Mar 15th 2018 by makingmonsters • 13 Questions • 21 Points
I am part of an international team that studies Archaeopteryx with microtomography using synchrotron light. Archaeopteryx is a feathered dinosaur from the Late Jurassic of Bavaria in Germany. We just found out that the cross cuts of its wing bones look remarkably like those of modern birds and interpreted this as evidence for active flight. However, we also recalled that the skeleton of Archaeopteryx was not equipped with the advanced flight adaptations that all present-day flying birds share. Furthermore, the recent years have uncovered evidence for various previously unrecognised aerial strategies that were adopted by early bird-like dinosaurs. This led us to the conclusion that Archaeopteryx, which remains among the oldest of them, must have represented one of many such evolutionary experiments of dinosaurian flight that ultimately went extinct, leaving only the flight of living birds today. Tomography in general - and synchrotron microtomography in particular - continues to unlock new possibilities for non-destructive and three-dimensional visualisation of important fossils. This promises much for the future of studying the past!
EDIT: Thank you all very much for having joined me here to talk about Archaeopteryx! I will have to return to finishing my preparations for my defence later this week but hope to have sufficiently addressed your interesting questions!
Which companies? I don't think you named them in your post.
For people who know the story of Gawker and Thiel, what additional value does the book provide? What was the most interesting thing you learned about the case when writing the book?
What's the most you have ever seen someone drink?
Hi Dennis, I also like bones! I practice orthopedic surgery - many patients suffer degenerative conditions around their joints, but they differ in weight bearing and non-weight bearing joints (ie- knee vs. shoulder). Both get arthritis, but for different reasons. When deciding if a particular species could fly, do you look for degenerative bony sequela related to the stresses of attempted/achieved flight?
A surprising amount actually- generally the quieter the person the bigger the dildo. They look a little like an IED on the X-ray so they make you jump a bit until you see the balls on it....
German companies : TUI , Karl Kolb , heberger french companies : Groupe Protec and de dietrich dutch companies ; melspring , hansmelchers and frans van anraat , Luxembourg general Mediterranean holding and its owner Nadhmi Auchi ( Saddam's Bag Man )
To me, this story is not just the story of a ten year revenge plot, it's really the story of all conspiracies. You know we live in this world of conspiracy theories (I happen to live in Austin, the hometown of Alex Jones) but few actual conspiracies. But any student of history knows that the world often pivots on something a few people cooked up in secret. So to me, this book was a chance to tell that larger story. The fact that Thiel was willing to go on the record and explain his process was, in my view as an author, an unprecedented chance to lay out how power really works in a way that few have been able to before. It's ironic, Gawker's informal motto was that they showed "How Things Work"--the story behind the story. But in this case, they missed what was actually happening. So did everyone in the media. What I tried to do here was step back, take judgment out of the picture, and show what went down and why. I think the book captures that, but ultimately that will be for the readers to decide.
A pal of mine drank 36 pints one night. That's the most I've ever seen.
Hello fellow bone enthusiast! Limb bones evolve to cope with the stresses and demands they are subjected to and can even remodel themselves to a certain degree during life, depending on how they are used. We did not find signs of degeneration but really aimed at interpreting these evolutionary and adaptive modifications in comparison with understood archosaurs to explain what they signify.
i was a child at the time and i don't remember well i was with my family in a basement- Mardin i had to hold my breath and covered my mouth then i ran into my neighbor's basement - Aras
Thiel began looking for cases as early as 2011, but had trouble finding either cases that were viable or plaintiffs willing to publicly go against Gawker. But it's also important to see that from the second the rumors of the tape began to spread--in early 2012--Hogan was very public about his intention to go after anyone who published it. This was well-before Hogan and Thiel were connected. So Gawker's decision to run the tape--and we know they knew of Hogan's comments--was really the unforced error of the century. It's what put Hogan on Thiel's radar and gave him the opportunity he was looking for. There were then subsequent other cases that Thiel either explored backing or did back, in part because early on it was not so obvious that Hogan's case had legs to go all the way or that the verdict would be what it was (much of that came from more unforced errors Gawker made during depositions and the discovery process).
