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OtherIamA former prison inmate currently struggling to stay clean AMA!

Jan 13th 2018 by valuum • 16 Questions • 6737 Points

Hello Redditors, This is my second AMA. My schedule is extremely busy leading into games but I will try my best to respond to all of your questions up until then. I will be responding every evening. My name is Shannon-Ogbani Abeda and I am an alpine skier representing Eritrea in the upcoming winter Olympic games in Pyeongchang. I’m a 21 year old Computer Science major student and this will be my first participation in the Winter Olympic Games. If you’d like to follow me on my journey to the games, you can follow me on Instagram.

Instagram: erialpine96

I understand that some of you may have certain views that do not necessarily reflect with others or myself and I respect that. However, I’d ask that you be civil and respectful with one another. In regards to some of political questions that have been asked, the Olympic Games bring together athletes from a number of nations around the world to compete in sports at a high level regardless of their ethnicity, religion, sex, or for political reasons. Unity is a key foundation of the games. I do not have any political affiliations and I’m certainly not skiing to achieve any political motives. I am going to Pyeongchang to represent Eritrea, its people, and the diaspora. I’m sorry, but I didn’t come here to answer those questions.

Again, I’d like to thank all of you for your questions and positive feedback! I didn’t expect the amount of traction I would be receiving on some of these subreddits. Thank you for your support redditors, it means a lot!!

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Edit 1: I didn’t except this many questions, please patient as I will try my best to respond to them; I’m not ignoring them, I just have to train, eat, do school, and you know sleep.

Edit 2: I'm back! Everyone, I just have to say THANK YOU! I never expected that I'd get such a big response! It's really heartwarming to hear the messages of support. I also really appreciate those of you respectfully voicing difficult or challenging questions. The only way we learn and grow is by challenging ourselves and each other. I'll do my best to answer all questions posed respectfully.

Edit 3: Thanks again everyone, I'm going to take another break from answering your questions. I'll be back later to keep going!

Edit 4: Hey, I’m back again! I just got off the hill and I’m having a bite to eat. I have a few minutes before I head home and I’ll try to answer a few questions. I will also be answering some later this evening. Once again, thank you Redditors for your questions

Edit 5: Hey Redditors, I’m still here trying to answer all the 900+ comments I’ve received! All you have a great and interesting questions that I like to respond to and I will try to do so as soon as possible. I appreciate your understanding and patience!

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What's prison like? Is it boring? What did you do to keep busy? Also, how did you get in touch with Oxycontin?

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What was up with that thing in the background of the interview on the Barbie episode? You know the one.


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I live in Central Kentucky but make my way out to Eastern Kentucky/Appalachian areas quite frequently. The network infrastructure leaves lot to be desired.

What can I do at the local level to help support wider access to broadband internet to the indigent or very rural areas?

And thank you for what you do. You're fighting the good fight, and I appreciate all that you do.

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Will you have to walk all by yourself in the Opening Ceremonies parade? Does that mean you get to carry the flag, too? Sounds like it would be cool, but also kind of lonely. Good luck!!


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I was prescribed Vicodin for a bullshit eye infection when I was 15. First time I ever got high and I LOVED it. I didn't meet people that did drugs until a year later and I sought out opiates because I knew how they made me feel. I got Oxies from black dudes in the hood that knew old ladies that were prescribed them. It was a very common hustle for older women in the hood who were struggling with money.

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:) It's a piece of art work Jill had in her office when we shot her interview.


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You're right. We have a real problem with broadband access in rural America. There are 34 million Americans without access to broadband at home, 23 million of them live in rural communities. We need a plan to ensure that high-speed service reaches them where they live. I think for starters we need to know today where service is and is not. But right now the national broadband map is 3 years out of date. Data that is three years old is like a lifetime in the internet age. We need to fix this. But I don't think that Washington should wait--we can begin by asking the public directly and using the wisdom of crowds. To this end, I set up an e-mail address at the FCC to take in comments about where service is lacking and what can be done to improve it. So please write in to [email protected] and let me know your stories. You can be a part of fixing this infrastructure problem.

