do with Scientology, who barely knew anything before you guys brought it to light with your fantastic TV show, I just wanted to applaud you both for being so incredibly brave and educating the people.

Can I ask both Leah and Mike, what is the ultimate endgame you could wish for? That Scientology be destroyed? That it go back to Hubbard times? It would be a Miscavige of justice if it continued the way it was, but would you want it to still exist in some way? Do you think it does any good for some?

I love you guys for what you do <3

A:

Cooked? Is that like baked?


Q:

Hi Harold,

I loved watching you in Lost, which is definitely my favorite tv show ever. Here are my questions:

  1. What was your favorite scene that you acted in on Lost?

  2. What was the funniest moment that happened on the set of Lost?

Thanks so much!

A:

Another 30f with hydrocephalus, as well as spina bifida. This year I had my vp shiny replaced with a magnetically controlled shunt.

Have you ever had one of those, and how well did it/does it seem to be working for you if so? Thanks!


Q:

Cool, if you don't mind me asking, what kind of music are you into?

A:

Aww they're so cute! :D What kind of dogs are they?


Q:

I don’t want it destroyed. We want the abuses to end, and the destructive policies that destroy families abolished.

A:

it's new jersey speak for being a moron


Q:

One of my favorite scenes and some of the most fun we had was the scene in the first season when Hurly takes us golfing. We'd been working so hard up to that point, that we really needed a break and to have some fun so that day was filled with much needed laughter and endless pranks

A:

The one I have now is programmable (magnetically controlled). My valve is stuck so I can't get it adjusted with magnets anymore (just my luck). It feel much bigger than the non-programmable shunt. I had non-programmable ones for 26 years and never once felt like I had a shunt. I can feel the programmable one though, even after 5 years with it.


Q:

classic rock, folk, all over the map really, just depend on my mood

A:

Both are mixed breeds from rescues. I think Branka is a rottweiler newfound land mix. Storm is probably a hound (gray hound maybe?) and a lab.


Q:

What is the best thing the public can do to help?

A:

Can you put the Bay Faction album back on Spotify please!!??


Q:

Hi Harold! Lost was one of my favorite shows of all time, but you were also great on my favorite "cancelled before it's time" show, The Unusuals. You showed a real gift for comedic acting on that show, so I was wondering if you foresee or plan a return to comedy in your career in the future?

A:

Ive actually known 2 people with hydrocephalus. One was a girl I kinda dated (Steph?? Lol) The other was my "cousin", who also had spinabifida (spelling).

My cousim ended up passing away a while ago.. She said she had a headache and went to sleep.. that was it

I was always paranoid with the girl afterward. If she said she had a headache, Id freak out.lol.

I guess my question is, do you or people around you get paranoid when you get headaches?


Q:

Any thoughts of marrying Shaun white and having a snowboarding super baby??

A:

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Q:

Leah: Support the show as they have been. Write to their congressmen and women. Demand that the IRS take another look at the tax exempt status they so freely handed over.

A:

i have no control over that, you'll have to ask the band


Q:

I want to do the spinoff of that show with Adam Goldberg. Its gonna be called Banks and Delahoy. Someone get me Noah Hawley on the horn...

A:

Oh god...yes. All the time! Growing up, I had to hide if I had a headache or my mom would freak out. I had "sneak" tylenol so she wouldn't know I was taking it. At one point after a round of 3 surgeries, the school nurse sent a memo out to my teachers that if I complained of a headache to call 911 immediately. It was absolutely ridiculous. It's actually a lot like this.

I'm sorry about your cousin.


Q:

that might be a little too much snowboarding DNA ;) kind of like a pure bread dog, the best pups are the mixes :) hahaha

A:

Already answered ;)

https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/my-drive

And sorry to be pushing these vids on google drive, I don't have the time to wait around for youtube to process them and keep up with the questions.


Q:

The peeps over at Scientology HQ are certainly reading this AMA. Anything you'd like to say to them?

A:

Are the band's royalties from Spotify really as bad as they say?


Q:

How excited are you for the prospect of Constantine joining the wider DC Universe?

A:

What did you do for your 30th birthday?


Q:

Damn sorry shawn

A:

How does Zwilling Henckels blow this double walled glass? Only a tiny hole is on the bottom of the outmost wall and the hole points up. latte double glass


Q:

Leah: Go f*ck yourselves. Mike: Couldn't have said it better myself

A:

no, in fact i think this is the best chance bands have at a consistent monthly income from low investment (basically free to get digital distribution) you just need an audience


Q:

I think Matt Ryans Constantine was very underrated. I would love for him to get the chance to show that to the masses. Good dude. Great actor.

A:

Well, my birthday is the day after halloween. So I threw a big Halloween party/orgy.


Q:

shaun is a cool guy and great competitor, but i just hate to think of myself as an athletic baby factory... weird right?

A:

The same way you'd blow a goblet base. Though oh my god doing that for a whole fucking glass would piss me off.

When trying to break off the glass from the punty you'd be likely to creak the glass or mar it with water. Let me draw a quick diagram for how I think it's done.

Actually, as funny as the drawing turned out, with instructions not to touch the molten glass and "why are you doing this" "fuck you" written in the margins, I'm just going to explain it.

Shape a cup. Break that cup off. It is no longer attached to the blow pipe. You can not now put it back in the glory hole. It is getting cold. It will crack or explode if it get's too cold. Be quick!

