Top Politics Reddit IAmA's http://www.topiama.com/cat/politics The latest Politics IAmA's collected from Reddit PoliticsI am Tracy Van Houten, a Rocket Scientist & mom running for US Congress. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5875/i-am-tracy-van-houten-a-rocket-scientist-mom Hey Reddit, I am Tracy Van Houten, an aerospace engineer who has designed missions to Earth orbit, the surface of Mars, and Europa. I love my job as a Rocket Scientist, but for years I've been feeling gravity pull me towards life as a public servant, I would become the first ever woman engineer in Congress. This is my first campaign, and my first AMA, so I'm just as excited as all of you about the opportunity to engage with the community.

I am running for Congress in the California 34th district, including Downtown LA, Boyle Heights, Eagle Rock, Highland Park, and other neighborhoods. The special election primary is April 4th.

Want to learn more about what being an Aerospace Engineer is like? Want to ask a question about the campaign? Curious about what I will do in Washington?

Ask away!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Tracy4Congress/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Tracy4Congress

Website: https://tracyvh.com/

Proof: http://imgur.com/a/d5TDE More Proof: https://twitter.com/Tracy4Congress/status/840265718557958144

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Fri, 10 Mar 2017 0:00:00 EDT
PoliticsIamA Liberal Democrat politician standing for local election in the UK in May - AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5863/iama-liberal-democrat-politician-standing-for 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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Sun, 05 Mar 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Crime / JusticeIamA former UK undercover police officer - AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5816/iama-former-uk-undercover-police-officer-ama UPDATE: Thanks everyone for all the questions. We really enjoyed chatting with you today! Signing off for now, but may be back to later to answer a few more questions!

Hi, we're scientists and science fiction writers Catherine Asaro and David Brin. In a recent conversation about the legacy of nuclear weapons, we talked about the history and future of warfare - and how growing up in the era of "Duck and Cover" affected our books. Together, we make the case that science fiction - especially apocalyptic science fiction - can make the world safer.

David Brin is an astrophysicist whose international best-selling novels include The Postman, Earth, and recently Existence. Dr. Brin serves on advisory boards (e.g. NASA's Innovative and Advanced Concepts program or NIAC) and speaks or consults on a wide range of topics. His nonfiction book about the information age, The Transparent Society, won the Freedom of Speech Award of the American Library Association.

Catherine Asaro is a critically acclaimed author of science fiction who has won the Nebula Award twice and been nominated for a Hugo multiple times. She has a doctorate in theoretical chemical physics from Harvard University and is the Director of the Chesapeake Math Program. Her next book is the science fiction mystery novel The Bronze Skies, set in her Skolian Empire universe. It is due out from Baen Books in the Fall.

We're also joined here by Natalie from PRI’s The World who will help us in answering your questions today. Read the recent piece The World wrote asking if science fiction can help prevent a nuclear war.

Ask Us Anything!

Here's our proof: https://twitter.com/pritheworld/status/829678212213010434

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Sun, 12 Feb 2017 0:00:00 EDT
BusinessI am the creator of Civil Eyewear a company that combats Luxottica AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5817/i-am-the-creator-of-civil-eyewear-a-company-that A recent post I made garnered a lot of attention and interest, so I figured I would open this up and shed some light on an often overlooked critical profession. Barring patient personal details, feel free to ask me absolutely anything.

Proof: http://i.imgur.com/pygAHVI.jpg

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Sun, 12 Feb 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Other[AMA] I am AlpraKing, former Darknet Xanax Kingpin & responsible for the xanax epidemy in America. http://www.topiama.com/r/5815/ama-i-am-alpraking-former-darknet-xanax-kingpin Hey Reddit! I’m chocolatier Norman Love of Fort Myers-based Norman Love Confections.

After working for 13 years as the executive pastry chef for Ritz-Carlton, I got tired of traveling 40+ weeks out of the year and missing out on my children growing up. I started making chocolate and selling it to local chefs and restaurants in 2001, and in 2002 USA Today somehow discovered us and named us as one of the top chocolate producers in the country and our business took off!

In the 15 years since, we’ve been fortunate enough to open 4 retail locations & a gelato shop, partner with Princess Cruises to provide chocolate and custom desserts for their “Chocolate Journeys” program, and attract some of the most talented pastry chefs in the business to work for us. I love what I do and I’d love to answer any questions you might have for me. AMA!

