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Specialized ProfessionIam a violence expert who has trained over 10,000 people on how to survive life-or-death situations. Theresa May banned me from entering the UK because of my tactics. AMA

Sep 12th 2017 by TimLarkin • 16 Questions • 486 Points

Hi Reddit! I am Natalia Segermeister, a DC immigration lawyer at The Visa Firm. As an attorney who advises on U.S. immigration law and deportation issues, I am disappointed with Trump’s decision to end DACA, an executive order issued by former President Obama. For more information, please read my blog posts here.

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Disclaimer: This post is not for legal advice nor does it create an attorney/client relationship. This post is not about retaining clients but is about providing information regarding the DACA and immigration law.

Thank you for all of your questions. It is now noon and I must eat and get to some legal work. I will probably check in some time this evening to answer a few more questions. I hope this has been of use to the Reddit community.

*Edited the "Dreamer's Act" line because this was not something that was typed by me and is not correct. I apologize for not catching this sooner. Credit to MinuteMinutiae for bringing it to my attention.

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At what point do you know violence is the answer? Do you wait until attacked?

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Is Luis right next to you? If so can you tell him to give up his dumb skateboard lifestyle because it annoys everyone and creeps out kids in skateparks


Q:

Ever since your morning of fame, what impact has it had on your route to work every day? Any new perspectives? Thanks!

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We keep destroying our environment and the beautiful creatures that share it with us. How do you keep your chin up and remain optimistic about where humanity is headed? It's tough these days, and I'd love to hear your perspective.


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When was the last time you felt like a leaf on the wind? Also your acting in tucker and dale kills me. Bang up job, you're one of my favorites.

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Do you have a favorite recipe from childhood?

Can/will you share it?


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What happens to those who came from a country that don't exist anymore?

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It comes down to choice, do you have choice in the situation you are thinking of? If there is choice then the choice is always to leave.Violence is only the answer when you are devoid of choice and facing imminent grievous bodily harm. This is the difference between social aggression and asocial violence. Social aggression still contains choice (albeit very unpleasant at times) Asocial Violence is imminent and can only be met with violence.


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I've tried everything I can. He won't stop.

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Not a lot different. I drive an average car so most people don't notice me but last night, one lady at a stop light rolled down her window to ask me questions.


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As we look at what is happening in the world today, it is very, very grim. And because of that, a lot of people feel helpless, feel hopeless, and so they do nothing. And they fall into apathy and despair. So I have reasons for hope. I will share them quickly. One is the energy, commitment, and determination of young people and they are empowered to take action in programs like Roots & Shoots. Secondly, the human brain. We have this extraordinary weapon. We are finally beginning to use it to create clean green energy and find a new way of interacting with the environment and live in harmony with the other creatures. It's very strange, in fact the most intellectual creature to ever walk the planet is destroying it's only home. And I believe there's a disconnect between a clever brain and the human heart and compassion. Only when the head and heart work in harmony can we reach our true human potential. And this, I believe, is to come. From the resilience of nature, we can help to once again support life. Animals are on the very brink of extinction and we have to give them another chance. Next there is social media, which as we all know can spew out a lot of rubbish and misinformation. But, used in the right way, it means that for the first time in human history, we can bring people to together around the world who all care about a particular issue like climate change so that there can be hundreds, thousands, millions, eventually billions of people all raising their voices and demanding change so that we can make a big difference and politicians will have two listen and will have to make change. And finally, the human spirit. People who tackle what seems impossible and never give up. It's so important to realize that every single one of us has that same indomitable spirit. We just have to nurture it and let it grow to make a bigger impact for good.

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when I was nominated for the Emmy. It required a mantra to calm me down.


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Hi there,

I don't really cook so I don't have any recipes but a great favourite thing to eat of mine is Poppy Seed Cake (Mohnstrudel). I also, like many Viennese, love Apfelstrudel (Apple Strudel). Some other non-dessert food are very typical Austrian meals such as Wiener Schnitzel and Goulash.

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It becomes the burden of the U.S. government to prove alienage and determine a country to which that person is able to be returned.


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I realize that a combination of mma is preferable, but which style is most effective for hand-to-hand combat (without weapons) in your opinion?

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Also tell him to stop having Jimmy Martinez on LOS, he stinks and nobody likes him.


Q:

What do you think of the practice of making weather reporters stand outside in storms?

A:

What are you most proud to see change in the world over your lifetime?


Q:

What instrument do you play for Hot Gazpacho?

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Do you perhaps rember "topfntatschgerl" or some varint of it? It's basically big ravioli with a sourcream/quark, potato and brown mintleaves filling and you pour some hot liquid butter over it when serving. The dough is a bit different though. My mom's from Judenburg (yes, jew-castle) in the Steiermark and she makes them on special occasions.


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The DACA is supposed to end in 6 months if Congress can't find a more permenant solution. Any thoughts on alternatives? Do you think congress can even come up with a new solution? Or will this be another mess like the healthcare act?

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Another way to think of it is "What are you training for, competition or destruction?"

Competition is amazing but requires dedication, immense amounts of training and athletic ability. This is because competition in order to work has to gamify violence. the last time I looked the UFC had 31 roles 27 of those rules dealt with injury to the human body. The goal of competition is to pit skill against skill to similarly sized biters with similar training in the competition designed to see who is a better athlete. There is no room or place for injury to the human body to exist in a competition. Injury by its very nature ends competition.

The skill set of destruction is a simple one that anybody can learn. The beauty of it is a can bypass a bigger stronger faster threat because it focuses on similar areas of the human body that are susceptible to trauma. The learning curve for distraction is very short compared to competition. Destruction is a perfect skill set for when you're facing imminent grievous bodily harm from a bigger faster stronger threat.

It's disconcerting to know that the best people in the world that murdering other humans with their bare hands or improvised tools have almost to a man zero training in combat sports or martial arts. These individuals reside in our prison system and living environment of a social violence.

If you choose a path the competition which is extremely noble it is a path that has a very steep learning curve and does favor the more athletic and genetically gifted amongst us whereas the skill sets of destruction are easily accessible to all of us even limitations to our human machines as long as we can think in move we can put an injury on another human being.

Neither competition nor destruction is better then the other it's just what tool do you need for your training goals if you're concerned with self protection than destruction is a direct path to go in your training. Do not take this as a criticism of MMA or any sort of combat sport in the competition world of nothing but admiration for those amazing athletes. Many of them come to me and asked how do you use the skills they learned to protect themselves in the street and with very little alteration unable to show them how to turn a submission move into an injury a strike into an injury or a throw into an injury. Again it's the right tool for the right job so rephrasing the question to what are your training goals is the best way to answer for yourself.


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I thought that was a great episode.

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There's a line between when it is helpful to the viewer and when it is plain dangerous.


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When I flew over the national park in the early '90s and looked down, I was utterly shocked. What had been stretching to the West Coast was now a tiny island surrounded by completely bare fields. People too poor to buy food from elsewhere. And struggling to survive. That is when it hit me. If we don't improve the lives of these people, there is no way we can conserve the chimpanzees. And that led to the Jane Goodall Institute program. We went not as a bunch of arrogant white people telling the villagers what to do to make their lives better, but with a hand-picked team sitting down, listening to the villagers, and asking them what they thought we could do to improve their lives. And that led to a very holistic program, which gradually grew and we could introduce new ways of helping. This paid off handsomely. The people in the villages are now our partners, helping us in conservation efforts. They've agreed to have a buffer between their villagers and the park to protect the chimpanzees. And the national Park, which was completely isolated, is now gradually being linked to other groups. And this program is now in 52 villages in the Gombe area, and it's in five other countries. And it is making a huge difference. Positive in introducing the youth program reaching the villages. It's probably the most important way in which we are able to conserve chimpanzee habitats. And I'll add to that, I would say we have placed great emphasis on education, helping them stay in school beyond puberty. We do this because it's been shown all around the globe that we all improve as women's education improves. One of our problems today is a growing number of humans. As our numbers grow, there are impacts and finite resources leading to more and more poverty and hunger.

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Guitar but poorly so I need two to three guitars to drown out my chord heavy strumming.


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Hi there,

Yes I do remember this although not quite like how you described this (this maybe a variant in your mother's region). I didn't particularly like it, I preferred sweeter things!

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I am not confident that Congress will get their act together, but I'm cautiously optimistic. My alternative would be something along the lines of 245(i) where we allow a path to permanent residency for Dreamers. I don't know how likely that is to happen. I never underestimate the power of Congress to bungle things, so it could be like healthcare.


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why, then, to my knowledge is the unarmed combat taught in the armed forces not significantly different than what youd learn in MMA? obv they have to account for and train with weapons too, but the actual hand to hand stuff is basically the same. Also, just because competition bans something doesnt mean the MMA fighter doesnt know how to do it.

It's disconcerting to know that the best people in the world that murdering other humans with their bare hands or improvised tools have almost to a man zero training in combat sports or martial arts. These individuals reside in our prison system

felons arent the best at killing people, theyre simply the only ones willing to.

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I had to stop watching 15 minutes in when he started acting like Luis getting bitten by a dog was the wildest story he'd ever heard in his life. He's nearly as bad as Sherrod.


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I'm not in the broadcast part of the career field, nor am I Mr. Sealls, but watching them stand out there in storms just makes me shake my head. Is it interesting? Sure. But is it necessary to people's understanding that hurricane = windy danger cloud? No.

I watched one of them during Irma who was reporting live say something like "I'm just going to step in here (a sheltered area) where it's less windy and a bit safer." Then 30 seconds later when they cut back to him, he's back out standing in the wind. The look on his face said "My asshole producer just ordered me to go stand back out here, despite it being completely unnecessary."

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My two daughters (6 & 3) are huge fans of yours, and have read about you in both 'The Watcher' and 'Rebel Girls'. They have an explorer outfit they use to pretend they are you.

Mathilda (6) would like to ask you: "How did you manage to get so close to the chimpanzees? How did they settle down around you?"

Philippa (3) would like to ask you: "Do you have any pets?"

Here is a photo of the girls pretending to be you and a chimp: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ynnyj2rpsmhihdb/IMG_4079.jpg?dl=0


Q:

Hello Alan!

