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JournalistI'm Kate Ackley. I cover lobbying in Washington, D.C. for Roll Call. Ask me anything!

Dec 19th 2017 by CQ_RollCall • 13 Questions • 38 Points

Hey, Reddit! I’m super excited to be here for my very first AMA. My name is Kia and I’m running for Congress in California. Proof.

I’m a California native and the son of Iranian immigrants. I believe in the fundamental goodness of the American people, which is why I was both ashamed and outraged when Trump took the presidency.

Since becoming president, Trump has pushed a regressive agenda that has denigrated our political discourse; undermined our credibility abroad; and increased inequality and intolerance.

My top priority is to unseat the current incumbent, a pro-Trump Republican representing a district that voted for Clinton by over 5%, and to promote a progressive agenda that benefits all Americans, not just those seeking Trump’s largesse.

So ask away! I’m looking forward to answering your questions.

Get involved with my campaign by visiting my website and following along on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

You can also contribute to my campaign directly here.

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Hi Kate, do you see any changes happening with the RNC or DNC to respond to the rise of women candidates? Wondering how it's impacting their strategy for 2018/2020. Thanks for doing this!

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The story said that you approached the accusers, not the other way around, but how did you know to investigate this in the first place?


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What are ways the non-profit assists those dealing with grief? Is it the same way you dealt with yours?

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Did Harman/Samsung decide to close AKG down, or was it just your hq? What product(s) is your new company planning on producing? Will your main focus be consumer level, like headphones, or back to pro users?

Ive got to do research now, I one day wanted to get the AKG pro drum mic kit.

Thanks for taking time to answer questions!


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Is it as weird for you guys as it is for me that your music gets played on top 40 radio stations now? Been listening to you guys for almost a decade now and it's crazy how much you've blown up recently.

Also are you planning on playin Sasquatch next year?

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Dude, you’re going to need to get better at answering questions if you want to beat Mimi Walters.

What do you stand for? Not against? If I asked Mimi if she wanted to help the middle class, she’d say “yes”. That doesn’t mean her actions support that statement. But how will your actions support your promise to help the middle class? What policies? What are your stances on the criminal justice system, corporate taxes, offshoring of profits, welfare, policing, drug policy, the electoral college, automatic voter registration, net neutrality, space exploration, climate change, universal healthcare, student loans, Wall Street? Give us something to work with. Don’t just say that you’re progressive. Kampala Harris calls herself progressive, but she and Bernie Sanders are not the same animal.


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That is a really great question! I have seen numerous donor pitches, especially from the Democratic committees, that are focused on raising money for their women candidates from women donors. There are a bunch of women Senate Democrats who are up for re-election in 2018, and they are definitely reaching out to potential women donors.

Liberal women are especially motivated to get involved in politics this cycle -- some of that is giving money, some is doing grassroots activism and some women are exploring a run for state, local or federal office. Most of those women say it's largely driven by opposition to Donald Trump - his policies AND his comments about women (such as the infamous Access Hollywood tape).

However, I think more women are newly motivated from the sexual harassment scandals. Republican women are also working to reach out to female donors. I spoke with Rep. Mimi Walters, a Republican who represents an Orange County, California, district. She is trying to mobilize GOP women donors. -Kate

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This is Stephanie: while I was reporting another story in the Gadsden area, I heard that Roy Moore liked teenage girls, and as we began talking to more people, specific names began to emerge. It turned out that quite a lot of people in the Gadsden area had heard these stories about Moore over the years, and some had direct knowledge of the situation.


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The ways we help others has definitely been inspired by my own journey as well as other people I hear stories from... I have asked questions in different subreddits to find out what has really helped people and talked to the people we are serving.

There are a few main ways we support people in grief. One is directly showing up for the free portrait session. It’s often a time of acceptance and beautiful emotions come out with the ones they love. Our desire is to celebrate life with people while they have it so we try to create meaningful experiences when we can.

Next, we deliver a beautiful hand-crafted eco leather photo album (think wedding heirloom quality). This book not only preserves memories but gives loved ones a space to grieve once their loved one dies. The book holds space for people without fear, judgement, or expectation that you often find elsewhere.

We also follow up with people and do our best to continue relationships to let people know they are loved and remembered. We send out holiday photo ornaments and unexpected gifts.

We are growing to support the greater community in grief by adding empathy cards, portrait session gift certificates (that you can send to people who you think might want a session), adding to our resources page, and have a few other things rolling out in 2018.

Thank you for your question and feel free to message me with ideas if you have any on how we can better love and support people in grief!

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The AKG brand built up tremendous value over the past 70 years. The brand lives on. The AKG office and factory in Vienna was closed. A handful of years earlier, the entirety of the Consumer product line was consolidated under the control of Harman Consumer. This happened at every brand. We lost a bunch of fine folk but some are still with us at Austrian Audio.

We're working on full Consumer and Professional product lines. We plan to debut in the higher-end of those markets and then offer a broader set of options across the board. We've also got B2B and ODM business projects that have been humming along nicely for a few months at this point. There's a lot going on.

That pro drum kit is a good one and of quite good value. The d12VR is under-appreciated on the market except by those that have used them. I'm rather fond of that mic.


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Yeah it’s pretty weird to hear it on pop stations, cool though that there’s so many DJ’s playing a rock band. I don’t think we’re doing Sasquatch this year...bummed cause i’m from Seattle so it’s always fun to play. Bumper shoot though. -K

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So you can find a lot of where I stand on all those issues on my issues page here https://kiafororangecounty.com/issues/. I've tried to make it as exhaustive as possible. I also promise you it will not change once I win the primary.

In terms of what you laid out:

1) criminal justice system-I believe we need to end mass incarceration and enact criminal justice reform. I view the war on drugs as a complete and abject failure.

2) I definitely don't think we should be lowering the corporate tax rate to 20 percent. I would prefer corporate tax reform that rewards companies that are creating jobs here in the US and paying their workers well.

3) offshoring of profits-we shouldn't make it so easy for companies to do so. I was also a fan of the idea of using some of that money to help pay for an infrastructure package.

4) welfare reform was a huge mistake that has hurt many people living in poverty. I'm not saying we need to go back to the system we had before, but I can tell you that the current system doesn't work for anyone. I would really like to see state and local governments test out different universal basic income ideas to see how workable they might be.

5) A great deal of work needs to be done to build trust between police and the communities that they are serving. There have been far too many tragedies around the country and there hasn't been enough accountability.

6)drug policy-kind of connects to my first answer but we should be treating it as a public health problem as opposed to using the criminal justice system.

7) the electoral college-would abolish it if it were up to me.

8) automatic voter registration-strongly support

9) net neutrality-strongly support

10) space exploration-support but also think more broadly that we need to invest more in science and technology.

11) climate change- existential question of our time. Have to address. Need to put a price on carbon, invest in clean energy, and make regulatory changes that will help to speed the transition.

12) universal healthcare- support single payer

13)student loans-support debt-free college. In terms of how we get there I think we start by making community college free, expanding Pell Grants, allowing the ability refinance student loans, and cracking down on bad actors in the for-profit sector.

14) Wall Street-Need to build on the work in Dodd-Frank as opposed to rolling back regulations the way the Republicans have proposed. Need to strongly protect the CFPB and make sure it continues doing the work that its doing.


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I know you can't disclose what you are working on next, but would it be fair to say that you have been flooded with tips about other sexual predators that will keep you busy for a long time? Would it be fair to characterize what we have seen so far as just the beginning?


