Top Crime Reddit IAmA's http://www.topiama.com/cat/crime The latest Crime IAmA's collected from Reddit Crime / JusticeI’m Jonathan Hafetz, an ACLU lawyer trying to represent a U.S. citizen being secretly detained by the Trump administration. AMA http://www.topiama.com/r/6576/im-jonathan-hafetz-an-aclu-lawyer-trying-to 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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Wed, 13 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 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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Mon, 11 Dec 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Crime / JusticeWe’re ACLU lawyers going to the Supreme Court to defend cell phone privacy. AUA http://www.topiama.com/r/6510/were-aclu-lawyers-going-to-the-supreme-court-to Hi Reddit! Happy Halloween!

I'm Jon Schnitzer, director/producer of "HAUNTERS: The Art Of The Scare" a film about how boo-scare mazes for Halloween have spawned a controversial sub-culture of "full contact" extreme terror experiences, the visionaries who dedicate their lives to scaring people, and why we seek out these kind of experiences - especially in scary and unpredictable times.

No surprise this Halloween is projected to be the biggest ever and that these kind of experiences are starting to be offered year round.

I filmed inside McKamey Manor, the most controversial extreme haunt in the world, infamous for going on for 8 hours, having no safe word and even waterboarding people. I also got unprecedented access to the creative geniuses behind Blackout, Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights, Knotts Scary Farm, Delusion and more traditional haunts too. HAUNTERS also features horror visionaries John Murdy (HHN) Jen Soska & Sylvia Soska (American Mary / Hellevator), Jason Blum (producer of The Purge, Happy Death Day, Insidious, Sinister), Jessica Cameron (Truth or Dare / Mania) and more.

I always loved Halloween and horror movies since I was a kid, so I wanted to highlight the haunters as the artists they are, to capture the haunt subculture at a time when more and more people are seeking extreme "scare-apy", and to spark a debate about how far is too far.

But, first and foremost, I wanted to make a movie that would entertain people, so I have been thrilled to get so many rave reviews since premiering at Fantastic Fest last month - "9 out of 10" - Film Threat, "An absolute blast" - iHorror, "Genuinely petrifying" - Bloody Disgusting, "Shockingly entertaining" - Dread Central, "An intoxicating study of our relationship with fear." - Joblo, and more!

HAUNTERS was a successfully funded Kickstarter project, that I made for under $100,000.

My passion for this project also inspired some of my favorite composers and musicians to come on-board to create a killer soundtrack - Dead Man's Bones (Ryan Gosling & Zach Shields, who's also from the band Night Things and co-writer of the films Krampus and the upcoming Godzilla) and Emptyset, and an original score by Jonathan Snipes (“Room 237” & “The Nightmare”), Alexander Burke (recorded with Fiona Apple, David Lynch and Mr. Little Jeans) and Neil Baldock (recorded with Kanye West, Radiohead and Wilco).

Check out the trailers & reviews - www.hauntersmovie.com

Ask me anything!

Proof - link to this AMA is on our Reviews & News page

EDIT @ 2:48PM PST - Wow, I didn't expect to get so many questions - it's been a lot of fun and I totally lost track of time. I need to take care of some things, be back to answer as many questions as possible.

EDIT @ 3:40PM PST - Back again, I'll be answering questions for the next hour or 2 until I have to get ready to go see John Carpenter in concert tonight.

EDIT @ 5PM PST - Signing off for today, pretty sure I got through almost all of the questions - I'll come back tomorrow and answer as many as I can tomorrow. Hope everyone has a fun time tonight, however you may be celebrating (or ignoring) Halloween!

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Thu, 02 Nov 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Crime / JusticeI am a Canadian Court-recognized Fentanyl Expert. I am Staff Sgt. Conor King with the Victoria Police Department. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6507/i-am-a-canadian-courtrecognized-fentanyl-expert-i EDIT: Thanks for your questions, I really appreciate your interest. Its always good to know that there are many people out there who care deeply about the natural world. I think before we think about Mars, we need to look after Earth. Take care

Brent

Hey my name is Brent Stirton and I’m a South African photographer with a lot of experience in the documentary world. I currently spend most of my time working on long-term investigative projects for National Geographic Magazine, but my work has been published in Vanity Fair, Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine, and other outlets. I have a big passion for issues related to wildlife, conservation, global health, diminishing cultures, sustainability and the environment.

