Top Reddit IAmA's http://www.topiama.com The latest IAmA's collected from Reddit AuthorI am Maximilian Uriarte, the creator of Terminal Lance and The White Donkey! Ask me anything! http://www.topiama.com/r/5049/i-am-maximilian-uriarte-the-creator-of-terminal I am the creator of Terminal Lance, the military's most popular comic strip! I recently released a book with Little, Brown & Co. called The White Donkey--the world's first graphic novel about the Iraq war written and illustrated by an Iraq veteran. The book just became a New York Times best seller!

Proof: https://twitter.com/TLCplMax/status/725778721173430272

EDIT:

Apr 28 6:20pm Hey guys, thanks for the questions! I am going to officially sign off of this AMA though. Please keep reading Terminal Lance and check my twitter for updates on my life and other cool things.

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Thu, 28 Apr 2016 0:00:00 EDT
Actor / EntertainerIamA TV Host (Meat Puppet), Entrepreneur (Serial Failure) and Investor (Dice Roller): Ask KEVIN PEREIRA anything! http://www.topiama.com/r/5043/iama-tv-host-meat-puppet-entrepreneur-serial Hello Reddit lovelies. It’s about time we do this delicate dance again!

 

Whudd I Do:

I am currently hosting America’s Greatest Makers on TBS, Hack My Life on TruTV and the #Pointless Podcast. I’ve also launched a new production entity, The Attack, which creates live-streaming Twitch.tv madness and is developing two shows for Lionsgate’s Comic-Con HQ network.

 

I actually know what some of those words mean. And I’m not convinced that any of that really defines me.

 

I love deprivation-tanks, ayahuasca and brunch. Not necessarily in that order.

 

Happy to talk G4tv (Attack of the Show), canceled game-shows (Let’s Ask America), sex, drugs, rock and or roll, VR, anime, juggalos, gaming, BBS door games, Kanye… whatever you desire!

 

All Things Social:

 

 

Place your Q's. A's begin around 5:30pm-pst.

 

Thanks in advance for your interest and general awesomeness. And double-thanks to Courtnie and Elisabeth from Reddit for the assist!

 

UPDATE:

I'm taking a shower, and some NyQuil. I've got a shoot for Hack My Life tomorrow, but I'll be answering questions from bed until the nightmares grip me. I'll even hop on at lunch to try and answer any stragglers. You are awesome Reddit, thanks for being so supportive. I love this site and community. Kisses, hugs and belly-rubs.

 

I Am Me. I Swear: https://twitter.com/Attack/status/725115364720402432

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Wed, 27 Apr 2016 0:00:00 EDT
MedicalI'm a junior doctor on strike in England, back for another AMA http://www.topiama.com/r/5044/im-a-junior-doctor-on-strike-in-england-back-for It's 21:00, I'm going to stop answering questions, for the common questions which remain unanswered, see the end of this post

The strike ended at 17:00 today. I don't know where we go from here, but I hope it is towards a negotiated contract which is safe for patients and fair for doctors.

Hello, my name is Jon and I'm a junior doctor. Yesterday and today I've taken part in the junior doctors strike which is taking part in England. (The UK is made up of 4 countries, and only England has decided to impose a contract. Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have decided to keep the one they've already got)

I posted an AMA when we first went on strike about 3 months ago and I thought a follow up might be helpful (original is here https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/40l8xw/im_a_doctor_working_in_england_and_were_on_strike/ )

This strike is different to our previous four strikes, on this occasion we have withdrawn all labour (including emergency and urgent care).

Feel free to ask me anything. Here's a couple of preemptive answers to questions that came up a lot at the last AMA.

Why are you on strike? The government and the British Medical Association (BMA) have been negotiating a new junior doctor contract for over 3 years. Talks broke down during last year and negotiations ground to a halt.

One of our strikes was cancelled while an arbitrator was brought in. ACAS (the arbitrator) could not broker a deal and the government decided to give up on negotiations and impose a contract upon us.

