Top Reddit IAmA's http://www.topiama.com The latest IAmA's collected from Reddit Crime / JusticeI’m Det. Greg Kading, expert on the multiple investigations into the murders of Tupac and Biggie. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6744/im-det-greg-kading-expert-on-the-multiple Self-driving cars may arrive at some point in the future, but that's not why we need a guaranteed income. The future is already here: the gig economy of Lyft drivers, part-time workers, and contract employees is exploding and income inequality hasn't been this bad since 1929. My story illustrates the unfairness in today's economy -- nearly half a billion dollars for three years worth of work. Today I work on how a guaranteed income for working people can rebalance the economy and reinvigorate the American Dream.

Looks like my site got the Reddit hug of death! We're working on getting it back up and running, but in the meantime you can check it out on Amazon

Proof: https://i.redd.it/2g2uj3v348g01.jpg

Edit: I'm headed out for now to do a livecast with Scott Santens at 2pm Eastern! https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_EWHdCUqhQi-Xv48GBqsGyA

I'll drop back by later this afternoon as more questions come in. Thanks!

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Wed, 21 Feb 2018 0:00:00 EDT
Specialized ProfessionArousal/Orgasm in Sexual Assault: IAmA Psychotherapist, Founder/Director of Sexual Assault Awareness, (and local mod), Back to Talk Taboo, #MeToo & Answer Your Q's on SA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6739/arousalorgasm-in-sexual-assault-iama Hello again Reddit!

This is my thank you to Reddit, as much of what I've accomplished would not have happened without your support! As SAA moves into 2018, it seemed timely to once more address this under-discussed aspect:

The idea of having an orgasm or feeling arousal during rape or molestation is a confusing and difficult one for many people, both survivors and secondary-survivors (friends/family). Many do not believe it's possible for a woman or man to achieve orgasm during rape or other kinds of sexual assault. Some believe having an orgasm under these circumstances means that it wasn't a "real" rape or the woman/man "wanted" it. Addressing arousal and orgasm in SA is the final taboo in sexualized trauma; the thing no one wants to talk about. Understanding the psychology and neuro-biology underlying the victims' response to sexual assault will remove the shame and stigma, so a lot more healing can happen.

My clients have seen this, my professional colleagues are beginning to acknowledge this, and now, I hope once more, Reddit will too!

I’m Andrew Pari, LCSW, a.k.a. ChildTherapist, trauma/sexual assault specialist, and Founder/Director of Sexual Assault Awareness (SAA). It’s been over 4 years since I last posted on this topic and I’m so proud that it remains the largest online discussion on sexualized violence, thanks to all of you! Here's the prior post for reference: https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/1w4d7m/orgasm_and_arousal_during_rape_or_sexual_assault/

Mod-Approved Proof: https://twitter.com/SexAssaultAware/status/966000078505746433

Since our last talk, I'm grateful to have been given the opportunity to do so many things to raise awareness on sexualized violence & victim response, such as:

  • trained & presented at some of the top organizations dedicated to eliminating sexualized violence, including End Violence Against Women Int’l (www.evaintl.org), the Conference on Crimes Against Women (www.conferencecaw.org), and the Institute on Violence, Abuse, & Trauma (www.ivatcenters.org),

    • educated thousands of forensic & mental health professionals, military & law enforcement around the world from New York to Hawaii to Washington D.C. to Switzerland to Korea,
    • partnering with a university on the first formal study on arousal/orgasm in sexualized violence. We are very excited about this! Shoutout to Kayla Bunderson who's leading the charge on this important study!,
    • continuing 20 years of direct work with SA survivors, and getting over myself to begin providing tele-therapy for women in areas where the work I do isn't readily available, including service and outreach to CSECY and sex industry professionals,

and, hopefully, completing the book that folks have been asking me about for years.

I have a strong cup of coffee, my cat, and I'm ready to continue our talk. (And just to save some time: a duck-sized horse. I LOVE duck!)