Get a new punty (because fuck you you got to make this complicated), shape it so it has a little delicate taper to it. Stick it to the bottom of the cup. Hope that the cup didn't cool off so much it rejects the new punty.

Assuming you now have the cup attached to the punty, but the inside of the cup because you want to kill yourself, go stick that thing in the glory hole so you don't destory it.

Pull out a cup you already made that as been chilling out in the garage, reaching the right tempature. This cup is slightly larger than the one you just made, and likely you didn't shape the rim of the old cup because that would have meant attaching a punty to it's bottom.

Have your assistant hold the old cup in place with those super cool heat reistant gloves. Then stick the new cup into the old cup.

This also requires that the old cup be shaped in such away that the new cup doesn't drop to the bottom and fuse to the old cup. It has to do with how you would shape the rim, which you can't finase because you don't want the old cup to have a punty mark and you just really hate yourself.

Now, you have a two cups, stuck to each other by the rim, and you're punty inside the cups. Shape the rim because that's actually the easiest part.

Now you need to reach in there (Yes! reach into the hot glass cup! and get some water onto the glass connecting the cup to the punty.

If you're not perfect with the water, it will get on the inside of the cup and mar it! So be really careful! And pray! And fucking kill yourself!

Once the punty has been wet, which you should do at least twice, spinning the punty 180 and doing it again, try to break it off and hope it breaks off at the punty instead of splitting your entire fucking cup in two oh my god why would anyone do this to themselves?


Q:

Hi Leah! Loved your appearance on the Joe Rogan pod. What has been the biggest change and challenge in your life since speaking out against your former church? Thanks and keep up the great work!

A:

So it's prolly the large bands who aren't happy with the amount they're making you think? Do you have any bands on your label that you can compare their Spotify payments vs what you are able to pass along to them from vinyl sales?


Q:

Who's your best friend on the set of Claws?

Also, I'm autistic. Thank you for raising awareness.

A:

How has this affected the romantic relationships in your life?


Q:

lol I'd love to see what color that curly hair would come out :)

A:

Good fucking lord that was a lot to take in. Thanks for the explanation, I have a better understanding of it now. It’s one of the coolest and good feeling fucking cups I’ve ever held in my hands.


Q:

Leah: I think the challenge has been trying to effectively help people. It's not easy to sit and listen to people's pain and not be enraged when we just want to help in doing something. I think the hardest part is just listening. It's very hard for me to not have the power to actually bring justice.

Mike: For me confronting the things I have done in the past that have resulted in pain and suffering to poeple is probably the most difficult part of this journey.

A:

i think any band is happy when they are making money. i think the bigger bands are the ones most happy with what they are making. $$ comes from a lot of angles when you are in a band, shows, physical sales, digital, it's all good no matter what the size. and if it's a big band i can pass on quite a bit of money from vinyl sales


Q:

I work with a bunch of amazing actors on the set. But outside of work I hang out a lot with Jason Antoon who cracks me up.

A:

It hasn't affected them at all.


Q:

that would be something

A:

Well, at least all the craziness is worth it. :P


Q:

What do you think about young actresses are preaching feminism and equal rights when they're also part of the church? Isn't it counterproductive?

A:

Obviously you're stoked on any record you release- but what one are you MOST stoked on releasing this year? (/or have released this year)


Q:

I was really disappointed when they killed your character off in the first episode of Z Nation. I loved you in LOST and wanted to see more! Any reason you didn't do more episodes?

A:

Thank you so so so sooooooo much for doing this AMA. My gf lives with this condition as well and it has been a real struggle at times. Luckily she has had 5 brain surgeries only if I'm not mistaken.

All the info here seems so useful! I sent her the link so she can read this thread when she gets out of work. You've made me so hopeful now that she may find some more relief with your shared knowledge!

Since this is an AMA, what are the major no no's that you would advice against for someone with hydrocephalus?


Q:

How often do you get recognized out in public? Is it hard to go public places without people bothering you or do most people have no idea who you are?

A:

I've been trying to get a service dog for awhile but it seems like there are so many barriers. I also go to college and one of my issues is that I don't know if I would have enough space for a dog. I live in an apartment-style dorm (I have my own room and bathroom, and I share a kitchen/living room space) so I do have more space than most. Do you live in a dorm? How do you handle this problem? Does the school give you trouble?

Another issue is that I have enough money for month-to-month costs but not enough for buying a dog or paying for training. Most organizations I've looked at help with service dog costs if you're a veteran, but I'm not. Do you have any suggestions?

I know I asked a lot of questions. Thank you so much for doing this AMA! I'm glad you shared your story.


Q:

Mike: Hypocritical

A:

this is a really hard one to pick obviously, but i'm going to say the Graduating Life album An Introduction to Rock & Roll. i found grad life just days after their first demo and did cd's for their first 2 ep's, but this release simply blew those out of the water and it felt really cool to see a band i believed in from the get go find their voice and make what i think is an instant classic.

http://graduatinglife.bandcamp.com


Q:

I was contracted to another show. I always knew it was one episode, and they wanted to hire someone who you'd never thought would die.

A:

Letting someone tell you that you can't do something. Hydrocephalus doesn't define you. If you think you can't do something, it's because you can't to it yet.


Q:

it is not as crazy as you would think

A:

I can't talk about the trouble the school as or has not been giving me.

