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Director / CrewHey Reddit! This is Marc Bernardin, professional nerd. I write TV shows and comic books - and cohost the Fatman on Batman podcast. AMA!

Sep 29th 2017 by Marc_Bernardin • 19 Questions • 105 Points

My name is Sean Stratton I am a 24 year old environmental scientist and I am currently running for New Jersey District 18 Assembly as the Green Party candidate. I’m here to talk to you about my political platform and the experience of running as a young adult and third party candidate.

I decided to run for office 5 months ago after a friend’s tap water test came back containing 82 ppb of lead. This led me to research the federal Lead and Copper Rule along with conducting Open Public Record Act requests (for anyone not in New Jersey this is called Freedom of Information) to my hometown and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. What I found was that my hometown was not sampling the correct locations as per the federal regulations and they were not providing the correct notification to residents who had their homes tested. From this I began to look at other towns and found that we have multiple towns and cities here in New Jersey that have breached the federal action level for lead in residential drinking water. 3 examples are Newark, Trenton, and Milltown. This is significant because even during the height of the Flint Michigan crisis, Flint never exceeded federal standards.

This is when I decided I would run for office; I believe that everyone has the right to clean drinking water and in order to provide this we need to drastically rebuild our infrastructure including our water distribution system. I also believe that every worker deserves a livable wage which is why I support increasing the minimum wage to $15 per hour here in New Jersey. Finally, I believe that all citizens no matter how rich or how poor have the right to healthcare. I support universal healthcare and will push for a New Jersey single payer healthcare system.

Want to get involved? You can check out my Facebook page or Nationbuilder: https://www.facebook.com/Stratton4Assembly/ https://stratton4assembly.nationbuilder.com/

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EDIT: Wow! 7 hours and I definitely got way more questions than anticipated! Was great talking with everyone and I definitely learned a lot! Remember to vote in your state and local elections, they're important!

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how much uninterrupted writing would you estimate it takes to get to a finished draft of a show script vs the actual time it takes?

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Hi guys. Thanks for going to bat for us.

Ajit Pai’s appointment as the head of the FCC is such a glaring and blindingly obvious conflict of interest with his background as an attorney for Verizon (who would greatly benefit from not having to adhere to Title II regulations). Why is this allowed to happen? Not just at the FCC, but all over the government we have appointments of people who are running organizations that they have spent the past decade vowing to destroy. Do we have any legal protection from malicious oversight?


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What is the weirdest thing a fan has ever given or done for you?

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As an elected official you will be requested to vote on a plethora of topics, almost certainly the grand majority will have no bearing on your single stance. How can you fairly represent your constituents in these matters as a single issue platform? Not to mention, as someone your age, how can you justify to others that you have the experience to accurately and effectively navigate the political world to get your agenda passed?


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What was the hardest part (mental/emotional/physical) of recovering from your injury? Thanks for doing this AMA!

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Years ago you gave a talk in Denver. I got an email from CLIO inviting Colorado users for a beer. About 8-10 users showed up. Just wanted to say thanks for the beer.

Guess I need a question.

How's it going, eh?


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What do you wish people would say or NOT say to you? I've read opinions from people with some horrible disease (especially cancer) write that they are absolutely tired of hearing the "But how are you really doing?" question and calling treatment a "fight" or a "battle".

Also, since I'm an anesthesiologist, what did you wish your anesthesia team knew or do differently for your surgeries. Did you have an ERAS (enhanced recovery after surgery) for your surgeries? Always interested to know, since anesthesiologists rarely get meaningful feedback from patients.

Thanks for sharing your story Dude! PS we went to med school together.

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Most people think that non-violence is the way to go and that violent, aggressive responses could backfire, that is play into the hands of white supremacists by using violence. What do you have to say about that?


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What is the weirdest thing a fan has ever given or done for you?

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Could you explain a bit about why you guys want to be separated from Spain?

Sorry kinda oblivious from what happened until I saw the reddit posts.


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What jobs have you held that qualify you as an environmental scientist, and how long were you in that/those position(s)?

Also, how do you plan on paying for the programs you are supporting in your OP?

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Depends on whether you're working from an outline and how good it is. If there's an outline that you can road-map from, it's possible to write a 50-page script for a TV show in 3 days. I know this because that's how long I had to write my episode of Alphas. Now, if I'm writing a TV pilot from scratch -- with nothing but an idea -- that's probably a three-month process. Give or take depending on the quantites of beer and BBQ available.


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While there are a lot of laws that the government is required to follow, the courts often don’t allow individuals to file suit to enforce them. The legal doctrine is called “standing,” and you usually need to show a “particularized harm.” But that’s a great question. We’ll take a look at what specific laws might apply and whether there is a way to bring a suit. Otherwise, it’s something that has to be handled politically (ie, at the ballot box). Not a satisfying answer, we know.

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I actually still find it weird that I have fans.


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If I would be fortunate enough to win, I would hold no outside interests other than my constituents. As I've said before I take no corporate money. I would work with various leaders of the community including the local mayors, to ensure that all bills that I vote yes too would not have a negative impact on the community. I would also fight everyday on the Assembly floor for my constituents.

I understand that many people feel I am not qualified due to my age. I have formal education at a 4 year school, and I also am not afraid to ask experts questions when I do not have an expertise on the topic. One of the hardest things to do is to admit that one does not know everything, and I fully understand that I do not have all the answers. This is why it is important to build relations with experts in individual fields to gather their professional opinion.

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part (mental/emotional/physical) of recovering from your inj

Hi! Those are all parts of the journey, I would say at first it was such a sudden shift in my reality that emotionally I was a wreck, crying every day. It was also mental, because I was battling thoughts of depression. Will I ever get married? Will I depend on people forever? etc... The pain was also bad... So I can't really say what was worst, but that they were all very much a part of the journey. Thanks for the question!


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I remember that meetup! I think it was about five years ago? Thanks for coming out, and no problem, eh. If you ever make it to a Clio conference, I'll buy you another one. :)

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What do you wish people would say or NOT say to you?

Well, for me personally, I don't get upset when people try to say something nice/compassionate after finding out the diagnosis. They're just trying to be nice people, and it's not their fault that I might be in a shitty mood and take it the wrong way. I've heard other, very different opinions from other people with cancer, though. I think it depends on the person, really. Although, to be honest, the old "everything happens for a reason" thing is a pretty classic groaner to avoid.

As far as it being a "battle," I guess it is, kind of. But really it's more like just getting through each day. I operate about a week at a time now. I just look at the next thing on the horizon, take care of that problem, and then move on to the next thing. If you think about the overall situation too much you'll go crazy.

My anesthesia was pretty much the definition of "routine." General and then a dilaudid PCA + prn boluses for pain control. We didn't talk about the newer post-op regimens or things like an epidural. I do wonder if things would have worked out better with some of the more advanced anesthesia, but my pain control was adequate. I would have tried anything more they offered/recommended, but from my perspective, they treated all the surgeries as pretty routine cases.

PS we went to med school together.

Sweet! Geaux Tigers!


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I agree. Most people do think that. But some elements of the antifa don't think that. I think we've already seen even targeted violence blowback onto antifa's image among the general public. But I also know that the people committing this violence aren't really concerned about their perception among the general public. I would agree that they have "played into the hands" of some white supremacists. I think that's kind of inevitable. And I know that's of concern to some within the antifa movement. I think that's why we saw so little violent action in Berkeley this week.

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I actually still find it weird that I have fans.


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Some have historical claims, the crown of Aragon (wich Catalonia was a part of) and Castilia (former Spain as we usually name it) were united back in 1469 and since then cultural differences always had a part on nationalistic claims.

More recently since the instauration of the parlamentary monarchy (after franco) the spanish territory was split into "comunidades autonomas) which everyone of them has different autonomic competences, Basque Country had more economic privileges than Catalonia and that inspired some turmoil within the population

Back in 2006 the spain government destroyed "the estatut" wich was a sort of declaration of competences by the Generalitat, that was a big mistake since "the estatut" didnt infringe any known law and even was similar as other bills in vigor by other "comunidades autonomas"

Years of political immobility by central government and impoverishment of the general population made that independentist and nationalist parties gain support within the "non-political people"

As for me I am not independentist but I am for democracy, and the measures PP (governing party) took in Catalonia are unacceptable.

(excuse my english, if you have any more question or want a clarification please do)

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I graduated from Rutgers University with my degree in environmental science. I have been working as an environmental consultant since graduating which has been about 2 and a half years. My work mainly consists of monitoring contaminated sites and designing remediation strategies.

Fixing the lead problem is a costly project. However, in the short term we can provide filters and bottled water for residents that are impacted through subsidies or partnering with corporations or small business owners.

In the long term by passing Universal Healthcare we will free up between 20-30% of each municipalities budget. This will allow us to begin massive infrastructure projects to remove and update our piping and water utilities for our towns and cities.

State-level universal healthcare will be paid for by an increased payroll tax of 6% on employers and 2% on employees. This will allow us to provide healthcare to all residents of New Jersey.


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There's lots of examples of great scripts around, but what's the best outline example/format you've ever seen? Is there a standard outline format that writers prefer?

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Thanks for doing this and great work so far. Just to play out what is lamentably (to me) a plausible scenario: Let’s say you’re successful in compelling the FCC to comply with the FOIA request, and it proves that the comments were fraudulent. What happens then?

Let’s also say that net neutrality was successfully (or effectively) eliminated, what happens then if the above scenario turned out to be true. What would happen then? Is there any precedent for either scenario? What a mess!


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Who would you want to play you in a Sons of Anarchy prequel?

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Out of curiosity, would you take money from unions?


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Hey David! Since your accident has happened, what has been your favorite place to go where you have shared your story?

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I love Clio, and I also really appreciate that you guys are constantly adding new features. I'm one of those users that is constantly contacting your support people and suggesting ideas that would make my life a lot easier, and I understand you have an internal "voting" system that helps to determine what new features will take the highest priority for development and implementation.

Have you considered making a short list of features (say, top 5) publicly visible? I'd love to have a sense of what I can expect next.

Also, please give me something to do e-signing. Please.


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So, were you or a loved one entitled to financial compensation?

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So as per your experience what do you think can be done when you’re at the early stages of struggle, before you get to the point where there are tanks, artillery and heavy weapons?


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Who would you want to play you in a Sons of Anarchy prequel?

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what do Catalonian participants think is going to happen next?


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How will passing universal healthcare free up budget?

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Not really. It's unique to every writer, since most of the time the outline is an internal document that no one but you will ever see... So whatever you need to get you through the writing process.


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If the comment process was a fraud, Congress ought to make sure that can't keep happening and people need to understand not to trust those comments. DOJ should also be looking whether this was criminal.

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Benedict Cumberbatch! Because I'd like to be skinny and British.


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ccident has happened, what has been your favorite plac

Hmm... Probably the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville. It's my hometown, and I knew quite a few people there. It was very special.


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Thanks for your ongoing support, we always love hearing from our customers!

With the new Clio experience, we're trying to get away from one-off feature votes and trying to understand our customers' problems and workflows in a more holistic way—a feature-oriented view is a bit myopic.

If you'd be interested in getting on a customer interview with our product managers, let our support team know or shoot me a PM here and I'll be happy to put you in touch.

In terms of e-signing, stay tuned :)

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Sadly, I was not.


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What some antifa believe is that by disrupting groups like the alt-Right while they're in the organizing phase -- by shutting down their meetings, blocking their protests and violently confronting their spokespeople, fascism can be "nipped in the bud." That's how anti-fascists have traditionally operated for almost 100 years. TBC: I am not condoning. I am passing on info!

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Benedict Cumberbatch! Because I'd like to be skinny and British.