The government claim that a 7 day NHS was a manifesto pledge and that junior doctor contracts have to be reformed to make it easier for hospitals to roster us at weekends.

The BMA claim that the contract imposed by the government is unsafe for patients and unfair for doctors. The BMA claim that without an increase in the total number of doctors, having more on at the weekend will reduce the number on during the weekends weekdays (Thanks to everyone who caught this mistake, tired doctors make mistakes). They also claim that by requiring junior doctors to work more weekends for the same amount of pay, that is equivalent to a pay cut.

I have read the government's imposed contract and I have read their equality impact assessment. The government freely acknowledge that the contract is discriminatory against women, people with disabilities and anyone who works less than full time (such as for research or for childcare).

If you have walked out on your patients, are they safe? Yes. I would not be out on strike if I didn't think my senior doctor colleagues and allied health professionals could provide safe and effective care. Have a look here - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-36151222

What is a junior doctor? We are qualified doctors, we've spent upwards of 5 years at university and are in training to become specialised consultants. In the American system, we're comparable to residents.

EXTRA COMMON ANSWERS

Haven't you broken the Hippocratic oath? No, we don't swear it in the UK. If we did it would prevent us from performing surgery or administering chemotherapy (including many other things.)

How is the new contract discriminatory? In a number of ways, have a look at this article - http://careers.bmj.com/careers/advice/Doctors_slam_junior_contract_for_discrimination_against_women

I work weekends, why shouldn't doctors? Junior doctors already do work weekends, this strike was not about us wanting to work less hours or to get paid more. I currently work one in three weekends. And I'm okay with that. My concern with increasing the number of doctors working at weekends is where will these doctors come from? We struggle to safely staff our rota at the moment, if junior doctors are spread thinner, what do you think will happen? I fully support increased staffing at night and weekends, but only if weekday staffing is kept safe.

Hasn't the government given you a pay rise? Junior doctors never asked for a pay rise, we don't want a pay rise. The government has increased our basic pay by 13.5% but changed the way we get paid for antisocial hours. The way in which they have changed our antisocial pay means that in my current job, I would lose roughly 20% or £9,000 a year. So no, the government haven't given us a pay rise.

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Wed, 27 Apr 2016 0:00:00 EDT
AcademicI'm Annette Gordon-Reed, a Harvard Law professor whose expertise is Thomas Jefferson: his relationship with his slave(s), Monticello, more. I'm also a MacArthur Fellow. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5045/im-annette-gordonreed-a-harvard-law-professor Hi reddit, I'm Annette Gordon-Reed, a legal scholar whose research has "dramatically changed the course of Jeffersonian scholarship," according to the MacArthur Foundation. In 1997 I wrote "Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy," a book that critiqued the historiography on the story that Jefferson, America’s third president had a relationship with an enslaved woman on his plantation, Sally Hemings. This relationship was almost uniformly dismissed by scholars, but my conclusions that the connection between Hemings and Jefferson was likely true was bolstered in 1998 when DNA evidence combined with documentary evidence supported the claim that Jefferson had fathered Hemings’s children.

My next book about the Hemingses was The Hemingses of Monticello, for which I won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for history. I have also written with Vernon Jordan, Vernon Can Read: A memoir and edited a collection of essays, Race on Trial: Law and Justice in American History. My current book, written with Peter S. Onuf is Most Blessed of the Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination.

In 2010, I was named a MacArthur Fellow. Ask me anything!

PROOF:

http://imgur.com/uy7UpFM

https://www.macfound.org/fellows/32/

EDIT: I'll be on at the top of the hour, but feel free to go ahead and begin asking questions!

SECOND EDIT: Unfortunately I have to run to a meeting so I can't continue answering questions, but I'd like to thank you for all the great questions and for your fervent interest. Really enjoyed this AMA!