Loved you in Tucker and Dale vs. Evil. Can you share any interesting stories in the making of that seminal film?

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Do you ever watch movies or TV series based in the time period of the Second World War? If so, which do you find to be the most accurate?


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Do you think if we allowed a path to citizenship it would embolden those who had previously thought about illegally immigrating to go ahead and do it?

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Unfortunately, most of what's taught in the armed services these days is a competition-based approach utilizing combat sports and martial arts. This is because most of the decision-makers in the military see hand-to-hand combat is an opportunity to build esprit de corps rather than real combat skills. It does provide a great workout and does teach people esprit de corps but it also often causes hesitation in a close combat situation where one side is trying to kill you and you're trying to arm bar your enemy.

Again this isn't denigrating combat sports but in order for it to be a combat sport, you have to outlaw injury to the human body. Some of my best students are MMA competitors they appreciate learning the difference between competition and destruction. They're very capable and understand the difference destruction has no place in a competition and the opposite is just as true.

When your life is on the line you want to rely on the skill sets of destruction not competition whether it's just your brain and body or if you have the luxury of having additional tools like edged weapons and firearms. I want any soldier or sailor trained by me to feel just as competent with his brain and body to inflict lethal injury on his enemy as he does with any of his ancillary tools.


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Luis didn't get bit. you should listen to the rest of that story, it was great.

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Definitely send your feedback directly to that reporter and the station/network they work for. It does carry some weight.


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PLEASE NOTE: Response is from a member of Dr. Goodall's team, and not from Dr. Goodall herself.

Hi there!

First off, thank you so much for nurturing a sense of scientific curiosity within Mathilda and Philippa, and for providing them with powerful female role-models (including yourself, of course!).

For Mathilda: Dr. Goodall will tell you that she was able to get close to the chimps due to her overwhelming patience and by staying very quiet. For months, they would run away in fear of her, but after a time they came to realize that she posed no danger to them. The chimpanzee, David Grey-Beard was the first to become relaxed around her after exploring her campsite.

For Philippa: Dr. Goodall does not have any pets of her own because she travels over 300 days a year and thinks it wouldn't be fair to an animal to leave them alone for that long. Her family has two dogs however, and she is always around animals whenever she travels, so she is never alone!

Thank you for your questions!!

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the seminal part was unforgettable.


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Hi there,

Thank you for your question.

Yes, I do watch a TV series called Foyle's War (a British TV Series) which is about a policeman's work during the war. The background is brilliant, the meticulous research of the civilians and they really understand the different reactions some people had to the war. I would really love to meet the writer (Anthony Horowitz).

Edit: Can anyone here help me to meet him!?

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Not likely. I only say that because it depends on what you mean by "path to citizenship." An individual cannot become a citizen of the U.S. simply by applying. He or she must have five years of lawful permanent resident status, AKA LPR status or Green Card (or 3 years if LPR status was obtained through a U.S. citizen spouse); be at least 18 years old; as well as continuous residence in the U.S. for at least five years, have been physically present for at least 30 months out of the last five years; and possess good moral character. If you entered illegally, you still need to become a permanent resident. In order to become a permanent resident you must have someone petition for you. You can have a family member or an employer petition for you after you have entered illegally, but whether or not you meet the criteria for adjustment (applying for a Green Card inside of the U.S.) depends on who applied for you or whether you are eligible for a waiver of unlawful presence. So if you create a path to citizenship where you still need a petitioner, must meet certain criteria for presence, and pay a fine (or apply for a waiver) for your unlawful presence the barrier of entry still remains high.


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Not me. I always have a 2 stage attack plan. First, I'll shank a bitch with my sharp wit. Second, I run quickly.

A:

Why don't you just rename it Gash Digital?


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I grew up watching Tom Skilling on WGN, and always loved his detailed, non-sensationalized delivery of the weather. Are you guys best buds or mortal enemies?

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What do you want the world to see your work for?


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Please clear this up for me: are you British-American or American-British or Intergalactic-Chinois?

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Where did you live after the war ended?

Have you received any medals for serving in the army?

What was your job before you joined an army and after the war ended?


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I looked up the flowchart for citizenship when all this came up earlier this week. One of the steps in the flowchart is literally "Are you a person of good moral character? (Yes-continue) (NO-STOP You are not eligible for citizenship)".

lolwut. Who tf would answer "no" to that? Someone who should answer "no" would be the person to lie anyway!

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To answer your question the people that need this information are people like you, law-abiding citizens that don't really have a good understanding of violence. Criminal predators already have this information and know how to use it. The real challenge comes in trying to explain the subject of violence to people and then let them understand when and where would ever be appropriate to use a tool of violence for their own self-protection.

Understand when I say that the criminal predators already have this information I don't mean my specific methods and principles but they understand how to use violence and how to use it effectively. Violence for them is a way of getting what they want from you at any cost. Whereas law-abiding citizens need to use a tool to protect themselves from imminent grievous bodily harm.

So my concern is not that the criminal predators will get this information it's that not enough good people, like yourself, won't get it and that's why I like to share this information.


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Not my call

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I worked at WGN from 1992 to 1997, with Tom. I only see him in person every few years. Based on the space between us we're not best buds but we are definitely not enemies! Mutual respect and admiration. Even here in Mobile, all of the weather broadcasters get along. We all have the same mission.


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First of all, I would like to be remembered for helping to enable people to understand that animals are like us, their intellect and they have emotions like fear as well. Because up until the mid-'60s, it was actually thought that there was a difference in humans and the rest of the animal kingdom. And it was the work coming in, the early work, showing in how many ways the very biological system DNA and so forth that really changed. The other thing I hope to be remembered for is creating an environmental humanitarian program for people with Roots & Shoots, which is now in 100 countries. It involves members from preschool, kindergarten, universities, and everything in between. Its main message is every single one of us can make a difference. And make a difference every single day. Each group chooses themselves to help animals and wanting to help the environment. To educate young people to be better students, all the conservation work and other organizations to could benefit. And we've gone so far as destroying the planet, so the main hope is that the other people will grow up and do better than we've done.

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Texan.


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Hi there,

Thank you for your questions!

1) When the war ended, I was in Italy however the SOE was dissolved and so we were all sent to different regiments. I was stationed in a German POW camp outside Taunton, England as an interpreter and I was also given the task of re-educating the Germans in democracy. I was then later stationed in Vienna with the legal division of the British Occupation Army.

2) That's a difficult question, because I did receive about 4 medals but they were all service medals (serving in France, Italy and Britain along with a long time service, seven years I think) however I didn't keep any of them because I didn't value them very much because I was just in the army, everyone got them. There was no medal for the SOE service.

3) Before I joined the army I was working on a dairy farm in Hampshire. I then returned to London where my parents had moved to, as my father had become too old to work in the farm and he had found work in a factory.

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For naturalization purposes, good moral character is basically asking if during the 5 year period immediately preceding your application whether you violated any laws? If the answer is yes, then that person is ineligible to naturalize until they accrue five years of good moral character.


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Sorry Tim, but I am far from a law abiding citizen and have never once claimed to be a good person. It is good of you to assume the best in others though.

A:

What's the story with Michael Malice's grandpa? Why won't Michael take his calls? I heard he may be hiding in Portland.


Q:

Given your expertise in meteorology, can we ever have a Sharknado?

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Hi Dr. Goodall!

What was the pivotal point in your career where you decided that you absolutely wanted to study primates in the field? What were the reactions of your peers?


Q:

I love Death at a Funeral. What was it like being directed by Yoda? Also, how did you end up getting cast in a primarily British film? (You were awesome, btw)

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Is there a point in your life, a moment, conversation or so on, that you consider to be the middle of the book that is your life? Sort of a moment where everything is either before or after that moment. And thank you for your service sir.


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You may wish to include a disclaimer like this to avoid running afoul of practice rules and to avoid misleading people.

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Yeah, its a default to assume that I hope I didn't offend you with such language...


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I'm not aware of the situation

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Ha ha. Tornadoes have moved over water to pick up little things like frogs and little fish. Theoretically it's possible in a very small area if a high-end tornado were to move over a shallow beach where a few sharks were hanging out, but I wouldn't lose any sleep over it.


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Well, I first decided I wanted to go to Africa and live with animals and write books about them when I was ten years old. And everybody laughed at me, how could I do that, Africa is so far away. In World War II we had very little money. I was simply a girl. They told me girl students cannot do that. But I had a wonderful mother who had supported my love of animals ever since I was born, and she said to me if you really want to do this, then you're going to have to work very hard and take advantage of opportunity. That's the message I take to young people all around the world today, especially to those in under served communities. The studies of chimpanzees I discovered from the paleontologist Louis Leakey who wanted somebody to go with him and study chimpanzees -- he believed we shared a common ancestor 6 million years ago.

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I sent in an audition. Frank Oz championed me. It wasn't easy. One the best jobs I have ever had.


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Hi there,

Thank you for your question.

Well, yes. Perhaps. In the mid-Eighties when I was playing a Football match. I was about 60 and extremely fit at the time, considering my age. Every Friday after school I and teachers much younger than I went down to the gyms to play matches.

During the game I was standing near the opponent's goal and one of my teammates kicked a high pass to me as the ball was coming down the defender turned and elbowed me right in the eye, it was a foul but I do not think he blinded me on purpose and unfortunately the hospital said it was not possible to recover it.

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Thanks so much. Good looking out.


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How many students have come back to you after suffering an attack equipped with your training? Alternatively, how many tell you that they were able to avoid a confrontation using your training?

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Why does Nick Mullen look like Ned Flanders now? Is he trying not to get pussy?


Q:

What is commonly misunderstood by the general public about meteorology that you want to correct?

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I am an aspiring environmental scientist. Would you say conservation of natural resources or the protection of species is more important? I'm trying to figure out where I can do the most good.

Edit:spelling


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Why did all those college kids keep killing themselves on your land?

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Thank you for this AMA.

What has been the largest change in society that you have noticed in your life time? And do you think the newer generations don't fully understand the magnitude of WWII?


Q:

If a DACA recipient's work authorization expires after next march with no renewal and they get married to a US citizen afterwards (assuming legit marriage) can they still adjust their status while in the US?