Last week, I was named the 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year by the Natural History Museum for this piece I did on rhino poaching: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2016/10/dark-world-of-the-rhino-horn-trade/

Other projects: https://www.brentstirton.com/state-of-blindness/ https://proof.nationalgeographic.com/2013/12/13/brent-stirton-an-ode-to-nelson-mandela/ https://www.nationalgeographic.com/photography/proof/2016/07/questions-and-answers-brent-stirton/ https://www.brentstirton.com

Proof: https://twitter.com/NatGeo/status/923912301144571904

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Wed, 01 Nov 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Crime / JusticeIamA lawyer for detainees at Guantánamo Bay. Two of my clients are currently starving to death. AMA. http://www.topiama.com/r/6476/iama-lawyer-for-detainees-at-guantanamo-bay-two Edit: Okay! Thanks r/IAmA for all your questions, it's now time for us to trudge home. Thank you for having us and we loved answering your questions.

Answering your questions today are senior reporters Shona Ghosh and Sam Shead, who have been following Transport for London’s surprise decision last month not to renew Uber’s license to operate in London. Catch up on all of our Uber coverage at uk.businessinsider.com. You can follow Business Insider UK on reddit, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

Proof: https://i.redd.it/iaylqcmp6ssz.jpg

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Tue, 17 Oct 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Crime / JusticeI work in a Juvenile Detention Facility and work daily with first time offenders to young murderers. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6411/i-work-in-a-juvenile-detention-facility-and-work Proof is this picture of me wearing the shirt that I attended the speech in. It says "baby killer Erdogan!"

the moment of interruption

I am also a former fighter with the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), fighting against ISIS in Syria. I am on the board of the nonprofit organization North American Kurdish Alliance, which helps to raise awareness of and promote solidarity with the Kurdish people. I'll start answering questions in just a few minutes.

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Sat, 23 Sep 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Actor / EntertainerI am Johnny Brennan of the Jerky Boys and Family Guy! AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6179/i-am-johnny-brennan-of-the-jerky-boys-and-family What's up, rubbernecks?! I am the guy behind Frank Rizzo, Sol Rosenberg, Jack Tors, Rosine, Big Ol' Bad-Ass Bob the Cattle Rustler, and others from the various Jerky Boys albums. Seth MacFarlane is a huge Jerky Boys fan and so he hired me as Mort on Family Guy 18 years ago! So ask me about either of those things if you like.

I am not really promoting anything new or whatever. Though I do have a Facebook page and would appreciate a few "likes" as the kids say: https://www.facebook.com/jerkyboysjohnny

Or if you have two nickels to rub together I do have some "Frank's Pickle Barrel-Ass of Maspeth", "Rizzo's Auto Repair", and "Sol's Glasses of NY" "business" t-shirts for sale, as well as other trinkets and ligaments and filaments if you like. It would be great and would afford me a nice bottle of hooch to loosen up my thinker. Anyway they are available here: http://the-jerky-boys-store.myshopify.com/

I figured the most common question I would be asked would be "why haven't you made a new prank call in ages?" and I figured I would get that one out of the way: I was royally screwed by the record industry and literally had to sue to get tiny dribs and drabs of what I was actually owed. I basically stopped wanted to work for free, so there you go. Classic story of the record biz.

Anyway, here's the proof: https://www.facebook.com/jerkyboysjohnny/posts/1306279616137560

Anyway this is my AMA!

Aaand....begin!

edit: oh sh*t, someone just hit my car. I'll be back at 2 PM EST to answer more questions so keep them coming!

edit 2: OK I'm back! I'll be here for hours!

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Wed, 28 Jun 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Crime / JusticeIAmA former Disneyland Security/Loss Prevention. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6171/iama-former-disneyland-securityloss-prevention-ama My short bio: At our last AMA 12 months ago we helped hundreds of people answer important career questions and are back by popular demand! We're a group of experienced advisors who have screened, interviewed and hired thousands of people over our careers. We're now building Mentat (www.thementat.com) which is using technology to scale what we've experienced and provide a way for people to get new jobs 10x faster than the traditional method - by going straight to the hiring managers.

My Proof: AMA announcement from company's official Twitter account: https://twitter.com/mentatapp/status/879336875894464512

Press page where career advice from us has been featured in Time, Inc, Forbes, FastCompany, LifeHacker and others: https://thementat.com/press

Materials we've developed over the years in the resources section: https://thementat.com/resources

Edit: Thanks everyone! We truly enjoyed your engagement. We'll go through and reply to more questions over the next few days, so if you didn't get a chance to post feel free to add to the discussion!