AMAA Reddit.

Note: I will answer first-order (left-side) questions as it’s difficult to attempt tracking deviating comments. Don't be afraid to think your question may be offensive, as long as it isn’t deliberately so. I'd rather have a frank talk than leave people with false ideas.

EDIT: 1pm CA time I'm heading off for awhile, but will continue to answer your questions as the day goes on. If you have a personal issue you want to talk about, feel free to PM me or visit our website: www.sexualassaultawareness.org. Thank you, Reddit!

EDIT2: 4pm CA time: Back to get through as many questions as I can. I'm receiving a number of PMs and plan to get to ALL of you. Please feel free to PM me, but just know it may be a day or two before I can reply.

EDIT3: 7:30pm CA time: Taking off again. Will check in again before going to sleep. I'll continue answering questions when I have time as long as you are asking them!

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Tue, 20 Feb 2018 0:00:00 EDT
Actor / EntertainerI’m Johnny Bananas, and I’ve won the most seasons of MTV’s The Challenge to date. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6741/im-johnny-bananas-and-ive-won-the-most-seasons-of Hey Redditors. Johnny Devenanzio aka Johnny Bananas here. You may know me as the life of the party during the 2005 season of MTV’s The Real World: Key West. You may know me as the guy on The Challenge: Rivals III who didn’t split my $250,000 winnings with my friend Sarah. Or you may know me as the guy you hate to love or love to hate or the castmember who holds the record for the most The Challenge wins ever.

You can see me on The Challenge: Vendettas, which airs Tuesday nights at 9pm ET/PT. Watch the trailer here

Had an awesome time answering your questions, most fun I've had with my clothes on in a long time! Catch an all new The Challenge Vendettas tonight! peace out

Proof: https://twitter.com/mtvbananas/status/965711613973032960

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Tue, 20 Feb 2018 0:00:00 EDT
Specialized ProfessionWe are professional obituary writers who tell the life stories of those who’ve died. AUA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6742/we-are-professional-obituary-writers-who-tell-the I’m a physicist and my primary vocation is doing theoretical physics, on paper, by hand. I also have a passion for explaining science, so I’ve written a number of popular science books—about hyperspace, the physics of the impossible, the future of the mind, and more. My newest is about The Future of Humanity: on Earth, across space, throughout time, all the way to our destiny among the stars.

Read more about The Future of Humanity here!

Proof: https://twitter.com/michiokaku/status/966262886883459072

Fire away! I’m ready for your best!

UPDATE: I have to go for an interview right now, but I'm really enjoying this. I hope to come back and answer more questions later tonight. Thank you everyone!

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Tue, 20 Feb 2018 0:00:00 EDT
Customer ServiceIAmA Flight attendant that’s been stuck on the snowy tarmac for the last 3.5 hours with irate Newark passengers. AMA http://www.topiama.com/r/6729/iama-flight-attendant-thats-been-stuck-on-the As air travel goes, snow has messed everything up tonight. In the last 3 hours, I’ve given out countless waters, juices, sodas, cookies, pretzels, just to try to alleviate the frustration on the ground tonight (I know it doesn’t do much, but it’s all I can do)

I’ve answered countless “do you think we’re gonna make it out tonight” “are we gonna cancel?” questions with “I’m sorry, I only know as much as you do right now”

We waited forever to get our aircraft de-iced. Then while in queue, too much snow got on the wings, so we had to go and get de-iced again. Waited in line for that. Now, we have to go back to the gate because our pilots are going to go illegal (time out and unable to work after being on duty for a certain amount of time)

So these people are pissed. And i’m stuck on here and bored. AMA.

Proof: https://imgur.com/gallery/SgK8p

*edit: This blew up. Not ignoring! Still on the plane. We taxi'd back to the gate about a half hour ago, all pax had to get off and go to customer service. Shows that we're still leaving tonight and will arrive at destination at around 3 AM. Fun times. Chillin on the plane now and whipped my laptop out to try to answer some Q's. Waiting to see when we'll be boarding.