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I've had many on both ends of that spectrum. I'm most happy when it is the latter situation where a client was able to use his/her training to recognize a potentially violent situation and get out of the area.


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I don't understand it

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People expect precision in a forecast that just does not exist, while they look at pixels on smartphones. We know a lot about weather but not everything. Rain chances are also misinterpreted but they are also used differently around the country and world. A low rain chance does not mean that it won't rain, and a high rain chance doesn't guarantee that you'll get a lot of rain. I use rain coverage rather than chance since my region gets rain on almost every summer day.


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I have already said that we can make a big difference by thinking about the consequence of the choices we make each day. Like what we buy. When it comes to what we eat, there is growing evidence that as more and more people and countries around the world eat more and more meat, this is not only involving tremendous cruelty to all the animals, but it's also having the most appalling effect on the environment. People don't always realize this. For one thing, areas of the world have been cleared to grow grain to feed the animals. And massive fossil fuel is used to take the grains to the animals and to slaughter the animals. Huge amounts of water, which is becoming increasingly scarce around the world. Huge amounts are wasted changing vegetables to animal protein. And finally, these animals, like us as well, food goes in one end and comes out the other. They belch as well as pass gas. Nothing is second most, it is very, very lethal. Of course, this is all leading to climate change and other great -- it is the greatest environmental issue facing our planet. One thing that is very, very helpful is to eat less meat or become a vegetarian or a vegan.

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rewatch it. mainly they are stupid. they followed a killers instructions mainly. also stupid.


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Hi thank you for your question.

1) The largest change is computerisation.

2) I don't think anybody who didn't experience it does. The world is becoming a very fast singular unit where communication is very easy and things change very quickly.

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That depends on how they entered the U.S. If you are a Dreamer who overstayed a visa then you were admitted meaning that you can adjust in the U.S. when you are petitioned by your spouse. If you are a Dreamer and while you had DACA you applied for Advance Parole and now have a lawful admission, then again, yes you can apply to adjust. However, if you entered without inspection at the border and do not have a lawful entry, then your spouse can petition for you, then you must apply for a waiver of unlawful presence, and leave the U.S. for your immigrant visa interview. This is assuming you are otherwise admissible to the U.S.


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How does your training differ from more traditional marital arts like Karate, Krav Maga, Wing Tsun etc?

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If you had the ability to go back in time and speak with yourself, would you tell past Dave to not do this AMA?


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A good example of this happened some years ago here in Hawaii, where there was a storm that predicted to be pretty bad the next day. Bad enough where schools island-wide had to he canceled for the day (we never get school cancelations here). That next day turned out to be sunshine and rainbows. A lot of memes about our local meteorologist were born that day.

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Are you vegan, Dr. Goodall? I've read mixed answers on this.


Q:

Hi! What was your experience like working with Shia LaBeouf and the other actors on Transformers: Dark of the Moon?

A:

What was your reaction to the bombs being dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki?


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what will these changes really mean?

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All of the reality self-defense systems and martial arts you listed have lots of positives to them. As I stated in the earlier question, another way to ask this is to focus on what you are training for when it comes to your self-protection. When I train people I assume the following:

1) The threat they are going to face is bigger faster and stronger 2) The threat will carry weapons 3) There will be multiple attackers.

Therefore the most direct path that makes the biggest difference in your self-protection is learning how to put injury on the human body. My approach to training is to only focus on delivering injury to a human body with your human tools and any ancillary tools such as a knife, a club, or firearm... all as extensions of your primary weapon which is your human brain.

The systems and martial arts that you listed all have the potentiality in some of their training to achieve injury to the human body as I describe but often is an indirect path to that goal. So if you're going to ask what is the main difference is I believe that my system's principles and methods provide the most direct path to the needs of your self-protection in the three areas identified above.


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No, I'm having fun answering questions.

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Yes, those are professional nightmares. One of the unique things about my job is even when I am 99% certain, there's that 1% chance that things go sideways.


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PLEASE NOTE: Response is from a member of Dr. Goodall's team, and not from Dr. Goodall herself.

Hi there!

Dr. Goodall has been a practicing vegetarian for many many years now. Although she does love cheese, so not sure she'll become a vegan anytime soon!

Thanks for the question!

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We got along. I had a blest on that. I know there are crazy stories about many of the people on that movie but my experience was lovely.


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Hi there,

Thank you for your question!

It was awful. However I have to be honest that after seven years of uninterrupted war I was one of many that was happy that it had ended the war.

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It means thousands of young people who came out of the shadows to apply for DACA will now live in fear and legal limbo.


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I just listened to your recent interviews on the School of Greatness and Art of Manliness podcasts - great content and thanks for sharing. At what age do you think it is good to start enrolling children in self-defence classes? Which style of self-defence would be a good start - karate, boxing, judo, etc? I'm not a believer in violence, nor do I want my children to be either - but I do want them prepared when violence can not be avoided.

A:

whats it like dating jay lenos chin's daughter? ; do you get to ride the chins cars?


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Have you been doing the weather like this all the years but reddit only just found out?

I'm only asking a question because the rules state I have to ask a question. The real reason for writing is just to say you are absolutely fantastic. In the UK, legendary weathermen such as Michael Fish and Ian McGaskill were also hugely popular.

A:

As a scientist and researcher, how do believe we can make a positive impact on the environment we currently live in considering the large amounts of damage already done to the earth?


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Was going to Julliard worth it?

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What's your best memory?


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are they now criminals? and were they before?

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Glad you like my podcast interviews. When it comes to training kids combat sports a martial arts are excellent. The most important things that you find the right instructor. You don't want to put them in a school that treats the likely Lord of the Flies or survival of the fittest contests.

I have twin four-year-old daughters in a seven-year-old son all of them will be trained by a local Brazilian jujitsu instructor because he is excellent with kids and it will be a very positive experience for them. So for the athleticism discipline, and, lottery combat sports and martial arts provide excellent opportunities for young children. Just don't confuse it with self-protection.

Child predators are excellent at manipulating young minds. Even though martial arts and comments portray might improve a young child situational awareness it does very little to overcome a well thought out predator and his approach to getting little children to do what they want. There were many disturbing news reports of children that are put through some form of self-defense training. Then when put in the field exercise with role players almost all the children end up either getting in a car or leaving with an unfamiliar adult they just are mentally capable to overcome a predator.

My eldest son is in his early 20s and he was introduced to my system of self-protection just before his 18th birthday. I wanted him to navigate high school without the information of how to injure the human body it's been my experience that teenage males are almost uniformly too immature to be trusted with such information. Whereas I will train young girls at 11 to the threat of sexual assault against women.

When women experience violence it's the real thing there is no locker room confusion that men go through on whether or not this is a social use of violence or criminal use of violence. When women experienced violence is always criminal. Therefore it's often much easier to teach women principles and methods of destruction because they don't try to use strength, or inter male aggression or any of the things and make it harder to train men. They usually get the principles and methods quickly and clearly understand when would be the only appropriate time to ever use such information.

So in closing I'm very big on combat sports martial arts with the caveat that you find the right instructor for children. When it comes to self-protection maturity matters.


Q:

So many meanies here on the reddits

A:

Yes, I've pretty much had the same style for all 30 years of my careery. Thanks for the compliments.


Q:

I think that we can only make a real difference if everybody wakes up to the fact that we have caused terrible harm to the planet, and we need to rethink the way that we live in the Western world. We've fallen into a very materialistic, money-oriented way of living, and its placing enormous stress on the natural world. It's unsustainable, and we are told many of the nonrenewable natural resources are being exploited and used up faster than mother nature can replenish them. So, basically we all need to think about the consequences of the life choices we make each day. What do we buy, what do we wear, what do we eat, how is it made, is it from the environment, is there cruelty to animals or cruelty to children? And make choices thinking not only about how is this good for me now, but also how will this affect future generations. In other words, we need to do our part in the decisions we make, in our hearts and in our heads.

A:

Absolutely. All my accents have benefitted from their dogged pursuit of vocal perfection. Hated it while I was doing it but have used it throughout my career.


Q:

Hi there,

This is quite a hard question. A memory that showed me the high state of civilisation in England. When I watched people buying newspapers from a newspaper stand and the salesman left the stand but with a sign on how much the newspapers cost. The people continued to pay!

A:

Well unlawful presence is an immigration violation, meaning it is a civil offense not a criminal offense. That is why there is no right to a government provided attorney during immigration removal proceedings. These Dreamers are just back to where they were before, but in fear because they have exposed themselves by applying for work authorization.


Q:

What do you think of Rex kwan do and why do think its superior to other forms of self defence?

A:

If you had to taste one mans cum would it be Luis or Jays?


Q:

Which reaction from your studio was your favorite after your video went viral on the internet?

A:

To what extent can the vocalizations and gestures of chimpanzees be converted or translated into a language? Has progress been made translating this?


Q:

Any chance we can hear your velvety voice in Wreck It Ralph Two?

A:

Thanks for doing this.

  1. How did you escape?

  2. Prior to the war, from your perspective, what was the feeling? Did everyone sort of know it was going to happen? Was it like North Korea right now?

  3. If you like sports, what sort of sports were big back then in England?

Good luck on the book!


Q:

I read that if people applied for renewal before the Tuesday, even if they weren't due for renewal yet, that they would still be evaluated. Is that the case? If so, why if there has been no ruling as of yet?

A:

I wear the american flag training pants often... Also am fond of telling clients "There's no more flying solo"


Q:

Every day I ask myself that question and I still haven't figured it out.

A:

They gave me a trophy but someone also printed a T-Shirt with me on it!


Q:

There is no question that chimpanzees have a very rich way to communicate many emotions, and information about the environment. But, I don't think we can translate that into anything like human language. However, chimpanzees can actually learn human-type languages. They can learn American sign language, 400 or more signs, and they can also learn quite sophisticated communication systems using computers.

A:

they have stated I am their lucky charm. I won't argue. Why would I? So it could be likely.


Q:

Hi there,

Thanks for your questions!