Because our parameters are expressed in the middle of the bone shaft, we have not considered the humeral articulation with the glenoid yet. As you know, the shoulder girdle does not articulate rigidly with the axial skeleton, and it was displaced in most specimens of Archaeopteryx. It is therefore quite difficult to reliably reconstruct its orientation with respect to the rest of the skeleton, which has important implications for the mobility of the shoulder joint itself. Furthermore, we know that Archaeopteryx descends from a group of non-flying dinosaurs with relatively large arms and hands, which were presumably used quite intensively as well. Considering this, untangling all these influences towards specifying the exact function(s) of the forelimbs is far from straightforward.
Did it ever come out who leaked Bubba’s video? I live in Florida and used to listen and it was heavily implied that the video originally came from one of his cohosts.
Alright then. Let's do this. A shit ton. Now, you're Irish, but you said "ton" so, I'll do the math for imperial. Adult fecal matter is about 75% water by weight. A ton is 2000lbs, and of that ton of shit, 25% of it solid by weight, or 500 lbs of dehydrated shit. Beer is anywhere from 90 to 95 percent water by volume, and about 2%-6% alcohol by volume, which means that the solid content in a beer (I'll take the lowest water and highest alcohol content. You are Irish after all) is about 4%. This means that for every pint of beer, there are 0.04 pints of solid material. Unfortunately, the density of the solid matter will vary significantly from beer to beer; It's mostly mineral content; we will have to make due with the density of beer in general. 0.04 pints times 1.05 grams/centimeter cubed is 0.042 grams of solid material per pint. The liquor is either broken down into acetate, and then unrinated out or is exhaled and sweated out. We have a surplus of water, therefore both factors can be ignored. Take our desired 500 lbs, and convert that to kilograms: 226.796 kilos or 226,796 grams. 226,796 divided by the 0.042 grams of solid mass per pint gives us 5,399,904.76 pints of beer to make a literal ton of shit. That's 2,555,107.89 liters of beer. According the price of travel website, a pint of beer in dublin, low end, will run you about 5.56 USD per pint. That's a minimum revenue (not gross) of $30,023,470.47 USD for our friend u/bombidol here.
The police reports, which you can pull out from the trial documents off the website of the Pinellas County Courthouse, suspected that the tapes were leaked by a rival radio DJ Matt 'Spiceboy' Loyd. He was never charged with the crime so we should be careful about pointing fingers, but as far as a best guess goes from both the FBI and the Tampa Police, that's it. Even weirder--weirder than this entire dispute being put into motion by a fight between two shock jocks--is that the lawyer who represented the brokering of the sales of the tape was a man named Keith M. Davidson, who later came to represent Stormy Daniels after her alleged affair with the man who is now the President of the United States of America...
Edit: article here about that insane set of circumstances.
Bone enthusiast is not something that you become, it is something that becomes you ;)! Familiarising yourself with the varieties and all the interesting little details of bone is a good start. If it captures you then, there is no way back!
Do you ever run out of beer? Have you heard of that happening in other bars? If so, what happens?
I was at the right place at the right time! I had started working on scans of Nothosaurus under the supervision of Paul Tafforeau. He was also conducting several quite successful tests on Archaeopteryx and he invited me on board!
Some people may view security personnel as generally hostile and unfriendly. Are you? What's your day to day state of mind like? Do you believe brown people are terrorists and white people are the "good guys"? Do you feel sympathy for the people whose day you are sometimes making difficult?
Are these American companies or do they work in America? Is there anything Americans can do to help? So sad to read about this attack, I never knew it happened.
How's the weather today?
these companies were not american and american companies refused to cooperate they were german , french, dutch and Luxembourg companies , and what you can do is supporting us in the courts and lawsuit
That's some irony.
In order to exploit luck, you have to be prepared to recognise it! My advice would be to start getting involved with research as soon as you can. This may seem intimidating at first, but it is actually very accessible if you start contributing to studies led by more experienced people. Along the line your own experience, knowledge, and confidence will grow, and you will start to see possibilities for new or underappreciated research. This is the moment you will feel comfortable putting your very own studies together in a team of supportive experts. This, my friend, is one of the most rewarding endeavors we fossil enthusiasts can pursue. Good luck with the voyage!
How much money do you estimate Peter Thiel spent backing Hogan?
What's the earliest anyone's chundered in your Paddy's Day history?
Hey everyone! Thank you for being such gracious hosts to our AMA participants. They tried to answer as many questions as possible. We know you have lots more questions, so if you will, please visit the site https://www.halabjavictimssociety.org/ to learn more about the attacks and the lawsuit. Many of your questions can be answered there. Don't forget about this attack and some of the victims experiences you've heard here today. Their stories deserve to be heard.