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I won’t have to be alone during the Opening Ceremonies. My support team, my parents, and other members of our delegation will be walking along with me.


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Is it difficult to stay clean in prison? Are the services given to you in prison to stay clean effective? Are some groups in prison easier or better to be around to help you keep clean? (religious inmates?)

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Can you please do an episode on old school WWF toys and Starting Lineup figures for us die hard sports fans?


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Are there any plans to address the fake comments?

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Congrats. What do you hope to do after getting a computer science degree?


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Yes, because there are drugs everywhere and when you come from money like me people will front you ANYTHING you want. I've been $1k in debt before and the people weren't even worried about me paying. Drugs are so expensive in prison though it's hard to have a -real- habit. A gram of heroin is like $1k, a gram of weed maybe $100. That's buying in bulk though. A $10 fold of weed is maybe 0.05 grams. It's the stuff you would wipe off your shirt when rolling a joint in the world.

NA in prison is a fucking joke. People take it just to get the certificate and show the parole board. The guy that ran NA was in my cube (8 man cell where the walls only go like 8 feet high inside a giant polebarn) and we used to get high together all the time. We would shoot suboxone and heroin. He smoked weed with me a few times too.

It's funny what you say about religious inmates. You must not know about prison culture. Religious inmates = pedophiles. Most people I knew that were actually religious wouldn't even go to church services because it was all chomos. The sex offender unit was next to the school building where church was held. When church let out you'd see a line of a hundred sex offenders walking like ants from church back to their unit.

EDIT: Thanks for the first question, homie!

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We will almost definitely do a show on WWF if we get a seconds season. Not sure about starting line up, but it's possible.


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When I last checked, the FCC received roughly 24 million comments from the public on our net neutrality proceeding. In many ways, that's good. The American people are making known what they think about net neutrality and the future of the internet and they are letting Washington know in droves. But at the same time we saw a lot of funny stuff in our proceeding. There were about 2 million comments with stolen identities, half a million comments from Russian e-mails, and a lot of bogus comments from bots. That's a problem. I said so at the time and I called for a delay in our vote until we got to the bottom of this mess. I wasn't alone. Many members of Congress and state Attorneys General called for the agency to delay its vote and clear this up. Unfortunately, the agency--over my objections--went ahead with the vote anyway. But we still need to get to the bottom of what happened here, because fake comments are not unique to the FCC. We're seeing them filed in other proceedings here in Washington at other agencies, including the Department of Labor and the CFPB.

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At the moment, I'm not 100% sure if I will continue with my CS degree and I might switch my major. If I do continue with the CS program, I want to work on some cybersecurity and be a private contractor. I've talked to some people in that field, and they advised me not to pursue it considering the development of AI's and how they might phase out these jobs. Realistically though after I graduate, I will probably be working on as a system analyst or some web development job.


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This comment actually really surprises me because I always thought debt was a huge deal in prison.

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Is there any talk of an episode about the retailers - specifically, Toys R Us which was a mega giant in the 1980s? I would LOVE to see footage of toy aisles from that era.


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What do you think is the largest long term consquence of repealing Net Neutrality? What seems to be the most effective way to fight this repeal? Do you believe that this repeal can be challenged in court and won?

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Greetings from a fellow Calgary resident!

Your Instagram says you're also a weightlifter in the 77kg class. Do you compete in weightlifting currently, or have you switched gears completely to alpine skiing?


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It is a huge deal, I was just always able to pay. Imma catch some sleep though guys! I promise to reply to every question.

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We would LOVE to do an epsiode about the retailers, and how much the market chnaged from the 50s to the 90s, then how Amazon chajnged everything again.


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Today, the United States internet economy is the envy of the world. I believe that's because it rests on a foundation of openness. Net neutrality is a big part of that--and I worry that the economic engine that it has supported will be harmed by this decision.

