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Hello everyone, and welcome to the First Annual Best Of IAmA Awards!

Yes, we're a little behind the times, all the other subreddits have been doing it forever. But ours is going to be the best.

Unlike many subreddits that feature posts, our goal here is to highlight you, our users. Bernie and Bill Gates can afford their own Reddit Gold.

In that spirit, today we're going to take nominations for the following categories:

• Best Question (that was answered)
• Most Awkward Question (that was answered)
• Funniest Question (that was answered)
• Best Unanswered Question

And we will reluctantly do the obvious:

• Best AMA
• Best Answer

For these last two we ask that you look for AMAs from people who really got Reddit, who provided an AMA experience that was above and beyond rather than just staying for an hour.

Please leave your nominations as a reply to one of the comments below, matching the category, and keep all other discussion to the comment labeled for it. Please note that if more than one person nominates the same thing for each category, we'll consider it the nomination that came first.

Prizes:

Thanks to the generosity of the admins, we'll have some Reddit Platinum and Gold to hand out - Platinum to the winners of each category, and Gold to the Redditor who nominates each winner - so go dig out those top comments fast. I also have cool AMA stickers to send out to any of our winners or nominators who want them!

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Hello, I am Ivan, 25, from Rijeka, Croatia, born with very rare disease called duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). That is a genetic disorder where mutated genes interfere with production of proteins needed to form healthy muscles. Disease is progressive which means that every day every muscle in my body are going to be weaker and weaker. When I was younger i could walk, run like every other kid, but now I am using electric wheelchairs and can't even eat alone. Also at night I am using device for non invasive ventilation to help me breathe.

Anyway enough about my friend DMD, let me tell you something about me :) I live with my parents and my brother, who guess what, also have same disorder as I have but he's 4 years younger. I have bachelor's degree from economics, I am unemployed and I am training boccia for fun and competition (third in my country this year). That's paralympic sport where people with severe disabilities can participate but need to use special equipment and help from sport assistants (father in my case). Also I love technology, movies and almost all kind of pc games. I don't have much friends, I am kinda introvert, scared of water and insects, but very open minded and realistic person. Taboo doesn't exist for me and you can ask me anything.

Proof 1: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1yp1n9bZ3N1F7jSFQQ59woEIEu_LLciA_ Proof 2: https://imgur.com/OBYVaA2

Edit: I will answer on all of your questions, just be patient

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I am the author of the instant New York Times bestseller Always Look On the Bright Side of Life (Crown, published Oct 2, 2018), a “Sortabiography” of my life from a charity boarding school through a bizarre life in comedy, on records, in books, on TV and in the movies. Next year marks the fiftieth anniversary of Monty Python and so, before I finally forget, I’m sharing some of the fun I had with some very talented people, comedians such as them Python fellers, the supreme Robin Williams, the great Garry Shandling, the amazing Mike Nichols, as well as some of the funniest rockers in the world like George Harrison, David Bowie, and Mick Jagger. It’s been a great ride! Ask me anything!

Buy the book: [Amazon](1984822586), Barnes & Noble, or IndieBound, or wherever books are sold.

Proof: https://twitter.com/EricIdle/status/1072559133122023424

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Hey Redditor friends! I was a 30-something teacher who learned to code, started working as a developer, and wanted to help more people do the same. So I created the freeCodeCamp.org open source project 4 years ago.

Today freeCodeCamp.org is helping millions of people around the world learn to code for free. Already, tens of thousands of our alumni have gotten their first jobs as software developers.

We have a free 1,800 hour full stack development curriculum where you build projects and earn developer certifications. We also run the fastest-growing programming channel on YouTube and the largest publication on Medium.com.

Our nonprofit recently crossed the 1 billion minute threshold for total usage. This means people have spent about 2,000 years learning to code on freeCodeCamp! (more metrics here)

Some personal details about me:

  • My wife Jade and I have 2 kids: a 3 year old named Jocelyn and a 1 year old named Quentin (he's in my verification picture).
  • I grew up in Oklahoma City and recently moved back to China (where I previously studied and worked)
  • Aside from coding, I enjoy reading nonfiction, running, retro-gaming, and playing with my kids.
  • I write about technology on Quora and Medium and tweet a lot

Verification photo: https://truepic.com/CWBKGRR3/

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Edit: Nice, a typo in the title. Edit 2: We are officially out of Early Access. Not without some issues and a slight delay.