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Well the Generalitat (catalonia government) has as next step to execute the DUI (unilateral independence declaration) as it was stated if the referendum ended with a YES majority

The Spain Government could execute the article 155 of the constitution which would render la Generalitat without power

I doubt they both will do anything of that, if both governments have a bit of political wisdom they might start negotiations in the following weeks if not we might be in for some tumultuous days

As for now there are general strikes convoked for tomorrow.

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Currently Municipalities have to pay for the insurance of the town employees. This is a significant portion of a town's budget as it is between 20-30%


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What was your experience like getting into the Castle Rock writers room? Did you have spec pilot(s) or a spec script of another show? Once you started, how was your experience in the room: working with others, breaking story, etc.?

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How do I explain the importance of Net Neutrality to people who don't understand how to work their TV remote, let alone what an ISP is?


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Now that photos have been released, how do you feel about the 'new' Hellboy?

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What jobs have you held that qualify you as an environmental scientist, and how long were you in that/those position(s)?

Also, how do you plan on paying for the programs you are supporting in your OP?


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Have you seen Freya Markowski again since April?

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Obviously you see the legal field as a great place for technological innovation. Do you think we're going to be able to fully replace lawyers with technology one day? Contracts and other rigidly structured documents seem like something that could be negotiated between two computers once things are a little more standardized.

Yes, /u/orangejulius, I want to replace you with a bot.


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You sound like you've done a terrific job of pushing this behind you and still living life to the fullest. Do you think this attitude is inherent to your personality, or is this an attitude that you work to maintain every single day?

Thanks for sharing your story, by the way!

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In the media we see a lot of Antifa protesters using violence to oppose other views. Do the majority of members use this tactic, or are they a loud minority with in the group itself?


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Now that photos have been released, how do you feel about the 'new' Hellboy?

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How are your thoughts on the national police after the way they acted to the voters yesterday?


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What is your plan once Universal Healthcare doesn't pass?

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I have heard it said before by a lot of people -- the time it stuck with me was when Mark Waid said it -- that breaking into TV (or comics) is like breaking out of prison: No two people do it the same way, and they seal up the hole after.

For me, the process began with lots of work. Lots of writing. I'd written 7 spec pilots before my most recent one and I think each one is a little better than the last. And I have a select group of friends that serve as my First Readers -- people I trust to give me real feedback. One of them was already in the Castle Rock room and put my name forward. Much of Hollywood is about personal relationships...that's just the way it is, for better and for worse.

And I think I thrive in a writers' room. I love to collaborate, so it's second nature for me -- especially after long years as a journalist. I live to make stories better.


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Many people respond more to specific examples about how laws affect them, more than philosophical debates. (That's often true for judges too.)

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I've made my peace with it. I refuse to answer any questions about it.


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I graduated from Rutgers University with my degree in environmental science. I have been working as an environmental consultant since graduating which has been about 2 and a half years. My work mainly consists of monitoring contaminated sites and designing remediation strategies.

Fixing the lead problem is a costly project. However, in the short term we can provide filters and bottled water for residents that are impacted through subsidies or partnering with corporations or small business owners.

In the long term by passing Universal Healthcare we will free up between 20-30% of each municipalities budget. This will allow us to begin massive infrastructure projects to remove and update our piping and water utilities for our towns and cities.

State-level universal healthcare will be paid for by an increased payroll tax of 6% on employers and 2% on employees. This will allow us to provide healthcare to all residents of New Jersey.

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I just skyped her today!


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Geoff Hinton made a point that we're very close to realizing the algorithmic potential of current machine learning capabilities. When it comes to negotiating contracts, there's a level of nuance required that machines just can't provide.

We'll get to a point where we'll have easily automated tasks being done by computers, and the leading edge of consumer machine learning capabilities will get pulled into the practice of law, but you'll never be able to fully remove lawyers from the legal process.

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Do you think this attitude is inherent to your personality, or is this an attitude that you work to maintain every single day?

It's definitely something I have to work at, and I don't always live up to my own expectations. But I've found that when your personal "compass" is pointed in the right way as far as your approach and outlook to life, you end up heading in the right direction, even if you make a few wrong turns along the way.


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Definitely the latter. There are many, many people who describe themselves as "anti-fascist" to some extent. The people willing to engage in violence are a vocal minority. But I would say they're largely accepted by the majority.

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I've made my peace with it. I refuse to answer any questions about it.


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Horrible, but I will take the opportunity to explain something.

Some years ago I was protesting against the increase of university prices in Barcelona and the "mossos de esquadra" (catalonian police force) charged at us unprovoked and injured a lot of people

By this im not taking heat off the national police actions, they had absolutely no place in a first world country but I dont like the narrative of "look at these bad spanish dudes" when some years ago I was being beaten by Catalonian policemen.

We cant forget that they were sent with aggresion in mind, the spanish government (Partido Popular, the remains of the franco party, but this is a discussion for another day) knew they would strike people, with this I want to say, those policement were given orders, and they abide them

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To keep fighting for Universal Healthcare. We may not be successful the first time around, but there is no need to give up. I believe this is something worth fighting for.


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With all those personal spec pilots under your belt, are you or have you considered trying to pitch and develop those to series? I know you've mentioned having the goal in mind to direct, are you determined to be exclusively looking towards film, tv, miniseries? It seems like so many avenues are opening up with all this need for content.

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What is your biggest obstacle in effecting change?


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Hi Ron, love your movies! If you had just one piece of advice you've learned throughout your life to pass on to the younger generations, what would it be?

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How will passing universal healthcare free up budget?


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but she was negligent, the fact they didnt press charges is disgusting IMO. she ran a red light and almost killed this guy. She got a pass because of the " lets not punish the junkies and mentally ill" bullshit.

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I also would like a pair of socks.


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Your story is so crazy! That's so much whirlwind in the diagnosis, treatment and all the complications!

As a primary care physician, it's very hard to work out the Zebras from the horses, let alone the unicorns. What do you think could have helped the initial diagnosis? Was there anything that you wish was done differently?

Congrats on the new job! All the best wishes to you and your family!

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what was the socioeconomic background of most of the people you encountered? are any at risk of losing their jobs or livelihood because of their activities?


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Hi Ron, love your movies! If you had just one piece of advice you've learned throughout your life to pass on to the younger generations, what would it be?

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I am a Spaniard. From Madrid, so you can imagine my views on this matter. I was just passing by to thank your for being so moderate and sensible in your comments. That's all I wanted to see yesterday. Whether you vote yes or no, the kind of sensibility you are showing in your answers is what we all need (independentists and not). Thank you, if I am honest I was expecting some sort of radical answers here, but I have been pleasantly surprised and I wanted to thank you for that.

Now the question: as a catalonian, where do you think your leaders are headed now in terms of negotiations with the central government? What are your views on the future of Catalonia in the near future?

All the best fellow citizen.


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So more taxes for NJ residents, who are already taxed to death? It’s the biggest reason I had to move out of the state.

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Well, part of the work when you write a pilot is to imagine what the rest of the show would be. You do all of that work anyway. So, yeah -- some of them would be terrific as full-on TV shows...now I just need to convince someone to give me $40 million to make it!!


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Stamina. The government often tries to grind people down and wear them out, including us. But it's worth the fight.

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Make failure your friend. Once you do that you can't lose. What to I mean by that? If you regard every failure as a victory, all you will ever know is victory.


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Currently Municipalities have to pay for the insurance of the town employees. This is a significant portion of a town's budget as it is between 20-30%

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ould have had to go to inpatient or som

Hi Hexxman. Thanks for the comment. And I totally agree that she doesn't deserve to be let off the hook. My reasoning was NOT because I wanted to be soft on a junkie. My reasoning was to help her, to show her that Love and Forgiveness are real and that she could have another chance. We had her do community service.

I really don't think jail would have been a good option for someone who already felt worthless. I'm not responsible for how she turns out, but I've done what I can to help. (FYI, she has been clean for a year)

Hope this makes a little more sense.


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See above!

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What do you think could have helped the initial diagnosis? Was there anything that you wish was done differently?

Honestly, nothing.Maybe I should have put two and two together sooner. But I think with my non-specific symptoms and lack of risk factors and such, nothing was "missed" per se.

The only thing that is still a real kick right in the nuts is the renal impairment. I'm at CKD3b now, and all it's gonna take to make me end stage renal disease is one more serious hit to the kidneys. But even that wasn't an "error," just an unfortunate complication.

Also, thanks for the well-wishes! They are greatly appreciated!


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All over the place, from proud working class to middle class kids. As for losing their jobs, most of these activists don't do anything illegal, and they're very careful about being doxxed. If they are doxxed, I would say they're less likely to face social ostracizing because of their beliefs than, say, closet neo-Nazis!

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Make failure your friend. Once you do that you can't lose. What to I mean by that? If you regard every failure as a victory, all you will ever know is victory.


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Thank you for your words, love Madrid, I go twice every year.

As for your question, Puigdemont & friends might use the bad response of the government to push a negotiation leaning on the words of EU (excessive use of force and so on) they might try to establish the DUI but I think that will be most unreasonable.

My views on the near future is of unrest and increase on independent backing, I wish they sit to talk but it seems so unlikely

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It would be an increase in payroll taxes, however the money individuals would save from decreased healthcare costs and free insurance would far outweigh the negatives of the increased tax on payroll.


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Hey, Marc!! Thanks for doing this. You see Blade Runner yet? Is it awesome?

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Are we doomed?


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Ron, big fan! There's no mistaking that face or voice, and yet you're the perfect cast in virtually every part you've played. Chitown Cheers to you!

My question: Which insane fantasy character or creature HAVEN'T you played that you've always had your eye on?

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What is your plan once Universal Healthcare doesn't pass?


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Lmao, you definitely were!

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Young lawyer here in small firm (12 attys) who is having difficulty convincing my older, tech-adverse partners to move from Tabs and no practice management software to Clio. How do I convince them?


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So as a radiologist do you get to input your opinion on things like X-rays and catscans taken of you?

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what would you guess the race/gender breakdown is as well? also, in general, do their friends and family know what they're doing?


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Ron, big fan! There's no mistaking that face or voice, and yet you're the perfect cast in virtually every part you've played. Chitown Cheers to you!

My question: Which insane fantasy character or creature HAVEN'T you played that you've always had your eye on?

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I am a Spaniard. From Madrid, so you can imagine my views on this matter. I was just passing by to thank your for being so moderate and sensible in your comments. That's all I wanted to see yesterday. Whether you vote yes or no, the kind of sensibility you are showing in your answers is what we all need (independentists and not). Thank you, if I am honest I was expecting some sort of radical answers here, but I have been pleasantly surprised and I wanted to thank you for that.

This. As a fellow Spaniard against Catalonian independence myself, I got into this thread expecting a radical view on the issue and fallacies left and right, and found a moderate rational person, with a very understanding view of both sides. This is the kind of people we need in this country.


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You are very passionate about the lead and water infrastructure problems your state is facing. Are there any other environmental issues that you plan on attacking?

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NOT YET! And it's driving me nuts. And I probably won't get to see it until after it opens. But I have faith in director Denis Villeneuve and writer Michael Green -- big fans of both of those dudes.


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No, definitely not. See our earlier post about Laquan McDonald.

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Tevya.


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To keep fighting for Universal Healthcare. We may not be successful the first time around, but there is no need to give up. I believe this is something worth fighting for.

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ld down his horn and I apologized with a wave. There but for the

Thanks for the response! That's great. I think in the analogy it's actually better to see Danny Devito as someone who needs help and has a problem (this puts the situation outside of yourself so you can see it objectively) and hope that he finds help.

And I've run red lights before myself.


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I think the biggest thing is to get them excited about what's possible. Even getting one person at the firm to experience the advantages of the cloud can be powerful. Show them the mobile app. Show them how easy tracking time on it is. How easy generating a bill is. Building excitement is the most important part of building buy-in.