As for fighting this repeal, the most important thing to do is realize the fight is not over. There will be litigation in the courts. There will be legislative efforts in Congress. There are even legislative efforts in state houses, like Nebraska, Washington, New York, and California.

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I started weightlifting in 2011 at PeakPower here in Calgary and used at it means of cross training for my sport. I’m not currently competing in weightlifting because of my skiing, but I would love to get more into competition during my next off-season.


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If you come from money, why are you living in a crack motel?

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Yes! Children's Palace, KB Toys...


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For those who have routinely called/emailed/faxed congressional representatives and filed comments directly with the FCC regarding support for NN, what would you recommend as a solid next step in the ongoing fight for NN? Surely there is more we can be doing.

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I think in another AMA it was said he's been there and visited.


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My grandparents are millionaires. I moved to Ypsilanti to get away from saginaw and stay clean. They pay for my motel after i moved out of he sober house

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We would LOVE to do an epsiode about the retailers, and how much the market chnaged from the 50s to the 90s, then how Amazon chajnged everything again.


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The fight is not over. We will see litigation in the courts. We will see action in Congress. Right now, momentum is building for legislation based on the Congressional Review Act. It would, in effect, undo the FCC's misguided net neutrality decision last month. So speak up and reach out to those who represent you. This issue matters and the effort is ongoing.

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No, as mentioned elsewhere in this thread I was born and raised in Fort McMurray, Alberta and grew up in Calgary, Alberta. I’m incredibly proud to represent my parents home country, the people of Eritrea home and abroad.


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The only thing I know about prison is what I've seen from the show Oz. So I know nothing. Im not religious, Im just curious if they are more or less likely to use religiobln as a crutch.

It doesn't seem like they're really doing anything(not surpising). So what do you think they should be doing? What do people need on the inside to help them? What can prisons reasonably do to help people who want to be helped?

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I choose this one.


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Hey, thanks so much for all you're doing.

What does the rise of Sinclair (and the completely, totally impartial, fair, unbiased, nonpartisan must-runs like TERRORISM ALERT DESK) mean for the future of American journalism? What should we doing about it?

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Expected this question.wasnt disappointed


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Oz is awesome! Child molesters almost always go to religion. In county jail a lot of people read like 2 sentences out of the bible a night. I never understood this.

Most people in prison are scum, just being honest. They don't want to change. I think they should offer more vocational training and education. For the few people that DO want to change there aren't many resources. My friend was a tutor in prison (worlds hardest job, the lady that taught Helen Keller had an easier job than teaching these morons) and he said there were guys that had been in the GED class for 5+ years. They refuse to do the work. People that aren't retarded finish it in a matter of weeks. A lot of guys will literally go to the class for years without doing work instead of just getting it over with. I don't get why because I believe you have to sit in the class like 4 or 5 hours a week, even if you don't want to. So why not just get it finished.

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We would LOVE to do an epsiode about the retailers, and how much the market chnaged from the 50s to the 90s, then how Amazon chajnged everything again.


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There is a transaction before the FCC right now that involves the combination of Sinclair and Tribune. It would result in a massive broadcasting company that would be able to reach 72% of the households in this country. No other television company today has that kind of power to influence what we see, hear, and learn. The unprecedented size of this proposed merger should have us all concerned.

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Ummmm, I'm going to go with a solid 9, I've actually met some of the members of the Jamaican Bobsled team and the actors don't quite do them justice. The actual bobsledders are insanely jacked!


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What security level was your prison (or section of the prison)?

Does Michigan have different security levels, and what are those?

Thanks!

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I'll take this one.


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What does your average work day look like (aside from presumably at least one failed attempt to talk some sense into Mr. Pai)? Any funny stories you can share with us that don't violate any privacy clauses or similar?

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How did you get started in skiing?

Do you train in your home country and if so how? (Example: are there "fake snow mountain" courses for practice?)

Bonus fun question: How many & what languages can you speak?