Have a good day, Reddit!
Between $10-$20 million is the estimate.
As the door opens. I saw people puking on the walk to work two hours ago.
Assuming you are not asking me about the modern dinosaurs, birds, it was actually quite limited. Because we were able to get a lot of information from literature, we "only" needed to scan three specimens of Archaeopteryx, two bones from Compsognathus, and an ulna of a dromaeosaurid.
What do people order the most of at your bar on the holiday? Guiness? Do they try and get anything “weird” like a Smirnoff Ice?
But was it a full Archaeopteryx, or only a part? Was it embedded in something?
It's mostly guinness and whiskey today. A lot of lager and cider too.
All fossils of Archaeopteryx are preserved in and on thin limestone plates. This was a particular challenge for tomography to overcome, but the expertise of the ESRF managed to circumvent this problem. We scanned particular parts of two nearly-complete Archaeopteryx specimens and one that is only represented by a right arm skeleton. This specimen is appropriately referred to as the "Chicken Wing" (especially the arm looks very bird-like on first glance!).
You've said that you pretty much hand the city over to tourists today, do you find it strange that St. Patrick's Day is mostly celebrated by people who aren't Irish? I'm in England, and everyone I know seems to be going out tonight to get drunk on Guinness, however for St. George's Day, we maybe put a few flags up.
Has there been similar work done on other similarly adapted dinosaurs (e.g. micro raptor) and what are the results and how are they patterned?
It's pretty much just an excuse to get drunk at this stage, whatever it meant originally.
Not yet, and unfortunately such material was not available to us during this study either. Nevertheless, I am also very curious to see what the addition of such taxa could tell us. One problem is that most of the relevant Chinese material is even more crushed than that of Archaeopteryx. This makes reliable retrodistortion a lot more challenging but I would definitely be happy to give it a try if I receive the opportunity.
I wish I had a better question.... but I wanted to let you know that this was one of the primary reasons I joined the US Army Medical Service in 1988. I knew we would be fighting Sadaam after this. I was of course called up for Desert Storm when the time came. Our hospital was prepared to treat massive chemical attack victims which fortunately, for all involved in Desert Storm, never came.
What are the companies named in the suit?
Did anyone at Gawker ever address the hypocrisy of posting the Hogan tape while Jezebel made a huge deal over the celebrity nude leaks?
Hope the day goes well for you!
How often do you get Americans in your pub on this day?
I understand. I hope you'll get the opportunity to try.
To follow up, how many similarly adapted dinosaurs are currently known and how would you predict (based on skeletal morphology, or feather morphology in the case of micro raptor) that these would compare to your results concerning Archaeopteryx?
German companies : TUI , Karl Kolb , heberger french companies : Groupe Protec and de dietrich dutch companies ; melspring , hansmelchers and frans van anraat , Luxembourg general Mediterranean holding and its owner Nadhmi Auchi ( Saddam's Bag Man ) some companies industrial like karl kolb and heberger , some companies for personal products for example TUI used to have sub companies that produce chemical and building materials , today they are the largest tourism country in the world but they have the biggest hand in building and supplying chemical weapon factories , hundreds of German engineers worked at the chemical weapon sites during the conspiracy even a gas chamber was built to test chemical weapons on dogs and donkeys and even allegedly on Iranian POWs , Auchi is one of the biggest real estate owners in England and owns dozens of companies including hotels , the bank in Luxembourg was secretly funded by saddam hussein and held accounts for numerous dictators and terrorists https://www.halabjavictimssociety.org/
I address it in the book.
“Gawker is not in the business of holding back information,” Gawker’s managing editor, Emma Carmichael, would later say in her deposition. If they got it, they ran it. A Gawker writer would defend a similar story a few years later by saying, “Stories don’t need an upside. Not everyone has to feel good about the truth. If it’s true, you publish.” These people had come to believe that “truth” was the governing criterion, and that the right to publish these stories was absolute. As far as their experience was concerned, they were correct: There had never been serious consequences. They had called every bluff. They had published what every other media outlet would have deemed unpublishable and not only walked away from it—the audience loved them for it.