I did alright in a high rise dorm, studio apartment, with both dogs. And they are big dogs. It's absolutely possible, although it is a lot to add to your plate. Of course, so is living without the assistance you need.

Due to the trouble with the school I can't talk about, I had to move to an apartment off campus. It still doesn't have a backyard so I need to walk the dogs 2-4 times a day.

I think my organization could wave the monthly training fee, although most other's that use this style of training (instead of the borading school one) can't. There are other programs that fundraise themselves and you just have to wait. I'm not familiar with any programs other than my own, though.

There's also like, YouCaring, but that didn't do much for me. Winning the lottery. Having rich parents.

Sorry. :/


Q:

What do you think will ultimately take down the Church of Scientology, what is the achilles heel?

A:

How often do you receive demos, and has there ever been one that you accepted? Any horror stories with demos? Also, whats the process with working with record plants? Do you have one you go to each time? Any time the process has gone wrong?

Best Buds is probably one of my favorite albums ever, thanks


Q:

Did the writers/creator have a particular type of affect in mind for Dean or was it collaborative? For lack of better phrasing, do you guys have an autism spectrum consultant? Same thoughts on him being a survivor of sexual abuse.

I really enjoy the show and though I don’t know much about the autism spectrum you seem to be giving a great amount of respect and thoughtfulness in your portrayal (like all your roles).

A:

What do you do for a living? Does Hydrocephalus effect your work at all? How noticeable is the valve?


Q:

Hi Lindsey, where's your favorite mountain to hit on the east coast?

A:

Do you have to take a pay decrease from SS for selling? I am disabled but, I have found a massive amount of petrified wood on my property. My son keeps digging up chunks and logs. I already own a rock tumbler. I would love to polish it up and sale. I am afraid I will lose my disability benefits.


Q:

Mike: It's own activities.

A:

damn thank you for the kind words on best buds, one of my favorites as well.

i receive about ~5-10 demos a week sometimes. it's gotten to the point that i can't respond to them all anymore. i just put them in a folder and go through a bunch at a time. for the most part there are some decent submissions but most of the bands come from me seeing them while they are on tour, a recommendation from a band on my label, or just me randomly finding them online.

no real horror stories and i don't think i've had any bands submit stuff to me that i end up working on.

the process is pretty easy, i go through this company A to Z media who has a color guide of options for the records, i tell them what i want and they send me a quote and we go from there. recently they've had great turnaround times. i've never had any really big issues, and they have rectified most of the small mistakes.


Q:

We did have a consultant and so the effort was a collaborative one. Dean's biggest function was to tie Desna to something very grounded and different from all of the craziness around her.

A:

I'm a mechanical engineer and I build particle accelerators.

Does Hydrocephalus effect your work at all

Funny you should ask. Typically, no. But the same year I got hired to build electromagnets for particle accelerators, I went in for surgery. Without telling, my neurosurgeon swapped out my non-programmable anti-siphoning shunt with a programmable one...that is controlled by magnets. Irony, right?

Luckily, I've been able to keep working the same job, I just have to be extra careful around magnets. I mostly work on beam diagnostics anyway.

Edit: I forgot to answer your last question. The valve is not noticeable at all. No one can tell that I have anything wrong with me by looking at me.


Q:

Stratton mtn in VT

A:

I'm actually not on SS because my malformation only started giving me seizures after I could have entered the work force (but chose not to because college).

Anyway, yes, you would have to take a pay decrease and they will sometimes round down. It's a huge, huge, huge pain in the ass. I wouldn't do it.


Q:

Question for Mike: how were your first weeks out of scientology? What did you do and how did you feel?

A:

Hey Jake, I know I sound like a typical student here but do you have any opportunities for internships or have would you consider being a mentor?

I started my own music PR website when I was 15 and now I'm 20, I'd love to get more stuck in with someone who a) knows what they're doing, and b) will let me work with them to gain experience in my dream job.

Is this something you're able to do?


Q:

Hi Harold! Thank you for doing this AMA and for bringing up the cause of Autism.

I loved you in Lost and Sons of Anarchy!

What was your favorite scene you filmed in Lost? And in SOA?

A:

Have you considered contacting Valve about being there new postergirl?


Q:

who of the girls on the circuit are you most competitive with?

A:

Thank you.


Q:

Mike: Wow, they were great. I felt liberated, but sad that I knew that I had said goodbye to my entire family. I felt greatly relieved that I was able to contact others who had left who took me in when I had nowhere else to go. Thank you Tom DeVocht and Ronnie and Bitty Miscavige.

Leah: Scary, and I felt like even though I was in the real world more than most I felt like I was on shaky ground. I had been taught that without Scientology in my life I would fail so I had a lot of doubts and fear. I was dealing with a lot of loss, I lost all my friends in one fell swoop.

A:

right now, no i can't do that. but in the future i'm hoping to be able to offer internships similar to what topshelf records and run for cover records do. look into both those labels, they offer student internships


Q:

Favorite Lost scene; Hurly takes us to golf and have some fun. It was a good scene and in real life we needed some fun because we were working our butts off.

SOA; when Jax meets Pope for the first time. I'd never played someone so cool and dangerous. It was fun.

A:

Lol! No, I have not.


Q:

all the girls are really stepping it up from all nations as well


Q:

Do you think that Scientology will ever change their views on psychiatry?