Our short story: We are Thing Trunk, an indie company from Poland started by three guys for the purpose of creating Book of Demons. We have a grand vision of creating seven tributes to genres and games we loved and played to death back when we were kids. Games with modernized mechanics that would recapture the core experience of a genre while letting the player control the time investment. The first game is a tribute to (and a light parody of) the ARPG genre. The game allows the player to pick how long a session should take and will balance the game to fit a small complete experience into that time.

We imagined it would take the three of us two years to make a game. We had some prior experience with small games so we were a wee bit overconfident. We hit some snags and delays and then more snags and then we ran out of savings and did Early Access and here we are over five years of development later with a complete game.

Along the way, we had multiple mishaps and did things we couldn’t quite pull off. We tend to overengineer and overthink everything we do and we are meticulous planners (yet somehow everything is delayed, go figure). Some of the stuff that happened to us in no particular order:

We wrote our own Steam-like platform (with blackjack and no DRM) in fear the Steam wouldn’t accept us for some reason. We scrapped that once it turned out it’s actually easy to get on Steam. But if Steam flops one day we will have the platform ready ;-)

We also wrote our own engine in C++ to have full control over memory footprint and performance. This resulted in a small installation size and the game that is actually 2D but pretends to be 3D (see this Imgur post for more details how it’s done).

As the project grew and the team along with it (we are now a team of seven) we had to find an affordable office. We found one in a local arts center, scheduled for immediate demolition year after year but still standing after 3 years. The office is cheap but comes with extra perks: every once in a while a pigeon flies in or crawls out of the toilet’s wall when someone is on the loo.

Eventually, our money ran out and we had to launch in Early Access in late 2016. We imagined it would be a lot like an open beta lasting about six months (yeah, we know). We were scared of Early Access after seeing how it turned out for other games so we decided to be as upfront and open as possible. Early Access launch wasn’t a huge success but we persevered and kept improving the game. Eventually, the community grew and we got an insane amount of feedback. We have an in-game widget that sends bug reports and ideas straight to us and we read and respond to everything. We added a huge number of quality of life improvements including control schemes for disabled players, extended the endgame and added legendary cards.

We learned a lot about development and publishing so we will try to answer any questions you might have on games, publishing (a hot topic among indie developers especially now that new publishing models are introduced, new stores open and the “indie apocalypse” is in full swing) and life in general.

Answering your questions will be:

Konstanty - programming, design, community support

Filip - production, design, programming

Matt - art design, programming, design, doomsaying

To get an idea how Book of Demons plays you can check out the Mage’s gameplay And read more/check out the free demo here. Free demos for all games is another thing we would like to see making a comeback. We put together an Imgur post with other historical photos and videos from the production.

So, without a further ado, Ask Us Anything. We are exiting early access in one hour and there is not much to do now besides stressing out. We will stick around to answer your questions as long as adrenaline will keep us up.

Our Proof: Ah, and the proof (hopefully this is enough, we never did AMA before but if need be we can photoshop a piece of paper into a picture of us asleep on the couch).

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I started working at the AP Photo Library in the late 1980s, when photojournalists still shot film that had to be processed, printed and transmitted on a drum scanner from a local AP bureau. A lot has changed in the last 30 years, with the advent of digital cameras, storage, remote transmission and, of course, the internet. Since everything is now shot and stored electronically, the physical AP Photo Collection of negatives and prints is no longer growing, but is, in itself, an artifact frozen in time. The emphasis now is to maintain, curate and digitize the collection, which represents the history of the 20th Century. I’m happy to answer your questions about AP’s archive of images, then and now.

Proof: https://twitter.com/AP_Images/status/1069988514434027520

UPDATE: OK, I’m going to wrap up now. Thanks so much for joining me and asking so many great questions! Just a reminder that you can go to AP Images to explore some of AP’s photo archive: http://www.apimages.com/

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Hey Reddit, I'm Greg Eklund, best known as the drummer from the band Everclear from 1994-2003. I am also a member of The Oohlas and Storm Large and Le Bonheur. Ask me anything!

Proof - https://imgur.com/a/2W1ZS2T

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Bandcamp

iTunes

Youtube channel

Proof: https://twitter.com/hawaiiparttwo/status/1072951613109596160

Joe = wHaleJoey

Ross = Ross_Federman

Bora = 15secondsofbora

EDIT: Alright folks, it's time to sign off! Thank you for joining us!