There is also a lot of perceived friction around the data migration process. We have now migrated thousands of legal practitioners to Clio. We can make the data transition seamless for the firm free of charge. We also make it easy to transition away from Clio if you decide it's not the right fit. Our main goal is to support legal professionals in maximizing their time and being successful.

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Officially, in the reports, no. Whoever is reading the study looks at it and dictates it without my input. That said, I can look at my own images, of course. I'd sometimes give them my two cents, but really they just care what the report has to say.

At first I went over everything with a fine toothed comb, but that gets pretty tedious after a while. I still flip through the images, but mostly I just go with what the attending says in the report.


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I don't know about the overall race/gender breakdown because the reality is that when these guys amass in large numbers, they almost always cover their faces. I spoke to mainly men, but also a few women. Most of the people I spoke to were white, but there are POC in the movement too.

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Tevya.


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wow im blushing

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Other issues include PFOA's in our water, along with overuse of pesticides. I also plan to push to near 100% renewable energy by 2035.


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Hey Marc! Huge fan of yours since your initial appearance on FMOB and look forward to hearing your guys analysis of the current trending comic book news.

My question lies in the podcast/YouTube shows format- why have you guys switched from the hour/two hour long episodes you guys used to do to the fifteen/twenty minutes segments you do every couple of days? I keep getting hope that you guys are going to bring it back- the two recent live show episodes were amazing and really harken back to the old days of the podcast.

Second question- if Marvel/DC and Netflix give you a blank slate to create a TV show about any of their characters, who do you make the show about and why?

Thanks for taking time to read these questions and answer them!

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This might be the 2nd or 3rd time I'm calling legislators complaining about net neutrality under attack. Will lawmakers continue to bring it up until the people lose interest?

Are there any laws protecting the people from constant barrage of defeated legislation?


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Saw a picture of you, Action Bronson, Mario Batali with a fourth guy. How was dinner?

And more importantly how do I get an invite to such a cool group of people?

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So more taxes for NJ residents, who are already taxed to death? It’s the biggest reason I had to move out of the state.


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You are amazing! I am still struggling to forgive the driver who almost ran over me and my daughter...I believe that big thing in your case was that she showed how sorry she is..I wish you all the best in your life. Keep that smile.

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Hi Jack, is there anything you regret in the early days of crunching to deliver the first few iterations of Clio. Additionally, anything you remember super fondly from those days?


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Thank you for the post. Both my grandpa and great grandpa died of mesothelioma caused by working with asbestos, watching my grandpa go through it was the first experience that opened my eyes to the extreme pain some people must live with every day, and sobered my seven year old self right up. Good luck and stay strong.

What's the most benign looking/feeling early warning sign you can think of? If it ends up being what takes my father, I'd rather give him the best fighting chance he can have by being overcautious.

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what would you say is the most divisive issue within the movement? also, have you spoken to any people who have recently left the movement, or people who have recently converted?


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Saw a picture of you, Action Bronson, Mario Batali with a fourth guy. How was dinner?

And more importantly how do I get an invite to such a cool group of people?

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One of the things that surprises me the most is how biased big part of the Spanish media is. I did read things like "Unacceptable aggressions from the catalans to the national police", "Separatists spread out fake pictures about injured in the media", "Catalan police colluding with separatists", etc. instead of what the rest of the media in the world showed. If Spanish people only feeds from these media, I can understand that you think that Catalans pro-Independence are radicals and uneducated people that will jump to your throat if your name is "Garcia". But believe me, this is a very civic and peaceful movement. Unfortunately, nowadays, everybody with a political opinion will get insulted, threatened or worse in the social media by a minority of assholes that feel safe hiding behind their computer, no matter what side of the political spectrum they are.

So, my point, don't be surprised about "moderation", most of us Catalans are.


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Have you thought of running as one of the other parties to get a larger platform?

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Much appreciated!

I think the prevailing logic for Youtube consumption is that shorter is better -- that THIS audience prefers content in 30 minute chunks, with the occasional exception. So when we shifted to video, we adapted to the format.

BUT, as you mentioned, the live show at the Scum and Villainy Cantina topped out a 180 minutes. And the viewership was as strong on that as on the shorter eps. So I think, going forward, we'll stretch it out a bit -- especially the Cantina shows look like they're gonna be a regular affair.


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There are no such laws, and they probably wouldn't be a good thing anyway. It's kind of like blowing up the rules in the Senate that require 60 votes: just because you like the result you get now doesn't mean you'll be happy when someone else is in control.

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Dinner was great... as for the rest... good luck! We went to one of Mario's places called La Sirena... phenomenal food, as are all of Mario's restaurants!


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It would be an increase in payroll taxes, however the money individuals would save from decreased healthcare costs and free insurance would far outweigh the negatives of the increased tax on payroll.

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thank you, and yes. that is a different type of forgiveness. I encourage you to read through this thread, I've certainly been informed!


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My wife, Tonia, gave birth to our first child, Ian, the same year we launched Clio. I remember taking a customer call in the hospital shortly after Tonia gave birth to Ian, and realized that Clio was going to be so all-consuming that it would be a real struggle to balance being a present, engaged father to Ian while building a startup from the ground up.

I look back at that first year and it's all just one huge blur - I feel like someone hit "fast-forward" on my life, and it hasn't let up over the last nine years (and we've added two additional kids to the mix in the meantime!)

I know I missed out on some important moments of Ian's first year while working to get Clio out the door. I think this is a sacrifice a lot of entrepreneurs need to make, but I also hope that the lessons I've learned building Clio, and the positive role model I hope to become to Ian, will ultimate make me a better father to Ian than I would be had I chosen a different path.

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What's the most benign looking/feeling early warning sign you can think of?

First, I'm sorry to hear about your grandparents. This is not a nice disease to die from, and watching them go through medical treatment however long ago that was must have been pretty brutal, too. They didn't have a lot of good options back in the day.

I have the abdominal kind of mesothelioma, so my symptoms were different than people with the lung kind. I just had belly pain and vague malaise.

The problem with the symptoms of serious illnesses is that they overlap with the symptoms of not-serious illnesses. The first things would probably be pain and shortness of breath, or limitation of exercise capacity. The problem is, lots of way less scary things can cause those symptoms, too.

Basically, if they worked up everyone with some vague complaints to the full extent every time, our healthcare system would be even more expensive and inefficient than it already is. So we have to try to figure out whose symptoms are concerning, and whose aren't. We do our best, but sometimes people fall through the cracks just because it's not a likely diagnosis. Mine was a case like that. No one "missed" anything, per se.

Lastly, I would say, your case does seem to have a strong family history, and there's at least one known mutation (BAP1 I believe) that increases your risk for mesothelioma. You may want to consider asking for genetic testing for your dad (and/or yourself).


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I've spoken to people who recently converted. I think the most divisive issue is probably how to organize effectively and whether violence is ok or not and whether it's helpful or not to the overall cause.

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Dinner was great... as for the rest... good luck! We went to one of Mario's places called La Sirena... phenomenal food, as are all of Mario's restaurants!


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polarization is an absolute cancer, I find very healthy to turn off the TV

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The closest my agenda is to the two parties would be the Justice Democrats. However, based on their ties to big corporations I would not run as a democrat because I do not want to take any corporate money as the only people I want to represent are my constituents.


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What's the biggest quality difference between script and final product you've seen (terrible script/great movie and/or great script/terrible movie)?

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I feel like transparency in the government kind of a no brainer. There is obviously a need for operational security, but it seems like the government abuses that classification quite a bit. What kind of arguments do you guys hear from the government in defenses of their lack of transparency?


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Why doesn't anybody ever bring up how fucking great City of Lost Children was?

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Have you thought of running as one of the other parties to get a larger platform?


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Hey David,

Given how you've been injured in a bike accident, do you think there are changes to the infrastructure possible which would help prevent happening this to other people? Greetings from the land of the bikes and the red light district!

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What is the best case for why I should wear Clio socks?


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What a hell of a year and a half. I mean residency in and of itself can be brutal to get through. It's amazing that you kept on with it and passed your boards.

You aren't just kicking this cancer's ass. Your kicking life's ass.

Wishing you all the best.

Now for some questions: 1. Preferred anti-emetic? 2. After getting the initial scans done, when you were checking for appendicitis, and all of those masses were found, were any of them palpable?

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What's the most dramatic conversion you've seen (e.g. ex-KKK member etc...)?

Were there any unusual signifiers you noticed cropping up (e.g. a disproportionate number of members are into Bojack Horseman or something like that)?


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Why doesn't anybody ever bring up how fucking great City of Lost Children was?

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Who do you think stands to profit most from an independent Catalonia? Surely not the common people with all the travel and commerce restrictions that will come with it?


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Do you have any strong feelings about university's in New York as compared to New Jersey?

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Hard to say, but I'll give you this instead: Michael Mann once directed a TV movie called LA Takedown. It's not good. It's really not good. But he loved the script so much that he remade it himself. The remake is Heat. Which is amazing. And there's a clip you can find on YouTube of the famous diner scene done with the cast of the TV movie and then with De Niro and Pacino reading the EXACT SAME LINES.

What a difference execution makes.


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We find that the government (from the federal government on down to local library boards) usually throws a lot of legal spaghetti at the wall to see what sticks. If they can dream up any basis to withhold something that doesn’t make them look like complete morons, they’ll do it, even though the law is really pretty demanding in favor of disclosure. We also find a lot of scare tactics along the lines of “if you release this, judge, you’ll make it easier for terrorists to attack us.” But the courts are usually pretty good about seeing through the garbage. Personal privacy exemptions get over-asserted a lot, and we doubt that many government officials really are concerned about it (as opposed to trying to hide behind it to keep their own embarrassing actions secret.) And definitely law enforcement agencies dream up all kinds of fanciful ways that release of basic information would hurt their investigations that don’t hold water once you challenge them.

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People do but it's not the most popular film I've ever been in.


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The closest my agenda is to the two parties would be the Justice Democrats. However, based on their ties to big corporations I would not run as a democrat because I do not want to take any corporate money as the only people I want to represent are my constituents.

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Great question: I think we should do everything in our power to fix the roads... And the light where the accident happened is actually hidden by a bridge until you're about 100 yards away. There's a light under the bridge on the side of the road as well, it's just weird though. So one thing would be to make that light more obvious.

Regardless, when there are humans involved, accidents will exist. It's our own responsibility to do our best to act in the way we want others to act: if you want safer roads, be an alert, safe driver


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Do you enjoy warm feet? Do you love Canadian-based legal practice management software? Clio socks find a way to combine both!

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Thanks for the kind words. I'm not sure if I'm kicking life's ass exactly, but I'm doing my best!

As for your questions, phenergan seems to work the best for me. Zofran is just okay. Sometimes I also use lorazepam, which is a combo I hadn't heard of until I got sick, but apparently they use that in cancer patients. It does seem to help.

None of the masses we palpable per se, but the day I went to the ER, I had noticeable swelling in my right lower quadrant.


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I didn't see any really dramatic conversions. Although the to-and-fro between Alt-Right provocateurs and antifa provocateurs is interesting and something to watch. As for unusual signifiers -- nothing specific comes to mind. Although obviously a lot of these people are anarchists as well.

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People do but it's not the most popular film I've ever been in.


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Bourgeoisie, primarily and independentist politicians and friends, I dont see clear advantages on the short or mid term

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I agree with New York's legislation that provides free education to residents who earn less than $110,000. I believe that New Jersey should move towards a free college education program because it is an investment in our youth.


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It seems like late last year some of your relationships got a little.. strained. Care to elaborate a little bit on this, or is it still too soon?

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Do you ever get frustrated having to fight the same FOIA battle with different government officials over and over again? And if so, how do you push through?


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Have you ever wanted to play a daycare center employee with a heart of gold?