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Have you considered adding linking them to local grief counselors to help with their loss?

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What will be the first product you will release?


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Hey, I'm going to go see you in Chicago. Could you guys please play "So American"?

Much appreciated!

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Firstly, thank you for taking time out of your schedule to answer questions. Although I am not a California resident, I like to know more about those running for elected government positions in other states.

Secondly, you only really mentioned that the incumbent representative is a pro-Trump Republican. This doesn't tell me much about his beliefs or actions, but rather only tells me whether he likes our President or not (in fact, you didn't even give his/her name). With all due respect, regardless of whether you support Trump or not, running simply on the basis of being pro- or anti-Trump does not give much information on your specific beliefs or intentions and has the potential to alienate a good portion of your intended audience. (I'm sure that you have specific beliefs and intentions, however from how I see it that the OP does not make this clear.)

So my question is, what makes you a better fit for your state district* than the current representative? What can you specifically do for your state district* that they can't?

Edit: Not sure why I've been downvoted. Oh well.


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Hi /u/Alabama_Gujju_Girl! Thank you for your question. As you know, Congress is very much a white-male-dominated institution. The rise of women political donors and women running for office surely includes all women, including women of color. But it's impossible for me to make any predictions about how the demographics will change over time - well beyond this cycle. -Kate

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Yes - Beth


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We are working on that. We need some legal help to make sure we don’t get in a mess since that can be really touchy.

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It will be awesome. Thanks.😎

Actually, in the development timeline, our first product will be a B2B test system that is being sold to high-end and high-volume manufacturers so that they can test equipment that they make in a modern and reliable fashion. One of the legs of our business plan is a healthy B2B component that brings our Test & Measurement expertise to the outside world.


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Yeah that’s in the books -K

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Thank you so much for the question.

Firstly, I will respond in regards to Mimi Walters, the current representative from California's 45th district. As a Member of Congress, I would actually represent the interests of my district. For instance, Mimi just voted in favor of the Republican tax plan, which will only serve to hurt middle-class families not only in my district but also in the entire state of California. Secondly, she does not ever return to the district and she does not live in the district. She's not accountable, accessible, and she does not care what our citizens care about. Our problems include the cost of housing, healthcare, income inequality, the cost of childcare, student debt, and protecting the environment— Mimi has done nothing to address these issues and instead, she has voted to take healthcare away from 22 million people.

What I want to do is work to build the middle class and fight for working families in my district and in this country. There is nothing more important than that.


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Given the concerns among America’s tech leaders about AI (Bill Gates, Elon Musk to name a few), has there been any lobbying for AI restrictive policies?

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Did Moore ever attempt to contact you directly and, if so, what did he say?


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Why was this downvoted it's right on the website. It's the correct answer.

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Why do K701 have such a horrible headband, you can read hundreds of complaints of the soft nubs on the headband hurting the head after 2-3 hours of listening. Did you have an ergonomics specialist on your team?


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Does "Holy Roller" have anything to do with the Flanders-Lovejoy bowling team of the same name from The Simpsons?

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Thank you for your response! If I was a member of your district you would have my vote.

Also, apologies if my question sounded like it leaned one way or another politically (given the downvotes); I'm not familiar with the political situation on a per-District basis in California, so my question was one out of curiosity.


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Hey /u/nightwingr! I love this question. I would say the vast majority of policymakers, including members of Congress, are not exploring legislation on this at all and are just beginning to pick up on AI's potential for major economic -- and therefore political -- disruption.

You know how the NAFTA trade deal has become a political flashpoint. Well, maybe the next one will be about AI... It could lead to a lot of political uncertainty and potentially a fresh rise in populism.

Some of my smart K Street sources predict that next year lawmakers will hold more hearings about the role of technology in our society, including AI. But pretty much no one sees legislation moving soon. -Kate

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No -Beth


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Where did you get this number? We have different amounts for travel sessions and for local sessions. Obviously local sessions are much cheaper.

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He died in a horrible Trepanning-by-headband accident.


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Every decision we make has at least something to do with the Simpsons. -Z

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No worries at all. I always tell people that it can't just be about being against Donald Trump and being against Mimi Walters. We need to present a positive vision of where we want to take the future of Orange County and this country. Because at the end of the day it's about what we can do improve the lives of others.


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How much does Israel (lobbyists / pressure groups etc) interfere with American politics?

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If a person has been sexually assaulted by a public figure, what is the best way to approach the media? What kind of information should they bring forward?


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Go to your website and scroll down, the $850 number appears under donate.

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There is something very strange about this AMA. OP is ignoring all the interesting questions and shit posting all others... I have to say I’m enjoying it. I’m a bit confused why a company that is planning on starting by making only research grade testing hardware is doing an AMA in this fashion- or at all. But anyways- I use AKG C414s as room mics for my tracking studio. Should we expect a drop in quality in mics made after Samsung buyout?


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what was the moment you realized that Feel It Still was gonna change your life?

Sweetest thing your label bought you?

anything you'd wish you had known/done before the whirlwind began?

bonus question: is it annoying when people assume you're a new band? i'm waiting on the Best New Artist Grammy nod tbh

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And yet you start your AMA with saying “you’re ashamed and outraged when Trump got elected”


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Hi there! Thanks for your question. Probably the best known pro-Israel group is the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, which last year disclosed spending about $3.6 million on U.S. federal lobbying. There are other groups, including J Street, which takes some different positions from AIPAC. In addition, the Israeli government, like most other governments around the world, has an embassy in DC. -Kate

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Email us, call us. Meet with us in person. Tell us what happened, show us any evidence, and point us to other people who can corroborate the accounts. [email protected] - Beth


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Thank you. That is the average for both travel sessions and local sessions. We have broken it out more in our crowdfunding page if you’re interested in the photo book, session, photographer retreat, etc.

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As to the what is going to happen to Harman/AKG after being acquired by Samsung: we simply have no visibility into that future. The only thing that we know for certain is that the Harman/AKG workforce was decimated.

The good news is that Austrian Audio GmbH is now utilizing its full capacities to develop compelling microphone and headphone products with the goal of producing as much of the constituent components (plus final assembly and QC) right here in Vienna. Our current product roadmap has our 1st two condenser mics projected to be made here in our facility with our own capsules that are made in-house. We're rather serious about this goal and we think that the market is there for it.


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Honestly, it didn’t just get released and blow up immediately. It kind of happened slowly over 6 months as it went from AAA to Alternative to Pop on radio. We we’re out promoting it almost everyday for so long we were kind of in the eye of the hurricane so it’s hard to get perspective. But yeah it didn’t really hit us like a brick wall of “oh shit” just a lot of little “oh shit’s” from march to now. -K

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I mean I am both ashamed and outraged. But I want to channel that anger in a positive way and actually work to make a difference in the lives of my constituents.


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Is there a truly distinct difference between lobbying and bribery? I don't understand how voting on behalf of a group that provides tens of thousands of dollars to your campaign isn't a bribe, especially when you consider that taking away those funds is often used as a threat.

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Not sure if this will get any visibility or a response, but I wanted to suggest that you provide (or obtain if you don't have one) a PGP key and share the public key here so that people concerned with privacy can share these details in a secure, encrypted manner.

This AMA is getting tens of thousands of views (possibly more) and it might be beneficial in encouraging those more hesitant to come forward with important information about the abuse of women, men and power by those in government and beyond.