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Hello Reddit, I’m here to answer your questions about the year in science news and recent science topics in the news – OSIRIS-REx’s rendezvous with an asteroid, InSight’s landing on Mars, the surging wildfires that broke out in California, “junk news” on social media, hurricanes and climate change. You can catch my work every Wednesday on the PBS NewsHour’s “Leading Edge” segment. I also report for the PBS program “NOVA,” where I’ll have a documentary called "Inside the Megafire" that airs next spring. I’m here to take your questions – ask me anything!

Proof: https://twitter.com/milesobrien/status/1072893854955814912

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UPDATE 12/13: And we're done! Thanks everybody - glad we were able to help so many people. We're hunkering down to get as many people enrolled before the deadline on Saturday. If you still need coverage go to www.healthsherpa.com and use the anonymous calculator to figure out what you qualify for. You can also call us at (855) 772-2663.

Parting thoughts for those of you still on the fence:

We have now enrolled 400,000 people in ACA coverage since November 1st. Those 400k people will receive over $2 billion in government subsidies to help them pay for health insurance next year.

Of those 400,000: - 1 out of 4 will pay $0 a month next year for comprehensive on-exchange health coverage. - 1 out of 3 will pay less than $10 a month. - Half are paying under $30 a month. - 2/3rds are paying under $75/month.

Healthcare in this country is insanely expensive, but for many of you, the ACA makes it much more affordable. There are literally millions of people who qualify for affordable coverage and have a little over 48 hours left to enroll. Of the ones who don’t, thousands will face medical bankruptcies and suffer because of inadequate access to healthcare.

Many of you, your friends, and loved ones could avoid all that by just taking the 15 minutes it takes to sign up. Please make sure you have at least tried to sign yourself up, and do what you can to spread awareness of the upcoming deadline.

Proof

This Saturday, December 15th is the deadline to get health insurance for next year in most states, so if you live in the US and don’t get insurance through your job, parents, or something like the VA or Tricare, now would be a good time to sign up.

We are HealthSherpa, experts on the ACA / "Obamacare" and have helped 1.5 million people enroll since 2014.

Participants are:

/u/cat_supports_the_ACA: Cat - cofounder, leads product - enrollment questions

/u/healthsherpa: George, cofounder, policy wonk - policy questions

/u/aleka_hs: Aleka, reproductive health expert - coverage questions

/u/zoehealthsherpa: Zoe, agent whisperer, answering agent questions

We're here to help you understand your options, figure out what you should do, and get enrolled before the deadline. Ask us Anything!

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On Christmas Eve 1975, a grisly quadruple murder in a family-owned furniture store shook the quiet Florida town of Winter Garden. Police arrested store owner Tommy Zeigler and charged him with killing his wife, in-laws and a loyal customer. Zeigler has been on Death Row for 42 years. He says he is innocent.

The rise of DNA testing offered hope that Zeigler could be exonerated. Yet over and over, Florida refused to test the evidence. At 73, Zeigler knows that he will probably die on Death Row one way or another, but he would still like the chance to clear his name.

I spent 8 years following Zeigler’s case before writing a six-part serial narrative this year called Blood and Truth (http://www.tampabay.com/projects/2018/narratives/blood-and-truth/). I explored what police found at the crime scene, how the science behind DNA testing has evolved, what happened in the courtroom, and where the case stands now. Ask me anything.

Proof: https://twitter.com/TB_Times/status/1073227269689237505

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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/1072838754669338625

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.

About Landmine Detection Rats: APOPO's landmine detection rats have helped sniff out more than 100,000 mines, returned 23 million square meters of land, and helped free nearly 1 million people from the threat of explosives.

About Tuberculosis Detection Rats: APOPO's tuberculosis detection rats have safely sniffed over 500,000 sputum samples identifying 14,600 additional cases of TB that were missed by clinics.

Support Us: You can make a donation or adopt a HeroRAT at our website.

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 10am EST. /u/APOPO_Emma will be helping out in the comments too.

EDIT - Thanks for all your interesting questions, it's been a pleasure! You can always reach us via our website, or social channels if you have more questions! /u/APOPO_Emma and will answer any other questions you have. Thanks again.

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Posted byEric Moreno - US Veteran23 hours ago

Hi Reddit! Eric Moreno here (again!) - I am a US Submarine Veteran and Founder/Mod of r/Submarines. I am here with Biography to give you glimpse into the world of submarines.

Check out our video!