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You are very passionate about the lead and water infrastructure problems your state is facing. Are there any other environmental issues that you plan on attacking?


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David, What has helped you heal and forgive? How has your daily routine changed?

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You're legal trend reports are amazing and contain a lot of market data that no one else really has been able to collect. (i.e. from actual practitioners via their practice management program) Will clio ever let researchers access the raw data itself?


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I hear that for every confrontation in the streets, there are a bunch more events they got shut down or cancelled by lurking in fascist forums and outing the nature of the event to the community.

Did you see a strong online component to the people you interviewed?

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Have you ever wanted to play a daycare center employee with a heart of gold?


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What is the rational behind a separation which would immediately remove Catalonia from the EU and it would be a small country without any diplomatic links ?

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If elected, what would you do in your first few months?


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I am not entirely sure to what you're referring. BUT, all things ebb and flow -- nothing changes and nothing remains the same. People come into your life and then do shit that guarantees they'll go out of your life.

But all's good!

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Frustrated is an understatement. Sometimes it feels like we're just banging our heads against the same wall. But the satisfaction that comes from beating the big-bad government and getting the truth out makes it well worth it.


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Well now that you mention it.... No.

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Other issues include PFOA's in our water, along with overuse of pesticides. I also plan to push to near 100% renewable energy by 2035.


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The forgiveness I've expereienced in my own life, and the love I've received. And my days are actually pretty similar (I go the same places) but I just do things in a different way. Put clothes on a different way, still go to the bathroom a different way, etc... Thanks for the question!

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We treat our customer privacy with the utmost respect. As expressed in our Terms of Service, we would never share access with a third party. With that being said, if researchers ever wanted to see something that wasn't included by default in the Legal Trends Report, we'd be happy to have a discussion around that.


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Thanks for the question! Yeah, there's definitely a lot of activity by antifa online. But I think that's unsurprising. A lot of these people are young and live much of their lives online. So, there's certainly a proxy battle going on on the internet, as well as on the streets.

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Well now that you mention it.... No.


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Now that is a hard question.

While some independentist have economic reasonings behind them (wich Im not sure they are quite right) the majority of nationalistic spirit comes from cultural heritage and rejection of the idea of Spain.

As for being outside the EU they (us? I dont know) allegedly have a plan to become a member after the separation (wich I dont know how will they do it with Spanish veto but wtv)

Also last actions taken by the spanish government puts Spain in a bad position infront of the EU so the discussion of the relationship of a theoretically catalonian republic is kinda a bogus point right now

But good question! I might complete my answer later

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I would put forward a bill to immediately provide water filters to residents in areas that are currently having their drinking water impacted by lead, and I would begin working on a bill with bi-partisan support to rebuild our aging infrastructure which would include not only our roads, and bridges, but also our waste water treatment plants, our water distribution network, and our water utilities.


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Hi Marc I hope you're having a good day. Just a simple question: what franchise/brand would you love to work on? (TV or movies)

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Have received death threats for your actions? What type of investigation is being done about the Chicago black site?

Thanks for the work you've done in and for the community.


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Do you give fans hugs at conventions?

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Do you have any strong feelings about university's in New York as compared to New Jersey?


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Platt!!! What are biggest hopes and goals now that you have experienced so much healing?

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Thank you for this AMA. After spending time with antifa activists, how much do you lean towards the view held by some that both they and the (alt)right are "violent extremes" and practically the same?


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Do you give fans hugs at conventions?

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Did you vote yes or no?


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as a hydrologist who is studying water law in Colorado, I find your water goals to be noble. I do wonder how do you plan to remedy these in instances where water contamination comes as a result of the pipes within a private residence? would you be for a national effort to support upgrading underfunded communities pipes? How much of the GDP do feel is appropriate to address issues of water quality?

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I would love, LOVE to do a Lone Wolf & Cub TV series. The manga is, for my money, one of the finest examples of serial storytelling of the 20th century. So much material there. So much meat on incredibly strong bones.


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Happily no, we have not received any death threats. There is currently civil rights litigation pending about Homan Square. There was a recent ruling ordering the City to search for any Rahm Emanuel emails about this. Here is a Tribune article about the case: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-homan-square-lawsuit-20151020-story.html

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Yes.


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I agree with New York's legislation that provides free education to residents who earn less than $110,000. I believe that New Jersey should move towards a free college education program because it is an investment in our youth.

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I want to tell the world that I AM NOT A VICTIM. The point being that although I was a victim of an accident, if I responded as a victim (complaining, holding resentment, just sitting and being depressed about my legs not moving) I wouldn't be where I am today. I want to encourage others to fight whatever challenges they are up against, and not see themselves as victims, even if they truly are.


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That's a GREAT question. Firstly, as my reporting shows, there are clearly elements of antifa who are willing to use violence as a last resort against people who might threaten vulnerable members of their community. But antifa as a concept, and as a movement, is primarily defensive. I think the two-sides thing is very misleading. On the Alt-right side, you have groups who want to actively disrupt and harm large numbers of people (immigrants, minorities, feminists, LGBTQ population, etc.). On the other, you have people who are willing to do very limited violence to stop a greater harm from happening. I don't think the two are in any way equate-able on a moral or practical plane.

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Yes.


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I voted No, Im not convinced of the independentist claims and some of the politicians invested in it are plain corrupt, so is the PP (spanish government) though.

I voted as an exercise of democracy and defiance against oppression

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Contamination within an individuals home is a serious issue, however we need to put a program into place to help residents get lead solder/ lead pipes out of individuals home. I believe it is the government's responsibility to protect it's citizens. At the moment I do not have a number for what portion of the GDP is appropriate.


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What do you expect the ratio of time an artist spends on a page vs a what a writer spends on the same page? Which artists do you think could get that ratio down as low as possible?

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What is taking the longest amount of time in the legal process? It seems like most of your cases last years.


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How did overkill get you to play rust in payday?

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If elected, what would you do in your first few months?


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Your hair is gorgeous, what conditioner do you use?

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On the other, you have people who are willing to do very limited violence to stop a greater harm from happening.

How do they quantify the potential of this "greater harm"?

Let's face it, you can't predict the future anymore than I can, or they can: so how do they measure the possibility and at what point is it suddenly "violence is okay now"?


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How did overkill get you to play rust in payday?

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Fellow spaniard here, im from Galicia and i love Cataluña (im a Barça fan and i've been multiple times to the Pirenees and to Barcelona).

I saw that you voted No on some of the responses you made, and i want to know the opinion you might have regarding some questions, so...

  1. Why did you vote instead of staying home?
  2. Is it true that the Generalitat has done close to nothing in the last 2/3 years besides from working towards this situation? (Political Parties like C's and PP have said this multiple times)
  3. Do you think that making Catalonians vote for a reelection of their regional government would be a possible solution to this conflict?

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have you spoken with, or would you consider speaking to, local municipalities and plumbing experts on action plans? What sort of solutions are you pushing for? would you be for a government contract or contest system for cheap retrofitting solutions?

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If a comic writer is committed and burdened with glorious purpose, she or he can finish a 22-page comics script in a day. At least the first draft of it. It's not possible for a comics artist to do that. Nor should it be. Two vastly different disciplines, which require different things from its disciples. The thing is, a writer gets to rewrite the script even after the artist is done. You likely won't see the evidence of that speed in the words. But you will in the art. Artists should work to get as fast as they can without sacrificing quality. And once they get there, get to work.

It should take as long as it should take. No more, no less.


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Depending on how hard the government fights, it might take as little as three or four months or as much as three or four years.

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It had very much to do with the last word of your question.


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I would put forward a bill to immediately provide water filters to residents in areas that are currently having their drinking water impacted by lead, and I would begin working on a bill with bi-partisan support to rebuild our aging infrastructure which would include not only our roads, and bridges, but also our waste water treatment plants, our water distribution network, and our water utilities.

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lol. It tends to do better the less I try to deal with it. but I've tried a bunch of different stuff, and it seems the more expensive stuff is better.


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This is a very complex question to answer, and the reality is that the line is different for everyone, both within the movement and outside of it. But I know there are people within antifa who believe that the US is facing a legitimate "fascist creep" and that they can prevent lives being lost in the future by using calculated and isolated violence now. I'm not endorsing that view, but it's out there.

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It had very much to do with the last word of your question.


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1-I was not going to vote, but after seeing how the police charged and beat people I decided it was a statement for democracy and defiance against those measures.

2-As far as I know in the last years the Generalitat booked many appointments to discuss the issue and the central government never answered.

3-Yes, if it is done correctly

Thanks for your questions!

I want to visit galicia sometime soon

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I have spoken to my hometown's water utility. They do not believe there is a problem and that is mainly because the state agency is not raising the issue of lead with local water utilities.


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many artists are often criticized for not being able to meet deadlines, but which artist do you feel is most underrated in terms of being able to deliver quality work on time?

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Hi, can you explain to me a little more about your case? Thanks!


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Your work with Guillermo del Toro has been some of the most fun stuff I've seen on screen. Will you be working with him again, & what is your favorite memory of working with him in the past?

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as a hydrologist who is studying water law in Colorado, I find your water goals to be noble. I do wonder how do you plan to remedy these in instances where water contamination comes as a result of the pipes within a private residence? would you be for a national effort to support upgrading underfunded communities pipes? How much of the GDP do feel is appropriate to address issues of water quality?


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How did you find it so easy to forgive? What is your recovery like so far?

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That sounds super wanton and random to me, with very meager attempts to color it otherwise.


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Your work with Guillermo del Toro has been some of the most fun stuff I've seen on screen. Will you be working with him again, & what is your favorite memory of working with him in the past?

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Have you seen any voting fraud?


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can you clarify what they stated? did they say there simply wasn't a problem with city owned pipes? or did they say the private area wasn't an issue? [or did they not fully answer the question]

also, why don't cities/governments advise residents about what type of pipe they should consider installing OR give options to setup an additional filter system where the city line meets the private connection?

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honestly, that sorta thing is like disasters on the evening news: You rarely hear about the good ones, but word of the bad ones spreads like wildfire. The artists who just get the work done are out there, quietly getting the work done...

I will say that the artist on Genius: Cartel, Rosi Kampe, did great work and did it fast.


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Millions of comments have been submitted to the FCC regarding net neutrality and we still don’t know how many of those comments are fake. At the beginning of June our client, Jason Prechtel, submitted a FOIA request to the FCC seeking records that would reveal how many of the comments are fake and/or submitted by bots. The fact that the FCC has repeatedly chosen not to fully explain the problems with their online public commenting system and instead let the process continue for months as if nothing was wrong is both suspicious and concerning. The people who had their personal information stolen and fraudulently used to post online comments without their knowledge have a right to know and are still waiting for answers. The FCC hasn't even given us the decency of a response to our client's request. Instead, they are violating the law and basically ignoring it. So we've sued.

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I hope I will be working with him again. Not my call his... BTW, before I forget, make sure you see his film called Shape of Water. It is an unqualified masterpiece. He is the most fun being on set of anyone I've had the pleasure of working with. He has the brilliance of Einstein and the sense of humor of Curly on the Three stooges. What could possibly go wrong?


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Contamination within an individuals home is a serious issue, however we need to put a program into place to help residents get lead solder/ lead pipes out of individuals home. I believe it is the government's responsibility to protect it's citizens. At the moment I do not have a number for what portion of the GDP is appropriate.

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see my comment to @trashtvqueen above. Recovery is pretty good, I'm walking full-time, even walking unassisted in the house! Very thankful for the recovery of neural pathways in my legs.


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I disagree.

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I hope I will be working with him again. Not my call his... BTW, before I forget, make sure you see his film called Shape of Water. It is an unqualified masterpiece. He is the most fun being on set of anyone I've had the pleasure of working with. He has the brilliance of Einstein and the sense of humor of Curly on the Three stooges. What could possibly go wrong?