I have no need to email (thank goodness) but it may be seen by the right person.


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What is a photographer retreat?

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The AKG K701 open-back headphones are the best I've ever owned. The mids are extremely clean and the highs very crisp. A well-produced record through those almost sounds like it's appearing before your eyes.

Can you explain what made those particular headphones kick so much ass?


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From your perspective, what do you think the coolest thing that fans do to show their appreciation of you is? (Generally or a particular thing a fan did that you thought was the coolest).

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Thanks for doing an AMA, good to see candidates communicating with the public.

I've read that your 'motivation' for running stems partially from the announcement of Trump's infamous travel ban and your personal issues associated with that. Anti-Trump, anti-republican is a reasonable enough stance and all but what else do you especially stand for? What do you think your campaign has that will make Californians vote against the republican movement except for simply disliking Trump (which, can probably not be counted on too surely)?


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Hi there! Bribery would be a quid pro quo - you do this, for that. That's illegal.

Lobbying, in its purest form, is essentially your right to petition your government for a redress of grievances. That's protected by the Constitution.

Obviously, we've seen scandals with bribery allegations - some lawmakers (remember Duke Cunningham?), some lobbyists (remember Jack Abramoff?) have gone to jail because of influence and/or bribery scandals.

Paid lobbying - it's a multi-billion dollar industry! - absolutely relies on legal political money (campaign donations) to gain access to lawmakers and other policymakers. Those donations don't ensure that those lobbyists get what they want, but it may well give them a chance to make their case. -Kate


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We provide a photographer retreat for every volunteer photographer before they start serving with us. It’s a weekend where we focus on self-care, empathy, grief, and special photography needs when entering into these sensitive situations.

We want every photographer to be equipped and able to enter into the lives of the people we are serving with compassion, love, and understanding. No judgement. No fear. No expectations. The training weekend allows the photographers to build community with each other, talk openly about their fears or experiences, and learn what they need to know to be their best possible self and photographer no matter the situation.

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Will pose this inquiry to our Acoustics team in the morning and then get back to you.


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Cooking us food is a super nice thing. We don’t always get to sit down and eat like normal people on tour so sometimes a restaurant will invite us in and it’s always super nice for us and our crew. We usually invite the kitchen staff to the show after and we all hang out. Always a fun exchange. -K

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Yes, the travel ban is why I'm running but it’s certainly not the only issue that I care about. It's representative of the kinds of politics that are coming out of this country. For example, we need to fight for the Dreamers, we need to fight against the decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement. Yes, you’re right. It’s not just about opposing Mimi Walters or Donald Trump, we need to have a vision that demonstrates that we are actually doing something to make peoples’ lives better in Orange County and in this country.

What I want to offer these voters is someone who has the experience of working for two really great Senators. I’ve learned how a representative should go about being accountable, accessible, and taking action on issues that people care about. I’m passionate about the environment, addressing student debt and healthcare, and ensuring that we provide jobs that pay good wages and provide good benefits for all people.


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What is the general opinions on the incoming Senator Smith from Minnesota? Is she already reaching out to folks on the hill?

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Were there any allegations brought to your attention that were not reported due to lack of credibility?


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You truly are such a blessing to this world. Not only are you a survivor of such grief, but you're using your own personal experience to change other peoples lives, to extend a hand letting them know they aren't alone in this. Thank you.

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Is there a next big thing (like, really big) in audio in your opinion? ELI5


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Do you ever listen for the sounds that your hands make?

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So Hillary is good and Trump is evil? I’m pretty sure they play for the same team underneath all the politics.


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Hey! Thanks for your question, u/azureai. I haven’t been covering Sen. Franken’s resignation up close, but some of my colleagues have.

Roll Call’s political reporter Simone Pathé wrote about how Tina Smith is handling the transition and her background (Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith Picked to Replace Al Franken in Senate), whereas senior editor and columnist David Hawkings wrote about how the arrival of Doug Jones and Smith to Congress will affect the Senate’s Democratic minority (No-Alias: Smith & Jones Will Alter the Senate in ’18). -Kate

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Yes we chased all sorts of leads, tips, allegations and crazy rumors. We only reported what we were able to substantiate. Beth


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Thank you for your comment ❤️

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Miniaturization (as always, ever smaller...), integration into monolithic structures. Be sure to investigate MEMS technology. It’s everywhere and nobody even notices AND that’s how it should be. Beam-Steering and Forming Deeper integration into existing tech belongs here too.


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👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻🤘🤘🤘-Z

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Hillary Clinton would have not been my first pick to be the standard bearer for the Democratic Party in 2016. With that said there is no question in my mind that she would have made a better president than Donald Trump. I don't view Donald Trump as evil. I believe that he is advocating policies that are bad for the people of this country. I also think he is in over his head and beneath the dignity of the office.


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How did you prepare the victims in the case for the obvious attacks from the gutter press and that their testimonies' and character would be brought into question. Did it put them off speaking out? Thanks, real honour to hear your insight.

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Speaking from personal experience (I lost my daughter at infancy), I've found that grief (particularly with regards to children) is a very taboo subject socially. Do you have suggestions for opening dialog so people can get the support they need from friends and family? Isolation made the experience exponentially worse for me and a decade later, I still find it difficult to discuss.

Also, plug for /r/babyloss.


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Are you guys hiring? I live in Vienna but I wanna learn and do a different job and I will do anything lol

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Will you be aggressive about Medicare for All?

To clarify, "supports" is a Lucy and the Football type statement. Doesn't mean much, given how frequently we have seen M4A and similar efforts pushed back and off to the side for basically any reason.

Put another way, what will you be doing to help get M4A into law?

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This is Stephanie. All the women who decided to go on the record did so expecting that they would most likely be attacked. They all had their own ways of preparing for publication day. They were all unwavering in their decision to go public once that decision was made.


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Hey, I’m back. Thanks for your patience. Again I am so sorry for your loss and can totally relate to the socially awkwardness in dealing with child loss.

I am sorry you felt isolated and certainly that you still struggle. I think communication is critical in the grieving and healing process. A good counselor is priceless, but make sure you find a good one. As with any profession, there is a spectrum of ability.

Books from Brene Brown helped me tremendously (we have one our our resource page called Braving the Wilderness that might be especially helpful for you) and Crucial Conversations (NY Times best seller of multiple authors) also helped me.

I think the best advice I can give is to be honest with the people you care about who you trust. If you feel like the past ten years you’ve been abandoned in your grief, voice it and let people respond. The worst part of staying silent is that you hurt without giving anyone the chance to step up and love you when you need it.

I hope this has been helpful and I really do hope you can find comfort and love in your relationships to feel supported. Feel free to message me if you want to talk further.

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Can you answer Social Media inquiries? The current guy is kind of “iffy”. 🤷🏻‍♂️

Shoot us a CV and let’s talk! Contact info on our webpage: austrian.audio


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Yes! The band has been there a few times I believe now for some shows. We always enjoy it over there. As far as the name of the band influence, we wanted to have a David Bowie’s ziggy stardust and the spiders from mars and the similar to the way the Beatles used Sargent Peppers to create an alternative name and reality use to describe a group of musicians. Portugal is a character name and he’s the man. THANK YOU!

JS

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I will absolutely be aggressive about supporting Medicare for All. Healthcare is a universal right and every single woman, man, and child in this country deserves access to quality and affordable healthcare. In the United States in 2017, no person should ever go bankrupt or face financial ruin just because they got sick.

