Top Reddit IAmA's http://www.topiama.com The latest IAmA's collected from Reddit PoliticsIamA I'm Jared Polis, candidate for governor of Colorado, for net neutrality, the fight for a free and open internet is not over! AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6573/iama-im-jared-polis-candidate-for-governor-of My short bio: Internet entrepreneur (bluemountain.com, proflowers.com, Techstars, others) member of Congress representing Northern CO (tech work includes Email Privacy Act, fighting NSA/DOJ surveillance, bitcoin/blockchain), founded two public schools and was Chairman of State Board of Education, gaymer and dad, candidate for Governor of Colorado My Proof: https://imgur.com/uU8F9j8

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Tue, 12 Dec 2017 0:00:00 EDT
PoliticsIamA retired USMC Colonel running against Roy Moore and Doug Jones in the Alabama special election for the U.S. Senate. My name is Col. Lee Busby. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6572/iama-retired-usmc-colonel-running-against-roy Thanks everybody for the questions. Back to finishing up the final push in the campaign. All of us are far closer on the issues than we're led to believe. Have a great day, be sure to write-in Lee Busby tomorrow at the polls.

Hi, I’m Colonel Lee Busby, a centrist, write-in candidate running against Roy Moore and Doug Jones for the U.S. Senate in the Alabama special election.

I am running because I believe the race has focused on the left and right extremes, and that I am a better representative of the vast conservative middle where most Alabamians identify.

Personally, I’m lifelong Alabamian, University of Alabama graduate, and a retired Marine infantry colonel. During my military service, I received the Legion of Merit (3 awards) and a Bronze star. I am a father of four, a business owner, and a Republican voter. I own a brewery and an investment firm, receive my healthcare through the VA, and spent the last several years as a sculptor creating bronze memorial busts of Alabamians killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. AMA!

Here's my proof and here’s how to vote for me!

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Mon, 11 Dec 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Crime / JusticeI’ve used law to attack NSA surveillance, CIA criminality, and neo-Nazis. I’m John Tye and I help whistleblowers avoid prison. http://www.topiama.com/r/6574/ive-used-law-to-attack-nsa-surveillance-cia My short bio: Christophe has led APOPO's team for the past two decades and has many years of management experience in East Africa. Christophe holds an MSc in Product Development & Development Sciences and developed much of APOPO's technical apparatus. He has guided APOPO from a wild idea into an award-winning NGO with operations in Angola, Cambodia, Colombia, Ethiopia, and Zimbabwe.

My Proof: https://twitter.com/HeroRATs/status/938807998033653760 only joking, real proof - https://twitter.com/HeroRATs/status/938458997149126659

About APOPO: APOPO is a non-profit that trains rats to save lives. Based in Tanzania, the organisation has pioneered the development of scent detection rats, nicknamed HeroRATs. We’re on a mission to develop detection rats technology to provide solutions for global problems and inspire positive social change. It was our 20th birthday last month!

About Landmine Detection Rats: APOPO's landmine detection rats have helped sniff out more than 100,000 mines, returned 22 million square meters of land, and helped free nearly one million people from the threat of explosives.

About Tuberculosis Detection Rats: APOPO's tuberculosis detection rats have safely sniffed nearly than 450,000 sputum samples identifying 12,000 additional cases of TB that were missed by clinics.

Support Us: You can make a donation or adopt a HeroRAT at our website.

Watch: The Bomb-Sniffing Rats Saving Lives In Mozambique

Ask me anything you like about APOPO, detection rats, animal training, landmines, tuberculosis, innovation, non-profits, or living in Africa for the past twenty years.

Christophe will begin answering questions at 1pm EST. /u/APOPO_Robin and /u/c_herorat will be helping out in the comments too.

EDIT - Thanks for all your interesting questions - and you can always find us on our Facebook page or via email if you have more questions. I am mostly in Morogoro, Tanzania, where it's going to 11 pm now, but still 30 degrees celsius! /u/APOPO_Robin and /u/C_HeroRAT will answer any other questions you have. Thanks again.