1) In the early days of the Nazi occupation the Austrian government policy was to try and get the Jews to leave Austria so they actively helped the Jewish council to get Jews out of Austria. The difficulty was in finding permission on where to emigrate. To get an entry visa to the UK was available for four classes of people; as a domestic service (if they had a job advertised), for apprentices, those who could guarantee £100 deposit with the home office in London (someone would have to be very rich for this) and for children continuing their education (if the Nazis had interrupted their education) which is the class that I fell in.

  1. Some people apparently anticipated the war. My family was not one of those.

  2. Football (Soccer) was very big in England. Rugby was also quite big but I most enjoyed/enjoy Football and used to play in my early days of arriving to the UK with friends.

A:

If a DACA recipient applied for renewal that will expire between now and March 5, 2018, their applications will be adjudicated. However, these DACA recipients must move fast because the deadline is October 5, 2017. USCIS is still sticking to its processing times so decisions on renewals is not made immediately.


Q:

What was the specific reason given by May and her cronies for the ban?

A:

Do you still blame Dan Soder for Legion of Skanks impending demise?


Q:

That is awesome! Any pics of you wearing that shirt that you could share with your adoring public?

BTW, big congrats on all of the positive attention you're received! :-D

A:

Thank you for doing this AMA.

What would you say are the main topics in science that need to be explored deeper right now?


Q:

I always wanted to know how to properly pronounce your name. Thanks! Do you get that a lot?

A:

Did you experience any anti-semitism in England when you first arrived or during the war?


Q:

I'm sorry I didn't clarify. I meant those that are due to expire after March.

A:

After the UK riots, I was interviewed by numerous UK media sources. My comments were about the limitation on citizens to protect themselves with the current UK self-defense laws. At the end of one BBC interview, the reporter asked me if I was going to visit any of the riot sites when I came to the UK the following spring. I said that yes I was in was invited by some of my clients who are going to show me areas of the cities where they noticed the potentiality for asocial violence and they were able to get themselves and their loved ones out of there before anything happened.

This was reported very straightforwardly by most of them use sources except for the mirror. The Mirror put on an article that said "Larkin to Lead Riot Tour" and basically said that I was promoting a vigilante approach and was attempting to rabble-rouse citizens to go hunt down criminals. I laugh it off because it was outrageous and of course nobody else covered it that way, yet that article was the impetus for then Home Sec. Theresa May to issue a travel ban for me citing I was encouraging vigilantism.

The UK justice system is very different than the US and I was not able to get my case heard because of a technicality saying I didn't respond within the initial 90 day period from when the ban was ordered. Even though the government acknowledged that they doing they didn't deliver the band to me in the prescribed time the UK High Court still sided with the government in the band was enforced with a three to five-year hold.

Since this accession of Theresa May to Prime Minister spot, I've been advised not to try to resurrect the case until she is out of office.


Q:

No, that's silly. It's half jay's fault too.

A:

It would be a little creepy to me to wear a shirt with myself on it!


Q:

I think there's a growing tendency to explore the intellectual ability of all kinds of different animals, and now we even know trees and plants can communicate through pheromones spreading messages in the wind or through micro fungus in the roots sending messages through the ground. And because science has now opened its mind to the possibility of intelligence in creatures, we are learning so much more and it's a very exciting time.

A:

yes. it's not a common name


Q:

Hi there,

Thank you for your question.

No, there was no point where I suffered anti-semitism. There was one incident on a bus where a man told me "To go back to where you belong" however this was probably just anti-foreigner sentiment and everyone else on the bus was on my side.

A:

Those whose work authorizations will expire after March 5, 2018 are out of luck, unfortunately. They will only have work authorization until their validity period expires.


Q:

Is there value in an approach like Clouseau's Cato from the Pink Panther? I guess, restated, is surprise violence what you prepare for? Or do you focus on violence that escalates?

A:

i hope the hurricane swallows your home and children


Q:

Is there anything that you feel is most important to have/do in a broadcast? How have you refined your craft throughout your career?

A:

This AMA just made me giddy with excitement! Dr. Goodall, when I was little, I wanted to be you when I grew up and I am so excited to see you on here.

Of course I'm interested in your work but I'd love to know more about your activism. What would you say are the most effective ways people can get involved? For folks with small children, what would you recommend in order to get them involved too?

Thank you for being the person I looked up to for so many years (and still do!) and the person that taught me it was more than okay to deeply care about animals. Wishing you well.


Q:

Hi Alan,

Big fan of Strangers with Candy, How was your experience working with Amy Sedaris, Stephen Colbert.. etc?

Thank you Father!

A:

As an Austrian who lives just south of Vienna: Did you ever return to Vienna? If yes, what kimds of changes did you notice?


Q:

Will recipients of DACA be asked to leave the country immediately?

A:

I haven't thought about the Pink Panther movies in years so thanks for that.

I'm going to put your question in the context of something that's really big in reality self-defense right now and that is "scenario-based training" which is the big buzzword. I also think it's one of the worst approaches to training people.

in social media and online I often see videos of people going through these ridiculous scenarios where there basically taught to fear. They're put through ridiculous scenarios with people yelling and screaming lots of chaos and very little good instruction. The strikes I see are often wildly ineffective and wouldn't stop any dedicated predator. There often done at blinding speed with very little power or accuracy. This basically teaches you that chaos rules the day and you're not effective unless you're wailing about wildly and screaming at the top your lungs.

Proponents for this type of training love to tell you that it's the real deal that this is a rates can it be when he hits the fan to you better be able to handle the adrenaline dump! But then I have to ask the question "what is more intense with blinding speeds and potential lethality that a gunfight?".

Yet how do we train for a gunfight? What is one of the main mantras that most new people learn from instructors when the learning how to shoot a firearm? "Slow Is Smooth, Smooth Is fast"...

In the Special Operations Community, the popular training methodology used throughout is called "Crawl, Walk, Run". So we can agree there's nothing more dynamic and intense than a gunfight yet when we look at the training methodologies we see the first thing everybody looks at his accuracy and correctness not speed. And certainly, no good firearms instructor would advocate adding velocity until the person is accurate and correct first.

Nor would he prematurely put a student into a force on force situation with a firearm until they really went through the "crawl, walk, run" stages and at any point where you lose accuracy and correctness you dial down the velocity. If you try something at run and are inaccurate you go to walk, then can't do it at walk, you default back down to crawl. ( Just to be clear, "force on force" means you go into a shoot house and people are shooting back at you (using simunition or paintball).

I have a good friend in the Australian SAS who recently got back from Afghanistan and he was remarking about how they always defaulted back down to crawl any time there were any problems with accuracy and correctness. He talked about how the training that he got with my system worked excellently with all his firearms training.

Understand there's a time for stress testing your skill set. Unfortunately, with the reality-based self-defense culture that seems to have been lost, there are far too many students who have little accuracy and correctness being stress tested in scenario-based training and locking in all the wrong information.

So does a Cato style surprise attack have a place in training? Yes, but it is a lot less needed than some the experts would have you think.


Q:

I'm not in that part of the country

A:

Most important is honesty and perspective. I try to sharpen my weather skills by going to conferences and my presentation skills by looking at what other non-weather presenters and performers do to hold their audience.


Q:

PLEASE NOTE: Response is from a member of Dr. Goodall's team, and not from Dr. Goodall herself.

Hi there,

Thank you for your kind words regarding Dr. Goodall! She will tell you 10 times out of 10 that the best way to get your children involved is to join our Roots & Shoots program! It is Dr. Goodall's youth service program that focuses on respect and compassion for all living things, understanding of all cultures and beliefs, and inspiring each individual to take action to make the world a better place for people, other animals, and the environment. The program has just recently been introduced into it's 100th country and continues to grow everyday.

Some advice she gives to everyone who asks though, is that you must think and act locally. Focus on issues in your own community. Map out any potentially hazardous areas (polluted rivers, beaches, parks) and gather support from there. If everyone were to focus on their local communities, then the impact would eventually be global.

Thanks for your question!

A:

I learned so much. I knew Amy from a few plays we did together back in the day. Colbert was always intimidating to me. He is so damned impressive. Amy too but Amy is Amy. I knew her ahead of time.


Q:

Hi there,

Many thanks for your question.

Yes I returned often (and will again in November). As a teacher (my old profession) I knew that Vienna was a good place to visit for children and so I would take them on trips there as it is one of the most interesting cities in the world. I particularly love the Danube and the Vienna woods.

Because I went to Vienna so often it is quite hard to pin down one particular change however I felt that the Austrians had become a lot more democratic and tolerant.

Also at the end of WWII during the peace treaties, the Allies and Russia found it useful to make Austria a buffer state. The peace treaty declared Austria a liberated country (not a defeated state) and they were not allowed to side with the west or the east.

The Austrians took full advantage of being painted as a victim until Franz Vranitzky, a socialist chancellor (similar to a Prime minister) of Austria proclaimed the truth that the Austrians had been just as guilty as the Germans. I think this was a huge change for Austria.

A:

In order to be removed, one must be placed in removal proceedings or be apprehended by ICE and asked if they want to return voluntarily. The Trump administration may certainly ask, but whether DACA recipients will comply is a different issue. They have a right to go before an Immigration Judge.


Q:

What's your take on the recent violence in Charlottesville?

A:

Dave, around 2008-2009, you and a girl came to my apartment in downtown BK to hang out. I wanted to hook up with her, but you wouldn't leave and just kept smoking weed and eating dominos. Eventually I think she either decided to leave or passed out on the couch, I can't remember. Did you do that on purpose or were you just oblivious that I was trying to smash? C'mon bro.

Edit: you were also playing Madden


Q:

when does your day start and end? Are you at the station for 12+ hours a day?

A:

What would you say was the biggest highlight of your career?


Q:

Alan, thank you for all the work you've done, ranging from Firefly, to Tucker and Dale, Dodgeball, Moana, etc etc.

I was wondering which voice acting role you found the most challenging in your career?

A:

1) What do you think of the world today?

2) How did you manage to survive mentally after WWII?

3) Do you think there is going to be another world war soon?


Q:

Arizona resident here. I haven't done much research but it really sounds like border states could be affected heavily by this decision. Does this mean that immigrants once protected by the DACA will now have to leave their jobs?