PROOF: https://twitter.com/NormanLoveCandy/status/828746256868577284

SID PICS: https://www.facebook.com/normanloveconfections/posts/10154760698812485

EDIT 1 I mentioned this somewhere in the comments, but for the record my wife never gave me any sort of ultimatum - the "or else" was meant to be a joking summary of a series of long discussions we had about trying to find a way for me to actually be able to spend time at home with my family. I've always had her full support, and if I had wanted to, I could have continued working at the Ritz for years and she would have continued raising our kids on her own. I didn't, though. I traveled so often that my kids thought I worked at the airport and that was heartbreaking.

EDIT 2 You guys are awesome and this has been a blast. I'm old and tired so I'm going to call it a night but I'll try to answer as many questions as I can when I wake up in the morning! Thanks for joining me!

EDIT 3 People are actually interested in pastry/chocolate?! This is so cool! Sid and I are just starting our day but if it's allowed I'd like to reopen this for discussion at 9 if anyone is interested? Will try to answer all your questions then.

EDIT 4 Okay, we're back! Ask us whatever you'd like: https://twitter.com/NormanLoveCandy/status/828960200539377664

EDIT 5 Couple links if you guys want to check us out what we're up to: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

EDIT 6 My pastry team is going to kill me if I don't get back in the kitchen to help them out. Thank you all SO MUCH for your interest in our company, our products, and our 8 lb. mascot. I'll try to work my way through the rest of the comments throughout the week - we're slammed with Valentine's Day coming up but I'll do my best :) thanks again everybody, have a wonderful rest of you day & week!

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Sat, 11 Feb 2017 0:00:00 EDT
PoliticsI’m Anthony Foxx, U.S. Secretary of Transportation. AMA. http://www.topiama.com/r/5723/im-anthony-foxx-us-secretary-of-transportation-ama Hello, everyone! I’m Anthony Foxx, U.S Secretary of Transportation. Before I head to Las Vegas for CES, I’ll be answering your questions here at Reddit headquarters in San Francisco. Since I joined DOT in 2013, we’ve accomplished some pretty amazing things and kept our eye on the future. We launched a national conversation about the critical challenges facing our country over the next 30 years with the Beyond Traffic report. We’re helping to build America’s first smart city - Columbus, Ohio, the winner of our Smart City Challenge. In September, we issued the world’s first national policy for automated vehicles and our Transportation Toolkit will change how Americans participate in the transportation planning process in their communities.

A couple of fun facts:

1) I’m a huge Yankees fan despite my Southern roots.

2) This Summer, I interviewed my good friend Wynton Marsalis on how the sounds of transportation have inspired his music. Watch it here: https://youtu.be/3zQ7g1KcTVw.

Proof: https://twitter.com/SecretaryFoxx/status/815627167707136000

More Proof: https://i.redd.it/y00p6ytour7y.jpg

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Wed, 04 Jan 2017 0:00:00 EDT
PoliticsI am Congressman Tim Ryan, Candidate for House Democratic Leader http://www.topiama.com/r/5623/i-am-congressman-tim-ryan-candidate-for-house Hello again! We’re the team behind Intel’s Compute Stick, the tiny computer the size of a pack of gum you connect directly to an HDMI TV or display. You may remember us from our last AMA about our Skull Canyon NUC, another small form factor computer.

They may not look it, but Compute Sticks are full-fledged PCs capable of running Windows 10 and Linux. That means you have the flexibility to do whatever you want — play games, stream video, get work done, run a server — and you aren’t limited to a walled garden of apps, as is the case with other entertainment devices with this form factor. So we’d love to answer your questions relating to Compute Sticks, from their development to technical details to how to use them. We’ll also answer questions about breakfast, horse-sized ducks, and whatever you’ve got. Bruce Patterson (/u/BrucePatterson-Intel), marketing manager, will be answering your questions today. And here’s proof.

Ask us anything.

ps. If you’d like to pick up a Compute Stick, keep an eye out for Black Friday deals from online retailers such as NewEgg and Amazon.

pps. We’re giving away 3 Compute Sticks at random, to random questioners!

Thanks all for a great AMA! Appreciate all the great questions and comments. I will do another check on this AMA later today and see if there are a few things that need to be answered. And the three lucky winners of Intel Compute Sticks are being communicated with right now. Thanks and happy computing!

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Tue, 22 Nov 2016 0:00:00 EDT
PoliticsI am Edi Rama, Prime Minister of Albania. Ask me anything. http://www.topiama.com/r/5604/i-am-edi-rama-prime-minister-of-albania-ask-me I'm a journalist who spent three years trying to solve a Rubik's Cube in under 20 seconds. Eleven years ago, I learned to solve the puzzle thanks to Toby Mao, who taught Will Smith for "The Pursuit of Happyness." I documented my quest in "Cracking The Cube: Going Slow to Go Fast and Other Unexpected Turns in the World of Competitive Rubik's Cube Solving," which was recently featured in the New York Post. The book touches on everything from my journey into speedcubing to the story of Erno Rubik, the reclusive Hungarian who invented the puzzle, and whom I had the pleasure to interview in person. Today I'm back in the Post's office to talk more about my love of The Cube and answer your questions.

