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Mon, 02 Apr 2018 0:00:00 EDT
PoliticsI am Jess Phoenix, Volcanologist running to represent CA-25 in U.S. Congress. Ask me anything! I'm a volcanologist, an extreme explorer, and a professional field scientist.

I have been chased by narco-traffickers in Mexico, I've dodged armed thieves in remote Peru, raced horses across Mongolia, worked on the world’s largest volcano in Hawaii, piloted the Jason2 submersible on an undersea volcano, and explored deep in the Australian Outback.

I believe science should be accessible to everyone, and that creative possibility is limitless. I'm a Fellow in The Explorers Club, a featured scientist on the Discovery and Science Channels, an invited TEDx speaker, and have appeared in Popular Science magazine, on National Public Radio, on CNN, NBC, and more. I have delivered talks at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, and at many colleges and universities, and I have carried the official Explorers Club Flag on a research expedition.

I am running to represent California's 25th District in Congress in the 2018 elections, because I believe we must use evidence to make policies. My training in the scientific method has given me skills to solve problems facing our country creatively and effectively. I believe healthcare is a human right and we must focus on providing healthcare to all the members of our community, full stop. I believe we need a clean, no-strings-attached DREAM Act and to find a path to citizenship for those who call our country home. We must view climate change as the tremendous national security threat it is, and it is our government's responsibility to take steps to ensure our nation has a sustainable green energy future. I believe we need to remove big corporate special interest money from our elections, and that is why I'm running a true grassroots campaign.

Please follow the campaign at:

Twitter: jessphoenix2018 Facebook: JessPHX And you can support our campaign by donating here.

EDIT 1: We're in the last 15 minutes of the AMA. For any questions I may not get around to, feel free to send an email to, and my team (or I) will get back to you.

EDIT 2: Ok, I have to run! Thank you all for participating, and if you'd like to engage more about any particular topic please do drop me an email. Remember, my campaign is fueled by grassroots donors, so I appreciate any and all support you can provide. Please spread the word, and thanks for having me!


Wed, 21 Mar 2018 0:00:00 EDT
Request[AMA Request] Anyone who committed a horrible crime as a child. 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!

I said a few words on Science Friday and enjoyed a good talk with Dave from Palaeocast just now.


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!

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 0:00:00 EDT
I'm Jake Ganz, leader of Studio Yotta. Ask me anything. (Part 2) My short bio: You might know of Studio Yotta from the Rick and Morty x Run the Jewels music video that we animated for Adult Swim.

My Proof:

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 0:00:00 EDT
PoliticsIamA Democratic candidate for US Congress from Utah (4th District). AMA! I was not born Amish. I was held in captivity by mother and stepfather until I was almost 19 years old. My stepfather forced my family to dress and live like the Amish. My sister and I escaped our abusive home by agreeing to join the Amish. Three years after joining the Amish I became the maid for the bishop's family and for the next 6 months, I was sexually abused by the bishop. I went against Amish church customs and reported him to the police but he escaped into Canada. In 2017 ( 12 years later) the bishop was finally sentenced to 10 years in prison for molesting almost all of his 11 children.

The bishop had brought his family back to the USA and in 2016 the three oldest daughters went to a neighbor lady for help. The neighbor called CPS and they called in law enforcement. The detective assigned to the case was reading my memoir at the time and when one of the children mentioned they had lived in Canada for awhile he figured out that the man he was investigating was the bishop from the book he was reading. I was put in contact with the children and their social worker. Eventually raising awareness did make a difference. The Social worker told me that my memoir helped her understand how to communicate with the children and gave her insight into Amish beliefs. The children told me that they were wavering on prosecuting their dad until they discovered my memoir. Sadly, our entire church had known what kind of man the bishop was but did not report him to the police. Going to the police is severely frowned upon among the Amish.

I wrote my memoir Tears of the Silenced (self published) to raise awareness about the need to report suspected child abuse and the difficulties I faced when reporting the Amish bishop. In the three years since I published Tears of the Silenced I have received emails from all over the world ( England, Ireland, Scotland, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Germany, Denmark and Holland). Most are from child abuse and sexual assault survivors and many grew up in very strict Christian churches. They are from both men and women and each story is heartbreaking. I try to answer each email and offer what comfort or help that I can. Most of them tell me I am the first person they have ever told their stories to.