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Level 1. Michigan has 1 - When yard is open you can go in and out as you please, 8 man cube setting 2 - 2 man cell. Controlled movement, which means when they call "yard out" you have to go out, or stay inside. You can't just walk back an dforth in and out.

no level 3

4 - Locked in your cell 23 hours a day

5 aka IMAX - locked in 24 hours a day.

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We would LOVE to do an epsiode about the retailers, and how much the market chnaged from the 50s to the 90s, then how Amazon chajnged everything again.


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I'm an early riser. I'm a big coffee drinker. (I consume more that I should, but hey, it gets me going.) I drop my kids off at school and then head into the office. A quick review of the morning news, my e-mail, and my twitter feed, and then it's off to meetings and sometimes speeches. But that's the ideal day. And honestly, not every day is ideal. There's always something unexpected--from an inquiry that needs response in the office to a problem at home like not having heat (true story, right now).

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Unfortunately, I do not train in my home country. It’s only snowed once in Eritrea and the climate can’t really sustain a ski hill. It would be nice in the future if they build a dry slope.

I speak English and French. I also can understand and speak Tigrinya, but its EXTREMELY rusty.


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Has your time in prison effected the way you view the outside world?

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This one belongs to me now. I licked it


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What can an average citizen to do to fight against a captured agency?

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Where do you practice? And how did you get into skiing?


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I was kind of racist for a while when I came home. Being white you are targeted. I also think people cry too much over small things. You know how miserable it is to be dope sick on a concrete floor? Knowing you're going to prison?

Also it made me view racism in an interesting perspective. Blacks run michigan prisons and victimize white people. Do they do it because they're black? No, because I'm sure if white people ran prison they would do the same thing back. I feel like it's almost human nature for the dominant group to try to hold back others.

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We would LOVE to do an epsiode about the retailers, and how much the market chnaged from the 50s to the 90s, then how Amazon chajnged everything again.


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Make a ruckus. Make your voice heard. I am listening--and I know there are others in Washington who are listening, too. There's a pile of letters from across the country that I have on my desk in my office. They are from people from all walks of life asking the FCC to keep in place its net neutrality policies. I could put them away, but I choose to keep them on the desk right now. It's a reminder that what we decide here has far-reaching consequences across the country.

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My home resort is currently Panorama based in Invermere, BC. During the off season, I train in Calgary at the Winsport facilities and also at Peak Power at SAIT. Occasionally, I will go down to the southern hemisphere in NZ for a month and in the fall before the beginning of our season here, I will travel to Austria to train on a glacier.

I first got into skiing when I was 3 years old through my sister. Her girl guide group went to the local hill in Fort McMurray (We were living there at the time) and she really enjoyed it! Through her friends that were with the local Fort McMurray club, she managed to convince my parents to sign my brother and I up for some lessons and later into a racing program with the club. I actually hated skiing and wanted to play hockey like all my classmates, but I was forced into the program by my folks. I only started enjoying it more when my dad’s job relocated our family to Calgary and I was exposed to the Rocky Mountains.


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what group where you the most afraid of ?

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Any chance for a Real Ghostbusters episode??


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Thank you for voting for Net Neutrality. It's nice that someone cares about the voices of the people.

Do you feel that the FCC is now divided based on this decision? Were more people in the background for/against NN?

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What's your best Snatch and clean and Jerk?

Also shout out to peak power. Great gym.


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I mean, no one really. I didn't put myself into too many problems. I guess the black muslims because they run prison and there's like 500 of them on a 1700 man yard.

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Absolutely a chnace if we get more seasons green lit!


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There are a lot of efforts to try and capture public opinion on net neutrality. I think one of the best came right before the vote. It was conducted by the University of Maryland. It found that 83% of the public favored keeping net neutrality rules in place, including 75% of Republicans, 89% of Democrats, and 86% of Independents. In short, support for net neutrality rules is broad based.

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Mike Souster’s and his team are some of the best condition coaches I ever worked with! Mike was able to get my fitness and strength level to where it is today and also helped do my rehab program to get back on snow. Quite frankly, I wouldn’t want to work with anyone else.