Proof: http://imgur.com/8eZ4WEg

Update: Thanks for all your questions! I had a great time answering them! I'll get to any I didn't answer later! "CRACKING THE CUBE" is available everywhere books are sold--and I'll be doing more events in the future! Check out my website at www.ianscheffler.com if you want to learn more. I'm also active on twitter at @ian_scheffler, Instagram at @ian_scheffler and @thegentlemancuber, Facebook at @ianschefflerauthor and on YouTube!

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Wed, 16 Nov 2016 0:00:00 EDT
PoliticsWe Are Represent.Us, a nonpartisan anti-corruption organization. Our members supported 13 successful campaign finance, ethics and transparency laws that passed at the ballot this Election Day. Ask us anything! http://www.topiama.com/r/5590/we-are-representus-a-nonpartisan-anticorruption I'm a journalist who spent three years trying to solve a Rubik's Cube in under 20 seconds. Eleven years ago, I learned to solve the puzzle thanks to Toby Mao, who taught Will Smith for "The Pursuit of Happyness." I documented my quest in "Cracking The Cube: Going Slow to Go Fast and Other Unexpected Turns in the World of Competitive Rubik's Cube Solving," which was recently featured in the New York Post. The book touches on everything from my journey into speedcubing to the story of Erno Rubik, the reclusive Hungarian who invented the puzzle, and whom I had the pleasure to interview in person. Today I'm back in the Post's office to talk more about my love of The Cube and answer your questions.

Proof: http://imgur.com/8eZ4WEg

Update: Thanks for all your questions! I had a great time answering them! I'll get to any I didn't answer later! "CRACKING THE CUBE" is available everywhere books are sold--and I'll be doing more events in the future! Check out my website at www.ianscheffler.com if you want to learn more. I'm also active on twitter at @ian_scheffler, Instagram at @ian_scheffler and @thegentlemancuber, Facebook at @ianschefflerauthor and on YouTube!

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Fri, 11 Nov 2016 0:00:00 EDT
PoliticsTitle: Jill Stein Answers Your Questions! http://www.topiama.com/r/5555/title-jill-stein-answers-your-questions Post: Hello, Redditors! I'm Jill Stein and I'm running for president of the United States of America on the Green Party ticket. I plan to cancel student debt, provide head-to-toe healthcare to everyone, stop our expanding wars and end systemic racism. My Green New Deal will halt climate change while providing living-wage full employment by transitioning the United States to 100 percent clean, renewable energy by 2030. I'm a medical doctor, activist and mother on fire. Ask me anything!

7:30 pm - Hi folks. Great talking with you. Thanks for your heartfelt concerns and questions. Remember your vote can make all the difference in getting a true people's party to the critical 5% threshold, where the Green Party receives federal funding and ballot status to effectively challenge the stranglehold of corporate power in the 2020 presidential election.

Please go to jill2016.com or fb/twitter drjillstein for more. Also, tune in to my debate with Gary Johnson on Monday, Oct 31 and Tuesday, Nov 1 on Tavis Smiley on pbs.

Reject the lesser evil and fight for the great good, like our lives depend on it. Because they do.

Don't waste your vote on a failed two party system. Invest your vote in a real movement for change.

We can create an America and a world that works for all of us, that puts people, planet and peace over profit. The power to create that world is not in our hopes. It's not in our dreams. It's in our hands!

Signing off till the next time. Peace up!

My Proof: http://imgur.com/a/g5I6g

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Sat, 29 Oct 2016 0:00:00 EDT
Politics-LiveI’m American citizen, undecided voter, loving husband Ken Bone, Welcome to the Bone Zone! AMA http://www.topiama.com/r/5508/im-american-citizen-undecided-voter-loving Hello Reddit,

I’m just a normal guy, who spends his free time with his hot wife and cat in St. Louis. I didn’t see any of this coming, it’s been a crazy week. I want to make something good come out of this moment, so I’m donating a portion of the proceeds from my Represent T-Shirt campaign to the St. Patrick Center raising money to fight homelessness in St. Louis.

I’m an open book doing this AMA at my desk at work and excited to answer America’s question.