A:

When you look at a case like Charlottesville it's easy to get diverted because of the emotion, the politics, and all the drama. From my perspective of the violence we saw there, I would say, came down to a matter of choice. There both groups had opportunities to de-escalate numerous times and chose not to.

This is not about who is right or wrong this is about what might lead to violence and unintended injury because when antisocial aggression crosses the physical plane into violence we have no idea how the results will turn out.

So my view on this is very different than most people's view. I see this is an incident where two sides went into the demonstration with their own agendas and continued "to debate" each other until one side decided to use violence. When human discourse turns to antisocial aggression it usually doesn't take much to hit a tipping point to get to asocial violence.

My goal is to make sure that all of my clients understand the potentiality for violence and if you have a choice to de-escalate and get yourself out of their prior to anything like the incidents we saw in Charlottesville.

To be clear this answer is not equivocating both sides nor saying both sides were morally equal. This AMA is about how to deal with violence and the potentiality for violence. My goal in this answer is to look at a purely from that perspective so you can make better decisions for your own personal self-protection.


Q:

That didn't happen.

A:

Sometimes it feels like 12+ hours. I work 8 hours a day on paper but my work starts at home before I get to work and it ends at home after work. When weather is active, I easily work 10-11 hours at work.


Q:

Well, one highlight that really enabled my career to take off was discovering the chimpanzees used twigs and the brush to find termites in the underground nest because that is what went into "National Geographic," which ended up providing funds for me to continue my research. So in a way, that was the pivotal observation that actually enabled everything else.

A:

wish I knew. They all have their own challenges. Disney is really relaxed though so they are supportive of everything I do. Feels like that anyway. Con MAn. season one maybe. We walked a thin line with the stereotypical Vo roles. It was meant to be perceived as racist so I really had to push it to make the comedy work. It is one of my favorite episodes.


Q:

Hi there,

Thank you for your questions!

1) I believe it has become more violent, more dishonest and frightening. I really feel there may be another war.

2) During WWII I had started to revise my own ideas and forget those I was brought up with. I made up my own values, I became a strong democrat and socialist and I found myself well armed against what came my way.

3) Kind of answered in the first question. I am no cleverer than anyone else but I hope not is all I can say.

A:

Not necessarily. The work authorizations that remain valid (to date) allow the recipient to continue working legally. However, some employers may be motivated to fail to give promotions or raises to those who will soon lose work authorization.


Q:

When will you finally marry Luis for the show?

A:

What things other than presenting does your job entail? I thought TV meteorologist was just in-and-out kind of job


Q:

Hi Dr. Goodall, My four year old loves reading. She asks what is your favorite book?

A:

Alan, if you could green light any personal passion project, what would it be? And whom would you work with?


Q:

Kind of an off the wall question but:

At 97 yrs old, is there anything from your childhood that you still enjoy today?

A:

My 24 year old girlfriend is under the DACA program. She came here when she was 4 and she did not come in with a visa, they brought her in illegally. The question now is, if we get married, how hard will it be for her to get a green card or what would be the next steps in order to legalize her?


Q:

NOT. GOING. TO. HAPPEN.

A:

Aside from TV, we have radio and Facebook. As a chief I coordinate all operations of the weather department- scheduling, computer maintenance and updates and purchasing, graphics, training, while working with our sales and promotions and news departments. Then we all have community outreach. I do actually forecast the weather so I'm always trying to study to get the latest.


Q:

When I was growing up, what I read where the Doctor Dolittle books. I learned a great deal from those books. When I was ten years old I read "Tarzan." I was sad when he married the wrong Jane. It was those books that directed me to grow up, go to Africa. For a 4-year-old child, one of my books I absolutely loved was "Jane" with illustrations by Patrick McDonnell. Which is fantastic. Another one, I want to mention is "My Life With Chimpanzees" which is a book I wrote for young children about my life with chimpanzees.

A:

I have to get back to you on that. I am about to do a play on Broadway written by Steve Martin. That feels like it.


Q:

Hi there,

Thank you for your question!

Uhh, from my childhood.. I think the love of poppy seed cake, Wiener Schnitzel and the music of my era continues to this day.

A:

If someone was brought to the U.S. without inspection, a U.S. citizen spouse may petition for them. After approval of the petition that person must request a waiver by demonstrating that the U.S. citizen spouse will suffer extreme hardship if the intending immigrant is not permitted to return after their immigrant visa interview or if the U.S. citizen goes to live with the intending immigrant to the country of origin. Once the extreme hardship waiver is granted, the intending immigrant applies for an immigrant visa and goes to their interview at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad. The intending immigrant leaves the U.S. with the waiver approval in hand so that he or she does not trigger the 3-year or 10-year bar. After the interview and approval, the intending immigrant reenters and receives his or her Green Card in the mail.


Q:

How many people has Hillary Clinton personally killed?

A:

So, if I understand correctly are you actually interpreting raw data to make your own forecast? Or are you presenting a forecast which is made by either computer simulations or a trained analyst? If it is the latter case, are you managing said software and/or analysts or is that an external service which you share with other weather services?


Q:

What is the secret to your health? You are still so active at what most would consider an old age. Also, thank you for all your groundbreaking work to further science and benefit humanity!

A:

How does it feel being one of the most handsome actors in the business?

(You were totally my teen crush)


Q:

What are the names of your autobiographies? I'm interested in reading them

A:

Are there any legal avenues available for those previously protected by DACA other than citizenship? Or is citizenship the only way to fully protect yourself as it currently stands?


Q:

maybe a dozen, probably millions through votes.

A:

Good question- I make my own forecast from plotted upper air charts, wind profiles, satellite and radar depictions and then computer model forecasts and numerical output. We share it within WKRG but not outside of the station. I'm trained as all government meteorologists are. I make my own forecast because that makes me comfortable with what I'm saying. It is, however, rarely that far different from what the National Weather Service would say for my area.


Q:

I was born with good genes. That is really important when you think about health. For the rest of it, I don't really think about my health. I live each day, and I've been really lucky to be extremely healthy.

A:

Which business are you referring to? Nice of you to say. Thank you.


Q:

Hi there,

Thank you for your question.

The German one is called: Emigracion ins Leben: Wien - London und nicht mehr retour (Emigration into Life Vienna - London and no return).

The English one is called: Secret Operations: From Music to Morse and Beyond.

I think it might difficult to get your hands on a copy though!

A:

I have found that my DACA clients fall into certain categories of relief. Some can be petitioned by family members, others are in danger if they return and are now presenting claims for asylum, and others are eligible for Cancellation of Removal for Certain Nonpermanent Residents. However, that last one can only be solicited while in removal proceedings.


Q:

Did you watch the Fairly OddParents when growing up and we're you sexually attracted to the Crimson Chin?

A:

Wow! That sounds like a lot of work. Do you have time to rehearse what you're going to say before a live broadcast?

You don't just 'give' the weather forecast but 'explain' what's going on. Everything is very clear and very informative so I assume you must practice.


Q:

What kind of music do you like?

A:

Hi. What would be your dream film project?


Q:

Coming from a german whose grandparent's siblings were killed in WW2, how did normal german people treat you? Like ones which were not Nazis? Was the country all antisemites or just the select ones everyone knows about?

A:

Could be mistaken but doesn't Asylum need to be applied for within a year of arrival? Is there a way around that if a year has already passed?


Q:

I'm too old for that show. I watched Bugs Bunny.

A:

No, and that's the fun part for me. Weather is constantly changing so it makes no sense to plan for something specific when it can change in mid-sentence.


Q:

PLEASE NOTE: Response is from a member of Dr. Goodall's team, and not from Dr. Goodall herself.

Hi there!

Dr. Goodall tends to mostly listen to classical music.

Here's a list of some of her notable favorites:

Classical -Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor -Beethoven’s Ode to Joy from Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 -Dvorák’s Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104 -Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 -Mozart’s Requiem in D minor, K. 626 -Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 in C major, D. 944 -Strauss Waltzes

Contemporary -Heal the World by Michael Jackson -Memories by Andrew Lloyd Webber (from Cats) -Music by Wolfgang Netzer (including the score to Jane’s Journey) -Walk Lightly on This World by Katie Melua (from Jane’s Journey) -Walking in the Air by Howard Blake (from The Snowman)

A:

Serenity .05 - they early years where e everyone looks older


Q:

Hi there,

Thank you for your question.

I did not really experience many Germans during the War other than them shooting at us in France while I was stationed in a harbour. The only time I really experienced Germans was when I went there after the war on holidays (probably in the 70's and onwards) when the shudder had gone and I experienced no anti-semitism then.

A:

Yes, there are exceptions to the asylum one-year deadline. If there were changed conditions in the country of origin that now makes the country unsafe for that individual; if there were changes in the applicant's personal circumstances that now place him or her in danger; if the applicant possessed a legal disability (under 18 years old); or if the applicant had status and did not apply for that reason.


Q:

Come on...be a bold comic and make a stand against Amy Schumer joke stealing. Why won't any comics say anything?

A:

What is the longest stretch of time you've ever been on air / at work to cover a significant weather event, and what was the event?


Q:

Thank you for holding this AMA.

Is it true you were a fan of this far side comic?

Sorry that it's not a great question. I couldn't think of anything else, and I've always kind of wondered about this.

A:

Helloo, so what is the thing most people say who recognize you, so I can avoid it if I should ever get so lucky? "Hey, aren't you the dude from firefly?" And what would you prefer? Gimme some tips for the least-annoyance factor please.


Q:

Hi, thank you for doing this AMA. My grandparents also survived the WW2 on different sides - one serving in the German army and the others surviving it under the NAZI rule in Slovenia / Yugoslavia at the time, so I listened to different accounts about the era... My questions: 1. What made you move to UK (did you decide it yourself or did your friends and relatives felt the urge and danger looming?) 2. Did you fight in continental Europe? If yes, where?

A:

Since we shouldn't punish children for the sins of their parents, wouldn't it make more sense to deport the parents that broke the law?


Q:

The sketch stuff got the attention it deserved. I've never been convinced she stole any stand up bits. I have problems with Amy but not her "stealing".