I hope to encourage all abuse survivors to speak out and tell their stories. It is very painful to do so but it can raise awareness and possibly save others from being abused by the abuser(s). There is much awareness needed about sexual abuse in very conservative churches. Many victims are too scared to come forward because they fear being ostracised from the church. Also, child abuse is an issue that never gets enough attention. Somehow we need to encourage the general public to report suspected cases of child abuse. After I left the Amish many people from the town where I lived as a child apologized for not helping my sister and me. They told me that they knew we were being abused and wanted to call CPS many times but our religious garb threw them off and they did not know what to do.

I had a 2nd or 3rd-grade education when I left the Amish. Today, 13 years later, I am in the last year of nursing school and an author. (My memoir is self published but has sold approx 100,000 ebooks, has 2089 reviews and has been on the Amazon Kindle Store Top 100 list three times. ) I want to encourage all abuse victims to follow their dreams, do not let allow your abuser win. What they did to you was not your fault! I recently started a new subreddit r/BreakTheSilence for abuse survivors to tell their stories and support each other.


My Amazon Author Page has pictures of me when I was 16 years old and still at home with my mother and stepfather. These pictures were taken so that social services would not come out and check up on us. My mother told them it was against our religion to have government officials in our house. They did not question her and took the pictures instead. Note how my stepfather is holding onto our arms in the third picture.

Hello everyone, thank you so much for all of your comments. Feel free to keep posting questions.

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 0:00:00 EDT
PoliticsI'm a former federal prosecutor, legal analyst and commentator, and candidate for Illinois Attorney General with a plan to use the legal system to resist Donald Trump. AMA! Hi Reddit! I’m Shefali Luthra, a journalist at Kaiser Health News. We’re a non-profit news service (no relationship to Kaiser Permanente), and we cover health care with constant attention to how it affects patient pocketbooks. Our stories are published news outlets nationwide, including The Washington Post, CNN and The New York Times. I just did a story on hospitals partnering with financial institutions, and encouraging patients to take out on-the-spot loans to pay off their medical bills. Here’s the story (inspired by Redditors!) as it ran in The Washington Post, and here’s a longer version from our website. Our newsroom does a “bill of the month” feature in partnership with NPR, taking reader medical bills and putting them under a microscope. I’m excited to take all of your questions, but I’m especially excited to discuss how the high costs of health care affect patients. Thanks for having me! • Here’s my proof • Here’s Kaiser Health News’ website, which features our most recent stories • Here’s our bill-of-the-month club landing page.

EDIT: It's been so much fun doing this -- and I know there is much more we could discuss! -- but I've got to get back to reporting and writing. Thanks all of you for your thoughtful questions, and we'll definitely be planning more AMAs from KHN in the future. Until next time!

Mon, 12 Mar 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! 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:


Sat, 17 Feb 2018 0:00:00 EDT
PoliticsI am Mike Sprinkle (D). NV Assemblyman who sponsored a bill in 2017 to allow people to buy into state Medicaid. AMA about state politics, the future of healthcare, and Nevada! Hi this is me Harley Flanagan, some of you know a little about me and my past, you may or may not have read my book and possibly know of my music, this is your chance to ask me what you want ;)


From Amazon author description: Harley Flanagan provides a fascinating memoir: a child prodigy and family friend of Andy Warhol and Allen Ginsberg, at a young age he became close to many stars of the early punk rock scene like Joe Strummer of The Clash and was taught to play bass by members of the famed black punk band Bad Brains. He started playing drums for the New York punk band the Stimulators when he was 11 years old; playing at places like Max's Kansas City with some of the most notable names of the punk scene. He then went on to start the notorious hardcore band Cro-Mags.


From the memoir's introduction by American Hardcore's Steven Blush: "Harley Flanagan is not like you or me. Most of us grew up in relative safety and security. Harley came up like a feral animal, fending for himself in the '70s Lower East Side jungle of crime, drugs, abuse and poverty. By age 10 he was a downtown star at Max's Kansas City and CBGB, drumming in his aunt's punk band The Stimulators, and socializing with Blondie's Debbie Harry and Cleveland's Dead Boys. Everyone thought it was so cute, but it wasn't."

Of his much anticipated memoir, famed author and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain explains: "Don't even pretend to talk about New York... if you don't read this." "This book is the punch in the face you want and need."