That's why I was the first candidate in my race to come out in support of single-payer healthcare. I strongly believe it represents the best and the most efficient way to meet the healthcare needs of each and every American. It is the system that Americans both need and deserve. Advocating for Medicare for All will be one of my top priorities in Congress.


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Rumor is that you and other outlets are preparing a blockbuster story outing dozens of lawmakers for years of sexual assault allegations. Since we're closing in on an election year, when can we expect these allegations to be revealed? And do they disproportionately involve one political party?

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I have a friend who volunteers, too. Beautiful and heart breaking but I come from a background of hospice volunteering and end of life is very dear to my heart.


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Are Vienna sausages in Vienna different from Vienna sausages in the states?

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"I'm atomic man, I'm the moon that pulls the tides that take the sand" what does that mean to you guys and how did you guys come up with it?


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Advocating for Medicare for All will be one of my top priorities in Congress

How are you planning on paying for it? It’s easy to say you support it, but how do you plan on implementing it?

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We don't comment on reporting that is ongoing but there is a a lot of bad information out there. Our own reporting related to Roy Moore and Project Veritas shows that there are deliberate efforts to spread false information. - Beth


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That’s really awesome. Thank you for sharing! There’s an organization in the states called Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep and they do something similar.

I called them when my daughter was diagnosed but because they only serve babies who don’t make it home from the hospital, we didn’t qualify so I asked a friend to come photograph the first session we did as a family.

The more I searched, the more I realized there wasn’t anything else available for older people facing a terminal diagnosis so I started Love Not Lost. Thank you for sharing the resource. I will definitely look into it!

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Yes, the ones in Vienna are made from actual food. 🤯


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I’m atomic, man. ;) Portugal. The Man doesn’t always get down with punctuation properly. Kind of cool because we always see lyrics as being able to be interpreted from a couple different perspectives. Also we’re big fans of letting songs mean different things to different people. Even among ourselves we sometimes hear them in our way. -K

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I am open to different mechanisms for paying for it and there are a number of different proposals for doing so. Bernie Sanders proposed 10 different ways to pay for it and what I would like to see is more discussion as to the best way of doing so. I also agree with Ro Khanna who said, "when Republicans talk about the $32 trillion cost of single payer, can every Democrat please point out the current system costs $49 trillion?". It is expensive but there are also an incredible number of savings compared to our current system.

I believe that you have to phase it over time. Probably starting by lowering the medicare age to 55 and then continuing to lower it until everyone is covered.


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Your team was surely aware the report would be disputed by Moore’s ardent supporters, no matter how much research. Was there discussion over how to respond to a group that dismisses any and all evidence? Was there a need to convince them the allegations are credible, not biased?

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How do you just start a non-profit? Is it similar to just starting any other business? How did you start your non-profit? In terms of finances, applying for non-profit status, opening partnerships to help people, and even getting a few people on board to volunteer and help out.

I'm curious about the business logistics of starting a non-profit.


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Sure you guys made AKG and not AK-47S?

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Hey guys. Portuguese (hah!l living in Berlin here, and big fan. I saw you guys play here beginning of this year and I was blown-away. It all flowed so well, each song into the next, and it all seemed so free yet perfectly rehearsed, which makes me question: how much is it you guys just jamming and improvising, and how much of it is actually rehearsed? Keep being awesome.


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As someone running in a coastal state and a costal district, what are you going to do to combat climate change and rising sea levels?

Where do you think our nation should go with regard to alternative energy? How can California, a state that gets the majority of its energy from fossil fuel (natural gas), improve its own consumption to align more with the environmental views held by most Californians?

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Before the story was published, we went to the campaign with all of our key findings, including the names of the women and an overview of their claims. The Moore campaign never responded specifically to those claims. Instead they made a general statement: "These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign." Beth


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I am leaving for the portrait session now, but I read this and wanted to let you know I will respond when I have more time to give a full answer. Thank you!

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We shoot impulse responses not bullets.


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When we rehearse, we try to keep it natural and work on transitions and cues. There’s a bunch of room for inspiration. You can’t rehearse a 2 minute guitar solo, but you can lock down structures and try to find the best flow with the best feel in connecting songs together. -eric

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Climate change is undoubtedly the defining issue of our generation. Scientists have repeatedly confirmed that if we do not drive down global greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, it will be impossible to meet the targets set out in the Paris Climate Agreement, and consequently, to avoid the most catastrophic impacts of climate change.

As a Congressman, I would first and foremost be a staunch advocate for the Paris Agreement. With the Trump Administrations’ announcement to withdraw from the accord, the U.S. is now the only country in the world that opposes it. This is unbelievably irresponsible, embarrassing, and frankly, stupid.

This is why it is also essential to accelerate non-state climate action driven by American companies, cities, and states, including the “We Are Still In” movement led by California Governor Jerry Brown and Michael Bloomberg. We need to continue to drive down U.S. emissions by divesting from fossil fuels and investing billions (if not trillions) in renewable energy and clean-technology.

The U.S. also has to put a price on carbon and make the regulatory changes that will help the transition to a low-carbon economy. Examples include ending fossil fuel leasing on federal land and targeting 100% electricity by 2030. We need to also make sure that we are doing something to support workers who are being displaced by a lot of these changes. By and large, we have failed to do so thus far. That’s why you see so many people in coal country support Donald Trump, because they feel completely abandoned by their government. It doesn’t have to be that way.

Ultimately, climate action will bring about more jobs, clean our air and water, improve our health, and increase our national security. It’s in all of our best interests.


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What amount of contact, if any, did you have with the "National Democrat Party" in the course of developing the story?

JFC: I'm not accusing them, just asking to reinforce that Moore's camp are liars. Please stop asploding my inbox.

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I currently have a ministry sending out handmade cards to grieving mothers. We launched in April 2017! It’s pretty well known in the Instagram grief community and I do hope to become a registered non-profit once I get the funding! What advice do you have to make the process go as smoothly as possible? Thank you for what you’re doing.


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What do you think tech companies entering the market (Google Home Max, Apple HomePod)? With machine learning and beamforming and such, they bring a lot of tech that has to be hard for audio companies to develop.

  1. Will those technologies materially improve sound quality at the budget / mid-tier levels?
  2. How much does a speaker/headphone company need to invest in the tech / firmware / processig side of product development (qualitatively... not looking for €’s)
  3. What’s the next significant advance we’ll see in speaker or headphone design? Is there room for innovation in electromechanical side?

PS: I’m still enjoyig my k702’s many years later, and am sad to see AKG go.

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best show of recent memory and of the last decade?


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Hi Kia,

More power to you - just a thought: maybe thinking positively about having more women in positions of power and with a seat at the table would help eradicate the climate in which such behavior flourishes. Go get Mimi!

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None, zero, zilch. - Alice


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Thanks for your question and for what you are doing too. I talked to a lot of people, researched (including helpful books from NOLO.com), and started building my board before the 501c3 approval came in. Definitely get the right people on your team who believe in what you’re doing!

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Good stuff for me to run by the real engineers on staff. I’ll do so in the morning. It could be just me (combined with the fact that it is 1AM over here) but I’d like to ask for more clarity on question #2 in your list. Are you referring to investment of time expressed as a percentage? Will discuss with the team later today.