Clean and Squat Jerk: 65kg

Snatch: 35 or 40kg???

I just started getting into back into weightlifting almost two years ago (After Knee injury) and I’m still working on my numbers. Hopefully, this summer once I’m retired I can push some higher numbers.


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Think of the probation as a suspended sentence.

The judge who presided over his sentencing was probably like, well this is a serious crime, and warrants maybe 6 years in prison. But the defendant is young, it's his first conviction, maybe it would be better and more rehabilitative if he served only 6 months and was on probation for the next 5 year.

And then OP violated the terms of probation, so the sentencing judge there probably thought OP had his chance and fucked it up, so he should suffer the consequences that his original crime warranted.

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Any chance for one on kenners alien/predator line?


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Do you think a republican congress can put together and pass a Net Neutrality bill that would make net neutrality proponents happy?

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Tabs or spaces?


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This is correct

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If we get a big order for more epsiodes we would absolutely look at toys like this that have a unique story that's worth telling, despite not being iconic lines. lot of fans of those toys here!


Q:

Before we get to substantive legislation, we're going to see Congress try to address this issue through the Congressional Review Act (CRA). The CRA provides Congress with the ability to undo regulatory action it disagrees with. It's a long and hard road ahead, but there is undeniably momentum for the CRA. Right now, I believe there are more than 40 members of the Senate who have co-sponsored CRA legislation and about 80 members of the House who are doing the same.

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Have to go with Tabs considering that I code.


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Did you ever discover those "tropical people" in the UP or learn to love the Islam motherfucker types?

Dude, you have a lease on life. Take it.

Try like hell to get a job, wake up smiling, and try to like yourself for a change.

Your alternatives are Kinross and watching Pookie go to town with his noodles.

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Seriously. All those he man creators and we can’t find out the truth behind Wonder Bread? Someone knows


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What do you think the government's role should be in assuring broadband connectivity for every citizen? Do you believe we should consider high speed access to the Internet a human right? Why or why not?

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First of all, congratulations! I wish you the best of luck!

When did you first become interested in doing this and did you ever think the Olympics was in your future?


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I don't get what you're asking. My best friend was a Molenic (sp?) but for the most part I didn't fuck with the black muslims. Many of them are racist towards whites, but definitely not all. I could write a lot about the different muslim groups in prison. They're really just gangs. There is one group, I wanna say The Nation of Islam or the Sunnis that was actually trying to help put the younger black kids on a better path. I really respected them for that despite the fact they hated white people, haha.

Pookie and RayRay, you aint lying. I do have a job though, I've always kept a job. Thank you for the kidn words.

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We looked into it EXTENSIVELY and could not find anything or any one to support the theory. this topic alone could get its own episode. but you can rest assured that we put a LOT of time an energy into this question and came up w nothing. we spoke w wonder bread as well.


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Whether or not you call it a human right, there's one thing I know for certain: If you don't have access to the Internet right now, you don't have a fair shot at 21st century success.

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When I first moved to Calgary and my ability started to develop, I began to consider that this may be something that I’d like to pursue in the future. When I was 9 years old, I had really good coach that was able to see my potential and really push me out of my comfort zone. He spent a lot time working with me and convincing me that I could do better. if it wasn’t for him, I probably wouldn’t have continued on this far.

I had somewhat of an idea that I would be going to the Olympics as a child, but never really considered it fully until I attended the Youth Olympic Games in 2012. I actually wasn’t even sure if I would be going to these games after my knee injury a couple years ago. I remember when I was struggling during my rehab and was about to quit, my mom reminded me of the pictures I drew of myself standing on top of a podium at the Olympics and after I attended a small Junior Olympic event I told everyone that I would be going to Olympics some day. And here I am today.


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When will you do an episode on Kenner's The Real Ghostbusters toyline? It has to be one of their most unique runs ever made. Iconic with the purple packaging as well.