Of course they knew that running stolen footage of a naked person was not exactly right. Jezebel, a Gawker site, had made a name for itself defending women against every kind of slight, defending their rights to privacy, defending them against men who tried to victimize or bully them online. Jezebel would define its views more clearly in outrage over a rival blog that published a controversial story about someone’s sexuality: “Don’t out someone who doesn’t want to be out. The end. Everyone has a right to privacy. . . .” Except Peter Thiel, and now Terry Bollea, apparently.
Less than two months before the Hogan piece, a Gawker writer who would later become the site’s editor writes a piece condemning the rise of “fusking”—the practice of stealing photos from online accounts and posting them. In it, he rejects any attempt to blame the victim, or any excuses made for the “behavior of thieves and creeps” when they steal people’s private things. Gawker had seen the anger and outrage about Hunter Moore when it had written about him and his media site built around so-called revenge porn. Commenters even cheered when Gawker reported that the FBI was investigating Moore. Yet when that tape arrived to its SoHo offices, Gawker would twiddle it down to a highlight reel and run that naked video of Hulk Hogan in front of an audience that numbers in the millions—a video not just of Hogan, but also of the woman he was filmed having sex with, who also had not consented to its publication. Gawker would promote it to their Facebook fans: “It’s probably time you watched this snippet from the Hulk Hogan sex tape with a woman some claim is Bubba the Love Sponge’s wife. Work’s over. You’re fine.”
I'd say 70% of the people in the city are Americans right now.
The most similar to Archaeopteryx is Jeholornis from the Cretaceous of China. This dinosaur resembles Archaeopteryx in more ways than one, including an inferred preference for running around, but had fewer teeth, more strongly fused hand bones, and a shoulder that allowed for more upward mobility of the wing. We therefore think it was a better flyer than Archaeopteryx although it was still not particularly well-equipped for the flight stroke of modern birds. Jixiangornis shows a slightly improved flight apparatus still but also retains the long "dinosaurian" tail. Virtually all other flying dinosaurs we know today, including birds, have a tail consisting exclusively of feathers.
I thought there was a weapons ban on chemicals, was that just paper to be walked through with no punishment?
Hi Ryan. Do you think it's better for a marketer to be a generalist with a broad knowledge across a number of disciplines, or be highly specialized in one?
And do you ever think you'll turn your hand to fiction writing?
Fellow Irishman here, and I have probably the most important question of all: Are ya televising the rugby?
Being a person that professionally studies dinosaurs, what are the big pet peeves you have based on how dinosaurs are portrayed in pop culture/the media?
yes no company has ever been punished and what the comopany say they wouldnht do the chemical weapon activity is not what they do , they know they are selling chemical weapons and they know that the weapons are killing people - aras and mardin
I suppose that depends on who you want to be and what kind of career you want to have. Personally, I think it's best to be really good at 3-4 distinct things. This was you have different competencies you can expand or contract based on need, the market, interest, etc. But that's still small enough to develop a solid reputation for excellence in. If you're good at 500 things (if that's even possible) it's hard for people to understand what you do.
Basically, I'd rather be Bo Jackson than Ashton Eaton.
What an interesting question! Although I generally welcome any and all attention for extinct life that may invite people into the fascinating field of palaeontology, I must admit that I cringe whenever I hear somebody with authority and a hidden agenda say that dinosaurs really support whichever non-scientific doctrine he or she adheres to. This is especially dangerous when it comes to educating children, since they may not be able to start looking into fossils independently until it is too late for them to choose for a scholarly path that may have brought them where they wished to be.
how has growing up during your lifetime been? have you been treated differently since you have been marked survivors
One of the narratives about the Hogan/Gawker/Thiel saga has been, in its distilled form: Since Peter Thiel's financial resources far outpaced Gawker's, he shut down the company (personally, I see it as more nuanced, but fair enough). Then the narrative goes on to talk about how dangerous this is for journalism. What's your take? Is Thiel's involvement in this case an inauspicious omen for journalism? Does Thiel himself reveal any kind of dislike for the free press? Any predictions for how this case will be impacting the media ecosystem 5-10 years from now?
How often do you have to deal with people fighting? Have you ever seen a fight get out of hand?
Hi, Dennis! I work with museum collections and I'm finally taking paleontology and the professor I work with closely did a study on Deinonychus' (specifically Deinonychus antirrhopus) forelimb function and morphology and how it might be important for the development of avian flight.