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Not personally, but some friends saw members of scc (catalonian civil society) voting "No" several time, mind you that group has ties with neonazis so yeah...

I also saw pictures of a thicc boy voting yes many times, that is what an irregular referendum gives :/

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It is a mixture of both. The town stated there are no lead service lines which is inaccurate, and the DEP is not properly reviewing to ensure that the correct Tier locations are being sampled as per the LCR by the town.

A filter system where the city line meets the private connection would not work, mainly because these lines are inaccessible from the surface. I recommend filters at the end of the tap or through a pitcher.


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Hello Marc. Just wondering if you have ever read any of "Terry Pratchett's" Discworld books. And if so, What was your favorite?

Keep up the good work.

Oddsodz

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Will this accomplish anything or just mark it visible?


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How do I be a Man according to Ron Perlman?

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have you spoken with, or would you consider speaking to, local municipalities and plumbing experts on action plans? What sort of solutions are you pushing for? would you be for a government contract or contest system for cheap retrofitting solutions?


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Is there anything you can't do at the moment that you used to do but are working towards doing again? On a side note, I think it is both courageous and amazing that you were able to forgive so quickly such an inspiring story!

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This reply seems rather disingenuous. I think we've all seen videos of antifa activists engaging in unprovoked violence, and altogether seeming like they're enjoying themselves. That's far from a last resort protecting the greater good.

Those may well be a small minority of antifers, but to portray that minority as some defenders of the peace who only use violence when it's called for is just false. At least take the reasonable route and say there are bad people involved, just like pretty much every other group in human history.


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How do I be a Man according to Ron Perlman?

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Does thicc stand for something, or are those boys just cute?


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how would you propose filters be paid for? At some point local government can only be held responsible for providing water at a pre-determined quality. If cities were able to effectively argue that they provided proper service in courts, who would be footing the bill for all the filters? would people be required to buy them?

It sounds like there may or may not be lead service pipes in your particular town, but in some towns there probably are. Some infrastructure is so old that the people who authorized those decisions are long gone, and made the wrong choice innocently. considering water utilities are essentially self-funded and use long term bonds for future demand projects, can municipal water suppliers even afford to address this situation if they caused it? Could courts even rule against them because of the national economic impacts the ruling would have? it seems more like federal or state level assistance would be needed to fund a solution to this issue. I don't think municipalities are capable of fixing this one fiscally speaking.

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Never have. But there's a TON of shit I've never read. I need a good long shipwreck on a tropical island to catch up...


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Step 1 in addressing the problem of using bots to fraudulently hijack the commenting process is to expose the extent of the problem.

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We don't have enough time bro...


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I have spoken to my hometown's water utility. They do not believe there is a problem and that is mainly because the state agency is not raising the issue of lead with local water utilities.

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Thank you!

I'd love to play soccer/wakeboard/mountain bike. I need quite a bit more strength for that... But I'm working toward it! Who knows at this rate someday I might.


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I said elsewhere on this page that there was a lot of indiscipline in early months. I think antifa are working on that! And yeah, I'll agree that there are people within the movement who act rashly and stupidly, as there are in almost any group of protesters. So, yeah, wasn't meaning to downplay that.

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We don't have enough time bro...


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the ass was fat

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I agree that the federal and state governments need to step in and assist communities that have been affected. This is not just a New Jersey or Flint problem, this is a problem that is occurring all over the country.


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From watching FMoB, you seem like a big fan of kung-fu movies/tv shows. Would you ever write one yourself?


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Are you serious about your bid for the presidency in 2020?

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can you clarify what they stated? did they say there simply wasn't a problem with city owned pipes? or did they say the private area wasn't an issue? [or did they not fully answer the question]

also, why don't cities/governments advise residents about what type of pipe they should consider installing OR give options to setup an additional filter system where the city line meets the private connection?


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Hi David, I really just want to tell you what an inspiration you are! But, rules are I must ask a question... So here it is: have you done any speaking engagements talking about your accident? If so, what was it like for you? If you could do a TED talk about the power of forgiveness, would you do it? I'd love to see it! (I'm not affiliated with TED or anything remotely similar!)

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After spending time with members of antifa are you more or less sympathetic to their movement and why?


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Are you serious about your bid for the presidency in 2020?

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Vape nashe boooiiiii


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The lead in the water sounds like a real issue, but I don't agree at all about the minimum wage or healthcare. What can people do about cleaning up the water without voting for you?

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Man, I would give my eyeteeth to get to write some martial arts... I grew up watching those Shaw Bros movies on WPIX in NYC. I wanted to be a Shaolin monk! Least I could do is exorcise those demons onscreen!


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The City is relying on the fact that Mr. Rios was a juvenile. We don't think the statute that protects juvenile information applies to records about the shooting of a juvenile by police, and we are in the middle of a suit against the City on this issue in a FOIA case for the records in the Warren Robinson shooting.

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Fuck yeah!


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It is a mixture of both. The town stated there are no lead service lines which is inaccurate, and the DEP is not properly reviewing to ensure that the correct Tier locations are being sampled as per the LCR by the town.

A filter system where the city line meets the private connection would not work, mainly because these lines are inaccessible from the surface. I recommend filters at the end of the tap or through a pitcher.

A:

I have played shows where we show a 20 minute documentary of my story, and then I play an hour set and share more of the story. I'd LOVE to do a ted talk


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Good question. And a difficult one to answer. I would honestly say that I'm sympathetic to an overall fight against fascism. And I would say that traditionally, some sort of violence has inevitably been an element of any successful struggle against fascism. But I would say that the antifa, especially those practicing violence and property damage, have been more damaging to their movement than positive. I think in the early part of this year, there was a lot of indiscipline within the movement. I think that's changing.

A:

Fuck yeah!


Q:

Hila Kleiners represent

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The first step would be holding their local representatives and civil servants accountable. Constantly reminding them that it is unacceptable to have lead in our water is a good start


Q:

Hey Marc, thanks for doing this! What would you say are your favorite comic books of all outside of anything you have worked on?

A:

Are you sueing th FCC in regards to the comment period? I, for one, searched and found one of the copy pasted comments SUPPORTING the end of net neutrality in my name. I have submitted 2 comments stating I want net neutrality and for ISP's to be considered a utility. Also what's happened in regards to the so called DNS attack that inturrupted the comment period after the HBO John Oliver special with a call to arms to phone the FCC? Thanks!


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How much does it cost per month to maintain that level of effortless cool?

A:

how would you propose filters be paid for? At some point local government can only be held responsible for providing water at a pre-determined quality. If cities were able to effectively argue that they provided proper service in courts, who would be footing the bill for all the filters? would people be required to buy them?

It sounds like there may or may not be lead service pipes in your particular town, but in some towns there probably are. Some infrastructure is so old that the people who authorized those decisions are long gone, and made the wrong choice innocently. considering water utilities are essentially self-funded and use long term bonds for future demand projects, can municipal water suppliers even afford to address this situation if they caused it? Could courts even rule against them because of the national economic impacts the ruling would have? it seems more like federal or state level assistance would be needed to fund a solution to this issue. I don't think municipalities are capable of fixing this one fiscally speaking.


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Hi David! It's great you forgave her and surely the right thing, but in the process of forgiving, there ever were tiny little moments when you felt anger and/or resentment? If yes, how can you describe them?

Hope the very best for your recovery, from Italy :)

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Good and well thought out answer. It would be interesting to see how you feel antifa in general are evolving at some point in the future. Glad to hear that the more violent element if antifa are disapearing i mean i strongly believe in violence at the right time and for the right reasons but so far from the little that ive seen this hasnt been the case.


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How much does it cost per month to maintain that level of effortless cool?

A:

If what most of you guys want is to manage your own money and send less taxes to Madrid, why don’t you go for an agreement like the one with the País Vasco autonomous region where they basically can be financially independent from Madrid (things like manage their own money and taxes) without being strictly a independent country? as I understand (by a friend) Catalonia was offered a similar deal 30 years ago but they rejected it.


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I live next to Milltown so this is alarming. What has the DEP done in response to your findings?

A:

I was an X-Men fan from way back. Claremont's run was mother's milk for me -- the first books I truly collected. I love Warren Ellis' Stormwatch/Authority run. I love Neil Gaiman's Sandman. Y: The Last Man. Gotham Central. Agents of ATLAS.


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We're suing right now just for information about it. But we'll be looking into the broader issues too.

A:

I've been paying that one off for 68 years.


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I agree that the federal and state governments need to step in and assist communities that have been affected. This is not just a New Jersey or Flint problem, this is a problem that is occurring all over the country.

A:

Thanks Lee, I always have directed my anger/frustration at my legs, not at the driver. Definitely moments when I wish I could have my legs back to normal. Have a functioning bladder/bowels. But I don't let them linger, and neither do the people around me☺️


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Thanks. Yep. And I would strongly recommend reading Mark Bray's "Antifa: The Antifascist Handbook" if you're interested in the history of the movement.

A:

I've been paying that one off for 68 years.


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Because we cant, we tried to have these privileges in 2006 but the government nullified it without proper legal backing, that is one of the points that increased the indepententist lines

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The DEP issued a letter to my hometown notifying the water utility that they must send updated notification to residents. As per Milltown and other cities I am not currently aware of any actions by the DEP.


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Hey Marc! Bug fan! Which DCEU movie would you rewrite if given the chance and what would be the biggest change you'd make?

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Think you'll win?


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Hi Ron, first of all, I'd like to say that you are a big part of my childhood. But I'd like to know, during the shooting of "cronos" , what did you thought about guillermo del Toro the first time you met him ?

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What resistance have you faced from opposing candidates?


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who'a your favourite Canadian?

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Which regional Anti-fa did you embed yourself with?


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Hi Ron, first of all, I'd like to say that you are a big part of my childhood. But I'd like to know, during the shooting of "cronos" , what did you thought about guillermo del Toro the first time you met him ?

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Dude I have to say that as an outsider, who lives in BCN.... What was negotiated for those regions is an aberration. It should never have happened and is probably a big driver for this whole mess. You can't have a unified country where everybody acts for themselves. Not attacking you, but just stating my opinion on what I think is unrealistic from catalan nationalists.


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How do you feel about suits as athletic wear? In all seriousness, I'm sure you are very aware of the climate issues that are endangering the future of our species. Do you have any plans to combat climate change either directly or indirectly?

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You mean, like one that exists already? There is such a great movie sitting in the middle of Suicide Squad. Just make the Joker the bad guy. Why he's off to the side of that movie, serving no real purpose, is beyond me. No magic, no swirling garbage, just a buncha villains tapped to kill the worst of them all. And then, of course, Harley betrays the Squad from the inside. All for puddin'.


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After five minutes it felt like we'd known each other for ten years. After a half an hour it felt like we'd known each other 30...


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I haven't faced direct opposition from other candidates. I've been mainly just ignored. The main resistance has been from the media. I haven't had any coverage talking about my platform or my ideas so it has been difficult reaching a wider audience.

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Probably biebs


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I spent time with the antifa in the Bay Area, California.

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After five minutes it felt like we'd known each other for ten years. After a half an hour it felt like we'd known each other 30...


Q:

Yeah, I agree, its spanish political tradition to make things half-assedly and then deal badly with the consequences

A:

I want to push New Jersey to near 100% alternative energy by 2035.


Q:

What did you think of the Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer released yesterday?

A:

Have you heard of Freddie Martinez with regards to Chicago police and stingray devices? Would his work interest you?


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What's your favorite beer? Different beers for different situations? Cheers and hope you're enjoying a cigar during this AMA!

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The lead in the water sounds like a real issue, but I don't agree at all about the minimum wage or healthcare. What can people do about cleaning up the water without voting for you?