A:

Both for Hurricane Ivan and Katrina, as a news station and weather department, we broadcast for over a week. Fortunately we had lots of breaks in our weather segments. During the landfalls of both of those storms I probably did a few 20 minute weather segments solo.


Q:

PLEASE NOTE: Response is from a member of Dr. Goodall's team, and not from Dr. Goodall herself.

Hi there!

Dr. Goodall actually has no issue with the comic and thinks it's rather quite funny. Gary Larson eventually ended up visiting our Gombe Stream Reserve in response to the comic and was even attacked by the male chimp, Frodo, who Dr. Goodall has always claimed to be a 'bully' male.

Thanks for your question!

A:

Say Con Man. I will love you more.


Q:

Hi there,

Thank you for your questions.

1) The moment the Nazis marched in we knew we had to get out. Because they had been in charge of Germany next door we knew that they were anti-semitic (but not to the extent that we know now). Luckily my mother had a couple of sisters and brothers who had emigrated to the UK before the WWI. I had always wanted to go to England, possibly due to my mother reading me English children's books.

A:

They are still permitted to go before an Immigration Judge and present relief.


Q:

if Jay and Luis had a 3 round MMA fight, how much money do you put on who, and why?

A:

Do you have any #1 dad mugs in your kitchen?


Q:

What was the most surprising thing you found while studying the similarities between chimpanzees and humans?

A:

Did anyone explicitly ask you to reprise your role as K-2SO when directing you on The Tick as the rogue boat companion of Overkill?

I got a very similar vibe from both roles.


Q:

Thank you for sharing your experiences, Sir. Do you intend on doing a book tour? I would love to book you at the San Antonio JCC if so! Please PM me of interested.

A:

It's interesting. Jay is crazy strong, but Luis is in much better shape. Jay would probably crack jokes that got in Luis' head. Jay by 2nd round TKO.


Q:

A couple!

A:

I'm not sure about the most surprising, but the most shocking was the fact they are capable of war. This was very horrifying and actually made them more like humans than I thought they were before.


Q:

me too. it wasn't till I watched it. they are very different in my head. I got to improve more in Rogue. The Tick is tighter on lines. I am voicing over after hey have already shot the scene. There isn't any reason to MoCap so I am not there when they film to add my two cents.

A:

Hi there,

The thought had crossed my mind and we had offers from two publishers in America however the reason we rejected them was due to not having easy access to them (I would have had to travel all the way to America to get anything done) on top of this at my age this would be very taxing.


Q:

What was your comedy like before you started discussing politics? How did that transition go?

A:

Do you have a couple of mugs from a couple of kids, or a couple of mugs from one very reassuring kid?


Q:

I have heard that you have also discovered that they are capable of altruism, such as adopting orphaned infants. Can you tell us about that?

A:

Which bawk was your favorite bawk to bawk when you were bawking for Moana?


Q:

Do you believe that the Nazis were incredibly evil people or were ordinary people who held and acted on incredibly evil beliefs, is there a difference between the two or have you separated the two? How do you feel towards those Nazis who have wronged you, your family, friends and countless others?

Thank you for your time and for your story. May we all learn from the past.

A:

I joked about drugs and sex and pop culture. It was a smooth transition because I didn't force it in. It happened naturally.


Q:

Most of my mugs come from schools that I visit.

A:

PLEASE NOTE: Response is from a member of Dr. Goodall's team, and not from Dr. Goodall herself.

Hi there! In Gombe we have witnessed acts that could be considered altruistic on various occasions. One example being when an orphaned 3 1/2 year old chimp, without older siblings (whom sometimes adopt their younger siblings) was taken in by an adolescent male around 12 years old. The older male allowed the orphaned chimp to follow him around (even making sure he kept up while they were on the move), allowing the orphan to cling to his underbelly when the orphan was scared and/or cold, and even allowing the orphaned chimp to sleep in the same 'night nest' as him. This is especially interesting considering that the adolescent male was not related to the orphaned chimp in the least.

Thanks for the question!


Q:

the middle one. The one right int he middle

A:

Hi there,

Thanks for your great question.

It's not easy to make a statement that cover such a wide spectrum of people. A lot of ordinary Nazis, members of the party, believed that a strong hand was needed to deal with the problems and they thought the Nazis would provide it. At first anti-semitism became a useful propaganda tool. These sorts of people I would not class as evil, just misguided.

But as they reached the point of having total power their means became more and more violent. There is an old saying "absolute power corrupts absolutely" - I think this is a very true saying and I have seen it with my very own eyes.

A good example of this is with Röhm (who founded the stormtroopers). As relationships developed and power grew, Röhm thought he may make a better leader than Hitler and Hitler was pressurised by the other leaders to do away with him because he was a homosexual. Hitler had known this all the time and had not done anything about it yet Hitler did go and shoot him but explained publicly it was due to him being homosexual.

*Bonus product placement: Incidentally my new book shows Hitler's rise to power which made him more and more ruthless.


Q:

Who is your least favorite famous Libertarian?

A:

So you're not a dad but have 2 #1 dad mugs?


Q:

Do you think there is a viable way to effect change in conservation without going into the field?

A:

Hi Alan! I'm curious, what is your go-to comfort food?


Q:

As one of the last survivors what can be do to keep people aware of this horrible genocide?

A:

Bill Weld


Q:

Yes. I'm an uncle, and backup Dad to many!

A:

There are various ways. One, spread awareness about the program. Two, to become involved in your program or other programs around the world. And you can do this also by raising funds to help programs that desperately need it including the Jane Goodall Institute.


Q:

nachos.

A:

Hi there,

Thank you for your question.

I believe there is enough being done at the moment and that there are plenty of current bad things going on in the world that we should concentrate on.

There are many organisations who have made it their task to inform everyone about the holocaust and there are some countries that are anti-Jewish that deny that the holocaust ever existed. Whereas in some EU countries this would be a crime to deny the existence of the holocaust.


Q:

Dave Why won't you mouth kiss Big Jay?

A:

If you weren't a weather man, what career would you have and why?


Q:

What do you think of the planet of the apes movies?

A:

What is the longest amount of time you have spent on a set to get a seemingly inconsequential shot?


Q:

Have you seen Dunkirk?

A:

Just doesn't feel right


Q:

Second career choice would be as an educator. Third career choice was a musician!

A:

PLEASE NOTE: Response is from a member of Dr. Goodall's team, and not from Dr. Goodall herself.

Hi there,

While I can't speak to her opinion of the original films. Dr. Goodall did have a chance to pre-screen the newest POTA movie and found it very interesting. All of us at the Jane Goodall Institute are very appreciative of the steps taken by the production team of the new movies, due to their use of motion-capture and their dedication to not using real apes in any of their films.

Long answer short, she loved the newest film!

Thanks for the question!


Q:

The obstacle course in season two. It was expensive and took TIME to build. We shot half of what we had to play with. Wah wah

A:

Hi there,

Thank you for your question.

I have neither been to Dunkirk nor have I seen the recent film (which my grandson seems to think you are referencing). I escaped France a couple of weeks after the Dunkirk battle from St.Malo on the very last boat to England.


Q:

Fuck, marry, kill.

Amy Schumer, Kaytlin Bailey, Alison Klemp?

A:

Your now-famous weather cast was highly educational, so you're kinda doing your first and second ones.


Q:

What's your favourite colour?

A:

Do you feel like your life closely resembles Wray Nerely? I would like to think you're a bit more popular than that lol. I loved the short stint you did on Arrested Development. And of course Firefly and Tucker and Dale.


Q:

What do you think of how people compare Donald Trump to the nazis?

A:

Marry Amy, easy call she's rich. Flip a coin for the other two.


Q:

Yes, and the fact that I present weather without a script is the same as an adlib music soloist.

A:

My favorite colour overall is green. There are times I like blue as well. I'm wearing blue today, by the way.


Q:

My career is much better than Wray Nerely's. I did a small role in Rogue One as a Emperial pilot. It was one scene. They were going to credit me as Wray Nerely. The scene was cut - that is a total Wray Nerely career turn. He gets in one of the best sc-fi franchises of all time and he gets cut.

A:

Hi there,

Thank you for your question.

Well it's very difficult. He's not an anti-semite although he's definitely not a true democrat. He's extremely reactionary in my view and is more similar to Mussolini.

I don't necessarily find it offensive to compare him to the Nazis but I just think this is an inaccurate comparison.


Q:

Have you taken LSD or Mushrooms? What is your opinion? Have you discussed anywhere I could look up?

A:

Can you play any musical instrument?


Q:

Do you believe in Sasquatch?

Have you studied the Skookum casting or any of the new print samples with dermal ridge evidence?

If you do believe do you think this group is a holdover of Gigantalopithicus Blacki? or a new Species?

A:

Hi Alan! Thanks for doing this. My question is, what was your favorite voice acting role and why?

...Also we share the same birthday and I think that's pretty cool.


Q:

Where did you live in London? What did you do in your spare time, if you had any, during that time?

A:

I talked about it on MIkadelic w Mike Branc


Q:

I played trumpet as a kid but gave it up in college. It was fun but I never was much good at it!

A:

PLEASE NOTE: Response is from a member of Dr. Goodall's team, and not from Dr. Goodall herself.

Jane has said that she is fascinated by the idea of the existence of an as of yet undiscovered ape species living in the wild. As a self-described romantic, has always wanted them to exist. She has read many accounts of bigfoot sightings and thinks that bigfoot is a real possibility.


Q:

March 16th! very auspicious if I do say so mine self. King Candy was my favorite. They really let me play and the character had a hell of an arc.

A:

Hi there,

Thank you for your question. When I arrived in London I attended a commercial college in Dalston to learn typing and accounting. Then I was offered a job as a volunteer (I was not allowed a proper job due to my visa) but was paid some minor pocket money.

In my spare time, on Saturdays I would go to the Dalston cinema and watch films. I had never been in a cinema before where you could see two films and a program in between for a thruppence or sixpence. For a short time I played with a dance band with one of my cousins but I was not very good at the rhythm. On some evenings I even had a date with a girl!


Q:

How do you manage to discuss politics in your routine without alienating everyone?

A:

What about a music teacher?