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Red Rocks is always super epic and special -K

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Thank you so much everyone for your questions. I very much appreciate your engagement and look forward to doing more of these going forward. Thanks again. Please do not hesitate in reaching out to my campaign if you are interested in getting involved or if you have any further questions.


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Some people, including many prominent politicians, have said that these are "40 year old allegations" and that diminishes their importance and that they were only brought up to prevent him from getting the seat in the Senate. How do you respond to that? Do you believe that these stories should break in a way/time to have maximum impact?

Edit: I do believe the allegations and think that they are absolutely important to know. I also understand why the story is being given attention now-especially with the WaPo's answer below-and think it's a great thing it received national attention.

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I lost a little one myself to SMA at 22 months, and am glad to see some more public exposure to it, but with so little public awareness of Spinal Muscular Atrophy, why not put it more in the front of your presentation instead of just saying a terminal illness?


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Are you restricted due to the AKG patents?

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All of your albums sound very distinct from each other, I consider you guys to be more experimental than psychedelic in general. Are you going to continue to change things up every album, or has the success of the new album made you want to continue that direction?


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You have literally lost no rights under Trump but in fact have gotten more. Your hatred is what defines you now. Sad.

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This is Stephanie: naturally, when there is a race for U.S. Senate, especially a high profile one, reporters are going to begin doing all sorts of stories to try to illuminate the candidates. So it makes sense that reporters would be in the Gadsden area at this time, asking questions. Other than that, our only focus was reporting the story thoroughly and publishing if and when it was solid.


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Thank you for your comment. I am hoping people go to the website and/or watch the video. I only had so many characters and last time I said SMA I got hate comments for not spelling it out and Spinal Muscular Atrophy is a lot of letters. I hope you understand. I am doing what I can to help raise awareness. Thank you.

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As much as by any existing patent at any other company. We are developing all of our product lines from scratch with our cumulative 335 years of engineering & design experience.


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We’re always going to make different albums. We never want to make the same one twice. -Z

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There is no issue more important to me than civil rights and making sure that every single American is treated with the respect and dignity that they deserve.

I can promise you that I will do more than any Democrat running in Orange County on these particular issues. These are issues I worked on when I was on Capitol Hill, I have a track record of standing tall when it comes to civl rights and protecting people from diverse backgrounds.

Firstly, we need to strongly oppose the numerous actions that Trump has taken on this front (i.e. banning transgender individuals from the military, etc). Secondly, we need to advocate for new policies that protect these communities. For example, I staunchly support the Equality Act, because I believe that no person in America should ever be fired or discriminated against because of their gender identity or sexual orientation. And it’s why I will fight to address issues regarding voting rights, criminal justice reform, and police violence.

I will always stand with the LGBTQ community, even when it’s not convenient. My old boss, Sherrod Brown, was I believe the only non-coastal Democrat to vote against the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996. He was not afraid to vote that way even if it meant that he would lose supporters. He wasn’t afraid to stand tall. That’s the kind of example that I look to in terms of how I am going to conduct myself in office. I will always be a relentless advocate for every constituent, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or socioeconomic status.


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The night before the election, one of Roy Moore's Army buddies told an anecdote of a time they witnessed a fellow soldier patronize a brothel, in Vietnam, that he said had "very young girls" - has there been any investigation into that claim or is it not worth chasing?

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What are the most challenging steps in starting a nonprofit? Any tips for someone who hopes to start one?


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What kind of work and education experience is required to be employed at your company?

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I must be living under a rock, I didn't realize you guys had blown up, but I listen to your stuff all the time. Congrats on the success and here's hoping you get more of the same!

What was your single biggest driving musical influence when you guys were coming together as a group?


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Hi, thank you for coming on here!

I'm in Texas, in a congressional district that also might flip (one of the highest priorities of Dems in the state). Like in your district we have a Republican incumbent and 6-7 Democrat candidates in the primaries.

How can one ensure that such an intensive primary helps the Democratic chances of success rather than hurt it? On the one hand, one should be able to utilize it to get more coverage and engagement, while on the other hand we risk putting voters off if we start with in-fighting.

Also, how can volunteers at this stage help the Democratic party in districts such as yours (in addition to helping preferred candidates if one has any)?

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I did reach out to that buddy but he didn't get back to me. Beth


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The 501c3 application is definitely a huge hurdle, but you can get through that with the right help.

The more important thing is to make sure you have a problem you can solve that no one else is solving. Surround yourself with people who believe in you and what you’re doing and build your board strategically.

I have an incredible board of directors. They help keep me grounded and hold me accountable, as well as furthering the vision of LNL in unique ways because of our different life perspectives. They are great people with big hearts that also happen to be very talented individuals. I also have mentors and am continually investing in my development as a leader.

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Judging by the previous answers to questions: very little!

In actuality, it depends upon the position, the desired skillset and (above all) the person applying for the job.

We hire and develop talent that can get the job done at a high level of excellence whilst knowing how to make the perfect Glühwein on cold Winter nights.


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The Beatles and The Wu-Tang Clan. -Z

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I think in my case I make it very clear that I am running to unseat Mimi Walters not to engage in infighting with my fellow Democrats.

I believe that these primaries are going to be a good thing in terms of energizing our party but also helping to increase the name recognition and Democratic turnout. There is at least some evidence that is what happened in Virginia.

At least in my race, at least thus far, all the candidates have been very respectful towards and each other. I hope it stays that way and I certainly didn't get into this to try and tear down other Democrats.

In terms of how volunteers can help Democratic in addition to helping preferred candidates, there are a number of things that can be done. It is always important for instance to help with registering more voters. In Orange County, the local party and many of the clubs have undertaken their own canvassing efforts that are not linked to any particular candidates. Volunteers who don't prefer one candidate over another can be invaluable those efforts.


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Hi, great work!! I am a journalist and wish to know how you initially discovered -- before you found out the information Stephanie laid out in the video -- that the woman sent by Project Veritas was not telling the truth? Any tips on how to better vet people who I interview and who are dishonest and attempting to pull off a hoax would be much appreciated, thanks!

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What are your thoughts on end of life care? Should we do what we can to prolong life or seek the highest quality life a person can live even if it means less time? Which one prepares families better for the grieving process?


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Which is best; Skullcandy or Beats by Dre?

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Been listening to you since you toured with Minus The Bear which I believe was your Church Mouth album. Just had a random question, are most of you atheist? I notice some of themes of that in your songs, just never knew if it was true.

Thanks so much for entertaining me for all these years!


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We use a variety of public records and social media to match their story and to help determine their accuracy. But it can be an issue for news organizations that don't want to spend money on the tools and staff that can do this. Many media organizations have closed down or decimated their research departments. - Alice


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I find a lot of my thoughts align with BJ Miller from Zen Hospice in SF. Check out his TEDtalk if you haven’t already. I went to one of their trainings on mindful caregiving and I really support the work they do.

I can’t speak to what’s best for everyone because everyone is so unique - and therefore their lives and grief are too. One of the biggest things I have seen people struggle with through grief is regret, so if I had to make a blanket statement, it would be to communicate with your loved ones. Make sure all expectations and desires are clear, then love and love the absolute best you can.


