Top Politics Reddit IAmA's http://www.topiama.com/cat/politics The latest Politics IAmA's collected from Reddit 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
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! http://www.topiama.com/r/6665/i-am-mike-sprinkle-d-nv-assemblyman-who-sponsored 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."

 

Proof: https://www.instagram.com/p/BeLsr0JgJSF/

 

Social:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/harleyfflanagan

IG: https://www.instagram.com/harleyfflanagan/

FB: https://www.facebook.com/harley.flanagan

 

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: http://a.co/fMbxRSS

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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! http://www.topiama.com/r/6621/we-are-richard-painter-chief-ethics-lawyer-to 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: https://www.facebook.com/chrisflemingfleming/videos/2056782114337563/

Proof: https://i.redd.it/3sxq97jz1x701.png

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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! 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
PoliticsWe are U.S. Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon and Nicole Gill of Tax March, Ask us anything about the tax scam! http://www.topiama.com/r/6575/we-are-us-senator-ron-wyden-of-oregon-and-nicole 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.

Proof

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: lanedegregory@gmail.com

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

Thanks for reading!

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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
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
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. http://www.topiama.com/r/6415/i-am-a-criminal-defense-and-immigration-attorney Criminal defense and immigration attorney. Lawyer with Dulles Justice (airport lawyers), founder of American Muslim Women Political Action Committee.

https://twitter.com/mirriam71/status/912362369061441536

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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! http://www.topiama.com/r/6408/iama-catalan-independentist-currently-pushing-for 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.

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Mon, 18 Sep 2017 0:00:00 EDT
PoliticsIamA DACA recipient who was taken to the US at 4 months old and I recently self deported AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6365/iama-daca-recipient-who-was-taken-to-the-us-at-4 Hello Everyone! I'm a 25 year old DACA recipient who self deported back in February. I moved to the US at 4 months old,lived there for 4 years and then moved back to Venezuela. After Chavez got elected in 1998 life in Venezuela became really difficult and my family decided to move back to the US. I'm here to answer any questions about DACA and my journey to my new home in Europe.

My Proof: https://imgur.com/9iYT6Mf

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Wed, 06 Sep 2017 0:00:00 EDT
BusinessIamA a healthtech startup founder and I talk to health insurance companies all day, everyday about getting people paid back for out-of-network claims. My name is Rachael Norman, AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6249/iama-a-healthtech-startup-founder-and-i-talk-to UPDATE: I'll be going through this on an ongoing basis to make sure I answer as many questions as I can -- Feel free to post, and I'll get a response to you as soon as I can

UPDATE: Alright everyone, I need to get to bed, so I'm signing off for the night-- I'll be back on tomorrow to continue answering questions

Here is my proof: http://www.speaktogether.org/blog/my-reddit-username-is-mfworks

Here's the main page: https://www.congresswebhistory.com

Here's a little bit about the project: https://igg.me/at/browserhistory/x/16494183

And here is our other project for fighting the ISP law-- we've built a tool to opt your data out of collection by ISPs, and are building a legal fund to bankroll civil cases when those ISPs abuse your data:

https://indiegogo.com/projects/opt-out-your-browsing-data-so-isps-cannot-sell-it

Louise Matsakis also covers it really well here:

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/7xp4gy/how-to-track-what-congress-is-doing-on-the-internet

twitter: @mfeldspeak facebook: https://www.facebook.com/speaktogethernow

Some background about me: I'm a 24 year old software developer in Research Triangle Park, NC. I founded Speak Together a year ago to build software to change the models citizens can use to reach out to their govt.

last year I got involved in the fight to repeal NC HB2 (the notorious anti-transgender bathroom law that was passed here in North Carolina) and quickly became jaded by how difficult and inefficient it was to learn about the activities of the state legislature and communicate at all with my representatives.

I found a few friends who had felt the same way as me, and we've been building software to try to make that process easier. One of them, violetnekos, is also on the ama.

Ask Me Anything!

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Wed, 26 Jul 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Director / CrewWe are Jeff Orlowski and Zack Rago from the new documentary CHASING CORAL, here to answer all your questions about coral reefs, climate change, and what you can do to help – ask us anything! http://www.topiama.com/r/6244/we-are-jeff-orlowski-and-zack-rago-from-the-new Hi, I’m Robb Ryerse. I am running for Congress because I believe that the people of Arkansas's 3rd Congressional District deserve an independent voice in Washington. I will put the needs of people ahead of the desires of the party establishment, corporate lobbyists, and special interest donors. I also want to help restore the Republican party to its historic values.