2003 was the year I showed up to the USS Hampton as an Auxiliaryman to maintain all the mechanical equipment onboard not related to the reactor, propulsion or weapons. Pneumatics, hydraulics, atmosphere control, diesel operations, water… and yes the sanitary system. After doing that for 3 years I cross rated to become a Torpedoman and took care of all the weapons systems, heavy weapons (torpedoes/missiles) and small arms. I even qualified to cook :)

3 years ago I founded r/Submarines with the intention of having a place dedicated to submarines. I got sick and tired of scrolling through Facebook and Twitter to dig up submarine content, news, OSINT (Open Source Intelligence) etc.… After seeing the 1000th photo of someone’s dinner I deleted my Facebook account and started a Reddit account. I immediately took over a 200 subscriber r/submarines and turned it into the Submarines church it is today.

I have been researching and consulting on all aspects of submarines since my enlistment was finished in 2008. I have studied all aspects of submarine technology, culture, history etc… I also have an amazing network of verified submariners from many nations that will chime in if I can’t answer your question.

Photo of what the Regulus W-27 nuclear detonation would look like via NukeMap

Thanks and Ask Me Anything today at 4pm E!!!!

... and you if you thought all submarines were small you were wrong. Meet the Typhoon Class from the hunt for red october :)

Proof:

https://i.redd.it/dnzbeotuyv321.png

https://twitter.com/biography/status/1072917751432404992

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Hi all, I'm Winslow Dumaine. I'm an illustrator and stand up comedian. You might remember me from this post, right before I released my tarot deck. Last year, I paid my rent by setting up a table on the streets of Chicago, selling my drawings directly to passersby. Since then, I finished my largest work to date - The Tarot Restless. I created this deck after escaping a very toxic and abusive relationship; the deck reflects my experiences and those of my friends, as they found empowerment after traumatic experiences. The deck is accompanied by a book of short stories, detailing a morbid fantasy world in the midst of an infertility apocalypse. Visually, it is largely inspired by black metal, HP Lovecraft, and Dark Souls. I funded it through Kickstarter - I met my funding goal in 24 hours and went on to sell nearly $15,000 by the end of the 30 day campaign. I sold out of the first edition and printed a second with the proceeds. Now, I ship my tarot cards, prints, and pins all over the world. I've sold about $35,000 in art this year alone.

Now, I'm working on the third edition of the deck and slowly developing a video game set in the same universe as The Tarot Restless.

You can see all my work here and you can watch me performing stand up comedy on a show with Kyle Kinane and Hannibal Buress here. You can also follow me on instagram too. I'll be selling art and doing stand up at a few places this weekend, so if you're in the area, I'd love to see you there!

Ask me anything about the process on getting your work out there, funding its creation, and selling art directly to patrons.

Proof.

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My Bio: I’m an enrolled member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe (aboriginal land is southern Washington State), I grew up on the Tulalip Indian Reservation and went to Tulalip tribal schools for most of my K through 12 education. Now I live in Los Angeles and have written for Cartoon Network, DreamWorks, Nerdist, Cracked, UCB, The Pack Theater and a ton of other places. This year I put up the first ever showcase of American Indian Comedians at UCB which was very fun. I can speak a lot on the struggles of Natives in Hollywood, any general questions about native country or any general questions about comedy writing and working in the entertainment industry. No question is too silly. My name is Joey Clift. Ask me anything!

Proof: https://twitter.com/joeytainment/status/1072536140970901504

Some of my writing credits if you want to ask about specific things: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4187787/

I recently wrote a short satire book about Native representation in media called "The American Indian Ready To Wear Catalog 2018" that does a good job explaining some of the things we have to deal with. It was illustrated by Janet Myer who is an amazing Cowlitz artist and also my mom (how cute). You can download a free pdf of it here:

http://www.joeyclift.com/assets/the-american-indian-ready-to-wear-catalog-2018---written-by-joey-clift-illustrations-by-janet-myer.pdf

Edit: To add proof

Edit 2: This blew up! I'm working through everyone's questions but if I don't get to yours right away, I'll definitely respond within the next few days so keep asking stuff! Also, if you found this whole thing at all interesting and you want to support me, follow me on twitter!

https://twitter.com/joeytainment

Edit 3: I've been sitting on my couch answering questions for 8 hours and I'm starting to smell so I should probably step away for the day. I'll keep checking this thread and answering questions throughout the week, so keep asking stuff! Before I go, here are a few more things I'd like to promote.