EDIT: Ok, I'm gonna wrap this up now. It was a pleasure talking with you. I'll be playing some shows in the NY area and Maryland. Dates posted on Facebook and IG.

Check out the book, Hardcore: Life of my Own on Amazon:

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 0:00:00 EDT
PoliticsWe are Richard Painter, chief ethics lawyer to George W. Bush, and Nina Turner, former Ohio State Senator and Bernie Sanders surrogate. We’re working to fix America’s rigged political system. Ask us anything! I'm a comedian and video maker, of such videos as 'Gigi the Christmas Snake' and the 'GAYLE' series on YouTube, and I recently recorded my standup special "Showpig" and streamed it live from Thalia Hall in Chicago, which you can watch here:


Fri, 05 Jan 2018 0:00:00 EDT
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! My short bio: Internet entrepreneur (,, 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:

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 0:00:00 EDT
PoliticsWe are U.S. Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon and Nicole Gill of Tax March, Ask us anything about the tax scam! I'm Lane DeGregory, an enterprise reporter for the Tampa Bay Times. In 2009, my story "The Girl in the Window" won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing -- and drew more than 1.5 million readers from around the world. I followed Dani as she learned to walk, use the toilet and eat solid food -- and kept up with her new family for the last decade. Recently I visited Dani in her new home.


Edit: Thank you all for tuning in and asking such great questions! I'm signing off for the night, but keep posting questions and I'll check back in the morning.

You can also hit me up on twitter @lanedegregory or email:

And I'm starting a new podcast next Wednesday about reporting and storytelling, which will be aired on our website: ... so send questions or comments for that to:

Thanks for reading!

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! 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!

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 0:00:00 EDT
PoliticsIamA Steven David, a 32-year-old Democrat running for Congress against Kevin Brady -- AMA! 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 -

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.

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 @ and follow me on twitter @stevedavid

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 0:00:00 EDT
PoliticsI am a criminal defense and immigration attorney and started the first muslim women's political action committee. Ask me anything about the travel ban, DACA, criminal justice reform, and shoes. Criminal defense and immigration attorney. Lawyer with Dulles Justice (airport lawyers), founder of American Muslim Women Political Action Committee.

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 0:00:00 EDT
PoliticsIamA Catalan independentist currently pushing for a referendum in the face of the Spanish judicial system, AMA about the Catalan independence process! As the title states. English is my first language and I consider myself to be generally not-stupid. TGA is a medical condition where you forget where and who you are for 24 hours or less. It was scarier than I could ever describe. At this point, the severity has greatly decreased and I am mostly back to normal. I am trying to use this time to document everything I can about this mindset. Please AMA, as I would love to have this record to look back on when I am lucid.

to add some more info: A few days ago I started having some weird feelings. I texted a friend at like 2am saying "do you ever feel like you've had all the cards taken from you? like somehow you've been given a chance to "redo" something in your life but you don't know what it is? I'm starting in this moment fresh somehow. I don't really feel like I've lived this life up to this point. I'm starting fresh from this moment and I have no idea what it all means." Turns out that was one of the first symptoms of TGA which is the craziest shit I have ever heard in my entire life and i thought it was only a movie plot.

Last night I went to a party with my boyfriend of about a year. It was a normal day. We usually eat vegetarian but it was a special occasion so we split a very yummy hamburger. I took a few hits of a pre-rolled club joint that was from a friend-of-a-friend. Nothing abnormal, smoking pot helps with my anxiety, I tried it about 9 months ago and I have liked it a lot. Anyways, I randomly threw up on myself in the car on the way to run an errand. I only partially made it out the window. After that, I asked my boyfriend "Why are my pants wet?" and he said "you threw up on them." and I said "throw up? what's that?" and he said "vomit." and I said "I don't know what that is." and then we had that conversation hundreds of more times. over and over. He became very scared and we went to the ER.

EDIT: Did you know TGA only has a 6% chance of coming back? It can be triggered by really good sex, cold water, stress, and more. For me, It was emotional stress. I've had a stressful few months and I didn't know it was important to self care and monitor. I tried to do things right, but I did a lot of things wrong. I'm 23.

Transient Global Amnesia = World Temporarily Forgotten

Thank you.

tl;dr I have Transient Global Amnesia, much like Dory from Finding Nemo, or Ava from Grey's Anatomy. I think it's almost over but I'm still having confusion.

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 0:00:00 EDT