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Sun, 18 Feb 2018 0:00:00 EDT
PoliticsHey Reddit, I'm Omar Subeh - The uptalking 18-year-old from Artesia, CA who spoke out against my city council. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6730/hey-reddit-im-omar-subeh-the-uptalking-18yearold OK GUYS, MY HOUR IS UP. THANKS SO MUCH FOR PARTICIPATING AND FOR YOU INTEREST IN THIS TOPIC--HOPE IT DIDN'T FREAK YOU OUT TOO MUCH. (THOUGH I DO WANT IT TO FREAK YOU OUT A LITTLE.) My name is Robert Draper and I’m a journalist and author. My most recent piece for National Geographic is called “They Are Watching You—and Everything Else on the Planet”. It's about how the demand for security is increasing, monitoring technology is proliferating, and as a result, we’re all under surveillance. While that part definitely sounds alarming, I also explore the ways surveillance is helping. Spacecraft technicians are better able to calculate the Earth’s landmass, we can monitor hurricanes, and rangers can better protect wildlife from poachers.

Read the story here and AMA: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2018/02/surveillance-watching-you/

Proof: https://i.redd.it/99njchz4rtf01.jpg https://twitter.com/NatGeo/status/963442928516464641

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Sat, 17 Feb 2018 0:00:00 EDT
Actor / EntertainerI am comedian, actress and Groupon spokesperson Tiffany Haddish, AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6732/i-am-comedian-actress-and-groupon-spokesperson My short bio: I am a Junior that goes to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, I was in my 4th period class, Holocaust History, my teacher is Mrs. Schamis.

My Proof: I wish I could provide concrete proof, but my phone is still in the classroom so this is a screenshot of my schedule on my Virtual Counselor http://prntscr.com/ifnngt

EDIT New Proof: My student ID - https://imgur.com/a/4FJjU#1yeF8Vx

Hi everyone, my name is Sid, I'm a Junior at Stoneman Douglas and I'd like to share my story of what went on in room 1214, the third room that was shot into by the shooter, and where two victims, Nick Dworet and Helena Ramsey were killed.

2:20 PM - We are working on the laptops doing an online activity when we hear about 10-15 gunshots outside of our door. Everyone scatters and from about 25 kids, two groups were split in different corners. I was in the corner that is immediately to the right of the entrance, Nick was in the back right corner that could be immediately seen from the entrance. The group with Nick and Helena were trying to form a barricade with a cabinet and a computer cart (one that holds laptops and charges them) but without even 20 seconds to react, the shooter comes to our door and starts shooting through the window of the door. He was shooting at the corner that Nick and Helena were in as well as about 12 other students with them in that corner. Nick got caught in the fire and died immediately, Helena also got caught and was shot twice in her chest, she died within seconds but was gasping for air before she died. I was in the opposite corner so I couldn't see his body because a cabinet was in the way, and I'm thankful that I didn't witness his body because it probably would have affected me much more. A girl told me she had to use Nick's body as a shield once she saw he was dead immediately :(

Here is an edited version of the map to show the corner where I was hiding (blue), where Nick and Helena were (orange) and where the shooter was shooting from (red). Thank you for the support you have been giving. And if any of you came out to the vigil yesterday, I have no words for how happy I am that you came to support.

If you have any questions about what went on on Wednesday, let me know, I'm here to fulfill your interest.

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Fri, 16 Feb 2018 0:00:00 EDT
AuthorIAm David L. Craddock, author of "Rocket Jump," a book about the making of Quake and the origin of first-person shooters. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6735/iam-david-l-craddock-author-of-rocket-jump-a-book EDIT 1: Thanks for all the great questions so far! I'll be around until 7pm ET to answer more. If you're curious about Rocket Jump, check out the links below.

EDIT 2: Thank you again for a fun session, Reddit. Feel free to take a look at the book using the links at the bottom of the post.