Is there a laymens terms way you could explain the relationship between Archaeopteryx and Deinonychus? He uses Archaeopteryx as a comparative example often to support his research and it's a little over my head in hand morphologies of therapods
Edit: I would also like to know what museums or institutions you've researched at to study Archaeopteryx?
no because our community understands well our problems since the most of the people are victims - Aras i was lost and living away from my own family , i was adopted by another family , i didn't know that i'm adopted until i was 10 years old -Mardin
The central question of this story to me is, who was the bully? Was Thiel the bully or was it Gawker? Was Peter the billionaire who destroyed a millionaire? Or was he a righteous man who attempted to use his money to solve a problem that only power and money could solve? Was it the media outlet that thoughtlessly outed a then-mostly unknown tech investor? Or was it the billionaire who spent millions plotting against him for it? Was it the website who loved to out gay men or was it the team who would back Trump in the 2016 election, and in the case of Charles Harder, write an 11 page letter threatening to sue Michael Wolff for his book about Trump? Was it Denton who never apologized, who ignored judicial orders or was it Thiel, who never showed his face until after his revenge was complete?
It depends on where you sit, but one thing that has been lost in the coverage since the verdict: Gawker thought they were winning until suddenly, they lost. It was Gawker who had filed endless motions and appeals, who had fought Hulk Hogan with scorched earth tactics, and never apologized for obtaining an illegally recorded sextape and publishing it for more than seven million people to gawk at (and then spent $10M+ vigorously insisting it was right to do so). There was a moment in mid-2014, when Gawker’s lawyers threatened Hulk Hogan, telling him that it was his last chance to drop the case before they went after him for attorney’s fees. More than anything, what the jury and the judge reacted to had been their arrogance. The verdict reflected that.
Nick Denton told me, “The idea that Thiel was terrified of the next Gawker piece is still absurd to me—and given how things turned out, we had much more to fear from him than the other way around." But it wasn’t that absurd at the time, when they were a website with hundreds of millions of readers, when Gawker was the site that had never been challenged in court and published whatever it wanted, Thiel believed that Gawker’s power was partly in pretending that it was more powerful than it was. Now that they're gone...it looks different.
As for who is the bully now? As I said, backing Trump and some of the clients Charles Harder has taken on since give me pause...but that doesn't have the power to rewrite where things were in 2007.
I think theres been maybe two fights in the seven years I've been here. Never anything too crazy.
How very interesting! Archaeopteryx and Deinonychus are both members of the dinosaur group named "Paraves" or "near-birds". Within that group, Deinonychus falls within the dromaeosaurs (also called "raptors"), whereas Archaeopteryx is part of the other group, the "Avialiae".
Your professor's example is indeed very relevant, since it was exactly that line of reasoning that brought Prof. Ostrom in the 1970's to conclusion that a century-long old theory which had received little attention but is accepted today, namely that birds are dinosaurs, may actually be true!
If you look at the wrist of Deinonychus, you will find that the hand connects to the arm with a half-moon-shaped bone, which is also called exactly that (semi-lunate carpal). This bone allowed Deinonychus to sweep its hand to the side, which we ourselves cannot do. Archaeopteryx also had this bone, and in modern birds it is preserved as a similarly-shaped portion of a fused bone: the carpometacarpus. Exactly this anatomical aspect allows birds to fold their wings along their sides and over their back. Because it is present in both the raptors and the Avialiae, we suspect it was also present in the shared ancestor of those groups.
Edit: I would also like to know what museums or institutions you've researched at to study Archaeopteryx
My PhD project is officially accommodated within Palacký University in Olomouc (Czech Republic) but I have probably spend a little bit more time at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility because they have the best arrangements for studying these large data sets. Furthermore, my team has close relations with several museums and institutes in Germany that house Archaeopteryx specimens and/or are involved in Archaeopteryx research themselves.
Hi Dennis, how exactly does a synchrotron work in relation to your research?
A synchrotron is a particle accelerator in which electrons move around in a long circular tube, the storage ring, at high speeds. This produces synchrotron radiation that is released by electrons forced to circle its storage ring. Such so-called synchrotron light has certain properties that make it very suitable for a particular tomographical technique that rely on a phase shift created by differences in the rock rather than differential absorption by different materials in the rock and is capable of achieving much better contrast and detail in three-dimensional data sets than most conventional tomographical techniques. This is very important for palaeontology since the contrast between rock and fossil bone (which has essentially been converted to rock as well during fossilisation) is notoriously low in tomographical data. Using this technique was vital for non-destructively obtaining the reliable and high-quality imagery required for conducting the presented study.