- Physical copies of my book "The American Indian Ready To Wear Catalog 2018" are for sale at https://redcatpress.com/. It's $5 and I've only got a few copies left, so order now! (A free pdf of it can be found above)

- I was a guest on the Earwolf podcast Yo Is This Racist!? a few weeks ago where I talked a ton about the struggles of Natives in Hollywood. Give that a listen here!

https://www.earwolf.com/episode/pay-a-native-w-joey-clift/

- I was a guest on the Dead Meat podcast two weeks ago where I talked a ton about Indian Burial Grounds. Listen to that here!

https://youtu.be/PRd4aCUvhQY

- And if you like stuff that's weird, I host a podcast called "25 Minutes of Silence" which is a podcast where a guest and I just sit in silence for 25 Minutes. Check that out here!

https://25minutesofsilence.podbean.com/

Thanks for all of the questions!

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proof of my niagara hands << not sure how sufficient this is but oh well

excuse my DEFORMED HAND have fun chirren

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I am a hopeless romantic. But that has nothing to do with this. I’ve directed documentaries for places like ESPN, HBO, CNN Films, and had a show on MTV back in the day.

I love to discover the overlooked and misunderstood. Which tends to be quite a bit. In our podcast ‘What Really Happened?’ I look into everything from Meek Mill's probation to Sonic Warfare in Cuba to the death of Michael Jordan's dad to Winston Churchill's depression to Britney Spears' conservatorship - everything is on the table.

The show is helped big time by listeners and people like you who have fresh ideas and new info. Please, please ask or tell me anything.

You can find proof I am living and breathing right here! https://www.instagram.com/andrewjenks/

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I’m a Postdoctoral Associate in the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia, Athens, US. I’m the first author of a recent study in eLife which suggests that, in warmer ocean temperatures, fur seal pups receive less maternal care and lack an effective immune response against hookworm infections as a result. Ask me anything.

My proof: https://twitter.com/eLife/status/1071181824553091072

I’m interested in all aspects of wildlife diseases. Through the use of pathology, I aim to provide relevant data about specific tissular reactions to pathogens and the role of immunity and natural individual variation in the presentation and severity of diseases. This information is important to understand the role that diseases play in nature, from the molecular to the ecosystem level, and the effect of these diseases on animal, environmental and human health. One of my main career goals is to promote the increase of knowledge in the field of conservation medicine, especially in South America.

My recent work involved studying the health and survival of a colony of South American fur seals between 2004–2008 and 2012–2017. Hookworm infection is a major cause of death in fur seal pups. We found that, in years with warmer ocean conditions, their mothers spend more time in the ocean to find fish, meaning their pups grow more slowly, have lower levels of blood glucose and are unable to fight off hookworms as a result. In colder ocean temperatures, however, the pups receive more maternal care and have a more effective immune system that allows them to survive the infection.

We hope our findings help lay the groundwork for investigating ways to limit the effect of parasitic diseases among fur seals and other marine mammals in the context of a changing climate. I’ll be here to discuss these findings and answer questions about our research more broadly. You can read the full eLife paper here, and use the annotation tool to make notes and discuss the work further. A plain-language summary is also available here. AMA!

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Meghan and Sid, along with dermatologist Dr. Ranella Hirsch, are applying the scientific method to skin. We developed a proprietary system, Atolla, that uses machine learning to pinpoint the cause of a skin issue, and identify the right personalized solution. Skin is a complicated organ that cannot be described by just one variable. We look at people’s skin from the inside-out: how environment, lifestyle, health, other products used, and preferences all impact your skin health.

Our machine-learning algorithms recognize patterns in what’s causing your skin to react positively or negatively, and uses this information to provide you the best solution, no matter the situation. We are building a unique longitudinal dataset that is comprehensive and broad in 1) its coverage of demographics, geographies, skin concerns, lifestyles, products used, and 2) tracking of skin measurement, visual and sentiment changes. Our vision is to make a predictive model for skin, where we can predict your skin’s outcome to using a new product, or a change in environment.

After working on the technology at MIT this past year, we’ve developed an easy, at-home skin test. If you want to learn more about the Atolla Skincare System, we’re looking for early testers and feedback. Learn more here: https://kck.st/2GlmNEK.

We believe the future of skin health is data-driven. Ask us anything about MIT, machine learning, or skin health! We’d love to share what we’ve learned.

Proof: https://twitter.com/atollaskinlab/status/1072524317739622402


UPDATE: Thank you so much for this incredible AMA! This was a great experience and we would love to do it again. We will still monitor the thread for questions and try to respond when we can, but we're officially signing off for today.

If you're going to be at CES this January, come see Meg talk on design+tech with Core77.