A:

Oh shit, you put out Casual Friday's album? Been playing the fuck out of that record since I heard it a couple weeks ago.

Picked up your discography off bandcamp since some of the stuff isn't on Google Play Music. Keep doing your thing man. I love to see people help get bands out of the local scene.


Q:

What's your favorite kind of lizard?

A:

Who takes all the photos? Event and comp images I get since there are photographers there, but the lifestyle/social/travel/casual images? You're all over the globe but rarely are these selfies so I'm curious how this happens


Q:

Would you like to go to a glass blowing festival in Vermont next time it pops up?

A:

Leah and Mike: No!

Mike: Absolutely not. That is perhaps the most fundamental doctrine of Scientology which sets up the us versus them mentality. Within the bubble of Scientology it is psychiatry that is attempting to destroy man's hope for salvation. Plus L Ron hubbard said it so it must be so.


Q:

yeah!! really took off on r/listentothis and r/vinyl. great band that has a promising future!! that was a co release with some cool labels from around the states

A:

Don't know anything about lizards. This is for sure a Dom Monaghan question.


Q:

we have a few people on tour that carry there own camera gear

A:

Hell yeah hell yeah!


Q:

Do you think Scientology will ever be reformed into a less corrupt church? Do you think Free Zone Scientologists will have influence in the future of the church?

A:

Letters to cleo still exist? Wow that's a 90s flash back


Q:

Besides your own, who is your favorite character on Claws and why?

A:

Hey Lindsey! What features make your favorite mountains your favorite (i.e., parks, cornices, back country, steep groomers, etc)? As an aside, if you ever come out to Japan, I'll bet you a beer I can beat you in a race :D


Q:

Sweet. Next time I hear word we'll message this account and get things going. We drive up from Philly. You go to Temple right? If not the invite still stands of course. But I didn't want to invite you someplace that was super inconvenient for you without a ride availible for you.

A:

Leah: No!

Mike: Because Scientology policy cannot be changed. By definition if you take away Scientology policy, you take away Scientology.


Q:

i believe it was either a 10 year tour or a reunion tour...all i could think about backstage was "wow you are speaking to me right now and you were on parks and recreation"

A:

Quiet Ann. Judy Reyes is playing the shit out of that role. And with few words. If you knew her, you would know why I'm saying this. Just fantastic work. every damn episode.


Q:

steep and deep terrain, pow never gets old

A:

Thanks so much! And yeah, I'm at Temple. :)

Please don't kidnap and murder me. Thanks :)


Q:

How do gay men and women fair in the church of Scientology? Are they at a bigger risk to psychological damage by heterosexual members? Do they do forced conversion therapy? They are morally against same sex relationships, correct?

A:

How big of an effect do you think /r/emo has had on the success of the bands on your label?


Q:

Hello Harold! I hope you're having a good day. My older sister has autism, and she has just graduated college. She's moving out at the end of the month to go live with our brother in Toronto to study at college. She's very nervous about moving out because she has had experiences in the past with being bullied for her autism. She's worried that everyone will see her as autistic, and she seems unsure of herself. And if things get bad, she's worried about not being able to turn to anyone for help out of fear that they will dismiss her because she is different. It's really hard to see her struggle with this. I have a few questions I want to ask, so I can relay them to my sister. Hearing these things from someone outside of our family and friends would be tremendously helpful.

Have you had the chance to work with any autistic people in the industry? Does playing an autistic character help you understand how autism effects the perception of a person? Do you think that autism can hold people back from being happy?

We grew up watching Lost together (WAAAAAALLLT!), and I'm a huge Matrix geek, so seeing an actor I respect and admire standing up for people like my sister. I'm seriously on the verge of tears. Thank you so, so much. You have no idea how conforming it is for me to know that there are other people who care. Thank you

A:

Is there a moment you remember most out of all the medals and awards?


Q:

That sounds like too much work. It's a vacation. Oh AND that's illegal, immoral etc. Lol

Oh btw there is a small dog in the group so your pup will have company.

A:

Leah: So the answer to the question is yes. There is a lot of psychological damage done to men and women who are gay because Scientology has written about it in “Dianetics” as well as “Science of Survival” and “The Chart of Human Evaluation” collectively. L Ron Hubbard wrote that homosexuality lands on this very low position on this chart. Where homosexuality is charted and labeled as covert hostility. If you're in this covert hostility band, per L Ron Hubbard, Scientology teaches that you are the worst kind of person. You are sadistic you are a back stabber. Scientology considers homosexualtiy as an aberration, which means something to be fixed.

Mike: In Scientology the goal of auditing is to move you up the chart of human evaluation. By definition is it intended by Scientology that you will be cured of your ills through Scientology auditing.


Q:

in the grand scheme of things, a post blowing up on r/vinyl or r/listentothis is 100x times more financially helpful to my label. but r/emo holds a special place in my heart for being the sub that helped me start it and the sub that most closely represents my taste in music...they just need to be more open and encouraging to bands in the genre with female members/singers

A:

I'll answer your last question first. Being autistic should never stop you from being happy. In fact the more you are your unique self, the happier you are end the more fortunate the world is to have you. There is only 1 you and only you can be that person. (ok, I'll get off my soap box now). Next, yes playing Dean helps me understand the uniqueness of each autistic person and their unique perceptions. And finally, I'm sure I've worked with many autistic people in this business but the label doesn't come up for me so, I can't quite say. Tell your sis I wish her good luck at school.