As an owner of a pub in Ireland, do you actually think Irish beers are the best? What is your preference when/if you decide to drink?
What kind of costs are associated with a synchrotron scan of samples like this? How long does the scanning take?
I think theres some great Irish beers. Personally, Belgian beers are my favourite.
The European Synchrotron Radiation Facility is based in France but shared by its member countries that all chip in to have a wide range of research opportunities available for their scientists. Research proposals from teams within these member countries are evaluated and the most promising studies will be granted beamtime to conduct the presented study. If a project is granted then the researchers themselves do not have to pay extra; such research is covered by the membership fees of their country. Besides proposed research there is also some in-house research being conducted, for example when a planned experiment is cancelled at the last moment. Although experimentation time is not cheap if you would have to pay for it straight up, the synchrotron is running 24/7, so using beamtime that would not be used otherwise does not amount to significant additional costs.
Scanning time depends strongly on the size and nature of the sample that you wish to scan. Making individual scans of small samples may only take about 10 minutes. However, obtaining good scans from larger samples (which is done by stitching numerous individual scans together) with a challenging composition can require acquisition times of 20 hours or more!
What do you think about the proposals to extend the opening hours for clubs and pubs here in Dublin? Moreso do you think that the early closing hours hinder a lot of our nightlife scene here?
Best of luck today anyway lad, might head up to ya as I have nothing planned!
nothing is being done for the survivors , many of us are too sick to travel but we would be happy to come to the un , so all could hear our voices and other who cannot travel could give power of attorney to speak for them
I'm not sure I did. I see myself as an author or a writer, who also has expertise as a marketing and strategist. I don't see myself as a journalist.
Our licensing laws are a joke. I think a twelve hour license should be standard with no area having too many bars/clubs that finish at the same time. Also late license applications should be instant, if I'm busy I should be able to press a button on an app to get one instead of going to court to apply for one. It's a disaster here.
What's the weirdest thing you've read in a book by the likes of Seneca or Marcus Aurelius? Those dudes came from different cultures.
Thanks for checking in again this year, man. Hope it's a good day!
Should Guinness be served cold or at room temperature?
Also, what drink should I order in Dublin that is better than Guinness?
Hamburger-Aras Pizza -Mardin
From which court are you seeking relief? Will you need sanctions?
Hey Ryan, how do you think Gawker's hypocrisy at the time possibly influenced the court case? An example I have is Gawker media sites condemning sites for hosting J-Law nude photos, yet posting on their site that they were defying the judge order to take down Hogan's tape. You researched all the legal docs and did interviews, did that ever come up?
Happy St. Patricks day! Still serving that Founders, All Day IPA?
first to national court i halabja and then we have a case also in paris and we intend to bring additional cases in london , holland and germany
I wrote about that many years ago actually http://observer.com/2014/09/spare-us-the-sanctimony-the-gross-hypocrisy-of-online-media-in-the-nude-photo-leak/
What's your opinion on the chemical attack in the UK? Hold any strong values, opinions or beliefs?
Why was Thiel's funding even necessary for Hogan to seek justice? To me, that's an even bigger question.
From what i remember, Gawker refused a takedown order, bragged about doing so, all on a hidden-cam porn of a person taken without their knowledge. What Gawker did was screwed up, no way around it.
So why was a Billionaire needed to fund this?
First-- Good luck! Hope your day goes well!
Second-- What's the worst thing that's happened? How many people do you estimate you get in on this day? How many do you kick out?
Thanks in advance :)
this proofs that everyone of us in danger of chemical weapons and their production must stop in every county.
As Thiel said—and perhaps only Thiel could have said with a straight face—Hogan ‘was only a single digit millionaire.’ This case took roughly four years and cost more than $10 million to litigate. Three years in Hogan lost his endorsement deals and was kicked out of wrestling when his racist comments were leaked. There was no way he could have taken this to a jury on his own. Maybe without Thiel’s help there could have been a low six figure settlement (as Gawker had done in another case) but no jury verdict in my opinion.