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Hey David! You can probably guess who this is by my handle! My question is this: has the accident affected how you are physically able to play music, as in mobility?

A:

What do you think the predominate political affiliation of Anti-fa members in the Bay Area are?


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What's your favorite beer? Different beers for different situations? Cheers and hope you're enjoying a cigar during this AMA!

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As a Spaniard from southern Spain (heritage from basque Country, Galicia and Catalonia) I don't believe in the Catalonian Independence whatsoever. The claims for independence imo are simply not there, the claims for reform, absolutely there. Our conservative party has basically ruined any possibility of dialogue and diplomacy with the Catalonian government by sabotaging any attempt of reform. That has been a huge push towards independence.

Having said that, I am for the right of the Catalonian people having a say in what they want. It doesn't have to be a binding referendum, but beating the shit out of people who just want to go to a public building to say whether or not they would like to be an independent country... makes me so ashamed! I am so ashamed of our government, I am disgusted, my great grandparents from Barcelona never once in their lives considered themselves Catalonian and not Spanish and if they were alive today to see police officers drag and push elderly people across the street, they would think we were back in the times of Franco.

A lot of people think that voting the subject of independence makes you a 'separatist', not at all! I know so many people that want to vote and say NO.

It is just unfair, the treatment Catalonia is receiving is simply unfair. No reform, no dialogue, not allowed to vote (even if it is a non binding referendum), not allowed to use public institutions to ask what people want. How are we a democracy? The central government keeps finding shelter in the constitution, saying it is anti constitutional. Constitutions have been reformed and changed everywhere, dozens, hundreds of times. The Basque Country has a better economic deal with the central government than Catalonia, why not allow them to have a better deal too?

We were very close to achieving this when we had the PSOE (socialist party) but the conservatives came in and took several steps back in this matter.

Many friends of mine said to me, 'you know what, I had my doubts whether to remain or leave, but after I saw a mother and her two kids be rugby tackled in the middle of a street by police... fuck this. I want out of this'. Whether that is true or not, I don't know, but the sentiment is there.

EDIT: The heritage part is relevant because Basque Country, Galicia and Catalonia are basically the three major states with some to a lot of independence mentality, as well as separate languages etc. My basque family has in the past expressed they are not Spanish, but Basque, yet my Catalonian family never once mentioned not being Spanish and wanting to be independent.

EDIT 2: Vasque country --> Basque country. Sorry for the typo. In Spanish we say, Pais Vasco, I often get this mixed up when I write it down in English.


Q:

Will you survive having your dreams crushed by reality?

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bowel-looseningly great!


Q:

We love Freddy. We represented him in his stingray FOIA cases in Chicago and many others.

A:

I'm not a beer drinker but ask me anything you want to about Vodka or Tequila.


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The first step would be holding their local representatives and civil servants accountable. Constantly reminding them that it is unacceptable to have lead in our water is a good start

A:

ally able to play

Hey Gardner :) Ironically, I'm touring and playing more than before the accident! Just played last night in Nasvhille! Lots on the horizon as well :) So no. That said, I can't kick a bass drum pedal very hard. But I was never a good drummer ;)


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I don't think most of them have any time for either of the parties, tbh.

A:

I'm not a beer drinker but ask me anything you want to about Vodka or Tequila.


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Thanks! I voted NO, as you said, also I want to take this moment to apologize to all southerners for many of henious and devil things some (a very small minority) of Catalonians say about the south of Spain

I think its time for the democrats to unite, whether they are pro or against independence

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Yes. I believe that this will be an uphill battle, but just because its hard to make change doesn't mean its not worth fighting for it.


Q:

You've spoken about properties you'd like to work on in regards to tv and movies, but what about comics? Is there a character you'd like to take a crack at for say, anywhere between a 3-12 issue mini-series?

A:

Why do so many people oppose net neutrality and from a legal stand point why do you have to sue for these transparencies? Shouldn't they be available under the foia?


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Car guy here - what is your favorite car in your garage?

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I live next to Milltown so this is alarming. What has the DEP done in response to your findings?


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If you don’t mind, are you religious?

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I guess I mean to say: what political philosophy do they most associate with?


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Car guy here - what is your favorite car in your garage?

A:

how do you feel about the low participation? I know that it's because the police stepped in, and I understand that it would likely still have been very far in favor of Yes, but still. Do you think the information gathered in the refendum is enough to base a declaration of independence on? do you think it could lead to unrest in catalonia?


Q:

What have you tried to do in regards to helping fix our drinking water situation?

What is the average age of people you are running against? I applaud you for standing up for something at such a young age!

A:

I really want to finish the story I set out to tell with Virgil Hawkins in Static Shock...which got cut short when they canceled the book. I fell in love with writing that character really fast. And then it went away...


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We think these records are available under FOIA and that the FCC is violating the law by not producing them to our client.

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I only have one and it's a Tesla and it's the only car i will drive for the rest of my life.


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The DEP issued a letter to my hometown notifying the water utility that they must send updated notification to residents. As per Milltown and other cities I am not currently aware of any actions by the DEP.

A:

I believe in God, and I believe it's the God of the Bible. I also think faith is a deep and difficult subject, so I don't know the details. But I believe I have first hand experienced some of God's redemption in my own life.


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Most believe in some form of anarchism and/or socialism.

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I only have one and it's a Tesla and it's the only car i will drive for the rest of my life.


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I know that it's because the police stepped in

Not really, the referendum was called quite irregularly, even in relation with the Generalitat norms, so most of the "no" voters just stayed at home because they did not recognize the referendum as valid, as of today if everyone voted I think the NO would win with a low margin.

Do you think the information gathered in the refendum is enough to base a declaration of independence on?

No but I think it serves as a proof that Catalonian people want to have the right of a legal, pacted and supervised referendum with all democratic securities.

do you think it could lead to unrest in catalonia?

Sadly yes, but I think that the unrest comes more of the police repression, catalonian independent movement was characterized (at least until last months) with "seny", "seny" in Catalonian could be translated to "level-headedness" as we (the Catalonians) always acted peacefully and with moderation in mind.

Thanks for your questions!

A:

When I first stumbled on the drinking water situation I immediately began conduction more research through Open Public Records Act requests and I wrote an assessment of the current deficiencies of my hometown in regards to the Lead and Copper rule. This assessment was reviewed by Dr. Marc Edwards and Dr. Yanna Lambrinidou, two Virginia Tech scientists who did a lot of work in Flint, Michigan. I sent this report to my local town council along with my mayor. In addition I contacted the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection along with EPA region 2 and notified them of these deficiencies.

I then began looking into other towns/cities and found that lead was a serious issue in Milltown, Newark, and Trenton. I have walked the streets of Newark passing out information about the elevated levels of lead in drinking water, and on August 16th I protested with gubernatorial candidate Seth Kaper-Dale outside the NJDEP's office over their lack of response to our lead crisis.

I have written and called numerous reporters along with Senator Booker's Office, and I will continue to contact our representatives and reporters no matter what the results of the election are.


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DUDE MARC!

I love FATMAN on BATMAN! Gotta say major props in the last few months to whoever got the audio sorted out! I'm sure holding mics is kindof a pain, but back in the day the ones on the stand were never picking up Kev and the lav mics never seemed to pick him up right either.

Do you and Kev have a Star Trek Discovery review in the works?

What did you think of the show? I feel like CBS spent SOOOOO much (of netflix's) money on this show that the only way it can fail is if nobody subscribes to their service. After marketing I'd be willing to bet they spend $250M.

I really REALLY like Sonequa Martin-Green in this role. Super complex character with a TON of directions it can go. What are your predictions on how they will get us to sympathize with her character going forward?

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Is there anything we can do to assist you? (Never thought I would ask lawyers that!) besides money of course...


Q:

Hi, Ron! Loved your memoir, "Easy Street: The Hard Way." Any plans for future books?

A:

How do you feel about suits as athletic wear? In all seriousness, I'm sure you are very aware of the climate issues that are endangering the future of our species. Do you have any plans to combat climate change either directly or indirectly?


Q:

Hi David, I have a hereditary muscle wasting disease. It's going to place me in a wheelchair and eventually lead to my death through heart failure or breathing collapse.

I've often thought about whether or not I would be "happy" with my life as things deteriorated. How did you find the psychological difficulty of being paralyzed?

I'm not scared of death, I'm scared of being unable to do things....

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I've seen a number of folks on twitter talk about the danger that reporters put people in when they report and take pictures at anti alt-right demonstrations. Did you encounter any resistance towards your reporting due to similar criticisms?


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Hi, Ron! Loved your memoir, "Easy Street: The Hard Way." Any plans for future books?

A:

Looking at how the spanish government has acted the last few days. . Do you think catalonia will be pressing harder for independence?


Q:

What's your stance on NJ & RGGI? How about nuclear subsidies for Hope Creek, Oyster Creek, and Salem?

A:

our Star Trek review should be going up in the next day or so...


Q:

Call or write your representatives in Congress and let them know that their transparency laws are being violated and that the issue matters to you as a voter.

A:

I had an idea for my next book but I can't remember what it is, if anyone can remember please contact me at @perlmutations. It ain't easy getting old.


Q:

I want to push New Jersey to near 100% alternative energy by 2035.

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'm not scared of death, I'm scared of being unable to

Thank you so much for sharing, and I'm sorry about your condition. The phychological part is hard, and I have no idea how to cope with what your struggle will be, I do know that "Man's search for Meaning" by Viktor Frankl has meant a lot to me. It's a book by a guy who survived the holocaust, and you should read it for sure. He says that there is a certain kind of purpose you can only find through suffering. I've latched onto that, and It's been quite rewarding.

Make sense?


Q:

I did. On a couple of occasions, I was told not to take photos of antifa. And I think there is some legitimacy to the fear antifa have of getting doxxed. Read up on what happened to Eric Clayton for more details!

A:

I had an idea for my next book but I can't remember what it is, if anyone can remember please contact me at @perlmutations. It ain't easy getting old.


Q:

Yes, I hope they do it wisely

A:

I believe that putting a cap on carbon emissions from the power sector is an important step in reducing carbon emissions. However, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative doesn't address the environmental justice issue of where these carbon emissions occur which are often in lower socioeconomic areas. If elected I would put forward legislation similar to RGGI, however I would make sure that lower socioeconomic ares are not taking an unfair proportion of the pollution that would be emitted.


Q:

Hi Marc! Thanks for doing this, huge fan. Two questions- What release, now through end of year, are you most looking forward to? Have you seen the Annihilation trailer? If so, thoughts? Thanks Marc!

A:

Keep up the great work. I have only one question for you, what is your favourite flavour muffin?


Q:

Did you get to keep the Hannibal Chow shoes?

A:

If elected, how do you plan on passing any of your proposals without an coalition behind you?


Q:

Are you into gaming?

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To what extent are there different groups - with different agenda - operating under the antifa banner?


Q:

Did you get to keep the Hannibal Chow shoes?

A:

Did you get hassled by the police?


Q:

Become a hunter. We're some of the best advocates yet generally very red. Organizations like trout unlimited are very concerned about water quality and the environment.

A:

Can't wait for Ragnarok, Orient Express, Molly's Game and The Last Jedi...


Q:

Matt: I try to stick to the Paleo diet, but I enjoy a good banana nut muffin from time to time.

Josh: Blueberry muffins are my favorite. I like to put butter on them.

A:

I tried but a couple of armed guards at warner brothers stopped me as I got to my car.


Q:

Well arguing against clean water is rather hard to do. Hopefully constituents will force their representatives to vote in their favor

A:

I was until I got more into music.


Q:

Yeah this is definitely happening. There is very little actual organization or coordination going on between different antifa groups, as far as I have witnessed. (Although of course, that may have been kept out of my sight).

A:

I tried but a couple of armed guards at warner brothers stopped me as I got to my car.