My wife and I are both ordained ministers, and together, we co-pastor the Vintage Fellowship in Fayetteville, Arkansas, or, as I like to call it: “America’s best kept secret.” We follow in the footsteps of Jesus, doing good works, and opening our arms to differences of opinions. Vintage Fellowship, at its core, is all about care -- care for those less fortunate, care for our community, care for our neighbors, care for our family and care for our planet. Since its inception, our goal has been clear: we welcome all people. LGBT and folks from all backgrounds, creeds and colors. Even skeptics are encouraged to join us. We recently joined a group called OPEN, which is an alliance of progressive-leaning churches that embrace our view of Christianity. We are committed to lending a hand to anyone who needs it including aiding the resettlement of refugees in our district, something our current congressmen tried to shut down.

You may have seen me on Fox News recently. Honestly, we expected it to be pretty rough -- but it ended up being an incredibly positive experience. We were overwhelmed by the outpouring of support we received afterwards from Republicans across the country who were disgusted by the state of politics today.

Check out my website here: Robb2018

This campaign is 100% people-powered. I don’t accept a cent of corporate donations or PAC money -- only individual small donors. If you want to help, you can donate here: Donation Page

Connect with me on social media: Facebook & Twitter

If you're interested in learning more about Brand New Congress, come join us at /r/BrandNewCongress.

PROOF!

Lastly, I want to mention the Summer for Progress. Brand New Congress has teamed up with 19 other progressive organizations to support 8 progressive bills. If you want to join the movement, please sign our petition!

I'll start answering questions at 2 PM CST / 3 PM EST. AMA!

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Fri, 21 Jul 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Request[AMA Request] CISO or any info/cyber security personal that dealt with wannacry http://www.topiama.com/r/6116/ama-request-ciso-or-any-infocyber-security We will be departing from Brussels, Belgium on July 1st as a part of the Mongolia Charity Rally, and we will be driving 11,226 miles to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia all in the pursuit of delivering an ambulance to be used in rural Mongolia’s fledgling healthcare system. We purchased an Ambulance last week, and had it inspected by a mechanic. Besides a few minor issues, she’s almost prepped for the journey. Our tentative route is below. It currently takes us through 23 countries where 20 languages are spoken, and 16 different currencies are used. If you have any suggestions for places to go, things to pack, skills to learn, please let us know. Otherwise, ask away!

Ambulance Pics: http://imgur.com/a/VDOXl

Map Link: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=1z6OZelAjmG0or0FaG8_Np_eJ6_s&shorturl=1&ll=33.56433708701178%2C80.28338819999999&z=3

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OneSmallSteppe/

Website: http://www.onesmallsteppe.com/

Edit: Sorry for the slow responses, the new puppy required some attention http://imgur.com/a/gQdJB

Edit 2: Thanks for all the support guys. We'll try to answer the questions as soon as possible. I honestly didn't even think we would make it off the "new" page. I added the donation page for those who are interested. https://www.youcaring.com/onesmallsteppeandgohelpcharity-693232

Edit 3: Here is our playlist. Add some songs if you like! https://open.spotify.com/user/2g3n/playlist/4IaDXkaE85Kwju2Tgao5eE?play=true&utm_source=open.spotify.com&utm_medium=open

Edit 4: Due to numerous questions/comments, all donations and contributions we have received are going to a cash donation for the charity and towards the purchase price of the vehicle. All other expenses are coming out of our pockets.

Edit 5: Sorry guys, but it is getting pretty late here, and I've been at it for over 12 hours. I'll answer some more in the morning. Thanks for all the support!

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Sun, 04 Jun 2017 0:00:00 EDT
PoliticsI'm Leif Pagrotsky, the Consul General of Sweden in New York - ask me anything! http://www.topiama.com/r/6037/im-leif-pagrotsky-the-consul-general-of-sweden-in I have loved games all my life, made board games as a kid, started programming computer games in 1975 in college, then professionally since 1980. I was one of the first 10 employees at Lucasfilm Games/LucasArts, The 3DO Company, and Dreamworks Interactive. More recently I focused on Serious Games in education, health, training, and neuroscience, before becoming Google's Chief Game Designer for 4 years. I quit there last month to get back to my first love: making games people love to play, with cutting edge technology, new creative tech niques, and great collaborators.

Some games I've contributed to include the arcade game Sinistar, LucasArts games like their flight simulator line, as well as Graphic Adventures like Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Indiana Jones and Fate of Atlantis, The Dig, and the first two Monkey Island Games.

Here's a more complete (but still partial!) list: http://www.mobygames.com/developer/sheet/view/developerId,1657/

Proof: https://i.redd.it/nx8rsfanqjvy.jpg

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Fri, 12 May 2017 0:00:00 EDT
OtherI'm author, podcaster, journalist, and dog mom Doree Shafrir. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6038/im-author-podcaster-journalist-and-dog-mom-doree I'm an author of the new novel STARTUP, the co-host (with my husband Matt Mira of Nerdist) of the podcast Matt and Doree's Eggcellent Adventure, and mom to a 75-pound mutt named Beau. Oh, and I've been a journalist for over a decade and currently work at BuzzFeed News. AMA!

Proof: https://twitter.com/doree/status/862698344845463552

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