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Mon, 11 Dec 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Specialized ProfessionIamA Firefighter. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6571/iama-firefighter-ama Introduction:

I’m Asher Fergusson. This past September, my wife and I experienced two consecutive Airbnb nightmares that left us and our 10-month-old son on the street in Europe. It was a horrible experience.

As a result, I decided to conduct an Airbnb guest research study, and subsequently wrote an article about its findings. My research partners were Sheana Ahlqvist, PhD and Erin Smith. They are also joining me on this AMA.

We’re doing this AMA because we want to see Airbnb succeed, but our findings indicate they are not doing a good enough job keeping up with their massive growth. We uncovered multiple dangerous loopholes & scams that are going unchecked and we want to bring awareness to these issues.

Summary of our research:

According to Airbnb customer service, 3% to 7% of stays turn into a “problem stay” (that’s over 2 million ruined trips per year). Here’s what’s most likely to go wrong on your next stay based on 839 3rd-party online reviews shared by dissatisfied Airbnb guests:

Host cancels stay (20.5%), Scams (15.4%), Unsafe conditions (13.4%), Not as described (12.2%), Fake Listings or Reviews (3.8%), Discrimination (1.1%)

We found that Airbnb customer service makes everything far worse: 82% of the people who had a problem with their Airbnb stay mentioned customer service as a problem. 57.5% of those people listed customer service as their primary complaint.

See our full infographic that was submitted Monday to /r/Dataisbeautiful here (it has over 2,000 comments, many of which are stories from other dissatisfied Airbnb users) : https://www.reddit.com/r/dataisbeautiful/comments/7hk5xu/according_to_airbnb_customer_service_3_to_7_of/

Other key findings from our research:

  1. Lax or nonexistent ID requirements and background checks for hosts
  2. Price point arbitrage scam with duplicate listings
  3. Co-founder Brian Chesky claims a natural “immune system” is supposed to regulate good and bad users, but the review system is flawed and often biased.
  4. A scammer can use the same listing photos on multiple accounts.
  5. A host who has been "permanently banned" can get back on the platform instantly under a different name.
  6. Listing addresses are not verified so a "bad" host can list any address whether they own the property or not.

Proof:

If you would like to read our full article, our published study or our video with proof, you can find it on Asher’s website here: https://www.asherfergusson.com/airbnb/

ASK US ANYTHING!

Edit: Thanks everyone! We signing off at 4:30pm PST but will check back in the morning to see if there are any unanswered questions. Cheers, Asher, Sheana and Erin.

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Sun, 10 Dec 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Request[AMA Request] Nick, the grunge kid who got an unnecessary makeover on Oprah in 1993. http://www.topiama.com/r/6570/ama-request-nick-the-grunge-kid-who-got-an My short bio: Hi Reddit! My name is Jacob Orth, and I currently work as a VIP Host at a strip club in Las Vegas called the Hustler Club. It's a 3 story, 70,000 square foot building, with 21 bottle booths, 3 stages, 2 VIP rooms, female and male strippers (weekends only for males). I've worked in Vegas strip clubs for about 5 years now, and know the strip club industry in Vegas very well. Ask me anything!

