Top Politics Reddit IAmA's http://www.topiama.com/cat/politics The latest Politics IAmA's collected from Reddit 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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Fri, 12 May 2017 0:00:00 EDT
BusinessWe are Shark Tank’s Daymond John and Bubba Baker. We’re the investor and the inventor of real boneless baby back ribs! Ask us anything! http://www.topiama.com/r/6032/we-are-shark-tanks-daymond-john-and-bubba-baker In 2013, former NFL player Al "Bubba" Baker appeared on Shark Tank to pitch his product, Bubba Q’s boneless ribs. Investor Daymond John became his partner, and now Bubba’s Boneless Ribs are available all over the country.

You can try them on the new Baby Back Rib Burger at any Carl’s Jr. or Hardee’s. Here’s what it looks like, and you can find one at a Carl’s Jr. location or a Hardee’s location.

Here’s our PROOF: https://twitter.com/TheSharkDaymond/status/862344014435160065

/u/BubbasQ60

/u/TheSharkDaymond

So now, let’s do it. ASK US ANYTHING

EDIT: Thanks for taking time to ask me and Bubba about the Baby Back Rib Burger...and everything else. Try them yourself at any Carl's Jr or Hardee's locations. I'M OUT.

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Wed, 10 May 2017 0:00:00 EDT
PoliticsIAM William J. Perry, Former Secretary of Defense, and I think there is a deal to be made with North Korea - AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6027/iam-william-j-perry-former-secretary-of-defense Our short bio: We’re Lisa Gartner and Zack Sampson, reporters at the Tampa Bay Times. We just published several stories about how children who steal cars have become one of the biggest crime problems in our Florida county. Police here made almost 500 arrests for grand theft auto in one year, more than just about anywhere in America, including Miami and Los Angeles. The kids were as young as 10. They were too small to ride all the rides at the amusement park. But they sped 100+ mph, the wrong way on bridges, and crashed a lot. Some died. The kids told us their reasoning was simple: to have fun. One boy we wrote about, just 13, was considered the most dangerous kid on the street. Cops thought he had an AK-47. He was barely 100 pounds.

Link to the story

/u/zsampson

/u/lisagartner

PROOF

EDIT: We're humans. We need to go to lunch. We will come back after we're done and look for more questions in about an hour! Thanks for checking in.

EDIT TWO: Alright everyone, thanks so much for tuning in. There were quite a few great questions, and we enjoyed discussing the stories. We're at nearly eight hours, which is about our limit. Please keep reading!

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Tue, 09 May 2017 0:00:00 EDT
PoliticsWe’re some of the groups that drove millions of comments to the FCC and Congress last year and took on big telecom companies to win net neutrality. Now those protections are threatened and we have to fight for them again. AUA http://www.topiama.com/r/5955/were-some-of-the-groups-that-drove-millions-of Hey reddit,

The FCC just held a closed door meeting with lobbyists from the Cable industry, and now the Wall Street Journal and others are reporting that the new chairman is moving fast to dismantle the Open Internet order / net neutrality protections that we won last year. If this happens, it would open the flood gates for a tiered internet with fast lanes and slow lanes, throttling, and censorship.

This news does not come as a surprise, but it’s coming faster than we thought. So now is the time to mobilize. Members of Congress are in their home districts this week and next, which makes this a particularly critical moment for us to make our voices heard.

Here’s what you can do:

1. Find a Congressional Town Hall Meeting near you and show up to ask a question or hold a sign in support of net neutrality.

2. Request a meeting with your member of Congress while they are in district over the next two weeks.

3. Sign this petition telling Congress that net neutrality is not a partisan issue.

We need to make sure that there is someone asking a question about net neutrality at every single Congressional town hall meeting taking place over the next two weeks. This is a task that redditors are perhaps uniquely positioned to accomplish. In addition to asking questions, we encourage redditors to use the comments section or create threads to organize meet-ups or support each other in attending events and speaking to members of Congress about why net neutrality is important to them. Search for town hall meetings near you here.

We represent just a handful of the massive coalition of organizations, startups, tech experts, and individuals that banded together to fight for the net neutrality protections that we have in place now. Some of us helped launch the Battle for the Net campaign, which was part of the effort that helped drive nearly 4 million comments to the FCC. Ask us anything!!!

Answering questions today are:

  • Ernesto Falcon (Electronic Frontier Foundation, proof)
  • Evan Greer (Fight for the Future, proof)
  • Ferras Vinh (Center for Democracy & Technology, proof)
  • Kate Forscey (Public Knowledge, proof)
  • Matt Wood (Free Press, proof)

Resources to learn more:

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Wed, 12 Apr 2017 0:00:00 EDT
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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