Hi, Reddit. My name is David L. Craddock, and I'm the author of the book Rocket Jump: Quake and the Golden Age of First-Person Shooters. AMA about Quake, id Software, and FPS games from the 1990s!

Here's proof that IAm who I say IAm.

Rocket Jump is a spiritual successor of sorts to Masters of Doom, David Kushner's excellent biography of id Software's team and early years, and a book that had a huge influence on my writing. I wrote Rocket Jump through a combination of research and firsthand interviews with Quake developers such as John Carmack, John Romero, Tim Willits, American McGee, Jennell Jaquays, Sandy Petersen, Graeme Devine, and many others. The book concentrates on the Quake franchise as well as other foundational FPS titles from the '90s including Half-Life, Duke Nukem 3D, Rise of the Triad, and Star Wars: Dark Forces.

I published Rocket Jump on Shacknews.com in December 2017, and as of this morning it's available for pre-order on Unbound, a crowdfunding publisher and platform. Unbound will be publishing the book in hardcover and in digital formats, with an estimated release date of spring/summer 2019.

I learned a ton about id's internal processes and culture while writing Rocket Jump, so I thought I'd pop in to answer questions about what I learned researching id Software, my writing process, the book's contents, and chat about our favorite first-person shooters. I'll be around starting at 5pm ET / 2pm PT.

AMA!

Links:

-@davidlcraddock

-Rocket Jump on Shacknews.com

-Pre-order Rocket Jump in hardcover/digital formats on Unbound

-More of my books (Stay Awhile and Listen, Break Out: How the Apple II Launched the PC Gaming Revolution, Heritage: Book One of the Gairden Chronicles, Dungeon Hacks, and more)

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Fri, 16 Feb 2018 0:00:00 EDT
Music-LiveIamA Dueling Pianist. I am a walking human jukebox. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6723/iama-dueling-pianist-i-am-a-walking-human-jukebox OK GUYS, MY HOUR IS UP. THANKS SO MUCH FOR PARTICIPATING AND FOR YOU INTEREST IN THIS TOPIC--HOPE IT DIDN'T FREAK YOU OUT TOO MUCH. (THOUGH I DO WANT IT TO FREAK YOU OUT A LITTLE.) My name is Robert Draper and I’m a journalist and author. My most recent piece for National Geographic is called “They Are Watching You—and Everything Else on the Planet”. It's about how the demand for security is increasing, monitoring technology is proliferating, and as a result, we’re all under surveillance. While that part definitely sounds alarming, I also explore the ways surveillance is helping. Spacecraft technicians are better able to calculate the Earth’s landmass, we can monitor hurricanes, and rangers can better protect wildlife from poachers.

Read the story here and AMA: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2018/02/surveillance-watching-you/

Proof: https://i.redd.it/99njchz4rtf01.jpg https://twitter.com/NatGeo/status/963442928516464641

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Thu, 15 Feb 2018 0:00:00 EDT
HealthI'm (20sM) the youngest person ever diagnosed with pancreatic cancer by the Mayo Clinic by almost 20 years! AMA http://www.topiama.com/r/6731/im-20sm-the-youngest-person-ever-diagnosed-with About me: Hello, all!

I've been in the hospital nearly two weeks and have a good chance of being discharged today! Would love to talk to people while I wait to get out of here :)

My battle started a little over a year ago. In the beginning, my only symptom was stomach pain. Because i've lived most of my adult life in chronic pain, I originally tried to just tough it out. There was one week, however, that had me on the edge. My family was all on vacation and I stayed behind due to my pain. Unfortunately, the pain was so intense that I couldn't sleep. The only thing that gave me mild relief was the smoothies i love to make. After a couple months of GP visits, the pain was not going anywhere. They were convinced i had a stomach ulcer, so we wasted quite a bit of time addressing that with no luck.