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Thinking for yourself is important. I know fantastic Christians who question theology and listen to the misfits. I think organized hive mind mentality worries most of us in the group. We’re all humanists and critical thinkers. -Eric

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Unfortunately, there was no credible Democratic challenger in 2016. There was a Democrat who ran but didn't do the work to win the race, so only ended up with 41% of the vote. Further, the way people did not see Donald Trump coming, people also did not see this change in Orange County coming. Mimi also promised the voters of her district that she would keep Donald Trump in check and that she would not just be a rubber stamp for his policies, but she has failed to do so.

What I can promise is that I will always put my constituents and my country above my party.


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How big was the web of enablers? Or was it just shrugged off by the people around him as something that was somehow culturally acceptable?

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This is so underrated. Why do we expect people to dedicate themselves to positive work for free? If you’re passionate about improving the world and helping others, do you not deserve a living wage?

35K a year seems incredibly low and unsustainable if OP is a primary bread winner.


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Are there major differences electronically in vocal amplifiers from guitar/keyboard amplifiers?

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What would you do for a Klondike Bar?


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We talked to many people who said they had "heard" about Moore pursuing teenaged girls or said "everyone knew" but we worked hard to find people with direct knowledge of his behavior. A couple of the women we wrote about had openly dated Moore when they were teenagers so it wasn't a secret. Beth

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I can totally understand your skepticism as charities have done an awful job with transparency. My salary is $35,000 per year and my part time Director of Operations is currently making $10,000. We are hoping to give her a raise soon because we want her to be able to better support her family. If you define admin fees, I am happy to get specific with those too if you’re wanting more.

I know there’s no way for you to know that I am a genuine person who truly just wants to help other people going through the worst time of their lives, but I invite you to come to our Spring event on March 1 in Atlanta to get to know us. It will be held at the King Plow Arts Center and I would love to talk with you in person and allow you to hear from the people who have been through our services. You can sign up for our newsletter and get an invite via email or send me your personal address and I can mail you one.


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You'd have to define "major". The overall goal is quite similar but the expectations in tonal modification and/or preservation would be quite different. The feature sets could be greatly similar but voiced a bit differently. Again, the goals are largely the same and this is why, to wit, a mixing console will generally have channels that are all exactly the same and can address a multitude of sources. Yes, there could be stereo vs. mono channels on a desk and those channels could be tuned differently but the theory and approach is largely the same.

The bigger outlier here is the guitar amplifier. Achieving distortion as a part of the guitarist’s 'voice' is required in the great majority of designs. This is less true regarding other instruments.

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Our souls are already spoken for, so... sex stuff. -eric


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Do you think Roy Moore will still have a career in Alabama politics after all of this?

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You should be able to look this up on www.guidestar.com


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I am an audio engineering student and a huge fan of the AKG 414 (XLS in particular). What does the future of the 414 look like? Does AKG still hold the patents for its’ design or will you all work on a new or modified product?

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I saw you in Amsterdam! Does Zachary often down bottles of liquor during shows or was it just a one time thing?


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He still hasn't conceded! - Beth

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We just submitted our first Form 990 a few weeks ago. Guidestar takes some time to pull that into their system.


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As that product is under the stewardship and ownership of another company, it is well outside of our planning and control. We think that there are things that could be done to make ‘Made In Austria Great Again’ regarding a large diaphragm dual diaphragm condenser mic and we have aims in that direction.

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Nah that’s everyday, we like to party during the shows. Keeps it loose -K


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thinly veiled the antisemitism was.

B-But the Moore campaign had a lawyer who’s a Jew!

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What you are doing is fantastic, using a tragedy in your own life to help others. I try to do this in my own life, helping those who suffer from anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, etc because I've been there. How has helping people deal with their grief affected you personally?


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Will you release headphones in the future?

Do you see wired headphones that require amping as a business or is it running out due to the customers tending to Bluetooth and you dont want to invest in this area?

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I saw you in Amsterdam! Does Zachary often down bottles of liquor during shows or was it just a one time thing?


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That was Beth

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Thank you for your comment. I’m on my way to the portrait session, but I will try to come back to this and respond with a full answer afterwards!


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Yes.

They will coexist rather happily for some time although the projection is that wireless will dominate in the consumer and pro-sumer sectors.

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We enjoy a nice shot every once in a while on stage during performances. Taking a sip from the bottle is always the easiest way to rock that! JS


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Can you PLEASE do some sleuthing on Ajit Pai? Asking for a friend.

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How is the mom with breast cancer doing? I hope she is doing well and recover soon!


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So just to clarify, you guys are here to develop consumer products? Any chance we will see pro audio products from you guys that hail from the glory days of AKG from 60-70s? The world needs new CK12 capsules and duo dynamic capsule microphones.

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Hey guys! My question is: what did you guys do before you did music full time or on your off time between tours? I've always wondered what my favorite bands did for work before they managed to break out into playing music full time and how they managed to balance work, life, and playing/making music.

As an aspiring musician/songwriter, I find myself struggling to carve time out to make music these days (read: not dedicated enough to lose sleep after closing at my bar but working on it) with balancing work/life and all that "not music" stuff. All the while trying to get better and singing/playing guitar/writing, it almost seems impossible (I remember an interview with John's advice).

Just another kid out here hoping to make my dreams come true.

Thanks for all the inspiration guys, you rule. Congrats on all the success you're finding.

Edit: Wanted to mention - That All Your Light/A Kilo/The Home/She's So Heavy jam is likely my favorite thing you guys have ever done. Hearing the beginning of All Your Light at your shows gets me so pumped. Keep killing it.


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EDIT: AMA on net neutrality with u/b_fung on r/technology this MONDAY at 12 pm ET, 9 a.m. PST.

We've just confirmed it. Set your reminders. Proof

This is Gene, the social media editor who runs this reddit account. I can tell you that I'm working to land an AMA elsewhere with our net neutrality reporter Brian Fung, who's been covering the issue for longer than he can remember. Stay tuned!

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Thanks for asking - all things considered, she’s doing well and I am really excited to see her again!


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Pro, Consumer, B2B and ODM. That’s the name of our game(s).

We won’t repeat the past. That’s certain. There are so many companies doing retreads, clones, incremental revisions...sheesh, not for us, dankeschön. Our 1st products will be where we think these kind of products should be regarding sound quality and feature set for this day and age.

Let me ask this: if you were to design a new handheld & high-quality dynamic mic, what would you like to see? Features & price point.

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We’ve all had some weird ones. I remember Zach working at the blockbuster video in town, John can build you a house, Kyle can make you the best coffee you’ve ever had, Jason is a food wizard. I worked in a small airplane shop in Alaska, working on cessnas. I was the graveyard shift manager at a best western in Seattle. We’ve all done whatever you have to do to keep yourself alive and keep making music


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Consider me tuned.

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I've been fortunate enough to never have a friend or family member go through something like this, let alone lost someone to terminal illness.

Having been around it a helluva' a lot more than me, what would be your advice/wisdom to someone who is experiencing terminal illness right now, or equally somebody who has someone close to them going through it?

Unsure why this touched me so much, but have donated to the cause because it felt so necessary. Keep up the beautiful work!


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Do you see any value in the technology being developed by the Australian company 'Audio Pixels'? They are developing a MEMS 'speaker' that reproduces sound without any need for traditional loudspeaker componentry like coils, cones and enclosures. Does it sound like vaporware or a legitimate innovation?

http://www.audiopixels.com.au/index.cfm/audio-pixels/

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how did that massacre at the Bataclan impact you as a band who has spent the better part of the last decade touring playing thousands of shows?


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Working on a schedule literally as we type. Will let you know in this thread and on our profile.