Please support the campaign and the fight on homelessness! Represent.com/kenbone

Proof: http://i.imgur.com/GdMsMZ9.jpg

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Fri, 14 Oct 2016 0:00:00 EDT
PoliticsI am the Libertarian Party Candidate for US Senate in NY, Alex Merced, running against Chuck Schumer. Ask me Anything! http://www.topiama.com/r/5464/i-am-the-libertarian-party-candidate-for-us There is a medical condition fairly common among men called gynecomastia. Due to different reasons, such as hormonal changes, excess body fat and increased estrogen levels, the same kind of breast tissue women have starts to grow in men. It can cause a man to appear to have small breasts or what some jokingly call “man-boobs”. In many cases exercise isn’t enough to get rid of it. There’s a lot to the subject and we work to help men address the condition with surgery. We are Dr. Heather Richardson and Dr. Kelly Killeen.

Dr. Heather Richardson Bio & Dr. Kelly Killeen Bio - Proof

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Mon, 26 Sep 2016 0:00:00 EDT
PoliticsIamA Jeff Dahlke, an Independent running for Congress in Wisconsin. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5427/iama-jeff-dahlke-an-independent-running-for Hello Reddit! I’m Jeff Dahlke, an Independent candidate running against “Wisconsin’s Worst Congressman” in District 6. I’m not a career politician or a lawyer, and my campaign has been largely self-funded and supported by small individual contributions and gestures of support. I grew up on a farm, have been a union member and worked my way up in construction into supervisory positions. I am now in a global role, in which I have traveled all over the world working on large construction projects. District 6 has a combination of agricultural and industrial areas, and I have a background with both--plus global and leadership experience. Our current Congress is filled with lawyers and career politicians, party puppets and people who no longer represent the interests of their constituency. I believe that Congress needs More Boots, Less Suits—more people willing to dig in and get their hands dirty, with expertise and demonstrated success in the districts they support. My website: www.jeffdahlkeforcongress.com

Please visit and like my Facebook page to follow the campaign: www.faceboook.com/jeffdahlke4congress

You can make a donation here: http://www.jeffdahlkeforcongress.com/donate.html

My proof is here: http://imgur.com/a/aF4kI

Ask me anything!

  • EDIT: Thank you for all the questions. I'm done for today but will check back tomorrow to get to any additional questions. If you support what I'm trying to do, please consider a donation and help us break up the two party system.
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Sat, 10 Sep 2016 0:00:00 EDT
PoliticsHi Reddit, we are a mountain climber, a fiction writer, and both former Governors. We are Gary Johnson and Bill Weld, candidates for President and Vice President. Ask Us Anything! http://www.topiama.com/r/5414/hi-reddit-we-are-a-mountain-climber-a-fiction Edit @ 2:05 P.M.: Thanks so much for joining us everyone. Read the full project here, and if you have questions you can ask the Unholstered team at unholstered@texastribune.org.

I am a criminal justice lecturer at Texas State University and a former police chief. I was the police chief of San Marcos for 11 years, and I served with the Austin Police Department for 25 years before that.

Earlier this week, The Texas Tribune published Unholstered — a project where reporters gathered data on six years of police shootings in Texas' largest 36 cities. The reporters found 656 incidents. The investigation examined unarmed shootings, off-duty shootings and much more. As a former police chief, I was one of the experts The Texas Tribune interviewed to contextualize that data.

You can read the project here, and you can AMA about police shootings in Texas. Also joining are Texas Tribune reporters Jolie McCullough (joliesky) and Johnathan Silver (JohnathanSilverTrib). They can help answer your questions about their reporting and the data they gathered.

Proof: * Dr. Howard Williams * Jolie McCullough * Johnathan Silver

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Wed, 07 Sep 2016 0:00:00 EDT
Politics-LiveI am Nicholas Sarwark, Chairman of the the Libertarian Party, the only growing political party in the United States. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5397/i-am-nicholas-sarwark-chairman-of-the-the I am the Chairman of one of only three truly national political parties in the United States, the Libertarian Party.

We also have the distinction of having the only national convention this year that didn't have shenanigans like cutting off a sitting Senator's microphone or the disgraced resignation of the party Chair.

Our candidate for President, Gary Johnson, will be on all 50 state ballots and the District of Columbia, so every American can vote for a qualified, healthy, and sane candidate for President instead of the two bullies the old parties put up.

You can follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Ask me anything.

Proof: https://www.facebook.com/sarwark4chair/photos/a.662700317196659.1073741829.475061202627239/857661171033905/?type=3&theater

EDIT: Thank you guys so much for all of the questions! Time for me to go back to work.

EDIT: A few good questions bubbled up after the fact, so I'll take a little while to answer some more.

EDIT: I think ten hours of answering questions is long enough for an AmA. Thanks everyone and good night!

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Wed, 31 Aug 2016 0:00:00 EDT