Q:

How did you get into character for your roles in Moana?

A:

Hi Eric, you are a true hero!

Are there any moments that stand out from your experience in WWII as being particularly scary or where you almost gave up hope?


Q:

I focus on the funny. If it's funny enough, people can't fight it.

A:

Maybe. All kids need a good balance of the arts and sciences.


Q:

I lived in a chicken coop fro a month learning the ways of the chicken.

A:

Hi there,

Many thanks for your statement.

There were scary moments but any other thoughts about hope didn't come into it. One moment was when in the SOE we did a night attack on a power station outside Dorchester (for training). We were creeping towards it and it was very dark due to lights being turned off during the war. We approached a spiked fence around the perimeter and as we were climbing over this I slipped and a spike went into my thumb. I was then hanging with my thumb still caught but I was not allowed to make a single sound. This was a very painful and scary moment for me during the war.


Q:

Hey Dave, new Part of the Problem listener here. As a disaffected liberal, I think libertarianism might be dealing with a communication problem. I was liberal b/c I was convinced of the faux solutions they preached (pro science, pro intellectual, utilitarian ethically). Libertarianism convinced me with superior arguments. If libertarianism preached it's methodological superiority in HELPING the greatest # of people (effectively match the left's moral posturing but w/ additional rationality), I think you'd win more disaffected liberals. Speaking in the language of utilitarian ethics is what would have gotten through my thick liberal skull. What do you think? P.s. big fan and can't wait to see the special.

A:

You're my hero for saying this.


Q:

What is the least exaggerated yet most unbelievable story that has happened to you while at a con? If that's too specific, weirdest real thing that's happened because you're a celebrity?

Thanks so much for Firefly and Con Man- both have been a great source of entertainment and joy in my life. I would probably faint if I ever met you, but I'll stop the fanboying while I still have some dignity.

A:

You said you wrote your first nonfiction novel. Do you have any plans to write another?


Q:

Thanks for listening. I do this we need a moral message. Big government is evil and we're living through proof of that. I'm not sure it needs to be a utilitarian argument.

A:

It's really true. Start them off right and we all do better in the long-run.


Q:

I had a girl come into my room on accident. I answered the door and she came in not looking at me bitching about how her key doesn't work. I think she was drunk.

A:

Hi there,

Thank you for your question. I have written a few non-fiction short stories about the war but I currently do not have any plans to write any more. Currently I am planning on writing two more fictional novels if I survive that long!


Q:

Yo, Dave!

Love Part of the Problem. Listen religiously. I plan on buying Libertas later.

My question: Would you ever consider coming to Ireland for a show? Love to see ya over here!

Thanks for the podcast!

A:

Would you consider combining meteorology with education and becoming a weather science communicator and science advocate a la Bill Nye or Neil Degrasse Tyson?

Edit: I'll admit Bill isn't the best example but I was a fan of his show in the 90s. However, I will add Emily Graslie !


Q:

Alan, congratuations on your (and Mindy's) Emmy nomination! I'm pulling for you both. There's a line in Con Man about reddit. My question is, do you browse reddit on a regular basis? If so, what always gets Alan Tudyk's upvote?

A:

Did you escape to England with the thought of joining the British army, or did it just work out that way?


Q:

Thank you. Sure, I would love to go to Ireland. I've never been.

A:

Not a goal but you never know...


Q:

I don't Reddit so much. I am always distracted by newsie things. That is a deep hole to travel down.

A:

Hi there,

Many thanks for your question.

No, I didn't know that there was going to be a war. I escaped to Britain a year, almost two before the war began.


Q:

Why did Bush do 9/11?

A:

What are your thoughts on using confidence intervals with weather forecasts? Why aren't they used more?


Q:

Do you enjoy watching movies with yourself in them, or have you given up on watching any movies ever?

A:

for gold


Q:

Those are good. I think it's just taking the entire profession a while to embrace them, as we figure out how people interpret them.

A:

Nah. I will with my wife if she hasn't seen it. Sometimes I turn on HBO or sorting and one is running and I will stay on it to watch. Firefly is the exception. I am not watching me I am watching the show. SO cool.


Q:

I can't get Libertas to download. Tell me, do you think this is the work of the deep state trying to limit the freedom movement?

A:

Have you considered starting your own YouTube channel to explain the same for big weather events globally?


Q:

I know you have been a fan Halo. Any plans on playing Destiny 2? Bonus points for playing in a group with Nathan, Nolan, and Gina.

A:

obviously


Q:

Not now. Since I work for a TV station full-time. I wouldn't have the time or energy to do that!

A:

No. If they call I will come.


Q:

Hey Dave I'm a huge fan of yours and of the gas digital movement. Legion of skanks is my favorite podcast.

Do you think there will be a more main stream showing of podcasts? As in car companies coming loaded with podcast packages or more mainstream advertising coming into the podcast world.

A:

Do you know Pete Delkus? You're the Best Weatherman Ever, I think he would make a great Vice Best Wetherman Ever.


Q:

Any plans for Con Man Season 3 yet? Or is it a wait-and-see thing with Syfy? The season 2 cliffhanger got me right in the feels.

A:

I think it's happening. Look at what Rogan is doing, that guy has a bigger audience than jesus. Maron interviewed Obama! The podcast revolution has begun and will continue to grow.


Q:

Yes I know Pete. The meteorology community is relatively small.

A:

Season three I think depends on the response of seasons one and two. If a ton of people tune in and also watch on the SyFy website it should be a green light.


Q:

When can I find Libertas on Google Play? Checked a few times this morning and haven't seen it.

A:

Fellow Dallas-ite, I see :) Pete loves going jacket-off.


Q:

Whats the funniest "oh shit, I fucked up" thing that's ever happened to you in your career?

A:

I feel bad when I get these questions because I'm no help. You have to ask gasdigital guys the technical stuff, I have no idea.


Q:

For me, it's a practical thing. We move around a lot between segments, and sometimgs I literally dash outside or across the building during the news.

A:

when I set out to write all episode son season one of Con Man and Direct all epodes of season one of Con Man, also when I set out to produce all episodes of Con Man and when I set out to act as the lead of all episodes of season one of Con Man simultaneously.


Q:

How do you foresee the rest of hurricane season going? Namely for the Gulf Coast?

A:

Kraft reviewer?

Please provide your views on Velveeta.

PS You did a very nice job on Rogue One.


Q:

I honestly don't look that far out. The ingredients for hurricanes change week by week so I only look about 10 days ahead at a time. In that time, I don't see any threats right now.

A:

Thanks on Rogue. Velveeta too velvety for me. I like a polyester cheese sometimes wool.


Q:

How does it feel getting this amount of recognition over something you've been doing for so long? What is the best piece of advise you can offer to aspiring meteorologists or educators? We appreciate you recognizing this community and thank you for taking the time to answer our questions!! May your future bear greater success.

A:

Hi. I was wondering what some of your toughest challenges were working on Con Man as a writer, director and actor simultaneously for the first time?

And congrats on your Emmy nomination-it's a brilliant show and well deserved by such an under appreciated actor.


Q:

Thanks. The attention is nice from the standpoint that my mission has always been to educate (and entertain some). I do this as a part time college professor too. My best advice is put yourself in the seat of your audience. Throwing facts at them is not teaching. Make it interactive and fun with energy and enthusiasm and real-life examples. Interactive on TV is answering the questions people want to know, not what you want them to know!

A:

Thank you. The toughest challenge was doing all those jobs at once. It took up every inch of my brain. I was like a broken robot that could only compute one thing. It changed my life. In a good way. I am so aware of peoples contribution to any project. Cut, crew, crafty, transpo etc....


Q:

Who wins in a fight: an F5 tornado or a Cat 5 hurricane?

*EF5. Whatever. They sound the same except one refreshes and the other is Brock's finishing move. I get it.

A:

Hi Alan, I wanted to tell you that you absolutely made the Dallas Fan Expo worth it for me. I wasn't that excited to go honestly, was more supporting my friend, and I had heard Saturday was an absolute crowded mess. I went Sunday and accompanied my friend in line for her to get your autograph and you were just so kind and friendly. I didn't want to take up your time because I didn't even pay for anything, I was just standing there, but you still talked to both of us and were incredibly nice, we talked about the Firefly board game and such. I was disappointed when we couldn't get in to the packed Mark Hamill/Kevin Conroy Q&A, but making it to your Q&A made me not mind so much. You were hilarious and really good with the audience, just made the entire day and ticket price worth it.

How do you keep your energy up at conventions like that? Three manic days, going to events at the con, maybe seeing friends and family while you're in your hometown area... I would be grouchy as hell and really not into talking to long lines of people. How do you maintain a positive attitude like that and keep so engaged with fans?


Q:

No doubt, the hurricane because it's just so large and long-lasting.

A:

I learned form the best. Nathan Fillion. Also it helps to be genuinely happy to meet people. I hear great stories. Fans have changed my life for the better. There is a natural appreciation that comes with that.


Q:

What made you want to be a weather forecaster and how did you go about becoming one?

A:

Have you fonged anyone lately?


Q:

I grew up with just a simmering interest in weather. Things like how you could have hail from a summer thunderstorm, and lightning from a snowstorm. I was always a natural performer so I was able to link my love for weather with my talent for performing/teaching. I went to Cornell to get a BS in meteorology, and then to FSU to get a masters degree to make sure I really knew what I was talking about.

A:

I can't afford the jail time.


Q:

Ay Cornell! Did Ithaca's terrible weather help with your education in meteorology?

A:

Hi Alan, I know this subject is beyond beating a dead horse but is there anything Firefly-related for you in the future (as in prequel related)?


Q:

Yes, there's nothing like first-hand experience. One winter break, it got so cold there that the pipes froze and burst causing problems to students' stuff.

A:

I hope for a prequel but animated. That is doable and can be good.


Q:

Tornadoes can spawn quickly during a hurricane. Do these type of tornadoes tend to be less capable of being long track tornadoes, or does it just depend on the storm system?

Thanks for doing this! There is much love for you in Pensacola!

A:

Who was your favorite character to voice and why was it Hei Hei?


Q:

Just from the tornadoes we had here in Hurricane Ivan, they were not long track but it definitely would depend on the system. Thanks.