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What's your favorite Guster album? Seeing your bro tomorrow night! Similarly, are you as good of a singer as he is? Also, thank you for fighting for Net Neutrality, we appreciate your efforts.


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I saw that you mentioned the 2012 Youth Olympic Games. How was your experience competing in Vancouver?

EDIT: Accidentally said Nanjing--that was 2014 Summer.

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If we get more seasons green lit then yes; it's VERY possible!


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I'm a fan of Lost and Gone Forever. Though I also like Easy Wonderful (and especially the Do You Love Me video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7k-VAlIPzKg). I suspect my parents are the only ones who can legitimately claim they have both a rocker and regulator for children.

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I think you meant Innsbruck. Honestly, it was an amazing experience and being able to experience the Olympic culture was nothing short of amazing. I wasn’t mature and very inexperienced in how international events work. I came into the games with a bad mindset and I didn’t perform to the way I wanted to. I learned a lot of good lessons and I’m glad that I went.


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how does financing work with netflix -- do they give a lump sum or do they ask to see budgets and expenses and give accordingly? Do they provide any data from user behavior to help with editing the show, picking show length, length of cuts etc...?

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Do you think without NN we will see the main ISPs continue to be top dog or will new rivals come along and act as if we still have NN?


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Man how are you training for the Olympics and making it to class on time?

I struggle going to my 8 am

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All i can say about this, because our deal w netflix is confidential, is that we pitched them the idea with a tape we had made, and they bought the show, and after that we worked out the budget together. Also, they give us a lot of great notes that helped us make a show which we felt would be enjoyed by huge toy fans and new to toy wrold fans.


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We would all benefit from more competition. Today, according to FCC data about half of the households across the country have only one broadband provider. And hey, I'm one of them! We need more choices, not less.

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It's a difficult task, but manageable with the right time management. I take a lower course load during the winter and heavier during the spring/summer semester. It helps, but yes I still struggle to sleep and get up sometimes just like you.


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Ever think of doing a show on Charan/ToyBiz and all of the great Marvel action figures they produced in the 90's?

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Did Ajit ask you to be in his ridiculous meme infused video? I'm legit curious if he thought he could get everyone onboard with that hilarious mess


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Any opinion on the nude swim at southland?

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If we get a second season we will very very likley do something on super heroes, which of course would include marvel action figs.


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Just googled it!! Had no idea that was happening, but I’d be okay with it 😂😂😂


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What was your favorite toy to shoot?

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Mrs. Rosenworcel, before the repeal of Net Neutrality, I regularly called my representatives in the House and Senate. I have recently stopped because I felt it was a lost cause. Is it? What is the biggest thing I can do to ensure Net Neutrality comes back, and what can we do to ensure this isn't something we have to fight for years to come?


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Is the olympic camp as wild as they say?

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Didn't have a fave because it was all amazing but some star wars things we saw were amazing!


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Not a lost cause. At all! Keep the effort ongoing. I know most elected representatives keep track of the calls they get and make note of the issues that result in the biggest ruckus. Plus, I expect that in light of the Congressional Review Act effort, there is still a lot of interest in this issue.

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Ahaha, I know a few people that attended previous games, and they told me some things 😏 That's why it's called Tinder city!


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What kind of toys do you collect?

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How long is it before isps start abusing their newfound powers?


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Before I get to the question I just wanted to say keep doing what you are doing and I hope you dominate in the Olympics! Much love from Ethiopia!

Here's the question: Do you have any good luck routines or rituals you do before a competition?

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Star wars is in first place, and then a close second is tied for gijoe and transfomers...and of course LEGO!


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This is hard to say. But I know that companies have the technical ability to block and throttle content. They have the business incentive to do so, too. And now the FCC has given them the legal green light to go ahead. So I'll be watching carefully. I'll bet you will be, too.

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Nothing that come to mind unfortunately! I have in the past, but every race day is different. For pre-race, I usually do my warmup (Leg swings, core exercises, etc.) and plug in some music.