I get asked this a lot. Nothing really bad has ever happened on Paddys day here. 99.9% of the people I'll see are tourists who won't want to spend long in one pub. They will grab one or two beers and head off to the next one. I'd say over the course of the day about ten people will be asked to leave and a bunch more will be denied access.
Hi and thanks for doing this AMA!
If the Saddam Hussein regime had not been toppled, do you think groups such as ISIS would have still been able to rise to such levels of power as they have today in the region?
In the current conflicts of the Syrian civil war, we can still see chemical weapons attacks being carried out by groups such as ISIS, rebel groups, and the Syrian military. What can we, as everyday people, do to help let the companies that are producing these weapons that they cause mass harm once they fall into the wrong hands?
Hey Ryan, since Machiavelli said that conspiracies are weapons of the people, why do you think there are so few of them today?
How are you so prolific? What systems/routines had the most impact on your life?
I'm halfway through the book and loving it!
I see that at least one of the German companies responsible for this (not sure which) is now in the German Tourism industry?
Why is Germany allowing a known exporter of chemical weapons, in direct contravention of the Geneva Protocol, to still exist and function as a German company? As far as I know, Germany had ratified the Geneva Protocols, right?
What legal or governmental hurdles are preventing Germany from dealing with the organization themselves? Did German Investigators determine there wasn't enough evidence or something?
Thanks for doing this AMA! Chemical weapons, especially mustard gas, are not only horrific, it takes a special kind of soulless monster to sell that gas for use against humans or to deploy it against humans.
If you could meet Marcus Aurelius what would you do and what would you ask him?
What was the most bat-shit crazy thing you ever saw a patron do?
the German prosecuted these companies including TUI and found them guilty of illegally selling chemical weapons to saddam , the managers were sentences of between 3 and 12 month in jail but non of them went to jail for even one day , under german law corporations cannot be prosecuted for the crimes of genocide or crimes against humanity , only the managers and as you can see the manager got off with no punishment
I've seen some insane shit here. People eating dead lizards, pissing on the floor and a bunch more.
What's your favorite [traditional Irish] meal? Having anything special for the holiday?
we are not seeking revenge or punishment we are just seeking justice those companies should held accountable for what they did and they should compensate injured and people who lost their loved ones and help towns and cities that they destroyed to grow back
The truth is all of Stoicism is easy to say, difficult to practice. I think one of the harder ones for me is just not letting my temper or my impulse to react drive my behavior. To me, the Stoic is someone who is deliberate about what they do and say, just part of my personality is to be intense and always do, do, doing. Someone says something, I want to respond. There's an opportunity, I want to take it. There's something that needs to be fixed, I want to fix it. Someone makes an argument, I want to argue back. The problem there is that I'd be better off if I paused and really thought about the best response or whether a response was necessary or not. I would save myself trouble, heartache, frustration, etc if I could do this better. When I look at my journal entries, I tend to find this issue--or something related to it--is central to most of what I am struggling with or having problems with.
I just had some grapes. Does that count?
You're not a journalist, yet you wrote in this investigative report in your typical style drawing from history/prior works. Did you ever feel you were stretching to craft a narrative, for example seeing the book on ancient strategy on Theil's desk? Or were their things said in the interviews that lent themselves to the way you crafted the "story?'
I met quite a few guys from Dublin last night here in Amsterdam. Do a good portion of the locals get outta Dodge for the day?
It really was insane to see Discourses on Livy on Thiel's shelf in his apartment (not his desk), given that I had just read it as research for the book. And for him to be able to reference the section from memory was just one of those things that made this feel somewhat meant to be. The other funny anecdote is that he gave me a copy of The Fifteen Decisive Battles of the World thinking it was this obscure text that would make me realize what he had tried to do...and it happened that I'd already read it a few years before and had recently pulled my notes from it to see where there might be some insights for this book.
As for stretching to craft a narrative, I would say that the weird thing about the book was that there was actually too much material so instead of stretching the difficulty (or the shaping) came more from what not to include. A question above asked about who leaked the tapes, my decision to make this book about a conspiracies meant that the leakers identity was a lot less important, so it was left on the cutting room floor.
Your question is good though. Authors, journalists, lawyers--we're all telling stories and stories require choices and as a result certain things are obscured or emphasized to the reader. But I think this is better than say me dumping all the legal documents on you and saying: You figure it out. I mean, that's what I'm being paid to do.
Some do. Most hide at home
I know you apprenticed under Robert Greene, who wrote 48 Laws of Power.