Q:

World champs medals are always a great memory. The anthem plays and there is an emotional moment for a second and then you get really jazzed again

A:

I actually think our guild goes to that festival. So I might not need a ride, just see you there.


Q:

Do you or Mike ever feel you are/could be in imminent danger due to their attack policies? Thanks and I'll be watching! 😍 Keep slugging!

A:

When I read the title of this post, I knew it was someone who was involved in the DIY scene.

I've been putting on shows and touring for the past 4 years, I know how much work goes into it and I just wanted to say good job and keep up the good work!

P.S. Do Prince Daddy And The Hyena smoke as much weed as they want people to think?


Q:

As someone that works with kids that have Autism, thank you for raising awareness and money!

Were there any previously held stereotypes or biases that were challenged during your time portraying someone with Autism?

A:

Do you know Caroline Lalive? Haha....heres a funny story for you. Well as you know, shes a very beautiful woman.. When I used to live in Steamboat I was out dancing somewhere. I had a hat on that said Canadien snowboarders team. Well, I did not know Caroline at this point, but she walks up to me at the bar and says...oh so your on the Canadien anowboard team huh? No....why, are you. Yep. And she just sashayed away with a little piece of my heart.


Q:

I have 2 questions:

1) Have you ever thought about applying to Corning Glass in Corning, NY?

2) What advice would you give to someone looking at getting and training a service dog?

A:

Leah: Imininet danger? No, never.

Mike: Speak for yourself


Q:

they smoke a fair amount, i have trouble keeping up and can't start as early in the day as them

A:

playing an autistic person, for me, is pretty challenging because of stereotypes. That's the question I had to constantly as myself and the people around me, am I falling into any stereotyped patterns of speech or behaviors. I kept looking for authentic responses.


Q:

would she have said "a?" instead of huh? haha

A:

Hmm. I mean, they come up a lot in our studies. I don't think my craft is currently good enough for me to be accepted there. They do a lot of really cool things though. In the future, when I'm more confident in my work and have greater skill I believe I will think often of Corning and if I might like to work there and if so in what capacity.

I already answered you're second question, and this blog post of my mine is the best answer I have for it.

http://hopeandhandler.tumblr.com/post/153296765473/things-i-wish-i-knew-before-becoming-a-service-dog

I'd say it's hard work, but most people already know that. I'd say, it will change your entire life, but most people already know that.

I will say though, that a squeegee is the best thing to get dog hair out of carpet. Most people don't know that.


Q:

How many shattered families have you met that have been able to be repaired after Scientology? Any?

Note: Exjw's thank you for this series. It's kind of a voice for all the millions of families Watchtower's shunning rules have shattered too and it's appreciated.

A:

You just need to put the passion you have for music towards smoking more weed.

Seriously though, keep doing what you're doing. I imagine you'll probably be at the Fest, send me a DM if you want a beer during Prince Daddy's set!


Q:

why'd you kill Libby?!

A:

That's so cool about the squeegee. I'm disabled myself and considering a SD but so overwhelmed with where to start.

I asked about Corning because I'm fairly local and it's such a cool place.


Q:

Mike: Every family is shattered who has left Scientology. There is probably not one that has left that is hasn't ruined relationships.

Leah: Many families have been reconnected. I have a lot of friends who were in and left and disconected with their families and have gotten them and have since reconnected.

A:

i'll be the weirdo at their merch table, and yes i would like one :)


Q:

had to.

A:

Corning is incredible.

And considering getting an SD is a super overwhelming thing. I knew right away when I needed on that I needed on, but it still took a year to actually get Storm. And then of course all the training...


Q:

Where do you think Michele Miscavige is?

A:

How come some of the albums on your bandcamp are name your price, but some of them have a set price?


Q:

I thought you did great as Mercutio....in fact that is your most memorable role for me. I saw it during High School when we were studying Shakespeare. I've enjoyed all of your roles over the years and glad to see you using your exposure to benefit a great cause.

Was Shakespeare a stretch for you to portray? Or was it something you had worked with before? How do you rank/remember that role amongst your others?

A:

Leah: Shelly Miscavige -- I don't know. That's why I filed the police report, but it's time for her family to do something, I can tell you that.


Q:

if the band lists their album free on their bandcamp, i do the same. if they list it for a price, i match it. it's their call. i prefer free

A:

A little bit! I'd only ever worked with Shakespeare in school (the Zefirelli classic) and was a little hesitant to jump into it professionally, but that's exactly why they picked me for the role. Most representations are British, traditionally Shakespearean, so I was given the chance to interpret it in a more contemporary way


Q:

I know you don't talk much about Xenu or anything regarding that, since that's not the focus of your show. But will you get more into it this season?

A:

reached out to them and ended up investing all the money I had (and a lot more I had to earn) into their first full length album

How did you dare to do that? Was it a true trust in their potential, a bit of a "eh fuck it lets see if it works" or just a little bit of crazy? Of course money ain't everything but to invest all you had in a band you weren't even in baffles me.

Sorry if my question is worded in a offensive way, not native speaker.


Q:

You were really awesome in the Matrix sequels. Those movies didn't get the great rep that they deserve. Did you have any funny experiences with the other actors on the set?

A:

Leah: Yes and we're going to try to. It is our intention to expose all that Scientology sells, and Xenu is a part of that. We're going to talk about the upper levels of Scientology that cost hunderds of thousands of dollars.