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No, thankfully, but a few hours after I left the ballot a few citizens were sent to the hospital because the police charged :(

A:

I believe that environmental policy is a non-partisan issue. If elected I would be more than happy to work with any party and representatives to implement environmental protection. At the end of the day, environmental health is human health. What we breathe and what we drink directly affects our health.


Q:

Hi Marc, I really appreciate so much of your story analysis on Fatman on Batman. It really helps me in analyzing what works and doesn't in films/tv and how I can apply it to my own work. You and Kevin have done DVD commentaries of flicks, would you consider doing any solo audio commentary of some movies you love?

Edit: If so, which movies would you have in mind?

A:

How about getting Trump to release his tax returns?


Q:

My birthday is friday can I get a shout out from one of my favorite actors of all time?

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Wouldn't such a push be happening now? Differently put, why will you be the driving force behind a policy change?


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One more, probably stupid. Have you always been a forgiving person? Many people take small sleights against them to heart, and take a while to let them go. Have you always been able to rationalise and forgive? Or was that a conscious decision? I guess I'm asking if you're naturally hyper-empathetic, or if you learned it along the way!

A:

What do members of Antifa think about the fake antifa accounts tied to Russia, such as @antifaboston ?


Q:

My birthday is friday can I get a shout out from one of my favorite actors of all time?

A:

Do you think that the vote was realistic with only a forty three percent turn out, and do you think another referendum with a hopefully higher turnout is in the works?


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Yeah, man...that would/could be fun. As for which movies...man, I think I'd really like to do one for Predator, a.k.a., The Manliest Movie Ever Made.

A:

We've been looking into this.


Q:

Here's a shout out! Happy Birthday muthafucka!

A:

We still need someone in the Assembly or Senate to start the push


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Good question: honestly, maybe I've just made the right friends, or maybe it's the way I view people, but I've never been so offended that I couldn't forgive someone. I don't think anyone's done something so bad to me that was truly evil that I couldn't forgive. Closest thing would be the person who stole my laptop from the scene of the accident........ That was low.

A:

Good question. I know there's a lot of frustration about disinformation out there, but don't forget that antifa have been pretty effective at trolling the Alt Right using fake Alt Right social media accounts or by creating their own false antifa accounts. It's all a game for some people. I doubt many antifa are too worried about the false accounts.


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Here's a shout out! Happy Birthday muthafucka!

A:

I hope that a new referendum with democratic guarantees is on the works yes.

I see yesterday more as a statement of the people that we want to be able to vote, and not as a independence choice


Q:

Something I don't think people working in politics or advocacy get asked enough, and rarely if ever answer honestly:

Are you able to name a specific opinion you've previously held related to FCC regulations or related to privacy, about which you have later changed your mind?

If not, do you think that it is rational for people to trust an advocate who is thinking so shallowly about his area of expertise that he never finds he's been wrong about anything?

I don't intend that as an attack, although I realize it might sound harsh. I agree that net neutrality is important, but just as you guys can't be right 100% of the time, Ajit Pai can't be wrong 100% of the time.

Edit: Elaboration.

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What's your favourite brand of cigar my man ?


Q:

What has stopped the push from happening? A lack of awareness? And if so, why do you think citizens will start to care if you are elected?

A:

Former Nashvillian - where is your favorite local place to perform?


Q:

Do you see antifa engaged politically as well? Do they endorse candidates, seek office, provide campaign support or otherwise engage in democratic activities?

A:

What's your favourite brand of cigar my man ?


Q:

The reason we love the work we do is that we're able to get people access to information that they can use to make up their own minds about important issues.

A:

Hoyo de Monterey Churchill, from Havana Cuba.


Q:

The first step is educating the public there is a problem. I believe once the public knows there is a problem they will start wanting the problem solved.

A:

I JUST played City Winery two days ago! it was incredible, they feed you and make wine with your label on it :)


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Not that I've seen, no. To the extent that the antifa I interviewed are interested in politics, they're much more interested in anarchism and/or revolution.

A:

Hoyo de Monterey Churchill, from Havana Cuba.


Q:

Hello, thanks for fighting againt net neutrality.

Can you please tell us more of the transparency cases? Like, maybe a list of them? Thanks for doing an ama.

A:

Huge SoA fan, like most people. So here are a couple SoA questions...

What was your favorite scene to shoot? Why?

What was your least favorite scene to shoot? Why?


Q:

Good man. I'm not convinced, but I love your enthusiasm.

A:

Did you take and courses on or practice any sort of mindfulness exercises to come to terms with everything that had happened and everything you felt/feel?


Q:

how did you get started and interested in this case?

A:

Huge SoA fan, like most people. So here are a couple SoA questions...

What was your favorite scene to shoot? Why?

What was your least favorite scene to shoot? Why?


Q:

A partial list is on our website, www.loevy.com/foia. But we've done many more.

A:

my favorites scenes were the ones in the chapel with the boys. That was quintessential sons of anarchy stuff.


Q:

Thank you

A:

songwriting helps. and writing.


Q:

We first started seeing antifa as an interesting group after the big protests in Berkeley in the Spring. As a reporter covering extremism, this seemed like a group I should look into. So I did!

A:

my favorites scenes were the ones in the chapel with the boys. That was quintessential sons of anarchy stuff.


Q:

Hi Ron! Thanks for doing the AMA.

A personal favorite movie of mine is Drive, and loved your role especially. What was it like playing Nino, and how was it working alongside Ryan Gosling and Winding Refn? Cheers.

A:

What have you tried to do in regards to helping fix our drinking water situation?

What is the average age of people you are running against? I applaud you for standing up for something at such a young age!


Q:

Have you read about Larry Flynt? What do you think?

A:

where you scared at all during your time embedded


Q:

Hi Ron! Thanks for doing the AMA.

A personal favorite movie of mine is Drive, and loved your role especially. What was it like playing Nino, and how was it working alongside Ryan Gosling and Winding Refn? Cheers.

A:

Top draw experience. Everyone talks about what a great actor he is but no one will ever know what a great guy he is. And Refn is a talent like no other and I'll let you decide what I mean by that, heh, heh, heh.


Q:

When I first stumbled on the drinking water situation I immediately began conduction more research through Open Public Records Act requests and I wrote an assessment of the current deficiencies of my hometown in regards to the Lead and Copper rule. This assessment was reviewed by Dr. Marc Edwards and Dr. Yanna Lambrinidou, two Virginia Tech scientists who did a lot of work in Flint, Michigan. I sent this report to my local town council along with my mayor. In addition I contacted the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection along with EPA region 2 and notified them of these deficiencies.

I then began looking into other towns/cities and found that lead was a serious issue in Milltown, Newark, and Trenton. I have walked the streets of Newark passing out information about the elevated levels of lead in drinking water, and on August 16th I protested with gubernatorial candidate Seth Kaper-Dale outside the NJDEP's office over their lack of response to our lead crisis.

I have written and called numerous reporters along with Senator Booker's Office, and I will continue to contact our representatives and reporters no matter what the results of the election are.

A:

No i haven't!


Q:

Not really. I was with known antifa when I was in crowds.

A:

Top draw experience. Everyone talks about what a great actor he is but no one will ever know what a great guy he is. And Refn is a talent like no other and I'll let you decide what I mean by that, heh, heh, heh.


Q:

What is a project that you missed out on working on that you wish you had worked on?

A:

What's your stance on NJ & RGGI? How about nuclear subsidies for Hope Creek, Oyster Creek, and Salem?


Q:

just want to thank you for sharing your story, im battling depression and seeing posts like these make me wonder why am i actually depressed for. Thanks friend i wish you all the happiness you can acquire.since i have to ask a question, what is something you wish you did before being paralyzed but wasnt able to do?

A:

Are there expressions of "far left" antisemitism or antizionism within Antifa?


Q:

What is a project that you missed out on working on that you wish you had worked on?

A:

There are none. And I repeat, I'm so bad Cable should be playing me. I'm a bad man.


Q:

I believe that putting a cap on carbon emissions from the power sector is an important step in reducing carbon emissions. However, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative doesn't address the environmental justice issue of where these carbon emissions occur which are often in lower socioeconomic areas. If elected I would put forward legislation similar to RGGI, however I would make sure that lower socioeconomic ares are not taking an unfair proportion of the pollution that would be emitted.

A:

ou did before being paraly

That's so awesome! yeah, I would love to play a soccer game. Snowboard. Wakeboard. Not have pain in my legs/back. Pee/poop normally again. But I can do lots of things!


Q:

Not that I have seen, no. But I wouldn't be surprised if this exists.

A:

There are none. And I repeat, I'm so bad Cable should be playing me. I'm a bad man.


Q:

Dude, you want to run for president? How do you plan to change this country? Answer this question and you can guarantee my vote.

A:

What’s your other Reddit username and did you delete a bunch of comments and posts already?


Q:

Hey, David. Been a while since I've seen you. Just wanted to say hi. How's your dog?

A:

If we need an 'antifa' movement to fight fascists, that assumes that there are fascists around every corner just waiting to take over the country. How many fascists (on a percentage basis) does antifa think there are in the US and how close are the fascists to taking over?


Q:

Dude, you want to run for president? How do you plan to change this country? Answer this question and you can guarantee my vote.

A:

First of all, we need to redesign our exceptionalism, becoming an example for the world of generosity and humanitarianism. Second of all we need to act like a country that has been blessed with great bounty and give a leg up to anyone who wants to or needs assistance in living the American dream. And thirdly, we need to live up to the aspirations of the founding fathers who used language like, Life, Liberty, the Pursuit of Happiness and all men are created equal regardless of color, creed, nationality or background. There are many more things I'd like to say, but more importantly I'd like to live long enough to implement these things and more. The word I was looking for earlier was called stewardship and if we blow that there is nothing else.


Q:

I have not deleted any comments or posts

A:

Just wan

Hi!!! He's great :) My parents have been taking care of him.


Q:

Good question, and obviously the answer is different for each individual. But I will say that many antifa feel that there's been a remarkable increase in proti-fascist sentiment, rhetoric and activity since the election of Donald Trump. I've heard that time and time again. Antufa point to the fact that Hitler's political party was tiny when it started (a few dozen people) and they look at groups like the Alt-Right and it worries them. My point is that these people are legitimately concerned about what they call "the fascist creep." It's not just some crazy concept to them.

A:

First of all, we need to redesign our exceptionalism, becoming an example for the world of generosity and humanitarianism. Second of all we need to act like a country that has been blessed with great bounty and give a leg up to anyone who wants to or needs assistance in living the American dream. And thirdly, we need to live up to the aspirations of the founding fathers who used language like, Life, Liberty, the Pursuit of Happiness and all men are created equal regardless of color, creed, nationality or background. There are many more things I'd like to say, but more importantly I'd like to live long enough to implement these things and more. The word I was looking for earlier was called stewardship and if we blow that there is nothing else.


Q:

You've been one of my favorite people since the first time I heard you say "war never changes" when I was 12. My question has to do with Quest for Fire: what were the challenges faced tackling such a unique role, and did you do anything specific to get into the mindset of expressing thoughts physically?

Bonus question on In the Name of the Rose: WHAT DOES SEAN CONNERY SMELL LIKE? I'm...asking for a friend.

A:

I’ve worked with the Green Party in my state and I’m wondering how you feel about their organizational capacity. Here in Maine there is no accountability or structure to speak of, anybody can make statements on behalf of the party with no oversight, and there isn’t any work being done to educate members about leftist ways to effectively combat climate change, capitalism, or any other issues. It’s honestly kind of a shitshow free-for-all where nothing gets done. Many of the Maine Greens felt like the party wasn’t supporting real leftist policies and splintered off and joined expressly socialist organizations like the Jacobins, International Socialist Organization, and the DSA. Do you feel like the GP has the ability to successfully run a candidate and support them both during the campaign and after they (hopefully) get elected?