It almost feels like this book is a modern case study for 48 Laws; would you agree?
Is your favorite color green?
How often, if ever, do you partake in drinking with the patrons? You seem like a guy people would want to have a drink with.
Cheers and good luck today!
It's been optioned. We'll see
Ryan - I enjoyed two of your other books (Obstacle and Ego). One piece of constructive criticism I would have is that when you create the audio book, could you consider getting a professional book reader? I don't want to sound like a dick or anything, but the hardest part of the Audiobooks for me was that your voice was kind of... monotone-ish.
How many people will black out at your bar on average St Patrick's day?
Look, I wouldn't want to listen to me talk for that long either, but the vast majority of listeners have said they prefer it when I read. So I got with that.
Very few. Later this evening there will probably be a few people that need to take a walk and get their legs back working
Thank you for everything to do! I loved my time visiting Dublin in the summer of 2017, and I hope to get back there soon. On St. Patrick's Day, who are the worst drunks - the locals, or the tourists?
Most Dublin people avoid the city today, we pretty much hand the town over to the tourists.
Wait are you the same Ryan Holiday that had that email list thing? I think I'm subscribed lol
Do they still have Beamish over there? Or is it gone now?
I am. That little list started with 50 people and now is about 90,000. It's my favorite thing to do.
It's still around but rare in Dublin
Hi Ryan - been following your great work since 'Trust me - I'm lying' ..
Apple was no fan of Gawker - especially after the whole iPhone 4 leaking affair ..
Do you think they had anything to do with this case? Or were they just cheering from the sidelines (like many others) .. ?
Too hungover to get up and look out the window lad, did the snow we were threatened with ever materialize? Or was Met Éireann just overreacting?
Well when rumors began to fly that someone was back Hogan, there were a few candidates. I don't know if Apple was one of them, but Denton briefly considered the possibility that the Church of Scientology was responsible.
It was snowing this morning. I doubt it will stick around
How many staff will you have throughout the day? Is it hard to get staff to work the evening shift? Is their a financial incentive for staff to work today?
We will have about six staff on today, staggered throughout.
I get the idea yours is a rock and roll bar... Will there be any bands playing at your joint tonight?
We have a bunch of Irish punk band tonight
What do you recommend for first time drinkers who came into your bar?
I've been out here waiting for a pint for twenty minutes, is there any chance you could put down your phone and grab me 9 pints of guinness and a bag of bacon fries? cheers kid.
I've heard that ordering an Irish car bomb in Ireland would be as offensive as ordering a 9/11 in NYC. I can completely see that logic. Is it an extremely sensitive subject over there, and is it still ordered often?
Depends on the person. It doesn't bother me at all. That shit is delicious.
What would you do if you found a snake in your bar on this blessed day?
How does an actual Irish person celebrate St. Patrick's day?
Here in America, it's just an excuse to get shit faced because you might be 25% Irish because of your ancestors.
We hide at home
Shot of powers
A dude exploded once.
Is there a sense of pride about people all around the world celebrating Ireland today or is it more just seen as something for the outside world? Irish-American asking
Its hard to explain. It's like we share the city with new comers for a few days and turn up the Irish factor to 100%
How do you feel when Americans start talking about their Irish ancestors?
I personally enjoy hearing about it
Do you think that there is an unhealthy attitude to alcohol in Ireland? (Note:am Irish)
Absolutely. But it's related to licensing laws.
Whiskey and Guinness
Love the Thomas House! Have had many’s a good night in there after a Vicar Street gig! Keep up the good work, hope ye have a great Paddy’s :) What time will ye be open til tonight?
Only going til 12.30 tonight
It's different for everyone.
Do you have any advice for a fellow barman working in Cork today?
Head down. Don't make eye contact.
Just wanna say I love the Thomas house, from Kildare but anytime I'm in town I make it a mission to head down there for pints. Keep up the great work!
Any famous heads in there regularly? I've seen Dara O'Briain in the area fair regular.
There's a bunch of well known people that drink here but obviously I couldn't name them publicly
Is it true a lot of folk leave Ireland on Paddy's Day and go over to the UK to get away from all the tourists?
I don't think so. I think a lot of them just stay at home and hide.
If you could visit any other city in the world on St Patrick's day, where would it be and what would you hope to see or not see?
I've been to Chicago and it was fun. Maybe Philly