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Wed, 27 Apr 2016 0:00:00 EDT
Actor / EntertainerI am comedian Chris D'Elia. Ask me anything! http://www.topiama.com/r/5046/i-am-comedian-chris-delia-ask-me-anything I'm on tour now. Here's my link for tour dates. http://chrisdelia.com/#tour

BOSTON! MAY 12 - 13 http://thewilbur.com/artist/chris-delia/

Connecticut! May 14 http://www.ticketmaster.com/chris-delia-mashantucket-connecticut-05-14-2016/event/1D004F84E0481E0C?artistid=1643013&majorcatid=10002&minorcatid=51&tm_link=artist_msg-0_1D004F84E0481E0C

PROOF!

https://twitter.com/chrisdelia/status/725353396887273472

Okay bye!!! Thanks everyone!!! See you in Boston! Or Conn! Or on the road somewhere!!!

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Wed, 27 Apr 2016 0:00:00 EDT
Specialized ProfessionI drafted a law that helped clean up Times Square in the ‘70s. Today I think the NYPD is abusing it. And I’m a New York Daily News reporter covering the modern-day impact of this law. Ask us anything. http://www.topiama.com/r/5048/i-drafted-a-law-that-helped-clean-up-times-square UPDATE 3:05 p.m.: Thanks for all the questions. We're signing off now but will check back in periodically for any new ones.

I’m Sidney Baumgarten, the lawyer who wrote a law in the 1970s that helped clean up Times Square. It was called the Nuisance Abatement Law. With this law, the city could surprise a problem business with a closing order, obtained at an ex parte hearing, and immediately shut it down while the case was being decided. However, today, I think the NYPD abuses it. Here’s what I recently wrote about it for the New York Daily News.

I’m Sarah Ryley, an investigative reporter with the New York Daily News. I’ve spent the last two and a half years investigating the NYPD’s use of the nuisance abatement law. In partnership with ProPublica, we reviewed 1,162 nuisance abatement cases filed against businesses and residences over an 18-month period starting in 2013. We found the NYPD frequently used the law to kick people out of their homes who were not convicted of a crime; and to threaten mom-and-pop businesses with yearlong closures over relatively minor offenses, then extract settlements that include things like warrantless searches and cameras the police can access at any time. These cases target locations that are almost exclusively located in minority neighborhoods.

We are here to answer your questions about nuisance abatement actions in New York, including how they were intended to be used, how the NYPD uses them today, and why they almost exclusively target minority neighborhoods.

Proof:1, 2

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Wed, 27 Apr 2016 0:00:00 EDT
AuthorI am Dr. Chuck Tingle, 2016 Hugo Awards nominee for my book Space Raptor Butt Invasion. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5050/i-am-dr-chuck-tingle-2016-hugo-awards-nominee-for Thank you to my son name of Jon for setting this up and helping me type my intro (He is better at spelling). I am Dr. Chuck Tingle from Billings, Montana and my book, Space Raptor Butt Invasion, is nominated for best short story in this years Hugo Awards, the most prestigious award in Science Fiction.

I'm here to talk about anything including The Hugo Awards, space raptors, the Devilman Agenda and to promote my new book, Slammed In The Butt By My Hugo Award Nomination. All I ask is that you respect my privacy as a doctor. This is my second AMA.

Here is proof: HUGO AWARDS - http://www.thehugoawards.org/hugo-history/2016-hugo-awards/ TWITTER - https://twitter.com/ChuckTingle/status/725389350918230016

Now my son Jon will go and I will type. Son name of Jon says remember to upvote on the left. Ask me anything!

edit from man of chuck - Thank you for MAKING LOVE REAL sorry have to go now gotta take a nap. if you want to PROVE love is real please vote for Space Raptor Butt Invasion at hugo awards to show that ted cobbler is a scoundrel. thank you you are the soul of books.