Q:

How do you process Anger?

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Do you feel antifa would be better served using a more leaderless resistance model, ala the weathermen, to be more effective?


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You've been one of my favorite people since the first time I heard you say "war never changes" when I was 12. My question has to do with Quest for Fire: what were the challenges faced tackling such a unique role, and did you do anything specific to get into the mindset of expressing thoughts physically?

Bonus question on In the Name of the Rose: WHAT DOES SEAN CONNERY SMELL LIKE? I'm...asking for a friend.

A:

Quest of Fire was the hardest movie I've physically done... barefoot in freezing temperatures... We shot over 400 locations over the course of a year in uncompromising conditions.

Sean Connery curiously smells like burnt toast, or am I having a stroke?


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I started off as the environmental adviser to Seth Kaper-Dale, Green Party Gubernatorial Candidate. Him along with the Green Party have been very supportive of me. I believe we do have the ability to run candidates and win elections.

A:

Don't supress it, but don't let it linger. Honestly it's been less frequent recently.


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Thanks for the question. I'm not sure the antifa could be more leaderless. Everyone I spoke to in the movement said it is a horizontally structured organization (to the extent that it's an organization at all). I didn't see any evidence of hierarchical leadership.

A:

Quest of Fire was the hardest movie I've physically done... barefoot in freezing temperatures... We shot over 400 locations over the course of a year in uncompromising conditions.

Sean Connery curiously smells like burnt toast, or am I having a stroke?


Q:

Hi Ron!! You mentioned recently that you tend to gain 35 pounds between jobs. What do you do to shed the pounds?

A:

Do you worry about the lack of privacy that running for office brings? The idea of people rooting around in every aspect of your past to defeat you sounds like something most people would prefer not to deal with.


Q:

Are you too on a russian payroll?

(/s)

A:

Hi Ron!! You mentioned recently that you tend to gain 35 pounds between jobs. What do you do to shed the pounds?


Q:

Duck tape!

A:

It is a concern. However, if nobody else is going to run to represent environmental concerns and to protect citizens from contaminants than I'll just have to deal with people rooting around my past


Q:

Um. No.

A:

Duck tape!


Q:

Wanna come over for supper tonight Perl?

A:

Please elaborate.


Q:

Wanna come over for supper tonight Perl?

A:

What are you cooking? I don't eat just anything, you know....


Q:

I am not on a russian payroll.

A:

What are you cooking? I don't eat just anything, you know....


Q:

Did anything ever come of you fighting Alex Jones.. Where did that leave off? Can we pick that up again?

A:

Did anything ever come of you fighting Alex Jones.. Where did that leave off? Can we pick that up again?


Q:

I'm right here muthafucka! I will say this, 26 little kids got slaughtered in a school in Connecticut and he called it a left wing publicity stunt. If he likes, I'll show him what 26 whoopings look like.

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I'm right here muthafucka! I will say this, 26 little kids got slaughtered in a school in Connecticut and he called it a left wing publicity stunt. If he likes, I'll show him what 26 whoopings look like.


Q:

I drew a caricature of you and Coates and years later you shared it on social media and made an effort to make sure that I was given credit for it. Thank you for that. I have much respect for you and am a big fan of your work and this is a stupid question, but I've always wondered: Do you remember where you saw it, initially?
The drawing in question

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I drew a caricature of you and Coates and years later you shared it on social media and made an effort to make sure that I was given credit for it. Thank you for that. I have much respect for you and am a big fan of your work and this is a stupid question, but I've always wondered: Do you remember where you saw it, initially?
The drawing in question


Q:

If the caricature is what I think it is, fantastic work. I was obsessed with finding out out with who you were ... and I believe I initially saw it on instagram.

A:

If the caricature is what I think it is, fantastic work. I was obsessed with finding out out with who you were ... and I believe I initially saw it on instagram.


Q:

Favourite person to work with on SoA?? Love your work!!

A:

Favourite person to work with on SoA?? Love your work!!


Q:

Couldn't pick one in particular. Loved all the guys.

A:

Couldn't pick one in particular. Loved all the guys.


Q:

How do you stay so attractive?

A:

How do you stay so attractive?


Q:

How do I stay so attractive? Cocoa butter!

A:

How do I stay so attractive? Cocoa butter!


Q:

How did you feel about doing the voice-overs for the Fallout games?

A:

How did you feel about doing the voice-overs for the Fallout games?


Q:

I had a lot of fun doing it.

A:

I had a lot of fun doing it.


Q:

Hello Mr. Perlman!

Loved your work in SoA. You did a fantastic job of being a scumbag. It's obvious you are very talented.

I also follow you on Facebook and love how no nonsense you are.

My question is: what can piss you off almost instantly? I only ask this 'cause being angry seems natural for you! Not that that's a bad thing, of course. :)

Perlman 2020! Vote smarter, muthafuckers!

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Hello Mr. Perlman!

Loved your work in SoA. You did a fantastic job of being a scumbag. It's obvious you are very talented.

I also follow you on Facebook and love how no nonsense you are.

My question is: what can piss you off almost instantly? I only ask this 'cause being angry seems natural for you! Not that that's a bad thing, of course. :)

Perlman 2020! Vote smarter, muthafuckers!


Q:

Well, a lot of things piss me off, bullying, taking advantage of ones station because one feels superior, injustice of any kind, racism, in short, every single fucking quality our president possesses, and I use the world "quality" advisedly.

A:

Well, a lot of things piss me off, bullying, taking advantage of ones station because one feels superior, injustice of any kind, racism, in short, every single fucking quality our president possesses, and I use the world "quality" advisedly.


Q:

How much does it cost for you to show up at like birthdays and such?

A:

How much does it cost for you to show up at like birthdays and such?


Q:

If you've gotta ask you can't afford me!

A:

If you've gotta ask you can't afford me!


Q:

What's uuuup? I'd love to know your favorite things you've taken home from sets...?? :-)

A:

What's uuuup? I'd love to know your favorite things you've taken home from sets...?? :-)


Q:

The silver teeth from Enemy at the Gates, the sticks that I wore in the back of my head for the Quest of Fire and the gavel from Sons of Anarchy.

A:

The silver teeth from Enemy at the Gates, the sticks that I wore in the back of my head for the Quest of Fire and the gavel from Sons of Anarchy.


Q:

Any chance of working with George R.R Martin again? I always hoped you would appear in Game of Thrones at some point.

A:

Any chance of working with George R.R Martin again? I always hoped you would appear in Game of Thrones at some point.


Q:

I feel like the only reason I haven't appeared in GOT is because I've always been doing another show while they've been filming. I think George and I would love to work together again.

A:

I feel like the only reason I haven't appeared in GOT is because I've always been doing another show while they've been filming. I think George and I would love to work together again.


Q:

Just wanted to say I love you in literally anything!

What's your favourite swear or insult?

A:

Just wanted to say I love you in literally anything!

What's your favourite swear or insult?


Q:

My favorite swear or insult? I'm a big fan of "Eat Me". My favorite word is muthafucka... and there's a lot of words that have to be removed due to political correctness but I'll let you use your imagination to figure out what they are.

A:

My favorite swear or insult? I'm a big fan of "Eat Me". My favorite word is muthafucka... and there's a lot of words that have to be removed due to political correctness but I'll let you use your imagination to figure out what they are.


Q:

What's the toughest role you've ever taken on?

A:

What's the toughest role you've ever taken on?


Q:

Judge Maximum in Hand of God.

A:

Judge Maximum in Hand of God.


Q:

Love you on Twitter sir!! My favorite movie of yours, despite there being so many choices, is still The Name of the Rose. Any particularly cool memories of making that one? Keep doing what you're doing man!

A:

Love you on Twitter sir!! My favorite movie of yours, despite there being so many choices, is still The Name of the Rose. Any particularly cool memories of making that one? Keep doing what you're doing man!


Q:

Lot of cool memories on that one, including working with great Sean Connery, the great Jean-Jacques Annaud and so many others. That was a role I really had to fight for. It was given to two other people before me. One who died and one who was fired.

A:

Lot of cool memories on that one, including working with great Sean Connery, the great Jean-Jacques Annaud and so many others. That was a role I really had to fight for. It was given to two other people before me. One who died and one who was fired.


Q:

I loved hearing you on I Am Rapaport... have you ever thought of having a podcast of your own?

A:

I loved hearing you on I Am Rapaport... have you ever thought of having a podcast of your own?


Q:

Don't have time.

A:

Don't have time.


Q:

Hey Ron, big fan! What's your favorite band?

A:

Hey Ron, big fan! What's your favorite band?


Q:

What is my favorite quintette? They're all dead.

A:

What is my favorite quintette? They're all dead.


Q:

Are you actually fluent in French? I remember seeing you for the first time in the movie City of Lost Children. I've been in love with you ever since, and I was curious in that movie if you actually just learned the few lines and were able to make it through, or if you actually understood all that was being said.

A:

Are you actually fluent in French? I remember seeing you for the first time in the movie City of Lost Children. I've been in love with you ever since, and I was curious in that movie if you actually just learned the few lines and were able to make it through, or if you actually understood all that was being said.


Q:

I am not fluent in french... I learned my role and new what I was saying at the time but don't ask me what it meant now.

A:

I am not fluent in french... I learned my role and new what I was saying at the time but don't ask me what it meant now.


Q:

What are your feelings on the protests among NFL players in response to police brutality?

A:

What are your feelings on the protests among NFL players in response to police brutality?


Q:

First amendment rights baby! Our constitution is what we've been fighting for for 241 years. And free speech isn't just any amendment, it's the first.

A:

First amendment rights baby! Our constitution is what we've been fighting for for 241 years. And free speech isn't just any amendment, it's the first.


Q:

Do you give a fuck about anything?

A:

Do you give a fuck about anything?


Q:

Uh yeah I give a fuck a lot of things. I give a fuck about my family first and foremost. 2nd and foremost I give a fuck about the country my children get to inherit. And the world there is to inherit if there is one.

A:

Uh yeah I give a fuck a lot of things. I give a fuck about my family first and foremost. 2nd and foremost I give a fuck about the country my children get to inherit. And the world there is to inherit if there is one.


Q:

What is your favourite death from 1000 Ways To Die?

A:

What is your favourite death from 1000 Ways To Die?


Q:

I like my deaths like my children... all of them equally!

A:

I like my deaths like my children... all of them equally!


Q:

Hi Ron what's your favorite movie to sit down and watch?

A:

Hi Ron what's your favorite movie to sit down and watch?


Q:

I have so many favorites depending on my mood. My #1 show of all time is The Godfather Part 1 - after that I ask myself am in a Paul Newman mood? Am I in a Humphrey Bogart mood? Am I in a James Cagney mood? Am I in a Cary Grant mood? etc. etc.

A:

I have so many favorites depending on my mood. My #1 show of all time is The Godfather Part 1 - after that I ask myself am in a Paul Newman mood? Am I in a Humphrey Bogart mood? Am I in a James Cagney mood? Am I in a Cary Grant mood? etc. etc.


Q:

Hey Ron, big fan here! My dad told me he used to work with you at a corner store in Queens in his youth. What was that like?

A:

Hey Ron, big fan here! My dad told me he used to work with you at a corner store in Queens in his youth. What was that like?


Q:

The only time I've ever been to Queens is when I've gone to the airport. Tell your dad it's not nice to lie to kids!

A:

The only time I've ever been to Queens is when I've gone to the airport. Tell your dad it's not nice to lie to kids!


Q:

How do you think the current White House administration will end?

A:

How do you think the current White House administration will end?


Q:

In chains. I've never seen so much abuse of Law in my entire lifetime.

A:

In chains. I've never seen so much abuse of Law in my entire lifetime.