My Proof: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Am3hVHNqFnQ

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Sat, 09 Dec 2017 0:00:00 EDT
90 days with no electricity college student in PR AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6565/90-days-with-no-electricity-college-student-in-pr I grew up extremely poor as a child and my mom was possibly mentally unfit to parent. I often had no home to live in and more often no food to eat. When I was 11, my house caught fire and as far as I understand they believe my mom did it on purpose. Because of this, she wasn’t able to collect the insurance money and we were forced to move back into a burned out shell of a double wide trailer that we put a layer of plywood over where the fire had burned through the exterior walls. I continued to live there until I was about 13, when I had to finally move because she wouldn’t let me live there anymore. At 18, 8 months after 9-11 happened, I joined the Marines and was part of the first invasion force to enter Iraq in 2003. On my second deployment to Iraq, I was shot by an enemy rocket and then my own people (not so friendly fire) while waiting to be evacuated for my injuries. My best friend was beside me and lost part of his jaw and most of his teeth. Another of my close friends was killed by sniper fire that same day on the rooftop of the same building.I received a Purple Heart for being wounded and was then honorably discharged from the Marines in 2006 and spent several years attempting to drink myself to death before having a daughter and deciding to change things for the better. I was playing music in a band and that led me to discover my true passion of recording music. I went to school and right out of school moved to Hollywood to become an audio engineer. Since then I have worked with Red Hot Chili Peppers, Steven Stills, Imagine Dragons, Justin Bieber, Justin Timberlake, Frank Ocean, Ariana Grande, Skylar Grey, The ChainSmokers, Travis Scott, Pharrell, Timbaland, No ID, Young Chop, JayZ, Ludwig Goransson, Jemaine Clement, Tom Petty, Third Eye Blind, Slayer, Metallica, most of the members of the Mars Volta and ATDI, Ozomatli and so many many more. Most recently I recorded Vic Mensa’s debut album, The Autobiography. I’ve been married 3 times and my current wife is a singer in the British band, Crystal Fighters. Im currently on tour with JayZ and Vic Mensa, recording Vic’s new material on the back of a bus with a studio in it. Last summer I built my own studio on Sunset Blvd in Hollywood. I’ve been in riots, gun battles, bar fights, and I ran with the bulls in Pamplona. I’ve been thousands of dollars in debt and flush with so much money I don’t know what to do with myself. I’ve struggled with depression and addiction, loneliness, hunger, commitment and fear of abandonment. I’ve lied to people I love and I’ve been wrong more times than I’ve been right. Overall, I feel like your typical, ordinary American dude who keeps Jar Jarring his way into extraordinary situations.

I’m here to answer any questions about my life, the artists I’ve worked with, my military experience or anything else you guys could want to ask but also to promote my wife’s new solo project that I am so very proud of her for completing, so please check out Eleanor K on Spotify and iTunes, follow her on Instagram @eleanorkofficial and watch her music video Youtube-Eleanor K We are on an off day today so I’ll stick around as long as anyone has any questions. Also, follow me on Instagram @greazywil for day by day updates of our dressing room quality and pictures of nerd stuff.

You can find verification on my Instagram @greazywil

Edit: Thanks for the amazing questions everyone. I am going to continue to answer and respond to every one for as long as I can. I know I always get bummed out when I see an AMA thats been over for hours and I'm just seeing it for the first time. For all you veterans out there, I see you. I know you've been dealt a rough hand. No one with a stable life and good upbringing with lots of money needed to join the military. I know how hard it is. Don't give up and don't use your military service as an excuse to not keep working hard. This world will give you nothing for free and you need to keep earning and proving yourself every day. Message me any time for some encouragement and occasional tough love.

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Fri, 08 Dec 2017 0:00:00 EDT
TechnologyI am Greg Salazar, Tech YouTuber with 315k+ YT subscribers, AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6566/i-am-greg-salazar-tech-youtuber-with-315k-yt I'm Greg Salazar, a technology lover and the host of Science Studio on YouTube. We review technology products and cover Science related topics as well.

We currently have about 315k subscribers and I'm looking answer any questions that you may have!

YouTube: https://youtube.com/ScienceStudio Twitter: https://twitter.com/sciencestudioYT Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sciencestudioyt/

My Proof: https://twitter.com/ScienceStudioYT/status/939019595167305729

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Fri, 08 Dec 2017 0:00:00 EDT
JournalistIamA Award-Winning Investigative Reporter, Emily Kassie reporting on Florida's Fraudulent Treatment Centers AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6568/iama-awardwinning-investigative-reporter-emily Introduction:

I’m Asher Fergusson. This past September, my wife and I experienced two consecutive Airbnb nightmares that left us and our 10-month-old son on the street in Europe. It was a horrible experience.

As a result, I decided to conduct an Airbnb guest research study, and subsequently wrote an article about its findings. My research partners were Sheana Ahlqvist, PhD and Erin Smith. They are also joining me on this AMA.

We’re doing this AMA because we want to see Airbnb succeed, but our findings indicate they are not doing a good enough job keeping up with their massive growth. We uncovered multiple dangerous loopholes & scams that are going unchecked and we want to bring awareness to these issues.