A:

It was a specific silly challenge. It was ridiculously fun


Q:

Do you ever talk to John ed thompson the old fox 10 weather guy. ?

A:

Hi, Alan!

Long time listener, first time caller.

What do you look for in a script when considering a part? Which character would you most like to play again?


Q:

I haven't seen John Ed in a while but we certainly talk when we are in the same room.

A:

Wash. Wray Nerely. It's a toss up for obvious reasons. I like writing and directing. Wash because he's Wash.


Q:

1.) What is a weather event/phenomena that you want to witness someday?

2.) What is the most memorable weather event that you have reported on?

3.) Pineapple on pizza? y/n

A:

Hi Alan, did you get the inspiration for Hot Gazpacho from your medium-long walks among potatoes and beets?


Q:

I'd love to see a tornado (in the open plains where no one is at risk). I've seen funnels and waterspouts but never a tornado... in part because I go to work when there's a threat of one. Ivan and Katrina were both the most memorable events of my career. No pineapple. Just cheese.

A:

Try it. You will see.


Q:

If TED reached out and asked you to give a talk, would you do it? What would you talk about?

A:

I love you, do you love me too?


Q:

Sure, that would be fun. It would be something weather-related

A:

of course. I will always remember that week-end in Zanzibar.


Q:

What is a cool meteorological fact few know?

A:

Why do I cry every time I hear the phrase, "I am a leaf on the wind. Watch how I soar"?


Q:

There's really no new water on Earth. It just cycles and recycles through the ground, oceans, air, and our bodies.

A:

because Joss is a brilliant writer and has a lot of practice killing your favorite characters.


Q:

War Eagle or Roll Tide??

A:

My daughter wants to be Moana for Halloween and her little brother wants to be Hei Hei. What tips can you give him to get into character?


Q:

If I answered that, I'd lose half my viewers!

A:

I can tell him not to eat rocks. Learn to send his eyes in opposite directions


Q:

Hi Alan. You and the rest of the WKRG weather team are the reason why I prefer WKRG over the other stations in our viewing area. I'm glad the rest of the world now knows of and can appreciate the work that you and the rest of the team does.

Since you're internet famous now, what are the chances that you might make an appearance at a comic convention? If a convention like Pensacon reached out to have you as a guest, would you accept it? I'd love to sit in for a meteorology panel hosted by you. I think it would be a great experience.

A:

You're a pieces?


Q:

Thanks for the words. I regularly go to 2 weather conventions and 2 journalism conventions each year, and I get invited to many many more. If my station were to give me the time to do so, I would! Weather is universal so it applies to everything.

A:

Did I spell it wrong? I am fish.


Q:

Hello, I'm a meteorology undergrad. Which weather conventions do you attend? Are they exclusively for meteorologists, or do they allow students to attend as well?

A:

I'm excited for the Con Man marathon this Saturday night on Syfy. The gospel of Wray Nerely needs to be spread. Since they're just showing season 1, do you know yet if season 2 will be another marathon? Or are there plans for both seasons to air on a weekly basis?


Q:

All are open to anybody who pays to register! Students typically have a reduced rate. I go to National Weather Association (next week outside of Los Angeles), and then check American Meteorological Society (January in Austin). Both websites will link you to a lot of the regional and college conferences.

A:

Yes, season 2 marathon is in October right before NYC Comicon. I am not in control if when it is shown and how much is shown - which is actually a good thing since it would probably preempt every show on SyFy upsetting a larger percentage of SyFy fans


Q:

This is a two part question.

What is your most defining moment in the meteorology field

And did you ever expect to get so much more love than even James Spann?!

A:

kittens or puppies and why?


Q:

Hurricanes Katrina and Ivan were defining moments. I know James. Good guy. There's more than enough love to share!

A:

puppies. I have two and they rule. me. they rule me.


Q:

Would you rather fight 1 Irma-sized tornado or 100 tornado-sized Irmas?

A:

Hi Alan?


Q:

I'd run, either way

A:

Yes, calgil.


Q:

Has anyone actually figured out what is going on during a jubilee? I've heard it's not enough oxygen in the water. I've also heard it's not enough oxygen in the water. I've heard it's dependent on the weather. What do you think?

A:

Favorite dinosaur?


Q:

A jubilee is what we (in the Mobile Bay area) call a phenomenon where in a quiet weather pattern controlled by high pressure, a very light wind over a shallow bay or lake pushes the top layer of water away from the shore. That carries oxygen away from the shore leaving the fish and sea life weak, and disoriented, left to suffocate. People then go out in the water and gather up as much as they can!

A:

T-Rex. He's such a dick it's funny.


Q:

What was your reaction to being voted "Best Weatherman Ever" by so many people?

What made you want to become a Meteorologist?

Do you have any pets?

A:

Thank you for the entertainment!

Can you come to Boise, ID, so we can take a medium-short to medium-long walk through a field of tuberous potatoes while I wax rhapsodic about how you are one of the few celebrities that I would really care to meet?

I promise to only look at you semi-longingly.


Q:

Bizarre is my reaction! It's nice though, that people are happy and excited to learn something that makes them smarter and safer. I don't mind the publicity from a professional perspective. Personally, I'm perfectly happy without it.

A:

ha ha


Q:

Thanks for your great explanation of the hurricane, it was truly beneficial. What would you suggest as the best path for a young person interested in meteorology to obtain a job like yours?

A:

Hi Alan, huge fan here!

What is your biggest fear?


Q:

Check out the resources from two organizations that I'm an officer of- American Meteorological Society National Weather Association They both have lots of career links.

A:

Nothing. I fear nothing. Not even death. You hear me God. Do your worst. Ha ha ha ha! I laugh in your undefinable face! I am most afraid of repercussions of what I have just written


Q:

If you had the honor to name a hurricane, what name would you give it?

A:

What was your favorite bit part you ever played but never got credited for?


Q:

That's a tough one. I wouldn't want to name it after a person since those storms can be pretty bad.

A:

I don't think I was credited as playing the Mayor in the Rick and MOrty I did. I did two roles.


Q:

What measures could coastal cities take to be better prepared for more frequent and damaging hurricanes going forward?

A:

Hi Alan! Phenomenally huge fan. Got any tips on widening my character voice repertoire?


Q:

It takes a lot of thought and research into not only what extremes have happened in the past, but what could happen. For cities and families, you have to project how you will grow in the future and when you invest in your infrastructure, go for the long term, rather than short term. Even though it seems like it will cost more up front, you end up saving in the long run.

A:

I found my way in through theater. The roles tending to be varied and with a long run I was able to perfect accents and the like.


Q:

What is a common misconception about your profession that you would like to address?

A:

What is your favourite TV guest appearance you've made?


Q:

That we guess at the weather and are wrong half the time. People focus on the one forecast that didn't turn out the way they expected, where they live, but they take for granted the overwhelming times that forecasts are right on target (for an area, not their house).

A:

My favorite guest appearance on Con Man was Stan Lee. I mean come on how cool is that. For me, it has yet to come out I filmed it two weeks ago.


Q:

What's your favorite sandwich?

A:

Alan, as someone who has worn many hats in the industry, and to someone who is very new to a very small part of the industry, what sets apart a good producer from lackluster or terrible ones? From both the point of view of crew and talent as well?

Also, where can I get some sweet shirts like Wash had?


Q:

Probably BLT

A:

You need to have a way with people more or less. Know hen to stay out of the way and when to share your opinions. Terrible ones undermine the creative process. The Wash shirts belong to Fox. They aren't very cooperative.


Q:

Hi, Alan! During the coverage for Irma, lots of reporters/meteorologists were out in the midst of landfall, some struggling to stand and others tied to hotel balconies - at the same time telling viewers to take cover. What are your thoughts on reporting live in dangerous weather conditions?

A:

Alan! Do you have any other pet projects coming down the pipeline? Also, was Amy Acker the first choice for Dawn? Any basis in reality there?


Q:

I don't want to do it. There are safer ways to do it. On the other hand, people who are not in the path of the storms sometimes watch it for the spectacle.

A:

Yes. absolutely. Amy Acker is one of the best actresses working today. I am sorry to skip some questions I am trying to get all the con man questions. I'll come back for some.


Q:
  1. Did you ever think anything like this would happen?

  2. How did your co-workers react?

  3. What are you planning to do with your new-found fame?

A:

What would be the title of Hot Gazpacho's hit song?


Q:

Never in my wildest dreams would I have anticipated this. My co-workers were really excited. I plan to keep on keeping on!

A:

86 Gazpacho


Q:

Would you consider yourself the Bob Ross of meteorology?

A:

Alan,

Who would win in a fight: Sean Astin or Nathan Fillion?


Q:

I just consider myself me!

A:

Fillion. He has the reach and size advantage. It would be a blood bath or a puss shower


Q:
  1. Is climate change causing hurricanes to cause more damage?
  2. Where is the evaporation compared to the rainfall in a hurricane?
  3. Why isn't there thunder and lightning in a hurricane?
A:

If you could instantly become a master at any skill, trade or discipline, what would that be?


Q:

The Earth is warming but before you consider that, consider that population density in front of hurricanes is so much larger, with people in the US that have more stuff, and bigger cities, so that even a medium hurricane will cause a lot of damage and headache. Evaporation and then condensation is what keeps building the clouds so it's around the hurricane, but also in the midst of it. Hurricanes tend to not have very cold air above them and that's part of what leads to differences of water droplets and ice crystals in regular thunderstorms. You're right they tend to not have a lot of lightning but they do have some, and the new satellites are showing it to us.

A:

Piano. Oh the music I could make.


Q:

What things can a director do to make an actor's job easier? On the other end, what can a director do to make your life more difficult on-set or in pre-production?

A:

On Con Man I found that in all areas of production it was best to collaborate not to dictate. Except with budget people. Their job is to dictate to you. With them I pushed back. Also have fun. Have fun pushing back on the $ guys.


Q:

Hi Alan! My son Zander and daughter Kaeli are big fans. Would you mind saying hello to them? It would really make their day!

A:

Hello you two. Your names remind me of a couple of characters I know. Have a great day.