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Do you like any sports?


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Dose competing stop you from enjoying Injera and Zigni?

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It did! We are in post production on it and it comes out in about 4 months!


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Both of my kids are basketball enthusiasts. I love watching them on the court.

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Absolutely not! My Mom makes the best injera and dulet!


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Thanks! Sorry I quickly deleted my question after reading the intro. I'm looking forward to the other episodes!

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What do you think about the horrifically racist things people have said about Ajit Pai, as well as the numerous death threats and threats made to his family? Merits of Net Neutrality notwithstanding, do you think his treatment should be given more attention?


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thank you!!

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It's unacceptable. Under any circumstances.


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If the show continues on for more season ( crossing my fingers!) will you all be looking at smaller toy franchises like say “sectaurs, or Silverhawks? Or is the plane to stick with longer running more popular brands?

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It all depnds on how many seasons we get...if we get a big order then we would absolutely look into the less iconic toy lines, as long as the stories and people behind those lines are interesting.


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DM'ed. Thank you!

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I'm very interested in the theme of why these toys are so popular now and what lead up to their invetion. and of course also what is planned for the future of this type of toy.


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Love the show! I know this season is all tapped out, but is there any hope of getting an episode of the toy lines that didn't make it? Odd balls like Bucky O'Hare, Sectaurs, Visionaries, Battle Beasts, Army Ants, etc? Maybe rooting out why they didn't take hold? Anyway, can't wait for the second half of the season to start!

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there are a LOT of bucky o hare and army ants fans here in the office...so it all depends on if netflix orders more episodes or not and if they do how many they order.


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First of all, I loved the show, completely. The Masters of the Universe episode really took me back to my childhood. Just such a wonderful piece of nostalgia.

My question is --- What happened to all of the action figures you shot for your B-roll? Were they from a personal collection or were they purchased for the show? Who on the staff got to keep them?

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About a quarter of the toys in the show are from my personal collection, and the rest are from the collections of other people who were kind enough to let us shoot them. And thx for your kind words!


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If you could only keep one toy, which one would it be?

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It would have to be my die cast millenium falcon that i've had since i was about 3 years old...it's the first piece of my collection and it still has crayon all over it from when i was a kid.


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Did George Lucas give a reason why he didn't want to be interviewed? Do you think he felt it would look bad on him to talk about the toy deal he did for the original film?

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We were given no specific reason for him not wanting to do an interview, but his people were extrememly nice and tried to be as helpful as they could.


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Did George Lucas give a reason why he didn't want to be interviewed? Do you think he felt it would look bad on him to talk about the toy deal he did for the original film?

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The chair is a piece of art and no, we did not dicuss removing it because it's in the office where she wanted to film and we like to show people's environment as it normally is.


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What is your LEAST favorite toy line?

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Jacks! :)


Q:

can you please add madballs to your list?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvfYcZ8GAVM

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We have madballs in the office right now! love them!!


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There's rumor of a 2+ hour edition of the Star Wars episode. Any idea if that cut could be released?

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i am sorry to report that that rumor is false. tho we are putting out cut scenes on face book roughly once a week. we did one for star wars last week.


Q:

Hello from Puerto Rico!

I would love some episodes about M.A.S.K, Bravestarr or even Shogun Warriors, Whats the darkest toy line you would like to feature?

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We LOVE MASK!!! And you have some fans of bravestarr here too...if a second season is ordered then it's possible we will cover MASK, but not sure about the other two at this time.


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If you get more seasons in the future, would you consider doing episodes on 90s hits? Despite being born after these 80s toys were crazy popular, I can still appreciate the spectacle of it all (especially as a toy collector now, it's really cool to learn about), but to really hit that nostalgia bone would require moving forward a few years in history. An episode on Street Sharks, for example, I'd find very interesting.

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We will do stories on as many eras as we can, as long as the stories are good and the toys had some sort of impact at the time of their release. we love the 90s era, fyi!