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Wed, 27 Apr 2016 0:00:00 EDT
Actor / EntertainerI am actor and singer-songwriter Alicia Witt - from The Walking Dead, Nashville, Justified, Twin Peaks etc. Ask Me Anything! http://www.topiama.com/r/5051/i-am-actor-and-singersongwriter-alicia-witt-from hi! you may have recently seen me on The Walking Dead as Paula, and i'm currently on ABC's Nashville playing singer (and trouble-maker) Autumn Chase. i'm so excited to finally be able to announce i'm part of Twin Peaks 2017 too! you might also know me from TV's Justified, Friday Night Lights, Law & Order, The Sopranos, Cybill - and the original Twin Peaks. films include Two Weeks Notice, Urban Legend, Mr Holland's Opus and David Lynch's Dune. i'm also a singer-songwriter and i just made my debut at the Grand Ole Opry - you can see the video and find my music at www.aliciawittmusic.com.

My Proof: https://twitter.com/aliciawitty/status/725376912634179584/photo/1

thank you so much, friends! i had a great time chatting with you today. see you next time!!

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Wed, 27 Apr 2016 0:00:00 EDT
AuthorIamA writer going to Chernobyl for the 47th time. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5041/iama-writer-going-to-chernobyl-for-the-47th-time Or it might be the 39th. I stopped counting in 2005, after the publication of my book "Wormwood Forest: A Natural History of Chernobyl". I was last there in 2012, with the filmmakers of the Babushkas of Chernobyl documentary (that you may have heard about on NPR today and you should see it if you can). I will be going again next week and I'm very excited. Here is the Wormwood Forest Facebook page with an announcement of this AMA. https://www.facebook.com/Chernobyl.Wormwood/

I have travelled throughout both the Ukrainian and Belarusian exclusion zones, very far off the beaten paths at times. Ask me anything!

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Tue, 26 Apr 2016 0:00:00 EDT
Crime / JusticeIamA burned out international lawyer just returned from Qatar making almost $400k per year, feeling jet lagged and slightly insane at having just quit it all to get my life back, get back in shape, actually see my 2 young boys, and start a http://www.topiama.com/r/5042/iama-burned-out-international-lawyer-just My short bio: for the past 9 years I have been a Partner-track associate at a Biglaw firm. They sent me to Doha for the past 2.5 years. While there, I worked on some amazing projects and was in the most elite of practice groups. I had my second son. I witnessed a society that had the most extreme rich:poor divide you could imagine. I met people who considered other people to be of less human worth. I helped a poor mother get deported after she spent 3 years in jail for having a baby out of wedlock, arrested at the hospital and put in jail with her baby. I became disgusted by luxury lifestyle and lawyers who would give anything and everything to make millions. I encountered blatant gender discrimination, sexual harassment, and a very clear glass ceiling. Having a baby apparently makes you worth less as a lawyer. While overseas, I became inspired to start a company making boy dolls after I couldn't find any cool ones for my own sons. So I hired my sister to start a company that I would direct. Complete divergence from my line of work, I know, but I was convinced this would be a great niche business. As a lawyer, I was working sometimes 300 hours in a month and missing my kids all the time. I felt guilty for spending any time not firm related. I never had a vacation where I did not work. I missed my dear grandmother's funeral in December. In March I made the final decision that this could not last. There must be a better way. So I resigned. And now I am sitting in my mother's living room, having moved the whole family in temporarily - I have not lived with my mother since I was 17. I have moved out of Qatar. I have given up my very nice salary. I have no real plans except I am joining my sister to build my company. And I'm feeling a bit surreal and possibly insane for having given it up. Ask me anything!

I'm answering questions as fast as I can! Wow! But my 18 month old just work up jet lagged too and is trying to eat my computer.....slowing me down a bit!

This is crazy - I can't type as fast as the questions come in, but I'll answer them. This is fascinating. AM I SUPPOSED TO RESPOND TO EVERYONE??!

10:25 AM EST: Taking a short break. Kids are now awake and want to actually spend time with them :)

11:15 AM EST: Back online. Will answer as many questions as I can. Kids are with husband and grandma playing!