After a few months of constant pain, i noticed some changes. I was REALLY itchy and I couldn't make my urine clear no matter how much water i drank (a lot.) The last noticeable symptom was jaundice. My liver was failing and I went to the hospital. An ultrasound found quite a large tumor on my pancreas.

That was back in June. I went through four months of chemo and five weeks of radiation before they could do the surgery (which was successful by the way!!) They took out my gallbladder, pancreas, and part of my liver.

The tumor was grown around an artery and blood vessel. If it was 2008, I'd be dead. Luckily for me, however, it's 2018 and I had literally some of the best surgeons in the world to take care of me. I cannot praise the Mayo Clinic enough.

Anyways, I should be available most of this morning/afternoon to chat! AMA :)

My Proof (Proof contains a bonus picture of Remi, one of the awesome support animals they have.)

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Thu, 15 Feb 2018 0:00:00 EDT
GamingI'm the #1 ranked daily fantasy sports player, Awesemo. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6736/im-the-1-ranked-daily-fantasy-sports-player OK GUYS, MY HOUR IS UP. THANKS SO MUCH FOR PARTICIPATING AND FOR YOU INTEREST IN THIS TOPIC--HOPE IT DIDN'T FREAK YOU OUT TOO MUCH. (THOUGH I DO WANT IT TO FREAK YOU OUT A LITTLE.) My name is Robert Draper and I’m a journalist and author. My most recent piece for National Geographic is called “They Are Watching You—and Everything Else on the Planet”. It's about how the demand for security is increasing, monitoring technology is proliferating, and as a result, we’re all under surveillance. While that part definitely sounds alarming, I also explore the ways surveillance is helping. Spacecraft technicians are better able to calculate the Earth’s landmass, we can monitor hurricanes, and rangers can better protect wildlife from poachers.

Read the story here and AMA: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2018/02/surveillance-watching-you/

Proof: https://i.redd.it/99njchz4rtf01.jpg https://twitter.com/NatGeo/status/963442928516464641

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Thu, 15 Feb 2018 0:00:00 EDT
Request[AMA Request] Chloe Kim: Seventeen year old Olympic half-pipe gold medalist that scored 98.25 http://www.topiama.com/r/6719/ama-request-chloe-kim-seventeen-year-old-olympic OK GUYS, MY HOUR IS UP. THANKS SO MUCH FOR PARTICIPATING AND FOR YOU INTEREST IN THIS TOPIC--HOPE IT DIDN'T FREAK YOU OUT TOO MUCH. (THOUGH I DO WANT IT TO FREAK YOU OUT A LITTLE.) My name is Robert Draper and I’m a journalist and author. My most recent piece for National Geographic is called “They Are Watching You—and Everything Else on the Planet”. It's about how the demand for security is increasing, monitoring technology is proliferating, and as a result, we’re all under surveillance. While that part definitely sounds alarming, I also explore the ways surveillance is helping. Spacecraft technicians are better able to calculate the Earth’s landmass, we can monitor hurricanes, and rangers can better protect wildlife from poachers.

Read the story here and AMA: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2018/02/surveillance-watching-you/

Proof: https://i.redd.it/99njchz4rtf01.jpg https://twitter.com/NatGeo/status/963442928516464641

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Wed, 14 Feb 2018 0:00:00 EDT
I'm Karley Sciortino of Viceland's SLUTEVER. I've been a sex writer on the quest for slutty enlightenment for the past decade. I'm here to answer any and all of your questions for Valentine's Day—the weirder the better. Ask away! http://www.topiama.com/r/6720/im-karley-sciortino-of-vicelands-slutever-ive Through a series of adventures, I've been attempting to demystify sexuality, while challenging outdated ideas about sex, gender, identity, and love... all while putting myself at the center of the action. From sex robots, to dragon dildos, to the emerging industry of marijuana pleasure products (aka "weed lube"), SLUTEVER investigates intimacy in a fun, sex-positive and immersive way. The goal is for everyone to learn and LOL simultaneously :)

So: I'm here to answer your burning questions about love, sex, and relationships—just in time for Valentine's Day. Ask away!