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Thank you. If you have someone you love in your life who is suffering from a terminal illness or another really hard situation, my advice is to show up. Don’t be afraid of doing the wrong thing or saying the wrong thing, just focus on loving that person.

Be honest. If you’re not sure what to say, tell them that. “I don’t know what to say, but I am sorry and I am here for you.” Is so much better that, “everything happens for a reason” or other cliche phrases that aren’t helpful.

When we’re hurting, even something as simple as sitting next to a person can be the most meaningful act of love. People need to be loved and understood. Just show up.

For those facing the diagnosis, my advice is that there can rarely be too much communication. Sharing feeling, needs, desires, and struggles with people you love who love you back is a critical part of living well and allowing others to help you through this really difficult time. Don’t push people away because you want to spare them and rob yourself of love in the end.

Thanks for asking this!


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I haven't looked past the first click of that address but I can state that there is a big current and future market for MEMS. There are challenges (Physics don't play, son!) presented to any given topology and implementation and MEMS certainly has some difficult challenges as required SPL and other demands increase. Linearity is another.

I'll run this past a particular engineer on our team that has deep experience in developing MEMS-Tech before I stick my neck out further on the matter. I'll post back here.

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We played the Bataclan on the last western euro tour we did, and it was probably the best show on the whole run. I think it’s important to recognize the tragedy and have love for the victims, but not to give any additional weight to the fear. That’s not our job- our job is to put on the best show we can. That venue had an amazing crew and it was an honor to play. -eric


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Now that the election race is over do you think the victims will be taken more seriously? There was a good amount of Alabama white women and men voters thought the allegations were faked to derail Moore.

Edit: I was wrong to think it was majority source. scroll down to where it says most women and independents thought allegations were true.

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I am sorry you lost daughter.

I’m a photographer in the NY area as well. We work with Friends of Karen, a charity which raises funds and offers grief counseling for families with a critically ill child. If you are looking to branch out or partner with other charities they might be a good contact.

How does a non profit like yours work? Do you rely on donations, grants, volunteers, etc?


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First off, I have a few pairs of AKG headphones, big fan, sorry to see them close. When it comes to consumer grade amplifiers would you still say tube is better than solid state? I have a McIntosh C 26 Solid State preamp with a MC 2125 Amp and really dig it.

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Have you guys ever driven the Alcan?


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I think the fact that so many media outlets followed our stories reached out to the women we talked to shows that that they were taken seriously. Beth

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That’s a great resource to know about. Thank you!

We rely on all of the above. We have currently been operating with mostly individual donations, a few small grants, and volunteers. We will be relying even more heavily on volunteers as we grow!


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I would say that it all depends upon the capabilities of the designer/engineer and the percentage of his/her design goals being met given a price point. Topology doesn’t determine the subjective ‘awesomeness’ of a design. And we must always be vigilant in remembering that the easiest person to fool is ourselves. That’s one of the great things about the scientific method: a built-in bias toward disconfirmation.

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3 times! Once in a brand new Dodge Challenger in late September. That was my favorite- changing elevation, watching the leaves turn in real-time, tripping on the wildlife, and northern lights blazing the rear view mirror at night. So cool, so dangerous, so fun. -eric


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The 5th reported person to accuse Roy Moore was Beverly Young Nelson (with the Year Book). She appears to have been brought to the media's attention by Gloria Allred. Did the WaPo vet and check her story before adding her to the Washington Post's list of accusers?

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No questions, just wanted to say thank you for what you are doing. Can you post a donation link for us?


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Do all dacs sound the same?

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Hey guys it’s Bexx I just wanted to say hello and thanks for the hook up for Sunday I messaged you on Twitter lol

I guess my question is this! What’s better? Some delicious ass Sizzle Pie slices at 2am or some delicious fuckin brunch on a Sunday morning?

Love y’all byeeeeee


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We reached out to Gloria repeatedly to try to connect with Beverly but she did not respond. Family members also declined to talk to us. So we did not report that we had confirmed her story. - Beth

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Sure! We have a crowdfunding campaign happening right now and our general donation page which you can access from our website. I will link to the crowdfunding campaign since that’s more fun! LNL Crowdfunding


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If an audiophile plays test tones in the woods is there anyone to hear the sound of all the date requests that have said "No."?

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Yo Bexx! No sweat John is hooking it up. I try to do Portland brunches any day but Sunday. Sizzle Pie is always amazing. See you Sunday. -Z


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Based on your experience with the accusers why do you believe they chose to make themselves public now rather than during one of Judge Moore's other statewide campaigns? Do you believe the #meToo movement empowered them - or was there some other factor?

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With so many non profits that exist do you feel like your work is still meaningful? I only ask because I have concerned quitting my business to start a non profit for someone I lost but am hung up on the fear of not making a difference.


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It's hard to say whether they were influenced by the broader national environment. As for Leigh Corfman, her reasons for coming forward now were detailed in the story. She did think about coming forward during an earlier campaign, but was concerned about repercussions for her young children. - Stephanie


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Absolutely. I wouldn’t have started it if I didn’t believe it would make a difference. As it’s been said before, there are a lot of causes that serve a specific purpose. We can all do our part to make the world a better place. Best wishes to you.

[edit] Ps- it might help to volunteer with a nonprofit with a similar mission first to get your feet wet. You don’t have to quit cold turkey and I would typically advise against it. I volunteered sessions for years before I started the process for the 501c3.

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cough -K


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Have there been attempts from groups other than Project Veritas to seed disinformation in order to discredit your investigation? If so, will those be revealed?

Also, as an aside, will you please pass on our most profound thanks to the women whose bravery exposed Roy Moore (further) for what he is. I cannot even fathom the courage and tenacity they had to summon to tell their story. This country is in their debt for helping to save us from the corrupted rule of power mongers like Moore. All the very best to them.

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Are you looking for a summer business intern!?


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Hey PTM, huge fan. What would you say your most underrated song is?


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We are open to it. Please send me a message. Thank you!

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I gnash on hats all day long, son. 250 easy. -eric


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I watch a few right-wing Facebook pages and still see the "WaPo offered $1,000 for a Moore accuser" memes spread daily. By now, they have been stripped of any details for fact checking (they don't embed the tweet, for instance, and just make the assertion) so it is very hard to try to refute it. I alternate between trying gently to show the other commenters that it is incorrect, and just ripping into them for being gullible rubes supporting stolen valor (from the twitter account's identity appropriation).

It feels pointless to try to engage. Fake news is so asymmetric in that it is so easy to make, easy for some to believe, and nearly impossible to remove. 1) How do you deal personally with being targeted by fake news and 2) any ideas on ways to stop it?

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how on earth do you get up and knowingly walk into that kind of emotional turmoil day after day after day after day?

i could not do that. not without drinking myself to sleep every night


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You guys are my absolute favorite band! I love how each album is so completely different but still uniquely you.

Are you guys ever going to do anything else with the endangered song? I know the point was that it’s supposed to go extinct if the fans don’t pass it on, but it’s my favorite of your songs and I don’t have a copy other than a not-very-good rip from online.

Edit: also Sumatran tigers are coincidentally my favorite animals, so thank you for helping to raise awareness about their endangered status.

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That allegation was from a known troll who has since been deactivated, here's a good piece on him: https://www.thedailybeast.com/troll-smearing-roy-moores-accuser-stole-dead-seals-identity?source=twitter&via=desktop - Alice


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It’s not easy, and it’s certainly not for everyone, but I think we can handle a lot more than we give ourselves credit for.