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Sat, 24 Jun 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Crime / JusticeI am an incarcerated human rights activist hacker with Anonymous. My wife is helping me do this from prison. Ask Me Anything! http://www.topiama.com/r/5878/i-am-an-incarcerated-human-rights-activist-hacker I am the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. My novels include The Handmaid's Tale, The Blind Assassin (winner of the 2000 Booker Prize), Oryx and Crake (short-listed for the 2003 Man Booker Prize), The Year of the Flood, and—my most recent novel—Hag-Seed.

Hello: Now it is time to say goodbye! Thank you for all your questions, and sorry I could not get to the end of all of them... save for next time! Very best, Margaret

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Sat, 11 Mar 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Crime / JusticeIamA IamA Criminal/Person who is being sentenced at the Old Bailey within the next 14 days and will serve my sentence at Belmarsh AMA! AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5861/iama-iama-criminalperson-who-is-being-sentenced HEY THANKS FOR ALL THE QUESTIONS! I have to wrap up because my hands are starting to feel like two tiny hamster paws, and also I need to edit DIY Astronaut EP 2. Pick your social media poison if you want more shitty robots: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube.

See you soon Reddit!!

Hi Reddit!

Fricking excited to do my first AMA. I don’t want to go all cheesy on you but Reddit is where this journey started for me and how I got this -very- weird job. I owe you.

So about two years ago I started building robots and posting them on my YouTube channel and /r/shittyrobots. Today I’m a full-time inventor of useless machines and a host of Adam Savage’s Tested.com. I’m also, more recently, the founder of my own shitty astronaut training program. Because if nobody else will have you, just make your own thing.

https://twitter.com/SimoneGiertz/status/836664040789164033

Ask me anything!

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Thu, 02 Mar 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Crime / JusticeI am an immigration lawyer who has taken a case to the Supreme Court and testified before the US Senate, AMA about Donald Trump’s immigration plans! http://www.topiama.com/r/5750/i-am-an-immigration-lawyer-who-has-taken-a-case Hello Reddit, my name is Carl Shusterman! With immigration all over the news lately, and with Donald Trump’s inauguration this week, I figured I could help answer some of your questions about the future of immigration under a Trump presidency.

I worked as an INS Attorney (1976-1982) and, for the past 30+ years, have managed a law firm in downtown Los Angeles specializing exclusively in immigration law. In my view, the press has focused almost entirely on how a Trump Administration would impact the undocumented. I would like to open a discussion about what I believe will be the most drastic changes to our legal immigration system in more than 50 years.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Shusterman

Here are some articles I’ve written on the topic: http://www.shusterman.com/newsletters-us-immigration/#1 http://www.shusterman.com/shustermans-immigration-update-december-2016/#1

Check out my website, it has tons of resources and information regarding immigration: http://www.shusterman.com

We also have a monthly newsletter you can subscribe to to keep up with all the latest immigration news: http://www.shusterman.com/newsletters-us-immigration

Proof https://www.facebook.com/132025573479564/photos/pb.132025573479564.-2207520000.1484350917./1533640583318049/?type=3&theater

EDIT: That was a lot of fun! Thank you so much for all of your questions. If you would like to schedule a consultation with our office regarding a personal immigration issue, you can do so at https://www.shusterman.com/schedule-immigration-consultation/

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Mon, 16 Jan 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Crime / JusticeIamA Seattle Police Department Human Trafficking Investigator AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5746/iama-seattle-police-department-human-trafficking My name is Andrew Turner and I'm a former member of Task Force Platinum with JTF Guantanamo.

Proof: http://imgur.com/L3k9arh

Now 15 years on the Joint Task Force and Joint Detention Group are still open for business and the new President Elect is talking about it staying open. 15 years now and counting. While President Obama has been able to arrange more be sent on, there are still many that need to see some form of due process.
We as a country are better than this. Close Gitmo. Close it for Due Process and our sense of Freedom. Close it due to the Human Rights abuses it has caused.
Close it due to the damage it does to military personnel. Find a reason to understand why it needs to be closed and support it being closed even if you don't agree with every reason. 15 years and its still open. We can do better US.