More information about Atolla here: https://kck.st/2GlmNEK

And you can always reach us at meg@atolla.co or sid@atolla.co. We welcome any questions!

Best, Meg and Sid

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When I set up my website, GenderGP, offering support and advice to trans and non binary people in 2014, I was warned that if I took a special interest in the care of transgender patients, I would become the subject of complaints, investigations, tribunals and hearings.

Fast forward to 2018 and those predictions have come true. While my patients describe the service as life-saving, those operating within the NHS do not take too kindly to what they see as my 'alternative' approach, which is in line with best practice adopted in the US and Canada. The UK media does not have the best reputation when it comes to giving the trans community a fair hearing so much of the attention I have received has been less than complimentary.

My patients on the other hand tell a different story, they tell me on a daily basis that without the service they would have come to harm, they have written countless letters to the regulators in my defence and even set up a crowdfunding page in my honour...so who's right? The patients or the regulators?

I'll let you decide - Ask Me Anything.

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Hi, everybody! My name is Ian James and I’ve been investigating pollution in communities on the U.S.-Mexico border. Working with visual journalist Zoe Meyers and a team of colleagues, I helped produce the series ‘Poisoned Cities, Deadly Border,’ which was published by The Desert Sun, part of the USA TODAY Network. In it, we examine the pollution in the air and water, the contributions of Mexicali’s many factories, the system of enforcement and how the pollution is affecting people on both sides of the border.

We interviewed people who are coping with asthma, as well as one person who lost a sister to an asthma attack. Looking at air pollution data, we found that Mexicali has some of the highest average PM10 levels in the Americas, and that air pollution is contributing to high rates of deaths from respiratory illnesses – significantly higher than other parts of Baja California and Mexico as a whole. People on both sides of the border are suffering from asthma and other chronic illnesses. And the New River, which flows from Mexicali into California, is filled with sewage and toxic pollution. People in Calexico live with the stench and have been waiting decades for a cleanup. Yet spending on fixes for Mexicali’s sewer system have declined, and raw sewage spills are on the rise. These problems are linked to many factors, from the city’s rapid growth to the lack of infrastructure spending and the failure of government agencies to crack down on pollution.

Let’s talk about what’s leading to unchecked pollution on this stretch of the border, how it’s affecting people, and what could be done to change the situation. I speak English and Spanish, so I’m happy to answer your questions in either language. Ask me anything!

Proof: https://i.redd.it/31e3kknl7w221.jpg

UPDATE: That’s all I have time to answer today. Thank you for sharing these insightful questions. If you haven't read it yet, you can check out our four-part investigation at https://www.desertsun.com/poisoned-cities/

And if you have other comments or tips to share, email me or send a tweet to @ByIanJames

Thank you!

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Proof: I posted an update on the most relevant page for today: Lifelock Sucks (also easy to find by searching for Lifelock Sucks on google where I hold the #1 position for that search term!)

Look for "2018.12.10 – Hi /r/IAMA! " just above the youtube video in the post.

Anyway, I've long been frustrated by the amount of misinformation and especially missing information about the ID theft issue which is why I've done teaching, training, seminars, youtube videos, and plenty of articles on my blog/site about it in the past 13 or so years. I'm planning on sprucing up some of that content soon so I'd love to know what's foremost on everyone's minds at the moment.

So, what can I answer for you?

EDIT: I'm super thrilled that there's been such a response, but I have to go for now. I will be back to answer questions in a few hours and will get to as many as I can. Please see if I answered your question already in the meantime by checking other comments.

EDIT2: This blew up and that's awesome! I hope I helped a lot of people. Some cleanup: I will continue to answer what I can, but will have to disengage soon. I want to clarify some confusion points for people though:

  • I am NOT recommending that people withhold or give fake information to doctors and dentists or anyone out of hand. I said you should understand who is asking for the information, why they want it, and verify the request is legit. For example, I've had dental offices as for SSN when my insurance company confirmed with me directly they do NOT REQUIRE SSN for claims. I denied the dentist my SSN and still got service and they still got paid.
  • I am NOT recommending against password managers or services as much as I'm saying I don't use them and haven't researched them enough to recommend them specifically. I AM saying that new technologies and services should always be carefully evaluated and treated with tender gloves. The reason that breaches happen is because of corporate negligence in every case I know of so it's best to assume the worst and do deep research before handing someone important access. That said, I'll be talking to some crypto experts I know about managers to make sure I have good information about them going forward.
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