Q:

not offensive at all. i just had a feeling about the band and believed in their abilities as songwriters. and the second they played me the finished product, i knew i wasn't risking a cent and that i would make that money back fast

A:

Became great friends with Laurence Fishburne and Gina Torres. We were all in Australia for almost a year, so scuba'd the Great Barrier Reef together with our families, jumped out of airplanes etc. Just a great time.


Q:

Leah, I remember an interview with you before you left Co$. In that interview, you were using Scientology jargon and speaking about your daughter as if she was an adult. Your daughter still used a bottle at 4 years old and it was filled with barley water and sugar. I trust your daughter is no longer drinking from a bottle, but what impact, if any, did raising your daughter in Scientology have on her and on your relationship with her? Did you need to relearn parenting since leaving Co$?

Great there is a season two. Big thanks to you and Mike.

A:

Isn't the music industry quite a bit of a gamble? As laymen we hear about how showbiz is a combination of talent, knowing the right people, having a TON of luck (releasing the right content at the right time) etc.. So as far as I'd know it's always a gamble, but maybe it isn't after all? Got any interesting insights on this from the other side of the fence?


Q:

Hi Harold! What job do you think you would you have in another life, brother?

A:

Leah: She tried it once as a baby and spit it out to the dismay of my scientology friends who told me to force it on her because it was L Ron Hubbards policy. I didn't use the Scientology jargon while raising my daughter. One of my Scientology friends wrote a report on my because I wasn't using Scientology terms around my baby. Sofia doesn't remeber Scientology, but she does ask me why her Scientology aunt (by marriage) can't talk to her.


Q:

every release is a gamble, but sometimes you can just tell if a band will pick up steam. i guess it's kind of a gut thing, and i've been watching bands blow up through different message boards since i was like 16 so i'm getting a feel for it

A:

I would be the middleweight boxing champion or I'd be in the UFC. For sure.


Q:

What would happen if you were cast with a Scientologist on a show or movie? Would they be unwilling to work with you completely, or is it just somehow dealt with?

A:

Sorry if this has been asked, but what's your background as far as music is concerned? I absolutely love a good band, and I love finding things people aren't familiar with and getting them some publicity. I was just commenting to a musician friend the other day that I'd love to be able to do that for a living.


Q:

Hello, sir. I just wanted to say thanks for supporting ASAN. As the parent of an adult daughter on the spectrum, I greatly appreciate the work that ASAN does to further autistic rights and self-advocacy.

My question, then: There are certainly other groups out there (some of whom the less said the better), so what made you choose ASAN to partner with in particular?

A:

Well, I would do it, because unlike Scientologists I'm not a bigot, but Scientologists can't work with me.


Q:

played drums off and on since 14, just started drumming in this band called moon house

got into local diy music around 17 after the hotelier put out their album it never goes out. shit changed the course of my life as it lead me to dive deeper into the world of local music since these kids were around my age growing up in a similar central MA suburb 30 mins from me

A:

I chose ASAN because they are run by and for autistic people. I like that they advocate for equal rights and don't treat Autism as a disease to be cured.


Q:

Do you think the "church" will ever recognize all their doings?

A:

What's your opinion on Jake Checkoway? I don't think you've ever made a statement about him before.


Q:

Hi Harold,

Would you ever consider teaching a one time acting class for your fellow actors?

A:

Leah:No. Mike: Not a chance. They believe that what they are doing is right and that they are justified by the greater good and the amazing things they are doing for the planet and mankind.


Q:

killed it on recording everything

A:

I would love to. I studied with the great Barbara Marchant, and if I could inspire people as she did me, that would be pretty cool.


Q:

Dude, that's awesome and all, but Prince Daddy & The Hyena? How could you simply gloss over that? That's a story right there.

A:

Probably a bit late now, but my girlfriend and I are going through Oz currently and we both agree this show would not be what it is without you. Thank you for all you do and raising awareness for Autism.

If you do read this, could you give a shout out to my girlfriend Lacy? She would go nuts.

Also, you really don't have to. You're busy and I'm an internet stranger.

Edit: typos


Q:

because if you get me started on them i will talk your ear off all day. we just re-released their debut LP which is an artistic achievement in channeling the feeling of being alone and depressed in the internet age

A:

Hi Lacy!! Hope all is well.


Q:

Any tips on getting pr for a band that doesn't tour? I tried to help a friend and contacted about 80 bloggers with handwritten emails, all who for sure cover their genre. It's a decent band but I got zero replies.

Follow up, how long after the official release date to bloggers consider a release old news? I'm wondering if the album release being two or three months old when I pitched doomed his response rate.

A:

What's it like working with Carrie Preston?


Q:

usually they will want to review within the first few months. hard to get people interested if you aren't putting in the work to tour as well. there is a lot of music out there you gotta seperate yourself through hard work

A:

Carrie Preston is awesome. Funny. Amazing actress. Adorable. Genius. Good time. Love her.


Q:

I am currently digging the hell out of the Bay Faction album on band camp. Are there any current plans for a resressing? Being a fellow MA native I would love to support a local act.

A:

I have but one question.

Do you think they'll invite you back as Manny in the animated Constantine series on CW Seed?


Q:

nothing currently but ya never know

A:

No idea. Thinking that it will be a different story line, but I'd love to play if they were going that route.