I also advocate for Veterans Rights, the Rights of Mental Healthcare Patients as well as the rights of people to choose natural options like Kratom, CBD and Medical Marijuana. http://www.petitiontrumpforkratom.org/#/6/

I was recently on an episode of Vice Tonight on HBO talking about mental health issues in the Guantanamo Staff. You can see that here.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDO1SjX5Zmc&t=8s&index=1&list=PLRyUm0RG8ZArAeb-z9hxa74lcjuy4MAeS

I am one half of the new podcast Nerds Take on the World. http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/nerds-take-on-the-world

Find me on twitter at @HeyFunko or @NerdsTakeWorld

On Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6JHHgxVX7yT-kBZJo_kh4Q

Since this was requested by /u/bluejellybeans0711 the questions they asked will get answered first. Did you go to Guantanamo Bay voluntarily? Yes Were you conflicted about the prisoners conditions? Yes Do you think that the facility/prisoners should be moved to the U.S? Yes How often are the prisoner fed? 3 or more times a day Do you think that the inmates should appear in a court? Yes.

EDIT Thank you everyone, great questions and I'm always available if you have questions I can help with. As we are about to record episode 2 of the podcast I have to now cut this short. I'll try to answer any other questions that may come up later but I'm signing off now. Thanks again and Thank you to the r/IAmA mods that put these together.

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Thu, 12 Jan 2017 0:00:00 EDT
OtherI am a manager at a 4-star hotel. Ask me anything! http://www.topiama.com/r/5733/i-am-a-manager-at-a-4star-hotel-ask-me-anything I've done this for 5 years now.

I've learned lots of things about people, and seen lots more things.

Proof provided to mods.

Ask me absolutely anything!

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Sat, 07 Jan 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Crime / JusticeIamA 23 year old that was recently released from prison AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5704/iama-23-year-old-that-was-recently-released-from Hello again Reddit! The last AMA was a truly incredible experience (you even crashed my website!). Thank you all for the love and support. I hope you had as much fun as I did. I'm looking forward to getting to know more of you and answering more questions. You can see the first AMA here

A short list of my most favorite experiences are: *Being accepted to Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural school *Working with NASA to inform the public on the first unmanned space flights *Being Walter Cronkite's “Hal 9000” NASA connection during live broadcast of the first moon landing *Inventing the first real color monitor for Hewlett Packard *Writing my first book CoreFires - a labor of love 20 years in the making

I've worked on the following movies & shows: * Lead star ship designer for Star Wars - I drew the original designs for the X-Wing, A-Wing, Star Destroyer, TIE Fighter, & Rebel cruisers. I was also the one who designed and sculpted the Death Star and gave it it's trench * 2001, A Space Odyssey - I worked closely with Stanley Kubrick and persuaded him not to start the movie with a 20 minute conference table discussion * Buck Rogers in the 25th Century * Close Encounters of a Third Kind * War Games

I have a deep interest in science - especially quantum physics and space travel. I could not have picked a better time to have been born. So much has happened so quickly! Our dreams of space flight are maturing and I believe one day soon we’ll be exploring the next waiting wonders of our galaxy.

My latest project is a book series called CoreFires. It is free for today and anyone who leaves an Amazon review will be entered to win either a signed copy of the book or a signed print of my original Star Wars ship designs (your choice). 3 Winners will be chosen. Sign up here to enter

You can see my original Pre-Star Wars artwork here

A special thanks to https://www.createbook.org for helping me self publish my book. I highly recommend them to any authors who want help getting self published.

I hope that's enough to get us started. AMA!

It has just come to my attention that Carrie Fisher passed away today after her heart attack several days ago. I'm sure you will join me in sending our sincerest condolences to her family and loved ones

My Proof: http://i1079.photobucket.com/albums/w514/poker467/PC1921641_zpselvugno2.jpg

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Sun, 25 Dec 2016 0:00:00 EDT
Crime / JusticeIAmA Police Officer in the US. Ask me ANYTHING http://www.topiama.com/r/5707/iama-police-officer-in-the-us-ask-me-anything Proof: http://imgur.com/e6ORMwZ

Hey Reddit! I'm a 911 dispatcher here to welcome your questions, provide insight, and hopefully gain a little visibility for a profession that usually only enters the public eye when we screw up!

I work in a PSAP (Public Safety Access/Answering Point) meaning that we dispatch for every agency in my county, which includes Fire, EMS, Law Enforcement, and other agencies. My center specifically handles calls and radio dispatch for the County Sheriff, local Police, 10 separate Fire Departments, the Forestry Service, EMS, the local Rescue Squad/independant first responders, State Parks, and Animal Control!

Ask away!

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Thank you, everyone, for your support, your time, and your questions! I have to sign off for a bit, but I promise I will return and try to answer everything that's been asked!

Call us if you need us!

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Sat, 24 Dec 2016 0:00:00 EDT