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Thanks for the love, as far as copies of the song... it’s indeed a rare bird. It was even one of my favorite songs of the era. That’s part of how all these things work. Nothing like a rare song you have to hunt down and not have an easy way to enjoy it, I go through the same thing with some of my favorite songs. Long live the treasure hunt! It keeps it special, rare, and to not over indulge. Best of luck. JS


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I do have a question. Partially related to this.

Last month, someone from Project Veritas tried to give you fake accusations in order to discredit you and discredit the legitimate accusations against Moore, until you caught them.

Do you have any plans to file a lawsuit or anything like that against Project Veritas?

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What do you eat for breakfast?


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Guys, how welcoming has the older fan base been since the exposure explosion occurred this year?

Also, it's surreal seeing your guys grow from the show up at Lake Tahoe earlier in 2017 to a return in spring to the Grand Sierra's awesome theater. Congrats, and you guys deserve it!

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No, nothing that we are aware of. - Alice


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Depends on the day. A banana - or if I have time, a fried egg sandwich with avocado

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The family is still at the core. I still know and recognize the front of the line at most shows. Doesn’t matter if it’s a club, a theater, or an arena. It’s amazing to watch it grow.


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As investigative journalists, how often do you have to confront fear, or work in fear? With a record number of journalists imprisoned this year, and increasing hostility toward journalists and news outlets, do you ever fear doing your job or uncovering something that would be dangerous to report? How do you deal with these emotions (if they exist at all) and continue to deliver good work?

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Do you ever feel burnt out or weighted down working with people you know are terminal? If so, how do you cope with it?


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Does Feel It Still ever get stuck in your head?

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I didn't feel scared reporting in Gadsden, Ala. One of my colleagues. Liz Sly, the Beirut bureau chief, recently talked at a company-wide awards ceremony about the dangers she and other foreign correspondents face every day. That is real bravery. - Beth


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Definitely weighted down some days. There are mornings I struggle to get out of bed, but I have learned what I need for self-care and giving myself permission to grieve. It’s really important for me to listen to my body.

A good support system in friends and family is also key. A great counselor is helpful as well. Thank you for your question.

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All. The. Time. I whistle it to myself in airports and stuff without realizing it. Good song! -eric


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Thank you very much for your quality reporting.

When you've spent time researching and putting together a bombshell like this, is it hard to transition back to working on the day-to-day journalism?

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How much do you get paid for this? And what percent actually goes to helping people?


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Who's your favorite Beatle?

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I'm going on vacation for two weeks! - Beth


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$35k is my salary, which I shared earlier. I will be adding a Q&A page to our website in the next few weeks to share the rest of our numbers. Please check there for the information. Thank you.

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Musically i’m always drawn to Paul especially cause I play a lot of piano and bass but John is just so cool. Best taste in the band. -K


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What is your vetting process for stories like this? Do you only publish allegations that you are certain of, or do you instead leave personal opinions out of it and publish if you think there is some sort of credible basis?

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Much respect,How did you deal with the grief if you do not mind me asking?


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What's it like finally getting some mainstream Top-40 success after a decade on mainly on the alternative charts? Seeing you guys on the Billboard Top 10 list next to Katy Perry and Ed Sheeran is mind blowingly weird.

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We interviewed the women repeatedly, to make sure their recollections were consistent. We only reported details they were certain about, and when possible, we talked to people they had shared their stories with (mothers, friends, et al). We asked them if they had kept journals. (No). We also, when possible, pulled public records that would corroborate their stories. Beth


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Not at all. I have learned a lot of self-care practices and listen to my body. Meditation, yoga, rest, healthy eating (or comfort food on occasion), sleep, crying, etc. I try to give myself what I need.

If I need a good cry, I have been known to watch Braveheart or another tear jerker to help me get started and just let it out. I do my best to not cover up emotions or stuff them down in my depths. It’s much better when I allow myself to feel them 100% and if needed, I will definitely schedule an appointment with my counselor.

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It’s been a nice climb to the top haha! What can we say? The song is catchy and fun to play live. The world works in mysterious ways my friend. JS


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Thank you for answering! Yea I was taught to never cry as kid but sometimes you just gotta let it out :)

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Hey guys two questions! what are your biggest musical influences and also what artists are you listening to right now? Saw you guys a couple years back at the after show you had after Lolla in Chicago. Most unreal show ever! Keep killing it!


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Absolutely!

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Beatles ,Bowie, Motown, Soundtracks ,Sam Cooke ,Prog rock, Pop hits of many eras, it’s an ever growing list. Right now I’m listening to a song called menopause man. It’s a good one, check it out. JS


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Though your nonprofit may not include it, how do you feel about the use of psychedelics or other unconventional drugs to ease the anxiety of the terminally ill patient?

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I remember a while back there was some controversy about "Modern Jesus" (favorite song btw) so what's the official meaning behind the song?


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We don’t include it at all, but I think unconventional drugs can be very helpful for terminally ill people.

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I think everyone interprets that song differently. To me it’s just about having faith in yourself. -K


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Do you know about this site? https://pineapplefund.org

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What's your 3rd favorite album of all time?


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Yes! People have shared it already. We will check it out - thank you!

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Led Zeppelin III. -eric


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Do you still get stuck spinning your internal wheels in life's little ruts and foibles after embracing your work ?

How has it offered some permanent change in perspective ?

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Coming to see you guys in Athens in Feb, been almost 3 years since I’ve seen y’all! Hopefully we can grab a beer or something after, but if you guys had to listen to one Justin Bieber song for the rest of time, what would it be and why?


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Absolutely I get stuck now and then.

I think my perspective was permanently changed when my daughter took her last breath in my arms. I realized that life is so short and death is very permanent. I didn’t want to waste the time I have left. Death has become a motivator for me to live and love the best I can every single day.

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Athens is the best!! Honestly I have no idea. -Z


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You're doing a wonderful thing. You're proof that there are still good people in a weary world, and I want you to know that. Because I have to ask a question: what is the food that your holiday just isn't complete without?

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Hahaha. Thank you. Mashed Potatoes. Hands down.


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Do you accept bitcoin?

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Not currently. That’s a crazy thought though. Thank you for your question.


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Well a bunch of people are newly rich and are looking for causes. Head over to r/bitcoin to learn what you need to get started.

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Thank you. We will look into it!


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Do you prefer soda or tea?

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Totally depends on the food I am eating Pizza = coke while Chickfila = tea


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Did you get the idea for the name of the nonprofit from Joe Buddens albums?

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No - I actually don’t know who that is.


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Did you play the game "That Dragon, Cancer"? What are you thoughts on it? Thanks for what you're doing.

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I have never heard of that, but thanks for your question.


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How did you find the courage to keep going after losing your daughter? So sorry for your loss, and huge kudos to you that you were able to keep going and help others. How we react to tragedy speaks volumes of our character. You must be an amazing person - you are surely making your daughter proud.

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Thank you. I really appreciate your comment. Honestly, I knew I had two options: I could either stay in bed all day and feel sorry for myself (which was tempting) or I could get up and make the most of the time I have left.

It’s a struggle. I don’t have all good days, but that’s life. And I hope when other people are having bad days, we can become a people who love and support one another. If Love Not Lost can help make that happen, I would die a happy woman.