PS: I was thinking about this during my break: A lot of people have asked why I am doing this now. I have wanted to say some public things about my experience for quite some time but really did not dare to do so until I was outside of Qatar, and I also wanted to wait until the law firm chapter of my life was officially closed. I have always been conservative in expressing my opinion about my experience in Qatar while living there because of the known incidents of arrests for saying things in public that are contrary to the social welfare and moral good. This Reddit avenue appealed to me because now I feel free to actually say what I think about things and have an open discussion. It is so refreshing - thank you everyone for the comments and questions. Forums like this are such a testament to the value of freedom of expression.

Because several people have asked, here's a link to the Kickstarter campaign for my toy company. I am deeply grateful for any support. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1632532946/boy-story-finally-cool-boy-action-dolls

My Proof: https://mobile.twitter.com/kristenmj/status/724882145265737728 https://qa.linkedin.com/in/kristenmj http://boystory.com/pages/team

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Tue, 26 Apr 2016 0:00:00 EDT
TechnologyWe're the creators of Novel Textbooks, a free app that helps students save on books by connecting them with other nearby students. AUA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5047/were-the-creators-of-novel-textbooks-a-free-app Info: We're Russell Brooks, Will Kennedy, and Dave Smith. We're trying to save students the time, money, and frustration that often comes with getting books from a book store or online. Novel lets you use your phone to quickly list books you're trying to sell, search for books you're trying to buy, and chat with other users to close the deal.

Proof: Check out our website or like us on Facebook for more info!

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Tue, 26 Apr 2016 0:00:00 EDT
ScienceWe are NASA Twins Study investigators, ask me anything! http://www.topiama.com/r/5039/we-are-nasa-twins-study-investigators-ask-me We're signing off. Thanks for joining us and for all of your great questions! Watch our new videos for more info: http://www.nasa.gov/content/exploring-space-through-you-omics

My short bio: NASA’s Human Research Program is conducting a Twins Study on retired twin astronauts Scott and Mark Kelly. The study began during Scott Kelly’s One-Year Mission, which encompassed International Space Station Expeditions 43, 44, 45 and 46. Now that Scott has returned from space researchers are integrating data as well as taking measurements on Earth from the twins. This is the first time NASA has conducted Omics research on identical twins. Comparing various types of molecular information on identical individuals while one undergoes unique stresses, follows a defined diet, and resides in microgravity to one who resides on Earth, with gravity, should yield interesting results. It is hoped one day that all individuals will have access to having their Omics profiles done. This is a first step towards personalizing medicine for astronauts and hopefully for the rest of us. Ask us anything about the Twins Study and Omics.

For background, check out NASA’s Omics video series at https://www.nasa.gov/twins-study.

*Kjell Lindgren, M.D., NASA astronaut, Expedition 44/45 Flight Engineer and medical officer

*Susan M. Bailey, Ph.D., Twins Study Principal Investigator, Professor, Radiation Cancer Biology & Oncology, Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Colorado State University

*Christopher E. Mason, Ph.D., Twins Study Principal Investigator, WorldQuant Foundations Scholar, Affiliate Fellow of Genomics, Ethics, and Law, ISP, Yale Law School, Associate Professor, Department of Physiology and Biophysics, Weill Cornell Medicine

*Brinda Rana, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of California San Diego School of Medicine

*Michael P. Snyder, Ph.D., M.D., FACS, Twins Study Principal Investigator, Stanford W. Ascherman, Professor in Genetics, Chair, Dept. of Genetics, Director, Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine, Stanford School of Medicine

My Proof: http://nasa.tumblr.com/post/142813680869/twins-study-reddit-ama

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Mon, 25 Apr 2016 0:00:00 EDT
Actor / EntertainerI am Comedian, Actor, and Author of the animated book The Adventures of Jimmy Bugar, Dave Coulier - Ask Me Anything, Reddit! http://www.topiama.com/r/5040/i-am-comedian-actor-and-author-of-the-animated Hey guys, Uncle Joey here!

Just kidding (kind of). My name is Dave Coulier and I've done a few other things besides Full House. For instance, I'm on the Full House spinoff Fuller House now, too, which was just picked up for Season 2 on Netflix!