Q:

Hey Jake, super interesting AMA!

I volunteer for a diy music venue, and something that's on our agenda is having a small music distro to support independent artists and labels.

Have you sold music/merch on consignment or is there a better way for you to get your records into shops? Or do you prefer online sales?

Bonus question: how do you feel about licensing agencies like BMI and ASCAP?

A:

Hey Harold

If 28 Months Later was ever made, would you be open to return and play Flynn once again?


Q:

to be honest i dont know much about licensing agencies..if that stuff ever comes up i'll just defer it to my lawyer haha

i have been offered consignment but i prefer to sell the records up front. i'm happy to provide distro to anyone and everyone but for now it needs to be an up front deal rather than consignment, that being said i think i have pretty good distro prices and am willing to do really small quantity orders.

A:

100 %


Q:

So you work with Mom Jeans? Can you get them to come to OKC or Tulsa again? I missed their tour this summer.

I also have to ask, what are some of your favorite emo bands that got you interested in the genre?

A:

I'm autistic and suffer from OCD and depression, life is hard for me but I make due, graduating. Getting a girlfriend that has been with me for a year and a half. Having a steady job, I can do it so can every one, So I come here for a question. Where is Constantine?

P.s, make that 2 cause your my favorite character. The fuck kinda name is Manny for a gatdang angel

Edit: Also what's your favorite pokemon. Yes I'm serious


Q:

they have some awesome tours coming up, including a full US tour for FEST in october. i'm sure they will play one of those cities at least once more this year.

i'll be in OKC with prince daddy & the hyena in a few weeks. you should check them out

A:

Hey Wyatt. Happy to hear you are graduating, and that you have found someone to share your life with.
Constantine was cancelled. Manny may have come from Emmanuel the angel.

I don't know any Pokemons.


Q:

awesome, I'll be sure to do that! I also edited my comment and added a question if you'd have a chance to answer!

A:

do you keep in touch with waaaaaaaaalt?


Q:

my fav album all time is hoffman manor by state lines. also love the hotelier, early saves the day, twiabp, the wonder years. not all emo but some good bands

A:

yep. did his music video. we text from time to time, and catch up on social media.


Q:

Sleeping patterns is from my hometown. They deserve all the recognition, thanks for helping them put out such an amazing album. My question is who contacted who?

A:

Hey Harold. Where'd ya go?


Q:

i've been friends with them awhile, we had been talking about it since before they started recording the album, so im not really sure. great group of people

A:

right here.


Q:

What is one moment that you will always cherish? (from the tours, to the work with the orders, etc.)

A:

28 Months later. Can you elaborate?


Q:

damn this is a good question. there have been a lot.

the feeling when i got my first vinyl order and saw my logo on the back of the jacket. staring at the logo the same way i have stared at so many legendary releases.

recently the feeling when a band on my label (mom jeans) played to over 400 people at a venue literally across the US from where they are from and kids were screaming all the words and crowd surfing along. that was beautiful to see.

or honestly just the feeling of being truly free, on the road with people i have grown to love, living my life exactly how i want to at that moment.

A:

Don't know much about it, but in my mind, I'm alive and well and got away in my helicopter.


Q:

Hey Jake, first and foremost, congratulations on your company's success! I am currently a senior in high school and very interested in the music industry, but not into making the music but more about promoting and being able to help artists I really like get their name out there, since it's something I want to be able to pursue in the future. I, however, have zero experience and I want to hopefully be able to do what you've done. Any idea on how to start, how to approach an artist and how to provide a generous investment among other things? I am very interested in being able to do something here like you've done and hopefully you can provide me some insight and information on how I can start to build a foundation now so I can be able to do something with this later on. Thank you very much and good luck on your future endeavors!

A:

If you could be stuck on a desert island with one character from OZ, who and why?


Q:

hey buddy!! thanks for the kind words, i didn't event think to get involved til i was 21 so you got a step up on me already. here is what my line of thought was when i decided to start. what can i offer this band that they can't do themselves? i had no name recognition, no prior experience..how could i help? the only thing i could think of was financial investment. they were starting out and dropping a ton to record an album. i had to match that with enthusiam and my own financial risk so that they would even have a reason for working with someone they had never met. so my advice is that when you find a project you are passionate about, ask yourself "what can i do for them that they can't do for themselves" and if you can come up with an answer, pitch it to them and see where it takes you!

A:

I'd go with Vern. Turns out he's a really nice dude after all. And we are friends in real life.


Q:

What would you say is the best way to put a demo out into the world and actually have producers listen to it?

A:

Hey Harold, thank you for raising awareness for autism!

My question is... do you know who else auditioned for the role of Michael on LOST? Terrence Howard once claimed that he auditioned and I'm curious if that's true and/or about other actors.


Q:

you need to support it in person. i will notice bands that tour, play/book a lot of local shows, etc

A:

I know that T Howard did, cause we are friends. I honestly can't remember who else did...but we see a lot of the same guys in the same rooms.


Q:

Glad to see an independent label doing well, the business model of the music industry is going through substantial transitions, and small, independent labels have been pushing forward a model that eschews huge million-dollar deals, and focuses instead on efficiency. Small labels are doing the work that a record label should do, namely organizing the music industry's diverse genres and ethos by uniting a particular kind of music under a single label.

I have my own music company where I'm trying to provide musicians and labels with everything they need to run their own musical career. That said, I've run into a few hurdles that I'd appreciate some insight into.