Summary of our research:

According to Airbnb customer service, 3% to 7% of stays turn into a “problem stay” (that’s over 2 million ruined trips per year). Here’s what’s most likely to go wrong on your next stay based on 839 3rd-party online reviews shared by dissatisfied Airbnb guests:

Host cancels stay (20.5%), Scams (15.4%), Unsafe conditions (13.4%), Not as described (12.2%), Fake Listings or Reviews (3.8%), Discrimination (1.1%)

We found that Airbnb customer service makes everything far worse: 82% of the people who had a problem with their Airbnb stay mentioned customer service as a problem. 57.5% of those people listed customer service as their primary complaint.

See our full infographic that was submitted Monday to /r/Dataisbeautiful here (it has over 2,000 comments, many of which are stories from other dissatisfied Airbnb users) : https://www.reddit.com/r/dataisbeautiful/comments/7hk5xu/according_to_airbnb_customer_service_3_to_7_of/

Other key findings from our research:

  1. Lax or nonexistent ID requirements and background checks for hosts
  2. Price point arbitrage scam with duplicate listings
  3. Co-founder Brian Chesky claims a natural “immune system” is supposed to regulate good and bad users, but the review system is flawed and often biased.

Proof:

If you would like to read our full article, our published study or our video with proof, you can find it on Asher’s website here: https://www.asherfergusson.com/airbnb/

ASK US ANYTHING!

Edit: Thanks everyone! We signing off at 4:30pm PST but will check back in the morning to see if there are any unanswered questions. Cheers, Asher, Sheana and Erin.

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Fri, 08 Dec 2017 0:00:00 EDT
PoliticsIamA Steven David, a 32-year-old Democrat running for Congress against Kevin Brady -- AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6562/iama-steven-david-a-32yearold-democrat-running I'm Steven, and I'm running against Kevin Brady because I disagree with pretty much everything he represents in Congress. Whether it is net neutrality, healthcare, tax reform, or renewing CHIP. AMA. Proof - https://twitter.com/stevedavid/status/935135824445952001

EDIT @ 10:40AM CST - Holy cow y'all are asking questions! I am still answering, but trying to be as thoughtful as possible.

EDIT 2 @ 10:57AM CST - Forgot to put my website link up. www.electstevendavid.com

FINAL EDIT: I'm gonna close it out. This has been amazing and I appreciate all of the questions and dialogue. Clearly I am going to do another one in the future, so keep an eye out. Shameless plugs: like my FB page @ https://www.facebook.com/stevenforcongress/. and follow me on twitter @stevedavid

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Thu, 07 Dec 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Director / CrewAMA with Grant Morrison -- Executive Producer of New SYFY Series HAPPY! http://www.topiama.com/r/6564/ama-with-grant-morrison-executive-producer-of-new My short bio: Hi Reddit! My name is Jacob Orth, and I currently work as a VIP Host at a strip club in Las Vegas called the Hustler Club. It's a 3 story, 70,000 square foot building, with 21 bottle booths, 3 stages, 2 VIP rooms, female and male strippers (weekends only for males). I've worked in Vegas strip clubs for about 5 years now, and know the strip club industry in Vegas very well. Ask me anything!

My Proof: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Am3hVHNqFnQ

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Thu, 07 Dec 2017 0:00:00 EDT
BusinessI built a million $ tea company online starting with less than $10,000 AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6558/i-built-a-million-tea-company-online-starting My short bio: Hi Reddit! My name is Jacob Orth, and I currently work as a VIP Host at a strip club in Las Vegas called the Hustler Club. It's a 3 story, 70,000 square foot building, with 21 bottle booths, 3 stages, 2 VIP rooms, female and male strippers (weekends only for males). I've worked in Vegas strip clubs for about 5 years now, and know the strip club industry in Vegas very well. Ask me anything!