But seriously, you can also check out The Adventures of Jimmy Bugar, my new musical storybook. It's about 10-year-old Jimmy Bugar, who wants to be in show business. Jimmy lives in Nose-a-Scotia with Sugar Bugar who works at the popular dining establishment Little Sneezers. It's the hilarious story of Jimmy, and features songs from my Fuller House colleagues - including John Stamos, Lori Loughlin, and Jodie Sweetin.

I wrote the book and the 15 songs, including music, that are embedded in the book. It's available for iPad, and each song coincides with illustrations in the book, available as a digital download at the links below. There will be a version for Amazon Kindle Fire and iBooks/iTunes for iPad, and you'll be able to hear the songs as directly embedded in the book, and follow (or even sing!) along with the dialogue and lyrics.

Digital Download links are here:

iTunes

Amazon

Google Play

You can read more about the book in this People article or this KLTA Morning News Link.

AND - watch the promo here!

Check out my newly verified instagram channel.

Proof

PS - I'm here with u/courtiebabe420 in person doing this AMA today, as well.

Edit - Thank you guys for talking to me today. It's been a lot of fun getting to tell my stories, relive some old memories and talk about all of my projects. I might check back in to follow up, so feel free to ask more questions!

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Mon, 25 Apr 2016 0:00:00 EDT
Technology-LiveIamA YIFY - A former movie uploader and torrent site operator , AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5034/iama-yify-a-former-movie-uploader-and-torrent My short bio: I am YIFY, if you downloaded a movie in the past half a decade you might know my name from ThePirateBay, Kickass torrents or the YTS websites. I Started to encode and upload small file size x264 movies back in 2010. Uploaded around 4,600 movies in different qualities (720p, 1080p and 3D) over the 5 years of being active. I encoded/uploaded/seed/developed/maintained and handled the YTS website (Formally known as YIFY-Torrents)

This is done in response to this request https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/4dfvw4/ama_request_member_of_the_yify_or_eztv_torrent/

My Proof: Proof has already been give to mods

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Sun, 24 Apr 2016 0:00:00 EDT
MusicIamAndy Partridge -- AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5036/iamandy-partridge-ama Ahoy, deckmates! Captain of our ship of fools here, s'mee, Andy Partridge. That's right, the same smart ass who wrote most of the songs for the English pop group XTC and played guitar when they let me. That'll be my seal bark you hear on DEAR GOD, MAYOR OF SIMPLETON, SENSES WORKING OVERTIME and countless other chunks of musical driftwood bobbing along on the mighty pop ocean. Albums, singles, you name 'em ... we've melted 'em.

When XTC got bored they became the Dukes of Stratosphear and musically thanked off bands from the late 60's.We were also the Three Wise Men for a Crassmas single, and Terry and the Lovemen for our own tribute album. Tee hee.

I'm still writing songs (I never learn do I?),although these are mostly for other young folks these days, such as Miles Kane and The Monkees. I've also worked with Peter Blegvad, Lilac Time, Terry Hall, Mike Keneally, Harold Budd, Blur,(hang on, let me take a peek at Wikipedia) ... oh yeah, and Pugwash, the Heads, Robyn Hitchcock, Charlotte Hatherley, Nicky Holland, and other too numerous dementia.

Right, that's me. It's been a long old musical road, but I have peed in all the layby's en route.

Doubt it’s me? Here’s proof for thee.

Today I’m joined by my lovely assistant, Todd Bernhardt, Man of Many Fingers (some of which reputedly work), who will be typing in my answers, so forgive the ‘murican spellings.

UPDATE: We've done more than two hours, and have to go, but a big wet sloppy THANK YOU for all the questions. If we didn't get to yours, it doesn't mean we don't like you, we just ran out of time. Let's do this again?? If you'd like that, let us know, let Reddit know, let your friends know, let the world know. Bye bye!

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Sun, 24 Apr 2016 0:00:00 EDT