First, how do you go about promotion? I've got a good handle on songwriting, practicing, recording, releasing digitally, making merch, and going on tour. However, I still don't quite understand what the process of promotion is like, aside from one time when I hired a company to do radio promotion, with little success. How do you go about it? Like, what's your promotional schedule like before and after a release? Also haven't figured out how to do tour booking but that's a whole nother ballgame and probably not your specialty.

Secondly, what are your usual production runs for LPs? Based on the research I've done, per-unit pricing is excessive with production runs of under 500, like 10 bucks per LP, compared to more like $2-$3 per LP for production runs of 1000+. Is this what you've found as well?

I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that my company makes screen-printable CD and album packaging out of laser-cut wood, which has proven very popular in the few runs I've done. Specifically, the band I've been working with for the past couple years has sold out of more than 100 copies of their CD, which used a prototype of our current packaging design, despite only having around 450 Facebook fans. They sold the CD exclusively at their shows, so I haven't had to do any of the distribution. How does this compare to your methods, in terms of where you sell your releases and how much inventory you get stuck with?

I appreciate you taking the time to answer questions, I love connecting with other music makers. It's been a shit industry for years but now the power is being put back in the hands of the people who actually make and consume music. Keep it up!

A:

Any more Best Man movies coming up? The original was one of my favorite movies growing up.


Q:

for promotion, i have a friend that free-lances as a pr guy for me. he has some in's at the bigger blogs and can pitch them singles and stuff for me. i'm lucky to have him help out. i'm clueless on legit pr.

for 500 records you can get a cost of about $6-7 per unit. just go light on fancy variants and you can prob do even better than that.

sometimes i'm stuck with a few hundred records for awhile, but mostly things have sold pretty well so i don't have that crazy of a backstock piling up

A:

Malcolm is working on Best Man 3. We all would like to do it. Just need script to come in and the cast is ready to go.


Q:

Have you ever worked to connect your artists with any commercials/advertising forms or any tv shows/movies? Basically, have u ever come across some awesome music that isn't that popular and then helped the artist get the song heard via advertising/entertainment.

I thought about this when I heard Portugal. The man's "feel it still" on a vitamin water commercial and I was like ayyy good for them that's a great song. HBO's "Big little lies" has a dope soundtrack too.

A:

What alternative direction would you have liked to see Michael Dawson take?


Q:

this is hard to do. a dude from sony bought an album and i sent him songs for months trying to get a meeting to get them in mlb the show. he stopped answering me

A:

Of course reuniting with my son and living happily ever after together.


Q:

Sounds like you have worked a real job for the last two years. So about my question: What's your favorite food?

A:

i was working 40 hours a week doing sales at a shit company in addition to running the label for 18 months. it blew. pizza babyyy


Q:

Question: have you ever been to a Mom Jeans show where people didn't scream "MOM JEANS!" during the intro to Edward 40-Hands? Asking the important stuff here.

A:

honestly, never


Q:

who are the best vinyl manufacturers, distros, stores to work with? biggest shipping problems (broken merchandise) etc...?

A:

i have relatively few shipping issues. maybe 1 out of every 75 records has enough damage to get a complaint, so it's easy enough to replace for free at this point.

i really like using a to z media for vinyl, it's nice and simple and they do everything (vinyl, jackets, inserts). i'd also like to shoutout pavonine packaging from NJ. it's a one-woman operation run out of a dorm (i think) that makes handmade cd's and tapes and they are absolutely gorgeous. any band/label should hit her up for the best possible product!


Q:

Hey Jake!

As a non-touring musician (strictly recording, no live shows), would you recommend finding a startup record label and working with them to get my album "out there"? Or just doing it myself?

My goal is to get my music used in films/tv shows/etc, but I really have no interest in touring.

Also am from Boston, spent much of my youth at the Paradise too!

Thanks sir

A:

i may not be the best person to ask about this as i heavily favor bands that are on the road working their asses off. i think it will be a hard path to climb without supporting it live. but ya never know. try to find so indie filmmakers to email it to


Q:

How often do you get in annoying conversations with people who confuse mid-2000's pop punk with Emo?

A:

haha actually rarely, i try to avoid that stuff nowadays


Q:

Would you be interested in helping a band out advice wise? We are recording everything ourselves, and have completely gone the DIY route, but it's hard to get shows outside of our own city....advice? Also, if you're interested:

https://vyamusic.bandcamp.com/releases

A:

this is something i also struggle with. i try to help book tours for bands on my label sometimes and it is hard. best advice, look at bands around the size of your band and see where they tour, hit up those venues. find the local bands they play with, hit up those bands.


Q:

what quantity of T-shirt sizes and brands do you recommend every band take on tour for selling?

A:

out of any recommendation i make, there is no company i support more than Leigh Valley Apparel Creation based out of PA. small operation in terms of only being a few employees, but an amazing printing company that always gets shit done perfect, for amazing prices, and works really hard for me and everyone else they print for. support local business!!!!! they've made every shirt and custom vinyl jacket i've ever ordered

http://xlvacx.com

i usually buy between 50-150 shirts per design, heavy on medium and large sizes as they sell more, and most of sales are on tour so the more shirts the better on a long run!


Q:

Will you produce classical music on vinyl?

A:

if there was a tight ass local classical diy band i'd be interested