My Proof: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Am3hVHNqFnQ

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Wed, 06 Dec 2017 0:00:00 EDT
JournalistI'm Jake Browne, the first cannabis critic for a major daily newspaper, and you could have my job. AMA. http://www.topiama.com/r/6561/im-jake-browne-the-first-cannabis-critic-for-a My short bio: Hi Reddit! My name is Jacob Orth, and I currently work as a VIP Host at a strip club in Las Vegas called the Hustler Club. It's a 3 story, 70,000 square foot building, with 21 bottle booths, 3 stages, 2 VIP rooms, female and male strippers (weekends only for males). I've worked in Vegas strip clubs for about 5 years now, and know the strip club industry in Vegas very well. Ask me anything!

My Proof: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Am3hVHNqFnQ

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Wed, 06 Dec 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Actor / EntertainerIamA actor who is in an M&M's commercial that has run every Halloween for the past 16 years. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6560/iama-actor-who-is-in-an-mms-commercial-that-has In response to- https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/7gudz8/ama_request_a_bitcoin_millionaire/

My 5 Questions:

How much did you buy and when? - In total I got in price wise 200-600 each during 2012-2014 I bought around 320, of which nearly 100 was spent early on due to rough times and another 50 on a house down payment. Now I hold roughly 150+ (knew about it when it was only 10 sadly i did not buy and i also lost some hard drives)

What did you originally buy it for? - Average looks to be roughly 450 for my main buys however I have also bought during runups at 4k-6k and even 8k

How easy was it to turn that wealth into real cash? - Pretty easy one of the main exchanges Gemini proved very convenient and I was able to transfer nearly 200k to a bank which will be used for the down payment of my house.

Do you think the bubble is about to burst? - No I believe we are just getting started, Definitely going to keep riding I've made the mistake of spending and selling early on too many times and its been constant regret

How smug are you now? - Not too smug, I do like saying I could retire if I really wanted to though. Its been a very great feeling.

Proof - Would be able to send various crypto balances to Mods for proof. Sent a message towards /r/iama

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Wed, 06 Dec 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Music-LiveHave you ever wondered what an orchestra conductor is for? I am a professional conductor and music director of two US orchestras. It's Nutcracker season! AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6557/have-you-ever-wondered-what-an-orchestra In response to- https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/7gudz8/ama_request_a_bitcoin_millionaire/

My 5 Questions:

How much did you buy and when? - In total I got in price wise 200-600 each during 2012-2014 I bought around 320, of which nearly 100 was spent early on due to rough times and another 50 on a house down payment. Now I hold roughly 150+ (knew about it when it was only 10 sadly i did not buy and i also lost some hard drives)

What did you originally buy it for? - Average looks to be roughly 450 for my main buys however I have also bought during runups at 4k-6k and even 8k

How easy was it to turn that wealth into real cash? - Pretty easy one of the main exchanges Gemini proved very convenient and I was able to transfer nearly 200k to a bank which will be used for the down payment of my house.

Do you think the bubble is about to burst? - No I believe we are just getting started, Definitely going to keep riding I've made the mistake of spending and selling early on too many times and its been constant regret

How smug are you now? - Not too smug, I do like saying I could retire if I really wanted to though. Its been a very great feeling.

Proof - Would be able to send various crypto balances to Mods for proof. Sent a message towards /r/iama

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Tue, 05 Dec 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Specialized ProfessionIAmA 3rd shift Gas Station Clerk working in one of those small box gas stations. AMA. http://www.topiama.com/r/6555/iama-3rd-shift-gas-station-clerk-working-in-one Gotta run - thanks for all the questions!

Hey All! I’m Jessie, a Cross Country Skier and I race all winter on the World Cup - I am gearing up for another Winter Olympic Games -- all races from sprints to 30 kilometers! I have 4 World Championship medals, was part of the 2014 Winter Olympic team and am gearing up for another Olympic games.

I began skiing at age 3 and was part of the first-ever U.S. team to [win](https://www.teamusa.org/us-ski-and-snowboard/athletes/Jessie-Diggins

Learn more about me and all Olympic hopefuls at teamusa.org. The Winter Games begin Feb 8 on NBC! Read all Olympic AMA's and see what's next on Reddit at reddit.com/user/TeamUSAOlympics. Subscribe now to Ask Them Anything!

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Mon, 04 Dec 2017 0:00:00 EDT