You can episode 1 watch my show SLUTEVER now, for free, or buy my (slutty) book of the same name :)

Proof: https://twitter.com/Slutever/status/963527927584382976

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Wed, 14 Feb 2018 0:00:00 EDT
Director / CrewI am Nick Antosca, creator and executive producer of the show Channel Zero: Butcher's Block. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6728/i-am-nick-antosca-creator-and-executive-producer My short bio: I am a Junior that goes to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, I was in my 4th period class, Holocaust History, my teacher is Mrs. Schamis.

My Proof: I wish I could provide concrete proof, but my phone is still in the classroom so this is a screenshot of my schedule on my Virtual Counselor http://prntscr.com/ifnngt

EDIT New Proof: My student ID - https://imgur.com/a/4FJjU#1yeF8Vx

Hi everyone, my name is Sid, I'm a Junior at Stoneman Douglas and I'd like to share my story of what went on in room 1214, the third room that was shot into by the shooter, and where two victims, Nick Dworet and Helena Ramsey were killed.

2:20 PM - We are working on the laptops doing an online activity when we hear about 10-15 gunshots outside of our door. Everyone scatters and from about 25 kids, two groups were split in different corners. I was in the corner that is immediately to the right of the entrance, Nick was in the back right corner that could be immediately seen from the entrance. The group with Nick and Helena were trying to form a barricade with a cabinet and a computer cart (one that holds laptops and charges them) but without even 20 seconds to react, the shooter comes to our door and starts shooting through the window of the door. He was shooting at the corner that Nick and Helena were in as well as about 12 other students with them in that corner. Nick got caught in the fire and died immediately, Helena also got caught and was shot twice in her chest, she died within seconds but was gasping for air before she died. I was in the opposite corner so I couldn't see his body because a cabinet was in the way, and I'm thankful that I didn't witness his body because it probably would have affected me much more. A girl told me she had to use Nick's body as a shield once she saw he was dead immediately :(

Here is an edited version of the map to show the corner where I was hiding (blue), where Nick and Helena were (orange) and where the shooter was shooting from (red). Thank you for the support you have been giving. And if any of you came out to the vigil yesterday, I have no words for how happy I am that you came to support.

If you have any questions about what went on on Wednesday, let me know, I'm here to fulfill your interest.

The AMA is now over but that doesn't mean I won't reply to you if you message me, thank you all! ]]>
Wed, 14 Feb 2018 0:00:00 EDT
Health-LiveI was crushed, severely injured, and nearly killed in a conveyor belt accident....AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6712/i-was-crushed-severely-injured-and-nearly-killed On May 25, 2016, I was sitting on and repairing an industrial conveyor belt. Suddenly, the conveyor belt started up and I went on a ride that changed my life forever.

I spent 16 days in the hospital where doctor's focused on placing a rod and screws into my left arm (which eventually became infected with MRSA and had to be removed) and to apply skin grafts to areas where I had 3rd degree burns from the friction of the belt.

To date, I have had 12 surgeries with more in the future mostly to repair my left arm and 3rd degree burns from the friction of the belts.

The list of injuries include:

-Broken humerus -5 shattered ribs -3rd degree burns on right shoulder & left elbow -3 broken vertebrae -Collapsed lung -Nerve damage in left arm resulting in 4 month paralysis -PTSD -Torn rotator cuff -Torn bicep tendon -Prominent arthritis in left shoulder

Here are some photos of the conveyor belt:

The one I was sitting on when it was turned on: https://i.imgur.com/4aGV5Y2.jpg

I fell down below to this one where I got caught in between the two before I eventually broke my arm, was freed, and ended up being sucked up under that bar where the ribs and back broke before I eventually passed out and lost consciousness from not being able to breathe: https://i.imgur.com/SCGlLIe.jpg

REMEMBER: SAFETY FIRST!

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Mon, 12 Feb 2018 0:00:00 EDT